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>> pelley: 13 days before the first votes of the presidential election, donald trump has scored a victory over his closest rival ted cruz. tonight, trump won the endorsement of former vice presidential candidate and alaska governor sarah palin, a favorite of tea party conservatives. it is the same trump who once questioned whether senator john mccain was a war hero. palin's one-time running mate and a former p.o.w.. here's major garrett. >> reporter: donald trump's endorsement from the 2008 republican vice presidential nominee was a blow to texas senator ted cruz's bid to consolidate tea party and anti-establishment support in iowa. palin backed cruz's 2012 senate bid. today, he took a conciliatory tone. >> oh, listen, i love sarah palin. sarah palin is fantastic. without her friendship and support, i wouldn't be in the senate today, and so regardless of what sarah decides to do in 2016, i will always remain a big, big fan of sarah palin.
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boost in iowa today when six-term governor brandon terry brandstead said he wants to see cruz defeated. >> i know he made a big statement appreciated by many and it was amazing, actually. >> reporter: cruz accused trump of seeking republican establishment support. >> it is no surprise that the establishment is in full panic mode. we said from the beginning that the the washington cartel was going to panic more and more as conservatives unite behind our campaign. >> reporter: cruz's attacks will have a tougher time sticking with palin at trump's side. scott, trump reminded iowa republicans they haven't picked the eventual g.o.p. nominee in 16 years, adding if he doesn't win iowa, they will have picked "another loser." >> pelley: major garrett for us tonight. major, thank you. resident of flint, michigan went to the state capital in lansing today to protest tonight's state of the state address by governor rick snyder.
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up the lead that has poisoned the water in flint, a city of 100,000 predominantly african american. here's adriana diaz. >> what do we want. >> reporter: governor snyder's address will have to compete with this. >> we're going to getty, snyde. >> reporter: tony palladeno and his wife, leah, were among hundreds who bordered buss from flint to the state capital. >> we are all affectd and infected by this and they need to pay for this. >> reporter: it all started back in april 2014 when flint switched from detroit water to water from the flint river to save money. within weeks, residents began complaining about the snell, taste, and appearance. a year later, the city found slightly elevated lead levels in the water but said there was no cause for alarm. then in saernght a group of doctors found that the number of
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levels had doubled. lean walters started noticing physical and developmental delays in her kid. >> we were told by the state nurse, "it's just a few i.q. points. it's not the end of the world." >> dr. mona hanna-attica led the study on children. when you first saw the results of your study. >> right. >> reporter: what went through your mind? >> i think nigh myjaw just dropped. how could we do this? and what was most disturbing was that it was entirely preventible. >> reporter: five days after her study was released, governor rick snyder, for the first time, said publicly, "it appears that lead levels could be higher or have increased." a week later, he called for flint to go back to detroit's water system. in december, the governor's task force blasted the state department of environmental quality, which oversees water. the task force said that complaints by flint residents were met by, "aggressive
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attempts toattempts to discredit the individuals involved." today, the governor asked state legislators for $28.5 million to pay for water bottles, upgrades to school plumbing, dispn a school psychologist to help with the developmental needs. scott, he'll outline that proposal tonight. >> pelley: adriana diaz at the state capitol. adrian athank you. lead poisoning is especially harmful to children, and it is irreversible. dr. jon lapook has more on this. >> reporter: the parents of children in flint, michigan have good reason to be worried. >> there's real danger that the injury is going to be permanent and lifelong in them. >> reporter: dr. philip landrigan is dean of global health at mount sinai school of medicine. he's been studying the effects of lead since the 70s. >> the problem here is that no level of lead is safe. even low levels of lead, especially if exposure to low levels continues over many months, is going to cause some degree of brain damage to at
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are exposed, and that's a big deal. >> reporter: exposed children are at risk for a number of problems, including lower i.q. scores, developmental delays, and behavioral issues such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. even after lead exposure stops, the effects can last for years, or even be permanent. inin flint, michigan, a major challenge will be identifying which children are at risk, then track them for many years for evidence of injury. >> these children are going to be injured for life. they're going to need remedial education. they're going to need educational enrichment programs. they're kids who may be prevented from functioning at their full level. >> reporter: there are no known effective drugs to reverse the developmental damage caused by lead. something called chealation therapy can remove lead from the body, but so far it has not been helpful in treating the behavioral or neurological problems caused by lead. >> pelley: dr. jon lapook, thank you, doc.
