tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS April 21, 2017 6:30pm-7:01pm EDT
>> mason: march of the scientists. coast-to-coast rallies are planned to fight federal cuts to climate and health programs. >> the most powerful country in the world is attacking science. >> mason: also tonight, she's 11 and suing president trump. >> reporter: you've been worried about climate change-- >> since kindergarten. >> mason: secret meetings at mar-a-lago raise new questions about who's getting access to the president and how. and steve hartman with the kid no one wanted. >> he has no arms. how is he going to play basketball? >> mason: until he showed them all. captioning sponsored by cbs
this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> mason: good evening, scott's on assignment. i'm anthony mason. tens of thousands of scientists plan to mark earth day tomorrow my marching in hundreds of cities across the country and around the world. they'll be protesting cuts to research and programs to fight climate change. this comes as americans are growing pessimistic about the environment. a cbs news poll today found just 12% believe the environment will improve for the next generation. 57% say it will get worse. dr. jon lapook begins our coverage. >> reporter: erich jarvis studies the neurobiological of language at new york city's rockefeller university. his entire research team is going to tomorrow's march for science. >> when the first time in recorded history, scientists have to get together to form a march in support of science, something serious is going on. >> reporter: what's different
now? >> what's different is that the most powerful country in the world is attacking science, is attacking evidence-based logical thinking. that is a pretty serious attack, not on just science but just on being human. >> reporter: participants will range from gings ons to geneticists, physicists to farmers, students to teachers. their concerns include an 18% $6 billion proposed cut in funding for the national institutes of health, denial of what they see as established science, such as the threat of climate change; and the changing immigration policy. foreign-born scientists fill nearly half of u.s. postdoctoral research positions. cell biologist lydia villa-komaroff is one of the coordinators. do you sense that the definition of what a fact is has actually changed? >> i worry about that. a fact is something which is testable and verifiable by a variety of means and a variety of people.
we're confusing opinions and facts, beliefs and facts, and that is a mistake when the country tries to decide where it should take certain policy decisions. >> reporter: and for those people who say, "oh, just stay in your lab. science and politics do not mix?" >> well, if you cut the funding, i can't stay in my lab. so i gotta come out. >> reporter: anthony, for scientists like jarvis to come out of their labs and march is a big deal, but the sentiment i'm hearing is who better to defend science than the people who do it? >> mason: dr. jon lapook, thanks, jon. a group of students has been fighting this battle for nearly two years. they're suing the federal government, demanding it do more to fight climate change. john blackstone has their story. >> are you ready? >> reporter: avery mcrae has been passionate about the environment for half a lifetime. you've been worried about climate change... >> since kindergarten. >> reporter: now at 11, she is
really getting serious. you signed on to sue the president. >> yeah. >> reporter: to sue the government of the united states. >> yeah. trump is not doing anything to help stop climate change. he's a climate change denier, and we're going to prove that to-- to the world. >> reporter: mccrae is one of 21 students suing the government, claiming it is violating their constitutional right to a healthy planet by not doing enough to limit the use of fossil fuels. the case, originally filed in oregon in 2015, bears the name of lead plaintiff kelsey juliana. >> it's a disgrace that the government has put its sins and its younger generations into a position where we have to go to our court. >> reporter: the justice department tried to get it thrown out, but instead in november, u.s. district court judge anne achin' agreed to hear it. >> my mom is like, "your case won and you're going to move forward." and i screamed so loud and i was
getting ready to cry and i was like, no, no, i have to go back to class. >> reporter: the trial could start later this year. 16-year-old aji piper says bring it on. you're taking on not just the federal government. you're taking on big oil companies, lobbyists. >> it's not actually that intimidating. you have the biggest oil and gas companies against you. it's like, good, let them be defeated in court. >> reporter: although their lawsuit may seem leak a long shot, who better to fight for the future than those who will be here to see it? john blackstone, cbs news, eugene, oregon. >> mason: president trump is spending this weekend at the white house, but tonight, there are new questions about the time he spent in palm beach, and who he's met with. here's margaret brennan. >> reporter: of the 91 days that president trump has been in office, he's spent 25 of them at his mar-a-lago club in florida, often mingling with members and guests. since the election, the cost of membership has doubled to $200,000. >> i will tell you that our system is broken. >> reporter: mr. trump often
