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"cbs evening news with scott pelley" in new york coming up. remember the latest news and weather are always on our website, cbssf.com. captions by: caption col >> pelley: protesters return to baltimore's streets, but calm slowly returns. at the orioles' game, it is so quiet you could hear a ball drop. also tonight, police recount the horror of the movie theater massacre. what if the gyrocopter pilot had been a terrorist? norad's disturbing admission today. and did you hear the one about two men in las vegas fighting over a purse? it has $300 million inside. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. as evening falls in baltimore and another 10:00 p.m. curfew approached, the latest round of protest is beginning.
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arrest were suspended. two days after the rioting the city is now slowly returning to normal and jeff pegues is there. jeff. >> reporter: scott this is a community that still bears the scars of the 1968 riots. we're just hours away from another mandated curfew put in place to prevent more violence. last night there were still a few clashes with police. another sign of a community still on edge. as kids went back to school today, police remained on high alert for renewed violence around the city. but afternoon protests were peaceful, allowing officials to turn their attention to friday when the police department will hand over the results of its investigation into freddie gray's death to the state's
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attorney's office. today captain eric kowalczyk said the findings would not be made public. >> we cannot release all of the information from this investigation to the public because if there is a decision to charge in any event by the state's attorney's office, the integrity of that investigation has to be protected. >> reporter: cornell brooks is the president of the naacp which is headquartered in baltimore. he worries how protesters will react to the lack of information. >> they should not expect an indictment. they should not expect arrests. they should not expect anyone called into account. they should not expect satisfying answers to unsettling questions. all they can expect is a step forward. >> reporter: we met brooks in west baltimore where 23% of black men ages 16 to 64 are unemployed. one out of four doesn't have a high school diploma. >> we have a community that's nearly empty of jobs. that's a problem. and so there's this long-
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simmering anger, resentment, where people don't feel that they have full access to what most americans and what people here would call the american dream. people need jobs. they need opportunity. >> reporter: what happens in communities like this? >> i think what happens in communities like this is the lid stays on for some period of time, and then things bubble and boil over. >> reporter: we sensed that frustration in kevin oliver and others here who believe someone is to blame for freddie gray's death. >> to me it's self-explanatory. it's just who is going to be accountable for what happened to the man. >> reporter: the state's attorney's office is conducting its own investigation, and that is separate from the investigation that the baltimore city police department is conducting. scott, it is also not clear when those results will be mades public. >> pelley: there were 35 arrests after the curfew last night. jeff pegues, thanks very much, jeff. today's baltimore orioles' game
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with the chicago white sox was closed to fans. it is the first time that has ever happened in major league baseball. chip reid is at a quiet camden yards. >> and the pitch is in there for a strike, and the history-making ball game is now officially in the books as having begun. >> reporter: at an empty orioles park in baltimore today, the crack of the bat echoed like a controlled explosion. >> 1-1 delivery. >> reporter: but the roar of a crowd, a few dozen people outside the stadium, sounded more like the roar of a mouse. there were no kids here to chase all those foul balls. >> another one to rattle around in the seats. >> reporter: oriole caleb joseph graciously offered his imaginary autograph and accepted the applause of imaginary fans. after the game, he said he was thankful for the diehards who watched and cheered behind the fence and from hotel balconies. >> it reminds me of those times when you're in high school and
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college and your friends don't want to pay the $4 or $5 to get into the game, so they get in the back of their trucks and drive to the outfield and cheer you on. >> reporter: some of those fans said closing the game was a mistake. brendan hursan called it a surrender to fear. >> if you go down to the inner harbor right now, there are hundreds of soldiers protecting businesses. there's plenty of security if that was the real issue, but i think by doing this, we're sending a message to the world that this city is unsafe for everyone, that it can't be controlled. that's not true. >> reporter: but orioles' vice president greg bader said the decision was all about security. >> the determination was made jointly that the resources required to play this game simply could be used better elsewhere, and we recognized this is a baseball game. you know, there are bigger issues out there. >> reporter: the orioles won 8- 2, one player told us that's important to the team, but scott, he said it may be even more important to baltimore because when a city is going through trials and tribulations, a winning team can help lift
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people up. >> pelley: chip, thanks very much. while we've been watching baltimore this week, an astounding story has been unfolding in a colorado courtroom. today officers described the scene in the movie theater three years ago after james holmes opened fire, killing 12 and wounding 70. mark strassmann is covering the holmes murder trial. >> i can see him with the gun, holds it up to his chest. >> reporter: when the shooting started, josh nolan knelt down and tried to shield a friend. bullets shredded his left calf and right arm. >> my thought process was that he was searching for other people and that he was going to start going row by row. >> 911. what is your emergency? [gunfire] >> reporter: above him, the navy vet could hear an assault rifle firing, a sound he imitated with his hand. [tapping] >> people are running out of a theater shot.
