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>> good deal. >> norah o'donnell is on the "cbs evening news." see you at 6:00. captions by: caption colorado captioning sponsored by cbs nd reporter: you looked up and mending fences. >> i happen to have a tremendous feeling for mexican-americans. d and building walls. >> who pays for the wall, we didn't discuss. >> also tonight, the governor declares an emergency in florida as tropical storm he rmine batters the state. wu.s. navy landing goes trably wrong. we'll show you what happened next. and the college football play of the week, making a quowng boy's day. >> you looked up and there he was? >> yeah. >> and what did he say? >> he said sup dude. this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
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>> o'donnell: good evening. scott is off tonight. i'm norah o'donnell, and this is our western edition. it was not exactly on par with nixon's opening to china, but after months of harsh talk about mexico, donald trump made a surprise trip south of the border today. he met privately with mexico's president, then stood side by side with him to address the press. trump looked the same as ever, but his words had a distinctly softer tone. here's major garrett. >> reporter: donald trump arrived in mexico and took a helicopter to the presidential palace. that to avoid mexico city traffic and scattered street protests. d ter his meeting with mexican president enrique pena nieto, a harsh critic of trump's, the d o.p. nominee said this about his push for a wall on the brder between the two countries: >> we recognize and respect the right of either country to build a physical barrier or wall on
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any of its borders. >> reporter: on his promise that p xico would pay for the wall, trump punted. >> we did discuss the wall. we didn't discuss payment of the wall. that will be for a later date. this was a very preliminary meeting. >> reporter: trump identified onve goals for u.s.-mexico relations. not included-- deportation of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants, many from mexico, living in the u.s a more restrained and diplomatic trump described illegal border crossings and drug trade as a bilateral concern. >> it's not a one-way street. we'll work together and we will get those problems solved. >> reporter: president pena nieto took pains to remind trump that in terms of net migration, more mexicans are returning home than coming to the u.s., and he urged respect from trump, a veiled reference to his derogatory comments about mexico. >> they're bringing drugs. they're bringing crime. their rapists. >> reporter: trump tried to take
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the edge off his own harsh rhetoric. >> mr. president, i want to thank you. this has been a tremendous honor, and i call you a friend. >> reporter: there's now confusion about what the two leaders said to each other about a southern border wall. on twitter pena nieto said he told trump explus italy mexico will no pay. trump will try to-- these and other issues tonight. >> major garrett in arizona onank you. trump's visit to mexico was rmed at part ntmed at part at winning the support of latino voters. mireya villarreal got reaction in los angeles. >> reporter: this afternoon in l.a. county, immigration activists loaded into a van and thised to a local registration office where they helped latino residents register to vote. for them, this election is grrsonal. >> this issue is so important to the immigrant community. >> reporter: organizer polo morales, whose mother was umported back in the 70s and later became a u.s. citizen,
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believes donald trump's trip to mexico will work against him. do you feel like this meeting is a way to try to manipulate latino voters? >> the way that we see it, it's becoming a political circus. t think he's made it very clear on where he stands and he's not laing to change that. >> reporter: 27 million latinos ene eligible to vote in the u.s. tionhe 2012 presidential election, 11 million latinos voted. at least 13 million are expected to vote this year. a new poll shows hillary clinton with a 55% favorable rating among latinos, versus trump with 18%. despite a much calmer trump idlking about his meeting with eresident pena nieto, former ris. treasurer and longtime n publican activist rosario marin doubts his intentions. >> if he thinks that all of a g dden, because he's going there wrw, millions of mexicans are going to love him and millions here in the united states are going to love him, he is wrong. he's dead wrong. >> reporter: but there is some latino support for trump, m.cluding these people at a recent rally in anaheim. hepublican strategist leslie anchez: >> there are a lot of latinos
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eyo are closet trump supporters. they are independent conservatives. they are concerned about border security, and they feel that donald trump, being an outsider, can get something done. >> reporter: as a whole, new voters are younger and more diverse. for this particular group is hoping to register 10,000 new voters for this particular presidential election, and they are more than a quarter of the way there. norah, for those people wanting to vote in this upcoming presidential election, they have until the end of october to register. >> o'donnell: all right, mireya, toank you so much. inew poll out today shows 56% of americans have an unfavorable opinion of hillary clinton. that's her worse showing ever. if it's any consolation to clinton, it's better than the 63% for donald trump. while he was in mexico today, she was campaigning in cincinnati. here's nancy cordes. >> dropping in on our neighbors for a few hours, and then flying home again, that is not how it works. ion,eporter: in a speech to the american legion, clinton condemned trump's approach to diplomacy. >> you don't build a coalition
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by insulting our friends or acting like a loose cannon. you do it by putting in the slow, hard work of building relationships. getting countries working together was my job every day as orur secretary of state. >> reporter: to drive home the contrast, her campaign compiled a list of every tweet trump has ever written about america's southern ally. "mexico is not our friend," he said in one. slamming its "totally corrupt government" in another. clinton met with the mexican president herself in 2014 and has not announced plans to go back. she's got some ground to make up in this country after spending most of the past two weeks fund- raising. her low public profile enabled tiump to dominate the conversation. >> it's impossible to tell where the clinton foundation ends and the state department begins.
