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all: cbs cares! the top u.s. military commander for the middle east made a secret visit to syria over the weekend. army general joseph votel met with rebels and kurds fighting the assad regime and isis. today isis unleashed a series of bomb blasts along syria's mediterranean coast. more than 120 people were killed. elizabeth palmer reports isis hoped to rattle the dictator. >> reporter: no one caught up in today's deadly bombings believed this could happen in latakia, the heartland of the regime. home to president bashar al-assad's family, and to two russian military bases. until today, it was the most secure part of the country. so much so that during our last
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visit we found syrians on the beach taking a break from the war. but today's carnage sends a message to syrians from isis. it is on the offensive and now nowhere is safe. but recent isis bombings like the one that ripped through baghdad two weeks ago may actually show that the group is on the defensive. just last week, it was chased out of the iraqi border and overall its territory has been shrinking for months. now isis may be about to lose fallujah which it controlled for more than two years. on national television, iraqi prime minister, al-abadi told the country the army is determined to win. for months iraqi forces have been training with u.s. advisers and today 20,000 soldiers, counterterrorism troops and
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police began their offensive. if history is anything to go by, the battle for fallujah with heavy losses on both sides could last for weeks. and in the past few days for the very first time an isis spokesman admitted the group could lose its main strongholds but warned it would carry on operating as a violent insurgency which probably means we will see more bombins like the ones we saw today. norah? >> elizabeth palmer, thank you. here in the u.s., epidemic of addiction to opioids, including heroin and prescription painkillers taking more than 80 lives a day. we are following one man's battle to get free of the heroin that has torn his family apart. tonight, correspondent demarco morgan and producer jonathan blakely continue our series "in the shadow of death, jason's journey." >> i will never give of on him. never, ever.
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>> no matter what? >> no matter what. >> reporter: 59-year-old beth eagan the closest living family member two her nephews, both are heroin addicts. >> they're absolutely like my sons. i can't -- and i don't want to lose them. them. everybody else in the family everybody else in the family loves them of course. but -- they keep saying -- you know you got to walk away, beth. but i can't. >> hope he looks that good again some day. >> auntie beth as they call her has been looking out for the boys ever since her sister, their mother died of cancer when jason was 11. eagan was the first person, jason scald for money the day he allowed cbs cameras to follow him as he looked for drugs on the streets of boston. >> can you save me $30? >> he used the money sent by his aunt beth to sniff crushed pills in a bathroom stall in city hall then to buy heroin later. which we saw him inject several times. is it hard to watch? >> absolutely. >> red means go when you are
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shooting heroin. >> reporter: knowing that jason has overdosed eight times. >> yeah. i have been there for one of them. >> reporter: eight times. you have seen one? >> uh-huh. >> reporter: what was it like? >> it was not nice. at all. i actually screamed -- i got removed from the hospital. but i screamed at him. who do you want to be buried next to, mom or dad. >> reporter: jason's life wasn't always lake that. until her death, eagan's sister raised her boys in a happy home in massachusetts. jason and andrew then went to live with their father. jason was a good student. played sports and went to college. he made the mistake of trying the opioid pill oxycontin and got hooked. a few years in, jason's father died of liver failure. by then, jason had been caught stealing and went to say good-bye escorted by police. >> i went to his wake in shackles and like handcuffs and a jumpsuit. my aunt was there with me. >> we sat there for hours in the prison. he kept saying, you know, i did that to dad. i did that to dad.
