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this is the "cbs evening news" >> pelley: this is our western edition. no candidate will clinch the nomination tomorrow, but super tuesday may generate irreversible momentum for hillary clinton and donald trump. they're favored many most of the for democrats, it's a step toward certainty. for republicans, another jolt in the party's identity crisis. polls show trump leading in at least six states, but he is trailing ted cruz in cruz's home state of texas. the republican race, petty, profane and unprecedented, now has prominent republicans talking of an independent candidate if trump wins the nomination. race became the weapon of choice today and major garrett is withet the republicans. >> reporter: following the news that former kkk leader david duke was supporting donald trump, a group of black lives
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trump rally in virginia. a "time" magazine photographer tried to leave the press area to shoot the protesters as they were escorted from the venue. he was thrown to the ground by aown to secret service agent. photographer chris morris later admitted to cursing at the agent t before the confrontation became physical. ( bleep ) ( bleep ) >> reporter: morris said the agent grabbed him by the neck and put him in a choke hold. >> i'm dealing with some real sleaze bags up here, believe me. i think the press is worse, okay? i'm telling you. they're worse than the politicians. >> reporter: trump make a sport of criticizing reporters and makes it clear protesters are unwelcome. >> out! get out. out! >> reporter: trump's momentum toward the g.o.p. nomination has brought a sharper edge to his already-raucous rallies. marco rubio complained today the gutter rhetoric makes headlines. >> what a sad indictment on the t state of the political debate in this country today. ( cheers and applause ) >> reporter: but yesterday rubio himself dove into the mud.
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about men with small hands. you can't trust them. you can't trust them. >> reporter: rubio is hoping for strong enough finishes tomorrow to stay competitive in the delegate count, while ted cruz c is banking on a victory in his o home state of texas. >> and we are, i believe, going to have a big chunk ofe delegates. and i think everyone else will be way, way, way behind. at that point it will become abundantly clear this is a two- man race. >> reporter: the secret service has interviewed the agent involved at the trump rally. agency policy is to protect the candidate, not interfere with news gatherings. scott, the photographer involved, chris morris, has said he will not press charges. >> pelley: especially not after the way he provoked the agent. major garrett reporting for us. major, thank you. all of this followed trump's various responses to the support that he is getting, wanted or not, from the ku klux klan. today, mitt romney said trump has been disqualified. here's dean reynolds. >> reporter: campaigning in
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boasting again.ma >> we have amazing endorsements, and the people that really mean... we have hundreds of people now that want to endorse. >> reporter: but praise from david duke, former grand wizard of the ku klux klan, may test his following more than ever. >> reporter: last friday trump seemed to say "no thanks." >> i disavow. okay. >> reporter: but sunday he declined to renounce the kkk, duke or his support. >> i don't know anything about david duke. okay. i don't know anything about what you're even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists. so i don't know. >> reporter: trump eventually tried to clear up any confusion. >> i disavowed david duke all weekend long on facebook and twitter. >> reporter: he said a bad earpiece made it hard to hear the question about the kkk on sunday, even though he used the same one for several interviews. in any case it's clear some far right groups like what they're hearing from him. he's won the backing of the neo-
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stormer," for example, and the american national super pac is making calls in super tuesday states. >> reporter: the southern poverty law center, which tracks hate groups, says that super pac was started by the white supremacist american freedom party. mark potok of the s.p.l.c. said trump's rhetoric is a coded appeal to racists. >> the idea that any mildly educated person in this country could not know what the ku klux klan was is perhaps one of the most ludicrous statements we've heard in mainstream politics in many years. >> reporter: the super pac backing marco rubio put it this way:mp >> trump refuses to denounce the kkk. think about that. for president? >> reporter: but donald trump has been heavily criticized before, scott, and so far his support for the nomination among
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lincoln has held firm. >> pelley: dean reynolds reporting for us tonight. dean, thank you. well the polls are pointing for a very good super tuesday for hillary clinton. and here's nancy cordes. >> thank you! >> reporter: campaigning in virginia and massachusetts, clinton said the republican candidates were behaving like grade schoolers. >> remember the little box that used to be on your kids' report cards? "play well with others"? i'd have to put a big "no." >> reporter: she's poised to make the dean's list tomorrow. the latest cbs news battleground tracker shows clinton leading sanders by 20 points in virginia, 24 points in texas and 28 points in georgia. other polls have her up in tennessee, alabama and massachusetts. and she's the former first lady of arkansas. that leaves sanders hoping for a strong showing in oklahoma, colorado, minnesota and his home state of vermont. >> we can win.
