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axelrod in for scott pelley tonight. try to stay cool. see you at 6:00. captions by: caption colorado comments@captioncolorado.com >> axelrod: as congress debates the iran nuclear deal, republicans rally against it. >> every single thing about this deal is wrong, and we should never have allowed this to happen. >> axelrod: also tonight, terror at takeoff-- a commercial jetliner with 170 on board catches fire. >> people could see flames, and people wanted to get off the plane. they were just terrified. >> axelrod: that vicious hit on a ref. did an assistant coach put them up to it? and, cbs news exposes a thriving black market that's robbing the world of priceless pieces of history. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> axelrod: good evening. scott's on assignment. i'm jim axelrod. and this is our western edition. investigators are trying to figure out why an engine on a british airways jet caught fire as the plane was taking off from
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las vegas. the plane was bound for london with 157 passengers and 13 crew members. the captain, who was getting ready to retire next week, is being praised for avoiding disaster. here's mireya villarreal. >> reporter: it took just seconds for flames and thick, black smoke to take over the left side of this british airways boeing 777. one of the two engines caught fire. responding fire crews say it was feet away from a massive fuel tank. >> i opened up the cover of my window, and just saw flames on the engine. >> reporter: the plane hit 100 miles an hour on the runway but pilots slammed on the brakes short of takeoff. the tower called for help at 4:13 p.m., and two minutes later, firefighters were on scene. passengers used inflatable slides to escape. phil lowe helped people get out. >> people could see flames and people wanted to get off the plane. they were just terrified.
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>> reporter: how chaotic was it? >> yeah, it was bad. there was a lot of screaming, shouting, "get off, move." people started pushing, people pushing back. >> reporter: 27 people were taken to local hospitals with minor injuries. aviation experts praised the pilot and his team. mark rosenker is the former chairman of the national transportation safety board. >> clearly, the pilots displayed tremendous professionalism. by making the decision to abort this takeoff, many lives probably were saved. >> reporter: still no word yet on what caused the fire, but, jim, experts are telling us right now they believe this will be a faster investigation because the plane's engine is here at mccarron international airport where it is easier to look at. >> axelrod: mireya, thank you. it was quite a scene at the u.s. capitol today. as the senate opened debate on the iran nuclear deal, opponents rallied outside. most prominently, republican presidential front-runner donald trump. he called both the deal and the americans who negotiated it
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"incompetent." major garrett tells us trump vowed things will be different if he's elected. >> we will have so much winning if i get elected, that you may get bored with winning. believe me. ( applause ) i agree. you'll never get bored with winning. we never get bored. >> reporter: trump called the del a disgrace. what will you demand in the deal that isn't there now if you are elected president? >> you watch. you're going to have to watch. >> reporter: can't you tell etese people. >> let me tell you. i don't want to say things that the other side is going to learn everything about me. do you understand that? that's part of the problem. everything is talk in this country. they talk and talk and they say this is what they're-- i don't want to say-- i will tell you, that deal will be totally renegotiated or worse, or worse. >> reporter: or worse for who? s, for iran, not for us, believe me, for iran. they have suckered us. they have taken advantage of
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stupid people, stupid representatives, people that are incompetent, whether it's kerry or our president. >> reporter: texas senator ted cruz, also running for the g.o.p. nomination, was trump's warm-up act. cruz said even though congressional republicans do not have support sufficient to block the agreement, g.o.p. leaders should postpone a vote because congress has not seen all the fine print. won't it be the same result? democrats will not move off the support of their deal. >> the president lacks the authority to lift sanctions until the expiration of the congressional review period because he refused to hand over the side agreements, the congressional review period hasn't started yet. >> reporter: giving ammunition to the deal's opponents, new comments from iran's supreme leader that the country will not cooperate with the u.s. on any other issue, and that israel will not exist in 25 years. democrat hillary clinton repeated her support for the nuclear agreement today, but added this warning to iran about noncompliance: >> i will not hesitate to take military action if iran attempts to obtain a nuclear weapon.
