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all: cbs cares! when a presidential candidate calls his tax plan amazing as donald trump did yesterday it calls for a reality check. so we asked major garrett to dig into the plan that trump calls simple, easy and fair. it will provide major tax relief for middle-income and for most other americans. >> reporter: under trump's plan workers earning less than $25,000 a year would pay no federal income tax. the top bracket would shrink from 40% to 25%. and the corporate tax would fall from 35% to 15%. >> all of this does not add to our debt or our deficit. >> reporter: independent analysis says trump's plan would
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cost the treasury $10 trillion over ten years and increase the nation's $18 trillion debt. howard glickman of nonpartisan tax policy center. >> congress would never pass something like this, even a republican congress would never pass something like this. >> reporter: would never pass the trump plan? >> would never pass the trump plan. they would look at the deficit consequences and it would be impossible. >> reporter: trump like ronald reagan before him promises economic growth triggered by lower federal taxes will make up for most lost revenue. >> looking at 3%. it could be 5%. 6%. we'll have gret that will be tremendous. >> frankly that's implausible, some would say it's ridiculous. no tax proposal is going to double economic growth. >> reporter: to offset the tax cuts trump would slash government spending by as much as 20%. and eliminate some tax deductions and credits. trump would leave in place two of the largest deductions for mortgage interest and charitable contributions.
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>> sound like a great idea. where is the money going to come from? >> economic models show trump's tax plans could create 5 million new jobs and increase wages 6% but scott the bottom ten% of american wage earners would get a fraction of the 15% tax cut trump's plan would shower on the wealthiest 10%. >> major garrett with the details in our washington newsroom. >> major, thank you. today, president obama said the war against the islamic extremist group isis will be a long campaign. mr. obama chaired a summit meeting on terrorism at the u.n. general assembly today. defeating isis he said, will require the end of the syrian dictatorship. the four-year civil war in syria helped create isis. mr. obama's strategy against the terrorist group depends on u.s.-led air strikes and american trained syrian rebels on the ground. david martin reported here last night, that that troubled training program is now on hold.
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holly williams found out why when she met a rebel commander who asked us not to show his face, for fear of assassination. >> reporter: colonel hassan mustafa is a commander in division 30, the home of syria's american-trained rebel fighters. why have so few syrians been trained by the americans so far? >> translator: we gave the americans the names of more than 1,200 fighters he told us, and they only accepted just over 100 of them for training. but the strict vetting process is not his only complaint with america. when the first group of 54 u.s. trained fighters entered syria in july, several of them were captured by islamic militants. colonel mustafa told us america left his men vulnerable giving them too few weapons and too little ammunition.
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but the commander of the second group of 70 u.s. trained fighters admitted to us that he gave half of his american weapons to al-nusra, al qaeda's syrian affiliate. he should face a military court, colonel mustafa told us, those weapons belonged to the syrian people. >> reporter: it is difficult for the u.s. to give division 30 more weapons and more ammunition when it is already handed over some of those weapons to al-nusra. >> reporter: that's true, he told us. we need to review the whole training strategy to make sure our fighters are loyal to syria. >> reporter: as the u.s. has tried to help syrian rebels its
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problem has always been not knowing who to trust. america's $500 million program to train and equip carefully vetted syrian fighters was supposed to solve that problem. instead, though, scott, some of the fighters and their weapons have ended up in the hands of terrorists. >> holly williams with the insightful interview. holly, thank you very much. >> isis funds itself in part by looting syria's ancient treasures. and today, we got the first look at isis' own records which were scooped up in a raid by u.s. special operations forces. here's margaret brennan. >> reporter: when isis financial kingpin, abu sayyaff was killed by u.s. special forces last may, soldiers made a startling discovery. hundreds of antiquities stored in his compound. today, newly declassified documents show for the first time how deeply isis relies on smuggling antiquities to fund its terror. abu sayyaff was the top dealer. receipts show him him to be a careful record keeper.
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treasury officials told us transactions totaled hundreds of millions of dollars. >> they kind of knew what they were doing. >> the state department's richard stengel. >> it was systematic. not only did we see receipts. we saw elaborate work shart of how the antiquities department worked and it was a global operation that uses everything from facebook to the dark web. it was very organized and comprehensive. >> this sounds like a crime ring. >> it is a crime ring. >> reporter: we found evidence of this black market ourselves when we filmed undercover in turkey this month. two syrian smugglers offered us ancient roman mosaics they claimed they had dug out of the ground in apamea. it is one of syria's most important heritage sites seen here in satellite photos in 2011. now riddled with robber holes. if you can't stop the looting, the bet here is you can stop the buying? >> looting is hard to stop. we want to shame the buyers. we want to take that, make that even more underground.
