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political gold mine. >> if you are trying to influence, you know an american election, that is a one stop shop. >> nick, for the average face book user how is this information being used? >> the more information that a political campaign has about you the more they can target ad. they know your personality or know your interests. if they know your religion how strongly you believe it they can target ad against the beliefs. >> should we be worried on what we are hearing? >> don't need to be worried your information will be hacked or bank information stolen. the whistle blower said the information was used to create ads that turned us against each other and were deliberately divisive. >> nick thompson. thank you very much. >> thank you. >> president trump spent days airing frustration about the special counsel investigation into russian meddling in 20916 election. this morning the president tweet aid witch-hunt with massive conflicts of interest. major garrett i at the white house with more on this. major, the president also hired
a new attorney today, what can you tell us about him? >> the new attorney is joseph degeneva, former u.s. attorney in washington. and for years darling of the city's conservative legal establishment. digenova a tough critic of the fbi handling of the hillary clinton e-mail investigation and denounced special counsel, robert mueller in terms similar to president trump's. digenova appears on fox news on a washington radio station this morning. he said this about senior justice department leaders. the white house says there are no discussion as but firing mueller. there are discussion as but an
interview between mueller and the president. a subtext to all of this. in the senate, republicans many, urged the president not to fire mueller. warning him of potentially overwhelming and presidency ending consequences if he does. >> major investigate. thank you. the president went to new hampshire, a state hard hit by the opioid epidemic. and he said that drug dealers should be subject to the death penalty. >> if we don't get tough on the drug dealers, we're wasting our time. just remember that. we are wasting our time. in bermuda tonight the police say they have found the body of a missing american college student. 19-year-old mark dunbrowski, freshman rugby player at saint joseph's in philadelphia. the team in bermuda for a tournament. heave went missing early yesterday, prompting an extensive search. police are not ruling out foul play. one day after wink a sixth term as russian president,
vladamir putin received congratulations calls today from the leaders of china, cuba and venezuela. the white house says the president trump will not be making a call. elizabeth palmer is in moscow for putin's victory lap. >> reporter: it was a frigid night. the welcome couldn't have been warmer. russian voters cheered vladamir putin's return to the kremlin. they cast ballots sunday because in part they admire his tough style. remember the speech three weeks ago where he bragged of russia's nuclear weapons featuring animation showing one heading for florida. well, today, securely back in power he seemed to pivot and offer a big russian bear hug. we plan no arms race, he says. he announced cuts in military spending and the desire for international dialogue. putin's made plenty of enemies with his meddling in america's
election, his military intervention in syria, and the alleged poisoning of an ex-russian spy in britain. scaling back russia's provocative behavior abroud, a shift putin must be forced to do it by millions of russian volters who want him to concentrate on their problems here at home. jeff. >> liz palmer in moscow. thank you. off. >> coming up next, 100 kids die hey, need fast heartburn relief? try cool mint zantac. it releases a cooling sensation in your mouth and throat. zantac works in as little as 30 minutes. nexium can take 24 hours. try cool mint zantac. no pill relieves heartburn faster.
a 14-year-old girl in mississippi, a family member tells cbs news the girl's brother thought he was firing a toy gun. nikki batiste is following this. >> reporter: the 9-year-old shot his 13-year-old sister when she refused to hand over a video game controller. the sheriff. >> he went to the night stand where there was a gun.omep behi shot her. >> cantrell says the boy's mother was home when he retrieved the gun left unsecured in her bedroom. the boy's aunt told us he thought the gun was fake and unloaded. she says he is a straight a student and the siblings got along well. >> the parents of all families, should have their guns, and things put in a secure place.
