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good morning to you are viewers in the west. it is thursday, august 31st, 2017. welcome to "cbs this morning." there is breaking news today. flames at chemical plant outside houston after harvey ut power. dangerous fumes are forcing people to the hospital. in texas downpours caused flooding and dramatic rescues while houston drys out and assesses the catastrophic damage. >> american b-1 bombers and stealth fighters join forces with south korean and japanese jets overnight in a show of power. we are in tokyo with a new warning after kim jong-un fires a missile over japan. gene therapy that turns blood cells into cancer killers wins government approval.
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why it could be the start of a new rage in medicine. to. we begin this morning with a look at today's "eye opener," your world in 90 seconds. >> we have been holding the perimeter around the facility to make sure that our citizens are safe and that our environment is protected to the best we can. >> in harvey's wake, fire at a chemical plant. >> we were able to evacuate in anticipation of any problems. >> harvey is moving inland after unleashing a new round of devastation along the louisiana/texas border. >> officials fear the death toll could climb as floodwaters recede, revealing the true scope of the catastrophic storm. >> the president committed, unequivocally to committing the people of texas and texas will come through this and we will be stronger. >> one day after touring the devastation, president trump in springfield, missouri, to push tax reform. >> i don't want to be disappointed by congress. do you understand me?
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do you understand? >> the president and his defense secretary seemed to contradict each other on north korea. >> the president tweeted that talking isn't the answer. are we out of diplomatic solutions for north korea? >> no. >> in sacramento, a deputy was killed and two officers injured during a shoot-out at a hotel. >> a somber anniversary europe. 20 years ago today princess diana died in a horrific car crash that shocked the world. >> all that -- >> going back, he leap, oh my goodness! he caught it! the ball game is over! broxton with a game-saver. >> all that matters. >> in difficult times, such as these, we see the true character of the american people. friends helping friends, neighbors helping neighbors and stranger helping stranger. together, we will overcome. >> on "cbs this morning." >> the glimmer of hope from one shelter in texas where a group
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of gospel singers treated evacuees to an motion nal performance. ♪ captioning funded by cbs this morning's "eye opener" is presented by toyota. let's go places. a little gospel music can always get you through. welcome to "cbs this morning." charlie is off. norah has left houston but is still on asoonment. we're in good hands. margaret brennan is here with maurice dubois of our new york station, wcbs. welcome again. we begin with breaking news amid the texas flooding crisis. a fire burning this morning at flooded chemical plant in crosby is blamed on the disaster. >> police had evacuated a wide area around the facility after its owner said there was no way to prevent an explosion. at least one sheriff's deputy needed hospital treatment after inhaling chemical fumes. >> the plant is 25 miles
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northeast of houston. it was shut down last week before harvey made landfall. e being beg david begnaud is in crosby. good morning. >> reporter: we are at the crosby fire department about five miles from where the plant is right now. no black smoke but we were able to get a helicopter over the plant and you could see flames and smoke coming from it. it had apparently been burning for several hours. the ruptures as officials are calling it, happened more than six hours ago. behind me right now officials with the plant are speaking. they have not been willing to release the number of chemicals that are being housed at their facility. the list of chemicals they have not wanted to talk about. they are answering some questions right now. the bottom line is there are nine different trucks, if you will, box trucks, on the premises. three have lost refrigeration
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and one has ruptured. overnight emergency response vehicles blocked surrounding roads as the black smoke filled the air under the cover of darkness. >> there was a chemical decomposition, chemical reaction, that resulted in a fire at this location. >> reporter: since harvey hit on friday, this plant has been filled with more than 5 feet of water. by sunday backup systems had failed and on tuesday officials ordered all homes want 1 1/2-mile radius to be evacuated. in a statement, the company said without proper refrigeration, chemicals will degrade and catch fire. the fire will be explosive and intense, giving off a thick black smoke which could be irritating to the eyes, skin, and lungs. this crosby facility produce ganic peroxides used mainly to make plastics on. on the company websites videos show what happens when those
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chemicals heat up. eve an small amount can cause an uncontrollable fire. >> they should have had something to stop it. >> reporter: matt dempsey has investigated nearly 2,000 chemical plants at risk for potential harm. he says the ar chem e ma plant ranks 21st on that list. the plant is flooded. your reaction is you're surprised at what? >> they didn't neutralize the chemical. the easiest thing do when you see that water is neutralize the chemical. more important to get t rid of the stock of this stuff and neutralize the threat than it is just to keep it cool. >> reporter: emergency officials are telling us inside each car are one to ten gallon contain rs and inside of there is about 36,000 pounds of the material used to manufacture plastic. the flames were shooting 30 to 40 feet in the air and there are nine of them. remember, one has ruptured and the emergency officials told us a short time ago we expect the other eight could go as well.
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>> that's not what you want to hear right now. thank you very much, david. harvey is now a tropical depression heading toward arkansas and mississippi. the death toll has climbed to at least 29. so far first responders in texas have made more than 13,000 rescues. 32,000 people in the state are in shelters and there is a growing crisis in parts of east texas. the city of beaumont lost its water supply overnight. anna werner is in nearby port arthur, which they say is totally flooded. good morning to you. >> reporter: well, that's right. you get a sense from looking at all this what we're dealing with so that you kind of know where we are this morning, harvey made landfall yesterday about 45 miles away from here. here in port arthur, it's almost impossible to get around as we drove around this morning, we encountered multiple detours that we had to take just to get around all of this water and it's flooded neighborhoods like this one. >> in areas east of houston.
