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upstairs yesterday. >> high 90s? >> pretty bad and we are waiting for a cool down. >> it's coming. thanks for watching kpix5 news this morning. we take a number live look at chase center, the new home of the golden state warriors. >> waved to jackie. >> hi, jackie! good morning to you our viewers in the west and welcome to "cbs this morning." breaking news hurricane watch in puerto rico. tropical storm dorian barrels through the caribbean threatening puerto rico. how the island is still reeling from hurricane maria and preparing for another hit. guns and grief. house speaker nancy pelosi says democrats will not accept the lack of action on gun control after this month's mass shootings. we talk with four people who lost loved ones about the lasting impact of gun violence. leveling the field. actress lori loughlin returns to court today in her admissions fraud case. only on "cbs this morning" what the college board plans to do with s.a.t. scores to reassure applicants everyone gets a fair
shot. deep rooted relics our series american wonders takes you to sequoyah national park home to some of the largest and oldest trees on earth. it's tuesday, august 27th, 2019. here is today's eye opener, your world in 90 seconds. >> johnson & johnson was the king pin behind the nation's ongoing opioid crisis. >> a landmark ruling against johnson and johnson. >> the company is ordered to pay more than half a billion dollars in damages. >> lawyers for the drug maker deny any wrongdoing. >> the government of puerto rico declares a state of emergency in anticipation of tropical storm dorian. >> dorian is forecast to progress and could become a category 1 hurricane with 80-mile-per-hour winds. >> at least two children are dead after a suspect driving a stolen police cruiser crashed into multiple cars in dayton, ohio. >> supreme court justice ruth bader ginsburg spoke about becoming a bit of a pop icon. >> it was beyond my wildest
imagination that i would one day become the notorious rbg. >> g7 leaders pledged $20 million to help fight wildfires in the amazon rain forest. >> jaw dropping video out of the midwest. >> a semi truck smashed into the tow truck. the trailer flipped over. everyone survived. >> serena williams beat maria sharapova for the 19th straight time. >> maria sharapova never really had a chance. >> brian mcmann delivering the goods. a walk-off two-run home run. >> it's over. the rockies win it. >> and all that matters. >> the mtv video music awards are back. >> celebrate music the way it always was intended, in a hockey rink in the middle of newark. >> on "cbs this morning." >> fox news host ended up on % stage e with rascal flats and absolutely crushed this rendition of "rapper's delight." ♪
♪ i don't mean to brag i don't mean to boast ♪ >> okay. we see you. that's a side i didn't see. >> hard to be up against the vmas, though, but not bad. >> no, actually very good. you go. didn't know that about you. welcome to "cbs this morning." i'm gayle king with tony dokoupil. anthony mason is off so once again we are glad 'cuz adriana diaz is here. >> good morning. >> always good to have you at the table. we begin with this. puerto rico as you may have heard is under a hurricane watch this morning with tropical storm dorian now taking aim at the caribbean island. right now the bands of the storm are hitting saint lucia and saint vincent. >> people waited in long lines monday for food, generators, and other supplies. parts of the island are still
reeling almost two years after hurricane maria. cbs news climate and weather contributor jeff berardelli is here. jeff, good morning. what is the latest storm track at this hour? >> good morning, tony. good morning, everybody. yes, so the storm weakened a little overnight. it is still looking fairly impressive on the satellite presentation. the stats, winds 50 miles an hour down from 60 last night. moving to the west-northwest at 13 and basically right over the lesser antilles. right now the storm is in a protective cocoon. out here is a lot of dry air. you see it near puerto rico and also some wind shear as well. so the system has to battle that. that's why we think it is probably going to strengthen a little bit but not a lot before it reaches puerto rico. it is forecast to be a high end tropical storm, maybe a low end hurricane. either way, you need to prepare in puerto rico for a hurricane. you want to prepare for something worse than you actually expect. on the eastern side, the wet side, the windy side, that is where puerto rico is going to be. notice it could very well thread
the needle and move between the two islands right there. if it does it will maintain its structure and have an easier time of restrengthening before it reaches the florida mainland as we head into saturday night and sunday. even though it is forecast to be a tropical storm, i'd prepare for a hurricane. >> jeff, thank you. >> you're welcome. a high speed chase involving a stolen police cruiser in ohio led to a series of crashes ending with the death of two children. this was the scene in downtown dayton last night. this is the last thing dayton needs. police say a man reportedly stabbed a woman then led police on a wild chase. ten other people were hurt. mark strassmann is here. how on earth did the suspect manage to steal a police car? >> good morning. for starters, witnesses say it appears the suspect was intoxicated. police say he crashed his truck after driving away from the site of the stabbing. but when he crashed, he jumped into a police cruiser somehow responding to the scene and the deadly drive continued. cell phone video shows a riverside police officer
attempting to arrest a stabbing suspect. he manages to climb into the driver's seat of the police cruiser. the officer tased the man, who is trying to get away. john poston shot this video and watched it unfold. >> the officer tased him. the guy still got in the driver's seat, drove backwards up the street, turned a corner, and from there he drove into the other police officer. >> he stole the car. my car is out of service. >> reporter: the suspect barreled through busy streets of downtown dayton. >> just like crash, and car parts flying all over the street. >> reporter: leaving behind a path of mangled cars before crashing into a pole outside the dayton metro library. >> all of a sudden i turn my head, look around, boom. just like that. >> reporter: the suspect crashed into at least three vehicles. one was a van carrying seven children.