22 million u.s. children live in homes with one firearm. nearly half of the homes, the weapons don't have a trigger lock and are easily accessible. while most parents don't think their kids know where they keep their guns it turns out, 75% of children knew just where they were stored. >> when you hear on the news or anything, a kid shot by his brother or a friend, a lot of times they didn't know how to handle a gun. >> reporter: we spoke to parent paul rison who says tragic head leans of deliberate or accidental shootings is why he signed up his 9-year-old son brody to learn about firearm safety. he is learning to load and fi , fire.22 caliber handgun during a class for kids as young as 8. >> it was fun. >> yeah, how did it feel? >> it felt good. >> this thumb. >> eric and melissa's sons are 9, 11. >> people that say, 8, 9, 10 is
too young to fire a handgun, what do you say? >> i disagree. we knew a lot about guns by 8 years old. we knew how to respect them. and treat them safely. >> reporter: it may take more than one class for the kids to remember all of the rules of gun safety. >> never point the gun. paint the gun somewhere or in danger. and never, never, actually -- >> the sheriff's office says their investigation is still on going and right now they have not filed any charges against the 9-year-old boy or his mother. jeff, the funeral for the 13-year-old girl is planned over the next few days. >> just an awful story to hear about. nikki, thank you very much. when we come back here tonight, ne any object. any surface.
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welcome to the "overnight news." i'm demarco morgan. an army of investigators descended on austin, text fedex where a serial bomber struck for a fourth time. the latest device wasn't left on a doorstep in previous attacks. it was placed near a hiking trail. set off with a trip wire. two people were badly hurt. and authorities have branded the bombing spree, domestic terror. omar villafranca is there. >> reporter: the fourth bomb ex-plex exploex ex-exploded after two men hit a trip wire setting off the bomb placed next to a fence.
cbs news obtained this home security video where you can hear the bomb detonate a few house as way. the men in their 20s, were taken to the hospital with serious injuries but are expected to survive. austin police chief brian manley. >> we have seen similarities in the device that exploded here last night, and the other three devices that have exploded in austin, starting arch 2nd. >> several schools were closed or delayed. and the travis country subdivision locked down until early afternoon. 500 federal agents flooded the scene. looking for explosives and any clues to help catch the bomber. >> tried to reach out to the suspect earlier, do you think the suspect or suspects still has a message for police. >> again, we have opened ourselves for a message. that's why we asked him to contact us, gave him phone numbers to contact us at. >> a trip wire explosive kind of shows more sophistication? is this person showing off? >> i think this person is showing that he is quite good. this person is taunting law enforcement and the city. that he is one step ahead. >> fred burton a former counterterrorism agent.
he says the suspect is probably watching media coverage of the attacks and when police warned residents to avoid suspicious packages, he or she, switched to a different type of bomb. >> this is a bomber that knows explosives. he has been around it. he has either practice aid heck of a lot in rural texas or getting this right or a learned skill. perhaps something that he acquired on the battlefield in iraq or afghanistan. >> the era of self driving cars may have to wait. uber suspended all testing of driverless vehicles after a car killed a pedestrian outside phoenix. kris van cleave has the story. >> reporter: the force of the fatal crash dented the front of the uber self driving suv in mode with a safety driver on board. tempe, arizona police say 49-year-old, elaine herzberg walking a bicycle across a thoroughfare frequented by pedestrians, and she was not in a cross walk. >> preliminary investigation shows the vehicle was traveling
at approximately 40 miles an hour. our investigation did not show at this time that there were signs of the vehicle slowing down. >> the first known fatal accident involving an autonomous vehicle. in a statement, uber said -- last year, an estimate 40d 40,100 died in traffic accidents. 94% of crashes blamed on human error. between 2035 and 2040. companies from alphabet to intel to general motors are banking on this industry taking off. while accidents involving self-driving cars have happened they tend to be minor. this arizona crash saw an uber on its side after being hit by a driver. 32 cities in the u.s. are either running pilot programs or planning to start one. dozens of companies are currently testing self-driving cars in arizona. so, chris what are you hearing from uber tonight? >> well, jeff, at this point uber stopped testing here in the phoenix area as well as san
francisco, pittsburgh, toronto. let me show you the accident happened by the blue sign there. a good distance from the stoplight where the cross walk is. so one of the things ntsb is going to look at could any vehicle have avoided this accident. also what about the safety driver that was there how to take control of the vehicle if need be. they'll look at the actions of the driver and check to see if everything in the vehicle was operating properly. face book ceo mark zuckerberg under fire. lawmakers are demanding to know how a political consulting firm managed to get its hands on the data of 50 million facebook user. its financial backer is robert mercer, former white house chief strategist, steve b bannon has ties to the company.
