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>> all right, kris van cleave, thank you. a federal jury in san francisco today found the weed killer roundup was a substantial factor in causing a man's cancer. edwin hardeman used it for years and now has non-hodgkin's lymphoma. it is the second time in a year that a jury has found that roundup caused cancer. bayer, which bought monsanto, the maker of roundup, insists it is safe when used as directed. isis seemed to admit today it is about to lose its last stronghold in syria. charlie d'agata is the only american broadcast correspondent on the ground for the final push into baghouz. >> reporter: it's not a victory dance yet. but today, u.s.-backed syrian soldiers had a good reason to
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celebrate: the announcement that they seized control of the isis camp inside baghouz. can you describe what the fighting has been like in the past few days? "at the end, we were attacking" mohanned mahmoud told us, 'but isis didn't fight. they mostly ran away." newly released isis video shows a different view from inside the makeshift camp. automatic weapons ring out in ferocious gun battles as surrounded isis fighters open fire in every direction. it also included what amounted to an admission of defeat in baghouz and a vow to fight another day. but after weeks of punishing artillery and air strikes, today was much different. throughout the day, we've heard u.s. and coalition aircraft circling overhead. we have heard sporadic gunfire, but it's hard to tell whether that's fighting or simply
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soldiers celebrating. america's allies, the s.d.f., had shouldered the burden of fighting isis on the ground with considerable help from 2,000 u.s. troops. and for the first time, after more than four years of fighting, they're finally sensing victory. now, the u.s. military estimates that an underground network of tens of thousands of isis supporters will remain a threat here. but that shouldn't take away from the significance of what's happening now: the end of isis as a territorial force. jeff. >> charlie d'agata still in eastern syria for us tonight. charlie, thank you. back here in the u.s., anti- discrimination groups say the number of white supremacists has grown in recent years, as well as their online influence.th two enforcement veterans who say federal authorities have struggled to keep up. >> we just got nothing so we had to go find it on our own.
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>> reporter: two months after the deadly 2017 white supremacist rally in charlottesville, virginia, police lieutenant dan stout was preparing for another rally in gainesville, florida. he asked federal law enforcement for help. >> thinking that we would get some intelligence bulletins, some data-- anything that could help us prepare and know who would be coming to town, what we could expect, and there was just a void. i've referred to it before in the past as a bermuda triangle of intelligence. >> reporter: the florida event was mohilighted a growing conce that the federal response to right-wing extremism has been sluggish. according to the anti-defamation league, 71% of extremist-related murders in 2017 were committed by right wing extremists. 26% were committed by islamic extremists. but isis-inspired attacks like
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those in san bernadino and orlando seemed to make islamic extremism the priority. nate snyder was a counterterrorism expert in the department of homeland security until early 2017. did you hear from local law enforcement about the support they were getting from the feds? >> they would say, "hey, it's great that we know about isis and al qaeda, but my front-line officers are seeing violent sovereign citizens and neo- nazis. >> reporter: homeland security secretary kirstjen nielsen spoke yesterday. >> the primary terrorist threat in the united states continues to be from islamist militants and those they inspire. but we should not and cannot and must not ignore the real and serious danger posed by domestic terrorists. >> reporter: dan stout says it's a start. >> if we take our eye off the ball again, it's just going to be a cyclical event, and we can't afford to make that mistake again. >> reporter: jeff pegues, cbs news, washington.
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depression. about one in nine american women experience depression after having a baby. here's dr. tara narula. >> she was the same size as monkey from build-a-bear. >> reporter: after the birth of her first child, stephanie hathaway spent six months on antidepressants, fighting post- partum depression. when the symptoms came back after the birth of her second child, she was despondent. what is it like to be in that place where you have a newborn, you have a toddler, and you're suffering? >> things that used to bring you joy now drain you. you know, people say things meaning to help, and it ends up hurting. and you're just-- you're so hopeless. >> reporter: symptoms of post- partum depression can include sadness, anxiety, irritability, loss of appetite, and self-harm. >> hello! >> reporter: hathaway was part of a clinical trial of the new drug led by dr. samantha meltzer-brody. >> so the drug was very, very effective for treating women quickly with severe post-partum depression.
