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agrees there is little point to negotiations now. >> president xi clearly understands and agrees that the situation has intensified. it has reached a certain level of threat that action has to be taken. >> reporter: as president trump upends his america-first foreign policy, he's also reshuffling his national security team, removing k.t. mcfarland from that role. it's not clear yet who will replace her. >> margaret brennan, thank you. now an update on a man accused of robbing a wisconsin gun store and sending an anti-government manifesto to president trump. paula reed has the latest. >> here he is. you'll never forget this face. >> reporter: on april 4, joseph jacobowski recorded the moment he sent a manifesto to president trump. in it, he expresses grievances against the government and antireligious sentiment. >> revolution. time for change. >> reporter: hours after he mailed the manifesto, a large quantity of high-end handguns
and rifles were stolen from a nearby gun shop. a short time later, his car was found on fire. jacobowski is the focus of a massive manhunt. david moore is chief of the janesville, wisconsin police department. >> find the suspect, make the arrest and keep all of our communities safe. >> reporter: police say jacobowski had been highly agitated recently, regarding a variety of political issues and allegedly made threats to steal weapons and use them against public officials or at an unspecified school. local and federal law enforcement agencies are working to the on the case. >> it's really scary to know somebody's out there with a lot of weapons, and your kids, potentially could be in a lot of danger. >> reporter: the search continues tonight for jacobowski. he is considered armed and dangerous. if you see him, call 911 or contact the fbi. >> paula reed in washington. thank you.
special elections are coming up this tuesday and the following tuesday to replace house members who have joined president trump's cabinet. and the races are getting national attention as a possible preview of the next year's mid-term elections. al jazeera, a mouthpiece for terrorism has been paying john alsoff thousands of dollars. >> reporter: in suburban atlanta, john alsoff is drawing the ire. republicans who say he's too inexperienced to replace tom price, now president trump's secretary. and some of the money he raised came from angry democrats outside the district. >> the average donation is $42. this is grassroots fund raising.
>> democrats are very, very enthusiastic about the political winds right now. >> reporter: cbs news political director steve chaggaris. >> reporter: why so much attention on these races in georgia and kansas? >> if republicans are shown to be weak candidates this early, even if they win, that's going to have an effect on how republicans who are running for reelection shape their political narrative moving forward. >> i'm ron estes. after eight years of obama, america is weaker and the swamp is deeper than we thought. >> i'm james thompson, and i'm running for u.s. congress. i'm a fight ier, and i don't ba down. >> reporter: and democrats and republicans in kansas are in a tight race to replace mike pompeo. with approval ratings at an all-time low for president trump, both democrats and republicans will be paying attention to the outcome of these elections. dimarco morgan, cbs news, new york. colombian officials
on friday officially ended the search for survivors from floods and mudslides that swept through the city of mocoa last weekend. at least 314 people were killed, including more than 100 children. more than 100 people are still unaccounted for. at least 4500 people were left homeless. deforestation played a role in the disaster, they say. >> reporter: we got a closer look at where the mountains above mocoa gave way, unleashing tons of mud and debris downstream. a disaster made worse by deforestation. the trees and roots that would have helped hold back the torrent have disappeared, cut down for lumber, farming and to hope with the coca production for the drug trade. deforestation and poor
government management puts500 cities in colombia at risk. and mocoa, the funerals continue. in some cases, five victims at a time. she says the government has long ignored the danger here. the government knew you were in a risk zone? the colombian president blamed climate change, not his government. but what about deforestation, i asked? now that the armed conflict has ended, he said, we have a great opportunity to begin reforestation in the thousands of acres that have been clear cut by drug cartels. in neighboring peru, signs have led to a drop in illegal logging. but here in mocoa, the damage is done and restoring the forests will take decades. cbs news, mocoa, colombia. up next, the so-called gangsta gardner of los angeles is trying to save his garden from eviction.
