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captioning sponsored by cbs >> glor: on the "cbs evening news" this thursday, an on-board warning system might have prevented two deadly plane crashes. why neither of the jets had it. >> boeing under increasing pressure. >> justice department prosecutors have issued multiple subpoenas. >> what does boeing know? when did they know it? who did they tell about it or not tell about it? >> the head of the united states marine corps says the deployment of troops to the southern border poses an unacceptable risk to military redness. -- readiness. >> as the floodwaters slowly recede for now in nebraska and iowa, people who live further downstream are watching the mighty missouri with nervous eyes. >> new crash test ratings for
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pick-up trucks. toyota tundra. >> the honda ridgeline is the top safety pick. >> glor: and less than a week after the mosque attacks, new zealand adopts strict new gun control laws. >> the time for the easy availability of these weapons must end. >> glor: good evening. i'm jeff glor. we're going to begin tonight with changes being made by boeing amid increasing questions about how a 737 max 8 jet was certified to fly. 346 people were killed when two of the jets crashed less than six months apart. turns out boeing offered a warning system for a price that might have helped prevent the crashes. neither jet had it. kris van cleave is on this story. >> reporter: more than a week into the grounding of the 737 max, the focus is increasingly on boeing. sources tell cbs news the fraud unit at the department of justice subpoenaed document,
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records, and data relating to the 737 max approval process. david gomez is a retired f.b.i. executive with experience in crash investigations. >> these kind of cases hinge on what did boeing know and when did they know it and who did they tell about it or not tell about it. >> reporter: the safety assessment boeing gave the f.a.a. is likely to be a target of investigators. the "seattle times" reported the assessment appeared the downplay the operation of the anti-stall system believed to have repeatedly pushed the nose down on a lion air 737 max that crashed in october. >> if there is any kind of documentation that they knew there was a problem and either didn't resolve it to the satisfaction of the f.a.a. or didn't reveal that, that could put them in jeopardy in terms of a possible criminal violation. >> reporter: boeing has been making test flights to evaluate to install to fix the max, and charge airlines for a warning light that would alert pilots to a censor malfunction like the one believed to have set off the lion air accident.thiopian
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and lion air pilots didn't have the warning because their airlines would have had to pay for it on a plane that has a list price of about $120 million. and airline sources tell us while they have to negotiate for the price, it's about $80,000 a plane for that indicator light. now, ethiopian investigators are pledging to speed up their inquiry and release a preliminary report on flight 302 in eight to ten days. jeff. >> glor: to reiterate, $120 million plane, we're talking about an $80,000 feature that was optional that might have prevented these crashes. kris van cleave, thank you. a warning tonight from the top marine general. he says that combat readiness has been hurt in part by troop deployments at the southern border as well as two recent hurricanes. david martin has this story. >> reporter: the memo from marine corps come dont general
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robert neller lists nine factors posing unacceptable risk to marine corps combat readiness and solvency. two of them involve president trump's use of the military to clamp down on illegal immigration. sending troops to the border and building the wall. coming on top of $3.5 billion in damages to marine bases from hurricanes michael and florence, the president's staunch what he calls an invasion have contributed to what neller calls "rapidly accelerating risks." last month when the president declared the emergency in order to take $6 billion from the pentagon budget to pay for the wall, he says the generals he consulted did not raise objections. >> a they think this is far more important than what they were going to use it for. i said, what were you going to use it for. i won't go into details, but it didn't sound too important to me. >> reporter: the marines, which are the smallest service, would probably lose the least amount of money, but in hise
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back marine participation in four exercises as well as reduce maintenance for combat equipment. he added a longer list of exercises that would have to be canceled if he doesn't get budget help. he warned the lost training will degrade the combat readiness and effectiveness of the marine corps as well as have negative impacts on other countries scheduled to take part in those exercises. the border is not the only cause of the marine corps budget crisis, but this memo provides ammunition to democrats like senator richard durbin, who asked: when will the president wake up and put the u.s. military over his campaign promises? jeff? >> glor: all right, david martin at the pentagon tonight. david, thank you very much. the man who sent homemade bombs to hillary clinton, joe biden, and others pleaded guilty to criminal charges today. cesar sayoc sobbed in court and apologized. none of his bombs exploded. sayoc was living out of a fan in
