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♪ ♪ . captioning sponsored by cbs >> glor: the north korea summit, is it on or off? >> if it doesn't happen, maybe it will happen later. maybe it will happen at a different time. we will see. >> glor: ben tracy is the only u.s. network correspondent inside north korea. >> the north koreans built this airport a couple of years ago, but it's really never been used. >> glor: also tonight, how was he allowed behind the wheel? the driver in a deadly school bus accident had eight speeding tickets and 14 suspensions. there's a big development in the search for two missing murder suspects who escaped a south carolina prison. kilauea's lava now threatens a major power plant. >> this is newer lava, and hotter lava, and geologists say this could go on for weeks. >> glor: heroes on the track.
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and, military veterans receiving the highest honor. >> reporter: i bet you would have no trouble saying he's a hero. >> absolutely. can you find bombs with your nose? this is the "cbs evening news" with jeff glor. >> glor: this is our western edition. we're going to begin tonight with the big question: will the summit happen? president trump today said his much-discussed meeting with kim jong-un of north korea could be moved or scuttled altogether. right now that summit in singapore is scheduled for three weeks from today. ben tracy joins us from north korea in just a moment, but we begin tonight with major garrett at the white house. >> we're moving along, and we'll see what happens. there are certain conditions that we want, and i think we'll get those conditions. and if we don't, we don't have the meeting. >> reporter: trump administration officials today hinted the summit of the ages now appears shaky. >> i'm not a betting man. ( laughs ) so i-- i wouldn't care to
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predict wherever whether it will happen. >> well, as the president often says, "martha, we'll see." >> we'll see what happens. we continue to prepare for the summit, and if they want to meet, we will certainly be ready. >> if it doesn't happen, maybe it will happen later. maybe it will happen at a different time. but, we will see. >> reporter: south korean president moon jae-in remains optimistic, and flew to washington for face-to-face preparations. moon's national security adviser placed the likelihood of a mid-june summit in singapore at 99.9%, far short of president trump's current assessment. >> i don't want to waste a lot of time, and i'm sure he doesn't want to waste a lot of time. so if it doesn't work out, that's okay. >> reporter: the summit appeared on track until last week, when north korea pulled out of talks with the south and lashed out at the west. the president today made another overture to dictator kim jong- un, promising he would not seek regime change if a deal to dismantle north korea's nuclear weapons was reached. >> i will guarantee his safety, yes. we will guarantee his safety. and we've talked about that from
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the beginning. he will be safe. he will be happy. his country will be rich. >> reporter: mr. trump also said his goal was immediate denuclearization, not a prolonged process. >> all in one would be nice, i can tell you. i'm not going to go beyond that. it would certainly be better if it was all in one. does it have to be? i don't think i want to totally commit myself, but all in one would be a lot better. >> glor: and major is, again, at the white house. major, china has played a major role in this diplomatic dance as well. the president also talked about that today. >> reporter: yes, he did. he said it was his sense that the chinese president xi jinping was not doing all he can to facilitate the summit. specifically, the president said the north drove a harder line after a second meeting with the chinese president and the north korean dictator. that development, the president said, has left him disappointed and could negatively affect u.s. relations with china on trade and security matters.
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jeff. >> glor: interesting comments about china tonight. major, thank you. as we mentioned off the top, ben tracy is inside north korea tonight. kim's government says it will officially close and begin dismantling its main nuclear test site this week. it is in a very remote part of the country, and ben is headed there now. cbs news is the only american broadcast network on that trip. >> reporter: so we're on a plane with other journalists who have been invited in by north korea to see them shut down their nuclear test site. and, like the last time we flew to north korea, they're still showing the propaganda video on the plane. but unlike that time, the newspaper they gave us, there is not a single bad word in here about the united states. in fact, there's a glowing review of secretary of state mike pompeo's recent visit to north korea. we've just landed, and we are in wonsan, north korea. this is on the country's east coast, and as you can see, this is a large, modern, new airport here. they've spent hundreds of millions of dollars in this part
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of north korea. they're trying to turn it into an international tourist destination. the north koreans built this airport a couple of years ago, but it's really never been used, so all of this is being done for our arrival-- the people who are working here, the magazines over here, the north korean flags that they're selling. once we leave, we assume most of this will be shut down. but north korea brought us here to see something else-- its remote nuclear testing site punggye-ri, located deep in the mountains. this is where the north has carried out all six of its nuclear tests. while satellite images show the regime has already begun dismantling the site, outside scientists say it was no longer usable after the last test in september. critics call kim jong-un's pledge to close it now an empty gesture and not a real concession. north korea says the site is still usable, and that closing it is a gesture of good will.
