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sharks. german chancellor angela merkel is portrayed, of course as a mermaid. >> we'll see you back here at 6:00 for a full hour of news. thanks for watching. captioning sponsored by cbs >> morgan: a deadly grand canyon crash. a sightseeing helicopter goes down in a fiery wreck, at least three people are killed. a russian passenger jet crashes near moscow with dozens on board. there are no survivors. also tonight, oxycontin maker srdue pharma says it will no longer promote opioids to doctors. heavy rains swamp the south, but doesn't dampen the mardi gras fun. and two americans make downhill nistory-- striking silver and gold at the olympics. >> i'm still having a really hard time believing it. this is the "cbs weekend news."
>> morgan: good evening, i'm demarco morgan. ahey were sightseeing over the grand canyon in a helicopter saturday evening just before sunset when something went etrribly wrong. the helicopter crashed and burned in a steep ravine about erree miles from grand canyon west airport. at least three people are dead, four others are seriously injured. high winds and rugged terrain complicated the rescue efforts. mireya villarreal is near the scene. e> reporter: moments after the crash, witnesses rushed to help. ted fujimoto, a wedding photographer, that happened to be shooting nearby, captured video of the helicopter on fire. the accident happened 73 miles east of las vegas in a remote area known as grand canyon west. as it was pretty bad. it's amazing how they survived. these two ladies, you know, are lucky to be alive. >> reporter: the helicopter belongs to papillon airways, one of the biggest grand canyon tour iompanies in the area. they've been around for more than 50 years and boast on their website more than 600,000 customers a year. >> this is the first with
papillon-- the first major crash that we know of since the 2001 w cident that we were involved with. >> reporter: attorney gary robb specializes in these kinds of 2cidents. he sued papillon in 2001 after another helicopter crash claimed six lives. >> the helicopter industry is evolving and we're thinking that safety is more and more of an emphasis, whereas in the past revenues seemed to really be of paramount importance. >> reporter: in a statement, papillon airways sends their condolences and says they are ayoperating fully with the investigation. rough terrain and severe weather conditions made rescue efforts difficult. it took crews more than eight hours to recover the victims. vur out of the seven on board survived and are being treated at a hospital in las vegas. all six of the passengers including the three that were rslled were tourists from the united kingdom. eight now the hualapai police department is working with the office to help the affected wmilies. tt.s.b. and f.a.a.
investigators are also on scene flping with the investigation and for now all commercial choppers are grounded. demarco. >> morgan: mireya villarreal, thank you. there was another air disaster today. a russian passenger jet crashed and exploded shortly after takeoff from moscow with dozens of people on board. f surveillance camera near the scene captured the fireball. no one survived. roxana saberi has the latest edtails. h reporter: fragments of the russian plane scattered across a snowy field southeast of moscow. russian officials say all 65 passengers and six crew members on board died. flight 703 took off from moscow's domodedovo airport on sunday afternoon. it was heading to the city of orsk in central russia, but einutes later the aircraft disappeared from radar screens and went down about 25 miles from the airport. this witness described hearing an explosion that made his house tremble. another said she saw shattered
body parts in the field and no survivors. most of the victims were s.portedly from the orsk region. one was swiss. at the local airport, relatives sobbed, and paced as news of the crash spread. russian media said the airliner had been flying since 2010 with s two-year break because of a shortage of parts. rut a spokeswoman for russia's saratov airlines, which operated oe plane, said there were no concerns about its condition. russia's aviation safety record was poor in the 1990s and into nhe 2000s but has improved in recent years. russia's transport ministry says it's looking into several oossible causes for sunday's crash including bad weather and human error. russian investigators say the crew on the flight did not report any technical problems rtfore the crash. demarco, the mayor of orsk where the plane was heading says monday will be a day of mourning throughout the region.
