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captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: a bad break in the tuth. a levee can't hold the rising river. droodwaters swallowed this town just after hundreds of residents escaped. >> it's deserted. it's a ghost town. >> pelley: also tonight... >> it make me mildly nauseous to think we might have had an impact on the election. >> pelley: the f.b.i. director reveals for the first time why e made his october surprise genouncement. a haunting image, an american combat photographer's last picture is of her own death. ord keep your eye on the sky. >> reports of a plane and at least two vehicles are on fire. >> pelley: then came the miracle. this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
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>> pelley: this is our western edition. the black river jumped a levee today in northeast arkansas, flooding the historic town of pocahontas. officials saw this disaster coming and ordered everyone out, but flash floods have killed at least seven people in the arkansas last weekend. michelle miller is there. r: teporter: the black river spilled across pocahontas, arkansas, after heavy rains breached a levee. roout 50 homes have been destroyed and up to 100 homes and businesses damaged. heere were the breaches? >> they were east of here. >> reporter: cecil tackett is the city's police chief. >> this morning at 6:00 there sss fish swimming across here. >> reporter: across this highway? >> yes. ou reporter: murky floodwaters turned this playground into a water park. caus of torrential rainfall housed a number of rivers near pocahontas to swell as much as nine inches. add the nearly eight inches that fell in pocahontas last week, and it was more than the levee could take.
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d e threat of a breach forced a mandatory evacuation of the city of 7,000 on monday. rising waters sent folks like jeff junkersfeld to move his mom out of harm's way. >> it's sad. a lot of people had to get their t uff out and get out of their o ement, find places to stay, find places to live. >> reporter: portions of major highways across the state are closed as sandbags are piled along flooded roads. william brumit is a volunteer. >> this is kind of a race here. what they're predicting is it to go up. ch will be really close. so we're not taking any chances. >> reporter: the deluge is part of the most extreme flooding in roe region in a century. hundreds of roads are also closed in neighboring states, including missouri. lae area around pocahontas is about as flat as a pool table, so while the river may not be , sing anymore, scott, the water here could be around for 36 hours or longer.
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>> pelley: and the governor of rdkansas has now called out the national guard to help rescue. michelle miller on the flood watch tonight. michelle, thank you. in another big story tonight, f.b.i. director james comey told the senate judiciary committee today that russia is the greatest threat of any nation on earth given their intention and capability. and he said the russians are still interfering with american politics. ctioy also talked about his own role in the 2016 election after hillary clinton blamed him for her loss. here's jeff pegues. e this is terrible. it makes me mildly nauseous to think that we might have had some impact on the election. >> reporter: f.b.i. director hemes comey defended his decision just 11 days before the election to notify congress that agents had found more hillary clinton e-mails. the discovery was made on a computer clinton aide huma abedin shared with her husband, rasgraced former congressman
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anthony weiner. comey said he had no good options. >> so i stared at speak and ed aeal. speak would be really bad. there's an election in 11 days. lordy would be really bad. concealing in my view would be catastrophic. as between really bad and catastrophic, i said to my team, we have to walk in the world of really bad. >> reporter: agents ultimately determined that abedin forwarded cmails containing classified heformation to her husband, but comey said the bureau could not prove criminal intent and did not recommend charges against abedin, weiner or clinton. democrat dianne feinstein. >> you took an enormous gamble. the gamble was that there was something there that would invalidate her candidacy, and there wasn't. >> reporter: democrats pressed dimey on why he publicly discussed the clinton revstigation during the campaign but did not reveal that the f.b.i. was also ruvestigating the trump campaign
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and its contacts with russia. senator patrick leahy. >> was it appropriate for you to comment on one investigation repeatedly and not say anything about the other? >> i think so. >> reporter: comey said attorney general loretta lynch forced his hand when she had an impromptu meeting with former president bill clinton during the investigation. >> her meeting with president clinton on that airplane was the capper for me. i then said, you know what, the lypartment cannot by itself cedibly end this. the best chance we have is if i do something i never imagined hefore, step away from them and idll the american people, look, here's what the f.b.i. did, here's what we found, here's esat we think. >> reporter: yesterday clinton said comey's decision was partly to blame for her election loss. scott, that prompted a response from the president on twitter. he called comey "the best thing that ever happened to hillary clinton in that he gave her a >>ee pass for many bad deeds."