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now, i asked one of our north korean guides if they are going to allow any outside experts to come in and supervise the closure of the site, and he said no, just a north korean nuclear scientist. jeff. >> glor: pretty fascinating stuff from inside north korea tonight. ben, thank you. one of two escaped murder suspects was recaptured today. tyshon johnson was tracked down in winston-salem, north carolina. that's more than 200 miles from the south carolina jail he escaped from. green is still on the run. the third escapee was recaptured on sunday. president trump had more sharp words today about the f.b.i.'s use of an informant within his campaign, as the bureau investigated russian meddling. and the secretary of homeland security made a surprising remark about the investigation today. paula reid has more on all of this. >> that would be one of the biggest insults that anyone's ever seen. r: speaking in the oval office, president trumpteor re>>sponde rd to news that an f. informant was in contact with members of his campaign.
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>> if they had spies in my campaign, during my campaign, for political purposes, that would be unprecedented in the history of our country. >> reporter: during the 2016 election, the informant met with at least three trump campaign advisors after the f.b.i. learned they had suspicious contacts with russians. >> was the f.b.i. spying on trump's campaign? >> no, i-- no, they were not. >> reporter: today, former direct of national intelligence, james clapper, defended using an informant. >> they were spying on-- a term i don't particularly like-- but on what the russians were doing, trying to understand were the russians infiltrating, trying to gain access, trying to gain leverage and influence? >> reporter: while the president fumed over surveillance, homeland security secretary kirstjen nielsen stunned some lawmakers by saying she wasn't aware of the u.s. intelligence assessment that russia's meddling was intended to help mr. trump get elected. >> i do not believe that i've seen that conclusion, that the specific intent was to help president trump win.
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i'm not aware of that. but i do generally have no reason to doubt any intelligence assessment. >> reporter: the department of homeland security tried to walk back neilsen's comments, insisting that she has read the intelligence assessment, and that she is aware of the threat posed by russia. jeff. >> glor: paula, there are multiple reports tonight that a business partner of trump lawyer michael cohen has now agreed to cooperate with government prosecutors as part of a plea deal. tell us about the significance of that tonight. >> reporter: well, it's significant because this could be used to pressure cohen to cooperate in the special counsel investigation. but cohen could resist that pressure if he believes the president would grant him a pardon in exchange for not sharing sensitive information about the president's inner circle and his family. but, a presidential pardon, jeff, that only protects you from federal charges, not anything filed by the state. >> glor: paula reid, thank you very much. there were two new eruptions today at the summit of hawaii's kilauea volcano, and the red, hot lava flowing from it is
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creating a new danger. mark strassmann is on the big island. >> reporter: this is the big island's new potential crisis-- a rogue lava flow that's pooling on the edge of an 800-acre geothermal plant. if that lava breaches one of the plant's three pressurized wells, it could unleash hydrogen sulfide, a toxic, flammable gas. plant workers have quenched two of those wells, filled them with cold water, and sealed them. but the final one has resisted treatment. >> we are actually monitoring and keeping plant personnel, 24/7 around the clock. >> reporter: that lava has now crept within 200 yards of the nearest well. this is fissure 22 behind me, by far the most volatile and dynamic fissure right now on the big island. it has been spewing lava for the last couple of days. you can see it shooting to the sky.
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all of this lava that has pushed its way 2.5 miles to the ocean. several fissures re-ignited overnight. six of them are now active. national guard major jeff hickman: >> people maybe haven't had a lava threat, but now they have, and there's multiple issues. >> reporter: those issues include new lava that is hotter, faster-moving, and more unpredictable, and a crisis that could last deep into the summer. as more lava moves toward the geothermal plant, state officials are reviewing evacuation plans. jeff, another 2,000 people in the lower puna district may have to go. >> glor: wow. mark strassmann again on the big island this evening. mark, thank you. the father of the texas school shooting suspect is shedding new light on his son's state of mind prior to the attack. eight students and two teachers were killed at santa fe high school last friday. today, thoughts turned to preventing the next attack. omar villafranca is in sante fe. >> sante fe, we're grieving differently.
