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migrants are continuing to stream up to the border wall here, which is recently been fortified with barbed wire across the top down by the beach. but even before the caravan began arriving here, the backlog for asylum requests for tijuana border crossing was fortified with some 2,500 people already in line. so these new arrivals are going to have an extremely long wait with very little chance of success. jeff? >> okay, john blackstone, thank you. we got a stark warning today. a report says that the u.s. has
lost its military edge and could lose a war against china/russia. that is the conclusion of a bipartisan commission selected by congress. among its members is michael morell, former deputy director of the cia and current cbs news contributor. michael joins us from d.c. tonight. explain, how did we get to this stage, michael? >> really, two main developments. one abroad and then one at home. the one abroad is that our main competitors -- and we're really talking about china and russia here -- have for sometime been investing in fighting a conventional war, while we have been mired in 17 years of counterterrorism. the other is a development here at home, which is the budget control act of 2011 sequestration which significantly cut defense spending and put those two things together and they brought us to this place. >> but the u.s. still spends $716 billion a year on military.
china's 175, russia is 60. what are we doing wrong? >> so, our competitors have a much smaller area of the globe to worry about, right? they worry about primarily the regions in which they live and we're talking about russia, china, north korea, iran. we have to worry about the entire globe because our interests are diverse. >> are you optimistic this all gets fixed? >> so, i'm not, i'm not. there were similar warnings in 2010, similar warnings in 2014, jeff, by similar panels. nothing was done. this reminds me a bit, jeff, of all of the strategic intelligence warnings in the years before 9/11 and we all know how that story ended. >> all right, michael morell, always appreciate your perspective. thank you very much. >> you're welcome. >> in florida tonight, election workers have less than 24 hours to complete recounts in the senate and governors races. the aging system broke down in at least one county.
manuel bojorquez is in palm beach county. >> reporter: the back and forth over florida's election recount continues to heat up. now so are some of the ballot counting machines. in palm beach county, the 24/7 work load overheated the decades old machines forcing them to start the recount of 179,000 ballots. meanwhile the lawsuits are flying. there's been nearly a dozen so far, and today the incumbent democrat, senator bill nelson, sued over votes rejected for mismatched signatures. the sitting senator was back on capitol hill today. the republican rick scott was also there, continuing to act like the winner. attending orientation for newly elected members. with so much at stake, republicans are alleging voter fraud and democrats are crying voter suppression. all of it a reminder of the messy 2000 presidential recount. broward and palm beach counties
are two of the most populated and lean heavily democratic. and with the state politically evenly split, razor thin vote margins are amplified. republican michael barnett says it shouldn't be this hard. >> there is not a problem with the law. there is a problem with the competence and the equipment. >> reporter: mitchell burger, lead attorney for florida's democrat says florida's system simply isn't designed to handle high voter turnout. >> if taxpayers want to pay for a system that always counts on a 60%-plus turnout, it will require more money. >> reporter: officials here in palm beach county said the machines were fixed, but there has been a lull in the activity and doubts the county will be able to connell pleat the recount by tomorrow's 3:00 p.m. deadline. we can also show you in broward county where the votes are being tallied at this hour, and officials there believe they will make the deadline. jeff? >> all right, good perspective there, manny in palm beach on
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new details today about a deadly accident on a southwest airline 737 in april. one passenger was killed after nearly being pulled out a window. here's kris van cleave. >> your airplane physically on fire? >> no, it's not on fire but part of it is missing. >> reporter: it was metal fatigue that caused a fan inside the engine of southwest airline plane to break.
investigators believe the engine blew and shrapnel burst out a window killing passenger jennifer reardon. new testimony released said passengers rushed to help reardon after they saw her with her seat belt fastened, head and torso hanging out of the broken window. one passenger even reached outside the plane to help pull her back in. reardon's husband talked to us days after the accident. if you could talk to her today, what would you tell her? >> i love you. i have no idea how i can do this without her, but because of her i know i can. >> reporter: the engine maker told the ntsb during the hearing today the failed blade had made about 32,000 flights and was last inspected for fatigue in 2012. an examination of that blade after the deadly accident found signs it was likely beginning to suffer cracks from metal fatigue back in 2012, but those cracks were smaller than what the tests at the time could detect. another southwest airlines 737 had an eerily similar engine
failure in 2016 which prompted additional engine inspections. since april faa orders have cut in half the number of flights between fan blade inspections. southwest says it began a round of fatigue inspections in 2017, but there was no basis to prioritize the engines over the flight over others so they were in the que to be checked. >> kris van cleave, thank you. he captured america's attention. his fight against cancer, we have some great news about him coming up next.
