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day. >> all right. thanks. thanks for watching. we will see you back here at six for a full hour of news. captioning sponsored by cbs >> quijano: what sparked the balloon disaster? and who were the 16 people killed when it caught fire and crashed in texas? also tonight, trump's new war of words with the muslim father of a fallen u.s. soldier. plus, a new cbs poll shows a post-convention bounce for clinton. with a new book, and play out this weekend, the world is once again under harry potter's spell. and, without a parachute or wing suit, a daredevil takes a 25,000 foot leap into the history books. this is the "cbs weekend news."
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>> quijano: good evening, i'm elaine quijano with a western edition of the broadcast. we're learning more about the pilot of the hot air balloon that went up in flames, and crashed in texas. there were 16 people on board, no survivors. it happened saturday morning in the town of maxwell, texas, about 30 miles south of austin. omar villafranca is there. >> reporter: 49-year-old skip nichols was the pilot of the balloon that is now flattened in this field. in an interview last year, nichols talked about how he got hooked on flying. >> you crew, you get your first flight and that point it's are you going to pursue being a pilot or be a passenger on the crew? and i pursued being a pilot. there we go taking off. >> reporter: steve brudniak shot these pictures- just two months ago- riding with nichols' company, heart of texas. he says the pilot put safety first. >> how >> reporter: steve brudniak shot these pictures just two months ago, riding with nichols' company, heart of texas.
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he says the pilot put safety first. when you went up several time, how was he? was he passionate about it? >> the guy seemed very relaxed, like he really enjoyed his job. and he was constantly looking around. he was definitely checking for power lines. >> reporter: now investigators are gathering evidence that may explain what led to the worst hot air balloon accident in u.s. history. robert sumwalt is with the n.t.s.b. balloon hit the high voltage lines not the towers. >> it was like a big bomb fire that all of a sudden got going and just poof! went up. >> reporter: margaret wylie lives near crash site the site >> reporter: matt rowan and his wife were among the passengers, according to rowan's brother. rowan researched burn treatments for the u.s. army. he was a step-father to his wife's five-year-old son. the pilot's roommate and co- worker tells us there were no children on board.
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elaine, officials have not released the names of any of victims. >> quijano: with election day 100 days away, a new cbs news battleground tracker poll out today shows hillary clinton got a bounce coming out of the democratic convention. she is back in the lead, now two points ahead of donald trump in eleven key battleground states. cbs news elections director anthony salvanto is here with details. anthony, what's behind clinton's bounce? >> reporter: she shored up democratic support, gained with there were democrats that were on the fence with her. and liked the way the conventioe way the convention talked about bernie sanders. and that rift that we saw on the convention floor last week is starting to heal. but interestingly, there are very few who are switching back directly from hillary clinton to donald trump and vice versa. that demonstrates how partisan this race is and just how few swing voters there are. >> quijano: we know that
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democrats wanted to strike a thoughtful tone at the convention, did that resonate? >> not all good news for democrats on that front because voters told us they would have liked to hear more about the economy, about changing washington and about terrorism all critical issues for voters. and that's another reason why this race remains so tight. >> quijano: >> quijano: donald trump got tangled up in a new war of words this weekend with the muslim father of a fallen u.s. soldier. errol barnett has the latest from washington. >> he is a black soul, and this is totally unfit for the leadership of this beautiful country. >> reporter: speaking on cnn today, khizr khan resumed his criticism of donald trump. khan is the muslim father of fallen u.s. army captain, humayun khan, who received a bronze star and purple heart after being killed in iraq. khan bashed trump in a speech at the democratic convention,
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challenging the republican presidential candidate to read the constitution. >> you have sacrificed nothing! >> reporter: when asked about khan's comments on abc, trump disagreed. >> i think i've made a lot of sacrifices. i work very, very hard. i've created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures. >> reporter: his answer was mocked online this weekend, as hashtag "trump-sacrifices" started trending on twitter. a pocket version of the u.s. constitution rose to best-seller status on amazon. and, today the fallen captain's mother responded in an on op-ed in the "washington post." she wrote, "donald trump has asked why i did not speak, because without saying a thing, all the world, all america, felt my pain." >> he had to take that shot at her. this is height of ignorance. >> reporter: today, hillary clinton weighed in. >> to have trump do what he did,
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i don't know where the bounds are, i don't know where the bottom is. >> reporter: donald trump fired off several tweets today saying he was "viciously attacked" by mister khan adding "am i not allowed to respond?" trump also acknowledged that khan's son is a hero, apparently hoping to end this war of words, elaine. >> quijano: errol barnett in washington, thank you. there was >> quijano: there was gunfire in austin, texas overnight. one woman was killed, four others wounded. someone opened fire on a crowd, as people were clearing out of nightclubs. no word yet on a motive. in maryland, at least two people are dead after floodwaters swept through the historic town of ellicott city. this was the dramatic scene last night as rapids ran through the streets. people formed a human-chain to rescue a woman trapped in her car. nearly six inches of rain fell in two hours.