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now spilled into the presidential campaign, and nancy cordes has that. >> it's a civil rights issue. >> reporter: hillary clinton started sounding the alarm last week, sending two top aides to flint. >> we would be outraged if this happened to white kids, and we should be outraged that it's happening right now to black kids. >> reporter: her opponent, bernie sanders, called on michigan's governor to resign over the state's slow response. >> a man who acts that irresponsibly should not stay in power. >> reporter: most of the g.o.p. candidates have been reluctant to criticize a fellow republican. >> i'm sure he will manage this appropriately. >> reporter: that was ohio's john kasich. this was donald trump: >> you know, i shouldn't be commenting on flint. >> reporter: florida's marco rubio professed ignorance. >> that's not an issue we have been focused on. >> reporter: ted cruz broke from the rest this afternoon. >> it is a failure of city officials, it is a failure of
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it's a fairly of the state officials. >> reporter: democrats argued the muted response from most republican candidates shows they are diskecked. republicans said it's a state issue and accused democrats of milking the crisis to score political points with the african american, scott. >> pelley: nancy cordes on the campaign. nancy, thank you. well, new hampshire will hold the first presidential primary three weeks from today, and have a look at this. in the democratic race there, sanders now leads clinton nearly two to one. the new poll out today has sanders at 60%, clinton at 33, sanders is the senator next door in the state of vermont. forecasters say 50 million people in the east could be in the path of a powerful winter storm later this week. eric fisher is the chief meteorologist at our cbs station in boston, wbz. eric, how bad might this be? >> well, scott, this could be a very significant storm up and
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we're watching the energy that has just come ashore in the western united states, produce something rain and snow here. and it will travel across the country over these next few days. by friday we'll be watching snow dwesm dwepg across part of the midsouth, perhaps as far south as alabama and georgia and then the storm starts to wind up off the mid-atlantic coast, peaking on saturday. bands of heavy snow up and down the eastern seaboard and stretching up towards southern new england, and then very slowly moving its way eastward and out to sea. it will be a long-duration event, friday into saturday, and sunday for the eastern corridor. in blue, this is the highest impact zone when it comes to snow totals, including the philly area, d.c. suburbs, into virginia. we'll get a better idea of the totals by tomorrow but it looks like isolated amounts could be over two feet. the other thing to take into consideration we're here, have a full moon saturday, high tides, strong onshore winds. so, scott, we could see coastal surge here comparable to some tropical systems so anyone near
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storm very closely. >> pelley: we'll be watching this very closely. today, the united states supreme court said it will rule on a showdown between president obama and congress. in 2014, mr. obama bypassed congress and issued executive actions that would shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, such as the parents of children born in the united states. the court will decide by summer whether the president overstepped his power. the americans freed in a prisoner swap with iran have not stopped smiling. today, the "washington post" released video of reporter jason rezaian sharing laughs over an internet video. and former u.s. marine sara mae amir hekmati shared his thoughts on being freed. he had been arrested on espionage charges while visit higz family in iran. liz palmer is at the u.s. military hospital in landstuhl, germany, where the former prisoners are being treated.
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reporters, amir hekmati looked relaxed and healthy. >> i thoap get home soon. i really want to see my family and be back on the land of the free. >> reporter: how are you feeling yourself fill fizically now? >> right now, i feel great. i have so much energy. like i said, i feel alive for the first time. >> reporter: his sisters are with him here in germany. but he's anxious to see his father in the u.s. who is too ill to travel. freedom, says hekmati, still feels surreal. >> i send the fact that i was going to be spending 10 years in prison, so this was a surprise. i just came one morning and said, "pack your things." >> reporter: did you believe them? >> no. absolutely not. >> reporter: but it was true. and in just hours, he was on a swiss government jet. >> as soon as we got out of iranian airspace, the slam pain bottles were popped. >> reporter: hekmati, a former marine and so a high-value prisoner, spent four and a half
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dhans were nhis words, inhumane and unjust. >> i didn't want to let my marines, fellow marines down, and the reputation of the marine corps, so i tried my best to, you know, keep my head up. >> reporter: scott, amir hekmati knew he could rely on support from within the military, but he was thrilled and also a little humbled when he discovered how many other people from across the u.s. and around the world had lobbied to help set him free. >> pelley: elizabeth palmer in germany furst tonight. thanks, liz. match fixing will not be tolerated at the year's first grand slam tennis tournament in australia. officials made that unusual vow after an investigation was made public that said over the years, some players had thrown matches at the behest of gamblers. don dahler is following this. >> reporter: as the australian open began, talk was about a
