tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS May 9, 2016 6:30pm-7:01pm EDT
>> pelley: tornadoes on the move. violent weather descends on the southwest. also tonight, the united states sues north carolina for violating transgender civil rights. >> this is about the dignity and the respect that we accord our fellow citizens. >> pelley: tonight we're on the from the lines in the war against isis. >> they warned us. they believe they saw a car bomb driving through this territory. >> pelley: and wounded warriors battling back. >> this is a way to be who you are now and tie together the great things you did in you life. >> this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: tonight one person has been killed in violent storms that are racing through the southern plains. at least one large tornado tore
through the oklahoma countryside. a number of buildings were destroyed. severe weather threatens more than 40 million people from the gulf coast all the way up to iowa. manuel bojorquez is in mt. pleasant, texas. manuel? >> reporter: well, scott, it is a large system that is sweeping east and expected to impact this portion of north texas and parts of the southern plains. already in oklahoma, it has spawned at least three large tornadoes late this afternoon. there are reports of one being up to a mile wide. they were captured on tape as they rolled through rural areas near pawls valley about an hour south of oklahoma city. the national weather service issued warnings, telling oklahoma residents to take cover. we have seen early pictures of damage and there are late reports that there's at least one death in garvin county, oklahoma. the same system produced tornadoes over the weekend in colorado, either destroying or damage hangful of structures in the town of ray. only minor injuries were
reported there. tornadoes are not the only threat as we head into the night hours for this part of the country. the storms, scott, are capable of producing high winds, large and damaging hail, and flash floods. >> pelley: manuel bojorquez, thanks. well, in western can dark rain was deliverance for fire crews praying for a break. light showers and cooler temperatures helped slow the explosive wildfire that they call "the beast." at least 620 square miles of oil country has burned. ben tracy made it to the belly of the beast. >> reporter: inside fort mcmurray, burned-out homes and cars stretch for blocks. it's what's left after a devastating fire tore through town last tuesday, forcing more than 80,000 people to frantically evacuate. >> let's go, let's go, let's go! >> reporter: this is one of the hardest-hit neighborhoods from this fire. as you can see, there are large parts of this neighborhood that are just completely gone, just completely burned out.
but from the air, it is now clear that large parts of fort mcmurray survived. alberta's premier toured the town today. >> the dedication and the smarts of these first responders saved almost 90% of the city of fort mcmurray. >> reporter: but there is no electricity, gas or drinkable water, which means people who have been in evacuation centers for nearly a week won't be going home any time soon. christine cook told her young daughters they're on a vacation. >> i'm terrified of what the drive is going to be going back into fort mcmurray. do i take first trip? that's traumatizing to me i think for my kids. >> reporter: the fire, which is still burning out of control in some places, and the massive smoke screen it created has nearly shuttered alberta's famed oil sand, which account for nearly one-third of canada's oil output. most of the people who work those oil jobs come from fort mcmurray and are now without homes and work.
having now seen fortd fort in person, it looks like a tornado went through. you have some neighborhoods that are just completely destroyed and others that look completely normal. that's why about 90% of that town has been saved. scott, i think a lot of people will be surprised by, that but, of course, it's no consolation to those who have now lost everything. >> pelley: and the price of oil worldwide has been forced up by the fire. ben, thanks very much. now to a legal firestorm. the u.s. justice department and the state of north carolina sued each other today. at issue: the new state law that the federal government says violates the rights of transgender americans. omar villafranca is in raleigh. >> reporter: today u.s. attorney general loretta lynch took the podium to say the state of north carolina had violated federal law. >> they created state-sponsored discrimination against transgender individuals who simply seek to engage in the most private of functions in a place of safety and security.
