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biden who loomed large over the field. democrats welcomed him to the fray, but are focused on their own bid. so if he gets in, does he draw support from the kind of democrats-- >> you need a pundit for that. >> i have a lot of respect for vice president biden. and first we want to make sure he's getting in. but i can only address my own merits. >> reporter: another of the hopefuls, kirsten gillibrand, faces a new distraction with reports that a campaign aide resigned last year in protest of how the senator's office handled claims of sexual harassment. >> this investigation was thorough and professional and the allegations were taken seriously from the very first day. >> reporter: remember, it's early and things change. back at this point in 2007, republican rudy giuliani and democrat hillary clinton were leading their packs, but neither
got their party's nomination. jeff. >> okay, ed o'keefe, thank you >> the world's coral reefs are increasingly under attack from marine heat waves that kill the coral, according to a new report out this month. it is troubling news since millions of creatures rely on them for survival. mark phillips traveled to australia's great barrier reef to look at a new approach to saving the coral. >> reporter: there is a good reason marine scientist chris roelfsema studies coral reefs. >> billions of people are depending on coral reefs. >> reporter: you're not just talking about things that are pretty to look at. >> no, no, this is also a food resource. 25% of known marine species depends on coral reefs. >> reporter: but now to study what's happening down there, scientists are going up. they're using hundreds of shoebox-sized mini-satellites already in orbit to try to save the world's coral reefs. all of them?
>> all of them. every one. how can you love something if you don't know how much you have? >> reporter: the satellites circle over the north and south poles as the earth spins underneath and send back pictures of every square inch of the planet every day, including pictures of the 150,000 or so coral reefs. it's a game changer. until now, scientists have had to visit individual reefs to monitor their health-- or lack of it. this group was heading to australia's great barrier reef. as research, it's expensive, it's time consuming, and it's incomplete. what's the difficulty in trying to diagnose just what the health of the reef is? is it just there's so much of them and so few of you? >> yeah. i think you hit the nail on the head. just the fact that there's so much reef out there even when responding to something like the bleaching event has only a certain number of scientists.
>> reporter: emma kennedy has been studying the two recent bleachings here when warming waters killed coral, leaving a white skeleton behind. >> we have never seen that back-to-back bleaching before, and the satellite products are really going to help us. we're going to be able to look at much bigger areas of reef from space. >> reporter: and that's where the reef mapping satellites come in. >> it's a really simple, elegant solution. >> reporter: lauren kickham runs the project launched by the late marine enthusiast and microsoft co-founder paul allen to combine space and marine science. >> and if you zoom in, you can see more details of this reef coming up. >> reporter: the satellite pictures are processed by software chris roelfsema is developing to automatically color code what is coral, what is sand, what is healthy, what's dying. an online atlas will provide a daily worldwide coral health report. >> if we know that a reef is
under stress, then we maybe say, let's not go fishing there, let's not go having tourism there. >> if we didn't have what we have now, it would take trillions of dollars and 100 years to map the world and we just don't have that time. >> reporter: it is a race against time. scientists are expecting another coral bleaching die off as soon as this year. mark phillips, cbs news on the great barrier reef. up next, she was attacked by a jaguar. we have her first tv interview.
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with errol barnett. >> reporter: leanne, who does not want us to use her last name, knows she's lucky to tell this tale. >> the black jaguar was up against the fence, and we happened to be walking by. we said, hey, let's get some good pictures. >> reporter: and within a heartbeat... >> reporter: this cell phone video captured the moment after a jaguar at the wildlife world zoo near phoenix reached through the fence, seriously wounding leanne's arm. >> i was in the wrong for leaning over the barrier, but i do think that maybe the zoo should look into moving their fence back. >> reporter: now this is where the incident took place. as you can see, there is only a few feet between the jaguar's enclosure and this waist-high barrier. now, the jaguar at the center of the incident has been removed from this exhibit temporarily. >> anybody can reach out, you know. i'm not the first. and if they don't move the fence, i'm probably not going to be the last. >> reporter: in fact, the exact same thing happened at this same enclosure with the same animal last summer. jeff allen received several
stitches and says the zoo put its barrier too close. zoo officials maintain the rules weren't followed. >> when people do not respect the barriers, there is always a chance that there might be a problem. >> reporter: leanne is hoping to turn her too close encounter into an example. >> i never expected it. and i feel like we're all human. we make mistakes. and i learned my lesson. >> reporter: and she says her next close-up may be further away. was it worth it? >> no, not worth it. not worth it at all. >> still ahead, they needed a ambulance after their plane experienced turbulence. billions of bacteria,
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post," "he is just not worth it." though she does believe the president, she says, "is unfit to hold the office." 30 people were hurt when a turkish airways flight hit severe turbulence. it landed safely 40 minutes later in new york. but a flight attendant's leg was broken. customs agents showed off the biggest cocaine seizure at the ports of new york and new jersey in nearly 25 years. more than 3,000 pounds of cocaine with a street value of $77 million. it was found in a cargo container hidden behind boxes of dried fruit that had been shipped from colombia. up next here tonight, a hero's homecoming for some vietnam war veterans.
