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the "cbs evening news" is next. >> the latest news and weather, always on cbssf.com. captions by: caption colorado comments@captioncolorado.com le ter in t southern plains. devastating floods touched off by torrential rain. cattle are swept away. also tonight, the summer travel season begins. >> i left my house at 2:00, so that i could get here by 4:00, for a flight that left at 10:20. >> pauley: trump draws cheers at his rallies. ( cheers ) and protesters outside. >> ho-ho. >> donald trump has got to go! >> pauley: a study links cell phone radiation to cancer in rats. steve hartman with a soldier's remarkable recovery from death. >> i was put in a body bag, toe tagged and taken to the morgue. >> pauley: and his last request of you. >> one day a year we're asking somebody to do something.
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captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pauley: good evening. scott is off tonight. i'm jane pauley, and this is our western edition. the memorial day weekend is off to a rough start in parts of texas. over the past 24 hours, more than a foot and a half of rain has left homes and roads under water. at least one person has died. several others are missing. there's also a tropical system threatening beach communities from georgia to the carolinas this weekend. but we begin with don champion in bastrop county, texas. >> time for extraction. >> reporter: for the last 24 hours, rescue choppers have been plucking desperate people off rooftops of homes and submerged cars in several texas towns. near austin, there have been at least 75 people rescued. in brenham, rain poured down in nuckets, more than 18 inches in a day's time.
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quickly-rising waters washed out roads and washed cars away. 21-year-old darren mitchell posted this haunting facebook photo as water topped the roof of his truck. he wrote, "all i wanted to do was go home." a short while later disappeared. d ter fields were flooded in chappell hill, ranchers tried desperately to save their cattle t herding them towards the shore. homeowners are only now just beginning to soak in the damage of flooded homes and fallen trees and branches. >> super scary. you don't know what to do. >> reporter: theo davis' entire teighborhood was cut off. it's the second time it happened in a year. t at are you going to do? >> i'm probably going to have to move and i don't want to move. >> reporter: as you can see e.ter has already started to recede in some places. this home and these cars were all covered. the threat is far from over. thunderstorms are expected over the next week. jane? >> pauley: don, thank you. eric fisher is chief
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meteorlogist at our boston station wbz. he is tracking what could become a tropical storm this weekend. eric. >> jane, newly designated, the hurricane hunters went into this system off the eastern seaboard this afternoon. they determined that we have tropical depression number 2 which will track off to the ost, looks likely to make landfall on sunday in the vicinity of charleston. then it will stall out and make e s way slowly to the north. a it becomes a tropical storm, it's bonnie, and if you're wondering where the "a" storm, remember we had hurricane alex in january of last winter. there will be an elevated rip current danger as we head levaugh this holiday weekend. and as this slowly churns its way west, it will bring heavy rainfall eventually to the entire eastern seaboard. as we head into memorial day, beose tropical downpours will be anywhere from the mid-atlantic through new england and it could be a very sloppy travel day on monday. >> pauley: indeed, thank you, eric. that debate between republican
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donald trump and democrat bernie sanders, not going to happen. today, trump called it off nying it would not be appropriate for him to debate the democrats' number two dnisher. trump also suggested the networks had not come up with the money he demanded they had donate to charity. bernie sanders campaigning for the june 7 california primary said he is disappointed and hopes trump changes his mind. trump is holding a rally in california. there are protesters outside. carter evans is on the scene. carter? >> reporter: jane, inside the san diego convention center, donald trump addressed thousands of supporters, but california is fertile ground for the anti- trump movement, and there are a lot of protesters here, as you can see behind me. and as the crowd grew, they also got angrier. san diego police were hoping to keep supporters and opponents apart, but late this afternoon, riot police intervened, making arrests. this protester was beaten with batons.
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but while the protests were mostly peaceful, the crowd was hardly calm. there is little doubt of where they stand, and emotions have boiled over. this rally has also featured a broad array of protesters, not just latino groups, but muslims, union leaders, and members from the l.g.b.t. community. jane? >> pauley: thanks, carter. hillary clinton also campaigned today in california ahead of the primary. she stopped at an oakland restaurant that serves chicken and waffles and hoped to pick up some votes to go. haa.a. tells us more than 2.5 million people are expected to fly this holiday weekend. and in some places, it looked like they were all waiting in the same airport security line. you're looking at airports in san francisco, atlanta, chicago, and the washington, d.c. area. dean reynolds is in chicago. >> reporter: early birds at o'hare today waited hours to take flight. g die kamis was among them. >> i got here at 3:00 in the
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morning. my flight is at 7:00. i had to come early because, as pou see, the airport is packed. >> reporter: swollen lanes zigzagged with travelers at airports across the country, giving t.s.a. a tough test but one it seems to have passed by most accounts, with the help of additional resources. in chicago 58 new t.s.a. officers were at work, along with new bomb-sniffing canine units. and while the pre-check passage had few takers, guides for american airlines quickened the pace of everyone else. >> move forward, please. nd reporter: delta and united miid they invested $4 million each to have their employees help out with non-security tasks. r th airfares for the top 40 domestic routes 26% cheaper this avmorial day, jane, air travel is expected to rise 1.6% over lle same weekend last year. >> pauley: all right, thank you, dean.