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>> reporter: the nuclear deal is a legacy item for president obama to be sure, but it will be up to the next president to implement many of its details. and, jim, there are already warning signs. the united nations nuclear watchdog agency says iran has provided incomplete answers about its past pursuit of a nuclear weapon. >> axelrod: major, thank you. hillary clinton, who hopes to be that next president, is trying to put an end to the e-mail controversy that's jeopardizing her chances. she's now done something she long refused to do-- apologize for using a private e-mail server while she was secretary of state. here's nancy cordes. >> reporter: it took six months to get from this. >> i saw it as a matter of convenience, and it was allowed. >> reporter: to this ... >> that was a mistake i'm sorry. about that. i take responsibility. >> reporter: the course correction came after more defensive answers and half- apologies failed to put issue to rest and after a focus group in new hampshire reportedly
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revealed that clinton's e-mail troubles were drowning out her message. on tuesday, clinton tried dancing her cares away at a taping of "ellen," but the issue surfaced even there. >> i made a mistake and i'm sorry for all the confusion that has ensued. >> reporter: she followed that up with a contrite letter posted on facebook admitting, "i could have and should have done a better job answering questions earlier." democratic strategist steve mcmahon. do you think people will buy that this is a true apology? >> i think it would have been better if the apology would have come sooner, but i don't think that will make it ineffective. >> thank you, thank you. >> reporter: the evolution in her answers brought back bad memories for her supporters, who saw a similar pattern play out in the 2008 campaign over her vote to go to war in iraq. >> why can't you just say right now that that vote was a mistake? >> well, if i think that-- if you look at what was going on at the time. >> reporter: it wasn't until
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2014, six years later, that clinton acknowledged in her book "hard choices" that she got it wrong plain and simple. some believe that her refusal to admit that earlier cost her votes, and eventually, the nomination. her slide in recent polls had aides woied, jim, that she was falling into some of the same traps that the campaign had vowed to avoid this time. >> axelrod: nancy cordes in our washington newsroom. thank you. on the campaign trail, donald trump talks a lot about the threat china poses to the u.s. economy. it is a big issue for farmers in iowa, and jan crawford is there. >> in about three weeks these will turn yellow and then brown, and be ready for harvest. >> reporter: soybeans are a mainstay of iowa's economy with farmers like ron heck helping drive the state's economic engine. but today, china is holding the keys. these beans could be in china. >> they could be, two months from now. >> reporter: they leave the farm
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on freight trains bound for the west coast and then by boat to china, a system so efficient, china has become a major customer of iowa agriculture. last year, iowa exported nearly $1 billion in products to china, $240 million were soybeans. farmers here put it in different terms, one of every four rows of soybeans goes to the chinese. but there are growing signs of trouble. china's economic slowdown has already hit wall street. on the presidential campaign, donald trump warns about the threat from china every chance he get. >> i'm not going to let china rip us off. >> reporter: and no one is watching more closely than the farmer in iowa. economist chad hart is a professor at iowa state. >> if china really slows down here, we will see crop prices decline even further, and that will mean some economic tough times here for the ag sector in iowa and across the nation. >> reporter: that outcome could have devastating consequences. >> it's almost unimaginable.
