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support from starbucks has helped the company hire six full-time workers with plans to add some 20 more in a year. >> my personal belief, job creation, i mean, it's happening. it's on the rise and, you know we're going to get out of this. >> reporter: the economy has shown renewed strength in recent months, adding an average of 205 jobs monthly since november. 205,000. ethan harris is an economist with bank of make, merrill lynch. do you think this is a blip? >> i think things will get weaker in the spring as we have to deal with the budget tightening in washington but this is a good sign that the underlying private sector is healthy >> reporter: i but 12 million americans are still out of work. >> hello. >> reporter: 57-year-old barbara johnson is one of them. >> i sometimes stay on the computer 24 hours straight just applying for everything. >> reporter: laid off from her job as an administrative
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assistant with a new york bank before the recession. johnson has survived only by taking a series of part-time jobs. are you any more optimistic with the slight improvement this the job market? >> i'm hopeful but not excited. i want to see america get back on its feet again. i would like to be back in a full-time job again, with benefits. >> reporter: if you include people can only find part-time work and discourage workers who've given up looking the underemployment rate, scott, swells to 14.3%. >> pelley: and that's about 22 million americans still struggling. anthony, thanks very much. wall street's reaction to the economic news today was another record high for the dow. it closed at 14,397. that's a gain of more than 300 points for the week. a gain of about 2.2%. osama bin laden's son-in-law stood in an american court today and pleaded not guilty to conspiring to kill americans. sulaiman abu ghaith appeared in
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new york federal court just blocks away from where the twin towers fell. after all of these years, how did the c.i.a. finally catch him? for that we turn to senior correspondent john miller, former assistant director of the f.b.i. john? >> reporter: scott, sulaiman abu ghaith was one of a number of key aides and family members of osama bin laden who spent most of the last decade living in iran largely under house arrest. weeks ago, abu ghaith managed to get out of iran and cross the border into turkey. the c.i.a.'s bin laden group was able to track abu ghaith's movements to a luxury hotel in downtown apg a. he hoped to get help from al qaeda's network to move from out country, but the c.i.a. was working with the m.i.t., turkey's national intelligence service, and they arrested abu ghaith a month ago. while in turkish custody, he was interrogated by a u.s.-led multiagency group known as the high value detainee
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interrogation group, or the hig. made up of experienced interrogators and polygraph experts from the c.i.a., f.b.i. and department of defense, the hig also brings in the agents and analysts who know the most about the person being questioned. they gathered hours of intelligence from abu ghaith which was eventually summarized in a 22-page document. it included details about the mechanics of how abu ghaith and his fellow al qaeda members operated while under house arrest in iran. now, because turkey will not extradite prisoners to a country that has a death penalty quietly an arrangement was made to have abu ghaith deported to jordan and there an f.b.i. gulf stream 5 jet was standing by to take abu ghaith to an air force base just north of new york city and that's how he ended up in court today. >> pelley: so many of the other 9/11 suspects are at guantanamo facing military trials. why was abu ghaith brought to new york city for a civilian trial? >> the administration looked at the options, the justice
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department weighed in, but if you look at the statistics you have people waiting trial in military tribunals in guantanamo where they've convicted four people in major cases. over that time, there have been 500 terrorist cases in the federal courts, 67 of them people like abu ghaith captured overseas and looking at the conspiracy charge and the extradition rules it just seemed to be the way to make sense. >> pelley: john, thanks very much. we found out today, that the election of the next pope will begin next tuesday. 115 cardinals including 11 americans will vote and any one of them could be elected. an american pope has always been considered a long shut, but one of the candidates is cardinal o'malley, archbishop of boston. and we asked jim axelrod to tell us more about him. >> reporter: leave it to others to point to cardinal o'malley as a papal contender. he's having none of it. >> i haven't lost any sleep about it and i have -- (laughs) i have bought a round trip ticket so -- (laughter)
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i'm counting on coming home. >> reporter: that hasn't stopped prominent american catholics from making o'malley's case. former miami mayor javier suarez worked with o'malley in poor hispanic neighborhoods during the 1970s. >> i don't think he would deviate on doctrinal matters but he would -- i think he would change a lot of the pastoral things, the role of women in church activities. i think it would increase a lot. the role of lay people. >> reporter: o'malley speaks six languages, worked in latin america, and belongs to the capuchin order known for simplicity. >> we have this simple one-piece tunic with hood attached. >> reporter: brother celestino arias lives in a boston priory friary o'malley often visits. >> he's dealt very firmly the scandal in several diocese now. people can criticize particulars but he's been firm and consistent in his critique and i think for the teach to regain the credibility of its loss, this is vital.
