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♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> glor: escalating tension over syria. president trump warns russia, poet ready, the missiles will be coming." >> the president holds syria and russia responsible for this chemical weapons attack. on glor: also tonight, leaving the house for home. >> this year will be last one as a member of the house. >> glor: what paul ryan's retirement means for washington. an accuser confronts cosby in court, telling him, "you memember, don't you?" we catch up with the president's attorney, under federal investigation. >> i'm not worried. >> glor: the world's deadliest plane crash in four years, and new audio of the final moments ovfore a fatal crash in arizona. issouri's governor under criminal indictment says he's the victim of a witch-hunt.
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and, what a little boy did that brought a tough military dad to tears. >> i was just so proud. this is the "cbs evening news" with jeff glor. >> glor: this is our western edition. we're going to begin tonight with the strong words and potential for conflict between the u.s. and russia. at issue, an alleged chemical weapons attack by the assad regime, russia's ally. as president trump considers a response, he tweeted today, "russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at syria. get ready, russia, because they'll be coming nice and new and smart." and he added, "you shouldn't be partners with a gas-killing animal who kills his people and enjoys it." david martin is at the pentagon. >> reporter: the president's extraordinary tweet raised the real possibility of the u.s. and russia could soon be shooting at each other. that was followed by an unequivocal statement from the white house about who is to blame for the apparent orphyxiation of civilians.
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>> the president holds syria and russia responsible for this chemical weapons attack. >> reporter: but internal stelligence agency emails still refer to it as an "alleged" vetack, and defense secretary mattis says no final conclusions have been reached. >> we're still assessing the otelligence ourselves and our allies. we're still working on this. w reporter: the head of the ofssian military, general valery gerasimov, has warned if the lives of russian officers in teria are threatened, russia will retaliate not just against the missiles, but against the ships or aircraft which fired them. russia has a sophisticated air atednse system stationed in syria. >> other than probably downtown moscow, the syrian air defenses are probably among the very best in the world. >> reporter: now a cbs news in the world. sandy winnefeld is confident most of the missiles would get through. >> we have a pretty good track record of getting our tomahawk missiles, our air launch cruise missiles, through those missile defenses. occasionally you lose one, but they're awfully hard to target.
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>> reporter: last year, the u.s. fired 60 cruise missiles from e o destroyers in the mediterranean. one failed, but the other 59 hit their targets. this time, the options also include launching from submarines, both in the n diterranean and the red sea, as well as from aircraft operating out of europe or the n rsian gulf. t it is an impressive machine. ne reporter: as general richard clarke showed "60 minutes," a single b-52 bomber can carry 20 cruise missiles, six under each wing, and eight in a rotating launcher in the bomb bay. >> it looks like the chamber of lorevolver. >> same idea, just much bigger bullets. >> reporter: despite the president's tweet that missiles are coming, the white house says he has not yet decided on a military option. a meeting of the national security council is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon, and defense secretary mattis has changed his travel plans in order to attend. jeff? >> glor: david martin all over this story. david, thanks very much.