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and now we go to david begnaud in atlanta where they're trying out a new system to keep the lines moving. david? >> reporter: jane, good evening. the lines just as deep right now as it was this morning. the current wait time is 15-30 minutes. and that's much better than it was a week ago when people were having to wait nearly 90 minutes. at one point today they screened about 13,000 passengers within a two-hour period. that, the t.s.a. says, is efficiency. most of the screening has been done here, there are 18 different checkpoints and most arve been steady. kpw, an update to that brand new technology we told you about last night. b is an automated conveyor belt meant to streamline the security process. no more having to push your bag usrough. you put your bag on the belt and it's on the way. if the person in front of you is taking too long, they don't hold you up. your bag's already through. today, the t.s.a. says they've noticed a difference, agents telling us with the new technology, people were moving through within eight to 10 minutes.
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jane, in the old way, they'd move through within 15-30. ghey call it progress. le pauley: thank you, david. 3a.a. estimates 34 million americans are driving to their memorial destinations. that's 700,000 more than last year. hed they're paying the lowest memorial day gas prices in 11 years. the national average is $2.32 a gallon. last year, it was $2.74. whether by car, plane, or train, americans won't have to travel far to find trouble. tranks to crumbling infrastructure, and here's our transportation correspondent kris van cleave. >> reporter: as americans head out this holiday weekend, they'll be driving on roads that are not in very good shape. a.a.a. estimates pothole damage alone costs drivers $3 billion a year. nearly one in 10 bridges nationwide is structurally deficient, meaning while it is safe to use, the bridge is in a e teriorating state and must be mogularly monitored, inspected
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and maintained. washington, d.c.'s iconic memorial bridge is literally crumbling and now undergoing emergency repairs. in long beach, california, this is called the "diaper bridge" because of the netting to keep chunks of concrete from falling on to traffic below. the american society of civil engineers gave u.s. infrastructure a d-plus. >> this is key to our quality of life. t's key to our economy. te reporter: secretary of transportation, anthony foxx. why hasn't there been a will to fix things? >> because people like ngoundbreakings. they like openings, but we haven't taken on the aggressive routine work of making sure the system stays as healthy as possible. >> reporter: amtrak estimates it needs an additional $20 billion to restore its existing infrastructure in the northeast ta safely maintain its current service levels. 200 feet under washington, d.c., tye city's troubled metro system is leaking. decades of temporary fixes has left the nation's second-largest
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metro system falling apart. ulw general manager paul wiedefeld. is what you're going through a harbinger of things to come for infrastructure across the country? >> i would think so. what we're going through, we're at the point where we no longer can sort of keep pushing this down to the future and pretending it's not there. >> reporter: the estimated cost to fix all of the u.s. infrastructure needs? about $1 trillion over the next decade. jane, if those fixes don't happen, experts say expect traffic to get worse, the roads a get deadlier, and for it to r ke longer to get goods to market. ll pauley: all right, kris van cleave, thank you. od hiroshima, japan, today, a esident obama said the memory of the first atomic bomb attack must never fade, and he called on the world's nuclear powers to have the courage to give them up. mr. obama is the first sitting u.s. president to visit hiroshima. margaret brennan is there. >> reporter: standing 1,200 feet from the epicenter of the blast,
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psolemn president obama laid a leath in honor of the lives lost. >> their souls speak to us, and they ask us to look inward, to take stock of who we are. >> reporter: listening to the president was 79-year-old shigeaki mori, a survivor who was just eight when the bomb annihilated hiroshima. mr. obama did not apologize for what the u.s. had done but said he wanted to remind the world of the agony of nuclear war. >> we have a shared responsibility to look directly into the eye of history and ask what we must do differently to curb such suffering again. >> hiroshima, the target. >> reporter: it was 8:15 on that bright, cloudless morning in august when the world changed. a nearly five-ton atomic bomb nicknamed "little boy" dropped from the "enola gay." three days later, a second bomb struck nagasaki.
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thre than 200,000 were killed in the blasts. toshiko tanaka was just six, at school when hiroshima was hit. all of her classmates were ollled. she told us that having an american president acknowledge mat suffering meant a greatnz deal, but she wanted more than regret. thhat we would rather see than an apology is self-reflection," she said. "instead of remorse, what we really want is a determination to never unleash such a weapon again." idne, president obama was determined to reduce america's own nuclear stockpile but he has struggled to do that. hiroshima, he says, should be a reminder of the work still to be done. >> pauley: indeed, thank you, margaret. still ahead on the cbs evening news, a possible health risk linked to cell phones. and steve hartman "on the road." >> reporter: i've never heard a story like this. k's the kind of thing nightmares are made of.
