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unanswered questions. one day after his death, lawyers are asking why their troubled client wasn't on suicide watch, as president trump gives a bizarre conspiracy theory. also tonight, religious violence. captured, the manhunt for a dangerous convict, just miles from where it began. >> it hurts. extreme heat. much of the south is sweltering under 100-degree temperatures. when will it end? and it takes a village, to raise up one neighbor. >> i'm still in shock. this means a lot.
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this is "the cbs overnight news." >> good evening. i'm elaine quijano. the fbi and the justice department are investigating the death of jeffrey epstein, onedae suicide. investigators have more questions than answers about what happened before dawn on that saturday. >> reporter: the bureau of prisons said 66-year-old jeffrey epstein was found unresponsive in his cell on saturday. they tried to revive him. william barr says epstein's death raises serious questions. just two weeks ago, he was semiconscious on his jail floor there. epstein told authorities, he feared powerful people might be trying to prevent him from
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cooperating with authorities. epstein had been taken off suicide watch and was supposed to be checked by guards every thursd30 minutes. sources at the jail tell cbs news, they often rely on other guards to assist in watching other man power. he pleaded guilty that he ent e enticed, and molested dozens of young girls at his home in florida. there is plenty of blame to go around for this unthinkable tragedy. he claims overzell us prosecutors, pandering politicians, judges, jailers, reporters. a trial date was set for june of 22. jennifer araoz claims that epstein raped her when she was 15. we have to live with the stcars
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of his actions. and he will never facensuences the criminal case ends. but the prosecutors have left the door open to coconspirators for that operation. >> my clients are having a hard time processing this. >> reporter: attorney general lisa bloom respect represents s clients of epstein. >> now that he's gone, the criminal case dies with him. we're going to file civil litigation against jeffrey epstein's estate. >> cbs news learned that victims are going forward. and investigators are continuing to gather evidence from epstein's properties, line this townhouse on the west side. despite his death, the case against him will be allowed to move forward. >> thank you. jeffrey epstein's death is raising troubling questions on
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how such a high-profile suspect can take his own life while in custody. and it's raising some old conspiracy theories. ben tracy has more. >> reporter: shortly after jeffrey epstein was found dead in his jail cell, president trump retweeted this. >> for some odd reason, people that have information on the clintons end up dead. and they usually die from suicide. >> reporter: there's no evidence to support the conspirery theory the president is fueling. >> why did the president retweet that didn't suggestion? >> i think the president wants everything to be investigated. >> reporter: in a statement, a clinton spokesman said, the suggestion that the clintons were involved is ridiculous and not true. donald trump knows it. >> it's more recklessness. what he is doing is dangerous.
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>> republican marco rubio thinks it's dangerous. there's evidence that bots are pushing this theory online to divide americans. in a tweet, he said, putin has polarization. the russians have done this before. the russian disinformation campaign helped spread a bogus theory, that the clinton campaign paid to have a staffer murdered. seth rich was killed after an attempted robbery three years ago. >> that russian-fueled conspiracy theory was promoted by allies of president trump and fox news. president trump is on vacation. he is believed to have spent the day golfer. >> ben tracy, thank you. the democratic candidates were out in force, ensuring voters they have a plan to curb gun violence. but after the mass shootings,
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gun policy is a tough sell. >> we should have a licensing program in this country. >> i'm prepare ld by executid b ban assault weapons. >> we need more bolder action to make our country safe. >> reporter: about a week since the mass shootings in texas and ohio. >> what we need to do is pass a ban on assault weapons. >> reporter: democrats are pu pushing president trump and mitch mcconnell, to reconvene the senate, to pass a bipartisan gun background check bill, that passed in the house. >> we would pass it and sign i and step forward. >> reporter: louisiana congressman, steve scalise, who
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survived an attack. >> we need to make sure that the fbi and the department of homeland security go and route out if it's white supremacists or radicals from thecommitting . >> reporter: here in iowa, voters agree that gun laws need changes. but they want to hear about other topics. >> the small amount of legislation that the democrats are asking for is not much. >> you can talk about red flags and background checks. the bottom line is that we have weapons of war in people's hands that don't need them. >> i don't like the mud slinging. here, i think we have iowa nice. >> voters get a more detailed look at what the presidential campaigns. what are they saying they're interested in or concerned about? >> well, for one thing, they're overwhe overwhelmed. two dozen candidates in the race. you ask them to mention a
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so you can... retire better. this is "the cbs overnight news." >> muslim worshipers and israeli police battled at a jerusalem holy site claimed by both muslims and jews. police use ed teargas and stun grenades at the worst nighting in months. palestinian medics said 14 people were wounded. in norway, a gunman was arsted for attempted murder on a w multiple weapons and opened fire. but was overpowered by two men in their 60s. authorities are calling it a possible act of terrorism.
