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>> i'm extremely concerned for my students, yeah. water is a humanright. fix it. >> don dahler joins us now. what is it going to take for the city to fix this problem? >> well, the mayor says all those lead service pipes have to be replaced at a cost he estimates at $70 million. and it should be noted that group says there are other cities such as portland, oregon, pittsburgh and providence that also have elevated levels of lead in their drinking water. norah? >> don dahler in newark, thank you. there's breaking news from overseas. the airport in hong kong, one of the world busiest, has just reopened. all flights were canceled when protesters demanding democratic reformed jammed the terminals. debora patta reports hong kong is on edge as confrontations between demonstrators and police grow more violent. >> reporter: flashmob style protests erupted across the city this weekend. this time police showed little
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restraint as defiant protesters adopted a hit and run strategy ♪ ing up barricades and retreating quickly to a new location. >> moving a lot quicker, a lot more determined and with a lot more force. >> reporter: on one occasion, tear gas was fired at point-blank range in an underground train station creating a terrifying stampede. police disguised as protesters turned on demonstrators. this young man begs for mercy as he's pinned down. and this woman was hit in the eyes by a bean bag round filled with lead pellets. at the airport, protesters camped out to spread their message internationally. authorities say they were forced to cancel all flights on monday. it seems sinister at first as if the airport was being cleared for a showdown with police. but tid this did not materialize and the protest fizzled out. although there was good reason
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to be worried, following an ominous message from beijing comparing the protest action to terrorism. here at the airport, flights have been resumed in the past 30 minutes. travelers are streaming in. and there's only a handful of protests around. but it is not over. they've warned demstrators they plan to come back here tuesday afternoon. norah? >> debora patta, thank you. late today, president trump tweeted the u.s. is learning a lot about a failed missile test last week in russia. five nuclear engineers were kills when the missile exploded. they were buried today. there was a spike in radiation near the test site. it appears the russians were testing skyfall. that's a nuclear-powered cruise missile that vladimir putin claims can evade u.s. defenses. the trump administration's now cracking down on legal immigration. it announced new rules today that will make it more difficult for poor immigrants to get legal residence status.
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applicants could be denied a green card if it's determined they are likely to wind up on public assistance. those already using programs such as medicaid, food stamps and housing vouchers could be disqualified. today the head of u.s. special operations command ordered a top to bottom ethics review of his forces. and that includes navy s.e.a.l.s, army, delta force units and green berets. it's in response to recent reports of bad behavior and criminal allegations against some troups. last with a s.e.a.l. platoon was ordered home from iraq amid charges of drinking and an alleged sexual assault. next, danger on the great lakes. what has caused drownings to
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dangerous conditions for swimmers and boaters on america's great lakes. dean reynolds tonight on why 60 people have drowned this summer. nearly half of them on lake michigan. >> reporter: search crews looked for any trace of a swimmer who went into the water and never came out. >> they conducted a search involving a coast guard helicopter and coast guard small boats. >> reporter: he was the 29th person to drown in the lake this year. a more than 50% increase over 2018. last year at this time, there were 19 lake drownings. lake michigan has had nearly as many drownings as all the other great lakes combined. this summer, waves have routinely risen above five feet along the lakeshore. the snowy winter and wettest june in history have boosted the lake to its highest monthly level since 1986. a power boat hit a submerged chicago jetty last month and a passenger died. then there are the rip currents. in early july, 17-year-old rehem
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mason day peered into the surf. yolanda mason is his mother. >> and i want my son. i want my son. i want some answers. >> reporter: when we caught up >> a person struggling in water could submerge in less than one minute. >> reporter: summer weather draws millions to the lakefront where benjamin says many people mistakenly think if they can wade, they can swim. >> a rip current opens up and now that waist-high water you're standing in, your feet are sinking in the sand and water over your head and you go to instant panic. >> reporter: rip currents, which happen in the great lakes as well as the oceans, can move as fast as eight feet per second. so there's little wonder that they account for 80% of all beach rescues. norah? >> dean reynolds with that warning tonight. thank you.
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never been done in competition. >> simone biles completing for the first time a double-double dismount. pure joy after living a painful experience earlier in the week. >> it's not easy being out here. >> reporter: biles is one of hundreds of athletes abused by former dr. larry nassar, and she claims usa gymnastics. >> you had one job and you couldn't protect us. >> reporter: but biles showed true character sunday when she became the first woman to complete the triple-double in competition. watch how high she jumped. three twists, two flips, and she stuck the landing. >> just keep making history, simone biles. >> now considered one of the best athletes in the world. coming up next -- a teenage girl who is also making history as she tries to change the future of the world.
