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>> brown: tonight, more americans exposed to ebola. this time, peace corps workers. dr. jon lapook reports agency is pulling hundreds of volunteers out of africa. the death toll in gaza rises sharply as israel hits a street market and another school. reports from barry petersen and don dahler. chip reid with peter lerner's e-mails. the former i.r.s. fors calls republicans crazyies and worse. nancy cordes on house republicans suing the president. >> no president of either party should ever abuse their power. >> brown: and his rebuke. >> stop being mad all the time. >> brown: and bill plante on america's forgotten heroes. >> it needs to be a beautiful place for people to understand the sacrifices made and the impacts on families.
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captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> brown: good evening. scott is off tonight. i'm james brown. the deadly ebola outbreak has now touched americans who put their lives on the line every day as peace corps workers. two of them in liberia have been exposed to the disease, now blamed for 672 deaths there, and in guinea and sierra leone. the peace corps said it is pulling more than 300 volunteers out of those countries temporarily. dr. jon lapook has more on the worst ebola outbreak on record. >> reporter: the peace corps said the two volunteers had contact with a person who later died from ebola. they have no symptoms and are currently isolated and under observation. 340 peace corps volunteers are being removed from liberia, sierra leone, and guinea out of an abundance of caution. the outbreak has infected at least 1200 people and killed nearly 700. dr. stephen monroe of the cdc:
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>> almost certainly those numbers will increase in the coming days, and they probably represent an underestimate of the true number of cases because there's incomplete reporting of cases in most districts. >> reporter: the virus is spread through direct contact and has an incubation period of up to 21 days so a person could become infected, feel perfectly fine, travel elsewhere, then become sick and contagious. theoretically, could the virus come over here to the united states? >> theoretically, the virus could arrive in the united states, and one of the things that we've done is to remind our health care providers in this country that if someone presents with symptoms that are compatible with ebola virus, to ask them about recent travel history. >> reporter: the c.d.c. says even if the virus came to the united states, it would be unlikely to spread here but in west africa, mistrust of doctors and lack of health care infrastructure are hampering efforts. >> the outbreak is definitely at the point where it's difficult to control. but it is true that this is
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going to be a long haul to bring this outbreak under control. >> reporter: two americans in liberia have ebola. the doctor and the hygienist we told you about earlier this week. they are slightly improved but remain in serious condition. the organization they work with is evacuate all nonessential personnel from that country. >> brown: the u.n. secretary-general called today's israeli's talk on gaza outrageous. the white house said the u.s. is deeply concerned after bombs and shells struck a market and a school during what was supposed to be a cease-fire. in all 129 palestinians were killed today, mostly civilians, according to the gaza health ministry. the toll after three weeks of fighting now tops 1300. 59 israelis have been killed, all but three were soldiers. we have reports from both sides of the border. first, barry petersen in gaza. >> oh! >> reporter: this is cease-fire gaza style. israelis pounded a market full of people who thought it was
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safe to be out during the four-hour lull in the fighting. they paid with their lives for being wrong. the israeli defense force said hamas had broken the cease-fire by firing 26 rockets at israel. just as wrong were the refugees who thought being at a u.n. school meant protection. for them, death came before dawn. three shells fired, the u.n. believes, by the israelis. a third hit was here. it's important to understand that these rooms were crowded with refugees, as many as 40 people who had no warning and no protection. the israelis said they were shooting because they were taking fire from the area and earlier this week, the u.n. said it had found rockets stored at a different vacant school. but u.n. spokesman chris gunness said they had given the israelis gps coordinates for this school 17 times and then, even for someone who knows this war,
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today was too much as he spoke to al jazerra. it is hard knowing what to feel in a city where funerals come almost hourly. one woman spoke of her anger. "we should kill the israeli women and children," she said, "just like they are killing ours." but another spoke of her despair. "it is enough," she cried out. "have mercy." and if there is one question at the end of this day, maybe it is how to explain war and violence and death to bewildered children trapped in its midst. the israelis have long claim that hamas is storing weapons in civilian billions and they've been proved right again. the u.n. said it has for the
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third time found weapons stored in a vacant u.n. school. and, james, the u.n. quickly condemned hamas for what it called its flagrant violation of u.n. neutrality. >> brown: barry petersen in gaza city tonight. barry, thank you very much. don dahler is in tel aviv tonight. don, exactly what are the israelis saying about the u.n. school? >> reporter: james, i.d.f. says there was firing towards israeli soldiers coming from the direction of the schools and that an investigation is still under way. despite those heartbreaking images of these injured and dead children, though, polls show and virtually every israeli we've spoken to on the streets say that prime minister netanyahu's popularity has never been higher, and there is very strong support for this war effort. israelis put the responsibility for these civilian casualties solely on hamas. >> brown: don dahler in tel aviv, thank you. well, it turns out not all of peter lerner's e-mails were lost when her computer crashed.
