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>> brennan: tonight, the rain of arthur. this season's first hurricane brings heavy rain, strong winds and high surf to the east coast. craig boswell is on the scene, meteorologist eric fisher tells us where the storm is headed. anthony mason reports job creation is moving into high gear. but what kind of jobs are they? wyatt andrews tells us who at the v.a. was paid bonuses while vets waited months for treatment. and remembering world war ii hero louie zamperini. his incredible story is coming to the big screen. chip reid tells it tonight. >> do you consider yourself a hero? >> no, no, no. i got three purple hearts for what?
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captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> brennan: good evening. scott is on assignment for "60 minutes." i'm margaret brennan, and this is our western edition. it's the eve of america's birthday, and hurricane arthur is about to crash the party along much of the east coast with strong winds and heavy rain. this is wrightsville beach, north carolina, getting the outer bands of rain. residents today evacuated the north carolina coast. arthur is expected to hit or brush that area early tomorrow. watches and warnings are posted along the coast of the carolinas and parts of the new england coast with arthur expected to head up that way tomorrow. arthur is a category 1 hurricane with sustained winds as high as 90 miles an hour. it's expected to grow to a category 2 in the hours ahead. we have two reports tonight--
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>> the hurricane swings the the state of north carolina at 90 miles -- [ audio difficulty ] -- coast. here's wilmington, morehead city off to the north and the track of this -- [ audio difficulty ] storm surge
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is the number one killer. that's why evacuations are in prays and hope everyone is heeding the warnings tonight. >> this is what arthur looks like from the space station. this is a few miles off the north carolina coast. where craig boswell is in >> margaret, good evening to you. it's decision time for the nearly quarter million people on oe outer banks. some have decided to evacuate while many more have chosen to ride out the storm. on hattaras island, a mandatory evacuation order went into effect as officials feared the highway to the mainland could become impassable. >> i would like to see a little
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bit of what arthur is going to do. but a little bit afraid to stay. >> reporter: in nags head, police went door-to-door to keep track of who was staying and to warn them about flooding. >> there may be a time where we won't be able to respond if you have an emergency or anything like that. >> we'll flip the table over. >> mary jo mckenzy has chosen to stay at her beach front home, going ahead with a family party over the weekend. >> besides the storm shaking the house, there will be some people shaking the house. >> reporter: what does that feel like when your house is shaking like that? >> it will be loud. you'll hear a roar, it will be roaring. >> reporter: officials warned everyone to stay out of the >> reporter: there is a fear arthur may be similar to hurricane irene three years ago. that hurricane made landfall on the outer banks as a category 1 storm, killing seven people in north carolina and causing more
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than a billion dollars in damage. the national weather service says a storm surge of 3 to 5 feet of water at high tide could cause flooding in areas from surf city, north carolina, all the way to the virginia border. and margaret, officials here also say those who stay should stock up on enough provisions to last for at least 72 hours after the storm rolls out. >> brennan: craig, stay safe, thank you. second of august doesn't have the ring as the fourth of july. but with the storm coming, that's when augusta, maine, has rescheduled its fireworks show. and the boston pops is holding its annual holiday concert tonight instead of tomorrow. nature put a fireworks show of its own in new york last night. that is lightning striking the tallest building in the united states, 1 world trade center. the economic recovery is picking up steam. the labor department reported today that the economy created 288,000 jobs last month. and the unemployment rate fell
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2/10th of a point to 6.1%. that is the lowest since the financial meltdown nearly six years ago. more now from anthony mason. >> reporter: with the surge in june hiring, the u.s. economy appears to be gaining momentum. nearly 1.4 million jobs have been created so far this year. economist michael hanson is with bank of america merrill lynch. is the economy finally gaining onaction here? >> it looks that way. obviously there have been a lot of false dawns. >> not only was job growth in june strong, but the previous two months were revised up as well. may to 224,000 jobs created and april to 304,000. that's the strongest monthly increase in more than two years. hanson says the economy is on its feet again. so we're standing. are we running? >> we're walking more briskly than we were six months ago but godon't know if we are running just yet but we're getting there. >> reporter: the unemployment rate is lowest among workers
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with college degrees, but many like 28-year-old elizabeth thompson still feel under- employed. a journalism major, she earns about $28,000 a year as an editorial assistant at "staten island parent" magazine. >> the main thing is that i was worried that i'm not going to ever be able to make-- a solid living, you know. that's probably my biggest worry. >> reporter: a study by the new york fed found that 40% of recent graduates can't find jobs that fit their education level. >> got to work really hard because you're not going to graduate and say, "well, i have a bachelors, so give me that job." because that's not how it works. >> reporter: the surge in hiring is not boosting wages, which have risen just 2% over the past year, about the rate of inflation. and weekly wages have actually fallen, margaret, in the past two months. >> brennan: there are some struggles out there. anthony, thank you. tonight, israel's military is bracing for more violence ahead of tomorrow's funeral for a palestinian teenager.
