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obama and congress. in 2014, mr. obama by passed congress and issued actions that would shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation such as 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, amir hekmati shared his thoughts on being freed. he had been arrested on espionage charges. while visiting his family in iran. liz palmer at the u.s. military hospital in landstuhl, germany where the former prisoners were being treated. >> reporter: meeting reporters, amir hekmati looked relaxed and healthy. >> i hope to get home soon. i really want to see my family
and be back in the land of the free. >> how are you feeling yourself physically now? >> right now, i feel great. i have so much energy. like i said, this, i feel alive for the first time. >> reporter: his sisters are with him here in germany. but he is anxious to see his father in the u.s. who is too ill to travel. freedom says hekmati, still feels surreal. >> sort of accepted the fact that i was going to be spending ten years in prison. so this was a surprise. they just came one morning and said "pack your things." 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 champagne bottles were popped. >> reporter: hekmati, former marine, and high value prisoner spent 4 and a half years in iran's evin prison in conditions that were in his word, 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 have lobbied to help set him free. >> elizabeth palmer in germany for us 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 the australian open began, talk was about a different kind of racket. eight unidentified players competing there are on the list of suspects who allegedly threw
matches. that list was compiled by an investigative unit within association of tennis professionals and leaked to the bbc and buzzfeed. atp acknowledges their investigation 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 is 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. they were my team. and of course, we, we threw it away right away. djokovic made $21 million last year. tennis officials say most of the players involved earn far less. more than 70 are suspected of throwing matches. vast majority have not and will not be disciplined because their
alleged offenses took place before an anti-corruption rule was established in 2009. since 2010, the atp disciplined 18 people including a lifetime ban for five players. none of the names in the report has been made public which top rank players say is a mistake. >> i would love to hear names. then at least it is concrete stuff. you can actually debate about it. >> reporter: because the the atp its not a law enforcement agency it is limited in its evidence gathering abilities. scott, investigators interviewed players and witnesses and analyzed betting and phone record to uncover the foul play. >> don dahler, thanks. the tax man has a warning about the con man. there are new cases of the mosquito born violence linked to birth effects. and the sun puts on a show. and the sun puts on a show. the cbs there are a lot of different kinds of yucky germs. and the sun puts on a show. the cbs but not all disinfecting wipes... are approved to kill the same number of them. lysol wipes are approved
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today, illinois reported two pregnant women tested positive for zika virus. zika is transmitted by mosquitoes and 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 irs.
and here's our kris van cleave. >> you need to pay the internal revenue service. >> reporter: the scam will start with a threat from some one claiming to be the irs demanding money. >> i need you to pay -- >> reporter: 10,000 to 12,000 calls reported every week. among those receiving one, cbs news justice correspondent jeff pegues. >> i should not send a check to the irs. >> no sir, at this point in time you need to complete the procedure outside of the courthouse, that is the reason. >> soon as they get you on the telephone they threaten you. >> reporter: with the treasury department. he is featured in a new psa released today. >> fraud is real. hang up on fraud. >> reporter: warning about the fraud. >> the safest thing to do so you don't get caught up in it. hang up the telephone. >> reporter: the treasury department received nearly 900,000 reports of irs 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 irs will contact you by mail first. jeff pegues confronted his scammer. >> i think you're a scam artist. and we're going to track you down and have you arrested. okay. you are going to tell somebody to go to the bank and get cash. hello? >> reporter: 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 victims are asked to wire money through western union, or moneygram. don't do it. >> kris van cleave, thank you very much. a few choice word about some really bad pass words.
