tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS May 26, 2015 6:30pm-7:01pm EDT
>> pelley: swept away. more than a dozen are missing in texas floodwaters and more rain is on the way. also tonight the movie theater massacre. james holmes' notebook reveals that he had been dreaming about mass killings for years. in the battle against isis, u.s. pilots have a vision problem -- no eyes on the ground. and tonight our salute to the class of '15. >> as i like to tell the "c" students, you too can be president. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: tonighted fromwaters are rising in the southern planes -- plains and the search continues for people who have been swept away. the water in parts of texas and
oklahoma swallowed up cars and roadways. highways are littered with abandoned vehicles. homes were knocked off their foundations. at least nine people are reported killed. more than a dozen missing. 4,000 homes in the houston area are damaged or destroyed, and 1,200 in wimberly, texas outside austin. omar villafranca begins our coverage. >> reporter: it's the worst flooding this region has ever seen. this aerial video shows the remains of a bridge come -- completely washed away by catastrophic flooding from a raging blanco river. the river rose 26 feet in just an hour, uprooting home, snapping trees washing away cars and creating massive piles of debris up to 20 feet high along an 87-mile stretch. wimberly, a popular bed and breakfast getaway has taken the biggest hit. a dozen still remain missing.
will conley is the county commissioner. >> we have over 150 personnel continuing to scope the river through air, by boat and by land looking for any survivors. >> reporter: 33-year-old laura macomb and her two young children six-year-old andrew and four-year-old leighton are among those still missing. they were separated when their vacation home was swept off its foundation, slamming into a bridge downstream. julia shields is laura's sister. >> she called me. she said "i'm in a house. i'm floating down a river. tell mom and dad i love you and pray." >> reporter: the family held house until the house struck a bridge and broke in half. three days later they now fear the worst. >> we all know and we have accepted that they're gone. >> reporter: in other parts of texas fast-moving creeks took over city streets in the austin downtown area. flooding businesses and trapping employees at a 7-eleven. in devine, texas, it was a
tragic end to a promising future when 18-year-old alyssa ramirez was killed on her way home from her senior prom. the homecoming queen and honor student died when floodwaters swept her car off the road. back here in wimberly, this is what's left of dozens of homes and in this twisted pile of debris are pieces of at least two houses from 75 yards away. scott, cleanup is already under way, but there is more rain in the forecast. >> pelley: remarkable stories. omar, thank you very much. about 11 inches of rain fell in eight hours in america's fourth largest city. vicente arenas is in houston. >> reporter: it all began late last night. rising floodwaters paralyzed traffic for miles along interstate 10. hundreds of cars and tractor-trailers stranded. by daylight desperate drivers were still trying to save their cars and themselves. this woman was on the highway
for seven hours. >> i opened the door and i saw the water just there. i almost freaked out because i cannot swim. >> reporter: across the city, 2,500 vehicles were abandoned. at least two people were found dead, and houston's mayor fears there could be more. >> we've got cars littered all over the city. and as the floodwaters go down, that's one of the things we're doing to make sure that no one was trapped in those vehicles. >> reporter: emergency crews received more than 500 calls for rescue from people fleeing floodwaters surrounding cars and homes. downtown houston looked like a lake, water as far as the eye could see. this is what it looked like inside the galleria mall. the storm was so bad fans at the houston rockets' game were advised to wait out the weather. dylan brockmeyer went to the game. >> they said, "stay in your seats until we tell you it's okay." this. >> reporter: this woman found two feet of water in her home
this morning. >> the house is like oh, my god. everything has shifted. everything has moved. everything is completely destroyed. >> reporter: underpasses like these fill up fast with water whenever these types of storms paz through and officer have to block roadways like this because of stalled vehicles. this one at one point was submerged in water. scott, people in houston are used to heavy rain, but not so much all at once. >> pelley: we just received word that a rescue boat has capsized in houston, three people missing from that. vicente, thanks very much. today we got a look inside the mind of a killer. the gunman who murdered 12 people and left 70 injured when he opened fire in a colorado movie theater. as james holmes mounts an insanity defense, jurors were shown the notebook he mailed to a psychiatrist shortly before the attack. jim axelrod has more. >> everyone may be seated. >> reporter: the spiral notebook has long thought to hold clues to holmes' state of
