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minutes. we'll see you then. captioning sponsored by cbs >> healthcare at a military base. a hazmat situation sends a number of people to the hospital. also tonight new details of what the parkland gunman was planning as students prepare for a emotional return to school. >> jared has done a outstanding job. >> we have the only american network news team in syria for a rare look inside the civil war. how israel protects school kids. ♪ it was 20 years ago today >> and >> glor: and the sergeant was decorated with a grammy a half a century ago. this is the "cbs evening news" with jeff glor.
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>> glor: and this is our western edition. good evening. we are going to begin here developing story at a military base in northern virginia. a number of people became ill after someone at the base opened a letter. we are at the base and following the story tonight. chris. >> jeff, this is being treated as a hazmat situation. the arlington county, virginia fire department count eleven people feeling ill after a letter was opened here on base with an unknown substance late this afternoon. the building was evacuated. a investigation is under way. it's next to arlington national cemetery where several top commanders including joint chiefs live, home to a day care facility and the old cemetery
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for funerals at arlington. jeff. >> jeff: thank you, also this evening security clearance for jared kushner has been down graded. he will no longer have access to the top security report, the president daily >> reporter: mr. president, on jared's downgraded clearance, sir, any concerns? >> reporter: president trump ignored questions about whether his son in law, jared kushner's, high-level security clearance had been downgraded, effectively shutting off his access to information that, if disclosed, could be damaging to national security. as an adviser to the president, kushner had been granted interim access to such materials while the f.b.i. completed his background check. the report was delayed after kushner had to refile his paperwork three times because of undisclosed contacts with foreign nationals. one of those encounters was a june 2016 meeting with a russian lawyer at trump tower, a meeting that is now being examined by special counsel robert mueller.
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>> he's a valued member of the team, and he will continue to do the important work that he's sten doing since he started in the administration. or reporter: kushner's portfolio gncludes key foreign policy items, like middle east peace and trade negotiations with mexico. >> general kelly respects jared a lot. >> reporter: on friday, president trump said he left the decision on kushner's security clearance up to the chief of staff, john kelly. >> and general kelly will make that call. i won't make that call, i will let the general, who is right here, make that call. but jared's doing some very important things for our country. >> reporter: kelly put new clearance rules in place after the disclosure that former staff secretary robert porter had obtained an interim security clearance, despite his f.b.i. background check that had revealed domestic abuse allegations by two ex-wives. a spokesperson for kushner told lvs news that, "those involved h the process again have confirmed that there are dozens of people at mr. kushner's level whose process is delayed." >> glor: margaret, do we know if jared kushner's background check
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raised any red flags? >> reporter: well, no red flags, thr se, but that final approval is still being delayed. the president himself on friday blamed some of that on complex anancial transactions and a broken system. but as to his ongoing role as an seviser to the president, multiple administration cificials have raised concern bat kushner may be naive or even easily manipulated because he doesn't have experience on ome of the incredibly complex foreign policy issues that he is involved with. jeff. >> glor: our white house correspondence and moderator of "face the nation," margaret brennan. margaret, thank you very much. it has been nearly two weeks since a gunman killed 17 people and wounded 16 at a high school in parkland, florida. now, it turns out police say it could have been a lot worse. manuel bojorquez now on what the gunman may have been planning. manny. >> reporter: well, jeff, indeed, tonight, we are learning more people could have been injured or killed. sources tell cbs news that after
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suspected gunman nikolas cruz began firing in the first and second floors of the freshman building, he continued to make his way up. and that is where investigators believe he planned on using a third-floor stairwell as a vantage point to shoot at students. sources say cruz attempted to create a sniper's nest by shooting out a glass window, firing 16 rounds into the glass. however, the hurricane-proof glass appeared to have stopped it from shattering. as terrified students ran from the school, investigators believe cruz tried to reload, but after changing magazine clips, his gun may have jammed. with more than 180 rounds of ammunition left, cruz allegedly then put down his weapon and left the building, blending in with other students. cbs news is also learning tonight that images of swastikas were found on the ammunition magazines used by the suspected shooter, nikolas cruz. jeff. >> glor: all right, manny, thank you very much. asetty fascinating to hear what those hurricane windows can do.
