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( applause ) >> james: welcome back. this is a fun show tonight. should we check back in with the panthers fans who are watching the show from the parking lot? ( cheers and applause ) hey, panthers fans. how you guys doing? are you good? you've all got ponchos on now. that must help with the rain and the snow. i'm feeling really sorry for them. they had a terrible night. their team lost and they've been outside. you must be hungry. are you guys hungry? do you need some food? well listen, we've got some chips for you guys. so tuck in-- tuck in to those chips. a bit dry, though. a bit dry to have chips on their own, right, reg. >> reggie: they need some moistness. >> james: you can't have chips without guacamole, can you? let's get some--
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both teams turned it over, again and again here with more insight for you please welcome, boyz ii men ( cheers and applause ) one highlight tonight the kick hit the upright panthers would try but they fumbled each time cam on his back taking sack after sack spinning around and around and so we've come to the end of the show for the super bowl with the final score
girl, i know you really loved but you don't know how it feels to play football on turf that beyonce danced on in high heels we've been waiting so long just to get on the air first post-game recap then stephen colbert then local news for the city you're in then carpool with sir elton john and so we've come to the end of the show for the super bowl with the final score carolina 10, denver 24
to the end of the show now it's time to go with the final score carolina 10, denver 24 >> james: ladies and gentlemen, boyz ii men! you can see them in concert at the mirage in las vegas. thank you so much for watching tonight. we'll be here tomorrow. we hope to see you then. good night, everybody! captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
timately potentially hundreds of millions of dollars a year for the city that it wouldn't have otherwise. >> reporter: the biggest issue with public wi-fi at this scale is security. >> the main concern for a lot of people, you go on public wi-fi, you're afraid to be hacked. how can they be ensured this
>> we're a public network. everybody has to have their own encryption key, so it makes for a very secure and safe network. >> reporter: meaning every time you go online, the system issues a digital key. but there are ways around encryption. >> the first thing you see is an ad that is a spear phishing attack. >> reporter: we asked this cyber expert to show how easily hackers can set up a fake log-in page. >> they think they're connecting to a kiosk but they're connecting to a malicious site and they don't know what they're going to put in their credit card credentials. >> reporter: the best way to be safe is never use public wi-fi for anything with personal banks. >> we have to be one step ahead of the next threat. >> reporter: they say they have
the smog in london is so bad it's blamed for thousands of deaths each year. now some londoners are fighting back with a tiny new air quality monitor strapped to the back of pigeons. charlie d'agata has the story on britain's pigeon air patrol. >> reporter: these pigeons are nothing special. if anything, they're underachievers. they're raising pigeons currently flying at about 120 feet and the little backpacks weigh less than an ounce. or light as a feather. that is princess, the bird, not the guy. princess and a small flock of friends took flight this morning on a mission to save the world.
about all the air pollution in it. >> the reality is that we are all exposed to really toxic gases in our everyday lives, just by simply going in the streets, everywhere. >> reporter: seven birds, all females, took wing in today's sortie, two with pollution monitoring backpacks. the others are wing men, or wing women. he says his birds prefer to fly in a flock. >> they like to fly together. they do it for security more than anything. that's just like a horse race, you know, the first across the line they'll go off together. >> reporter: the program is partnered with, you guessed it, twitter. to find out how polluted your neighborhood is, you tweet to the birds and they tweet back. pigeons have a long history of serving on britain's battle
notably in world war ii. >> a street communication is received and deciphered. >> reporter: even a young queen elizabeth supported the air force. today, london faces another threat. an estimated 10,000 people die prematurely in the capital due to air pollution. and the world health organization estimates that globally, air pollution is to claim for the deaths of 7 million people every year. which makes the work of a few good pigeons with cute little backpacks a bit more pressing than just a mere flight of fancy. this morning, we tweeted princess, that pigeon currently on duty, to find out what pollution levels were like here in west london. moments later, we got the response. pollution is currently high in your area. protect yourself. >> that's the "overnight news" for this friday. for some of you the news continues.
the morning news and "cbs this morning." from the broadcast center in new york center, i'm jericka duncan. that's the rear window of a car after a ferocious hailstorm battered north texas. also tonight, under fire over water. >> you messed up 100,000 people's lives, 100,000 of them, 10,000 of those people are six years old and younger. >> the epa takes the heat for the crisis in flint. the democrats fall preview. >> donald trump won't make america great again, but he will make republicans the minority again. a sea change at seaworld. the curtain is coming down on killer whale shows. and the players who turned riding the bench into an art form.
