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ng us at 5:00. the cbs evening news is up >> pelley: >> >> pelley: reversing course-- lufthansa now admits it knew the co-pilot had severe depression years before he crashed that jetliner into the alps. also tonight, indiana's governor responds to the national outcry over the so-called "religious freedom" law. >> we will fix this, and we will move forward. >> pelley: a look at what's driving more and more colleges out of business. >> there's nothing anyone could have done. >> pelley: and the race against time to save baby sea lions. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley >> pelley: this is our western edition. after a week of denials, lufthansa said today it did know that andreas lubitz suffered
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from severe depression long before he deliberately crashed a jetliner into the french alps, killing 150 people. tonight, crews continue the tedious work of recovering and attempting to identify their remains, and allen pizzey has the latest. >> reporter: french investigators say the job of recovering human remains is nearly over, but they won't stop looking. 20 specialist troops will be sent up the mountain tomorrow to begin bringing down personal belongings, which will help with victim identification. prosecutors on monday revealed that lubitz had been treated for suicidal tendencies and accused him of hiding his mental health problem from his employer. but in another twist today lufthansa admitted that andreas lubitz had told the airline about his depression when he resumed his flight training in 2009. the airline has now turned over e-mail correspondence to investigators. only a week ago, lufthansa's c.e.o. carsten spohr had said lubitz was 100% air worthy without any restrictions.
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until now, lubitz' medical health records have been protected by germany's stringent privacy laws, but his apparent decision to deliberately fly a plane into a mountainside has provoked serious debate about whether that should be changed. currently, doctors are not obliged to tell airlines if pilots have problems that would preclude them from flying. and the german chamber of doctors issued a statement: breaking patient confidentiality can mean a jail sentence. some german politicians are already calling for the laws to be relaxed, especially in cases where lives could be at risk. for the hundreds of relatives who have come to the crash site, however, laws have little relevance now. lufthansa has reportedly told its insurers to set aside some $300 million to cover compensation claims, the recovery effort, and the aircraft, scott. that's in addition to the $55,000 per family member it's
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already offered to cover immediate costs. >> pelley: allen pizzey on the story again for us tonight. allen, thanks very much. you'll recall, lubitz locked the captain out on that flight. well, it was three years ago that a locked cockpit door may have prevented a disaster. a jetblue captain had a meltdown in the cabin. passengers grabbed him. the first officer locked him out. well, now, the captain, clayton osborne, is suing jetblue, claiming that the airline failed to recognize that he was ill. today, indiana's governor vowed he will fix a controversial "religious freedom" law. critics say the law is not about freedom; it's about legalizing discrimination against gays by allowing businesses to deny them service. here's adriana diaz. >> we've got a perception problem here because some people have a different view. and we intend to correct that. >> reporter: indiana governor mike pence bowed to public pressure today, saying his
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state's new "religious freedom" law needs to be clarified. >> the smear here against this bill is that it created a license to discriminate or a license to deny services, and that's just completely false and baseless. >> reporter: pence asked his legislature for new language making it clear that while religious freedoms would be upheld, businesses cannot deny services to anyone. he wants it on his desk by the end of this week. governor, were you expecting this type of backlash to the law? >> was i expecting this kind of backlash? heavens, no. ( cheers ) >> reporter: protests and boycotts led by gay and lesbian groups who feared the law would allow discrimination have gained steam all week. last night, the indianapolis city council voted to denounce the law. there are 19 other states with similar "religious freedom" laws, though several of them
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also have gay and lesbian anti- discrimination protections in place. today, despite uproar in indiana, the arkansas state legislature voted to pass its own version of a "religious freedom" law. governor pence's announcement comes four days before the final four tips off in indianapolis. the tournament is expected to generate $70 million for the city. and overall, visitors bring in $4.4 billion a year to the state. martha hoover owns 11 local restaurants. she says the stakes are high and she wants the law repealed. >> i think any time you have to add new legislation to clarify a law that is less than a week old, there's a problem with the original law. >> reporter: lawmakers have not said what specific language they're working on that would prohibit discrimination under the "religious freedom" law. scott, the governor says he's been in talks with business leaders all day, ensuring them that indiana is a place to stay. >> pelley: adriana diaz in indianapolis for us tonight. adriana, thanks very much.
