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>> brown: tonight, racing for the exits. worried investors pull out of >> brown: tonight, racing for the exits. market and the dow plunges more than 300 points. anthony mason on what's behind the sell-off. the c.d.c warns americans to stay away from west africa as the ebola death toll topped 700. reports from debora patta and dr. jon lapook. the c.i.a. director apologizes after an investigation finds the agency did indeed spy on the senate, despite his denials. bob orr reports. from a california parking lot to the beaches of florida, carter evans on what's behind a string of deadly single-engine plane crashes. and chip reid reports the fur was really flying in the competition to be the white house christmas tree. >> it gives you chills. captioning sponsored by cbs
this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> brown: good evening. scott is off tonight. i'm james brown. and this is our western addition. this was one of the worst days of the year for the stock market and the millions of americans invested in it. all three major indexes were sharply lower, including a 317- point drop for the dow. it has now given up all of its gains for the year. for the dow, the s&p 500 and the nasdaq the loss amounted to about 2% as rattled investors dumped their stock. anthony mason, our senior business correspondent is in chicago tonight. anthony, what's behind the sell- off? >> reporter: well, james, 96% of the stocks in the s&p 500 fell today, and there was no single catalyst. argentina's default was just one in a series of bad headlines, but traders are saying the market was really overdue for a sell-off. look at the dow, which is up nearly 7% in the past year, the
s&p is up more than 14%, the nasdaq has soared more than 20% in a year. the rally traders were saying it's just getting tired. >> brown: anthony, what impact will tomorrow's job numbers have? >> reporter: well, perversely, james, good news could be bad news tomorrow. traders on wall street are very worried that strong job numbers will mean the fed will start raising interest rates soon, so they're kind of hoping for a goldilocks number, one that's neither too hot nor too cold. warned americans today not to travel to the west african titions upon liberia, guinea, and sierra leone where hundreds have died in the worst outbreak of ebola ever. we also learned arrangements are being made to bring home two american aid workers who contacted the disease in liberia. dr. kent brantley and hygienist nancy write bowl bol. we have two reports tonight,
first, dr. jon lapook. >> reporter: the two americans hospitalized in liberia with ebola last weekend are reported to be in worse conditions. the charity groups they work with say writebol is taking an experimental serum. there was only enough for one patient and dr. brantley asked that it be given to writebol. instead of a serum, the doctor received a blood transfusion from a boy he treated who recovered from ebola. the hope is the blood contains some protective factor. onst night, during a prayer service in charlotte, north carolina, writebol's husband, david, who was in the hospital with his wife, called to thank the crowd of well wishers. >> i want to be a bit cautious but she's sitting up and she's talking with us and she's able to move about. she's drinking lots of fluids, which is good for her. that' her main job these days. >> reporter: the c.d.c. alert is directed at u.s. residents with nonessential travel to the three countries battling the outbreak. there are 20 quarantine stations at airports and other points of entry staffed with health officers responsible for deciding if a sick person can
enter the country. infectious disease experts with the u.s. has the resources to control the spread of the virus should it come here. dr. stephen monroe is with the c.d.c. >> we're fairly comfortable if a patient were identified here in the u.s. that the normal kind of barriering precautions that would be in place would prevent spread even before the person was confirmed to be a case of ebola. >> reporter: late today, emory university announced it is preparing for an american aid worker who contracted ebola in africa to arrive in a special containment unit in the coming days. >> brown: jon, that truly has the potential to cause real concern here by people in america. give us some perspective on that. >> reporter: any kind of transfer will be done with a strict protocol and the patient very carefully isolated so i don't think people need to worry about getting the virus during that transfer. in general, i know people are concerned about catching ebola, and they should be reassured by the fact you need to have direct contact with body fluids. it's not spread through the air.
if somebody coughs and they happen to be down the row in an airplane, you're not going to get it that way. and the other thing that is reassuring, unlike flu where the person can be contagious and infectious a day before getting symptoms, with ebola you have to be symptomatic in order to be contagious. >> brown: dr. jon lapook, thank you so much. today the world health organization said the ebola death toll in liberia, guinea, sierra leone and nigeria has hit 729. debora patta it in johannesburg. and the part of the problem is the fear and misinformation surrounding ebola. >> reporter: we're talking about a region, james, that has been ravaged by brutal conflicts in the past year. ebola is even more terrifying than war. many patients won't go for treatment and refuse to go into isolation wards believing that is where people go to die. in some instances, families have broken into treatment centers to free their relative. there have been reports of health workers being attacked,
accused of bringing ebola into the country rather than trying to treat it. and, of course, it doesn't help that aid workers often wear full protective gear which only adds to the fear. >> brown: and, debora, what are the governments of these countries doing? >> reporter: in sierra leone security forces are going door to door looking for infected people and encouraging them to go for treatment. in liberia, ebola survivors are doing much the same thing trying to get the message across that going into an isolation ward is not a death sentence. both countries have declared public health emergencies. some schools are closed. there are also some border crossings closed. these, james, with countries in virtual lockdown. >> brown: debora patta in johannesburg. thank you very much. c.i.a. director john brennan apologized today after an internal investigation determined the agency had spied on staff members of the united states senate. something brennan had long denied. more on that now from bob orr in washington.
