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>> the "cbs evening news with scott pelley" is next. captions by: caption colorado >> pelley: the battle lines of privacy are drawn. apple refuses a court order to hack the phone of the san bernardino terrorists. also tonight, criminal hackers have seized a hospital's computer system, and they're holding it for ransom. trump talks up torture to fight terror. >> torture works, okay, folks? >> pelley: and a veteran who saw so much death gets the gift of life. >> probably the best wake-up call in the history of wake-up calls. >> pelley: so why won't the v.a. pay for the treatment? captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. the war on terror and the right to privacy have collided tonight. the f.b.i. got a court order
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requiring apple to help investigators hack the iphone of one of the terrorists behind the san bernardino massacre. but the head of apple is refusing the order. with more on this, we have jeff cogues joining us. jeff. >> reporter: scott, tonight, a top industry official tells cbs news that apple could, theoretically, write software to comply with the judge's order, though it has never been done before. but apple says it is ready to appeal this ruling and take the fight all the way to the supreme court. within hours of the ruling, apple's c.e.o. tim cook called the demand "chilling" and said that it could lead to the tech giant being forced to "build surveillance software to intercept your messages," or even access your phone's crcrophone or camera without your knowledge. since syed farook and his wife tashfeen malik killed 14 people in a december shooting rampage in san bernardino, california, the f.b.i. has been scrubbing their electronic and internet tronory. the bureau determined farook and
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malik sympathized with isis and other islamic radicals. but the f.b.i. has not been able to get into an iphone provided to farook by his employer, which could provide key clues about his contacts and whereabouts. th court papers, the f.b.i. says the phone may show that farook wes in communication with victims who were later killed. u.s. magistrate sheri pym ordered apple to figure out how to turn off the phone's auto- iase feature which wipes out the phone after 10 incorrect log-in attempts. apple's cook said developing that technology would create a backdoor to the iphone and there ons no way to guarantee that it would only be used in this case. law enforcement has been warning about the dangers of encryption for more than a year. onw york police commissioner wll bratton: is we are increasingly blind, for terrorism purposes, and for nneral law enforcement purposes inth the new devices and the sentinuing effort to make them sen more secure.
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>> reporter: apple says it has been cooperating with the f.b.i. le broviding information the couple backed up online. scott, apple intends to file its appeal as early as next week. >> pelley: jeff, thanks. pr this case does go to the supreme court, it could define tes"acy for a generation. "60 minutes" talked about this issue with f.b.i. director james comey and with apple's c.e.o. tim cook. >> on your smartphone today, on your iphone, there's likely health information. there's financial information. there are intimate conversations with your family, or your coworkers. ablye's probably business secrets. and you should have the ability to protect it. and the only way we know how to do that is to encrypt it. why is that? it's because if there's a way to get in, then somebody will find a way in. there have been people that suggest that we should have a
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back door, but the reality is if you put a back door in, that , fo door is for everybody, for good guys and bad guys. >> the notion that we would market devices that would allow someone to place themselves ubyond the law troubles me a a b i am a big supporter of the rule of law, but as a country, i don't know why we would want to put people beyond the law. that is, sell cars with trunks that couldn't ever be opened by law enforcement with a court order or sell an apartment that could never be entered, even by law enforcement. >> if the government lays a proper warrant on us today, then we will give the specific information that is requested because we have to, by law. in the case of encrypted communication, we don't have it to give. imd so, like your imessages are wecrypted. we don't have access to those. >> i want to make sure as they do that people's privacy is protected. i don't want anyone willy-nilly going through my phone or
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looking at pictures might have children but i also don't want to live in a country where the bad guys know there's a way for them to be absolutely beyond the pw. c pelley: in another case tonight, comey's f.b.i. is atading the investigation of a hostage situation at a california hospital. but it's not people being held. it's the computer system. carter evans is in los angeles. >> reporter: inside hollywood presbyterian medical center, computer screens have been dark since hackers took over the data network almost two weeks ago. calls to the hospital's media line are met with this voicemail mailrding: >> reporter: the attack used what's known as ransomware, malicious software that encrypts files which can only be unlocked with a software key after a ransom is paid. in this case, according to a heurce familiar with the ion,stigation, hackers demanded, and the hospital paid an
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undisclosed amount in the computer currency bitcoin, which is nearly impossible to trace. since the attack, the medical ennter staff has resorted to pen and paper and even fax machines for communications. the f.b.i. confirmed the attack but declined to comment on its investigation, and, scott, hollywood presbyterian has not responded to cbs news requests. >> pelley: carter evans, thanks very much. campaigning today in south carolina, donald trump said that waterboarding is not severe enough in the effort to pry the truth out of suspected herrorists. ief from the sounds of it, he and his chief rival ted cruz might like to try it on each other. in campaigns that seem unable to break out of a cycle of name galling. major garrett is in south carolina. >> donald, i would encourage you, if you want to file a iwsuit challenging this ad, claiming it is defamation, file rue lawsuit. forreporter: ted cruz today scoffed at donald trump for
