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>> reporter: today the school board chairman addressed a room full of parents demanding answers, but released few details about what exactly happened, which has left some of the community outraged. >> we're enraged. we're upset and we're enraged. >> we need to ask as a community, we need closure. this is not the first incident of bullying. >> reporter: the colliton county school district says the other student, also a fifth grader has been suspended, but no charges have been filed. and jeff, there is a vigil for renyra tonight. >> plenty of questions remain here, nikki, thank you. president trump has asked the justice department to look into the jussie smollett case, calling it, quote, an embarrassment to our nation. chicago police are planning on sending the actor a bill for more than $100,000 to cover the costs of what they say turned out to be a publicity stunt. here is dean reynolds. >> reporter: actor jussie smollett flew to california late wednesday, but outrage trailed him to hollywood. >> anything you want to say to your fans, jussie?
>> reporter: despite what he and his defense team claim is his innocence. >> he was a victim and he has been villainized, and it's really very unfortunate. >> reporter: it's now reported producers of the fox show "empire" may make his two-episode suspension permanent. >> sources tell us it's looking increasingly likely that he will not be coming back. >> reporter: smollett said he was the victim of a bigoted attack here in january, only to be accused weeks later by police and prosecutors of staging the assault to boost his fame and pad his wallet. yet those same prosecutors abruptly dropped their case on tuesday. then a judge sealed the record, but not the questions. why if smollett is innocent did he forfeit his $10,000 bond and perform community service this past weekend? why did cook county states attorney kim fox claim his deal was not unusual, but then send her office scrambling yesterday to find other precedents? nobody is in trouble, read an e-mail to her assistants. we are just looking for further examples of how we as
prosecutors use our discretion in a way that restores the victim, but causes minimal harm to the defendant. mayor rahm emanuel defines minimal harm as having smollett compensate the city for the $130,000 in overtime pay it had to shell out during its investigation of him. >> given that he doesn't feel any sense of contrition and remorse, my recommendation when he writes the check, in the memo section, he can put the word "i'm accountable." for the hoax. >> reporter: but smollett's team said today it is the mayor and the police chief who owe smollett an apology for, quote, dragging an innocent man's character through the mud. jussie has paid enough, unquote. jeff? >> dean reynolds, thank you very much. up next, an emotional interview. one of r. kelly's accusers telling her story for the first time. and later, she is living with hiv, and groundbreaking surgery, also sharing the gift of life.
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her accusations against r. kelly, along with the accusations of three other women led to the singer's arrest last month. but lanita carter's story had not been told until today. carter tells jericka duncan she used to braid kelly's hair for more than a year until he forced himself on her. here is some of jericka's interview. a warning, some of carter's story is graphic and disturbing. >> february 18, 2003, i get a phone call to come down and do his hair. when he came to the room, he asked me for a head massage, and i told him i didn't do massages. i laughed it off. and i didn't know he was for real. if i could change that day, i wouldn't have been there. he pulled my braid down by him, and he say suck it for daddy, suck it for daddy. and i said no. and i did like this.
and he just started going -- he did like six, six times. i'm not dressed no type of way. i look at myself in the mirror. i'm not a beauty queen. i didn't perceive myself to be nothing more than just his hair braider. and i kept thinking to myself like why did this happen to me? >> reporter: you called the police the day that this happened? >> the exact day. they asked for my clothing. and i gave them my favorite tommy hilfiger shirt. and that's where they found dna evidence. >> reporter: dna evidence from. kelly on your shirt? >> semen. >> reporter: did you see the interview that r. kelly did with gayle king in which he denied ever sexually assaulting a woman. >> yes. >> reporter: ever sexually assaulting someone under age. >> yes, i saw it. >> reporter: what did you think when you were watching that? >> felt like it should be a
crime to publicly tell the story, that he able to get on television and lie. >> well, kelly's defense attorney steve greenberg said these allegations were fully investigated, and a decision was made not to bring any charges. >> it's really tough to hear the story. >> it is. >> do we know why there were no charges? >> that's a great question, jeff. we tried to get answers about that. because he is a part of this case the state attorney said he would not comment on that case as well as the one from 2003. it's also important to note that carter entered into settlements with r. kelly that were supposed to remain confidential, those settlements totalling $750,000. >> two settlements? >> correct, two. >> okay. jericka, thank you. still ahead, she gave a fellow hiv patient her kidney, and many others hope.
