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veronica. thanks. thanks for watching us at 5:00. cbs evening news is next. a storm tearing across the country brings a rare tornado to the boston area. deadly lightning hits a southern california beach and wildfires threaten hundreds of homes. reports from vicente arenas, teri okita and john blackstone. jeff pegues reports the f.a.a. wants to hit southwest airlines with a $12 million fine for safety violations. were parents at risk? it only gets worse in gaza. the war death toll tops 1,000. reports from barry petersen and don dahler. in a battle over the l.a. clippers, the ball was in the judge's court. lee cowan has the ruling. and what killed the dinosaur? dean reynolds tells us astronomically bad luck. >> that asteroid happened to hit
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at the worst possible time for dinosaurs. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> brown: good evening, scott is off tonight. i'm james brown and this is our western edition. parts of new england are just starting to clean up after a violent storm today including a rare tornado in revere, massachusetts, just north of boston. on the other side of the country, wildfires force hundreds of people from their homes and there was a deadly lightning strike on a southern california beach. we have a christmas trees of reports on the extreme weather beginning with vicente arenas. >> oh, my god! >> reporter: this was the first time a tornado had touched down in this part of massachusetts since record-keeping began in 1950. winds blew more than 111 miles per hour here. dozens of trees were knocked down and streets were flooded. derek castle lost the roof to his house. >> the winds pretty much picked
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up out of nowhere. it went crazy. the winds were just all over the place. >> reporter: the same system destroyed ten homes in eastern tennessee where the storm dumped hail and caused power lines to explode. and wind gusts reaching 70 miles per hour knocked out electricity for 200,000 homes near detroit. that cold front that's been causing all the problems in the alst has also been lowering temperatures in the region and, james, here in new york only three times this summer have temperatures risen above 90 degrees. >> brown: vicente, thank you so much. >> brown: now to the lightning strike in southern california, it happened at vin thinks beach yesterday during a thunderstorm that came without warning. the beach was crowded, one man was killed. teri okita is there. >> reporter: this video because taken moments after the lightning hit. the electricity surged through
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the saltwater injuring seven divers and killing 20-year-old college student nick fagano. lifeguards pulled people from the water and performed cpr on some of the victims. joe duro was on the beach. >> i looked up and there was a bolt of lightning just shooting across the sky. >> reporter: as many as 20,000 people were on venice beach. some said they could feel a jolt of electricity as they scattered from the sand. there was little warning on the day when skies were mostly clear. paul dionne was body surfing when the lightning hit. he blacked out in the ocean. >> this side of my face was all numb afterwards. ftereporter: so do you feel lucky to be alive? >> i do feel lucky to be alive. >> reporter: the west coast has the lowest rate of lightning strikes in the nation. the odds of getting hit in coastal california are long, one in 7.5 million. >> brown: teri okita, thank you. in northern california, hot, dry weather continues to feed two major wildfires.
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john blackstone has the latest on the battle to stop them. >> reporter: a wildfire burning in yosemite national park ruined 2,600 acres today. 500 firefighters with air tankers and helicopters battled the fires since saturday. 100 miles north of yosemite, .nother fire burned across 4,000 ache, in is sierra nevada foothills destroying 13 homes. the fires spread quickly in the grass lands but 2,000 firefighters across the state have it largely contained. ron oatman is the cal fire. >> the situation say pierce good but you can't relax. >> there's still a lot of work to be done. no flame seen, very little fire activity. that's great news. but again all it will take is one ember outside to have the uncontained part of the line. >> reporter: so far this season wildfires burned across 129 square miles in california, only slightly above average, but in the third year of severe drought
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the fire risk remains extreme. >> brown: john blackstone at the fire command center, thank you, john. >> brown: heavy rain over the weekend knocked down part of a fence that separates u.s. and mexico. the fence in nogales was extended 7 feet under ground and border agents will stay on scene till fixed. more wild weather today in colorado. a tornado touched down in a field in fort lupton. no one was hurt. the f.a.a. proposed a $12 million fine today against southwest airlines, second biggest ever for an airline. transportation correspondent jeff pegues tells us the issue is safety. >> reporter: today, the f.a.a. accused southwest airlines of failing to follow procedure when it repaired 44 boeing 737s beginning in 2006. the f.a.a. says southwest then put the planes back into service, carrying passengers on
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another 30,000 flights before getting f.a.a. approval. according to documents we obtained, the repairs were supposed to address the cracking of fuselage lap joints which could result in sudden decompression of the aircraft, something that could be catastrophic in flight. three years ago, southwest grounded it's entire fleet of 737s after one of the jets made an emergency landing during a flight from phoenix to sacramento, a nearly 5-foot hole in the plane's fuselage led to a sudden drop in cabin pressure. southwest has faced f.a.a. penalties before. in 2009 it agreed to pay a penalty of $7.5 million for not properly inspecting dozens of planes. in response to today's $12 million proposed fine, the company said the repairs were made years ago, and the f.a.a.'s action does not affect aircraft currently being operated by southwest airlines. safety is paramount and we
