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up next is scott pelley. >> pelley: breaking news-- former president jimmy carter has cancer. we'll have the latest. also tonight, deadly explosions light up the night sky. clinton turns over her e-mail to the f.b.i. while sanders pulls ahead of her in new hampshire. republicans pile on. >> hillary clinton would be a good deceiver in chief but she cannot be trusted to be the commander in chief. >> pelley: and can millions of plastic balls solve the california water crisis? captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: late today, jimmy carter, the 39th president of the united states, announced he has a very serious cancer diagnosis. mr. carter is 90. he said he will begin treatment in atlanta.
our dr. jon lapook is joining us now. jon, what can you tell us? >> reporter: scott, president carter announced on august 3 he had a procedure to remove a small mass in his liver. in a statement released today, mr. carter said the surgery revealed the cancer is in other parts of my body. now, the statement did not say what type of cancer the former president has and whether it began in the liver or spread there from another part of the body. mr. carter has a strong family history of pancreatic cancer. his three sib lings and father died from it. >> pelley: jon, you have been doing some research on family history. why so important? >> reporter: well, scott, there's a big study that showed that people who have three or more close relatives with pancreatic cancer have a 57-time increased risk of having it themselves. now, i have to emphasize we don't know where it is starting. cancer can go to the liver from anywhere, the gastrointestinal tract and the lung and we need a lot more information before we
can begin to talk about what his prognosis is. >> pelley: today president clinton said to mr. carter, you are as resilient as they come. we are rooting for you." overnight, fireballs lit the sky and the ground shook like an earthquake in the chinese port city of tianjin. at least 14 have died, but that's likely to rise. hundreds of victims are crowded into hospitals. here's seth doane. >> reporter: this view from a high-rise in the industrial city of tianjin shows a ball of fire growing on the horizon. the flames quickly seemed to die down, then, a massive explosion lights up the night sky, ripping through area buildings. sending out powerful shock waves felt several miles away. authorities say it was equivalent to 21 tons of t.n.t. exploding.
chinese officials say a warehouse filled with hazardous materials is the source of the blast. security camera video shows one person being tossed by the force of the blast. cell phone images show people running into the street, trying to take shelter from flying debris, shards of broken glass and stone. one eyewitness said that the ground was shaking fiercely. glass broke and everyone started running. hundreds of injured have streamed into local hospitals. officials say they are now monitoring local air quality. scott, tianjin is a major financial hub here in northern china with a population of about 15 million. >> pelley: seth doane in beijing this evening. seth, thank you. the investigation into hillary clinton's e-mail is broadening and is now sure to push deep into 2016. the former secretary of state has turned over tens of thousands of e-mails to the
f.b.i. and will hand over her private e-mail server. the question is whether classified information was ever put at risk because of her unusual use of the server in her home to conduct state department business. jan crawford has the new developments. >> wow, thank you all so much! >> reporter: for months, hillary clinton refused to turn over the private server and instead provided to the state department only the e-mails she considered related to her work as secretary of state. about half of the 60,000 e-mails on the server. >> the server contains personal communications from my husband and me, and i believe i have met all of my responsibilities, and the server will remain private. >> reporter: but with the f.b.i. now reviewing the security of her e-mail system, clinton changed course, agreeing to turn over to the justice deparment the entire server, a thumb drive containing copies of
the e-mails. clinton used the private system for all her e-mail, but she has repeatedly denied she used it to send or receive classified information which can only be transmitted across secure government networks. >> i am confident that i never sent nor received any information that was classified at the time it was sent and received. >> reporter: but the inspector general for the intelligence community found in a limited review of 40 e-mails that at least four contained classified information when they were generated and should never have been transmitted have a an unclassified, personal system. yesterday, the state department said the inspector general determined that two of those four e-mails should be upgraded to the top secret level. that's one of the highest levels of classification. now, the e-mails were not marked as classified, but, scott, not all classified information is stamped "classified," and state department employees are trained to recognize that kind of highly sensitive information and not discuss it outside of classified
