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highly confident that when all of the evidence is laid bare in connection with these cases, when it is all known, when due process occurs, that i will be fully exonerated and justice will be done. thank you. >> reporter: michael avenatti went from controversial media savvy attorney to an accused extortionist all in a matter of days. this afternoon, federal to extort more than $20 million from nike last week. he allegedly threatened to go public with accusations from an amateur basketball coach
claiming the apparel company was involved in an illegal recruitment scheme. million for the coach and as much as $25 million for him and his co-conspirator. cbs news has learned the co-conspirator is attorney mark geragos, known for representing clients like michael jackson and most recently jussie smollett. u.s. attorney jeff berman, avenatti's conduct had nothing to do with his zealous advocacy for a client or any other kind of legitimate legal work. >> reporter: the complaint highlighted phone calls monitored by law enforcement. avenatti allegedly threatened nike saying i'm not f'ing around with this, and i'm not continuing to play games. you guys know enough now to know you've got a serious problem, and it's worth more in exposure to me to just blow the lid on this thing. cbs legal analyst ricky cleman says it appears crossed a legal line. >> michael avenatti certainly had a right to settle the case on behalf of a client.
but he certainly didn't have a right to be looking for money for himself. >> reporter: and in a case filed at almost the same time, federal law enforcementedly defrauding mississippi bank out of a total of $4.1 million and embezzling 1.6 million that he owed one of his clients. federal prosecutors in california and new york say the dual avenatti complaint was purposely coordinated. for its part, jeff, nike released a statement saying it firmly believes in ethics in business and sports and will continue to assist the prosecutors. >> michael avenatti was actually here in new york. you were supposed to talk to him on a different story tomorrow. >> separate story. >> you probably won't see that unless he wants to talk about this. >> absolutely. we want to talk about this first. we'll get to the other stuff later. >> thanks, jericka. police who say a father whose daughter was killed at sandy hook elementary in 2012
apparently took his own life today. this comes days after theea of two survivors of the school shootings in parkland, florida. manuel bojorquez is there. >> reporter: jeremy richman's children and staff members killed in the newtown connecticut school shooting. he had established the avielle foundation and spoke about turning his grief into awareness just last week. >> as you can imagine, that turns your world around quite a bit. and you feel like the world is just spinning out of control and you're going to get spun off if you don't do something to grasp on to find a meaning in things. >> reporter: newtown's police chief confirmed richman died this morning from an apparent suicide. richman's death comes only days after a male sophomore at marjory stoneman douglas high school took his life, becoming the second survivor of last year's mass shooting in parkland, florida to die by suicide. 19-year-old sydney aiello died
just over a week ago. her family said she struggled with ptsd and survivors guilt. kyra parrow was her classmate. >> if not all the majority of my graduating class and other classes experience post traumatic stress disorder. even if you aren't diagnosed with ptsd, you have some type of form of ptsd. >> reporter: parkland's eagles support center was supposed to open next month, but decided to counsel people today, due to the recent tragedies, sarah franco is the executive director. what's the most important thing that a parent can do right now? >> the most important thing that a parent can do right now is ask their child if they have any thoughts of hurting themselves, of dying, any plans, and to listen and be comfortable listening. >> reporter: mental health experts estimate more than a quarter of people who witness mass shootings develop ptsd. >> there is so much stigma in our society about mental health.
we've got a listening way to go not only in making somebody feel safe asking for help, but in actively reaching out to them and providing resources. >> r broward county who teals they need help is encouraged to dial 211 to be connected with a counselor, or call the national suicide prevention hotline. >> manny, thank you very much. at the white house has benjamin netanyahu look on as the president signed a proclamation recognizing the disputed golan heights as israeli territory. the visit is seen as giving him a boost as netanyahu faces a tight reelection battle next month. netanyahu cut the trip short because of palestinian rocket attacks from gaza. israel's air force retaliated by bombing the office of a hamas leader. coming up next, new questions after passengers are tossed and then airlifted from a stranded cruise ship.
