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stay dry. an updated forecast and doppler at 6:00 p.m. captioning sponsored by cbs >> quijano: the accusation that has washington bugging out. the white house is demanding a congressional investigation into president trump's explosive claim that president obama had him wiretapped. democrats and republicans are shocked and bewildered. >> to make that type of claim without any evidence is i think very reckless. >> i'm not sure what it is he is talking about. >> quijano: also tonight u.s. marines under investigation for allegedly sharing nude photos of female service members on facebook. near seattle, a sikh man says he was shot by a gunman who told him "go back to your own country." the battle for mosul, our holly williams is in northern iraq. and an all-female flight crew claims an around the world record.
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this is the "cbs weekend news." >> quijano: good evening, i'm elaine quijano. this is our western edition. washington is bulling out over president trump's unsubstantiated claim this weekend that president obama bugged his new york office before the election. the president made the accusation on twitter early saturday and followed it up with an official white house statement sunday requesting a congressional investigation. tonight "the new york times" reports fbi director james comey is asking the justice department to publicly reject mr. trump's claim. the president spent the weekend at the so called winter white house. his mar-a-lago resort in palm beach, florida. errol barnett is there. >> president trump was here in florida a thousand miles from washington when he claimed a series of tweets claiming president obama issued a wiretap of trump tower. no evidence was provided and president obama denied it
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democrats and republicans have been trying to figure out if the explosive accusations have merit or if president trump is a thousand miles from reality. president trump spent some time at his golf course before returning to washington sunday while aides try to explain his saturday tweet storm. the white house wants congressional intelligence committees already looking into russian election interference to determine if executive branch investigative powers were abused by the obama administration. >> he's asking that we get down to the bottom of this. >> reporter: trump administration spokeswoman sara huckabee-sanders did not reveal the source of the wiretapping information. >> i think the bigger story isn't who reported if but is it true. and i think the american people tve a right to know if this happened because if it did, again, this is the largest abuse of power that i think we've ever seen. >> i'm not sure what it is he is talking about. >> reporter: republican senate intelligence committee member marco rubio.
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>> if it's true obviously we're going to find out very quickly. and if it isn't obviously he will have to explain what he meant by it. >> democrats across the board are incensed by the president's suggestion. >> to make that type of claim without any evidence is i think very reckless. >> reporter: james clapper the outgoing director of intelligence denied knowledge of any court order that would have allowed covert surveillance at trump tower. >> the part of the national security apparatus that i oversaw at dni there was no such ucretap activity mounted against the president-elect at the time or as a candidate or against his campaign. >> reporter: saturday night president trump dined with attorney general jeff sessions who on monday will submit amended written testimony to the senate. he will explain why he did not disclose meeting twice with the russian ambassador last year during his confirmation hearings. sessions has recused himself from any investigations into the trump campaign's contact with russia.
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>> quijano: errol barnett, thank you. a number of u.s. marines are being investigated for sharing nude photos of female service members on social media. paula reid has the story. >> reporter: the secret marines united facebook group had hundreds of marines as members. reportedly thousands of photographs of naked female service members and veterans were shared on the page, where users made obscene comments. it was taken down within hours of the start of an ncis investigation one month ago. >> in a statement, marine corps sergeant major ronald l green said in part "we must do a better job of teaching marines what we expect of them in the social media realm. i expect all marines to treat one another with dignity and respect, whether it be in public, behind closed doors or online." >> a marine corporate official said investigators are most concerned about the victims, many of whom were identified by rank, full name and military duty station. >> the online activity was first posted by the war horse.
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a nonprofit news organization run by marine veteran and purple heart recipient thomas brennan. within hours he became the target of online threats like "water board this pos" and "i'll pay 500 to the dude that can get good nudes of his girl." >> i've scrolled by things like this on facebook before. i think this say good gut check for a lot of people. we have all scrolled past things that we shouldn't tolerate on social media. >> reporter: this comes just two months after the first female infantry marines headed to camp lejeune. >> fire in the hole. >> reporter: in late 2015, former defense secretary ash carter opened all military positions to women including combat roles, in 2013 congresswoman jackie speier warned much facebook pages that are just the tip of the spear which she said contributed to a culture that seemed to encourage sexual assault and abuse. the marines consequently posted guide lines for responsible social media behavior.
