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♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> dickerson: good evening. on the "cbs evening news" this wednesday, taking aim at "roe v. wade." tough new abortion laws meant to trigger a supreme court fight. >> the court has two conservative justices who have been appointed by this president. that's a whole new court. which means, perhaps, a whole new ballgame. >> oh, my god! >> a helicopter crashed into the hudson river, right alongside new york city. >> there are two non-life- threatening injuries. >> dickerson: the u.s. orders most government staff out of iraq, amid reports of new threats from iran. >> robocalls may soon be a thing of the past, the f.c.c. proposing new rules allowing carriers to block them before they ever hit your phone. >> this will help.
will it empty the ocean of robocalls? no. >> dickerson: and, meet scotty, the biggest t-rex ever found. >> so this is just one backbone. >> yeah. >> reporter: can i hold it? ( gasps ) >> dickerson: good evening. i'm john dickerson. we begin with breaking news from alabama, where governor kay ivey has just signed the most restrictive abortion law in the country. it outlaws virtually all abortions. doctors who perform them could face up to 99 years in prison. alabama is not alone in pursuing tough new laws. six states have passed bills that ban abortions after six weeks. 11 have introduced similar bans this year. all are aimed at forcing a supreme court showdown. he >> reporter: alabama's republican governor kay ivey tweeted out this photo of her signing the controversial abortion bill that does not include exceptions for rape or incest. she hinted she would sign the
bill a few hours earlier. >> all human life is precious. >> reporter: where is the money coming from to support people who aren't ready to be mothers or aren't financially stable to take care of a child? >> you simply cannot defer protecting lives of unborn children because of cost. >> house bill 314 passes. >> reporter: supporters voted in favor of the bill, hoping it will eventually reach the supreme court and help overturn "roe v. wade." cbs news legal analyst rikki klieman. >> when you have some 20-odd cases on their way to the supreme court, the chances are solid that one or more will be before the high court within a short period of time, meaning within about a year. ( protests ) >> reporter: the alabama billhar abortion, many posting personal stories today using the hashtag "you know me." >> they want to challenge "roe v. wade." >> reporter: conservative televangelist pat robertson called the proposed law "extreme."
>> this is not the case we want to bring to the supreme court. >> reporter: a.c.l.u. of alabama executive director randall marshall says he's already won a fight against the state on abortion restrictions in 2016. >> we are preparing a legal challenge even as we speak. >> reporter: on what grounds? >> it violates the constitution. it interferes and is an unreasonable restriction on a woman's right to determine what she should do with her own body. >> reporter: in a statement released this evening, the governor said that this legislation stands as a powerful testament to the state's deeply- held belief that every life is precious. well, now that that bill has been signed, the a.c.l.u. says it is prepared to figh federal court. >> dickerson: jericka duncan in montgomery. thank you, jericka. landing this afternoon in the hudson river off of manhattan. it was the second aviation accident in the hudson this david begnaud has more. >> reporter: these videos show the helicopter spinning and the
pilot fighting to stay airborne, moments before the chopper crashes into the hudson river. a woman named marianna described what she saw. >> oh, my god. >> he was trying to take off, and it went sideways. the helicopter just went down very fast, and i saw water coming up. >> reporter: this was the helicopter as it was removed from the crash site. you see those yellow pontoons on the bottom? that's what prevented the chopper from sinking when it went down mid-afternoon. the n.y.p.d. says fire officials were on scene within three minutes. >> the pilot had just refueled, and as he attempted to leave and reposition the plane to land again, he said-- the pilot all of a sudden, he felt the helicopter come down. >> reporter: this was a charter helicopter. the n.y.p.d. says the pilot was trying to land again to pick up passenrs, bu john, the lot was injured.ut 150feet . so was a loading dock worker. both had only minor injuries. >> dickerson: david begnaud in new york. tomorrow, president trump will
