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claimed was a christian thing with a supporter. the former marine tried to justify using campaign funds for a $14,000 italian vacation by scheduling a visit to a navy base there. when navy officials couldn't accommodate his chosen date, hunter allegedly told his chief of staff, tell the navy to go f themselves. >> completely false. >> reporter: republic kands worry the case creates an opening for hunter's democratic challenger. >> washington chewed him up and spat him out and engulfed him in the corruption that has plagued washington too long. >> reporter: hunter was the second member of congress to
endorse president trump during the campaign. the first was new york's chris collins who was indicted earlier this month on insider trading charges. jeff? >> nancy cordes, thank you. ohio state suspended head football coach urban meyer last night for three games for mishandling domestic abuse complaints against an assistant. there has been reaction. here's jim axelrod. >> for that i am deeply sorry. >> reporter: ohio state football coach urban meyer tried to move past the controversy enveloping his program. >> i followed my heart, not my head. >> reporter: but seemed only to reignite it after his suspension was announced and he was asked about the woman who had accused her husband the former assistant coach for meyer named zack smith of domestic violence in 2015. meyer claimed he hadn't known about the accusations until it was revealed last month he had. >> what message do you have for courtney smith? >> well, i have a message for everyone involved in this. i'm sorry we're in this
situation. >> reporter: on ohio state's football campus, meyer's support goes beyond strong. the national championship he led the buckeyes to in 2014 wraps him in something a little closer to invincible. >> i think most people think it should have been less. obviously there is a lot of bias here. >> reporter: but off the campus, meyer came in for a hammering today. >> you lied, period, done. >> urban meyer should have been fired. >> reporter: the university's own investigation was more restrained, but also critical of meyer. he has cast doubt on his own honesty, the report concluded. but in a clue as to why meyer was suspended and not fired, he clearly misspoke and made misstatements, but did not, in our view, deliberately lie. the report had plenty that will fuel meyer's critics like this investigator's. quote, we also learned during the investigation that coach meyer has sometimes had significant memory issues in other situations where he had io
events. jim >> jim axelrod for us tonight, thanks. sex crimes in the catholic church is something pope francis has addressed. he is in ireland this weekend with a cloud of scandal hanging over his visits. and jonathan vigliotti is there. >> reporter: when pope john paul ii last visited ireland in 1979, 2 1/2 million catholics turned out. only a fraction of that crowd is expected to greet pope francis this weekend. >> it will be a different tone. i don't think everyone will be jumping for joy. >> reporter: one group of protesters is sending their own message allegedly getting hundreds of tickets to one event with no intention of showing up. the pope's visit unfolds in the shadow of yet another round of abuse allegations and cover ups. most prominently from the explosive pennsylvania grand jury report. cardinal who arrived here from chicago calls it a catalog of horrors. >> one sectioncrro pri who mar
victims with crucifixes to identify the ones that were easier targets. are you worried that something like this could surface where you are? >> i think that if such a ring existed, we have the measures by which we could detect it. >> reporter: cardinal wuerl from washington and cardinal o'malley from boston canceled their trips to washington from those they suspect to be troubled priests. she said the entire church needs reform. >> it is a male, masculine institutional top down dictatorial body. who wouldn't want as a woman to see that collapse? >> reporter: those words from a nunn were once unthinkable. how does the pope survive this pivotal moment? >> this is a virus, and this is not going to be healed over these coming days. >> reporter: whether it's here in ireland or someplace else, he
does have to give some specific steps. >> reporter: and that's exactly what the catholic world is waiting for, to see what, if anything, the pope says publicly about church abuse. we are told he will meet privately with victims, though at this point it is unclear how many. >> johning thnathan vigliotti i ireland, thank you. how officers brought a woman back from the edge.
fort worth police today released video of a dramatic rescue. here's vladimir. >> don't do it. come here. >> reporter: the woman in her mid 20s suffering from depression, intent on making a 150-foot jump. >> what's your name? >> it doesn't matter. >> it does matter. >> no. come on. >> come on. >> no. what's your name? what's your name? my name is justin. >> i don't care. >> my name is justin. >> -- >> no one wants that.
