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>> pelley: trump ignites a firestorm when he's asked about making abortion illegal. >> there has to be some form of punishment. >> for the woman? >> yeah. >> pelley: also tonight, danger ahead. research finds most headlights have a dim view of safety. a week after sebastian bellin narrowly escaped death in brussels, a joyful reunion. and, how scientist lucy jones became the queen of quakes through no "fault" of her own. >> i'm being stopped in the grocery store. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. the moment he said it, the trump campaign realized it would need a crowbar to get the candidate's
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foot out of his mouth this time. in an interview today that seemed disjointed and belligerent, trump was drawn into a hypothetical question-- in a future america, if abortion were illegal, should women who have one be punished? later, trump reversed his answer 180 degrees, just like his stand on abortion. here's major garrett. >> reporter: during a contentious interview with msnbc's chris matthews, donald trump said he supported making abortion illegal. matthews then asked him about the ramifications of such a ban. >> the answer is that there has to be some form of punishment. >> for the woman? >> yeah, there has to be some form. >> 10 years? >> i don't know. >> that i don't know. >> why not? you take positions on everything else. >> i do take positions on everything else. it's a complicated position. >> reporter: condemnation quickly came in from the left and the right. texas senator ted cruz said trump "has demonstrated that he hasn't seriously thought through the issues." this was ohio governor john
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kasich, who has limited access to abortion in his home state. >> i do have exceptions for rape, incest, and life of the mother, but, of course, women shouldn't be punished. >> and the antiabortion group said: democratic front-runner hillary clinton immediately took to twitter writing: the abortion issue looms large in the election with a vacancy on the supreme court. trump has said he would appoint conservative justices who would overturn legal protections for abortion. trump has struggled with women voters. in the latest cbs news/"new york times" poll, 63% viewed him unfavorably. and in a new poll out of republican voters in wisconsin, which holds its primary next tuesday, trump trails ted cruz among g.o.p. women by 15%. said he had gone too far. >> i can't believe that he would
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punish the woman for that. i wish i could put some tape on his mouth sometimes. >> reporter: trump soon went into full retreat, writing in a statement that "if abortion were illegal, the doctor or any other person performing this illegal act upon a woman would be held legally responsible, not the woman. the woman is a victim in this case, as is the life in her womb." this is not the first full-blown written reversal of something trump has said during the course of the campaign. scott, trump has undertaken similar cleanup efforts dealing with foreign worker visas and using torture in violation of u.s. law. >> pelley: major garrett, thanks. we'll turn now to john dickerson our cbs news political director and the anchor of "face the nation." john, it's hard to imagine how anyone could offend both the pro-choice and pro-life sides of this argument at the same time, but donald trump has managed. where does this leave him? >> reporter: yeah, it's a rare trick to do both. and this also underscores a
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criticism of him which is donald trump hasn't thought through the important issues. but even though he has now reversed himself, the idea of punishing a woman for an abortion, even under hypothetical circumstances, is not something even the most pro-life advocates talk about. and it may exacerbate a problem trump has with women voters, which has been the topic of conversation in republican circles all week. trump has a deficit of 44 points among women. to put that into historical perspective, mitt romney, four years ago, had a deficit of just 13 points. and given those numbers, even some of trump's supporters wonder why this week he's defended his campaign manager in an altercation with a female reporter by questioning the truthfulness of that reporter, and carried on his public feud with fox's megyn kelly. as a sign of how his opponents are trying to take advantage of this, ted cruz held an event in wisconsin with his wife, his mother, and former candidate carly fiorina. he called it a "celebration of women." >> pelley: john dickerson our cbs news political director,
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we'll be watching "face the nation" on sunday. thanks, john. there's another important story on abortion today. the abortion drug mifeprex was made more available under new rules from the f.d.a. a prescription will now require only two doctor visits rather than three, and the pill can be started up to 70 days after a missed period. before, the maximum was 49 days. once known as r.u.486, the drug was approved in 2000. today, about a quarter of all abortions are induced with medication. tonight in north carolina, they are facing a business boycott over a law that critics consider anti-gay. this week, georgia's governor vetoed a similar bill, but north carolina's governor is defending his new law. here's mark strassmann. >> reporter: north carolina is roiled by backlash, boycott threats, and bigotry allegations over its new law called h.b.2.
