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>> pelley: tonight, two helicopters shot down. violence escalates sharply today in the worst east-west standoff since the cold war. clarissa ward is in ukraine. the new unemployment numbers point the way for the economy. anthony mason reports. dr. jon lapook tells us a rare and deadly virus has been seen for the first time in the united states. police say they stopped a plot to bomb an american high school. jamie yuccas is on the story. and steve hartman "on the road"- - everyone but lauren could see she was dying. >> it was that desperate? >> at that point, yes. >> pelley: it took strangers in a gym to strong-arm her back to life. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
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>> pelley: good evening. this is our western edition. the crisis in ukraine that threatens peace in europe took a dangerous new turn today. the ukrainian government launched an offensive to try to take back eastern parts of the country now controlled by pro- russian forces. two ukrainian helicopters were shot down. the violence spread to ukraine's third largest city, odessa. supporters of the ukrainian government there fought with pro-russian activists. dozens are reported dead, and russian troops are massed on the border. clarissa ward is in ukraine. >> reporter: early this morning, ukrainian forces pushed towards slavyansk, a city that has been under the control of pro-russian rebels for nearly a month. but few in this crowd welcome them. "we want them to leave. that's it," this woman said. "we don't have weapons. we don't have anything."
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many here in eastern ukraine support russia and view the government in kiev as hostile. today, both the government and the separatists say two ukrainian helicopters were shot down in the fighting. this amateur video shows a plume of smoke where the helicopter apparently crashed, though no wreckage has been found so far. the ukrainian government also claimed a surface-to-air missile brought down one of them. that hasn't been verified, but u.s. intelligence sources are treating the report as credible. one of the pilots, visibly injured, was later paraded around in a video released by pro-russian militants. ukrainian forces appear to stop at the edge of the city. vyacheslav ponomaryov, the self- proclaimed mayor of slavyansk, claimed there had been many casualties. "we were attacked, "he said. "our city is under siege."
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the offensive came as violence ratcheted up again. yesterday, militants took over the prosecutor's office in donetsk. police attempted to fight back with tear gas and stun grenades, but were overwhelmed by the crowd and fled. >> pelley: clarissa ward is joining us from donetsk. clarissa, the picture you paint is one of lawlessness. there are illegal roadblocks set up by pro-russian separatists. you and your team of four were stopped at one of those roadblocks today. what happened? >> reporter: that's right, scott. we were stopped on the road to slavyansk by pro-russian militants. these men were visibly jumpy and emotional. they pulled us aside and took us to another location where we were then blindfolded before being driven to a third location. at that location, the men and women were separated. we were questioned. one member of our team was beaten. and what really struck me
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listening to the conversations that these men were having with each other and that they directed towards us was the level of anti-american rhetoric, and also misinformation. this is a propaganda war. many of these men saying over and over again, "why is president obama sending fascists from kiev to come and kill us?" >> pelley: clarissa ward reporting from an increasingly unstable eastern ukraine. clarissa, thank you. in another major story tonight, the jobs report. the labor department told us 288,000 jobs were created in april, and that's the most in over a year. unemployment fell .4% to 6.3%, the lowest since 2008. anthony mason has the story. >> reporter: in chicago, belly creates online loyalty programs for small- and medium-sized businesses. the company logan lahive founded just two and a half years ago already has 120 employees.