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and then find out who is doing it and bring them to justice. >> reporter: today the state department unveiled a new tactic. the offer of a $5 million reward for any information that it can use to cut off this illicit trade. scott, policing all of this, is going to be incredibly difficult. >> terrible chaos in syria. margaret, thank you very much. >> fallout from the vw scandal. dealers stuck with cars they cannot sell. and, a woman finally gets to thank the nurse who helped save her life.
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today its new ceo said volkswagen will fix 11 million diesel cars rigged with software that cheated on emissions tests. omar villafranca tells us the scandal is a nightmare for v.w.
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dealers. how many cars do you have that you cannot sell? >> 52. >> reporter: allen brown is the general manager of the largest vw dealership in north america. brown admits he was blindsided by the news of the cheating scandal. >> my first reaction was shock. then i think you go through a ton of e motion at that point. and then, very quickly you go back into business mode. >> reporter: angry customers lashed out at volkswagen on twitter. oning day, buy it back. brown says 20% of his fleet is shelved after volkswagen ordered dealers to stop selling the cars affected by the software. that could cost the his dealership $1 million in
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potential sales a month. >> reporter: are you having to look at possibly lay off employees and cut hours? >> we are not there yet. >> reporter: used volkswagen with fraudulent software are still being sold on the secondary market. carmax, the largest used retailer in the country has a few hundred on their lots and told cbs in a statement that they're going to keep selling them. volkswagen announced it is weeks away from fixing the software. the parts department is bracing for half a million cars needing repair. jim gross owns one of the affected cars. >> they cheated right. that's what happened. they cheated on these tests. and i don't appreciate that as a consumer. and somebody at least a little concerned about, an environmental issue, it's, disappointing. >> reporter: dealers don't know if the fix is a software upgrade or scott another option they nay have to take the engine apart. >> omar, thanks very much. >> the secret service gets presidential props for protecting the pope. next.
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today heading back from the u.n. conference on terrorism, president obama made a point of how well the pope's visit had gone. with this, about the secret
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service. >> when something goes wrong when there is a fence jumper, everybody reports on it. the secret service had to manage the pope's visit, president xi's visit, and 100-something world leaders in an unprecedented fashion during the course of the last several days. and they did so flawlessly. >> the world leaders at the u.n. there were plenty of tears today when a woman in upstate new york was reunited with the nurse who helped save her life 37 years ago. the baby in the picture is at 3 months, when she rolled off a couch on to a steam vaporizer. scarpinati wondered about the 21-year-old nurse who gave her loving care. her facebook post went viral. and a day later, nurse susan burger was tracked down. burger was tracked down. at their reunion,
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the subject of our final story belongs to an organization that requires members to balance prayer, work, and leisure and contribute their special talents. dean reynolds tells us that she does all of that religiously. >> reporter: high on a bluff above lake superior lies the college of saint scholastica and the convent of benedictine nuns who founded the school in 1912. ♪ it is where 70 sisters are living out theirspecial vocation in the time honored tra -- traditions of their faith. all except one of them that is. >> hop do it. give it a good look. here we go, guys. here we go, guys. >> reporter: 45-year-old sister lisa maurer is assistant football coach at saint scholastica.
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>> i think we've got it. helm helmets on. keep it classy! and please try to stifle the chuckle. the saints were 10-1 last year. >> right there, grab him! >> i didn't set out to be a football coach. i came here to be a sister, to be a nun. i came here to answer my vocational call. >> reporter: she coached at the high school level before becoming a nun. but even after taking her vows in 2012, the call of sports was strong. >> there was a football team practicing out my backyard. i would just wander out there. say the rosary. walk around practice. i wanted to hear the whistles. >> nice job. >> reporter: head coach kurt ramler. got to know her. >> here s a passionate person who knows her football. i wonder if she could help the team. >> reporter: so ramler offered her a job on his staff. she is a nun does that require some kind of adjustment. >> well i don't swear as much as most football coaches i guess.
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>> reporter: on game days she hands out the prayer she has written for the team. >> this is yours to keep forever and ever. >> reporter: she works with the practice squad and kickers including freshman donovan blatz. >> do you ever talk to her about things that don't have anything to do with football? >> all the time. my girlfriend. my family. see how they're doing. >> reporter: her rapport with the young men is clear. >> good luck. good luck. good luck. >> isn't it awesome that i get to pray and be a football coach. that's pretty cool. who's father? >> our father -- >> reporter: and she is pretty good at both. dean reynolds, cbs news, duluth, minnesota. and that's the "cbs overnight news" for this wednesday. for some of you the news continues. for others, check back with us a little bit later for the "morning news" and "cbs this morning." from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm scott pelley.