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♪ ♪ >> cbs in the morning, so y'all keep watching. ♪ ♪ beginning overnight some neighbors will make a rare joint appearance. if you look toward the south, mercury, venus, saturn, mars, and jupiter will line up just before dawn every night for a month. the first time it happened in 11 years. and it will be visible to the naked eye. nasa sent us video of a series of eruptions on the sun, a cascade of magnetic particles shooting outward and arcing back to the surface. and what on earth were these folks thinking? the folks who chose, 123456 as their online password. it tops this year's list of the
the vice president of the united states joe biden with us from washington. >> the economy has gotten worse for many americans. is there a disconnect here? ♪ california here i come ♪ right back where i started from ♪ >> the ricardos and the mertzs may have invented carpool karaoke in a 55 pontiac, but james cordon has taken it to the next level on the "late, late show." here's mark phillips. [ applause ] >> hello? >> stop me if you have seen this one before, many have. >> i was wondering if after all these years you'd look to meet. >> reporter: the script a steal from the lyrics of adele's megahit "hello." >> hello. >> what do you know, here is adele. ♪ we could have had it all
>> james cordon's carpool karaoke segments are a signature feature. >> you are looking fine right now. 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 music? ♪ hello, can you hear me >> reporter: cordon's car borne conversation and crooning with adele has set a new record. more than 45 million hits in less than a week. >> that was amazing. >> reporter: why does it work? ♪ hello from the outside ♪ at least i can see >> reporter: maybe because singing along in a car is what people do. what could be better than singing along with people like adele. ♪ for breaking your heart ♪ i know you love me >> reporter: or justin. or stevie. ♪ as long as i know
>> reporter: the carpool karaoke was one of the idea cordon had when he was planning the show a year ago when a walk along the river showed he was already a popular show business figure in britain. >> they recognize me. >> don't think it was for me. more for the camera. >> reporter: it was for him. and the popularity seems to have stuck with him. >> every now and then in your career there is one thing, few and far between in most people's careers where critically and audiences go, wow. you know? ♪ ♪ >> reporter: maybe it was the rapping adele that made 45 million people go wow and counting. mark phillips, cbs news, london. >> and that's the "overnight news" for this wednesday. for some of you the news continues. for others check back with us a little bit later for the morning news and "cbs this morning." from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm scott pelley.
>> the united states is intensifying the fight against isis. >> intelligence officials blame common smartphone apps for helping the terrorists. >> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." welcome to the overnight news. i'm michelle miller. protests and lawsuits in michigan over the poison water crisis in flint. embattled governor rick snyder asked for patience in the state-of-the-state address where he unveiled proposals to provide health services to consider and prevent water shutoffs if people decide not to pay their bills. meanwhile the mayor of flint was in washington looking for more federal help. adriana diaz has the story. >> reporter: tony palladeno and his wife were among hundreds to boarded buses.
>> we are all affected and infected. >> reporter: it all started in april 2014 when flint switched from detroit watt tire water from the flint river to save money. within weeks residents began complaining abut the smell, 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 september, a group of doctors found the number of children with dangerous lead levels had doubled. leeann walters noticed physical delays in her kids. >> we were told by the state nurse it is just a few i.q. points. not the end of the world. >> reporter: dr. mona hannas attica led the study on children. >> when you first saw the results of your study. what went through your mind? >> i think my jaw dropped. how could we do this? what was disturbing was it was
preventible. >> reporter: five days after her study was released governor rick snyder said for the first time publicly it appears that lead levels could be hyperor have increased. a week later he called for plint to go back to the detroit water system. in december the governor's task force blasted the department of environmental quality. the task force said complaints were met with aggressive dismissal, belittlement and attempts to discredit the individuals involved. today, the governor asked state legislators for $28.5 million to pay for water bottles, upgrades to school plumbing, and even a school psychologist to help with developmental needs. the tax filing season has begun. scammers are burning up the phone lines posing as irs agents trying to rip you off. chip reid has the the story from irs headquarters in washington. >> reporter: since we first told you about the irs phone scam the number of people contacted by
the scammers has almost tripled to nearly a million. >> the irs is calling me? is this for real? >> reporter: the treasury department today issued this public service announcement to warn taxpayers about phone scammers who claim to be irs agents. >> hang up on fraud. >> reporter: a deputy inspector general at treasury which oversees the irs. who are the people making these calls? >> just ruthless criminals. and they really don't care about people. they don't, they don't care about anything other than trying to intimidate you into paying them money. >> reporter: north carolina pastor al kaden told us last year she was so scared he couldn't think straight. it started with this threatening call. >> delay in calling us back may end up into a legal matter for you. >> reporter: he did call back. >> this woman gave me her name and badge number. said that she was informing me
