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"cbs evening news with scott pelley" is next. see you at 6:00. >> caption colorado, llc >> pelley: tonight, scra of the most wanted. >> he stabbed people, he beat people with bats, shot people, strangled people, run them over with cars. >> pelley: bob orr on the end of a 16-year manhunt for mobster whitey bulger. the white house pulls an emergency lever to steady the economy. anthony mason says it's a rare move that will reach every american family. the day after the president's afghanistan decision, mandy clark talks to the troops headed home. and, in a country with so much unemployment, we found a place in texas where they have more jobs than they can fill. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening.
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he is an avid reader with an interest in history, spends a lot of time at libraries and historic sites, and loves animals. and one more thing: according to his f.b.i. file, james j. "whitey" bulger is a cold- blooded killer-- the kind they make movies about, and they did. tonight, after more than a decade as a fugitive, bulger is in custody. justice correspondent bob orr tells us how the f.b.i. finally got its man. >> reporter: as a career criminal, james "whitey" bulger rose to the very top of the f.b.i.'s most-wanted list. but for the last 16 years, the notorious boston mob boss was a ghost, leading authorities on a fruitless and frustrating worldwide manhunt. despite countless tips and reported sightings from italy to indiana, he remained invisible. but today, there he was in federal court in los angeles. bulger had finally been arrested late yesterday after he was tracked to this santa monica, california, apartment.
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richard deslauriers is the f.b.i.'s top agent in boston. >> we have captured one of the f.b.i.'s ten most wanted fugitives, a man notorious in boston and around the world for very serious crimes he is alleged to have committed. >> reporter: bulger headed boston's irish mob, a group called the winter hill gang. he's charged with 19 murders, extortion, drug dealing and money laundering. bulger's alleged gangland activities and explosive temper were the inspiration for jack nicholson's character in martin scorsese's movie "the departed." >> you dump him in the marsh. >> reporter: but the film's popularity in 2006 did not help the f.b.i. find its man. public appeals and wanted posters brought no results until this week. >> have you seen this woman? >> reporter: on monday, the f.b.i. unveiled this ad focusing on bulger's long-time girlfriend, catherine grieg. a spot airing on daytime television and aimed at female viewers described grieg and her numerous plastic surgeries.
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within 24 hours, authorities got a very specific tip that bulger and grieg were living in this apartment building. the f.b.i. lured bulger outside and arrested him. then they entered the building, arrested grieg and confiscated nearly 30 guns and hundreds of thousands of dollars stashed in the apartment. neighbors knew the couple as charles and carol gasko. they lived in apartment 303 and, for much of the past 15 years, it seems, paid their $1,100-a- month rent in cash. but sources say bulger, armed with multiple passports, also moved around, reportedly spending time in the caribbean, fort lauderdale and london. the bulger case has long been an embarrassment for the f.b.i. in the mid-'70s, bulger became an informant for the bureau, providing information about a rival gang and even some of his own mob soldiers. but f.b.i. agent john connolly, assigned to handle bulger, eventually went to work for the mob boss. connolly was convicted for racketeering. in fact, it was connolly's
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warning to bulger that he was about to be indicted in 1995 that sent the mobster into hiding. now, sources tell us bulger at first was verbally combative when he was arrested, but he didn't resist. now we're told he is talking a bit to federal authorities and, scott, bulger will be returned to boston to face trial. >> pelley: thanks, bob. "60 minutes" has been on the bulger case for years. the late ed bradley interviewed two of bulger's closest mob lieutenants. in 2001, ed spoke with eddie mackenzie, the first member of bulger's gang ever to speak publicly. >> he had such a stare of blankness, no compassion in his eyes, ed, that just would horrify anybody. you could be 6' 6", 360 pounds, the toughest guy... i've seen people almost go to the bathroom in their pants in his presence, he was so scary. >> pelley: then, in 2006, ed spoke to kevin weeks, a mob lieutenant who knew bulger better than most. >> oh, he stabbed people, he
