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-- watching the olympics in the terminal. >> better to be safe than sorry. right? that is it for kpix 5 news at 5:00. we will see you back here at 6:00. >> pelley: nature at its worst. thousands are forced from their homes by floods in the deep south. and fire in the far west. >> all our neighbors, this is what we came home to. >> pelley: also tonight, trump does an about-face. >> we will also work very closely with nato on this new mission. >> pelley: a mission to defeat isis. a new study finds many parents are risking their infants' lives by putting them to sleep the wrong way. dr. jon lapook will show us the right way. and the fastest man on earth sends fellow jamaicans into space. >> i'm ecstatic. i'm on top of the moon!
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this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. the floodwaters in louisiana have started to recede, but the death toll is rising and the danger is far from over. the flooding is blamed for at least six deaths. more than 20,000 people have been rescued so far, and more than 2,000 homes have been damaged. this was one of the more dramatic rescues as the water swallowed this car. the driver screamed "i'm drowning," and david fong jumped in. >> my dog! >> she's gone. >> no, she better not be. >> pelley: david fong comes up
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with driver and dog. we have more on this disaster now from omar villafranca in baton rouge. >> reporter: from the air it's hard to find dry land in southeastern louisiana. tangipahoa parish just east of baton rouge is covered in several feet of brown water. sergeant paul meeker of the louisiana national guard took us on a search-and-rescue mission in the flood zone. >> a lot of people choose to stay until the power goes off. >> reporter: the national guard pulled more than 7,600 people from the floodwaters. at least four rivers stretching across southern louisiana reached record highs. the amite river rose to 17 feet above flood level. dolla walker says leaving her home was difficult, but she had no other choice. >> we woke up, and it was just unbelievable the water we had in the yard. i really didn't want to leave my home. i really wanted to stay at home, but i couldn't put my life as
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well as my son's life in danger. >> reporter: mary ellen morgan and her family were rescued just before the water overtook her home. >> are you firemen or something? >> no, ma'am. >> my wife might disagree with that statement. >> reporter: volunteers henri dufresne and jeremiah johnson used their boat to rescue over 175 people. what's the reaction when you pull up? >> they're just shocked. they're just thankful that somebody is there to help them. these people, everything they own is ruined. they just feel like somebody is there to help them. you see a look of relief on their face that they're going to get out and get to high ground. >> reporter: 500 red cross workers are on their way here to help residents. scott, this is the largest u.s. disaster response since hurricane sandy. >> pelley: omar villafranca, thanks. eric fisher is the chief meteorologist at our cbs station wbz. eric, what's next. >> reporter: well, scott, we are
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seeing a subtle shift now. that the heaviest rainfall starting to move further off to the west. you see all that tropical moisture being drawn right up out of the gulf of mexico, so the focus for flooding rain will move a little bit. a ridge of high pressure that's sitting off the eastern seaboard searing that tropical moisture up into central southeastern texas, also pushing it up into the midwest as we head through tonight and into the day tomorrow, so this will be our corridor for the next chance of flooding rainfall of several inches potentially. san angelo and dallas, texas, reaching up all the way to detroit. at the same time east of the rain it's all about the heat. the summer swelter is still ongoing. 90s for the next couple days on the eastern seaboard. scott, d.c. hit 100 for the third day in a row today. just shy tomorrow, but 97 hot enough during this brutal stretch. >> pelley: eric fisher, wbz, thanks very much. well, they're watching the weather tonight in california where a roaring wildfire 90 miles north of san francisco has reduced at least 175 homes and businesses to smoldering rubble.
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thousands have been evacuated. mireya villareal is there. >> reporter: firefighters were no match for the clayton fire as it tore through the small town of lower lake in less than an hour. sherri scarborough's home burned to the ground. >> this is where we all grew up, you know. >> this is all we've known our whole life. >> and all of our neighbors, this is what they have to come home. to it's cruel. it's absolutely horrible. >> reporter: the fire started out slow saturday afternoon, but by sunday it exploded, scorching nearly 40% of the downtown area. >> over 1,500 homes still remain threatened by this blaze. >> reporter: cal fire's daniel berlant. >> well, we weren't prepared is that the winds would be as strong as they were. when hundreds and hundreds of embers are raining down on home, if those homes aren't built with construction materials that withstand them, it doesn't matter the number of fires you have, those homes will still be destroyed. >> reporter: nothing is left of mark giberson's warehouse. the fire took it all, including
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a 1923 studebaker and other prize collectibles from lower lake's history. what do you do from here? >> i don't know. you know, when i think about everything that was in there, it's just shocking. this was a great building. and a nice and great town. >> reporter: the wind picked up a little bit this afternoon, and we are in the middle of heat wave, which is why firefighters continue to monitor this area for any hot spots. they also tell me, scott, they are continuing to look through the rubble, searching for anything that could be salvageable for these home owners who have lost everything. >> pelley: more on these stories tomorrow on "cbs this morning." mireya villareal, thank you. well, today donald trump laid down the principles of his counter-terrorism policy. he said that immigrants who don't believe in the u.s. constitution should be banned. major garrett covered the wide- ranging speech in ohio. >> the rise of isis is the direct result of policy
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decisions made by president obama and secretary of state clinton. >> reporter: in a speech that offered no new tactical ideas to combat islamic terrorism, donald trump said the battle can not be won until the enemy that is radical islamic terrorism is named. >> we have a president that doesn't want to say the words. anyone who cannot name our enemy is not fit to lead our country. >> reporter: trump also repeated this false claim. >> i was an opponent of the iraq war from the beginning, a major difference between me and my opponent. >> reporter: trump did not publicly express skepticism about the u.s.-led invasion until five months after it began. trump also had tough words about u.s. troops leaving iraq at the end of 2011. >> they said we're moving out. here's our time. here's our date.
