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learn the signs at autismspeaks.org. police say three murder victims in fresno, california today were also chosen at random, but they had one thing in common, they were white men. john blackstone is following that. >> reporter: fresno police say the shots came without warning, the suspect motivated by hate. chief jerry dyer. >> these individuals didn't do anything to deserve what they got. >> reporter: the suspect known as kori ali muhammad walked outside the offices of catholic charities, continuing to fire at random. moments later, two more people lay dead. police arrested muhammad without firing a shot. >> as he was taken into custody, he yelled out, all hugh akbar.
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too early to say whether or not this involves terrorism. >> reporter: they are linking him to a fourth murder, a security guard gunned down outside a motel 6. his facebook page contains racially charged images. >> they're white devils, they will continue to bring destruction and death upon america. >> we looked at his facebook. we know that he has some posts that says he does not like white people. all the victims today were white males. >> reporter: the fbi is now assisting fresno police in this investigation. a focus will be determining whether this is an act of domestic terrorism or it is more accurately described as a violent hate crime. >> john blackstone, thanks. in alabama, a bill that would allow a church to form its own police force is working its way through the state
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legislature. david begnaud is in montgomery. >> reporter: in the buckle of the bible belt, briar wood presbyterian is a community with a day care center and a school. it is a megachurch serving 8,000 people a day. >> the conservative christian churches have a lot of power in alabama politics. >> reporter: he covers religion in alabama. >> if they say we need a police department, i think a lot of people would say sure. >> reporter: the bill would authorize briar wood to establish its own, independent fully-empowered police force. a member drafted it. why do you need this? >> we know that things have happened in other places, and we want to provide a secure environment for the visitors and members who come to briar wood. >> reporter: why not hire offduty cops. >> we do hire offduty cops, but it's inconsistent. it's different people.
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>> reporter: randall marshall is with the alabama branch of the aclu. >> the problem is it violates the first amendment to the constitution in that it establishes a single religion that is above all others in the state of alabama and gives them the authority of state government. >> reporter: but if it does pass, no other church in the state would have what briarwood anticipates would be a two-person department all its own. >> i asked a number of churches, would you care to be a part of this, and they said no. >> reporter: the church would not have a jail. those officers would operate only on church property. and if you wanted to file a complaint against the officers, you'd have to report to the church, because they would be reporting to the church. church officials don't understand why anyone would be opposed to this. as one official told us today, what's all the fuss about? >> david begnaud at the capital for us. former president george h.w.
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bush is back in the hospital it's pneumonia. he is 92 and is in good spirits and will remain in the hospital in houston while he regains his strength. election campaigns here seem to drag on for years, but they do it differently in britain. today theresa may called for a parliamentary election on june 8, seven weeks from now. her party has a double digit lead in the polls and hopes to win a strong mandate. as she begins negotiating britain's exit from the european union. a lawyer for an influential right wing conspiracy theorist made a startling claim in court recently during a child custody case. he said that the radio rants of alex jones are just an act. anna werner is following their. >> reporter: among alex jones' claims, that the terrorist attacks of 9/11 were an inside
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job. >> the whole thing is a black hole of lies. >> reporter: in 2014, he called the newtown massacre where adam lanza killed 20 children fake. >> the official story of sandy hook has more holes in it than swiss cheese. >> reporter: but his info wars videos have drawn millions of fans, including a certain new yorker. >> on my way here, donald trump gave a call. >> your reputation is amazing. i will not let you down. you will be very, very impressed, i hope. >> reporter: not only that, president trump has echoed some of jones' claims, says jim rootenberg. >> when president trump said that the main stream press is covering up terrorist attacks to cover for islamists, that was directly out of alex jones. when president-elect trump raised the possibility that some 3 million people voted illegally, that had been on info wars.
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>> reporter: but now his own lawyer suggests jones shouldn't be taken at his word. his comments came during jones' custody battle over his kids. according to one report, attorney randall wilhite said jones is playing a character on his radio show. that he's actually a performance artist. today jones defended himself this way. >> you know? i am an ator. we're all actors, but i believe in what i stand for. >> reporter: but rootenberg says questions about jones could raise some for mr. trump, too. >> we've never seen a president embrace a conspiracy theorist like alex jones before, let alone talk to him on the phone or mimic some of the reporting from said conspiracy theorist. >> we reached out to jones for comment, but he and his lawyer said they are prevented from speaking by a gag order in that custody case, scott. >> anna werner, thanks. does taking antidepressants during pregnancy raise the risk of autism?