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19 martinez is one of the estimated americans living with hiv. the virus and medications used to treat it can damage the kidneys. but that didn't stop martinez from donate one of her kidneys which is healthy to an anonymous recipient, a stranger. errol barnett has more on a groundbreaking surgery. >> reporter: nina martinez was brimming with pride before monday's surgery at johns hopkins surgery in baltimore. martinez became the first living donor with hiv to give her kidney to an hiv positive recipient. >> i'm the best looking living kidney doan were hiv the country has ever seen. i feel really good about that statement. >> following a 2013 law allowing people with hiv to become donors, 116 hiv positive patients have received kidneys and livers from deceased doaners with hiv. this week's breakthrough involving a living donor expands the potential organ donor pool for hiv positive patients. that could help free up organs
for anyone waiting for a kidney. dr. derry segev says a recent study shows hiv patients who have their hiv under control are at low risk for kidney disease, allowing them to donate. >> looking at nina redefines what hiv looks like in 2019. hiv is not a fatal disease. >> martinez she first wanted to donate her kidney to a friend with hiv. he died last fall before she completed screening. >> i still attribute my donation to him, because had he not asked for a kidney, i would not have given one. >> reporter: so in some way he and you have still been able to make a difference? >> correct. >> reporter: martinez tells me she plans to run the marin core marathon this year, her second marathon, but her first with just one kidney. errol barnett, cbs news, welcome. up next here tonight, ex-manager goes to bat for a group that is increasingly rare, african american ballplayers.
robinson cano hit a home run with his first at bat. mark strassmann catches up with a former big leaguer who has a new mission. >> reporter: on this field in northern california, jerry manuel is staging a baseball comeback. >> one, two, three -- >> family! >> reporter: he is getting young black athletes back in the game. >> this is farmland. this was high grass. this was anything but a baseball field.
>> reporter: manuel built the field and their interest in the game. >> take it back. >> reporter: he is 65, a retired big league player and manager, something rare these days. since 1986, the number of black players on major league rosters has dropped from 19% to 8%. >> a bat's $300. some of these travel programs charge you a thousand dollars a month. >> reporter: not happening? >> not happening. i got to do what i can do with my experience and my resources to make a change. >> what does correlation mean to you? >> reporter: in 2013, he launched alpha charter high school. its baseball-themed curriculum emphasizes excellence repetition on the classroom and in the field and teaches trail blazer jackie robinson's character values. courage, determination, team work. >> you can't get on the field until you get that right.
and once that's right, then you can get on the field. >> reporter: you got to earn it? >> you got to earn it. >> reporter: more than 30 kids play here now, most from challenging backgrounds. some have been homeless. does your family have the money do to do travel bell? >> no, no, sir. >> reporter: ronnie is 17 and has the scholarship to play college ball. >> i didn't have a father growing up so we didn't have the financial stability. so i want to find a way to help my family out. >> reporter: baseball could be your ticket? >> yes, sir. >> come get it. >> the goal is to make them better men, make them better human being. to an honor to see you put your best foot forward. if you can learn self-discipline, you got a chance to make some inroads in life. >> see you guys tomorrow. >> reporter: they'll play on prettier fields, but this is the one they'll always remember. mark strassmann, cbs news, alberta, california. that is the "overnight news"
for this friday. for some you have, the news continues. for over, check back later for the morning news and "cbs this morning." from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm jeff glor. this is the "cbs overnight news." >> well, good morning. welcome to the "overnight news." i'm david begnaud here at the broadcast center in new york city. good to have you with us. the attorney general william barr has agreed to testify before the house intelligence committee. democrats have some tough questions they want to ask him about the four-page summary he wrote regarding the mueller report there are reports out now that the mueller report is about 300 pages long. barr says he has no intention of releasing the full report, but he's happy to talk to congress about it. that's, of course, stoked a partisan battle that is raging on capitol hill, among others. ed o'keefe reports. >> i don't think it's okay.