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>> officials say if a marine shared a photo of another person taken without that person's consent and under circumstances in which that person had a reasonable expectation of privacy, the marine could be subjected to criminal proceeding or administrative action. elaine? >> paula thank you. >> police in washington state are investigating a suspected hate crime against a u.s. citizen of indian descent. he was shot in a suburb of seattle and follows the recent shooting of two engineers from india in kansas. >> police in kent washington, a suburb of seattle are e vestigating the shooting of a 39 year old sikh man. >> to think that this could happen in our communities with very surprising and extremely disappointing. >> reporter: the victim was wearing a turban when he was shot friday night. neighbor susan livie says he was work on his car when another man came up to him and shot him in the arm. >> the guy told him to go back home. >> reporter: india's foreign minister posted the identity of the victim and an update after
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speaking with his father. "i'm sorry to know about the attack on a u.s. national of indian origin. he is out of danger and recovering in a hospital." police in kansas say this man adam purinton shot two indian men in a bar last month killing one. witnesses say before the suspect fired, he shouted "get out of my country." the friend who survived spoke out at a peaceful protest near kansas city. >> it was rage and you know, malice in an individual's heart that killed my friend, killed our friend. >> reporter: gurcharan bains is the president of a community- based sikh temple in los angeles. he believes these kind of hate crimes are on the rise. >> you believe the racial tension of our country is creating these kinds of incidents. >> absolutely it is. what we need is to teach people how to coexist. >> reporter: the national sikh coalition is asking that the washington shooting be classified as a hate crime in this case it would be an offense
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motivated by bias against race or religion. the fbi is working with the kent police department and says they are committed to investigating crimes that are potentially hate-motivated. elaine, in most cases where there is a conviction of a hate crime, almost always the sentences are longer. >> quijano: mireya villarreal. thank you. 45,000 people have fled from western mosul in recent weeks as iraqi forced backed by the u.s. military try to retake the city from isis. more than 200,000 have been displaced in the battle over iraq's second largest city. holly williams is in northern iraq. >> reporter: there were reports today of heavy clashes in western mosul between u.s. backed iraqi forces and the isis militants they're trying to drive out of the city. the extremists used at least six suicide car bombs according to the iraqis, and driven at high speed towards the front line. new isis propaganda video shows
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them being deployed and improvised and deadly weapon that isis has relied upon in a street to street fighting in mosul. 12 people including children are being treated for possible exposure to a chemical weapon in mosul over the last week. the international committee for the red cross said their symptoms are consistent with those from a blister agent including vomiting, coughing and blisters. the battle to retake mosul from isis began in october, two years after the extremists captured the city. isis was pushed out of the eastern half of mosul in january and the fight for the western half began just over two weeks ago. deadly crashes have already mrced more than 200,000 people from their homes in mosul according to the united nations. the fighting is now moving closer to the city's historic center. and to the mosque where isis leader abu bakr al baghdadi prepared declaring himself the leader of a so called islamic
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state. that state is now under assault by local ground forces and u.s. coalition air strikes. and losing territory and fighters. lieutenant general stephen townsend the top u.s. commander in iraq recently predicted that isis would be in mosul and raqqa, its stronghold in syria in the next six months. >> quijano: holly, thanks. they flew on the wings of history, a group of women who work for air india say they are the first all female flight crew to fly around the world. they jetted across the pacific to san francisco and back to new delhi across the atlantic. in addition to the all female cockpit and cabin crew, all of the ground staff and even the air-traffic controllers were women. they're hope to land next in the guinness book of world records. coming up next, norah o'donnell talks with kellyanne conway councilor to the president in a cbs sunday morning profile. conway
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counsel el to the president in a cbs sunday morning profile.
