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>> axelrod: history made in panama. president obama meets with the president of cuba, raul castro. lockdown at the u.s. capitol as a gunman takes his own life on the steps of the building. >> it was insane. >> axelrod: walter scott the unarmed black man gunned down by a white cop in south carolina, is laid to rest. and the thames, they are a-changein. oxford's women's rowing team rocking the boat. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news." >> axelrod: good evening. i'm jim axelrod with a western edition of the broadcast. for more than half a century, it was unthinkable, but today, for the first time since 1956, an american president sat down for
formal discussions with the leader of cuba. president barack obama and cuban president raul castro met in a small conference room at a convention center in panama city panama where the summit of the americas has been taking place. mr. obama total 83-year-old cuban head of state "we are now in a position to move on a path toward the future." major garrett is in panama city with the president. major, good evening. >> reporter: good evening. even before their historic meeting, president obama suggested cuban dictator raul castro set aside past grievances. instead, castro spent 48 minutes-- he was allotted eight-- dwelling on a century of grievances. but, he said mr. obama was not to blame. the two leaders met on the sidelines of the summit of the americas the first substantive talks between a u.s. president and cuban leader since president eisenhower's encounter, also in panama, with pro-american
dictator fugnecio batista in 1956. president obama called cuba's presence at the summit an historic occasion after denouncing decades of american imperialism, castro offered this: >> ( translated ): i'm very emotional when i talk about the revolution. i apologize to him because president obama has hno responsibility with this. there were 10 presidents before him. >> reporter: the president called it a promising start. >> i think what we have both concluded is that we can disagree with a spirit of respect and civility and that over time, it is possible for us to turn the page and develop a new relationship between our two countries. >> reporter: president obama has not yet said whether the u.s. will remove cuba from its state sponsor of terror list, which restricts cuba's access to the u.s. banking system and american-made arms. >> we have very different views of how society should be
organized, and i was very direct with him that we are not going to stop talking about issues like democracy and human rights and freedom of assembly and freedom of the press, not because we think we are perfect and that every country has to mimic us exactly but because there are a set of universal principles for which we stand. >> reporter: president obama has left panama city for washington. his face-to-face encounter with castro no genuine history. the hard part continues, thawing relations frozen for more than five decades. jim. >> axelrod: major, president castro's statement is going to strike a lot of people as rather extraordinary. what was the reaction to it? >> reporter: he got big thunderous applause. it was indulgent. he admitted so himself. one thing castro said that will reverberate in the united states is he called mr. obama president obama an honest man and said he wants to support president obama's move to normalize relations, and
especially his call to congress, which is not predisposed to do this right now at least lifting the economic embargo on cuba. >> axelrod: major garrett in panama with the president. major, thank you. at his news conference late today, major also asked the president about his controversial nuclear deal with iran. >> i don't understand why it is that everybody's working so hard to anticipate failure. the opponents of the deal don't seem to be focused on how do we get to a good deal as much as they're focused on how can we show that it's not possible to get a good deal. and my simple point is let's wait and see what the deal is. and we'll be able to look. and if in fact we're not satisfied that it cuts off the pathways for iran obtaining a nuclear weapon, then we won't sign it. >> axelrod: the president added he is dismayed that some republicans in congress are giving more credence to the
iranian leader's interpretation of the deal than they are to u.s. secretary of state's john kerry's explanation. it was a tense afternoon in and around the u.s. capitol today. the area was packed with tourists in town for the cherry blossom festival. but as mark albert reports, the building was put on lockdown and the surrounding streets were closed after a man shot and killed himself on the capitol steps. >> reporter: capitol police and witnesses say the man still unidentified, walked up to the west front of the u.s. capitol with a suitcase and a gun. robert bishop stood with his bicycle a few feet away. >> i was talking to somebody. she looked over and said, "oh my god he has a gun." i turned around and i saw the guy with a sign and he had just shot himself. >> reporter: bishop said the man collapsed to the ground after one shot. >> a woman was crying and started ducking down and wanting to run. and another girl was crying. she was looking over my shoulder. she saw him actually shoot himself. >> reporter: the capitol was put into lockdown. police blocked off the area and bomb squad technicians inspected