railed against pay-to-play politics on the campaign trail. >> and that's a broken system. >> reporter: yet the acsetion at mar-a-lago is unparalleled. just last weekend, two former presidents of colombia were guests and quietly met with mr. trump. former president debor andre paa tweeted: the two men are opponents of colombia's current president who has not yet met with president trump. and the encounter was not on president trump's public schedule. five days later, white house spokesman sean spicer seemed surprised to hear about it. >> no, i'm just saying i'm unaware of that. >> reporter: the white house later said the men "briefly said hello when the president walked past them." club members have posted photos with military officers and even with the president himself. democrats in congress have called for the white house to release names of visitors to all trump properties, saying the american people have a right to
know who has access to the president. these images of an open-air meeting with japanese prime minister abe caused controversy coming just before the two condemned north korea's missile test. >> the united states of america stands behind japan, its great ally, 100%. >> reporter: the government accountability office is also probing security at the club, and whether secure communications and classified information are adequately protected. anthony, as we head into the summer, president trump is expected to spend more time at another trump property in new jersey. >> mason: thanks, margaret. today, the attorney general said his department is considering charges against wikileaks, which has repeatedly posted classified government documents, as well as campaign emails. more leaked documents from the c.i.a. appeared online today. justice department jeff pegues
is following this. >> reporter: according to wikileaks, this is the 31-page user guide for a c.i.a. device code named "weeping angel." it can turn some samsung tvs into surveillance tools with an implant designed to record audio from the built-in microphone. posted online today, it is the latest release of classified documents stolen from u.s. government agencies. those thefts include thousands of pages taken by chelsea manning and edward snowden. wikileaks founder julian assange, currently living at the ecuadoran embassy in london, has all but dared u.s. officials to come after him. the obama justice department decide not to, but new attorney general jeff sessions says he has reopened the case. >> we've seen too many breaches and hopefully we'll be able to strike back against those who violate our systems. >> reporter: cbs news has learned the c.i.a. and the f.b.i. believe the receipt theft at the c.i.a. was an inside job.
investigators say the materials were stolen from a highly secure section of the intelligence agency where it takes two people to access information. but even that security measure was, apparently, not enough. michael morell is a forme acting director of the c.i.a. so many of these leaks in the last several years, how do you stop it from happening? >> we can't keep all of the information in one place. we need to spread it out. we have to have better rules about need to know, and if you don't have a need to know, you don't get access to the information. >> reporter: a former top justice department official says assange could be prosecuted under a number of statutes but any case will be "messy." anthony, wikileaks argues it is like a media organization and its activities are protected by the first amendment. >> mason: justice correspondent jeff pegues. thanks, jeff. president trump today weighed in on france's presidential election, predicting yesterday's
paris attack will help the far-right candidate, marie le pen, in sunday's vote. he told the associated press, "she's the strongest on borders and on what's been going on in france. whoever is the toughest at the borders will do well in the election." elizabeth palmer has the latest on the attack in which one officer was killed and two others wounded. >> reporter: what made karim cheurfi decide to open fire on police yesterday and die in the act remains a mystery. french born and 39 years old, he had a criminal history of attacking the police. as officers secured the area around last night's shooting, they found a note by cheurfi's body defending isis. but in his last brush with the law just two months another police said they found no evidence of radicalization. john finley and his family from kentucky were strolling down the busy champs-elysees yesterday
when he opened fire. >> i start running, my wife starts running. i get behind them. he's still shooting. >> reporter: he was aiming for those police. >> he had to be. he had a full magazine, was shooting off rounds and only one person was killed. karim cheurfi may have been aiming squarely at the police, but his attack could have a serious impact on sunday's presidential election. the extreme right-wing cannot marine le pen seized on it to ramp up her tough "law and order" rhetoric, declaring a so-called battle plan to close the borders and impose harsh sentences on violent criminals. by contrast, the other front republican emmanuel macron from the center left appealed for calm, warning that an over-reaction would be a victory for the terrorists. today, on the spot where the 37-year-old policeman xavier jugele was killed, parisians paid their respects in a ritual that's now, sadly, familiar.