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>> reporter: the drug will be known as zulresso, given in an i.v., over a three-day period in the hospital. it re-balances hormones that spike during pregnancy and plummet after birth. unlike conventional antidepressants the effect can be almost immediate. >> the first 12 hours i didn't feel any different. i went to sleep, i woke up, and the thoughts were gone. >> reporter: doctors stress that women need to be screened and discuss all treatment options. this drug, which should be available by june, is an option for treating women very quickly and that's important because the first few weeks of life are a critical time not only for mother and baby but the entire family. >> so interesting, tara. and much more on this tomorrow on "cbs this morning." >> reporter: that's right. >> thank you. still ahead tonight, from homeless to the surprise he only dreamed of. ♪
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17 colleges. >> thank you so much. >> reporter: we were there on thursday when he learned he'd get his full tuition, room and board, paid for by a generous donor. dylan moved from trinidad to the u.s. with his mom when he was just seven years old. his two younger brothers suffer from a serious heart condition, and after his mom khadine phillip, lost her job, the family became homeless. through all of these challenges you arrive at this moment now where he's been accepted to 17 colleges. >> i rmember we were waiting for one more college. >> reporter: the college of new jersey. >> the college of new jersey. he would love to go to that college. >> reporter: today, the jersey city student finally got the news he's been waiting for. >> you've been accepted to the college of new jersey! >> thank you so much. >> reporter: he'll be the first
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>> for the first time in seven years, california is drought-free, and the earth is celebrating. here's jamie yuccas.
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>> reporter: something incredible is springing up in the california desert. >> it's beautiful. amazing. >> it's hot. >> reporter: anza borrego state park is in the midst of a super bloom. weeks of rain have turned areas consumed by drought into a lush landscape. >> a super bloom like this really proves that the desert is full of life. >> reporter: the closer you get to these flowers, the more spectacular they are. and some people are getting very close, too close, and that's a problem. word spread about an area still recovering from a recent wildfire, and now awash in wild flowers. so popular are the poppies of lake elsinore, that they have brought a cavalry of cars, 100,000 hikers, and some on a misguided quest for that perfect shot. this instagram post entitled "daydream" inspired this reply, that the posters "can't just appreciate nature visually but
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must destroy it by crushing it with their body for pathetic social media likes. enjoy!" >> self-promoting at the abuse of nature is probably not a good idea. >> reporter: as chaotic as it may seem, this is still a vast desert, mostly serene and peaceful. in just a few short weeks, the scorching summer sun will again make this land harsh and unforgiving. until then, nature has unleashed something that can only be called magical. jamie yuccas, cbs news, anza borrego, california. >> that is the overnight news for this wednesday. from the te new york city, i'm jeff glor.
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this is the cbs overnight news. welcome to the overnight news. i'm here at the cbs broadcast center in new york city. good to have you with us again. we're talking about floods again. one of the top stories nationally. even though it's the first day of spring there's no sunshine and rainbows in the midwest. heavy rain and melting snow touched off some of the worst flooding in decades. there's thousands of homes that are flooded and millions of acres of farmland that are underwater right now. dozens of levies have been topped and although the water is starting to recede in some places, the missouri river is still rising and don dahler is there. >> doug and eric alvarez are trying to round up the surviving hogs on their 9 acre farm in
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freemont, nebraska, there aren't many. >> we probably lost 700 head. >> reporter: how many do you think you've been able to save? >> 14. >> reporter: 14 out of 700. >> yeah. >> reporter: that's an enormous financial hit for you. >> yes. >> reporter: the father and son have worked for three years to build this business. then a few days ago, the water came. what did it look like when you saw it coming in? >> i looked down that way, and it was about a three-foot wall, 100 foot wide, just flowing over the road. >> reporter: within minutes, seven feet of water covered their farm. when the men returned today, they found dead hogs everywhere. what did you expect to see when you got back here? >> honestly, you didn't expect to see nothing alive. >> reporter: throughout the farm
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belt, it's the same story of devastation, the same images of loss. in nebraska alone, over 17 areas saw record flooding. 65 counties and four tribal areas have issued emergency declarations. it's estimated farm losses could exceed $1 billion. unlike many farmers the alberts have some insurance. but that will only cover a small part of the damage. >> a lot of hard work now, start all over, and hopefully within a year, we'll be able to sell hogs again. >> reporter: nebraska's governor says this is the worst flooding this state has ever seen. here in winslow, parts of a building floated into someone's backyard and cars are strewn around in the mud. from the air, you can see roads and railways that are impassable. jeff, it's not over yet. as the temperatures rise and the snows melt, other areas, including minnesota and north dakota, could see flooding by the end of the week. have you seen this video in southeast texas? there's a massive chemical fire burning right now out of control in houston texas. this thing can be seen for miles. several storage tanks erupted on sunday and despite the best effort of firefighters there is
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no word on how long it's to dou. >> reporter: the chemical fire's flames are wider, and the tower of smoke is thicker, darkening the houston sky as far as 40 miles away. the plant owner intercontinental terminals company, says while it looks ominous, no one is in danger. how can you assure the public that the air quality is not being compromised? >> we continue to monitor the air quality. we're working with seatek. we're also working with e.p.a. they actually flew a plane through the plume. they're still within safe levels. >> reporter: george guerra doesn't believe it. he lives three miles away. >> i have seen ash fallout, black pieces of ash. i've seen it on my cars. i've seen it on the front porch, on the sidewalk. >> reporter: does that scare you? >> it does. what scares me more is what we don't see. >> reporter: i.t.c. stores chemicals used in gasoline mixes and paint thinners. they can cause difficulty breathing, coughing, headaches and irritation to the eyes, nose, and throat. the company has a history of environmental violations having paid more than $200,000 in fines over the past decade.