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if we have the turnout. >> reporter: the two have found common cause in their distaste for donald trump. when sanders called trump "a hatemonger" online, clinton retweeted it. but otherwise, she has begun to focus less on him and more on her likely race against the republicans. >> one advantage i have is they've been after me for 25 years and i'm still standing. >> reporter: the state department is releasing its final batch of clinton's 30,000 e-mails tonight, but, scott, that does not mean that the saga is over. the f.b.i. is still looking into her use of a private server and a federal judge wants some of her top aides to testify about it. >> pelley: nancy cordes with the democrats tonight. nancy, thank you. well, john dickerson is our cbs news political director and anchor of "face the nation." john at the top of the broadcast, we talked about the identity crisis with the republicans.ta what's going on with the party? >> reporter: well, if there is a wall between the republican party and donald trump, it's now
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in conversations today with republican strategists and staffers on the hill, they are at wit's end about what it would be like to have donald trump as the party nominee. what they pointed out in his interview is that he seemed to be trying so carefully not to offend anyone and call anyone a bigot when he was asked about the kkk and white supremacists. suddenly, he got politically correct. and what they think, republicans i talk to think, is he was basically trying to not offend any southern voters. so in super tuesday tomorrow, what house and senate leaders are worried about is what is it going to look like in the fall when they and their colleagues have to respond to every incendiary thing he says. and so people i talked to today were coming up with all kinds of fantastic notions about how they could take the nomination away at the convention or how they could put a third-party candidate in if he became the nominee, slip a third partywhet candidate in there. it's hard to tell whetherr they're more unsettled aboutct being tainted by trump or by the fact there's not much they can do to stop him from getting the nomination.
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thank you very much, john. in ohio today, a 14-year-old boy opened fire on classmates in a school cafeteria north of cincinnati.nc two students were shot, two others were hit by shrapnel but none of the injuries is life- threatening. the suspect ran but was caught nearby.t there's no word yet on a motive. in virginia, the funeral is tomorrow for the prince william county police officer who was gunned down on her first day on the job. today the prosecutor said he may seek the death penalty. here's justice correspondent jeff pegues. >> reporter: 28-year-old ashley guindon was a decorated marine corps reservist who was just beginning a new career as a police officer. but her first day in uniformbe would be her last. >> reporter: on saturday night she and two other officers were responding to a domestic violence call at this home.