a right taken for granted by most of us. >> reporter: governor pat mccrory filed his own lawsuit today, accusing the federal government of overreaching its authority. >> we believe a court rather than a federal agency should tell our state, our nation and employers across the country what the law requires. >> reporter: the d.o.j. sent a letter to north carolina officials last week and warned them that if the state didn't comply, the government could withhold billions of federal dollars earmarked for the tar heel state. that included $1.4 billion going to the u.n.c. school system. hv2, known as the bathroom bill, said transgender people have to use restrooms based on the gender on their birth certificate. the debate sparked heat prod tests, but the measure sailed through the legislature and was signed into law. dozens of corporations condemned the law. last month a long list of performers, including bruce springsteen and pearl jam, canceled their shows in protest
of hv2. madeline goss was born man. >> we are not boogiemen. transwomen are women. transmen are men. we're just here trying the live our lives. we want everyone to see that. >> reporter: by one estimate, hv2 could cost the state more than $4.8 billion in federal funding. scott, we're just now waiting on the ruling from a north carolina federal court. >> pelley: omar villafranca, thank you. today the nation's top elected republican, house speaker paul ryan, said there's just no point in trying to fake party unity around donald trump. ryan also warned that any attempt to lunch a third-party candidate would be a disaster for republicans. major garrett is following the presumptive nominee. >> does the party have to be together? does it have to be unified? i'm very different than everyone else. i actually don't think so. >> reporter: donald trump has broken with g.o.p. orthodoxy in recent days on issues like raising the federal minimum wage. here's what he said in november:
i hate to say it, but we have to leave it the way it is. >> reporter: this was trump yesterday, sounding more like a democrat. >> i don't know how people make it on $7.25. an hour. with that being said, i would like to see an increase of some magnitude, but i'd rather leave it to the states. it will provide major tax relief. >> reporter: in september trump called for across-the-board tax cuts. now trump is open to giving the wealthiest a smaller break than he first proposed. trump's policy shifts come as he tries to reassure conservatives like house speaker paul ryan, that he is one of them. today ryan told a milwaukee newspaper, "we have right now a disunified republican party. we shouldn't sweep it under the rug without addressing it." trump suggested he might want ryan to step aside as chair of the g.o.p. convention if he continues to withhold his endorsement. ryan didn't argue. >> he's the nominee. i'll do whatever he wants. with respect to the convention.
>> reporter: trump did get the support today of three of the g.o.p.'s biggest donors, including home depot c.e.o. ken langone, but, scott, marco rubio, who trump said he would consider for v.p. said he would not endorse trump but campaign for house and senate republicans instead. >> pelley: major garrett in the washington newsroom. major, thank you. well, trump has opened a very personal line of attack targeting hillary clinton's marriage. nancy cordes has that. >> they're going after me with women? give me a break, folks. >> reporter: trump said last week he wants to take the high road, but he's already hit some potholes. >> she's married to man who is the worst abuser of women in the history of politics. >> reporter: clinton's allies argue attacks like that will backfire. her approval rating improved when her husband cheated. >> i'm going to let him run his campaign however he chooses. >> reporter: clinton herself says she has heard it all before. but trump is taking it one step further, claiming clinton
silenced women who accused her husband of harassment. >> she was a total enabler. she would go after these women and destroy their lives. she treated these women horribly. she was an unbelievably nasty, mean enabler. >> pleased to meet you. >> reporter: clinton held a coffee klatch with working moms in virginia today and declined to address trump's specific allegations. >> i'm not running against him. he's doing a fine job of doing that himself. i'm running my campaign, what i want to do as president, what i stand for, what i've always stood for, and what i believe is going to make a difference to the people of this country. >> reporter: trump said today he only call clinton an enabler as retribution for playing what he calls "the woman card." still, it's an unconvention -- unconventional line of attack from man who has openly bragged about his own infidelities and once called bill clinton's
filllanderring "totally unimportant." >> pelley: nancy, thank you. the pentagon said today a u.s. air strike killed the isis military chief in iraq's anbar province. that's west of baghdad. iraqi forces are trying to retake it, and they gave charlie d'agata a rare look. >> bullet-ridden, beat-up humvees were the only protection on offer from the iraqi forces as we weaved our way along the back roads leading to fallujah. with this we got separated for a time from the forward crew. they warned us they believe they saw a car bomb driving through this territory. they told us to not get too close. but we never saw it. nor did we see any u.s. advisers. the iraqi army and isis have fought to a standstill since taking over this embattled city on baghdad's doorstep. colonel ahmed has been here since fallujah fell.
