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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 apple to unlock the iphone of one of the san bernardino terrorists, but today, apple told the court that order is dangerous. jeff pegues has more. >> reporter: in its filing,
a dangerous power and that it 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 have to be a government's forensics lab on company grounds that could be used to open hundreds of other seized devices in law enforcement's possession. apple says: if it creates software to break into the iphone, criminals will view the code as a prize. >> this is the hardest question i have seen in government. >> reporter: f.b.i. director james comey reassured members of congress today that the bureau only wanted access to the iphone used by san bernardino terrorist syed farook. 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.
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 moving forward. google and facebook are expected to file legal papers in support of apple. >> pelley: jeff pegues for us tonight. jeff, thank you. tornadoes in several states yesterday killed at least four 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 was about to sit down right here to watch tv when the tornado slammed into his mobile home, sheering off the roof and the wall. do you feel lucky to be alive? >> i'm not lucky. i'm blessed. >> reporter: but the tornado tore his neighbor's mobile home from its foundation and sent it sailing across a highway.
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, a 78-year-old man died and 100 buildings were damaged after a funnel cloud left an eight-mile path of destruction. at least three tornadoes were reported in north carolina. in oxford, parts of this farm were leveled. in pennsylvania, a tornado ripped through amish country, hitting structures in narvon. a torrential downpour lead to flash flooding in and around 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. and, scott, take a look at this. off queens, new york, 12-foot waves capsized a coast guard boat as it was trying to rescue fishermen on another vessel that had run aground. and back here in waverly, virginia, you're looking at a
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 tornado 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. the world's appetite for portable electronics has triggered huge demand for rechargeable batteries, but many of these batteries are now bursting into flames in places you would least expect. vinita nair is looking into this. >> reporter: when the fire first ignited, employees at this kentucky gas station thought it was a bomb. it turned out to be an e- cigarette that exploded in josh hamilton's pants. he suffered third degree burns. it's just the latest incident involving defective lithium ion batteries that power e- cigarettes. 22-year-old evan spahlinger had to be placed in a medically induced coma for three days
mouth. >> it's an alternative to smoking cigarettes. it's supposed to be a safer and a healthier way of doing it. >> reporter: the same battery cells that power e-cigarettes, also power hoverboards. since december there have been 52 reported incidents involving 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 simply not made to the same standard as the battery that are made say, at sony or panasonic, which have much more stringent quality control. >> reporter: whitacre says that lithium-ion-powered items like e-cigarettes and hoverboards are considered high-power applications. if their batteries are badly designed when they are charged they can overheat. is it something that the user is doing incorrectly? >> no.
technology, it's very difficult for the user to be at fault. there is a well-controlled charging circuit, and there should be a good package that the cell lives in. both of those things should be designed to protect the user. >> reporter: industry advocates say these incidents are still rare and that users should always use compatible batteries and chargers. they say to avoid battery contact with metal objects, scott, such as coins, keys, or jewelry. >> 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 a gift from a legend when the cbs
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wants to patent a seating concept taking a row of three airline seats and turning it into a rapidly and easily reconfigurable bench. it could seat the traditional three passengers, shift to two people who need additional space, including overweight passengers, or even fit a fourth person, like two parents and two small children. >> the airlines will consider anything that allows them to make a buck. >> reporter: ben mutzabaugh is the editor of "usa today's" "today in the sky" blog. >> if we've seen nothing else in the airline industry, they're very clever about coming up with ways to sell seats to passengers, especially when they can charge more for either seats that are better or for seats that are less awful. >> reporter: airbus previously sought patents for a design stacking passengers and this semi-standing concept. seat maker zodiac created a hexagon pattern where the middle seat faces the passengers in the aisle and window while adding up to 30 more passengers per plane. tennessee congressman stephen
jeopardize safety making it hard 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 an 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. >> reporter: the big question now, scott, will an airline say 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.?