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lerner is the former i.r.s. official at the center of investigations over whether the agency targeted conservative groups for special scrutiny. e-mails she sent on her blackberry surfaced today. chip reid now on what's in them. >> reporter: congressional republicans have long argued that former i.r.s. official peter lerner was hostile to conservatives. now, they believe they have a smoke fun gun. in 2012, lerner, who was in england at the time received an e-mail from a friend who said, "you should hear the whacko wing of the g.o.p. the u.s. is through. the right wing radio shows are scary to listen to." learner responded. "great, maybe we are through if there are that many..." her friend continued and i'm talking about the hosts of the shows. the callers are rabid. sowhich lerner responded, "so we don't need to worry about alien terrorists. it's our own crazyies that will take us down." what do these e-mails tell you
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about peter lerner? >> i think these e-mails show clearly a political bias, a political bias against conservativeconservatives and ce organizations that resulted in the violation of their constitutional rights to due process and equal protection. >> reporter: in a letter to attorney general eric holder today, congressman camp wrote, "it is my sincere hope in light of this new, strong evidence you immediately begin aggressively investigating this matter or appoint a special council." the justice department says it is reviewing the letter. lerner's lawyer did not respond to our request for comment about her e-mails. lerner has invoked her fifth amendment right not to testify each time she is called before congress and, james, democrats say there is nothing new here. they say despite these e-mails there is still no real evidence the i.r.s. was motivated by political bias. >> brown: thank you, chip. house republicans took a parting shot at president obama today. before leaving town tomorrow for
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their august recess, they voted to authorize a lawsuit against him for allegedly overstepping his constitutional powers. nancy cordes now on the suing of the president. >> reporter: the vote to sue, like most votes in congress these days, was divided along party lines. almost every republican voted yes. maryland's andy harris: >> no president of either party should ever abuse their power. that's why this lawsuit is so necessary. >> reporter: at issue is the president's executive action to postpone obamacare's employer mandate, which will require large employers to cover insurance for their workers or pay a fine. republicans said only congress has the authority to postpone the law. north carolina's virginia foxx. >> this is not about politics. if there were republican president doing the same thing, i would feel just as strongly. this is about the constitution. >> reporter: democrats argued
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president obama simply put the brakes on a regulation that wasn't ready. hakeem jeffries is from new york. >> are you taking us on a joy ride through the article three court system. it is an effort that will crash and burn. >> reporter: republican frustration has been building fair while as president obama signed executive orders to enact policies they oppose on energy, immigration, and welfare. democrats contend it's his only option when congress is hopelessly gridlocked. alabama's terri sewell: >> enough is enough. with only two days left before our five-week recess, we need to be doing the business of the american people, not the business of our political parties. >> reporter: individual lawmakers or small groups of them have tried to sue presidents before with little success. the courts have generally ruled that congress already has the ability to check the president's power without bringing the third branch of government into it.
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james. >> brown: nancy cordes on capitol hill, thank you so much. john dickerson in our washington office is our cbs news political director, and, john, before we begin, let's listen to what the president had to say about all of this earlier today in kansas city. >> but we could do so much more if congress would just come on and help out a little bit. ( applause ) stop just hating all the time. come on. ( cheers ). >> brown: john, simply put, what are both sides trying to accomplish here? >> reporter: both sides are trying to appeal to their political bases. republicans in congress say the president has just shoved them aside. we're not going to take it lying down is how congressman paul ryan put it today. that wins cheers in the conservative grass roots. the democrats want to have a fight, too. it's helped them raise a lot of money recently. the risk is that in their tougher races, democrats are trying to keep the conversation about issues. so a big national fight distracts from that. >> brown: so, john, all of this comes at a time when there
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is so much turmoil going on around the world. is anyone concerned about america presenting itself as a house dividr:ot really. i mean, in a midterm, a party's base voters are a larger slice of the electorate than in a presidential year. so the incentive is to talk about things that keep those voters engaged. and that means accentuating divisions. and if the president issues executive orders on immigration later this summer, as is expected, that is going to stir things up more. so if anyone, james, is concerned with the message this fighting sends globally, it will be hard to hear them over all the shouting. >> brown: understood. when the economy started shrinking at the beginning of the year, the experts said don't worry, it's the harsh weather. it will bounce back in spring. well, it did. the government reported today that the economy was growing in the second quarter of this year at an annual rate of 4%. it had receded more than 2% in the first quarter. g.m. has recalled millions of
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vehicles for faulty igignition switches but how many has it fixed. and water swamps a college campus when the cbs evening news continues. thanks to angie's list, now it is. we've made hiring anyone from a handyman to a dog walker as simple as a few clicks. buy their services directly at angieslist.com no more calling around. no more hassles. start shopping from a list of top-rated providers today. angie's list is revolutionizing local service again. visit angieslist.com today. ♪ [music]
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than 2.5 million vehicles. we wondered how many have actually been fixed. here's jeff pegues. >> someone described her as a rock star. >> the gases say their daughter,ular awas killed march 18 while driving a saturn ion with a defective ignition switch. have a safe trip back to lexington. love, dad. that was one of the e-mails you sent. >> that's what parents are supposed to do is protect your children. and they made it impossible for me to protect her. >> reporter: so far, less than a quarter of the nearly 2.6 million vehicles recalled have been fixed. most remain on the roads with the faulty ignition switch that g.m. says led to the deaths of 13 people. clarence ditlow is with the center for auto safety. you don't believe they have the parts. >> no, i don't. and if you don't have an adequate stock at every
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dealership in america, you're not going to get this recall done. >> reporter: we called more than 30 g.m. dealerships across the country and were told parts are being ordered on an individual basis. one dealership said it would take two to three months for the part to arrive. but a g.m. spokesman says there are more parts than they have demand and "we're dealing with customers who may not be paying attention." gerry and jay gass are concerned further delays could be deadly, not only for g.m. vehicle owners but others on the roads as well. >> they need to understand that that car in the other lane coming at them could be a g.m. recalled car, and is literally a scud missile headed right for them. >> reporter:ing for regulators have the authority to intervene if there are delays in the recall process where there is a rick of serious injury or death. james, the national highway traffic safety administration said it has asked g.m. to speed up production and it will take
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additional actions as warranted. >> brown: jeff pegues in washington, d.c., thank you very much, jeff. we have a complete list of the recalled g.m. investigation at cbsnews.com. the insurance industry put out the results today of its latest test crash. 12 small cars were tested in front end collisions similar to colliding with another vehicle or tree at 40 miles per hour. only one model, the mini cooper countryman, earned the top rating. four others, including the chevy volt and ford sea max got the second highest rating of acceptable. in the middle of a drought, a flood hit los angeles. that's just ahead.
