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>> thank you for watching tonight at 5:00. >> back in 30 minutes. captioning sponsored by cbs ce >> mason: solstice with the ivstest. summer arrives with a vengeance in the southwest. temperatures set triple-digit records. >> don't try to out-beat the heat because the heat will out-beat you. >> don't pull it out! >> mason: also tonight, thst-released police video captures the fatal shooting of eailando castile by a minnesota police officer cleared of all charges. >> oh, my god! >> don't move! >> mason: the president's job- approval rating hits a new low. some see a special house election tonight as a referendum on him. and bear on a tear-- putting trash cans to the test. >> they just ripped the hinges right off? >> they ripped the hinges right off.
>> mason: and this is our western edition. good evening. i'm anthony mason. as summer arrives a tropical storm is threatening the gulf coast. and it is dangerously hot in the southwest with excessive heat warnings posted in parts of arizona, nevada, and california. the mercury soared into triple digits for the third straight day. in phoenix, it was so hot, more flights had to be canceled. kris van cleave is there. t reporter: unrelenting heat bears down on phoenix as the temperature shoots towards a record-breaking 120. fire crews are rushing to handle a surge in heat emergencies. when it's over 110, your body cannot cool itself down, setting up the potential for deadly heatstroke. director of emergency management lisa jones. bu your house stays hot. buildings stay hot. ,he sidewalk stays hot. so there's no reprieve, basically.
in reporter: the city opened 47 cooling centers across the valley, and about 50 flights had to be canceled at sky harbor airport because it may be too yst to fly. >> for the last few days, it's been very hot. i've never seen it this hot before. h osmond sharif has spent the last two days loading bags in triple-digit heat. t 's hydrating and taking breaks, but he says you can't escape this weather. >> on the concrete, it's 168 degrees. >> reporter: so you're getting 118 from above. >> yes. >> reporter: and 168 from below. >> yes. absolutely. >> reporter: do you feel like u u're in an oven? >> yes, i do. >> reporter: the heat intensified a dust storm leading to this accident on interstate 10 on the arizona-new mexico border, killing six. across the southwest, it's a scorcher. death valley, california, hit 126. palm springs, 120. in tucson, it's 115, 113 in vegas. but for these skiers in southern tlifornia's mammoth mountains, ghe hot weather was a chance to work on their tan while hitting
.he slopes. only in california. california for the first time this year issued an alert asking whople to conserve electricity while parts of arizona are seeing record demand for electricity, and, anthony, phoenix has one more real hot day tomorrow, but then it's forecasted to cool down to 111 by friday. >> mason: wow. kris van cleave, thanks, kris. meanwhile, a tropical storm is taking aim at the gulf coast. cindy formed today. warnings are posted from texas to mississippi. wind and waves are kicking up on lake pontchartrain in new orleans. that's where we have david begnaud. >> reporter: anthony, the storm s, located 280 miles south of the city of new orleans, but hiready, the wind is whipping up psite caps here along lake pontchartrain. tropical storm cindy has winds of up to 45 miles per hour, but it is nearly stationary over the gulf of mexico right now. this storm is expected to be are of a rain and flooding hent than a wind event, but
already alabama's governor has declared a state of emergency. in mississippi, they're expecting up to 12 inches of l ovfall in over the next 48 hours, in biloxi. and, anthony, this tropical storm may end up making landfall in southeast texas, but the rain bands could extend 500 miles to the east, all the way to the flower panhandle. >> reporter: david begnaud getting a little close there. thanks very much. london, paris, and now, brussels. for the third time in two days, europe was hit by a terror attack. belgian soldiers stopped the a test one at a busy train station in brussels. a man set off a small explosion and was immediately shot and killed. no one else was hurt. the bomb squad later performed a controlled detonation of a second device the suspect had with him. voters in atlanta's northern suburbs went to the polls today,