>> reporter: it's the spies versus the senate. in january, the c.i.a. accused intelligence committee staffers of improperly accessing classified files while investigating the c.i.a.'s harsh interrogations of al qaeda prisoners. senators fired back accusing the c.i.a. of spying on the committees' investigators, an allegation c.i.a. director john brennan flatly denied. >> as far as the allegations of, you know, c.i.a. hacking into, you know, senate computers, nothing could be further from the truth. we wouldn't do that. i mean that's-- that's just beyond the--, you know, the scope of reason. >> reporter: but the c.i.a.'s own inspector general determined the agency did spy on senate investigators. i.g. findings released today revealed five agency employees improperly accessed committee files. and reviewed some of the e-mails of committee staff members. in addition to his apology, brennan ordered a broader internal review. on capitol hill, senate intelligence chair dianne feinstein said in a statement,
"these are positive first steps. this i.g. report corrects the record." now, all of this is preliminary to the main event, the committee's long-awaited report on the interrogation program itself is expected to be released in the next week or so. james, it's expected to be highly critical of the c.i.a.'s actions after 9/11. >> brown: bob orr in
our washington news bureau, thanks. aete today, israel and hamas agreed to a humanitarian cease- fire in the war in gaza. it's to start tomorrow and last 72 hours. both sides will also send delegations to egypt to negotiate a more lasting truce, but israeli troops in gaza will remain in place and continue efforts to wipe out the tunnels that hamas uses to attack israel. barry petersen is in gaza. >> reporter: in a virtual declaration of victory, the chief of israeli forces said they are a few days away from finding and destroying almost all the hamas tunnels. there was no doubt israel would win the military part of this war.
now in gaza, the question is the mental wounds that will emerge after the bombs stop falling. >> i call it psychological massacre cases. >> reporter: psychological massacre. >> they will be in shock. >> reporter: gaza psychologist sami owaida has a grim prediction for how the shellshocked and depressed will cope, made while bombs fell near us. >> you will commit suicide and die or you will stay alive just to get revenge for your families who were killed or massacred. >> reporter: over here? revenge brings us to emran krayka, an outgoing 15-year-old who likes tennis and computers. his bombed out family now lives under blankets on a sidewalk. "the israelis teach their children," he said, "that we will kill them, so they take revenge on us." this war has inspired his new ambition that he shares in a chilling calm.
"i will be a suicide bomber," he said. "i will blow myself up in israel." from the angry mind of a teenager, a glimpse into the seeds of hatred sowed in one war that may well fuel the next one. the palestinians estimate that more than 40% of the population of the gaza strip is 15 or under. put another way, james, that means there's a lot of kids at the same impressionable age of emran making them prime targets for recruitment to hamas. >> brown: berry, thank you. back in this country, this was supposed to be the day congress finally dealt with the surge of children from central america crossing illegally into the u.s. it didn't happen. and nancy cordes on capitol hill tells us the start of a five- week recess has been postponed. nancy. >> reporter: james, congress is in a state of disbelief tonight. house republicans had to pull their border bill from the floor
because they didn't have enough votes from their own party. senate democrats don't have enough votes for their bill, either. so now both sides are regrouping, even as speaker reehner warns the president not to try to use his own power to reform the immigration system. why shouldn't the president act on his own if this is the best that congress can do? >> well, where's the president's proposal? the president says give $3.7 billion, but don't do anything to address the real problem on the border. just throw more money at it. i think that's totally irresponsible. >> reporter: even if the two sides do manage to pass their own bills, they are wildly different, and no one is planning to stick around to try to meld them into one final bill. so all of this is really for show and helps explain why this session of congress is on track to produce the fewest number of substantive bills in at least 20 years. james. >> brown: nancy cordes on capitol hill, thank you very
much, nancy. many of the children coming here from central america are fleeing violence in their home land. manuel bojorquez went to el salvador to learn more. >> reporter: there are almost 10 murders on the streets of el salvador every day. gangs have made survival a daily battle. but amidst the violence this is an oasis, a youth center, shelter from the brutal world outside the gates. >> it exists on a string and a prayer. >> reporter: katherine andrade works for catholic relief services which runs the center. >> we're giving them hope and a new opportunity within and amidst all of the problems that are going on here. >> reporter: how tough is that? >> it's-- this is the hardest thing i've ever done in my life. >> reporter: the hardest thing because of stories like this: you live in fear. you don't go outside. this 18-year-old, who asked not to be identified, says this is the only place he feels safe.
