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captioning sponsored by cbs >> glor: on the "cbs evening news" this thursday, the mueller report is more than 300 pages long. democrats say it should be released now. republicans want the man who spearheaded collusion claims removed. >> i will not yield. >> republicans calling for chairman adam schiff to step down. >> schiff doubling down on his claim that collusion did happen. >> i do not think that conduct, criminal or not, is okay. >> president trump says his administration will drop its request to cut special olympics funding. >> i have overridden my people. >> the jussie smollett case rages in chicago. >> mayor rahm emanuel hoping to
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bill smollett for the cost of the investigation. >> when he writes the check in the memo section, he can put the words "i'm accountable." >> budget airline wow air has shut down, stranding passengers across two con innocents. >> not only was the flying canceled, the airline was canceled. >> glor: and on opening day, the effort to steer a new generation into baseball. >> i got to do what i can do to make a change. >> glor: good evening. i'm jeff glor. we'll begin tonight with new information and controversy over the mueller report. we learned today the report is more than 300 pages long. the attorney general sent out a four-page summary of that. the special counsel said there was no evidence of collusion but left open the question of obstruction. the attorney general says no on obstruction, but democrats are demanding the full 300 pages. republicans want a top democrat ousted from his post. here's ed o'keefe. >> i don't think it's okay. >> reporter: democrat adam schiff strongly defended himself
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today against republican calls for his resignation as chair of the house intelligence committee. >> my colleagues may think it's okay that the russians offered dirt on a democratic candidate for president as part of what was described as the russian government's effort to help the trump campaign. you might think that's okay. >> reporter: he continues to insist that president trump and his campaign committed wrongdoing during the 2016 election. >> i think it's immoral. i think it's unethical. i think it's unpatriotic. and, yes, i think it's corrupt. >> reporter: that puts him at odds with attorney general william barr's summary of the mueller report and made him the target of the president's ire. >> he should be forced out of office. he is a disgrace to our country. >> reporter: in a letter, republicans on the intelligence pam said that schiff's actions both past and present are incompatible with his role as head of the committee. >> we have no faith in your ability to discharge your duties in manner consistent with your constitutional responsibility and urge your immediate
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resignation. report schiff is a television fixture, calling out the president's allege misdeeds regularly on daytime and late-night shows and in more than 34 sunday morning political talk show appearances in the last two years. >> all americans should be concerned with the chairman of the house intelligence committee taking the position of judge and jury. >> reporter: the normally camera friendly schiff said little on thursday. >> what do you make of the president calling for you to resign? >> [inaudible]. >> reporter: but house speaker nancy pelosi defended him. >> i am so proud of the work of chairman adam schiff. what is the president afraid of? is he afraid of the truth? >> reporter: meanwhile, the president's son-in-law jared kushner was back up here today for meetings behind closed doors with the senate intelligence committee. it's a reminder that despite the hope of the president and democrats to move on the other issues, the investigating continues. >> glor: ed, thank you very
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much. you are looking now at lines of people waiting to get into president trump's rally in grand rapids, michigan. as he left the white house, the president told reporters he's backing off his administration's plan to eliminate federal funding for the special olympics. that is after the education secretary spent days defending the policy. more on this from major garrett. >> i've been to the special olympics. i think it's incredible. i just authorized funding. >> reporter: after days of controversy and criticism from both democrats and republicans, the president announced an about-face. >> i heard about it this morning. i have overridden my people. we're funding the special olympics. >> reporter: his decision came hours after education secretary betsy devos faced another harsh grilling on capitol hill. >> whoever came up with that idea should get a special olympics gold medal for insensitivity. >> i love special olympics myself. i have give an portion of my
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salary to special olympics. let's not used disabled children in a twisted way for your that is just disgusting and it's shameful. >> well, madam secretary, let me tell you what, eliminating $18 million out of a $70 billion or $80 billion i think is shameful, too. >> reporter: devos had noted that the original disawtion receives most of its funding from private donations and therefore did not need $18 million from the government. after the president's announcement, devos said she had fought for the funding "behind the scenes over the last several years." tim shriver is the special olympics chairman. >> the federal government invests in education. it ought to invest in education that works. special olympics is education that works. >> reporter: twice before the the president's efforts to scrap special olympics funding. now democrats run the house and a presidential campaign is under way. this presidential budget seeks 12% cut, 8.5 billion in education funding, meaning the
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scrutiny may have just begun. jeff? >> glor: major garrett, thank you. thousands of travelers were stranded today at airports from detroit to tel aviv when the bargain airline wow shut down without any warning. here's kris van cleave. >> reporter: wow air left stranded customers saying, whoa. the airline abruptly canceled flights and shut down thursday, leaving about 4,000 travelers stuck mid-trip. many frustrated and posting on social media about chaos at the airport. in baltimore, police were even called to the gate. >> first canceling one flying, then canceling the next one, then canceling their airline. it definitely seemed chaotic. >> reporter: colby college senior max steiner is trying to get home from spring break in copenhagen. >> it does really suck having them like multihundred dollar ticket to get home after this. i would assume there's in way
