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>> glor: they decided to rewrite the ending. this is the "cbs evening news" with jeff glor.
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expletive countries here? we should bring in more people from placing like norwade way." on twitter today he wrote, "this was not the language used," although the president did not specify what language he was referring to. he added, "never said anything derogatory about haitians other than haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. ." >> it is not true. he said these hate-filled things, and he said them repeatedly. >> reporter: illinois democratic senator dick durbin attended the meeting. >> he used these vile, and vulgar comments calling the nations they come from (bleep), the exact world used by the president not more-- not just once but repeatedly. >> reporter: durbin said south carolina republican lindsey graham pushed back against the president. in a statement graham said, "i said my piece directly to him." but his foal republican senators david perdue and tom cotton said they, "did not recall mr. trump using
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both are stalwart supporters of the president. house speaker paul ryan reacted today in wisconsin. >> so the first thing that came to my mind was very unfortunate, unhelpful. >> reporter: utah republican congresswoman mia love, whose parents emigrated from haiti. >> i doubt that a comment like that would have been made if somebody like me is sitting across the table from you. >> you also had people that were very fine people-- on both sides. >> reporter: the president has been accused of making racially charged comments before. last summer he sparked controversy otherwise reaction to violence at a white supremacist march in virginia. and during the campaign, his calls fair muslim bans and a tax on a mexican american judge drew condemnation. >> is donald trump a racist? i am the least-racist person that you've ever looked at. believe me. >> reporter: governments in haiti, botswana, and senegal, requested meetings with.s
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embassy representatives in those countries to formally complain about mr. trump's remarks, and the african union said the president's remarks dishonor respect for human dignity. jeff. >> glor: major, thank you very much. it was eight years ago today that haiti was hit by a magnitude 7 earthquake that killed well over 200,000 people. more than 50,000 refugees from that disaster were given temporary protection status here in the u.s. the administration is end tag status in july of 2019. in this country, the flu has reached epidemic proportions. the c.d.c. reported today that the virus is now wide spread across the entire continental united states. 20 children have died, just over 100 died last flu season. here is our chief medical correspondent dr. jon lapook. >> reporter: in ohio, richard and valerie rieben are mourning the death of their four-year-old son, jonah, from flu. he had underlying health
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things that i've ever had to do was tell my other children on saturday morning that their little brother wasn't coming home. >> reporter: the c.d.c. reported 20 pediatric deaths so far this season. at this time last year, there were three. >> there's a lot of flu happening right now. >> reporter: dr. dan jernigan is the director of the c.d.c. influenza division. >> we saw that the season started early, back in november, and has had a really rapid rise and is probably peak right about now. >> reporter: flu peaks most often in february. of the 49 states where the flu is widespread, these 36 are the hardest hit. california has had 42 adult deaths, up from nine last year. kentucky, 36 deaths, up from four. and oklahoma, more than four times as many. >> this year, the predominanting virus is h3n2, and in years where that one is the more common v
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hospitalizations, lots more cases and more deaths due to that influenza virus. >> reporter: that strais disproportionately affects people over 65 and children. hospitalizations in those two groups it srising. >> the number of people being hospitalized has doubled in last couple of weeks. >> reporter: there are still three months left in the flu season so it's not too late to get a shot, which takes two weeks to be effective. >> glor: donald trump went for his first physical since take office today. the white house said of says we'll getab update on that next week. what can you tell bus these evaluationations? >> routine testing for things like blood counts, cholesterol, glucose, liver, and kidney function, and other testing depending on spaerngz there are specialists stand buying to give advice about the skin, the
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the search for the victims of california mudslides has entered a fourth night. the latest official word is that five people are missing. that number has fluctuated widely. at least 17 were killed. carter evans is in ska jit santa county. >> what does it mean to you to have these? >> everything, i have nothing else. >> reporter: he found the family photos a half mile downstream from his home. when the torrent of mud and debris rushed down the mountain tuesday morning, the home he lived in with his partner of 17 years was right in the path of giant bolders. what did that sound like? >> i never heard anything that-- it was just eye mean, every time one big one would hit, it would just, like, tremble the whole house. the whole house was just moving. >> reporter: just minutes later... >> the mud broke through the glass and i ran back to where peter was at and he ideal at me, "get up to something high. get on higher ground." we jumped
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15 seconds after that the walls burst open, the mud came in and shot us both out of the house. >> reporter: one minute you're in the house, the next you're in this river of mud. >> explaft thing peter jld out to me was, "grab on to some wood and don't let go." and that was last i heard of him. >> reporter: peter was swept away and his body was later found. lalo was able to survive by clinging to a tree. during the thomas fire, their home was in a mandatory evacuation zone, and they left, but this time, the evacuation orders for their neighborhood were voluntary. >> i wish they would have made it a mandatory all the way because-- >> reporter: you would have left. >> would have left. >> reporter: this is all that's left of their home now. lalo says the peter was the kind of guy who would do just about anything for anyone. as far as the evacuation is concerned, the sheriff's office tells us it issued voluntary and mandatory evacuation orders based on the best information it had at the time.
