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captioning sponsored by cbs >> mason: north korea test fires another ballistic missile. >> there's a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with north korea. >> mason: and a candid admission about the presidency, barely 100 days in. >> i thought it would be easier. >> mason: also tonight, two fallen heroes return from afghanistan. were they the victims of friendly fire? it's been 25 years since rioters set los angeles ablaze. >> what rose from the ashes of 1992, were really people-driven, community-driven solutions. >> mason: and steve hartman-- >> you want to go play? >> mason: when sophia has a play date with grandpa, it's a ride on the wild side.
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this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> mason: good evening. scott is off tonight. i'm anthony mason. this is our western edition. >> late today north korea test fired another ballistic missile. just hours earlier president trump warned that a major conflict with the communist nation is possible and secretary of state tillerson told the u.n. security council said that the confrontation could end with >> reporter: well, u.s. officials say that north korea launched an unidentified ballistic missile. the test happened early saturday morn asia time. just hours after the trump administration issued its latest warning. >> a nuclear powered u.s. a nuclear-powered u.s. navy
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strike group and japanese destroyers are now operating within striking range of north korea. a show of force meant to counter leader kim jong-un's continued missile tests. in an interview with reuters on thursday, president trump sounded a warning. >> reporter: his comments rattled u.s. ally south korea, whose leaders were also surprised to hear mr. trump say they pay $1 billion for a controversial missile defense system. the u.s. installed it earlier this week, and last year agreed to pay for its operation in a signed accord. >> reporter: despite mr. trump's >> reporter: despite mr. trump's heated rhetoric, at the united nations today secretary of state tillerson said the u.s. is not looking for a fight. >> we much prefer a negotiated solution to this problem. >> reporter: tillerson offered direct negotiations with north korea and outlined the trump administration's plan to force
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kim jong-un to the table. he proposed choking its economy with more sanctions and asked other countries to cut off diplomatic relations and to no longer hire north koreans as cheap labor. >> the united states also would much prefer countries and people in question to own up to their lapses and correct their behavior themselves. >> reporter: president trump also expressed some empathy for kim jong-un, anthony, saying he appreciates he took over the regime at a young age, likely feels threatened, and is in a difficult spot. >> mason: margaret brennan at the white house. thanks, margaret. today, mr. trump became the first sitting president to address the national rifle association since ronald reagan. errol barnett is in atlanta. >> the eight-year assault on your second amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end. ( cheers and applause ) >> reporter: president trump today assured members of the
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national rifle association that the $30 million the gun lobby spent in support of his election campaign was worth it. >> as your president, i will never, ever infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms. never, ever. ( cheers and applause ) >> reporter: the n.r.a. was an early backer of candidate trump and spent more money on his behalf than any other advocacy group. as president, mr. trump has rolled back some obama-era gun regulations, reversing a ban on lead ammunition at national wildlife refugees, and repealing a requirement to report mental illnesses as part of background checks. mr. trump also highlighted his appointment of conservative neil gorsuch to the supreme court. >> he changed his mind to my way of thinking. >> reporter: lifetime n.r.a. member john did not want to give his last name. he says it doesn't bother him that mr. trump once supported gun control measures like an assault weapons ban. >> i'm glad to see for the first