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flooding stretches for miles, entire cities like port arthur are under water. >> if you call 911 and we haven't gotten there yet, we are on the way. >> reporter: the mayor put out video on facebook from his own flooded home. >> if you see someone rescued in your neighborhood, flag them down if you are not comfortable or safe in your home. >> reporter: harvey made its second u.s. landfall wednesday and dropped 45 inches of rain on ports of east texas on friday. >> i have never seen anything like this. very devastating. look at these houses and vehicles. people are going to lose. water so high, it keeps coming. >> reporter: this man waded through floodwaters up to his chest to help rescue a woman trapped in her vehicle. cell phone video taken by a boater shows water over parts of interstate 10. this is the same spot earlier this year. rising waters inundated shelters in two nursing homes forcing staffers and national guard to e evacuate dozens of patients.
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helicopters circled in the air searching for people pleading for help and hoisting them to safety. and on the ground, rescues are also complicated says irving police sergeant mark vincent. >> water meets land meets water meets land. you may have a boat to get to one slab of land to get to more water. it's so sporadic. >> reporter: jean and her husband took shelter in a mobile home after water poured in their house. >> everything i own is under water. i have on pajamas. this is what i own right now. >> reporter: one person we were talking to here told us everybody here as a boat or a lot of people do and that's really what they're using to get around here. but these are hazardous conditions. you've got a lot of materials and items in the water. we were out yesterday not far from here with people trying to
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rescue people as they drove around in those boats and that is not a very safe situation. >> anna, thank you. helicopters from the navy, coast guard and other agencies are flying rescue missions along the texas gulf coast this morning. two navy ships and marines will head to the region today from virginia. vil omar villafranca is in college station, texas. >> good morning. that sound you hear behind me is a squadron getting ready for another mission. we e rod with them and flew 150 miles to port arthur, texas, and we were there when they started pulling desperate texans from the water. for hundreds of texans stranded in rising watt teshgs path to safety has been this -- a lifeline from the air. helicopter rescue crews are able to pluck residents from rooftops in raging rivers.
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in five hours the team we flew with pulled eight people and eve an dog to safety from hard-hit port arthur. >> obviously, i haven't seen anything like that before. >> reporter: this lieutenant was a pilot on one of those missions. if you want to be rescued what should they do so a pilot can recognize them? >> we're looking for a two-hand kind of wave like this or anything white, a help sign, anything out of the ordinary. >> reporter: it's a careful coordination to locate and load people desperate to escape a toxic brew of floodwater left by tropical storm harvey. >> telling us that the water is cold, that they of been sitting in two to three feet of water for a very long time. one of the first rescues that came up wz an older woman. she wasn't able to get her medication but her son-in-law who was also rescued was able to grab her bible. he said we're going the need it. so far, this team has flown over 40 missions with more than 250 rescues. one of those who was rescued was this 93-year-old woman.
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she was pulled to safety by petty offense joe snyder. he told us part of the mission is helping calm people who are frightened and desperate. >> good feeling to have knowing that you're this person's only hope pretty much and showed up just in the nick of time. >> reporter: these rescue swimmers are trained for the churning open ocean so, this rescue mission is much different for them. instead of wearing flippers they have to wear boots when they go down to protect thesmss from whatever debris might be in the floodwater. one rescue swimmer told me he always thought his first rescue mission would be in a war zone. not here at home. >> omar sox impressive. thank you. flashflooding could be a problem for millions from louisiana to arkansas. the center of the tropical depression the is near monroe, louisiana, this morning. the heavy yst rain will be in tennessee and kentucky. memphis could see up to a foot of rain. houston, though, is not expected to see any more rain until early next week. as the floodwaters recede in
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houston, the full scale of harvey's devastation is becoming apparent. drone video shows how 14 feet of water covered parts ofdown on monday. mark strassmann is there with today's conditions. marc, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. see that yellow clearance sign behind me? those 14-foot waters you were talking about, three days they rose that high and ever since they've been resadding. this debris mark is one measure of how far they've gone back, but in this downtown street the waters went down another 100 yards. but major challenges have yet to g away. although the rains have stopped, much of houston looks much like a major city and more like a swamp. the life saving missions go on. border patrol agents rescued this woman clinging to a utility pole. >> i'm gong to push you up, all right? >> okay. >> one, two. >> reporter: ed emmet is the chief executive of harris county which includes houston. he told us he has no clear sense of how many people are still missing.
