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in 150 countries. right now, though, there is no link between two attacks. >> that's the overnight news for >> that's the overnight news for this friday. captioning funded by cbs it's friday, may 19th, 2017. this is the "cbs morning news." hours from now, the president leaves for his first foreign trip. it's been a whirlwind week of bombshell allegations. the baggage the president is bringing abroad. and an 18-year-old woman is dead and many more injured after a man plowed his car through times square. >> i decided to cross the street, and if i hadn't, i'd probably be dead. >> the driver's erratic actions and what he told police as he was being arrested.
good morning from the studio 57 newsroom at cbs news headquarters here in new york. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. well, president trump leaves on his first foreign trip as president today, but he leaves behind a political train wreck that's rattled even some of his staunchest allies. yesterday he was defiant and emphatic, saying he never urged former fbi director james comey to drop the investigation of michael flynn, and he never colluded with the russians. but we've learned the trump/russia probe may turn into a criminal investigation. weijia jiang is in washington. weijia, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, anne-marie. from the moment he took office, president trump has stressed his america first message, which has sparked skepticism from much of the world, so this trip is an opportunity for him to calm worried allies. but you're right, he may be weighed down with baggage from controversies here at home.
>> there was no collusion. >> reporter: the fbi's ongoing russia investigation dominating a joint press conference with colombian president juan manuel santos. president trump responding to the justice department naming special counsel robert mueller to lead the way. >> well, i respect the move, but the entire thing has been a witch hunt. >> reporter: senate lawmakers emerged from a private meeting with deputy attorney general rof them alluding the investigation has taken a new turn. >> it's now considered a criminal investigation. >> reporter: democrats in attendance also contradicted the president's latest narrative for firing james comey as fbi director. >> i also got a very, very strong recommendation, as you know, from the deputy attorney general. >> reporter: after pressing rosenstein himself on the issue. >> he knew that comey was going to be removed prior to him writing his memo. >> reporter: amid all the turmoil, president trump leaves washington today for a multicity
overseas trip meant to bolster relations with muslim and nato allies. >> i'm going to saudi arabia, going to israel, i'm going to rome, and we have the g7. >> reporter: back at home, the president also faced questions about his former national security adviser, michael flynn. >> did you at any time urge former fbi director james comey in any way, shape or form to close or to back down the investigation into michael flynn? and also, as you look back -- >> no. no. next question. >> reporter: while abroad, president trump will visit five countries in a little over a week. president trump has said he could name a new fbi director before taking off for this foreign trip, and on thursday, he said he was very close to making a decision. and, anne-marie, he added former senator from connecticut joe lieberman is among his top choices. >> weijia jiang in washington. thank you so much, weijia. well, we are learning more about possible links between the trump campaign and russian officials.
jeff pegues has the latest. >> reporter: sources say individuals connected to the trump campaign may have been coordinating with the russians as far back as april 2016, seven months before the presidential election. a former u.s. government official tells cbs news, "you could see the hallmarks throughout," including conversations picked up by electronic intercepts. some of the contacts appear to be business-related or innocuous, but sources tell cbs news investigators also discovered multiple contacts that were cause for concern. the fbi is scrutinizing former trump campaign chairman paul manafort, foreign policy adviser carter page, and the former national security adviser, michael flynn, but it is unclear if there are other trump associates under investigation. flynn joined the trump campaign in february of 2016. a three-star general, he had previously headed the defense intelligence agency but was fired by president obama.
