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( applause ) >> axelrod: 296 days before thelr first primary campaign in 2016 republicans eyeing the white house size up the competition in new hampshire. our political director john dickerson is there. >> oh, my god. >> axelrod: cabin pressure redefined when a plane gets stuck on the tarmac for more than six hours. >> do you feel good about your job?u >> axelrod: the backlash against espn reporter britt mchenry. what does it tell us about online shaming? and thinking caps on. a team of quiz wizards goes for the gold at the u.s. academic decathlon. >> grenada! captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news." >> axelrod: good evening.
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i'm jim axelrod. this is the western edition of the broadcast. we begin tonight in new hampshire, home, of course, to the nation's first primary which is still more than nine months away. but for nearly 20 republicans who have either announced they will run for president or are contemplating a run, new hampshire is the center of the political universe this weekend. the state republican party is hosting a two-day conference so that new hampshire voters can hear from everyone from the front-runners to the little- knowns, all looking to get some traction. while differences on issues ranging from climate change to social security to the economy divide many of these republicans, the most significant unifier is actually a democrat. >> this is hillary clinton's speech-- i'm sorry, this isn't my speech. >> hillary clinton must not be president. >> hillary clinton couldn't be here again today. >> i ran against the clinton political machine. >> when hillary clinton travels there are going to be twola planes, one for her and her entourage, and one for her baggage.
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>> axelrod: joining me now cbs news political director john dickerson who is at the republican leadership summit in nashua. john, a lot of republican candidates in new hampshire either announced or prospective.r any names that are starting to emerge and separating themselves from the pack? >> reporter: not yet. we're 10 months out from the primary, and there seems to be no winnowing going on. there are about a dozen candidates who are all kind of bunched together here. in the past, in republican politics there has been one candidate who put all their chips on new hampshire and everybody has to fight against that. here, everybody is competing in a wide-open race so there's a lot of choosing yet to be done. >> axelrod: so if it's still wide open in terms of specific candidates, what are you learning about the kinds of characteristics that republicansri would like to see in a candidate in the state for the primary? >> reporter: well, because it is so wide open, you talk to activists, and they're looking
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at different characteristics-- young versus old, forward versus backward. and one that's emerged here is i senator versus governor. when the pollster, frank luntz l surveyed the activists here this morning he asked those whorn wanted a senator to be in the white house to raise their hand. about three to five then. then he asked the same question about those who wanted to see a governor in the white house, and more than 100 people raised their hand. there is a clear bias towards somebody who has been governor who has been in situations that most closely approximate the kind of tension and crises you might see in the white house jim.e, >> axelrod: so in this first primary in the nation, the prospective voters know what they're looking for if not who they're looking for yet. john dickerson in nashua, new hampshire, thank you. we should add that after the republicans finish up this weekend, mrs. clinton will arrive in new hampshire monday to begin her own two-day swing through the state. and while it is early in the 2016 campaign, it's not too early for a hot-button issue to emerge-- an education issue,
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specifically, the common core standardized tests. so far this year, more thanea 250,000 students across thes country have opted out of taking the tests, which measure proficiency in math and language arts. julianna goldman now on how the common core debate is playing out on the campaign trail.ra >> reporter: with parents andac teachers protesting what they say are burdensome, confusing, and time-consuming standardizednd tests, common core is emerging as a key issue on the trail. >> common core is an issue very close to my heart. i want to know your stance on common core. >> reporter: and it's forcing presidential hopefuls to navigate politically-fraught terrain right out of the gate. >> high standards assessed the right way combined with real accountability is what we need. >> reporter: former florida governor jeb bush has been a bee staunch supporter of the program but yesterday in new hampshire he emphasized that participation is voluntary. >> here's what we don't need--
