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online. president obama said people were flocking to the site and any glitches as he called them would be fixe fixed and they would hae site running more quickly in just a few hours. today, 24 days later, the man the president brought in to rescue his health insurance program acknowledgedly the painfully obvious. the problems are far worse and run deeper than we were told. jeffrey zients said they will take weeks, if not longer, to fix, and he's shaking up the team overseeing these repairs. here's sharyl attkisson. >> the government has brought in consultant jeffrey zients to spearhead repairs of healthcare.gov and today what he told reporters on the conference call was a game changer. the web site's problems amount to way more than a glitch. >> it will take a lot of work, and there are eye lot of of problems that need to be addressed. there's a punch list of fixes, and we're going to punch them out one by one. >> reporter: that assessment goes much deeper than the idea
health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius promoted even today that the main problem was unexpected volume. >> and we were just wildly incorrect, the numbers so far exceeded that, and now there are very specific diagnostics in place. >> reporter: zients says there are two categories of issues with the web site-- performance-- which is speed, response time, and reliability-- and function, the bugs that prevent the software from working properly. the government also announced it's removing the centers for medicare and medicaid services as overseers of repairs. that job is going toqss i, one of the tech companies that helped build healthcare.gov. >> and by the end of november, healthcare.gov will work smoothly for the vast majority of users. >> reporter: that end of november date could be make or break for affordable care, according to one former obamacare official who department want to be identified. he says the government has weeks, not months, to fix the
web site before the entire business model gets thrown off. joel agrees that fixes must come fast. he was director of the h.h.s. office of exchanges. >> the longer they go, the more people get impatient about it. for the period we're in now, i think we're very much in a zone where the administration has about a month here to get it right. >> reporter: today the government said as few as three in 10 people who try can complete the application process, but they say nine in 10 people are at least able to create an account. however, i tried three times today to create an account, and the system, scott, would not let me do it. >> pelley: a lot of people with identify with that. sharyl in washington for us tonight. thank you, sharyl. there was a revelation today in the 17-year-old unsolved murder of jonbenet ramsey. it turns out, a grand jury investigating the case all those years ago voted to indict the little girl's parents on charges related to the murder. barry petersen has the exwrj
documents. >> reporter: the grand jury did not directly accuse john and patsy ramsey of murdering jonbenet. instead, the section of the indictment released today said the ramseys recklessly placed their daughter in a situation which posed a threat of injury to the child's life and assisted the person suspected of the crime of murder. but boulder county district attorney alex hunter would not sign it. >> we do not have sufficient evidence to warrant the filing of charms against anyone who has been investigated at this time. >> reporter: he never explained why, citing the secrecy of the grand jury examining the murder evidence. the six-year-old beauty queen was found strangleed in the basement of the family home the day after christmas in 1996. her parent blamed an intruder. am ramseys wanted the court to release all the evidence and testimony presented to the grand jury, not just the indictments.
lin wood was their lawyer. >> if you're going to release some of this, release all of it. the family has nothing to hide. >> reporter: in twoi 8, prosecutors said advanced d.n.a. testing not available at the time of the murder proved the ramseys had not killed their daughter. sadly, scott, that came two years after patsy ramsey died of cancer. >> pelley: barry petersen in boulder for us tonight. barry, thank you. it was 10 months ago that a gunman killed 20 students and six adults at sandy hook elementary school in newtown, connecticut. today, the town began to erase the last fizz cool reminder of that awful day. demolition crews began to work on tearing down and removing every trace of the school building. some neighbors said they were relieved to see it go. the town is going to build a new, $50 million school on the property to open in 2016.
the mystery enveloping a little-- involving a little girl known as maria has been solved tonight. she caught the world's attention after discovered in greece living with gypsies who are not her parents. today, we learned her mother's identity, and holly williams is following the case. >> maria. >> reporter: this home video shows maria as a toddler being cared for by a roma couple, often referred to as jeps ease. but when tests showed the pair weren't maria's biological parents they were charged with child abduction. the police and the media speculated that the couple kidnapped maria and intended to sell her. even though they insisted they'd informally adopted the girl after another roma abandoned her. it now turns out it was true. d.n.a. tests showed this bulgarian woman, also a gypsy, is maria's biological mother. she said she was too poor to care for her baby.
