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♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: tonight, prices at oae pump soar as president trump says it is looking like iran is behind the attack in saudi arabia's oil facilities. how will the u.s. respond, and could it involve military action? also tonight, nearly 50,000 workers strike at general motors. why did they bring america's largest automaker to a standstill? a brand-new building suddenly blows up in maine, killing a firefighter. how a school bus full of children escaped just minutes earlier. we're on the southern border where tents are being used as courthouses to speed up immigration hearings. eye on earth, they call it the blob. a massive heat wave in the scean. we'll look at what it's doing to marine life. plus a show of sportsmanship. why georgia bulldog fans wore pink instead of red for game day.
and are we nearing the end of the worst measles outbreak in decades? this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell. >> o'donnell: good evening. this is our western edition. it is decision time for president trump, who tonight is weighing how to respond to an unprecedented attack on saudi arabian oil facilities. his first move, sending his secretary of state to saudi arabia. the attack on saturday at two separate refineries knocked out half of saudi arabia's oil output. the facilities were hit 19 times with what officials believe was a combination of drones and cruise missiles. iran was immediately suspected. we have new reporting tonight. weijia jiang begins our coverage at the white house. >> i'm not looking to get into new conflict, but sometimes you r:ve to.sint trump stopped short of blaming iran for the attacks on two saudi oil plants, but indicated it was
likely iran and a u.s. intelligence official tells cbs news that tehran did indeed launch the attack. >> well, it's looking that way. we'll have some pretty good-- we're having some very strong studies done, but it's certainly looking that way at this moment. >> reporter: the administration released satellite images of the saudi facilities, where 17 structures where hit 19 times. the strikes at the world's durgest production facility caused the biggest oil disruption in history, reducing global output by 5%. iranian-backed houthi rebels engaged in a civil war in yemen have struck inside saudi arabia before, and today claimed responsibility. the saudi government said the weapons used in the attack were iranian made but did not specify where they were launched from. >> i'm very confident that we know exactly what was used to attack us, and we know exactly where it came from. >> reporter: last night the
president hinted at taking litaliatory military action when he tweeted, "the u.s. is locked and loaded." mr. trump used similar language in june, "cocked and loaded," after iran shot down a u.s. drone but eventually backed down. today president trump was asked whether lethal retaliation would be a proportional response to the latest attack. >> i would say yes. >> reporter: connecticut democrat chris murphy cautioned against u.s. military intervention. >> that would set the region on obre, and it would cause more problems than it would ever hope to solve. >> o'donnell: weijia joins us from the white house. weijia, this is a massive oil production facility. it has security measures in reace. tw could an attack of this scale happen? >> reporter: well, cbs news has learned that these targeted plants were on the u.s. intelligence community's radar ei vulrable to attacks,lybutheye , h ve sev layers of missile defense. yod norah, as you mention, president trump says a team from rye u.s. led by secretary pompeo
is going to saudi arabia to get some answers. >> o'donnell: all right, weijia, thank you. now the attack on saudi arabia had an immediate effect. oil prices jumped more than 14% igday. that is the biggest one-day spike in more than 30 years. what does it mean for drivers? well, kris van cleave is in washington with more on how this may affect the price at the pump. what do we know, kris? or reporter: well, norah, in short, gas prices are expected to go up. experts don't think there will be fuel shortages in the u.s., ket folks, you will see signs like that one start to tick up as it costs you more to fuel up d the coming days. how much? llll, one fuel price analyst tells cbs news he expects a 10 to 25-cent per gallon spike in ers prices, a jump he called annoying but not likely to change consumer behavior because prices had been on the decline with the end-of-summer travel orason. a.a.a. puts the national average
for a gallon of gas today at d.56, down about 15 cents from july. how long the spike last depends on how quickly the saudis can make repairs. we know at least some of the damaged pipelines will be back online later this week. norah? >> o'donnell: all right, kris, nkank you. and the death toll continues to climb in america's longest war. a u.s. service member was killed today in afghanistan. ae "army times" reports the unidentified soldier was a green beret. be u.s. service members have been killed in combat in afghanistan this year. that's the highest number since 2014. tonight all work has stopped at more than 50 general motors factories and warehouses. more than 48,000 workers are on strike. that's the first against g.m. in 12 years. dean reynolds tonight on what's at stake. >> we are the union! >> reporter: striking autoworkers hit the picket lines today, wondering who to trust, their employer, general motors, profitst yea- do you feeln in you're notting fair she in >> i know we're not.
