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>> pelley: tonight, a drug designed to prevent alzheimer's. the government announces a $100 million experiment to see if it works. wyatt andrews is covering. america's most sophisticated warplane is restricted after a pilot says this on "60 minutes." >> i am not comfortable flying in the f-22 right now. >> pelley: david martin has the story. your credit card number can be stolen at the gas pump. fill your tank, empty your bank account. sharyl attkisson investigates. and dean reynolds find a bank that's in it for the people. short on risk, long on heart. >> there were no closing costs? >> none. >> reporter: down payment? >> no.
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captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening, alzehimer's disease cannot be cured butting k it be prevented. today the government announced a major study to test a prevention drug in just one family. prevention is almost impossible to measure because scientists can never know which healthy people will develop the disease. but now they have found one family in which nearly everyone develops alzehimer's diseases. more than five million americans have alzheimer's or another form of dementia. that's expected to triple over the next 40 years as the population ages. the annual cost of care now $200 billion could hit a trillion dollars. the obama administration explained a strategy today to find a treatment by 2025. wyatt andrews has our story on the new clinical trial designed to find out whether alzheimer's
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can be stopped before it starts. >> reporter: researchers will focus this clinical trial on patients near medellin, colombia. here, hundreds of people in one extended family were born with a genetic flaw that makes it certain they will contract alzheimer's by the age of 50. the patients will get shots of the leading experimental drug called crenezumab to target what most scientists think is the root cause of the disease-- the buildup deep in the brain of the toxic amyloid protein, highlighted here in red. if the family members get no buildup of the protein scientists hope no alzheimer's. >> we believe it's time to launch a new era in alzheimer's research. >> reporter: dr. eric reiman is the lead researcher for the trial. what's new about this research approach? >> most but not all researchers believe the accumulation of amyloid plays a critical role in the development of alzehimer's disease and if that's right and
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if we start early enough we may have a way to stop the disease in its tracks before people develop symptoms. >> reporter: another possible outcome would also be a break through. if the drug stops the amyloid buildup and the patient still gets alzheimer's, researchers will learn that amyloid is not the cause. this trial could fail in its goal and still tell medical science what it needs to know. >> if the study fails, it could compel the research community to target other elements in the disease so that we can find a way to prevent it as soon as possible. >> reporter: technically, the clinical trial has yet to win formal approval in either the u.s. or in colombia but approval is expected. the trial will study 300 patients in colombia but, scott, they will also look for 24 americans at high risk of getting alzheimer's and who are willing to take the shots. >> pelley: fascinating. thanks very much, wyatt. the world's most sophisticated warplane was reigned in by
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secretary of defense leon panetta today. his decision came after a "60 minutes" report this month on the f-22 raptor, america's new stealth fighter jet. the raptor costs $400 million each but there is a mysterious problem and david martin has the latest. >> reporter: something is wrong with the f-22 and the secretary of defense doesn't think the air force is doing enough about it. so today he signed a memo restricting the world's most advanced and most expensive fighter jet to training flights close to landing fields. that would give pilots a better chance to land safely if they experience the mysterious disorientation which major jeremy gordon and captain josh wilson described to lesly stall on "60 minutes". >> several times during the flight i had to really concentrate, immense concentration on doing simple, simple tasks. >> reporter: he was experiencing the symptoms of oxygen deprivation and went to his emergency oxygen supply.
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>> pull your emergency oxygen and come back home. when i did make that decision to pull the emergency oxygen ring i couldn't find it. >> reporter: wilson made it back to base but he and gordon-- both combat veterans-- have since refused to fly the plane. >> i am not comfortable flying in the f-22 right now. >> reporter: according to the air force, there have been 22 unexplained cases over the past four years in which pilots experienced symptoms of oxygen deprivation. the f-22 was grounded last year while engineers searched for something that could be contaminating the cockpit air, but the air force returned it to flight, even sent f-22s to the persian gulf without finding the cause. the air force is still searching for the cause but after the "60 minutes" story aired secretary panetta demanded a briefing on the unsolved problem and today ordered the flight restrictions as well as a speedup in the installation of an automatic back u.n. oxygen system. but, scott, that backup oxygen won't be ready until the end of this year at the earliest.
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>> pelley: david, thanks very much. at the annual meeting of j.p. morgan chase today shareholders decided that the chairman and c.e.o. jamie dimon can keep his job. but the f.b.i. has decided to look into that disasterrous $2 billion loss in the bank's trading division. anthony mason picks up the story. >> reporter: security was tight around j.p. morgan's tampa, florida, campus. a small band of protesters was kept across the street from the annual meeting site where c.e.o. jamie dimon tried to explain the bank's $2 billion bad trade to shareholders. >> the bottom line is that however unfortunate this incident is, we want to do what we always do: admit our mistakes, learn from them and fix them. >> reporter: cameras were not permitted in the meeting, which was over in less than an hour, and some shareholders like peter skillern left less than satisfied. >> i still can't explain what went wrong other than that there was a lack of supervision and
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accountability. >> reporter: dimon survived a proposal to strip him of one of his jobs. he is both chairman of the board and c.e.o. of the bank. 40% of shareholders backed the move to take away his chairman's title. >> jamie dimon and i had a robust exchange of opinion on the matter. >> reporter: anne simpson is senior portfolio manager of calipers, the california public employees retirement system which has almost $600 million invested in the bank. simpson says calpers voted against dimon on the chairman's issue. >> he's sitting in the midst of a heart of a conflict of interest. he's marking his own exam paper. >> reporter: the pension fund may have lost that battle but simpson says the bank's trading disaster has provided by ammunition on another issue-- stricter regulation. >> in that respect, jamie dimon may have done everyone a a favor reminding us that we need to get these smart regulatory provisions on the books sooner rather than later.