areas. >> pelley: jan crawford reporting for us this evening. jan, thank you. republican presidential contenders were quick to take advantage, and nancy cordes has that. >> we need popular support. >> reporter: clinton's e-mail problems have gone from fodder for republicans to a virt feast. this was wisconsin governor scott walker today: >> hillary clinton would be a good deceiver in chief but she cannot be trusted to be the commander in chief. >> reporter: and this was former florida governor jeb bush: >> thinking it was okay to use a private server, thinking that her server would be the safer than the state department's firewalls? >> reporter: business woman carly fiorina accused clinton of lying. do you think hillary clinton did the right thing, handing over her e-mail server to the f.b.i.? >> of course, and she should have done it long ago and she did the wrong thing by deciding which e-mails to destroy. >> reporter: at the very least, it's a distraction for clinton, who has tried to stick to substance in recent weeks. >> we need to make a quality education affordable. the cuba embargo needs to go
once and for all. ( applause ) >> reporter: but the conversation keeps shifting back to her e-mails. >> maybe the heat is getting to everybody. we all have a responsibility to get this right. >> whoa! >> reporter: the controversy could be contributing to the rapid rise of her democratic opponent, senator bernie sanders, in new hampshire. sanders, who is from neighboring vermont, leads clinton 44% to 37% in new hampshire, according to a new poll. vice president joe biden, who hasn't ruled out a run, is at 9%. in a letter to supporters today, the clinton campaign tried to downplay her server woes saying: but none of those republicans served as secretary of state or handled the kind of sensitive
material that clinton did. at least one congressional republican called for a criminal investigation today, scott, and g.o.p. front-runner donald trump said the same. >> pelley: nancy cordes, thank you very much, nancy. the latest poll shows trump leading in iowa, eight points over ben carson. scott walker from next door wisconsin is far back. major garrett spoke to the front-runner last night in michigan. >> reporter: is this an endeavor you're going to carry all the way through the convention in november? >> absolutely, absolutely. >> reporter: no hesitation? >> no hesitation whatsoever. >> reporter: what could drive you out of the race. >> the only they think could really drive me out if my numbers drop down. i'm a realist. but i don't see that happening. >> reporter: he suggested he lost some support after thursday's debate. >> excuse me, diwin? >> reporter: that's for you to decide. >> skews me, if you don't say yes you're not an honest reporter. good-bye. >> reporter: at an earlier
process conference trump said his decision to run as an independent would depend on whether he was treated fairly by the republicans in the primary caucus. what do you mean by fairly? >> fairly is an instinct. i know what fair is. you know what fair is. >> reporter: trump again dodged questions about details of his economic platform. >> we're going to be announcing over the next two weeks numbers and specifics knowing what i just said is right. you really have to be flexible on jobs and everything else. >> reporter: but he had no qualms attacking former florida governor jeb bush's promise to create 19 until medical new jobs and generate 4% annual economic growth. >> jeb bush will not be able to negotiate against china. jeb bush will not be able to negotiate against mexico. >> reporter: trump returned to the topic of china in his speech and said the communist government's decision to lower the value of its currency compared to the u.s. dollar would hurt american businesses. >> you know what deval means, right? deval means suggest blood out of the united states. that's what deval means, okay.
>> reporter: the bush campaign told us trump has not presented any specific ideas to grow the economy or create jobs, scott, adding that he's only launching baseless attacks at his opponents. >> pelley: major garrett, thanks. and speaking of the chinese economy, china de-valued its currency for the second straight day today. it's off nearly 4%. it's a highly unusual move for the chinese who see their economy slowing and want to boost exports by making their products cheaper. melody hobson is a cbs news financial and economic analysts. and, melody, what does all of this mean for u.s. companies? >> reporter: well, that's a good question. we've seen companies like apple, their stocks really take it on the chin because people are saying they'll sell less iphones. this comes down to the fact that if you are exporting goods from america to china, those goods will be marginally more expensive. and if people feel like they can't afford them, they may not buy them. so that's big question for american companies, will this mean less sales in china?
