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mason. >> mason: a big victory for the president. the supreme court clears the way for his ban on travelers from six mostly muslim nations, including syria. also tonight... >> keep going, keep going, keep going! >> mason: holly williams is inside syria on the from the lines of the battle to retake the isis capital of raqqa. >> they're worried that a suicide car bomber is coming toward the point where we were just sitting. >> mason: north carolina parents worry a toxic chemical released into their drinking water may be causing cancer in their kids. >> it just seems odd that we're having the fight for clean water after we've fought for our children's lives. >> you're a wizard, harry. >> mason: and celebrating 20 years of harry potter, the time just whizzed by.
>> harry potter! captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news." >> mason: good evening. i'm anthony mason. the supreme court gave the green light today to president trump's travel ban. the 90-day moratorium on citizens of six mostly muslim countries entering the u.s. the administration said the 90 days would be used to review screening procedures to keep terrorists out. it's now been 150 days since the been was first signed. the justices did put some limits on it, but it could go into effect as soon as this week after months of court battle. here's chief legal correspondent jan crawford. >> reporter: the federal government will now gear up to start denying visas to certain people from six majority muslim countries after justices handed the president his first victory in the legal appeals over his travel ban. in an unsigned opinion announced by chief justice john roberts,
the court said the interest in preserving national security is an urgent objective of the highest order. it was a rebuke to two federal appeals courts that issued sweeping nationwide injunctions against the ban. those courts said it amounted to unconstitutional religious discrimination against muslims and exceeded the president's authority under federal law. the ban is expected to take effect within 72 hours in contrast to the initial travel ban announced in january with little warning and much chaos before lower courts blocked it. the department of homeland security said this ban will be done professionally with clear and sufficient public notice, particularly to potentially affected travelers. but the court stopped short of allowing the president's full ban the take effect, saying it would not apply the people from those countries who have a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the united states, such as a close family member or a position at an american company or university.
three justices took issue with that part of the court's decision. justice clarence thomas warned the court's compromise was unworkable and will invite a flood of litigation until this case is finally resolved on the merits. now, the justices scheduled arguments on the merits for october, but by then the whole case could be moot. the administration said it needed a temporary ban while it reviewed immigration vetting procedures. by october, anthony, that review should be complete. >> mason: jan crawford at the supreme court, thanks. a reporter asked the president today how he feels about the court ruling. he replied, "very good, thank you, very good." earlier the president tweeted, "very grateful for the 9-0 decision. we must keep america safe." and in a written statement, he called the decision a clear victory for our national security. the non-partisan congressional budget office projected today that the senate healthcare bill would drive up the number of uninsured americans. that could make it tougher to
win the support of undecided republicans. here's chief congressional correspondent nancy cordes. >> obviously it's not good news. >> reporter: arizona's john mccain says he's staying on the fence after congressional number crunchers determined that his party's senate healthcare bill would result in 22 million more americans going without coverage by 2026, a slight improvement over the house version, which president trump described as mean. >> that was my term because i want to see a... i want the see, and i speak from the heart, that's what i want to see. i want to see a bill with with heart. >> reporter: the congressional budget office says the biggest drop in coverage would come next year when 15 million more people would be uninsured primarily because obamacare's penalty for not having insurance would be eliminated. coverage would decrease in later years because of lower spending on medicaid and substantially smaller average subsidies for coverage than obamacare
provides. >> these programs are growing at an unsustainable rate. >> reporter: republicans who support the bill say their market-based approach will lead to more choices and lower costs, but the c.b.o. projects that under the g.o.p. plan, most people purchasing insurance on the individual market would have higher out-of-pocket spending on healthcare, even, democrats note, as the wealthy get a tax break. >> the core of our bill was good and covered more people. the consider of their bill is bad and covers less people and charges them more. >> reporter: despite internal resistance, republican leaders are vowing to hold a vote this week. oklahoma's jim inhofe predicts g.o.p. hold-outs will come around. >> the choice is you want to go back home and say, well, i supported obamacare over the republican plan? and i don't think they do. >> reporter: still, that 22 million coverage figure is a setback, and a short time ago, anthony, the white house put out a statement saying that the c.b.o. has a "history of
inaccuracy," pointing out that the c.b.o. was off when it predicted coverage under obamacare, too. >> mason: nancy cordes with the healthcare battle at the capitol. thanks, nancy. overseas isis is losing badly on two fronts, iraq's army may be just days from retaking all of mosul, and in syria, u.s.-backed forces have proved into raqqa, which isis considers its capital. holly williams is the first network correspondent to report from inside raqqa city. >> reporter: we walked into raqqa. for three years an isis stronghold, now pummeled by u.s. air strikes and nearly surrounded by america's allies on the ground. a ragtag army known as the syrian democratic forces. the extremists are losing territory quickly, sometimes leaving their weapons behind. under isis control, raqqa became
infamous for depraved acts of violence, american journalists were beheaded nearby. this child was captured holding a severed head. and even now that iraq -- raqqa is under siege, isis is still deadly. >> quick, quick, quick. >> reporter: when part of our team moved forward, they were spotted by an isis sniper. our producer, omar abdul, had no choice but to make a run for cover. >> keep going, keep going, keep going, keep going. >> well done. >> reporter: they were safe but pinned down behind a concrete wall. >> the armored car. >> is that them? >> reporter: we can't move from street the street because of their snipers, said this man, who told us he has been fighting isis for four years. and then came word there was a suspected isis suicide car bomber nearby.
