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aetna medicare solutions. captioning sponsored by cbs ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs a dickerson: tonight, breaking news: a judge orders a major drug company to pay hundreds of millions for fueling the opioid crisis, it is the first verdict in what could be a flood of diwsuits against the pharmaceutical industry. also tonight, the president's mixed signals on china. will it be new talks or new tariffs, and what does this all mean for the economy. bracing for dorian-- is puerto rico ready for a new hurricane? we're in the fire zone in brazil as the military attacks the wildfires that threaten the amazon rainforest. >> we're really feeling the intensity coming from the flames. >> dickerson: new details and possible criminal charges after a sheriff's deputy lies about being shot and triggers an all- out search for a sniper who
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didn't exist. cbs news gets rare access to a veteran's crisis line as two government agencies launch a new effort to stop veteran suicides. and a tennis legend received a rare honor that is decades overdue. this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell. >> dickerson: good evening, norah is off tonight, i'm john dickerson. and this is our western edition. we begin with breaking news, a verdict in a case that could set the stage for dozens, maybe hundreds of new lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies. in the first state opioid case to make it to trial, a judge in oklahoma late today ruled johnson & johnson helped fuel the state's opioid crisis and ordered the company to pay more than a half a billion dollars to the state. omar villafranca has the latest
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including what johnson & johnson is saying tonight. >> i am entering an abatement plan that consists of costs totaling $572,102,028. >> reporter: judge thad balkman concluded the state proved pharmaceutical giant johnson and johnson and its subsidiary jansen caused a public health emergency in oklahoma. state attorney general michael hunter. el when opioid sales in oklahoma ergan to skyrocket, the death toll from unintentional prescription drug related inerdoses mounted. leaving in its wake broken homes, families and communities. >> reporter: the state estimates the opioid epidemic has killed some 6,000 oklahomans in 19 years. in 2017 they sued johnson & aohnson, purdue pharma and teva pharmaceuticals for aggressively marketing opioids to doctors while significantly downplaying the addiction risks. teva and purdue settled for more
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than $300 million. johnson johnson vows to appeal. >> johnson & johnson did not cause the opioid abuse crisis here in oklahoma or anywhere in this country. c reporter: tonya ratcliff, a foster mother, testified for the plaintiffs about caring for children born addicted to opioids. what does your idea of justice look like? av i think we have to look at aving lives. you know, the lives that have been lost already is-- was that for nothing? >> reporter: more than 40 other states with pending suits gaainst opioid makers were watching today's decision, and john, the focus is now on ohio for a trial that starts there in october. >> dickerson: omar villafranca in norman, oklahoma for us. tropical storm dorian is gaining strength tonight as it barrels towards the caribbean islands. forecasters say it could hit puerto rico later this week as a hurricane.
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parts of the u.s. territory are still reeling nearly two years after hurricane maria. people waited in long lines today for food, gas and other supplies. many boarded up their homes and .usinesses. lis news climate and weather contributor jeff biardelli is tracking dorian, jeff? this is a more organized system tonight as you can see, a big blossoming of showers and thunderstorms approaching barbados as we speak. so landfall tonight will be across the leeward islands, winds now 60 miles an hour to the west. during the day tomorrow it will pick up steam. we think it could become a hurricane and probably track nory close to, if not over puerto rico on wednesday. so you should be preparing for a cat 1 maybe even cat 2 hurricane. we often say prepare for a category higher than we expect. the question is does it split the uprights in between the dominican republic and puerto rico. if so it avoids the mountains and emerges a stronger storm rmce it gets into the bahamas. it could threaten florida as we head into the weekend,
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especially sat so to sum it up, dorian now appears to be a bigger threat. puerto rico needs to prepare for a possible hurricane on wednesday. and south florida should be on bandby ase head into the weekend. it could be threatening the area as a tropical storm or maybe even a low wind hurricane. >> dickerson: jeff, thank you so much. usnight president trump returns from the g7 summit in france after sending confusing signals in a overnight he said china wants a new trade deal. wall street liked that, the dow rose nearly 270 points, better than 1 percent. ben tracey is in france and has been following all the twists and turns, ben? >> sorry, it is the way i negotiate. >> reporter: before leaving france, president trump defended his ever-changing approach to a trade deal with china. >> i think they want to make a deal, i'm not sure they have a choice. and i don't say that as a i reat. i don't think they have a choi.eportereside saysto resume talks.
