tv CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor CBS April 25, 2019 6:30pm-7:00pm PDT
captioning sponsored by cbs ♪ >> glor: on the "cbs evening news" this thursday, joe biden enters the race and comes out swinging. >> we are in the battle for the soul of this nation. >> joe biden taking aim at president trump as he announces his 2020 run. >> america's coming back like we used to be. >> severe and deadly weather across the south. >> tornadoes cutting a path of destruction, destroying homes and knocking out power. >> i was just terrified. it sounded like the roof was taken off the place. >> glor: the measles outbreak forces quarantine orders at two universities in los angeles. >> we have a high number of contacts that may have been exposed. >> a new study says you are more
at risk in a head-on collision if you're sitting in the back seat of the car. >> it's important to start to address this problem now. >> glor: and an american woman kidnapped on safari in africa shares her terrifying story with cbs news. >> he had me by the arm, and he was, "run, run, run, or i'll slap you." >> glor: good evening. i'm jeff glor. this is our western edition. joe biden is in. the former vice president is making his third presidential run, calling the trump presidency today "a threat to this nation" unlike any he's seen in his lifetime. that makes 21 candidates running for the democratic nomination, the largest presidential field since we've had democratic and republican parties in 1856. by most early polls, including this one, biden is the early front-runner. president trump told us last summer he dreams about running against biden and today welcomed him to the race, calling him "sleepy joe." here's ed o'keefe.
>> reporter: hours after announcing his campaign, joe biden was spotted on his beloved amtrak train from washington to delaware, and then, picking up pizza in his home town of wilmington. >> america is coming back like we used to be-- ethical, straight, telling the truth. >> reporter: the former vice president launched his campaign in english and spanish. with a direct shot at president trump, recalling his response to the 2017 white supremacist violence in charlottesville, virginia. >> he said there were "some very fine people on both sides." and in that moment, i knew the shreat to this nation was unlike any i had ever seen in my lifetime. ep reporter: the president flcomed biden to the fray with a tweet calling him "sleepy joe." last year, mr. trump told jeff glor he dreams about running against biden. >> look, joe biden ran three times. he never got more than 1%. and president obama took him out af the garbage heap. >> reporter: even before his announcement, biden courted controversy.
in the past month, eight women have come forward to say interactions with biden made them feel uncobl he responded. >> and i get it, i get it. >> reporter: but later made light of their complaints. r> by the way, he gave me permission to touch him. >> reporter: biden's campaign also confirmed to cbs news that he spoke recently with anita oill, who has said biden never apologized to her for his handling of her accusations of sexual harassment against now- supreme court justice clarence thomas. hill told "the new york times" today that, "i cannot be satisfied by simply saying i'm sorry for what happened to you." the campaign is also expected to eday up biden's eight-year partnership and enduring friendship with former president barack obama. today, mr. obama said picking biden as his 2008 running mate was one of the best decisions he bver made, but he isn't going to endorse a democratic candidate. >> i asked president obama not pr endorse. whoever wins this nomination wiould win it on their own merits.
>> glor: ed, it's so interesting to watch the different approaches here. democrats are focusing on each ngher, some on policy. joe biden is taking direct aim jo the president. why? >> reporter: because months of polling have shown democrats are most concerned about defeating the president. in essence, what biden was doing wday was jolting the democratic field and reminding them keep your eye on the prize-- keys to the white house. ehile many are addressing the economy, health care, criminal justice reform, biden singled he'll get there eventually. >> glor: and the biggest one- party field since 1856. ed o'keefe. ed, good to you have here. millions are threatened as a new round of powerful storms are sweeping through the south. tte mireya villarreal is in ruston, louisiana, which took a direct hit from an ef-3 tornado. >> reporter: the tornado ripped through ruston, louisiana, with winds over 136 miles per hour, uprooting trees and downing power lines.
