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allen and veronica are back in 30 minutes. >> see you then. ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> we truly regret any additional pain this has caused. >> glor: the f.b.i. admits it's iiled to act on a tip that might have prevented the florida shooting. and new video appears to show a calm suspect just minutes after the attack. also tonight, 13 russians are charged with meddling in the ins. elections. d the defendants allegedly conducted what they called "information warfare against the united states." >> glor: a report just in on this scary flu season. there is good and bad news. >> ready? go! >> show-off! >> glor: the superhero breaking a racial barrier. >> it's okay to be proud to be african. you should be proud to be african. >> glor: and steve hartman with toe king of postcards. >> reporter: but that sounds boring. >> glor: no, it's fascinating. >> ( laughs )
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this is the "cbs evening news" with jeff glor. >> glor: and this is our western edition. good evening. we're going to begin tonight in south florida where president trump is there meeting with doctors and nurses who are taking care of the injured in the school shooting in parkland. >> they have done an incredible job. the doctor was amazing. he saw numerous people, and incredible recovery. incredible. and first responders, everybody, the job they've done is incredible, and i want to congratulate them. incredible job. >> glor: later the president went to the broward county sheriff's office to thank first responders there. the f.b.i. admitted today it made what turned out to be a
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colossal mistake in the weeks leading up to the deadly attack. the wiewro failed to follow up on a tip it got 40 days before the shooting, a tip that might have prevented the attack. florida's governor is calling on y.e director of the f.b.i. to resign. manuel bojorquez. >> reporter: well, jeff, the f.b.i. said that tip came from someone close to the shooting suspect, and it wasn't the first time someone tried to warn the agency about nikolas cruz. ave and a half weeks before akolas cruz allegedly gunned down 17 people at stoneman douglas high, the f.b.i. says it received a tip at a west virginia call center about the suspect's gun ownership, desire to kill people, and the potential of him conducting a school shooting. the di the miami field office for follow-up. alw the attorney general wants a review of the failure, and a orida governor rick scott is folling for f.b.i. director, christopher wray, to resign. miami f.b.i. agent-in-charge rob lasky. what would you say to people who
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believe the f.b.i. missed a mance to prevent this tragedy? >> the potential of the f.b.i. to miss something is always there. we will be looking into where and how if something-- the protocol broke down, and we will come back stronger than we ever were before. >> reporter: it was the second time the f.b.i. received a tip. ote other in november about a youtube comment from a user with the suspect's name. be aid, "i'm going to be a professional school shooter." the agency said it could not determine where it came from. >> looking back, looking back. >> reporter: after wednesday's shooting, surveillance video from 3:01 p.m., when the f.b.i. says cruz walked into a scdonald's restaurant, appears to show his calm demeanor in the parking lot. it was captured on this jewish r'mily center's camera. >> watching this tragedy unfold, it just struck me how a person t uld do the most horrific deed of killing people and casually walk down the street. >> reporter: broward county sheriff's records also reveal 20
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calls for service during past few years over disturbances involving cruz and his younger brother. er september 2016, sheriffs responding to a call were met by heuz's mother and a therapist who said, he suffered from mental illness and had been cutting his arms to get attention. on top of that, he had mentioned in the past that he would like to purchase a firearm. o uz was also reportedly part of an air rifle marksmanship program, supported by an n.r.a. grant. the first of the funerals were alld today for two of the victims, and school officials here say that one of the buildings behind me where the shooting happened will be torn down. jeff. >> glor: manny, thank you very much. cbs news did reach out to the f.b.i. today. we were told by-- that the bureau receives by phone and email more than 1,000 tips a e y, more than 360,000 a year, td only about two dozen employees to handle them. each day, about 100 tips are deemed actionable, which requires a follow-up by agents.
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the mueller investigation of election tampering has led to the first indictment of russians today. more than a dozen are charged with conspiracy to tamper with ele election process to undermine confidence in u.s. democracy. there is no allegation anyone in the trump campaign was involved. justice and homeland security ndrrespondent jeff pegues has details of today's indictment now. jeff. >> reporter: jeff, what we've enown about russian interference in the 2016 election has come mostly from intelligence agencies focused on national security. today, the justice department made clear that this is a criminal matter as well. >> the defendants allegedly thnducted what they called "information warfare against the united states." >> reporter: deputy attorney general rod rosenstein said the russian goal was simple: >> to promote discord in the united states and undermine public confidence in democracy. >> reporter: prosecutors say the operation began two years before the 2016 presidential election.
