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>> this is cbs-3 "eyewitness news". >> brain tumor, totally unfounded rumors, seriously irresponsible. but, a well known italian noop, is standing by its story. good afternoon, i'm erika von tiehl. rumors whirling word wide today after italian newspaper report pope francis saw a brain cancer specialist, vatican adamantly denying these reports.
>> vatican denying this headline claiming pope francis is sick with incurable brain tumor. >> the news of the pope's health condition is totally unfounded. it is a totally irresponsible act of the italian news agency reports this. >> says brain cancer specialist diagnosed the pope with small dark spot on his brain, that could be treated without surgery. the paper stands by the story, and says the doctor and his team secretly flew to the vatican to examine pope francis, several months ago. chief vatican spokesman, father fed reijo lombardi insists the medical described never took place. >> he said no doctor came to the vatican unless he was -- no one saw him. vatican officials pointed to the pope's recent trip to cuba and the us as evidence of the 78 year old's vitality. they say pope francis is in operate mal health, and only has a small problem with his
legs. jonathan, cbs-3 "eyewitness news". >> well our fall warm up continues, and it is just a gorgeous, day out there. kai last i know no one had to twist your arm to go on the skydeck this noon. >> no. and wasn't it just few days ago, feels like we're had on winter coat and sweat pant? trying to stay warm. today absolutely stunning out here, looking at 70s, yet again today, lot of sunshine too. headlines nice, yes, see them again today. see clouds move in thursday afternoon, however, that's going to set us up for much cooler, much more fall like weekend. hey, not there yet. as you can see, temperatures are soaring already at 68 degrees, this noon, wind nice and calm about 7 miles per hour front draped to the north, where it will stay for news
day in the poconos looking at 69 degrees, and 71 at the shore. are you thinking should i get outside and end judge think weather let me leave with you this thought. tonight sunset at 6:13 by november 1st, will knock it down to 4:59. so my answer to you is yes, you should be getting out and enjoying this day today >> a fire in north philadelphia has burned home to the grounds but wasn't complete lost. helped to save the man trapped inside that home. our justin finch reports. >> home left in ruins and erie quiet wednesday morning, quite the contrast from hours earlier. side by side, firefighters, and flames, a top the roof this two story house, on the 1800 block of north taylor
street. >> it was raging fire. the home was fully engulfed by flames. >> as crews hosed down the hole, five people being treated for injuries related to the blaze. three of them, 22nd district officers first called to the scene just before 8:00 tuesday night. officials say, they quickly went through the front door, without fire protection, to rescue man neighbors said was still inside the burning brick house. >> the officers were having trouble breathing, three officers made entry, but they just -- flames and smoke over came them. they had to withdraw. >> right behind them, the philadelphia fire department, which was able to reach the resident. inside, falling debris left one firefighter, with a minor injury. a firefighter, on the scene, fighting the fire was struck by debris. and he suffered from a broken bn nose. >> fire itself knocked down in about half hour. only short time to bring the fire under control, home
itself is being called a total lost, and under daylight now it is easy to see why >> all expected to recover. justin finch, cbs-3, "eyewitness news". >> fire also engulfs a rales dale montgomery county apartment building there is picture comes from viewer laura emory. it shows heavy flames, firefighters responded to overnight. that fire was also reported on the bucks county news feed, no injuries to humans, but told several pets may have lost their lives. neighbors tell cbs-3 the firefighters faced long battle to control the flames. >> they were putting it out for good hour. even seeing parts still smoking and you can see flames, not big flames, like it was, but still trying to take apart the walt and make sure it is out completely. >> neighbors say the fire started on the first floor,
