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own right flank. >> this is a conservative wish list. look at what this bill does. >> reporter: gop hold-outs like kentucky's rand paul say the bill is too big, too expensive. >> i saw the president said he was open to negotiations. >> reporter: have you gotten a phone call? >> right now i'm reading "the art of the deal. " when i get through "the art of the deal," i think i'll be ready to negotiate with the president. >> reporter: he's going to have to speed read, because republican leaders want to hold a final vote on the bill in the house within the next couple weeks. even though lawmakers still don't know, scott, how much this plan costs and how it will be paid for. >> nancy cordes on capitol hill, thanks. in the battle over iraq's second largest city, isis fighters are using snipers and
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car bombs to hold off the iraqi military, which is backed by the american special operations troops. but the liberation of mosul, the city of nearly a million, is gaining ground every day, and our holly williams is covering the fight. >> reporter: it looks like a toy plane. >> just a really big slingshot. >> reporter: and sounds like a lawnmower. but the rq7bv2 is a $1.5 million drone. the u.s. military calls it "the shadow." in the skies above mosul, it allows the american coalition to do this. [explosion] call in air strikes targeting isis positions. sergeant joe pinchott is a drone pilot with the 82nd airborne division in northern iraq, surveilling the battlefield in incredible detail from the back of a humvee. >> by the vehicles they're driving and what they're wearing, it's pretty easy to tell. >> you can see what people are wearing?
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>> enough to make out if they're american or not. i can't read their name tag or anything, but i can tell what they're wearing. >> reporter: the average age of the drone pilot in shadow platoon is just 22, many of them keen video gamers, but their screens here are too secret for us to show you. how is it different to a video game? >> well, it's much slower paced. the graphics aren't quite as good. the controls aren't quite the same. it's like a video game, but nobody would buy to play this video game. >> reporter: isis has its own its suicide bombers, and which they've even adapted to drop munitions. for the most part, though, the extremists rely on low-tech weapons like rifles and explosives. but america's military technology is gradually beating back the enemy. holly williams, cbs news,
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qayyarah west airfield, iraq. quite a few women stayed away from work today. they marched and some wore red in solidarity with what they're calling a day without a woman. but anna werner was on the job. >> a day without a woman is a day without me. >> reporter: from new york to los angeles, istanbul to st. petersburg, women walked off their jobs to protest. >> i wanted to show the white house that we are here. we're not leaving. >> reporter: and to demand equity. >> we're rejecting a world that still pays women less. >> reporter: women make about 79 cents for every dollar made by men. on capitol hill, democratic lawmakers highlighted the inequities by stepping out themselves. >> we walked out to say enough is enough. >> reporter: teachers in alexandria, virginia, agreed. 300 of the district's 1,400 educators stayed home, forcing the schools to close. self-employed mother anna yeager
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took her four children to the playground instead. >> my sixth grader just finished up a national history day project where the theme was people taking a stand in history. so today he gets to see his teachers taking a stand. >> reporter: district spokeswoman helen lloyd says the closure decision was based on safety. what do you say to the parents who say, you're closing because of this? >> we've had that reaction and we understand it. for us it's not because of any political reason or because of any cause. it's simply looking at the data. >> reporter: alexandria's jill erber, who owns three wine and cheese shops, says she's making her own statement. >> to me the best way to demonstrate the strength of women in the workplace is grow our businesses and be in the workplace and employ the women we employ. >> reporter: 76% of teachers are women. and while more women graduate from college than do men, scott, just 4% of the ceos of fortune 500 companies are women. >> anna werner, thanks. that protest was brought to
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wall street by a new statue. we'll have that story, but up next, acciden
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america. >> multiple people all over the road. >> we need an ambulance. we're going to need some ambulances. >> reporter: the charter bus carrying 49 passengers got stuck on the tracks before the freight train came through. witnesses said passengers tried to escape. the train's engineer applied the emergency brakes but couldn't stop in time. in addition to the four deaths, 40 passengers were injured. they were on their way to a casino. robert sumwalt from the national transportation safety board. >> as the bus traveled over the hump, it reportedly became stuck on the track. determining the length that that bus sat on those tracks will be critical to this investigation. >> reporter: since 1976, there have now been 17 collisions at that railroad crossing, including two others with fatalities. deaths at rail crossings nationwide had been on the decline until an uptick in 2014 when 264 people died. they rose again last year.
