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growing larger by the minute. the fire 90 miles east of los angeles covers more than 15 square miles. fire officials estimate 15 structures have been destroyed, 600 homes are in the fire's path 1,500 people have been forced to evacuate. at least five people have been injured, including four firefighters. ben tracy is on the scene. ben? >> reporter: norah, firefighters told us the most active part of this fire right now is right here. here's what's fueling it: vegetation all up and down these hillsides that's dried out from drought. 1,000 firefighters are now battling this blaze both on the ground and in the air. it's what they call a dirty burn meaning the fire burns sporadically because of the winds. so today crews were cutting out what the fire did not burn and doubting what it did to prevent flare-ups.
before dawn we saw these backfires set by firefighters to burn out brush on the hillsides and create larger containment lines. firefighter gordon o'neil. >> it turns to black, which won't burn anymore, it widens that line out. and it removes the fuel that's available to burn. >> reporter: you're fighting the fire with fire. the fire started wednesday afternoon fueled by steady winds and bone-dry brush that hadn't burned in seven years. it exploded from 300 acres to 5,000 acres in about three hours. it then doubled in size overnight, scorching 10,000 acres and more than a dozen struck qhurs. >> oh, there it goes. >> we didn't think it was coming this way then instantedly whole mountain caught on fire. i couldn't get my briefcase. >> reporter: andy and melinda schraeder said they had no time to escape. the fire burned upmost of their yard and burned their rr. they hosed down the roof and managed to save their house and horses. you were basically surrounded by
fire. >> we were, we couldn't get out. >> reporter: what did it feel like? >> i thought i was going to die. i got a handkerchief to put around my face. i kept inhaling smoke. >> it was really hot. i thought we were going to die out here. >> reporter: those four fighters injured have been released from the hospital but we're told there's another unidentified person who is badly burned. firefighters in the next couple of hours are going to contain as much of this fire as they can because, as you can tell, the winds are starting to pick up. >> o'donnell: ben, thank you. and flames in the west and flooding in the nation's mid-section. a storm front has stalled, dumping rain on five states. in tennessee, some folks climbed on to their roofs to escape the rising water. at least two people have drown in missouri, their cars swept away by floodwaters. one was a four-year-old boy and they're still looking for his mother. lindsey graham gramson of our cbs affiliate is in jerome,
missouri. how significant is the damage? >> floods have ripped through the southwestern region of the state. the four-year-old boy was trapped in his mother's car as waters rushed in. authorities continue to search for the boy's mother. this area has seen as much as 15 inches of rain in the last two days alone. the t river here in jerome crested at 32 feet, its highest level ever recorded. up to 40 homes have been completely flooded. we spoke with residents who had to evacuate their homes. >> not knowing, i think, is probably the hardest part because you know how to react or which way to start when you know what you're dealing with and when you don't know what you're dealing with. >> just depressed. there ain't nothing you can do, so you just sit there and watch it getting wet. that's all you can do. >> reporter: a flash flood warning is still in effect as heavy rains are expected through friday night. >> o'donnell: lindsay, thank you. that worldwide alert for a possible al qaeda terror attack remains in effect for the rest of the month and 19 u.s. embassy
and consulates are closed as a precaution, at least until the weekend. the focus of the threat is yemen. the u.s. carried out three more drone strikes today, taking out 12 suspected terrorists. there have been eight drone attacks in the past two weeks, killing more than 30. bob orr is in washington, he's our homeland security correspondent and, bob, what's behind this uptick in these drone strikes just today? >> reporter: well, norah, i think we can say the surge we're seeing in drone strikes is clearly aimed at trying to disrupt any potential attack plans about dplaep yemen. the u.s. here is sending a pretty clear psychological message that the drones are on constant patrol, scouting for targets. it's interesting to note there have only been 12 drone strikes in yemen all year up until july 27, but that was about the time that u.s. intelligence overheard al qaeda leaders plotting imminent attacks and then everything changed. we've now seen five drone strikes in just the last three days. by the way, it's also