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>> you harmed children! >> reporter: o'malley inherited the child abuse scandal when he came to boston in 2003. he's tried to restore the credibility of the diocese in part by reaching legal settlements with more than 500 abuse victims for $85 million. >> i don't hate the man, but i don't -- i don't appreciate where he's left us off. >> reporter: bernie mcdade was abused by a priest. he complains o'malley was slow to release names of alleged pedophile priests. would this man make a good pope? >> if he can open up and see that there's more to this than just the settlements in his job he probably could be something special for this church. >> reporter: cardinal o'malley says the papacy something he's never aspired to, but if he is called he says it will be god's will. jim axelrod, cbs news, boston. >> pelley: cbs news will be in vatican city for live coverage
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of the conclave beginning monday on cbs "this morning" and right here on the "cbs evening news." the new secretary of defense chuck hagel, landed in afghanistan today after more than a decade of war, hagel will now oversee a massive pullout of american troops over the next year and a half. that pullback is accelerating. once there were 100,000 u.s. troops in afghanistan. today there are about 66,000. we sent charlie d'agata to a small combat outpost in the enemy heartland, kandahar, to see what leaving afghanistan looks like. >> reporter: this u.s. combat outpost was built in the rugged hills north of kandahar just two years ago after a fierce offensive to push the taliban out. the it was named after a soldier who died in that fighting, specialist timothy johnson. at its peak, it held 50 u.s.
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soldiers and 30 afghan troops, based here to stop the taliban from getting any closer to kandahar city which was once their capital. but when lieutenant tyrus house first set foot here, it wasn't to fight, it was to strip it down to the bare essentials and hand it over to the afghans. like most soldiers of the 1st armored the division from fort bliss, texas, lieutenant house didn't think he'd be packing boxes. he's waited 12 years-- half his life-- to join this fight, ever since 9/11. >> that played a huge part in my decision to join the military. >> and your personal decision to be here? >> yes, sir. >> reporter: when the u.s. military built this base it was one of the deadliest spots for american forces in afghanistan. from today on, when these soldiers move out, it will be up to afghan forces to hold this ground. it may seem ironic, but the u.s. soldiers were most vulnerable just before they left. >> that can go.
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>> reporter: most of the heavy weapons were packed away, long- range surveillance cameras were taken down. >> it will be a late night. >> reporter: many of the americans had already left so the few who remained had to stay up all night guarding the outpost the old-fashioned way. manning the walls and patroling the ground outside. the last container rolled out of this base just like the others escorted by armored fighting vehicles. the outpost that was protected by a full platoon of u.s. combat troops and their 21st century weapons will now be held by a lightly armed team of afghan police. the afghans can call on u.s. forces for backup, but as the americans handed over another dusty combat outpost, that was symbol to all that the u.s. exit strategy is well under way. charlie d'agata, cbs news, at combat outpost timothy johnson afghanistan. >> pelley: a "60 minutes"
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disaster in decades. it started last fall when pharmacy called new england compounding center, known as n.e.c.c., shipped a contaminated steroid to 23 states. last night on this broadcast, an n.e.c.c. lab technician became the first to reveal what happened there. tonight, as part of a "60 minutes" investigation, another company insider explains how they mass produced drugs without the oversight of the f.d.a. i t steroid, made by n.e.c.c., was injected into nearly 14,000 americans seeking relief from pain. but the steroid was contaminated with fungus and this is a sample of the fungus grown from the spinal fluid of a patient. many patients we've met have been hospitalized repeatedly over months, for treatment with brutal anti-fungal medication. >> the medicine is just unbearable. >> oh, yeah. >> pelley: the anti-fungal
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drugs, what have they done to you? >> they're horrible hallucinations. i would see people's faces and their shapes would change and then i would see legs and feet flying around. >> pelley: n.e.c.c. was exempt from f.d.a. oversight because it was a so-called compounding pharmacy, limited by law to making specialty drugs for individuals-- one prescription at a time. so why had it shipped 17,000 vials of toxic steroid? this man was a salesman for n.e.c.c.. he told us the company sent drugs nationwide to 3,000 hospitals and clinics. the necessary prescriptions, he said, were often fraudulent. clinics provided pages of names. any names. >> bart simpson, homer simpson. those ones did raise red flags and we called our client back and said "give us different names" and follow up names would
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be john doe, jane doe, bill doe, jane smith, bill smith, et cetera. >> pelley: it was obvious what was going on, it was obvious to them it wasn't above board. >> right. if you're in your position, if you're a buyer and your job is to save money and you're going to get a brand name for $40 and we offer you a $20 vial for the same drug, same size, same everything, what are you going to do? you're going to get two for the price of one using us. so most of them knew that. some of them wouldn't do business with us, the ones we didn't have as clients or the ones that knew you can't be doing this, you're not doing it right. we'd run into that a lot but we move on to the next one, there's more big fish out there. >> pelley: the salesman asked us to disguise him and not reveal his name because a connection with n.e.c.c. would ruin his career. n.e.c.c. was shut down, its president, barry cadden, is the target of a criminal investigation. he declined to be interviewed. we'll have our full investigation on "60 minutes" this sunday at 7:00, 6:00 central time.
