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and today we learned that that tip was called in by his own family. all of this is happening on a sad anniversary for the patz family. john miller has been covering this story from the very beginning back in 1979. >> reporter: stan and julie patz returned home this morning, 33 years to the day after their son disappeared. friends tell us news of the arrest was still sinking in. the 51-year-old suspect, pedro hernandez, is in a hospital bed under police guard. police say he had threatened suicide and was awaiting a psychiatric evaluation. two days ago in the three and a half hour videotaped statement police say hernandez had described committing the murder when he was an 18-year-old stock boy at a grocery store just 200 feet from the patz's front door. new york city police commissioner ray kelly. >> hernandez described to the detectives how he lured young etan from the school bus stop
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with the promise of a soda. he then led him into the basement of the bodega, choked him there, and disposed of the body by putting it into a plastic bag and placing it into the trash. >> reporter: what led detectives to hernandez? police say it was his own family. >> he spoke to one family member and others during the last 33 years about the fact that he had "done something bad" and killed a child. >> reporter: jose lopez is the suspect's brother-in-law. >> i don't know what to think. it's somebody we knew in the family. to do something like that and it just comes out now. >> reporter: while lopez didn't tell us, a law enforcement source confirmed it was lopez who brought the tip to new york detectives weeks ago. why now? a month ago police, acting on an unrelated lead, dug up a basement looking for patz's
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body. while that lead didn't pan out, the publicity surrounding it prodded lopez and other family members to come forward. >> to do the right thing, to confess and get this thing over with. >> pelley: so, john, where does the investigation go from here? >> well, they're going to back go back and talk to those family members and find out how many family members he said it to, how many times, what exactly did he say, over what period of years. it's interesting our produceer there who's been talking to the brother-in-law had a conversation with him today where he said "in your mind, is there any doubt he's the killer?" he said "no doubt about it. he said he did what he did." he asked was it a relief for him and the family and he said for him, everyone, and everyone in the family. >> pelley: that's what the brother-in-law said? >> that's right. >> pelley: john, thank you very much. we are hearing tonight that iran has made more progress than we thought toward the capability of building a nuclear bomb.
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new evidence turned up in an inspection by u.n. specialists and david martin found out what they learned. >> reporter: the uranium enrichment facility dug into the side of this mountain is the ground zero of iran's nuclear program. and it just became more radioactive. literally. a new report from the international atomic energy agency says inspectors found traces of uranium enriched to 27%, closer to bomb-grade levels than anything iran has produced before. nuclear experts say it was probably just a mistake by technicians who intended to go only to 20%, but still evidence iran is installing higher-quality centrifuges capable of spinning uranium gas to higher levels of enrichment in less time. in the last three months, iran has installed 350 more centrifuges at the underground complex known as fordow bringing
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the total to more than one thousand and adding fuel to the fire of suspicions held by many-- including dennis ross, once the obama administration's point man on iran. >> it's certainly creating an impression that the only thing they're about is developing nuclear weapons capability. >> reporter: in talks this week in baghdad the u.s. and five other nations demanded iran cease enriching uranium to the 20% level. iran in turn demanded a lifting of sanctions crippling its economy. the two sides could only agree to meet again next month. although defense secretary panetta thought israel might strike as early as this spring, he and other u.s. officials now believe president obama's talks with israeli prime minister netanyahu in march convinced the israelis to hold off. do you think that the u.s. has bought time? >> i think the... that, in fact, there is an understanding between the united states and israel that the diplomacy should
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be allowed to play out. >> reporter: scott, there also seems to be an understanding that if diplomacy fails the u.s. will join israel in striking iran. >> pelley: david, thanks very much. in egypt, two of the most polarizing candidates will square off next month in the presidential runoff. it took a revolution to allow egyptians to hold their first free election in their history, but they have chosen two candidates who are throwbacks to old egyptian politics. one candidate is from the popular muslim brotherhood movement which advocates islamic law. the other is a former general who was the last dictator's prime minister. the secular military versus islamic fundamentalism. almost as if the revolution never happened. the economy in europe which is so important to our own recovery is just getting worse. this evening one of spain's biggest banks asked for a
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government bailout of $24 billion. more banks are in trouble. today standard & poor's downgraded five spanish banks to junk bond status. at the end of the first week of trading, facebook has made very few new friends. investors who got in on the initial stock offering saw the stock fall from its debut price of $38 to just under $32 today. the only thing that rose was anger over the handling of the offering by the nasdaq stock exchange. anthony mason has more on that. >> reporter: the technical glitches that marred facebook's market debut a week ago cost one company a fortune. you lost $30 million because of this? >> we've lost $30 million. >> reporter: tom joyce, c.e.o. of knight capital says the nasdaq exchange, knowing it had problems, never should have opened trading on the stock. >> it led to a debacle. >> reporter: a debacle? >> a trade debacle.