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following a 2015 accident between a commuter train and a pick-up in california, the ntsb called for gps makers to warn drivers about the more than 200,000 street-level rail crossings in the u.s. one other issue, outdated or malfunctioning signals. that's what led to this crash outside dallas in 2007. >> there's so much more that we can do. >> reporter: sarah feinberg was the federal railroad administrator under president obama. >> level out the crossing. put more signs around the crossing. do more to warn drivers that they're approaching a dangerous crossing. >> reporter: last year the federal government gave states nearly $400 million to improve safety at rail crossings. scott, that mississippi crossing with its 17 accidents didn't even make the government's top list of most dangerous crossings. >> kris van cleave, thanks. coming up, a mighty wind in the midwest.
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isis militants disguised as doctors slaughtered at least 30 people today at a military hospital in afghanistan. the attackers went floor to floor with automatic rifles and grenades. the afghan president said the attack "trampled on all human values." lighter wind and higher humidity are helping
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firefighters tame the wildfires that killed six people this week in the plains states. more than a million acres were scorched in kansas, oklahoma, texas and colorado. powerful winds knocked down trees and power lines from upstate new york to the midwest today. in toledo, ohio, a tractor-trailer was blown off the road. there it goes on the right. and in ypsilanti the plane carrying the university of michigan basketball team was nearly blown off the runway. a storm destroyed the azure window, a formation that jutted into the mediterranean off of malta featured in travel brochures and cable tv's "game of thrones," but when the sun rose this morning, it was gone, crashed into the sea. next the stare down on wall street. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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finally tonight, there are hundreds of statues in new york, the most famous lady liberty, and the newest, a much younger lady with a message on this international women's day. alex wagner checked it out. >> reporter: a young girl, head held high, hands firmly planted on her waist, stares down an icon of wall street, an arena long dominated by men. she's called "fearless girl," and she's taking a stand for women's equality by facing off with the charging bull.
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people young and old are flocking to her. a group of school children stopped by. >> i think that it's really a symbol of power. >> i think that it's cool that they've actually put a girl standing up to the bull there. >> reporter: she's become an internet sensation. the idea was hatched by one of the financial world's biggest firms, state street global advisers, as a call to action for more women to serve on corporate boards. >> she's a force to be reckoned with. >> reporter: lori heinel is an executive with the firm. >> she's engaging in a powerful way. this isn't about pushing men aside. this is about claiming the space that 50% of the population rightly should lay claim to. >> reporter: "fearless girl" was installed in the middle of the night two days ago, a tribute to the resilience of women. charging bull appeared as a sign of resilience after the '87 stock market crash. alisa france works on wall street.
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>> she's great, amazing and powerful. just opposite the bulls shows this little girl, it doesn't matter your size, you that power in you. >> reporter: it's part of a movement. that has grown since president trump's inauguration. miriam mejia has been on the march. >> this is our moment. the little girl is just, it's an attitude, i'm empowered. >> reporter: empowered with a message to the titans of wall street. alex wagner, cbs news, new york. and that's the "overnight news" for this thursday. for some of you the news continues. for others, check back with us a little later for the morning news and be sure not to miss "cbs this morning." there the broadcast center in new york city, i'm scott pelley. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com
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this is the "cbs overnight news." welcome to the "overnight news." i'm tony dokoupil. wikileaks is threatening to raise the stakes after releasing thousands of top secret files allegedly stolen from the cia. they show how the agency hacks into ordinary electronic devices like computers, cell phones, and even smart tvs to spy around the world. now wikileaks is offering to share the details of the hacking with apple, google, microsoft and other companies so they can make their products more secure. jeff pegues has the latest. >> reporter: the cray would not comment on the authenticity of the documents. but what's pretty clear here is the intelligence community is concerned about secrets being exposed. wikileaks claims this is the largest publication of confidential cia documents ever,
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allegedly revealing the tools the agency uses to gain access to a number of everyday electronic devices. >> there are some bad people in the world who have samsung tvs too. and so nsa develops tools, cia develops tools that we can use. >> reporter: last night on "the late show with stephen colbert," michael hayden defended the spy agency's programs. sthz is a wonderful capability. you give the intelligence community $53 billion a year. you ought to get something for your money. >> reporter: wikileaks claims the more than 8,000 files, code named vault 7, came from a high security network situated in the cia headquarters. the documents reveal alleged hacking tools that can access apple or google smartphones in windows computers. one program targets samsung's smart tvs.
