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>> brown: tonight, changing the rules for college sports. the ncaa sets a new policy for dealing with head injuries. mark strassman on athletes past, present, and future. pll plante with echoes of the cold war. the western allies hit with new sanctions over it's aggression in ukraine. the u.s. military plane lands in germany with a dead stow away in a wheel well. david martin with a mystery and a breech of security. anthony mason tells us nearly one in four americans is being chased right now by a debt collector. n, the cape cod fishing competition, elaine quijano says the professionals are losing to the naturals. >> reporter: what is it that you see when you look at a gray seal? >> i see a threat to my bottom line. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
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>> brown: good evening. scott is off tonight. i'm james brown and this is our western edition. every day in this country, millions of parents let their sons and daughters play the school sports they love but worry about what will happen if they get seriously hurt. today, the ncaa, under the pressure of a lawsuit, addressed the issue of head injuries for athletes who play, have played or will play college sports. it agreed to a proposed $70 million settlement of the class action suit. the money will pay for neurological testing but not treatment, and the ncaa will have a new policy for returning injured players to the game. mark straussmann has details. >> reporter: from 2004-2009, nearly 30,000 college athletes suffered concussions, more than half of them playing football. lawyer steve berman represents injured former players who sued the ncaa. >> players are being returned to the game too early, because of bad concussion management.
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and if you go to the game too early, you are at risk for serious long-term brain injury, and that's what we're trying to prevent in the settlement. >> reporter: the ncaa has agreed to pay for any college athlete from the last 50 years to get neurological testing. every current athlete will get a pre-season neurological test to help diagnose any concussion later on. they'll also be protected by a uniform policy of when they can play again after a head injury. no athlete with a diagnosed concussion could rejoin the same practice or game in football, basketball, soccer, ice hockey, wrestling, field hockey and lacrosse. at kennesaw state university in georgia, women's lacrosse is one of 18 ncaa sports. >> you certainly don't want to return someone from a head injury before they're ready. and sometimes that decision making is difficult. >> reporter: mike young is the school's director of sports medicine. >> hopefully this will help sports medicine across the country to get what they need to
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properly take care of the student athletes. >> reporter: the more everybody is on board, the easier your job t ts taking a kid who is at risk, because he's just been hurt, getting him out of the game and getting him help. >> right. >> reporter: the ncaa admitted no wrongdoing in the settlement. it said in a statement, we have been and will continue to be committed to student athlete safety. critics point out the settlement does not require the ncaa to pay any medical expenses and, james, a federal judge still has to approve of the settlement and he may have to do that in september. >> brown: mark, this is a major concern for families, especially mothers with children playing in contact sports right now at the n.c.a.a. level. we're talking several hundred athletes playing. how is this going to be executed? >> reporter: as many as four million current and former college athletes may qualify for the testing. the settlement calls for 10 sites to be set up where former players can be tested. think about it it's older the player is the harder it may be to establish his playing days,
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make a connection with whatever he's going through today. >> brown: mark strassman in kennesaw, georgia, thank you very much. there's breaking news tonight from los angeles. a high-pressure water main break tonight near the u.c.l.a. campus is causing major tie-ups. the water is shooting high in the air like a massive giesher causing a partial collapse on the roadway. sunset boulevard has been shut down in both directions and on the u.c.l.a. campus students have been forced to scramble from flooded buildings. the fire department has shut down the area. the senate today confirmed robert mcdonald as the new secretary of veterans affairs. the first job for the former c.e.o. of procter & gamble will be cleaning up the scandal at the v.a. a new international audit obtained by cbs news shows it was even bigger than we knew. here's nancy cordes. >> reporter: the internal audit was conducted in may and found 95 facilities where appointment requests by veterans were
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mishandled like the horsham clinic in pennsylvania where staff were encouraged to inaccurately enter an appointment date to game the system. other facilities fudged other facilities fudged appointments to improve clinic numbers, to reflect no wait times or to improve their performance scores. in montgomery alabama, schedulers today kept paper wait lists so delays wouldn't show up in the system. in illinois and elsewhere, schedulers said they feared retaliation from leadership if they didn't go along. and in nearly all of the pacific northwest, schedulers claimed they were simply confused about how the system was supposed to work. on capitol hill, the chairs of the veterans affairs committees in the house and senate struck a deal this week on a bill allowing veterans to seek care at a private facility, if they'd been waiting for a v.a. appointment for more than 30 days. florida republican jeff miller: >> the v.a. has caused this problem, and one of the ways that we can help solve it is to
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give veterans a choice, a choice to stay in the system or a choice to go out of the system. >> reporter: the bill has big bipartisan support and is expected to pass both houses of congress by the end of the week. meanwhile, james, the v.a.'s inspector general says the number of facilities it's now investigating has grown to 90. >> brown: nancy cordes on capitol hill, thanks, nancy. the united states and its european allies turned up the pressure on russia today in what has become the biggest east-west confrontation since the cold war. senior white house correspondent bill plante reports they imposed new economic sanctions on moscow for it's continuing support of separatists in ukraine. >> it didn't have to come to this. it does not have to be this way. this is a choice that russia and president putin in particular, has made. >> reporter: the u.s. banned three more russian state-owned banks from access to american capital and blocked the assets of a major russian defense firm.
