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>> schieffer: tonight a summer of extremes. thousands flee the wild fires in the west. john blackstone's on the front lines. parts of the southeast are underwater. manuel bojorquez is there. death toll is mounting in egypt after the bloody crackdown. charlie dagata is in cairo and elaine quijano reports on how cutting aid to egypt could hurt american workers. bill whitaker is in san diego where mayor bob filner's facing a move to recall him. and mark phillips on britain's prince william who is talking for the first time about his newborn son. >> he's a little bit of a rascal. let's put it that way. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
>> schieffer: good evening. scott is off tonight. i'm bob scheiffer. well, first came the drought. then the summer heat. that's the perfect formula for wild fires. have we got some tonight. there are 49 large fires burning in 11 western states. in the mountains of utah, smoke still billowed nearly a week after a fire was set off by[ b6& lightning. the smoke almost blocked the sunrise in idaho. thousands have been evacuated and the flames have crept near a prime tourist area. john blackstone is in haley idaho tonight. john? >> bob, wind gusts up to 30 miles an hour today have been pushing this fire toward ketchum and sun valley where residents have been warned they should be ready to evacuate at short notice. this fire has been fast moving and unpredictable. the flames have now burned across more than 100,000 acres in a part of idaho famous for its scenery and known as a playground for the rich and famous. the pine-covered mountain sides are so rugged.
fighting the fire from the air is often the only option. firefighters have been working on the ground to protect hundreds of houses close to the fire lines. more than 1800 houses have been evacuated. many of those are vacation homes. so far only one house has burned, but the risk remains. this fire is explosive. >> it is explosive. and that's what we've seen. i mean, when a fire grows 28,000 acres in one burn period basically in 24 hours, that's incredible fire growth. >> reporter: tracy weaver is with the fire management team. the same thing that makes this a beautiful spot makes it dangerous. >> that's very true. the fire is driven by three things. the fuel such as anything that will burn, the terrain and the weather. and we basically have all three working against us right now. >> reporter: i heard a description that the vegetation here was so dry it's like timber you buy in the store. >> like kiln-dried lumber.
that's true. >> reporter: the town is usually crowded with tourists during the final weeks of august. but the fire threat and a blanket of dense smoke are keeping tourists away. jim funk's restaurants was one of many businesses forced to shut down. these last two weeks of summer are your weeks of profit for the year. >> yes, they are. reporter: one of the reasons you had to close is that your employees had to evacuation. >> all my employees were in evacuation zones and i couldn't pull them away from their family. >> reporter: some of those who have evacuated have been allowed to return home today. this fire remains 8% contained. the forecast tomorrow includes thunderstorms. that means light lightning and erratic winds that will keep this fire difficult to bring under control, bob. >> schieffer: thank you, john. any rain would be a blessing in the west, of course, but it the last thing they need in the southeast. where the problem is not fire but floods. more than a dozen states have had eight to 20 inches more than their normal rainfall for this time of year.
manuel bojorquez has more on that now. >> reporter: gulfport received more than a month's worth of rain in one day. nearly five inches fell in just two hours sunday arch. catching people off guard. a sink hole opened up. emergency crews had to rescue stranded motorists. businesses downtown were also hit. 18 inches of water rushed into william brewer's flower shop. >> all the rugs had to come out. reporter: he estimates his losses at more than 10,000 dollars. >> how does this compare to flooding you've seen before? >> this is the worst. it was, you know, it stayed here. a lot of times when water comes in, it rushes in and it's out real quick. so it really doesn't do any structural damage. now the water came in and set here. >> reporter: this summer the southeast has been hit by a double whammy of above-average rainfall. the normal tropical moisture from the gulf of mexico has pushed into the region. but add to that an unusual dip in the jetstream which has caused thunderstorms no hover
over the southern states. the ground is so saturated that any additional rainfall can trigger dangerous flash floods. 22 streets flooded in gulfport yesterday. officials here are now concerned about what a tropical storm or hurricane this season might do to the city. bob, despite sunshine today, more rain is in the forecast for the rest of the week. >> schieffer: thank you very much, manuel. the horror that is egypt became even more horrible today. nearly a thousand people have been killed since last wednesday. when the military began a violent crackdown against protesters. many of the dead were from the muslim brotherhood supporters of the ousted president mohammed morsi. 36 of them were killed while in government custody. well, today islamists surgents killed dozens of police in the sinai peninsula. again tonight, we have a report from egypt. >> these are the pictures broadcast tonight on egypt state television.