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always strive for full compliance. the airline has 30 days to respond to the latest proposed fine. james, authorities do not believe passengers were in danger but, technically, according to f.a.a. standards, those planes were not airworthy when southwest put them back in service. >> brown: jeff pegues at reagan national airport, thank you so much. the centers for disease control sent a health alert today to u.s. doctors about the ebola outbreak in west africa, the largest ever. since march more than 1200 people have been affected be the ebola virus, more than half, 672, died. dr. jon lapook tells us two americans are now infected. >> reporter: dr. kent brantley from forth worth texas and nancy writebol an aide worker from charlotte, north carolina are both in isolation and said to be in serious condition. since march, the outbreak had been confined to three west african countries but friday a man died from ebola after taking a commercial flight from liberia
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to lagos, nigeria. today the c.d.c. said lack of confidence in foreign doctors is a serious issue. two months ago dr. william fischer treated a brother and sister in west africa who sought help too late. d they were so dehydrated and lost so much through diarrhea and vomiting they were so sick and despite aggressive efforts to bring them back, we weren't successful and they died. r reporter: the incubation period is anywhere from two to 21 days. the c.d.c. says there is little risk to america's public but the agency is alerting u.s. health r health workers to consider the virus when encountering travelers with flu like symptoms from other countries. fischer is now at the university of north carolina as a critical care physician. the experience left him shaken. >> with ebola, patients who die often die by themselves in a
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treatment facility without friends or family or even the comfort of a human hand. >> reporter: theres good news about the family of dr. brantley. the c.d.c. says they left liberia before he developed symptoms. unlike other viral illnesses, ebola is not cop stages untill symptoms develop. >> brown: israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu warned his country today to prepare for a "prolonged conflict in gaza." in nearly three weeks of fighting, more than 1,000 palestinians have been killed, the vast majority civilians, 51 israeli died, all but three soldiers. don dahler begins our coverage ninight in tel aviv. >> reporter: mortar fire from gaza today killed 5 israeli soldiers and wounded several more. the i.d.f. says soldiers also battled militants who infiltrated israel through one of hamas' tunnels like this one.
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israel's prime minister warned the war would not be over while that threat remained. "we will not stop without eliminating all terror tunnels," he says. "the only goal of the tunnels is to kill our families and children and this was made clear again today." four hours later, a projectile hit a playground in gaza kill ten in gaza city's main hospital. within minutes, the israeli defense force released this statement, "a short while ago a hospital was struck by a failed rocket attack launched by gaza terror organizations." over the weekend, i.d.a. blamed hamas for the death of 16 people in an israeli operated school. they point to this video that proves the courtyard was empty when a single mortar hit contradicting numerous eye witnesses. hamas also upped the ante on its
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aerial assault earlier today. it launched several longer range rockets well into israel, as far north as haifa, 100 miles from gaza. james, there are now sounds of heavy fighting in northern gaza. >> brown: don dahler, in tel aviv. thank you. israel says its air strikes are meant to take out hamas' ability to attack. hamas has fired thousands of rockets toward israel. cbs this morning's charlie rose flu to qatar to interview the leader of hamas khaled meshaal to get a sense of what hamas is seeking. >> it's one thing to say you want to co-exist with the jews, it's another thing to want to co-exist with the state of israel? do you want to co-exist with the state of israel? do you want to recognize israel as a jewish state? >> no, i said i do not want to live with a state of occupiers. >> brown: the complete interview with hamas leader khaled meshaal will air on charlie rose show
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tonight on pbs. israel and hamas are once again blaming each other for the deadly explosion in a gaza park, but there's no mistaking who is suffering. barry petersen is in gaza and we caution you, some of what you're about to see is graphic. >> reporter: outside the morgue, last goodbyes. other parents hope, beg that their children had survived, but many did not. inside, two boys side by side as they had been playing. here, jamal eli yan, his father saleh is a driver for cbs news. this was his family day off. jamal was ten. he liked soccer. his smile winsome. some children were playing with toy guns in the cool of the afternoon. the bomb came here, you can still see it smoldering hours
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later. right here, there was a man selling chips and snacks to the kids and over here you can't even see it yon more was a swing set where the kids were playing. from the morgue, "oh, god, god!" saleh said. friends and family brought jamal home. it was too much for jamal's mother awar. too much for grandmother ahzees. all afternoon, there were funeral processions, one after another after another. this one was for jamal. some children couldn't even watch as their friends went by. at the mosque, prayers for small bodies. saleh began the day as a proud father of a charming, skinny, 10-year-old son.