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studies out today find that the cause may not be the drugs themselves. this is the lead author of one of the studies. >> we looked at women who used antidepressants in one pregnancy but not another. and we found that there's no difference in the rates of autism in those siblings. >> reporter: both studies found an increased risk of asd. but the research suggests that other factors linked to depression may to be blame. >> factors could include more psychological problems. it could include genetic factors. it could include more environmental factors, like poor prenatal care. >> reporter: this should be reassuring to pregnant women with depression. left untreated, it may lead to poor outcomes for both mother and baby. >> dr. jon lapook. thanks. when we come back, a daring world war ii raid remembered 75 years later.
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today,75 years to the day after the doolittle raiders daring run, vintage bombers flew over the air force museum. the last of the raiders, 101-year-old richard cole was there in the white cap. after pearl harbor, lieutenant james doolittle figured out how to launch b-25s from an aircraft carrier. it was the only way to retaliate on tokyo. most made it back. their mission boosted morale. today pittsburgh said good-bye to dan rooney. chairman of the steelers. hundreds packed the cathedral. president obama was there too. rooney served as ambassador to ireland. he died last week at age 84. georgetown university took
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another step to atoning for the slave trade. it renamed one building after a slave and another after a free woman of color who taught black girls. two jesuit priests had sold slaves in the 19th century to pay the school's debts. documents now reveal the struggle of slaves to reunite with their families. and their story's next.
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newly-discovered documents tell a long-forgotten story about american history. here's vladimir duthier. >> reporter: wow, how old is this? >> this is 1895. >> reporter: stored away in boxes are historical gems. >> this is the only child i have, and i much desire to find him. >> reporter: they're called information-wanted ads. they were written by newly-freed slaves who were looking for lost family members who were sold or ran away. >> i wasn't familiar with them at all. didn't even know they were in there. >> reporter: how did you feel when you discovered that? >> oh, my god. it's a hidden treasure. >> reporter: history professor judy guysberg came looking for them last august. >> i think there are so few
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opportunities for us to hear enslaved people describe their lives. you know, every one of these ads tells a life story. >> reporter: in one a daughter writes, my mother was sold from me but when i could yet crawl. a sister says her brothers escaped by underground railroad. a father says his son was sold when he was 14, and his daughter leah was sold at the same time. >> they were trying in their minds to remember what their daughter or son looked like. in that moment they wrote it all down in that short three or four lines. >> reporter: they've cataloged 1,000 so far from the micro film. of the christian recorder and a few other papers. a few ads saw success which says i found henry and mary. we all belonged to william hightower. both hoped ads fill in the historical hole after emancipation. >> i think they're really
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important for people to understand how people survived an institution like slavery and then how they carry on afterwards. >> reporter: evidence that after freedom, family was never forgotten. cbs news, philadelphia. that's the overnight news for this wednesday. for some of you, the news continues. for others, check back a little later for the morning news and cbs this morning. from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm scott pelley.