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mainly we just want to be left alone, is what the community wants. >> reporter: megan maguire is a junior at sante fe high and was at the school on the day of the shooting. she's also part of the "march for our lives" movement, the gun reform group that gained momentum after the deadly school shooting in parkland, florida. >> we've been a small town, and associating ourselves with huge movements and reforms and everything, we would no longer be that small town. we're just trying to get back to normalcy. >> reporter: at the capitol, texas' republican governor, greg abbott, held the first of a series of roundtables on safety and security at public schools. lawmakers, teachers, students, even survivors of other mass shootings, and both sides of the gun debate, were asked to participate. >> whether you are a republican or democrat. whether you are pro-gun or believe in more gun regulations, the reality is that we all want guns out of the hands of those who would try to murder our children. >> reporter: we're also learning
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more about the suspected shooter in the days leading up to the massacre. his father, antonios pagourtzis, talked to greece's antenna tv and said, on the day of the shooting, his son told him, "i love, you dad. i'm off. i love you, and i'll see you this afternoon." he added, "i've lost my boy, and the only thing i can try for is that they don't execute the kid. my son, to me, is not a criminal. he's a victim." funerals for the victims are scheduled to start later on this week. as for that school resource officer who was shot, he's still in the hospital in critical condition. jeff. >> glor: omar villafranca remains in sante fe tonight. omar, thank you. tonight, lawmakers are demanding answers from fema following our cbs news investigation of the national flood insurance program. we spoke to homeowners who spent years trying to get the money to fix their ruined homes while law firms hired to fight their claims collected huge fees. one louisiana law firm we looked at made at least $29 million of
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taxpayer money fighting superstorm sandy cases alone. today's bipartisan letter to fema expresses concern about the flood program after our report revealed what they called "a shocking lack of oversight by fema," especially related to litigation expenses. fema tells us it's been reforming the program, and insists it will pay every dime policy holders are due. r&b singer r. kelly is facing new accusations of misconduct tonight. a young woman is suing him for failing to disclose a sexually transmitted disease that she claims kelly gave her. the woman also accuses him of sexual battery. jericka duncan spoke with her. >> reporter: faith rodgers was 19 when she says she met r. kelly after his concert in san antonio last year. rogers says they kept in touch over the phone for two months before kelly invited her to new york city for his concert. she says he agreed to pay for her flight and hotel. the morning after the concert,
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she says kelly knocked on her door. >> he's like, "take off your clothes." and he says it, you know, with authority in his voice, not just-- you know, he's demanding me to do this. and i didn't take off my clothes because, why would i? just wasn't ready. >> reporter: according to rogers, she ultimately submitted to having sex, and alleges kelly recorded it on his ipad without her consent. did you want to have sex with him? >> no. he has this type of, like, intimidation right off the bat, you know. so i was just waiting for it to be over. >> reporter: what happens after that? what sort of conversation did you guys have? >> he comes over and he starts, like, rubbing the side of my face. and he asked me how old i was? and i told him. and he's like, "if you're really, you know, 16, that you can tell daddy, right?" >> reporter: rogers is suing r. kelly for sexual battery and willfully, deliberately, and maliciously infecting her with herpes. and she claims kelly mentally, sexually, and verbally abused her. she believes the now-51-year-old
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kelly pursues teenaged or underaged girls and lures them into engaging in sex acts. last month, rogers filed a criminal complaint in dallas, where she lives. she said under the advisement of police she recorded a phone call with kelly hoping he would admit to knowingly giving her an s.t.d. >> reporter: why file the lawsuit? >> i want it for girls like me who are going to run into him in the future. >> reporter: cbs news reached out to representatives for kelly, who told us they have no comment on this new lawsuit and these new allegations. in a "washington post" article, though, in april, a representative for r. kelly says the singer categorically denies all claims and allegations of sexual misconduct. jeff. >> glor: jericka duncan continues her reporting on this story tonight. jericka, thank you.
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>> glor: heroes come in all shapes, sizes, and species. chip reid has the proof. >> reporter: summer, a seven- year-old yellow lab, and retired air force sergeant micah jones, are a t.s.a. explosives detection team, working for the amtrak police. >> up, up. >> reporter: do you have the best job in the world? >> i would have to say yes. >> reporter: in part, he says, that's because he gets to spend all day with his best friend. >> the times when i have training and have to leave her at home, it's horrible. >> reporter: before working here, summer did her bomb sniffing in afghanistan, where she saved the lives of numerous u.s. marines. today, summer was on capitol hill, where she received the canine medal of courage, one of five military dogs honored for their extraordinary valor. you ready? good boy! good boy, jag! jag also served in afghanistan,
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but retired army sergeant dennis dow. he came under fire. >> oh, yeah, yeah. yeah, we did. >> reporter: did he understand the seriousness of that? >> absolutely not. in no way, shape, or form. >> reporter: he was just having a good time. >> damn right. >> reporter: would you be alive today if it weren't for him? >> no way. they're lot of guys who would be dead today. a whole lot. >> reporter: dow's wife, jacqueline, says jag still plays a vital role, helping her husband overcome severe p.t.s.d. >> jag is the reason dennis gets out of the house, really, the only reason why. >> reporter: dow tries every day to pay jag back for all he's done. >> he took care of me. it's my turn to take care of him. >> reporter: taking care of our nation's heroes, and giving them the respect and honor they deserve. chip reid, cbs news, washington. >> glor: jag and summer are my new heroes. that is the "cbs evening news." good night.
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over this photo. a man apparently shooting up in a station elevator. >> kpix5 news beginning with a bart worker fed up over this photo. a man apparently shooting up in a station elevator. not in san francisco, but concord. we first exposed the problem of rampant drug use in bart's civic center station, but it doesn't stop there. >> john ramos spoke to the concord station agent who wants everyone to see what is happening in the early morning hours. >> reporter: but now, you have probably seen this video of heroin addicts openly shooting up in san francisco's bart station. if that seems like the gritty reality of the big city, guess again. last week, concord station agent barbara was told there were people using drugs in the garage elevator. >> when i went out there, i had a feeling who it was because it is one of our regulars. so i had my camera ready. >> reporter: she snapped this photo of

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