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>> pelley: a key endorsement for clinton and a warning about nominating trump. >> we're going to be destroyed in the general election. >> pelley: also tonight, will u.s. olympic athletes be endangered by the zika virus? a rare one-on-one interview with the head of the c.i.a. isis has access to chemical artillery shells? a college president's scheme to rid his school of struggling students. and a story brings sheer joy to a child. tt the words, it's the voice. >> then elsa accidentally hurt anna and both girls rushed... captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition.
a new national poll shows how critical tonight's democratic debate is. hillary clinton and bernie sanders are neck and neck, and both are looking to african americans to break the tie. african americans make up more than half the democratic electorate in south carolina where the first-in-the-south primary is just over two weeks away. here's nancy cordes. >> hillary clinton has been there. >> reporter: nearly 20 members of the congressional black caucus vowed today to campaign for clinton. hakeem jeffries of new york was one of them. >> hillary clinton has been there from the very beginning to acal with the gun violence epidemic and its impact on african american communities sross the country. >> reporter: she has prayed with black pastors, met with black lives matter protestors and is airing this new ad in the south. >> you have to face up to the hard truth of injustice and systematic racism. >> reporter: her campaign says sanders is a johnny-come-lately on race issues.
he says he got his start in activism during the civil rights movement. georgia congressman john lewis scoffed at that today. >> but i never saw him. i never met him. t chaired the student non- hiolent coordinating committee, but i met hillary clinton. i met president clinton. >> reporter: sanders does speak frequently about incarceration rates and poverty. >> 51% of young african american deds in this country are unemployed or under-employed. that is a national tragedy. that has got to change. >> reporter: the influential writer tanehisi coates called sanders the best option, and performer harry belafonte endorsed him today. >> i think he represents opportunity. i think he represents a moral veperative. >> reporter: when clinton and s nders face off here in gulwaukee tonight, she'll argue moat she will actually do more th carry on the legacy of the
nation's first black president, e,ile he'll argue, scott, that 'l'll actually do more to help minorities with his proposals for things like free public college tuition. >> pelley: nancy, thanks very pch. the republican primary in south carolina is just nine days away, and the attacks are getting louder and cruder. here's major garrett. >> we win here, we're going to run the table. >> reporter: donald trump in south carolina, by turns optimistic and vulgar. >> what the hell is this guy talking about? dodon't know what the hell i was doing. what the hell are we thinking? >> senator marco rubio. >> reporter: marco rubio campaigning in a state with more conservative culture instincts, criticized trump's language as an assault on decency. >> you turn on the tv, you have a leading presidential candidate fying profanity from a stage. profanity from a stage. i mean, all these things undermine what we teach our children. >> reporter: jeb bush also piled on. >> he says, "we're going to bomb the blank, blank, blank out of
isis," using a vulgarity. that's not leadership. >> reporter: in 2012, about two- thirds of republican primary voters in south carolina sescribed themselves as evangelical or born-again christians. llesenting a challenge for trump despite his large lead in the polls. voters we spoke to here were divided. >> just the way he carries himself. when he claims he's a christian and he can only quote one verse from the bible, i mean, come on. >> i think that's what a lot of people like about him. he says what he means and means .hat he says. i love it. >> reporter: trump today pulled an ad criticizing ted cruz and said he would only run positive ads from now on. scott, john kasich's campaign has been doing that for weeks and described bush's efforts in south carolina of having all the joy of "the texas chainsaw massacre." >> pelley: thanks, major. wss news will host the next republican debate.
g at's saturday evening at 9:00 eastern time. and john dickerson is the moderator. in another important story ofnight, the zika virus, fespected of causing birth defects, keeps spreading. u cases now in the u.s. it's active in 26 countries and il iitories in the americas. brazil is the hardest hit. and with the olympics there this summer, hard choices have to be made. here's dr. jon lapook. >> morgan in the box. >> reporter: the u.s. women's soccer team started on the road to rio last night with a win in ifyir first olympic qualifying game. the team's goalkeeper, hope solo, is raising concern about the risk of zika infections during the game. >> the olympics, if they were today, i wouldn't go. fortunately, the olympics aren't today. so we have six months. we have a little bit of time to figure things out. >> reporter: u.s. olympic itmmittee c.e.o. scott blackmun tried to address questions and
doubts in a memo to perspective thympians. he said the organization is working with the c.d.c. and infectious disease specialists to closely monitor the situation, but no matter the preparation, he wrote, there will always be risks associated with international competition. an official with the rio games told cbs news all rooms in the olympic village will be air conditioned, and venues will be enspected daily to remove standing water where mosquitoes might breed. the population of the mosquito ikat carries zika goes down significantly in the cooler, drier months of august and september, when the games will take place. the main worry is the suspected link between the virus and macrocephaly, an unusually small head at birth. sat link has been strengthened within the past day by reports both in brazil and the united states. ie virus has now been found in the placenta of mothers who tscarried and the brain tissue of newborns with microcephaly who died. fspoke with an official from
nge rio olympic organizing itmmittee today and asked, are there any thoughts of canceling or postponing the olympics or it is full steam ahead, and he amid, full steam ahead. th fact, this weekend they're having a test event in rio for the diving competition. >> pelley: jon, thanks very much. -w oregon today, a six-week standoff between f.b.i. and armed anti-government protesters ended peacefully. the final four hold-outs surrendered. one refused to go quietly, g,ough, ranting, "liberty or death." tonight we've learned that the isis terrorist group in syria and iraq has chemical weapons in its arsenal. in a rare interview with "60 minutes," we spoke to the rectctor of the c.i.a., john brennan. >> we have a number of instances where isil has used chemical tnitions on the battlefield. il pelley: artillery shells? y: sure. ry pelley: isis has access to chemical artillery shells? >> uh-huh.