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this is the "cbs overnight news." welcome to the overnight news. i'm jericka duncan. a nationwide manhunt for the man who recorded himself killing a stranger and then posted it on facebook is over. 37 year old steve stephens took his own life yesterday during a police chase in erie, pennsylvania. police say he gunned down an elderly man on easter sunday, apparently targeting him at random. dean reynolds has the latest. >> looks like there's one guy down in the white car. >> reporter: two days and 100 miles from the easter sunday murder, steve stephens, the lone suspect in the killing posted on facebook ended the nationwide man hunt with a single shot to his head. as he waited for an order of chicken mcnuggets at an erie,
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pennsylvania mcdonald's, he was spotted by employee. >> the employee noticed the car with ohio tags on it, and it was a white fusion. took his money, and he pulled to the next window. meanwhile, she stepped out of there and called the state police right away. >> reporter: trooper tepper says stephens fled when the troopers showed up. after a two-mile chase, the pursuing troopers maneuvered the white ford fusion into a spinout. >> did they see him commit suicide? were they that close? >> i know the one trooper who i spoke to who did the pit maneuver saw him pull the gun out and shoot himself. >> reporter: because facebook was used or abused in this case, there's been a debate on what responsibility social media may have to police itself. an issue addressed briefly today by facebook chief executive,
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mark zuckerberg. >> we have a lot of work, and we will keep doing all we can to prevent tragedies like this from happening. >> reporter: back in cleveland, where the murder took place, police chief calvin williams went further. >> i think the people on social media kind of know the power, and i think they know the harm it can do. this is a prime example. this is not something that should have been shared around the world, period. >> reporter: a death row inmate in arkansas spared from execution minutes before the clock ran out. the u.s. supreme court blocked the execution late monday night, but arkansas officials are vowing to move forward with more lethal injections this week. the state wanted to execute as many as seven inmates by the end of the month, because of a drug shortage. arkansas is trying to resume capital punishment for the first time in more than a decade. omar villafranca is in the state capital in little rock. >> reporter: don davis is on
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death row for the murder of jane daniel. and when his execution was stopped, the state appealed to the u.s. state supreme court. minutes before his warrant expired, the supreme court weighed in. about 15 minutes till midnight, the supreme court weighed in, denying arkansas's appeal to let the execution go through. >> we were told that he was in a waiting cell. >> reporter: late monday night, the state was still preparing for davis' scheduled execution. bobby with arkansas public media was picked to be in the room. >> we were told that the prison was fully staffed to perform an execution at any moment. >> reporter: davis was one of a group of seven men on death row whose executions have been schedule over two weeks. governor asa hutchinson wants to carry them out before the
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state's supply of midazolam expires at the end of the month. the drug has been associated with botched executions in four states. >> we are committed and working every single minute to ensure that justice is carried out. >> reporter: arkansas attorney general leslie rutledge has made numerous legal appeals. >> there's a wrong thing to do and a right thing to do. >> reporter: last week, actor johnny depp joined activists at a rally against the death penalty. >> these are people i lived with for almost 20 years. >> reporter: damian echols was freed in 2011 and has become an advocate against the death penalty. he says he personally knew many of the men who were sentenced to die. >> can't make them do anything. all i could do is say police reconsider, ask, look what almost happened to me. >> reporter: the state is not slowing down the execution schedule. two more are scheduled for thursday. governor hutchinson says he plans to fight all appeals for the victims' families. the "cbs overnight news" will be right back.
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president trump is taking action on a signature campaign promise to put american workers first. the president visited a tool factory in wisconsin to sign the so-called buy american/hire american executive order. the order aims to boost the purchase of american-made products used in federal projects. it also tightens the rules on a visa program for highly-skilled workers that's popular in the tech industry. last month, "60 minutes" analyzed the h 1 b visa. >> reporter: a telecom engineer in san francisco medical center was called to a meeting at the university with about 80 of his i.t. co-workers. what did they say to you?
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>> we're sorry to inform you that as of february 28th, you're no longer going to have a job. we're going to outsource your position to a company in india. >> reporter: to a company in india. >> yes, sir. >> reporter: he was told he could stay on the job, get paid for four more months and get a bonus if he trained his replacement. >> now i'm told i am not only going to lose my job but i have to train these people to take my job. >> reporter: are you angry? >> pissed! that exceeds angry. i'm really not a violent guy. i love people, but i envision myself backhanding the guy as he's sitting next to me trying to learn what i know, and i'm like, god, please don't let them send anybody to sit next to me to shadow me. i really don't want to do this. >> reporter: he and his colleagues staged a protest outside the medical center. his fellow worker, kurt ho is losing his job, too. he had just trained his replacement from india. >> i think for once we're going to stand up as americans and say
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enough is enough. we're not going to take it anymore. >> thank you for standing up for what you believe in. >> reporter: their rally was organized by this woman, florida attorney sarah blackwell. >> this is about the companies making the decision that you are worthless to them. >> reporter: she represents hundreds of u.s. workers who were fired and replaced by foreign workers with h1b visas. >> when you tell someone their real reason for getting rid of these jobs is for cheap, foreign labor, that should offend everyone. >> reporter: they have to train the worker who is going to take their job. >> right. they are told by their company, if you don't train this person in a way that we approve of them being trained, then you don't get your severance. >> reporter: the ucsf medical center is a highly-regarded state-run institution. outsourcing the jobs could save
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$30 million taxpayer money. over the next five years. that's a fraction of the budget. but to robert harrison, it's his job. >> i can't wrap my mind around training somebody to take my position. you know. this is my livelihood. how am i supposed to feel? >> reporter: i've heard some workers say that this is like digging your own grave. is that what this feels like? >> it feels worse than that. it feels like not only am i digging the grave, but i'm getting ready to stab myself into the gut and fall into the grave. >> reporter: when the visa was created in 1990, it was intended to help the u.s. attract and hold on to the best foreign graduates like engineers and scientists and provide a pathway to citizenship. at the time, members of congress promised u.s. workers would be protected. >> this legislation protects american jobs.
