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>> glor: tonight aftershocks more tremors shake nepal as the death toll rises sharply. the search for survivors sur continues. we are on the ground in kathmandu. the united states is changing its hostage policy.wi it appears families will not be prosecuted for paying ransoms. sailors are missing in alabama after boats capsize during a violent storm. and for many skiers this year, winter has yet to end. elsewhere it never began. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news." >> glor: hi, everyone, i'm jeff glor. this is the western edition of the broadcast. shock has given way to grief and fear. but also continued hope. authorities in nepal say at least 2,000 people are confirmed dead after yesterday's massive earthquake.
the frightening aftershocks continue today. here's a look at where those have happened so far. this as searchers continue for survivors. holy williams is in kathmandu. >> reporter: they've already begun to cremate the dead in the nepal. lighting hindu funeral pyres for their loved ones. but the final death toll may not be known for days or even weeks. rescue teams are digging through the rubble, hoping to find survivors. like this man, who emerged alive this morning. but beside him was the body of another man who lost his life tois the earthquake. they expect to find many more like him. the kathmandu valley began to shake violently just before noon yesterday sending shockwaves across nepal. the earthquake toppled buildings, crushing people
beneath their own homes. the force of the tremors even shredded tarmac roads and demolished centuries-old temples in nepal's historic capitol.bu megan butler, an australianr teacher was caught up in the panic. >> it took everyone by surprise and people flooded out of the shops. the street was filled. people were grabbing each other. and then everyone sort of waited for it to finish, and once it finished, there was just floods of people just running to open spaces. >> reporter: the injured poured into hospitals, bleeding and broken. overwhelming the resources of this impoverished nation. dr. santosh patel is one of the doctors struggling to care for the wounded. >> reporter: this is the
country's worst quake in over 80 years. today there was another powerful aftershock sending people scrambling for cover. cecilia keizer who works for a british aid agency was in the middle of a tv interview when the ground began to heave. >> it's trembling.go i'm going outside. i'm really sorry, bye. >> reporter: and tonight across kathmandu, thousands of people will sleep on the street, not because their homes werele destroyed, but because they're too frightened to go inside. >> glor: and holly williams joins us from kathmandu.nd you were actually at the airport when one of these big aftershocks hit. what was that like? what was the reaction? >> reporter: well, jeff, it was quite a jolt to the city. remember that this is a places very much on edge. the big aftershock in the middle of the day today was 6.7 on the richter scale which is quite a big quake. i was at the airport as you say and it felt as if the ground was
buckling beneath my feet.e many people ran for the exit clearly fearful that the building might come down. we've had a couple more smaller aftershocks this evening and we expect more in the days to come. >> glor: holly williams in nepal, thank you very much. there is also a search for survivors from the quake- triggered avalanches on mount everest. a mountain-based camp packed with hikers at the start of spring climbing season was buried. charlie d'agata has this dramatic footage captured by one climber. >> reporter: like a nuclear explosion, one survivor put it the moment the powerful s earthquake shook the world'se tallest mountain to the core and unleashed a giant avalanche of snow and ice and rock roaring toward base camp. at least three americans are among those who have died when it came crashing down. in addition to 33-year-old google executive dan fredinburg, it has been confirmed dr.
marissa eve girawong, a 28-year- old medic from new jersey was among the bodies recovered. and 61-year-old filmmaker tom taplin, there shooting aoo documentary. his widow cory freyer said she got the phone call she feared most from tom's mountain guide. >> just right off the camp they found his body, quite a waysd from camp, as i understand it. >> reporter: rescue helicopters reached the mountain today but teams have had to battle against rough weather to evacuate badly wounded survivors. >> we just felt some fresh tremors here. >> reporter: mount everest won't>> shop shaking. powerful aftershocks continue to batter the mountain throughout the day. british expedition leader captain tim bradshaw said some felt as strong as the big one.
>> reporter: violent enough to trigger fresh avalanches hurtling toward base camps and threatening to cut off escape routes down. and a 100 or more climbers remain trapped at higher camps on the mountain. there are a number of british climbers among those stuck on everest, and jeff, the wife of one survivor i spoke with today said she was terrified until she finally heard her husband's voice. he said he was okay but he's still not sure yet how he's going to get down or how long he'll be stuck up there. >> glor: charlie d'agata in london, charlie, thank you. cbs news has learned in 2012 the family of former american hostage warren weinstein paid a ransom, $250,000. he was never returned. the news comes as u.s. officials finish their review of how the government handles hostage cases. here's julianna goldman.
