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captioning sponsored by cbs ♪ >> o'donnell: tonight, terrified children separated from their parents after immigration raids at meat packing plants. what happens to them now. also tonight, breaking news: a small plane crashes in the backyard of a suburban philadelphia home. three members of a family are killed. the president gets a new warning tonight from the n.r.a. about his call for enhanced background checks. in the wake of the sexual abuse of tdal, the world's greatest gymnast lashes out at u.s.a. gymnastics. >> you literally had one job and you couldn't protect us. o o'donnell: travelers in dallas witness a homecoming for an american hero. wait till you hear who was flying that plane. ♪ come together >> o'donnell: and beatles fans come together on the most famous crosswalk in the world.
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crosswalk in the world. this is the cbs evening news with norah o'donnell. >> o'donnell: good evening. this is our western edition. fear tonight after what was the largest workplace immigration raid in a single state in u.s. history. some undocumented immigrants in mississippi locked themselves in their homes. ice officials say 680 people were arrested yesterday at food- processing plants around the state. by this morning, more than 300 had been released with orders to appear in court. tonight, "48 hours" correspondent erin moriarty is in mississippi where some terrified children had been separated from their parents. >> reporter: today, we saw the aftermath of the ice raids in mississippi, children begging to see their parents. >> he's not a criminal. >> reporter: 11-year-old magdalena gomez gregorio was reunited with her dad today.
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christina persalta is the godmother of two boys whose mother was detained. >> it's a-- he just wants his mom back. >> reporter: nearly 300 were released from custody with notices to appear in court, but tonight, cbs has learned ice didn't notify local school districts or child protective services prior to the raids, leaving schools scrambling to make sure students had a place to go after classes ended. >> there's not really a way to plan for this. >> reporter: tony mcgee is the superintendent of scott county school district in forest, mississippi. near the koch foods' chicken processing plant in morton. >> it's kind of uncharted ground for us and uncharted waters. >> reporter: when pressed by cbs news, immigration officials couldn't say for sure whether any of the nearly 400 people still in custody are single parents who have no one to take care of their children. today, there was an uptick in absences of latino and hispanic students from class, which mcgee
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attributes to fear of going out after the raids. >> and, you know, people become- - people become scared, become nervous. and so our job is to calm fears right now. >> reporter: during the raid, ice officials encountered 18 juveniles working at the site. the youngest was 14. norah, officials tell cbs news that all juveniles have now been released. norah. >> o'donnell: all right, erin moriarty in mississippi tonight. thank you. breaking tonight, authorities have identified three people killed when a small plane crashed this morning outside philadelphia. the single-engine beechcraft went down in a backyard in upper moreland shortly after takeoff. they were headed to columbus, ohio. no word on a cause. killed in the crash were jesse khurana, a medical professor at temple university; his wife, divya, who was a pediatric neurologist; and their 19-year- old daughter, kiran. when wayne lapierre of the national rifle association wants to talk to the president, all he has to do is pick up the phone. hd cbs news has learned he's done that a number of times in
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the past two days to warn the president against calling for enhanced background checks for gun purchases. nancy cordes now with the president and the n.r.a. >> i'm looking to do background checks. >> reporter: as soon as the president said that the national rifle association began to push back tweeting today that, "none of the current background check proposals would have prevented tis weekend's tragedies." cbs news confirmed that longtime n.r.a. leader wayne lapierre called and spoke to the president several times on tuesday and wednesday. in a statement, lapierre claims such laws "would make millions of law-abiding americans less safe and less able to defend themselves." but the white house insists the president's interest in a new law is real. over the past several days, he's repeatedly called democrat joe manchin and republican pat toomey. their background check bill narrowly failed in 2013.
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>> the president is open to this conversation. he has initiated this conversation in some cases. >> not one more! >> reporter: and the pressure is mounting. more than 200 mayors from both parties sent a letter to senate leaders urging them to call the senate back to session now to vote on two background check bills that passed the house in bi february. those bills would close loopholes for sales at gun shows tsd on the internet. in a radio interview this afternoon, the senate's erpublican leader, mitch mcconnell, said gun control legislation will be on the agenda after august recess. >> we're going to have these bipartisan discussions, and when we get back, hopefully be able to come together and actually pass something. >> o'donnell: nancy cordes is on ilpitol hill tonight. and, nancy, the president, after parkland, promised tougher background checks and then he reneged on those promises. given the politics on capitol hill, how much of an uphill climb is this? >> reporter: finding something the two sides can agree on won't
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be easy, and the republicans are sying to want assurances the president won't renege, that ss'll give them the political cover they'll need. still, the fact that the republican leader, mitch mcconnell is now saying he's open to background-check legislation is significant. ly simply haven't heard him say smething like that before, norah. >> o'donnell: all right, nancy cordes, thank you. tonight, the u.n. has a stark warning: if there is any hope of combating climate change the oorld needs to change the way it eats. that's the big takeaway from the first-ever climate change and land use conference. more now from adriana diaz in our "eye on earth" series. >> reporter: fossil fuel emissions have long been seen as the major culprit driving climate change. but agriculture and forestry accounts for a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions. >> the way we produce food and what we eat contributes to the loss of ecosystems and biodiversity. and this exacerbates climate change.