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o was run out of this nondescript building in st. petersburg, russia. the 37-page indictment charges 13 russian nationals and three russian companies with spending more than $1.2 million every month on the operation. it typically looked like this-- online posts attacking hillary clinton, boosting bernie sanders, and then-candidate donald trump. early on, ted cruz and marco rubio were also targets. the court documents allege the russian operatives were specifically "instructed to use any opportunity to criticize hillary and the rest, except renders and trump. we support them." the investigators believe the russian campaign also aimed to suppress the vote. an instagram message from a fake group called "woke blacks": they advised against voting for either party's nominee. "we cannot resort to the lesser of two devils." it said.
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"then we'd surely be better off without voting at all." the indictment also alleges that some members of the trump campaign unwittingly retweeted some of the russian content. but rosenstein emphasized the indictment does not allege that any american had a role in the operation. >> there is no allegation in this indictment that any american had any knowledge, and nye nature of the scheme was that the defendants took artraordinary steps to make it appear that they were ordinary anerican political activists. >> reporter: the russian businessman charged with running sse operation scoffed at the indictment today, calling the americans "very impressionable people," and saying, "if they want to see the devil, let them see." the indictment doesn't carry any weight in russia, and it is unlikely that the suspects will be extradited here to the u.s. to stand trial. rosenstein also made the point today that the indictment does tt allege the russian influence operation altered the results of the election. jeff. >> glor: jeff pegues, thank you very much, from our d.c. mreau. fran townsend was a homeland iscurity adviser for president
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george w. bush, and is now our cbs news senior national security analyst. paula reid in washington is our justice reporter. paula, let me start with you and ame reaction to this. jeff mentioned it's unlikely they'll ever be extradited, so what are the immediate legal consequences here? >> reporter: that's right. don't expect any arrests any hame soon. the russian government is highly unlikely to arrest or extradite any of these people. st what this indictment does is that it gives very specific pltails about how the russians meddled in the election and what crimes were committed under u.s. law. >> glor: all right, so, fran, the indictment doesn't mention the russian government, but in your estimation, it's hard to believe there's not some sort of link. >> no, look at the size. when you look at this, the number of people involved, the number of shell companies involved, the amount of money oat this took. i mean, this was a very elaborate influence, covert action influence scheme, and it's impossible to think that this would have not-- the blessing and direction would not
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have come from the kremlin and the top of the russian government. >> glor: and so, paula, immediately, if this doesn't dan very much legally, what mees it mean longer term, then, potentially in the context of the investigation? >> reporter: well, the investigation continues to move forward, and mueller continues to gather evidence about any financial transactions between the trump campaign and russia. he's also talking to witnesses about this question of obstruction of justice. now, just to give you a sense, earlier this week, he spoke with former chief strategist steve stnnon, and just yesterday they interviewed former legal team spokesman mark corallo. so despite the claims from the white house that this is all wrapping up soon, we know that this investigation and the trials they need to put on, that's going to last well into this year, and probably into next. >> glor: and, fran, quickly, to you before we go here, regarding the indictment, you zeroed in on this. there's an unidentified american listed. >> that's right, jeff. everybody should assume that that unidentified american is
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,ooperating with bob mueller, gobably has taken a guilty plea-- it may or may not be sealed. whd the question is what does that unidentified american know about any connection to either political campaign here in the united states, specifically, the erump campaign. ai glor: this was someone believed to be directly helping whoever was in russia. >> that's right, because they wanted them to target purple states, the swing states. g at's why i say it was quite deliberate, and this individual is key to understanding what other americans may have been involved in this. >> glor: all right, fran townsend, our national security analyst, and paula reid in washington. thanks to both of you. we're going to stay in go ington and go to chip reid now at the white house. chip, there was white house reaction today to all of this. what was it? as reporter: well, jeff, the president is treating this as vindication of what he's been saying all along. so, first, let's take a listen back to what he has been saying about the russia investigation. >> they've had this phony cloud over this administration, over our government. this entire thing has been a witch hunt. everybody knows it. that was a democrat hoax. it was an excuse for losing the election.
