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>> pelley: tampering with the u.s. elections. an n.s.a. report says russian military hackers got deeper inside than we knew just days before the voting. also tonight, the mayor fires back. >> some people thrive on feud and division. that's not me. that's not the london i know. we're not going to allow anyone, rhether it's donald trump or anyone else, divide our community. fi i don't see the president is picking a fight the mayor of london. >> pelley: bill cosby goes on trial. prs tv daughter is there, but the prosecution says don't confuse cosby with cliff huxtable. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ and a united response to the terror attack. ♪ don't look back in anger, i
heard you say ♪ this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. hackers working for vladimir putin may have attempted even more meddling with the u.s. presidential election than we knew, and the interference went beyond leaked e-mails and fake news. according to a report from the national security agency, russian military intelligence was trying to break in to u.s. election systems just days before voters went to the polls. our homeland security correspondent jeff pegues has the details. >> reporter: according to the top-secret n.s.a. report first published on the web site the ftercept, hackers from russian military intelligence were trying to access voter registration information just days before the election.
the hackers stole credentials from a u.s. elections software company in florida. they then used those credentials to send fake e-mails to 122 local government officials giobably involved in the management of voter registration systems. those e-mails were sent just over a week before the november 8th election and were laced with malware. the report says the viruses tried to access election-related hardware and software applications. d cess to voter registration records could have allowed the fockers to delete or change voter information. what was your initial reaction? >> shock. and dismay. >> reporter: the report's description is similar to what we heard last year from arizona secretary of state michelle reagan. she learned in june that russian hackers had been probing her state's voter information. >> the feeling of and the reality of a foreign entity, an outside intruder, if you will, coming into our state and
wanting to mess with our election system. >> reporter: russian president vladimir putin has consistently denied any government involvement in the hacks, but last week he did suggest private russian hackers who are in his words patriotically minded could have participated. despite this new information, u.s. intelligence stands by its sssessment that the attacks did not impact the election's outcome. scott, in a sign that the administration is cracking down on national security leaks like this one, a contractor today was charged with leaking classified information. >> pelley: jeff pegues from the washington newsroom. jeff, thank you. the white house said today that the president will not invoke executive privilege to keep fired f.b.i. director james comey from testifying to the omnate intelligence committee. that panel is investigating russian meddling in the election asd whether anyone in the trump
campaign was involved. nancy cordes is on capitol hill. it reporter: the deputy white s use press secretary said today bue president has the right to block comey's testimony but won't. why? >> in order to facilitate a swift and thorough examination of the facts sought by the senate intelligence committee. >> reporter: democratic leader nancy pelosi argued the president had no choice. >> i think if the president were to say he shouldn't testify, ncat would be very incriminating for the president. >> reporter: democrats and republicans want to know more about the memos comey kept outlining the president's alleged request that he drop his navestigation into fired national security adviser michael flynn. er the tone, the exact words orat were spoken, and the context are so important. ge reporter: on "face the nation," intelligence committee members susan collins and mark warner described the questions they'll have for comey on thursday.
>> i want to know what kind of pressure, appropriate, inappropriate, how many ounversations he had with the president about this topic. >> reporter: committee chair wchard burr does not expect the orb.i. will hand over comey's bmo before the thursday hearing, but... >> oh, i think eventually nothing in washington stays locked up forever. >> reporter: two other top hetelligence officials, including the head of the n.s.a., were also pushed by the president to downplay the russia investigation. they'll testify on wednesday. scott, senators are trying to determine whether all of this was just presidential banter or if it amounts to obstruction of justice. >> pelley: nancy cordes on capitol hill. thank you, nancy. keep in mind that cbs news will bring you live coverage of aymey's testimony beginning thursday morning. the united states and great britain have long been allies in the war on terror, but now a side battle has broken out, otting president trump against the mayor of london. the president fired the first
shot after the saturday night terror attack on london bridge, in which three attackers killed seven people before the police killed them. we have a series of reports honight beginning with our chief white house correspondent major garrett. >> we're not going to allow lsybody, whether it's donald trump or anybody else to, divide our communities. >> reporter: london's first muslim mayor, sadiq kahn, rebuffed president trump's criticism. the mayor of london says there the mayor of london says there mr no reason to be alarmed, mr. trump wrote hours after the carnage. this is what kahn actually said. >> londoners will see an increased police presence today and over the course of the next few days. no reason to be alarmed. >> reporter: initially kahn said he was too busy to respond to the president's ill-informed tweet, prompting mr. trump to write, "pathetic excuse by london mayor sadiq kahn who had to think fast on his "no reason to be alarmed" statement."
