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is it a battle for islam? >> translator: iran is not a rival to saudi arabia. its army is not among the top five armies in the muslim world. the saudi economy is larger than the iranian economy. iran is far from being equal to saudi arabia. >> but i've seen that you called the ayatollah khamenei the new hitler of the middle east.
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>> translator: absolutely. >> why? >> translator: because he wants to expand. he wants to create his own project in the middle east, very much like hitler, who wanted to expand at the time. many countries around the world and in europe did not realize how dangerous hitler was until what happened happened. i don't want to see the same events happening in the middle east. >> does saudi arabia need nuclear weapons to counter iran? >> translator: saudi arabia does not want to acquire any nuclear bomb. but without a doubt if iran developed a nuclear bomb we will follow suit as soon as possible. >> and you can see norah's interview with crown prince mohammed bin salman this sunday on "60 minutes." we are following a developing story in western iraq tonight. a u.s. military aircraft has crashed, and there are fatalities, we are told. u.s. central command tells cbs news that rescue teams are responding to the scene right now. the aircraft was not on a combat mission. in syria more than 12,000
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civilians escaped from ghouta today. that is the largest exodus since the assad regime began bombing the damascus suburb last month, the last rebel-held town near the capital. today marks seven years since the syrian civil war began. human rights groups say more than 500,000 have been killed. 12 million syrians, more than half the population, have fled their homes. health officials are warning people who went through airports in newark, new jersey, detroit and memphis this month may have been exposed to measles. it was carried by two people from overseas. here is michelle miller with more on this. >> reporter: the first case was on march 6 when a contagious passenger flew from an unknown origin abroad to detroit metropolitan airport. the second on march 12th. a young child arrived at newark liberty international airport from brussels, then went to memphis. the new jersey department of health is warning anyone who was in terminal b or c at newark between 2:45 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on monday to seek medical
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attention if they develop symptoms. just how contagious is this? >> it's super contagious. it's spread through the air. >> reporter: i brought cbs news' chief medical correspondent dr. jon lapook with me to newark airport. >> if you just touch the screen you can pick up the measles virus if it happens to be there. the good news is somebody who's here today doesn't have to worry because the measles virus only lasts for two hours or less, either on a surface or in the air. >> reporter: so that's everyone who was here on march 12th needs to be concerned? >> they said it was within like 12:45 and like 9:00 or so. >> reporter: i was here. >> really? >> reporter: i was here. >> well, you look pretty good. were you immunized? >> reporter: i was immunized. >> and that's the best thing you can do. >> reporter: how do you know if you have it? >> it can be tricky because it can be just like any other virus. so you have a little bit of a sore throat, a runny note, maybe pink eye, then fever and then you can come down with that classic rash. one of the tricky things suck be infectious four to five days before you even come down with symptoms. people may not even know that
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they have the mays sxlz they're walking around and they're spreading it. >> reporter: people most at risk are children under the age of 5, people with weak immune systems and pregnant women. the vaccination rate for measles in the u.s. is around 90%. so if you've been vaccinated, you're 97% protected and you don't need to take another booster, jeff. >> good combination there, you and dr. lapook. got all the information we need. michelle, thank you very much. up next a new study finds when you drink bottled water you are swallowing plastic. and later, a dramatic win in hey, need fast heartburn relief?
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flonase sensimist. a new study out today is shaking up a bottled water business. it found plastic particles floating in some of the most popular brands. and now the world health organization is looking into it. here's anna werner. >> reporter: scientists found tiny pieces of plastic in more than 90% of the 250 bottles of water they tested. virtually all were too small to see. the largest, about the width of a human hair. the study identified some of the plastic as polypropylene, the same type of plastic used in bottle caps. to find those tiny pieces scientists used a special dye that sticks to plastic. those lighter bits you see floating, they say that's the plastic. professor sherri mason ran the tests commissioned by non-profit journalism group orb media.