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who would do this but an incompetent president? >> reporter: trump's criticism left out the fact that president george w. bush negotiated and approved the time line. on immigration, trump said regions with terrorism would lose privileges and the u.s. would apply ideological tests for admission. >> the time is overdue to develop a new screening test for the threats we face today. i call it "extreme vetting." >> reporter: that includes tests of applicants for "hostile attitude." >> those who do not believe in our constitution, who support bigotry and hatred, will not be admitted for immigration into our country. >> reporter: trump also called for a strategic alliance with russia to do battle against isis. scott, this overlooks moscow's support for the assad dictatorship in syria and the islamic regime in iran.
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>> pelley: major garrett with the trump campaign this evening. major, thank you. trump stuck to his text and avoided the gaffes that have sent his poll numbers plummeting since last month's convention. hillary clinton, whose lead is formidable, had a different view of counter-terrorism today. here's nancy cordes. >> the secret is he has no plan. >> reporter: in scranton, pennsylvania, today, clinton argued trump's terror proposals vary by the day. >> he talked about letting syria become a free zone for isis, a major country in the middle east that could launch attacks against us and others. he talked about sending ground troops, american ground troops. well, that is off the table as far as i am concerned. >> reporter: unlike trump, clinton wants to increase the number of syrian refugees the u.s. lets in from 10,000 to 65,000. she says the vetting process is already extensive. and she argues, she'll work better with moderate muslims who
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are the key to defeating isis. >> he can't be trusted. >> reporter: vice president biden, campaigning with clinton, had a score to settle after trump called president obama the founder of isis. >> let me tell you why it's a dangerous statement, why as he might say the bad guys are listening. >> reporter: biden pointed out that the leader of the terror group hezbollah had seized on trump's accusation over the weekend. >> if my son were still in iraq and i said all those who are there, the threat to their life has gone up a couple clicks, gone up a couple clicks. >> reporter: biden went so far as to say that if his son had been deployed by a president trump, he would have thrown himself at his son's feet to prevent him from going. he's hoping that statements like that get some attention here in working-class scranton, scott,
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which is the town where he grew up. >> pelley: nancy cordes, thanks. tonight a curfew goes into effect in milwaukee at 10:00 in the hope of heading off a third night of violence. riots erupted saturday after a black suspect was fatally shot by a black police officer. demarco morgan is in milwaukee. >> reporter: today as milwaukee residents struggled to find calm after a weekend marred with violence, mayor tom barrett had a message for protestors. >> do not do further damage to this great neighborhood. >> reporter: the shooting death on saturday of 23-year-old sylville smith by a police officer triggered protests that ended with torched out businesses, including this b.p. gas station. >> it does appear that things are starting to get a little bit out of control. >> reporter: there were more than a dozen arrests, and police, some in riot gear, quickly found themselves in the paths of rocks, broken glass, even bullets. [gunfire]. investigators told cbs news the
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suspect had a handgun with 23 rounds when he ran off after being pulled over in a traffic stop for having a suspicious vehicle. when asked to drop his weapon, police say he refused. he was shot twice, once in the chest and arm. milwaukee police chief ed flynn. >> whether the shooting turned out to be completely justified or whether it wasn't, that wasn't the issue. the issue was this is a flash point. >> reporter: a recent study that found that the fuel that may have fed it was years of racial disparity. 49% of black children in wisconsin are living in poverty. wisconsin also incarcerates the most black men in the country. and in milwaukee county, more than half of all black men in their 30s and 40s have served time. city alderman russell sandford says better community policing could help ease tensions. >> we're going up there and passing out baseball cards. and you got to talk to them and know who they were. and you need to bring that effort back.
