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5:30 pm >> pelley: dishonorably >> pelley: dishonorably discharged: it's two top men wounded warrior project are fired after a cbs news expose on lavish spending by the veterans' charity. also tonight, deadly floodwaters in the south force thousands from their homes. more rain is on the way. violence at a trump rally. a protester is sucker punched. and a koala is killed at the l.a. zoo. "60 minutes" introduced you to the prime suspect. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. we begin tonight with breaking news in our investigation of this country's largest veterans charity. the two top executives of the
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wounded warrior project were fired today by the board of directors. americans donate hundreds of millions of dollars each year to that charity, expecting that their money will help some of the 52,000 troops wounded in iraq and afghanistan. but a cbs news investigation found wounded warrior project spends 40% to 50% on overhead, including extravagant parties. other veterans' charities have overhead costs of 10% to 15%. correspondent chip reid and investigative reporter jennifer janisch broke this story. chip is here with the latest. chip? >> reporter: well, scott, wounded warriors' project and chief executive officer steven nardizzi and chief operating officer al giordano ed by the boferred directores after a meeting here this afternoon in new york. >> with a gift of $19 a month, you can join a wounded warrior h,oject. >> reporter: by appealing to america's generosity, wounded warrior project raised more than $1 billion in donations since
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2003, $300 million in 2014 alone. but while the money was pouring in, it was also flowing out on cevish employee conferences. in 2014, $26 million. >> let's get a mexican mariachi band in there. let's get maracas made with the wounded warrior project logo, put it on every staff members' desk. let's get it catered. let's have a big old party. >> eric millette was a retired army staff sergeant when he took a job with wounded warriors as a motivational speaker, but after two years he quit. >> i'll be damned if you're going to take hard working americans' money and drink it and waste it. instead of helping those brave atn and women who gave you the freedom to watch the face of the earth. >> reporter: more than 40 former employees told cbs news that spending by the charity was out of control. these two former employees were at fearful of retaliation, they asked us not to show their faces. >> it was extremely extravagant, dinners and alcohol and just
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total access. >> reporter: for a charitable oganization that's serving veterans, all this expense on expensive resorts and alcohol, it seems-- >> i mean, it's what the military calls fraud, waste, and abuse. ee reporter: former employees told us the excessive spending began when steven nardizzi took over as c.e.o. in 2009. they point to the 2014 annual meeting at a luxury resort in colorado springs as typical of his style. >> he rappelled down the side of a building. >> reporter: you mean to make a grand entrance? >> yes, and he's come in on a segway. he's come in on a horse. >> reporter: nardizzi has defended the charity's spending. >> if your only fixation is spending the most on programs, that's feeling good but not necessarily doing good. you could run a lot of program activities. you could spend a lot of money and have them be wholly ineffective. ma reporter: but many major donors were outraged over allegations that only a little over half of donations went to help wounded vets.
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fred and dianne kane raised f25,000 with golf tournaments. >> i feel like i'm representing all these people that have donated over the years, all these seniors over 65 that-- ntat have sent them $19 a month, all these people on fixed incomes. if nobody's going to talk about beis right now, and it has to be me, then it has to be me. r: reporter: are you done with munded warrior project? >> yes, except for my new mission of trying to see change there. >> reporter: sources tell cbs news the board has received preliminary results of a financial audit, and, scott, there are discussions under way about retired senior military edficers who are being considered to take over leadership of the organization. >> pelley: and we'll be following up on this important story, chip. thank you very much. in another important story ngnight in the south, rising aoodwaters have killed at least five people, including a six- year-old boy in louisiana. the storms won't break until
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saturday. david begnaud is there. >> reporter: bossier city is under water tonight. this woman can be seen floating down the street on an air mattress, one of dozens of evacuees in the area. 3,500 homes are under mandatory evacuation, but some residents are unable to get out. >> we can fit some more in here if we need. >> reporter: rescue crews are searching this area, helping families get to higher ground. neighbors are pitching in, bringing sandbags to homes that are not flooded yet. across the red river from shreveport, over 20 inches of rain has fallen in this area, washing away sections of highway, and prompting the assistance of the national guard. captain mike carman: >> in the 30 years that i've been here, it's probably epic, probably the worst. with what we have coming in, there's probably going to be more. >> reporter: among those rescued the young, the old, and the four-legged.
