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>> reporter: cohen was ultimately repaid in part by the trump organization. the president initially denied knowing about the money. >> mr. president, did you know about the $130,000 payment to stormy daniels? >> no. no. >> reporter: and in house testimony last month, hope hicks testified that she was never present for discussions of payments to daniels. cohen is currently serving three years in federal prison, in part for campaign finance violations related to these payments. today he released a statement saying "the exoneration of the trump organization's role should be of great concern to the american people and investigated by congress." >> paula joins us now from outside the white house. and paula, if there is all this information now about these regular contacts over the hush money payments, why will no one else be charged? >> norah, the justice department does not believe that a sitting president can be indicted, so he was not expected to be charged, but sources confirmed that other officials who were involved in facilitating these hush money
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payments received immunity, and now congress may investigate why more people weren't charged. >> all right, paula reid, thank you. a former friend of the president lost a round in court today. jeffrey epstein won't get to stay in his multimillion-dollar new york home as he awaits trial for sex trafficking and conspiracy. mola lenghi on why the judge denied bail. >> reporter: calling him a threat to the public, judge richard berman ordered jeffrey epstein, accused of sex trafficking young girls, held in jail until trial. berman said part of the reason he denied bail was the testimony of two women who said epstein abused them and said they would be afraid if he was released. one, courtney wild said epstein abused her in florida when she was 16 years old. >> if you are a victim of jeffrey epstein, then you know what i know. he will never stop sexually abusing children until he is in jail. >> reporter: prosecutors argue if granted bail, the 66-year-old was a significant flight risk, pointing to what they found in a safe in his manhattan town house, $70,000 in cash, dozens
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of diamonds, and a fake foreign passport that had expired. an attorney representing several of epstein's accusers in a civil case said they're pleased that epstein will remain behind bars. >> the first reaction was relief and a sense that maybe there was some justice here at last. >> reporter: epstein, seen in this 1992 nbc video partying with a young donald trump once called the world's rich and powerful his friends. many, including mr. trump, have now distanced themselves from the multimillionaire. now epstein is being held here at a federal jail in manhattan. and while a trial date has not yet been set, norah, if convicted, epstein faces up to 45 years in prison. >> all right, mola lenghi, thank you. we learned today that 13 philadelphia police officers will be fired over racist or offensive facebook posts. more than 50 other officers are being reprimanded or suspended. don dahler is in philadelphia with new reaction from the city's top cop. >> i continue to be very angered
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and disappointed by these posts. >> reporter: police commissioner richard ross called the actions of the officers unacceptable. >> i am saddened by the fact that there are even some who would attempt to justify such hate and vile behavior. >> reporter: the facebook posts made by more than 300 active officers contain derogatory, racist and misogynistic comments. some officers post "violence. that's what prompted the firings." >> can any officer who holds these kinds of views be an effective officer? >> no. you have to care about the female you're protecting. you to care about the people you're assisting. you have to care about the people that you're there to serve. >> this is the latest fallout from the plainview project, an independent examination of facebook posts by police officers in eight different cities. norah? >> all right. don dahler, thank you. s
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a major heatwave this weekend will affect two-thirds of the country. more than 200 million people are under heat alerts tonight. record highs could be hit from washington, d.c. to maine. lonnie quinn, chief weathercaster at wcbs tv in new york is here. so lonnie, how dangerous could it get? >> well, you know, norah, people got to give heat more respect. heat kills more than any other natural phenomenon, more than tornadoes, flooding. it's heat. anywhere from new mexico to new hampshire. but it's not just the heat alone. it's in conjunction with the humidity. and humidity is all about the dew point. now simply put, a dew point of 70 or above is oppressive. look at this forecast dew point tomorrow in mankato. 85. i've never seen an 85 degree dew point. the highest ever reported is 88.
