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civil war nothing's been done to stop it. warplanes are pounding a rebel-held town outside damascus with more than 400 civilians killed in five days. charlie d'agata checked in on a family we've been following in ghouta. >> reporter: in the merciless bombardment of eastern ghouta nowhere is safe. missiles rain down on the neighborhood --
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of 10-year-old noor and 8-year-old alaa, who tweeted their plight to the world. today it was almost too late. an explosion blew out their windows, sending shrapnel and glass through their home, slashing alaa's forehead. we reached their mother, shamza khatib, an english teacher, after the blast. how are your daughters doing right now? are they okay? >> yeah, okay. but they are afraid of warplanes. they are under the blankets. >> reporter: she told us she feels like her family and neighbors have been abandoned. the syrian regime and its russian backers insist this week's assault is aimed at rebels. but with a civilian death toll in the hundreds, many of the
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victims are children. a sobbing father couldn't bring himself to let go. the state department has condemned the bombing, jeff, but the u.s. military has been focused on fighting isis in a different part of the country while the russians continue to prop up the syrian regime. >> charlie d'agata, thank you very much. we got the first look inside we got the first look inside war games designed to push we got the first look inside war games designed to push your digestive system has billions of bacteria, but life can throw them off balance. try align extra strength, the #1 doctor recommended probiotic brand. with 5 times the good bacteria to re-align your system. re-align yourself, with align.
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planes that cost billions to develop aren't worth much if they can't communicate with each other. which is why the military just wrapped up an exercise in california that featured dozens of aircraft old and new. carter evans and our team in l.a. got the only look inside these war games. rpt the mu wreft yerngs of ro. >> reporter: the newest generation of warplanes and decades-old fighters from three branches of the armed forces took to the skies over the mojave desert for one of the largest testing exercises of its kind. we climbed into the tail of a kc-135 tanker for an exclusive look at orange flag, a mock battle in the sky designed to push 25 military planes to their technical limits. modern planes like the f-35 and f-22 are essentially flying
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computers, but they have to share data like battle plans and enemy coordinates seamlessly with older jets like the f-16. we watched from the air as pilots took part in the mock war scenario with planes just like those that have been deployed to the middle east and japan. at the halfway point the jets approached the tanker for mid-air refueling. we were just a few feet away. back here they can communicate with the pilots and fly the refueling boom. this is the lever that they use to extend the nozzle into the jet. senior master sergeant ryan perry maneuvers the tanker's nozzle into a space the size of a baseball on this f-35. >> contact. >> reporter: at 350 miles per hour, 25,000 feet above ground. >> that's the fun part of the job. i don't come up here and do this because it's safe. >> reporter: everything from how accurately the enemy is detected to how effectively the planes communicate with each other is tracked. it's an enormous amount of data. 100 more times than the pilot can even see in the cockpit. and it's all sent to this
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command center at edwards air force base in real time for analysis. air force brigadier general carl schaefer. >> we're trying to work all the bugs out so by the time it gets to the war fighter there are no bugs, they can go right into whatever situation they need and operate seamlessly and share that information. >> reporter: commanders here at edwards say it's a lot less risky and a lot less costly to find and fix problems here on the air field than on the battlefield. flight testers now plan to hold one of these events every three months. jeff? >> carter evans the only reporter invited to these war ♪ no, please, please, oh! ♪ (shrieks in terror) (heavy breathing and snorting) no, no. the running of the bulldogs? surprising. what's not surprising? how much money aleia saved by switching to geico.
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proud partner of the olympic winter games. a familiar face is coming to "face the nation." cbs news announced today that margaret brennan, our white house and senior foreign affairs correspondent, will be the new anchor of the broadcast beginning this sunday. we are thrilled for margaret, her colleagues, and a program that's been on the air for 64 years. congratulations. house speaker paul ryan announced today that the reverend billy graham will lie in honor in the rotunda of the u.s. capitol next wednesday and thursday. graham, who died yesterday at the age of 99, is only the fourth private citizen to be given that honor. police in britain are investigating a possible hate crime against prince harry and his american bride-to-be, meghan markle, who is biracial. a suspicious package containing white powder and a racist message was sent to the prince's office earlier this month, we
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are told. the powder turned out to be harmless. the royal couple is getting married in may.