there are reports that isis has access to chemical precursors and munitions that they can use. >> pelley: the c.i.a. believes that isis has the ability to l nufacture small quantities of chlorine and mustard gas. and the capability of exporting those chemicals to the west? >> i think there's always the potential for that. this is why it's so important to cut off the various transportation routes and smuggling routes that they have used. >> pelley: are there american assets on the ground right now hunting this down? >> u.s. intelligence is actively s volved in being part of the effort to destroy isil and to t t as much insight into what they have on the ground inside of syria and iraq. >> pelley: we'll have our full .aterview with c.i.a. director iennan, including the threat enat he says keeps him up at night. th that's this sunday on "60 nsnutes." millions have fled syria, but there are tens of thousands who can't get out.
they're trapped between russian bombers and a closed turkish border. holly williams is following this. >> reporter: imagine the terror, never knowing where and when the irplanes will hit next. we can't independently verify shese videos, but they appear to show the aftermath of air strikes on the town of tel rifaat this week. in the syrian regime's new offensive, which is backed by russian air power, civilians are once again paying with their blood. crossing the border into turkey, b met abdul karim bahloul, who runs a school in tel rifaat. "the shelling and air strikes are random," he told us. "homes are destroyed and children's bodies lie in shreds on the ground." he told us he came to ask the
turkish authorities to give refuge to children from the town, but after absorbing more than two million syrians, turkey's reluctant to let any more in. syrian regime forces have now nearly encircled the city of aleppo. the u.n. fears that 300,000 civilians could be cut off as they were in the town of madaya during a siege by the regime. more than 40 starved to death. rvlia al-awqati told us that her charity, mercy corps, feed and clothe 500,000 people in northern syria every month. 's n not much. >> no, but it's essential to keep a family alive. >> reporter: now they're racing to get food parcels to families in aleppo city, fearing more starvation in a country that's already exhausted by a senseless war. and as if syria's war wasn't complicated enough, today some american-backed rebels told us
they were attacked by kurdish fighters who were also supported thehe u.s. now, the kurdish fighters say it wasn't deliberate, but, scott, ulis shows just how difficult it is for the u.s. to unite erfferent factions on the ground elleyria. >> pelley: holly williams, thanks. t what can the u.s. do to stop the war? margthat we turn to margaret brennan. margaret? >> reporter: well, today the ng t is trying to broker an immediate cease-fire. today, secretary kerry pushed both russia and iran to stop iltacking syrian civilians in aleppo and allow in aid to besieged areas, but the russians haven't been quick to agreed agree to that. in fact, vladimir putin's military has cut off supply lines to the u.s.-backed rebels, and u.s. officials warn that that strengthens both isis and assad, and it leaves the u.s. esid little leverage in a war geesident obama has resisted s tting involved in for five
years now. >> pelley: margaret brennan at the white house. y rgaret, thank you. today cleveland mayor frank jackson apologized to the family of tamir rice after the city billed his estate $500 for rebulance services. the city also tore up the bill. p 2014 a cleveland cop shot s ce, who was 12. he was holding a gun that turned out to be a toy. ie died the next day at the hospitals. the officer was not charged. in a big development today, scientists have announced what may be among the greatest oscoveries in the history of physics. they believe they have found gravity waves, predicted by einstein but never observed, two huge antennas, one in washington state, the other in louisiana, detected a gravity wave last september. this confirms einstein was right when he described the universe as "like a fabric, woven from
the three dimensions plus time." s at physicists call "space time." the gravity wave was set off by two black holes that collided, sending a ripple through the fabric. the effect is so tiny one scientist estimated the ripple wampressed the entire milky way galaxy about the width of a thumb. observing that the fabric of the universe stretches and pempresses may open an entirely new understanding of nature. coming up next: how explosions arke this are improving airport security. and later, a scoop by a newspaper sets off an uproar when the "cbs evening news" continues. i ta found a missing piece in my asthma treatment. once-daily breo prevents asthma symptoms. breo is for adults
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georgia, tonight at the tsa's new training academy. [explosion] >> reporter: seeing the power of sien a small explosive made the threat real for nearly 200 soon- to-be airport screeners. >> two, one... [explosion] >> reporter: they're going through a new program here in georgia designed to address troubling security gaps when the transportation security association. ecdamning report last summer found screeners failed to detect te of 70 suspicious items brought through airport checkpoints. peter neffenger became the tsa administrator in july. l' what the inspector general's vesults have told us is you can never take you eye off the mission. or reporter: shawn weeks-freeman is one of the academy instructors. 82 august 11, 1982, she was a flight attendant on pan am 8ight 830, standing just rows from where a terrorist bomb exploded while the 747 prepared to land in honolulu. one person was killed, more than
a dozen injured. >> when i talk to my class, i not them, you're not here by wacident. and i wasn't saved at that moment by accident. because that threat in 1982 is today's threat, still. demyeporter: the academy marks first time all transportation security officers will have standardized training. previously new hires were largely trained on the job at their home airport. if they're getting through oieckpoints today with one of teeir teams trying to bring things that should be flagged, cau those things be caught? >> i think we'll catch them today. >> all of them? >> i don't know if we'll catch everything. i sure hope we catch all of them. nt reporter: the students will work at this mock checkpoint. it's complete with all the t,uipment, scott, they're going to use in the field. >> pelley: kris, thanks. and we'll be right back.
