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scott pelley. the latest news and weather are always on kpix.com. captions by: caption colorado firstname.lastname@example.org >> glor: tonight, the military takes control in egypt. tanks roll in, fireworks go off and president morsi is no longer in charge. clarissa ward is in cairo, and chip reid has reaction from washington. the arizona investigation: it turns out 19 firefighters sent out a distress call earlier than first believed. carter evans with new information. climate extremes: the u.n. releases numbers on weather in the last decade, and dean reynolds reports the earth has never seen anything like it. and the new mission: bill whitaker on the veterans who go from serving their country to serving their neighbors. >> they need to wake up every morning knowing that their country still needs them. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
>> glor: good evening, everyone. scott is off tonight. i'm jeff glor. it is the fourth of july in egypt, but just hours ago the country's experiment with democracy appeared to go up in flames. fireworks in cairo's tahrir square celebrated the ouster of egypt's first democratically elected president. the military removed mohamed morsi, suspended the constitution and installed the country's top judge as interim president. he'll be sworn in tomorrow. the army called for new elections to choose a successor to morsi, who was in office just a year. clarissa ward is in cairo tonight. clarissa? >> reporter: good evening, jeff. well, as you can see and hear behind me, the celebrations are ongoing. there have been fireworks, there have been laser shows, and the crowd has not stopped cheering since the army made its announcement. it was the moment the protesters had been waiting for.
there was jubilation at the overthrow of a president they blame for the country's economic woes and paralysis. the head of egypt's army announced on state tv that the constitution would be suspended and new elections called. hundreds of thousands of anti- government protesters had been waiting all day for word from the military. a sense of anticipation rippled through the air as army helicopters swooped overhead. >> i don't think anyone here wants the army to come back and govern the country. so, i think all the cheering and all the excitement is because it seems like the army is saying to the people, "we're with you, we're protecting you, and we realize how serious this is." >> reporter: these people are from all different walks of life and different political persuasions. they don't have one leader in mind who should take over, but they say finding a new leader is tomorrow's problem. today, there is real fear of violence. ahead of the announcement, pro- morsi demonstrators found
themselves surrounded by soldiers, armored vehicles and barbed wire. already there have been clashes between the two sides, and many fear that this is only the beginning. morsi supporters, mostly from the muslim brotherhood, have refused to accept his ouster. as the news reached this rally, they booed and shouted "down with the military rule." cairo tonight is a divided city. while the people behind me may be cheering and celebrating, just a few miles away, they are very angry. and the question now is, just how dangerous is the rift between these two groups going to get? >> glor: another question, clarissa-- morsi is no longer president; where is he? >> reporter: well, cbs has spoken to a presidential aide, who told us he doesn't know where morsi is, but he does appear to still be active on facebook. after the military statement, he released a posting basically saying that he is still the president and calling on egyptians to reject this
military coup. >> glor: clarissa ward in cairo, thank you. the u.s. embassy in cairo has ordered all non-essential personnel to leave egypt. the evacuation is to begin immediately, with everyone out by the weekend. egypt has long been a key u.s. ally in the middle east, a partner in peace along with israel. egypt is the fourth largest recipient of u.s. foreign aid, helping egypt maintain the 11th largest military in the world. chip reid is at the white house tonight with america's reaction. chip? >> reporter: well, good evening, jeff. >> we saw some of the president's top national security advisors leaving the whitehouse. they were here for a high level meeting on egypt. soon after the meeting ending, the president released a statement where he said in part we are disappointed by the egyptian armed forces to remove president morsi and now call on the egyptian military to move quickly and responsible me to return full authority back to
democratically elected saw fillian government as soon as possible. in brief the president is calling for new elections. that statement follows days of response from the whitehouse. state department spokeswoman jen psaki affirmed the administration's hands-off position on egypt less than two hours before president morsi was removed from office. >> i'm not going to rank the sides. we don't take sides, as you know. >> reporter: but neutrality has its risks. critics say it portrays the president as simply standing by while a long-time middle east ally that receives $1.5 billion in u.s. aid a year spirals into chaos. on the streets of cairo, the administration's claim of neutrality had already been rejected by many protesters who accused president obama and u.s. ambassador to egypt anne patterson of giving morsi too much support. on monday, as the protests grew, the president did toughen his tone with morsi. in a phone call, he told him that "democracy is about more than elections. it is also about ensuring that the voices of all egyptians are heard."