and spread to the upper floors of the duplex. the cause of the fire remains under investigation this noon. >> philadelphia police need help identifying four suspect who held up a corner store in kingsessing. it happened on october 11 at diaz grocery store south 54th street. police say the armed suspects assaulted the store clerk, took money from the register, and, robbed one of two customers inside that store. if you recognize anyone here in that video, you are asked to call police. >> vice president joe biden may soon break his silence about whether he'll run for the 2016 race for president. he is scheduled to make announcement in the white house rose guard never just a few minute. meanwhile, speaking at a forum honoring former vice president walter mondale yesterday, biden appealed to democratic voters saying his loyalty to the president remains firm. even some republicans want to know if biden will run. presidential candidate and new jersey governor chris christie weighed in. >> it is hard for me to imagine not doing it, on the
other hand, as a father, i know how much he loved beau biden. and i know that beau biden was where all his hopes and dreams for the future resided. and i just don't know as a father having lost that son that he is ready emotionally to do it. >> the vest president has nine more days to make his announcement if he want to be a candidate on all of the ballots. >> battle over which republican will take over for retiring house speaker joan boehner may soon be coming to an end. in a closed door meeting this morning, boehner told gop leadership they'll meet next wednesday to vote. the full house would then choose it new speaker the following day. which congressman paul ryan is being tapped for that job, candidate boehner said he has full confidence in. >> paul ryan would make a great speaker. but this decision is up to the members. and i thought last night went
very well, and hopefully by the end of the week we'll have a nominee. >> last night congressman ryan told his gop colleagues he would serve as their leader only if they embrace him as their candidate. >> coming up right here on cbs-3 "eyewitness news" it is back to the future day and we're feeling a little nastolgic. also, an accident leaves quite a mess on the highway. veggies all over the road. we'll tell you what happened. and listen to there is take a selfie. make a payment. the new way some credit cards are allowing you to pay for items. more news when we come right
>> and an early morning accident leaves quite a mess on the roadway, that's celery and lettuce, all over the highway. a tractor-trailer hit a central divider and guardrail, then it overturned there is all happened in california, just outside of los angeles, thankfully, no one was hurt. what a mess, though. a new york city police officer, has died, after being shot in the line of duty overnight. officer holder chasing a gunman in east harlem when he was shot and killed. he and his partner both in plane clothes exchanged gunfire with us is expect on a pedestrian overpass. the suspect was arrested four blocks away from the crime scene, in custody with gunshot wound to the leg. thirty-three year old holder was a third generation police officer. and embattled syrian president has add makes surprise trip to moscow. this morning, he briefly met
with russian president, vladmeere putin, whose military is supporting in the civil war in sewer y secretary of state, john kerry, will meet with russian diplomats in austria friday to discuss the syria crisis. >> still ahead this noon, movie buffs, you should know what today is. october 15th, 2015. it is back to the future day. our alex hoff will take us to celebration of all things back to the future, and what we're back to the 70s today, kyla? >> i was going to say feels like back to the summer right now, ya, talking 70s again today, and tomorrow, you know it can't last forever, though. i'll tell you what you can expect for the weekends, stay with us, everybody, "eyewitness news" is coming right back.
i want a supreme court judge who knows the law. for the past seven years, i've served on pennsylvania's second highest court. and the bar association has given me their very highest rating. i want a judge who understands regular people. i was the first in my family to graduate from college. my dad was a coal miner. my mom- a factory seamstress. i want a judge with integrity. me too. and that's why i'm running. i'm christine donohue. it's time to bring integrity back to the supreme court.