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experts say even if the air quality is good now, it might not be tomorrow. >> if we get a thunderstorm or something like and that and mixes the atmosphere, then all the junk is going to come to the surface. we're getting details into michael cohen. turns out he was in the prosecutor's cross hair for almost a year before the fbi raided his house and his office. >> reporter: the court documents reveal special counsel robert mueller zeroed in on president trump's former attorney, michael cohen, almost immediately after launching his russia investigation. in july 2017 he went after years of cohen's emails and began looking at payments he received from a russian oligarch. nine months later, the f.b.i. raided cohen's home and office in new york city. president trump has tried to distance himself from cohen, who served as his fixer for a decade.
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>> he was convicted with a fairly long-term sentence on things totally unrelated to the trump organization. >> reporter: but the documents show that during that april 2018 raids, investigators seized evidence related to hush money payments cohen facilitated to women who claimed they had affairs with the president. the papers mentioned an "illegal campaign contribution to then- presidential candidate donald trump," but much of the detail is blacked out. for the hush money payments, cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations. he begins a three-year prison sentence in may for that and other crimes. last month, cohen testified that he is still cooperating with investigators. >> is there any other wrongdoing or illegal act that you are aware of regarding donald trump that we haven't yet discussed today? >> yes, and, again, those are part of the investigation that's currently being looked at by the southern district of new york. >> reporter: today we learned
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that deputy attorney general rod rosenstein who is leaving the justice department is going to stay on a little bit longer. he is one of the top officials overseeing the mueller probe, suggesting that may not wrap up for a few more weeks. the crash of two boeing 737 max 8 jet liners touched off several investigations. one of them specifically is looking into the cozy relationship, might we say, between boeing and the faa which certified that the plane was safe to fly in the sky. our transportation correspondent has more on that. >> reporter: the department of transportation's call for a review of the 737 max follows demands by federal authorities that boeing and the f.a.a. hold on to documents relating to the troubled jet. the two fatal crashes involving the max just five months apart have raised questions about the relationship between the f.a.a. and boeing. >> we are bending over too much to the corporate interests and not enough to the public interest in the areas of safety. >> reporter: congressman steve coven wants hearings on a process he worries have gotten too cozy.
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after 9/11, congress approved a system that allows manufacturers like boeing to largely self- certify aircraft, including their safety systems. >> and i think this was a mistake we made. and i think we're learning from it. and unfortunately 350 people in the world have died because of that, i think. >> reporter: the department of transportation's inspector general found in 2012, boeing engineers had too much sway over safety approvals for new aircraft, and f.a.a. managers have not always supported employee efforts to hold boeing accountable. >> safety is at the core of who we are at boeing. >> reporter: avoiding questions from reporters, boeing's c.e.o. used a recorded video message to speak publicly for the first time since ethiopian airlines flight 302 crashed last week. >> we're committed to making safe airplanes even safer and providing the best products, training, and support to our global airline customers and pilots. >> reporter: president trump announced he intends to nominate steve dixon to be the next f.a.a. administrator. if confirmed he would take over
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let's talk social media. the president took to twitter to blast facebook, youtube and even twitter claiming they suppress conservative viewpoints. one of the president's former allies in the congress, dev devin nunes is taking it a step further. he's actually suing twitter for a quarter billion dollars. >> in a lawsuit congressman nunes accuses twitter of censoring viewpoints it doesn't agree with and serving as a portal for of president trump claims he has been a victim of an orchestrated defamation campaign that interfered with his job and now he wants twitter and several
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users to pay. >> they spread this fake news and the slanderous news. >> on fox news devin nunes says he has been attacked relent leslie on twitter by fake and anonymous accounts. >> the case we're making is this is an orchestrated effort. >> he's now suing the social media giant and three users. he claims they have defamed him. among the tweets he references in the lawsuit is this one from a parody account @devinnunesmom in which the user writes are you trying to obstruct a federal investigation again. in another, when we have questions about hookers or strip clubs we'll call you, okay? and this tweet where she calls him dirty devin. the lawsuit also accuses twitter of shadow banning nunes. a practice that allows users to still tweet but no one sees their post. in july president trump tweeted that twitter wni
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prominent republicans calling it discriminatory and an illegal practice. twitter's ceo denied purposefully shadow banning. >> we don't consider political viewpoints, perspectives or party affiliation in any of our policies or enforcement decisions. >> they don't want to call it shadow banning, that's fine. they can call it whatever they want to call it but the fact of the matter is people could not see my tweets. >> all of this he says negatively impacted his re-election campaign where he won by a narrow margin and interviewed with his on going russian investigation as a member of the intelligence committee. >> this is the first of many lawsuits. we have to hold all of these people accountable because if we don't, our first amendment rights are at stake here. >> twitter told cbs news it doesn't shadow ban and certainly doesn't shadow ban based on political viewpoints or ideology. the political consultant declined to m comeacomment on t lawsuit.
