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>> pelley: tonight, the largest car recall ever. >> up until now takata has refused to acknowledge that their airbags are defective. that changes today. >> pelley: also tonight justice denied for thousands of rape victims. >> i told the police what happened to me and i was betrayed. >> pelley: a break in a jewel heist that embarrassed scotland yard. >> at times we have been portrayed as if we'd acted like keystone cops. >> pelley: and the subway gets a soundtrack. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: at last count there were more than 135 million cars on the roads of america. well today the government
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announced that one out of four is being recalled because of to personnelly deadly airbags. that's 34 million vehicles, the largest auto recall in u.s. history. the airbags are blamed for five deaths and more than 100 injuries. they were made by japan's takata corporation, and here's jeff glor. >> up until now takata has refused to acknowledge that their airbags are defective. that changes today. after months of prodding transportation secretary anthony foxx said takata finally gave in, agreeing to this record-setting recall. the national highway traffic safety administration believes that moisture from humidity leaks into the airbag's inflater, changing the properties of the chemical used to inflate the bags. when this happens the explosive force can rupture the metal casing sending shrapnel flying through the vehicle. why this is happening officially is still not clear. >> takata still has not
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identified the root cause of the defect, but we cannot let that delay our actions that we're taking today. >> i get more anxiety than anything is when anybody stops. >> reporter: three years ago angelina sujata was driving a 2001 honda civic when she was involved in a crash at just 25 miles per hour. herp takata airbag exploded opinion one piece of shrapnel from inside the airbag flew out the windshield. the other ripped into her body. >> i had a hole in my chest clear enough to see the bone at the bottom. >> reporter: the problem back then-- no one believed her. >> everybody kept telling me, "airbags don't do that." the problem is these ones are and that's not right and that's not okay. >> reporter: kevin dean is now her attorney. >> this is the absolute worst automotive products liability defect we've ever seen. >> reporter: ever. >> ever. >> reporter: it is a problem that takata and honda have known about since at least 2008 when honda issued its first recall for 4,000 takata airbags.
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at the time, the companies blamed it on manufacturing problems. additional recalls followed. eventually expanding to life manufacturers, but mostly for humid regions. dean is suing takata and honda on behalf of his clients. he hired forensic engineer bill williams to try to discover a cause. >> three two one. >> reporter: dean and williams have been documenting their testing and so far of the 100 airbags they've tested, three have ruptured. they tack these throw sloe-motion videos capturing some of those failures. you can see shrapnel flying in a driver's direction. if you're sitting in one of these vehicles and the airbag goes off you don't know what you're going to get. it could be safe. it could be essentially a grenade. >> exactly. >> reporter: today n.h.t.s.a. said it could be days before they know all the vehicles affected. takata said today, "we are pleased to have reached this agreement with nit," and said it frnts a clear path forward to restoring trust and safety even though as we mentioned they still don't know the root cause.
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scott, n.h.t.s.a. believes drivers can still use these impacted vehicles but once the official list is out, they should get those vehicles fixed as soon as possible. >> pelley: jeff, thanks very much. that list is jeff just mentioned is still being compiled by the government, but for a list of the vehicles that we already know are being recalled and what to do if you own one you can go to our web site, cbsnews.com. at least five american industries mishandled critical evidence in rape investigations according to a new report out today. in those cities, more than 9,000 evidence kits have languished untested. we have more now from anna werner. >> reporter: in 1998, brenda tracy reported to police in oregon that she was gang rapeed by four football players. at a hospital, nurses gathered evidence fair rape kit. >> i assumed that, like any other crime police get evidence and they keep it and they process it. >> reporter: the men were
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arrested based on tracy's identification, but she says she was intimidated and dropped the charges. years later she reconsidered but discovered her rape kit had never been tested and in fact had been destroyed. >> it was devastating because i did everything right. i went and i got a rape kit right away. and i told the police what happened to me. >> reporter: new data gathered by the joyful heart foundation, a nonprofit that works on national sexual assault issues, shows there are many city where's thousand of rape kit cits remain untested. more than 1,000 in charlotte and kansas city, missouri. nearly 2,000 in jacksonville and portportland. and almost 3,000 in san diego. ilsa knecht is with the foundation. >> i have worked with a lot of rape survivors whose kits have gone untested and they suffer through a lot of shame. they feel that the criminal justice system has let them