that they were filing a warrant for my arrest. rip a warrant for your arrest? >> yes. for tax fraud. >> reporter: he did not believe he had done anything wrong. but the stakes were too high. so, over the next seven hours, he made multiple withdrawals from his bank. and sent the money to the irs impersonators with prepaid debit card. the total $16,000. and kaden is far from alone. in march last year, 366,000 people had been called by the scammers, now it's more than 900,000. the number of victims who lost money has gone from 3,000 to more than 5,000. and the total amount of money stolen has grown from $15 million to more than $26 million. what should tip people off this is a scam? >> the tip-off is, if you don't pay immediately you are going to go to jail. that is the tip-off. the irs will never make a telephone call look that. >> reporter: if you do get a
call look that, he says you should simply hang up. don't say a word. if they call back. hang up again. by the way the scam started in india, it is so profitable. there are now call centers all around the world where people are calling people here in the united states. >> there was a major upset down under at the australian open tennis tournament. rafael nadal beaten by an unseeded player in a marathon five hour match. only the second time in his career, nadal did not make it through the first round of the grand slam tournament. he has 14 grand slam titles. meanwhile some of the biggest names in the sport are demanding to know the name of those accused of throwing matches. investigators say they have evidence that at least 16 top players took bribes from gamblers. mark phillips in london has the details. >> reporter: while the problem with tennis is how do you prove cheating who is to say why a ball went long or who put a
volley into the net. still the reports say more than a dozen players ranked in the top 50 regularly lost matches under odd circumstances. meaning they were the subject of suspicious betting patterns. the allegations have overshadowed the opening days of the australian open. the first stop on tennis' grand slam tour. >> that's bad, obviously if something has been going on. but you hope that, know that it's -- in public that, you know something may be, will get done about it. >> reporter: the anames of alleged cheaters have not been disclosed but the reports leaked to the bbc and buzzfeed are based on documents that identify more than 70 players suspected of throwing matches. but which players. i would look to hear the name. love to hear names. then at least it is concrete stuff. you can debate about it. >> reporter: the core group of alleged cheaters is come posed of 16 men including grand slam
champions. gambling syndicates in russia and italy have reportedly made big money by placing suspicious bets at tournaments including wimbledon and the french open. >> tennis integrity unit and tennis authorities absolutely reject any suggestion that evidence of match fixing has been suppressed for any reason. >> reporter: the tennis corruption police, so-called tennis integrity unit say they have taken disciplinary action in 18 cases including banning five players and one official for life. others have admitted being approached to throw matches. even the world number one. when he was just starting out. >> i was approached through, i mean, not me personally, through people that were working with me at that time. of course, we threw it away right away. you didn't even get to me. >> reporter: djokovic says the
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by some estimates, 80% of all processed foods, cereals, baby formulas, canned soups and more contain at least one gmo. genetically modified organism. but whether gmos are safe and whether they should be listed on the label has touched off a bitter food fight. barry peterson reports. >> reporter: dalen perry's papaya farm on the big island of hawaii may be a bit off the beaten path but smack in the middle of a worldwide debate about one of life's essentials. the very food we eat. his papayas like almost all of those now grown on the big island are gmos. genetically modified organisms.
i'm sure the first question is, is it safe? >> you say, of course. i've been eating it. my kids have been eating it for 20 years now. >> reporter: 20 years ago the big island papaya industry had been thriving. growers were shipping 60 million pounds of papayas a year. but then insects began spreading a devastating virus called ring spot to nearly every papaya tree on the island. in about three years, the trees were dead. fields were barren. the industry literally wiped out. but a hawaiian born plant apologist dennis gonsolv in new york came to the rescue. >> we had a technology that could help develop a virus resistant papaya. >> reporter: along with a team
of scientists pulled off a feat of genetic engineering. they took a dna strand from the destructive papaya virus and inserted it into the dna of a papaya seed. just as with a vaccine for a human, the papayas became immune to ring spot. one of the final field tests was on perry's farm in 1997. in these photos, you can see the dead and diseased trees surrounding the healthy genetically engineered trees. >> and it grew beautiful. absolutely beautiful. and even to this day, there has been no breakdown of resistance. >> reporter: today american farmers grow about 10 different gmo crops including more than 92% of all corn and soy. most are engineered to ward off insects or to resist weed-killing herbicides or both.