mind at the time of the attack, but this was first look inside it. this afternoon excerpts were read aloud by aurora's police sergeant. on some of the 29 page, holmes wrote rambling questions: what is the meaning of life and what is the meaning of death? on several pages he repeated the question, why, why why? on other pages accounts of scouting several theaters in the days before the attack. holmes apparently considered targeting an airport but decided against it not wanting his attack to be confused with terrorism. the message is: there is no message, holmes wrote according to files. he chose a theater even though holmes put the chances of being captured at 99%. >> the bullet point says three options of attack. >> reporter: jurors who will decide on a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity followed around with their own copies as
the notebook was read aloud. "the obsession to kill since i was a kid with age became more and more realistic. i decided to dedicate life to killing others so i could live." holmes sent his notebook in a psychiatrist with 20 different $20 bills, all of them burned to some extent. also a drawing with the circumstance balancing a number one and the infinity sign the same symbol found in holmes' apartment the day of the shooting, scott. >> pelley: jim axelrod reporting for us tonight. jim, thank you. the city of cleveland agreed today to make sweeping changes the police training after the u.s. justice department found officers there used too much force too often. jericka duncan reports this is all meant to ease the tension between the black community and a police force that is two-thirds white. >> today may 26, 2015, marks a new way of policing in the city of cleveland. >> reporter: in the settlement, the city promised
they will document every use of force down to pointing a gun at someone. officers can't use chokeholds or force to stop someone from running away. they're not allowed to fire from or at moving vehicles unless use of lethal force is justified. the city will also create a community police commission and appoint a civilian the lead the internal affairs division. cleveland mayor frank jackson. >> i think that we need such big change and we need to get it done rapidly. >> reporter: other key changes include emphasizing deescalation and creating distance between the officer and potential threat. that was not the case in at least two high-profile police shootings here. on saturday, officer michael briewell was acquitted of manslaughter from firing 15 shots from the hood of a car. two people were killed. last fall officers pulled within a few feet of 12-year-old samir risk. within two seconds a cleveland
police officer shot rice who was holding a toy gun. >> we can't wait! >> reporter: at a demonstration downtown today red by more than 40 churches, about 500 people called for justice. one was city councilman zach reid. >> that is unacceptable. our people are living in fear of the people that are sworn to protect them, and that's not fair to them. >> reporter: an independent monitor will review compliance over the next five years. scott, when asked how the city will pay for all of this, the mayor said he has not yet made that determination. >> pelley: jericka thanks very much. today the streets of omaha were lined with mourners as a funeral was held for police officer carrie orosco, shot last week by a fugitive. she had been getting ready to bring daughter olivia home from the hospital three months after her premature wirth. today. was her due date.
today iraq said that it will counter attack after a humiliating defeat for its army and for u.s. policy. last week the extremist group isis chased iraqi troops out of ramadi the capital of a major province. the american strategy relies on iraqi soldiers, but this weekend defense secretary ashton carter said the iraqis lack the will to fight. also air strikes by the united states are hamstrung because no americans are on the ground spotting targets. david martin shows us why that matters. >> reporter: the f-16s are cleared hot meaning free to drop their weapons on the target. on the ground, friendly troops are in a firefight with the enemy. [explosion] mark 82s are 500-pound bombs. this is an exercise in louisiana. but the bombs are real. troops are u.s. army.
