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jamie yuccas examines why this state has become a fertile ground for terror groups. >> reporter: 18-year-old dahir ali is exactly who groups like isis are looking to recruit. he's young, muslim, and often feels like an outsider. >> people come up to me and say you're this, you're that, you're a terrorist. >> reporter: he grew up in the cedar riverside community in minneapolis which has the largest somali population in the country. many came as refugees in the 1990s. the unemployment rate here is 21%, three times the state average. and an alarming number of young somali men from this neighborhood have left to join extremist groups. since 2007, two dozen have joined al shabaab in somalia. imam adbisalam adam is part of a
community task force created this summer to stop the radicalization. >> it's really time for muslims to really, you know, stand up and really fight these groups and defeat them through both faith and militarily, too. >> reporter: what is so appealing to young people? >> they are appealing to the sense of accomplishment, of being the other, more, you know, bigger than yourself kind of sentiment. there's no contradiction between being a muslim, being an american, and being a somali. all three are good. >> reporter: this city has also deployed somali police officers, like mukhtar abdulkadir and abdiwahab ali to develop trust in a neighborhood suspicious of authorities. they walk the beat, meeting elders, interacting with the young, and men in the neighborhood now know them. >> you give them a number, they call you before they call 911. >> reporter: but they feel the frustration when one of those
calls comes too late. >> they say, "mom, i called-- i join the terrorist group. i will see you in heaven." >> reporter: currently five somali men from minnesota are awaiting trial accused of trying to join the terror group isis. scott, there are at least 15 other cases being investigated. >> jamie yuccas reporting for us tonight. jamie, thank you. some american veterans of iraq can't bear watching the country they fought to secure, lost to the forces of isis, and incredibly, some of them are returning to iraq as volunteer soldiers. we have an extraordinary report tonight from charlie d'agata. >> reporter: the explosion caught the americans off guard. for these former u.s. soldiers, it's a return to a deadly war zone, but this time they're fighting alongside kurdish
peshmerga forces. >> it's just one wound to his tush. we have another guy down there, too. he's kind of bloody. he was back that way. >> reporter: they're volunteers in the battle against isis, also known as daesh, who have dug in around the oil-rich region of kirkuk. >> we've got daesh to the left in the village when you get all the way up here. kidd, you all still good back there? >> this is an isis flag i captured on my very first offensive. >> reporter: your first offensive? ohio native chris kidd was a marine sergeant in 2004 and fought in some of the fiercest battles in the iraq war. >> to watch isis try to take over all of iraq, i felt like it was destroying everything that we worked so hard to get because we didn't fight and die for nothing. >> reporter: so kidd sold his house and quit his job to join the new war against isis. he's teamed up with about 10 u.s. vets, including this former army lieutenant from arkansas.
we wears a body camera on each raid to protect his family, we agreed not to use his name. >> they thought i was crazy at first for coming out here. but they're supportive now. >> reporter: the peshmerga are often outgunned, and isis has proven to be resilient. the u.s. vets go house by house, but on this day, the enemy has vanished. back on base, kidd repairs the u.s. army vehicles they've recaptured from the extremist group. but the biggest difference has been the increased u.s. airstrikes. >> after the air support and when we push into towns, daesh run. >> reporter: how much of a difference does that make? >> a big difference. >> reporter: with the fighting growing more intense, these u.s. vets are counting on that support from their former brothers in arms. charlie d'agata, cbs news, kirkuk, iraq.