more than 1300 people were on board when the ship was hit by big waves. as roxana saberi shows us, hundreds were airlifted to safety. >> reporter: with scenes of p fg from the ceilings, and torrents of icy water, investigators want to know why the luxury cruise ship "viking sky" set sail despite storm warnings, putting the lives of passengers like sabrina pimley and her mom at risk. >> i just thought that's the way i was going to die, with my mom. >> the big one, big one, big one. >> reporter: when the ship lost power less than a mile from norway's rocky reefs on saturday, it dropped anchor. and one by one, norwegian rescue helicopters pulled hundreds of passengers, including eileen kumer of wisconsin to safety. >> it was terrifying. it was terrifying. but it was so professionally done. >> reporter: as the seas calmed yesterday and the ship restarted
three of its four engines, tugboats towed the vessel btosh. norwegian authorities tell cbs news the u.s. coast guard and the national transportation safety board will help investigate the incident, which the ship operato the company has promised to compensate passengers and invite them back. roxana saberi, cbs news, london. still ahead here tonight, the family that owns krispy kreme donuts and other brands reveals its nazi past. ♪ searching for something fresh? ♪ dove go fresh rejuvenate antiperspirant, with pear... ... and aloe vera scents. a fresh fragrance never experienced before. keep it fresh.
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we end tonight with a band of warriors who have become a real band. here is david martin. ♪ >> reporter: in a house in the woods in the middle of pennsylvania, some of the most important music in america is being played by a band called the resilient. ♪ we'll struggle on >> reporter: you don't need to be a music critic to say that. all you have to do is look. ♪ i am myself >> reporter: nate kalwicki on guitar lost his right leg in afghanistan. marcus gandry on base lost both legs. so did lead vocalist tim donnelly. ♪ can't stand on my own
>> reporter: juan dominguez lost both legs and an arm, yet somehow plays the drums. with a special pedal and drumstick. he is not some novelty act. >> i am a drummer. i'm the drummer for the resilient. we're going to do big things. >> reporter: the only member of the resilient with all his body parts is greg loehmann, a professional musician who met the others in their darkest hour, searching for a purpose in life while recovering from their wounds. >> through the recovery, we all discovered this really intense passion for honest musicianship, and they've all gotten so good. >> reporter: the house belongs to tim donnelly. handicapped accessible, with doorways wide enough for wheelchairs. >> it gets a little ridiculous. it's like bumper cars. >> reporter: this is one you ever songs? he writes the songs as well as sings them. ♪ i want you like i've never wanted anything but true ♪ >> reporter: that says it all about falling in love with his
wife kelly and coming to grips with his wounds. >> we just wear our scars on the outside whereas most people, you know, they've got all their own messed up stuff going on inside. >> reporter: some of his lyrics tell you of the dark places they've been. ♪ it's my own fault that i've got no one else ♪ >> reporter: but listen to what nate kalwicki says about his life now. >> i want to go back and change things, you know. it just shifted the course of my life. >> reporter: you want ouldn't g back and change things. does everybody here think that? >> definitely. there is a contentment and an excitement of knowing i'm where i'm supposed to be. >> reporter: where they are right now is working on their first album. what do you have to do next to make it? >> keep getting better, keep getting stronger, keep playing. >> it doesn't feel like it can go anywhere but up. >> reporter: does music heal? you be the judge.
david martin, cbs news, bethlehem, pennsylvania. >> 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. i'm anna werner. president trump is taking a political victory lap after they found no evidence he included with russia to help him get elected. the president said it wouldn't bother him at all to see the full report released to congress and the american people. he said special counsel robert mueller acted honestly, but mr. trump blasted his critics, insisting they're guilty of evil and treasonous acts. paula reid begins our coverage.
