tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS March 5, 2012 7:00pm-7:30pm EST
iran from developing an atomic bomb. mr. obama is counseling patience determined not to repeat the intelligence mistakes that led to war with iraq. chief white house correspondent norah o'donnell has been talking to her sources and she joins us from the white house tonight. norah? >> reporter: scott, the president today tried to convince the israeli prime minister to give diplomacy more time to work. it's not clear if mr. obama was able to secure a firm commitment from netanyahu that he would delay a military strike against iran >> our commitment to the security of israel is rock solid. >> reporter: president obama worked to reassure the israeli leader that when it comes to nuclear iran their goal is one and the same. >> i reserve all options and my policy here is not going to be one of containment, my policy is prevention of iran obtaining nuclear weapons. >> reporter: sources say the two
leaders met for more than two hours in the oval office, with president obama making the case that there is still a window for a diplomatic solution. the obama administration has shared with the israelis intelligence that shows while iran is enriching uranium it has not attempted to construct a nuclear weapon and even if it does decide to build one, sources say it would still take about one year for a weapon to be assembled. >> both the prime minister and i prefer to resolve this diplomatically. we understand the costs of any military action. >> reporter: while netanyahu made know mention of diplomacy, he did seize on what he called a common enemy-- iran. >> you know, for them, you're the great satan, we're the little satan. for them we are you and you are us. and you know something, mr. president? at least on this last point i think they're right. we are you and you are us. we're together. >> reporter: finally netanyahu
expressed appreciation for the president's view that in the end israel has a right to defend itself. >> my supreme responsibility as prime minister of israel subpoena to ensure that israel remains the master of its fate. >> reporter: president obama has spent more time with netanyahu than any other world leader, but they have had a strained relationship in the past over the issue of palestinian statehood. but, scott, today they tried to find some common ground on iran. >> pelley: norah, what is the white house planning next with regard to iran? >> reporter: well, they hope the e.u., european union, follows through on its oil embargo on july 1 and they hope to tone down some of the rhetoric about war that they think is driving up the price of oil and could hurt the president's reelection chances. >> pelley: norah, thank you very much. later in the day today, netanyahu said that he has not made a decision on whether to attack iran. in the past, israel has
destroyed nuclear facilities in syria and iraq, but iran is very different and we asked david martin show-to-show us. >> reporter: iran can't build a nuclear weapon without the massive complexes of centrifuges that enrich uranium to bomb-grade level. one enrichment plant called fordow is buried 250 feet beneath a mountain where not even america's most powerful conventional weapon-- a 30,000 pound bunker buster-- can reach it. general james cartwright recently retired from the number-two job in the u.s. military said so just the other day during a panel discussion. >> deep enough underground that there really aren't weapons to go down to penetrate that kind of activity. >> reporter: but that does not mean fordow is safe from attack. it entrances could be sealed off and that large rectangular building provides ventilation inside the mountain. but admiral william fallon, retired head of the u.s. central command which would conduct a strike says it's much more
complicated. >> there are a lot of targets. this is not a one-time shot. it will take a fair amount of work. >> reporter: israel is capable of a one-time strike. but only the u.s. has the air power to go back and hit targets again and again. still, not even the u.s. could wipe out iran's nuclear program. >> even if you could, again, you're not going to kill the intellectual capital to just rebuild the centrifuges someplace else and continue on. >> reporter: iran has plans to build ten more enrichment plants which is why israel, with its relatively small air force, has said it cannot afford to wait much longer before it strikes. the u.s. can afford to wait, but that would leave israel entrusting its security to another country-- something it has never done. >> pelley: david, thanks very much. on yet another front, republican senator john mccain today called for u.s. air strikes on syria to topple the 41-year-old dictatorship there.
mccain, the ranking member of the senate arms services committee, said an air assault would alou lou the freedom movement in syria to set up safe havens. last week the main rebel stronghold fell. video today appears to show new attacks. the u.s. says more than 7,000 civilians have died in the year-long uprising. the weather brought yet another cruelty to the tornado-ravaged heartland. a half foot of snow blanketed the wreckage caused by 45 tornados over the weekend. 39 people were killed. you may have heard about the 15-month-old girl who was found alive in a field. well, angel babcock died yesterday and today her parents and her two siblings were laid to rest in salem, indiana. the entire family. to bring us up to date on what's going on in the disaster area, anna werner is in west liberty, kentucky, tonight. anna? >> reporter: scott, the man in
charge of putting west liberty back together again is tim diley. is's a county judge who's also in charge of emergency services here. his primary focus right now: getting main street back in business. >> the economy has got to roll because if the economy stops paychecks don't go out, how do you go to the grocery store and buy the food, the milk, the stuff you need? >> reporter: conley road out the tornado inside city hall. he slept just seven hours since. power and phone service has to be restored and buildings inspected for safety before the cleanup can really begin. how are you dealing with all of this yourself? >> i'm breaking down. i'm... i'm physically healthy. i'm mentally... i'm mentally shot. i've got to pull myself together to keep the county going. >> reporter: he's not alone. the tornado destroyed the local bank where patti gibson worked for 24 years. >> on the second floor.