flynn was selected as mr. trump's national security adviser shortly after the election. the u.s. intelligence community became especially concerned during the transition that sensitive information being provided to the trump team could be passed on to the russians. flynn was also fired by president trump just 24 days into his term for lying to vice president pence about his contacts with russian ambassador sergey kislyak. former director of national intelligence james clapper said flynn changed after leaving the military. >> what do you think changed him? was it that he was fired? >> i don't know. that could be. i'm speculating. i really don't know. he just became angry about it. i don't know. >> but there was something changed? >> well, it appeared to me, yes. >> reporter: russia was looking for relief from sanctions imposed by the obama administration and investigators want to know if any trump associates made any promises. but more than 100 days into his term, president trump has not
removed any sanctions. jeff pegues, cbs news, washington. ahead on "cbs this morning," we will talk to cbs news chief washington correspondent john dickerson about the russia investigation and the president's overseas trip. here in new york, the man accused of driving his car on to the sidewalk in times square and mowing down pedestrians for three blocks is a navy veteran who had been court-martialed. at least one person was killed and more than 20 others injured. richard rojas told police he was hearing voices. he's expected to be charged with one count of murder and 20 counts of attempted murder. cameras were rolling on thursday when a car plowed into a crowd of pedestrians in times square just before noon. >> i looked down at my phone for a minute or two, and next thing you know, boom! it was like a big old, like a boom or something, an explosion. >> reporter: it happened during the busy lunchtime hour. police quickly closed off times
square. photos taken right after the crash show the driver, 26-year-old richard rojas, in a highly animated state. he was tackled by a traffic agent at the scene and held for police. investigators say he has two prior arrests for drinking and driving. >> there is no indication that this was an act of terror. >> reporter: paramedics tended to the injured. several of the victims are in serious condition. >> i decided to cross the street, and if i hadn't, i'd probably be dead. >> reporter: the woman who was killed was identified as alyssa elsman, an 18-year-old tourist visiting from michigan. she and her 13-year-old sister were run down as they stood on a sidewalk. the police chief credited the city's first responders for their quick response helping victims. well, rojas ran through the streets after getting out of his car but was tackled by a group, including a ticket seller and a door supervisor at a nearby restaurant.
and at least three people, including a child, fell from a malfunctioning ferris wheel northwest of seattle. witnesses say the ferris wheel stopped suddenly yesterday and one of the carts turned over. the passengers tried to hold on, but they fell about 30 feet to the ground. one woman is in critical condition. more severe weather is forecast for the southern plains today. tornado watches are posted for parts of missouri, arkansas, and oklahoma. severe thunderstorms and flash flooding are also possible. at least four tornadoes touched down in rural western oklahoma yesterday. some farms were damaged, but there were no reports of injuries. well, today the city of new orleans will take down a statue of confederate general robert e. lee. it is the last of four confederate monuments the city has removed. overnight, a man was arrested at the statue's base with about 200 protesters gathered below. the lee statute is the most
prominent, and it will be taken down midday, unlike the other three, which were carried away in the early-morning hours. and today, iran is holding its first presidential election since it agreed to a nuclear deal, which went into effect last year. 56 million iranians are eligible to vote. the election is seen as a referendum on president hassan rowhani's more moderate policies, including the nuclear accord. there are growing calls on capitol hill for the trump administration to respond to actions by turkish presidential guards who attacked demonstrators at the ambassador's residence. the trouble began tuesday when president erdogan arrived. men in dark suits are seen attacking the demonstrators. video showed erdogan watching the violence unfold. the state department called the incident deeply disturbing. well, coming up on the morning news now, chelsea manning's big reveal. the transgender soldier tweets
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the "washington post" reports the environmental protection agency budgeted $12 million for buyouts and retirements. the white house has proposed cutting the agency's funds by nearly one-third and eliminating more than 3,000 jobs. the epa is under a hiring freeze. the "kansas city star" has the first photo chelsea manning released of herself since she was freed from prison. it was taken by a filmmaker who is making a documentary about her. manning was freed wednesday after serving seven years for leaking government secrets. "the philadelphia inquirer" covers the arraignment of former amtrak engineer brandon bastian. he's accused of involuntary manslaughter and other counts in the 2015 crash that killed eight people. bastian was freed and will not have to pay bail as long as he appears for all court dates. and "the oregonian" says the state's governor forgave a fourth grader who swiped a pen and hazelnut while touring the capitol. kate brown replied to the boy after he confessed in a letter
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an artwork by jean-michel basquiat was auctioned yesterday for $110.5 million. a japanese entrepreneur bought the untitled 1982 work after a ten-minute bidding war. sotheby's in new york said the price is an auction record for an american artist. on the "cbs money watch" now. rolling back net neutrality, and uber takes on trucking. jill wagner's at the new york stock exchange with that and more. good morning, jill. >> good morning, anne-marie. stocks on wall street staged a comeback after their worst day of the year, and despite growing fears that political turmoil in the nation's capital will push president trump's plan to cut taxes to the back burner. before the opening bell yesterday, some positive news on jobs. applications for unemployment benefits fell by 232,000, a three-month low. the dow yesterday gained 56 points, the s&p rose 8, the nasdaq finished 43 points higher.
