tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS January 18, 2016 6:30pm-7:00pm EST
>> i want people to be involved with what king was about and his vision. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: today's pictures tell the story, relief and delight on the faces of three americans released from iranian prison. tonight they're being examined at the u.s. military hospital in germany. a fourth american decided to stay in iran while a fifth, a student, is already back home in massachusetts. they were freed in a secret deal negotiated at the same time that iran agreed to suspend its nuclear arms program. elizabeth palmer begins our coverage. >> reporter: it took a year and a half, but today jason resign was finally reunited with his family and he says he feels good. the "washington post" tehran reporter also met his bosses.
vague spying charges and jailed in a notorious prison at times in solitary confinement. he was one of three americans flown to europe on a swiss air force jet on sunday night. though his brother ali told us until the eleventh hour the family feared iran would renege on the deal. >> they told him lots of things over the course of 18 months, lots of lie, so until he was there at the airport on the plane with the swiss ambassador, they weren't sure. >> reporter: also on the base today, amir hechmati, a former marine jailed since 2011, was reunited with his family, including sister sarah, who had flown overnight from detroit, hardly daring to hope he really was free. >> i'm in a fog. this is like surreal. i'm so in disbelief and honestly everything just happened so quickly that i don't think it will hit me until i am hugging him. >> reporter: now, at last, she
also freed in the exchange was a christian pastor arrested in 2012. there was also a fourth american released but all we know is his name. even -- that's all the congressman accompanying the other prisoner's family knew, too. >> we only know it was his choice not to leave iran at this time. >> reporter: in texas, seven prisoners were released as part of the exchange. all were charged with violating u.s. sanctions against iran. now they're free. most have decided to stay in america. the three americans' newfound freedom is going to require a lot of big adjustments and also catching up in all kinds of small ways. for example, amir's sister says when she first talked to him, he didn't even know what a selfie is.
germany, liz, thanks very much. the nuclear deal also went into effect this weekend. iran agreed to suspend its program for at least ten years. here's margaret brennan. >> we have now cut off every single path that iran could have used to build a bomb. >> reporter: president obama yesterday hailed the administration's nuclear deal with iran. it went into effect over the weekend after iran made good ahead of schedule on its promise to disable key nuclear facilities. it transferred 25,000 pounds of atomic fuel to russia, 12,000 centrifuged and poured concrete enter a plutonium reactor, rendering it useless. u.n. weapons inspectors will now be on the ground watching whether iran cheats. in exchange, the white house lifted sanction, allowing iran access to $100 billion in assets. iranian businesses are no longer locked out of global markets. iran's ships are free the sail into foreign ports, and it can
today tehran issued an order to immediately pump 500,000 additional barrels of oil a day, a move that could further drive down its price in market already glutted with too much supply. >> we recognize that there remain profound differences between the united states and iran. >> reporter: but challenges remain. just last week the iranian military detained ten navy sailors at gunpoint. iran is still considered a state sponsor of terrorism, and last fall it twice illegally tested ballistic missiles, which can carry nuclear warheads. just after the american prisoners were released sunday, president obama unveiled limited sanctions on iran because of those launches. the white house says the next test will be whether iran helps to end the war in syria, a conflict that it fuels with funds and fighters. scott, at this point there are no plans to reestablish diplomatic relations with tehran, and it is not at all clear what will happen when president obama leaves office.
the white house for us tonight. margaret, thank you. tonight the mayor of flint, michigan, is asking for a federal disaster declaration. lead has contaminated the water in the city of 100,000, and adriana diaz is there. >> reporter: all day a steady stream of residents received their ration of clean water from the national guard. >> it's all set. >> reporter: state troopers with lead test, filters and bottles fanned across a city that's parched for clean water. >> thank you. >> you're welcome. >> reporter: in april 2013, when flint tapped into its own river for water, it wasn't properly treated, stripping lead from pipes. after the switch, ten people died from legionnaires' disease. flint dr. mona hannah atisha found the number of children with high lead in their system doubled to nearly 70. >> we see the result at five years of age when they need early interventioner iss haves and special education. you see the impact at ten years when they're having adhd-like symptoms.
