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captioning funded by cbs it's thursday, february 28th, 2019. this is the "cbs morning news." no agreement. president trump's second summit with the leader of north korea ends without a nuclear deal. claims of lies and crime. michael cohen's explosive testimony puts the president on the defensive. and catastrophic flooding in northern california and the deep south. ♪ good morning from the studio 57 newsroom at cbs headquarters
here in new york. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. there are breaking developments out of hanoi. a summit between president trump and north korean leader kim jong-un has abruptly ended without a nuclear agreement. the breakdown came just hours after the president and kim appeared together after their second day of talks. at a news conference capping the summit, mr. trump said north korea wanted the u.s. to lift sanctions. >> we had some options, and at this time we decided not to do any of the options, and we'll see where that goes. it was -- it was a very interesting two days. and i think actually it was a very productive two days, but sometimes you have to walk. >> white house press secretary sarah sanders said the leaders had a very good and constructive meeting and look forward to meeting in the future. steve portnoy reports from hanoi. i'm never afraid to walk from a deal. >> reporter: president trump wrapped up his summit with kim jong-un quicker than expected. a joint agreement that the white
house press office said would be signed never materialized. >> basically they wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety, and we couldn't do that. they were willing to denuke a large portion of the areas that we wanted, but we couldn't give up all of the sanctions for that. >> reporter: the summit featured extraordinary exchanges between the north korean dictator and the american press. kim was asked by one journalist if he's ready to denuclearize. >> translator: if i'm not willing to do that, i won't be here right now. >> wow. that might be the best answer you've ever had. >> reporter: throughout the summit, president trump stressed he's in no rush as they try to make the right deal. >> speed is not that important to me. i very much appreciate no testing of nuclear rocket missiles, any of it. >> reporter: the top u.s. goal has been to receive concrete steps from the north to dismantle its nuclear program. >> he has a certain vision, and it's not exactly our vision, but
it's a lot closer than it was a year ago. >> reporter: it certainly was surprising to see the north korean dictator take questions from the american press. the president at one point admonished reporters to not raise their voices with chairman kim. one journalist asked if the north koreans might be willing to accept a u.s. office in pyongyang for american diplomats. both chairman kim and president trump said they'd be open to the idea. cbs news, hanoi. ahead on "cbs this morning," the latest developments from hanoi on the u.s.-north korea summit. michael cohen returns to capitol hill this morning for his third straight day of testimony before lawmakers. yesterday president trump's former lawyer accused mr. trump of lying and breaking the law during a dramatic public hearing.iveris herew with the marc, goodorning.ne-mar. michael cohen is calling the president a racist and a con man, and he says his dirty deeds presalampan.
idt cal thering ang, fake heari and questioned the timing of it while he was out of the country. he also said cohen's testimony was full of lies. michael cohen turned on his former boss, saying he regrets the day he first went to work for donald trump. >> i am ashamed because i know what mr. trump is. he is a racist, he is a con man, and he is a cheat. >> reporter: testifying under oath, cohen said president trump reimbursed him for payments to cover up an affair with a porn star. >> lying to the first lady is one of my biggest regrets because she is a kind, good person. and i respect her greatly. >>eporter: hsaid ding the idampaign trump knew ahead of time about wikileaks releasing damaging emails about hillary clinton, and he alleged mr. trump knew of and directed plans for a trump tower in moscow throughout his 2016 campaign and lied about it.
complicating his testimony, cohen has pleaded guilty to lying to congress in the past which brought a stern warning from the committee chairman. >> we will not tolerate lying to this congress. >> reporter: and attacks from the right. >> you're about to go to prison for lying. how can we believe anything you say? >> reporter: republicans fought fiercely to stop cohen from testifying, calling the disbarred attorney a fraudster and a cheat. >> liar, liar, pants on fire. no one should ever listen to you and give you credibility. >> reporter: cohen answered the onslaught with his own accusation -- >> i did the same thing that you're doing now for ten years. i protected mr. trump for ten years. >> reporter: following a full day of testimony, chairman elijah cummings said he believed cohen told the truth and that president trump committed a crime while in office. >> based on what -- looking at the texts and listening to mr.
cohen, it appears that he did. >> reporter: cohen reports to prison in may to serve a three-year sentence. cohen was also asked if he knew of president trump committing other crimes that we don't know about. he said yes, but he couldn't reveal anything else because it's under investigation in the southern district of new york. he'll testify again today behind closed doors before the house intelligence panel. anne-marie? >> marc liverman in new york, thanks a lot, marc. the national guard is headed to northern california where devastating flooding has prompted mandatory evacuations in at least two dozen communities. the russian river in sonoma county continues to rise this morning. at least 2,000 homes and businesses have flooded. the region for days. meg oliver reports from guerneville. >> reporter: the russian river is rising so fast, homes are surrounded, cars are submerged, is iree town is now virtually an guerneville, a resort town 75
miles north of san francisco in california's wine country, is just one of scores of communities in trouble here. the river along its south side is expected to crest at 46.1 feet. that's 14 feet above flood stage, and the biggest flood here in 22 years. fallen trees, downed power lines, and stranded residents are taxing first responders and their resources. do you have boots on? >> no. >> reporter: daren dempsy walked more than a quarter of a mile to make sure everyone he knew was okay. how far did you have to walk to get to your boss' house? >> past the gas station. he's fine. >> reporter: are you going back? >> i'm getting my kayak. >> reporter: ironically, guerneville thought it was budings rais evacuations were ordered for e russver.leho stayed wns along olivernews, stther d.
