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>> pelley: tonight, a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. a new approach to immigration has passed the senate with bipartisan support. nancy cordes on what this means. a former f.b.i. agent testifies that he took bribes from boston mobster james "whitey" bulger. bulger had a few choice words of his own. don dahler was in the courthouse. major garrett breaks news with the president in the hunt for the man revealing america's secrets. >> reporter: mr. president, will you use u.s. military assets to in any way intercept mr. snowden? >> pelley: and paul lopez put his life on hold to fight for his country. carter evans reports 69 years later he's gone back in time to live his dream. captioning sponsored by captioning sponsored by cbs with scott p this is the "cbs evening news"
with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. >> pelley: good evening. a nation of immigrants tonight is one step closer to creating a path to citizenship for 11 million immigrants who are living here illegally. the senate this afternoon approved a sweeping overhaul of immigration laws. by a vote of 68-32. 14 republicans joined every democrat in voting yes. in addition to offering the hope of citizenship, the senate bill would also flood the mexican border with thousands of new federal agents. nancy cordes is at the capitol for us tonight. nancy? >> reporter: scott, no one could have predicted this a year ago. the last serious attempt at comprehensive immigration reform went down in flames six years ago. but that was before a presidential election where republicans lost big among hispanics, giving the issue new life. >> the bill as amended is passed. >> reporter: the bill the senate passed today tries to address nearly every problem with the
nation's outdated immigration system. illinois democrat dick durbin was one of the bill's eight authors-- four democrats, four republicans. >> we reaffirmed today what the senate can be when we stand together on a bipartisan basis we can stack the toughest issues in america! >> reporter: the bill expands the number of visas available to both migrant farm workers and highly skilled workers like engineers. the bill also pores $46 billion into border security to double the number of border patrol agents and purchase surveillance equipment. and it gives undocumented workers the chance to gain temporary legal status and eventually citizenship if they pass a background check and pay fines and back taxes. south carolina republican lindsey graham. >> it brings people out of the shadows on our terms not theirs. you get to stay here if we decide you can stay. >> reporter: but the bill will hit a roadblock in the house where conservatives oppose a
special path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. house speaker john boehner. >> the house is not going to take up and vote on whatever the senate passes. we're going to do our own bill through regular order. >> reporter: house republicans have not ruled out the possibility of granting illegal immigrants some kind of legal status that falls short of citizenship but only after they get proof that the border has been secured. whatever the house comes up with scott, will have to be reconciled with what the senate passed today-- a process that could take many months. >> pelley: long way to go. nancy thanks very much. a federal grand jury today indicted dzhokhar tsarnaev for the boston bombing that killed three people and wounded at least 260 others. the indictment covers 30 counts including charges that tsarnaev conspired with his older brother tamerlan in using weapons of mass destruction. tamerlan was killed in a shootout. dzhokhar tsarnaev could face death if convicted. the indictment is full of new
details and bob orr has them. >> reporter: federal prosecutors say the tsarnaev brothers built their pressure cooker bombs over a two-month period beginning in february. they used black powder from mortar shells purchased at this new hampshire fireworks store and electrical components bought over the internet. they downloaded bomb-making instructions from al qaeda's online magazine. and, the indictment alleges, dzhokhar and tamerlan tsarnaev coordinated their attack talking by cell phone just seconds before remotely detonating the bombs. in addition to the bombings, dzhokhar also faces charges in the murder of an m.i.t. policeman. officer sean collier was killed just two hours before their escaped by was disrupted by a shootout with watertown, police. tamerlan was killed in the confrontation and 20 hours later dzhokhar was captured why would hiding in a nearby boat. it was there on the wall of the boat police also found an apparent motive.