>> morgan: roxana saberi in london, thank you. team u.s.a. got on the medal board this weekend at the winter olympics in south korea. a teenager became the youngest american to win an olympic snowboarding event, and a luger became the first american to win a medal at the winter games. ben tracy is there. >> red gerard now. ep reporter: he's just 17 years old and five feet five inches tall, but red gerard of silverthorne, colorado had a big olympic debut. t. nailed his final run on the slopestyle snowboard course landing three massive jumps to become the youngest u.s. gold medalist in the winter games in 90 years. his family was there as the results were announced. the shock on gerard's face... solden. >> i honestly was jaw-dropped, there wasn't too much in my head. it was kind of crazy. i mean, i'm still having a really hard time believing it. >> reporter: chris mazdzer made history in luge. the first american man to medal in the singles event.
he won silver. in the teen figure skating competition the u.s. advanced in monday's finals with help from brother and sister duo maia and alex shibutani. their quick footwork had the arena rocking. ( applause ) >> there's the windchill. >> reporter: but outside it was hard to move. with temperatures in the single digits, pyeongchang is putting the winter in these winter games. >> it's bone chilling. s is very, very cold. >> reporter: high winds forced the men's downhill to be 'sstponed until next week leaving american fans out in the aold. >> the windchill is a killer right now. >> reporter: in seoul, protesters were hot with anti- north korean anger. they demonstrated before a concert put on by the north's performing arts troupe, part its 550 person delegation to these games. a large part of north korea's >>legation is already heading back home including kim jong-
un's sister who delivered some of the biggest news of these games so far. her brother wants to host a otmmit with the president of south korea as soon as possible. demarco? >> morgan: ben tracy reporting. ben, thank you. well, following a low-key weekend in washington, president trump will unveil his latest trdget blueprint tomorrow. his administration is also dealing with controversy surrounding chief of staff john kelly. errol barnett is at the white house. >> we're kicking ( bleep ) right? >> reporter: president trump ntthusiastically greeted supporters at his d.c. hotel last night we he dined with the nkrst lady. er thank you everybody. >> reporter: after a week where his administration faced criticism when two staffers resigned amid allegations of spousal abuse. e.rmer staff secretary rob porter and outgoing speech writer david sorensen deny those charges. dt the incidents and the white house's initial public support of porter have raised questions about whether john kelly will continue on as chief of staff. >> i think what you saw happen this week, major, was completely
reasonable and normal. >> reporter: white house budget director mick mulvaney said that klly gave porter the benefit of the doubt until he saw this image of porter's ex-wife. >> as soon as it became apparent to us that the allegations were true, rob porter had to go. >> reporter: the president's advisor kellyanne conway denied kelly's future at the white house is at risk. >> he has full confidence in his harrent chief of staff, general john kelly and is not actively searching for replacements. >> reporter: conway also explained that president trump is inclined to release the democratic rebuttal to last week's republican memo to the douse intelligence committee but only after changes are made. ng his lawyers have said that it contains sources and methods that could be very compromising so they want to make sure that reat is cured before it is released to the public. >> reporter: the committee's ranking democrat adam schiff is doubtful. >> what the president doesn't want you to see these facts from the fisa application, because it completely undermines his claim of vindication.
>> reporter: now tomorrow, biesident trump will try to put the back on legislation by announcing his infrastructure sevestment plan, 1.5 trillion is the price tag but only $200 billion will come from washington. the rest the white house says will be made up at the state and local level and come from private companies. demarco? >> morgan: errol barnett at the white house, thank you. memorial services were held in westerville, ohio today for two celice officers killed this weekend in the line of duty, veteran officers eric joering and anthony morelli were responding to a 9-1-1 hangup call when they were ambushed by a gunman. the suspect is under arrest. the fallen officers were honored ce a police procession and vigil in the town they served. one of the largest suppliers of txycontin said this weekend it fill no longer promote the powerful painkiller to doctors. nikki battiste has more on the opioid marketing shakeup. >> reporter: the outcry over drug companies pushing pain killers has become too loud for purdue pharma to ignore.