the bodies of 24 policemen killed by suspected islamic militants in sinai. there's no shortage of victims in egypt but they're not treated equally. the bodies of muslim brotherhood supporters are piling up. the latest casualties were 36 prisoners who died in police custody under circumstances that are still unclear. this is one of cairo's city morgues. it's already overflowing with the bodies of hundreds of victims of the violence. we were told by families that the bodies of prisoners have been brought here too. new details have emerged about last wednesday's assault on the muslim brotherhood's main protest camp. a human rights watch report released today said the real death toll is much higher than government estimates. the organization's egypt director.
>> these weren't threats. these weren't people firing at security forces. >> these weren't people firing at security forces. >> she said the use of excessive force and the failure of authority to provide safe exit would have consequences for egypt in the future. >> i think the decision to forcibly disperse the citizens was a turning point in egyptian history. >> and it's difficult to turn back. >> it's difficult to turn back. >> reporter: bob, there's a nighttime curfew in effect here in cairo. very few people are daring to break it. more importantly for the past couple of days the muslim brotherhood has failed to launch large scale demonstrations despite calling on supporters to do so, whether it's because a lot of their leaders have been locked up or because they're simply intimidated to face the consequences. >> schieffer: charlie, adding to the tension here, this report now from the government that
they may actually release former president hosni mubarak from prison. what do you know about that? >> well, that came from completely out of left field considering everything that's going on here today. yes, we got it from hosni mubarak's lawyer that he's been acquitted of the charges of corruption and he could be released by the end of the week. he actually told us within the next 48 hours. however, prosecutors say they may bring other charges to keep him locked up for the foreseeable future. >> schieffer: who knows what the reaction will be to that, if they do release him. thank you very much, charlie. and because of all this violence, there is growing pressure from congress to cut off 1.3 billion dollars in american military aid to egypt. but it is more complicated than it might seem. you may be surprised by who could be hurt if that happens. here's elaine quijano. >> the billion dollars in military aid congress approved for egypt does not go directly to cairo.
instead it goes to places such as archibald, pennsylvania. this general dynamics factory makes part for the m1a1 abrams tank. general dynamics is filling an order for 125 tank kits for the egyptian army. 130 people work at the archibald facility. in a community like this, how important are those kinds of jobs here? >> extremely important. and these are good-paying jobs. they're some of the best jobs we have in the community. those are the kinds of jobs that sustain communities and families. >> reporter: there are 44 companies in pennsylvania alone involved in production of the m1a1 which has been the center piece of u.s. aid to egypt. since the 1980s, factories in ohio and michigan have also helped make the thousand tanks sent to egypt. >> it doesn't need those tanks. never needed those tanks. >> robert springboard has closely studied egypt's military. he said some of the tanks assembled with those kits are still in crates. >> it's a weapon for show not a
weapon that the egyptian military under any conceivable scenarios is going to use in the immediate near or even the distant future. >> but the tank kits destined for egypt have helped keep american manufacturers busy at a time when the u.s. army is making cuts. so stopping egyptian aid is a sensitive topic in archibald. >> it impacts every community. if it impacts a, that impacts b that hits c, we're d, e or f and we're going to feel it too. >> we tried speaking with the workers at the plant. they say that the company advised them not to talk to us. general dynamics also declined to comment saying it would not speculate on the future of the program. >> schieffer: thank you, elaine. glen greenwald who wrote the first stories based on the national security agency documents leaked by n.s.a. contractor edward snowden vowed today to publish new revelations about britain's espionage system.
