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it's provided in some cases has led to convinces. in a statement, they told us the lawsuit paints a completely flawed and inaccurate portrayal of the events that led to the crisis in everett. he says the lawsuit is about rebuilding his community. >> they give corporations a bad name, and they've affected lives. people have died. and they need to be held accountable. and i believe they will be. >> reporter: purdue also told us they look forward to presenting the facts in court. everett's mayor says if they win any money for purdue, they'll use it for treatment programs and law enforcement. >> kenneth craig, thank you. we have breaking news, a
tragedy in texas. at least 12 people have been killed today in a crash in the tex texas hill country. a church bus carrying senior citizens home from a retreat collided head on with a pickup truck on route 83, that's a two-lane highway. again, 12 confirmed dead. parts of texas and oklahoma were pounded last night by tornados. 100-mile-per-hour wind and hail. near oklahoma city, a truck was blown off the road, and the driver was killed. and near lubbock, texas, three storm chasers were killed when a vehicle ran a stop sign. there is growing concern tonight that the u.s. military may be responsible for the deaths of many dozens of civilians in the tough, urban combat in mosul, iraq. iraq's military, backed by u.s.
airstrikes and special operations forces is liberating the city of 1 million from isis. since last fall, nearly 800 iraqi troops have been killed. 4600 wounded. david martin has been hooking in -- looking into the civilian deaths. >> reporter: american officers have now inspected the collapsed building where upwards of 100 civilians, including women and children, were buried alive. and the top u.s. commander for the middle east says he agrees with the assessment. >> there is a chance that our operations may have contributed to civilian casualties. >> reporter: but a march 17th airstrike which targeted an isis fighting position was not designed to tear down the entire building. >> it should not have created the effects that we, that have been observed. >> reporter: one possibility is that shock waves from the fighting in west mosul, the heaviest urban combat since world war ii had so weakened the
structure it could not stand another blast. but how did so many civilians end up in that building? had they gone there to take shelter? more had they been herded there by isis? congresswoman, martha mcsally. >> isis knows they can use civilians as a defense. it's their air defense system. >> reporter: late last year, the authority to approve strikes was delegated to officers closer to the battlefield. that was intended to speed up the time it takes to call in a strike, but it also reduced the number of double-checks needed before a pilot can squeeze the trigger. >> david martin at the pentagon. thank you. coming up, the first lady takes a rare turn in the spotlight. he's hiding a card!
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profile than other first ladies, so, when she appears as she did today, that's news, reported tonight by jan crawford. >> reporter: presenting the women of courage awards at the state department, mrs. trump signaled where she will put her focus as first lady. >> together we must declare that the era of allowing the brutality against women and children is over. >> reporter: it was a rare public appearance by mrs. trump, who dazzled washington at the inauguration but has since stayed largely out of the spotlight. while the president's daughter ivanka has picked up some of the traditional duties. >> you're too smart to go down -- >> reporter: as first lady, mrs. trump has read to children in new york. greeted foreign spouses and introduced her husband in speeches. she's been less visible than her predecessors, in part because she's staying in new york until june when her 11-year-old son barron finishes the school year. that has prompted criticism,
especially since the extra security is reportedly costing more than $100,000 a day. anita mcbride, chief of staff to laura bush says she is learning her way. >> she is not a politician's wife. in fact, remember, she's only been an american citizen for ten years. there's a lot to absorb. a lot to take in. >> reporter: this afternoon, the first lady joined her husband at the white house for a panel on empowering women. >> melania is a very highly-accomplished woman and really an inspiration to so many, and she is doing some great job. >> reporter: now most first ladies take a little while to tackle the job. two months after michelle obama became first lady, she broke ground for the white house garden, but scott, it was a year before she announced her first initiative, let's move fitness campaign. tracking your internet footprints.
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what you do and where you go on the internet is about to become even less private. we have details on a new federal law. >> they've rolled back the biggest win in consumer privacy that i've seen in years. they've just destroyed it. >> reporter: jeremy is outraged by the bill which allows your online information to be stored and sold by broadband internet service providers like at&t, comcast and verizon without your consent. your browsing history. online shopping habits. even apps' history on your cell phone will now be up for sale.
let's say i'm on the ebay website and i want to buy a camera. we show you how your online data is saved. >> it's what your internet provider would be able to see. it says look, jeremy's searching for a new camera. isps are going to turn the creepiness up to 11. >> this would say go back to the drawing board and regulate all entities the same. >> reporter: companies like google and facebook already use and sell user information. singling out isps is unfair, he says. >> you can opt out by contacting your internet service provider and saying you don't want your data to be sold. >> reporter: there is no law requiring isps to allow you to opt out. these businesses know your digital footprint is worth billions of dollars to marketing and ad agencies.