a day after the first lady melania trump called for the removal of deputy national security advisor mira ricardel, ricardel has been reassigned to a new unspecified role in the administration. ricardel reportedly got into a disagreement with the first lady's staff during a trip to africa. the headline in gotham tonight, hole good news, bat kid. a cancer patient named miles scott dressed up as batman and was treated to a special day in san francisco. miles is now 10. his leukemia, we are happy to report, has been in remission for years, and he has been declared cancer free.
trip to japan. ben tracy guarantees nothing will be lost in translation. >> my name is takuto. i'm 10 years old. >> reporter: takuto has a lot of questions. >> where are you from? why did you want to come to japan? what is famous in australia? >> reporter: but inside one of japan's most famous gardens -- >> can i talk a little about this garden? >> reporter: he also has all the answers. >> in this garden is called kodaquin. it was made 300 years ago. right next to it is the kakamakon is a gift house like a hotel. >> reporter: it's not just his handle on history that's unusual. >> these two buildings were burned down in world war ii. >> reporter: in japan, few people speak fluent english. takato mastered it passing a grueling english exam that four out of five japanese adults fail. >> and now i can speak english with you. >> reporter: you speak english very well. >> really? >> reporter: very well.
>> thank you. >> reporter: you're welcome. what's the hardest part about learning english? >> i struggled with some words i didn't know. >> reporter: like what? >> like kehchrysanthemum. >> reporter: that's a tough one. he didn't learn any of this in school. >> there is a program in disney's world of english. >> reporter: he started using the disney products when he was six months old. by 4 he could speak in full sentences. takato proudly wears the names of the people he's met. and by sharing his gift of language -- >> thank you for listening. >> reporter: -- he's made their experience here a lot less foreign. >> is have a nice day and have a nice trip, and please come back again. bye. >> reporter: ben tracy, cbs news, okayama, japan. >> >> that is the overnight news this thursday. for some of you, the news continues. for others check back later for the morning news and cbs in morning. from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm jeff glor.
>> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." >> welcome to the overnight news. i'm michelle miller. it's like a movie we've seen before in florida where they're still counting the ballots a week-and-a-half after election day. there are court cases, thousands of mismatched mail-in ballots and counting machines that literally overheated from all the paper passing through them. by law, the count is supposed to be certified by today, but there's a real chance all the votes will have to be counted again by hand. manuel bojorquez is there. >> reporter: the back and forth over florida's election recount
continues to heat up. now, so are some of the ballot counting machines. in palm beach county, the 24/7 work load overheated the decades-old machines, forcing workers here to restart the recount of 179,000 ballots. meanwhile, the lawsuits are flying. there's been nearly a dozen so far. and today the incumbent democrat, senator bill nelson sued over votes rejected for mismatched signatures. the sitting senator was back on capitol hill today. the republican rick scott was also there, continuing to act like the winner. attending orientation for newly elected members. with so much at stake, republicans are alleging voter fraud, and democrats are crying voter suppression. all of it a reminder of the messy 2000 presidential recount. broward and palm beach counties are two of the most populated and lean heavily democratic, and with the state politically evenly split, razor thin vote margins are amplified.