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i'm getting any sort of refund. >> reporter: portland, oregon, resident mary sapp is stuck in berlin. >> i feel frantic and my shoulders are tight. >> reporter: iceland-based wow air had 11 planes connecting four u.s. airports to nearly 20 vacation destinations mostly in europe. it flew about 3.5 million passengers last year. despite saying it ceased operation, wow's website still shows super cheap fares like boston-to-london for $140. prices so good the airline couldn't make a profit. in recent months, wow, which had 1,000 employees, tried to merge with icelandair and find additional fund, but the money ran our today. >> it's the old story, kris. if it's too good to be true, it is too good to be true. >> reporter: george hobica said flyers will be lucky to get any money back. >> the place to start if you want your money back is your credit card company. >> reporter: icelandair, united air, and aer lingus are
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offering discounted flight for stranded flyers, but people still have to buy them. here at b.w.i., the last sign we could find for wow air. the rest were taken down and replaced by notices saying the airline has shut down. >> glor: surprised you found that. kris van cleave, thank you very much. at the federal courthouse in boston today, a guilty plea in the college admissions scandal. rudy meredith, the former coach of the yale women's soccer team pushed through a crud of reporters after he admitted to taking bribes to help students get into the school. he was secretly recorded asking for a $450,000 bribe. this led them to the ringleader of a $25 million nationwide scheme. this evening a mother from south carolina is calling for justice after her daughter, a fifth grader, died from injuries she suffered in a classroom fight. the other student has been suspended from the school. nikki battiste has more on this.
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♪ happy birthday to you >> reporter: ten-year-old renyia wright will never celebrate another birthday fifth. grader died two days after a classroom fight mound that left her with serious injuries at forest hills elementary school in south carolina. a police report stated wright was found unconscious but breathing at the school and she was rushed to the hospital. her mother, ash wright, posted this picture on facebook from her daughter's hospital room. "this is what bullying causes. still unresponsive at this time. keep the prayers coming." paragraph due to the ongoing investigation and the student privacy law, we cannot share specific details at this time. >> reporter: today the school board's chairman addressed a roomful of parents demanding answers but released few details about what exactly happened. which has left some of the community outraged. >> we're enraged. we're upset and we're enraged. >> we need answers. as a community, we need closure. this is not the first incident of bullying. >> reporter: the school
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district says the other student also a fifth grader has been suspended. no charges have been filed, and, yes, there is a vigil for reniya tonight. >> glor: a lot of questions remain. nikki, thank you. president trump has asked the justice department the look into the jussie smollett case, calling it "an embarrassment to our nation." the chicago police are planning to send the actor a bill for more than $100,000 to cover the cost of investigating what they say turned out to be a publicity stunt. here's dean reynolds. >> reporter: actor jussie smollett flew to california late wednesday but outrage trailed him to hollywood. >> do you want to speak to your fans, jussi? >> reporter: despite what he and his defense team say. >> he's been a victim and he's been villainized. >> reporter: producers of his fox show emalee rausch may make his suspension permanent. >> he may not be coming back.
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>> reporter: smollett said he was the victim of a bigoted attack in late january only to be accused weeks later by police and prosecutors of staging the assault the boost his fame and pad his wallet. yet those same prosecutors abankruptly dropped their case on today. then a judge sealed the record and not the questions. why if smollett is innocent did he forfeit his $10,000 bond and perform community service this past weekend? why did cook county state attorney kim foxx claim his deal was not unusual but send her office scrambling to find other precedents. nobody is in trouble read an e-mail to her assistants. we're looking for further examples of how we as prosecutors use our discretion in a way that restores the victim but causes minimal harm to the defendant. mayor rahm emanuel defines minimal harm as having smollett compensate the city for the $130,000 in overtime pay it had to shell out during its investigation of him. >> given that he doesn't feel any sense of contrition and remorse, my recommendation is
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when he writes the check in the memo section he can put the words, "i'm accountable for the hoax." >> reporter: but smollett's team said today it is the mayor fine police chief who smollett an apology for dragging an innocent man's character through the mud. jussie has paid enough." >> glor: coming up, one of r. kelly's accusers telling her story for the first time. and later, she's living with h.i.v. and through ground-breaking surgery also sharing the gift of life.
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here is some of jericka's interview. a warning, some of carter's story is graphic and disturbing. >> february 18, 2003, i get a phone call to come down and do his hair. when he came to the room and he asked me for a head massage and i told him i didn't do massage, i laughed it off. and i didn't know he was for real. if i could change that day, i wouldn't have been there. he pulled me braid down by him, and he said, "suck it for daddy, suck it for daddy." and i said, "no." and he just started going... he did like six times. i'm not dressed no type of way. i look at myself in the mirror. i'm not a beauty queen. i didn't perceive myself to be nothing more than just his hair braider.