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>> quijano: kellyanne conway councilor to president trump sat down with norah o'donnell for a cbs sunday morning profile conway talked about some of the controversy and criticism swirling around her and what life is like at home with her husband and children as they get ready to move to washington. >> what time do you get in the morning. >> i get here around 7:30. >> what time do you leave. >> it varies, not early it really varies. usually not before 8, 9. i have a very hermit like existence here and part of it is because of the secret service detail, part of it is because if i want to go out with a friend for dinner it's photographed and it's talked about. what did she eat, what did she do, what was she wearing. it's kind of weird. i'm not a celebrity, i'm just a pollster who happened to become a campaign manager. i've been trying to keep a much lower profile here.
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>> which is why she tells us we're seeing less of her these days. she says she's trying to cut back on screen time. p people should not look at me as somebody who quote goes on tv. that was five percent of what i did. this idea, somebody once wrote a flattering article that said you had to put one negative thing this there, you know, maybe she's not that involved in everything because she's on tv. no, i'm on tv when they are all still sleeping. i'm already. there been up for two hours doing that. oh, and i'm there late at night. >> that may be just as well. because late night hasn't been kind to conway. not long ago saturday night live depicted her as a stalker. >> you don't get it, kellyanne, you made up a massacre. we can't have you on. >> but i miss the news. >> look, people really got outraged by that particular skit. i had people right, left and center coming to my quote
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defense saying it was over the top, and it's also-- but it's also untrue. e> so who is kellyanne conway. she was raised in a blue collar new jersey town. her parents divorced when she was young. >> i grew up in a house of all women. my mother, her mother and two of my mother's unmarried sisters raised me, so four italian catholic women raised me in this house and that has benefited me tremendously because there's a certain humility that will never go away. >> while president trump uses social media as an important tool to communicate and sometimes attack. conway tells us she considers it a cesspool, in part because of what her children see on it. >> if it hurts my kids more than anything. they all read, they are all online reading. >> what do your kids say. >> mom why do people say x about you or y about you or z but. i say well that's their unconsidered opinion. they don't want donald trump to be president. they don't want me to be there with him. they don't want any of us to be
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there. we're all criticized and they try to pit us against each other which is completely ridiculous. but i tell them, say a prayer for those people. because something has got to really bother you that you feel so bent on criticizing someone hu hardly know for doing a job that you can't begin to understand. >> her husband george conway who may also join the trump administration as the nation's next solicitor general is much more camera shy. >> reporter: and what do you think of watching kellyanne through this whole thing. >> she's a fighter. she's tough. i don't like everything that has been said about her to be sure. it makes me a little angry. it's part of the fact that she is out there working for president and they will attack her and whoever they see standing up for the president. >> reporter: you talk so passionately about the public service and the role you're crafting in the white house. that naturally evolves into some day wanting to run yourself for office. >> i feel like i'm in a really good place as councilor to the president to have the type of
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impact that usually motivates people to run for office. it's not just the fire in your belly any more, you have to have the bile in your throat. this is country think many women do not run for office, many good, men and women who would. >> reporter: bile in your throat. >> yeah, you just swallow so much that the country looks at you through this negative lens, corruption and corruption and lying and you want money and you're motivated by power and capital you know, the money doesn't come you, the health doesn't come to you. there are really good men and women out there who truly want to serve. i worked with them in my polling business for decades. some of them make it, and most do not. >> is there anything that would cause you to want to leave the white house? >> yes, my children. they're having the hardest time with this. this is all new for us. this is not something i have sought. i'm not a famous person on tv it's just different to not have mom there. but it was a decision we made as a family and we will move either
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way because i'm here to support the president. >> we'll be right back. o support the president. >> we'll be right bafnlgt whrang you behinda said its defense
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bunk >> quijano: china said today its defense budget this year will top $145 billion, a record high. the announcement came as lawmakers gathered for the communist nation's parliamentary pageant, the national people's congress. our adriana diaz reports from the opening ceremony in beijing. >> reporter: while the npc is a
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largely symbolic event at the opening ceremony the premier presents china annual status report to the world and sets goals for the year ahead, much like our state of the union address. about 3,000 delegates, the largest legislature in the world packed into the great hall of the people to hear premier li keqiang speak. he pledged to tackle china's poor air quality, acknowledge the dangers of rising debt, and pegged gdp growth at 6.5%. while president donald trump wasn't mentioned by name, mr. li criticized the protectionist policy favored by mr. trump and said china remains committed to inclusive economic globalization. >> we can't continue to allow china to rape our country. >> reporter: mr. trump has had a rocky relationship with china after accusing the country of stealing millions of u.s. jobs and advocating for high tariffs of chinese goods on the campaign trail.
