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>> how has it been? >> terrible. guys running over 22 hours straight. i give them a lot of credit for staying in it. i mean they're tired. they're wore out. this snowstorm didn't quit. >> reporter: lake-effect snow has been relentless since thursday dropping 30 inches in the county. >> we get winter. buffalo new york gets all the credit for the snow. we get the snow. >> reporter: it may look pretty, county sheriff, joe jurasi says the snow is dangerous. >> reporter: your people handled 50 car crashes weather related. >> weather related. personal injury and motor vehicle collisions vehicles off the road. 50 in two days. day four now. >> reporter: the winter storm caused icy conditions at detroit metro airport where this a delta airplane skidded off the run way. no injuries reported. frozen roads and dangerous driving conditions caused this pileup saturday in oakland county, michigan. 33 cars and three semitrucks were involved. thankfully no serious injuries. in illinois, transportation officials begged drivers to stay home.
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>> we want the public to ask themselves a simple question -- is this trip really necessary before you leave the house? >> chicago which had expected a foot of snow was mostly spared. with just over 3 1/2 inches. back in upstate new york, jeff butara hopes he has seen end of the snow for now. >> looks like it will stay more towards the area in buffalo. we are hoping. ha-ha. and miss us. we need a break. >> reporter: winter snow advisory in effect until noon monday for this county and much of central and southern new york state. but elaine, this area averages more than 200 inches of snow per year. >> tony dokoupil reporting. tony, thank you. meteorologist mary kay kleist tracking the storms in wbbm in chicago. mary kay. >> elaine, already a half of foot of snow in minnesota and wisconsin. now michigan getting the snow also the northeast. in fact, winter weather
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advisories are up for the areas in purple. winter storm warnings for the areas in pink. and cold air rushing in on the north side of the system. we have moisture from the south wrapping into the storm center. a lot of the california coast, new system pulls in rain. the pacific northwest as well. rain at the shore fronts. then as you move inland. snow through the next 24 hours. also, for the northeast, we have snow, moving through the daytime hours tomorrow. so, futurecast does show the system, during the day bringing rain and snow to the eastern seaboard. finally in the evening, pushing offshore. it is going to be a mess for travel. really. along the eastern seaboard. we could have some slick roads, some flight delays and road closures with snow on the north end. little icy mix there in the middle. then we are bracing for the arctic blast, tuesday through thursday. temperatures running, 20 degrees colder than normal in many states. elaine. >> all right, messy start to the week. mary kay kleist, wbbm. thank you. the cbs "overnight news" will be right back.
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skier is lost in an avalanche this weekend. it happened in western nevada at mount rose ski resort near lake tahoe. mireya villarreal has the the latest. >> reporter: the search for the missing skier ended today after crews found a body in 8 to 10 feet of snow. the 64-year-old man was last seen on the jackpot chute, an expert slope that wasn't ready for skiers yet. saturday, as a storm moved in, officials say the avalanche danger was high. bob harmon with the sheriff's office says two skiers went around a gate and hiked to the top. >> this was a closed area. and, the skiers obviously made a decision that they wanted to, to make a run there. and, you know, obviously, this did not work for the best. >> reporter: experts with sierra avalanche center say the missing skier may have triggered the avalanche. the skier who escaped called for help. after more than two feet of snow ll
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the skiers did not have safety gear, like beeping beacon. the scent was picked up by search dogs who led crews to the body. elaine, the medical examiner's office will take over the investigation. and work to confirm the identity and the notify the family. >> mireya villarreal, mireya, thank you. bombs killed dozens overseas this weekend. in cairo, egypt, a bomb went off in a christian cathedral. and attacks in istanbul, turkey, targeted people outside a soccer stadium. holly williams is there. >> reporter: a kurdish militant group, kurdistan freedom falcons claimed responsibility for the deadly attack which seems to have targeted police officers. 30 of those killed were members of the police force according to the turkish authorities. and today was a national day of mourning here as they buried their dead. the first explosion at around 10. 30
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followed 45 seconds later by a suicide bomber, detonating their device in a nearby park. according to turkish officials. turkey's deputy prime minister said the car bomb may have used nearly 900 pound of explosives. and the blast could be heard from several miles away. this follows a spate of devastating bombings in turkey over the last year. some attributed to isis. others also claimed by kurdish militants. who were involved in a decade's long conflict with the government here. and there was another lethal attack in cairo today. a bombing near the egyptian capital's main coptic christian cathedral and it killed at least 25 including children, and left dozens wounded. there has been no claim of responsibility so far. but elaine, islamic militants have targeted egypt's christian community in the past. holly williams in istanbul. holly, thank you.
