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publicly lectured president obama telling him that his people felt profound resentment for a despicable crime. a stern-faced obama said he was appalled and offered his deepest regrets. >> we consider it inexcusable. and we are committed to doing everything that we can to prevent any crimes from taking place of this sort. 32-year-old kenneth franklin shinzato, allegedly raped and
murdered a woman on the site ok. thousand of protesters have taken to the streets calling for the closure of all u.s. bases in japan where 50,000 u.s. troops are stationed. charlie this cast a shadow over a trip meant to strengthen ties between the two countries. later this week, mr. obama will be the first american president to visit hiroshima, a city devastated when the u.s. dropped a nuclear bomb there during world war ii. >> thank you, margaret. tonight we continue our investigation of the opiate epidemic which is taking more than 80 lives a day. west virginia which lead the nation in overdose deaths is fighting the epidemic in court by suing six national companies that distribute painkillers. here is jim axelrod. >> reporter: this its what the opioid crisis looks like in west virginia. people addicted to pain pills lining up on foot and in cars at
a small town drugstore to get their prescriptions filled. >> in 2014, almost 19,000 people died of an opioid overdose not talking heroin. >> joe radazzisi was with the dea for 29 years and he says wholesale distributors play a huge part in the epidemic. if a pharmacy was ordering 5,000 tablets per month over a series of month that is not a big deal. but one month he orders 30,000 tablets. then the following month he orders 60,000 tablets. now he is up to 100,000 tablets. well, the wholesalers were seeing this, and no one was filing suspicious orders. they have a legal obligation to report the suspicious patterns to the dea? >> yes. and they weren't doing that. >> reporter: during the last ten years, the dea has brought 12 civil suits against drug wholesalers for breaking that law. mckesson, the largest drug
distributor is at the top of the list. the dea along with six states sued mckesson for supplying hundreds of hydrocodone orders to rogue pharmacies. mckesson settled paying more than $13 million in fines and agreeing to closely monitor their pill supply. >> even after we charged them civilly and took civil fines after them. even after they had memorandums of understanding that they knew what to do now, three years later, they started violating the law again. >> reporter: this time the wholesaler paid $150 million in fines and had distribution centers suspend operations in four states. in your view, was the pursuit of profits outweighing compliance with the law? >> yes. a civil penalty of, you know, a few million dollars, tens of million dollars means nothing when you are making, you know, potentially billions of dollars.
>> now, in a potentially precedent setting suit, west virginia is suing mckesson. records reveal in a five-year period, the wholesaler delivered nearly 100 million opiates to a state with 1.8 million people. the suit alleges that while west virginia was drowning in painkillers, mckesson continued to incentivize sales. last winter we traveled to the small appalachian town where we found tug valley pharmacy until january was supplied by mckesson. hello. i'm jim axelrod. we discovered that the pharmacist is facing several lawsuits for negligence admitting to filling 150 pain pill prescriptions daily for one clinic alone. you are named in a lawsuit alleging substandard care. you have nothing to say to me directly.
>> mckesson term nated the contact after learning of charges from our cbs news investigation. raising the question why hadn't the company discovered that on its own? >> they see the tragedy that is happening with the drugs. why won't you be a good corporate citizen and pull back? one day it could be one of your neighbors. god foregid one of your kids. why wouldn't you do that. >> as for mckesson, the company issued this statement. quote, while we don't comment on pending litigation we share the view that the substance abuse epidemic is a sear just problem and we will continue to work with our supply chain partners in support of prevention efforts. charlie. >> thank you, jim. still ahead on the "cbs evening news," could a $2-a-pair save lives in car crashes. and that young fellow, the championship speller. >> -- o-n-o-u-l-t-r-a.
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two senators called on lawmakers to reinforce seat backs. a simple fix could prevent injuries or deaths in crashes. transportation correspondent kris van cleave has been looking into this. >> reporter: 16-month-old taylor warner was killed when her family's honda odyssey minivan was rear-ended at 55 miles an hour. her father's seat broke and fell backwards on top of her. taylor's mother liz. >> it was because of some stupid car we thought was the safest thing to get for our family to protect them. >> reporter: video shows seats can fail, launching the front seat occupant into the back of the vehicle. our investigation found more than 100 people, mostly children, have been severely injured or killed by seat back failures since 1989. >> without cbs this is just one other safety issue that might have stayed under the rug for another generation.
