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special bond between child and duck. >> i'm his mom.r: >> reporter: you're not really his mom.m. >> yup, i'm his mom. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. this may go down as the week the party of lincoln devolved into a crippling civil war of its own. there was nothing grand in the old party's debate last night-- name calling, mocking, attempts at humiliation reached lows that many republicans would say are beneath the dignity of the office that the candidates are seeking. maybe it reflected desperation, as time runs short before next week's super tuesday, which is likely the last chance to catch donald trump. today, the race was jolted by an impeccably timed bombshell when trump's campaign was validated by one of the last people you might have expected. here's major garrett.
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prepared to provide america with the strong leadership that it needs, both at home and around the world, than donald trump. >> reporter: chris christie saidth donald trump is the bestla candidate to take on hillary clinton and praised his executive experience. >> he'll provide strong,le unequivocal leadership.ha he will do what needs to be done to protect the american people. >> reporter: but when he was a candidate, christi questionedfo trump's fitness for the white house. >> we are not electing an entertainer-in-chief. showmanship is fun, but it's not the kind of leadership that willha truly change america. >> reporter: the high-profile endorsement turned attention away from last night's debate when, for the first time, marco rubio, trailing trump in his home state of florida, pummeledll the billionaire front-runner with personal and policy attacks. >> here's a guy that inheriteda $200 million. if he hadn't inherited $200io million, you know where donald trump would be right now? selling watches in manhattan. you hired some workers from poland. >> i'm the only one on the stage that's hired people.
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>> let me finish the statement-- >> you haven't hired one person. >> he hired workers from poland and he had to pay $1 million in a judgment. >> wrong, totally wrong. >> reporter: after the debate, trump told us this about rubio. >> the guy's a choke artist. i watched him melt four weeks ago with chris christie. i never saw anything like it. he melted. >> reporter: trump continued the theme on twitter with thisev "never let them see you sweat" depiction of rubio and stage makeup and at his press conference. >> but i saw him backstage and he was putting it on with a trowel. >> reporter: on "cbs this morning," rubio trotted out his own new attack line. >> donald trump is a con artist. a con artist is about to take over the republican party. but not a con artist like donald trump. >> reporter: at a rally in dallas, rubio turned up the heat even more. he mocked trump's tweets by trump's misspelling. >> "lightweight chocker marco rubio looks like a little boy on stage, not presidential material."
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he spelled it l-e-i-g-h-t, he got that wrong. >> reporter: he then resorted to toilet humor. >> then he asked for a full- length mirror. i don't know why, because the podium goes up to here. but he wanted a full-lengthro mirror.e maybe to make sure his pants weren't wet. >> reporter: trump hit back,d imitating rubio's 2013 state ofis the union response when he interrupted his speech to take ak, drink of water. >> it's rubio! ( cheers ) >> reporter: the attacks have led many in the republicanpu establishment to throw up their hands in dismay, as former candidate lindsey graham did last night. >> my party has gone bat ( bleep ) crazy. >> reporter: late today, maine's governor paul lepage endorsed trump, arguing donald trump could be one of america's great presidents if he put together a good team. scott, trump left open putting christie on that team, either as a running mate or a cabinet member. >> pelley: major garrett, thanks. p bob schieffer has been watching
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bob. >> reporter: well, scott, i mustco tell you, i thought things couldn't get lower than they'd already reached in this campaign. i mean, the political discourse, but last night it went even below where i thought it could possibly go. i mean, no discussion of the issues, but people arguing, screaming, hollering. it was like kids out behind the barn rather than a political debate. and then, as he always does, donald trump has this tremendousec ability to change the subject. he rolls out chris christieo. today and suddenly, that debateab seems like it was years ago. we're talking about chris christie.ft >> pelley: after 2012, bob, the republican party realized it needed to reach out to a much broader electorate, includingca hispanics and african americans. what happened to that effort? >> well, i'll tell you, that is what is bothering a lot of traditional republicans. donald trump gets big applause
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that wall along the border with mexico, but what some republicans are beginning to wonder is, is he really building a wall around the republican party, making it impossible forch the party now to reach out andba to try to broaden its base. hispanics are the largest growing segment of our society, and trump seems to be trying to run them off with all of this talk. he says that hispanics love him, but the polls don't back thisba up. and i think-- i think this is the problem that is reallyw. bothering republicans now. i've got to tell you, scott.pa if they try to run a campaigneo that appeals only to people who look like me, that is going to be a very tall wall to climb., >> pelley: bob schieffer, on the campaign trail with us for 2016, bob, thanks so much., >> thank you, scott. >> pelley: now to the democrats on the eve of their south carolina primary. here's nancy cordes. >> hey, guys!he
