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>> pelley: an explosion of anger and violence on the streets of baltimore this evening. rioters are battling police. many have been wounded on the day that freddie gray was laid to rest. also tonight, rescue. the desperate search for survivors among thousands dead in nepal. and for the first time prosecutors explain what they say drove the colorado gunman to commit the movie theater massacre. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. the governor of maryland is ordering national guard troops into baltimore. riots and looting e resulted
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after the funeral for freddie gray, the 25-year-old african-american african-american fatally injured two weeks ago. rioters threw rocks and bricks. patrol cars were destroyed. at least one store was set on fire and a shopping mall was attacked by looters. 15 officers have been injured. some suffering broken bones. two are in the hospital. the mayor called the rioters thugs and ordered a 10:00 p.m. curfew beginning tomorrow. we have two reports on the breaking story and first we'll go to chip reid. >> reporter: it appeared things had calmed down this evening when suddenly dozens of young people showed up at the mall smashed the doors and just started looting. they continued until the riot police finally showed up. the streets of baltimore erupted in riots today.
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as protesters many appearing to be high-school aged attacked police and looted local businesses. smoke poured out of the cvs and first-responders extinguished the flames and they also broke into a local mall carrying away whatever they wanted. eventually, police swept in and made several arrests. earlier they destroyed a police car with clubs and baseball bats. hundreds of heavily armed police in riot gear responded repelled with rocks and bricks and some sent the rocks flying back. some officers used their shields to deflect the rocks. others weren't so lucky. more than a dozen officers were
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injured. one had a bloody head. another was said to be unresponsive. tear gas filled the air after protesters torched a police cruiser. baltimore police cruiseman eric qualchek asked parents to find their kids. >> you'll see tear gas and we're going to use appropriate methods to restore the community. >> >>reporter: it was with a block-by-block battle taking guidance from mayor stephanie rawlings-brake to give protesters breathing room and held a press conference. >> i'm at a loss for words. it just didn't -- it is idiotic to think that by destroying your city that you're going to make life better for anybody. >> reporter: at times it appeared to be a frenzy as rioters tried to turn over one vehicle and rip the door off
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another. this group ran from a heavily armored police vehicle. some were apprehended and arrested. most got away. the police used tear gas to disperse the crowds and pepper sprain close quarters. one frightening development was the baltimore police department said it received a credible threat that three street gangs including the bloods and the crips were working together to take out cops >> chip thank you very much. the riots flared after this morning's funeral for freddie gray who died last week after his neck was broken while in police custody. six officers are suspended pending an investigation. more than 2500 mourners crowded into the new shiloh baptist church. >> freddie gray was buried
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shortly after his emotional funeral in which members of his family appeared to be near collapse. several speakers here called gray a martyr who died in the cause of exposing police injustice. >> did anybody recognize freddie when he was alive? did you see him? >> reporter: maryland congressman elijah cummings represents baltimore. >> we will not rest, we will not rest, until we address this and see that justice is done. >> reporter: all of the speakers called for non-violent protests, but there was no masking the sense of anger in the community. >> i don't know how you can be black in america and be silent. >> reporter: this is the reverend jamal harrison bryant. >> after this day we're going to keep on marching. after this day we're going to keep demanding justice. get your black self up and change this city. >> reporter: it has been two weeks since gray was arrested after fleeing from police, but there is still no public
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explanation from any of the six baltimore police officers involved. billy murphy is the attorney for the gray family. >> we're calling for the police, the six of them who are at least being partially if not totally implicated, to come forward and tell it all, just like you tell our citizens to do. >> reporter: the speaker-- the >> call earlier this evening to all available available clergy to ask for calm. one hour ago 100 clergy members left linked arm in arm saying they're on a mission to weighed into the violence and ask protesters to go home. >> now another look at the scenes of baltimore where the protests over gray's death turned violent.
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there's been many arrests. onto the other major story. the ca cast fee the catastrophe in nepal. the death toll has passed 4,000, including at least four americans. in some villages at least three- quarters of the buildings collapsed in saturday's quake. survivors are being airlifted to overwhelmed hospitals in the capital kathmandu, and that is where holly williams begins our coverage. >> reporter: in kathmandu today, they worked frantically, digging through mountains of rubble with shovels and even their bare hands. this man was found alive after a search team tunneled through the wreckage to where he was trapped. volunteer rescue worker balram galtaum hopes they'll find other survivors, but knows they may only discover more bodies.