giorgos mpantis is a roma wedding photographer who made the home videos. >> no problem, maria. happy, very good. >> reporter: he told us the case is typical of the way the roma are discriminated against. "people think we're dirty and unhygienic "he told us. "but it's not true. we can take good care of our children. it's wrong what they say about roma people." it looks as though prejudice may have influenced how the greek authorities handled this case, but the question now, scott, is whether maria will be returned to the couple that's raised her since she was a baby. >> pelley: holly williams reporting from istanbul tonight. holly, thank you. the white house is telling us this evening it is open to having talks with european leaders about u.s. surveillance programs. those european leaders called for meetings after reports that the national security agency has been eavesdropping on their telephone calls. the main architect of the c.i.a.
strategy to dismantle al qaeda is speaking about it for the first time on television. mike morrell was the agency's longtime deputy director before retiring last month. in a "60 minutes" interview, john miller asked morrell what he thinks of the c.i.a.'s enhanced interrogation techniques that many have described as torture? >> reporter: let me read you a list of some of the techniques that were used by the c.i.a. to get information. waterboarding. hitting. bouncing suspects off walls. confining them in small spaces. loud music. sleep deprivation. nudity. keeping suspects in physical stress positions. if these were americans being held overseas by a foreign power, would we have called that torture? >> i-- i-- i actually, john, want to challenge you on the word "torture." my officers carried out the guidance that was provided to them in both administrations. and, obviously, that was
different guidance. what's my view? my view was that those coercive techniques were the wrong thing to do. my view was that those techniques were inconsistent with american values. and for that reason, i don't think they should have been done. >> pelley: you can see john's fascinating interview with mike morrell this sunday on "60 minutes." the football world is intugz tonight about what legendary quarterback brett farve is saying about his memory. favre was a fixture on sunday afternoons for two decades as one of the best of all time. he played a record 297 games in a row. and he was sacked more than 500 times. he has no idea how many concussions he has suffered. here's what favre told a washington radio station yesterday. >> i don't remember my daughter playing so, youth soccer, one summer. i don't remember that.
for the first time in 44 years, that kind of put a little fear in me. >> pelley: james brown of cbs sport is the host of "nfl today" and a special correspondent for cbs news. j.b., you have been talking to current and former players. what are they telling you if this? >> that fear brett farve references is pretty accurate scribing conversations with former players who here to for have been light hearted about it but in light of recent revelations about concussions, the conversations are very sobering, especially those of wives whon their husbands the best and they've seen subtle changes and are quite concerned by many ex-playerses. >> pelley: recently, the nfl and former players came to a settlement on a concussions lawsuit. the foofl agreed to pay $775 million to about 4500 retired players. how is that deal being viewed now? >> scott, in all of my conversations of best-case picture would be it's a mixed bag. eric dicker son, a hall of
famer, said his many brethren who have been suffering, at least they're getting some money right now. a significant number of others say it's woefully nad inadequate and while the lawsuit settlement put some things to bed sadly i think it will only increase the issue in coming years. >> pelley: james brown of the "nfl today." thanks, j.b. what's next for afghanistan? we'll go on patrol for american troops. and castro and the j.f.k. assassination. the story that was left out of the warin property when the cbs evening news continues. i'd put these on a salad. these would be perfect for cookies. delicious and nutritious sunsweet, the amazing prune. the pain started up and wrapped around to the front. i was on my way to a music conference and the pain from shingles just made it impossible to even want to move. i couldn't play my bassoon because of the pressure
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said today it killed 10 taliban fighters during a firefight in the south. 12 years after the u.s. invasion, afghan forces are assuming more responsibility for their country's security. the u.s. has 60,000 troops in afghanistan. that's down from more than 100,000. this year, 108 americans have died there. charlie d'agata went along recently as u.s. and afghan soldiers went hunting for the taliban in the east. >> reporter: u.s. soldiers and afghan commandos ran toward a walled compound where the taliban have hidden fighters and weapons in the past. the first few moments of the raid were the most dangerous. american soldiers raced along the rooftop into position providing cover for afghan troops to go inside.