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>> there could be some people in some vehicles that we aven't recovered yet. >> reporter: deputies found the bodies of an elderly couple and this air four great grandchildren. they drowned in this van trying to escape the floodwaters. >> it just swept the van back and got em banked but it was under at least four feet of water so it was invisible at the time. >> reporter: harvey dumped 1 trillion gallons of rain, enough water to go over niagara falls for 15 days. roughly a third of the county, some 450 square miles, is submerged. 32,000 people have been forced into shelters. >> before the storm hit, i was supposed to sign a lease for an apartment and is storm hit so we have nowhere to g. >> reporter: houston opened three megashelters that can house up to 20,000 people. officials vow to keep them open as long as necessary. >> we need to make sure we have plans. what are we going to do about housing? what are we going to do about schools? what are we going to do about
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infrastructure? the recovery is not weeks, it's likely to be years. >> reporter: fema has received more than 210,000 individual applications for financial help. the overall operation is down shifting from rescue to recovery from life threatening to getting life back to normal. >> marc thanks. vice president pence is on his way to texas to visit people hit bihar vie and to see the damage. president trump sent a message of reassurance yesterday during a pitch for his tax reform plan at factory in missouri. major garrett is at the white house. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. >> the mental havoc that is hurricane harvey, president trump is trying to generate real political momentum for tax reform. yesterday's speech was one of many on that topic. the white house is scrambling to pass tax cut before the end of the year, but there's less time
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than meets the eye. only 48 days left in the house and senate. >> can i say missouri? or should assay missouri? snoosh while rescues in the aftermath of harvey continued in texas and louisiana, president trump flew to springfield, missouri, to cam feipaign for massive tax cuts. first, he addressed harvey's wrath. >> to those americans who have lost loved one, all of america is grieving with you. >> reporter: mr. trump was criticized for those not mentioning those killed in the storm on his tuesday trip and not visiting flood-ravaged areas. the fact he saw no damage first hand did not stop him from claiming on twitter, quote, first hand the horror and devastation caused by hurricane harvey. the president promised relief for the middle class. >> we want to help them take home as much of their money as possible. >> reporter: but his plan largely includes cuts for wealthiest of americans including reducing the corporate tax rate from 35% to 15% and
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lowering taxes on profits made overseas. but before congress even addresses tax reform, it must pass a budge it, secure funding for hurricane harvey relief, and raise the debt ceiling. several house republicans sitting in front of him, the president said this is a chance for congress to redeem itself after the failure to pass obamacare repeal. >> i am fully committed to working with congress to get this job done. and i don't want to be disappointed by congress. do you understand me? [ applause ] do you understand? >> reporter: tax reform, will, by necessity, take a backseat to hurricane harvey relief. the vice president will, unlike the president, visit with victims of hurricane harvey and witness first hand actual damage. maurice? >> major garrett at the white house. thank you. the u.s., south korea and japan put on a military display, a display of power overnight, in response to north korea's latest missile launch. new video shows b 1 supersonic
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bombers and f-35 fighter jets in a bombing drill in south korea. north korea fired an intermediate range ballistic missile on tuesday that flew over northern japan. ben tracy is in tokyo. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. this was a very direct show of force to north korea. it wasn't just the u.s. it involved u.s. allies, japan and south korea. all of this happened hours after the u.s. conducted a successful missile defense test off the co. there are conflicting messages from washington on how to handle north korea. on wednesday, president trump tweeted the u.s. has been talking to north korea and paying them extortion money for 25 years. talking is not the answer. the same day, secretary of defense james mattis said we are never out of diplomatic solutions. today is the last day of the joint military exercises between the u.s. and south korea. that could be a time for the tensions to finally start going down.
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but kim jong-un said he wants to keep launching missiles into the pacific. if he does that, it certainly won't help. gayle? >> thank you, ben, reporting from tokyo. a 12-year-old girl in philadelphia has been cancer free for five years thanks to a a new trimt that just won federal approval. ahe ahead, our dr. dr. david agus
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the scope many harvey evacuees are learning to scope of their loss. >> kris van cleave is there. >> the families here are now starting to come home. what they're finding is there's not a whole lot to come home to. that's coming up on "cbs this morning." that's coming up on "cbs this morning." ou look amazing.
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today marks 20 years since princess diana's death ahead.
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how a veteran deputy is dead.. after he was involved in a shoot-out. "robert french" was with the ff's good morning. i'm michelle griego. a veteran deputy is dead after he was involved in a shootout. robert french is with the sacramento sheriff's department for 21 years. two others officers and the suspect were also shot. the suspect faces charges. there are no longer issues with emergency calls in san francisco. at&t users had trouble calling 911 overnight. the company says service has been restored and they are investigating. stay with us, traffic and weather in just a moment.
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good morning. time now 7:27. a couple of traffic alerts to tell you about. we had an earlier dump truck
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overturn along 680 right near north mission street. one lane remains blocked with dirt in lanes. that backup really stretches along southbound 680. give yourself some extra time. we are looking at about 20 minutes from andrade to mission boulevard. santa rita off-ramp from westbound 580 a big rig overturned with glue. one lane closed and chp has issued a traffic alert. 31 minutes between 205 and 680. hat's a check of your traffic; over to you. don't want to get "stuck" in that. [ laughter ] >> you can see the top of the transamerica tower. cool 58 in concord. oakland 56. temperatures comfortable. guess what. everything is about to change. we are going to get very warm today. concord 103 a record-breaker. 82 oakland. tomorrow hotter by 10 degrees. life.
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an elderly man got stranded on tuesday in his vehicle by rising floodwaters. people linked their arms together to form a human chain and rescue him. one of the rescuers is seen cradling him in his arms and carrying him to safety. these videos never get hold to me. strangers helping strangers, black or white, red state or blue state. people want to help.
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here we are. >> whatever it takes. >> yeah. very nice. welcome back to "cbs this morning." charlie is off and norah is on assignment. >> we are seeing signs of recovery at two houston major airports. flights are slowly resuming. operations were suspended as of sunday as runways filled up with water. the first commercial flight since then landed last night. both airports have been opened to drop off relief supplies. they expect the full service to resume. >> many people forced out of their homes bihar vi are facing challenges as they return to see the destruction. emergency officials say the storm destroyed more than 1,000 homes in texas, 50,000 more are
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start of problems facing many thousands of people across southeast texas. jose garcia took a trip down the lane to their home every day for the past 19 years. this time, it's in their neighbor's boat. this your house? >> yeah. >> reporter: it's the first time back since hurricane harvey hit. they couldn't get in because they lost the key to the house. the garcia's didn't have high water here, so we waded through chest-deep water, to help get through their back window. inside, it's worse than they feared. what's going through your mind when you walked in here? >> i don't have words. >> reporter: the couple lives here with four of their adult
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children and one grand kid. a baby bottle and food sit unfinished on the counter, reminders of how quickly they had to get out. people parked their cars on the street thinking it was high enough. the water kept coming. a heart breaking homecoming for many families in crosby. >> everything is gone. >> reporter: he lives down the street. he had to canoe to his house. during the storm, his family woke up to three feet of water inside their home and had to go. what's in his truck bed is all he could salvage. what about the baby pictures and family photos. >> some are saved. not much. everything is almost gone. >> reporter: maribel was able to find enough dry clothes for a couple days. >> my kids want to come home. >> reporter: it's hard to imagine that will be possible anytime soon. for now, they will stay with family. >> i feel overwhelmed. you know?
