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at epstein's manhattan mansion in 2010 that prompted the palace to issue the extraordinary statement. his royal highness deplores the exploitation of any human being and the suggestion he would condone, participate in or encourage any such behavior is abhorrent. yet, he's been accused of exactly such behavior, despite repeated denials. a court photo from 2001 shows the duke of york with his arm around virginia giuffre, just 17 at the time. she claims epstein paid her to have sex with prince andrew on three occasions. >> before you know it, i'm being lent out to politicians and to academics and to people that you -- royalty. >> reporter: royal correspondent roy anika said the palace had to
break its silence. >> the palace has to be confident that no further evidence is going to come forward further implicating the duke of york and his connection with jeffrey epstein. >> reporter: while the palace says the prince is appalled by these allegations, they don't explain what he was doing at epstein's house two years after he was convicted of those sex crimes. norah? >> charlie d'agata, thank you. an iranian oil tanker is back at sea following a six-week dispute over sanctions violations. british marines stopped it in gibraltar last month suspecting it was shipping oil to syria. the u.s. issued a warrant for the ship to be impounded but it was allowed to sail on after iran promised the oil wouldn't be delivered to syria. iran warned the u.s. should not block the ship. democratic presidential hopeful elizabeth warren tried again today to put to rest an issue president trump has used to attack her. warren made a public apology in sioux city, iowa.
political correspondent ed o'keefe is there tonight. >> i know that i have made mistakes. i am sorry for harm i have caused. >> reporter: in front of a crowd of native american activists today, massachusetts senator elizabeth warren apologized publicly for the first time for seeking a dna test to back up hear claims of native american heritage. >> i have listened, and i have learned a lot, and i am grateful for the many conversations that we've had together. >> reporter: before serving in the senate, warren described herself as a minority in professional directories. but that brought intense scrutiny and prior to announcing her presidential run, warren took the dna test proving she was a fraction native american. the move backfired. >> elizabeth "pocahontas" warren. >> reporter: president trump hasn't let her live it down. but voters we spoke to said it's not an issue. >> i really didn't feel an apology was necessary. you know, i was told that if you have a drop of native blood, it
makes you native. >> reporter: that sentiment is reflected in the polls where warren has surged into second place in iowa behind joe biden and enjoys top tier status among democratic voters nationwide. some iowans believe warren still may not be able to overcome the issue. >> i think it's going to be tough for her, and she's not ready for what trump has. >> ed o'keefe joins us from iowa. how big of an issue has this been on the campaign trail? >> reporter: well, norah, despite the president's attacks, campaign aides say warren has taken 560 questions since launching her campaign in january. and she's only ever been asked about her native american heritage twice. >> all right. ed o'keefe, thank you. next, a teenager who blames vaping for a lung injury launches a crusade to get other teens to quit. later, drug-sniffing dogs separate the pot from the peppers. and a basketball superstar donates big bucks to promote the game of golf.
inhaled some kind of vapors. anna werner spoke with a florida teen who blames vaping for a different type of lung injury. >> reporter: chase ammirata never thought he'd end up in the emergency room with a collapsed lung. >> i just freaked out. and they said your lung has collapsed. you have to go to surgery right now. >> reporter: the 18-year-old posted instagram videos showing his chest before and after the surgery to repair what turned out to be a hole in his lung. his surgeon told cbs news, ammirata's lungs were inflamed which could have been caused by something he'd been inhaling. >> but now you've never been a smoker, a traditional smoker. >> never, yeah. >> what have you been using? >> juul. >> juul? >> yeah. cigarettes are obsolete. >> reporter: ammirata believes his year and a half long juul habit caused his injury. doctors told cbs news it's possible vaping may have contributed to it. but health authorities are now investigating other kinds of severe lung illness associated
with vaping. 94 possible cases in 14 states. it's not clear which product or substance the individuals used. you first started hearing about these cases how long ago? >> oh, all within the last month. >> reporter: dr. emily chapman is chief medical officer at children's minnesota hospital. >> so essentially you're seeing a pattern? >> a pattern that's different from what we've seen before, yes. >> on the chest x-ray the whole thing looks abnormal equally throughout the entire lung. >> reporter: a normal lung in cross-section view looks like this. now look at the cross-section view of a patient in hawaii whose doctor says he has the same type of acute lung injury. dr. chapman says it can be critical. >> basically saying that over a week's time, their lungs are failing. >> they go from healthy adolescents to really in a life-threatening situation. >> juul declined to comment on ammirata's case but is investigating the ongoing
investigation into the other lung injury cases. the american vaping association is taking the position that it's not nicotine but illegal drugs or thc, the ingredient in marijuana, that likely causes injuries. but nobody really knows for sure. >> is the lung damage permanent? >> they don't know. they say there could be permanent lung damage. they're not sure yet. >> scary. anna werner, thank you. from tampa to key west, why florida's palm trees are slowly dying.
