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charlie rose is in for scott pelley on the cbs evening news. captioning sponsored by cbs >> rose: delta down. >> so we're just here, twiddling our thumbs. i have no idea what to do. >> rose: a computer crash grounds one of america's largest airlines, leaving thousands stranded. also tonight, a new zika infection in florida, but this one miles north of miami. a new donald trump reads his economic policy off a prompter, prompting this: >> there is no other donald trump. >> rose: at the olympics, much ado about cupping. and the special guest who made a bride's wedding. >> hi! this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
>> rose: good evening. scott is off tonight. i'm charlie rose. this is our western edition. the country's second-biggest airline went into meltdown today. delta's computer system. and that forced the airline to cancel 650 flights. many more were delayed, leaving thousands of passengers stranded at airports all over the world. here is transportation correspondent kris van cleave. >> reporter: the f.b.i. tells cbs news it does not believe the computer issue that paralyzed delta air lines was due to hacking. instead the airline blames a power outage in atlanta overnight. flyer paulette vernon. >> we're just here, twiddling our thumbs. i have no idea what to do. >> reporter: at one point during the usually busy monday morning, just 23 delta planes were in the air as the global computer outage grounded flights for hours. passengers couldn't check in, and the airline couldn't dispatch planes, creating long lines at airports from los angeles to london, where passengers had to actually de- board some flights.
in washington angela goff wore worried she wouldn't make it to her cruise ship in time. >> you show up. you think you're going to be getting your boarding passes and getting on the plane. and they're like, "we're grounded." >> reporter: the nation's four biggest carriers have all now experienced major outages. just weeks ago a glitch crippled southwest airlines for days. delta's c.e.o. ed bastian. >> i apologize for the challenges this has created for you with your travel experiences. >> reporter: how does this keep happening? >> people have come to realize this is a industry-wide problem. >> reporter: daniel baker from airline tracker flightaware says airlines are using old systems. >> they have these multi-decade old systems for dealing with passengers that are expected to deal with mobile apps and online check-ins on the web. there is a lot more demand, and they're doing it with pretty limited capacity. >> reporter: delta says its systems are operating once again, and it is investigating why its back-ups didn't kick in as they should have.
charlie, delays in some places are still in the three-hour range, so the airline continues to struggle to get back on track. >> rose: thanks, kris. the number of non-travel related infections of zika in florida rose today to 17. this time the person is in palm beach county, about 75 miles north of the miami zika zone. but had traveled to miami-dade county. david begnaud has the latest on the battle against the virus linked to birth defects. >> reporter: there has been aerial spraying over the zika zone at least three times now. with 17 locally transmitted zika cases, the one-square-mile area of wynwood was a near ghost town this weekend. four months into her pregnancy, marie vital acle feared she had zika. she started having flu-like symptoms. today she received some good news. >> we did your test last week, and it was negative. >> reporter: what was the reaction when you got it? >> whew.
one less thing to worry about. >> reporter: she says she's been taking precautions, including using bug spray any time she's outside. you understand how randomly it could have been you. >> absolutely, and in this situation, when you become pregnant, you just sort of have to accept that you're not in control. one thing that you're in control of with zika is you can prevent. >> reporter: vital acle's obstetrician, dr. maria lopez- beecham, worries some of her other patients are forgetting about prevention. >> i think many people want to be tested, but you always wonder, do you have bug spray in your purse. as you are going to get tested, do you have bug spray in your purse? that's what you have to focus on. the image has to be of the mosquitoes, the mosquito bites. that's what you need to avoid. >> reporter: tonight in palm beach county, inspectors are in the area where the new case was detected going door-to-door asking people for voluntary urine samples to see who else may have been infected. charlie, kids are about to go
back to school in florida, and today the governor asked education leaders to start teaching students about zika protection. >> rose: thanks, david. folks in florida are bracing for severe flooding. in port richey, roads have already been closed because of heavy rains, and the forecast is only getting worse. some places could get nine inches of rain in the next few days. that's because a storm system has stalled over the florida panhandle. the bad weather extends all the way to new orleans. in the pacific, tropical storm javier is bearing down on baja california. heavy air is expected to pass by the resort town of cabo san lucas late tonight. half a foot of rain is in the forecast. an earlier storm, earl, dumped a month of rain on central mexico in just 24 hours. it triggered an avalanche of mud that killed at least 45 people. today, soldiers and rescue teams searched for survivors in the mud and rubble.
