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my life. >> this is captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: today a driver for uber, the online ride-hailing service, was charged with murdering six people in kalamazoo, michigan. prosecutors say 45-year-old jason dalton has confessed. the dead, apparently shot at random, range in age from 17 to 74. two others were wounded and anna werner has the details. >> the defendant did murder mary jo nye. >> reporter: it took nearly ten minutes for a kalamazoo judge to read the 16 counts against former iewber driver jason brian dalton. >> the defendant did murder barbara hawthorne. >> reporter: dalton sat expressionless on closed circuit tv from his jail cell. >> do you understand the charges being made against you?
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dalton's shooting rampage began a town home complex around 6:00 p.m. saturday night. victim tiana carruthers was shot but survived. 12-year-old joi coleman was there with her. >> when she asked, help me, i couldn't help her because i knew i was going to be shot, too, because he didn't stop shooting. i wanted to help her, but i couldn't. >> reporter: roughly four hours after this first shooting, investigators say dalton killed 53-year-old richard smith and his 17-year-old son tyler, a high school senior, who were looking at cars at a kalamazoo dealership eight miles away. >> at the cracker barrel shots fired. >> reporter: less than 20 minutes later, authorities say dalton showed up at a cracker barrel restaurant and shot five more people in the parking lot. four women died, 60-year-old mary jo nye, a retired high school teacher, and her sister-in-law, 62-year-old mary lou nye nigh, a retired mother of two. 68-year-old barbara hawthorne, who retired from the kellogg's
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74-year-old dorothy brown, who was retired and helped seniors with their finances. matt mellen was one of the least passengers dalton picked up that night before his arrest. >> we were driving through medidi, driving through the lawn, speeding along, an then finally once he came to a stop, i jumped out of the car and ran away. >> reporter: uber confirms to cbs news that some passengers called the company on saturday night complaining about dalton's erratic behavior. james block is dalton's neighbor and friend of 17 years. >> the guy, friendly, family man. he loved his kids. >> reporter: well, that friend was also surprised to hear that police found a large group of weapons at dalton's home and an unbelievable survival story tonight. the prosecutor tells us a 14-year-old girl who was shot and is in critical condition in the hospital tonight was originally declared dead. she was on life support awaiting organ donation when suddenly,
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hand. >> pelley: anna werner with the story for us tonight in kalamazoo. anna, thank you. to presidential politics now. republican donald trump fresh off a victory in south carolina on saturday has a big lead heading into tomorrow's caucuses in nevada. rival ted cruz had to put ort a fire today after a top aide violated the commandment against bearing false witness. here's dean reynolds. >> reporter: after weeks of accusations that he's running a deceitful campaign, the texas senator fired the man in charge of his communications and messaging. >> i have made clear in this campaign that we will conduct this campaign with the very highest standards of integrity. that has been how we've conducted it from day one. >> reporter: rick tyler's departure was triggered by a video of marco rubio walking by a cruz campaign worker reading the bible. but tyler posted an article on
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told a staffer, "not many answers in it," which the rubio took as a dig at the senator's religion. an apology followed. cruz dismissed tyler anyway and called out their rivals. >> if other candidates choose to go into the gutter, we will not do the same. >> reporter: the republican field has narrowed and the stakes have risen. the bitterness among the three leading campaigns has deepened. rubio new york a bid to consolidate mainstream republican support, called the cruz campaign absolutely deceptive and a super pac supporting the senator lumped cruz together with trump and found both unacceptable. >> trump: erratic, unreliable. cruz: calculated, underhanded. >> reporter: trump drained all of his fire on cruz, unleashing a storm that called the texas senator "the biggest liar in politics" who should be disqualified as the winner of the iowa caucuses. but late today the cruz campaign
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shed some light on the campaign's thinking going forward. foremost is the belief that marco rubio cannot defeat donald trump, that rubio has yet to win any state anywhere and that ted cruz has more money in the bank, scott, to continue to fight. >> pelley: dean reynolds covering the campaign in las vegas. dean, thanks very much. polling shows that hillary clinton is leading bernie sanders nearly two to one in next saturday's primary in south carolina. she won nevada over the weekend by five points, bug her back on track after her drubbing in new hampshire. here's nancy cordes. >> reporter: yes, that is former president clinton bouncing for joy with campaign staffers in nevada. after his wife stormed the vegas strip for two days and then won the state's most populace county by ten points. do you think secretary clinton just outhustled you a little bit at the end?