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>> reporter: that vicious cycle is the key conclusion of the u.n. report, which says fundamental changes are urgently needed, including how we produce and consume food. environmentally friendly farming could reduce carbon emissions up to 18% by 2050. eating more plant-based foods odd less meat could cut another an, or more. t diets that are high in grains, nuts, and vegetables have a lower carbon footprint than those that are high in meat. >> reporter: less beef production could reduce the greenhouse gas methane which cows release in their manure and gas. are they emitting methane right now? but kansas cattle rancher brandi buzzard says the global report is not an accurate portrayal of agriculture in the u.s. >> u.s. beef production is the most sustainable in the world, and u.s. beef production is only accountable for 2% of greenhouse gas emissions, and that's according to the e.p.a. >> reporter: shouldn't more be done to bring that 2% to 0%? >> it is something, but i think
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we have to remember we have to t. o> reporter: we also eat far less than we produce and cutting down on wasted food will reduce greenhouse gases due to excess ueod production. u.c. davis professor frank mitloehner: >> 40% of all food in this country goes to waste. and you know who the main culprit is? you and i. >> reporter: ironically, while the over-production of food contributes to climate change, according to the report, as the world gets warmer, there will be less food security because of usre deserts and less farmable land. that means improving our land management and farming techniques are essential to our well-being. norah. >> o'donnell: quite a warning. adriana diaz in kansas tonight. thank you. cbw a cbs news exclusive. margaret brennan spoke with the wife of a princeton university scholar imprisoned in iran since today. xiyue wang is one of at least five americans held in iran. efforts to free wang have stalled.
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>> he's not a spy. >> reporter: for three years, she has fought for her husband xiyue wang release. an he lives in a cramped cell with no natural light, living together with over 25 cellmates. he developed a series of medical conditions. >> reporter: she has struggled to explain it to their son shaofan. >> he was barely three when my husband left home for his research. and he's now six. he misses him for half of his life already. >> reporter: this is his last memory of his father. the two made snow angels the day before xi left for iran. >> we recently moved into the new apartment and the fi night he asked me, since we have moved, would my dad still find us? >> i've had very good luck with hostages. >> reporter: but president trump has refused to negotiate with
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dran on prisoners and vowed not to replicate the 2016 obama-era deal that freed journalist jason rezaian. >> we're not dealing with iran right now. we are not talking to them directly, and we've created a wall that has broken down communications between the two sides. >> reporter: what is your message directly to president trump? >> my husband is an innocent man. we really need your help to bring him home. >> reporter: state department officials tell cbs news that a apcent prisoner swap offer by iran is not serious, and they point out that iran has used americans to extract concessions from u.s. presidents for s.cades. norah, the u.s. is now asking other countries to pressure iran to release the five detained americans. >> o'donnell: all right, margaret brennan, thank you. and margaret's guests this sunday on "face the nation" include former new york mayor mike bloomberg. there is breaking news tonight, so let's get right to the details of this developing
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story. >> reporter: i'm elaine quijano, mcguire is the current director of the national county terrorism center. he also served in the navy for more than three decades including a post as commander of the naval special warfare command. this comes as sue gordon the current deputy director of national intelligence announced she will lever her post on august 15th. that is the same day as dan coates resignation will take effect. litional intelligence dan oversees 17 agencies including the cia and nsa. >>o'donnell: tonight, "eye on america" takes you inside the latino community in el paso sere many tell us the shootings have left them living in fear. manuel bojorquez took part in a candid conversation you will see only on cbs news. >> reporter: while public nisplays of mourning continue outside the walmart, some of the toughest conversations are
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happening inside latino households. we're about 10 minutes from where the shooting happened, and in this house, a group called "the border network for human rights" is hosting a chat, a chance for people here to talk about how they're feeling. (speaking spanish) >> reporter: dulce carlos is leading the conversation with multiple generations of el paso residents, including mexican immigrants. >> i feel that my heart is broken. >> reporter: guillermo adame has lived in el paso 50 years. he was on his way to the walmart the morning of the largest terrorist attack on latinos in modern history. >> this individual, he didn't know. he killed innocent people that he didn't know. >> reporter: "i'm scared," said ermalinda blanco, scared for her children and
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grandchildren. can you raise your hand if you feel actual fear because of what happened? you had never felt this way before? not like this? >> no. >> reporter: how do you talk to ouur children about what happened? your little girl was asking what was happening. and what did you tell her? it's hard to explain to them. the conversation also turned to the president. >> reporter: walking out of that meeting, it was quite stunning, really, to feel that fear. you are talking to a group of people who feel that they could be a target because of nothing else other than the color of mheir skin, their immigration status, who they are.
