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coming up next. captioning funded by cbs good morning to our viewers in the west. it is monday, october 16th, 2017. welcome to "cbs this morning." congress and the drug industry accused of fueling the opioid epidemic by crippling the drug enforcement administration. this morning we go to capitol hill and the department of justice for the reaction to the explosive investigation by "60 minutes" and the "washington post." rescue crews search all night for a crew worker after a fire at an oil rig. witnesses say they felt the blast miles away. and four more women accuse harvey weinstein of sexual misconduct bringing the total to
40. the mogul is out and his brother calls him sick and depraved. plus nasa's project to fly you across the country in just three hours. only on "cbs this morning" jeff glor takes off on a jet designed to break the sound bare yore without a winner dough-breaking sonic boom. but we begin this morning with today's "eye opener," your world in 90 seconds. people heard their house shaking. there was a loud explosion. flames are being seen in the sky. >> rescue efforts are under way after an oil rig explodes. >> the rig burning for hours in lake ponchartrain north of new orleans clearly visible for miles across the huge lake. >> we're engaging this thing, we're taking it by the horns, we're going to take it until the job is done. >> fire officials say they finally feel like they're getting the upper hand on the wildfires devastating northern california. >> we're not out of the woods yet but we're making tremendous progress out there. the death toll in somalia rises. >> it's the singest deadliest
attack in somalia's history. >> the president trump and mitch mcconnell. >> they sit down for lunch with vice president mike presence. >> the crackdown on the opioid epidemic was derailed by the drug administration. >> what they want to do is do what they want to do and not worry about what the law is. >> grave disruption across the ireland republican as hurricane ophelia brings hurricane-force winds. >> all that -- >> a stunner with a capital "s." >> -- and all that matters -- >> he saids the president has castrated you in front of the stage. that's his words. that does not bother you? >> i checked. i'm fully intact. >> i did not expect that answer. >> -- on "cbs this morning." >> turner, fly ball. way back.
the dodgers are up two games to none and they're going crazy. >> announcer: this morning's "eye opener" presented by toyota. let's go places. welcome to "cbs this morning." gayle king is off so alex wagner is with us. lawmakers face tough questions over an explosive "60 minutes" report. it held congress helped disarm the organization during the high lied of the opioid crisis. it highlights the impact of new law sponsored by republicans and approved by democrats. >> drug overdose deaths in this country have more than doubled over this past decade. take a look at this map about what it looked like in 1999. and here's how it looked in 2015, just 16 years later. the cdc says more than 33,000 americans died from opioid-related overdoses in 2015
alone. >> joe ran zee city used to run the office of diverse control which regulated the pharmaceutical industry. he told bill whitaker on 60 minutes it was aided in part by congress, lobbyists, and the drug industry. >> fi was to write a book about how to harm the united states with pharmaceuticals, the only thing i can think of that would immediately harm is to take the authority away from the investigative agency that is trying to enforce the controlled substances act and the regulations implemented urnlt the act, and that's what this bill did. >> the bill introduced in the house by pennsylvania congressman thomas marino and marsha blackburn of tennessee was a way to make sure patients had access to the pain medication they needed. jonathan novak who worked in the dea's office said what the bill did is strip the agency of its
ability to immediately free suspicion shipments of prescription narcotics to keep drugs off the streets, what the dea calls diversion. >> you're not going to be able to hold anyone higher up the food chain account snoobl because of this law. >> because of this law. >> how hard does it make your job in going after the wholesale distributors? >> i would say it makes it nearly impossible. >> this 2015 justice department memo we obtained supports that. it states the bill could actually result in increased diversion, abuse, and public health and safety consequences. >> they're toothless. you know, i don't -- i don't know how they stop this now. it's a very sad state of affairs. >> the investigation found the drug industry contributed to at least $1.5 million to 23 lawmakers who co-sponsored the new law. democratic senator clair mccause kill said minutes ago she'll try to repeal the measure weakening the dea enforcement.
tom marino is now president trump's nominee to be federal drug czar. nancy cordes is on capitol hill with all the reaction. nancy, good morning. >> good morning. this bill was sold on capitol hill as a way tone sure that patients had access to pain medication, but former dea officials say that it actually stripped their agency of its ability to go after suspicious shipments. for example, when one town of 400 people in west virginia got 9 million hydrocodone pills over just two years. now, as bill whitaker mentioned, pennsylvania's tom marino and tennessee's marsha blackburn introduced this bill back in 2015. each of them received significant contributions that year from the pharmaceutical industry. more than $70,000 for marino, more than $160,000 for marsha blackburn and $177,000 went to utah senator orrin hatch who negotiated this bill with the dea.
