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against him unfounded yesterday, and roger ailes has denied the allegations against him in the past. scott? >> pelley: anna werner, thanks. well, as you just saw, members of the national organization for women protested outside fox news headquarters, demanding that the company fire executives who were aware of sexual harassment but did nothing. america's perception of workplace harassment has been evolving over these years, and alex wagner has more on this. >> fire bill o'reilly. >> reporter: intense public outcry over the latest sexual harassment allegations against bill o'reilly ultimately brought down one of the most powerful people in cable news. >> professor, do you swear to
tell the whole truth? >> reporter: but the reaction 26 years ago was much different, when anita hill accused supreme court nominee clarence thomas of harassment. >> of his own sexual prowess. >> reporter: last october, hill told cbs news that the focus of the issue has to change. >> starting, really: how are we going to measure punishment from the point of view of the person who has been harmed? >> companies are going to be held to account. >> reporter: fatima goss graves, incoming president at the national women's law center, says that may be happening. >> so we are at, really, a tipping point of public attention, public awareness, and transparency on the issue of harassment. >> reporter: according to a cbs news poll conducted last september, 78% of women and 71% of men believe sexual harassment exists in the workplace. but just 37% of victims report it to a supervisor. >> most women never report harassment at all. because they fear retaliation, because they believe that they
won't be believed, because they think they'll be discounted. and that has been true for a long time. >> fox news. >> reporter: graves says while the ouster of o'reilly and former fox chairman roger ailes could signal a sea change, other examples show there's more work to do. >> i moved on her and i failed, i'll admit it. because she was married. >> reporter: she says last fall's leaked "access hollywood" tape of then-presidential candidate donald trump is one of them. >> unfortunately, the lesson that we learned after the election was that sometimes harassers are rewarded. >> reporter: the equal employment opportunity office, which tracks harassment allegations, reports that in the last three years, some 36,000 people have filed federal complaints, receiving $110 million in settlements. but, scott, fatima graves says because harassment is under-reported, that is just the tip of the iceberg. >> pelley: alex wagner for us tonight. alex, thank you.
surveillance video has just been released from the tragic shooting incident last summer. police in punta gorda, florida, were conducting a training exercise with members of the community and 73-year-old mary knowlton was playing a cop. officer lee cole was playing the suspect. he fired, not knowing that his gun was loaded with live rounds. knowlton was killed. cole was fired and faces felony manslaughter charges. police chief tom lewis is charged with misdemeanor negligence. a 15-year-old tennessee girl is on her way home tonight, after being rescued near a cabin in northern california. she disappeared more than a month ago with her teacher. police say 50-year-old tad cummins surrendered without incident, and was arrested. he faces multiple charges, including aggravated kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor. coming up next on the "cbs evening news," support for legalized pot has never been higher.
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barry petersen reports they may be headed for a clash with the federal government. >> reporter: they lit up in d.c. and san francisco, and rocked in denver. but at this year's 4/20 celebrations, anxiety is also in the air after statements from the trump administration. homeland security secretary john kelly recently warned of a possible crackdown in states that have legalized pot. >> its use and possession is against federal law, and until the law is changed by the united states congress, we in d.h.s., along with the rest of the federal government, are sworn to uphold all the laws that are on the books. >> reporter: john hickenlooper is governor of colorado, the first state where legal recreational marijuana went on sale in 2014. do you think you or other states will go to court and fight this? >> well, we'll certainly explore every option. we should communicate and collaborate and not make a snap
decision. >> reporter:in colorado, medical and recreational marijuana are now a $1.3 billion industry. shutting it down, says the governor, will drive people to the dangerous black market. >> there's just going to be a vacuum to fill, and it's all going to be cash and guns. drug dealers don't care who they sell it to. >> reporter: there are also concerns that not enough studies have been conducted on pot's effects, especially on unborn babies or teenagers whose brains are still developing. and pot shop owner sally vander veer of medicine man worries a crackdown will put thousands in this industry out of work. these are good jobs. these are full-time jobs. >> these are full-time jobs. we-- our average salary is probably $35,000 a year. these are people paying taxes. >> reporter: as you can see and you will occasionally hear, scott, the party is still going on in denver. now, our poll shows 71% of americans oppose any federal action in states that have already legalized marijuana.
