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♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> mason: on the "cbs evening news" this friday, backlash after the president stops short of holding kim jong-un personally responsible for the death of an american college student. >> the parents of otto warmbier pushing back at president trump. >> the couple holding kim jong- un responsible for otto's death. >> the president saying, "of course i hold north korea responsible." >> mason: president trump reportedly ordered officials to give his son-in-law, jared kushner, a top security clearance. >> elijah cummings is demanding answers from the white house. >> the u.s. is offering a $1 million reward for information leading to osama bin laden's son. >> hamza bin laden is seen as an up-and-coming leader for al
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qaeda. >> he is being groomed to take over the top job. >> an alarming surge in measles cases. >> reporter: this year alone has seen nearly 200 reports of childhood measles across the u.s. >> spacex is counting down to a critical launch. >> the aerospace company testing out its ability to carry people into space. >> reporter: while no one will be inside it, spacex has everything riding on the success of this mission. >> mason: and steve hartman shows how a young girl made senior wishes come true. >> it really lifts you. it really does. >> mason: and this is our western edition. good evening, jeff glor is traveling back from vietnam. i'm anthony mason. the parents of an american college student who died after being held in a north korean prison spoke out today after hearing president trump say he believes kim jong-un knew nothing about their son's mistreatment. otto warmbier's parents have expressed their appreciation of the president in the past, but that seems to have changed. here's errol barnett.
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>> reporter: fred and cindy warmbier said today they could no longer remain silent. the parents of otto warmbier released this statement, blaming north korean dictator kim jong- un and his regime of "unimaginable cruelty and inhumanity" for the death of their son. "no excuses or lavish praise can change that," they wrote. the warmbiers were responding to president trump's claim that kim jong-un knew nothing about their son's treatment. >> he tells me he knew nothing about it and i will take him at his word. >> reporter: today in a tweet the president attempted to clarify those remarks: >> reporter: the 22-year-old university of virginia student spent 17 months in north korean detention for alleged theft. he was returned to the u.s. in a coma and died just days later. >> and your strength truly... >> reporter: the president held
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up warmbier as an example of north korea's brutality, even inviting his parents to the state of the union address last year. >> tonight we pledge to honor otto's memory with total american resolve. >> reporter: but he backed off criticism of kim directly as the two leaders began one-on-one negotiations over north korea's nuclear weapons program. their second summit stalled in hanoi this week when mr. trump refused to lift sanctions in exchange for access to only one nuclear testing facility. today, vice president pence said the president will continue to seek peace. >> president trump will stand firm until we achieve the complete denuclearization of north korea. ( applause ) >> reporter: now, the white house says it became aware of warmbier's comatose condition only once he was returned to the united states. but it is highly unlikely north korea's leader was unaware of warmbier's suspected torture,
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and analysts now fear president trump's acceptance of kim's denial will embolden the north korean leader. anthony. >> mason: errol barnett, thanks, errol. today, democrats on the house oversight committee set a monday deadline for the white house to turn over documents related to security clearances. there are new questions about how the president's son-in-law got his top-secret clearance. paula reid is following this. >> reporter: senior white house adviser jared kushner has been touring the middle east this week to promote the administration's peace initiative. >> i think what the people want is they want a government that doesn't have corruption. >> reporter: but back at home, the president's son-in-law faces allegations of nepotism. "the new york times" reports president ordered former chief of staff john kelly to upgrade kushner's security clearance from interim to top-secret last may, over the objections of kelly, intelligence officials, and former white house counsel don mcgahn. in january, the president denied any involvement in the process.