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it takes a 92 temperature reading makes it feel like 113 tomorrow. and mankato is not alone. anyfrom the midsection of the country throughout the east week, talking temperatures, look at, this kansas city, 109 is what it feels like tomorrow. columbus, 108. it feels even hotter by the time you get to saturday. feels like 111 in washington, d.c. sunday a repeat performance. let's go back to you. >> that's a lot of red and purple, lonnie quinn. thank you so much. all right. still ahead on the "cbs overnight news," the man in charge of fixing the border crisis tells us some are using it to score political points. what was behind one of japan's deadliest attacks in decades? and growing protests in hawaii. does a giant telescope belong on sacred land? [upbeat music] no matter how much you clean, does your house still smell stuffy? that's because your home is filled with soft surfaces that trap odors and release them back into the room. so, try febreze fabric refresher
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inside the facility, which is the largest detention center for migrant families in the country. you can actually hear mexico. >> you can hear mexico right there. >> reporter: many of the migrants come from these banks of the rio grande river. mothers with children, 1200 people just the night before. the massive migration taxing border patrol agents. >> it's about a 260-mile stretch. about 15% of our border, but 40% of the traffic. lately it's been more like 50 to 60% of the traffic. >> reporter: they're turning themselves in? >> correct. >> reporter: it is the busiest sector, and we walked up the same dusty road following the path of migrants who in the summer heat are often battling fatigue and severe dehydration. if you're a family, you come up through here, but there is a sign. >> yeah. i mean this area has so many arrivals that our agents have improvised to make sure that frankly people who would want to turn themselves in know the direction to go so they don't get lost out here. >> reporter: yeah, there is
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ayuda, help. >> unfortunately, we have to recover some of the bodies. >> reporter: agents told us just a few weeks ago they found three children who lost their lives in the deadly conditions. do you think there are some who believe they can score bigger political points out of it by letting this process continue, the crisis continue? >> i'm very concerned for some it's better as a political issue than it is as a problem solution. and we can't have that. we're talking about children at risk. we're talking about agents putting their lives at risk to rescue people. >> and that's why this conversation will continue. just ahead, what a suspect said at a fire that killed dozens at an animation studio.
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tonight new details are coming in from japan, where a man set fire to famous animation studio in kyoto. ramy inocencio reports at least 33 people were killed, 36 hurt. >> reporter: these images broadcast live across japan horrified the nation. flames tearing through kyoto animation studio. police say a 41-year-old man believed to be seen here burst in screaming "you die" before spraying a liquid believed to be gasoline and then setting it on fire. three dozen were injured, including the suspect. a witness said the man claimed something of his had been stolen. kyoto animation is a global brand, and anime fans took to
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the web to share their grief and support. its president, like the rest of his country, is now searching for a reason why. ramy inocencio, cbs news. on hawaii's big island, protests against construction of a giant telescope are now in their fourth day. protesters have blocked roads leading to mauna kea. the mountain is considered sacred by native hawaiian islands, but the courts have ruled the telescope can be built. up next, remembering the heroes of 9/11. >> this portion is sponsored by ancestry. unlock your past, inspire your future.
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nearly 18 years after 9/11, the toll continues to rise. tonight we remember two brave new york firefighters who worked on the 9/11 rescue and recovery. kevin nolan was 58, and richard driscoll was 73. both died of cancer. driscoll was the 200th member of the fdny to die of a 9/11-related illness, and the department lost 343 men on the day of the attack. congress is expected to extend the 9/11 compensation fund, but yesterday senator rand paul blocked the fast tracking of the bill, noting the country is $22 trillion in debt. but what about the debt of gratitude america owes first responders and their family? that is a debt the country can never repay. for sacrifices we can't afford to dreg. i'm norah o'donnell in new york.
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thanks for joining us. we'll see you right back here tomorrow. ♪ this is the "cbs overnight news." >> welcome to the "overnight news." i'm meg oliver. military tensions continue to rise in the persian gulf. president trump says the u.s. navy shot down an iranian drone over the straight of hormuz because it was threatening one of our destroyers. the president also announced he's ordered 500 u.s. troops to saudi arabia, which has its own issues with iran. the iranian revolutionary guard released video of an oil tanker it seized. david martin is inside saudi arabia with the latest. >> reporter: the downing took the u.s. and iran another step down a collision course toward war.