that means, farmers can dramatically reduce insecticide use and when they spray for weeds, the herbicide won't kill their crops. and most of us eat gmos every day in processed foods like soda, cereal, chips, and cheese. and in november, salmon joined the list. it is genetically engineered to grow faster. and there are more foods in the pipeline. among them, a peanut, without the toxin that triggers deadly allergies. bananas, the main source of food for hundreds of millions of africans, that would become immune to diseases now decimating those crops. >> hell, no, gmo! >> reporter: so given all that, why are so many people so owe posed to gmos?
>> as a mother, and a scientist who has been looking at these, use for some decades, i am increasing concerned at the way corporations have gained more and more control and influence over our food system. >> reporter: she is a senior scientist at pesticide action network. genetically engineered seed are responsible for an enormous increase in the use of pesticides primarily herbicides. weed killers. people have a healthy skepticism to corporations telling us that their products are perfectly safe. we have seen that with ddt and tobacco for example. >> reporter: a lot of the opposition to gmos directed at the world's largest seat company, monsanto. the scientist says she is troubled that when farmers buy herbicide-resistant gmo seed from monsanto they're locked into using large quantities of monsanto produced herbicide as
well. and there is something else. farmers who buy monsanto's patented gmo seeds must sign an agreement promising that they will use them for only one harvest or be sued. farmers have done this since the beginning of farming. they raise their crops. save their seeds. and plant them the next year. so why push farmers not to replant seeds that are patented by monsainto from this year to next year? >> we spend a billion and a half dollars a year on research and development and there need to be some way of seeing a return on that. >> reporter: hugh grant its the ceo of monsanto. he says if farmers want to take their business elsewhere they have plenty of options. >> the grower has very little loyalty, very little from the best possible seed that produces the best possible crop. >> reporter: those crops are getting harder to sell. as consumes say they dent want gmos in their food.
>> i want to say, no to gmo. and yes to healthy foods. >> we have no idea what potential health complications arise from eating diets richt in gmos. >> reporter: and some companies are reacting. chipotle, hershey, and whole foods, have or will soon ban or require the labelling of all gmos. the big question is -- is all of this fear justified? >> researchers are only just beginning to investigate the myriad of potential adverse health effects. >> reporter: like what? >> from gmos. the issue is we don't have the long term independent studies to be able to answer these questions fully. >> reporter: and this its the great divide. polls show 57% of americans think gmos are unsafe to eat. but consider this. 88% of scientists say, gmos are
safe. and, prestigious scientific organizations, amok them, american medical association, the world health organization, and the national academy of sciences, all say hundreds of peer reviewed studies confirm, gmos pose no danger to health. a plant geneticist, and her husband is a certified organic farmer. >> reporter: has any study shown even as much as one person who has been harmed or died from eating food that was genetically engineered? >> there is not a single instance of harm to human health or the environment using genetically engineered crops. >> reporter: she points out that farmers have been genetically altering food for thousands of years using techniques like
grafting, hybridization, and cross-breeding. look at corn for example. >> this is modern sweet corn. this is the ancient ancestor of modern corn. this corn produces 100 fold more grain than ancient ancestor which is not used anymore. nothing we eat has been engineered by nature. everything we eat has been genetically altered using human intervention. >> reporter: still the vast majority of americans say, gmos are different and should be clearly labeled. >> since the food are not labeled, we have no way to really ascertain what are the kind of impacts that people are having who are consuming gmos and those who are not. americans have a right to know what is in our food. and a right to know how it has been grown. >> reporter: and she has an unlikely ally. the ceo of monsanto. >> we have been for voluntary