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if you suddenly lose a fourth of your market, what do you do? there's no other china on the planet where you can sell the surplus. no one can eat that much. >> reporter: now, one thing going in iowa's favor, china buys u.s. soybeans for a fraction of the cost of growing their own. and, jim, farmers here give trump a lot of credit for raising concern, but they say this is an economic relationship that has to continue. >> axelrod: jan crawford covering for us tonight in perry, iowa, thank you. in kentucky today, kim davis said she will return to work monday as the rowan county clerk. davis spent five days in jail for refusing court orders to give marriage licenses to same- sex couples. the judge released davis yesterday but ordered her not to interfere with gay couples applying for a license. davis has not said whether she will comply, but one deputy clerk said he will issue licenses even if davis orders him not to. the greek coast guard said today
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it is investigating a report by our holly williams last night about an act of sabotage against migrants. 40 syrians set off from turkey in a rubber dinghy, but a few miles short of greece, they were intercepted by an unmarked speed boat. five men in black uniforms pointed guns at them and cult the fuel supply to the motor. it is not clear who did it. greek authorities say it's "not consistent with the mission of their coast guard." the syrians were towed to safety by the turkish coast guard. the homeland they left behind has been torn apart by civil war, and isis is annihilating their cultural heritage. whatever is not destroyed is being sold on a thriving black market, which cbs news infiltrated over the course of a six-month investigation. here's clarissa ward. >> reporter: sacred monasteries destroyed, ancient temples leveled by explosives. but perhaps the greatest threat
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to syria and iraq's cultural heritage is what you don't see, the illegal trafficking of precious antiquities. to get a firsthand look at this underground world, our producer posed as a buyer and made contact through social media with omar, a syrian living in turkey who offers looted syrian artifacts to international buyers. he claimed he had mosaics that were freshly dug out of the ground. these he could sell for $60,000, he wrote. we met in istanbul and recorded our meeting on hidden cameras. >> they were the ones who ripped it out. >> reporter: we asked archaeologist amr al azm to come with us to authenticate the piece. two nervous young syrians took us to a run-down apartment on the outskirts of town and showed us this. >> beautiful! >> reporter: a nearly 2,000- year-old roman mosaic, and as we learned later, potentially worth $100,000.
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>> it was in syria. they recently brought it out. >> reporter: we were told they dug it out of the ancient city of apamea, one of syria's most significant archaeological sites, seen in satellite photos in 2011, now pockmarked with the robber holes of looters. we moved to our van where the smugglers also offered us roman glass stolen from a tomb. the negotiating began. >> i need a rough price. i need a ballpark figure. >> reporter: $200,000 for the mosaic, they said, but that quickly dropped to 60,000. they were eager to get the illegal piece off their hands. what's your reaction when you ede a beautiful mosaic like this that's been looted from a precious site like apamea? tu obviously sadness because these eventually will be bought by someone and they'll be lost to us forever. >> reporter: the main beneficiary is isis, which makes tens of millions of dollars on the thriving black market. the group issues permits to
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looters and takes a cut of the profits. >> for every antiquity they destroy on camera, thousands line their coffers through the illegal trade in antiquities. >> reporter: colonel matthew bogdanos led the investigation into the looting of the iraq national museum in 2003. now he prosecutes antiquity cases as an assistant district attorney. so who is buying these antiquities? who is giving them the money? >> it is a cozy cabal of academics, art historians, dealers, gallery owners, auction houses, museums and private collectors. >> reporter: so some of these antiquities are ending up here in the u.s.? >> certainly, absolutely. >> reporter: cbs news has learned that there are multiple ongoing investigations into isis-looted antiquities that have ended up in the u.s., but, jim, these cases are very difficult to prove simply because it's so easy to forge
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documents about where these objects come from and how much they're worth. >> axelrod: clarissa ward with more intrepid reporting. thank you. in a case of mistaken identity, former tennis star james blake says he was handcuffed and thrown to the ground today by new york city detectives. blake is in town for the u.s. open. police say a witness misidentified him as a suspect in an identity theft ring and he was detained outside a manhattan hotel. blake was released when they figured out who he was. he spoke with reporters afterward. >> axelrod: blake, who is 35, was once ranked number four in the world. is a coach to blame for a vicious attack on a football referee? a chemical explosion sets off a huge fire. and the queen makes history when the "cbs evening news" continues. diabetes, steady is exciting.
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>> axelrod: anyone who has seen the video of a high school football referee getting blind- sided by two players last friday had to wonder why did they do it. accusations are flying as officials today began their investigation. here's omar villafranca. >> reporter: the video of two san antonio, texas, john jay high school football players viciously tackling a referee has been viewed more than nine million times online. >> this is most egregious event i have witnessed in my 40 years of public education. >> reporter: charles breithaupt heads up the university interscholastic league, the state's governing body that oversees high school sports. >> this was intentional. it was on purpose, and it seemed to be premeditated. >> reporter: during the school board investigation, players claimed that after a few bad calls, assistant football coach matt breed said, "this guy needs to pay for cheating us." breed is now on administrative leave. several players also accused the umpire, robert watts, of using
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racial slurs during the game. alan goldberger, watts' attorney denies the claim and says both players should face justice in a court of law. >> it's a game. it's not appropriate to go assaulting somebody feloniously for whatever reason, particularly a bogus reason, a made-up reason that doesn't even exist. >> reporter: the two players have been kicked off the team, suspended from school, and could face criminal charges. robert watts' attorney says the referee was injured but he is not in the hospital. jim, the school superintendent is treating this incident as an assault on a school official but there is no timetable on if or when charges will be filed. >> axelrod: omar, thank you. in a moment, record heat and wildfires in the west. did you know that good nutrition
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>> axelrod: fire broke out today at a chemical recycling plant in phoenix. tanks of used motor oil and chemicals exploded. there are no reports of injuries.
