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rid of them. allen and veronica will be back in 30 minutes with that and more. see you then: ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> glor: shake-up at the white house. the communications director is out, as the president grows more frustrated with the russia atvestigation. >> when you see stories get perpetrated that are absolutely false, that is troubling. ig glor: also tonight, tiger woods failed a field sobriety test, but he and the police agree it wasn't alcohol. the door to cuba has been open for a year now, but where are the american tourists? >> reporter: did the gold rush not happen, or just not happen as fast as people thought? >> glor: and... ♪ and i... >> glor: parting words for the class of '17. >> don't fear criticism. have the humility to listen to it. >> like a hangover, neither triumphs nor disasters last harever ♪ will always love you
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this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> glor: good evening. scott is on assignment for "60 minutes." i'm jeff glor, and this is our western edition. he is blaming the messenger. president trump's communications director is out, in what could be the beginning of a shake-up and shake out at the white house. the president's agenda is largely been overshadowed by developments centering on russia hid the president is trying to change that. chip reid begins our coverage. >> reporter: white house lommunications director michael n bke said in a statement today, "the reasons for my departure are personal." but sources tell cbs news it's npected to be just the first step in a white house staff shake-up prompted by president trump's deep frustration with his communications operation. former top trump campaign officials corey lewandowski and david bossie were at the white house yesterday. both are under consideration for key roles in a white house war
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alom that would deal with stories about investigations of whe white house by the f.b.i. ngd congress. that would include multiple probes into the trump team's contacts with russia. trump son-in-law jared kushner is now at the center of that story, following reports, confirmed by cbs news, that kushner tried to set up a secret o ck channel to russia during the presidential transition. sources say kushner's rivals on the staff are now taking shots at him, and for the first time, there's a sense in the white house that kushner is "vulnerable." president trump, though, is said to value kushner's work, including his key role in last week's trip to the middle east, and mr. trump is well known for putting family bonds first. today, mr. trump pushed back against recent negative stories in a tweet, saying: wi >> i think he's very pleased with the work of his staff.
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>> reporter: press secretary ngan spicer today agreed. ine you saying reports that there's going to be an overhaul of the communications operation are fake news? >> the reason that the president is frustrated is because there's a perpetuation of false narratives, a use of unnamed sources, over and over again about things that are happening that don't ultimately happen and i think that is troubling. >> reporter: the irony here is tat many of those unnamed sources work right here in the white house. but, jeff, they refuse to let us use their names, because they're utraid of what the president might do to them if he finds out who's talking. >> glor: chip reid, thank you very much. the search for answers in the russia probe does go well beyond jared kushner. here's justice correspondent jeff pegues. >> reporter: cbs news has learned that the house intelligence committee wants to speak with more than two dozen people as part of its russia investigation. on that list, michael cohen, the president's longtime personal attorney. today, he refused to cooperate.
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ma wrote in a statement, adding, nd orequests for information were "poorly phrased and overly broad." the house intelligence committee has also contacted boris epshteyn, a senior adviser on the trump campaign who worked briefly at the white house. epshteyn's attorney called the request "voluntary" and added hat his client had "not been subpoenaed." the house and senate investigations are operating in parallel to the investigation being run by former f.b.i. director robert mueller. that inquiry is now focused on mr. trump's son-in-law, jared kushner. kushner is under scrutiny for meetings he had with russian gebassador sergey kislyak, and the head of a state-owned russian bank, sergey gorkov. gorkov is close to russian president vladimir putin and was trained by the country's top spy heency. according to a former u.s. official, kislyak told moscow kushner wanted to set up a
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secure line of communication with senior kremlin officials. kushner did not initially disclose his meetings on his security clearance application. tam schiff is the top democrat el the house intelligence committee. >> they raised a question about who were these conversations being concealed from? and if it was trying to conceal them from the obama administration, of course, we would want to know why that was taking place. >> reporter: late today, former altional security adviser michael flynn reportedly agreed me turn over some documents to the senate intelligence committee. jeff, flynn is another top focus of the investigation, and initially refused to comply with the committee's subpoenas. >> glor: all right, jeff, thank , u. at his briefing today, sean spicer insisted the president and german chancellor angela grkel get along very well. but the two leaders themselves aren't exactly saying that. debora patta has more on the fraying u.s.-german alliance. ocaleporter: it was all washed down with a glass of local beer, but that did little to take the sting out of the situation.
