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uninsured americans. that could make it tougher to win the support of undecided republicans. here's chief congressional correspondent nancy cordes. >> obviously it's not good news. >> reporter: arizona's john mccain says he's staying on the fence after congressional number crunchers determined that his party's senate healthcare bill would result in 22 million more americans going without coverage by 2026, a slight improvement over the house version, which president trump described as "mean." >> that was my term because i want to see a... i want to see, and i speak from the heart, that's what i want to see. i want to see a bill with heart. >> reporter: the congressional budget office says the biggest drop in coverage would come next year when 15 million more people would be uninsured primarily because obamacare's penalty for not having insurance would be eliminated. coverage would decrease in later years because of lower spending on medicaid and substantially smaller average subsidies for
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coverage than obamacare provides. >> these programs are growing at an unsustainable rate. >> reporter: republicans who support the bill say their market-based approach will lead to more choices and lower costs, but the c.b.o. projects that under the g.o.p. plan, most people purchasing insurance on the individual market would have higher out-of-pocket spending on healthcare, even, democrats note, as the wealthy get a tax break. >> the core of our bill was good and covered more people. the consider of their bill is bad and covers less people and charges them more. >> reporter: despite internal resistance, republican leaders are vowing to hold a vote this week. oklahoma's jim inhofe predicts g.o.p. hold-outs will come around. >> the choice is you want to go back home and say, "well, i supported obamacare over the republican plan?" and i don't think they do. >> reporter: still, that 22 million coverage figure is a setback, and a short time ago, anthony, the white house put out a statement saying that the
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c.b.o. has a "history of inaccuracy," pointing out that the c.b.o. was off when it predicted coverage under obamacare, too. >> mason: nancy cordes with the healthcare battle at the capitol. thanks, nancy. overseas isis is losing badly on two fronts, iraq's army may be just days from retaking all of mosul, and in syria, u.s.-backed forces have moved into raqqa, which isis considers its capital. holly williams is the first network correspondent to report from inside raqqa city. >> reporter: we walked into raqqa. for three years an isis stronghold, now pummeled by u.s. air strikes and nearly surrounded by america's allies on the ground. a ragtag army known as the syrian democratic forces. the extremists are losing territory quickly, sometimes leaving their weapons behind.
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under isis control, raqqa became infamous for depraved acts of violence, american journalists were beheaded nearby. this child was captured holding a severed head. and even now that raqqa is under siege, isis is still deadly. >> quick, quick, quick. >> reporter: when part of our team moved forward, they were spotted by an isis sniper. our producer, omar abdul kadir, had no choice but to make a run for cover. >> keep going, keep going, keep going, keep going. >> well done. >> reporter: they were safe but pinned down behind a concrete wall. >> the armored car. >> is that them? >> reporter: "we can't move from street to street because of their snipers," said this man, who told us he has been fighting isis for four years. and then came word there was a suspected isis suicide car bomber nearby.
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400 yards away, these fighters told us they'd lost five soldiers to one of the bombs the day before. they're worried that a suicide car bomber is coming towards the point where we were just sitting. so they asked us to moved over here to take cover. it turned out to be a false alarm, and minutes later this homemade armored car arrived. known as the scorpion. it drew a another barrage of isis gunfire. before ferrying our team to safety. even faced with inevitable defeat, isis showed us they're determined to wreak more death in this shattered city. what we did not see in raqqa were the areas still under isis control. that's most of the city, anthony, and an estimated 2,500 isis fighters as well as tens of thousands of civilians. >> mason: holly williams with some extraordinary reporting.
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thanks, holly. the drinking water in wilmington, north carolina, is being tested for a toxic substance called genx used in non-stick products. it turned up in the cape fear river which supplies 260,000 people. jericka duncan is in wilmington. >> reporter: this fayetteville plant, 80 miles upstream from wilmington, is where genx is manufactured by dupont and chemours for nearly four decades. the chem cam has been released into the river for nearly four >> it caught us all off guard. >> reporter: wilmington mayor bill saffo. >> we don't know what this will do to us that have been drinking it for long periods of time. >> reporter: a three-year study by north carolina state university and the e.p.a. out this past fall showed an elevated presence of genx in wilmington's tap water, but the findings weren't publicly disclosed until this month.
