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see you tonight. captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: blocked again, an appeals court keeps the president's travel ban on hold as the homeland security secretary warns of a threat to the homeland. >> the terrorists that are fighting in the caliphate, syria and iraq, they're going home. >> pelley: also tonight, the president tells nato members pay your share. >> this is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the united states. >> pelley: douse size matter when it comes to car safety? what a new study has found. and shuttle diplomacy, one family, five graduation ceremonies including moms. >> was she a tough mother.
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>> >> pelley: this is this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley, reporting tonight from brussels. >> pelley: as a candidate, donald trump once described brussels as a hellhole. he said it had been beautiful before muslims immigrated here. mr. trump is here flow as president for a contentious meeting of the leaders of the nato alliance. but his words about muslims haunted him back home today. a federal appeals court voted 10-3 to block his partial ban on travel to the u.s. by citizens of six mostly muslim nations. the reason, according to the chief judge, bigotry. jeff pegues is following this. >> reporter: the president's executive order would have temporarily suspended visas from iran, libya, somalia, sudan, syria and yemen. the decision from the fourth
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circuit court of appeals keeps it from going into fek, writing for the majority, chief judge roger gregory wrote, mr. trump's order speaks with vague words of national security. but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination. the travel ban was a cornerstone of president trump's campaign. >> donald j. trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of muslims entering the united states. >> reporter: shortly after taking office the president signed a first executive order that was also blocked by the courts. this version which dropped any overt references to religion was supposed to stand up to judicial scrutiny. the administration has said the threat of terrorism justifies the ban. the desenting judges agreed. the real losers in this case are the millions of individual americans whose security is threatened on a daily basis by those who seek to do us harm.
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earlier today secretary of homeland security john kelly warned congress that he was worried about isis fighters traveling to europe and the u.s. >> they're not going home to live normal lives. in fact, they're being encouraged to not be killed in the caliphate fight, go back to where you came from and just create manchester-type fights. >> reporter: the administration is expected to wait to appeal until the 9th circuit court rules on a similar case. scott f the two courts disagree, the supreme court will likely need to step in. >> pelley: jeff pegues for us, tonight. thank you. the man who attacked the concert in manchester on monday night was born in britain of parents who had immigrated from libya. 22 people were killed. the number in the hospitals has fallen by half to 32. and the number in critical condition is down to ten. there have been eight arrests
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and mark phillips has more on a somber day in britain. >> reporter: for a town and a country in shock, the response was togetherness and silence. not just manchester, britain stood still in remembrance this morning. and for the suffering, a surprise hospital visit from the queen. >> you came to the concert. >> yeah. >> the nation's 91 year old grandmother here to make 14 year old efi mills and everyone else feel better and saying what everyone felt. >> horrific. >> reporter: very wicked to target that sort of thing, she said. >> these victims will recover. ten others, five of them children, are still listed as critical. police are still searching for the wicked, more raids, more arrests, and a picture emerging,
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says police chief ian hopkins of the terror network they fear is behind the bombing. >> i want to reassure people that the arrests that we have made are significant. >> reporter: more is emerging about the bomber, salman abedi. police think he stayed in this apartment building in the days before the attack after he had come back from libya, perhaps with instructions from isis. but they are furious that critical information they wanted to keep secret for as long as they could, including the bomber's identity and the nature of the bomb's construction gleened from pieces of it found from after the blast have been leaked to u.s. news outlets including to cbs news after it was shared with u.s. security officials. manchester mayor andy burnham. >> it is wrong, it is arrogant, it is disrespectful to the people, but mainly to the families who have lost loved ones and to those injured. >> reporter: prime minister theresa may promised to confront
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president trump with her country's outrage when she met himain brussels. >> intelligence that is shared between law enforcement agencies must remain secure. thank you. >> reporter: police anger over the leaks goes beyond their affect on victims' families, telling terrorists groups what you know, they say, gives them advanced warnings of the sorts of things you are looking for. and scott, it removes the element of surprise when you come after them. >> pelley: mark phillips in manchester again tonight for us. mark, thank you. here in brussels, the theme of today's nato summit might have been with friends like these, who needs enemies. mr. trump publicly berated the allies for not paying their fair share for defense and the chief of the alliance complained that mr. trump isn't worried enough about the threat from russia. major garrett covered the summit. >> reporter: president trump responded to the british prime minister by calling the intelligence leaks deeply troubling.