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fact. look, i'm very proud of what we did. >> reporter: still, the loss is a blow for sanders, who is tied with clinton in the tell gatson count until you factor in superdelegates, top party officials who are tree to back either candidate. that gap will grow if clinton prevails, as expected new york south carolina. in texas this weekend, she accused sanders of misleading voters about his plans. >> i d d't think it's right to look a person in the eye who is hurting and needs help and tell them that if they vote for you, you will get $5,000 in health care but only have to pay $500 for it. >> reporter: sanders stands by his math. >> that's not misleading. those are the facts. >> reporter: as you know, some liberal economists... >> check out who these liberal economists are and you'll find out who funded them. >> >> reporter: the economist
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about the benefit of his proposals could undermine the progressive economic agenda. none of them are paid by the clinton campaign, though a couple did work for former president bill clinton. they say many economists share their concerns but sanders told us they didn't take the time to crunch the numbers themselves and that plenty of experts side with him, scott. >> pelley: nancy cordes, thanks. well, curving the delegate numbers for us is john dickerson, our cbs news political director and anchor of "face the nation." john, huge primary nights coming on march 1stst and march 15th. can anyone catch trump? >>. >> reporter: well, marco rubio's strategy is he's trying the claim he's the one mainstream alternative to donald trump, but he still hasn't won a contest and his best shot for a decisive win may in the happen until march 15th when the more moderate electorate in ohio and florida vote. before that rubio has to beat back a challenge from john
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and do well enough to survive on super tuesday, march 1st, when 11 states vote, many of which have electorates that favor donald trump and ted cruz. >> pelley: trump might have a lot of mow -- momentum coming off of march 1st then? >> reporter: that's right. ted cruz hopes all his chips are super tuesday. that's when his home state of texas votes, as well as other states like alabama, arkansas, oklahoma and tennessee, which have a large share of strong conserves and evenge cal voters, groups he does well with. but that strategy took a blow saturday in south carolina because it has an electorate with that same make-up and where cruz went head to head with donald trump and he still lost by 11 points. >> pelley: john dickerson, anchor of "face the nation," john, thank you for the insight. today the u.s. and russia agreed to a partial ceasefire in syria to start on saturday, but it won't stop the fighting. two important forces, isis and
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al-nusra were not included in the agreement because they're terrorist groups, and about one-third of syria is held by isis. yesterday isis claimed responsibility for bombs that killed at least 100 in suburban damascus, and our elizabeth palmer is there. >> reporter: all day the men of sayeeda zainab carried blast victims to their graves. on the faces of the women, shock and grief. these friends are mourning 22 -year-old. "our hearts are broken," they say. "what did she do to deserve to die?" but there was anger and frustration, too. at the bombsite, local residents had pitched in to clean up and make the street safe again, but furious that isis had managed to smuggle three bombs into their tightly knit community. i'm standing just a couple yards from where the biggest bomb went
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it was a car bomb about 4:00 p.m. just as the kids were getting home from school, and the bulk of the damage is epic. the fronts of the buildings have been blown clear off. everybody that lives inside and the merchants who ran the shops on the ground floor, they're all dead. this video shows the frantic moments right after one of the explosions. survivors rushing to help the wounded. you might think people who have witnessed such carnage and who today are burying more than 100 family members and friends would welcome a pause in the violence. not so. are you optimistic that there will be some kind of truce? "no way," abu mahran tells me. and everyone in the crowd agrees. "we don't want a ceasefire until all the terrorists are out of our country." it's not a good sign for this proposed truce when even the
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and the people we spoke to today, scott, are very sceptical about this proposed ceasefire. they say in a war this complex and savage, there's just no way to coordinate all the factions laying down their arms. >> pelley: liz palmer with a rare report from inside syria. lids, thank you. well, today the u.s. supreme court met for the first time in 30 years without justice antonin scalia. his empty seat today was a reminder of the political battle over how to fill it. and here's our chief legal correspondent, jan crawford. >> reporter: justice scalia's seat on the bench now is draped with a black cloth as the justices return to work the first time any of the eight have served on the court without the larger-than-life scalia. chief justice john roberts started the morning session with a tribute. "we remember his incisive intellect, his agile wit and his captivating prose, but we cannot forget his irrepressible spirit.
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to rest on saturday after a funeral mass led by his son paul, a catholic priest. now the fight over his successor begins in earnest. the president is reviewing files of possible nominees while republican leaders are vowing to block anyone the president sends up. democrats accuse republicans of being obstructionist, but when democrats controlled the senate and republican george h.w. bush was in the white house, then-judiciary committee chairman joe biden proposed the same thing republicans are doing now. >> once the political season is under way, and it is, action on a supreme court nomination must be put off until after the election campaign is over. >> reporter: current judiciary committee chairman chuck grassley, a republican, immediately agreed. >> in his heart of hearts, he understands why this senate must do what he said it must do in 1992.
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it's taken about a month for a nomination, but the president is likely the move more quickly than that. >> pelley: jan crawford at the court for us tonight. jan, thank you. fares as low as $1 have drawn millions of passengers to mega-bus. well, yesterday one of its buses burned outside chicago. everyone got out safely, but this has happened before, and we asked don dahler to take a look. >> reporter: sunday's mega-bus fire began with a blown tire. flames engulfed the bus. >> it was very horrifying. everybody running down the highway. it was official. >> reporter: this wasn't the new jersey-based company's first brush with tire-related disasters. in 2012, a 25-year-old graduate student in illinois was killed in this crash, allegedly caused by a blown tire. 47 passengers were hospitalized. there have been at least five other incidents involving blown tires on mega-buss, including this one in 2014 that caused the bus to slam enter a guardrail on i-95. at least one law enforcement has
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problem with the buses carrying too much weight. clarence ditlow is with the center for auto safety. how does weight affect tires and tire safety? >> if a bus is overweight, in the worst-case scenario, the tires can rub against the wheelwell, which generates friction, heat and ultimately a fire. >> reporter: in the last 24 months, safety inspectors found 29 maintenance violations considered an imminent hazard to mega-bus drivers or passengers. mega-bus says it carries ten million people a year in its fleet of 275 buses. and they released a statement saying, "safety continues to be our top priority and megab us.com is fully cooperating with authorities. the federal agency that oversees travel issued an advisory about overloaded buses in 2012, but ditlow says that's not enough. >> some of these buss have been in heavy traffic.
