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going nowhere, why the agency is refusing to enforce its own rules. that in 30 minutes. captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: pink slips at the white house. did the president reveal highly classified information to the russians in the oval office? also tonight, halting the attack: computers were paralyzed in 150 countries, but an american engineer found a fix for just $10. >> it was just another day at uee office i guess. >> pelley: a call for justice after a fraternity hazing death. >> this wasn't boys being boys. this was murder of our son. >> pelley: and where's my plane? airlines swap terminals at one of the world's busiest airports. k we went from i think terminal three to terminal four, and now we've got to go to terminal six.
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this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. tonight "the washington post" is reporting that president trump revealed highly classified information to the russian foreign minister and the russian ambassador to the united states when the men met at the white house last week. the paper says that current and former u.s. officials say that mr. trump revealed details of an isis terror threat. details that had been learned by a u.s. ally. mr. trump has the authority to declass fie secrets but telling the russians about the information may have threatened to expose the allied countries intelligence operation. mr. trump's relentless criticism of hillary clinton's handling of classified information may be the main reason he's president today. justice correspondent jeff pegues is following this.
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>> reporter: the meeting in the oval office occurred last wednesday. president trump spoke with both the russian foreign minister sergey lavrov and russian ambassador kislyak. according to the "washington post," the president went off script and began describing details use of laptop computers on aircraft. the information the president a former intelligence official tells cbs news something inappropriate was discussed. the information the president shared reportedly came from a u.s. partner and was considered so sensitive that it had not been shared with allies. hr mcmaster is the national security advisor. >> the story that came out tonight as reported is false. the president and the foreign minister reviewed a range of common threats to our two countries including threats to civil aviation. at no time, at no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed. >> reporter: but the post reported the president discussed
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the classified information itself, and not how it was collected. during the campaign, candidate trump was critical of hillary clinton who the fbi said mishandled classified information on her private email server. in july, mr. trump tweeted, crooked hill rae clinton and her team were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information. not fit. >> one official tells cbs news the sensitive intelligence about the aviation threat concerns the makeup of a possible isis laptop bomb and new calculations of its explosive powers. >> pelley: jeff pegues with us, and for more to michael morerel a cbs news security contributor and former number two at the cia. how serious is this? how could it happen? >> scott, i think this is highly damaging for two reasons. first the russians will undoubtedly try to figure out
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the source or the method of this information to make sure that it is not also collecting on their activities in syria. and in trying to do that they could well disrupt the source. cthink the second damage is that third countries could provide the united states with intelligence information will now have pause to do so if the united states is russians without their permission. s highly damaging. how could it happen, scott? i think this is a president who does not stick to the script. alen presidents meet with gireign officials, they are given talking points. they are told, here's what to say on an issue. here's what not to say. and the president doesn't seem to stick to the script. >> pelley: the national security adviser today said that no methods or sources were compromised in what the president had to say. does that make you feel any better? >> not a lot better. itrtainly it would have been more damaging had he done so. but not sharing that source or method does not make any better
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the problems that i outlined earlier. >> pelley: michael morell, former number two at the c.i.a., thank you very much. now, another story regarding the trump administration today has been whether the president is sacording private conversations at the white house. the president raised the issue in a tweet storm last week, and major garrett is following this. >> reporter: the white house will not confirm or deny president trump tape records his conversations. press secretary sean spicer has only one thing to say. >> i made it clear what the president's position is on that issue. >> reporter: but the president has made nothing clear, leaving only this tweet warning now- fired f.b.i. director james comey that tapes might exist of their conversations. t that i can't talk about. i won't talk about that. >> reporter: spicer responded to poveral reporters' questions this way today. >> i think the president made it clear what his position is. i understand that because that's what the president's position is. >> reporter: and friday? >> as i mentioned, the president has nothing further to add on
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that. as i said for the third time, there is nothing further to add on that. ne reporter: spicer's stonewalling comes amid report of a west wing shake-up that could see him and communications director mike dubke replaced. one senior official told cbs news: president trump was president trump was frustrated by his communication team's handling of the comey firing. he's also upset about the slow pace of his agenda in congress. also in jeopardy, chief of staff reince priebus, councilor kellyanne conway, chief corategist steve bannon, and white house council don mcgahn. amid this intrigue, the search continues for a new f.b.i. director. the president has not decided whether he will personally literview the finalists, but scott said today the process is moving rapidly. aite house officials expect an announcement before friday. >> pelley: major garrett at the white house. in another big story tonight,
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that cyber attack that infected computers in every corner of the world began to slow today. it turns out that a pair of engineers, one of them an american, figured out a way to stall the attack for just a few dollars. charlie d'agata begins our coverage. m reporter: from china's main oil company to a hospital in indonesia to japan's nissan car e mpany, the ransomware attack ricocheted around the world again today as people went back to work. and today, asia bore the brunt of the attacks. chinese university students were even locked out from their term papers. elsewhere, germany's railroads were hit, france's renault car factory had to close, businesses in australia, even mongolia were also hit. europol's steven wilson called the scale of the attack "unprecedented." >> what we see just now indicates in excess of 130 countries are affected and beyond 200,000 individual