a special election to fill the house seat vacated by tom price when he became president trump's health secretary. mr. trump barely won the district in november. xtw some are looking at today's vote as a referendum on him. mark strassmann is in the georgia sixth. >> thanks, karen. c reporter: karen handel is the republican candidate in a district as red as georgia clay. she should be coasting into congress. but she's not. ti i think everybody should watch me putting on my "i voted" sticker since my opponent can't do that today. >> reporter: her opponent, democrat jon ossoff, could not vote for himself today because he lives outside the district. ese 30-year-old former congressional aide hopes to pull off the upset and turn this red district blue in what has become the most expensive congressional race in history. >> both parties in washington waste too much of your money. >> reporter: combined the two campaigns have spent at least $56 million, nearly double the previous record. >> get out and vote! >> reporter: president trump has weighed in repeatedly tweeting today:
>> we're proud that california os the leading funder of the jon ossoff campaign. >> reporter: handel's ads mark ossoff as the darling of liberal san francisco. >> we're really excited that jon ossoff likes higher taxes. >> reporter: but the trump factor has dominated this race. this president, in particular, do you think somebody needs to stand up to him? >> well, there are many in this egmmunity-- and i'm one of trem-- who have deep concerns about the competence and idtegrity of this administration. >> reporter: david wasserman writes for "the cook political report." ho the fact that georgia six is close tells us that the house is at serious risk for republicans, and midterm elections tend to be great opportunities for the party out of power. >> reporter: president trump won this district last november, but only by a point and a half. anthony, interest in this race is high. more than 140,000 people voted early. >> mason: mark strassmann in
atlanta. thanks, mark. as the president marks five months in office today, he's hit ppnew low in our cbs news poll. only 36% of americans told us they approve of of the job he's doing. he's even losing support among republicans. hfan reynolds is with the trump orithful in oshkosh, wisconsin. >> reporter: at two brothers restaurant in oshkosh, trump supporters like ken schoenike are getting impatient, but not with the president. >> leave him alone. let him do what he wants to do. the media is hounding him constantly. i mean, really? >> reporter: this group of retirees backs president on most every move he makes, with one exception, says adolf hendricks. >> i would like to see him a little bit more presidential, perhaps, a little bit more dignified. >> reporter: les talo says enough with the tweets. >> it just gives the democrats >>dder for their daily... >> reporter: attacks? >> attacks on him.
>> reporter: warren thomson dismisses the big issue consuming washington. do you ever talk about the cssia thing? does it bother anybody here? >> this whole thing is, as far as i'm concerned, is a conspiracy, is a total distraction. >> reporter: they are among the 72% of republicans who remain in the president's corner, according to our new cbs news poll. but that number is down from 83% 52 days ago, and his disapproval rate among republicans is up seven points. what grade would you give trump right now? >> probably a low "c." et reporter: jennifer king, a church and school secretary, voted for mr. trump. d i still support him, but i would like to see some real results. >> reporter: she wants tax cuts and more help for veterans but believes the president is too easily sidetracked. >> he's too busy fighting media. he's too busy fighting accusations. >> reporter: what do you think is his problem? >> i personally think it's his mouth.
>> reporter: but whether bmmitted or wavering, these trump voters believe the president is being treated stfairly, anthony, and most are onlling to give him at least two rtars on the job before they eyuld reconsider their support. >> mason: dean reynolds in oshkosh. deanks, dean. the president told a group of tech leaders this week he hopes the senate's healthcare bill will have more heart than the eiuse version does. it's being written behind closed doors, and frustration over that is growing among senators of both parties. here's chief congressional correspondent nancy cordes. >> i think that's a bell telling me we're done. >> reporter: senate democrats held up hearings and resorted to stunts today to make a case about secrecy. >> we're trying to point out the absurd today. >> reporter: three of them live streamed a jaunt to the congressional budget office, where they tried to get a hold of the senate health care bill. >> republicans are shutting us and the american public out of pis process. no public hearings, no meetings, secret negotiations. >> there's nothing happening in secret here.
