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>> removed the latest news and weather is always on kpix.com. >> pelley: on the eve of wisconsin, trump and kasich go at it like all get-out. >> he ought to get out. >> i've got news for him, i'm going to get a heck of a lot of his voters, okay? >> pelley: also tonight, breaking news: a sightseeing helicopter has crashed in tennessee. there are many fatalities. the growing toll from a drug far more powerful than morphine. and a family rivalry in houston. tonight meet the brothers' mothers. >> if villanova wins, we win. u.n.c. wins, we win. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. on the eve of a possible game- changer primary in wisconsin, our cbs news battleground tracker shows that ted cruz has
a six-point lead over donald trump. john kasich is a distant third. for the nomination, trump needs to win a little over 60% of all the remaining delegates. that's doable, but it can't happen before the last big primary night on june 7th. for cruz and kasich, it is all about keeping trump from locking up the 1,237 delegates, forcing the g.o.p. nomination battle into a contested convention in cleveland this july. here's major garrett. >> reporter: ted cruz met voters at the mars cheese castle in kenosha today and predicted a victory in tomorrow's primary. >> wisconsin is going to be pivotal. it will be pivotal for the national debate. the entire country is looking at wisconsin. >> reporter: cruz's campaign is focused on picking up delegates in states with caucuses and party conventions, including utah and, just this weekend, colorado and north dakota. >> if we have a good night tomorrow, that will be four states in a row where donald
trump has gotten whooped. >> your vote is going to be very important tomorrow because the world is watching wisconsin. >> reporter: trump trails cruz in wisconsin but remained optimistic. >> i really believe tomorrow we're going to have a very, very big victory. very, very big. >> reporter: trump and cruz are also calling for ohio governor john kasich to drop out. >> it's very, very unfair just to have a stubborn guy like that to be campaigning. and i'll tell you, it's really unfair to other candidates who did much better than he ever did. >> reporter: kasich, campaigning in new york, said he's the only republican running ahead of hillary clinton, and that should hold sway at a contested convention. >> they're attacking me in wisconsin. for a guy that's not doing very well, they sure are worried about me, spending a lot of money trying to knock me out, but they're not going to be successful. >> reporter: kasich splits the anti-trump vote, and along the way he may take a small number
of delegates from trump and cruz. scott, kasich admits he has no chance of winning this nomination outright but hopes along the way to do just well enough to force a contested convention. >> pelley: major garrett on the campaign. major, thank you. republicans are preparing for what could be their first contested convention in 40 years. now we have some insight on all of this from john dickerson, the anchor of "face the nation." john, you were briefed today by republican officials on the rules of the convee >> well if there is an open convention, the party wants to make sure that the press understands the procedures because they're complicated. before the delegates even get to the business of voting on the nominee, for example, there is an opportunity for disagreement over the rules and even who is eligible to be a delegate in the first place. and at the convention, all the candidates and their supporters are going to be energized and on the lookout for tricks and shenanigans. there is enough complexity to make any losing party feel like they're being robbed. there were epic fights of this kind over rules and credentials in the last two really contested g.o.p. conventions in 1976 and 1952.
>> pelley: now, the delegates are going to be selected in the states, many of them by state conventions, before the national convention. there's a lot of effort by the campaigns to influence that. >> that's right. most of the delegates are bound to a candidate on the first ballot at the convention in cleveland, but if no candidate gets a majority, nearly all the delegates can then vote as they please. what they're trying to do in these state conventions is sure that delegate sticks with them at the convention in cleveland through the first ballot, the second, the third and all of them. candidates who don't have a delegate pledged to them on first ballot are trying to win over their support in future votes. >> pelley: if the republicans don't have a nominee until late july, does that put them at a disadvantage for the election in november? >> it depends on who the democratic nominee is to see how steep a hill they would have to climb. starting late isn't a big problem because there will be a lot of republicans who vote for the candidate almost no matter who it is, but if there is no
unity coming out of this convention, and they have to clean up after a big fight, that will be a problem. >> pelley: john dickerson, our political director and anchor of "face the nation." john, thanks. now for the democrats, our wisconsin battleground tracker finds bernie sanders and hillary clinton in a virtual tie. nancy cordes is covering. >> in the last few weeks alone, california, new york state, $15 an hour. >> reporter: raising the minimum wage is a signature issue for bernie sanders. but today, it was his opponent celebrating with new york's governor over the state's big new hike. >> this is such a great day for our state. >> reporter: clinton favors raising the federal minimum wage to $12 an hour. sanders would go to $15. his more liberal stance on issues like that has fueled a string of recent victories in democratic caucuses. he's hoping to rack up one more in wisconsin's primary tomorrow.
