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>> pelley: investors head for the exits and stock prices plummet. what has wall street rattled? also tonight, a massive gas leak in southern california. >> we call this the b.p. oil spill on land. >> pelley: lining up for painkillers. a landmark suit against drug distributors that allegedly got them hooked. uncle sam cooks up a menu to keep america healthy. what government research says you should and should not eat. >> if you can't pronounce it, don't eat it. >> pelley: and saturday night fever. millions of americans chase the biggest powerball jackpot in history. >> why do i play? because i want money. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
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>> pelley: this is our western edition. retirement accounts are taking a big hit this week. today, for the third time, the dow suffered a triple-digit loss. 392 points, this time, or 2.3%. investors are worried that the chinese economy, second largest in the world, is slowing more than the chinese government is letting on, and that the government's haphazard attempts to intervene in its markets and devalue its currency are giving the impression that it doesn't know how to manage the trouble. our senior national correspondent anthony mason is following all of this. anthony? >> reporter: scott, it was a painful day to check your 401(k). the dow is down more than 900 points since monday, that's more than five percent. the catalyst for the sell-off once again was china. the chinese market shut down after less than half an hour this morning after plunging 7%. it was the second shutdown this week. investors are worried the chinese economy is slowing.
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gdp growth, which hit 12% five years ago, is now below 7%. if china's in trouble, that could mean trouble for the rest of the world. and with this chaos in the shanghai markets, there are worries the chinese don't have handle on their own economy right now, scott. >> pelley: and anthony, the chinese are also the second largest consumer of crude oil in the world. and you've been looking into the impact of that. >> reporter: yeah. crude, scott, hit a 12-year low today. $33 a barrel. the price has fallen by nearly half just since may, when it was $60. if you drive to work, it's like a huge tax break, but it's pretty painful if you work in the oil industry in houston. there's just too much supply now. and if china continues to slow, there will be less demand and gas prices could stay low for a while, scott. >> pelley: anthony mason, thank you very much, anthony. the folks at dow jones told us today that the plunge this week in the 30 blue chip stocks alone represents a market value loss of nearly $260 billion.
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well ted cruz is watching his stock rise, in iowa. major garrett took a ride with the republican front-runner 25 days before iowans cast the first votes of campaign 2016. >> reporter: we rode with ted cruz on day four of a six-day bus tour of iowa and asked about his birth in canada, and donald trump's legal advice. >> this issue is a non-issue. the law is quite clear that the child of a u.s. citizen born abroad is a natural-born citizen. >> reporter: you perceive this as an attack. donald trump says he's trying to help you. >> the funny thing about politics, it's fairly unusual for your opponents, who are running for the same position, to be actually trying to help you. i will hear their prayer and forgive their sins, and i will heal their land. >> reporter: cruz has climbed to the top of the iowa polls by reaching out to evangelicals and social conservatives. in 2012, 57% of republican
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caucus-goers describe themselves as evangelicals. 47% said they were "very conservative." but cruz says his strategy does not rely just on iowa or new hampshire, whose more moderate electorate has not been as welcoming. >> there are a lot of candidates in this race who have to win iowa. there are a lot of other candidates who have to win new hampshire. from our perspective, we don't view any one state as a must- win. we're going to compete hard and try to win everywhere. >> reporter: cruz has taken a harder line on immigration than trump, opposing trump's willingness to allow deported immigrants to return to the u.s. does the fact you enter illegally permanently bar you from ever entering the country legally? >> i don't believe that anyone who has come here illegally should be eligible for citizenship. >> reporter: cruz faced the reality of that policy yesterday in storm lake when he met a woman protected from deportation by obama administration executive actions. cruz told the woman, under a cruz presidency, she would have to leave and he told her, scott,
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breaking the law creates human tragedies. >> pelley: major garrett in iowa for us tonight. major, thank you. late today in oregon, the sheriff met with the leader of a group of protesters who had been occupying buildings at a national wildlife refuge, the is sheriff offered them safe escort out of town and is waiting to hear back. the protest is in support of ranchers who were sent to prison for setting a fire that spread to federal lands. today there was a scare in paris on the anniversary of the terrorist attack on "charlie hebdo" magazine. mark phillips is there. >> reporter: this time the only ody lying on the streets of paris belong he had approached a police station carrying a butcher's knife and shouting the islamist militant war cry "allahu akbar," god is great. police said there were wires coming out of his jacket, as if from a suicide vest, shot him dead.
