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wildfire. a southern california wildfire is spreading in three directions as tourists and summer campers run for cover. a suffocating heat wave that scorched the east and midwest isn't done yet. >> miserable. feels like i live inside a dog's mouth. and motor city is now a bankrupt city. financially troubled detroit throws in the towel. captioning funded by cbs financially troubled detroit throws i this is the "cbs morning news" for friday, july 19th, 2013. good morning. good to be with you. i'm vinita nair. a large dangerous wildfire is creeping closer to major resort area east of los angeles. firefighters say they're making
progress, but thousands of homes are still threatened. the blaze is now two mimes away from palm springs. teresa garcia is in one town where everyone was told to get out. >> reporter: closed signs and empty streets show the impact of the mandatory evacuations in effect for the small town of idylwild. >> it's very somber. >> reporter: mary is one of the few remaining holdouts. neither sheriff's deputies nor the pleas from her friends can get her to leave. >> i think the people who call me scare me more than being here. >> reporter: the fire has consumed thousands of acres and destroyed at least a half dozen homes. hotshot crews are using chain saws and rakes to clear out brush and build fire breaks. the afternoons are one of the most dangerous times for firefighters with temperatures reaching into the triple digits, which can help spread the fire more rapidly. the biggest challenge for crews is this terrain. it is steeped, it is rugged,
making it difficult to build a containment line around the fire, and the timber out here are so incredibly dry, making for a lot of volatile fuel. >> it is so dry right now that this is reacting like a late september/early october fire. >> reporter: officials say they are making progress battling the blaze -- >> don't worry. we're going go put it out for you, okay? >> reporter: -- but the large plume of smoke rising up from the fire is bringing a threat from above. >> embers get into the column and can drop anywhere. >> reporter: and a monsoon coming up from mexico could bring heavier winds and dry lightning, which would only make things worse. teresa garcia, cbs news, idylwild, california. much of the country, including california, faces another day of scorching temperatures. it felt like 115 degrees in baltimore yesterday with the heat and humidity. the weather is blamed for at least five deaths in maryland alone. new york's governor is asking
people to conserve electricity as power plants face record demand. cbs news weather consultant david bernard says the east coast will finally get some relief this weekend. >> the heat wave certainly is not over yet. in fact, our heat warnings have even expanded today. they extend all the way from near minneapolis to include chicago, cincinnati, detroit, cleveland, pittsburgh, and, of course, the i-95 corridor from new york to boston. look at the expected high temperature this afternoon. 98 in boston, calling for 95 in new york. upper 90s in d.c. and there's the heat across the midwest as well. chicago, 94 this afternoon and st. louis expecting to be in the mid to upper 90s as well. heat relief is on the way. here comes the cold front later today, but that means severe weather is possible anywhere from madison and chicago, detroit, cleveland, buffalo, all of upstate new york and northern new england. we could have damaging wind, and there's also the possibility of tornadoes before the front moves through.
and, of course, that means conditions will get cooler by the time we get to the weekend. i'm david bernard, cbs news, miami. the mayor of detroit says bankruptcy offers that troubled city a new start. detroit is the largest american city ever to file for bankruptcy protection. it is more than $18 billion in debt. the city's emergency manager says the move allows the city to keep operating. >> services will remain open, paychecks will be made, bills will be paid. nothing changes from the standpoint of the ordinary citizen's perspective. >> but detroit will not have to pay many of its bills. yesterday's bankruptcy files follows months of talks with creditors and city employee unions. the national security agency is changing its security protocol because of edward snowden, the nsa leaker. they say computer analysts like
snowden will no longer have solo access to sensitive information. from now on two people must be involved to prevent security leaks. as snowden waits to hear in russia will give him asylum, president obama reportedly is thinking of canceling a september meeting with vladimir putin. they say calling off the summit will call into question several issues including snowden and civil war in syria. a setback for army pfc bradley manning who's on trial for giving secret documents to wikileaks. a military judge has refused to drop charges of him giving aid to the enemy. that's the most serious case. it calls for a possible life sentence. we are seeing more photos of dzhokhar tsarnaev for the first time this morning. the police photographer who revealed them has been relieved of duty. they're very controversial photos of the boston marathon bomber. alison harmelin reports. >> reporter: boston magazine's website posted photographs of a bloody dzhokhar tsarnaev
emerging from a boat where he was hiding after the intense man hunt following the boston marathon bombing. there's blood on his face and a sniper target lies squarely on his forehead. in one image tsarnaev is lying draped over the side of a boat and another shows him after his capture. massachusetts police sergeant sean murphy took the photos. he says he gave them to the boston magazine because he was outraged over the recent "rolling stone" cover. he says it glamorizes the teen suspect. he quotes murphy saying i hope that the people who see these images will know that this was real. it was as real as it gets. many of boston's first responders and murphy to the "rolling stone" cover. >> they could have put anyone on that cover, police that caught him, but the doctors and the nurses that helped all those people. anybody, anybody but this kid. >> reporter: boston magazine said it will put out a more
complete photo section in it september issues. >> "cbs moneywatch," google ads fall. ashley morrison is here in new york with that and more. good morning. >> good morning to you, vinita. tock owe's nikkei dropped 1in' while hong kong's hang seng added a fraction. falling unemployment rates and strong corporate earnings reports set the dow record closing. it finished up 78 points while the nasdaq rose by just more than 1 point. >> reporter: dell's founder wants his company back, but the board delayed a crucial vote on michael dell's buyout. they pushed back a decision on michael dell's $24 billion offer that he put together with a group of investors. some shareholders think the price is too low. disappointing news for investors from the world's largest search engine. the average price google is able to charge when someone clicks through an ad fell for the seventh consecutive quarter.
