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to the presidential campaign. we think of election day as just under six weeks away, but in reality americans in 11 states are already voting, and absentee ballots are being mailed now in 28 states and washington, d.c. early access to the polls in iowa was not lost on the clinton campaign today, and nancy cordes is there. >> are you ready to go to the polls? >> reporter: november 8th is still 40 days away, but in iowa the election started today. >> vote this way. come over here. you can go right on second avenue. >> reporter: the clinton campaign led supporters directly from her rally in des moines to a polling site four blocks away. 36 states and d.c. now offer
some form of early voting, either in person or by mail. more than 40% of iowa voters took advantage of it in 2012, enough for the obama campaign to know even before election day that he had won there. >> let's go vote! >> reporter: with 26,000 volunteers in iowa alone, the clinton campaign is hoping its superior ground game will make up for a demographic disadvantage. >> you're going to put that inside the voter affidavit. >> reporter: a larger share of working-class white voters than any battleground state. they tend to favor trump, who she painted today as a rich miser who might not pay taxes like the clintons do. >> then it's probably true he hasn't paid a penny in federal taxes to actually support our military or our vets or our schools or our roads or our education systems. >> reporter: the clinton campaign's strategy in early voting states is to use volunteers to convince less reliable voters, and they know who they are, to cast their ballots now. that way the campaign only has to worry about turning out its most motivated supporters on
election day, scott. >> nancy cordes traveling with hillary clinton. nancy, thank you. in the trump campaign we're beginning to see a preview of a new attack on his opponent's old vulnerability. major garrett is on the campaign. >> the clintons are the sordid past. we will be the very bright and clean future. >> reporter: donald trump attacked hillary clinton and her husband at a rally in new hampshire today, but he couldn't escape his own past. >> i'll bet you if you put up and added up all the time i spoke to her it was probably less than five minutes. >> reporter: that's trump on alicia machado, the 1996 miss universe winner, who has become fodder for a debate over gender equality. >> he called this woman "miss piggy." >> reporter: clinton brought up machado at monday's debate and how trump had criticized her for gaining weight, something he does not deny. >> they know what they're getting into. it's a beauty contest. let her try and lose the weight. can you imagine i end up in a
position like this? >> reporter: it's not the first time trump has gone after someone outside the political arena. he criticized gonzalo curiel, a mexican american federal judge who trump said couldn't be impartial because of his heritage. >> he's not treating me fairly. >> have you even read the united states constitution? >> reporter: trump also attacked the parents of an american muslim killed in iraq. >> if you look at his wife, she was standing there, she had nothing to say. >> reporter: two common threads run through these three situations. each did trump political harm until he dropped them, which he's trying to do with machado. and scott, all three spoke to trump's rough history with issues of race, gender, and fairness. >> major garrett, thanks very much. vice presidential candidates tim kaine and mike pence will debate next tuesday in farmville, virginia. cbsn's elaine quijano will be the moderator, and our live coverage begins at 9:00 eastern time. today the head of wells fargo took another beating from
congress over those fraudulent accounts that thousands of bank employees created to meet sales quotas. but he insisted it's no reflection on his leadership. john blackstone is following this. >> well, something is going wrong at this bank, and you are the head of it! >> do you know this guy? he apparently robbed your bank. he's in jail as we speak. they got all the money back. only simple question. what the heck's the difference between you and mr. holmes? >> reporter: today on capitol hill lawmakers from both sides of the aisle asked whether wells fargo ceo john stumpf should resign or even go to jail because his bank created millions of dollars of phony accounts. he's already forfeited tens of millions of dollars in compensation. >> is this just show? does it mean anything? >> i think it does mean something. >> reporter: ross lavine is a professor of banking at uc berkeley haas school of
business. he says it's unusual for an executive to be held accountable. >> so when wells fargo is fined millions or even billions of dollars, that doesn't come out of anybody's pocket who runs the company? >> correct. that comes out of our pockets. >> reporter: the $185 million fine imposed on wells fargo for the phony accounts is only one of the penalties the bank has faced recently and not nearly the largest. this year alone wells fargo has been fined $1.2 billion for falsely certifying mortgage loans, $4 million for student loan abuses, and $70 million for violations judged by the controller of the currency. ruth landaverde watched today as her former boss was grilled. she says she quit working at wells fargo because of the unrelenting pressure to open new accounts. >> how was he so disconnected? how did he not know that this type of behavior was happening? >> reporter: wells fargo is not alone in being caught breaking the rules. in the past six years, scott, bank of america has been -- has paid $56 billion in fines and settlements and chase $28
billion. >> john blackstone, thanks. today the united nations called the siege of aleppo a catastrophe. since a cease-fire broke down last week, russian and syrian planes have been bombing rebel-held neighborhoods of syria's largest city. the russians claim they're targeting terrorists, but nearly 100 children have been killed. today there was a cry for help. a little girl's voice from deep within the ruins of a building. rescuers drilled and cut through the concrete. the girl was heard screaming for her father. it took four hours to get her out. it is not known whether anyone else in her family survived the attack. coming up next, new details about the 14-year-old accused of opening fire outside a school. and now it's washing machines. more samsung products are exploding.
