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temperature swings in the southeast are taking a heavy toll on crops. a warm february followed by a march cold snap has farmers scrambling to keep produce from freezing to death. mark strassmann is there. >> there's a lot of loss here. more than a million dollars this week. the fifth generation farmer pulled back these protective tarps and winced. 1/3 of his strawberry crop is dead. >> bad or worse than expected? >> the strawberries are actually a whole lot worse than i expected. >> reporter: his 140 acres of peach trees got it worse. all that pink blooming are vulnerable peach buds which opened three weeks early because of the unusually warm temperatures this winter. the deep freeze killed half of
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echols' peach crop. across the region farmers are counting their losses. gary black is georgia's agriculture commissioner. >> it would be easy to say that we're in hundreds of millions of dollars. >> reporter: north carolina peach farms looked like a winter wonderland. overhead irrigation tried to insulate the crop from freezing temperatures and winds. in south carolina farmers hoped protective covering would save the state's strawberry crop. but in south georgia blueberry fields fell into a deep, damaging freeze. is the worst of it over? >> that's what -- that's the question of the hour. that's the question of the hour. if it's not, i might as well quit. >> reporter: all this week the overnight lows have been in the mid 20s. some good news, tonight's overnight low should stay above freezing. but all of the open exposed buds on these peach trees will stay vulnerable for another three
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weeks, anthony, until the final frost sometime in mid april. >> quite a few. mark strassmann. thank you, mark. steph penny, the head of usa gymnastics for more than a decade, resigned under pressure today. the board was not happy with reports the organization turned a blind eye to allegations of sexual misconducts by coaches and the team doctor. dr. jon lapook has been following this story. >> reporter: in a statement released today, steve penny said, "it has been heartbreaking to learn of instances of abuse. and it sickens me that young athletes would be exploited in such a manner." penny's resignation is the latest development in a sex abuse scandal that began last summer when the indianapolis star documented cases in which male coaches, members of usa gymnastics, were accused of sexually abusing female gymnasts. that led to young women coming forward wkts of abuse by usa women's gymnastics team doctor lawrence nassar.
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jamie dansher was a bronze medalist in the 2000 olympics. last month she told "60 minutes" she started seeing dr. nassar at age 13 or 14. >> i started having really bad lower back pain on my right side of my back. >> what specifically would he do? >> he would put his fingers inside of me, move my leg around. he would tell me i was going to feel a pop. >> reporter: nassar is being held without bail in michigan, charged with possession of child pornography and sexual assault of ten young women not connected to dantzcher. he pleaded not guilty and has defended his actions as legitimate medical treatment. i just spoke to jamie dantzscher who called pen chriss resignation a major step to reforming the whole system. and she added now hopefully these young athletes will be in much better hands. >> dr. jon lapook. thanks, john. coming up next, dramatic video of a good samaritan shooting a man to save a deputy in danger.
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a south florida man is being hailed as a hero for coming to the rescue of a sheriff's deputy. david begnaud has the newly released video. we warn you, it's intense. >> reporter: cell phone video shows the attacker on top of a sheriff's deputy near fort myers, florida. deputy first class dean bardes had been in a high-speed chase with 53-year-old edward strother. when the chase ended and the deputy tried to subdue the suspect, he was tackled to the ground. kimberly jenkinson was a witness. >> he threw the officer to the ground so violently. i mean, it just -- it was awful. and he started punching him and hitting and hitting and hitting. i thought he was going to kill him. >> reporter: as strother strabld deputy bardes, investigators say strother was going for the deputy's gun. bystander ashad russell, that's him in blue, pulls a weapon and
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approaches the two men. the deputy begs russell to shoot the attacker. investigators say russell told the suspect he would shoot him if he didn't stop beating the deputy. then gunfire. [ gunshots ] >> oh, [ bleep ]! oh, [ bleep ]! >> reporter: after the shooting russell drops his weapon. as you see him walk away, apparently dazed. the samaritan had a permit to carry the gun, and the assistant state attorney ruled he was justified in the shooting and that he had every right to stand his ground. anthony, she called him a hero. >> david begnaud. thank you, david. still ahead, no bigger than a hockey puck. this could be one of the most valuable stones ever found.
