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captioning sponsored by cbs ♪ >> glor: on the "cbs evening news" this monday, government officials admit they were warned of a possible terror attack as the death toll from a wave of bombings in sri lanka rises even more. [explosion] >> another explosion today in sri lanka. >> one day after coordinated attacks on easter sunday. >> we have to ensure that terrorism does not dictate how we act in sri lanka. >> the house judiciary committee has subpoenaed president trump's former white house counsel don mcgahn. >> are you worried about impeachment? >> not even a little bit. >> glor: a whistle blower shares his concerns about boeing's dreamliner. >> would you fly on a 787? >> probably not. >> six people were killed in a small plane crash in texas. >> f.a.a. and n.t.s.b. investigators are on the scene.
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>> glor: and our series "earth matters," we go deep inside the world's largest rainforest. >> each year there is more being taken out, and there is none being replaced. >> glor: good evening. i'm jeff glor. this is our western edition. the government in sri lanka tonight has been granted sweeping new powers to investigate and arrest. another explosion shook the capital of sri lanka today, a bomb that did not go off yesterday. bombs did go off at eight sites across the country, killing at least 290 people. we have learned the names of two of four americans killed, dieter kowalski lived in denver. kieran shafritz de zoysa was a fifth grader at a school in washington, d.c. sri lankan officials admit they were warned weeks ago of a possible attack by the radical group now blamed. elizabeth palmer is there. >> reporter: sri lanka's government has named the organization it says carried out
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these atrocities. towheed jamat, a local extremist islamist group probably with outside help. yesterday the first bomb went off at the shrine of st. anthony, leaving scores of wounded and dead. so today when people heard there was a suspicious van in the neighborhood, they ran. and then... [explosion] ...another bomb just as experts were trying to diffuse it. incredibly, there were no casualties. but people living nearby are furious with authorities they believe have failed to protect them. today a mob taking the law into its own hands battled police to get hold of the man they decided was a terrorist. you can imagine that rumors are running like wildfire through this neighborhood since the bomb went off this afternoon. now the police and the military have amped up the tension, moving everybody back, because they say they think there are even more explosives hidden nearby.
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people are scared, and no wonder. suicide bombers carried out brazen attacks on three churches. on easter day, one of the most joyous days in the christian calendar, there was overwhelming grief. the bombers hit three luxury hotels too, as sri lankans and visitors gathered for brunch. 39 foreigners are known to have died, among them four americans including fifth grade student kieran shafritz de zoysa and dieter kowalski from denver, who was here on a business trip. his father, martin kowalski, is in shock. >> he was only 40 years old. you never expect that you will outlive your son. >> reporter: sri lanka's prime minister has admitted that security officials here received warnings more than a week ago that churches might come under attack, but for some reason they failed to provide extra protection.
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jeff? >> glor: liz palmer in the sri lankan capital colombo tonight. liz, thank you. former white house counsel don mcgahn was subpoenaed today to testify before a congressional committee. mcgahn will be asked about the president's attempts to stop the mueller investigation, what some consider obstruction of justice outlined in the special counsel's report. the president today shrugged off impeachment questions. here's weijia jiang. >> are you worried about impeachment, mr. president? >> not even a little bit. >> reporter: during the annual easter egg roll at the white house, president trump brushed off the possibility of facing impeachment, and on capitol hill, house speaker nancy pelosi tamped down the talk, too. ahead of a conference call with house democrats late this afternoon, pelosi sent them a letter writing, "the facts regarding holding the president accountable can be gained outside of impeachment hearings." while democrats agree the mueller report provides evidence of obstruction of justice --
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>> i would say in every way this is more significant than watergate. >> reporter: -- they're grappling with how to use it with big names like elizabeth warren and alexandria ocasio- cortez pushing impeachment, while others urge caution. >> i think we have to be very careful here. the american people, a lot of them still don't believe that president trump is doing things to destroy our democracy. >> reporter: on "face the nation," congressman elijah cummings, chairman of the house oversight committee, also talked about the subpoena he issued seeking years of the president's financial records. today mr. trump counter-punched with a lawsuit to block it. his lawyer said in a statement, "the request lacks any legitimate legislative pur and is an abuse of power." cummings said this complaint reads more like political talking points than a reasoned legal brief. according to sources on speaker pelosi's conference call, some members were fired up because
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they do not want to wait to launch impeachment hearings. jeff, one lawmaker described the call as "b.s." and another said of the speaker, "she can't stop us." >> glor: okay, weijia, thank you very much. there are new safety concerns for boeing tonight. these latest complaints have nothing to do with the grounded 737 max but a different model, the 787, a plane tens of thousands of americans fly every day. here's kris van cleave. >> reporter: the 787 dreamliner is boeing's flagship airplane. american and united fly 86 of them. but cbs news has confirmed the f.a.a. received nearly a dozen whistle-blower complaints as recently as 2017 expressing concerns about the manufacturing of the dreamliner at boeing's south carolina plant. the complaints first reported by "the new york times" range from allegations of finding tools and debris inside new planes to employees facing pressure to put speed over safety. >> i don't feel like the company is putting the priority into quality.