400 yards away, these fighters told us they'd lost five soldiers to one of the bombs the day before. they're worried that a suicide car bomber is coming toward the point where we were just sitting. so we moved over here to take cover. it turned out to be false alarm, and minutes later this homemade armored car arrived. it drew a another barrage of isis gunfire. before ferrying our team to safety. even faced with inevitable defeat, isis showed us they're determined to wreak more deaths in that shattered city. what we did not see in raqqa were the areas still under isis control. that's most of the city, anthony, and an estimated 2,500 isis fighters as well as tens of thousands of civilians. >> mason: holly williams with some extraordinary reporting. thanks, holly.
the drinking water in wilmington, north carolina, is being tested for a toxic substance called genx used in non-stick products. it turned up in the cape fear are river which supplies 260,000 people. jericka duncan is in wilmington. >> reporter: this fayetteville plant, 80 miles upstream from wilmington, is where gen x is made. >> it caught us all off guard. >> reporter: wilmington's mayor. >> we don't know what this will do to us that have been drinking it for long periods of time. >> reporter: a three-year study by north carolina state university and the e.p.a. out this past fall showed an elevated presence of gen x in wilmington's tap water, but the findings weren't publicly disclosed until this month.
>> i ask all of you to keep this going until our water is clean. >> reporter: last week's city council meeting was standing room only. >> why has this been allowed to go on for so long? i've been drinking this water my entire life. >> reporter: the long-term health effects of gen x are unknown, but studies submitted by dupont to the e.p.a. show it caused tumors and reproductive problems in lab animals. lisa grogan's son nathan battled a rare kidney cancer. she like many other parents of children in cancer in the area aren't pointing fingers but are wondering whether toxins in their drinking water were the cause. >> because of what our kids have been through, i think it's hard to people to look at us and say, the water's probably okay, we're not willing to accept that risk. >> reporter: amy herman's son jacob had leukemia. >> it just seems odd that we're having to fight for clean water after we've fought for our children's lives. >> reporter: there are currently no federal drinking water standards for gen x.
under e.p.a. rules, dupont's release-of-gen x into the water may be perfectly legal, that's because it's a by-product of another substance. >> there is a loophole that needs to be looked at by congress to make certain that we have safe, good drinking water in this country. >> reporter: state inspectors are now testing the current levels of gen x in wilmington's water and the e.p.a. is also investigating. >> we as citizens of this nation need to know what those chemicals are, so at least we can make decisions for our own families as to whether we should drink the water or not. >> reporter: the company says it will no longer release the by-product of gen x into the cape fear river, and they believe that product has not had an impact on the safety of drinking water in wilmington. anthony, today the north carolina department of health said it will take a look at cancer rates, specifically in this region. >> mason: jericka duncan.
thank you, jericka. the co-owner of a massachusetts pharmacy, barry cadden, was sentenced today to nine years in federal prison for his role in a meningitis outbreak in 2012 that killed more than 60 people. the way the judge handled the jury's verdict may have allowed cadden to dodge a much harsher sentence. jim axelrod has been following the story from the beginning. jim? >> reporter: anthony, cadden was the co-founder of the new england compounding center, a pharmacy that prepares customized forms of prescriptions. as we've reported over the last several years, hundreds of cases of fungal meningitis were traced to unsanitary conditions in preparing doses of steroids at necc. in march cadden was convicted on conspiracy and fraud charges but not on acts of second-degree murder related to racketeering, but look at the final verdict form. it revealed the jury was split on multiple charges, including the more serious acts of
second-degree murder. typically if that was the case, a judge would have sent them back for more deliberation. instead the judge ruled cadden was not guilty of second-degree murder. as a former federal prosecutor who brought the case told us today, even if the judge made a mistake, once that happened, the verdict cannot be revisited. the victims' families tell us the judge robbed them of not only a longer sentence for cadden, potentially life, but robbed them of the justice in hearing the word "guilty" in relation to their loved ones' murders. anthony. >> mason: thank you, jim. philando castillo's mother reached a nearly $3 million settlement today with the city of st. anthony, minnesota. castile was fatally shot last year by a police officer during a traffic stop. yanez was found not guilty of manslaughter ten days ago. that case and other illustrate the difficulty of prosecuting police officers. here's mireya villarreal. >> we declare a mistrial in this
case. >> reporter: from cincinnati... >> we the jury find the defendant, dominic keegan brown, not guilty. >> reporter: milwaukee... >> [gunfire] >> reporter: to minnesota, three trials in seven days, all ending with jurors not qiblghtsing police officers charged with fatally shooting black men. >> no justice, no peace. >> reporter: that has led some to ask why convicting officers is so rare. >> these cases are not easy cases. >> reporter: bowling green state university professor philip stinson has been researching that very question. his data show police fatally shoot more than 900 people every year. since 2005, 82 office verse been charged, but only 29 have been convicted. >> jurors are seemingly very reluctant to second guess the split-second, life-or-death decisions of on-duty police officers during potentially violent encounters. >> please don't tell me he's dead. >> reporter: more importantly, the law is on the officer's side
the moment they enter the courtroom based on a 19 89 supreme court ruling that dictates how jurors should deliberate. jury instructions like these state officers can use deadly force if they believe there is an imminent threat to themselves or others and use of force must be judged from the perspective of a reasonable officer on the scene and not with 20/20 hientd sight. >> he's got his hands up there for her now. >> reporter: though some officers lose their jobs, the objective is to avoid the court cases all together. ron hosko is the president of the law enforcement legal defense fund. he says better deescalation training is needed. >> you know, not every occasion in america do we need an aggressive bulldog or certainly a pit bull. we don't need police officers barking at the end of their chain and snapping and snarling at citizens. >> reporter: of those 29 officer convictions, 15 were found guilty by a jury. there are at least 20 police officers currently waiting to
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