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federal agents who raided the home and office of the president's attorney reportedly were looking for information about money paid to two women who claim they had an affair with mr. trump before he was president. here's justice reporter paula reid. >> mr. cohen, so you're not worried at all? >> i'm not worried. >> reporter: cbs cameras captured president trump's personal attorney, michael cohen walking in manhattan this afternoon following f.b.i. raids on his homes and offices earlier this week. in addition to seizing documents related to two women who claim they had affairs with the president, investigators also were looking for records related to the "access hollywood" tape in which mr. trump was heard making vulgar comments about women. >> hi. nice seeing you. >> reporter: it's not clear what role if any cohen played in regard to the tape, but for a judge to issue a search warrant for records, prosecutors would have to show that the records are connected to a possible crime. the president today continued his attacks on the justice department, tweeting, "much of the bad blood with russia is
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caused by the fake and corrupt russia investigation." white house press secretary sarah huckabee sanders equated the effect of the investigation and russia's support for syrian dictator bashar al-assad. >> both of those things are bad for america. >> reporter: sanders declined to comment on whether the president will fire his deputy attorney general or special counsel robert mueller, amid his mounting frustrations with both. but a group of bipartisan senators introduced a bill today that would protect the special counsel if the president moves to fire him. for lindsey graham, one of the cosponsors, the bill is precautionary. >> you know, i don't think there's any indication at all hat president trump is going to sire mr. mueller. as i said, that would be counstrophic. >> glor: now, paula, the president has expressed a willingness before to sit for an interview with the special counsel, but things have changed a little bit. any new details? >> reporter: yeah, the cohen elads have kind of stalled as ongoing talks about a possible interview. and while the special counsel is not overseeing the investigation into mr. cohen, sources tell cbs news that the president is angry
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about those raids and therefore less likely to sit for an interview at this time. jeff? >> glor: paula reid with that .ew reporting. paula, thanks. facebook c.e.o. mark zuckerberg apologized to the house today for the privacy scandal, and said government regulation of vicial media is inevitable. zuckerberg also told congress, he is among the 87 million facebook users whose personal information was exposed. >> was your data included in the data sold to the malicious third parties? your personal data? >> yes. >> it was. ye you willing to change your ntsiness model in the interest of protecting individual privacy? >> congresswoman, we are-- have made and are continuing to make changes to reduce the amount of-- >> no-- are you willing the ssange your business model in the interest of protecting individual privacy? >> congresswoman, i'm not sure what that means. nv glor: investors did seem encouraged by zuckerberg's performance the past couple days. the company stock is up about 6%
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since yesterday morning. the political landscape in washington changed dramatically today. house speaker paul ryan announced he's retiring from congress at the end of this term, leaving fellow republicans to fight the battle for control a the chamber. here is chief congressional correspondent nancy cordes. >> reporter: mr. speaker, why are... epul ryan will walk away from the most powerful job on capitol hill after just three years. 14, will be setting new priorities in my life. >> reporter: he gave three reasons for his departure. they are 16, 14, and 13, and they're in wisconsin, all of them born since he came to congress in 1999. >> my dad died when i was 16, the age my daughter is. and i just don't want to be one l those people looking back at my life, thinking, if i spent more time with my kids-- knowing if i only spend another term, they will only know me as a weekend father. >> reporter: ryan was drafted to be speaker in 2015, after conservatives forced out john
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boehner. as recently as january, the 48-year-old ryan insisted he was staying put. >> i have no plans of going anywhere any time soon. e> reporter: today, he claimed the daunting mid-term elections and an unpredictable president had nothing to do with his choice, but ryan is the 24th house republican to retire this term, a record, and g.o.p. operatives worry that more will follow his lead, as polls show the party could lose control of ae house in november. >> there's a lot of weariness and a lot of exhaustion, frankly. >> reporter: pennsylvania's charlie dent announced his retirement last year. who do you think will be the next speaker? >> oh, boy. well, hopefully we won't have to have that conversation until after the elections. first, we have to hold the majority before you can determine whether or not you'll live a speaker. >> reporter: california's kevin mccarthy and louisiana's steve scalise are already vying for isan's job. ti i have more thoughts on this.