because british police detained his companion, david miranda, at london's heathrow airport and questioned him for nine hours. greenwald implied he knew many secrets about british intelligence and said authorities would regret detaining his partner. a cbs news correspondent john miller who is a former assistant director of the f.b.i. is on the case for us. john, what do you make of this? >> well, one question was did the brits do this on their own or were they acting on behalf of the united states and the white house acknowledged today that they were given advance word that this stop was going to happen. in another way, bob, it almost doesn't matter. you have to understand the way that u.s. intelligence and british intelligence work together. particularly the n.s.a. and their counterpart in great britain, the g.c.h.q. it's almost seamless. they have a morning conference call. they divide up the tarring hes, they work on joint operations. the point is if you're carrying a bag full of secrets about the n.s.a. and how it targets our
adversaries you're also carrying a bag full of secrets about how british intelligence works too. they certainly wanted to see if miranda was acting as a courier, if he had the see decrees in his commuters or all the thumb drives or hard drives or game gaming equipment that they took from him. greenwald said all that stuff would be encrypted. if it was it will take them a long time to de-encrypt and go through it. >> but that's what they're doing. >> they kept all that material. they didn't give it back even when they sent him on his way. i am sure they are looking through it. >> thank you very much, john. british police said today they are looking into new information on the death of princess diana. them didn't elaborate but other reports said the information came from relatives of a british soldier, diana and boyfriend dodi al fayed were killed in a car crash in paris in 1997. multiple investigations concluded the crash occurred because their chauffeur was drunk. diana's son prince william is opening up about being a father. a volcano buries a city under a pile of ash.
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year-old great grandmother. bill whitaker now with more on that. >> reporter: after two weeks of sexual sensitivity training, san diego mayor bob filner slipped into the u.s. attorney's office. he reportedly was meeting with attorneys for the city and his accusers. >> his behavior made me feel ashamed, frightened, and violated. >> reporter: irene mccormack- jackson and 15 other women have come forward to accuse filner of sexual harassment. 800 volunteers have fanned out across the city collecting signatures, petitioning for a recall vote. they have 39 days to collect more than 100,000 signatures. you're giving up your lunch to get him out of office. >> giving up my lunch and i'm not answering the phone in my own business. >> reporter: it's that important to you. >> yes, it is. >> reporter: volunteer karen potter got 45 signatures in just one hour. >> if i was bob filner's mother i would be smacking him on the side of the head asking him what
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carrying his newborn son in the car seat, this couple has tried to convey the impression that young george is a different kind of royal prince and this is a different kind of royal family, one where dad drives home. william even said so in an interview released today. >> we've all grown up, you know, differently from other generations. i very much feel if i can do it myself i want to do it myself. driving your son and your wife away from hospital was really important to me. >> reporter: compare that with these pictures of william's grandmother, the queen. released as part of a new royal baby book. all buttoned up formality. these are the unbuttoned royals who are changed by becoming parents. >> i think the last few weeks for me have been just a very different emotional experience. something i never thought i would feel myself. and i find again it's only been a short period but a lot of things affect me differently now.
>> reporter: the young royals can try to behave like any other family in the park but of course they're not. william insists he is normal in another way though. he says he can't wait to get back to work so he can get some sleep. >> he's a little bit of a rascal. let's put it that way. he kind of reminds me of my brother or me we were younger. i'm not sure. >> reporter: these first royal portraits were not taken by some society photographer but by kate's father michael middleton, another sign of these new times. mark phillips, cbs news, london. >> schieffer: that's the news. for scott pelley, bob scheiffer here in new york. good night. >> closed captioning is proudly sponsored by citracal. >> a calcium chew this decadent and sugar free. new citracal sugar free chocolate chews. giving you calcium plus d in a tasty little package.
obstacles standing in the wf opening the new bay bridge. the bridge has achieved the seismic safety at that section of the bridge where the broken bolts are. tonight, we can check off one of the biggest obstacles standing in the way of opening the new bay bridge. good evening. i am elizabeth cook. >> i am allen martin. just nine days from the big conversion closure. the last cars will cross the evening of august 28th. not only is the mu span back on time, kpix 5's phil matier hearing it could open a little early, phil? >> reporter: that's right. keep your fingers crossed. if the work continues at pace, it just might happen. here's the story. >> after months of back and forth, the fix is in. engineers spent the weekend
installing metal shims enforcing the cracked bolts on the new eastern span of the bay bridge. >> they basically prevent one of the seismic devices that allows the rolodex to move. >> the shims are going in place to replace bolts that proved to be defective and led to a possible delay in the opening until mid-december. but with the temporary shims in place, everything is back on track. >> the bridge has achieved the safety at that section of the bridge that is needed to open the bridge to traffic. >> reporter: the span will still need a permanent fix about $23 million, but that he won't be done until after the bridge open. >> what i have heard is that we are still on track for that december 10th completion. >> reporter: still, the shims going in easily some badly needed good news for the bay bridge, given the embarrassment of the snapped bolt and the