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the amphibious ship "boxer" was traveling the straight of hormuz when an iranian drone came too close. >> the "boxer" took defensive action against an iranian drone, which had closed into a very, very near distance approximately one thousand yards. ignoring multiple calls to stand down, and was threatening the safety of the ship. >> reporter: the downing came less than a month after iran shot down an american drone, prompting the u.s. to prepare a retaliatory strike, which president trump called off at the 11th hour. this comes amid reports the u.s. is sending more troops to the persian gulf. when i asked general frank mckenzie, the top commander for the middle east about that today, he refused to comment. >> we can't comment onion going rp deployments in the central command.
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>> reporter: according to the report, u.s. troops would go into prince sultan air base in the middle of saudi arabia. all the other bases in the region where u.s. aircraft are currently located are along the rim of the persian gulf, making them easier targets for iran. the saudi base has a 10,000-foot runway, long enough to handle any american warplane, and plenty of room to park them. in 1990, on the eve of the first gulf war, american warplanes were lined up wing tip to wing tip at prince sultan. but in 2003 the saudis kicked the u.s. out because they didn't want any part in the invasion of iraq. in fact, you could say they are already at war with iran. we were taken today to see the wreckage of iranian-made missiles that have been fired at royal palaces and airports inside saudi arabia by iranian-backed rebels in yemen. the saudis don't want to fight iran alone, and by opening up i conduct a virtually unlimited buildup if events like today's
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shoot-down spiral into war. president trump is toning down the rhetoric in his ongoing war of words with four first-term democratic congresswomen. weijia jiang reports. >> i disagree with it, by the way. but it was quite a chant, and i felt a little bit badly about it. >> reporter: from the oval office, president trump disavowed last night's chant of "send her back" and sai he tried to stop it. >> well, number one, i think i did. i started speaking very quickly. >> send her back! send her back! >> reporter: but the video from the event tells a different story. the president stands in silence for nearly 15 seconds, looking around the arena. >> and she talked about the evil israel. >> reporter: when mr. trump resumed his speech, he made no mention of the chant which started after he attacked democrat ilhan oma she is one of the four freshmen congresswomen of color who president trump told to go back to their original countries in a
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racist tweet. all are u.s. citizens, and only omar was born outside the country. president trump was asked today why his supporters yelled "send her back." >> what i would suggest you go there, i go to north carolina, and you ask the people why did they say that. >> reporter: so we did. >> that's just part of his rallies. you know? >> reporter: arnold wright attended the rally last night. >> he's not there to hurt anybody's feelings. >> this is not about me. >> reporter: the president said he would try to stop the chant if it comes up again, but omar said the damage is done. >> when you have a president who clearly thinks someone like me should go back, the message that he is sending is not for me. it is to every single person who shares an identity with me. >> reporter: the rally left republicans once again answering for the president. house minority leader kevin mccarthy suggested it could have been worse. >> the president didn't join any chant like that.
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prosecutors in new york say they've concluded their investigation into the hush money payments to two women who claimed to have had affairs with president trump. no new charges are expected. the payments violated campaign finance laws and landed mr. trump's long-time lawyer in prison. paula reid reports. >> are you relieved the new york investigation is resolved? >> reporter: cbs news has learned the justice department is not expected to file additional charges in an investigation into hush money paid to the president's alleged mistresses during the final days of the 2016 election. but court documents unsealed today reveal how extensive the president's involvement in the payments may have been. >> and when you're a star, they let you do it. you can do anything. >> whatever you want. >> reporter: the day after the release of the infamous "access hollywood" tape, mr. trump got on a call with his personal fixer michael cohen and campaign spokesperson hope hicks. prosecutors believe the call was to discuss quashing reports of an affair between trump and
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adult film star stormy daniels as he was under fire for his treatment of women. on the days before and after cohen made a payment of $130,000 to daniels, he spoke to the president three times. prosecutors say the two men usually spoke about once a month. >> he asked me to pay off an adult film star with whom he had an affair and to lie about it to his wife, which i did. >> reporter: cohen was ultimately repaid in part by the trump organization. the president initially denied knowing about the money. >> mr. president, did you know about the $130,000 payment to stormy daniels? >> no. no. >> reporter: and in house testimony last month, hope hicks testified that she was never present for discussions of payments to daniels. cohen is currently serving three years in federal prison, in part for campaign finance violations re day he released ement f greaconcern to the of the congress."
