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now facing charges. we'll see you at 6:00. ♪[ music ] captioning sponsored by cbs captioning sponsored by cbs >> mason: that trump wiretap claim. the chair of the committee investigating says: >> we don't have any evidence that took place. >> mason: but the president says: >> you're going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks. >> mason: also tonight, a cellphone glitch causes a dangerous backlog of 9-1-1 calls. >> i would never want no mother, no father to go through the pain that i'm going through right now. >> mason: the u.s. indicts russian spies in a massive breech of yahoo accounts. and the world felt his pain. r. we thought it was a disaster. >> mason: but it turned out to be an internet sensation. this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
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>> mason: good evening. scott is off tonight. i'm anthony mason. this is our western edition. president trump broke his silence today on his accusation that he was wiretapped during the campaign last year by president obama. mr. trump still did not provide any evidence, only a cryptic suggestion that something might be coming out in the next few weeks. but the republican head of the house committee investigating the president's claim minced no words today about what the panel has turned up-- nothing. here's congressional correspondent nancy cordes. >> i don't think there was an actual tap of trump tower. >> reporter: house intelligence chairman devin nunes typically toes the party line, but today he concluded that president trump's explosive accusation has no merit. >> are you going to take the tweets literally? and if you are, then clearly the president was wrong. >> reporter: his comments came after 11 days of white house
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insistence that the commander- in-chief was serious when he tweeted, "just found out that obama had my wires tapped in trump tower." >> i think he's extremely confident. >> reporter: but administration officials, including the attorney general, have provided no evidence to back it up. >> did you ever give him any reason to believe he was wiretapped by the previous administration? >> um, look, the answer is no. >> reporter: president trump refused to back down today, insisting something happened to him. >> "wiretap" covers a lot of different things. i think you're going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks. >> reporter: the surveillance, whether real or imagined, has alarmed lawmakers from both sides. >> have you found evidence? >> reporter: f.b.i. director james comey was called up to capitol hill again today to brief two top senators behind closed doors. they were not authorized to share details. >> this briefing was all on
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sensitive matters, and highly classified. >> reporter: republican lindsey graham said comey should share what he knows with the public. >> the bottom line is, a lot of americans are wondering what's going on here. >> reporter: democrat adam schiff argued there is a reason white house officials can't heovide any proof. >> the reality is i don't think they have the foggiest idea of what was behind the president's claim other than something he watched on tv. >> reporter: actually, it was a conservative radio host that first suggested president trump may have been spied on. that accusation made its way into a breitbart article, anthony, about 24 hours before president trump sent those now- infamous tweets. >> mason: nancy cordes at the capitol. thanks, nancy. today, for the first time ever, the u.s. government charged two members of the russian federal security service, the f.s.b., with hacking. the attack, aimed at yahoo users, not only stole money from them-- it was an elaborate spying operation.
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here's jeff pegues. >> reporter: prosecutors say f.s.b. officers dmitry dokuchaev and igor sushkin financed and directed the cyber attack and hired one of the world's best- known hackers, alexsey belan, to do most of the work. from 2014 to 2016, court papers say belan and his team used computer code to infiltrate yahoo's database, stealing user names, emails, and passwords. they used that information to access the accounts of russian journalists and politicians as well as u.s. government officials, including military and white house personnel. belan also used 30 million accounts to facilitate a spam scheme that netted him money. in all, 500 million accounts, half of yahoo's total of one billion, were compromised. acting assistant attorney general mary mccord: >> we will not allow individuals, groups, nation states or a combination of them
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to compromise the privacy of our citizens, the economic interests of our companies, or the security of our country. >> reporter: but the hackers were able to go unnoticed because the agents, dokuchaev and sushkin, may have been familiar with u.s. cyber strategy. both worked at "center 18," the f.b.i.'s russian contact for cyber investigations. robert cattanach is a former federal prosecutor. >> they pretend to be collaborating with us to try to do something about the spread of cybercrime in russia, and come to find out, they're fostering it. >> reporter: a canadian who was allegedly part of the operation is in custody. anthony, according to russian media, dokuchaev, one of the f.s.b. officers, was arrested earlier this year and jailed for treason. >> mason: jeff pegues, thanks, jeff. we finally got a look today at one of the trump tax returns the
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president refuses to release. someone leaked it. major garrett e-garrett traveled with mr. trump to nashville. >> i here's major garrett. >> it's certainly not an embarrassing tax return at all. >> reporter: president trump today denounced the leak of part of his 2005 federal tax return. the two-page summary shows he and wife melania earned $153 million that year and paid $36.6 million in income tax, an apparent tax rate of 24%. >> i have no idea where they got it, but it's illegal, and you're not supposed to have it. and it's not supposed to be leaked. >> reporter: the white house confirmed the numbers just before they were reported on msnbc by david cay johnston, a pulitzer prize-winning journalist and trump biographer. johnston said the documents arrived in his mailbox anonymously. >> by the way, let me point out, e's entirely possible that donald sent this to me. >> reporter: in a statement the white house said mr. trump had a responsibility to his company, his family, and his employees to pay no more tax than legally required.
