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6:00 p.m. for an hour of news. >> thunderstorms, we will update you on at 6:00 p.m. news updates always on on www.cbssf.com. >> quijano: america's longest war. three u.s. soldiers murdered this weekend in afghanistan. nhe debate intensifies in washington over how to end this 16 year war. >> mr. chairman, i believe we're in a stalemate. >> quijano: also tonight, president trump's wedding surprise and sunday morning tweet storm. >> gay pride events turn into resist trump marches. >> we are not invisible. >> quijano: and a puerto rico votes whether to become the 51st state, we check in with puerto ricans on the island of manhattan. >> we deserve all the rights of citizens. this is the "cbs weekend news." >> quijano: good evening, i'm elaine quijano.
this is our western edition. the pentagon is investigating the apparent murders of three u.s. soldier this weekend in eastern afghanistan. they have not been identified. the afghan army says one of its soldiers turned his gun on the americans before he was shot dead. the taliban claimed this was the gunman and that he was one of their own, an army infiltrator. the attack comes as america's longest war is at another cross roads. the pentagon wants to add thousands of troops to the 8,000 plus already in afghanistan. they're helping in the fight against the taliban, al-qaeda and isis. but some in congress want to cut off funding for the 16 year war, saying the u.s. has sacrificed enough blood and treasure. here's tony dokoupil. >> reporter: when an afghan soldier opened fire saturday killing three americans who were supposed to be his allies vice president mike pence offered solace at a speech in milwaukee. >> suffice to say, when heroes fall, americans grieve and our
thoughts and prayers are with the families of these american heroes. >> reporter: after nearly 16 years, more than 2200 casualties and an estimated cost topping $800 billion, the u.s. is dead locked in its fight with the taliban. the islamic militia that rules much of the countryside and took credit for saturday's murders. lieutenant general john stcholson the top u.s. commander in afghanistan is asking for as many as 5,000 additional soldiers to break what he calls a stalemate. but congress is showing signs of war fatigue. >> we have allowed the executive >>anch to take over our foreign policy and determine how to use our troops. in reporter: north carolina republican congressman walter jones opposes the war and is the author of new legislation that would defund combat operations. lle bill now has ten cosponsors, three republicans and seven democrats including california john garamendi. >> congress has the only power to declare war.
n. is in the constitution. and yet all the seven or almost seven years i have been in congress, we have never taken up the issue of war. >> reporter: most of the current house of representatives, more than 300 people in all, were not in office the last time congress voted on the use of force in afghanistan. >> there is no easy solution, it is a catch 22 for us. >> reporter: bill roggio, a senior fellow at the foundation for the defense of democracies says the issue is not only a lack of debate in congress, but a lack of clear strategy on the battle field. >> we have to turn around and look at the big picture and see efat the alternative to not staying is defeat. >> reporter: president trump didn't discuss afghanistan much on the campaign trail but an increase in troops in afghanistan would contradict his ilerica first promise to avoid prolonged overseas military neerations. elaine. >> quijano: tony, thanks. this weekend the u.s. embassy in the philippines confirmed u.s. anecial forces are providing technical support and
surveillance for local troops battling isis-linked militants. dozens of civilians and troops include 13 philippine marines have been killed in the three week battle to drive islamist militants from the city of marawi. today the u.s. military unleashed a drone strike on al shabaab militants in somalia. the air strike destroyed a ummand center used by the al- qaeda linked group. officials say as many as ten militants were killed. aq u.s. backed forces in syria and iraq continue to gain ground on isis militants in the cities of raqqa and mosul. jonathan vigliotti has the latest from the london bureau. o reporter: elaine, raqqa has long been considered the islamic state's capitol in syria and now at least part of it has been ripped from the terror group's hands. although the area in question is small this is a symbolic defeat, a milestone that comes after two days of intense fighting by u.s.-backed forces. the team of british led fighters recaptured the north western neighborhood this morning.
