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east of los angeles. hundreds of firefighters and 16 aircraft are battling the pilot fire. it has burned 4500 acres. smoke has blown all the way to las vegas. in pakistan today, militants shot and killed a prominent lawyer. then a suicide bomber attacked the 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 surrounded aleppo, but they have not been able to lock it down. deborah potter reports tonight from inside syria.
the 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 barack 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 steal mate 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 forcings 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 anne estimated 1.2 millio
people live. the gain was greeted with celebrations in rebel controlled parts of aleppo. they could be short-lived. there are growing fears of food and food shortages. and the allies, say they're amassing thousand more fighters along the front lines. the fight or aleppo is clearly intensifying and could become a pivotal battle in this war. at this stage, charlie it is unclear whether either side can actually win. >> thanks, deborah. i talked to michael morell, former director of the c if a 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 shiaa militia willing american soldiers, iranians were making us pay a price. we need to make the, the iranians pay a price in syria,
make the russians pay a price. here's what i want to do. i want to go after. 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. >> coming up next, a day of fun at a water park turns tragic. later, a wedding guest brings a bride a priceless gift. one day a rider made a decision. the decision to ride on and save money. he decided to save money by switching his motorcycle insurance to geico. there's no shame in saving money. ride on, ride proud. geico motorcycle, great rates for great rides.
an investigation is continuing tonight into a freak 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 villafranco is in kansas city. >> excite the turned to horror sunday afternoon when 10-year-old caleb swab was killed riding this 17 story water slide on a raft. two other passengers were injured. winter persapio is the water park spokesperson. >> all our rides are inspected every day. actually. our ride are inspected by an outside party. >> caleb the son of kansas state representative scott swab, enjoying the park on a day honoring state lawmakers. the family released a statement
saying caleb brought abundant joy to our family and although he came into contact with. >> taller than niagara falls. >> it 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 showed the raft launching off the slide. in this promotional video released by the company, three riders strap into a raft and drop down more than 168 feet reaching speeds of more than 60 miles per hour. passengers are thrust up and over another 50 foot drop. to ride, each passenger must be at least 4'6." the combined weight of three riders must be 400 pounds. this girl took the plunge with friend on the watt r slide an hour before the deadly accident. the 18-year-old was concerned about the velcro harness.
>> i felt i had to hold on to keep my body from going up. i was so scared. >> the autopsy is complete. the results have not been released yet. charlie, the kansas city police department is leading this investigation. >> thank you, omar. still ahead, michael phelps in this is shaving. blades here, blades there. some more over there... whoa! that's not a blade. this is gillette shielding. with lubrication before and after the blades. shields from irritation for a close, comfortable shave. proshield from gillette.
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and phelps with olympic gold medal number 19. michael phelps off to a strong start in his fifth olympics. but there was something else that everyone steamed to be talking about today. ben tracy is in rio with our on the spot coverage. >> out comes team usa. >> when michael phelps made his r if o debut. there were two questions how fast would he swim and what's with the purple mark 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 his underarmor add. here's how cupping works. specialized suction cups pull the skin up and away from underlying muscles breaking capillaries. that draws blood to the area and speeds recovery. phelps is such a fan. he instagramed the photo of himself mid cup treatment to. day, cody miller said he is also a cupper. >> my fiance, ally does it
during training. i'll have her put cups on my back. and she is like. so gross. >> dara torres is a 12 time medalist in swimming. >> is this a fringe thing in sports or something a lot of athletes do. >> i think a low key trend now. that michael phelps has been seen with cup marks all over his body. more athletes will do it. i was doing it, in 2008 and helped alleviate the soreness. not just for professional athletes. 2-year-old, gia san angelo uses the technique to relieve the back pain. this doctor treats her at mount sinai hospital in new york. >> cupping actually jump starts the body's natural healing process. 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 the technique works. many athletes here in rio swear by it. that include members of the u.s.