it ended up passing with unanimous consent and signed by president obama. former administration officials, some of them now say they didn't realize how much this one bill would change things. we reached out to marino and blackburn's offices for a comment. they did not respond. senator hatch's office told the "washington post" that his office actually collaborated with the dea and that the agency, charlie, had many opportunities to put the brakes on this. >> nancy, thanks. a justice department memo shows 65 doctors, pharmacists, around drug companies received suspension orders in 2011 before the new law. this year only six have gotten them. and the dea has issued no suspension orders to a distributor for nearly two years. the agency says in a statement it will continue to, quote, use all our tools at our disposal to combat this epidemic. paula reid is in washington with other factors that interfere
with enforcement. paula, good morning. >> good morning. the justice didn't does not dispute any 60 minutes recording. they say it's a top priority for the trump administration but it mate have been involved in a closed door. 32 from the division that regulate the drug industry have been hired by the pharmaceutical industry since scrutiny on the distributors began. among them linden barber, former associate chief counsel at the dea. he's now senior vice president after card gnat health one of the nation's top drug distributors. mike gill was hired by one of the country's largest health care firms and jason hadges overseeing enforcement joined the pharmaceutical division of a high-powered d.c. law firm. we reached out to former acting'administrationer chuck rosenberg who oversaw the agency in 2015 to earlier this month
when he stepped down. he said he has not seen the 60 minutes story and does not plan on watching. >> thanks. enforcement is taking place at the state level. 41 attorneys general are demanding information and documents from prescription opioid manufacturers and contributors. the attorney general says he's part of that investigation. he says 13 people die every day from drug addiction. demarco morgan is in williamsport, pennsylvania. demarco, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. earlier this year the emergency room right here behind me saw an average of two to three overdose patients per day. the family of one victim who died last year says more needs to be done to show just destructive opioid addiction can be. the death of thaddeus burke is ingrained in the minds of his parents todd and dorie.
their sjonneby came addicted to painkillers. he died from an overdose. >> i woke up to my wife screaming thad, wake up, thad, wake up. emergency responders arrived and said there was no more they could do for our son. >> we had no idea how addictive turning to heroin was. no idea like we do now. we do now. >> reporter: pennsylvania reported more than 4.5,000 fatal drug overdoses in 2016. that same year more than 7 million opioid prescription drugs were dispensed throughout the state. >> his addiction did not define who he was. >> reporter: after watching 60 minutes on sunday, todd says he's outraged how congress, lobbyists, and the drug distribution industry have got on the the opioid epidemic. >> what do you say to congress?
>> i'd like to have trump's ear to talk to congress, the senate, and reverse that bill. >> i might just tell them about our son. >> and what would those words be? >> i don't know. but it's not an easy road. if there are things that are hindering the war on drugs, then they need to stop. >> reporter: a fund-raiser in honor of thad on sunday raised more than $3,000 for a resling scholarship at the local high school and a substance abuse program. >> demarco, thank you so much. such a troubling story. a search and rescue mission is under way after a fiery oil rig explosion in louisiana. large flames poured from the oil rig platform last night. one man is missing. seven other people were hurt. five suffered critical injuries. the explosion happened on lake pontchartrain in jefferson parish in new orleans. tony dokoupil has more.
good morning. >> good morning. they say the rig was being cleaned with chemicals at the time of the explosion. witnesses described hearing a loud boom. about 30 minutes later the rig was on fire. >> it sounded like a bomb dropping basically and the whole house lit up with a big orange flash. >> reporter: justin says the explosion that came from the oil rig on lake ponchartrain was so powerful it shook his house miles away. >> we were looking to see what happened and we looked and saw here. >> reporter: out on the water heavy flames ripped through the rig where seven people were rescued. helicopters and boat crews are still searching for one unaccounted person. >> our first objective is to stop the oil flow if anything. >> reporter: they were quick to shoot down comparisons to the 201 deepwater horizon explosion in the gulf.
11 people died, the most in the oil industry. >> while this is imperative to get on, it's not the deep water horizon. >> the rig is owned by clovelly oil company and they say this rig is used for oil transfers. officials did assure county residents the drinking water is safe because it does not come from the lake. alex? >> tony, thanks. firefighters battling the deadliest wildfires in history say they finally turned a corner. at least 40 people were killed since the fires began more than a week about. about 5,700 homes and businesses were destroyed. the sonoma county sheriff says over 140 people are missing. that could be in part because of communication orders. the evacuation orders are still in effect for 75,000 people. 15 fires are burning across the state. mireya villarreal is in santa
rosa. good morning. >> reporter: many people are returning home or what's left of it for the first time since the wildfires started a week ago. now, right now firefighters say that the dangers are still real, but they are confident the worst is past them. >> a week ago this started as a nightmare, and the day we've dreamed up has arrived. >> reporter: optimism is growing for firefighters as they beat back the flames still burning across northern california. >> we're turning the corner. you're seeing those containment levels coming up. things feel good in our gut as firefighters. >> reporter: but they're not in the clear yet. on saturday night this home in sonoma county burn down a week after the fires first broke out. >> it's gone, completely gone. >> reporter: victims like christina schott are now returning to some of the hardest hit neighborhoods to take stock of what's left. >> it was really magical.
