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historical research in iran but officials accuse him of gathering information under the direct guidance of the u.s. and for this he has been sentenced to ten years in an iranian jail. releasing scant information about prisoners is nothing new in iran. "washington post" journalist jason rezaian was one of the most high-profile u.s. citizens found guilty of espionage. after his release he described how he was deliberately lied to by his jailers. >> for much of the 18 months i was in prison my iranian interrogators told me that the "washington post" did not exist, that no one knew of my plight, and that the united states government would not lift a finger for my release. >> reporter: in fact, there was a global effort to free rezaian, culminating in his release in january 2016. rezaian was released as part of a u.s.-iran prisoner swap during
the obama presidency. the terms of the deal were criticized by then presidential candidate donald trump. now it will be the trump administration that has to wrestle with exactly how to deal with this latest imprisonment. elaine? >> debora patta, thanks. dozens of wildfires continue to rage in at least ten western states. a fire near santa barbara, california destroyed at least 50 buildings. and now the company that owns the world's largest firefighting plane claims federal officials are keeping it grounded, putting homes at risk. here's mireya villarreal. >> reporter: firefighters are using every tool, waging war on the whittier fire just north of santa barbara, california. >> a lot of vulnerability. a lot of uncertainty. but you're going to be in another firefight today. >> reporter: after more than a week this wildfire is still going strong, consuming more than 18,000 acres of land. newly released dash cam video shows crews trying to reach a group of trapp
by a wall of fire. friday night the flames exploded again, forcing more people to leave their homes. >> so now it's rush rush, unpack the house because i don't know if it's going to be here when i get back. >> reporter: the body of the blaze has stayed hidden in the hills of the santa inez mountains, making it difficult for firefighters on the ground to get up close. they've relied on a fleet of 16 helicopters and four fixed-wing planes to make air drops along the rugged terrain. the largest is a dc-10 that can douse flames with up to 12,000 gallons of fire suppressant. but sitting at an airport is this super tanker, capable of dumping more than 19,000 gallons of liquid at a time. the boeing 747 was converted from a passenger plane into a firefighting tool that's been used in israel and chile. in a proposed contract the u.s. forest service would limit firefighting aircraft to00
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but what you cannot see is carla's little brother jonathan pinned under the front bumper. >> i don't think i can see my cousin in the eyes because i caused her this pain. >> reporter: the three were walking home after getting ice cream and playing in the park. the women say they looked both ways and that they thought the car would stop. at the last second you can see them grab jonathan and brace for impact. >> it's so close but it's not your time yet. just live. >> reporter: amazingly all three survived. carla and jackie are home recovering from internal injuries and broken bones. but days after the accident jonathan can't move his legs and remains in the hospital with major spinal injuries. >> i feel like i caused my little brother this pain. i only wanted him to go out and enjoy and have fun at the park. >> reporter: he was set to start kindergarten in the fall. his family says he'll need months of therapy. but they're hopeful. he's wiggling his toes and smiling, eager to go home.
donations are pouring in to a go fund me site to help pay for jonathan's treatment and hopefully get this beloved little boy back on his feet. people in this oakland neighborhood say this intersection is notoriously dangerous. they want the city to put up signs and flashing lights. one official says that should be a no-brainer. now, elaine, this was not a hit and run. the driver did stop and get out. and jackie and carla are wishing him well. >> terrifying video. paul beban. thanks so much. this thursday o.j. simpson is due before a nevada parole board nearly nine years into a maximum 33-year sentence for armed robbery. once again, it's a legal drama drawing a lot of media attention. here's tony dokoupil. >> i've not had any incidences despite all the stories in the tabloids and everything. >> reporter: o.j. simpson has pitched himself as a model inmate, evading trouble like tacklers on his way to the football hall of fame. >> and i gave them my word that i would try to be -- or would be the best prisoner they've ever had here. >> reporter: in 2013 simpson won parole on a portion of his
charges stemming from a bungled robbery. thursday he'll be eligible to win parole outright. >> you know, i'm just sorry that all of this had to happen. >> reporter: the crime that put simpson behind bars has origins in the slow-speed chase that kicked off simpson's first major trial for allegedly killing nicole brown simpson and ron goldman. >> if it doesn't fit, you must acquit. >> reporter: simpson was found not guilty. >> orenthal james simpson not guilty of the crime of murder. >> reporter: but he lost a $33.5 million wrongful death lawsuit and had to sell some of his own sports memorabilia. some of which he says was stolen. >> my crime was trying to retrieve for my family my own property. >> so simpson broke into a room at the palace station hotel in las vegas and tried to make off with simpson memorabilia. instead he got 33 years in prison with the possibility of parole after nine. he'll have to convince the nevada board of parole commissioners that he deserves to rejoin a free world where
after emmy and oscar-winning tv shows about his life he's as famous as ever. >> you want to make this a black thing? well, i'm not black. i'm o.j. >> all right. thank you for your statement. we are going to take a look at your risk assessment. >> reporter: the board says its decision will come down to simpson's score on an 11-factor risk assessment. if he wins, simpson could go free as soon as october 1st. tony dokoupil, cbs news, new york. roger federer made history at wimbledon today a few weeks short of his 36th birthday. federer became the first man to win eight wimbledon championships and the oldest to win one in the modern era. federer's twin sons and twin daughters were on hand to help him celebrate. coming up next, federal rules for investigating claims of sexual assault on college campuses may be changing.
