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>> reporter: bennett and argento worked together on a movie when he was 7 years old. bennett, now 22, released a statement today that reads, "i did not initially speak out about my story because i chose to handle it in private with the
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person who wronged me. my trauma resurfaced as she came out as a victim herself." >> i was raped by harvey weinstein. >> reporter: bennett goes on to say, "i was underaged when the event took place, and i tried to seek justice in a way that made sense to me at the time." tmz also released text messages allegedly sent monday between argento and another person. argento writes, "i had sex with him. it felt weird. i didn't know he was a minor until the shakedown letter." cbs news has not been able to confirm the authenticity of those texts. bennett did not mention anything about a payment in his statement. and jeff, argento's attorney, we reached out to her several times and have not heard anything back. >> troubling to hear details about. all right, jericka, thank you. the president today presented the medal of honor, the highest award for valor, to the widow of air force technical sergeant john chapman. he gave his life protecting fellow troops in one of the ugliest battles of the war in
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afghanistan. >> john gave his life for his fellow warriors. through his extraordinary sacrifice john helped save more than 20 american service members. >> we have more on all of this. here's david martin. >> reporter: al qaeda was waiting for air force sergeant john chapman and a team of navy s.e.a.l.s when they came off the helicopter. >> the enemy was in basically overhead positions around him on three sides raining down fire in three different directions. >> reporter: lieutenant colonel michael wendelken spent 2 1/2 years analyzing every frame of surveillance video of the 2002 battle in afghanistan. >> that's chapman. you can see him running up the mountain. >> reporter: straight at a bunker where an enemy machine gun was firing. it's hard to understand why he wasn't cut down. harder still to understand where he got the courage. >> there were two enemy inside the bunker. he killed them both as they were shooting at him. >> basically, we watched what m
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circling overhead trying to blast al qaeda off the mountain. the video is hard to follow, so the air force commissioned this animation, which wendelken says is accurate down to the exact location of chapman's wounds. >> he was shot a total of nine times. >> reporter: chapman jumped out of the relative safety of the bunker to fire at another machine gun 10 meters away. >> he was hit, and then -- and went down and was likely rendered unconscious at that point. >> reporter: the rest of the team was sure chapman was dead and pulled off the ridge to wait for reinforcements. >> a few minutes later he awoke and continued to fight for another hour and 10 minutes. >> reporter: on his own, fighting for his life against the enemy at point-blank range. the helicopter was bringing in reinforcements, and he tried to provide covering fire. >> within 30 seconds of the helicopter landing, knowing that he was just 10 meters from a machine gun, he put his back to that machine gun to engage an enemy that was trying to shoot down the helicopter.
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>> reporter: that's when he was shot twice in the back and killed. the reinforcements made it in but not in time to save chapman. >> it's pretty clear he sacrificed his life to make sure they had a chance to land and rescue the rest of the team. >> reporter: if ever a man went down fighting for his country, it was john chapman. david martin, cbs news, hurlburt field, florida. up next we take you to the big city with the worst air on earth, and we didn't have to go far. so you just walk around telling people geico
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panoramic views, but the skyline now shows a city choked with smoke and ash. >> i expected it to be clear and we could see everything. i didn't expect to smell smoke. >> reporter: it's collateral damage from a horrific start to the fire season, with wildfires burning from california to canada. this nasa satellite image shows smoke covering nearly 2 million acres burning in the u.s. >> this is the worst air quality we've had across the region since 2000. >> reporter: and right now it's some of the worst air on earth, so bad that just spending the day outside is equivalent to smoking nearly 8.5 cigarettes. today washington and oregon have the top five worst air quality cities in the nation, all listed as unhealthy. and all that smoke is bad for the lungs, especially for the elderly and young children. >> we've ned fe i pticular our numbers are ramping up, particularly in the emergency room. >> and what are most people saying when they come in? >> most people are just
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complaining of difficulty breathing. >> reporter: that's leading to more people wearing masks outdoors, potentially a new normal in years to come. >> as we have hotter and dryer summers in our forests we are increasing the chances of these kinds of summers happening more often. >> reporter: the view from up here should get better soon. the wind is forecast to change direction later this week and that's going to blow much of this smoke out of here, but even then it could take days for the skies to clear. carter evans, cbs news, seattle. >> amazing to see some of sleep disturbances keep 1 in 3 adults up at night.