everyone would come outside. >> this is a nonstop shop of what's the beginning of a long fema recovery process. >> reporter: he says that process can start at local assistance centers like this one. people can apply for federal disaster assistance, cancel utilities and even visit the dmv. for families who have lost everything, this is where they're finding a fresh start. >> the outpouring of all the help and caring and patience is just amazing. >> reporter: the pacific gas and electric company is working to restore power in the fire zone to most people by tonight. right now the investigation continues into the cause of the fire, but we also know that the state has ordered pg&e to keep any evidence preserved that could help with the fires. >> thanks, mireya. i flew in over the city friday
night. you could see how the smoke affects the city. the president is expected to discuss his legislative agenda today with senate majority leader mitch mcconnell at the white house. it comes after the former chief strategist bashed mcconnell and the republican establishment. we turn now to julianna goldman. she's at the white house. good morning. >> good morning. president trump's former adviser steve bannon declared war on the republican establishment and mcconnell. president trump is going to work with mcconnell on tax reform. senator rand paul said he narrowly lost to the president during their golf outing on sunday but he hopes mr. trump can score a big win on tax reform. >> we really need to, you know, do it, and i think he wants this -- >> the president took south carolina republican lindsey graham on saturday and will
lunch with mitch mcconnell today, all in the hopes the plans are successful. >> the donors are not happy. they've all left you. >> the former strategist tore at mcconnell this weekend at a summit. he believes he's responsible for trump's legislative failures. >> nobody can run and hide on this one. these folks are coming for you. >> but within hours of bannon's remarks, mr. trump called mcconnell to discuss legislative priorities and invited him to lunch. senator graham brushed off bannon's criticisms and says leader mcconnell is not the problem. >> our problem is we promised and we failed. if we're successful, mitch mcconnell is fine. if not, we'll all in trouble.
>> over the weekend ban reported his track record. and in alabama, his candidate moore beat luther strange who was backed by mcconnell and the president. >> we'll be watching. thank you. iraq launched a military operation over kirkuk. many feel they could be inching toward civil war. tensions have escalated. hundreds of kurdish fighters took up inside kirkuk. both sides are american allies in the fight against isis. the death toll is rising in somalia after what officials call the deadliest single attack in the nation's history. a man from minnesota was reportedly one of 300 people
killed when powerful truck bomb went off in a crowded street. they're blaming al shabaab. his own brother says harvey weinstein is sick and should face justice. ahead, bob weinstein's first public comments about his brother as police in london investigate new good morning. another error alert in effect. not all of the bay area will be impacted but certainly the northbay hills will see the smoke and smell it as we are doing at the moment. across the golden get -- gait, clearer conditions, less particulate matter in the air. we have called winds but temperatures are above average, 10 to 14 degrees above average where the fires are burning. looking to the middle of the week, we get a chance of rain.
imagine flying from new york city to los angeles in just about three hours. only on "cbs this morning" jeff floor goes high in the sky to learn about new research on making sonic booms quieter. >> we're going to fly this airplane right here. if 18b hornet and we're going to go supersonic. >> we're here with nasa heading up to 49,000 feet as they produce a lowered sonic boom and change the way planes are designed. >> three, two, one, mark. >> whoo-hoo. that's coming up on "cbs this
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this is a kpix 5 morning update. good morning. and the 7:26 am. i am michelle griego. the latest on the wine country fires, linked to the deaths of at least 40 people and another 174 are unaccounted for. more than 200,000 acres have burned and an estimated 5700 homes and buildings have been destroyed. the good news is that containment of the fires is increasing. smart, the new commuter rail service is reopening two stations closed because of wildfire -related issues. the stations to reopen today are the santa rosa north and sonoma county airport stations. stay with us. traffic and weather in just a moment.
good morning. we have a traffic alert as you work your way along 101, north, word of an accident at hamilton. the vehicle this mike injuries reported and chp is on the scene. as you work your way past the scene, 23 miles per hour slow and go. southbound, golden gate bridge, not bad, traffic okay to san francisco. westbound 80 at powell street is busy towards the bay street bridge. looking at the skies, not as smoky and hazy but we have the error alert in effect. temperatures are cool but warming up today. here's what you can expect as you start the work week. temperatures are near 90, especially across the northbay hills where the fires are burning. winds are staying calm. we have a chance of rain wednesday night, thursday and friday. high temperatures, 89 expected in santa rosa, 88 in napa, san francisco, 82, and the temperatures are above average. the kpix 5 seven-day forecast is sponsored by twin pine casino and hotel.