we end tonight with affairs of the heart. a decade ago, her father gave the stranger the gift of life. now the stranger has returned to give jenny the gift of a lifetime. here is jim axelrod. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: to make a wedding day perfect, jenny stepian had a man walk her down the aisle she met the first time just the day before. >> hi! >> hi, jenny. >> reporter: but jenny was positive she could trust arthur thomas' heart. >> thank you so much for coming. >> are you kidding. >> after all, it belonged to her father michael. >> the heart, that's right. >> jenny's dad, michael stepian
was killed in a robbery near pittsburgh ten years ago. hundreds of miles away in philadelphia, arthur thomas' failing heart had him on a transplant waiting list. but hope was slipping away. >> i was on death's door. when, when -- when he was murdered. and i needed a heart or i was going to be dying within the next few days. >> fast forward a decade to a letter jenny mailed to arthur thomas. >> and she said, dear tom, i'm the daughter of the man whose heart is inside of you. would you walk me down the aisle. >> reporter: which is how jenny stepian got to have her father's beating heart with her for the biggest moment of her life. >> it awe just like having my dad here and better because we get to share the story with other people. and other people see that organ donors do matter. >> and that's how hearts were both breaking at this wedding saturday. and filled to the brim as well.
this is the "cbs overnight news." welcome to the overnight news. republican presidential nominee donald trump has outlined his plans to create jobs and cut taxes in a major economic policy speech in detroit. long argued that business experience qualifies him to lead the wrldorld's biggest economy. monday he offered details on the changes he would make if he wins the presidency. here is some of what trump had to say.
>> i am proposing an across the board income tax reduction for middle-income americans. this will lead to millions of new, really good paying jobs. the rich will pay their fair share. but no one will pay so much that
it destroys jobs, or undermines our ability, as a nation, to compete. tax
simplification will be a major feature of the plan. our current tax code is so burdensome, and so complex, that we waste 9 billion hours a year in tax code compliance. my plan will reduce the current number of brackets from 7 to 3. and dramatically streamline the process. we will work with house republicans, on this plan, using the same brackets they have proposed. 12%. 25%. and 33%. for many americans, their tax rate will be 0. under my plan, no american company will pay more than 15% of their business income in taxes.
in other words, we're reducing your taxes from 35% to 15%. small businesses will benefit the most from this plan. hillary clinton's plan will require small business to pay as much as three times more in taxes than what i am proposing. and her owners regulations will put them totally out of business and you went be able to start. you cannot ever start a small business under the tremendous regulatory burden that you have today in our country. i am going to cut regulations massively. my plan will also help reduce the cost of child care. by allowing parents to fully deduct the average cost of child care spending from their taxes. we are also going to bring back trillions of dollars from
american businesses that are now parked overseas, they can't bring their money back into our country. our plan will bring that cash home, applying only a 10% tax. >> hillary clinton will define her own economic vision in an address thursday. democratic presidential nominee will lay out her case in detroit. nancy cordes is covering the clinton kachl paicampaign. >> an economy that works for everyone. >> reporter: clinton's focus on the economy as trump veers offcourse. >> she is a monster. >> may be paying off. 57% of virginians tell cbs news she is prepared to be president compared to 36% who say that about trump. name calling, probably doesn't help. >> she is a totally unhinged person. she's's unbalanced. >> the comparison enabled clinton to take the lead though
she performs poorly in some areas. a third of virginia voters think she can bring change to washington. or that she tells the truth. >> so i may have short circuited it. >> clinton gave a tortured explanation friday for why she mischaracterized the fbi director's comments, claiming incorrectly he said she never publicly lied about her e-mails. >> direct oor comey said my answers were truthful. that's the bottom line. what i told the fbi which he said was truthful is consistent with what i said publicly. >> she is lying about lying. >> republicans argued she was parsing her word. >> she has a fundamental way to say to people. i didn't lie to you. i didn't remember what i was going to say. >> mystery surround the excushion of an iranian scientist accused of being informant for the united states. over the weekend. i ran announced he was hanged as a traltor. errol barnett is following the
story. >> this strange series of events includes execution, nuclear secrets and u.s. diplomacy. a scientist with vital information on deadly nuclear weapons defects to the states. seven years later his family says he was hanged. the big question here is, what made dr. amiri return to iran. his love for his son, may have cost dr. amiri his life. he was reunited with his fame having received a hero's welcome in tehran in 2010. his story at the team that he had been kidnapped by cia agents. he reap cysted spilling the beans on iran's nuclear program. it soon became clear iranian authorities weren't buying his version of events. he disappeared. presumably imprisoned until this weekend's announcement. officials said amiri was executed for giving america what they called the great satan, vital and secret information. his execution ends what was a