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accused child sex trafficker jeffrey epstein won't be getting out of jail any time soon. the judge denied bail for the wealthy financier, who could spend the rest of his life in prison if he is convicted. mola lenghi reports. >> reporter: calling him a threat to the public, judge richard berman ordered jeffrey epstein, accused of sex trafficking young girls, held in jail until trial. berman said part of the reason he denied bail was the testimony of two women who said epstein abused them and would be afraid if we were released. one, courtney wild said epstein abused her in florida when she was 14 years old. . >> if you are a victim of jeffrey epstein, then you know what i know. he will never stop sexually abusing children until he is in jail. >> reporter: prosecutors argue if granted bail, the 66-year-old fe is manhattan town nht risk, house, $70,0 in ca, ns ias, and ae
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epstein is being held here at federal jail in manhattan. and while
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♪ this is the "cbs overnight news." >> welcome back to the "overnight news." i'm meg oliver. saturday will mark the 50-year anniversary of neil armstrong's historic walk on the moon. in the decades since, advances in technology have helped us understand the universe beyond our solar system. scientists will soon have a new tool for that, the giant magellan telescope. jim axelrod went to tucson, arizona where it's being made. >> for all of human history, people have been gazing skyward at night, studying the stars and wondering what could lie beyond them. well, soon scientists will have a powerful new tool at their
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disposal, and its focus is, well, out of this world. it is certainly a peculiar place for a state-of-the-art laboratory, but under the football stadium at the university of arizona -- >> this one we started just about 18 months ago. >> reporter: patrick mccarthy heads the international group building the largest optical telescope in the world, the giant magellan. >> one of the biggest discoveries in astronomy in the past 20 years is 97% of the universe, we have no idea what it is. >> reporter: but mccarthy says the giant magellan project is working to change that. >> that is a chunk of glass. >> yeah you feel it's pretty heavy. this is pretty dense stuff. it takes about 20 tons of these to make one mirror. >> reporter: using special glass which makes up the telescope's seven 27-foot circular mirrors that is shipped in from japan, and then melted down in a specially engineered rotating furnace -- >> i think it is probably the
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orter:hat res teesf mor than 2100 degrees. how complicated is it to build these mirrors? >> pretty complicated. and it's a real precision polishing challenge. each mirror when they're finished is so precise and so smooth, if you made it the size of the continental united states, the distance between the tallest mountain peaks and the deepest valley, half an inch. it's that smooth. >> reporter: it takes the team here in tucson 18 months to complete a single 16 1/2 ton mirror. but researchers are quite clear, it's worth the wait. >> it's a major breakthrough in our ability to study the universe. >> reporter: astronomer jared mails tells us magellan's resolution will be ten times greater than nasa's current gold standard, the hubbell space telescope. >> imagine you're looking down a long straight road and there is a car coming towards you and it has its headlights. when it's really far away, the
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two headlights look at one headlight. but there is a point that you can just see there are two headlights. so you can tell the difference between those headlights ten times further away on this road as the car is coming towards you. that's how much more powerful the gmp than the hubbell space telescope. >> reporter: it's that revolution in resolution that scientist says will help the giant magellan discover new planets and look deeper into the universe than ever before, deep enough to turn back time. >> the telescopes are time machines in a sense because light travels fast, but not infinitely fast. if you look ten light years away, you're seeing the light as it was ten years ago. we can look 10 billion years in the past we can see the beginning of the first light, the first stars. >> reporter: magellan's mirrors will eventually end up here, on a mountaintop in chile's atacama desert, housed inside a 22-story observato observatory. what do you think the take away is for all of us, for humanity, that this kind of technology is