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>> i think we had 18 new hires in march. and as of right now, i know we have ten offer letters that are accepted for people that are starting within the next three to four weeks. >> reporter: nationally, of the 288,000 jobs created in april, the largest number, 75,000, were in business service companies like belly, as the unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level since 2008. that looks like good news. underneath, is it? >> today, it wasn't really for the right reasons. >> reporter: annetta markozeka attributes the entire decline in the unemployment rate last month to 806,000 people leaving the labor force. >> rather than people really finding jobs, you had people dropping out of the labor force for various reasons. they could be retiring. they could be giving up. they could be going back to school. we don't know what those reasons are. >> reporter: another key barometer has been falling steadily, the so-called under- unemployment rate, which peaked
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four years ago at 17.2%, which includes those who were forced to work part time and those who have given up looking. it has now dropped to 12.3%. that's still more than 19 million people. the economy has now created an average of 237,000 jobs a month over the past three months. but wages remained flat in april which, scott, means workers still have little bargaining power. >> pelley: and worth mentioning that african americans and people without college degrees have a higher unemployment rate. anthony, thanks very much. today, we learned that a deadly new virus has been found in the united states. the centers for disease control told us one patient in indiana is being treated for middle east respiratory syndrome, known as mers. the virus had been seen only in 12 countries in the middle east and europe. dr. jon lapook is looking into this. >> reporter: the unidentified patient was a health care provider in saudi arabia.
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on april 24, the patient traveled from riyadh to london and on to chicago, then took a bus to indiana. three days later, fever, cough, and shortness of breath developed. the next day, the patient was admitted to community hospital in munster, indiana. dr. anne schuchat is with the c.d.c. >> we are working with partners in england and others around the world to make sure the people who were on the airplanes are contacted and notified to be on the lookout for signs or symptoms. >> reporter: mers was first reported in 2012 in saudi arabia. there are 401 known cases worldwide with 93 deaths. all the cases can be traced back to the arabian peninsula. those six countries have 88 of the deaths. the indiana patient is in isolation, listed in stable condition. there's no specific treatment or vaccine for mers. when it spreads from person to person, it appears to be through close contact. the c.d.c. believes this first u.s. case represents a very low risk to the general public. >> pelley: jon, thanks very
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much. today, prosecutors in minnesota asked a judge that a 17-year-old be tried as an adult for plotting to bomb his school. the suspect was caught with a shed filled with explosives. police say he wanted to kill as many students as he could. jamie yuccas of our minneapolis station wcco is following this. >> reporter: police say john david ladue planned to kill his parents and sister before attacking the junior and senior high school. waseca police captain kris markeson. >> he intended to set off >> once there, he intended to set off numerous bombs during the lunch hour, kill the resource officer as he responded to help, set fires and shoot students and staff. >> reporter: he was arrested after officers responded to a report of a suspicious person entering a unit at this storage facility. >> he sat here for, like, ten minutes trying to get into it. >> reporter: chelsie schellhas made the call to 911. >> i told the police where he was at and what storage unit,
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and then ten minutes later, he was getting arrested. >> officers observed materials in the storage locker which were consistent with bomb making, including a pressure cooker, pyrotechnic chemicals, steel ball bearings and gunpowder. >> ladue surrendered without a struggle. police who searched his bedroom found three more bombs, seven guns, and a 180-page journal with plans to divert first responders and detonate bombs near cafeteria drinking fountains. police believe ladue tested his bombs in this playground in march. >> i guess i don't see how someone can have that much hatred towards all these people& who have done nothing. you live in waseca, minnesota. your life can't be that miserable. >> reporter: those who know john david ladue, including his grandmother, say they didn't see this coming. he was upbeat and well liked. scott, he is now charged with attempted murder. >> pelley: jamie yuccas with
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wcco. the republican speaker of the house, john boehner, announced today a special select committee will investigate the 2012 attack on the u.s. diplomatic facility in benghazi, libya. ambassador chris stevens and three other americans were killed in that attack. democrats say this new investigation is a ploy to embarrass the white house before november elections, but republicans say the administration just hasn't told the truth. nancy cordes reports. >> reporter: for nearly 20 months, four separate committees in the republican-led house have held dozens of hearings, examined documents, and released reports on the benghazi attacks, but house speaker john boehner said today a special new committee is needed because the obama administration is "intent on obstructing the truth about benghazi," and "willing to defy subpoenas." boehner had long argued a special committee was
