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>> axelrod: an airstrike apparently conducted by u.s. forces in afghanistan goes horribly wrong. a hospital is hit. hero doctors and children are among the dead. a home is swept away as the east coast gets hammered with heavy rain, high winds, and historic floods. a vatican priest comes out, urging the church tob more accepting of gays and is fired. and "bees of burden" outfitted with tiny backpacks to help find out why so many of them are disappearing. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news." >> axelrod: good evening. i'm jim axelrod and this is a western edition of the broadcast. the hospital in afghanistan was
run by the humanitarian group doctors without borders. the airstrike that hit it apparently and mistakenly carried out by u.s. forces. at least 19 are dead, doctors and children among them, and dozens more are injured or unaccounted for. this happened overnight in kunduz, a city of about three help,000, taken this week by the taliban. afghan troops have been trying to retake the city with help from u.s. airstrikes. here's julianna goldman. >> reporter: the dead include at least seven patients, three of them children who were burned alive, and 12 doctors without borders staff members. at least 37 people were seriously injured. according to defense officials, u.s. forces conducted an airstrike in kunduz around 2:15 a.m. local time near the hospital. they say the intended targets were taliban insurgents who were firing on u.s. service members
embedded with afghan fighters. the u.s. military hasn't confirmed that its bombs hit the hospital, but officials acknowledge the strikes may have resulted in collateral damage to the nearby facility. u.s. officials offered condolences, including defense secretary ashton carter who called the incident tragic. general john campbell commander of u.s. forces in afghanistan spoke with president ashraf ghani and in a statement said they are working to thoroughly examine the incident and determined what. "as always we will take all reasonable steps to protect civilians from harm." a spokesman for the afghan interior ministry said 10-15 terrorists were hiding in the hospital and were killed during the strike. >> we know there are terrorists hiding in places. it's much better now because most of them were, you know, killed in the operations even as the u.s. withdraws forces from afghanistan, they are still assisting troops fighting the taliban. >> this is a violation of
humanitarian law. >> reporter: jason cone is director of doctors without borders. he said they have been treating hundreds since the taliban attacked the city and provided the u.s. with the hospital coordinates just days ago. >> we will not accept this loss of life, which could have been preventd and should have been prevented, will just be dismissed as another examine of collateral damage. >> reporter: a one-star general has been dispatched to the area to investigate, but, jim, the investigation is complicated by the fact that it's an active combat zone. >> axelrod: julianna, thank you. president obama has now declared a state of emergency in south carolina. this comes as hurricane joaquin churns toward bermuda with winds topping 150 miles per hour. now, while forecasters don't expect a direct hit on the east coast, rain and wind from the storm system is adding to the already-dangerous flood situation caused by a nor'easter in the mid-atlantic states. david begnaud report reports frm charleston, south carolina. >> reporter: weather and worry define the day in hardest hit south carolina.
there have been three storm-related deaths so far. boat rescues and evacuations continue. in the capital of charleston, six inches of rain have fallen since midnight, breaking a record set back in 1994. around 1:00 saturday after, a combination of rain, high tide, and swells generated by hurricane joaquin walloped the charleston shoreline with wind upward of at least 30 miles per hour. >> this is a very serious situation. >> reporter: joe riley is the city's mayor. >> what we want to do is help people get through these next two days with no one getting hurt and being safe. >> reporter: there is water in parts of charleston that do not usually flood. shortly after midnight there were fewer than 10 road closures. by midday that number had jumped to more than 60 but not before some drivers dared to wade through it, like dr. dial
turner. >> i thought i would make it through standing water but i was not correct. >> reporter: vivan garvin's business is under several inches of water. gives new meaning to dry kleiners. >> we're doing laundry today. >> if you're coming downtown, you need an inflatable boat in the trufng of your car. >> reporter: the storm surge continues to battle north carolina. pat mccrory is the governor. >> we have flood warnings in the southeastern part of the state and the far southwestern part of the state, something we didn't expect. >> reporter: back here in charleston, the rain is just a drizzle, at least for now. in many places around the city, water is still knee deep, and, jim, a flood warning is in effect yet again. >> axelrod: a waterlogged david begnaud in charleston, south carolina. thank you. flood watches and warnings are in effect all the way up the eastern seaboard to connecticut.