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>> if you're drinking only bottles water and you do this every day over, you know, a year, you know, you're literally talking thousands of pieces of plastic that you're ingesting simply from the bottled water that you're drinking. >> reporter: the water came from 11 different brands in nine countries, and the report says the amount of particles varied from bottle to bottle, even among packs from the same brand. but the bottled water contained twice as much plastic as in a previous study of tap water. now, the bottled water industry group is pushing back, saying the report is not based on sound science and unnecessarily scares consumers. some of the companies including nestle water said they do their own tests and cannot confirm the findings here. all say they adhere to strict safety standards. but jeff, some companies confirm they are aware of the issue of micro plastic contamination, which is something that i think consumers were not aware of, at least most people. >> yeah, it sure makes you think twice. all right, anna, thank you very
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at pacific fertility. a fertility clinic in cleveland also reported a storage tank failure this week. it was a frightening scene today on a busy interstate in st. petersburg, florida. a crash left a camping trailer hanging on the edge of an overpass. rescue crews tied it to a fire truck to keep it from falling. a wrecker with a crane then lifted it back onto the road. no one was hurt. a german shepherd dog is being flown home to wichita tonight in style. united arranged a charter for irgo after the airline mistakenly sent the dog to japan. united apal jooized for the mix-up, which happened the same week a puppy in a carrier died in the overhead compartment of another united flight. up next here tonight, her prayers were answered. at the buzzer.
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one time out. they don't take it! >> a win at the you buzzer for loyola of chicago. 64-62 today over miami in the first run of the ncaa tournament. the victorious ramblers surrounded the team's special inspiration, 98-year-old sister jean. she, the coach and some of his
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players talked to cbs sports. >> sister jean is our team chaplain. she's our team comfort blanket. she's our team scout. she's just a blessing. the way she prays for us, the way she smiles. when you walk in a room and you see sister there, you just kind of feel -- you feel good. >> my full name is sister jean dolores schmidt, but everybody calls me sister jean. i'm 98 years old. >> 98? she has more energy than some people i know my age. >> after every game she sends out e-mails like "donte," you did this great tonight. they were out to get you but you handle td well and we need that next game. i mean, she's like another assistant coach. >> i scout the opponents and then just tell them who they should watch out for because they're making too many threes or they're overpowering
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somebody. i tell them give it to the fella who's hot tonight because sometimes the best are cold and you don't want that. i'm not an expert but i've been doing brackets for years now. i'm not in a pool or anything like that because i'm connected with athletics and that kind of behavior is not permitted by ncaa, and that's fine with me because i just have a lot of fun doing it. i have loyola going to the sweet 16, but i have a second bracket which i call the cinderella dream bracket where i have them going alhetoin fame. g >> she does brackets. amazing. we thank our friends at cbs sports for that. that is the "overnight news" foh isdar oty.hers check back later the morning news and "cbs this morning." from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm jeff glor.
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♪ >> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." welcome to the "overnight news." i'm meg oliver. the special counsel investigating kremlin interference in the 2016 election is getting closer to the white house. for the first time robert mueller's team has subpoenaed the trump organization. demanding documents relating to both russia and president trump's businesses. the news comes as the u.s. imposed new sanctions on moscow. jeff pegues has the latest. >> reporter: the subpoena from special counsel robert mueller, which the "new york times" reported in recent weeks, brings the russia probe closer to the president. the trump organization says it is cooperating. last july mr. trump signaled that any examination of his family finances would crass a red line.
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>> i would say yes. i would say yes. >> reporter: white house press secretary sarah huckabee sanders. >> as the president has said numerous times, there was no collusion between the campaign and russia. >> reporter: but the subpoena suggests the special counsel, which is investigating russian interference in the 2016 election, is digging deeper. >> what is he after? >> reporter: robert litt was the top lawyer in the office of the director of national intelligence. >> it means that for some reason he seems to feel that transactions involving the trump organization are relevant to his investigation. >> reporter: also today the government announced sanctions against five organizations and 19 people tied to the russian operation in 2016, some of whom have also been indicted by the special counsel. among those targeted is yevgeny prigozhin. dubbed putin's chef, he controlled the cyber teams in this building in st. petersburg, russia. u.s. officials charge they created and managed fake online personas that reached millions of people in the u.s.