mr. brideen has been considering running for the presidential democratic nomination and a decision has been expected soon. cbs news has learned mr. biden is about to announce he will not be running. let's go to major garrett in the rose garden right now. major, surprised? >> not a surprise, necessarily. when you think about the venue t would be very awkward for anyone seeking the democratic nomination to announce a presidential campaign in the rose garden as a sitting vice president but have i talked to those close to the vice president. there is other information around here that is very solidly in the at fos mere-- atmosphere that the vice president will say he has fought long an hard about this. he greeferred over the loss of his son beau bieden, thought deeply what he could do for the
country. but in the end decided not to run for the presidency but will remain a voice in democratic politics and an advocate for the president's policies. and will provide whatever assistance he can on issues he has dealt with, consistently, ukraine, iraq. and he has often been a crucial negociater on behalf of this president when things have gotten testy on capitol hill. jim, i don't need to tell you, we're facing some very difficult issues as this year winds down legislatively getting a budget through on some other matters. the vice president may also play a crucial role in that. >> okay, vice president joe biden accompanied by the president, apparently about to step out into the rose garden, major. and we'll be hearing a little more now about the decision that we're told joe biden has made not to seek the democratic nomination. major, while we're waiting, and i know he could be stepping out any second here, what do you think the factors were behind this decision to not run? >> i think they're coming out right now, jim. the vice president, a copped by
his wife jill, and the president moving to the rose garden. i would say one, the diftd in putting together a campaign at this late stage and uncertainty it would succeed. >> good morning, folks. please, please, sit down. mr. president, thank you for joining me the rose garden for a minute. >> pretty nice place. >> as my family and i have worked through the grieving process, i have said all along what i have said time and again to others. that it may very well be that that process, by the time we get through it, closes the window on mounting a real statistics campaign for president. that it might close. have i concluded it has closed. i know from previous experience that there is no time table for this process. the process doesn't respect or
much care about things like filing deadlines or debates in primaries and caucuses. but i also know that i could do this if-- i couldn't do this if the family wasn't ready. the good news is the family has reached that point. but as i've said many times, my family has suffered loss and i hope there would come a time, andive sea said this to many other families, that sooner rather than later when you think of your loved one, it brings a smile to your lips before it brings a tear to your eyes. well, that is where the bidens are today. thank god. beau is our inspiration. unfortunately, i believe we're out of time, the time necessary to mount a winning campaign for the nomination. but while i will not be a
candidate, i will not be silent. i intend to speak out clearly and forcefully to influence as much as i can where we stand as a party and and where we need to go as a nation. and this is what i believe. i believe that president o bma has lead this nation from crisis to recovery and we're now in the cu sp of resurgence. i'm proud to have played a part in that. this party, our nation will be making a tragic mistake if we walk away or attempt to undo the obama legacy. the american people have worked too hard. and we've come too far for that. democrats should not only defend this record and protect this record, they should run on the record. we've got a lot of work to get done over the next 15 months.
and there's a lot of-- there's a lot that the president will have to get done. but let me be clear that we'll be building on a really soild foundation. but it all starts with giving the middle class a fighting chance. i know you in the press love to call me middle class joe and i know in washington that is not usually meant as a complicated. it means are you usually not that sophisticated am but it is about the middle class. it isn't just a matter of fairness or economic growth, it's a matter of social stability for this nation. we cannot sustain-- sustain the current levels of inequality that exist in this country. i believe the huge sums of unlimited and often secret money pouring in to our politics is a fundamental threat to our democracy. and i really mean that. i think it's a fundamental threat. because the middle class will
never have a fighting chance in this country as long as just several hundred families, the wealthiest families control the process. it's just that simple. and i believe we have to level the playing field for the american people. and that's going to take access to education and opportunity to work. we need to commit. we're fighting for 14 years. we need to commit to 16 years of free public education for all our children. we all know that 12 years of public education is not enough. as a nation, let's make the same commitment to a college education today that we made to a high school education a hundred years ago. children and child care is the one biggest barrier for working families. we need as the-- as the president's proposed to triple the child care tax credit. that alone will lead to a
dramatic increase in the number of women able to be in the workforce. and will raise our economic standards. there are many equitable ways to pay for this. i hear how do you pay for this. there are many equitable ways to pay for this. we could pay for all of this with one simple step. by limiting the deductions in the tax code to 28% of income. wealthy folks will end up paying a little bit more. but it's my guess, and i mean this sincerely, it's my guess they will be happy to help build a stronger economy and a better educated america. i believe we need to lead more about the power of our example as the president has, than merely by the example of our power. we have learned some very hard lessons for more than a decade of large scale open-ended military invasions. we have to accept the fact that we can't solve all the world's problems. we can't solve many of them alone. the argument that we just have