>> you sit and you hear the wind and you keep saying, "no, it's not going to happen," but why wouldn't it happen again. >> arldean and steve cinnema survived sandy. the thought of another storm coming close to their ortley beach neighborhood has them nervous. >> personally am much more sensitive to watching every weatherman saying which spaghetti string he's going to follow. i think that's the scary thing. >> reporter: along the jersey shore, fierce winds and waves are expected to cause flooding and beach and dune erosion. tunes on manasquan beach built temporary berms to protect homes. overnight the storm moved an entire house off its grassy mar arbin middle township, new jersey. >> i'm upset, obviously, it's my pride and joy and i'm going to stay jersey strong and build. >> reporter: for the families
like the cinnemas, comfort will come when joaquin is gone. >> this storm is coming. we don't know what it's going to be. >> reporter: about two inches of rain has fallen here in new jersey since wednesday. forecasters predict another one to two inches is possible by sunday night. jericka duncan, cbs news, seaside heights, new jersey. >> we have late-breaking news. u.s. coast guard says they found a life ring that belongs to the cargo shipicate up in hurricane joaquin. the "el faro" went missing thursday en route to puerto rico from jacksonville, florida, with 33 crew on board including 28 americans. before disappearing the ship radioed had had lost power and was taking on water from waves up to 30 feet high. the search for the ship is focused near the bahamass. >> axelrod: there are new developments tonight in the investigation into the deadly shooting at umpqua community college in roseburg, oregon. the state medical examiner now says the gunman, christopher harper mercer, killed himself as
police closed in. mercer shot nine people to death in the attack on thursday. more now from john blackstone. >> reporter: investigators today gave more details on the final minutes of the campus shooting leading up to the apparent sued of the gunman. the first law enforcement officers to reach the campus were two plainclothes detectives. sheriff john hanlin: two detectives race into this situation, and five minutes later, it's over. >> they got to the building, and immediately confronted the suspect. there was an exchange of gunfire. the suspect had fallen out of line of sight. they waited for a brief moment or so, and ultimately, it was from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. >> reporter: the shooter is dead. we know who it was. what more do you have to investigate at this time? >> right now, we're really wanting to investigate and have as complete of an understanding as we can as to why. why did this guy do this to our
community? why did he go in and shoot up his classroom? and it's our hope that we'll get some of those answers. >> reporter: while he wants to know what motivated the shooter, sheriff john hanlin believes speaking the gunman's names galorifies his actions. you don't want to mention his name. >> don't. i won't. >> reporter: does that make it harder for us to understand who he is and to get the information that you want to get about why this happened? >> i'm convinced that we will get a much clearer understanding of how this guy was raised, what his issues were as he became an adult, and potentially even, you know, more recently, what snapped? >> reporter: the gunman may have provided some answers. one of those wounded says he handed a box of some kind to one of his victims. did he hand something to one of the victims? >> we aren't prepared to make a comment about anything he may have done in the classroom at this time. >> reporter: it was also revealed today that officers found one more gun in the
shooter's apartment. jim, that means he had a total of 14 firearms in his arsenal. >> axelrod: john blackstone in a still stunned roseburg, oregon. the number of dead and injured may have been even higher had it not been for the quick thinking of some of the victims. here's mireya villarreal. >> 16-year-old carly fiorina is the youngest shooting survivor. she was attending college to be a nurse. her mother, bonnie, says the most she heard about the shooting she dropped everything and drove straight to the hospital. you heard the news. you came straight over here. was that mother's intuition that brought you here? >> there's no other word, mother's intuition. >> reporter: fitzgerald was in a writing class targeted by the shooter, christopher harper mercer, but didn't know him. she was shot through her shoulder. the bullet grazed her lung and lodged in her kidney, which doctors removed. fitzgerald's mother says there's a sense of guilt that comes along with knowing her daughter survived but nine others didn't.
>> i'm just really thankful that god let me have my child. >> reporter: but fitzgerald didn't just survive the shooting. she helped save fellow classmate and friend anna boylan. her brother korre told cbs news the two were next to each other during the shooting and it was fitzgerald's idea for anna to play dead. >> she played dead. she didn't breathe and after he asked her to get up a couple of times, he asked the girl sitting next to her, "is she alive?" and the girl said, "she's not with us anymore." >> reporter: boylan says those few words saved his sister's life. the family credits your daughter for saving anne's life. how does that make you feel? >> that's my daughter. that's cheyeanne. >> reporter: the shooter's family also released a statement today saying in part they are shocked and saddened by the events. jim, they also add that their thoughts, their hearts and their prayers go out to all of the
victims especially families. >> axelrod: four high schoolers are under arrest in california, accused of planning a shooting at their school. police say the suspects, all students at summerville high school were in the early stages of plotting and no students or adults were hurt. a priest announces he is gay, and is fired by the vatican. and a midwest farmer makes a flynn stone-style discovery when the cbs evening news continues.