they're 15 years old and they're having trouble with the criminal justice system. >> reporter: elena richardson says her children started switch. >> what happens after the water fiter is gone? we're still going to have the disease. >> reporter: in nearby detroit, where flint used to get its water, 90% of homes have less than 2.3 parts per billion of lead in 2013. researchers say anything above 5 parts per billion is cause for concern. after flint's water switch, 10% of homes had more than 11 parts per billion. in one house, researchers from virginia tech found lead levels of 13,200, more than twice what the e.p.a. considers toxic waste. flint has pushed back to its original water source, but governor rick schneider says fixing the damaged pipes will cost at least $55 million. so far federal aid is limited to $5 million.
the emergency water ration there in flint. thanks very much, adriana. two weeks until the iowa caucuses and as often the races are narrowing. trump and cruz are in a virtual tie. clinton is only slightly ahead of sanders. we have two reports tonight and we're going to turn first to nancy cordes. nancy? >> reporter: scott, in a heated debate in south carolina, clinton depicted sanders as a harsh critic of the commander-in-chief, aligning herself closely with a president who is still broadly popular in his own party. >> senator sanders called him "weak," "disappointing." >> reporter: clinton argued sanders would upend the president's proudest achievement, obamacare. >> the tear it up and start over again, pushing our country back into that kind of a contentious debate i think is the wrong direction. >> we're not going the tear up the affordable care act. i helped write it.
of that to health care for all. >> reporter: the tension in this once-genteel race is the direct result of polls that show a tie in iowa. secretary clinton seemed to be arguing that she is the rightful heir to president obama. >> there is no heir to anybody. look, i have supported barack obama in his election effort, his reelection efforts and almost all of the initiatives he's had out there. he's a friend of mine. but we got the stand up on our own two feet. >> reporter: i'm major garrett in washington. the ongoing feud between republican front-runners donald trump and ted cruz has grown increasingly personal. >> he's a nasty guy. nobody likes him. nobody in congress likes him. nobody likes him anywhere once they get to know him. >> donald seems to be a little rattled. for whatever reason, hi is very, very dismayed. >> reporter: cruz said being disliked in washington is a badge of honor.
republicans is they haven't made enough deals, they haven't been willing to get along with democrats enough and give in to chuck schumer and nancy pelosi enough, maybe his critique has some force. >> reporter: at liberty university, a conservative christian college, trump courted the same evangelical voters cruz has pursued. >> two corinthians, 3:17, that's the whole ballgame. where the spirit of the the lord right, where the spirit of the lord is, there is liberty? is that the one you like? i think that's the one you like because i loved it. >> reporter: the standard christian citation is second corinthians. on the stump, cruz sites scripture much more readily, even so, trump runs competitively with cruz among evangelical christians in iowa. >> pelley: major garrett, thank you. today british lawmakers debated whether trump should be banned from britain.
hate speech and half a million britons signed a petition condemning trump after he proposed banning muslims from entering the u.s. here's mark phillips. >> reporter: donald trump has long been seen as a brash american curiosity in britain, even back when he was promising to invest millions in scottish golf resorts. then his critics included michael ford, who was refusing to sell the great deal maker his farm. >> what are you prepared to tell him? >> he's fired. >> reporter: but not as fired as he would be by the petition, which called for him to be banned from britain. >> unacceptable behavior. >> reporter: that triggered this debate within a parliamentary committee, which asked one essential question: >> is this the kind of man that we want in our country? his words are not comical. his words are not funny. his words are poised us no. his policy to close borders if he is elected president is bonkers.
