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captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: mass evacuation. a rapidly spreading california wildfire is now the size of san francisco. >> in my 40 years of fighting fire i have never seen a fire behavior so extreme. >> also tonight, chaos at the top. donald trump goes through three campaign managers in eight weeks. the robbery mystery. >> they pulled out their gun. >> pelley: brazil orders u.s. olympian ryan lochte not to leave the country, but his family says he's already home. and turning the beauty of sport into an art form. this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
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>> pelley: this is our western edition. it hit hard, it hit fast, it hit with an intensity we hadn't seen before. those are the words of fire chief mark hartwig describing the wildfire in san bernardino county, california, that has forced a mass evacuation. the runaway fire exploded overnight, torching more than 30,000 acres and an untold number of homes. nearly 83,000 people have been evacuated, 34,000 homes are in the path of the fire. tonight, carter evans is on the fireline, 60 miles east of los angeles. >> reporter: massive flames tearing through miles of dry brush, unstoppable. this is the nightmare wildfire chief mike wakoski has always feared. >> in my 40 years of fighting fire, i've never seen fire behavior so extreme. >> reporter: unprecedented, they say, the result of five years of drought. powerful winds are driving the
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fire directly into desert communities, consuming local landmarks and homes. >> that building totally gone. >> reporter: after home after home. it looks like it just incinerated everything here. >> correct. it was very nondiscriminate in what it chose to take in its path. >> reporter: eric sherwin is with the fire department. >> we had to continue to retreat against the advancing wall of fire and that's something i haven't witnessed in this section ever. >> reporter: despite an all-out air and ground assault, the fire continues to grow. this plane dropped its entire load, 12,000 gallons of retardant. it barely made a dent. in less than 24 hours, the blue cut fire mushroomed to 46 square miles, the size of the city of san francisco, so wide an area that firefighters could not reach homes in time. ronnie moore watched helplessly as his house was destroyed. what's it like to sit here and watch this? >> this is the worst thing ever. i just lost so much.
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it's replaceable, though. we're safe. >> reporter: and for a second day, the main road between southern california and las vegas remained impassable. it's the afternoon hours when the fire is at its worst. that's when the temperatures are the highest, the humidity is the lowest, and the wind is beginning to blow. and, scott, that's putting even more homes in jeopardy, like the one right here. >> pelley: carter evans on the fireline for us tonight. carter, thank you. in lake county, california, the man accused of starting a wildfire that is still burning appeared in court today. 40-year-old damon pashlik was charged with 13 count of arson in connection with 14 fires since last year. the most serious this week destroyed 175 homes and businesses. the ex-convict had once been part of a program that teaches inmates to fight fires. he did not enter a plea in court today.
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across southern louisiana, a historic week of rain is giving way to months of misery ahead. muddy water is draining from homes and streets, revealing devastation from storms that killed at least 11 people. 40,000 homes are damaged. omar villafranca is in the flood zone. >> reporter: the water that flooded baton rouge has moved south to the town of maurepas. the louisiana national guard went door to door on boat to check on residents still hunkered down in their homes. sergeant kevin black is a medic. does he want to leave? >> no, sir. >> reporter: here on the old amite river there are hundreds of homes that are nestled on the banks, and the national guard is checking on people who live here, but it's only accessible by boat. there's a highway over here, but it's covered in water. in the air, powerful helicopters from the mississippi national guard are laying down massive sandbags, working to control the floodwaters.
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but as the water recedes, the damage becomes more clear, and cleanup could be costly. less than 21% of residential properties in louisiana have flood insurance. the national guard also saved thousands of pets. sheila phillips and her grandson, ace, survived the floodwaters, but thought they lost everything, until they were reunited with tippy at an animal shelter. >> we might have lost possessions, but pets are part of our family. >> reporter: a little bit of rain is starting to move in, but that's not stopping the cleanup that is under way in places where the water has already gone down. but, scott, for places like this here in sorrento, it could be weeks before they even start the cleanup process. >> pelley: omar villafranca, thank you. as of today, the donald trump campaign is on its third management team in eight weeks. the new head, stephen bannon, runs a conservative internet site, and like the two managers before him, he has never run a
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presidential campaign. the appearance of disarray comes as hillary clinton opens double- digit leads in key states. epjor garrett is covering trump. >> reporter: donald trump today met with an informal group of national security advisers, among them, retired general and defense intelligence chief michael flynn, and former new york mayor rudy giuliani. around the table, new campaign manager kelly ann conway, and campaign c.e.o. stephen bannon. trump later attended his first classified briefing as g.o.p. nominee. trump's campaign shake-up but bannon, the subject of this bloomberg business profile as a powerful if unkempt right wing provocateur, near the top of the pyramid. bannon runs breitbart news, a conservative web site, devoted to trump during the primaries that also bashes the g.o.p. establishment and delights in nationalist and anti-immigration stories. bannon's role will be to reinforce trump's own world view, as he did in this june
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interview. >> reporter: conway is a longtime g.o.p. pollster, drawn to sharp-elbowed cultural conservatism. >> you have all these little baby girls being killed just because they're girls in this country. >> reporter: but she has never managed a presidential campaign. conway will travel with trump. the absence of a powerful adviser on the road has contributed, advisers said, to trump's many recent gaffes. conway today said this about new trump tactics: >> my own view of the pivot is substance. it's not style. >> reporter: but reading from a teleprompter last night, trump was characteristically abrasive, lashing out at hillary clinton as indifferent to the plight of the urban poor. >> we reject the bigotry of hillary clinton, which panders to and talks down to communities
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of color and sees them only as votes. that's all they care about. >> reporter: trump spoke outside of milwaukee in a county where the population is nearly 96% white and mostly republican. a safe zone for broadsides against liberalism and urban crime. scott, paul manafort, trump's campaign chairman retains that title, but his role day to day severely diminished. >> pelley: major garrett, thanks. joining us now for some insight into this is john dickerson, our cbs news political director and moderator of "face the nation." john, what are republicans saying about this chaos at the top of the campaign? >> well, that's the word they're using is "chaos." and to the extent they've felt calm in recent weeks, it's because they've thought that donald trump would listen to their advice and that he would start doing some of the things you have to do to run a general election. but in this change, donald trump is saying win or lose, i'm going to be myself. and that's what worries them because that means he's not listening to their advice, and he's just going to take his own advice.
