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be waiting here for them to come take her. >> pelley: and the untold story behind one of the most famous stories of all time. >> this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: few americans thought they would live to see this day. an american president meeting with a communist president named castro in havana. 55 years after eight u.s. aircraft bombed the bay of pigs in an attempt to overthrow the castro dictatorship, air force one flew the last mission of the coal war with russia. once the world held its breath over cuba. president obama arrived in a country still waiting to exhale. margaret brennan is in havana. >> reporter: it was a striking image, president obama in havana's revolution square with a giant outline of communist icon che guevera looking down, a
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day president obama focused on the future. >> this is a new day. >> reporter: since arriving yesterday, the president has delighted the cuban people by touring old havana and receiving cuban troops, but after their meeting today, mr. obama said he had a frank discussion with rauu l castro about huba's human rights record. >> to the extent that we can have a good conversation about that and to actually make progress, that i think will allow us to see the full flowering of a relationship that is possible. in the absence of that, i think it will continue to be a very powerful irritant. >> reporter: castro got taste of america's freedom of the press when he was asked about cuban political prisoners. clearly frustrated, he denied there were any. "what political prisoners," he said. but just yesterday the regime arrested more than two dozen protestors. activist antonio rodiles was
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>> you allow them to do these violations, an at the same time you are giving more economic possibilities, then for sure they are getting the signal, they understand that they can this whatever they want. >> reporter: the obama administration argues that the best way to improve human rights is to invest in cuba's future by strengthening economic ties. >> you will merely mush down with the heel to go backward. >> horace clemons and his cuban-born business partner saul berenthal will open the first american-owned factory in havana since the communist revolution. they'll sell this tractor to cuban farmers still relying on cattle to plow their fields. >> i have made peace with the past. i have been able to not only understand what happened and even figure out that the best way to heal is exactly to do what we're doing. >> reporter: american
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of the president's delegation. starwood hotels just inked a deal to be first american hotel operator in havana in nearly 60 years. and, scott, google is in talks to increase internet access on the island. >> pelley: margaret brennan, our woman in havana tonight. margaret, thank you very much. our polls show that most person support diplomatic relations with cuba, but not the americans that david begnaud talked to today in miami's it little havana. >> reporter: cafee versailles in what's known as the little havana section of miami has long been ground zero for anti-castro demonstrations. today protestors knew they would find cameras here. they stomped on and steam rolled pictures of president obama. these cuban-americans call his presence in cuba betrayal. for 76-year-old emilio izquierdo, it's personal. he spent two years jailed in cuba before escaping during the
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>> i feel very bad about our president. >> reporter: what if it's good for cuba down the road? >> it's a fool's hope. i'm very mad. >> you can call me an extremist if you want. to. >> reporter: 69-year-old laura viniello was born in havana and escaped the communist regime as a child. >> the president is a sell-out, sir. don't you know the cuban nation was left out. the cuban people, we have been left out. >> we're going to have more eyes over there. >> reporter: abe rivera left cuba when he was four years old. now 49, this investor is ready to do business in cuba. >> we're going to have an island that everybody is going to go and visit. what obama has done for cuba, it's great. >> reporter: over the last 3 years when there was a concern about something happening in cuba, this is the spot where
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to protest, 10,000, 20,000 people, but, scott, in a sign of the time, today there were less than 30. >> pelley: david, thank you. and in havana today mr. obama offered his thoughts and prayers for u.s. marine staff sergeant louis cardin. cardin was killed in a rocket attack in iraq. several other u.s. marines were wounded. his remains were returned today. cardin was from california. he died on saturday, which was the 13th anniversary of the u.s. invasion. there is a dragnet tonight for a previously unknown suspect in the paris terror attacks. 130 people were killed last november. charlie d'agata is in belgium, where another suspect was captured on friday. >> reporter: new video appears to show salah abdeslam making a run for it. even though belgian security forces were just outside. [gunfire] he'd done it before, evading
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caught last friday. investigators believe abdeslam played a central role in the paris attacks, and it intended to blow himself but changed his mind. now there's a new suspect, najim laachraoui, who may have been the group's bomb-makinger. his d.n.a. was found on the explosives used in the gun and suicide attacks in paris, his whereabouts are unknown. and prosecutors admitted they are not close to solving the puzzle. "we're working on an enormous amount of cases," said frederic van hoy. "they're becoming more and more worrying and violent." authorities can't explain how abdeslam was able to disappear for months only to be captured a few blocks from his home in a brussels neighborhood. interior minister jan jambon told us isis is becoming more sophisticated.