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>> we end tonight with a follow-up to our coverage from vietnam this month. while there we met 52 veterans on a pilgrimage. tonight these american heroes are back in the u.s., welcomed with open arms. >> welcome home. >> glor: five decades after they returned home... >> good to see you. >> they returned home. >> welcome home, brother.
can i get a hug? >> this weekend 3,000 people gathered to welcome 52 veterans back from an emotional journey, their first trip to vietnam since the war ended. >> welcome home. we love you guys. >> it is very awesome. it's great to see all these people here to give these veterans the welcome back they deserve. >> at the beginning of our trip to vietnam, we met marine sergeant wayne perret, where the war finished at the presidential palace in ho chi minh city. what does it mean to be here where it all ended? >> it hurts. >> perret, like so many others, has battled demons for decades. >> we got into a fight. it was up in the d.m.z. and there was a young man. he was dead. i went through his pockets. and he had a picture of his wife and his children. that hit home. boy, did it ever. he was no different than i was. he had a family.
hard to sleep. >> nightmares? >> oh, yes. big time. >> has this trip here helped take some away? >> i sure hope so. i sure hope so. >> after returning to wiscthisn told us he was emotional and grateful. >> that is the overnight news for this tuesday. 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.
this is the cbs overnight news. welcome to the overnight news. good to have you with us. search teams in africa have recovered those black box recorders from the ethiopian airlines plane that crashed on take off this weekend. all of the people on board died in the wreck. that's raising questions about the safety of the brand new boeing 737 max 8 jet liner. this is the second time a 737 max 8 has crashed in the past five months. and now countries around the world are grounding their fleets of that aircraft.
within seconds of flight 302 taking off it was clear something was very wrong. the pilot made an urgent distress call wanting to turn the plane around. but then just six minutes into the journey, all contact was lost. it crashed about 30 miles from the capital. >> the pilot mentioned that he had difficulty and he wanted to return. so he was given clearance. >> reporter: eyewitnesses say the plane was trailing smoke and made a sharp turn before nose diving to the ground. "it came directly from the sky downwards," one man said. "we heard a huge explosion." piles of mangled debris lay scattered at the crash site. strewn amongst them, shredded clothing, a passport cover, a
single shoe. with over 30 nationalities on board the plane, there was heartbreak felt on every corner of the globe. pilots and crew of ethiopian airlines wept at a vigil for their colleagues. the united nations was hit hard, losing at least 21 staff members in the crash, many of them young people who wanted to change the world like the u.k.'s joanna toole and irish national michael ryan or british citizen sarah auffret who was tackling marine plastic pollution and award-winning nigerian author pius adesanmi. from saving refugees to fighting global hunger, the flight manifest read like a who's who of the very best of humanity. there was one person who should have been on that flight but narrowly missed it. antonis mavropoulos arrived just as the gates were closing, and despite begging to get on he was told he would have to catch a
later plane. the latest crash of the 737 max 8 made by boeing is disturbingly similar to the wreck of a lion air jet in indonesia last year. there's about 60 of the planes in service here in the united states flying tens of thousands of people every day. so the question is, should you be concerned? >> late this afternoon the faa sent a notice to all the operators of the 737 max around the world. in it the agency said it will likely require design changes to the max, but those stem from an earlier deadly crash. this as the world is waiting for clues to emerge as to what happened on sunday. investigators will be looking for any signs the boeing 737 max 8 that crashed sunday malfunctioned similar to the lion air 737 max that crashed in indonesia last october, killing all 189 aboard. the pilots of both jets reported technical difficulties.
