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learn the signs at autismspeaks.org. in northern iraq, the long battle for mosul appears to be at a tipping point. mosul was the largest city held by isis. after seven months, far longer than expected, the iraqi army, backed by the u.s. military may be close to liberating the city. charlie d'agata is on the front line. >> reporter: a bulldozed mound of dirt in a short stretch of no man's land is all that separates iraqi forces from isis militants. an armored personnel carrier rolls in to provide cover. it's hard to tell if the troops are aiming at a specific target or putting on a display for our benefit. but the response from isis was very real. a mortar sent whizzing low over our heads.
and exploding into rubble behind us. near the old city, we found whole neighborhoods flattened. the sheer level of destruction is staggering, and it goes on for miles and miles. but this is one tactic the iraqi army cannot afford to employ in the old city if they want anything left of it. the u.n. estimates 200,000 iraqi residents are still trapped inside. and those who try to escape risk being caught in crossfire. we found 11-year-old sarah at a hospital run by american medical volunteers. where dr. john lucie was treating her for a shrapnel wound. the orthopedic surgeon from asheville, north carolina came out of retirement at 74 years old to do what he could in iraq. he told us he was shocked by what he saw.
>> i came here and probably the first two days, i could almost not take it, you know? because i've seen a lot of trauma, but i've never seen anything to this extent. >> reporter: dr. lucie says the hospital is ready for more patients in the coming weeks. hopefully, that will mean more families trapped inside the old city have at least escaped with their lives. charlie d'agata, cbs news, mosul, iraq. the pentagon said today it was a success, they were able to shoot down a fake warhead over the pacific, the first of its kind test designed to send a message to north korea. here's david martin. >> reporter: the interceptor missile left a contrail in the sky as it blasted off from california. its target, a mock intercontinental ballistic missile had launched minutes earlier from the pacific. the intercepter released its kill vehicle to maneuver itself into the path of the icbm,
aiming to destroy it by the sheer force of the impact, a bullet hitting a bullet. the pentagon said that the kill vehicle intercepted and destroyed the target in a direct collision. 36 interceptors are based in silos in california and alaska, but this was the first test against a missile traveling at the trajectory and speed of an icbm, a weapon which could threaten the u.s. mainland with a nuclear warhead. north korea continues developing shorter-range missiles, and its leader, kim jong un, has announced he intends to launch an icbm sometime this year. before this latest test, the missile defense system had a track record of nine successful intercepts in 17 tries against other types of missiles. despite that modest record, general lori robinson, the head of northern command which operates the missile defense system assured congress it would work. >> i am extremely confident of our capability to defend the
united states of america and intercept an icbm if it should reach the homeland. >> reporter: if it were the real thing, it would launch multiple, so if one missed the second or third might hit it. missile defense is a work in progress, trying to stay ahead of an emerging threat in north korea and icbm. since north korea hasn't yet tested an icbm, you would have to say that for now, the u.s. is ahead on points. thank you. the suspect in a deadly stabbing spree in portland, oregon was arraigned today on murder charges. jeremy christian entered court ranting. >> free speech or die, portland. you've got no safe space. this is america. get out if you don't like free speech. >> christian is accused of stabbing three men who tried to protect two women from his anti-muslim tirade. gd samarita
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said he had not been drinking, and there is no evidence he was. so what happened? here's don dahler. >> reporter: according to the police report, at 2:03:00 a.m., tiger woods' mercedes was parked alongside the road. he was asleep and had to be woken up. the car's engine was running with the brake lights and right turn indicator on. he was pointed in the opposite direction of his home. the winner of tournaments failed a sobriety test, including not being able to walk a straight line. he was described as sluggish, sleepy, with extremely slow and slurred speech. he was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence. but under the influence of what? a breathalyzer test showed no alcohol in his system. he said what happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. i didn't realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly.
woods has had a series of injuries and underwent his fourth back surgery last month. he's played only seven rounds of golf in the last two years. but even more damaging than his absence from the competition are the scandals that have ruined his once stellar reputation. golf writer aman lynch says he may be running out of mulligans. >> when his life unravels in 2009, a lot of blue chip endorsements went away with that. and he's in a strictly business mode. and a dui charge is not particularly good for a corporate image. >> despite not winning a major since 2008, he is still ranked on the highest paid athletes. he will be arraigned on july 5th. thank you very much. up next, the door to cuba is open, but how many americans are entering?