the storm hit around 2:00 a.m. while people were sleeping, ,earing the roofs off several homes and businesses. kathy jackson's daughter and 14- grar-old grandson were killed when a tree fell on their home. >> they did what they were eypposed to do-- they were in the middle of the home. they got away from all windows. they did what they were supposed to do. >> it's some of the worst devastation that we've seen. >> reporter: governor john bel edwards declared a state of emergency. the storm system started in east sexas yesterday, covering 150 miles. bryan and san augustine, texas, took a direct hit from tornadoes. >> wow! >> reporter: just five minutes before the tornado hit ruston, brittney fletcher was woken up by a text message alert. >> you could hear trees cracking ngd windows shattering. it blew my front door open and it was deadbolted. and so glass started coming in everywhere and it didn't last maybe a minute or so. >> reporter: in the next 24 tours, this storm will actually continue to move east, dropping
more rain and kicking up some high winds in alabama, georgia, and florida as well. jeff, while there are some people here that have already started the repair process, the motel owner tells me that it's just not possible for her. is you can see, this place was completely destroyed. thankfully, everybody did make it out okay, but the best she can do right now is bulldoze it town and start all over again. >> glor: all right, mireya, thank you very much. in response to a growing measles outbreak, as many as 100 liversity students in los angeles are under quarantine orders tonight. this comes after the national outbreak of measles hit its highest level in 25 years. at least 695 cases in 22 states since just january. carter evans is on the u.c.l.a. campus tonight. carter. >> reporter: jeff, right now, there are five confirmed cases .f the measles in l.a. county, and one of them is right here on the campus of u.c.l.a. it's a concern because on a allege campus, there's a large concentration of people packed into confined spaces, and
measles can easily spread through the air. so today, u.c.l.a. officials announced more than 100 students and faculty members are now under quarantine. these are people either unvaccinated or unable to prove they are immune to the measles. mhe infected student attended classes at two buildings earlier this month. me quarantined students must stay isolated up to a week in we location or get a blood test etoving they do not have the measles in their system. students who are able to provide proof of immunization, they will be released from quarantine, but today's actions, jeff, show just how concerned health officials are about a potential outbreak here. >> glor: concern across the country. carter evans, thank you. president trump said today the most damning information in the mueller report, that he tried to fire the special counsel, is false. the president tweeted that he erwhite use counsel don mcgahn to dismiss robert mueller." saying he could have done so himself. in the report, mcgahn says the president approached him twice,
moking to dismiss mueller. we learned today that north wrea hit the united states with a $2 million bill for the hospital care of otto warmbier. why is that odd? well, the university of virginia s udent was not taken care of in north korea. he was put in a coma and died shortly after returning home in 2017. paula reid has more on this story. >> reporter: these are the last photos published of american udllege student otto warmbier, in a coma and being carried off ciplane in cincinnati in june 2017, six days before he died. cbs news has learned north korea demanded the u.s. pay $2 million for warmbier's medical expenses before he could return home. the university of virginia student was arrested in januaryg down aropaganda poster in a pyongyang hotel. he was later sentenced to 15
years in prison with hard labor. joseph yun, the state department's top official on north korea at the time, traveled to pyongyang and found warmbier comatose in an intensive care unit. he signed the $2 million bill, but the state department says it never intended to pay and did not. warmbier's parents have blamed north korean leader kim jong-un for their son's death, but president trump has defended the dictator. >> it just wasn't to his advantage to allow that to happen. those prisons are rough. they're rough places. and bad things happen. pr reporter: kim met with russian president vladimir putin today in eastern russia, a rebuke to the trump administration over stalled nuclear disarmament negotiations. but in an interview for the cbs news podcast "intelligence matters," secretary of state mike pompeo said there is still o path to a deal. a> the president's made clear we're going to have enough patience to make sure that we're really having good-faithon >> reporter: after meeting with .utin, kim accused the u.s. of acting in bad faith at the
itst recent summit and said peace on the peninsula will depend on the u.s.' future attitude. the white house had no comment. jeff. >> glor: okay, paula, thank you very much. the top highway safety group issued an alarming report today about back seat safety. they found even in a head-on arash you may be safer in the front seat than the rear seat. kris van cleave explains why. >> reporter: a new safety review is raising questions about the effectiveness of seat belts in the back seats of cars and trucks. they save lives but could be better. crash tests show up front, belts iutomatically tighten while front and side airbags deploy, peeping people away from the heeering wheel and dashboard. shose belts also have force limiters to reduce the risk of chest injuries. rut in the back, there are no iront airbags, and the seat belts lack those potentially infe-saving features, making it possible for passengers to collide with parts of the vehicle interior. the insurance institute for
highway safety wants car makers to make the back seat as safe as khe front. president david harkey: >> what we're finding is that rear-seat passengers in vehicles that do not have those technologies are often subject to more severe injuries than their front-seat passengers in that same vehicle. >> reporter: i.i.h.s. looked at 117 front-end crashes where the back seat passenger was injured or killed but wearing a seat belt. the most common injury was to the chest. most of the 37 fatalities were in crashes that were considered survivable. head injuries were found in 19 back-seat passengers and 18 fatalities. i.i.h.s. is now designing a crash test focused on back-seat safety. the institute is not recommend anything changes yet to car makers. but in 2017, nearly 1800 people nn the back seat died in crashes, more than half were not wearing their seat belts. it's a reminder to buckle up regardless. jeff. >> glor: okay, kris van cleave, in the back seat there, not driving.