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campus sexual assault. but opponents argue they have create another class of victim, innocent students wrongly accused. devos met thursday with both as she reviews whether to roll back the 2011 rules that lowered the standard of proof for campus sexual assault and all but denied cross-examination of witnesses. >> this policy has not worked in too many ways and in too many places. and we need to get it right. >> reporter: adding controversy to the already highly charged debate, comments made by the education department's acting assistant secretary for civil rights candice jackson. in an interview with the "new york times" jackson said of college rape accusations, "90% of them fall into the category of we were both drunk, we broke up, and six months later i found myself under investigation." jackson, who said she herself is a rape survivor, apologized, did so directly to rape victims in today's meetings. critics of the obama-era
remarks but said they should not detract from the broader issue, that the guidelines disregard due process and sweep up innocent students wrongly accused. >> they are railroaded. >> reporter: debra gordon has been a civil rights attorney for 40 years. >> you're never told who the witnesses are against you, did anybody see this, has anybody else been questioned. and that's the last thing you do. you give a statement and then one day you get something in the mail that says you're being expelled. >> reporter: and that's one reason many on both sides say the best way to handle campus rape cases is not through university administrative proceedings but the criminal justice system. and another statistic looming over all of this, studies show about half of these cases involve alcohol. jan crawford, cbs news, washington. the "cbs overnght news" will be right back. no matter who was in there last. protection.
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more than a million people have visited the national museum of african-american history and culture since it opened last september, but one exhibit in particular is striking a chord with visitors, who describe it as delicious. here again is errol barnett. >> we go through over 600 pounds of chicken a day. we've gone through over 100 pounds of catfish a day. oxtails like another 300 pounds a day. >> reporter: jerome grant is the executive chef at the bustling sweet home cafe, inside washington's newest museum. >> what do you sell out of? >> everything. >> reporter: grant, the son of a filipino mother and african-american father, calls sweet home cafe
exhibit. >> a lot of people associate african-american food with southern. we're more than southern food. african-americans, we're some of the sources behind american foods whether we were slaves or servants. we were in the kitchens. we helped develop what american food is. >> reporter: while southern favorites like fried chicken are on the 50-item menu, you'll also find oysters made famous by new yorker thomas downing. >> the oyster tavern doubled as a stop on the underground railroad. >> reporter: the 35-member staff serve up to 3,000 meals per day. it is an immense operation. still, visitors agree it's also something special. >> what did you get? >> red beans and rice. >> and how does it compare? >> how does it compare? i can't tell the difference.
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maine, the lobster capital of the world. lobstermen in maine hauled in a record catch last year. so why are lobster lovers feeling pinched by high prices? don dahler cracks the case. >> reporter: if there was an official food of summer, the lobster roll would be a lead contender. >> it's the essence of summer. >> reporter: and it's not just in new england. you can now get an authentic maine lobster roll pretty much anywhere around the u.s. >> we have your box ready. >> reporter: as demand for this delicacy has gone up, so has its price. >> two years ago or even last year it was cheap, and now it's kind of back to being a little more of a luxury. >> reporter: tom arden is one of almost 6,000 licensed lobstermen who are benefiting from an underwater population explosion. last year maine lobstermen pulled up a record 130 million pounds. that's nearly double what they were bringing up ten years ago. >> the catch keeps going up and the demand keeps going up a little faster. >> so the prices stay up. >> which is good for -- yeah, obviy
fishermen. we haven't really seen a very strong catch yet this season, but that could change any day now. >> looking forward to this. >> reporter: as demand has exploded worldwide, especially asia, so have prices. >> when we started luke's back in 2009, we were buying lobster meat for $14 a pound. we're now up to $30 a pound for lobster meat. >> reporter: luke holden is a third-generation lobsterman. he's also the entrepreneur behind luke's lobsters. they now have more than 25 in the united states and six in japan. >> if the supply's so good, why are the prices still so high? >> the demand has continued to grow at that exponential rate. so now we've got a market where demand i think is in excess of supply. >> three lobster rolls, please. >> reporter: a new culinary experience for many gaining a lot of fans. >> it's expensive. but it's worth it. >> reporter: don dahler, cbs news, tennis harbor, maine. >> that's the "overnight news" for this monday. from the cbs broadcast center in new york city, i'm elaine quijano.