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world, but now the self-proclaimed gangsta gardener of south los angeles is fighting to save his own garden from eviction. >> this is south central. >> liquor store, fast food, vacant lot. >> reporter: ron findlay doesn't sugar coat his inner city upbringing. even in this viral ted talk. >> funny thing is the drive through is killing more people than the drive-bys. >> reporter: that's what changed his community. fruits and vegetables line the sidewalk of his garden. it is swimming in pomegranates, oranges, curly kale and bananas. >> most people expect ugly dressers and mattresses and chairs on the parkway, but that's why i did this. i want to end that. >> reporter: findlay's gangsta gardener persona has inspired
sim lar initiatives throughout findley project. >> the soil is gangsta, being self-sustaining is gangsta. not just robbing and smoking dope and getting high. >> reporter: you actually have a name for this area. >> the trifecta of death. >> reporter: the obesity rate is 34%. that's more than 10% higher than the county rate. >> why do i have to fight to get healthy food? why can't i do this in a 40 ounce or some alcohol's going to be in my hand. but i can't get an organic apple or banana or some healthy food in my neighborhood. >> reporter: findlay now has a new fight. a real estate investment firm bought this property late last year. unless findlay came up with $500,000 to buy it back, he'd be evicted. the community rallied, creating a go fund me page that caught the attention of natural food
giant mel newman, co-founder of newman's own. >> we had to fight to save it no matter what. >> reporter: they created a petition to generate more donations. >> to support those areas that are food deserts that don't have any, that don't have fruits and vegetables. >> reporter: the go fund me page has now surpassed the original $500,000 goal. and his legal team is working to close the deal. >> do you think that the owners of this place will honor what they said. >> let's hope so. they got a lot of money, but we've got a lot of people. we've got a lot of souls. it would be beautiful if they did the right thing. >> reporter: cbs news, los angeles. >> we'll be right back.
it was so gross. lysol disinfectant spray kills 99.9% of bacteria, even those that cause stomach bugs. one more way you've got what it takes to protect. today, about 250 miles above earth, an american astronaut peggy whitson, took over as commander of the international space station. at 57, peggy whitson is the oldest and most experienced space woman. on april 24th, she'll set a new u.s. record for the most accumulated time in space, 532 days. she was recently featured in a cbs evening news series "living stronger" which in the past week introduced us to 56-year-old kristin vines. don dahler shows us why you wouldn't want to cross swords with her. >> feel the blade.
>> reporter: kristin vines is a no-nonsense fencing coach. one of the best in the nation. she drills her baylor school team at chattanooga, tennessee on the tactics and techniques that have led to 17 state titles. do you think people who don't fence understand the intricacy of the sport? >> absolutely not. oh, you're a fencer. yeah, and they don't get it. >> reporter: but the 56 year old isn't content to just direct others and stalk the sidelines. vines is a four-time usa fencing champion who still competes. in fact, she won the gold at last year's national championship for women aged 50-59. which is better? when you're in the competition or when you see them? >> oh, i'd rather compete than watch them compete. i can't, i can't stand to watch them lose. >> reporter: at 6'2", vines says she may be a little slower than her opponents, but her secret to living stronger is to outwork them. when you began the sport 30
years ago, could you ever have imagined that you'd still be competing at this age? >> nope. i figured i would have moved on to something else. >> reporter: and if coaching and winning championships are not enough, vines says there's also a correlation between her obscure sport and the difficult, dead language she teaches -- latin. >> it's a life lesson. how do you react to losing? how do you react to failing? do you quit? or do you get up and try again? and it's the kids who are willing to get up and try again where i know i've made a difference. >> reporter: one of those she's made a difference with is junior seth vestal, who says because of her latin class he took up fencing. >> one of the reasons i do fence, because she's coach. >> reporter: how long are you going to gear up and pick up that foil and go on and compete? >> until my knees give out.
and once my knees give out, hopefully they'll be able to put new ones in that still work and i'll keep going. >> reporter: which means for years to come, kristin vines will continue to be a towering presence on the fencing strip and in the lives of her a students. don dahler, chattanooga, tennessee. when we return, seth doane meets a man who can open doors at the vatican.
we end tonight on this palm sunday at the vatican. it is home to the pope and a trove of ancient art and architecture. seth doane met up with the man in charge of locking and unlocking hundreds of vatican doors. >> reporter: it's one of the busiest tourist sites on earth, but at 5:00 a.m., johnny has it much to himself. his job here is as ancient as these tools. he's a "keyman." he and his team are responsible for opening 300 doors at the vatican museums every morning. there are nearly 2800 keys in his charge. he's first in the famed gallery of maps.