♪ somewhere over the rainbow ♪ way up high judy garland, with one of the 25 recordings designated by the library of congress today for preservation among other classics. there's also a rock 'n roll anthua anthem that topped the charts a long, long time ago. here's jim axelrod. ♪ a long, long time ago >> reporter: for 45 years now. ♪ i knew if i had my chance ♪ that i could make those people dance ♪ >> reporter: done mcclain has been singing "american pie". >> so bye, bye ms. american pie.
drove my chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry. >> reporter: and for nearly as long, people have been trying to pin him down on its meaning. but what was the song about? >> the song is about an american dream of some sort. ♪ and do you believe in rock 'n roll ♪ >> reporter: set against the 1959 plane crash that took the life of buddy holly and the big bopper, "american pie " was a consideration of the decade that followed. >> it was always different because of the kind of song it was, the length of the song, and it entertained people on a number of levels. ♪ when the jester sang >> reporter: the most enduring is the lyrics, opaque illusions that boasted names of the 1960s. ♪ and while the king was looking down ♪ ♪ the jester stole his thorny
crown ♪ >> are therethere's a lot of st on in the song. >> reporter: a lot. while there have been college courses taught on the lyrics of "american pie", the man who constructed the song wants nothing to do with its deconstruction. the quartet practicing in the park is not the beatles? >> no. >> reporter: oh, don, there are going to be lots of people heartbroken. >> there might be. >> reporter: don mcclain will be singing this song the rest of his life. have you ever performed a concert in the last 45 years where you haven't sung "american pie"? >> no. >> reporter: they'd riot. >> they wouldn't like it. ♪ with a pink carnation ♪ and a pickup truck and 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 be sure not to miss cbs this
morning with nora o'donnell's interview with the speaker of the house. from the blaroadcast center in w york city, i'm scott pelley. this is the "cbs overnight news." i'm michelle miller. the investigation of russia's influence over the election has moved to the senate. they vowed to get to the bottom of it. the first public hearing gets under way today. jeff pegues reports. >> this investigation scope will go wherever the intelligence leads it. >> reporter: republican chairman richard bird said the senate commit see reviewing thousands of documents. mark warner made a public show of unity. >> an outside foreign adversary, effectively sought to hijack our
most critical democratic process, the election of a president. and in that process, decided to favor one candidate over another. >> reporter: the senators stood in stark contrast to their counterparts in the house. the investigation there has been stalled by partisan bickering. the ranking democrat, adam schiff has called on republican chairman devin nunes to step aside, accusing him of trying to shield the white house and distract from the investigation. >> we will not take questions on the house intelligence committee. >> reporter: the senate committee will examine whether the trump campaign coordinated with the russians who carried out a wave of cyberattacks during the election. it will also investigate whether thousands of internet trolls hired by the russians manipulated the news cycle in swing states spreading what he called fake news about hillary clinton. he said the investigation would be fair and impartial.
have you personally coordinate with the white house at all? >> no, sir, i have not. and it's the relationship and the trust we have. >> reporter: both senators say that part of the urgency in getting to the bottom of what happened here are concerns that u.s. allies in europe could be facing similar russian meddling in their elections. the centers for disease control says more than 52,000 americans die the of drug overdoses in 2015, and two-thirds of those were linked to opioid abuse. heroin is an opioid, but so are vicodin and oxycontin. now the city of everett, washington is suing the company that makes oxycontin, alleging that the drugmaker is essentially turning some doctors into drug dealers. kenneth craig reports. >> reporter: everett, washington is littered with camps like this one, filled with makeshift tents and the tools heroin addicts use to get high. >> sometimes it's really
difficult to stay clean. >> reporter: social worker caitlyn dowd says it's become an epidemic. >> i just saw it. there's a whole trail. needles and baggies and spoons and >> foils, all of that stuff. so there's, it's everywhere. >> a big personality. >> reporter: debbie warfield's son spencer died from an overdose in 2012. she blames oxycontin. she says that's where his addiction began. >> oxycontin and heroin has taken such a toll on our family. you know, for the rest of our lives. >> reporter: the city of everett has now filed a lawsuit against the maker of the pain kill ikil purdue pharma. they claim they knowingly, recklessly and negligently supplied it to suspicious pharmacies and physicians. and they knew high volumes were being distributed and didn't
share information with law enforcement. everett's mayor, ray stephenson. >> i believe it's about greed, and they need to be held accountable to make our community whole. >> reporter: purdue pharma declined our request for an interview but says it has a strong history of working with law enforcement and information it's provided in some cases has led to convictions. in a statement, they told us the lawsuit paints a completely flawed and inaccurate portrayal of the crisis in everett. he says the lawsuit is about rebuilding his community. >> they give corporations a bad name. and they've affected lives. people have died. and they need to be held accountable, and i believe they will be. >> reporter: everett's mayor says if they win any money for purdue, they'll use it for treatment programs and law enforcement. the federal government has extended the deadline for companies to submit bids to filled the first section of president trump's wall along the mexico border.