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helpless. i don't know what to do right now. >> reporter: a feeling shared by comes to paying for repairs. maurice? >> heart breaking, chris. thank you. here is a look at this mornings other headlines. "the wall street journal" says the pentagon recognizes more american troops are in afghanistan than previously disclosed. 11,000 troops in afrg. earlier, the defense department say 8400 were deployed there. they did not count military personnel. >> the philadelphia inquirer says a penn state football trainer says he has no role in a fraternity party that led to the
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death of a pledge. tim green testified he would never allow alcohol abuse. he didn't know the 19-year-old was left to die after an alleged night of alcohol soaked hazing. the preliminary hearing for the kids resumes today. >> half a million pacemakers are at risk of hacking. the fda recalled implantable cardiac pacemakers, an unauthorized user could access the patient's device and lead to inappropriate pacing that could result in harming the patient. an update was issued to fix the problem. a u.s. news and world report says a breakthrough treatment to fight cancer has federal aproouft. it is the first approved gene therapy approved in the united states. it reprograms the body's immune system to attack a deadly blood
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cancer. it was effective in clinical trials in 83% of children and young adults with lieu keek that. >> 12-year-old emily white was the first pediatric patient to receive this. she was dying of cancer. today, she is cancer free. they hope this type of therapy could be used against multiple diseases. david, good morning to you. >> good morning, gail. >> it's very exciting to hear about emily's story. help us understand why the medical community is so excited about this, being called a new frontier in medicine. >> so great to have a positive story this week. this is an amazing story. this is a treatment different than all other treatments. take out the immune cells from the children with this leukemia. send them to a factory in new jersey. they do gene therapy to target the cells back to the leukemia.
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they send the cells back, they are infused into the child and 83% of children that failed all treatment go into remission. this is a living therapy. >> the treatments were a narrow group of patients. who is eligible initially? >> right now, it is children and young adults with a.l.l., a particular kind of leukemia that failed other treatments. in the pipeline is lymphoma in adults and children. >> this is eye popping. almost half a million dollars. 475,000. that's in line with certain other therapies. the payment for this is unique, right? >> no question about it. today, in "fortune" magazine, david goldman and myself have a piece talking about this. realize, put the $475,000 in perspective. a transplant, an alternative treatment is $800,000. what the pharmaceutical company
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negotiated with the u.s. government is that you only have to pay if the child is in remission at one month. you only pay if the drug works. actually basing the cost or charge of the drug on value is a new innovative way of pricing drugs. innovative treatment and payment. 475,000 is an enormous price, but at the same time, it is different in kids who don't respond and do respond. when this comes out for different indications, they are going to charge different amounts. it is based on what it saves. >> what are the risks? >> you are killing lots of cells at once. it's only administered in 20 centers that are certified and know how to deal with it. that number will expand over the next year. it is a difficult therapy. these kids have no other choice. to them, it is life saving. as you say with emily at the
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beginning of the story. >> can you use it on other diseases or only for cancer? >> you are going to see approvals for lymphoma in adults. you are also have clinical tries, over 50 with different indications. they range from other kinds of cancer, like tumors and heart disease and others. it is exciting we have a living drug to treat patients. >> thank you very much doctor. ahead, mark phillips is outside kensington palace with how princess diana is being honored on the 20th anniversary of her death. >> reporter: 20 years ago, this place was a sea of flowers and a waive of shock and grieve swept over britain when princess diana died. what's happened since? that story coming up on "cbs this morning." e give you bare feet, backsweat, and gordo's... everything.
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they were when she was killed 20 years ago today in a car crash in paris. her death, at the age of 36, she was only 36 years old, shocked the world and triggered a flood of grief and anger, too. her son's prince william and harry visited a memorial outside her former home in kensington palace. we are outside the home she left behind. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the crowds gathered for diana, again. much smaller this time than 20 years ago when this was a scene of mass mourning for the princess. frankly, it's taken that long to try to understand what her life and her death meant. the only official recognition of the anniversary was the brief public appearance of her two sons and william's wife, kate and the memorial garden dedicated to diane that and the
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well wishers at the gate. a fate echo after the public grief that followed diana's shocking death. >> such a waste, isn't it? i think i'm speaking for everybody. incredibly sad. >> reporter: back then, it became more than a tragedy for two young boys. william was 15 and harry 12 at the time. it was a national drama that seemed to shake the foundations of the monarchy. of the queen who waited too long before acknowledging the nation's sorrow. of the heir to the throne, prince charles blamed for the breakdown of the marriage and of the people's princess who seemed to single handedly drag the stuffy royal family into the modern world and who had more or less become its brand. >> she touched our heart. >> reporter: the fractures and the bond between the royals and
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the people that diana's death revealed became the story then. in some ways, her death is proving more difficult than her life was. >> reporter: 20 years later, the flowers are gone and the great flood of shock and grief that swept britain has long since receded and left a sad nos stall ja behind. prince william and kate live in the palace. all the changes turned into a question of style. >> goes to show you what a massive figure she was and still is. >> reporter: royal correspondent. >> in terms of press interest, in terms of the way the younger world go about their job. so, she is that. she is the focal point. >> reporter: somebody who has not been a focal point lately is prince charles, the next king, who decided, many think wisely, to keep silent during this
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commemoration. as for diana's sons, they, too, have decided to commemorate this event in silence. maurice? >> thank you. i remember how the news traveled to get home to turn on the tv instead of the smartphone. >> it happened in the middle of the night. i remember being up. people were so worried about william and harry at the time, they were so young, how are they going to turn out. they apparently turned out okay. she would be proud. >> she would. how harvey forces an you got.
