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we'll have that and more at 6:00. captions by: caption colorado comments@captioncolorado.com >> axelrod: ben carson-- surging in the polls... and calling out protesters in ferguson, missouri. >> reporter: you think there's an undercurrent of bullying in black lives matter? >> sure, absolutely. >> axelrod: also tonight, major news on treating high blood pressure. just-released video shows police taking down a former tennis star in a case of mistaken identity. a shocker at the u.s. open-- no grand slam for serena. >> today is my day. sorry, guys. >> axelrod: and steve hartman discovers the fountain of youth in a candy store. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> axelrod: good evening. scott's off. i'm jim axelrod, and this is our western edition. the story of the republican presidential campaign so far has
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been donald trump's durability. the latest poll has trump at 27% in iowa. but another anti-politician is now surging as well, neurosurgeon ben carson, is at 21%, up from just 10% in july. today, major garrett rode with carson, an african american, through ferguson, missouri, a city that fractured largely along racial lines after the police shooting of michael brown. carson was critical of both brown and the black lives matter protesters. >> i think it's a good example of what can happen when people actually care, and when they do, you know, begin that dialogue, which is-- which is very different than, let's say, the black lives matter movement, where it's forcing itself on people, rather than engaging in dialogue. and bullying people-- i-- i never liked the idea of bullying
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on behalf of anybody. >> reporter: and you think there's an undercurrent of bullying to black lives matter? >> sure, absolutely. >> reporter: later, carson pointed to democratic presidential candidate martin o'malley's backtracking after telling party activists all lives matter. >> of course, all lives matter. and, you know, when we get off into a little thing that says, "no, this is the only thing you can say," that's sickening to me. >> reporter: carson is the first presidential candidate to take up the city's call for a tour and meeting with community leaders. >> for me, it conjured up an image of people feeling that they have been unjustly treated by the police, and that justifies civil disturbance. it also conjures up an image of people being unwilling to
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actually face the facts. i think the community is unwilling to face the fact that michael brown was a bad actor. >> reporter: in their private meeting with carson, ferguson residents complained bitterly that michael brown's body was left in the street for four hours after the fatal shooting. jim, carson said that was a sign of police disrespect and added that the violent protests that followed, while harmful to ferguson's economy and image, nevertheless brought attention to long-neglected issues of race, justice, and economic opportunity. >> axelrod: major garrett. thank you. the republican field is getting smaller. late today, former texas governor rick perry decided to suspend his campaign. most polls put his support at 2% or less. vice president joe biden is still struggling to decide whether to enter the race for the democratic nomination.
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he's still mourning the death of his son, beau, who passed away in may. last night, the vice president spoke from the heart on "the late show with stephen colbert." >> you know you're a success as a parent when you turn and look at your child, and realize they turned out better than you. i was a hell of a success. my son was better than me. and he was better than me in... in almost every way. a couple months before he died, i was at his house, and he said, "dad, sit down. i want to talk to you," with halle, his wife-- incredible kid. and he said, "dad, i know how much you love me, so you've got to promise me something. promise me you're going to be all right because, no matter what happens, dad, i'm going to be all right. promise me." i don't think any man or woman should run for president unless, number one, they know exactly why they would want to be president. and, two, they can look at the folks out there and say, "i promise you, you have my whole
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heart, my whole soul, my energy and my passion to do this." and-- and i'd be lying if i said that i knew i was there. >> axelrod: john dickerson is our cbs news political director, and the moderator of "face the nation"." f., john, that's moving stuff. we know that the vice president has instructed advisers to at least look into the possibility of a run, but if you're watching "the late show" last night, it certainly doesn't look like he's going to make that run. >> reporter: it does look, jim, like he won't because the pain is so real and just below the surface. but based on conversations i've had with those who know the vice president, they explain that the emotions work both to pull him back and to spur him on. biden talked in that interview with stephen colbert about the lessons he learned from his parents, that you have to soldier on, you have to get up, as the vice president put it, no matter what blow you've taken. and that's not just some aphorism for him. it's what biden did successfully after his wife and daughter
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died. so when his son, beau, who asked the vice president to run, asked biden to promise that he'd be all right after he was gone, one way to fulfill that promise, jim, is by being all right enough to run for president. >> axelrod: so still nothing definitive. john dickerson, thank you. john's guests on "face the nation" on sunday include republican presidential candidates donald trump and ben carson. on this 14th anniversary of 9/11, americans once again relied on the rituals of grief and remembrance that have taken root. they mark the attacks that killed 2,977 people. >> my son, anthony... tempesta, who we miss every day. i'm sorry. >> reporter: at ground zero in lower manhattan, mothers and fathers remembered their children lost in the towers.