the two planes appeared to struggle to gain altitude before making a steep nosedive and crashing less than 15 minutes after take-off. investigators will also probe the actions of the flight crew, the copilot of ethiopian flight 302 had just 200 hours of flight time. a u.s. airline pilot typically needs a minimum of 1,500 hours. the black boxes will be crucial according to john goglia, a former member of the n.t.s.b. >> so it's going to tell us a lot about how this airplane was flown in the last minutes, and also it is going to tell us about how the airplane was flown in the previous flights. was this a problem in a previous flight that is just coming to light on this one. >> reporter: tens of thousands of people a day fly on the 72 boeing 737 max planes operated by u.s. airlines. southwest, american, and united are sticking with the aircraft and the f.a.a. has not moved to is ing to fleet, saying it doe move aggressively should data
from the black boxes indicate the potential for a systemic problem with the max's flight management systems. >> it's definitely too early to know that. there is nothing in the factual evidence so far that would support grounding the airplane, nothing. >> reporter: but several countries and airlines internationally decided to ground the max, and the american airlines flight attendants union told members they don't have to fly on the max if they feel unsafe, though the airline itself said they have full confidence in the aircraft. now, boeing's c.e.o. sent a message to employees today that said in part, "we are confident in the safety of the 737 max." california senator dianne feinstein is not confident in the safety of the 737 max. she sent a letter to the f.a.a. calling for the grounding of all max planes until this n plete. let's talk some politics now. the iowa caucuses are only 11 months away. joe biden is ahead of the 27 likely caucus goer prefer mr. biden but 25% say they like
bernie sanders. >> reporter: former vice president joe biden is likely to join the race for president according to the man who replaced him in the senate, delaware democrat chris coons. >> he's someone who i am confident is going to run. i'm optimistic he's going to run. >> we're in the final stages of that decision. >> reporter: even before he takes the plunge, biden is leading the 2020 democratic field in iowa. 27% of likely democratic caucus-goers would pick him first, following close behind, vermont senator and former 2016 presidential candidate bernie sanders. but it's the man in fourth place in the iowa poll that republicans are worried about, former texas congressman beto o'rourke is the subject of a conservative attack ad in iowa, even though he's not yet in the his, yanlose a charmed life lik >> reporter: o'rourke joined more than a dozen declared or
potential candidates in austin over the weekend at the south by southwest conference, but it was biden who loomed large over the field. democrats welcomed him to the fray, but are focused on their own bid. so if he gets in, does he draw support from the kind of democrats-- >> you need a pundit for that. >> i have a lot of respect for vice president biden. and first we want to make sure he's getting in. but i can only address my own merits. >> reporter: another of the hopefuls, kirsten gillibrand, faces a new distraction with reports that a campaign aide resigned last year in protest of how the senator's office handled claims of sexual harassment. >> this investigation was thorough and professional and the allegations were taken seriously from the very first day. >> reporter: remember, it's early and things change. back at this point in 2007, republican rudy giuliani and democrat hillary clinton were leading their packs, but neither got their party's nomination. you're watching the cbs overnight news. we'll be right back.
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this is the cbs overnight news. if you ever said you want to know where you come from, you're not alone. 28 million people have already taken genetic tests from two of the biggest companies. 23 and me and ancestry dna. but the tests have been known to unearth some long hidden family secrets. >> we all have reason to be concerned. you mail it in and wait for the results and at that point when that dna report comes back, everything you think you know about yourself and your family can change in an instant. >> this is my dad and i in high school. >> katie never exactly looked like her parents. >> my mom would tell me when i was growing up, oh, you're part
native american. you're native american. >> but when she finally took a home dna test about five years ago, she got a lot more truth than she expected. she's part jamaican for starters and her biological father is not the man that raised her but a traveling guitarist named barren duncan. >> a jamaican touring guitarists. >> yeah. >> so crazy. >> he also had at least four other children. her half siblings. >> so you grew up thinking you were the oldest of two and in fact you're the oldest of five. >> exactly. >> do they look like you? >> so much. >> really? >> meeting my brother steven for the first time, it was like looking at my twin. i literally started crying as soon as i saw him. >> i found my birth mom with 23 and me. >> just to get to hold her again. >> she is one of millions that have turned to home dna tests and one of many that had their sense of identity shaken by the
results. 23 and me and ancestry dna warn customers that they could receive shocking information but neither company offers genetic counseling as part of their standard package. >> people are smart and capable. they can make sense of it. >> she is vice president of business development at 23 and me. she believes customers can handle genetic information just as they do the results of other home examines. >> people take a pregnancy test at home and if it's positive, which is significant information they then take the next step of talking to a doctor and we think dna tests are in the same vain. >> ancestry dna says it takes the potential impact of complex discoveries very seriously and has a team available for people with more sensitive queries but they also raise questions about privacy. 23 and me says it won't share customer medical data with third parties unless given consent. and the company says it uses two
factor awe the factor authentication and encryption to protect results and has never been hacked. but he says one breach would be hard to fixed. >> if you have a credit card stolen, you kanscancel it. if your dna gets revealed to the world and the hacker, it's hard to get new dna. it just doesn't happen. >> still we took a test ourselves and i braced for a surprise. >> i'm an only child of unmarried parents who lived a wild and crazy hippie existence. >> that never came. >> 26.6% italian. as expected with a first name like tony. >> she is still working through the meaning of her own results. >> so you're now jamaican-american. >> i guess. am i allowed to say that? i don't know? can a dna test tell me what i am and what my identity is? i don't know. >> but she is sure of one thing.