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violent protests have erupted across hong kong for the tenth-consecutive weekend. pro-democracy protesters employ news tact new tactics in their protests. >> reporter: flashmob-style protests. blocking roads and quickly retreating to new locations. but police were looking for them. they are using teargas once again to disperse protesters. they're not wasting any time. running battles like this are going throughout this weekend. police have been moving in quickly, efficiently, denisively. the front line is mostly made up of students. but there's growing support from older hong kongers, like 40-year-o
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40-year-old. >> hong kong never had democracy. i think anyone in power is not willingly going to give it to you. you're going to have to take it from them. >> reporter: and that battle has been hit. the protests are being fete with a far more formidable police response. already, two protesters have been issued. this woman was hit in the eye with a so-called bean bag bullet. breaking news. curtis watson, who was the subject of a massive five-day manhunt, has been captured. watson broke out of a tennessee prison. he killed a prison executive before riding off on a tractor. jonathan vigliotti has the details. >> reporter: busted in the back of a cop car and no longer on
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the run. he was caught on surveillance fro the prison.through a watson celebrated his 44th birthday by breaking out of the west tennessee state prison, where he was serving a 15-year sentence for aggravated kidnapping. he had a previous conviction of aggravated child abuse. police say he was mowing the prison lawn. he vanished on a tractor. in that time, an affidavit filed the next day. johnson leaves behind two sons and a daughter. >> he tore our family apart with this one. it hurts. it's traumatic.
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it's gut-wrenching, the saddest day of our lives. >> jonathan vigliotti, cbs news, los angeles. dangerous triple-digit temperatures are searing the south, with no relief in side. galveston saw 100 at dawn and didn't drop even after midnight. more than 30 million americans will remain under heat advisory for another week. 78 years after they died at purl harbor, the blitz twins enlisted into the navy at 17. three years later, they died onboard "the uss oklahoma" their 93-year-old sister, was on-hand to say good-bye. still ahead, the war on
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six in ten americans say they now support legalizing marijuana, according to a recent poll. to date, 11 states and the district of columbia have done it. new strains of marijuana are far stronger than in the past. carter evans looks at what can happen when people encounter this potent pot. >> reporter: how long is your recovery going to take? >> a lifetime. >> reporter: colton said he got hooked on high school, when it was legal five years ago. but the cheers back then, have turned into unintended consequences much younger.
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>> it's parents, grandparents, marijuana products, edible products. >> reporter: sam wong's findings are included in a new nationwide study show iing a 27% increase teenagers. 70% with states with legalized marijuana. >> it can make them comatose and be purt on a ventilator thc levels jumped from 3.7% to 20%. and some concentrates contain close to 100%. >> it was so easy to get it at the highest grade and the strongest form, straight from a dispensary. >> reporter: colton's dad believes that high levels of thc fueled his son's addiction.
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we close, tonight, with a story that begins with a nasty note, complaining about the state of a woman's yard in alabama. the note got the job done, but in the most unexpected way. when randa read the note.