>> reporter: it's lasted a long time. we're glad it's over. it's 100% the way it should have been. >> reporter: for the first time in 22 months, the president was not under the cloud of the mueller investigation. >> we can never let this happen to another president again. i can tell you that. i say it very strongly. very few people i know could have handled it. >> reporter: during an oval office meeting with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu, the president blasted those involved in the probe. >> there are a lot of people out there that have done some very, very evil things, very bad things. i would say treasonous things against our country. those people will certainly be looked at. >> reporter: but the president did soften his criticism of special counsel robert mueller, whom he has long said was leading a witch hunt. >> yes, he did. >> reporter: since may 2017, mueller and his team have never responded to attacks on their work, instead focusing on issuing more than 2800 subpoenas,rlyse warrant, inter
people and three companies with crimes, including six trump associates. in his four-page summary of the william barr said mueller did not find that the trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with russia. but on the question of whether the president obstructed justice, barr said while mueller's report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him. cbs news has learned mueller told barr and deputy attorney general rod rosenstein three weeks ago that he could not reach a conclusion on obstruction. instead, mueller left that decision up to barr, who after consulting with other justice officials concluded that the evidence is not sufficient to mmitantructi of justice offense. former federal prosecutor kim whaley.
>> barr made a decision. he said thumbs-down, and i think he will take criticism for that because arguably that decision should have gone to the congress. >> reporter: barr says mueller laid out evidence on both sides of the obstruction question, and now it's up to the attorney general how much of that information is released. the president says he is open to making the whole thing public. >> up to the attorney general. wouldn't bother me at all. >> sources tell cbs news over the next few days, the attorney general will be holed up with his deputy, rod rosenstein, and officials from the office of legal counsel, poring over this report to figure out what else they may be able to be released. but they cannot release certain grand jury material. there are also limits on how much information they can release about people who are not charged in a federal investigation the white house may also have a chance to weigh in on the issue of executive privilege, trying to protect materials like the president's private conversations. the battle over the special counsel's report is now being
fought on capitol hill. republicans want to move on. but democrats who control the house want the full report, as well as supporting documents released. and they plan to call both special counsel robert mueller and attorney general william barr to testify. ed o'keefe has the story. >> why should this report not be made public? >> reporter: democrats returned to capitol hill today and agreed, the full mueller report needs to be released publicly, and both mueller and attorney general barr should testify publicly, under oath before congress. lawmakers want know exactly what evidence mueller had that did not exonerate the president on the question of obstructing justice. >> just because these actions did not rise to the very high bar of beyond a reasonable doubt of obstruction of justice does not mean that everything's hunky-dory. in fact, mueller said this does not exonerate the president. >> reporter: virginia's gerry connolly said there is good reason for democrats to continue the multiple ongoing congressional investigations into the president.
on everything from his tax returns to the trump organization. >> i think there is lots of legal perils still out there, and i think it's a very rich environment for further investigation and scrutiny. >> reporter: but with mueller find nothing concrete evidence of collusion or obstruction of justice, democrats know impeachment is now likely off the table and that they need to avoid being seen as overreaching by voters in 2020. at the start of the year, more than half of democrats were already calling for their party to keep focused on their own agenda instead of investigating the president. republicans said mueller's conclusions are proof it's time for democrats to move on. >> so i sincerely hope that now at last our friends on the left will be able to put aside their fixation on permanently relitigating their loss in 2016. >> reporter: south carolina republican lindsey graham, who in the 1990s played a central role in the clinton impeachment saga reminded democrats that his party later faced backlash for
its focus on bill clinton. >> you know democrats are now mulling what to do next. what would be your advice to them? >> learn from our mistakes. >> reporter: in a sign that the squabbling up here will continue late today, senate republicans blocked attempts by democrats to hold a vote on legislation that calls for the public release of the mueller report. over in the house, democrats and republicans had unanimously passed the same legislation earlier this month. 1300 passengers who survived a scare aboard the "viking sky" cruise ship will have a tale to tell. the ship lost power in high seas and was drifting towards the rocks when all on board were evacuated. roxana saberi has the dramatic details. >> reporter: with scenes of flying furniture, panels falling from the ceilings, and torrents of icy water, investigators want to know why the luxury cruise ship "viking sky" set sail despite storm warnings, putting the lives of passengers like
sabrina piley and her mom at risk. >> i just thought that's the way i was going to die, with my mom power less than a mile from norway's rocky reefs on saturday, it dropped anchor. and one by one, norwegian rescue helicopters pulled hundreds of passengers, including eileen kumr of wisconsin to safety. >> it was terrifying. it was terrifying. but it was so professionally done. >> reporter: as the seas calmed yesterday and the ship restarted three of its four engines, tugboats towed the vessel back to shore. norwegian authorities tell cbs news the u.s. coast guard and the national transportation safety board will help investigate the incident, which the ship operator says left 25 people injured. the company has promised to thack.sate passengers and invite roxana saberi, cbs news, london.