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has been arrested for reportedly starting the ponderso good morning. i'm kenny choi. this morning, we have learned that a man has been arrested for reportedly starting the ponderosa fire in butte county. at least 10 homes have been destroyed so far and at least 5 others damaged. in the north bay, authorities are looking for a 26-year-old unique gaimes. she is accused of walking into a senior housing complex and stabbing a man. she was last seen at the el cerrito del norte bart station. stick around; we'll have traffic and weather in just a moment.
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good morning. a motorcycle crash on 80. this is a live look westbound headlight on the left side of
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the screen there near mcbryde avenue. the crash closer to central. the backup, oh, it stretches beyond 4. we are looking at 90- minute ride from highway 4 down to the maze. over at the bay bridge toll plaza, it's still a very slow ride, as well. and 880 dealing with an accident blocking one lane. a motorcycle crash. and that's a 45-minute ride from 238 on down to highway 84. neda? >> all right. our view from 48 stories up, clear skieses across the bay area. we are talking a lot of sunshine. get ready for it today. temperatures are cool and comfortable at 63 in concord and 61 san jose. san jose temperatures will be in the low 90s. now, tomorrow, san jose will see 102 degrees. livermore 104 today, 114 tomorrow. triple digits true through tuesday.
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good morning to you our viewers in the west. it's thursday august 31st, 2017. welcome back to cbs this morning. ahead texas flooding leads to dangerous fire and smoke at a chemical plant near houston. we're near the scene. plus as thousands seek shelter in texas we'll ask the ceo of the american red cross about relief efforts there but first here's today's eye opener at 8:00. >> amid the texas flooding crisis a fire burning this morning at a flooded chemical plant is blamed on the disaster. >> these can burn very quickly and very vie lenly and it would not be unusual for them. >> we get a sense from looking at all this what we're dealing with. harvey made land fall yesterday about 45 miles from here. >> that sound you hear behind me
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is helicopters c squadron 7 getting ready for another mission. we were there when they started pulling desperate texans from the water. >> this debris mark is one measure of how far they have gone back but the water has gone down another 100 yards but major challenges here have yet to go away. >> tax reform will take a backseat to hurricane harvey relief and the vice president will visit with victims. >> houston stay strong we're all behind you. >> houston's very own star athlete j.j. watt raised a lot of money toward relief efforts. >> the new goal by the way just keeps going. 10 million. he started this last sunday and the original goal was 200,000. >> i think we're seeing humans helping humans. it doesn't matter rich, poor, black, white it doesn't matter everybody is helping everybody and that's what is most important at a time like this and it's incredible to witness. >> i'll gayle king.
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charlie is off. nora is off on another assignment today. we now have an update on our breaking story. a fire is burning this morning at a major chemical plant near houston. officials have now backed away from reports that there was an explosion at this facility but they say there were popping noises. harvey knocked out power to the plant. some of the chemicals inside can burn without refrigeration. >> the planlt in crosby, texas s about 25 miles northeast of houston. everyone living within a mile and a half of the plant had already been evacuated. david is with emergency yunluni near the scene. good morning. >> good morning, company officials are telling us it is inevitable that there will be more ruptures. they don't like using the word explosion. it was a reaction to the chemical inside of nine different box containers. the box container in the back there are nine of them on the property of this plant.
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three of the nine have lost their ability to stay cool. the refrigeration system has gone out. one of the three has ruptured. flames shot 30 to 40 feet in the air. company officials told us they expect the other two that have lost refrigeration they expect the same thing will happen and fire officials have said they're prepared for all nine to go. now the good news is the water at the plant is receding slightly, a little bit. but they're not going to send emergency rescuers in there because the situation is too volatile. so even if the water goes down and the place is dry no rescue crews are going in and they will likely let all of the nine just simply explode, if you will, even if they're smaller explosions. a lot of this has to do with heat, right? and it is hot here right now. we are five miles from the plant. there is a 1.5 mile evacuation zone but local officials here are saying they feel comfortable with that evacuation zone.
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they don't think they need to extend it and people who are worried should be assured that they have a good handle on controlling this situation. >> okay. thank you so much this morning. what is left of harvey is moving toward arkansas and mississippi now. the storm killed at least 29 people. about 50,000 homes in texas have been hit by flooding or other damage. rising water forced new rescues yesterday east of houston. boats and helicopters were used to help people in cities like beaumont and port arthur. beaumont's water supply was knocked out overnight and there's a critical need for shelter near orange texas near the louisiana border. michelle miller is there with a story of a church that has too many people and not enough help. >> good morning, one challenge those folks in that shelter have to deal with, they don't have any power. that's thanks to these downed trees and power lines from those amazing wind gusts yesterday.
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the other challenge, flood water. several feet of it, in fact and all sorts of debris and chemicals and critters in this flood water. we have seen snakes. yes snakes. it makes these residential neighborhoods look like bayou back lands. >> i anlt never heard it before in my life. >> flood waters forced veronica and her family from their orange, texas home. the small community of less than 20,000 is struggling to recover from harvey's impact with limited resources. the north orange baptist church is one of two operating shelters in town. church pastor rusty dollar says they're at triple capacity with nearly 400 people crammed inside. >> the cool thing is people come together to show love and we just don't have the resources. >> where are all of these people goi going? >> i don't know. talk about people trying to bring in buses.
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>> what other shelters? >> we don't know. we have a lot of good people sre wanting to help and people tay andneed you g a can see them. >> care takers and volunteers work together to evacuate dozens of people stranded at an assisted living home. >> we're going to get you out of the weather, okay? >> and brought them to the church. >> i'm trying to do what i can to help these people. it's total devastation. >> it was one other sheltder opened up. some have gone on to their families and other parts of texas and louisiana. we should note the one thing that folks here don need anymore of and that's rain and as bone dry as it is right now, more rain is forecasted.