>> i heard someone scream, kids are in the car. and jumped out to do my best to try to get as many of the kids out of the van as i could. >> reporter: denorris hopgood said the van seats pinned some of the children inside. >> it was something i can't describe. it was difficult to see what was inside the van. you see the kids in the condition they were in. >> reporter: at least 12 people were taken to hospitals. some in critical condition. >> i really didn't know what to do but hold my kids and give thechl t them the biggest hug afterwards. just seeing something like that shows you that anything can happen in a split second. >> police haven't identified the suspect. he was also hurt in the chase, tony, and hospitalized. >> mark, thank you. now to a landmark legal ruling johnson & johnson was ordered to pay more than half a billion dollars after the first ever trial addressing who's to blame for the opioid crisis. an oklahoma judge ruled yesterday that misleading marketing led to addictions and
deadly overdoses of opioids. the consumer products giant plans to appeal the $572 million verdict. omar villafranca is at the courthouse in norman, oklahoma. how is the company reacting? >> reporter: good morning. the company is calling the judge's ruling flawed but attorneys for the state of oklahoma say they're willing to defend this decision all the way to the u.s. supreme court if necessary. there are roughly 2,000 other cases like this ready to go to trial and attorneys in those cases say the decision here was a milestone. >> the opioid crisis has ravaged the state of oklahoma. it must be abated immediately. >> reporter: with those words, district judge thad balkman ordered johnson & johnson and its subsidiary janis sen pharmaceuticals to pay $572 million in damages ruling the company's opioid marketing was false, deceptive, and misleading. exponentially increasing rates of addiction and overdose deaths which total more than 4600
according to attorney general mike hunter. >> johnson & johnson motivated by greed and avarice is responsible for the opioid epidemic in our state. >> reporter: the judge agreed that johnson & johnson created a public nuisance, unlawfully doing an act which injures or endangers the health or safety of others. >> i feel like my boy is looking down. >> reporter: state attorney reggie whitten says he lost his son to opioid addiction. >> my son was a good boy that got sick and we didn't know what to do. i know what caused it now. >> we have sympathy for all who suffer from substance abuse. >> reporter: johns ond and johnson attorney sabrina strong says the verdict presents serious constitutional problems. >> i think the nation's opioid abuse crisis is a serious public health issue. nobody disputes that. but you can't sue your way out of the opioid abuse crisis.
>> reporter: some 2,000 similar lawsuits have been consolidated involving state and local governments. they begin to go to trial before a federal judge in ohio this fall. in a statement, lawyers for those cases say the oklahoma judgment is a milestone amid the mounting evidence against the opioid pharmaceutical industry. >> these companies knew what was going on at the highest level. they just couldn't quit making money from it. that's why they're responsible. >> reporter: johnson & johnson says the state disregarded 100 years of leal precedegal preced arguing public nuisance in this case. the attorneys argued what happened here in oklahoma will not affect cases in other states. tony? >> omar, two other companies were originally named in this suit. what happened to them? >> reporter: they actually settled out of court before the trial. purdue pharma actually settled for $270 million. teva pharmaceuticals paid out neher admitted any wrongdoing.
johnson & johnson of course had to pay $572 million which is basically double what purdue had to pay out of court. and they have the stigma of having a judge rule against them. >> they do say they will appeal. omar, thank you very much. in our next hour we'll talk with oklahoma attorney general mike hunter about the judge's decision and the next step in this case, that is ahead on "cbs this morning." iran's president says this morning he will not meet with president trump until the u.s. lifts all economic sanctions on iran. this was hassan rouhani's first statement regarding president trump's statement that he is open to talks. >> we are looking for no ballistics missiles, nuclear weapons, and very simple. we can have it done in a very short period of time. >> last fall you may recall the president pulled out of an
existing deal claiming it was not effective. the brazilian government is saying no thank you to aid from the g7 states to help fight forest fires in the amazon. more than 80,000 fires have been reported in brazil this year. now there is renewed concern that further damage could disrupt global weather patterns. manuel bojorquez is in the amazon region of brazil where it is estimated an area of forest bigger than a soccer field burns every minute. manny, what are you seeing there? >> reporter: where we are, some rain actually helped to tamp down the flames. but there certainly has not been enough of it. you know, the amazon is set to contain 15% of the earth's fresh water and scientists say all of this moisture helps cool down the earth. the fear is with so much of the forest burning it could cause irreversible damage to the world's climate. the scenes from the amazon can be overwhelming. forests once teeming with life claimed by unrelenting flames. it is estimated this year in the
amazon more than 3500 square miles of forest, an area roughly the size of yellowstone national park, have fallen to fires like these. in peru, people are using whatever they can -- shovels, even tree branches to try to smother the flames. many of the fires are believed to be set by farmers trying to clear land. one farmer in brazil says these kinds of things happen here every year. we just aren't able to tell who is responsible. nobody is punished. to get a greater sense of the deforestation, we took to the air. from up here you can really see where humans have continued to cut into the rain forest. there are plots of land where the trees appear to be freshly cut. all of this to make room for soybean production and cattle ranches. ten, 20 years ago this was all rain forest. outside brazilian embassies around the world protesters have been blasting the country's
president and his administration's handling of the deforestation and fires. bolsonaro's administration on monday rejected a $20 million pledge from g7 leaders to help fight the fires. equating the aid to treating brazil like a colony. major fabio paixao helping lead the firefighting efforts dismissed the international criticism. >> there are people who think this type of assistance should have happened faster. do you have anything to say to them? >> translator: we do know it is happening and have taken action before, he said. the only difference is the international visibility came just now. >> reporter: president bolsonaro said he would make 44,000 troops available to help fight the fires but there are reports from some areas that the military presence has been scarce. gayle? >> all right. reporting from brazil. thank you. alleged victims of jeffrey epstein plan to speak in court this morning in what one attorney says will be an