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victims. >> reporter: the ransomware idrks by freezing the computers encrypting the files with ezckers demanding $300 in ransom too decode them or they'd be d stroyed. called wannacry, the malware program exploits a weakness in microsoft's software, first nevealed in documents stolen from the u.s. national security agency. m might have been much worse if not for two young cybersecurity researchers. one goes by the name of malware tech. he noticed every time a virus took over a computer, it pinged back to an unregistered web site. so he registered the web site ter $10. his fellow computer sleuth was watching in michigan, darien huss. >> through that registration of the domain, he activated the kill switch. >> reporter: huss said once an infected computer pinged the newly registered web site, it killed the malware, but he resisted being called a hero. >> it's kind of what i do on day-to-day basis, so for me it
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was just another day at the office i guess. >> reporter: the head of europol said its investigators are working closely with f.b.i. to identify the culprit, scott, in c least two prominent cyber security firms, including one in the u.s., say they're looking into technical clues that north korea may be behind the attack. >> pelley: charlie d'agata in our london newsroom. charlie, thanks. so what does microsoft have to say? john blackstone picks up the story. >> reporter: at microsoft's campus near seattle, security experts have known for months liout the software vulnerability that made this attack possible. in march, microsoft released a fix for users of newer versions of its operating system, but not a fix for the older versions. avi rubin teaches computer science at johns hopkins university. >> microsoft hasn't been supporting systems like windows xp. this attack took advantage of that. ok microsoft issued an emergency patch this past weekend.
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>> reporter: the fix was too late to help those already attacked. in a blog post microsoft's president brad smith acknowledged the company has the first responsibility to address these issues. but went on to point a finger at the national security agency, which originally identified the software flaw then lost it when hackers broke into n.s.a. computers. >> i think the n.s.a. should >> i think the n.s.a. should abobably err on the side of disclosure. >> reporter: in seattle, karl orscher, computer security researcher at the university of washington, works to defend against hackers and thinks the n.s.a. could have done more to prevent this attack. >> they could possibly figure out when these vulnerabilities are going to be rediscovered or leaked, and alert the vendors before it gets out, but it doesn't seem like that happened in this case.
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>> reporter: microsoft says it has more than 3,500 security engineers working to keep its software safe, but as this incident shows, scott, among the hackers working to find a way in are america's own spy agencies. >> pelley: john blackstone, thanks. well today the state department said it has evidence that syria's assad regime has carried out mass executions outside damascus. it released images that according to the u.s. show a crematorium. pusad's forces have been pummeling the opposition in damascus and in the city of homs, but in a deal, it allowed hundreds of rebels to board buses out. seth doane was there. >> reporter: for years they aiged war against the regime of syrian president bashar al assad, but tonight these thposition fighters and their families lined up to leave, defeated. nearly 400 fighters, some with weapons still in hand, had
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boarded buses by sunset. assad soldiers monitored the departure under the watchful eye of their russian allies, all part of the deal to relocate the opposition to northern syria. what are you thinking about right now as you get on the bus? the rebel fighters did not want to talk with us, but in a video they shot, this young man explained "it feels like a stab ea the heart leaving homs, but god willing i'll come back one day triumphant." homs' governor, hom' talal al torazi, said the negotiations to get this far were difficult. "it's a truce for the time being," he said, but he warns the government would fight them again in the future if he had to. assad's forces used several different tactics to take back territory from opposition fighters. one has been to destroy entire neighborhoods. and so the shelling continues on the outskirts of the capital damascus.
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despite a similar relocation deal there, with thousands leaving. assad's forces have destroyed cities, killed and starved their enemies, and now, scott, these rebel evacuations are bringing assad closer to a symbolic victory, solidifying control over syria's big cities. >> pelley: seth doane inside syria for us tonight. thanks. next on the "cbs evening news," a new missile test increases the threat from north korea, and later, the family of a penn state fraternity pledge calls his hazing death murder.
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perfect weapon the north koreans claimed, but the latest test represents a significant advance for kim jong un and his nuclear weapons program. after three failures, it was the first successful test of an intermediate-range missile capable of reaching the island of guam where the u.s. has a major bomber base. it flew for 30 minutes, longer than any previous north korean test. most importantly, u.s. officials say it appears to have been a rest of a re-entry vehicle, a key technology north korea must master before it can develop an altercontinental ballistic missile capable of striking the aiited states' mainland with a nuclear weapon. a test missile flew 1,200 miles into space. so as the re-entry vehicle came back to earth, it encountered extreme heat and buffeting when it hit the atmosphere. the technological challenge is to withstand the heat and buffeting without becoming knocked off course. it landed 60 miles south of the russian port of vladivostock. north korea claimed the missile
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>> pelley: two people were killed today when a learjet crashed while trying to land at a new jersey airport near new york city. the jet hit a building a half mile from the runway. no one on the ground was hurt. about two dozen eighth graders were hurt today in a bus crash that shut down busy i-95 in northeastern maryland. police say that a car hit the bus, which flipped over. the students from philadelphia were on their way to a trip in washington. e st were not seriously injured. the family of a penn state student who died after a night of hazing is opening up tonight.