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being developed and refined? >> it's a journey to find out where we are, where we came from, are we alone? and the technology is our tools to help answer those questions. questions that we all care about that go to the root of who are we as people and what's our place in the universe. the partisan divide in washington seems to grow wider by the day, but there is one man working in congress who has the support and admiration of both republicans and democrats. his name is bertie bowman. he's been working in the capitol since world war ii and is so beloved, they just named a building after him. nancy cordes has his story. >> he is a great guy. just to put his longevity into perspective, the longest serving current senator has been on capitol hill for 44 years. bertie bowman has been working here for 3/4 of a century, and along the way he has become a confidante to giants of the
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right and the left. >> i'm going to have to start down at that end. >> reporter: on the senate foreign relations committee, there are junior senators, there are senior senators and then -- >> bertie! >> there is bertie bowman. >> he outranks me by a long, long ways. >> reporter: it isn't just about his age, 88 and going strong, it's that he started running this hearing room in 1966. >> bertie bowman, the former clerk of this committee for 500 years. >> reporter: at every key hearing, he's the one you see in the corner of the frame, escorting witnesses, fixing the mics. >> his name is bertie bowman. >> reporter: and keeping the powerful in check. >> mr. bowman, he has outlasted all of us on this committee. vigorous timekeeper. >> reporter: bertie came to capitol hill when he was 13 years old. he ran away from his south carolina home after a chance meeting with his senator,
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burnett maybank. >> before he can even get in his car, i was pulling on his coattail. if i come to washington, can i stop by and see you? he said yes. >> reporter: what did you think you were going to do when you got washington? >> i didn't know. it was a future i was headed for somewhere, but where i was headed for, i don't know. reporo heoppe . train and hd st to maybank's office on capitol hill. >> he gave me a job sweeping the capitol steps at that time and paid me out of his own pocket. >> reporter: $2 a week. that was 1944. bertie went on to do stints as a capitol janitor, a cook, and shining senators' shoes. >> lyndon johnson used to love to get dressy. bertie, how is my boots today? you got them looking good? can i see my face? i say here you are, son. you can see your face better than i can. >> reporter: by the time he got the foreign relations committee, bertie seemed to know more about congress than most of its members. >> you made senators look good.
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>> yeah. >> and senators do like that. >> we don't mind it. >> reporter: former senator chuck hagel is a republican. democrat tim kaine is still o the ittes of someery important that we've lost, civility. >> reporter: every new senator gets a crash course from bertie. >> oh, i tell them when you walk out the door you look left or right and say hello, how you this morn. >> reporter: a lot of staffers would be intimidated to tell a senator something like that. >> i can't be intimidated about the way i was out the to treat people. i treat them too good. >> reporter: one of them was young messenger, who sent us this video. >> he was exactly the kind of person you'd want to take you under his wing if you're a 20-year-old student just working in your first job in washington. >> we want you to have this. >> reporter: now washington is returning the favor. >> we're just honored to name this new building after you, the bertie h. bowman building.
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>> reporter: putting bertie's name atop the new headquarters. >> i didn't believe it at first. i was really shocked and honored. isn't that great? that's amazing. i'm the happiest guy in the world. >> reporter: at 88, bertie bowman has no plans to retire. he says his doctor has told him to slow down, but he told me that he knows he's still the best at his job, which is the kind of confidence that is hard-earned after 75 years of experience.
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if your summer vacation will take you to rome, there is one historic attraction you don't want to miss. the caracala baths, ancient rome's giant public bath house. if you have already seen it, you may want to go again, because now they've opened its vast underground tunnels to tourists. seth doane has a look. >> reporter: nearly 2,000 years ago, it was built to impress, and still does today, even in ruins. the elaborate mosaics and soaring multi-story structures were the public baths or catarmae of roman emperor cat calla. it was complete with gyms, saunas, libraries and three main pools, with uncold, one tepid, one hot.
