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ca captioning sponsored by cbs >> it's a disgrace. it's frankly a real disgrace. >> glor: f.b.i. agents raid michael cohen's home and office. we'll have the latest on what they might be looking for. also tonight... >> we'll be making some major decisions over the next 24 to 48 hours. >> glor: ...the president prepares to respond to syria's apparent chemical weapons attack. >> nothing is off the table. >> glor: the first national guard troops head for the boxican border. evat prosecutors revealed today as a one-time cosby show actress protested outside his retrial. a look at what facebook c.e.o. mark zuckerberg will say to congress tomorrow. >> i'm not sorry. >> glor: but he is now. why self-help guru tony robbins changed his mind. exd one man's extraordinary search for his daughter.
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this is the "cbs evening news" with jeff glor. >> glor: this is our western edition. tonight we are watching multiple developments at the white house where the president is weighing a response to the latest apparent chemical weapons attack in syria. but we begin here with f.b.i. raids in new york today at the home and office of the president's personal attorney michael cohen. here is the president's reaction >> it's a disgraceful situation. it's a total witch-hunt. i've been saying it for a long time. it's an attack on our country in a true sense. it's an attack on what we all stand for. >> glor: justice correspondent jeff pegues has more on today's raids. >> reporter: michael cohen's lawyer says the search warrants are part of a referral by the office of the special counsel robert mueller. he called the warrants "completely inappropriate and unnecessary." during a search of locations linked to cohen, investigators seized documents and other materials, but it is unclear
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whether investigators are specifically interested in some aspect of cohen's role in the 2016 election or specifically his payment of $130,000 to porn star stormy daniels, who talked about her alleged affair with the president in a "60 minutes" erterview with anderson cooper. >> i guess i'm not 100% sure on why you're doing this. >> because it was very important ab me to be able to defend myself. >> reporter: last week the president brushed off questions about the affair and the payment, choosing instead to refer reporters to cohen. >> i look forward to giving them all the information they're looking for. >> reporter: over the years, cohen has been one of the president's most trusted legal and business advisers.
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he doesn't shy away from being called a fixer. in dozens of conversations with cohen, he has repeatedly emphasized to me that he's a loyal friend of president trump and proud of it. the signature line of his e-mail says that he is personal attorney to president donald j. trump, and just last month the two had dinner together on the eve of the stormy daniels "60 minutes" interview. jeff? >> glor: jeff, thank you very much. we are going to go now to paula reid who is at the white house. paula, you're a correspondent but also an attorney. break this down for us. what does it mean? >> reporter: this signals there is now a second criminal investigation into the president's inner circle and that it was approved at the highest levels of the justice department. so this decision to take evidence that was uncovered by s.ecial counsel and hand it over the a u.s. attorney's office in new york, that would likely have to be approved by deputy attorney general rod rosenstein, a frequent target of the president's criticism. more bad news for the president is former justice department officials tell me that not all
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of his communications with mr. cohen will be protected, especially those that have nothing to do with directly seeking legal advice. all of today's developments have renewed the president's anger toward the special counsel and his own justice department. tonight, jeff, he would not rule out the possibility of ordering the firing of special counsel robert mueller. >> glor: paula reid, thank you very much. president trump is holding a dinner meeting this evening with his top military advisers. they are considering a response si the apparent chemical attack against civilians in syria by the assad regime. the president said a decision could come by the end of the day. both he at the white house and ambassador nikki haley at the united nations condemned the syrian attack. >> it was an atrocious attack. it was horrible. you don't see things like that as bad as the news is around the world, you just don't see those images. >> the russian regime whose hands are all covered in the drood of syrian children cannot be ashamed by pictures of its victims.