republican michael barnett says it shouldn't be this hard. >> there is not a problem with the law. there is a problem with the competence and the equipment. >> reporter: mitchell berger, lead attorney for florida's democrats, said florida's system simply isn't designed to handle voter turnout. >> if taxpayers want to pay for a system that always counts on a 60% plus turnout, it will require more money. >> reporter: official here in palm beach county said the machines were fixed, but there has been a lull in the activity and doubts the county will be able to complete the recount by tomorrow's 3:00 p.m. deadline. we can also show you in broward county where the votes are being tallied at this hour, and officials there believe they will make the deadline. >> it was supposed to take another month for that caravan of honduran migrants to walk up through mexico to the u.s. border. but it turns out some of them caught rides to tijuana and are already lining up for asylum
paperwork. john blackstone is there. >> reporter: the first wave of the migrant caravan arrived unexpectedly early at the u.s. border in tijuana where there's been a fortified wall for decades. they have been looking through the barricade and some of them climbing it. teasing the border patrol on the other side. a few have even jumped, including today a woman carrying a baby. but any attempt to cross here ends with certain capture. >> i'd like you to think of border security just the same as your home. and when someone comes to your home, they're supposed to go to the front door and present themselves. >> reporter: for now, hundreds are simply setting up camp near where the border meets the pacific. jesse ramirez, 25 from honduras, says she hopes to seek asylum. president trump has said you can't come in. [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: we are going to face the struggle, she says, to see if we can make it. she hopes mr. trump will have a change of heart. but in preparation for the migrants, the border is being hardened. u.s. military placed barricades and barbed wire in places and at
least three lanes were closed at tijuana, backing up traffic at the busiest land border crossing in the western hemisphere. in texas, homeland security secretary kirstjen nielsen joined defense secretary james mattis today visiting troops sent to the border there. >> the only thing we've been asked for is to put in obstacles, provide transportation, and to provide housing for border -- they've had to move a number of border patrol people. >> reporter: as many as 4,000 migrants are expected to arrive in tijuana as soon as tomorrow. but with shelters in tijuana already overflowing, even this first wave is straining the resources in this city of 2 1/2 million. migrants are continuing to stream up to the border wall here, which is recently been fortified with barbed wire across the top down by the beach. but even before the caravan began arriving here, the backlog for asylum requests at the
approve tijuana border crossing was fortified with some 2,500 people already in line. so these new arrivals are going to have an extremely long wait with very little chance of success. >> a desperate search continues in northern california for survivors of the deadliest fire in state history. the camp fire incinerated paradise city and left at least four dozen people dead. meanwhile, officials released the names of 100 others listed as missing. mireya villareal is there. >> reporter: new drone footage of the devastation shows how quickly the fire consumed the town of paradise as home after home was levelled. many of the deceased died in paradise in their homes or as they attempted to escape the fast-moving blaze. >> it was outrunning us before we even knew we were in a race. and that made this much, much more difficult. >> reporter: more than 100 people are still unaccounted for. their names are now posted on an
official list created by the county. nearly since the fire started, obviously still a lot of people missing. >> yes. i want to say this. >> reporter: is that concerning, though? >> of course, absolutely concerning. we want to conduct as thorough a search as we possibly can, but we want to do it in as expedited manner as possible so that we can then move forward to repopulating those areas. >> reporter: the crisis has been playing out on twitter and facebook. one of those desperate messages was from the carmack family who were missing four elderly members of their family. they were on the list and found alive today. nearly two dozen victims just filed a lawsuit blaming the local electric company, pg&e, for failing to maintain its power lines. >> the evidence is quite clear that this fire was caused by a pg&e transmission line and pg&e needs to be held accountable. >> reporter: the company says the safety of its customers remains its priority, and it's investigating.
this is what every neighborhood looks like right now in paradise. there are downed power lines, gas lines are completely blown, homes are leveled, and infrastructure has to be a priority before you can even start thinking about rebuilding. >> the woolsey fire has destroyed more than 400 structures, charred nearly 100,000 acres, but through all the devastation, a san diego native is making a big difference saving lives. >> they were super spooked. >> reporter: dana is back at it again. >> now they are happy. >> reporter: risking her own life to save animals trapped by flames in and around malibu. >> it's about 32 animals so far. >> reporter: dana is a certified animal rescuer, giving her access to areas where residents have been forced to evacuate, some given just minutes to get out. they had to leave their animals behind and unfortunately many pets did not survive.