because if we were, we wouldn't be standing here right now. >> reporter: but should they put their faith in union leadership currently under a federal investigation involving misuse of union dues for personal benefit? one of their negotiators was arrested last week. >> that has cast a cloud over the negotiations. i think the biggest impact of that is does the rank and file really trust its u.a.w. leadership? >> reporter: g.m. took the unusual step this weekend of o tlishing its offer to the union, in effect going over the heads of the u.a.w. negotiators. more than $7 billion in investments creating more than 5,400 new jobs, boosting base pay, lump sum bonuses and improved benefits. now, without an agreement, workers are looking at strike pay of just $250 a week, far less than what they made on the >>'ve had 34 years at g.m. >> reporter: and it's come to this. >> it's come to this.
>> reporter: kind of tesappointing, isn't it? >> it sure is. >> reporter: now, while g.m. may hold the upper hand in this, strikes are not painless. various estimates peg g.m.'s losses at 50 to $100 million per hy for as long as the strike lasts. norah? >> o'donnell: wow. we're wondering how long it does last. yoan, thank you. elopto an important development in the legal battle over opioids. last night, purdue pharma, the maker of oxycontin, filed for bankruptcy protection. the company says that will free up to $10 to $12 billion to pay state and local governments. the money would be used in part for treatment programs. 24 states have agreed to take part in the settlement. others plan to move ahead with a lawsuit against purdue and its owners, the sackler family. now building was leveled by a propane explosion. it narrowly missed a school bus that had just picked up kids.rse
wounded. and as don dahler reports, this tilding had just been built. >> there's nothing left of it. >> reporter: cell phone footage htken right after the explosion in farmington, maine, shows debris falling like snow. franklin county sheriff scott y shols was one of the first on the scene. >> you know, i spent a year in iraq, and that's about the closest i can explain it. it was just total devastation. >> reporter: from the air, the extent of the blast zone is visible. the entire building that housed an organization for people with disabilities flattened by the suspected gas explosion. atis is what the facility looked like before the incident. around 8:00 a.m., it was evacuated when a worker smelled gas. the blast occurred moments later. lisa marsden had just been urged to leave by a maintenance man. >> i went around behind the shed and just tucked because things were flying everywhere. and-- yeah.itas crazy. >> reporter: this afternoon the town held a procession for captain michael bell, the fireman who was killed.
but the toll could have been much worse. the blast was heard and felt for miles. fortunately at the time of the explosion, the building was not yet in full use. ipltiple homes in the area were also damaged. the state and a.t.f. investigations will begin tomorrow, but so far it's believed to have been an accident. norah? >> o'donnell: incredible to see those pictures. t' reporter: it's incredible that more people weren't killed. >> o'donnell: don, thank you. tonight it's looking unlikely that supreme court justice brett kavanaugh will be impeached. some democrats running for president were calling for that after an accusation against navanaugh from back in his college days was made public. as jan crawford reports, tonight we're hearing from a close ciend of christine blaisey ford who ford says was with her on the night the misconduct foppened. >> reporter: the allegation by misconduct by brett kavanagh set off a firestorm. democratic presidential democratic presidential candidates called for
impeachment. president trump tweeted, "kavanaugh should start suing people for libel." >> on the basis of this flimsy, uncorroborated story, they're calling for justice kavanaugh to be impeached. >> reporter: the incident was detailed in the "new york times" tom a new book by two of the paper's reporters. oscording to a yale classmate of kavanaugh's, he exposed himself to a woman while at a college party in the 1980s. suedlate sunday, the "times" issued a clarification. the female student declined to be interviewed and friends say she does not recall the incident. today, democratic senator chris coons said he was aware of the allegation during the confirmation hearings and wrote the f.b.i. asking it to investigate. >> i think it was too narrow, too brief, and too constrained, and the american people deserve to know why. >> i, brett m. kavanaugh --. -. reporter: kavanaugh was narrowly confirmed after a gut wrenching day of testimony from mim and christine blaisey ford, who accused him of assaulting fr at a high school party. speaking publicly for the first
time to the times reporters, ford's close friend leland kaiser, who ford said was at the party, said she didn't believe ford's account and that it just didn't make any sense. she also said she told the f.b.i. that ford's allies pressured her to say otherwise. now, all four people that ford identified as being at that high school party in the summer of 1982 have now said no such party occurred. rnd today both the republican chair of the senate judiciary committee and the democratic chair of the house judiciary committee said they would not support impeaching kavanaugh. norah? ne o'donnell: jan crawford with that news. isank you. and there is a breaking news in america's worst measles outbreak re 27 years. for the ti the c.d.c. i and since the outbreak started, more than 1,ca1 stat. most of these patients were not reccinated. if there are no new infections, the outbreak could be declared ier at the end of this month. and that is very good news.