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>> reporter: after the meeting, dimon said the bank may take back compensation paid to executives involved in the trading losses. we will do the right thing, he said. that may well include clawbacks. >> pelley: anthony, 40% of the people who voted today wanted to take jamie dimon's chairmanship away. what do you make of that? >> it's not a majority, scott, but it's a substantial protest vote. a similar shareholder proposal last year drew only 12%. so disenchantment with dimon's duel role has risen substantially. >> pelley: anthony, thanks very much. both the f.b.i. and the securities and exchange commission are looking into whether j.p. morgan chase or its top executives violated federal securities laws. as you know, facebook executives have been talking up the value of have that company as it gets ready to go public but this won't help. general motors told us today that it will stop advertising on facebook because the ads are not boosting its sales. even so, facebook raised the
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planned stock price today to as much as $38. that could put the company's value at more than $100 billion. the headline out of london today involved a woman at the heart of the tabloid phone hacking scandal. rebekah brooks, the former head of rupert murdoch's british newspapers, was charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. the maximum penalty if convicted is life in prison. more from elizabeth palmer in london. >> excuse me. >> reporter: rebekah brooks turned herself in this morning. the charges: hiding information from the police, both documents and computers. in one instance, said the prosecutor, she acted with her assistant. >> rebekah brooks and cheryl carter conspired together permanently to remove seven boxes of material from the archive of news international. >> reporter: an angry brooks left the police station a few
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hours later. >> i am baffled by the decision to charge me today. >> reporter: brooks was among the most powerful editors in britain with enormous political clout through the newspapers she ran for rupert murdoch. but last summer she was forced to resign after evidence emerged that some of her reporters allegedly bribed public officials and hacked into the voice mail messages of the royal household, celebrities, and even a murdered teenager. more than 800 people in all, say the police. since then, a public inquiry has probed even further into the cozy relationship between brooks, britain's prime minister david cameron, and rupert murdoch. a relationship, critics say, that led to the favorable treatment of his business interests. >> you do recall meeting mr. cameron while on holiday with the murdoch family in greece in 2008? >> i'm not sure he came... i'm not sure he came up with the idea. >> reporter: now these
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once-private meetings are a matter of public outrage. rebekah brooks' trial is due to start in the middle of next month, a fresh chapter in a scandal that has rocked the upper reaches not only of the british government but also the murdoch media empire. elizabeth palmer, cbs news, london. >> pelley: in paris today, the new french president was sworn in but it was a rough first day for socialist francois hollande. he got soaked as he road in the rain to an outdoor ceremony. later, his plane was hit by lightning after taking off for berlin and turned back as a precaution. hollande flew to germany in a different plane later but he was late for his meeting with chancellor angela merkel. what's behind an epidemic of whooping cough? gas prices now 23 cents lower than they were a year ago. and time lapse footage of a timeless attraction when the "cbs evening news" continues.n
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unfortunately, that did not include getting a booster shot against whooping cough. she caught the disease and passed it to her two week old daughter caroline. >> my heart sank and i said oh, my gosh, it was me. and i had inadvertently given my newborn a potentially fatal disease. i... it was a horrible feeling. >> reporter: caroline recovered after a month in the hospital but it was touch and go. dr. wendy sue swanson is a pediatrician at the everett clinic mill creek, washington. her county has seen 264 cases so far. that's more than the entire state had last year at this time. >> newborns and infants in particular are at highest risk for complications. they can have a serious life-threatening pneumonia. they can have pauses or cessation in their breathing where they stop breathing. >> reporter: 82% of cases have been in children under age 18. all four fatalities in the state this year were infants. children get their first three
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doses of whooping cough vaccine at two, four, and six months. according to the centers for disease control, 95% of kids in the u.s. get those first vaccinations. but immunity wears off over time. the c.d.c. says adults need one booster shot after the age of 18. but today only 8% of adults get a recommended booster. washington secretary of health mary salecki is urging people to get immunized. >> this is about taking care of yourself, your family but also your community. >> as a parent you don't want to go through this and having this booster shot available to us, it just seems like a no-brainer to me. just go and get it. >> reporter: last year, the c.d.c. began recommending pregnant women be vaccinating against whooping cough for two reasons: to protect mothers like heidi brook and because protective antibodies pass from mother to child before birth and can help shield newborns before they're hold enough to be vaccinated themselves. >> pelley: thank you, doctor.
