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matters. except to miami beach cops. fewer than 400 of them trying to keep the lid on. they're still going to to what they're going to do. ain't going to stop it. >> bobby jenkins, president of the miami beach fraternal order of police. >> reporter: when communities like panama city beach, ban drinking on the beach, get tougher. do you see those who clamped down and flooding in here. >> yes. making comments. they couldn't go off to panama beach. harassed the time they got off the airplane to the time they left. >> reporter: cops here feel ha harassed. last weekend the beach party moved into street and out of control. seven partiers were arrested. >> i guess people got too rowdy. you can deal with one or two, not thousands of them. >> worse than in years past? >> yes. >> how so? >> people leave when you want them to leave. here they challenge you and take you on about it. >> reporter: miami beach also has a ban on beach drinking.
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overwhelmed cops say they have too many other issues. mark strassmann, miami beach. >> stuntman in florida recovering from first degree burns he suffered during a student pep rally at a school. ricky charles was spitting fire when something went horribly wrong. demarco morgan has the story. >> the fire breathing act was planned to rally kids ahead of standardized test. but it likely did not have intended effect. we should warn you this story contains graphic images. >> reporter: the stunt man was spitting a fire ball as a performer leaped overhead when things got out of control. flames shot across the performer's face. then spread almost instantly. he appeared to try to put out the fire with his hand. >> at firest we thought it was the act. then we realze the it was real. all of a sudden, throwing the fire everywhere. we are lake okay he is on fire. >> everybody was panicking.
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it was crazy. >> the former circus performer and coordinator, ricky charles, runs a performance group called inferno's challenge. rushed to the hospital with burns to his face but is expected to recover. several students were also treated for respiratory injuries. >> jumped out of the car looking for my daughter. there was kids on the ground. they were treating the kids. >> palm beach county called the incident inexcusable saying it is violation of district policy and district rules are cleared that fire and pyrotechnics are forbidden inside the buildings. >> right now. glad the kids are okay. i don't think it was a wise decision. i am glad my daughter is okay. >> the "cbs overnight news" will
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terry bollea who used to wrestle under the name hulk hogan was back in a florida courtroom in his multimillion dollar lawsuit against gawker media. a jury awarded bollea $115 million in damages over a sex tape gawker posted on its website. the same jury was considering punitive damages of up to $345 million. either way, gawker plans to appeal.
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founder about the case. nick denton is not a household name. but he is the bane of those who are. denton founder of gawker media, a collection of seven online blogs that feed on sensational stories. often having to do with celebrities. >> i think it is a good name. a famous name. >> reporter: but it means to stare stupidly. >> it means to stare. stupidly might be in one of the definitions. we have a little sense of humor about what we do. >> reporter: with the internet largely unregulated denton and his crew have been able to gawk at just about anything. until one of their celebrity targets took them on in a saint petersberg, florida, courtroom. >> i was completely humiliated. >> terry bollea seen here when he was still wrestling professionally under the name hulk hogan. >> hulk hogan riding the motorcycle!
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invasion of privacy. he says his life has not been the same since 2012 when gawker posted a portion of a sex tape featuring bollea. >> it turned my world upside down. >> reporter: there is a lot at stake. bollea sued for $100 million. denton's entire digital media company is at risk. and some fear so is freedom of speech on the internet. >> i have a phrase -- nothing is ever as good or as bad as it seems at the time. and i think often the tests bring out the best in people. and in companies. >> reporter: just days before the trial began, nick denton seemed confident. >> it is a good story. it's true. it's a matter of public concern. he is a very public figure. if we were going to have a story
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pretty glad it is this one. >> reporter: since 2002, the british born, oxford educated denton has built gawker media with stories just like this. there have been posts about a toronto mayor's drug use, hillary clinton's server, and accusations against bill cosby and of course the hulk hogan sex tape. >> is that really news or just entertainment and appealing to our most voyeuristic instincts? >> we find it interesting. and that particular story, millions of people found interesting. gossip is the version of news that the authorities, or the celebrities or the officials, don't want team people to know. the other unauthorized version. i think people have the right to know the unauthorized version as well as the the authorized version. >> there are also gawker's internet pranks. denton's crew created havoc by
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donald trump, to repeat this quotation on twitter. it is bet tire live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep. the problem -- fascist leader benito mussilini said it first. >> it is okay to know it was mussilini, look, it is a very good quote. >> reporter: tormenting public figures may seem an odd career choice for a journalist who once worked for the lofty financial times. but denton says as a gay man and a brit trying to make it in america, he has felt like an outsider. >> and then if you an outsider, there are fewer social consequences to running the kind of stories that, gawker ran in the early days, or that -- journalists, good journalists run, a lot of the stories make you unpopular. if you care less about being accepted by an establishment, you are more likely to run the
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journalists fuller freedom. >> reporter: denton employs 200 people working in a manhattan office where a job as a reporter expected to post 12 stories a day, can be grueling. a large central board continually ranks the popularity of stories by the number of readers clicking on. >> what's a good story. how many clicks do you need. >> any story that gets over a million views is a big story for us. >> for the record, the hogan sex tape reportedly got 8 million views. which made it a huge story. and then, last year, nick denton announced he was toning down his web sites. to focus more on politics. he insists that change has the nothing to do with the current lawsuit. >> i could just be getting older. i turn 50 this year. so, some of the mellowing may just be aging.
