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>> pelley: chaos in the house. the speaker-in-waiting drops out. >> for us to unite, we probably need a fresh face. >> pelley: also tonight, a v.w. executive takes the oath and then pleads ignorance. >> to my best knowledge today the corporation in no board meeting or supervisory report meeting has authorized this. >> pelley: an american hero is stabbed and seriously wounded. and a belly laugh in the button capital. >> reporter: is this a decent button? >> that's polyester. >> reporter: is that bad? captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: he left them speechless. house majority leader kevin mccarthy stunned his republican colleagues today by dropping out of the race for speaker of the house on the very
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day that he was expected to be nominated for one of the most powerful positions in the nation. nancy cordes now on what's behind mccarthy's decision and the scramble for a replacement. >> reporter: chaos was the word house republicans used to describe their own conference today after mccarthy's mccarthys surprise announcement. >> we were all in shock. >> all members of the delegation, of the conference were shocked. >> reporter: they had gone into the closed door meeting to elect their next speaker when the front-runner told them he was pulling out. >> i think i shocked some of you. >> reporter: mccarthy, who is currently second in command, said he sensed the party was too divided over his bid. >> for us to unite, we probably need a fresh face. >> reporter: he had been weakened in part by his own words, an apparent admission last week that the house benghazi investigation actually had a political aim. >> everybody thought hillary clinton was unbeatable, right? but we put together a benghazi special committee, a select
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committee. what are her numbers today? >> reporter: the comment handed clinton a powerful talking point. >> look at the situation they chose to exploit to go after me for political reasons, the death of four americans in benghazi. >> reporter: then last night, roughly 40 hard-line conservatives who call themselves the house freedom caucus endorsed florida congressman daniel webster for speaker, a sign they might buck mccarthy's leadership as they had speaker john boehner's. that dynamic has made the job distinctly unappealing. utah a jason chaffetz is one of just two people who say they want it. >> i think we have a lot of internal fracture, fracturing that's happened, and we need to figure out a way to unite the party. >> reporter: several party elders are trying to convince wisconsin's paul ryan to run for speaker. he's got strong conservative credentials, but so, scott, did speaker boehner, and the right constantly accused him of caving
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every time he compromised. paul ryan's office says he's still a strong no. >> pelley: nancy, thank you. today, the head of volkswagen u.s. said the scandal that has wiped out a third of v.w.'s market value was the work of individuals, was not a corporate conspiracy. he tried to explain to congress how 11 million diesel cars were rigged to cheat on emissions tests. kris van cleave was there. >> v.w.s has betrayed a nation. it's time to clean it up or get off the road. >> i apologize on behalf of everyone at volkswagen. >> reporter: v.w.'s u.s. c.e.o. michael horn told a skeptical house committee he only learned of his company's deception in september, days before the environmental protection agency revealed some of volkswagen's diesel cars used software to cheat on emissions tests >> investigations were ongoing but this was not a corporate
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position from my point of view. this was a couple of software engineers who put this in for whatever reason. >> reporter: he testified that three software engineers were suspended, but chris collins wasn't buying it. >> v.w. is trying to get the united states to believe these were a couple of rogue engineers. >> reporter: horn acknowledged it could cost the country billions of dollars and it could take years before the roughly half million vehicles were fixed. some repairs could begin next year. morgan griffith drives an affected diesel passat. >> they need to say we will buy your car back. >> reporter: e.p.a. officials were also criticize for missing the defeat device discovered by researchers in west virginia. the e.p.a.'s christopher grundler defended the agency under questioning from texas lawmaker mike burgess. >> once we learned of the excess emissions, we focused on it. we didn't ignore it. >> i think the american people ought to ask that we fire you.