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the u.s. coast guard is fighting a record tide of cocaine off the pacific coast. carter evans went on a mission, and discovered what a billion dollars in drugs looks like. >> reporter: when surveillance aircraft spotted this makeshift submarine off central america, a boarding team from the coast guard cutter "bertholf" found more than $200 million of cocaine. scott perigo on was part of the team. >> getting it was pretty exciting. seeing the sheer amount of drugs they packed into it, almost 18,000 pounds. >> reporter: 18,000 pounds? >> almost. >> reporter: this year the coast guard working with the military and u.s. customs has seized more cocaine in the pacific than the last three years combined. on board the "bertholf," we found 50,000 pounds of cocaine worth almost $800 million. to give you an idea of how much cocaine we're talking about here, each one of these bricks is a kilo worth about $25,000.
that means this is a quarter million dollars. this entire palette here, about $12 million worth of cocaine. the coast guard estimates it's only catching a third of what's out there. commandant paul zunkuft says the reason there's more cocaine is economics. >> when you look at the business case of what it takes to produce one kilo of cocaine, about $2,000 in colombia, that same kilo sells for $25,000 here in the united states. >> reporter: this is a lot of drugs. for coast guardsman brent leytezll, who has two kids, these 100-day missions hit home. >> this makes a difference, and i can tell after all this stuff right here, my kids are safer now. >> reporter: nearly 700 smugglers have been arrested so far this year. as for the cocaine, some will be kept for evidence. the rest will be incinerated. carter evans, cbs news, aboard the coast guard cutter "bertholf."
today, jared fogel, who got rich and famous making tv ads for subway, was sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison. fogel pleaded guilty to trading in child pornography and having sex with underage girls. he is headed to a prison in colorado that offers treatment for sex offenders. today, the food and drug administration approved the first genetically engineered animal for human consumption-- salmon, modified to grow twice as fast as normal. critics call it frankenfish, but the fda says it's safe to eat and safe for the fish and the environment. but it won't be available for it for several more years. a magnitude 4.7 earthquake rattled northern oklahoma overnight. it was centered near cherokee, about 140 miles north of
oklahoma city. there was no serious damage, but it was felt for hundreds of miles. geologists say an outbreak of quakes is likely caused by underground injection of wastewater from oil well fracking. state officials now want to close a couple of wells in the area. in a moment, images of a city as we've never seen it before. we end tonight with images that caught our eye. these are some of the youngest refugees from the wars in the middle east.
swedish photographer magnus wennman captures them as they sleep, or try to, far from the homes that they fled. dreams of a better future battling nightmares of the past. and bertrand kulik photographed the most famous landmarks of paris this week as they were reflected in droplets of water, each one a sign ofhope, for just beyond the tear drops lies the city's eternal beauty. that's the "cbs overnight news" for this friday. for some of you, the news continues. for others, check back with us a little later for the morning news and of course, "cbs this morning." from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm scott pelley. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com
this is the "cbs overnight news." news." justice ministers of the european union will hold an emergency meeting this morning in brussels, trying to avoid a repeat of last week's terror attacks in paris. france wants the eu to tighten its gun laws, toughen border security, and choke off funds to extremist groups. meanwhile in paris, there was loud applause in the french parliament on confirmation that the alleged ringleader of the terror attacks was killed in wednesday's commando raid. elizabeth palmer is in paris. >> reporter: abaaoud, a convicted isis recruiter and presumed terrorist mastermind was killed here in a suburban apartment.