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homes and businesses are devastated. a new wildfire broke out this weekend near fresno, california. it quickly burned more than a thousand acres, and forced hundreds of people from their homes. farther north, a deadly and destructive fire continues to grow near the coastal town of big sur. fires are burning across the west, in at least ten states. overseas in poland, what's known as the "catholic woodstock" ended with a tremendous sunday mass, and parting words of wisdom from pope francis. seth doane was there. >> reporter: well over a million people camped out overnight to catch a glimpse of pope francis. he sped through the crowds under tight security. the pontiff celebrated mass this morning for the faithful who flew flags of the 187 countries they represented. he told them not to see borders as barriers and to reject hatred
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among people-- a message particularly relevant amid europe's migrant crisis. many walked for miles to get to the mass and spent the night praying in an open field. the pope on saturday had warned the faithful against being couch potatoes-- in particular, "those sofas we have nowadays with a built-in massage unit to put us to sleep." too many young people today, he worried, escape to the world of video games and computer screens instead of being engaged. at one point during these celebrations the pope asked the masses gathered, from so many different countries, to hold hands. and seek common humanity. it underlined a message he's had all week: find that which unites, not divides.
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you. a new harry potter play opened in london this weekend. the new book went on sale overnight. once again, the world is under the wizard's spell. here's demarco morgan. >> quijano: a new harry potter play opened in london this weekend. the new book went on sale overnight. once again, the world is under the wizard's spell. here's demarco morgan. >> reporter: five years after harry potter last worked his magic at the box office, he's back in a new play and book: "harry potter and the cursed child." fans in manhattan waited hours for the midnight book-release. >> three, two, one, whoa! >> i've always wanted to know >> i've always wanted to know what happens to harry in the future and not everyone can travel to london to see the play, so the book is the next best option. >> i've been reading them since i was 12 years old and it's like part of our childhood and continues to be part of our childhood, and have that >> reporter: potter fans from new york to london's west end theatre district were dressed in character for the debut. as for the author... >> it feels wonderful. it has been quite a long time, obviously, since i've been to a potter opening night or a premiere. so i'm having slight flashbacks, yeah. >> reporter: the book and play feature harry potter, all grown up, as a 37-year-old father of
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three. some who have already seen the play say it's worth every minute. as for the book, it appears j.k. rowling has not lost her magic touch. >> the author is really good, it's really captivating, you have to love everything about it. >> reporter: elaine, this is expected to be the biggest selling book of the year. in london, the play is already sold out through may. >> quijano: all right, demarco moorg, demarco, thank you. >> a sky diefers from california has made history. the first person to jump 25,000 feet from a plane- and land safely - without a parachute. here is >> doors open, here we go. >> reporter: you could call him luke sky-jumper. luke aikins' death-defying leap. unlike anything anyone's seen in this galaxy. beginning at 25,000 feet, he soars through the air without a parachute for two minutes. other skydivers stay by his side before removing his oxygen mask. for his final descent. >> there goes the chutes.
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luke is on his own. >> reporter: seconds later, he hit his mark, a 100 by 100 foot net. >> he's in. >> reporter: his wife and teammates rush to greet him. >> i'm almost levitating. its incredible. the words i want to say i can't even get out of my mouth. >> reporter: aikins has been jumping since he was 12. and has made more than 18,000 jumps with a parachute. but as a father and husband, he says this stunt needed to be more than just a leap of faith. >> there is inherent risk with what i'm doing, but i feel like its a calculated risk. when you are out in the air after you exit the feeling is awesome. there is no going back that is the feeling that i love that is what i do this for. >> reporter: mireya villarreal, cbs news, los angeles. >> quijano: coming up next, a sign of the times leaves a town divided.
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>> quijano: just north of boston, the town of somerville, massachusetts is divided over a "black lives matter" sign. it's been up for more than a year.
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michelle miller tells us why some want it taken down. >> reporter: dozens of protestors gathered outside somerville city hall thursday, demanding that the "black lives matter" banner out front be taken down. the banner went up a year ago, designed to open a conversation about race in the community. but the murders of police in baton rouge and dallas tested the tolerance here. mike mcgrath heads up the local police union. >> our message is simply "life matters." we don't want to exclude any population in the united states >> reporter: rachel miselman is a local eduactor. should that banner come down? >> that banner should definitely come down. black lives matter is predicated on the idea that you have police officers that are so consumed by hatred that they would take the life of another.
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>> reporter: black lives matter held its own gathering a mile away. stephanie guirand is one of the organizers. >> how many people have to die on camera for us to understand that black lives don't matter in this country? i'm sorry, i'm very emotional about this topic. >> reporter: some somerville residents like michael johnson see both sides. >> no one wants to see a cop shot and killed. but black lives matter doesn't represent that. i'm totally pro-police, but i totally understand black lives matter. >> reporter: somerville's mayor joseph curtatone says the sign will not come down. the conversation, he says, must continue. >> if we're going to be a more stronger civilized society, then we have to have the conversation. it will be difficult, it will not be easy, but we'll be more civilized for it. >> reporter: a sign of the times in a town divided. michelle miller, cbs news, somerville, massachusetts. >> quijano: up next, a new report finds serious health risks from dietary supplements.