lives, and here's dr. jon 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 heart 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. 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 500 n.b.a. players. when you first saw them, you thought these are big hearts. these are abnormal? >> 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. >> reporter: it turns out, like any other muscle, the heart gets
the hearts of the n.b.a. players were about 10% thicker than normal, that was not felt to be dangerous. the research 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, they found that the aorta, the major artery leaving the heart, is 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 came 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.
negotiating table. not all the hospital tillties will stop. the islamic state. elizabeth palmer is on the front lines outside damascus. >> reporter: this used to be a neighborhood. now it's a battlefield where the syrian army says it's got the en enemy on the run. there's been an air strike behind me. we're about five miles from the center of damascus and the syrian army is trying to clear this area of opposition fighters? fighters. there's no cease fire for the moment. he takes us to see buildings half a mile away. overhead we can p hear the
target, then -- what are they hitting? they're terrorists, he says. those are barrel bombs? yeah. barrel bombs are basically cannisters filled with explosives rolled out of a chopper. they're cheap, but horribly inaccurate. are there civilians left over there? no, there are only fighters, but there are fighters families cowering under attacks. near by we enter tunnels dug by soldiers where they hid and fought for years. the general in charge leads the way through ruins he now controls. you're still using air strikes in the suburb in order to fight? yes, he says, because they're dangerous for syria and the
using any weapons that are legal, but that means when this overstretched army does gain ground its victories look like nothing more than a few blocks of rubble, but the truth is that by now all sides in this war are completely exhausted and unlikely as it sounds a couple of suburbs over the army has actually negotiated a mini truce with the rebels to allow food and supplies to reach civilians. cbs news. closer to home, another day of severe weather is in the forecast for much of the eastern u.s. the deadly storms spawned tornados as far north to pennsylvania and knocked out power. chip reed is at one tornado site. >> reporter: vincent donald was
watch tv when the tornado slammed into his mobile home sheering off the roof and wall. do you feel lucky to be alive. >> yes. >> reporter: but the tornado tore his neighbor's home from the foundation. a 2-year-old boy and his father died. somehow the boy's mother survived with serious injuries. in near by va 78-year-old man died after a funnel cloud left an eight mile path of destruction. at least three tornados were record in north carolina. in pennsylvania a tornado ripped through amish country hitting farms and this structure. a down pour led to flash flooding around washington, d.c. and left a major road flooded for the morning commute. in the new york area a gust of
take a look at this. off queens new york 12 foot waves capsized a coast guard boat. back here in virginia yoo ur u're looking at a photograph of a-plus tornado and now after the tornado. this was the garage door and that was once the roof. it's a good example much what happens when a tornado meets a building. there are new concerns over the safety of e-cigarettes. a man from kentucky suffered second degree burns when the battery exploded in his pocket. >> reporter: this latest incident caught on tape is raising new concerns about the multi billionaire dollar e-cigarette injury and the batteries.
the moment josh's pants burst into flames at a kentucky gas station. he runs outside struggling to ditch his clothes before a man douzs him. haumton posted on facebook just had an e-cig blow up inside my pocket. it's the latest incident linked to electronic vaporizers across the country. >> it's supposed to be a safer and healthier way of smoking cigarettes. he was placed in a coma after he says an e-cigarette blew up in his mouth. earlier this week an ohio fire department issued a warning on its facebook charge of a an e-cigarette battery exploded inside the pocket of a victim's lab coat. people reported more than two dozen incidents of explosions
between 2009 and 2014. >> it has the same fuel capability of gasoline. >> reporter: it is linked to the battery. over charging, manufacturing defects and punctures can cause it to overheat. the batteries are the same type found in many hoverboards which have caught fire. >> in terms. product itself you are comparing apples to apples between what happens in the two. >> reporter: but advocates maintain that explosions from e-seg ritz are rare. they say when charged and used under proper conditions, batteries pose no more of a fire risk than similar batteries that
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>> reporter: california susan harvey downloaded an app. >> it was something you purchased once for like $15. >> reporter: when she went to reload the game she found hundreds of purchases had been made. >> my heart sank. i just sat there looking at it and i physically -- i was sick because i didn't know what they were. >> some of the information these apps ask for are way beyond what they should be asking for. >> reporter: that story is no surprise to cyber security expert whose company tracks malware. >> reporter: what are the consequences for me as a consumer? >> you're going to wonder why there was a transaction, wonder how someone got in your bank
>> reporter: when you download an app, you're giving the app permission to access other parts of your phone like an alarm clock app that can track phone calls. >> do you think an alarm clock needs all that permission, your call information, calls you've made, your device id. this is not a alarm clock. >> reporter: and the weather and flashlight apps as he showed us in a demonstration of what could happen when someone takes a photo of a check to sends to the bank. >> reporter: what happens to the check now. >> it grabs a copy of the it. >> reporter: last year the group discovered 11 malware apps on iphones that sent information to a remote server. the information included text messages, skype calls and photos.