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in the numbers expected. kris van cleave is in havana. >> there are many more americans here. it seems like a good time to come visit the country. >> reporter: claire from boston is among the surge of americans visiting cuba. last year, nearly 300,000 came, up 74%, but that's still not as high as some expected. u.s. carriers rushed to launch service to cuba last august after the government approved 110 daily stops. but many are already cutting back. did the gold rush not happen or just not happen as fast as people thought? >> it didn't happen as fast as people thought. >> reporter: colin runs a company organizing high-end tours. >> a lot of it has to do with the confusion about legality. once you book your ticket, what do you do? how do you book a tour, a hotel, there's a lot of confusion. it's a tough country to navigate. >> reporter: some analysts
expect 2 million americans to visit cuba annually by 2025. but a new survey finds only 2% are likely to plan a trip in the next six months. several airlines see potential, but a number have reduced the number of trips, and jet blue is using smaller planes, dropping 300 seats a day. tomorrow, spirit will be the third u.s. airline to end all service to the island. cuba is lacking in tourist infrastructure. wi-fi is spotty, and most americans can't use their credit cards here. but the early winner appears to be cruise ships. they've been very busy, and they bring the infrastructure with them. >> kris van cleave, thank you very much. up next, college commencement. the cliff notes edition. ♪ i will always love you ♪ will always love you
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it is college graduation season, and commencement speakers are sharing their thoughts with the class of 2017. here's a look at some of the most notable. ♪ and i will always love you >> if i give you one message to hold in your hearts today, it's this. never, ever give up. >> i'm here as a cautionary tale. i'm the world's greatest adviser, not because i'm smart, but because i've screwed up every kind of way possible. >> it is so important to remember, like a hangover, neither triumphs or disasters last forever. >> turn away from the computer
screen and look your patient straight in the eyes. understand the extraordinary experience of listening. >> you may have heard that things didn't exactly go the way i planned. but you know what? i'm doin' okay. [cheers and applause] long walks in the woods. organizing my closets, right? i won't lie. chardonnay helped a little, too. >> i hope whatever you do with your life, when you leave this quad, that you'll immortalize yourself by becoming the key in other people's lives. >> imagine the possibilities when women are not held back. [cheers and applause] this is the first generation that navigates the world with the security and confidence to treat women as equals. >> you accomplished something i never could. if i get through this speech
today, it will be the first time i actually finished something here at harvard. >> when something seems like it's designed to set you back, it might just be what makes you strong. >> i've made a living. i've made a life. made a fortune, really. it's fantastic. [ laughter ] >> here's another concrete piece of advice i can give you. have sex with an immigrant. we're going through a tough time right now. and it would just be really great for morale. >> don't fear criticism. have the humility to listen to it. learn from it. and most importantly, push through it. ♪ will always love you thank you! fight on! >> that is the overnight news for this wednesday. for some of you, the news continues. for others, check back a little later for the morning news and
cbs this morning. from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm jeff glor. this is the "cbs overnight news." hi, everyone, and welcome to the overnight news. i'm dimarco morgan. the long expected shakeup among the trump administration has begun. other staff changes are expected by the end of the week. chip reid starts our coverage. >> reporter: white house communications director michael dubke said in a statement today, the reasons for my departure are personal. but sources tell cbs news it's expected to be the first step in a white house staff shakeup prompted by president trump's deep frustration with his communications operations. former top campaign officials corey lewandowski and david bossey were at the white house yesterday. both were under key consideration for a white house
war room that would deal with stories about investigations by the fbi and congress. that would include multiple probes into the trump team's contacts with russia. jared kushner is now at the center of that story, following reports confirmed by cbs news that kushner tried to set up a secret back channel to russia during the presidential transition. sources say kushner's rivals on the staff are now taking shots at him. and for the first time, there's a sense in the white house at that kushner is, quote, vulnerable. president trump, though, is said to value kushner's work, including the key role he played in the trip to the middle east. and trump is well-known for putting family bonds first. today trump pushed back in a tweet saying it is my opinion that many of the leaks coming out of the white house are fabricated lies made up by the fake news media. >> i think he's very pleased with the work of his staff. >> reporter: press secretary sean spicer agreed. >> are you saying that reports that there's going to be an
