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the man who runs counterterrorism and intelligence for the new york city police deputy commissioner jon miller and a former senior correspondent here at cbs news. john is isis coming here? >> well isis is already here. as isis has developed as an organization, scott, what we have seen is inspired attacks. they are basically advertising through social media, called on people to attack here. we have seen arrests in those cases. enabled attacks where they have actually chosen targets, and spoken to people directly over over closed social media channels where they have said "here's the target. go do it." what we haven't seen is directed attacks. that's what we saw in paris. that's what just saw in brussels. and that's what we have to be prepared for obviously. >> what did you learn from the tactics that were used today? >> i think we learned once again that you have rudimentary tactics. we are talking about fairly
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large bombs when you look at the damage, and assess the casualties. basically terrorism as we see it here explosives we saw in paris, explosives with active shooters. is a low-tech low-cost extraordinarily high impact venture. >> since paris over the last four months islamic extremists in brussels have been under withering scrutiny. intelligence officers have been raiding their homes, tapping their phones how can this a happen with that much scrutiny? >> couple of ways. one there is an opposite argument that intelligence was pretty good. managed to find their way just a few days again to a secret safe house. hit that location. actually come up with a mastermind who was not just a mastermind, planned attacks in western europe and brussels but attacks that happened in paris. that's very good intelligence. on the other hand. a shootout. officer wounded. couple individuals got away. so you look at that.
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but i think the real point here scott, is that we are looking at going dark. which is whether it is the telegram which you featured on 60 minutes this week which was all encrypted. or the app, which comes out of san francisco, not russia. that is all encrypted. we are seeing not just iphones that can't be cracked, but entire communication systems that are designed to be impenetrable, we are seeing those become the primary tools of terrorists. stow when you ask a question like -- how could they miss this? technology is becoming a big enabler. >> jon miller deputy commissioner of the nypd. jon, thank you. great to have you with us. >> four months since the isis assault on paris that killed 130. many of those terrorists came same brussels neighborhood that allen pizzey showed us. holly williams its in harris tonight. what are the connections between paris and brussels? >> reporter: scott, there are suspicions. at this point no confirmation
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the two are closely linked. just four days ago, salah abdeslam, the alleged logistical planner behind the paris attacks, was finally captured in belgium. and when the belgian police raided an apartment last week in brussels they found ammunition and isis flag and abdeslam's finger prints. that raised suspicions that another attack could be imminent. >> but all of europe has been on alert since the paris attacks. ow could this happen today? how could this happen today? >> scott, we don't know if there were any intelligence failures. one criticism, leveled at european intelligence officials. they don't share enough information because they don't trust each other. that is a very big problem. because within europe you have open borders. and visa-free travel between countries. some of the men involved in the paris attacks were able to go to syria, fight, or receive training from isis and then return home, traveling through europe apparently unnoticed.
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the big question now especially after today's attacks, is how many more young men may have done the same thing. >> holly williams in paris for us tonight. thank you. how did isis succeed today with police hot on their trail? we'll have that next. the "cbs overnight news" will be (sounds of birds whistling) ♪ music ♪ introducing new k-y touch gel crème. for massage and intimacy. every touch, gently intensified. a little touch is all it takes. k-y touch.
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michael morrell was for three years number two at the cia. now our cbs news senior security contributor. michael, in the four months since paris, the authorities have been watching these neighborhood in brussels they have been raiding homes, tapping phones. how did isis pull this off today? >> scott, i think it is a combination of two things. one, a combination of how sophisticated these guys are. the investigative report on paris showed use of throwaway phones sophisticated document forgery, the making of bombs in europe by bomb-making experts, the ability to move money around use of encrypted apps that, that intelligence services can't read, they're sophisticate sophisticated, right. one reason. the other is the very large numbers of individuals we are dealing with here. 5,000 people went from western europe to iraq and syria to fight. some are there.