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gas tanker truck lost control and slammed into several cars. it exploded into flames killing nearly 40 people. in nigeria, 160 people were killed this weekend when the roof of a church collapsed. the church was still under construction. but hundreds were allowed inside yesterday for a ceremony to or dane a bishop. at the vatican today, pope francis parade for victims of this weekend's terror attacks and also for the people of war torn aleppo. francis says he praise for them every day. coming up, our report from inside aleppo. a city under siegeth on e verge of falling.
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over the weekend isis apparently reclaimed the ancient city of palmyra. forces drove the group out of the city back in march. but isis stormed back while the assad regime was focused on recapturing the northern city of aleppo. aleppo is syria's largest city. once home to millions of people. anti-government rebels backed by the u.s., took control in 2012. but syrian and russian forces appeared to be on the verge of taking it back. debora patta has been documenting the fall of aleppo. this is the face of the war in syria. exhausted and terrified civilians, fleeing the syrian and russian bombs, unleashed on their homes in opposition held eastern aleppo. people who are so weary of war, so tired of waiting for it to be over. we encountered many families who told us it was too dangerous to
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ever make a run for it. and so they stayed behind. >> nothing to eat. nothing to, to, to cook. no medicine. no schools. no, no, hospitals. everything was, very, very bad. >> reporter: when the syrian army finally takes back a neighborhood, look at what's left. those who make it out often end up in make shift shelters. these are people who have never taken a side in this war, but like mustafa al muhandez they want it to be over. do you think this is the best way to solve the problems of syria. the country has been flattened. >> i can't lie the situation is terrible he tells us. but there is no other way. it has to be done. it is the civilians who have borne the brunt of the syrian and russian bombs and in a
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food and shelter from the same russian military who has been destroying their homes. then there are the children who have grown up in the war. 13-year-old amal told me how she stopped going to school two years ago when a shell landed in the distance. she barely flinches. >> reporter: did you hear that explosion? >> i did. >> reporter: does it bother you? >> all too familiar to worry about. >> no. >> reporter: amidst all this pain there was one moment of joy that stood out, mohammad dahman cannot contain himself. this is the first time he has seen his mother. zulia in five years. my soul, she sobs. you are everything to me, my son. and another son joins in. it has been five years since the war divided aleppo and ripped this family apart. for them, at least, it is at last finally team to g
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relations with other countries, the next secretary of state will have to address accusations of wasteful spending at the state department. cbs news obtained the draft of a congressional report on how much the u.s. is spending to build new embassies. margaret brennan. >> reporter: america's striking new embassy in london comes with a price tag, a steel framed cube surrounded by glass will soon exceed its more than $1 billion projection according to house overnight committee chair. >> i feel very misled by the state department. if we aren't opening the doors in february, the cost of the u.s. taxpayer is about $100,000 a day to stay in a facility that we used to own. >> reporter: the facility, existing u.s. embassy will be used to house our personnel until the new london embassy is ready. a six month lease agreement according to chafetz counts for $22 million.
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the house overnight committee's two year investigation found quibbling over a glass wall in indonesia cost tens of millions in change order requests. nearly $3 million spent on art at u.s. embassy in pakistan. one of the biggest bills came from mexico. where the u.s. government paid $120 million for 15 acre lot. and $56 million on the design of diplomatic mission. nothing has been built there yet. chavetz who visited the site, said costs will climb above $943 million estimate. >> something has to change. they're building them slower. coming in over budget. they're not necessarily as secure. and they're so ostentatious. >> for the next secretary of the list, top of the list? >> glad we have mr. trump coming in. he will get it and know how to fix it. in a hurry. >> reporter: the strict security standards of building a post for classified diplomatic work isn't your typical real estate project. state department spokesman mark toner. >> reporter: do you have any kind of time line as to when the
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and finished? >> all i can say is that, you know, our diplomatic security bureau and overseas buildings operations bureau and our management bureau work hand in hand to ensure that safety is foremost, first and foremost. >> reporter: state department officials told us that new safety standards require upgrading these embassies. and how the buildings look, does affect perception of the u.s. the end of the day, the state department says all these projects will remain within budget. margaret brennan, cbs news, the white house. up next, special correspondent james brown takes us to church, two churches actually. healing the divide between their congregations.