>> reporter: democrat adam schiff strongly defended himself today against republican calls for his resignation as chair of the house intelligence committee. >> my colleagues may think it's okay that the russians offered dirt on a democratic candidate for president as part of what was described as the russian government's effort to help the trump campaign. you might think that's okay. >> reporter: he continues to insist that president trump and his campaign committed wrongdoing during the 2016 election. >> i think it's immoral. i think it's unethical. i think it's unpatriotic, and yes, i think it's corrupt. >> reporter: that puts him at odds with attorney general william barr's summary of the mueller report and made him the target of the president's ire. >> he should be forced out of office. he is a disgrace to our country. >> reporter: in a letter, republicans on the intelligence panel said that schiff's actions both past and president are incompatible with his role as head of the committee. >> we have no faith in your ability to discharge your duties in a manner consistent with your constitutional responsibility.
and urge your immediate resignation. >> reporter: schiff is a television fixture, calling out the president's alleged misdeeds regularly on daytime and late night shows and on more than 34 sunday morning political talk show appearances in the last few two years. >> all americans should be concerned with the house intelligence committee taking the position of judge and jury. >> reporter: the normally camera-friendly schiff said little on thursday. >> what do you think of the president calling you a disgrace, calling for you to resign? >> it's nothing new from this president. >> reporter: but house speaker nancy pelosi defended him. >> i'm so proud of the work of chairman adam schiff. what is the president afraid of? is he afraid of the truth? >> reporter: meanwhile, the president's son-in-law jared kushner was back on capitol hill thursday for a closed door meeting with the senate intelligence committee. a reminder that each though the president and democrats want to move on, the investigating
continues. ed o'keefe, cbs news, capitol hill. so picture this. you're traveling overseas. you show up at the airport, and it turns out your airline has suddenly gone out of business. you might think wow. that's exactly what happened to thousands of people who are now stranded. and guess what the name of the airline is? wow. here is our transportation correspondent, kris van cleave. >> reporter: wow air left stranded customers saying whoa as the airline abruptly canceled flights and shut down thursday, leaving about 4,000 travelers stuck mid trip, many frustrated and posting on social media about chaos at the airport. in baltimore, police were even called to the gate. >> first cancelling one flight, then cancelling the next one, and then cancelling their airline. it definitely seemed chaotic. >> reporter: colby college senior max steiner is trying to get home from spring break in copenhagen. >> it does really suck having to
spend multi $100 ticket to get home after this. i assume there is no way i'm getting a refund. >> reporter: mary sap is stuck in berlin. >> i feel frantic and my shoulders are tight. >> reporter: icelandair wow air had 11 planes connecting to four u.s. airports to nearly 20 vacation destinations, mostly in europe. it flew about 3.5 million passengers last year. despite saying it ceased operation, wow's website still shows super cheap fares like boston to london for $140. prices so good the airline couldn't make a profit. in recent months, wow, which had a thousand employees, tried to merge with icelandair and find additional funding, but the money ran out today. >> it's the old story, chris, that if it's too good to be true, it is too good to be true. >> reporter: george hobica who founded airwatch.com said fliers would be lucky to get any money back. >> the place to start if you want your money back is your credit card company. >> reporter: icelandair and aer lingus are among the airlines
offering rescue fares for stranded wow fliers. those are discounted flights but people will still have to buy them. here at bwi, this is pretty much the last sign we could find for wow air. the rest were taken down by notices that stated the airline was shut down. the r. kelly case. one of the anonymous accusers in r. kelly's case is speaking out publicly for the first time. renita carter told our jericka duncan about an alleged assault in 2003 that she says helped lead to the singer's arrest last month. take a look. >> february 18, 2003, i get a phone call to come down and do his hair. when he came to the room, he asked me for a head massage, and i told him i didn't do massages. i laughed it off. and i didn't know he was for real. if i could change that day, i wouldn't have been there. he pulled my braid down by him, and he say suck it for daddy, suck it for daddy.