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the mega hit uptown funk won song of the year, but it could become the center of a lawsuit. a 70s group called the sequence says uptown funk sounds like their 1979 town funk you up. meanwhile the producer is step pg into the spotlight. >> reporter: that opening vocal is unmistakable and so is bruno mars. he's the front man who gave up
at number one at billboards top 100 for a record 14 weeks. but what's sometime forgotten is that the song actually belongs to the guy sitting on the front of that white limo. >> it's pretty dead on. everyone knows who they're talking about. it's the guy with the guitar and the tall guy. >> reporter: the tall guy is music producer mark ronson. it was his album uptown special that contained the hit song that featured bruno mars. they recorded an agonizing 87 versions and then worried the word funk might be kind of lame. >> even to the last minute there were people were like can you call it uptown funk. >> my guess is if you went up to
said whose song is uptown fupg they would say bruno mars. does it bother you. >> no. >> reporter: he made a name for himself producing the critically acclaimed 2006 album. back to black won five grammys. he recalls the casual conversation about her family that led to their biggest hit. >> we were walking around soho in new york and she says yeah they came over to my house and i was like what happened and she was like they tried to make me go to rehab, but i was like no >> reporter: he says he was unaware at the time of how troubled she really was.
amy follows her death at age 27. >> i've seen it twice. >> reporter: what was it like to watch that? >> it's difficult to watch. i love the first hour because it's like spending time with an old friend again. >> reporter: it was his friendship with her that led him to another young british woman writing her first album, adele >> she instantly seemed so grown up and mature, not just in her voice, but she knew what she wanted. >> reporter: he produced songs for 19 and adele's latest smash 25. but it was working with music royalty paul mccartny that made him most nervous. >> it was incredible. it's everything rolled in one. you have to get over that i'm
this is the cbs overnight news. the gloves came off in houston where the republican presidential contenders gathered for round ten of their presidential debates. it was the final chance for marco rubio and ted cruz to land blows on front-runner donald trump before super tuesday. how did this they do? here is some of the action. >> i also think if you're going to claim you're the om one that lifted this into the campaign
example you're the only person on this stage that's been find for hiring people to work on your projects illegally. >> i'm the only one on the stanl that's hired people. you haven't hired anybody. >> in fact some of the people -- >> by the way, i've hired tens of thousands of people. you've hired nobody. you've had nothing but problems with your credit cards and et cetera. you haven't hired one person. >> he hired workers from poland and he had to pay $1 million. >> that's wrong. that's wrong. >> people can look it up. i'm sure people are googling it right now. >> polish workers, you'll see $1 million for hiring illegal workers on one of his projects. he did it. that happened. >> i've hired tens of thousands of people over my lifetime. be quiet. let me talk. i've hired tens of thousands of people. he brings up something from 30 years ago.
everybody was happy. >> you paid a million dollars. >> the laws were totally different. i've hired people. nobody up here has hired people. >> marco is right that a federal court found donald guilty of being part of a conspiracy and there was a $1 million judgment against him. >> mr. trump -- >> i can only say this and i've said it loud and clear and i've said it for years and many of these people are sitting in the audience right now, your lobbyists and your special interests and your donors because the auds ensz is packed with them. i've had an amazing relationship with politicians, both democrats and republicans, as one magazine said, he's a world class businessman, i get along with everybody.