[ gunfire ] as he and his accomplices made their last stand in a ferocious gun battle with police wednesday morning. the police respect sure if the 28-year-old was shot or he blew himself up. but forensic officers had to rely on skin samples and fingerprints to identify his dismembered body. french media say the woman who is thought to have detonated a suicide vest is his cousin, hasna ait boulacen. french intelligence thought abaaoud was in syria and had no idea he was in france until a
tipoff three days ago that he was back. "we received no information," said the interior minister, "from any of the european countries he must have traveled through." with hundreds of young european men like abaaoud traveling back from isis battlefields in syria, that points to serious holes in border controls and the failure of some countries to share their data. france's government is pushing to extend the state of emergency for three more months here, which, among other things, gives police the right to search properties without a warrant and order house arrests. today, france's prime minister said that since friday, 600 searches have been carried out and 157 people with links to islamist extremism have been put under house arrest. elizabeth palmer, cbs news, paris. a new online video suggests
that isis is preparing an attack on new york city. it shows images of manhattan and a man building a suicide bomb. mayor bill de blasio insists new yorkers will not live in fear. >> reporter: isis has used this footage before, which security says does present a problem, but at this time, they say there is no credible or specific threat. >> the people of new york city will not be intimidated. >> reporter: the video appears to show a man constructing an explosive device, strapping it around his waist and zipping his leather jacket. it then cuts to a shot of new york's times square. >> that video looks like it's been hastily produced. it is a mismash of previously
released video. >> reporter: on wednesday night, the police commissioner spoke from times square during a rare late-night press conference. >> in new york, we understand that we are a terrorist target. it reflects the importance of this city. >> reporter: a large portion of the 5 1/2 minute slip shows isis supporters praising last week's deadly massacres in paris. the terror group has long used videos to spread their message and john miller says the release of this latest video is no different. >> this is isis doing what isis and al qaeda and terrorist groups do, which is propaganda. when we see the video, we make note of it, but it's like a lot of the videos we've seen. >> reporter: earlier this week, the nypd enlisted an additional 500 officers. we even saw a canine unit sweep some of our equipment.
the battle against isis is also being fought online by the international hackers collective called anonymous. the tackers say they've launched a devastating attack on the terror group's online presence, and anonymous insist there is's more to come. >> reporter: more than 20,000 twitter accounts belonging to isis were just taken down by anonymous. >> reporter: wednesday, anonymous says it made good on its threat, launching a cyber attack against isis in retaliation for the violence in paris. >> isis, we will hunt you, take down your sites, accounts, e-mails and expose you. >> it offered a link to thousands of twitter accounts it says belonged to isis, claiming to have taken them offline. whi experts are down playing the
actions. >> they're not going to be able to disrupt coordination between the isis network. it's much more of an annoyance than anything else. >> reporter: yesterday, u.s. intelligence officials stressed the need for greater cooperation between the government and tech companies. >> they find somebody they think might kill on their behalf or might come and kill in the caliphate. they move them to a mobile messaging app that's end-to-end encrypted. at that moment, the needle we've been searching the nation to find goes invisible to us. >> they've been able to use these advances in technology to further their aims. >> reporter: amid these concerns, telegram announced a significant shift wednesday. it says it's blocked 78 isis related channels, which the
group has been using to disseminate propaganda. >> privacy ultimately, and our rightful privacy, is more important than our fear of bad things happening, like terrorists. >> reporter: even though telegram took those 78 channels offline, users are still free to communicate under the radar on teledpram and other apps. the "cbs overnight news" will be right back. we've been changing things up with k-y love.
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many of the most important monuments in the united states have something in common. they were inscribed by the same family of stone carvers. michelle miller reports for sunday morning. >> reporter: with a mallet and chisel, the slowest writer in newport, rhode island averages just two letters an hour. even when nick vincent breaks out his power tools, he's not much faster. but for stone carvers, it's not about speed. it's about standing the test of time. >> you get into a runner's high with it, where it becomes this out of body experience. while at the same time it's really cerebral. >> reporter: you can see his rock across our country, from
headstones to war monuments to presidential memorials. >> it's so totally and utterly who i am, that it runs the gamete. i love it, i hate it, i am driven by it. so it's all. it's everything. >> reporter: his craft is among the most ancient known to man. so perhaps it's fitting that the john stevens shop where he works dates back to 1705. tucked away on this quiet street for the last 310 years, it's changed ownership only once, in the 1920s when nick's grandfather bought it from the stevens family. who is that guy? >> this is my grandfather. all the time i'm working in here, he's looking down on me to make sure i get it right. >> reporter: do you always get it right? >> no, not always, not always. >> reporter: to ensure nick gets it right, he begins each job with calligraphy, designing the letters free hand on brown
butcher paper. >> this is really the way the romans used to lay out all of their lettering. >> reporter: can i try? >> absolutely. >> reporter: this is without any experience -- >> whatsoever. and twist a little bit. that's good. i like that. and then let it out. i love it. >> reporter: a third generation carver, nick began his apprenticeship under his father at the age of 15. what was it like to have your dad as your teacher, your mentor. >> it was like work, work, work, work. when i got further into it, i realized i'm capable of doing this well. >> reporter: so well, that in 2010, he received a prestigious mccar thur foundation fellowship, a so-called genius grant. the first and only stone carver to earn that recognition. john benson is nick's father and mentor. at 75, he's now retired.