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i think this is probably not the right time to get into this. but i'll share those thoughts later. >> glor: and nancy joins us now. nancy, how is the republican rank and file taking this? >> reporter: well, they can certainly understand ryan's desire to live with his family. still, many of them were frankly stunned by this announcement. they assumed that his desire to tackle welfare and entitlement reform would compel him to stick around, even in this difficult ckvironment. and now, they worry he's a lame duck, that he's going to lose leverage, and, importantly, the ability, jeff, to raise lots of money for the party. >> glor: nancy cordes, thanks very much. and this note: gayle king will have the first broadcast network interview with speaker ryan since his retirement announcement live tomorrow on "cbs this morning." there is new information tonight on the worst plane disaster in four years. the crash of an algerian
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military plane outside the capital. witnesses saw flames coming from the engine before take-off. the soviet-made plane went down in a nearby field. 257 people were killed, including many soldiers and their families. california said today it's o ining three other states in linding national guard troops to ene mexican border. up to 4,000 troops will assist in the crackdown on illegal crossings and drug smuggling. attorney general jeff sessions flew to the region today and delivered a pep talk to law haforcement. manuel bojorquez reports from new mexico. >> with president trump, we have a new era of support for law enforcement like we haven't seen in many years. you might even say we've got a new sheriff in town. >> reporter: attorney general jeff sessions told border agents esd local sheriffs from the southwest that he was going to deliver on his promise of a more secure border. but a newly surfaced video shows a different side of the story, where agents in california appear to be trying to dump an injured and mentally ill man back into mexico. >> reporter: it's a violation of
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border policy. e e agents were disciplined, but not fired. the man had been caught 16 times entering illegally. >> the lack of the wall on the viuthern border is an open invitation to illegal crossings. >> reporter: a new barrier is going up outside el paso, an 18- to 30-foot-tall section that will span 20 miles over one of the country's busiest smuggling routes. last year, agents with the el paso sector caught more than 25,000 people crossing illegally, and seized more than 34,000 pounds of marijuana. aaron hull is the sector's patrol chief. >> we know that it's going to serve as a significant deterrent for people trying to get ferough. it's going to increase the safety of our people in the area and the safety of the community, on both sides. >> reporter: a deterrent, yes. foolproof, no. these pictures show people thimbing on top of each other to scale the five-foot plate that's supposed to prevent that. currently, here, the only thing
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separating mexico from the u.s. sie these posts, which are designed to keep out vehicles, net not necessarily people. the new section will look more like this. the $75 million had already been ormarked for construction and are not part of the president's request for a full border wall. jeff? >> glor: manny, thank you very much. there was a dramatic confrontation today at bill tisby's sexual assault retrial. three accusers testified. one said cosby drugged and molested her in 1986 when she was 17 years old. she addressed cosby from the witness stand, saying, "you remember me, don't you, mr. cosby?" his lawyers called for a mistrial. the judge said, "no." testimony continues tomorrow. in missouri late today, lawmakers released a graphic report in which a woman accuses governor eric greitens of violent, unwanted sex. greitens, who has been charged sith felony invasion of privacy, denies the allegations. dean reynolds is following this story.
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>> i want to say again what i have said from the beginning: this is a political witch-hunt. >> reporter: far from resigning, the governor repeatedly said the accusations were overblown and adlled with falsehoods. >> over three years ago, i made a personal mistake. i engaged in a consensual t lationship with a woman who is not my wife. it was a private mistake. >> reporter: it is the latest chapter in a salacious story involving an admitted affair the married governor had with his hairdresser in 2015, just months before he took office. >> reporter: and today, a report by a special bipartisan investigative committee detailed much of it, referring at one point to testimony which alleged greitens struck his mistress in the face, taped and blindfolded her, groped her without her consent, and called her a whore. it has prompted legislators to call for greitens to step down.
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>> we really shouldn't have a governor that makes this kind of news. >> reporter: in addition, the st. louis circuit attorney launched an investigation over an allegation that greitens tried to blackmail his mistress into silence by threatening to release a compromising photo he allegedly took of her. in february, a grand jury indicted the governor for invasion of privacy for taking-- allegedly taking, as well as transmitting that photo. now, that's a felony, jeff. and if convicted at his trial next month, eric greitens could go to prison. >> glor: dean reynolds, thanks very much. coming up next here on the "cbs evening news," chilling video posted by passengers moments before their plane went down. me. wakey! wakey! rise and shine! oh my gosh! how are you? well watch this. i pop that in there. press brew. that's it. so rich. i love it. that's why you should be a keurig man!