♪ ♪ don't worry about the pain because every single thing going to be all right ♪ stevie wonder performing the cover of bob marley's "three little birds" to benefit hurricane victims in puerto rico. nice to see them all gathered them. the governor is warning the island will have power by december 15th. i had to read that twice. i thought, oh, great, they're
going to have power up. december 15th. >> imagine living for months without power. >> two months. welcome back to "cbs this morning." here are three things you should know this morning. we're following the search for a worker missing in a louisiana oil rig explosion. the blast on the platform in lake ponchartrain triggered a huge fire. seven people were hurt including five with injuries. they're searching for a possible leak following the explosion yoo 40 ships are taking part in drills off the korean peninsula. the joint exercises angers north korea which seems them as a practice for an invasion. last week they accused the united states of provocations and threatened a nuclear response. actress alyssa milano
tweeted #me too. she sighs if you've been sexually harassed or assaulted, tweet #metoo. thousands responded including actress debra messing and anna paquin. the group that hands out the oscars. more than 40 women have now accused the disgrabsed movie mogul of sexual misconduct. this weekend four more came forward one is british soap opera star lizette anthony. she says she was victimizeder in weinstein's career. good morning. >> that woman told us the alleged incident happened when she was a 24-year-old intern and weinstein was still largely
unknown. even his own brother describes him as, quote, sick and depraved. >> when i got in and he closed the door, i noticehood e had a hand towel around his waste, which is all he had on. >> reporter: paula wachowiak says she was shaking when he dropped his towel and offered a handshake. he sa >> he said, was it something to see me drop my towel. she said, no, harvey, you disgust me. >> the truth is that harvey weinstein raped me in my own home anthony told the sunday times of london. police in london say they're now investigating five allegations of sexual assault involving three different victims. weinstein through a spokeswon unee kwav kalle denies allegations of noncon senseual
sex. >> i never heard of someone speak about a relative this way. >> reporter: matt belinelli introduced weinstein's brother bob. >> to call him a predator, to call him a sick man, it was jarring at first, a p then the emotion just kept coming. >> reporter: i have a brother that's indefense vl and crazy, weinstein told belloni. i want him to get the justice hhe deserves. >> if it comes out that the board knew about this behavior and authorized settlements that is a deal killer for anyone who's going to support this company in my opinion. >> and that is the big question. this weekend a fifth board member reportedly has stepped down, leaving the weinstein company with just three. deals with lin-manuel miranda, did in, and amazon are at risk
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what's that sound? >> in the 1983 movie "the right stuff," a classic, sam shepherd played chuck yeager who flew faster than the speed of sound. they celebrated the 70th anniversary in california. 94-year-old chuck yeager was there to commemorate the event. >> wow. nasa engineers are working to bring supersonic aviation. jeff glor returns with a story you will see only on "cbs this morning." good morning. >> charlie, good morning to you. the only passenger plane that flew faster than sound was the concorde back in the '70s,
'80ings, and '90s. it was only allowed to do that over the ocean because the sound effect is damaging and unsettling. today nasa is working to lower the boom so airlines can quietly cut the sound and achieve those speeds 70 years after chuck yeager's achievements. >> i heard the sonic boom, and we knew right there that he had brought in a new air force, a new supersonic air force. >> reporter: bob cardenas blue the b 29 bomber that dropped chuck yeager's x1 out of the sky and into the history books. >> once we could go beyond the speed of sound, it was the gateway to space. >> reporter: that mow meantous event 70 years ago did lead to space travel but not supersonic commercial air travel mostly because of this.
a series of loud booms cause when a supersonic sound creates a sound like a bomb and shake, even break windows. nasa arrowspace engineer ed hearihai herring is trying to fix that. he and his team are working to lower the blast force and ka cough news sound of sonic booms. >> this is completely redesigning planes. >> right. >> they've designed an experimental plane known as a low boom flight demonstrator available in four years. the ultimate goal, make supersonic commercial flight a realtd for everyone. >> if it takes five or six hours to get from new york to los angeles, in 20 years you hope it takes how long? >> half the time. a six-hour trip will become a
three-hour trip. >> reporter: until it's done, it falls to test pilots like nils larson. to do that larson has to execute a complicated amount of contortions. >> we're going to roll inverted, pull down do 53 degrees nose low, roll out and start a dive pullout to about 3.5 gs. >> sounds easy. >> yeah. it's not that hard. >> reporter: on this day, larson has a new co-pilot. >> starting to look like he's fixing to go flying. >> i need the nils shades. >> reporter: in a mission to show us how low the sonic boom can go. >> in this first round we're going to go up to about 35,000 beam. >> you're giving them the normal boom. >> right. this is the normal boom that most airplanes out there would produce today. >> reporter: back down on the ground, herring and his
microphones are listening and collecting data. >> that's supersonic. >> supersonic right now. >> so we've just completed the normal boom. we're about to try the low sonic booms. >> reporter: but to execute the low boom maneuver, larson must first climb to 49,000 feet. >> so when he in verted and went down and came back up. >> yep. that's exactly it. >> reporter: a few seconds later, back on the ground. herring's information showed a reduction. back then it was obviously a huge deal to go supersonic. now we do it daily. i'm still part of that team going out there doing supersonic research, so that's pretty cool. >> the plan is to use flights like this to get more data and
feedback. nasa will use that in the newly designed planes when they start flying. unlike our flight, that plane will not have to go inverteted a 49,000 feet and then dive straight down. it will create a low boom by flying level and very, very fast. >> compare this to nothing experience you've done in the past. >> nothing like it. nothing like it. just because you're at 49,000 feet and we're spinning over and then you're diving straight down 20,000 feet in 15 seconds or so. >> better you than me. >> and coming straight back up that i'm so jealous, so jealous. >> next time. >> great piece. >> love it. love it. all right. ahead, this morning's other headlines, a tumble that left ed sheeran injured. and how to avoid being
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♪ ♪ welcome back to "cbs this morning." here is a look at some of the this morning's headlines from around the globe. the washington post reports army sergeant bowe bergdahl just pleaded guilty in his desertion case. in 2009, he walk ed away from his post in afghanistan and was captured by the taliban. bergdahl was held for five years before he was released in a prisonr swap, a misbehavior charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison. usa today reports colin kaepernick filed a collusion grievance against the nfl. he remains unsigned because team owners colluded after his protest during the national anthem, the nfl players union supports the grievance. last year kaepernick sat and then knelt during the national anthem to bring attention to racial inequality. the wall street journal
reports on companies rushing to find healthier substitutes for sugar. problems arise when sugar is removed from products, because sugar functions as a preservative. it also affects the texture and overall volume of food. and after finding an alternative, companies can face cost and supply constraints, plus regulatory hurdles for artificial sweeteners. news this morning, britain's independent reports on how ed sheeran was injured in a bicycle accident. he posted a picture of his arm in a cast on instagram, he was reportedly knocked off his bike. sheeran said he had a bit of a bicycle accident and is waiting on some medical advice. he also said the accident may affect some of his upcoming shows in asia. we have seen tom hanks play a giant piano in the movie "big," but now he's focused on the keys of a much smaller machine. ahead, the actor shares how he found inspiration from typewriters for his debut book. inspiration from typewriters in his debut book.