survivors were transported in military vehicles to safety. by contrast, the western u.s. is bone-dry. tonight, dozens of wildfires are burning out of control. evacuations have been ordered in the san bernardino mountains east of los angeles. hundreds of firefighters and 16 aircraft are battling the pilot fire. it has burned 4,500 acres. smoke has blown all the way to las vegas. it wasn't the fiery donald trump we're used to today. rather than speak off the cuff, he read off the prompter as he delivered an economic address in detroit. a new national poll out today shows him trailing hillary clinton by 12 points among registered voters. major garrett now on trump's attempt to get his troubled campaign back on track. >> she's the candidate of the past. ours is the campaign of the future. >> reporter: donald trump's top advisers have been begging him for weeks to get back on message and position himself as an agent
of change against hillary clinton. today, evidence of a trump conversion. >> when we reform our tax, trade, energy and regulatory policies, we will open a new chapter in american prosperity. >> reporter: and yet trump's economic proposals align with every republican president and nominee since ronald reagan, with across-the-board tax cuts, hostility to federal regulations and support of fossil fuels. >> my plan will reduce the current number of brackets from seven to three and dramatically streamline the process. >> reporter: in a significant shift, trump scrapped his original tax plan and embraced a less-expensive one drafted by house republicans with income tax brackets of 12, 25 and 33%. trump's first plan had a top rate of 25% and a more generous standard deduction. the non-partisan tax policy center estimated trump's
original plan would have cost more than $10 trillion in its first ten years. the house g.o.p. plan is about one-third less costly. trump's speech was interrupted more than a dozen times by protesters in what appeared to be a coordinated effort to throw him off course. trump remained unfazed. >> it's all very well planned out. >> reporter: while trump tried to drive his economic message, 50 high-ranking republican national security and diplomatic advisers to presidents from richard nixon to george w. bush signed a letter opposing trump. charlie, they said trump if elected would be if most reckless president in american history. trump dismissed the letter saying those who signed it were to blame for making the world such a dangerous place. >> rose: thanks, major. hillary clinton's reaction to trump came, as it usually does, quickly. here's nancy cordes. >> he wants to roll back regulations on wall street.
>> reporter: in st. petersburg, florida, clinton said trump would explode the debt by cutting taxes for the wealthy and increase spending. >> he wants to basically repackage trickle-down economics. [audience reacts] now, you know that old saying, "fool me once, shame on you. fool me twice, shame on me." trickle-down economics does not help our economy grow. it does not help the vast majority of americans. >> reporter: she also mocked his new economic team made up of 13 white men, hedge fund guy, millionaire guys, six guys named steve apparently. >> reporter: clinton's advantage with women is one factor in her widening lead. here's another: 57% of virginians think she's prepared to be president. compared to just 36% who say
that about trump after an erratic couple of weeks. >> she's truly unhinged. she's unbalanced. she's a monster. >> reporter: but there are warning signs for clinton in the new polls, as well. just 36% of voters view her favorably, slightly more than trump but still lower than any winning presidential candidate in modern history. >> i want you to tell your friends, don't let a friend vote trump. >> reporter: clinton has consolidated the party around her. more than nine in ten democrats now say they plan to vote for her compared to fewer than eight in ten republicans who say that about trump. it may not sound like a big difference, charlie, but it can swing an election in a country as closely divided as this one. >> rose: thanks, nancy. in pakistan today, militants shot and killed a prominent lawyer, then a suicide bomber whtacked a hospital where mourners had gathered. at least 70 people were killed, more than 90 were hurt.