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>> reporter: e.p.a. officials would not rule out the possibility of criminal charges and that came just hours after german police raided volkswagen's corporate headquarters. v.w. announced they will not be offering the 2016 diesel cars here in the united states. >> pelley: and the engineers suspended are top executives, the head of research and development, the chief of engine design, and the head of brand development. kris van cleave for us tonight. kris, thank you. one of the americans celebrated as a hero for tackling a terrorist on a french train was seriously wounded today in a fight in northern california. here's ben tracy. >> reporter: surveillance video shows six men just after midnight fighting in the streets of downtown sacramento. one man is covered in blood. >> reporter: the victim was u.s. airman spencer stone who law enforcement says was stabbed four times in the chest. police say stone was leaving a nightclub with friends when he got into a verbal dispute with
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two men who then appeared to jump him. >> you all right? you look good. >> reporter: stone was hailed as an american hero, invited to the white house and given a purple heart in september. he and two friends traveling on a train to paris tackled a potential terrorist armed with a kalashnikov rifle, potentially saving many lives. >> it's critical that you know what this act is and what it's not. >> reporter: sacramento deputy chief ken bernard. >> this is not a terrorism-related incident, nor is it related to what happened in france months ago. ( cheers ) >> reporter: when stone returned to sacramento last month, he and his friends were given a parade by the city in the same downtown streets where he was stabbed. stone is being treated here at the u.c. davis medical center in sacramento. we are told that he is out of surgery. scott, the police say that his wounds are significant but they say he is expected to survive. >> pelley: ben, thank you. today, the governor of south
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carolina warned people on the coast that floods are heading their way. columbia has already gotten the worst of it. have a look at caughman road before and after, when a large chunk of it was washed away. david begnaud has one woman's story. david. >> reporter: scott, it was sunday morning as an elderly woman was headed to church, and she got stuck right here. before the road failed as the water was moving across, her vehicle stuck in the middle was pushed off the side and down about 20 yards into a ditch where she picked up her phone and dialed 911. on sunday morning in columbia, rescue teams were overwhelmed with calls for help. >> reporter: 71-year-old clara gantt was one of those who needed help, and she needed it desperately. she was on her way to church when she got caught in
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floodwater. when did you realize you were in trouble? >> i realized it when my car stalled on the bridge. >> reporter: she called her family as rushing water pushed her car into the front yard of a church. >> i was afraid. i want to get out of this. >> reporter: all of a sudden, she saw her grandson, travis catchings. he had secured himself to a rope and float her way. >> i was so glad to see him but i was afraid for him, too. >> i said, hey, meemaw. and i smiled at her and she smiled back. she said, hey, trav. said we're going to get you out of here. >> reporter: he pulled gantt out of car and grabbed on to a large red cross in the front yard. together grandmother and grandson held on for four hours while waiting. >> it was like being in the midst of a raging river. >> yeah, clinging to the cross every day. sunday, i was literally clinging to a cross. >> reporter: this grandmother
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is thankful for her faith and her grandson. he saved your life. >> i called him my hero but he doesn't want me to call him that. >> i love you, and that's-- that's what we're here for. >> i love you you, too. i'm glad you're here. >> reporter: if you're wondering what happened to that cross, it disappeared. it was last seen floating away. scott, today, south carolina's governor told residents along the coast they can expect to see more flooding as early as midnight as this water heads east. >> pelley: quite a story. david begnaud for us tonight. david, thanks. today the state of michigan said it will pay to recorrect the city of flint to detroit's water. we told ow tuesday the water in flint has unsafe levels of lead. the city of 100,000 had tried to save money with its own water system. it may be weeks before the water is drinkable again. today, american defense officials say some russian
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cruise missiles fired at syria may have exploded in iran. russia launched 26 missiles from ships 900 miles away in the caspian sea. iran is a russian ally, and there are no reports of damage. russian planes are bombing syrian rebels who are backed by the u.s., and u.s. warplanes are in the same skies attacking isis extremists. four years into that syrian civil war, half of the population, 11 million, has fled their homes. hundreds of thousands are appealing for mercy in europe, but charlie d'agata has found it's not easy. >> reporter: like so many syrian refugees, mohammed bazav set hissitis on germany. we first met the 21-year-old architecture student five weeks ago when he crossed into hungary, dodging police checkpoints. in berlin he told us he passed his first interview with german immigration authorities purpose
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were they asking you, you know, tough questions about were you in the military? were you in the militia? were you fighting? where they asking you those questions? >> me? >> reporter: yes. >> no. >> reporter: he was given the equivalent of $800 and told to come back in january for another interview. he is not allowed to work in the meantime. right now, there's little to stop islamic extremists from slipping in among the migrants. the police take fingerprints and check them against international databases like interpol. >> so many people here without i.d., without anything. >> reporter: despite the initial warm welcome in germany, there has been a growing backlash against migrants, a spate of arson attacks, like this sports center just outside berlin that was to be used to house hundreds of migrants. by the time firefighters got here there, wasn't much to save. the police chief said the only blessing was the beds hadn't arrived yet, and neither had the migrants.
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the german government has argued the migrants will provide a much-needed workforce to offset the needs of an aging population. but gregoire, a berliner who we spotted outside the registration center, said not all germans are buying it. >> that's what they are selling us these people for, you know, that they will pay our-- our-- our pension in the future and everything. i mean, we have five million unemployed germans, you know. i mean, so they can't even put their own people into jobs. >> reporter: germany's generosity towards migrants is being stretched to the limits. charlie d'agata, cbs news, berlin. >> pelley: and today, president obama appealed to americans to help the refugees, asking for online donations. so far, only a few have settled in the u.s., and margaret brennan shows us why. >> reporter: like many syrians, chadi rustmo's family home was destroyed by the assad army, leaving him only memories. today, the 27-year-old chef no
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longer fears for his life. what did you think when they told you you're moving to the u.s.? >> actually, i was happy. my family will be safe. so it was like very thankful for this chance we get. i feel lucky. >> reporter: chadi's family waited two years in lebanon before the u.s. government completed their extensive background check. >> it was the longest interview in my life, like seven hours. >> reporter: seven hours for an interview. >> yes. they asked me about my last five years what, i did, where i worked, what you are doing. all the details about your life. >> reporter: then came word that he had passed the test. the rustmo's moved 6,000 miles away to a levy middle-class section of greensboro, north carolina. a local charity helped resettle the family, teaching them glrk opening bank accounts and finding them homes. maram is chadi's 22-year-old sister. what did you think life would be like here? >> like what i see in the movies. >> reporter: is it like the movies? >> no, it's not. >> reporter: she has faced
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some hostility. >> giving me a hard time because of my accent, like, acting like they don't understand what i'm saying. it's like, okay, i'm different from different country, so why are you doing this? >> reporter: they worry about their brother, samer, stuck in lebanon, and their 70-year-old father who lives alone in turkey. both are still being vetted. >> we are not terrorists. we're just like normal humans. we have a family, and we have a life. and that's what we want. >> reporter: today, the f.b.i. director said the u.s. has gotten better at screening refugees to make sure they don't pose a terror risk. and, scott, the white house has pledged to bring at least 10,000 syrian refugees here in the next year. >> pelley: margaret brennan tonight. thank you very much, margaret. there is a coral crisis. why the reefs are losing their color. and a father and child reunion when the cbs evening news continues.
