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captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: killing o'reilly. >> this stops right here. >> pelley: fox dump's cable's biggest star and money maker, a favorite of the right, in a sexual harassment scandal. also tonight, why the murder conviction that put nfl star aaron hernandez in prison may be thrown out as the result of his suicide. he lost his legs in war. now va bureaucracy is preventing him from getting prosthetics. >> that must be kind of maddening. >> frustrating. i'm over mad. >> pelley: and... >> hard to beat. >> pelley: wisdom of the ages from a centenarian. this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
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>> pelley: this is our western edition. today while bill o'reilly was enjoying an audience with the pope, fox fired the man with the biggest audience in cable television. it was an embarrassing end to a 20-year run. the fox news channel has lost in less than a year the keys to its success -- o'reilly and founding c.e.o. roger ailes. both removed after multiple women at fox complained of serial sexual harassment that was tolerated for years. late today o'reilly called these claims completely unfounded, though "the new york times" has reported that he and fox paid about $13 million in settlements. here's anna werner. >> caution. you are about to enter the no spin zone. >> reporter: the only comment from 21st century fox, "after a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the company and bill o'reilly have agreed that
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bill o'reilly will not be returning to the fox news channel." o'reilly has been out on what he said was planned vacation since april 11th. the most recent sighting was this picture of him today meeting the pope in rome. his ouster follows sexual harassment allegations against the host dating back to 2004. earlier this month "the new york times" reported five women received quiet payouts from o'reilly or the company totaling some $13 million. the president recently spoke out to defend o'reilly, telling the "times" he didn't think bill did anything wrong and praising him as a good person. but the controversy over o'reilly came on the heels of sexual harassment claims against former fox news chairman roger ailes, who resigned in july. >> fire bill o'reilly! >> reporter: this week protesters picketed fox news headquarters. >> if bill o'reilly is gone, that is just the start of it. >> reporter: employment attorney linda correia specializes in
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sexual harassment cases. >> i think you'd want to look at what the culture of the place is and whether there are individuals there who have taken cues from bill o'reilly and think that it's okay to behave that way. >> let me stop you right there. >> reporter: wendy walsh, a former commentator on o'reilly's show, came forward this month saying she lost chance for a job at the fox network after she rejected o'reilly's advances. >> fox is doing what i think fox should do, make a big public statement that women's rights are more important than the bottom line. >> reporter: in bill o'reilly's statement tonight, he said, "it's tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims," but he called that, scott, "the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today." >> pelley: anna werner at the fox news studios in manhattan. anna, thank you. now, cbs news has learned
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tonight that a manhunt is under way for a traitor inside the central intelligence agency. the c.i.a. and the f.b.i. are conducting a joint investigation into one of the worst security breaches in c.i.a. history, which exposed thousands of top- secret documents. jeff pegues is breaking this story tonight. >> reporter: the security breach involves the theft of c.i.a. documents and hacking tools used to penetrate smartphones, smart television, and computer systems. sources familiar with the investigation say it is looking for an insider, either a c.i.a. employee or a contractor who had physical access to the material. the agency has not publicly said when the material was taken or how it was stolen. much of the material was classified and stored in a highly secured section of the intelligence agency. still, sources say hundreds of people would have had access to the material, and investigators are going through those names.
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the trove was published in march by the anti-secrecy organization wikileaks. >> wikileaks walks like a hostile intelligence service and talks like a hostile intelligence service. >> reporter: just last week in his first public comments as director of the c.i.a., mike pompeo railed against wikileaks and its founder julian assange. >> it's time to call out wikileaks for what it really is, a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like russia. >> reporter: wikileaks says it obtained the c.i.a. information from former contractors who work for u.s. intelligence. to this day the c.i.a. has not commented on the authenticity of the wikileaks disclosures or on the status of the investigation. c.i.a. director pompeo has pledged fundamental change in how the c.i.a. strengthens and secures internal systems. scott, officially both the agency and f.b.i. had no comment on the authenticity of the purported documents or the status of the investigation.