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>> they knew everything about communication techniques. they hide. they have a network. it's professionals against professionals. >> reporter: but there is another reason abdeslam may have been able to hide in plain sight. according to anne speckard, an expert in violent extremeism, who has interviewed dozens of islamic radicals here. >> these are really horrible people that went to paris to gun people down, so it's not beyond them to punish anybody that would turn them in. >> reporter: prosecutors say abdeslam wasn't just in hiding, scott, he was planning further attacks. he's been at this high-security prison since saturday. his lawyer told us he is cooperating with investigators. >> pelley: charlie d'agata on the story tonight. charlie, thank you. now, there are 33 weeks before the presidential election. most americans believe that hillary clinton and donald trump will be the nominees, and they're not happy about that. our new cbs news/"new york
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that 57% have an unfavorable opinion of trump, and for clinton, it's 52% unfavorable. in an election matchup, clinton would beat trump by ten points. bernie sanders would beat trump by 15. here's julianna goldman. >> this was considered one of the great buildings of washington, one of the great buildings in the country. >> reporter: rolling into the nation's capital today, donald trump made time to plug his namesake hotel under construction just blocks from the white house. >> if people want to be smart, movement. >> reporter: and he had a message for republicans working furiously to stop him: >> if they don't want to be smart, they should do what they're doing now, and the republicans are going to go down to a massive loss. >> reporter: but even as he confidently predicted he'll secure the g.o.p. nomination, the anti-establishment front-runner spent the day washington republicans. there will be more. >> reporter: trump met with
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former lawmakers, including former house speaker newt gingrich and new york congressman chris collins. >> the great unifire is hillary clinton for the republican party and the need to defeat her. the other great unifier is people get behind a winner, which is mr. trump. >> i'm going to submit a list of potential justices of the united states supreme court. >> reporter: the billionaire businessman also offered more substance, saying he was working on a supreme court short list and unveiling a foreign policy team shortly before addressing the nation's largest pro israel lobbying group. >> it seems to be the all-time olympics in the deal. can you make that deal between israel and the palestinians? i think the answer is maybe. >> reporter: trump faces a sceptical audience, including the several hundred who plan to boycott his speech because they said his hateful rhetoric doesn't align with jewish values. so far trump's gotten a warm reception here, scott, even though he previously said he'd be a neutral broker between
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it's a statement that did not go over well with this crowd. >> pelley: julianna, thank you. well, hillary clinton also spoke to that same pro-israel group, and nancy cordes has that. >> reporter: at aipac, clinton argued the middle east is no place for trump to practice "the art of the deal." >> we need steady hand, not a president who says he's neutral on monday, pro-israel on tuesday and who knows what on wednesday, because everything is negotiable. >> reporter: the comment reflected her growing focus on the likely g.o.p. nominee, but the latest cbs news/"new york times" poll shows her national lead over sanders has shrunk to its smallest margin yet, just five points. >> let's have a record-breaking turnout in idaho. >> reporter: sanders, who is jewish, was the only candidate to skip the aipac conference. sanders has staked a lot on the west, which he insists will be his stronghold.
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territory where i think we go in as the favorite. a lot of the states that are out there are states that we can win and we can win by large margins. >> reporter: the clinton campaign doesn't dispute that, admitting in a recent memo that sanders is likely to win a series of upcoming caucuses. why? because caucuses, unlike primaries, require a time commitment of a couple hours, so they tend to reward candidates with the most enthusiastic supporters. even with her big delegate lead, clinton is having to spend big to fend off sanders. scott, she raised $30 million last month but ended up spending more than half of it on ads. >> pelley: aipac, of course, is the american-israel public affairs committee. nancy cordes, thank you very much. today in california, a young girl was taken from the only family she has ever known. a native american tribe won a long and bitter custody battle based on a law that few people
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danielle nottingham reports from santa clarita. >> reporter: a tearful scene outside the paige family home in santa clarita as their foster daughter, six-year-old lexi, was taken away by authorities. earlier a devastateed family announced they lost a nearly four-year legal battle to adopt the little girl. >> with very heavy hearts we comply with the order. >> reporter: lexi came to live with paige and his wife since she was two. they have tried to adopt her ever since. lexi is part native american. and the indian child welfare act works to keep native american children with their tribal relatives. today the paiges learned lexi will be going to live with her extended family in utah. >> it's like getting a fen call that your kid was hit by a car and how do you cope with that phone call? >> reporter: paige's neighbors have been camped out near his home since friday in support of the family. court records show election yes's biological father has an extensive criminal record and
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problem. the choctaw tribe agreed to let lexi stay with the paiges until relatives. the trib's statement today, the choctaw nation desires the best for this choctaw child. attorney steve meister. >> whether it's a native american kid or not, have the same end goal, which is to reunite a child with his or her biological relatives, so they can be raised by the family they were born into. >> reporter: the pages say they are the only family lexi knows. scott, they tell me they plan the take this case to the california supreme court. >> drew: danielle nottingham for us. danielle, thank you. is a new type of gear shift causing jeeps to crash? we'll have that story when the "cbs evening news" continues. so let's start talking about your long term goals. knowing your future is about more than just you.