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some died. some of them are coming home. the number is huge. put the two things together it is a very very challenging problem. >> are you saying these guys are experts at what they're doing? >> they're very good from my perspective. trained in iraq and syria by pros. >> where are we now in the fight against isis? >> so i think you have to look scott, at what they want to do which is conduct attacks against us. what we want to do is which is stop them by degrading that capability. in the last 4 1/2 months scott they had four victories. they brought down an airliner in sinai, an affiliate, conduct add takes in paris, direct add take san bernardino an inspired attack brussels inspired or directed. a pace of operations that al qaeda
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hours of the attacks
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in brussels -- the fbi stepped up surveillance of potential terrorism suspects in the united states. diego rodriguez assistant director of the fbi. >> we are going to ramp up on awful our seb -- all of our subjects. >> officials are concerned about potential for isis sympathizers to plot attacks in the u.s. there was a similar fear after the paris attacks in november. a former white house counterterrorism official. >> the concern is could there be copycats in the u.s. >> you always need to be worried about copycats. because there is an old saying "terrorists are not innovators they're immay toreitators." >> reporter: more than one third of isis linked terror plots have been aimed at the united states or interests overseas.
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u.s. officials also estimate 30,000 foreign fighters have traveled to syria and iraq to join isis. including around 150 from the u.s. one intelligence consulting group believes about 40 have returned. those are the ones u.s. law enforcement officials are aware of. >> where are you from? >> the united states. >> reporter: just last week american mohammad jamal khweis surrendered to kurdish forces in northern iraq. he traveled from the washington, d.c. region to syria to join isis. and he was not known to the fbi. >> what you are seeing right now is, we are shaking every known bush. you are going to have a number that won't necessarily be on anyone's radar screen. that's something we need to be cognizant of. >> reporter: the couple behind december's san bernardino attack was not on the fbi radar either. scott, today, homeland security sent a bulletin to law enforcement agency as cross the country warning of the potential threats from isis. >> jeff pegues in the washington
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newsroom. jeff, thank you very much. the "cbs overnight news" will be right back.
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president obama left cuba tonight for argentina. he was in havana when he got word of the attacks in brussels. and did not allow change his travel plans. margaret brennan is with the president. >> reporter: in a secure call early this morning, president obama was briefed on the bombings. >> we will do whatever is necessary to support our friend and ally belgium in bringing to justice those responsible. >> reporter: at his keynote address and cuban leader raul castro looking on the president quickly turned back to his historic trip. >> i have come here to bury the last remnant of the cold war in the americas. he touted benefits of democracy to a still authoritarian country and pointed to america's presidential campaign as proof that anything is possible. >> you have two cuban americans in the republican party running
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against the legacy of a black man who is president, arguing they're the best person to beat the democratic nominee who will either be a woman or a democratic socialist. who would have believed that back in 1959? >> reporter: later the president and first family joined castro at a baseball game between the tampa bay rays and the cuban national team. >> we condemn the acts of terrorism in belgium. for this we request a minute of silence. >> reporter: after a moment of silence for the victims in belgium, the mood lightened. the two leaders did the wave and cheered a play at the plate. president obama told espn that changing his schedule would have let the terrorists win. >> what they can do is scare, and make people afraid. and disrupt our daily lives. and divide us. and as long as we don't allow that to happen we are going to be okay. >> reporter: white house
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officials believe that terrorism is a persistent threat but one that they can manage. and scott, the president feels strongly that it shouldn't dominate the u.s. agenda. >> margaret brennan covering the historic trip to havana. margaret, thank you. in brussels this 22nd of march there was no separation between day and night. this evening, candles do what the sun could not, cut through the darkness that has fallen over this city. and in light, the world shows its unity against the terrorists. the colors of belgium bathe the eiffel tower in paris, the brandenberg gate in berlin the trevi fountain in rome and in washington this night, light shines on the most powerful symbol of freedom in the world. as america honors the fallen. that's the "cbs overnight news" for this wednesday. for some of you the news continues. for others check back with us a little bit later for the morning
