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>> pelley: pax romana. >> i think he's a terrific person. >> pelley: trump makes peace with the pope on the eve of a critical weekend for both parties in the presidential race. also tonight, law enforcement's battle for access to the cell phones of criminal suspects. remembering author harper lee, and her american classic. >> it was a sin to kill a mockingbird. >> pelley: and steve hartman, when a young boy summoned the police, they responded in force. >> i didn't know it was going to
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captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: tomorrow could be a turning point in the race for the white house. democrat hillary clinton, who scweekd by in iowa, only to be buried in a new hampshire landslide, faces even odds against bernie sanders in nevada. ted cruz is closing on republican donald trump, is looking to south carolina for a second win. the rest of the g.o.p. candidates are struggling to keep their campaigns alive. we're going to start with the democrats tonight. here's nancy cordes. >> reporter: with time running out in nevada, clinton courted union workers in las vegas-- >> i did not just wake up one day and say, "oh, my goodness, workers are being mistreated!" >> reporter: while sanders stumped in rural nevada. >> let us go forward together. >> reporter: the state will be the first test of their appeal to minority voters.
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latino. clinton has tried to blunt sanders' momentum here by portraying him as one dimensional, focused only on income inequality. what do you think of secretary clinton cawlings you a one-issue candidate? >> obviously, she has not been listening to my how far and a half speech. >> reporter: both are campaigning with one eye on the larger south carolina primary democrats will hold a week from tomorrow. >> she worked to reform juvenile justice in south carolina, exposed racism in alabama schools. >> reporter: clinton released a new ad today narrated by morgan freeman, and she won the endorsement of the highest ranking african american in congress, south carolina's james clyburn. >> and i believe that the future of the democratic party and the united states of america will be best served with the experiences and knowhow of hillary clinton
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>> reporter: clyburn had been planning to remain publicly neutral in the primary, but he changed his mind, scott, after sanders trounced clinton in new hampshire and pulled even with her here in nevada. >> pelley: the nevada vote tomorrow. nancy cordes, thanks very much. today, major garrett talked with donald trump and asked him the same question that we asked clinton yesterday, "does he subscribe to the truth-telling standard that jimmy carter set in the 1976 campaign when he said, "i will never lie to you?" >> i would be very, very satisfied just to say i don't lie, and, you know, she sort of fudged it a little bit. which i didn't love, but i understood what she was saying. i would much rather say i don't lie. you know, one of my problems is i'm straight. i tell it straight. i tell it like it is. >> reporter: we interviewed donald trump before a noon rally in myrtle beach. the crowd of more than 5,000 began arriving at 6:00 a.m. do you ever worry if you're
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>> i will be so disappointed in myself. there are so many things to do. our country is so far behind. we owe $19 trillion. we're going to start chopping away at that. no, i don't want to let those people down. >> reporter: do you feel that as a burden, though, if you become president? >> it's a burden. it makes it tougher for me. i don't want to let these people down. >> reporter: a day after calling the pope disgraceful, trump softened his tone. >> well, i think he was in a not as severe as the media let it known. but this morning he was so nice and i really appreciate it. >> reporter: is this an issue for the papacy to get involved in anyway, illegal immigration. >> look, mexico is ripping off this country, they're ripping us off between the drug trade and the illegal immigration and they said to the pope something and he went out with it. but he didn't know the united states' stand. he didn't know where we are or our people but he was terrific. >> reporter: we also asked
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where trump said he backed the war with iraq despite saying the opposite on the campaign trail. >> you could see that was a very weak, like-- that was the first person that ever asked me about the war. un, i'm a businessperson, so they're not asking me about the war. then shortly after that, i started saying-- i started really studying it and looking at it. i didn't like it because you're going to ruin in the balance in the middle east, which is what happened. >> reporter: trump also said he does not believe the most recent poll here showing the race tritening with ted cruz. scott, trump said he expects to win and if the republican field shrinks in the aftermath intends to pick up a good portion of the vote those who quit leave behind. >> pelley: and the vote in south carolina is tomorrow, as well. that poll major mentioned shows trump with only a five-point lead over cruz, but other polls show a wider margin for trump. so the real battle is for second place, the trump alternative. and with some insight into that,