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>> pelley: jeff pegues in our washington newsroom. e ff, thank you. there was a terrible accident today at an auto auction near eoston. , s.u.v. driven by an employee tore through a crowd, then smashed through a wall and into a parking lot. three people were killed, nine hurt, and at least two of them ivve life-threatening injuries. the driver, who is in his 70s, fes not seriously hurt. today federal prosecutors said two white police officers will not be charged in the fatal shooting of a black man in baton rouge, louisiana. the shooting last summer sparked protests in a number of cities. epre's david begnaud. >> reporter: amid security concerns, the federal courthouse in baton rouge was barricaded as the long-awaited announcement .as made by acting u.s. attorney corey amundson. >> we simply did not have d fficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that either officer violated the federal criminal civil rights
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laws. >> reporter: alton sterling died on july 5th at the hands of baton rouge police officers iiaine salamoni and howie lake ii. a 911 caller reported a black man in a red shirt had pulled a gun on someone. two officers confronted sterling. h resisted. they tased him and tackled him. ckficer salamoni yelled, "going for his pocket. he's got a gun, gun. then prosecutors say salamoni fired three shots into his chest, and as sterling rolled over, he fired three shots into his back. prosecutors say eyewitness videos do not clearly show whether sterling was reaching for a loaded .38-caliber handgun that was pulled out of his front tocket. >> we were unable to establish beyond a reasonable doubt the precise location of mr. sterling's hand at which the moment the officer states on the recording that mr. sterling was "going for a gun." >> reporter: sharon weston broome is baton rouge's mayor. >> this decision by the justice department to not file charges does not mean the police officers acted appropriately.
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>> reporter: it also has not discouraged cameron sterling, alton sterling's 16-year-old son. >> i can't be angry. >> reporter: why? >> my dad wouldn't want me to be angry. he would want me to keep fighting for him. that's what i will do until the r:d. ba reporter: alton sterling's death sparked large protests in baton rouge, and that spiraled to targeted police killings in baton rouge and dallas. here at the store where alton sterlin gdied,there is not a single protester tonight. scott, louisiana's attorney general will now decide whether the two officers in sterling's death should face criminal charges at the state level. >> pelley: david begnaud, thanks. today president trump promised hace in the middle east. a meeting at the white house with palestinian leader mahmoud abbas, mr. trump was optimistic t at he can end the fighting that has raged at least since 1948. "we will get this done," mr. trump said. one obstacle, however, emerged
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esmediately. abbas insists on a palestinian state based on borders from before the 1967 war. israel says that's just too great a risk. to mark his 90th day in office, secretary of state rex tillerson spoke to department employees for just the second time. tillerson is planning big changes, doing more with less. margaret brennan was there. >> my view of how you translate america first into our foreign policy... >> reporter: secretary tillerson explained to state department umployees how he plans to implement president trump's our ica-first policy. >> if you condition our national urcurity efforts on someone adopting our values, we probably can't achieve our national security goals or our national security interests. >> reporter: tillerson defended the u.s. strategy to isolate nuclear-armed north korea and said conditions are not yet ripe for a meeting with dictator kim jong-un. >> we'll sit down when they're
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ready to sit down under the right terms. >> reporter: he explained a plan to rebuild trust with russia by retting president vladimir putin to broker a ceasefire in syria. >> the relationship between our two nations is the lowest it's been since the cold war. ta reporter: but tillerson is tackling these thorny issues without the usual top diplomats. he's still not appointed policy directors for asia, the mideast or russia. of the 119 jobs that require senate signoff, only three have been confirmed. president trump has nominated an additional seven. tillerson also did not explain his plan to eliminate more than 2,000 jobs and potentially cut a etarter of the department's budget. but he began a listening tour that will cost more than $1 million. >> as you know, we've just ancked off this listening exercise, and i really encourage pal of you to please go online and participate in the survey online. r:is is vital. w reporter: tillerson hired an outside contractor to help with ere reorganization, and that leads career diplomats wondering