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a fresh fragrance never experienced before. keep it fresh. customs agents seized an extra spicy delivery at a port near san diego. 7500 pounds of marijuana said to be worth more than $2 million didn't fool the k9 unit sniffing it out. it was the second multimillion-dollar shipment of pot intercepted there within the last few days. someone called it a red-hot arrest. scientists are sounding an alarm tonight. florida's iconic palm trees are dying. researchers say a tiny insect is to blame turning the leaves dry and eventually killing the trees. it started in the tampa area in 2006 and now has spread across the state. steph curry, the basketball superstar with a passion for golf, announced today he's going to sponsor a new golf program at
at the ghost ship trial in oakland, three jurors were dismissed today. three alternate jurors were brought in and jury deliberations started over. they're considering manslaughter charges against two men who organized a party at a cluttered warehouse in december of 2016. 36 people were killed trapped inside the building that was known as the ghost ship. we'll be right back.
12-year-old maddy freking is the only girl in this year's little league world series in williamsport, pennsylvania. and one of its biggest stars. >> it's really cool to be here. >> we are even 2-2 with the bases loaded. >> reporter: here she is sunday pitching for her minnesota team. she gets out of a bases loaded jam by striking out a batter, then throwing out a base runner to end the inning. >> maddy freking is off the mound! >> when she's not on the mound, maddy plays second base, just as her hero jackie robinson did. her fans include the pittsburgh pirates manager clint hurdle. >> i just hope there's a day that i'm living long enough that i could see it happen. >> reporter: maddy is only the 19th girl to play in the little league world series. >> what a play by maddy freking! >> and she's got advice to other girls watching her. >> for any little girls that are watching, i'd tell them to keep playing their game and always do their best.
>> i'm norah o'donnell in new york. thanks for joining us, and we'll see you again tomorrow. good night. ♪ this is the "cbs overnight news." >> welcome to the overnight news. i'm anna werner. after five years of investigations and protests, the new york city police officer involved in the chokehold death of eric garner has been fired. garner's final words "i can't breathe" were caught on video and became a nationwide. attorney general william barr declined to bring a civil rights
case. but a scathing report by an nypd judge sealed pantaleo's fate. errol barnett reports. >> reporter: this was the moment in july 2014 when veteran officer daniel pantaleo, seen in the green t-shirt, administered a chokehold on eric garner that commissioner james o'neill said cost pantaleo his job. >> officer pantaleo's use of a prohibited chokehold was reckless and constituted a gross deviation from the standard of conduct established for a new york city police officer. >> reporter: pantaleo was attempting to arrest garner for selling illegal cigarettes outside a staten island store. during the altercation, garner screamed "i can't breathe" 11 times. >> i can't breathe. i can't breathe. >> reporter: he then suffered an asthma attack and died. >> i can't breathe! >> reporter: garner's last words became a national rallying cry against police brutality, spurring the nationwide black live matter movement. despite the widespread attention, a local grand jury
and the justice department chose not to bring criminal charges. today's decision followed an internal department review of the case in which judge rosemarie maldonado found pantaleo was untruthful during his interview, and his description of how he handled garner was "implausible and self-serving." >> there's a lot of anger in me because he goes home tonight. he goes home tomorrow night. he'll get another job. i won't get my son back. so there's no justice for eric. >> reporter: now this is not over yet. pantaleo's lawyer tells cbs news that he will take the city to court to get the decision overturned. we understand this is an effort to retain some of the ousted officer's retirement funds. a self-proclaimed white nationalist is behind bars in ohio after posting a video of himself firing a semi-automatic weapon and apparently threatening a jewish community center.