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the anchor of "face the nation." john. >> scott, ted cruz has been second in the polls to be the first trump alternative. and the electorate in south carolina looks like iowa, state where he won, with about the same number of people who identify as very conservative and evangelical christians. marco rubio, trying to come in second after his fifth-place finish in new hampshire, needs either to come in second or to come in a close third to make his case that he's the mainstream answer to donald trump. for jeb bush and ben carson, this is a make-or-break. bush brought out his mother and his brother to campaign for him this week, and if he has a lacklustre showing the curtain will start to come down. that's true, also, for carson. john kasich is not expected to do well. his game plan relies on midwestern states like michigan. he just has to hope his rivals don't do too well in south carolina which would make it hard for him to stay in the conversation. >> pelley: the winnowing continues. john dickerson, our political
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in another story tonight, the justice department asked a federal judge today to force apple to unlock an iphone that belonged to one of the san bernardino terrorists. apple says that if it did, all of its customers would lose their right to privacy. jim axelrod has discovered there are many more of these battles than you might think. >> reporter: the battle over access to the san bernardino shooters' cell phone is far from an isolated case. the manhattan d.a.'s office said it's investigating cases involving 175 apple products with encryption similar to syed farook's phone, cases ranging from homicide to child sexual abuse. cyrus vance jr. >> it is very difficult to explain to a victim of crime that we cannot get the evidence that may identify the individual who committed the crime because the cell phone company and designer has decided that they know better. >> reporter: apple c.e.o. tim cook says he's fighting the
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iphone's encryption system to keep his consumers safe. >> but the reality is if you put a backdoor in, that backdoor is for everybody. >> reporter: john miller is deputy commissioner of the n.y.p.d. he says apple could develop a vote codeto break into the phone, get the information it needs, then destroy it. >> tim cook says, "i'm doing this for the safety of my customers," meaning so that we have an impregnable phone. i have to ask-- how many people who died on the floor in san bernardino or in paris had iphones in their pockets as they were being killed by the terrorists? they are tim cook's customers, too. >> reporter: today, a senior apple executive told cbs news, if we break this phone at 8:00 a.m., destroy the code, then at 10 a.m., we get another subpoena." but why is apple's cooperation necessary at all? mike morrell is the former number two at the c.i.a. isn't there somebody who
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or the n.s.a. who could do what the government wants apple to do? >> there's been so much advance in the last year, 18 months in the ability to protect information in these kind of devices, that the government has simply fallen behind in its capabilities. >> reporter: the next chapter in the legal battle in this case will unfold march 22. that is when a judge will hear arguments from both sides in a federal government in california. >> pelley: jim, thanks very much. american warplanes bombed an isis camp in libya overnight. about 40 people were killed, described by the u.s. as isis recruits. likely among the dead air, tunisian suspected of planning major terrorist attacks attacks in tunisia last year. a limited cease-fire was supposed to quiet the guns today in syria. it didn't. the five-year-old civil war is even more chaotic because some rebel groups backed by the
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each other. holly williams has our report. >> reporter: this is the first video evidence that u.s.-backed groups are fighting each other in syria. it appears to show syrian rebels using an american-supplied missile against kurdish fighters, who are also supported by the u.s. the two groups are now battling for the same territory in northern syria. meanwhile, a car bomb in the turkish capital, ankara, on wednesday has brought tensions between the u.s. and its close ally turkey to a breaking point. the attack on a military convoy killed 28 people and turkey's blaming a kurdish group. the same group that america's backing in syria in the fight against isis. today, the turkish president
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that america declare the kurdish group a terrorist organization. the kurdish group denies any involvement in the bomb, but turkey's anger with the u.s. could have big ramifications for the fight against isis because, scott, the u.s.-led coalition uses a turkish airbase to launch strikes against isis in syria. >> pelley: holly williams, thanks. the show of respect was unanimous today for supreme court associate justice antonin scalia. hour after hour, mourners filed past his casket in the great hall of the court. prayers were led by his own son, a catholic priest. here's our chief legal correspondent jan crawford. >> reporter: justice scalia arrived at the court for a final time with his former law clerks there to see him up the steps of the institution he served for 30 years. his family looking on.