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news and cbs this morning. from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm scott pelley. welcome to the overnight news. europe on high alert and dragnet under way after the terror attacks in belgium. bombs went off at an airport in the capital also at a busy train station. at least 31 people were killed. about 200 others hurt. the islamic state is claiming responsibility and threatening more attacks. our cbs news coverage begins with charlie d'agata at the brussels airport. through the dust and chaos there was no mistaking what happened. a massive blast, blew windows out and ceiling tiles and
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passengers fled. a young woman, cried for her mother. and a man shouted. soldiers. >> there were no soldiers to come to their rescue. streamed outside looking for help. some of the injured were wheeled out on luggage carts. >> all the luggage stays here! all the luggage tays here! >> reporter: the area outside the airport, a tangle of injured bodies. those who came to help were quickly overwhelmed. after the first explosion in the departure area, a second one followed. >> it was very loud, yes. it was not something that fell on the ground or something like that. it was -- you felt kind of a shock. >> for everyone it was a terrible thing. >> the explosions were right in front of me this woman said. look around. >> reporter: isis claimed responsibility quickly for the
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attacks today warning of more dark days ahead. belgian police released this photograph of three suspects. look at the two on the left, casually pushing luggage which officials believe were loaded with explosives. they're wearing only one glove each, possibly to conceal a detonator. both men were killed in the attacks. the third man, in the hat, has vanished. according to police, he left his luggage and is on the run. another bomb was found which police detonated by a controlled explosion. this afternoon, security forces conducted raid in the brussels neighborhood of shaerbeek and found two more explosive devices containing nails as well as chemicals. and an isis flag. one of the doctors who dealt with the worst of the injuries said he hadn't seen any bullet wounds. only injuries caused by the blasts. the attacks in belgium come four days after salah abdeslam was
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caught in a dramatic police shootout in brussels. one of the ten paris attackers, abdeslam was the only one to survive the police dragnet and evade capture for four months. after his arrest, abdeslam had promised new attacks, heightening fears among security forces, that the militants reach into europe is deeper and larger than they knew. now, counterterror police are conducting further raid tonight, scott. they launched a massive manhunt to find the missing third suspect. after raid in brussels uncovered two more bombs today, police fear militants may have been planning even further attacks. moments after, passengers fled to safety. smoke billowed from the entrance as day's commuters streamed out. the explosion went off barely an hour after the airport attack. the mangled remains of the cars
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were graphic evidence of why there were so many horrific casualties. sometreated in the street. many had what appeared to be serious head injuries. emmanuel batiot arrived in the aftermath. >> you see it, you cannot imagine when you see people yelling. like, they were -- like they are going to die or -- and you don't know, you feel like you are raging. lachlan carmichael was on another train in the tunnel. >> we received a blast of air. and the train stopped. and we had the -- we had the normal recording announcements. we have just had an incident on the line. passengers told me inside they felt very nervous and very worried. >> reporter: police and soldiers flooded the area. the station is only 400 yard from the european parliament building. the area is considered among the most secure in the belgian capital. this is a city that lives with a
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major terrorist in its midth. it eminates from here, the suburb of molembeek. many of the terrorists plotted the paris attacks in the neighborhood. in the wake of the bombing the authorities asked people to move around the city as little as possible. that has now been lifted but the belgian crisis center warned that the threat of more attacks is "real and serious." stephanie is now missing. >> my husband called, the american embassy, and they're looking for her too. >> did you receive some information? >> i haven't gotten any information. >> reporter: the injured include two missionaries from utah 66-year-old, richard norby,
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joseph empy, 20. mason wells, 19. all three are recovering from their injuries. friend tell us wells was also at the boston marathon bombing and last year's paris attack. a u.s. air force lieutenant colonel, wife and four kids were also injured. we're told some were seriously hurt. this man, seb bellin is a belgian businessman who once played college basketball for oakland university in michigan. his father spoke to his son in the hospital. >> well, he saw people dying. he saw people dead. and people dying. so, that's -- i'm sure that will stay with him for the rest of his life. the near misses. the three students from quinnipiac university in connecticut are studying abroad. they were at the airport traveling for spring break. kate duffy spoke to us by phone. >> a huge ball of fire and it was like 50 feet from us. it was absolutely insane. >> professional basketball fans will be relieved to hear while former nba all star dikembe mutuombo was in the airport at the time of the bombing he is