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we don't need a federal government involved in this at all. >> reporter: bush's position puts him at odds with his republican rivals, like senators ted cruz--ys >> we need to repeal every word of common core. >> reporter: and marco rubio who says common core takes power away from state and local governments. >> those standards will eventually be used to force on states policies the federalt government wants or you won't get federal money. >> reporter: common core alsoti splits democrats, pitting the obama administration and reform advocates against teachers' unions, who have criticized the way it's been implemented.t' >> the common core started off as a bipartisan effort.n >> reporter: in iowa earlier this week, democratic presidential front-runner hillary clinton backed thehe controversial standards. >> it was to try to come up with a core of learning that we might expect students to achieve across our country, no matter what kind of school district w they were in, no matter how poor their family was, that there
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wouldn't be two tiers of education. >> reporter: clinton didn't endorse the way common core is being implemented. jim, it's a highly contentious and complicated issue, and it will likely become even more politicized as the campaign gets under way. >> axelrod: julianna goldman in our washington newsroom, julianna thank you. >> they ended up in colorado springs instead where passengers stayed grounded on the tarmac for more than six hours. vinita nair shows us how that played out. >> reporter: this is cell phone video shot on board. >> oh, my god!on >> reporter: you can see passenger frustration and you can hear it. >> technically, they don't have to do anything with us until we've been on-- out here for three hours. >> reporter: republic airlines operated the flight grounded by lightning. federal rules say an airline is only allowed to keep passengers on the tarmac for three hours,
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unless there's a security orrs safety issue or if taxiing in disrupts the airport. passenger lisa davis says she sat on the tarmac much longer. >> we landed here at 7:24, and we were stranded on that plane for seven hours. >> oh, my god! >> reporter: passengers say the pilot told them if they got off the plane, they would miss any connecting flights. they had no air conditioning and served nothing but water and crackers and claimed theat aircraft started to smell. when we reached out to republic airlines they had a veryo different version of events saying the time on the plane has apparently been exaggerated. heather leonard with thegera colorado springs airport fears this was all miscommunication. >> we're not sure what the issue is with united not being able to taxi to the gate. they-- we have available gate space here. >> reporter: passengers eventually got to the gate and were bussed to denver international airport. vinita nair, cbs news, new york.
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>> axelrod: the bad weather hit south texas pretty hard last night. thunderstorms brought heavy rains, intense lightning, and ping-pong-ball sized hail. in engel ton texas a circus performance had to be stopped and the crowd evacuated which the tent looked like it might collapse. there is more >> axelrod: and there is morein severe weather moving to the middle of the country. let's bring in meteorologist lauren casey of our minneapolis station wcco. lauren, where exactly is this nasty weather going? >> yeah, well we have a dime andea i can wide-reaching storm system that is going to the bring threat of severe weather from the central plains to the mid- atlantic this weekend. numerous revere storms are likely tonight in parts of kansas, oklahoma and texas in areas under enhanced risk. enhanced is the third highest category on the new storm prediction center's modifiedin scale. tornado and severe thunderstorm watches are in effect from nebraska down to central texas until 9:00 p.m. central tonight.
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and then tomorrow that threat spreads eastward to include the southeast and mid-atlantic. cities from little rock toan atlanta to charlotte may experience storms producing large hail and damaging winds. >> axelrod: lauren casey with the bad weather in our nation's midsection. lauren, thank you. two people remain in critical condition after a gas explosion in fresno, california. 15 were injured in the blast yesterday that sent flames shooting 100 feet into the air. many of those hurt were prisoners doing road work at as d sheriff's department gun range. isis is being blamed for a suicide attack in afghanistan that killed at least 35. it happened at a bank in jalalabad as people were in line to get paid. even the taliban condemned this attack, calling it "evil." a 71-year-old chinese journalist named gao yu is now looking at seven years in prison after being found guilty of "revealing state secrets." she denied accusations that she published a document detailing the communist party's plans to crack down on human rights.
