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season on the point reyes national seashore at 6:00. captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: a strong jobs report. and the trump white house makes quick work of taking credit for the numbers. >> they may have been phony in the past, but it's very real now. >> pelley: also tonight, the marine corps commandant asks victims of the nude photo scandal to come forward. >> i'm going to ask them to trust us. >> pelley: former n.f.l. players accuse team doctors of violating federal drug laws to keep the players on the field. and steve hartman, at this youol-- >> how you doing? >> pelley: the most valuable lesson of the day is taught at lunch. >> meeting somebody who actually cares and listens to what you have to say really makes a difference. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
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>> pelley: this is our western edition. it is now the trump economy, and the numbers out today show that the recovery that began eight years ago is continuing on his watch. in february, president trump's first full month on the job, the economy created 235,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate ticked down to 4.7%. all the more impressive if you believe what candidate trump claimed the rate was just a year earlier. >> don't believe those phony numbers when you hear 4.9% and 5% unemployment. the number's probably 28%, 29%, as high as 35%, in fact, even heard recently 42%. >> pelley: well, today, the white house didn't think the numbers were phony, and we have more now from jim axelrod. >> reporter: they are hiring once again at quality controlled manufacturing, which supplies parts to the aerospace industry.
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w he controls both of these machines. >> reporter: by the end of this month, chief operating officer rick urban will have increased his workforce by 12% this year, confident in what he sees as president trump's more business- friendly white house. >> there's a lot of optimism and belief that we will be seeing it not only 2017, but the next few years, continuing to increase and bringing jobs and manufacturing back here to the u.s. that might have been done outside of the u.s. in the past. >> reporter: urban's company is not alone, and the hiring is broad based. 132,000 service sector jobs, but also strong gains in construction and manufacturing. >> we're, you know, finally heading in the right direction. >> reporter: bank of america's ethan harris says another promising sign is the number of people who had stopped looking for work but have started again. >> particularly people who are prime working age. that's people who are 25-54, are starting to come back into the job market and look for work.
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that's a very important development. these people are the backbone of the job market. >> reporter: with the percentage of people either with a job or looking for one, the highest it's been in a year, the table is now set for wage growth. >> because that's the point where unemployment's low enough, workers now getting some negotiating power, that's a sign of the final stage of healing in a recovering economy. >> reporter: so how far away are we from seeing wages that reflect a full economic recovery? ethan harris says the low unemployment would have to continue for another couple of years. >> pelley: jim axelrod for us tonight, jim, thank you. well, today makes six days of silence by president trump on his claim that president obama tapped his phones in the latter days of the campaign. mr. trump has not left the white house, and twice this week, events scheduled to include reporters were closed at the last minute. well, today, the press did get into an event, and here's what
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happened when they asked about the wiretap allegation. >> thank you all very much. and we're going to get to work, thank you. >> mr. president -- >> pelley: no comment. mr. trump's staff has been work all week to explain why he has offered no proof for his allegation that mr. obama is a "bad or sick guy," who committed a crime equal to watergate. now let's bring john dickerson into the conversation, our cbs news political director. we find him at sea island, georgia, where he'll be interviewing the speaker of the house for "face the nation." john, today is the 50th day of mr. trump's presidency. how would you assess it so far? >> well, donald trump has done a lot of the things that a president can do with executive orders and executive actions, but he's now engaged in a new part of his presidency. we know that he's a marketer as a campaigner, marketing for himself, but now he's got to market a piece of legislation, one he didn't entirely have a
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hand in building, the american health care act. and this is an imperfect piece of legislation, and it's the kind of thing as a candidate he might have railed against, but now, he's got to convince a lot of inexperienced lawmakers-- some of whom are as inexperienced as he is-- who have been in the minority, not in the majority, to rally around a piece of legislation, and not just rally around donald trump. >> pelley: now, the president, of course, has said an awful lot of controversial things since his inauguration, but the allegation last weekend that enesident obama wiretapped his phones had a different impact. why is that? >> well, in previous times, when donald trump has said incendiary things on twitter, he's been fact checked. there's been some outcry, but then the story kind of moves on. but with these tweets about president obama wiretapping trump tower, he has embedded this claim now in a congressional inquiry. the house and senate intelligence committees are now looking at this information. this is an incredibly incendiary charge, and the two committees