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news that sent the stock market soaring.stmi says it isn't aware of any ills. and trade talks were already scheduled for next month. it is the president who has been saying this. >> i am just not ready to make a deal yet. china would like to make a deal, i'm not ready. >> you have recently been saying that china wants a deal but you are not necessary ready for a deal. and you like the tariff revenue that is coming in. are you now ready to make a deal? >> only if it is a fair deal and a good deal for the united states. otherwise i will not make a deal. >> reporter: at the g7 this weekend, the president seemed to express doubts about his strategy. >> do you have second thoughts about escalating the trade war? >> i have second thoughts about ugerything. te reporter: the white house claims he meant he regrets not being tougher on china. but mr. trump has repeatedly changed his position. via twitter on friday he called chinese president xi jinping an enemy. today he called him a great leader.ea i have absolute right to we'll see how that goes.
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>> reporter: today he said this. >> we make a deal, i would like to see them stay there and do a great job. >> reporter: and now mr. trump says his latest tariff threat might not even happen. >> well, i think anything is possible. >> reporter: the president says it's also possible that he will sit down with iranian president hassan rouhani in the next few months. >> i think iran wants to get their situation straightened out. now is that based on fact or based on gut, that's based on gut. >> reporter: next year, he said a great place to have the g7, would be the gulf club near miami. when asked if that raises questions about him profiting off the president see, mr. trump says he doesn't care about making money but he does still own that golf club and it most certainly would make money, john. >> dickerson: that was ben tracy for us in france with the presiden sherpartmentas beg inal iestigati ast deputy was firor lyi about being shot, former deputy
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wedl reinosa made a frantic radio call last wednesday claiming he had been shot outside the sheriff station in lancaster. reinosa later admitted he made up the story and used a knife to cut fake bullet holes in his shirt. supreme court justice ruth bader ginsburg today made her first public appearance since eampleting radiation treatment for a cancerous tumor on her pancreas. ginsburg, who is 86 years old received a an honorary law degree in buffalo. she was in good spirits telling the audience it was beyond her wildest imagination that she would one day become the notorious r.b.g. g7 leaders pledged $20 million today to help fight wildfires in the amazon rainforest. more than 80,000 fires have been reported in brazil this year. many are blamed on deforestation. the rainforest is a major supplier of oxygen on this planet and home to one in ten species. in tonight's "eye on earth,"
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manuel bojorquez explains why this crisis is worsening. >> reporter: if the weekend was any measure, the flames are winning. more than 10,000 new fires were reported over the past few days. many believe to be sparked by farmers clearing land. this is the aftermath. even among the ashes here you can see the signs of deforestation. meme of these fallen trees still bear the clean marks from where they were chopped down. under intense pressure, brazilian president jair bolsonaro ordered the military to help put out the flames. this major dismissed the international scrutiny of what he feels brazil has under control. there are people who think that this type of assistance should have happened a lot faster. do you have anything to say to ytem? "no. >> ( translated ): we do know that it's happening and have taken action before. the only difference is the international visibility came
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just now," >> reporter: we took a look from above. it is the dry season so there are naturally occurring fires. but what is different about the fire activity down below this year is that scientists say what is left of the rainforest is dryer than it should be. and that, they believe, is a result of climate change. the irony is the amazon is seen as key to fighting climate change. but we found families concerned at this point, only about saving their homes. even if a pail of water and a garden hose is all they have. okay, he says he just started on that side and came over here and it looks like they are trying to just keep it away from their houses. fields like this one. tut it was short lived and the dry season could last until november.