as cbs news first reported in may, a badly wounded dzhokhar tsarnaev had written a jihadi scree protesting the killing of muslims by u.s. troops. according to the department, he wrote: now, 17 of the 30 charges could carry the death penalty. tsarnaev's attorneys have not yet commented it's widely expected they could seek a plea deal to keep capital punishment off the table. >> pelley: bob, thank you. as that indictment was being announced, a courtroom drama played out in the same boston courthouse. whitey bulger, the former mobster, is on trial for 19 murders. today a disgraced former f.b.i. agent swore to tell the truth and don dahler tells us bulger did some swearing of his own. >> reporter: those who know
james "whitey" bulger say there are few people he disliked more than former f.b.i. agent john morris. it was morris who told the "boston globe" that the alleged mob boss was a government snitch. bulger glared at morris as he testified, at one point he muttered "you're a blanking liar." it's unclear if the jury heard the outburst but the judge heard the 83-year-old not to speak to the witness. morris testified bulger supplied him detailed information about boston's italian mafia. he also described corruption in the f.b.i. boston office and how bulger bribed agents, including morris. "boston globe" reporter shelley murphy has written a book about bulger. why is the question of whether or not he was an informant important to the prosecution? >> they're trying to show yes there was a corrupt relationship and because of the corrupt relationship the f.b.i. leaked bulger information that led to the murders of three f.b.i. informants and a potential witness. >> reporter: bulger is accused of taking part in 19 murders, drug trafficking and extortion. he and his girlfriend were arrested in california in 2011
after 16 years on the lam. morris testified bulger called him in 1995. he said if he was going to jail i was going with him. morris claims he was so alarmed he had a heart attack a short time later. morris testified in exchange for immunity and, scott, during cross-examination the defense portrayed him as dishonest and lacking credibility. >> pelley: don, thank you. president obama is in senegal west africa tonight. he said his prayers are with south africans as nelson mandela remains in critical condition. south africa is next on president obama's tour of the continent. one of his stops will be robben island where mandela spent most of his 27 years in prison. we learned today that the two men have met before. this photo surfaced from 2005 when mr. obama was a junior senator and mandela was visiting washington. the former south african
president and nobel peace prize winner is 94. he's been in the hospital 20 days with a lung infection. mr. obama is on the first leg of a seven-day tour of africa. after senegal and south africa he and the family will go to tanzania. this picture caught our eye today. this is mr. obama standing in the door of no return on goree island off the coast of senegal. this was the threshold crossed by slaves in the 18th century as they were shipped to the americas. edward snowden, the man without a country as best anyone can tell still holed up in a moscow airport. snowden is the former national security agency computer technician who made off with some of america's top secrets. he escaped to hong kong and, after the u.s. charged him with espionage, he left for an unknown destination with what is becoming a long and curious layover in moscow.
correspondent major garrett asked the president about all this today. >> reporter: mr. president, will you use u.s. military asset to in any way intercept mr. snowden should he at some point in the future leave russia to try to find safe passage in another country? have you spoken to president xi of china, president putin about this personally and if not why not? >> i have not called president xi personally or president putin personally and the reason is because, number one, i shouldn't have to. this is something that routinely is dealt with between law enforcement officials in various countries. number two, we've got a whole lot of business that we do with china and russia and i'm not going to have one case of a suspect who we're trying to extradite suddenly being elevated to the point where i've got to start doing wheeling and dealing and trading on a whole
host of other issues simply to get a guy extradited so that he can face the justice system here in the united states. one last thing because you asked a final question. no, i'm not going to be scrambling jets to get at 29- year-old hacker. >> reporter: we also asked the president whether he believed all the damage snowden can do had already been done. mr. obama said not all the documents in snowden's position had been released and that there was no way of knowing what he may try to "dribble out here and there." >> pelley: major garrett traveling with the president in africa. thank you, major. the obama administration also announced today it is punishing bangladesh for the appalling conditions in factories that make clothes for america. in april, a factory collapsed, killing more than a thousand workers and just a few months before that more than a hundred were killed in a fire.
today, the u.s. said it is suspending a deal that allows bangladesh to export to the united states tax free. the safety violations were supposed to have been solved years ago when retailers required higher standards from their suppliers but look at what holly williams found when she went to one approved factory called monde apparel. >> we visited monde apparel with a hidden camera and found several hundred workers making clothes with labels including asics, wal-mart, and wrangler. their manager, masudul haq chowdhury, assured us his factory was safe but we saw missing fire extinguishers and an emergency exit door blocked by boxes. and though chowdhury claimed that all of the workers were over 18, we found one who told us she was just 12 years old. she and her mother, who also worked at the factory, asked us
not to show their faces because they feared they'd lose their jobs for speaking out. after our interview, the mother told us that factory managers discovered her identity and then bull lead her until she quit. as a result of our report, her daughter told us she was fired along with at least nine other child workers at monde apparel. a u.s. nonprofit group, the institute for global labor and human rights, has stepped in to help the girls financially. they hope many of them will return to school. >> pelley: holly williams is joining us. holly, you spoke to asics, wrangler and wal-mart. what do they have to say for themselves? >> scott, all of them have now stopped production at monde apparels. wal-mart didn't know their products were being made at monde. they suspended their supplier involved and is still investigating what went wrong. asics told us the products we saw were counterfeit but after
our report aired they discovered that one of their suppliers was, in fact, using monde apparels. and wrangler relied on a u.s. standards inspector and eventually they went back and stripped monde apparels of its safety certificate. >> pelley: holly williams, thank you very much. western states are bracing for a life-threatening heat wave. now that the supreme court has ruled, will there be a flood of same-sex marriages? and she fought to get a lung transplant. we'll have the latest update on sara murnaghan when the "cbs evening news" continues. orange blob is metamucil... and this park is the inside of your body. you see the special psyllium fiber in metamucil actually gels to trap and remove some waste. and that gelling also helps to lower some cholesterol. it even traps some carbs to help maintain healthy blood sugar levels as part of your diet.
