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captioning sponsored by cbs >> we've had a national tragedy here on our hands. >> glor: a deadly bridge collapse in miami. we'll look at the special construction method now under scrutiny. also tonight, a fire at a texas chemical plant, and the freak accident that may have sparked it. the special counsel subpoenas records from the trump organization. does this cross the president's red line? new video shows the florida deputy who failed to enter the high school as a massacre was under way. travelers at a number of u.s. airports may have been exposed to measles. a new study finds something you would not want to drink in most bottled waters. >> one time out, they don't take it! he got it! >> glor: and an epic buzzer-beater on day one of the
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n.c.a.a. tournament. what is loyola basketball's most valuable prayer. this is the "cbs evening news" with jeff glor. >> glor: good evening. we're going to begin in miami tonight, where rescue workers are searching for survivors of a catastrophic bridge collapse. the newly installed pedestrian bridge at florida international university crashed on to the roadway below today, landing on cars. a number of people were killed. 10 people are in the hospital tonight, two in very critical condition. manuel bojorquez is on the scene for us. manny. >> reporter: well, jeff, this remains a risky search-and-rescue operation. and behind me, you can see why. there is a part of the bridge that is still teetering on one of the support columns, and crews want to ensure that section will not collapse as they continue to search for victims. ( sirens ). >> oh, my god. >> reporter: the frightening collapse happened shortly before
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2:00 p.m. a newly constructed pedestrian bridge, 950 tons of concrete and steel, came crashing down on this busy, six-lane thoroughfare. >> the bridge fell on us! >> the fridg bridge at f.i.u. jt collapsed. >> reporter: vehiclees were pancaked beneath the rubble. one horrified driver captured the scene on video just moments after escaping death. "look what fell on us," he says. "thank god nothing happened to us, but the people in front of us, the people just died." emergency workers scrambled to rescue survivors. witnesses say they could hear frantic calls for help from those still trapped in the wreckage. >> i jump you said out of my carc locked my car, and i ran toward the victims to see if we could help anybody, but when i saw-- the only thing you could see were the car lights in the front. it's totally smashed, almost to the ground. so there was only one girl that
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survived. >> reporter: fire division chief paul estopian. >> our teams are still in rescue and search mode. they're still work the debris pile. we have search dogs in place. we're drilling holes in the pile to try to locate any viable patients. >> reporter: the 750-foot pedestrian bridge was installed just this past saturday, connecting florida international university, and the city of sweetwater. even though it was still not open to foot traffic, the elevated span was seen as a welcome addition to the neighborhood and thought to be a safer crossing for thousands of f.i.u. students. >> glor: and, manny, are crews still hoping to find survivors tonight? >> reporter: they are. they say they will not stop until they make sure that there's no one else underneath the rubble. more than 100 firefighters here right now. some of them, we're told, are equipped with listening devices, and they're actually where they can safely do tdrilling holes into the rubble, and using fiber optics to try to see underneath. they're also using search dogs. >> glor: we are certainly
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hoping they are successful tonight. manny, thank you very much. a special method was used on this bridge, ostensibly to minimize traffic disruption and maximize safety. it is called "accelerate the bridge construction." jim axelrod has more on this. ( cheers ) >> reporter: it was a moment of celebration for florida international university this past saturday when the pedestrian bridge was put in place. as the university's own time-lapse video shows. >> this is a dream come true for our university. >> reporter: f.i.u.'s president mark rosenberg hailed the design of the bridge, supposed to last 100 years, and be able to withstand a category 5 hurricane. at 174 feet long and 950 tons, the main span of the bridge was lifted from its temporary supports and rotated 90 degrees across eight lanes of highway. but cbs news has learned two of the firms that built the bridge have been accused of unsafe practices. munilla construction management,
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a federal military contract oar for the army and navy, partnered with the figg bridge engineers, which has contracted with the kennedy space center and nasa. >> on friday morning, we closed 8th street and there was no bridge. and on monday morning, the bridge will be in place. >> reporter: m.c.m.'s president, jorge munilla, was full of pride saturday about the quick installation of the span, but just 10 days ago, the company was sued in south florida by a t.s.a. employee hurt at the fort lauderdale airport. the employee's lawyer alleges a makeshift bridge m.c.m. built for workers to use while the company does construction at the airport broke under his weight. as for figg, a 90-ton portion of a bridge the company was assembling in virginia in june of 2012 fell apart while under construction. the "virginian pilot" reports four workers were hurt, and state regulators find figg $28,000 for safety violations, saying it was "pure luck no one was killed."
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today, both m.c.m. and figg said they will cooperate with investigators on the scene. figg added they are stunned and that in their 40-year history, nothing like this has ever happened before. workers at the scene report that today, the bridge was reportedly undergoing some sort of stress test. >> glor: jim axelrod, thank you very much. there was a powerful explosion today at a chemical plant in crescent, texas, near fort worth. one worker has not been found. two were injured. one of them was badly burned. investigators say he may have accidentally started the fire by drag his foot in an area where chemicals were being mixed. fire crews had to stay clear of the plant because of the fumes and the chance of another explosion. video released today from stoneman douglas high school in florida shows a sheriffs deputy remaining outside as a gunman murdered 17 students and staff inside. officers are trained to engage an active shooter. more now on this from adriana diaz in parkland.