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under current law, internet sites cannot be sued for responsibility of their content and even if they could, nunes is a public figure and it would be extraordinarily difficult to win a case like this. do you remember the d.c. sniper case? the supreme court agreed to decide whether one of the men convicted in the washington d.c. sniper attacks can appeal his life sentence. he was 17 years old when he accompanied john allen musclham on a killing spree that left 10 people dead. since then sentencing guidelines for juveniles have changed but that doesn't help those already in jail. we spoke to one such inmate in missouri. >> we're talking about the sentencing of young people. this story is not about the wrongfully convicted. patrick flaherty did convict the crimes for which he was convicted but he makes the case that he received an unusually long sentence and that he and
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others just like him deserve a second chance. >> when i look at my life and i thyme 42 years old. my life is defined by a mistake that i made 20 years ago and it doesn't matter what i do, that's the reality of the situation. >> patrick flaherty spent nearly half his life in prison with an equally long stretch still ahead of him. >> you could spend another 20 years here. >> i could spend another 20 here. i could do another 20 doing the things i have been doing, the classes, the college degrees, the charity projects, and i could spend another 20 here getting in trouble and i would go up for parole on the same day. >> on july 23rd, 1999, at this convenience store, he waited until 3:00 a.m., grabbed a bb gun he says he bought atw at walmart, covered his face and then walked in. it's a bb gun but it looks like the real thing, doesn't it? >> yes, ma'am. i never had any intentions of
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hurting anyone. so i thought that that would probably be the best thing for me to utilize. >> he got $ and then two months later robbed a second convenience store. >> this time you got $89. >> yes, ma'am. >> i mean, you could have had a minimum wage job and made more money than that. >> yes, ma'am. >> flaherty committed two more robberies before he was finally caught. he was charged with four counts of first degree armed robbery and although the only weapon was that bb gun, he was also charged for carrying a dangerous instrument. >> how would you describe patrick flaherty back then? >> he was a kid. >> rick was flaherty's attorney. >> he was, you know, kind of a young man without a lot of clues. >> flaherty took a plea hoping for mercy. instead, the judge gave him ten years for each of the robberies and then she ordered the
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sentences to run consecutively. >> when you hear the word consecutive, consecutive, consecutive and you start thinking in your mind, my god, that's 40 years. >> flaherty has to serve 85% of his sentence before he's eligible for parole when he's 57 years old. >> when they took me back to my cell, they came in and handcuffed me to the bench and when i asked them, you know, what are you doing? they told me, we're putting you on mandatory suicide watch because of your sentence. >> i think it's excessive. >> retired st. louis circuit court judge evelyn baker believes flaherty got that sentence because the robberies occurred in a county where judges are elected and need to take a tough stance on criminals, regardless of their age. >> we have way too many youngsters incarcerated throughout this country. >> judge baker knows about the harm of excessive sentencing.