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in beijing, seth doane has more on the challenges facing journalists in china. >> reporter: journalists like gao yu and i can obtain information the government does not want published, zhang jialong told us, and put it on line for people to see. this 26-year-old journalist was fired from his job at a financial news web site for leaking secrets and sensitive information. what's it like to be a journalist in china these days? "you're constantly in fear of having your work removed or getting punished," he told us. "in the long run, you start to censor yourself." instead, zhang decided to expose chinese censures. central authorities have been tightening the net-- by publishing gag orders issued to chinese journalists. this one from 1212 resident: "you can only say what the the government wants you to say,"
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zhang told us. foreign journalists are not "you can only say what the the government wants you to say," znang told us. foreign journalists are not given foreign journalists are not o given censorship orders, but the chinese government threatens to withhold visas as a way to control overseas press. zhang was a part of a group of journalists to meet with secretary of state john kerry last year in beijing. behind closed doors, zhang complained about censorship. soon after, he lost his job and remains unemployed today. "it's wrong for journalists to cover up what they know," heha told us.ld "i cannot help the government t cover people's eyes and ears." 44 journalists were sitting in chinese jails as of late last
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year. this sentencing may serve as a high-profile warning and is indicative of the increasing crackdown on press freedoms here. seth doane, cbs news, beijing. >> axelrod: it's been the must- see video of the week. now the backlash against that espn reporter in the parking garage is raising some questions about online shaming. where the buffalo roam from home when the "cbs evening news" continues. only one to combine a safe sleep aid... plus the 12 hour pain relieving strength of aleve. be a morning person again with aleve pm.
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ve >> reporter: even after video of 28-year-old britt mchenry went viral... even after she was suspended by espn and despite being forgiven by the woman she berated, socialiv media won't let it go. crisis manager mike paul. are people allowed to have a bad moment without the possibility of losing your job? >> in today's environment, no. that's the catch-22.a we want to be the judge and jury of every single thing that's happening, which it what we're saying is we're perfect. you need to be perfect, too.ed >> okay, what. you don't ( bleep ) finish?blee >> reporter: technology has made it easier to catch people behaving badly. earlier this month, video surfaced of an n.y.p.d. detective yelling at an uber driver. >> how long have you been in this country. >> reporter: the police commissioner quickly stripped
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the detective of his badge and gun. he was transferred out of the f.b.i.'s elite task force. in 2013, public relations executive justine sackoafs was fired from her job after she tha wrote a tweet that read, "going to africa.o hope i don't get aids. just kidding. i'm white." media consultant bill mcgowan explains the strong public reaction. >> i think it triggers something in all of us. i think we've all been in the shoes of that cashier where maybe somebody has iced out socially, kind of said mean things to us. so i think that association is really strong. >> reporter: the video that surfaced of mchenry was editeded and we don't know what else may have been said by the employee. jim, that's part of the reason why some mchenry supporters are now using the hashtag teame no britt. >> axelrod: jericka, thank you.xelr some buffalo roamed a little too r close to home this week in arkansas. after escaping from a farm, six f
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buffaloes spent thursday evading capture on the streets of hot springs, arkansas.kans four have since been rounded up, but two are still missing, raising the obvious question where exactly does a 2,000-pound buffalo hide? up next, sailing back into history, 235 years back. ck into history 235 years back.