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the hijacking of an oil tanker off somalia ended peacefully today. pirates had seized the ship monday as it was carrying fuel from djibouti to mogadishu. they fired shots today when a navel ship from somalia approached, but eventually they released the tanker and its crew of eight from sri lanka
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unharmed. the pirates were not arrested. in the west african nation of sierra leone a pastor discovered what could be the tenth largest diamond ever found. at 706 carats it's undoubtedly worth millions. the pastor turned it over to the government, hoping it will fund development. sierra leone is still recovering from civil war in the 1990s funded by so-called blood diamonds. president trump sent a birthday greeting today to world war ii vet ray chavez. he's 105 years old, believed to be the oldest survivor of the 1941 attack on pearl harbor. in a letter the president told chavez, "your undaunted courage, love of country and unwavering commitment to freedom earned you the eternal respect and gratitude of the american people." mr. trump signed it, "keep going." ahead in author news, a second-grader makes the best-seller list, inspired by her kid brother.
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the subject of our final story tonight thought she knew so much about the care and feeding of little brothers she could write a book, so she did. now it's a best-seller. here's michelle miller. >> steady. go! >> reporter: nia mia reese loves being a big sister but admits it's not easy. >> i sometimes have to say no. >> no. >> reporter: not easy playing with ronald michael. >> he'll throw the ball and the ball just goes flying everywhere. and sometimes it hits me. >> reporter: not easy giving him advice. >> he won't always listen. >> reporter: but one thing came very easy to the 8-year-old.
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writing about the whole experience. tell me this. how long did it take you to write that book? >> it didn't take very long. it took a few days. >> reporter: nia mya is an official penned author with her own built-in fan base. even the town mayor showed up at her latest book signing. >> thank you. >> reporter: her book, "how to deal with and care for your annoying little brother," is on amazon's best-seller list for parenting. >> it really has spread the excitement across our school for other young writers. >> reporter: it all started as an assignment in beth hankins' first-grade class last year. >> and nia mya shared that she was a great big sister to an annoying little brother. >> you say it like he really is annoying. >> yes, he is. >> aren't most 5-year-old brothers annoying? >> well, he's a little dumb and annoying. >> reporter: her mother cherra nita thought her daughter should continue the project over the summer. >> work on your sentences.
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you know, work on the selling, work on the way that it's worded and that will be your summer project. >> reporter: the book has universal lessons on patience, kindness, and love. >> you need to teach him sometimes. >> reporter: the best lesson, nia mya says, the notion to disguise learning as fun. something she's managed to share with her entire school. >> what did you learn from all of this? >> to follow my own dreams. >> reporter: and with every signature she encourages the rest of us to do the same. >> i like that. >> reporter: michelle miller, cbs news, birmingham, alabama. and that's the overnight news for this friday. for some of you the news continues. for others check back a little later for the morning news and of course "cbs this morning." from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm anthony mason.
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>> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." welcome to the overnight news. i'm jericka duncan. dozens of tourists and journalists are thankful to be alive this morning after surviving a huge explosion at italy's mount etna, europe's most active volcano burst into life without warning, sending boiling steam into the air and rocks and lava raining down the mountainside. here's seth doane. >> reporter: mount etna has been putting on an impressive show for days, spewing lava and steam, but no one expected this. the massive explosion was caught on camera by a bbc crew.
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piping hot volcanic ash and rock rained down as tourists and the crew fled. one reporter described it as running down a mountain, being pelted by rocks, dodging burning boulders and boiling steam. >> whoa. >> reporter: a camerawoman shook burning embers off her back. >> get it off. >> reporter: she later tweeted a photo of the hole burned in her jacket. at least ten people were injured from flying debris, take shelter in a passing snowcat. the blast is what's known as a phreatomagmatic eruption caused by extremely hot lava hit much k0e8der snow. police on snowmobiles responded for what was a lucky escape for everyone. there are always risks involved with getting close to an active volcano, but anthony, experts tell us this kind of explosion
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is a rare event. it takes a perfect storm of circumstances for it to happen. it's been a rough week for president trump. his latest travel ban is now stuck in legal limbo. his health care bill is already on life support. his budget plan is described as dead on arrival in the senate. and his allegation of being wiretapped by the former administration is being denied by congressional leaders in his own party. major garrett reports. >> reporter: false. that's what the bipartisan senate intelligence committee called president trump's wiretap allegation. "based on the information available to us, we see no indications that trump tower was the subject of surveillance by any element of the united states government." house speaker paul ryan reached the same conclusion. >> that no such wiretap existed. >> reporter: as did adam schiff, ranking democrat on the house intelligence committee. >> that's just complete nonsense. >> reporter: white house press secretary sean spicer said the president's unproven allegation would be vindicated.