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>> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." welcome to the "cbs overnight news." the war in syria taking center stage at united nations general assembly this week. world leaders, president obama and russian president vladamir putin are at odds over how to stop it. mr. obama insists syria's leader, bashar al assad must go. and has the support of prime minister cameron. who sat down for an interview on "cbs this morning." >> mr. prime minister. welcome to "cbs mithis morning." >> good morning. good to be with you. >> can we talk about syria. you said bashar al assad is a war criminal and should be prosecuted? >> yes. he has done appalling things, massacred citizens, millions have fled. and so in my view, you know, he has brokn international law. he has to go. i know there are some people who are thinking, well, look, isil
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is even worse than assad, shouldn't we cut a deal with assad to team up and take on isil. sounds enticing. even if you thought it was the right thing to do which it isn't. it wouldn't work. because assad -- >> -- before you continue the attack? >> you need to do both. we need a syria free of isil and assad. the point i am making, assad is one of the recruiting sergeants for isil. because of what he has done to his people, that is one of the reasons people are flocking to isil to fight for isil. so that method that some put forward wouldn't work. we need a syria free of both. >> do you believe president putin when he says that he is involved in syria because he wants to help take out isil? >> i think putin understands that islamist extremist terrorism is against russia's
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president just as america's interest or britain's interest. he knows that is a threat to him. he has been up to now willing to work with assad. we need to convince him that actually the only way you will have a syria free of isil is to have a replacement of assad. that's what we need these intensive talks and discussions about. meeting between obama and putin last night was important. but we need much more of that to try to build some sort of shared understanding. that's why i met the iranian president yesterday. >> prepared to work with russia and iran in the battle against isis in syria? >> i will work with anybody to build syria free of assad and isil. no british prime minister met the iranian president for 35 years until our meeting last year and met him again yesterday. now, we're miles apart at the
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moment. we need to try to build that understanding that fundamentally we'll never have a secure syria until both those things are eradicated. >> what do you think about president putin. here, politicians described him as a gangster, articulate thug. what do you think of him as a leader and person? >> i built a relationship with him not based on any naive tee about things he has done. he is a very strong, russian nationalist. he is very proud of what russia is and does and stand for. and he wants to be taken seriously on the world stage. and listened to. that doesn't mean we have to agree with him. what he has done in ukraine is completely wrong. britain led the move to have sanctions put on russia just as we did the move to put sanctions on iran. that's really fundamentally where putin comes from. >> will you have conversations with him? >> yes, i have had meetings. >> i'm talking about while you are here?
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>> he had seven hours in the country. he is gone become to russia i think. i am sure i will have conversations in the later. in the end however far apart we are with the iranians or russians the two countries have an influence in what happens in syria. we need to convince them that, that a new syria with a different leader wouldn't necessarily be against their interests, but it would help to get rid of isil. >> but the united states position is that we understand how bad assad is. but we are prepared to wait for some transition in order to get at isis now. they're not demanding he be immediately deposed. >> what, what america is saying, which i agree with, is that you need a transition. like what is clear about that, at the end of that assad cannot be the head of syria. you know, it wouldn't, it wouldn't work. because you would not be able to defeat isil if the guy is running the country. >> almost everybody agrees with that.
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even putin is not opposed to a transition at some point. >> well, so far the problem has been that russia and iran have not been prepared to contemplate the end state of a syria without assad. and that's what we need to make -- >> some people say the problem is, the united states and britain and other western allies have not done enough to support whatever moderates there were who were willing to go against assad, several years ago, continuing until now. the united states just admitted its failure to help moderates. it had been a military failure. >> i think that is a fair criticism. we were, we did do work, britain did work too to train moderate opposition forces haven't trained enough they haven't been successful and they aren't big enough presence. >> isis has grown while you didn't. >> isis grew one because of assad's brutality against his own people. two because of the iraqi government wasn't looking after sunnis and kurds, three, three is crucial.