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whether these cuts will help streamline the bureaucracy or, scott, simply gut a building ndready concerned that power is ssing concentrated in the hands of officials with far less foreign policy experience. >> pelley: margaret brennan at the state department. margaret, thank you. the f.b.i. is investigating a hate crime at american university. someone used nooses to hang bananas with racist messages on the washington, d.c., campus. epe anti-defamation league says that since september there have iten more than 150 incidents ovolving white supremacist messages on college campuses. we asked mark strassmann to look into this. >> this is where it was before i tore it down. >> reporter: right after spring break at texas a&m, freshman adrienne rubenstein says she utund hate hanging outside the school's main library. she tweeted images of two white power posters. >> they were advocating for a country that was completely
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white, that no other race, no other ethnicity would be welcome here. >> reporter: last year's presidential campaign exposed icerica's economic, social, and racial divisions. since last november's election, at least 140 instances of racist posters and flyers have been enported on college campuses in 33 states. >> it seems clear that the extremists feel emboldened in this current political climate. ep reporter: jonathan greenblatt is c.e.o. of the anti-defamation league. >> we've seen a change in the rhetoric. eome of our worst impulses have moved from the margins to the mainstream. s reporter: greenblatt's group has tracked what it calls an reprecedented college recruitment drive by white nationalists. groups such as american vanguard, american renaissance, and identity europa. two groups told us the timing is t coincidence. >> we've been riding this wave of donald trump's election,
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absolutely. >> reporter: two identity europa members agreed to speak with us. neither would give his real name. both agreed about the trump factor. >> he's the closest to us that we've ever had in recent memory, although we'd like to see him go a lot further. >> you know most people on a college campus would see this as racist garbage. >> i think those slurs like racist, white supremacist, nazi, these are anti-white slurs. >> reporter: last november, then-president-elect trump was accused of energizing hate groups, but he strongly rejected that idea on "60 minutes." >> if it helps, i will say this, and i'll say it right to the >>mera, stop it. >> reporter: some college students have pushed back. just last week racist notes nppeared at st. olaf college in minnesota. inudents protested against hate speech in the weekend and the school is considering adding mandatory classes on race and gender.
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we hope leaders will step up and speak out when hate rears its head. >> reporter: identity europa posters are found here hanging at georgia tech and at least three other universities in georgia. scott, members of the group plan to spend this summer gearing up for an even bigger push on illege campuses in the fall semester. >> pelley: mark strassmann, nganks. ," hng up next on the "cbs evening news," how could anyone survive this? anyone survive this? and markets continue to rise and fall... predictable is one thing you need in retirement to help protect what you've earned and ensure it lasts. introducing brighthouse financial. a new company established by metlife to specialize in annuities & life insurance. talk to your advisor about a brighter financial future.
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t that's probably the closest i've come to thinking this was tee end. >> reporter: amanda hayes' van was clipped by the plane's wing. ds it looked suspiciously low. a couple seconds later, i was like, it's too low. it collided with the telephone edle, it hit the ground, it exploded and hit all the cars in the line, including our van. >> reporter: the n.t.s.b. says the pilot reported engine problems as soon as the piper cherokee took off from payne field in everett, washington. officer myron travis. >> as he was losing power and couldn't restart, he began to , scend rapidly. he saw that harpoint boulevard was a clear and open roadway. >> reporter: both people aboard the plane walked away from the r ash, including justin dunaway, who is now working with investigators. wh you it looks like he was in control the whole time? >> absolutely. >> reporter: former airline pilot alex abassi says the split-second decision to head for the road instead of turning around to the airport likely saved lives. >> definitely he made the right decision. ythilly anything less than 1,000
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feet is not going to be enough altitude for pilots to go back and land on the runway they took off from. >> reporter: so the roadway became the runway, and not one person was seriously injured. carter evans, cbs news, los angeles. s pelley: coming up, the 44th president shows off plans for his library and museum. rary and museum. it's like nothing you've seen. the power of nexium 24hr protection from frequent heartburn. all day, and all night. now packed into a pill so small, we call it mini. new clearminis from nexium 24hr. see heartburn differently. stay with me, mr. parker. when a critical patient is far from the hospital,
