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and tracks east into alabama, and parts of the deep south. >> american and french jets destroyed an isis car bomb factory in iraq. in other parts of the country. isis was on the attack on the heels of a huge protest in baghdad yesterday. >> reporter: protesters clashed with police inside baghdad's heavily fortified green zone as demonstrators demanded an overhaul of what they call a broken government that has failed to provide basic services, like water and electricity. >> translator: this green zone is not the property of any member of the parliament, it's the property of the iraqi people said this man. and he and hundred of others made themselves at home in this international government compound. rarely seen by iraqi civilians. yesterday, thousands toppled the green zone's blast wall and
stormed parliament. cell phone video shows lawmakers escaping in cars. the crowd, backed by popular shiite cleric al-sadir demanded that the prime minister overhaul the cabinet part of a corrupt political system put in place by the u.s. after the invasion in 2003. this weekend's security breach came less than 48 hours after vice president joe biden visited the iraqi capitalen a show of support for the man who the u.s. regard as stable partner in the war on isis. but there is concern isis is feeding off this political instability. this afternoon the group carried out twin car bombings that rocked the southern iraqi city more than 30 people were killed. the latest in a recent wave of attacks. the clean-up continues following a train derailment and chemical spill in washington, d.c. this morning. a freight train went off the tracks flipping 14 cars on their side. the train was carrying sodium hydroxide used in household
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all: cbs cares! last night's white house correspondent's dinner president obama made his final appearance while in office. and jamie yuccas has details. >> the end of the republic has never looked better. >> reporter: this year marked president barack obama's last correspondents bash which may have been his finest performance. >> i know i was a little late tonight. i was running on cpt -- which stands for jokes that white people should not make. >> mr. obama known for his well placed zingers made the job of comedian larry wilmore even harder. >> i have to admit it is not easy to follow the president, man, you got some jokes, mr. president. mr. obama roasted the
presidential candidates, comparing hillary clinton to an aunt who doesn't understand facebook. >> dear america, did you get my poke? he called 74-year-old bernie sanders the bright new face of the democratic party. bernie, you look like a million bucks, or to put it in terms you will understand, you look like 37,000 donations of $27 each. 20 minutes in he pretended to be wrapping up. i'm just kidding. you know i have got to talk about trump. who was not in the room. >> i am a little hurt that he is not here tonight. once he got started the punch lines kept coming. there is one area where donald's experience could be invaluable, and that's in closing guantanamo. because trump knows a thing or two about running waterfront properties into the ground. the president's last laugh came as just two words. obama out. the end of an era. jamie yuccas, cbs news, new york.
>> the first family's first daughter decided where she is going to college. harvard will be malia obama's new home. not quite yet though, she is taking a so-called gap year. a year off before she starts at harvard in 2017. the first family made the announcement on national college decision day. the deadline for enrollment deposits. for those taking college loans the government rolled out a new payment plan. cbs news business analyst jill slessinger is here. jill, this is called the pay back playbook. they're doing this because there is a problem. >> absolutely. we know that student loan debt has ballooned, gone up two times over the last ten years, $1.3 trillion in outstanding debt. the bigger problem its that about one in four students is actually in default or delinquent on the loan. and the government was really wondering why weren't more people taking advantage of various repayment options that existed since 2009. consumer financial protection bureau did a study found there
were problems with the loan servicers not giving enough information to student borrowers. >> this presents options for pay back? >> absolutely. so what it does -- it lays out three specific ways students can pay back their loans. they do it in plain english, no fine print. let me give you an example of this. say that your current plan is a loan for ten years. you have $271 a month payment. you say what would happen if i had an accelerated payment that started low and went up to a larger number at the end. start at $152 a month. then a plan just based on your income. that would be the lowest payment occur over 20 years. you have three plans. you figure out which one is the best one for you. >> none of this is set in stone yet? what's the next step? >> right now we will see public comment on this. but the government is really wanting to see this plan implemented. as soon as possible. and, frankly, they're very concerned that like with the mortgage crisis if borrowers don't have enough information,
they're going to be behind the 8 ball. again the student loan debt problem is a huge issue. and this is one way to help address it. >> jill, thanks very much. >> up next here, circus elephants pack their trunks for retirements. new images of a picture perfect princess. the "cbs overnight news" will be right back.