you don't have one republican senator and you work with them every day of your life, although you skipped a lot of time, these are minors details, but you don't have one republican senator backing you, you don't have the endorsement of one republican senator and you work with these people. you should be ashamed of yourself. >> i think donald is right, he is promising if he's elected he will go and cut deals in washington amend he's right, he has supported -- he has given hundreds. the next democratic debate or i should say primary is saturday in south carolina and here is nancy cordes. >> reporter: hillary clinton came out today as she court black crowds. >> i think we need more singing. i sing because i'm happy. i sing because i'm free. >> reporter: in michigan bernie sanders was focussed on
residents in flint. >> this water is brown. they continue to ignore it. >> reporter: neither candidate can win in the delegate rich super tuesday states without minority support. in 2008 african-americans alone made up half of the democratic electorate in alabama and georgia and nearly a third in virginia and tennessee. 32% of democratic voters in texas were hispanic. >> when you have people like trump saying that mexicans are rapists or criminals that is an out rage. >> reporter: a new national poll finding clinton leading sanders among hispanic voters by a margin of 2-1. she has a similar edge with african-americans, though her husband's crime bill mass been a sticking point for some. two black lives protesters interrupted a clinton fundraiser last night. >> can i talk? maybe you can listen to what i say. >> reporter: the protesters were
said she was sorry for some of the terms she used in the '90s including using the freight super predators. she was using the term to describe violent gang members, but now says it was a poor choice of words. both clinton and sanders want to reform the way drug crimes in particular are handled because they say too many young blacks and latinos are ending up behind bars. thank you. this evening president obama claimed progress against the isis terrorist group in syria. he said that isis has lost 40% of its territory, cut the pay of its troops and is reduced to using civilians as human shieldings, but the wider war in syria is not going mr. obama's way. american backed rebels are on the run. the forces of the assad dictatorship are advancing for the first time in airs because of russian air support and russian troops.
for a reporter to get into syria, but elizabeth palmer covered the advance today. >> reporter: this used to be a neighborhood. now it's a battlefield where the syrian army says it's 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 the syrian army is trying to clear this suburb of opposition fighters. there is surge no cease fire here at the moment and there's not going to be any time soon. one of the syrian soldiers takes us to see the buildings half a mile away where he says the rebels are now hiding. overhead we can hear the helicopters scouting their target. then -- what are they hitting? they are terrorists, he says.
barrel bombs are basically con con starers rolled out of a chopper. they're cheap, but horribly inaccurate. are there any civilians left over there? no, but there are fighters but there are fighters families cowering under the attacks. near by we enter tunnels dug by fighters where they hid and fought for years. the general in charge leads the way through ruins he now controls. you're still using air strikes in the suburb in order to fight? yes, he says, because they're dangerous for syria and the world so we're just justified in using any weapons that are legal. but that means that when this overstretched and under trained army does gain ground, it's
says the fbi is seeking a dangerous power and it would be forced to dead sit six to ten apple engineers to create new code that apple calls government operating system. apple says there would have to be a government forensic lab on company grounds that could be used to open other hundreds of seized devices in law enforcement's possession. apple says if it creates the software to break into the iphone, hackers will view the code as a major prize. the company believes the case triggers first amendment protection and writing computer kwoed is equivalent to free speech. fbi director james comey reassured members of congress that they wanted access to the phone of the san bernardino terrorist. he said the fbi is standing on
needs to set the limits on how far government investigators can go. >> i love encryption. it's a gro eat thing. >> reporter: apple agrees that congress should have a bigger role in this debate, but the court case is moving forward. google and facebook are expected to file legal papers in support of apple. >> jeff, thank you. tornados in several states yesterday killed at least four people, including three in virginia where we find chip reed tonight. >> it's experience. you got experience to talk about it. >> reporter: this man was about to sit down right here to watch tv when the tornado slammed into his mobile home sheering off the roof and the wall. do you feel lucky to be alive? >> i'm not lucky, i'm blessed.