>> reporter: today democratic senators ed markey and richard blumenthal sent the letter to honda and 16 other manufacturers demanding answers. the standard set for seat strength and all cars meet or exceed it. but a standard so low this banquet chair passes. markey says it would cost a few dollars a vehicle to fix. >> a no-brainer something the auto industry should do itself. if it doesn't then ntsa should make them do it. >> reporter: ntsa says it does not have enough data. administrator acknowledged the number of deaths due to seat back failures have laikely been underestimated. >> we need to figure out what we need to do. ntsa and safety experts do agree that the back seat of a car is still the safest place for children. charlie, auto makers say their cars are safe. they have until june 23rd to respond to the senators.
the italian navy released photos of a boat with migrants tipping over off libya. those on board rushed to one side when they spotted the italian ship. at least five drowned. more than 500 were rescued. today, 11 states filed suit to overturn the obama administration directive that calls on public schools to give transgender students access to bathrooms that match their new gender identity. it is not an order, but states that do not comply could lose federal funding. >> the lights went out at lunchtime in seattle today. the giant ferris wheel came to a
contestant at the national spelling bee and not even a little intimidated by all the seasons veterans. he was 2 years old when his family discovered his almost scary talent. >> apple. a-p-p-l-e. in competitions always looking for an edge. >> may i have the definition, please. >> reporter: he is not much on chitchat. >> do you love spelling? >> yeah. >> reporter: do you have a favorite word? >> yeah. >> reporter: what is it? >> pneumonoultra microscopicsilicovo lcanconiosis. >> reporter: can you spell it? >> p-n-e-u-m-o-n-ou-l-t-r-a. pneumonoultra microscopicsilicovo lcanconiosis. how does he do it? he told us the words appear to him. >> reporter: you see the word in your brain? >> yeah.
>> reporter: we had one more question. can you spell the word adorable? >> a-d-o-r-a-b-l-e. adorable. >> reporter: definition you are looking at it. adorable even in defeat. late today he misspelled bacteriolytic and is out of the tournament. you can bet he will be back next year. chip reid, cbs news. >> that's the "cbs overnight news" for this thursday. for some of you the news continues. for others check back with us a little later for the morning news and cbs this morning. from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm charlie rose.
welcome to the overnight news. i'm demarco morgan. president obama is in japan for the opening of the g 7 economic summit. taking place in a remote town 200 miles outside tokyo. home to the holiest shrine in japan's religion. mr. obama will make history tomorrow when he becomes the first sitting american president to visit hiroshima, ground zero. the president's visit got off to a rocky start when he received a stern lecture from prime minister abe, upset over a young japanese murder, on okinawa, allegedly by an american.
>> i extended my sincerest condolences and deepest regrets. and the united states will cooperate fully with the investigation to ensure justice is done under the japanese legal system. >> the president's visit is ruffling feathers in beijing. >> reporter: like most issues here in china, the government does not appreciate outsiders getting involved. the turf war over the south china sea is no exception. the u.s. considers it international waters. china wants the u.s. to stay out of it. the president's trip comes amid heightened tensions over the south china sea. big nations should not bully smaller ones. disputes should be resolved peacefully. six asian countries including vietnam have claims on the sea. with vital shipping lanes and natural resources. china claims nearly all of it. and has turned reeves and shoals into island. some now complete with run ways, tennis courts. and military capability. more than 3,200 acres of land
have been added since 2013. to show its displeasure the u.s. increased patrols in the sea. defense secretary ash carter visit itted a u.s. ship there last month. >> the united states and vietnam are united in our support for a regional order. >> reporter: when the president lifted the 41-year-old arms embar go to vietnam this week, he said china wasn't part of his calculation. the chinese disagreed. an editorial in the state backed paper said obama claimed this move is not aimed at china. yet this is only a very poor lie. the u.s. is taking advantage of vietnam to stir up more troubles in the south china sea. >> china's south china sea understanding. >> united states should look at the bigger picture. >> in the name of protecting freedom of navigation. >> stories about china's territorial rights to the waters have flooded chinese state television. what do you think of the south china sea situation.