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we end tonight with what opec calls the greatest threat to the oil industry. a swedish powerhouse with a seemingly endless supply of energy. roxana saberi introduces us to greta thunberg in "eye on earth." >> reporter: everywhere greta thunberg goes, eyes and cameras follow. >> i don't like be in focus so much but i have to remind myself it's for a good cause. >> reporter: that cause is what she calls the world's biggest crisis, climate change. it's take be the 16-year-old to the biggest stages, berating people in power. >> i want to act as if the house was on fire because it is. you are not mature enough to tell it like it is. even that burden you leave to us children. >> reporter: depressed by climate change, she started a ss parliament last august. one year on, greta is no longer
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alone. she's inspired a new generation of climate activists with the message, we have to act now or it will be too late. >> she's fighting for our future so we might as well fight as well. >> reporter: like gret ayoung people are leading climate strikes in the u.s. and across the world. now she's about to set sail on a solar-powered boat bringing her message to a u.n. summit in new york. >> they say they are listening to us and now that it's up to them to prove that they have listened. >> reporter: critics dismiss greta as alarmist, too young and too inexperienced. but she says this climate crusade must go on if her generation is to have a future. roxana saberi, cbs news, stockholm, sweden. >> thunberg called opec's criticism of her the greatest compliment yet. i'm norah o'donnell in washington. thanks for joining us. good night.
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♪ this is the "cbs overnight news." >> welcome to the overnight news. i'm meg oliver. women who accused jeffrey epstein of sexually abusing them when they were minors are not giving up their fight for justice, despite his apparent suicide. the new york financier apparently killed himself inside a manhattan federal jail on saturday while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. attorney general william barr says there were serious irregularities at the jail and that epstein's alleged co-conspirators should, quote, not rest easy. mola lenghi is following the case. >> reporter: these photos from saturday morning show jeffrey epstein's body being wheeled out of the metropolitan correctional center. anot
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epstein carried in a black body bag. cbs news has learned how, on saturday morning, as guards tried to revive him, they said breathe, epstein, breathe.iommo the arround epstein's jail cell, described as yelling, shouting, shrieking.me of justice. >> reporter: today, attorney general william barr vowed to find out what happened. >> i was appalled and, frankly, angry, to learn of the mcc's failure to adequately secure this prisoner. >> reporter: barr insists victims will be heard. attorneys for alleged victims tell cbs news that more lawsuits against epstein's estate are imminent. jack scarola is an attorney who represents some of those victims. >> epstein's death does not end the liability of his estate. whatever cases are currently pending and whatever new cases will be filed still have a
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viable chance at producing a recovery for victims. >> reporter: the 66-year-old epstein was awaiting a june 2020 trial date accused of running a sex trafficking operation and abusing dozens of teenaged girls. documents unsealed on friday contain allegations that epstein's ex-girlfriend ghislaine maxwell played a, quote, important role in epstein's sexual abuse ring, wexha.ng an underage girl to i l stre snuouslvey denied those allegations and has not been charged. new york's chief medical examiner has completed epstein's autopsy, but the results are pending. a representative for workers at the metropolitan correctional center tell cbs news the death of epstein here is not a surprise. she told us staffing is completely inadequate with workers putting in more than 60 hours a week, leaving them overwhelmed and not alert. >> any co-conspirators should not rest easy. the victims deserve justice, and they will get it.