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reporting on his facebook page he was unharmed. jim axelrod, thank you. four days ago, salah abdeslam the alleged logistical planner behind the paris attacks was finally captured in belgium. when the belgium police raided an apartment last week in brussels, they found ammunition an isis flag and abdeslam's fingerprints. that raised suspicions that another attack could be imminent. we don't know if there were any intelligence failures. certainly one criticism that is leveled at european intelligence officials is that they don't share enough information because they don't trust each other. that is a very big because within europe you have open borders and visa-free travel between countries. some of the men involved in the paris attacks were able to go to syria, fight or receive training from isis and then return home traveling through europe apparently unnoticed. the big question now, especially after today's attacks
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president obama wrapped up his historic visit to cuba and has flown on to argentina. the president and mrs. obama will be guests of honor at a state dinner hosted by argentina's new president. lesley stahl has his story for "60 minutes." >> we met mauricio macri in argentina's version of the white house, the pink house, called casa rosara. he took over a country ruled for eight years by a left wing populist who allied argentina with anti-american regimes, iran venezuela and cuba. here argentina has been in this almost a bloc that takes almost all of south america, left leaning. >> not any more.
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that was, but not any more. >> reporter: not anymore, he made a u-turn in the country foreign policy. in a flash, argentina has become pro-american. macri and vice president biden were all smiles at the world economic forum in january. when macri went seeking closer ties with the west and foreign investment. he brought one of the men he defeted in the election with him, which impressed the vice president. >> i want the american press to observe something. the new president brought along the leader of the opposition with him. that's what we got to do at home. >> i really believe the 21st century demand that we have to be open and not put in any more ideological differences in front of the best solutions. >> reporter: he is a pragmatist. trained as an engineer. macri started off an outsider in argentina politics. the son of one of the wealthiest
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men in the country and worked at first in the family real estate and construction business. once making a deal with that other scion of a real estate empire. >> i heard that you actually have a relationship with donald trump? >> it is a long story, long away. >> reporter: it was more than 30 years ago. macri told us his father invested in a real estate venture in new york city but ran into problems and asked him to arrange a sale. >> we are going to go forward. >> to donald trump. >> it was a very unique moment for me. i was only 24 years old. >> reporter: you negotiated with the guy who says he is the best negotiator in the world, yeah? >> he thinks that i am not so sure. >> did he win? >> we were in a weak position. he was local, having the support of all the banks. i could say that we tied. >> reporter: now at 57 he is happily married to fashion designer julianna owata. watching them play with their 4
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4-year-old daughter, you can't help but think of the kennedys and camelot. the comparison has been made in argentina. when macri ran for president, no one thought he would win. partly because of his image as a wealthy businessman, unable to connect with the people. but that image was softened by campaigning with his wife and young daughter at his side. and by their openness about their relationship. >> i never imagine i was going to end with him and when i have the opportunity to to meet him i fall completely in love. that was seven years ago. he had already been married twice and had older children as did she. >> my best friend i told him i am going to marry again. no come on. you can't do it. you have just finished a relation two months ago. the lady of my life. i want to be with her the rest of my life. i am sure that this is the
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correct decision. >> reporter: at their wedding the following year macri revealed a hidden talent. >> i am a great singer. >> reporter: a great singer. he set out to prove it at their wedding party. he dressed up as his favorite rock star freddie mercury, of the band queen, complete with a fake mustache and started serenading julianna. it almost killed him. >> in the moment i was breathing to sing the, the up part of somebody to love i swallowed my mustache. >> swallowed the mustache. >> he started choking on the freddie mercury mustache. >> it end up here. didn't go down. >> spent like 20 minutes. thinking that i was going to die. i couldn't breathe. it was funny, but, a moment. >> you have had a couple of brushes with death actually. >> no no this was quite funny. the other one wasn't so funny. >> the other one happened when
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he was 32. he was grabbed off the street and kidnapped. >> reporter: is it true when they kidnapped you they put you yes, to take me to the place. and then in another -- a bigger coffin it was a box. >> he was held for 14 days. >> reporter: did you think that you would never live through that? >> you keep thinking because, you are trapped there with nothing to do. so, you think i am going to die. i am not going to die. because the in many cases, the group of kidnappers kill the victims. >> reporter: but he was released after his father paid a $6 million ransom. the incident changed the trajectory of macri's life dramatically. it persuaded him to leave his father's business and set out on his own. first he became president of one of argentina's most popular soccer teams. boca juniors. he then tried his hand at politics.