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>> pelley: same-sex couples in california fought for years for the right to marry. turns out they'll have to wait a bit longer despite yesterday's historic supreme court decisions. we asked bill whitaker to tell us what comes next. >> reporter: l.a. attorney jennifer post and teri kinne a wedding planner were married in a buddhist ceremony in 2009, but their union wasn't recognized in california. yesterday's decision changed your lives. >> yes! absolutely. >> i mean, we don't that marriage certificate yet but now we can get one. >> i'd marry her again and again and again! >> reporter: kinne says it's a good time to be a wedding planner. >> now that it's legal i really think it's going to be a big
year for it because we've waited so long. >> reporter: california's attorney general, kamala harris told officials to be ready to issue same-sex marriage licenses when the ruling goes into in effect 25 days. >> the wedding bells will ring! >> reporter: u.c.l.a. estimates 37,000 california same-sex couples are likely to marry in the next three years. generating more than $490 million in business revenue, $40 million in state taxes. opponents are marshaling their resources to limit same-sex marriage to the 13 states where it's now legal. john eastman is chairman with the national organization for marriage which worked to ban same-sex marriage in california. he says the tide has not turned. >> it's just a trickle so far so i think it's not going to happen any time soon in those 37 states that voted recently to uphold traditional marriage. >> the tide has turned and although we're not moving as quickly as we want to i don't think we're ever going to go backwards. >> pelley: scott, legal
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>> reporter: paul lopez was just 17 when he joined the navy. it was 1943, right before the start of his senior year at santa barbara high. fighting for your country was more important? >> that was more important. so we left. >> reporter: lopez manned anti- aircraft guns on the u.s.s. "maryland." the battleship was hit by a japanese suicide pilot near the philippines. >> you just can't describe, you know, walking over and helping pick up body parts. it's just something that i hope nobody ever has to go through. >> reporter: he didn't think he could feel any farther away from home-- until a friend sent him this newspaper clipping about the graduating class of 1944. his class. how did that make you feel? >> i was devastated. when i seen that photo, i just
think of it like, gosh, what am i going to tell my grand kids, you know? "your grandfather didn't graduate." >> reporter: that day came when his grandson, diego, started at santa barbara high. >> he would talk to me about his war days and then he would talk about how proud he was of me that i got to go to this high school. >> reporter: at diego's graduation ceremony this month, nobody was prouder than his grandfather. but not for the reason you think. diego and his parents had arranged for paul lopez to finally get his high school diploma. >> perfect. ♪ america, america >> reporter: it was such a good idea, the school invited four other world war ii vets to receive honorary diplomas. >> i feel so -- just blessed to be here and the proudest moment of my life so far with the man i love most. (applause) >> paul lopez, class of 1944.
(cheers and applause) >> it was something that i didn't think was -- would be possible for me. that my -- hey, i did it. >> reporter: where's the diploma going to go? >> right on my mantle with my grandson's picture. >> reporter: a defining moment for two seniors in the class of 2013. carter evans, cbs news, santa barbara. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
>> your realtime captioner: linda marie macdonald just pray they come to a decision soon. >> so far no deal but tonight there appears to be progress to avoid a bay area transit emergency. >> good evening, i'm elizabeth cook. >> i'm ken bastida in for allen tonight. with the bay area on the brink of a commute catastrophe, bart contract talks have hit warp speed. kpix 5 reporter ryan takeo tells us the two sides could be inching closer to a deal to avoid a crippling labor>> reporter: if there is a strike.strike monday, union reps say they will try to let the public know by tomorrow but there are no promises. >> waiting for counterproposals and conversations. >> reporter: as talks continue behind these doors, let us remember the talk this week has been heated on both sides. cripple>> the district is totally ignoring us.
>> the safety issues i'll repeat what's been said before are a smoke screen to not talk about a 23.2% raise increase request. >> reporter: today bart started to change its tune offering a package it says moves towards the union's stance on pension, benefits and salaries and includes two safety concessions. remember that smoke screen bart said it would not talk about in. >> two days ago it was, we're not talking safety. we're not going to bring those into these negotiations. yet it seems like they caved on that. >> none of this is a cave. none of this can be classified as a cave. we are trying to get conversation going in the right path. >> reporter: these are test negotiations. union members gave the go-ahead to strike if necessary. if a strike were to happen, union negotiators told me they would like to give riders a 72- hour heads up. but it's not a promise. >> i can't imagine how long it's going to take me to get -- to go. >> figure out your alternatives. >> reporter: the metropolitan transportation commission suggests you get a backup plan. but the biggest part of their backup plan,