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tsudents will return to marjory stoneman douglas high school tomorrow for the first time since the shooting. they will have a half day of classes tomorrow. adriana diaz is also there. >> reporter: today a parkland father, andrew pollack, appealed directly to state lawmakers. >> i want to be the last father of a murdered kid that's ever in this country. that's it. >> reporter: his 18-year-old daughter, meadow pollack, was killed at stoneman douglas high school. what do you think it's going to be like walking through the front gates tomorrow? carlos rodriguez and lorena sanabria will join more than ur000 students returning to owasses tomorrow for the first time in two weeks. >> just this morning, i was, like, at this time tomorrow, i'm going to be in school. sd, like, that hit me. so, yeah. it's going to be a process. >> reporter: when they arrive, they won't have a clear view of building 12, the crime scene. it's now obscured by a fence plastered with posters showing support. >> going back to our normal lives is going to definitely be
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hard for me. code red going on. t reporter: the last time 17- year-old rodriguez was at school, he captured students running to take cover. the last time you were at school was when the shooting happened. how are you feeling now going back? >> it's not going to be the same hallways. it's not going to be the same smiles. it's definitely going to be rough just to be in school and s st to know that, that's a place where 17 people died. >> reporter: they'll be greeted by principal ty thompson, who made a promise to his students: >> eagles, i promise you, i will hug each and every one of you as many times as you need, and i yoll hold you as long as you need me to for all 3,300 of you. >> reporter: tomorrow will be a half-day with extra security on campus. there will be counselors on campus. there will be extra security on campus. does that make you feel safer? >> yeah-- no, not really. 'sth all the security and all
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the guards and everything, i think it's going to make it harder for us to heal. ou reporter: grief counselors will be in every classroom that's missing a student who passed away. the principal here received advice from the principal at inlumbine, who suggested changing the sound of the fire alarm so it's less likely to trigger students' memories from trat day. jeff. >> glor: adriana diaz, thank you. in syria, a five-hour truce ordered by the assad government's chief ally russia took effect today in a rebel- held town outside of damascus, no supplies got into the ghouta neighborhood, and no wounded were evacuated. seth doane is the only u.s. correspondent inside syria tonight. he reports from government-held territory in the capital. >> reporter: mortars hit the mosque? mortars hit the school. hit your home? "they also hit my house" nihad assaf told us as we walked along a street pockmarked by shrapnel. we see where mortars are fallen.
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this neighborhood in damascus is not far from eastern ghouta. syrian forces have been brutally bombing the rebels for the past ten days. the rebels have fired back with mortars, their main weapon. one tore into the second floor of hamdeh's house. "they hit my home and made my wife and family afraid," he said. "those people are terrorists." tday, there was a brief lull in the fighting, supposedly to let humanitarian aid into eastern ghouta. the hospital, back in the government-held part, was quieter, too. he was hit by a mortar in two places. this is shrapnel. medical director nihad assaf introduced to us his patient who was injured in a mortar attack. >> he said, "in one moment, they were a family-- father and mother and son. adw, their son is dead."
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yeah. >> reporter: his son died? >> yeah. >> reporter: elias khouli was four. you're a doctor. you'd think you'd be immune to e me of this. >> i think this war is very bad for all the syrians, not only for us. or reporter: there is pain among anvilians caught on both the government and the rebel side of this conflict. and tonight, jeff, we have been hearing explosions in the distance picking up again. when the air strikes hit, they sound like thunder. >> glor: seth doane, the only u.s. correspondent inside syria. e th, thank you. a surprise decision today by a federal judge in san diego. judge gonzalo curiel sided with the president and rejected a challenge to construction of a border wall. curiel is the judge candidate trump criticized in 2016, suggesting the judge's mexican inritage made him biased against mr. trump in the trump university fraud case.
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os investigations continue into russian meddling in the 2016 election, congress was warned by the n.s.a. today that it could happen again this year. more on that now from jeff pegues. >> we're taking steps, but we're probably not doing enough. >> reporter: admiral rogers kicked responsibility for the lack of action upstairs. >> i want to know why the hell not! >> ma'am, i'm not-- >> what's is going to take? >> i'm an operational commander, l 'am. you're asking me a question that's so much bigger than me. >> reporter: earlier this month, f.b.i. director christopher wray told congress much the same. >> we're taking a lot of specific efforts to blunt our-- >> as directed by the president? >> not-- not as specifically idrected by the president. >> reporter: more than a year ago, the obama administration officially blamed russia for rfterfering in the 2016 election, exposing what the n ssians had been up to was part of a u.s. response the obama administration launched, beginning with public sanctions. but president trump has sent mixed messages, especially about vladimir putin's involvement.
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t i believe that he feels that he and russia did not meddle in ele election. as to whether i believe it or not, i'm with our agencies. >> reporter: u.s. intelligence officials say the cyber attacks thntinue, and they expect russian hackers to target computer networks ahead of november's midterm elections. dachael daniel, cyber-security coordinator for president obama, says the russians have one goal- - to raise doubt. >> to raise doubt. the russians are going to try to use that tool to further their foreign policy goals and blunt ours and undermine the u.s. >> reporter: the state election officials that we've talked to say the guidance from washington n s at times been disorganized md underwhelming, and many fear that at this point, no matter what is done between now and november to defend against the hackers, it may be too little, too late. jeff. >> glor: our justice and homeland security correspondent jeff pegues. thank you. there's much more ahead on tonight's cbs evening news, including how israel keeps
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>> reporter: none? >> no one. we have apt least one security guard. i think it provides us with everything we need. this is the job of the police. this is the job of the state. e reporter: every gun owner in israel has to go through training like this. this is actually a group of security guards at schools. they have to do this every four months. >> dealing with a weapon. >> reporter: like many instructors, sharon gat is ex- military. he said tough background checks also make schools safer here. in the u.s., there is a perception that in israel everybody has a gun. is that true or false? >> false, very false. gun laws in america are much n re loose than gun laws in israel. >> reporter: in israel, it can take up to three months to get a gun. for starters, you have to be over 27, unless you've served in the military. then, you must prove that your job requires a gun, and get a doctor to sign off. >> any epilepsy or loss of
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ornsciousness or rhythm disturbances. >> reporter: if i said i have those things? >> then you cannot have a gun. >> reporter: doctors like omri ben ezra also check for mental illness. >> raise it. look-- >> reporter: the final step is at the gun range. >> very good. >> reporter: this is israel's version of a driver's test for gun owners. i'm about to find out if i passed. how did i do? >> so, you did pretty well. >> reporter: but about 40% of security guards and civilians f fail and need to reapply, ensuring schools have the best defense. jonathan vigliotti, cbs news, tel aviv. >> glor: up next here tonight, walter cronkite's landmark commentary 50 years ago. t you c. you walked together. you built your home again. my dna showed that i'm native american, and connected me to cousins who taught me about our tribe.
