tv CBS Evening News With Katie Couric CBS February 21, 2011 5:30pm-6:00pm PST
from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> smith: good evening, katie is off tonight. few dictators have had the staying power of moammar qaddafi. but in four decades of rule, he has never faced a challenge to his authority like this one. protestors filled the streets of tripoli today even after qaddafi reportedly ordered military aircraft to attack the crowds. foreigners are trying to get out of libya. the u.s. state department has ordered non-essential workers to leave. secretary of state hillary clinton said it's time to stop this unacceptable bloodshed and called on the government to respect the universal rights of libyans. several libyan government officials have resigned. some military officers have defected. even libya's u.n. ambassador called on qaddafi to step down, throwing his support behind the protestors. >> they should not compromise. for what they died for, they
should not compromise. if they stop without reaching their goals, i think that would be bad. >> reporter: anti-government protests continued today in yemen and bahrain. allen pizzey begins our coverage of the middle east in turmoil. >> reporter: a ball of fire. the sound of gunfire. and an explosion. the rage that began has reached tripoli. people claim fighter jets have fired on protestors. jets landed in malta the pilots asked for asylum saying they refused orders to bomb the rioters. it's colonel moammar qaddafi's desperate attempts to keep people from overthrowing his regime. the capital is torn by burning barricades and gunfire. the death toll may have topped 300 with uncounted more wounded. police say the libyan's
parliament in tripoli was torched. with no independent reporting possible, the only way to see inside the country was through videos posted on the internet. one unnamed source claimed the libyan air force was ordered to hit military installations in an effort to keep weapons from protestors. it didn't work. these jubilant young men are brandishing arms, including anti-tank rockets apparently looted from a military base in bengasi give which protestors claim they now control. while anarchy reigned in the streets, libyan t.v. showed life as normal and warned against dens of terrorists intent on sabotaging libya. but protestors claim they took it from mercenary's. a speech by qaddafi's son warning of rivers of blood and civil war and vowing that the regime would fight the last bullet but then offering bizarre concessions like a new flag has been met with derision. protestors hoisted the pre-
qaddafi libyan flag last flown in 1969 and cracks are appearing in the power structure. a senior minister and several diplomats have quit. there is faint hope the violence in libya will be over as quickly as it was in bahrain where the pressure for change has taken a peaceful but no less insistent turn. this student leader wants to see bahrain's king gone. >> all the university students are going to come there and march all the way here. >> reporter: as in all the latest revolts, the internet is the organizing tool of choice. pearl square's air of semi-perm permanence in a clear message to beleaguered arab leaders. demands for change must be met or they'll take to the streets again. 200 political prisoners are expected to be released tomorrow at the same time the main opposition leader in exile-- who has an arrest warrant hanging over his head-- is expected back. if he's allowed in, the two events will amount to the most significant gesture yet that the
regime here is serious about reform. allen pizzey, cbs news back bahrain. >> smith: the world didn't know what to make of moammar qaddafi >> smith: the world didn't know what to make of moammar qaddafi when he seized power in libya in 1969. 42 years later, his mark on history is unmistakable. his brutal reign, his support for terrorists and his often bizarre behavior. more on qaddafi from mark phillips. >> reporter: with his exotic choice in uniforms, with his personal security detail made up only of women, with his unconventional behavior exemplified by his rambling 2009 united nations speech that was supposed to last 15 minutes but went on for 1 hour and 40....