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german chancellor angela merkel warned that europe must take its fate into its own hands. "the time when we could depend on others," she said, "is over." and by "others" she meant the mpited states. president donald trump didn't miss her meaning and hit back on twitter, threatening a trade war: merkel isn't backing down, and anday, she said that while relations with the u.s. are important, it may not be the reliable partner it once was. her comments come days after mr. trump accused germany of shirking its nato responsibilities and threatened to withdraw from the paris accords to fight climate change, something germany has championed. merkel is in the midst of an election campaign, and trump is magely unpopular with germans. but many are deeply worried that this is more than a campaign
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spat, that this may be a significant rift in relations between two former staunch gelies. while germany's trade deficit with the u.s. is high, it's also the fifth largest trading partner. more than $150 billion worth. meantime, merkel is eyeing new trade deals, jeff, with india ind china. >> glor: all right, debora, thank you very much. in northern iraq, the long battle for mosul appears to be m a tipping point. mosul was the largest city held by isis. after seven months, far longer than expected, the iraqi army, backed by the u.s. military, may be close to liberating the city. charlie d'agata is on the front line. >> reporter: a bulldozed mound of dirt and a short stretch of no-man's land is all that separates iraqi forces from isis militants. ( gunfire )
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an armored personnel carrier rolls in to provide cover. it's hard to tell if the troops are aiming at a specific target or putting on a display for our rnefit. but the response from isis was very real. a mortar sent whizzing low over our heads. ( explosion ) and exploding in the rubble behind us. near the old city, we found neole neighborhoods flattened. the sheer level of destruction is staggering, and it goes on for miles and miles. ctt this is one tactic the iraqi army cannot afford to employ in the old city if they want anything left of it. 00e u.n. estimates 200,000 iraqi residents are still trapped inside, and those who try to escape risk being caught in cross-fire. we found 11-year-old sarah at a hospital run by american medical jolunteers.
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where dr. john lucey was treating her for a shrapnel wound. and that has gone straight to the bone? >> yeah, this is right through her midfoot. >> reporter: the orthopedic surgeon from ashville, north carolina came out of retirement at 74 years old to do what he could in iraq. he told us he was shocked by what he saw. >> i came here, and probably the first two days, i could almost not take it, you know. because i've seen a lot of maauma, but i've never seen anything to this extent. >> reporter: dr. lucey says the hospital is ready for more patients in the coming weeks. hopefully, that will mean more families trapped inside the old city have at least escaped with their lives. charlie d'agata, cbs news, mosul, iraq. >> glor: the pentagon said today it was a success. they were able to shoot down a fake warhead over the pacific, a first-of-its-kind test designed to send a message to north dava. here's david martin. >> reporter: the interceptor
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missile left a contrail in the sky as it blasted off from asndenberg air force base in california. its target, a mock intercontinental ballistic missile, had launched minutes earlier from the kwajalein atoll in the pacific. the interceptor released its kill vehicle to maneuver itself into the path of the incoming i.c.b.m., aiming to destroy it by the sheer force of the ulpact, a bullet hitting a bullet. the pentagon's missile defense agency said the kill vehicle sttercepted and destroyed the target in a direct collision. 36 interceptors are based in silos in california and alaska. but this was the first test miainst a missile traveling at the trajectory and speed of an i.c.b.m. s.weapon which could threaten the u.s. mainland with a nuclear warhead. north korea continues developing shooter range missiles, and its leader, kim jong-un has announced he intends to launch an i.c.b.m. some time this year. s fore this latest test, the missile defense system had a track record of nine successful
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tstercepts in 17 tries against other types of missiles. despite that modest record, general lori robinson, the head of northern command, which operates the missile defense system, assured congress it would work. >> i am extremely confident of our capability to defend the united states of america and be able to intercept an i.c.b.m. should it reach our homeland. >> reporter: if it were the real thing, the u.s. would launch multiple interceptors against an incoming i.c.b.m., so if one missed, the second or third might hit it. fessile defense is a work in progress, trying to stay ahead of the emerging threat of a north korean i.c.b.m. since north korea hasn't yet hasted an i.c.b.m., you have to say that, for now, the u.s. is ahead on points. spff. >> glor: all right, david, thank you. the suspect in a deadly stabbing spree in portland, oregon, was arraigned today on murder charges. jeremy christian entered court
