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5:00. "cbs evening news with scott pelley" is next. captions by: caption colorado email@example.com >> pelley: tonight, anatomy of a meltdown. how preparations were delayed for the obamacare roll-out until it was too late and gave republicans a new line of attention. >> how can the administration punish innocent americans by forcing them to buy from a system that does not work? >> pelley: reports from wyatt andrews and sharyl attkisson. what really happened in benghazi. for the first time, an eyewitness tells lara logan about the attack that killed the u.s. ambassador and three other americans. a kennedy cousin asked to be released from prison as he awaits retrial for the murder of a neighbor. jim axelrod on 38 years of twists and turns. and... ♪ it's been a hard day's night >> pelley: ben tracy tries to jog ringo starr's photographic memory. >> reporter: this is the guy
you're wondering about? >> the mystery man. ry man. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. how did it all go wrong? republican-controlled house today held the first congressional hearings about the disastrous rollout of the federal government's online health insurance market. contractors who built the web site were in the hot seat testifying under oath. they raised their hands, then pointed their fingers at the obama administration. wyatt andrews was there. >> reporter: the two main contractors who built the inner workings of the obamacare web site told congress their parts testify site worked well, but that the government never tested the dozens of parts together, called end-to-end testing until just days before the october 1 deadline. sharyl campbell represents c.g.i. federal.
the main architect of the website. she was asked about the end-to- end testifying by republican congressman greg walden. >> it occurred the last two weeks in september. >> did that give your company adequate time to make sure everything was integrated and would work? >> it would have been better to have more time. we would have loved to have months to be able to do that. >> reporter: when testing did begin in late september, the system failed and not with millions of people. it failed in a test of 200 people. >> there was a-- an end-to-end test that occurred, and the system did crash with about that number. >> we expressed all of those concerns and risks to c.m.s.. >> reporter: the contractor said they reported everything to the centers of medicare and medicaid services, c.m.s., the government agency managing the web site. q.s.s.i., the contractor that confirms an applicant's identity, says it warned c.m.s. there was risk in launching on october 1. the vice president of optum q.s.s.i.: >> we informed c.m.s. that more testing was necessary.
we informed c.m.s. of the pieces of the system that had-- that we had tested, that had issues. >> reporter: still, the contractors believe the web site can be repaired on time, even if on time means the december deadline for insurance that starts in january. >> the experience will be improved as they go forward. and people will be able to roll by december 15 time frame. >> reporter: this hearing was also heavy with partisan politics. republicans said the flaws in the web site are a sign of the failure of obamacare. but, scott, democrats called it ironic for republicans to work so hard on this web site after all those months of trying to kill the law. >> pelley: thanks, wyatt. so what does a failed web site cost? we wondered, so we called the government auditing agency, the g.a.o. they told us the money spent on the web site so far comes to at least $394 million.
sharyl attkisson has been digging into the cause of the delays in preparing the site, and she found there was a major interruption in the months before president obama's reelection. >> reporter: at the height of the 2012 presidential election campaign, it was crunch time for the obama administration to release key instructions, so contractors could work toward the october 2013 deadline. but a health and human services official who was closely involved tells cbs news, in late summer, the administration stopped issuing proposed rules for the affordable care act until after the election. the result was what many viewed as a serious delay as contractors, states and insurance companies awaited crucial guidance to move forward. some of the rules were ready to go back in june or july, says one insider. suddenly everything was on hold.
we reviewed the h.h.s. web site and found between 2010 and august 31, 2012, 109 proposed regulations were issued. then from september 1 until late november, there were none. the flurry resumed after the election. today, a white house spokesman told us issuing regulations was the sole responsibility of h.h.s. their timetables were their own and not influenced by the white house or the reelection campaign. whoever decided on the delay, one government source says it meant insurance companies didn't have information they needed to design their plans and calculate premiums. another says that the main web site builder, contractor c.g.i., didn't get all its final technical requirements until may. that includes the crucial user interface, which dictates what people see when they visit the web site, and how they navigate around. without final instructions, the source says, c.g.i. started down a path only to later discover it was the wrong path. c.g.i. had to throw out and start over on about a third of its work. some experts say the web site
should have been tested for four to six months prior to the launch, rather than just days. but some of the final technical requirements weren't even issues six months before the launch. >> pelley: sharyl attkisson in our washington newsroom. thanks, sharyl. the affordable care act was signed by the president in 2010, and since then, he has repeated one reassuring phrase-- >> if you like your insurance plan, you will keep it. no one will be able to take that etay from you. it hasn't happened yet. it won't happen in the future. >> pelley: but it is happening. the president's health care law raises the standards for insurance policies, which many consider to be a good thing. but hundreds of thousands of americans whose policies don't meet the new standards are being told their health plans are being canceled. carter evans is looking into this. >> what kind of white noise is she using. >> natalie wiles helps parents in los angeles care for their newborns.