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around the world we see global islamist extremist movement. yes we have to sort out syria and iraq. we have got to take on the ideology that is poisoning the minds of people sitting in -- you know homes in my country or your country or all over europe. you don't go after the extremist mind set. it will be another country with another problem. >> the point is. that's the reason there was no attack. they looked at britain and there was no possibility -- >> to be fair to both of us. since then a large quantity of syrian chemical weapons has been given up. but there is still use of chemical weapons by the regime. yet another reminder why we shouldn't be cutting a deal with assad. >> yet people in the region took the fact that there was no red line response as a sign of weakness by the west. i suggest, saudi government thought that, the government
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in -- >> but i think you can now jump forward. you can see britain and america taking on isil in iraq. we have done 300 strikes ourselves in iraq. obviously america, with other allies. >> and where are the ground troops coming from? >> ground troops are necessary. they shouldn't be mine view american or british. in iraq it should be iraqi ground troops. >> in syria? >> make sure they include. what we need in syria is a syrian government not led by assad. that can then be a partner in defeating isil. it has the to be, repeating myself. has to be a syrian government. and syrian people. >> is it more difficult now because the russians are having a more embedded presence in syria and, providing more supplies in support of assad so it is now more difficult to get rid of assad? >> that may not be the case if you consider as i do that the reason the russians put those resources in was because they felt assad was on the brink of falling. >> a week ago in an interview --
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russian president putin addressed the u.n. general assembly insisting the regime of bashar al assad is legitimate government of syria and putin insists that the sources were the only one fighting the islamic state. and deserved support of the world. put spin showed a softer side when he sat down with charlie rose for "60 minutes." >> man of us were moved at the emotional moment at the time of the world war ii memory because of the sacrifices russia had made. and you, you, were seen with a picture of your father with
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tears in your eyes. >> translator: my family suffered very major losses during the second world war. that's true. in my father's family there were five brothers. i think four of them died. on my mother's side the picture was pretty much the same. russia has suffered great losses. of course, we can't forget that. and we must not forget that. not to put blame on somebody but to prevent anything like this happening in the future. >> you also have said that the worst thing that happened in the last century was the collapse of the soviet empire. there are those who look at ukraine, especially ukraine and georgia, and they believe that you do not want to re-create the soviet empire, do you do want to re-create a sphere of influence which you think russia deserves because of the relationship that has existed.
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why are you smiling? why? >> you're making me happy. because we're always suspected of ambitions and try to distort or hint at something. i indeed said that i believe that the collapse of the ussr was a huge tragedy of the 20th century. you know why? >> why? >> translator: because first of all, in an instant, 25 million russian people found themselves beyond the borders of the russian state. although they were living within the borders of the soviet union. then all of a sudden the ussr collapsed. just overnight in fact. and it has turned out that in the former soviet republics 25 million russian people were living. they were living in a single
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country. and all of a sudden then turned out to be outside the borders of the country. you see, this is a huge problem. first of all, there were every day problems. separation of families, social problems, economic problems you can't list them all. do you think it is normal that 25 million russian people were abroad all of a sudden. russia was the biggest divided nation in the world. it's not a problem. well maybe not for you but it is a problem for me. >> there are many people who are critical of russia as you know. they say it is more autocratic and less democratic. they say the political opponents and journalists have been killed imprisoned in russia. they say your power is unchallenged. and they say that power and absolute power corrupt absolutely. what do you say to those people who worry about the climate, the atmosphere, in russia?
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>> translator: well there can be no democracy whatsoever without compliance with the law. everyone must observe the laws. this is the most important thing which we must bear in mind. as for these tragic events, such as the death of people, including journalists. unfortunately they do occur in all countries of the world. but if they happen in our country, we do the utmost to find the criminals and to punish them. but the most important thing is that we will continue to improve our political system so that every citizen can feel that they do influence the life of the city, of the country, and of the society. and so that the authorities will feel responsible with regard to those people who trust them during the election campaigns. >> if you, as a leader of this country insist that the rule of law be adhered to, insist that justice be done, and you because of your power, then it could go a long way to -- eliminating that perception. >> well, a lot can be done. but not everyone succeed with
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everything from the very start. how long did it take the democratic process to develop in the united states? do you believe that everything is perfect now from the point of view of democracy in the united states? if everything was perfect, there wouldn't be the problem of ferguson. there would be no abuse by the police. but our task is to see all these problems and to respond properly. >> so the people who killed him will be prosecuted to the fullest? >> yes. i said it right away. that this is a shame for our history. and criminals must be prosecuted and punished.
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>> are you curious about america? more than simply another nation that you have to deal with? >> translator: of course we are curious about what is going on. america exerts enormous influence on the situation in the world as a whole. >> what do you admire most about america? >> translator: i like the creativity. >> creativity? >> translator: creativity when it comes to tackling your problem. their openness. openness and open mindedness. because it allows them to unleash the inner potential of their people. and thanks to that america has attained such amazing results in developing their country. >> let me ask you this -- what do you think of president obama? what's your evaluation of him? >> i don't think i am entitled to give any views regarding the president. that's up to the american people. >> do you think his activities in foreign affairs reflect a weakness?
