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be any time soon. >> pelley: daylight reveals the destruction done by a night of violent storms. and will this idea take off? plans for a wide body aircraftr for wide bodies. >> at the end of the day, it's all about making money.king captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. tonight, the five republican presidential candidates are holding their final debate before super tuesday, the 12 primaries and caucuses that could be the turning point. for some it is a fight for survival, but for dominant donald trump, he is expected to draw most of the fire tonight, and now his tax returns have become an issue. major garrett is in the debate city of houston. >> reporter: scott, republicansgree here all agree-- tonight could be one of the last chances to slow donald trump's momentum before key contests in his
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a new poll here in texas shows ted cruz ahead, and john kasichoh has been leading in ohio. but another poll put marco rubio h well behind trump in his home state of florida. today, trump focused on amp different republican candidate, one from four years ago. the feud between mitt romney and donald trump started yesterday when romney repeated his call for trump to release his tax returns. trump then took to twitter to call romney one of the worst can g.o.p. candidates ever and a dope. trump also tweeted a picture of himself signing what he said was a recent tax return.n' the caption, "isn't this ridiculous?" the tax issue bedeviled romney2 in the 2012 campaign after democratic senate leader harry reid made a similar claim to n what romney is now saying about trump. w >> the word's out that he hasn't paid any taxes for 10 years. let him prove that he has paid taxes, because he hasn't. >> reporter: the accusation was
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for his part, trump has boasted tax he tries to keep his tax bill low. >> i fight like hell not to pay taxes. i hate the way the government spends my money. >> reporter: and he noted on twitter that, "tax returns havee' zero to do with someone's net worth." romney's response, "me thinks the donald doth protest too much." trump's g.o.p. rivals marco rubio and ted cruz have both pledged to release their returns. >> they're just not very exotic, but we will release them, sure.ti >> i haven't made enough money that my tax returns are not that interesting. a three-state winning streak and won 60% of the delegates awarded so far. tuesday presents the biggest just under half of the amount required to secure theio republican nomination. tonight. major, thank you very much. the next democratic debate-- i should say primary, is saturday in south carolina. here's nancy cordes.er >> we could just turn this into
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>> reporter: hillary clinton's inner preacher came out today as she courted black crowds in a south carolina low country. >> i think we need more singing, don't you? i sing because i'm happy. i sing because i'm free! >> reporter: in michigan, bernie i sanders was focused on minorities, too, meeting with residents in water-stricken flint. >> people were coming saying, c "this water is brown. we're getting rashes," and theyhe continued to ignore it.an >> reporter: neither candidate can win in the delegate-richho super tuesday states without minority support. in 2008, african americans alonep made up half of the democratic electorate in alabama and n georgia, and nearly a third inness virginia and tennessee. 32% of democratic voters in texas were hispanic.n >> when you have people like trump saying that mexicans are rapists or criminals, that is an outrage.ep >> reporter: a new national polln finds clinton leading sanders among hispanic voters by a
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she has a similar edge with african americans though here husband's crime bill has been afo sticking point for some. two black lives matters protesters interrupted a clinton fund-raiser in charleston last night. >> reporter: the protesters were escorted out, and clinton later said she was sorry for some of the terms she used in the 90s, including the use of the phrase "super predators." she was using the term to describe violent young gang members, but now, 20 years later, says it was a poor choice of words. both clinton and sanders want to reform the way drug crimes, in particular, are handled, scott, because they say too many young blacks and latinos are ending up behind bars. >> pelley: nancy cordes. thank you, nance. a study out today confirms the methane leak that forced thousands from their homes in porter ranch, california was the largest in u.s. history.
