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freed slaves searching for their loved won. here's scott captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: dinner and a deal. ivanka trump's company won monopoly rights to sell her products in china the day she dined with the chinese president. also tonight, fresno priscilla n say a -- fresno police say gunman who hated whites shot and killed three today at random. >> these individuals chosen today did not do anything to deserve what they got. no employees at a mcdonald's lead police to the gunman who posted an easter sunday murder on facebook. a new study looks at whether anti-depresseneds taken during pregnancy raise the risk of autism. and newly discovered documents tell us how freed slaves struggled to reunite their
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families. >> reporter: in one, a daughter writes, "my mother was sold from me when i could but crawl." this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: the trump family has vowed to keep its vast financial interests separate from the government, but today we learned of a possible conflict of interest involving the president's daughter and top adviser ivanka. china gave her business potentially lucrative trademark approvals on the very day that she and the president were having dinner with the chinese president at the trump estate in south florida. our justice correspondent zoilaf pegues is looking into this. >> reporter: when president trump hosted chinese president xi jinping at mar-a-lago, the foreign leader was serenaded by the president's granddaughter. that performance was posted on
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instagram by mr. trump's daughter and adviser ivanka, and it went viral in china where she and her fashion brand are immensely popular, the same day as these visits, according to the associated press, the ivanka trump clothing line won provisional approval for three trademarks from the chinese government. that clears the way for ivanka's jewelry, bags, and spa services to be sold to market that includes more than 1.3 billion people. >> i think that's wonderful for ivanka that her businesses are doing well, and everything would be just fine if she weren't also working in the white house. >> reporter: richard painter was chief white house ethics lawyer under president george w. bush. he says as a formal adviser to her father, ivanka risks violating the law. >> she has to comply with the criminal conflict of interest statute which will prohibit him from participating in government matters that have a direct and predictable impact on her business, and this includes
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trade with china. >> reporter: but photos show ivanka attending events with president xi. in a statement, her lawyer says ivanka has had no involvement with trademark applications submitted by the business. in an interview with "cbs this morning's" gayle king earlier this month, the first daughter said that she intended to stay within the law and had shifted some of her holdings to a family-run trust. >> i put in place an ethics trustee. it took me a long time. i went through every permutation of what was the most responsible way to do this. >> reporter: richard painter and others have sued president trump over his business conflicts. scott, according to one fashion analyst, ivanka trump's company saw a 771% increase in sales between february 2016 and february 2017. industry experts call that number incredible and insane. >> pelley: jeff pegues in our washington newsroom. of course, there is still a good deal of mystery over the
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president's finances, and with more on, that we have our white house correspondent margaret brennan. >> we're in very good shape on tax reform. >> reporter: at a rally in wisconsin, president trump said his administration was on its way to fulfilling his campaign promise of overhauling the federal tax code. >> it will be simple. it will be easy. it will be fair. >> reporter: but democrats vow not to work with the president unless he releases his own taxes. senate majority leader chuck schumer. >> it's going to make it much harder to pass tax reform with the president not releasing his tax returns, because everything he proposes people will say, i wonder if he's doing it for the public or for himself. >> reporter: the white house insists that voters do not care about tax returns, but arkansas republican senator tom cotton faced tough questions about it yesterday during a town hall. >> as far as i'm aware, the president says he's still under audit. >> reporter: a leaked copy of the president's 2005 return showed mr. trump paid $38
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million in federal taxes on more than 150 million in income. but it did not disclose the sources of mr. trump's earnings or to whom he owes money. those key details should be included in financial disclosure forms, but the white house is still deciding whether the president will release his next month. spokesman sean spicer. >> when you look at a financial disclosure form, it lists every asset, every debt you owe, where you get your money from, where your income is derived from, it's much more comprehensive. >> reporter: democrats say they will continue to press for financial transparency, but california senator dianne feinstein was jeered at a town hall for not doing enough. her staff is investigating whether mr. trump or his family violated the law that prohibits them from accepting payments from foreign governments. >> that new staff is looking very closely at the emollments clause as well as at whether we
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can, in fact, deny certain federal payments for business trips of his sons. >> reporter: a spokesperson for the trump organization told cbs news that the company is tracking all profits earned from foreign governments who are either tenants or staying at trump properties, and, scott, they plan to donate that money to the treasury department at the end of the year. >> pelley: margaret brennan, thanks. well, today a sharp-eyed fast food worker spotted the gunman who posted online a random murder of an elderly cleveland man. here's dean reynolds. >> it looks like there's one guy down in the white car. >> reporter: two days and 100 miles from the easter sunday murder, steve stephens, the lone suspect in the killing posted on facebook, ended the nationwide manhunt with a single shot to his head. as he waited for an order of chicken mcnuggets at an eerie, pennsylvania, mcdonald's this morning, the fugitive was spotted by an employee at the
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drive-thru window. tom ducharme owns the mcdonald's franchise. >> the drive-thru employee noticed the car had ohio tags on it and it was a white fusion. it took his money. he pulled to the next window. meanwhile, she called the state police right away. >> reporter: pennsylvania state trooper william tepper said stephens fled when the police showed up. >> how many troopers were in pursuit of him? >> four cars with five members. >> reporter: after a two-mile chase, stephens' white ford fusion was maneuvered into a spin-out. >> did they see him commit suicide? were they that close? >> the one trooper i spoke to who did the pit maneuver saw him pull the gun out and shoot himself. >> reporter: because facebook was used or abused in this case, there's been a debate about what responsibility social media may have to police itself, an issue addressed briefly today by facebook chief executive mark zuckerberg. >> we have a lot of work, and we will keep doing all we can to