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>> glor: now to the attack that led to all of this. we caution you, some of the images in this report by holly williams are graphic. >> reporter: survivors in douma smelled strongly of chlorine, according to medics, a chemical heat can be deadly in confined spaces and especially toxic for children. we cannot independently verify these videos, but many of the dead seem to have collapsed with no obvious signs of injury. we spoke with one medic by phone t o told us he treated around 70 of the victims, but for his own safety asked that we not identify him. >> reporter: the syrian regime is accused of using chlorine as a weapon many times before. and these alleged chemical
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bombardment comes as the regime attacks the rebel stronghold of eastern ghouta. but the regime, as always, denies it's used chemical weapons. its ally, russia, was even more categorical and called the allegations "fake news." overnight air strikes targeted a syrian regime air base near the city of homs. according to russia they were fired by two israeli fighter jets. the air base is used by the regime's other backer, iran. we don't know if the strikes were connected with the alleged chemical attack, but the carnage of the last 48 hours lays bare the proxy war being fought in syria. iran and russia back the regime regardless of its atrocities, hd now the u.s. must again decide how to respond. a year ago the u.s. responded to a sarin nerve agent attack in syria by launching nearly 60 tomahawk cruise missiles
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targeting a syrian regime air base. today russia warned of "grave repercussions" if the u.s. again takes military action. jeff? >> glor: holly williams, thank you very much. arizona today sent more than 300 national guard troops to the border. the first of as many as 4,000 that a number of states are sending. the president wants them to help fight drug trafficking and illegal immigration until the walt is built. as with deployments under presidents obama and george w. bush, the troops are expected to help with surveillance but not make any arrests. facebook c.e.o. mark zuckerberg is ready to tell congress he's sorry. he faces a grilling tomorrow and wednesday over the mishandling of personal data from tens of millions of users. today zuckerberg met one on one with key lawmakers. here's chief congressional correspondent nancy cordes. >> reporter: this could be the most important stop on zuckerberg's apology tour. capitol hill, where the facebook founder swapped his trademark t-
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orirt for a suit today and waded through throngs of reporters. mr. zuckerberg, what's your message in these meetings? his goal was to grease the skids before two days of hearings where zuckerberg will be the sole witness. he explained to senators like florida democrat bill nelson how several outside companies managed to harvest data from unsuspecting facebook users. >> if we don't do something now, none of us will have any privacy anymore. >> reporter: nelson says zuckerberg was forthright but n so naive for failing to act more quickly when political consulting firm cambridge analytica accessed personal information from up to 87 million facebook users in 2015. did he say why facebook never told anyone about this? >> he did not. that will be a question for tomorrow. >> reporter: today facebook began alerting affected individuals, 2.5 years after the incursion.
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and it announced it was forming an independent election research commission to examine the effects of social media on democracy. it's an attempt to counteract the impression stoked on "saturday night live" that the apologies have been insincere. >> on behalf of everyone at facebook i'm sorry... on opposite day! >> glor: you're in the room where zuckerberg will appear. we know a little bit about what he's going to say. what is that? >> reporter: well, he's going to tell these senators that facebook's original mission to connect people isn't enough anymore. the company now needs to do more to make sure that those connections are positive. this is his first time testifying, jeff, and he's going up before 44 senators. that's almost half the senate, and they'll each have four minutes to ask him anything they want. v glor: all right. moncy cordes, thanks very much. ey will be watching tomorrow. a hockey player paralyzed in a
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tragic bus crash in canada is vowing to get back on the ice. ten of his teammates were among the 15 killed. don dahler is in humboldt, saskatchewan. >> reporter: today a flower vigil continues to grow in the arena that brought so much joy over the years. when a truck slammed into the rimboldt broncos' bus friday killing 15 people and injuring more than a dozen others, it ripped families apart and broke the collective hearts of nation and hockey fans everywhere. national hockey league players showed their grief bwearing uniforms with the humboldt team's name on them. 18-year-old ryan straschnitzki survived the crash, but he's now paralyzed from the chest down. his parents tom and michelle. >> his main thought when he was lying on the road looking at jerybody and he couldn't move, he just... he said he wanted to help and he couldn't move. >> i just want you to know that we hurt with you. >> reporter: it is pastor sean