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an examination of the body found no bomb, but police say they did find a hand-written note claiming allegiance to isis. jawad rabi runs a clothing store nearby. >> i was really concerned because there was a school, you know, just near the police station. >> reporter: the attacker was later identified as a local petty thief known to police but with no known connection to any terrorist group. he apparently acted alone. paris was already on edge before the incident. it took place as president francois hollande led a ceremony commemorating the victims of the "charlie hebdo" massacre a year ago. and the memories of the second wave of attacks less than two months ago are still vivid. president hollande said france was now living under a constant threat and "charlie hebdo's" typically defiant anniversary cover suggested why.
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a god-like image carries an assault rifle -- murder in the name of religion. the killer, it said, is still on the run. as terror attacks go, scott, this one, an apparent loner with a knife and fake bomb, is less deadly than the others which have taken place here, but it still sends a message -- the enemy is among us. be afraid. >> pelley: mark phillips in paris tonight. mark, thank you. today, we saw new evidence that the barbarity of syria's civil war has not lessened, even after five years. a town is being starved by the dictator's forces. men, women and children are "dying in slow motion" as one resident put it. here's elizabeth palmer. >> reporter: months of deprivation have pushed the smallest and the poorest to the very brink. a mother feeds her child with what looks like broth, but it's actually water, favored with jam. in an online appeal, a man
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explains, "we have no food, no water and no power," and then he bursts into tears. "please, world," he says, "we are dying." activists say the most wretched are making soup with grass, and some have died of starvation. and all this just 30 miles from the capital, damascus, in fertile hill country. we traveled there in 2012 when it was still safe enough to visit the rebels who control the area. now they and more than 40,000 residents are trapped, surrounded by syrian government forces who have sealed off all the roads. this video, posted by activists, shows the residents begging the government soldiers to let food supplies in. but the last aid convoy they allowed to pass was back in october. but suddenly today, scott, after those pictures of the starving
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people had caused international consternation, the assad government announced that it was going to allow one humanitarian aid convoy into madaya probably some time over the weekend. >> pelley: liz palmer reporting from the london newsroom tonight. liz, thank you. a runaway natural gas well in los angeles has been flooding a neighborhood with methane for 76 days. 2,000 people have been evacuated as southern california gas companies struggles to stop the flow. mireya villarreal is following this. >> reporter: this infrared video shows you what you can't see with the naked eye, a geyser spewing at least 70,000 pounds of gas every hour into southern california neighborhoods less than two miles away. >> we call this the b.p. oil spill on land. >> reporter: environmental activist erin brockovich was blunt about the latest gas leak findings. a new study commissioned by a
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law firm suing the utility says gas is now reaching porter ranch neighborhoods 18 hours of the day. >> this isn't a one-time assault. this is an ongoing assault every single day. >> reporter: the source of the leak is a hole in a 62-year-old pipe. southern california gas chief operating officer brett lane. >> i personally apologize to the residents. this is something that, you know, the nuisance that they face, the different issues that they have faced, we do apologize for that. again, our focus right now is to try to eliminate that nuisance or the issues that they face by stopping the leak as fast as we can. >> reporter: to stop the leak, the utility company needs to drill down 8,000 feet. they're using a relief well to intersect the leaking pipe and plug it up. the gas company estimates the process will take until april. christine soderlund's home is less than two miles from the gas leak. she moved after her children started to get sick with unexplained headaches, nausea