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it prevends to turn the device off and records audio. another document talks about affecting control systems in modern cars, which the cia would use to conduct undetectible assassinations. michael morrell is a former acting director of the cia. >> systems are in place to make sure that somebody isn't rounding up big chunks of material. >> reporter: earlier this year, u.s. intelligence accused wikileaks of being a propaganda arm for the russian government after it released stolen hacked democratic party e-mails. >> wikileaks, i love wikileaks. >> reporter: then candidate donald trump praised the organization. the latest disclosures threaten the u.s. fight against terrorist groups against isis, which have been using encrypted apps to communicate. after edward snowden leaked classified information in 2013, terrorist groups quickly adapted.
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>> i saw terrorist groups start communicating in a way that didn't allow us to collect that intelligence. >> reporter: companies like apple and microsoft are looking into the report. wikileaks claims the data was handed over by someone inside the cia, a former government hacker or contractor. there's still no evidence, but the white house is not backing down on president trump's contention that former president obama ordered a wiretap of his phones at trump tower. press secretary sean spicer addressed this and other thorny questions in a wide ranging press briefing. margaret brennan was there. >> is the president the target of a counterintelligence investigation? >> i think that's what we need to find out. the president has made clear he has no interest in russia, and yet a lot of these stories that come out with respect the that are frankly fake. >> he doesn't know whether or not -- >> i think that's one of the issues we have asked the senate and house to look into. >> are you saying there is a possibility he is the target of a counterintelligence probe? >> no, no, no.
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i think what i'm saying is that there is a difference between that narrative and the narrative that has been perpetuated over and over again. the concern that the president has and why he asked the senate and house intelligence committee to look into this is to get to the bottom of what may or may not have occurred during the 2016 election. >> reporter: the press secretary was then handed a piece of paper and he clarified. >> and there is no reason to believe that there is any type of investigation with respect to the department of justice. >> reporter: the white house says that mr. trump may have been swept up in surveillance that was not directly targeted at him, though the president has claimed it was his phones that were tapped, an allegation denied by former director of national intelligence james clapper. >> there was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president-elect at the time or against his campaign. >> reporter: today senators lindsey graham and sheldon whitehouse sent a letter to the justice department requesting
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copies of any warrant applications and court orders related to the wiretapping of mr. trump and his campaign, adding, "we would be equally alarmed to learn that a court found enough evidence of criminal activity or contact with a foreign power to legally authorize a wiretap." now, former president obama has denied president trump's allegations, which have seemingly ended their otherwise cordial relationship. aides to president obama say he found the accusation upsetting but now he's pretty relaxed about it. scott pelley discussed mr. trump's twitter allegations with former cia director leon panetta. >> in the last few weeks the president has told his military that there are terrorist attacks no one knows about becase the press covers them up. he's described the news media as the enemy of the american people. he has likened his own intelligence agencies to nazis. and now we have the wiretapping charge against president obama. is it appropriate to ask whether
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the president is having difficulty with rationality? >> scott, the coin of the realm for any president is trust, trust of the american people in the credibility of that president. and when he says the things that he says, in particular this allegation about wiretapping that has no bit of evidence to support it, it raises concerns about trust in the president because there are one or two conclusions you draw. one is that he says these things knowing that they're not true in order to divert the public, and if he's doing that, he's misusing the powers of the presidency. or he truly believes that they are true, when indeed they're not true, and he has not tried
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to find out the truth, which then shows a real lack of judgment. either way, i think it undermines and weakens the strength of the presidency in this country. >> how is this calculated in moscow, in beijing, in pyongyang, north korea? >> well, that's the greatest danger. you know, in many ways we've seen the president say the things he's done and we often kind of move on, but the danger is what if something should happen that requires the president of the united states to take action? for example, we're dealing with north korea and the threats from north korea. what if the president decides that we have to take military action as a result of that, or what if we find out that iran is actually developing a nuclear weapon that requires military action? he's got to stand up and tell the world and this country that that's required when indeed his
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a manhunt is underway in france for poachers who broke into a wildlife refuge, killed a white rhino and sawed off his horn. charlie d'agata is following the investigation from london. >> reporter: it's not that this is a first and a new low for poachers. endangered species in danger in a place where they should have been safe. his name was vince, a white rhino and he was only four yeefyears old. investigators say he was shot four times in the head, his horn sawn off. the poachers forced open the main gate to the zoo and broke through at least two other security barriers without disturbing five people who lived within the grounds, which is also blanketed with security cameras. but there are no cameras installed in the area where the rhinos live.