>> -- >> please get down. >> reporter: after a tense 80 seconds, the officers bring her down to safety. >> get down. i'm going to get you some help, okay? >> reporter: today fort worth police officers justin henry and trey credited their training. >> they basically want us to try to talk to them. they're in an extreme emotional state. you just try to get them to talk to you. if you can get them to talk to you, things can turnout for the better. >> reporter: we are told the woman is in a local hospital, jeff. the suicide prevention hot line is open 24 hours for anyone needing help. >> wow, vlad, thank you very much. we're going to be right back.
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we end here tonight with a phone call to a man who was rowing his boat straight into a hurricane. here's carter evans. >> reporter: stroke by stroke, it's a grueling 2400-mile race from monterey, california to hawaii. a challenge for anyone. but imagine doing this without being able to see. >> you c >> a sighted person can see the waves coming. >> reporter: steve hopes to become the first blind person to row across the pacific. we spoke to him via satellite phone. he's about 100 miles from oahu after 78 days at sea with his rog weher. the next thing i know, i'm on the side and i'm in the water
being dragged. >> reporter: it capsized and t. the 57-year-old former royal marine lost his sight after a diving accident in his 20s. sparks is confident they can make it to the finish line, even through rough seas from hurricane lane. >> the waves become much, much larger. we use the sea anchor and hold on. there is not much we can do really now. >> reporter: the two men plan to ride out the storm inside the 7 by 3 foot cabin. >> reporter: it's going to be a rough ride. >> definitely. >> reporter: even with danger on the horizon, sparks still has determination in his heart. kartd carter evans, cbs news, los angeles. >> that is the overnight news this friday. for others check back more news and cbs this morning. from the broadcast center, i'm jeff glor.
>> announcer: this is the cbs overnight news. >> welcome to the overnight news. i'm gentleman rijerika duncan. the pope travels to ireland tomorrow. a grand jury in pennsylvania detailed how 300 priests assaulted more than a thousand youngsters over 70 years, and most of them got away with it. how is all of this going to play out on the emerald isle? jonathan vigliotti reports from dublin. >> reporter: when pope john paul last visited ireland in 1979, 2 1/2 million catholics turned out. only a fraction of that crowd is ex tis theekend >> iwifere tonet thk everne wbe. >> r
message, allegedly getting hundreds of tickets to one event with no intention of showing up. the pope'sitn e shadow of yet another round of abuse allegations and cover ups. most prominently from the explosive pennsylvania grand jury report. cardinal who arrived here from chicago calls it a catalog of horrors. >> one section describes a group of preefiests who mark their victims with crucifixes to identify the ones that were easier targets. are you worried that something like this could surface where you are? >> i think that if, if such a, a ring existed, we have the measures by which we could detect it. >> reporter: cardinal wuerl from washington and cardinal o'malley from boston canceled their trips to dublin amid allegations they protected problem priests. sister liz murphy, an irish nunn, says the entire church needs reform. >> it is a very male, masculine
institutional top-down dictatorial body. who wouldn't want as a woman to see that collapse? >> reporter: those words from a nunn were once unthinkable. how does the pope survive this pivotal moment? >> this is a virus and this is not going to be healed over these coming days. >> whether it's here in ireland or someplace else, he does have to give some specific steps. >> reporter: and that's exactly what the catholic world is waiting for, to see what, if anything, the pope says publicly about church abuse. we are told he will meet privately with victims, though at this point it is unclear how many. >> another one of president trump's strongest supporters is now cooperating with the special counsel's office. david pecker runs the "national enquirer" and other tabloids and he was instrumental in the hush money payoff to a one-time play boy play mate. with several of his close associates either indicted,
convicted or pleading guilty to a host of charges, president trump is contemplating life after the white house. the president warned the nation that if he gets impeached, the think everybody would be very o poor. meanwhile, attorney general jeff sessions seems to have had enough of the president's criticism. weijia jiang reports. >> jeff sessions never took control of the justice department. it it's sort of an incredible thing. >> reporter: president trump was blunt and bold on fox news, once again blasting attorney general jeff sessions. >> you know, the only reason i gave him the job, i felt loyalty. he was an original supporter. >> reporter: but the president made clear that loyalty dissolved during this moment in march of 2017. >> i have recused myself. >> reporter: back when sessions bowed out of the russia investigation. >> he took the job and then he said, i'm going to recuse myself. i said, what kind of a man is