>> reporter: that was your office up there? >> yeah. >> reporter: gibson wasn't there at the time, she was here at her house. it wasn't any safer. the tornado hit here, too. did you think you might not make it through that? >> i just... my faith in god, i felt like it was going to be okay. the property's gone, of course. >> reporter: her house has been condemned but when bank managers opened a makeshift office at a local library today, gibson was there back at work. >> i've been with these people for 24 years. and i've been... if you think about it, i spend more time with them than i do my own family so back at work.cond home. >> reporter: we want to give you an idea of what the destruction is like here. we have a photograph to show you of what one of the buildings
here used to look like. this is the old courthouse in e tter days. and this is what that courthouse looks like now. scott, officials here say they ld be able to repair some of these buildings, but many of them will never return to what they once were. >> pelley: anna, thank you. tomorrow is the biggest day yet in the race for the republican nomination for president. ten states are voting. the most closely watched is ohio because it's a test of strength in a state that could decide the fall election. a new poll shows mitt romney with a three-point lead over rick santorum, 34% to 31%. with jobs the number-one issue on most people's minds, tonight we are asking two of the front-runners how they would create more high-paying manufacturing jobs. first, dean reynolds with rick santorum. dean? >> reporter: scott, rick santorum presents himself as a son of the working class among
whose top priorities is to bring manufacturing jobs back to this country. can you be relatively specific about how would do that? >> i would cut the corporate tax for manufacturing to zero so we create a real incentive for people to invest money in the manufacturing sector of the economy. >> reporter: in addition to cutting the tax on manufacturers from about 32% to zero, santorum would open up energy resources to make relocating here more attractive to business and he would eliminate many regulations which he finds punitive. he says the increase in job production would make up for any losses in tax revenues. >> we need to have regulations that work with businesses to help them comply instead of punish them. >> reporter: he argues fewer regulations would enable businesses to pay higher wages here instead of keeping jobs overseas where the pay is considerably lower. >> if you think those incentives you're proposing-- the tax cuts
and deregulation-- will overcome the problem? >> there's lots of reasons to keep your manufacturing here and not put in the other countries that create an advantage vis-a-vis labor costs and if we can get rid of all the other cost disadvantages we can get those jobs back here. i'm not interested in attracting low subminimum wage jobs back to america. but there's a lot of jobs that are actually very good high-paying jobs that take skills that we are losing and we can get back. >> reporter: santorum says that in the first 100 days of his presidency, scott, he will submit to congress at least five new trade agreements to increase the export of u.s. manufactured goods. >> pelley: dean, thank you. mitt romney also has a plan for jobs and jan crawford is covering his campaign. >> reporter: campaigning today at an ohio metal working factory romney kept his focus on jobs. >> we've got to get if this factory working again, g.e.d.
that shredder doing its job. >> reporter: on his first day of president romney will submit a jobs package to congress that will create 11 million jobs in the first four years, he says. his plan is to get companies to locate and stay in america and to increase demand for american products. he would cut the corporate tax rate from 35% to 25% and make permanent the tax credit for research and development. >> we're the highest in the world. that's got to end. let's get competitive again. >> reporter: romney also would consolidate federal worker retraining programs and transfer them to the states where workers could be better matched to local manufacturing jobs. to encourage demand for products made in america, romney would negotiate new trade agreements and confront countries like china which he says sells cheaper goods because they don't play by the rules. >> they are able to put american businesses out of business and kill american jobs. they also steal our designs and our patents and our brand names and our know-how.
