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their tactics. a jury awards erin andrews $55 million in her stalker lawsuit. an historic uterus transplant gives women new hope. and remembering nancy reagan. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this evening billionaire and form independent candidate for president. he had spent the last many weeks researching a run, but now he says a three-way race would likely lead to the election of donald trump or ted cruz, which bloomberg said was a risk he could not take. major garrett is covering the g.o.p. race for us. major? >> reporter: scott, bloomberg acknowledged he could not win. in a column on his company's web site wrote, "i love our country
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electing a candidate what would weaken our unity and darken our future." trump and cruz for their part eyed a one-on-one battle for the g.o.p. nomination. >> i would love to take on ted one on one. that would be so much fun. >> reporter: donald trump is trying to make it a two-man race for the republican nomination by finishing off florida senator marco rubio when his home state votes next week. >> rubio has been a total no-show in the u.s. senate. >> reporter: in an ad out today, trump portrays rubio as desperate and unfit for office. >> people are starting to learn that donald trump the character and donald trump the person are not the same thing. >> reporter: the latest poll in florida shows trump with an eight-point lead over rubio with ted cruz and john kasich well behind. cruz contends the trump bubble is beginning to burst. >> you want to beat him, you have to beat him at the ballot box. our campaign is the only campaign that has demonstrated we can do so over and over. >> reporter: cruz is working to line up several republican senate endorsements this week, an ironic twist for a candidate that's also run an
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>> donald trump is someone who has been in his own words part of the establishment his whole life. >> reporter: outside groups are also lining up against trump, unveiling a slew of new negative commercials. >> i have the best words. >> reporter: the ads attack trump for using vulgarities. >> i'm going to sue his [bleeped]. i don't give a [bleeped]. >> reporter: his depiction of p.o.w. john mccain as a loser. >> trump would not have survived the p.o.w. experience. >> reporter: and on past liberal positions. >> which candidate supports obamacare and the wall street bailout? it's donald trump. >> reporter: today trump warned thousands of supporters in north carolina it's only just begun. >> you see the money they spent? do you see the millions in negative ads about me that are mostly phony ads. >> reporter: the latest poll in michigan which votes tomorrow shows trump with a 14-point lead on cruz. scott, trump wants a big win there to bolster his claim.
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the g.o.p. win in a general election. >> pelley: major, thanks. there are 150 republican delegates at stake in four states tomorrow. our latest cbs news count shows trump has an 80-delegate lead over ted cruz. on the democratic side, hillary clinton leads bernie sanders by 639 delegates. nancy cordes is covering that race. >> we're flying back to detroit so we have to be well positioned. >> reporter: you can tell how badly these two want to win michigan by the size of their exaggerations. >> he was against the auto bailout. >> reporter: last night's debate and in radio ads today, clinton accused sanders of opposing the 2009 aid package for michigan's carmakers. >> vote for the one candidate who stood up for the auto industry. >> reporter: sanders supported the bailout fund, but he balked when they were attached to a larger bill that sent billions to wall street.
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her way to mischaracterize my history. >> reporter: but he's doing some mischaracterizing of his own. he blamed detroit's woes on what he calls "hillary clinton's free trade policy." >> nafta, supported by the secretary, cost us 800,000 jobs nationwide. >> reporter: not true, says factcheck.org. nearly all economic studies say nafta's net effect on jobs was negligible. sanders got some unexpected praise today from the national rifle association, which tweeted its appreciation after he argued it is not fair to hold gunmakers liable for gun deaths. >> but you're really talking about people saying, let's end gun manufacturing in america. >> reporter: both candidates have spent days in this state, and here's why: sanders needs an upset here the prove that he still has a shot nationally, while clinton is just as eager to show he has no path.
