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>> pelley: tonig >> pelley: tonight, preparing to evacuate. 3,000 people are in the path of a western wildfire. carter evans is there. today, the weather service forecasts the coming hurricane season. vicente arenas has an early look. charlie rose asks the defense secretary about u.s. attempts to find 200 kidnapped school girls. >> with all that, why can't we find them? >> pelley: death othe password. dean reynolds discovers new technologies that could spell the end for code words we can't remember a and a brush with fame. >> reporter: what do you think he saw in you? >> pelley: in 1957, this picture of sherman safford could be had for 15 cents. today, it sold for $22 million. >> i'm part of that and that is just too cool.
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captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. this is our western edition. tonight, hundreds of firefighters are battling another wildfire in the west, a fire fed by the heat and drought. today, government forecasters told us a change in the long- term weather pattern is coming that could bring more moisture to the area, and fewer fires, along with a slower-than-usual hurricane season. they predict eight to 13 tropical storms during the season, which begins june 1, with three to six of them becoming hurricanes. we have two reports on the extreme weather. first, carter evans on the wildfire tonight in central arizona. >> reporter: the fire is burning in a canyon just a few miles from the popular tourist town of sedona. high wind grounded water- dropping aircraft yesterday, and the fire grew from 800 acres to
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nearly 5,000 in just six hours. calmer conditions allowed the aerial attack to resume this morning, but by mid-afternoon, wind gusts reached 35 miles per hour. captain bill morse is with the flagstaff fire department. >> this is the test. it's happening now. here comes the wind. all we really need is one wind shift and some embers blowing over the top of our control lines, and then we have the potential of it moving up into the kachina village. >> reporter: that's where more than 3,000 homeowners have been told they must be ready to leave. how long have you lived here? >> i've been here since '95. >> reporter: how many times have you had to evacuate? >> this is the first time. >> reporter: josh allen lives three miles downwind from the fire. he's cleared the brush around his home and has a trailer packed with family heirlooms. if they give the order, how long before you're out of here? >> just load the dogs and out, so a minute, two minutes. >> reporter: up to 800 firefighters are battling the flames, and the main road leading to tourist attractions between sedona and flagstaff is
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closed just as the long memorial day weekend gets underway. >> pelley: how are the firefighters doing protecting kachina village now? >> reporter: commanders tell us they were able to cut a fire break by burning away dried brush at the leading edge of the fire and, scott, they expect that line to hold as long as the weather cooperates. >> pelley: carter, thanks very much. fire season, of course, is just starting. the forecast is for higher-than- normal fire potential in july and august for most of the california, nevada, oregon, and even into southern washington. now, more about that forecast for hurricane season. vicente arenas has that. >> reporter: the atlantic ocean had been in a period of high activity for hurricanes since 1995, causing more than $360 billion in damage. the main reason for today's forecast for a slower season is the development of the weather phenomenon called el nino. an el nino occurs when the water
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temperature off the pacific coast of south america becomes abnormally warm. that band of warm water changes wind patterns around the world. jerry bell is the government's lead hurricane forecaster. >> if there's strong wind sheer, which is what el nino produces, that strong change in wind direction and speed with height will either prevent storms from forming or rip a hurricane apart if it moves into that. >> reporter: surface temperatures in the atlantic ocean are expected to be cooler and rob storms of the energy they need to become hurricanes. but n.o.a.a. administrator kathryn sullivan warned it's hard to predict the strength of the storms that do reach the u.s. > as we saw with sandy in 2012, and with hurricane andrew back in 1992, it only takes one destructive storm to make for a very bad season on the ground in our communities. >> reporter: a new warning system will be available this year to alert coastal residents about storm surge. this map is an example of what an alert could look like in south florida.
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the colors indicate how a surge could rise. the warning will be updated at least every six hours. and here in the ft. lauderdale area, waves caused by storm surge from hurricane sandy in 2012 wiped out two lanes of a highway. and, scott, we should caution that these government predictions have only been right about half the time. last year, they predicted that there would be 11 hurricanes. there were just two. >> pelley: vicente, thank you very much. severe storms are pushing through other parts of the country tonight. hail in pennsylvania brought highway traffic to a stop. in redding, they got enough to shovel. hailstones crashed through a skylight at a mall, and in danville, windshields were shattered. today, speaker of the house john boehner had to compose himself while describing the scandal in v.a. health care. some v.a. hospitals are being accused of creating phony waiting lists to hide long delays in treatment for veterans.