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>> i don't think so at all. you see, here's the thing. in any country and in the united states, i believe this happens even more often than in any other country, foreign political factors are used for domestic political battles. there is a presidential campaign coming up, so they're playing either the russian card or some other. >> let me ask you this -- do you think he listens to you? >> translator: well i think we listen to each other in a way. especially when it comes to something that doesn't go count r to our own idea about what we should and should not do. >> do you think he considers russia, you said you are not a super power, he considers russia an equal and considers you an equal which is the way you want
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to be treated? >> translator: well, you ask him. he's your president. how could i know what he thinks? >> are you watching the republican political debates? >> translator: well, i don't watch them daily, no. >> marco rubio is running for the republican nomination. he said you were like a, a gangster. >> translator: how can i be a gangster if i worked for the kgb? come on. that does not correspond to reality. >> are people in russia fearful of you? >> translator: i think no. they're not. and most people trust me if they vote for me in the election. that's the most important thing. it places a huge responsibility on me and i'm grateful to people for this trust. but at the same time, i feel this huge burden of
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a new report highlights flood of recruits flowing into syria and iraq to fight alongside isis. according to "the new york times," 30,000 people from 100 countries have made the trip over four years. that include more than 250 americans. holly williams reports from the syrian border where many volunteers cross into the war zone. >> reporter: turkey has been accused of turning a blind eye to thousand of foreign fighters crossing its border into syria. turkish officials told us they're now cracking down. but that it is impossible to stop the flow of islamic
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extremists to groups like isis. the road to the so-called islamic state runs through istanbul, turkey's biggest city a bus ride away from the syrian border where those who join isis are smuggled into the war zone. turkey has a black list of 16,000 names, put together with the help of intelligence officials from the u.s., europe and other countries. if one of the people on that black list tries to enter turkey, they're stopped here and then deported. but it is not enough. this man, a senior adviser to turkey's prime minister told us, foreign fighters are still slipping through the net. it's impossible to catch everyone. >> definitely. >> reporter: some are going to make it through? >> yep. >> reporter: these three teenage girls from britain crossed into syria in february. but this security video showing them in a turkish bus station was only discovered after they had already joined isis.
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plain clothesed turkish police officers have this bus station under 24-hour surveillance and they're profiling travelers. >> from clothing style. from the way they're acting. from way they are speaking. so that it is quite detailed process. >> reporter: they told us they have caught over 120 suspected foreign fighters at this bus station alone in the last five months. including several from north america. here in southern turkey, in another attempt to stop islamic extremists crossing into isis territory, the turkish government has also begun building a concrete wall along part of its 500-mile-long border with syria. >> the "cbs overnight news" will be right back.
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the faa joined the investigation into the death of extreme sports star eric rohmer, he died at a skydiving stunt at golf course in northern california, monday. survived by a wife and two children. michelle miller reports on roner's high flying career and the jump that killed him. >> reporter: witnesses described the mad rush to save rohmer's life after he struck a tree 25 feet high. people on the ground looked for ladders and tried standing on each other's shoulders to reach him. a routine jump for rohmer that turned deadly. 39-year-old eric rohmer experienced the worlden a way most people wouldn't dare to try. >> so, so fun. why do i like that stuff? >> reporter: roner star extreme
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sports athlete, professional skier and pioneer in the sport of ski base jumping where skiers propel off tall cliffs. he had performed thousand of stunts over his career, but on monday, something went wrong. witnesses say, roner missed the drop zone target on a golf course attempting to skydive in the opening ceremony of a tournament in northern california. he hit a tree and was pronounced dead at the scene. he was known for his role in the mtv extreme sports show "nitro circus" which focused on motor cross rider travis pastrana. in a statement, he said, eric was an amazing person who made everyone and everything around him better. >> this is what life is about here. >> reporter: in 2012, roner explained his love for death defying stunts. >> most of the world doesn't really get it. a lot of people think these guys
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are crazy, out of their mind, they're maniacs. initially i did as well. i didn't want to base jump. i didn't want to die. i understood it. >> reporter: roner's death four months after wing suit fliers, dean potter and graham hunt were killed attempting a jump in yosemite national park. investigators are combing the accident scene for clues how this adventure turned deadly. roner is survived by his wife and two children. two other people were involved in monday's skydiving stunt but landed safely. >> that's the "cbs overnight news" for this wednesday. for some of you the news continues. for others check back later for the morning news and "cbs this morning." from the broadcast center in new york city.
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