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learn the signs at it was one month ago today that president trump claimed that his phones were tapped last year on orders of president obama. since then, white house officials had been searching for evidence to back him up. they've latched onto the fact that u.s. intelligence routinely listens to the calls of foreign officials. it appears that after the election, some trump advisers were on the other end of those calls as you would expect. the white house suggests there is something sinister in that surveillance. and today, a former top obama official said it is just standard procedure. here's chip reid. >> i leaked nothing to nobody and never have and never would. >> reporter: former national security adviser susan rice denied that she publicly revealed the identities of trump associates.
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picked up during surveillance of foreign targets. >> there's no equivalence between masking and leaking. >> effort to ask for the identity of an american citizen is necessary to understand the importance of an intelligence report in some instances. >> reporter: u.s. citizens' identities are hidden or masked in intelligence reports on foreign targets. several officials have the power to request the unmasking of those anonymous people if they feel it will help them understand the intercepted communications. sean spicer questioned whether it was political. >> it depends on what they were asking and what they were trying to accomplish. >> reporter: rice said she requested the names to understand why they were appearing in intelligence reports. >> the allegation that somehow obama officials utilized
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intelligence for political purposes, that's absolutely false. >> reporter: retired general michael hayden ran the nsa during the george w. bush era. >> the process that is described is perfectly normal and on its face did not in any way constitute a smoking gun. i have no idea about her motivation. >> reporter: adam schiff is the top democrat in the house intelligence committee which is investigating ties between russia and the trump administration. >> i think the suggestions that this is some kind of a partisan exercise that was targeting donald trump or are designed to distract from the russia investigation. and not much more than that. >> another democrat, joaquin castro, says he thinks people will go to jail. but the white house continues to deny any contacts with russia or the attempts to interfere in the election. >> chip reid in aour washington
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newsroom. thank you. law enforcement in the u.s. is warning of the spread of a cruel scam. fake kidnapping. and anna warner has more about that. >> she was screaming, dad, they're taking me in a van. i don't know what they're going to do. help me. >> reporter: larry got the phone call while he was at work. >> a guy comes on the phone, says we've got your daughter. >> reporter: his daughter's kidnappers demanding $10,000. >> they just said don't talk to anybody, get in your car and start driving right now, or he goes we'll kill your daughter. >> reporter: his 19-year-old daughter jenna lee had left for college just the night before. believing her life was on the line, lutes went to the bank to get cash and drove through the night to eight different locations, wiring the money to mexico as he was directed. soon his wife donna wondered why her husband hadn't come home. and the next day discovered the money was missing. >> so at that point all you knew was he had taken $10,000 out of
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the bank and was nowhere to be found. >> that's right. >> reporter: but that was just the start. now her phone rang. the callers told donna they'd kidnapped her husband. >> and if i didn't get them money they were going to put a bullet in his hid. >> reporter: did you believe them? >> oh, yeah. >> reporter: what was that like? >> horrible, horrible, horrible. you're physically ill. >> reporter: like her husband, donna was also told to wire the cash from different locations. finally, her children contacted the police, who stopped her from wiring any more money with a startling revelation. >> it's a scam. i'm like, no it's not. and they're like, it's a scam. >> reporter: they had been the victims of a fake kidnapping scheme, and they weren't alone. >> this is a nationwide problem. >> reporter: john logan told us organized crime gangs call people at random telling them they've kidnapped their loved ones.
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why would you say it's so effective? >> they're playing on everyone's good nature wanting to get their family members back. >> reporter: they don't actually have to kidnap anybody. >> no, they sit at home and wait for the money to be wired. >> reporter: the lutes were finally reunited 28 hours after larry received the first phone call. what was your reaction? >> big hug and cry. >> reporter: but they'd lost $17,000. what would you say to people who say i would never fall for that. >> well, you would, because it's like a gamble. you're gambling with somebody's life. >> you won't jeopardize somebody you love over money. you just wouldn't do that. who's going to take that chance? >> reporter: new york city police told us hundreds of these calls are made, they believe, at random, and they say victims include people at the highest levels of fortune 500 companies. >> anna warner, thanks. next, advertisers leave bill
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mercedes benz said it pulled its ads because of the importance of women. hyundai called the report disturbing. and allstate said they are concerned about the issues surrounding the program. if they called you and asked you what they should do, what would you tell them? >> i would say bite the bullet and fire the guy. >> reporter: ron is a crisis communication consultant. >> they're going to have to do something and make some kind of a move, but they're torn, it's a lot of revenue they could lose if they move him out of his position. >> reporter: in a statement, o'reilly said just like other prominent and controversial people, i'm vulnerable to lawsuits from individuals who want me to pay them to avoid negative publicity. he said no one had ever complained about him to fox's human resources department and
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that he quote put to rest any controversies to spare my children, unquote. o'reilly didn't mention the accusations during his program last night. the accusations of boorish behavior are similar to those lodged against former fox news chairman roger ailes who left the company last summer with a multi-million dollar severance while denying any wrongdoing. our fox news advertising executive responded saying in a statement, we value our partners and are working with them to address their current concerns about the o'reilly factor >> dean reynolds, thanks. up next, tony romo signs with a new team.