tore the home next door off the foundation. a 2-year-old boy and his father were killed. somehow the boy's mother survived with serious injuries. in near by nevada 178 buildings were destroyed. at least three tornados were reported in north carolina. in oxford parts of this farm were levelled. in pennsylvania a tornado ripped through the country. a downpour led to flash flooding around washington, d.c. and left a major road flooded. in the new york area a gust of wind sent this truck airborne. look at this, off queens new york, 12-foot waves capsized a boat as it was trying to rescue
virginia you're looking at a photograph of tires before the tornado. knew you're looking at the building after the tornado. this was the garage door. that up there is the metal that was once the roof. it's a good example of what happens when a tornado meets a building made of sheet metal. >> i want to point out no one was injured in the coast guard incident today. thank you very much. the world's appetite for portable electronics has triggered a huge demand for rechargeable batteries, but many of these are bursting into flames in places you would least expect. >> reporter: when the fire first ignited employees at this kentucky gas station thought it was a bo am. it turned out to be an e cigarette that exploded in josh's pants. he suffered third degree burns.
involving batteries for e cigarettes. he had to be placed in a coma for three days after one blew up in his mouth. >> to be an alternative of smoking cigarettes. >> reporter: the same battery cells also power hover boards. since december there have been incidents of hover boards catching on fire. jay is a an engineer at a university. he says to make this product cheaper and more powerful has led some companies to cut corners. >> what we're seeing is a situation where many of these batteries are simply not made to the same standard as the batteries that are made say at sony or upon son. >> reporter: he says that items are considered high power applications applications. their batteries are badly designed they can overheat. is it something that the user is
>> no. in general with this kind of technology it's difficult for the user to be at fault. there's a well controlled charging circuit and a good package that the cell lives in. both of those things should be designed to protect the user. >> reporter: these incident are rare and users should use come pat billow batteries and chargers. they should avoid contact with coins, keys and jeelry. there's a plan to give wider air passengers wider seats. and a young fan bags quite a gift from a legend. the cbs overnight news will be right back.
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think flying station wagon. >> reporter: jet maker airbus wants to patent a seating concept to take three seats and turn it into a rapid bench. it could seat the three passengers and shift to two people who need additional space or even fit a fourth person like two parents and two small children. ben is the editor of usa today. >> if we've seen nothing else, they're very clever about coming up with ways to sell seats to passengers, especially when they can charge more for either seats that are better or for seats that are less awful. >> reporter: airbus previously sought pat ents for stacking passengers and this semy standing concept. it created a pattern where the middle seat faces the passengers in the aisle and window while
per plane. tennessee congressman worries extra seats could jeopardize safety making it hard to evacuate within 90 seconds. he's offered a bill to ask the faa to minimize seat standards. >> if people can't get out in an emergency condition they lose lives. it shouldn't be after there's an accident. it's too late and people are dead. >> reporter: will an airline say they want these seats and will they be allowed to install them in a plane.
young athletes. now a new study may help save lives. >> reporter: two years ago he was one of the college's top basketball players and then a physical revealed a heart problem ending his career. >> i just didn't know what to do with it, but it was just -- just 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. one question is what's a normal heart size for these athletes? to find out this doctor revealed the heart ultrasounds of more than 500 nba players. when you first saw them you thought these are abnormal. >> the first instinct is to say they're enlarged. we're not used to seeing hearts this big. the average nba player is 6'7''.
heart gets bigger with exercise, other the hearts of the nba players were about 10% thicker than normal, that was not felt to be dangerous. the research establishes a baseline for doctors going forward. 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 they found that the major artery leaving the heart is also bigger in these athletes and knowing that will help with future diagnosis. the doctor says this is a molds for evaluating athletes in other sports. soccer's biggest star came through today for his biggest fan. this 5-year-old from afghanistan was photographed wearing a shirt made from a plastic bag. it went online and he sent him an auto graphed shirt from the national team.