♪ this is the "cbs overnight news." welcome to the overnight news. i'm elaine quijano. nearly halfway through his first year in office a new poll shows president trump's popularity has dropped to a low no president has seen in 70 years. only 36% of americans approve of the president's job performance. mr. trump's disapproval rating is up to 58%. the president reacted on twitter saying, "the abc/"washington post" poll, even though almost 40% is not bad at this time, was just about the most inaccurate poll around election time." some of the issues weighing on the trump presidency are the
steady drip of revelations about links to russia and the mired effort to repeal obamacare. errol barnett has more. >> reporter: protesters opposed to the u.s. women's open being held at president trump's golf course took their message to the roads of bedminster, new jersey this weekend. but this morning mr. trump thanked his supporters and accused so-called fake news media of scorning his son. >> very troubling. and obviously moves our whole investigation to another level. >> reporter: donald trump jr.'s meeting at trump tower last year, which included top campaign staff and russians linked to the kremlin, is being scrutinized in washington. vice chair of the senate intelligence committee mark warner. >> i want to hear from everyone in that meeting and get their version of the story. what we've seen is a constant effort to hide contacts with russians. we've seen this pattern repeat itself. >> reporter: the president was also dealt a setback this weekend on his wish to repeal obamacare.
an upcoming vote on the senate bill, while john mccain recovers from emergency surgery to remove a blood clot above his left eye. the better care act needs almost unanimous gop support, which it does not yet have. >> for all republicans' complaints about the death spiral of obamacare, they don't fix it. they simply subsidize it with taxpayer monies which i just don't agree with at all. >> this bill would make sweeping and deep cuts in the medicaid program, which has been a safety net program on the books for more than 50 years. >> reporter: now, president trump did get some good news today in the form of a "washington post"/abc news poll, which found that slightly more americans agree with his handling of the economy than disagree. however, 48% strongly disapprove of his performance overall, a level never reached by mr. trump's two democratic predecessors.
and cbs news chief washington correspondent and "face the nation" moderator john dickerson joins us from washington. john, we continue to see a slow drip drip of information on this russia collusion story. how much of a turning point were these e-mails released by donald trump jr.? >> i think it was a turning point for two important reasons. first the facts. the president's son was engaged in doing something that top officials including the vice president said no one in the campaign had done. and he even asked the question of whether anyone did was offensive. that's the first problem with the facts of the case. it's further complicated by the fact that this is the president's flesh and blood, who operates outside of the white house. so does does the white house defend somebody who they're not really -- it's not their job to defend him but where everything that happens with respect to the president's son does have a real impact on the president and his agenda. >> well, i want to ask you about health care as well, john. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell announced saturd
that the senate would delay a vote of the republican health care bill while senator john mccain recovers from surgery. how do you think the delay will affect the bill's chances in the senate? >> well, the problem is that there is a very narrow margin that mitch mcconnell has to get. he can only lose two republicans to get this bill passed and he's got a lot more than two who have problems with it. and that's not really going to be solved by more time. they may find a way to, you know, twist some arms and offer some more goodies, but we heard from rand paul today that he's not going to sign on, so they can only afford to lose one more. >> john dickerson in washington for us. john, thanks very much. iran said today it has locked up another american on spying charges. the state department is calling for his immediate release. debora patta has the story from our london bureau. >> reporter: although information has not exactly been forthcoming from iran, this is what we do know about the foreign national found guilty of spying. iranian state media has named him as 37-year-old chinese-american xiyue wang.
academic who was conducting historical research in iran. but officials accuse him of gathering information under the direct guidance of the u.s. and for this he has been sentenced to ten years in an iranian jail. releasing scant information about prisoners is nothing new in iran. "washington post" journalist jason rezaian was one of the most high-profile u.s. citizens found guilty of espionage. after his release he described how he was deliberately lied to by his jailers. >> for much of the 18 months i was in prison by iranian interrogators told me that the "washington post" did not exist, that no one knew of my plight, and that the united states government would not lift a finger for my release. in fact, there was a global effort to free rezaian, culminating in his release in
a u.s.-iran prisoner swap during the obama presidency. the terms of the deal were criticized by then presidential candidate donald trump. now it will be the trump administration that has to wrestle with exactly how to deal with this latest imprisonment. elaine? >> debora patta, thanks. flooding is still a major problem in the upper midwest. in northern illinois the fox river is expected to keep rising until tuesday. people in the area say it's the worst flooding they've seen in decades. near payson, arizona at least eight people were killed this weekend when a flash flood swept through a swimming hole. several others are missing. officials say they had no warning, they heard a roar and then flood waters slammed through the canyon. powerful storms damaged buildings and knocked out power across the phoenix area. the "cbs overnight news" will be right back.