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ringling brothers barnum & bailey circus. after years of pressure for animal rights groups. demarco morgan reports on this. >> ladies and gentlemen! >> reporter: the greatest show on earth, is letting go of its biggest performers. 11 asian elephants performing their last head stands and taking their final bows. >> here we go. >> reporter: ending a 200 year spectacle that enthralled fans and enraged animal activists for years. kenneth feld chairman of the parent company that owns ringling brothers. >> a bittersweet decision no question about that. but it is the best thing. and we felt this was the right time to do it. >> reporter: the right time to retire these enormous animals with their tiaras, the subject of thousands of you tube videos from activists citing animal abuse. actor alec baldwin. even jumped into the fray. >> hard to believe any one would have to be dragged kicking and screaming into show business. but for the elephants with
ringling brothers that's exactly what happens. >> reporter: all part of a huge shift in u.s. attitudes towards animal entertainment. sea world entertainment phasing out killer whale shows the at its amusement parks last month. these elephants will retire to this 200 acre conservation center in florida run by the owner of ringling brothers. more than a dozen circuses tour with elephants. but none as widely or with as much fanfare. ♪ 'o say as ringling brothers. >> it is the end of an era that should have ended a long time ago. >> reporter: eleanor mobigot is with humane society of new york. >> this is so unnatural. shouldn't be subject to abuse. people the more they know that will enjoy the circus more when they're going to something humane and hasn't caused horrible suffering. >> controversy will likely not end here. jeff, ringling brothers will
continue to use other animals including lions, tigers and horses in their animal acts. >> demarco, thank you. 33 rescued lions are finally paws down at their new home in south africa. the animals had been abused at circuses in peru and columbia before a rescue organization set up an air lift and flew them to a big cat sanctuary north of johannesburg. up next, tell elaina nichols she can't do something. and she will.
her name is elaina nichols a champion in wheelchair basketball and alpine skiing. now before the rio games this summer, nichols picked up two new sports. and "60 minutes sports" paid her a visit. it is called wave skiing. which nichols just picked up two years ago. she says it gives her freedom outside her wheelchair. on this day, she had her longest ride ever. >> by the time i am done with the two hour surf session i am completely exhausted. >> reporter: elaina nichols is constantly in motion. >> if i don't push up that hill, i don't get my heart rate going. i don't sweat. don't breathe hard. that's what's important to me. >> reporter: she spends hours in the gym strengthening her upper body. often pulling hundreds of pounds of weights. she started training a year and a half ago in sprint kayaking. which will be a new sport at rio games in september. >> it is very much a full body
sport. what happens for an able-bodied kayaker is they basically do what is called a reach. you reach as far out as you possibly can. you catch the water with your kayak. then an able-bodied athlete will push off their leg as they pull the water past them. and soap for me, i have got my legs, locked completely straight in here. so i can actually catch the water and transfer my energy into the boat. with my core strength. her coaches told us elaina nichols has an uncanny ability to learn quickly. able to reach an expert level when others are still figuring out the basics. tell me i can't do something. and i will. >> nichols has overcome enormous personal challenges along the way. you can see the full report on "60 minutes sports" tuesday night on showtime. princess charlotte celebrating her first birthday tomorrow. kensington palace release nude photos here they are taken by her mother. some of the candid of the
we close with an update on a story cbs news has been following over a decade. partnership between a community in crisis and a nun who devoted her life to helping. don dahler says the bond has only grown stronger. these arizona students at st. peter mission school in the gila river indian community are running for their lives. adult on set diabetes once known as a disease of the elderly is affecting children here as young as 4. >> knowing capacity our people have for diabetes we start our day out with running. sister mary martha carpenter is the school's principal. >> we don't teach subjects. we teach children. we are giving them the skills, lifelong healthy habits.