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scott, shows she's leading here by 1 1 points. >> pelley: nancy, thank you. today a bomb exploded at an airport checkpoint in somalia. but it's what the bomb was in that has the u.s. worried. here's jeff pegues. >> reporter: the bomb was hid anyone a laptop computer and shaltered windows at the small airport north of the somali capital mogadishu. somali investigators say two more explosives were found and diffused, including one in a printer. in february, a laptop bomb smuggled through airport security in mogadishu blew a hole in this jetliner shortly after take-off. one man was stuck out of the plane and killed. the terrorist group al-shabaab is suspected in both explosions. but the devices have the hallmarks of al qaeda in the arabian peninsula. in 2010, aqap tried and failed to use bombs embedded in printer cartridges to blow up cargo planes. counter-terrorism analyst muhammad fraser rahim.
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together for mutual purposes. if they have one limited capability on one end, they work together on another end so they can build their forces together. >> reporter: u.s. intelligence officials point to october's downing of a russian airliner in egypt as proof of a renewed effort by terror groups, including isis, to target airplanes. since the summer of 2014, passengers flying to the united states have faced enhanced screening of their electronic device, but in the u.s., a government study last year found mock explosives routinely made it through security checkpoints. that undercover investigation led to a shake-up at t.s.a., and, scott, under new leadership, the agency is working to enhance x-ray units and training. >> pelley: jeff pegues, thanks. and tonight the pentagon is claiming a big victory against al-shabaab terrorists in one of the biggest counter-terrorism strikes in years.
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killed 150 people over the weekend at what the military says was a terrorist training camp. david martin is at the pentagon. david? >> reporter: scott, pentagon officials say they have been watching the camp located about 120 miles north of mogadishu for weeks. about 200 fighters for al-shabaab appeared to be preparing for major attack against an african peacekeeping force, which includes about 50 americans as advisers. the strike was launched on saturday. armed drones and armed aircraft caught the fighters lined up out in the open for what appeared to be their graduation ceremony and according to pentagon estimates, as many as 150 of them were killed. if that estimate is correct, that would make this one of the single deadliest strikes against terrorists ever. one defense official said they were sitting ducks. >> pelley: david martin at the pentagon. david, thanks.
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fighting outside mosul, a city of two million, the largest city controlled by isis. iraq's army and kurdish forces, trained by the u.s., have been planning to retake mosul, but they have been delayed time and again. holly williams went to the front lines. [explosions] >> reporter: 20 miles from mosul, these kurdish soldiers are jumping. this was the response when they spotted two suspected isis gunmen approaching their post. the day before isis managed to break through the front line in its biggest attack here in months. the kurdish soldiers pushed them back and told us they killed nearly 100 fighters. crossing into no-man's-land, we inspected all that remained of a humvee, detonated by the suicide
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just one driver inside? isis will doubtless use the same ruthless tactics to defend mosul. isis is thought to have several thousand fighters in mosul, but now they're stopping civilians from leaving the city, which means effectively that isis has more than a million human shields. when isis swept across northern iraq nearly two years ago, iraqi soldiers ran away. now american troops are back, training the national army to retake the city. colonel scott mellman, an american adviser to the iraqi coalition, told us this time the american coalition has shaped a different army. >> the scales they are received, how the breech mine field, how to defeat improvised explosive device, these are skills they didn't have previously. >> reporter: but will they stay the course? general najim al-jobori told us
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when it finally begins. >> i think about 75 or 80% of the people in mosul will support us. >> reporter: 80% will support you? >> yes, yes. >> reporter: but 20% are still supporting isis? >> yes, isis. >> reporter: but just after that, a phone call from the iraqi ministry of defense ordered the general to stop the interview, perhaps because the timing of the mosul offensive is so sensitive. but, scott, as u.s. intelligence officials told congress last month, it's unlikely mosul will be recaptured before next year. >> pelley: holly williams reporting from northern iraq tonight. holly, thank you. late today a jury award rd sportscaster erin andrews $55 million. a stalker had secretly recorded her naked in a hotel, marriott franchise, and anna werner is at the courthouse in nashville. anna?