these are the soldiers of the 101st airborne division's easy company. they're better known as "the band of brackets "whose battle vict flees world war ii became legendary. it's one of their last raids. they'll be pulling out within weeks, and they won't be replaced. commander lou cascino knows the clock is ticking. have you allowed yourself to think, oh, my gosh. we're almost home now? does that change your outlook, your perspective? >> yes. it changes the perspective because now you want to focus even more to make sure that there's no oversights that last few months pause as you're smelling the barn, as they say, we're like, all right, we're almost there. >> reporter: there's every reason to be concerned. this is where osama bin laden set up his training camp 16 years ago. it's still a mill stant ofitant stronghold. the company's brigade from fort campbell, kentucky, has lost eight men since their deployment
began five months ago. this is one of the last missions of its kind for easy company. and it's not just about hunting for potential militants. it's about sending a message to the taliban that they're still active on the ground and will be until the moment they leave. soldiers combed every inch of the compound looking for weapons. and while easy company's afghan partners are better trained now, american soldiers double checked everything. they didn't find enough weapons to confiscate or any men of fighting age, either. an afghan commander questioned a teenaged boy about where they were. he told us they were working. they can only hope he's telling the truth. the u.s. military really has reached a turning point here, scott. where we were, the crucial eastern profipses along the border with pakistan, they've cut back from 52 bases to just 12 in the last five months.
but that's not to say the fighting has ended. the bases where we stayed came under repeated rocket attacks, and that is just a daily fact of life. >> pelley: most u.s. forces due to be out of there by the end of 2014. charlie d'agata in kabul, afghanistan, charlie, thanks very much. bob schieffer coming up next with a secret that has been kept ever since the j.f.k. assassination. vo: it's that time of year again. medicare open enrollment.
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assassination of president kennedy. the warren commission, of course, concluded that lee harvey oswald acted alone, but some conspiracy theorists have long suspected that cuba's fidel castro was somehow involved. now, all these years later, bob schieffer has come with a fascinating story about castro and the warren commission, which has just come to light. bob. >> reporter: scott, in his new book about the assassination, phil shenon who is the author of "a cruel and shock act," reveals a secret that is held for 50 years. now around here, it's pretty unusual to get a secret to hold through one news cycle. but it turns out that while the warren commission was investigating, they got word through a back channel that fidel castro wanted to talk to them, so they sent a young investigator down. he met with castro on a fishing boat off the coast of cuba, talked to him for three hours. castro, of course, denied everything and said he didn't
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the football play of the month. it was executed with amazing precision by the eagles, the olivet eagles. steve hartman has the play and the postgame analysis "on the road." >> reporter: between classes they schemed and conspired. for weeks, the football players here at olivet middle school in olivet, michigan secretly planned their remarkable play. did anybody go, "this is a crazy idea?" >> no, everyone was in on it. >> the coaches didn't know anything about it. we were, like, going behind their back. >> reporter: i just never heard of a team coming up with a plan to not score. >> it's just, like, to make someone's day, make someone's week. just make them happy. >> reporter: the play, which was two plays, actually, happened at a home game earlier this month. the first part of their plan was to try to get as close to the
goal line as possible without scoring. even if it meant taking a dive on the one-yard line, which it did. the crowd was not happy. quarterback parker smith: >> but us kids knew, hey, we got this. this is our time. this is keith's time. >> keith orr is the little kid in the brown jacket. he's learning disabled, struggles with boundaries, but in the sweetest, possible way-- >> hug? >> reporter: because of his special nature, it's no surprise keith embraces his fellow football players. >> hug, gabe. >> reporter: what is surprising is how they have embraisd him. >> hello. >> we thought it would be cool to do something for him. >> because we really wanted to prove that he was part of our team and he meant a lot to us. >> nothing can really explain getting a touchdown when you've never had one before. >> reporter: which brings us to part two of their play. ( applause ) if you didn't see keith, it's because they were so protective
of him. but he was in the middle of that rush. and when you crossed the goal line, what was that like? >> awesome! >> it was, like, did he just score a touchdown? >> get your camera out! >> i'm like ah! >> reporter: keith's parents, carrie and jim, almost missed the moment, but they got the significance. >> somebody's always going to have his back, from now until the day he graduate. >> reporter: she's right. when the football team decide you're cool, pretty much everyone follows suit. today, keith is a new kid. although by no means was heat only one who was profoundly changed. what was it like for you? >> it was like-- like, once i saw him go in, i was smiling like, about, here. >> reporter: wide receiver justice miller. >> nothing could wipe that smile off my face. >> reporter: why did it affect you so much. >> he was never cool or popular and he went from being pretty much a nobody to making
everyone's day. >> reporter: justice admits, it wasn't his idea. >> i would have not really thought about that. >> reporter: he says it never crossed his mind to give keith any glory. >> well, i kind of went from being somebody like who mostly cared about myself and my friends to caring about everyone and trying to make everyone's day in everyone's life. >> reporter: which may just make that touchdown the most successful football play of all time. steve hartman "on the road" in olivet, michigan. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, i'm scott pelley. i'll see you sunday on "60 minutes." good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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