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over the past couple of years, he has been called worse. >> like fat, ugly, annoying, loser. saying sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me, i really don't think that, uhm, that really applies. >> reporter: noah's mother karen says the bullying combined with the underlying depression ultimately led to the night of january 26th. >> it's so scary. you just want to save him, you know? >> reporter: that night, her son posted a clear warning on the internet, a picture of his arm all cut up and a note that read, "day of scheduled suicide, february 8, 2013, my birthday." it was to be his 13th birthday. >> just felt like everything was worthless. my life was terrible. i had no one. >> reporter: after that, noah ended up in the hospital for eight days. and while he was in there, while his doctors assessed his
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mental health, his mother came up with a plan to improve his vision, a plan for noah to see more clearly how much he matters, how much he's loved, that there really is life beyond 7th grade. >> good morning. >> reporter: so to that end, she asked some friends on facebook to put all that in a letter to noah. she was hoping for at least a couple responses. >> but we got more than a couple. >> reporter: what happened next is a remarkable testament to both the power of social media and the kindness of strangers. >> "i know it's hard to believe right now, but life gets better, i promise." >> reporter: noah has received thousands of letters from every continent on the planet, including antarctica. >> "noah, your life matters." >> reporter: the sheer volume alone has brightened up this place a million watts. >> it has totally restored my faith in humanity. >> reporter: how has this changed you? >> i was focused on like the bad side of the people with the bullies. then i realized that there are caring people out there that could be my friends.
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>> reporter: noah still has his good days and his bad. but now whenever he does have one of those down days, he has a pile of friends to turn to. >> i'm not going to be done reading my letters until i'm like your age. >> reporter: guess he's in for long, long life. [ laughter ] >> reporter: steve hartman on the road -- >> you're not that old. >> reporter: -- in columbia maryland. >> and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, i'm scott pelley. i'll see you sunday on "60 minutes." and we'll see you monday from the vatican. good night. captions by: caption colorado >> your realtime captioner: linda marie macdonald good evening, i'm elizabeth cook. >> i'm ken bastida in for allen martin. we are ending the week on some very strong economic news and one bay area city is about
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to spread the wealth around. first those unexpectedly strong jobs numbers. the unemployment rate dropped to 7.7% its lowest level in more than four years. the economy created more than a quarter million jobs and that report pushed the dow to yet another record close. the nasdaq and s&p also closed higher, the sixth straight week of gains for the stock market and it's more good news for workers in san jose. that city's minimum wage goes up starting monday. it is set to go up from $8 to $10 an hour that some business owners fought against. but kpix 5's len ramirez found one man who has had a change of heart. >> reporter: piece of my heart in san jose is ahead of the curve when it comes to san jose's new minimum wage law. >> we rolled it out in december instead of waiting until march to do it. >> reporter: the owner says a funny thing happened when he
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boosted priced and raised pay. workers were happier and more productive. >> it makes a differences when you wake up in the morning and check your account and you can pay for everything that you need. >> reporter: and customers barely noticed the 25-cent increase on slices. >> we have had a couple of customers notice but when they fine out it's all going to the employees, they like our employees, they're happy so it's worked out. >> reporter: that's not how it all started out. the voter-approved initiative which raises the minimum wage in san jose from $8 to $10 an hour was fought by business groups including the san jose chamber of commerce. >> i have heard more complaints from business owners about how it's going to cost them more. >> reporter: the law is mandatory on monday and will affect businesses' bottom lines. >> if your business is doing really well, then perhaps you can take a 25% increase in your salary -- base salary. if a business is struggling, perhaps they can't. they reduce hours, the number of days that people work or reduce the number of positions.
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>> reporter: hammer says he had to give his entire staff a raise not just people at the bottom. but with lines out the door, he won't have to cut hours or lay people off and says there is an unforeseen side benefit. >> all the best employees want to come to san jose now. >> reporter: when the new minimum wage goes into effect on monday, former opponents including labor leaders, businesses and students will start a new campaign called earn and spend in san jose. that slogan will be displayed in store windows to try to convince people that shopping here is the right thing to do. in san jose, len ramirez, kpix 5. >> if you take a look, raising the minimum wage is starting to catch on all around the country. there's a bill in congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour over the next several years. if passed, it would be the first minimum wage increase since 2009. the latest big thing in bay area real estate isn't big at all. people are actually sear


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