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>> pelley: tonight a massive protest after the military grabs power. this is the scene in cairo as egypt reaches another turning point. alan pizzey is there. in the penn state trial, jerry sandusky's wife takes the stand. armen keteyian is in the courtroom. there's an important new test for alzheimers, but does it tell a patient more than he wants to know? dr. jon lapook asks the question. >> has the result changed your outlook at all. >> pelley: and just released: interviews with the biggest names in music. jim axel rod listens as paul mccartney talks about drugs and the beatles. >> sergeant pepper owes a lot to drugs.
captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. there are multiple reports tonight that depotsed egyptian dictator hosni mubarak is brain dead and on life support after suffering a stroke. this comes at the same moment that cairo's tahrir square is once again occupied by protestors, demanding that the military give up control of the country. it is another turning point for the middle east's largest nation. more than a year after the arab spring revolution that overthrew mubarak. this last weekend egypt held its first-ever presidential election but the results raised more questions than they answered alan pizzey joins us now in cairo just above that crowd in tahrir square. alan, what are you seeing? >> good evening, scott. well, confusion reigns about the fate of former egyptian strongman hosni mubarak. the official state news agency and state television say he's clinically dead.
other reports quote officials from the ruling military council as saying he's not dead. the crowd behind me in tahrir square cheered when they heard the news but frankly they're more preoccupied with the equally confused political situation. both candidates in egypt's presidential elections have declared victory even though the official results may now be delayed. but it didn't stop this crowd, who turned out in force for mohammed morsi of the muslim brotherhood. the crowd had streamed into tahrir square late this afternoon to protest the recent dissolving of parliament and a decree by the ruling military that severely limits the powers of the new president. no matter who is declared the winner in the election, muse staff a saeed insisted that the protestors will fight the military. >> we are fighting for the revolution. we are fighting for a clean society in egypt. >> reporter: the muslim brotherhood set out its call counting on the anger against the military to appeal to all segments of egyptian society. this is as much a test of the
islamists' ability to rally leftist parties to their cause as it is of the military. normally the muslim brotherhood prefers back-room bargaining to confrontation, but they need the power of the street as a negotiating tool. the muslim brotherhood said it does not want confrontation with the military but tonight the square is filled with calls for the general to give up power. >> pelley: alan, you said the crowd cheered when they heard about hosni mubarak but i wonder does it make any difference really. >> frankly, scott, it doesn't make any difference to them at all. as far as they're concerned mubarak was already dead. their real concern is now the political situation and whether or not the generals are going to ride roughshod over their revolution. if that's the case, they say they're going to come back and fight another revolution all over again. >> pelley: we'll be watching. alan, thank you very much. hosni mubarak was one of the longest-running dictators in the middle east. he came to power following an act of bloody rebellion in the streets.
hosni mubarak was a career military officer when president anwar sadat picked him to be his vice president. in 1981, sadat was assassinated by members of his own military who were outraged over his peace deal with israel. mubarak took over at president. he stuck to the peace treaty and maintained a close alliance with the united states. at home, mubarak was an authoritarian using the state police to suppress opposition. but he was unprepared for the arab spring last year. antigovernment protests broke out in january, 2011, and kept growing until february 11 when mubarak resigned after nearly 30 years in office. the military has run the government since then. on june 2, mubarak was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of failing to prevent the killings of hundreds of protestors during the uprising. it was not long after the egyptian revolution that syria's dictator bashar al assad had a
revolution on his hands. his army has slaughtered thousands of civilians over the last year. today a russian ship that was carrying attack helicopters who assad's army turned around unexpectedly. we asked david martin to find out why. >> reporter: an obscure dutch flag freighter suddenly became ground zero in the increasingly testy disagreement between the u.s. and russia over arms shipments to syria. the ship, believed to be carrying attack helicopters to syria, was forced to turn back when its insurance was lifted. it was an embarrassment for russia and a diplomatic victory for the u.s. and europe which british foreign secretary william haig announced to parliament. >> i am pleased that the ship that was reported to be carrying arms to syria has now turned back apparently towards russia. >> reporter: it happened just a day after president obama and russia's president putin met for nearly two hours, mostly about syria, during an economic summit in mexico.
judging from the chilly body language afterwards, the two leaders did not agree on much. at about the same time, the mv-with its cargo of helicopters was rounding the coast of scottlanden route to syria. only to learn the british had suddenly suspended coverage. the reason? the shipment violated an arms embargo imposed by the european union against the regime of bashar al assad which is using increasingly violent means to remain in power. the u.s. had been tracking the ship ever since it left port eight days ago. and secretary of state clinton had made an international case of it. >> we are concerned about the latest information we have that there are attack helicopters on the way from russia to syria, which will escalate the conflict quite dramatically. >> reporter: those helicopters could still reach syria by some other route, so the dispute over arms supplies is not over.