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do you believe in miracles? yes! >> unbelievable! >> never gets old. 38 years to the day after the "miracle on ice" came a sequel. ben tracy's in pyeongchang. >> team usa! >> reporter: the two powerhouses of women's hockey -- >> canada takes the ice. >> reporter: -- facing off in the gold medal game was not a surprise. >> she scores! >> reporter: the way it ended was. >> and we are head ford a shootout. >> reporter: a 2-2 tie led to a shootout. then tied again -- >> two goals apiece in the shootout. >> reporter: jocelyn lamoureux-davidson made these spectacular moves and scored.
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>> she shoots and scores! >> reporter: it was now up to goalie maddie rooney to contain canada. >> she is stopped! the united states wins gold! >> reporter: this was the end of an agonizing gold medal drought. team usa last won gold in nagano in 1998, the first olympics to include women's ice hockey. canada went on to win four straight olympic titles. so this time the u.s. team sequestered itself inside a florida ice rink for months of intense training. team forward hannah brandt said the only goal was gold. >> with every single person on this team wanting the same thing so badly, i think it's going to be hard to stop us. >> reporter: that determination met this opportunity. >> the united states wins gold! >> reporter: it was not a miracle on ice. these golden girls did not need one. ben tracy, cbs news, pyeongchang.
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>> that is the "overnight news" for this friday. for some of you the news continues. for others check back with us a bit later for the morning news and "cbs this morning." from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm jeff glor.
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>> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." welcome to the "overnight news." i'm tony dokoupil. we begin with another day of listening and learning after the deadliest high school shooting in u.s. history. president trump held the second of three listening sessions at the white house yesterday. he met with state and local officials including the mayor of parkland, florida, the site of last week's massacre that left 17 people dead. as he listened, the president also offered solutions to stop school shooters, including the idea of arming teachers. major garrett is at the white house. >> reporter: listening sessions on two consecutive days here at the white house, and the president's done plenty of talking on his own, saying it is imperative that america arm
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school teachers and other school personnel, combating gun violence with concealed weapons and teachers as skilled in arithmetic and grammar as they are in marksmanship. >> and i'm the biggest believer of the second amendment that there is. okay? i am the biggest. >> reporter: while president trump says he's listening to new ideas about school safety, he emphasized arming teachers and other school personnel, an idea backed by the national rifle association. >> i want certain highly adept people, people that understand weaponry, guns. if they really have that aptitude. because not everybody has an aptitude for a gun. but to have the aptitude, i think a concealed permit for having teachers and letting people know that there are people in the building with a gun -- >> reporter: the president also endorsed financial incentives for teachers with handguns. >> give them a little bit of a bonus. frankly, they'd feel more comfortable having the gun anyway but you give them a little bit of a bonus.
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>> reporter: a florida education commissioner suggested more frequent active shooter drills in schools. >> i think that's a very negative thing to be talking about, to be honest with you. >> i -- >> i don't like it. i'd much rather have a hardened school. i don't like it. >> reporter: at an annual gathering of conservative activists, nra ceo wayne lapierre echoed the president. >> it should not be easier for a madman to shoot up a school than a bank or a jewelry store or some hollywood gala. schools must be the most hardened targets in this country. >> reporter: lapierre also lashed out at democrats, the media, and law enforcement for their response to the parkland shooting. >> as usual, the opportunists wasted not one second to exploit tragedy for political gain. the elites don't care not one whit about america's school system and school children.
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>> reporter: mr. trump consulted with the nra leadership after last week's shooting and agreed not to endorse an assault weapons ban or universal background checks for gun purchases. but he did break with the nra in calling for an age limit, 21 years old, to buy a semi-automatic weapon. today he said the nra would change its mind. >> we're talking about common sense. and it's a great thing. and the nra will -- will back it. >> reporter: conservative activist david schiff from texas said he was concerned about the president's embrace of new gun regulations. >> because it's a slippery slope. and i firmly believe, it's my theory that the second amendment assures that we have a first amendment. a 17-year-old girl is being called a hero for stopping a possible school shooting in vermont. she reported a friend who was allegedly planning to attack his former high school. here's meg oliver. >> i texted him saying the school just got shot up. and he answered, "that's fantastic. i 100% support it."