this? >> reporter: today sessions fired back in a statement. i took control of the department of justice the day i was sworn in, he wrote. adding, the d.o.j. will not be improperly influenced by political considerations. president trump often criticizes sessions, especially on twitter, but has stopped short of saying he plans to fire sessions. republican senator lindsey graham. >> i think there will come a time sooner rather than later where it will be time to have a new face and a fresh voice at the department of justice. >> reporter: the special counsel's investigation is intensifying with the conviction of ex-trump campaign chairman paul manafort. on the same day mr. trump's former personal attorney, michael cohen, pleaded guilty to campaign-related charges. the pair of legal bombshells triggered fresh speculation about possible impeachment hearings if democrats take back the house. >> i don't know how you can
impeach somebody who has done a great job. i'll tell you what, if i ever got impeached, i think the market would crash. i think everybody would be very poor. >> reporter: and in an interview today, president trump's personal lawyer rudy giuliani said if the president was impeached, the american people would revolt. >> republican congressman dunk an hunter and his wife were hauled into court in san diego. they are charged with using a quarter million dollars in campaign contributions to pay their personal expenses. nancy cordes has those details. >> reporter: republican duncan hunter was surrounded by protesters as he entered a san diego courthouse. his wife arrived separately. inside they both pleaded not guilty to 60 counts ranging from wire fraud to falsifying records. they are accused of using campaign funds constantly over seven years to pay for groceries, utilities, school
tuition, video games, a hawaiian vacation, even rabbit. hunter's attorney tried to frame the case as an election year hit job. >> this investigation, we believe, was politically motivated. it was, it was started by prosecutors that attended a, a democratic fund-raiser. >> reporter: but the indictment lays out dozens of examples of hunter and his wife allegedly disguising their spending to make it seem campaign related. a $700 payment to the local dentist was recorded as a charitable contribution to smiles for life. a $200 weekly golf outing, hunter claimed, was a christian thing with a supporter. the former marine tried to justify using campaign funds for a $14,000 italian vacation by scheduling a visit to a navy base there. when navy officials couldn't accommodate his chosen date, hunter allegedly told his chief
of staff, tell the navy to go f themselves. >> completely false. >> reporter: republicans worry the case creates an opening for hunter's democratic challenger. >> washington chewed him up and spat him out and engulfed him in the corruption that has plagued washington for too long. >> reporter: hunter was the second member of congress to endorse president trump during the campaign. the first was new york's chris collins who was indicted earlier this month on insider trading charges. >> the cbs overnight news will be right back.
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jeric >> announcer: this is the cbs overnight news. >> there are five species of rhinoceros on earth and a new report says three of them could become extinct in our lifetime. take the northern white rhino, for instance. there are only two left in the world. john blackstone has the story of a high-tech effort to save the species. >> reporter: this southern white rhino named victoria is pregnant. >> oh, she's moving quite a bit. >> reporter: at 17 weeks, her calf is about the size of a small banana. you see e veme?her spine here. >> reporter: it's arur reproduce sciences at the san diego zoo. >> this pregnancy is significant for us.
it was artificial insemination. >> reporter: victoria is one of six southern rhinos taking part in the study of their complex reproductive system. a study to help save from extinction another branch of the white rhino family, northern white rhinos. >> open. >> reporter: >> we want victoria to carry this pregnancy to term. the reason it is important for us and all the other females at the rhino rescue center is they are eventually going to be surrogates or embryo transfer recipients from northern white rhino embryos. >> reporter: the northern white rhino is on the verge of vanishing forever. in 2015 at the san diego zoo safari park, we met nola, an elderly northern white, one of just five left on the planet. >> she likes to be rubbed behind her ear there. >> rubbed behind her ear.