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was no mistake what was it was saying. >> shaming me for my yard. >> reporter: calling her home an e eyesore. and closed by saying do better. >> at first, i felt a little angrian ang angry. but i didn't have the energy to be negative. >> reporter: instead, her focus is on her son. >> a few days before his third birthday, he was diagnosed by stage 4 cancer. >> reporter: she wanted people to know, so, she shared his story and the note on facebook. >> my whole point was to show people, you never know. you don't know what somebody is going through. you know, kindness goes such a long way. >> reporter: as word spread, an army of strangers mobilized to
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help. a local lawn care service came to cut her grass. and local volunteers came to pick up things in the family to clearing away brush in her yard. >> this is love. we don't know these people. >> reporter: but joey understands the family's struggle. just weeks ago, his daughter, lulu, died. she was 6 and had the same kind of cancer as jackson. >> it's helping me coping through losing my daughter, helping another family in need. >> the group calls itself jackson's army for justice. and its mission has rallied strangers from all over the world. >> in amazement, i am still in shock. i don't have a big family. my mom is gone, my dad is gone, my brother's gone. so, this means a lot. that's "the overnight news" for this monday. for some, the news continues. for others, check back a little
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later for the morning news and "cbs this morning." from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm elaine quijano. this is "the cbs overnight news." >> welcome to "the overnight news." i'm elaine quijano. we begin with the investigation of the apparent suicide of jeffrey epstein, who was facing sex trafficking charges involving minors. he was found dead inside his manhattan jail on saturday. he had been taken off suicide watch after apparently trying to take his life last month. >> reporter: the bureau of prisons said 66-year-old jeffrey epstein was found unresponsive in his cell early saturday.
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they tried to revive him. william barr says epstein's death raises serious questions. just two weeks ago, he was semiconscious on his jail floor there. sources tell cbs news, following his attempts epstein told authorities, he feared powerful people might be trying to prevent him from cooperating with authorities. t"the new york times" reported epstein had been taken off suicide watch and was supposed to be checked by guards every 30 minutes. sources at the jail tell cbs news, they often rely on other inmates to assist guards in monitoring other inmates. he pleaded not guilty that he enticed, and molested dozens of young girls at his home in florida. one of epstein's attorneys said there is plenty of blame to go around for this unthinkable tragedy.
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he claims overzealous prosecutors, pandering politicians, judges, jailers, reporters. a trial date was set for june of 22. jennifer araoz claims that epstein raped her when she was 15. we have to live with the scars of his actions for the rest of our lives, while he never faces consequences. the criminal case ends. but the prosecutors have left the door open to coconspirators who were involved in the alleged sex trafficking operation. >> my clients are having a hard time processing this. >> reporter: attorney lisa bloom represents several clients of epstein. >> now that he's gone, the criminal case dies with him. we're going to file civil litigation against jeffrey epstein's estate.
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>> reporter: cbs news learned that victims are coming forward. to gather evidence from ntinuin- epstein's properties, like this townhouse on the west side. despite his death, the case against him will be allowed to move forward. >> thank you. jeffrey epstein's death is raising troubling questions on how such a high-profile suspect can take his own life while in custody. and it's raising some old conspiracy theories. one was retweeted by epstein's former friend, president trump. ben tracy has more. >> reporter: shortly after jeffrey epstein was found dead in his jail cell, president trump retweeted this. >> for some odd reason, people that have information on the clintons end up dead. and they usually die from suicide. >> reporter: former president bill clinton was also once friendly with epstein.
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but there's no evidence at all to support the conspiracy theory the president is fueling. >> why did the president retweet that didn't suggestion? >> i think the president wants everything to be investigated. >> reporter: in a statement, a clinton spokesman said, the suggestion that the clintons were involved is ridiculous and not true. donald trump knows it. >> it's more recklessness. what he is doing is dangerous. >> reporter: republican marco rubio thinks it's dangerous. there's evidence that bots are pushing this theory online to divide americans. in a tweet, he said, putin has polarization. the russians have done this before. the russian disinformation campaign helped spread a bogus theory, that the clinton campaign paid to have a staffer murdered. police believe 27-year-old seth rich was killed after an attempted robbery three years august in washington. that russian-fueled conspiracy theory was promoted by allies of
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president trump and fox news. president trump is on vacation. he is believed to have spent the day golfer. >> ben tracy, thank you. the democratic candidates were out in force, ensuring voters they have a plan to curb gun violence. but despite last weekend's deadly mass shootings, new gun policy remains a very tough sell. ed o'keeffe reports from iowa. >> we should have a licensing program in this country. >> i'm prepared by action, to ban assault weapons. >> we need more bolder action to make our country safe. >> reporter: about a week since the mass shootings in texas and ohio. >> what we need to do is pass a ban on assault weapons. >> reporter: democrats are pushing president trump and mitch mcconnell, to reconvene