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our cbs news poll out tonight shows 45% of americans think that the v.a. secretary, eric shinseki, should resign. 31% do not. nancy cordes caught up with shinseki today, but, nancy, first, tell us about the speaker's comments. >> reporter: well, scott, speaker boehner said he was getting closer to calling on secretary shinseki to resign, and he grew emotional when he explained why. >> these are men and women who served... our country, and-- we've not just let them down, we've let them die. this is awful stuff and somebody ought to be held accountable for it. >> reporter: i asked shinseki when he was here on the hill today whether he believes that he has the full confidence of president obama, and he said yes, he thinks he does. he also told us that he did not offer his resignation to the president when the two met yesterday. shinseki was called here to the hill today to meet with
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democratic senator dick durbin who had concerns about v.a. facilities in his home state of illinois. cbs news reported last week about possible secret waiting lists at the hines v.a. medical center in suburban chicago. shinseki told us today that auditors had visited that facility last week and didn't uncover any irregularities, but that investigators will be going back there next week to talk to whistle blowers. >> pelley: and a report to the white house expected next week. nancy, thank you very much. one hospital under investigation is in phoenix. the president sent a top aide there today, and john blackstone picks up that story. >> white house deputy chief of staff rob nabors said nothing as he entered the troubled v.a. hospital in phoenix today. an e-mail from the acting director, steve young, told the staff, "if you should have the opportunity to talk to mr. nabors, i encourage you to be open and honest." but some who work in the
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hospital say being open and honest leads to retaliation. dr. katherine mitchell says she was moved out of the emergency room when she complained it was understaffed and poorly run. >> in the 16 years that i've been there, every time someone speaks up for patient safety or concerns about patient care, they essentially are retaliated against. >> reporter: in an e-mail to the acting director, mitchell urged that nabors meet privately with hospital workers. "most staff will likely refuse to speak openly in front of other administrators because of palpable fear of retaliation." >> he needs to speak to the employees who have been struggling ethically with these issues for years and are waiting for someone to come and listen to them. >> reporter: judi beischel, the american legion's arizona commander, spends time with veterans across the state and has heard many complaints about the phoenix v.a. hospital. she's one of the members of veterans groups invited to meet the president's representative at the hospital today.
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>> reporter: nabors will report to the president on his visit here today. his findings are separate, scott, from an investigation under way by the v.a.'s own inspector general, who is looking into practices at 26 v.a. hospitals nationwide. >> pelley: john blackstone, thank you, john. in ukraine today, pro-russian militias attacked a military checkpoint in the east, and at least 12 ukrainian soldiers were killed. more than 30 others were wounded. ukraine's government accused russia of trying to disrupt the upcoming election, and charlie d'agata is in ukraine. >> reporter: bodies were covered with blankets and lay where they fell. charred military vehicles-- this is the aftermath of a predawn attack that took ukrainian government soldiers by surprise. pro-russian separatists struck
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this government checkpoint around 20 miles south of donetsk, an area that hadn't seen much trouble until now, just days before sunday's watershed elections to choose a new president. "it was terrifying," said this soldier. "three of my friends are dead, and i still can't collect their bodies." this pro-russian fighter showed off a stash of weapons he said had been captured in a raid. it's the biggest single loss of life for government forces since the unrest in eastern ukraine began two months ago. >> pelley: charlie d'agata is reporting from donetsk tonight. charlie, the worst violence so far, and election day is sunday. how is that likely to be affected? >> reporter: well, scott, it's not just the worst attack against ukrainian forces here. it's the closest one to donetsk. and although the government insists that this presidential vote will go ahead on sunday throughout this region in eastern ukraine, a lot of people
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here say they don't know how that's going to happen, especially in light of this morning's attack. >> pelley: charlie d'agata. thanks, charlie. today, the u.n. security council added boko haram to its list of terrorists and it imposed economic sanctions. boko haram kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls in nigeria last month. the u.s. has sent drone aircraft to help in the search. in an interview that will be seen tomorrow on "cbs this morning," charlie rose asked defense secretary chuck hagel if the u.s. knows where the girls are. >> northern nigeria is where those girls were abducted and where they initially were. they may be, some of those girls, in other countries. we don't know. >> reporter: you have no information as to where they are? >> we have information but we don't have any solid evidence. >> reporter: if we did, we would go get them? >> we would do everything we could, as president obama has said, to facilitate helping locate them and figuring out what's the quickest, easiest,
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fastest way, lowest risk to get them out and helping facilitate the nigerians getting them out. >> pelley: the rest of charlie's interview on "cbs this morning" tomorrow. while the u.s. searches from above, local hunters are searching on the ground in nigeria. debora patta reports. >> reporter: before each hunt, these men prepare with a traditional dance, but this time, the hunters' prey are fighters from boko haram. armed only with homemade guns, spears, and knives, the hunters say they are nigeria's best hope to rescue the kidnapped school girls. "we know the terrain, we know the bushes," said adamsi tir. the girls may be hidden in the sprawling sambisa forest, but this is what the hunters will be up again. abubakar shekau has led boko haram in an increasingly violent
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and brazen terror campaign for five years. zanna mustafa is a lawyer from the north who knows shekau well, and said he is a charismatic leader. >> reporter: he told us shekau is always preaching and is willing to do anything to see nigeria become an islamic state. >> reporter: emboldened by the kidnapping, shekau launched more attacks this week, killing at least 46 people in two villages. officially, nigeria does not negotiate with terrorists, scott, but our source say secret talks continue between boko haram and the government to try to secure the girls' release. however, the ongoing violence shows little in the way of good
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faith from boko haram, and it's only likely to put pressure on the nigerian government to take tougher action. >> pelley: debora patta. debora, thanks very much. today, thailand's military announced it is seizing power after months of political protest. no shots were fired. the streets of bangkok were deserted. soldiers enforced a curfew. it is the 12th coup in thailand since 1932. computer passwords could be on their way out. illness forces paul mccartney to cancel concerts. and one man's close encounter with whales is caught on video, when the western edition of the "cbs evening news" continues.