>> ( translated ): it should not >> ( translated ): it should not be called the security council, it should be called the terror council. >> reporter: ...moammar qaddafi seemed to be a caricature of a despot tyrant with a loose grip on reality. but in the more than four decades since the then 27-year- old army officer led a coupe to depose an unloved king, he's confounded his opponents abroad and suppressed even the hint of opposition at home. >> some people have disappeared. some have been convicted to very long sentences in prison. >> reporter: but qaddafi's support for what he called liberation movements-- what others called terrorists-- turned him into an international pariah. when libya was implicated in the bombing of a berlin nightclub which killed two american servicemen, though, he had picked on the wrong american president. >> i wouldn't believe a word he says. >> reporter: as confrontation seemed imminent, qaddafi remained defiant. the u.s. retaliatory bombing of libya killed about 60 people,
including qaddafi's 15-month-old adopted daughter. it seemed to increase qaddafi's anti-western fury, culminating in the bombing of pan am 103 over lockerbie scotland, two years later. the attack killed 270 people and libya never admitted to it, but it did pay a settlement to the families of the american victims. that and libya's disavowal of its nuclear weapons program produced a remarkable about- turn: the reinvention of moammar qaddafi, friend to the west, ally in the fight against terror. >> reporter: but moammar qaddafi never reformed himself or the system of absolute power at home and he and his people are now paying the price. mark phillips, cbs news, london. >> smith: the turmoil in libya and across the arab world is driving up oil prices. u.s. markets were closed for the
holiday, but in europe today crude jumped more than $5 to more than $107 barrel. that's the highest in more than two years. gasoline prices are up, too, the national average is now $3.17 gallon, that's up about a nickel in the past two weeks. for more than three weeks now, u.s. officials have pressured pakistan to free an american charged with murder on the grounds he has diplomatic immunity, but today they admitted that raymond davis is a c.i.a. operative and that makes things a lot more complicated. david martin has the story. >> reporter: what had been painfully obvious-- that raymond davis worked for the c.i.a.-- has now been reported, making him an even greater focus of anti-american hatred in pakistan. grounds outside the jail where he is being held for having shot and killed two pakistanis are demanding the death sentence. with added revelation he worked for c.i.a., u.s. officials fear
davis could be killed from someone inside the jail. in this video, which appeared on pakistani television, he can be seen showing the police his i.d. cards and trying to convince them he works for the u.s. consulate in lahore. >> reporter: the pakistanis have moved davis to a separate part of the jail where dogs taste his food to make sure it's not poisoned. his guards have had their guns taken away so they can't kill him, but now he could be vulnerable to other inmates who are mostly islamic militants. harry? >> smith: david, the united states has maintained that he has diplomatic immunity. does the fact that he has worked for the c.i.a. compromise that in any way? >> reporter: not according to u.s. officials. once the pakistani government was notified that davis had been assigned to the embassy staff, he was covered by diplomatic immunity and it doesn't matter what agency he works for or what crimes he is accused of, he is not subject to pakistani law. >> smith: and what can the
pakistanis legally to him? >> reporter: well, under international law, the only thing they can do is kick him out of the country. >> smith: all right. david martin at the pentagon, thanks. the drug war in mexico seems to have no boundaries. just this past weekend more than 80 people were killed throughout the country, and terry mccarthy shows us the violence has now reached a familiar tourist destination, that being acapulco. we caution you, some of these pictures are graphic. >> reporter: daniel reams and his wife pamela moved from virginia 10 years ago to run a beach-side hotel in acapulco. they have 22 rooms, but on this weekend only four are booked. they estimate their business is off by 60%. >> i mean, we are making a living-- sort of. but it's way down from what we were. >> reporter: the problem, they say, is that the deadly drug war has been creeping closer to tourist areas. >> the violence has killed us. >> reporter: the port of
acapulco has become a bloody battleground between rival drug cartels. just this past weekend in acapulco, nearly 30 men were killed, including 12 taxi drivers shot in their vehicles. four other men were thrown to their deaths from a bridge. and last month, 15 decapitated men were dumped at a shopping center, all in the shadow of lucrative tourist areas. the decapitated bodies were found on the sidewalk right here. the drug cartels haven't targeted foreign tourists but the hotels are just ten minutes away from here. for many americans, that's way too close. now tourists see truckloads of police everywhere. two cruiselines have just canceled their acapulco stops, taking their 5,000 passengers with them and the city is no longer among the top 100 destinations for americans. is it safe for american tourists in acapulco? >> you're here. do you feel safe? >> reporter: acapulco's governor down plays the violence saying they expect nine million visitors this year. but look around: the town is
eerily empty. >> i was walking down the beach this morning and every hotel here is empty on the beach side. there was no one. >> reporter: on the main tourist strip, nightclubs, the staple of spring breakers, are struggling. on one recent saturday night, this club only had about 20 people in it and no one waiting in line. >> you can see it right over here. it's a hard situation now. >> reporter: as violence creeps ever closer, many fear the tourists will stay further away. terry mccarthy, cbs news, acapulco. >> smith: off the horn of africa tonight, a u.s. navy warship is shadowing an american yacht hijacked by somali pirates. the 58-foot sailing yacht "quest" was captured friday off oman. on board are the owners californians scott and jean adams and phyllis mckay and bob riggle of seattle. plus an unknown number of pirates. u.s. officials hope to convince them to surrender without violence.