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of course he didn't. you know. >> he blames himself? >> yeah, he thinks he did stuff that probably added to his dad's death. >> do you think your father had a broken heart? >> absolutely. he didn't want to face the fact that both sons were heroin addicts. i think he gave up a little bit. you know? >> reporter: jason's brother andrew is also walking in the shadow of death. he and jason remain very close. each hoping the other lives to beat their common addiction. andrew has a young son. he and jason are fighting to live for him. >> i don't want him to be without a father. that's just -- that would just suck, you know? but, if i keep getting high, i can't like [ bleep ] see him. you know what i mean? andrew is homeless, an addict who had trouble committing to detox. jason is now in rehab working hard to stay clean. he wants to show his brother
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they can do it. >> never going to overdose. my brother won't overdose. he is going to survive. he is going to get it this time. >> i have to lead by power of example. i can't tell him to stay clean. >> you don't want the call, that your brother is dead. you don't want the call? >> absolutely not. that is the call i am dreading. hope it never happens. i get on my knees in the morning and on my knees at night. something i changed. >> you believe he is looking out for you? >> he has to be. i would be dead if he wasn't. >> jason made it through eight weeks of rehab. able to get a scholarship to go to recovery centers of america. for most people addicted to heroin, finding help is not so easy. norah, in our next report, we explore ways people can find assistance for themselves or loved ones. >> incredible series, demarco. thank you to you and jonathan. we posted more about jason's journey and places to find help for addiction all on our web site at cbs twitter erupted to day over
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remarks the va secretary made about health care wait times. >> and five climbers die in the thin air of mt. everest. the "cbs overnight news" will be right back.
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today, the man recruited by president obama to fix the department of veterans affairs compared wait times at va hospitals to long lines at disney theme parks. julianna goldman reports it wasn't long before he took incoming. >> when you go to disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line? or the number, what's important? what's important is what you are satisfaction with the experience. >> reporter: comments from secretary bob mcdonald prompted an outcry from leading republicans. house speaker paul ryan tweeted this is not make-believe, mr. secretary. veterans have died waiting in the lines.
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and presumptive presidential nominee, donald trump, tweeted i will take care of our vets. mcdonald was brought on by president obama in 2014 to fix the wait times. but the problems continue. inspector generals report from february, found that at one outpatient clinic in colorado springs, colorado, out of 450 cases, 288 veterans waited over 30 days for a con suit or appointment. investigations are on going. norah, in a statement the va said it is working hard to increase access to care and focusing on patients with most urgent health care needs first. >> thank you so much. >> a deadly weekend on mt. everest. that story when we come back.
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climbing mt. everest one of the greatest challenges known to man. it certainly among the most perilous. don dahler reports in three days, at least six people have died on the world's tallest mountain. >> reporter: death on everest comes in many forms. from violence to silence. avalanches to heart stopping cold. last thursday a 25-year-old nepalese guide fell to his death. since friday, dutch climber, australian woman and indian man suspected to have succumb to altitude sickness. death by drowning on a mountain 29,000 feet above sea level. >> when it gets really bad, you can get water pooling in your lungs, brain and be fatal in a day or so when it strikes. >> jim davidson knows everest's dangers well. he was there last year when an earthquake and avalanche killed 19 people.
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>> things have improved over the years, but we will never get the risk to zero. a dangerous game, a lot of things can go wrong. >> reporter: at sea level, oxygen makes up 21% of air. at higher altitude, 21% as well. in the thin air there are fewer oxygen molecules per breath. at 18,000 feet, one breath of air has half the amount of oxygen than at sea level. >> so close. >> two expert american climbers, adrian ballinger, and cory richards expected to summit are using live snapchats to show the world extremes. since tenzing norgay and edmund hillary have conquered everest. 260 have died trying to reach the heavens. to date bodies of two more indian climbers were found. >> too many climbers trying to descend at the same time may have led to bottlenecks that kept people at higher altitudes until the path cleared. norah since 1900, at least one person has died on everest every year. >> we'll be watching the two american climbers to see how they do.
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don, thank you. >> sure. >> in a moment, keeping kids
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the death of freddie gray in baltimore last year and the riots hat followed, put a spotlight on a city plagued by violence. we end tonight with one woman's campaign to keep the children of baltimore safe. here's jeff pegues. >> you going in? >> reporter: every day after school in one of baltimore's toughest neighborhoods, 100 kids pack into this small room. simply to have fun. >> are you eating or playing? you can't do both.