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>> joseph flounders. >> axelrod: the reading of the names of those killed in the attacks, underscored by moments of silence at 8:46 and 9:03, when the planes struck the towers. president and mrs. obama marked the moment at the white house, while at the pentagon, defense secretary ashton carter spoke of strength and resilience. >> terrorists who hope to intimidate us will find no satisfaction and no success in threatening the united states. >> axelrod: those were the themes in shanksville, pennsylvania, as well, where united flight 93 crashed, killing 33 passengers and seven crew members. not all the victims of 9/11 died on 9/11. many who worked in the ruins of the world trade center developed serious illnesses, and the money in a federal program to help them out is running out. dr. jon lapook has more on this. >> we're in toxic soup. who knows what you were breathing in because it was so
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thick. >> reporter: we met retired new york firefighter ray pfeifer four years ago. he had been living with advanced kidney cancer since 2009. when we spoke to him recently, he had a remarkable outlook. >> i am the luckiest stage four cancer guy out there. i can't complain. i have 14 more years than my friends did. >> reporter: pfefeir is one of over 72,000 people who are part of the world trade center health program, which provides free monitoring and treatment for those who were injured or became sick following toxic exposures to the world trade center site. dr. jacqueline moline has cared for 9/11 patients since the attacks. so do you think there's any reasonable doubt that, in some people, working at the world trade center site caused cancer? >> no. >> reporter: the world trade center health program certified a list of over 25 conditions, plus over 50 types of cancer associated with exposure to 9/11 toxins. what's happened all these years later? >> i think people want to
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forget, they want to move on to the next thing. but let me tell you, having taken care of patients for the last 14 years, they can't forget. their health has been irreparably damaged. >> reporter: federal funding for the health program expires on september 30. it's up for reauthorization that would permanently cover health care for people like ray pfeifer. if you didn't have the support from that bill, what would... what would have happened to you? >> it would be a big struggle. i-- i would be struggling again. cancer is very expensive in this country, and i'm telling you, people are going to die if we don't have this bill passed. >> reporter: the bill has bipartisan support with 30 cosponsors, but it's still in committee and expires in less than three weeks. >> axelrod: all right, let's switch gears for a second. an important new study out today about treating high blood pressure. >> reporter: right. right now, the target blood pressure is either under 140 or 130, and this large study suggests that may be wrong. now, it looked at people 50 and over with high blood pressure and at least one other risk factor for heart disease.