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>> reporter: surveillance video captured the response of deputy scot peterson, the school's only armed security officer, about a minute after the shooting began. peterson, in the dark-green uniform, quickly turns and jumps into a golf cart to investigate. he radioed the sheriffs office with a warning: >warning: >> reporter: seconds later, he's seen running, and then stops to radio dispatch again. >> reporter: pierce son stays across from building 12, which is out of view, just to the left of the pavement. he directs officers to lock the school down and block traffic. >> reporter: during the six-minute shooting, as nikolas cruz turned classrooms into deadly chaos, peterson hardly moved. he never entered the building. though the 32-year veteran
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deputy has won awards for his record, broward county sheriff, scott israel, said after he watched peterson in the video, he was... >> devastated, sick to my stomach. there are no words. >> reporter: after the shooting, peterson said through his lawyer that he didn't go inside because he thought the shooting was happening outside. we reached out to him and his lawyer today, but they did not respond to our request for comment. peterson was suspended and then retired, but he is still under investigation. jeff. >> glor: adriana diaz in parkland, thank you. a couple developments involving the u.s. and russia today. the trump administration slapped new sanctions on 19 russians accused of meddling in the 2016 election. and the trump organization was ordered to turn over documents to investigators. jeff pegues is following this. >> reporter: the subpoena from special counsel robert mueller, which "the new york times" reported was delivered in recent weeks, bring the russia probe closer to the president. the trump organization says it
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is cooperating. last july, mr. trump signaled that any examination of his family finances would cross a red line. >> i would say yes. i would say yes. >> reporter: white house press secretary sarah huckabee sanders: >> as the president has said numerous times, there was no collusion between the campaign and russia. >> reporter: but the subpoena suggests the special counsel, which is investigating russian interference in the 2016 election, is digging deeper. what is he after? robert litt was the top lawyer in the office of the director of national intelligence. >> it means that, for some reason, he seems to feel that transactions involving the trump organization are re relevant tos investigation. >> reporter: also today, the government announced sanctions against five organizations and 19 people tied to the russian operation in 2016. some of whom have also been indicted by the special counsel. among those targeted is yevgeny prigozhin, dubbed "putin's chef." he controlled the cyber teams in this building in st. petersburg,
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russia. u.s. officials charge they created and managed fake online person as that reached millions of people in the u.s. u.s. officials believe vladimir putin is overseeing a broader cyber campaign against western targets. james lewis is a cyber-security expert. >> they've gotten away with all these things in the last three or four years. it's been pretty much a penalty-free ride for them. >> reporter: you won't find a lot of people who believe that sanctions alone will stop the russian attacks. today, an alert went out warning that russian hackers are targeting power grids and other critical infrastructure, but so far, u.s. officials believe that they have been able to disrupt the attacks. jeff. >> glor: jeff pegues, thank you very much. new documents may link the trump organization to efforts to silence stormy daniels, the daylight film actress who has claimed she had an affair with mr. trump. a trump lawyer signed the documents, regarding $130,000
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payout to daniels. the trump company insists it had no involvement in the matter. saudi arabia's crown prince says that if iran builds nuclear weapons, his country will do the same. biann mohammed bin salman spoh norah o'donnell for sunday's "60 minutes. the 32-year-old crowned prince held nothing back when talking about iran. >> reporter: you've been rivals for centuries. at its heart, what is this rift about? is it a battle for islam? >> iran... >> ( translated ): iran is not a rifle to saudi arabia. its army is not among the top five armies in the muslim world. the saudi economy is larger thants iranian economy. iran is far from being equal to saudi arabia. >> reporter: but i've seen that you called the ayatollah the new hitler of the middle east. >> ( translated ): absolutely. >> reporter: why? >> ( translated ): because he wants to expand. he wants to create his own
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project in the middle east, very much like hitler, who wanted to expand at the time. many countries around the world and in europe did not realize how dangerous hitler was until what happened, happened. i don't want to see the same events happening nonetheless middle east. >> reporter: does saudi arabia need nuclear weapons to counter iran? >> ( translated ): saudi arabia does not want to acquire any nuclear bomb, but without a doubt, if iran developed a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible. >> glor: and you can see norah's interview with crown prince mohammed bin salman this sunday on "60 minutes." we are following a developing story in western iraq tonight. a u.s. military aircraft has crashed, and there are fatalities, we are told. u.s. central command tells cbs news that rescue teams are responding to the scene right now. the aircraft was not on a combat mission. in syria, more than 12,000 civilians escaped from ghouta today. that is the largest exodus since the assad regime began bombing
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the damascus suburb last month, the last rebel-held town near the capital. today marks seven years since the syrian civil war began. human rights groups say more than 500,000 have been killed. 12 million syrians, more than half the population, have fled their homes. health officials are warning people who went through airports in newark, new jersey; detroit; and memphis this month may have been exposed to measles. it was carried by two people from oversees. >> reporter: the first case office march 6, when a contagious passenger flew from an unknown origin abroad to detroit metropolitan airport, the second on march 12. a young child arrived at newark liberty international airport from brussels, then went to memphis. the new jersey daelg is warning anyone who was in terminal "b" or "c" at newark between 2:45 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on sunday, to seek medical attention if they develop sympt am ons. just how contagious is this?