a mother from townville, south carolina was at work yesterday when she heard the news of a shooting at the elementary school. she later learned that her 14-year-old son is accused of killing her husband and wounding two students and a teacher. manuel bojorquez is there. >> reporter: the teenaged shooter opened fire near the playground just as students at townville elementary walked out of a door for afternoon recess. two 6-year-olds and a teacher were hit by the bullets. >> yesterday our community, we experienced a very devastating and life-changing event. we're going to feel this for a real long time. >> reporter: townville fire chief billy mcadams, whose son attends the school, was first on the scene. another firefighter, jamie brock, found the teen, who had a handgun, at the back of the
school and pinned him down. first-grader jacob hall was the most critically injured. >> please especially remember little jacob, who continues to fight for his life. he's a hard little fighter, and you've got to continue to remember that. >> reporter: police say the 14-year-old suspect, who has not been identified, shot and killed his father, 47-year-old jeffrey osbourne, at their home before taking his father's truck and driving to the school. administrators say the school had active shooter drills including one just last week. 9-year-old hayden beasley says students knew this wasn't a drill. >> then i really would have panicked and everybody else would have too. and the teachers would have too if they didn't have that training. >> reporter: so that plan made a big difference. it's still unclear why the shooter may have targeted this playground. administrators did confirm he previously attended this school but was recently being home-schooled. scott, he is due in juvenile court tomorrow.
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in track everything comes full circle, though it may take time. margaret brennan reports on an extraordinary finish today at the white house. >> reporter: it was a stand that shocked the world. american sprinters tommie smith and john carlos raising their black-gloved fists in protest at the 1968 olympics in mexico city.
smith said the moment was overwhelming. when you were raising your fist, what was going through your mind? >> get me off of this stand. the national anthem is exactly one minute and 30 seconds long, but it seemed like an hour. >> reporter: that protest against racial inequality got them ejected from the games and banished from the olympic community for decades. >> yes, we were hated, we were vilified, but i do think because we were hated and vilified that shows you there was something that needed changing. >> welcome to the white house. >> reporter: today, nearly 50 years later, the olympic medalists were welcomed back into the fold by president obama. >> we're honored to have here the legendary tommie smith and john carlos here today. [ applause ] their powerful silent protest in the 1968 games was controversial but it woke folks up and created greater opportunity for those that followed. >> i feel great.
i sat up there and just ate it all up. >> reporter: now a new generation of athletes has picked up the baton from smith. led by nfl quarterback colin kaepernick, who kneels during the national anthem to protest police violence against african-americans. smith supports activist athletes and said their peaceful actions take courage. >> when you do something, you really believe in it, you really don't think about the cost. you just do it. >> reporter: and these silent gestures are meant to speak volumes. margaret brennan, cbs news, washington. finally tonight, we're in washington for a special commemoration. the newseum is marking the 100th anniversary this year of the birth of walter cronkite. and that's the way it is. and that's the "overnight news" for this friday. for some of you the news continues. for others check back with us a little bit later for the morning news. and be sure not to miss "cbs this morning." from the jones day law firm
overlooking the u.s. capitol, i'm scott pelley. >> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." welcome to the overnight news. i'm don dahler. there are more questions than answers this morning after a tragic commuter train crash in new jersey. the train pulled into the station at the height of the morning rush but didn't slow down. it crashed through the track barriers and into the terminal. at least one person was killed. more than 100 others were hurt. and the station was wrecked. jim axelrod begins our coverage. [ sirens ] >> reporter: it was the height of rush hour this morning. in a station 15,000 commuters pass through each day. when at 8:45 chaos engulfed the new jersey transit terminal in hoboken.