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>> so i ask all of you to keep this going until our water is clean. >> reporter: last week's city council meeting was standing room only. >> why has this been allowed to go on for so long? i've been drinking this water my entire life. >> reporter: the long-term health effects of genx are unknown, but studies submitted by dupont to the e.p.a. have shown it caused tumors and reproductive problems in lab animals. lisa grogan's son nathan battled a rare kidney cancer. she, like many other parents of children with cancer in the area, aren't pointing fingers but are wo in their drinking water were the cause. >> because of what our kids have been through, i think it's hard for people to look at us and say, the water's probably okay, we're not willing to accept that risk. >> reporter: amy herman's son jacob had leukemia. >> it just seems odd that we're having to fight for clean water after we've fought for our children's lives. >> reporter: there are currently no federal drinking water
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standards for genx. and under e.p.a. rules, dupont and chemours' release-of-genx into the water may be perfectly legal, that's because it's a by- product of another substance. >> there is a loophole that needs to be looked at by congress to make certain that we have safe, good drinking water in this country. >> reporter: state inspectors are now testing the current levels of genx in wilmington's water and the e.p.a. is also investigating. >> we as citizens of this nation need to know what those chemicals are, so at least we can make decisions for our own families as to whether we should drink the water or not. >> reporter: chemours says it will no longer release the by- product of genx into the cape fear river, and they believe that product has not had an impact on the safety of drinking water in wilmington. anthony, today the north carolina department of health said it will take a look at cancer rates, specifically in this region.
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>> mason: jericka duncan. thank you, jericka. the co-owner of a massachusetts pharmacy, barry cadden, was sentenced today to nine years in federal prison for his role in a meningitis outbreak in 2012 that killed more than 60 people. the way the judge handled the jury's verdict may have allowed cadden to dodge a much harsher sentence. jim axelrod has been following the story from the beginning. jim? >> reporter: anthony, cadden was the co-founder of the new england compounding center, a pharmacy that prepared customized forms of prescriptions. as we've reported over the last several years, hundreds of cases of fungal meningitis were traced to unsanitary conditions in preparing doses of steroids at n.e.c.c. in march, cadden was convicted on conspiracy and fraud charges but not on acts of second-degree murder related to racketeering, but look at the final verdict form. it revealed the jury was split on multiple charges, including the more serious acts of second-
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degree murder. typically if that was the case, a judge would have sent them back for more deliberations. instead the judge ruled cadden was not guilty of second-degree murder. and as the former federal prosecutor who brought the case told us today, even if the judge made a mistake, once that happened, the verdict cannot be revisited. the victims' families tell us the judge robbed them of not only a longer sentence for cadden, potentially life, but robbed them of the justice in hearing the word "guilty" in relation to their loved ones' murders. anthony. >> mason: thank you, jim. philando castile's mother reached a nearly $3 million settlement today with the city of st. anthony, minnesota. castile was fatally shot last year by police officer jeronimo yanez during a traffic stop. yanez was found not guilty of manslaughter ten days ago. that case and others illustrate the difficulty of prosecuting police officers. here's mireya villarreal.
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>> we declare a mistrial in this case. >> reporter: from cincinnati... >> we the jury find the defendant, dominic heaggan- brown, not guilty. >> reporter: to milwaukee... >> ( gunfire ) >> reporter: to minnesota, three ia, all ding with juries not convicting police officers charged with fatally shooting black men. >> no justice, no peace. >> reporter: that has led some to ask why convicting officers is so rare. >> these cases are not easy cases. >> reporter: bowling green state university professor philip stinson has been researching that very question. his data show police fatally shoot more than 900 people every year. since 2005, 82 officers have been charged, but only 29 have been convicted. >> jurors are seemingly very reluctant to second guess the split-second, life-or-death decisions of on-duty police officers during potentially violent street encounters. >> please don't tell me he's dead. >> reporter: more importantly, the law is on the officer's side
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the moment they enter the courtroom based on a 1989 supreme court ruling that dictates how juries should deliberate. jury instructions like these state officers can use deadly force if they believe there is an imminent threat to themselves or others and use of force must be judged from the perspective of a reasonable officer on the scene and not with 20/20 hindsight. >> he's got his hands up there for her now. >> reporter: though some officers lose their jobs, the objective is to avoid the court cases all together. ron hosko is the president of the law enforcement legal defense fund. he says better de-escalation training is needed. >> you know, not every occasion in america do we need an aggressive bulldog or certainly a pit bull. we don't need police officers barking at the end of their chain and snapping and snarling at citizens. >> reporter: of those 29 officer convictions, 15 were found guilty by a jury. there are at least 20 police
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officers currently waiting to stand trial across the country in use of force cases. anthony? >> mason: mireya, thank you. and coming up next on the "cbs evening news," wildfires in the west chase hundreds out of their homes.