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>> pelley: today government scientists sounded the alarm about corrable, home to about a fourth of all the life in the oceans. jeff glor found out what's wrecking the reefs. >> reporter: this is what a healthy coral reef look likes. this is what it looks like after it's become bleeched. >> when you go in on a bleeched reef, all of a sudden those corals are stark white. >> reporter: mark eakin is a coral reef expert with noaa. >> the sound is-- is amazingly quiet. it's eerily quiet. the fish aren't behaifg normally. >> reporter: bleaching occurs os when coral is exposed to warmer-than-normal water. the coral gets stressd and loses its coat of protection. if the coral remains exposed for long periods of time, it can die. noaa says climate change is the primary cause. >> 2014 was the warmest year on record. so coming into this year, the oceans were already warm. we saw an almost el nino in
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2014-2015. >> reporter: another factor is a warm mass in the north pacific known as the blog, that combined with el nino has caused the worst bleaching hawaii has ever seen. the bleaching started late last year in the northern pacific and then spread to the south pacific and indian ocean. bleaching is also taking place in the florida keys and noaa says the caribbean is next. this is only the third time an event like this has occurred in recorded history. last year we spoke with world-renowned oceanographer sylvia earle in the keys. >> you lose only the creatures that occur there and nowhere else. it's thought we have already lost thousands of species that can never be recovered. because they're gone. >> reporter: noaa believes 5% of the world's coral could be lost this year and, scott, next year is predicted to be even worse. >> pelley: remarkable. jeff glor, thanks very much, jeff. in a moment, the chef who turned america on to cajun cooking.
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>> pelley: paul prudhomme opened a restaurant in new orleans in 1979. k-paul's louisiana kitchen was a hit, and soon the whole country was hungry for cajun. prudhomme clearly enjoyed his own cooking though he slimmed down in later years. paul prudhomme died today at 75. love is patient, we're told, but little karis could not wait a second long tore hug her dad at fort carson, colorado. lieutenant daniel oglesby is just back from eight months in kuwait. >> she was excited. she spotted me from a couple of rows back, and she couldn't contain herself. i wasn't going to tell her no. happy to see her. >> pelley: and today is karis' third birthday. no one in china was in a hurry, which just celebrate a week-long holiday. half the population hit the road, and, apparently, they all drove home on tuesday.
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so we can see things others can't. mitigating risks across your business. leaving you free to focus on what matters most. >> pelley: finally tonight, seth doane brought us an answer to a question nobody asked-- where do buttons come from? >> reporter: humble button may not seem so significant unless, of course, you're in qiaotou, china. here hundreds of factories produce more than 60% of all buttons on earth. sun yongliang told us, "we manufacture about two to three million buttons a day." two to three million butons a day? yes, yes, yes. >> reporter: and that's just
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his company, mailifa. small buttons, big market, he told us. and sun says china's recent economic slowdown has not really hurt button town. "as long as there is human civilization," sun told us, "and as long as there are clothes, there will be buttons." if qiaotou is the world's button capital, then this is the center of it all-- a mall with more than 550 shops dedicated entirely to buttons. that's where we met sun's son sean and daughter-in-law in ning. >> it's worse man money. >> reporter: what are some of these here? if you're keeping track, shell, even coconut buttons are in. but mine. is that a deceasent button? >> that's polyester. >> reporter: is that bad? >> the material is much lower
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than other materials. >> reporter: when you look at me, do you look at my buttons? >> yeah, first time. >> reporter: really? >> yeah. >> reporter: no! another thing to think about. the couple went to university in austin, texas, but came back so they could help the family business. >> our labor is increasing, and if we don't change ourselves, there is no place for us to live in this world. >> reporter: so you're trying to work smarter here. >> yeah. >> reporter: he's introducing computer systems to modernize how this whole business is run. this family wants to put this place on the button map. if italy is famous for its pizza and napa for its wine, doesn't qiaotou deserve a little recognition, too? seth doane, cbs news, in the world's button capital. >> pelley: and that will button up the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night.
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