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deliberated for just a single day and then came back with that award. they found both her stalker and the owners and operators of the hotel here in nashville at fault. now, that verdict came eight years after her stalker david barrett shot naked video of an andrews through a peephole in her hotel room door. he then posted those videos online where they were seen by millions of people. last week andrews gave tearful testimony talking about how all of this has affected her. she said she suffered humiliation, embarrassment and shame. now, the attorneys for the two companies that run the hotel could not tell me tonight how theircation went wrong. they said they haven't been able to talk to the jurors yet, but those two companies will be responsible for nearly half of that $55 million award. her stalker, barrett, is legally responsible for the rest of the money. we watched tonight scott as the jurors left the courtroom. andrews thanked each one of them
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a couple of them reached out the hug her, one even asking for her autograph. >> pelley: anna werner, thanks, anna. today president obama ordered flags flown at half-staff in honor of nancy reagan until after her funeral on friday at the reagan library in california where she will be laid to rest alongside the former president. the former first lady, who died yesterday, will lie in repose at the library on wednesday and thursday so the public can pay its respects. lesley stahl of "60 minutes" back in the reagan years was covering the white house, and you knew the president and the first lady well. what do you remember about nancy reagan? >> well, i guess first off how much she grew as first lady, because she came in and she was interested in clothes and shopping, and by the end she had become one of the president's foreign policy advisers,
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guru, and she just developed and you watched it happen. i'm really happy to see thing from at half-staff on the white house like that because our first ladies are never really appreciated for how much they contribute to the success of the presidency they're involved in, but also, you know, helping keep the country together. and she did that. >> pelley: mrs. reagan was an influence on her husband in policy matters? >> well, absolutely. everybody knows that she pushed him into a detente with gorbachev at the soviet union, but she was also trying to get him to stop talking as much as he was on the social issues, the more conservative issues he was taking, for example on abortion and gun control. of course, he didn't always listen to her. >> pelley: she was a power behind the throne you would say? >> absolutely, no question about it. she was protecting him. she was protecting his image and she was protecting the presidency. >> pelley: but it was an authentic love story?
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you see it on camera and it was real. >> drew: lesley stahl of "60 minutes." lesley, thank you. >> my pleasure. >> pelley: our bill plante covered the white house, and he'll be along later with how nancy reagan worked for change. also tonight, an historic uterus transplant when the "cbs evening news" continues. this is joanne. her long day as a hair stylist starts with shoulder pain when... hey joanne, want to trade the all day relief of 2 aleve with 6 tylenol? give up my 2 aleve for 6 tylenol? no thanks.
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>> pelley: today we met a pioneer, first woman in america to receive a transplanted uterus. the surgery offers new hope for women with infertility. more from our cbs news contributor dr. tara narula. route it was an emotional moment for the 26-year-old patient identified only asselin -- as lindsey. >> i want to be open and honest and share my story. at 16 i was told i would never have children. >> reporter: the procedure is designed for women who are either born without a uterus, had it removed during hysterectomy or have one that
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infection or other surgery. dr. rebecca flyckt was part of the transplant team at cleveland clinic. >> women really crave that experience of carrying their own pregnancy, of feeling the baby grow, of feeling the baby kick, and we know that those women will get that experience through uterus transplantation. >> reporter: before the surgery, lindsey had her eggs harvested, fertilized and frozen. a deceased donor was found and the uterus was transplanted during a nine-hour surgery. she's first of ten women who will undergo the experimental procedure to see if healthy babies can result. >> there was one moment at the end of the case whenever everything was stable and we looked and saw the uterus start to pink up that we realized that we were making history in the united states. it was very exciting. >> reporter: the plan is for lindsey to have one were to babies via c-section and then the uterus will be removed so she does not have to take anti-rejection drugs for the
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>> well, i thought the good fight. i finished my football race. and after 18 years, it's time. god bless all of you, and god bless football. [applause] >> pelley: peyton manning announcing his retirement today. among our blessings, we count james brown, host of the nfl today and our cbs news special correspondent. j.b., why now? >>. >> reporter: scott, peyton manning is choosing to go out on top. his 24 u.n. wins are the most of any quarterback in history. he's the only quarterback to win two super bowls with two different team, but it was a season marred by injury and by his own admission a decline in his skills, which is why it was time to go. >> pelley: some controversy,
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>> reporter: no question. in december al jazeera america accused him of doping, something he denies. and with respect to sexual assault sal -- allegations in his college years, he said he's not going to relit gait something that happened 20 years ago. >> drew: . >> pelley: hall of fame? >> reporter: anybody who votes no ought to have their head examines. >> this portion of the "cbs evening news" is sponsored by pacific life. for life insurance, annuities and investment, choose pacific life, the power to help you succeed. call it planning for retirement because getting there requires exactly that. a plan for what you want your future to look like. for more than 145 years, pacific life has been providing solutions to help individuals like you achieve long-term financial security.