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>> reporter: for nearly two and a half hours-- from when facebook began trading about 11:30 to shortly before 2:00 p.m.-- traders everywhere could not get electronic confirmation that they bought or sold the stock. nasdaq was telling you nothing? >> nothing. >> reporter: knight capital, which facilitates trades for big and small investors, believed it had sold millions of facebook shares at about $42. >> when we got back to nasdaq they told us in point of fact we had bought at tissue price. >> reporter: by then, facebook stock price was falling and knight's traders scrambled to dump its shares. that's how they wracked up the more than $30 million in losses. >> i have heard rumors in the industry that the losses in the neighborhood of $100 million to $200 million. >> reporter: citadel securities lost up to $35 million and u.b.s. and citigroup between them reportedly lost another $50 million. how did your clients react to this? >> well, as you might imagine, the reaction was somewhere between frustrated and angry. >> reporter: tom joyce says his
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company has never had a loss like this. >> it was, i would say, the worst performance by an exchange regarding an i.p.o. that i've ever seen. >> reporter: knight capital is considering legal action. nasdaq officials said this this week they can't promise customers they'll be fully compensated for losses due to its system failures. >> pelley: anthony, thank you very much. there was a milestone in space today. a private unmanned spacecraft owned and operated by an american company docked with the international space station. >> houston station, looks like we've got us a dragon by the tail. >> pelley: the cap capsule is called "dragon" by its owner, the space-x company of california. this is the future since the space shuttle stopped flying last july, the obama administration turned the shuttle's mission over to private industry. space-x has a $1.6 billion contract with nasa to fly the "dragon" on 12 missions to carry
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cargo to and from the station. this was space-x mission control today when dragon was approaching the space station. as the robot arm reached out, the knuckles here were white. then, euphoria. (cheers and applause) the factory outside los angeles has 1,800 employees. they build everything from the engines to the rockets to the capsule. the company was launched by the billionaire co-founder of papal. here are the seats. garrett reeseman has flown on the space shuttle and space station for nasa, now he works for space-x. you could have easily gotten a job at boeing or at lockheed. but you came here. >> if you had a chance to go back in time and work with howard hughes when he was creating t.w.a., if you had a chance to be there at that moment when it was get in on the ground floor at the beginning of
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the dawn of a brand new era, wouldn't you want to do that? i mean, that's why i'm here. >> pelley: there are a half dozen private companies competing in a nasa program to develop a manned ship. space-x hopes today's docking puts them in the lead. how big a leap is it to take this dragon capsule and make it a manned spacecraft? >> it's not that big of a leap, to be honest with you. we have to... we need to make a big leap in safety. i am a big believer that this vehicle will be ten times safer than any spacecraft anybody's ever strapped into. >> pelley: 50 years from now when people look back at this moment in time in terms of space flight, what will they say about this era? >> what i'm hoping that they say is that this was the golden age of space. this was the point in time where we really figured out how to make a commercial space flight infrastructure to allow space lines to begin. >> pelley: did you say
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"spacelines?" >> yeah, like airlines but for space. i'm hoping this is the beginning of that. >> pelley: reeseman told us space-x hopes to fly its first private crew in 2015. by the way, we noticed, as luck would have it, today is the 51st anniversary of president kennedy's speech that set the goal of reaching the moon. the goal reached by neil armstrong on "apollo 11" in 1969. hurricane bud is about to visit one of mexico's top resorts. much of the u.s. is facing sweltering heat this memorial day weekend. and a rescue near the summit of mount everest when the "cbs evening news" continues.