12 isis gunmen were killed s cluding a commander. the british observatory for human rights who has been monitoring the war say forces now control two neighborhoods in the city and have just entered a third. the battle is, however, likely to be long and difficult as the extremist group fiercely defends its self-declared capitol. fighting ramped up in the city of mosul, isis last remaining stronghold in iraq. u.s. back forces began their counterassault eight months ago and since then all of the city ans been recaptured except for an enclave near the western bank. that hasn't stopped the islamic thate from firing back and often times it is the civilians caught in the cross fire. the u.n. says nearly half a tllion people have been displaced by the operation to retake the city. authorities have now declared a curfew in the region between mosul and baghdad and they intinue to say victory in mosul is imminent however the militants continue to control pockets south and west of the
city, as well as swaths of territory near the border with syria. elaine. >> quijano: jonathan vigliotti in london, thanks. gtesident trump returns to washington tonight following a mostly quiet weekend at the trump national golf club in bedminster new jersey. here is errol barnett. >> reporter: president trump is wrapping up another weekend at his new jersey golf club. he stayed out of the public eye for the most part aside from a brief cameo at a wedding. but sunday morning mr. trump was back to criticizing james comey, calling the former fbi director cowardly. en you are your own worst enemy mr. president, knock it off. >> appearing on "face the nation" republican senator lindsey graham said the president's sweets are doing more harm than good. >> there is a lynch mob mentality about the trump administration in the press but these tweets that he does, feeds that lynch mob. >> reporter: it was a tweet by the president which first alluded to possible recordings of his conversations with comey.
republican senator susan colins. >> this is an issue that the president should have cleared up in his press conference. >> reporter: but senate minority leader chuck schumer wants the president to appear before the senate. >> i would like to invite the president to testify before the senate. i think we could work out a way qat it could be dignified, public, with questions, with leader mcconnell. >> reporter: saturday it was announced attorney general jeff sessions will appear before the senate intelligence committee on tuesday. republican committee member james lankford. >> the key things we've got to get, obviously his side of the story related to jim comey, some of the conversations jim comey had with the president, where jeff sessions was a participant there. >> reporter: whether the president participated in a fundraiser at his bedminster golf club for tom macarthur before returning to washington where another week of russia related congressional testimony awaits. elaine? >> quijano: errol barnett, thank you. in los angeles sunday the annual gay pride parade turned into a
resist trump march. mireya villarreal was there. >> reporter: in the heart of hollywood thousands of eyotesters hit the streets to shine a light on what they believe is an attack on civil rights. >> while it's really important for us to stand up every year and celebrate us being gay, it's not about just us right now. there is a larger community of minorities that feel like they are under scrutiny. >> saisy andros is here supporting her gay son. >> i have been marching a lot against our current administration. because i think they threaten everything that i want for my family. >> reporter: that sentiments and other politically charged marches around the country are what motivated protest organizer brian pendelton to push for a change this year. >> instead of parading, we should march for our human rights. >> for years this was los angeles pride parade filled witg down the streets. r t this year it has taken a very serious turn. the crowd is diverse with more
than a hundred different organizations participating. many of them not associated with the lgbt groups. >> not only are we the resistance. e mayor eric garcetti believes los angeles should be at the forefront of this new civil rights movement. >> certain people want to pull us apart in washington d.c. we're showing we are pulling together. ma locking arms with protesters, congresswoman maxine waters blames the current administration for creating a divide. >> it is so important for us to send a message across this anuntry that we will not tolerate this president and his cabinet and his allies in the way that they are disrespecting the people of this country. p reporter: organizers want today's unifying protest to further the resisting movement. >> resist, resist. >> pushing leaders in washington to take action. mireya villarreal, cbs news, los angeles. >> quijano: a controversial figure led off the puerto rican day parade today. oscar lopez rivera, a former
member of a puerto rican nationalist group linked to deadly bombings in the 1970s and 80s. bi was released from prison lath month after president obama commuted his sentence for seditious conspiracy, many groups threatened to boycott the parade over plans to honor rivera. the parade kicked off as voters want to the polls in puerto rico to decide whether the u.s. territory should become the 51st state. roxana saberi reports. f reporter: for the fifth time in 50 years puerto ricans went to the polls on sunday to decide whether to become the 51st state of the united states, seek independence or keep the status quo. voter wanda cruz said statehood would be good for puerto rico, her kids and grandkids. puerto ricans have had u.s. citizenship for the past century but they don't pay federal taxes, vote for american presidents or receives much federal funding as u.s. states.