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romo joins jim nantz in the cbs booth as lead analyst for nfl games. tony's already dressing the part. the company behind spray-on hair is going public. ronco wants to sell shares for $6 a share. the and wait, there's more. buy $5,000 worth and they will throw in rotisserie. the but wait, there's more news, after this. this portion is sponsored by egg land's best eggs. better taste, better nutrition, better eggs.
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if you take a close look at the coat of arms of the holy see, you will see two keys. they are assembled that the pope is the keeper of the keys to heaven. every other earthly key is kept by the man you're about to meet in this report. >> reporter: it's one of the b y busiest tourist sites on earth, but johnny has it to himself. he's a key man. he and his team are responsible for opening 300 doors in the vatican museums every morning. there are nearly 2800 keys in his charge. he's first in the famed gallery of
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now it's only for you. yes, it's emotional to be in the museum all alone, he said. i'm privileged in this job. the doors he opens reveal masterpieces, rafael. this is van gogh. your job would be the envy of many art historians. >> translator: i have the chance to appreciate some of the most important pieces of art in the world, he said. >> reporter: sometimes the doors themselves impress. this is the oldest key, he explained. it's from the 1700s. key number 401. the most important key, though, does not have a number. and it's kept inside a sealed envelope. as the lights came on inside the sistine chapel, we saw for him how this is far more than a job. it's extraordinary, it's incredible, he marvelled. i cannot say anything, because
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this artwork speaks for itself. as the sun rose, he let us peek at the spiral staircase. the doors were open and the museum ready. does this ever get mundane? no, absolutely not, he insisted. every day i discover something new here, a work of art, a painting, something. the vatican museums sees more than 6 million visitors a year, but no one gets to see it quite as johnny does. seth doan, cbs news, vatican city. that's overnight news for this wednesday. for some, news continues. for others, check back later for the morning news. from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm scott pelley.
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this is the "cbs overnight news." the syrian war took another ominous turn on what appears to be a chemical weapons attack on dozens were killed and many more poisoned. u.s. government believes it was the chemical agent sarin, and fingers e anllies. holly williams reports. >> reporter: the attack on the village bears the telltale sign weapon.ivilns, apparently including these lifeless infants. we can't independently confirm that this was a chemical attack, but notice how many of the victims have no visible wounds.
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and you'd momly expect that from an airstrike or missiles. survivors pant and gasp for air. some of them foaming at the mouth. and this medic demonstrates how his patients' pupils don't respond to light. >> nonreactive to light. nonreactive to light. >> reporter: that all strongly suggests exposure to a toxic nerve agent. >> fill bags with evidence. anyone that wants this evidence can investigate it, please contact me. >> reporter: the syrian regime denies any involvement, but idlib province is a syrian rebel stronghold, regularly pounded by airstrikes by the regime and its ally russia. suspicion will also fall on the regime because of an earlier chemical attack in august 2013. thought to have killed hundreds. it was concluded at that was
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sarin. russia denied it was responsible today. its direct intervention in the syrian war has propped up the regime and helped it win back territory, but it hasn't come close to ending the conflict. and nightmarish scenes like these. the u.n. chemical weapons watchdog has already begun investigating today's attack. though the security situation inside syria will make gathering evidence difficult. >> former national security adviser susan rice acknowledges that she requested the unmasking of several americans caught up in the investigation of russian meddling in the presidential election but rice said shy never released that information to the press or anyone else. several of those were close associates of president trump. meanwhile, the investigation into the white house continues.