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beat people with bats, he shot people, strangled people, ran them over with cars. >> you said also that he liked killing. >> yeah. >> explain that to me. >> after he would kill somebody, he'd... it was like a stress relief, you know? he'd be nice and calm for a couple weeks afterwards, like he just got rid of all his stress. >> by killing? >> yes. >> that's a bizarre way to get rid of stress. >> pelley: kevin weeks, the man you just heard from, led the f.b.i. to where some of bulger's alleged victims were buried. he is likely to be a witness at trial. it has been a busy 48 hours for the f.b.i. we learned today that agents have arrested two men in what the feds say was a terrorist plot to attack a military recruiting station in seattle. we'll bring justice correspondent bob orr back in with details on this. bob, what have you learned? >> reporter: well, this apparently did start out as a real plot, as you say, scott. prosecutors say two men who somehow had become radicalized on their own first wanted to
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attack joint base louis-mcchord in washington, then later changed their minds and targeted a military processing center in seattle. the f.b.i. got wind of this three weeks ago when a third man, who they tried to bring into the plot, turned and became an f.b.i. informant. so the f.b.i. then made sure that the conspirators only got dummy guns. in that sense, the plot was disrupted. but i have to say, this is still troubling. it comes just a few weeks after al qaeda jihadists called for more homegrown attacks here in the u.s. to avenge the killing of osama bin laden. >> pelley: thanks again, bob. news on the economy today suggests that the stall in the recovery could be with us for a while. the number of americans filing their first claims for unemployment benefits rose to 429,000 last week. also today, the price of oil fell more than $4 to close just over $91 a barrel. that sudden drop came after the obama administration announced that it is going to dump 30
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million barrels of oil onto the market, a rare release from the strategic petroleum reserve where america keeps its emergency oil supply. was it a move to help the economy? anthony mason joins us now with some insight on that. >> reporter: scott, gas prices have been falling for the past month, so the sudden decision to tap into the strategic petroleum reserve surprised almost everyone. the strategic petroleum reserve is the country's emergency oil lifeline. the white house said it was tapping into it because of supply disruptions in libya and the middle east. there are some people saying this looks like a desperate move. >> i would call it an economic hail mary pass. >> reporter: only analyst steve kopits says it's not about supply disruptions, it's about the weakening economy. >> i think there was some skepticism these oil prices could actually bring down the economy. i think people are beginning to think that, in fact, they can. >> reporter: for the 11th straight week now, unemployment claims have lingered above the key 400,000 mark. yesterday chairman ben bernanke
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downgraded the federal reserve's growth forecast for the economy. >> we have an awful lot of uncertainty right now about how much of this slowdown is temporary, how much is permanent. >> reporter: set up after the arab oil boycott of 1973, the strategic petroleum reserve holds more than 700 million barrels of crude in four salt caverns along the texas and louisiana gulf coast. only the president can authorize its use in the event of a severe energy supply interruption. but until today, the white house had done that only twice-- during the first gulf war in 1991 and then in the wake of hurricane katrina in 2005. >> this is not a severe supply disruption, so i really don't think it meets its original mandate for what we should use the s.p.r. for. >> reporter: while the fighting in libya did push gas prices to nearly $4 a gallon in may, they've fallen 37 cents since then. tapping the reserves should bring them down even more, temporarily, but kopits says there's only so much ammunition in this weapon.