overhaul are fake news? >> the reason the president is frustrated is there's a perpetuation of false narratives, a use of unnamed sources over and over again, about things that are happening that don't happen, and that is troubling. >> reporter: meanwhile, the spotlight is on jared kushner. and mr. trump's personal lawyer has also received subpoenas. jeff pegues has the latest on the investigations. >> reporter: cbs news has learned that the house intelligence committee wants to speak with more than two dozen people as part of the russia investigation. on that list, michael cohen, the president's long-time personal attorney. today he refused to cooperate. there has not been a single witness, document, or piece of evidence linking me to this fake russian conspiracy, he wrote in a statement, adding the requests for information were poorly phrased and overly broad. the house intelligence committee
has also contacted boris epstein, a senior adviser on the trump campaign who worked briefly at the white house. epstein's attorney called the request voluntary and added that his client had not been subpoenaed. the house and senate investigations are operating in parallel to the investigation being run by former fbi director robert mueller. that inquiry is now focussed on jared kushner. kushner is under scrutiny for meetings he had for russian ambassador sergei kislyak and the head of a state-owned russian bank, sergey gorkov. gorkov is close to russian president putin and was trained by the country's top spy agency. according to an official, kislyak told moscow kushner wanted to set up a secure back channel of communications with kremlin officials. curb nur did not immediately
release this information on his security application. adam schiff is the top democrat on the house intelligence committee. >> they raise a question about who would these conversations be concealed from? and if it was trying to conceal them from the obama administration, of course we would want to know why that was taking place. overseas, islamic state gunmen are using 200,000 civilian shields. charlie d'agata is on the front line. >> reporter: a bulldozed mound of dirt in a short stretch of no man's land is all that separates iraqi forces from isis militants. an armored personnel carrier rolls in to provide cover. it's hard to tell if the troops are aiming at a specific target or putting on a display for our benefit. but the response from isis was very real. a mortar sent whizzing low over our head. and exploding in the rubble behind us. near the old city, we found
whole neighborhoods flattened. the sheer level of destruction is staggering. and it goes on for miles and miles. but this is one tactic the iraqi army cannot afford to employ in the old city if they want anything left of it. the u.n. estimates 200,000 iraqi residents are still trapped inside, and those who try to escape risk being caught in crossfire. we found 11-year-old sarah at a hospital run by american medical volunteers. where dr. john lucie was treating her for a shrapnel wound. >> it has gone right through her bone. >> reporter: the orthopedic surgeon from asheville, north carolina came out of retirement at 74 years old, to do what he could in iraq. he told us he was shocked by what he saw. >> i came here, and probably the first two days, i could almost not take it, you know? because i've seen a lot of trauma, but i've never seen
anything to this extent. >> reporter: dr. lucie says the hospital is ready for more patients in the coming weeks. hopefully that will mean more families trapped inside the old city have at least escaped with their lives. charlie d'agata, cbs news, mosul, iraq. we are also getting more details about the dui arrest of golfer tiger woods. turns out he was found asleep at this wheel. woods insists alcohol had nothing to do with it. don dahler reports. >> reporter: according to the police report, at 2:03:00 a.m., tiger woods mercedes was parked on the side of the road. the officer noticed woods was asleep at the wheel and had to be woken up. the car's engine was running with the brake lights and turn light on. woods asked how far he was from his house. even though his car was pointed in the opposite direction from
his home. the winner of tournaments fail add sobriety test, including not being able to walk in a straight line. he was described as sluggish, sleepy, with extremely slow and slurred speech. woods was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence. but under the influence of what? a breathalyzer test showed no alcohol in the golfer's system. in a statement, the former golfing great said what happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. i didn't realize the mix of medications had affected my so strongly. woods has had a series of injuries and underwent his fourth back surgery last month. he played only seven rounds of golf in the last two years. but even more damaging than the absence from competition are the scandals that have ruined his once stellar reputation. he may be running out of endorsement mulligans. >> when his life unravelled in 2009, a lot of the blue chip endorsements went away with that.
