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of the ride they were invited to stay at the park for a possible second date. let's see the couples, what happened? that's it for us, we will see you back here at six. thanks for watching. captioning sponsored by cbs >> barnett: tonight, to the rescue: the u.s. is set to evacuate americans quarantined on a cruise ship in japan, as the coronavirus spreads on board and beyond. >> it seems an eternity. >> barnett: why this endangered animal is threatened over its link to the outbreak. also tonight, back in the hot seat. the attorney generall's new moves and controversial cases involving president trump's friends and foes. next up, nevada: democrats get set for the next caucus, while billionaire mike bloomberg faces new scrutiny. nowhere to run: syria's civil war sparks the biggest exodus of the country's nine-year civil war. will anyone help? how this country's elite troops
are finding new relief for unseen wounds of war. >> i hate feeling broken. >> barnett: and mail call: so many valentines all addressed ro.the same american hero. >> you got to be >> you got to be kidding. >> this is the "cbs weekend news." >> barnett: good evening, everyone, and welcome. i'm errol barnett. two aircraft sent by the state department will evacuate americans quarantined by the coronavirus on a cruise ship in japan. voluntary evacuations begin tomorrow as the virus continues to spread on board. worldwide, more than 51,000 cases are confirmed and suspected. more than 1,600 people have died in china. plus, the first death reported outside asia, a chinese tourist in france. debora patta begins our coverage from hong kong. >> reporter: the luxury cruise ship has been moored in yokohama for over a week now.
it still has five more days of quarantine, but americans on board could return to the u.s. as early as sunday when chartered planes pick them up. >> we had the balconies open, so we've been able to go back and forth, which has made it so much easier. but now we've got another 14 days in quarantine, hopefully in the u.s. >> reporter: medical experts are working around the clock to understand the virus, including epidemiologist professor ben cowling and his team at the university of hong kong. are you worried? >> yeah, i'm quite worried today. at the moment, i'm worried because there are so many of the cases in hong kong and singapore that seem to be seriously ill. >> reporter: cowling is also concerned about the possibility of new outbreaks occurring elsewhere in asia because so many infected people traveled out of china before the lockdown. in wuhan, china, the epicenter of the outbreak, social media posts show more draconian measures by the chinese
government to contain the virus. the front door of a family suspected of being infected is welded shut. and emergency workers sprayed disinfectant inside offices as workers just sit at their computers. outside of china, the "diamond princess" is the site of the biggest outbreak with its over 200 infections, including more than a dozen americans. americans on the ship have until sunday morning to confirm whether they want a seat on the u.s. chartered flight. but before boarding, they will undergo a health screening. symptomatic passengers might not be allowed to fly. errol. >> narrator: debora patta in hong kong, thanks. the animal suspected of transmitting the coronavirus to humans faces an even greater threat-- extinction. today, on what is world pangolin day, tom hansen in chicago has more on the troubled creature. >> reporter: at the brookfield zoo just outside chicago, scientists are working around the clock to save some of the most vulnerable creatures on the
planet. meet biggie, one of 11 white-bellied tree pangolins living here. the pangolin has spent most of its existence in obscurity, but after a group of chinese scientists recently labeled them as the potential transmitter of the novel coronavirus, now it's at the center of a p.r. nightmare. >> what they found was a coronavirus virus that was very, very similar to what they're seeing now coming out of wuhan. >> reporter: scientists across the globe, including bill zeigler at brookfield, have questioned the findings of the research. >> my concern is if we don't word it right and people become afraid of pangolins, they may go out, and if they find a pangolin in the wild-- in which case there is real no issue there, it's not a danger to you as far as transferring a disease-- they would kill it anyway, because they're afraid of it. >> reporter: even though it's illegal worldwide, these odd-looking animals are heavily poached for their prized meat and their scales, which are