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>> pelley: tod fo pelley: today barack obama showed us his plans for his presidential library and museum on the south side of chicago. the 200,000 square foot complex ngll have three buildings, two s th rooftop parks. private donations will cover the o de million cost. for two decades bruce hall relped americans understand the space program as a correspondent for cbs and later nbc. he's best remembered for 12 straight hours of strong, steady coverage of the "challenger"
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disaster. >> the four shuttles, the "challenger" has been up ten times. it's been the one that's known among space people as the best of the shuttles. it was the one they seldom had trouble with, it was the one they were most confident with. >> pelley: bruce hall died yesterday of lung cancer. he was 76. i was hall's understudy at cbs lws in the late 1980s. many of us learned from bruce iest how good science writing can be. this week bruce hall's name will join that of walter cronkite and other great space reporters honored with nasa's chroniclers award. today the "cbs evening news" launched a new digital series called "uncharted." may is mental health awareness month, and we're looking at the state of mental health care. our first episode features the story of rocky schwartz whose two sons have severe mental illness and substance abuse tboblems. >> it's heartbreaking. i so desperately wanted to
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was 25. now david martin has the story of another fallen hero who has given us a view of the battlefield that few ever see. >> reporter: july 2, 2013, the very last moment of army hecialist hilda clayton's life. te took this photo in the split second between when a mortar tube accidentally exploded and the blast killed her and four sghan soldiers. hard remembering that day? >> yes, sir. >> reporter: specialist shanai brooks was in the same unit as clayton. in a way she left a memorial. >> she died doing what she loved. >> reporter: these two photos byken by clayton and an afghan journalist have remained private for four years. edey have now been published in an army journal with her family's permission. are you glad to see that photo in public? >> i don't think any photo can wmpare to that.
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she has the last shot of how she died in a photo. >> reporter: clayton was a combat cameraman designed to photograph the training of the afghan army by their american advisers. she was a small part of a largely unknown effort by the pentagon to create a visual record of u.s. military operations. >> we cover everything from ortrols to raids. >> reporter: most of what sergeants teddy wade and christopher o'dell shoot with their cameras is never released to the public, but it's used instead to give commanders far from the battlefield a boots-on- the-ground view. >> that's how a lot of them n,erate, so close to the action, so we can get the real-life feel for what's going on, so when they make those decisions they're making accurate decisions based on what's actually happening. >> reporter: specialist hilda clayton left a record of what actually happened the moment she died. now we all can see it and know who she was. david martin, cbs news, fort meade, maryland. >> pelley: and that's our broadcast. good night.
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worse on this bay area freeway. they put them up... but can't actually turn them on. good evening, kpix 5 news at 6:00 begins with a metering lights sitting dark while traffic gets worse on this bay area freeway. they put them up but they can't actually turn them on. good evening, i'm veronica de la cruz. >> i'm allen martin. the metering lights were supposed to bring some rush hour relief to the congested highway 101 in marin county. but kpix 5's emily turner reports, there's not enough money to switch 'em on. emily? >> reporter: nope. the stop-and-go traffic of rush hour is in full effect here in marin. what's not in effect are those metering lights that could potentially help and it all comes down to the dollars. there isn't enough green to get them going so marin drivers see red when they sit in traffic and the metering lights that could help flash neither color. >> no wonder i never noticed them. >> reporter: you have project missed them too because they're
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off but 30% of marin's 101 on- ramps have the equipment in place. they have for years. but with no timeline for an on switch. so how do you get that deep into a project and then just run out of money? [ laughter ] >> very good question. i think that what happened in part is these projects are being done all over the bay area. >> reporter: caltrans has marin 101 on the list. but they ran out of money before they could come do the work in marin. >> reporter: a combination of state and local funds built this. but while you wait in rush hour, the bay area's transportation agencies juggle the bill that turn them on. >> do we already pay taxes for this? i don't know why they're not on. it would be great if they were and help us with lighter traffic. >> reporter: the first segment to go online would be northbound on-ramps between spencer and sir francis drake. it will take $11 million to do that. about $5 million of it is alrein