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>> reporter: scott, the officer involved in the shooting was wearing a body camera. we tried reaching out to him for comment, but did not get a response. he has been placed on administrative duty. >> pelley: demarco morgan, thanks very much. in chicago the epidemic of gun violence is only getting worse. there have been 2,136 shootings so far this year, a 48% increase over the same period last year. dean reynolds tells us that among the latest victims is the son of a police officer. >> it's a pretty nice place. i like it. >> reporter: last year arshell dennis spoke about growing up in chicago. >> it's kind of bad being a youth there, but, you know, they teach you a lot of stuff. >> reporter: but in his case, the lesson came at a terrible price. the 19-year-old son of a chicago policeman was shot to death as he and a friend sat on the front steps of his mother's home. he was hours away from returning to st. john's university in new
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york, where he was studying to be a journalist. >> i think it will take two lifetimes to change the world. >> reporter: instead he became one of the more than 430 people slain in the city this year. >> i do appreciate the fact that i am where i am. a lot of people where i'm from don't make it out. >> reporter: police don't know the motive yet, but sources say gang initiations were happening in his neighborhood over the weekend. aspiring members were told to "go kill whoever you find." >> that's a rite of passage for them. how bizarre is that? >> reporter: police superintendent eddie johnson was once a patrolman with the young man's father, officer chico dennis, who johnson says is now inconsolable. >> it just goes to show you how violent crime can reach out and touch you when you least expect it. it's just sad because you have a man that was raising a son to be a man, doing what he was supposed to be doing, and he simply came home to visit his mother and this happens to him.
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>> reporter: scott, the superintendent told us he is confident there will be arrests in this case. "we are going to catch them," he said. "this is personal." >> pelley: dean reynolds reporting for us tonight. dean, thank you. coming up next on the "cbs evening news," how to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. and later, the man who mines gold at lightning speed. you don't let anything keep you sidelined. that's why you drink ensure. with 9 grams of protein and 26 vitamins and minerals. for the strength and energy to get back to doing... ...what you love. ensure. always be you.
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>> no loose blankets, no loose toys in the crib whatsoever. >> reporter: and hanley puts cameron to sleep on her back, which is also the current recommendation by pediatricians, but according to today's new study in pediatrics, hanley is among the very few doing it right. researchers videotaped 160 babies sleeping at 1, 3 and 6 months. at one month, 91% slept with loose items, like bedding, bumper pads, pillows or stuffed animals. by six months that number was still over 90%. at one month 14% were not placed to sleep on their back. by six months it had more than doubled to 33%. >> i don't worry about the babies when colic is part of the picture. >> reporter: dr. hai cao is a pediatrician in brooklyn. >> babies should have their own sleeping environment. babies should also not have any stuffed animals in their sleeping environment. and they should be placed on their backs. >> reporter: researchers attribute some of these unsafe behaviors to mixed messages such
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>> pelley: we end tonight with the fastest man on earth. usain bolt, he won his third straight olympic gold medal in the 100 meters yesterday in less time than it took me to tell you about it. here's ben tracy. >> reporter: when usain bolt ran away with the gold in the 100 meter sprint, he seemed to suck all the oxygen out of the stadium. >> here he is, still invincible. usain bolt! >> reporter: of course, jamaicans in rio went bonkers. >> i'm ecstatic. i'm on top of the moon. i'm on top of the world right now. >> reporter: but when this is your title -- who is the fastest man in the world? >> usain bolt. >> usain bolt. >> reporter: -- everyone knows your name. >> bolt. -his symbol. >> his last name is bolt, man. >> reporter: he's put on one of the greatest shows in sports. unlike michael phelps who is seriously in the zone before
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each race, bolt does this. when everybody else looks like they're dying during the race, bolt does this. and this particular bolt of lightning has now struck three times. he's the first person to win gold in the 100 meters in three olympics. so how fast is he? a typical treadmill in a gym maxes out at 12mph. bolt's foot speed has been clocked at nearly 28mph. but what he's known best for may be his signature move. >> that was pretty good. >> reporter: now so iconic, it can only be outdone by the biggest outstretched arms in rio. ben tracy, cbs news, rio de janeiro. >> pelley: and that's our time for the "cbs evening news." for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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neighborhoods... you can see from chopper 5 -- it look like a tornado ri lake county on fire watch. flames level neighborhoods and you can see from chopper 5, the rubble makes it look like a tornado ripped through the area. the ashes, the only clue that homes once stood here. firefighters are bracing for the fire to flare up again. >> chopper 5 is over the lower like burn area. there isn't as much smoke right now. no flames really visible but fire crews have been pushing their advantage hitting those hot zones with lots of water and getting the latest on the fire, the flames have essentially died down for now. they are waiting to see if the wind will kick up anders -- ambres.
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cal fire says it's still 5% contained. 175 homes and businesses have been lost including a small winery and historic fire station. schools are closed for the rest of the week. several crews are in lake county. we are with the evacuees monitoring the firefight and the weather. let's begin with wilson walker and the reason a few people ordered to evacuate are choosing to stare danger in the face. >> reporter: as a fight to control the clayton fire rages on, don gordon has a front row seat. >> i don't know if he's going to drop. he's going to sue -- he's going to circle again. >> reporter: for two days, the fire has burned within sight of his home. the aerial assault actually painting his property that signature red. >> you can see the line behind the house. >> it's right on the other side

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