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scott pelley. see you then. ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs mp >> pelley: a record jump in overdose deaths. >> reporter: have you encountered the same person twice? >> oh, yeah. this drug works so well, that sometimes they'll go to the hospital, be released, and come back out and do the same thing. >> welcome back, brother. >> pelley: also tonight, sour on sessions? >> reporter: how would you describe the president's level of confidence in the attorney general? >> pelley: bill cosby's accuser takes the stand. ad, have a look at the spirit of 76. what's the secret to living stronger? >> there is no senior citizen discount on an effort. this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition.
there's been a massive drug overdose in central georgia. at least two dozen cases over the past 48 hours, and the reports are still coming in. so far, as many as four people have died. it is just the latest alarming e ample of the overdose epidemic in america. mark strassmann begins our coverage. >> reporter: authorities in central georgia say a deadly new drug has hit the streets hard. it's the largest cluster of opioid overdoses in state history. bibb county sheriff david davis: >> this is a poison and it acts very fast, and our timeline is very tight, to be able to get to these individuals and render them aid. o reporter: at least two dozen users have been found unconscious or unresponsive in the last 48 hours, and potentially four have died from poerdoses. toxicology analysis of the street drug is incomplete, but investigators believe the yellow pill is being falsely sold as
pe pain pill percocet, but is laced with other drugs. >> when it's taken, the patients are experiencing significant and crvere decreased levels of consciousness and respiratory failure. >> reporter: christopher hendry is with navicent health in macon. >> these were all bought on the street. these are not from the pharmacy, from physicians. and that is the concern for our community. >> reporter: scott, one state health official told me that doctors now have at least seven overdose patients on ventilators. >> pelley: mark strassmann, thanks. now, listen to this. overdoses are now the leading cause of death for americans under the age of 50. according to preliminary data compiled by the "new york times," deaths last year likely topped 59,000, and that's 19% more than the year before. in ohio, they were up even more, and dean reynolds is there.
>> reporter: on may 26, cleveland police sergeant timothy maffo's body camera was running as he approached a man slumped in a car and, it turned out, minutes from a fatal drug overdose. three applications of narcan, the anti-overdose drug, and the victim finally started coming around. >> reporter: sergeant maffo says it's become a grim routine. have you encountered the same person twice? >> oh, yeah, yeah. that's-- that's pretty common. >> reporter: there were 11 overdoses just last night in cleveland, two of them fatal. in ohio, at least 4,100 people died from unintentional drug overdoses last year. a 36% increase from 2015, when the state led the nation in the rate of overdose deaths. kentucky, west virginia, and new hampshire have also experienced shocking increases, as has the east coast generally. most of it tied to heroin, or prescription pain killers, called opioids, often laced with n,powerful narcotic known as
fentanyl. in ohio alone, nearly four billion opioid pills were prescribed between 2011 and 2015. even the state's lieutenant governor, mary taylor, recently tesclosed that her two sons are now battling opioid addiction. thomas gilson is the medical examiner for cuyahoga county: >> if you look at how many people die in this country from opioid overdose, we're looking at, you know, the same number of casualties in the entire vietnam conflict. >> reporter: the crisis affects rich and poor, white and black, old and young. last thursday, the 911 operator in akron received this call from a nine-year-old. >> reporter: it's unclear how the child got the opioid in his system, but he died on sunday. ohio is now suing five big drug companies which manufacture prescription pain killers,
charging that they knowingly minimized the risks of addiction. rn ohio attorney general mike dewine put it, scott, "they knew they were wrong, but they did it anyway, and they continue to do it." >> pelley: dean reynolds, thanks. well, president trump promised to crack down, and now a government contractor has been charged with leaking secrets about russian interference with the u.s. election. here's our chief white house correspondent, major garrett. >> reporter: late last month, riesident trump described leaks of classified information as "a grave threat to our national security." rt. trump's justice department has now charged 25-year-old reality leigh winner, a national security agency contract employee, with leaking a top-secret report on russian election hacking. winner, whose social media postings sharply criticized president trump, faces up to 10 years in prison. winner's stepfather, gary davis: >> she's dedicated, you know, to
trying to make the world a better place. >> reporter: the charge was filed less than two hours after the online publication, the intercept, posted the document. according to court documents, winner was one of just six prdividuals who printed a copy of the n.s.a. report. she allegedly mailed that copy to the intercept, and computer records show she was also in email contact with the publication. >> the leaks are real. >> reporter: shortly after taking office, president trump lashed out at what he calls "low-life leakers." o i've actually called the justice department to look into the leaks. those are criminal leaks. >> reporter: leaks have long bedeviled presidents, but prosecutions were rare, until the obama administration. according to the a.c.l.u., u.e obama justice department prosecuted eight cases of mtional security leaks, more than double all previous administrations, combined. the winner case comes as the president's faith in his attorney general may be waning. press secretary sean spicer.