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>> yeah, i prefer diet because i think it tastes better. >> reporter: the researchers analyzed 10 years of data where people gave detailed information about their eating and drinking habits. over that decade, 5% developed dementia. drinking at least one artificially sweetened beverage a day more than doubled the risk of dementia. but researchers found that other causes, such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or high cholesterol, might be to blame. matthew pase is an investigator with the framingham heart study and was the lead author on today's report. this can be confusing to people. can you help make this more clear to people? >> sure. it might be that those who consume diet sodas may have an increased risk of getting diabetes or becoming overweight, and this might be associated with an increased risk of dementia. >> reporter: what are you telling your friends who are asking you for advice? >> well, since diet soda and regular soda have no real nutritional benefits, i suggest that people avoid them and drink water instead. >> reporter: that's your water cooler advice. >> that's my water cooler advice.
>> pelley: the fastest animal on earth can't outrun the threats in a changing world, but can scientists help slow things down? here's chip reid. >> reporter: oh, my god! five little cheetah cubs. at just three weeks old, the newest residents of the smithsonian's cheetah science facility are getting a checkup. >> this is where it's hard because they don't like to sit still. 1.75 kilos. >> reporter: that's just under four pounds. do they have personalities at this young age? >> some of them are a little more feisty. some are a little bit more laid back. >> reporter: they sound like they're purring. is that purring? >> no, they're actually growling. >> reporter: they're growling! because they're not happy. that's a growl, huh? the smithsonian conservation biological institute in virginia had a baby cheetah boom at the end of march, two litters in a week, ten cubs in all.
biologist adrienne crosier runs the breeding program. >> part of what i try to do is make the best genetic matches but also the best matches based on temperament. >> reporter: so you are cupid for cheetahs? >> yes, i try. >> reporter: while cheetahs are thriving here, they're disappearing in the wild. they're in such peril, some scientists are calling for them to be moved to the endangered species list. why are they vulnerable? >> mostly loss of habitats. the areas they occupy in africa have been reduced dramatically. there are only 7,500 cheetahs left in the wild. >> reporter: 7,500, and that's down from what? >> when i first started working on cheetahs about 15 years ago, they thought there were about 10,000 to 12,000. >> reporter: with a top speed of 60 miles an hour, it's been said that nothing can outrun a
cheetah except, perhaps, extinction. but these little guys are doing their best to leave extinction in their dust. chip reid, cbs news, front royal, virginia. >> pelley: that's the "cbs evening news," for some of you the news continues, and check back with us in the morning. from the broadcast center, i'm scott pelley.
this is the cbs overnight news. >> president trump faced reporters at the white house as several global hot spots test his leadership as commander in chief. the president held a conference with the prime minister of italy. mr. trump's remarks come as north korea flexes its might. this month, the mother of all bombs was dropped in afghanistan against isis, and they sent war ships to korea to deter nuclear threat. those are not the only policy threats on the radar. here is some of what the president had to say. >> italy is also a key partner in the fight against terrorism.