a whistle blower is saying the company figured out how to turn face book likes into a political tool. >> we were able to get upward of 50 million plus face book records in the spauchb a cn of months. >> it allowed us to move in the hearts and minds of american voters in a way never done before. >> facebook revealed, cambridge analytica obtained user information, interests, likes, political leanings. the user data was given to political campaigns to exploit what we knew about them and target their inner demons. >> won in a landslide. >> the trump campaign acknowledges receiving the data what insists phased out during the general election. senator says, face book ceo mark
zuckerberg need to testify in front of the senate judiciary committee. >> we have to find out from the people who have made billions of dollars off of this how it happened. why it happened. the extent of it. and what they're going to do to fix it. >> in a statement, facebook said it is conducting a comprehensive internal and external review to determine itch the data was reported misused still existed. but they insist it was not a breach. >> i would absolutely characterize it as the a breach. >> an operations manager at facebook and says the company's business model its the problem. >> there is tremendous risk they will bias towards advertisers, which means they will want to collect more data. want to do things that don't protect users. >> white house lawyer, ty cobb insist president from temperature is no closer to firing robert mueller despite recent tweets. chip reid reports. >> everyone in the white house. >> assistant to the president, mark short, echoed his boss'
fr frustration. >> there is no evidence of collusion with russia. >> in a flurry of tweets. the president said the mueller probe never should have been started and attacked the team of investigators claiming politically motivatedment why does the mueller team have 13 hardened democrats he wrote. some big crooked hillary supporters and zero republicansment while it has been reported that 13 of the 17 members of them are registered democrats. the president did not mention mueller is a long term republican as is rod rosenstein, nominated by mr. trump. on saturday the president's personal lawyer, john dowd called on rosenstein off to bring an end to the investigation. >> i think people see thats as a massive red line that can't be crossed. >> fellow republicans urged the president not to fire mueller. >> if he tried to do that. that would be the beginning of the end. >> south carolina republican
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♪ this is the cbs "overnight news." the survivors of the school massacre in parkland, florida, altered the debate on gun control. florida toughened the weapons law. this saturday there will be mass demonstrations from coast to coast. how did this come about? sharon alfonsy has the story for 60 minutes. this is anthony, he is 15 years old and should be at soccer practice. but when we met him on tuesday, he was struggling to breathe. he had just come off a ventilator the day before. anthony's father, roger told us his son had eight surgeries
another. another is being scheduled. he was shot five times just outside his classroom at stoneman douglas high. >> face to face with the shooter. >> yeah. got shot in the leg. he tried to, you know, cook shut the door. >> tried to shut the door? >> yeah, that moment he received another one in the back. >> the family is from venezuela. roger, wanted the world to see, what happened to his son. >> he called you, right? >> yeah, he called me on the right moment where he laid down on the floor. yeah, he told me like, i got shot. i said, just, just keep talking to me. don't leave me. keep talking to me. >> where was he shot? >> right here. right here. >> one bullet shattertha shatte thigh bone. another damaged his lung and
liver. >> this is a miracle. >> he is still alive. he is not number 18. >> no. no. >> roger, a handyman is now praying for another miracle, help paying his son's medical bills. stories like anthony's unfold quietly in hospitals, after every mass shooting. >> shame, shame. >> but what happened in parkland is different. instead of retreating into their gated neighborhood and asking for privacy, or saying it was too soon to talk about guns. >> we are about to go national. all of this is about to be everywhere. >> parkland decided it was, exactly the right moment to talk about guns. >> unless we act now. >> it was the students who stepped forward first. and said, never again. you have probably heard a lot from them over the last month. but we were surprised about what they had to say about the fate of the gunman. >> florida prosecutor announced he is going to seek the death
penalty against nikolas cruz, i just want to get your thoughts on that? >> good. >> good why? >> good he is seeking the death penalty for nick cruz. i don't want to think about him. mort we think of him, the more he wins. in a way i disagree. let him rot forever. >> let him rot in jail. >> i want to see him rot forever as cameron just said. but when we pursue the death penalty. this will be kept in the media for much longer. >> i just don't want him, to get, get, what he wants. i want him to suffer. no matter what. >> the death of of one person as terrible of a person as he is, cannot outweigh the death of the 17. >> alex wind, self described theater geek, jacqueline corrine, junior class president, david hogg and emma gone
zblaeltz sta gonzalez started the never again. >> i need to call "the washington post." >> in the hours after the attack. filled with grief, but fueled with anger. and armed with their phones, the teenagers got to work. first, they set off a firestorm of tweets. many aimed at lawmakers. they said, yes, to almost every interview request. and used social media tok or into is a student-protest at the state capital. >> this is about hope. this is about moving forward with everybody. >> in throw weeks, they had convinced florida's republican governor, rick scott, to defy the national rifle association. something that hasn't happened in florida in 20 years. the new florida raises the age to buy a rifle, 21, three day waiting period. and more money available for mental health services. give us a grade on what has been accomplished. >> c. >> i was going to say, c minus.