>> reporter: the review is an acknowledgment that government officials need to be more sensitive to the families of u.s. hostages abroad. families have complained that they feel like they're not receiving timely information like they're being dragged through the bureaucratic process, and in at least one, case, with the family of murdered journalist james foley they were threatened withec prosecution if they tried toso make a ransom payment to rescue their loved one. >> my message to my beloved parents. >> reporter: his mother diane foley told cbs news the changes are a positive step but a baby step. and that she's been working with u.s. officials conducting the policy review. while the obama administration will still retain a no-ransomff policy, a u.s. official says thel review will likely recommendne that families not be threatened with prosecution. also, they will work directly with a broader group of government officials fromnt relevant agencies including the state department and the fbi instead of the case officer currently assigned to families. officials are also determining the best way to share
intelligence with families including, for example, hostage whereabouts which is often classified. in terms of timing, the dramatic turn of events last week with news of warren weinstein's death might have actually slowed down the review process. but jeff, the u.s. official says it will likely be completed within weeks, not months. >> glor: all right, julianna thank you. american law enforcement officials have been warned of a possible isis terror plot against the u.s. military and law enforcement officials, jeff pegues is following this. jeff, what we know? ta >> reporter: this is a warning that went out to law enforcement across the country on friday. authorities have not identified any specific suspects or targets. but information from communication involving known isis associates overseas specifically mention the statecr of california. and as a result of that,te security has been ramped up atin airports across that state.ab jeff, since last summer, western intelligence has been concerned about a threat to aviation. >> glor: jeff, any idea if this
means an increased danger posed by isis? >> reporter: even though this is a warning that was put out on friday, these are not new threats. for some time now isis has been attempting to inspire lone wolf attacks here in the u.s. the department of homelandit security says it will adjustsa security measures as necessary. it has already enhancedg screening at select overseasts airports and increased random searches of passengers and carry on luggage on flights headed to the u.s.. >> glor: jeff pegues in d.c. jeff, thank you very much. the u.s. has confirmed russian hackers read some of president obama's e-mails when they breached the white house archives last year. those e-mails were unclassified. officials say no classified e- mails were compromised. in baltimore today, it was the wake of freddie gray, the 25- year-old who suffered a fatal spine injury in police custody. it has been a weekend of protests, sometimes violence. mark albert is there. >> reporter: mourners carry flowers and grief into a funeral home in north baltimore today in memory of freddie gray. jeanette johnson was one off hundreds who came. >> i'm just so devastated about this.
>> reporter: did you know freddie gray. >> no. >> reporter: and yet are you personally devastated. >> yes, yes.am because i have sons.te i have two sons, you know. it could have been one of them. >> reporter: jasmine lee is freddie gray's cousin.w. >> when i go in there, it's reality that he's really gone. >> reporter: gray's still unexplained death a week ago after suffering a spinal injury in police custody lead to an eruption of anger which untilin yesterday had remained largely peaceful. but 90 minutes before dusk a mob near the camden yards baseballca stadium attacked police cars threw bottles, rocks and cones at police and looted several nearby businesses. dozens of officers charged the rioters, surging into the crowd to detain a protestor. 35 were arrested in all. as night fell, 1,200 officers were deployed city wide, 300 swept the downtown streets. we spoke to lieutenant thompson who declined to give his first t name. do you believe these are outsiders?