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can't afford to keep footing the bill. >> we've already given up things. we don't have a cushy ride. i'm not getting rich off becoming a teacher. >> reporter: in fact, public sector workers in wisconsin do make slightly more in salary and benefits than the average private sector worker. in part that's because nearly twice as many of them have college degrees necessary for high-skilled jobs. when education and other factors are considered, two recent studies found public sector employees end up earning less than their counterparts in the private sector. in wisconsin, nearly 5% less-- nationally 7% less. but the governor's supporters say his plan is what the majority wants. >> i think the real message was in november, people coming out and voting and voting very distinctly for the governor. >> reporter: as for tomorrow wisconsin teachers are supposed to be back in the classroom. republican lawmakers will be back in session here.
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pouch is created with staples. a loop of small intestine is attached to the pouch so food is only partially absorbed. with a lap band, a band is placed around the upper portion of the stomach which limits the quantity of food consumed. >> the gastric bypass is the gold standard for bariatric surgery. it's the most effective operation at both weight loss as well as improvement in the co- morbidities like diabetes. >> reporter: bypass patients lost an average of 97 pounds compared to 55 pounds in the lap band group. >> being lighter, having less fat, means that your insulin and glucose will work better. that your diabetes will be easier to control. >> reporter: a second study looking at diabetes reduction compared gastric bypass to a procedure called sleeve gastrectomy. the stomach is made smaller to be roughly the size of a banana, holding less food. the excess stomach is removed. again, gastric bypass was superior.
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together, alexandria is then locked inside the tank with no way to breathe and seemingly no way to survive. quite a predicament. especially considering originally all she wanted to escape... >> chocolate chip cookies? >> reporter: ...was boredom. when not near drowning, alexandria the great is donna, a ho-hum housewife. now 49, she and her husband bill started learning escapes as teenagers as a hobby. >> we just tried some simple rope ties and things like that. >> reporter: later, when the kids weren't around they tried more daring feats but, again, it was just a hobby. they never considered performing until the recession hit and they started really going under. donna was unemployed. she desperately needed work but still wanted to stay home and take care of the kids. she felt like her hands were tied. >> she's out of one hand! >> reporter: it motivated her to start thinking inside the box. >> that's both hands!
>> reporter: i had to look back and go with what i was good at. >> now she's got to find the bobby pin. >> i was good at this. >> now she'll pick the lock. >> reporter: for the past several months, donna has been working out with a strength training coach and a breath- holding coach. a few of her friends think she's jumped off the deep end. the kids like the idea of having an escape artist mom. in fact, they were relieved to find out that's all she is. >> because we would, like, walk around the house and we would see chains and handcuffs in places. ( laughter) >> reporter: apparently compared to that visual seeing your mom like this is nothing. >> she opens up the body tin... >> reporter: more importantly, donna and the kids hope that this act-- and the story behind it-- serve as an inspiration to you. >> she's out! >> reporter: to escape whatever it is you're stuck in. >> alexandria the great! >> reporter: steve hartman, cbs news, boston. >> smith: that's the "cbs evening news," i'm harry smith. thanks for watching. katie will be back tomorrow. good night.
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tonight good samaritans are being credited for jumping into action and pulling those dogs from the flames. mark say r with the dramatic video of the rescue. >> reporter: show organizers have confirmed that three of the dogs have been released. but as for thes conditions of the two most seriously injured dogs, at this point we do not even know this if they have survived this incident because their owners have requested privacy. this cell phone video shows the van going up in flames just moments before these pictures were taken. the five dogs which were inside were pulled from the burning vehicle by dog show participants. >> so i ran over, opened the doors and the whole front seat and the dash and everything was on fire. >> reporter: josh was one of the first on the scene and did all he could to help rescue the dogs. >> i could hear the dogs screaming. we were just trying to get them out as fast as we could before the dogs really got