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>> he stands by it but -- >> reporter: yet the president has asked for no evidence from the fbi or intelligence community and has not directed the justice department to provide any to congress. in his first public comments on the matter, president trump told fox news his allegations stemmed from news reports. >> i've been reading about things. i read in -- i think it was january 20th, a "new york times" article where they were talking about wiretapping. >> reporter: the "times" did run a story that day headlined "wiretapped data used in inquiry of trump aides." it did not report trump tower had been under surveillance. mr. trump then referred to something new and possibly classified. >> the cia -- i just want people to know, the cia was hacked and a lot of things taken. that was during the obama years. that was not during us. >> reporter: the president may have been referencing wikileaks' disclosure of cia documents. congressman schiff said the comment was concerning. >> but if this was an offhand comment by the president in the form of a dig at his predecessor, that is not how you
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want to declassify information. there's more evidence of financial ties between former national security adviser michael flynn and the kremlin. flynn was fired after just a month on the job for lying about his contacts with a russian official while he was working for the trump campaign. jeff pegues reports. >> yeah, that's right, lock her up! >> reporter: just two months before retired lieutenant general michael flynn began advising the trump campaign, he traveled to moscow to attend a gala where he was seated right next to russian president vladimir putin. today the top democrat on the house oversight committee, elijah cummings, released checks, e-mails, and invoices that showed flynn was paid almost $34,000 to attend the event by r.t., a media company the cia has said engaged in a kremlin-directed campaign to undermine faith in the u.s. government. >> it begs the question, why
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would president trump allow him to be in his inner circle, receiving top secrets of our government? >> reporter: in a statement a spokesman says flynn, the former head of the defense intelligence agency, notified and briefed the d.i.a. before his trip to russia and again upon his return. >> and that just wasn't acceptable to me. >> reporter: president trump fired flynn after just 24 days as national security adviser when it was revealed flynn lied to vice president pence about conversations he had had with the russian ambassador to the u.s. and it's not just his connections to russia that have raised questions. just last week flynn retroactively registered with the justice department as an agent of a foreign government. he had a $600,000 lobbying contract with a company with ties to the turkish government. in addition, flynn received over $11,000 from a russian cargo airline and, anthony, was also paid $11,000 from kaspersky
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labs. that's a well-known cybersecurity company with ties to russian officials. city officials in dallas are scrambling to fix a deadly problem with the 911 system. it forces emergency calls to be put on hold. at least two people have died waiting for a 911 dispatcher to pick up the phone. one was a 6-month-old boy. omar villafranca. has that story. >> do you think 911 responding could have saved your son's life? >> i do. >> reporter: bridget allen left her son at home with a babysitter when the 6-month-old fell and stopped breathing. the 40-year-old baby zitter called 911 at 5:55 p.m. and again at 5:57 but was put on hold each time. this screen grab of the final call shows she was on hold with 911 for more than 30 minutes and never got through to a dispatcher. >> really no apology, there's nothing they can say to heal the
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pain that's in my heart. that i have to bury my 6-month-old son on monday. >> but you want an explanation. >> i want one. >> it's not acceptable that that happened, and we've got to make sure that it never happens again. >> reporter: dallas mayor mike rawlings said wednesday that hundreds of ghost calls have jammed the city's 911 system for months. these so-called ghost calls are made to 911 unintentionally by mobile devices on the t-mobile network and are unknown to the caller. the calls then appear on a dispatcher's screen as hang-ups. by law dispatchers have to call those numbers back, which bottlenecks the system. t-mobile executive david carrie says they first started to notice the problem last fall. >> we took some changes into the system that actually thought it had arrested the problem. >> reporter: but on saturday the city says it experienced a spike of more than 400 ghost calls.