historic hearing. up to 30 women are expected to accept a new york judge's invitation to address the hearing before he moves to dismiss the criminal sex trafficking case against epstein. epstein as you know took his own life earlier this month. mola lenghi is at the federal courthouse in manhattan with more on the story. mola, what do you think we can expect today? >> reporter: good morning, gayle. defense attorneys for jeffrey epstein as well as some of the attorneys representing some of these alleged victims are expected to speak at today's hearing in addition to some of the victims that you mentioned. the federal sex trafficking and conspiracy to sex trafficking charges against epstein are expected to ultimately be dismissed after it appears he hanged himself in his jail cell earlier this month. a federal judge could announce that dismissal today but first he scheduled this morning's hearing to allow epstein's alleged victims to speak. epstein was accused as we know of sexually abusing dozens of women, including underage girls. cbs news has obtained alleged
victims' statements that are expected to be read in court today. one jane doe said, i understand his case may be dismissed or closed, but this makes me feel as though i and anyone else who fell prey to his hands simply do not matter. i ask that you very seriously consider the final decision. the same women who went on to say in choosing death epstein denied everyone justice. gayle? >> we keep hearing those women have a lot to say, mola. so what happens when the criminal case is dismissed? >> reporter: well, of course, there are civil cases that are being brought by epstein's accusers. those will continue to move forward. those are very much alive. and investigators, prosecutors say that they will continue to pursue and investigate any possible coconspirators who may have helped epstein run his alleged sex trafficking operation. and of course there are federal investigations ongoing by the department of justice as well as by congress that are looking into how epstein was able to
apparently hang himself in that federal correctional facility while he was awaiting trial. >> of course we'll be following those, mola. thank you very much. serena williams cruised to victory in her first match of the u.s. open since her controversial loss agast naomi osaka last year. williams dominated maria sharapova in the first-round match in queens, new york last night. the 6-1, 6-1 victory took only 59 minutes. it was williams '19th straight win over sharapova. williams is seeking a record-tying 24th grand slam victory. >> i was watching. i don't think she even broke a sweat. i think she got home in time for dinner. >> pretty quick. >> serena is ready and i am cheering for her. >> her serves were over 120 miles per hour. >> i know. never gets old watching her. >> oh, man. maria, you know, she tried. >> she did. she is good, too. >> she is very good. >> she's a professional. >> very good. serena is better.
the supreme court justice known as the notorious rbg, not notorious b.i.g. a rapper for everyone who doesn't know is talking about her nickname and most recent health scare. hear what ruth bader ginsburg said in her first public outing after a new round of cancer treatments. plus, new legal issues for lori loughlin accused of paying big bucks to get her daughters into college. and only on "cbs this morning" the new effort to help some college good tuesday morning with changes today with tropical moisture and higher humidity and mid-to high level clouds in the sky. temps cooler compared to yesterday but with that mugginess, it will likely feel warmer this afternoon. 94 in concord, 88 in san jose, 72 in san francisco. we continue with that cool down into the weekend.
we have much more news ahead on cbs this morning. people whose family members died in mass shooting talk to us >> the shootings in gilroy.e. the garlic festival. california. >> and people after that happens they say, california has strong gun laws. gun laws don't work. that's just nonsense. when an airplane crashes and safety measures don't work, throw them out, we figure out what happened and then do something to solve the problem. >> a good point. some people say how they live with their loss and why they object to blaming mental illness for the violence. you're watching "cbs this morning."
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ahead, taylor swift's message to the white house after winning the big prize at the mtv video music awards. in our summer series "american wonders," we take you to a california national park that's home to some of the largest living things on earth. we'll show you a giant sequoia tree that was alive during the height of the roman empire. >> wow. >> can you believe that? they are very tall and very old. majestic as can be. >> beautiful. >> your local news is next.
this is a kpix5 news morning update. good morning. it's 7:26. i'm kenny choi. nancy pelosi will take part in a town hall with congresswoman jackie speier on gun control. she wants measures to be acted upon that have cleared the u.s. house. investigators are trying to figure out of two smash-and-grab robberies 70 miles apart are related. they are comparing photos of the suspects in milpitas to those in modesto. warriors presale tickets go on sale today with fans
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-- you're around something that's prehistoric. welcome back to "cbs this morning." we were just having a private joke in the studio. what just happened in the "eye opener" -- >> i missed it because i was having a private joke with you. it was us. any reaction -- >> i was eavesdropping. >> please, we were talking about the trees. >> they're beautiful, aren't they? >> talking about the trees. >> i've never been. >> it is -- it is must-see, i have to say that to you. welcome to "cbs this morning." i'm gayle king with tony dokoupil, anthony mason is off, but as you see adriana diaz is sitting in. we're glad about. that congress set to returns in two weeks. house speaker nancy pelosi is latcheting up pressure on -- ratcheting up pressure on lawmakers to act on gun violence. the country's most powerful democrat said just yesterday she would not take no for an answer after two mass shootings this month. but any push for reform faces opposition in the republican-led
senate as congress struggles to address the issue. we wanted to speak of the seemingly impossible task of moving on after tragedy. >> you go three periods of time when -- you go through periods of time when you feel the worst thing that's ever happened to me has already happened to my. at the same time, i've never -- i don't want to get over it. >> you do not. >> i don't want to get over it.
chris was our only child. getting over it would seem to be a betrayal of my son's memory, and i don't want to get over it. >> how do you go on? >> i feel i have an obligation as a parent to my son, and that's the work that i do to try to stop gun violence. >> you said before we started now all the shootings are ranked in categories. what do you mean? >> you have the hate crime category, you have the church category, you have the school category, bottom line is dead is a category. >> people say it's about second amendment rights. the right to bear arms. >> yeah. >> i have a right to see my daughter enter eighth grade this fall. and i don't get to do that. and i am grossly as a mental health professional offended by the words of our president and members of congress linking mental illness to mass shootings. >> you don't see it as a mental health issue? >> the vast majority of people who are mentally ill are not violent by a long shot.