now it's only for you. >> translator: yes, it's emotional to be in the museum all alone, he said. i'm privileged in this job. >> reporter: the doors he opens reveal masterpieces. rafael. this is van gogh. your job would be the envy of many art historians. i have the chance to appreciate some of the most important pieces of art in the world, he said. 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 how, for him, this is far more than a job. it's extraordinary.
it's incredible, he marvelled. i cannot say anything, because this artwork speaks for itself. as the sun rose, he let us peek at the spiral staircase. the doors were opened 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 museum sees more than 6 million visitors a year. but no one gets to see it quite as johnny does. seth doane, cbs news, vatican city. that's overnight news for this monday. for some of you the news continues. for others check back later for the cbs this morning. from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm elaine quijano. ♪
this is the "cbs overnight news." welcome to the overnight news. i'm elaine quijano. it was a bloody beginning to holy week in egypt. two churches were the scenes of palm sunday bomb attacks. more than 40 people were killed. dozens more wounded. and the islamic state claims responsibility. the attacks come less than a week after president trump met with egypt's president at the white house where the two leaders vowed to fight terrorism. mr. trump condemned the attacks and says he has great confidence in president el sisi. teri okita has the latest. >> reporter: video of the st. george's mens choir was streaming live on the internet
when a bomb exploded at the coptic church. rescuers sifted through broken glass and bloody pews which minutes before had been packed with worshippers celebrating palm sunday. at least 27 were killed and isis has claimed responsibility. but it wouldn't be the only isis attack on christians, four hours later, a suicide bomber targeted st. mark's church in alexandria, 80 miles away. the head of the coptic church had brpresided over palm sunday services there earlier in the day but left before the explosion. more than a dozen people were killed. angry crowds gathered outside, stepping on bloody palm fronds left in the wake of the violence, chanting "no more terrorism." in st. peter's square, pope francis had the same message. during his palm sunday mass, he condemned the attacks.
may the lord convert the hearts of people who sow terror, violence and death, he said. the pope is due to visit egypt in less than three weeks. egypt's christian minority makes up about a tenth of the population and has repeatedly been targeted by islamic extremists. last december an isis suicide bomber killed nearly 30 christians at a coptic cathedral in cairo. at the time of that attack, isis vowed to escalate violence against christians in egypt. and now, elaine, it appears they've done just that. >> teri okita in london, thank you. president trump is back at the white house this morning after wrapping up another weekend at his florida estate. the president is coming off what may be considered the most successful week of his administration. his supreme court nominee, neil gorsuch was confirmed by the senate and will be worn in today. mr. trump hosted china's president and launched a missile strike on syria in retaliation for a poison gas attack that
sparked outrage around the world. margaret brennan reports. >> reporter: the trump administration was out in force, defending the strikes and ramping up a confrontation with the russian patron of syrian dictator bashar al assad. national security adviser, general h.r. mcmaster. >> what we should do is ask russia if you have advisers at that airfield, how could it be that you didn't know that the syrian air force was preparing and executing a mass murder attack with chemical weapons? >> reporter: this week in moscow, secretary of state rex tillerson is expected to press vladimir putin on how his government failed to prevent the sarin gas attack. >> i don't draw conclusions of complicity at all. but clearly they've been incompetent, and perhaps they've just been simply outmaneuvered by the syrians. >> reporter: tillerson's message is that moscow must enforce a 2013 deal it brokered to prevent assad from using chemical