>> have him come in parallel. >> but the man calling in the strikes is air force sergeant danny aboy. >> i am the critical link between troops on the ground and the air force. >> reporter: aboy is what the air force calls a joint terminal attack controller. >> you are approved to strike anything within 100 meters. >> reporter: the man who talks pilots like lieutenant colonel matt casey on to the target. >> he's able to talk directly to the pilots so in the minimum amount of time we find what the army is asking us to look for. >> haines your eyes on the ground. >> there are no terminal attack controllers on the front lines with iraqi troops, so pilots flying strikes against isis have no eyes on the ground. captain shawn
>> in urban combat, everything is closer. like fire from rooftops. the closer it is, the more coordination it takes. >> the closer it is, the more you need an attack on the ground? >> yes absolutely. >> pentagon officials acknowledge strikes flown with controllers would be more efficient, but they are not willing to put americans on the front lines of a battle the iraqis have to win for themselves. >> and david is joining us now at the pentagon. david, it was a remarkable admission when secretary carter said this weekend that our iraqi allies lacked the will to fight. why did he say that? >> scott, counting both soldiers, the pentagon estimates the iraqis had nearly 10,000 troops in ramadi while isis had about 900. so the iraqis have that 2-1 advantage, yet they retreated leaving behind much of their u.s. supplied equipment
including about a half dozen tanks. >> pelley: and u.s. taxpayers it's been about $25 billion on the iraqi army. david, thank you very much. today iran put a washington post reporter on trial for allegedly spying for the u.s. jason rezyian has been held ten months. the u.s. calls the charges absurd. the closed-door trial comes at the same time as iran is negotiating with the u.s. over limiting its nuclear program. vermont senator bernie sanders kicked off his campaign for president. he's hillary clinton's first opponent for the democratic nomination. sanders, who calls himself a democratic socialist said one of his main issues will be income inequality. there is a megadeal today in the cable industry. charter communications is buying time warner cable for $55 billion, that is if the fcc approves. so-called superbugs could kill
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superbugs could kill ten million people. nderstand what doctors are up against we sent seth doane to india. >> reporter: baby prince, less than a month old, has been in and out of hospitals and is not responding to multiple antibiotics. "i've been very scared," his mother admitted. "it came as a shock. how is my baby so sick?" neelan claire says 70% of babies referred to her icu are resistant to multiple antibiotics. she's prescribing drugs she wouldn't have imagined using a decade ago. >> you have to use these antibiotics because they're the only ones which can work in these babies. >> reporter: you're seeing kids premature babies who need adult-powered antibiotics. >> yes yes. >> reporter: antibiotics sold over the counter here are often
the first course of treatment. but misusing and overprescribing these drugs makes bacteria resistant to antibiotics leading to superbugs. delicate newborns are particularly sensitive. doctors tell us the problem is starting to spread beyond infants and beyond india. claire is working with the indian government to train doctors nationwide to reduce the number and strength of drugs prescribed. as a doctor, will you see a point where you see infections that you simply can't treat? >> yes, we are seeing infections which are getting more and more difficult to treat because we are failing with our usual antibiotics, yes. >> reporter: india with 26 million births annually, is on the front lines of this battle but it's a health threat the rest of the world could soon face. seth doane, cbs news, new delhi. >> pelley: a volcano threatens anan isld.
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♪ this isn't how your story ends. my friend ♪ it's just a fork along the road ♪ >> the universe is bigger than you are. that sounds obvious but some people don't really know that. >> you can't control how smart you russia how funny you are how good looking you are. the one thing you can control in your life is how hard you work. >> people may say man he's ugly, but he sure works hard. >> work matters. no one hasser come up to me and said, the reason i am here is because i was smarter or anything else. what i have achieved is because i worked harder than everybody else. ♪ right your song love your life ♪ >> read. the book is still the greatest man-made machine of all not the car, not the tv, not the computer or the smartphone. >> those of you who are graduating this afternoon with high honors, awards and
distinctions, i say well done, and as i like to tell the c students, you too can be president. [laughter and applause] ♪ and i'll see you at the reunion ♪ >> class of 2015, look under your seats because you are all leaving here tonight with a college diploma! you get a diploma. you get a diploma. you get a diploma, and you sir you get a diploma! ♪ did better than our parents did ♪ per fact family wife and kids ♪ >> we must not forget the parents, who to get you students to this day have sacrificed so many things, primarily money. [laughter] i'm sure there are other things they've sacrificed but i'm going to guess money is the one they bring up most often. ♪ write your song sing it long ♪ love your life ♪
>> when it comes to the arlts passion should always trump common sense. you aren't just following dream you're reaching for your destiny. >> if you truly want the power to control your own destiny then you got to be involved, you got to be at the table you have got to vote, vote, vote, vote. that's it. that's the way we move forward. >> so class of 2015, here's wishing you the joy of discovery. you can and you will, dare i say it, change the world! ♪ well i see you at the reunion ♪ >> pelley: the world is yours. that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all-of-us at cbs news all around the world, good night.
prince george's county police chief mark magaw reacts to one of his own charged with murder. i'm scott broom in waldorf, charles county, maryland, coming up the twisted family saga behind the crime that twisted the police community. >> reporter: members of the murdered savopoulos family from the people who knew and loved them best. i'm bruce leshan, the story coming up. >> today it's heat and humidity, tomorrow showers and storms, more about wednesday 8 8 -- wednesday's yellow alert day. the search is on for the pistol police believe might have been used as a murder weapon. thanks for being here. i'm derek mcginty. >> i'm lesli foster. the owner of the gun is this prince george's county police officer who is chd argealong with his mother in the killing. scott broom is in waldorf to tell us more. >> reporter: it's