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and now as of late june, there is a new world to explore underground. >> if you go upstairs, you can see the great beauty of the baths and the rome of course. if you are here, you understand the function, the technology, and the graceness of the roman architects. >> reporter: marina piramonte has been director here for more than two decades. >> so i was alone for many, many years in this area thinking and desiring to open these tunnels to the public. >> reporter: this is the first time the public has ever been allowed into this part of this sprawling network of underground tunnels. so far they've excavated about a mile of them, but still have around 2 1/2 miles to go. in the tunnels, they projected video artwork dreamed up by a contemporary artist as a way to evoke feelings and help visitors
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understand the past. down here was where the work happened, with slaves moving wood and lighting fires to heat the pools and saunas above. they had up to 8,000 daily caraala is very complicated and very rare. >> reporter: francesco prosperetti is the superintendent of archaeology in rome. he is taken us to emperor nero's palace where they introduced virtual reality to help recreate the past. then after rome's subway excavation turned up so many artifacts, he turned a metro station into a museum. and now this. people think of the coliseum, the circus maximus. people don't know as much the baths of caracala. >> you're right.
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and that is strange because caracala is the biggest monument in rome. if you take the coliseum and put it inside caracala, caracala is bigger. >> reporter: showcasing the grandeur of the empire. daniel smith came from virginia. >> see the history of them curtaining the woods, being able to heat the water in order to keep the people clean. and the size is just enormous. it's just amazing. >> reporter: his 9-year-old marvelled at something else. >> and the ancient times, they still did things that we do today. >> reporter: like take a bath? >> yeah. >> reporter: these cavernous tunnels now filled with art were first excavated in the 1930s, in part to stabilize another structure above, a giant stage. each summer, rome's opera moved outside here, mixing art and
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archaeology above ground too with the caracala aths
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caprese at italian meal usually salad, tommy mate toes, olive oil, basil, and of course fresh mozzarella cheese. we sent seth doane to italy in search of the best mozzarella in the world. >> reporter: better come early to snag a number before this specialty sales out. after all, this is fresh buffalo mozzarella. it's packed up in styrofoam boxes. emotions, however, are not so contained. are they fighting over the mozzarella? >> they are fighting over the number. >> reporter: mario came all the way from milan. you can buy this in the grocery store. >> indeed, yes. >> reporter: why come here? because the taste of this one is simply amazing. o this is made of the buffaloes
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lab that is just behind the shop. >> reporter: this is the organic cheese maker tenuta in southern italy, not far frompestum. >> maybe we'll get to pestum, which is the temple, but this is the first stop. >> reporter: nicola palmieri runs his family's farm where the buffalo are, well, pampered. >> if we can give them the possibility of the best life, we must. and the technology gives us the opportunity. ♪ >> reporter: soothing music is piped in to the pens. and when the buffalo feel they're ready, they line up on their own to be milked by machine. they can also take a shower or get a massage. >> they have to be relaxed to give the milk. it is one of the secret we use to make a good mozzarella. >> reporter: after the milk is
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collected, kurds are produced, and in just about five hours, they're formed into balls with the special technique that gave mozzarella its name. >> mozzarella means cut? >> yes. >> reporter: and that's what >> yes.atching right here >> reporter: the chance to see the process draws tourists and locals alike, including patricia oaks from louisiana. how different is the mozzarella you've tried here in southern italy from what you've had in the u.s.? >> i'm not going to lie. it melts in your mouth. >> reporter: buffalo milk has a higher percentage of fat than milk from cows. so it's richer and sweeter. this man came from bolivia to learn this rather involved art at the consortium for the protection of buffalo mozzarella in compagna. did you realize how difficult it was going to be to make buffalo
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mozzarella? >> no, no. i thought it would be one month. >> reporter: b it's been six and counting. it looks easy. >> trust ♪ it's friday, july 19th, 2019. this is the "cbs morning news." dangerous heat wave. for some the heat will last into next week. tensions rise between the u.s. and iran following a new drone incident. and the u.s. military is reportedly gearing up. president trump is disavowing a racist chant at his rally. the angry words were aimed at congresswoman ilhan omar and now she's firing back. >> we are not de


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