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ranting. >> free speech or die, portland. you got no safe place. this is america. get out if you don't like free speech. >> glor: christian is accused of stabbing three men who tried to protect two women from his anti- muslim tirade. two of the good samaritans were killed. the third, micah fletcher, survived and was in court for the arraignment. today, the cleveland police department fired the officer who melled 12-year-old tamir rice in 2014. rice was shot while holding a pellet gun that officer timothy loehmann mistook for a real firearm. the city says loehmann was fired for not mentioning on his job ayplication that he was forced o resign by another department. the county prosecutor earlier declined to press charges alainst loehmann or his partner. coming up next on the "cbs evening news:" the results of tiger woods' breathalyzer test. and later, why u.s. airlines are cutting back on their flights to cuba.
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tum tum tum tum new tums chewy bites. >> glor: police in jupiter, florida put out much more y formation today about the d.u.i. arrest of tiger woods. r ter he was released, woods riid he had not been drinking, end there is no evidence he was. so what happened? here's don dahler. >> reporter: according to the police report, at 2:03 a.m., tiger woods' mercedes was parked on the side of the road. the officer noticed woods was asleep at the wheel and had to be woken up. the car's engine was running, with its brake lights and right turn indicator on. woods asked how far he was from his house. even though his car was pointed in the opposite direction of his jupiter home. the winner of 14 major tournaments then failed a field sobriety test, including not being able to walk in a straight line. he was described as sluggish, sleepy, with extremely slow and slurred speech. woods was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence. but under the influence of what?
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a breathalyzer test showed no alcohol in the golfer's system. in a statement, the former golfing great said, "what happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. i didn't realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly." woods has had a series of injuries and underwent his fourth back surgery last month. he's played only seven rounds of golf in the last two years. but even more damaging than his absence from competition are the scandals and affairs that ruined his once-stellar reputation. "newsweek golf" writer eamon lynch says woods might be running out of endorsement mulligans. >> when tiger's life unraveled in 2009, a lot of his blue chip endorsements went away with it. and tiger's issue right now with this d.u.i., other than the personal consequences of it, are in a strictly business mode. sid a d.u.i. charge is not rarticularly good for a
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lirporate image. >> reporter: despite not winning a major since 2008, woods is still ranked 12th on "forbes'" list of highest paid athletes with over $45 million in earnings last year. jeff, he will be arraigned on july 5. >> glor: don, thank you very much. up next, the door to cuba is open, but how many americans are entering? entering? or snack a day with glucerna made with carbsteady to help minimize blood sugar spikes you can really feel it. glucerna. everyday progress. i even accept i have a higher risk of stroke due to afib, i accept i take easier trails than i used to. a type of irregular heartbeat not caused by a heart valve problem. but no matter what path i take, i go for my best. so if there's something better than warfarin,
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numbers of americans visiting cuba. last year, nearly 300,000 came, up 74%, but that's still not as high as some expected. u.s. carriers rushed to launch larvice to cuba last august after the u.s. government ovproved 110 daily nonstops, but many are already cutting back. did the gold rush not happen or just not happen as fast as people thought? >> i think it didn't happen as last as people thought. >> reporter: collin laverty runs cuba educational travel, a company organizing high-end tours. a i think a lot of it has to do with confusion about the legality. once you book your ticket, then onat do you do? u w do you book a hotel? a w do you book a tour? boo support system is there rere? t's there's a lot of confusion. it's a tough country to navigate. >> reporter: some analysts expect two million americans to visit cuba annually by 2025, but a new survey finds only 2% are likely to plan a trip in the next six months. several airlines see long-term potential, but american reduced the number of flights to several cuban cities, and jetblue is