and i said no. and i did like this. and he just started going -- he did like six, six times. i'm not dressed no type of way. i look at myself in the mirror. i'm not a beauty queen. i didn't perceive myself to be nothing more than just his hair braider. and i kept thinking to myself like why did this happen to me? >> reporter: you called the police the day that this happened? >> the exact day. they asked for my clothing. and i gave them my favorite tommy hilfiger shirt. and that's where they found dna evidence. >> reporter: dna evidence from r. kelly on your shirt? >> semen. >> reporter: did you see the interview that r. kelly did with gayle king in which he denied ever sexually assaulting a woman. >> yes. >> reporter: ever sexually assaulting someone under age. >> yes, i saw it. >> reporter: what did you think
when you were watching that? >> felt like it should be a crime to publicly tell the story, that he able to get on television and lie. >> kelly's defense attorney steve greenberg said these allegations were fully investigated, and a decision was made not to bring any charges. and since carter is now part of a new open case against. kelly, the state attorney's office says it cannot comment. carter says she was advised to file a civil lawsuit, and that was supposed to remain confidential, but clearly, she is speaking out. she said she did receive a total of $750,000 in settlements from him. jericka duncan, cbs news, new york. >> you're watching the "cbs overnight news." i'm glad you're with us. we'll be right back.
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this is the "cbs overnight news." >> welcome back. the state of colorado was the first in the nation to legalize pot for recreational use. one of the problems, as you might expect, is some people are going a little overboard and getting a little too high. there is a new study that finds more than 2500 colorado residents showed up in emergency rooms complaining of a bad high, as it's called. and a lot of that stems from the growing interest in those tasty edibles. here is dr. jon lapook with more. >> reporter: 79-year-old arlene uses edible cannabis for severe
neck and back pain. >> it takes the edge off. it does help, it definitely does. >> reporter: but when she first tried it a year ago, her husband herb had to call 911. >> the colors were very, very vivid, and i was feeling a little bit dizzy, and just disoriented. >> reporter: ten states have legalized recreational marijuana. >> this is the first time i've ever been to a marijuana dispensary. >> reporter: for "60 minutes," we saw firsthand -- >> peaches and cream, milk chocolate. >> reporter: the wide array of edible products in colorado. >> the first time people try edibles, they don't know how to consume it. so you have to do it really slow. >> reporter: inhaled cannabis has an effect within minute, while edible cannabis is absorbed more slowly. what that leads to is when people are taking cannabis edibles is if they're not feeling the effects they expect within the time period they expect that. >> stack doses. dr. andrew monte found over a
five-year period, visits quadruples. edibles account for a tiny fraction of sales in the state. reasons for visiting included vomiting and psychiatric experiences. >> people are sometimes using it for recreational purpose, and then ultimately also using it if they've got back pain. so when that line is blurred, there is less regulation about how to do it and how to do it safely. the u.s. army is looking for a few good e-gamers? the army is putting together a competitive e-sports team. and if you're a master at call of duty or red dead redemption, you might have a new career option. tony dokoupil spoke with one commander working to turn virtual fighters into the next generation of america's warriors. >> reporter: at this sold out gaming convention in san antonio, people dressed up like their favorite characters, including more than a few
make-believe soldiers. but there someone place where the uniforms are real. >> this is where they are. >> reporter: major general frank mood, head of the army's recr t recruiting command is looking for the next generation of american soldiers. is there something about what it takes to be a gamer today and what you're liking for army jobs that overlap? >> yes. it's decision making. it's the ability to take in a lot of information quickly and be able to make a decision. it's about team work horizon to help the mission, the army is putting together the first all-army e-sports team. more than 7,000 active duty soldiers are competing for just 30 full-time positions, playing games like call of duty, fortnight, and legend. >> seven rounds in a row for the defense. >> reporter: and hoping to compete in e-sports tournaments across the country. >> last year when we didn't make mission, we went down to the recruiters around said okay, what can we do different? they said first we've got to get
up the phones. nobody picks it up anymore. >> reporter: that's what had him thinking game on. >> guys talk all the time. >> reporter: this is the kind of setup you would imagine being able to begin a recruiting conversation? >> yeah. >> reporter: sergeant first class chris jones is leading the erecruiting effort. he says a lot of what he does is explain that the army isn't all boots and bullets. >> not only in the infantry, but you can be in cyber. we have microbiologists. we have all these different career fields, that's why we're here, to tell you about it. >> reporter: all right. i'm going give you the questions from a typical recruit. you got to give me the answer. >> all right. kirks i have a dog? >> if you're a single soldier staying in the barracks, you cannot have a dog. >> reporter: can i have a car? >> now, if it's within your budget, yes. >> reporter: can i keep smoking marijuana in military? >> no. currently that is not allowed. >> reporter: not even a little bit? not on the weekend?