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the president of usa gymnastics has been forced out after charges that his organization was slow to respond to allegations of child sex abuse. steve penny joined usa gymnastics in 1999 and helped orchestrate one of the great runs in olympic history. but members of the women's gymnastics team claim they were sexually abused, some by coaches and others by a team doctor. jon lapook spoke with three members of the u.s. national team who discussed their allegations against team doctor lawrence nassar. >> all the girls liked larry. he was like my buddy. he was on my side. >> he was so sure of himself. and as a young girl you're confused, you don't know what's going on. >> reporter: jessica howard was
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the u.s. national champion in rhythmic gymnastics from 1999 to 2001. >> very creative. innovative skills. >> reporter: jeanette antolin competed with the u.s. national team from 1995 to 2000. >> she's been solid. >> reporter: she helped ucla win three national championships. jamie dantzscher won a bronze medal in the 2000 olympics and was recently inducted into ucla's athletic hall of fame. >> she's taken the apple cart and flipped it upside down. >> reporter: they were teenagers in a sport where injuries are common and the professional they turned to for help staying in competition was this man, seen here in instructional videos he posted on his website. lawrence nassar, an osteopathic physician, was one of the most famous doctors in the world of gymnastics. as a trainer and doctor he worked with olympic and national women's artistic gymnastics teams for more than two decades. that's him right after kerri strug's famous ankle injury in the 1996 olympics in atlanta.
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and that's him today. since december he's been held without bail in michigan, where he worked at michigan state university sports medicine clinic. he's charged with possession of child pornography and criminal sexual conduct involving the daughter of a family friend. investigators were able to make the case against him because gymnasts went public after years of silence. the police and fbi are now investigating dozens of other cases involving nassar, some decades old, others within the last two years. >> dantzscher off to a great start tonight. >> reporter: jamie dantzscher says she started seeing dr. nassar around 1995, after she became a member of the u.s. junior national team. >> i started having really bad lower back pain on my right side of my back. so i went to him for my back pain. >> what specifically would he do? >> he would put his fingers inside of me and move my leg
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around. he would tell me i was going to feel a pop. and that that would put my hips back and help my back pain. >> reporter: how old were you then when he first did that procedure? >> i was either 13 or 14. >> i was 15 years old. and i had a hip problem, a very severe hip problem. usa gymnastics suggested that i go to the karolyi ranch to work with their doctor. >> reporter: the karolyi ranch outside houston, texas is a mecca for elite gymnasts who have given up any semblance of normal childhood to pursue their olympic dreams. run by the legendary coaches bela and marta karolyi it's where members of the u.s. national team for artistic gymnastics come roughly once a month for several days of intensive training. the girls stayed in cabins on the property, and dr. nassar would be there to provide medical treatment. >> he started massaging me, and
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he had asked me not to wear any underwear. and then he just continued to go into more and more intimate places. >> reporter: and when that happened, what was going through your head? >> i remember thinking something was off. but i didn't feel like i was able to say anything. because he was, you know, this very high-profile doctor and i was very lucky to be at the ranch working with him. >> reporter: did any of the other girls in your cabin talk to you about dr. nassar? >> yes. the girls would say, yeah, he touches you funny. >> i remember being uncomfortable because of the area. but in my mind i was like if this helps i'll do anything. >> reporter: did you ever complain to anybody about it? >> no. >> reporter: why not? >> it was treatment. you don't complain about treatment. >> reporter: dr. nassar has pled not guilty to the charges against him in michigan.
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in a statement from his lawyers he has defended his treatment as legitimate. there is a rare therapy for back and hip pain where specialists massage areas inside the vagina. but for a minor it's expected such a procedure should involve a chaperone and use of a glove. >> did he use a glove? >> no. >> reporter: and how many times did you have this kind of a procedure? >> i mean, it would happen all the way to the olympics in sydney. i was 18. frrpt ti frr >> reporter: from the time you were 13 or so until 18? >> yes. >> reporter: and it was just in your mind normal medical treatment? >> you've got a 52-year-old man placing his hand in the vagina of 9-year-olds ungloved for no good reason. wrong. >> reporter: california attorney john manley represents the women we interviewed and more than 40 others. one as young as 9 years old and most under 18 at the time they
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say they were abused. how many women do you think he did that to? >> we know there are at least 60245 ha60 that have come forward. my best estimate is it's in the hundreds and possibly more. >> reporter: are you saying that members of the last two olympic teams, from rio and from london, were affected by dr. nassar, that they were abused by him? >> i believe at the end of the day there are members of every single olympic team since 1996 he did this to. that's what we're going to end up with. >> reporter: what makes you so sure about that? >> because this is somebody who is a serial predator. but the story here is that no one was watching. to protect these girls. and they put medals and money first. >> reporter: by they manley means usa gymnastics and the karolyis. he's not arguing they knew anything about sexual abuse. many years went by before the