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>> i believe that most of us here have paid a lot more federal income taxes than donald trump has paid. >> reporter: during the presidential campaign, democrat hillary clinton accused mr. trump of not paying any federal income taxes. the president's son, donald jr., wrote, the new disclosure proved umw successful donald trump is and that he paid $40 million in taxes. but the document does not explain how the president earned his income or if he paid taxes at similar rates in other years. in january, then-president-elect trump balked at calls to release his tax returns, something all presidents have done since the 1970s. >> well, i'm not releasing the tax returns because, as you know, they're under audit. you know, the only ones that care about my tax returns are the reporters, okay. they're the only ones. >> according to a late february cbs news poll, americans are not
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reporterrers are not the only one. anthony, nothing under federal law prevents anyone under audit from releasing his or her tax >> mason: major, thanks. today, much of the northeast woke up beneath a thick blanket of snow. the totals may have underwhelmed in the big cities near the coast, but not for the west. 20.3 inches fell in vernon, new jersey. 26.2 in mount pocono, pennsylvania. 22 in syracuse, new york. but they got more than that where david begnaud is standing in binghampton, new york. david? >> reporter: anthony, good evening. the picture says it all. cars are stuck or buried in snow across the city. the governor of new york said today this area was one of the hardest hit by tuesday's nor'easter. in fact, the governor came here today. he said, i'm sending you 100 plows and 100 members of the national guard as you start to dig out. the snow is still falling in binghampton. emergency crews have toiled around the clock to dig out from a blizzard that dumped nearly
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three feet of snow. dozens of drivers are stranded, even a plow truck, and the national guard was activated. governor andrew cuomo: >> mother nature is an unpredictable lady. i don't know what we did to offend her, but she's showing us her wintery fury. >> reporter: the storm that blanketed central new york largely missed most major cities across the northeast. predictions of up to 16 to 20 inches of snow did not pan out, leading to provocative headlines. back in binghamton, postmaster lorna miller's crews did not deliver the mail, the first time in 25 years. service continued today, even though delivery trucks had to be dug out. >> our job is to serve the customers. that's our logo and that's our commitment. it's very disappointing if we can't get to them. e> reporter: across the city, at least 50% of the 100,000 mailboxes city-wide are buried in snow. anthony, we're told this area is about to hit an all-time seasonal snowfall record.
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for the season, they're about to hit 128 inches. >> mason: wow. david begnaud in binghamton, new york. thanks, david. t-mobile sent a team of engineers to chicago to fix the problem that's jammed the city's 911 system. omar villafranca reports a young child died while the babysitter struggled to reach an operator. >> i'm mad. i'm hurt. >> reporter: bridget alex is living through a parent's worst fear. the mother left her son branden at home with the babysitter when the six-month-old fell and stopped breathing. >> i would never want no mother, no father to go through the pain that i'm going through right now. >> reporter: the 40-year-old babysitter called 911 at 5:55 p.m. and again at 5:57 but was put on hold each time. sis screen grab of the final call shows she was on hold with 911 for more than 30 minutes and never got through to a dispatcher. >> this is a parent's nightmare, to have to bury a child.
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>> it is, especially when he is six months old. >> reporter: the city says the 911 system was jammed by what's referred to as ghost calls from t-mobile users. they are calls made to 911 unintentionally and unknown to the caller and then appear on a dispatcher's screen as hangups. by law, dispatchers have to call those numbers back, which bottlenecks the system. dallas has been dealing with the problem since november. mayor mike rawlings: >> i want the problem solved immediately. and if it takes a longer period of time, i want to know why. >> reporter: in a statement, t-mobile says company engineers have been working daily to find a permanent solution to this problem. >> i want them to take responsibility of my son's death. there's nothing they can say. there's nothing they can do to bring my branden back. >> reporter: the city says there is no evidence at this time
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connecting the child's death with the ghost call issue. anthony, there is also no timetable on when the problem will be fixed. >> mason: omar villafranca. thank you, omar. turning overseas, it was six years ago today that syrian protesters took to the streets against the assad regime, leading to civil war. the u.n. says more than 400,000 syrians have been killed in the worst manmade disaster since world war ii. about half the population, 12 million, have fled their homes. in neighboring iraq, the battle for mosul is raging. iraqi troops backed by u.s. special operations forces and air strikes, have isis surrounded. holly williams found some other americans there, playing a role that's every bit as important. >> reporter: a few miles from ere front line, americans treat critically injured iraqis. this woman was hit by shrapnel from an isis mortar.