murky tale even by the standard of international espionage. he defected to the u.s. in 2009. secrets about his country's nuclear program. but months later, wanted to go home. >> he seems to have gotten cold feet. >> the senior vice president for the center for strategic and international studies. >> he came up with different stories all of which were about him going back and being with his family in iraq. >> one of the stories claimed he had been kidnapped by the cia while on pilgrimage to mecca and tortured in eight months of captivity. then secretary of state, clinton said amir is his own man. >> mr. amiri has been in the united states of his own free will. and he is free to go. >> reporter: being part of iran's nook leer puclear progra dangerous game. amiri would have known the risks. >> from their perspective this is how uh you treat traitors it is a little surprising to me.
amiri couldn't have anticipated that when heap made the decision to go back to iran. >> now the state department would give no further comment on amiri this morning. in e-mails released from clinton's private servers, conversations refer to him as a friend who pose aid diplomatic, psychological issue in the days before he left the u.s. >> the "cbs overnight news" will be right back. can a toothpaste do everything well?
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at the rio summer olympics, michael phelps may be soaking up attention for the swim team. another american swimmer is in the middle of an extraordinary come back. >> his name may not be the most familiar on the u.s. swim team. anthony irvin, his story is certainly the most fascinating. later this week, at the age of 35, he will be the oldest male swimmer to compete in an individual event at the games, since 1904. but this isn't his first olympics. he won gold back in 2000. at the age of 19. and then vanished from the sport entirely. >> 15 meters left. off awe wh when anthony irvan tied for gold as a 19-year-old in the 2000 games in sydney. >> no. >> it was supposed to be the
high light of his young life. >> going to the olympic games is an honor, enormous privilege. >> gary hall, anthony irvan. share the gold. >> instead, it led to the most tumultuous time of his life. >> part of what led to a lot of the angst initially was doing well and performing well, the social kind of like joy that comes from others and knowing that one has done well, and you kind of get hooked on that. you kind of need that to sus taen yo sustain yourself. irvan's parents are jewish, native american and african-american. >> the first swimmer of african-american descent to make the u.s. team. >> the only problem he never identified as a black man. >> did it really piss you off when people called you the first african-american swimmer? >> it caused confusion. >> at the height of it all, he walked away from the sport in
2003. >> post olympic champion status was about rediscovering, rebuilding myself, the way i wanted to be not the way others were, at least the way perceived wanted me to be. >> reporter: over the next decade, irvan sold his gold medal, donated money to charity and took off on a spiritual quest. he dabbled in everything from zen buddhism to the hard partying lifestyle of playing in rock band. instead of a pool, he sank into depression. which add its deepest led to a suicide attempt, and a death defying motorcycle accident. nearing age 30, he desperately need a shot at redemption. >> for me, getting the tattoos was a way of reclaiming my skin and regaining control of myself. >> armed with ink he went back to school and started coaching at a swim camp for kids. the kids helped him remember what he loved about swimming in the first place. >> the water when i was a child, a place of freedom the a place
of expression and play. a place where everything else can kind of fall away and into this meditative state. and -- i got that back. >> he dove back into competition, and a dozen years after his last olympics, qualified for the 2012 games. with a personal best time in the 50 meter freestyle race. but in london, he only placed fifth. >> he is probably the most interesting human being on our team. maybe in the whole olympic team. we're going for the gold. >> david marsh one of the u.s. swim team head coaches. he has known irvan since anthony was 17 years old. earlier this year, he started training him for another shot at gold. >> he arrived in my place, eight weeks before the olympic trials. didn't seem as confident as i felt he need to be for the games. then he became anthony again. anthony has the most brilliant sprint freestyle stroke on the planet. the stroke carried him to one of the fastest times he ever posted at the olympic trials earlier
this summer. and earned him a tick tight rio. >> wasn't like i demanded this of myself. >> reporter: you didn't stay i am getting back in the pool and going to make the next olympics. >> no way. he has no expectations for the future, but more importantly no regrets about the past. >> i really try to aindividual regret. i don't think anybody should be stuck in the past. that's a dead life if you are stuck in the past. life moves forward. >> because irvan helped the u.s. swim team win the 400 relay race here, ties for the record for longest gap of a u.s. swimmer between medals. 16 years set way back in 1924. >> the "cbs overnight news" will be right back. toilet germs don't just stay in the toilet.
