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>> mitchell: tonight missile strike on tripoli. libyan officials say a nato attack killed one of qaddafi's sons triggering mob attacks on -- embassies in the capitol. i'm russ mitchell. also tonight path to st.hood. more than a million people turn out at the vatican for the beatification of pope john paul ii. prayers for recovery in the tornado zone on the first sunday after the storms that killed more than 340 people. and female jockey on the fast track. one of racing's most promising young riders sets her sights on becoming the first woman to win the kentucky derby. >> i think riding in the kentucky derby is a big deal no matter what gender you are. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with russ mitchell.
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>> mitchell: and good evening. the libyan government tonight is condemning the u.s. and nato for missile strike yesterday that killed one of moammar qadz avi's sons and three grandchildren. here's the latest. libyan officials say that attack at a qaddafi compound in tripoli. today's qaddafi's forces shelled misurata and violence against at least two western embassies in tripoli has been reported. mabdee clark has the latest now from benghazi, libya. >> reporter: the libyan government has now given journalists two tours of the scene of the bombing. and today showed what it said for the bodies of the victims. this they said was qaddafi's son, saif al arab. the corpses wrapped in green shrouds were said to include a friend and one of the three grandchildren reportedly killed. looking at this destruction, it's hard to believe that anyone could have escaped. but libyan officials say qaddafi and his wife made it out unharmed. the regime is playing this for maximum effect. >> the western nato crusader
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aggression against the libyan nation continues and proves again that it has no moral foundation, no legal foundation and no political foundation. >> reporter: but britain's prime minister insisted qaddafi was not the target of the air strike. >> and it is about preventing the loss of civilian life by targeting qaddafi's war-making machines. >> reporter: there were scenes of wild celebration in benghazi last night. but today a very different mood. people here in the rebel stronghold don't believe anything they hear from the libyan government. and there are lots of conspiracy theories that this is just an attempt to win sympathy for the qaddafi regime. >> for the last 42 years we've been seeing only lies. >> reporter: the british embassy in tripoli was heavily damaged in apparent retaliation for the strike. britain responded by expelling libya's ambassador to the u.k.
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the italian em was-- embassy also came under attack and the united nations international staff have left the capitol out of security concerns. now there were reports that a mob attacked the offices in the capitol but the organization has yet to confirm that. russ? >> mitchell: mandy clark in benghazi, libya, thank you very much. >> in syria today government forces stepped up their assault on protestors in the southern city of dura. new amateur video shows the brutality of the government attacks. human-rights groups claim at least 560 civilians have been killed over the past six weeks. at the vatican pope john paul ii was beatified today six years after his death. his quick rise toward sainthood was celebrated by many but protested by some. allen pizzey was there. >> reporter: it was what was-termed the largest mass since his funeral an estimated 1.5 million people gathered to see pope john paul ii beatified, one step
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short of st.hood. in his homily pope benedict xvi said john paul ii restored to christianity its true face as a religion of hope. the crowd needed no prompting when a banner of john paul ii's likeness was unrolled from the balcony where he made his first speech as pope. >> it is great that he will be canonized soon after his beatification. so i also tell my friends about him. about his holliness. >> reporter: as befitting the first truly mass media pope, the ceremony was streamed live on facebook and twitter. for an institution that measured its time frame in centuries, beatifying john paul ii a mere six years after his death is moving at warp speed. it's the fastest such elevation in modern church history edging out moth err teresa by 3 weeks. the miracle which earned john paul a second beatification was this french nun's recovery from parkinson's disease after she prayed to him.