>> axelrod: the vatican dismissed a priest today after he told a newspaper that he's gay, that he's in a relationship, and then called for a change in the church's stance on homoswult. as mire reports this comes on the eve of a major meeting of catholic bishops. >> reporter: 43-year-old krysztof charamsa appeared with his partner, known only as eduardo. "i came out," he said. "this is a very personal
decision, and the catholic church's homophobic world a very difficult and tough decision. the vatican did not cite a specific reason for his firing but criticized the timing. "the decision to make such a pointed statement on the eve of the opening of the synod appears very serious and irresponsible, since it aims to subject the synod assembly to undue media pressure." >> the timing is not a coincidence. he is clearly deliberately doing this to apply pressure. >> reporter: candida moss is a professor of theology at the university of notre dame. she says that while the pope has made gestures welcoming gays, lesbians, and divorcees and womens who have had abortions he has underscored the church's chs feelings on traditional weddings. he met with kim davis, the county clerk who refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses. are we getting very different images in terms of what this
vatican is? it does seem as if pope francis is talking out of both sides of his mouth. the issue is pope francis has changed his tone, and tone diswnt necessarily make for any fundamental change in the church. so if it seems to ask that there's some contradictions here and there's some mixed messages, that's because pope francis has changed the tone in which he talks about homosexuality without changing what the church is actually saying. >> reporter: krysztof charamsa has been fired from the vatican. he can still abe priest if he is celibate. a local bishop will now make that decision. >> axelrod: up next, a "48 hours" investigation. does a daughter's 911 call help convict her own father or free him from charges that he murdered his wife?
dies. the medical examiner first rules accident but then the prosecutor says no, it was murder. and jenna's father did it. that's the subject of tonight's "48 hours." inside this grand home near syracuse, new york, a disturbing scene was unfolding. 23-year-old jenna neulander frantically called 911. jenna's father, dr. robert neulander, had ideal to her for help. he said he had just found his wife on the floor of the shower. 61-year-old leslie neulander was pronounced dead at the scene. she had suffered a massive head injury. her death in september of 2012 was ruled an accident. she slipped and fell in the shower, accidental death. >> right. >> axelrod: case closed?
>> not at all. >> axelrod: the district attorney, bill fitzpatrick, and investigators had suspicions about the death scene. why was there so much blood on the walls, a sight that startled jenna. >> oh, my god, there's blood everywhere. >> reporter: dr. neulander told police it got there when he was carrying his wife from the bathroom to the bedroom, some 60 feet away to perform c.p.r. d.a. bill fitzpatrick. >> there's more red flags than a bull fight going off in my head when i hear that story for the first time. >> axelrod: also raising suspicion was blood spatter that was found in the bedroom. the doctor was asked about that. >> axelrod: the d.a. believes that dr. neulander attacked his wife in her bedroom and moved her to the shower to make it look like an accident. two years after leslie neulander's death, her husband was charged with her murder.
guatemala has killed at least 60 people. rescuers are desperately searching through the wreckage. a farmener michigan has made what can only be called a mammoth discovery. james bristle and a friend were digging in his soybean field when they found the remainsave wooly mammoth, including the skull and tusks. scientists think the mammoth lived at least 10,000 years ago
>> axelrod: finally tonight, some bees of burden. honey bees help produce about a third of america's food supply, but last year, nearly half the bees in the u.s. disappeared. the problem being felt across the atlantic as well. jonathan vigliotti now on some detective bees working the case. >> reporter: at london's botanic gardens, beneeg the flowers where wild bumblebees roam, deep in a secure basement laboratory, sara barlow suit up her bees for flight. it's called the bumblebee backpack. >> we'll be able to build up a map of the bees' movements and see a network of where they've been, how long they've been out feeding, how far they've
traveled. >> reporter: so the idea is every time she passes by a receiver like this, it will then be sent to a computer and you will know essentially her every move. >> exactly. so her tag emits a unique signal that will be picked up by a reader if she flew within a meter of it. >> reporter: a bumblebee radar but outfitting the bees with her poeto typebackpack is no small feat. barlow stores her bees in a refrigerator. the cold makes them more docile usually. she restrains the bee by carefully pinning it in place. barlow then applies regular old superglue to the back and finally the microchip. after drying for a few minutes, the bee can buzz off. a wobbly start at first. for now the pilot program is limited to a greenhouse with plans to place receivers around the bees'.
dr. neil who before bees tracked missiles for the military. why put so much effort and energy into this? >> simply because it's interesting. i'm curious about the world and you need these sort of tools to actually understand the complexity of living systems properly. >> reporter: it's one tiny tool that barlow and o'neill hope will unlock the secret world of bees and the mystery behind their determinance. jonathan vigliotti, cbs news, london. >> axelrod: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. i'll be back a little later with "48 hours." for now, 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 access.wgbh.org
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