it's the sharpest decline this year. a drop of 6%. rates fell by 4% in earlier quarters. >> 2,100 teachers and support staff are being laid off in chicago to help plug a billion-dollar deficit. chicago public schools announced late last night the decision and pointed fingers at the state legislature for not reforming the pension system. $400 million of that $1 billion pension is due to sanctions. while economic data shows the economy getting better, some analysts say that's not true for those in the middle class. the "washington post" reports that while the housing and stock markets bounced back, the average american has not seen a boost in pay. paychecks have each fallen since the end of the recession. that's certainly not what we want to hear, so happy friday. >> thank you. ashley morrison here in new york with us this morning. ashley, thanks. coming up on the "morning news," more drama for the dreamliner. a japan airlines boeing 787 returns to boston after a new
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another incident with boeing's beleaguered 787 dreamliner. a japan airlines flight bound for tokyo turned around and landed back at boston's logan airport thursday due to a possible fuel pump problem. japan airlines said the return to boston was precautionary after the maintenance indicator light went off in the cockpit. also in boston the trial of an aging gangster took a hollywood-style twist. a witness eager to testify against whitey bulger turned up dead. and in court bulger came face to face with a partner in crime for the first time in decades. elaine quijano reports. >> reporter: the body of stephen
rakes was found in a boston suburb sunday afternoon. he was eager to testify but was removed from the prosecution's witness list just one day before his body was discovered. an autopsy is being conducted. wile there were no obvious signs of trauma police are treating his death as suspicious and said rakes' vehicle missing. he owned a liquor store. he claimed bulger and his partner steven flemmi forced them to sell him his store at gunpoint. he described the alleged interview in an interview with cbs affiliate last year. >> bulger put the gun on the table and picked up one of my children and said, you know, it would be a sin -- it would be a sin to see this child grow up without a father. it was a bad day. >> reporter: the 79-year-old flemmi, who's serving a life sentence for ten murders was today's star witness. it was the first time in nearly 20 years that he had come face to face with bulger. on the witness stand flemmi described his relationship with bulger as strictly criminal and
characterized the former crime boss as overbearing and forceful. he also said bulger was an informant for the fbi, something bulger through his lawyers sharply denied. after flemmi's testimony the partners in crime glared at each other and exchanged heated words. boston globe writer kevin cullen is covering the trial. >> is this the ultimate betrayal? >> it is the ultimate betrayal. in the crime world you don't rat out your friends. you could see the tension and body language. they hate each other. >> steven flemmi is set to resume his testimony tomorrow. he's set to describe how whitey bulger strangled two women in the 1980s. bulger through his lawyers has vehemently denied killing any women. elaine quijano, cbs news, boston. straight ahead, your friday morning weather. and tiger woods in the hunt at the british open.
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forecast in some cities around the country. new york, sunny, 97 degree. miami, thunderstorm, 88. chicago, thunderstorms, 87. dallas, mostly sunny, 96. los angeles, cloud, 87 degrees. it is time now for a check of the national forecast. another day of misery for the sun-scorched eastern half of the u.s.
heat advisories are once again in effect from minnesota east to maine, but the heat wave finally breaks by the weekend. expect showers and potentially severe thunderstorms from iowa to michigan, and some isolated showers in the southeast and southwest. in sports, the second round of the british open is under way in scotland. zach johnson shot a 5 under par 66 to take the lead in the first round. mark o'meara and rafael cabrera-bellow are one shot behind him. woods said the course is so dry and tough he was pleased to shoot anything below par. penn state university has reached tentative settlements worth about $60 million with men who have claimed to have been sexually abused by jerry sandusky. it is unclear how many accusers have come forward with claims involving the former assistant football coach. a penn state trustee says more settlements are expected. when we return, another look at this morning's top stories, and the latest twist in the irs
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forecast in some cities around the country. washington, d.c., evening thunderstorms, 96 degrees. atlanta, afternoon thunderstorm, 88. st. louis, mostly sunny, 94. denver, thunderstorms, 85. here is another look at our top stories. resort areas near palm springs, california, are on guard as a major wildfire gets closer. about 6,000 people have been told to evacuate, but officials say firefighters are starting to get the upper hand. and a heat wave threatens more trouble today for much of the country. forecasters say it will feel like 100 degrees or more from the midwest to the east coast.