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eight unidentified players competing there are on the list of suspects who allegedly threw matches. that list was compiled by an investigative unit within the association of tennis professionals and leaked to the bbc, and buzzfeed. the a.t.p. acknowledges their investigation has discovered rigged matches going back years. but executive chairman chris kermode insists there has been no cover-up. >> tennis has invested over $14 million to address this issue of corruption, and it's constantly being reviewed. >> reporter: world number one, novak djokovic, says he was offered $200,000 in 2007 to throw a first-round match in russia. >> i was approached through people that were working with me at that time, my team, and, of course, we-- we threw it away right away. >> reporter: djokovic made $21 million last year. tennis officials say most of the
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more than 70 are suspected of throwing matchs. the vast majority have not and will not be disciplined because their alleged offenses took place before an anticorruption rule was established in 2009. since 2010, the a.t.p. has disciplined 18 people, including a lifetime ban ban for five players. none of the names in the report has been made public, which top-ranked players say is a mistake. >> i would love to hear names, you know, and then at least it's concrete stuff and you can actually debate about it. >> reporter: because the a.t.p. is not a law enforcement agency, it is limited in its evidence-gathering abilitys. scott, have,s interviewed players and witnesses and analyzed betting and phone records to uncover the foul play. >> pelley: don dahler, thanks. the tax man has a warning about the con man. there are new cases of the mosquito-borne virus linked to birth defects. and the son puts on a show when
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>> pelley: today, illinois reported two pregnant women tested positive for zika virus. zika is prans trans mitted by mosquitoes and is linked to birth defects. both women contracted it outside the country. just last week, the first u.s. case of a baby infected in the womb was reported in hawaii. that mother had traveled from brazil. tax filing season began today with a warning from the i.r.s. and here's our kris van cleave. >> reporter: the scam called start with a threat from someone claiming to be the i.r.s. demanding money. 10,000 to 12,000 calls are reported every week. among those receiving one, cbs news justice correspondent jeff pegues.
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>> >> as soon as they git you on the telephone, they threaten you-- if you do i want pay us money, you're going to go to jail." >> reporter: tim camus is with the treasury department. he is featured in a new p.s.a. released today warning about the fraud. >> the safist thing to do so you don't get caught up in it is just hang up the telephone. >> reporter: the treasury department has received nearly 900,000 reports of i.r.s. scam calls since october of 2013. at least 5,000 victims have paid out more than $26.5 million. >> they don't care about anything other than trying to intimidate you into paying them money. >> reporter: one tip-off is the phone call itself. if you actually do owe money, the i.r.s. will contact you by mail first. jeff pegues confronted his scammer. >> i think you're a scam artist. and we're gonna track you down and have you arrested. okay? you're gonna tell somebody to go
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( dial tone ) hello. >> reporter: but actually tracking those people down isn't so easy. many of the calls are coming from overseas. treasury was only able to tell us about one recent arrest. scott, many of the victims are asked to wire money through western union or monied gram. don't do it. >> pelley: kris van cleave, kris, thanks very much. still ahead, a few choice words about some really bad passwords. i take pictures of sunrises, but with my back pain i couldn't sleep and get up in time. then i found aleve pm.
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karaoke, but james corden has taken it to the next level oned "the late late show." here's mark phillips. >> hello. >> reporter: stop me if you've seen this one before. many have. >> i was wondering if after all these years you'd like to meet. >> reporter: the script is a steal from the lyrics of adele's megahit "hello." >> hello. >> oh, thanks for this. >> reporter: and what do you know, here's adele james corden's carpool karaoke segments are a signature feature of his show. >> are you looking fine right now. >> thank you very much, james. >> seriously. >> reporter: and the latest one with the hottest thing in pop music has become about the hottest thing on the web. >> do you mind if we listen to some music? hello can you hear me >> reporter: cordon's car-born conversation and crooning with adele has set a new record. more than 45 million hits in less than a week. >> that was amazing!
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so hello from the outside at least i can see >> reporter: maybe because singing along nay car is what people do, and what could be better than singing along with people like adele or justin. this is mine you can't take it >> reporter: or stevie. the carpool karaoke was just one of the ideas cordon had when he was planning the show a year ago when a walk along the river showed he was already a popular show biz biz figure in britain. they recognize you. >> i don't think that was for me. i think it was more for the camera. >> reporter: it was for him. and the poplarrity seems to have stuck with him. >> every once in a while in your career there is things where critically audiences go wow. >> reporter: maybe it was the
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million people go wow and counting. mark phillips, cbs news, london. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight.
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around the world, good trump-palin shocker. >> huge endorsement. >> it could be sarah palin. >> then, to boycott or not to boycott. >> i'm chris rock. i'm hosting the oscars. >> i won't boycott. >> plus, jamie foxx to the rescue. >> how he pulled a driver from the burning car. >> then, madonna versus reba macintyre. >> why the country singer is so furious. >> less than pleased when madonna took the stage 2 1/2 hours late.
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