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>> brown: the long drought has taken a heavy toll on california, so about the last thing the state needed was ace water main break, but it got one. 20 million dpalops of water was lost yesterday when a 93-year-old main burst in los angeles. a college campus was flooded. carter evans is in l.a. tonight. >> reporter: the geyser was just uphill from u.c.l.a., turning the campus into a giant sink. the water rushed down into six structures, including a pair of underground granlz. that's where ryan lennart parked his car. so this area essentially looked like a waterfall. >> yeah, it was just a hugeica cade of white water. a friend of mine had to brace himself with the rail not to get swept out from under himself. >> reporter: in all, 900 cars were stranded. half remain flooded out.
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some of the worst damage was in the basketball arena where the water was nearly a foot deep deep. the school had just completed a $136 million renovation. >> it looks like a tin can just ripped apart. >> reporter: mike miller is a superintendent with the water department. the section of pipe that broke was installed in 1921. it was connected to a another piece of pipe in 1956. the city used rowrl 500 million gallons of water a day and we're in a severe drought. >> right. really it's tragic. nobody likes to see that kind of water get lost. i could just cry. >> reporter: the cries can't begin the repair work while the water is still leaking and 22 nearby shutoff valves are also leaking right now. they are considering close one further upstream but the concern is that could increase pressure in the system causing more pipes to explode. james. >> brown: carter evans in los
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austrian forces were bombarding serbia. it was day three of what would become known as the great war, the world war, and eventually world war i. nearly five million americans would serve. yet, a century later, bill plante tells us there is no national memorial in the nation's capital to honor their service. >> reporter: it was supposed to be the war to end all wars. instead, in the cruelest of ironies, it beget a century of bloodshed. but 100 years on, few remember the doughboys, americans who died for their country. >> there's very little mentioned of the world war i veterans. >> reporter: james costello's uncle, private vincent costello, was the first district of columbia employee killed in the war. hundreds came to his funeral on the national mall. the family believes vincent's image was the model for this
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small statue titled, "the supreme sacrifice," tucked under the stairs in a district of columbia office building. they wish the 116,000 americans killed in action like vincent costello were better remembered. tom costello is vincent's great-nephew. >> it needs to be a beautiful place for people to understand the sacrifices made and the impacts on families, like ours. >> reporter: immediately following the war, the nation did remember, placing thousands of plaques and monuments across the country, but decades later, many are in poor condition or overlooked historian mark levitch is going to document them. >> some of them are hiding in plain sight and i just want to make people look and take notice. >> reporter: "hiding in plain sight," like the modest monument to washington, d.c. veterans of world war i, off on the side of
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the national mall. it's kind of tucked away here, almost-- almost invisible. >> it is tucked away. it's interesting. it's very close to the world war ii memorial. very close to the korean, and the vietnam memorials. but it's very much forgotten, and in part, that's because it is a local memorial. >> reporter: there is now a push for a national memorial to mark the sacrifice, the human disaster, of what was known as the great war but which turned out to be only the introduction to a century of carnage. bill plante, cbs news, washington. >> brown: and that's the cbs evening news. for scott pelley, i'm james brown in new york. thanks for watching. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by
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orlando bloom takes a swing at bieber and everybody is saying it was over their exes. >> we were with selena the second social media exploded with the fight. >> just as orlando tries to deck bieber, both his ex, miranda, and justin's ex, faced the press. >> we will show you how it all went down as cameras rolled across the globe. >> and where the biebs is today. meanwhile, back in the u.s., tragedy for drew barrymore. her half-sister was just found dead, and today, drew is speaking out. meanwhile, kelsey grammer, whose sister was murdered decades ago, is now talking directly to her killer. >> i accept a lot. >> a complete 180 if kelsey has indeed forgiven him. i can't even imagine.

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