president trump and marine le pen share views on immigration and trump, but is he right that this attack will clinch her victory? at the moment, anthony, the race is simply too close to call. >> mason: elizabeth palmer, thanks, liz. tonight, a 15-year-old girl who-- from tennessee, rather, who vanished with her teacher last month is back home. the pair was found yesterday in a cabin in rural california. the teacher, more than three times her age, was arrested. manuel bojorquez has the latest. >> i started crying immediately. finally, it's over. finally, you know, she's in safe hands. >> reporter: childhood friend caleb banks descriebtd moment and 15-year-old elizabeth thomas' family found out she was found safe. >> everybody was hoping for the best and, you know, the best is what we gogot. >> reporter: but it took nearly 40 days and a nationwide search for thomas and her former science teacher 50-year-old tad cummins. they were found in this remote
northern california cabin nearly 2500 miles from their home town south of nashville. out of 1500 tips, griffin barry, a local property manager, called in the one that led authorities to them. >> someone showed me a picture and i was like, "that's the guy." >> reporter: an affidavit alleges cummins had been planning his time on the run with her. he had taken out a loan that previous weeks of approximately $4500, filled out a prescription for cialis, a drug used for erectile dysfunction and booked hotel reservations out of state. >> we all love you and want to see you again. >> reporter: for weeks, people in her home town put up fliers and held vigils. >> the efforts, i believe, of getting everybody together, pazzing out thousands of ribbons, so i feel tathat really helped reach all the way to california. >> reporter: griffin barry not only gave police the right tip. he says he helped lure cummins out of the cabin so police could arrest him. anthony, the girl's family says she is being evaluated and
>> mason: cannons fired in london today to mark queen elizabeth's 91st birthday. as head of state for six decades, elizabeth has been embodied britain's values, above all, emotions are to be kept in check. her grandsons follow a different path, opening up about sensitive issues, including mental health. here's mark phillips. >> three, two, one. >> go! >> it'sed from, the 21st of april. it's 4:00 p.m., and this is a very special official. >> reporter: at last, a duke and duchess may have found their
true calling. >> last week, harry styles went straight to number one with his debut signal "cipe of the times." can he do it again. >> reporter: william and kate as d.j.s, promoting their mental health charity but clearly taking to their new roles. >> he had 30 weeks at number one. >> reporter: prince harry tturns out, is part of the mental health charity pitch as well. >> like a form of-- form of medicine. >> yup. >> reporter: joining his brother and sister-in-law in a discussion of the risks of bottling emotions up. this is what the two sons of princess diana say they did to repress the pain they endured for years after her death. >> we never really talked about it. we never really talked about losing a mom at such a young age. and when you speak to other families and little kids and stuff, you think, work i don't want them to have to go through the same thing.
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jamarion took his case to basketball coach darian williams, said he wanted to be on the team this year. >> i said, "great, just make sure you try out." >> reporter: you say, "okay, great," but what are you really thinking? >> this man has no armed. how is he going to play basketball? he told me, "mr. williams, i have never been on a team before. even if i don't play, i just want to be on the team." how could i say no to that. >> reporter: and that's how the eagles got their first rememberless basketball player. jamarion, number 2 there, quickly earned the reputation as the hardest worker on the squad. >> he was usually the first one in the gym, usually last one to leave. >> reporter: still, he sat on the bench most of the season. >> try one more. >> reporter: until last month. coach put him in the game with about six minutes left, and when he eventually got the ball on the far side of the court, everyone yelled, "shoot it!" so he did. and sank a 3-pointer. and if you didn't quite see, that don't worry, because shortly after, he got the ball again, this time on the near
side, for another 3-pointer at the buzzer. ( cheers and applause ) jamarion styles, the kid no one would pick was now everyone's hero. needless to say, today, jamarion can play all he wants at the community center. he just made the volleyball team, and has every intention of playing football next year. really, the only thing he won't play is the victim. if i could wave a magic wand right now and give you your arms back, would you want them? >> i don't need them. >> reporter: you don't need them? >> nope. >> reporter: who needs hands when you've got this kind of touch? steve hartman, "on the road," in boca raton, florida. >> pelley: wow. what he did doesn't show up in the box score. that's the cbs evening news. for scott pelley, i'm anthony mason. i'll see you tomorrow on "cbs this morning saturday." have a good night. thanks for watching.
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