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>> pelley: jeff pegues breaking the story for us tonight. jeff, thank you. today former nfl star aaron hernandez killed himself in prison where he was serving life for murder. tony dokoupil on the final act now of a tragic downfall. >> reporter: aaron hernandez was discovered just after 3:00 a.m. this morning. officials at the maximum- security prison say hernandez blocked the door of his single- occupant cell and hanged himself with a bed sheet attached to the window. there was no note found in the cell, but sources tell cbs boston affiliate wbz he had john 3:16 on his forehead and smoked synthetic marijuana the night before. his family expressed shock and skepticism promising their own investigation. in a statement, hernandez's attorney said "there were no conversations or correspondence from aaron that would have indicated anything like this was possible." the former pro bowler starred for new england patriots for
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three years as a tight end. he was in the middle of a five- year, $40 million contract when his career abruptly ended. he was arrested in 2013 for the shooting death of childhood friend odin lloyd. two years later he was sentenced to life in prison without parole. >> that's it. it's over. guy's gone. >> reporter: on boston's radio show, the apparent suicide was a hot topic. host scott zolak. >> it's one of the strangest sports stories for a guy who had everything and has absolutely nothing right now. >> reporter: the news of hernandez's death came on the same day his former team, the patriots, visited the white house to celebrate their super bowl victory. just last week in a separate trial, hernandez was found not guilty in a 2012 drive-by shooting case, and, scott, under an old and obscure state law, his murder conviction could be wiped clean, as well, because he died before exhausting his appeals. that would make him, in the eyes
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of the court anyhow, an innocent man. >> pelley: tony dokoupil for us. thank you, tony. questions are being raised tonight about president trump's america first mantra. his businesses don't always practice what he preaches, and major garrett has been looking into this. >> buy american and hire american. >> reporter: in wisconsin yesterday, president trump burnished his populist image by signing an executive order reinforcing an existing law that prioritizes american-made goods in federal contracts. but mr. trump's rhetoric does not match the business practices that made him millions. many trump-branded products are made overseas. trump eyeglasses, made in china. items from the trump home collection, made in china. >> now where were these made? >> reporter: david letterman asked about trump shirts and ties in 2012. >> the ties are made where, in china? >> china. >> the ties are made in china.
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>> reporter: mr. trump's executive order also seeks to limit h1b visas that allow companies to hire skilled foreign labor, something the white house argues undercuts u.s. jobs and high-tech wages. mr. trump has for years used a related visa program to hire romanian and haitian workers at his mar-a-lago resort. we asked candidate trump about that in february 2016. >> it's impossible to get help. >> it's impossible to hire american workers. >> it's a seasonal job, a four- month, five-month job. american workers want a full- time job. >> reporter: even while mr. trump has been in office, the trump organization has applied for an h2b visa for a foreign national services at the trump golf club outside new york city, a club the president is expected to visit multiple times in the coming months. major garrett, cbs news, the white house. >> pelley: the president put all of his support behind republicans in yesterday's congressional special election
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in georgia, but it turned out that democrat jon ossoff was the top vote getter. still, he fell 2% short of the 50% needed to get a run-off. so the districts, which mr. trump won, will vote again in june. the u.s. and north korea seem headed for a showdown over the north's nuclear program. today both turned up the heat and margaret brennan has this. >> we're reviewing all the status of north korea both in terms of state sponsorship of terrorism as well as all the other ways in which we can bring pressure to bear on the regime in pyongyang. >> reporter: secretary of state rex tillerson said the u.s. wants to force north korean leader kim jong-un to the negotiating table, offering diplomacy as a way to avoid a military clash. a north korean propaganda video surfaced today showing kim at a concert. its centerpiece was a video simulation of a missile strike on the u.s.