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al franken spent years making fun of politicians on "saturday night live." but since 2008, he's been a politician himself, representing minnesota in the u.s. senate. he has a new book about his transformation, called al franken, giant of the senate, chip reid has the story. >> reporter: as they crossed the bridge to confirmation -- >> but it surprises me you don't know this issue. >> reporter: many of president trump's nominees had to get past some pointed questions from the junior senator from minnesota. >> you said debt has increased -- >> reporter: and those questions are getting al franken noticed. >> in some cases. we're not necessarily the ones you listed. >> 30 years ago. and my memory was of this nature. and my memory was my support for those cases.
>> your memory. >> reporter: your grilling of jeff sessions and your grilling of devoss that have people talking about, there's buzz about you running for president. >> right. look, i've always been tough in hearings. i do my homework. and you don't sound like you personally handled cases that you said you personally handled. >> i was on a radio interview without any records, and that was my memory at the time. >> this is the first time i've had nominations for republican president. and i thought that some of the people that he nominated were not right for the job. >> if there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the trump campaign communicated with the russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do? >> senator franken, i'm not aware of any of those activities. >> reporter: but occasionally, the hearings brought back
memories of what made al frank and household name in the first place. >> did you enjoy meeting me? >> i hope you are as much fun on that dais as you were on your couch. >> well -- [ laughter ] >> may i rephrase that, sir? >> please. oh, my lord. >> well, i think we've found our "saturday night live" sound bite. >> reporter: yet it's never too far from the conversation. >> it's "saturday night live"! >> reporter: franken's past on "saturday night live." >> that's right. i believe we're entering what i like to call the al franken decade. >> reporter: and lately, he's been coming to grips with the tension between politics and comedy. >> when i first came to the senate, i had to be very careful not to be funny. >> reporter: you were very careful. in fact, i was covering the senate at that time, and i thought, this guy was so funny on "saturday night live." >> thank you. >> reporter: and now he's not just not funny, he's grim. >> it wasn't grim. there's some grim things happening, they're not as
grim as now. >> reporter: is it hard not to be funny? >> yes. >> reporter: franken learns the parallels of funny during his first senate campaign in 2008. supporters of his opponent, norm coleman combed through the franken comedy vault for material for their ads. >> nobody likes getting an abortion, except perhaps rape victims. >> if you're a comedian or comic writer they take everything you've said or written and put it through a very expensive machine called the dehumorizer. this was built with russian technology. and what it does is takes all the context out of any joke you've ever written and comes out as just offensive. >> reporter: he writes about the dehumorizer in his new book "giant of the senate". as for his campaign in that first senate run, he says it was a serious ad that turns the tide. >> we've been married now for almost 33 years. >> reporter: an ad featuring his wife.