>> pelley: what's going on in the chinese economy? this almost looks panicky. >> reporter: it does feel like they're going from crisis to crise. they had the real estate bubble. then they had their stock market completely ploa up. and now they're deeg dooelg with this issue of de-valuation. it's all about one issue, scott-- growth. slowing growth in the country. they're pulling out all the stops to keep this growth up and keep it going. >> pelley: second largest economy in the world. melody hobson, thank you so much. in texas, a 49-year-old rookie police officer is out of a job tonight after a deadly shooting. here's omar villafranca. >> reporter: arlington police chief will johnson wasted no time firing rookie officer brad miller for using what he called poor judgment that left an unarmed black teenager dead. >> i have serious concerns as to the rationale articulate forward the use of deadly force in this incident. >> reporter: early fridays morning, six arlington police officers responded to a burglary
call at this car democrat. security cameras show 19-year-old christian taylor acting erratically and jumping on a car windshield. the college football player later drove his s.u.v. through the dealership's glass wall. that's which wheef johnson says officer miller violated department policy and entered the showroom alone without telling other officers. after a verbal confrontation, the teenager made a move towards the officer. four shots later, taylor was dead. >> an additional fact that is important to know-- there was no physical contact between mr. taylor and officers. >> reporter: taylor's death adds to the increased scrutiny of police-involved shootings. this year, every nine days, an unarmed black man has been shot by police, and in 2013, black men between the ages of 16 and 25 were four times more likely to be killed pie police, compared to white men in the the same age group. collette flanagan's son died at
the hands of police two years ago. she wants miller criminally charged. >> we need police officers, when they see our sons, we need them to see their sons, to see their fathers and their nephews. >> reporter: miller can't appeal the firing since it happened when he was still in training, but his attorney released a statement that read in part, "officer miller made decisions in the heat of a violent confrontation to save his and other officers' lives." scott, this case will go to the d.a.'s office. >> pelley: water quality in colorado's animas river is said to be back to what it was before three million gallons of toxic waste spilled last week. but mireya villarreal reports the worries have not been washed away. >> reporter: exactly one week since its breach, toxic water is still flowing out of the gold king mine. does it pain you to see this maepg? >> i think what really bothers me is-- is we had the water quality getting a lot better and now it's gotten worse since
then. >> reporter: peter butler is cocoordinator for the animas river stakeholder group, which has been trying to clean up the area's 200 abandoned mines for 20 years. he says the e.p.a. could have avoided this latest blowout. >> they could have taken another step to determine how much water was back there. >> reporter: so this could have been preventible. >> it may have prevented it. they certainly probably would have taken a different approach if they knew the water was back there. >> reporter: e.p.a. chief gina mccarthy was in the region today. >> e.p.a.'s mission is to protect the public health and the environment. no agency could be more upset about the incident happening. >> reporter: contamination from mine water is not new to the area. nearby, the red bonita has been spewing toxic waste into the river for at leaf a decade. butler says those who built them deserve some of the blame. >> there's a question of whether or not the public is willing to put up some money to fix some of these sites. most of the sites up here, the people who did the damage are long gone. >> reporter: there has been a
lot of talk about making all of these colorado mines a superfund site with the e.p.a., but, scott, our experts say that solution probably isn't the best one because the government just doesn't have enough money to fix, treat, and then maintain all of these mines. >> pelley: mireya villarreal near durango tonight. mireya, thank you very much. it's a growing problem-- planes versus drones. what's being done about it. and millions of plastic balls are unleashed against the drought when the the cbs evening news continues. you're taking the medicine doctors recommend most for joint pain. more than the medicine in aleve or tylenol. the medicine in advil is the number one doctor recommendation for joint pain. relief doesn't get any better than this. advil you drop 40 grand on a new set of wheels, then... wham! a minivan t-bones you. guess what: your insurance company will only give you 37-thousand to replace it. "depreciation" they claim.
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