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nearly five-day manhunt is over in tennessee after a prisoner allegedly killed a corrections administrator and escaped on a tractor. police say curtis ray lewis was finally caught after being spotted on a home security camera looking for food. omar villafranca has the latest. >> he had this door open, and he was like -- he was like this. >> reporter: at about 3:30 sunday morning, harvey and ann taylor woke up to a ring doorbell alert showing a stranger rifling through their refrigerator outside their front door. >> when he finally backed out of here, my wife recognized him. that's him. he's got that goatee. >> reporter: their surveillance camera caught curtis ray watson wearing camouflage overalls, a hat and a backpack he stole from another home. the taylors called 911. within 30 minutes, hundreds of law enforcement officers surrounded the area conducting air and ground searches. seven hours later, watson was
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spotted in a nearby soybean field, weathered and covered in ticks and mosquito bites. >> hands up. went to his knees and gave up immediately. he was relieved to be over with his run. he knew he wasn't getting away because of the number of law enforcement that was present. >> reporter: watson was serving a 15-year prison sentence for especially aggravated kidnapping that would have expired in 2025. he's now accused of sexually assaulting and killing 64-year-old corrections administrator deborah johnson at her home on prison grounds. and he could face the death penalty. johnson had worked in the tennessee department of corrections for 38 years. >> deborah johnson was a true corrections professional in every way. and she served us well and the people of tennessee well. >> reporter: johnson's funeral services will be on friday. watson's daughter actually issued a statement thanking law enforcement and offering condolences to johnson's family. as for watson, he'll be arraigned later this week and
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have more charges, including first-degree murder. new details in a deadly and widespread outbreak of legionnaires disease at a major hotel in atlanta. one person has died and possibly dozens more got sick from bacteria which can cause a severe form of pneumonia. all were guested at the sheraton atlantaa hotel. mark strassmann has more on the outbreak and the first lawsuit. >> reporter: this hotel is still closed as it has been since mid-july when everyone had to be evacuated. since then, at least a dozen people have tested positive for legionnaires, but hundreds more may have been exposed. by the time guests arrived at the sheraton atlanta on july 15th, 49-year-old camille garrett was already dead. she had coronary issues and legionnaires disease. garrett went to a conference at the sheraton a week before she died. jeremy grier did, too. >> i didn't want to eat. couldn't drink because
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everything was horrible. i was delirious. >> did you know your own name? >> i got to the point i didn't. >> reporter: grier is a 67-year-old photographer hired to document the hotel conference. his fever hit 104.5. atlanta's piedmont hospital kept him for four days. >> the doctors said, we have had two other cases already before yours. >> reporter: legionnaires disease is a severe form of pneumonia. people get sick inhaling small microscopic water drops. >> this is one of those bugs that lives out in the environment amongst us. and on occasion, it gets into a manmade water system, contaminates it, and it can be very hard to get rid of when that happens. >> reporter: the cdc says 1 in 10 legionnaires' victims will die. georgia health officials are now investigating 75 legionnaire cases. 12 confirmed and 63 probable. all of them were sheraton
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atlanta guests. in a statement, the hotel offered its deepest sympathies to all those affected, adding a thorough cleaning of the hotel's entire water distribution system has been completed, including scrubbing and chlorination. >> apologies won't do it in this situation. >> reporter: attorney chris stewart represents 40 sheraton guests with confirmed or presumptive cases of legionnaires. he says other guests scattered around the country may also have the disease. >> this is a massive problem nationwide. people don't know they're sick yet with legionnaires disease. literally, we get a new client every single day. >> the potential population of exposed people -- >> is in the hundreds. >> reporter: the sheraton atlanta says it won't reopen until test results show the threat is over. germany greer, sick for five weeks, says he is still only 65% healthy. >> this is twilight zone. this is completely different than anything i've ever experienced in my life. the "cbs overnight news"
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♪ this is the "cbs overnight news." >> a new way to play with legos is building bridges of communication. the iconic toy is being used to help blind children read and showing teachers how to learn braille.
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the lego foundation plans to introduce braille bricks in american schools next year. ian lee got to try them out in london in a story only for "cbs this morning." >> what are you going to build? try to find all the os. >> reporter: here in leoni masterson's class, students are learning to read by touch. all of these students are blind or sight impaired. and today, 17-year-old aya and francis are helping their younger classmates learn braille. >> when i was young, i did not think i would ever be able to write or read. >> reporter: braille isn't as easy as abc. it takes time and a dedicated teacher who knows it. that's not common. so in stepped lego with their new braille bricks. these aren't your childhood favorites. the studs are rearranged to represent numbers, letters and symbols. the building blocks of language.