how would you describe the president's level of confidence in the attorney general, jeff sessions? >> i have not had a discussion with him about that. >> reporter: spicer was given not one, but two, chances to express the president's confidence in sessions, and did not. scott, only yesterday, via twitter, the president publicly criticized the justice department's handling of the travel ban litigation, and he remains irked about sessions' decision to recuse himself from the russia investigation. >> pelley: major garrett at the white house this evening. lajor, thank you. well, our homeland security correspondent jeff pegues has more about that leaked document and how it fits in to the investigation of russian meddling in the election. >> reporter: u.s. intelligence is still gathering new evidence of russian cyber attacks before tection day. the leaked top-secret n.s.a. report was only recently completed. it details how, a week before november 8, hackers connected to russian military intelligence sent emails laced with malware
to 122 local officials controlling voter registration systems. the brazen scheme came just weeks after then-president obama personally told russian president vladimir putin to stop the attacks. >> i felt that the most effective way to ensure that that didn't happen was to talk to him directly and tell him to cut it out. >> reporter: law enforcement source say voter databases nationwide were targeted by ossian hackers over a six-month period ahead of the election. so you think the worst-case scenario was that they were actually trying to affect the vote total? >> i think that was their hope. >> reporter: jim lewis advises the u.s. government on cyber- t curity: >> i think that they were expecting to be able to manipulate votes in some way, maybe discredit the electoral system, which they came closer to doing. >> reporter: u.s. officials
still believe the vote total was not affected. >> there is nothing more fundamental to our democracy than voting. me reporter: today, homeland security secretary john kelly said his department wants to help states secure their voting systems, but that some are wary of federal intrusion. >> do you see us as partners and helpers in this, to help make sure that your systems are protected? >> reporter: today, the kremlin again denied interfering in the election. scott, late last year, an obama administration official said that we would never expect russia to come out with their hands up-- they don't do that. >> pelley: jeff pegues in the washington newsroom. rns news has learned this evening that russian hackers are suspected of interfering with a news site in the gulf state of qatar, and may have put out fake information that helped spark a diplomatic crisis. a number of arab nations have cut diplomatic and commercial ties with qatar, and here's margaret brennan.
>> reporter: president trump appeared to take credit for sparking the diplomatic crisis. we a series of tweets, the president said his recent visit to saudi arabia was "paying off," as the kingdom and nine other countries severed relations with qatar for allegedly funding radical ideology. but president made no mention of that last month when he met with the qatari emir, instead, offering to sell him weapons. >> lots of beautiful military equipment. >> reporter: during that trip, the president vowed to unify the muslim world against terrorism and iran. but tensions spiked in the past 24 hours, with countries in the region closing their air space to qatari planes, blocking trade, and cutting diplomatic ties, sparking qataris to stockpile food. the u.s. launches air strikes against isis and syria in iraq from a base in qatar. the tiny gulf emirate hosts around 10,000 u.s. troops. that's one reason secretary of state rex tillerson has tried to de-escalate the crisis.
>> we certainly would encourage the parties to sit down together and address these differences. >> reporter: and yesterday, u.s. ambassador dana smith praised qatar's "great partnership" in countering terrorist financing. smith has broken with the president before, lamenting last month on twitter that it is "increasingly difficult to spend the day explaining our democracy and institutions." today, state department spokesperson heather nauert tried to soften the president's y mments on qatar. >> they have made progress, but they still have work to do. more work needs to be done. >> reporter: smith is not the only frustrated long-term diplomat. but, scott, while president trump wants his own nominees in place, he's only appointed 11 ambassadors to fill 188 empty state department slots. >> pelley: margaret brennan at the state department, thanks. in paris today, a man attacked a police officer with a hammer e tside notre dame cathedral,
shouting, "this is for syria." fellow officers shot and wounded the man, who carried an i.d. indicating that he was from algeria. the officer who was attacked was not seriously hurt. deout 600 tourists were locked inside the cathedral as police secured the scene. today, british police identified the third of the london bridge attackers who killed seven and wounded nearly 50 on saturday night. youssef zaghba, 22 years old, of italian and moroccan heritage, was identified today. he and khuram butt were known to the police, leading some to wonder whether the attack might have been prevented. the truth is, the police in britain are overwhelmed, and mark phillips has more on that. >> reporter: after the carnage, the questions. what can be learned from this attack, to prevent more of them? police here say they're already
monitoring 500 suspects, have 3,000 other people of interest on their radar, and know of 20,000 other potential surveillance targets beyond that. >> the volume issue has become a major challenge for the police intelligence agencies. >> reporter: richard walton used to run london's anti-terror unit, and says it can take dozens of officers to watch just one suspect. >> the police, in dozens of cases we have, can only be opvoted to, sort of, the top, you know, three, four, 5% of those individuals-- >> reporter: and how do you pick who they are? >> and how do you pick who they are? you cannot monitor 3,000 ddividuals all of the time, 24 hours a day. >> reporter: the so-called new normal keeps changing, e,pecially as pressure on isis continues to build in syria and iraq. the london attacks are the sting in the isis tail. >> this is a death cult. reis is an entity that realizes it's losing territory in iraq and syria and wants to take out as many people as it can.
