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captioning sponsored by cbs ♪ >> o'donnell: tonight, major developing stories from the white house. a stunning admission-- for the first time the president's acting chief of staff publicly admits the administration held up ukraine military aid to force an investigation of the democrats. >> i have news for everybody-- get over it. >> o'donnell: also tonight, an unprecedented move. is the president violating the constitution and profiting by holding an international summit at his own private golf resort? syria cease-fire. turkey gets what it wants. kurdish forces have to move out. and cbs news has learned the pentagon says they've still noto ps. 59 babies died in inclined sleepers like this. tonight, a new study points to a
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serious design flaw which pediatricians have warned about for years. >> oh, my god! >> o'donnell: now video raises serious questions about that deadly hotel collapse in new orleans. were safety warnings ignored? a major announcement from the nation's biggest e-cigarette maker. and the women about to make history 260 miles above the earth. earth. this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell. >> o'donnell: good evening. and thanks so much for joining us for our western edition. it was an extraordinary day in washington, unlike one we've ever seen before. we've got breaking news with three important stories with president trump right in the middle of all of them. first, his a military aid to ukraine was
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contingent on that country investigating the democrats. it was a move that stunned even the president's only legal team. the president also decided to hold the next g-7 summit at his own golf resort, in effect, using his office to direct a massive contract to himself in >> reporter: if it was, norah, it left the president's own lawyers mystified and blindsided, according to our source. co tonight, mulvaney is already trying to walk his comments back, saying in a statement that he was somehow misconstrued.
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>> i have news for everybody-- get over it. there's going to be political influence in foreign policy. >> reporter: the president's acting chief of staff, mick mulvaney, admitted today that there was a quid pro quo involving u.s. military aid to ukraine, but not, he insisted, for the reason everyone thinks. >> the money held up had absolutely nothing to do with biden. and that was the point i made to you. >> reporter: instead, he said, president trump put a temporary hold on millions in aid to get ukraine to investigate a debunked theory about a hidden server containing hillary clinton's emails. >> look back to what happened in 2016, certainly was part of the thing that he was worried about >> repor b t hprt asked ukrainian counter-part to investigate both the "crowdstrike" server, and former vice president joe biden, his potential campaign rival. >> things have just gone from very, very bad to much, much
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worse. >> reporter: mulvaney's comments stunned impeachment investigators on capitol hill. new jersey democrat tom malinowski. >> it has never happened in the history of this country, as far as i know, to condition security assistance on a personal political favor for the president of the united states. and they've just admitted that's exactly what they did. >> reporter: another central figure testified behind closed doors today. gordon sondland, the u.s. ambassador to the european union, said he was disappointed when the president directed him to work with his personal lawyer, rudy giuliani, whose agenda "included an effort to prompt the ukrainians to investigate vice president biden." >> the white house is saying this is what happens in politics all the time. get over it. that may be true, but not in america. >> o'donnell: and, nancy, i have to ask you tonight, what did the justice department have to say about all this? >> reporter: well, norah, we're told by sources there that
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justice officials were angry and utterly confused by something that mulvaney said. he suggested that the president just wanted ukraine to cooperate with a u.s. investigation into the 2016 election. well, d.o.j. fired off a statement saying that, "if the white house was withholding aid in regards to any investigation at d.o.j., that is news to us." >> o'donnell: hard to believe what's happened today, nancy. thank you. and the president's decision to hold the next g-7 economic n flot at one of his private resorts in florida is raising constitutional questions tonight. major garrett on why some say the president is committing a double bogey by profiting from his position of power. >> doral was by far anesical epcility for this meeting. >> reporter: amid accusations of conflict of interest, acting chief of staff, mick mulvaney, asserted hosting the global ic somic summit at the trump- owned doral resort was not prlegal or inappropriate bec
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president will not reap a profit. >> they're doing this at cost. as a result, it actually has been dramatically cheaper for us to do it at doral. >> reporter: the white house narrowed its final list to four sites, including two locations in utah, and another in hawaii. mulvaney said it was mr. trump who proposed holding the g-7 at his club. a senior official said mr. trump took a very personal interest in doral hosting the summit. mr. trump said this in august: >> it's not about me. it's about getting the right location. i think it's very important. >> reporter: but business at doral is struggling. according to the "washington post," doral's profits dropped nearly 70% between 2015 and 2017. rooms range from $134 to $878 per night. fg suit could compensate fo >> it's publicity that you uouldn't pay for. >> reporter: the white house fro comes amid charges from
