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billion. the head of the bank says it is the result of "sloppiness and bad judgment." senior business correspondent anthony mason has been talking to his sources and, anthony, what are you hearing? >> reporter: scott, the c.e.o. of jpmorgan chase, jamie diamond, held a surprise conference call this afternoon to announce the bank had lost about $2 billion in just the past six weeks because of bad bets in credit derivatives, the same financial instruments that played a key role independent financial crisis. this one we would put in the egregious category, diamond condition seeded on that call. the bank, the nation's biggest by assetes, could face another billion dollars in losses due to market volatility. diamond acknowledged it could get worse. this could go on for a little bit. it's a big black eye for chase which has been considered one of the country's best-rin banks under diamond, one of the few,
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scott, to emerge from the financial crisis with its reputation intact. >> pelley: this is late breaking, but is there any indication at this point that other banks might be in trouble? >> reporter: on that conference call diamond was asked that very question point blank. he said not that he's aware of. in his words, just because we were stupid doesn't mean anyone else was. >> pelley: these are the kind of exotic financial engineering investment got the world in trouble in 2008. did they not learn anything? >> reporter: well, that's the question i think a lot of people are asking and the scary part of this is people thought that chase was the best-run bank maybe on wall street. if they're doing this, what else does it mean? and it remains to be seen. >> pelley: anthony, thank you very much. it is possible that history will be made this evening with what is expected to be the first drug approved to prevent hiv-aids. the aids epidemic has killed 30 million people around the world, but now, an f.d.a. panel is deciding whether a drug that's
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already being used to treat aids patients should also be used to prevent the disease. here's dr. jon lapook. >> reporter: the drug is called truvada, and it's currently used as part of a cocktail of drugs to treat patients with hiv. if the f.d.a. panel making want recommendation, it could dramatically expand its use to include healthy people who are at risk for contracting hiv. dr. robert grant of the university of california, san francisco, led the research. >> i think this is a huge milestone. i think that we are in an era now for the first time when we can foresee the end of the aids epidemic. >> reporter: in dr. grant's study, more than 1200 healthy gay men took truvada. the drug reduced their risk of hiv infection by 44%. however, many participants failed to take the pill every day. for those who took it faithfully, protection from hiv was much greater. >> among those who actually used the drug on a regular basis, the protection was much higher, over 90% reduction in the rates of
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hiv infections. >> reporter: scott owens was part of the study and has been takeig the drug for fours years. >> it's not a death sentence any more like it was 20 years ago, and i'm hoping that if this drug comes out, that it would just add one more protection in their lives. >> reporter: dr. rodney write is critical of the f.d.a. recommendation. he believes truvada may hurt other hiv prevention efforts. >> if someone thinks they're protected from something they're more likely to behave more riskily. someone would not be likely to use condom condoms and take trut the same time. >> reporter: but dr. grant said in his study, condom use and safe sex increased after the men started taking the medication, we're hopeful that the prevention pill plus early treatment can decrease the rate of new infection to very low levels. our goal is to get to a point where there is no new infections. >> reporter: big questions remain. for example, in the real world will people take the medication
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faithfully? will they continue to practice safe sex? and will insurance pay for this at a cost of up to $14,000 a year? >> pelley: jon, thank you very much. a reminder of why that is so important. aids has taken a terrible toll. our research department tells us since 1981, when the epidemic began, 600,000 people have died of aids this this country, and as we mentioned, 30 million have died worldwide. in the presidential campaign, republican mitt romney was questioned repeatedly today about something that happened nearly half a century ago when he was in high school. but what he said about it today made it relevant again. here's chief political correspondent jan crawford. >> reporter: as first reported by the "washington post," romney and other students 46 years ago at the preteenagous cranbrook school often teased a fellow student and hatched a plan. one day they tackled him and held him down while romney
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repeatedly clipped his hair. phillip maxwell, a classmate involved in the incident, told cbs news he believes it was an assault and battery. now a lawyer in michigan, maxwell said i've carried this story with me a long time. it was just a black mark on my character that i didn't stop it. four other classmates confirm the incident to the "post," saying the student, john lauber was a none conformist at the school. he was a hemo sexual and died eight year ago of liver cancer. romney was first asked about this, this morning on a radio show. >> i don't remember that incident. and i'll tell you, i certainly don't believe that i or-- i can't speak for other people, of course, though the fellow was homosexual, that was the furthest thing from our minds back in the 1960s. i'm not going to argue with that. there's no question but that i did in stupid things when i was in high school. >> reporter: the "post" article shows in high school
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romney had a gregarious side, a practical joker who kept friends laughing. it was a side of him his wife, anne, said on cbs this morning that many people didn't know. >> i still look at him as the boy i met in high school when he was playing all the jokes. and really just being crazy, pretty crazy. and so, there's a wild and crazy man inside there. >> reporter: now, other classmates we talked to said they had never heard of this incident and it was completely out of character for romney. they said he was very funny, scott, but never malicious. >> pelley: jan, five classmates say they remember this vividly. governor romney today said that he doesn't remember what happened, put he doesn't dispute it. is that a problem for the campaign? >> reporter: well, scott, that could be. and that could be the problem by saying that he doesn't remember. that is something that most people would have a hard time forgetting if it happened as those classmates describe. so that could raise questions about whether or not he's being straightforward. now, romney did say today he had grown as a person after he left school. he became a missionary.