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free-for-all overshadowed everything the democrats dide today, and that was just fine with them.nt in a statement, the democratic national committee snickered, aas a superpac supporting clinton released this picture of a seal overcome by laughter.ot this was sanders in minnesota.le o >> there are some people out there, people like trump and others, who want to divide us up. they think they can get votes by making bigoted and racist remarks about latinos, or telling us that we're supposed to hate muslims. >> reporter: but democrats admit trump would be an unpredictable general election opponent. new jersey senator cory booker. how do you go up against a candidate like trump? whenever you hit him, he hits back twice as hard. >> this is going to be a choice for us as american people. do we want someone who divides g or someone who unites? >> reporter: but as a clinton supporter, he knows if she and
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not be pleasant. he will go after her constantly,y, scott, over benghazi and her e- mails, another 1,500 pages ofs her e-mails are coming out this evening. >> pelley: nancy cordes for us tonight. nance, thank you. in another important story, we learned today what may have set off the gunman who shot up that factory in kansas where he worked. more than a dozen coworkers wered hit and three of them died. renee benjamin, joshua higbee, and brian sadowsky. the rampage yesterday began onon the road to the factory, and manuel bojorquez is in hesston, kansas. >> my car stopped. he was already out of the car and had this big machine gun. >> reporter: edna decker was one of 38-year-old cedric ford'set first targets. what was he like? >> angry.or >> reporter: he tried to carjack her, but shot and missed. >> i could have been his first victim. that died, because it was directed right at my head. >> reporter: you ducked just in time.
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>> reporter: just up the road, ford shot and carjacked another person, then drove that car tos, his job, excel industries, in hesston. inside this building, armed with an assault rifle and a pistol, he shot 14 coworkers, killing three of them, until police gunned him down. just 90 minutes before the shooting, ford had been served with a protective order taken out by his former girlfriend who wrote, authorities believe the protective order triggered ford's actions. video from his facebook account appears to show him firing a gun. ford has a criminal record. state and federal investigators are looking into whether he legally obtained the weapons. t. walton is the harvey county sheriff. >> this man was not going tono stop shooting. the only reason he stopped shooting is because that officer stopped the shooter. >> reporter: and it wasn't just an officer.
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doug schroeder. kansas governor, sam brownback. >> rather than waiting on backup, he went right in and did heroic duty and service. >> reporter: when the police chief stopped the attack, there were still 200 to 300 people inside the building behind us. scott, late this afternoon, officials said they would charge a kansas woman for giving ford the weapons, knowing he was a convicted felon. >> pelley: manuel bojorquez in kansas tonight. manuel, thank you. we learned today that thern governor's office in michigan was concerned about the drinking water in flint long before the public was told of dangerous lead contamination. dean reynolds found the proof in the e-mails. >> reporter: problems surfaced soon after the city, underm orders from a government- appointed emergency manager, switched its water from lakero huron to the heavily industrial flint river. it was cheaper that way, but the
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smelling, and people got sick. jim ananich is a state senator. >> time and time again, members of the highest level of the government have clearly been just lying to the citizens of flint and to everyone else.on >> reporter: and now e-mails from governor rick snyder's own aides showed they knew too the water was bad early on. in october 2014, a half yearde into the plan, snyder's policy adviser, valerie brader, wrote that elevated chlorine levels could cause long-term damage if not remedied. michael gadola, the governor's legal assistant, responded, the state's water qualitype experts insisted the river water was fine. but independent researchers said the heavily treated river water was so corrosive, lead from aging pipes was leeching intofo the water for homes. today, a contrite snyder held a press conference. >> there were red flags in these
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beyond e-mails. we didn't connect all the dots that i wish we would have.or >> reporter: melissa mays wasfi among the first to complain about the water here. when you read the e-mails today, how did you feel? >> furious. i keep telling myself, "nothing's going to shock you anymore." all this time, these people sat in the office going back andhe forth emailing about this butbo nobody stood up and helped us. >> reporter: governor snyder today authorized a $30 million aid package to help flint residents pay at least a portion of the water bills they're still getting. scott, as he put it, "people shouldn't have to pay for water they cannot drink." >> pelley: dean reynolds in flint. dean, thank you. tonight a partial cease-fire is supposed to take effect in syria. if it does, it would be the first in the five-year-old civil war there, but no one's holding out hope. we do know the guns will be quiet in one town south ofe, damascus because there is no one left to kill.