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plays in britain, security around her has always had to be compromised in order to keep her visible and accessible. >> axelrod: talk about longevity. over four decades, one man has reigned as cbs news chief royal watcher, but mark phillips has nothing on the queen he covers. she ascended to the throne when mark was a near lad, and today she became the longest-reining monarch in british history. so tonight we put our mark on the milestone. >> reporter: the engine that pulled the royal train on this auspicious day may have been a relic of another age, but its cargo just keeps chugging along. unlike popes these days, queens don't retire-- at least not this one. >> i declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service. >> reporter: it's turned out to be long. she's 89 now, the longest reign cocord, she says, was just a matter of time. >> inevitably, a long life can
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pass by many milestones. my own is no exception. >> reporter: so many other public figures have come and gone. >> very nice to see you again. >> reporter: she's met 11 of the last 12 u.s. presidents, somehow missing out on l.b.j. and for a country that made rather a fuss about dumping this monarchy two and a half centuries ago, there's still a connection. >> she gave me a look that only a mother could give a child. ( laughter ) >> reporter: it hasn't all been curtsies and bouquets. six decades on the throne have produced a few down moments. the divorces of her children, the burning of her castle, the death of diana, and the bow, literally, to public pressure to pay respects to the popular princess. but that's all ancient history now. in 63 years, 216 days on the job, you learn a thing or two about how to do it. if the requirement is to be seen, wear bright clothes and a eig hat, and try to look like
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you're enjoying yourself. it's the royal recipe for success-- smile and say nothing controversial. royal historian david starkey: >> it's as though by doing nothing, saying nothing, she said everything. it's astonishing. the monarchy is no longer controversial. >> reporter: that may not be the case when the very opinionated prince charles comes to the throne. he, by the way, is now serving the longest internship in british history. but this was a day for the queen. they say she thinks the whole world smells of fresh paint because they spruce everything up for her visits. it seems they're going to need a lot more paint. mark phillips, cbs news, newtongrange, scotland. >> axelrod: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for scott pelley, i'm jim axelrod in new york. and for all of us here at cbs news, thanks for joining us, and good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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access.wgbh.org one district's move to furthered special education students -- to put special education students in regular classes. >> a kickoff in san francisco for super bowl 50. new at 6:00 how the south bay will snag the spotlight even though san francisco is getting all the attention right now. >> five years after a pipeline explosion devastated san bruno, the city's mayor said someone should go to jail for this. good evening, i'm ken bastida. >> i'm veronica de la cruz. first we have breaking news we want to get to. a big blow for the governor and for environmentalists. kpix 5's phil matier is live at the state capital where within the last half-hour the governor had to do something he doesn't often do, phil. admit defeat. >> reporter: that's right. it had been intended to be a big step forward in his march to keep california green a
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reduction of the city's use of -- state's use of gasoline by 50% in the next 15 years. but instead of stepping forward, he wound up at a standstill. the votes weren't there in the state assembly. the measure reducing california's gas consumption by a whopping 50% passed the senate along party lines but when it got to the assembly, a large campaign by oil companies who raised the specter of rationing to meet the goals matched with small businesses, big businesses and even residents who said they couldn't afford new cars especially electric ones, showed that the votes just weren't there. but if that was a setback for the governor, he didn't make it sound like it a few minutes ago when he talked to reporters. listen to what he had to say. >> going forward, the only thing different is my zeal has been intensified to a maximum degree!! and nothing, nothing! is going to stop this state from pushing forward on our low carbon fuel

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