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he said these leaks have been going on for a long time, and promised a full justice department investigation. at a ceremony with nato leaders including prime minister may, the president observed a moment of silence for the victims of the manchester terror attack. >> all people who cherish life must unite in finding, exposing and removing these killers and extremists. and yes, losers. >> reporter: while terrorism has taken center stage at the summit, confronting russia is also a dominant theme. but the 28 nation alliance originally formed as a counterweight to the soviet influence is showing cracks. european council president donald tusk. >> i am not 100% sure that we can say today, we meaning mr. president and myself, that we have a common position, common opinion about russia. >> reporter: during the campaign candidate trump
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routinely questioned nato's usefulness. >> i said here's the problem with nato. it's obsolete. >> reporter: he has since backed off that claim but today he made clear the u.s. is nato's top dog, through his actions and his words, mr. trump lectured his nato colleagues on their need to contribute more. >> this is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the united states. >> reporter: only five nato members spend two percent of their gross domestic product on defense. the nato standard. just three more countries have promised to meet that mark next year. >> with these chronic underpayments, and growing threats, even two percent of gdp is insufficient. >> reporter: the president did not publicly commit to nato's core mission defending any member nation attacked. scott, senior officials flying with the president from brussels to italy here nor g7 meetings echo secretary of state tillerson who said yesterday the u.s. will fulfill all nato obligations. >> pelley: our chief white house correspondent major
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garrett traveling with the president, now in sicily, thank you, major. the fropt runner for a congressional seat in montana has been charged with assault after allegedly attacking a reporter. today republican greg gianforte lost the endorsements of the leading newspapers in montana. barry petersen is there. >> reporter: guardian newspaper reporter ben jacobs said the encounter with republican congressional candidate greg gianforte started like this. >> are you waiting to make your decision about health care until you saw the bill and it just came out. >> i will talk to you about that later. >> reporter: but it ended like this. >> i'm sick and tired of you guys, the last guy that came here, did you the same thing. get the hell out of here. >> you just body slammed me and broke my glasses. >> reporter: a campaign spokesman said it was the reporter who grabbed gianforte's wrist, calling it in a statement aggressive behavior from a liberal journalist. but alecia acuna a reporter from the unusually conservative fox
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news was an eye witness. >> when gianforte grabbed him by the neck, both hands, slid him to the side, body slamed him and then got on top of him and started punching and then yelling at him. >> reporter: republican house speaker paul ryne did not endorse the candidate's actions. >> that is wrong and it should not have happened. i think he should apologize. >> reporter: gianforte has disappeared. he was last seen driving away from the incident and cancelled all appearances today. as for voters, elizabeth green said a congressional candidate should act the way she teaches her son 1578. >> like i tell my son, it is important to keep your hands to yourself. and to use your words. and if candidate for congress can't do that, then definitely doesn't deserve to have that position. >> reporter: doug steiner voted for gianforte. the incident did not change his mind. >> no. >> why not? >> because i have heard too many versions of it and i'm not sure what happened, no offense, but i
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don't trust the media much. >> reporter: if convicted, gianforte faces a $500 fine or six months in jail, or both. so far no republican has called for him to withdrawal draw from the race or if nn scricted, scott, to in the take the seat. >> pelley: the trust worthy barry petersen in montana tonight. thank you, barry. tonight the u.s. senate has completed its investigation of the wounded warrior project. the senate probe began after a series of reports on the cbs evening news questioned how much of the donations were actually going to wounded vets. chip reid has this. >> reporter: last year we met erik millette one of dozens of former employees who shared with cbs news concerns about the charity's spending and programs for veterans. >> they're using our injuries, our darkest days, our hardships to make money. so you can have these big
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parties? >> reporter: senator chuck grassley led an inquirery into the allegations. >> you want to make sure that people that contribute money, that it's used for what it was meant to be used for. >> reporter: the charity had said it spent 80 cents of each donor dollar on programs for veterans but grassley says that included donated media, advertisements and educational fundraising solicitations to reach that number. and grassley's nearly 500 page report to the senate judiciary and finance committee found wounded warrior project was spending only about 68% of donor dollars on 3r578s for veterans. it also found the charity lacked sufficient policies and procedures to manage the organization, mislead donors about more than 65 million dollars placed in a long-term trust that had not yet been spent on veterans, and spent excessive amounts of money on travel, as well as on fundraising and staff events. c.e.o. steven nardisi was fired last area along with nearly the