>> pelley: david, you're following another breaking story tonight on your beat. the military just recommended punishment for u.s. troops that were involved in the burning of korans in afghanistan. that touched off furious protests there. what have you learned? >> well, not only did it touch off protests. it also resulted in the revenge slayings of at least two american soldiers. this was a very stupid or careless mistake depending on your point of view. and the soldier responsible for the burning are now the object of an investigation which has recommended administrative punishment for them. but that means probably a letter of reprimand, maybe a reduction of pay. but not a court marshal. >> pelley: david, thanks very much. there was a worrying development in pakistan today. the supreme court there ordered the dismissal of the prime minister. it's part of a long-running feud between prime minister gilani and the court over corruption
charges. it matters because it creates a lot of turmoil in the government of pakistan, a nuclear-armed country that is also critical to the u.s. war on terror. today in pennsylvania, the wife of jerry sandusky took the stand to defend her husband who is accused of more than 50 counts of sexual abuse of children. sandusky is the former assistant football coach at penn state. eight men have testified in the trial that he sexually assaulted them when they were boys. armen keteyian was in the courtroom today. >> reporter: good evening, scott. in a day the defense had some of its best moments yet in the trial. as you said, dottie sandusky took the stand late this afternoon to defend her husband. speaking in a soft sometimes nervous voice, dorothy dottie sandusky testified she never saw a single sign of sexual abuse of young boys by her husband, of 45 years. time and time again the defense
attorney repeated the same question: did you ever see any inappropriate conduct? each and every time dottie sandusky simply answered no. at one point during her 45 minutes on the witness stand, dottie sandusky said over about a 20-year period her husband would routinely go downstairs to tell young boys who had spent the night good night before bed. but nothing more. did you ever hear a young man yell for help, asked the attorney, referring to one alleged victim's story of abuse? no, she answered during cross-examination, lead prosecutor joseph put up eight pictures of the alleged victims on the screen. just as he had done during his opening argument. he then asked what reason would any of those people lie about anything? taking a long pause, dottie sandusky said, i don't know what it would be. the defense will likely rest its case sometime tomorrow. its final witness is expected to be none other than jerry
sandusky himself taking the stand, scott, in his own defense. >> pelley: the case could go to the jury this week. thank you very much. there was a new twist today in the tale of wicky leaks founder julian assange. ecuador's foreign minister said that assange has taken refuge in ecuador's embassy in london, seeking political asylum, and that his request is being considered. assange is trying to avoid extradition from britain to sweden where he's wanted for questioning in two sexual misconduct cases. and an emotional return to britain for aung san suu kyi. a major shift in immigration. asians now make up the number one group coming to america. and a new face takes its place as the head of america's largest protestant denomination. when the cbs evening news continues.
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wave of immigrants coming to america. today the pew research center said that asians are now the largest group moving here. about 40,000 asians came to to this country in 2010. 36% of new immigrants. bill whitaker shows us what this means. >> reporter: by any measure jason yim is an american success story. how many employees do you have? >> we just under 70 worldwide. we have an office in shanghai as well as a small team in manila and an office in west l.a. >> reporter: he was born in singapore, raised in hong con and came to college at ucla. after graduating, the 39-year-old naturalized u.s. citizen started trigger, a digital marketing agency, his seven-year-old l.a.-based company designs interactive websites, apps and games to market hollywood movies on the internet and mobile devices. >> you can see it's just a movie poster. when you look at it through the app, it comes through. >> reporter: very cool. yim offers a snapshot of one of
the most dramatic demographic shifts in contemporary america. according to the pew study asians are the country's fastest-growing population. in 2010 more than 430,000 asians came to the u.s., 36% of all immigrants. for the first time asians surpassed hispanics who accounted for 31% of immigrants. hispanic immigration is down because of tighter border security and the loss of blue collar jobs in the recession. most of this wave of asian immigration comes from six countries, china, india, vietnam, the philippines, korea and japan. asians are the most educated group in the country, almost half, over 25, have college degrees versus 28% of the general population. in 2010 they earned 45% of all engineering ph.d.s. they're the country's highest wage earners. asians have a median annual household income of $66,000. for the general population it's $49,000. gym's company earned $5 million last year.
>> in a way you're living the american dream. >> i think so. i think it really is the american dream that, you know, we can come here. we can do well. >> reporter: scott, of course, not all asian immigrants are success stories but of all immigrant... of all ethnic groups they are more likely to marry across racial lines and live in mixed neighborhoods. >> pelley: constantly changing america. bill, thank you. the leader of the democracy movement in burma, aung san suu kyi, paid an emotional visit to england today. she spent nearly half of her life there. this was her first time back in 24 years. much of that time was spent in prison or under house arrest in burma. but refoorms in her homeland led to this trip and to her comments today at the london school of economics. >> i think it's all of you and people like you who have given me the strength to continue. i do have a stubborn streak in me, i suppose.