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enesident trump that joe biden's son profited from his father's office by serving on the board of a ukrainian energy company. >> if there's one difference you look at been the trump family truthe biden family, the trump family made their money before they went into politics. >> reporter: the constitution prohibits officeholders from accepting any present or emolument from a foreign state or payments from the federal government. >> he continues to own that company and to benefit from it. there's no question that the federal government is going to be paying him a lot of money, which is against the constitution. am reporter: the president's utgal team was not consulted about this public briefing announcing doral as the site of the g-7 summit and would have much preferred a paper statement, fearing inevitable questions about ukraine to the ineing chief of staff. for his part, mulvaney said ulesident trump told him he personally would take the heat for doral winning the g-7 summit sweepstakes. norah. >> o'donnell: all right, major, thank you. eew there's breaking news from texas where the president is e presg a rally tonight. yecretary, rick perry, is stepping down at the end of the
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year. perry has drawn scrutiny for his hle in the president's efforts to push ukraine to investigate the bidens. all right, now to the other big news today, the temporary cease- fire in syria. the president called it a great day for civilization. sporting from neighboring iraq, ghbolie d'agata looks at what irau.s. and turkey actually agreed upon. >> reporter: when vice president n vie met president erdogan today, nothing on their faces suggested about what was about to drop. wee week after turkish forces crossed into syria, turkey and the united states of have america have agreed to a cease- fire in syria. >> reporter: but it's more of a temporary break in fighting ghile handing turkey victory on a plate. >> it will be a pause in military operations for 120 hours while the united states facilitates the withdrawal ofdat acited states to help facilitate verkey's stated objective: the removal of kurdish forces from a
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s-mile-deep so-called safe zone along the turkish border. speaking before a rally in dallas, president trump took the opportunity to express hise lie. >> i want to thank the kurds, because they were incredibly oluty with this solution. y-is is a solution that really-- well, it saved their lives, frankly. >> reporter: kurdish commander mazloum kobani accepted the agreement and said his forces will do what's necessary to make it work. for the past week, turkish artillery and air strikes have rained down on kurdish forces ces the civilian population flike, dozens of people killed, as many as 200,000 displaced. >> o'donnell: charlie joins us tonight from dohuk. so, charlie, where does this thee the u.s. military in the r: reporter: well, norah, cbs news has learned the pentagon has had no change to their withdrawal plan and no direction on how the removal of kurdish forces will be implemented. t> o'donnell: great reporting
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there, charlie. thank you. tonight, there are fears of another possible collapse at the hard rock hotel under onstruction in new orleans. part of the building crumbled on plturday, killing three people. omar villafranca now with a newly posted video that shows workers had serious concerns about the safety of the structure. >> reporter: this grainy video is now being examined by investigators, potential evidence that may help determine what went wrong. ay oh, my god. >> reporter: two days before the accident, a concerned worker filmed an upper floor of the 18- story hotel under construction. he points to a series of red flags, like this floor-to- ceiling temporary beam supporting concrete slabs. " spanish he says, "they was in too bent.s "s one because failures. >> reporter: civil engineer norma jean mattei watched the
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tideo. >> it makede was the brace damaged? was the concrete placed not of eqequate strength? was the concrete just not strong enough? >> reporter: governor jon bel edwards said the possibility of tropical storm winds moving in tomorrow is posing a danger for the two damaged cranes still standing. ar we are working as hard as we can on a timeline that will allow for those crane towers to actually be taken down safely. >> reporter: omar villafranca, cbs news, new orleans. >> o'donnell: to chicago now, where teachers in the nation's third-largest school district aylked off the job today. and as meg oliver reports, the city says it can't afford whattn >> fair contract! >> reporter: by daybreak, chousands of striking teachers flooded the streets. dujuanne evans, who has been teaching sixth grade on th gago's west side for 13
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years, was one of them. bo it's about equity. .o it's not about the money. >> reporter: the most- contentious issues-- overcrowded classrooms and wage increases. but in a city plagued by gun violence and concentrations of poverty, teachers also want additional social workers and nurses in every school. >> they need someone to talk to. their families can't provide it all the time. r her mother ran into the room. >> reporter: recently elected uyor lori lightfoot offered the teachers' union a 16% pay raise over five years. ite visited students today at rso community centers that took ho kids who couldn't go to aass. >> we always have to keep in mind the taxpayers. 3 reporter: with school closed, the 360,000 students and their arelies are searching for alternatives. we caught up with the muhisani's this morning, getting their daughters ready for a $110-a-day strike camp. >> you don't have to eat anything you don't want to eat.
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hopieporter: helen muhisani is hoping the strike ends quickly. what's the best possible outcome here? s that they go to school. hat eporter: that they come to an agreement soon. >> yeah, and they go back to ikeool, like, tomorrow. that would be awesome. >> reporter: unlike the last herke in 2012, all of the chicago school buildings here ste open, offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner for students. norah. >> o'donnell: all right, meg, thank you so much. flags were lowered to half-staff atday at the white house, u.s. capitol, and across maryland in honor of congressman elijah cummings, the longtime civil rights champion and key figure in the impeachment inquiry died this morning. he was 68. chip reid looks back at cummings' remarkable life. >> i may be dancing with the angels when all of this is corrected, but i gotta tell you, we must fight for our democracy. >> reporter: his colleagues on capitol hill say elijah cummings' death leaves an enormous void. >> he's now with the angels, out of pain. >> we respected him because he was good. respect him because of what he fought for he believed in.