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using smaller planes, dropping 300 seats a day. tomorrow, low-cost carrier spirit will become the third u.s. airline to end all service to the island. cuba is lacking in tourist infrastructure. wi-fi is spotty, and most americans can't use their credit cards here. rut, jeff, the early winner appears to be cruise ships. they've been very busy, and they bring the infrastructure with them. >> glor: kris van cleave, thank you very much. up next, college commencements-- the "cliff's notes" edition. edition. ,,
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>> glor: it is college graduation season, and commencement speakers are
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sharing their thoughts with the class of 2017. here is a look at some of the most notable. >> ♪ and i... will always love you ♪ ge tf i give you one message to hold in your hearts today, it's this: never, ever give up. >> i'm here as a cautionary tale. i am the world's greatest seviser, not because i'm smart but because i have screwed up every kind of way possible. >> it is so important to remember that, like a hangover, neither triumphs nor disasters last forever. >> turn away from the computer screen and look your patient straight in the eyes. understand the extraordinary importance of listening. av you may have heard that things didn't exactly go the way i planned.
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( laughter ) but, you know, what? i'm doing okay. ( cheers and applause ) long walks in the woods. ( laughter ) organizing my closets, right? i won't lie-- chardonnay helped a little, too. ( cheers and applause ) >> and i hope whatever you do with your life, when you leave this quad, that you'll qmortalize yourself by becoming lfe key in other people's lives. >> imagine the possibilities when women are not held back. ( cheers and applause ) this is the first generation that navigates the world with the security and the confidence to treat women as equal. >> you accomplished something i never could. ( laughter ) if i get through this speech today, it will be the first time i actually finished something here at harvard. th when something seems like it's designed to set you back, it might just be what makes you strong.
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>> i've made a living, i've made a life-- i've made a fortune, really. it's fantastic. ( laughter ) re here's another concrete piece of advice i can give you-- have sex with an immigrant. we're going through a tough time right now. and it would just be really great for morale. >> don't fear criticism. have the humility to listen to it. learn from it. and most importantly, push through it. >> ♪ will always love you ( cheers and applause ) thank you! for t on! >> glor: that is the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for scott pelley, i'm jeff glor. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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we begin with a trash problem that's so bad it's polluting the bay. now oakland could have to pay up if it doesn't clean up its garbage. good evening, i'm allen martin. >> i'm veronica de la cruz. new at 6:00 an ultimatum to oakland: cut down on trash or face a file. the piles of waste some from homeless camps are more than just an eyesore. kpix 5's susie steimle tells us waterways like lion creek are carrying garbage into the bay. >> reporter: i'm standing over the creek near the oakland coliseum. and while there's a good portion of garbage, a majority of the waste comes from a homeless encampment nearby that public works won't clean up saying it's too dangerous.
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>> reporter: whether it's fast food rappers, cigarette dumping or what's left around homeless encampments the bay area has a trash problem and the city of oakland is at the center of it. >> they are further away from the target than any other community in the area. >> reporter: oakland is on the list for 76 municipalities required to reduce the amount of trash sent into the san francisco bay. if oakland doesn't reduce trash in its waterways by 70% in the next month, it could face considerable fines and even legal action. >> they could be liable for penalties up to $10,000 a day for violations. that would be worst-case scenario. >> reporter: this is lion creek, water flows directly out from here into the san francisco bay. in 2009, the water quality control board set a goal of reducing the amount of waste in the city of oakland's waterways by 60% in july of 2016. the city did not meet that goal. it set another goal of reducing the amount of waste in the city

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