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captioning sponsored by cbs >> we truly regret any additional pain this has cased. >> glor: the f.b.i. it failed to act on steps that might have prevented the florida shooting. and new video that shows a calm suspect just after the attack. also tonight, 13 russians are charged with meddling in the u.s. elections. >> they conducted what they call information warfare against the united states. >> glor: a report just in on this scary flu season. there is good and bad news. >> ready? go! >> showoff! >> glor: the superhero breaking a racial barrier. >> you should be proud to be african. >> glor: and steve hartman with the king of postcards. >> reporter: but that sounds
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boring. >> glor: no, it's fascinating. this is the "cbs evening news" with jeff glor. >> glor: good evening. we're going to begin tonight in south florida where president trump has arrived and is expected to meet with those who lost loved ones in the parkland shooting. earlier today-- this is video of the president and first lady leaving air force one. early today, the f.b.i. admitted making what turned out to be a huge mistake in the weeks leading up to this attack. the bureau failed to follow up on a tip it got 40 days before the shooting that may have prevented this attack. florida's governor is calling on the director of the f.b.i. to resign. manuel bojorquez is in parkland tonight. manny. >> reporter: well, jeff, the f.b.i. said that tip came from someone close to the shooting suspect, and it wasn't the first time someone tried to warn the agency about nikolas cruz.
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five and a half weeks before nikolas cruz allegedly gunned down 17 people at stoneman douglas high, the f.b.i. says it received a tip at a west virginia call center about the suspect's gun ownership, desire to kill people, and the potential of him conducting a school shooting. the tip did not get passed on to the miami field office for follow-up. now the attorney general wants a review of the failure, and florida governor rick scott is calling for f.b.i. director, christopher wrtomiami f.b.i. agb lasky. what would you say to people who belie f.b.i. missed a chance to prevent this tragedy? >> thential of the f.b.i. to miss something is alwa . we will be looking into where and how if something-- the protocol broke dow come back stronger than we ever >> reporter: it was the second time the f.b.i. received a tip. the other in november about a youtube comment from a user with the suspect name. it said, "i'm going to be a professional school shooter."
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e not determine where it came from. >> lookinck, looking back.>> res shooting, surveillance from 3:01 p.m., when f.b.i. says cruz walked into a mcdonald's restaurant, appears to show his calm demeanor in the parking lot. it was captured on this jewish family center's camera. >> watching this tragedy unfold, it just struck how a person horrific deed of killing people casually walk down the street. >> reporter: broward county service during pastso reveal 20 few years over disturbances involving cruz and his younger brother. in september 2016, sheriffs responding to a call were met by r and a therapist who said, hffered from mental illness and had been cutting his arms to get attention. on top of that he hadentioned in the past that he would like to purchase firearm. cruz was also reportedly part of an air rifle marksmanship
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program, supported by an n.r.a. grant. the first of the funerals were held today for two of the victims, and school officials here say one of theus behind me where the shooting happened will be torn down. jeff. >> glor: many, thank you very much. cbs news did reach out to the f.b.i. today. we were told by-- that the bureau receives by phone and email more than 1,000 tips a day, more than 360,000 a year, and only about two dozen employees to handle them. each day, about 100 tips are deemed actionable, which requires a follow-up by agents. the mueller investigation of election tampering has led to the first indictment of russians today. more than a dozen are charged with conspiracy to tamper with the election process to undermine confidence in u.s. democracy. there is no allegation anyone in the trump campaign was involved. justice and homeland security correspondent jeff pegues has details of today's indictment now. jeff. >> reporter: jeff, what we've known about russian interference
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in the 2016 election has come mostly from intelligence agencies focused on national security. today, the justice department made clear that this is a criminal matter as well. >> the defendants allegedly conducted what they called "information warfare" against the united states. >> reporter: deputy attorney general rod rosenstein said the russian goal was simple: >> to promote discord in the united states and undermine public confidence in democracy. >> reporter: prosecutors say the operation began two years before the 2016 presidential election. it was run out of this nondescript building in st. petersburg, russia. the 37-page indictment charges 13 russian nationals and three russian companies with spending more than $1.2 million every month on the the operation. it typically looked like this-- on attacking hillary boosting be sanders, and then-candidate donald trump. early on, ted cruz and marco
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rubio were also targets. the court documents allege the russian operatives were specically "instructed to use any opportunity to criticize hillary and the rest, except sanders and trump. we support them." the investigators believe the russian campaign also aimed tow suppress the vote. an instagram message from a fake group called "woke blacks": indictment also alleges that some members of the trump campaign unwittingly retweeted some of the russian content. but rosenstein emphasized the indictment does not allege that any american had a role in the operation. >> there is no allegation in this indictment that any american had any knowledge, and the nature of the scheme was that the defendants took extraordinary steps to make it appear that they were ordinary american political activists. >> reporter: the russian