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>> reporter: angela mcdevit says she met 18-year-old jack sawyer while at a treatment center in maine for troubled teens. when you were at the treatment facility what was jack sawyer like? >> he was very attentive to detail and very kind. >> reporter: mcdevit says she stayed in touch with sawyer after they left the facility but last week their friendship took a turn. according to a vermont state police affidavit, on february 11th sawyer wrote to mcdevit over facebook messenger saying, "just a few days ago i was still plotting on shooting up my old high school." the next day he wrote, "it's been the plan for two years." and on february 14th he allegedly praised the florida school shooting writing, "it's just natural selection taken up a notch." >> i found them disturbing and knew i had to contact somebody in vermont to look further into it. >> reporter: one day after the florida shooting mcdevit met with her new york high school resource officer evan trout who then contacted authorities in vermont. >> people are calling you a hero
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as well. >> i followed through with it, and that's about it. i mean, she definitely is the one who did the most of it. >> reporter: according to the affidavit, when police interviewed sawyer he admitted he was planning a shooting at fair haven union high school and was partly inspired by columbine. he bought a shotgun a few days before. police say when they searched his car they found the shotgun, ammunition, books on columbine, a gas mask, a video recorder, and a journal detailing his plan titled "the journal of an active shooter." police say sawyer told them he was going to use an ar-15, a handgun, and his shotgun to carry out the attack. mcdevit says it wasn't easy to report sawyer but she is glad she did. >> what's your message to other students if they hear of something like this or they see a text message like this? >> it's not a matter of friendship if it's about life at hand. you need to do what you need to do. new car technology is showing promise in preventing
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backup crashes, and it could save lives. many vehicles come with rearview cameras these days. now car makers are adding more sensors and in some cases automatic brakes. here's kris van cleave. >> it was so shocking and sudden. >> reporter: michael dahlen will never forget the day his daughter died. in 2010 a neighbor backed out of his driveway, not seeing 2-year-old abigail was behind the car. >> i went to -- and i had to climb under a car and pick up her body. it was a hard day. >> reporter: starting in may all new cars in the u.s. will be required to have a rearview camera. some automakers are going further, adding backup warning sensors and now reverse automatic braking. for the first time the insurance institute for highway safety tested the combination of technologies. the 2017 subaru outback and cadillac xt-5 suv earned superior ratings. four other vehicles scored an advanced rating for generally avoiding a collision or
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substantially reducing the vehicle's speed. but there's some room to improve. this car did not stop before a driver backed into a dummy car parked at an angle. david zuby is the institute's chief research officer. >> rear auto brake, the sensors, the cameras are going to prevent a lot of property damage crashes and we hope they're also going to prevent some crashes involving people. >> reporter: dahlen hopes the technology will one day mean no other parent has to lose a child like he did. >> i still have -- you know, i still have nightmares. i still have flashbacks. and i wish that -- i don't want anybody to go through it. >> reporter: right now the backup braking systems are designed at preventing accidents involving obstacles that do damage like this. but carmakers are working on adapting it so it can also protect pedestrians passing by the cameras. now, front auto braking, that's supposed to become standard in most cars by 2022, but when it comes to the backup braking
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this is the "cbs overnight news." the fbi is asking for the public's help to solve the mysterious murder of a federal prosecutor more than 16 years ago. assistant u.s. attorney tom wales was shot and killed in his washington state home in 2001. investigators believe there are people who know critical information that could help crack the case. the reward money has been increased to more than $1.5
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million. if wales was targeted because of his job, he would be the first and only u.s. attorney killed in the line of duty. the case has never gone cold, and the reward money now up to $1.5 million may be a sign that investigators believe they're getting closer to the truth. on a chilly october night in 2001 tom wales was home sitting in his basement office when a gunman shot multiple rounds through the window. wales was an 18-year veteran of the u.s. attorney's office in seattle. >> the killer was familiar with tom's property and his work habits. >> reporter: the shooter was careful to avoid setting off floodlights attached to the yard's motion detectors, leading investigators to believe it was a carefully planned execution. more than 16 years later the killer is still at large, and the case was recently the subject of a five-part podcast. >> they say it was the perfect murder. but i'm not buying it. >> reporter: investigators aren't buying it either. they came together wednesday in a seattle conference room named for the fallen u.s. attorney,
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asking the public to help solve the case. >> we have a lot of investigative theories right now. we have several we're very fond of, and we need more information. >> i think they have people identified that they think are the perpetrators. >> reporter: john mckay took over as the u.s. attorney in seattle shortly after wales was killed. >> they're waiting for someone in their circles to come forward and give them maybe the last couple piece that's will push them over the finish line. >> reporter: the reward for information in the case has been raised from up to 1 million to more than $1.5 million after previous leads failed. early on investigators identified a suspect, a commercial airline pilot who denied any involvement and was never charged. through bullet casings they say they identified the weapon but they apparently never found it. wales's daughter suggests her father's duties as a prosecutor might have played a role in his murder. >> if a federal prosecutor can be brutally murdered for carrying out his prosecutorial duties, the law enforcement and
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judicial processes that keep all of us safe are fundamentally compromised. >> and an indication of how committed wales's former colleagues are in solving this case, they're among those who opened their wallets to increase the reward by more than a half million dollars. we'll be right back. lyrics: ooh-oo child
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actor willem dafoe is one of the most recognized faces and voices in hollywood. the 62-year-old is best known for playing movie villains. but next month he's up for an oscar in a very different kind of role.