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>> reporter: one result is that clinton's favorability ratings have dropped by nine points among women and 16 points among hispanics, just since the start of the month. thangh she is still leading trump, norah, in virtually every national poll. >> o'donnell: all right, nancy cordes, thank you. north carolina caught a break today when a tropical system that threatened the outer banks moved out to sea, but tropical storm hermine formed in the gulf of mexico and could become the first hurricane to hit florida's mainland since wilma nearly 11 years ago. four million people are in its path. here's omar villafranca. >> reporter: pounding surf and ofsting winds were the first signs of tropical storm strmine's arrival on florida's west coast today. in the coastal town of gulfport, the storm's first rain band submerged neighborhood streets in almost a foot of water. ome water quickly surrounded this home, turning the front yard into a pond. >> i'm pretty worried. >> reporter: debby deade is
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already fighting ankle-deep water in her mother's home. >> the water has been really bad. we actually have a pump inside ready to go to flow out the water out here. >> reporter: the storm is expected to make landfall tomorrow, soaking portions of ida florida coast with as much as 15 inches of rain. hermine has not reached gurricane strength, but governor rick scott is still warning floridians about the dangerous storm. >> we're going to see some water. don't drive into it. we're going to see downed power lines. be careful. oundt drive around them. >> reporter: wolfgang deininger rhd karen love walked around dieir gulfport neighborhood to y eck out the early flooding. the two residents say they've already made preparations for the storm. >> sandbags. i've got sandbags in the back of my jeep. fe're driving around, seeing if anybody needs any. >> reporter: there are still some people out here enjoying the beach, but they're going to have to be careful with the dangerous rip tide. norah, area schools are canceled tomorrow in anticipation of the storm. >> o'donnell: all right, omar,
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thank you so much. we want to bring in eric fisher, he is chief meteorologist in our sister station in boston, wbz. eric is tracking hermine as well as two hurricanes in the pacific. so eric, you have looked at it all. how intense is this going to get? we have been watching the same system for two weeks, now a tropical storm status and trop scal storms from the tampa area, over the big end and panhandle and hurricane watches that it could reach category 1 status before it makes landfall. expected landfall is late tomorrow, into friday. s will pushing in a lot of storm surge when it makes landfall. that is the deadliest part of any landfall system. as we look towards the weekend, a trend farther west, heavy wind, rain along the east coast into the midatlantic. and then it is expected to sit and stall south of long island as we sit into sunday and monday. that could increase the erosion
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concerns. a lot of heavy rain, flash flooding from floor darks reaching too the midatlantic and at the same time we're watching the pacific. we've god mad line and lester, madline has been weakening as it moves westbound. tropical storm warns where flash flooding are the biggest concern for most of islanding chain. >> o'donnell: thank you. in the mediterranean about 1,800 cugrant were rescued just today amid a new exodus from north africa. holly williams reports thousands are attempting the journey to europe despite the dangers, which were tragically illustrated one year ago by the plight of a three-year-old. >> reporter: the image of the lifeless toddler who looked almost as if he was sleeping woke up the world to the refugee crisis in the mediterranean sea. alan kurdi and his family fled e r-torn syria and tried to make oue crossing to europe as hundreds of thousands had before them.