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>> i leaked nothing to nobody and never have and never would. >> reporter: susan rice denied that she publicly revealed the identities of trump associates picked up during surveillance of foreign targets. >> there's no equivalence between unmasking and leaking. the effort to ask for the identity of an american citizen is necessary to understand the importance of an intelligence report in some instances. >> reporter: u.s. identities are masked. several officials have the power to request the unmasking of those anonymous people if they feel it will help them understand the intercepted communications. sean spicer questioned whether rice's motivation was political. >> it depends on the purpose of why they were asking and what they were trying to accomplish. >> reporter: rice said she requested the names only to understand why they appeared in intelligence reports.
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>> the allegation is, that somehow the obama administration officials utilized intelligence for political purposes, that's absolutely false. >> reporter: retired general michael hayden ran the cia and nsa during the george w. bush era. >> the process as described is perfectly normal and on its face does not in any way constitute a smoking gun. i have no idea about her motivation. adam schiff is the top democrat on the house intelligence committee. which is investigating ties between russia and the trump administration. >> i think the suggestions that this is some kind of a partisan exercise that was targeting donald trump are designed to distract us from the russian investigation and not much more than that. >> reporter: another democrat on the intelligence committee, joaquin castro of texas said he thinks people will probably go to jail as a result of the russia investigation, but scott, the white house continues to deny any improper connection to russia or its attempts to
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interfere in the u.s. election. a man hunt is under way in texas in the ambush murder of a law enforcement officer outside houston. clinton greenwood served for 30 years. as a defense attorney, prosecutor and sheriff's deputy. he was gunned down in the parking lot of the bay town courthouse. omar villafranca was there. >> reporter: this is the spot where he would pull up every morning. that spot with the traffic cone is also the spot where a gunman killed him. police are looking for a white or hispanic male about six feet tall with short hair. the houston chronicle is reporting that greenwood e-mailed officials recently and said he felt threatened by a man he targeted in a corruption investigation. but they're not sure if it's related to this deadly shooting. >> he was on the ground. and then i saw the cars coming very quickly. the deputies were coming. >> reporter: chief deputy clint greenwood was gunned down shortly after arriving for work
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monday morning at the harris county courthouse building in bay town texas, just outside houston. police released this surveillance video showing a suspect vehicle, a small, dark-colored car. greenwood was airlifted to the local hospital where he died. >> any death is tragic, but it's more tragic when it's somebody who's sworn to protect the public. >> reporter: officers held a prayer circle in tribute to greenwood yards from where he was killed. >> i can't imagine anybody wanting to shoot clint greenwood. >> reporter: jim lightner works in the district attorney's office. >> from everything, it appears that it was an assassination, so it doesn't appear that it was a random shooting. >> reporter: investigators say the motive is still unclear. >> as far as whether or not he was specifically targeted or if it was because of the uniform i was wearing or because of the place he pulled up to in the morning. we just don't know that right now.
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>> first thing i thought about was his family and his wife and his kids. >> reporter: brian benkin worked with clint greenwood both as a defense attorney and prosecutor. they even opened up a law practice together. >> everybody talks about what a great law enforcement officer he was, what a prosecutor he was, and more than that. he was a great family man. he was a wonderful human being. >> reporter: there's a $65,000 reward that leads to information that may lead to an arrest and charges. 57-year-old greenwood leaves behind a wife and four children. "cbs overnight news" will be right back.
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many of the forgotten battles of world war ii occurred right off the coast of the united states. german submarines or u-boats were sinking cargo boats before they could go to europe. one battle raged off the coast of north carolina. mark strassmann has the story. >> reporter: this story begins with a dive into history. at the bottom of the atlantic ocean. >> top side, top side. this is gomez, request permission to open vents and dive. >> dive, dive, dive. >> reporter: it will take about ten minutes for this two-man submersible named nomad to carry randy holt and me 1700 feet down to the ocean floor. sonar guides us through the
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darkness below until we see this. >> confirming we have a visual on the target. >> reporter: it's the german u-boat, u-576, which has rested here since july 1942. the submarine was sunk while hunting cargo ships heading for europe in the war against hitler's third reich. this u-boat had vanished, lost to history until researchers discovered its location two years ago. >> so the submarine is lying on its starboard side. we're looking at the keel all along here. >> reporter: we were there last august as we saw u-576 for the first time in 74 years. >> there's the anchor right there. >> reporter: its bow is unmistakable. you can make out the deck gun, a school of grouper guard the sub's conning tower. you can even spot the periscope inside. >> the circular pattern is called the winter garden.