an irs watchdog was on capitol hill to testify about allegations the agency targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny. as danielle nottingham reports, new documents show other groups were singled out too. >> do you solemnly swear -- >> reporter: the irs scandal took a new twist during thursday's congressional hearing. >> you know, we didn't just improperly target conservative groups. we improperly targeted all groups. >> reporter: lawmakers once again grill inspector jay russell george. the report he issued in may started a firestorm. it found the irs unfairly targeted conservative groups like the tea party and delayed requests for tax exempt status, but democrats say liberals were also scrutinized. new documents showed agents flagged groups like progressive or blue in its name. george said he never saw this evidence during his investigation. >> i'm very disturbed these
documents were not provided to our auditors at the outset, and we're currently reviewing this issue. >> reporter: democrats say it revealed no political bias for one party or the other among irs employees but republicans insist conservative groups faced a higher level of scrutiny. irs agent elizabeth hofacre worked in the office that handled high-exempt requests. she said superiors in washington delayed her recommendations to approve tea party applications. >> my frustration primarily was i had to sit and wait for guidance from d.c. randall pinkstons have tried to link the white house to targeting of conservative groups but democrats say the obama administration had nothing do with it. danielle nottingham, cbs news, capitol hill. vice president joe biden is now fueling speculation about a white house run.
in an interview with "gq" magazine, biden said he's far from throwing his name in the ring but he hasn't ruled it out either rpz. the "house of cards" won a best nomination. it's the first time that they won an online show. cbs's "big bang theory" was among the best nominated for best comedy. the awards will be broadcast on cbs on september 22nd. it never ceases to amaze what people try to smuggle onto airplanes. customs officers in india seized more than 10,000 live exotic turtles from two passengers on thursday. all of these tiny reptiles were packed in suitcases. and if you have ever been told you look a lot like earnest hemingway, you missed out on a chance. it drew out more than 25,000 competitors wednesday. the winner will be picked on saturday. coming up after your local news on "cbs morning news," an update on the fast-moving wildfire near palm springs. i'm vinita nair, and this is the
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in october a major part of president obama's health care law opens for enrollment. health care exchanges are supposed to bring down costs. as jim axelrod reports, there are some potentially big savings for the right customers. >> reporter: charles lynchner, 43, uninsured for the last four years, doesn't even open emergency room bills anymore for treatment of his migraine. >> because you know when you get a bill from the hospital you know you can't pay. >> reporter: so what's the point of opening it up? >> so what's the point of opening up? >> reporter: two weeks ago lynch never finally got insurance for $550 a month.
his girlfriend angel gibson, also self-employed, pays $350 a month for hers, but beginning in january they can buy insurance through exchanges new york state is setting up and save big. lynch never expects to save more than $200 a month in premiums. your reaction is what? >> yay. >> finally. >> reporter: new york is one of 16 states plus the district of columbia setting up these exchanges. in new york, 2.6 million people are uninsured. state regulators estimate 615,000 will buy insurance through exchanges, including gibson and linchner. they estimate average savings for new yorkers 50%. >> now i'm like i'm joining the ranks of normal people. i can go see a doctor if i need to. >> reporter: but two-thirds of the states are not implementing exchanges on their own, leaving the federal government to intervene. those who don't buy insurance by march 31st, pay a fine. $95 the first year.
still far less than even the cheapest premiums. the challenge for the lost supporters is to get enough younger healthier people in the pools to balance the risk of carrying older members more likely to see doctors. angel gibson says that is going to require a change in thinking. >> because i think most 23-year-olds can't imagine life without a phone, hopefully it will get to a place where people can't imagine not having insurance too. >> reporter: the white house estimates there are 19 million uninsured around the country but 2.7 million of them need to sign up for exchanges in order for premiums to come down. some are unconvinced they'll lower it in their state because of the typical pool of the uninsured. jim axelrod, cbs news, new york. coming up after your local news on "cbs this morning," an update on the wildfire near palm springs, california, that is threatening thousands.
we'll be live from the scene. plus, detroit has become the biggest u.s. city to become file for bankruptcy. mellody hobson will have the details. and we'll see how landlines are disappearing in the age of wireless communications. that is the "cbs morning news" for this friday. thanks for watching. i'm vinita nair. have a great day. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com
time now is 4:29. it is friday! >> yes. >> are you guys excited? >> i am. >> i would like to work all weekend with you guys. >> you should. >> but i can't. >> i'll tell the boss. >> so moving right along. [ laughter ] patchy fog not as thick as it's been. temperatures will be hot today and the weekend. we'll talk about that coming up. >> we have a lot of roadwork up and down 880 this morning. it starts in hayward, continues into san leandro. and then we have more roadwork in oakland. we'll show you where it is, what directions, coming up in just a bit. >> we start our morning with breaking news out of alameda county. an off-duty sheriff's deputy shot at two suspects robbing bonfair market at high street in alameda. this is about 10:00 last night. the deputy killed one man but the other suspect ran away. dogs were on the scene searching for the second robber. we are sending a reporter to the scene. we'll have details in the next hour. new this morning, vacaville police shot and killed a man overnight. he was armed with multiple weapons including a knife when he got