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>> michelle, thank you. you never think about what he was saying i'm just trying to help them but i never thought about snakes and alligators in the water. you're just trying to survive and now you have to deal with that too. >> aparentalparently they're everywhere. >> the federal government designated the american red cross to co-lead mass care during disasters. that includes shelters food and emergency supplies. in texas it helped put more than 32,000 people in shelters. the organization and it's partners have served more than 180,000 meals and snacks since the storm began. more than 1500 volunteers are on the ground. gail is the president and ceo of the american red cross. she joins us now from the texas red cross volunteer command center in austin. good morning. i know you have quite the assignment ahead of you but at this point do the available resources meet the demand that
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you're seeing? >> well we have as you said 1500 volunteers on the ground and more on the way but as you have also reported there are additional evacuations, people are presenting in shelters. the need is enormous. we have an outpouring of support and people that are interested in volunteering as you said. as of tuesday night we served 180,000 meals and snacks. people are just showing up at the shelters and the challenges have been incredible. all of these roads have been flooding and have been unbelievable and the heroics. we were bringing volunteers in city dump trucks so they could get through the water. we have high water vehicles now from the department of defense,
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20 of them bringing supplies into the shelters. >> and the donations -- >> go ahead, finish -- >> no i was just going to say it's really been a challenge. >> well i have to say the donations are pouring in. help us understand. take us through donation process. say someone donates $100. how much of that is going to go to the harvey victims because they're saying look i want to help the harvey victims. there are some concerns that some of that money goes to red cross overhead, red cross pr so how much of that $100 actually goes to the harvey victims that people want to help? >> well on average 91 cents of every dollar that we spend goes to our services and we are really proud of the fact that we keep our overhead low. and people designating money for victims of hurricane harvey that money will be used for the people that were impacted by hurricane harvey.
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we are taking great care to make sure that we're great stewards of our donors dollars. >> 91% will go to -- >> when you say our services i don't know if that means red cross services or the money that's going to the harvey victims? >> it's red cross services that are going, so things like food, things like supplies, things like clean up kits and depending on the level of financial support we get we also like to give financial support to the victims as well. but we are going to make sure that every designated dollar that is going to this storm is used appropriately and like i said on average 91 cents goes to our services and we're really proud of that. >> now i'm sure you're aware of some of the stories that say 25% of the money has gone to overhead. some people are out there on social media saying gosh that's
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way too much. you have to donate to other organizations. i'm sure that doesn't sit well with you. >> well, they can look at our financial statements and see what our overhead is and i can tell you that i'm really proud of the fact that we're good stewards of our donors dollars and i know how these gifts are given. i understand the generosity of the american public and the need is so great. and people just always step up for us and we take that responsibility very seriously. >> okay. how much has been raised so far and how much are you trying to get? >> well, the need is enormous. you've seen the visuals. it's really incredible. and we are going to be at it for a very very long time. in terms of what we have raised it's literally changing by the hour. >> what is it at this hour?
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>> well, sometime next week we'll be able to give you a good idea of how much money we have raised because it's changing very rapidly. >> all right gail, thank you very much for joining us this morning. one of the most memorable images of hurricane harvey is this picture of the nursing home residents we all remember this. the elderly people sitting in waist deep flood water. ahead one of the women in the photo shares how she tried to stay calm as the water inched higher and higher but
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reid hoffman is one of the most influential people in silicon vy.al an executive. co-founder of linked in. he serves on microsoft and
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airbnb. we welcome reid hoffman back to the studio. you are an elder statesman. in silicon valley, that's 25. >> maybe 31. >> it's great to have you here. you are in town for an artificial intelligence conference. there are many views about artificial intelligence. many think grea great, this is the way of the future. elon musk has concerns and reservations about it. your thoughts? it scares a lot of >> technology has opportunity el and threat. those are great. when cars were invented, people were scared of them. >> sure. >> they regulated, initially, someone had to walk in front of them wavingg bauecse who knows what would happen. a f it's a legitimate, what's the downside and the concern. that's real with ai. elon is very sport.
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the opportunities are great. one thing is important to say, we need to navigate this the right way. we can impact ai to create more jobs, use ai to solve disease. there's a bunch of things that it can be instrumental to and we need to not lose sight of that. >> you say increase jobs. >> yes. >> the fear is jobs are not going to be taken by foreign workers, but computers. you are saying that's not the case? >> broadly, all tech know logical transitionings change. we need to make sure we do that. >> is that where we are now? >> i think we are at the beginning of it. it will get worse because the whole stack, everything from autonomous vehicles, which will replace what a lot of people are driving. cars created suburbs, new economic centers, construction, retail jobs, a number of other
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things. that's what you are looking for. with ai, that may help us with the ways to extend capabilities to do new jobs. >> help me with self-driving cars here. how is that a good idea? i'm afraid of that. i's hard enough with people driving them. >> exactly. >> well, if you took technology and said all we have is self-driving cars, you would have 90% reduction in accidents and fatalities. you wouldn't be waiting in congestion, you would be able to sleep in the back and drinking and driving, which today is a horrific, malignant thing to do. you would be expected to do it. you are having a beer in the car. of course, that's fine. you are relaxing on the way home and won't get a ticket. >> you are comforting. i know there's more to come on this topic. we thank you very much for
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joining us at the table. harvey could be the most costly natural disaster in u.s. history. think about that number for a minute. still ahead, jill schlesinger talking about how many file claims could be affected by a new law in texas. we'll be right back. that's why i'm using nicorette. only nicorette gum has patented dual-coated technology for great taste, plus intense craving relief. every great why needs a great how. ♪ bmilk and fresh cream,a. and only sustainably farmed vanilla. what is this? a vanilla bean? mmm! breyers the good vanilla. we use non-gmo sourced ingredients in some of america's favorite flavors. mmm! when you don't get enough sleep, and your body aches, you're not yourself. tylenol® pm relieves pain
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ahead, one of the texas nursing homes that's been photographed sitting in rising
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floodwaters shares her story. what went through the state supreme court will decide whether information collected by license plate e made public. good morning, it's 8:25. i'm kenny choi. this morning, the state supreme court will decide whether information collected by license plate readers must be made public. many bay area cities have been using them but they each have different privacy policies. today the man accused of killing 59-year-old christopher patty in a hit-and-run crash is due in court. police think the 28-year-old jonathan ritter lost control of his bmd on sunday in guerneville hitting the man. he is the uc-berkeley's chief legal counsel. raffic and weather in just a moment.