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a lot of talk in california right now on this voluntary versus mandatory evacuations. treacherous weather is hitting the eastern third of the yi. ice and snow caused a huge pileup on interstate 40 in tennessee. the highway was closed in both directions. heavy snow, ice, and rain are in the mix overnight from the mississippi valley to northern new england. inland areas could get a foot of snow. in syracuse, new york, the temperature is expected to drop from 60 degrees today to 13 tomorrow. turning now to social media's struggle with false stories, many of them are spread by bogus accounts known as bots. john blackstone tells bus a couple of college students who have invented a bot-busting weapon. >> reporter: at the university of california berkeley, two college juniors studying computer science are challenging twitter to do a better job battling fake news. >> so one of the things we want to see was where did this f
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how did it become so popular? >> reporter: digging deep into twitter they found many of the most angry and partisan tweets on both sides comes comenot from real people but from computers, automated twitter accounts known as bots. >> so you can just go in and click that, and in a couple sections we get a classification. >> reporter: using artificial intelligence they created a bot buster, available to anyone at botcheck.me, that reveals if a tweet likely comes from a computer. >> the bots are retweetintweetid amplifying voices in twitter community that otherwise would not be as amplified. >> reporter: so one person could put a tweet out and then put together their army of bots that throw it out across-- >> exactly. >> and it seems like all of twitter is saying it. you see hashtags coming up and even individuals. >> reporter: fake news stories about the 2016 election went viral gaining readers and credibility, calling into question twitter's ability
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in a blog post, twitter said it's battling the bots, catching about 450,000 log-ins per day. but the students say their bot buster is helping. >> this really annoys us, and we're going to put out something cool for our friends to use and all of a sudden we vathousands of daily users every day. oh, my god, there's definitely something here. >> reporter: a pair of college students might not win the war against fake news, but they've given those battling to departure the truth a new weapon. john blackstone, cbs news, berkeley. >> glor: it took more than 40 years to bring ku klux klansman edgar ray for the justice of three civil rights workers in mississippi. he died last night in prison where he was serving three consecutive life terms. he was 92. now to some other stories we're following in the evening newsfeed, president trump has call
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the expurgz nations the worst deal ever. today he kept it alive, granting iran another reprieve from economic sanctions. he is threatening to pull out of that deal unless it was amended in 120 days. in a late-night tweet the president said he will not visit london next month to open the new billion-dollar-plus u.s. embassy. he said it's because president obama made a bad deal to sell the site of the old embassy, a move that was initiated during george w. bush's presidency. londoners noted mr. trump's cancellation today, displaying a wax figure outside the embassy. kentucky today became the first state to require medicaid recipients to work in order to receive benefits. beginning as early as july, recipients will have to complete 80 hours a month of work, school, community service, or job training. the requirements will not apply to those who are pregnant or medically frail. there is much more ahead on tonight's cbs evening news. >> reporter: this is what startet
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internet. >> reporter: they're putting poisonous laundry pods in their mouths. >> and now it's just gone too far. >> they call it the "tide pod challenge." >> glor: the international odysseyave floating shack. >> it was really heartbreaking. >> reporter: 60 years ago, the calledwells left for their honeymoon in the poconos. >> we're here. >> reporter: now, thanks to a group of fifth graders they finally get to have it. >> was this worth waiting 60 years for? ed recommendations, tax-efficient investing strategies, and a dedicated advisor to help you grow and protect your wealth. fidelity wealth management. to help you grow and protect your wealth. but when we brought our daughter home,
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poisonous. so far this year, there's been a 20% jump in the calls to poison control centers from teens exposed to laundry pods. >> new jersey poison center. >> reporter: half the calls were due to intentional misuse. the problem goes beyond attention-seeking teenagers. the brightly colored pods can be mistaken for candy, as this photo shows. the consumer product safety commission says two toddlers ate them and died. seniors with dementia are vulnerable, too. eight died after eating the packs. proctor & gamble, the maker of tide pods told us they should not be played with, whatever the circumstance is, even if meant as a joke. safety is no laughing matter. >> the new tide pods child zipper bag. >> anne marie buerkle said her agency has been working with manufacturers to reduce the dangers. >> we worked diligently making the film on that packet even more tough so it isn't as easy to