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he created his own third party, and eventually ran for mayor of buenes aires. on his second attempt, he won. that's when a whole new macri emerged. ♪ ♪ dancing has become a macri trademark. >> you are known for this. >> you know dancing is it is another way of communicating, no? >> reporter: you know i have heard it said no offense, dad dancing? >> older man dancing? >> no no. >> i have heard that. >> you have to watch it. you have to watch my my my my performance. because it is it is advanced dancing. it is so innovating steps, i am doing them. first i am doing them. then i perform them.
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>> reporter: macri got to live out two dreams in december when he danced on the balcony of the presidential palace at his inauguration after a close, hard-fought elect, that left the country bitterly divided. even the transition was contentious. breaking tradition, the outgoing president, christina kirshner refused to attend the swearing in. she had been a charismatic leader in the style of the popular eva peron who shared the spotlight with her husband, president juan peron whose legend went all the way to broadway. ♪ don't cry for me argentina ♪ >> the party has dominated politics on and off for the last 70 years. kirshner was a peronist whose policies subsidies on electricity, high taxes on agricultural exports, burdensome regulations, a bloated bureaucracy, and currency
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controls, all in combination cripple the argentina economy. >> she left an economy that has not been growing for four years now. a stagnant economy. >> alfonzo pratt guy is the minister of finance. >> high inflation. eight years in a row, more than 25% inflations. stig nif fiscal deficit. running out of reserves. >> reporter: what you walked into? >> absolutely. >> making matters worse, the government bureau of statistics indec had been minimizing the problems. >> national statistics institute, an institute that was basically look to us and to the rest of the world. they weren't issuing -- wrong numbers. >> reporter: fake numbers. phony numbers. just made up statistics. >> exactly. what the president wanted. >> it wasn't real. >> that's not the way. not the way. if you have a problem you have to recognize it and solve it. that's my commitment. no? >> you can see the full report degree motionsense is the world's
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♪ music ♪ introducing new k-y touch gel crème. for massage and intimacy. every touch, gently intensified. a little touch is all it takes. k-y touch. more than 100 accidents blamed on a high tech gearshift. standard equipment on nearly 1 million vehicles here in the united states. the government is investigating and so is kris van cleave. >> reporter: gary titus leased a 2014 jeep grand cherokee with a new electronic transition that
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changed the feel of shifting gears maybe too much. >> if i don't hit it just right and get night drive i could get into an accident because of that. >> reporter: the new shifter is a monostable electronic gearshift or e-shift. it lacks the typical grooves and sensation of moving the car into park, drive or reverse. that lack of familiarity, nearly resulted in a serious injury. >> i got out of the jeep. thought it was in park. it was in reverse still. as i walked back toward the garage. i noticed the car was moving a little bit. i didn't want to ruin the car, after having it for a few months. got between the car and garage. i was able to ylell for my son and stop the car. >> reporter: titus isn't the own one confused. hundred filed complaints saying their vehicle rolled away after thinking it was in park. national highway traffic safety association is investigating, 850,000 vehicles most are 2014 and 2015 grand cherokees equipped with e-shift.