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it was a really powerful, really sad words to hear. for now, this community leans on each other. manuel bojorquez, cbs news, el itso. >> o'donnell: it was a remarkable scene today at love field in dallas, texas. as travelers watched from the terminal, u.s. air force colonel roy knight was welcomed home with full military honors, 52 years after he was shot down and killed during the vietnam war. his remains were discovered in laos earlier this year. his son bryan was just five years old when he saw his father off to war at that very same airport. it was the last time he saw his dad alive. today, captain bryan knight, now a pilot for southwest, was not only there for the long-awaited return, but had the honor of flying his father home. >> it was an incredible opportunity that i wouldn't have in a million years thought i was going to have.
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ll reporter: colonel knight will be laid to rest saturday in the dallas suburbs. we all got the chills and tears in our eyes when we heard that story today. coming up next on the "cbs evening news," what u.s.a. gymnastics has to say after its top star tearfully blames aficials for failing to protect her team from a sexual predator. later, a fishing boat races to the rescue after a plane crash in the bahamas. and return to abbey road 50 years later. years later. you've done a lot of good for the world. but i feel like you have the potential to do so much more. can we build ai without bias? how do we bake security into everything we do? we need tech that helps people understand each other. that understands my business. we've got some work to do. and we need your help. we need your support. let's expect more from technology. let's put smart to work. ♪ ♪
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a reminder of what i went through. >> reporter: olympic gold nedalist simone biles is one of esndreds of athletes abused by whmer doctor larry nassar, who worked for both michigan state university and u.s.a. gymnastics. he is in prison for multiple sex crimes. >> it's hard coming here for an organization and... having had them failed us so many times. they couldn't do one damn job. you had one job. you literally had one job, and you couldn't protect us. >> reporter: today, gymnast yaggie nichols, who first abported her concerns about nasser in june 2015, told cbs news it takes a lot of strength for biles to continue her olympic training. she said, "for me, it would be very hard. i give her a lot of props." it took almost a year for the f.b.i. to contact nichols after a senaept released july suggests a relationship between former u.s.a. gymnastics president steve penny and the ib.i. investigator, special agent in charge jay abbott, and the possibility that penny may have tried to help get him a job
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with the u.s. olympic committee. the report cites this october 2015 email from abbott thanking penny for the beer and ,onversation a few weeks ago and saying, "i very much appreciate what you did. the position with the u.s.o.c. is truly a tantalizing and interesting possible opportunity post-bureau." >> it becomes a problem whenever we work with future people. how can we trust them? >> reporter: penny denies he acted in any way that would compromise the u.s.a.g. in a statement u.s.a. gymnastics said: >> o'donnell: thank you, dr. jon lapook. and we'll be right back. best friends. advantage ii, kills fleas through contact all month long. i mean he's a wreck without me. advantage ii, fight the misery of biting fleas. if you have moderate little things can be a big deal. that's why there's otezla. otezla is not a cream. with otezla, 75% cle ski. otezla is not a cream.
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migraine headaches. the study in the "american journal of medicine" says three or more cups of coffee can trigger migraines in those who experience them occasionally. migraines affect more than a billion people worldwide. next, a photo finish. one of the most famous photos in the world snapped 50 years ago today.
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>> o'donnell: we end tonight as promised at the most famous crosswalk in the world, because as charlie d'agata tells us, it was the scene this eighth of august of an anniversary celebration. ♪ oh, yeah >> reporter: it was 50 years ago today that four men crossed the road this way. hver since, fans from across the globe have made the pilgrimage to stride across the most famous crosswalk in rock 'n' roll. julie bolch came here today from eolorado springs. >> the beatles are forever. everybody loves them. it's their 50th anniversary, and for thed to breathe the air thae >> reporter: but this might never have hapd. nearby abbey road studio was an
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impromptu decision sir paul mccartney told "60 minutes." >> we had another title going on orat we didn't really like. juso was everest, but nobody was in the mood to journey to nepal so they chose an easier and much- cheaper option. why not just take a snapshot right outside the studio? little did they know, it would ustract a circus like this 50 years later. ♪ just call on me >> reporter: and yet the most epular album the beatles ever eade turned out to be the last they recorded as a group. and that iconic cover captures the moment they'd come together for the final time. charlie d'agata, cbs news, andon. >> o'donnell: and we've come to the end of the road tonight. that is the "cbs evening news." i'm norah o'donnell. thanks for joining us. enjoy the tunes. good night. ♪ come together right now over
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