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entire executive suite of the charity. >> i think it's going to help in the long run to deliver exactly what the program ought to do for veterans. >> reporter: in a statement wounded warrior project said it follows accounting rules and irs requirements and has quote made significant changes to insure that we are focused on running the most efficient, effective organization possible. scott, it also says it updated its travel and expense policies and adjusted its programs and services to focus on mental health and long-term support. >> pelley: chip reid, thanks. president trump said deurlg the campaign that nato is obsolete because it doesn't fight fer rich. but the truth is the alliance has been in afghanistan for 16 years. 25 nato countries have forces there now alongside more than 8,000 u.s. troops. elizabeth palmer is among the most experienced war correspondents today and she brings us up to date on
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america's longest war. >> reporter: just last month u.s. marines fought a pitched bat knell southern afghanistan against taliban fighters who have been launching one bold attack after another. the taliban now control roughly one-third of afghanistan. more than at any time since 2001 when the war began. >> and this is. >> reporter: earlier this year america's top commander in afghanistan john nik solon-- nicholson told the armed forces committee the war was stalled. >> are we winning or losing 6789. >> mr. chairman, i believe we're in a stalemate. >> reporter: 16 years in, the afghan war is costing america more than $3 billion a month. back in 2014 the u.s. military was on its way out, handing afghanistan security over to the
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afghans. u.s. troop strength which had peaked at 98,000 in 20-- 210 plummeted to $8,400. but now the pentagon wants to reverse that. it asked to add 3 to 5,000 more personnel. and for authorizization to send u.s. forces closer to the front lines, to back up afghan soldiers who are often overwhelmed by the taliban and dying in the thousands. here in brussels the u.s. has been trying to talk its nato allies into adding thousands more troops in afghanistan as well. but so far the reception has been cool. and as for the decision to beef up u.s. forces, it has been postponed until the president returns to washington. >> pelley: liz palmer in brussels tonight, thank you. today the pentagon acknowledged at least 105 civilians were killed in a u.s. air strike in
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mosul, iraq, in march. a 500 pound bomb hit a building to take out two isis snipers. the pentagon said today isis had explosives in the building and the secondary blast could lapsed the struck tawr. coming up next on the cbs evening news from brussels, alarming news from people who don't get enough sleep. and later, one family, five graduations.
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>> pelley: tonight we have a fases naturing new study on sleep. we hope the results don't keep you up. here's dr. tara narula. >> reporter: scott, this study looked at the effects of sleep duration in people with metabolic syndrome which is a group of conditions that puts people at risk for heart disease and stroke. they include high blood pressure, high blowed sugar, excess body fat around the waste and abnormal cholesterol levels. it's estimated 35 to 40% of
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americans have metabolic syndrome. in a sleep lab researchers monitered the sleep of more than 1300 people and found that those with metabolic syndrome who got less than six hours sleep were twice as likely to die of heart disease or stroke compared to those who slept more than six hours. although this study shows an association and not a cause and effect, you can never stress enough how important sleep is. and the recommendation for everyone is seven to eight hours a night. and scott, if you have metabolic syndrome and symptoms of sleep apnea or insomnia researchers suggest that a visit to a sleep specialist and a sleep study may be beneficial. >> thanks, doctor. and when we come back, the key to surviving a crash.
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>> pelley: cbs news has confirmed that jared kushner, the president's son in law is under scrutiny in the fbi probe
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of russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether there was collusion by the trurp campaign. investigators are looking into meetings kushner held in december with russia's ambassador and a banker from moscow. size matters when it comes to a car crash. a new study by the insurance industry found your odds of dying or being seriously hurt are much greater in a small car. two small cars have the largest death rate, the hyundai accent and kia rio sedan. big certificate better including the mazda cx-9 and the jeep cher key. up next, one family, five new graduates.
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>> pelley: five degrees in the spring time, here's dean reynolds. >> lawanda flennoy. >> it was a special day for lawanda flennoy. for 25 years she worked full time to raise her daughters, finally earning an associate degree this upon was especially sweet. but the best part is that her children are graduating from school too. all at the same time. >> so this is like a happy coincidence? >> absolutely. >> for them, not so much for me. it is expensive for me. >> ahmari just graduated krrksz umlade from the university of illinois at chicago and heading off to a job with ford. paris just graduated from chicago state, and has a job with apple. jade is graduating from high school and preparing to attend illinois state, and four year old granddaughter brooklyn is about to graduate from
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prekindergarten. if you are keeping score, that's three generations, five family members, all graduating in 2017. >> was she a tough mother. >> absolutely. >> what was the feeling when you were up there on the stage. >> it was overwhelming. >> what did you all think when you saw your mother up there. >> it was really exciting because this is something that we feel like we pursued for so long but to see her do t the focus on her was really, really exciting. >> and lawanda flennoy isn't stopping. she plans to get her bachelor's degree in psychology as soon as she can. >> it sounds like you have very high goals for yourself in addition to your children. >> absolutely. absolutely. i have to set an example. >> thank you. >> and that she has. >> dean reynolds, that's the evening news from brussels. good night.
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