italy is now the second largest contributor of troops to the conflicts in iraq and afghanistan. i would also like to thank you, prime minister, for your leadership on seeking stabilization in libya, and for your crucial of the efforts to isis a foothold in the mediterranean. we're grateful for your help. all nations must condemn this barbaric enemy and support the effort to achieve its total and complete destruction. our condolences from our country to the people of france, again, it's happening, it seems. i just saw it as i was walking in. so that is a terrible thing, a very, very terrible thing that is going on in the world today but it looks like another terrorist attack. and what can you say? just never ends. we have to be strong and we have
to be vigilant. and i've been saying it for a long time. as far as north korea is concerned we are in very good shape. we're building our military quickly. a lot of things have happened over the last short period of time. i've been here for approximately 91 days. we're doing a lot of work, we're in very good position and we'll see what happens. i can't answer your question on stability. i hope the answer is a positive one, not a negative one. but hopefully that will be something that gets taken care of. i have great respect for the president of china, as you know we had a great summit in florida. and palm beach. and got to know each other and i think like each other. i can say from my standpoint i liked him very much and respect him very much. and i think he is working very hard. i can say all the pundits say
they have never seen china work like they're working now. many coal ships have been sent back, many things have happened. some very unusual moves have been made in the last two or three hours. and i really have confidence the president will try very hard. we don't know whether or not they're able to do that but i have absolute confidence that he will be trying very, very hard. and one of the reasons that we're talking about trade deals and we're talking about all of the different things but we're slowing up a little bit. i actually told him. i said you will make a much better deal on trade if you get rid of this menace of north korea, because that is what it is. it's a menace right now. so we'll see what happens. as far as iran is concerned i think they're doing a tremendous disservice to an agreement that was signed. it was a terrible agreement. it should not have been signed or negotiated the way it was negotiated. i'm all for agreements but that
was a bad one, as bad as i have ever seen negotiated. they are not living up to the spirit of the agreement. i can tell you that. and we're analyzing it very, very carefully and we'll have something to say about it in the not too distant future. but iran has not lived up to the spirit of the agreement. and they have to do that. they have to do that. so we will see what happens. a strong europe is very, very important to me as president of the united states. and it's also in my opinion, in my very strong opinion important for the united states. we want to see it. we will help it be strong. and it's very much to everybody's advantage. and i look very much forward to meeting the pope. i do not see a role in libya. i think the united states has right now enough roles. we're in a role everywhere. so i do not see that.
i do see a role in getting rid of isis. we're being very effective in that regard. we are doing a job with respect to isis that has not been done anywhere near the numbers that we're producing right now. it's a -- it's a very effective force we have. we have no choice. it's a horrible thing to say but we have no choice. and we are effectively ridding the world of isis. i see that as a primary role and that is what we're going to do, whether it's in iraq or in libya. or anywhere else. and that role will come to an end at a certain point. and we'll be able to go back home and rebuild our country which is what i want to do. >> some people on capitol hill believe you can get one of two things next week, a vote on health care or a vote on a government funding bill. so my question is which one is more important to you to have? a vote on health care or a vote on a bill to keep the government open? >> okay, i want to get both.
are you shocked to hear that? and we're doing very well on health care, and we'll see what happens. this is a great bill, there is a great plan and this will be great health care. it's evolving. you know, there was never a give-up. the press sort of reported there was like a give-up. there is no give-up. we started. remember it took obamacare 17 months. i have really been negotiating this for two months, maybe even less than that. we had a 30-day period where we did lots of other things. the first 30 days, but this has really been two months. this is a continuation, and the plan gets better and better and better. and it's gotten really, really good. and a lot of people are liking it. we have a good chance of getting it soon. i would like to say next week but i believe we'll get it. and whether it's next week or shortly thereafter, as far as keeping the government open i think we want to keep the government open, don't you agree?
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marijuana users across the country celebrated 4/20 yesterday, a date known as america's unofficial weed day. a new poll shows more americans than ever favor legalizing marijuana, 61% believe pot should be legal, more than half of last year, barry peterson is at a marijuana dispensary with more on how college is handling weed sales and the stigma. >> well, the marijuana plants just in this room are worth half a million dollars. part of colorado's pot industry, $1.3 billion in sales last year.