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and nosebleeds. >> i am worrying about the gas every day. i'm worrying about my family's health. >> reporter: there are 115 wells in the hills that you see behind me, including the one that is leaking, and, scott, of those 115, only ten have safety valve shut offs. >> pelley: mireya villarreal reporting for us tonight. mireya, thank you. last night, we showed you remarkable pictures of people lining up down the block to collect painkillers at a doctor's office. an office the authorities say is really just a front for drug dealing. well, tonight jim axelrod and producer ashley velie continue their investigation in west virginia, where the state is suing, accusing pharmacists and drug dealers of making millions, pushing narcotics to anyone who wants them. >> reporter: no state has had more trouble with prescription
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pain pills than west virginia, and no town in west virginia more trouble than kermit, population 400. this undercover video of kermit's main pharmacy shows scores of people picking up prescriptions inside and at the drive-thru window. >> they fill more scripts for oxycodone than all but 21 pharmacies in america. >> reporter: in the country? >> in the country. >> reporter: jim cagle represents the state in the ground-breaking lawsuit against pill mills and wholesale drug distributors. >> what you have is some bad doctors and pharmacies who are willing to turn a blind eye because of the money that's involved. >> reporter: more than three million doses of hydrocodone were ordered by a kermit pharmacist, james willie, in one year. he paid drug distributors hundreds of thousands of dollars, while netting more than $6 million in profit.
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in 2012, willie lost his license and served six months in prison for illegally dispensing drugs. but cagle told us the problem persists. this pharmacy, tug valley, is now being sued for negligently filling prescriptions. records show tug valley was filling more than 150 pain prescriptions a day from one clinic alone. >> hi, you mr. bellengee? i'm jim axelrod with cbs news. we decided to ask owner randy bellengee about the charges. you're named in a lawsuit, alleging substandard care. you have nothing to say to me directly? at his lawyer's direction, he wouldn't respond. >> we would think an alarm bell would go off. >> reporter: west virginia secretary of health karen bowling says until now, the drug distributors have escaped scrutiny. >> if you're a distributor, if you're providing medication to pharmacies, someone would say, wow, this is a lot. what do we need to do about it?
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>> reporter: that's the premise behind the unprecedented lawsuit. under west virginia's law, distributors are legally bound to report suspicious orders from pharmacies. >> reporter: if that distributor has good reason to believe that the prescriptions that are being filled are not for legitimate medical purposes, then they are not to make that delivery. >> they have an obligation? >> they have a duty, yes. >> reporter: amerisource bergen is the third largest drug company in the country and one of eleven defendants in the state's case. over a five-year period, they filled orders for 118 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills, enough to supply every west virginian with 13 pain pills a year. >> that's scary math. >> it is. yes, it is. it is actually the product of what i would refer to as a business plan, a business plan by people that are not honorable people.