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down, that nobody cares about what happened to them, that their experience was not important. >> reporter: in the last five years, cbs news has reported on several city where's rape kits sat untested. in one of those cities, cleveland, once the kits were analyzed, they revealed 225 men were potentially linked to multiple rapes. brenda tracy is now working on legislation in oregon. >> they deserve to have their evidence processed and tested and the d.n.a. needs to be put in the database if there is d.n.a. >> reporter: now the police departments provided us a variety of reasons for not testing these kid cits, including lack of fnld resources and the fact that some victims did not want to prosecute. all say they are committed to clearing any backlogs but scott, portland police say they are now seek $2 million to $3 million from the the department of justic for testing every single kit. >> pelley: and to be clear brenda tracy's rape kit was destroyed before the stat iewft limitations had run out on her
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case. >> reporter: that's right correct. >> pelley: anna werner, thank you. important story. the engineer driving that amtrak train that derailed one week ago tonight was new to the route, having worked it less than three weeks. the train was going 106 miles an hour double the speed limit when it hit a curve outside philadelphia. eight people were killed. correspondent kris van cleave tells us that mechanical failure has not been ruled out but the engineer is the principal focus of the investigation. he has said that he does not remember the crash. today, a federal judge ordered the state department to begin releasing the e-mails of former secretary of state hillary clinton. nancy cordes caught up with the democratic candidate for president in iowa. >> i want those e-mails out. >> reporter: in her first press encounter in nearly a month, clinton urged the state department to move up its timeline after the agency warned that sifting through the voluminous collection of 55,000
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pages would take until january, the start of an election year. >> nobody has a bigger interest in getting them released than i do. >> reporter: clinton hold to the the e-mails for more than two years after she left the state department, storing them on a home server until republicans investigating the benghazi attacks demanded them. today, u.s. district judge rudolph contreras ordered state to start releasing the e-mails on a rolling basis. clinton had been avoiding questions about other e-mails she deleted. >> you can't script your way to the presidency. >> reporter: but criticism from her rivals was getting louder. businesswoman carly fiorina. >> i have answered a total of 375 on-the-record questions. hillary clinton has answered eight since april 12. >> reporter: so today, at a bike shop in cedar falls clinton strolled over to our cameras. your opponents say that the foreign donations and the
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private e-mails are examples of the clinton having one set of rules for themselveses and another set of rules for everyone else. >> i am so proud of the foundation. i'm proud of the work that it has done and it is doing. it attracted donations from people organizations, from around the world and i'll let the american people make their own judgments about that. >> reporter: clinton answered about five questions, then headed off to a local bookstore and a cafe. her campaign argues she has been taking questions all along scott, just from voters, not journalists. >> pelley: 17 months to election day. thank you very much, nancy. today, the mother of an american reporter who vanished in syria 1,000 days ago says that she believes he's alive and clarissa ward met her in lebanon. >> reporter: for more than two and a half years, debra tice has been searching for her kidnapped son, 33-year-old austin tice
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previously served as a captain in the marine corps and studied law before heading to syria as a freelance journalist. do you think the u.s. government knows who's holding him? >> i think they think they know. but they aren't sharing with us, you know, because we're the parents. >> reporter: so you do feel that information has been withheld from you? >> oh, absolutely. yes. i mean, we've even been told that we-- they can't share information with us because we are a security risk. >> reporter: tice disappeared outside damascus in 2012, where he was covering rebel fighting against the syrian army. this march, the u.s. government said it had begun periodic direct communication with the syrian regime about tice's case. what's been your reaction to how the u.s. has handled its hostages being held overseas? >> i think the more appropriate
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question is how they have not handled it because look at the tragic ends six times over. >> reporter: six american hostages have been killed in the past nine months while other westerners have been freed. one of the cornerstones of u.s. hostage p its refusal to alout payment of ransoms. >> it just is heartbreaking disbelief because especially with them. they were held with others and those others, except for the british, are free. that's the strongest indication that freedom was an option for them. >> reporter: last month administration officials indicated that they would no threaten families with prosecution who do try to