interesting, all the militants who have been killed have been hit while riding in small groups inside vehicles. >> o'donnell: so what do we know about who is being targeted by the drone strikes? >> sources tell us most of those who who have been killed so far were terrorist foot soldiers, four were described as mid-level group leaders. but the drones haven't found two of the targets that they're looking for, the leader of a.q.a.p. and the master bomb mayber, ibrahim al asiri. sources say it does reduce the group's manpower and forces the other terrorists to keep an eye on the skies. if they're focused on trying to survive intelligence analysts say the terrorists can not effectively plot. norah? >> o'donnell: at the fort hood massacre trial the judge refused to allow the attorneys advising major hasan to take over his defense so hasan continued to act as his own attorney in the case in which he's charged with
murdering 13 fellow soldiers and wounding 32 others. anna werner is at fort hood, texas. anna? >> reporter: norah, for many of the witnesses here this is the first time they're confronting the man accused of trying to kill them. witnesses described chaos as the gunman walked through the building leaving blood and bodies in his wake. specialist meagan martinez described watching a soldier sitting near her get shot as the gunman showed no emotion. "it was just a cold, calculated heart stare at us and he was just shooting everything that moved," she testified. "when a captain got up and charged him" she said "he was shot at close range." major hasan took note bus mostly looked forward impassively. he is in a wheelchair, paralyzed by bullets fired at him by fort hood security. staff sergeant michael davis testified at first he thought the shooting was a drill, then, he said "i heard a young lady
screaming my baby, my baby, my baby." it was the pregnant private francesca valez, she died that day. davis himself was shot in the back trying to escape the only time hasan objected today was when another witness described hearing that pregnant woman beg for her life and then herring hasan allegedly shoot her. >> o'donnell: an, that thank you. turning now to the economy, the labor department says 333,000 americans joined the line for unemployment benefits last week. that's 5,000 more than the week before. and rising home prices are helping folks who have been drowning in debt in the second quarter of this year. 26% of american homeowners owed more than their mortgages -- than their homes were worth. that's down from 29% a year earlier. danielle nottingham is with the a chicago couple struggling to keep their home. >> reporter: connie and vance
brown planned to spend the rest of their lives in this chicago condo they bought 14 years ago. do you think you will have to leave this place? >> i don't want to leave and he doesn't want to leave. >> reporter: but they may not have a choice. they stopped making mortgage payments two years ago soon after they lost their full-time jobs. connie found part-time work counseling troubled teens and vance, who's a computer tech, has only been able to find a job as a dishwasher. what do you do now? >> hoping and praying that i get some work and hoping and praying that my husband will get a better job and hoping and praying we get back up on our feet. >> reporter: a six-month grace period they arranged with their lender is over. foreclosure is likely. they say they can't leave chicago to find better jobs because they owe $50,000 more than their condo is worth. it's called being underwater. there are more than
7 31,000 homeowners in chicago in the same situation. that's more than any other u.s. city. rising home prices have helped reduce the number of underwater homeowners nationwide by 1.5 million, but the percentage of those underwater in the hardest-hit markets remains high. 55% in las vegas, 49% in orlando. full recovery depends on people like the browns landing new jobs. >> we were middle-class, you know? and we were proud of it because we worked our way up for that. >> reporter: do you have somewhere to go? >> we have nowhere to go at all. nowhere to go. only thing i know the places that we would be going is out on the street. >> reporter: a new york federal reserve study found homeowners underwater are a third less likely to move and, norah, the more debt they owe, the greater the chances they won't leave.