this is what train number 1614, stuffed with commuters, looked like as it approached. eyewitnesses say it was moving at a high rate of speed when it failed to stop. as it entered the station it continued beyond the tracks, sending the four cars crashing through a main concourse barrier, then launching airborne into the platform area. inside the train passengers like kirby fisher could not believe what was happening. >> it was like a big crash and then everything from the ceiling just fell in. >> reporter: jamie weatherhead-saul was in the first car. >> there wasn't even a screeching like it was halting. it just kept going. but because it was so crowded there wasn't much -- where to go. >> reporter: 30 feet away michael larson, a new jersey transit employee, was standing on the platform. >> it was just initially just a horrendous, horrendous exploding
noise and concrete dust, electrical wires, and the train flying into the depot. >> reporter: the one person killed, a woman from hoboken, was not a passenger on the train but was standing on the platform when she was hit by debris. new york's governor, andrew cuomo. >> we know what happened. we don't know why it happened. the train obviously came in at too high a rate of speed. it didn't stop. it went through the barriers. when you see the destruction up close, the silver lining is there's only been one fatality thus far. >> reporter: others like engineer william blaine looking for something hopeful amidst all the trauma, jumped in to help. >> kaboom. the whole place shook. just shook. and everybody got quiet. when i turned and i ran out, and i slid, i looked to the right, and i just saw people were all over the ground. and debris and everything all over the place. it's like we were a family. when you say americans, man, i'm not lying.
everybody of creed and color ran and tried to help. >> reporter: that engineer who survived the crash, his name is thomas gallagher. he's 48 years old. he was taken to the hospital but was later released. and we're told mr. gallagher is indeed cooperating with investigators. >> reporter: first responders quickly arrived to treat more than 100 injured, sending at least 74 bloodied and dazed commuters to area hospitals. alexis valley is five months pregnant. she was sitting in the first car and suffered a head injury. >> i thought we were going to die. i didn't think we were going to get out. >> nobody knew what was going on. >> reporter: david mielach was also on the train and narrowly escaped after the ceiling collapsed. >> did you help anybody get out of the train? were people trying to help you? >> yeah. we tried to clear the way for people that were bleeding more to get out first. >> reporter: a passenger on the platform shot this video of the
aftermath. witnesses say many who were waiting for a train were badly hurt. >> there were folks hobbling around, people holding their limbs, holding their backs and things like that. there were definitely, definitely some bad injuries. >> reporter: at hoboken university medical center, chief medical officer dr. meika roberson says most of the injuries were non-life-threatening. >> we received 22 patients from the accident. bumps, bruises, some walking wounded, some lacerations. and fractures as well. >> reporter: amy crullewitz escaped without any injuries. >> well, i'm afraid to get back on the train. and i've been commuting to new york city for 30 years. >> reporter: here at jersey city medical center, a regional trauma center, all 53 passengers who walked in with minor injuries have been released. tonight investigators will work to recover video from the two outward-facing cameras and the train's data recorders. the national transportation safety board is leading the investigation. vice chair bella dinh-zarr. >> from the event recorder we hope to get information such as
speed and braking. >> reporter: new jersey transit says the engineer, 48-year-old thomas gallagher, was in the front of the first car as it came speeding into the hoboken station. the ntsb hopes to interview gallagher and will reconstruct his last 72 hours, including a look at his medical history. federal health screening requirements for train operators are among the lightest, requiring only a hearing and vision check every three years. the rest is up to the railroad. the ntsb has called for stronger standards. >> we will look at whether there was positive train control installed and all of the aspects related to that before we come to any conclusions. >> reporter: railroads are under a federal mandate to install positive train control, or ptc technology, that can automatically slow or stop a speeding train to prevent collisions. this train did not have ptc technology. congress pushed the deadline for installation to at least 2018. federal regulators say new jersey transit is yet to submit
a plan to install the expensive safety technology. mark rosenker chaired the ntsb when the ptc requirement was enacted. >> positive train control, if all the mechanical systems were working properly, should have stopped this train because it was moving too fast through the station. in other news this morning, the ceo of wells fargo, the nation's second largest bank, was back on the hot seat before congress. the house financial services committee grilled john stumpf about what he and other executives knew about the scandal involving millions of fraudulent accounts. more than 5,000 bank workers have been fired, but stumpf still has his job. and angry lawmakers want to know why. john blackstone reports. >> well, something is going wrong at this bank. and you are the head of it. >> do you know this guy? he apparently robbed your bank. he's in jail as we speak. they got all the money back. only simple question. what the heck's the difference between you and mr. holmes?