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we close in macon, georgia, where cbs news special correspondent, james brown has the story of two churches trying to heal the divide between their congregations. >> put your hands together! >> sunday morning and first baptist church is making a joyful noise. just around the corner, first baptist church of christ is starting its worship. like many churches in america -- the difference between the two is pretty much black and white. >> that's first baptist church. the one i pastor. >> you pastor. >> first baptist church of christ where i pastor. >> you guys have been just around the corner from each ts for how long? >> since 1887. >> how often have you interacted? >> once or twice. >> the pastors met two years ago and decided it was time for their congregations to got to know each other.
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because not only do their churches share a name, but they share a history. in 1826 there was only one first baptist church in macon. white slave owners worshipped in the front with their slaves in the back. but by 1845, church records show that the slaves outnumbered their owners 2-1. so, a separate church for blacks was formed. most people are familiar with what dr. martin luther king jr. said the most segregated hour in america is worship hour. is that still the case? >> reality is it still is. i also think we wouldn't worry about so much of the one hour a week being divided if we weren't so divided the other hours of the week. >> reporter: after the tragic murders at a charlseton church last year, the two pastors got their two churches together for a series of meetings to talk about race and its impact on the community.
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nonafrican-american people in the room. >> reporter: on this night just before thanksgiving, church members met to break bread. and walls that have separated them for years. one door that said color. one door that said white. i think that was my my first consciousness. >> for three hours they shared funny stories and sad ones too. and by the end of the night, the two congregations grew closer. we talked to members of both churches the next day. 19-year-old ethan thompson may have summed it up best. >> it has taught me that despite what -- what the world is telling us right now that this kind of conversation is possible. >> conversation that perhaps can build a new future. james brown, cbs news, may con. >> that's the "overnight news" for this monday. for some of you the news continues. for others check back later. for the morning news and cbs this morning. from the broadcast center in new york city. i'm elaine quijano.
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welcome to the "overnight news." more questions about russia's possible interference in the election surfaced this weekend. along with concerns about the man said to be president elect trump's top choice for secretary of state. exxon mobile ceo rex tillerson has close business ties with moscow. mr. trump's own relationship with russia was an issue throughout the campaign. here is errol barnett. >> reporter: president elect i think it is ridiculous. i think it is another excuse. i don't believe it. >> reporter: president elect donald trump today said the report is political. >> i think the democrats are putting it out because they suffered one of greatest defeats in the history of politics in this country. >> it is clear the russians interfered. >> reporter: on cbs, senior republican senator john mccain detailed plans for a bipartisan investigation.
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graham as smart as any bed on thor to to be the chair with a really smart democrat. we will go to work on it. we will go to work. >> reporter: senator marco rubio is voicing concerns over trump's possible choice of exxon mobile ceo rex tillerson for secretary of state. a man who was awarded the order of friendship by the kremlin. rubio wrote -- being a friend of vladamir is not attribute hoping for from a secretary of state. on abc this morning, president elect trump's chief of staff defended tillerson. >> the fact that he actually has a relationship with people look vladamir putin and others across the globe is something that shouldn't be -- we shouldn't be embarrassed by it. >> reporter: with preibus leaving as chair of the rnc, a trump favorite to replace him, romney's niece, and could soften the blow if her uncle is not chosen as secretary of state. not clear when mr. trump will announce america's top diplomat.