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>> mason: hot, dry winds are fanning flames in the west, where more than 20 large wildfires are burning tonight. the largest has burned more than 67 square miles in southern utah. jamie yuccas is there. >> reporter: by air and by ground, it's man against nature in the mountains of utah. more than 1,100 firefighters have been called in to battle this massive blaze, which has spread in two directions. after a day of calmer weather, strong winds picked up again today along the fire's northern edge. crews raced to bulldoze a fire line along the perimeter to keep the flames at bay. fire spokesperson jessie bender. >> the objective there is that once the fire reaches that dozer line, it won't have any more
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fuel to burn. >> reporter: an estimated 1,500 residents have been forced to leave the brian head area in the last week. families have lived in these mountainside communities for generations. they now anxiously wait to find out if anything is left. >> sleepless nights. we have 20 years of memory on that mountain. that's our d.n.a. on that hill. >> that's our mountain. >> reporter: further west, an 870-acre brushfire near los angeles over the weekend caused drivers to do a u-turn as thick smoke and flames engulfed part of a major freeway. and in arizona, where 100-degree temperatures persist, dry conditions continue to fuel a wildfire near the city of prescott. the fire here in panguitch, utah is just over that hill. you can see and smell smoke throughout the town, but, anthony, firefighters are hoping for a little bit of a break when these strong winds subside just a tad and temperatures are in the upper 80s instead of 90s tomorrow. >> mason: jamie yuccas with a very ominous scene behind her. thanks, jamie.
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still ahead, bankruptcy follows the largest air bag recall in history.
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>> mason: japanese air bag maker takata filed for bankruptcy protection today so it can keep supplying replacements for its faulty inflators. a defect caused some to explode, sending shrapnel into the vehicles. 16 deaths and 180 injuries worldwide are linked to this. more than 100 million inflators have been recalled. the government says bernie madoff's late sons benefited from his massive ponzi schemes, and today their estates agreed to turn over $23 million. mark madoff committed suicide in 2010, his brother andrew died of cancer in 2014. neither was charged in the fraud for which their father is serving 150 years. a trustee has recovered about two-thirds of the $17.5 billion madoff's customers lost.
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well, look who showed up at the airport in boston yesterday ready to board a flight. a 20-pound live lobster. it was spotted inside checked luggage. the t.s.a. says there's nothing wrong with bringing a live lobster on a plane in a proper container. they just thought you'd like to see this one. up next, 20 years of wizardry.
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>> mason: no one knew it at the time, but 20 years ago today an industry was born. when "harry potter and the philosopher's stone" was first published in britain. author j.k. rowling had been living in poverty. but after a pile of rejection letters, she finally landed a
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$2,000 deal. just 500 books were printed. there would be six more volumes, of course, more than 450 million books sold in 79 languages, movies, games, toys followed. a generation has grown up reading about the boy wizard with the lightning bolt scar. fans now try to relive the hogwarts experience in amusement parks. a first edition of that first harry potter novel can sell for as much as $55,000 today. it features a printing error on page 53 on the list of equipment, "one wand" appears twice. today rowling tweeted, "20 years ago today a world that i had lived in alone was suddenly opened to others. it's been wonderful. thank you." as hagrid said, "you're a wizard, harry." that's the "cbs evening news" news. thanks for watching. good night.
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the fast track to nail drivers abusing the diamond lanes. good evening, i'm allen martin. i'm veronica de la cruz. new at 6: we begin with a major crack down at the police chief. >> officers are writing more tickets than ever but drivers are still not getting the message. >> traffic starting to slow down on 87 behind me including that car pool lane. but it's not just cheaters clogging up the car pool lane it's also honest drivers. >> how do you feel when you see a car pool cheater. >> it's kind of frustrating. >> reporter: and she's far from alone. car pool cheating is so bad. >> we don't think that's fair. >> we went to the lawmakers to crack down on violators.
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>> it's one in five in the morning. one in four in the afternoon. vehicles that aren't eligible to be on the lane. >> reporter: and the number is on the rise. up nearly 600 tickets from the year before and more than 3,500 in 2015. >> they don't have enough chp out there to get the guys that are cheating so. >> the mtc has a solution for them. they want chp enforcement to be included in an existing bill. >> it's a benefit. for everybody. >> reporter: a bill that allows drivers of electric vehicles like ana amaya to buy green or white stickers so they can legally use car pool lanes. >> but the mtc points out clean air cars are contributing to the car pool congestion. consider this, dmv says

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