most of the gun violence that we see on a daily basis is related more to domestic violence and misogyny. one thing that isn't talked about a lot is suicides. families who have lost a loved one to suicide suffer the same grief that we do. >> have any of you ever thought about suicide after this? >> yes. >> yes. >> i would say in the early days, it was very dark. and i hope by me saying yes others can be encouraged by hearing it and ask for help they need. >> it was like i died. chris was everything to me. he was the center of my life. i think the reason why suicide doesn't really -- chris wouldn't want that. you know, i'm living -- i'm all that's left of my son's memory. i'm keeping him alive by being alive. >> i want to be with her. you know. that's -- that's really what it is. i want to be with her. >> yeah. >> and i would -- if i could, i
would say, i'm so sorry, you know. i'm so sorry you didn't get what you deserved. but i'll stay here for the work that needs to be done, but i just want to be with her. >> i so feel that when you say "i just want to be with her, i just want to be with her." >> i have this beautiful, brown-skinned, curly haired, singing daughter. and i woke up one morning, and i didn't have her. >> we have to think about the people who were the shooters. in all of these cases, they were young, white men in their 20s. >> we don't like to talk about race in a lot of these mass shooting situation, but i think it's an important conversation to have. >> sandy hook wasn't a race issue -- >> it wasn't. but it permeates everything. i'll tell you an interesting conversation my husband said to me shortly after the shooting. he goes, you know, i've spent my whole life as a black man in america trying to convey that
i'm a safe person especially in white environments. i look people in the eye, i make sure not to take up too much space because i'm a six-foot, six-inch, 300-pound black man. yet, a white person, boy, killed my daughter, and i'm not allowed to look at him or look at others in that way, right. i'm supposed to give a grace that i have never been given as a black man in america. >> yes. >> however, i will. i wish people would give that to us, and i sat in the passenger seat, and i just cried with him. >> emmett till's mother allowed people to see what had been done to her son's body. and that changed the game in the civil rights movement. where are you all in people seeing the damage that is caused when your child, your father, your loved one, is shot,
massacred? >> they need to see it. they need to see -- people are visual learners. people need to see the devastation. >> i think it's a fair question. i think it's an important one to discuss. i think -- >> how many times was anna shot? >> many. many. >> would you have wanted us to see that? >> absolutely not. if this beautiful 6-year-old baby, her living picture, her voice, her affect, everything about her alive didn't change you, her photo dead wouldn't change you either. >> i say if gun violence in america does not make your heart hurt, makes your soul cry, if you can't feel that, then you can't feel anything. >> really tough to hear, and i was there. it's tough to rehear it again. i think part of the reason why they're speaking is they said maybe if people hear our stories, they will hear us, really hear us, and maybe that
could lead to change. and they all said that they enjoy talking about their loved ones. it's not something they run from. they want to have a conversation about it. >> at the same time, you could tell it was difficult for them at moments. and nelba says she does it because there's work that needs to be done. >> they all feel that. >> is there one thing that they are looking at next that they hope will happen? >> we'll talk about that in the next hour. we're talking about forgiveness and the possibility of change. yeah, they were hopeful. to be honest with you, it's very, very hard. so far nothing has changed. >> and with all the shootings that continue to happen that i'm sure just retraumatizes them. i know when we spoke to students at parkland after dayton and el paso they said they relive it every single time this happens. >> and what they said, too, and we all believe this, it's going to happen again. it's going to happen again. you have to ask the question, who is next. we'll have more of our conversation in the next hour. we'll talk with the daughter of a man killed in the recent el paso shooting and how she's trying to cope. it's only just three weeks after that tragedy.
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that is a shot of boston where actress lori loughlin will be back in court today for a hearing in the college admissions scandal. she and her husband, fashion designer mossimo giannulli, are accused of paying bribes to get their daughters into college. of course you remember this. both have pleaded not guilty to fraud and money laundering charges. carter evans explains why their strategy to be represented by the same law firm could backfire. >> reporter: in federal court today, lori loughlin and mossimo giannulli will face a series of questions from the judge over the potential implications of presenting a united legal fight. >> the concern here is that this law firm cannot zealously represent loughlin and her husband because they might be pointing fingers at each other. >> reporter: the pair is accused of paying half hour a million dollars to get their two daughters admitted into the university of southern california as crew recruits even though they were not competitive rowers. a giant defense could prevent their attorneys from using evidence that could be favorable to one of them if it implicates
the other. >> the benefit for lori loughlin and her husband is that there's strength in having a joint defense. that they'll stand in unity saying this is an unfair prosecution. the risk of them sticking together in a joint defense is they both could go down. >> reporter: 33 parents have been charged in connection with paying mastermind rick singer's organization to get their children into top univerersitie. soso fafar, 14 havee recommende spend four months behind bars. gayle? >> carter, thank you. ahead only on "cbs this morning," an announcement from the college board that could affect millions of high school students. and in "what to watch," we'll tell you about the big winners in last night's mtv video music awards and why one