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well spewed more than 100,000 tons of methane-- almost as much pollution as 600,000 cars put out in a year. in syria, u.s.-backed rebels are on the run. the forces of the assad dictatorship are advancing for the first time in years, because of russian air support and iranian troops. it's rare for a reporter to get into syria, but today our elizabeth palmer covered the dictatorship's advance through an apocalyptic land. >> reporter: this used to be a neighborhood. now it's a battlefield.sy where the syrian army says it'son got the enemy on the run. there's just been an air strike behind me. we're about five miles from the center of damascus, and thean syrian army is trying to clear this suburb of opposition fighters.e- there is certainly no cease-fire here at the moment and there's not going to be at any time soon. solmer, one of the syrian
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buildings half a mile away where he says the rebels are now hiding. overhead, we can hear the helicopters scouting their target. then... ( explosion ) what are they hitting, solmer?ri "they're terrorists," he says.rr those are barrel bombs? barrel bombs are basically canisters filled with explosives rolled out of a chopper. they're cheap but horribly and are there any civilians left over there? "no, no," he says "only fi fighters," but there areli fighters' families, too,nder cowering under the attacks. nearby, we enter tunnels the soldiers say were dug by fighters with the al qaeda- linked al-nusra front where they hid and fought for years. general youssuf, the man inle charge, leads the way through
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you're still using air strikes in the suburbs in order to fight nusra? "yes," he says, "because they're dangerous for syria and the world so we're justified in using any weapons that are legal." but that means that when this over-stretched and undertrainedga army does gain ground, its victories look like nothings more than few blocks of rubble. but the truth is, scott, that by now, all sides in this war are completely exhausted, and unlikely as it sounds, just a couple of suburbs over, the army has actually reached a mini truce with the rebels to allowth food and supplies to reach civilians. >> pelley: elizabeth palmer with rare firsthand reporting inside syria tonight. elizabeth, thank you. today, the director of the f.b.i. said that his battle with apple is the toughest fight he's faced in government. a federal magistrate ordered
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one of the san bernardino terrorists, but today, apple told the court that order is dangerous. jeff pegues has more.>> >> reporter: in its filing, apple says the f.b.i. is seeking a dangerous power and that its would be forced to dedicate six to 10 apple engineers to create new code that apple calls the government operating system or government o.s. apple said there would even haveen to be a government's forensics lab on company grounds thated could be used to open hundreds of other seized devices in law enforcement's possession. apple says: the company believes the case triggers first amendment protections, and writing computer code is equivalent to free speech. >> this is the hardest questionn i have seen in government.r: >> reporter: f.b.i. director james comey reassured members of congress today that the bureau only wanted access to the iphone t
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syed farook.sa comey said the f.b.i. is standing on firm legal ground, but congress needs to set the limits on how far government investigators can go.va >> i'm a huge fan of privacy. i love encryption. it's a great thing. but our need for public safety and our need for privacy are crashing into each other, and we've got to sort that out as a people. >> reporter: apple agrees that congress should have a bigger role in this debate, but, scott, the court case is movingmo forward. google and facebook are expected to file legal papers in support of apple. tonight. jeff, thank you. tornadoes in several states yesterday killed at least fourer people, including three in waverly, virginia, where we find chip reid tonight. >> man, it's an experience, man. you got to experience it to talk about it. >> reporter: vincent donald washere about to sit down right here to watch tv when the tornado slammed into his mobile home, sheering off the roof and the
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do you feel lucky to be alive? >> i'm not lucky. i'm blessed. >> reporter: but the tornadore tore his neighbor's mobile home from its foundation and sent it sailing across a highway. a two-year-old boy, his father,he and another man died. their bodies and other debris were found 300 yards away. somehow, the boy's mother survived with serious injuries. in nearby appomattox, virginia,ea a 78-year-old man died and 100er a buildings were damaged after a funnel cloud left an eight-mile path of destruction. at least three tornadoes werero reported in north carolina. far in oxford, parts of this farm were leveled. in in pennsylvania, a tornado ripped through amish country, hitting structures in narvon. a torrential downpour lead to flash flooding in and aroundsh washington, d.c. and left one major road flooded for the morning commute. in the new york area, a gust of wind sent this truck airborne.
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off queens, new york, 12-foot waves capsized a coast guardas boat as it was trying to rescuese fishermen on another vessel that had run aground.ly and back here in waverly, virginia, you're looking at a photograph of a-plus tires before the tornado. now you're looking at a-plus tires after the tornado. this was the garage door. that up there is the metal that was once the roof. scott, it's a good example of what happens when a tornadon a meets a building made of sheet metal. >> pelley: and we want to point out, no one was injured in the coast guard incident today. chip, thanks very much.pe the world's appetite for portable electronics has triggered huge demand forny rechargeable batteries, but many of these batteries are now bu bursting into flames in places you would least expect. vinita nair is looking into this.o >> reporter: when the fire first ignited, employees at this kentucky gas station thought itth was a bomb.as cigarette that exploded in josh