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>> reporter: cummings, who wasre oversight committee, spent the sast few years battling health issues and president trump. >> those in the highest levels of the government must stop invoking fear, using racist language, and encouraging reprehensible behavior. >> reporter: he denounced the president's immigration policy that separated parents and children at the border. >> we are better than that! we are so much better! >> reporter: and he fought back oren the president called his baltimore district a "rodent- infested mess." t i do not have time for people r: bwant to trash our city. >> reporter: but today, the president praised cummings tweeting, "his work and voice will be very hard, if not impossible, to replace." after riots broke out in baltimore four years ago... >> go home, folks. >> reporter: ...cummings took the lead in trying to restore order. rmmunity activist anthony pressley says cummings never strayed from his roots. >> we saw him every day.
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ts.walked the streets. he went to the local churches here. he was a part of baltimore. he wasn't from baltimore. he was of baltimore. >> reporter: in a statement, cummings' wife maya said, "he worked until his last breath iscause he believed our atmocracy was the highest and e ht expression of our collective humanity." y."ah. >> o'donnell: a huge loss, indeed, chip, thank you. onere is still much more ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news." the reward is growing in the case of an alabama toddler adnapped during a birthday party. and a new study blames a design flaw in an infant sleeper for causing dozens of deaths. ths. symptoms of hepatitis c. man 1: mine... man 1: ...caused liver damage. vo: epclusa treats all main types of chronic hep c. vo: whatever your type, ask your doctor if epclusa is your kind of cure. woman 2: i had the common type. man 2: mine was rare. vo: epclusa has a 98% overall cure rate. man 3: i just found out about my hepatitis c.
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daughter, arya, died in a fisher-price rock 'n play sncline sleeper. >> it's turned our life upside down. avereporter: nationwide, 59 babies have died in incline 00eepers since 2005, according to the consumer product safety commission. millions of sleepers were recalled. now, a study from the consumer product safety commission says ucat none of the incline sleep products it examined are safe for babies to sleep. >> babies are dying and have died in these products. >> reporter: university of arkansas' erin mannen led the study. >> based on the results of our research, it's something that has to do with the design of a product. >> reporter: pediatric experts say babies should sleep flat on their backs, but some infant sleepers are set on an incline as high as 30 degrees. doctors say the angled position can cause the head to fall forward and block an infant's airway. the c.p.s.c. says suffocation risk to infants disappeared when die incline was below 10 degrees.
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but doctors had warned of risks nd ayears, and amanda butler says earlier action would have urved her daughter's life. >> our daughter had a full life ahead of her. she only got to live 10 weeks of l. that's not-- i don't want anyone else to have to go through that. >> reporter: the c.p.s.c. is expected to vote on the new tougher standard next week. it will then be open for comments. norah, we reached out to manufacturers, but we did not faar back today. >> o'donnell: i hope some changes are on the way. thank you, anna. still ahead, why the country's biggest e-cigarette maker has extinguished some flavors. a. why the country's biggest e-cigarette maker has extinguished some flavors.
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ton'donnell: tonight, the reward is growing in the case of a missing three-year-old alabama girl. ea's up to $33,000 in the search for kamille mckinney.ke police say she was kidnapped
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>> o'donnell: finally tonight, since 1965, there have been 420 spacewalks. an least one man has taken part in every one of them. hall, mark strassmann reports tonight, that changes tomorrow. >> everybody take their positions. >> reporter: living on the international space station gets cramped, but that's not why ktronauts christina koch and jessica meir will step outside it tomorrow morning. together, they'll replace a exterior solar panel, the first all-female spacewalk in history. >> women haven't always been at the table, and it's wonderful to be cib spaceflight program at a time when all contributions are being
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accepted. >> reporter: back in march, koch was supposed to spacewalk with women needed a medium-sized -srso suit and only one suit was ready. history had to wait. >> we currently do happen to have two medium spacesuits on orard now. >> reporter: just this week, itsa modeled this new spacesuit. it's designed to fit the first woman who will walk on the moon. just think-- nasa once thought only men had the right stuff. now, meir is about to become the 15th female astronaut to walk in space. >> it's really nice to see how far that we've come. >> reporter: as in women toepping together into history 260 miles above earth. mark strassmann, cbs news, atlanta. >> o'donnell: and if this story also has you over the moon, you can watch it on nasa tv and we're going to tweet out the link for you. nodok.
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right now at 7:00. >> 30 years ago at this very moment, >> -- >> there is a lot of smoke in the sky and it is hard to tell whether that is from fires or from crumbling buildings around it. buildings in the marina district collapsed and on fire after a 6.9 magnitude quake slams the bay area. men in business suits, dropping their briefcases and picking up fire hoses. emergency crews scrambling to rescue people trapped in the rubble. >> i don't know how were going to get them out. >> okay. >> -- she is breathing and has a cult pulse. thoule ndof getting home as the collapsed cyprus and

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