to do something when bad people do bad things isn't good enough. it's not a good enough reason for american intervention and to put our sons and daughters lives on the line, put them at risk. i believe we have to end the devissive partisan politics that is ripping this country apart. and i believe we can it's mean spirtd, and it's petty and it's gone on for much too long. i don't believe like some do that it's naive to talk to republicans. i don't think we should look at republicans as our enemy. they are our opposition. they are not our enemies. and for the sake of the country, we have to work together. as the president said many times, compromise is not a dirty word. but look at it this way, folks, how does this country function without consensus? how can we move forward without
being able to arrive at consensus. four more years of this kind of pitch battle may be more than this country can take. we have to change it. we have to change it. and i believe we need a moon shot in this country to cure can semplet it's personal. but i know we can do this. the president and i have already been working hard on increasing funding for research and development. because there are so many breakthroughs just on the horizon in science and medicine. the things that are just about to happen. and we can make them real. with an absolute national commitment to end cancer as we know it today. and i'm going to spend the next 15 months in this office pushing as hard as i can to accomplish this. because i know there are democrats and republicans on the hill who share our passion, our
passion to silence this deadly disease. if i can be anything, i will want to be the president that ended cancer because it's possible. i also believe we need to keep moving forward in the arc of this nation toward justice. the rights of the lgbt community, immigration reform, equal pay for women in protecting their safety from violence. rooting out institutional racism. at their core, every one of these things, every one of these things is about the same thing. it's about equality. it's about fairness. it's about respect. as my dad used to say, it's about affording every single person dignity. it's not complicated. every single one of these issues is about dignity. and the ugly forces of hate and
division, they won't let up. but they do not represent the american people. they do not represent the heart of this country. they represent a small fraction of the political elite. and the next president is going to have to take it on. most of all, i believe there's unlimited possibilities for this country. i don't know how many of the white house staff and personnel have heard me say repeatedly, that we are so much better positioned than any country in the world. we are so much-- i have been doing this for a long time. when i got elected as a 29 year old kid i was called the optimist. i am more optimistic about the possibilities, the incredible possibilities to move forward than i have been at any time in my career. and i believe in my core that there is no country on the face of the earth better positioned to lead the world in the 21s century than the united states
of america. washington, though, just has to begin to function again. instead of being a problem, it has to become part of the solution, again. we have to be one america again. and at our core, i have always believed that what sets america apart from every other nation is that we, ordinary americans, believe in possibilities. unlimited possibilities. the possibilities for a kid growing up in a poor inner city neighborhood or a spanish-speaking home. or a kid from mayfield in delaware, or will owe grove, in pennsylvania like jill and i. to be able to be anything we wanted to be. to do anything, anything that we want. that's what we were both taught. that is what the president was taught. it was real. that is what i grew up
believing. and you know, it's always been true in this country. and if we ever lose that, we have lost something very special. we'll have lost the very soul of this country. when i was growing up, my parents in tough times looked at me and would say to me and my brothers and sister, honey, it's going to be okay. and they meant it. they meant it. it was going to be okay. but some of you cover me, i say go back to your old neighborhoods. talk to your contemporaries who aren't as successful as you've been. there are too many people in america today. too many parents without don't believe they can look their kid in the eye and say with certitu de, honey, it's going to be okay. that's what we need to change. it's not complicated.
that will be the true measure of our success. and we will not have met it until every parent out there can look at their kid in tough times and say honey, it's going to be okay. and mean it. that's our responsibility. and i believe it's totally within our power. the nation has done it before in difficult times. i've had the very great good fortune and privilege of being in public service most of my adult life, since i have been 25 years old. and through personal triumphs and tragedies, my entire family, my son beau, my son hunter, my daughter ashley, jill, our whole family. and this sounds corny, but we found purpose in public life. we found purpose in public life. so we intend, the whole family, not just me, we intend to spend
the next 15 months fighting for what we've always cared about. what my family has always cared about. with every ounce of our being. and working alongside the president and members of congress and our future nominee. i am absolutely certain we are fully capable of accomplishing extraordinary things. we can do this. and when we do, america won't just win the future, we will own the finish line. thank you for all being so gracious to jill and me, for the last six or eight months and for my whole career for that matter. but i'm telling you, we can do so much more. and i'm looking forward to continuing to work with this man to get it done. thank you. >> thank you all very much. >> so headline of the hour, vice president joe biden will not be