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time in a long time to have a president who supports the second amendment. >> reporter: now, attendees with the proper permits can carry their weapons throughout this three-day n.r.a. convention, but, anthony, the secret service, as usual, would not allow anyone with a firearm into the hall where president trump spoke. >> mason: errol barnett in atlanta. thanks, errol. on day one of his presidency, mr. trump promised to get economic growth up to 4%. he has his work cut out for him. the government reported today that in the first three months of this year, the economy grew at an annual rate of just .7%, a sharp slowdown from the fourth quarter of last year. john dickerson will be interviewing the president on day 100 tomorrow, and he joins us now from washington. john, in the first 99 days, the president did not get a significant piece of legislation through the republican- controlled congress. why? >> well, their big one, of course, was health care, and the president and republican leaders
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chose to pass that legislation only with republican votes and they can't get the party to agree on a fundamental question: how much of the affordable care act do they want to leave in place? every time negotiators tried to make concessions to those who want to take it out altogether, which was the party's long- standing promise, they lost republicans who wanted to retain some portions for the insured, like guaranteed coverage of preexisting conditions. so that fundamental problem couldn't be fixed, either through cajoling by the president or speaker paul ryan. voters were the ones in the end who making those lawmakers, or influencing those lawmakers the most. >> mason: now, john, let's have a listen to what the president said yesterday in an interview with reuters. it's getting a lot of attention. >> mason: "i thought it would be >> mason: "i thought it would be easier." john, your thoughts. >> well, all presidents feel the constraints of the office and they find it more difficult than they expected. they're stymied by the
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bureaucracy, the congress, the courts. it's supposed to be such a powerful job, and president trump has faced all of that and there's, of course, the fast pace of incoming events which can make it feel out of control. it sometimes even encourages the same kind of bluntness that the president showed in his remarks. john kennedy once said, "i wish i had spent less time trying to get to be president and more time learning how to be president." >> mason: not a job to be underestimated. john's interview with the president airs sunday on "face the nation," and monday "cbs this morning" will come to you live from the white house. the pentagon says it is investigating whether army rangers accidentally killed two of their own during a firefight wednesday in eastern afghanistan. david martin reports the fallen rangers were flown back to the u.s. today. >> reporter: the bodies of 22- year-old josh rodgers and 23- year-old cameron thomas came home from afghanistan, mourned by their families and honored by vice president pence.
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the two army rangers were killed wednesday night in a raid on an isis headquarters, and the u.s. military said it is possible they were both mortally wounded by friendly fire in the opening minutes of a three-hour gun battle. it was 10:30 on a moonless night when a special operations force of 50 army rangers and 40 afghan commandos came in by helicopter to assault the compound where the leader of isis in afghanistan had his headquarters. their mission was to capture or kill him. but they ran into heavy resistance, were taking fire from buildings all around them, and had to call in air strikes by an ac-130 gunship, apache helicopters, and f-16 jet fighters. by the time it was over, more than 35 isis fighters and several of their leaders had been killed, including, it is believed, the emir of isis in afghanistan, although that is not yet confirmed. by then, however, it was too late to save sergeants rodgers and thomas.
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suspicions of friendly fire first surfaced during post- mission debriefings, and deepened after review of a surveillance video taken by a drone circling overhead. a full investigation, including autopsies, has now begun. anthony. >> mason: david martin at the pentagon. thank you, david. attorney general jeff sessions visited long island, new york, today, vowing to devastate the street gang ms13, blamed for a recent surge in murders. but it's not just a federal fight. tony dokoupil says local authorities have also declared war on the gang. >> these are the girls that were murdered right here on the post. >> reporter: oh, yeah, look at that. lieutenant thomas zagajeski says suffolk county police found nisa mickens on this tree-lined street last september, murdered on the eve of her 16th birthday. nisa's mother, elizabeth alvarado. >> my daughter was the best thing that ever happened to me.