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right in the middle is the off-deck gun. >> reporter: noaa photographed and scanned the vessel for a 3d image. it sits 35 miles from cape hatteras, north carolina. a relic of a little-known chapter in world war ii history. >> tankers are hit and sunk. victims of prowling enemy submarines. >> reporter: noaa's superintendent studies maritime battles. >> that's war coming right into our back yard. >> reporter: in 1942, u-boats dominated the east coast's shipping lane. more than 80 cargo ships were sunk, and 1600 lives lost in the
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waters off north carolina alone. and you can look right out here and see battles. >> absolutely. you'd find oil on the beaches, debris, and sometimes you'd find victims, remains that were washed up. >> reporter: most americans then never learned the scope of the attacks, but coastal residents knew. the war advertising council helped teach them one of the war's most enduring sayings. >> loose lips sink ships. somebody could die because of your careless conversations really began to gel with the american public. >> reporter: 93-year-old louis siegel remembers loose lips really could sink ships. in 1942 he was a 18-year-old cadet midshipman with a merchant
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academy. u-boats attacked his area three times. >> reporter: when you watched that first ship go down, it must have brought the reality of the threat home to you. >> when you're that young, you know you're going to live forever. >> reporter: and you have, which is the good news. >> yeah. >> dive one will be in nomad with randy piloting. >> reporter: underwater archaeologist joe hoigt is leading the expedition to study not just u-576 but the target, the cargo ship blue fields. both sank on july 15, 1942 in a convoy battle lasting just minutes. today predator and prey lie side by side on the ocean floor, only 240 yards apart. >> both of them together, that's really what's unique about this particular area. we have the remnants of both elements of a convoy battle.
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and it encapsulates that idea of a battlefield. >> reporter: everyone aboard blue field survived. but no one knew for sure what happened to the crew of u-576 until the expedition team saw this. all of the u boats hatches are sealed. 45 german sailors are entombed inside. >> there's one particular picture of these guys on the conning tower, and they're looking through binoculars, and one of them's got sort of a goofy pair of glasses on. that guy's binoculars are in there, that guy's glasses are probably inside this steel tube. >> reporter: it represents how close the war came to mainland america, which is why noaa is working to make this part of a national marine sanctuary. >> i see gettysburg as a national park, shiloh, antietam.
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this is our opportunity to say publicly and acknowledge that the people who fought off the coast of north carolina, that effort is appreciated and will be remembered. >> it's a chance to give these guys a salute. >> absolutely, a salute that's well deserved and 75 years late. ♪living well rise above joint discomfort with move free ultra's triple action joint support for improved mobility and flexibility, and 20% better comfort from one tiny, mighty pill... get move free ultra, and enjoy living well. of many pieces in my life. so when my asthma symptoms kept coming back on my long-term control medicine. i talked to my doctor and found a missing piece in my asthma treatment with breo. once-daily breo prevents asthma symptoms. breo is for adults with asthma not well controlled on a long-term asthma control medicine,
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a jeweller from hong kong is now the proud owner of the most expensive diamond in the world. the 59 carat pink star sold at auction for $71 million. it's said to be flawless, and the sales price smashes the previous record of $57 million for a diamond sold last may. if you don't have the money for diamonds, how about a collection of monster-sized crystals? >> reporter: seattle, washington wears its natural beauty out in the open, but the views can be just as stunning indoors if you know where to look. in a neighborhood not far from the space needle, there's a warehouse that looks like mother nature's private museum.
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for security reasons, they won't allow us to show the exterior, because inside there are these. giant crystals. some the size of a compact car. and perfect formations, brilliant white or clear as glacial ice. >> when i think of crystals, i think of those little dainty things that people wear around their necks. >> this is not one of those. >> reporter: collector richard burger found this one in namibia. >> this is 7,000 pounds. >> reporter: he has spent his adult life, and he says most of his money, chasing the biggest, most perfect specimens he could find and is especially proud of these, concretions, formed into fantastical shapes when ancient hot springs suddenly cooled. it's almost like liquid that
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suddenly froze. >> it went from water to rock in minutes. >> reporter: and what may be more amazing is how his rocks transformed him. in 1968, he was a philadelphia medical student on a road trip across america when he happened across a tiny shack in wyoming with crystals for sale. >> it was the most beautiful thing i had ever seen. and i was completely changed by it. >> reporter: so enchanted, in fact, that he dropped out of medical school and basically roamed the earth buying the biggest and most startling things ever dug up. this is amazing, because it looks like someone made this. >> this is a photographic memory of life on planet earth, 52 million years ago. >> reporter: it's actually the fossilized bottom of a tropical lake imprinted with ancient fish around a palm frond dug up in what is now wyoming. and this crystal formation looks like it came straight off a superman set.