>> reporter: nola has since died. all five species face the same threat, demand for their horn. in 2017 poaches killed more tha. today only two northern whites remain. a mother and daughter in kenya under 24-hour armed guard. >> they were poached to extinction, we feel. it's our responsibility to bring that species back. >> reporter: victoria and five other southern whites were relocated to san diego from south africa. this one arrived with a wound in her side. >> they brought the bomb squad out to come and x-ray her because our x-ray equipment can't shoot through a rhino. they confirmed there were fragments of bullets in side of her. >> reporter: the hope is these southern white females will become surrogates for northern white embryos. but creating those embryos depends largely on the safari
frozen bank at the zoo. samples from some 10,000 animals. >> we have 12 different northern white rhinos and that is enough genetic diversity to bring back a self-sustaining population of northern white rhinos. >> reporter: durant believes assisted reproduction and stem cell research gives scientists an opportunity to resurrect the northern whites. a team from the institute in berlin has been perfecting a procedure to harvest rhino eggs and hopes to extract eggs from two northern white females this fall. not so long ago, the population of southern white rhinos was also dwindling. breeding programs have helped their survival. durant hopes one day, perhaps years from now, a newborn northern white will bring the promise of a return from extinction. >> it's a very emotional thing for us to see a species become extinct before our very eyes.
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the west man islands poke out of the atlantic just off the southern coast of iceland. none of the islands are inhabited save one. the island of heme. and it almost wasn't. a volcano erupted back in 1973 forcing the evacuation of everyone here. there are now about 4500 hearty souls who live in this fishing village, but they weren't who we came to visit. we came to see the residents perched high in those cliffs. the island's atlantic puffins. they're i am possibly cute, even if birding isn't your thing. their colorful beak inspired their nickname, clowns of the sea. and every spring they make thes. theyn'ebratex-fi stae greetboro. a street sign bear their beak.
so do the benches. there is plenty paraphernalia for purchase. >> they have been a big thing for tourism which is one of our biggest industries. >> reporter: but biologist says puffins aren't as plentiful as they once were. there are numbers have been declining since 2002. >> the species is abundant in the atlantic, but when you have this long-term declines, then you start getting worried and if this continues it's not going to end very well. >> reporter: it's not all puffin hunting that's to blame. gentlemen, that does happen. it's been going on since the vikings settled the place. in fpetizene island's restaurants. while the hunting certainly doesn't help, he said the puffins have larger issues. pro.
we followed him to the top of the sea cliffs where he inspected the boroughs. >> you can see the outside. there is a chick underneath here. >> reporter: but only 55% of the boroughs had an egg inside. normally, he said, 75% of them do. there is a food shortage, too, he thinks. baby puffins called pufflings eat sand eels, the silver fish in their parents' mouths. but they've been in short supply, he says, because of rising ocean temperatures. >> this one is incubating a small chick. it's very late. i'm not sure that chick is going to make it. >> reporter: just getting out of those boroughs to begin their lives could be pretty risky. it happens after the sun dips into the atlantic and the moon rises high above. instin instinct tells baby puffins to follow the light out to sea. the light from the harbor has given them competition. they get confn
town instead, where they starve or end up in the clutches of a hungry cat. and that's when something called the puffling patrol armed with head lamps and flashlights scrambles into the inky black. >> are you a puffin? >> yes, two. >> reporter: this is a rescue effort that's been generations in the making. one that's led by the children of hemming. like 7-year-old aaron. it was like christmas morning when his dad woke him up just before midnight. aaron didn't want to miss a moment of this annual puffin ritual. >> is there a puffin award? >> you get to catch it. >> reporter: i get to catch it. to catch one, though, you have to find one. >> is that one right there? >> reporter: black birds on black streets, no easy task. a piece of trash little
luck. >> there's one up there. >> reporter: aaron and his mom raced out of the car in search of their puffin prize. the problem, sometimes the catch doesn't want to stay a catch. >> no! >> reporter: it can go on like this for hours. >> there's another one there. there, there, there. >> reporter: at one point aaron even started making what i can only assume was a puffin mating call of sorts. >> cluck, cluck, cluck. >> reporter: he even rescued on. [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: pufflings were everywhere, and so were their pint-size rescuers, which explained this charming sight
the following morning. a parade of kids bundled against the cold, some barely old enough to walk, bringing their catch to the shore and setting their pufflings free. aaron and his little sister sarah among them. >> this is something we did when we were young and i'm glad to be able to do it with my kids. >> reporter: what's so sweet about it is it's a tradition, right? handed down from one generation to another. >> yeah, it is. and it's, it's quality family time. sometimes there's a little bit of sadness and some go home and we didn't find any. but there's quality time that you have with your family. >> like that. >> reporter: but this is only part of the puffin patrol's mission. all those kids with all those boxes first bring their puffins here to the local aquarium.