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>> pelley: trump's principal claim to the presidency is his management skill. this runs counter to that narrative. >> right. the promise of his campaign is even though i have no experience, i'll come into the presidency and whip it into shape because i have special management skill. well, his campaign is a test of that. in the primaries he beat 16 opponents, did very well. he's having a much tougher time in the general election, and now with this additional change, he is either looking like the kind of fellow who came back from repeated bankruptcies or it just looks like a sign of desperation. >> pelley: hillary clinton is leading in almost all of the critical swing states. what does trump have to do to get back in the game? >> to get back in the game he has to make it about hillary clinton and stop making it about himself. he has to get the conversation off of that issue. >> pelley: john dickerson, we'll see you sunday on "face the nation." thanks. the trump campaign manager who was pushed aside is republican strategist paul manafort. and like many consultants,
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manafort hired out to campaigns ther countries. one of his clients was the pro- russia t of ukraine, who was later overthrown. now, manafort's name has come up in a mysterious ledger that suggests big payments for his talents. charlie d'agata is in ukraine. >> reporter: nazar kholodnytski is ukraine's new anticorruption prosecutor. leading the investigation into the secret handwritten ledger showing $5 billion in undisclosed cash payments that were allegedly handed out by the party of former president viktor yanukovych, paul manafort's client at the time. the prosecutor confirmed that manafort's name appears 12 times for 22 different entries, totaling $12.7 million between 2007 and 2012. are his signatures there? >> no. there's no signature of paul manafort's but his name has been
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mentioned several time. >> reporter: manafort has denied receiving any cash payments. investigators say they're now tracking down each recipient who signed for the cash. the ledger itself is here at the national anticorruption bureau. we weren't allowed to film it because of the ongoing investigation, but a source showed us a copy of one of the pages. on october 5, 2012, paul manafort's name appears against a sum of $400,000, designated for exit polling. another $812,000 was marked for international observers. backed by russia, yanukovych was accused of corruption to fund a lavish lifestyle, including a palatial mansion, complete with a private zoo. he was overthrown in 2014. manafort helped yanukovych win several elections. and a former coworker defended manafort.
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"paul didn't run expensive technology projects," he said. "he worked mostly in foreign policy, so i don't understand what this is about." paul manafort continued to work for yanukovych's party even after the former president fled. investigators believe the ledger was left behind in party headquarters. and, scott, the person who handed over that ledger is now in hiding. >> pelley: charlie d'agata in kiev for us tonight. charlie, thanks. now a mystery in rio. olympic swimmer ryan lochte had a reality show once called "what would ryan lochte do?" well, tonight, the question is what did ryan lochte do in rio. here's ben tracy. >> reporter: this security obtained by the daily mail shows ryan lochte and three other members of the u.s. swim team returning to the olympic, and
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had been robbed by gun maine posing as police. >> they pulled out their >> reporter: but this morning, rio police went to the athletes village looking to further question lochte and teammate james feigen. a judge ordered their passports seized because of discrepancies in their stories. she said lochte claimed they were robbed by one person. feigen said they were robbed by several people. the judge also noted that the swimmers do not appear to be shaken up in the security video, despite lochte's dramatic account of the robbery. >> reporter: lochte won gold in rio as a member of the u.s. men's relay team. his lawyer says he's now back in the united states and cooperated fully when he was first questioned in brazil. jim feigen is still here in
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brazil, and federal police at the airport have been told not to allow him to board a plane. scott, ryan lochte's attorney says that lochte stands by his version of the story and that brazil is doing this to deflect criticism of the rio olympics. >> pelley: ben tracy, our man in rio, thanks. coming up next, a hunter spears a bear and ends up in the crosshairs of controversy. haires of controversy. live claritin clear.