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prevent tragedies like this from happening. >> reporter: back in cleveland, where the murder took place, police chief calvin williams went further. >> i think the people on social media kind of know the power, and i think they know the harm it can do. this is a prime example. this is something that should not have been shared around the world. period. >> reporter: an autopsy will be performed on stephens tomorrow, scott, while a funeral is being planned for his victim, robert godwin,, sr., whose family today remembered him as a beautiful, beautiful soul. >> pelley: dean reynolds for us tonight. dean, thank you. well, police say three murder victims in fresno, california, today were also chosen at random. but they had one thing in common. they were white men. john blackstone is following that. report fresno police say the shots came without warning. the suspect motivated by hate. fresno police chief jerry dyer. >> these individuals that were
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chosen today did not do anything to deserve what they got. >> reporter: late this morning the suspect, identified as kori ali muhammad, shot first at a utility truck, killing a passenger, then walked outside the offices of catholic charities, continuing to fire at random. moments later two more people lay dead. police arrested muhammad without firing a shot. >> as he was taken into custody, he yelled out, ali akbar. >> reporter: is this a terrorist act? >> too early to say whether or not this involves terrorism. >> reporter: police are now linking muhammad to a fourth murder in fresno, a security guard gunned down thursday outside a motel 6. muhammad's facebook page contains racially charged images. he posted this video. >> white devils will continue to bring destruction and wrath upon america. >> we looked at his facebook. we know that he has some posts that says that he does not like white people.
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all the victims today were white males. >> reporter: the f.b.i. is now assisting fresno police in this investigation. a focus will be determining whether this is an act of domestic terrorism or is more accurately described, scott, as a violent hate crime. >> pelley: john blackstone, thanks. in alabama, a bill that would allow a church to form its own police force is working its way through the state legislature. david begnaud is in montgomery. >> reporter: in the buckle of the bible belt, briarwood presbyterian is small community with a day care center, a seminary and a school. grades k-12. it is a megachurch serving 8,000 people a day. >> the conservative christian churches have a lot of power in alabama politics. >> reporter: greg garrison covers religion in alabama for >> if briarwood presbyterian church says we need a police department, i think a lot of
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people will say, sure. >> reporter: the bill would authorize briarwood to establish its own, independent, fully empowered police force. attorney and briarwood church member erik johnsonston drafted it. why do you need this in. >> we know that things have happened in other places, and we want to provide a security environment for the visitors and the members that come to briarwood. >> reporter: why not hire some off-duty cops? >> well, we do hire off-duty cop, and they do fill in here and, there but it's inconsistent. it's different people. >> reporter: randall marshall is with the alabama branch of the aclu, which is prepared to sue if the bill becomes law. >> it's a problem because it violates first amendment to the u.s. constitution. >> reporter: how so? >> in that it establishes a singular religion that is favored above all others in the state of alabama and gives them the authority of state government. >> reporter: but if it duds pass, no other church in the state would have what briarwood anticipates will be at least a two-person department all its own. >> i asked a number of church,
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would you care to be part of this, and they said no. >> reporter: the church would not have a jail. those officers would operate only on church property, and if you want to file a complaint against the officers, you'd have to report to the church, because they would be reporting to the church. scott, church officials don't understand why anyone would be opposed to this. as one official told us today, "what's all the fuss about?" >> pelley: david begnaud at the state capital for us. david, thank you. former president george h.w. bush is back in the hospital this evening. it's pneumonia again. the spokesman says that mr. bush, who is 92, is in good spirits and will remain in the hospital in houston while he regains his strength. election campaigns here seem to drag on for years, but they do it differently in britain. today prime minister theresa may called for a parliamentary election on june 8th just seven weeks from now. her conservative party has a double-digit lead in the polls, and it hopes to win a strong
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mandate as she begins negotiating britain's exit from the european union. a lawyer for an influential right-wing conspiracy theorist made a startling claim in court recently during a child custody case. he said that the radio rands of alex jones are just an act. anna werner is following this. >> reporter: among alex jones' outrageous claim, that the terrorist attacks on 9/11 were an inside job. >> the whole thing is a black hole of lies. >> reporter: in 2014, he called the newtown massacre, where adam lanza killed 20 children, fake. >> the official story of sandy hook has more holes in it that swiss cheese. >> reporter: yet his internet videos have drawn millions of fans, including a certain new yorker. >> on my way here, donald trump gave me a call. >> your reputation is amazing. ly not let you down. you will be very, very impressed
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i hope. >> reporter: not only that, president trump has echoed some of jones' claims, says "new york times" media writer jim ruettenburg. >> reporter: when president trump said that the mainstream press is covering up terrorist attacks to cover for islamists, that was directly out of alex jones. when president-elect trump raised the possibility that some three million people voted illegally, that had been on info wars. >> reporter: but now his own lawyer suggests jones shouldn't be taken at his word. his comments came during jones' custody battle over his kids. according to one report, attorney randall wilhite said jones is playing a character on his radio show, that he's actually a performance artist. today jones defended himself this way. >> i am an actor. we're all actors. but i believe in what i stand for. >> reporter: but ruettenburg says questions about jones could raise some for mr. trump, too.