topose sweeping changes to the legal immigration system. a senior administration official tells cbs news, the plan would shift to a merit-based approach. more green cards would go to immigrants with education and skills that would give them a better chance to contribute to the economy. family ties would carry less weight. police in dallas raided catholic dioceses offices today. church officials there are accused of blocking an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse by priests. here's nikki battiste. >> reporter: with the help of the f.b.i., dallas police fanned across the city today, seizing documents and evidence from the secret archives of three catholic church properties. after allegations of child sex abuse against a local priest,amc last year, the dallas police department expanded their investigation, and several more victims came forward. >> detectives are investigating at least five additional allegations of child abuse
against other suspects. >> reporter: bishop edward burn said today the dioceses continues to cooperate with authorities. >> if today's events is what gives them the opportunity to look for themselves, then so be it. >> reporter: but today's search warrant suggests that the church hasn't been entirely forthcoming. this affidavit obtained by cbs news says that it was only after police questioned the dioceses about missing files from a 2004 abuse case, that the dioceses attorneys provided an additional 51 pages that were initially left out, three weeks later. monica baez is a texas abuse survivor. >> i applaud law enforcement to finally taking some action, and it needs to happen everywhere, even here. >> reporter: today's search comes after the catholic church in texas released the names in january of nearly 300 priests they say have been credibly accused of child sex abuse. and, john, the dallas dioceses is the second to be raided in
six months. >> dickerson: nikki battiste. thank you. the trump administration today ordered a partial evacuation of the u.s. embassy in baghdad, this in response to what the administration calls "a threat linked to iran." tonight, david martin has new information on this. >> reporter: reacting to intelligence reports, iranian- backed militias in iraq are moving rockets within range of u.s. outposts, the state department ordered nonessential personnel at the u.s. embassy in baghdad to leave. the order also applies to diplomats at the u.s. consulate in erbil. "this threat is real," a senior state department official told reporters. although, just the day before, a british general with the u.s.- led military coalition in baghdad said it's no worse than it's ever been. >> there's been no increasedthrk forces in iraq and syria. >> reporter: that left democrats on the senate foreign relations committee demanding to see the intelligence, which so far has
been closely held. >> i've never seen an administration that is less forthcoming about such critical information than the trump administration. it's pretty outrageous. >> reporter: but republican mitt romney said he has been briefed on the intelligence. >> iran may be considering some kind of-- of malevolent activity relative to our interests and our people in the region. >> reporter: u.s. officials say they have pictures of iranian boats carrying short-range ballistic missiles, normally based on land, operating in and out of the port of chabahar, as if they were being readied for deployment. and, pictures of the damage done to four tankers anchored just outside the persian gulf. according to u.s. officials, they show why iran's revolutionary guards are believed responsible for those attacks. the revolutionary guards have a new commander, and he is quoted today as saying, "we are on the cusp of a full-scale confrontation with the enemy."
john. >> dickerson: david martin at the pentagon. the acting head of the f.a.a. told congress today, boeing's 737 max will not fly again until the government is confident it is safe. all 737 max jets were grounded in the u.s. after two deadly crashes overseas. nancy cordes is on capitol hill. >> the f.a.a. has a credibility problem. >> reporter: federal aviation officials defended their agency today against accusations that they allowed boeing to rush the 737 max into production. >> what were the steps the f.a.a. took in reviewing the mcas system and the accompanying training? >> i can assure you that the mcas system was examined and certified. >> reporter: investigators believe that boeing's new mcas anti-stall system was connected to two crashes, one in indonesia last october, and another in ethiopia in march, killing a total of 346 people and
grounding the 737 max worldwide. >> once we are absolutely convinced of the safety return to service, then we'll do it. >> reporter: 24-year-old samia stiewma was killed in ethiopia. her parents were there today. >> how could you possibly finish the required analysis and investigation by august? >> reporter: you don't think that this plane should be back in the air any time soon? >> no, because we don't have the information about it. >> reporter: cbs news obtained audio of american airlines pilots complaining to a boeing official last year that even they weren't informed about the jet's new systems. >> reporter: boeing sources tel strikeed the chain of events that brought down the ethiopian jet. but ethiopian investigators have said that they found no evidence that a sensor was damaged by a foreign object. john.