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>> errol barnett in washington. thank you. john dickerson of face the nation got two different views on the russian hacking charges spoke to the chairman of the senate armed services committee, john mccain, and kellyanne conway, senior adviser to president elect. >> the president elect says the notion of russians trying to be involved in the election is ridiculous. what do you make of the disconnect? >> i don't know what to make of it. it's clear that the russians interfered. whether they intended to interfere to the degree that they were trying to elect a certain candidate. i think that is subject. facts are stubborn things. they did hack into this campaign. and they did it -- i think, with some -- apt least, what steamed to be effective, of sort of, every week or so there was new inrm
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and were they hacking the republicans the same way? the republican national committee? and if so, why didn't they, there is a whole lot of, use out there. it requires an investigation. the president has ordered an investigation. you are not going to find all this out in the next month between, between, administrations, it's final with me if he starts an investigation. but it is going to require -- congressional involvement. it is going to indepth and -- by the way, the russians have interfered in a lot of other elections. the russians have hacked into some of our most secret military information. the russians have been active using as a tool as part of vladamir putin's ambition to regain russian prominence and dominance in some parts of the world. >> the president elect would not interfere in the legislative branch in that way. but he has made very clear, in, in interview, on a different network, john, that he feels, a, there is a great deal of confusion.
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to a bright line conclusion about what happened here. he thinks people are trying to relitigate the election. people look senator mccain say that he has an interest in making sure that, foreign government hasn't tried to interfere with our electoral process. i respect him enormusly for saying that. but there are others who aren't so, aren't so high minded about cybersecurity. this is the latest atempt, first, jim comey's fault. now we'll have a recount. then, cia, now russian interference. i would tell you there does seem e to bcka lace of rtainty among agencies, no on the source records. that's maybe why congressional investigations are at hand. you see it clear how he views this. we don't want any foreign government. >> he said it is ridiculous. seemed to be critical of the idea it is worth looking into. >> but let's be fair to him. what president elect trump said, what's ridiculous is it was to help him become president of the united states. there is no evidence.
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>> conflicting reports over whether an agreement has been reached to evacuate rebel forces from the besieged city of aleppo. rebel held neighborhood in syria's largest city have been under heavy bombardment with anti-government forces now crammed into an area about 2 miles square. the u.s. plan would allow the rebels and their families to have an honorable departure. moscow denies any final agreement has been reached. debora patta is there. >> reporter: this is the face of the war. exhausted and terrified civilians fleeing the sear yand and russian bombs unleashed on their homes in opposition-held eastern aleppo. people who are so weary of war, so tired of waiting for it to be over. we encountered many families told us it was too dangerous to make a run for it. they stayed behind. >> nothing to eat, nothing to cook.
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no schools, no hospitals. everything was very, very bad. when seertian army finally takes back a neighborhood. look at what is left. those who make it out often end up in make shift shelters. these are people who have never taken a side in this war, but like mustafa al muhandez they want it to be over. do you think this is the best way to solve the problems of syria. the country has been flattened. >> i can't lie the situation is terrible he tells us. but there is no other way. it has to be done. it is the civilians who have borne the brunt of the syrian and russian bombs and in a bitter irony they have to accept food and shelter from the same russian military who has been destroying their homes.