the same batle? >> two years. >> wow. that's long time to be in the same battle. now he and his soldiers are holding on to this jagged edge of a front line, scattered among the abandoned homes and flattened buildings. fallujah has been home to a brutal insurgency since the iraq war. in 2004, more than 100 u.s. marines and soldiers died here fighting the militants. colonel ahmed told us they never really went away. this is about as close as iraqi forces can get to the isis front line, that line of palm trees about 200 yards away, within range of mortars and sniper fire. the u.s.-led air strikes are of limited use here, with many insurgents hiding among local residents, some of whom are loyal to isis. colonel ahmed told us the city is also rigged with homemade bombs. >> you don't see anything, but
you sense something always. >> reporter: u.s. military advisers have been actively helping in the plan to retake the city. while no one can tell us when that's likely to happen, the iraqi government blames isis for launching terror attacks in the capital from fallujah. >> pelley: charlie d'agata back in baghdad for us tonight. charlie, thank you. today north korea said that it would use its nuclear weapons only to defend its homeland. the north's young dictator closed a party congress today that was choreographed to tighten his grip. adriana diaz reports. >> reporter: a confident-looking kim jong-un strode to the stage in a western suit and tie. it was first glimpse inside the workings of the party congress. even though foreign journalists were only allowed to stay for ten minutes. the event has been a consider nation of sorts for the country's leader. today he was awarded an additional title: party
chairman. kim has used the congress to underline his commitment to north korea's nuclear program, but he repeated his vow not to use them unless provoked. western experts believe that north korea has the capability to build a nuclear bomb but not the means to deliver it. at least so far. kim has repeatedly rebuffed u.s. requests that north korea abandon its nuclear program. north korea's one of the most reclusive nations in the world, and government guides have accompanied us everywhere. >> did you get any opportunity the meet foreign centers. >> reporter: bieb reporter rupert wingfield-hayes was detained after he reported that much of what he was allowed to see looked like a setup. >> what is it you don't like me saying? >> reporter: north korean officials accused him of what they called "insulting the dignity of their country." the government forced wingfield-hayes to sign an apology before barring him from
ever coming back to the country. scott, his producer and cameraman have refused to leave north korea without him, but they've all since left pyongyang and landed safely in beijing. >> pelley: adriana diaz is in pyongyang tonight. adriana, thank you. we asked the former head of the f.d.a. who is to blame for the painkiller epidemic when the "cbs evening news" continues. unless you have allergies. flonase is the first and only nasal spray approved to relieve both itchy, watery eyes and congestion. no other nasal allergy spray can say that. go ahead, embrace those beautiful moments. flonase changes everything.
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>> the f.d.a. has responsibility. the pharmaceutical companies have responsibility. physicians have responsibility. we didn't see these drugs for what they truly are. >> reporter: from 1999 to 2014, sales of opioids qoopled in the u.s., and so did the number of opioid-related overdose deaths. >> there was a notion that pain was the fifth vital sign, that you wanted to relieve pain, that that was essential. we dosed until the payne was alleviated. >> reporter: that, says kessler, was a costly mistake. 78 people now die each day from overdosing on painkillers, but the c.d.c. didn't issue prescription guidelines until this past march. recommending doctors try over-the-counter pain meds before prescribing more limited quantities of opioids, but not mandating they do so. given the fact that this country is in the middle of a crisis,
are these guidelines strong enough? >> we'll see. this is an american condition. this is an american disease. >> reporter: in the 21 years since oxycontin first came on the market, it has generated more than $35 billion in sales. >> the inappropriate promotion of drugs contributed significantly to this epidemic. >> reporter: how? tell me how. >> because drug companies took a small piece, a sliver of science, and widely promoted it as not being addictive. that was false. >> reporter: while pill mills like this one in west virginia are among the most visible signs of the epidemic, kessler says two-thirds of painkiller prescriptions are written by well-intentioned physicians trying to do right by their patients. >> everybody has to do better. the c.d.c. guidelines need to be
implemented. pharmaceutical companies need not overpromote. doctors need to prescribe more wisely in a more limited way. but it's going to take a societal shift. it's bigger than any one of those steps in order to change this epidemic. >> reporter: when asked about his responsibility as the head of the f.d.a., dr. kessler said the epidemic took hold after he left the agency in 1997, but, scott, he does admit he should have pushed for stricter prescription practices when he was till in charge. >> pelley: terrific interview, jim. thanks very much. in a moment we will note the passing of one of the most familiar faces on television.
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>> pelley: finally tonight, invictus is latin for "unconquered," a fit l title for the international competition for wounded warriors in florida. it's the brainchild of britain's prince harry, and demarco morgan is in orlando. >> reporter: today 40-year-old retired marine sergeant anthony rios was in top form during a practice run of wheelchair rugby six years to the day after he was hit in a combat mission in afghanistan. >> i thought to myself, oh, man, i lost my leg. >> reporter: rios' leg was saved, but he suffered a brain injury from the blast and had to learn to walk again. >> this sway to keep who you are now, who you've developed, and tie together the great things you did in your life. >> the second invictus games. >> reporter: with olympic-style fanfare, prince harry warmly welcomed the 500 competitors from 15 nations here in orlando last night. >> it is not just physical injuries that our invictus competitors have overcome.
every single one of them will have confronted tremendous emotional and mental challenges. it's been a bumpy road to get to this stage. >> reporter: "cbs this morning" anchor norah o'donnell sat down with prince harry to talk about the games. what do you think your mother, princess diana, would think about what you've done for veterans? >> i think she would be incredibly proud. i would love it if she were here. i'm sure she would be running around causing chaos like i intend to. >> reporter: and very proud of you? >> i hope some. >> reporter: this week rios and his fellow athletes will show it's not their injuries but their determination to overcome them that defines who they are. >> when i wake up in the middle of the night and i can't sleep, i have a pull-up bar in my bedroom. i use that energy and i continue to use it. >> reporter: demarco morgan, cbs news, orlando. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night.
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