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unnecessary, but aides say he unnecessary, but aides say he changed his mind this week after the white house released previously unseen e-mails in response to a lawsuit. one of the e-mails was sent three days after the libyan attack. deputy national security adviser ben rhodes wrote in public appearances u.n. ambassador susan rice should underscore these protests are rooted in an internet video and not a broader failure of policy." republicans say the new e-mails are proof the administration initially said the attack was a spontaneous reaction to an anti- muslim video to avoid taking heat for a terror attack on its watch. their new select committee will has its own staff, more funds, and subpoena power. it will be led by two-term republican tray gowdy of south carolina. >> the state department knew it wasn't a video. the c.i.a. knew it wasn't a video. and for those that are a little bit slow, they repeated the word
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"not" twice, the military knew it had nothing to do with a video. >> reporter: the administration contends these e-mails reveal nothing new, and that congress should focus more on who attacked the u.s. compound and why than on what the white house said in those first confusing days after the attack, scott. >> pelley: nancy cordes on capitol hill. nancy, thanks very much. and an editor's note. ben rhodes, the white house deputy national security adviser mentioned in nancy's story, is the brother of cbs news president david rhodes. today, in afghanistan, a landslide after heavy rain buried most of a village. the governor there says at least 350 people were killed but more than 2,000 are missing. rescuers are digging with their hands. who kidnapped hundreds of school girls in africa? t.s.i.-- after the storm and
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debora. >> reporter: many local officials are too scared to go to this village because of attacks by islamist extremists and this makes it difficult to get reliable information. this is partly why we've seen such a discrepancy in the numbers of how many girls have been taken. >> ♪ all we are saying is give... ♪ >> reporter: it's been 19 days since the school girls were kidnapped. in desperation, parents and friends have taken to the streets to protest, accusing the nigerian government of doing nothing to rescue their daughters. >> we want to see our daughters come back alive and we want to see them now. >> yes! >> reporter: the teen-aged girls were snatched at night by heavily armed gunmen. they were taken from their boarding school in chibok, which was burned to the ground. this school girl was one of a small group who managed to flee from her captors. "we thought they were soldiers, and they told us to get in the truck," she said. "but my friends and i jumped from the truck and ran back home
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because they didn't look innocent to us." the attackers are believed to be members of boko haram, a militant al qaeda-inspired group that wants its own islamist state in northern nigeria. their name means "western education is forbidden," and it's planted bombs at schools and killed students before. its campaign of terror has grown increasingly violent over the past five years, and has now spread to the capital. chillingly, the abductions may not be the worst part of this story. now, unconfirmed reports from local officials say that some of the girls may have been sold into forced marriages with boko haram militants. >> pelley: debora patta reporting for us from africa. thank you. tornado science when we come back.
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>> pelley: a >> pelley: a storm dumped as much as six inches of rain on tampa, florida, today. streets flooded, drivers were stranded. it's the same system that produced 76 tornadoes in the south and midwest this week. as the cleanup continues, vicente arenas tells us tornado experts have another job to do. >> some structural damage up here. >> reporter: we caught up with this national weather storm survey team in bessemer, alabama. these teams go to damaged areas as soon as they can, just as detectives rush to a crime
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scene. >> we've got damage all the way from over there, all the way over here. >> reporter: the damage is the fingerprint the tornado leaves behind. meteorologist jim stefkovich told us they wanted to look at debris before anyone cleans it up. >> well, we can look at the damage that's back to the southwest. it was coming this way. it then picked up the roof, and then it threw it in this direction, so that lets us know, obviously, the path of which way it was going. >> reporter: measurements, observations, and witness interviews were compared with radar information recorded at the time of the tornado. photos and data from teams across the region were sent to this office in birmingham, where it was pieced together to show the path of the tornado. why should anyone care about this report you're making? >> well, we're standing and looking at... fortunately, nobody was injured or killed right here, but we want people weather-ready. we find where a tornado began and ended, the width, the maximum intensity. it can be used for research. it can be used for insurance. it can be used in multiple ways. >> reporter: like improving
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building designs and better forecasting. the survey teams found the bessemer tornado had winds up to 120 miles per hour. but a full analysis of the tornado's outbreak is expected to take weeks. vicente arenas, cbs news, bessemer, alabama. >> pelley: today in southern california, the wind died down, which was a big help to firefighters battling a wildfire in rancho cook mong gay. more than 2,000 acres burned but ththe is more than 50% containe. the firefighters hope to finish their work in a few days. in a moment, steve hartman on the road with folks exercising the right to help a neighbor. >> tonight's on the road segment is sponsored hey kevin...still eating chalk for hearburn? yea. try alka seltzer fruit chews. they work fast on heart burn and taste awesome.