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>> the founder of the kids safe zone. >> wasn't this an old laundromat? >> indeed. >> reporter: she opened the center one week after the rioting that followed the death of freddie gray. while fire engulfed parts of the city, allston was thinking abut a rinse to the violence. >> the whole world got to see our children, standing face to face with officers and throwing rocks. they didn't have another outlet. we have created an outlet. >> reporter: baltimore's streets are among the most dangerous in america. last year, there were more 300 murders. here, giant footprints are spray painted on sidewalks. showing the safest route to school. 7-year-old eric harrison comes to the kid safe zone every day. >> when i go home -- >> when they go out the door what do they face? >> an obstacle course of not buying or selling drugs. drugs are being sold on every corner. it's open season or children
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here. >> reporter: allston's pleas for help are being answered. the program moved into a bigger building thanks to public/private donations. >> we see the kids playing games in there. they're having fun. what are they learning? >> they're learning that they matter. they're learning that someone cares. we care. >> reporter: it is a lesson that may seem elementary to most, but not here. jeff pegues. cbs news, baltimore. and that's the overnight news for this tuesday. for some of you the news continues. for others check back with us a little later for the morning news and cbs this morning. from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm norah o'donnell.
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welcome to the overnight news. it used to be called saigon, the capital of south vietnam during the war. before he traveled south, the president took in the night life of hanoi, had dinner at a noodle shop with celebrity chef no word of what was on the menu. a huge crowd waited outside to catch a glimpse of the president. wasn't all fun and games. mr. obama met with vietnam's president as well as communist party leaders. and announced he was ending the ban on arms sales. margaret brennan is traveling with the president.
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>> reporter: president obama is here to build stronger economic and security ties with vietnam. that decision to lift the arms embargo is aimed at sending a message to china that the u.s. will not let it militarily dominate asia. with a warm welcome from vietnam's communist government, president obama tried to put to rest the ghosts of the brutal war with the u.s. that killed tens of thousands of people from both countries. >> just a generation ago we were adversaries now. we are friends. should give us hope. >> reporter: vietnamese are eager to build ties with their cold war era foe in large part because of the threat posed by a militarily aggressive china which is seizing territory in
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the east and south china seas. in an effort to stop that land grab, president obama made the decision to sell vietnam american-made weapons. removing a ban that has been in place for over four decades. a controversial decision since vietnam is controlled by an authoritarian regime. >> but this change will ensure that vietnam has access to equipment it needs to defend itself and removes a lingering vestige of the cold war. >> reporter: in exchange vietnam will give u.s. ships more access to its ports. mr. obama's next stop on the trip will be to a former enemy, japan. he will make an historic trip to the city of hiroshima, decimated in 1945 when the u.s. dropped the very first atomic bomb during world war ii. more than 100,000 died. president obama told japanese television he will not apologize. >> i think it's important to
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recognize that in the midst of war leaders make all kinds of decisions. >> reporter: the white house says the president will not revisit the decision to drop the bomb. but he will say, norah, that it gives america the unique responsibility of making sure that a nuclear weapon is never used again. closer to home, washington state holds its republican presidential primary to day. there is little suspense as donald trump is already the presumptive nominee. two new polls show the race between trump and hillary clinton is neck and neck. and abc news/"washington post" poll shows trump up by three points. nbc news "wall street journal" poll has hillary on top by three. but nearly half of the voters say, they want another choice. nancy cordes has mre. >> while clinton doesn't pay attention to the polls her campaign is feeling pressure to begin focussing on her general election candidate. as she and her husband unveiled some new attacks on trump. >> what would make america great again, what it really means, hey, i will make it the way it
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used to be. you will be better off. if you are not at least you will have somebody else to look down on. that is a dumb idea. it will not work. >> reporter: campaigning in california, bill clinton mocked donald trump's slogan, make america great again. previewing a key strategy. >> we are not going to let, at least my campaign is not going to let, donald trump try to normalize himself. >> reporter: new cbs battleground polling, from florida and ohio, say voters think clinton is far more prepared than trump to be commander-in-chief but they said trump is far more likely to tell it like it is. they were also more likely to say he is too extreme. clinton may be ready to focus on trump. sanders reminded his supporters sunday that polls show he would be the stronger challenger. >> itch we win the nomination, i assure you, donald trump will not become president. [ cheers and applause ] >> clinton argues sanders only polls better because he hasn't been subjected to republican attacks the way she has the. >> i don't think he had a single negative ad ever run against him. >> reporter: campaigning in
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california, in interviews, sanders lumps clinton in with trump. >> i don't want to see the american people voting for the lesser of two evils. >> reporter: sanders who only recently the became a democrat repeatedly clashed with the party's chair, congresswoman, debbie wasserman schultz. thisweekend, began raising money for her primary opponent. >> i have known debbie for many years. personally i like her. do i think she is the kind of chair the democratic party needs. no, i don't. >> he has long argued that she favors clinton over him. while she'll criticized him for not doing enough to calm supporters in nevada. in the fund-raising e-mail the campaign put out. they said electing her progressive opponent will send an unmistakable message to the democratic party. >> newest issue dividing the candidates. gun rights.