>> yeah. >> we can't -- praise them for doing what they have done. because that wouldn't have stopped what happened at our school. >> that being said the florida bill is much more impressive than that embarrassing stop school violence act. that they're pushing in d.c. which is a bunch of hot air fluff, doesn't use the word gun once. when, all of these tragedies, again, the one thing that linked them together is the gun. >> on saturday, they're hoping a half million people will join them to march in washington. they want congress to ban military style rifles, like this, along with the kind of high capacity magazines that were used in las vegas. and sandy hook. >> i know i can't help but think. sandy hook happened. those parents made their life's motion to try to get some real change. what makes you think that you
guys could do more, that you, this could be different? >> the thing about it is that -- we are the generation that has had to be trapped in closets. waiting for police to come. or waiting for a shooter to walk in the door. we are the people that know what it is like firsthand. we are the mass shooting generation. >> we're the mass shooting generation. months after columbine. 17 years old. we have had 17 years of mass shootings. >> raise your hand if there are guns in your house. >> i feel safe because, my father has a gun in the house. that he can use to protect our family. my family lives on the prince pull there are some guns that are made to protect your family from any one who might come in and try to hurt them. there are some guns that are made for war. >> we need to pay attention to the fact that this isn't just a mental health issue. he wouldn't have harmed that many students with a knife. three days after the shooting. emma gonzalez, accepted an invitation to speak at the rally.
the 5'2", 18-year-old had to stand on boxes to be heard. >> we call bs. her speech was seen millions of times and ignited the passion of students around the country. >> that us kids dent know what we're talking about, we are too young to understand how the government works. we call bs. >> she now has more than a million twitter followers. 10 times more than florida's governor. >> so why was it you? why do you think you broke through? >> it might have been my hair. very honestly. just might have been my hair. >> i don't think it was the hair. >> i think it was a little. just iconically. you think of the picture and you think of a bald girl. >> what do you think of this idea of arming teachers? >> it's stupid. >> why? >> first of all, they have ran out of paper for two weeks in the school year the now they have $400 million to pay for
teachers to, to get trained to arm themselves. really? really? you're a teacher and you have a gun. do you keep it in a lock box? or carry it on your person? if the teacher dies, and, a student, who is a good student, is able to get the gun, are they now held responsible to shoot the student who has come into the door? i'm not happy with that. >> emma's mother, beth watched as her daughter became one of the most recognizable faces in one of the most polarizing debates in the country. >> i'm terrified. it's look she built herself a pair of wings out of balsa wood and duct tape and jumped off a building. we are just running along beneath her with a net. which, she doesn't want or think that she need. >> what is happening to her life? >> it's insane. somebody said, you know, please tell emma we are behind her.