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good morning. time now 8:27. two traffic alerts in effect at this hour. we have an accident along 680 that has one lane blocked near north mission street and the backup stretches beyond 580. but 20 minutes from andrade down to south mission boulevard. we are also tracking delays along westbound 580 but an accident has one lane shut down on the santa rita off-ramp from westbound 580 due to an overturned big rig. expect delays through there. 39 minutes between 205 and the dublin-pleasanton interchange. it's a slow ride across the san mateo bridge. 32 minutes from 880 over to 101 in that westbound direction. eastbound no problems.
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880 heading through oakland, 40 minutes. northbound traffic on the right side of your screen there from 238 on up to the maze. the eastshore freeway all lanes have cleared from that earlier motorcycle crash. traffic heavy 45 minutes from highway 4 to the maze. and "slow, stop, go" into san francisco. let's take a look, looking beautiful out there a bit of fog coming through but also you can see, at the top of your screen a little smog. and we do have a "spare the air" alert today. look at our temperatures today. 63 in concord. 59 livermore. livermore about to get hot today. san jose 61. also things will be toasty there today. unhealthy air in the east bay and santa clara valley. tomorrow unhealthy across the board except for the coast all because of the heat keeping the smog in. our highs today concord 103. 103 in fairfield. we are looking at another ridge of high pressure coming through which is going to give us extensive heat through wednesday.
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♪ gorgeous voice there. a group of gospel singers using the power of their voices to lift the spirits of harvey evacuees. they led a series of hymns at the expo center in texas. a clip reached 14 million views online. white encurages people to serve the community. >> they say it was a spontaneous thing. gospel music can take you places you didn't know you needed to
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go. >> we need inspiration. >> we do. bravo to you, victoria white. norah o'donnell is on assignment. bravo to her. margaret brennan is here. >> right now, it is time to show you some of the morning's headlines. variety reports tickets for bruce springsteen's upcoming solo on broadway went on sale and quickly ended up on resale sights listed for $7500. that's one ticket, u.s. dollars. despite ticketmasters verify program that's supposed to thwart those, tickets for the initial eight-week run sold out instantly. springsteen on broadway has been extended. >> do you think it's going to be any good? i can't wait. the machine that printed the recent $758 million winning power ball ticket has been
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retired. the massachusetts state lottery took the unusual step of taking it out of service displayed som. may vis bought the ticket in chicopee. the store was churning out tickets for 20 years. the mercury news in san jose reports american fathers are getting older. researchers found in 2014, the average age of fathers of newborns was 30.9 years olds. ol
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impacted by the storm do not have flood insurance. cbs news business analyst jill schlesinger is here. we talked about this the other day, making it tougher for flood vicks to file. how is this going to help? >> this rule is interesting. it was passed earlier in the year, well before we were in disaster season. it was designed to curve lawsuits against companies in the aftermath of a natural disaster. >> like this one. >> like this. it had rules and modifications. what would happen if an insurance claim went to trial? a couple pieces of this that is important, we see a reduction in
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compensation to some lawyers who would represent people who were suing companies, if that claim came in substantially less than expected. so, lawyers may say i don't want to take these cases, it's too risky, i might not get paid enough money. the other part is insurance companies paid a fee for dragging their feet if the claim was in the court system. that would be reduced under this law. >> helping or hurting the consumer? come on? >> consumer advocates are against this. the plaintiff bar is a strong one. it's unclear. what we know is the rules do not apply to people who have national flood insurance coverage. those folks are fine. as you said, it's 80% of the people who don't have that coverage. >> how big of a problem is it going to be? >> it's an issue. first of all, those people who don't have coverage want to sue or have coverage under a normal
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homeowners or auto policy. the bigger issue is where will i find assistance? >> yeah. >> will it be from red cross? will it be from fema or other direct assistance from the government? the problem we have seen in previous storms whether it's katrina or sandy, a lot of people say, i got some assistance, but it wasn't enough. i came out of the storm with a ton of debt. okay, with low interest debt, but it was debt. many people, a lot of financial planners i talked to say we are concerned for the financial stability of the folks who live in this region. >> the federal flood programs say it's $25 billion in debt. is there a path? >> the program has told us that there's about 1.6 or 7 billion left with cash on hand. then they could borrow up to $5.8 billion or so. the limit is $30 billion.
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i know what you are thinking, oh, my god, this storm is going to push us to this limit. remember, that limit has been expanded a number of times in the facility. jaime yuccas spoke to a woman in the picture. jaime, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the name of the small nursing home is a beautiful life, in italian. life bake unbearable when water came rushing into the home during hurricane harvey. we spoke with former resident, ruth miller.