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heart problems may have caused the death today of mexican writer carlos fuentes, he was 83 years old. a giant of latin american literature, fuentes wrote more than 20 novels and he just started a new book last month. after you swipe your card, a thief could swipe your money. that story is next.
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the price continues to fall. a.a.a. says the national average is $3.73 for a gallon of self-serve regular. that's down 21 cents in the past six weeks. now the bad news: if you pay at the pump thieves may be waiting for you, ready to skim the information off your bank card and siphon the money out of your account. we asked sharyl attkisson to show us how they do it. >> reporter: volunteer fireman mark young recently got out of the hospital after neck surgery only to be dealt another blow when he checked his bank balance. >> i had $2,300 in the bank and it said i only had a thousand dollars in there. >> reporter: police say this man, is suspected of stealing young's debit card number and going on a shopping spree. he allegedly used it four times in two days at target, wal-mart and macy's. this detective says the trick was finding out how the thief had gotten young's and other victims' numbers without actually stealing their cards. >> they all do use their cards
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at gas stations which is unfortunately a very recurring problem as far as locations of skimming devices. >> reporter: this is a skimming device bought legally online for $200. it records card numbers on a memory chip. hacker and ex-convict greg evans-- who owns his own security firm-- shows us how a crook can use a popsicle stick and superglue to attach the skimmer. >> the first thing we have to do is make sure we're lining the skimmer up here with the credit card so it goes in evenly. this way the person doesn't even know when they're sliding their card in. the person thinks he's pumping his gas and everything is fine but in actuality somebody stole his credit card. >> reporter: this demonstration was done in a matter of just a few minutes. the real scam artists can make the skimmer seamless and undetectable to customers. the thief retrieves the skimmer and then down loads the data. how many credit card numbers or debit card numbers can a small skimmer mold? >> about a thousand credit card numbers. >> i was really angry.
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very, very angry. >> reporter: police caught the suspect and are working to get his cooperation to help catch other alleged thieves. >> the skimmer is reading it first. >> reporter: there's no foolproof way to identify a gas pump that's been rigged. it's up to consumers to report it. if it's proven fraud and reported quickly all banks have a policy of refunding the money to you. that's why young tells others to check their accounts often, even if your card is still in your wallet. someone could be enjoying a shopping spree at your expense. sharyl attkisson, cbs news, washington. >> pelley: well, for natural beauty it doesn't get much better than yosemite national park and today we got a look at some time-lapse footage of yosemite falls pieced together using pictures taken every 30 seconds. at 2,425, it's the tallest waterfall in north america. here's another rare site: a bank whose prime interest is not
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but, as dean reynolds tells us, it's never been about making money, it's about lending it. , i, any the rolling hills of western new york sit it is former manufacturing hub of cattaraugus, a place of 19th century memories but also 21st century dreams. banks in large part... thanks in large part to the hometown bank and the man who runs it, patrick j. cullen. >> you've got to keep hope. hope is what's lacking in the world today. >> reporter: it's no exaggeration to say cullen and his seven employees at the bank of cattaraugus have held this community together. up and down the street do you see stuff you had a hand in? >> every store front >> reporter: the hardware store? >> absolutely. >> reporter: his methods might make some on wall street shudder. >> we thought how are we going to rebuild? >> reporter: beth mcintyre recently moved here from north carolina where she and her husband lost their jobs and their house to foreclosure. cullen approved a home loan
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anyway. no closing costs? >> none. >> reporter: down payment? >> no. >> reporter: were you surprised? >> i was really shocked. no other bank would give us a second chance. >> reporter: paul was unemployed when he asked for a loan to open a diner-- which the town badly needed. >> they allowed know make interest-only payments until the cash register started to ring which i thought was awesome. >> reporter: in return for all of this, the bank gets a thriving village and the prospect of more customers. big profits? well, after paying the bills and salaries, not so much. >much. as i read it, you don't make a lot of money. >> since i'm here at the bank our average net income has been around $23,00,000. >> reporter: $23,000 annually? >> yeah. >> reporter: this is about the auction. his wife and daughter work at the bank, too. you're not going to get big with only $23,000 a year as profit. >> well, our goal is not to make
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a ton of money, it's to help the local people. >> reporter: her dad has run the bank for 30 years and remains unimpressed with the exotic financial engineering of bigger institutions. you do a lot of credit default swaps here? >> i don't even know what that is. >> reporter: he doesn't use credit scores, either. he's more a look them in the eye and share their hands banker and so far so good. his bank hasn't lost any money on a loan in the last 11 years. dean reynolds, cbs news, cattaraugus, new york. >> thanks, kelly. >> have a great days, you guys! >> pelley: 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
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this is 9news now. >> the battle over maryland's budget. one step closer to being over tonight as the senate approved higher income taxes for the wealthiest 14% of citizens. the measure now heads over to the house of delegates. outside, the historic state house, hundreds of angry pit bull owners sought to steal the stage. scott broom is in annapolis tonight with more on what's happening and what is turning into a very unique special session of the maryland legislature. >> the dog owners are outraged by a recent maryland court of appeals ruling that declares pit bulls are inherently dangerous, which makes it easier to sue pit bull owners and makes landlords liable, too. >> we do vote. >> thus,


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