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the senate, to pass a bipartisan gun background check bill, that passed earlier this year in the house. >> it would pass, in my judgment, the president would sign it and we would take a giant step forward. >> reporter: louisiana congressman, steve scalise, who survived an assassination attempt, doubts the proposedcha. >> the shooters need to pass background checks. we need to make sure that the fbi and the department of homeland security go and route out if it's white supremacists or radicals from the left that are committing the crimes. >> reporter: here in iowa, voters agree that gun laws need changes. but they want to hear about other topics. >> the small amount of legislation that the democrats are asking for is not much. >> you can talk about red flags and background checks. the bottom line is that we have weapons of war in people's hands that don't need them. >> i don't like the mud
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slinging. here, i think we have iowa nice. >> voters get a more detailed look at what the presidential campaigns. what are they saying they're interested in or concerned about? >> well, for one thing, they're overwhelmed. two dozen candidates in the race. and you ask an everyday iowan to mention a candidate or two, they mention that joe biden, bernie sanders or elizabeth warren. it's a field that people hope will winnow soon. here in iowa, there seems to be great support for expanding background checks and maybe looking at other gun laws. but there's more concern, more interest, in health care, the future of the economy, and climate change. it will be interesting to see if the kancandidates keep the focun gun control or something else. elaine? >> ed, thank you. will bback.s overnight ♪
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this is "the cbs overnight news." the justice department says more than 80% of excan vi-convi return to prison within a decade. that's why a detroit man who was given a second chance is dedicating his life to make sure others can get one, too. here's jeff glor. >> reporter: at edwin's restaurant in cleveland -- the only thing more important than turning out the finest food and wine, is turning around the lives of its employees. >> did you order?
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>> reporter: brandon is the man in charge. two decades ago, he was a boy in trouble. you were dealing drugs? >> uh-huh. >> reporter: how old? >> 18. >> reporter: what happened? >> we got caught up in a little thing. police came and we all left. >> reporter: you took off? >> took off. >> reporter: he found himself in front of a forgiving judge. >> the charge was five or ten years in prison. >> reporter: why didn't he do that? >> two reasons. the color of my skin and the grace of god. he caught up in a kitchen in his hometown of detroit. trained at the culinary institute of america, and was working at top restaurants in paris and new york. but the second chance he got was in the back of his mind. he came up with a plan. >> the goal was to have the best french restaurant in the world. >> reporter: the best french restaurant in the world in cleveland? >> yeah. ohio. >> reporter: why ohio?
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>> i looked at the worst graduation. and cleveland was the place where people don't graduate. >> you went to where the situation was the worst and said, i'm going to make the best. >> yeah. makes sense. flip it. a whole turn like this. >> reporter: everybody who trains at edwin's, education wins, has had some run-in with the law. >> it's the restaurant, the school, the institute. >> reporter: he wants to redirect their lives with a restaurant boot camp. a six-month program that provides housing, a library, donated clothes and a small farm. students take classes in a wide array of topics. including champagne tasting. >> reporter: the days are long.
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noon until midnight. and only 30% of students make it through. when you talk to someone, either in prison or just out of prison, and you tell them you want to train them to become a french chef, what's the usual reaction? >> i think it's two-fold. one, i have no [ bleep ] what you're talking about. >> reporter: isn't thsay that o tv. >> the other thing is, if you give me sand, i'll drink it. give me an opportunity, it hasn't been there in the past. >> reporter: what's your goal lo long-term? >> change the face of re-entry. change the perception of someone coming out of prison or jail or a bad, hard time, or addiction. >> you're not a lost soul, you're redeemable. >> of course. not only redeemable. you can redeem and kick some ass, too. >> it's fish. i have two passions of cooking.
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rissoto and fish. >> reporter: he also spends time at correctional institutions. these men will be out soon. and no one wants them to reoffe reoffere reoffe reoffend. he says they need skills. the class we watched is full of hard-core convicts. sentences for murder, kidnapping, robbery and more. >> find the sharpest blade. fillet and go to town. >> you have guys that have been suspended with large, very sharp knives. does that sharp you at all? >> it's the safest place. >> inside a prison with inmates with sharp knives is the safest place you can be. >> they are only six inches.
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>> reporter: i'm serious. >> when someone is here to focus and improve their art, there's no greater place to be. >> reporter: daryl is ending a decades-long sentence for trafficking and weapons charges. >> you put in the work and reap the rewards. >> reporter: are you prepared to put in the work in the right way? >> for sure. i've had enough. definitely had enough. n n nine years. i can walk the straight and narrow. i can do the right thing. >> reporter: and you think the classes get you there? >> without a doubt. >> reporter: his program is funded by his restaurant and private donations. >> what do you want people to take away from the edwin's? >> the hope.