>> i was completely happy with the insurance i had before. >> reporter: so surprised when she tried to renew her policy. what did you find out? >> that my insurance was going to be completely different and they were going to be replaced with 10 new plans that were going to fall under the regulations of the affordable care act. >> reporter: her insurer, kaiser permanente, is terminating policies for 160,000 people in california and presenting them with new plans that comply with the health care law. >> before i had a plan that had a $1500 deductible. i paid $199 a month. the most similar plan i would have available to me would be $278 a month. my deductible would be $6500, and all my care after that point would only be covered 70%. >> about half of the 14 million people who buy insurance on their own are not going to be able to keep the policies that they had previously. >> reporter: dr. gerry kominski is director of the public health policy at u.c.l.a. he said higher premiums helps insurers pay for new requirements, including
accepting patients with preexisting conditions, and providing preventive care, like checkups and vaccines. >> you're paying more for a better product and more protection, and you won't understand the value of that until you need it. >> reporter: but many can't get past the sticker shock. >> so now i'm being forced to choose from a bunch of new plans that i don't want to choose from that are all more expensive. >> reporter: new plan prices vary depending on age and location. but, scott, we're told, younger people who currently have high- deductible plans will likely pay higher premiums and people with health problems will pay lower premiums. >> pelley: carter evans in our los angeles newsroom, thanks very much. tonight we are hearing for the first time from a security officer who witnessed the terrorist attack on the u.s. diplomatic mission in benghazi, libya, last year. u.s. ambassador chris stevens and three other americans were killed in the attack on the mission and a nearby annex.
in an interview for "60 minutes," correspondent lara logan spoke with a british citizen who had been hired to train the libyan guards at the u.s. mission. he calls himself morgan jones. it's a pseudonym to protect his safety. jones says he was annoyed that the state department wouldn't allow his guards to carry guns. as the attack began last year on september 11, one of his guards called jones who was living nearby. >> i could hear gunshots and he said, "there's men coming in to the mission." his voice, he was-- he was scared. you could tell he was really scared. and he was running. you could tell he was running. >> reporter: his first thought was for his american friends, the state department agents pinned down inside the compound. and he couldn't believe it when one of them answered his phone. >> i said, "what's going on?" he said, "we're getting attacked." i said, "how many?" and he said, "they're all over the compound."
and i-- i was shocked. i didn't know what to say. and i said, "well, just keep fighting. i'm on my way." >> reporter: morgan's guards, unarmed and terrified, were surrounded by heavily armed gunmen, but they still sounded the alarm. >> they said, "we're here to kill americans, not libyans." so they gave them a good beating, pistol-whipped them, beat them with their rifles and let them go. >> reporter: "we're here to kill americans." >> that's what they said. >> reporter: "not libyans." >> pelley: an independent investigation in benghazi found the mission security was grossly inadequate and that requests for additional security were not approved at state department headquarters. you can see lara logan's full report, which explains the attack through the eyes of those who understood it best, this sunday on "60 minutes." there's a report tonight that the u.s. government's eavesdropping overseas has been
much more widespread than we knew. the "guardian" newspaper in england says the national security agency monitored the phone conversations of 35 world leaders. mark phillips has the latest from london. and, mark, this isn't going over well in europe. >> reporter: no, scott, livid, in fact, would be a word to describe the reaction of international leaders to the latest revelations about u.s. spying, the u.s. ambassador to germany was called in for a dressing down today. and the u.s., which until now has justified its spying by the need to keep tabs on its enemies, is now having to explain why it's been spying on its friends. european leaders meeting in brussels today were united in anger at the united states for spying on them. german chancellor angela merkel is famous for her attachment to her cell phone. it turns out, the n.s.a. seemed to have liked it, too. german intelligence confirmed
news reports that washington had been listening in. "spying on friends is not acceptable," she said. her foreign minister, guido westerwelle, speaking in english went further. >> this undermines trust, and this can harm our friendship. >> reporter: merkel compared notes can france's president. he also complained this week about reports the u.s. intercepted millions of phone calls from france as well, and italian prime minister enrico letto will be concerned about another credible report today about u.s. spying on his gft. irish prime minister enda kenny summed up the attitude. >> i always use this phone on the basis that somebody may be listening. >> reporter: these latest revelations have been coming from the same place that the revelations have been coming from, for months, from edward snowden, the former n.s.a. employee, who is still holed up in moscow, and still releasing
documents from the horde that he has with him. this latest is causing embarrassment for the u.s. and raising international diplomatic tension as well, scott. >> pelley: mark, thanks very much. the u.s. statement said today that two americans have been kidnapped from an oil supply ship off the coast of west africa, presumably by pirates. the captain and chief engineer upon taken yesterday as their ship sailed in international waters near nigeria. no word on whether there's been a ransom demand. the u.s. navy is monitoring the situation. we now know how a massachusetts teacher was killed, allegedly by one of her students. could a kennedy cousin serving time for murder soon be free? and a portrait fit for a future king when the cbs evening news continues. [ male announcer ] if you can clear a crowd but not your nasal congestion, you may be muddling through allergies. try zyrtec-d®.