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lax that some people couldn't help but look at-- couldn't help but notice how thin she was getting, how dangerously thin she was getting. in their minds, lauryn was clearly anorexic. >> her body was just deteriorating. you could see it. >> her eyes were getting kind of gray and sunk in. it didn't look good. >> reporter: they say it was a pity to watch, and most people probably would have left it at that-- just watched. but not these "y" members. >> we knew what we had to do. >> reporter: the first thing they did was secretly track down lauryn's parents, who lived in another state. her information confirmed that lauryn was anorexic and had been since she was about ten. over the years, she'd been in and out of treatment several times, to no avail. again, hearing that, most people would have just let it be. but instead, this group began plotting their own intervention. >> we can't sit back and one day she not be here because we didn't do something. >> reporter: it happened here in the parking lot. when lauryn arrived for her workout, they surrounded her car
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and told her they were taking her to the hospital. lauryn protested. she cried, said, "leave me alone," pretty forcefully. and yet, this random group of people who really barely knew her refused to give up on her. >> we said, "we're not taking no for an answer. please, we're just going to take you to the hospital and have your vital signs checked." >> we could not let her get away. if she left us, we would never see her again. >> reporter: they all agreed, especially lauryn. and told her they were taking >> yes, at that point, yes. >> reporter: lauryn says not long after they brought her here to the vanderbilt medical center, her heart came so close to failing, doctors almost had to put in a pacemaker. but she survived that scare, went back into treatment, and now three years later and 36 pounds heavier, she's a new person. >> i cannot even express how my mind thinks so differently than i did. >> reporter: what a gift they gave you. >> yes. >> reporter: they gave you your
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life. >> honestly, no way, i don't think i can say thank you, like, for how much they were the instigators of starting my recovery. how are you? >> good to see you! >> reporter: in our "not my problem, every man for himself" society, there are still those who believe it takes a village, who help people, not because they're friends or family, but because they're human. >> you look so wonderful! >> reporter: tomorrow, lauryn is graduating with a doctorate in occupational therapy. she plans to devote her life to helping others with eating disorders, which i think makes for a pretty good "thank you." steve hartman "on the road," in nashville. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs new 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
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past hour - a verdict in the mega-trial between . live, from the cbs bay area studios, this is kpix-5 news. breaking news within just the past hour, a verdict in the megatrial between smart phone giant apple and samsung. >> alan martin joins us with what the jury decided. >> reporter: the verdict comes down on both apple and samsung accusing each company of infringing on the other. the jury decided samsung infringed on apple's smart phone patents and will have to pay $120 million in damages. but it also ruled apple infringed on samsung's patents and will have to pay $158,000 in damages. those verdicts are a far cry from what the companies were seeking from the other. apple had wanted $2.2 billion for infringement and samsung wanted six million.
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it is the latest lawsuit involving these two tech giants, a few years ago a separate jury ordered samsung to pay apple $930 million after finding it used apple technology for its devices. samsung is appealing that verdict. >> thank you. only on 5, a political candidate is now an accused criminal. prosecutors say she is trying to cheat her way into office. we are live in san leandro with the charges. >> reporter: kathleen knox is facing six felony counts, she is running for office in all me da county without living there. in fact, this voter registration form says she lives here in san leandro. as you can tell this, is a business and not a home. they believe she


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