>> i insisted that they allow me to do an ad. >> i struggled with alcohol dependency. i really was mad at the content of the opposing ads that didn't portray al as the person i know. >> the al franken i now stood by me through thick and thin. so i know he'll always come through for minnesotans. >> if it hadn't been for that ad, i'd have lost. >> reporter: you're confident of that. >> oh, god, yeah. the thing about franny, minnesotans are wary of people in show business. i don't know what they expected it of me, but to have a trophy wife younger than me, and i have a trophy wife, but she's only about six months younger than me. >> reporter: he says franny and his staff have kept the last few years trying to keep him on the straight man and narrow path, even when it concerns his grandchildren. are your grandchildren impressed by the fact that you're a u.s. senator?
>> i think you can tell. when he was born, i decided it would be funny if he called me senator instead of grandpa. >> reporter: really? >> but my staff nixed it. it's funny. and they go no. normally when i look up there, i go, this is pretty neat. you know? >> senator from minnesota. >> reporter: as the inheriter of the tradition of hubert humphrey and mondale, he is eager to go into the weeds on policy. >> we must protect net neutrality. >> reporter: whether searching for the right words for equal access to the internet. >> unrestricted, is that the right word? >> it embraces our most basic constitutional freedoms. >> reporter: or serving his constituents a breakfast of warm porridge and global warming. >> i have three grandchildren. i don't want them in 50 years
saying, "grandpa, you were a senator, you knew climate change was happening, and why didn't you do anything about it." and also, why are you alive? because i'd be 116. you do know the russians interfered in the 2016 election. >> reporter: franken has been a dogged critic of the trump administration and was out front in calling for a special prosecutor to investigate the administration's ties to russia. >> he should come back and explain himself, mr. chairman. >> reporter: typical headline these days. republicans near total exasperation. >> that's today. tomorrow will be republicans at total exasperation. >> reporter: so if the republicans are near total exasperation, where are the democrats? >> oh, we reached total exasperation a long time ago. >> reporter: so as democrats look to 2020, franken's name has popped up on some oval office short lists.
>> keep up the good work. >> thank you. >> reporter: president franken. it's like something that could be on "saturday night live." oh, wait -- >> is it still the al franken decade? yes, it is. >> now it's the al franken millennium. >> reporter: could it have been four decades off? could 2020 be the al franken decade? >> it could be, where i'm a senator and supporting a great president. that would be fun. >> reporter: if he ever does run for president, there's one headline you're sure to see. it's right there over and over and over, on a poster in his capitol hill office. franken declared winner, and that's no joke. >> yeah, or al franken running for senate, no joke. >> reporter: and i'm afraid some of my colleagues have been just as guilty. >> no joke. al franken's running for senate. thank you cbs news. >> reporter: you're very welcome. al franken may not know what his
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the transportation of choice in the oldest city of rome. seth doane went along for a ride. >> reporter: the best way to see this icon of italy may be from the back of a far more modern one. >> she's a beauty. >> reporter: annie is a minnesota native, who after a dozen years here navigates the roads like a roman. >> now we're going back inside the walls. >> reporter: thanks, of course, to her vespa. >> we're taking the time to enjoy the ride, see what's around us and to be seen. first thing we need to do is get you suited up. oh, yeah. >> reporter: she started a tour company, scooter roma, so they can see rome as she does and lives what's called the vespa vita or the vespa life. >> driving a vespa is about style. >> reporter: why did you want a red vespa? >> because it's sexy. it's beautiful. it stands out. i'm not a shy girl.