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now, this debate is all about what the law says and we may have found the reason for all this confusion. this is indiana's religious freedom restoration act. there are 11 paragraphs, 62 lines, and 832 words. by contrast, james madison did more in 16 words. "congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." in fact, madison wrote all 10 articles of the bill of rights in 482 words, about half the space of the one indiana law. indiana now proposes to fix the law by adding more words. maybe they should use a quill. today in boston, the defense rested at the marathon bombing trial after presenting only a few hours of testimony. they've admitted from the start that dzhokhar tsarnaev did it.
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the case is about whether he'll be put to death. elaine quijano is at the courthouse. elaine. >> reporter: well, today, the defense team called a computer expert to the stand. he testified that on the laptop of dzhokhar tsarnaev's older brother tamerlan, there were online searches conducted for the terms "detonator" and "fireworks." also on the laptop were issues of al qaeda's online magazine "inspire," which included instructions on how to make bombs. defense attorneys are trying to convince the jury it was not dzhokhar tsarnaev but his older brother who researched and planned the bombing. now, over the 16 days of the trial, the prosecution has called 92 witnesses while the defense has called just four. for lead defense attorney judy clarke, the real battle is over the death penalty. clarke has represented other clients who avoided the death penalty, among them unabomber ted kaczynski and jared loughner, who shot 19 people including former arizona congresswoman gabriel giffords.
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the biggest question is whether tsarnaev himself will take the stand to plead for his life but a recent poll found just 27% of bostonians feel tsarnaev should be put to death. however, those people polled were not in the courtroom for the weeks of emotional testimony. scott, the trial resumes on monday with closing arguments for both sides. >> pelley: elaine quijano for us in boston. thank you, elaine. an intense manhunt ended today when an escaped inmate was recaptured in washington, d.c. woosen assaye is accused of robbing a dozen banks in virginia. he was being treated in a hospital after a suicide attempt when, early today, he overpowered a guard and took off with her gun. he was caught nine hours later as he stepped off a bus in the capitol. in switzerland, the deadline came and went today at the negotiations to stop iran from building a nuclear bomb. but all sides agreed to keep on talking, at least temporarily.
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margaret brennan is covering the negotiations. margaret, what's the latest? >> reporter: secretary kerry made the 11th hour decision to stay because there had been at least enough progress to merit another day of talks. the two sides are still arguing about how much nuclear fuel iran would be allowed to produce in the future and how to verify that it's solely for peaceful purposes. now, that's not the only sticking point. there's still an argument over sanctions, how and when to lift them, because they've cut iran off from the global markets, and iran wants them lifted immediately because they've crippled their economy. >> pelley: what they're having so much trouble agreeing on is just a framework for future talks. if they do work out this framework, what's next? >> reporter: well, secretary kerry will have to convince a u.s. congress that's in a mood to levy another tough round of sanctions on iran to hold off. some skeptical republicans and democrats want to be convinced that this deal's going to have
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the desired effect of preventing iran from building an atomic bomb. on the other hand, the iranians have to convince hard liners at home that they gained more than they gave up to the west here. and that message could make it even harder for congress to swallow. >> pelley: margaret brennan covering the talks for us in switzerland. margaret, thanks. many states may have to find another way to execute prisoners after the nation's largest pharmacist group called on members to stop selling drugs for lethal injection. manuel bojorquez is looking into this. >> reporter: texas is scheduled to execute these four men next month, but only after officials scrambled to find the lethal injection drug pentobarbital. it may be harder now that the american pharmacist association has become the latest group to adopt a policy which discourages pharmacists' participation in executions. joe da silva is with the association's texas chapter.