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>> reporter: and in a tweet reday, the president said, "russia started their anti-u.s. campaign in 2014, long before i announced that i would run for president. the results of the election were not impacted. the trump campaign did nothing wrong. no collusion." and in a statement from press secretary sarah sanders today, the president said, "it's time we stop the outlandish partisan attacks, wild and false allegations and farfetched theories." but, jeff, keep in mind, this is still relatively early in the russia investigation. >> glor: chip, also, chief of staff, john kelly, today, addressed some of the issues serrounding security clearances at the white house following the resignation of rob porter. what happened? >> reporter: that's right. well he put out a five-page memo titled "improvements to the clearance process." now, earlier in the week, when kelly was asked if anything , ould have been done differently in this case he said, "no, it was all done ight." but on the first page of this memo he says, "we should and in the future must do better." and one surprising comment, he
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says, that in the past reports of domestic abuse were not considered automatic disqualifiers for employment or a security clearance. he says that needs to be "modernized." jeff. >> glor: all right, chip reid at the white house. chip, thank you very much. >> glor: we're getting new details about a powerful earthquake that shook mexico, 7.2, centered 150 miles east of acapulco. it shook the capital mexico city. people raced out of the buildings and into the streets. mexico is frequently hit by earthquakes. last year a magnitude 7.1 killed more than 300 people. flming up ex on coming up next here on the "cbs evening news," the latest numbers on this year's deadly flu epidemic. dr. jon lapook is here. omere is some bad news and some atmbers that just came in. also some encouraging news, and dr. lapook is going to talk about that next. and and dr. lapook is going to talk about that next.
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lot here about how bad the flu season is this year, and this week, the c.d.c. reported 22 more children have died, 84 so far this season. our chief medical correspondent dr. jon lapook joins us with more on all of this right now. jon, first of all, what do you make of the latest numbers you've seen, and where are we in the flu season now? >> reporter: well, they're disturbing numbers, of course, but we may be seeing a glimpse of the beginning of the ends of thu season, right? if you compare this season to the one three years ago when we had that same nasty h3n2 strain that's such a problem this year, by this time, back then, three years ago, we saw the numbers going up and then coming down. but this season, the numbers went up and up and up, and finally this week they started to level off. what that means say leveling off of the number of emergency room mesits for flu, and, finally, the percentage of death from influenza have just started to drop. they've gone down a little bit. and the bottom line here is there is still at least eight heeks left to the influenza asason. the c.d.c. is saying make sure you get the flu shot.
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re glor: we saw that number from a canadian study saying that the flu may have been only effective 17% of the time in one strain. the numbers here that you're getting at better than. in reporter: they're still not as good as we want them to be. jeff, in kids under the age of nine, almost two-thirds of the kids who got the vaccine were protected against influenza. >> glor: a lot of it depends on how old you are in terms of effectiveness. >> reporter: under the age of nine is when it was most effective. >> glor: the other question here which has been talked about a great deal and i believe you think should be, is the potential for this universal vaccine and how far away we enght be. is eporter: that's huge, okay. so what's the problem with the flu vaccine? the problem is the flu virus itself, every single year changes. so every single year we have to make a new batch of flu vaccine and everybody has to get it every year. well, they've done some research to find a part of the flu virus that doesn't change. and so they're making a vaccine against that part that doesn't change.
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and the potential is you'd only have to get one shot every several years, and, of course, it could be much more effective. >> glor: but we don't know how far away that was. >> reporter: i spoke to anthony keuci, the headline of vaccine favelopment for the national lostitutes of health, and he said it could be within five years. >> glor: and that would be an enormous step forward. >> reporter: think about it, >>ff. we could stockpile a vaccine and it would be more effective. we wouldn't have to change it year after year. it changes, we change. it changes, we change. >> glor: all right, doctor, thanks very much. up next here, a superhero with a powerful message for a lot of kids. powerful message for a lot of powerful message for a lot of kids. and if i can get comfortable talking about this kiester, then you can get comfortable using preparation h. for any sort of discomfort in yours. preparation h. get comfortable with it. coaching means making tough choices. jim! you're in! but when you have high blood pressure and need cold medicine that works fast, the choice is simple. coricidin hbp is the #1 brand that gives powerful cold symptom relief
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veteran police officers. an overflow crowd of police officers from around the country paid their respects. officers eric gerring and anthony morelli was gunned down last saturday while responding to a domestic dispute. they returned fire, wounding the duspect. one of the most eagerly anticipated movies in a while opened today. "black panther" is the first superhero movie to feature a rsttly black cast. it raked in more than $25 orllion in thursday previews. "cbs this morning" gayle king spoke with the director, 31- year-old ryan coogler. o> reporter: what is the message meu want to send to young black dsds who are seeing this? i> i mean, i think-- i mean, number one, is to give them a good time at the movies. nu reporter: yes. mission accomplished. >> a lot of times that's overlooked, the value of being able to go to a movie with your iriends, watch something for two and a half hours and coming out rs aing exhilarated and the next day at school pretending to be the characters, drawing the
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baracters, dressing up as them for halloween. a lot of that is overlooked. tor me it was about my own realization it's okay to be proud to be african. you should be proud to be african. everybody should be proud of their own heritage, but oupecially us. >> reporter: at the end of the day you said it. you said, "i just want to make a good movie." >> that's all and that's so difficult to do to be able to accomplish that and that's enough, i think. >> glor: love that quote. you can see gayle's entire interview with ryan coogler this isnday on the cbs news. and steve hartman is next with a serial snail mailer. [ dog groans ] [ coughs and sneezes ] nothing relieves more symptoms than alka seltzer plus maximum strength liquid gels.