>> if we win here, we're going to have a bounce going into new york state, where i think we can win. if we win in new york state, between you and me, i don't want to get hillary clinton more nervous than she already is. >> reporter: clinton is working to build a firewall in new york, a state she represented in the senate for eight years. >> i am looking forward to the next two weeks to travel throughout the city and the state. >> reporter: but sanders has a claim to new york, too. he grew up in brooklyn and is pushing for a prime time debate there, though he says the clinton camp's proposed dates are unacceptable. >> doing it during the ncaa finals or whatever, makes no sense. doing it in the morning when people are not going to be watching it in large numbers makes no sense. >> reporter: sanders out-raised clinton by $15 million in march, the largest margin yet. that means, scott, he has the resources to blanket the airwaves here in new york if he wants to, and the stay in the
race no matter what happens here. >> pelley: nancy cordes following the democrats for us. nancy, thank you very much. now, there is a breaking news story tonight. five people have been killed after a sightseeing helicopter crashed in tennessee. they were on a tour of the great smoky mountains southeast of knoxville. the chopper went down, burst into flame, but we have no word yet on a cause. we have lened more today about the collision that derailed an amtrak passenger train outside philadelphia yesterday, killing two people and injuring many more. kris van cleave is on the investigation. >> reporter: twisted wreckage shows the force of the deadly collision. train 89's engineer hit the emergency brakes five seconds before striking the backhoe. the train was going 106mph, just under the 110mph speed limit. >> we're still gathering facts on that information as to who had the authority to be on that track. >> reporter: ryan frigo with the national transportation safety board says investigators have
examined the train's event recorder and dash cameras. >> the video shows that there was construction equipment on the track, and work train equipment on the track immediately adjacent to the amtrak train's track. >> reporter: most of the 37 people injured were sitting in the train's front car. long-time amtrak employees joseph carter, jr., age 61, and peter adamovich, 59, were killed on the backhoe. federal guidelines require multiple safeguards be in place before construction work can be done on train tracks, including making the track physically inaccessible to a train and having a watchman present who can give a crew a 15-second warning before a train enters a work area. amtrak acknowledges its track work procedures are now being reviewed. new york senator chuck schumer. >> there is virtually no excuse for a backhoe to be on an active track. >> reporter: it is the second deadly amtrak accident in pennsylvania in less than a year. last may, train 188 derailed just 20 miles north of chester, killing eight and injuring more than 200.
the cause is still under investigation, but the train was going twice the speed limit around the curve. we don't know if the engineer knew he was entering a work zone and should have slowed down sooner. scott, tomorrow the n.t.s.b. is send to interview the surviving members of that work crew. >> pelley: kris van cleave at the scene of the crash tonight. kris, thank you. tonight, we have a rare look at how the rich and powerful hide money. a group of reporters has gotten a hold of 40 years' worth of files from the computers of a law firm in panama that specializes in stashing money in shell companies off shore. don dahler takes a look. >> reporter: some of the names revealed in the documents are a rogue's gallery of dictators and criminals. but also included are 12 world leaders who have allegedly evaded taxes in off- shore accounts. the unprecedented leak had an immediate impact. in iceland, the prime minister walked out of an interview after he was asked to explain how he and his wife used an off-shore
company to allegedly hide a $4 million investment. huge crowds gathered today to demand his resignation. in ukraine, while his country was at war, the leaked documents indicate that president petro poroshenko moved his business fortune to the british virgin islands to avoid paying taxes. and british prime minister david cameron is facing questions about his father's off-shore investments. michael hudson is among the reporters who have been studying the documents for months. >> and the paperwork makes it clear they wanted it structured in a way that the profits from these investments would not be taxed in the u.k. >> reporter: mossack fonseca specializes in off-shore finances. and while that's not generally illegal, journalists who have seen the documents say the leak reveals money laundering schemes, sanctions-busting and other crimes. former treasury officer chip poncy. >> every one of these devastating types of harms relies on financial support,
infrastructure, and it's often serviced by what you see in the panama papers. >> reporter: the documents also show how close associates of vladimir putin allegedly ran a multibillion dollar money laundering ring through bank rossiya while it was subject to u.s. sanctions after russia annexed crimea. and syria's government circumvented international sanctions using shell companies in the seychelles. in an interview with a panamanian tv station, the law firm's co-founder, ramon fonseca, said they've never been found guilty of anything in their 40 years of business. "we are a knife factory," he says, "that sells knives. and if the knife is used for a murder, we're not responsible." so far no american politicians or companies have been named, but there are other investigations already under way around the globe, scott, including australia, germany, the netherlands and france. >> pelley: all of this just beginning. don dahler, thank you. brussels is flying again.