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>> we've never seen a president embrace a conspiracy theorist like alec jones before, let alone talk to him on the phone or mimic some of the reporting from said conspiracy theorists. >> reporter: we reached out to jones for comment. he and his lawyer told us they're prevented from speaking by a gag orderer in that custody case. scott? >> pelley: anna werner, thanks. coming up on the "cbs evening news," does taking antidepressants during pregnancy raise the risk of autism? r... and markets continue to rise and fall... predictable is one thing you need in retirement to help protect what you've earned and ensure it lasts. introducing brighthouse financial. a new company established by metlife to specialize in annuities & life insurance. talk to your advisor about a brighter financial future.
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dr. brian d'onofrio is the lead author of one of the studies. >> we looked at women who use antidepressants in one pregnancy but not another, and we found that there is no difference in the rates of autism among those siblings. >> reporter: both studies found an increased risk of asd, about twice normal, but the records of more than 1.5 million women suggest other factors linked to depression may be to blame. >> factors could include more psychological problems, it could include genetic factors, it could include more environmental factors, like poorer prenatal care. >> reporter: this should be reassuring to pregnant women with depression. left untreated it may lead to poorer outcomes for both mother and baby. >> pelley: dr. jon lapook, thanks. when we come back, a daring world war ii raid remembered 75 years later.
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>> pelley: today 75 years to the day after the dolittle raiders daring run, vintage b25 bombers flew in formation over the air force museum in ohio, the last of the raiders 101-year-old richard cole was. there he's in the white cap. after pearl harbor, lieutenant colonel james dolittle figured out how to launch land-based b-25s from an aircraft carrier. it was the only way to retaliate on tokyo. most made it to safety in china. their mission boosted morale in the u.s. today pittsburgh said good-bye to dan rooney, chairman of the steelers. they won six super bowls under him and hundreds of players passed and present packed st. paul's cathedral. former president barack obama was there, too. rooney served as ambassador to ireland. didn't -- dan rooney died last week at 84, georgetown university in washington took another step today toward
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atoning for its role in the slave trade. it renamed one building after a slave and another after a free woman of color who taught black girls. two jesuit priests had sold slaves in the 19th century to pay the school's debts. documents now reveal the struggle of slaves to reunite with their families. their story is next. >> this portion of the "cbs evening news" is sponsored by: the things they love to do most on these balloons. travel with my daughter. roller derby. ♪ now give up half of 'em. do i have to? this is a tough financial choice we could face when we retire. but, if we start saving even just 1% more of our annual income... we could keep doing all the things we love. prudential. bring your challenges. if you have moderate
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>> reporter: stored away in boxes. >> this is the only child i have, and i much desire the find him. >> reporter: they're called information wanted ads. they were written by newly freed slaves looking for lost family members who were sold or ran away. >> i didn't even know they were in there. >> reporter: how did that make you feel when you discovered that? >> oh, i just said the myself, oh, my god, it's a hidden treasure. >> reporter: villanova university history professor judy geisberg came looking for them as part of a research project last august. >> i think there are so few opportunities for us to hear enslaved people describe their lives. every one of these ads tells a life story. >> reporter: in one, a daughter writes, "my mother was sold from me when i could but crawl." a sister says her brother escaped by underground railroad. about his son, a father says, "when about 14, he was sold and his daughter leah was sold at the same time." >> they've been trying to in
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their minds remember what their daughter looked like or their son looked like. at that moment they wrote it all down in that short three to four lines. >> reporter: they've cataloged 1,000 so far, from the archived microfiche of the christian recorder to five other newspapers. a few ads had success like this one from 1880, which says, "i have found henry and mary. we all belong to william hightower." tears in my eyes when i read some of these. just unimaginable. >> reporter: both hope the ads fill in the epositional hole after emancipation. >> i think they're important for people to understand how people survived an institution like slavery and how they carry on afterward. >> reporter: evidence that after freedom family was never forgotten. vladimir duthiers, cbs news, philadelphia. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night.
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