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critics say it bars discrimination protection for people who are gay or transgender. the most talked about provision requires people to use public bathrooms that correspond with the gender on their birth certificate. supporters say to protect privacy. >> they don't want to believe we exist. >> reporter: jaquin carcano is a 27-year-old transgender man and a plaintiff in a federal suit seeking to strike down the new law. to you, this goes well beyond bathrooms. >> oh, definitely. bathrooms are just sort of a cover for the real attack here. it's pure hostility. >> reporter: dozens of corporations have been critical. bank of america, headquartered in charlotte, tweeted, "repeal hb-2." governors in new york, washington, and vermont, banned most official state travel to north carolina. >> when you're a guest in our restaurant, you're always welcome here. >> reporter: greg hatem owns a half dozen raleigh-area restaurants that employ 500 people. what to you is the message the legislature is sending? >> i think the message is that certain people are welcome and
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certain people aren't, and we're going to get more into your personal life than we should. >> reporter: north carolina governor pat mccrory stands behind the law. no regrets? no concerns about the backlash? >> i think we're using common sense, pragmatic etiquette to protect the expectation of privacy that all of us want when we use the most private of facilities, and that's the restroom, locker room, and shower facilities. and this is what most states are doing right now. >> reporter: the state's attorney general, democrat roy cooper, has called the law a national embarrassment and will refuse to defend it in court. but he's running for governor this november against mccrory. so, scott, politics clearly seem to factor in this controversy. >> pelley: as usual. mark strassmann in raleigh for us, mark, thank you. tonight, police in minneapolis are bracing for protests after two officers were cleared in the fatal shooting of 24-year-old jamar clark. critics said that clark was handcuffed when he was shot last november, but today, the d.a.
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made his case, and jericka duncan is in minneapolis. >> when did the blood get washed off the sidewalk? >> reporter: anger boiled over inside the hennepin county courthouse. >> the city burns, it's on your hands. >> reporter: family and friends of 24-year-old jamar clark took aim at county attorney mike freeman. >> police have a very difficult job. >> reporter: for more than 30 minutes, freeman laid out a detailed case for why he decided not to charge the two responding officers. >> they told him to take his hands out of his pocket. he refused. >> reporter: video released today from an ambulance shows officer mark ringgenberg grab clark from behind. according to freeman, officer dustin schwartze heard ringgenberg say, "he's got my gun." >> schwartze said he put the gun to the edge of clark's mouth and m id, "let go, or i'm going to shoot you." schwartze recalls clark looking directly at him and saying, "i'm ready to die."
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>> reporter: prosecutors say clark's d.n.a. was found on the handle of the gun, but no fingerprints, and, they say, an autopsy showed no signs of clark being handcuffed. but several other witnesses say clark was on the ground with his hands cuffed when he was shot in the head. local naacp president nekima levy-pounds. >> there's a notion that they can kill us, that they can arrest us, that they can harass us, and they will not be held accountable. >> reporter: in the past five years, the city has spent more than $9 million settling police misconduct cases. and, scott, at this park later this evening, a protest is scheduled in support of jamar clark. >> pelley: jericka duncan reporting for us tonight. jericka, thank you. there is a new development tonight in our cbs news investigation into wounded warrior project, america's largest veterans charity. the charity took in $300 million in 2014, but charity watchdogs
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way little more than half was spent on vets. after our report, the c.e.o. was fired, and now there is a power struggle. here's chip reid. >> this is about restoring an organization that i love, that my family loves. retired marine john melia was injured in combat in somalia. in 2003, he founded the wounded warrior project with his family. but he says they were pushed out six years ago after disagreeing with then-c.e.o. steven nardizzi about how he was running the charity. melia told us he's angry about allegations of lavish spending that he fears come at the expense of veterans' programs. those were the issues that led to the firing of the charity's top two officers three weeks ago. but now, the charity's original founders want more. they're calling for the resignation of board chairman anthony odierno as the only way to restore public trust in wounded warriors. >> the same board that oversaw
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these problems, who approved the budget, is the same board that's trying to fix the problem. tony is a good and honorable servant of our country, but tony was, frankly, asleep at the wheel. >> reporter: odierno was appointed interim c.e.o., but cbs news has learned odierno, who works for a bank in new york, is not running the daily operations of the charity in jacksonville. odierno canceled a planned meeting with melia, after melia threatened to make public phone calls he recorded with board members that he says show a board in disarray. in a statement today, the board said the melias are attacking the organization to promote their personal agenda, and their conduct is not in keeping with how we wish to do business and that the board has and will continue to act decisively to move the organization forward. >> we're not attacking the organization. the wounded warrior project is a pure mission. what's personal to us is to replace those people in the organization who didn't take care of the organization.