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fire" is 65-perc burned more than this is a kpix 5 morning update. good morning. it is 7:56 am. cal fire says the atlas fire is 65% contained. it has burned more than 51,000 acres so far and 300 homes. some evacuees are getting the green light to go home. still evacuations remain in place for the highlands and circle oaks. nearly 11,000 firefighters are battling fires across the state. about a dozen fire engines from utah started the journey to california to fight the northern california fires. overall, crews from 17 states have helped. we will have traffic and weather in just a moment.
oakville road. major injuries reported and lots of activity in and around the area. you can expect possible closures as you work your way through. highway 29 near oakville. bay bridge is busy, westbound slow and go into san francisco. 24 minutes, from the 201 into the city. we have an accident right at the main, a couple of cars tangled up. it was the right shoulder but it looks like one hour from the bridge to the maze, 880 northbound now looking better through oakland. look at the sunrise over the bay bridge. we have the clouds making for a gorgeous morning across the san francisco. temperatures a little chilly, upper 40s, mid-50s for oakland and concorde. temperatures will be on the rise, near 90s today, and the areas where the fires are burning. winds will be calm and rain chances are coming up and later on this week, starting
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o'donnell and alex wagner. gayle is off. a federal whistleblower is asking why congress passed a bill by unanimous consent with no objections to limit the drug enforcement administration's power to fight opioid abuse. former dea employees tell "60 minutes" and "the washington post" that a new law is making the opioid epidemic worse. >> this map shows drug overdose deaths in the united states in 1999. it looks like this in 2015 as the number of opioid-related deaths quadrupled. the new law deals with drug distributors who ship pain pills from manufacturers to drugstores. republican members of congress -- republican member of congress tom marino and marcia blackburn promoted it as a way to ensure patients had access to the medication they need. former dea official john renizizi told bill whittaker the law made it hard to stop from
sending prescription drugs to bad pharmacies and doctor's offices. >> i don't understand why congress would pass a bill that strips us of our authority in the height of an opioid epidemic in places like congressman marino's districts and congressman blackburn's district. why are these people sponsoring bills when people in their back yards are dying from drugs that are coming from the same people that these bills are protecting. >> why do you think that is? >> because i think that the drug industry, the manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and chain drugstores have an influence over congress that has never been seen before, and these people came in with their influence and their money and got a whole statute changed because they didn't like it. >> seven months after the bill became law, congressman marino's pointman on the legislation, his chief of staff bill ty, became a lobbyist for the national association of chain drug
stores. since the crackdown on the distributors began, the pharmaceutical industry and law firms that represent them have hired at least 46 investigators, attorneys and supervisors from the dea, including 32 directly from the division that regulates the drug industry. mike gill, chief of staff for the dea administrator, was hired by hdjn, one of the country's largest health care law firms. and most recently, jason hadges, a senior dea attorney overseeing enforcement cases during the slowdown, joined the pharmaceutical and regulatory divisi division of dc-based law firm of hogan lovell. he declined to speak with us. >> democratic senator claire mccaskill says she will introduce a bill today to repeal the enforcement restrictions that took effect last year. dihip pain pillsth drug from manufacturers to drug stores. republican members of congress
tom marino and marcia blackburn promoted it as a way to ensure patients had access to medication they needed. former dea official told bill whittaker the law made it hard to stop prescription drugs from being shipped to bad pharmacies and doctor's office. coauthor his paper on the joint investigation with "60 minutes" and joins us from washington. good morning, lenny. an incredible piece in "the post" and on "60 minutes" to read the whole thing. you talked to a who-year dea veteran who said this was a business plan. are these drug distributors complicit in this epidemic? >> well, they certainly have been caught numerous times over and over and over again not reporting suspicious orders of these opioid pain pills from doctors and pharmacies. that is the law. they must report those things. they must report them to the dea
and say, hmm, this guy ordered 20,000 pills last month, now he wants 100,000 pills, we are a little worried about that. over and over and over again they did not do that and those pills found their way into the hands of users and dealers. >> the question becomes why did they not report it, right? >> right. is it because they want to make money? is it because it is too difficult for them to keep track of all of these pills? is it because they just were not geared up to do this kind can of due diligence? it doesn't really matter. the law is the law. i can't just not report my taxes because i have some reason that prohibits me from doing my taxes. you've got to do it. they've got to find a way to do it. if those pills spill out on to the street by hundreds of millions, it is their responsibility. >> this bill was written by former dea official, passed by unanimous consent of congress. what was the argument that made that happen? >> the argument that made that happen, the argument that sold this bill on capitol hill was
that legitimate pill users, legitimate pain-killer userers were not getting their drugs in an efficient manner and congressman marino and others brought it to congress and said, well, i've got all of these folks out there who do need these pills and they're not able to get them when they need them because the dea is out of control, because the dea is cracking down so hard on these distributors that folks are not getting their drugs. well, there's nothing in the law that actually changes that at all, and the evidence for that was actually sort of anecdotal. where is the evidence for the fact that these pills were ending up in the hands of dealers and users, was quite substantial. >> lenny, the dea told us only a minute fraction of the 1.7 million individuals with dea registrations are involved in the inappropriate distribution of these drugs. how impactful is that fraction? >> well, that's true, but the impact that one single fapharma
can have is enormous. as we reported and you at "60 minutes" reported you had a single pharmacy in west virginia that put millions of pills on a street in a town of several hundred people. two pharmacies in sanford, florida in the time frame before 2012 that put millions of pills on the street by themselves, and the underground network gets to know where these pharmacies are and people come from far and wide, from appalachia all the way to florida, from ohio, and they get those pills. if you have a rogue doctor or a rogue pharmacist, the impact is enormous. >> what's been the response to the piece on "60 minutes" on sunday night and "the washington post" above-the-lead on sunday? >> we heard from the dea, we heard from the drug driistributs that have made several arguments that are true but relevant.