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>> reporter: former congressman bruce morrison, then chairman of the immigration committee authored the bill. you came up with this legislation. what do you think of what it has become? >> i'm outraged. the h1b has been hijacked as the main highway to bring people from abroad and displace americans. >> reporter: businesses insist the visas are absolutely necessary to compete for the best global talent. and that even more h1b workers are needed to fill job shortages. nearly every major high-tech company, including apple, google, facebook, has employees here on h1b visas, media companies, too, including cbs. your argument is that they can't find enough qualified american workers. >> well, there are a lot of qualified american workers, but the companies will do better financially, if they hire the foreign worker rather than the american.
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>> the american workers are just as skilled as you are? perhaps even more skilled? >> translator: yes, that's true. >> reporter: he works at a major wall street bank on an h1b visa. to protect his job and personal safety, he asked that we change his appearance and name. he was placed at the bank by one of the growing number of outsourcing companies. most of these global staffing firms are based in india. they've become multi-billion dollar enterprises, supplying american companies with h1b workers like him to replace american workers. he said i was never told in india he'd be taking americans' jobs. >> translator: i have to take all of their knowledge, and basically, i have to steal it. that's my job description. >> reporter: and the american worker is let go? >> translator: yeah. the american workers lose their job. and they also cry while leaving the job.
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>> reporter: they cry? >> translator: i've been working there 20 years, and suddenly, i've taken their job. if i lose a job, i can go back to india, but where can they go? >> reporter: you must know that when most native-born americans see this going on they blame you. >> translator: yes, but i'm not the enemy. the main villains are the indian companies and their american corporate clients. they are exploiting us. >> reporter: why can't we just say we're going to give jobs to americans first? >> well, that's what the statute says, but. >> reporter: but? >> there's a loophole. and the loophole says if you pay over $60,000, you can do that. and beside that, you don't have to try to find americans. well, $60,000 is not high pay for this kind of work. people doing this work today easily make $120,000 to $140,000. >> reporter: who put in that loophole?
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>> well, it was done by congress, but obviously, the industry lobbied for it. it's really travesty that should never have been allowed to happen. >> it wasn't called training your replacement. it was called knowledge transfer. >> reporter: craig deangelo worked for northeast utilities, now called eversource and was one of 220 i.t. workers replaced by h 1 b visa employees. he said his replacement, a worker from india, told him he was making half deangelo's salary with no benefits. >> i didn't get laid off for lack of work. i got laid off because somebody cheaper could do my job. >> reporter: to anyone who would say you're anti-immigrant. >> no. >> that's a lie. >> that's a lie. >> reporter: you don't want to have any animosity towards them. >> because they're looking for a better way of life. >> reporter: we met with this group of workers who all had to train replacements. leo perrero had just received high marks from disney, when he
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was called in, he expected a raise and promotion. instead? >> i was given the news that in 90 days my job was over and i had to train my replacement. never in my life did i imagine, until this happened at disney, that i could be sitting at my desk and somebody would be flown in from another country, sit at my same desk and chair and take over what i was doing. it was the most humiliating, demoralizing thing i've ever gone through in my life. >> reporter: the issue was getting little notice until it caught the attention of the trump campaign. >> love you. thank you. >> reporter: mr. trump himself had hired foreign fashion models on h 1 b visas for his new york modeling agency. but when he saw how the theme of protecting american jobs resonated with his followers, he put sarah blackwell and fired
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workers like leo perrero on center stage. >> there's two reasons, two words of why this is happening. corporate greed. >> reporter: attacking the h 1 b visa program fit perfectly with mr. trump's message and tapped into america's simmering anger at the corporate and political status quo. to watch the full report go to cbs news.com and click on "60 minutes". we'll be right back. ok, let's try this. it says you apply the blue one to me. here? no. have a little fun together, or a lot. k-y yours and mine. two sensations that work together, so you can play together.