the referendum comes as puerto rico's economy is crumbling. trllions of dollars in debt, the bankrupt island is struggling with failing schools and crushing poverty. nearly half a million puerto ricans have moved to the u.s. e inland in the past decade. many seeking better jobs. at new york's annual puerto tcan day parade, many people said they hoped for statehood. >> it is the best thing that puerto rico can do right now, with all the debt that they have. >> why would it help puerto rico. s overall, they are citizens of the united states. i think it would be a great thing. >> those who oppose statehood warn puerto rico could struggle even more financially because it could be forced to pay millions in federal taxes, or lose its cultural identity. >> a concerned puerto rican sative raul russi says he doesn't have. >> all you have to do is look at. this you think these people have a problem? >> even in puerto rican residents here in their homeland vote for the island to become a state, congress would have to
approve, and the main puerto rican opposition party boycotting the referendum, lawmakers are expected to question the legitimacy. elaine. >> quijano: roxana saberi, thank you. jimmy carter is showing no signs of slowing down. the 92 year old cancer survivor and former president was spotted aboard a flight from washington to atlanta two days ago. h e 39th president took the time to shake hands with everyone on board. earlier in the week, carter ceceived a medal for ststinguished public service. and last weekend he attended the funeral for rock legend greg allman. coming up next, the pulse nightclub massacre, one year later a shattered community continues to heal. heal.
attack at the pulse nightclub in orlando, florida. prayers and other events honoring the victims are being held in orlando and across the country. o nneth craig returned to orlando where survivors and families of the dead are still struggling. >> reporter: milan d'marco describes every day as a battle, fore day of sad and confused memories of the massacre at orlando's pulse's flight club. >> with every shot it was almost like glass breaking. and it was glass breaking and glass breaking because the place is full of bottles. >> reporter: the 21 year old was a dancer at the gay nightclub. he survived by hiding in a dressing room but heard the warnage on the other side of the wall where omar mateen opened fire on the crowd killing 49 people. milan struggles with survivor's guilt but has poured his anguish into his passion of costume hisign. >> this happened for a reason. >> the reason, you believe that? >> yeah. i absolutely do. >> do you know what the reason is?
ol absolutely not. i'm not supposed to yet. >> reporter: the doors here at pulse never opened to the public again. for now the site serves as a tribute to victims and survivors. neentually it will be replaced with a permanent memorial. >> this keeps me going. >> tara connell has a permanent memorial in her home to honor her son cory, a young man with big dreams who was on his way to becoming a firefighter. >> i don't really sleep at night, so you know, it's hard for me to sleep. i'm thinking of what he went herough, what was he thinking. you know, what was the last thing he said. tw reporter: she says it's been heartwarming to learn how many people cared about cory but recently she feels herself buckling. >> i put on this face, you know. and i've heard how strong i am, you are such a strong person, you know, everything you are going through. and you know. and i don't know why these feeling are all coming the past few months. i question, am i really a strong person.
>> quijano: according to a recent report from credit suisse, as many as one out of every four shopping malls in the e untry is expected to close in the next five years. hundreds have shut down in the past 15 years. meg oliver shows us how these empty spaces are being transformed. >> reporter: photographer seth lawless got a look at what happens to malls after they fail. left abandoned and neglected, the giant buildings slowly fall apart. >> everybody saw it as a dead mall. >> reporter: this used to be the site of the old granite run mall outside philadelphia. >> this used to be the food court. >> this was very close to the food court. >> reporter: developer michael markman is giving the area a 21st century makeover. >> what makes it different? re you know, what is different about this, there are a lot of malls being redeveloped around the country because malls are dying everywhere. what we did was really, really aggressive. we took down the whole interior portion of the mall.