the drug maker that made 35 billion in oxycontin sales since it began selling the drug said in a statement it will no longer be promoting opioids to prescribers. purdue also says this week it cut its sales force in half. andrew kolodny, co-director of opioid research at the heller school of social policy, said this could pave the way for other drug companies. >> this decision will help prevent more people from getting addicted and if other drug skers start to do the same, it could have a very significant impact on preventing opioid addiction. >> now i can enjoy every day that i live. thcan really enjoy myself. >> reporter: purdue's move is a change in tune from this message they sent to 15,000 doctors in 1998. >> the rate of addiction amongst pain patients who are treated by doctors is much less than 1%. >> reporter: ohio attorney general mike dewine filed lawsuits against several pharmaceutical companies
including purdue, making ohio tie of 14 states suing the maycontin maker for deceptive marketing. >> it is very addicting and the drug companies knew that and they lied about it. >> reporter: purdue denies the allegations but they have spent millions of dollars on settlements. >> i would love for purdue pharma and these other drug companies to follow me around just one day, give me one day, and i will show you what you have done to people in the state of ohio. >> reporter: according to the centers for disease control, one in four people who received opioid prescriptions like oxycontin currently struggle ggth addiction. purdue says its sales representatives will now focus le non-opioid products. the c.d.c. says deaths from prescription opioids have more than quadrupled in the past 20 uears and currently 115 people die every day from an overdose. >> morgan: those numbers are ieartbreaking. nikki battiste reporting; nikki, thank you. now to some other stories we're following in the cbs weekend newsfeed. in the california desert, a 21 year old man faces vehicular olnslaughter charges after
crashing into bicycle riders at ehe tour de palm springs race. witnesses say the suspect was going at least 100 miles per hour when he veered into the bike riders. a 49 year old cyclist died at the scene. n 50 year old woman was airlifted to the hospital with aerious injuries. heavy rain swamped parts of the outh this weekend. overflowing creeks and rivers washed out roads in parts of kentucky, tennessee and virginia. some areas were expecting up to tour more inches of rain today. severe storms also moved through alabama, georgia, and the y orida panhandle. it was also a rainy weekend in new orleans, but that didn't dampen the mardi gras fun. the parades rolled on yesterday despite occasional downpours. at least seven parades were planned for today, rain or shine, including the 50th anniversary bacchus parade. coming up-- she's the political poce of the #metoo movement and she is defending her early call for al franken's resignation. and later, a dummy makes one giant leap in the new space
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>> you are a lawyer, you believe in due process, why not allow. s> he is entitled to as much due process as he wants. he doesn't ever have to resign, that is his choice. s d my choice is to speak out. o reporter: but it feels like to be accused right now is to be convicted. >> that's not right, that's not true. one of my colleagues recently was accused of something, not only did he call the police but there will be an investigation. ha reporter: what is the harm in waiting and letting all the facts come out and going into an investigation? where's the harm in that? re where is my moral compass if i can't speak out just because i like someone-- just because they are my friend? it's okay to be a harasser as long as you're my friend? that is not okay. >> morgan: you can see sharyn alfonsi's interview with senator gillibrand tonight on "60 minutes." still ahead, spacex raises the bar in the 21st century space race. century for century for space race.
the roadster can still be seen through telescopes as a tiny speck drifting through the sky. the 21st century space race is kicking into high gear. >> reporter: the "falcon heavy" maiden voyage came complete with breathtaking images of a tesla and "starman" the mannequin orbiting earth. >> i'm still trying to absorb everything that happened, hacause it seems surreal to me. >> reporter: for spacex c.e.o. elon musk it was also a shot across the bow to the competition. >> i think it will encourage other countries and companies to cise their sights and say we can do bigger and better, which is great, we want a new space race. >> reporter: those spacex rocket boosters landing back on earth weren't just a show for spectators. they could be seen down the street at blue origin, amazon founder jeff bezos space company. blue origin is one of several private companies targeting space. it's also looking to cut costs by developing reusable rockets, veke the new glen. nasa is continuing to commission
rockets too, like the s.l.s., for missions to the moon and mars. it will be more powerful than the "falcon heavy" and more expensive. >> this is about the u.s. regaining a commanding lead. >> reporter: secretary of rymmerce wilbur ross a member of the national space counsel was at the spacex launch. >> reporter: what happens if he can prove that he can do it one sooner but also cheaper? >> well, i think we're going to look at the best and lowest cost solution regardless of who revelops it. >> reporter: the key questions, says cbs news space analyst bill e.rwood is: can cheaper be as safe? >> we're not saying these are necessarily unsafe. yt when you do things differently, nasa would do it one way and would ensure safety by doing their way. >> a lot of old-timers around nasa and the space industry are nervous about this new way of doing business where there is eess oversight than there used to be.