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an honorable people who lived up to their pledge to defend democracy and did the best they could. >> glor: that was walter cronkite 50 years ago tonight. nt days later, president johnson announced he would not run for re-election. roars later, cronkite reflected on johnson's decision. >> i don't think our broadcast had a principal effect on, that but i think it was a straw on the back of a lot of indications that he was unhappy with the progress of the war and thought he ought to-- he himself ought to get out. >> glor: 50 years ago tonight. now a program note. a cbsn originals documentary reveals how social media companies are being used to target a vulnerable muslim minority in myanmar, all known as burma. the program streams tonight at 8:00, 7:00 central on our 24- hour channel, you can watch any time on cbsnews.com.
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>> glor: how can it be that a eaoundbreaking album sounds better now than it did half a century ago? here's mark phillips with a little help from his friends. gtit was 20 years ago today sgt. pepper taught the band to play ♪ >> reporter: it was 50 years ago this month, actually, that "sgt. pepper's lonely hearts club band" won four grammys, including album of the year. ♪ sgt. pepper's lonely hearts club band ♪
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>> reporter: but the album did more than win awards and set sales records. id divided time between the world before sgt. pepper and the world after. ♪ i read the news today oh, boy ep reporter: it was an album performed by a different kind of --nd-- a musical act that had become a victim of its own success. >> we can't develop where no one can hear us, you know what i mean? so for us to perform, it's difficult. so we're trying to get better with things like recording. etit's getting better all the time ♪ >> they deliberately pulled seemselves out of beatlemania. >> reporter: giles martin is the son of george martin, the legendary beatles producer that took sgt. pepper to places pop music had never been. atd they know at the time that they had changed rock history? >> i'm not sure if it was deliberate, but they wanted to do different things all of the .ime. the conscious decision was we're
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already bored by what we're doing. it wasn't how can we change the face of popular music. >> 1967, the summer it was one. >> reporter: paul gambaccini is a d.j., author and walking music encyclopedia. >> although most people praised it, richard goldstein panned it. >> reporter: hated it? >> did i get it wrong? i think so. what i didn't pick up is where it was leading music. that decision to take music and blast all the framework that pop music had been encased in, like a very tight girdle, and just let it flow freely, was alcredibly influential on the counter-culture and the whole history of music. >> reporter: bring up a chord. nothing flowed more freely than the album's final chord. ♪ ♪ which giles martin has remixed, along with the rest of the
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album, and which, 50 years later-- surprise, surprise-- has also shot to number one. there's just so much more in the new one, so much more. like its final chord, "sgt. pepper" goes on forever. ♪ ♪ mark phillips, cbs news, london. ♪ ♪ >> glor: that it did. that is the cbs evening news tonight. i'm jeff glor. the news continues now on cbsn. errol barnett is ready. have a good night. see you tomorrow. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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city hall. another a car brea kpix5 news begins with a gutsy theft right in front of san francisco city hall. another car-break in, the victim? a firefighter and he's not being quiet about it. good evening. i'm veronica de la cruz. >> i'm allen martin. san francisco firefighters union president is taking his frustration to twitter calling out interim mayor mark farrell, kpix5 susie steimle live at city hall with the tweet that got the mayor's attention. >> reporter: when i asked tom o'connor today what his reaction was when he came out and saw all the smashed glass around his car in broad daylight right outside city hall, he said he thinks what most san franciscans think when this happens to them. first he wondered what was stolen and second he says he shrugged his shoulders because it's happened before and he's not surprised it happened again. >> we were right in the middle
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of contract negotiations yesterday oddly enough and when i came out, i found my car had been broken into right in the middle of the day right in front of city hall. >> reporter: thomas o'connor showed us the busted out window of his work car today. this is the third time his car has been broken into in two years in san francisco. all were in broad daylight. he was so frustrated he posted this tweet that read #city'sfine , #noproblemhere#markfarrell. >> reporter: the mayor said he sees this as an issue of police resources. he promises to add money in the budget specifically for sfpd to tackle this problem. >> we need to do better as a city. >> reporter: last week george gascon held a press conference where he asked the city for $1

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