the deadline was yesterday, but the interior department still has not decided what kind of wall it wants or where it will go. meanwhile, towns all along the border are threatening to sue to stop it. david begnaud is in brownsville, texas, where the wall could split a community right in two. >> reporter: this golf course has, in the past, been a runway for people coming here illegally. from the other side, that's mexico. they would swim across the rio grande, run up on the golf course and into this cane right here, hiding themselves or their drugs. but the golf course's owner's started to cut down the cane and the number of people coming here illegally has dropped dramatically. the new wall may help, but it would divide 700 americans who live right here in this community. with more than 300 acres, the river bed resort is one of the few areas left in brownsville, texas without a border fence. many of receipt tiritirees who
want to keep it that way. >> it's not needed. border patrol is here all the time, think launch their boats at our boat ramp and they're here in 20 seconds. >> reporter: they think the money would be better spent for law enforcement. >> >> they need better technology. better camera, maybe more drones. >> reporter: a treaty with mexico prohibits anything that could obstruct the rio grande. s so when the bush built its fence it wanted to do it right in the middle of river bend. it splits the resort community in half. and you have 200 people living on this side and 400 of their friends on what becomes the mexican side of the wall. 15 holes on the golf course would become a no man's land between the fence and actual border. >> but it's not just a golf
course, but a family business. >> reporter: jeremy bernard is also a trump supporter and river bend's general manager. >> we have 30,000 golfer as year. are you going to give them an access code? >> reporter: he owns jp construction, a ft. worth company. >> it's going to provide a lot of jobs for unemployed construction workers, veterans, individuals. >> reporter: the trump administration is seeking bids for prototypes with a see-through component. >> we never talk about all the people who die trying to make it to the united states illegally. i think it will save a lot of lives also. >> reporter: the federal government controls less than a third of the nearly2,000-mile long border. the rest belongs to the states, tribes or river bend. the government could come in, offer you an amount, you don't like it. they could seize it through
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robots are already reshaping how we live and work, but in silicon valley, they're even changing how we order out. carter evans has that story. >> reporter: when it comes to tech, it takes a lot to turn heads in silicon valley. and this new delivery robot is getting a lot of looks. >> we encounter huchlds of people every single day here in redwood city. the reactions are probably the best part of our day. >> reporter: justin hoffman is the head of operation for starship technologies. the company already has hundreds of robots on the road around the world. now half a dozen have hit the sidewalks of california to start making food deliveries for doordash. >> lasagna's highly recommended.
>> reporter: we ordered from a restaurant about a half-mile away. >> we're going to put you to the test. >> reporter: and then followed the robot. >> so it's referencing a map of this area? >> yeah. so every time we launch a new city, the robot captures all this information as it goes along conducting mapping. it's got cameras, it looks like sonar sensors there. >> exactly. for now it's able to drive on its own. >> reporter: for now, the robot has a human handler nearby and can also be controlled remotely to make sure it stays safe and secure. it's got obstacle detection, if i walk around it, what will happen here? >> it will stop. >> reporter: after a restaurant worker packs our order, the robot delivers and unlocks with my phone. green light means it's good to go. >> yes. >> reporter: but they have size limitations and can only travel a couple miles. so doordash owner says these bots are not job killers. are they going to replace
delivery people? >> no. in fact we zero bosee robots as complimentary. >> we're taking on the role they can't take on. tips drive a lot of the value for couriers and delivery people. >> reporter: so at least for now, the scales are tipped toward humans. carter evans, redwood city, california. the latest trend in high-tech agriculture is vertical farming, and a company calmed aerofarms is leading the way. i paid a visit to an indoor growing facility in newark, new jersey. this is what vertical farming looks like. arugula, watercress, all growing indoors on shelves stacked seven levels high. they can produce 1.7 million pounds of greens every year. this is to scale.