both the taliban and isis have claimed responsibility. tonight syria's biggest city is in danger of becoming a slaughterhouse. the assad regime's army backed by iran and russia had surrounded aleppo, but they have not been able to lock it down. debora patta reports tonight from inside syria. [gunfire]. >> reporter: a key turning point was reached over the weekend when a newly formed coalition of opposition fighters, including some recently affiliated to al qaeda, managed to break through government lines. they released this drone footage, which shows the moment a suicide bomber drove a truck through the city and blew himself up, allowing rebel groups to advance forward and seize a military complex with small arms, ammunition and heavy artillery. it all looked so different just two weeks ago, after years of stalemate in the fight for control of the city, government troops backed by russian air strikes seized the rebels' last remaining supply route, cutting
off an estimated 250,000 people. in a desperate bid to break the siege, opposition forces launched a successful counter- offensive and surprisingly were also able to take over the main road into the government-held part of the city where an estimated 1.2 million people live. the gains by the opposition was greeted with celebrations in the rebel-controlled parts of aleppo, but they could be short lived. there are growing fears that food and fuel shortages and the syrian military backed by its allies say they are amassing thousands more fighters along the front lines. the fight for aleppo is clearly intensifying, and it could become a pivotal battle in this war. but at this stage, charlie, it's unclear whether either side can actually win. >> rose: thanks, debora. i talked today to michael morell, former deputy director of the c.i.a. and until recently a cbs news contributor. he suggests the united states should support more aggressive
action by syrian rebels. >> when we were in iraq, the iranians were giving weapons to the shiia militia who were killing american soldiers. the iranians were making us pay a price. we need to make the iranians pay a price in syria. we need to make the russians pay a price. here's the other thing i want to do. i want to go after those things that assad sees as his personal power base, right? i want to scare assad. i want him to think about this is not going to end well for me. >> rose: you can see more of that interview with michael morell later tonight on my pbs program. coming up next on the "cbs evening news," a day of fun at a water park turns tragic. and later, a wedding guest brings a bride a priceless gift. fall in love with a new daily fiber.
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accident that took the life of a child at a water park in kansas city, kansas. it happened on a water slide whose name is german for "insane." omar villafranca is in kansas city. >> reporter: excitement turned to horror sunday afternoon when ten-year-old caleb schwab was killed while riding down the 17- story water slide on a raft. two other passengers were also injured. winter prosapio is the water park spokesperson. >> all of our rides are inspected every day, and all rides are inspected by an outside party. >> reporter: caleb was the son of kansas state representative scott schwab, enjoying the park on a day honoring state lawmakers. the family released a statement saying, "caleb brought abundant joy to our family and all those who he came into contact with." >> it is taller than niagara falls. >> reporter: verruckt is dubbed the tallest water slide in the world.