the scene. jeff harrison is from northern virginia and heard a pop. what did you think it was? >> i thought it was a firecracker. i wasn't sure, honestly. >> reporter: and then what did you see? >> we saw a lot of police scrks gather around the front of the capitol. >> reporter: inside, tourists were told they couldn't leave. elizabeth hayes is visiting from pittsburgh and was stuck in the capitol visitor center for more than two hours along with about 100 other tourists. you're sitting there. you don't have any information. what are those minutes like? >> they're excruciating. it felt like hours. i never thought somebody would commit suicide when i was taking a tour of the u.s. capitol. >> reporter: robert bishop knows what he'll tell his family, who were at the festival nearby. >> and i'm just thankful that the guy did not turn around and take anybody else, that he took himself out. he didn't hurt anybody else. >> reporter: including you. >> including me. >> reporter: bliss accomplice have not revealed the shooter's motive or if any other weapons were found. the lockdown was lifted, jim after about two and a half hours. >> axelrod: mark, thank you. two days after a deadly tornado cut a path of destruction
through northern illinois, some people were allowed back to their neighborhoods today to see if their homes were still standing. here's dean reynolds. >> reporter: fairdale, illinois, was never much more than a small dot on the map and now it's less than that. about 70 buildings were either destroyed or damaged here on thursday. power remains out for most of the 150 residents, and the cleanup is just beginning. 36 hours after the twister hit bright sunshine illuminated the scope of the disaster. >> a long road ahead of us. >> reporter: t.j. riggs lost his business and the apartment where he lived right above it. >> my first reaction i can't say on tv but my second reaction was, you know, everything's gone. i don't know what to do. >> reporter: the twister that hit fairdale was half a mile wide with a trail that ran nearly 30 miles long. two people died and 22 were injured as the storm tore through northern illinois. today, along with utility crews,
fairdale's neighbors are picking through the debris, and that's all it really is. two counties that suffered the brunt of the storm have been aptly designated disaster areas by the governor. soon the people of fairdale will have to decide whether to rebuild where the tornado's footprint is now so cruel visible or leave the painful memories behind, and start over someplace, anyplace else. dean reynolds, cbs news, chicago. >> axelrod: the church couldn't hold all the people who turned out today for the funeral of walter scott. he is the african american man shot and killed last weekend runningrunning from his car by the white police officer who had pulled him over in south carolina. vicente arenas is in north charleston tonight. >> reporter: more than 1,000 people attended walter scott's funeral. hundreds had to watch on a monitor outside. family and friends surrounded the 50-year-old's flag-draped casket. chris stewart is the attorney for the scott family.
>> their son is going to be remembered for changing the way that we look at each other. because next time something does happen to an individual be he african american, you will now think maybe there's another side to the story. >> reporter: investigators continue to exploarp the shooting and the aftermath when other police arrived. this new video from another officer's dash camera shows faden santana recording event on his cell phone. it also shows officer slager standing over scott's body. state investigators said they knew immediately something was wrong when they arrived on the scene. >> see where the man was killed? >> reporter: the man who shot the videotape was walking along this fence line. the place that walter scott collapsed is now marked by a small cross and flowers. even as he was being buried today, people were coming by to remember him. the passenger in scott's car now has an attorney. he and his client met with state investigators yesterday. slager meantime, remains in an isolation unit for his own
protection at the charleston county jail. slager's mother and wife, who is eight and a half months pregnant, went to visit him there for the first time fridays. a preliminary hearing for slager could take place within the next two or three months-- two or three weeks, i should say. and, jim,ab indictment is expected next month. >> axelrod: vicente arenas, in north charleston, south carolina, thank you. a boston police officer shot in the face two weeks ago is now out of the hospital. officer john moynihan was wounded during a traffic stop. he was a hero cop in boston for his valor displayed during the boston marathon bombing. the man who shot officer moynihan was killed by return fire. it seems police did everything by the book in that case, but other recent confrontations are raising questions about the use of force. and a sea lion pup goes to school and straight to detention when the cbs evening news continues.