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businessman charged with running the operation scoffed at the indictment today, calling americans "very impressionable people," and saying, "if they want to see the devil, let them see." the indictment doesn't carry any weight in russia, and it is unlikely that the suspects will be extradited here to the u.s. to stand trial. rosenstein also made the point today that the indictment does not allege the russian influence operation altered the results of the election. jeff. >> glor: jeff pegues, thank you very much, from our d.c. bureau. towfs a homeland security adviser for president george w. bush, and is now our cbs news senior national securitiagist. paula reid in washington is our justice reporter. paula, let me start with you and some reaction to this. jeff nengzed it's unlikely they'll ever be extradited, so what are the immediate legal consequences here? >> reporter: that's right. don't expect any arrests any time soon. the russian government is highly unlikely to arrest or extradite any of these people. but what this indictment does is that it gives very specific
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details about how the russians meddled in the election and what crimes were committed under u.s. law. >> glor: all right, so, fran, the indictment doesn't mention the russian government, but in your estimation, it's hard to believe there's not some sort of link. >> no, look at the size. when you look at this, the number of people involved, the number of shell companies involved, the amount of money that this took. i mean, this was a very elaborate influence, covert action influence scheme, and it's impossible to think that this would have not-- the blessing and direction would not have come from want kremlin and the top of the russian government. >> glor: and so, paula, immediately, if this doesn't mean very much legally, what does it mean longer term, then, potentially in the nf the il, the investigation continues to move forward, and mout any financial transactions between the trump campaign and russia. he's also talking to witnesses about this question of obstruction of justice. now, just to give you a sense,
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earlier this week, former chief strategist steve d former legal teamsterday they spokesman mark correlo. so despite the claims from the white house that this is all wrapping up soon, we know that this investigation and the trials they need to put on, that's going to last well into this year, and probably into next. >> glor: and, fran, quickly, to you before we go here, regarding the indictment, you zeroed in on this. there's an undoifed american listed. >> that's right, jeff. everybody should assume that unidentified american is cooperating with bob mueller, probably has taken a guilty plea-- it may or may not be sealed. and the question is what does that unidentified know about any connection to either political campaign here in the united states, specifically, the trump campaign. >> glor: this was someone believed to be directly helping whoever was in russia. >> that's right, because they wanted them to target if you werele states, the swing states. that's why i say it was quite deliberate, and this individual is key to understanding what other americans may have been involved in this. >> glor: all righ
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townsend, our national security analyst, and paula reid in washington. ks you. we're going to stay in washington and go to chip reid at the white house. chip, there was white house reaction today to all of this. what was it? >> reporter: well, jeff, thepres ic saying all along. so, first, let's take a listen back to what he has been saying about the russia investigation. >> the phony cloud over this administration, over our government. the entire thing has been a witch hunt. everybody knows it. that was a democrat hoax. it was an excuse for losing the election. >> reporter: and in a tweet today, the president said, "russia started their anti-u.s. campaign in 2014, long before i announced that i would run for president. the results of the election were not impacted. the trump campaign did nothing wrong. no collusion." and in a statement from press secretary sarah sanders today, the president said, "it's time we stop thed the outlandish partisan attacks, wild and false allegations and farfetched
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theo jeff, keep in mind, this is still relatively early in t russia investigation. >> glor: chip, also, chief of staff, john kelly, today, addressed some of the issues surrounding security clearances at the white housing if the resignation of rob porter. what happened? >> reporter: that's right. well he put out a five-page memo titled "improvements to the clearance process." now, earlier in the week, when kelly was asked if anything should have been done differently in this case he said, "no, it was all done right." but on the first page of this memo he says, "we should and in the future must do better." and one surprising comment, he says, that the of in the past reports of domestic abuse were not considered automatic disqualifiers for employment or a security clearance. he says that needs to be "modernized." jeff. >> glor: all right, chip reid at the white house. chip, thank you very much. coming up next here on the cbs evening news, the latest numbers on this year's deadly flu epidemic. dr. jon lapook is here. there is some bad news and some