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front door, they were shot.te >> reporter: guindon was rushedhe to the hospital where she was pronounced dead a few hours later. the two other officers are expected to survive. police say 32-year-old ronald hamilton opened fire on the officers with a rifle. hamilton, a staff sergeant in the u.s. army, is also accused of killing his wife, crystal hamilton, in the home. the couple's 11-year-old son managed to run to safety. according to the army, hamilton worked in i.t. at the pentagon for the joint staff support center. he joined the army in 2002 and served in iraq for two tours. prosecutors say hamilton had a previous run-in with the law but would not release details. prince william county prosecutor paul ebert. >> sad, sad, sad. it's an example of an officer's a worst nightmare. >> reporter: officer guindon grew up in merrimack, new hampshire. in her 2005 high school yearbook she wrote, "live for something
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guindon is the 14th police officer killed in the line of duty so far this year. scott, 11 of the 14 were killed by gunfire. that's a number that's risen dramatically compared to the same time last year. >> pelley: jeff pegues. thank you, jeff. turning overseas now, isis has been losing ground on the battlefield, but it's apparently striking back with a series of bombings in and around baghdad these past two days.ha more than 100 were killed. most at this marketplace in a shiite neighborhood. isis is sunni, the other main faction of islam. the u.n. said today the ceasefire in syria is holding for the most part, but a hotline set up by the u.s. state department for syrians to report violations has been ringing off the hook.ng the civil war has left many of syria's cities in ruin, and elizabeth palmer got rare access to homs, a city that once had as
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but now just a fraction. >> reporter: after four years and megatons of explosives, thefi syrian army finally took back the city of homs from opposition fighters. but several rebel units escaped into the suburb of al waar, where they tried the make a last stand. in the end, though, the violence was too much. under siege and outgunned, the rebels caved in and agreed to talk. they're just out of sight at the end of that road. the syrian army wouldn't allow us in, but they do allow the women out to get medical care and to shop for food. like, what's changed? "now there are formal negotiations going on with the government," they tell me.ha "life has improved. the siege has ended and our electricity and water are back." supplies are flowing in, too, though every single box is checked by the military.
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probed for hidden weapons. but now what? in december, six bus loads of rebels and their families struck a deal for safe passage out of al-waar to an opposition area further north. that leaves about 1,000 left. stuck, still trying to hammer out the terms of their defeat. there have been several of these, call them stalemates, call them mini-truces, across the country in the last couple of years, scott. they don't always go smoothly. some are more successful than others, but in the end they almost certainly save lives. >> pelley: elizabeth palmer in the syrian capital damascus for us tonight. liz, thank you. the label said "100% parmesan cheese," but it was 100% wrong. there's a new warning about a contraceptive implant used by hundreds of thousands of women. and the best of america, awarded
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>> pelley: if you love cheese, this news was pretty unappetizing. some parmesan contains wood pulp. and last friday, an executive atia a pennsylvania food company plead guilty to selling cheese that had no relation to what was on the label. we asked jim axelrod to take a look. >> reporter: you would think when f.d.a. investigators found castle cheese marketing 100% parmesan cheese, that was actually 0% parmesan, the company had a problem. >> the product that they were marketing and which was on the label was not what they were selling. >> reporter: just attorney david hickton brought the case against the company after an f.d.a. inspection in 2012 found the company's parmesan was actually a mixture of cheaper cheeses like swiss and cheddar, and in one case an unknown ingredient. >> advertising it as parmesan and romano and putting something
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more money. and that's just clearly fraud on the consumer. >> reporter: this was fraudulent in your view?r >> yes. >> reporter: but we found fraud might not be the worst of it. these f.d.a. records show finished cheese was stored in this un-refridgerated room, which could cause bacteria to thrive. what's more, the company found listeria, a potentially deadly pathogen, in its production area ten times, but castle continued to produce and sell its cheese to stores like target and wal- mart without testing it. that might be troubling enough if we didn't also find records from the pennsylvania department of agriculture which inspected castle around the same time as the f.d.a. those records tell a very different story. in june of 2012, state inspector david trotter wrote, "the plant continues to be in excellent condition. i appreciate the plant management and the quality work w they do." his glowing reviews continued
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left the department of agriculture for a new job-- director of quality control at castle cheese. >> i'm with cbs news. >> reporter: we asked trotter to explain his reviews of castle, but he declined. castle cheese is no longer on the market. the company filed for bankruptcy in 2014. as for the f.d.a., it will be rolling out new food safety regulations. the f.d.a. tells us they're designed to help get state and federal inspectors on the same page. >> pelley: jim, thank you very much. well, chris rocked the oscars last night.