>> reporter: today on capitol hill lawmakers from both sides of the aisle asked whether wells fargo ceo john stumpf should resign or even go to jail because his bank created millions of dollars of phony accounts. he's already forfeited tens of millions of dollars in compensation. >> is this just show? does it mean anything? >> i think it does mean something. >> reporter: ross lavine is a professor of banking at uc berkeley haas school of business. he says it's unusual for an executive to be held accountable. >> so when wells fargo is fined millions or even billions of dollars, that doesn't come out of anybody's pocket who runs the company. >> correct. that comes out of our pockets. >> reporter: the $185 million fine imposed on wells fargo for the phony accounts is only one of the penalties the bank has faced recently and not nearly the largest. this year alone wells fargo has been fined $1.2 billion for falsely certifying mortgage loans, $4 million for student loan abuses, and $70 million for violations judged by the controller of the currency.
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with the presidential election less than six weeks away more states are asking the department of homeland security to help protect their voter data bases. hackers suspected to be from overseas have been caught probing several state computer systems. jeff pegues has a look at this growing threat. >> first it was arizona and illinois. now multiple law enforcement sources are telling cbs news that a total of about ten states have had their systems probed or breached by hackers. we learned that information as government officials are becoming increasingly concerned about russian efforts to disrupt or influence the election. >> we are urging the states just
to make sure that their deadbolts are thrown and their locks are on. >> reporter: on wednesday on capitol hill lawmakers questioned fbi director james comey about whether the russians were trying to breach u.s. election systems. >> there have been a variety of scanning activities as well as some attempted intrusions at voter registration data bases beyond those we knew about in july and august. >> reporter: officials had been reluctant to blame russia publicly, but privately cyber experts and government officials alike believe the russian government or hackers working with it are behind the election system cyber attacks. and this spring's hack on the democratic national committee. in an interview earlier this month russian president vladimir putin played coy when asked about his government's involvement in the dnc hack. >> translator: no, i don't know anything about that. >> reporter: the u.s. has its own offensive and defensive cyber capabilities. the programs are highly classified. in a recent interview with cbs news, cia director john brennan declined to offer specifics about whether the u.s. is using its cyber tools to respond to russia. >> what about the u.s. capabilities?
>> well, there is different types of capabilities the united states will have. and i'm not going to give you and your listeners a -- >> you can't talk about it? >> i choose not to. >> reporter: a government official says the russians like their cyber activity to grab headlines and while these cyber strikes have been successful in accomplishing that goal u.s. officials are confident that the outcome of the election will not be affected. while voter data bases are accessible through the internet, most voting machines are not. the "cbs overnight news" will be right back.