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swept in from the rivers, these large carp could be seen swimming all over sidewalks. it is all part of a historic weather pattern pushing tropical moisture into louisiana, arkansas, tennessee, and texas. it's causing severe thunderstorms and excessive rainfall never seen before in the month of march. >> it just came very fast. very sudden. >> reporter: back in bossier city, stephen hamm worries about what comes next. >> everyone's pretty much prepared for a complete and total loss at this point. and not many of us on this street even have flood insurance because it's-- this is-- this never happens in this neighborhood. never. >> reporter: more rain is expected, but here's the good sters it's only about an inch, forecasters say. ise threat of rain is starting ow diminish. so now the concern turns towards the rivers. the floodwater has to go somewhere, so from tennessee to the gulf of mexico, scott, we're told the rivers will rise and it erll be record-setting. >> pelley: david begnaud for us y:night. david, thanks. the republican presidential candidates are holding their
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latest debate tonight in miami. lve days before the critical florida primary, the latest poll shows front-runner donald trump with a nine-point lead over florida senator marco rubio with ted cruz and john kasich far back. from miami, here's major nirrett. >> reporter: campaigning in north carolina last night, donald trump dismissed both marco rubio and ted cruz. >> little marco would say-- i think he's gone. i think he's gone. but who knows? you never know. lying ted. ssu know, don't forget lying ted ass supposed to win mississippi. he was supposed to win alabama. >> reporter: trump is facing millions of dollars in negative advertising against him in soorida. >> i personally don't trust donald trump. trth donald trump, you always have to read the fine print. an reporter: trump has spent far acss on ads than his opponents or the super pacs arrayed against him, content to campaign outside of florida and ride his lead in the polls. >> and you know what they say about men with small hands. >> reporter: as rubio continues
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to trail in his home state he expressed regret over his crude attacks on trump. >> my kids were embarrassed by it. my wife didn't like it. i don't think it reflects good. that's not who i am. >> reporter: cruz is hoping to leap ahead of rubio in florida and this afternoon picked up his first senate endorsement from utah's mike lee. >> he truly is unstoppable. that's why i think it's time for us to unite behind him. >> reporter: since tuesday's big wins, trump has suggested he would tone down his rhetoric to appeal to a general election ludience, but there was once again controversy over his comments of the muslim faith. >> i think islam hates us. there's something-- there's something there, there's a tremendous hatred there. >> reporter: as for all that trump merchandise on display at trump's press conference earlier this week, most of those items are sold at trump clubs and hotels, but scott, for the most part those brands are not sold to the public and those that were have been discontinued. moments ago cbs news confirmed dr. ben carson will endorse rump tomorrow. >> pelley: major garrett, thank
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you very much, major. a trump supporter is under arrest tonight after punching a protester at a rally, and it's not the only such incident over the last few weeks. here's julianna goldman. ak reporter: 26-year-old rakeem jones was punched in the face as he was escorted out of donald trump's really last night. cell phone videos also showed jones being thrown to the ground and tackled by police. 78-year-old john mcgraw was arrested today and charged with odsault. he spoke to "inside edition" as he was leaving the rally. >> yes, he deserved it. and the next time we see him we might have to kill him. >> reporter: confrontations that sometimes turn violent have become common at trump rallies. >> get them out of here! get them out! out, out, out! bye! go home to mommy. go home to mommy. >> reporter: last week in kentucky, rally-goers surrounded and shoved this demonstrator. other videos have shown trump supporters appearing to spit and kick protesters. hest before trump takes the
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stage, the audience gets a warning: >> this is a peaceful rally. in order to notify the law enforcement officers of the location of the protester, please hold a rally sign over your head and start chanting "trump." >> reporter: trump rarely urges restraint. >> am i allowed to rip that whistle out of the mouth, i'd rip that... i'd like to punch him in the face, i'll tell you. ow you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you, seriously. just knock the hell-- i promise you, i will pay for the legal fees. >> reporter: and it's not just trump protesters. today, michelle fields a reporter for conservative website breitbart said earlier this week, "a trump campaign manager grabbed me tightly by the arm and yanked me down." she even tweeted a picture of a bruise on her arm. in a statement, the campaign called the accusation entirely false, but a reporter from the "washington post" who was standing near fields confirmed her account. as for last night's incident, trump's spokesperson called it
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unfortunate but beyond their unntrol. atott, she said they don't encourage that kind of behavior, but they also don't discourage supporters or protesters from exercising their first amendment rights. >> pelley: julianna, thank you. in florida, 214 delegates are at beake for democrats hillary reinton and bernie sanders, and here's nancy cordes. >> you have a very important primary here in florida. >> reporter: in sunny florida today, sanders and clinton showered voters with love. >> we're going to make investments in this port. >> reporter: florida is nearly a quarter latino. last night, both candidates vowed to be lenient with undocumented immigrants. >> yes or no, can you promise tonight that you won't deport children? lrildren who are already here. >> i will not deport children. i would not deport children. todo not want to deport family members, either, jorge. >> can you promise not to deport immigrants who don't have a criminal record? or i can make that promise.