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this is krypton? >> this is krypton, also known as from arkansas. >> reporter: and they've long been symbols of power. look at the crowns used in british coronations. >> the archbishop lifts the crown of st. edward and holds it above the queen's head. >> crystals that have been cut into a variety of shapes and made into a hat. >> long live the queen. >> reporter: by 1977, he had collected enough crystals to open a store in new york city. miriam and her girlfriend were customers one day. >> he thought my friend was cute. he didn't really notice me. >> i made up for it though. >> reporter: they married in 1985. as their relationship grew, so did their collection.
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are there times when you have to say, richard, enough is enough? >> i've tried. i don't think i'm i have effective. >> that's an understatement. >> reporter: he's managed to make a living selling a piece here and there, but most of their money has gone back into this collection, which they see has now become too expensive for them to keep. >> yes, we need to sell, because otherwise, we have nothing. >> this represents a very, very significant investment, but that doesn't mean that we left enough for ourselves to live that comfortably, so we have our 15-year-old car and no stock portfolio, and we don't own a house, and we live in a 315 square foot apartment. >> reporter: ba, ba, ba, ba, 315 square feet? >> yeah. the crystals get 6,000 square feet. >> and we are sitting on the greatest collection of giant crystals in the world. >> reporter: they're hoping to
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sell it all to someone who will keep the collection in tact and build a museum around it. burger won't quote a price, except to say it's in the multi-millions. >> we had someone who wanted to come in, like six months ago who wanted to put it in the lobby of a new sheridan that we're building. >> reporter: and you said? >> no. with 5 cents in the bank, i said no, because we're trying to hold the integrity of the collection together. we don't want to sell off a ton of pieces. if that becomes improbable to sustain, you go all right, enough of this. >> reporter: but not yet. >> not yet. >> reporter: after all, they're not just rocks. to burger, they're the foundation of a dream he wants to share with the world. >> it's a way of inspiring people. it's about inspiration. i think what the world needs
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well, they're still jumping for joy in north carolina. this was the scene after they beat gonzaga. to capture the ncaa men's basketball championship. >> reporter: after losing in that title game last year in a buzzer-beating shot, north carolina came back this year on a mission. they even called this season the redemption tour. >> the head of jackson, and the five-point lead! no time-outs. gonzaga. >> reporter: with only seconds remaining on the clock, north carolina and their fans knew it was their time. >> this year the confetti is going to fall for north carolina.
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they're not going to be denied this time. >> reporter: the tar heels victory was vindication after last year's loss. that buzzer-beater defeat is now a distant memory. >> i say i want to enjoy it. i want to see the confetti fall on us. we're the winners. we came out here and competed. it came out to the last second, but we're national champs now. >> reporter: the game was sloppy at times, with officials calling more than 40 fouls, and neither team shot the ball particularly well. a few big plays and motivation throughout from coach roy williams resulted in the hall-of-famer's third national title of his career. >> we got three. i got these guys with me, and that's all i care about right now, my guys. >> we made our city proud. >> reporter: for gonzaga, the emotions just as strong.
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but theirs, the agony of defeat. >> they're on the brink of the national championship. you want to give that to your team and your program. you know, but at the same time, the other thing it just crushes you, because you don't get to coach these guys ever again. >> reporter: amazing part of this redemption story, chris jenkins was there in north carolina because he just happens to be the brother of nate britt who is on the north carolina team. he called it amazing. and north carolina started this run in south carolina. that meant roy williams had a chance to talk to clemson hid football coach dabo swinney. he reminded them that they lost last year, came back in january, won the title. in his words to roy, go win it just like we did it. and that's the overnight news. for some of you, the news continues. for others, check back later for cbs this morning.
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from the broadcast center, in new york city. captioning funded by cbs it's wednesday, april 5th, 2017. this s the "cbs morning news." this morning the round of new air strikes. wiretapping claim takes a turn. a security adviser is under concern and ivanka trump is speaking out about people being complicit in her father's administration. >> he's wanting to be a force for good and make


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