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the art world was stunned six years ago when a treasure trove of 276 never-before-seen picassos turned up. they were worth about $100 million. picasso's former electrician claims they were a gift from the artist and his wife. what's more, he claims they'd been in his garage for the past 40 years. few people believe that.
bill whitaker has a look for "60 minutes." >> reporter: danielle and pierre le guennec are a retired couple living in the south of france. back in 1971 he was an electrician hired by pablo picasso and his wife jacqueline to fix their american-made stove. the picassos were so pleased they had him do other odd jobs on their properties, including installing burglar alarms. >> how would you describe the relationship? was it employee-employer? or did you have a friendship? >> translator: i believe that monsieur had total trust in me, particularly because of my discretion. >> reporter: his discretion might be the only thing in this tale that isn't in dispute. as family electrician and handyman, pierre le guennec had the run of picasso's houses for 15 years starting before and stretching beyond the artist's death in 1973. one day in the early 1970s, he says, jacqueline picasso surprised him.
>> translator: madam called me into the hallway and said, come here, this is for you. and she handed me a box. i said, thank you, madam. i left and brought it back here. >> reporter: the le guennecs say they opened the box and weren't impressed. they described the contents as two picasso sketch books and sheets of loose-leaf paper, all unsigned. >> translator: there were plenty of drawings that were repeated. for example, there was the body of a horse without the head. and the second part was only the head. >> reporter: danielle le guennec says in general she's not a big fan of picasso's art. >> translator: that painting i don't know if the character is looking at me, not looking at me. the head is upside down. it's on the side. that's what made him famous. i'm not saying it's ugly. but i don't like it. >> so you didn't think much of this box of paintings and sketches and things you
received? >> translator: if someone would have told me, monsieur le guennec, go and throw this in the fire, i would have thrown it in the fire. >> reporter: instead of burning the box, pierre le guennec says it ended up on a shelf in his garage. it lived there undisturbed until 2010, when he says he was ill and facing surgery. that's when he thought he should get his affairs in order. and wondered if that picasso gift might be worth something. so he contacted the picasso administration, run by pablo picasso's son and described by handwritten letters and photos what he had. the picasso administration is the only place in the world that can certify the artist's work. le guennec wanted his box of picasso's work authenticated. >> translator: they answered me by telling me that claude picasso wanted to see with his own eyes what it was we had. and he gave us an appointment. so we went up to paris, my wife
and i, by train with a suitcase. >> full of artwork. >> translator: yes. i organized them properly in cardboard folders so it could be presentable. >> how were you greeted by claude? >> translator: he was a bit haughty. >> translator: impolite. >> translator: he's a monsieur, and we are little people. >> translator: he didn't even say hello. >> little people. >> translator: he looked at me and said, "you. you can sit over there." one cannot say we were welcomed. that's not very polite, considering he's the son of a genius. >> kind of snobbish, you say. >> translator: yes. >> translator: yes, snob. >> translator: a man represents wealth. >> reporter: but claude picasso himself, the artist's third child and one of five living heirs, remembers the meeting differently. >> i start, you know, asking questions and so on. they said they were given these things by my father.
then later on in the conversation they said some of them were given to them by my father's widow. >> reporter: the stash contained works spanning more than 30 years, from 1900 to 1932. some were preliminary sketches of well-known works displayed in museums and galleries around the world. like this one from 1932. "woman seated in red armchair." at the musee picasso in paris. the similarity is striking. and then there's this one. a never-before-seen "portrait of olga," picasso's first wife and constant subject for nearly 20 years. included in the 271 works were six sketches, 28 lithographs, and nine cubist collages, considered museum quality. there were also those two full sketch pads with 81 drawings. an art trove later valued at as much as $100 million. claude picasso could not believe his eyes and did not believe the le guennecs. >> the explanations were a bit
murky. but i quickly understood that they must have stolen them. >> did you know immediately that they were real? >> yes, but i didn't tell him that. >> you didn't want to give anything away. >> i couldn't because it was so amazing. and they kept pulling out things more and more. so i said is that all? and they said no, no, no, we have some more here. okay, that's incredible. but i didn't say -- >> you didn't reveal anything on your face. >> i like it. whatever. some banality like this. and i had to let them go because there's no system that can make me clamp down on these possessions. >> you couldn't seize them. >> no, no. >> so you had to let them go. >> you have to let them go. i knew what i had to do next. >> call the police. >> yes. >> reporter: the police opened an investigation. three weeks later the gendarmes
were at the le guennec door. they seized the works and they seized the couple. >> translator: we were taken into custody to nice, my wife in one car and i in another, and i was held there for two days. >> i spent one day in jail. i was devastated. so devastated that i've been seeing a psychiatrist. i am not over it. i can still see that jail cell. and i'd like to add, if i can use this language, it didn't just smell bad. i stank. >> you don't believe they were kept in their garage for 40 years? >> no. >> reporter: jean jacques nurier and claudia andrieu, lawyers representing the picasso administration, say the condition of the art is too pristine to have been kept on a shelf in a garage for almost 40 years. they don't buy any part of the le guennecs' story. >> why not? >> it's impossible. >> it's impossible.