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women we interviewed complained to anyone in authority. but part of the reason for that, manley argues, was a high-pressure, emotionally abusive environment at the ranch which he says made it easy for nassar to win the girls' trust. >> i mean, the yelling and screaming, that was like normal. >> really? >> yeah. >> reporter: what kind of abusive things were said to you? >> it was never good enough. you're not good enough. >> the pressure that they put on you to be perfection for them, it was very overwhelming and stressful. >> it was an environment of fear. and he stepped in and became the good guy. >> reporter: dr. nassar. >> dr. nassar did. he gave them candy. he gave them encouragement. he acted like he cared about them. no one else there gave that impression. >> reporter: what were these girls so afraid of? >> not being able to fulfill their dream. i mean, you've given up your
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childhood and you've given up your adolescence to represent your country. and the karolyis and the selection team who were there have control on who goes. so your fate is in their hands. you must do what they say. >> reporter: on behalf of the women, attorney manley is suing the karolyis and usa gymnastics for failing to protect their athletes. usa gymnastics president steve penny declined to speak with us on camera about dr. nassar. in a statement the organization said it is appalled "that anyone would exploit a young athlete or child in this manner." usa gymnastics "first learned of an athlete's concern about dr. nassar in june 2015," the statement said. "five weeks later after an internal review, it reported him to the fbi and relieved him of any further assignments." usa gymnastics told us it has long had a policy that adult staff should avoid being alone with a minor. >> how often were you alone with him? >> most of the time.
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>> reporter: just in the treatment area or also in your bedroom? >> in our cabins. they were like cabins. yeah. >> reporter: that's like your bedroom. >> yeah. mm-hmm. >> reporter: did the karolyis know that dr. nassar was alone with you for these treatments? >> yeah. >> reporter: how do you know that? >> they had to know. i mean, there was no one else with him. and that's the thing too. to think -- in the bed? the treatment was in the bed. in my bed that i slept on. at the ranch. >> reporter: bela and marta karolyi declined to give us an interview. but in a statement they said they were never aware nassar was performing this procedure or visiting athletes in their rooms without supervision. they also denied that there was an emotionally abusive
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the internet is still abuzz about professor robert kelly and his now famous family. kelly was doing a skype interview with the bbc from his home office in south africa. suddenly some tiny intruders turned an otherwise ordinary chat into an overnight sensation. charlie d'agata reports.
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>> reporter: marion kelly's 4-year-old swagger has been watched 86 million times. it's turned her father, robert, into a global internet sensation. >> we got to the point where we had to turn off the phones and facebook and twitter and all that sort of stuff. >> the question is how do democracies -- >> reporter: the chaos unfolded friday during a skype interview with the bbc. >> i think one of your children has just walked in. >> reporter: as professor kelly tried to keep marion at bay, in waddled 9-month-old james. followed quickly by his mother, yung ha kim nant. in a frantic bid to get the kids out of the shot. >> my apologies. >> reporter: kelly later explained that marion had been in a hippity-hoppity mood after celebrating her birthday party. >> i thought if i could get my daughter to sit down and read a book for 30 seconds until the interview. but once my son came in in a
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little roll yer everything changed. >>. >> reporter: copycats like the one featuring press secretary sean spicer, president trump, ben carson, and kellyanne conway. and it lit up the late night shows. trevor noah. >> like this is why i love kids. no matter how seriously you take yourself, kids will mess up your [ bleep ]. sure, your dad can say "i'm going tonight bbc." but the kids are like, "no. we're going on ellen." >> reporter: kelly thought that was the end of his tv career, but it's been the opposite. today kelly politely pleaded to be left in peace. and he's happy his family's saga has brought laughter to so many. charlie d'agata, cbs news, london. that's the overnight news for this friday. for some of you the news continues. for others check back with us a little later for the morning news and of course "cbs this morning." from the broadcast center in new york city i'm jericka duncan.
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it's friday, march 17th, 2017. this is the cbs morning news. a blast overnight levels a home and rattles neighbors in a maryland community. meeting face to face, president trump seeks to sure up america's relationship with germany by welcoming the german chancellor to the white house. an emt dedicated to helping others is hit and killed by her own ambulance after it was stolen. and tourists make a run for it as volcanic ash and rocks rainow


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