>> this is to scale. >> reporter: this is housed in a former newark steel plant, the ceo's green machine. it produce 130 pounds more produce than the average field farm of the same size in america per year. but to fully understand this large-scale operation, you've got to go back to its roots where it all began seven years ago inside phillips academy charter school. aerofarms prototype was planted in the school's cafeteria as a teaching tool for students to learn the basics of biology, chemistry and nutrition. essentially, these kids grow the greens for their school's salad bar. >> i think growing food every day and seeing it, i understand and have a better taste and a better understanding for it. >> reporter: you appreciate it. >> appreciate it a lot more.
>> reporter: the technology is called aeroponics. proprietary information. those are called trade secrets. >> yes, i know. >> reporter: but as she explained it to us, this process needs no soil, no sun light and uses less water than convention conventional farming. >> we're misting it. so the water comes up and hits like the ceilings. >> reporter: hits them with a newt rent-rich solution that allows the plants to take root, this l.e.d. light substitutes for the sun. >> this was seeded about three days ago. >> reporter: vertical farming offers higher yields with less land, less times and no pesticides. they can farm indoors in any city, anywhere around the world. >> from seed to harvest in 16 days, what otherwise takes 30 days in the field, and we're able to do that 22 times a year,
versus notice fie versus in the field three times a year. >> reporter: his studies found indoor farms relying on indoor light are not energy sufficient or sustainable. >> just because it's possible to grow inside a warehouse doesn't mean it's a good idea or cost-effective. if you do the math, the energy costs just aren't what they should be. >> reporter: investors believe in it. aerofarms has raised over $50 million from the likes of goldman sachs and prudential and received more than $9 million in state and local grants. why would someone want to buy from you as opposed to a field farmer or a greenhouse farmer? >> here we're growing in the local community. that's the supply chain difference. but it turns out that we're able to compete on taste and texture. >> reporter: by adjusting those lights and nutrients, he says
they can also make their arugula more peppery, their kale an a little sweeter, which for many of us, parents in particular, might be the biggest selling point of all. very flavorful. >> yes, it is. >> reporter: goodness. and you guys like your greens? you really eat them? >> yes. >> reporter: they really do. and aerofarms has also made a commitment to this community. about 45% of its employees are from the newark area. they even sell these trays for they even sell these trays for about $ theyi'm joy bauer, and as afor anutritionist i know probiotics can often help. try digestive advantage. it is tougher than your stomach's harsh environment, so it surivies a hundred times better than the leading probiotic. get the digestive advantage.
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the final four of the men's ncaa college basketball championship tips off on saturday with south carolina and gonzaga followed by oregon and north carolina. one voice you won't be hearing is that of verne lundquist. he called his last game on sunday. jim axelrod looks back on his life and his remarkable career. >> hi once again, everybody. >> reporter: if you can't place the voices -- >> by jorngeorge the treatmentd. >> reporter: chances are you haven't spent much attention on
sports. >> no flags! >> reporter: verne lunlsdquist has made some of sports' most memorable calls. >> challenge is to be appropriate to the moment, to not embellish the moment or overwhelm it. an old school craftsman whose voibaritone, fo five six calls that anybody would cut their left arm off. >> i get that. >> reporter: how do you make sense of that? >> i don't. i just say thank heaven. >> reporter: and in a couple of weeks, weeks, he'll be at his familiar perch at the masters. at 76, verne lundquist isn't quite at the finish line of his career, but he can see it pretty clearly. last december he mapped up 17 years as the play by play man
for the southeastern conference. serenaded and saluted by college football fans for months, who laid claim to the folksy companion they call uncle verne. >> reporter: how do you deal with that? >> i had to swallow hard and pinch my inner thigh to keep from crying. >> reporter: he made his living from sports. >> mr. prester was the only -- >> reporter: but not his life. what does music give you? >> a soul. a depth. >> reporter: it touches some part of you. >> very deeply. very deeply. >> reporter: that soul was touched most deeply here in the snowy colorado rockies. >> this magnificent structure. >> reporter: where for years