mass shootings have become an all too familiar sight on television. this past week marked 50 years since americans first witnessed that kind of horror on tv. anna werner take is a look back in a story for "sunday morning." >> it is a summer day in austin, as students at the university of texas stroll the campus. a day much like the one 50 years ago, long before anyone knew the term mass shooting. >> this is where -- >> yeah. >> it's the day and the spot claire wilson james will never
forget. >> as you lay here -- you can see the tower. >> oh, yeah. >> right over you. >> that day was august 1, 1966. walter cronkite anchored a special cbs news report. >> a deranged engineering student at university of texas climbed to an austin landmark at noon how to day. >> a man perched atop the university of texas clock tower began firing on the people below. >> victims were cut down on the west and south side of the campus as sniper zeroed in on his target with unerring accuracy. >> he shot at random. for more than 90 minutes. >> claire, an 18-year-old student, 8 months pregnant walking on campus with boyfriend tom eckman. at first didn't know what was happening. >> you never heard the shot? >> no.
i never heard the shot. i just felt a big jolt. then i started falling. >> reporter: as she fell to the pavement, her boyfriend, tom, turned to ask her what was wrong. the next thing she knew, he was lying dead next to her. and she couldn't move. >> you thought you were dead? >> i thought i was going to die. yeah. >> the killer was 25-year-old charles joseph whitman, a former marine sharpshooter. unknown to anyone, he had already killed his wife and mother in their homes, before heading to the tower's 2th floor observation deck with multiple guns. it was the first school mass shooting in modern u.s. history. he affect sewed many lives in that one day. retired texas ranger, martinez was a young officer with the police department at the time. arriving on campus. he couldn't believe what they saw. >> when i got out of the car, i
could hear all of the shooting going on. it was look a war. >> back then, there was no such thing as rapid response teams. it was left to martinez and civilian, followed by a fellow officer, houston mccoy to climb to the top of the tower. to face off against the sniper and his arsenal. as martinez described it at the time. >> he didn't have it level. he was trying to bring it down. and i just kept firing. >> i could tell by impact that i hit him. i kept advancing. shooting. mccoy shot and hit him. and started going down. >> the shooter was dead. he killed 16 people that day. and injured dozens more. the mass shooting brought fundamental changes to police departments. and led to the creation of swat
teams used around the country. for decades at u.t. the only reminder of the terrible day could be find on this rock. keith maitland who went to school there wondered why he never heard more. >> this is a story i think that anybody who grew up here has heard a little bit about. but if you want to get past just that little bit there isn't really a lot out there to kind of fill in the blanks. >> so he made a documentary called "tower." >> we can see the movement south side of the clock. >> it uses animation and archive footage to tell the story of the day. >> the shot hit me. rick shade o ricochetted off the building. >> then what happened? >> then everybody ran. >> what i want to understand what was it look to live through something like this? and how would it impact you?