it's just the latest such arrest linked to social media. meg oliver has the story. >> reporter: with a smirk, 20-year-old james reardon listened via video conference as his attorney entered his plea. >> enter a not guilty plea for both counts. >> reporter: police arrested the self-described white nationalist friday after uncovering a threatening social media post showing him shooting a semiautomatic rifle and targeting jews. reardon was interviewed for a documentary during the deadly protests in charlottesville, virginia, in 2017. >> i want a homeland for white people. i think every race should have a homeland for their own race. >> reporter: in addition to reardon, authorities have arrested six other men, each accused in separate cases of threatening to attempt a mass shooting over the last two weeks. 25-year-old tristan wix was arrested in florida last friday. authorities there say he sent chilling text messages to his ex-girlfriend saying, a good 100 kills would be nice. i already have a location.
the arrests since the el paso walmart shooting indicate local and federal authorities are on the lookout for any domestic charges. >> it's very complicated to monitor these threats. >> reporter: george selim tracks extremism for the anti-defamation league. they've seen a spike in the number of online threats. >> is this a time for the public to step up? >> this is an all hands on deck. citizens, law enforcement, state, local and federal authorities. everyone needs to be more vigilant about the nature and scope of violent content and threats they're seeing in online forums. >> there's been a shake-up at the top of the federal bureau of prisons in the wake of the suicide of the millionaire pedophile jeffrey epstein in a new york city jail. meanwhile, epstein's relationship with britain's prince andrew is drawing more scrutiny. charlie d'agata has the story from london. >> reporter: it was this video, allegedly showing prince andrew waving good-bye to a young woman at epstein's manhattan mansion in 2010 that prompted the palace
to issue the extraordinary statement. his royal highness deplores the exploitation of any human being and the suggestion he would condone, participate in or encourage any such behavior is abhorrent. yet, he's been accused of exactly such behavior, despite repeated denials. a court photo from 2001 shows the duke of york with his arm around virginia giuffre, just 17 at the time. she claims epstein paid her to have sex with prince andrew on three occasions. >> before you know it, i'm being lent out to politicians and to academics and to people that you -- royalty. >> reporter: royal correspondent roy anika said the palace had to break its silence. >> the palace has to be pretty confident that no further evidence is going to come forward further implicating the duke of york and his connection with jeffrey epstein. >> reporter: while the palace says the prince is appalled by these allegations, they don't explain what he was doing at
epstein's house two years after he was convicted of those sex crimes. planned parenthood is turning down federal funding after a new rule took effect that would have barred the organization from talking to patients about abortion. jan crawford has that story. >> reporter: calling the new trump administration rule unethical and dangerous, planned parenthood said it had no choice but to withdraw from the federal program and turn down some $60 million a year because it is unwilling to counsel patients if it could not refer them for abortions. the title x program distributes some $260 million in grants every year to clinics, subsidizing birth control and family planning services for some 4 million women nationwide. by law, the federal money could never be used to perform abortions. but under the new rule, clinics that get money under the program no longer can refer patients for abortions. the rule is almost identical to one issued by the reagan
administration and upheld in 1991 by the supreme court. >> this attempt by the trump administration to enforce the gag rule is another coordinated attack on reproductive health care. >> reporter: planned parenthood acting president and ceo alexis mcgill johnson. >> the impact will mean that people may choose to forgo care. they may choose to delay their care until this is resolved. and that's what's unacceptable. >> reporter: it's unclear how many women would be affected. planned parenthood says it has served about 40% of the title x patients. and that some who would be eligible for free or discounted services under the program may have to seek care elsewhere. jeanne mancini, president of the march for life, said planned parenthood was making a political choice. >> this is less about women's health and advocating for women in need, and it's more about advocating for more abortion. the "cbs overnight news" will be right back.