>> reporter: some of the 230 boys and girls enrolled in the k through 8 school are already clinically obese. a few tipping the scale at nearly 300 pounds. for thousands of years the pima indians lived off the land, farming this desert. after the gila river was damed in 1930 to provide water to nearby phoenix, their farms dried up. 60 minutes visited the community in 2003. it is rare to see a physically fit person here. and according to national institutes of health, they're still among the most obese americans. >> teach you something. >> reporter: back then sister martha had taken on the federal government. and won. she was granted permission to modify the federal school lunch guidelines for her students. today's lunches are healthier. >> low on carbohydrates. higher on protein. fresh fruit. and fresh vegetables. >> reporter: the results are visible and invisible. >> this year we may have several
children who are prediabetic. we don't have any children who have the dreaded disease. >> reporter: after 33 years of fighting for these kids, this battle has become personal. >> when i see their smilie faces and their running feet, just makes my day. >> reporter: with her help, these kids now have a running start. on the rest of their lives. don dahler, cbs news, new york. that is the "cbs overnight news" for this monday morning. for some of you've the news continues. for others check back later for the morning news and cbs this morning. from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm jeff glor.
welcome to the "cbs overnight news." i'm jeff glor. campaign 2016 runs through indiana tomorrow. donald trump has 80% of the total delegates needed to win the nomination. a resounding victory in indiana would all but seal the nomination. john kasich stopped campaigning in indiana to give ted cruz a better shot at taking delegates from trump. cruz spoke with john dickerson on "face the nation." >> donald trump is attempting to perpetuate one of the greatest frauds in the history of modern elections which is he is trying to convince people he is some sort of outsider. donald is the essence of the washington insider. he has been enmeshed in the corruption in washington. you know, john one thing that illustrated that powerfully this week was when john boehner went out of his way to attack me to
call me the devil and then he praised two people, john boehner praised hillary clinton and donald trump. he said donald was his friend, his golfing and texting buddy. if you think john boehner is the kind of leader you want in the republican party then donald trump is your candidate. if you think nancy pelosi and harry reid are the kind of leaders you want, donald trump is your candidate he contributed heavily to john boehner, harry reid, nancy pelosi, hillary clinton. and in fact, you know, i saw boehner's comments. i kind of wondered if boehner was auditioning to be donald trump's vice president. a trump-boehner ticket would say the washington cartel and all its force, one has been funding the cartel, the other has been giving into democrats for years which is why boehner lost his speakership. we need instead some one fighting for the people and not
for washington. >> but your theory of how you will get the nomination relies on you going to an open convention and overthrowing the delegates, delegate lead donald trump has. in order for that to happen, you can't do that what the help of the washington establishment that you have just been talking about. >> john, here is where we are. nobody is going to get to 1237 before cleveland, i'm not going to. neither is donald trump. we are going to go to a contested convention. when we arrive in cleveland, i will half a bunch of delegates. donald will have a bunch of delegates. it is going to be a battle to see who can earn the support of a majority of the delegates elected by the people. >> ask you this, senator. there is no question that you are the establishment's preferred candidate in that open convention competition. you don't deny that do you? >> of course, there is a question. john boehner the essence of the establishment called me lucifer in the flesh. he said donald trump its his texting, golfing buddy. listen, the washington cartel, lobbyists. donald trump's campaign is run by washington lobbyists. campaign manager is a 40 year washington lobbyist.