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18 fraternity members are charged, some with felonies. here's jericka duncan. >> this was murder of our son. they treated him like a rag doll, and then they left him to die. >> reporter: timothy piazza's family wants the world to know how he was treated during his final hours inside the beta theta pi fraternity house. >> they tortured him for 12 hours. they let him suffer. he died a slow and painful death at the hands of these "men of principle," as they call it. >> reporter: according to this grand jury report, piazza, a then-sophomore at penn state university, was forced to drink alcohol, fell down a flight of basement stairs twice, and went in and out of consciousness for hours during a pledge night on february 2nd. much of it was captured on surveillance cameras. how difficult was that to read that grand jury report? >> it was awful. to know that he was laying at bae bottom of the basement steps
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for any length of time all by himself, it's terrible. >> reporter: fraternity members waited until almost 11:00 the next morning to call for help. >> reporter: the grand jury report also details an alleged cover-up. >> they knew he needed serious help, but they decided, you know what, let's preserve ourselves. let's not do anything. they ordered a clean-up and they were talking about getting rid of the alcohol and the evidence and they were talking about getting rid of the videotapes. thank god the police got there before that happened. >> "tim was an amazing man and a better friend." >> reporter: the piazza family be finding comfort from the hundreds of people who sent their condolences.
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>> "i will miss him greatly." >> tim is not just our son leymore. >> he's everyone's son. >> he's everybody's son and onughter. >> reporter: the university president said beta theta pi odll never exist again at penn state university. enfense attorneys say they'll let the facts play out in court. the preliminary hearing, scott, has been moved to next month. >> pelley: heartbreaking. jericka, thank you very much. when we come back, a big shuffle at lax. at lax. weeks taking probiotics! days and nights of laxatives, only to have my symptoms return. (vo) if you've had enough, tell your doctor what you've tried and how long you've been at it. linzess works differently from laxatives. linzess treats adults with ibs with constipation or chronic constipation. it can help relieve your belly pain, and lets you have more frequent and complete bowel movements
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flight of the day landed at lax, the race to move took off. >> there's a lot of stuff going on tonight. >> reporter: in all, 21 airlines will switch places thanks to an army of 200-plus movers. >> it's like ripping off that band-aid, let's just do it and get it done. >> reporter: airport spokeswoman mary grady. >> we really had to find a time of the year where we felt we could get this done and mother's wey weekend is really one of the slowest times of the year at lax. >> reporter: follow the signs as everything in terminals two and mree must go to make room for ,elta coming from five and six, a distance of about seven blocks. 3,000 computers need to be moved, as do 300 offices and 6,200 boxes so far loaded into 14 moving vans. one of the easier parts of this move is actually dealing with the 25 airplanes that need to be taken to their new homes. this one came in from new york to terminal five, but needs to neart the day tomorrow on the other side of the airport.
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lax added 400 miles of new cable for technology, enough to stretch from l.a. to san francisco. and more than 1,000 signs had to be changed. the move aims to cut congestion. delta wanted to expand and is paying for the whole thing. >> it's been a 13-month planning session. >> reporter: delta v.p. ranjan goswami: >> when you're in the middle of it you're all about going yorough it. >> reporter: still, with 223,00 flowers at lax every day, there's bound to be some confusion. >> it wasn't t2. it's t3, so we've been half an lur late. >> reporter: a delay today they hope leads to more on-time departures tomorrow. kris van cleave, cbs news, los angeles. or pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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along the south bay road.. crashes are way up.. but speeding tickets are down. good evening, i'm veronica de la cruz. i'm allen martin. 6:00. drivers tear along the south bay road, crashes are way up, but speeding tickets are down. >> new at 6:00, highway 17 is known for rush hour grid lock. now new numbers show it's become a lot more treacherous for commuters. accidents are sky rocketing, but fewer law breakers are getting caught. >> reporter: so highway 17 is 50 miles an hour all the way through as you come through the santa cruz mountains. i can tell you that everybody out here speeds. but chp says this is not necessarily a dangerous highway. it's just if everybody followed the law and slowed down, we would not have all these
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problems. the latest highway 17chp data is out and it shows a disturbing trend of more crashes and more death, but change is on the way. first up, crashes. the number of collisions on highway 17 has more than doubled in the last 4 years. in 2016, there were 983. the same goes for fatalities, roughly 130 to 160 people died per year on the highway. last year, that number jumped up to 262. the chp says they've lost the glut of officers to retirement. also veterans are taken off patrol to train for up to 4 months. that means fewer speeding tickets. in 2013, it was 27 tickets a day. in 2016, that number dropped to just 18 a


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