>> he doesn't care what a dna test says. i've been his since the moment i was born. family isn't just blood. family is what you make it and family is your heart and my dad is my dad. he'll walk me down the aisle one day. >> the u.s. women's national soccer team is the reigning world cup champion, but the players biggest challenge this year might likely come in federal court. they insist they're underpaid and they filed a federal lawsuit claiming that the u.s. soccer federation is in violation of the 1964 civil rights act. in the suit, the players alleged that the federation, quote, has stubbornly refused to treat it's female employees who are members of the women's national team equally to its male employees. nora o'donnells. >> reporter: the u.s. women's soccer team is ranked number one in the world. they have three world cup titles and four olympic gold medals. now they say, it's past time they get paid like champions.
>> u.s. soccer is in a very unique position to take an incredibly bold stance. >> we spoke this morning with team members alex morgan and megan from france where they are preparing to defend their world title. >> megan, what message do you hope this sends? >> i think we have learned a lot through this process. we have really come together as a group and been able to solidify our unity and our strength and have really started to understand the power of everyone being on the same page and collectively fighting for what we feel that we have earned. >> in the lawsuit, attorneys for the women point out that if both the men and the women's teams were to win 20 nontournament matches the men would earn on average $263,320. that's more than 13,000 per game. while the average women's team player would earn a maximum of $99,000 which equals a little less than $5,000 per game. the u.s. soccer federation said
in the past that part of the reason for theng more revenue and tv ratings. >> do you believe, alex, that the women's team has been undermarketed and that has had a huge effect? >> yes. i think there's no question. that's one of the cases that we have in our fight and that's a very important thing moving forward and i don't think that's only us. i think that's women sports all around. >> frustration on the u.s. women's team has been building for years. five players filed a complaint in 2016 with the equal employment opportunity commission alleging wage discrimination. last month, the women received permission from the eeoc to sue. in 2016, i spoke to members of the women's team on 60 minutes. >> this is a social movement, i think. this is about gender discrimination and i don't think that positive change occurs in the world unless it has to. >> do you think you should be
paid more than the men's team? >> yeah. absolutely. >> why? >> we win. we're successful. we should get what we deserve. >> the women's team has held the number one world ranking for ten of the last 11 years. the men's team is currently ranked 25th. the men's and women's teams are represented by two different unions and their contracts were negotiated separately. >> alex, do you believe this fight goes even beyond u.s. soccer? >> absolutely. we're seeing so many women in different areas of work but also in soccer around the world. women standing up for themselves. blocks it. shoots, scores. >> the lawsuit makes good on a promise co-captain carly lloyd made two years ago. >> this is history making. what we're doing, what we're fighting for, it not only resinate with this team and generations to come but it's global as well. >> you keep saying you're
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enterprise. >> this tree here -- >> it's the brain child of gavin monroe. >> this is our first row of chairs started in 2012. >> yes. you heard that right. chairs. a whole row of them growing upside down. each one a single willow tree. >> and then once we know we're on to a winner, then we'll kind of cut them down in the winter and then the new shoots that come out we'll then train them. >> overtime he refined his technique, shaping the trees on frames, carefully pruning and crafting. >> is this the drawing room? >> this is the drawing room. so here's our first fully solid undeniable chair. >> can i sit in it? >> have a seat. >> this chair will sell for 6.$5,000. the sort of money you might put down for a work of art which