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this is the "cbs overnight news." >> welcome back to the "overnight news." i'm anna werner. president trump's desire to buy greenland is getting the cold shoulder from the prime minister of denmark. greenland is part of denmark, and the prime minister says the whole idea is absurd. president trump will visit denmark next month. meanwhile, greenland is getting greener by the day as its giant ice sheet continues to melt. seth doane is there. >> reporter: summer came earlier this year and is expected to last longer. greenlanders say they've seen
more extreme weather and fishermen are catching warmer water fish. they're living climate change here and scientists have come from around the world to study why. nasa built its reputation on exploring the unknown, but its scientists on this mission fly at an altitude of just hundreds of feed, probing the depths, not of space but the sea. each one of these has an instrument package that tells us the temperature and the saltiness of the water. >> reporter: josh willis of nasa's jet propulsion laboratory is in year four of a five-year research product he designed. we joined saturday on a nearly seven-hour flight covering more than 800 miles. >> drop, drop, drop. >> away. >> they're dropping probes into the ocean to understand how the waters around greenland are warming and contributing to the melting of glaciers. >> we usually think of greenland's ice as an ice cube with a hair dryer on it. but it's sitting in a pile of
water, and the water is warming up as well. and the two things together can combine to create sea level rise that happens much more rapidly than we originally anticipated. >> reporter: willis named his program oceans melting greenland. its acronym omg was no mistake. he says humankind should be surprised and pay attention. >> big picture, what does all of this mean? >> well, it means greenland's melting. there's enough ice in greenland to raise sea levels by 25 feet worldwide. we don't think it will happen right away, but just how fast it does is something we're trying to figure out with omg. >> reporter: the icy environment can make it tough to drop the probes. but does offer some perks. stunning scenery. >> this feels like a remote place, but what is happening here has a real impact to an average american. >> that's right. we all live with one ocean. a billion tons of ice lost here
in greenland means higher sea levels in florida, california, new york. even as far as australia. >> reporter: so far these missions have shown them how sensitive these glaciers are to the ocean. they've also produced a better map of the sea floor, which allows them to gauge which glaciers are under threat. the answer? more than they thought. seth doane, greenland. the centers for disease control has launched an investigation into nearly 100 cases of lung damage suspected to be linked to e-cigarettes. we spoke to one 18-year-old in florida who blames vaping for landing him in the hospital. his lung injury was different from those the cdc and states are looking into, but chance ammirata says the severity of his lung injury was a wake-up call for him, and he hopes for others. >> it felt like i was genuinely having a heart attack. >> like i was having a heart attack. >> reporter: that's how 18-year-old chase ammirata describes the feeling when his
medical emergency began about three weeks ago. >> i would say like my chest felt like it was collapsing and tightening up, and i couldn't breathe. >> reporter: emergency room doctors told him his right lung had a hole in it and had collapsed. >> i just freaked out, and they said your lung has collapsed. you have to go to surgery right now. >> reporter: his instagram videos show the tube doctors put in his chest. two days later a surgeon operated to repair the hole in his lung. the surgeon told cbs news ammirata's lungs were inflamed which could have come from something he'd been inhaling. you've never been a smoker, a traditional smoker. >> never. >> what have you been using? juul. >> juul. >> reporter: ammirata started using juul e-cigarettes a year and a half ago when he was 16. he now believed juul caused his injury. he started a social media campaign to encourage others to get rid of their juuls. >> thousands of messages have