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workers at tesla gigafactory walk out in protest... they say the company is hiring too many workers from new mexico. the latest, coming up >> pelley: today president obama >> pelley: today president obama presented the medal of honor to a 36-year-old navy seal from ohio.ma david martin has his story. >> reporter: to call edward byers a combat veteran doesn't come close. so am i reading your uniform correctly? that's five bronze stars, two purple hearts? >> that's correct. >> reporter: so how many combat tours have you done? >> i've done nine combat tours. >> reporter: in 2012, as a member of seal team six, he was sent to rescue an american, dr. dilip joseph, who had been kidnapped by the taliban. as they approached the building, the point man saw they had been detected. >> he saw a guard come out of the door, and he shot him. and we started sprinting toward the door. >> reporter: the point man,
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but he was shot and later died. >> i was the second person in. when i entered the room and saw another enemy standing there with a weapon, and i shot him, and then i saw another person that was moving across the floor. didn't know whether or not that person was the american hostage or if he was an enemy, so i moved down toward him. i was able to get on top of him and pin him down with my legs. >> reporter: he was adjusting his night vision goggles trying g to get a better look at the person beneath him when he heard dr. joseph call out from another part of the room. >> that's when i shot the person i was on top of and jumped off him and then on to the doctor who was like three or five feet away. >> why did you jump on the doctor? >> andy: we did that because we were wearing body armor and we want to protect him from any other potential threats. when i did, that i realized there was another enemy within arm's reach of where we're laying and so i was able to holds him against the wall by, you know, grabbing him around the
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enough time for our teammates to get in there and to take care of that threat. >> reporter: when you say "take care of that threat," how did that work?k? >> our teammates came around and they shot him. >> reporter: you were holding him by the throat against the wall? >> correct, yes. >> reporter: when it was over, five taliban and one navy seal, nicholas cheque, lay dead or dying. dr. joseph was shaken but alive. how long did this last? >> probably it took a minute to actually go in the room and take care of everything we just talked about. >> reporter: that's a lot of action going on in a very confined space. >> that's the nature of this job. it's close quarters combat. >> reporter: and it takes longer to tell it than it did to happen. >> yes, it does.ep >> reporter: now there is a medal of honor to go with those five bronze stars and two purple hearts. you have to wonder how manyof other minutes of close quarters combat edward byers saw in his nine combat tours. one thing for sure, he'll never
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david martin, cbs news, washington. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org "this is channel 2 news, coverage you can count on" "when we got there there was one subject down, male, suffering from a gun shot wound." one man is dead and one man is in custody after an overnight shooting at siri's casino in downtown reno last night. we have the latest details of this murder investigation as crime beat tops channel 2 news at 6:30. turning to crime beat now-- just before midnight last night, the reno police department responded to shots fired inside the siri's casino. take a look, the casino is located at 241 north virginia street in the heart of downtown reno.
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us live with the latest details on this murder investigation. ryan what do we know? landon, the investigation has found that the victim was an off duty employee of siri's casino here in downtown. police have identified the suspect as 38 year old kiley grayson. he's been charged with open murder and police say he did not run from the crime scene or resist arrest. was compliant with officers, he was pointed out as the shooter, he was taken into custody at that time and taken down to the main police station." the reno police department has met with a lot of eye witnesses who were inside siri's at the time of the shooting. investigators have determined there was a physical and verbal dispute between the two men, that escalated quickly . when the victim tried to walk away... police say grayson pulled out a gun and shot the man in the chest. although the suspect in this case has been arrested, the investigation is ongoing. the reno police department would like anyone with further
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to contact them at 334-2188 or to call secret witness at 322-4900. you can also text your tip to 847-411. the name of the victim has not yet been released at this time. covering crime beat live in downtown reno, ryan canaday channel two news sugar bowl ski resort says the body of a ski instructor who went missing last month has been found. 23-year-old carson may's disappeared on january 14th..that prompted a search that lasted days, but had to be called off due to bad weather. his body was found by tahoe nordsic and el dorado county search and rescue this morning roughly a quarter mile out of bounds in an avalance-prone area near the original search site. sugar bowl says their thoughts and prayers are with may's family, and today's discovery helps bring closure to his family and friends. the squaw valley fire department has identified a woman who died

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