>> i have dealt with the people in this neighborhood for yearsoo and i have never had any trouble like this. >> reporter: freddie gray's twin p sister frederica later joined the city's mayor to call for peace. >> you can all please, please, stop the violence. freddie gray would not want this. >> reporter: damaged businesses like this one spent the day boarding up smashed windows. freddie gray's family has asked that there be no protests today or tomorrow when the funeral is scheduled. jeff? >> glor: mark albert in baltimore, thank you. two people are dead and severalen t missing after a powerful stormrt capsized at least ten boatsra during a regatta in alabama's mobile bay. here's jericka duncan. >> reporter: they could see thes ominous clouds looming behind their boat. >> the winds are catching us now. >> reporter: as the storm moved closer, the waves intensified. boats buffeted from side to side as 70-mile-per-hour wind gusts whipped through the middle of mobile bay late saturday afternoon. one man reported seeing boats
sink so fast, that people didn't have time to grab life preservers. randy rutledge and his girlfriend say they were in the water for two hours before being spotted. >> the storm just subsided just enough that i could keep my head up. and not drink too much salt water. but-- i had no choice but to hang on to that cushion, mainly because i had to find her. >> reporter: officials say ten. boats overturned. at least 40 people have been rescued. airplanes and rescue boats havere covered more than 1,700 square miles of the bay in search of survivors. u.s. coast guard captain duke walker praised several local agencies for their help. >> without their efforts, thisy tragedy would have been far greater. >> reporter: boaters say the storm was unusual because the high winds lasted 30 minutes.
scattering boats and complicating search-and-rescueef efforts. despite warnings from the national weather service about the storm, more than 100 sailboats participated in an annual regatta. today we spoke to organizers whoco would not comment, jeff, oner whether there were ever any plans to delay or cancel the event. >> glor: all right, jericka duncan, thank you very much. the aurora movie theater gunman is about to go on trial. how will his insanity defense hold up. and the president holds no punch lines at the so-called "nerd prom." when the "cbs evening news" continues. nerd prom. when the cbs news continues. one helps keep you awake- the other helps you sleep. science suggests when you have insomnia, the wake system in your brain may be too strong and your neurotransmitters remain too active as you try to sleep, which could be leading to your insomnia. ohh...maybe that's what's preventing me from getting the sleep i need!
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though the passage of time since the july 2012 shooting may help james holmes because it's given time for passions to cool. but justice delayed can fuel its own kind of anger in a traumatized community, says nancy leong, professor of law at the university of denver. >> the community may be quite resentful about the fact that it hasn't had the opportunity to heal that there hasn't been any kind of closure as a result ofth the trial. >> reporter: the key issue, was he insane when he pulled the trigger over and over. it's a difficult defense to pull off, more so in this case. the jury is going to see horrific pictures of what he did. does that overwhelm their instinct to feel sympathy or mental instability? >> i think it has to. we all go to movie theaters, anybody can imagine themselves in this situation. >> reporter: it's scary to all of us. >> it is scary to all of us because this is a situation in which we could all imagine the gunfire starting. i think that that is a really frightening possibility for a
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>> glor: we close tonight with a tale of two winters. the northeast got so much snow ski resorts are still open. in the drought-stricken west skiers were left high and dry. here's carter evans and adriana diaz. >> reporter: spring skiing is a novelty sport in the northeast. slopes rarely survive warming temperatures. but not this season. big storms and unseasonably cold weather have created a win-win for ski buffs. it's still snowing at killington in vermont. the ski resort is operating seven days a week to meetnd demand. mike solimano is killington's c.e.o.. >> skier visitation is about 10% more than last year and we're hoping this year to make it to june. >> reporter: and no ski resort in the continental u.s. has received more snow than
vermont's jay peak. eight feet since march 1. j.j. tolland is director of communications. >> we've had groups from europe in particular who have booked trips out west, to the rockies and out to california. and they rerouted themselves to come to vermont. everything that is happening right now, in april into may. it's just gravy. >> reporter: gravy for people like weston miller. >> so much snowfall. all of it is lasting and everyone is having a great timeim in the spring. >> reporter: i'm carter evans in california, where the chair lifts are empty. and the slopes at bear mountain these days are more suitable for mountain biking than spring skiing. >> we always have great snow in february and march. >> reporter: david likins runs the local resort. >> we had almost zero snow in march. >> reporter: that lead to an early end of one of the worst southern california ski seasons ever, just 25 inches of snow fell on bear mountain this year
compared to 190 inches in 2011 business at the ski resorts here is down 30%. thorne betrand came on a family trip hoping to see snow, and now. >> kayaking looks fun, hiking looks fun. and we'll find other things to do. miss the snow though. >> reporter: better luck next year. >> glor: carter evans and adriana diaz on ski patrol. and that is the "cbs evening news" tonight. later on cbs, "60 minutes." i'm jeff glor, cbs news, new york. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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