>> reporter: sajjan gohel advises governments and police on terrorism, and says trying to counter isis propaganda doesn't work when, like the london attacks, some are just too far gone. >> there are bad people out there that have violent tendencies. they have no hesitation to kill children, to mow people down. countering violent extremism may have some place, to a degree, but it doesn't work in stopping the ideological zealots. >> reporter: what works is fast and lethal police action, but that, as we've seen, scott, only limits the damage. they've started putting up these arncrete barriers on some of london's bridges. protection, they hope, against vehicle attacks on pedestrians. closing the barn door, perhaps, after the horse has bolted, and also, while they try to figure out what to do next. >> pelley: mark phillips, thanks. coming up next on the "cbs evening news," bill cosby's accuser tells her story to a jury. and later, living stronger, with whatever floats your boat.
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>> pelley: today, bill cosby's accuser told her story in public mer the first time, at his sexual assault trial. demarco morgan is in norristown, pennsylvania. >> reporter: andrea constand, a former employee at temple university, cosby's alma mater, testified in graphic detail about the evening she alleges cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in 2004. constand told the court, cosby invited her to his home outside philadelphia for dinner, and emfered her three blue pills he called "a natural remedy to ease her stress" and a glass of wine. in court today, constand called cosby "a temple friend, somebody that i trusted, a friend, a tntor, somewhat of an older figure to me," and said she wasn't scared of him. constand testified she remembers e ving blurred vision, saying, "i could see two of him." her legs were, "rubbery," and
cosby fondled her, but she admitted to staying in contact with cosby after the alleged incident. inside the courtroom, cosby sat looking directly at the accuser, frowning, and shaking his head at times. the defense has questioned constand's credibility. during cross-examination today, nafense attorneys pointed to innstand's phone records after the incident, showing she called cosby the same morning she did an online search for and contacted philadelphia-area defense attorneys. teurs later, attorneys say she called cosby again, and after being unable to reach him, it o s only then that she filed a police report. cc least 60 women have accused cosby of sexual assault, but constand's case is the only one that resulted in criminal charges. scott, charges that could send the man formally known as "america's tv dad" to prison for 10 years, if convicted. >> pelley: demarco morgan, thanks. end when we come back, men overboard at the america's cup.
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>> you better be prepared, right. you know, and it's not fai you don't bring your "a" game, whatever that "a" game may be. >> reporter: teammate kristy orsey: >> when i was in elementary school, i was on a swim team with her kids. so i knew her as mrs. shepatin. and now we're teammates, so that, i think, is kind of cool. >> reporter: shepatin took up another challenge when she was in her 60s, and became a black belt in muay thai kick boxing. and what do their grandchildren inll you? an when they were younger, they called me "ninja grandma." >> reporter: there are those who avoid difficulties, who dread life's turbulent waters, and those, like maxine shepatin, who face them head on. don dahler, cbs news, old lyme, connecticut. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news." for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs
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competition, one minute with her friends, the next she woke up in a hotel room with strangers, the rapist was gone. one stranger helped her to her friends, an ambulance took her to the hospital for a rape kit exam. >> i think i broke down there when it happened and they started taking pictures and that was when it hit me. >> reporter: a detective told her it would take one year to test the kit, then two years, and then no one would return her calls. >> i don't know. >> reporter: maria is not alone. >> there are thousands of women who don't have answers on what happened to their rape kit, and this is unvaebl. this is absolute-- unavailable, this is absolutely unsable. >> we don't know how many rape kits, that is the point of the bill. >> reporter: he introduced a bill, ab41 to help end the secrecy surrounding rape kits. >> it directs every law enforcement agency that would