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>> reporter: first responders walked into chaos, screaming people, the burn of tear gas thrown by the gunman, the dead and dying strewn throughout theater nine. when sergeant gerald jonsgaard first spotted holmes dressed in body armor, he thought the killer was a swat team member, but holmes was quickly arrested. inside the theater, jonsgaard personally checked every body for signs of life. >> i bent down, felt for a pulse. there was no pulse. >> reporter: he found veronica moser-sullivan, the six-year-old was shot in the abdomen, the youngest person killed. jonsgaard told an officer to carry her body outside. >> i want her triaged. i want her out of here. i wasn't keeping her in the crime scene. >> reporter: when all the survivors had left, dead bodies still lay inside the crime scene of theater nine. scott, police inside remember that for hours cell phones that were left behind kept ringing one by one. >> pelley: mark strassmann thank you very much.
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the u.s. economy came to a near halt in the first three months of this year. the commerce department told us today that growth in the fourth quarter was 0.2%. in the previous quarter, it was a moderate 2.2%. bad weather is blamed, but in light of this, an increase in interest rates will likely be delayed. there was a sharp debate at the supreme court today as justices heard a case that asks whether it is cruel to use a particular sedative in lethal injection. jan crawford is at the courthouse. >> reporter: the argument quickly turned heated. the justices clashed with one another and fired hostile questions at the lawyers. with justice sonia sotomayor going so far, she told an oklahoma lawyer defending lethal injection, "nothing you say or read to me am i going to believe until i see it with my own eyes." the case focuses on a narrow issue, whether one of the three
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drugs sometimes used for lethal injections, a sedative, is effective in preventing severe pain and suffering and whether states must find a different drug, but the arguments laid bare deep divisions on the court over broader questions about the death penalty. sotomayor and justice elena kagan were most forceful in opposition, with both reportedly asserting that lethal injection was like being burned alive with chemicals. conservatives pointing to different medical studies and several lower-court rulings strongly disputed that. they suggested the arguments were a back-door way of dismantling the death penalty. "let's be honest about what's going on here," said justice samuel alito. "the court is being asked to help wage a guerrilla war against the death penalty." 32 states have the death penalty, but it's increasingly difficult to carry out. justice antonin scalia says that's because of the abolitionist movement, putting pressure on the companies that
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manufacture drugs to stop making them available for executions. and that's what happened in this case. a drug company stopped providing two other sedatives, which forced oklahoma to use this alternative. or it could do, scott, like utah recently did, and bring back the firing squad. >> pelley: jan crawford at the supreme court. jan, thank you. now, have a look at this. >> yesterday, december 7, 1941 ... >> pelley: f.d.r. the day after pearl harbor asking congress to declare war on japan. today nearly three-quarters of a century later, the prime minister of japan stood in the very same spot and expressed condolences for america's war losses, but shinzo abe stopped short of an outright apology. the death toll from saturday's catastrophic earthquake in nepal topped 5,200 today.
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more than 10,000 were hurt and the u.n. estimates that 2.8 million have lost their homes. we have two reports, first seth doane in kathmandu. >> reporter: frustration is mounting. clean water, power and fuel are scarce, and we found police ready in riot gear. this protest has popped up on the street corner here. people are yelling that the government needs to provide more aid and that there are not enough bus tickets to leave town. thousands lined up for the free government bus ticket out of the capital. >> this is not a safe place just now. many diseases are going to be spread here. >> reporter: the same fear was apparent in these makeshift camps. bikey timilsina now lives in a tent with his family. >> it's very miserable, you know? there's rain coming down.
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people are getting sick day by day. we're in a living hell. >> reporter: amid the misery are stunning stories of survival. this man was rescued after being trapped for more than 80 hours. rodney vaughan was hoping for such success. he's managing a search and rescue team from virginia. so you're looking for people who still might be alive? >> yep, absolutely. >> reporter: is there still a chance all these days later? >> sure it is. sure it is. we found them plus two weeks sometimes. >> reporter: they worked into the night, buoyed by these images of survivors found against all odds. seth doane, cbs news, kathmandu, nepal. >> reporter: and i'm holly williams at kathmandu's airport, where today helicopters were ferrying people to safety, including a group of 16 american trekkers. they were all unharmed after a
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terrifying experience just two miles from mt. everest's base camp. >> it was very scary. worse thing we've ever been through. >> reporter: becky labarge of san diego told us their guides led them to safety. >> we're just very lucky to be here. >> reporter: the americans' travel insurance covered the evacuation and they'll be home within 24 hours. yet many of nepal's earthquake survivors have been left to fend for themselves. lobsang sherpa told us he was in a bus when the earthquake triggered a landslide, killing nearly everyone on board. he'll now finally get some medical attention. but four days after the quake, many near the epicenter continue to wait for treatment. >> some of those horrible things and those people are going to die, that's the simple fact.