raising questions about the use of force by police. the deadly shooting of an unarmed man in south carolina that we reported on early eand the beating of a suspect by 10 sheriff's deputies in southern california, where even their boss says the force looks excessive. here's carter evans. >> suspect being tased. >> reporter: as 30-year-old francis pusok lay on the ground, hands behind his back, two deputies began kicking and punching him. aerial video from knbc in los angeles then showed more deputies joining in. they struck him more than 50 times. >> i am disturbed and troubled by what i see in the video. >> reporter: san bernardino county sheriff john mcmahon. >> when you get to the end of a pursuit after crazy situations, it is very difficult at times to control your emotions and clearly, to control the adrenaline. not that that's an excuse for what occurred. >> reporter: but with cameras so prevalent these days that practically every arrest could be caught on camera, officers
have long been put on notice and trained to keep those emotions in check. but videotaped incidents around the country appear to capture excessive use the force sometimes at the slightest threat. in albuquerque, a homeless man seeming to turn away ( gunfire ) was shot and killed. >> they know there's cameras around all over the place. >> reporter: retired l.a.p.d. captain greg meyer is an expert on police use of force. >> he spread-eagles himself on the ground with his arms and his legs out in a prone position. officers are supposed to be put through their paces under stress and in environment where's they are out of breath, where they've been running, and they have to subdue somebody. and they have to do it in a professional way. they're not supposed to go over to the line to where they're punishing the person. >> reporter: and myer says it's not just the two initial deputies who face scrutiny. when it comes to the others who seem to join in-- >> they have a duty to say something and even physically
pull somebody out. all officers are trained about this. you can be in big trouble including criminally, for failure to intervene. >> reporter: the f.b.i. is now investigating to determine if there were any civil rights violations. carter evans, cbs news, los angeles. >> axelrod: then there's this confrontation caught on camera in the parking lot of a walmart in woton wood, arizona. the altercation between police and members of a self-described christian family band happened three weeks ago, but the video is just emerging now. police say an employee called to complain she'd been assaulted by some members of the family. when four officers arrived police say they were attacked. the fight lasted several minutes before police say one of the family members grabbed an officer's gun. police shot and killed the 21-year-old suspect. another suspect was injured along with an officer. up next, it's the eve of hillary clinton's big announcement. what do the polls say about her chances this time?
>> axelrod: hillary clinton is planning to announce tomorrow online that, indeed, she will run for president. clinton, of course, first ran for president in 2008 when she lost the democratic nomination to barack obama. let's bring in cbs news election director anthony salvanto. anthony, on the eve of this announcement, what is the polling tell us about where she stands? >> that democrats overwhelmingly want to see her run-- they'll get that tomorrow. they also want to see a competitive primary nomination process. they may not get that because right now the polls show she's got the field really to herself. eight in 10 democrats already say they're considering her for the nominations. that's far and away more than anybody else we've tested. >> axelrod: she's been inevitable before and she turned out to be quite vulnerable so what does that tell us about what we can expect to see now? >> the challenge for her campaign may be that lack of a challenge, in that she'll have to be through the primaries, if things stay the way they are
recruiting new voters, trying to drive up energy and engagement without that nomination contest to motivate voters. how does she do that. >> axelrod: so what do you expect to see during the next year from her? >> i expect to see the republican field, which is wide open trait trading back-and-forths as much with her as each other. >> axelrod: and, of course, raising a lot of money. >> a lot of money. >> axelrod: anthony, thank you. >> thank you. >> axelrod: still ahead, a baby giraffe is born on tv and the internet and it's a live, multicamera production.