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>> reporter: white house officials told cbs news last year there were concerns that kushner was naïve and being tricked by foreign governments. and kushner was forced to update his federal disclosure form dozens of times to add foreign contacts, including a 2016 meeting with a russian lawyer at trump tower, and conversations with then-russian ambassador sergey kislyak. democratic representative raja krishnamoorthi accuses kushner of using his influence to help his real estate business. >> he has tremendous financial vulnerabilities, including 666 fifth avenue, which is deeply in debt. he's going around the world seeking investments into that property. >> reporter: in a letter today, the house oversight committee demanded information about the security clearance process be turned over by monday. >> this goes beyond partisanship. this is about national security. >> mason: paula, the president also continued his attacks on
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his former attorney michael cohen today. tell us about that. >> reporter: that's right. he lashed out at cohen on twitter, trying to discredit his blockbuster testimony earlier in the week. and next week, washington will once again be on high alert for a final report from special counsel robert mueller, but cohen's testimony suggests the president's legal problems have extended far beyond the russia probe. >> mason: thanks, paula. one of osama bin laden's 20 children was stripped of his saudi citizenship today. hamza bin laden also has a new million-dollar bounty on his head. the u.s. state department sees him as an emerging face of terrorism. more from holly williams. >> reporter: we have only a few images of him. his current age is guessed to be around 30, and he's believed to be living in hiding in either pakistan or afghanistan. hamza bin laden is a figure shrouded in mystery, but the state department says he's emerging as a leader of al
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qaeda, and some think a possible replacement for the terror group's top leader, ayman al- zawahiri. >> he seems to be very charismatic. >> reporter: ali soufan is a former f.b.i. agent and expert on al qaeda. >> he has been groomed since his father's death to take a more senior role in the organization. >> reporter: hamza bin laden grew up a poster child for al qaeda, appearing in propaganda videos, like this one... and thought to be his father, osama bin laden's, favorite son. as an adult, he's threatened america in audio recordings, yet only now has the u.s. government offered money for help capturing him. >> just the fact that he's bin laden's son creates the belief out there that he might be able to, you know, try, at least, to fill his father's shoes. >> reporter: ali soufan believes
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al qaeda is potentially more dangerous than ever before. the terrorist group and its affiliates are estimated to have tens of thousands of fighters across the middle east and africa. anthony. >> mason: holly williams. thank you, holly. jay inslee of washington state is the first governor to enter the 2020 presidential race. inslee says his central campaign issue will be climate change. in 2017, he headed up the lawsuit that temporarily blocked the trump administration's travel ban on seven muslim- majority countries. there are now 11 candidates officially running for the democratic nomination. public school teachers in oakland, california today reached a tentative agreement to end an eight-day strike. theirs was the latest walkout by teachers across the country over low wages and conditions in and out of the classroom. here's jamie yuccas. >> enough is enough! >> reporter: oakland teachers demanded a wage they can live on. >> save our schools, it's not
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too late! >> reporter: this is one reason why: >> this is our living space. >> reporter: special education teacher racquel ward-zamora, her wife, and two dogs live in this van. >> i am an educated woman. i have a master's degree. this shouldn't be the situation that we're in. and i don't make enough money. >> reporter: the couple uses a local gym to shower. >> this is everything we own. >> reporter: it beats the rent for a one-bedroom apartment, which averages just under $3,000 a month. that would eat up more than half of racquel's nearly $60,000 yearly salary. today's tentative agreement would give teachers an 11% pay raise over the next four years, and a 3% bonus. oakland is the latest in more than 20 teacher strikes across the country within the last year. with states like west virginia, arizona, and kentucky making similar demands for higher pay, smaller class sizes, and more nurses and counselors. >> i feel like we don't value our teachers enough. >> reporter: is it just here in
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oakland you feel that way or across the country? >> i think it's-- i feel like it's across the country. >> reporter: and many in oakland are leaving. the district has some of the lowest teacher retention rates in the country. more than 500 left last year. >> i love my students! oh, it's been so hard not to be in the classroom. i get a little emotional about it. i miss them so much. ready? >> reporter: racquel says she hopes a week on the lines helps send the nation a lesson. she expects to be back with her students early next week. >> get up, get down! >> reporter: jamie yuccas, cbs news, oakland. >> mason: a new global report warns of an alarming surge in childhood measles cases. 98 countries reported a rise in cases last year, including some where measles had once been eliminated. in the first two months of this year, nearly 200 cases have been reported in outbreaks in five states across the u.s., mostly among children who were not vaccinated. dr. jon lapook visited texas,
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where the outbreak has ignited a statewide debate. >> reporter: in texas, the fight over vaccination requirements isn't just a health issue, it's political. state representative jonathan stickland, a republican, says while he is not against immunizations, he opposes any legislation related to vaccine compliance. >> i always come down on the side of parental rights and individual liberty. >> reporter: what happens when parental rights brush up against the rights of children to be protected from potentially deadly childhood illnesses? >> the state does not own our children. parents are the ones that are tasked with making those decisions. >> reporter: texas has more than 56,000 children with non-medical exemptions for "reasons of conscience." legislative efforts to eliminate the exemptions failed after pressure from anti-vaccine groups. >> the anti-vax groups have become very, very politically engaged. >> reporter: republican representative sarah davis says even more modest bills, like
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improving vaccine reporting, failed to advance. >> they literally will drive in from all across the state and campaign very heavily against anyone that they think stands in the way of their, i believe, anti-science, anti-vaccine agenda. >> reporter: what's going on when you have these discussions with your fellow legislators? what's the objections? >> the objections is that it's-- it's just a controversial vote. you know, we're creating an issue. it's easier just to ignore it. >> what you are doing right now is throwing gas on your enemy's movement. these people were not motivated to be involved politically before you tried to shove it down their throats with government mandates. >> reporter: infectious diseases expert dr. peter hotez tracks the vaccine landscape. >> this is a self-inflicted wound. we allow the anti-vaccine lobby to rule the internet, social media, and political action committees. we didn't stand up to them, and,
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unfortunately, the state legislators, they caved. >> until we have what i would just say average texans standing up and saying, "enough is enough. i want to see our vaccine levels increase," then we're only going to get worse. >> reporter: as the fight here continues, caught in the middle are the children. dr. jon lapook, cbs news, austin, texas. >> mason: we learned a few new details today about the president's proposed "space force." the pentagon wants $2 billion over the next five years to launch the sixth branch of the armed services. it would have about 15,000 members, share resources with the air force, and cost about $500 million a year to keep running. first, congress has to approve it. coming up next on the "cbs evening news," we could be just hours away from a new era in american space travel. later, from the deep south to the northeast, winter will not loosen its grip this weekend. loosen its grip this weekend.