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and i was saying to myself, why did this happen to me? >> reporter: you called the police the day this happened? >> the exact day. they asked for my clothing, and i gave them my favorite tommy hilfiger shirt. that's where they found d.n.a. evidence. >> reporter: d.n.a. evidence from r. kelly on your shirt? >> semen. >> reporter: did you see the interview r. kelly did with gayle king in which he denied ever sexually assaulting a woman, ever sexually assaulting anyone under age. >> yes, i saw it. >> reporter: what did you think when you were watching that? >> it felt like it should be a crime to publicly tell a story, that he's able to get on television and lie. >> reporter: well, kelly's defense attorney steve greenberg says these allegations were fully investigated and a decision was made not to bring any charges. >> glor: really tough to hear that story. >> reporter: it is. >> glor: do we know why there were no charges? >> reporter: that's a great question. we tried to get answers, jeff.
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because carter is now a part of this open case against r. kelly, the state attorney's office said it would not comment on that case as well as the one from 2003. it's also important to note that carter entered into two settlements with r. kelly that were supposed to remain confidential. those settlements totaling $750,000. >> glor: two settlements? >> correct, two. >> glor: jericka, thank you. still ahead, she gave a fellow h.i.v. patient her kidney and many others hope. i'm working to keep the fire going for another 150 years. ♪ to inspire confidence through style. ♪ i'm working to make connections of a different kind. ♪ i'm working for beauty that begins with nature. ♪ to treat every car like i treat mine. ♪ at adp we're designing a better way to work, so you can achieve what you're working for. ♪
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surgery. >> reporter: nina martinez was brimming with pride before monday's surgery at johns hopkins. martinez became first living don'ter with h.i.v. to give her kidney to an h.i.v.-positive patient. >> i feel really good about that statement. >> reporter: a 2013 law allowing people with h.i.v. to become donors, 116 h.i.v.-positive patients have received kidneys and livers from deceased donors with h.i.v. this week's breakthrough involving a living donor expands the potential organ donor pool for h.i.v.-positive patients. that could help free up organs for anyone waiting for a kidney. dr. dorry segev says a recent study shows patients who have their h.i.v. under control are at low risk for kidney disease, allowing them to donate. looking at nina redefines what h.i.v. looks likes in 2019. h.i.v. is not a fatal disease. >> reporter: martinez says she
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first wanted to donate her kidney to a friend with h.i.v. he died last fall before she completed screening. >> i still attribute my donation to him, because had he not asked for a kidney, i would not have given one. >> reporter: so in some way he and you have still been able to make a difference. >> correct. >> reporter: martinez tells me she plans to run the marine corps marathon this year, her second marathon but her first with just one kidney. errol barnett, cbs news, baltimore. >> glor: up next tonight, an ex manager goes to bat for an group that is increasingly rare. african american ballplayers. >> this portion of the cbs news is sponsored by mega red. p one small softgel. it supports your heart... brain... eyes... and joints. megared.
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this was high grass. this was anything but a baseball field. >> reporter: manuel built the field and their interest in the game. >> take it back that way. >> reporter: he's 65, a retired big league player and manager, something rare these days. since 1986, the number of block players on major league rosters has dropped from 19% to 8%. >> a bat is $300. some of these travel programs charge you $1,000 a00onth. >> reporter: not happening. >> not happening. i got to do what i can do with my experience and my resources to make a change. >> what does coordination mean to you? >> like a pattern. >> reporter: in 2013, he launched alpha charter high school, its baseball-themed curriculum emphasizes excellence through repetition, in the loom and on the field, and teaches trailblazer jackry robinson's character value, courage, determination, teamwork. >> you can't get on the field
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until you get that right. and once that's right, then you can get on the field. >> reporter: you got to earn it. >> you got to earn it. >> reporter: more than 30 kids play here now, most from challenging backgrounds. some have been homeless. does your family have the money to do travel ball? >> no, no, sir. >> reporter: ronnie belton is 17 and has a scholarship to play college baseball. >> i didn't have a father growing up, so we didn't have the financial stability. so i want to find a way to help my family out. >> reporter: baseball could be your ticket? >> yes, sir. >> come get it. >> reporter: the goal is to make them better men, make them better human beings. we'll see you put your best foot forward. if you can learn self-discipline, you got a chance to make some inroads in life. >> reporter: they'll play on prettier fields, but this is the one they'll always remember. mark strassmann, cbs news,
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alberta, california. >> glor: that is the "cbs evening news" for tonight. i'm jeff glor. sweet 16 basketball is next. en
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