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>> reporter: we reached out to lawyers for amerisource bergen. they told us they couldn't comment because of this ongoing litigation. this potentially precedent- setting trial is set to begin in october. >> pelley: remarkable reporting, jim. thanks. the military has identified the green beret who was killed tuesday in afghanistan. he's staff sergeant matthew mcclintock of new mexico. he's 30 years old. he leaves a wife and their three-year-old son, declan. mcclintock was killed in a firefight with the taliban on his third combat tour. diere's more news ahead. new dietary guidelines from the government won't sit well with anyone who has a sweet tooth. and we'll take a fine italian sports car for a "dive" when the "cbs evening news" continues. you owned your car for four years,
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and salt still bad. here's dr. jon lapook. >> reporter: the new u.s.d.a. guidelines recommend people consume less than 10% of calories per day from added sugars, about 12 teaspoons. less than 10% of calories per day from saturated fats, about a fast-food cheeseburger, and less than 2,300 milligrams per day of sodium, about a teaspoon of table salt. women should consume between 1,600 and 2,400 calories a day. men, 2,000 to 3,000. let's see how this samples of daily meals stacks up. if you have cereal and coffee for breakfast, a cheese wrap for lunch, an apple for a snack, salmon, vegetables and a glass tf wine for dinner, add small piece of cake for dessert, you consumed about 2,150 calories. but the soda alone exceeded the recommended sugar limit, and the turkey wrap and chips contain about 1,100 milligrams of sodium, already half of the
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recommended amount. sharon zarabi is a registered dietitian at lenox hill. is honey added sugar? >> honey is added sugar, although it is natural, but you'll notice that milk products, such as milk or even a yogurt, has 12 grams of sugar per cup, and then when you are making it a fruit-flavored yogurt, that doubles the sugar from 12 to 24 grams per serving. >> reporter: we also asked about foods with unexpectedly high sodium. >> the same type of flavor dressing, which is italian, in one bottle can be 450 milligrams of sodium versus 300 milligrams. >> reporter: that's a huge difference. >> yeah. >> reporter: scott, it's so easy to get faked out. you might think this spinach wrap is better than this piece of white bread, but the bread has 90 calories and no saturated fat, and the wrap, 210 calories and two grams of saturated fat, so you have to read the label. >> pelley: read the labels. dr. jon lapook. doc, thanks very much.
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comes to her defense. next weather talent appears at wx center with generic >> pelley: americans pursuing a dream have driven the jackpot for saturday night's powerball to more than $700 million. here's mark strassmann. >> those are the winning numbers right there. >> reporter: not much got done at the office today. >> the winning tickets. >> reporter: everyone was out working on a retirement plan. >> there was definitely a buzz about it. >> reporter: jeff rosen organized his office pool in atlanta. >> let's look at those numbers one more time. >> reporter: last night's $500 million drawing was the 18th time the jackpot has rolled over since the last winner in november. have you watched it climb 300, 400, 500. >> you drive down the interstate and see those big billboards and you're like, wow. you sit in traffic in the
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morning and think, "man, if i won that." >> reporter: this $700 million jackpot for a single winner could actually mean a one-time cash option of $428 million. to win, you just got to defy odds of 292 million to one. >> just one? >> reporter: you have a better chance of being hit by lightning while drowning. >> why do i play? because i want money. i only play when it's $700 million. $50 million? i'm not interested. >> reporter: this jackpot is already a record by $110 million, and players in 44 states will drive it higher by saturday night's drawing. >> i feel lucky today. >> reporter: which is why so few people felt like working today, and tomorrow's not looking much better. >> we're trying to win the big one. that's it. >> reporter: mark strassmann, cbs news, atlanta. >> 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
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captioned by student. now one bay area top sending children t new at 6:00 fallout from this video a teacher's aide caught slapping a student. now one bay area district could stop sending children to the special needs school. tonight. the suspect's mother comes to her daughter's defense. >> new at 6:00 ready or not one month from the super bowl santa clara is still sorting out the traffic plan. we have learned about one thing for drivers. >> can nascar be the key to holding our politicians accountable? we want to call attention to a corrupt broken frankly stupid system. >> the plan to have them wear their sponsors on their sleeves. >> good evening, i'm veronica de la cruz.
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>> i'm allen martin. video of a classroom beating in contra costa county is making waves online. it's tough to watch but you can clearly see it features an aide attacking a special needs student. this happened at the "tobinworld" school in antioch. kpix 5's da lin says the school could be in line to lose some of its students. da. >> reporter: that's a possibility. but things appear normal today on campus. in fact, i saw that 9-year-old victim walking around campus today. now, as for the suspect, her mother is coming to her defense painting a very different picture of that suspects. a campus worker walked the 9- year-old boy from one building to another this afternoon. he was upbeat and smiling despite what happened two days ago. a cell phone video shows a woman punching the special needs student in a classroom while other teacher's aides watch and laugh. it shows her throwing

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