>> reporter: republican leaders promised to release a draft on thursday and said there's a simple reason democrats have been shut out. >> they made it clearly earlier they were not interested in participating in this. they have no interest in it whatsoever, so it makes no sense. >> reporter: so are they invited into your planning sessions? >> into the republican conference? pu. but they made it clear they're not interested in helping. >> we have sent him umpteen letters that say just the opposite. >> reporter: democratic leader chuck schumer shared some of those letters with cbs news: a now, even some republicans are complaining they're in the dark. >> i'm sure that maybe the russians have been able to hack in and gotten most of it, but i haven't seen it. ( laughter ) >> if you're frustrated by the lack of transparency in this process, i share your frustration. >> reporter: utah senator mike te posted that message on facebook, even though he's one it the 13 men supposedly crafting the bill. >> it's not being written by us. it's apparently being written by
a small handful of staffers for n mbers of the republican leadership in the senate. >> reporter: part of the reason that republican leaders are being so vague is that cey're trying to craft a bill that will win over conservatives, like lee, and hey' moderate republicans like mccain. and so none of the details are truly final, anthony, until they feel they've hit on something that can garner the support of 50 out of the 52 senate nepublicans. >> mason: nancy cordes on capitol hill. thanks, nancy. what is so rare as a day in june? a news briefing at the white house. ood anna goldman is there. >> good afternoon. >> reporter: for the first time in eight days, press hicretary sean spicer allowed cameras to record the white house briefing. >> we've looked at a lot of data that suggests when you look at 'se number of availabilities and interviews that the president has given, it's pretty significant compared to past administrations. >> reporter: records kept by cbs
news indicate mr. trump has actually done fewer interviews and press conferences at this point in his presidency than his predecessor. the president's last sit-down interview was over a month ago, and he's held one solo press conference in february. despite being the president's esief spokesman, spicer couldn't answer key questions, like whether the president agrees with the intelligence community's assessment that 01ssia interfered in the 2016 elections. >> i have not sat down and talked to him about that orecific thing. >> reporter: or whether the president has seen a draft of the senate's health care bill. >> i don't know if he's seen the legislation or not. >> reporter: opaqueness goes beyond the briefing room by keeping secret records of white house visitors, a link to a page that's supposed to post staff salaries says it's still being updated, and mr. trump has yet de release his tax returns, parting with decades of presidential precedent. >> i have been under audit almost, like, since i became cemous, okay. d reporter: mr. trump's justice department has also directed federal agencies to limit information they provide congress, drawing the ire of ren republicans like senate judiciary committee chairman charles grassley.
in a letter to the president, grassley called the department's policy "absurd," and "nonsense." eee president's defenders say his tweets make him more transparent than his predecessors, but sometimes they can cause more confusion, like saying there are recordings of his conversations with james comey. anthony, today, sean spicer said the president would confirm whether tapes do exist by >> mason: julianna goldman, thanks. oro of the president's tweets today targeted north korea, accusing it of brutality in the death of otto warmbier, the american college student who was imprisoned for more than a year. today, in a show of force, the u.s. flew two b-1 bombers over the korean peninsula. next week, south korea's new president will travel to the white house for talks on n-escalating the north's nuclear threat. norah o'donnell spoke with him today in seoul. >> good evening, from seoul, and ohere's a lot to discuss at the white house next week, including
esesident moon's proposal for a -sep-by-step process that includes dialogue that ultimately leads to a dismantling of north korea's nuclear weapons program. why would kim jong-un ever agree to freeze his nuclear weapons program? what are you going to give him? >> ( translated ): kim jong-un currently has a blind faith that his nuclear and missile programs will protect him and his regime, lid so we must show and teach north korea that this belief is incorrect. if north korea gives up its nuclear program and missile programs and wants to start a dialogue, then i believe we can send a message that we will not threaten kim jong-un's regime, and we can even provide assistance to them. td that is why i fully agree with president trump that we need stronger sanctions and pressure on north korea to the level that we have never reached before, maximum pressure. or mason: norah o'donnell will have more from south korea this ngek on "cbs this morning."