believed to have medicinal values. zeigler and the consortium of scientists hope education will save these gentle animals from disappearing. >> that's our goal, not only to help provide the science to conserve the species, but we want to establish a sustainable population here in north america. >> reporter: the stress on pangolin populations is so severe, scientists fear that over the next decade, if nothing is done, two or three of the world's eight species could disappear. errol. >> barnett: all right, tom hansen, thank you. today, mississippi's governor declared a state of emergency. record flooding threatens the state's capital, jacer, ksewh the pearl river is rising fast. it's expected to crest at 38 feet tonight. that's forced the evacuation of hundreds of homes there. up to 10 inches of rain has drenched parts of the state over the past week. we can report on new calls for attorney general william barr to resign, this as barr ordered a review in the case of former trump adviser michael flynn. eight democratic senators had
already demanded barr quit after he intervened in the case against roger stone. weijia jiang is traveling with the president in west palm beach and joins us now. weijia, how is mr. barr responding? >> reporter: well, errol, there are no indications that the attorney general will be out of a job any time soon, even after speaking out against the president this week. barr is adamant that he does not make decisions based on what the president wants. democrats aren't buying it. >> attorney general barr is not a free agent. >> reporter: democrats are demanding answers from attorney general william barr, even after he insisted this week that he and the department of justice are not influenced by president trump. >> i'm not going to be bullied or influenced by anybody, and i said whether it's congress, newspaper editorial boards, or the president. i'm going to do what i think is right. >> reporter: but critics claim his actions speak louder. barr has ordered a review of michael flynn's case, challenging the work of career prosecutors who recommended prison time for the former
national security advisor. president trump has long complained flynn was treated unfairly. senior d.o.j. officials reportedly pushed for a lighter sentence, precisely what happened in the case of roger stone, a longtime friend of the president. >> the president has never asked me to do anything in a criminal case. >> reporter: in an apparent effort to make that point, federal prosecutors dropped their investigation into andrew mccabe. mr. trump frequently attacks the former deputy f.b.i. director who authorized the russia investigation. today, president trump tweeted, "i.g. recommended mccabe's firing." mccabe says president trump is out for revenge. >> i don't think i'll ever be free of this president and his maniacal rage that he's directed towards me and my wife since october of 2016. >> reporter: president trump plans to attend the daytona 500 tomorrow here in florida as he shifts gears into campaign mode. tere will be a re-election
banner that flies near the speedway, and the trump team plans to air an ad during the race. and then next week, he will go out west for a four-state spree that is filled with fund raisers and rallies. errol. >> barnett: all right, thank you, weijia. the nation's third contest in the 2020 democratic race is just one week away, and a candidate who isn't even participating is dominating today's headlines with allegations of sexual harassment in his workplace. our skyler henry reports from washington. >> how are we doing? ( cheers ) >> reporter: michael bloomberg is not participating in the nevada caucuses, but the billionaire is on the campaign trail today, stumping in richmond, virginia. he's also pushing back against a "washington post" piece detailing allegations around what bloomberg has said and about his workplace culture of sexual harassment and degradation. bloomberg tweeted today, "i will always be a champion for women in the workplace." this is the first of four days
of early voting in nevada, where people are asked to rank their top democratic candidates in order of preference, the vote tally happening next saturday. one week before the caucuses, senator bernie sanders appears to be the candidate to beat. >> democracy is not billionaires spending hundreds of millions of dollars trying to get elected. >> reporter: after iowa and new hampshire voting, sanders and buttigieg are fighting it out. pete buttigeig leads the delegate count. senator sanders is in second. senator elizabeth warren is third. and senator amy klobuchar and former vice president joe biden are in fourth and fifth. senator klobuchar, expanding her campaign team in nevada after a strong showing in new hampshire, stumped in henderson. >> i am asking you to volunteer to call people, to talk to your friends, because i'm telling you, we shocked everyone in new hampshire. on as in faus strip are a key compent