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u.s. officials believe vladimir putin is overseeing a broader cyber campaign against western targets. james lewis is a cyber security expert. >> they've gotten away with all these things in the last three or four years. it's been pretty much a penalty-free ride for them. >> reporter: you won't find a lot of people who believe sanctions alone will stop the russian attacks. today an alert went out warning russian hackers are targeting power grids and other critical infrastructure, but so far u.s. officials believe they have been able to disrupt the attacks. there was terror on the campus of florida international university outside miami. a brand new pedestrian bridge collapsed onto a highway. there are injuries and deaths. manuel bojorquez begins our coverage. >> this remains a risky search and rescue operation. and behind me you can see why. there is a part of the bridge that is still teetering on one of the support columns, and crews want to ensure that section will not collapse as they continue to search for
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victims. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: the frightening collapse happened shortly before 2:00 p.m. >> the whole bridge is down across the whole side of 8th street. >> reporter: a newly constructed pedestrian bridge, 950 tons of concrete and steel, came crashing down on this busy six-lane thoroughfare. >> the bridge fell on us. >> the bridge at fiu just collapsed out of nowhere. there's cars stuck under there. this is crazy. >> reporter: vehicles were pancaked beneath the rubble. one horrified driver captured the scene on video just moments after escaping death. >> [ speaking foreign language ]. >> reporter: "look what fell on us," he says. "thank god nothing happened to us. but the people if front of us, the people just died." emergency workers scrambled to rescue survivors. witnesses say they could hear frantic calls for help from those still trapped in the wreckage. >> i jumped out of my car, locked my car, and i ran toward the victims to see if we could help anybody. but when i saw -- the only thing
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you could see were the car lights in the front. it's totally smashed, almost to the ground. so there was only one girl that survived. >> reporter: fire division chief paula stopener. >> our teams are still in rescue and search mode. they're still working the debris pile. we have search dogs in place. we're drilling holes into the pile to try to locate any viable patients. >> reporter: the 750-foot pedestrian bridge was installed just this past saturday, connecting florida international university and the city of sweetwater. even though it was still not open to foot traffic, the elevated span was seen as a welcome addition to the neighborhood and thought to be a safer crossing for thousands of fiu students. more than 100 firefighters here right now. some of them we're told are equipped with listening devices and they're actually where they can safely do, it drilling holes into the rubble and using fiberoptics to try to see underneath. they're also using search dogs. also in florida the broward county sheriff's office has released disturbing surveillance video from the parkland school
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massacre. adriana diaz has the story. >> reporter: surveillance video captured the response of deputy scot peterson, the school's only armed security officer, about a minute after the shooting began. peterson, in the dark green uniform, quickly turns and jumps into a golf cart to investigate. he radioed the sheriff's office with a warning. >> we have possible -- could be firecrackers. i think we have shots fired. possible shots fired. 400 building. >> reporter: seconds later he's seen running and then stopped to radio dispatch again. >> get some units over here. i need to shut down stoneman douglas. >> interpreter: peterson stays across from building 12 which is out of view to the left of the pavement. he directs officers to lock the school down and block traffic. >> make sure there's no traffic on holmberg road. >> reporter: during the six-minute shooting as nikolas cruz turned classrooms into deadly chaos, peterson hardly
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moved. he never entered the building. though the 32-year veteran deputy has won awards for his record, broward county sheriff scott israel said after he watched peterson in the video he was -- >> devastated. sick to my stomach. there are no words. >> reporter: after the shooting peterson said through his lawyer that he didn't go inside because he thought the shooting was happening outside. we reached out to him and his lawyer today, but they did not respond to our request for comment. peterson was suspended and then retired, but he is still under investigation. health officials in new jersey have issued another measles warning for travelers who pass through newark liberty international airport. michelle miller has the details. >> reporter: the new jersey department of health is warning anyone who was in terminal b or c at newark between 2:45 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on monday to seek medical attention if they develop symptoms. >> just how contagious is this?