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the sanctions also restrict future sales of oil-drilling technology. the u.s. is acting in conjunction with the european union, which, for the first time, cut off all long-term deals with russian state-owned financial institutions. the europeans put an embargo on exports of military equipment, and also on energy-related technology. is this a new cold war, sir? >> no. it's not a new cold war. what it is, is a very specific issue related to russia's unwillingness to recognize that ukraine can chart its own past. >> reporter: but in a move reminiscent of the frosty u.s.- russian relationship of a generation ago, president obama, in a letter monday to pint, accused russia of testing missiles in violation of the 1987 arms treaty signed by presidents ronald reagan and mikale gorbachev.
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the u.s. has suspected russia of testing new missile systems since 2008. president putin last year called russia's decision to sign the 1987 treaty debatable, to say the least, but russia has denied the allegations saying the matter is closed. and the administration says the missile complaint wasn't really timed to coincide with the sanctions, but, j.b., at the same time, senior officials here concede that they're doing everything they can to keep up the pressure on russia's putin in the hope that at some point he'll agree to negotiate in ukraine. >> brown: bill plante at the white house, thank you very arch, bill. overnight, israel let loose the heaviest barrage in the war are hamas. more than 100 palestinians were killed in gaza. multiple targets were hit, including the only power plant, leaving gaza without electricity and water. since the pumps cannot operate without power. and there are new questions about who is responsible for explosions in a gaza street yesterday that killed 10 people, mostly children. barry petersen is in gaza tonight. and, barry, is it possible that
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a hamas rocket fell short and killed those children? >> reporter: it's really hard to know, james. there's so much activity going on. now, we were at the scene minutes after it happened. from what we saw and talking with people about these things, they say the size of the shrapnel and the way it was spread says it was probably a rocket, not a mortar. the israelis were quick to release a surveillance photo saying it was a rocket fired 2.6 miles south of the area, aimed at israel that fell, as they said, tragically short. hamas, of course, blamed the israelis. it may never know known, but here in gaza where perception is reality, they believe hamas. they blame the israelis. james. >> brown: barry has the growing civilian death toll affected support for hamas in gaza? >> reporter: well, not publicly, because people are afraid to talk out against hamas in a time of war, but privately, i think people are weary of hamas firing rockets at israel. they're weary of the israeli
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attacks. they want this to end. we talked with a shop owner and some of his friends, and they said something intriguing, that hamas can make war, but they don't believe hamas can make peace. the other day, i stood with a man on top of the rubble of his house. he said, "i'm neutral. i just want the misery to end." and i have to tell you, james, that's the way a lot of people feel around here tonight. >> brown: barry petersen in gaza, thank you. turning now to the ebola outbreak in west africa. it's the worst on record. today, it claimed the life of a leading doctor. sheik humarr khan risked his life to treat dozens in sierra leone. ebola kills 60% of those who contract the virus and there is no vaccine. nearly 700 have died in four african nations during this out break. the u.s. military is investigating a strange incident overseas. the body of a young stowaway was found sunday in a compartment near wheel well of an air force cargo plane.