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will render a verdict on whether the charge has any merit or not. but they will also be rendering a verdict on presidential credibility. we will at some point know when these committees report whether trump took this very incendiary charge and put the full weight of the presidency behind it based on actual evidence or based simply on a saturday derning whim. >> pelley: much more to come. we'll be watching on "face the nation" on sunday. john dickerson, thank you. today, the top general in the marine corps did not hide his disgust in the scandal over nude photographs of female service members that had been posted online without their permission. david martin has the latest. >> reporter: the commandant of the marine corps canceled an overseas trip to deal with the nude photo-sharing scandal which he called a threat to his service. mi these allegations themselves, they undermine everything that we stand for as a marine corps and as marines-- discipline, honor, professionalism, and
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respect and trust amongst each other. >> reporter: general robert neller said so far fewer than 10 women have identified themselves as victims of the photo sharing, and he pleaded for more to come forward. >> i know it's a stretch for me to ask them at this time, but i want to believe that they believe that we're going to do all we can to get to the bottom of this, and i need their help. >> reporter: another victim is thomas brennan, a former marine turned journalist, who first exposed marines united, and is s w the subject of death threats, as well as a $500 reward for nude pictures of his wife. >> he's been threatened, which i find as disgusting and as sick as any of some of this other stuff. >> reporter: although marines united has been shut down, other sites, like marines united 2.0, keep cropping up, vowing to continue the photo sharing. >> we've been fighting for 15 years, you know, men and women, side by side, so what do you got
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to do to get in? what do you got to do to get in? i mean, come on, guys. >> reporter: the chiefs of the army, navy, and air force will likely be asking the same question, because the investigation has now spread to all branches of the military. scott. >> pelley: david martin at the pentagon tonight. david, thank you. well, you don't usually hear about refugees from the united states, but in the first two months of this year, about 2,100 people crossed the border to orek asylum in canada. that's more than double the number a year earlier. many of them are immigrants who were in the united states legally, but now fear that their legal status will be revoked. jericka duncan is on the northern border. >> you know that's illegal what you're doing, man? >> reporter: the warnings from canadian police are mostly ignored. >> you speak english? >> towing her baby, this woman struggled through the snow--
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>> refugee? okay. >> reporter: to claim asylum in canada. she's among the hundreds of u.s. refugees who have illegally fitered canada since president trump's first immigration order. u.s. refugees who cross at an unguarded part of the border are arrested, but once on canadian soil, they are allowed to claim asylum. at an official border crossing they'd be turned away. 6 u.u.s. refugees walked into quebec last month, a 600% jump from february 2016. >> we're about two and a half miles away from the main point of entry here. >> reporter: staff sergeant brian byrne says he's seen the desperation firsthand. >> somebody crossing barefooted, it's something you know you can tell these people are not used to our climate and all that. or, you know, they're not dressed properly. >> reporter: we weren't able to talk to any of the refugees, but immigration lawyers told us most are fearful they might be deported from the u.s.
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>> two subjects crossing. >> reporter: surveillance cameras allow police to monitor the new arrivals from this command post. some arrive by cab, dropped just a few feet from the border. this family is from colombia. >> it's usually the route that the migrants will use to cross into canada. ua reporter: negotiating across a snowbank has become a familiar part of the job a syrian family orived in below-freezing temperatures, get some help atfore being arrested. but not all make it. >> you can't cross here. it's illegal to cross here. he reporter: this pregnant nigerian woman fell just a few feet from canada, caught between canadian and u.s. officers, she appeared confused and upset. >> do you have a passport? no? a visa? en reporter: without proper documents, she was arrested. >> you have to come with me. >> reporter: a journey more seem willing to risk.