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were his fellow justices. >> my brothers and sisters. >> reporter: the service was brief and moving. schae's son, father paul scalia, led the prayersarchs his wife, maureen, and their eight other children and most of their 36 grandchildren flanked the casket. >> we ask this through christ our lord. >> reporter: the justices and their spouses stood silently, their faces etched in grief. none of the eight justices have served on the court without the larger-than-life scalia. his sudden death will upend the court's dynamics and some of his decisions. as the president gets ready to nominate his successor, he took time away from politicking friday afternoon to pay his respects with the first lady. the couple paused as they left the great hall to stand before a painting of scalia. earlier in the afternoon, two of the leading candidates to replace scalia, federal appeals court judges patricia millett, and sri srinivasan, also paid respects. and throughout the day, long
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public waited to go inside, a quiet moment far removed from the brewing battle over the nomination. >> the father, and the son. >> reporter: scalia's death leaves the court divided 4-4, its future hanging in the balance, a family without its patriarch. now, the president and the first lady also met privately with some members of scalia's family. he will not be attending the funeral tomorrow, scott. the vice president gl instead. >> pelley: jan crawford at the court for us tonight. jan, thank you. well, emotions ran high at a hearing for the teen who used an affluenza defense for drunk driving. and president obama says she changed america for the better. we'll remember harper lee when the cbs evening news continues. you're young or old. no matter who you are a heart attack can happen without warning. if you've had a heart attack, a bayer aspirin regimen can help prevent another one. be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. bayer aspirin. i have asthma... of many pieces in my
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>> pelley: they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. that's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird. the writer of that classic line and novel harper lee died last night at the age of 89, a woman who, like her character, boo radley, preferred to stay inside the small world where she was born, monroeville, alabama. anthony mason has her story. >> reporter: when president bush awarded her the medal of freedom in 2007, harper lee had published only one novel, but it was a giant.
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pulitzer prize in 1961, spent 88 weeks atop the bestseller list, and became an oscar-winning film. >> scout. >> reporter: set in depression-era alabama, it's a story seen through the eyes of young scout finch, whose father atticus, defends a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman. >> what happened to you on the evening of august 21 of last year. >> reporter: nelle harper lee grew up in scout's world as she described in 1964. >> 1964. >> reporter: that was the last extended interview lee ever gave. >> she is the most private woman i have ever known. >> reporter: friend wayne flint said lee's next project was helping her neighbor, truman capote, research a kansas murder
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>> and i think you could make a very good case for the fact there would be no "in cold blood" were it not for the research she did. >> reporter: her only other novel appeared last year, "go set a watched man" put her back on the top of the bestseller list. all she wanted to be was a chronicler of southern life. her tale of that time became what many consider the towering american novel of the 20th century. anthony mason, cbs news, new york. >> pelley: steve hartman's next. it's easy to love your laxative when that lax loves your body back. only miralax hydrates, eases and softens to unblock naturally, so you have peace of mind from start to finish. love your laxative. miralax. i sure had a lot on my mind when i got out of the hospital after a dvt blood clot.
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party for some friends involved with the law. well, it's happened, and steve got an invitation from the party of the first part to the party in the second part of "on the road." >> reporter: it's not unusual for police to get called to a party, but what was unusual about this party in lancing, michigan, is that it was in their honor, a police thank you party, put on by this most-unlikely host. why did you want to do this? >> so i'm throwing them the thank you party to show them i still appreciate them. >> reporter: last year, in the midst of all those police protests, 11-year-old jeremie bordua, who had always wanted to be a police officer, asked his mom, marcella, if he picked the wrong profession. >> he goes, "mom, the cops are still the good guys, right?" i said, "yup, there are some bad police officers and there are still the good ones who are trying to protect themselves." >> reporter: jeremie got that
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of the good booing lumped in with the bad and he told his mom for the next birthday all he wanted was to throw a thank you party for police, assuming they would come. i mean, i thought maybe there would be three or foreguys here. >> yeah, me, too. >> reporter: you, too? >> i didn't know it was going to be this big, really. >> happy birthday to you. >> reporter: once word got out, more than 100 officers responded. >> how are you! >> reporter: and not just from lancing but from all over the state of michigan. >> thanks again. >> deputy james revell drove here from georgia. >> i just want to say thank you for doing all that you do for us. >> you're welcome. >> because he saw not every police officer is bad. >> thank you. >> we're human beings and that's what he sees in us. >> there's one person that really recognizes what we truly are out here to do. >> there just aren't kid like that. >> reporter: gary hall flew in from los angeles. >> i have to tell you, jeremie, how much this really means to us, and how...
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>> reporter: the kid had no idea the depth of their gratitude. >> thank you. >> reporter: but he was about to find out. >> you're a good boy. >> thank you. ( applause ) >> reporter: see, to help make all this happen, jeremie not only gave up his party but his presents as well. so in appreciation for that sacrifice, the lancing police department made him an honorary member of their force. >> we also have a hat for you. >> reporter: gave him a real uniform, right down to the badge. >> so i'm going to pin this badge on you, okay? >> okay. >> reporter: last year at this time, jeremie wasn't sure he wanted to be a cop, but now he is unwaivering. if you pull me over, i get out of my speeding ticket. and incorruptible. >> probably not. >> reporter: steve hartman, "on the road" in lancing, michigan. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news, all
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