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this weekend. trump picked up the endorsement of the national rifle association. at the same time, clinton was meeting with the mothers of children killed in gun violence. chip reid reports. >> reporter: trump and clinton think they can win on guns, and over the weekend the second amendment became one of the topics to get the candidates to engage in what could be a preview of a general election campaign fight. >> ladies and gentlemen, the next president of the united states, donald trump. >> when donald trump accepted endorsement of the national rifle association, he wasted no time firing shots at hillary clinton. >> hillary clinton wants to abolish the second amendment. just remember that. clinton hasn't pro posed getting rid of the right to bear arms, but her campaign is seizing on trump's position on guns in school. >> i will get rid of gun free zones on schools. the first day it gets signed. okay. >> that idea isn't just way out there. it's dangerous.
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>> reporter: at an event in battleground, florida, for mothers who have lost children to gun violence. clinton fired back. >> parents. teachers and schools should have the right off to keep guns out of classrooms. just look donald trump does at many of his hotels. >> trump tweeted. clinton was wrong regarding his position on guns in schools. but he struggled to clarify, sunday. >> i don't want to have guns in classrooms. although in some cases teachers should have guns in classrooms frankly. >> issues of guns is tricky for beth campaigns. democrats site, bill clinton's assault weapons ban one of the reasons they lost big in the 1994 elections. in 2808, hillary clinton struck a different anti-gun tone. then barack obama called her out. >> she val use the second amendment. she is talking like he is annie oakley. trump hasn't always sided with the nra. in his book, trump rote, i support the ban on assault weapons and slightly longer waiting period to position a gun. two position he's now opposes. cbs checked with several hotels and resorts.
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we have been looking back at the life and work of our legendary colleague, morley safer he passed away last week. one of his favorite 60 minutes stories took him to one of his favorite countries to taste one of his favorite things. >> reporter: it is harvest time in the great vineyards of italy. none greater than the 5,000 acres farmed by the antinori family. until recently, italian business, especially the wine business, was pretty much for men only.
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>> there is normally families like ours to end up being married, possibly happily. that's it. no need to work. >> reporter: this woman and her two sisters are the first women in 26 generations to play a major role in the family enterprise. alegar antanori. .>> i feel part of the land. i think i am owned by that land. it is something, very, very strong. >> reporter: from the fields to the cellars you will find the antanori women at work. hoping as vintners have for centuries that this year the balance of sun, soil and rain will produce a vintage for the ages. alessia antanori. people use the words to describe taste. personality. what else? >> elegance. the wine has to be elegant. so you say how do you describe elegance. you can't. like an elegant woman. how do you describe her. it's personal. >> you know it when you see it?