can new rockets be just as safe as the old ones? that's an open question. >> reporter: both spacex and hoeing have contracted with nasa to send astronauts to the international space station, that could happen late this year. and would mark the first time humans have launched from u.s. soil since the space shuttle was intired in 2011. manuel bojorquez, cbs news, kennedy space center. >> morgan: up next, a heart hospital becomes a popular destination for a hearty meal. becomes a popular
>> morgan: tonight, an arkansas heart hospital in little rock, people don't just go there for cardiac care, many go for a hearty meal. adriana diaz met with a ramen noodle chef who is redefining cafeteria cuisine. >> we actually work on the campus of arkansas children's hospital. >> reporter: so you came from another hospital? >> to this hospital to have lunch, yes. >> reporter: three days a week chef coby smith dishes out what arguably is the most authentic japanese ramen in town. n. do you always come when they are serving ramen? >> monday, wednesday, friday, yes, ma'am. >> all three days? >> yes, sometimes on friday i get two. >> reporter: ramen in little rock? >> ramen in little rock. >> reporter: at a hospital?
>> that's right. >>w are you doing up here? >> reporter: for a few years chef coby has been turning tound the hospital kitchen. >> i thought it was bad. >> reporter: after dr. bruce murphy the hospital c.e.o. said the food was too institutional. >> food that has been prepared elsewhere, cannned, open the bag nod serve to people and warm it up. not fresh food, not vibrant food. >> reporter: hospital food. i it's hospital food and we wanted to change that. >> reporter: he demanded that ingredients be fresh, the food delicious, oh and one more thing. >> he wanted to have authentic japanese ramen. >> i was being a little selfish because i love ramen noodles and i figured everyone else would love ramen noodles. >> reporter: he discovered his love for the dish wail traveling on asia. >> i didn't think twice of where to go to learn to cook ramen, it's tokyo. we have to go to tokyo. >> reporter: so for a week chef coby visited the doctor's favorite ramen shops and met
with their chefs taking notes and videos along the way. >> these guys do the same job every day over and over again for 30, 40, 50 years. they take their craft so literally and they are so, it is an honor for them. >> worth it. >> reporter: once back in arkansas he spent eight months trying to turn his research into ramen. starting with the all-important broth. l-n you even learn how to make authentic ramen in one week? >> no, you can't but you do the best you can with what you have. we're in the south so we have a southern twist to you a lot of our ramen dishes. >> reporter: twists like crawfish and okra. but today was pork belly day. >> it's been so successful that i can't get to the ramen shop because there are other people in line. >> reporter: a rare problem in the realm of hospital food. adriana diaz, cbs news, little rock. >> morgan: that's the "cbs weekend news" for this sunday. i'm demarco morgan. thanks for watching. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs
wind -- has put two people in the hospital tonight. good evening, i'm juliette goodrich. we begin with breaking news in the mission district where a powerful blast of wind has put two people in the hospital tonight. good evening. >> strong gusts knocked over construction fencing near 23rd and san jose injuring two people walking by. kpix 5's joe vasquez is at the scene with the latest. joe? >> reporter: you can see the condos under construction behind me, this incident happened in front of them on that sidewalk where the security guard is blocking there, two people were walking along with heavy wind gusts got hold of construction materials. >> a gust of wind started to wave. the back end was basically plywood.
and two people got squished. >> reporter: julian stein saw the whole thing. a big piece of plywood hit a man and a woman as they walked down the sidewalk. both were hurt. >> this is the part that hit him. >> reporter: across the street, she tells me the man was the one more seriously injured. ambulances rushed both to the hospital. >> he did know he was bleeding. he was trying to get up. i told him to sit down and to wait. put his hand on the back of his head and i didn't even know that i was bleeding and he started freaking out a little bit. >> reporter: official is -- officials said the man was in critical condition. we are trying to get an update on how he's doing. joe vasquez, kpix 5 news. here is what happened, low pressure moved through, winds are going to be cain