we will see what happens on capitol hill. >> tom marino is nominated to be the next drug czar? >> he is. we don't know what will happen there. you know, his hearing is not even set. >> lenny bernstein with "the washington post," great reporting. thanks, lenny. >> thanks so much. the senate is expected to vote this week on a budget. it is the first step toward advancing trump's tax agenda. a new cbs news poll finds 58% of americans say the tax reforms under skigs would favor the wealthy. 18 pearls say they would favor the middle class. the white house says the plan would boost average household income by $4,000 a year through corporate tax cuts. >> the president expected to meet with senate majority leader mitch mcconnell about taxes. mr. trump called today's meeting after his former chief strategist steve bannon lashed out over the weekend at mcconnell and the gop establishment rescue divers are searching for a missing diver. the platform went up in flames
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warning about fake kidnapping calls. 's when criminals lie about taking a love 1-800-and demand money. the fbi is launching an awareness campaign to fight the growing scam. anna werner is here with how they're asking for help. can't malk getting a call like this. >> we reported from people around the country who get calls from supposed kippers who call saying send the money or else. now the fbi is investigating one of the groups doing it and wants to know who else may have fallen victim to this scam. >> i don't think my adrenaline has ever been that high. >> reporter: the kidnapping calls came to a father in the dallas area. >> he told me if i dropped this call he was going to kill my son. >> reporter: and the bann area mother of this young woman. he said i have your daughter and she's in the back of my van and i'm going to kill her. >> reporter: kippdnappers calle
valerie sopel in los angeles too. >> they said, i cut after her finger. if you want the rest of her back. >> they said send money. in the meantime -- >> if you disconnect this phone, she's dead. if you don't follow exactly what i tell you, she's dead. >> reporter: she stayed on the line for over two hours and sent close to $4,000 to mexico as directed. then they hung up. her daughter hadn't been kidnapped. she was fine. but the fbi says the fake kidnappings are on the rise. >> they want you to wire money into mexico. >> reporter: tim ferguson is an fbi section chief who says those calls usually come from criminals in mexican prisons. >> are you able to track these calls back to mexico? >> yes, we have. >> reporter: they use smuggled cell phones to dial in the u.s. and make threats and prisoners'
families and friends pick up the cabe to send to money locations. >> why is it focused or cons senn traited in the prisons? >> i don't think it ee just the prison system but a large majority come from the prison systems because the individuals there don't have anything but time and they have the resources to do so. >> they've got nothing but time to make lots of phone calls. >> that's correct. >> reporter: ferguson says his agents are honing in but the fbi is asking the public to help find others by reporting any fake kidnapping calls they receive. the fbi's goal to prosecute oh fenltders, something that did happen in sobel's case. at least one woman was indicted in federal court on conspiracy to commit wire fraud. >> they're always learning and adapting and trying to figure out how to make the extortion scheme bet smaer how do you know if the call you get is a fake? the fbi says out-of-state area
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good morning. from the traffic center, let's start off with napa county. a fatal accident on highway 29 right at the oakville area. a water tanker unfortunately involved with this accident. one person is reported as a fatality. lane closures are expected around that area. >> let's go to the bay bridge was found at the toll plaza. a crash blocking one lane. a busy ride across the east shore freeway. it will take you one hour to get from the bridge to the maze. if you are going from san francisco, you will need about 25 minutes to make that portion of the drive. >> a couple split -- hotspots.