>> translator: on the streets of beijing, many wanted to avoid politics. but retiree had no qualms. the u.s. says these are international waters and not china -- the u.s. is on the other side of the pacific he said. we don't go there. but they come here to meddle in our matters. now that president obama is in japan, for the g7 he will meet with japanese prime minister abe who also has serious concerns about china's claims to the region's waters. >> hillary clinton's campaign is downplaying a report by the state department's inspector general over her use of a private e-mail server. while secretary of state. the report conclude clinton violated the department's cybersecurity guidelines. it points out hackers tried to get into clinton's personal e-mail server a couple of times and that she should have turned
over every e-mail sent before she left office. clinton turned over about half. the report does point out that other secretaries of state also used personal e-mail systems. meanwhile, candidate clinton on the stump in california. nancy cordes reports. >> people are listening to donald trump and they're wondering what is going on in america? >> we defeat donald trump by very large numbers. >> reporter: technically hillary clinton and bernie sanders are running against each other here in california. but they barely mention each other. clinton loaded up her speeches tuesday with new attacks on trump. >> we are going to take on climate change which donald trump says is a hoax. exempt when it comes to his golf courses. >> reporter: talking about the trump organization application to build a sea wall for one of the golf courses in island citing global warming which trump called pseudo science. the last time that his taxes were made public, donald trump paid nothing.
zero. massachusetts senator elizabeth warren one of many democrats tuesday who went after trump's taxes and his comments on the housing crisis. >> a small, insecure money grubber who doesn't care who gets hurt. so long as he makes a profit off it. what, what kind of a man does that? a man who will never be president of the united states. >> within the hour trump was taunting her back. from new mexico. >> it's pochohontas, elizabeth warren. she said she was an indian because her cheekbones were high she was an indian, that she was native american. >> until now, warren's attacks on twitter on donald trump have been mostly relegated to 140 characters on twitter. she hasn't endorsed either clinton or sanders yet. but her comments last night prove that she is more than willing to go after trump on
their behalf. >> for the republicans, donald trump's rallies in the west are drawing protesters inside and outside the event. major garrett reports. >> trump faced protesters and struggled to maintain control in a state democrats have carried in five of the six presidential elections. >> you can get them out. get them out. >> reporter: donald trump tried to stay focused tuesday night in the face of persistent interruptions. >> oh, isn't that nice. get them out of here. go home to mommy. he can't get a date. so he is doing this instead. how old is this guy? get out of here. get out of here. still wearing diapers. >> reporter: the commotion didn't prevent trump from firing back at likely democratic nominee hillary clinton whose resurrected comments trump made in 2006 about the coming housing crash. >> why on earth would we elect some body president who actually rooted for the collapse of the
mortgage market. >> trump offered this explay nation. >> i see this low life, puts on an ad, did you know that donald trump was rooting against housing? hey, i feel badly for everybody. what am i going to do? i am in business. >> despite trailing clinton by double digits, trump leveled this barbed criticism of clinton's tone. >> i will never say this, but she screams, it drives me crazy. i didn't say it. i can't listen. she goes, and donald trump its a terrible person. >> still trump denied he needs to improve his standing. >> i think i am doing really well with women. what do i know. i want to set record with women not with men. the hell with the men, right? the hell with the men. i want to set record with women. >> there are scattered reports this morning, house speaker paul ryan is moving toward a trump endorsement. ryan said as much from the beginning of this awkward
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bernie sanders has little chance of overtaking hillary clinton for the democratic presidential nomination. but he will half a hand in crafting the party platform for the november election. sanders was allowed to appoint five members to the platform committee. one of them long-time activist cornell west has been a harsh critic of hillary clinton and president obama. james brown spoke to west for 60 minutes. >> when i called the president a black puppet of wall street i was talking about the degree to which wall street had a disproportionate all. influence on his policies opposed to poor people and working people. >> why use such harsh language showing no respect for the
office of the president? >> i tend to be one who just speaks from my soul. and so, what, what, what comes out some times is rather, rather harsh. that's in some very much part of the tradition of a frederick douglas or malcolm x who use hieber bollic language at times to bring attention to the state of emergency. so all of that rage and righteous indignation can lead one not to speak politely sometimes. >> reporter: eight years ago, cornell west was a fervent supporter of candidate barack obama. today he blames the president for not doing more on issues like income inequality and racial justice. a product of a turbulent 60s. west has joined protests led by civil rights groups like black lives matter. here in ferguson, missouri, he was one of many arrested for civil disobedience. the young people who are leading the black lives matter charge.