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because, after all, we had one important thing in common -- we were both born and bred in brooklyn, new york. >> lovel her. yesterday the university school of law awarded justice ginsburg an honorary doctoral agree. she said her inspirations are amelia earhart and nancy drew. >> everybody loves her. pulling for her. she gets treated for cancer and keeps going and going. >> remarkable. the next story shows the magic of mother nature. a raft of volcanic rocks more than double the size of manhattan is drifting across the pacific ocean. a sailor captured video of the vast see of pumice while slowly navigating through it. experts say the more than 58 square-mile stretch probably came from an underwater volcano near tonga. scientists believe the raft could replenish the great barrier reef's coral that will have suffered major declines due to climate change. they say sea organisms can attach to the rocks which helps
them spread. >> that video we were looking at pumice? that wasn't ocean around -- it was on top of the rock? >> he office top of the rock. it's 90% below water. 10% above water. >> wow. >> if you hadn't told us, i wouldn't know what we were looking at. big night in music. >> yay! >> the mtv video music awards. among winners, rapper missy elliott who received the michael jackson video can guard award. billy eilish took home best new artist. and cardi b. thanked fans for signing a petition at the end of her video that called for congress to pass the ekwult act. >> in voting for this video means that you want a world where we're all treated equally under the law. [ cheers ] regardless of who we love, regardless of how we identify, i want to thank everyone who
signed that petition because it now has half a million signatures which -- [ cheers ] which is five times the amount that it would need to warrant a response from the white house. >> the equality act aims to grant federal protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. i feel like we might see rbg in one of her videos. >> no response from the white house yet. >> no response yet. >> she is waiting. >> stepping out there. thank you so much. if you ever get a chance to see a giant sequoia, you must go. we'll explain after the break. you're watching "cbs this morning." ♪
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this is a kpix5 news morning update. good morning. at 7:56. i'm kenny choi. a crash from a speeding suv with several trees and a fire hydrant involved in west oakland. the fire department is on the scene and it's under investigation. a ride-share protest caravan from southern california will roll through the bay area and 10 san francisco and then oakland with hundreds of overscan lyft drivers taking part. education will be
good morning at 7:58 and remain travel times, bad news, all in the red with an accident on every single one of them slowing you down at this hour and that is through the altamont pass and for those on the eastshore freeway and highway 4 and really slow with 96 minutes on 101. at the bay bridge, you are backed up to the foot of the maze and onto the 880 flyover at this hour and it is slow and an rafael bridge, also at the toll plaza. we are starting off with clear skies and for the coast and parts of the bay, areas of low clouds and fog and through
good morning to our viewers in the west. it's tuesday august 27th, 2019. welcome back to "cbs this morning." a landmark legal judgment against an opioid maker will speak with the attorney general who filed the lawsuit in the case. four people talk about the shock of losing a family member in a mass shooting and the constant reminders that add to their grief. in our series american wonders we enjoy a quiet moment with giant trees from thousands of years ago. but first here is today's eye-opener at 8:00. puerto rico is under a hurricane watch this morning with tropical storm dorian now
taking aim at the caribbean island. a high-end tropical storm, maybe a low end hurrican either way you need to prepare in puerto rico for a hurricane. police say he crashed his truck after driving away from the site of the stabbing. when he crashed, he jumped into a police cruiser somehow responding to the scene and the deadly drive continued. roughly 3,000 other cases ready to go to trial and attorneys in those cases say the decision was a milestone. >> president said he was make 40,000 troops available to fight the fires. there are reports from some areas that the military presence has been scares. federal charges against epstein are expected to ultimately be dismissed. richard berman scheduled the hearing to allow epstein's alleged victims to speak. ♪ >> last night's mtv video award. >> crowd favorite and to be missy elliot's seven-minute
performance of all her hits. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> holla. missy elliot had a good night last night. everybody was glad to see her. she looked good and sounded good. >> amazing. >> put on a good show. >> a really nice show. i'm gayle king with tony dokoupil. adriana diaz is here so we've got it covered. we'll begin with puerto rico under hurricane watch as tropical storm moves in. moves to the dominican republic tomorrow and then will head to bahamas as a tropical storm and possibly hit florida sunday.
jeff is her following the story closely. the big question, jeff, is it on track to hit puerto rico? what do you see? >> it is on track to hit puerto rico. it's likely to be a strong tropical storm but possible a small storm. intensify rapidly. it's possible it could be a hurricane. looking at the storm we just got the latest stats as of 8:00 a.m. winds are still 50 miles an hour. that's good news. it has not strengthened yet. located over saint lucia. taking a turn towards puerto rico and a hurricane watch is in effect. what you're looking at is the possibility or probability that winds will be over 40 miles an hour. tropical storm force winds. you can see, there's puerto rico, there's the dominican republic. the center of the storm seems to be going what we call the mona passage meaning it's staying over the water. if that happens it will maintain identity and structure and have a better chance of becoming a strong storm in florida as we head into the weekend. this is our spaghetti model plot. it looks like spaghetti.