>> reporter: now, romney argues his business experience makes him the best candidate to ree rey vitalize american manufacturing but, scott, critics point to his record as governor of massachusetts when manufacturing jobs fell by 14%. that was twice the national average. >> reporter: ten states vote tomorrow, jan, thanks very much. newt gingrich is hoping to get his first primary win in six weeks tomorrow. in his home state of georgia. poll there is show him with a comfortable lead so gingrich campaigned today in another super tuesday state, tennessee, looking to pick up a share of the delegates there. holding on for dear life. a survivor's story from the tornados. how trouble sleeping may lead to troubled behavior among children. and remembering the man who ÷p÷pe history in time when the
>> pelley: you already know young children get cranky if they don't get enough sleep but a study today in the journal "pediatrics" found children who have trouble sleeping are more likely to develop emotional and behavioral problems later on. dr. jon lapook now on what parents need to know. >> reporter: eli woods is an active four-year-old boy. his aggressive behavior with his five-year-old brother asa worries his mother christie. >> occasional fits when he didn't get his point across.
occasional hitting when he would get frustrated about something. >> reporter: for years, eli also had sleep problems. specialists studied his sleep patterns and discovered long pauses in breathing, or apnea, likely from enlarged tonsils and adenoids. they were removed in december and within a few short months everything changed. >> it has helped tremendously. he sleeps better at night, he doesn't toss and turn, very much more vocal than what he was before. much so. >> reporter: today's study followed more than 11,000 children for about six years, starting at six months of age. by age seven, nearly 18% of those with the worst sleep symptoms-- like severe apnea, mouth breathing, and snoring-- had emotional and behavioral problems like hyperactivity. that's about twice the normal rate. researchers discovered that these sleep problems, occurring as early as six months, are linked to behavioral problems at
age seven. karen bonuck, a professor at the albert einstein college of medicine led this study. >> what is a surprise is that we found such a strong association in such a large group of children. >> reporter: what are parents supposed to do with this information? >> parents should be vigilant about observing their child's sleep. even in the first year of life. >> reporter: if there's any question about your child's sleeping pattern, one thing you can do is videotape your child asleep and show it to your pediatrician. that can be a lot more accurate than trying to describe the problem. >> pelley: jon, thanks very much. for more information on this subject, go to our partner in health news, webmd.com and search "sleep behavior." in russia, vladimir putin won his election. it wasn't exactly a nail-biter. protesters call it fraud.
>> pelley: no doubt you've noticed the meter on the gas pump is moving faster and faster these days. in the past week, the price has been rising a penny a day to a national average tonight of $3.79 a gallon. that's up half a dollar since the start of the year. vladimir putin has won back his old job-- president of russia. he had tears his n his eyes as he thanked supporters, but european election observers say there was a lot of fraud. thousands of russians agreed, protesting today in several cities including putin's hometown, st. petersburg. riot police broke up the rallies and made hundreds of arrests.
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toss. >> reporter: he had just gotten home from work when his two children, six-year-old brooke and three-year-old jacob asked about the terrible noise outside. >> i walked over to the front door and i opened the front door. >> reporter: what'd you see? >> it raped the screen door off, almost right out of my hands. >> reporter: it was right there. >> yeah, there was no running, no taking shelter, no hiding. it was there. >> reporter: he grabbed his kids and hit the floor. >> i looked over my shoulder and the back bedroom was done gone. i didn't want them to see that. i was telling them it's okay but in my mind i knew that we was dead and i said "god, i don't ask you for a whole lot but just this one time i'm going to ask you don't let this hurt my babies. just don't let this hurt my babies." >> reporter: that's when the
wind sucked the three of them out of a hole in the wall. >> and i could hold on to him but i just couldn't hold my girl. and, i mean, i just promised her... "i'd hold on, i won't let go of you, no matter what." but i couldn't hold her. it was too strong. >> reporter: he blacked out before he hit the ground, nearly a football field away. and when he came to the first thing he saw was his son. >> he was sitting on top of me patting me on the face. i said "where's brooke? we where's brooke?" he said "brookey's gone, dad. brookey's gone." >> you thought for sure she was gone. >> it broke my heart because i promised her i wouldn't let go. >> reporter: despite a broken arm and wrist, he carried his son to his sister's house nearby. >> and i opened the door and there stands my little girl. >> reporter: in your sister's house? >> i fell over her, fell on the floor and just collapsed. >> reporter: brooke had somehow
managed to walk to her aunt's house and, like her brother, suffered only cuts and bruises. both are recovering with their mother. >> what am i thinking now? thank you, god for showing mercy. >> reporter: jackson plans to stay here. it's home. if your roots are deep enough, he figures, even a tornado can't yank them out. lee cowan, cbs news, east bernstadt, kentucky. >> pelley: even there so much to be thankful for. that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all
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