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he got married. he had children. in short, he says he's a different person today than when he was in high school. >> pelley: a long time ago, jan, thank you very much. president obama flew to the west coast today for three cam fund raisers. the president's trip comes one day after he said he favors same-sex marriage. we understand wondered what effect that will have on his campaign. norah o'donnell is our chief white house correspondent at the white house tonight. norah. >> reporter: scott, president obama acknowledged that his embrace of same-sex marriage may actually hurt him in some important swing states, but it has also helped him rake in a lot of campaign cash. now, his advisers won't say exactly how much because they're afraid it may make his decision look political. >> every time i have had privilege of being in front of this president, urged him to move towards full equality and embrace marriage equality. >> reporter: chad griffin is the incoming president of the
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human rights campaign, the main lobbying group for the gay and lesbian community. he has raised more than $300,000 for obama's reelection campaign. >> i immediately sent out an e-mail to my friends and colleagues across the country encouraging them to now do more, to now support this president subpoena more, and to reach further than they had already gone in order to support him. >> reporter: in fact, just hours after mr. obama announced his support for same-sex marriage, his team released this new video drawing a contrast with mitt romney. >> same-sex couples should be able to get married. >> i indicated my view, which is i do not favor marriage between people of the same gender. >> reporter: and obama's finance director rufus gifford, who is open bee gay, sent out an e-mail to campaign supporters that says, "i am just so happy. if you're proud of our president, this is a great time to make a donation to the campaign." we've also learned the president had planned to make his announcement public next monday, one day before an important gay
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and lesbian fund-raiser with singer ricky martin in new york, and then another fund-raiser on june 6 in los angeles with rock star pink. >> i expect now you're going to see some of these events selling out more quickly. you certainly see some people that were withholding funds now jumping on in full force support, supporting this president. >> reporter: and, scott, another interesting detail we've learned tonight that vice president biden walked into the oval office yesterday and apologized. the president accepted, and told biden he knew it came from the heart. >> pelley: norah, thank you very much. overseas today, the hunt for al qaeda terrorists continued in yemen. u.s. drones hit two towns in the south. officials say at least seven militants were killed, including two alleged terrorist leaders. this news comes just days after we learned that a double agent inien who was cooperating with the cia had stopped an al qaeda plot to blow up a u.s.-bound jetliner.
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the syrian uprising took an ominous turn today when two suicide car bombs tore through a neighborhood in the capital. it was the deadliest pom attack since a popular uprising against the assad dictatorship began 14 months ago. at least 55 people were killed. nearly 400 were hurt. no one has claimed responsibility. a new call to shut down the florida a & m marching band. a man who offers a way out of post in america's most impoverished state superpower and a royal forecast when the cbs evening news continues. all of these friends swapped their imports for a ford. the escape definitely fits my lifestyle. it is 28 miles a gallon. that's pretty awesome. park assist? no hands. i didn't think that was possible. make me want the fusion.