>> where did you find him? >> close to harbor. >> close to the harbor? >> yes. >> reporter: this is where kindness and science meet. each puffling is weighed and all the puffin particulars are entered into a handwritten journal. they're tagged, too, each given their own number. >> i love it. it's good energy here. >> reporter: good energy and got research, as it turn out. biologist hanson is more than happy for all this pint-sized help. how much does that add to the data? >> that's the key. this is already over 2000 now. i thk it' go orr:s all fairy kind otuins emselves, of course. no one is more aware of the stress it puts on the birds than their young rescuers. >> sometimes they make a lot of weird noise.
>> reporter: a weird noise? maybe they're saying thank you. >> no. >> reporter: they might be. >> they say thank you, but not me. >> reporter: good point. there is an understanding, it seems, between bird and child, an unspoken promise that is kept as soon as they're both back at that windswept cove where friendship is traded for freedom. there is a technique to it, sort of a two-handed softball pitch. >> one, two, three. >> reporter: nearly 5,000 pufflings were scooped up, tagged and put back on course this season. one of the largest krescue missions in over a decade. if all goes well, tll from the open ocean to raise their own chicks here, where aaron and his young friends will be waiting. come try my teriyaki bowls.
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president trump presented the medal of honor to the wife of technical sergeant chapman. he gave his life protecting troops in one of the ugly est battles in the war in afghanistan. david martin has that story. >> reporter: al qaeda was waiting for air force sergeant john chapman and a team of navy seals when they came off the helicopter. >> the enemy was in, basically overhead positions around them on three sides, raining down fire in three different directions. >> reporter: he spent 2 1/2 years analyzing every frame of surveillance video of the 2002 battle in afghanistan. >> that's chapman. you can see him running up the mountain. >> reporter: straight out a bunker where an enemy machine was firing.
it's hard to understand why he wasn't cut down. harder still to understand where he got the courage. >> there were two enemies inside the bunker. he killed them both as he was shooting at him. >> we watched what was a fire fight in a booth unfold. >> reporter: he was circling overhead trying to blast al qaeda off the mountain. the video is hard to follow, so the air force commissioned this animation which he says is accurate down to the exact location of chapman's wounds. >> he was shot a total of nine times. >> reporter: chapman jumped out of the relative safety of the bunker to fire at another machine gun ten meters away. >> he was hit and went down and was likely rendered unconscious at that point. >> reporter: the rest of the team had him pulled off the ridge to wait for reinforcements. >> a few minutes later he awoke and continued to fight for another hour and ten minutes. >> reporter: on his own fighting for his life against the enemy at point blank range, the helicopter was bringing in reinforcements and he tried to
provide covering fire. >> within 30 seconds of the helicopter landing knowing he was ten meters from machine gun, he put his back to that machine gun to engage an enemy that was trying to shoot down the helicopter. >> reporter: that's when he was shot twice in the back and killed. reinforcements made it in, but not in time to save chapman. >> he sacrificed his life and they had a chance to land a rescue a team. >> reporter: if ever a man went down fighting for his country, it was john chapman. david martin, cbs news, hurl bert field, florida. >> what an incredible story. 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 jericka duncan.
it's it's friday, august 24th, 2018, this is the cbs morning news. hurricane lane is lashing the hawaiian islands with heavy rain, high surf and powerful winds. we're tracking the storm's path. jeff sessions strikes back. the u.s. attorney general ramps up the war of words with president trump about where his loyalties lie. but will sessions be fired for speaking up. >> a safe full of secrets.