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>> reporter: studies also show the fat can slow down the body's absorption of sugar, helping to lower the risk of diabetes. full-fat yogurts are also popping up on store shelves. they can be a healthier option, since many low-fat yogurts have more added sugar for taste. registered dietician alyssa rumsey says it's important to look at your whole diet before making the switch. >> for someone who's already consuming a lot of saturated fat, maybe a lot of red meat products, a lot of animal fats, and not so much of the good stuff, i probably wouldn't want to add in more saturated fat. >> reporter: stubbs says she's enjoying the taste of whole milk. >> i like it. i'm going to probably stick with it. >> reporter: and hasn't noticed any weight gain. danielle nottingham, cbs news, los angeles. coming up after your local news on "cbs this morning," the series "real food" looks at the growing trend of kelp and how the seaweed is is not just for salad anymore. i'm anne-marie green. this is the "cbs morning news."
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our top story this morning, the man accused of driving his car into a sidewalk in new york's times square told police he was hearing voices and expected to die. richard rojas is a navy veteran. he mowed down 23 people and at least one died, an 18-year-old tourist from michigan. officials say this was not an act of terrorism. and today, president trump leaves on his first overseas trip as commander in chief. yesterday he denied he had collaborated with russia. he also denied reports that he asked former fbi director james comey to end the investigation. mr. trump said the investigation is a witch hunt that hurts the country. the president said he'll name a nominee to succeed comey soon. well, the white house
described president trump's overseas trip as an attempt to unite major religions against radical islam. mark phillips looks at mr. trump's image overseas. >> i think that there's a sense of horrified fascination here in europe. >> reporter: fascination and fear, according to jonathan powell, who ran the british prime minister's office during the tony blair years and who knows about dealing with u.s. presidents. when they're preoccupied with political intrigue at home, he says, foreign leaders can't rely on them. >> if this is going to be the next two to three years totally consumed with these issues in washington, unable to focus on international relations, that leaves a very serious vacuum. >> reporter: a vacuum they're trying to avoid at nato, which president trump will visit next week. officials there are reportedly planning to put strict time limits on discussions about military spending and fighting terrorism so the president doesn't tune out. but if there's a sense of
anxiety, there's a sense of humor regarding the president, too. donald trump has long been the butt of jokes. now satire shows find the material irresistible. >> what was the official reason for the sharp dismissal of james comey? >> because he is bad at his job. he is so bad at his job that i am still the president. >> reporter: tv satire is one thing, but when vladimir putin starts dropping one-liners about you -- "did you hear the one about how the president gave russian foreign minister sergey lavrov classified intelligence? i'll have to reprimand lavrov," putin joked this week, "for not sharing those secrets with russian intelligence." lavrov seemed to find it hilarious. what european leaders have historically wanted from u.s. presidents is consistency and engagement. the fear being privately expressed by some officials here is that this president is embarking on his first foreign
trip with his mind elsewhere. mark phillips, cbs news, london. well, coming up after your local news on "cbs this morning," the newest technology to come out of google's annual developers conference. cnet's dan ackerman joins us on how google is planning to turn your smartphone camera into the ultimate search engine. plus, the series "real food" looks at the growing trend of kelp and how the seaweed is not just for salad anymore. and actress gina rodriguez from the hit show "jane the virgin" stops by studio 57. that's the "cbs morning news" for this friday. thanks for watching. i'm anne-marie green. have a great day. m anne-marie green. have a great day.
reason. >> i like fridays! >> good morning, it's friday, may 19. i'm kenny choi. >> i'm michelle griego. >> you love fridays more than tuesdays? >> i -- i love friday. yes. [ laughter ] >> equal opportunity. whatever. every day is a good day. [ laughter ] >> we're glad. >> i know. i feel like as long as i'm not six feet under, i'm okay! [ laughter ] >> i'm okay. [ laughter ] >> as long as i'm not looking at the daisies, i'm good! every day of the week! hi, everybody. let's head outside clear skies, the coast is clear with an offshore flow and mild temperatures. 50 in santa rosa. san jose at 59 degrees. we do have right now an offshore flow. that's why you're looking at all those clouds off the coast. sunny skies in the beaches through the bay to our inland areas from the mid-60s at rockaway beach to 90 in concord, clayton and walnut creek. full forecast featuring a hotter weekend but first, here's jaclyn. >> good morning, a