85, a crush on the center divide. a new accident at 880/280 connector. blocking one lane. 53 minutes 101, mountain view all the way to san jose. good morning. it is clear across the bay. areas where the fires are burning, not the case. we do have smoky conditions across the north bay hills. low 50s conquered. mid-50s, oakland. san francisco, 61. santa rosa, 43. temperatures on the rise. we will see temperatures around 10-14 degrees above average. near 90 across the north bay hills. that will make for a tough firefight today. but the wind is calm. 82 degrees, san francisco. pacifica, 78. 85, fremont. high-pressure today. thanks will change tomorrow. temperatures dropping off by wednesday night into thursday. rain totals could be as much as a quarter inch of rain with a storm system coming down from
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for refugees. >> "the new york times" says attorney general jeff sessions is defying his image on civil rights by helping in a transgender case. sessions sent a federal hate crimes lawyer to iowa to help prosecute a man charged with murdering a transgender high school student last year. since becoming attorney general, sessions has rolled back collective legal protections for transgender people. "the wall street journal" reports your home could soon be running on batteries. solo power and residential energy storage systems could power the batteries increase in battery use could threaten traditional utility companies who currently do not have a way to store the power they deliver. batteries could keep the power going on in a disaster and they free people from dependence on the electrical grid. "the wall street journal" reports rent the runway is offering a cheaper subscription service and in hopes of attracting fast fashion shoppers. it costs $89 a month and under the new plan, shoppers can rent four items a month. that means you could rent 48
dresses over one year. the same amount of money you could buy 33 dresses from target or two from kate spade. so, do the math. we have laid it out for you there. which would you like? >> many, many more other dresses. >> okay. and this is insider. a half dress. >> how useful is that, charlie? >> no comment there. a business insider says microsoft employees can work from tree houses. the company build three tree houses large outdoor space onz the campus near seattle. the work areas feature wi fi and benches with plugs. one meeting room looks like a hobbit house. microsoft hopes the tree houses will improve, creativity, focus and hobbit strategy. >> scott kelly embarked on a historic in addition 2015. >> ramping up. >> and liftoff.
the year in space starts now. kelly on his way towards the international space station. >> scott kelly blasted into orbit to begin the record setting 340-day mission to help study effects of long term space flight on the human body. >> kelly worked on more than 400 studies during his time on the international space station. he conducted three space walks before returning to earth in march 2016. kelly has since retired as an astronaut. his new book "endurance: a year in space, a lifetime of discovery," reflects on his time with nasa and famous mission. scott kelly, good morning. >> good morning. >> what is the most significant impact on you? >> well, i mean personally, i think it's more of an impact on just how this overall experience has changed me. i think for the better. when we spend time away from earth and have this, you know, orbital perspective, it makes us more paem thetic. >> wiser how it fits into a
larger picture? >> exactly. it was a real privilege to do this and have this experience. >> did you come back shorter? >> i stretched. i stretched a little bit. but then i immediately sh rufrpg back down. my brother pointed that out to me. >> you're back down to earth. >> back to normal 6'6." >> explain that. because part of the thing they measure your telemeters which elongated which scientists say are a sign of longevity. what does that tell us about the science of human body, about longevity, all those things? >> that was an interesting experiment, a genetic experiment. the hypothesis is me income space, radiation, challenging living and working environment would affect my telemeters which is an indication of our age in a negative way. then when the results are the exact opposite of what you expect, it's really interesting experiment. and i don't think it means that
space is going to be a fountain of youth. but there is definitely more to investigate there. >> it is because of gravity, radiation -- >> mate i be the clean living in space. >> speaking of that. what were you most excited about to have when you came home? >> you know, being around people that i care about and love. the weather. >> hamburgers that stayed on the plate as opposed to floating. >> you know, floating makes most things challenging. i think in space we don't have a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. people crave that kind of thing. >> when you write in the book when you first arrived on the space station for nearly a year long mission, you write "it occurs to me for a moment that this might be one of the stupidest things i've ever done." talk about the apprehension. >> i've been there for 159 days just four years previously. so when i got onboard the place looks the same, smells the same, sounded the same and this is day
one and i'm thinking, man, i got a long road ahead of me. >> the monotony of space. which was harder though, the psychological or the physiological? >> absolutely the psychological part of it. you know, just being isolated. being separated from my family. my big concern was always not for my own physical safety but something happening to somebody i care about on the ground which i experienced on my previous mission when my sister-in-law was shot. >> is nasa back in the sense? we had this thing trying to develop supersonic speed, claim theg can fly at supersonic speed without the noise. they talk about landing on the moon in 2030. they can do that. you believe they can do that? >> oh, absolutely. absolutely believe that we have, you know -- >> i mean mars, not the moon. >> without a doubt. >> and coming back to? >> yeah, absolutely. you know, i'll steal something my brother often says. he says it's not about going to mars is not about rocket
science, it's about political science. which is getting the toll send the money to go there. >> absolutely. yes. >> you trained with the russian space program as well as u.s. space program. what are the differences between the two? >> there's a lot. but they've been great colleagues. they actually have to do a lot with less funding. they don't have the same source of funneleding that we do in our space program. but they've been great partners. that's what makes space and the space station so great. one of the things is that it's the international partnership where countries are sometimes at odds with each other and enemies can work together on something collaborative that benefits us all. >> you have been in space for the last time? >> i hope not. but likely, you know, unless we get a pretty good stream of commercial flights going. >> we may have. not from nasa, but from private. >> absolutely. if i ever flew again, it would be there. >> you said that it gave you a different feeling about how