>> axelrod: all he wanted was a chance to go to school but instead, he wound up in the back of a squad car. "he" being this sea lion pup who made his way on to the campus of mar vista high school about five blocks from the beach the in southern most part of southern california. the pup was released back into the pacific ocean. no charges, of course. a record number of sea lions, more than 2,000, have washed ashore in california this year.
now to the giraffe portion of our animal report. animal planet set up eight cameras to show the birth of a giraffe live yesterday at the dallas zoo. labor took just over an hour. and an hour after that, the newborn calf was already standing up. a sky diver's mistake has produced some remarkable images. there he was 10,000 feet up recording some video when he dropped the gopro. but the camera never shot off. more than a 90-second drop. it was later found in a field by a man looking for mushrooms with the memory card, obviously, surviving intact. last night's single game between the boston red sox and the new york yankees took longer than most double headers. for nearly seven hours, they battled in the bronx, 19 innings. a long game made longer by a power outage in the 12th. they finally finish at 2:13 this morning. the sox winning 6-5. the oxford women's rowing team made history on the thames
>> axelrod: spieth will not only be chasing his first yean jacket tomorrow during the final round of the masters he has the record for the lowest score ever in his sights as well. spieth shot a 70 today. he now has a four-stroke lead and is now 16 under par for the tournament. that's a new record for the lowest score ever three rounds. 18 under is the record for lowest score for the entire tournament, a record set by tiger woods in 1997. and finally tonight new times on the thames. the rowing teams from oxford and cambridge faced off today in their 161st annual race, and as charlie d'agata reports, for the first time ever, the women rode the same course as the men. >> reporter: native new yorker caryn davies said it was about time women rowers turned the tide on a centuries-old
tradition in great britain. do you feel like you're taking part in a bit of history here? >> absolutely. yeah. >> reporter: you do? >> yeah. >> reporter: for 160 years this stretch of the themselves river has been the battleground of the boat race between oxford and cambridge university's men's teams. for nearly 90 years the women's race had been banished to a backwater until now. >> ready up! >> reporter: the demand for equal rights came from its news sponsor, newton investment management and its c.e.o. helena morrissey. >> well, yeah, because as a little girl i grew up watching the men's boat races and i'll always call it now and i didn't really think where were the women and now i realize just how important it is to have a quality in the fort sportand in the business world. >> reporter: a rather modern concept here as davies has learned. >> women's sport is-- it's just plain not equal, at least not the way it is in the states. so it was a real eye-opener
coming here and realizing that, oh, oh, okay our locker room is actually a third the size of the men's. yeah okay, we'll squish in. we'll make it work. >> reporter: and throughout her life she has made it work. davies is no stranger to competing on the world stage. she's already won two olympic golds and one silver and is the most decorated oarswoman in the united states. and today at 32, she's the oldest competitor on either team and told us this race presents a whole new set of challenges like during a recent training session when oxford's boat sank. the course the women have competed on the in past was relatively straight. this one meanders. there are lots of turns. it's also three times longer than previous races. >> the finishing line the final strokes! >> reporter: but on race day today, the distance that mattered was how far davies' oxford team pulled away from
cambridge with every last ounce of energy they had. congratulations, tell me what this moment feels like. >> mostly i'm just exhausted. i don't know if that race is harder than any i've ever rode before or i'm just getting older, but i would say that's the hardest i've ever rowed. >> reporter: and rowed right into the history books for both teams, cutting through wind and waves and outdated traditions to celebrate nothing less than a rowing revolution. charlie d'agata, cbs news, london. >> axelrod: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. later on cbs "48 hours." for now i'm jim axelrod in new york. and for all of us here at cbs news, thanks for joining us. and good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
continues for the suspects in a wild san francisco crime spree.. we're learning more about the bystander who lost her life -- armed robbers on the run. tonight as a man hunt continues for the suspects in a wild san francisco crime spree. we're learning more about the bystander who lost her life in their bid to escape. i'm christian hartnet in oakland. spilledded in a nearby creek. we'll tell you why they are in such a rush. >> and in the middle of california's worse drought ever, a new problem. why huge amounts of water are suddenly disappearing from the delta and why nobody may be able to stop it. >>