weapons. yet the kremlin continues to deny that he used any poison gas. u.n. ambassador nikki haley. >> first of all, it cracks me up that russia can say those things with a straight face. it is amazing that they continue to cover for assad. >> reporter: the trump administration is leaving the door open to collaborating with russia against isis. and tillerson will reassure moscow that removing assad is not its first priority. >> our priority in syria, john, really hasn't changed. i think the president's been quite clear. first and foremost, we must defeat isis. >> reporter: but as ambassador haley explained, moscow must recognize that assad should eventually step down. >> well, the regime change is something that we think is going to happen, because all of the parties are going to see that assad's not the leader that needs to be taking place for syria. >> reporter: the white house also denied that it is trying to eliminate north korea's dictator kim jong un, but a u.s. navy strike group was dispatched to
the korean peninsula sunday ahead of an expected barrage of missile attacks. tillerson said his patrons in china agree there is little point to negotiations now. >> president xi clearly understands and i think agrees that the situation has intensified and has reached a certain level of threat that action has to be taken. >> reporter: as president trump upends his america-first policy, he's also reshuffling his national security team, removing deputy adviser k.t. mcfarland from that role. elaine, it's not clear yet who will replace her. >> margaret brennan, thank you. the cruise missile attack on that syrian air base may not have been as devastating as originally reported. within days it was operation a meanwhile, the cost of the raid is raising some eyebrows. the u.s. fired some 59 tomahawk cruise missiles. and at $1.6 million apiece,
that's nearly $95 million. john dickerson discussed it with rex tillerson and senator john mccain. >> reporter: what message was being sent to the syrian leader with the u.s. military action? >> john, i think the president was quite clear in his statement that he made to the american people that syria's continued violations of u.n. resolutions and previous agreements that syria had entered into regarding the chemical weapons accord would no longer be tolerated. i think we have stood by and watched multiple weapon, chemical weapons attacks by the syrian regime under the leadership of bashar al assad, and this one, in particular, was the most horrific since the major chemical attack back in 2013. and i think that is clearly the message, is that the violation of international norms, the continuing ignoring of u.n. resolutions and the continuing violation of agreements that they themselves entered into will no longer be tolerated. >> well, i think what the president did was an excellent first step and a reversal of the
last eight years, and i think it was important. but it's now vitally important we develop a strategy. we put that strategy in motion and we bring about peace in the region. and that obviously means that there has to be a cessation of these war crimes. using chemical weapons is a war crime, but starving thousands of people in prisons is also. a barrel bombs which indiscriminately kill innocent civilians, precision strikes or done by russians on hospitals in aleppo are war crimes as well. so there's a lot of war crimes that are taking place. and another aspect of this that i do not agree with the secretary is that you have to just concentrate on isis. we will take mosul. we will take raqqah, and we better have strategies as to how to handle those places once we have won it.
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if by some catastrophe the world ended tomorrow and the survivors had to start all over, where would they go to get seeds? how about the arctic circle? seth doane explains. >> reporter: up here on this arctic tundra in norway, about halfway between oslo and the north pole, there are no gardens, no trees. yet deep beneath this barren surface lies the largest concentration of agricultural diversity anywhere on earth. you wouldn't imagine that all of the world's seeds would be here. >> it seems very unlikely, doesn't it? >> reporter: this angular concrete structure seems more modern art museum than seed storage vault.
it impresses even before entering. why keep all of these seeds here? >> first of all, it's really cold here. >> reporter: cold outside and colder inside. >> and that helps to conserve the seeds. >> reporter: american agriculturalist kerry fowler heads this international effort to safeguard the sources of the world's food supply, one that's designed to outlast any disas -- disaster and ultimately, all of us. it's very cold back here. >> and the rock keeps the cold. >> reporter: just how cold was clear from this. >> it really set the tone here, this wall of ice. >> ice crystals, yes. let's go in. >> reporter: behind that icy door are racks and racks of boxes in storage at zero degrees. >> colombia and peru, canada back there. >> reporter: sent from nearly every country. i like these boxes.