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in an inflatable raft crammed full of desperate people, hoping for a new life. and they're still coming. this week alone, around 10,000 migrants have been rescued off the coast of libya, many escaping war and poverty in africa. more than 3,000 people are feared drowned so far this year, but these five-day-old twins n de it to safety. the route that alan kurdi tried to take from turkey to greece ms slowed to a trickle after europe made a deal with turkey to return migrants. but that hasn't solved much. 60,000 people are now stranded in greece, 27,000 of them children, while over four million syrian refugees live precarious lives in the middle east. many of their children without education or any hope for the iature. out of those millions of syrian unfugees, norah, the u.s. announced this week that it's taken in 10,000 people so far llis year.
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>> o'donnell: holly williams in istanbul, thank you, holly. chicago's mayor is out with a new plan for civilian oversight of the police. now, the goal is to restore community trust that has badly eroded, even as gun violence has skyrocketed. dean reynolds is following this. >> reporter: at least 28 people were shot in chicago since monday morning. among the dead was 16-year-old elijah sims. his aunt wanda said what many have said before. >> please, please stop the senseless shooting. >> reporter: but the often scattershot gang violence has defied solutions and the problem we compounded by the toxic relationship between the cops and the community they've sworn to protect. op tuesday, mayor rahm emanuel proposed a new public safety watchdog to identify police patterns and practices that may be unconstitutional; and a more
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powerful police oversight board to replace an agency that almost never found the police at fault for anything, over the last decade. of more than 400 police shootings since 2007, for example, it found only two unjustified. that, despite thousands of abuse unmplaints and hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars in legal settlements the city paid a victims of police misconduct. but it isn't always abuse that sours relations. >> my camera. >> no, you have to go. >> reporter: after the rapper ane smith was held up saturday morning and tried to report the crime at his local police division, he was met with indifference and suspicion by the officers at the desk. r: she kept playing candy crush. og reporter: the police later iologized. >> i don't believe that it's strictly race. this issue is about culture of the chicago police and oofessionalism. >> reporter: the proof of the ummage all of this is doing is ar the numbers. so far this year, chicago has more murders than new york and los angeles combined.
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>> o'donnell: it's been said the best pil >> o'donnell: it's been said the oust pilots have ice water in their veins, and you're about to meet two who fit the bill. here's david martin. >> reporter: watch what happened rrst march when a navy radar plane landed on the carrier "eisenhower." the arresting wire snapped, and instead of lurching to a halt, the 45,000-pound turboprop went off the front of the ship, frmpletely disappearing from a ght for what seems like a very long time. you ever had a close call like that? >> uh, i've had some close calls, but that was the really, t ally close call there, sir. s reporter: lieutenant matt halliwell was the pilot of a plane that unlike most carrier aircraft, has no ejection seat.
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the only way out for the three men aboard was to crawl through an overhead escape hatch after they hit the water. would you really have been able to get out? >> it's kind of rolling the dice ep that point. >> reporter: big roll of the dice. >> yes, sir. >> reporter: three lives. t mi reporter: lieutenant commander kellen smith, who is still aboard the "eisenhower" and spoke to us from the persian gulf, was sitting next to halliwell in the cockpit as his plane went off the end. s reporter: the plane disappeared for four full seconds, but it was the actions the crew took in the first second that saved them. smith pushed the plane's flaps down to give it more lift. halliwell pushed the throttles to full power and retracted the landing gear to decrease drag. were you saying anything like, "come on?" >> it was pretty quiet, actually, which was probably the best, since we were just able to focus on what we needed to do. >> reporter: watching in slow eotion, you can see the arresting wire after it snapped whipping across the flight deck.
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eight crew members suffered broken bones. d investigation blamed faulty eaintenance, but credited the flight crew with phenomenal airmanship. >> reporter: two days later, rrlliwell and smith flew back to the carrier again. david martin, cbs news, norfolk, virginia. it was a much smoother but his are toik flight that landed in cuba. jet disz blue fortd lauderdale to santa clara marked the first official flight between the u.s. and cuba in more than 50 years. regular service to havana on ten u.s. airlines will begin this fall. >> the battle against zika next. ding local support to those living with the disease and their caregivers.