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this is the "cbs overnight news." >> britain's on again, off again withdrawal from the european union is now, well, stuck in the middle. the brexit, as it's called, was supposed to take place this friday. but prime minister theresa may can't get parliament to agree on a plan. if she somehow changes their minds, britain will leave in april. if not, may. meanwhile, there are calls for another vote where britain would possibly stay in the eu. for a lot of people over there, the brexit has turned into a punch line. mark phillips reports on the
last. >> order! >> reporter: there is a time honored tradition in britain. >> division, division! >> reporter: when things are looking really bad, take refuge in humor. now we go live to the house of commons for another edition of john bercow makes the funniest noises. >> reporter: they do a satirical radio comedy show at the bbc. >> hello, i'm sea pants. >> and i'm 10. >> reporter: and lately they're finding it's hard to be funnier than the real thing. >> i'm locked. >> i'm locked, and leave my wife out of this. >> what's funny about brexit? >> well, as we get closer to it, less and less. you know, the general consensus, it seems to me whether to leave or remain is just please, please, make it stop. >> reporter: theresa may has tried to make it stop, at least for a while, because the divorce
settlement she negotiated with the european union has been rejected twice by her own parliament. she had to ask that brexit, which was supposed to happen at the end of this coming week, be delayed. she wanted three months. the eu gave her three weeks. but defeat delayed is not defeat avoided. >> i'm defending democracy. >> reporter: two and a half years after the referendum, the country is still split more or less down the middle by those who want to leave -- ♪ we're not going to brexit ♪ >> reporter: and those who voted to stay and say leaving would be even more damaging than they feared. any suggestion the standoff could be resolved by holding another referendum, still a political long shot, is dismissed by this man, john curtis, britain's preempt public opinion pollster. opinions he says have hardened on both sides.
>> because we are so polarized, and because we have so many people who either feel very stro strongly remain or very strongly leave, any fact, any development in the past two years has been interpreted differently. so if you are a remainer, yes, you will say just look at how difficult it is for us to get out of this institution. it's therefore a bad idea. but if you're a lever, you say look how difficult it is to get out of this. that just goes to show you why we should get out, because it has far too much influence and involvement in this country's affairs. >> reporter: funny, huh? >> donald trump got involved. >> i'm surprised at how badly brexit negotiations have gone. i could have done it much better. >> reporter: shortly after the referendum, we went up to a pub in the northern english town of sunderland. it's a town where the only major employer is a car plant where most of the production is exported to europe.