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>> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." >> former first lady michelle obama has a new memoir, becoming, has only been out since tuesday but it's already a best seller. gayle king sat down with mrs. obama and her mother marianne robinson to discuss life in and out of the white house. >> so, as the woman who is married to this man -- every time barack came to me with the idea of running for an office, i was just like, please don't do this. pick another career. you're gifted. you went to college. . a law degree. you can do anything else besides this. there are so many ways to save the world. but every time i had to think to
myself, that approach is selfish because i knew i was married to someone who was gifted and someone who could contribute and but for the fact that i was married to him, it would be hard on me, i would want him to run. >> there is a great story in the book you said you wake up one night he's staring in his face, thinking about his dad or something bothering him. what was he thinking about? >> income inequality. really, dude? i thought you were dreaming about me. >> reporter: you knew he was different. you're very candid about talking about marital counseling. >> i tell couples, when you get married, you have those years if you're lucky, it's just the two of you. individuals on your path, you come together when you need to, it all works until you have kids. your first joint project where the inequalities are felt. you know, i'm working and
managing child care and sick kids and trying to coordinate my job, and he's flit erring in -- there were -- tensions started to arise and we knew that we needed to have a place where we could really work these feelings out. >> reporter: was he like, great, let's go to counseling? >> oh, no. >> reporter: i can't wait to go. >> barack is a problem solver. i'll buy a book and we will -- >> reporter: on relationships? >> on relationships, yes. we'll study chapter 12. you read chapter 13 and we can figure this out. you know, it's one of those things. we don't need help from anybody. and i was like -- because for me, i need to go to somebody who is going to tell you, you're wrong. >> reporter: you're wrong. >> and i talk about that. it's like, i didn't get that. the period of counseling for me was a turning point because i learned that i was still responsible for my own happiness. it wasn't his job to solely make me happy. i had to figure out my space in
this. marriage is hard. all marriages are hard. and even -- look, you know us. i love my husband. we have a wonderful marriage. but it takes work. >> reporter: work that was made easier thanks to her mother, marianne robinson. the whole eight years you were in the white house, i think i could count how many times i saw you on tv and i got up to one and i had to stop. it's just not something that you do. why is it that you didn't want to do interviews, mrs. robinson? >> i didn't want to say anything that would -- you know how you accidentally say things? >> yeah. >> i figure if i didn't say anything, then i wouldn't say the wrong thing. >> reporter: we don't have to worry about that. when your daughter becomes first lady of the united states and your son-in-law is the president, how do you wrap your brain around that? what are you thinking? >> it's pretty difficult, let's face it. >> reporter: uh-huh, why? >> because i felt like this was going to be a very hard life for
both of them. and i want -- was worried about their safety, and i was worried about my grand kids. that's what got me to move to d.c. >> reporter: why did you want her there? why was it important to you? >> because -- for the girls, you know? i wanted them to come home to family. there was just parts of the girls' life that i just knew were going to be okay because mom was there when i traveled internationally, grandma was there, you know? when i wasn't home at the end of the day, grandma was there. when the kids were still little, when they needed to have someone be with them in school -- think about it, my girls were being driven around in a motorcade of three cars with at least four grown adults with guns in each of those cars. and i just thought that that's an unnatural way for a little second grader to go to school. well, mom would ride in the car with her to make it feel like a
regular car pool. >> reporter: you're in the white house. they would say, mrs. robinson, can we get you something? do you need anything? was it a big adjustment? >> it's a huge adjustment. they talked me into allowing me to do my own laundry. >> reporter: you were doing your own laundry? >> yes, and she taught the girls how to do their laundry. they would go upstairs for laundry lessons. she was the most beloved figure in the white house. let me tell you, she had a stream of people, the butlers, the housekeepers, they would all stop by and they would -- grandma's room was like the confessional and everyone would go there and just unload, you know? and then they'd leave. people still visit mom in chicago. >> reporter: they do? >> some of the staff come -- if they're in town in chicago, they visit her. >> reporter: do you feel you have your life back? do you miss the white house at all? >> i do. no, not at all. >> reporter: you have your life back. >> i do miss the people because they were like family to me.
we got pretty close there. >> reporter: your mom says she doesn't miss the white house. do you? >> no, no. the eight years was more than enough. and what i realized over the years is that home is where we are, you know? and the white house happened to be our home for eight years. but we took all that love and energy and we just moved it to another house. it's still there, and that's the part of -- that's the part of lifer that's important. >> reporter: what's the best thing about michelle obama that makes you proud est? makes you proud est? >> well, now i -- my thing is think only specialty stores have what's new? olay has the hottest debut. new olay clay stick masks, hydrating facial mist,
if you were around new york city in the late '70s, you're probably familiar with the story of studio 54. as the legend goes, it was the hottest night club on earth, until the owners got locked up. now one of the master minds behind studio has a documentary that tries to set the record straight. anthony mason talked to him. >> reporter: when you walk through those blacked outdoors, you are in another world. >> andy worhol, calvin klein. >> mick jagger. >> like an adult amusement park. >> reporter: studio 54 is the one night club from the '70s
everyone remembers. but for most of his life, 54's co-founder ian schrager has wanted to forget it. why were you reluctant to talk about this for so long? >> i don't only have good memories. i have bitter/sweet memories. it was an embarrassment to me, still is. >> reporter: some part of you wanted this story told finally. >> well, after 40 years, i wanted to really set the record straight for my kids. i saw a quote berry gordy said, if the hunter doesn't tell the story, the bear will. >> reporter: they were the hunters. >> we both came from brooklyn. >> they had this understanding they were getting out and they were going to do something big together. >> we wanted to do an ultimate night club. >> reporter: in 1977, they converted a former cbs
television studio, adding theatrical lighting and a dance floor. >> they opened the club in the middle of what was then the red light district. people thought they were insane to do this. >> reporter: matt turnauer is producer and director of the film. how soon did studio 54 become a phenomenon? >> overnight. it was more than a disco tech. it was more tan a night club. it was a cultural phenomenon. >> it was an experience, touching like pretty much all of your senses. >> it's visceral. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: it started at the door where crowds were kept behind a velvet rope, and door men lifted it only for the famous, the outrageous, the beautiful, and the unusual. but everyone wanted in.