all the different computer models, possibilities, all showing it headed somewhere in the state of florida. remember if it can maintain its structure, it can restrengthen over warm gulf stream waters. you should be thinking about the possibility of a low end hurricane in florida as we head towards the weekend. >> that you so much. >> you're welcome. in a first of its kind case a judge is punishing johnson & johnson for what the court says is the role in the opened crisis. the judge ordered the giant to pay $572 million to the state of oklahoma. he ruled the company downplayed the risk of opioids which the state blames for more than 4,000 deaths. >> the judge's decision said johnson & johnson used the phrase pseudoaddiction to convince doctors and patients who showed signs of addiction were being undertreated for pain. the suggested remedy for the treatment was to prescribe still more opioids. johnson & johnson plans to appeal the ruling. it says in a statement, quote, state's claims violate fundamental principles of due
process by seeking to hold a company liable for conduct permitted under federal law and regulations. we have with us now mike hunter, oklahoma attorney general. he led the state's lawsuit. mike, good morning. >> good morning. how are y'all? >> when i visited you in your office maybe a year ago when you talked about this case, you said you were looking forward to trial, confidence in your laws, confidence in your state. i guess that confidence paid off. at the same time you were asking for $17 billion and you only got $572 million. how satisfied are you this morning? >> well, any time you win a case and the verdict is in excess of half a billion dollars, i think that's a w, tony, any way you look at it. >> well said. >> very well said. >> we were looking to deal with the state's crisis with the consequences of the oversupply, mismarketing, fraudulent practices of johnson & johnson, in a comprehensive way over multiple years. this is a significant judgment. when you put it together with
settlements of two other defendants, we've got almost a billion dollars to deal with our problems here in oklahoma. >> can you explain to us, mike, exactly what johnson & johnson did? at one point you said created public nuisance by creating the crisis. can you lay that out specifically? what did they do? >> this shameful stream of commerce began back in the mid-'90s when johnson & johnson conspired with other industry partners to begin creating this situation with regard to we've got to treat pain. so if you don't treat pain, you're not being responsible to your patients. so they needed a magic drug and the magic drug was opium. so they bought a poppy farm down in australia. their subsidiaries, wholly-owned subsidiaries ran the poppy farm. for the last two decades, they have been supplying 60% of the active pharmaceutical ingredient
for prescription opioids in this country. so when we call them the kingpin of the crisis in oklahoma and this country, we mean what we say. subsequent to that, they mismarketed the products. they fraudulently misrepresented the addictive qualities, they conspired with their industry partners to head off changes that would have abated the epidemic, certainly would have improved the ability of policymakers to deal with it. so johnson & johnson is in this up to their neck. alex gorski would be a hypocrite -- >> mike, you said they knew what they were doing? >> absolutely. >> johnson & johnson says they are not going down without a fight. they plan to appeal. they say the decision is flawed and say you, quote, failed to present evidence that the company's products or actions created that public nuisance. why do you think they are taking that position and is the evidence -- where is the evidence and what is the evidence you see johnson &
johnson broke the law. >> they must have been at a different trial for seven weeks here in norman or had an attack of amnesia. the judge's order clearly their culpability in the state. they can ignore that and deal with double talk or orsellian spin with regard to what's happening with regard to this decision but the judge clearly found they are responsible. they have been assessed over half a billion dollars, and we expect them to pay. again, we expect the ceo of this company to step up, quit being a hypocrite, write the check, so we can start dealing with the mess they have created here in oklahoma. >> mr. attorney general, people are now going to be looking north of you to ohio where there's a massive consolidated case involving lots of opioid manufacturers and distributors. what does the ruling in your case mean for that bigger picture case and for the larger crisis of opioid addiction in this country? >> well, i hope it's helpful to
my fellow attorneys general around the country. there's a seven week record now that establishes the conduct not only of johnson & johnson but other opioid manufacturers, what they conspired to do. what they ignored, what they misrepresented. so i hope it's a template for the rest of the country. i hope it's a template for those trying to seek redress for their clients, cities,counties, and states. that's something we feel very proud about. we tried this case. we did what we needed to do. we made a record. i can't say enough about the courage the judge showed in this case by looking at the facts and finding this company responsible for what they have done to oklahomans. >> certainly a big win for you, mr. hunter. >> thank you. >> so many lives lost. thank you so much. the fallout from the massive college admission scandal could benefit millions of students. ahead in a "cbs this morning" exclusive, our school matters
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in the second part of our exclusive conversation with four people who lost loved ones to mass shooting, we in the second part of our conversation d together by a tragedy. it's a club nobody wants to join. we first heard from stephanie medicalen desafter her father was killed after the shooting at el paso, texas. she told norah o'donnell he died protecting her daughter and her mother. on our panel, stephanie message desand others talk -- melen did he s and others talked about the after effects of sudden loss. >> your life is -- is ordinary and everything is in place, and then in a moment your world changes. >> i live in el paso, which has been named one of the safest cities. all i know is that my dad went and took my daughter shopping for clothes, and the next minute he was gone. >> you feel like you're in a state of shock? >> i think it would be called shock. >> in the beginning, it was a fog, and you couldn't see clear. but you learned to navigate day by day, one day might be a good
day, another day i don't want to get out the bed. and -- >> still? >> yes. still. four years later. i can't call my mom and ask her how do you cook gumbo. to go to charleston now is very difficult for me. >> she mentioned like picking up the phone. there's times i pick up the phone ready to call my dad, and i can't. >> it is not fair to create this permanent underclass of people who have to do this. in addition to didn't you say you have to go back to work next week? >> yes. >> are you thinking, stephanie, i have to get back to living my life? >> for my daughter. for my kids. you know, she's been through so much. >> she was there. >> she was there. i need to show her that the world doesn't stop. >> what would you say to that, she's saying i have to make life normal again, i have to get back to work? >> i would -- advice sucks. that's the first thing i'm going to say. advice sucks. and i'm answering because gayle asked me. be gentle with yourself.