>> yes? >> you are all behind them? >> very much so. i think it is a marvelous new militancy that has to do with courage, vision, the fundamental challenge always is will their rage be channelled through hatred and revenge or will it be channelled through love and justice? you got to push them towards love and justice. >> why do you think you have that kind of kcurrency with youg people. >> they know i take their precious lives seriously. when i go to jail in ferguson, and say quite explicitly, i am old school and i want the new school to know that some of us old folk love you all to death. and they hear that and say, well, dang, you know, we might not always agree with this, brother. but this negro looks like a fighter for justice. [ chanting ] >> i think a lot of young people really gravitate towards him not only because he is a giant of an intellect wum. he is somebody that you want to
be around. >> a 26-year-old activist and religion ph.d. student at princeton. he first saw west speak at a rally four years ago. the manner in which dr. west has been criticizing the president, your reaction? >> i think it is important to listen to the substance of his arguments. i think his critiques of president obama, but of -- our current state of democracy in this country, that, the current state of the world, is something that we need to pay attention to. >> a favorite on the lecture circuit we were with him at maris college in new york. when the crowd of 1500 broke into applause before he said a word. then, for more than an hour, an journey filled with biblical passages, quotes from philosophers and poets about decency and virtue. all in support of west's warning
about the dangers of inequality. >> i have nothing against rich brothers and sisters. pray for them every day. the callusness and indifference. greed is something that shot through all of us. cornell west has diverse influences to say the least. crediting jazz giants, john coltrain and sarah vaughn helping him understand human suffering. west sees civil rights pioneer joshua heshel as one of the great treasures of the 20th century. >> never a question of skin pigmentation or a question of culture, sexual orientation or civilization what kind of human being you will be from your mama's womb to tomb and what legacy will you leave. cornell west was born 62 years ago in oklahoma but grew up in glen elder, a predominantly
black neighborhood near sacramento california. he is the second of four children. his father clifton was a federal administrator and his mother irene was a teacher. they were a close-knit, church-going family. >> i feel as if i have been blessed to undergo a transformation from gangster to redeemed sinner with gangster proclivities. >> you actually were a thug when you were a youngster? >> oh, absolutely. i got kicked out of school when i was 7 years old. >> doing what, dr. west? >> refused to salute the flag because my great uncle had been lynched with the flag wrapped around his body. i went back to sacramento. i said i am not saluting the flag. teacher went at me. hit me. i hit back. we had a joe frasier-mohammad ali moment in the third grade. >> the only student that came home with all as and had to got a whipping. clifton west, cornell west's
brother, best friend and was his role model growing up. he says behind his little brother's bad behavior was a relentlessly curious mind. >> we had this bookmobile. we would come out and check out a book. and go on back in the house and start reading it. so, corn at one point, i don't know how long it took, he had read every book in the book mobile. >> excuse me? >> it had to be 200 books easy. the book mobile man, who was a white guy, went to all of the neighborhood saying there is this guy in glen elder that read every book in here. >> anecdotes like that convinced teachers to give their troubled student an aptitude test. west's recorded iq, 168. >> i got a pretty high score. so they sent me to the other side of the town. mom would drive me to school and drive back to her school teaching first grade. >> reporter: the new school had a gift proed gred program that d
his mind and changed his behavior. is that when you grabbed ahold of the notion that you were smart? >> you know, i never really thought i was that smart. because there were so many other folk in school that i was deeply impressed by. but i will say this though, that i never really have been impressed by smartness. >> reporter: really? >> not really. >> reporter: because the? >> i said let the phones be smart, i want to be wise. i want the courage to love. i want the courage to sacrifice. i want the courage to be nonconformist in the face of injustice. adolf hitler was smart the i am not impressed by that. you see. >> reporter: harvard university accepted cornell west in 1970 which is where i first met him. we shared a suite with four other student and 46 years later he still delights in maintaining his 70s afro. >> this is how, charles wright, third street rhythm band. what you talking about, brother. always, ever-ready, ever-ready. >> you still have --
>> ever-ready. i go to jail with this thing. >> so when you go through security at the airport and you put it out, what do they say? >> got to explain it. i am not going to hurt nobody. just taking care of my fro. absolutely. >> cornell west graduated harvard mag harvard and earned a ph.d. in philosophy. he taught in the religion and african-american studies program. west authored 22 books in 30 years. >> he can get lost in the expansiveness of cornell's intellect. the chair of african-american studies at princeton. as a grad student he remembers helping west fact check one of his books. >> he was doing all the footnotes by memory. >> excuse me? >> he was doing all the footnotes by memory. right. so he asked me to go get a book. because he wanted to check a footnote.