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his murder sparked new fighting in jerusalem. alex ortiz is in tel aviv. >> reporter: it was the second day of fierce riots. palestinian youth threw rocks and molotov cocktails, running street battles with israeli soldiers. this is the worst street violence east jerusalem has seen in years. palestinians have built a barricade behind me. they're burning tires, you can smell the smoke in the air. israeli riot police are firing tear gas at them. the fear is the unrest could spread. tensions spiked after the funeral of three murdered israeli teenagers, and the suspected revenge killing of a palestinian teenager the next day. the badly burned body of mohamed abu khodeir was discovered wednesday dumped in a forest. police are still investigating the murder. but here among the mourners outside the boy's home, he's already become the latest martyr in an endless cycle of violence.
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his cousin ansam showed us the family home mohamed shared with his five brothers and sisters. >> mohamed is not first and not the final one. it's endless. i wish all this to end. but i believe it will not. >> reporter: a video posted on- line this week showed a small crowd of israelis shouting "death to arabs" as they passed the camera. and in gaza, the militant islamic group hamas turned out last night in a show of force, a warning for the israelis-- "this isn't over yet." tonight, israel is massing soldiers and military equipment along the border with the hamas- controlled gaza strip after days of constant back and forth rocket fire and air strikes. and margaret, there are worries that with the funeral tomorrow, this is only going to escalate further. >> thank you, alex ortiz in tel aviv.
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now to the crisis in iraq. general martin dempsey, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, said today that iraqi forces are capable of defending baghdad against the sunni extremist group known as isis. but those troops do not appear able to retake what ground they have already lost. charlie d'agata is in baghdad tonight. charlie, isis controls most of the major cities. any idea what iraqi forces are going to do about it? >> sources have told us that u.s. military advisors on the ground have recommended that iraqi forces stay out of the big cities in order to avoid getting caught up in urban combat and street-by-street fighting. of course, this gives isis militants more of a chance to blend into the community and take up their positions, which might make it more difficult to direct drone attacks or air strikes, if it should come to that. any attempt to retake these cities, especially a city the size of mosul, could take months. margaret? >> brennan: thank you.
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charlie d'agata in baghdad tonight. well, we learned today that world war ii hero louie zamperini has died at age 97. a movie about his life is in the works, and he was to have been the grand marshal of next year's rose parade, which will have the theme "inspiring stories." zamperini's own story was certainly that. chip reid reports. >> reporter: in the 1930s and '40s, louie zamperini was one of the most famous men in america, a national hero in both sports and war. in 1936, he starred at the olympics in berlin. in world war ii, after his bomber crashed in the pacific, he floated on a raft for 47 days, fighting off sharks with his bare hands. close to death, he was captured by the japanese and spent two years in prison camps, where he was singled out for brutal torture because of his hero status back home. but he remained unbroken, the title of his best-selling biography.
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>> the house was full of antiques, including me. >> reporter: two years ago, we interviewed the always humble zamperini for "cbs sunday morning" at his home in california. do you consider yourself a hero? >> no, no, no. i got three purple hearts for what? i got all my limbs. i see these guys, one or two limbs missing, those guys are your heroes. >> reporter: he told us he had already completed his 84-item bucket list, from climbing glaciers to teaching science. >> it seemed a shame to waste a good skateboard. >> he stopped skateboarding at age 81. >> there is nothing i haven't done. >> reporter: after a 40-day battle with pneumonia, he passed away, surrounded by his family, who said in a statement his "indomitable courage and fighting spirit were never more apparent than in these last days." zamperini's life story will be told in the movie "unbroken," directed by angelina jolie scheduled to open in december. he had hoped to live long enough
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in phoenix, where 18 patients died while on secret lists waiting for appointments. helman's bonus has since been rescinded and she has been suspended. but helman's regional boss, susan bowers, also received nearly $9,000 despite two ongoing investigations. >> things have to change. we can't keep doing it the way it's been being don. >> reporter: congressman jeff miller, the chairman of the house veteran's affairs committee, said bonuses created the incentive for officials to hide long wait times. >> i think that we're going to find the more we investigate, you're going to see where folks decided that they were going to try to game the system, fudge the numbers if you will, cook the books in order to get bonuses. >> in some cases, bonuses went to executives despite documented problems. $8,200 went to cynthia mccormack, the hospital director in cheyenne, wyoming, where a v.a. investigation found that wait time days are actually much longer than the hospital was falsely reporting.