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military-grade encryption that safeguards passwords to personal data. darren guccione is the c.e.o. how necessary is this today? >> there are words like "important" and "necessary" but we usually use the word "essential." >> reporter: the idea of using passwords was hatched 50 years ago in a lab at m.i.t., but while everything about computing has changed since, we're still using our birthdays, telephone numbers, or spouse's middle names to access the internet-- easy-to-remember combinations are easy to steal. according to password manager splashdata, the most common passwords of last year were beyond simple. "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6" topped the list, followed by "password." yes, that's right, "password." last month, an internet bug called heartbleed may have compromised billions of passwords worldwide. it's so bad that jeremy grant, who heads up a white house task force on cyber-security, says
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passwords should be passé. >> as we sit here in 2014, i think most of us understand the password is alive and well, but needs to be shot. >> reporter: thumbprints or eye scanners have been tried as alternatives, but with spotty success, and people just seem more comfortable with passwords. >> a lot would have to change to adopt a new standard, right. so what we try to do is we take what users have been accustomed to for ages, and we make it really rock solid secure. >> reporter: in the meantime, scott, the white house task force will be trying to come up with new identification tools for all of us to replace our passwords, and the goal is to do that in the next few years. >> pelley: dean reynolds in chicago for us tonight. thank you, dean. what's next for the iranians arrested for making a youtube video? that's just ahead.
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for a 1957 cover of the "saturday evening post." the topic-- baseball. the scene-- the arrival of a young rookie in the boston red sox locker room. the players were all real, but rockwell needed a cheerful nobody, so he plucked safford out of that cafeteria in pittsfield, massachusetts, and paid him 120 bucks to play the hayseed. what do you think he saw in you? >> i think he saw a raw-boned kid, a young kid that was athletic, skinny. the hair is what grabbed his attention right off the bat. it was pretty shooky. he put a hat on me because it looked so bad. >> reporter: rockwell often based his paintings on photographs, a technique he talked about with edward r. murrow on the cbs broadcast "person to person." >> you don't just take a photograph and tint it. you reassemble it and change it. >> reporter: we found rockwell's photos from his shoot with safford sitting in the archives of the rockwell museum in stockbridge, massachusetts. safford's suitcase was a picnic
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basket he borrowed from his mother. the glove he borrowed from a buddy. the bat he made in wood shop. the result was a home run. "the rookie" is just one of 323 covers rockwell painted for the "saturday evening post," but during his lifetime, he rarely got the kind of recognition that auction houses are giving him now. >> he has stamped his image of america everywhere. >> reporter: and you're now part of that. >> and i'm part of that, and that is just too cool. >> reporter: sherman safford doesn't know where he'll be hanging next, but he knows that moment, all those years ago, for him, is still priceless. lee cowan, cbs news, stockbridge, massachusetts. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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your realtime captioner is linda macdonald. it would provide desperately needed housing but tonight, some say a massive bay area development would be nothing but a neighborhood nuisance. >> new at 6:00, our mike sugerman is live in larkspur where residents plan to protest a high density housing proven. mike. >> reporter: kenny, they are just starting to show up here at the larkspur middle school and the question is, the big question, the hottest of hot button issues in the bay area, everybody wants to live here but where are you going to put 'em? larkspur today is busing with chatter of its future. >> we definitely need more housing here. >> topic going to be insane. >> reporter: a small town with big issues to face including the biggest of bay area
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concerns. >> i don't think we should be looking at massive and giant developments. >> if there can be some housing that would be kind of affordable, it would be great. >> reporter: 900 residential units, office retail and a hotel near the marin country mart across from the larkspur ferry terminal a commuter train from sonoma also proposed here. >> it's near transit so this was an opportunity to study the possibility of adding housing in that area. >> potentially above and beyond what our current general plan allows. >> reporter: that's the idea. the bay area is growing and needs more places to live. a lot of people don't like the idea. is this nimby-ism? >> not at all. >> reporter: patricia steele leading the charge against the idea which was born out of grants are reamal transit and howing -- regional transit and housing groups. >> they are not talking about affordable housing to help schoolteachers and firefighters

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