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threatening to sue over this ad from the cruz campaign. >> i am pro-choice in every respect. >> mr. trump has sent me a legal cease and desist letter saying, "stop telling the voters my record." now, that is objectively legally frivolous. >> reporter: trump fired back calling cruz desperate: the g.o.p. front-runner said in a statement. trump has called cruz a liar all week. he's also threatened to sue cruz over his eligibility to run for president, given his canadian birth. on another legal issue, trump said today he would defy geneva convention prohibitions and use torture to fight terrorism. >> torture works, okay, folks? you, you have these guys-- torture doesn't work? believe me. it works. what do you think of waterboarding? absolutely fine but we should go much stronger. >> reporter: marco rubio current polling behind trump and cruz today won the coveted
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endorsement of south carolina governor nikki haley. >> if we elect marco rubio, every day will be a great day in america. >> reporter: it was another blow to jeb bush whose brother, grmer president george w. bush, met privately with haley on monday. trump picked up the endorsement of the low country sportsmen today, an influential hunting and fishing group. scott, the group backed the 2012 south carolina republican primary winner, newt gingrich. >> pelley: and the republican vote in south carolina is on saturday. major, thank you. three days before the democratic caucuses in nevada, the race is as tight as it can be. in a new poll out today, it's clinton 48, sanders 47. we spent a day with sanders last heek, and we'll do the same with clinton tomorrow. at least 28 people were killed today, more than 60 wounded after a bomb hit a military convoy in turkey's capital, ankara. no group has claimed responsibility, but turkey is fighting a long-running
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insurgency with kurdish rebels. separately today, turkey shelled kurdish troops in syria. fresh evidence that last week's cease-fire signed by the u.s., russia, and others, never had a chance. russian warplanes are clearing the way for the assad dictatorship to over-run the rebels. the five-year-old civil war created the chaos that led to isis, and holly williams is following this desperate fight. >> reporter: from beneath the rubble of a shattered building, a little boy waved his hand, hlling rescue workers he's still alive. seconds later, they free him, bloodied but breathing. they also dig frantically for a baby, but when they get to this child, it's too late. we can't independently verify these videos, but they appear to
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show the syrian regime's new offensive in aleppo province, which is backed by russian airstrikes. r ssan haj ali is a rebel commander who told us his men have received weapons from the g s. and are trying to fight off the assault. "when the regime kills women and children," he told us, "they're telling syrians to get out of rebel-held areas." bomhe regime and russia bombard aleppo province, the battle field there has become even more chaotic. now there's evidence that groups supported by the u.s. have started to fight each other as they vie for territory. hassan haj ali, along with other u.s.-backed commanders, told us they're clashing with kurdish fighters and the kurdish group also receives american support. "our american friends said
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they'd put pressure on the kurds to stop the clashes," he told us. "but there's no sign that's happened." the glimmer of good news from syria today is that aid convoys carrying food and medicine made it into place where people have d, s cut off by fighting. and, scott, one of those towns is madaya, where we've seen hiports of people starving to death. >> pelley: holly williams on the syrian border for us tonight. holly, thank you. well, we saw a rare shortage of grace from pope francis last night in mexico. someone pulled him on top of a young person in a wheelchair. watch this. the pope shouts, "don't be selfish." tonight, francis is jumping in to the fight over immigration as he celebrates mass just across the rio grande from texas, and manuel bojorquez is there. >> reporter: it was his strongest stand yet in
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solidarity with migrants. he is addressing their plight at this mass before 200,000 in niarez, calling it a humanitarian crisis. across the border in el paso, a crowd of 30,000 watched the mass, a symbolic event for two cities separated only by the rio grande. and connected here by a choir comprised of people from both sides. like americans flor and ana garcia from el paso. >> we feel part of both communities since we go back and forth so often. >> reporter: the mother and daughter have seen the ravages of violence in juarez, fueled by cartels and human smugglers, groubles pope francis is addressing head on. pl going to all the places where people are struggling and showing that he is there shows that even in the darkest moments, there is the brightest light. >> reporter: ana has been
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singing since she was three singing since she was three and feels her life has led up to this moment. what was that like when you knew you would be part of that choir? >> we were practically just, like, jumping around the house for the rest of the day. >> it's, like, bonding. in's a very, very deep experience and we're both in it. >> reporter: it is also a powerful moment for this massive crowd behind me. scott, on immigration, pope francis has been blunt calling for the end to deaths and exploitation and his choice of locations here along the border is a clear message, not only to mexico, but the u.s. >> pelley: manuel, thanks. an old battery recycling plant nts left a neighborhood contaminated with lead. and years after a devastating war wound, a veteran battles . ngress and the v.a. when "the cbs evening news" continues.
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legislature for $176 million to clean up a toxic mess near los angeles. she exide battery recycling plant shut down in 2014 but it ilft dangerous lead in the soil. mireya villarreal is following this. >> reporter: amelia valleio no longer allows her children to play in their yard. >> before my kids would play on the ground, they would roll over on the grass. i didn't know i was harming my kids. >> reporter: her home sits a mile north of exide technologies, where according to state environmental agencies, these smokestacks were spewing dangerous levels of lead and arsenic particles into nearby communities for years. valleio's property tested positive for lead at 1,500 parts per million, which is above levels for hazardous waste by california state standards. several members of her family suffer from serious health conditions often associated with lead poisoning, including her five-year-old disabled son.