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florida when he was arrested last fall. he faces life in prison. president trump today upended five decades of u.s. policy with a surprise tweet saying it is time for the united states to fully recognize israel's sovereignty over the golan heights. that is one of the world's most. margaret brennan has details on this. >> thank you, america. thank you. >> reporter: prime minister benjamin netanyahu in the midst of a tough reelection fight thanked president trump for declaring the territory seized from syria after the 1967 war a permanent part of israel. this afternoon the president explained his decision. >> i have been thinking about doing it for a long time. it's been a very hard decision for every president. no president has done it. >> it's not about netanyahu's reelection? >> i wouldn't even know about that. >> reporter: today's u.s. recognition did not change anything on the ground. the u.n. has policed the territory, whi i sle
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thousands of syrians still live there. but the decision is a win for netanyahu just 19 days ahead of the election. he's under pressure as he faces a possible criminal indictment on charges of bribery and corruption. netanyahu has sought to capitalize on his close relationship with mr. trump, even featuring who have cheered the administration's decisions to pull out of the iran nuclear deal and move the u.s. embassy to jerusalem. today secretary of state mike pompeo delivered a further boost as he became the highest-ranking u.s. official to tour the western wall alongside the prime minister, yet another disputeed site. now, making policy decisions in a way that could affect the outcome of the u.s. allies election is questionable for many diplomats, but the decision itself is popular with president trump's own evangelical supporters. prime minister netanyahu will also visit the white house next
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week. jeff? >> glor: margaret brennan, thank you very much. government scientists wned today spring floods could impact nearly two-thirds of the country by the end of may. 200 million . areas along the missouri river may not dry out for months. don dahler is on the river tonight in atchison, kansas. don? report hello, jeff. at 2,300 miles, the missouri is america's longest river, and these days it is also the widest by far as levees continue to fail. in fact, there was a failure, a collapse just a little while ago across the river from us that flooded the fields beyond and forced officials to order the closure of the amelia earhart bridge out of fear that the highway leading into it could soon become inundated. they have also asked for voluntary evacuations in towns along the river, and this has reallyk]m extraordinary flooding season has just begun. the snows are melting in
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declaredtate of emncy today as the big mo is expected to crest at record levels. >> glor: just stunning pictures and still getting worse in place, don. thank you very much. more than 40,000 people in the houston area were ordered to stay indoors today after high levels of benzene, a cancer-causing chemical, were found in the air. the order was lifted hours later. the chemical is believed to have leaked from a storage facility that burned for more than three days. new zealand's prime minister today announced a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines following last friday's deadly attack. the government is considering a plan to pay owners to turn in weapons. ben tracy is in new zealand. >> it's in the national interest, and it's about safety. >> reporter: prime minister jacinda ardern made good on her promise to overhaul her nation's gun laws just days after the shooting at two mosques that left 50 people dead.
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>> every in the terrorist attack on fr waed iis coun repter: theosed gun law changes are expected to easily pass. they will also include a ban on assault rifles, high-capacity magazine, and parts that convert firearms used legally purchased semi-automatic weapons during his rampage. those will now be banned. new zealand, nation of nearly five million, has an estimated 1.2 million registered firearms, roughly one gun for every four people. in the u.s., it's estimated there is more than one gun per person. there is more public support for gun control in new zealand where owning a firearm is considered a privilege, not a constitutional right like in the u.s. since the sandy hook elementary shooting in 2012, there have been nearly 2,000 mass shootings in the u.s., but no significant federal gun legislation.esofun potical ll to rste a
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silar assaeaps ban li the one that exdn 200 >>e o ting sng in the way aretil tooany the gun industry, and that needs to change. >> reporter: new zealand was able to make change in less than a week. news, queenstown, new zealand. >> glor: rescues continue tonight a full week after a powerful cyclone struck southern africa. the death toll in three countries now tops 550. at least 300,000 people have lost their homes in mozambique. more on this from debora patta. >> reporter: where there was land, there is now water. home, village, entire towns have been submerged, and it's not just the floods rescue workers filing against. the clock is equally deadly. it's a race against time to save thousands still stranded. they wait on rooftops or in
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trees to be plucked from their watery misery into hovering helicopters. others are still stranded in treacherous waters braved repeatedly by rescue workers. people have been left with nothing. as the floodwaters rise, so does the anger of those left homeless. the children are hungry, said fernando sonia, we have nothing. "we want support," shouted joanie manuel. "we want food." it's a chant taken up by other displaced residents. "we want food," they scream, and when the food does come, it is a moment to to savor and briefly forget the rising terror outside. debora patta, cbs news, cape town, south africa. >> glor: up next here on the "cbs evening news," our eye on america report, a young man's battle to stay alive while addicted to the deadliest drug in the country. and later an american skater is accused of intentionally cutting