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now have health insurance because under the act they're allowed to stay on their parents' policies until they turn 26. 75% of people ages 19 to 25 are now covered up from about 64% two years ago. more than five million older americans live with alzheimers disease. now there is a new test that can tell you if you have it. but with no cure in sight, would you want to know. dr. jon lapook found one man who did. >> reporter: 80-year-old alex dreyfoos has always had an exceptionally sharp mind. a graduate of m.i.t. and harvard business school he won an oscar for his work in video technology. for fun he'd fly his own planes. when did you first start to notice that there was something going on with your memory? >> i would say it was first apparent when i was flying. i'd hear a control tower give me some instructions, and i would have to write it down where i
never used to do that. >> reporter: dreyfoos' mother had alzheimers and he feared the same fate. so he underwent genetic screening and a battery of tests for memory and brain function. the results suggested he had the disease. but then doctors at mount sinai school of medicine told him about a new test that would tell him for sure. you figured you had alzheimers probably. >> yes. and i knew i was, as i say, not on the top of my game. i was clearly worse as time went on. >> reporter: drai foos got a pet scan. prior to this test, that could only be confirmed at autopsy. dr. sam gandhi was part of a team that analyzed dreyfoos' test scan. what did you think? >> i thought he had a diagnosis of alzheimers disease. >> reporter: why would patients want to know if they had a disease with no cure? >> they can seek out clinical trials. they can think about doing more
physical exercise. we know that physical exercise slows the progression. >> reporter: the scan found no detectable plaques in his brain meaning he does not have alzheimers. >> the chances of this happening on the first scan being negative in this context are just infinitesimal. i was shocked beyond belief. you could have knocked me over with a feather. >> reporter: before this new test, alex might have spent his last years falsely believing he had a terrible disease. now doctors will look for a potentially treatable cause for his memory issues. has the result changed your outlook at all? >> yes. reporter: in what way? i'm not trying to do as much, what do i have to do to wrap up things? you know, my wife and i talk about possibly making other living arrangements. i think, that's changed. we'll just take it one day at a time. >> reporter: the new test is just coming into use. it costs $3250 and is not covered by medicare. it raises several ethical issues such as how the results might be
used by insurance companies and employers. >> pelley: as if thaiting, doctor, thanks very much. paul mccartney tells what really inspired one of the beatles' greatest albums when we come back. people have doubts about taking aspirin for pain. but they haven't experienced extra strength bayer advanced aspirin. in fact, in a recent survey, 95% of people who tried it agreed that it relieved their headache fast. visit fastreliefchallenge.com today for a special trial offer.
sit down with your favorite singers and get the real story behind their success? well, one man did just that. and he has given his trove of recorded interviews to the library of congress so everyone can hear them. jim axel rod got a preview. >> reporter: after four decades in the music business, joe smith, the man who signed jimi hendrix, van morrison and the eagles among others wanted to have some conversations. >> the idea was to put on tape the voices and the feelings of some of the greatest musicians and music figures over the years. as many as i could get to. >> reporter: as president of capitol records he got 200 of the biggest names, such as paul mccartney, to talk to him. really talk. >> sergeant pepper owes a lot to drugs, to pot and stuff. that was us getting into that. it was rather innocent compared to what you talk about these days it was very innocent. it was er in seriously heavy
stuff. >> reporter: how hard was it to get them to talk? >> i was an insider. i was part of the business. >> reporter: smith got more candor from rock'n'roll pioneers like bo didly talking about his own death. >> i'm worried about when i kick off. will anybody notice it? that's something to think about. will anybody notice when bo diddley ceases to exist? if i stay here i have to get old. and if i get old, i have to die. ♪ i feel good >> reporter: imagine the hardest working man in show business letting his vulnerable side show. >> when did you feel that you really had it made, that you were going to make it on your own? >> i never had it made. no. one has it made. reporter: that was your favorite, if you do have a favorite moment, from everything that you are now giving to the library of congress. is there one? >> that was a key moment asking bob dylan about the '60s. he said the '60s weren't all that important. >> i'm not really a nostalgic
person. i just don't buy into the '60s thing. like a lot of people to do. ♪ you can't blame me at all >> reporter: smith spent his career creating some of the biggest stars our culture has ever known. those whose enormous talents left room for little else. but to make room out goes any sense of civility. out goes, you know, they are different. they're not like you and me. >> reporter: and because joe smith wants to share with our icons told him we now get to hear their real voices. jim axel rod, cbs news, washington. >> 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 at the top of our news tonight, wide ranging reports regarding the health of the former egyptian president. the state news agency says mubarak is clinically dead. earlier, that same agency said his heart is not beating. meantime, security officials say mubarak is on life support. he was moved from prison to a military hospital. he has been sentenced to life in prison. that happened june 2 for failing to stop the killing of protesters in last year's uprising that led to his ousting. >> a massive protest underway even as we speak in egypt's the square. this a live look from cairo where the