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jericka duncan, cbs news, new york. nt pelley: the immigrant controversy seems to be prompting regular travelers to cool their jets. kris van cleave found the travel industry has a name for it-- "the trump slump." >> reporter: damien selosse could be a reason for the $2.1 trillion u.s. tourism industry to worry. for 30 years, he's been coming to the u.s. from france, but canceled plans to attend a conference next month in brooklyn. >> this is what democracy looks like! >> reporter: as airport protests erupted in january in response to president trump's first travel ban, the global business travelers association reported $185 million in lost bookings to the u.s. emirates airlines said the pace of its bookings to the u.s. fell 35%, and new york city just
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lowered its 2017 travel forecast by 300,000 international visitors, the first drop since 2008's recession. >> we saw a really big dip, and we've not fully recovered. >> reporter: patrick surry from tre travel site hopper says airfare searches to the united states dropped in 102 of 122 countries since mr. trump's inauguration. china is off nearly 46%, saudi arabia down 35% ireland dropped 32%, and mexico is down 23%. a notable exception-- travel searches from russia jumped 54%. is there a metric to how many of those turn into actual purchases? >> the search tends to be a leading indicator of booking because people are, you know, typically planning for several days or weeks before they actually purchase. >> reporter: u.s. airlines say they haven't taken a hit yet, but, scott, this talk of a trump slump comes as more international flights are being scheduled, many of them by new low-fare carriers. >> pelley: kris van cleave at reagan national airport.
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anti-inflammatory drugs to keep players on the field. attorney steven silverman represents nearly 2,000 former players. >> it is mind blowing. they are turning these players into anesthetized gladiators. they are distributing them illegally. they are not providing-- keeping any records. >> reporter: silverman says many players sustained internal organ damage from the over- prescription of drugs. former san francisco 49ers center jeremy newberry is one of them. he told cbs news in 2014 his hdneys were failing, and he had violent headaches due to the drugs he was given by doctors and trainers. >> some games, i'm taking two or three vicodin before the game, two or three vicodin at half taking a shot of toradol after the game. >> reporter: the n.f.l. denies the allegation, saying in a statement, the claims are meritless, and that n.f.l. clubs and their medical staffs are all in compliance with the controlled substances act.
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are you claiming that the n.f.l. and these 32 teams knew that they were doing this and knew that they were doing it l.legally? >> oh, they certainly did. the d.e.a., drug enforcement administration, had warned them e peatedly over and over again tat some of their practices pere illegal, and they continued to do them. >> reporter: the n.f.l. disputes that saying, the n.f.l. players' association says it is alarmed by the allegations, and plans to hold the n.f.l. accountable. the league says it puts the health and safety of its players first. scott. >> pelley: anna werner, thanks. still ahead, a serious interview becomes child's play. whitening toothpaste? don't you i'm afraid it's bad for my teeth. try crest 3d white. crest 3d white diamond strong toothpaste and rinse...
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gymnastics president steve penny resign. the world's not happy about the way he handled sex abuse cases and other allegations. last month, three former gymnasts told "60 minutes" they were abused by team doctor lawrence nassar. he is now being held without bail in michigan, charged with possession of child pornography, and sexually assaulting 10 women. in egypt today, archaeologists ue ded off pieces of a massive statue discovered in a mud puddle in cairo. more than 26 feet tall, it is believed to be ramses ii, the most famous of egypt's ancient pharaohs who ruled more than 3,000 years ago. while professor robert e. kelley was doing a skype interview today on foreign affairs, a domestic crisis broke out.