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tonight, grief and one terrible thing more, that when a parent loses a child, the tears will never end. barry petersen, cbs news, gaza. >> brown: we'll step aside to take a break, now, and when we come back, the f.b.i. says it's caught the man who mailed out hundreds of threatening letters itlled with white powder.
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arrested the man it believes sent out hundreds of letters that contained a suspicious white powder. bob orr tells us agents spent years tracking down the suspect. >> reporter: on the eve of this year's super bowl, hotels in new jersey's met life stadium received threatening letters filled with white powder. econolodge manager eylem naik opened one. >> powder came out of the envelope and i was suspicious. >> reporter: the f.b.i. had seen the same threat many times before. since 2008, more than 500 nearly identical white powder envelopes had been sent to schools, businesses and government offices across 48 states and the district of columbia. the mailings also sent to u.s. embassies around the world frequently contained same disjointed rants. al qaeda back, special thing for you, what the hell where are you scooby-doo, internal affairs, f.b.i. none of the threats contained
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actual toxins but all shared a common link, mailed from the area around dallas, texas, and that's where the f.b.i. today arrested hong minh truong. newly released court papers say evidence collected from truong's computer and trash link him to the mailings and a motive that he had a long rung grieve answer with federal law enforcement. in 2002 truong told police he heard voices in his head adding the f.b.i., dea, and police were after him and beaming radar into his body. truong is now held on a charge of sending hoaxes through the u.s. mail. no one was hurt by the mail but first responders spent thousands of man-hours and likely millions of dollars reacting to the potential threats. >> brown: democrats and the future of the l.a. clippers may have just been decided in a court of law. that's next. .
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>> brown: donald sterling losta. the l.a. >> brown: donald sterling lost again today. he l.a. clippers owner was banned from the nba in april for making racist comments and now a judge in los angeles ruled he cannot stop his wife from selling the team. here's lee cowan. >> reporter: the record-setting $2 billion sale of the l.a. clippers is now no longer just
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an paper. los angeles superior court judge ruled today the clippers would suffer a massive loss if the sale didn't go forward. at issue had been at whether former nba team owner donald sterling's estranged wife shelley acted properly in selling the franchise to former microsoft c.e.o. steve ballmer without her husband's consent. >> i know it's going to be good for the city and for the league and for the team. >> reporter: mrs. sterling removed her husband as a trustee of the club after a neurologist concluded he was mentally incapacitated. after closing arguments, donald sterling's attorney claimed sterling had been deceived as what he called a scheme to strip sterling of his rights. the controversy stems from a racist conversation sterling had with his then girlfriend that came to light as the clippers started playoff runs earlier this year. the nba banned sterling for life. he's vowed to fight as long as he can.
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this is just a tentative ruling. both sides have ten days to file objections. the judge specifically said the sale can go through even if donald sterling decides to appeal. all of this as the nba pre- season gets underway in early october. >> brown: lee cowan, thank you so much. in his line of work, president obama does a healthy amount of handshaking. a study out today says high fives would be more hygienic. they transfer only about half as many bacteria fist bumps are better, spreading only 10% of the germs of a handshake. but maybe the president had the best idea of all right here. leave the hands out entirely. it wasn't bacteria that did in the dinosaur. a new theory about what did next.
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is celebrating one bay area neighborhood's big turnarou. next weather talent appears at wx center with generic >> brown: finally tonight, there is no good final for an asteroid to hit, but scientists are now telling us an asteroid hit the earth at an especially bad time for dinosaurs. otherwise, they say, they would still be here and we might not. ilre's dean reynolds. >> reporter: 66 billion years
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ago was a lousy time to be a r.nosaur. volcanoes seemed to be erupting all the time, great seas dried up and the planet's temperature fluctuated wildly, hard on plants, hard on the dinosaurs that ate the plants and hard on the dinosaurs that ate the dinosaurs that ate the plants, and if that wasn't bad enough, along came a 6-mile-wide asteroid that smashed into the earth. >> the asteroid hit at the worth possible time for dinosaurs when they were especially vulnerable. >> reporter: we interviewed steve brusatte one of the study's authors at chicago's field museum. >> if dinosaurs had a few million more years to recover what they lost, maybe they would have been better equipped to deal with the asteroid, survived and mammals wouldn't have gotten their chance and maybe we wouldn't be talking. >> reporter: but this is no e me to gloat. another study released last week found the earth is undergoing ste sixth mass extinction in its
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history. hn't look to the heavens to blame for this one. the scientists say it's on us. while human population is rising, climate change and reckless land management have wiped out habitats for other animals and decimated their numbers. the new studies say various species of plants and animals are becoming extinct, at least 1000 times faster than before we showed up. >> dinosaurs tell us the groups that have been dominant for millions and millions of years ian suddenly disappear when times go bad and i think a lesson is there for all of us. >> reporter: if we're willing to learn it from those here before us. dean reynolds, cbs news, chicago. >> brown: and >> brown: and that's the
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