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vintage items at a garage sale is being taken to the next level in atlanta. delta airlines has a monthly surplus sale that has aviation plans buzzing. kris van cleave checked out some items that are truly first class. >> reporter: once a month, the line starts early. a little after 7:00 on a hot, humid friday morning in atlanta. >> welcome to the sale. >> reporter: two hours later, judy bean opens the door to a nondescript building in the shadow of the busiest airport. welcoming people by the hundreds to a one-of-a-kind garage sale, with one things were finding home on the ground. that hunt was cleared for takeoff. the first folks rac gycarts.
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the bigger challenge for melissa marsh, how to get her floor court back to tampa. april is found a life-size picture. >> i found the earlier you come, the better success you have. i try to get here around 7:00, 7:30. >> reporter: among this month, rows of seats from an md-88. a basket of delta silver wear. dishes and pieces of aviation history. judy bean has run the surplus sales since 2005. they started the effort to get
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rid of office furniture. no other u.s. airline does in. all sales are final. and there's no hugling on the price. is it unusual to have priced seats. >> well, yes. before this, we had just coach seats. >> reporter: she would hate to see something get thrown away. >> people walk in and they're thrilled at the stuff that we have here. i will try it once or twice, and then i let it go. >> reporter: the proceeds of the sale, about $100,000 a year. nearly 5$500 was joshua golden. >> i was worried that i wouldn't get any of it today. >> reporter: developing in north
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carolina, he was looking to trick out his new apartment in maine, he is leaving with the director chairs and thought this was first class. >> i can't say no to it. >> reporter: over the years, they had people depart with unique stuff. overhead bins. jump seats. someone paid $500 for a pressurized cabin doors. the tail cone during 1988. david bell, who works in the maintenance department comes looking for something that's a little different. >> what made you go, i want the airplane bathroom in my house? >> i want to see if it can be
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done. >> reporter: he installed it in his man cave. what's the reaction when people see this? >> does it work? >> and it hits with the cabin chair and the home office. that's a coach seat he turned into the family room. >> my wife knows. >> reporter: knows that one man's trash, is a bathroom-sized conversation piece of treasure. kris van cleave, atlanta. "the cbs overnight news" will be right back.
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we close, tonight, with a story that begins with a nasty note, complaining about the state of a woman's yard in alabama. the note got the job done, but in a most unexpected way. when randa read the note. was no mistake what was it was saying. >> shaming me for my yard.
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>> reporter: the sender called her home an eyesore, affecting the resale value of other homes. and closed by saying do better. >> at first, i felt a little angry. but i didn't have the energy to be negative. >> reporter: instead, her focus has bng been on her family, especially her son, 3-year-old jackson. >> a few days before his third birthday, he was diagnosed by stage 4 cancer. >> reporter: he's been hospital sized 20 times and had 7 surgeries. she wanted people to know, so, she shared his story and the note on facebook. >> my whole point was to show people, you never know. you don't know what somebody is going through. you know, kindness goes such a long way. >> reporter: as word spread, an army of strangers mobilized to a local lawn care service came
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to cut her grass. and local volunteers came to pick up things in the family to clearing away brush in her yard. >> this is love. we don't know these people. >> reporter: but joey understands the family's struggle. just weeks ago, his daughter, lulu, died. she was 6 and had the same kind of cancer as jackson. >> it's helping me coping through losing my daug, helping another family in need. >> reporter: the group calls itself jackson's army for justice. and its mission has rallied strangers from all over the world. >> in amazement, i am still in shock. i don't have a big family. my mom is gone, my dad is gone, my brother's gone. so, this means a lot. that's "the overnight news" for this monday. for some, the news continues. for others, check back a little later for the morning news and "cbs this morning." from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm elaine quijano.
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it's monday, august 12th, 2019. this is the cbs morning news. death investigation. one day after he's found dead in his jail cell from an apparent suicide, an autopsy is completed on the body of accused sex trafficker jeffrey epstein. fugitive captured, an escaped inmate suspected in a brutal murder on prison grounds is caught. the tip that led to his arrest. ice raid protests after massive workplace immigration sweeps in mississippi, demonstrators across the country push back.

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