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martha teischner caught up with him in a story for "sunday morning." >> ready? >> that was a good clap. >> reporter: the big open smile. not necessarily what you'd compare sitting down with willem dafoe, who was once nominated for mtv's best movie villain award. >> we are who we choose to be! >> reporter: as the green goblin in "spider-man." he's even a little sinister as an animated fish in "finding nemo." >> tonight we give the kid a proper reception. >> reporter: famous as he is for looking and sounding menacing. >> those are dummies. >> reporter: in person he's not scary at all. >> a lot of the villains i play with a lot of love and a lot of pleasure. and you also play them as heroes. you know, you don't judge them. >> you can't just not let me have gas. what gives you the authority?
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>> the authority? my job title. manager. >> reporter: bobby, the character dafoe plays in "the florida project," is a kind of hero. >> i got you! >> reporter: he's the manager of a motel on the seedy outskirts of orlando that's home to struggling families always on the edge. >> i'm kind of in the movie connective tissue. >> new job? >> yeah. >> if you're working, who's looking after molly? >> you're not my father. >> i don't want to be your father. >> you can't treat me like this. >> he's going around putting out fires because all these people have pretty challenging lives and there's lots of problems at this budgets motel and i've got to sort things out. >> reporter: the story is set in a place surrounded by kitschy symbols of phony fantasy. where the thing that's real is childhood innocence. filmmaker shawn baker made "the
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florida project" on a minuscule budget. so when willem dafoe sought him out to play bobby, it wasn't for the money. so what was the fascination about this particular movie for you? >> the fact that basically he was making it with a mixed cast of professionals and new performers and children and non-performers filming in an actual place, telling a story that's not usually told of an underclass, of a world that i didn't really know. >> you got your power back. and use your tvs, vcrs, ac, what have you. >> reporter: his understated performance has earned him an oscar nomination for best supporting actor. his third. compare that to his nomination in 2001 for "shadow of the vampire." or to his 1987 nomination for
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"platoon." there's no better way to gauge da v dafoe's range as an actor. at 62 he's always working. >> i'm very high-minded about what i do. i'm very serious about what i do. and i think it can be very important. when i was a young actor everybody used to always say it's not brain surgery. well, it is a little bit because you can change how people think. you can change how you think by performing. >> reporter: he says he remembers his life by the movies he's made. more than 100. four released last year alone. >> heaven is yours. >> reporter: an unimaginable career tra jektd rtrajectory fo from appleton, wisconsin. the son of a surgeon and a nurse, william dafoe was the second youngest of eight children. willem was a nickname that
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stuck. >> he is up at night. he is writing two books. >> mm-hmm. >> reporter: here he is in a college theater production at the university of wisconsin milwaukee. >> milwaukee county. >> reporter: what made you know you needed to come from wisconsin to new york? >> because that was mecca. >> reporter: new york, not hollywood. in 1977 at the age of 22 he found himself living in the east village. >> near here? >> tompkins square park. yeah. it's a rough neighborhood. >> reporter: but a good place at a good time to shape the kind of actor he would become. >> when you started out as an actor here, what were your dreams? >> my dream was to get through next week and to be around these people that i thought were really fascinating and stimulated me. and initially that was this downtown scene and specifically these people working at the
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wooster group. it was a new kind of work. it wasn't a commercial work. it was a work that was personal and it was a work that pushed forms. >> reporter: the wooster group was experimental theater at its most experimental. 27 years with the company taught dafoe a very physical kind of acting. >> i have a lot of faith in the wisdom of the body. you know, i feel like the body doesn't lie. >> you said that you sometimes feel that your acting is -- that you're more like a dancer. >> right. i think i express myself best through my body. i forget myself. >> they're angels. >> reporter: and your face. the way you use your face. >> i don't use my face. my face uses me. really. >> i have gaps in my teeth. >> i think my face is expressive. but i have nothing to do with it. >> it just happens. >> it happens. >> and it's really no problem to