news." the skies opened fire on texas. a violent storm assaulted the dallas-ft. worth area with huge hailstones leaving vehicles looked like they'd been attacked by machine guns. vinita nair is here with the story and the pictures. >> reporter: hail, ranging in size from an egg to a tennis ball, destroyed just about everything it fell on this morning here in the dallas-fort worth area. in arlington, texas, the violent storm paralyzed the morning commute. in dallas, backyards were covered in a sheet of white. more than two dozen medstar ambulances were put out of services. some of their windshields were punctured by baseball-sized hail, others completely shattered. this greenhouse roof blown over by the storm, the fort worth zoo said the hail killed a number of exotic birds, including five flamingos. the bad weather may not be over yet.
and thunderstorms in dallas friday. scott. >> vinita, thank you. from frozen water we turn now to tainted water. the epa says over four years, the drinking water in 431 american schools were found to contain unsafe levels of lead. today, they began testing kids in newark, new jersey, after lead was found in the water at 30 schools. anna werner is there. >> reporter: tanquir walker brought his daughters into school today for lead testing. >> i think school is the first place that they should be safe in. that just goes to show they're not on top of their game. >> reporter: he joined dozens of other parents concerned about elevated lead levels found in 30 newark schools this year. and the district has now revealed 12% of the water samples tken between 2012 and 2015 have also been above the federal limit of 15 parts per billion.
safe for children. valerie wilson is a newark district administrator. she blames old fixtures. >> we have 67 schools. they average 82 years old. the building infrastructure needs to be replaced. that is significant. >> reporter: wilson says the district has been addressing lead problems in schools' water since 2004, including adding water filters. but the teachers' union released these pictures of what it says are outdated filters, some dated 2012. union president john abeigon: >> i believe they pushed it to the back burner because it was not on their to-do list. >> reporter: are you comfortable that children have not been hurt by these higher lead levels? >> i am not a medical expert, so i cannot provide that. i don't want anybody to think the district is not concerned about that, right. but it is not a primary source of contamination for children.
officials tell us tonight they disagree that those filters the union photographed were outdated but could not tell us how many filters need to be replaced. scott, the superintendent has brought in state environmental officials to work on this problem, and children here are already drinking bottled water. >> anna werner, thanks. well, the water crisis in flint, michigan, boiled over on capitol hill today. more than 150 flint children have elevated levels of lead in their blood. democrats excoriated michigan's republican governor, while republican congressmen blamed president obama's epa administrator. here's adriana diaz. >> reporter: the public flogging was unrelenting for michigan governor rick snyder. >> the buck stops at your office, governor. >> you are not in a medically induced coma for a year. >> governor snyder's administration caused this horrific disaster. >> reporter: it was the first time lawmakers grilled the governor about his role in
snyder admitted responsibility but blamed federal oversight. >> unaccountable bureaucrats at the epa allowed this disaster to continue unnecessarily. >> reporter: in april 2014, flint started pumping local river water to save money, but the improperly treated water stripped lead from pipes, doubling the number of children with lead poisoning. the governor says he only learned about the contamination 18 months after the switch. before that, he says his own water officials told him the water was safe. epa chief gina mccarthy said those same state officials misled her agency, too. >> from day one, the state provided our regional office with confusing, incomplete, and absolutely incorrect information. >> reporter: that wasn't good enough for republican chairman jason chaffetz. >> you need to take some responsibility because you screwed up and you messed up 100,000 people's lives. >> reporter: 72 children have tested positive for elevated
it's an improvement over last year. but flint residents are still angry. >> snyder got to go! >> reporter: they came to the capitol by the bus load. melissa mays had a ringside seat. she said she was frustrated by the finger pointing, but is glad somebody is listening. >> for the longest time we were told we didn't matter, what was happening to us did not matter. we're seeing support from across the country and i think it's going to give us more energy to keep the fight going. >> reporter: today, democratic congressmen called on the governor to resign and republican congressmen called on the epa chief to resign. congress itself may be slowing down flint's recovery. a $250 million funding bill has been introduced for cities with water problems but it's stalled. >> more talk than action. adriana diaz on capitol hill. adriana, thank you. we have just learned that 12 members of the u.s. military are to be punished for the mistaken attack on a hospital in afghanistan last october.