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>> glor: a new study from the c.d.c. found fentanyl-related deaths between 2011 and 2016 increased more than 1,000%, more than 36,000 americans died with it in their systems. in tonight's "eye on america," tony dokoupil introduces us to an addict determined to live. >> so this is fentanyl. it's 10 milligrams right here. they say the lethal dose for a non-tolerant person is 2 milligrams, so this is enough to overdose five non-tolerant people. for me this is like one dose. >> reporter: you've had fentanyl in your system every hour of every day for how many years now? >> two and a half years. >> reporter: meet a young man so addicted to fentanyl he lives, works, and even driv oni. >> all the time i've been using,
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i have only stopped for more than a week twice. >> reporter: we've disguised his voice and hidden his face. but jacob, who started using at 15 after he was prescribed hydrocodone for a bad cough, is far from alone. >> i come from a good family. i work 40 to 50 hours a week. >> reporter: opioid addiction afflicts more than two million americans. >> i keep my solution in this, and this is five doses right here. >> reporter: for jacob, that means carrying a dose at all times and injecting every four or five hours, not to get high, but to avoid withdrawal. >> after i inject it, it takes about ten seconds. and then i feel better. >> reporter: when his supply runs out, you may be surprised to find he simply logs online. >> so this is all my order history right here. >> reporter: and restocks using an amazon-like shopping service on the dark web. >> you have heroin, fentanyl, and then your prescription opioids. >> reporter: but federal law
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enforcement has been cracking down. >> the biggest site had 3,000 listings for fentanyl. this site is the biggest one right now. it has not even 300. it's massive decrease. >> reporter: rusty payne is a spokesperson for the d.e.a. >> we have taken the two biggest dark web drug markets and completely obliterated them. >> reporter: it's been noticed. >> it has been noticed, but this kid apparently. >> reporter: you can stop the supply, and you're trying to, what about the people already hooked like him? >> i'm worried he's going to be dead next week. >> reporter: jon zibbell has a different approach. >> for the last 40 years we haven't been able to stem the flow of illicit drugs. drugs are cheaper, stronger, easier to get than ever before. >> reporter: we met him at a needle exchange in greensboro, north carolina. he'd like to help users replace powerful opioids like fentanyl with a milder perception opioid like bufanorphine, designed to treat addiction by controlling
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opioid cavings. so people who are currently buying their drugs on an online black market wouldn't have to do it anymore. >> that's correct. >> reporter: people going to the corner or the alley wouldn't have to do it anymore. >> that's right. >> reporter: but they're not giving up their dependency. >> that's right. dependency isn't bad. i'm physically dependent on caffeine. i get headaches, but not chaotically. i don't have to go out in the street and steal and rob for it. >> reporter: it means the promise for a normal life for people like jacob, just maybe not a drug-free one. zibbell says addicts like him could be on a replacement opioid forever. >> when society tallies up the toll of the opioid crisis, do you include yourself in those numbers? >> yeah. yeah. i mean, i was a victim of the pharmaceutical companies, but i'm not going to let myself become an overdose statistic. >> reporter: tony dokoupil, cbs news, new york. >> glor: "eye on america." coming up here tonight, a "game coming up here tonight, a "game of thrones" star talks about the secret battles that threatened her life.
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>> glor: f. scott fitzgerald famously said, "there are no second acts in life." he never met jimmy cow passes g. here's chip reid. >> my name is jimmy carter, and i'm running for president. >> reporter: many historians rank jimmy carter as a below-average president, but in the 38 years since he left office, he's become perhaps the most accomplished ex-president in american history.an history. he's worked on more than 4,000 homes for habitat for humanity. >> sometimes the work is very hard. >> reporter: he's traveled the world promoting human rights and monitoring elections, and in 2002, he became the only u.s. president to receive the mow bell peace prize for work done after his time in office. >> the last 20 years of my life
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have been i would say the most gratifying of all. >> reporter: he's written more than 30 books anded o former presidents at library openings and funerals,cely f w., and through it all, he and rosalyn carter, his wife of 72 years, have been inseparable. at a basketball game on valentine's day last month, they were caught on the kiss cam. in 2015, carter was diagnosed with melanoma of the brain and liver. >> i was prepared to go, but things turned out for the better. >> reporter: he told stephen colbert last year he said aside old animosities toward political enemies. >> you've outlived most of them, i'm guessing. >> that's another secret to my success, yes. >> reporter: jimmy carter, the energizer bunny of former presidents. chip reid, cbs news, washington. >> glor: that is the "cbs
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