this one was for a couple of weeks. on display at the gallery. but it is designed as furniture, to be used. >> have you already sold this one? >> no, this is our sort of show piece. >> the chairs that are for sale are still growing. regular annual harvest will only start in 2022 but buyers seem happy to wait for delivery, up to nine years. >> for significant anniversaries and that kind of thing. so they put in an order now. >> and plans are underway to expand the product range. >> this is our first dining table. >> the experimenting never stops with tree varieties like these young sycamores. it's a science and a little bit of an art as well with roots in the early 20th century when a banker from wisconsin grew a single chair out of multiple trees. then later california farmer
coaxed his trees into all kinds of weird and wonderful shapes and even opened a theme park. >> he figured pretty much everything that we're trying to figure out but he died without telling anyone how he did it. >> so gavin trained as a furniture maker had to figure it out for himself. about ten years ago working in california with driftwood he had a eurika moment. >> why don't we grow the tree into the shape you want, cut it down, start again. >> sounded so easy. >> yeah. >> very hard as it turns out. >> and when this is upside down -- >> take these coils. one day, they'll be lamp shades. >> well, we thought the lamp shades would be a kind of quick crop. >> a -- >> and there's nothing quick with trees. >> it turns out that when branches are forced to grow
horizontally they slow down. >> hey. >> but at last, this one is ready for hattie and victoria to harvest. >> could you have a table with legs? >> let's cut it like that and see, shall we? >> there we go. >> it's wonderful. >> there is already a prototype in town. >> isn't it beautiful? >> a friend of gavins was thrilled to hang this, one of the very first in her dining room. >> hopefully we could one day think about having some chairs as well. >> have you ever been disheartened enough to think i'm crazy -- >> every morning. and then i come up here and this is about as nice as an office can get and then we're off again. >> gently, lovingly bending mother nature into shape.
>> an accidental encounter with a 6th grader gave one college student a lesson in responsibility. steef fou steve found this story on the road. >> in buffalo, new york, andrew has a tale to tell that's truly unique. a heartwarming story about a hit-and-run. he says it all began the day he discovered this dent in his ford mustang. >> bashed in pretty good. >> then you saw the note. >> then i saw the note. i wasn't expecting that at all. it came from a 6th grader. >> obviously, the 11-year-old didn't make the dent but she did make it better with the note she tucked under his windshield. it read, if you're wondering what happened to your car, bus
449 hit your car. it stops here every day to drop me off. she hit-and-run. sorry. she closed with a sketch of the getaway vehicle. that's her in the back. aga aghast at what she just witnessed. as a result, the bus driver was held accountable and andrew is now getting his car fixed. >> i could have acted like it didn't happen but i chose to do something about it because my mom always said when you see somebody doing the wrong thing, you have to do the right thing. >> but her mom refuses to take all the credit. in fact, takara admits she wasn't exactly supportive when her daughter started going all dudley do right that day. >> you're thinking i want to get out of here. >> yes. i don't want anyone to think it was me. >> sometimes that's why people don't say anything. because it's easier to walk away. >> my daughter taught me how to stay kind, stay compassionate. always knowing the right thing is always the right thing.
>> andrew says she taught him that as well. >> i'm andrew. >> which is why he had to meet her. >> when i first saw my car i was angry and then i saw your note and it changed my entire mood. >> to know that there's people out there with the type of integrity and honesty, it's something that i'm going to remember for the rest of my life. >> again, her mom credits nature over nurture but she is clearly doing something right. >> very grateful. >> because raising kids that stand up to injustice is no accident. >> you're welcome. >> on the road in buffalo. >> we can all learn a lot from her. well done. that's the overnight news for this tuesday morning. for some of you the news continues. for others check back with us later on in the day. we have the morning news and of course cbs this morning. from the broadcast center in new york city, thanks for watching. make it a great day.
♪ it's tuesday, march 12th, it's tuesday, march 12th, y 2019. this is the "cbs morning news." disaster probe. renewed concerns about the boeing 737 max 8 jetliner following the ethiopian airlines crash. plus, a pardon for paul manafort? president trump is still weighing a decision about his former campaign chair. and crisis in caracas, the u.s. is pulling all remaining diplomatic personnel from its embassy in venezuela as conditions worsen.