>> correct. >> reporter: that may be a disqualifier for a lot of gamers. >> correct. >> reporter: gamers may not fit the old stereotype of america's soldier. >> as much as i love my community, we're not as physically active as people want us to be. >> reporter: but many seem to welcome the army's new interest. >> honestly, i bet you with all the cheater games we have nowadays, i bet it's a great segue oh, this is like the military. >> reporter: and major general muth says the army is being honest about the realities of combat. war is obviously not a game. are you guiding these people into a career path that is going to get them killed? >> there is risk in everything we do. in the army there is a risk. but if you look at the percentage that are in direct combat, it's a low percentage. there is a lot of different jobs you can do in here's a simple true-or-false quiz for you. if you're between age 50 and 85, it's important for you to know the truth, so please listen closely.
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i think you'll like this story. superstar brandi carlile is going to be headlining the two-day-long railbird festival that happens in lexington, kentucky this summer. it's got a star-studded lineup. but for carlile, it's just another stop on her nationwide tour. she took some time out from her busy schedule to talk life and music at her home in washington state with our tracy smith for sunday morning. ♪ i seen you tugging on your shirt ♪ >> reporter: by the time she took the stage at this year's grammys, brandi carlile had already won.
♪ and the joke's on you >> reporter: literally, she had already won three graemmys out f the three she was nominated for her new song, "the joke" an anthem for outcasts that brought the audience to its feet. she'd spent the days before planning things like what to wear, but she had been preparing for this her whole life. how big of a moment is this? >> i mean, it feels like a really big moment to me. it feels really big. >> reporter: she's had lots of big moments lately, including her sold-out music festival in mexico, where fans knew every word to her songs. ♪ because i am the mother of evangeline ♪ >> reporter: the truth is, brandi carlile may be the most popular musician you've never heard of, the one all the cool kids already adore.
president obama put her on his favorite music play list, and bradley cooper put her in his movie. ♪ are you lonely just like me >> reporter: you seem to be every celebrity's favorite musician. >> really? >> reporter: i think so, yeah. >> everybody loves an underdog. >> reporter: it's a scrappy status she's quite proud of. 37-year-old carlile and her band, identical twin, tim and phil hansroth have been building a name for themselves for more than a decade. not a household name, mind you, but that's okay. >> we don't have the mass appeal or mainstream assimilation that some of these other artists that were nominated alongside do. and they deserve it too. >> reporter: do you care? >> no, i don't care. i mean, i love my life exactly the way it is. >> reporter: her life when she's not out touring or collecting grammys is here in the rural outskirts of seattle. ever think about moving?
>> oh, hell no, no way. and everything i do make, i put it back into the house. >> reporter: carlile bought this farm when she was just 21, and she has been perfecting it by hand ever since. and then you built this pond? >> me and the twins did, yeah. >> reporter: and this is her idea of a splurge, an excavator so she and the twins can dig more holes. that's so cool! ♪ when brandi carlile met the hansroth twins on the seattle music scene about 14 years ago, the three of them immediately clicked. same musical taste, same sense of humor. but the twins had day jobs. brandi did not. >> at the end of the night we would play these gig, these four-hour gigs, and they would stuff their money back into my guitar case. >> we knew the music was good, but the friendship was so fun, it was sort of like 90% of the
work was just the hang was so great, you know? >> reporter: as they each started families of their own, they've only gotten closer. phil married brandi's sister tiffany. >> if you eat it, you get your dessert. if you don't, you don't. >> reporter: when they're not on the road, the twins and their families spend most night at brandi's. >> i know it's amazing. i take it for granted sometimes, but i know it's unique. >> reporter: it sounds amazing. >> my friends that are in bands are like you're crazy. it's the most unhealthy thing in your life. >> reporter: still, life's little luxuries are something carlile never takes for granted. growing up, she and her sister and brother and parents all lived in a single wide trailer in rural washington. >> we were very, very poor. i'm never going to know how to be anything other than poor, you know. it's in me. it will always be in me. >> reporter: and you like that? >> yeah, i do like it. >> reporter: you're proud of it? >> i'm proud of it. >> reporter: her mom sang in a country band, and as a kid, brandi did too. >> and the highlight of my life
