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problem. parking! we'll have that in 30 minutes. captioning sponsored by cbs captioning sponsored by cbs el >> pelley: taking on the world. >> the world is a mess, but i think by the time we finish, i think it's going to be a lot better place to live. >> pelley: and if china won't help with north korea, the u.s., wo says, will go it alone. wi going it alone means going it with lots of other nations. ley:elley: also tonight, united says bumping passengers will no longer be a police matter. >> this can never, will never happen again. >> pelley: a caution about using a free online tax service to prepare your returns. and at the supreme court, women broke the glass ceiling. now if the men don't mind, they'd like to have the floor. >> the government-- excuse me. this is the "cbs evening news"
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with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. president trump is finding superpower politics more complicated than it looked during the campaign. relations with russia are the worst since the cold war because of the kremlin attack on the u.s. presidential election, and its support for the assad dictatorship in syria after that nerve gas attack on civilians. but after excoriating china during the campaign, it appears mr. trump has discovered a new ally as beijing joins forces against the belligerence of north korea's dictator. we're going to begin tonight in moscow. margaret brennan is with the secretary of state, rex tillerson. >> the current state of u.s.- russia relations is at a low point. >> reporter: after a two-hour meeting at the kremlin with president vladimir putin, in which no cameras or press were lelowed, secretary tillerson inft without having settled the f in issue dividing them-- its
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future of syrian dictator bashar al-assad. >> that's a butcher. that's a butcher. >> reporter: back in washington, president trump said he wanted to know if russia was aware of the assad regime's plan to launch last week's sarin gas attack. >> i would like to think that they didn't know, but certainly they could have. they were there. so we'll find out. wa reporter: you said you believed russia was either incompetent or complicit in kese chemical weapons attacks. do you know which one that is? th we have no firm information by rndicate that there was any involvement by russian forces into this attack. what we do know is that the attack was planned, carried out by the regime forces at the direction of bashar al-assad. >> reporter: putin has claimed cat the u.s. was trying to frame assad. behind closed doors today, tillerson argued that assad must go, and russia's best chance at better relations with the u.s. rests on whether it will stop propping up the dictator.
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relations have also deteriorated because of the u.s. intelligence assessment that russia meddled in the 2016 election to help mr. trump. n llerson said the topic came up just briefly in the putin meeting. >> it is a serious issue. t's one that we know is serious enough to attract additional sanctions. >> reporter: being a diplomat is new to secretary tillerson, but his opponent today is well known. scott, as an oil executive, tillerson had extensive negotiations with putin who even awarded him a presidential medal of friendship. >> pelley: margaret brennan traveling with the secretary for us tonight in moscow. margaret, thanks. well, unlike russia, tonight, there are signs of close cooperation between the u.s. and china on the threat of north korea. last week, mr. trump told president xi jinping of china that china will get a better trade deal if it reins in its troublesome ally. miday, china warned north korea to stop testing missile and atom
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bombs, and then hours later, mr. trump announced he will not accuse china of keeping its currency artificially low, which helps chinese trade. n turday is a major north korean holiday, a time often celebrated with a missile or nuclear test. asia correspondent ben tracy is making a rare visit to north korea tonight. >> reporter: scott, we just arrived here in pyongyang, and frohe ride in from the airport, we could see people along the street getting ready for what is expected to be a big military parade this weekend. north korea is celebrating what would have been the 105th birthday of its country's founder. now, that parade is expected to pclude some of north korea's banned missiles, which president kim jong-un has tested several times since donald trump took office. it's widely believed that another launch or even a nuclear nest is imminent as north korea continues to build its nuclear program. in response, president trump has rerouted a u.s. navy strike
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thoup including the aircraft carrier "carl vinson," to the korean peninsula. north korea has threatened that if the u.s. launches a preemptive strike, it will use its nuclear weapons. it's not clear if north korea could make good on that threat, but the escalating tensions led to a phone call today between trump and china's president xi jinping. hiw, china is north korea's main edly, and trump needs china's help to defuse the situation. in a sign that beijing may be losing its patience with north a,rea, a state-run newspaper in china issued an uncharacteristically blunt warning said to north korea, "don't launch any missiles this weekend. if you do, you're going to face tougher sanctions," and, scott, china says that could include cutting off shipments of oil. >> pelley: ben tracy in the north korean capital tonight. thanks, ben. now, a moment ago you heard secretary tillerson warn that the u.s. might impose more economic sanctions because of the russian cyberattack on the ths. election.
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well, the f.b.i. is investigating whether any trump associates collaborated with russia's effort to swing the election. and it turns out that carter page, who had a small role in .b.icampaign, has been a target of the f.b.i. agents obtained a surveillance warrant from what's called the fisa court, short for foreign intelligence surveillance act, and nancy cordes has more on this. >> reporter: to monitor carter page, f.b.i. agents had to provide evidence to a secret court indicating that the former trump campaign adviser was acting as a foreign agent. >> it's a high standard. it was set up to be a high standard. rk reporter: virginia's mark warner is the top democrat on the senate intelligence committee. >> the fisa warrant has been issued, it is a very, very serious matter. >> reporter: the fisa warrant, first reported by "the washington post," was issued last july. h's unclear what evidence agents had on page and whether they were monitoring any other trump confidants.