labelling for quite some time. >> reporter: i am surprised i would think if there is one company that didn't want people to have gmo on a label when they walk through a grocery store, it would be monsanto. >> if we are going to be transparent we should really open up. to me that makes sense. >> reporter: what no one disputes is this. the controversy over gmos is creating an ever-lengthening approval process in countries around the world. take vitamin enriched golden rice which could help 250 million children who have a sometimes fatal vitamin a deficiency. >> we have to have food that is safe. what has been put into the golden rice, a pigment we should eat every day in carrots. as we impose regulatory hurdles that are not placed on other crops, many children are dying every day. >> reporter: faced with increasing anti-gmo public opinion, the push to ban them is
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forces gave up kuwait. david martin looks back now on the lessons of the war. >> reporter: in retrospect the first gulf war seemed so simple. starting with this definitive statement from president george h.w. bush four days after saddam hussein invaded kuwait. >> this will not stand, this aggression against kuwait. >> reporter: after a build-up of 500,000 american troops in saudi arabia, president bush issued the execute order that turned into one of the most lopsided victories in military history. >> i was able to guarantee president bush that we would succeed because the iraqi army was sitting there in kuwait like a golf ball on top of a tee. >> reporter: colin powell joint chiefs of staff. >> our strategy to go after the army is very simple. first we will cut it off. then we will kill it. >> reporter: is it ever going to be that simple again? >> don't think it is. it is not lech that with a
single guy with an army easy to defeat. >> reporter: do you think desert storm created unrealistic expectation as but what military force can? >> it may have in the mind of some. it didn't in my mind. i understood the nature of the war, how limited it was. it wasn't a model of what we can do in every other conflict that comes along. >> reporter: victory in the desert followed by parades. a new biography of president bush quotes his diary as saying "i have no elation." >> we had hoped that after dez rt sto -- desert storm, saddam would be weakened, taken down or quit. that didn't happen. that was a great disapin thement to president bush. >> reporter: at least the president said the united states military had finally risen from the ashes of vietnam. it could fight and win a war overseas. >> thank you, very, very much. >> reporter: president bush mused to his diary that desert storm might help establish a new world order. but 25 years later it looks more
glen frey co-founder of the eagles passed away monday. he leaves behind a remarkable musical legacy. anthony mason is outside the nightclub in west hollywood california where frey and his legendary band mates got their start. >> reporter: the troubadour is where the eagles were born, where glen frey connected with don henley in 1970 and the friendship would form the basis of one of the most successful american acts of the rock era. ♪ ♪ as front man and co-founder of the eagles, glen frey would help create one of the most distinctive sounds in american music. ♪ take it easy ♪ take it easy
>> reporter: with their blend of country and rock, the eagles scored four consecutive number one albums and sold 150 million records. >> we were serious about the songs and serious about where we wanted to take the band. but along the way, we really rocked and had a good time. >> reporter: a detroit native, glen frey met texas drummer don henley signed to the same label in l.a. and the two soon joined linda ronstadt's backup band as henley remembered when i spock to him last year for "cbs sunday morning." we wanted our own band, especially glen. he wanted to put a bond together that had four guys in it who could all sing. ♪ you can't hide your lying eyes ♪ ♪ a room at the hotel california ♪ >> reporter: formed in 1971, the eagles would become the best
selling band of the decade. but the cost of fame proved too much. the eagles broke up in 1980 and frey began a successful solo career. ♪ the heat is on ♪ desperado >> reporter: then in 1994, the eagles reunited with the album "hell freezes over." ♪ the new kid in town >> reporter: and had been touring off and on ever since. ♪ will she still love you ♪ when you're not around steve croft talked to the songwriting duo in a 2007 interview for 60 minutes. are you guys friends? >> yes. >> yeah, yeah. >> complicated friendship i take it? >> a little bit like brothers. >> you know we are in business together. we are in the business, we will forever be associated. we might as well get along. >> that's the "overnight news" for wednesday.
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