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>> exactly. exactly. >> reporter: their domain stretches from legendary vineyards from tuscany to their property in the california napa valley. perhaps the oldest family business on earth. >> the first document which we have which proves that the ancestor of mine was involved in the wine production dates back to 1385. >> reporter: the patriarch and still the godfather is pioro antanori, 70 and bears the title of marquesa. he works behind an antique desk that dates to the renaissance. >> when who have to take a decision regarding the family, we have them here. and my father used to do the same thing. >> reporter: and in his birth place, florence, the city that gave birth to the renaissance, that flowering of art, science and the good life, he leads a visitor to a small window to the past. it looks like a confessional? >> hundreds of years ago, an antanori cellar master sat waiting for customers to knock. >> the cellar master would pass
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a bottle of chianti wine and would receive the money back. this has been in operation until a couple centuries ago. >> reporter: recent history by your standards? >> yes, it is. >> reporter: for 623 years, various antanori kept the business going, despite war, plague, political intrigue and shifting tastes of consumers. the family tree shows a bumper crop of antanori who made their mark not just in wine but every aspect of italian life. >> in business, in politics in church. >> reporter: the family always made sure back then that all bets were covered, correct? >> i think it was a bit of concept, yes. >> reporter: there were poets, e priests, rogues, rascals. in 1576, the grand duke of
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tuscany, had one antanri strangled for undue attention toward the duke's wife. in 1700, antanori cultivated the pope as an important customer. commissioned the building of the trevi fountain decided to throw a few coins the family's way. >> we have some correspondence saying the pope used to like very much the wines of our family. and he wanted to order more. >> reporter: pretty good recommendation, correct? especially in the 18th century. >> yes, no doubt. >> the family history lining the shelves of his office, says precious little about the wives and daughters in the antinori family tree, a fact not lost on the three sisters. >> are there any interesting women in 26 generations? >> i am sure there are some
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women. but women in the history in the past, unless they were special, they were not. >> kidded. >> considered to be mentioned. >> true when i went to agriculture university in north italy, milan, we were two women. the rest were all men. very lucky. >> reporter: for six centuries, command of the antinori empire was passed father to son. with no male heir, some years ago she played a stake in the business to a british company whose fortune was based on bear making. >> the period when i didn't know exactly if my daughter would be interested or not to, to be involved in the business. and so for me that was -- a way to guarantee a continuity to the company. the partnership produced namely grapes of wrath. a vintage clash between the foaming suds of quick profits and insisting he would sell no
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wine before its time. this marriage of inconvenience, ended when piero bought back the shares keeping antinori all in the family. >> i think he saw us interested, why not. what's wrong with gods. took his chance, expecting his daughters to fall in love with the business. >> and that they did. now all three travel the countryside and the world, helping to grow, promote and market antinori wines. sold 17 million last year. $200 million worth. making a healthy profit. though the business involves spread sheets. science. the basics come as they have for centuries from down on the farm. even with all this tradition, history and everything else, the family still regards itself as, farmers? yes? >> yes. absolutely. this is our origin. still now in modern times we are
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basically farmers. >> we appreciate the nature and the country side more than the glamorous city life. >> three country bumpkins. >> yes, yes. >> reporter: well, hardly. elegance is the rule at palazzo antinori. the family home in florence. >> since the family wines must be sampled to ensure quality control. every lunch at its a business lunch. their daughters and sons-in-law, and the grandchildren, all may have a say. >> reporter: any family arguments at this table? >> i want secrets revealed. >> yes, sometimes we start an argument. but, a few glasses of wine. >> everything disappears. >> you can see the full report on our website, cbs the overnight news will be right back. double! maybe more! i'm going back to the store?
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opioid addiction one of the greatest health threats facing the nation. it's not all prescription drugs. last night the story of a heroin addict determined to get his life straightened out. in tonight's installment, demarco morgan follows him into recovery. 24 hours into rehab, we found an emotional jason amaral fighting through the first critical hours of detox.
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he just learned his younger brother, andrew also an addict was back on the streets because he could not find an open bed for treatment. >> he is running around boston getting high again. so -- you know what i mean? i don't know. [ indiscernible ] it had already been a rough first day for jason. he walked into recovery after a drug binge. >> all right, see you there in five minutes. >> reporter: he allowed our cameras to follow him the day before as he roamed the streets of boston in search of drug money and heroin. >> yeah, don't answer your phone, you [ bleep ], dumb [ bleep ]. that morning he crushed and snorted pills from a toilet seat in city hall.