donald trump has over half the delegates he needs for the republican nomination, but today, conservatives in his own party were searching for ways to stop him. here's major garrett. >> the fact is we have to bring our party together. >> reporter: as donald trump moves closer to the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the nomination, republican calls for anybody but trump are growing louder and more desperate. today, senator lindsey graham, long a bitter adversary of ted cruz, relented and backed the texas senator. >> so i think the best alternative to donald trump, to stop him from getting to 1,237, is ted cruz. and i'm going to help ted in
>> reporter: marco rubio, who dropped out of the race tuesday, returned to capitol hill and added to the anti-trump sentiment. >> hopefully, there's time to still, you know, prevent a trump nomination, which i think would fracture the party and be movement. >> reporter: trump needs just over half the remaining delegates to win the nomination outright. short of that majority, republicans, those running the convention and delegates, would face the first contested convention since 1976, a public spectacle and last chance to stop trump. delegates are bound to a candidate only for the first floor vote. the cruz and john kasich campaigns have already begun wrangling support in the event of a second ballot. party rules won't be finalized until the convention and could be manipulated to benefit one candidate over another by changing the way delegates are allocated or recognized to vote. gop chairman reince priebus. >> those rules are drafted by the rules committee at the convention that governs the
we don't use the rules that are drafted for the last convention. >> reporter: the once-fanciful idea of a contested convention is now so real, no interested party can afford not to plan ahead. the rnc is recruiting rules experts. so is trump, so are his rivals. scott, this could be the billionaire real estate developer's biggest art-of-the-deal challenge ever. >> major garrett tonight. major, thank you. by the way, today, illinois state police and the chicago p.d. dropped charges against cbs news reporter sopan deb. deb was covering the unrest at that canceled trump rally in chicago on friday when officers pushed him to the ground and arrested him. deb was charged with resisting, but he was cleared after a review of video and interviews with the officers. late today, bernie sanders conceded the close vote in tuesday's missouri primary, meaning that hillary clinton swept all five states. democrats are looking ahead now
and asking themselves whether the billionaire will help them win back the senate. republicans have a four-seat majority, but they have 24 seats up in november, and the democrats have only 10. here's nancy cordes. >> reporter: arizona senator john mccain has called trump's views uninformed and dangerous. but that hasn't stopped his democratic senate challenger, anne kirkpatrick, from running ads like this. >> no matter what donald trump says, john mccain would support him for president. >> reporter: new york senator chuck schumer warned today that strategy will be replicated in dozens of races across the country. >> donald trump won't make america great again, but he will make republicans minority again. >> reporter: unlike mccain, many republicans have been reluctant to outright denounce trump. they fear that weakening the likely nominee will lead republican voters to stay home
candidates down the ballot. but today, the senate's democratic leader, harry reid, said that silence is giving his party fodder, too. >> some of these people are running for reelection. rob portman, roy blunt. i just don't know how these people could run and say why i'm supporting this guy for president. he can't-- and he can't run away from it. he's the nominee. >> reporter: republicans point out they're the ones seeing record turnout in the primaries, while democratic turnout is down. but, scott, democrats insist that if trump is the nominee, their base will flock to the polls in november to vote against him. >> nancy, thank you. an american who joined isis and surrendered in northern iraq this week spoke today about his ordeal. mohamed jamal khweis is a palestinian american from virginia. he says he joined the terror group in december and quickly figured out the lifestyle was not for him.