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we reached a milestone today in the recovery from the great recession. wall street's bull market, which began in 2009, is now the longest ever. 3,453 days. in that time the benchmark s&p 500 has gone from 683 to 2,861. among the reasons, strong corporate earnings and low interest rates. police in arkansas say it's a miracle that two little boys survived a car crash that killed their mother. a 3-year-old boy was found this week wandering alone. police say he climbed through the sunroof and went looking for help. they believe the crash may have happened last thursday and that the boy and his 1-year-old brother, who was still in his car seat, were stranded as long fourdays. up next here, a mother and child reunite seven decades later.
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this week half a world away
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family members separated by war and kept apart by politics were briefly reunited. here's ben tracy. >> reporter: this mother got to hug her son for the first time in 68 years. she is 92. he is now 71. but she still called him her boy. they were one of 89 families reunited for the first time since the korean war separated them nearly seven decades ago. the peninsula was divided in two. >> bands of refugees stream southward along the icy road. >> reporter: families trapped on either side of the border never saw or heard from each other again. lee su nam just returned from the reunion, where he saw his older brother for the first time since 1950. how are you feeling after this experience? >> [ speaking foreign language ]. >> reporter: "i lived life without knowing whether my brother was live or dead," he said. "and so for me to have met him
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feels like a dream. but there is also sorrow in saying good-bye." south korean president moon jae-in and north korean leader kim jong un have agreed to bring more families together. but the north has often used these reunions as bargaining chips. 57,000 south koreans are still hoping to meet their long lost relatives. but with many now in their 80s and 90s, time is running out. these fortunate few had to say good-bye wednesday. their 12 hours together is all too brief comfort for a lifetime spent apart. ben tracy, cbs news, seoul. >> that is the "overnight news" for this thursday. for some of you the news continues. for others check back 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 michelle miller. president trump insists he did nothing wrong despite his former lawyer implicating him in the hush money payments to two women. michael cohen faces years in prison. part of it for violating campaign finance laws. but president trump insists those payments on the eve of the election were not even a violation. weijia jiang reports. >> did you know about the payments? >> later on i knew. later on. >> reporter: on fox news president trump defended his role in paying adult film actress stormy daniels $130,000
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right before the 2016 election to keep her quiet about their alleged affair. >> in fact, my first question when i heard about it was did they come out of the campaign? because that could be a little dicey. and they didn't come out of the campaign. and that's tt'presids third vonh story. first he denied knowing about the hush money. >> no. no. >> reporter: then he admitted to reimbursing his former personal attorney, michael cohen. now he says that since the cash came from his own pocket he did not violate any campaign finance laws. but cohen told a different story in federal court yesterday when he took a plea deal on eight felony charges. cohen said he paid daniels in coordination and at the direction of then candidate trump to influence the election, a violation of election law. >> the president in this matter has done nothing wrong. >> reporter: press secretary sarah sanders skirted several questions with the same answer. >> that the president did nothing wrong.
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>> he did nothing wrong. c s if thng. president plans todo paul manafort, the ex-trump campaign chairman convicted yesterday in the first trial of the russia toesident trump tweeted, "unlike michael cohen, he refused to break, make up stories in order to get a deal. such respect for a brave man." manafort joins a growing list of people who worked for mr. trump either on the campaign or in the administration who have been convicted of federal crimes. republicans are aware of potential implications. >> well, it says that the mueller investigation is not a witch hunt. >> i think it'll be one more problem we face in the midterms. >> reporter: and some democrats have already brought up impeachment hearings if they take control of the house after the mid-terms. >> the idea of an impeachment is frankly a sad attempt by democrats. the only message they seem to
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have going into the midterms. >> reporter: some democrats are also calling to delay the confirmation hearings for the president's supreme court pick, judge brett kavanaugh, because he has said in the past he does not believe sitting presidents should be subject to criminal investigations. the white house says the suggestion to hold off is desperate and pathetic. california's republican congressman duncan hunter and his wife will both be in court today. they're facing charges that they used a quarter of a million dollars in campaign money to pay their personal bills. nancy cordes reports. >> reporter: there are dozens of charges in this indictment. house speaker paul ryan called them deeply serious and moved to strip hunter at least temporarily of his committee assignments last night. according to the indictment, the couple treated campaign funds essentially like a personal piggy bank after overdrawing their own accounts 1,100 times over the course of seven years.
