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>> pelley: tonight, out of control.[>v an explosive wildfire this colorado doubles in size in two days forcing hundreds to run for their lives. barry petersen is on the scene. one of jerry sandusky's accusers faces him in court and tells a tale of child sexual abuse. armen keteyian is covering the opening testimony in the trial of the former penn state coach. wall street takes another nosedive, doubting that the bailout of spain will do much good. mark phillips is covering. and wyatt andrews on one giant step for a man. >> reporter: off robot on your right foot. >> yes. yeah. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news"
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with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening, 2,000 people are being urged to evacuate ahead of a wildfire moving rapidedly through forests in colorado. so far, 118 buildings have burned and 60 square miles have gone up in smoke. that fire is 15 miles outside of fort collins, one of many burning across the west tonight. barry peter seine in fort collins this evening. >> reporter: the fire is so big it's making its own weather, flames creating winds that drive it one direction and in an instant turn the fire another. 400 firefighters have been rushed in along with tankers and helicopters to drop water and fire retardant. the fire is so fast-- sometimes roaring through trees at 20 miles an hour it cannot be out run. >> i'm happy a'm alive. >> reporter: rosemary saw 200
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foot flames coming at her house. >> it was minutes. i had less than five minutes to get out. >> reporter: some of her neighbors had less time. >> they literally left in their p.j.s. >> reporter: one thing fueling the fires, acres of dead trees killed by mountain pine beatles. the insects reproduce and have destroyed an estimated $6 billion trees in the western united states and canada. beetles have killed half the trees around tracy's house. each tree a virtual matchstick. >> it's brown and dead and it's a roman candle. it goes up. >> reporter: it explodes? >> it explodes. >> reporter: from space you can see a stretch of throat-clogging smoke spreading hundreds of miles into parts of wyoming and nebraska. chad professor of fire science at colorado state university worries about the days ahead. >> it will be at least a few more days before they probably make significant progress in terms of containing this fire.
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>> reporter: this summer may be worse to come? >> yeah, if this keeps going it could be a long summer that competes with some of our bigger fire years. >> reporter: thisfóm fire is so aggressive, scott, we've been here for several hours. it's literally doubled on the ridge line behind us. every now and then we see trees just burst into flames. nothing, it seems, can even slow it down. >> pelley: barry, thank you, we'll be watching that. now from fire to flood.ntbh heavy rains on the gulf coast inundated roads outside mobilec? alabama. downpours saturatedvs!c the arel weekend. the florida panhandle got nearly 22 inches of rain. more thunderstorms are in the forecast. in pennsylvania today, jerry sandusky went on trial. the former assistant football coach at penn state is charged with sexually abusing ten young boys. he met most of zo!í at his... met most of his alleged victims at the second mile, a charity
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that he founded to help underprivileged children. armen keteyian is covering the trial in bell font, pennsylvania. armen? >> reporter: good evening, scott. one big revelation to come out of the first day of the trial today was the fact that according to÷uiñi his attorney,y sandusky will testify on his own behalf. later on, we got the pure drama as the first of the victims expected to testify took the stand. day one's most important moment came in the afternoon in the form of a slight shorthaired man wearing a white shirt and black tie identified by the prosecutor as victim number four. the 28-year-old testified sandusky began abusing him in 1997 when he was around 13 years old. he claimed it escalated from physical soap battles in a campus shower to sex. "did you ever say don't do that to me" the lead prosecutor
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asked? "it was never talked about ever" answered the accuser. "basically what happened there, it never happened." "tell the jury how many times mcgettigan" instructed. "it would have to be 40 times at least." earlier in the day mcgettigan laid out the prosecution's case calling sandusky's behavior predator and serial. a jury of seven women and five men sat transfixed as mcgettigan flashed the young faces of eight alleged victims on a big video screen calling out their first names in public for the first time. in turn, defense attorney joe amen dole la spoke of the david and goliath battle sandusky now faces, describing the former penn state coach as playful and naive but not a predator. pointing out six of the alleged victims have hired civil attorneys. "why do peopl "what's the old saying? money is the root of all evil. these young men have a financial interest in this case." late this afternoonamendola
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cross-examined the accuser but made little headway in undermining the testimony. in part it seems to be a generational thing, that whatever happened in n that football locker room shower, that horsing around, there was no crimes committed, scott. >> pelley: armen, thank you very much. we all woke up to the news that the markets were celebrating an agreement to bail out the crumbling spanish banking system but the euphoria didn't last long today. the dow shot up nearly 100 points at the opening but as doubts set in the bottom dropped out. the dow closed down nearly 143 points. why the worry? well, europe is the world's largest economy and several countries there are in grave financial trouble. there are questions whether the european union and its currency, the euro, can even survive. a breakup would damage the u.s. economy, too. germany is being pressured to come to the rescue, but mark phillips found out they're not