his lobbyist campaign manager went and told heads of the rnc that donald is just playing a role he doesn't believe any of this. he is just staying what he thinks the voters want to hear. he will be somebody totally different. john, you have known me a little while. i am the same person. yesterday, today, tomorrow as president i am going to do the exact same things i promised to do. we will repeal obama care. pass a flat tax. businesses. bring back jobs, economic growth. manufacturing jobs back to the country. donald changes as the wind blows. the only thing donald is interested in, donald. whatever makes him rich. we have seen the bipartisan corruption of hillary clinton and donald trump and john boehner, who sell out their principles. i think the american people want principled leaders who actually have a core set of beliefs. >> if in cleveland your scenario were to go forward, the person who has millions more votes. that won't change. he will go to the convention,
donald trump will, with millions more human beings, regular folks supporting him. you are hoping to overthrow that with more delegates. in a situation delegates over people won't that lady to riots? >> no it won't. although donald may do everything he can to encourage riots. overthrow is such a loaded spin word. as to bring nothing but chuckles. i can tell you the last contested convention we had, 1976, ronald reagan had 1 million more votes than gerald ford. gerald ford got the votes of the majority of the delegates. if you our very first candidate for president. abraham lincoln came into a contested convention. second in the balloting. on the third ballot he within a majority. the test its to win a majority. and donald cannot win a majorities. majorities matter. >> on the democratic side. senator bernie sanders looking for a win in indiana to reenergize his campaign. part of his conversation with john dickerson. >> what is the goal of the
sanders' campaign? >> to win the democratic nomination and win the general election. right now we are 45% of the pledged delegates. there are ten states and other contests coming up. we think we are strong in many of the states. california. our largest state. we think we have a chance to win the majority of pledged delegates. an uphill fight. admit it. need to win 65% of the votes. states coming up are favorable. number two. we think we can make the case. super delegates. there are many super delegates. now, incredibly. supporting secretary clinton in states that we have won 60%, 70% of the vote. we think we have the right to make the case to those delegates. go with the majority of your state. number two. super delegates in general, she is beating us 10 to 1. she is the establishment candidate.
our argument, take a look at which canidate is better suited to beat donald trump. every poll that i have seen, national, statewide, says that bernie sanders is the stronger candidate. we appeal not only to the overwhelming majority of democrats. we appeal to independents as well. the message don we are bringing forth. that it is too late for establishment politics, economics. we have to stand up and say, people, and take on the top 1%. now getting all the new income of and wealth. we have a shot to win. and around this country. >> to make sure nobody has any misunderstanding. there has been kind of a lot of back and forth this week. you're fighting as hard to beat hillary clinton for the nomination as you ever have been in the campaign? >> absolutely. absolutely. >> to get there many analysts who, look at pledged delegates say it is mathematically impossible. are they wrong? >> here it is. difficult, not impossible. we will need 65% of the
remaining 10 contests plus d.c. puerto rico to do it. 65% is a heavy climb. these are states i think we will do very well in. california. california the most progressive state in the country. they have the most delegates. it is a tough fight. but the other point that we will make again, is that if the democrats want to defeat hillary clinton. if they want the campaign that has the the excitement. the energy. the young people. large voter turnout. i think our campaign is our campaign. >> to watch the full interviews go to cbs news.com. and click on face the nation. we'll be right back. seven years ago, a taliban
seven years ago, a taliban attack in afghanistan, targeted a remote u.s. army position, combat outpost. one of the soldiers who led the fight, received the medal of honor. >> reporter: on his third combat tour, sergeant clint romashay, a tiny cog inside the war machine earned medal of honor. i grew up in a family of military service. now sporting a full beard he tells audiences wearing the medal is a burden. >> a lot of stuff went wrong. and it is a heavy weight at some times. eight of his buddies were killed
on the day in 2009 when he earned his medal defending an outpost in afghanistan according to an army investigation had no tactical or strategic value. now seven years late here has written a book about it. a saga whose characters are less heroic than one might wish, extraordinary test in a place called combat out post keating in an remote afghan valley. in romashay's words, most remote, precarious, and tactically screwed combat outpost in all of afghanistan. never take the low ground. we are here during this, this is insane. >> reporter: this is what
keating looked like to the taliban taking their own videos. >> when you want out on patrol up to the high ground, you saw what the taliban was seeing of keating? >> yes. >> what did it look like from the enemy's point of view? >> at times it looked like fish in a barrel. >> reporter: as an army sergeant the only thing he's could control were the training of his men and their attitude. distilled in the motto it doesn't get better. that was the mentality. yeah, this sucks. but we can't control it. we can't affect it. >> reporter: starting long before romashay's platoon arrived. the taliban routinely fired down on keating from the heights. >> on average, get hilt three to four times a week. >> reporter: what was the purpose of the attacks? >> testing us to see what our battle plans were, how we would react, what our response times
were. >> reporter: there were 52 american soldiers at the camp and six main fighting positions. the attack at 5:59 on the morning of october 3, 2009. >> it wasn't uncommon to get shot at that time in the morning. kind of look a wake-up call. most mornings. >> reporter: this morning was different. it was all recorded by the taliban. the taliban opened up on the six main fighting positions pinning them down so they could not return fire. keating sent out its first call for help, three minutes after the attack began. fire coming from everywhere. we need something. soldiers not pinned down had to pull back from the perimeter to a cluster of buildings at the center of camp which they called the alamo position. >> the call came out. we were still going to go what we called alamo position. >> the alamo position doesn't sound good. >> no. >> what did you think when you got the order? >> i really didn't like that idea. felt like we were giving up. we were kind of waving the white flag. admitting defeat. in that moment in time. >> when you pulled back into the alamo position. you must have had to leave a bunch of guys out there? >> yep. >> all of the guys on the perimeter? >> yeah, we knew we were leaving. nine guys.