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there was also a bad boy's list in cheyenne for anyone who did not submit false reports. in phoenix, debbie allen believes her husband mel died because of bonuses. mel allen died of bladder cancer after waiting eight months for care. but she says officials would not report long delays because that would cost them money. >> and now they're covering up the cover-up, which is really a disgusting thing to do. onr money, you know? for bonuses? it's really terrible. now, i don't have a husband. >> reporter: we could not reach sharon helman, the suspended director in phoenix, for comment. susan bowers, who has since retired, told us in a phone interview she was not aware of findings of manipulation of data, and that her 2013 bonus was based "on the many positive things done while i was there." cynthia mccormack referred to us v.a. headquarters, which said mccormack met her performance standards and got her bonus
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13,000 miles as "texas monthly" barbecue editor. an architect from ohio, no less, what makes you such an expert? >> well, i think it's really just my driving passion to learn everything i foe about it. >> reporter: is it the recipe? is it the pit master? >> it's the pit master, really. anybody can buy a rub off the shelf, right. but not anybody can tell you when a brisket is done or when it is about to get done. >> reporter: the perfect brisket can take 16 hours or longer to cook. >> look at this. >> wow. >> vaughn taught us the art of taste testing at slow bone barbecue in the heart of dallas. >> you see this black crust, that's a great sign. so good. >> reporter: i take it this passes the test. >> this passes the test. hwouldn't have brought you here unless it passed the test, come on. >> reporter: vaughn says he rarely cleans his plate, but admits that all that fatty meat has taken a toll. >> my doctor i went in to see him. he was telling me that i might want to consider thinking about taking care of my cholesterol in some way, and gave me a list of foods to stay away from. number one was beef brisket and
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number 2 was pork ribs. >> reporter: vaughn has sampled barbecue in other states, but says texas barbecue is a cut above. is texas barbecue the best in the nation? >> in the world, you mean. to me, there is no finer bite of barbecue than a great slice of fatty brisket. >> reporter: is this your dream job? >> well, sure. you can drive around the state, eat barbecue everywhere and write about it, and they will pay you for it. that's a dream job. >> reporter: a dream job that gives texas carnivores something to chew on. michelle miller, cbs news, dallas. >> brennan: that's the "cbs evening news." on "cbs this morning," we will have the latest on hurricane arthur first thing tomorrow. for scott pelley, i'm margaret brennan. for scott pelley, i'm margaret brennan. thanks for watching. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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billion dollar fac lking high end sho new at 6:00 the bay area city about to get a $6 billion face-lift. we are talking high-end shops, prime office space all made possible thanks to a famous neighbor. good evening, i'm veronica de la cruz. >> i'm allen martin. kpix 5's linda yee tells us, something is going to have to go to make way for this megaproject. linda. >> reporter: well, allen, it's this city golf course. it's something that -- upwards of 300 people a day have been coming to for the past 27 years but it's prime real estate. it's right across the street from the 9ers' new stadium, so city leaders say it's going to have to go because that megacomplex is going to bring in megabucks. dozens of golfers hit the links on this day, but in two years,
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the greens will be giving way to a more lucrative green $6.5 billion worth of restaurants, hotels and stores. for the golfers, that's disappointing. >> oh, it's all about money. it's a pain. too bad. >> my favorite golf course. >> reporter: but city leaders are beside themselves with joy at the prospect of 8 million square feet of retail and plazas that will rival san jose's santana row. >> it's a downtown and for santa clara d it's going to be beautiful, it's going to make a lot of money for the city. >> reporter: a lot of money, prime real estate across from the new 9ers stadium, the lease and tax revenue worth up to $27 million a year to santa clara. but the city will have to be patient. the project is so massive, it will take 20 years to finish it. >> it's got to happen. it's the 9ers and we got to take one for the team, right? >> reporter: not yo


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