the president urged morsi to take steps to show he's listening to the protesters, but today the administration said morsi failed. >> he had an opportunity to lay out some specific steps, and he did not take the opportunity to do that. >> reporter: now, u.s. law requires foreign aid be cut off to any country that undergoes a military coup d'etat, but there are exceptions and escape clauses in that law. and jeff, don't be surprised if the white house and state department lawyers find some way to avoid calling this a coup. >> glor: chip reid at the white house tonight. chip, thank you. another problem the administration is facing is getting health care reform up and running. under mounting pressure, it's now delaying until after the congressional elections next year a key part of the program, what's called the employer mandate. wyatt andrews has more on that. >> reporter: as the managing partner of the hotel bethlehem in pennsylvania, bruce haynes was relieved to hear he will not
be penalized next year for the workers he can't afford to pay health insurance. the one-year reprieve saves him at least $50,000 in fines and a mountain of paperwork. >> this is an administrative nightmare for business. there's unintended consequences of this bill in terms of... for employees. it's not as simple as more people are going to get health insurance. >> reporter: the health reform law called for businesses with more than 50 full-time workers to provide health insurance this january or pay a fine, with a full-time worker defined as anyone who works more than 30 hours. that rule has led to layoffs and has impacted hiring. the hotel bethlehem does buy health insurance for most of its workers now, but, to save money under the 30-hour rule, new workers get fewer hours so the hotel can avoid buying their insurance. >> we hire only part-time employees with the understanding that they will be working less than 30 hours a week. >> reporter: businesses also
complained about the monthly reports on who was part-time, who was full-time and what insurance they carry. the administration finally agreed it would take a year, suspend the fine and reduce the paperwork. white house spokeswoman jennifer palmieri: >> it's a big undertaking, and it's not all going to be perfect on day one. but we hope that taking measures like we did today, and as we did in turning down the application, gives people confidence that we're going to implement this as well as possible. and where we need to make changes, we're willing to pause and do that. >> reporter: this is a setback for an administration that's insisted for a year that health reform would be implemented in full and on time. but jeff, this does not impact the ability of workers to buy health insurance. this expansion of insurance to the uninsured next year, that's unchanged. >> glor: wyatt, we've talked policy here. what is the further political fallout for the administration? >> reporter: jeff, right now, this is a gift to republican critics who've argued that the health reform law is too complicated and too much of a burden on businesses.
republican leaders are already saying this proves their point. they're planning a full investigation on how this decision got made. you can already see this becoming an issue in next year's congressional elections. >> glor: wyatt andrews, thank you. the fire in arizona that killed 19 firefighters this week is still only 8% contained. late last night, a community vigil was held in prescott for family members to remember the fallen. nine-year-old ty green held an american flag in the stands there. the governor has ordered flags flown at half-staff for 19 days in honor of the 19 fallen heroes. tonight, as the fire is investigated, carter evans has new information. >> reporter: this is our first look at the damage from the yarnell fire that's destroyed nearly 130 structures. some of the 600 firefighters battling the blaze paused as the trucks used by the granite mountain hot shots were taken away. this charred landscape is where the 19 men died. they were just 500 yards from the homes and businesses they were trying to save.
the only survivor, brendan mcdonough, was watching over the team from a high vantage point. ralph lucas is a battalion chief for the prescott fire department. >> it is protocol that you always have a hot shot lookout in place for every single hot shot crew all the time and every time. >> reporter: data from a nearby weather station indicated that the wind direction shifted nearly 180 degrees in less than an hour. mcdonough saw the fire reverse direction and radioed the hot shots that he was in danger and had to move. it's believed what mcdonough witnessed was the result of a rapidly forming thunderstorm. bill morse is a former hot shot and captain of the flagstaff fire department. >> you get a down draft from the thunderstorm, the winds are blowing down and out in every direct2ñ they have safety zones established. it takes some time. it may take a minute or two minutes to get to a safety zone. and maybe in this situation, that two minutes was too long. >> reporter: we've learned the hot shots radioed distress calls around 3:00 p.m., but the heavy smoke and winds prevented a
rescue helicopter from responding immediately. when paramedics finally arrived, they found the hot shots' bodies and the fire shelters they used as the last resort to protect them from the flames. >> this situation came upon the granite mountain shot shots very rapidly, and i would hope that they didn't suffer. >> reporter: federal and state investigators are here in arizona now. they're analyzing fire department records, radio logs and weather conditions. they're also in the burn area, retracing the path of the fire. preliminary results are expected later this week. carter evans, cbs news, prescott arizona. >> glor: a challenge to one of the nation's newest and toughest gun control laws. a first look at the hoodie that became a symbol of the trayvon martin case. and, on the eve of america's birthday, the nation welcomes its newest citizen. when the "cbs evening news" continues.