of winning the state. >> we choose hope over fear. for real. >> reporter: if the one-time democratic frontrunner fails to win nevada, biden could be in deep trouble with both money and delegates. errol. >> barnett: thank you, skyler. now, be sure to tine in tomorrow morning for "face the nation." margaret brennan's guests include democratic presidential candidate senator amy klobuchar and republican senator john kennedy of louisiana. defense secretary mark esper said today that a truce agreement between the u.s. and the taliban could lead to the withdrawal of american troops from afghanistan. speaking at an international security conference in munich, esper said the truce is not without risk. >> we have to give peace a chance. the best, if not only way forward in afghanistan is through a political agreement. >> barnett: a formal agreement to a seven-day reduction of violence is expected to be announced tomorrow. now, it has been called the worst humanitarian crisis since
the start of syria's civil war, hundreds of thousands of people-- men, women, and children-- fleeing syria and desperately heading north but with nowhere to run. the exodus, sparked by a surge in fighting between turkish and syrian troops. here's roxana saberi. >> reporter: rescuers say this was the scene in idlib this week after the syrian regime's latest air strikes hit this home, injuring three little girls. the battle for this region comes nearly nine years since the start of the war in syria, government troops, backed by russia and iran, trying to retake the country's last rebel-held stronghold. the u.n. says the fierce fighting that began in december has led to the biggest displacement of people here so far, with more than 800,000 fleeing in search of safety. many people had already escaped from other parts of syria, so
camps like this one are full. as temperatures have dropped below zero, families are struggling to stay warm. this man says, "we fled the air strikes and came here, and now we're dealing with the snow. we have no heaters, blankets, or mattresses, no firewood or bread. we need help." but they're trapped at the border with turkey, which already hosts more than 3.5 million syrian refugees and says it won't take in any more. turkey supports some syrian rebel groups. just yesterday, turkish-backed fighters claimed responsibility for shooting down a syrian government helicopter, killing its crew. also this week, hundreds of miles away in northeastern syria, some of the 500 u.s. troops still stationed in the region clashed with what u.s. officials described as d online shows an forces. video posted online shows an exchange of fire.
what happened is not yet clear, but confrontations like this serve as a reminder that this civil war remains a perilous international conflict at risk of escalating even more. roxana saberi, cbs news, london. >> barnett: straight ahead for you here on the "cbs weekend news," how a revolutionary program is helping america's elite warriors heal from the unseen wounds of war. special delivery: nasa's resupply flight has a surprise for the space station crew. and later, why thousands of people wanted this man to be their valentine. entine. on it! dimitri thinks he's doing all he can to manage his type 2 diabetes and heart disease, but is his treatment doing enough to lower his heart risk? maybe not jardiance can reduce the risk of cardiovascular death for adults who also have known heart disease. so it could help save your life from a heart attack or stroke. and it lowers a1c! jardiance can cause serious side effects including dehydration, genital yeast or urinary tract infections, and sudden kidney problems.
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battlefield. our senior investigative correspondent catherine herridge got an inside look at this innovative program. catherine. >> reporter: errol, it's rare to hear directly from special operations forces who take on some of the most difficult missions and work in the shadows. as the nation relies on them and their families, once again, this program is helping them heal, emotionally and physically. >> once you have enough injuries, it's not necessarily the specific injury. it's the totality of the pain. >> reporter: after seven major deployments and two dozen surgeries, navy seal clay pendergrass and his wife, sofia, understand better than most the physical and emotional cost of serving your country. how much has he been gone in the course of your marriage? >> about 80%, or so. >> reporter: 80%? >> yeah. >> reporter: a swimmer in the warrior games, from the outside, pendergrass looks strong. 01t on the inside, he struggled. in the spring of 2018, a spinal infection pushed him over the edge. >> i was in the hospital for about three months, and then another six months to kind of just start walking again.