and honor the everyday. >> i do think there's the encouragement of el paso strong, dayton strong. how do you feel about that? >> i know it's support, but it's a reminder that this happened. it's a reminder every day. >> yeah. >> in the beginning, it felt somewhat comforting. oh, they haven't forgotten. but i think eventually people do move on. and the bumper stickers fade. >> it is really, really wonderful to cheer el paso strong or sandy hook strong, but it is even more helpful to fuss that came with a commitment to lift us up forever because we're not just grieving you're weekend. i will -- year one. i will grieve anna until the day i die. >> where are you on the issue of forgiveness for the shooter? >> my sister was the first one to say "i forgive you" on the tv, and i started screaming and
hollering like -- 48 hours and you're talking about forgiveness? it took me almost a year. even being a reverend. >> you have forgiven? >> i have now. >> why? >> in order to get all of that anger and rage, i had to get to a point and understanding what i really believed in my faith and to be able to be free. >> where are you, richard? do you think you're capable of forgiving him? >> no. >> no. no, but where are you on forgiveness? >> i just don't understand why it's a narrative quickly go to after shootings. i'm glad you're asking the question because now other people can learn. i saw it in newtown. all the sudden the forgiveness families were in one bucket, and those were the wise families. and then the ones who we like, no, why should i have to forgive them were seen as another. they were asking that of sandy hook families 24 hours later. >> yeah. >> 48 hours later. and i'm like, wait, when did
this become my responsibility to absolve the person who -- to absolve because i feel like it's another way to let folks off the hook. >> i listened to a woman talking about her experience in las vegas. i'm a veteran, i served during the vietnam era. when this woman was talking to me about the experience of what it was like to be there at that concert in las vegas, it reminded me of simulated combat. >> we were given the option of visiting the classroom. and one of the questions i asked was, where's the toilet? and the answer to that was, we removed anything that had been destroyed by gun violence. so if an industrial toilet was destroyed by the fire power -- >> you're thinking imagine what it did to the children. >> we cannot as a nation say that is okay because i didn't sign the 6-year-old up for war. i signed her up for first grade. this is not our kids died
because we were negligent. we have to address the injustice that we are visiting on american families. it's like a hell's lottery where if you lose today, you lose today. and that's not okay. >> it's a hell's lottery, nelba says that we're all playing. it could affect any of us, any of us in this room, anybody listening to this, at any time. one of the reasons why we wanted to do this story is because i feel that we're becoming desensitized. steve hart man who does beautiful pieces for us at cbs, i've seen many stories and after one shooting he said, we mourn, pray, repeat. mourn, pray, repeat. i've never forgotten those words. i just want us to see that behinds all of these stories as we all know there are people living lives in people's lives who are grossly affected for rest of their lives. >> woven into their story. >> i can't stop thinking about it. you can watch our extended interview with the loved ones of mass shooting victims tonight at
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♪ what yo ♪ what do you want me to say? i don't know this song. what you want me to say? welcome back to "cross-examinati"cbs this morning." we are at "talk of the table." it's where we pick out a story that we like and we share with each of us and you at the same time. >> i'm talking about big news from the drug enforcement administration. the d.e.a. says it will review 33 applications to grow cannabis. why does this matter? a little-known fact, the university of mississippi has been the only federally approved cannabis grower in this country.
and the university of mississippi does not grow it in the way they grow it in colorado and washington. if i am going to study it, i need the real stuff. the 33 growers will be providing a little more market-grade marijuana, to help people find out what the effects are. i should add, and this is important, there's a catch-22 here. marijuana is a federal schedule 1 controlled drug, which means no medical value. you can't prove medical value until you let people research the medical value. until they open those doors, having the good stuff to study may not help researchers come up with the effects. >> the agency is allowing the growing of drugs? >> after many decades of only having the farmers at the university of mississippi. >> i should point out something here -- >> my dad is a drug dealer.
>> he's going to tell us. one day, i want to hear that story. tony has talked about it. i'm not putting him on blast. saying anything -- >> that was colombian gold. that's better now. >> there's a big story. you wrote a book about it. i would like to meet your dad. maybe you should have him at the table one day. >> i don't know. a lot of research-grade product. yesterday, we told you -- i'm talking about popeye's chicken sandwich. i haven't gotten one. it was still sold out yesterday. in the elevator said, i went, y it's sold out, they said come back tomorrow. we've been telling you about popeye's chicken sandwich. people are lining up in charlotte, north carolina. a teenager registered people to vote while they were waiting in line. david ledbetter is his name. he won't be able to vote until next year. but he registered 16 people. he went because there's a lack
of young people politically involved. i believe it's our duty to vote as american citizens. it would be wrong not to exercise our political vote. i wonder if he got the chicken sandwich. he got people to vote. i saw something on twitter where somebody said, i hope people feel as strongly about voting as they do about the chicken sandwich. >> maybe if you had chicken sandwich for free on election day, like an i voted sticker, that's the payoff. >> put the polls in the popeyes. >> i know you go. i mean, lots of people would probably go. >> i would. i always go, too. but i would go. what are you thinking? >> i have an announcement, first on "cbs this morning," spotify is revealing its song of the summer. what do you think was the song of the summer? >> the first they're real estate veal i revealing. >> i would pick li'l nas x. >> george strait top 50.
>> it's not li'l nas x. i was shocked. here's what actually is -- i'm going to break it down. number three, the music streaming platform ranked the most extreme songs. and for number three, it is "bad guy," by bi kwt" billie eilish. ♪ i'm the bad guy duh ♪ >> that blood is a little creepy. number two, ed sheeran and justin bieber's collaboration, "i don't care." >> you' ♪ you're making me feel like i am somebody ♪ >> is that justin bieber in the panda suit? >> yes. well, he's in the video. i don't know if that's him in
the panda suit. >> topping the list since its release, is "senorita" by shawn mendes. ♪ i love it when you call me seni seniorita ♪ ♪ i wish i didn't meet you but it's true ♪ ♪ i should be you know i love it when you call me senorita ♪ >> there it is. >> it was steamy. i love the song. they are a couple. >> is that official? >> i heard it was official. i believe it was official. there are some people, like patty's daughter, mary, that doesn't necessarily believe it's true. >> i don't think you can fake that. that's chemistry. that's attraction. >> that's real by. >> i think they're a couple. but there's a lot of people that don't believe it. i think they're a couple.