>> they're all crazy, these romans. >> reporter: but in his day, he was a superstar. his work can be found everywhere, from rockefeller plaza in new york city, to the national gallery of art in washington, d.c. >> there's a tremendous, emotional appeal about a carved letter. it partakes of the substance of the building. >> reporter: famed architect commissioned benson to work on the museum of fine arts, boston. >> i can remember arguing about where lettering would go. he wanted it in one place, i moved it. then he wanted to move it again and i dug my heels in. >> reporter: who won? >> i turned to him and i said at the end of it when i knew he wasn't going to budge, i said well, it's your building. he said, yes, it is. >> reporter: perhaps his best known work is the john f. kennedy grave site at arlington
national cemetery. he recalled the importance of it in the 1979 documentary "final marks." >> this was the biggest job. more people were going to see this and look at this as a piece of lettering. >> reporter: it earned him unique stature in american arts. >> and for a tiny little period there, i was unquestionably the best in the world at it. but there were only about ten of us. [ laughter ] >> let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a newer generation of americans. >> reporter: and as if echoing john kennedy's words, for the benson family, you might say stone etching is engrained in its dna. when did your grandfather design these encryptions? >> he designed them back in the
late '40s, early '50s. >> reporter: he designed the letters on the marine corps war memorial, which honors americans who captured the island of iwo jima from the japanese. like grandfather, like father, like son. it was nick who carved the letters on the martin luther king, jr. memorial. with its bold proclamation. >> his work is also found on the world war ii memorial. it took nick and his team 10 1/2 months to complete these inscriptions. 2885 characters. so is this the quote? and for those wondering what happens when you make a mistake -- >> we misspelled the word presence, and it was early on and we hadn't gotten very deep,
but i had to grind out a big section of this and respell it correctly. so if you run your hand across, you can feel a very subtle dish here in the word presence. but no one can tell. i've just outed myself, though. >> reporter: but no matter the magnitude of the job, whether a monument on the washington mall or a simple headstone, in the end, a memorial is an honor and a dedication. >> a legacy of 300 years of responsible and well-made work is enough for anybody. very few people can have that. and i can claim that. i can claim to be connected to something, which has survived in diverse societies, through war and peace, in the same ridiculously limited little town for 310 years. and i asked my dentist if an electric toothbrush was going to clean better than a manual? he said sure. but don't get just any one. get one inspired by dentists.
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mcdaniels is one of two full-time engravers in the veteran metals unit, with diamond tip precision, he chisels names synonymous with grit and daring, on medals that adorn the chests of the courageous. >> you get a glimpse into the life of a soldier. >> reporter: with each name. >> with each name. >> reporter: ever give you pause? >> sometimes. because i put myself in their position, would i have been brave enough to do what they did? >> reporter: today, he's etching names on purple hearts, a medal that honors those wounded in battle. more than two centuries later, the names keep coming. a line of purple, seemingly without end. >> unfortunately, there's never been a shortage of names. >> reporter: never a shortage. >> never a shortage of names.