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>> it's a good way of bringing sighted and vision impaired people together and playing with legos. >> reporter: bringing both together is crucial since most teachers can't read braille. lego hopes their new bricks bridge the gap so anyone can use them straight out of the box. >> if you could help me find the letters because this is taking me a little bit of time. >> even me. >> can you help me find an m? >> reporter: i finally create my message for the students. >> so what did i write? >> i'll tell you. my dog's name is poochie. >> very good. >> yes? >> is that what you all got? >> yes. >> you're making learning fun? >> making learning fun. i love it. i love braille, and i like finding ways of teaching it. >> reporter: and it's having this fun in the classroom as a child that can lead to successes in adults, say blindness charity workers like steve tyler. >> there's a direct link between
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braille literacy and the likelihood of getting a job. it's as simple as that. if you're literate, if you can read and write, you are more likely to get a job. >> reporter: the national federation for the blind says there's a crisis in america when it comes to braille literacy. over a million people in the united states are legally blind. but fewer than 10% can read braille. unemployment among blind adults is over 70%. and nearly 90% of blind american children are not learning braille. appalling numbers for lego who decided to help build a new generation of blind readers. >> it was an opportunity for us to bring learning to play to children. also children with visual impairment. we believe very much in this power of play. we believe that children learn best through play. >> reporter: giving these students not just the ability to construct sentences but shape their future. for cbs this morning, ian lee, in london. as more states legalize marijuana, many people are
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realizing the weed of today is much stronger than it used to be. newly developed partner strains can be up to five times more powerful than what people smoked in the past. that's raising serious concerns about addiction. here's carter evans. >> how long is your recovery going to take? >> a lifetime. >> reporter: 20-year-old colton says he got hooked on marijuana in high school when it became legal in colorado five years ago. but the cheers back then have turned into unintended consequences for colton and others much younger. >> typically young children around the age of 2 getting into caregivers, whether it's parents, grandparents, babysitters' marijuana products. often edible products. >> reporteheng from colorado children's hospital are included in a new nationwide study showing a 27% increase in children and teenagers getting emergency treatment for marijuana toxicity. 70% from states with legalized marijuana.
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>> severe circumstances, it can affect how they're breathing and make them comatose. >> reporter: an exponential increase in the psycho active agreement thc is at the center of the crisis. thc levels jump from 3.7% to more than 20%. and some cannabis concentrates contain close to 100%. >> once it was legalized, it was so easy to get it at the highest grade and the strongest form straight from a dispensary. >> reporter: colton's dad believes high levels of thc fueled his son's addiction. >> this new clear strain, chemically engineered, rocket science, ph.d.s coming in and making the stuff stronger than any strains of weed anyone has ever known. >> is there anything the industry can do to regulate the levels of thc in these products? >> what's important about potency is that a consumer knows what they're buying and consuming. and that is through consistent testing standards and labeling
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standards on these products. and that only exists under the regulated markets. >> reporter: states that legalized marijuana have generated almost $3 billion in tax revenue since 2014 when colorado first started sales. >> the state was highly focused on how much tax revenue it could generate from marijuana sales. nobody really spent a lot of time thinking about, well, how is this going to impact some of the younger community. >> reporter: the impact on his son became clear when colton was failing in college. couldn't quit cannabis and then asked to go to rehab. >> how hard was it to go after help? >> it's the hardest thing to do. i mean, the worst part of it is that until you do that, it doesn't get better. it only gets worse. >> reporter: carter evans, los angeles. the "cbs overnight news" will be right back.
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james bond's iconic aston martin is pulling into the auction block this week. four cars were made for the early bond movies. one of them will go to the highest bidder on thursday. and, yes, the gadgets actually work. anthony mason fulfilled a life-long dream and got to take it for a ride. ♪ >> you'll be using this aston martin, db 5 modifications. pay attention, please. >> reporter: james bond was introduced to his new automobile in "goldfinger."
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the secret agent's dream car with all of its cinematic spy gear. quickly became as big a movie star as bond himself. this isn't just an important film car. it's an important automobile. >> hugely important automobile. this is the most famous car in the world, in my opinion. so iconic. >> reporter: barney rupric is a car specialist with r.m. sotheby's who will be auctioning off the automobile next week in monterey, california. but first, he showed off the aston martin's assets in gre greenwich, connecticut. >> they come right behind these signal lights. they pop out. >> the machine guns aren't loaded? >> not loaded with projectiles but they fire an oxygen acetylene mixture. >> a bulletproof shield.
