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>> pelley: pink slips at the white house. did the president reveal highly classified information to the russians in the oval office? also tonight, computers were paralyzed in 150 country, but an american engineer found a fix for just $10. >> it was just another day at the office i guess. >> pelley: a call for justice after a fraternity hazing death. >> this wasn't boys being boys. this was murder of our son. >> pelley: and where's my plane? airlines swap terminals at one of the world's busiest airports. >> we went from i think terminal three to terminal f
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we've got to go to terminal six. >> this is captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
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justice correspondent jeff pegues is following this. jeff? >> reporter: scott, the meeting in the oval office occurred last wednesday. president trump spoke with both a russian foreign minister, sergei lavrov, and russian ambassador sergey kislyak. according to the "washington post," the president trump went off script and began describing details about an islamic state terrorist threat related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft. the information the president shared reportedly came from a u.s. ally and was considered so sensitive that it had not been shared with other countries. national security adviser h.r. mcmaster told the "washington post," "the president and the foreign minister revealed common threats to include threats to aviation." "at no time," mcmaster says, "were any intelligence discussed and no military operations were disclosed that were not already known publicly." during the campaign you may recall that candidate trump was critical of hilly
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the f.b.i. said mishandled classified information on her private e-mail server. back in july, mr. trump tweeted this: "crooked hillary clinton and her team were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information. not fit." you may also remember that name, sergey kislyak. he was in that meeting at the white house with the president, who was also, scott, a central figure in the f.b.i. investigation into whether trump campaign representatives were coordinating with the russians. >> pelley: jeff pegues for us. jeff, with more on this we're going to turn to michael morell, a cbs news national security figure and a former number two at the c.i.a. michael, how serious is this? how could it happen? >> scott, i think this is highly damaging for two reasons. first, the russians will undoubtedly try to figure out the source or the method of this
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is not also collecting on their activities in syria, and in trying to do that, they could well disrupt the source. i think the second damage is that third countries who provide the united states with intelligence information will now have pause to do so. if the united states is sharing such information with the russians without their permission. so highly damaging. how could it happen, scott? i think this is a president who does not stick to the script. when presidents meet with foreign officials, they are given talking points. they are told, here's what to say on an issue. here's what not to say. the president doesn't seem to stick to the script. >> pelley: the national security adviser today said that no methods or sources were compromised in what the president had to say. does that make you feel any better? >> not a lot better. certainly it would have been more damaging had he done so. but not sharing that sourcing method does not make any better the problems that i
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>> pelley: michael morell, former number two at the c.i.a., thank you very much. now, another story regarding the trump administration today has been whether the president is recording private conversations at the white house. the president raised the issue in a tweet storm last week, and major garrett is following this. >> reporter: the white house will not confirm or deny president trump tape records his conversations. press secretary sean spicer has only one thing to say. >> i made it clear what the president's position is on that issue. >> reporter: but the president has made nothing clear, leaving only this tweet warning now-fired f.b.i. director james comey that tapes might exist of their conversation. >> that i can't talk about. i won't talk about that. >> reporter: spicer responded to several reporters' questions this way today. >> i think president made it clear what his position. is i understand that because that's what the president's position is. >> reporter: and friday? >> the president has nothing further to add on that. as i said for the t
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there is nothing further to add on that. >> reporter: spicer's stonewalling comes amid report of a west wing shake-up that could see him and communications director mike dubke replaced. one senior official told cbs news, "everyone knows it's coming. the question is: now or august? things can't keep going the way they are." president trump is upset about the slow pace of his agenda in congress. also in jeopardy, chief of staff reince priebus, councilor kellyanne conway, chief strategist steve bannon, and white house council don mcgahn. amid this intrigue, the search continues for a new f.b.i. director. the president has not decided whether he will personally interview the finalists, but scott said today the process is moving rapidly. white house officials expect an announcement before friday. >> pelley: major garrett at the white house. in another big story tonight, that cyber attack