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>> the united states of america will always seek peace. >> reporter: vice president mike pence on a tour of the region vowed overwhelming force if the north provokes the u.s. military. >> but under president trump, the shield stands guards and the sword stands ready. >> reporter: the u.s. has no diplomatic relations with pyongyang, which has made no secret of its nuclear ambitions, and u.s. presidents have long pressured china to rein in its neighbor. at their recent mar-a-lago summit, chinese president xi jinping cautioned mr. trump against any u.s. military action in north korea. chinese officials told cbs news that his message was clear: "we do not want war or chaos on the doorstep of china and diplomacy is the only workable solution." but imprecise communication has muddied the waters with some u.s. regional allies. in an interview on april 12th, mr. trump suggested that a battle group of u.s. warships, including the u.s.s.
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"carl vinson" was racing toward the region. >> we are sending an armada, very powerful. >> reporter: but those ships at the time were headed in the opposite direction. scott, now the white house is reassuring nervous allies this wasn't just a bluff. the ships have long been scheduled to arrive at the end of the month. >> pelley: margaret brennan at the white house. police in fresno, california, said the man arrested yesterday was not a terrorist. they said he's a racist who laughed about the killings. carter evans tells us about the victims. >> the guy came behind him, and just shot him down, like he was nothing. >> reporter: rosi rosie wagner's 37-year-old son, mark gassett, was one of three killed during the shooting spree. this cell phone video appears to show the gunman running and opening fire. police say kori ali muhammad
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fired a total of 17 rounds. his first victim was 34-year-old zack randalls, a married father of two who was on his first day of training with the local utility company. next, the gunman shot mark gassett as he was carrying groceries down the street, and then relooked liked before opening fire on his final victim, 58-year-old david jackson in a catholic charities parking lot. muhammad surrounded to police yg,"god is good" in arabic. police chief jerry dire. >> kori ali muhammad is not a terrorist, but he is a racist. >> reporter: troy gaset and his brother are now trying to raise money for their father's funeral. >> he was always loving, caring, always support meeg. >> reporter: if you could say something to the man who killed your son, what would it be? >> you took a big part of my heart when you took my only son. >> reporter: the district attorney will now review the case, and the gunman is expected to be in court on friday for an arraignment on murder charges. but, scott, the d.a.'s office
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>> pelley: >> pelley: today president trump signed a bill extending a program that allows veterans to get health care from private providers. mr. trump said over and over during the campaign that veterans were being treated poorly. tonight david martin tells us about a wounded warrior who could use the help. >> when we first met marine sergeant major raymond mackey at walter reed seven years ago, he was learning to walk again after losing both legs to a landmine in afghanistan. >> i have just gotten my legs, my sea legs, my computer legs. >> reporter: but when we met up with him this week, he was in a wheelchair. when was the last time you
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walked on prosthetic legs? >> november time frame. >> reporter: six months ago? >> right. >> reporter: mackey has been trying to get new sockets for his prosthetics, but it takes so his body changes and they no longer fit his stumps. >> everything is really slow. by the time it gets back, it doesn't fit. >> reporter: how many times did you get a socket that because of delays didn't fit? >> probably six or seven times. >> we get the appointment and we're told it's two months out. >> reporter: mackey's wife vicki told the v.a. that wasn't soon enough. >> i explained to her, he's not in his legs right now, he can't wear them, they don't fit, and she says, this is our process. >> reporter: that must be maddening. >> frustrating. i'm over mad. >> reporter: life on prosthetics was never going to be easy, but mackey stayed fit, competing in wounded veterans games and was free to drive around on his harley. no less than the commandant of the marine corps attended his retirement ceremony.