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did something he had never done. he pulled a damaging story involving a man who wasn't famous but happened to have a brother who was. >> this is a story i didn't believe we should have done. didn't think the point merit the hurt caused to the man's family. >> does the fact you drew a line with one line. pull the post. make it difficult to defend putting on a sex tape of hulk hogan. >> i think the -- the journalists make judgment calls all of the time. and i think, what people want to know from us is that we do apply standards. >> but in the end. the man who made a career out of pushing limits, may have gone too far. the jury came down decisively against him. giving the professional wrestler even more than he asked for. $115 million. nick denton might be on the ropes. but even before the trial he was
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appeal. >> i wonder whether i will look back and look at this trial as being -- and look at the hogan case as being the, the prompt, that actually caused us to -- to focus on what we do, what we believe in, and be serious about being a major force in digital media. >> the "cbs overnight news" will
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the vietnam war may be fading from memory for most americans. for those who fought in vietnam and though who were there to document the war, the conflict lives on. dean reynolds sat down with some of the soldier photographers whose work is now on display at a museum in chicago. >> this is a wounded -- >> soldier. he got hitten the leg real bad. was being evacuated. >> this is how soldiers saw the war, through the lens of his camera. >> happened to bethere right
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i took the shot. >> reporter: enlisted member of the department of the army's special photographic office. their mission to provide unvarnished look at the war. >> yes. >> ted atchinson was one of the cameramen. >> i was drafted. a junior in college. >> did you think boy if i could just get over there and take pictures. >> no. >> reporter: their access to the battlefield was far greater than press photographers. many assignments were classified. >> we shot every conceivable subject in vietnam. everything. bill was their commander. was your criteria for sending people this looks like it is going to be really active? >> yes. hot. >> hot. >> yes. washington likes us to get combat footage. >> reporter: among the scenes atchinson recorded. army assault on a village 45 years aguy.
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>> yes. >> i'm out there with my camera gear. i'm thinking, what the hell am i doing here? >> more than 200 of them deployed over a decade. two were killed in action. many were wounded. few more helmets. >> they got in the way. >> no way i could put a camera on my shoulder. standing there. if you shake, it is no good. >> what they shot was for training, a quarter was available to newspapers and networks. the rest was archived. now on display at the museum in chicago. >> just wondering what you hope people will take away from this exhibit? >> i would like the people to understand what the photographer went through to take these pictures. and what -- he was thinking. what he had to go through to get to the place to take the
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this is a new day. a u.n. eva dia. >> historic day the first meeting between u.s. and cuban presidents in cuba nearly 90 years. >> new electronic gear shifts are blamed for more than 100 accidents. >> the little known law that is taking this 6-year-old away from the only family she has ever known. >> with very heavy hearts, comply with order, and we will be waiting here for them to come take her.