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>> during a heavily choreographed press conference, we asked where the u.s. china relationship is heading. the question topic had to be presubmitted and preapproved. we all hope american policy changes have positive effects feid people congress spokesman fu ying but if there are challenges, china will face them head on. >> despite china's economic challenges and at time choking pollution the biggest applause during the speech came when he announced that china is suspending roaming charges for calls made in another province. adriana diaz, cbs news, beijing. >> up next, the revival of a "la la land" landmark. revival of a "la la land" landmark.
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>> reporter: we close tonight at a los angeles landmark getting new attention thanks to a small part in a big movie, here's carter evans. >> reporter: when they weren't watching emma stone and ryan gosling fans of the oscar winning musical "la la land" might have noticed a few quick shots of this. >> what appears to be a tiny railroad car heading up an incline in downtown los angeles. >> welcome to "la la land." >> this week the mayor of the real "la la land" reminded the world that this miniature railway is actually one of his city's most historic landmarks.
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>> back then in 1901 for just a penny a ride, sinai and olivet the two cars on the world's shortest railway opened for business. >> angels flight began its first climb upward. >> it was called angels flight and designed to shuttle the residents of the city's then exclusive neighborhood of bunker hill down to the shopping districts of downtown. >> by the 1950s more than 100 million people had ridden the two rail cars but in the late '60s the hill top neighborhood was razed to make way for modern skyscraper and angel's flight was disassembled and put in storage. the railway had a brief renaissance starting in 1996 but two accidents one of them in 2001 that resulted in the death of a tourist doomed the cars to stand idle where they haven't carried passengers since 2013. but as anyone who has seen "la la land" can tell you, dreams do
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still come true here in los angeles. we felt again that sense of romance. and i was ready to join them. and soon we will all be able to once again when we reopen angels flight later this year here in los angeles. group of engineering firms will add new safety features and rehabilitate the 115 year old landmark with the goal of reopening it to the public by labor day. >> and although the track might run for less than 300 feet, its salvation is a historic milestone in a city not known for its reservation of the past. >> the longest journey to the shortest ride ever. >> carter evans, cbs news, los angeles. >> quijano: that is the cbs weekend news for this sunday. later on cbs, "60 minutes." i'm elaine quijano in new york. for all of us at cbs news, thank you for joining us and good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by
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ive from the cbs bay area studios, this is kpix 5 news. >> wild weather across the bay area today, rain, hail, even snow. >> more than a few people were caught by surprised. >> and a pair of dueling demonstrations came to blow in berkeley, and a motel goes up in flames. people got no warning. i am brian hackney. >> i am juliette goodrich. several people are in the hospital and dozens more need a mace to stay after a fire ripped through travel inn. the property caught fire after 9:00 a.m. kpix 5's maria medina spoke with tenants who said smoke alarms never went off. >> i hear somebody say my room is on fire. my room is on fire.
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it got to our room, fast. >> reporter: he woke up this morning to screams and then the flames. >> my hero. he woke us up. got us out. >> reporter: his mother said he woke up the family giving them enough time to grab a few belongings. >> building was on fire. knocked on people's doors to make sure they got out. >> the fire at the travel inn happened just before 9:30 a.m. it started in a room on the first floor, spreading to h second floor -- spreading to the second floor and several of the three dozen victims claim their smoke alarms didn't work. >> no [ bleep ] nothing. >> reporter: a man who worked for the motel told kpix 5 every room had a working smoke alarm. he refused to answer any other


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