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ha glor: steve hartman's been "on the road" for years, and we finally got a postcard. >> reporter: generally speaking, postcards are for braggarts. write what you will, but the core message is always the same, "i'm on vacation. l,u're not. nah-nah. wish you were here." dn'they really wished you were there, they wouldn't have left you behind. vt in valdosta, georgia, we found a man who is bringing a certain sincerity to the petty postcard. his campaign started in 1995. david lasseter had just dropped off his oldest daughter at egllege. she was going to notre dame, and he was going to mush. >> because i cried from south bend, indiana, to elizabethtown, kentucky, with the whole family in the car when i left her. cd i missed her. >> reporter: so that night he sent her a postcard. >> and then, why quit? nd teporter: just as he has done virtually every day since for all four of his kids. , y day they're not with him, he
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sends cards, nearly 20,000 over 20 years. his daughter, sarah, who lives in savannah, georgia, has actually saved them all on strings, in racks, and crammed in cabinets. >> there's nothing i love more than just a picture of a e ilding. >> reporter: and almost every card is unique. er he'll mail anything. >> reporter: on front and back. >> uncle ben's rice box. >> reporter: what did he find to say? >> there's a whole lot of talk about gardening and football. >> reporter: apologies to your dad, but that sounds boring. >> ( laughs ) >> reporter: i mean, come on. >> "i need a hard lace-up shoe." >> reporter: who really cares what happened at the podiatrist? >> he taped my foot and said for me to wear my shoes all the time. >> i don't even know if they read the cards anymore. >> reporter: and he doesn't mind if they don't. david says this was never about conveying new information. neis was always about repeating the same message over and over and over again. >> when i'm gone, they'll know their daddy loved them. >> reporter: i think they know that now.
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>> you know, life gets tough, and it's nice to know somebody loves you, no matter what. >> reporter: a good reminder, after this week, especially, to tell your kids you love them as daily and creatively as you possibly can. steve hartman, "on the road," in valdosta, georgia. >> glor: yup, after this week, especially. that is the "cbs evening news' tonight. the news continues now on our 24-hour streaming news service cbsn. i'm jeff glor. good night. -h good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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and the claim that tech is taking over the city. good evening, >> kpix5 news begins with opposition to google's megaplans for san jose. an the claim that tech is taking over the city. good evening, i'm veronica de la cruz. >> and i'm allen martin. opposition to google's megacampus for san jose is loud, but it turns out not everyone thinks it's a bad idea. our exclusive kpix5 survey usa poll shows a majority of voter ins the city think the google development could be a good thing. 31% say it will be bad. of the folks who think it is bad, 40% say they are worried about dramatic increases in housing costs. 29% are concerned about traffic congestion. others complain the deal is shrouded in secrecy. len ramirez asked the mayor about it. >> reporter: i did speak with the mayor this afternoon. he did sign a nondisclosure
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agreement with google and says he has done similar ndas with companies like apple when they talked about land deals. they had no impact on the public land deal that went before the city this week. the $67 million deal for parcels in downtown san jose. but, there may be a problem with the optics of this whole thing. >> our kids not just tech controlled but tech enabled. >> reporter: we followed the mayor with a city wide program to teach them how to write computer code in preparation for google. talks in san jose began a year- and-a-half ago. he said it was a routine step to prevent artificially inflated land prices. >> during the time, the question is, is someone going to leak to specklor

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