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crash that took their lives. >> reporter: this social media video shows the moments just before six people died in a fiery plane crash on a golf juurse in arizona. the group had just taken off from scottsdale airport, heading to las vegas. seconds later, the plane, full of fuel, erupted into a giant fireball. friends identified the owner of the plane as james pedroza. it's unclear if he was the pilot, but he posted video of himself taking off back in october. according to cbs station ktho, pedroza was heard on this call to air traffic control. >> reporter: also on board was ogstagram model mariah sunshine coogan. her account shows her posing with, among others, kendall jenner. coogan posted this video as she ras taking a selfie just minutes
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before the crash. next to her in the video is hand patel. according to family members, he went by the nickname "happy." he can also be seen here on instagram and was considered an influencer, with almost 45,000 followers. as the plane went down, it narrowly missed several businesses and a condo complex. >> glor: jamie is with us now. so, jamie, what is the latest on ie crash investigation? >> reporter: jeff, investigators say it could actually take up to two weeks to determine a cause of this crash. they're trying to look and see if the plane was actually equipped to handle six people. they also want to know who was piloting the plane and what meir qualifications were. >> glor: jamie yuccas, thank you very much. still ahead here tonight, amssible clues in the disappearance of a family. live? is it the places you go? the things you own? or the people that fill it with meaning? for 150 years, generations of families
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d reporter: five years old, full of smiles, and one big surprise two weeks ago. >> oh, it was totally unexpected. we had no idea he knew it, none at all. >> reporter: born with cerebral palsy, one-word mumbles were normal for jake, until he shocked his family, reciting the entire pledge of allegiance for dad-- a man who understands the l wer behind those words. >> i was full of... i was just so proud. and the same emotion i'm displaying now was-- excuse me. is exactly how i felt. >> it melts my heart. it totally melts my heart. >> reporter: this is jake's school aide, cheryl cunningham. >> just because i'm so proud of what he accomplished, and hcause his dad being in the military, i'm going to cry. and my son just went in boot camp myself. it's huge.
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>> reporter: huge, because it's rare. >> to the united states of smerica. >> reporter: we tried to get jake to say the pledge again, and he wrapped it up just right. >> i'm definitely going to have it tattooed on my arm. ed reporter: but for a dad who wears american ink, having this pledge saved to watch on demand beats any other way. >> can i say, "hell, yeah?" >> reporter: you can say that. >> i mean, yes. as a dad, you know, he's my son. >> reporter: for cbs news, bobby lewis, st. petersburg, florida. ri glor: thank you to bobby lewis and wtsp for bringing us that story. that is the "cbs evening news" tonight. i'm jeff glor. the news continues now on cbsn. good night. we'll see you tomorrow. captioning sponsored by cbs y captioned by media access group at wgbh
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in the battle over a bay area beach. apartment owners, set to pay a hefty fine for blocking access lic. kpix5 is begins with a record settlement in the bay and the battle over a bay area beach park apartment owners set to pay a hefty fine for blocking access to the public.>> the coastal commission is about to hand down there biggest penalty ever in northern california. against the owners of the ocean air apartment complex in pacifica. it sits on a bluff that is notoriously prone to erosion. devon feely reports, the issue is over rust repair to a crumbling coastal cliff. >> reporter: the problem in a nutshell, people used to be able to get down to the beach to use coastal access here in
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pacifica right over here. a couple of years ago the cliff began to fail and the coastal commission tried to work with the owners of a nearby apartment complex to see if they could fix the problem. for a long time the owners of that apartment complex did not do anything. when they finally did the coastal commission said they basically botched repairs. >> we spent a lot of time trying to get the landowners attention to get them to focus on this. >> reporter: they have their attention now. the coastal commission on the verge of handing the owners of the ocean air apartment complex with one of the largest fines in the agency's history. 1 1/2 million dollars. the commission says that the owners of the apartment ignored the threat posed by the crumbling cliff that the complex sits on and tried to rush repairs including dumping giant boulders on the beach without getting the necessary approval from the


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