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>> reporter: russell brice had been a mountain guy in nepal for 40 years and wants to get medical aid to the remote valley of langtang, but he's frustrated by the nepalese government's slow response. >> mountaineers on everest have more money than people in langtang, yet it's quite sad that money talks here all the time. >> reporter: some of nepal's poorest communities are still waiting for help. holly williams, cbs news kathmandu. >> pelley: a top defense official today made a troubling admission about the gyrocopter that landed at the capitol. and a russian space ship is out of control when the "cbs evening news" continues. lets can cause cramps but not phillips. it has magnesium and works more naturally than stimulant laxatives. for gentle cramp free relief of occasional constipation that works! mmm mmm live the regular life.
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>> because we're working against physics, sir. >> reporter: admiral william gortney explained the 250-pound gyrocopter was indistinguishable on radar from flocks of birds or even kites as it flew in from gettysburg, pennsylvania. still, 61-year-old douglas hughes had shared his plans with the "tampa bay times." capitol police chief kim dine testified today that someone from the paper called his command center 23 minutes before hughes landed to inform them hughes was live streaming his flight. >> why weren't you able to see it when so many others were? >> yes, sir, clearly the media knew about this ahead of time. >> reporter: secret service director joseph clancy pointed the finger at the newspaper. >> if the "tampa bay times" had informed us prior to departure of this aircraft, we could have had a response team at gettysburg. >> reporter: lawmakers also wanted to know why a capitol alert system failed. >> we never heard a thing.
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>> reporter: paul irving is the house sergeant at arms. >> a notification should have gone out. we assure you that will not happen again. >> reporter: some lawmakers argued today that hughes should have been shot down, but officials testified that officers only saw him a few seconds, scott, before he landed. >> pelley: and the pilot's due to land in court next week. nancy cordes at the capitol. nancy, thank you very much. with just a few words, a beer company offended a lot of people. that's just ahead. f. more than the medicines in tylenol or aleve. use the medicine that pharmacists use most for themselves. relief doesn't get any better than this. advil.
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>> pelley: records released today show the f.a.a. raised questions five years ago about the mental health of german pilot andreas lubitz, but his doctors assured the f.a.a. that he had recovered from depression and he was granted a license to complete his training in the u.s. last month lubitz deliberately crashed a germanwings jet in the french alps, killing 150 people. russian flight controllers gave up today on a cargo ship carrying supplies to the space station. they lost contact with it after it launched yesterday. an on-board camera shows it spinning wildly in orbit. it should reenter the atmosphere next week and burn up. hard to understand how this made it past the pitch meeting. a slogan on bottles of bud light called it "the perfect beer for removing no from your vocabulary for the night." not the best campaign at a time of national debate over date
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>> reporter: the only thing bigger than the fight is the box office. >> money floyd mayweather. >> reporter: sales figures are simply staggering. pay-per-view is expected to bring in a record $300 million. one ticket on stubhub is listed at over $350,000. ad space on manny pacquiao's shorts sold for more than $2 million. when tickets went on sale, the few for the public sold out in less than two minutes. it's going to be the biggest- grossing fight ever. what can folks expect in this fight? >> excitement. it's going to be a good fight. >> reporter: the staggering sums of money are defining this fight. the sport that gave us the thrilla in manila and the rumble in the jungle hasn't had a fight this big in decades. with the two biggest fighters in the "twilight" of their career
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it may be a long time before we see one again. do you still have what it takes to make this as big a fight as folks are hoping that it will be? >> yes, i still have that skill. it's still there. >> reporter: when did you know i can handle this? >> i've always had a game plan. my game... the ultimate game plan was to get to the pinnacle and make hundreds of millions. >> reporter: with a $300 million purse, that looks like the safest bet in town. james brown, cbs news, las vegas. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. 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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bay area fire stations are closing just as the fire season is about to start. wait until you hear how many 27 firefighters will have to protect. good evening, i'm ken bastida. >> i'm veronica de la cruz. two east contra costa firehouses will have to go after voters rejected a plan to save them. right now it's looking like station 54 in brentwood and another. ryan takeo reports. >> reporter: veronica, station 94 is still up and running today. 7 calls already today. but in the next month it will take a lot longer to respond to
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emergencies nearby. as firefighters prepare -- >> we'll see closures within the next 30 days. >> reporter: east contra costa fire chief hugh henderson says two district's five stations will close and will eventually cut a quarter of the staff. that will leave 27 firefighters to protect 105,000 people over a massive 250 square miles. >> that's 20 calls a day across five stations or three stations. you can see the impact right there. >> reporter: a fema grant which helped the district operate five stations ended last year. but the final straw was when voters rejected a property tax assessment to close the shortfall. >> they keep closing them there won't be any left soon. >> reporter: sheryl voted for the assessment. she works a block away from the

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