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>> mason: it's back to the future for america's space program. they're counting down to an overnight launch in florida. it's a test flight for a privately developed spacecraft that will get the u.s. back in the business of launching astronauts. mark strassmann is at the kennedy space center. >> reporter: this is spacex's "falcon 9" rocket, and on top sits its new "crew dragon" capsule. no one will ride inside on this trip to the international space station. but if all goes well, nasa astronauts bob behnken and doug hurley will be on its next trip, as soon as this summer. so your mission is riding on the success of demo 1? >> certainly. i mean, i think the program was set up that way. >> reporter: and if something's going to go wrong, you want it to go wrong when it's uncrewed. >> yeah, when we're not on the rocket, absolutely. >> the final liftoff of "atlantis." >> reporter: in 2011, nasa retired the space shuttle fleet, and ever since, its only way of launching u.s. astronauts has been to pay the russians for seats on a soyuz rocket.
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now two companies, boeing and spacex, hope their new space taxis will become the uber and lyft of space travel. >> lift off... >> reporter: but first, spacex has to prove its new spaceship can fly people safely. while no one is riding aboard the rocket, inside the crew capsule spacex has put a dummy. it's a smart dummy with sensors all over it to measure the impact of the ride. >> we're going to learn a ton from this mission. >> reporter: kathy leuders runs nasa's commercial space program. >> we instrumented the crap out of this vehicle. i mean, it's got data sensors everywhere. >> space has transformed the american way of life. >> reporter: nasa administrator jim bridenstine. some of this is american pride. >> i like to use the word "prestige." great nations should be able to launch their own astronauts into space. >> reporter: that prestige and more will be on the line again next month when boeing has a similar test flight scheduled. and, anthony, there are still a
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ceo larry baer, the caught on confrontation with his wife next on kpix5 news at 7:00. big, it's sometimes best to think small. here's steve hartman "on the road." >> reporter: at a nursing home in northwest arkansas, we found a gem named ruby. 11-year-old ruby chitsey likes to go to work with her mom. amanda is a nurse who travels to several nursing homes in the area. and it was on one of those visits that ruby started going up to residents with her notepad. >> if you could have any three things... any three things, what would they be? what would you want? >> reporter: she came with these ideas, these questions? >> yes. >> reporter: with the intention of what? >> i don't think she had an intention, really. >> reporter: ruby said she was mostly just curious what they
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would say. were you surprised? >> yes, i was very surprised. i thought people would say money, houses, lamborghini. >> reporter: but instead, here's what she got: electric razor, new shoes, vienna sausage-- for some reason, a lot of people asked for vienna sausage-- and other really basic items. >> like, that's all they wanted. and i really decided that i needed to do something. >> reporter: so she started a charity called "three wishes for ruby's residents." >> hi mary, i'm going to sit right beside you. >> reporter: now, while her mom is caring for patients... >> cheese. >> reporter: ruby goes room to room... >> i love cheese. >> i do, too. >> reporter: jots down wishes... >> avocados... >> reporter: and then sets out to grant those wishes. >> thank you, sweetheart. >> you're welcome. >> reporter: ruby has a gofundme to cover costs. but again, nobody is asking for a sports car here. her expenses are minimal, especially compared to the rewards. >> it really lifts you. it really does. >> reporter: on this day, she came back with a wheelchair full
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of sausages and other grocery items. >> you have this huge chocolate pie that you can eat all by yourself. >> reporter: but make no mistake-- this isn't about food. >> watermelon and oranges. >> reporter: no one has this kind of reaction over fresh fruit alone. >> it's okay. >> thank you so much. i can't believe it. >> reporter: whether she knows it or not, ruby is satisfying some much more basic human needs here-- to be remembered, to be cherished-- especially by a child. that is what our seniors are truly hungry for, and that is what ruby brings every time she sets foot in a nursing home. who needs a lamborghini? >> you know, i'm a hugger. >> reporter: ...when you've got home delivery of all the happy you can handle. steve hartman, "on the road," near harrison, arkansas. >> mason: "i love cheese," and i love ruby. that's the "cbs evening news." i'm anthony mason. jeff glor is back monday. i'm see you tomorrow on "cbs
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it was legendary really. endary really. >> now at 7:00 heartwrenching tributes after one family's unimaginable tragedy, three members killed in a bay area crash and one fighting for his life. >> there's not really any student here that didn't know at least one member of the family. >> oh, my god! >> plus a new apology just released by giants ceo larry baer, what a witness says happened during a heated argument with baer and his wife. >> he was literally over her trying to get the phone. trying to get the phone. >> i

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