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even now, watch what happens when he remembers greeting the rest of his unit when they came back from afghanistan seven years ago. >> pretty emotional. >> reporter: looks like it still is. >> you just miss being in the marine corps. >> reporter: the mackeys gave up on the v.a. and drove back to walter reed to get new sockets for his leg, which will take less than a week. the v.a. told us there is no excuse for why mackey or any other veteran should have to wait for care. >> these people served their country, given their limbs and their lives, you just expect that there's medical care that you can depend on. >> reporter: david martin, cbs news, the pentagon. >> pelley: we'll have an update on former president george h.w. bush when we come back. specially formulated ct dry m, to soothe and moisturize your mouth. and try new act dry mouth spray for relief when you need it.
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>> pelle >> pelley: we end tonight with man who can teach you a lot about life because he's lived a lot more than most folks ever will. don dahler now with our living stronger series. >> mr. joe binder! ( cheers and applause ) >> reporter: if it's saturday night at pasquale's rigoletto, it's joe binder with the mic. >> you're gonna laugh with your dreams. >> he's been entertaining people most of his time on this earth. ♪ happy birthday to you but on this day, it's everyone else's turn to sing. joe just turned 107. did you ever think you would reach 107? >> well, i never thought about it, never gave it any thought really. i never... i just kept ridin' along. >> reporter: the navy veteran was born and raised in brooklyn but moved to the bronx in 1946. he's been a fixture on arthur avenue for as long as anyone can remember, doing various jobs.
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he finally retired from managing the parking lot at mario's restaurant at 102. a lot of people would just want to relax when they get that age. >> i love people, and people love me. >> reporter: that's obvious. >> yeah. so i hope i can make another six months. >> reporter: so do his many friends, like gene dinapoli. >> he's a sweet man. he's talented. and he's just loved by so many, that when i'm next to him, i feel that love bounce off of him and it just fills the room. ♪ that's amore >> reporter: joe has been the one constant here over the years as the neighborhood changed around him. he favors the 1920s. >> on sunday i took her on a date to coney island. it was 5 cents each on the train. we went to nathan's. got two frankfurters and a root beer, 15 cents each. then we went through the tunnel
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of love. i snuck a little kiss. we went back on the train, another 10 cents. i still had 20 cents left. so those were great days for me. >> reporter: to this day he refuses to stay still, exercising almost daily, dancing with his girlfriend annette, who is half his age. ♪ you can last with your dreams and playing his instruments. but joe binder's advice for living stronger, care about others. >> i would tell them be kind to people. don't carry any grudges. and when you get hurt, turn the other cheek. >> reporter: oh, yeah, and sing. ♪ at heart don dahler, cbs news, the bronx. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" fur 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
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fears of more riots like this... but the conservative pundit.. is vowing to come anyway. good evening, ca de la cruz. kpix 5 news at 6:00 begins with cal canceling the speech by ann coulter for fear of riots but she will come anyway. good evening, i'm veronica de la cruz. >> i'm allen martin. the home of free speech movement says yes it's committed to free speech but no coulter cannot speak. it's the second time in two weeks that cal has taken action against the conservative speaker. kpix 5's susie steimle has more on how ann coulter is firing back. >> reporter: allen, today ann coulter said if berkeley wants free speech, it can have it. she is planning on coming here next thursday. but if she is prevented from speaking she will be the third conservative to be prevented from speaking on cal campus this year. >> i don't think berkeley wants to be known for the campus
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that's too afraid to take a stand. it's a poor freedom of speech. >> you can't exercise your first amendment rights if the police can't provide the sort of security that allows the event to happen. >> reporter: students and staff on uc-berkeley's campus are at odds yet again about a conservative speaker coming to campus. when milo yiannopoulos came in february, things got violent. a weekend protest spurred riots. next thursday the university was supposed to welcome ann coulter a week before her visit the university telling republican students it cannot provide a safe space for the event. >> the key to these sort of events and the key to success is advanced planning and advance notice. it's hard for the university to do that when it learns about an invitation because we read about in the newsroom. >> she is coming anyway. >> i'm looking forward to my speech at berkeley next week. >> we ought to go out and cover ann coulter at berkeley. [