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>> reporter: the next day, bowmar located the dead bear, but social media exploded with reaction. conservation writer johnny sain doesn't object to the hunt, but says posting the video was a mistake. >> i don't think killing an animal should be entertainment. it's a spiritual experience. but i don't know if that's something that needs to be shared with the general audience. >> reporter: in a statement to cbs news, bowmar defended his actions. >> reporter: the public reaction is similar to the killing of cecil the lion last year by american dentist walter palmer. and more recently, 12-year-old hunter aryanna gourdon has received death threats over the facebook photos of her and numerous big game animals she has killed. university of pennsylvania sociologist david grazian. hunting has been around forever. why all this outrage now? >> for the first time in human history, ordinary people have
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the ability to broadcast their everyday lives to a mass audience. everyday consumers now have access to more intimate moments of violence, and in this case, it's the hunting of a bear. >> reporter: alberta, canada, where the hunt occurred, will now ban spear hunting this fall. since the killing last year of cecil the lion, a number of countries have tightened their trophy hunting laws, and, scott, many airlines now refuse to ship those animal remains. >> pelley: don dahler, thank you very much. coming up next, for the first time zika spreads state to state. don't let dust and allergens get between you and life's beautiful moments. by choosing flonase, you're choosing more complete allergy relief and all the enjoyment that comes along with it.
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texas, has zika after being apparently bitten in miami. what is it that mean? >> reporter: scott, until now, the phrase "travel-related zika" meant the person picked up the virus outside the continental united states, say, in brazil. this travel was from one state to another state, from florida to texas. so now a travel history for zika has got to include that small area in miami. >> pelley: so is there evidence of an outbreak in texas? >> reporter: no, but the concern is that a traveler like him with zika in his blood, could return home, get bit by a mosquito, which would infect that mosquito and turn around and infect other people and now you have a new pocket of local transmission. the c.d.c. says people going to an area with active zika transmission should avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes once they return home. that means covering up, staying indoors whenever possible, and using insect repellent for at least three weeks. >> pelley: but i want to emphasize the only zika in mosquitoes in the continental u.s. so far is in this miami area.
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>> big breath. >> reporter: capturing those moments is his day job. how hard was it to get brian scott to pose like this? >> it wasn't hard because i spent a half an hour interviewing him. >> reporter: schatz is one of the world's great sports photographers. >> i want it to be heroic and fantastic, and magnificent, and i want to bring throngs of people to ooh, and aah. >> reporter: 21 years ago dr. howard schatz changed careers. the eye surgeon left one set of lenses for another, following a calling to capture the brilliance of athletes like the boxing champ sergio martinez. >> i had never seen anything like it before. >> reporter: you knew you nailed it. >> i did. >> reporter: schatz's work was in an exhibit in new york's brooklyn museum, which includes everything from the oldest known sports photograph, dating from 1843, to muhammad ali running underwater. gail buckland is the curator.
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>> sports photographs show us the beauty of the human body in motion. they show us the passion, the sacrifice and the victory. >> reporter: 230 images-- some iconic, some last seen in a long-forgotten daily paper-- document the narrow slice of humanity where excellence dwells. >> these people take human potential as far as they possibly can. >> reporter: no, it may not be the way most of us are following the olympics, but there is something about the richness of one still image that can move us in ways video cannot. howard schatz has built a career on that. >> i shoot to surprise and delight myself. truly. >> reporter: just one of the many here who celebrate human movement by the way they stop motion. jim axelrod, cbs news, new york. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news.
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good night. your realtime captioner is linda marie macdonald. happening right now, intense flames engulf an old train trestle in san jose. chopper 5 flew over the thick black smoke and flames burning near apartments. good evening, i'm veronica de la cruz. >> i'm allen martin. that fire broke out just after 4:00 this afternoon near julian and worcester avenues not far from the kellogg plant. kpix 5's keit do is at the scene with how the old tracks fueled the flames. kiet. >> reporter: this thing is still smoldering so the firefighters are hitting it with a high-powered hose right now to try to cool it off. this all started as a grass fire but once the flames touched that wooden train trestle, it lit up. that's because all that heavy timber is covered in creosote which is a tar-like substance use to the treat wood and make it waterproof and last longer. this footage from chopper 5
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shows a trestle engulfed in flames. trees and grass are on fire, as well. the building next door is an assisted living apartment units. they were evacuated briefly but told to go back inside to escape the smoke. firefighters had a hard time cooling it down. it started at 4 p.m. in the ravine of lower silver vehicle. there were people inside a homeless encampment right next to where the fire started. >> i think we'll have to do origin and cause investigation to see if the two are connected. normally these train trestles don't have their own ignition source so it would come from somewhere else. we'll investigate that. i couldn't say at this point where the fire started or if the homeless were the cause. >> reporter: as they are spraying this right now we did see some homeless people walk back to their encampment. this is vta property a dead end line not being used by trains. hazmat crews are monitoring the creek flow and since that trestle is still smoldering, looks like they will be out here for quite some


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