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first lady. bill plante, who covered the reagan white house, is with us tonight. bill? >> reporter: scott, in many ways nancy reagan was the opposite of her husband. she was tough. he was easy going. she was the worrier. he was the eternal optimist. she was very involved behind the scenes, and she influenced the president on many major decisions and also went public on some controversial issues against republican party positions. >> over those eight years in washington and of the exaggerated ups and downs of life at the white house, i found what was really important, i found how to serve. >> reporter: reluctant at first the talk of personal matters, mrs. reagan went public in 1987 with the fact that she'd had a mastectomy following a dying know six of breast cancer. at the time the procedure was seen as a radical step, but the first lady used her decision to
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in 1985, the reagan's friend, actor rock hudson died of aids. it put a personal face on the epidemic for mrs. reagan. even sew, it took three more years for her to convince the president to mention the disease in public. >> aids affects all of us. >> reporter: their son ron describes the process to cbs. >> he could personalize an issue, either because of the tragedy, like rock hudson, or in some other way, that was the way you got to him. she was well aware of that, of course. >> reporter: by 1994, the ronald reagan his wife knew and loved began the long slide into the darkness of alzheimer's. mrs. reagan believed that stem cell research offered promise for the disease. she promoted it, breaking with president bush and conservative republicans. >> i just don't see how we can turn our backs on this. there are so many diseases that can be cured or at least helped. >> reporter: nancy reagan went
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it was the last act of a life lived quietly but with fierce determination. bill plante, cbs news, new york. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org this broadcast is sponsored by subaru south boulevard and subaru concord. wbtv on your side. wbtv news starts right now. >> maureen: tonight on "primetime" this local teen missing for a week. the family's desperate plea for help to find the young girl. plus, do you know this person? why police are looking to talk to him tonight following a string of break ins in concord. and a pregnant woman due any day at a local bus stop. we have an update on her
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it is nice to have you with us on this monday. right now on "primetime" a mother is asking for your help to find her missing daughter. take a look at your screen. this is 14-year-old makayla hutchinson. they say the teen has been missing since february 29th. that's a week ago. she was last seen on dr. carver road in charlotte. she is 5-4 and weighs 125 pounds and has brown eyes. if you have seen makayla, you are asked to call 9-1-1 right away. we are learning more about a man accused of killing two people in south carolina. officers were called to the home of james loftis in goose creek. his wife called police reporting he claimed to have killed two people and buried them in the backyard. wbtv anchor molly granthom has reaction now from neighbors. >> there has never been any problems i have ever heard
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on this street. >> pretty normal. i used to ride my bike up around here as a kid growing up. no real crime or anything around or anything like that. >> reporter: neighbors who live here are reeling after news their neighbor is uh us coulded of killing two people and then burning and burying their bodies in the backyard. >> when i was told the body were found at a house on this street i said i live on that street, oh my gosh. >> scared, shocked. >> wow i was surprised. >> he is a nice man, a nice family. what happened, i can't believe it. >> he was a family man who took his kids camping. one may bore said when her -- neighbor said when her husband had a stroke he offered to fix the electricky gutter. the leaky gutter. when we left he came back and

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