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he suffered third degree burns. it's just the latest incident involving defective lithium ion batteries that power e- cigarettes. 21-year-old evan spahlinger had to be placed in a medicallyve induced coma for three days after one of them blew up in his mouth. >> it's an alternative toa smoking cigarettes. it's supposed to be a safer and a healthier way of doing it. s >> reporter: the same battery cells that power e-cigarettes, also power hoverboards. since december there have been 52 reported incidents involvingoa hoverboards catching on fire. jay whitacre is a professor at carnegie mellon university. he said the demand to make these products cheaper and more powerful has led some companies to cut corners. >> what we're seeing right now is a situation where maybe some of these batteries are simplyme s not made to the same standard as the battery that are made say, s at sony or panasonic, which havet much more stringent quality control. >> reporter: whitacre says that lithium-ion-powered items like e-cigarettes and hoverboards are
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applications. if their batteries are badly designed when they are charged they can overheat. is it something that the user is doing incorrectly? >> no. in general, with this kind ofat technology, it's very difficult for the user to be at fault. f there is a well-controlledy charging circuit, and there should be a good package that the cell lives in.er both of those things should beha designed to protect the user.gs >> reporter: industry advocates say these incidents are still rare and that users shouldhat always use compatible batteries and chargers. they say to avoid battery contact with metal objects,ot scott, such as coins, keys, or jewelry.ley: >> pelley: vinita nair, thank you very much. there's a plan to give wider air passengers wider seats. we'll get to the bottom of it. and a young fan bags quite aco
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aisle and window while adding up to 30 more passengers per plane.ma tennessee congressman stephen cohen worries extra seats could jeopardize safety making it harddi to evacuate within the required 90 seconds as seen in this video. he's authored a bill requiring the f.a.a. to set minimum seat- size standards. >> if people can't get out of anf airplane in emergency conditions they lose their lives. it shouldn't be after there's an accident. after there's an accident, it's too late and people are dead.id >> reporter: the big question now, scott, will an airline saye they want these seats and will safety regulators ever allow them to be installed in a plane? >> pelley: kris van cleave, thank you, kris. what's killing players in the n.b.a.? what a new study has found next. stock prices, earnings, and dividends... an equity summary score that consolidates
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lapook. >> reporter: two years ago, isaiah austin was one of the nation's top college basketball players. then, a physical before the n.b.a. draft revealed a heartft r problem, ending his career. >> i just didn't know what to do with it, but it was just-- you know, just accepting it, accepting that life and health is more important than a game. >> reporter: in the u.s., sports-related sudden cardiac death is highest among basketball players.ig one big question is what's a normal heart size for these athletes? to find out, dr. david engel and colleagues reviewed the heart ultrasounds of more than 500t n.b.a. players. when you first saw them, you thought these are big hearts.aw t these are abnormal?ts. >> the first instinct is to say these hearts are enlarged. we're not used to seeing hearts for people that are this big. the average n.b.a. player is 6'7" and the average weight is 222 pounds.r: >> reporter: it turns out, likehe any other muscle, the heart gets bigger with exercise, although p
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were about 10% thicker than normal, that was not felt to be dangerous. the search establishes a baseline for doctors going forward. and how does this help us? >> this should help us distinguish those changes from dangerous heart conditions that can lead to sudden cardiac death., >> reporter: in addition, theyta found that the aorta, the majoris artery leaving the heart, isth also bigger in these athletes and knowing that will help with future diagnosis. scott, dr. engel says this is now a model for evaluating athletes in other sports. >> pelley: jon lapook, thank you very much, jon. well, soccer's biggest star camewi through with heart today for his biggest fan. murtaza ahmadi, a five-year-old from afghanistan was photographed wearing a lionel messi shirt made from a plastic bag. it went viral so messi sent him an autographed shirt from argentina's national team. the bag has been retired. up next, a math teacher's
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mobilizing another important valley voting block. 8 news now examines new efforts to turnout asian- american voters in the 2016 race - next >> pelley: we end tonight with a solution to a math problem that has stumped the best minds for centuries. how do you get school kids to succeed at calculus? here's mireya villarreal. >> reporter: from the outside, lincoln high school does notok look like a place that inspires greatness. old, with gates on the windows, e in a tough east l.a. neighborhood. t >> today is all about making your life easier. >> reporter: but look beyond all of that, and you'll find this man, anthony yom.os >> this is almost similar tois g this guy right here, right? >> reporter: the son of korean immigrants, yom teaches what is considered the hardest class in school, advanced placement calculus.
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to make sure to provide that environment where kids are notue shamed of asking questions. do you get it? >> reporter: his approach to teaching goes beyond calculatingti the slope of a curve. yom makes his class meet after school, on weekends, and even holidays. the hard work has paid off. >> it's not always fun, but i do know for sure, once they get the score and if i ask them, "hey, was it worth it?"le every single one of them say it was so worth it. >> reporter: for three years in a row, every student that has walked into his class has passed the a.p. calculus test. and this year, one student, cedrick argueta, got every question right. >> his style of teachingac commands respect and his personality is very likable. he gets to know his students on a personal level. >> reporter: what is the secret here? >> they know that i sincerely care about them, and it's prep? for them. >> reporter: with love? >> yeah, with love. >> reporter: cedrick argueta and yom were both ordered by the l.a. school board and president obama invited cedrick to the
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the 17-year-old wants to go to cal-tech and become a rocket scientist, while yom's focus is on his next batch of calculus students. >> this is not rocket science. >> reporter: mireya villarreal, cbs news, los angeles. >> 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
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