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>> axelrod: history was made today on the western coast of w france-- actually, it was
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remade. in 1780, a 32-gun frigate named "hermione" left france for america with good news for the colonists rebelling against great britain.ra today, a replica of the ship set sail on a similar course amid great fanfare, and mark phillips was there. >> reporter: it's a replica of what may be one of the most important and the most forgotten ships in u.s. naval history. and in a way, it's coming home. the original sailing frigate "hermione" left port in france in 1780, carrying the best friend the american revolution ever had, to boston. the marquis de lafayette was aui french aristocrat and sympathizer with the upstart colonies who served in george washington's army and who secured vital support for what was then a flagging revolutionary cause. "hermione's" trip 235 years ago brought lafayette back to the colonies with news that thes
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french were sending men and ships to help fight the british. now the replica "hermione" is making the same trip. as recreations of history go the new "hermione," as her sea trial showed, is a spectacular example. over 200 feet long with 16,000 square feet of sail, she's been built using the same materials and a lot of the same methods as the original. it took money from both sides of the atlantic to fund the project, not to mention 17 years and the wood from 3,000 oak trees to build her. and back in the age of sail, it took 250 people to handle a ship like this. the modern version gets by with just 80, most of them volunteers, and most french, although there are a few americans, including woody wiest. >> one of the things about a ship like this is you get people from all around the world coming
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and sailing, and when you put people side by side on board a ship, they're cleaning the toilets together, they're really bonding, and it makes-- it makes it very-- a very close and open relationship between people and it lasts forever. >> reporter: there will be b plenty of opportunity for bonding on the trip to the u.s., which is expected to last about l four weeks. "hermione" will visit port cities from virginia to maine beginning in june, and she'll j draw a crowd. mark phillips, cbs news, rochehfort, france. >> axelrod: still ahead, a battle of the brains and a dynasty on the line at the united states academic decathlon.lo well, when you have copd it can be hard to breathe. it can be hard to get air out, which can make it hard to get air in. so i talked to my doctor. she said... doctor: symbicort could help you breathe better, starting within 5 minutes. symbicort doesn't replace a rescue inhaler
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>> axelrod: we close tonight with a look at a dynasty. now we're not talking about the yankees or the bulls or even the tudors, for that matter. carter evans introduces us to a southern california high school which set out this weekend to cement its standing as an c academic dynasty. >> reporter: at this year's academic decathlon, these students from california's granada hills charter high school hope to continue a dynasty. they were national champions in 2011, 2012, and 2013. >> granada! >> reporter: so the bar was high for newcomers like natalie gonzalez. >> it was really intimidating at first. i wasn't sure i could keep up with some of the returning members. >> reporter: not only did she keep up but she and her
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teammates shined at last night's super-quiz, a "jeopardy-"style speed test with questions that are stupefying just to read, but not to them. each correct answer drew a cheer from natalie's mother, a first- generation immigrant from mexico who never got to high school. you department have that opportunity. >> no, i don't have any opportunity. she-- she have it, and she gote h it, and she do it. >> reporter: so did jorgeor zapeda, also a child of immigrants. >> my dad always pushed me to read books, made sure i always stayed focused in school. that was my job when they had f their jobs. >> reporter: his mother maria elena. >> no video games, no facebook. >> i deleted instagram. >> reporter: you deleted it. >> i deleted instagram, yeah. >> reporter: still, the students say it's a small sacrifice compared to their parents. >> she doesn't want me to kind of live that hard life that she's had to go she wants me to do better and have a better life, too. >> the team from granada hills.m >> reporter: they are well on their way.ll
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granada hills cleaned up winning every major award, beating 2,500 other schools. they are national champs once again. >> the emotions that i have is-- i can't describe it. i want to jump. i want to scream. >> reporter: success now means at least a little time to celebrate where champions often do. >> we're going to disneyland. >> reporter: and then it's back to the books. carter evans, cbs news, los angeles. >> axelrod: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. later on cbs, "48 hours." for now, i'm jim axelrod in new york and for all of us here at cbs news, thanks for joining us and good captioning sponsored by cbs ni captioned by media access group at wgbh
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disaster at sea. a pleasure boat launches off the bay area coast and washes up onshore with no sign of survivors. >> san francisco families living in filth and a landlord who ignored the complaints. we asked the city how could it happen? >> it's the hottest ticket in town. the nba play-offs tip off at oracle and warriors fans are in
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your realtime captioner is linda marie macdonald. a deadly mystery off the bay area coast. tonight, two bay area boaters are dead. two others are still missing. and no one knows what went wrong. good evening, i'm ann notarangelo. >> i'm brian hackney. the boat washed up this morning at tamales point after


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