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have grown up in the war. 13-year-old amal told me how she stopped going to school two years ago when a shell landed in the distance. she barely flinches. >> reporter: did you hear that explosion? >> i did. >> reporter: does it bother you? >> all too familiar to worry about. >> no. >> reporter: amidst all this pain there was one moment of joy that stood out, mohammad dahman cannot contain himself. this is the first time he has seen his mother. zulia in five years. my soul, she sobs. you are everything to me, my son. and another son joins in. it has been five years since the war divided aleppo and ripped this family apart. for them, at least, it is at last finally team to go home together. debora patta, cbs news, aleppo. the cbs "overnight news"
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americans with disabilities act was designed to make everyday life more accessible to millions. the act has rules that all businesses must follow. if they don't they can be sued. but the act is also spawned an industry of so-called drive-by lawsuits. andersen cooper has the story for 60 minutes. >> reporter: at first glance this convenience store in fort lauderdale, florida may appear to be in compliance with americans with disabilities act. parking space for disabled and an access ramp to the store. american with disabilities act has thousand of technical regulations and this store is in violation. >> what we see are typical red flags that attract lawsuits. >> there is a parking space. >> there is a space. it is not the right
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>> this has to be 8 feet. this has to be 5 afeet. >> reporter: attorney nolan klein says that disabled parking sign is also in the wrong spot. it doesn't say the words van accessible. that access ramp isn't right either. what's wrong with it? >> under the law this is not an access ramp. this has to be on an accessible route which is the area that they tried to create here. this is supposed to be 5 feet long. >> reporter: mike zaid who owned the store said no disabled customer ever complained about the ramp, sign or the parking space, but that didn't stop him from having to hire attorney nolan klein when he got sued. >> reporter: the person who sued you you don't believe they were a customer. >> no, no. >> reporter: they drove by or stopped outside. >> that's what i believe. the lawyer just driving around. >> reporter: it is called a drive-by lawsuit. when a lawyer or disabled person notices violations outside a business and files suit. mike zaid doesn't think the person who shi
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customer because the the man claimed he encountered barriers inside the store that didn't exist. >> to me i feel it is not fair. to me i feel like that is stealing. we work hard for our money. these people driving around in the car. and violation here. >> reporter: do you know other store owners who have been sued? >> two guys i know in broward they got sued twice. >> same lawyer? >> same lawyer, same guy. >> reporter: if you think drive-by lawsuits hatch from the comfort of a car or novel way to enforce a law. there is another kind of lawsuit that requires less work. lawyers call them google lawsuits. >> what's a google lawsuit? >> google lawsuit is where the suspicion at least is that the property was spotted on google, google earth, google maps, whatever the case could be. you could see things from google. see if there is a pool lift or not. >> reporter: a pool lift is a seat that can help disabled people get in and out of the
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since 2012, all hotels and motels in america are required to be accessible to the disabled. which in most cases means having a lift permanently attached to the side of their pool. this its what a pool lift looks like from google earth. in the comfort of your own home with the few clicks of a mouse you can see if a pool near you has one. if they don't appear to have a pool lift, like many hotel pools we looked up. you can file a lawsuit. just look that. harry runs the adobe hacienda mow health in -- motel in hollywood, florida. he has a pool lift now. he didn't know he was required to install one in what he got sueded in what he suspects was a google lawsuit. >> did a disabled person come and want to use the pool? >> at no time we had a person on the property that requested it or in a room that requested it. >> reporter: turned out the same man who sued him sued dozens of motel owners also for pool lift violations. >> it was about 60-something lawsuits in 50 some days. >> 60 lawsuits in 50 days. >> 60 plus. >> from the same atty?
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>> last count that attorney has sued nearly 600 businesses in just the last two years. many for not having pool lifts. perry postham ended up paying $3,000 to buy a lift that so far no one has ever used. he also spent thousand of dollars in attorneys fees. he told us he believes the lawsuits are sometimes simply a money making venture for lawyers because under federal law, business owners have to pay both sets of attorneys fees. and if you don't settle, it can end up costing you hundreds of thousand of dollars in court. >> it is a game for attorneys. that's what it is. >> reporter: every private business in america that is open to the public, millions of shops, restaurants, movie theaters, grocery stores, laundry mats. nail salons and more have to be compliant with americans with disabilities act. business owners we spoke to said it is almost impossible to be totally compliant with the law because the requirements are very specific.
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and there are thousands of them. you can find them in the 275 page manual that details everything from the exact height of a mirror in a bathroom, to the maximum thickness of carpeting, to the angle at which water can come out of a drinking fountain. every door way, every door handle, every surface you walk on, every light switch, outlet, counter, you name it, are all covered by the americans with disabilities act. first passed in 1990. tin theory, businesses only need to comply if it is readily achievable to do so. but in reality, if you are not meeting every single requirement, you can be sued without warning. essentially you are saying that -- after 25 years, there is really no excuse for any biz nos not to be compliant. >> people say that they need a grace period. i would say 25 years is a grace period enough. >> the retired chief of the department of justice's disability rights section. and was part of the team that wrote the americans with disabilities act.