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>> reporter: the quake struck >> reporter: the quake struck just before mid-day on saturday. the violence of the tremors was captured by this hotel security video. from the air, you can see nepal's historic capital now pockmarked with flattened buildings. and there have been dozens of aftershocks, jolting the country that's already on edge. tens of thousands of people are still sleeping in makeshift camps, some of them now homeless, but others simply fearful that the after shocks could bring more buildings down on top of them. in this overcrowded hospital where doctors are struggling to treat the wounded, we met yagaur atkari, whose home was
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demolished by the quake. despite his fractured spine, he's alive. the rest of his family didn't make it. >> reporter: they're already cremating the dead in kathmandu, lighting funeral pries for thousands of people, including this girl's father. nepal is grief stricken and still counting its dead. >> pelley: and holly is joining us now from nepal. holly, a lot of countries are offering aid. what are you seeing on the ground so far? >> well, scott, we've seen both search and rescue teams and medical teams arriving here in nepal. but a lot of international help has been slowed down and even turned away because kathmandu's
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airport is simply too small to cope with all the traffic. it was also damaged in the earthquake. now, the fear here is that there may be many more dead and injured in remote villages that are still cut off from help. >> pelley: holly williams reporting for us tonight from the scene of the earthquake. holly, thanks very much. and we want to note that the pentagon is sending 130 rescue workers. now, we'd like to show you some before-and-after pictures. this square was used to house nepal's royal family. in minutes, the quake destroyed the temple there that had stood for centuries. the calamity was repeated throughout kathmandu. ancient landmarks in seismic collapse. nepal lies in the himalayas, dominated by the world's tallest mountain, mount everest. the quake sent a mountain of ice and snow directly on to the base camp there where hundreds had gathered in preparation for the
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climb to the summit. elizabeth palmer has that part of the story. >> reporter: german climber jost kobusch's camera caught the moment the earthquake struck. >> the ground is shaking. >> reporter: then like an explosion, a huge avalanche roared toward the camp. he and his friends dove into their tent, panting with fear in the thin air. when they crawled out a minute later, tons of rock and snow had crushed large parts of the camp, injuring both foreign climbers and nepali guides. 18 people were killed, among them americans. dan fredinburg with a google executive from california. here he is at base camp the day before he died. marissa eve girawong was a physician's assistant from new jersey, and filmmaker tom taplin, also from california
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was making a documentary. kent stewart from alabama escaped alive. he's now safely back in kathmandu. in 2013, he tried and failed to climb everest, so on saturday he was preparing for a second ascent when the ground started to shake. >> we just ran out of the dining tent and looked around at all the mountains and saw avalanches coming from everywhere. >> reporter: luckily, though stewart's tent in the lower part of the base camp wasn't hit. >> almost immediately they started bringing patients to our camp because we were the only camp that had tents that hadn't been destroyed. the medical facility at base camp was leveled. >> reporter: over the past 48 hours, a daring airlift has rescued more than 100 climbers stranded high up on the mountain, two at a time, because at this altitude that's all the choppers can carry. and from the devastated ruin of everest base camp, the
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helicopters have been ferrying away both the wounded and the dead. in spite of that huge rescue effort, scott, nobody really knows how many climbers may be left on the mountain and the weather is about to turn bad. snow is in the forecast and the temperature's going to plummet to minus 30. >> pelley: elizabeth palmer in the london bureau tonight. liz, thank you. earlier today, we spoke with a survivor at the everest base camp. jon kedrowski is an american scientist who studies weather and climate. he's on his second trip to everest. >> i was sitting in our dining camp comfortably. the ground started shaking. i went outside to see what was going on. but then after a minute when the earthquake ended, then that's when a roar came from the valley and because it was foggy, you didn't really know exactly where it was coming from initially. that was really scary. >> pelley: the people who were killed, where were they? >> they were in their camp, the base camp is spread out, and the
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center part of base camp was destroyed from this blast. it was more like a hurricane- force wind that knocked people off their feet. it blew people across the glacier for several hundred yards. >> pelley: so it was the force of the wind off the avalanche and not the mass of snow and ice that killed most of these people? >> yeah. it wasn't the traditional avalanche that you think of as snow coming down and burying everybody. because of the impact of this ice falling for several thousand feet, that impact created a force of air that had to go somewhere, so like if you were to be where air has to be blown out. it was blown across the glacier sort of like in a bomb fashion. >> pelley: the people who were killed, what sort of injuries did they suffer? >> a lot of injuries were from debris, smaller rocks and people getting head injuries, even being maybe impaled like a tentpole, just by falling debris.
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>> pelley: jon kedrowski of vail, colorado, thank you very much for your help today. >> thank you. >> pelley: and if you would like to help, we have a list of charities working in the region. you can find the list on our web site, cbsnews.com. today vice president biden swore in loretta lynch as attorney general, the first african american woman to serve as america's top law enforcement official. she seemed to be referring to baltimore and other cases of police violence when she said, "we can restore trust and faith, both in our laws and those of us who enforce them." the acting chief executive of the clinton foundation now admits mistakes were made in how it disclosed its foreign donors. but said it is committed to transparency. an upcoming book accuses hillary clinton of giving preferential treatment to foundation donors while she was secretary of state. no one denies james holmes
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z >> pelley: a disturbing story that has been sealed away in court for three years came pouring out today.