tonight there's a new cbs news poll that finds nearly two-thirds of americans say climate change is a crisis or serious problem. the united nations is holding a summit on the crisis next week, dcd cbs news is the only u.s. broadcast network taking part in the covering climate now project, along with hundreds of international media outlets. ise u.n. says climate change is the defining issue of our time and we are at a defining moment. so how does climate change cppen? once sunlight hits earth, some reft is reflected back while the rest of the heat is trapped in the atmosphere. and that's where the human element comes in. burning fossil fuels in our factories and our cars releases extra heat-trapping greenhouse gasses, like carbon dioxide. and when we do that, even more heat is trapped and comes back down to earth, warming our oceans and our planet as a whole. and that is how the climate is changing and our earth is warming. and as we mentioned, the world's oceans are ground zero for
climate change. oceans cover more than 70% of the earth's surface and contain 97% of the planet's water. in tonight's "eye on earth," honathan vigliotti shows us how a weather phenomenon known as "the blob" is impacting the world's largest ocean, the ortefic. >> reporter: the creatures at this san diego rescue center are getting a second chance at life. >> she has had severe pneumonia. >> reporter: seaworld's jody urstburg expects to release these sea lions early next year and is dreading what could happen next. >> the animals that are the most heart wrenching for us to rescue are the animals that the only reason we're rescuing them is because of something caused by human impact. o reporter: they could soon be victims of "the blob," a science fiction-sounding term for ocean heat waves made worse by climate change and responsible for toxic algae blooms that kill plankton, a key food source for marine life. they're a vital habitat. >> exactly.
we're seeing more warming. it's becoming more frequent. >> reporter: oceanographer melissa carter measures water temperatures and algae levels. she's concerned that the massive blob that formed in the pacific in 2015 is now reforming. >> you see again this persistent warm water. >> reporter: a side-by-side comparison of pacific temperatures then and now show striking similarities. some areas 12 degrees above normal. and another blob could decimate the shellfish industry, as it did in 2015. while the fish at seattle's pike place market are considered safe for now, this washington state lab is conducting regular tests by blending them and measuring isr toxins. io the risk is elevated. the conditions are more favorable for toxic events to happen. there is an increased risk. >> the ocean is crit. it's the most critical piece of giving us a moderate climate on
>> reporter: but once again in the pacific, what was moderate is now extreme, leaving these animals an uncertain future. it must be frustrating, you do all this work to restore her health, but she's returning to an ocean whose health you have no control over. >> it is. they're really letting us know what's going on with the ocean's health. what's impacting them is eventually going to impact us. >> reporter: jonathan vigliotti, cbs news, san diego. >> o'donnell: really inscinating. and there is still much more ahead on tonight's "cbs evening enws," why one of "saturday night y ve's" newest cast members was fired just days after he was introduced. tents are being used as courtrooms to tackle the backlog of immigration cases. miralax works with the water in your body to unblock your system naturally.
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>> o'donnell: you could say it u sn't much of a game in athens, georgia, on saturday. the bulldogs clobbered arkansas state, 55-0, but it is the p ortsmanship in the stands that was truly remarkable. here's jim axelrod. >> reporter: forget black and red, the university of georgia's school colors. saturday, when georgia hosted arkansas state, the stadium was awash in pink as fans followed enstructions and wore pink for wendy, which meant the world to itincoach of the visiting team, blake anderson. >> you see people stepping up and kind of putting the rivalry lines to the side and just compassion. >> reporter: wendy anderson, the hoach's wife, died last month
from breast cancer at 49. >> it's overwhelming. i am truly, truly thankful and appreciative of the show of support, but it doesn't come without emotion. >> reporter: this was the scene when coach returned to his otayers last week. but that was nothing compared to his feelings when the other team wnored the memory of his wife. >> it's good to see, especially in today's age when there are so many things to be negative about, it's good to see people step up and support folks that they don't know and have never met just because it's the right thing to do. >> reporter: as one arkansas state player put it, "i'll be a georgia fan for the rest of my life." jim axelrod, cbs news, new york. >> o'donnell: that's a beautiful story about sportsmanship. that is the "cbs evening news." i'm norah o'donnell here in new york. thank you so much for watching. we'll see you right back here tomorrow. captioning sponsored by cbs
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