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>> pelley: tonight, a new cbs news poll finds out who americans believe has the best shot to win the white house. also tonight, secretary kerry says that u.s. navy destroyer would have been within its rights to shoot down the russian warplanes that buzzed them. a population explosion off cape cod, and are they hungry. and... >> ♪ i'm not really a lion ♪ >> pelley: using the drama of shakespeare to work through the trauma of sandy hook. >> sometim have dreams about him. i can still and talk to him. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. we'll begin tonight with
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breaking news. in a cbs news poll just out shows democrat hillary clinton would beat republican donald trump by ten points in a head- to-head match-up. she would defeat ted cruz by three points. the only republican that beats clinton is john kasich. now have a look at this. bernie sanders does clinton one better. he beats all of the republicans, trump by 17 points. sanders and clinton are debating in brooklyn tonight five days before the new york primary. here's nancy cordes. >> our campaign today has the momentum. anheering and applause] >> reporter: sanders drew one of the largest crowds of his campaign last night, more than 15,000 people in greenwich village, but he admitted clinton still has the edge. >> and this is a tough race for us. >> reporter: clinton's large lead in pledged delegates is poised to grow next tuesday, which has sanders' supporters increasingly eyeing superdelegates, the roughly 700 party officials who
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overwhelmingly back clinton but are free to switch. one sanders' supporter even posted a superdelegate hit list online, complete with names, e- mail addresses and phone numbers. >> "how in the hell could you sponsor hillary over bernie? you should be ashamed of yourself." >> reporter: akilah ensley is one of many superdelegates who say they've been deluged with hostile facebook messages and e- mails. >> there have been some rude names used. there's been a knock at my character and my intelligence as to why i would be supporting someone that they see as the establishment. >> reporter: the sanders' campaign says it doesn't employ those tactics or condone them. aides are working quietly to woo superdelegates but would need to convert hundreds of them to make a difference. >> we think they're ridiculous rules. >> reporter: jane sanders told cbs news digital journalist kylie atwood that the superdelegate system should be eliminated all together. >> it's an insurance policy for eye establishment to make sure they don't get somebody they
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don't want. >> reporter: superdelegates were introduced in 1982, and they typically only switch allegiances when the candidate they backed initially begins to fall behind, as clinton did in 2008. they have never subverted the popular vote, scott, and they don't appear poised to do so this time. >> pelley: nancy cordes, thank you. americans don't seem to like their choices very much. our new poll shows three candidates have a big problem with likeability. 54% of registered voters have an unfavorable opinion oflinton. for trump it's 63% and cruz 48%. one thing trump doesn't like is the g.o.p. rule book for winning delegates. and here's major garrett. >> it's the politicians. >> reporter: donald trump can't stop complaining about republican nomination rules, especially after losing all 34 colorado delegates to ted cruz at the state convention last weekend. >> people are just furious. the republican folks, they've taken their vote away. they didn't even have the right
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to vote, and i think it's a very sad situation. >> reporter: cruz said his better-organized campaign won fair and square. >> my focus is on winning because donald as the nominee doesn't win, he gets clobbered by hillary clinton. the stakes are too great. >> reporter: last night cruz accused trump supporters of using threatening tactics in colorado and indiana and seeking to intimidate anti-trump delegates at the g.o.p. convention. >> they're acting like union boss thugs. >> reporter: the fight might not end at the convention. the latest cbs news poll shows 63% of trump supporters want him to run as a third party candidate if he loses the nomination. >> although probable cause exists, the state will no file this case. >> reporter: trump's campaign did clear up one matter today, campaign manager corey lewandowski will not be prosecuted for simple battery after grabbing a reporter's arm in march. palm beach county prosecutor david aronberg. >> while the evidence in this
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case is legally sufficient for the police to have charged mr. lewandowski, it is not strong enough to meet the legal burden of a reasonable likelihood of a conviction. >> reporter: lewandowski broke the news to trump during a meeting. lewandowski thanked trump for his steadfast loyalty. trump said lewandowski wasn't quite as effective for the last couple months. >> pelley: major, thanks. in another important story, the u.s. destroyer buzzed by russian fighters this week had the right to open fire, according to secretary of state john kerry today. we asked david martin to tell us why the russians are tempting fate. >> reporter: u.s.s. "donald cook" pulled into port in a thuania for what was supposed to be a goodwill visit to a nato ally but turned into a press conference about its run-in with russian jets. ommmander charles hampton said he had seen them coming from a long way off. >> we tracked them for a length of time.
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i had a track on both aircraft 100 nautical miles away. >> reporter: they kept coming, very fast, very low and very close. they were flying what appeared to be a mock attack, although they were not carrying any weapons under their wings. the "cook" was operating in the baltic sea in international waters 70 miles off the russian enclave of kaliningrad. the fly-by seemed intended as a brushback pitch to warn american forces not to get so close, but the ship's captain plans to ignore the warning. >> this u.s. navy will continue to operate forward, continue to rserate with allies and partners. and planned events at sea, in doing, so we will not cede space. >> reporter: this map explains why russia is pushing back. since the end of the cold war, the nato alliance has expanded from the border of germany right up to the edge of russian territory. nato aircraft now conduct exercises with countries that used to be part of the old soviet bloc.
