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will be back to check in, in 30 minutes. ♪[ music ] captioning sponsored by cbs captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: a new investigation of flynn. >> i honestly do not understand why the white house is covering up for michael flynn. >> i was, frankly, taken back by his comments today because they're, frankly, not true. >> pelley: also tonight, on day 98, a message from the coal mines to the white house: >> we supported him. now it's time for him to support us. >> pelley: united and this passenger have reached a settlement, as the airline announces a new compensation policy. crash dummies are gaining weight to better reflect america. and, a pint-sized mr. wizard with his own show. >> i think it's actually just my curiosity.
i'm a 50-year-old man in a six- year-old body. this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. retired general michael flynn, president trump's first national security adviser, is now the target of five investigations into his ties with russia. the latest was opened by the inspector general of the defense department, investigating whether flynn, before he joined the administration, took money from a foreign government without the required approval. the president fired flynn for lying to vice president pence about contacts that he had with russia's u.s. ambassador. today, a top house democrat released documents that could spell legal trouble for flynn, and here's our justice correspondent, jeff pegues. >> but we have no evidence, not a shred, that he disclosed his payments. >> reporter: elijah cummings, the top democrat on the house
oversight committee, said the documents released today showed retired lieutenant general michael flynn may have broken the law by making a 2015 trip to moscow where he was paid nearly $34,000 to speak and was photographed at a dinner with russian president vladimir putin. the first document, a letter from october 2014, was sent from the defense intelligence agency, or d.i.a., to flynn, shortly before his military retirement. it informed flynn, who once ran the d.i.a., that the "receipt of consulting fees from a foreign government was prohibited without advance approval." >> the pentagon's warning to general flynn was bold, italicized and could not have been clearer. >> reporter: but the second letter, from the d.i.a. to the house committee, said it found no record of flynn seeking permission. in a statement today, flynn's attorney insisted flynn gave documents to the d.i.a., and briefed the agency, both before and after the trip.
flynn has also offered to testify in exchange for immunity, but so far, congress has not called him. flynn was fired as president trump's national security adviser after just 24 days for lying to the vice president about his contacts with russian ambassador sergey kislyak. the vice president was also in charge of the trump transition, and would have overseen the vetting of general flynn. today, white house press secretary sean spicer brushed off questions about the thoroughness of that process. >> but all of that clearance was-- was made by the-- during the obama administration, and, apparently, with knowledge of the trip that he took. >> reporter: as national security adviser, flynn had access to the country's most sensitive secrets, which is one reason why congress is so concerned. scott, the failure to disclose the foreign payments could result in up to five years in prison. >> pelley: jeff pegues for us in the washington newsroom. today, under pressure from the
neighbors, the president backed off his threat to scrap the north american free trade agreement, opting instead to renegotiate it. major garrett is at the white house. >> well, i was going to terminate nafta as of two or three days from now. >> reporter: but president trump will not pull the u.s. out of the 24-year-old free trade agreement with canada and mexico, only try to negotiate a better deal. last night, mr. trump spoke with mexican president enrique pena nieto and canadian prime minister justin trudeau. >> i like them very much. i respect their countries very much. the relationship is very special. and i said, i will hold on determination. let's see if we can make it a fair deal. >> reporter: the calls came after the administration floated a draft executive order that would have withdrawn the u.s. from nafta immediately. canada is america's number two trading partner. mexico is third. combined, the two account for more than 29% of all u.s. trade.
>> do you have a time frame in mind for the nafta negotiation, any deadline? >> it will start very soon. >> reporter: renegotiation is a long process that will eventually require congressional approval. candidate trump branded nafta a failure, and made this promise a signature of his campaign: >> all i can tell you is that nafta is a disaster. what difference does it make? we will fix nafta. or we'll terminate it and start all over again. >> reporter: today, prime minister trudeau warned the president against acting irrationally. >> a disruption like canceling nafta, even if it theoretically eventually might lead to better outcomes, would cause a lot of short- and medium-term pain. >> reporter: ten years ago, the u.s. trade deficit with canada ran about $70 billion. last year, only $11 billion. scott, it appears big companies in both canada and mexico have concluded that on nafta, the president was mostly bluffing, and that tough trade talks are weeks, if not months away.