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brandow's job to try to ease the pain of humboldt's 6,000 residents. the town is so small. how do they move past this, and can they move past this? >> yeah. yeah, they can. there has to be healing. hi reporter: the straschnitzkis say their son is a fighter and they remain optimistic. >> when they told us, ryan ndoked at us and said, dad, olympic sled hockey. i'm going to get us the gold. >> reporter: are you kidding me? >> no. i couldn't fall apart. i had to be strong for him, but that kid's amazing, and those other kids are amazing, too. >> reporter: ryan is one of 14 who have been hospitalized. his family has been overwhelmed by support. jeff, it's more than just an outpouring of grief. a go fund me campaign for the victims' families has raised more than $5.6 million. >> glor: don dahler, thank you very much. a remarkable memorial opens this
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month in alabama, dedicated to victims of lynching. a th wintry was given a tour for "60 minutes." >> this is over 4,000 that have been documented, but of course there are more. >> thousands more, thousands. >> glor: the national memorial for peace and justice honors riousands of victims, including ace man who was murdered in 1936. jim axelrod has his story tonight with a warning. some of the images are disturbing. >> reporter: his name was lent shaw. accused of harassing a white woman, he was lynched at age 42 in 1936. this chilling, gruesome image has haunted shaw's great grandson evan lewis nearly his entire life. what did you grow up knowing about your great grandfather? >> i knew that he was lynched in georgia. i knew that it was a pretty horrific incident and there wasn't a lot said about the history because folks were frankly afraid to speak to it. >> you were able to recover both
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the name... a reporter: that changed when the civil rights and restorative justice project at boston's northeastern university law school started digging into the case in 2016. >> what the documents do is put this photograph into context. >> reporter: m.i.t.'s melissa nobles and northeastern's margaret burnham run the nooject. >> we are now beginning to change the narrative such that families who have had that violence visited upon them now can talk about it and it be understood. >> reporter: what they discovered in shaw's case is that the official story wasn't the whole story. >> he was perhaps targeted because he was accomplished, because he had accumulated some property and was hard-working. >> reporter: here was a guy in the jim crow deep south who was actually making it happen. >> right. >> reporter: cut down. >> exactly. >> reporter: it takes months to gather the facts, documents, death certificates, photographs,
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interviews with survivors and perpetrators. so far students have investigated more than 500 cases. what are you restoring? >> we restore a measure of justice. restoring justice includes restoring information about what happened. >> ♪ black bodies swinging in the southern breeze ♪ >> reporter: by the time billie holiday sang her lynching protest song "strange fruit" in 1939, racially motivated murders were at their peak. the equal justice initiative reports more than 4,300 african- americans would be lynched by 1950. >> ♪ strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees ♪ >> this is not just my family history. this is american history. through the work of this project, it has become clear to me that he is more than this photo. his life and his legacy is greater than this lynching.
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>> reporter: when history demands to be rewritten, the whole story must first be discovered before it can be told. jim axelrod, cbs news, boston. >> glor: coming up next on tonight's "cbs evening news," drama at the courthouse. it's the start of bill cosby's retrial. why he could have a tougher time this time. ly of seven technology leaders working behind the scenes to make the impossible... reality. we're helping to give cars the power to read your mind from anywhere... and we're helping up to 40% of the nation's donated blood supply to be redirected to the people that need it most. magic can't make digital transformation happen... but we can. each day justin at work... walk. and after work. he does it all with dr. scholl's. only dr. scholl's has massaging gel insoles that provide all-day comfort.