how does it impact a community? >> the worst days of your lives. >> reporter: in the process he wound up reconnecting people who it turned out had not seen each other since that day, 50 years ago. >> people like claire wilson james. >> hi, claire. >> hello, baby. >> and artly snuff. snuff was just a teenager at the time. that's him on the right in the dark shirt. running out in full view of the sniper to pick claire up and carry her some 100 yard down the steps to safety. something he says he simply felt he had to do. >> because she was shot. she was obviously pregnant. it was the most horrific day of my life. >> to this day? >> oh, gosh, yes. i didn't go to war. that was my war. >> because why? >> because the blood. the death. the horror.
the loss of innocence. i think what i probably learned the most is that you have to deal withdr trauma. for people who weren't given an opportunity it really sits with them and kind of eats away at them over the course of the rest of their lives. >> reporter: even people you might not expect. like ray martinez, who before he was a police officer, was a combat medic. [ gunfire ] >> reporter: he told us on the way to the tower to stop the sniper that day he was forced to run past claire as she lay bleeding on the quad without stopping to help her. >> that day -- i was thinking like a medic but also thinking like a policeman. i saw her wounded. and i felt like it was my duty to grab her and take her out of there. >> reporter: in the movie version of this, you're the guy that shoots the sniper and saves
the day. and you are telling me that even you, are wracked by guilt? >> well, if you are a human being and you got feelings for people, yes. >> reporter: the university is now taking steps to remember those lost. this past week, a new larger memorial was dedicated. listing the names of those killed. including claire wilson james boyfriend and also her unborn baby. and in the shadow of the tower, there is now friendship. and healing for survivors. and from claire, something else. and you forgive him? >> oh, yeah, how could -- god's forgiven me everything i have done. that kind of person.rom being - you know, that, that decide to go that way. i mean, how could i not forgive
a video of a massive alligator roaming a golf course is getting a lot of attention on line. david begnaud has the story behind the siting. >> reporter: the golfers who took the video were in disbelief. a giant gator standing high on its legs just saintering across the golf course. it is a sight so unreal, that chubs, as he has become known, is something of an internet phenomenon. the individually that made him famous has been viewed more than 19 million times. but regulars here in palm meadow, florida, are unfazed. >> this is a great course, you see a lot of gators out here. big ones. fighting. running across. it's pretty interesting course. i mean it's fun. >> what most people don't
realize, these things go very short distances billion out they tire out quickly. >> they're fast. >> they're fast for a short distance. like us old guys. you know? >> his head was about -- here. >> course manager ken powell says chub has been a fixture on the fairway for years. he believes the gafor is at least 15 feet long and likely 40 or 50 years old. when chubs comes out, play doesn't stop. if golfers hit a ball close to the reptile they just drop another one. and play right on through. >> he is not a nuisance alligator. we have no plans to have anybody come and take him away. he is not hurting anybody. >> reporter: once kidded endangered. alligators are federally protected species. more than 1 million reptiles in habit florida. fatal attacks on humans are rare. only six have been recorded in the state in the last 10 years. and that includes the killing of a 2-year-old boy at disney world back in june.
>> alligators can live in any body of freshwater. tim geist is a trapper and says% alligators should always be treated as a potential threat. >> a lot of the public doesn't understand when they feed an alligator they're creating a monster. feed the alligator, he is going to coop coming back for more, gets bigger, bigger, bigger. sees you as potential meal. >> reporter: chubs may look like a monmonster, but the club belis as long as patrons leave him alone. golfers and gators can peacefully cope exist. that's the "cbs overnight news" for this tuesday morning. for some of you the news continues. for others check back later for the morning news and "cbs this morning." from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm tony decopal.
♪ it's tuesday, august 9th, 2016. this is the "cbs morning news." donald trump tried to stay on message, but his economic speech couldn't keep ranking republicans from jumping ship. a new poll gives hillary clinton an even larger lead, but a new lawsuit blames her for two deaths in benghazi. and bad blood in the water. with the staredown and a record breaking swim american lily king gets her revenge against her russian rival in rio.