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two other rhinos living in the zoo in wildlife park were left unharmed. the zoo director said the entire zoo is in shock. "this is unimaginable. unfortunately this is done in africa and places which aren't clearly secured but not here in europe." it's believed to be the first time poachers have struck a european zoo for a rhino horn, valued in asia for its supposed qualities as an afrodesiac. their global plight has become a high profile cause, with even prince william warning that wild rhinos could face extinction in our lifetimes. now the hunt is on for those who killed vince and stole his horn. investigators believe it could be worth as much as $40,000 if it reaches the black market. not as much as the rhino's life. >> the rhino was living a good
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life there. but for many wildlife in zoos and traveling circuses things are not so sweet. "60 minutes" have found a british couple who have devoted their lives to freeing these anim animals. bill whitaker reports. >> reporter: these caged lions have never had it so good. they got to this temporary rescue center thanks to the unrelenting efforts of jan creamer and tim phillips and members of the organization they founded, animals defender, international. they told us all 24 lions here had been repeatedly beaten in traveling circuses. the lions sounded like they wanted to tell us themselves. >> hold on just one second. >> reporter: this was the first time we had an interview interrupted by roaring. >> this is their mourning song.
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>> if fs you and i, it would be, where the hell is my coffee? >> reporter: jan and tim rescue more than lions. they launched their south american campaign after they seen a chimp chained. >> they had smashed his teeth to punish him. >> he just gazed across the andes, almost like he was looking mournfully at what he had lost. we determined to rescue him, and we took him all the way home to africa. >> reporter: a judge, appalled by toto's treatment, had given custody to jan and tim. >> our role is to take them from where they are, where they're suffering, put them where they need to be. >> reporter: in south america, their team recorded this hidden camera footage of abuse, which is hard to watch. >> what we did is we put a team
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under cover inside the south american circuses, and they stayed there for almost two years, just gathering evidence, filming, photographing. so you're living in the heart of the circus. but that's how you get the really amazing evidence. >> reporter: many of their pictures were taken by undercover cameraman alex diaz. >> lots of our evidence has been used by prosecutors for cruelty convictions. just one beating of an animal isn't going to secure a conviction. you have to show a patent behavior. >> reporter: some circuses claim they train wild animals without abu abuse, using food and positive reinforcement. but they insist beatings are routine, because performing tricks is unnatural for wild animals.
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they only comply out of fear. >> if you've got a dangerous animal, that meanssubjugation. >> it's all about control. it's a kick, a punch, it's a beating. >> really, we've seen that everywhere we've gone. >> reporter: everywhere? >> in europe, in america, in south america. there are certain consistencies in the way that these circus animals are looked after. >> using violence is the way that these animals are made to do things that they don't want to do. they don't want to get up and perform, so they have to force them to do it. >> so when you made this video evidence public, what was the reaction? >> the reaction was instant. i mean, it really was just outrage. and then the politicians were starting to hear about it and saying, well, we should probably have legislation here. >> bolivia was the first country to ban wild animal acts.
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other countries have followed suit? >> absolutely. colombia, peru, over 30 countries. >> reporter: but if peru, the new law led to their next challenge -- enforcement. lion acts were outlawed but local police were not equipped to pick up the lions or care for them. so jan and tim said their organization would take in the lions. they brought police for protection during the seizure, because the circuses resisted handing over their moneymakers. >> yeah, they threatened to release the animals into the streets. >> seriously, to let wild animals out on the street it is you come down hard on them? >> that's right. >> reporter: when they raided the circus in peru, they rescued three lions, but the circus refused to release their star attraction, a lion named smith.
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the circus demanded police get another court order for smith. while they worked on that, smith had to keep performing. >> he was unstable and upset because his family had been broken up. then he was forced into the ring. that was not the time to put someone in the ring with him. >> reporter: a grade schoolteacher volunteered to have smith jump over her. but smith had other ideas. [ screaming ] amazingly, she jumped right up and was not badly hurt, because he grabbed her by her collar. some viewers wanted smith killed, but jan and tim came back to save him. and after what smith did to the teacher, the circus was forced to give him up.
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one year later, smith's favorite toys are soccer balls. they don't last long. sharp teeth. have you seen a big difference in his behavior since he came here? >> huge difference. >> what's changed? >> he's not frightful. he's playful, confident. >> how was he before? >> wired. nervous, neurotic. >> why does he not have a man snervegs >> when you castrate the males, they lose the mane. >> do you have a favorite? >> i have a soft spot for leo. leo is getting special attention again. >> the very first lion we rescued and loaded on this was an old lion called leo. and he just looked broken. every tooth had been smashed, all of his canines. and he just looked like he had given up. within weeks his coat was looking healthier and he's just blossomed.