>> pelley: major garrett at the white house. we turn now from major, to miners-- coal miners, watching to see whether the president keeps his promises. here's jim axelrod. >> reporter: they're worried about a lot of things in the coal mines of western pennsylvania, but how the president is doing at 100 days just isn't one of them. >> rome wasn't built in a day, you know. it's a process. you have to see how things go. >> it's only been 100 days. >> reporter: brian thompson has 20 years in the mines. tim hroblak, 39, before retiring five years ago. >> and i love the miners, and we're going to put the miners back to work, okay. >> reporter: the candidate who spoke so forcefully about saving their jobs... >> and for those miners, get ready because you're going to be working your asses off. >> reporter: ...is a president whose support here remains strong. the protests and low poll numbers, just not a problem. that's just noise to you. >> i mean, that kind of stuff won't keep me up at night.
if i lose my health insurance, that will keep me up at night. >> reporter: health insurance-- that is where some real cracks are forming. the federal fund that guarantees union miners their health insurance and pension benefits will soon be empty. if nothing is done by sunday, 22,000 retired miners and their families could lose those health benefits. do you feel like the president-- >> he let us down. >> reporter: that the president has yet to fix this has miners tony burnsak and randy kasunic reconsidering their support. >> he's promised in this area, west virginia, kentucky, ohio, that he would take care of the coal miners. he took care of the coal companies, okay, but he hasn't done nothing for the miners yet. >> you hear a little bit of, you know, what's going on in asngress, but as far as trump, he's pretty much been silent. ( applause ) >> reporter: and if mr. trump doesn't deliver for them soon, they may stop delivering for him. >> we supported him. now it's time for him to support us. >> this is a life-and-death issue.
this isn't, like, you know, so i can go buy a new fishing boat. no, this is life and death. >> reporter: today, the president blamed the democrats for the hold-up, and while no one is making any promises, the miners' best chance may lie in being included in the funding extension congress is expected to pass to keep the government running. >> pelley: jim axelrod as we continue to listen to the voters. jim, thanks very much. and we have this reminder for you: john dickerson will be interviewing the president on his first 100 days for this sunday's "face the nation." and then on monday, "cbs this morning" will air live from the white house. today, two u.s. army rangers were killed in eastern afghanistan during a raid on islamic militants linked to isis. neither has been identified. david martin has more. >> reporter: the firefight took place just south of this isis cave complex where earlier this month, the u.s. dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb it has
ever used in combat. this video taken by local afghan police represents the first confirmed pictures of the destruction caused by the 23,000-pound massive ordnance airblast bomb. u.s. officials refused to release any estimate of the number of isis fighters killed, but say anyone above ground or hiding in the caves when the bomb hit is now dead. american officers who inspected the site reported no evidence of civilian casualties. just a short distance south in the same valley, close to afghanistan's border with pakistan, several senior isis leaders were hiding out in a compound. when american special operations forces, along with afghan commandos, conducted a helicopter assault on the compound, two u.s. army rangers were killed, and a third soldier wounded in a firefight which lasted about an hour. they were the second and third american service men to die in combat in afghanistan this year.
the first, special forces sergeant mark de alencar, was killed when isis fighters popped out of a cave and ambushed his unit. in this latest raid, several isis fighters were also killed. the u.s. military is still trying to confirm whether they got the senior leaders they were after. scott? >> pelley: david martin at the pentagon, thanks. the president called his new tax cut plan the biggest in history, so we were curious about wall street's reaction. we synchronized the white house announcement yesterday with the dow, and you might have thought, as they talked up the tax cuts for business, the index would shoot up, but it fell, bounced back, and then fell again, perhaps because the president's plan was just a single page of bullet points with no details on how it would work and no buy-in, in congress. after sleeping on it, the dow was essentially flat today. president trump will mark his 100th day on saturday with no legislative victories to speak of.