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>> we feel that the pharmacists should have the right to decide based on their ethics, their religious positions as to what role they should play in dispensing any medication. >> reporter: pharmacists also became alarmed after ohio, oklahoma, and arizona experimented with new drug combinations made on special order by compounding pharmacies, which led to prolonged and apparently painful executions. >> i think the botched executions have been very problematic. and some of that is because of the shortage of the chemicals that are being used for lethal injection. >> reporter: there is a shortage of the drugs because death penalty opponents have pressured drug makers to stop selling them, and the european union has banned the export of certain drugs used in executions. victims' relatives, like jeanie brown, who lost two family members, say even botched executions are nothing compared to what they've gone through. >> everybody's more worried about did he suffer? who really suffered was my dad
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and my sister when they were killed. >> reporter: 32 states use lethal injection, but if the drugs are not available, they'll resort to other methods. tennessee has joined seven other states that would use the electric chair. four states would use the gas chamber. and utah's governor signed a law last week bringing back the firing squad. so far, texas has not revealed which pharmacy provided the latest batch of lethal injection drugs. scott, officials here are appealing a judge's order to make that information public. >> pelley: manuel bojorquez in texas for us tonight. manuel, thanks. today, the department of education put more than 500 colleges on a watch list because the schools are short of cash. financial trouble is forcing many to make choices once considered unthinkable. chip reid visited one. >> reporter: in the hills of central virginia, sweet briar college has been educating young women for more than a century,
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but for students likes sophomore jordyn elliott, that will end this spring when the school shutters its campus for good. >> i have a half-finished scrapbook of memories and just knowing that it's not going to be there is devastating. >> number 7... >> reporter: for the school's nearly 700 students, there was no warning before president jimmy jones announced that the college of their dreams was running out of money. >> other than the funerals i've had to officiate at, this was by far the hardest thing i could ever imagine myself doing as a president. >> reporter: there's nothing you could have done to save the day? >> there's nothing anyone could have done. >> reporter: the school's endowment is $85 million, but jones says it would take closer to $250 million to keep the doors open. he cites the growing cost of awarding financial aid, tens of millions needed to maintain the 3,200-acre campus, and paying down the school's debt. since 2008, 25 other colleges
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have faced similar difficulties and also shut down. 35 schools have had to merge. higher education is in real deep trouble. >> it's in serious... challenged on every single front. >> reporter: those challenges include soaring costs, averaging almost $20,000 nationally, declining enrollment, especially at all-women schools suffocating student debt, and competition from inexpensive online schools. >> what's your major? >> international affairs and french. >> reporter: sweet briar students have been talking to other schools about transferring and making sure they don't get burned again. >> i just have four classes left. >> reporter: first semester senior comora littlejohn was that close to graduating. >> i cried immediately because i said, wow, i had one semester left, and that's being taken away from me. >> reporter: but there is an effort to save sweet briar. just yesterday, the county attorney asked a judge to block the school's closing, and many graduates and students say they're not giving up. >> the gloves have come off. we're fighting for our school
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now. >> exactly. >> reporter: the knockout punch had better come fast. the final day of classes is just over a month away. chip reid, sweet briar virginia. >> pelley: on the california coast, there is a desperateasty to save baby sea lions. and a wildfire forces evacuations when the the western edition of the cbs evening news continues. their type 2 diabetes... ...with non-insulin victoza. for a while, i took a pill to lower my blood sugar but it didn't get me to my goal. so i asked my doctor about victoza. he said victoza works differently than pills and comes in a pen. victoza is proven to lower blood sugar and a1c. it's taken once a day, any time. and the needle is thin. victoza is not for weight loss but it may help you lose some weight. victoza is an injectable prescription medicine that may improve blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes when used with diet and exercise.