>> reporter: if bravery on the battlefield, those are the patriots that all who may bear witness. the unit of eight people engaves and ships medals for all branches. mcdaniels has been here 28 years. >> i've engraved the medal of jeffrey zaun, when he was shot down. president clinton presented medals to soldiers that were entitled in world war ii and i did all of those medals. >> reporter: a decade and a half later -- >> on his very worst day, he managed to summon his very best. >> reporter: another president honored a legend from another war, america's longest. on thursday, former u.s. army captain became just the 13th recipient of the medal of honor for service in afghanistan.
the five-pointed star weighs only 2 1/4 ounces, but its true weight is often immeasurable for those who earned it. >> i'm honored. i'm overwhelmed. >> reporter: two american companies mold the medals of honor. one in rhode island, one in texas. captain's groberg's medal was shipped to philadelphia to be engraved and kept locked in this safe. only two people know the combination. one of whom is rob henry, jr., who supervisors the medals unit. >> everlasting. >> reporter: you'll be gone. >> and they'll still have their medals. >> for service to our country. [ applause ] >> reporter: earlier this month, fulton county, ohio presented 152 engraved bronze stars to world war ii veterans and their families. only seven of those veterans are
still alive. they won the war all right, but that's like these they were never told they won the medal are still on the battle with time and a backlog. veterans are waiting four months now for their medals. at the same time, the number of cases processed has fallen steadily, coinciding with the stabbing shortage and a drawdown of u.s. forces in iraq and afghanistan. dennis bae is the general in charge of the medals program. it is a priority to reduce that backlog if >> absolutely. i've had the privilege of attending a medal of honor ceremony at the white house and seeing the descendants and the expression and the care that they have when they hold that medal, and so it means a lot. it means more than we can
express. so we want to ensure we're doing everything we can to get it to them as quickly as they can. >> reporter: this was the general's first visit to the unit whose work will long outlast his own. that's the finished product? >> they represent lives. they represent individuals. and they represent families. >> reporter: it seems few people in the army would have more of a lasting impact than the eight folks here at this team. >> i would agree with you whole heartedly. this is very, very fundamental to the legacy of the united states army. >> reporter: for chris mcdani mcdaniels, who did not serve in uniform, it's that legacy he thinks about as he carves the name of the brave into the bronze. would your father be proud of what you do today? >> definitely. definitely. >> reporter: he served in one way, you're serving in another. >> yes, yes. >> reporter: mark albert, philadelphia. >> the "cbs overnight news" will be right back. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
carly simon has a new memoir coming out called "boys in the trees." she's revealing the secrets to her hit song "you're so vain." >> reporter: it quickly rose to number one after being released 43 years ago. while it's endured all the way to 2015, one of the greatest questions in music history. ♪ for more than 40 years, carly simon has left her listeners wonder what inspired her 1972 hit song -- ♪ you're so vain
>> reporter: in an interview with "people" magazine about her upcoming memoir, "boys in the trees," simon confirms the second verse is about warren beatty. ♪ when you sit there and that you will never leave ♪ ♪ but you gave away the things you love and one of them was me ♪ >> reporter: beatty was just one of simon's well-known lovers suspected to be the song's protagonist. others included mick jagger, jack nicholson and james taylor. but the pop star dismissed them all. ♪ including in a 2001 interview with cbs sunday morning. >> everybody thinks it's about mick jagger. >> oh, they don't really. >> yes, they do. is it?
>> oh, no, no. >> and i heard it might be warren beatty. >> don't listen to what other people tell you. >> do you want to solve that mystery for us? >> i could never solve it, because if i solved it, no one would have anything to talk to me about. >> reporter: what she will not talk about is the men in the song's other verses, saying she's keeping quiet, at least until they know it's about them. >> in terms of marketing, it's great because she's about to release a book and she only gave us one of the three names. so i think she's going to take this to the grave with her. >> that's the "cbs overnight news" for this friday. for some of you, the news continues. for others, check back with us a little later for the morning news and "cbs this morning." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com
♪ it's friday, november 20, 2015. and this is the "cbs morning news" the united states stays on alert. the fbi monitors potential threats, while a hunt continues for one of the suspects in last week's attacks in paris. lawmakers strike a blee against refugees fleeing isis. the house voting to restrict entry to migrants from syria and iraq. a food some are calling franken-fish could be coming to your dinner table.