a plant whose future is now in doubt. yet sunderland voted 62% to leave the eu. >> we wanted out. >> reporter: and the boys in the pub were happy to explain why. >> the economy is in the toilet, really. >> reporter: is that part of the feeling that your people thought well, there is nothing to lose? >> that's why people have done what they've done. >> reporter: we went back to sunderland this past week to see if they've changed their minds. some had, but not in the way you might think. >> i'm really hacked off about it, yeah. >> reporter: annette had voted to stay in the eu, but is so hacked off she switched sides and now wants to leave. >> i don't want to be in a relationship with people can behave the way they have behaved. >> they're bullies. >> yeah, they're bullies. >> big bullies. >> reporter: or gary. >> if the vote is held again right now, even more people would probably vote to leave,
which. >> reporter: what, out of spite? >>me. it's almost suicidal, but i may be wrong. >> reporter: anger in the country, anger in parliament, anger confronting a government minister on the airwaves. >> nobody in the country knows what's going on. nobody in there knows what's going on, and you know nothing about what's going on, even inside the cabinet. the cabinet is at sea. the country is at sea. we are a laughingstock. >> is that a question or just your -- >> i'm pushing to it you. >> reporter: so much for british civility. maybe it is time for a vacation from brexit. >> doesn't have to be abroad there are no other brexiteers. we could just head for the west country. jacob reece small could lend us one of his counties. >> reporter: jacob reece mog. >> this is not brexit. this is a failure of government policy. it needs to be rejected. >> reporter: mog leads a line of
conservative mps to want to leave the eu now, the so-called cliff edge brexit, no matter the consequences. and he is straight from central casting. >> he has been described as looking like a haunted lamppost. and what's good about him from a come pick point of view is that he exactly matches everyone's caricature of a cartoon englishman. >> reporter: jacob rees-mogg said -- thinking even more vexing news is exceedingly tiresome. >> reporter: clearly it seems in your minds the benefits of a brexit and a hard cliff edge brexit, is this a process that nobody is controlling? >> the cliff edge term is not the right one to use. but there is no cliff edge. >> steep slope. >> it's not a steep slope. >> reporter: a no-deal brexit would be such an economic shock, almost everyone else agrees that the government has been practicing using highways as truck parking lots while goods wait for post brexit customs clearance.
imports of foods and medicines would be at risk. to rees-mogg, though, the problem isn't brexit. it's that the prime minister doesn't really believe in it. but it was sold as a very simple proposition. in or out, easiest deal in history, all those things we've heard. it hasn't turned >> no matter what happens, the has rolled over to wait to have its tummy tickled and then look the hand that has been tickling it. it is a completely hopeless approach to negotiation. it had no backbone. >> reporter: the referendum was held in the hope it would resolve an issue that had been festering in britain, and particularly in its conservative party for decades. instead, it has stretched the political system and maybe the country's fabled sense of humor to the breaking point. >> we'll also discuss whether the people are longing for days when politics was dull and the news talked about other things, and how nobody predicted that nostalgia for the time before the eu would help lead to a
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way. if yr bet alrea broken, you may be cursing the person who invented it. brook silva-braga found his >> to no one's surprise, the overall number one seed is duke with the blue devils. >> reporter: ncaa brackets. >> the number 15 seed bradley -- >> reporter: a march tradition nearly as popular as the college basketball tournament itself. >> at the rim. >> reporter: this year, some 40 million people are competing for cash, prizes, and office bragging rights. what was the scene here? >> 100, maybe 150 people out front of here. >> reporter: and best we can tell, it all started at this unassuming bar in staten island, new york. >> my dad loved ideas. >> reporter: terrance haggerty has heard the story since childhood. the year was 1977, and his dad jody had just opene h r. >> just wnds. dd let's come up with a
idea. let's each pick the final four. and it snowballed from there. >> reporter: the first pool drew just 88 entries, $10 a pop. but word spread and the jackpot swelled. >> i remember when it got over 100,000, that was a big deal. and then i remember when it got over 200,000 and over 600,000. we would just sit there. my father would say to my mother, this is getting really big. >> reporter: wrote where would you keep all the cash? >> it was all over the place. people would pitch in. >> reporter: pitch in by keeping some of the money? >> by helping my dad, yeah. it was literally march madness in one block. >> reporter: soon the idea spread. >> i'm going with kansas. >> reporter: far beyond staten island. >> the jayhawks in a squeaker. >> let's bring in joe and ardy. >> reporter: in bracktology, the study of ncaa brackets. >> gonzaga would be the number 5 overall team. >> reporter: it's now a job. >> you could not have designed a better vehicle to capture the