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to become a saint there will have to be proof of another miracle. >> the church today is witnessing more demanding process. because you have to be able to have certified by doctors, by scientists that there is no natural explanation for what happened. >> reporter: in the u.s. victims of sexual a because by priests pro tesd against the beatification of a pope who presided over the mass cover-ups of the scandal. when the ceremony endedded benedict and his cardinal paid homage at the coffin-of-john paul ii brought from the crypt below the basilica for the occasion. then it was the turn of the faithful, none of whom see anything but holliness here. allen pizzey, cbs news, vatican city. >> mitchell: and now let's turn to the aftermath of those tornadoes in the deep south. the cleanup and rescue and recovery efforts continued today. the death toll for the 7 states affected is now 344. and nearly 125,000 remain without power. dean reynolds reports
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tonight from pratt city, alabama. >> reporter: they went to church in alabama today, or they tried to. on the remaining foundation of one, in a football field at another. and in a sports arena, that was the temporary home of birmingham's bethel missionary baptist church. >> the bass player would sit right here. >> reporter: on wednesday the actual $7 million house of worship was destroyed in seconds. but its spirit clearly lives on in its members, including deirdre, who surveyed the ruins this afternoon. earlier she was at the keyboard on sunday as she has been for years but was dealing with the emotions that overcame so many members as they contemplated the damage done and the road ahead. >> the keyboard that i play every sunday, it had scars on it. it had scratches. it had knicks. but it still worked. and that is just like our
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church. we're bruised. we're battered. but we are still all alive. >> reporter: reverend tomorrowie lewis argued that the devastation should be seen as a miraculous new beginning. though they lost homes, no member of this church was killed. >> trouble should make your better, and not bitter. >> reporter: meanwhile, the enormous cleanup proceeded. in tuscaloosa heavy machinery removed what the tornado left behind. three cabinet secretaries saw the devastation up close. janet that pal tano of homeland security spoke of goals within the overall goal is to get recovery moving as quickly as possible. >> reporter: and for the members of this ruined birmingham church, the recovery secretary napolitano spoke of cannot come soon enough, russ. >> mitchell: dean reynolds, thank you very much. >> the state of missouri is asking the u.s. supreme court to block an army plan to use a barge of explosives
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to blow a two mile wide hole in the mississippi river levee. the goal is to ease the flood threat by flooding 130,000 acres of missouri farmland. cairo is now under an eva evackiation order. the debate over resuming the national debt ceiling resumes when congress returns from spring recess. opponents of the increase have been getting an earful from con spit tents. whyte johnson has two caseses in point. >> reporter: the 87 freshman republicans who promised it to cut our national debt are now faced with the uncomfortable prospect of raising the debt limits, inching closer to a $14.3 trillion cap. >> not cutting the credit card is not an option. so we can't just raise the debt ceiling. >> there are two competing values. and you try to work your way through them and come up with a solution that is best for our country. >> reporter: cbs news followed two republican freshman to their very different home districts from brooklyn, new york, with congressman michael grimm to florence alabama with congressman mo brooks. the first republican to win
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his seat in more than a century. >> it's time that people in congress got the guts to stand up. >> reporter: on raising the debt ceiling, many of those speaking up at town halls have already made up their mind. >> i'm opposed to it, absolutely, 100% opposed to it. >> my heart is with them in principal. that where i want to be. >> but not raising the debt ceiling is sparking fears of economic disaster from powerful business groups. both congressman have been attending chamber of commerce events like these to defend their position. >> some people say it's the political third rail. and it's political suicide. but you know what, i didn't take this job to be re-elected. >> reporter: despite the chamber's national lobbying of thes it to raise the debt limit and prevent a government default, these freshman are standing their ground. >> if we do not control this, if we don't cut spending, we're going to lose our country. >> we cannot put our led in the sand and vote to increase the debt ceiling without addressing the cause of the problem. >> gop leaders say they won't raise the debt ceiling without more spending cuts,
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a position also gaining support from some democrats. both sides have until july to make a deal. whyte johnson, cbs news, washington. >> president obama spoke to the annual white house correspondent's dinner last night. he had some words about potential republican presidential hopeful donald trump. who was sitting in the audience. >> all kidding aside, obviously we all know about your kre dengs and breadth of experience. for example, no, seriously, just recently in an episode of celebrity apprentice, you, mr. trump, recognized that the real problem was the lack of leadership. and so ultimately you didn't blame littlejohn or meatloaf, you fired gary busey. and these are the kind of decisions that would keep me up at night. >> mitchell: trump responded today to the president's
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>> mitchell: french investigators said a robot submarine found and rekoferd the flight data recorder from the air france that crashed into atlantic on a flight from brazil to paris two years ago, all 228 people on board were killed. the search continues for the voice recorder. the u.n. says a quarter of north korea's 25 million people face daily starvation. the country's orphans are said to be the most at risk. but one north korean man living in los angeles has made it his life's mission to help those victims. jim axelrod has more. >> but there will be other medications given in addition to these. >> reporter: 66 years old, battling bone marrow cancer for the last eight years. sang man han lives with a
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certain urgency. >> i am fighting with my terminal cancer. my days are short. >> reporter: sangs was a north korean orphan when a professor from minnesota adopted him in 1950. he would thrive here. building a multimillion dollar chemical company. >> what is your hope? what is your goal? >> well, my goal is to save and care of the world's most suffering and vulnerable children. >> reporter: so two years ago sang sold his business, his home, nearly everything he owned and spent some of the money starting a nonprofit foundation which gets food, medicine and clothes to north korean orphannages. he runs the organization out of a bedroom in his daughter's home. >> here is somebody who is facing death, possibly. but yet he is just always thinking of how can help these children. >> reporter: more than 6 million north koreans face starvation daily but to one
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there has it worse than orphans. hundreds crammed into small rooms with little food or resources. thousands more are in orphan angst outside of north korea, illegally smuggled out to countries like mongolia, vietnam and china. and living in fear of being sent back. >> these children are suffering every day. >> reporter: that is why sang is using his last days to help these forgotern children. he's pushing congress to pass a law to make it easier for american families to adopt north korean children living in neighboring countries and maybe one day north korea as well. >> reporter: now i want to pay back all my blessings to those underprivileged children as i was once. >> reporter: sang continues his work which he says serves another purpose. >> without this project, i don't think i would be here talking with you right now.