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happy about it. >> reporter: another work week begins country to be bailed out with hard-earned german cash once again money will flow from europes haves to its have-nots. this time $100 billion euros, about $125 billion in loans made available to save spain's failing banks. to portugal, ireland and greece, which have already received bailouts, add spain to the list of debt-engorged countries being called "the pigs." german chancellor angela merkel had to be persuaded to loan spain the money because madrid has already begun a painful program of debt reducing cuts in government spending on jobs, pensions, and benefits as the germans have demanded. still, john kornblum, a former u.s. ambassador here, says germans are tired of being europe's financial saviors and weary of having their second world war guilt thrust back at
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them. >> there's a great resentment and a great feeling that the europeans are using them, are using their commitment to europe-- which is, of course, based on some bad periods of their history-- but now using those bad periods to make them feel that they need to pay more when they feel that they've done more than their share. >> reporter: they almost feel blackmailed to a certain extent? >> that's the word you might use yes. >> reporter: german generosity is not entirely selfless. instability in europe would threaten its own export-driven economy. but even here the spanish loan is seen as yet another economic band-aid. that bailing out one failed economy after another does not solve the problem with the euro. that 17 different countries with y% all trying to use the same money. mark phillips, cbs news, berlin >> pelley: the united nations warned today that syria's dictator is planning an attack on a village not far from the scenes in two recent massacres.
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bashar al-assad is out to crush a rebellion that broke out more than 15 months ago. human rights groups saythat last month in houla pro-government militias killed more than 100 people, mostly women and children. dozens more were killed last week in kubair and there were battles throughout syria today. it's extremely difficult to get a reporter into syria but our elizabeth palmer is there. liz traveled up to the rebel city of homs today. she's now back in the capital of damascus. liz, homs is a city of about 1.5 million people, about the size of philadelphia. i wonder, what does it look like and sound like there? >> well, it looks empty because hundreds of thousands of people have left because thelou$u2< fis been so heavy. you can hear mortar and rocket fire battles going on. it was impossible to see who was shooting at whom but we know that area is controlled by the armed opposition fighters and
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they're mounting offenses there against the syrian forces. >> i wonder, the hard-hit parts of the city, what do they look like? have they been turned into rubble? >> yes, they have. one area that has been cleared of armed opposition and is now held by the army is just ruined. it's being reduced to piles of rubble. all the streets are barricaded off. it's a war zone. >> pelley: on your travels today, you had an opportunity to talk to rebels who are fighting for what they call the free air is syrian army. what did they tell you? >> we drove north of homs where the fighting is even heavier. we got into one of the villages that is controlled by the syrian free army, so called. a lot of them are local men who have taken up arms. a lot of them are army desserters who have crossed the line, if you like. they were very keen to show us their i.d. and tell us that they basically have come home to their villages to fight to get rid of president bashar al-assad. they were all sunnis.
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they said they want the international community to help them to overthrow the syrian government and that they are suffering. >> pelley: cbs news correspondent elizabeth palmer reporting for us in damascus. thank you, liz. negotiationors for the united states and pakistan had hoped to work out a deal to reopen supply lines for the war in afghanistan but those talks broke down today david martin tells us getting supplies to u.s. troops has become a big challenge. >> reporter: these air force flight managers have been racing against the tierney of time and distance since november when pakistan suddenly shut down the most important supply routes for u.s. troops in afghanistan. triggered by the accidental killing of 24 pakistani soldiers by american gun ships, the shutdown left major general mike lalli, director of operations for the u.s. transportation command, facing a potential disaster. >> about 7,000 pieces, truckloads of equipment are
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stranded, either in the ports of karachi or on the road between the port and the border crossings. >> reporter: a satellite photo shows docks crammed with containers not going anywhere and more were on the way. you must have had to throw a lot of ships into 180 degree turns. >> there was about 40, 45 ships that we had to divert that were en route to pakistan. >> reporter: the cutoff caused troops in afghanistan a major source of fuel. >> about 50% of the fuel we purchased we were purchasing from pakistan refineries, moving it on pakistan trucks into afghanistan. >> reporter: like all the other trucks, those tankers were no longer moving. >> so that pakistani cutoff was really a double whammy. >> it was a big deal. >> reporter: traffic managers had to start sending everything through what's called the northern distribution network. ships carry supplies to ports and from there they are hauled by truck and train to afghanistan. one critical item: ammunition,