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they divided the group in half, and using medicine, kept the pressure either under 140 or under 120. the under 120 group had a 25% lower risk of death and 30% lower risk of cardiovascular events like heart attack or troke. now, the full paper is out in a few months, and it's going to see about side effects that possibly were caused by the more aggressive treatment. but it does look like this will probably change the way we treat high blood pressure. >> axelrod: 120, the magic number. jon, thank you. today, the n.y.p.d. released video of the police takedown of former tennis star james blake. blake was outside a manhattan hotel wednesday when a cop grabbed him by the arm, tackled him, and handcuffed him. it was a case of mistaken identity, and the mayor and police commissioner have both apologized to blake. the officer is now on desk duty. turns out he was the subject of four civilian complaints in seven months in 2013. today, the u.n. refugee agency called on the united states to
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take in more of the migrants who fled syria's civil war, not just the 10,000 president obama wants to admit. at least that many are flooding into europe every day. charlie d'agata reports things are about to get much worse for them. >> reporter: today, the hungarian government announced it would arrest any migrant caught crossing the border illegally. that would be everybody here under the new laws due to come into effect next week. more troops were sent to the border to back up the government threat, and prisoners were brought in to finish the razor- wire fence on hungary's border with serbia. the darweesh family arrived all the way from syria, relieved to make it this far, only to find police herding migrants onto buses. >> we have to go to camp, and go. we don't want-- we don't want. >> reporter: hungary insists migrants be fingerprinted and registered at these reception centers. migrants fear they'll be trapped. cell phone footage appears to
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show police tossing food to crowds of migrants. human rights groups say they're penned in like animals. the darweeshes are considering paying another smuggler to get further north, but money is running out. how much money have you spent so far? >> five... 5,000. >> reporter: that's $5,000 per person, and they're traveling with an extended family of 12. they decided to risk it on the run, anything to avoid the camps. we watched as one group of migrants approached a waiting van, suspected smugglers. but when they saw us, they scrambled and the driver made haste. police haven't done much to stop the smugglers. that may change when the crackdown begins. many hungarians are already questioning the practical realities of the government's new measures, jim, wondering where they intend to imprison tens of thousands of migrants.
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and the idea of forcing them back or locking them out isn't going to work, either. >> axelrod: charlie, thank you. more than 100 were killed today when a construction crane collapsed at the grand mosque in mecca, the holiest site in saudi arabia. video posted online shows the crane crashing into the mosque during a storm. this all happened less than two weeks before the annual hajj pilgrimage which draws millions to mecca. today, the house of representatives gave a symbolic thumbs down to a deal that would lift economic sanctions against iran in exchange for placing limits on its nuclear program. the vote won't stop the deal, but is iran ready to live up to its end of the bargain? here's margaret brennan. >> this is a regime that chants, "death to america." >> reporter: every single house republican voted their disapproval of the iranian nuclear deal, but the agreement will stand after the senate voted to uphold it without any republican support. president obama called it a victory for diplomacy, but it
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may be too early to celebrate. iran's parliament must still vote to approve the deal and hard liners may try to spike it. the supreme leader is now demanding that the u.s. eliminate, rather than just suspend, the punishing sanctions on iran. he tweeted, "if sanctions are not removed, then there will be no deal." there's an implied threat within that of pulling out. >> much of the rhetoric that we've seen from republicans in the last several months would also include an implied threat... >> it's the supreme leader. he runs the country. >> sure, but when we're talking about iran, there are lots of implied threats, and what we are focused on are iran's actions. >> reporter: those actions include whether iran rips the core out of its plutonium reactor as promised, dismantles its centrifuges, and ships out 98% of its enriched uranium, all materials used to make a bomb. iran also has to provide the i.a.e.a. with details of past attempts of nuclear weapons. so far, iran has not fully answered those questions.
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now, it will take months to implement all of those requirements, and only then will any sanctions be lifted. and, jim, any misstep along the way could endanger what the obama administration sees as its signature foreign policy. >> axelrod: margaret brennan at the white house, thank you. there was an extraordinary upset at the u.s. open. serena couldn't crack the vinci code. and a 9/11 hero returns to new york when the cbs evening news continues. you know, just because your bladder is changing, it doesn't mean that you have to. with tena let yourself go. be the one with the crazy laugh.
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>> reporter: it started like any other serena williams match, an easy first set. >> and serena has first set. >> reporter: but it became clear the unseeded italian would not go away, at times urging the pro-serena crowd to get behind her. >> on my mind i say, "put the ball on the court. don't think and try to put all the ball in the court. don't think about that serena is in the other court and run." you know, when you put the ball, run, don't think and run, and then i won. >> reporter: for williams, the loss means no possibility of an historic grand slam. >> i think she played literally out of her mind. she did not want to lose today and neither did i, incidentally, but she really didn't, either.