>> i don't think you can fake steam, can you? can you make steam, tony? >> i don't any you can at all. you can't fake musical awareness. 3 out of 4 songs, i didn't kn. i feel old. >> we will help you. >> i'm a dad. >> we're cool girls. we're going to help you. in our series, "school matters," we're looking at reform that could affect high school students in the aftermath of the college scandal. only on "cbs this morning", the board of admissions will give consistent information on every high school and neighborhood. the idea is to highlight resourceful students who have done more with less. and the board is increasing security measures to curb cheating on the s.a.t.
meg oliver looked at the impact of the changes and joins us in the studio. what did you find? >> reporter: as more colleges and universities have become test-optional, the college board is giving colleges a reason to continue using the s.a.t. as part of theed admissions process. the solution, landscape, and how it says it enl evens the playin field for all students. >> i'm applying to ten colleges. that's what my guidance counselor recommended. >> reporter: why so many? >> you want to cast a wide net. >> reporter: simone admits applying to college is stressful. over the weekend, she took a second stab at the s.a.t.s, hoping to boost her score. what's it like? >> it's nerve-racking. you feel like every question that you answer, you think, will i get into college. >> reporter: simone selects a college prep high school in new york city, maintains a 3.8
grade point average, plays sports and volunteers. she doesn't know if it's enough to get into the school she wants. how hard is it to trust the process after the cheating scandal? >> it can be concerning because you're putting so much trust into this process. you're meeting all of the guidelines and meeting the deadlines and all of the things you have to do. and you're trusting that other side to consider everyone fairly and not be bribed. >> reporter: is the s.a.t. system fair for everyone? >> i think it's fair. and i think that it's fair but it has limits. >> david coleman is ceo of the college board. in wake of the college admission scandal, he's announcing changes, like where tests are need to be taken. >> we're not going to allow environments outside of schools anymore. if we do, we'll have checks on the identity of the student and proctor. >> reporter: back in may on "cbs this morning," you announced if
adversity school. >> it's about the broad context they grew up in. >> reporter: you're changing that to landscape. >> we heard and thought we could do better. there's no single number that tries to sum up your neighborhood and school. today, we share with everyone, how we calculate it. and within a year, for every student and family, they'll be able to see the information for the neighborhood and school. >> reporter: landscape looks how the test score compares with other students in their high school. and evaluates factors, include g ing local college attendance rates. how fair is standardized testing? >> it's a fair measure of achievement. it might be useful to know they achieved that score on the s.a.t., but it was 300 points higher than anyone ever at that school. that's an amazing context. >> i would say, it's a start. would i say it's enough?
>> reporter: college counselor, says the changes can only do so much. >> i am hoping that it's not exploited. i am hoping it's used for what it's made to be. it won't be until we see shifts in admissions rates of students of cool lor, low-income. progress is being made. it will have to be aait and see at this point. >> critics worry that lower-incolower e parents might move into lower-income neighborhoods to give their child an education. >> people do that now to get into a good school. when they announced the project, they weren't going to tell people what the adversity score was. now, they're going to be transparent. >> within a year, you have information ohe neighborhood schools and the high school.
they hope this will help rural schools. maybe somewhere in the middle of the country, that universities aren't aware of. >> it is a good start, until you address the landscape in the real world, this is an adjustment. new technology is about to change how people experience a national park with some of the oldest trees on earth. "american wonders" visits
in our summer series "american wonders," we are exploring places that make america wonderful. from majestic natural landscapes to spectacular manmade creations. sequoia national park in california is home to some of the largest and oldest living things on our planet. and as jonathan vigliotti shows us, a visit to this forest is a step back in time even in an age of global connectivity. >> reporter: it's morning here in sequoia national park. an ancient forest high in the sierra mountains of california. as we made the climb through its winding switchback roads -- >> this is unbelievable. they're like huge buildings. >> reporter: the park's main attraction reveals itself. >> i'm surprised there aren't more accidents on this road for people just like looking up. >> reporter: groves of some of the largest living things on
earth, giant sequoia trees, stretching hundreds of feet into the sky. >> giant sequoias have been described as being living relics of an ancient forest and just by looking at them, you almost feel like you're -- you're around something that's prehistoric. >> reporter: daniel blankenship is sequoia national park's interpretive ranger. he's one of many caretakers of this forest which is home to its most famous resident. general sherman. the planet's largest tree. >> it's not the world's tallest. it's not the world's widest tree either. it's the world's largest by volume. 103 feet in circumference at the base. 36 1/2 feet in diameter. it stands over 275 feet tall. >> one, two, three -- >> reporter: it's not just size that's turning heads, it stands nearly as tall as the statue of liberty. general sherman is estimated to be 2,200 years old, alive during the height of the roman empire. and its species is believed to date back to the triacik period about to change.
>> our new cell phone tower, the first of its kind, has been approved for the park. >> reporter: how does that impact that experience? >> people trying to disconnect and journey into the park not have to worry about the addiction of the -- answering cell phone messages or phone -- >> instagram. >> instagram, yeah. >> reporter: what's the positive? >> first is safety in the park. here we are at this elevation,
in the sierra-nevada mountains. hours away from the closest hospital. communication, having multiple groups of visitors being capable of communicating and coordinating with each other. >> reporter: so an ancient forest gets a small modern upgrade? >> yeah. >> reporter: an upgrade hundreds of millions of years in the making. for "cbs this morning," jonathan vigliotti, three rivers, california. >> thank you, jonathan vigliotti. if you haven't been, you must go. you walk around, you -- you leave the day with a crook in your neck because you spend so much time looking -- it is spectacular. majestic. >> don't even bother taking pictures. take your pictures, but you try to fit it into the camera lens, you look at your phone -- somehow it doesn't translate. >> pictures didn't it justice. until you're shooting for cbs, that looked good. >> unless you're a professional. speaking of professionals follow us on our "cbs this morning" instagram page and this, the national parks service will be taking over our account today, and they will be featuring photos from iconic parks across the country. before we go, how an
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