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♪ [laughter] we all drive... some just for the fun of it. ♪ >> mason: we end tonight with a grisly discove grisly discovery, or more to the point discovering whether a product can stand up to a grizzly. here's carter evans. >> reporter: this time of year, bears are hungry and foraging for food just about anywhere they can find it. and these particular bears are rsme of the best in the business when it comeses to getting the tiods.
are some better product testers than others? >> very much so. >> reporter: randy gravatt knows exactly what a bear wants. >> and we have some fish. >> reporter: whew. that is smelly. it's his job to tempt bears to break into coolers and garbage cans at the nonprofit grizzly and wolf discovery center in fallowstone national park, so manufacturers can make them even stronger and save bears' lives. >> there's a saying: a fed bear is a dead bear. >> reporter: and once they get a taste for it, they'll keep coming back? >> they will. >> reporter: and that's bad news for the bears because when they get too close to people, they're either euthanized or relocated. this 350-pound grizzly is named spirit. she was one of the eight resident grizzlies relocated to the discovery center. for about 500 bucks, companies can find out if their containers toe truly bear resistant to the delight of park visitors like vickey sumner. >> he just kept managing to move that thing around until he just cracked it right open. >> reporter: and now you know which cooler you might bring
with you, huh? >> yeah, the white one. >> reporter: she and others watched as a 600-pound bear onied-and-true c.p.r. method to pop the top on this trash bin. the containers that survive a ut-minute mauling can be sold as bear-resistant, but not all are successful. this doesn't look so good. >> no, no. you can see all the styrofoam so they were able to literally tear that apart. >> reporter: even the steel trash locker was no match for the bears. they just ripped the hinges right off? >> they ripped the hinges right off. >> reporter: when you first started only 10% of the containers were passing the bear test? >> and now it's around 65, so the manufacturers are figuring it out. the ultimate goal is to benefit ile bears out in the wild. >> reporter: saving bears one cooler at a time. ( applause ) carter evans, cbs news, yellowstone. >> mason: my trash can wouldn't stand a chance. that's the cbs evening news. i'm anthony mason in new york. thanks for watching. good night.
heat drags on.. and the triple digits are se he bay area, will be under an exc kpix 5 at 6:00 begins with air conditioners on over drive. the dangerous heat drags on and triple digiterize set to climb. parts of the bay area under excessive heat warning thursday. i am allen martin. >> i am veronica de la cruz, a team tracking the heat, the strain on the bay area power grid, numbers show about 2500 customers without power in the bay area. most of that in the east bay. kpix 5's maria medina, appliances in your home that might be contributing to an outage. >> reporter: good question, cal iso issue adflex alert today and tomorrow, that means conserving energy voluntarily, and you can either turn off the lights or maybe not use your washer and drier. >> i definitely try to conserve energy. >> reporter: malcolm says during
the heat wave he heeds warning and cuts back on electricity. >> hurt as lot more when you have a black out or all that. i have been around the bay area long enough to see a few of those. >> reporter: in fact, one of the largest pg&e power outage events in nearly two decades happened on sunday because of the hot weather. cal iso says if we can cut back on energy during peak hours today and tomorrow, it will help prevent strain on the grid and power outages especially when many will use their air conditioners. >> appliances, electronics, all makes up for about half of our usage in an average home in california. >> reporter: take this into consideration, a light bulb uses 60 watts every 5 hours, compare to a typical drier which uses around 3,000 watts. your central ac, up to 5,000 watts every 60 minutes. a microwave, 1200 pots per heating, a blow drier up to 1500 watts. according to energy use