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side of the road, there might have been a catastrophic fire before the people could get out of the bus to safety. >> reporter: ditlow says the buses are weighed to make sure they comply with safety limit, but that happens before they're loaded with passengers and baggage. >> pelley: don dahler, thank you very much. breast cancer rates remain the same, so why is there a big increase in vasectomies. and a centenarian dances with joy after achieving a lifelong dream when the "cbs evening news" continues.il unlike fish oil, megared is easily absorbed by your body. megared.
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even though the rate of cancer, breast cancer, has stayed the same. dr. jon lapook is looking into this. jon, what's going on? >> reporter: scott, cancer doctors have noticed this trend. the jump in the overall mastectomy rate is fueled by several things, including greater awareness generated by celebritiesike angelina jolie and rita wilson, who have gone public with their decision to have preventive mastectomy. also breast reconstructive surgery has gotten a lot better and the cosmetic result is usually excellent. in addition, we now emphasize genetic risk and family history, and with that information, many women just want to lower their risk as much as possible, and finally, many women want to be done with all the screening, which carries the risk of false positives, unnecessary biopsies and a lot of worry. scott, this is all part of what we're seeing more and more of these day, which is specialized and personalized medicine, which is giving women more choices in their own treatment decisions.
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>> pelley: today the c.d.c. said it underestimated the cancer risk of some laminate flooring sold by lumber liquidators. turns out the risk is more than three times greater than the agency reported just two weeks ago. concerns were first raised by a "60 minutes" investigation. the american kennel club is out with its annual list of the most popular dog breeds, and for the 25th straight year, the labrador retriever is on top. that's followed by the german shepherd, the golden retriever, the bulldog and the beagle. but most popular of all, of course, is the mutt, accounting for more than half the canines in america. up next, the day virginia mclaurin thought she would never see. >> this portion of the "cbs evening news" is sponsored by pacific life. for life insurance, annuities
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>> pelley: virginia mclaurin turns 107 next month. and she wanted more than anything to meet the president. so she wrote to him, even offered to go to his house if it would make it easier. here's chip reid. >> virginia mclaurin. >> hi! >> how are you? >> i'm fine. >> it's so nice to see you. want to say hi to michelle? >> yes. >> i'm 106. >> no you're not. >> reporter: oh, yes, she is 106. in this video released by the white house, virginia mclaurin was so excited to meet the
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started danszing, and so did they. >> you're still dancing at 107. >> reporter: for one thing, she still volunteers 40 hours a week at a nearby school as a foster grandparent. today we found her sitting in the sun outside her apartment in washington, d.c. when you first saw him, you just shouted. >> i sure did. >> reporter: shouted for joy? >> for joy. it's all in my soul. it was the greatest time of my life. >> reporter: and what a life it's been. watching as the world changed around her. >> it's come a long way, you know that? >> reporter: did you ever think there would be a black president? >> i did not. >> reporter: you did not? >> i did not think it would ever be a black president. >> reporter: and now she's met one. >> our president. >> reporter: what was the best part of meeting the president and the first lady? >> that i felt like i made it.
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and i felt like i could die happy. >> reporter: and with this dance, she made millions of others happy, too. chip reid, cbs news, washington. >> pelley: from taft to obama, "on saturday, another one of our communities was terrorized by gun violence." butt sot "we have families that are shattered today." ----- a man... accused of going on a shooting rampage... admits to the crime... in court ... now police... are trying to find out...why. and .... the families of the children who were shot to death... at sandy hook elementary school... are asking the court to hold the gun makers liable for their deaths. but the fight for justice is not an easy one to win. plus... it's the democrats' turn... to get voters' support...at the polls this weekend. we'll show you why... this election is important... for both candidates. right now... you might be seeing rain ... and the temperature... is expected to drop...too. let's bring
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tonight family and friends are mourning the loss of a townville woman.. who was found dead..sunday these flowers..were left on the dock .. on bucksin road..where that mother of four was found. family members tell us... reza farrah kahn... went to a movie saturday night..and never came home. two fishermen found her body yesterday morning.. then called deputies. officials say she had severe brain trauma..possibly from a gunshot... but they didn't find a weapon. now pickens county deputies say they're trying to figure out where she was.. .and who she was with... overnight...leading up to her death: ----- "it is scary.. it is scary. like i say..we never had any fear but now we've got a reaso had tofen someone that knew td they didn't just rover e a fdt -it." ----- over here and find it." ----- deputies want you to come forward... if you know anything about where kahn was ... or how she ended up at

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