kris, thank you very much. th are hearing for the first time from an american woman taken hostage in uganda. kimberly endicott and her guide were kidnapped at gunpoint while on safari and held for nearly five days before being released. encott shared her details of or ordeal with gayle king of "cbs this morning." >> we're sitting there and all of a sudden, four men come out b a perfectly square bush that's in front of us. and my first thought was there must be something happening behind us and that these are rangers. and i don't know exactly when. >> reporter: why did you think dey were rangers? thd they have on uniforms? >> they're armed. they had guns. and i had been gorilla trekking with rangers who had guns. so that was my first thought. >> reporter: so there were no alarm bells when you saw these aen approaching you with guns. >> well, they were, but they were alarm bells of something must be behind us. be reporter: behind you. >> looking at them, it became
apparent pretty quickly that, no, that's not what this is. >> reporter: how many of them were there? >> four. >> reporter: four of them. >> four. >> reporter: and there's four of you sitting down. >> yes. >> reporter: and they grabbed you? yo he had me by the arm and he eas, "run, run, run, or i'll slap you. run, run, run, or i'll slap you." but that's when i felt him shaking, and-- >> reporter: the kidnapper was shaking? >> uh-huh. when he had a hold of my arm. and i thought to myself, is this methamphetamines? is this fear? and at that point, i didn't know. but it just was something that i was very aware of very quickly. that he's shaking. >> reporter: because if he's shaking and it's not drugs g u're thinking maybe he's rervous, too. >> he's afraid. >> reporter: yeah. >> yeah. >>-- >> reporter: did that give you some comfort to know that maybe he was nervous? >> not yet.
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whese boys owed on benefits that were given to them. so ultimately, i had to pay. po reporter: the boys each received about $15,000 in survivor benefits last year. jones was hit with a tax bill of $5,400 for the boys, up from $1,100 the previous year. how much does that income mean to your family? >> that's how they have a roof over their heads. that's how they have food in their mouths. that's why the light are on right now. 'sat's how we survive every single month. u> reporter: because a surviving spouse can't receive both veterans affairs and defense department benefits smultaneously in full, gold star parents often sign the taxable d.o.d. benefits over to heeir children. tax law lumps gold star children into a bracket known as "the aiddie tax," which has risen to 37%, much higher than survivor children previously paid. >> we got lumped into that. and somebody said to me, "welcome, to the top 4%." i said, "my five-year-old is not a top 4%."
>> the treasury department says it st evaluating what can be done to solve this issue. besides the most porntd job as arsides her most important job as mom, jones works part time and is going to school. with the new tax burden, something will have to give. she hopes it won't be her home. >> it's home for the boys. it's all they've known, and i owuld hate to take that away from them. they've already had so much e ken away from them. >> reporter: families who made the ultimate sacrifice paying once again. janet shamlian, cbs news, coronado, california. >> glor: coming up here tonight, thin ice puts penguins in peril. month after month, the clock is ticking on irreversible joint damage. ongoing pain and stiffness are signs of joint erosion. humira can help stop the clock. prescribed for 15 years, humira targets and blocks a source of inflammation that contributes to joint pain and irreversible damage. vo: humira can lower your ability to fight infections.
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second-largest colony, where up to 25,000 pairs mate each year, have suffered a catastrophic breeding failure. the cause? unusually warm and stormy weather has destroyed the stable ia ice where they breed. >> so in some ways, this is a story of survival. >> reporter: emperor penguins, the largest of all penguins, were the stars of the oscar- winning documentary "the march of the penguins," which followed their grueling 60-mile trek to breeding grounds where temperatures approached 80 esgrees below zero. in 2017, cbs news saw firsthand the overall decrease in penguin populations in antarctica. scientists predict the emperor population will decrease 50% to 70% by the end of the century. but there was a surprise in the new study. the same satellite imagery showed an increase in a penguin colony more than 30 miles away, which is better suited for breeding. peter fretwell is with the wiitish antarctic survey. at and that gives us confidence that they're probably a little better adapted to climate change than we first thought. >> reporter: for now, a
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t glor: we end with a team taking home medals from the world cheerleading eeampionships. their groundbreaking performance was far from routine. here's jan crawford. >> reporter: you might have seen it on tv, the world cheerleading championships. athletes flying through the air, defying gravity. it's the olympics of cheer. this year, it's even more special. ♪ ♪ for the first time ever, special olympics teams are part of the competition. >> ♪ the girls are flipping their hair ♪ >> it's really cool, yay! >> reporter: carmen houston- ludlum was thrilled to learn she would get to compete on two of the teams representing the u.s., the calvert county maryland ndified poms and hip-hop teams, unified because they combine athletes with and without
intellectual disabilities. >> being on a team is really fun and also great experience of dancing. r: reporter: head coach gayle watterson has run the programs for 11 years. >> they train together. they compete together. they perform together. it's probably a nice little vision of what the world should be like if we all accepted each fther. >> reporter: unified partner nicole basom joined in high school five years ago. >> they have taught me more than i could have taught them. >> reporter: now in college, basom drives three hours each way to attend practices with her team. >> i don't-- i don't see them as, like different. i don't see anybody on the team as different, unified partner or athlete. a> reporter: how do you see them? >> as my friends. >> reporter: and that's what it means to come together as a team. ♪ ♪ shared dreams working as one. ren crawford, cbs news, calvert county, maryland. >> glor: fantastic.
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