tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS May 5, 2016 6:30pm-7:01pm EDT
( sireps ) >> pelley: embers rain on canada. wildfires rage and 90,000 people run for their lives. >> all see is red flames. it's pretty scary. >> pelley: also tonight, the nation's top republicans turn their backs on donald trump. inside the isis surprise attack that killed a navy seal. and the federal government cracks down on e-cigarettes. >> we're finally leaving the the world of the unregulated wild, wide west when it comes to the sale of e-cigarettes and cigars. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: tonight, wildfire is driving the largest evacuation in north america in decades. fire hasn't threatened an entire
city on this scale since the san francisco earthquake 100 years ago. the fire has grown explosively since sunday. fort mcmurray, alberta, a city of 88,000, has been evacuated. the price of oil rose worldwide because of the catastrophe in canada's oil sands region. at least 90,000 people are refugees, hundreds of homes, whole neighborhoods, are gone. ben tracy is there. >> reporter: parts of alberta are literally hell on earth. 49 fires are raging, at least seven burning out of control. senior wildfire prevention manager chad morrison. >> let me be clear-- air tankers are notin not going to stop thi. >> i can feel the heat here. this is insane. >> reporter: after the fire tore through the town of fort mcmurray, this is what it looked like, not only burned out, but bombed out. >> there's nothing there.
there's nothing left. there's so many homes gone. >> reporter: exhausted firefighters sprawled on the grass while a lone mountie surveyed the empty streets. eric lavellee can't comprehend it. >> it's something like you'd see out of the movies. the bank was on fire when we were driving in. the trailer park that there was is gone. the super 8 is gone. one of the gas stations is gone. >> reporter: the canadian government sent in reinforcements as huge plumes of smoke grew in the sky. no place felt safe, not even this evacuation center. there were hundreds of people in this shelter last night, but then the wind changed direction, and the fire headed this way, and they had to evacuate this evacuation center. they piled on buses in the middle of the night and were once again forced to leave. donna guillamot was evacuated for the second time. >> it's very stressful. you don't know what's bushed and what's not burned. when you can go back. and now you're sitting here, and
all you see is red flames. it's pretty scary. >> reporter: these fires really have brought the oil sands industry here in alberta to a halt, and that's because the oil companies have to make sure their employees are safe. but, scott, you don't hear anybody talking about the loz of business. what you hear people talk about is that so far there has been no loss of life directly related to these fires. >> pelley: lightning and drought thought to be the causes. ben tracy near the fire line for us tonight. ben, thank you. well, there were no fatalities or injuries in a massive fire in houston today. a warehouse filled with hazardous chemicals went up, setting off a series of explosions. it took firefighters several hours to bring it under control. today, the nation's top republicans turned their backs on the party's presumptive nominee. both presidents bush said they will skip the republican convention, and the speaker of the house withheld his endorsement. major garrett on a house divided.
>> i think what a lot of republicans want to see is that we have a standard bearer that bears our standards. >> reporter: house speaker paul ryan, the highest ranking g.o.p.-elected official and chair of this summer's republican convention, said he could not endorse the presumptive nominee. >> i'm just not ready to do that at this point. i'm not there right now. and i hope to, though, and i want to, but i think what is required is that we unify this party. and i think the bulk of the burden on uniifying the party will have to come from our presumptive nominee. >> reporter: ryan has previously criticize trump's inflammatory rhetoric but said the primary process needed to play out. >> this party does not prey on people's prejudices. we appeal to their highest ideals. >> reporter: trump today did try to reach out to hispanic voters, sending this photo and tweet to mark cenco de mayo. "the best taco bowls are made in trump tower grill," he wrote. "i love hispanics." with his nonendorsement, ryan
grows a growing list of republican party elders who are distancing themselveses from trump. both living former g.o.p. presidented george h.w. bush and his son, george bush, sailed they won't endorse trump or attend the party's convention. and the two previous republican nominees, mitt romney and john mccain, will boycott the convention as well. trump has said he can win the election even if the party does not unify behind him. but that plenty of well-known republicans are eager to fall in line. >> they're calling now, and they're calling us all, and they're saying, "we'd love to get on the train, the trump train, they call it, but we'd love to get on the team." >> reporter: trump responded to ryan by saying he wasn't ready to endorse his legislative agenda, either, though he held out hope for compromise. scott, all year, ryan has been developing proposals and bills to help distance rank and file house republicans from trump. mission accomplished. >> pelley: major garrett, thanks. also skeptical of donald trump, most women voters.
our cbs news poll gives hillary clinton a 27-point lead among women, and we have more from nancy cordes. >> reporter: if you google "clinton," the first thing that pops up is a campaign ad offering an official "hillary for america" woman card for those who sign up on line, a play off this now-infamous trump comment. >> well, i think the only card she has is the woman's card. >> reporter: clinton's holding a good hand, leading trump among white women, for instance biker 11 point. the last democrat to win white women in a presidential election was her husband in 19 96. in 2012, they went for mitt romney by 14 point. trump insists he can make up ground because he knows what women want. >> women want strong military. they want to know that they're secure in our nation. women want women's health issues taken care of, and hillary is not going to do it like me. >> reporter: as she works to cement a sisterhood, clinton has taken to accusing trump of.