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>> glor: no sooner had bill cosby arrived for the start of ts retrial in pennsylvania than adtopless protester hopped a barricade and got within a few feet of him before she was arrested by deputies. her name is nicolle rochelle, a former actress who appeared in l veral episodes of his '80s sitcom. cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004. rikki kliemann is the cbs news legal analyst. she joins us here tonight. rikki, the first trial ended in a hung jury last june. what has changed since then? >> reporter: lots, particularly the me too movement. trial one, no me too movement. ory difficult to believe one
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person with an old accusation without corroboration. now the presumption has changed. we do believe women without corroboration, even for an old wecusation. second thing, we now have five accusers, other accusers. so that with the me too movement really makes it seem more probable than not. fd third, it's a new theory in the case for the defense. the defense believes that the motive was to frame him and get money, not a romantic, consensual affair. >> glor: one of the jurors allegedly told another one that cosby is guilty. the judge dealt with that today. that juror is allowed to stay on, but you think that's significant. >> i think it's significant, not only about this juror but about the whole pool of jurors. does that juror's opinion. mus it communicated to other jurors? does it taint the group of 12 e us the six alternates. are they poisoned? o they hold fast to their heeas, or do they go overboard the other way? i think it's problematic. >> glor: rikki kliemann, thanks.
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>> glor: self-help guru tony robbins has apologized for criticizing the "me too" movement. in a video that's now gone viral, a woman at an event in san jose told robbins he didn't understand the movement. he then said he took issue with victimhood. >> glor: robbins, who is 6'7", then began pushing the woman backward as an exercise to make his point. yesterday, he posted his apology on facebook, saying, "i agree with the goals of the "me too" movement and its goals of empowerment through empathy." senator tammy duckworth made history today. the illinois democrat became first member of the senate to give birth while in office. duckworth's newest constituent is named maile. the weather at chicago's wrigley
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searching for someone he los his roadside fruit stand. "we were selling bananas here," he said. "we turned around to ask for change. when we turned back, our little girl was missing." his little girl was just three. over the decades, wang never cameped looking for her. he even became a cab driver in chengdu so he could spread the word, handing out her picture to more than 10,000 strangers. the odds of finding one person in this country of 1.4 billion people were not good, but then a sketch was made of what the missing girl would look like as an adult, and a woman living in northern china saw it and thought it looked a lot like her. a d.n.a. test showed that this woman, now 28 years old, was his long lost child. she had been adopted by another family who found her alone on a roadside in 1994. she grew up just 12 miles from home.
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she arrived in chengdu last week with a bouquet of flowers and a crush of cameras. but when she was reunited with ts, biological parents, nobody else seemed to exist. finally holding his daughter again, wang mingqing simply said through tears, "mommy and daddy love you." a sudden moment 24 years in the making, thanks to a father who never gave up on his little girl. ben tracy, cbs news, shanghai. >> glor: that is the "cbs evening news" tonight. i'm jeff glor. the news continues now on cbsn. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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the dare: get as many schools as you can to evacuate. kpix5 news begins with an international prank targeting bay area schools, the dare, get as many schools as you can to evacuate. good evening. i'm veronica de la cruz. >> i'm allen martin. new at 6:00 it's a time where schools are taking threats of violence seriously, but we have learned a recent bay area threat is more than just a hoax. it's a coordinated game that started overseas. kpix5's susie steimle live in emeryville where schools closed today because of it. susie? >> reporter: well, allen, police believe this hoax was started by an online gaming group out of switzerland. now the fbi is involved and today all across the country school districts had to make a very difficult decision. do you shut down school because someone e-mailed in a threat? in emeryville the answer was yes. it's supposed to be the first day back from spring break for
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students in emeryville. instead all is quiet. police guard the perimeter of a mostly empty building. >> it's the sometimes we're living in. it's very scary and we need to really wake up and really be prepared. >> reporter: parents were alerted via robocall that school today was canceled. students will be back tomorrow and can expect police to be here even though the threat is considered baseless. >> from the information we've obtained this is a hoax. >> reporter: emeryville is one of hundreds of districts across the country to receive this same threat today. police say it looks similar to a threat made at schools in the uk last month, but also turned out to be nothing. a group that calls itself the squad supposedly based in switzerland is claiming responsibility for both the uk and the u.s. on twitter. the first tweet from the account was march 19th this year, the same day 400 schools in the uk were shut down due to bomb threats. today the group tweeted our e- mails are hitting the media and refenc


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