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he's like a real kitten again. >> he too likes playing with soccer balls, but with few teeth, each ball lasts a lot longer. repunzel has also made a remarkable transition. jan said when they came to take her from the circus, she had never been out of her cage. >> she had been born in there, her mother had died in there, her father had died in there, and she had never been outside. so when we brought our cage up to it and we opened the doors to transfer her, she was afraid. >> and you can see the full report on our webs are your allergies holding you back or is it your allergy pills? break through your allergies. introducing flonase sensimist. more complete allergy relief in a gentle mist you may not even notice. using unique mistpro technology, new flonase sensimist delivers a gentle mist to help block six key inflammatory substances
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iraqi and kurdish troops, backed by if u.s., continue to close the noose around isis in mosul. allied forces control the eastern half of the city and have cut off the last road out of isis-controlled neighborhoods. tens of thousands of civilians are still in harm's way. but some, who have escaped the fighting, are managing to put their shattered families back together. charlie d'agata reports. >> reporter: he was only 9 years old when isis militants overran mosul. he found himself trapped, terrified, and separated from his mother. he said he thought he would never see her again. "i thought that i was already
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dead. during the fighting, there was bombing right next to us and our neighbors were killed." he and his family were among the tens of thousands who fled when isis first invaded. but when his father decided to risk going back to grab some belongings, he begged to join him. a lapse in judgment and the dreadful mistake. when they tried to leave, isis had cut off all the escape routes. "they raided our home. they took my video game and threw it out the window. our apartment is on the third floor." for 2 1/2 years, his mother feared the worse. there were rumors isis had executed her husband. there was no way of reaching her son. "i began to lose hope. especially after the bombings started. i had nothing left but tears and prayers." he finally managed to escape when iraqi forces liberated his
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neighborhood. by chance, a family friend noticed him in news footage and called his mom. "what did we do? we just ran out on the street. we started running the streets looking for a taxi. we just wanted to get there as soon as we could." and then what neither had dared dream about. what did you think when you first saw your mother? "i was very happy. i became emotional. and there are all those tv cameras filming the moment. i pushed the peshmerga guards out of the way and ran through the gate." now he can't bear to have him more than an arm's length away. "no, even now i can't believe it. to this moment, at night he reaches out to me and says, mom, i can't believe i'm in your arms." this barren and dusty camp outside of mosul is home now and for many foreseeable future.
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on sunday, the ncaa selection committee will announce the brackets for this year's march madness. purdue is thought to be on the bubble. steve hartman has this story. >> reporter: sophomore caleb swannigan may be the most talented basketball player in the country. but he's also the most unlikely. >> it feels like i just had two lives. for lack of a better word, it feels like i died and got a reincarnation. >> reporter: this is the new caleb. and this was the old. that's him in the yellow. over 360 pounds in 8th grade. the only thing this kid could dunk is a cookie. but what makes his success most
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implausible is that for the majority of his childhood he was homeless. his mom used to drag him from shelter to shelter across the country. until 2011 when she gave up her parental rights. >> he had on a blue shirt and a tie and a duffel bag. >> reporter: roosevelt barnes adopted caleb. at the time he was recently divorced and his other kids were grown and gone. >> it allowed me to have in the house that i could love again, really. >> reporter: love and encourage. roosevelt says you have to encourage. which is why when that 360 pound 8th grader said he wanted to play basketball, of all sports, roosevelt didn't try to lower his expectations. he raised them. >> when he couldn't jump over a piece of paper, i was telling him, you're great, the best power forward in the world. >> reporter: were you lying to him? >> no, i was speaking faith. faith is the substance of things
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hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. >> reporter: and caleb believed. >> i guess he saw something in me that i didn't see in myself at that point. >> reporter: it helped that roosevelt knew something about sports. he played pro football in detroit. so he laid out a program for caleb that included getting in shape and getting mostly as in school. as a result, yesterday caleb swanigan was named an academic all-american. one of the top basketball players in the country with a 3.3 gpa to boot. is he one of a kind or one of many kids on our streets and in our foster system, who simply need someone to believe? steve hartman, on the road, in west lafayette, indiana. >> that's the "overnight news" for this thursday. for some of you the news continues. for others check back a little later for the morning news and
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"cbs this morning." from the broadcast center here in new york city, , , ny it's thursday, march 9th, 2017. this is the "cbs morning news." heavy winds whip across several states, toppling trucks, knocking out power, and leaving the michigan basketball team banged up after their plane slid off a runway. breaking overnight, hawaii becomes the first state to sue over the president's new travel ban. tech companies take steps to make sure the cia isn't using your devices to spy on you after wikileaks' latest claim. and women unite.

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