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this is the first day of the trial of james holmes, accused of murdering 12 people and wounding 70 in the colorado movie theater massacre. holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, and mark strassmann is at the courthouse in centennial. >> 400 people filed enter a box- like theater to be entertained. and one person came there to slaughter them. >> reporter: district attorney george brauchler told the jury that killer was in the courtroom. >> his name is james eagen holmes. he tried to murder a theater full of people to make himself feel better. >> people are running out of the theater that were shot. >> reporter: on that july night nearly three years ago, holmes wore body armor and a gas mask and fired repeatedly with a pistol, a shotgun and an assault rifle. six-year-old veronica moser-
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sullivan was among the dozen people killed. since his arrest, holmes' appearance has changed dramatically, gone is the orange hair and the wild-eyed look. the well-groomed 27-year-old today sat quietly, tethered to a hook in the courtroom floor. brauchler said this is video of holmes telling a court-appointed psychiatrist about his point system for taking human life. >> reporter: for the first time >> reporter: for the first time brauchler revealed that both court-appointed psychiatrists found holmes to be troubled but sane. defense lawyer daniel king admitted holmes was responsible for the massacre, but he argued holmes was a schizophrenic in the grips of a psychotic episode. >> there will be no doubt in your minds by the end of this trial that mr. holmes is severely mentally ill. none. >> reporter: the courtroom was full for those opening
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statements. about one-third of the spectators were victims or victims' families. this trial is expected to last four to five months. >> pelley: mark strassmann mark, thank you. a severe storm blew railcars right off a railroad bridge. that's coming up next. use the medicine that pharmacists use most for themselves. relief doesn't get any better than this. advil. making a fist something we do to show resolve. to defend ourselves. to declare victory. so cvs health provides expert support and vital medicines. make a fist for me. at our infusion centers or in patients homes. we help them fight the good fight. cvs health, because health is everything.
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sailboat race saturday when a sudden storm kicked up near hurricane-force winds. several of the boats capsized. any hope that they survived is fading this evening. at least two other sailors were killed. a line of severe storms is pushing through the deep south tonight from louisiana to the florida panhandle. baton rouge woke up to dangerous lightning. more than 200,000 homes and businesses lost power. outside new orleans, 60 miles- per-hour winds blew freight cars off a railroad bridge. remarkably nobody was hurt. today the federal government said that less fluoride should be added to the drinking water. the first time that's happened in more than half a century. 75% of americans have fluoridated water. the department of health and human services said that fluoride is already in toothpaste and mouth wash and too much fluoride can discolor children's teeth. in a moment, we'll take you back
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15 police officers were injured. this followed the funeral for freddie gray the african-american fatally injured while in police custody. the mayor has ordered a city-wide curfew starting tomorrow night at 10:00. chip reid is in baltimore for us tonight. chip. >> reporter: well, scott it was a surprise to us this evening. it was pretty much a vacant parking lot though there was major rioting in the area earlier when suddenly dozens of people showed up smashed the doors of this mall and started taking whatever they wanted. as you can see, there's a riot police presence here now. there's dozens here now and that's what's keeping people away over there where the flashing lights are, several arrests were made. people in the neighborhood are pleasing with the youngsters not to do this but they're not listening. >> chip reid thank you very much and that's the "cbs evening news" tonight.
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from only on 5 a bay area city trying to slam the brakes on a new subdivision, all because of the drought. good evening. i'm ken bastida. >> and i'm veronica de la cruz. tonight there is talk of building a proposed development in pleasanton until there's more water. only on 5 our phil matier tells us that would be a first for the bay area. >> that's right it would be. pleasanton has led the bay area and state in the water conservation efforts. it seems to be something the residents don't want to invest in. >> reporter: it was slated to
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be the biggest development in pleasanton history 1300 new homes. thanks to the drought the city council is now having second thoughts. >> this is the fourth year of the drought. absolutely it causes great concern. >> reporter: there are of course the usual concerns about traffic and schools brought on by 3200 new people living here. but the killer issue appears to be the 260 million gallons of water a year that those new people will be using. >> at the same time we're asking residents to have a 25% or more water conservation. >> the way that we would actually provide that water is through conservation. >> reporter: but many residents say they're already doing their share. >> don't water the grass or anything. >> i'm not washing the car. >> we do have a fine system. and we did issue some fines last year. >> reporter: put it together and you have pleasanton officials saying something we haven't heard before in this drought. >> put that on hold. what are you thinking? >> reporter: and the vice mayor

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