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installed in nearly a million american vehicles. the government is investigating and so is kris van cleave. >> reporter: gary titus drives a 2014 jeep grand cherokee, a vehicle built with a new kind of electronic shift they're changed the feel of changing gears. >> if i don't hit it just right and get it into drive, i could get into an accident because of that. >> reporter: it's known as a monostable electronic gearshift or e-shift, and lacks the typical grooves and sensation of moving the car into park, drive or reverse. >> i thought it was in park, and it was in reverse still. and i noticed the car was moving a little bit. so i got between the car and the garage, and i was able to yell for my son and stop the car at the same time. >> reporter: titus is one of hundreds who filed complaints saying their vehicle rolled away after they thought it was in park. 121 accidents have been reported resulting in at least 30 injuries. the national highway traffic safety administration is now
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vehicles equipped with e-shift. most are 2014 and 2015 jeep grand cherokees. we drove one at the consumer reports test track in connecticut. >> here i guess it's because there's also not... like i pushed all the way forward. that doesn't mean i end up in park. >> reporter: deputy auto editor jon linkov >> it lacks the fail-safe that if you leave it in drive or neutral and you open the door, it still stays in that mode. it doesn't go directly to park. >> reporter: jeep drivers do get a warning on the dashboard. the company says they are cooperating fully with the nhtsa investigation, and for 2016, the company has changed this shifter to something that has a more traditional feel, but fiat chrysler says they did that for customer satisfaction reason, not for safety concerns. >> pelley: kris van cleave. kris, thank you very much. another big jury award for hulk hogan next. ...gas, bloating? yes!
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>> pelley: pro wrestler hulk hogan has won the biggest match of his life against the online gossip site gawker. "48 hours" correspondent erin moriarty has details. >> reporter: this $25 million in punitive damages are on top of the $115 million awarded on friday. >> it's turned my world upside down. >> reporter: hulk hogan accused gawker of violating his privacy four years ago when it posted a portion of a sex tape. >> given the key evidence... >> reporter: nick denton, who also testified at trial, is the british-born, oxford-educated founder of gawker media, a company valued around $83 million. in the days before the trial, he defended the hulk hogan story as newsworthy. >> gossip is the version of news that the authorities or the celebrities or the officials don't want people to know. it's the unauthorized version. i think people have a right to
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>> pelley: we end tonight with the story behind one of the most beloved children's stories of all time, "winnie the pooh." here's jim axelrod. >> okay. we're almost there. >> reporter: when lindsay mattick was expecting her son cole, she knew one day she would want the share some family history with him, so she wrote a book about a soldier and a bear. >> my great grandfather's story was not famous. it was not known. >> reporter: but without his, you don't have the other. >> absolutely.
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>> hooray. >> reporter: that's right, before there was this one, there was this one. your great grandfather buys the bear and names her what? >> he names her winnipeg, winnie for short. >> reporter: harry colebourn was her great grandfather's name and winnipeg was his hometown. he was a veterinarian ready to ship out for world war i when his train stopped in a small canadian town. >> he gets off the train, and there is a hunter there, and the hunter has killed a bear, and he is selling the cub for $20. >> reporter: harry bought a young female cub and took her with him across the atlantic where winny became the mascot for harry's regiment. that was fine while training in england, but when it came time to head to the front lines in france... >> december 9, 1914, took winnie to zoo london. >> reporter: harry knew he had
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>> he planned to get winny at the end of the war, but clearly the war lasted four years, and he realized at that point she had a new home. >> reporter: did she ever. she became a star attraction at the london zoo. >> she did have a remarkable temperament. the london zookeepers would let children inside her enclosure to play. >> reporter: among the kids entranced by winnie, a boy named christopher robin. >> and his father, the author, starts writing children stories. >> reporter: a.a. milne may have made the character famous, but harry colebourn made it all possible. >> it's powerful to know that something you do in a moment can go on to have these incredible, huge ripple effects that you could never even imagine.
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version, winnie has been making life sweeter for children for centuries now, not a bad return on a $20 investment. jim axelrod, cbs news, toronto. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night.
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