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in 1997 she sentenced a teenager, bobby bostick to 241 years in prison after he committed two armed robberies around christmas and one of the victims was grazed by a bullet. >> i started regretting that sentence many years later when the studies started coming out in terms of brain development. we really should not be treating children like adults because they're not. their brains are still forming. >> but there is no legal mechanism to undo that sentence. bostick remains in prison, as does patrick flaherty that has in the past two decades earned an undergraduate college degree and is working on his masters. >> what we have here is a temperature scale. >> he creates math books for the blind after becoming certified in braille transcription. he has petitioned the missouri governor to take a new look at his case, but he fears the good
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he has done cannot outweigh the pain he caused. >> i know in a perfect world that i should probably say that the emotional harm i caused my victims is what hurts me the most. but it's the hurt i caused my mom, without a doubt. >> the judge that sentenced flaherty wouldn't discuss his case with us but one of his victims, a store clerk did. she says she doesn't feel much sympathy for flaherty because she still remembers the terror of having a gun pointed at her. but then consider this, had flaherty shot one of his victims, gone in with a real gun victims, gone in with a real gun and shot her and receive sun care is self care. i used to not love wearing an spf just because i felt like it was so oily and greasy. but with olay regenerist whip spf 25, it's so lightweight. i love it. i'm busy philipps, and i'm fearless to face anything.
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towers of toys and mountains of merchandise. it's the size of two football fields and everything in it is something that someone changed their mind about. 400 truckloads a week. bikes, large appliances, clothing and electronics. similar items like cell phone cases and chargers are boxed together and sold as a lot. all of it then goes up for sale or auction online. >> every box we open or every palate we open you never know what's going to be in it. >> ryan johnson, a major player in the almost $400 billion business of flipping returns like these rows of ipads being wiped of personal information and ready for resale. >> why don't the retailers sell it themselves? >> a lot of it is box damage so if you want to pay full price at tine condition. >> and handling returns themselves cuts into a store's
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profi profits. free shipping and return policies made it easy to get a refund for almost anything. 11% of all purchases are returned. many stores track how much returns sometimes denying future returns based on history. >> customers should be aware of everybody collecting information. >> consumer advocates are concerned that data is increasingly being shared among retailers creating a database of serial returners. >> i encourage any consumer that's been denied the right to return a product because a database they didn't know about said to the company don't let him return that product, you should complain to the federal trade commission. >> best buy discloses it's tracking policy in fine print on the customer's receipt. some stores don't. this time of year the warehouse overflows with one item in particular. big screen televisions. in fact they start flooding in
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right after the super bowl and it continues for several weeks. many people buy them specifically to watch the game pand then return them immediatey after. he bought 25 of the return tvs as he does almost every week. >> it's 75 inches for about 600 or 650. >> 600 or 650 from here you buy it and you can sell it for -- >> $1,000. >> like many of the buyers here, flipping it for a profit is his full time job. >> everybody is always looking for this. >> the business of customer returns as the marketplace allows shoppers the chance to change their minds. >> how do you know if you returned too much? well short of buying 10 pair of shoes and returning nine, you probably won't until you go to take something back and that return is refused at the store. the so-called wardrobing of items like you saw with the tvs, buying it, using it, is a
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growing problem for the industry. those items are resold but it's
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this is a pretty cool story. much of california has been suffering through drought conditions or near drought conditions for years. so when the rains finally came the countryside erupted in color. it's called the super bloom. it's a sea of flowers that spread out as far as the eye can see. it's beautiful and it's attracted so many visitors that some rural towns say they're overwhelmed literally. lake elsinor is one of those places. they decided to cutoff access to people that wanted to see the poppy fields outside of town. >> southern california's unusually wet winter created an explosion of color. one of mother nature's most dazzling displays. hillsides overrun with poppies. >> i didn't expect the flowers
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to be so vibrant and colorful. >> this is the most pictureque thing i've seen in my entire life. >> there's been fights over parking spaces, folks trampling on the poppies. >> the town of 60,000 saw roughly 100,000 visitors on sunday forcing the mayor to declare a poppy apocalypse. >> we have some residents that are not used to this type of traffic and attention that are concerned about, you know, their ability to operate on a daily basis. >> it got so bad the mayor says one of his employees was clipped by a car and the city is now reaching out to the county and even the state for help. >> you can tell they want the perfect social media post for sure. >> some worry the allure of a perfect post might be harming the star of nature's show. >> people sitting in the flowers
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for that one picture that i know it's special to have the picture of you with the poppies but then you're ruining them for other people in the future. >> the town reopened the site monday saying it was not feasible for us to keep visitors away. they noted access and parking was limited. >> he's not alone. other parks in the region are starting to see their flowers bloom which means poppy mania is infectious and spreading and there's no cure in sight. >> that is beautiful to see. i admittedly would like to take a selfie myself in the poppies and after all the bad news about what the draught has done in california, good to see good news. hello to our friends in southern california, that does it for the overnight news for this wednesday. if many of you the news continues. check back with us later on in the morning. we have the morning news and of course there's cbs this morning. from the broadcast center in new york city, thanks for watching. have a great wednesday.
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