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>> reporter: it's super contagious. it's spread through the air. >> reporter: i brought cbs 'jon lapook with me to newark airport. >> if you just touch the screen, you can pick up the measles virus if it happens to be there. the good news is somebody who is here today doesn't have to worry. the measles virus only lasts two hours or less, even on the surface or in the air. >> reporter: so everyone who was here march 12 needs to be concerned. >> they said it was between 12:45 and 9:00 or so. >> reporter: i was here. >> uh-huh. >> reporter: i was here. >> well, you look pretty good. were you immunized? >> reporter: i was imnilessed. >> and that's the best thing you can do. >> reporter: how do you know you have it? >> it can be truckie, a sore throat, runny nose, and maybe pink eye and fever and then you come down with the classic rash. one of the tricky things sucan be infectious four to five days before you even come down with symptoms. so people may not even know that they have the measles and they're walk around and they're spreading it. >> reporter: people most at risk are children under the age of five, people with weak immune
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systems, and pregnant women. the vaccination rate for measles in the u.s. is around 90%, so if you've been vaccinated you're 97% protected. and you don't need to take another booster, jeff. >> glor: good combination there, you and dr. lapook. we got all the information we need. michelle, thank you very much. up next on tonight's cbs evening news, a new study finds when you drink bottled warrant you are swallowing plastic. and later, a dramatic win in college basketball today with a little help from a friend. heartburn. no one burns on my watch! try alka seltzer ultra strength heartburn relief chews. with more acid-fighting power than tums chewy bites. mmmmm...amazing. i have heartburn. ultra strength from alka seltzer. enjoy the relief.
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a human hair. the study identified some of the plastic as polypropylene, the same type of plastic used in bottle caps. to find those tiny pieces, scientists used a special dye that sticks to plastic. those lighter bits you see floating, they say that's the plastic. professor sherri mason ran the test commissioned by nonprofit journalism group orb media. >> if you're drinking only bottled water and you do this every day over, you know, a year, you know, you're literally talking thousands of pieces of plastic that you're ingesting simply from the bottled water that you're drinking. >> reporter: the water came from 11 different brands in nine countries, and the report says the amount of particles varied from bottle to bottle, even among packs from the same brand. but the bottled water contained twice as much plastic as in a previous study of tap water. now, the bottled water industry group is pushing back saying the report is not based on sound science and unnecessarily scares
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consumers. some of the companies, including nestle water, said they do their own tests and cannot confirm the findings here. all say they adhere to strict safety standards. but, jeff, some companies confirmed they are aware of the issue of microplastic contanination, which is something i think consumers not aware of-- at least most people. >> glor: yeah, it sure makes you think twice. all right, anna, thank you very much. coming up here tonight, an accident left their camper hanging over the edge. help you reach your goals. it's having the confidence to create the future that's most meaningful to you. it's protection for generations of families, and 150 years of strength and stability. and when you're able to harness all of that, that's the power of pacific. ask a financial advisor about pacific life.
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in the first run of the n.c.a.a. tournament. the victorious ram blers surrounded the team's special inspiration, 98-year-old sister jean. she, the coach and some of the players talked to cbs sports. >> sister jean is our team chaplain. she's our team comfort blanket. she's our team scout. she's just a blessing. the way she prays for us, the way she smiles. when you walk in a room and you see sister there you just kind of feel-- you feel good. >> my null name is sister jean dolores schmidt, but everybody calls me sister jean. i'm 98 years old. >> 98? she has more energy than some people i know my age. >> every day she sends out emails, like, "donte, you did this great today. they were out to get you, but, you know, you handled it well, and we need that next game." i mean, she's like another assistant coach. >> i scout the opponents, and
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then just tell them who they should watch out for because they are making too many 3s or they're overpowering somebody. i tell them, "give it to the fella who's hot tonight, because sometimes the best are called, and we don't want that." i'm not an expert, but i've been doing brackets for years now. i'm not in a pool or anything like that, because i'm connected with athletics, and that kind of behavior is not permitted by n.c.a.a., and that's fine with me because i just have a lot of fun doing it. i have lola going to the sweet 16. but i have a second bracket, which i call "the cinderella dream bracket" where i have them going to the final game. >> glor: she does brackets. amazing. we thank our friends at cbs sports for that, and cbs sports coverage of march
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