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edday, page denied he worked with spies. >> this is-- it's just such a joke that it's beyond words. >> reporter: page has been on the f.b.i.'s radar since at least 2013 when two russian intelligence agents were recorded as they discussed trying to recruit him. "he flies to moscow more often than i do," one said. "it's obvious that he wants to earn lots of money. for now, his enthusiasm works for me." russia ties are also dogging afrmer trump campaign chairman paul manafort who has long denied that he received cash e'yments from ukraine's former dussian-backed regime. the associated press reported irday that it has confirmed two payouts that match line items in a handwritten ukrainian ledger. one payment to manafort's consulting firm was for $750,000, the other for $455,000. a manafort spokesman calls the ap story totally misleading. he says manafort made no secret
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of the fact that he was working as a political consultant in ukraine, and he was always paid, scott, legally, he says, by wire transfer. >> pelley: nancy cordes in our washington newsroom. aere was an awkward moment today in the news conference with the nato secretary general when mr. trump claimed that nato was fighting terrorism only after mr. trump's recent complaints. "they made a change," the president said. "now they do fight terrorism." well, secretary general jens stoltenberg responded with a history lesson, reminding mr. trump of nato's 16 years fighting al qaeda and the taliban in afghanistan at a mst, the secretary general said, of more than 1,000 lives. there's been something of a cold war inside the white house. it appears the president is putting some distance between himself and his most controversial adviser, steve bannon. bannon is the former right wing
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media executive who has been the author of mr. trump's darkest rhetoric. major garrett is at the white house. >> reporter: the president's giief strategist, steve bannon, took a seat in the front row of mr. trump's news conference today but sources close to the president say bannon's role in i. trump's inner circle is in jeopardy. >> there's a new political order that's being formed out of this. >> reporter: clashes with jared kushner, the president's son-in- law and senior adviser have angered mr. trump, as was aident in an interview yesterday with the "new york post." "steve is a good guy, but i told them to straighten it out or i will," the president said. n e president also tried to minimize bannon's influence. "i like steve, but you have to remember, he was not involved in my campaign until very late," mr. trump said. "i had already beaten all the senators and all the governors, and i didn't know steve. i'm my own strategist." in fact, mr. trump was well
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acquainted with bannon before he became campaign c.e.o. in august. >> mr. trump, thank you very much for joining us on the initial breitbart news daily show. l, well, that's such an honor. >> reporter: bannon interviewed idndidate trump on breitbart news more than 10 times starting in november 2015. >> hey, guys. >> reporter: all this comes amid another high-profile white house controversy. >> you know, you had a-- someone as despicable as hitler, who didn't even sink to the-- to using chemical weapons. >> reporter: today, press secretary sean spicer tried to apologize for clumsily comparing syrian dictator bashar al- assad's recent use of sarin nerve gas to adolf hitler's actions during the holocaust. >> to make a gaffe and a mistake xcke this is inexcusable and reprehensible. on a professional level, it's disappointing because i think-- i've let the president down. >> reporter: the president said today the world is nasty and a mess. he could have been describing turmoil here at the white house. nevertheless, scott, the neesident remains confident
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declaring by the time he is finished, the world will be a better place to live. >> pelley: major garrett at the white house. ceo more police officers have been put on leave after dragging a passenger off a flight in chicago on sunday. the c.e.o. of united airlines pledged today that it will never again call police to eject a passenger who's being bumped only because of overbooking. here's kris van cleave. ( screaming ) ne oh, my god. >> reporter: as united airlines struggles to contain the fallout ibom dr. david dao being forcibly removed from the flight on sunday-- >> probably the word "shame" comes to mind. >> reporter: the company's c.e.o. oscar munoz says he has criled to create an environment mp which employees are free to ene common sense to solve problems rather than strictly following policy, something he said he will fix. a you saw us at a bad moment and this can never, will never happen again on a united airlines flight. that's my premise and that's my promise.
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>> it really felt like a scene out of a movie or something. >> reporter: high school teacher jason powell was on the flight with seven of his students. >> oh, my god! look at what did you to him! >> two of my students were crying. there were other people who were crying. it was-- it was a very traumatic event for everybody. >> thank you for flying the friendly skies. ter:eporter: united brands itself as the airline of the o'iendly skies, but dao's experience has other fliers crying foul. geoff ferns says a united employee threatened him with handcuffs if he didn't give up a first-class seat a frequent laier and move to economy last week. >> probably the most charitable uly i could describe it would be tone deaf and condescending. >> reporter: guy smith , a public relation crisis manager, says there is growing with airlines in general. for united they need to relearn friendly. >> they need to shift the entire corporation and every employee in it to a customer-oriented culture. cu it's not about the customer, it's not going to work.