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>> reporter: the next day, the body of her best friend, kayla cuevas, was found nearby. like mickens, she had been beaten and slashed to death with a machete. investigators say the girls died at the hands of ms13, a gang blamed for killing 17 people in the county since the start of 2016. the latest, four young men, whose bodies were discovered in this park. police commissioner timothy sini: >> ms13 seems to engage in violence for sport, and that's what makes them particularly dangerous. >> reporter: the gang first formed in los angeles in the 1980s, but a nationwide crackdown saw more than 7,000 members arrested in the past decade. now police report a comeback built on recruiting vulnerable children who cross the border unaccompanied, looking for a sense of family. >> we need to be weeding out those gang recruiters. we also have to make sure we have community-based programs so that we deter and prevent that gang recruitment. >> reporter: the justice
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department says there are now more than 10,000 ms13 members in at least 40 states. >> i have about 15 officers assigned to the gang team, to just deal with ms13. >> reporter: lieutenant thomas zagajeski says his suffolk county gang unit has arrested more than 150 ms13 members in the past year, including those who allegedly killed nisa mickens and kayla cuevas. and they'll make contact with these guys? >> absolutely. they're in their face every day, any chance they can get. >> reporter: you may be the only police commissioner in the country promising to eradicate ms13. do you think that's possible? >> i do. we're not going to tolerate crime in our communities and we're especially not going to tolerate an organization that killed two young girls on our streets. >> reporter: commissioner sini says eradicating ms13 will take time. he called it a war that law enforcement does not intend to lose. tony dokoupil, cbs news, brentwood, new york. >> mason: the state that president trump visited today,
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georgia, has voted republican in the last six presidential elections, but there is a new movement to turn the red state blue led by women speaking up for the first time. mark strassmann is there. >> i'm really sweaty, sorry. >> jen cox, so nice to meet you. >> reporter: jen cox, a 46-year- old realtor and mother of four has suddenly found her political voice. >> there's a runoff on june 20. >> reporter: the liberal one she had muted for years living in cobb county, a suburb of atlanta. >> i was afraid that it would affect even, perhaps, my kids' relationships with their friends. we were all making a lot of assumptions, that-- that terrible things would happen if we came out as liberals. >> reporter: and the blues have outed themselves. >> absolutely. >> reporter: in cobb county, georgia. she had never been politically active, but when women nationwide rallied last january to protest president trump's election, cox and her daughter joined 60,000 demonstrators in
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downtown atlanta. seven weeks ago, on facebook, she launched "pave it blue." it's a grass-roots organization for frustrated progressive women like her. >> now, just over a month later, we're at almost 2,000 and, again, all local women. >> this is a story about women in this community. >> reporter: pave it blue's first goal: helping elect john ossoff, a local democrat on the ballot in a congressional runoff election in june. we also met karin agard, a bermuda native who became a u.s. citizen earlier this year. how much of this is president trump? >> all of it is president trump. i don't think that they represent me or my family, and i need someone in office to create some balance and to represent me. >> that's a huge deal to us. >> reporter: cox says president trump's first 100 days have been anti-immigrant, anti-women, and unamerican. >> it's our responsibility to stand up to that, to speak out against it.
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if not us, who? >> reporter: pave it blue's goal is to turn red districts to blue ones and to get women running for local office. and now that they've found their voice, anthony, these liberal women say they're going to keep speaking up and speaking out. >> mason: mark strassmann on the political battlefields in georgia. thanks, mark. coming up next on the cbs evening news, 25 years after the los angeles riots, a look at how the city has changed. and later, steve hartman with the early favorite for grandpa of the year. break through your allergies. try new flonase sensimist instead of allergy pills. it delivers a gentle mist to help block six key inflammatory substances. most allergy pills only block one.
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mireya villarreal shows us how the community has healed a quarter century later. >> reporter: this was the first sign 25 years ago that los angeles was in for a very long night. >> these people are angry and they have every right to be. >> terrible, and there's no police presence down here. >> reporter: police were accused of standing by and letting it happen and while the city was on fire, kjlh radio was in the middle of it. this to you was a war zone. >> uh-huh. you're seeing buildings being burned down, and you're seeing people running for their lives in the streets. not everybody was looting. people were running for dear life. that's a war zone. >> reporter: for four days, d.j.s aundrae russell and lon mcque stopped playing music and let callers vent. >> i heard, "we can't take this anymore. this is not right." >> they were furious, you know, and then it turned more into "don't burn our community!"
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>> reporter: karen lane was 12 years old when the riots broke out. she's now a lawyer with community coalition. >> what rose from the ashes of 1992 were really people-driven, community-driven solutions and calling for more accountability. >> reporter: murder rates have plummeted in south l.a. l.a.p.d. reported over 1,000 homicides in 1992. but in 2016, there were just under 300. construction of a new n.f.l. stadium and concert venue in inglewood has brought jobs and increased real estate prices. once a member of the infamous l.a. gang the crips, aqeela sherrills now owns a restaurant with celebrity chef roy choi called locol. >> hired 40 people, livable wage jobs, 80% of our staff walk to work. i've been knowing the people who work in the kitchen all my life. >> reporter: 25 years later, many people in south los angeles can see past the pain and view the riots as an uprising that ignited change. parts of this neighborhood have changed, but some of the hardest hit pockets have stayed the
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same, like the advocate vacant same, like the vacant lots you see behind me burned in 1992. but there are construction crews on site right now renovating. people living here say it's a perfect example that not all is lost. reinvestment just takes time. >> mason: mireya, thank you. an update on former president george bush is next. former president george bush is next.