isolated on their own. which is, a gut wrenching feeling to, sit there and, and kind of have to call up another man and say hey you are going to have how to hold on tight for a second. and we're hoping to get back to you. but this might be the last time we say anything across the radio. >> reporter: he came up with a desperate plan. we can either sit here and -- die in our last final positions or we can go out in a blaze of glory. >> reporter: he turned to lieutenant andrew bunderman officer in charge. >> told him we need to take this -- back. >> reporter: that was the mission? >> short and to the point. >> reporter: then you got to get men to follow you out there? >> yes. always a scary thing about being a leader. >> reporter: sure they would follow? >> all i could do. >> what happened when you asked for volunteers? >> five guys stand up. didn't ask what are we volunteering for? didn't ask any of that. they just stood up.
>> reporter: low on bullets they ran to the front gate where the ammo dump was located. >> how close was the enemy? >> closer than what i thought i would see them. 10, 15 feet away. >> reporter: the taliban were inside the camp's perimeter. the command center sent out this chilling message. enemy in the wire. enemy in the wire. one hour and 11 minutes into the attack. the first apache helicopter gun ships arrived overhead to find keating in flames. had they arrived five minutes later, he believes. keating would be overrun. >> just watched these three guys walk on in like -- my game was over. fight was done. they literally strolled on. they don't understand we are still here, we are still fighting. their mistake. you're not just going to stroll in like you own the place. like you don't have a care in
the world. we are about to make you care. >> the apaches followed by a b-1 bomber, which leveled the village where much taliban fire was coming from. >> reporter: how far was the village from where you were? >> less than 200 meters from, their closest building to our perimeter. >> reporter: dropping what kind of weapons? >> 500 pounders to 2,000 pounders. >> seems awfully close? >> it was. danger close for 2,000 pounder is 1,000 meters. we would rather take our chances, with our own bombs, than, than be shot by the enemy. >> reporter: finally this message went out. keating reports negative contact with the enemy.
but seven americans lay dead and one stephen mace, platoon cutup was gravely wounded. >> we finally had the medevac coming in. and mace was bagged up and ready to be put on it. still, still -- conscious. we all thought he was going to make it. i mean that was a -- that was such a high moment with everything that had happened. and mace was going to make it. >> reporter: sounds like at the end the battle came done to -- saving private mace. >> that's what we were all hoping for? >> what happened. >> they attempted to do surgery on him. but -- it was just too late. i think the medics did a whole lot for mace. i think it was mace that held on to life. for as long as he did. until he left. once he left his brother he's knew he could go home.
>> reporter: this battle was in 2009, right? >> this has been going on seven years? >> oh, yeah. >> reporter: it is still with you, isn't it? >> i hope it never leaves. >> reporter: three years after the battle. he was awarded the medal of honor. which struck him as both inappropriate and wrong. >> it boils down to why me? i didn't do anything special. i just did a job like -- 52 other guys that were doing that day. and eight that did way more than i ever was asked of. i mean, why me? >> reporter: because you were the one that led the counter attack. >> i think you could have replaced me with any other red-blooded american soldier.