decision to go because i wasn't thinking straight. i didn't see myself living in that environment. i would -- you know, i wanted to go back to -- to america. >> we don't know when khweis will return to the u.s. but the justice department is preparing to file charges. in iraq today, our elizabeth palmer was told that isis is running short of money because of the u.s. bombing campaign. liz got a rare interview with president obama's special envoy to the region, which said russia may be tired of propping up the syrian dictator. >> reporter: for the past six years, russia's government and its military have shown unwavering support for syrian president bashar al assad. but that, at last, may be changing, says brett mcgurk, the president's special envoy on iraq and syria. >> i think there's an emerging international consensus, and i include the russians on that,
political transition, this conflict is going to continue to grind on and that's in nobody's interest. shutting assad out of syria's political future would be a breakthrough and give fresh energy to the peace talks currently under way in geneva. while on the battlefield, where an international coalition has joined forces against isis, there's already been steady progress. a new report shows that over the past 15 months, isis has lost more than a fifth of the territory it controlled in iraq and syria. and, says mcgurk, strains are showing in other ways, too. >> so now cutting salaries for their fighters by almost half. when they store money in mosul, for example, we find out where that is, and we target those sites. >> reporter: bomb the money. >> they can't pay their fighters. they can't communicate with their fighters. they can't move around the battlefield like they could before, and they can't hold territory. >> reporter: isis is still holding a huge amount of land, as well as two major cities, but
it's just possible isis territory will continue to shrink as the outline of a peace deal in geneva slowly takes shape. and, scott, we may get some more details on that peace agreement, or even maybe an inkling of what's in store for president assad when secretary of state john kerry goes to moscow next week. >> liz palmer with the key interview tonight in northern iraq. liz, thank you. a texas cop has been charged with murder in the death of a 16-year-old. and we'll remember the chairman of the boards heir apparent. the "overnight news" will be right back. degree motionsense is the world's first deodorant activated by movement. as you move, fragrance capsules burst to release extra freshness all day. motionsense. protection to keep you moving.
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a police officer in a dallas suburb is charged with murder in the shooting of a 16-year-old boy. the officer's lawyer says he fired in self-defense. here's david begnaud. >> reporter: in an emotional farewell, hundreds of people said good-bye today to 16-year-old jose cruz at a small church in addison. cruz was fatally shot four days ago by off-duty officer ken johnson. johnson said he witnessed the teen and his friend burglarizing a car at this apartment complex. officer johnson confronted the boys, who then took off in cruz's vehicle. johnson pursued them in his own car, ramming into the teens at
eyewitness photos then show johnson getting out of his car and pointing a gun at the two teenagers. moments later, he shot the two boys, killing cruz and injuring his friend. farmer's branch police chief sid fuller. >> we have policies that deal with off-duty enforcement that we all follow. >> do your policies involve an off duty police officer to chase suspects in his own vehicle? >> no. >> reporter: cruz's mother has been inconsolable, attending community vigils where hundreds of people have been protesting against the police. cruz family spokesman carlos quintinilla. >> what this officer did is he thought he had sovereign immunity. he thought he was in the wild west. he thought he was a vigilante. this is a cold-blooded murderer who murdered a 16-year-old, innocent young man. >> reporter: here's where it happened. that's the intersection where the officer rammed the vehicle, and i am standing in the spot where the shots were fired. scott, that officer who was charged with murder, that arrest
here's ben tracy. >> reporter: seaworld is ending the shows that made shamu a household name. the company will also no longer breed its captive orcas. seaworld ceo joel manby on "cbs this morning"." >> so this will be the last generation of orcas at seaworld. obviously, that's a very difficult decision for us, but we feel it's the right one for the future of the organization. >> reporter: seaworld still holds 23 orcas in captivity at its three parks in san diego, san antonio, and orlando. the highly critical 2013 documentary "black fish" was the beginning of the end for seaworld's killer whale shows. it chronicled attacks on seaworld trainers such as dawn brancheau, who was killed by a massive orca in 2010. attendance has been falling at the parks, along with seaworld's stock price. the company is now entering into a $50 million partnership with the humane partnership, the
ceo wayne pacelle. >> we're hoping to partner with them to help with animals in distress-- stranded whales, stranded dolphins, stranded sea turtles. >> reporter: seaworld was running out of options. the california coastal commission ruled it could not expand its san diego park unless it ended orca breeding. california congressman adam schiff said seaworld does dot suddenly see the light. >> i think it is mostly a decision based on the fact that people were not showing up at the parks. people did not approve of the continued captivity of these whales. they didn't approve of how they were being exhibited. >> reporter: now, the orcas will still be on display at seaworld parks, such as this one here in san diego, but in what the company calls more natural orca encounters. scott, seaworld made a lot of money selling orcas to theme parks around the world, something they say won't do anymore. >> ben, thanks. frank sinatra, jr. has died. the chairman of the board's son became a singer himself.