>> these come from north korea. >> reporter: wow, the dprk. >> they are really sturdy. >> reporter: here at least, north korea co-exists with south korea. >> no problems that we observe. >> reporter: detante in deep freeze. my hand is resting on a wheat collection from mexico. and we've got more than 150,000 different varieties of wheat in this room. >> reporter: why do you need that much wheat? >> the most important thing is it represents everything that wheat can be in the future. so those different varieties have different traits. maybe one is higher protein, and another one is resistant to a particular insect or disease, and we need that collection of traits, because we don't have a crystal ball. we don't know what's coming in the future. and we don't know which of those traits will be usefully important. so the idea behind this whole venture is to save all the pieces of the puzzle. >> go ahead and put that one in there and you guys stir it up. >> reporter: one piece of that
puzzle is the prized possession of the rocelli family in iowa, a thin-skinned italian pepper that's been part of their family for centuries. >> i got the seed when i got married, and i got married at 21. >> reporter: it was a gift from her mother 71 years ago. her grandson says the pepper is now a family heirloom. >> it could be that wedding dress, that diamond ring that's been passed on. those things are, some of us hold dear to our heart, and this seed definitely, that type of fulfillment with us. >> reporter: the family never found anyone else anywhere with the same pepper. so they asked their local seed bank, seed savers exchange, to help preserve it. john is the director. >> we represent a lot of amateur gardeners who have saved seeds in their family or in their
communities who have entrusted us with the protection of those seeds. and it gives an insurance policy where we can put our seeds there. it belongs to us. we can reclaim them he at any time. >> reporter: there are 1700 seed banks worldwide of varied size and state of repair. but this one in norway is known as the dooms day vault, a backup for the whole system, designed to last for thousands of years. so for instance when a typhoon tore through this bank in the philippines, destroying everything inside, all was not lost. or when war destroyed seed banks in iraq and syria, the seeds were safe here. >> so we protect, yes, against some of the natural disasters, war and civil strife and hurricanes and floods and fires, but we also protect against anemic budgets and budget cuts and stupid human mistakes as well.
>> reporter: cultivating land for agricultural use began about 12,000 to 15,000 years ago. but since industrialization, plant diversity has diminished dramatically as a handful of big seed sellers control most of what's sold and planted. since 1900, we've lost more than 75% of our crop diversity. >> i just thought, enough is enough. we have the technology. we have the smarts. we know how to conserve seed. so why can't we figure out how to have a facility somewhere that's really safe and where we can save the seeds long term without any dangers. >> reporter: the big question was, where to put it? in 2008, that search led fowler and the global crop diversity trust here. it's politically stable, cold and most essentially, remote. pictures from kerry fowler's new book show off the rugged beauty. it's a place with more polar bears than people.
folks here carry rifles when leaving town as polar bear protection, and they sled to school. it also happens to be a spectacular place to catch the northern lights. >> we are on the edge, that's for sure. >> reporter: the edge of the world. >> yeah, yeah, yeah. >> reporter: robert johansson who brews a good pilsner came up here as a coal miner. in 28 years, he's adjusted to the long, polar nights, months with no sunlight. so what is this appeal with being up here? >> well, many people have tried to explain what it is. the nearest i can tell you is like to be, being a little bit in love. >> i kind of got star struck when i enter. >> reporter: star struck? >> yeah. >> reporter: by this? >> yeah. >> reporter: she calls it polar fever.
she works in the local tourism office where she fields a lot of questions about the vault. >> they ask about entering the seed vault, actually see how it's like, all the seeds. all the richness it represents. yeah. >> reporter: alas, tourists are not allowed inside the air conditioned vault that holds 500,000 seeds from 930 varieties, and as of a few weeks ago now includes the rocelli's pepper seed. the iowa bank packed up the duplicate seed, and we were there to watch it be placed into the vault. all the seeds in the seed vault have taken a similar type of journey. i think a lot of people would say, wow, this is incredible that there are all these seeds.
good idea, but it probably doesn't really affect me personally. >> oh, i think it clearly affects everyone. i mean, we're losing right now something like $160 billion, $170 billion a year just in our wheat crop globally because of the temperature anomaly we have in the world, the hotter temperatures. so we're going to need and plant breeders are working on heat-resistant varieties. so we might not notice it right now, but all these different conditions are affecting our, today's food supplies. >> reporter: and the answers might be in that seed vault? >> absolutely. the answers are in the seed vault. if we have any answers, that's where we're going to find them. >> reporter: a place where history is saved, to protect our collective future.