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a motion seek his release from a connecticut prison. yesterday a judge granted him a new trial in the 1975 murder of his neighbor, martha moxley. both were teenagers at the time. here's jim ale rod. >> reporter: a connecticut judge is ordering a new trial for michael skakel, because his lawyer did not provide a constitutionally adequate defense. >> this is a judge who believes that everything about this defense was inadequate, was wrong. and a judge who thinks that the investigation was slip shood, that there were witnesses who were not sought, let alone found. >> reporter: martha moxley's 81- year-old mother, dorothy, remains convinced michael skakel beat her daughter to death with a golf club that belonged to her family after a party at the skakel house and that justice will still be done. but the judge says mickey
sherman ignored the possibility at trial that skakel's brother tommy, the last person seen with martha moxley, could have done it. >> michael skakel's brother, tommy, was always thought by many people to have really been the more logical defendant, and yet, at the trial, this judge certainly finds that mickey sherman did not point the finger at tommy skakel, the brother. >> reporter: but tonight, michael skakel's family is cheering the ruling, and the view that justice would mean his release. skakel's cousin, robert f. kennedy jr. >> my children and i get on our knees and pray every night, and one of the things that we've prayed for, for the last 10 years, was that michael skakel would get justice. >> reporter: prosecutors will appeal, saying it was not an inadequate defense that led to michael skakel's conviction but overwhelming evidence. as for mickey sherman who later did time in federal prison for tax evasion he released a
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>> pelley: finally tonight, ringo starr, the former beatle, is putting out a new album-- not of his music but of his photographs. ben tracy tells us the album includes a magical mystery that dates back to the beatle's first u.s. tour. >> the beatles! ( cheers ) >> reporter: when the beatles arrived in america in 1964 to play the ed sullivan show... ♪ i want to hold your hand ♪ >> reporter: the fab four were the subjects of countless photographs. >> it was so great. it was so exciting. you know, we were coming to america. i mean, you know, the musical land of our dreams. >> reporter: but ringo starr says screaming fans were not the only ones taking pictures. did you guys all have cameras? >> we all had cameras. we all had camera, a drink and a cigarette. they were the three things we all carried all the time. >> reporter: starr became the band's unofficial photographer, capturing their intimate moments from the inside of beatlemania.
he also turned the camera on the media and their fans. fans. it's this shot he took nearly 50 years ago in new york that he's always wondered about, especially that guy in the shadows. >> they were in that car, and here's our hero, who is he? >> reporter: this is the guy you're wondering about? >> yeah, the mystery man. >> reporter: those teenagers had driven to j.f.k. airport to see the beatles arrive. they were too late, but on the way home, a limo pulled up next to their car. >> they all put the windows down, and, you know, hey!" and just, hey, i got my camera, i'll take them. and guess what? they really saw us. and we saw them. >> reporter: starr found many of his personal pictures in his basement and has compiled them into a new book called "photograph." i'm sure over the years you've been asked to write an autobiography a lot.
>> i have. >> reporter: is this your autobiography? >> it is. i think it's a much better way. i'll tell the story, which you've got to pay to write, and you look at the pictures so this is the best way for me. >> reporter: the book has prompted a search for those kids in the car. turns out many of them still live on the east coast. ringo starr says he doesn't need a reunion. he prefers to simply remember that moment when everyone was having the time of their lives. ben tracy, cbs news, los angeles. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. we're going to leave you this evening with an unusual look at the white house, lit up in pink for breast cancer awareness. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
>> your realtime captioner is mrs. linda m. macdonald a dramatic video demonstration of a safety feature designed to save lives. but that device nowhere to be found on a bay area bus that struck and killed a bicyclist. good evening, i'm elizabeth cook. >> i'm ken bastida. we'll get to the bus safety in. >> breaking news on southbound 280 where it connects to southbound 101. a big rig lost control and as you can see there, it is now dangling about 40 to 50 feet above the freeway. the driver managed to climb out. the chp says there are no injuries. but debris has fallen into all lanes of southbound 101 at alemany and oil and fluids are leaking on to two lanes of northbound 101. only some traffic is getting through right now. a tow truck is working to pull
the wreckage from the guardrail. it's a mess. cars look like they are backed up for miles. as we said, that crash is causing traffic gridlock in the area right now. here's a look at our traffic map. take a look at all those red arrows. that means traffic is practically at a standstill. north 101 traffic backed up to oyster point. a real mess. and we show you more live pictures. we'll keep an eye on this situation and get you additional updates throughout this newscast. now back to muni safety. a kpix 5 video of an accident that killed a bicyclist last week. a critical piece of life-saving gear appeared to be missing from the bus. don knapp talked with muni about the device that is supposed to sweep people away from the deadly rear wheels. >> reporter: the device is called the s1 guard and it's supposed to act like a protective arm moving people out of the way of the deadly back wheels. why that may not have happened in