>> demeaning women. demeaning women. demeaning and degraigd things about women. >> reporter: she invoked gender politics again in a phone interview with the "l.a. times." >> when he questioned my qualifications to be president, i knew that the subtex was questioning women's qualifications in general." >> reporter: we learned this afternoon that some of clinton's top aides, including reportedly her longtime confidant, huma abedin, have now been interviewed by the f.b.i. about clinton's use of a private server. clinton herself has not been interviewed yet, scott, but says she will cooperate if asked. >> pelley: nancy cordes, nance, thanks very much. there hasn't been much talk recently in the campaign about iraq but that may change after this week. a surprise attack killed a u.s. navy seal tuesday in iraq. petty officer first class charles keating responded to a call for help from kurdish allies and american advisers who
were being overrun by isis. charlie d'agata is in iraq tonight. >> reporter: only 20 minutes into the battle, u.s. forces knew they were in trouble. they called for backup. ( gunfire ) then things only got worse. the navy seal's rescue team found themselves pinned down in an intense firefight over 120 isis militants. >> run! >> reporter: kurdish soldiers and their u.s. advisers were forced to take cover. the attack seemed to come from nowhere. and petty officer first class charles keating iv was among those shot in the gun battle. even the blackhawk helicopters that were called in to evacuate
keating came under fire. isis launched this surprise attack at around 7:30 near the village of it, el skuf. according to officials, the mill fants flooded in from the south piercing the front line with bulldozers. the americans fought for nearly two hours before finally getting away. u.s. officials told us the area had been relatively quiet for a month and was considered low risk. it just shows how the front line against isis can change in a flash, scott, and how close u.s. forces are to it. but u.s. military officials here stress those navy seals only came forward to back up the americans and would not have joined the firefight otherwise. >> pelley: charlie d'agata reporting from baghdad tonight. charlie, thank you. today, the federal government banned the sale of electronic cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18, and it imposed heavy regulations on this
multibillion-dollar industry that has almost no oversight. last year, three million teenagers used e-cigarettes. here's dr. jon lapook. >> reporter: for years, e-cigarette have been flying off the shelves, despite f.d.a. concerns about their health effects. with today's ruling, the agency finally has the power to regulate them. >> we're finally leaving the world of the unregulated, wild, wild west when it comes to the sale of e-cigarettes and cigars. >> reporter: mitt zoeller directors the f.d.a. center for tobacco products. >> more teens use e-cigarettes than regular cigarettes, and historically there was no regulation of these pruxes whatsoever. >> reporter: manufacturers of e-cigarettes will be required to get their products approved by the f.d.a. and report any harmful ingred yents. >> i finally found a smarter alternative to cigarettes. >> reporter: these cigarettes contain nicotine but not cancer-caw causing tar in regular cigarettes. both f.d.a. and c.d.c. have been concerned about other potentially harmful ingredients in the vapor, as well as the
effects of nicotine on the developing brains of adolescents. >> nicotine is addictive, and no kid should be inhailing vape thoors contain nicotine into their lungs. >> reporter: from 2011 to 2015, e-cigarette use increased from 1.5% of high school students to 16%. during that same period cigarette use dropped from 16% to 9%. is there a sense on your part that perhaps in the future those kids using e-cigarettes might start smoking? >> the jury is out on the gateway effects of e-cigarettes, but we don't need the answer to the gateway question now to be able to conclude as a public health matter that kids shouldn't be using e-cigarettes in the first place. >> reporter: manufacturers will have a grace period up to three years. after, that the f.d.a. will begin enforcing regulations to prevent products from being sold. they don't meet requirements. >> pelley: dr. jon lapook, thank you, doctor. what happened in syria today
could only be called a war crime. at least 28 people were killed, many women and children, in an air strike on a camp of defenseless refugees. it was in rebel territory near turkey. we don't know who fired the shot. these deaths add to the 320,000 who have been killed in five years of syrian civil war, but there is another cost, and that is the loss of irreplaceable history. the inheritance of all humanity. inside syria, elizabeth palmer met the heroes in that fight. >> reporter: the music filled an ancient roman amphitheater that only three months ago was under isis control. it, like most of the ruins here, only survived that occupation by luck. but a trove of palmyra's smaller treasures were saved by dedicated archaeologists, syria's very own monument men and women, led by chief of
antiquities maamoun abdulkarim. his mission is to protect syria's heritage from all sides in the civil war. we met him among the empty display cases of the damascus archaeological museum. >> it's from the islamic period. >> reporter: right at the start of the fighting, he emptied and closed all of syria's antiquities museums. as for the priceless exhibits, some 300,000 objects, he and a very few trusted colleagues hid them. will you tell me where? >> no, never. we are just small group. look here. >> reporter: but he did agree to show us photos of the crates in their secret hiding place. maamoun's greatest triumph came in palmyra. his team managed to evacuate 99% of its museum artifacts to safety in damascus just as isis rolled into town.