poured in. >> you inspired me to stop. i used to vape for about two years now and finally decided to stop. i didn't know i'd be able to reach people from all around the world, and really just touches my heart. >> reporter: doctors told cbs news it's possible ammirata's vaping may have contributed to a small pocket in his lung blowing out causing the lung collapse. juul declined to comment on his case. but around the country, the cdc and state health departments are now investigating something else. what the cdc calls 94 possible cases of severe lung illness associated with vaping in 14 states. from june 28th to august 15th of this year. it's not clear which brand or product the individuals used or what substance they were inhaling. you first started hearing about these cases how long ago? >> oh, all within the last month. >> just a month? >> yes. >> reporter: the chief medical officer of children's minnesota hospitals, dr. emily chapman,
says her doctors have been treating four boys and girls ages 16 to 18 with acute lung injuries. >> they don't fit anything else we've previously worked on, understood, about lung disease that's more typical in teens. >> so essentially you're seeing a pattern? >> a pattern that's different from what we've seen before, yes. this is throughout the entire lung. on the chest x-ray, the whole thing looks abnormal equally throughout the entire lung. >> reporter: for example, take a look at a normal lung on an x-ray, and here in a cross-section view. now take a look at that same cross-section view of a patient in hawaii whose doctor says he has the same type of acute lung injury associated with vaping. chapman says her patients decline rapidly in just a week. >> you're basically saying over a week's time, their lungs are failing. >> they go from healthy adolescents to really in a life-threatening situation. >> reporter: chance ammirata says his experience frightened
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up this weekend. the festivities drew about a million people, along with most of the democratic presidential candidates and our own ed o'keefe. >> reporter: we talked to fairgoers to a wide arrange of issues and they are open to a change. a day at the fair begins early. thousands who camp out overnight go in search of breakfast. we visited hardenbrooks. where we met democrats dennis and janice hampton who have been coming to the fair since they got married half a century ago. >> i've got a lot of friends that are republicans and they're saying the same thing. we've got to work together now. >> so whoever democrats nominate, it's got to be someone willing to work with republicans? >> reporter: they're concerned about climate change and they're turned off by the president's approach to immigration. >> we're all immigrants. bar none. >> your state has a reputation as being nice. you see all this fighting that goes on in washington.
>> sit down and talk about it. communication. don't say republican, democrat. >> keep your mouth shut more. >> reporter: most eating at the fair happens on the go with more than 80 food items available on a stick. but the fair is also a display of iowa's farming. and one of the most popular sights is the famous butter cow attracting tens of thousands of people each day. about 85% of iowa's land is used for agriculture. it exports about $10 billion in output each year, but that's been on the decline because of the fight over trade and tariffs. >> can i get a jumbo brisket? >> reporter: for lunch we visited the rib shack where we caught up with a farmer and her friend. >> every time the president sends out one of those tweets about china or trade, a farmer is potentially losing thousands if not hundreds of thousands of dollars. >> yeah, tens of thousands of dollars can be lost if you are
looking out for the country, if you're looking out for the family farmer, we don't need to have controversy like that. >> it does affect us. if they don't have a good year, they'll not be buying a $10,000 mower in the spring. >> reporter: ackerman and her family sell golf carts in eastern iowa. they are feeling the impacts of the president's policies. >> right now we're having huge problems getting parts to fix mowers. we can't fix it because we can't get the parts, and that's hard. very hard. >> reporter: jent, a democrat, likes joe biden and elizabeth warren. >> before the election, i want to see everybody that i'm interested in. i am a registered republican. >> okay. >> and i'm just ready for change. >> did you vote for him four years ago? >> yes, i did. >> and he hasn't delivered necessarily? >> i don't feel like he has.