verne and his wife nancy have been highly instrumental in the strings music festival which sunday morning first visited back in 1992. >> beautiful scenes and beautiful scenery inspires you. you're creating beauty. and there's beauty. >> reporter: lundquist often lends his famous pipes as a master of ceremonies, something that may mean even more to him than a game. >> i'm used to talking about alabama and auburn and we have20 million people watching me and it doesn't phase me. >> reporter: but you have 550. >> oh, my god. i walk out this door right here, it's a hard swallow, and you think, dear lord, get me through this. >> reporter: these days, verne lundquists is looking back with gratitude. everybody wrote a little something. people you worked with, your colleagues. they loved you too. >> yeah, it was palpable. we'll miss you. well, i'll miss them. >> reporter: still, the lesson to be drawn from his life is
that he's also looking forward. that that's what happens when you have someone like nancy right along with you. she traveled the world by his side in the booth for years. >> on our first date, we discovered that we had this mutual love of symphonic and classical music. and that was the first glue that we found to holiday d us togeth. >> reporter: you're bound not by football. >> no. >> reporter: you're bound by music? >> yes, and especially here. >> reporter: here is the city of steamboat springs. >> attached to the rachlsing community. >> reporter: what's the draw? >> the people. people that live here and the friendships that we've accumulated over the years. >> reporter: it's been their home for the last 33 years, and it's a place where verne lundquist can walk the streets during the winter carnival as boa both the next door neighbor and
a local hero. is it some satisfaction when you walk down the street and people see you and go, that's verne. >> of course, of course it is. it's a reaffirmation of the fact that nancy and i are welcome. i'm going to get -- this is home. this is home. >> reporter: yes, verne lundquist has it all. a sense of place, passion. >> i wouldn't know about that. >> reporter: and partnership, not to mention some of the most memorable play by play calls in the history of sports. >> this is the ball of tiger woods. >> reporter: as the man himself might say, better to be lucky han good, b than good, but best to be both. >> oh, my goodness! s i'm just so unbelievably
there's a cancer survivor who's out to prove there's nothing you can't do if you put your mind to it. his latest goal? completing the grand slam of mountain climbing. he's a nice guy, and jim axelrod met him. >> reporter: shawn is the kind of guy who could easily give the rest of us a complex. >> every morning i wake up, i tell myself this is the best day ever. >> reporter: and you believe that. >> i believe it. looking back at my life, how could i not? >> reporter: right now, sworner is training for his trek to the north pole. having already climbed the highest mountain on each continent and trekked to the
south pole, this will be the last leg of what's known as the explorer's granlsd slam. >> you never know what's possible until you're in that situation to push yourself forward. how do you feel, buddy? >> reporter: what would be impressive for anyone becomes almost inconceivable when you realize shawn sworner is a cancer survivor. how close were you to dying? >> i literally was on death's door. >> reporter: twice as a teenager he was given weeks to live, but he fought back. the radiation that helped save his life ravaged his body. >> as if surviving cancer not once but twice isn't enough, you're also doing this with one functioning lung. >> i have one big bulldog lung over here apparently. >> reporter: so all that training, up slopes and the jeep around the neighborhood is done with one lung. the trek in minus 40 degree temperatures, pulling a sled
with 200 pounds of supplies behind him. >> people are limited by this, not their bodies. if you don't think it's possible, it's not possible. >> reporter: at the north pole, he'll plant a flag with names of people battling cancer, arranged to spell out "hope." >> it's not about me, it's not about my story. it's about people fighting for their lives and people who need that hope. >> reporter: shawn sworner often imagines the end of the remarkable journey. >> i'll collapse to my knees and cry like a baby, and all of a sudden i'll think to myself, okay, well, now what? >> reporter: if it's simply a matter of desire, hard to imagine anything he can't do. jim axelrod, cbs news, new york. and that's the overnight news for this thursday. for some of you, the news continues, for others, we hope you'll check back later, for the morning news and of course cbs this morning.
this morning. from the brafoadcast captioning funded by cbs . it's thursday, march 30th, 2017. this is "cbs morning news." a church bus and a pickup truck collide head on leaving at least 13 people dead. this morning investigators are trying to figure out what went wrong. a deal is made. north carolina lawmakers agree pcontroversial bathroom law. and the senate intelligence committee shows unity as it presses forward to