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>> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." when a giant iceberg broke off from the antarctic peninsula last week, many wondered if it's a sign of climate change. the iceberg is one of the biggest ever reported, roughly the size of delaware. but scientists differ on whether it can be linked directly to climate change and what it could mean for the future. still, former vice president al gore called it a jarring reminder of why we must solve the climate crisis. gore has been a leading voice on the issue for years. a voice that's about to get louder. he sat down with lee cowan in a story for "sunday morning." >> reporter: meandering through the rolling green hills of carthage, tennessee is the cany fork river, a place where al gore seems right at home. >> this place h
when i was a boy my family used to come down here to go swimming. >> reporter: yes, he's the man who was almost president. and yes, that is a pretty tough act to follow. and yet al gore has still made his voice heard. >> there's an echo here. whoo! >> reporter: and not just against those limestone cliffs on the gore family farm. >> one time when winston churchill lost an election as a young man one of his friends said winston, this is a blessing in disguise. and he said, "damn good disguise." so that's sort of the way i feel about it. >> while i strongly disagree with the court's decision, i accept it. i accept the finality of this outcome. >> when i went through that experience in the election of 2000 and the supreme court decision, i knew i was going to be fine, and i hated the result, obviously. but i just started looking for other ways i could be of
service. >> this is the first picture of the earth from space. >> reporter: so he dusted off an old slide show that he had once used to convince his colleagues in the house and the senate that global warming was a provable environmental threat. ad in 2006 that wonky slide show became an oscar-winning documentary. >> put that thing up here. >> reporter: "an inconvenient truth" made him the face of the climate debate. it helped him win a nobel peace prize. and it put him right back in the political crosshairs. >> you faced some pretty stiff criticism from people that called you everything from a fanatic to a fraud. >> yeah. when i spoke at my father's funeral, i quoted a passage from scripture, "woe unto him about whom all men say good things." if everybody's just completely happy with what you're doing, you may be -- you may not be working hard enough to bring about the kind of change that we need.
good morning. >> reporter: he's still fighting for change, and he's still giving that slide show. over 100 times a year. if you can believe that. >> 16 of the 17 hottest years ever measured with instruments have been since the year 2001. and of course it's 2017. >> reporter: it's enough to discourage anyone living anywhere on the planet. but gore also sounds a hopeful note. he's even humorous at times. >> the vatican has made a commitment to be the first carbon-neutral nation. now, they have two advantages. they're very small. and god is on r theiside. [ laughter ] >> reporter: on this day it was an audience of about 1,000 outside seattle who lined up not just to hear gore's presentation but to learn how to give it themselves. >> do you ever get tired of going out and giving the slide show? does it ever get old? >> honestly, it does not for me
because i really have a strong sense that this is what i'm supposed to be doing and that makes me want to do more. >> reporter: he's been holding these climate leadership training sessions for about a decade now to help spread the word about climate change and to engage those who say it simply doesn't exist. >> the truth about the climate crisis is still inconvenient to the large carbon polluters, and so they want to bob and weave and dodge the truth and pretend like it's still a big controversy, and it's not. >> and it is right to save the future for humanity. it is wrong to pollute this earth and destroy the climate balance. it is right to give hope to the future generations. >> reporter: the success of his firslmt fi h ledim to take to the big screen again. "an inconvenient sequel: truth to power" has played at the cannes film festival in may and opens nationwide later this summer. >> you're a movie star in a lot of respects. >> come on. no, no, no. >> it's you and "wonder woman" this summer.