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>> it's super contagious. it's spread through the air. >> reporter: i brought cbs news chief medical correspondent dr. jon lapook with me to newark airport. >> if you just touch the screen you can pick up the measles virus if it happens to be there. the good news is somebody who's here today doesn't have to worry because the measles virus only lasts for two hours or less, either on the surface or in the air. >> reporter: so that's everyone who was here on march 12th needs to be concerned? >> they said if was within like 212:45 and 9:00 or so. >> i was here. >> really? >> i was here. terminal c. >> were you immunized? >> i was. >> that's the main thing. >> how do you know tough it? >> a sore throat, runny nose, fever, then pink eye and you can come down with that classic rash. one of the tricky things is you can be infectious four to five days before you even come down with symptoms. so people may not even know that they have the measles and they're walking around and they're spreading it. the "cbs overnight news" will be right back.
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>> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." what's left of the greatest lost treasure in u.s. history is on display at the long beach expo, just south of los angeles. it came from the "uss central america," a steam ship that sank off the coast of south carolina in 1857. jaime yuccas is with the gold and she's all smiles. >> this gold bar is just part of the treasure scientists have been cleaning and curating in this small lab over the past six weeks. each of these bars is worth something a little bit different. this little guy is worth tens of thousands of dollars while this big one is worth more than a million. each of these bars' worth is based on its weight, purity, and the history behind them.
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slowly and carefully, more than a century of sediment is removed from the treasure. some 3,100 gold coins and more than 10,000 silver coins all recovered in 2014 from what's called the ship of gold. bob evans is the chief scientist and curator of the treasure. >> this is a whole new season of discovery for me. there's something new and wonderful comes out every day. they have stories to tell. >> reporter: the story began in 1857, when the "s.s. central america" went down in a hurricane. about 160 miles off the coast of south carolina. 425 people died in the storm. >> this was a largely forgotten moment in american history because a few short years after that the civil war broke out. >> reporter: during the california gold rush the 285-foot steam ship shuttled tons of gold from the west to banks in the east. the gold deliveries were essential in helping maintain the nation's economic stability.
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evans began hunting for this treasure more than 30 years ago. he was on board the expedition led by captain tommy thompson in the late 1980s. the first to spot what they coined the garden of gold. more than a mile below the surface. >> gold bars and coins and lightly covered with sediment. that's kind of what's fascinating about it in some ways. you've got this coral that is like growing right out of a block of gold. >> reporter: using a robotic vehicle they built in a garage they were able to scoop up some $50 million in gold. >> whoa. hello. look at that one. >> reporter: but investors who helped finance the $13 million expedition claim thompson never paid them. he disappeared along with hundreds of gold coins. >> the marshals hunted for him for 2 1/2 years. >> reporter: authorities finally found thompson in 2015. he remains behind bars for refusing to answer questions about the missing coins.
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a second salvage effort was launched in 2014, after years of legal wrangling over ownership of the treasure former sports agent and coin enthusiast dwight manley purchased the rights to the fortune. >> there are dozens of coins this time that are the finest % known. >> reporter: manley's passion for coins began as a child, collecting pennies. by age 12 he had his own business cards. >> what did you write? >> i don't really have a coin company. i am only 12. they're like little time capsules every time you hold one, who had it before, what it was for. >> reporter: manley is putting the coins up for sale. he believes even one in okay condition could fetch a few thousand dollars. but you'll need deep pockets to buy a gold bar. >> something like this would be $250,000. >> reporter: during the second expedition in 2014 a safe was found. inside, a saddle bag packed with bundles of personal treasures.
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for the first time since 1857 -- >> i'm going to simply cut the cord right here. >> reporter: -- evans opens another. >> i have really delicate fingers if you'd like some help. >> no, that's okay. >> reporter: inside a stick pin and broach made from gold nuggets. >> that's what little kids want to do. they want to fantasize that they find a secret room full of gold. well, that's what these bags are. >> reporter: from a rare $20 gold piece to everyday pocket change. >> 18 cents. go figure. >> reporter: call it a token bonus. a small addition to the find of a lifetime.