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>> quijano: dietary supplements are a $40 billion a year industry in the united states. a new report finds serious health risks. here's dr. tara narula. >> reporter: 43-year-old tattoo artist bobby cimorelli and his wife, margret have struggled to get pregnant. cimorelli decided to try over- the-counter testosterone supplements. >> i was flushed from head to toe, my blood pressure was going through the roof. >> reporter: within weeks, cimorelli wound up in the
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emergency room. doctors said the supplements were the likely culprit. >> i had no idea about the risks of supplements and no one discussed them with me. >> reporter: cimorelli is one of the roughly 200 million americans taking dietary supplements. today consumer reports identified 15 commonly-used supplement ingredients that could be potentially harmful to many of them. some examples: red yeast rice to lower cholesterol may cause kidney and liver problems. green tea extract powder for weight loss may elevate blood pressure and cause liver damage. and kava to reduce anxiety may exacerbate depression. one area of concern is supplements do not undergo the rigorous regulatory scrutiny applied to prescription drugs and other over-the-counter medicines. dr. pieter cohen of harvard medical school. >> the problem is supplements look just like these drugs on store shelves, but the requirements to get a supplement on the store shelves is nothing compared to what it takes to sell aspirin or tylenol. >> reporter: dr. aida vega is an internist at mount sinai hospital. she says that doctors and
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patients often don't discuss supplements, which can lead to problems. how important is it for physicians to ask patients about supplement use? >> the most important part is to understand why they're taking it, because if you understand why they're taking it you can steer them in the proper direction. >> reporter: the supplement industry says overwhelmingly supplements are safe and play a valuable role. but doctors worry lax regulation and enforcement means products could be contaminated, mislabeled, or interact in dangerous ways with prescription medication. dr. tara narula, cbs news, new york. >> quijano: still ahead, they can't even walk yet, but they're learning how to swim.
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su n. >> things happen. you blink. you're distracted. you didn't realize that the gate was open. it's not bad parenting, it's an accident." >> reporter: that's why demand for her services keeps growing. but it can sometimes be hard for parents to watch their kids go under, even in a controlled setting. >> if you're nervous as a parent, get over it, because these are your kids' lives. >> reporter: for the kids, it's just another day at the pool. >> oh she loves it. she loves the water and she's always jumping in and splashing. it's a good time. >> reporter: marlie hall, cbs news, milford, connecticut. >> quijano: when we return, the next generation of happy campers.
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>> quijano: finally tonight, a new report says millennials, those who are 18 to 35-years- old, are getting into camping. but this generation is changing the way people enjoy the great outdoors. here again is mireya villarreal.
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>> reporter: for these ten friends looking for the perfect camping spot, nothing beats catalina island. which sits about 20 miles off the california coast. >> millennials are looking for unique destinations. we'll go the extra mile if it affords us the experience that not everyone else is having. >> reporter: travel blogger trevor morrow camps around the world, regularly posting pictures for his more than 8,000 instagram followers. like many millennials, part of what drew him to this campsite were the amenities. the island campground provides all the basics, like tents and stoves, along with stand-up paddleboards and kayaks. it also includes easy access to wi-fi. for those people who say this is not camping. how do you respond to them? >> i say camping can be whatever you want it to be. >> reporter: kampgrounds of america, the world's largest system of privately held campgrounds, is now redesigning some of their nearly 500 north american campgrounds to include features younger campers value
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sites like getoutfitted.com offer weekend gear rental. other startups like "hip-camp," an online air b.n.b type rental, make it easier for users to find and reserve unique spots. >> i say wherever you feel comfortable in the wilderness, as long as you get outside and enjoy nature, i say go for it! >> reporter: making this the next generation to discover what makes the great outdoors so great. >> quijano: that's the "cbs weekend news" for this sunday. later on cbs, "60 minutes." the news continues now on our 24-hour digital network cbsn at cbsnews.com. i'm elaine quijano in new york. for all of us at cbs news, thank you for joining us, and good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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live from the cbs bay area studios, this is kpix 5 news. berkeley goes bust. not one, not two, but three water main breaks today. we asked the water district what's going on. dramatic new images out of san jose where firefighters pulled out all the stops to keep this fast moving brush fire at bay. and was this arrest at a bart station excessive force? former bart police officer weighs in. >> we first showed you that video yesterday of the violent struggle on a crowded train platform. da lin showed the tape to a former bart police officer when said the officer did what he had to do.
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>> reporter: a chaotic scene, a local crowd. >> get your feet off his stomach! >> reporter: this happened at a bart station friday afternoon. bart police responded to a call of a possible attempted robbery. they tried to question the suspect, but say the young man was combative and resisted arrest. cell phone videos posted on social media show officers apparently struggling to control him. you see the man kicking at one point. bart says he bit an officer and spat as well, but some say the man wasn't resisting, but adjusting his body so he wouldn't get hurt. they say officers used excessive force by kneeing him when he was already down. they felt the force could have severely injured the man. a retired officer saw the footage, and he knee to the back is a tactic to gain control of co

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