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one of the most famous stories of all time. >> this is the cbs overnight news. few americans thought they would live to see the day. an american president meeting with a communist president named castro in havana. 55 years after eight u.s. aircraft bombed the bay of pigs in an attempt to overthrow the castro dictatorship, air force one flew the last mission of the cold war with russia. once the world held its breath over cuba, president obama arrived in a country still waiting to exhale. margaret brennan is in havana. >> reporter: a striking image -- president obama in havana's revolution square with a giant outline of communist icon looking down. a gesture to a troubled past on the day president obama focused
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since arriving yesterday the president delighted the cuban people by touring old havana and reviewing cuban troops. but after their meeting today, mr. obama said, he had a frank discussion with raul castro about cuba's human rights record. >> to the extent we can have a good conversation about that and to actually make progress that i think will allow us to see the full flowering of a relationship that is possible. in the absence of that i think it will continue to be a very powerful irritant. >> castro got a taste of american freedom of the press when he was asked about cuban political prisoners. clearly frustrated, he denied there were any. >> translator: what political prisoners he said? >> reporter: just yesterday the regime arrested more than two dozen protesters. activist antonio rodiles was
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>> allow him to do these violations and at the same time giving economic possibilities. for sure they're getting the signal they understand that they can do whatever they want. the obama administration argues the best way to improve human rights is to invest in cuba's future bystrengthening economic ties. horace clemmons and saul berenthal will sell this track track -- tractor to farmers. >> i have made peace with the past i have been able to not only understand what happened and even figure out that the best way to heal is exactly to do what we're doing. >> american executives are also delegation.
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daily to be the first american hotel operator in havana in nearly 60 years. and scott, google is in talks to increase internet access on the island. >> margaret brennan, our woman in havana tonight. margaret, thank you very much. our polls show that most americans support diplomatic relations with cuba, but not the americans that david begnaud talked to today in miami's little havana. mitt little miami has been ground demonstrations to. day protesters knew they would find cameras here. they stomped on and steam rolled pictures of president obama. cuban americans call his presence in cuba betrayal. kwuchlt ir izquierdo it is personal.
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our president. >> what if it is good for cuba down the road? >> well it is a false hope. i am very mad. >> you can call me an extremist if you want to. >> reporter: 69-year-old laura viniello escaped the communist regime as a child. >> the president is a sellout, sir. don't you know the cuban nation was left out of, the cuban people we have been left out. >> we are going to have more eyes over there. >> abe riviera left cuba with his family when he was a year old. now 49 this investor is ready to do business in cuba. >> now we are going to have an island 90 miles away from the united states, that everybody is going to go and visit. what obama has done for cuba -- it is great. >> over the last 30 years when there was a concern about something happening in cuba this is the spot where thousand would gather to protest.
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in a sign of the times, today there were less than 30. david. thank you. in havana today, mr. obama offered his thoughts and prayers for u.s. marine staff sergeant lewis cardin. killed in a rocket attack in iraq. several other u.s. marines were wounded. his remains were returned today. cardin was from california. he died on saturday which was the 13th anniversary of the u.s. invasion. there is a dragnet tonight for a previously unknown suspect in the paris terror attacks. 130 people were killed last november. charlie d'agata is in belgium where another suspect was captured on friday. >> reporter: new video appears to show salah abdeslam making a run for it. even though belgian security forces were just outside. he had didn't before evading police for months before being caught last friday.
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played a central role in the paris attacks and intended to blow himself up but changed his mind. now, there is a new suspect, laachraoui, his dna found, and his whereabouts are unknown. prosecutors admitted they aren't close to solving the puzzle. >> translator: we're working on an enormous amount of cases, said frederick van hoy, they're becoming more and more worrying and violent. authorities can't explain how abdeslam was able to disappear for months only to be captured a few block frumz his s from his home in brussels neighborhood. the interior minister, jan jambon told us isis is growing more sophisticated. what took so sflong awe
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they have a network. it is professionals against professionals. >> reporter: another reason, abdeslam may have been able to hide in plain sight according to ann speckert, an expert who interviewed dozens of islamic radicals here. >> these are really brutal horrible people that went to
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it's not beyond them to now there are 33 weeks before the presidential election. most americans believe that hillary clinton and donald trump will be the nominees, and they're not happy about that. our new cbs news/"the new york times" poll out tonight shows that 57% have an unfavorable opinion of trump. and for clinton, it's 52% unfavorable.
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would beat trump by ten points. bernie sanders would beat trump by 15. here is julianna goldman. >> this was considered one of the great buildings of washington one of the great in the country. >> reporter: rolling into the nation's capital today, donald trump made time to plug his namesake hotel blocks from the white house. >> if people want to be smart they should embrace the movement. he had a message for republicans working furiously to stop him. >> they've don't want to be smart they should do what they're doing now and the republicans are going go down to a massive loss. >> reporter: as he confidently predicted he will secure the nomination the front-runner spent the day trying to make inroads with washington republicans. trump met with about two dozen current and former lawmakers including former house speaker newt gingrich and new york congressman chris collins. >> the grain unifier is hillary clinton for the republican party. and the need to defeat her.