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>> so we can use it for one month, two months, maybe four months. after that, the question is then what do you do? >> reporter: in the near term it should bring relief at the pump. analysts estimate the move could lower gas prices by 50 cents or more within weeks. >> pelley: anthony, the price of oil is regulated in the market, of course, and i wonder if the government's action today changes the way the markets are going to work. >> reporter: it's a game-changer in one sense, i think, scott, because the government is clearly trying to drive down the price here and may do this again. so if you're a trader, are you going to jump in the market if you think the white house might come in suddenly again? traders don't like this, drivers will. >> pelley: thanks, anthony. one day after president obama spelled out his exit strategy for afghanistan, his top generals went before the congress today. david martin tells us they stand behind the president, but they made it clear mr. obama wasn't following their advice. >> reporter: both general david petraeus, the commander in afghanistan, and joint chiefs
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chairman admiral mike mullen, the president's principal military advisor, said today they initially balked at president obama's drawdown plan as too risky. >> the president's decisions are more aggressive and incur more risk than i was originally prepared to accept. >> the ultimate decision was a more aggressive formulation, if you will, in terms of the timeline, than what we had recommended. >> reporter: they wanted to pull out fewer than 5,000 troops this year, but they were up against an option presented by president obama's civilian advisors to pull out the entire 33,000 surge force by the end of this year. the president decided to pull out 10,000 this year, all 33,000 by september, 2012. >> is it going to be hard? you bet it's going to be hard. >> reporter: but mullen said it would be even harder on the taliban. >> the taliban had a really bad year last year. they're having a really bad year
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this year. they're going to have another really bad year next year. >> reporter: and both men seemed to acknowledge their military advice was not politically realistic. >> more force for more time is, without doubt, the safer course. but that does not necessarily make it the best course. >> reporter: petraeus said he supports the president's decision and will carry it out, but he refuses to say he is comfortable with it. >> pelley: thanks, david. more rain is forecast for this weekend for north dakota-- the last thing it needs. most of the state's 53 counties have been declared federal disaster areas because of flooding. the swollen missouri river swept away this home in bismarck today, and in minot, more people were urged to leave their homes. a quarter of the city has already been evacuated. the mouse river is expected to crest in minot this weekend, seven feet higher than the level it reached during a disastrous flood in 1969. it may be that what you learned
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>> pelley: it >> pelley: it may seem like all the news about the job market is bad. earlier we told you about claims for unemployment being up. but not so much in texas. dallas/fort worth has gained more than 83,000 jobs in the last year-- more than any other metro area in the country. we asked mark strassmann to show us one reason why. >> reporter: on the plains of dallas, the pioneers have moved into offices... >> you can actually shoot the projectiles out of the air. >> reporter: of the exploding video game industry. only silicon valley's is bigger. >> at gearbox we've had a great few years. we've had a great run. >> reporter: steve gibson is vice president at gearbox software, one of america's largest independent video game studios-- 200 programmers, designers, artists and producers, developers of megahits like borderlands and brothers in arms. so profitable gibson handed out more bonuses this week.
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>> look at that! >> wow! >> reporter: five-figure quarterly bonuses. >> you've got, you know, hundreds of guys and girls working here who have a safe job and who will help grow that local economy and more talent keeps coming to texas and it's been a great time. >> reporter: so blue sky? >> as far as you can see. >> reporter: think of this game's bad guy as the recession. around dallas, the video game industry has helped knock him down with double-digit growth every year since 2005. that's right through america's worst economic crisis since the great depression. why dallas? mostly happy coincidence. in 1993, a dallas company created doom, a landmark video game. the industry took off. video game studios now employ 1,100 people here and dallas- based gamestop has become the world's largest video game retailer. affordable escapism is hot. in the u.s., annual video game
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revenue is $25 billion-- almost double movies and music revenue combined. >> it's not just a social thing for people. a lot of people, it's also a protection from the worries of the outside world. >> reporter: all these graduate students want a piece of the gaming action. peter raab founded southern methodist university's masters program in video game development. >> for a place like texas these are great, great professions to have. the average salary of video game developers is on the order of $90,000 a year. >> reporter: dallas has found a fantasy that pays real money. mark strassmann, cbs news, dallas. >> pelley: tomorrow night, we'll have a report from a city where workers who once made parts for cars are making parts for people. it is a national epidemic. so many kids are obese even before they get to kindergarten. what's being done about it when we come back. back.