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there was a wild party at the barclay center in brooklyn, friday night. it was the induction ceremony for the rock 'n roll hall of fame. pearl jam, journey, yes, and elo, also tupac shakur and joan baez. she may have been the least rockin' of the inductees, but before the show she sat down for a chat with anthony mason. >> reporter: how's it feel to be in the rock 'n roll hall of fame? >> a little silly, but really nice.
>> reporter: what's silly part? >> that i'm a little bit of a fish out of water but not. >> reporter: in the early 1960s as the folk revival took roots, joan baez emerged as the most prominent female voice. she used her influence to introduce another young musician to the world. recording bob dylan's songs and inviting him to join her on stage. ♪ called you an enchantress. >> that's as good as being called virgin mary and all the rest. >> reporter: her debut album released in 1960 went gold. by 1962, she'd been anointed the queen of folk. how did that sit with you? >> i didn't have a very good image of myself before that, so i thought that sounded pretty good, you know.
and then it was a lot to live up to. >> reporter: what do you think of that joan baez now? >> really sincere, really dedicated. i love hearing the voice that i don't have anymore. >> reporter: she lent that voice to the civil rights movement, befriending the reverend martin luther king jr. and singing at the march on washington in 1963. ♪ >> reporter: when did music and social causes merge for you? or were they always together? >> early. because my family was already very politicized and quakers and active. so i made my mind up really early that i thought it was a really bad idea to kill people. >> reporter: among the new inmates, folk singer joan baez. >> reporter: in 1967, jailed for protesting the draft during the vietnam war, baez would spend more than a month at a
california prison farm. >> going to jail as a pacifist, you come out a stronger pacifist. ♪ when i looked over yonder >> reporter: in 1969, she performed at woodstock, embracing its political causes but not its drug culture. >> running into janis joplin saying you ought to come over and have tea, she looked at me like i was crazy. >> reporter: joan baez's commitment to social action has never waned. ♪ and you're going to build a wall ♪ just this week she posted a new song on facebook. >> it just came bubbling out in the middle of the night. and it was called "nasty man", about he who shall not be named. ♪ here's what i think ♪ you better talk to a shrink >> reporter: were you ever worried that the protest song was a dying art? >> people are waiting for another "we shall overcome ". they're waiting for another "blowing in the wind."
steve hartman now with a story of kindness he found on the road. >> reporter: by any logical standard, two years ago, eugene une made the craziest decision of his life. >> i remember looking up at the sky and being, like, god, are you sure about this? because i'm pretty happy right now. >> reporter: did it feel like that? like a calling? >> it felt like a calling. >> reporter: what eugene felt called to do was one really big act of kindness. he didn't know who he was going to help or how, all he knew was he had to help someone, and it had to be life-altering, and that's when a video came across his facebook page. as we first reported in 2015, it was a video of a guy he'd never met, named arthur. after being mugged, shot and paralyzed ten years ago, arthur vowed that he would walk again
some day, and when eugene heard about that, he called arthur immediately. >> he wasn't going to give up until i was walking again. >> reporter: to walk again. >> to walk again. >> reporter: and you don't have a medical degree. >> i have a film degree. >> reporter: which makes you wonder, then, how are you going to make him walk again. >> i had no idea. >> reporter: actually, though, he learned about their exo-skeleton device that ask help some people walk begin. unfortunately, it costs about $80,000. so, to pay for it, eugene quit his job at a research company in northern california to hike. from the california/mexico border to canada. along the way, he posted video of the adventure and asked people to donate on social media until roundabout mid-washington state >> we did it! >> reporter: when eugene learned
he had reached his fund raising goal. a few weeks later, arthur did walk, right into the arms of a total stranger who made it all possible. >> thanks. >> i call him my brother. we are brothers. i'm just very thankful to have a friend like him. >> reporter: since this story first aired, eugene has been looking for another total stranger to help with another huge act of kindness. and here he is. alberto velasquez lives in poverty, with 24 family members under one roof. eugene met alberto's family on skid row in los angeles, and then hired alberto, a skilled seamster to help start a clothing line. proceeds will help give alberto and his family a living wage and help fund other projects to come. it may have started with a walk, but it is now up and running. steve hartman, on the road in los angeles. that's the overnight news for this sunday. from the cbs broadcast center in new york city, i'm elaine
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