attention of the casual fan. >> reporter: just ask bracktologist joe. >> there are millions of people who fill out a bracket without being able to name one player in the tournament. >> yeah, i hate those people. >> reporter: don't we have a right to lose ten bucks as anybody? >> absolutely. one year i lost to a cocker spaniel in my own house who took all the teams with dog nicknames and picked against all the teams with cat nicknames, and i think uconn and gonzaga went really far and they were huskies and bulldogs. and i lost to my dog. >> can you give me the name of the dog? i'll use him this year! >> reporter: we think warren buffett is joking. >> i'll show you a few basketballs we've gotten. >> reporter: he doesn't personally fill out a bracket, but a few years ago, he offered a billion dollars to anyone who could pick all 63 games correctly. no one did. you have almost 400,000 employees. >> right. >> reporter: any concerns about productivity loss with all these folks watching the games,
filling out the brackets? >> we're going lose them any way. we might as well have a good time while it's happening. i can't stand there with a whip over them. >> reporter: buffett has since taken another tact, offering his employees a million a year for life for predicting the first two rounds of games. that's been too hard too. >> this really pulls everybody in. they may never go to a basketball game themselves, but it really does have a hold on their imagination. >> the line would start here and it would go down. >> reporter: back at jody's, they know all about million brackets. their pot ballooned to more than a million and a half dollars in 2006, but then -- >> a couple of agents from the irs showed up to here. >> reporter: came to the bar? >> came to we knew it was basically over, basically that day. >> reporter: jody pleaded guilty to underreporting his income and the pool was history.
a giant new dinosaur exhibit is taking shape in washington, d.c. workers at the smithsonian national museum are almost finished with a five-year renovation of their dino hall. chip reid got a sneak peek. >> reporter: meet the nation's t-rex, one of the most complete t-rexs in the world. it's almost entirely real fossils, not plaster, like the one it's replacing. and instead of standing like it's posing for a selfie, this one is chomping on an unfortunate triceratops. experts are painstakingly rebuilding the creatures piece by piece, using the latest knowledge to make them look more
.matt is the museum'sdinosauria. >> all the things animals do. >> reporter: not just possessing for a picture. >> even though most of our animals were real last time, they just looked dusty and old and static. >> must go faster. >> reporter: if this is what you envision when you think of a t-rex, you might not be that far off. >> when you watch "jurassic park" and you see the tyrannosaurus rex, real? fake? >> they did a pretty good job. they probably weren't an animal that roared, but movies need things loud so, that's fine. >> reporter: he knew he wanted to be a dinosaur scientist in the second grade. a lot of kids have anbson a ti tyrannosaurus rex. do you? >> i'm kind of over t-rex, personally. it's our most famous dinosaur.
>> reporter: it's a movie star. >> it's a movie star.>>ter: a i about dinosaurs. you'll also see creatures ranging from the mastodon to the squalid thorax, a prehistoric shark. shiobhan finn oversees the exhibit. when you tell people they've got to come to the exhibit when it opens, what do you tell them? >> i tell them it is unique, one-of-a-kind. they will never find a fossil hall like this. >> reporter: for matthew, his inner child has played a central paro role. when you're deciding how to display a dinosaur, is it the 10-year-old in you or you today? >> it's the 10-year-old in me getting permission from the scientist to show something. be realrter: because it's got to >>t's got tbe real. >> reporter: what do you want a 10-year-old kid or an 80-year-old person to think and feel when they leave the exhibit? >> i want them to come in and have their minds blown by what's in front of them. >> reporter: you think they will
be? >> i'm sure they will be. >> and that's the "overnight news" for this tuesday. for some of you, the news continues. for others, check back with us a little later for the morning news, and of c "cbs this ♪ ♪ it's tuesday, march 26th, 2019. this is the "cbs morning news." political divide. after the no collusion conclusion by special counsel robert mueller, democrats the want the full russia report released. michael avenatti arrested. the high-profile attorney is charged with attempted extortion and bank fraud. and game-changer, apple's big push into streaming television and entertainment. apple's vi e