march madness is under way, and we end tonight with a team that didn't make it in, though they put on quite a show. here's elaine quijano. >> reporter: monmouth university's basketball team had its best year ever. >> we get the battering ram. >> reporter: but it may have been their bench that put them on the map. >> it got pretty legit pretty quickly. >> reporter: greg noack and dan pillari are the unofficial leaders of the bench mob, a bit
team and the crowd going. >> the bench is never known as a cool place to be. so we kind of revolutionized it a little bit where it's okay to be on the bench and support your team because it's a group effort. >> reporter: the group rehearses its celebrations before games, playing off current events, pop culture-- >> "star wars." >> reporter: and sometimes a little bit of history. during their victory in december over basketball powerhouse georgetown, they unveiled what they called the sistine chapel. >> look at that. that's the sistine chapel. that's my favorite one. >> reporter: what do your teammates say about it? >> they love it. >> reporter: do you feel like it helps them? >> absolutely. if they look over at the bench and see we're in the game and we're energized and trying to feed energy to them. they'll be like, if they're in it, how can i not be in it. >> reporter: basketball teams across the country have picked up on their antics. high school teams and even nba players have copied their celebrations. coach king rice. >> i really preach having fun, especially to my guys.
doing what you love. >> reporter: doing what they love while changing attitudes about riding the pine. elaine quijano, cbs news, west long branch, new jersey. that's the "overnight news" for this friday. for some of you, the news continues. for others, check back with us just a little bit later for the morning news and "cbs this morning." from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm scott pelley. --
this is the "cbs overnight news." >> welcome to the "overnight news." i'm jericka duncan. a major victory for animal rights activists. seaworld announced it will end it's killer whale shores and the theme park chain is also ending its orca breeding program. the shakeup comes after years of controversy about how the whales are treated in captivity and is being praised by the humane society. norah o'donnell has more. >> reporter: for years, animal advocacy groups have argued the family friendly shows at
reality below the surface. the 2013 documentary "blackfish" cast a harsh spotlight on seaworld's operations. the company disputed many of the film's accusations of animal abuse and neglect, but since the film's release, seaworld's stock price and park attendance have plummeted. "blackfish" tells the story of trainer dawn brancheau killed six years ago by an orca named tillicum. since then, seaworld no longer allows trainers in the water with the killer whales. the backlash led to the resignation of the ceo in 2014 with joel manby named as the new ceo last year. the company has since instituted other reforms. seaworld says it's replacing its shows with shows that highlight the whale's natural behaviors in the wild. but critics said the changes do little to improve the animal's living conditions. >> there you go.
continues for seaworld. tillicum remains in captivity and the company says he's now suffering from an incurable bacterial infection. the people who run the los angeles zoo say they're forgiving a local mountain lion suspected of eating one of their prized koalas. it's the only local predator capable of scaling an eight-foot wall. since the killing, there's been a raging controversy over what to do about p-22. shoot him, relocate him, or leave him alone. the zoo now says just let him be. john blackstone reports. >> reporter: other animals at the los angeles zoo may have witnessed the crime, but they're not talking. the victim was kalarney, a 14-year-old emale koala mauled to death. the man suspect, caught on zoo security cameras, is well known
else in los angeles at p-22, the hollywood mountain lion. zoo director john lewis. >> what we know at this point is it's circumstantial, but he was in the zoo the night that the koala disappeared. certainly would be capable of doing it. >> reporter: but we do know that in griffith park, the 4,000 acre wild land preserve where the l.a. zoo is located, there is only one mountain lion on the loose -- p-22. >> he's an opportunistic animal. if he has an opportunity to have an easy and quick meal, he'll take advantage. >> reporter: not his fault? >> right. >> reporter: part of nature? >> right. >> reporter: but zoo officials aren't taking any chances. moving the remaining koalas under supervised protection. p-22 has never been known to bother a human. if he's guilty at all, it's only for doing what comes naturally. john blackstone, los angeles.