>> reporter: amid the throngs of people who come to this fair every year, about two dozen people who want to be president. >> were you here for any of the presidential candidates? >> yeah, i saw them, but i don't -- >> are you participating in the caucus in february? >> yeah. >> have you picked a candidate yet? >> no. >> from one food stand we followed max and his girlfriend. young democrats who support medicare for all. >> you both have health care? >> yeah. >> through work? >> and you're willing to part ways with that? >> absolutely. through my job, i still have a $2,000 deductible. i'd rather pay some in taxes up front and know that i can go to the doctor whenever i feel like i need to. >> reporter: he recently moved to iowa from dayton, ohio, and was shook by the shooting there. >> that was 15 minutes from my house. we're going to the fair later. >> something could happen here? >> yeah, it's really terrifying.
i'm fairly firmly pro gun control. at the end of the day, i think we've got to try something because doing nothing has just made it worse and worse and worse. >> reporter: fun at the fair continues well after dark with rides, live music and beer. we grabbed a drink at this craft beer tent where we met a voter prmp will need to keep if he hopes to win iowa. conservative bill. >> i want somebody that's going to tell it like it is. you may not like what he tells, but he tells it the way he sees it. >> reporter: and one voter the president may need to win back. soybean farmer amy who says she supports the administration's tariff strategy. >> he's rocking votes right now, but i don't know if it's a bad thing so i'm going to sit back and wait. >> you're open to voting for a democrat, even though you're -- >> absolutely. i want to see someone that's going to change what's happened in our farm community, our small business community, our health insurance. >> reporter: not only important to come here because it's an early primary state but because it's also a swing state in the
there'e's a new addition to the san diego zoo that also happens to be a medical marvel. john blackstone has that story. >> reporter: this scampering calf is named edward. he and his mom victoria are southern white rhinos, a distant relative of the northern white. johnny was the lead rhino keeper. >> they have behaviors quite like a puppy. the tail wags and makes it look like he's happy to be alive and happy to be here. >> reporter: no one is happier than barbara durant, the director of reproductive science. edward is the first baby rhino born in north america using artificial insemination and frozen sperm. this reproductive technology is
well-established in humans now. why such a challenge in rhinos? >> the techniques that we're developing are difficult because we don't understand the complexities of her reproductive cycle. and her reproductive anatomy is very complicated. >> reporter: to decipher the reproductive system, they trained victoria to walk into a chute and to stand for ultrasounds. that led to a successful artificial insemination. assisted reproduction is the only way to save the northern whites. >> it's a big step in the overall plan which is to help the northern white rhino come back from the brink of extinction. >> reporter: the hope is southern whites will eventually become surrogate mothers for northern white embryos. creating those embryos depends on futuristic science taking place in safari park's frozen zoo. the largest gene bank in the world 7 with samples from some 10,000 animals, including
northern whites. thus far, they've transformed rhino skin cells into stem cells. >> a stem cell is a cell that has the potential to become any other cell in the body. the eventual goal is to redebt them all the way to sperm and eggs. >> reporter: while creating sperm and eggs is likely years away, they have impregnated another southern white. durant says the arrival of one more healthy baby will be a cause for celebration. >> because doing something one time doesn't prove that you can do it. we want to make this technique of artificial reproduction routine and reliable. >> reporter: the artificial insemination takes about 20 minutes but the gestation takes some 16 to 18 months. this is a long-term commitment for durant and it's personal. the safari park cared for nola, a northern white female, until her death in 2015.
>> we feel a responsibility as a member of the species that caused their extinction. >> reporter: john blackstone, escondido, california. captioning funded by cbs captioning funded by cbs it's tuesday, august 20th, 2019. this is the "cbs morning news." last will and testament. jeffrey epstein reportedly signed away his assets just days before he apparently took his own life behind bars. this as britain's prince andrew breaks his silence about his ties to the disgraced financier. police officer fired. the man behind the choke hold arrest that helped galvanize the black lives matter movement is out of a job. so what happens next? denouncing the ban.