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and she's losing blood quickly. they need to stop it to save her life. the next ambulance brings an iraqi policeman. he has a gunshot wound to his shoulder. kyle fleher is normally a critical care nurse in santa barbara, california. he's taken vacation to come to the war zone. >> it's scary, and the adrenaline is at its max and its peak, but everything fades away when we get to do what we're trained to do. >> reporter: is it taking a toll on you? >> it is. it's traumatizing, the things that i've seen, that i'm seeing. a lifeless girl linger in my hands, and having to pronounce her dead. >> reporter: they're called new york city medics, and they've been sending teams to natural disasters for over a decade. ( explosion ) but this is the first time they've come to an armed conflict. >> something we have in the
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states is medications. here-- excuse me. >> reporter: they're on call 24 hours because this war never stops. this time, it's an iraqi soldier hit in the eye by shrapnel. inother man has serious brain injuries, and there's nothing they can do. kathy bequary, the team leader, held his hand as he passed away. >> i don't know if he knew i was there or if he knew i was holding his hand or felt anything, but i didn't want him to be alone. >> reporter: seeing this war has changed her, she told us. >> they're moms and dads and daughters and sons and sisters d d brothers. they're just like us, and i just wish the world really could understand that the way i do now. yeah. >> reporter: holly williams, cbs news, mosul. >> mason: coming up next on the
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gallons of water, i would strap it on, walk around spraying. >> reporter: mendoza is one of hundreds of people around the country suing monsanto, round- up's parent company. a 2006 study said glyphosate is likely carcinogen and damaging to d.n.a. in human cells. >> they cherry pick data. >> reporter: last summer we spoke with dr. donna farmer, a monsanto scientist. >> there is no data indicating we should change how the product is used. the data is clear, glyphosate doesn't cause cancer. >> reporter: but now the data is in question. monsanto planned to write a positive report on glyphosate and get experts to back it up. a scientist wrote in an email, "we would keep the cost down by us doing the writing and they would edit and sign their name." court documents also reveal conversations between a federal director about a federal glyphosate review. "i doubt e.p.a. can kill this," the monsanto executive wrote,
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>> mason: the federal reserve raised a key interest rate today for the third time in just over a year. the quarter-point hike is meant to tap the brakes on the economy and head off inflation. it could also increase the cost of borrowing and give savers a better return. the pentagon said today, reports of sexual assaults increased slightly last year at two of the service academies.
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>> mason: finally tonight, the title of most-recognized professor may have passed to robert kelly, whose children made him an internet star. today, kelly said he now expects "the interruption seen round the
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world" to be the first line in his obituary. here's charlie d'agata. >> reporter: marion kelly's four-year-old swagger has been watched 86 million times. it's turned her father robert into a global internet sensation. >> it's got to the point where we had to turn off the phones and facebook and twitter. >> reporter: the chaos unfolded friday during a skype interview with the bbc. >> i think one of your children just walked in. >> reporter: as professor kelly tried to keep marion at bay, in waddled nine-month-old james. followed quickly by mom jung-a- kim who tried to get the kids out. kelly later explained that marion had been in a hippity- hoppity mood after her birthday party. >> i was hoping my daughter would sit down and read a book so we could cut the interview. but once my son came in, in a little roller, then there was nothing i could do.
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>> reporter: the video instantly triggered tributes and copycats, like the one featuring press secretary sean spicer, president trump, ben carson and kellyanne conway. and it lit up the late night shows like trevor noah. >> this is why i love kids. no matter how seriously you take iurself, kids will mess up your ( bleep ). sure dad will say, "i'm going on the bbc," but the kids will say, "no, we're going on 'ellen'." kelly thought that was the end of his tv career, but it's been the opposite. today he pleaded to be left in peace. he's happy his family saga has brought laughter so many. charlie d'agata, cbs news, 'andon. >> mason: hippity-hoppity mood. i love that. that's the "cbs evening news." for scott pelley, i'm anthony mason. thanks for watching. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs
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a driver charged, after his angry rant at a cyclist. good evening, ken bastida in for allen. kpix 5 news begins at 6:00 with tempers flaring on a popular bay area bike route a driver charged after his angry rant at a cyclist. good evening, i'm ken bastida in for allen martin. >> i'm veronica de la cruz. the ugly confrontation happened in the upscale marin county to inof ross right near the post office at ross common. kpix 5's susie steimle with the road rage the cyclist captured on his own camera. >> reporter: the cyclist tells me he is very lucky his gopro camera was rolling on the back of his bicycle just for instances like this. cyclists say it's very hard to turn in drivers to police who harass them on the road. but they are hoping this story can change that. [ beep ] >> reporter: this was the scene on the usually quiet ross common a few weeks ago. you can see the driver not only tries to run the cyclist off
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the road, but also threatens his life. >> turn off the camera! >> unfortunately, it's not the first time i have seen something like this and anytime you threaten to use your vehicle as a weapon, you should be held accountable. >> reporter: jim elias is the exec tv director of the marin county bicycle coalition. he says it's fortunate this cyclist had a camera rolling. when he turned the video in to police they charged the person with reckless driving. >> if a car harrasses you, we didn't see it so we can't do anything about it, say the police. >> reporter: this man owns a bike shop down the street. he says he is glad to see some accountability and enforcement. >> should everything start going to court? sure, why not. maybe people would take it more seriously. >> reporter: that being said gutierrez like many cyclists is also a driver and sees both sides. >> there's always somebody doing something rude and particularly the bikes. they just fly through here without even looking at the stop signs. >> reporter: bottom line, most de


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