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she said what happened. can you tell me about being in the water. >> i didn't like it. >> reporter: you didn't like it? >> no. it scares me. >> reporter: as the water rose around ruth miller and her friend, the 64-year-old says staffering relied on a simple mantra. >> keep calm and collected. >> reporter: chemocalm and collected. they kept saying that over and over. >> smells good, doesn't it? >> reporter: the nursing homeowners said they were initially told to shelter in place. >> that is where the water rose in this room. >> reporter: evacuation was soon their only option. >> within 45 minutes to an hour, it went from ankle to stomach. >> reporter: to get help, she snapped this photo and sent it to her daughter in florida. i said do what you have to do. >> reporter: a few hours after the image was posted on social
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media came a rescue, then the reunion. >> what was it like when you first saw me today? >> oh. happy. >> reporter: ruth is now living with her older sister. >> when you look at that picture, what goes through your mind? >> how tragic this could have ene there and luckily, it held. it held. >> reporter: she will stay with her sister until the family can find a new facility to fit her needs. the owners plan to rebuild. there's plenty of damage outside as well as inside. there's to anytime when they could return here. >> social media, a few hours and they were rescued in a way that wasn't probably possible or likely years ago. >> we saw the rescue from beginning to end. >> iconic training in california
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lee cowan shows us the decades long effort to safe this pop cull h culture icon. >> reporter: the sight of a herd of goats in downtown los angeles was a head scratcher. but, their appetite had purpose. they were here to clear the underbrush on an incline too steep for a lawn mower. too steep for just about anything. saved the little engine that could. ♪ >> reporter: in 1901, the angel's flight railway began
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what would be over 100 million trips up and down l.a.'s bunk erp hill. >> from top to bottom, 300 feet. the world's shortest franchise railway. >> reporter: it was short, but the commute was prakt. >> caller:. >> in the morning and afternoon, people commuted to work. >> reporter: gordon remembered his first ride in 1946. for him, the twin car named olive and sinai. >> does it sound the same? >> absolutely the same. that ring of the cable over the rollers. that's what i remember. >> a piece of pop culture making cameos. >> no problem. >> reporter: perry mason maid the trip to the courthouse below. an extra behind jimmy stewart in the glenn miller story. >> reporter: and it's currently the scene of the crime in the upcoming crime of amazon's
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"bosh" as in detective harry bosh. >> i'll always be the guy that killed somebody. >> reporter: best selling author says angels place in l.a. lower made it the perfect setting for the search for clues. >> to me, like it was a real, live metaphor, a bridge that goes from old l.a. to new l.a. >> reporter: this little railway even won an oscar. with some help from emma stone and ryan gosling. their on board kiss in la la land was no accident. >> when he was an up and coming actor, he was living downtown a block away. he always wanted to ride it and it was always closed. >> reporter: yes, like any tinsel town titan, the career had its ups and downs. by the late '60s, progress in the form of downtown skyscrapers
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made the flight seem like a relic. in 1969, it was dismantled and put in storage. >> there was such a cry from the citizens -- >> reporter: it was loved that much? >> it was loved that much. the city council, on behalf of the people made the promise it will come back. >> reporter: it took almost 30 years, but angel's flight did come back. there was a problem. the restoration was done improperly. in 2001, one of the cars broke loose, killing an 83-year-old tourist. it was shut down. in 2013, a derailment forced another shutdown. there's where olive and sinai have been sitting ever since. the only customers, the goats. that could have been the end of it. >> yeah. should we give up and walk away? we looked at each other and said we cant do that.
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>> reporter: they needed angels to foot the bill for service. they came. stor anxious to weave the old into the new. a host of safety upgrades have been done. they have evicted the termites and finally, angel's flight is now back on track. gordon pattison is waiting for the paint to dry. >> it's still here and so am i. >> reporter: never gets old for you, does it? >> never gets old. >> reporter: the old fashioned feeling of going nowhere fast. maybe that's a sign of progress, too. for "cbs this morning," lee cowan, los angeles. >> brings that romantic mystique back to l.a. i like that. you are watching "cbs this morning." we'll be right back. fety."
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a veteran deputy died.. after he was involved in a shoot-out. it happened at a "ramada inn" in sacramento... when the deputy tried to confront who was invo good morning, it's 8:55. authorities in sacramento say a veteran deputy died after he was involved in a shootout at a ramada inn in sacramento when the deputy tried to confront a suspect involved in a stolen car ring. there are no longer issues with emergency calls in san francisco according to officials. at&t users had trouble calling 911 overnight. the company says that it's trying to figure out what caused that problem. >> and a final ruling is expected today on the campaign to remove judge aaron persky from his post. the retired judge ruled on monday that supporters of the push could continue collecting signatures for the recall to hit the ballot. today's decision centers on underlying legal issues. stick around; we'll have weather and traffic in just a moment. who are these people?
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a better way to grow, a better way to eat. and it starts with foster farms simply raised chicken. california grown with no antibiotics ever. good morning. 8:57. delays for drivers on southbound 680. a traffic alert remains in effect one lane blocked in that southbound direction near north mission street. we have an overturned big rig. and that is keeping your ride very heavy. 22 minutes from andrade to mission boulevard south. through san jose 101 near north first over an hour from hellyer to san antonio. and we continue to see delays in and out of san francisco.
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your ride from 80 split to sierra point parkway right around 15 minutes. and the new crash just coming in southbound 101 this is right near the u.p.s. building so approaching cesar chavez one lane blocked. let's check in with neda. let's look at our sutro cam here. you see a little bit of a haze. we are not getting fog this morning. we certainly are seeing a lot of sunshine. we are going to see some warm air, too. concord now 67. livermore 64. and temperatures are about to skyrocket for today. here's a look at the highs in the inland areas. triple digits 103 in fairfield. a record-breaking 103 for concord. and fremont today 85 degrees. 77 in san francisco. we have another big high pressure ridge moving into northern california which is why you see all these warnings and watches across the area. heat advisory today. excessive heat warning for friday and red flag warning through saturday because of dry
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gusty conditions and warm temperatures through wednesday of next week. enjoy your thursday.
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