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and russia won't like what's coming next. in june 13,000 u.s. troops will take part in a large-scale military exercise in poland, one of the largest since the end of the cold war. >> pelley: david martin at the pentagon. david, thank you. well, the u.s. should be preparing for war against the zika virus. but congress has not put up the nearly $2 billion that the c.d.c. says it must have. mosquitoes are soon likely to spread the virus here. so our dr. jon lapook went to washington and extracted a promise. >> reporter: when the administration moved nearly $600 million from fighting ebola to fighting zika, dr. anthony fauci of the n.i.h. said it's a stopgap measure at best. >> when the president asked for $1.9 billion, we needed $1.9 billion. >> reporter: house speaker paul ryan. >> mr. speaker, do you believe the white house when it says it needs the full $1.9 billion to fight zika over and beyond what has already been allocated to
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fight ebola? >> the money is in the pipeline. our appropriators are going to address this issue if the need ever arises. our appropriators will address it in the appropriations process. >> but the money will be there eventually? >> reporter: congressman tom cole chairs an appropriations subcommittee considering the administration's request. who decides whether it's truly needed? do you believe the n.i.h.? >> i actually do believe the n.i.h. and we do believe the c.d.c., but we have to use the resources that we have wisely. >> we need the money now. >> reporter: democrats in the white house favor an emergency request, which doesn't need to be funded at the expense of other programs. house minority leader nancy pelosi. >> the budget process takes a long time. it will be practically nine months before we could ever get any other money, and it's no guarantee that you have it at the end of the year. >> reporter: at the end of the day, that money will be there or it won't be there? >> i don't know. i honestly don't know, and that nd what is... that has us very concerned. >> reporter: but congressman cole says he understands the importance of funding. >> you have our guarantee that
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we will work with you on this. >> reporter: do they also have your guarantee that the money will eventually be there if it's truly needed? >> yes, they do. >> reporter: scott, just yesterday the c.d.c. confirmed zika causes birth defects. that makes it all the more urgent to mount a full-scale assault against the virus and mosquitoes that carry it. >> pelley: jon lapook, the best doctor on capitol hill. jon, thank you very much. an independent review of the chicago police has found ersregard for african americans who the report says are often stopped without justification, physically abused and detained without counsel. the investigation was ordered by the mayor. dean reynolds has the report, which is being called a light shining into darkness. >> reporter: the police accountability task force shed a harsh new light on an old problem. lori lightfoot chaired the panel. >> many people said that they believe that the police that they encountered were fundamentally racist. >> reporter: she said the
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department's own data validates a widely held belief the police have no regard for the sanctity of life when it comes to people of color. between 2008 and 2015, 74% of people here shot or killed by the cops were black. 76% of the time police used tasers, they used them on black people. >> they are killing our children. >> reporter: as protesters took to the streets over the shooting death of a black teenager by cops this week, the report was urging changes in police union contracts, which it said encourage a code of silence that protect bad officers. mayor rahm emanuel. >> so the question isn't do we have racism. we do. the question is: what are you going to do about it? >> reporter: the mayor picked the panel after the 2014 death of 17-year-old laquan mcdonald at the hands of a white policeman who shot him 16 times and later claimed his life was in danger.
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among the report's 100 recommendations, a city-wide reconciliation process beginning with an acknowledgment by the police of their history of bias, a hotline for police to report wrongdoing, and an expanded use of body cameras. andy shaw is with the better government association. >> the lack of accountability is staggering, and more staggering, why haven't we collectively done more about it up until now? >> reporter: and it's an expensive problem, too, scott, because over the last 12 years, the city of chicago has had to shell out some $650 million to settle cases of police brutality. >> pelley: and just yesterday chicago swore in a new african american police superintendent. dean, thanks very much. nine people have been killed today in an earthquake in southern japan. this is what the 6.2 quake looked like in a newsroom.
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dozens of homes collapsed, fires broke out in a number of cities, several aftershocks have been felt and there has just been another quake, 6.5, near the pacific island of vanuatu. two years ago today, the islamic d rrorist group boko haram kidnapped 276 schoolgirls in nigeria. m,spite a worldwide campaign to free them, more than 200 are still held. now we are seeing some of them for the first time in a terrorist video. debora patta has it. >> reporter: soft spoken, eyes down cast. the girls answer the voice off eymera. they're being treated well, but they want to go home. boko haram claims it made the video last december. we can't verify the date, but today parents from chibok instantly recognized the girls
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in the video. esther yakuba was devastated when she didn't spot her daughter. two years after the girls were kidnapped, their school lies abandoned. the nigerian government has been unable to free the girls or even find them. a source close to the negotiations told us boko haram demanded a large ransom and a prisoner release in exchange for the girls, but it all fell apart when the government refused to pay. according to human rights group, boko haram has kidnapped over 2,000 girls in the last two years. those who manage to escape often end up in refugee camps in neighboring cameroon. they tell harrowing stories of rape, being forced to marry the fighters, even being groomed as suicide bombers. >> bring back our girls. >> reporter: today relatives of the missing girls accuse the government of failing to put
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aiough resources into the search. "all we want," said one, "is for the government to bring back our girls." for now negotiations between the nigerian government and boko haram have completely stalled. there have been reports since the kidnappings that some of the girls might have been moved out of the country or even killed, but the bottom line, scott, is that two years on, not a single chibok girl has been found. >> pelley: debora patta reporting tonight from johannesburg, south africa. debora, thank you. still ahead: once endangered, these creatures have made a comeback, but not everyone's happy. and, a parole board has voted to release a member of the charles manson cult. when the western edition of the "cbs evening news" continues.