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>> reporter: the melia family says it feels the board's approval of the charity's spending and its lack of transparency have eroded the public's trust in the charity. john melia hopes to be appointed interim c.e.o. but scott, the board seems unwilling to engage with the charity's original founder. >> pelley: chip reid in washington. hip, thank you. police have discovered the terrorists who bombed brussels had pictures of the belgian prime minister's residence and office in a laptop. 87 people are still in the hospital, including seb bellin, who played college basketball in the united states. today, vladimir duthiers was there when his family visited for the first time. >> reporter: it was a surprise reunion like no other. >> what are you doing? >> reporter: seb bellin, back with his father, john, step- mother lisa, wife sarah and his
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two younger brothers. >> we couldn't wait to see you, sebi. >> this makes it real. >> reporter: bellin came close to death eight days ago, after terrorist bombs ripped through the brussels airport, sending the 6'10" athlete flying over 50 feet into the air. he's recovering from four surgeries to his hips and legs. his wife, sarah. >> seeing that photo was-- i mean, extremely terrifying. and to thinking that that happened to our family and it's like an invasion into your-- your little circle. >> reporter: was there ever any doubt in your mind that seb was going to pull through this? >> no. i think the initial shock of seeing that picture, we both lost it, and i was completely in
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shock for maybe three minutes. but then, you know, i started looking at the picture more closely, and saying, "okay, he's going to be okay." >> if you would have told me that this was going to happen a week after lying on the floor in that airport, it's too extreme. i don't know how i'll ever repay my gratitude to have my family around me. >> reporter: it's not clear how long the recovery process will be, scott, but his family says they'll be with him every step of the way. >> pelley: vladimir duthiers at one of the memorials in brussels. and vlad is going to have more on this family's story tomorrow on "cbs this morning." in a new safety test, only one car's headlights got top marks. and a deep impact on jupiter when "the cbs evening news" continues.
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it is illuminating. here's kris van cleave. >> reporter: this side-by-side video shows the top-performing toyota prius v., with its optional led headlights on the left, and the lowest rated, the bmw three series with halogen lights on the right. at 50 feet, the driver of the prius can clearly see a test dummy in blue jeans and further down the road, deer. but the bmw driver only makes out this. david zuby is from the insurance institute for highway safety. what surprised you in looking at headlights for the first time? >> i think the two big surprises are how wide the variation in performance is, and the other that in some cases, the baseline headlight does a better job than the more expensive headlight on the same model car. >> reporter: nearly half of all accidents happen at night even though traffic is 25% lighter, and the national safety council says traffic deaths are three times greater after dark partially due to limited visibility. but of the 82 headlights on 31 2016 mid-sized cars tested, only
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that prius earned a good ranking. 11 cars were acceptable, nine, including the bmw 3 series, which has multiple headlight options, were marginal. and 10, including some luxury vehicles, were ranked poor. >> most of us take lights for granted. >> reporter: deborah hersman is the former chairman of the national transportation safety board. >> iihs estimated that 10,000 lives a year could be saved if all cars were equipped with four technologies-- headlights, improved headlights, adaptive headlights are one of those four technologies. so this isn't a throwaway item. this is actually something that should be a must-have on all cars. >> reporter: bmw says it is "disappointed with the results but, we remain confident that we offer our customers very effective headlight systems at a variety of price points." scott, iihs says it intends to expand its headlight rankings to more classes of vehicles. >> pelley: kris van cleave reporting. kris, thank you very much. the nation's smallest state has
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>> pelley: tonight, a band of powerful storms is stretching from north texas to the great lakes. earlier today, torrential rain flooded little rock, arkansas. parts of kansas got pelted with hail. and in the town of el dorado say they the hail was as big as golf balls. there were fireworks on jupiter caught on video. something hit the giant planet about two weeks ago. it caused a bright flash the light. scientists aren't sure if it was an asteroid or a comet. there it is on the right. tonight, some are calling rhode island "rhode iceland." embarrassed state officials had to take down a new tourism video because this glass building turned out to be a prominent concert hall in iceland. rhode island officials did not blame the error on providence. they blamed the editing company.