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get rid of chocolate peanuts. suck them. >> reporter: only a confident character actor would dare engage in such on-screen silliness. he can be very funny. >> this is a disaster! >> reporter: yes, willem dafoe. but he's still taking roles like this one, in "the life and death of marina abramovich." he picks his projects based on whether he feels challenged. the production was directed by his wife, italian actress and filmmaker jada colagrande. they live in rome and new york. dafoe's son jack from a previous relationship is a lawyer. spend any time at all with willem dafoe and you understand that he likes to disappear into his roles and his life. >> i like hollywood fine. but i don't live there. >> and that's because? >> that's because i love new
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york. i like being in california when i'm there because i'm usually working and i see friends and the weather's nice and all that. but i feel like i die a little. because i like the streets. i like being out. you know, it's pretty heavy being an actor in los angeles because you're always reminded of yourself. where here it's much easier to get lost. >> please welcome willem dafoe. >> reporter: so for this consummate shape shifter to emerge and play the hollywood game in the run-up to the oscars speaks not so much to his ambition as it does to his generosity. >> i'm very thankful that i was nominated. and i'm not blase about it at all. i'm very happy. and since the movie wasn't nominated i'm really proud to represent the movie. >> you're the flag bearer essentially. >> i'm the flag bearer and i'm happy to do that because i like this movie very much.
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there's a big competition happening in south korea, and it's not the winter games. the cosmetic industry is booming and companies are wrestling for control of a very different kind of market. men. holly williams is in seoul. >> reporter: traditional ideas of masculinity in south korea emphasize strength and stoicism. embodied by these guards at the old royal palace. but heny park is part of a new generation. he doesn't leave the house without at least six products. including bb cream, a type of light foundation. >> it actually covers some spots on my face. >> reporter: he shells out $2,000 a year on beauty products, he told us.
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partly because of pressure from his girlfriend. sales of cosmetic product in south korea now top $7 billion a year, and south korean men are reportedly spending more per capita on cosmetics than any other nation. influenced by well-groomed korean celebrities and encouraged by internet tutorials and advertisements that target men the same way they've always targeted women, suggesting an expensive cream will somehow make them more desirable. this one features psy. you might remember him from his hit "gangnam style," which poked fun at image-conscious south koreans. image is so important to jong kim yun, who's a surgeon, that he gets botox injections every six months to give his jawline more definition. "the most important thing is that i cure people," he told us, "but i don't want to repel my
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patients." south korean society is hyper-competitive. and for some keeping up with the kims means going under the knife. at this clinic they say the most popular procedures for men are eye enlargement, nose augmentation, and contouring to make their faces look narrower. but not everyone here is pursuing outward perfection. kei jun kwan is an 86-year-old buddhist monk and told us he's never moisturized in his life. everyone has a bit of vanity, he told us, but what's inside is more important. holly williams, cbs news, seoul. and that's the "overnight news" for this friday. for some of you the news continues. for others check back a little bit later for the morning news and do not miss "cbs this morning" from the broadcast center in new york city. i'm tony dokoupil.
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captioning funded by cbs it's friday, february 23rd, 2018. this is the "cbs morning news." president trump makes a push to arm teachers. >> instead of advertising this school has no guns, we are gun-free, you let the people know the opposite. nobody's going to attack that school. plus, 32 new charges are filed against the president's former campaign aides paul manafort and rick gates. and talk about being in the right place at the right time. a police officer makes a lifein


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