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waves from a cell phone actually can cause cancers. >> reporter: the f.d.a. says the majority of studies so far have not linked cell phones with emalth problems. dr. henry friedman heads the brain tumor center at duke university. >> this is just an incomplete presentation of information, and when you do that, you raise far more questions about the validity of the results. r: reporter: it's worth noting, ofe incidence of brain cancer has not increased in recent years, despite the rapid increase in cell phone use. but if you're concerned about potential risks, jane, the experts say you can use either a set of headphones, keep the phone away from your head or use a bluetooth. >> pauley: which sits right next to your head. >> it does. >> pauley: all right, thank you, anna. and, it happened again at the national spelling bee. but first, these words. bee. poor mouth breather.
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>> i sort of felt wonderful about it, just having saved that-- that girl. m god put me in that seat right next to you, dr. heimlich, so you could save my life. he pauley: dr. heimlich is 96. he claims this is the first time he's ever used the heimlich maneuver in an emergency. no was another nailbiter at the national spelling bee. in the final round, 13-year-old jairam hathwa spelled feldenkrais. don't ask what it means. look it up. 11-year-old nihar janga had one last shot. >> gesellschaft. g-e-s-e-l-l-s-c-h-a-f-t. gesellschaft. >> that is correct. >> pauley: and for the third straight year, there were two winners, a t-i-e.
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i've never heard a story like this. >> no. >> reporter: it's the kind of thing nightmares are made of. >> or blessings. >> reporter: john colone's blessing of a nightmare began on february 19, 1968. his army airborne platoon was on patrol near the ca ty river when he and his men came under intense enemy fire. >> all hell broke loose. >> reporter: john was shot four times. >> i heard guys say i was dead. "colone is dead. colone is dead, leave him elone." >> reporter: you heard people saying that? >> oh, yeah, absolutely. i was put in a body bag, toe tagged, and taken to the morgue. >> he came in as a d.o.a.. >> reporter: lieutenant curtis washington was an officer at the battalion aid station and worked at the morgue. it was a job he took so seriously, that just to make sure he never sent a live sly,ier home in a box, on his own, he used to open up each body bag and take a pen to the feet. >> this is what we'd do.
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this is his foot, and i'd go. ag reporter: he was testing the plantar reflex. >> i would do it twice. and i did that, and he went, "unh." and i did it again. "unh." and i said, "wow." h reporter: and that is how john colone came back from the dead. which john says is a mixed blessing. >> he lost his life. os lost his life. he lost his life. he lost his life. >> reporter: eight soldiers, about a third of his platoon, died that day. >> i still wonder, why me? >> reporter: even today you keep asking that? >> absolutely. diy did you survive? >> reporter: it is a hopelessly rhetorical question. but as we walk through the cemetery where he would have been buried, john shared what may be part of the reason. >> so that's when i thought let's do something. >> reporter: a few years ago, he started sending flowers on memorial day to the graves of all the men who died in that
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battle. later, he expanded to everyone mao died in his battalion during the whole war, more than $8,000 worth of flowers for 160 graves. and now he's calling on you to join him, to adopt a veteran's grave on memorial day. an one day a year we're asking somebody to do something. da reporter: to clean it up and lay some flowers, so that eventually, every vietnam veteran can be rightfully remembered. >> i hope i'm around here to witness that. maybe that will answer that question, "why?" >> reporter: certainly something to live for. steve hartman, "on the road," in pinckney, michigan. >> pauley: and that's the cbs evening news. scott will be along sunday evening on "60 minutes." i'm jane pauley. i'll see you on "sunday morning." have a safe holiday weekend, and good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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ac crews zero in on the sonoma county coast. hundreds of miles.. from where the suspt was killed in a shootout. the search for a kidnapped teenager takes a new turn. crews zero in on the sonoma county coast hundreds of miles from where the suspect was killed in a shootout. >> it's heartbreaking knowing she is still not found. >> a possible motive for a murder that's rocked a north bay high school. how an earlier assault may be connected to this deadly attack. and the hunt for a third student still on the run. >> their daughter's death at the center of a national debate. the family of kate steinle seeks justice. the failures they say allowed a repeat drug felon to kill. >> and extra leg room is one thing. but paying just to sit with your family?! >> we shouldn't have to pay extra to sit next to your child. >> airlines take extra fees to a whole new extreme. your realtime captioner is linda marie macdonald. >> good evening, i'm elizabeth cook. >> i'm ken bastida.
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we begin tonight with breaking news. the search for a missing vallejo teen, pearl pinson, is focusing on a remote area near the town of jenner in sonoma county. chopper 5 shows the search teams on the ground and we have seen search dogs in the water, as well. deputies are looking for clues along willow creek road. this new search widens the kidnapping case that happened in vallejo on wednesday and yesterday, pinson's accused kidnapper was killed in a police shootout in solvang. that's hundreds of miles away from the search area going on in jenner. kpix 5 reporter jackie ward is in jenner this evening with the latest on the search. jackie. >> reporter: ken, you just spoke to officials from solano sheriff's county and they are here because they talked to sonoma county. sonoma county sheriff's officers are here at their request, i should say. the piece of information

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