we -- a small part of a larger universe. how does that affect your dafr life? >> i think it makes you more of an environmentalist looking at the planet. it makes you more of a kind of a humanist. you know, looking out at 7 1/2 billion people on earth. no political borders. and then just hearing all the news that, you know, happens on this planet, on a daily basis. mostly bad news. talking to the choir here. >> yeah. >> but it really changes you and makes you more empathetic. >> so we should send world leaders to space? >> yeah. we need those lessons back on earth. >> interestingly enough, my russian colleague says that if we want to solve problems between russia and the united states, we should just send our two presidents o space for a year. >> i'm sure they would -- he's going to get in trouble now for that. >> i didn't say it. >> that was misha. >> you didn't take it was a bad idea though. >> scott kelly, thank you for your time. welcome back to terra firma. >> thank you. "endurance" goes on sale tomorrow. tom hanks has a collection of
floor. and the telephone system blew too. amazingly enough -- >> tom hanks had his finger tips on the cutting edge of technology in the 1998 movie "you got mail." but his real passion lies in typewriters. cbs sunday morning spoke with the academy award winner about how a love of old typewriters inspired hanks to write his first book, "uncommon type". >> isn't that a fine, manly typewriter? >> whether tom hanks who collects only typewriters as a hobby, suggested that i might be a little cooler if i owned one too, who am i to say no? >> you wanted the perfect typewriter that would last forever that would be a great conversation piece, i'd say get the smith corona clipper. that will be a satisfying typing experience as you'll ever have. >> i was sold. that corona clipper now sits in
my office. i'm looking at this and i have to say, got it. got it. got it. got it. got it. got it. >> hanks himself owns more than 100 vintage typewriters and he knows as much about them as the good folks here at grammar typewriter in new york city. >> this is the typewriter that got man to the moon. it redefined what a typewriter was. >> he's even created a typewriter app. he calls it hanks writer. it's as quanlt as it is fun but it certainly takes some skill. there is, perhaps, no greater evidence of hank's love of typewriters than the fact he named his book after them. "uncommon type." a collection of 17 short stories. his first attempt at moving from actor to author. >> pretty scared? >> no. yeah. >> it's you. >> it's me. >> there's no romantic meeting at the top of the empire state
building. but he does write some lovely tales about romance and heartache nonetheless. ♪ >> there is no boy trapped in a man's body. but there is a story about a boy in a sportscar. >> this is from a special weekend. and the driveway was an actual sportscar, red, two seater with wire wheels. the wood panels was like furniture. the seats smelled like leather baseball mitts. the red circle in the middle of the steering wheel said fiat. that's right. fiat. >> hanks always loved the promise of the future. ♪ he's too young to have attended the world's fair but he wish he could have. >> there was such a huge great faith in man's capabilities of improving the world. and i just thought that's right down my alley, man. >> so he wrote about a man who time travelled his way back
there, thanks to money earned off inventing a gadget that only hafrp hanks could imagine. >> was that a fun one to right? >> yes. >> the words you get to use. the invention. i have to read it. the shuffle access digital valve relay, that's an invention. >> yeah. >> means nothing to me. >> means nothing at all. there are a couple in the cameras and in the phone that you are carrying around right now. >> i can sit around and come up with names like that all the time. that's a dense, dense solid, solid machine. >> in case you're wondering, no, he didn't write the book on a typewriter. but he's woven a typewriter in every story. an easter egg as he calls it for the reader to find. >> it helps me formulate oddly enough, formulate each story. zbh really? >> yeah. >> because each typewriter had a personality to it? >> exactly. i have three or four of this actual olympia. >> do you really? >> yeah. i mean look at how beautiful it
is. >> he said he still uses one of mt typewriters almost every day. even if it's just for a grocery list. they are not only a touch stone to the past, he says, but an invitation to sit down at the keys and let his mind and his fingers wander. >> if i see enough stories around and start asking enough questions about where it would go, then, yeah, i hope to write more. >> we hope so too. >> there you go, kid. >> cbs this morning, lee cowan, new york. >> and it only cost you $973 in cash. am i wrong? >> that's terrific. >> i love the sound. >> always intrigued by what people collect. >> what do you collect, charlie? >> nothing particularly. >> okay. >> stories. >> stories and questions and great interviews. >> exactly. great interviews. i haven't read the book yet. i'm looking forward to it. >> neither have i. that was a great intriguing piece. >> yes. very much so. all right. when the largest gold mine in north america
good morning. i'm michelle griego. the latest on the wine country fires. the fires are linked to the deaths of at least 40 people. another 174 people are still unaccounted for. or the and 200,000 acres to more than to hundred thousand acres have been burned. the good news, containment is increasing. right now cal fire says the atlas fire in napa and sonoma county is 65% contained. it has burned 51,000 acres and 300 homes. some evacuees are getting the green light to go back home. still evacuations remain in place for aryans -- for areas of the highlands. stay with us.
good morning from the traffic center. let's see the accident on 237. major delays on westbound 237. right at the 101 connector. one lane is blocked for this accident. very slow coming away from 880. from 880 over to 101, 30 minutes for the drivetime. west on 80 at the toll plaza, at the bay bridge, a crash clearing over to the left shoulder. a busy morning at the bridge.
accidents and speeds down to three miles an hour. basically a parking lot as you work your way out of oakland and into san francisco to the maze. coming off the bridge will take some time as well. reports of a broken down vehicle on the san mateo bridge. 880 over to 101 is a 38 minute ride. smokies guys out there. getting a north wind. that will impact the smoke and haze. air quality is in the moderate to unhealthy range for some. we do have a spare the air alert today. when the wind direction shifts, we have the onshore flow which will help clear the air a little bit and push some smoke further east instead of south which is what it is doing now. the temperatures today are going to be hot. santa rosa, 89. napa, 88. near 90 for many inland neighborhoods. 82 will be the height and san francisco. at the beach, 78. pacifica as well. coming up, wednesday, thursday and friday, a chance of rain. a quarter inch of rain.
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