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>> i feel like my whole family's been taken advantage, but yet we're not getting the proper help. it's taking quite a bit of time. and once again, the damage has , en done. >> reporter: since 1981, exide technologies recycled car batteries in vernon, california, using a temporary permit which allowed them to sidestep strict state hazardous waste laws for more than 30 years. during that time, the company was cited by california's department of toxic substances $ least 10 times and issued over $1.3 million in fines. but last year, to avoid criminal prosecution, exide made a deal with the federal government to shut down and set aside $9 million in a trust for cleanup. >> i see this as a big environmental justice issue. >> reporter: los angeles county supervisor hilda soleis, has been pushing the state to do more for months. she said today's $176 million plan is a start, but it may not be enough to make these families whole again.
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>> i think the state failed them. i think exide failed them. he reporter: state officials say this size of a cleanup, including the plant and surrounding homes, could take well over $176 million, but they won't know an exact amount until they get started and, scott, that is a process that could take several years to finish. >> pelley: mireya villarreal in our los angeles newsroom. mireya, thank you. a man loses a wallet and gets a letter explaining why he's not getting it back. that's next.
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>> pelley: we end tonight with a >> pelley: we end tonight with a soldier's story. long after his war ended, he's fill fighting for his dreams and for hundreds of wounded comrades. here's david martin. >> reporter: losing a leg in afghanistan was not about to stop kevin jaye from marrying lauren belliotti last august. but another wound cast a cloud
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of doubt over their vows. >> i am looking forward to every fy that i have with you, to watching us grow from just the two of us to a family that we have always dreamed of. >> reporter: the roadside bomb bat took kevin's leg also blew away one of his testicles and damaged the other. this is a wound guys are terrified of. >> yes. when guys are hurt they're like, "don't even tell me. just don't even go there." >> so they went to see dr. jason y omer of the shady grove fertility clinic. >> he still does make some testosterone and some sperm but far less than the average and not enough for them to be able to conceive naturally. >> reporter: bromer perform a procedure called in vitro fertilization. it didn't work. >> it was probably the worst day of my life. >> it was pretty brutal. >> yeah, it was bad.
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you felt hopeless. >> reporter: after a second trial, lauren tested herself with a home pregnancy kit. >> it was like 4:00, 5:00 in the morning, and i woke him up and i'm like, "i'm pregnant! it says i'm pregnant." >> reporter: so that's how you woke up? >> it was very exciting. it was probably the best wake-up call, you know, ever in the history of wake-up calls. >> reporter: a sonogram confirmed it. they could see their baby's heart beating. >> we've got one baby and we've got one heartbeat. >> it's the most amazing thing i've ever seen in my entire life. >> okay, you know, some of my guys are still pretty good. >> reporter: some of your guys, your sperm. >> it's still kind of working wait it should be. b reporter: you guys have been pery, very open what in most couple's lives is a very private thing. why are you being so open? >> we're trying to change, you know, a law in congress to allow other guys in my situation to be able to have the family that they want, family of their dreams, and not break the bank. >> reporter: that's right, a current law that is the product of antiabortion politics
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prohibits the department of veterans affairs from covering the cost of in vitro fertilization for any of the estimated 1,800 veterans who have suffered damage to their reproductive organs. >> the guys need to start g uping up about it or congress is just going to, you know, keep shoveling dirt over top of it and not doing anything about it. >> reporter: kevin and lauren were able to afford the $25,000 cost because her job as a teacher comes with health insurance that covers in vitro fertilization. >> our ultimate hope is just to be able to change this law. we're not, you know, really looking for handouts or anything like that. >> reporter: kevin and lauren are expecting their baby in august, but they've done it without any help from the government which sent him to war. david martin, cbs news, frederick, maryland. >> 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
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media access group at wgbh access privacy.. against security. sot magid 24:33 apple has a riding on saying we have s ant right to refus apple takes a stand. tonight team coverage on the showdown pitting privacy against security. >> apple has lot riding on secure phones. >> the bay area sounds off in our exclusive poll. >> new at 6:00 deputies caught on camera beating a man. >> it's outrageous that nothing has happened. >> months later no charges. tonight we have learned what's complicating this case. >> shake-up in santa clara. how the woman in line to be the next mayor could butt heads with the 49ers. >> and cash only. the challenge for medical pot businesses leading to some strange and smelly problems. your realtime captioner is linda marie macdonald. good evening. i'm veronica
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de la cruz. >> i'm ken bastida. we want to get to the results of our exclusive poll. we asked 500 adults, should apple comply with the fbi's court or the and help the fbi unlock a terrorist cell phone? 54% said yes. apple should unlock it. 32% said the company should not. another question. how concerned are you that apple complying would set a dangerous precedent? 60% say very or somewhat concerned. 39% say not very concerned or not at all concerned. we have team coverage on this huge legal showdown starting with len ramirez at apple headquarters in cupertino. lenny? >> reporter: the federal government today, ken, went out of its way to try to point out that it does not want to get into everyone's iphone, only the iphone


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