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is flown straight in. for the colonel who runs the command center, gasoline was the most critical commodity. how low did you go? >> we never got below 30 days of supply. >> reporter: u.s. countries started buying shipments north of and dropping it to remote combat outposts.!ç troops need 1.6 million gallons of jet fuel, 400 tons of food, 60,000 gallons of water and 160tons of other cargo each day. can you keep it up indefinitely. >> we can keep it up as long as we have to keep it up. >> reporter: in fact, scott, the u.s. has more supplies on hand today than it did when pakistan shut down those supply routes. >> pelley: david, thank you very much. there has been a devastating loss for autism research. and one of the most fascinating political battles in the country, the senate race here in the bay state when the "cbs country, the senate race here in the bay state when the "cbs evening news" continues from
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themselves hoarse. >> i'm afraid my exuberance is now showing up in my voice. >> reporter: for warren, a democrat and harvard university law professor it's a sprint to introduce herself to four million massachusetts voters. >> i've been watching for 20 years as america's middle-class just has been hammered. >> reporter: brown is a republican who won a surprise victory in this blue state to fill the seat of one of the senate's legendary liberals, ted kennedy. now brown is out to prove it wasn't a fluke. >> as a result of that i've been able to going in there as an independent person voting on every issue because i don't work with harry reid and mitch mcconnell, i work with massachusetts. >> reporter: they both have a record of breaking through wisconsin gridlock. warren took on government and wall street when she was asked by senate majority leader harry reid to monitor the financial bailout. then she led the charge to create a new consumer protection agency. brown successfully sponsored laws to make it easier for entrepreneurs to raise capital
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and to prevent members of congress from using inside information to profit from the stock market. why should massachusetts voters elect someone other than scott brown? >> well, i think this is really about whose side do you stand on? scott brown has been delivering for wall street. >> reporter: your opponent says you tried to water down the very financial regulations that would prevent another meltdown. >> well, with all due respect, as you know, she's had some credibility issues lately. >> reporter: he's talking about the controversy over warren's decision while at harvard and the university of pennsylvania to list herself in professional directories as native american. >> there's no evidence of her having any native american. she's not 1/3 27bd. she has none. >> reporter: warren says she was told by her parent she is had cherokee and the delaware blood. >> i know my family's heritage. it's also been clear have from
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ankle that's closer than ever to the real thing and we asked wyatt andrews to show us how it works. >> reporter: stefan eisenberg loves his job as a trash collector because it keeps him active and on his feet. it's remarkable, because,ñ(c yes ago eisenberg lost his right foot when a garbage truck rolled over it. last fall he replaced his missing foot with the future. you have a robot on your right foot? >> yes. yeah. >> reporter: what is it, exactly? >> it's a bionic ankle. >> reporter: his bionic ankle is called the biom. to understand what makes it bionic we put weight on the ankle ourselves. it punches back! hugh herr is the lead developer of the biom and a professor at m.i.t. the biom is a machine packed with processors, gyroscopes and
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motors. it senses how fast the amputee wants to walk or run and then the robot responds just like the body with force your foot hits the ground and what happens? >> when my foot hits the ground it moves as if it has a calf muscle, an achilles, that's being controlled by the spinal cord. >> reporter: herr has worked to perfect the bionic ankle ever since he lost both legs in a mountain climbinghxms accident 0 years ago. some of his early funding came from the u.s. military and today dozens of veterans who lost their legs in the fitted with the biom ankle. >> we have an opportunity to advance bionics to get all these many soldiers that are returning with missing arms and legs and returning them to very normal high-quality of of life. >> reporter: for the users of bionic÷çtzmb it is biggewt chane isn't technological, it's profoundly human. many amputees see thewaãlimbs as
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so functional they stop seeing themselves as impaired. >> it's pretty amazing how it works. especially once you get used to it. >> reporter: is it to the point where you forget that it's there? >> yes. yes. i always forget that it's there. >> reporter: eisenberg used to keep a mental list of where he could not go and what he could not do. but months ago the bionic man wearing the future tossed that can't-do list away. wyatt andrews, cbs news, bedford massachusetts. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. with thanks to our friends here at wbz t.v. for their hopalty and for all of us at cbs news all around the world, i'm scott pelley in boston. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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this is 9 news now. we begin tonight with formal charges against a man police say doused himself and his car with gasoline and then plowed right into a d.c. building. charles ball now facing charges of assault with intent to kill while appeared and arson. andrea mccarren has details from d.c. superior court. >> reporter: 32-year-old charles morrell ball told police his family was in danger and the frederick county authorities wouldn't do anything to help. after plowing through the glass of this office building at 1050 connecticut avenue northwest ball told the metropolitan police officers on the scene, "i want to speak to the fbi. i did this to get their attention." charging documents reveal that ball had doused the stolen jeep and

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