Scientists studying the history of drought in the West say California is in one of its driest periods since 1580, but they believe the 20th century was one of the wettest centuries in the past 1,300 years. That means the state should be prepared for an eventual 100-year-long dry period. Ben Tracy reports.
The city of Donetsk, in the eastern part of Ukraine, is almost evenly divided between those who back Ukraine’s new government and ethnic Russians who view it as illegal. What have become daily confrontations there have many worried that violence could break out all across eastern Ukraine. Charlie D’Agata reports.
The Russian navy sank one of its own decommissioned warships across the mouth of an inlet, trapping Ukrainian ships at their dock further up the channel. Crimea’s parliament voted to hold a referendum on March 16 to ask voters whether Crimea should officially join the Russian Federation. Elizabeth Palmer reports.
Rescuers pulled three children out of a minivan after of a pregnant mother deliberately drove it into the Atlantic Ocean on Daytona Beach. Police had visited the mother after her sister called 911. They noticed she was acting strangely but did not see a reason to take her into custody. Michelle Miller reports.
Carmakers are required to notify the government within five days of discovering a safety defect, but CBS News obtained a service advisory showing GM knew about problems with ignition switches a decade before it announced a recall. The government is demanding GM answer 107 questions about what the company knew and when. Jeff Glor reports.
The new SAT will return to a 1600 point scale, the essay will become optional and some vocabulary words will be replaced by words commonly used in college. The sweeping changes reflect feedback from educators that the SAT was not testing for skills that would best identify top students. Jim Axelrod reports.