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e prove the school's standing. some professors have been sent packing. here's chip reid. >> reporter: ed eagan was a professor at mt. saint mary's university in maryland. what would you normally be doing on a day like this? >> i'd be on campus. today i'd be teaching my class on the first amendment. >> reporter: but on monday he was fired in a letter a school official said he's "persona non grata" and not welcome to visit te university's campus because "he violated his duty of loyalty to the school." it all began last month when the student newspaper reported that school president simon newman wanted professors to identify struggling students in the first few weeks of school so they could be encouraged to drop out. some faculty members resisted and the school paper reported that newman told them, "this is hard for you because you think of the students as cuddly bunnies, but you can't. you just have to drown the bunnies. fat a glock to their heads."
many students and faculty were outraged. >> it's not just the words, but it's the plan that the words described. >> reporter: what's wrong with the plan? >> weeding out students because we think they might not do well numrder to make the numbers look better? that's not mount st. mary's. >> reporter: eagan was the faculty adviser to the school paper and says he's being punished for accurate but ngbarrassing reporting by the t udents. you did not tell them what to write? >> no. i did not, not in any way. anybody on campus that knows the students knows that nobody would manipulate these students. >> reporter: they can't be manipulated. pendhey are independent, strong, bright people. >> reporter: a petition protesting the firing of eagan and another professor has been signed by about 7,500 professors sross the country, and, scott, the university declined our uestated requests for an interview. instead they issued a statement saying the two professors had violated the code of conduct. >> pelley: chip reid, thanks,
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and other selected inmates choose a story to record, then mail it home. it's called storybook project, and it runs in six women's prisons across texas. >> it was a sunday afternoon at the end of may. >> this story begins within the walls of... ar we weren't scared as long as we were together. >> reporter: 64% of incarcerated women nationwide lived with their children before prison. storybook tries to ease the pain of separation. mattie was 18 months old when her mother went to prison for a d.w.i. crash that killed the other driver, a crime of manslaughter that victimized her daughter, too. >> i was crying for mommy. >> reporter: how come? >> because i miss her. n' reporter: if it wasn't for the book, she wouldn't be able to have the bond we have now. knoow that means something to her, and i know it means something to me. >> reporter: but the fact is you
got behind the wheel of the car when you had alcohol in your system, and a person is dead because of that. didn't you forfeit your right to do things like this when you made that decision? >> yes, i made a decision, but it's not about the decision boutore. it's about how we handle the circumstances. hd that's how i'm choosing to handle the circumstances, by helping my kids the best way i can from where i'm at. >> hey, mattie, it's me, mommy. >> reporter: balderas has four years left of an eight-year sentence. when she finally reunites with her family, she hopes her children won't mistake her voice for a stranger. >> you are my sunshine, my only sunshine. >> reporter: elaine quijano, cbs news, columbus, texas. >> i love you always. mommy. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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good evening, i'm veronica de la cruz. >> i'm ken bastida in for allen martin. we have breaking news. just minutes ago, the state announced crab season is back on! health officials lifting the warnings about dungeness crab. and our own paul deanno is along the coast now in half moon bay. paul, this will be welcome news to the hard hit fishing industry. >> reporter: this is great news. there are crab pots a mile down the road sit there is for three months. crab season should have begun in mid-november. today it's mid-february. three months late, but better late than never. the levels of what is called domoic acid, which is unsafe to eat, have now been deemed low enough or undetectable enough that in certain parts of the california coastline including much of the bay area here, crab season is back open as of right now. the acid test has dropped to what the state considers safe levels. lots of traps were backed up in ports