designated hitter adam laroache abruptly walked of the of spring training and retired from baseball after a dust-up with management over his son. the 14-year-old was apparently on the field and in the locker room every day. he's walking away from a $13 million contract and considering he only hit .207 last year, he may not get another shot with a different team. jeff glor reports. >> a deep drive, right center field. and it is out of here! >> reporter: for adam laroche -- his sport and his only son have always been inseparable. >> nobody's kid needs to be in a professional locker room. >> i was really unaware of the fact that he was around as much as he was. >> reporter: the 36-year-old abruptly walked away from a $13 million contract on tuesday and the white sox vice president
time in the clubhouse. >> it's not because the young man was a distraction and not because he wasn't well received or well liked by the players. but in management, sometimes you've got to make some unpopular decisions. >> reporter: 14-year-old drake laroche has been a fixture, alongside his father on the field, and in major league clubhouses for years. complete with his own jersey and personal locker. >> my friends think it's like really cool and everything. but i just think it's normal because i do it every single year since i've been a baby. >> reporter: kids on the field and in the clubhouse isn't uncommon across baseball. but drake's involvement with the white sox was uniqu. >> you see kids in clubhouses all the time, but not on a consistent basis. i can't think of a single case where a players' son was in a clubhouse the entire time the player was. >> reporter: the white sox insist their decision had nothing to do with drake's conduct but rather an attempt to
>> it's awesome. i'm so lucky to take him to work. my brothers and i just grew up around the stadium. we always did it, so it's cool to give him the same memories. >> reporter: baseball has long been a family affair for the laroches. adam's dad pitched in the majors for 14 seasons and often brought adam. family, friends and fans are remembering the life of frank sinatra, jr. he died of a heart attack at a florida hospital. he was 72 years old. the only son of the legendary entertainer, he was a singer himself. but he lived and performed in the long shadow of his father. don dahler looks back. >> maybe you might remember this song, dad. we stole it from you. >> reporter: if frank sinatra was the chairman of the board -- -- his son, frank sinatra, jr.,
their relationship appeared as baritone vrbrato. but the road wasn't always so silky smooth. >> for the third night of anguish ended at 3:00 this morning. >> reporter: frank sinatra jr. was kidnapped when he was 19. his father paid the $240,000 ransom. >> his first words when he saw me was "i'm sorry." >> reporter: frank sinatra, jr. pursued his own musical career, but had difficulty finding his own persona and became sinatra senior's director and conductor in 1988. >> for a guy that has to live in the shadow of one of the most important, iconic singers, performers, artists of all-time, those are big shoes to fill. >> reporter: turning to television, he played himself on "the sopranos" and "family guy." but it was only towards the end of his career that he embraced
>> he would introduce me to the audience. he said my son, frank, is conducting. he said he's almost as good as lawrence welk. and the orchestra would break up. and i would say, now you hurt me, you cut me to the quick. >> the "overnight news" will be right back. alright kiddos! everybody off the backpack, we made it to the ottoman. i like to watch them clean, but they'll never get me on the mattress! finally there's a disinfectant mist designed for sofas, mattresses and more. introducing new lysol max cover. its innovative cap has a 2x wider spray that kills 99.9% of bacteria. max cover is another great way to lysol that. in our house, imagination runs wild. but at my table, i keep the food real. like country crock's recipe made with real simple ingredients. and no artificial flavors or preservatives. real country fresh taste from real ingredients. welcome to crock country. there's moving... and there's moving
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you may be one of those people who never forgets a face. even if it's someone you met only briefly years ago. but for some people, it's exactly the opposite. they can't remember any faces. they can't recognize their own parents or even their own children. it's a condition called face blindness. lesley stahl reports for "60 minutes." >> reporter: jacob is one of them. he's 31 years old. he has a college degree, has had great jobs, and he seems perfectly normal. but just don't ask him to identify any faces. we're going to put up the first one.