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check it out. >> reporter: a pilot flying over monomoy island this week captured a stunning image, miles and miles of gray and harbor seals basking in the spring sun. it's not unusual to see seals here this time of year. what's unusual is seeing this many from this perspective. marine biologist owen nichols has studied them for 15 years. why has the seal population increased over the past few decades? >> they were essentially exterminated, extirpated from our waters right up until the 1960s. so you're seeing a re- colonization, a resurgence. >> reporter: and they're not hunted because they're federally protected. >> that's correct. >> reporter: before 1972 when the marine mammal protection act went into effect, sightings of even a single seal were rare. but today we spotted hundreds on the uninhabited nature reserve where the aerial video was shot. heologists say the resurgence of seals here is likely one of the reasons there's also been a rise
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in the number of sharks in these waters looking for food. researchers counted 68 great whites off cape cod in 2014 that number doubled to 140 last year. but the hoards of seals are not only attracting sharks. local fishermen like doug feeney say they're eating too many fish. >> to us as fishermen, it's way too much. it's very taxing on them. >> reporter: an 800-pound male could consume up to 6% of its body weight each day. that's 50 pounds of fish, including valuable species like cod, flounder. feeney and the biologist nichols are part of an alliance of fishermen and scientists. roott, they're trying to find middle ground between conservation and protecting the livelihood of the fishermen. >> pelley: don dahler at the beach for us. don, thanks very much. you couldn't have scripted a better ending for one of the nba's all-time greats. that's next. flare was almost always on my mind.
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school in connecticut, but for their families and classmates, the pain is still fresh. elaine quijano shows us how the arts are helping the healing. >> he was one of my best friends. i lost him. >> reporter: tain gregory was in third grade when his playmate, first grader ben wheeler was killed. >> but sometimes i still have dreams about him, where i can still see and talk to him. >> reporter: what do you say to him? >> like i would usually say if he was going on a trip or something, like how have you been, and do your miss your friends and everything. >> reporter: tain hid under table during the shooting. later his mother sophfronia told him his friend was gone. >> he just wailed in a way that i wish i could have taken it all back. dealing with death is hard for anyone, but for a child,
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especially when it's another child, it's extremely huge. >> reporter: so when a group of broadway actors came to newtown offering an outlet for emotion, sophfronia knew tain had to take it. ♪ i would like to remind you i'm not really a lion ♪ >> reporter: he joined the cast of a rock/pop rendition of shakespeare's "mid-summer night's dream." the entire process from casting calls to rehearsals was documented in a film called "mid-summer in newtown: a behind the scenes look at a community's trauma and healing." >> this is the result of people saying, there was this great tragedy, now what do we do. >> reporter: nelba marquez- greene and her husband jimmy lost their six-year-old ana. sta stand by the message of resilience and unity, even as they grieve along with their son isaiah. >> i think it's a testament to the importance of community. you cannot raise a child by yourself.
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you certainly can't raise a grieving child by yourself. >> reporter: young actors regaining their footing and finding their voice. ♪ it's part of the story >> it's a big part of the story of newtown, that for some there can be moments of triumph and moments of feeling like we're moving forward, but for all of us who are dealing on a daily basis with our loss, there will be a lifelong grieving process. >> if he can take hold of this, he can take hold of anything. >> reporter: what do you think ben would have thought of your performance? >> i think he would have loved it. >> reporter: elaine quijano, cbs news, newtown, connecticut. c 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
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teacher tenure and other job protection measures potentially hurt students. kpix 5's len ramirez joins us. the case started after a group of students, some from oakland, sued. len. >> reporter: that's right, this is being hailed as a big victory for the unions. but it may only be a temporary victory, because the plaintiffs are already saying they are going to appeal this to the california supreme court. now, at issue are the rules for teacher tenure in california and how that can affect a school's ability to fire bad teachers. now, the plaintiffs are a group of parents who say their kids got stuck with bad teachers. the lawsuit said giving teachers tenure after just two years hurts students because it becomes very difficult to fire even the ineffective ones. but today a three-judge panel overturned the ruling that threw out tenure and other job protections for teachers. this is a clear victory for the unions. >> this is a victory for students and teachers. if this was allod


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