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>> reporter: those promises thuld haunt them in a general ncection, but that's not their mggest concern right now. >> madam secretary, i will match my record against yours any day of the week. ( cheers and applause ) >> well, let's do that. let's talk about that. >> reporter: clinton is under added pressure after her surprise loss to sanders in michigan. a routine question about her e- mail server prompted this response: >> if you get indicted will you drop out? >> oh, for goodness-- that is not going to happen. i am not even answering that question. >> reporter: clinton put sanders on the spot for his praise of the cuban leader fidel castro in 1985. >> he educated the kids, gave them health care. >> i just couldn't disagree more. eau know, if the values are that you oppress people, you disappear people, you imprison people, even kill people, that is not the kind of revolution of klues that i ever want to see anywhere. ( cheers and applause ) >> reporter: sanders agreed that cuba is an authoritarian nation, but he insisted that castro got some things right.
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that may not go over very well t,th some cubans in miami, scott, but it doesn't appear to be hurting him here in tampa, where more than 4,000 people have come out to hear him speak tonight. >> pelley: nancy cordes with the democrats. nancy, thank you. there are american names on a list of isis volunteers. and murder at the zoo with the chief suspect at large when the cbs evening news continues. thousands of people came out today to run the race for retirement. so we asked them... are you completely prepared for retirement? okay, mostly prepared? could you save 1% more of your income? it doesn't sound like much, but saving an additional 1% now, could make a big difference over time. i'm going to be even better about saving. you can do it, it helps in the long run.
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one batch of documents, 120 of 1,700 recruits volunteered for suicide missions. icere are said to be at least 10 americans on the list. one of them douglas robert, the alias for an illinois man named douglas macarthur mccain, was already known to western intelligence and has since been killed on the battlefield. >> the guys who went that you didn't know, that's the value of this because it puts new people he your radar. >> reporter: the documents are two years old. some of them are duplicates, and some of them encrypted. rs it's not clear exactly how bny active fighters have had aleir identities blown, but, scott, it could be several thousand. >> pelley: david martin at the pentagon for us tonight. david, thank you. there is an alarming new study on diabetes, and we'll have that next. moderate to severe crohn's disease is tough, but i've managed.
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the suspect still at large, we asked john blackstone to get us the facts. >> reporter: other animals at the los angeles zoo may have witnessed the crime, but they're imt talking. the victim was killarney, a 14- year-old female koala mauled to death. the main suspect, caught on zoo security cameras, is well known to authorities, and most everyone else in los angeles as p22, the hollywood mountain lion. , o director john lewis. >> what we know at this point is, it's circumstantial, but he was in the zoo the night the wo koala disappeared, certainly would be capable of doing it. >> reporter: this is like a hollywood celebrity murder and accseem to be the defense attorney for the accused. >> i don't know if i see it that way. >> reporter: national park service ranger kate kuykendall is raising reasonable doubt. there could be other suspects. >> there could be, yes. there are bobcats and coyotes. l reporter: but only one mountain lion lives in griffith
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park, more than 4,000 acres of wild land preserve in the middle of los angeles, which includes hae zoo. p22 may have had at least one wior. >> we feel pretty confident he had taken a raccoon at one point and fed on it. >> reporter: these wild animals don't know this is a zoo. >> absolutely. i mean koala bears are adorable and i think have a place in all the public's heart, but, of course, to a mountain lion, you know, he doesn't see it that way. >> reporter: p22 has never been known to bother a human. if he's guilty at all, it's only for doing what comes naturally. john blackstone, cbs news, los angeles. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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the bay area gets soaked. pounding rain triggers mud slides, rising water sends peek rushing to higher ground. >> leave! before it floods, you know? >> the new fears swelling rivers could spill their banks. plus, the unique plan to protect a neighborhood in the flood zone. >> a community rallies to help the 6-year-old seriously hurt in a hit-and-run. an update on the search for the driver. >> 21 to smoke? our exclusive bay area poll on the straight's strict new tobacco crackdown. >> new at 6:00, celebrities, athletes and ceos join in a massive campaign to help schools. >> you can make today the best schoolday. >> the surprise windfall for bay area classrooms. >> we are keeping our "eye on the storm" and what has become a rough evening commute. good evening, i'm allen martin. >> i'm veronica de la cruz.
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check out hi-def doppler lit up in yellow and orange right now. it is really coming down. the storm that started in the north bay is drenching most of the bay area. we have watches and warnings to tell you about. brian hackney has more. >> it began to rain last night in the north bay. it sagged south into the central bay where now we have urban and small stream flooding watches which means it's raining, ponding on the road, right in the thick of the evening commute. the brunt of this is sinking south into the central bay area now lifts to the north bay where heavy cells are coming down right now. especially in the flood-prone russian river valley. that's where they have flood warnings posted for the river peaking at about 9:00 saturday morning. south bay not a big deal. a million people in san jose picked up a trace of rain. much more than that up in the north bay where


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