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john? >> dickerson: thank you. manny, tonight for us in brazil. today the departments of defense and veterans affairs began an important meeting in nashville to discuss new ways to prevent slitary suicides. about 20 veterans take their own lives each day. a hotline launched in 2007 has answered more than 3.5 million calls sending emergency help to nearly 100,000 people. dean reynolds gives us an inside look. >> are you having any suicidal thoughts today? have you ever attempted suicide? >> reporter: at the veteran's crisis line in canandaigua, new york, the calls come in all day and all night. >> can you put the knife in a safe place? >> what did you do with the nail gun? >> reporter: 1700 calls every day from veterans on the brink. cbs news was given rare access to the v.a.'s responders and their literally life-saving conversations. >> right now, you are having thoughts of suicide and attempts to end your life. so i want to get somebody out to
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you. >> reporter: 20 veterans take their lives every day in america. 6,000 a year. personal finances, broken relationships and loneliness are all factors. >> you have to deal with all of them. >> reporter: responder terrance davis, a navy veteran himself says he always tries to answer by the second ring. what's the stress level for you? s> the stress is, man, it is ighly stressful. >> reporter: former sergeant danny o'neel knows that feeling. santa cruz, california, may be a long way from the battlefield but for him and his men, sadr city iraq is close by. >> it was hell on earth. it was the most dangerous place us the time. >> reporter: in 2006, his unit lost nine men in the fighting but back home, 14 have died at their own hands. >> the guys started isolating htd drinking and doing things that they thought were helping peem cope and it lead to depression and suicide. >> reporter: o'neel, who
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attempted suicide in 2012, today describes it as the new enemy. with isolation as its accomplice. it's that missing connection that danny o'neel is seeking and it is why he now arranges surfing reunions like this one for his fellow warriors. >> when we're together we feel that sense of family and that annse of team that we miss. >> reporter: what is it about the water, do you think? >> i've heard that the pacific has no memories. for me that's powerful because i can take iraq out there and i can give it to the ocean and i don't have to carry it around avy more. >> have you been having these thoughts for awhile? >> reporter: back in new york at this very hour, the v.a.'s responders are also trying to lift that burden, one call at a time. >> how do you want to work through this today? >> reporter: dean reynolds, cbs news, canandaigua, new york. : dickerson: we have posted a list of resources for suicide prevention on our website at cbsnews.com.
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aese fans are booing. >> reporter: and sparked boos from some fans this weekend. luck says he can no longer take the pain from years of rehab after a litany of injuries including torn cartilage and two lacerated kidney and concussion. his stepping away comes at the nfl is looking to extend the season from 16 to 18 games, a move the players union opposes citing health risks. >> you can fight through it. >> reporter: pete bercich played for the minnesota vikings before an acl tear and concussion led him to retire after five seasons. >> it makes for a miserable existence. >> reporter: that may be why kids are passing on a possible utture in the nfl. across the u.s., the number of boys playing high school football has dropped by about 9% in the past decade. as for luck, he's warming up for a new role: dad. he and his wife are expecting their first child. >> the only way i see out is to
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our home >> dickerson: at the u.s. open today, a tennis pioneer received a long overdue honor when a monument to althea gibson was unveiled. in the 1950s, gibson became the first black player to win a ajor championship. it wasn't easy for her back then, as maurice dubois found out from one of gibson's closest friends. >> reporter: althea gibson was a great talent on the tennis court but lonely off it. at 1955, she met her match in angela buxton, england's top player. 's nobody even spoke to her let alone played with her in her own country. >> reporter: buxton is jewish
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and back then wasn't embraced ether. >> not once did the british girls invite me to join them for a meal, not once. >> reporter: experiencing similar indignities created a bond. >> i was very, very friendly with her. >> reporter: they became doubles prtners and won the french open and wimbledon in 1956. one local newspaper reported the historic feat with a small two- word headline: "minorities win." >> well, that is something, so it was the smallest thing that they could. >> reporter: they remained friends for decades, even in tough times, like in 1995 when a 68 year old gibson called her old friend out of the blue. >> she said "well, i've run out of money. and i can't stand it any longer so i decided to kill myself." >> reporter: she said those words. >> yes, she said i am calling to say good-bye. >> reporter: gibson was sick and could not afford medicine or rent. during her career, players were not allowed to make money from sponsors.
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buxton published a letter about gibson's plight, fans responded with almost one million in donations. >> that's a miracle. >> reporter: you saved your friend's life. >> yes. >> reporter: gibson died in 2003. today, 85 year old angela buxton was happy to travel across the pond to attend the ceremony honoring the memory of her friend. >> the hotels may say on the outside, no blacks allowed and no jews, and all that nonsense. she had to face. >> reporter: and then to get an honor like this. >> she got the last laugh >> reporter: maurice dubois, cbs sws, new york. >> dickerson: a powerful tribute to friendship and a monument to a five time grand slam champion. and that's the "cbs evening news." for norah o'donnell, i'm john dickerson. i will see you tomorrow night, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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