guerneville, california. the effects of more than a week of rain and flooding continue to plague parts of the south. a spillway near new orleans was opened yesterday because of high water levels on the mississippi river. a state of emergency has been declared in mississippi. at least three people have died as a result of the severe weather. forecasters say parts of the south can expect more rain into the weekend. the united methodist church voted to strengthen its ban on gay and lesbian clergy and same-sex marriages. it's a decision that could split the nation's second-largest protestant church. dean reynolds reports on what's next. the one-church plan does not agree with the words of our savior. >> reporter: the decision by the worldwide conference pleased traditionalists but raised doubts about the modern methodist motto "open hearts, open minds, open doors." >> please do not ignore our voices.
>> reporter: traditionalists said loosening the faith's ban on same-sex marriage and ordination of gay and lesbian clergy defy the word of god. like reverend keith boyet, theyo >> you think they're making a mistake? >> i believe that those who engage in the practice of homosexuality are not living a life that pleases god. >> reporter: amid an emotional debate, new rules were adopted to stiffen punishment for heretics. clergy who officiate at same-sex weddings could be suspended without pay for a year and defrocked if they do it again. but reverend thomas berlin said tradition for tradition's sake is self-destructive. >> you will be putting a virus into the american church that will make it very sick. >> reporter: delegates were mindful of where the church is growing. 30% of members are from africa where many nations outlaw homosexuality itself. matthew pearson is a gay
minister from california who rejects the traditional plan and said it's possible a new church is being born. >> we are prepared to live into our full calling as a church. what that looks like at this point i don't know. >> reporter: dean reynolds, cbs news, chicago. coming up on the "morning news," transgender troops speak out. troops testify before congress and blast the trump administration's policy that prevents them from serving. and a new controversy in virginia. this time involving the wife of embattled governor ralph northam. this is the "cbs morning news." embattled governor ralph northam. this is the "cbs morning news." show your gut some love. only activia has billions of our live and active probiotics. a delicious way to enjoy probti day with 20 years of devotion to gut health. activia. like no other.
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interests in russia. republicans on the committee challenged cohen. congressman jim jordan called the disbarred attorney a fraudster and a cheat. a new report suggests the nation's roads are becoming more dangerous. the league of american bicyclists says that more pedestrians and bicyclists died in 2016 than at any other time in the past 25 years. tom hanson reports. >> reporter: a simple walk to the mailbox ended in tragedy for robert downing. the 92-year-old was crossing the street to pick up his mail when he was hit by a car and died. neighbor bob benoit knew downing since he was 4 years old. >> he was like a step dad to me. it's very hard. >> reporter: new research shows accidents like these are on the rise. >> it's alarming the number of pedestrian fatalities we're seeing now. >> reporter: russ martin is with the governors highway safety association. preliminary data from the new report estimates more than 6,200 pedestrians were killed on u.s. roads in 2018, up 35% since 2008.
>> this is the highest number of pedestrian fatalities on an annual basis since 1990. >> reporter: one reason for the increase is because people are walking more. another factor, americans are driving larger vehicles. the report says pedestrian deaths involving suvs have jumped 50% since 2013. >> what we found in our research is most pedestrian crashes are taking place on local roads. they're happening at night. they're happening away from intersections. >> reporter: many modern streets are wide with longer blocks, and people tend to run across where they shouldn't. advocates would like to see more crosswalks and better lighting to make roads safer. they're encouraged that automakers are equipping cars with sensors that can prevent an accident. it's believed technology and changes to our streets can help lower the number of pedestrians killed every year. tom hanson, cbs news, new york. coming up on "cbs this morning," gayle talks with wade robson and james safechuck who
even though it is dark, you can see the view, on this thursday, february 28. i am michelle griego. i am kenny choi. we have breaking news after three people are dead due to a fatal accident on westbound interstate 80 and powell street. the california highway patrol said the suv was pinned under the big rig >> we have no reason to believe there were any circumstances that caused the vehicle to beer off the road. we don't know if alcohol or drugs are involved or if speed was a factor. >> the fourth person in the suv survived and was taken to the highland hospital in oakland with radical injuries. >> chp has reopened all lanes in the last 15 minutes, and we have more