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it's production for profit. >> reporter: rich mester is a former boeing technician who spoke to the "times." he was fired last year. how often would you say you found debris inside an airliner where it shouldn't have been? >> every plane. i personally found tubes of sealant, nuts, panduits, we found clamps, they found a string of lights, work lights in the aft section of the airplane. >> reporter: boeing said the "times" report has distorted information, rehashing of old stories and rumors, adding safety and quality are at the core of boeing's values, but in 2017, the f.a.a. found metal shavings that boeing had certified as debris-free. >> the metal shavings have the ability to cut through wire and cause a short circuit or a fire. >> reporter: and it's not just the 787s. twice in the last year the air
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force has stop taking delivery of the new 767 aerial based refueling planes after finding so-called foreign object debris, including metal shavings. >> these are things like trash, tools, nuts and bolts that are simply unacceptable to have on our airplanes. >> reporter: boeing and the air force say corrective measures are now in place, but in the wake of the 737 max crashes, senator richard blumenthal is concerned. >> boeing needs to be taken to the woodshed. the f.a.a. needs far-reaching reform, and whistle-blowers need protection. >> reporter: five airlines tell us they have full confidence in the 787. there is no indication a production issue has ever led to a significant safety problem. the planes have never experienced a crash. sources tell us while there should never be foreign debris inside a new airliner, it's not uncommon. jeff? >> glor: kris van cleave, thank you. there were six people on board and no survivors after a small plane crashed in texas today. this happened about 70 miles northwest of san antonio as the
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pilot was preparing to land. here's mireya villarreal. >> reporter: from the sky, you can see all that's left of a twin-engine plane that crashed near the small town of kerrville, texas. the plane left the west houston airport and was attempting to land at the kerrville municipal airport just before 9:00 a.m. local time. sources say the aircraft may have lost one engine, sending it into a deadly spin, crashing on a private ranch six miles northwest of the airport. richard hall saw the plane just before it crashed. >> it just came down and just hit the ground like a can and flattened it out. >> reporter: the crash killed all six on board. the plane is registered to jeffrey weiss of houston, a pilot for more than 40 years. he also donated his time to non- profit organizations like angel flights, which transports patients or medical supplies for children. investigators would not confirm if he was on board. we've spoken with friends who have been trying to get ahold of him all day but have had no
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luck. the n.t.s.b. and the f.a.a. have crews on sight right now investigating the cause of the plane crash, but they won't be releasing any information on that or the other victims any time soon. >> glor: all right. sad story, mireya. thank you very much. we'll move now to the latest on the search for a missing boy in illinois. detectives today searched a neighborhood about 50 miles northwest of chicago where five- year-old a.j. freund was reported missing last week. deaneynolds is there. >> reporter: soon after the boy's mysterious disappearance last week, police dogs quickly picked up his scent inside the family home but not outside. in a statement today, police diid there is no indication that an abduction had taken place. >> we have our contact information. >> reporter: and questions about the parents arose almost immediately. a.j., who was born with opiates in his system was removed from the home once before by child welfare workers, and there have been numerous complaints about household neglect.
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>> i met them right after i moved in. >> reporter: janelle butler lives across the street from the family's foreclosed home. >> we've been questioned by police before about what we've seen going on over there. >> reporter: what have you seen going on over there? >> there were times that we heard fighting and were concerned for the children. >> reporter: while the police say the boy's pregnant mother, joann cunningham, has stopped cooperating -- >> ms. cunningham doesn't know what happened to a.j. >> reporter: her attorney says today that's because the cops are treating her like a suspect. the boy's father, andrew freund, spoke to the police on saturday and appealed to his missing son. >> a.j., please come home. we love you very much. you're not in any trouble. we're just worried to death. please, please come home. >> they're angels in heaven. >> reporter: and on saturday, both parents attended a community vigil for a.j. but arrived and departed separately. now, the couple's younger son
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was placed in a different home by authorities last friday. and the parents plan to contest that action at a hearing tomorrow. jeff? >> glor: so many questions about this one. dean reynolds, thank you. the mayor of yuma, arizona, has the city on the border struggles to handle a flood of migrants. yuma is now asking for state and federal help. janet shamlian takes us inside the crisis tonight. >> reporter: it's the front line in arizona's border battle, and it didn't take long to see it ourselves. what you're looking at is what happens multiple times a day here on the arizona border. you see a group of people, maybe six or eight of them, being apprehended by border agents. is this it for today? >> no. we've been averaging now for the last week or two over 300 a day. >> reporter: border agents gather names and offer water before taking them to a detention center. 72 hours later, the migrants are released into yuma, a city of
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100,000 with just one shelter, a converted salvation army thrift store with 200 beds. how many spent the night here last night? >> last night we had 233. >> reporter: so you're taking them all? >> as many as we can. >> reporter: yuma's mayor has declared a state of emergency, asking for state and federal funds. >> it's like if a hurricane is coming and you don't prepare for it, this is the same kind of thing. >> reporter: more than 24,000 families crossed in the yuma sector between october of last year and this march, up 273% from the same period a year earlier. immigrants can get stuck in yuma for days because they can't get a bus ticket out to meet their sponsor family. this is one of the few greyhound buses that comes through yuma each day. if there were more, they could move the migrants out of this community quicker. there would be less of a burden on the city. despite challenges, the city is full of heart.