nancy cordes is looking at efforts to breathe life into a health care bill. >> yeah, i'm a yes. >> reporter: the new measure meant to cater to conservatives has created misgivings for g.o.p. moderates... >> i have not decided. >> reporter: ...who worry about what it could mean for the sick. florida's mario diaz balart: >> look, i've got to talk to the state, i have to talk to the governor. i have to make sure this is something that is workable. >> reporter: the amendment would allow states to opt out of obamacare's minimum coverage requirements, which could lead to cheaper premiums for the healthy, but would let insurers raise rates on those with preexisting conditions. states that opt out would have to establish special high-risk pools for people who get priced out of the market. >> they work, and now that we're going to be adding federal funding to it, they'll work even better, and you'll be able to lower prices even more. >> reporter: so can you reassure people with preexisting conditions that they won't be worse off under your plan? >> people will be better off with preexisting conditions under our plan. >> reporter: democratic leader chuck schumer:
>> go look at these high-risk pools. they've closed down in state after state. they are usually so, so expensive that no one can afford health care. it's a fig leaf. >> reporter: republican leaders have not given up hope entirely that they might be able to pass this new health care bill by the weekend, but at this point, scott, there are still too many members of their own party who are either undecided, or oppose it. >> pelley: nancy cordes on capitol hill, thank you. still ahead on the "cbs evening news," a settlement and big changes, after that ugly incident on united. and, look out, sheldon cooper. here comes nate butkas, a science whiz kid making a big bang online. transactions,e smallest financial by sensing cyber-attacks in near real time
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don dahler reports, changes are coming. >> oh, my god! >> reporter: the video of dr. david dao being forcibly removed from united flight 3411 outraged millions and sent the nation's fourth largest airline into a popularity plummet. united c.e.o. oscar munoz acknowledged the public relations crisis today, and promised changes. >> it happened because policies were placed ahead of our shared values, and procedures got in the way of what we know is right. >> reporter: the airline announced ten new customer service policies, including: compensating passengers up to $10,000 for taking a later flight. using law enforcement officers only for safety or security issues. and, additional employee training. that issue came again under the microscope with two other recent incidents. >> you stay out of this! >> reporter: video of a heated exchange with an american flight
attendant went viral; and just wednesday, delta kicked a man off a flight when he used the restroom when the plane was delayed on the runway. sam nelson is the president of the association of flight attendants. >> flight attendants are trained to de-escalate conflict every single day, and actually that has become a big part of our job, now that planes are packed. >> reporter: airlines involuntarily bumping seated passengers like dr. dao is rare, but not illegal. however, congress might change that, with not one, but two bills being proposed to outlaw the practice. some airlines aren't waiting. southwest announced today it will no longer overbook flights. united and american will ao cease involuntarily bumping seated passengers unless safety or security is at risk. united will now also require employees who are traveling to check in at least an hour ahead of their flights. that could lessen the need for passengers to give up their seats. scott, the officers involved in the dr. dao incident have been
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injuries. >> reporter: it's pretty easy to tell which is the new big dummy. >> yes, your obese dummy. >> reporter: christopher o'connor runs humanetics, the leading maker of crash test dummies. he says this new dummy, about 100 pounds heavier and four inches taller, is more like a real, modern-day driver. >> we have found that obese people, elderly people, people who don't fit that exact size and shape, are more at risk in a vehicle now. >> reporter: do they need to switch to a larger dummy as the standard? >> so, i don't think one replaces the other. auto safety is based on what we measure. we need to have a test device that reflects that growing population change. >> reporter: with nearly 20% of drivers over 65, o'connor and dr. wang are also developing a crash dumb to replicate an elderly, more fragile body. >> unfortunately, the older population is four to eight times more likely to sustain chest injuries than a younger individual.
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two sides of protesters, squaring off.. over free speech. some tense lence. kpix 5 news at 6:00 begins with police out in force trying to keep the peace in berkeley. two sides of protestors squaring off over free speech. some tense moments but so far, no problems. good evening, i'm veronica de la cruz. >> i'm allen martin. we are going to begin with a live look from chopper 5 above berkeley, protests stretching into the early evening. we have seen shouting, flag waving, but just a few arrests. most have been protesting the cancellation of a speech by conservative commentator ann coulter. we have a series of reports on the protests and the police preparations. let's begin with joe vazquez at civic center park. >> reporter: well, to be clear, it has been an all-day demonstration. but no violence at all and no hint of violence. you see behind me what you see right here is a group of people collected on the sidewalk on each side of the street.
right here next to civic center park. now this all day demonstration mostly filled with folks who support ann coulter. they said even though she couldn't come, they were going to speak on her behalf. so folks who support ann coulter and donald trump showed up in large numbers, 500 people. most of them have left. there's a group of counter- protestors on the other side of the street. they have brought small numbers here. i would say a couple of dozen people right now. they have been trading barbs back and forth across the sidewalk but remain peaceful. [ chanting ] >> we're here to support sanctuary cities. we're here to say no to donald trump's racist attacks. we're here to say yes to immigrant rights. and full equal rights and that ann coulter has millions every opportunities to speak all the time and she wants