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beaching themselves in big numbers, more than 2,200 so far this year. john blackstone now on what's a causing this and what's being done to save them. >> reporter: beaches on the channel islands off southern california are crowded with female sea lions and their pups born last summer. but in the ocean, where the mothers hunt for food, fish are hard to find. sea lions pups are starving. they're showing up thin and hungry, stranded on beaches all along the coast at a rate some 20 times greater than in a normal year. at the marine mammal center in sausalito, about 200 pups are being nursed back to health. >> his lungs sound pretty harsh. >> reporter: dr. claire simeone is a veterinarian. >> they come in to us about 20 pounds, some a little bit less some more. l they should be closer to 60 or 70 pounds.r >> reporter: the pups arrive often suffering from pneumonia
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parasites, and infections, soan weak they have to be fed through tubes. >> we're feeding them as quicklyee as we can, but some animals don't make it. we've seen about a 60% success rate so far. >> reporter: scientists believe unusually warm water in the pacific has driven away the fish sea lions usually dr. shawn johnson is director of veterinary science at the marine mammal center. >> we have some of the highest water temperatures ever recorded here. >> reporter: the fish don't like that. >> no, the sardine and anchovies, they move to deeper waters, farther out in the ocean, farther north. >> reporter: at the marinear mammal center, they're going through about 1,000 pounds of fish a day.nd once the young sea lions are well enough to eat normally, they're almost ready to be returned to the wild. they are released to colder waters in northern california where fish should be easier to find. john blackstone, cbs news, sausalito, california. >> pelley: nasa's new spacecraft
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workshop, stitching two quilts a day, about 60 quilts a month. >> i love the whole process. i'm working on one and thinking of "oh, my gosh, next time, i'll do this." >> reporter: her quilts are crafted with a computerized sewing machine, but no taking shortcuts. you don't, like, have one designe, and you make a thousand copies of it. >> oh, no, no, no. >> reporter: oh, no, no, no. >> if they get 25, i want 25 different quilts. >> reporter: so every child gets... >> something different. >> reporter: because all these quilts are for children. when there's a bundle ready, trudy and her husband, drive tod the lacausa crisis nursery in downtown milwaukee, where kids are dropped off for the day or overnight by families who need urgent child care, for children from babies to 12-year-olds. carl shanedorf is the director. >> you're prolific with these. fantastic. we'll make sure we get them out. their heart must be the size of mount rushmore, the way she's
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raising money and making the quilts. she's really taken us under her wing and we appreciate >> reporter: every quilt costs about $50. friends help with donated fabric, and trudy will dip into her own pocket to make up any shortfall. >> thank you again, ma'am. >> oh, you're welcome. enjoy. >> reporter: a one-woman quest to give pleasure and comfort and sometimes... >> where's jeremy? >> reporter: just plain joy. barry petersen, cbs news milwaukee. >> pelley: making the world a warmer place >> pelley: making the world a warmer place. that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh captioned by
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live from the cbs bay area studios this is kpix5 news. >> good evening. the son of a bay area billionaire found dead in his l.a. home. >> elizabeth cook is following this story for us from the newsroom. >> andrew getty was found dead in the bathroom of his l.a. home this afternoon. 47-year-old andrew getty is the grandson of jay paul getty, the founder of getty oil company and once named the world's richest private citizen. andrew's dad gordon getty lives here in san francisco worth an estimated $2.1 billion. we have these images just in. l.a. police detectives are at andrew getty's home in the hollywood
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hills. we've seen them taking statements from people at the scene. the entertainment website reports police are also talking to andrew getty's ex- girl friend. cops are handling this death as under suspicious circumstances. tmz reports andrew's ex-girl friend has a history with the lapd. they've been to his hollywood homes 30 times for domestic disturbances. andrew has a restraining order against his ex-girl friend. this is still very much a breaking story, this case coming to the attention of l.a. authorities around 2 p.m. this afternoon. gordon and ann getty are well known san francisco philanthropists donating to dozens of local causes here. we'll continue to follow this story very closely. in the bay area a tragic story as a woman is hit and killed while jogging at an intersection known to be a speedway. it's not the first time somebody has died there. the accident happened early this