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>> reporter: united took a step re that direction today. lle airline is now refunding all the passengers on dr. dao's flight, and, scott, united has also apologized to ferns for the handcuff threat. >> pelley: kris, thank you. the arkansas prison system is rushing to execute seven men in 11 days. nationally, executions have been on the decline. last year, there were 20, fewer s nce 1991, but arkansas is in a hurry kill because its meds are about to expire. arre's mark strassmann. >> reporter: if the state of arkansas has its way, all of these convicted murderers will be dead by the end of the month. defense lawyers like jeff rozensweig, appeal to a federal thdge to decide whether the rush to execute constitutes cruel and lyusual punishment, especially the state's planned use of a controversial drug called midazolam. it's a sedative used to put inmates to sleep before chemicals are injected to stop their hearts.
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rozensweig represents three of the condemned men. >> it reeks of an assembly line or a-- a-- or as one of the newspapers here called it a killing spree. >> reporter: arkansas' current supply of midazolam expires on april 30, and the drug's manufacturer wants no further part in executions. but midazolam has been involved in botched executions in four states. in 2014, arizona's execution of aseph wood took two hours and 15 injections. o stead of going to sleep, he gasped and snorted for more than an hour. when oklahoma executed clayton lockett, he writhed and groaned for 40 minutes before dying of a heart attack. but many victims' relatives say atey've waited long enough. jack jones is scheduled to die llr murdering mary phillips in 1995 and leaving her 11-year-old daughter, lacy, for dead. now an adult, lacy phillips says jones should pay for his crime.
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>> i don't want to live another day knowing that he's alive. you know, 21 years, and he's still here. >> reporter: the judge's ruling is expected thursday or friday, sid whichever side loses is expected to appeal all the way to the u.s. supreme court. something else, scott-- the first two executions are scheduled for monday. >> pelley: mark strassmann, thanks. neming up next on the cbs evening news, the string o tached to some free tax preparation sites. prd later, who on the supreme court gets interrupted more, the men or the women? things are headed. e comfort in ke because as we live longer... and markets continue to rise and fall... predictable is one thing you need in retirement to help protect what you've earned and ensure it lasts. introducing brighthouse financial. a new company established by metlife to specialize in annuities & life insurance.
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guarantees the right to free speech, but is there a constitutional right to finish a sentence? a question for the supreme court and jim axelrod. in reporter: since cameras are not allowed when the supreme court is in session, picturing ctioractions among the justices can be a challenge. but a new study coauthored by northwestern law professor tanya jacoby suggests they might be more familiar than you think. >> female justices are interrupted about three times as much as male justices. >> this was 2013, fisher vs the university of texas, in a case about race and college admissions, justice sotomayor was questioning lawyer burt rein when she was disrupted by justice scalia. >> reporter: while the justices sometimes cut each other off, >> reporter: while the justices sometimes cut each other off, lawyers are never supposed to, not the way rein did with sotomayor.
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>> here we have even subordinates, clear subordinates, i.e. lawyers boterrupting justices, who have reached the highest pinnacle of the highest profession. >> there are a few strategies. >> reporter: heidi moore runs the digital magazine "ladders" exploring workplace issues, and she says all women can learn from those on the court. >> the female justices just keep talking instead of saying, shxcuse me," or "this is my time stw," or "i'm make a point." they just keep talking until they steam-roll the interrupter and the interrupter backs off. >> reporter: a golden rule of sorts-- treat the interrupters as they treat you apply to balance the scales of a workplace conversation. jim axelrod, cbs news, k. >> pelley: for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs
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on camera, making off with a , signed by jerry ri disk news begins with a gift from an nfl great stolen. kpix 5 news begins with a thief caught on camera making off with a football signed by jerry rice. good evening, i'm allen martin. >> i'm veronica de la cruz. he is considered one of the greatest nfl players of all time but right now a prized football belonging to 49ers legend jerry rice is in the hands of a thief who snatched it at a charity event. only on "5," our juliette goodrich is live in milpitas with the latest. >> reporter: that surveillance video is clear. it was taken inside the place in milpitas where this charity event took place to raise money for orphans in china. many generous donors turned out and apparently so did the thief who stole jerry rice's autographed football. jerry rice famous for his winning catches was auctioning
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off one of his autographed footballs at the prince of peace children's home charity event. >> going once, going twice ... and it's gone. >> reporter: an event to raise money for children with special needs living in an orphanage in china. the winning bid $3,500 going to amy fu visiting from china and very involved with the orphanage. [ non-english language ] >> to her, this football is a football of love. it's so meaningful to her. >> reporter: but after a fun- filled night of raising money, the winning football was stolen. >> she returned, the football is gone. >> reporter: but the football was caught on camera in the hands of this unknown man who ran off with it. what did it say on it? >> to amy, and signed jerry rice and then all those special records that jerry has. >> reporter: since the football went for $3,500, this sneaky


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