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looks telling him what he was doing was foolish, dangerous, reckless, putting other people in danger. >> reporter: irmak made it to the top without the bike but collapsed on the way down. he would have died had it not been for his friend. the israeli was 300 meters from the top when he saw irmak in the snow. he abandoned his goal to reach the summit and carried his friend for hours down the icy slope. he told israeli television his friend was unconscious and without oxygen. both suffered frostbite. climbers on everest often say you're only halfway when you get to the top. many deaths often occur on the descent. alison levine conquered everest in 2010. >> people use every ounce of energy in them to get to the summit of that mountain and then they have absolutely nothing left to get back down. >> reporter: that's what happened last weekend to shirya shah of canada who died of exhaustion on the descent. her sherpa guide recovered her camera with this snapshot of
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celebration at the top. the next frame in the camera was a picture he took of her body. brian rooney, cbs news, los angeles. >> pelley: the weather at home is more forgiving. warmer, anyway. the forecast for this weekend calls for record heat across much of the eastern half of the country. by sunday temperatures could hit the mid-90s from chicago to new orleans. no a moment, sprpt biden speaks from the heart about the saddest day of his life.
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get... never going to be that way ever again. >> pelley: the vice president's two sons recovered. biden told the crowd that his present wife, jill, whom he met five years after the accident, "saved his life." hurricane bud is bearing down on a part of mexico that's popular with american tourists. a photo from space shows bud churning over the pacific. one of the first named storms of the hurricane season. bud could make landfall near puerto vallarta tonight. a severe storm, of course, can ruin a vacation. but for some folks it can be a vacation. "on the road" with steve hartman is next. c'mon dad! i'm here to unleash my inner cowboy. instead i got heartburn. [ horse neighs ] hold up partner. prilosec isn't for fast relief. try alka-seltzer.
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came to oklahoma city. >> see what pitch that kerr throw at us. >> reporter: they set out on what they hope will be a truly twisted vacation. paul lions is from australia. >> i've got a passion for severe weather. >> reporter: danny goldstein from new jersey. >> it's really kind of awe-inspiring. >> reporter: and nick travis is from virginia. >> you never know what's going to happen. never. >> reporter: roger hill runs silverlining tours, one of several companies that take touristss storm chasing. >> this is great. even in a down economy that we've had storm chasing industry has continued to grow. >> reporter: researchers at the university of missouri studied this growing tourism sector and found these vacationers tend to be primarily single-- no surprise-- wealthier than average at $2,400 a week you have to be, and highly educated. that's the part i question. >> okay, pose! >> reporter: fortunately the people who run these tours know where it's safe to stand and it's not all about seeing tornados anyway.
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>> the cake is the storm and the tornado is the icing and sometimes you get a lot of icing and sometimes you don't. >> reporter: this group hasn't gotten any icing so far, even though we drove a thousand miles the first day through five states. the only whirlwind was of our own making. >> in the middle of wherever i am. i don't even know where i am. >> reporter: you have to really love weather to do this. and most of these people do. >> our plan is to get right in front of this thing. >> reporter: with the exception of the dumbfounded woman in the glasses. i knew nicole didn't fit here when i saw her that first night at orientation. roger had just told us that when the chase is on he wouldn't be stopping, even to let you use the bathroom. >> that's the way it works. >> and everyone else just, oh, yeah, note taken, i'm on board. and i'm thinking "why would you do that?" >> it's a once in a lifetime experience. >> reporter: brad is nicole's boyfriend. the trip was his idea. >> most people go on vacation to sit in the sun and we're going on vacation to drive away from it. >> reporter: again, you've got
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to love weather. and if you do, there's no better seat in the house. that's why about 60% of roger's clients are repeat customers. >> pretty good sized hailstones. that's an intense storm. >> reporter: of course, nicole probably won't be one of them. she gets to pick the next vacation and has already vowed that the only umbrella will be in her pina cola da. steve hartman, "on the road" in aberdeen, south dakota. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, i'm scott pelley. i'll see you sunday with "60 minutes presents." good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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