the attraction opened in 2014, after several delays. adjustments had to be made to the second hill when test runs show the raft launching off the slide. in this promotional video released by schlitterbahn, three riders strap into a raft and drop down more than 168 feet. they reach speeds of more than 60mph. passengers are thrust up and over another 50-foot drop. to ride each passenger must be at least four feet six inches tall. the combined weight must be at least 400 pounds. terran hoyt took the plunge with friends on the water slide an hour before the deadly accident. the 18-year-old says she was concerned about the ride's velcro safety harness. >> i felt like i had to hold on pretty tight to keep my body from going up, but i was so scared, i was holding on so tight. >> reporter: the autopsy report says the boy died from a fatal
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>> france with a silver medal and phelps with olympic gold medal number 19! >> rose: michael phelps is off to a strong start in his fifth olympics, but there was something else that everyone seemed to be talking about today. ben tracy is in rio with our on- the-spot coverage. >> and out comes team u.s.a. >> reporter: when michael phelps made his rio debut, there were two questions: how fast would he swim, and what's with those purple marks all over his body? turns out they're the result of an ancient chinese pain relief treatment known as "cupping." you can see him getting the treatment in this under armour ad. here's how cupping works. specialized suction cups pull
the skin up and away from the underlying muscles, breaking capillaries. that draws blood to the area and speeds recovery. phelps is such a fan he instagramed this photo of himself mid-cup treatment. today phelps' teammate cody miller said he's also a cupper. >> my fiancee aly does it to me during training. i'll have her put cups on my back, and she'll be like [making suction noise], oh so gross! >> reporter: dara torres is a 12-time olympic medallist in swimming. she's in rio covering the olympics. is this a fringe thing or do athletes do this? >> i think it was a low-key trend, but now that michael phelps has been seen, i think it's going to be become more mainstream. i did in 2008, and i felt like it helped. >> reporter: but it's not just for professional athletes. 28-year-old gia sanangelo uses the technique to relieve her chronic back pain. dr. houman danesh treats her at mount sinai hospital in new york.
>> you can increase the blood flow and let the body do what it does to help resolve the issue. >> reporter: there isn't a lot of good scientific evidence showing that this technique actually works, but many athletes here in rio swear by it. charlie, that includes members of the u.s. women's swim team and team u.s.a.'s men's gymnastics team. >> rose: thanks, ben. coming up next, a father's undying love for his daughter. >> this portion of the "cbs evening news" is sponsored by:
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>> reporter: to make her wedding day perfect, jeni stepien had a man walk her down the aisle she'd met the first time just the day before. >> hi! >> reporter: but jeni was positive she could trust arthur thomas's heart. >> thank you so much. >> are you kidding? >> reporter: after all, it belonged to her father, michael. jeni's dad michael stepien was killed in a robbery near pittsburgh ten years ago. hundreds of miles away in philadelphia, arthur thomas's failing heart had him on a transplant waiting list, but hope was slipping away. >> i was on death's door when he was murdered, and i needed a heart or i was going to be dying within the next few days. >> reporter: fast forward a
decade to a letter jeni mailed to arthur thomas. >> and she said, "dear tom, i'm the daughter of the man whose heart is inside you, would you walk me down the aisle?" >> reporter: which is how jeni stepien got to have her father's beating heart with her for the biggest moment of her life. >> it's like having my dad here, even in just... and better because we get to share this story with other people and other people see that organ donors do matter. >> reporter: and that's how hearts were both breaking at this wedding saturday and filled to the brim, as well. jim axelrod, cbs news, new york. >> rose: a story of two gifts. that's the "cbs evening news." scott will be back tomorrow. i'm charlie rose. i hope you'll join me for "cbs this morning." good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
shopping destinations in the bay area.. closed off to cars for good. a political activist makes a right now, it's a flurry of construction. imagine one of the busiest shopping destinations in the bay area closed off to cars for good. a political activist makes a bold threat to stop it from happening. anyone who has been shopping at union square has noticed the mess caused by construction for the central subway. there is big debate over what happens when it's all done. the plan is to turn -- turn the stretch into a no cars pedestrians only mall. a bay area powerbroker is fighting to keep the street open and she delivered an ultimatum. >>reporter: let's take a look
behind us were the work has been going on for the past couple years causing all these high-end businesses a lot of grief and loss in business. the city wants to turn this into something special, a pedestrian walkway. but through that tunnel is chinatown and the leader in the community says no way. for the past year, the idea of making the annual winter walk here on stockton street into a year-round affair appeared to be picking up steam at every turn. >> a lot of the merchants. a lot of pedestrian activist's. a lot of bike advocates say this would work. >> reporter: but then. political power known as rose pack, who along with chinatown allies has helped make and break every san francisco mayor for the past 70 years. >> we have about 300