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computers in every corner of the world began to slow today. it turns out that a pair of engineers, one of them an american, figured out a way to stall the attack for just a few dollars. charlie d'agata begins our coverage. >> reporter: from china's main oil company to a hospital in indonesia to japan's nissan car company, the ransomware attack ricocheted around the world again today as people went back to work. and today asia bore the bankrupt of the attacks. chinese university students were even locked out from their term papers. elsewhere, germany's railroads were hit, france's reynaud car factory had to close, businesses in australia, even mongolia were also hit. europoll's steven wilson called the scale of the attack unprecedented. >> in excess of 130 countries are affected and beyond 200,000 individualti
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works by freezing the computers encrypting the files with hackers demanding $300 in ransom too decode them or they'd be destroyed. the malware program, wannow, -- wannacry, reveals a hole in microsoft security. it might have been worst if not for two young researchers. one goes by the name of malware tech. he noticed every time a virus took over a computer, he pinged back an unregistered web site. he registered the web site for $10. >> through that registration of the domain, he activated the kill switch. >> reporter: huss said once an infected computer pinged the newly registered web site, it killed the malware, but he resisted being called a hero. >> it's kind of what i do on day-to-day basis, so for me it
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office i guess. >> reporter: the head of you poll said its investigators are working closely with f.b.i. to identify the culprit, scott, in at least two prominent cyber security firm, including one in the u.s., say they're looking into technical clues that north korea may be behind the attack. >> pelley: charlie d'agata in our london newsroom. charlie, thanks. so what does microsoft have to say? john blackstone picks up the story. >> reporter: at microsoft's campus near seattle, security experts have known for months about the software vulnerability that made this attack possible. in march microsoft released a fix few users of newer versions of its operating system, but not a fix for the older versions. avi rubin teaches computer science at johns hopkins. >> microsoft hasn't been supporting systems like windows xp. this attack took advantage of that. so microsoft issued an emergency patch this past weekend. r
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attacked in a blog post microsoft president brad smith acknowledged the company has the first responsibility to address these issues. but went on to point a finger at the national security agency, which originally identified the software flaw then lost it when hackers broke into n.s.a. computers. an equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the u.s. military having some of its tomahawk missiles stolen. >> i think the n.s.a. should probably err on the side of disclosure. >> reporter: in seattle, karl koscher, computer security researcher at the university of washington, works to defend against hackers and thinks the n.s.a. could have done more to prevent this attack. >> they could possibly figure out when these vulnerabilities are going to be rediscovered or leaked and alert the vendors before it gets out, but it doesn't seem like that happened in this case. >> reporter: microsoft s i
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engineers working to keep its software safe, but as this incident shows, scott, among the hackers working to find a way in are america's own spy agencies. >> pelley: john blackstone, thanks. today the state department said it had evidence that syria's assad regime has carried out mass executions outside damascus. it released images that according to the u.s. show a crematorium. assad's forces have been pummeling the opposition in damascus and in the city of homes, but in a deal, it allowed hundreds to board buses out. seth doane was there. >> reporter: for years they waged war against the regime of syrian president bashar al assad, but tonight these opposition fighters and their families lined up to leave, defeated. nearly 400 fighters, some with weapons still in hand, had boarded buses by sunset.
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departure under the watchful eye of their russian allies, all part of the deal to relocate the opposition to northern syria. what are you thinking about right now as you get on the bus? the rebel fighters did not want the talk to us, but in a video they shot, this young man explained "it feels like a stab in the heart leaving home, but god willing i'll come back one day trump fan." holmes' governor hom' talal al barazi was difficult. "it's a truce for the time being," he said, but he warns the government would fight them again in the future if he had to. assad's forces used several different tactics to take back territory from opposition fighters. one has been to destroy entire neighborhoods. and so the shelling continues on the outskirts of the capital damascus.
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deal there, with thousands leaving. assad's forces have destroyed cities, killed and stavered their enemies, and now, scott, these rebel evacuations are bringing assad closer to a symbolic victory, solidifying control over syria's big cities. >> pelley: seth doane inside syria for us tonight. thanks. next on the "cbs evening news," a new missile test increases the threat from north korea, and later, the family of a penn state fraternity pledge calls his hazing death murder. trintellix may help you take a step forward in improving your depression.