was getting taken into bars, from bar to bar at 7, 8, 9 years old and singing with my mom's band. >> reporter: she would pull you up on stage? >> oh, yeah. that was it. that's what i was going to do, period ♪ there is a road left behind me ♪ >> reporter: she dropped out of school, taught herself guitar and piano and started playing in fish shacks and pizza joints, any place that would have her. by the time she met the twins, brandi carlile's name was well-known locally, so they kept it as the name of the band. they decided early on they would split all the credit and the money three ways. >> we did sit down and say, you know, let's not do what other bands do. and start talking about who contributes what, because life is going to ebb and flow, and sometimes somebody else might put in more work than another person. so let's just split everything we ever make three ways, no questions asked. and what a win in the end is the music. ♪ all of these lines across my
face ♪ >> reporter: their 20 album "the story" was a break. the title song was everywhere, including a car ad, which came with a six-figure paycheck. but the band didn't divvy up that money. instead, they gave it all away. they started the looking out foundation that supports causes ranging from the environment to children displaced by war. >> in some ways, i think it's as important as anything we've ever done musically. >> reporter: you do? >> yeah. i do. >> reporter: brandi's wife, catherine shepherd runs the charity. they have two daughter, baby elijah and 4-year-old evangeline, who made a sticker covered poster celebrating mom's grammy nods. >> i think cardi b. has one of those in her house too. >> oh, i'm sure. ♪ let them live while they can >> reporter: how fitting that this song is her new hit, where the underdog ultimately comes out on top. brandi carlile's seen how it ends, and she's ready.
there's a high school principal in newark, new jersey, who treats the students like family. he even calms the baby, and he helps with reading, writing and arithmetic. jeff glor went to see. >> oh my sweet lord. >> reporter: akbar cook calls it the big room, the place where he stores hundreds of donated bottles of laundry detergent, fabric softener and fabric sheets inside westside high in newark, new jersey. >> we've been getting a lot of community service help from all around the state. >> reporter: the big room was a solution to a big problem. >> my kids weren't coming to
school. >> good morning, what's up, good morning. >> reporter: some of cook's kids, he calls them all his babies, weren't showing up because they were wearing dirty clothes and getting bullied. >> i think we really put the microscope on the basic needs of kids. everyone wants the high test scores. everyone wants them to perform well. but the kid don't feel confidence in just coming to school and being that person that we know they can be, then what are we doing? >> reporter: before you raised the s.a.t. scores, how about giving somebody some clean clothes. >> there we go. fight for that baby the way you want them to fight on the test. the famous washers and dryers. >> reporter: today westside high has five commercial grade wares and dryers. deshawn and briana use them all the time. >> we first got it, i was kind of scared to bring my clothes over, but i just -- i struggled. so when i went to cook, i asked them can i use the laundry matt? no, you good. we're nothing but family in here. you can bring it any time you want. >> we have a test coming up in two weeks. >> reporter: principal cook, who groh grew up in newark, also
started a program called lights on. he opens his school from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on fridays during the school year, and three nights during the week during the summer. >> 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., you're supposed to be home eating dinner, doing homework. >> their parents are working hard and got to take on odd jobs or the parents are not there at all. >> reporter: the kids use the gym, dance, and are fed warm meals. it is a long way from what westside was just a few years ago. >> school was fighting every day, getting kicked out. >> people getting killed. >> reporter: so one principal turns all that around? >> yes. cook made a big impact on westside. >> good mornining, mr. cook. >> good morning. how you doing? >> reporter: it might seem hard to believe that one person could clean up a school and a whole neighborhood. but in newark, the proof is in the principal. >> this is selfless work that we do. no one goes into education thinking they're going to get
rich. >> reporter: you're not getting a medal at the end of the day? >> no, sir. but i have a gold medal around my heart from the love that the kids can give back to me and just the families and the communities that re takg it one step furth so i can't -- it gives me goose bump, definitely. it's friday, march 29, 2019. this is the "cbs morning news." breaking developments in the investigation into the ethiopian air crash. an anti-stall system was reportedly activated before the boeing plane hit the ground. little pencil neck adam schiff. >> a new target.