>> dickerson: nancy cordes on capitol hill. officials in alabama have until next week to improve safety throughout the state's troubled prison system. the justice department demanded an overhaul after an investigation found conditions "unconstitutional," violating the eighth amendment protections against cruel and unusual punishment. jeff pegues takes us inside. >> reporter: these are just some of the 2,600 photographs taken inside alabama's prisons, images of horrid conditions, inmates who were killed by another prisoner's hand, or their own, like betty head's son, who died after trying to hang himself in this decrepit cellblock. >> the alabama prison system killed my only son. >> reporter: 34-year-old billy thornton was just months away from finishing a six-year sentence for statutory rape. inmates told her that her mentally ill son would cry for help and be routinely ignored. he would call for help, and
no one would respond? >> they would ignore him, yes, sir. >> reporter: they would ignore him. alabama prisons have the highest suicide rate in the country, three times the national average, 15 in 15 months. >> things are really out of control, and need to be reigned in. >> reporter: maria morris of the southern poverty law center says mentally ill inmates, even those on suicide watch, are held in solitary confinement, where they have little contact with officers. >> what that basically means is they are warehousing them. they're sticking them into segregation units and letting them suffer, in some cases letting them commit suicide. >> reporter: but it's not just mentally ill who are suffering. a two-year justice department investigation found conditions throughout the entire alabama prison system are "unconstitutional," and that an "excessive amount of violence, sexual assault and prisoner deaths happen on a regular basis," making the state's
prisons a deadly place to work as well. >> i am thankful that i walked out alive. >> reporter: this worker, who asked to be fully disguised for fear of being fired for speaking out, told us the situation is dire. >> we need more mental health workers. we need more officers. more people are going to die. >> reporter: state prison officials say there are approximately 1,400 officers, about half of what's needed to oversee a prison population of 16,000. >> this has been a problem that's been 30 years in the making. >> reporter: the commissioner of the alabama department of corrections, jeff dunn, says $125 million has already been appropriated to raise staffing levels, curb violence, and increase attention to inmates' mental health. why should people think that things are going to change? >> in the last couple of years, we've seen, first of all, the coming together of several partners who are committed to fihi
>> reporter: the d.o.j. report said that the state is "deliberately indifferent to the risks that prisoners face." those wos must. >> they do, and we-- we've embraced that challenge. >> reporter: the southern poverty law center has sued the alabama department of corrections. a federal judge is forcing the prison system to make changes. and, like the courts, the d.o.j. has issued an ultimatum of its own: change, or be forced to comply. too late to save billy thornton. >> why did you all kill junior? why did you? >> reporter: jeff pegues, cbs news, birmingham. >> dickerson: still ahead on the "cbs evening news," kidnap victim jayme closs receives a special honor after her extraordinary escape. and up next, the government takes new steps to silence robocalls. little things can be a big deal.
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that sandstone scotty was found in is so hard, it took researchers almost a decade to dig it out of the ground and realize just what they had. >> usually a dinosaur skeleton consists of only a few bones, or a section of the skull. if you find that, you're happy. >> reporter: scott persons was at the original dig site and led the team reconstructing scotty. >> scotty lived a hard-knock life. it's got evidence of a broken jaw, of an impacted tooth. it's got a section of its tail where the vertebrae seem to have been compressed. possibly from the bite of another tyrannosaur. >> reporter: scientists found a lot of scotty, almost 65% of the skeleton intact. so this is just one backbone. >> yeah. >> reporter: can i hold it? ( gasps ) >> you'll notice there's a weight to it. >> reporter: oh, my goodness! but to truly understand the size, you need to be next to it. on friday, it will all get revealed in the royal saskatchewan museum. jamie yuccas, cbs news, regina, canada. >> dickers : that's the "cbs
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