>> reporter: was that your wake-up call? >> i would say that was my wake-up call. >> reporter: but pendergrass didn't want to leave the seals. that's where a revolutionary program at the tampa v.a. hospital came in. >> i hate-- i hate feeling broken, you know, and that's hard to get over. that's hard to not want to be on the cutting edge and carrying your weight. >> what this is, is an m.r.i. scan of the brain. >> reporter: cbs news got an exclusive look at the program called "prep," shorthand for post-deployment, rehabilitation, and evaluation program. >> i want you to try your best to shift through those rings for me. >> reporter: using virtual reality technology, the therapy team retrains the brain after battlefield trauma impairs balance. >> it takes 45 seconds for the treadmill deck to lower. >> reporter: an underwater treadmill reduces chronic pain and rebuilds confidence. >> also dealing with stress, dealing with trauma.
>> reporter: and during the six- to 12-week program, special operators can meet with a therapist, many for the first time. it's like getting the help becomes another mission. >> it does. >> reporter: deputy commander for special operations, vice admiral tim szymanski, says the program is part of a culture shift in the military. h the testimonial is in the people going through it and then taking it back to their teammates. it's a trust factor. folks are coming forward, and we're showing them that they can return to duty. >> reporter: and getting that help is not a career killer for people. >> getting that help is not a career killer. >> reporter: the tampa program only has a dozen beds, but there is new momentum to expand so other war fighters can heal. >> at least in my case, it got me back to duty. >> i feel like the "prep" program really just helped him find his way back. >> reporter: for their family, it comes down to being a better leader on the battlefield and a better husband and father on the home front. errol. >> barnett: catherine, thank you very much. ahead, a violent hit and run caught on camera. why the driver was stealing her own truck.
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>> oh, my! >> reporter: all new stuff. >> oh! you got to be kidding. >> reporter: every day for weeks, valentines cards, and gifts have been arriving by the truck load at the oaks assisted living center, all addressed to major white. >> all of a sudden, out of the clear blue sky, all hell breaks loose. >> reporter: it all started simply enough when staff at the oaks and major white's daughter mary made a small request on social media. >> we were hoping, you know, he's 104 years old, we get 104 valentines. that would be cool. >> reporter: they got a lot more. >> the last count somebody ever gave me was 140,000 different pieces. 140,000. >> i made one for him. >> reporter: all the way across the country in wilmington, delaware, every student in paula mcgowan's first grade class made a valentine for major white. >> do you remember what it said?
>> "happy valentine's day." >> i think the children need to realize the sacrifices that veterans make. they were just amazed at what he had endured and how long he had served. >> reporter: thousands of the cards came from school children, many others from veterans and families that know the sacrifice of service. >> in this particular card, it says, "both my father and father-in-law served in world war ii. sadly, they are both gone." >> reporter: now almost every surface of the assisted living center is covered with valentines. more are waiting to be opened in a storage room. mary and major white read as many as they can. >> it just says, "you've stolen the hearts of america." >> reporter: so many hearts. perhaps never before has valentine's day brought one person more affection. >> the whole thing has just been beyond my feeble powers of comprehension. >> reporter: john blackstone, cbs news, stockton, california. >> barnett: and that is the "cbs weekend news" for this saturday.
i'm errol barnett in new york. thanks for spending some of your weekend with us. good night. >> live from the cbs bay area studios, this is kpix 5 news. a draw a jaw-dropping sucker punch all over a parking dispute that spiraled out of control. shots fired on bart tracks, an argument on the bart train leading to a police shooting, police say this pushed them to pull the trigger. >> he jumped out of the tracks and kept running. >> it was horrific. >> tonight we are getting shocking video out of the south bay showing a parking dispute that left a man unconscious, our reporter spoke to the victim and the woman who shot the cell phone video
>> the attack happened here near the intersection of east juliet and north third streets. the victim has been recovering at home with headaches and his face is in pain. the victim says he did not see the punches coming. he turned his head to reference the illegal parking. the victim is embarrassed and doesn't want to show his face. >> that's when i went down. the ambulance crew was asking me, do you know where you are at and what happened? i was like, no i don't. >> he could tell me he was in san jose, he didn't know what happened or why he was on the ground. >> reporter: his neighbor shot the video from the window and called 911. this happened friday afternoon. the victim was trying to turn into his parking lot but a grand toyota suv in the red zone was blocking him. after the victim finally parked
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