it is. >> yeah, right. okay. >> reporter: for two years cameras followed al gore on his climate crusade. from high above the melting glaciers of greenland. >> those are parts of the glacier just exploding with the high temperatures. >> reporter: to the streets of miami beach, where he found officials trying to raise road levels to match the predicted rise in sea levels. >> kind of hard to pump the ocean. >> that's why we've got to raise above it. >> it's no longer just the virtually unanimous scientific community telling us we've got to change. now mother nature's entered the debate. every night now on the television news is like a nature hike through the book of revelations. people who don't want to use the phrase "global warming" or "climate crisis" are saying wait a minute, something's going on here that's not right. >> reporter: much of the film takes place at the paris climate conference two years ago, where
196 nations including the u.s. agreed to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. >> it is unprecedented. >> reporter: but back home the political winds were blowing in donald trump's direction, and gore feared it's about to be a whole new world. >> you spent half your life in politics, some of it at the highest levels. >> second highest levels. >> second highest levels. excuse me, mr. vice president. that's right. what do you make of this young administration so far? >> every day it's another set of tweets and another set of controversies. and they're not getting anything done. >> reporter: his biggest worry was what might be undone. if mr. trump kept his campaign promise to pull out of the paris accord. he tried more than once to change mr. trump's mind. even visiting him at trump tower before the inauguration. >> did you find him receptive, mr. trump, to your argument? >> i found him attentive. and you can misinterpret that for being receptive.
but yes, i did think that there was a real chance that he would come to his senses on this. >> reporter: but in june this happened. >> the united states will withdraw from the paris climate accord. >> the president has made this an economic argument, that there just isn't room essentially in the economy to be sustainable and at the same time provide jobs. >> yeah. >> and a lot of his base believes that. >> well, the business community does not believe that at all. there are now twice as many jobs in the solar industry as in the coal industry. solar jobs are growing 17 times faster than other jobs in the u.s. >> 17 times? >> 17 times faster. it's one of the brightest spots in our economic revival.
>> reporter: and never before, he says, have the solutions to climate change, wind, solar, and electric technologies, been as cheap or as readily available. >> and that has to make your argument easier. >> yeah, it's true. i look back at where the facts and figures were 10, 11 years ago. and the curve on solar energy was just beginning to start moving up. now it's way up here. the entire farm, the barn, the food processing, the house, all of it runs on 100% renewable energy now. >> his father, albert sr., a three-term u.s. senator, once grew tobacco on this farm. now solar panels sprout out of this tennessee soil. and so does an organic fruit and vegetable garden. >> former vice president al gore. >> reporter: as second acts go, al gore found a path that will still land him in the history books. maybe not as a u.s. president. but when it comes to those fighting climate change, he's a world leader nonetheless.
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expensive production car in the world. the price tag is not the only thing that makes it exclusive. only 500 models were built worldwide. kris van cleave takes us on a test drive. >> reporter: the new bugatti chiron is designed to get your attention. but you'd better look fast. >> i'll accelerate and i'll hit the brakes pretty hard at the top. >> okay. whoa. like being in a fighter jet. wow. >> reporter: like a fighter jet we pulled nearly two gs hitting 116 miles per hour in just a few seconds. but that need for speed doesn't come cheap. you'll need to be in the tom cruise or jamie foxx tax bracket to afford one. >> what am i going to spend if i want a bugatti? >> i would say the average is $3.3 million. >> reporter: $3.3 million. >> correct. >> reporter: mauricio perlato is the car maker's chief operating officer. >> you'll get one of
an exclusive limited edition. you get a car which is the most powerful, most beautiful, and most luxurious car in the world. our customers own an average of 30, 35 cars and they want to make it really like the pinnacle of their collection. >> reporter: relaunched in the late '90s by volkswagen the bugatti name traces its history to ettore bugatti who over a century ago built cars under the motto that no car could be too beautiful or too expensive. today bugattis are individually built by hand in france, where nearly every detail from the specially designed carbon fiber skin to the color of the hand-sewn stitching in the leather seats can all be customized. the 1,500-horsepower, 16-cylinder engine is the fastest in the world. bugatti engineers had to cap the top speed at 261 miles an hour for safety reasons. >> how fast could it go if you didn't have to limit the speed? >> listen, we don't know yet. >> how's the gas mileage? >> you know, that's a very good question. we don't consider that.
no customers ask about that. >> reporter: but the car does come with four years free maintenance. so there's that. of course for the same 3 million you could buy about nine average american homes, give 13 kids an ivy league education, or buy a rolls-royce phantom for each day of the week. but a harvard degree can't do this. >> under 2 1/2 seconds from 0 to 60. >> that's fast. >> reporter: butch lightsinger is bugatti's official driver. yes, that's a real job. >> this is a moon shot. from the beginning this car was meant to be no compromises. >> reporter: well, bugatti did make one compromise. >> wow. >> reporter: they let me drive it. >> that's very little throttle. >> right. i was being conservative because it's not my $3 million car. >> reporter: the chiron feels like luxury and performs like a missile. and like most people on the planet, i'll never be able to afford one. >> it's so hot. can i take this home? >> believe me, you wouldn't be the first to ask. >> so that's a no? >> that's a no.
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