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was -- same thing with my kids. there's a point where they get old enough and you say you have to go out on your own. you cannot live at home anymore. which is basically what was going on. >> reporter: with "star wars" gone he's been pursuing another passion, the lucas museum of narrative art. >> we are very happy to be here. >> reporter: at a groundbreaking in los angeles lucas and hesitate wife, melody hobson, launched the billion-dollar project. >> three. >> reporter: when it opens in three years, the streamlined building will seem to cover over a park. it may resemble a "star wars" spaceship. but don't let that fool you. >> everybody calls it a "star wars" museum, but it's not a "star wars" museum because people aren't going to come to a "star wars" museum. they can go to madam tussaud's for that. >> reporter: movies including the "star wars" series will be featured in exhibits showing what it takes to make a film. from set designs to character and costume sketches. there will be film storyboards
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and comic art. but the museum will also display paintings by renoir, n.c. wyatt, winslow homer, maxfield parrish, norman rockwell. all from lucas's private collection. >> i think more people come in for rockwell than will come in for "star wars." norman rockwell can tell a whole story in one picture. >> reporter: when were you captivated by rockwell? >> when i was 8 years old. i wanted to be an illustrator. i wanted to be able to do that. i wanted to be able to do pictures that have a message that appeals to a lot of people. >> reporter: art that tells a story inspired him to tell stories. that narrative art is what lucas will share in his museum. >> it is telling the story of the society, the history of the wars, the history of the heroes, the history of the kings. because narrative art is always about the mythology of the society. >> reporter: while lucas is a storyteller, hobson is a
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businesswoman and cbs news financial contributor. >> did you say at some time george, a billion dollars is a lot of money, what's the return on investment in this? >> well, i knew the return on investment was not about profit for us. the return on investment was for society. the money that we have, it is for others. it is not for us to have more. >> a gift you had a hard time giving away. >> who knew it would be hard to give away a museum? >> it's a saga that began a decade ago when lucas first proposed building his museum in san francisco, near the golden gate bridge. but local opponents shut it down. >> but then melody said, we'll do it in my city. do it in my city. we'll get it done. >> reporter: her city is chicago. but a lawsuit filed by activists stopped it. chicago "star wars" fans protested as only they could. >> this all stinks like jar jar binks! >> after chicago did not work out i did go to george and i said, george, come on, let's just do something else, let's
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give up on this one. and he literally looked at me and he says, "i want my museum. i want this." and i said, okay. onward. >> reporter: onward to los angeles. >> and on behalf of this city of angels i want to thank you two angels for coming here. [ applause ] >> what were your instructions to the architect? >> iconic is what we said. we want an iconic building. we want to do something that has never been done before, that has never been seen before. >> i want you to have a bigger view of the world. i want you to be able to imagine things that don't exist. >> reporter: it's a talent that launched his career and built his empire and inspired an entire generation of storytellers along the way. john blackstone, skywalker ranch, california. a star of the nashville predators hockey squad is teaming up with local police to bring kids and cops closer together. michelle miller has the story of the blue line buddies. >> reporter: the blue line
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buddies program was created by nhl star p.k. subban to help build bridges in nashville. it's been a smashing success, connecting more than 66 cops and kids so far this season. officer justin chisholm is used to the dangers of riding through some of nashville's most stress-filled neighborhoods. >> i've been shot at. i've had days where i'm in fights. >> reporter: on the force for 18 years. >> y'all doing okay today? >> reporter: chisholm has seen so much bad. his hope is to deliver some good. >> there's so much division in this country right now. and the way to help that is to get people connected. >> reporter: one thing that does bring people together -- sports. enter p.k. subban. >> one-timer. he scores! >> reporter: star defenseman, flamboyant dresser, and the face of the nashville predators. subban's position is unique in hockey, as one of just 11 black players in the nhl.