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david martin is looking into this. >> reporter: the body was found during a post-flight inspection of a c-130 transport after returning to germany from africa. a young black male had lodged himself above the landing gear where he could not be seen during normal pre and post- flight checks. the grim discovery prompted this ral tion of pentagon spokesman admiral john kirby. >> aren't these aircraft supposed to be guarded at all time? >> certainly that will all be part of the investigation, looking at security implications here for how a young man could get inside the wheel well of an air force aircraft. >> reporter: the flight originated in the african nation of senegal, flew east, stopping in mali and chad, then north to tunisia and sicily, before returning to it's home base in germany. the pentagon says security at some of those airfields is not up to american standards, but that would seem to be all the
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more reason to guard the plane k ile it was on the ground. j.b. >> brown: thank you, david. as americans, we owe an awful lot to someone. a new study out today says 24% of us are so far behind in our debt, they've been turned over to a collection agency. here's anthony mason. >> did that cause you to lose your job? >> reporter: at the consumer credit counseling service in dallas, the phones are constantly busy. that's where anita, who asked us not to reveal her identity, found help. >> everything went upside down. >> reporter: last year she ran up $10,000 in debt after her ex- husband lost his job. >> it was all credit card bills, and we were using the credit cards to buy the food, to pay for the electric bill, to pay for the phones, to buy gas-- everyday expenses, because we were missing all of his income. >> reporter: then anita, who has two kids, had to fend off the collection agencies. >> all they wanted to know is when and how much, and i didn't have an answer for that. >> reporter: in 13 states and
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the district of columbia, more than 40% of americans with credit have debt in collection. in the city of las vegas, it's nearly half. but in the wake of the recession, americans have been managing their debt better. just 2.4% of credit cards are overdue by 30 days or more. that's versus the 15-year average of 3.8%. >> the crisis may not be as severe as it was during the height of the recession but still, financial crisis is a horrible place to be. >> reporter: todd mark of dallas' consumer credit counseling service, says many calls come from the former unemployed who found new jobs but are now making less money. >> it doesn't change their mortgage payment, their car payment, but they're locked in at a lower income and they've got to figure out how to budget now with these other obligations. >> reporter: medical bills and student loans accounted for nearly two-third of the debt reported to collection agencies. the average debt $5,178. >> brown: anthony you mentioned the debt problem in las vegas.
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it may be an obvious question, but why are some places hit harder than others. >> reporter: particularly places caught up in the housing crisis. three of the leading states, texas, florida, and nevada. they were all hit by the housing bubble collapsing. >> brown: a fit anthony mason, thank you very much. for some teachers preparing for school means learning to fire a gun. and there was no easy way to rescue a hiker who fell the equivalent of 42 stories. that when the cbs evening news continues.
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>> brown: in some parts of the country, schools re-open in just a few weeks. and when the school year begins, more teachers will be armed. since the sandy hook attack more than a year and a half ago, nine states have passed laws allowing teachers to have firearms in schools. vicente arenas has more on that. >> reporter: this looks like target practice at a police academy. but these men and women are teachers, and they're learning to defend their students against an increasingly common threat, a school shooting. >> get on the ground! do it now! >> reporter: we can't show you their faces because the classroom equivalent of an air marshall on a plane. they carry their weapons anonymously. when the semester begins, only the local police and school board will know they're armed.
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we altered this administrator's voice to protect her identity. why did you decide to go through this training? >> i'm from it a rural school, and the response time is so slow to get any law enforcement help, i felt it was important if i was able to help and do something to protect our kids. ep there you go. very good. >> reporter: in missouri, local school boards decide whether faculty can be armed. 12 of the state's districts employ teachers who get weapons training here at shields solutions in west plains. former highway patrolman greg martin runs the program. >> we take people who have never really handled a hand gun at all and give them this training to where they score a 90%. >> reporter: that means five hours in the classroom and 35 hours on the gun range. this is a first-person view of the active shooter drill. >> we make it as realistic as possible because in the event that it happens, god forbid, we want them to be ready. >> get down!