free to be a fool, but he's not free to be a dangerous fool in britain. >> reporter: but should the response be to ban him or to invite him to come? >> i'd take him to the synagogue. i'd take him to the church. 'd take him to the mosque. i'd invite him for a curry. >> reporter: drusmg has done in britain what he's done at home, become the news. >> thank you all very much. >> reporter: there's another worry, that donald trump could one day be landing in britain on air force one and that this debate could help his cause. paul flynn led the argument. >> we shouldn't give him the privilege of being banned. we don't want to see him emerge with a halo of victimhood on his head and say, look what these brits have done to me, you know? >> reporter: in the end, scott, the brits did nothing. the committee has no powers to ban anybody. but donald trump has received another invitation from the leader of the main opposition party here, who has asked him to come to his electoral district,
wife, who is mexican. >> pelley: mark phillips reporting tonight from the houses of parliament. mark, thank you. in health news tonight, there is a growing outbreak of a mosquito-borne virus that is linked to birth defects. travel warnings are going up and last week the first u.s. case of a baby infected in the womb was reported in hawaii. dr. jon lapook has more. >> reporter: christine was looking forward to one last getaway before the birth of her fist child. then she heard about the danger zika virus might pose to pregnant women. >> i read an article about zika spreading into the caribbean. i thought, oh, my god, is it in aruba, because i can't take that risk. >> reporter: the c.d.c. is advising pregnant women to avoid travel to 14 countries and territories in latin america and the caribbean, including puerto rico, mexico and haiti. dr. nikos vasilakis is a
texas medical branch. >> we do not need to scare people, but we need to be able to educate them to be able for themselves to make rational decisions. >> reporter: the mosquito-borne illness has been linked to a condition causing an abnormally small head and underdeveloped brain at birth. in 2014 as zika infections spiked in brazil, more than 3,500 women there had babies born with the condition, that's compared with a previous average of 163 a year. >> the zika infections have gone from asia, africa to south america, and it's only matter of time it seems before it makes its way up to north america. >> you're correct on this. this is a consequence of the jet age. this is life in the 21st century. >> reporter: zika symptoms include fever, rash and joint pain and usually resolve within a week or so. there is no vaccine and no specific anti-viral medication. so brazilian officials are
mosquitoes and educating the public on how to prevent mosquito bites. >> pelley: and i want to point out the infection in hawaii was in a woman who had traveled from brazil. dr. jon lapook, thanks very much. a lack of diversity has led to an oscar boycott. and we'll mourn glen frey, the co-founder of the eagles, when the "cbs evening news" continues. morning ted! scott! ready to hit some balls? ooh! hey buddy, what's up?
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even asking diminishes dignity and diminishes power, and we are a dignified people. >> reporter: pinkett-smith is part of a growing outcry in hollywood against the academy's decision not to nominate any actors of color this year despite a number of critically acclaimed performances by african american actors. today director spike lee said he would join the boycott posting on instagram saying, "i would like the media to ask all the white nominees and studio heads how they feel about another all-white ballot." academy president cheryl boone isaacs. >> i hope this isn't discouraging for anybody and for filmmakers in particular. >> reporter: oscar nominees are chosen by a 6200 voting body, 92% who are white males of median age. the oscar nominations are the symptom of a bigger problem. >> there is only a small number of people in hollywood who can say yes.
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>> pelley: for many this was a day of public service in memory of martin luther king, jr. pgh someone who knew dr. king very well is determined to keep his dream alive. here's mark strassmann. >> over to your right here is the martin luther king center for non-violence. >> reporter: you want tom houck to give this weekly civil rights tour in atlanta. now 68, he once dove for a king, the leader of the movement. >> we would drive in here as the kids would be upstairs waiting for him to come home, jump all over him and say, "daddy, daddy, daddy." >> reporter: in 1966, houck, a civil rights volunteer, admired the king family. by chance one day he met them at lunch. >> it was really coretta that made me the accidental driver. >> reporter: he told us the
the king family church. >> she said she had a driver that was taking the kids to school but he wasn't working out and could i drive the kids to school. i said i'd be delighted to do that. so she didn't even ask me if i had my license. this is a white kid, okay, we're talking about 1966, driving four black kids around atlanta. >> reporter: dr. king later lobbied to keep houck in the movement and out of vietnam. houck gave us a private tour. >> dr. king's office was a beehive of activity. he was chain smoker. he smoked two packs of cigarettes a day, which coretta hated. he was a big pool player. he'd have a beer and show us tricks he learned along the way. he was a very kind and very gentle person. coretta got the first word that king had died. >> reporter: houck has a dream, to keep this history alive. >> i want people to be involved with what king was about and his