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>> as pro athletes when you're in a position of being a role model you have to kind of figure out what the need is and how you can kind of help. >> reporter: off the ice the canadian-born pro hockey player has been helping kids for most of his career. >> every time you walk into this hospital you'll know what i stand for. >> reporter: pledging $10 million to the local children's hospital in montreal, where he played for seven seasons. and now living in nashville, subban wanted to bring that generosity to his new home. >> i wanted to, you know, make a difference in kind of a different way and try to be creative. >> reporter: from that creativity the blue line buddies program was born. the way it works, for every nashville home game this season subban brings a local cop and a child together. >> what are you hoping will happen? >> i just hope he gets a chance to meet a police officer and see that we're people too. >> are you nervous about meeting the police officer? >> i'm going to be excited
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because when i was a little kid police officer was the first job i thought about. >> reporter: chisholm's blue line buddy is ni kichlt as carey, a nashville native who sports and recently became a hockey fan. so when you heard about this, what drew you to coming out? were you excited about this? >> at first i was excited and a little bit like okay, i've never been to a hockey game. >> reporter: they connected right before the game. >> what's your name? >> nikise sxw. i like that name. i'm justin. you can call me jay. >> reporter: and the man bro tha brought them together chatted them up before he laced up. >> enjoy the game. awesome. >> reporter: then it was game time. the predators won in a blowout with a little help from their newfound secret weapon. >> i think that they just need to have you at every game now. you're a good luck charm. >> you enjoyed it? good man. >> reporter: a post-game celebration for subban, officer chisholm, and nikia.
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do your thing, with energy upgrade california. some hollywood heavyweights put their money on the line to help protect southern california's wildlife like deer, coyotes and pumas. they bought a mountaintop in laurel canyon and plan to keep it wild for the animals. carter evans reports. >> reporter: high in the hollywood hills conservationist tony tucci was curious about the wildlife still thriving in this urban jungle. >> so i put the camera right here. >> reporter: for months that camera has captured all kinds of animals roaming the ridge. all the animals that are native, indigenous to this area, they're still living among us? >> we're still living among them. they were here first. >> reporter: the most surprising discovery was this mountain lion, also called a puma, with no gps collar. >> an elusive celebrity obviously. he's kind of old hollywood. >> reporter: tucci's organization, citizens for los
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angeles wildlife, or claw, is part of an alliance of preservation groups that's been raising money to protect the last few wildlife corridors in l.a. from development. this week they successfully purchased this land for $1.6 million. >> the puma absolutely helped us cross the finish line, but there was also an angel who soared like an eagle and we can't be more thankful for don henley's contribution to this. >> reporter: rock legend don henley, one of the founding members of the eagles, donated $100,000 in memory of his friend and collaborator glenn frey. >> don henley and glenn frey wrote the song "desperado" when they lived here in this canyon. ♪ desperado >> reporter: in a statement henley said, "these resources are precious, both in terms of wildlife habitat and in terms of the human history that resides there." for the mountain lie nn particular this 17-acre parcel is critical. >> why do you need to keep this empty? >> well, because this is potentially his living room or
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his den. it needs to be preserved. and the hallways, the wildlife corridors, also need to be preserved. so this animal can thrive. >> reporter: several pumas are known to inhabit the santa monica mountains. most are tagged and well documented. this one called p-22 became something of a celebrity when he was caught on camera near the hollywood sign. with a little more open space now set aside, this will continue to be where the wild things are. >> we are jumping for joy that we can actually protect mething generations to come. >> reporter: carter evans, hollywood. that's the "overnight news" for this friday. for some of you the news continues. for others check back with us a little later for the morning news. and of course "cbs this morning." from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm meg oliver.
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captioning funded by cbs it's friday, march 16th, 2018. this is the "cbs morning news." the only thing you could see were the car lights in the front. it's totally smashed. without a warning tons of concrete crushed people in their vehicles as a bridge collapses in florida. what led to the disaster. a new message from the white house amid rumors of another staff shakeup. never, ever did i imagine this. >> finally home.


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