>> no idea. >> reporter: we showed jacob faces without hair. a pure test of facial recognition. >> no. nope. can't say if i've ever seen that person. >> reporter: he's seen jimmy carter plenty of times. and knows michael jordan, too. >> oh, lord. >> reporter: he just can't recognize their faces. >> that's just impossible. >> reporter: can you describe my face? you're staring right at it. >> high cheekbones, light eyes. >> reporter: clearly he could see my face, but he says if we happened to run into each other in a few days, he wouldn't know me from any other woman with short, blonde hair. >> they meet somebody, they have a good time, they have a nice relationship. then a week later they walk past them. >> reporter: brad duchenne is a professor at dartmouth college
blindness for 15 years. he said the hardest thing to understand is how someone can see a familiar face with you not recognize it. so he created a demonstration to give me a little taste. faces turned upside down. >> here's some famous faces. you're going to be tempted to twist your head but don't do it. can you identify any of these people? >> reporter: i was completely at a loss. you would think i would know all of these people. >> you've seen them all a lot. >> reporter: i don't know any of these people. i really don't. >> want to see them upright? >> reporter: sure. it was astonishing. with just that click, they became recognizable people before my eyes. i know john travolta. i know morley. and there was denzel washington, jennifer aniston, sandra bullock. but the one that really got me is the young woman on the lower right, my daughter. i didn't know my own daughter? >> no. >> reporter: i didn't know my
>> so there she is. >> reporter: am i getting a feeling for what people with face blindness have? >> when you look at that, there's a face there. there's eyes, a mouth. but you can't put it together. >> reporter: that's stunning. i feel terrible for them now. >> it's really difficult. >> reporter: and largely unknown. the condition only got its name in the 1940s when a couple of soldiers came back from world war ii with head injuries and couldn't recognize their wife or parents. it took another 50 years for science to discover that people could be born face blind like jacob. and joe livingston, a retired teacher. ben, a software products designer. and meg novotny, a doctor. >> if i were your patient, you had spent a long time with me discussing the problem, i come back the next time.
window at the front and start check out and i don't know who you are. >> reporter: she relies on patient charts she told us. but there aren't any of those in ben's office, where lunch in the cafeteria can be tricky. >> sitting down at lunch having a discussion with someone about one of my projects and guy across the table gets up and says that's interesting. when you have that meeting, can you invite me? thanks, see you. who is it? i don't know. i have no idea. >> reporter: is it a memory issue? the face doesn't get filed? so they have to rely on other strategies to identify people. hair, body shape. the way people walk, their voice. even style of dress. but jacob told us that it can all fall apart when someone changes their hair, like a colleague named sylvia who he couldened find one day until she started putting her hair in her usual pony tail.
and once that was in place, that was sylvia. it clicked. and then she took her hair back out of that pony tail and she disappeared. >> reporter: to him it was show her face changed into someone else's before his eyes. >> now i'm confronted with the situation that got weird. i knew this person was sylvia, but it didn't feel like sylvia. >> reporter: faces mean so much to us. identity, beauty, character. a place to hang all our memories about a person. faces have captivated artists forever. so it may surprise you to learn that the man who painted these faces, renowned portraitist chuck close, is also face blind. and severely so. say you had dinner with somebody and saw her the next day -- >> wouldn't remember her. >> reporter: yet he's spent his
spinal artery left him mostly faces. >> yes. >> reporter: chuck close has face blindness and he paints faces. >> correct. the reason i think i was driven to it was to, to take images of people that mattered to me and commit them to memory in the best way i can, which is to slow the whole process down, break it down with lots of little memorable pieces. >> reporter: which is exactly how he creates these works. he can't make sense of a whole face, so he works from a photograph with a grid on it. and translates what he sees, square by square, onto his canvas. guess what we've done. >> i don't know. >> reporter: we've put together a quiz for you. we brought some of our famous faces to show him. >> from the chin, i think it's leno. >> reporter: and we're surprised he did pretty darn well. >> from the lips, i think it's tiger woods. >> reporter: you're pretty good.
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we've got a story now about disinfected wipes, the ones you're not supposed to flush down the toilet. turns out a lot of people flush them any way, and it's causing big problems. contessa brewer reports. >> reporter: in san antonio, they cheered clearing the clog. in australia, a crane pulled out this, a glob of wipes, grease, and other items. the problem starts here, when wipes go from the back of the toilet into it. and 7% of wipes are labeled flushable. new york city estimates it spends $3 million a year just dealing with wipes in the sewer system. >> whatever you flush ends up somewhere. it doesn't just disappear. and the sewage passes through -- >> reporter: he showed us the screening process, but it doesn't catch everything. >> wipes are getting into our gear, clogging them up and we're not able to process as much
would. >> reporter: kimberly clark, a manufacturer of flushable wipes, told cbs news -- our flushable products are current u.s. industry guidelines for flushability. the industry has firm criteria. wipes have to break down when flushed. but manufacturer compliance is voluntary. no laws regulate how flushable they are. they blame the nonflushable wipes for the clogs. >> there is no evidence presented by anyone at any time that a guideline compliant wipe flushed down a toilet has caused anywhere. and it's because they don't. >> reporter: new york city is not alone. regulate flushaway brands. >> our preference is, if you're fine. put it in the trash. >> reporter: that's the bottom line. contessa brewer, cbs news, new york.