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number one trusted. number one awarded. it's got to be tide lawmakers in alabama could give a megachurch the power to create its own police force. the grant briar wood presbyterian church would be able to hire officers with the same power as traditional cops. david begnaud is in birmingham. >> reporter: we're used to hearing the church talk about god's law. but in this case, the church is asking for its very own man made law. briarwood is much more than a church. it's got a day care, seminary and school set across two different campuses nine miles apart. and it's the concern for the kids' safety which is the main reason this church says they need their own police force. ♪ briarwood presbyterian church sits on the buckle of the bible
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belt. as many as 8,000 people pass through its campus daily. they are asking the state legislature to allow it to hire its own cops with all the power of law enforcement officers. reporter greg garrison has covered this. why can't they hire offduty officers in the area? >> that's what they already do, but sometimes they have difficulty getting enough to staff their events. >> reporter: why can't they rely on 911 and call for help if they nee it. >> they could, but they believe to be truly secure at all their events, they need security officials there. >> reporter: a shooting this past weekend injured five teenagers and a baby at another church 50 miles north of here. in a statement, briarwood pointed to massive shootings to reenforce their need, saying the sole purpose of the proposed legislation is to provide a safe environment for the church, members, students and guests.
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randall marshal is with the aclu of alabama. the church is worried about what if. why is it a problem have a police force? >> it's a problem because it violates the first amendment to the u.s. constitution. this takes what is a core governmental power, the police power, and vests it in the hands of a religious organization as a church. >> reporter: briarwood would not be the first church with its own police force. the washington national cathedral has 18 police officers. many observers expect alabama's lawmakers will give their blessing on the briarwood law. >> the conservative christian churches have a lot of power in alabama politics. and if briarwood presbyterian church says we need a police department, i think a lot of people will say, sure, they need a police department. >> reporter: without asking a ton of questions. >> without asking a ton of
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questions. the "cbs overnight news" will be right back
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conservative radio host alex jones is known for his conspiracy theories and fiery political commentary. well, now jones is being described as a performance artist by his own lawyer, who is defending him in a custody battle. here's anna werner. >> reporter: among alex jones' outrageous claims? that the terrorist attacks on 9/11 were an inside job. >> the whole thing is a black hole of lies. >> reporter: in 2014, he called the newtown massacre where adam lanza killed 20 children fake. >> the official story of sandy hook has more holes in it than swiss cheese. >> reporter: yet his radio and info wars have drawn millions of fans, including a certain new yorker. >> on my way here, donald trump gave me a call. >> your reputation is amazing i will not let you down.
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>> reporter: not only that, president trump has echoed some of jones' claims, says jim rootenberg. >> when president trump said that the mainstream press is covering up terrorist attacks to cover for islamists, that was directly out of alex jones. when president-elect trump raised the possibility that some 3 million people voted illegally, that had been on info wars. >> reporter: but now his own lawyers suggest jones shouldn't be taken at his word. his comments came during jones' custody battle over his kids. according to one report, attorney randall wilhite said jones is playing a character on his radio show, that he's actually a performance artist. today jones defended himself this way. >> you know, i am an actor. we're all actors, but i believe in what i stand for. >> reporter: but rootenberg says questions about jones could raise some for mr. trump too.
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>> we've never seen a president embrace a conspiracy theorist like alex jones before, let alone talk to him on the phone or mimic some of the reporting from conspiracy theories. that's the overnight news for this wednesday. for some the news continues. for others, check back with us for the morning news and cbs this morning. from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm jericka duncan.
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