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>> mason: march of the scientists. >> mason: finally tonight, steve hartman takes us to a place halfway between disneyland and disney world. for one little girl, it's the happiest place on earth. >> reporter: a lot of grandparents complain that they don't see their grandkids enough, but jimmy white of decatur, texas, doesn't have that problem. for one, his granddaughter lives right next door. but more importantly, he has created the ultimate grandchild entitlement. he thought of it the day he found out his daughter was pregnant with sophia. >> every time she wants something i'm going to give it to her. >> reporter: the spoiling kind of grandpa. >> that's what grandkids are for you spoil them.
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as soon as i found out i was going to be a grandpa, that's when i started. >> reporter: jimmy is a jack-of- all-trades. he can build pretty much anything. so not long after that first ultrasound, he began constructing six flags over sophia. today, sophia's own personal roller coaster circles around her own personal carnival swing. >> round and round in circle. >> reporter: and her own personal ferris wheel. everything is built from scrap parts. >> put your seat belt on. >> reporter: but he says it's all safe and sturdy enough for an adult to ride, even the roller coaster, which is grandpa-powered, gravity-fed, and very much sophia approved. >> bye-bye. >> bye! >> reporter: how often does she here? >> probably every day. >> reporter: every day. >> yeah. >> reporter: so thworkg. >> it's working. >> reporter: as sophia gets older jimmy plans to add more attractions. go-carts will be next, all in an attempt to recreate the bond jimmy says he had with his own grandfather.
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>> that's what i'm trying to do with my granddaughter, because when grandpop passed away or gone i want her to look back at all the times, the good times we had. >> reporter: i don't think there's any danger of her forgetting you. >> i hope not. >> reporter: of course, no matter how many rides he fabricates, eventually, sophia will outgrow this place. >> here you go! >> reporter: and when she keeps coming back anyway, maybe then jimmy will realize the real draw here was never this amusement park. it was the loving grandpa. >> ready to go round and round. >> reporter: who cared enough to build it. steve hartman "on the road" in decatur, texas. >> mason: and she'll never outgrow that love. sophia turns three on sunday. happy birthday, sophia. that's the cbs evening news. scott's back monday. i'm anthony mason. i'll see you tomorrow on "cbs this morning saturday." thanks for watching. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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once, full of shoppers.. this shuttered mervyn's became a haven kpix 5 news at 6:00 begins with a plan to make over an east bay eyesore. once full of shoppers, this shuttered mervyns became a haven for squatters. good evening, i'm veronica de la cruz. >> i'm allen martin. only on "5," hayward is finally moving forward with one of the biggest developments in the east bay in years. kpix 5's da lin live at the old mervyns store that will soon be the site of luxury apartments and retail but first, they had to clear out the squatter. da. >> reporter: that's right, allen. workers say at one point up to 80 homeless were living here. the city says this new housing development will be the biggest here in the city in years. for the last decade, the old vacant mervyns building greeted people entering downtown hayward. but this eyesore will soon turn
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into the city's new crown jewel. >> very excited to see this chain-link fencing come down and see a vibrant new apartment complex and retail center. >> reporter: the city council this week gave a developer permission to start construction. it will be called lincoln landing. close to 500 market rate apartments and 80,000 square feet of commercial space. all of this about 6 blocks away from a bart station. >> it does not make a good first impression and with the revitalization of this project of 11 acres, we are going to show a much better space to the world to elevate the image of hayward in the minds of people coming through. >> reporter: a lot of neighbors are just glad to see progress because this building has been home to dozens of squatters since mervyns closed its headquarters in 2008. neighbors say homeless caused a lot of problems even starting fires inside. in fact, hayward police say they responsibled to 274