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they were not enrolled in a mandatory band course, a direct violation of school policy, and the school can't confirm they were even enrolled in college. an hour later, drum major robert champion was beaten to death aboard a band bus. 11 members were charged in. three were among the ineligible performers. and dr. julian whiter the band's former director who resigned today, admitted to us that hangers on, including rlum nigh, were a problem in the school's hazing culture. >> i think that a small percentage of our alumni may not have been mature enough to move on their lives. >> reporter: did some alumni participate in the hazing of undergraduates? >> i don't know. i have suspicions. >> reporter: 19-year-old auburn golson, also faces felony charges in a separate band hazing attack. the leg of a freshman female
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clarinet player was broken. >> the sad thing is that he loved that school. he loved that band. and they all failed him. >> reporter: pam champion, robert champion's mother, believes the school lost control over the band. >> they're going to have to clean house. they're going to have to step up and do what they know is the right thing to do. >> reporter: and by "cleaning house" you mean? >> get rid of the filth that's there. everything is out in the open now. >> reporter: the university did not respond to our request for comment. the school's board of trustees will meet next monday to discuss the band's future. mark strassmann, cbs news, orlando. >> pelley: there was a new honor today for the mother of the civil rights movement. a stone carving of rosa parks was dedicated at washington's national cathedral. it commemorates her refusal in 1955 to give up her pus seat to a white passenger in montgomery,
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in beijing. chinese officials say they are going over his paper work. are the chinese going to honor the deal? earlier today i spoke with holly williams of british sky news in beijing. holly, how does the chinese government view this, at this point? >> well, we can only speculate, but i think from the chinese perspective, there's really no good option here. if they allow chen guangcheng to leave china, that looks weak. on the other hand, if they don't let him leave, then this whole issue will become a sort of festering wound on the face of u.s.-china relations. >> pelley: the night that chen escaped from his house arrest, he was met by a fellow activist and driven all the way to beijing. i wonder whose happened to her since then. >> reporter: well well, that women is named pearl, or he pei rong, in chinese. i spoke to her a couple of days ago have a skype. she stressed the initial escape was all chen guangcheng's own
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work, and she described it as a "shawshank redemption-"style escape. she told me that after the escape, she had been detained by the authorities for a couple days. she said that she was questioned very politely, put she said that the main problem for them was that they simply wouldn't believe that chen guangcheng had been able to pull off that escape all by himself. >> pelley: after his escape, chen left a lot of members of his family back in his small home village. have they been safe? >> reporter: cbs spoke with chen guangcheng yesterday, and he expressed a lot of anxietiy and a lot of worry for those family members who he left behind. his brother, his sister-in-law, his mother, his nephew. and we have a report from a human rights group that several members of chen guangcheng's extended family have now been placed under house arrest. >> pelley: holly williams of british sky news, thank you very much. a substitute delivered the weather forecast today on a tv station in glasgow, scotland. >> this afternoon it will be
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tonight, in this election year, we've been hearing a lot about the middle class and the wealthy. but not much about the 15% of americans who live in poverty. poverty is worst in mississippi with a poverty rate of 22%, and it is there that byron pits met a man who is trying to show young folks a way out. >> reporter: at quitman county high school in mississippi, the heat is out again. nearly half of these students live in poverty. but they do have 62-year-old carl palmer. he was four years into retirement when the district asked him to take over the school. this is his first year as a principal. >> i want to see them come out of poverty. i want to see the students excel. >> reporter: what's the hardest part of your job? >> the hardert part of my job sometimes is telling students no
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on things i would like to tell them yes and sometimes we just don't have the resources. >> reporter: the last manufacturing jobs left marks when this soybean plan shuttered four years ago. half of the people unemployed, four out of 10 never finished high school. palmer says only teen% of these students will go on to college. compare that to the 40% of palmer's classmates who did go on to college in 1967. >> the black community has become complacent. we reached-- they want to say we've reached where we want to be. and, see, the kids now, and some of the younger parents raising these kids don't understand that we have haven't reached that point. >> reporter: so if in the mississippi of 1967, racism and jim crow was the enemy. what's the enemy now to these children? >> we're the enemy ourselves because we're not pushing ourselves enough. we want to go out and we want to make money fast, drugs, gang
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affiliations, all of that. but it's ourselves now. >> reporter: palmer is always roaming the hall ways. which one is going to help us? >> reporter: he's hired teachers that support his no-excuse, high-expectations philosophy. he has also particular a father figure in an area where few exist. what do you think of mr. palmer? >> mr. palmer, he is an inspiration. jamarkus watson is like most of the students here. his family has little money and he comes from a single-parent home. but watson is a straight-a student. what's different about you, do you think, about most of your classmates who don't want to go to college? what happens to a kid here if they get distracted? >> they basically fail. >> reporter: in school or in life? >> in both. >> reporter: palmer is seven months into his new job and knows progress will not come without struggle. >> i think kids have to have the
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"in spite of." in spite of where i come from, there's a world out there that you can become a part of if you simply apply yourself. >> reporter: teaching the way to break the cycle of poverty which for many here along the delta remains a dream deferred. byron pitts, cbs news, marks, mississippi. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news, all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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