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>> pelley: go people were killed today when a lear jet crashed while trying the land at a new jersey airport near new york city. the jet hit a building a half mile from the runway. no one on the ground was hurt. about two dozen eighth graders were hurt today in a bus crash that shut down busy i-95 in northeastern maryland. police say a car hit the bus, which flipped over. the students from philadelphia were on their way to a trip in washington. most were not seriously injured. the family of a penn state student who died after a night of hazing is opening up tonight. 18 fraternity members are
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here's jericka duncan. >> this was murder of our son. they treated him like a rag doll, and they left him to die. >> reporter: timothy piazza's family wants the world to know how he was treated during his final hours inside the beta theta pi fraternity house. >> they tortured him for 12 hours. they let him suffer. he died a slow and painful death at the hands of these men of principle, as they call it. >> reporter: according to this grand jury report, piazza, a then-sophomore at penn state university, was forced to drink alcohol, fell down a flight of basement stairs twice, and went in and out of consciousness for hours during a pledge night on february 2nd. much of it was churd on surveillance cameras. how difficult was that to read that grand jury report? >> it was awful. to know that he was laying at the bottom of the basement step
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himself, it's terrible. >> 911, what is the address of your emergency? >> reporter: fraternity members waited until almost 11:00 the next morning to call for help. >> we have a friend who is unconscious. he's... he hasn't proved? >> -- moved. >> is he breathing? >> he is breathing. >> reporter: the grand jury report also details a alleged cover-up. >> they knew he needed serious help, but they decideed, let's take care of ourselveses. they ordered a clean-up and they were talking about getting rid of the alcohol and the evidence and they were talking about getting rid of the videotapes. thank god the police got their first. >> tim was an amazing man and a better friend. >> reporter: the piazza family is finding comfort from the hundreds of people who sent their condolences. >> i will
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>> tim is not just our son anymore. >> he's everyone's son. >> he's everyone's son and daughter. >> reporter: the university president said beta theta pi will never exist again at penn state university. defense attorneys say they'll let the facts play out in court. the preliminary hearing, scott, has been moved to next month. >> pelley: heartbreaking. jericka, thank you very much. when we come back, a big shuffle at lax. weeks taking probiotics! days and nights of laxatives, only to have my symptoms return. (vo) if you've had enough, tell your doctor what you've tried and how long you've been at it. linzess works differently from laxatives. linzess treats adults with ibs with constipation or chronic constipation. it can help relieve your belly pain, and lets you have more frequent and complete bowel movements that are easier to pass. do not give linzess to children less than six,
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on tonight. >> reporter: in all 21 airlines will swaich places thanks to an army of 200-plus movers. >> it's like ripping off that bandaid, let's just do it and get it done. >> reporter: airport spokeswoman mary grady. >> we had the find a time of the year where we felt we could get this done and mother's day weekend is really one of the slowest times of the year at lax. >> reporter: follow the signs as everything in terminals two and three must go to make room for delta coming from five and six, a distance of about seven blocks. 3,000 computers need to be moved, as do 300 offices and 6,200 boxes so far loaded into 14 moving vans. one of the easier parts of this move is actually dealing with the 25 airplanes that need to be taken to their new homes. this one came in from new york to terminal five but needs to start the day tomorrow on the other side of the airport. lax added 400 miles of new cable for technology, enough to
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francisco. and more than 1,000 signs had to be changed. the move aims to cut congestion. delta wanted to expand and is paying for the whole thing. >> it's been a 13-month planning session. >> reporter: delta's v.p. >> when you're in the middle of it you're, all about going through it. >> reporter: still, there's bound to be some confusion. >> it wasn't t2. it's t3, so we've been half an hour late. >> reporter: a delay today they hope leads to more on-time departures tomorrow. kris van cleve, cbs news, los angeles. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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tonight we start off script with breaking news. remember last week's controversial meeting with the foreign minister of russia in the oval office? another one where only russian media was allowed to attend? now the washington post is reporting that during that very same meeting president donald trump revealed highly classified information to the russians, current and former u.s. officials tell the washington post the disclosures jeopardize a critical source of intelligence on isis. information considered so sensitive it wasn't even shared with allies and was tightly restricted within the u.s. government. stephanie ramirez is here now with more on this story which is blowing up all over the internet. >> bruce, this is now the most read article from the washington post and this story is really stunning because of the detail in this leak. now, you can argue that the president is the president. he


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