>> glor: in a sanford, florida, courtroom today, jurors got a look at the hoodie worn by trayvon martin the night he was shot and killed by george zimmerman. zimmerman is on trial for murder. a prosecution expert testified today that martin's d.n.a. was not found on the grip of zimmerman's gun, which could help refute zimmerman's claim that he acted in self-defense. zimmerman's gun is a nine- millimeter that carries eight rounds. much of the gun control debate in america has focused on weapons with larger capacity magazines, like the one used in the aurora mass shooting. that shooting led to new rules
in colorado. magazines can't carry more than 15 rounds. also, background checks have expanded to include all online purchases and private sales. barry peterson in colorado says that new law has led to new controversies. >> reporter: at the firing line gun shop in aurora, magazines carrying more 15 rounds were packed away, but manager richard taylor says mandating smaller clips won't make a difference. >> so you're shooting-- bang, bang, bang, boom-- change, new magazine, shoot. it will take somebody competent two seconds to change a magazine. >> this has been a passion and commitment. >> reporter: state representative rhonda fields helped write the new law. her son was gunned down in 2005 to keep him from testifying at a murder trial. in truth, though, i can drive to the next state and buy as many clips as i want, though, right?
>> you could. >> reporter: so, what effect do you really have here? >> i believe that the citizens in colorado want to comply with the law. all laws are on the books, and people can choose to either be in compliance with them or they can choose to violate them. >> my whole issue with this law is, it can't be enforced. >> reporter: el paso county sheriff terry maketa is one of the 55 of the state's 64 sheriffs who have filed a federal suit demanding the law be overturned. they say police have no way of bought before or after the law took effect, and it's not feasible for deputies to know when people sell guns privately without a background check. will you tell any of them to not enforce the law? >> no. am i going to put a deputy in every store to see if a transaction takes place? absolutely not. >> reporter: thousands gathered this weekend at an event called "a farewell to arms" to pick up high-capacity clips before the law took effect. but if the sheriffs win in court, that could mean a
farewell to one of the nation's newest and toughest gun control laws. barry petersen, cbs news, denver. >> glor: nearly 8,000 men and women will become america's newest citizens in a hundred ceremonies this week. one of the larger events took place today in the home of benjamin harrison, the 23rd president, indianapolis. immigrants from 39 nations took the oath just before july 4. something is happening in the great lakes that has marine biologists very concerned. that story is next. ,,
>> glor: forecasters say the western heat wave should ease slightly in the next few days, but today was another scorcher. the temperature hit 105 in tucson, 108 in phoenix and 111 in las vegas. the united nations put out a report today saying the planet saw unprecedented climate extremes in the last decade, with every spot on the global affected in some way. here's dean reynolds. >> this portion of lake michigan used to be below water. >> reporter: at chicago's shed aquarium, research biologist phil willing worries about what he sees when he looks at lake michigan. >> what's most disturbing is, when we look at the average lake level over the past decade, it has dropped down and has not gone back up substantially not like in the past. >> reporter: is it evaporation, causing low lake levels? >> evaporation rates are going up, and that seems to be due to climate change. >> reporter: but low lake levels
seem almost a minor irritant compared to the devastation charted in today's report. the last decade, it said, produced hurricanes and typhoons around the world that caused $380 billion in damage. global temperatures have risen so steeply since the 1980s that arctic sea ice is now melting twice as fast as it once did. 370,000 people were killed by extreme weather, with many of the casualties blamed on paralyzing heat waves that gripped europe in 2003 and russia in 2010. the report said the last decade was the warmest since the 1850s. almost half the nations on earth broke 50-year-old records for high temperatures. the report says the extreme weather between 2001 and 2010 was not driven by any persistent weather phenomenon such as el nino, and indications are that neither the extremes nor their consequences are evening out.