ait tu and it turns out good pot business is good news for cities, and even college kids. >> edgewater is all america, and oh, by the way, it has six pot shops drawing big business from nearby cities that opted not to allow marijuana sales. this town of 5,300 is generating $1.4 million in sales tax revenue from pot. that is 20% of its annual budget. money for repaving 12 miles of streets. and the old city hall will soon be replaced by a new $10 million complex that will include the police station and library to be finished by 2018. >> how much of that will be pot money? >> if it remains legal, all of it. >> wow. >> h.j.stolff is city manager. does anybody ever jump up and say it's great to have all that money, but it's kind of sin
city. it's a drug operation that is paying for all of this? >> i would say there are a few people in town that feel that way but it's not commonly discussed. >> the denver shop owner wanted to abusigive back to the communy donating several thousand to a nonprofit. several said thanks but no thanks. he believed it was the stigma of pot money. >> i was shocked. it was more difficult than i thought it would be. >> he took us to a denver park where the city accepted his donation as part of a private/public project to build a pavilion for free concerts. >> does the day come when you make a donation like this and nobody pays attention? you could be the pot shop or the corner grocery? >> maybe, i think we're years away from that being the case. >> reporter: about 110 miles south of denver, public county is also benefitting from marijuana taxes.
the county gets its taxes when marijuana is harvested and sold to pot shops statewide. money, now giving college kids a first in american history, pot-funded scholarships. >> now, are you comfortable with the fact that it's sales tax from marijuana? >> yeah, because it's helping me continue my education. >> she wants to be a teacher and is getting a thousand dollars a semester at colorado state university in pueblo. >> i don't think without the scholarship i would be able to continue my education without taking out loans and worrying about how i'm going to pay them back. >> reporter: and this coming spring, every graduating high school student in pueblo county will qualify for a pot scholarship to be used at local colleges. those scholarships and their help for the cities will really be hurt if the trump administration bans the sale of legal recreational pot, even if it still allows sales for
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but they're an epidemic in some parts of the world. a new partnership is working to combat that, one is a calm buddhist surgeon, together, they have restored sight to more than 150,000 people. and doctors they have trained have restored sight to many more. >> reporter: one by one, the patches are peeled away and the world comes back to focus. you're witnessing the moment when the people in this room realize they can see for the first time in years. >> can you see my fingers? >> reporter: their eyes and their faces begin to light up with a quiet sort of joy and wonder at the gift of sight. as they look around, they see who changed their world, with an operation the day before that took just minutes. >> beautiful. >> reporter: the doctors are eye
surgeons, and now they are lifesavers. to hear the doctors speak, they are the beneficiaries. what's it like when that bandage is taken off? and that person sees for the first time, sees you? >> i've seen it thousands of times, but every time there is a new tickle there. and i feel like my battery has been recharged. i still get a thrill when people don't expect or realize they're going to have their sight restored. and then the transformation when they see, and the sort of moment of hesitation when they see, and then the smile. >> he had not seen for two years until this moment. >> thank you. >> you're welcome. >> reporter: others here had been blind no decadefor decades they all had cataracts, a milky
white protein that affects the eye. in the u.s., they have operations. but here, blindness is a way of life as the cataracts go untreated. >> there is an acceptance as you get old, your hair turns white, your eye turns white, and then you die. the idea that you can have your eyesight restored has not gone through all the levels of myanmar society. >> it's one of the poorest countries of asia, slowly coming out of the darkness of decades of dictatorship. after years of trying, they were finally able to bring their treatment here. we met them in central burma, where the lack of care has led to some of the highest rates of
cataracts in the world. through radios and materials and conversation word of the doctors' visits spread. hundreds of people there found their way to the hospital with the help of caregivers, many walking for days. here, cataracts are not just an illness of the old age, they take the sight of the young too, caused by infections and malnutrition. by the time the doctors scrubbed in, the corridors were choked with people hoping to have their sight restored. >> is it every daunting? i mean, you see that line of people who need that surgery. >> it's daunting on the worldwide surgery, but those are people i'm going to give the very best care to. >> the doctor repaired an eye,
he got up, the next patient was on the add jojoining table. the doctor performed the surgery just feet away. >> four or five minutes, and it's going from total blindness to great vision. >> oh, wow. >> they kept up this pace until 7:00 p.m. >> it's almost like an assembly line, but it sounds too mechanical. i mean, this is -- people's eyes. you're dealing with -- >> people's lives. once somebody goes blind in the developing world their life expe expectancy is much less, in the developing world it takes often a person out of the work force or a child out of school to care for the blind person. so when you restore sight to a blind person, we're freeing up their family and restoring their
life. >> among the groups of people waiting to have their lives restored we found konchi. her son, a farmer, had been her eyes and devoted caretaker since cataracts took her sight. 15-year-old yanu had been blind since age seven. he was overwhelmed but grateful. thank you, he said. doctors ruit and herban heard that a lot. in tonji with the help to perform the surgery, they performed over 300 surgeries. her eyes were bandbandaged. and she waited with her son. >> we are performing more than in a year. >> basically, it's to ignite fire of the possibility of doing high quality, high-volume cataract surgery. it is still possible.