so i went to the library. i got the book. and i brought the book to him. and he kept looking at the book. he was confused. he turned to the page. couldn't find. turned it over. oh, the wrong edition. >> reporter: the wrong edition. >> the wrong edition. got the right edition. turned to the page. there it all was. >> reporter: in 1993, west wrote "race matters" a provocative examination of how race affects the lives of americans just as the country was transfixed by the rodney king trial. the book catapulted him on to the national stage. and into popular culture. so how much does race still matter? 20 years on? what its the current state of race in america in your mind, dr. west? >> bad shape. we are in bad shape. for the upper middle-classes -- we have got unprecedented opportunities. and we deserve those opportunities. we worked very hard.
people sacrifice to make sure the opportunities were available. but -- poor, black, brown, red people, are catching so much hell on every level. education. job market. mass media. families week. community shot through. too many guns, drugs. we acted as if we could evade it. and avoid it. that's what barack obama did for the first six years. he held it at arm's length. of course what happened? you end up with a black lives matter movement under a black president. what does that say? >> you can see the full report on our website. (sounds of birds whistling) ♪ music ♪ introducing new k-y touch gel crème.
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good news and bad news at the top of the world. we have been following the adventures of two american climbers scaling mt. everest and posting it all online. well they're on their way back down. one reached the summit. the other stopped a little short. dana jacobson reports. >> another himalayan sunrise. say hi to the world. this is the view from 5 1/2 miles above the earth's surface. professional climber cory richards reached the summit of the tallest mountain on the planet without the help of supplemental oxygen. >> unfortunately ap had to turn around a little earlier. up to me to hold it down. at the summit. for richards the expa digs was a success. but fellow pro climbing partner, adrian bellinger, fell 1200 feet
short of his goal. >> after, kind of sucks. just happy to get down alive. for cory to succeed. >> i mean it is heartbreaking. it really is. still just sort of going through all the emotions of failing after working so hard for something. it really was a group effort. even though only one of us stood on top. ballinger was forced to turn back after his body told him he had enough. >> nothing really felt right. i wasn't hydrating that well. i wasn't eating that well. and i definitely was really cold. and i knew i was already getting to that point where i wouldn't be able to get myself down alone. so i -- you know, decided to keep climbing. i got to the top. in about eight hours. just around eight hours from leaving. >> which is like insanely fast with no oxygen attempt. he was passing people on oxygen. got on top and -- and, i spent about three minutes there. that was it. i spent no time up there. my body felt horrible.
like i had the worst hangover of my life. >> but for both men it was worth it. >> here we are. about a partnership. i feel so irn credibly proud. and such a part of cory's sequester ses. >> posted on instagram. started with a get that is, the whole its greater than the sum of its parts. i think that is absolutely true in this partnership. i mean if adrian had chosen to continue, what would have likely happened is we would have beth have to turn around when he got to a point where it was too dangerous. you know? so his decision to turn around early actually allowed me to summit. you know, my success is always, been built on, on partnership. and, this trip is i think, the prime example of that in every way. >> that's the "cbs overnight news" for this thursday. for some of you, the news continues. for others, check back it was a little later for the morning news and nbc this morning. from the broadcast center here in new york city, i'm demarco
morgan. captioning funded by cbs captioning funded by cbs it is thursday, may 26th, 2016. this is the "cbs morning news." >> crooked hillary. not good. the inspector general's report, not good. >> campaigning in california, donald trump tries to make the most of a new report into hillary clinton's e-mail server, but clinton says it's nothing new. >> it's the same story. while lines get longer and longer at airports across america, the head of the tsa takes the heat on capitol hill ahead of a busy travel wee