there were 39 flights from the airport today. there are usually about 600, before the terrorist bombing two weeks ago. isis bombers killed 32 at the airport and a subway. today, for the first time since the flood of refugees overwhelmed europe, the flow was reversed. more than 200 were sent home with more to follow under a new deal between the european union and turkey. holly williams is following this. >> reporter: the migrants were bused into lesbos port before dawn and behind lines of riot police. each person being sent back had a chaperon and we captured proof that their wrists were bound while on board the buses. the greek authorities said none of the migrants had applied for asylum in europe. but thousands of other people in greece, who were at risk of deportation, have fled war in syria and iraq, and then risked their lives to cross from turkey
to greece in rickety boats and inflatable rafts. greece's refugee camps have now become detention centers. fenced-in behind razor wire, we met abdulrahman balash, who told us he came from damascus in syria and wants to go to germany or sweden, where it's safe. but the greek police quickly intervened. he wants to speak to us. why can't we -- and then ended of interview. some migrants haven't been able to contain their frustration in recent days. several hundred people even managed to break out of the detention center on the island of chios. >> if you are seeking asylum, you are not committing a crime. this is a universal human right. >> reporter: boris cheshirkov is a spokesman for the united nations' refugee agency, and fears that europe's determination to stop the migrants could mean that some
are not given the protection they deserve. >> they have to be given an individual process, so they can explain why they have to stay, because they fear for their lives. >> reporter: the question now is whether locking migrants up, and deporting some of them, actually stops others from coming. there has been a drop in numbers in the last few days, but, scott, this morning, the greek government said that more than 300 people had arrived in the previous 24 hours. >> pelley: holly williams reporting for us tonight. holly, thank you. the death toll is growing from a drug that is more dangerous than heroin. and a storm out of season causes havoc when the "cbs evening news" continues. i had so many thoughts once i left the hospital after a dvt blood clot. what about my wife... ...what we're building together... ...and could this happen again?
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john blackstone reports from sacramento. >> reporter: the embrace of friends and the support of church is a comfort to natasha butler as she struggles to accept the recent death of her 28-year-old son jerome. >> the doctor said that it was a drug overdose, and i'm looking at him like, drug overdose? then he went to explain it to me. it's the pill. the pill? >> reporter: the pill that killed jerome butler, the father of three, contained a potent prescription pain reliever fentanyl. >> it shut down his organs. it shut down his kidneys. it shut down his liver. his brain was swollen. the doctor said there was nothing he could do for him. >> reporter: all that from one pill? >> from one pill. from one pill. >> reporter: her son's death was one of ten in the sacramento area in just 12 days that doctors have traced to fentanyl- laced narcotics being sold on
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were today, 53% would choose hillary, and 39% are going for bernie, but sanders' supporters say they are just getting started. phil? >> reporter: that's right. they say bernie is big in the bay area, and they are not kidding. it's game on. look at the bill boards going up all over town. >> reporter: from berkeley to the bay shore, the democratic presidential contest is up and running. >> i have feel the bern sticker on my car. i am bernie 3,000%. >> hillary shows what she is talking about. i would like to see a female in the white house. >> reporter: this weak the backers in the california nurses association kicked their campaign into a gear with bill boards all across the state. >> california is huge in terms of the delegates. >> reporter: more delegates than any other state, and