hours after the attack, president trump also renewed his call for travel ban from certain majority muslim countries. the president faulted the justice department, which reports to him, for pushing a watered-down second version of hae ban, which, like the first, has been blocked by federal courts. de also said he would call the executive order what it is, a travel ban, directly contradicting members of his senior staff. >> first of all, it's not a travel ban. >> reporter: george conway, a trump ally and husband of kellyanne conway, said on twitter the president's tweet, "seriously is undermine administration agenda," and the sttorney fighting the ban in federal court wrote of mr. trump's tweet, "we don't need the help, but we'll take it." >> it is really very sad as to what's going on throughout the world with terror. ec reporter: this is the second time in a week the president's hasty response has caused controversy. last week mr. trump concluded an
astack inside a filipino casino was terrorism. to turned out later to be a bungled robbery. h.w. brand studies presidential rhetoric at the university of texas. >> one of the things that makes a president sort of seem presidential is the kind of reserve that usually comes with the office, and president trump has decided to abandon that reserve. >> reporter: some of the president's top advisers are arre careful with their words. after news of the london attacks broke, defense secretary james mattis responding to a reporter's question said, "i like learning about something before i talk." >> reporter: i'm elizabeth palmer. today londoners were still struggling to take in the cruelty and the madness of saturday's attack. eight minutes after it began, it was over, the three terrorists wearing fake suicide belts shot dead by police. but in their wake, they left mayhem and a trail of victims maimed in their stabbing spree.
>> you keep going. you keep going. rs reporter: other victims were crushed by the attackers' van on london bridge. thagine the shock and the terror of people walking across this bridge on saturday night when they realized the van was hurdling toward them at 50mph. nye driver determined to hurt or kill as many people as he could. brad myers on vacation from florida had a narrow escape. after taking a selfie on the bridge, he walked away and then heard the van mount the sidewalk. here's the photo he took afterward, bodies strewn across the road. at i do think that everyone needs to see, you know, what is going on and what we're up against. >> reporter: all those who gathered at a vigil today know they're probably up against even more terrorists with london in their sights. but led by the city's muslim mayor, sadiq kahn, they stand determined to face them down.
>> i want to send a clear message to the sick and evil extremists who commit these hideous crimes: we will defeat you. you will not win. w reporter: scott, mayor sadiq kahn was asked whether in light of his recent tweets donald trump would be welcome on a state visit here, and he said, "i don't think we should roll out the red carpet in circumstances where his policies are against everything we stand for." >> pelley: liz palmer at london bridge tonight. liz, thank you. today the british police named two of the three attackers, and n na werner went to their neighborhood in east london. >> reporter: 30-year-old rachid redouane had claimed to be moroccan and libyan. he was not known to police, but 7-lice were aware of the other man, 27-year-old khuram shazad butt, a naturalized british
citizen born in pakistan. he was even seen in this 2016 documentary that focused on home-grown jihadism, here praying with an isis-style flag. on sunday police raided this apartment complex on london's east side, arresting a dozen people. tsme residents told us they recognized butt. they knew him by the nickname "abs." neighbor erica gaspari said she reported him to police for recruiting children. >> he said to me, "because the >> reporter: on saturday, neighbor ken chickbo says abs approached him, asking about a rented moving van he was using. >> he started asking questions, how much, this, that, and the other. it wasn't until now that it starts sinking in really. haeleporter: and michael mimbo says after the attack, he realized the possible significance of a white van he'd seen speeding away from their apartment complex on saturday.
is it upsetting? disturbing? troubling? >> yeah, especially if it's r: reporter: the 12 people earested at that complex have now been released, but tonight british media reports a dozen molotov cocktails were found in the back of the attackers' van, and, scott, police are still trying to figure out if those three men had help from anyone else. ou pelley: anna werner in our london newsroom tonight. anna, thank you. well, a man bearing a grudge and a gun went on a shooting rampage today near orlando, florida. he killed five people and then himself. mark strassmann is there. >> reporter: around 8:00 a.m., john robert neumann, jr., walked into the same company that fired him in april and opened fire. at fiamma, an awning supplier for r.v.s, he killed four men
and one woman before killing himself. shelly adams' sister works at fiamma and called her. oo she saw one on the floor is all she said. she kept saying, my boss is dead. ai reporter: orange county sheriff jerry jennings said neumann, armed with a semi- kntomatic handgun, and two knives, seemed to target specific people. >> most of the victims were shot in the head. some were shot multiple times. n> reporter: in 2014, fvestigators say neumann attacked a coworker at fiamma. deputies were called, but no charges were filed. investigators do not know why neumann waited two months after being fired to return for this killing spree. scott, seven people inside survived. one woman said neumann spared her, telling her to get out. >> pelley: mark strassmann for us this evening. mark, thank you. coming up on the "cbs evening news," bill cosby goes on trial.