>> it's a nonsense. and to be very frank with you, believe that mr. le guennec is a swindler. >> reporter: the le guennecs say they're honest people caught in a david and goliath battle with the picasso heirs, snooty art moguls who can't handle the idea that a modest family might be worthy of the artist's gift. >> translator: we are simple people. we love our home and our garden. we've never traveled. >> they say you folks were a little snobbish and perhaps looking down on them because they're just little people, simple people, they called themselves. >> they play on that. it's pure manipulation. it's fantastic. >> you don't believe that they are simple people? >> they are simple people. this is the problem. we believe that they play on this to try to obtain sympathy from the public. >> reporter: the family lawyers also question the meticulous language pierre le guennec used
to describe the works, which they say could only have come from an art expert. but the retired electrician denies the accusation. he says he wrote every word himself. these works by picasso were deemed so valuable they immediately were seized and brought here for safekeeping, one of the most secure places in the country, the bank of france. this is the fort knox of france, the country's gold reserves are kept here too. in february 2015 the le guennecs went on trial. there wasn't enough evidence to prove they stole the art. so prosecutors charged them with possessing stolen property. witnesses who knew pablo picasso and his wife, jacqueline, testified it was impossible anyone would get such a generous gift from the master. >> the le guennecs were given a two-year suspended sentence for possession of stolen property. they are appealing. when asked if he could go back in time, the husband said, "that
this past summer the national parks service celebrated its 100th anniversary. some of the parks date back to that time, but others are practically brand new. like the waco mammoth national monument in texas, where they recently discovered the fossils of two dozen woolly mammoths, or the katahdin woods monument in northern maine. the 85,000 acres were a gift from the founder of burt's bees. chip reid takes a walk through the history of our national parks. >> in 1872 thomas moran's spectacular paintings of a fantasy-like yellowstone created a national frenzy of excitement that helped lead to the creation of the nation's first national park.
but it wasn't until 1916, 100 years ago, that the national park service was created to protect america's natural wonders from development. today the park service oversees 413 sites including 59 major national parks covering 84 million acres from great smoky mountains, the most visited, to the grand canyon. the everglades and the newest edition, katauden woods and waters national monument in maine, designated by president obama. mike reynolds is deputy director of the national parks service. >> if you're a science person, you can go to edison and be in his lab as if he never had left. if you're a rock climber you can hang upside down on yosemite national park on 4,000-foot cliffs. if you are a history buff you can walk through the steps of jackson and lee in the civil war. >> reporter: decades ago some politicians wanted to turn this old tow path and canal in maryland into a highway. but nature lovers prevailed. today it's the cno canal
national historical national park, runs 185 miles, all the way from west virginia to washington, d.c. and it gets almost 5,000 visitors a year, including the debterman family whose frequent visits have made 9-year-old astrid wild about wildlife. >> we love to see the animals, the turtles, the salamanders, the egrets. we really love nature. >> reporter: but keeping the parks in pristine condition is a struggle. there's a $12 million maintenance backlog. congress did increase the budget this year and entrance fees from about 300 million visitors a year do help. chip reid, cbs news, washington. and that's the overnight news for this friday. for some of you the news continues.
captioning funded by cbs it's friday, september 30th, 2016. this is the "cbs morning news." federal investigators look for the cause of a deadly commuter train crash. world leaders gather for the funeral of israeli statesman shimon peres. and hurricane matthew is quickly gaining strength as it moves through the caribbean. good morning from the studio 57 newsroom at cbs news headquarters here in new york. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. well, investigators want to question the engineer of a commuter train that smashed a barrie a