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mine in the country out of business. next on kpix 5 weather talent appears at wx center with generic pinpoint filling monitor then we take special sponsored 7-day gra then we wipe to end tag >> pelley: dr. lucy jones retired today. >> pelley: dr. lucy jones retired today. she was one of the most popular people on earth whenever it shook. here's john blackstone. ( buzzer ) >> now we're having an aftershock. >> reporter: for almost 30 years, lucy jones has been a rock star of sorts, a u.s. geological survey seismologist, famous as california's "earthquake lady." >> my male colleagues could do the exact same things i did, and they don't get remembered and i'm being stopped in the grocery store.
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>> reporter: because you're motherly? >> i think that's a factor. you feel better when mommy tells you it's okay. >> reporter: that image was established in 1992 after a major earthquake in the southern california desert. >> it is not on the san andreas fault. >> reporter: she had no baby- sitter, and her husband, also a seismologist, had to deal with a computer failure. >> he brought the kids in, handed me the baby in the middle of an interview because he was dealing with a crisis. i became sort of the symbol of working motherhood. >> reporter: growing up, jones loved science and math, but in the 1960s, that wasn't easy for a girl. >> i still had a guidance counselor tell me, "you have to stop showing you're so good in math. the boys aren't going to like you." >> reporter: she didn't stop, went on to earn a ph.d. in geophysics at m.i.t. >> there was a damaging earthquake in los angeles every year. >> reporter: she learned when earthquakes left people on edge, she could help. >> when the scientists come in and give it a name and give it a number and give it a fault, we're putting it back in the box and saying somebody understands
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it. >> reporter: over the years she went from paper seismographs to computer-generated graphics. when the movie "san andreas" premiered last year, she tweeted from the theater. >> all these people were asking us, is this real? and i was like "why are you trying to learn seismology from a hollywood movie?" >> reporter: she taught californians to be earthquake ready but she's leaving her job with one big thing undone. >> i've spent my life studying an event that i may not live to see. i thought it would happen before i retired. >> reporter: the big one. >> the big one, a big san andreas earthquake. >> reporter: but if it does come, lucy jones promises to come out of retirement and help us all understand what happened. john blackstone, cbs news, los angeles. >> pelley: that's what's shaking tonight on the cbs evening news. for all of us around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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money? "."people don't realize, its money coming out of your po. my pocket." how a bay area trans the ballooning cost. new at 6:00 a bus stop with a $3 million price tag. is this a good use of taxpayer money? >> people don't realize this is money coming out of your pocket, my pocket. >> how a bay area transit district is defending the ballooning costs. >> a jury says this former star stanford swimmer is guilty of rape. new reaction to the verdict just handed down. >> where's ed lee? san francisco's mayor goes from facing hecklers to flying under the radar. >> if you are the mayor you have to be in the streets. >> we asked the mayor of's staff why he is keeping such a low profile. good evening, i'm ken bastida. >> i'm veronica de la cruz. >> tonight, a head scratcher. you think putting a bus stop would be easy enough but not in marin county. one bus stop in downtown novato is taking years to construct
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and the cost, $3 million. kpix 5's mike sugerman went to find out what's going on. mike? >> reporter: kenny, you know, you hear it, you go, a bus stop? $3million? well, this is not just any bus stop. so a lot of people are shaking their heads. this novato bus stop was built 37 years ago and still has its fans. >> it's crowded. it's just delightful aesthetically. >> reporter: but a look in the mirror upon reflection shows others a different view. >> it's garbage. it looks like if you are going catching. >> reporter: and marin transit has plans to improve it, update it, beautify it, make it safe and more accessible. >> so that's pretty. with this part -- yeah, oh, that's pretty. >> reporter: it's the cost some here find hard to swallow. northbound $3.5 million.

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