>> reporter: and the vespa helps show that? >> absolutely. i make an entrance no matter where i go. >> when you drive a vespa, you are wearing a vespa. you see all the view. it's part of your look. >> reporter: at vespa's headquarters and factory, he sounds like i he works in fashion and not scooters. >> this is really the place where we create the new collections. >> reporter: these are all possibilities. >> these are possibilities. >> reporter: vespas come in 12 shades today. the plan is to let future buyers customize them, choosing from about20 colors. >> these light blue was one of the colors of the late '60s. beginning of the '70s. ♪ >> reporter: the parent company, piaggio had been manufacturing
planes here through world war ii. but then in 1946, it designed a scooter for the masses. it was cheaper than a car and had that coveted italian style. >> it contributes very much to the independence and the freedom of women in that's. >> reporter: simply because of the design? >> yeah. >> reporter: because you could get on this wearing a dress. >> exactly. >> reporter: and in roman holiday, vespa got the sort of product placement companies can only dream of. do you owe a debt of gratitude to hollywood? >> yes, for sure. gregory peck and audrey hepburn riding the vespa in rome is probably the most iconic image. >> reporter: we saw how designers today are trying to retain some of that vintage glamour. >> vespa has strong roots in the past, but have to look forward.
>> reporter: marco lambry is vespa's chief designer. he explained how they work to find the right balance to move this heritage brand into the future. >> this is the first vespa. and this could be the vespa of the next century. >> reporter: but you see with this red line here that the shapes are similar. >> yes, very similar. >> reporter: digital ideas take shape in the model shop. >> you have to recognize a vespa when your eye's closed. >> reporter: on the road, at least when on a vespa. >> the lipstick match the vespa. >> yeah, i tend to wear red. >> reporter: annie thinks heads should turn. >> and pow, we have the palentine hill. >> reporter: the romans designed a pretty spectacular backdrop a couple thousand years ago. and vespa, just over 70 years old seems to fit right in. one could say perfecto.
a hawaiian fish dish is making a big splash from coast-to-coast. john blackstone went to the source for a taste. >> reporter: millions of tourists visit hawaii each year, seeking sun and sea breezes. increasingly, they also come for poke. >> wonderful. >> really good. >> that's good. really good. >> reporter: the flavor-packed concoction of raw fish is an essential part of the diet for hawaiians like ray ho. how long have you been eating poke? >> all my life. >> reporter: lately, however, he's seen poke transformed. >> thinking of different ways of making it. >> reporter: at this restaurant -- >> we have a touch of sesame oil. >> reporter: chef mark arriola a
poke per fixist. as it has risen in popularity, places are popping up across the country. in illinois, they are hoping to take the aloha company nationwide by the end of the year, opening up roughly a dozen more locations. >> it's a healthier way to eat. it's revolution identifying the way people eat fast food. >> reporter: the fact that poke is making it big so far from home makes some people here in hawaii proud. but others find it just a little bit fishy. >> i've looked at some of the menus, and we don't throw pipe apple and bananas and, what is that? >> reporter: but also what worries chef arriola that the new popularity of poke could lied to overfishing. a 2016 study reported that nearly 90% of fish stocks are fully fished or overfished. even in hawaii, fishermen can't
always meet the demand. >> there's no guy living under the water who can say, there's plenty of fish, we're good. you just don't know until they don't show up anymore. >> i don't think we're going to put a dent in the fishing industry with the number of restaurants we're opening. >> reporter: the aloha poke company like many others says they use sustainable measures to make sure the fish and the business stick around for a long time. >> a lot of people have kind of gone back and forth, is this a fad? is this coming right out? i'm a firm believer that poke is here to stay. >> reporter: still, vacationers who can get poke at home in california say it's just not the same as having it in hawaii. >> better price. >> reporter: that counts as well. >> and you're in hawaii. >> and you're in hawaii. >> reporter: truth is, palm trees and sea breezes may just make everything taste better. john blackstone, hawaii. that's overnight news for
this wednesday. from the broadcast center in new york city,y,y,im captioning funded by cbs et's wednesday, may, 31st, 2017. this is the "cbs morning news." breaking overnight dozens are dead and wounded after a suicide bomb took aim near several international embassies in kabul. and what would be a major breach in protocol a new report that president trump has been handing out his cell phone number to world leaders, asking them to call him directly. good morning from the studio 57 newsroom at cew