they destroyed several important buildings and laced the site with explosives which had to be carefully detonated. syria's civil war has kept its treasures off limits for more than five years now. but abdulkarim is quietly planning for peace, eventually. and the day concerts in the amphitheater are not just for the benefit of soldiers but once again open to the world. elizabeth palmer, cbs news, damascus. >> pelley: investigators are learning more about the health issues suffered by prince. and passengers had a terrifying flight when the cbs evening news continues.
today's minneapolis "star tribune"-- percocet found in prince's system-- prompted the medical examiner to push back against such media reports saying in a statement released late this afternoon, "her office has not released any information to anyone, including law enforcement." law enforcement sources tell cbs news they are trying to determine the source of prescription pills found on prince and in his home. an attorney for howard kornfeld, a prominent drug addiction treatment doctor in northern california, sails the doctor was contacted to help prince the day before the singer's death. kornfeld sent his son, andrew, to minneapolis to facilitate treatment. william mauzy is kornfeld's attorney. >> andrew's purpose in being there was to describe the recovery without walls program, to familiarize prince with that. >> reporter: instead, an driewfs among the group that found prince unconscious in the elevator the next morning. andrew kornfeld had in his possession an opiod treatment drug called buprenorphine.
dr. shiela specker is an addiction specialist at the university of minnesota. >> buprenorphine is used particularly for withdrawal, so a person may be to to withdrew from opiods, or they may be to for maintenance. >> reporter: the medical examiner's toxicology report determining prince's cause of death could come next week, but, scott, it could also be sealed due to the ongoing criminal investigation. >> pelley: jamie yuccas near prince's home tonight. jaime, thank you very much. extreme turbulence gave passengers a flight they'll never forget.
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violently shakes. the turbulence started 45 minutes before the flight was scheduled to land in jakarta. the shaking was so strong, that oxygen masks deployed, and storage begins started to rip. photos posted on social media by passengers showed food and garbage strewn all over the cabin. nenden nurhaini was on the flight. "in my group, there are three injured people," she said. "on the other group, some of them got injured on their legs and one of them got a severe head injury because of hitting the cabin ceiling." while the plane landed safely, more than 30 passengers and crew were injured, nine so seriously they were transport to the hospital. many suffered broken bones. the airline is considered to have a good safety record. scott, this flight was supposed to return to abu dhabi, but has
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mother. i take after my father. >> reporter: why do you get the sense he's always opinion the one who kind of keeps you in line. >> you have good senses, yes. >> exaggerator, an absolutely brilliant victory! >> reporter: kent is a superstar. he's a hall of fame jockey who has been won the derby three times but he's always been a partier and drinker. the last five years he showed up inebriated before races. few horsemen would hire him. >> it was this one who actually picked up the phone and said,"boy, you need to tighten up." so when i got to the fork in the road, big brother was like, "you need to go right because you're going wrong." >> reporter: kent is back in riding shape, and although still battling his demons, brother, keith, went to bat for him, convincing owners to give him another shot. there he is! this saturday, kent will ride the derby's second favorite, exaggerator, trained by big brother keith. did you think you'd ever ride
for him? >> no, no. it's totally surreal. i can't even believe it. i have to pinch myself. i cannot believe it's my brother. >> reporter: you always looked up to him. >> forever, still do. don't say "always." say "still do." he's my big brother. >> and they're off! >> reporter: for kent, this run for the roses will be a ride for redemption. and a chance to repay that big brother who bet on him when few others would. david begnaud, cbs news, louisville. >> pelley: there is help for addiction. and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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