he's lost three siblings to gang violence. his brother was murdered three weeks ago. ( speaking spanish ) he told us a gang member recently showed him his gun and told him he's next. the hope is that instead, he'll take these skills and join thousands of others who have found have a job through this organization. a job, andrade says, could be a ticket out of neighborhoods that haven't seen this much bloodshed since this country's 12-year civil war. >> i worked here during the war. this is much harder. >> reporter: this is tougher than the war? >> reporter: during the war you kind of knew what you were dealing with. sms so diffuse, so dispersed it morphs and changes constantly. >> reporter: powerful gangs have merged with cartels moving drugs north. corruption reaches into the ranks of police, government, even schools. >> but el salvador's child protection agency director zaira navas does not believe violence
is driving out all those who have fled. she says most want to reunite with family in the u.s. some people might say these are excuses that are being offered up for the fact that government has really not done much to prevent the growth of these gangs. "is the solution to say the government failed?" she countered. "what we should say is what we're going to do to fix it. we need to attack our economic problems and invest in our communities." an investment desperately needed by those trying to escape these unforgiving streets. manuel bojorquez, cbs news, san salvador, el salvador. >> brown: from coast to coast, what is causing so many small planes to crash? and the photographer who captured this photo also captured a prize when the cbs evening news continues.
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>> reporter: jeremy dunkleberger recorded this video of bystanders pulling out the passenger. moments later he helped the pilot. >> i stepped up on the wing, and i was talking to her through the window, and i said we gotta get you out of this plane. it's on fire. and she said my leg's broken. it's broken really bad. i'm pinned in here. >> reporter: over the last 24 hours small planes have also crashed in wisconsin and fabama. this florida crash on sunday killed two beach goers including a nine-year-old girl. between 2009 and 2013, there were more than 7,000 general aviation accidents. that's four a day, causing more than 2,000 deaths. california flight instructor jimmy greesiak trains pilots to always be on the lookout for a place to land in an emergency but that can be dangerous to the pilot and people on the ground. this plane landed on one of the busiest highways in new york city, but sometimes that may be the only option. >> most pilots-- all pilots --
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met on a farm in michigan recently to choose the perfect tree. after hours of rating them on shape, consistency, even smell, they had a winner. >> drumroll, please. chris botek of leighton, pennsylvania. >> reporter: if you think this annual event is a casual competition, just ask chris botek. what were you feeling right before they announced your name? >> like i wanted to throw up. >> reporter: really? it's that intense? >> it's pretty-- you come a long way. >> reporter: he got a nice ribbon for his douglas fir, but the real prize comes this fall when white house officials will visit his farm to choose an 18.5-foot tree that will stand in the blue room of the white house this christmas. for botek, it's a little like his child won an oscar or nobel prize. >> you raised or cared for all those years that tree that will be the national christmas tree and millions of people will see it. it gives you chills. >> reporter: botek's real
children, daughters ashley and lauren, are proud, and relieved it's over. when you heard them announce his name, how did you feel? >> i felt really happy for him, and then i saw that he was crying so -- >> reporter: second place on a national competition is not too shabby. >> oh, no. we'll take that any time. >> reporter: runner up bryan holler is taking the long view. >> the christmas tree industry is a 40-year plan you know. if you don't win today, you've got many years to come. >> reporter: and many years to dream of finding that perfect tree for the next christmas in july. chip reid, cbs news, allegan, michigan. >> brown: merry christmas in july. well, that's the cbs evening news. for scott pelley i'm james brown. for scott pelley i'm james brown. thanks for being with us. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
your realtime captioner is linda macdonald. new at 6:00, call it the tesla sweepstakes. states competing to win a $5 billion battery factory and it now looks like california is out of the running. good evening, i'm veronica de la cruz. >> i'm ken bastida. our elizabeth cook is in the newsroom with more on where tesla may already be preparing to build its revolution any plant. liz. >> reporter: states have been fiercely competing to land tesla's new "giga factory" dangling all sorts of insentives and tonight it looks like nevada has the inside track. now, take a look. it doesn't look like much but the barren landscape outside reno is starting to transform. right now, there are nothing but cattle roaming but tesla said today that it's prepping that site to build its $5 billion battery plant. we learned the work started
last month. but it's not quit a done deal. ceo elon musk made it clear the company is doing this in a couple of other states as well but there's a good reason why nevada would beat out california. >> we want to make sure we have things sorted out at the state level, that the incentives are there that make sense. i want to emphasize, we're not -- tesla is not going to go for a deal that is unfair to the state or unfair to tesla. >> each year the tax foundation ranks states from one to 50 in terms of tax friendliness and this past year nevada was ranked number 3, california was ranked number 48. nevada doesn't have a corporate income tax. it doesn't have a personal income tax. it doesn't have a capital gains tax. and it has relatively low property taxes. >> reporter: that