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to get into syria, but our's elizabeth palmer traveled there today. >> reporter: the drive in tokh sheikh miskeen is nonstop wreckage, and when you stop, there's silence. before the war, 30,000 people lived here. now, no one is left. opposition fighters, a whole o collection of groups working together, were so entrenched here that the syrian army simply couldn't advance into the town. it was a stalemate that lasted a whole year, until they called in the russian bombers. wave after wave of air strikes, starting in december, followedyria by a syrian army groundls offensive, forced the rebels to retreat. the today, there are a few soldiers left guarding the ruins as the battle has moved on. the two friends who were killed... jafar oleyan is an infantry
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how fierce was the fighting? "i can't even describe it," he says. "the rebels had the advantagee because they knew the terrain." you must be tired, though? "oh, yes," he says "we are so tired." victory has brought a lull for these men and some time to regroup, but what if their lullre was replaced by a genuine truce? put your hand up if you think it has a good chance. yeah? >> yeah, they are ready for this peace.ey they are -- >> reporter: ready for the peace. but one soldier adds, "if we see isis or al-nusra, we will kill them all." like his country, syria, hoping for peace but braced for a lotar more war. well, it's now after midnight here in syria, scott, and so, technically, this partial cease- fire is in effect, but it's far too early to know where or even if it's going to take hold, and, of course, how long it will last. >> pelley: elizabeth palmer inside syria for us tonight.
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>> reporter: zika virus was found in the placenta, but thereo is no way to know if it caused the miscarriage. today, the c.d.c. said nines. pregnant women, all u.s. travelers to zika-affected areas, tested positive for the virus. the c.d.c. is investigating the link between zika and newborns with microcephaly, an unusually small head and brain. six women had zika infection during the first trimester. one delivered a baby with microcephaly, two miscarried, and two had elective terminations.on one pregnancy is continuing.ad of three women who had zika after the first trimester, two had healthy babies and one is still pregnant.ay the c.d.c. says there is nopa evidence that past zika infection poses a risk for future pregnancies. >> we no longer have the fear of what the zika virus is going to do to our baby, so my thoughts and my heart goes out to all the women who don't know right now.t >> reporter: the c.d.c.to continues to advise pregnant
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snowflake comes here to swimon around the pond and then returns when called because snowflakeul truly believes that kylie is hisck mother, and the duck is not alone in this delusion. ( quacking ) i'm his mom. >> reporter: you're not really his mom. >> yup, i'm his mom. >> reporter: how did you first find out? >> that he was a duck? >> reporter: no, that-- kylie is unbearably cute. and since i never did recover toue ask that question again-- let me just tell you that kylie first noticed snowflake's attachment the day the browns brought her home last summer. >> look, look, look! he follows her!te >> reporter: for whatever reason, the duck imprinted on kylie and just had to be by her side, no matter what the hour. when snowflake refused to stay in the backyard, kylie's parents, ashley and mike, say they had no choice but to give him a diaper and make him a house duck.
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are allowed and almost everywhere they are not allowed. i don't know if you've ever had a two-year-old or a four-year-ea without their blankie. >> anxiety. >> she would not leave home without her duck.d and at that point, nothing is negotiable.te >> reporter: snowflake goes toe the beach in summer and sledding in winter. he's been to soccer practice, gone on sleepovers. as olaf, the snowman from "frozen." and over time, because they both sincerely believe they belong together, snowflake and kylie had formed a bond that most of us will never know. >> it's special. even at five years old, i know that's the type of person she's going to be. >> reporter: she really is going to make a great mom some day, mostly because she already is. you know, some day, he's going to grow up and go to college? >> what! >> reporter: steve hartman, "on the road," in freeport, maine. >> pelley: he fits the bill. that's the cbs evening news forni
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access.wgbh.org((paula francis)) > nearly two dozen grocery stores close within the past year: they lost both a fresh and easy a food for less and two haggen stores we look into the void those closures leave in the community... and when things could start getting better. ((dave courvoisier)) > it's a first for t-v stations in nevada... as channel 8 gets a birds eye view of progress in north las vegas. ((pilots preparing for takeoff)) we check out the new apex
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using a drone to get exclusive video of the high- tech property. ((paula francis)) > and solving problems just mentioning 8 on your side... i'll have details coming up in got a problem, tell michelle < news music voice over: "now, nevada's first choice for news. this is 8 news now at 6." > ((dave courvoisier)) > the closure of two major grocery chains in the valley leaves a number of large commercial buildings empty. last november, fresh and easy closed its 14 locations. ((paula francis)) a month later, haggen food shut down seven stores. fewer than half of all the locations are taken over by other grocers including albertsons, sprouts, and the discount retailer "save a lot." thanks for joining us... i'm paula francis. ((dave courvoisier)) and i'm dave courvoisier. 8 news now reporter karen castro takes a closer look at the impact the closures have on consumers and businesses. ((karen castro)) smith's food and drug stores are thriving in the valley after two of its competitors left the las vegas market. ((marsha wermer - smith's

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