>> markman is going to replace the old mall with a complex of buildings for shopping, entertainment, apartments and a health-care facility. >> we have about twice as much thtail square footage per capita than any other country in the world. >> reporter: architecture professor ellen dunham jones says reimagining old malls is becoming a necessity. ma is estimated there are about 1,000 malls across the country, around one-third are at risk of failing. f rhode island the historic westminster arcade found new life after adding apartments to the second floor while an old strip mall in tennessee was converted into a church, and the hundred oaks mall in nashville survived after vanderbilt constructed a health facility next to the stores. >> we see a lot of malls that are turned into medical clinics, turned into community colleges or any, all range of educational facilities. >> this is the future. >> markman says the first phase of the new property is set to open in may, 2018.
>> quijano: wednesday is flag agy when americans celebrate the stars and stripes being adopted as the u.s. flag, on june 14th, 1777. now steve hartman introduces us to a young patriot who celebrates the flag every day. >> young boys are aren't easily nopalled but 11 year old preston sharp sure knows the feeling. is i was really surprised. >> and disappointed. >> really disappointed, yeah. >> had you seen them like that before? na not this angry, and passionate. >> reporter: preston's mom april says what upset her son so was visiting his grandpa's grave in vedding, california, and realizing not every veteran in the cemetery had a flag. april says even hours later he was still harping on it. >> i was like son, if you are ding to complain about something, you have to do something about it or let it go.
and he was like well i'm going to do something about it, mom. >> next thing she knew he was soking odd jobs and soliciting donations to buy flags and flowers for every veteran in his grandpa's cemetery. when that cemetery was covered, he moved on to another, and then another. and here we are two years and 23,000 graves later. rad he does this every week, rain or shine. especially rain. >> why? >> like they were out there in the rain doing their job protecting us. >> reporter: preston says coming out here in the rain or in this hese 100 degree heat, is the least he can do. >> thank you for your service, michael. >> his devotion really is enormous. >> thank you for your service, samuel. >> and contagious. >> thank you guys so much for coming out today. g reporter: now when word gets out that preston will be at a cemetery, a lot of folks feel compelled to join in. >> it's just amazing. oi reporter: people like vietnam veteran fred loveland.
>> what he's doing brings them out. g cause they can't believe that a young man in this country is doing what he does. >> we got to put flower in. >> it is a movement of young and yd. r sehank you for your service, louis. >> of those who served their country, and those who are so grateful they did. >> thank you for your service, alan. >> reporter: all led by this little pied piper of patriotism, who saw an injustice and decided to do something about it. wednesday is flag day. but for preston sharp, it is just another one of 365 chances to do what's right. >> thank you for your service, norman. >> steve hartman, on the road, in redding, california. >> quijano: an american patriot. that is the cbs weekend news for this sunday. later on cbs, 60 minutes followed by the tony awards. i'm elaine quijano. for all of us at cbs news, thank you for joining us and good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captione
more unrest at uber tonight. we've learned: . ive from the c bs bay area studios, this is kpix 5 news. >> following breaking news. unrest at uber, the ceo may be shown the door temporarily. i am juliette goodrich. >> i am brian hackney. first tracking wild weather in ports of the bay area that began by -- in parts of the bay area that began by noon today. that is the scene. a pounding from a hail storm. viewers sent us this video. wasn't just sonoma. to the west, thunderstorms stretched to petaluma, more hail. a few flashes of lightning in the area which was widespread in the north and east bay by the afternoon. coming from this, build up, pinpointing the location of the
thunderstorm complex from sonoma to the sierra part of a freak summer storm. showers and thundershowers are easing up through had north bay. an unstable low. moving into the sierra sketch and believe it or not in the middle of june, winter weather advisories. a foot of snow, 5500 feet, rain, thunderstorms and powerful winds as well. we had gusts 48 miles per hour at sfo. mount diablo and mount tam weren't far behind. for what happens next, stay tuned, the forecast in a few minutes. it was so windy on the bay earlier today the big escape from alcatraz triathlon ended up being a two sport event. john