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>> is the law as written too specific, a mirror has to be 40 inches off the ground? opposed to, 39, or, 41? >> my first answer is no. it's not. specificity is needed. inches matter. if you have a lip on a curb ramp, a wheelchair user is likely to tumble into the street and injure him or herself. >> reporter: he points out the number of disability access lawsuits is small compared to the tens of millions of americans who have sorm form of disability. are some people taking advantage of the law? >> i think some people are. there are some people who are engaging in what i think people have called shakedowns or frivolous lawsuits where they are not really looking at significant change for people with disabilities. they're looking to use the law to make money. >> reporter: when americans with disabilities act was being written, the department of justice was concerned about
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part of the law. they intentionally did not include monetary damages for plaintiffs in federal lawsuits. the problem is, now many states do provide for damages. and john wodach says that led to abuse. most notably in california. where with limited exceptions business owners have to pay not only lawyers fees and remodeling costs but minimum of $4,000 in damages each time a disabled customer visits a business with a violation. that can add up to hundred of thousand of dollars in some cases. attorney tom frankovic one of the top filers of disability access lawsuits in california. >> businesses here hate you. >> will i would say that. >> how many lawsuits have you filed? >> 2,000, 2,500. i don't keep track. >> reporter: do you know how much you have made in the 2,000 cases you filed? >> oh, i wouldn't dare, i wouldn't dare to say. >> millions. >> i would say that.
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>> could be. >> reporter: is it fair to say you are scaring people to comply with the law? >> i hope. >> you hope? >> i hope. >> reporter: so when people call you an extortionist, when people call you shack you artist you say what? >> i'm acting as private attorney general and enforcing a law that precludes discrimination by you against people with disabilities. >> reporter: when you are filing hundreds of lawsuits for one client, is that fair? >> you know it is more than fair, andersen. what people don't realize is that -- i represent activists. what you find is that it takes courage to be an activist. >> reporter: not everyone is an activist. some attorneys are being accused of recruiting disabled clients to file these lawsuits. daniel delgado owns a medical equipment repair shop in california.
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in a wheelchair due to childhood polio and has a learning disability. he dent know much about americans with disabilities act until he was approached by attorneys, randy and tonya moore. what did they say to you? >> he goes, how would you like to make $100,000, $200,000 a year. he goes all you got to do is ada. i said what the heck is ada. >> he says he was told he would make $1,000 per lawsuit and would help improve access for the disabled. they were sayingg to you, not only were you going to make this money. actually going to improve life for disabled people. >> exactly. >> reporter: that's important to you? >> more important to me than anything. >> reporter: daniel delgado told us, they sent him to businesses he wold not have visited with instructions to buy something and get a receipt. he signed off as plaintiff on dozens of cases. and says he was asked to recruit some of his disabled friends including john morales to file lawsuits as well. >> what kind of businesses did
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you visit, john? >> variety. i went to grocery stores. i went to restaurants. i want to a couple of -- just, like different stores. she would tell me, look for, accessible seating. if there is a table for the handicap. or a restroom that you can go into. she told me what to look for. so i started doing that. >> you can see the full report on our website, cbs the "overnight news" will be right back. delsym helps control
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the nobel prizes were handed out this weekend in norway. but the most famous honoree was missing. bob dylan skipped the ceremony saying he had a prior commitment. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: bob dillon's lyrics gave voice to a generation. dylan has been elusive. so much so a movie made in 2007. >> the title "i'm not there." and today bob dylan wasn't here spanning six decades. ♪ and what do you do now my blue
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eyed son ♪ >> he sent patti smyth, whose performance couldn't outshine the performance. dylan explained he was too busy with commitments. >> the thing about the nobel prize is that it is just one more notch on the belt if you like. because he has got the medal of honor. two doctorates. >> reporter: while a nobel may be a notch. a 2004 interview on 60 minutes. the first interview in 19 years offers insight into his relook tans to accept celebrity. >> what was the toughest part for you personally? >> it was like being in an edgar allen poe story. you are not that person, everybody thinks you are. they call you that, the prophet, the savior, i never wanted to be a prophet or savior. elvis, maybe. >> critics call dylan's absence rude. the nobel committee said they respect his decision. dylan initially silent for weeks
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