lake michigan, for example, is predicted to drop two feet by the end of this century with untold effects on wildlife, tourism and commerce. >> even though lake levels have gone up with these spring rains, they can go right back down, and we think they will go right back down. >> reporter: and that, he says, is caused for concern. dean reynolds, cbs news, chicago. >> glor: now the story of mice and men. the man who invented the mouse has died. douglas engelbart, the computer pioneer, rolled it out way back in 1968, decades before most folks even had a computer. it was made of wood and had two wheels back then. president clinton awarded engelbart the national medal of technology for creating the foundations of personal computing. englebart died last night. he was 88 years old. for american veterans, a new place, a new purpose. that story is next. she knows you like no one else.
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>> reporter: the attack on eric brighton's navy seal team destroyed their fallujah barracks. brighton's recovered, but many of his teammates were severely injured, their military careers over. >> what i knew from working with these men and women was that they wanted to find a way to continue to serve. >> reporter: so, he took on a new mission: helping veterans transition to civilian life through community service like renovating this los angeles community center. >> when people come home, we're saying to them, thank you. what they also have to hear is "we still need you." ( applause ) >> reporter: he has a resume that could land most any job. he's a rhodes scholar, has a ph.d., a bronze star, a purple heart, yet he took his savings from combat pay and founded the mission continues. the new recruits, all veterans who served after 9/11, gathered in l.a. for training. all commit to serve six months at non-profits in their local communities.
they get a modest stipend, about $300 a week, some job skills and a healthy dose of tough love. >> yes, people have come back with post-traumatic stress disorder, yes, people have been disabled, and we have to decide whether or not we're going to be looking for an excuse or we're going to be willing to accept a challenge. by creating these service fellowships in the communities, our veterans figure out how to live productive lives. >> why am i doing it? to give back. >> reporter: this former marine staff sergeant survived a sniper's bullet that pierced his body armor, but six concussions from these roadside bombs forced him out of the military he loved. the transition to civilian life was not easy. >> we all got p.t.s.d. hey, guess what? there's certain things that happen in combat that you can't get away from. >> reporter: through the mission continues he's finding his way back, coaching at a boys and girls club near san diego. >> good job!
when these men and women leave their mission continues fellowship they go on to full time employment, education, for those of them that have post- traumatic stress disorder, their symptoms go down. catherine, congratulations. >> reporter: almost 700 mission continues veteran have served in 44 states. >> our mission continues! >> reporter: proud to report for duty again. bill whitaker, cbs news, los angeles. >> glor: that's the "cbs evening news" tonight. for scott pelley, i'm jeff glor, cbs news in new york. good night. close captioning is proudly sponsored by citracal. captioning sponsored by cbs acg
>> your realtime captioner: linda marie macdonald developing news. a freak accident kills a counselor at a popular summer camp. good evening, i'm elizabeth cook. >> i'm allen martin. a chaotic scene this morning as a large oak tree came crashing down at camp tawonga just outside yosemite national park. kpix 5's ann notarangelo has learned the 21-year-old killed was a student at uc-santa cruz. >> reporter: this took place, you see the building to the left of it, you can see the power line. it happened this morning when campers were eating breakfast in the dining hall. it landed in open space a fire
circle. the children were not hit. five camp counselors were pinned under this treat at camp tawonga at 8:30 this morning. four were taken to local hospitals with nonlife- threatening injuries. but uc-santa cruz student originally reported missing was killed, annais rittenberg. the tree came down in an open space by the dining hall. >> an oak tree 3 feet in diameter broke off about 15 to 20 feet in the air. >> reporter: power has been cut off to part of the camp because of the incident. >> it fell down, it took down power lines, as well. pg&e had to come out, turn those lines off, and then cal fire was able to go in and start removing portions of the trees to help get those people out that were injured. >> reporter: camp tawonga is a summer camp for children on 160 acres in stanislaus national forest serving the jewish community since 1925. the san francisco-based camp says all campers are