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>> it rises up and protects you from any assailant shooting at you. and nail defensers out of the rear tail light here. >> those will light up and shoot nails out if you want to. >> the other side? >> has oil slick which we won't fire today and the smoke screen down below the bumper. >> that's enough. >> it works. >> inside, the raisar screen bond used to track goldfinger. and a personal favorite, the infamous red button. >> whatever you do, don't touch it. >> why not? >> because you'll release this section of the roof and engage in the passenger ejector seat. >> does the ejector seat actually work? >> we've got the removable panel above me. there's no rocket motor underneath me today so you can't get rid of me. >> get rid of you and take the car? >> not that easy unfortunately.
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>> reporter: why did they choose an aston martin? it's not what bond drives in the book. >> in the books it's a bent loo. >> reporter: but in 1964, the aston martin with all its gadgets helped modernize bond for the movies. >> it's a car. it's also a fantasy. >> can you imagine taking this to the golf course or to the grocery store a couple times a year? >> on a sweltserring summer day, we took a ride in the car that has everything, except ac. >> they spent a million dollars rebuilding this? >> just about a million dollars in invoices. >> but they didn't bother with the air conditioning? >> did not bother with the air conditioning. >> reporter: the guns, though, did not disappoint. >> the trigger is right over there, anthony, with the favorite feature. >> this is the gun button? >> there it is. >> that will teach him for cutting in front of me. >> what's a car like this worth? >> estimate, presale for the auction is between $4 million and $6 million. >> who buys a car like this? >> you know, i think the
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collector profile is anybody from a car collector to a james bond enthusiast. it really could be anybody. >> anybody with $6 million. >> anyone with $6 million, i'm happy to take a bank letter from anybody. >> the "cbs overnight news" will be right back. >> endh anha
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hi in a whole new direction. steve hartman found him "on the road." >> i really want to be a doctor when i grow up. >> reporter: whenever his two little girls play doctor, and dream of becoming one some day -- >> let me take your heart beat. >> reporter: 48-year-old master mechanic carl allenby is flooded with the feeling of deja vu. >> you wanted to be a doctor? >> oh, yeah. >> but that wasn't realistic? >> not where i came from, no. i grew up in east cleveland which is a very impoverished city. we were on welfare. i remembered powdered milk. government powdered milk and block cheese. >> reporter: and because they were so poor, young carl quickly set aside his professional aspirations and focused instead on becoming the best auto mechanic he could be. >> this was the parts store where i got all my customers
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from. >> reporter: you'd work on cars in the parking lot of the parts store? >> yeah, sometimes until 1:00, 2:00 in the morning. >> eventually he got his own shop. and for 15 years, he did okay. until one day he decided to ratchet things up. in 2006, carl enrolled at ursuline college. his intention was to get a business degree to help him manage his repair shop. but there was one hurdle. a biology class. he couldn't understand why he had to take it and put it off as long as possible. >> i'm a business major. what do i even care about biology? but i went to class. and the first hour of being there, i knew what i wanted to do with the rest of my life. all those ideas of wanting to be a doctor just came rushing back. >> reporter: and to make a long story short, the car doctor -- >> dr. carl allenby. >> reporter: -- is now a doctor doctor. >> we love you. >> reporter: last spring, carl graduated from northeast ohio medical university. and today he's an emergency medicine resident at cleveland
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clinic akron general. by all accounts, carl is already an exemplary doctor, partly because, according to his supervisors, he worked so long in the garage. >> you'd be shocked actually. it's some of the customer service. >> reporter: this is dr. rebecca merrill. >> could you imagine going and learning auto mechanics? >> no. but carl said he'll do our oil changes, so -- >> reporter: fortunately, carl has more important repairs on his mind. but this old auto mechanic also knows that whether you're working under a hood or staring down a hatch -- >> open up your mouth. >> reporter: -- your success hinges on your drive. >> i'd hear people say, well, carl, it's going to take nine years to become a doctor. >> i'd say, well, nine years are going to pass anyway. i'd rather be some place i want to be than some place that i could have been. >> reporter: and there's the prescription for the i can't do it blues. steve hartman, the i a ron, ohio >> that's the "overnight news"
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for this tuesday. captioning funded by cbs it's tuesday, august 13th, 2019. this is the "cbs morning news." intensifying investigation. jeffrey epstein's private island is raided as new details emerge surrounding the accused sex trafficker's suicide behind bars. deadly shoot-out. drivers dodge bullets as a man with a rifle opened fire on officers during the busy commute east of los angeles. oh, my god. >> and a family gets a little too close to a massive great white shark. good morning from the studio

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