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get down! release the hostage! >> reporter: so you're worried about the possibility of teachers having guns in schools. >> i'm very worried about it. >> kathy steinhoff is a high school math teacher in columbia, missouri. her district prohibits teachers from carrying guns. how do you respond to critics who say the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun? >> i think there's more than one way to stop a bad guy with a gun, but if it does take a good guy, then i want that good guy to be a police officer. >> reporter: while programs like martin's aren't common, a vast majority of missouri lawmakers are pushing to make training like this mandatory for teachers with guns. vicente arenas, cbs news, missouri. >> brown: there was a close call on the tracks, and we'll have that when we come back.
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are the ones being blamed. next weather talent appears at wx center with generic pinpoint filling monitor then we take special >> brown: finally tonight, it's summer on cape cod. the weather is warm. it was sunny and in the 70s today. the beaches are crowded. and the seafood, well, they're fighting over it. elaine quijano is there. >> reporter: on a typical summer afternoon off the coast of cape cod, nearly 1,000 gray seals sunbathe on a sandbar. a few years ago, this would have been unbelievable. by the 1960's, the seals were hunted close to extinction, the result a $5:00 bounty by the state in an attempt to eliminate an animal many considered a pest to fishermen. but in 1972, congress passed the marine mammal protection act, and scientists hoped the seals would rebound.
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they're all look at us. >> yup, they're all looking and saying who are these people. >> reporter: mike giblin is a volunteer with the national park service. is the most you have seen? >> yes, this week in particular is definitely the most we've seen. >> reporter: but where scientists see success, others see competition. seals can consume up to 50 pounds of fish each day, sometimes following fishermen's boats and snatching food right off their lines. >> it's frustrating. you are watching them take money right out of your pocket. the money is eight feet from the surface, and it's-- >> reporter: every fish is money for you. >> every fish is money. >> reporter: nick muto has been fishing these waters for 13 years. >> when seals became endangered and we started looking at the seal population, did we ever measure what success would look like? did we ever say when enough seals would be enough? >> reporter: what is it that you see when you look at a gray seal? >> i see, i see, a threat to my bottom line.
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they're an 800-pound predator. >> what we're seeing is something that came back from zero. if you look at something from zero it looks like a lot of animals. >> reporter: andrea bogomolni is a marine biologist. as you know, some people vehemently disagree with you. folks who have lived here for a long time, some of whom are saying why don't we have a cull to get the numbers under control? >> i completely and i understand sympathize very much with people whose livelihoods depend on fisheries. but these animals can't go to a grocery store. this is their diet. >> reporter: humans upset the balance of nature here decades ago. now with livelihoods on the line, they're still trying to determine the least painful way to restore it. elaine quijano, cbs news, truro, massachusetts. >> brown: and that's the cbs evening news. for scott
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your realtime captioner is linda macdonald. now at 6:00, could they become the san antonio raiders? no, it doesn't sound right. but it turns out the team is taking a serious look at texas. good evening, i'm veronica de la cruz. >> i'm ken bastida. we are learning that the raiders owner is considering a move and tonight, oakland and alameda county officials who have been working with the team on a new stadium here are caught off guard. kpix 5's phil matier joins us now with the rest. phil. >> reporter: that's right. talk about timing! i mean, no sooner do the a's sign up with a new 10-year lease than raiders start looking elsewhere after the warriors are leaving and this comes just's mayor quan is trying to revamp -- just as mayor quan is trying to revamp
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oakland with a new coliseum city. a newspaper in san antonio says davis and executives met with top city leaders in san antonio about the possibility of relocating the team. according to the report, davis took a serious look at the alamodome, the 65,000 seat stadium that's currently home for the university of texas at san antonio football team and also served as the home away from home for the new orleans saints. now, while in town, davis also met with business leaders and the owner of the san antonio spurs. all this comes as mayor jean quan as we said was trying to build support for her own so- called coliseum city, a project that would include hotels, retail space and even housing. it would feature a brand-new football stadium. and a baseball home for the a's, as well. now, the mayor claims that the concept has the backing from some very deep pocket investors in dubai. meantime, all this texas talk has caught oakland coliseum officials quite by surprise. >> i was surprised. i think many of us are really focused on trying to

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