>> like looking into paradise. >> i don't know, last time i was here, got in right away. so i don't know. i guess they either like the way you look or they don't. >> reporter: who they let in at the door was what created the magic and the freedom on the floor. ♪ ♪ more, more, more, how do you like it ♪ ♪ >> those two things together was like a lightning striking. it was a question for us to hold onto the lightning bolt. boy, was it a lightning bolt. >> reporter: suddenly two college buddies from syracuse university became the kings of new york. >> i'll never have another friend like that, never. we went through this terrible debacle and stayed good friends. went to jail together. >> reporter: in december of 1978, dozens of agents descended on the club. what do you remember about the raid? >> what raid?
you know, that was probably the worst -- one of the worst days of my life. >> reporter: agents uncovered the club's financial records. >> there was one envelope -- >> reporter: which included pay out for drugs, and as prosecutor peter sudler recalls in the film, one column. >> that was labeled skim, s-k-i-m or s-k, so that you had a daily record of everything that they took in and what they took out as skim and didn't report. >> reporter: it totalled some $2.5 million. >> two owners of the trendy manhattan disco tech studio 54 pleaded guilty today of defrauding the government -- >> reporter: did you even think that day you might go to prison? >> no, not then. there was a part of the ridiculous intoxication, i suppose, what were we thinking? >> a federal judge sentenced
steven and iron owners of the disco tech studio 54 to 3 1/2 years in prison. >> reporter: during their time in jail, reduced to 13 months, schrager and rubel, said it all, the party was over. the business partners would later redeem themselves, launching a boutique hotel business before rubel died of aids in 1989. schrager who has gone on to develop dozens of prestigious hotels, was pardoned by president obama. what did the pardon mean to you? >> it brought absolute closure of everything. i'll always have the wound. it never goes away. it's always there. but it brought closure to me. >> reporter: i don't want to write your obituary too early, but when they do, for all the hotels you've created, probably the first thing there will be,
if you're one of the 140 million people who play fortnight, you may have noticed that one of the most popular dances for your character is no longer available for purchase. it's called swipe it. one rapper claims it's really his dance, the milly rock. vladimir let him tell his story. >> reporter: rapper tumili may not be a household name. but these kids know his signature move. the mili rock has become somewhat of a viral dance craze. getting picked up by other recording artists. >> he scores again. >> reporter: sports stars. and now the hugely popular video
game fortnight. >> everybody was just like, your dance is in the game. >> reporter: the mili rock renamed swipe it in the video game is one of more than 100 dances called emotes players can buy for roughly $5. that's where tumili takes issue. >> they actually sell the particular move. >> reporter: right. they were charging money -- >> that's when i really had -- oh, no, this can't go on too long. >> reporter: fortnight widely samples popular culture for its dance emotes. from movies. ♪ it's not unusual ♪ >> reporter: to tv shows. to snoop dogg's drop it like it's hot. chance the rapper called attention to this practice on social media. imagine the money people are spending on these emotes being shared with the artist that made them. game spot's ben howard says the
dance emotes are a big part of why fortnight has become so popular. >> fortnight is the most popular gain on the planet now. the culture is not just around the game, but this sort of cult >> reporter: youtube is filled with videos comparing the dance emote to their real-life counterparts. you can't even enroll your kid in fort nice dance classes. tumili hopes to pursue legal action against epic games for using the mili rock. but he faces some tough steps to get there. >> it's a lot of case law surrounding the copyright of music, lyrics, sounds. it is a full body of case law related to that. but regarding carve outs, that does not exist. >> reporter: what would make it fair for you? >> i don't want to bash them for all the millions -- you know
what i'm saying? it's not even like that. i just feel like i have to protect what's mine. >> rock on, mili. that is the news this t it's thursday, november 15th, 2018. this is the "cbs morning news." wintery blasts. tens of millions of people in the path of a weather system bringing rain, sleet, and snow. when it will strike. in california, the death toll rises as massive wildfires burn out of control. and now there's a new threat. and stormy daniels' attorney is coming to his own defense