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they allegedly used campaign cash to pay for utilities, school tuition, the theater, trips to hawaii and italy, and international travel for nearly a dozen relatives as well. the indictment alleges that hunter tried to cover up these outlays by disguising them as campaign expenditures. family dental bills, for instance, were recorded as gifts to a charity called smiles for life. at one point his wife allegedly suggested that a pair of golf shorts be recorded as a purchase for the wounded warriors. hunter is the second republican congressman to be indicted this month. new york republican chris collins was charged wincer trading. collins and hunter were the first two congressmen to endorse president trump during the campaign. hunter's attorney calls this indictment politically motivated. hunter himself has shown no indication that he plans to resign. and it isn't even clear that he has time to get his name off the ballot in california before november anyway. actress and director asia
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argento has some explaining to do. argento, one of the loudest voices in the "me too" movement, denies charges she had sex with an underaged actor. but a photo and text message tell a different story. jericka duncan reports. >> reporter: this picture of what appears to be italian actress and harvey weinstein accuser asia argento shows her lying next to actor jimmy bennett. at the time he was 17 and she was 37. the photo was released by tmz less than 24 hours after argento denied ever having a sexual relationship with bennett. according to the "new york times," argento agreed earlier this year to pay bennett $380,000. in a statement released yesterday argento said that she and her then boyfriend anthony bourdain decided to deal compassionately with bennett's demand for financial help. >> it's bad to smoke. >> reporter: bennett and argento worked together on a movie when he was 7 years old.
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bennett, now 22, released a statement today that reads, "i did not initially speak out about my story because i chose to handle it in private with the person who wronged me. my trauma resurfaced as she came out as a victim herself." >> i was raped by harvey weinstein. >> reporter: bennett goes on to say, "i was underaged when the event took place, and i tried to seek justice in a way that made sense to me at the time." tmz also released text messages allegedly sent monday between argento and another person p argento writes, "i had sex with him. it felt weird. i didn't know he was a minor until the shakedown letter." cbs news has not been able to confirm the authenticity of those texts. bennett did not mention anything about a payment in his statement and argento's attorney, we reached out to her several times and have not heard anything back. in the pacific, hurricane lane is bearing down on the hawaiian islands. what's the d he
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lane i still an incredibly healthy storm. sure, it was a cat 5 earlier this morning. now it's a category 4. your current wind speed is 155 miles per hour. that's almost a cat 5. moving to the west at 8 miles per hour. 285 miles to the south of kona, hawaii. whether it makes landfall or not, this thing is going to be a huge rainmaker, and here's the reason why. counterclockwise spin around that hurricane, right? pushes that air on shore to where the islands are. well, the islands are filled with mountains. so what is that air going to do? it's going to rise up and over the mountains. rising air squeezes every drop out of this hurricane. you're going to get a lot of rain. wherever you see this white color the potential is for two feet of rain. i think the smallest numbers you're going to see, maybe half a foot, and again, with mountainous territory, mudslides would be a big problem. so let me show you the current track. because this is important to note. as of right now the eastern hawaiian islands are not in the cone of concern but the western hawaiian islands are. but remember, doesn't make a difference if it makes a
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landfall or not because this storm is going to be more of a rainmaker, not as much of a any object. any surface.
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>> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." cooler temperatures in california are helping firefighters get the upper hand on several stubborn blazes that continue to rage across the state. some exhausted firefighters have been manning the lines for weeks, but reinforcements have been called in around the country and across the sea. one team flew in from american samoa, a u.s. territory about 2,500 miles west of hawaii, and they have a unique way of marching into a battle. mireya villareal reports. >> reporter: these are the all too common sounds. familiar to anyone caught up in one of nature's most powerful acts of destruction.
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far more unusual is what takes their place when they finally subside. ♪ a choir of strong steady voices echoing through the cathedral of a burnt-out forest. ♪ a sound rarely if ever heard anywhere in the northern hemisphere. >> everyone always asks where is american samoa in and we're like it's just a little dot on the equator. >> reporter: meet the national park services samoa 61 fire crew. 17 guys from that little dot on theuar. >> we're here for a purpose. you know, we want to help. >> so we're going to cut that part a little bit. >> reporter: anthony wibersky is one of the team's vets. for the past five summers he's made the almost 5,000-mile journey north along with a group he calls his brothers. >> we try and bring back our culture, our samoa. we try and stay positive.