>> you want to ignite a fire. >> we want to ignite a fire here. >> as long as he can remember, ruit has been burning to change the world around him. he grew up desperately poor in this village with no electricity or running water, high in nepal. the nearest city was a day away. his parents saw education as a way out for their children but the grip of poverty and poor health was too strong to escape. his younger sister, with whom he was very close died of tuberculosis. >> i saw her pass away in front of me. and -- then -- it was a very strong determination from inside that maybe this is the direction i should take and make health care of a level for my countrymen. >> that determination took him to medical school in india.
he came back to nepal an eye doctor, committed to bringing care to remote mountain villages. the documentary "out of the darkness" showed them carrying equipment on their backs, their team hiked for days. his goal, as revolutionary as it was simple, to cure blindness in the third world, with a cheap technique to remove cataracts. soon, the medical world took notice, and so did a juyoung je taylor. >> what did you think of him when he first showed up? >> you know i was a bit scared in the beginning. he had tremendous energy. he would never get tired. energy in working, eating, drinking. energy in talking. >> and to see bill whittaker's full report, go to cbs,,,,,,,,,,
cheetahs are the fastest animals on legs, but extinction is catching up with them. this morning, there is a celebration of a big success, the arrival of ten new cheetah cubs in virginia, here is chip reid. >> reporter: these tiny cubs are just three weeks old and steadily gaining weight, they're brothers and sisters born to 7-year-old mitci. >> is that pitchurring? >> no, that is growling. >> adrienne croisier, a biologist with the smithsonian is manager of the research
program, and checks in and weighs them about twice a week. >> does this ever get old? >> no, it's always fun to have cubs. >> the scientists hope for at least one litter a year, and this year they got two, 12 cubs total. while two babies didn't survive, having this many born this close together is a virtual population explosion. >> every day that they make it through, we just have a better chance of them surviving to adulthood. >> cheetahs are listed as vulnerable, and some scientists are calling for the fast cat to be moved to the endangered species list. why are they vulnerable? >> mostly loss of habitats. the areas that they occupy in africa have been reduced dramatically. >> cheetahs have disappeared from an estimated 76% of their natural range. today they are mostly found in southern africa, especially namibia. but here in the virginia
mountains, crosier and her team are doing critical work to help the cheetah survive. i hear you have been called the cheetah cupid. >> yes, we try to make as many matches as we can find. >> scientists refer to the walkway as lover's lane. >> often we let the males meet the females for the first time on the fence. >> so far the institute has bred 46 cheetahs in virginia, and crosier is hopeful they will help the fastest land animal stop disappearing forever. >> just in the past two weeks, we have huge hope. very optimistic about the population we manage under our care, and linking more with the populations in the wild. >> so the cheetah is here to stay? >> the cheetah is here to stay. >> and that is the overnight news for this friday, for some, the news continues, for others, check back in the morning, from
the broadcast center in new york city. captioning funded by cbs it's friday, april 21st, 2017. this is the "cbs morning news." breaking overnight. with time running out before a lethal drug expires, arkansas executed its first inmate in more than a decade. terror in paris. overnight police raided the home of the suspect killed by the police in the deadly attack on the city's iconic champs-elysees. this morning isis is claiming credit for the shooting that left one officer dead, two others and a tourist wounded.