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>> sebastian was about 30 pounds overweight. >> reporter: how much did he weigh? >> he weighed close to 70 pounds. >> reporter: 70 pounds? >> uh-huh. >> reporter: for four years old? >> uh-huh. >> reporter: sebastian was twice the size of the average child his age and his two-year-old brother xavier weighed 15 pounds more than he should. >> cheese! >> reporter: their doctor, jennifer sivits, is seeing more overweight children. what are the risk factors for kids who are that overweight? >> well, we worry about early onset of type two diabetes, which is typically associated with the adult age group. >> reporter: among the recommendations from today's report? more activity-- at least 15 minutes per hour-- a better diet, portion control, feeding children only when they're hungry, restricting t.v. and computer time and making sure children get a full night's sleep. did that surprise you? >> no. sleep deprivation is really an important factor in terms of
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promoting obesity and insulin resistance. >> reporter: the gutierrez family started by restocking the family refrigerator, eliminating one thing in particular. >> i just went, grabbed all the baby bottles, put them in a plastic bag and pretty much hid them. within a week or week and a half they lost, just in that week, about six pounds. >> reporter: sebastian has dropped six more pounds since then. his brother a total of eight. even mom and dad together are 15 pounds lighter, proving that what's good for the children is also good for the whole family. michelle miller, cbs news, patterson, new jersey. >> pelley: most of us were taught that dinosaurs were cold- blooded giants that died off millions of years ago. turns out, that may be only half true. scientists who studied dinosaur teeth now tell us they found some of these prehistoric creatures had body temperatures of about 100 degrees-- higher than the average human. so these dinosaurs were either
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>> pelley: president obama said today the withdrawal from afghanistan will not mean giving up the gains that america has fought for. he was speaking to some of the men and women who have fought the most-- at fort drum. combat brigades from the 10th mountain division have deployed to iraq and afghanistan 16 times in ten years. at this historic turning point in the war, we asked mandy clark what the troops in afghanistan are saying and she found them at the hospital on the bagram air base, the first stop for wounded warriors on a long trip home. >> reporter: the day after the president's announcement, some of the wounded troops volunteered to talk with us. 20-year-old lance corporal steven aythens is a marine combat engineer from alabama. last week, he stepped on a land mine and lost his legs. >> i hear "boom." i can't see. i can't hear. it's ringing in my ears and i feel like i'm flying. then i hit the ground.
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>> reporter: aythens told us he doubts people back home understand the reality of war. >> these video games today, "call of duty" and everything, it makes it look so easy just to run around and kill everyone. but with this war, you don't know the difference between the enemy and a friend. they look like the civilians; the civilians look like them. sometimes they are the enemy, and you don't know it. >> reporter: the enemy is elusive, and right now the combat is growing more intense. a bomb went off near 20-year-old private james sitter of north carolina and destroyed his hearing in one ear. he told us half his platoon has been injured. >> we got our replacements coming, but there's no way they can fill up half a company, half a platoon. it's just-- you have to start learning to work with less. >> reporter: with his platoon short-handed, he told us he'd rather go back than go home.
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>> it's like once you're put into a platoon, that's your family. you want to go back. >> reporter: the decision to begin pulling out was made halfway around the world in washington. what the men here know is afghanistan is still a work in progress. did you feel like you're making gains? >> reporter: now a new summer fighting season is beginning and as the temperature rises so almost certainly will the casualties. mandy clark, cbs news, bagram air field. >> pelley: that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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the governor digs in. the latest your realtime captioner is linda marie macdonald. one way or the other. >> all new at 6:00, the governor digs in. the latest twist in the bitter and sometimes personal fight over the state budget. how jerry brown plans to craft a deal. a bay area kid that made good, becoming a pulitzer prize winning journalist but he had a secret. what his story might tell us about one of the hottest debates in america. and some late-breaking news tonight. why the plan to ease a notorious east bay commute has been put on hold. good evening, i'm allen martin. >> i'm dana king. it is coming down to the wire. the governor has just seven days until the tax increases expire. he has been on the hunt for republican support to let voters decide whether to extend the


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