it would have been another one that stepped up and did the same thing. >> reporter: after the battle all soldiers were ordered to abandon keating. and the outpost they fought desperately to defend was leveled by american bombs. >> we'll be right back. moisture so i can get into it ao enhance mbit quicker. ral and when i know she's into it, i get into it and... feel the difference with k-y ultragel. which means that most nights, this is the potty. these robot sheets, they needed more than detergent could handle. they needed a rescue. otherwise, we might have had to say bye-bye to our favorite robots ya. so we added tide rescue to the wash. it cleans super deep down where detergent just doesn't. daddy, i've got to go potty! progress! go, go, go! eww stinky. introducing tide rescue. eliminates tough odors at the
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courthouse in fayetteville, north carolina, judge lou olivera made headlines with an unusual decision. a few years ago, joe cerna was arrest ford drunk driving. as part of his probation he wasn't allowed to drink. when he lied about a recent urine test. the judge felt he had no choice. >> i gave joe a night in jail because he had to be held accountable. >> reporter: it was just one night. but as he entered the cell, joe says he knew it would be one of the longest nights of his life. >> when i walked into the jail cell, and they closed the door behind me, i started feeling this -- anxiety. >> reporter: it came back. >> came back. flashback. >> reporter: retired army sergeant first-class joe serna did three tours in afghanistan and has two purple hearts to show for it.
the green beret survived an ied and suicide bomber. but he says his scariest moment was the night he was riding in a truck with three other soldiers. >> reporter: what happened? >> we were following the creek. and -- and the road gave way. and the vehicle went into the creek. >> reporter: truck started filling with water? >> yeah. all hope was lost. >> reporter: trapped, up able to move, joe felt the water rising. past his legs. then waist. and neck. until finally it stopped at his chin. >> reporter: how many guys got out of the truck? >> alive? just me. i was the sole survivor. >> reporter: joe says it still haunts him. among his issues. a fear of being in small cramped
places. >> i knew what joe was going through. i knew joe's history. he had to be held accountable. but i just felt i had to go with him. i felt i had to go with him. >> reporter: so a few minutes after joe was locked up, judge lou olivera surprised the man he sent to jail by joining him. for the entire night. >> we ate meat loaf. and we talked about a lot of things. >> we talked about our families. >> reporter: and the walls got further apart. >> the walls didn't exist. he brought me back to north carolina from being in a truck in afghanistan. >> that meant so much to me, sir. >> reporter: this past week joe promised the judge no more messups it's not how law and order usually works. some times jail its not what a man needs. sometimes the best sentence. >> i love you. >> i love you. >> thank you for believing in me. >> the best lesson is compassion. >> the "cbs overnight news" will be right back.
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perhaps the most famous skyscraper in the country celebrated a landmark yesterday. jane pauley has more in this story for "sunday morning." >> reporter: may 1, 1931, 85 years ago today. the day things started looking up during the deepest depths of the great depression. that was the day the empire state building opened for business in new york city. >> rising above new york's glamorous skyline. the empire state building. a manmade tower of steel. construction had begun the year before. on st. patrick's day. in contrast to the economic stagnation all around it, the empire state project was a model of productivity. the tower rose at the phenomenal rate of four and a half stories a week. >> we are about to officially
open the empire state building. >> on dedication day, ribbon cutting honors went to the granddaughters of former new york governor al smith. the new buildings top executive. the tallest building in the world at the time, the empire state checked in at 1,250. 102 stories in all. its profile got a further boost in 1933, when king kong memorably climbed to the top. in 1945, the building made headlines again. >> flaming oil and gasoline, smoke over the streets of new york. when a b 25 bomber lost in morning fog crashed into its 79th floor. killing 14 people. the building survived the blow. five years later it gruesome 200 feet with the addition of a broadcasting an ten nachlt the
empire state building reigned unchallenged as the world's tallest for some 40 years until new york's original world trade center surpassed it in 1972. since then many other skyscrapers around the world including the newest world trade center have soared past the empire state. ♪ still, with a recently outfitted system of led lights, it remains one of the world's most beloved skyscrapers.
all plays eyes turn to indiana away for good. the candidates chasing them refuse to call it quits. more than a century and a half of history up in flames. ashes are all that's left of an iconic city church this morning. the day started with peaceful protests and culminated in chaos. officers bitten and hit with molotov cocktails when seattle protesters clacked viole e-- cl violently with police. even my age can't explain the risingol