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government investigators found it is not intuitive and provide poor tactile and visual feed become to the driver increasing potential for unintended gear selection. the investigation claims reports of 121 accidents resulting in several people being hospitalized. >> these new technologies coming in the cars are creating all kind of new problems. >> sean cane president of safety research and strategies wants stricter safety standard for technology added to vehicles. >> you get into a car today if you haven't been in it. hard to understand how to start it shift it, seeing all different control systems. that's creating problems for consumers. new ways people are going to get killed and injured as a result of poor design. >> we drove a 2014 grand cherokee at consumer reports test track in connecticut. >> here because there is also not, like i pushed all way forward. doesn't mean iened up in park. >> it is confusing and odd. it doesn't have any safety mek nimz. >> a deputy auto editor.
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>> what we would look to see, there is a fail safe. end of the day you don't have a problem where the car is going to launch forward. roll back and move some way that the consume r is not expecting it. >> the fiat chrysler shifter lacks a fail safe. >> lacks a fail safe if you leave it in drive or neutral. open the door or press the button to turn off the vehicle it stays in the mode doesn't go directly to park. >> bmw and mercedes added the fail safe after adding similar transmission technology. >> shifted because i turned off the car. >> if you open up the door it goes to park. >> reporter: that's the safety feature. >> jeep drivers do get a warning on the dashboard. fiat chrysler is cooperating fully with the on going investigation. as of 209the 2016 year they changed the vehicles. >> the "cbs overnight news" will be right back.
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on this 100th anniversary of the national park service we have been taking you to national treasures you may not get a chance to see. this morning, connor knighten visits the everglade national park. >> reporter: they call it the river of grass. and to truly get your feet wet exploring the everglade, youed into to actually get your feet wet. you can't really understand it just by driving by. like you can if you are standing in it. ranger allen scott has been exploring the over 1.5 million acres of south florida's everglade national park for 20-plus years. >> the trees have lost their leaves. but i am noticing the little ones are starting to leaf out. the first national park set aside by national park service, people of the united states for what is alive, the plants animals and habitats. >> reporter: the different
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variety of plant and animal life found in the park are staggering. with over 1,000 species of seed bearing plants. and more than 400 species of bird. everglade is an international biosphere reserve. some species like the endangered florida panther are hardly ever seen. and some like the lovely mosquito can be all too common. if i slap one on my wrist am i going to got a fine from the park service. >> yes you are. give me $1 every time you do that. >> reporter: you don't need to track deep into the habitat to find the everglade's most famous inhabitant. just drive down one of the park road. you are bound to spot one. the american alligator can be found throughout the everglades. in the water and on the trails. but, keep an eye out, and you might also spot a crocodile. and that combination is especially rare. >> there is no place else in the
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world where crocodiles and alligators overlap. florida with salt and fresh watt r is just warm enough for crocodiles and just cool enough for alligators. thanks to conservation efforts in the park the once endangered american crocodile has been downgraded to threatened in florida. back wheneverglade was established in 1947 the idea of creating a national park to protect plants and animals may have seemed revolutionary. but today, the habitat still has a lot to offer people. >> here in everglade national park, go 50 miles from anybody and be in true wilderness alone. and listen and feel what it feels look to be in nature. >> that's the "cbs overnight news" for this wednesday. for some of you the news continues. for others check back a little later for the morning news and "cbs this morning." t
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captioning funded by cbs it's wednesday, march 23rd, 2016. this is the "cbs morning news." the hunt for a terrorist. belgium and the rest of europe on alert after tuesday's bombings in brussels. this morning, the search is on for this man believed to be one of the bombers who carried out the attacks. we should not be allowing anyone to come to this country that we cannot vet to make sure that they are not radical islamic terrorism. >> the last thing we need my friends, are leaders who incite more fear.

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