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ruth velasquez gives away warm clothes at the bus stop. >> i have everything i need, but these people don't. >> reporter: apprehensions at the southern border are at a 12- year high. last month, almost 9,000 of those detained were unaccompanied children. >> what i think people don't understand about this crisis, it's just the word itself, it's a crisis. it's not in their community yet, but it could be. >> reporter: asylum seekers overwhelming a border town with little relief on the horizon. janet shamlian, cbs news, yuma, arizona. >> glor: up next here on the "cbs evening news," our series "earth matters" takes you deep inside the world's largest rainforest. -- matters" takes you deep inside the world's you deep inside the world's largest forest. eooriasis a chance at 100% clear skin. with taltz, up to 90% of people quickly saw a significant improvement of their psoriasis plaques. don't use if you're allergic to taltz.
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>> reporter: going to the amazon is anything but easy. >> man. >> reporter: you fly a small plane to very remote areas. with a long truck drive to get to this ranch and this 200,000 acre industrial farm is the front line in the battle against deforestation. >> it's half forest and half farmland. so we're able to set up different experiments in both farmland and forest to see what the differences are. >> reporter: mike coe is the head of the woods hole research center science station. >> if you cut down the forest, you add to global warming by heating up the surface. >> reporter: since the rise of industrial farming over the past 50 years, scientists estimate that almost 20% of the original amazon has disappeared, cut down to make way for farming. to really measure the impact, we need to go above the trees. >> that tree is probably three or four tons of carbon that it's storing. >> reporter: scientist paolo brando told us that these trees
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are absorbing damaging gases that would otherwise contribute to climate change. what happens if these trees are cut down and that carbon is released into the atmosphere? >> this carbon goes into the atmosphere and contributes to heat being trapped in the atmosphere. >> reporter: there is as much carbon stored in the trees of the amazon as the entire planet has generated over the last ten years. cut these trees down and we release another decade's worth of heat-trapping gases, on top of what the earth continues to release on its own. >> each year there's more being taken out and there's none being replaced. so that's actually the problem. >> reporter: as scientists work to find an answer, they're focusing on the jungle where these native brazilians live and have acquired a vast knowledge of the forest system. >> the indigenous people are embedded in this a areas of well-cared-for forest. it will be really important to engage indigenous people in this discussion of how can we make a landscape that works for
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>> glor: we end tonight in the west texas desert, where dreams as big as the sky sometimes come true. here's omar villafranca. >> reporter: the stars at night are big and bright in marfa, texas. >> i see the big dipper. >> reporter: what else? >> a bunch of sparkling beautiful lights. >> reporter: inspired by the cosmos, colette, ashley, charlotte, daniela, madison and mabel decided to enter a nationwide science contest. their team name: "the marfa martians." >> it's empowering that young women can do things like that, too. >> reporter: if they won, their experiment would be performed on the i.s.s., the international space station, by real astronauts. but winning seemed like a long shot. more than 23,000 students were participating. many were in high school. sherry alweto is their science teacher. ihem
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for not going on, because they're young. they surprise me every single time we go on to our next step. >> two milliliters. >> reporter: the judges at the smithsonian were impressed. the girls' experiment, how to kill bacteria in space, is heading to the i.s.s. >> if you want to do something and somebody says that you shouldn't do that, don't let them pull your down. just do it. >> reporter: the girls celebrated by piling into the back of a pickup truck to catch a glimpse of their future. see that tiny white speck floating in the sky? that's the i.s.s. flying by. >> oh, my god! >> we can actually see it. >> reporter: you can look up. >> yeah, right there. >> awesome. >> reporter: despite being one testationded othe villaanca, cbs news, >> glor: i love it. that is the "cbs evening news" for tonight.
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i'm jeff glor.
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