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toxicity and the strength of laundry detergents. >> reporter: but don huber, with "consumer reports" says there's more manufacturers could do. >> we believe the manufacturers should make them less attractive, less like candy and food to reduce any confusion for people. >> reporter: p&g insists color did does not play a role in accidents with young children. rather, they say access is the problem. but some researchers recommend that parents of young children not buy those pods at all. they say, jeff, that parents of young kids should stick to regular liquid detergent instead. >> glor: coming up here, imagine the possibilities, like ice skating on mars. iabetic ner, these feet... grew into a free-wheeling kid... loved every step of fatherhood... and made old cars good as new. but i couldn't bear
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>> glor: nasa's mars orbiter has discovered massive sheets of ice on mars. scientists already knew there was ibut the huge deposits found at eight sites are close to the martian surface and in some places exposed. a study out today in the quarterly janet science" says astronauts astronauts could some day use water from that ice for drinking or convert it into oxygen for breathing. a century-eeld shack where herring was once pickled was caught in a pickle. a blizzard last week knocked the historic shet # shed off its pier in the fishing village of lewbeck, maine. it floated across the border to canada. well, a bureaucratic tug-of-war ensued, vandals with chain saws stole pieces of the shack. but diplomacy prevailed, and today workers took it back to maine. then there's the winner of last week's $450 million megamillions jackpot. shane missler of richey, florida, claimed his prize
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right a wrong. >> reporter: at the mount airy resort in the poconos of pennsylvania, refer rand gilbert caldwell and his wife, grace, are arriving for their second honeymoon. they were greeted warmly, a sharp contrast to their first visit 60 years earlier. in 1957, they were married in north carolina, then drove eight hours, only to be turned back for being black. how did they put it? did they give you a reason? >> first, they pretended i didn't have a reservation, where i actually brought a copy. and then, of course, they said, if we said yes, our guest woobz very unhappy. >> reporter: they had to stay at a black-owned hunting lodge instead. >> men with these big guns. >> reporter: not what you were planning on for your honeymoon? >> not what we were planning on. >> reporter: prodded partly by that experience, gil immersed himself in the civil rights movement working side by side with martin luther king jr. today, he speaks about the movement, which is how he ended up at bear tavern
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titusville, new jersey last year. he told the honeymoon story, as he'd done 100 times before, but for whatever reason, this group of fifth graders really took it to heart. >> at the end of the story, i was, like, that's just terrible. >> it was really heartbreak. >> just because it's just so wrong. >> i feel likes this is the worst thing someone could do to someone. >> reporter: even months after the caldwells visit, kids like emily eschleman, are still this affected. you feel bad for them? that they had to go through that? >> a ton. >> reporter: a ton? >> yeah. >> reporter: which is why each fifth grader wrote a letter to mount airy. one said, "the caldwells made me think about not only standing up for myself but standing up for others and fixing mistakes that were made in the world." in closing, the kids requested an all-expense-paid honeymoon redo, which they got. ( applause )
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an impact on the world. >> it was really ma magnificento know that kids cared that much. oh, the rug feels so nice. >> reporter: i should mention that the original mount airy was torn down years ago. this is a new building with new owners, who were just so impressed with the kids, they wanted to help make it right. >> was this worth waiting 60 years for? >> reporter: obviously, this is not does not make up for decades of racial injustice, but it's a step and a sign that we can get there. steve hartman, "on the road," in the poconos. >> glor: that is the cbs evening news for this week. i'm jeff glor. good night.
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we have a racist in the office and until republicans stand up and confront it. >> the president we don't expect him to say certain things but this is different so there's not much we can say. >> mr. president are you a racist? >> mr. president. >> hello everybody and welcome to off script. president donald trump denying tonight on twitter that he used a vile, derogatory comment when discussing immigrants

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