>> o'donnell: danielle, thank you. there were three winning tickets in last night's powerball drawing for a jackpot that topped out at $448 million. two were sold in new jersey. those winners have not come forward. the third was hold in minnesota to paul white. he's 45 and works for an electrical contractor. white called the experience "surreal." >> i feel this pressure off my shoulders that you carry everyday with you. i have two kids. am i going to be able to pay for them to go to college? am i going to be able to take care of them if they have health issues? all these things, gone. >> o'donnell: that check he's holding reads $149 million but after taxes he will take a lump sum of just about $58 million. and a teenager dies after being tasered by the police in miami beach. bill clinton and oprah winfrey are about to get a very
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that an officer can do than take another life, shoot another individual. >> reporter: the case is one of 125 police-involved shootings in philadelphia that have taken police since 2011. 37 people have died and, in some neighborhoods, anger has boiled over, as it did in may when officers shot seven people in one week. four died. after may's deadly police shootings, commissioner ramsey took the extraordinary step of asking the justice department to examine his department's use of force. what is your sense of the public's perception of the philadelphia police department when it comes to the use of force? >> there are parts of our city that think that i'm taking a step that's not necessary. there are members of other communities-- primarily minority communities-- that think that perhaps there's too much police presence and that perhaps we are a little too heavy-handed. >> reporter: concerns are limited to philadelphia. the justice department has examined police shootings in a
number of cities including las vegas and spokane, washington. and last month in miami the civil rights division of the justice department found three of 33 police-involved shootings were unjustified. commissioner ramsey is confident that all his officer shootings were justified. some people would argue, though, that by asking for this review it's undermining the authority of the officers who are out there and second guessing what it is that they've done? >> i think our job is to second guess. i think our job is to review. our job is to evaluate. and that's what we have to do. >> reporter: since he became commissioner 2008, seven officers have died-- four were shot to death. their pictures hang on his wall. >> i look at this as much as an officer's safety effort as i do anything else. making sure the officers' tactics are such that they can keep themselves safe when they encounter these very dangerous people. >> reporter: the justice department review is expected to take a year and a half.
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>> o'donnell: you may recall that after the boston marathon bombing the f.b.i. arrested two friends of suspect dzhokhar tsarnaev for allegedly hiding evidence in the case-- a backpack and a laptop removed from tsarnaev's dorm room and tossed in the trash. well, today a federal grand jury indicted the two men, both 19, on charges they obstructed justice. and chip reid tells us the boston bombing has led to a spike in enrollment at a school that prepares uniquely qualified students for a career in
security. >> reporter: at this 10,000 square foot warehouse in windsor, connecticut, 13 labrador retrievers and four german shepherds are in special training. >> good girl! >> reporter: she sat down, what does that mean? >> well this particular piece of luggage has some explosives in it. >> reporter: zane roberts is the lead trainer at m.s.a. security, a private company that trains bomb-sniffing dogs. the >> the demand for these dogs is tremendous. >> reporter: since boston in sflar >> since boston in particular. >> reporter: since the boston marathon bombings business has increased about 30% at m.s.a.. they have nearly 200 dog teams at locations across the nation and expect to have 25 more by the end of the year. the trainers are all former members of the military or law enforcement. they protect everything from financial institutions to professional baseball games. >> the presence of an explosive detection canine does make people feel safe.
it's a great deterrent effect for people who want to bomb a location. they see dog, they'll want to go someplace else. >> reporter: the pentagon spent six years and $19 billion researching high-tech bomb detection systems but concluded that the best bomb detector is still a dog. if you took a machine and tried to search that luggage as fast as i could search it with one dog i'd beat you ever time. >> reporter: roberts has taught mary, a three-year-old lab, to detect a wide variety of bomb-making materials. >> good girl! >> reporter: most of the doogs here failed at becoming guide dogs because they were too energetic or too easily distracted by smells. that's what makes them ideal for detecting explosives. labs in particular have a strong food drive, which is why food reward training works so well. basic training takes about 12 weeks. >> what a good girl! >> reporter: rockets says when the dogs graduate from this one-room schoolhouse he's always sad to see them go.
what is the bond like between the handler and his dog? makes you smile right off the bat. >> absolutely. i often can't remember the handler's name but i never forget the dog's name. >> reporter: he'll soon have to learn new names because important jobs are waiting for all of these good dogs. chip reid, cbs news, windsor, connecticut. >> o'donnell: good dogs, indeed. that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for scott pelley, i'm norah o'donnell. thanks for watching. see you tomorrow bright and early on cbs "this morning." good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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