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>> reporter: vinci lived up to her name, which means "to win" in italian, and today she did it with grace. >> for the american people, for serena, for the grand slam, and everything, but today is my day. sorry, guys. >> reporter: vinci has a quote >> reporter: vinci has a quote tattooed on her arm by nietzsche and it translates to, "how do i best get up the mountain? just climb and don't think about it." jim. >> axelrod: one of the great upsets in tennis history. vinita, thank you. still ahead, steve hartman "on n e road"." up next, an incredible twister on the sun. nge the fridge and get us energized! i'm new ensure active high protein. i help you recharge with nutritious energy and strength to keep you active. come on pear, it's only a half gallon. i'll take that. yeeeeeah! new ensure active high protein. 16 grams of protein and 23 vitamins and minerals. all in 160 calories.
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ethel is owner of irving's, a candy and toy store in brookline, massachusetts, that she still runs, by herself, at the age of 101. you could have retired long ago, obviously. why do you want to keep going there every day? >> i-- i don't want to disappoint people. there's no one to take it over, and i don't want it to fall apart at the seams. >> reporter: ethel opened irving's with her husband irving near the end of the great depression. that's you there. wow. her first customers were mostly kids from the grade school next door, and today, she's serving their great-grandchildren, who continue to flock to irving's after the final bell. >> may i help you? >> reporter: do you know all their names? >> some of them. >> reporter: are you forgetting some? >> i always write them down, and then i forget where i wrote it. ( laughter ) >> reporter: she is 101, and the kids are sensitive to that. for example, ethel used to use these transactions as a way to
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help the kids with their math. >> how much is it? >> reporter: but now... >> i get kind of mixed up. >> reporter: ...they help her. >> what do i owe you? >> you don't owe me anything because i didn't give you the dollar yet. >> all right. >> reporter: "sweet" doesn't begin to describe this candy store. >> she's like a friend to me, almost. >> reporter: really? >> yeah. >> she's really welcoming and polite when you come in. >> nothing can compare to her and that candy shop. >> reporter: and ethel says the feeling is mutual. >> it's a wonderful place to be, and you can see people all the time and you can wave to them, say, "hi!" >> reporter: do you think that store has anything to do with you living to be 101 years old? >> yes. because i love the children. >> reporter: go figure-- secret to the fountain of youth-- youth. >> here's a quarter here. >> reporter: steve hartman >> thank you very much. >> axelrod: scott will be back monday. i'm jim axelrod. good night.
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captioning sponsored by cbs what you're looking at is body camera video of a deadly shooting involving oakland police. this just into the newsroom. >> the state of emergency declared over this massive wildfire in the sierra foothills as it threatens hundreds of homes. >> and new at 6:00, plenty of construction jobs not enough workers. good evening, i'm ken bastida. >> i'm veronica de la cruz. we are just now getting our first look at that video from oakland police officers' body cameras showing what happened when officers shot and killed a man last month in west oakland. we're look to see what is appropriate to show you here on television. we are reviewing the footage right now. our da lin is on the story. da will join us later on in the newscast. now to the big fire that's going on in the sierra foothills. we just got off the phone with
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bay area fire departments. five local departments have sent help, san mateo, marin, alameda, santa clara counties have all sent strike teams and equipment. so has the oakland fire department. the beauty fire burned 50,000 acres in amador and calaveras counties. late this afternoon, the governor declared a state of emergency. reporter lee martinez shows us what firefighters are up against. >> reporter: cal fire says the fire is running up and down the canyon straddling amador and calaveras counties changing directions with the wind. >> fire has been moving on us back and forth the past couple of days. >> reporter: firefighters are deep in wooded areas. more crews are brought in to get firefighters out. >> it's taking some time for them to get out of the area because of downed trees, downed power lines, downed power poles. >> reporter: sheriff's deputies closed highway 26 near the calaveras river valley because of downed power lines. homeowners couldn't get in to check their property. >> so they sd

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