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>> mitchell: public health experts are already diagnosing a huge medical problem for the years ahead, a shortage of doctors to meet the growing number of patients. here's our medical correspondent. >> reporter: every day yale medical students crystal carrington and lauryn grayber work hard to become doctors. but their real concern is what happens then. >> i think we really could be facing a health-care coverage crisis. i think my job in the future will be very hard. >> reporter: are the crisis will be caused by a massive leap in the number of patients needing doctors. baby boomers started turning 65 this year at the rate of 7,000 a day. and become eligible for medicare. >> it is estimated that over the next ten years there will be a shortage of 45,000 primary care doctors. one reason? it's a lot more lucrative to become a specialist. >> the medical students have an unbelievable amount of
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debt. and i think, i mean anywhere from the very lucky people who have 100,000 dollars worth of debt to 200,000 worth of debt. >> reporter: lauryn has managed to control her debt level, so she can afford to follow the path she wants into primary care. but she's worried not enough fellow students will dot same. >> there are people who are interested in primary care but i think the financial considerations can definitely do affect their decision-making. >> reporter: crystal carrington will leave yale with a large amount of student debt. she's not planning to go into primary care but the reasons have nothing to do with money. >> dealing with insurance systems, and just also dealing with patients that, no matter how much he gives advice they still don't take it. >> reporter: in a move that may ease the shortage of positions, 15 universities are planning to start new medical stools over the next few years. -- university already has its facilities ready and is awaiting government approval to start admitting students. the dean says it can't come
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>> mitchell: finally tonight only five women have ever riden in the kentucky derby and none has finished better than 11th. next saturday a budding superstar hopes to make history as the first woman to win. and that's tonight's sunday cover. eye young jocky with a shot at realizing a very big dream. the sun doesn't always shine bright on the old kentucky home. but a cold morning drizzle can't keep cindy nep raf nick from the rail. her daughter is a week away from the biggest race of her life. >> she has a special talent and way with horses.
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>> mitchell: she is 23-year-old jockey rosie napravnik, a. >> i can't remember when i wasn't involved with horses or surrounded by them or focused on them. >> mitchell: napravnik literally grew up on the pony race circuit, a redheaded bullet winning ribbons and lovering it. >> a star on a cloudy day. >> mitchell: her mother sinnee was once a promising steeplechase rider herself but gave it up to raise a children. coaching her children, she raised small horse farms anything to keep her kids in the saddle. >> my mother has sacrificed a lot. she taught me basically everything there is to know about riding a horse. what do you want to do, okay. i am going to show you how to get there. >> mitchell: last year rosie became the first woman ever to win a jockey title at delaware park and turn the same trick this year at fair grounds race track in new orleans. trainer andy leggio never thought much of women jockeys until he saw the natural at work.
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>> when she's in a race, she knows where she's going. she picks a path out and she takes it. >> i think having been around horses my whole life just creates that natural communication with a horse. i can't describe what i am doing, i just do it. >> mitchell: still, church hill downs was such a long shot, rose jee's tom boy mother felt safe to make this challenge. get to the derby and she would ditch her denims for a proper dress and hat. >> and they're off. >> mitchell: weeks later napravnik was on pants on fire in the louisiana derby. a win here would guarantee a spot in the kentucky derby. >> it's pants on fire for rosie napravnik. just minutes after the race, mom's cell phone rang out. >> mom, i think you need to buy a hat. i think we're going to kentucky. >> mitchell: so while mom shops for that promised hat, rosie is shopping too. mother's day is the day after derby day. and an historic victory would make a perfect
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present. >> she's just one of the most proud mothers that you could ever imagine. and i'm so excited that she gets to come to the derby. it will be her dream as much as it was mine. >> mitchell: pants on fire is currently the 9th betting choice among derby horses at 15 to 1. and that is the "cbs evening news." later on cbs, "60 minutes." thanks for joining us this sunday evening. i'm russ mitchell. cbs news in new york. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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