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people get behind a winner which is mr. trump. >> i will submit a list of justices potential justices of the united states supreme court. >> reporter: the billionaire businessman offered more substance saying he was working on a supreme court short list and unveiling a foreign policy team shortly before addressing the nation's largest pro israel lobbying group. >> it seems to be the all-time olympics in peace, in a deal. can you make that deal? between israel and the palestinians. i think the answer is, maybe. >> trump face is a skeptical audience. including the several hundred who plan to boycott his speech because they say his hateful rhetoric doesn't align with jewish values. so far, trump has gotten a warm reception here, scott. that's even though he previously said he would be a neutral broker between israel and the palestinians. it a statement that did not go over well with the crowd. >> thank you. hillary clinton also spoke to that same pro israel group.
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>> reporter: at aipac, hillary clinton said the middle east is nowhere for trump to practice art of the deal. we need steady hands. neutral monday. pro israel tuesday. and who knows what is wednesday. everything is negotiable. >> reporter: it reflected the growing focus on the likely gop nominee. the latest cbs news/"the new york times" poll shows her national lead over sanders has shrunk to its smallest margin yet. just 5 points. >> let's have a record breaking turnout in idaho. sanders who is jewish was the only candidate to skip the aipac conference stumping instead in three western states that vote tomorrow. sanders staked a lot on the west which he insists will be his stronghold. >> now we are moving into territory where i think we go in as the favorites. a lot of the states that are out there are states that we can win. and we can win by large margins. >> reporter: the clinton campaign doesn't dispute that.
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sanders is likely to win a series of upcoming caucuses. why? because caucuses unlike primaries require a time commitment of a couple hours. so, they tend to reward candidates with the most enthusiastic supporters. >> feel the bern! >> with her big delegate lead, clinton is having to spend big to find off sanders. scott, she raised $30 million last month but ended up spend morgue than half of all it on ads. >> aipac, american israel public affairs committee. nancy cordes, thank you very much. today in california, a young girl was taken from the only family she has ever known. a native american tribe won a long, builter custody battle based on a law that few people know about. danielle nottingham reports from santa clarita. >> a painful scene outside the paige family home, as faulser
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taken by state authorities. earlier a devastated rusty paige acknowledged he and his wife lost a nearly four year legal battle to adopt the little girl all. up awith very heavy hearts and comply with the order. >> reporter: lexy came to live with paige and his wife when she was 2 and they have been trying to adopt her since. but lexy is part native american. the indian child welfare act works to keep native american children with their tribal relatives. today the family learned lexi will live with her extended family in utah. >> like getting the phone call that your kid was hit by a car. how you cope. >> neighbors have the been camped out near his home friday in support of the family. court record show lexi's biological father has extensive criminal record and mother had a substance abuse problem. the choctaw tribe agreed to let lexi stay with the pages until she could be reunited.
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best for the choctaw child. attorney steve meister. >> whether it is a native american kid or not, have the same end goal which is to reunite a child with his or her biological relatives. so that they can be raised by the family they were born into. >> reporter: the paiges say they're the only family lexi knows. scott they tell me they plan to take this case to the california supreme court. >> danielle nottingham for us. thank you. its a new type of gearshift causing jeeps to crash? we'll have that story. the "cbs overnight news" will be
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you. more than 100 accidents blamed on a new high tech gearshift install in nearly a million american vehicles. the government is investigating.
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>> reporter: gary titus drives a 2014 jeep grand cherokee, a vehicle built with a new electronic shifter that changed the feel of changing gears. >> if i don't hit it just right and get night drive i could get into an accident because of that. >> reporter: it is known as a monostable electronic gearshift or e-shift. and lacks the typical grooves and sensation of moving the car into park, drive, or reverse. >> i thought it was in park. it was in reverse still. and i noticed the car was moving a little bit. so i got between the car and the garage and was able to, yell for my son, and, stop the car at the same time. titus its one of hundreds who filed complaints saying their vehicle rolled away when they thought it was in park. 121 accidents reported resulting in 30 injuries. national highway traffic safety administration is investigating more than 850,000 vehicles equipped with e-shift. most are 2014 and 2015 jeep grand cherokees.