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pay ransom but so far scott no ransom has been requested for austin. >> pelley: clarissa ward with the interview in beirut tonight. clarisa, thank you. in britain, more than 200 officers swooped in today and arrested nine suspects in a daring jewelry theft that embarrassed the police. mark phillips has more on this. >> reporter: as heists go, it was major league, an access hole drilled through two feet of concrete wall in london's diamond district. an elevator disabled so the thieves could climb down the shaft to the basement vault as they worked over two days of the easter weekend. and millions of dollars of loot-- diamondeds, other jewel reas, who knows what else-- gone. no one is sure how much because the content of the deposit boxes was only known to the owners scotland yard had put out cctv images of the gang at work, but the police were under intense
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criticism for not responding to the alarm in the first place and for not making any visible progress on the case in the weeks since until now said scotland yard commander peter spindler. >> at times we have been portrayed as if we'd acted like keystone cops, but i want to reassure you that in the finest traditions of scotland yard, these detectives have done their utmost to bring justice for the victims of this callous crime. >> reporter: no one's been charged yet but police say they've recovered at least some of what was stolen. sents sound like something out of a "one last caper for old time's sake" movie. >> they're all aged between 48 and 75 years of age. they've all been arrested for conspiracy to steal. >> reporter: police here at the yard now have four days in which to charge their suspects or let them go. but, scott sorgt out who gets what from which of the recovered
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>> pelley: an elderly man picked up the phone last week and placed a breaking call to 911. turns out it was a wake-up call
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if you've had a heart attack be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. >> pelley: no city has a rhythm like new york. some of it provided by the rumble of the subway. today, musicians flocked to grand central terminal for a chance to harmonize with the a.train, and here's jim axelrod. >> reporter: for as much joy as new york city's street musicians bring their listeners-- >> it's amazing, really amazing. >> reporter: they are not always welcome. >> everybody that walks by us wants to be like, hey there's no bums again you know. because we're not bums. we're street musician. >> reporter: which is why
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today the sunnyside social club is among the 60-plus acts auditioning to earn the official approval of the new york city subway system. ( applause ) what do you think they could be looking for? >> us. that's what they're looking for. >> reporter: only a third of these performers will get the thumbs-up giving them access to the most lucrative spots in subway stations, as well as something to show the cops to make clear they're good to go. henry prince is a judge. >> you can imagine that people are going to come and hear you and immediately relax and be transported out of the subway. so they think they're somewhere else before the train comes. >> reporter: prince, a subway musician himself understands the power of subway performers to cut through the rush hour stress and lend a little lift to the daily commute. >> someone once who was deaf wrote a letter to me and said, "you know, i can't hear, but the people around me looked so happy when you were playing they had to give you some money."
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>> reporter: those selected today will join the 350 other new yorkersnew yorkers attentioned to provide the backbeat of the new york city subways. >> once we get the permit and we're playing at these big cavernous station-- >> if we get the permit. >> when we get the permit. >> no concert tickets before they're hatched, man. >> reporter: he knows just how hard it is to earn the designation, not just the best musicians in new york but under. jim axelrod, cbs news, new york. >> pelley: and tomorrow, "cbs this morning" is going to take us to the very top of new york as charlie norah and gayle broadcast from the 102nd floor observation deck of the new 1 world trade center. 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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narrator: puerto rico's healthcare system is on life support, putting three and a half million puerto ricans at risk. it's an outrage. puerto ricans are us citizens and pay the same medicare taxes, but receive only half the federal healthcare funding as the other 50 states. the headlines tell the story... woman: "unfair treatment from washington." man: "thousands without medications." woman: "it c's arisis that could imperil the whole economy." narartor: washington must act now to protect care for three and a half million u.s. citizens. before it's too late.
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police have identified the victim in an officer-involved shooting. in arlington county, the latest coming up. >> in prince georges county with a video that is angering many while some are saying this teacher did the right thing. that's coming up. >> those were outright lies. >> phony charities scamming americans out of millions of dollars. wait until you hear where donations really went. >> we'll track lower humidity and lower temperatures. by thursday, rain develops to the west. we'll tell you what that means for your morning commute. a man is dead and two police officers are recovering after a shooting in arlington today. thank you for joining us. >> it all began as a domestic

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