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here's steve hartman "on the road." ♪ ♪ >> reporter: when the lunch bell rings at boca high in boca raton, florida, 3,400 kids spill into the courtyard and split into their social groups. >> what's up! >> reporter: but not everyone gets included. here at boca high and at schools across the country, someone always sits alone. >> it's not a good feeling. like, you're by yourself, and wan's something i don't want anybody to go through. >> reporter: dennis estimon is a haitian immigrant. when he came here in first grade he says he felt isolated, especially at lunch. now he's a senior. he's popular. but he has not forgotten that first grade feeling. li to me it's like if you don't try and go make that change, who's going to do it? >> reporter: so with some friends, dennis started a club called "we dine together." >> we dine. >> together! >> we dine. .> together! >> we dine. >> together! >> reporter: their mission is to go into the courtyard at
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lunchtime, to make sure no one is starving for company. >> dennis. >> i'm new here. >> when did you first come here? >> reporter: for new kids, especially, the club is a godsend. >> this is gabriel. >> gabriel, how you doing? >> reporter: since is started last fall, hundreds of friendships have formed, some ndry unlikely. you're probably meeting kids you never would meet on the football team. ll never. >> reporter: jean max meradieu actually quit the football team, tuve up all the perks that come with it, just so he could spend more time with this club. thi don't-- i don't mind not getting a football scholarship. this is what i really want to do. >> reporter: just imagine how different your teenaged years would have been, if the coolest kids in school all of a sudden decided you mattered. >> we'll get to know each other better. >> reporter: it, obviously, takes a lot of empathy to devote your lunch period to this. either, that or firsthand experience. >> i went from coming from a school that i always had friends, to coming to where i had nobody. so-- >> reporter: club member allie sealy transferred two years ago.
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she says with no one to sit next or, lunch can be the most excruciating part of the day. uc it seems really unfair. it's honestly an issue. meeting someone who actually cares and listens to what you have to say really makes a difference and that could happen at lunch. that could happen at our club. it's going to make a difference. >> reporter: and not just here at boca high. >> i'll be around tomorrow if you want to eat lunch together or something. >> reporter: dennis and his team are now trying to open chapters of "we dine together" at schools across the country. and maybe when they're done, "owing kids how to make outsiders feel accepted, they can teach us adults too. steve hartman, on the road, in boca raton, florida. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. don't forget you lose an hour sunday morning, but we'll have "60 minutes" for you sunday evening. till then, for all of us at cbs news, all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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mission district. the neighborhood on lockdown as police negotiate with a man who may have explosives. good evening i'm ken bastida in for allen breaking news. an armed standoff in san francisco's mission districts. the neighborhood on lockdown as police negotiate with a man who may have explosives. good evening, i'm ken bastida in for allen martin. >> i'm veronica de la cruz. chopper 5 giving us a live look at the scene right now. the streets are empty except for all those police vehicles. the suspect is inside that pink building that you see right there. that building is on valencia between 16th and 17th. let's get to kpix 5's andria borba near the scene right now. >> reporter: in the past hour, we have been moved a half block further down the street. we are at 16th and valencia right now. the pink building you can see brian kiley our photographer is zooming into it right now, that is the center of all the activity. now, chopper 5 was overhead when the standoff started about
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2:30 this afternoon. you can see police cars lining valencia street and snipers standing by on top of adjacent buildings. we are told the suspect is inside that pink building on the third floor. police say he is armed with a gun. a short time ago they informed us that he does not have explosives. now, on the bottom of that building is the restaurant limon. here's what it looked like inside a nearby coffee shop. armed police telling people inside that they were in the line of fire. people were huddled on the floor. we spoke to a couple of people who escaped. >> we weren't sure what was happening so couple of us were looking out the window sticking head out the doors. we didn't know the full situation. another police officer approached and said there's someone with a gun in a window and so at that point i was like we all need to get inside. >> and it was nervous because it was just like okay is there a person with a gun, are they stuck in the place? are they going to come, what's happening? but it also felt a sens

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