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>> pelley: today the prosecutor in bill cosby's trial told jurors don't confuse him with fis tv character, dr. cliff huxtable. cosby is charged in pennsylvania with drugging and sexually avsaulting a woman, one of erzens who have accused him. here's jericka duncan. >> reporter: bill cosby had the support of his television daughter keshia knight pulliam, best known for playing rudy iaxtable, as he walked into a pennsylvania courthouse. a key witness for the prosecution, kelley johnson, took the stand this afternoon. phnson cried as she told jurors cosby forced her to take a pill and made her touch his private parts, an incident similar to andrea constand, the woman cosby is accused of sexually assaulting. according to the criminal complaint, cosby invited constand to his home in 2004 to discuss her future career plans. he allegedly gave constand pills, wine, and then sexually assaulted her.
she waited nearly a year to inport it. in her opening statement, prosecutor kristin feden said, "this case is about trust, betrayal, and the ability to consent," and would use cosby's bn words to prove he's guilty. defense attorney brian mcmonagle told the jury of 12, seven men and five women, he would show a pattern of inconsistent statements made by constand. the trial is expected the last for about two weeks. andrea constand, her mother, and a toxicologist are all expected to testify. scott, bill cosby will not testify. >> pelley: jericka duncan, thanks. up next, harvard teaches students a bitter lesson.
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fall were told to forget it after the university came across their facebook messages. some were so offensive we can't show them. here's don dahler. >> reporter: according to "the crimson," harvard's student newspaper, the digital images g lled memes were shared by handful of incoming freshman in an invitation only group chat. quoting two incoming freshman, the group first called the chat "harvard memes for horny bourgeois teens" and traded "hages mocking sexual assaults, the holocaust and the deaths of children. this is a racist reference to suicide by hanging. "casually send nudes," read another, both reposted by the tab, a web site staffed by students from several colleges. it's not clear how the university learned about the chat, but the tab reported that some students in the group nteated screengrabs and sent them to the admissions office. the school withdrew the imceptance offers in april, according to "the crimson." adrvard declined to comment,
saying it never addresses the admissions status of any individual, but accepted applicants are warned that any e ceptance can be withdrawn if an admitted student engages or has engaged in behavior that brings into question their honesty, maturity, or moral character. >> anything you post should pass what i call the grandma test. if you don't want grandma to see it, don't post it. >> reporter: kate cohen runs the college prep company ivy wise. >> it was a big mistake, and also for kids as smart as those getting into harvard, it was a pretty stupid thing to do. >> reporter: according to one survey, 35% of college admissions offices examine social media posts as part of the admissions process. and, scott, of those, nearly half say they've had a negative impact on their decisions. >> pelley: don dahler, thanks. up next, ariana grande's return to manchester. ws this portion of the "cbs evening news" is sponsored by aludential.
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today in scotland today for 14- year-old aisling mcleod, one of 22 killed two weeks ago by a suicide bomber at an ariana grande concert in manchester, england. more than 100 others were wounded. heande held another concert in manchester just last night to raise money for the victims. and jonathan vigliotti was there. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ti reporter: many of the young crls in the emotional crowd had attended the first concert and refused to let their fears get the best of them. 23-year-old grande, not much older than her teenage fans, hit a defiant tone.
>> the kind of love and community that's here is what the world really needs right now. ♪ we're still singing a song ll reporter: robbie williams who grew up near manchester instantly won over the crowd when he changed the lyrics to his hit song, strong. ♪ slip inside the eye of your mind ♪ >> reporter: coldplay frontman chris martin joined forces with grande to sing "don't look back in anger," manchester's unofficial anthem following the bombing. ♪ don't look back in anger, i heard you say ♪ ♪ i cried enough tears to see my own reflection ♪ >> reporter: but perhaps the night's most poignant moment belonged to a high school choir. some of whom survived the bombing.
and when grande got choked up during her last song... ♪ somewhere over the rainbow why, oh why, can't... ♪ ...her fans cheered her on to finish. ♪ why, oh, why, can't i jonathan vigliotti, cbs news, manchester. ni 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 ioned by
reckless act for the approximate cause of the death of 36 individuals trapped inside the warehouse when the fire started. >> facing the consequences of oakland's ghost ship inferno, the operator and concert promoter charged with manslaughter, accused of knowingly creating a fire trap. good evening, i am veronica de la cruz. >> i am ken bastida, prosecutors squarely laying the blame on two men for causing one of the deadliest fires in recent u.s. history, one ghost ship master tenant, derick almena, is on his way back to alameda county as we speak. there is a picture taken of derick almena as he made his first court appearance today in lake county, he is in the green striped jump suit. kpix 5's emily turner is live in oakland with more on the charges and who is off the hook for now.
emily? >> reporter: the district attorney says both of the men charged knew the ghost ship wasn't to be lived in and wasn't safe. the owner of the building didn't know those things and therefore is not being charged. the converted warehouse went up in flames six months ago, and today the deaths of 36 people killed in the ghost ship fire will be charged to these two men. derick almena, the master tenant who rented the space out to artists, and max harris, the self-proclaimed warlord of the ghost ship, both face 36 involuntary manslaughter charges. >> they created the high-risk of death, a reasonable person would have known that acting in that way would create such a risk and their actions were so different from the way an ordinary person would conduct himself or herself in the same situation. that their actions amount to disregard for human life. >> reporter: the district attorney said theyei