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what a lot of people tell us is they've never seen a fire team so positive. ♪ >> reporter: that positivity comes through music. without warning they break into song. just about everywhere. from the mess tent -- ♪ -- to the dusty old school bus they ride into the fire zone each morning. ♪ each day ends back at camp with the same inspirational anthem. ♪ >> it's a church song, and it's just something that's part of our culture. our belief in god isn the fire lines. with all this grueling back-breaking work it's not the main reason they do it. >> they feel like they're helping america. >> reporter: nate gonia coordinates the movement of federal fire crews like the samoans. >> they feel like they're part of this country right now and these guys have so much energy that people just want to be part
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of it. ♪ >> reporter: you guys are happy all the time. all the time. >> yeah. >> reporter: how can you be happy doing some of this? >> i don't know. it's just the way we're raised back home. >> reporter: and in a region that suffered so much loss, that infectious energy is a welcome import from a spiritual culture on the other end of the world. >> i don't know what just happened. >> reporter: mireya villareal, redding, california. >> oh! schools across the country are welcoming students back to class. that's the easy part. the harder part is finding and keeping good teachers. at the start of last year's school year more than 100,000 classrooms were staffed by teachers not fully qualified for the job. david begnaud reports from a first grade desk in bartow, florida. >> reporter: oh, to be back in first grade. good morning. we are at floral avenue
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elementary. orientation starts in about 20 minutes. in fact, little dominique is going to be sitting right where i am. that's the teacher miss lee getting ready. she's been at the zriblth for 23 years. you know, they'd love to keep 23-year teachers like her here as long as they've been. but right now they're struggling to fill 100 vacancies. that's how many people they need to teach classes. and it doesn't look like they'll meet that deadline by next week. so they're going to plan b. >> not just in florida. the shortage is nationwide. >> reporter: as superintendent of schools in polk county, florida jacqueline byrd needs every qualified teacher she can get to manage the 104,000 students she has in her district. but they are going to be short this year about 100 teachers when school starts next week. >> you look at our generations now, younger generations, they're choosing other areas to go into besides education. >> reporter: around the country between 2009 and 2014, teacher education enrollments dropped 35%. >> we've been watching it but we can no longer sit on the sidelines and just watch it.
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we've got to begin trying to do something. >> reporter: so byrd's taking a new and unconventional approach. just two years ago she began working with polk state college and president angela falconetti to create a teaching academy. the program allows sophomores in high school to take teacher education classes. that counts toward their high school and college degree. so by the time they graduate high school they'll have an associate's degree and two years later a full teaching degree. >> it's a quality education that we offer and we prepare them together. they will have many internship opportunities and field experience in the public school system, direct employment with the public school system. >> we are scrambling to try to find teachers. >> reporter: mary an capozielo is president of the polk education association. >> how bad has it gotten? >> it's gotten bad. this is day 3 of the teacher year, and i've already had two teachers resign. >> reporter: capozielo says teacher pay is one of the biggest factors. the estimated national average teacher salary last year was
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$60,483. in polk county it was just over 41,000. >> it's not competitive enough to attract people. not only do we have to get them here, but then we have to work to retain them in their classrooms so that we don't have this constant every year churn. >> reporter: mary ann was showing me the teacher pay schedule and than aen tri-level teacher here in polk county makes about 41,000. and if they stay for ten years they only get about a $4,000 raise. not much. not much. but as m ♪ ♪ not much. but as m carefully made to be broken. new, from magnum. mother...nature! sure smells amazing... even in accounts receivable. gain botanicals laundry detergent. bring the smell of nature wherever you are.
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get what you want a lot of people talk to their pets, but do the pets actually know what you're saying? new research shows that some animals are probably a lot smarter than you might think. martha teichner of course has the story from sunday morning. >> reporter: fenway, the boston terrier, is trying to figure out how to get at the treat hidden inside this puzzle. what's going on in his mind? if somebody asks you is my dog smart like a human is smart, how do you answer that question? i mean, what's involved there? >> it's not fair or even correct to compare dog intelligence to human intelligence. the real question is what is a dog good at? >> hey, truffle. >> reporter: about seven years ago dr. dregry burns, a
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neuroscientist at emory university, had an idea. if he could train dogs to hold still in an mri, a big if, he could get some answers. truffles here is living proof it can be done. she's one of more than 100 dogs who've taken part in mri experiments involving everything from facial recognition to self-control. truffles is being shown two toys and knows giraffe means treat, whale no treat. but what about photographs of the toys? >> that's what we're looking for, activity in that location. >> reporter: that's the reward center of the brain, right where it is in humans. the point, to find out if truffles reacts to the toys and the photos in the same way. >> get dog.