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director tom frieden about funding crisis. >> reporter: how much money you have spent so far, about? >> we were allocated $222 million for domestic zika control. doready, about $200 million of that is out the door, and the rest will be gone in the coming weeks. we're basically running on empty at this point. >> reporter: what happens when you run on empty? >> that means that we're having to make really difficult choices. we're having to not invest in some of the longer-term things that are so important-- doubling down on our work to improve diagnosis of zika, and improving the way we control mosquitoes. >> reporter: do you think it's fair to say that we've already blown the chance to get ahead of the zika epidemic? >> it's not too late. if congress acts soon, we can invest in programs that will help us understand zika better, diagnose it better, and control it better. >> reporter: is the money going to be there when congress returns next week? >> i can't predict the course of buat, but i can predict that the only winner from not having
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money for zika is the zika virus. >> reporter: dr. frieden says the only way to avoid this kind of situation in the future is to establish an infectious disease rapid response fund. pst as fema is already in place to respond to disasters, this fund would help the health care community rapidly mobilize against epidemics. >> o'donnell: so it's not involved in politics. dr. lapook, thank you. up next, a story guaranteed to make you smile.
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here's mark strassmann to tell it. >> reporter: montford middle school's cafeteria served up something special on tuesday. a handful of florida state football players were visiting and walked in for lunch. one of them, travis rudolph, the team's star wide receiver, noticed one sixth grader in particular. >> i saw him by himself, and i was just like, "can i have a seat with you and eat with you?" he was like, "sure, why not." we just started off having a good conversation. >> i was sitting on this side. >> reporter: that kid was 11- year-old bo paske. you looked up and there he was? >> yeah. >> reporter: and what did he say? >> he said, "what's up, dude?" >> reporter: someone nearby took this photo of bo and travis having lunch. notice everyone else in the picture is sitting far away. you see, bo has autism, and often eats lunch by himself. >> on the days that he's sitting tone, i think those are the days that it bothers me more than it bothers him. >> reporter: leah paske is bo's mother. she posted the photo to facebook
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saying, "this is one day i didn't have to worry if my sweet boy ate lunch alone because he sat across from someone who is a hero in many eyes." the post went viral. >> i'm just, um, moved with emotion at his generosity and his kindness. i don't know what made him pick bo, but i'm so grateful he did. >> rudolph to the ten! >> reporter: travis rudolph could score a million touchdowns this season and never come close to making one family so happy. >> i haven't gone through bullying, but i've seen it. and i don't like it. i don't approve of bullying. i feel like that's wrong. honestly, that's a cool person. i'll hang out with him any day. >> bo. r: right here. >> reporter: it gets better. at school today, all the kids wanted to have lunch with bo. iz i'm a super star. r:erybody recognizes me. >> reporter: mark strassmann, cbs news, tallahassee. >> o'donnell: well done, travis. that's the "cbs evening news." for scott pelley, i'm norah o'donnell, and i hope you'll
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join me tomorrow morning on "cbs this morning." happen... that was president obama's message today while visiting lake tahoe... he says tahoe preventing environmental catastrophes before they happen. that was president obama's message today while visiting lake tahoe. he says tahoe is proof conservation works. good evening, i'm allen martin. >> i'm veronica de la cruz. president obama spoke at the 20th anniversary of the lake tahoe summit and climate change is a concern at the lake where the water has lost nearly 5 feet of clarity this year. kpix 5's emily turner is live in stateline, nevada, with the calls for more action. >> reporter: they talked a lot about lake tahoe. they talked a lot about climate change. in fact, the former was the jumping off point for the latter. they celebrated the changes that have been made in lake tahoe to help the clarity and the lake. but the problems have to do
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with climate change and that was the true message of the day. >> are we here to save lake tahoe? [ applause and cheers ] >> reporter: lake tahoe may have been the reason for today's events but climate change is what took center stage. >> scientists first told us that our planet was changing because of human activity. it was received as a bombshell but in a way, we shouldn't have been surprised. the most important changes are always the changes made by us. >> reporter: we threatened lake tahoe for decades but now for the first time ever that has change. one of the local places where global climate change is having an effect is right here in lake tahoe. it used to be the issue with lake tahoe came from humans things that were happening in the tahoe basin. now, just as much a threat to tahoe's health is climate change. for two decades, locals, politicians in the private sector invested time and $2 billion into lake tahoe. their work can only go so


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