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met friends to shoot up in the middle of the day. >> i just did some heroin. i was sick. just did a shot. i am very, very high. >> reporter: and then, that night, we watched him inject more heroin laced with a powerful drug. fennel, not once, but twice. before his best friend mike dugan arrived. >> ready to do this? >> mike is a recovering addict. clean seven years and took him to rehab. >> you will die if you don't get this time. what it comes down to. mike traveled with jason to south jersey to make sure jason made it to recovery centers of america in time. >> good morning. how are you? >> good. >> we are so glad you are here. >> me and jason ran together. we got involved in a lot of the stuff together. fortunately i was able to find it a lot sooner. because i have been terrified for him for years. >> hi. welcome. >> what brought you into treatment. >> i don't know how to live a normal life or deal with life. >> reporter: notice how jason was uncomfortable as he was
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forced to give up the pills he had in his bag. >> we are passionate about recovery. we love to do what we do. and we can help you get well and get there. >> one of his first therapy sessions, jason was given a bag. and told to confront his addiction. >> ever, ever, put me in an ambulance again. and never going to overdose. my brother won't overdose. he its going to survive. he its going to get it this time. his kid, my godson will never see us high again, ever again. you won't take anything from me or my family again! >> all right. now i am so -- >> that day's small victory. >> i feel better. took a lot of anger out on it. >> you have the high from heroin. replace that with natural high. endorphin kick. okay. >> to get his mind and body off
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drugs, >> jason is encouraged to do exercise and yoga. >> all right. rest. >> going to have to be a bigger part wants to stay clean. a bigger part wants to get high. there will be always. be a part of neat wants to get high. rest of my life. i am going to want to get high for the rest of my life. >> reporter: are you afraid of dying? >> i'm afraid of getting high and dying. what it is right now. don't want to this kid overdoses. you know? >> we weren't allowed to record jason's medication process. he was slowly weaned off heroin with drugs over the first six days. you heard jason talk about his family. in our next report -- you will meet the people in his life who love him and affected by his drug use. including his brother who its also addicted to heroin. demarco morgan, cbs news, new york.
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we have been following the story of adrian ballinger and cory richard two professional climbers snapchatting their way to the top of mt. everest. they're making their final assault on the summit this morning without the aid of oxygen. it goes without saying this is a dangerous sport. this season five climbers have died on the mountain. dana jacobson reports. >> nearly 400 mountain climbers around the world have summited everest since early may, thanks to favorable weather. in the midst of their triumph one cannot forget more than 250 people have died climbing the peak since it was first conquered in 1953. as of this morning, five more names have been added to that somber list. three climbers from india, paresh nath, goutam ghosh and one more confirmed dead early
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monday. the same weekend two others died, 36-year-old, eric arnold friday night. and 34-year-old australian, marisa strideham. >> arnold trained for years on his fifth expedition. friday his twitter account announced he made the summit. on his descent he complained of symptoms associated with altitude sickness and died that night. >> death from altitude sickness from water pooling in our lungs, or water on our brains. both can be fatal in a day or so. >> that was a huge avalanche and powder blast. >> reporter: climber jim davidson on the mountain last year during earthquake and avalanche that killed 19 people. eric arnold also survived that tragedy. up on the summit of everest it is 66% lower in oxygen availability. to stand up and walk 20 feet across the ground can make your heart pound in your chest and make your head throb and make you dizzy. >> reporter: the australian
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woman died after exhibiting similar symptoms saturday at 26,000 feet. the so-called death zone. >> as a result above the death zone we have to try to get up, summit, and get back down quickly before that altitude basically shuts our body down. she was climbing with her husband, robert gropel who attempt to revive her. he also got altitude sickness. he was evacuated by helicopter. and survived. >> she was just superwoman could do anything. >> reporter: her sister and mother mourned her as a woman whose gifts were priceless. >> always giving the presence just being my daughter. yes. >> a rescue team is being assembled to bring the bodies of arnold and strideham off the mountain. 22 other climbers suffering from frostbite have also been rescued.
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it is tuesday, may 24th, 2016. this is the "cbs morning news." hillary clinton has set her sights on donald trump, but she's still taking heat from bernie sanders this morning. why the senator says he's disturbed but not surprised by the democratic front runner. while the search for egyptair flight 804's black boxes continue, new reports from egyptian officials claim the flight's final moments might be different than first thought. severe weather whips through the u.s. with people in the plains waking up to severe damage and flooding. and the chewbacca mom is making the most of her 1


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