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reports test track in connecticut. here, i guess it is because there its also not, like i pushed all the way forward. doesn't mean iened end up in park. >> locks the fail save fe. leave it in drive. or open the door, press the button to turn off the vehicle it stays in the mode doesn't go to park. >> jeep drivers do get a warning on the dashboard. the company says they are cooperating fully with the ntsa investigation. for 2016, the company changed the shifter to something that has the more traditional feel. but, fiat chrysler says they did that for customer satisfaction reasons not for safety concerns. >> kris van cleave. thank you very much. another big jury award for hulk hogan.
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pro wrestler, hulk hogan, has won the biggest match of his life against the online gossip site gawker. 48 hours correspondent erin moriarty has details. >> reporter: $25 million in punitive damages on top of the $115 million awarded on friday. terry bollea better known as hulk hogan accused gawker of violating his privacy four years ago when it posted a portion of a sex tape.
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>> nick denton who also testified at trial is the british born oxford educated founder of gawker media, a company valued at $83 million. in the days before the trial he defended the hulk hogan story as news worthy. >> gossip is the version of news that the authorities, or celebrities or the officials don't want people to know. it's the unauthorized version. i think people have all the rights to know the unauthorized version as well as the authorized version. >> reporter: nick denton vowed to appeal the verdict and damages if upheld could put him out of bitz ns uf of business. >> erin moriarty. thank you, erin.
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we end tonight with the story behind one of the most beloved children's stories of all time. "winnie the pooh." here is jim axelrod. >> reporter: when lindsay mattick was expecting son coal, she knew one day she would want to share family history with him. so she wrote a book about a soldier and a bear. >> my great grandfather's story was not famous. it was not known. >> reporter: but without his,
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>> absolutely. >> reporter: that's right. before there was this one -- there was this one. >> reporter: your great grandfather buys the bear and names her what? >> he name her winnipeg. winnie for short. >> reporter: harry coburn was her grandfather's name. and winnipeg was his hometown the a veterinarian about to ship out. his train stopped in a small canadian town. >> he gets off the train. and there is a hunter there. and the hunter has killed a bear. he is selling the cub for $20. >> reporter: harry bought a young female cub and took her with him across the atlantic where winnie became the mascot for harry's regimen. that was fine when training in england. but when it came time to head to front lines in france. >> december 9, 1914, took winnie to zoo, london. >> reporter: harry knew he had
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>> he planned to get winnie at the end of the war. but clearly the war lasted four years. and he realized at that pin the she had ape knew new home. >> reporter: did she ever. she became a star attract, at the london zoo. >> she did have a remarkable temperament. london zookeepers would let children in the enclosure to play. >> reporter: among the kids entranced by winnie, a buy named christopher robin. >> his father, the author starts writing children's stories. >> reporter: a.a. mill may have made the character famous but harry coburn made it all possible. as lindsay mattick's book "finding winnie" shows us. >> that's powerful, something you do in a moment can go on to have these incredible huge ripple effects that you would never have even imagined. >> reporter: in all her many versions, winnie has been making
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over for nearly a century now. not a bad return on a $20 investment. jim axelrod, krks cbs news, toronto. >> that's the "cbs overnight news" for 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 scott pelley. this is a cbs news special report. good morning from studio 57 newsroom at cbs headquarters in new york. we have some breaking news out of brussels, belgium. this morning, there have been two powerful explosions at the brussels airport. the cause is unclear. charlie d'agata joins us on the phone.
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he is on his way to brussels. charlie, give us the basics. what do we know so far about these explosions? >> reporter: good morning, anne-marie. the explosions happened around 8:00 local time. belgian media is reporting that there were two explosions, and we've seen some twitter feeds, we were racing last night to bruge for evening news, and we were racing through the airport. we had seen some twitter pictures of windows that had been smashed out. it apparently took place in the departure area of the brussels main airport. the entire place was evacuated. you've seen some pictures of this frenzied evacuation. now, some belgian media is reporting there could be several dead in these apparent explosions, or these explosions. and shortly -- a short time ago we're also hearing reports of another explosion at a subway station in brussels. this is a couple of blocks from

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