to the streets, where they're taking out all the old pay phones and installing wi-fi spots. and they're free. don dahler reports. >> reporter: this is a link-in kiosk. there are about three dozen running, with the goal being 7500 stationed around the city. as you can see, it has a touch screen pad here. we can have internet access. it has high speed wi-fi for your device, charging ports, even a 911 emergency button if you get into trouble. but the question is, if more people use public wi-fi, does that put more people at risk to hackers? these aren't your daddy's phone booths. in fact, they're replacing them. colin o'donnell helped design the system. >> along with maps, you've got the internet. you can browse the web, find information. >> reporter: and it makes regular phone calls? >> yeah, you can make free phone calls, talk as long as you want anywhere in the u.s. >> reporter: at the nerve
monitor usage. designed for the rigors of city life, the 1,000 pound aluminum kiosks have been tested to withstand everything from bad weather, to a parking accident to dog pee. other cities have tried and failed at public wi-fi, because of a lack of funding. he says new york city will succeed because it will benefit financially from ads on the kiosk sites. >> one of the beauties of this is that it is going to generate ultimately, potentially hundreds of millions of dollars a year for the city that it wouldn't have otherwise. >> reporter: the biggest issue with public wi-fi at this scale is security. >> the main concern for a lot of people, you go on public wi-fi, you're afraid to be hacked. how can they be assured this won't happen?
everybody has to have their own encryption key, so it makes for a very secure and safe network. >> reporter: meaning every time you go online, the system issues a digital key. only your device can use it. but there are ways around encryption. >> the first thing you see is an ad that is a spear phishing attack. >> reporter: we asked this cyber expert to show how easily hackers can set up a fake log-in page that looks like the real thing. >> they think they're connecting to a kiosk but they're connecting to a malicious site and they don't know what they're going to put in their credit card credentials. >> reporter: the best way to be safe is never use public wi-fi for anything that involves personal information, credit cards, or banking. >> we as consumers have to be one step ahead of the next threat. >> reporter: they say they have people monitoring any kind of
the smog in london is so bad it's blamed for thousands of deaths each year. now some londoners are fighting back with a tiny new air quality monitor strapped to the back of pigeons. charlie d'agata has the story on britain's pigeon air patrol. >> reporter: these pigeons are nothing special. if anything, they're underachievers. they're raising pigeons currently flying at about 120 feet and the little backpacks weigh less than an ounce. or light as a feather. that is princess, the bird, not the guy. princess and a small flock of friends took flight this morning on a mission to save the world. or mostly to raise awareness
it. >> the reality is that we are all exposed to really toxic gases in our everyday lives, just by simply going in the streets, everywhere. >> reporter: seven birds, all females, took wing in today's sortie, two with pollution monitoring backpacks. one with g.p.s. so scientists can track them. the others are wing men, or wing women. pigeon hander brian woodhouse says his birds prefer to fly in a flock. >> they like to fly together. they do it for security more than anything. that's just like a horse race, you know, the first across the line they'll go off together. >> reporter: the program is partnered with, you guessed it, twitter. to find out how polluted your neighborhood is, you tweet to the birds. the pigeon patrol tweets back with a reading of your area ranging from moderate to extreme. pigeons have a long history of serving on britain's battle fronts.
>> having been trained as messengers in case of radio failure. a street communication is received and deciphered. >> reporter: even a young queen elizabeth supported the air force. today, london faces another threat. an estimated 10,000 people die prematurely in the capital d prematurely in the capital due to air pollution. and the world health organization estimates that globally, air pollution is to claim for the deaths of 7 million people every year. which makes the work of a few good pigeons with cute little backpacks a bit more pressing than just a mere flight of fancy. this morning, we tweeted princess, that pigeon currently t pollution levels were like here in west london. moments later, we got the response. pollution is currently high in your area. protect yourself. >> that's the "overnight news"
captioning funded by cbs it's friday, march 18th, 2016. this is the "cbs morning news." president obama's pick to fill the supreme court vacancy gets the seal of approval from senate democrats. but the battle to get merrick garland confirmed is just beginning with republicans saying he'll never make it to the high court. taking on trump. forces from conservatives to activists line up to stop donald trump from winning the