which i appreciate. but, we should have been in front of her. i should have been in front of her. we all, adults, we should have dealt with this 20 years ago. >> it is a lot to ask of these kids. >> they're asking it of themselves. but some adults are like, you go, girl, you change the, law you know? i'm look what are we doing? >> the douglas students inspired a walkout at nearly 3,000 schools for 17 minutes past wednesday. one minute for every life lost in parkland. this is what we call the war room. conference room. >> they allowed us into their newly donated headquarters. we agreed not to reveal the location. people have sent a lot of death threats. i am paranoid about a bomb being thro
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california is the only state in the nation, that keeps a record of gun registrations and cross references that with the list of people barred from owning weapons. then they go get the weapons. carter evans went along on a raid. >> most of these agents with the california department of justice, can't show their faces on tv. >> she has an out of state conviction. >> you are going to people's homes who, are known to have guns. >> we rode along with special agent. sam richardson and team as they track down people who are
prohibited from having firearms. >> he has three firearms, registered. >> the goal is to take them away. >> we are about to go to a guy's house. convicted felon. domestic violence restraining order. he is on probation. >> for the reasons he is not legally allowed to have access to guns. agents searched his home. came out with two rifles. where did you find them? >> in his closet. >> this guy knows he is not supposed to have guns. >> that's right. >> did you know the guns were in there? >> no. >> did you find ammunition as well. >> they're able to track down the guns because california its the only state in the country that keeps a database of registered gun owners. when some one has ac conviction or deemed mentally incompetent. that name is flagged. >> how many people are on this list of yours? >> as of this morning. i believe we had a little over 10,000. >> special a jengent in charge. >> how many guns are you getting
off the streets every year. >> thousand. >> it is tedious work. in the nine hours we were with agents they want to six locations, and recovered two guns. >> is the worth all the hard work. >> yes it is. i feel like, what we are doing, by taking, one gun at a time off the streets, of california, is making our, our, community safer. >> police, police, police. >> that's hard to prove. there is no federally funded research into gun violence or prevention programs like this. uc davis researcher is using state fund to study the effectiveness of apps. >> our hypothesis is taking guns away from high risk people will reduce their risk of committing violence down the road. if we find that apps works, i will be talking to anybody who will his any but the program. >> sure there are people out there who will see this and say this beat ginning. they're coming to take all of our guns. >> right. that's not the way this program works. this program specifically
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some people are naturally gifted. able to do amaze things despite a severe disability. they are some times referred to as savant. susan spencer has the story of one such artist named alonzo. >> alonzo clemmons is able to work part time. >> do you like your job at the y. >> yes. >> uh-huh. but a childhood accident left him with a brain injury. he can't read or write or two math. this is your studio? as it were? >> yet, astonishingly he can do this. >> when did you make him? >> on the weekend. >> this past weekend. >> as naturally as the the rest of us breathe, alonzo can sculpt.
his meticulous creations fill his boulder colorado apartment. he has made hundred of them. all with his bare hands. when you make an animal, what are you thinking about? >> running around a pasture. >> you can see it running? >> yeah. >> this is the clay. >> this is how uh you start every piece. >> he can't explain how he does it. >> what are you going to make? >> horse. >> use your fingers? >> yeah. >> we watched him work out every detail from the mane off to the muscles. all with apparent ease. >> is alon zblezo a savant? >> yes, no question. >> psychiatrist daryl ttreffert. is the director of the treffert center. and a leading expert on savants of all ages. >> 67 satellites.
>> savant syndrome is a rare but remarkable condition in which someone with a disability has a striking ability that stands in stark contrast to overall handicap. >> dr. treffert says alonzo is an acquired savant. it is believed that his head injury some how rewired his brain. >> he is coming alive. >> reporter: damaging cognitive abilities but freeing up extraordinary artistic gifts. >> oh. >> that took you, 15 minutes at most. >> yes. >> i could take 15 years, i couldn't do that. >> do you think alonzo would be make horses if he never had the accident. >> probably not. >> he is an artist. >> nancy mason worked as alonzo's assistant more than two decade. >> it is a joy and blessing mine life. >> in alonzo's life as well.
>> can you imagine not doing this. >> i would be miserable. >> you'd be miserable. captioning funded by cbs captioning funded by cbs it's tuesday, march 20th, 2018, this is the "cbs morning news." wicked weather. a severe storm stomps across the south leaving widespread damage. the aftermath and where the storm is heading. plus, a bankruptcy filing by the weinstein company may open a new chapter for victims of alleged sexual misconduct at the hands of harvey weinstein. and chasing the austin serial bomber. a city is gripped in fear as law enforcement makes catching a