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went up and up and up, and finally this, we they started to level off. what that means say leveling off of the number of emergency room visits for flu, and, finally, the percentage of death from influenza have just started to drop. they've gone down a little bit. and the bottom line here is there is still at least eight weeks left to the influenza season. the c.d.c. is saying make sure you get the flu shot. >> glor: we saw the number from the canadian study saying the flu vaccine may have been 17%. the numbers here you're get regular better than that . >> reporter: they're still not as good as we want them to be. jeff, in kids under the age of nine, almost two-thirds of the kids who got the vaccine were protected against influenza. >> glor: a lot of it depends on howl you are in terms of effectiveness. >> reporter: under the age of nine is when it was most effective. >> glor: the other question here which has been talked about a great deal and i believe you think should be, is the potential for this universal
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vaccine and be how far away we might be. >> reporter: that's huge, okay. so what's the problem with the flu vaccine? the problem is the flu virus itself, every single year changes. so every single year we have to make a new batch of flu vaccine and everybody has to get it every year. well, they've done some research to find a part of the flu virus that doesn't change. and so they're making a vaccine against that part that doesn't change. and pot terrible is you'd only have to get one shot every several years, and, of course, it could be much more effective. >> glor: but we don't know how far away that was. >> reporter: i spoke to anthony fauci, the headline of vaccine development for the national institutes of health, and he said it could be within five years. >> glor: and that would be an enormous step forward. >> reporter: think about it, jeff. we could stockpile a vaccine and it would be more effective. we wouldn't have to change it year after year. it changes we change. it changes we change. >> glor: all right, doctor, thank you very much. thank you very much. up next, a superhero with a powerful message for a lot of kids. and if i can get comfortable talking about this kiester,
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million in thursday previews. "cbs this morning" gayle king spoke with the director, 31-year-old ryan coogler. >> reporter: what is the message you want to send to young black kids who are seeing this? >> i mean, i think-- i mean, number one, is to give them a good time at the movies. >> reporter: yes. mission accomplished. >> a lot of times that's overlooked, the value of being able to go to a movie with your friends, watch something for and a half hours and coming out feeling exhilarated and the next day at school pretend to be the characters, drawing the characters, dressing up as them for halloween. a lot of that is overlooked. for me it was about my own realization it's okay to be proud to be african. you should be proud to be african. everybody should be proud of their own heritage, but eventually us. >> reporter: at the end of the day you said it. you said, "i just want to make a good movie." >> that's so difficult to do to be able to accomplish that and that's enough, i think. >> glor: love that quote.
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>> glor: steve hartman has been "on the road" for years, and we finally got a postcard. >> reporter: generally speaking, postcards are for braggarts. write what you will, but the core message is always the same, "i'm on vacation. you're not. nah-nah. wish you were here." if they really wish you were there, they wouldn't have left you behind. but in valdosta, georgia, we found a man who is bringing a certain sincerity to the petty postcard. his campaign started in 1997. david lasseter had just dropped off his oldest daughter at college. she was going to notre dame, and he was going to must hav mush. >> because i crie cried from soh end, indiana, to elizabethtown, kentucky, with the wole family in the car when i left her. and i missed her. >> reporter: so that night he sent her a postcard. >> and then, why quit? >> reporter: just as he has done virtually every day since for all four of his kids. any day they're not with him, he
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sends cards, nearly 20,000 over 20 years. his daughter, sarah, who lives in savannah, georgia, has actually saved them all on strings, in racks, and crammed in cabinets. >> there's nothing i love more than just a picture of a building. >> reporter: and almost every card is unique. >> he'll mail anything. >> reporter: on front and back. >> uncle ben's rice box. >> reporter: what did he find to say? >> there's a whole lot of talk about gardening and football. >> reporter: apologies to your dad, but that sounds boring. i mean, come on. >> "i need a hard lace-up shoe." >> reporter: who really cares what happened at the podiatrist. >> he taped my foot and said for me to wear my shoes all the time. >> i don't even know if they read the cards anymore. >> reporter: and he doesn't mind if they don't. david said this is never about conveying new information. this was always about repeating the same message over and over and over again. >> when i'm gone, they'll know their daddy loved them.
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>> reporter: i think they know that now. >> you know, life gets tough, and it's nice to know somebody loves you, no matter what. >> reporter: a good reminder, after this week, especially, to tell your kids you love them as daily and creatively as you can possibly can. steve hartman, "on the road," in valdosta, georgia. >> glor: yup, after this week, especially. that is the cbs evening newsther 24-hour streaming news service cbsn. i'm jeff glor. good night.
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>> shocking video. the accused high school shooter target practice in his underwear. >> and bombshell admission from the fbi. they were tipped off six weeks ago. >> she escaped the massacre by hiding in a closet. just like they are grandpa 70 years ago. >> i couldn't even imagine. >> and another remarkable coincidence. >> her son survived the school massacre. and she survived the airport shooting a year ago. >> what are the chances that you would survive a mass shooting and then your son would survive one? >> then -- >> new storm for president trump. >> the playmate of the year at the center of the latest scandal. and the open secret taunting te

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