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>> what it tells me is they're not literally seeing the two equivalently. they seem to know that -- >> one is a photograph and one is real. >> right. >> oh, yum! >> reporter: not to be outdone by a dog -- >> hi, donna. >> reporter: -- donna, a 38-year-old african elephant at the oakland, california zoo makes the connection between a picture of a banana her trainer shows her and the real thing. >> that's important because if you can imagine an object in your mind that means you can think about that object and plan around that object. does donna understand that that picture of the banana represents a real banana? because that means she can imagine that in her mind. >> reporter: indicate laine o'connell rodwell is an animal communication expert who studies elephants and teaches at stanford university. >> the elephant has the largest
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brain her body size bigger than humans. if size matters, and it does appear that size matters, then elephants could possibly be smarter than us. elephants are so much like us. watching them caring about each other, watching their politics. >> reporter: elephant politics? >> oh, yes. elephant politics. >> reporter: as for communication, elephants understand us better than we understand them. >> donna, foot. >> reporter: behaviors donna was taught to aid in her own care led to the banana test. >> that's what's so exciting about these cognitive experiments with donna, is that we can now ask her a lot of different questions. donna understands english. >> yeah, you're a real treat machine. >> there's probably a lot more that she understands about language than we've figured out how to ask her. >> reporter: thanks to technology, researchers are
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beginning to decipher dolphin language. the chirps and clicks that come from their blowhole. >> we look at how mothers would retrieve their calves, which we can ask them to do on cue. >> reporter: jill richardson is a scientist at the university of miami's rosensteel school of marine and atmospheric science. her work at the dolphins plush sanctuary in key largo, florida has involved identifying each individual's signature whistle, which is like its name. >> this is underwater. >> yeah. you see the hands, the cue the trainer is giving and she's emitting a call. >> a variation of the mother's own signature whistle. >> and then bebe comes back. it's like a mom in a room saying jill, lauren, come for dinner. and then the calf responds immediately. >> reporter: it's like having the first and last name. >> exactly. my kids always know they're in bigger trouble when i first
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their first and last name. i really think we're scratching the surface. we know they're chatty. the next step really with their communication is learning how they might string acoustic signals together in different ways to have different meanings like syntax. >> reporter: do dolphins speak in sentences? these dolphins obey more than 50 commands. but now watch. this hand signal means create. do whatever you want. >> wow! oh, my gosh. >> reporter: what have the dolphins taught you about humans? >> oh, gosh. i think the most important thing is that maybe we're not as smart as we think we are. and that it's definitely opened my eyes to how we put some constraints on our understanding of intelligence when it might be this much more colorful and broad experience for these
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>> dr. stanley: remember this: cannot change the laws of god. when he has visited you in some form of adversity and he brings you through that, that's like he has increased the strength of the foundation of your life and your faith in him. [music]
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we end this half hour with a story of courage. a young boy who was searching for it and a wise old man who helped him find it. steve hartman is on the road. >> reporter: it is the tallest 20 inches in sports. the distance between a diving board and the surface of the water can feel like half a body length. especially when it's half your body length. which is why all summer long 4-year-old dylan stick has been cheating the system. gradually lowering himself into the water like a fragile egg. >> he had no interest in it. >> reporter: his mom, marla. >> you don't want to pressure him. >> yeah. we were just saying you want to give it a shot? you want to give it a try? >> and he was no way. >> right. he wasn't interested. >> reporter: enter 95-year-old daniel biff. >> and he drafted me. >> reporter: daniel was in the air force during world war ii and korea.
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>> radio operator. >> reporter: he knows a thing or two about fear and bravery. so when he saw this neighborhood kid at a family pool party in canton, ohio and heard everyone trying to coax him off the board -- >> he just wouldn't go. >> reporter: -- he knew exactly what dylan needed. >> he just needed some convincing i guess. >> i guess he did. >> i was going to try anyway. >> reporter: so daniel borrowed a swimsuit, and with cane in hand stepped up to set the example. >> this is a miracle! >> reporter: "this is a miracle," one kid yelled, as if lazarus himself had risen up to the springboard. and it did feel that way. the great grandfather hadn't been on a diving board in 50 years. and yet there he stood, ready and willing to teach a lesson in courage. which almost turned into a lesson in first aid. >> everyone kind of like held their breath and got real nervous like oh, was this a bad idea? >> i was up there that far, i figured may as well go through with it. >> reporter: and so at the age
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of 95, he dove. for dylan. >> not the prettiest dive i've ever seen. >> no. no. no. i could have done better. >> reporter: actually, he really couldn't have done better. because shortly after daniel took his last jump off a diving board dylan took his first. >> yeah! >> it was really n that that inspired him to do it. it was a neat moment. >> reporter: this all happened last month. and today dylan jumps no problem. hopefully, his courage will now inspire you with whatever leap you need to make. steve hartman, on the road. in canton, ohio. >> a splash, of course. that's the "overnight news" for this thursday. for some of you the news continues. for others check back with us a bit later for the morning news and "cbs this
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it's thursday, august 23rd, 2018, this is the cbs morning news. president trump. he's pushing back against allegations from his former lawyer and we're learning just how close his ex campaign chair was to be convicted on all financial fraud charges. plus, new reaction from the california congressman facing charges today for alleged stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars of campaign money for his lavish lifestyle.

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