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>> pelley: it's their last hope. can sandbags do what dams could not-- hold back the deluge in the carolinas? also tonight, russia launches missilemissiles and send in grod troops against u.s.-supported syrian rebels. gun violence becoming the hot issue in the presidential campaign. >> and the idea that you need more guns to stop people who are committing mass shootings is not only illogical but offensive. >> pelley: and high above the earth, a singing star. ♪ this is major tom to ground control ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: today, two more bodies were founded in the carolinas, bringing the death toll from the worst flooding
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there on record to at least 19. in south carolina, 14 dams have failed just since the weekend. now, david begnaud tells us they're calling in the cavalry. >> reporter: drastic measures are being taken to stop rushes floodwaters. this national guard chopper crew spent the entire day dropping these bags trying to shore up a canal in the state capital of columbia. the bags are 3,000 pounds. some are filled with sand and some are filled with rocks. they're being used to build a barrier because the colombia canal has breached, threatening the water supply to more than 350,000 people. >> you know, just being here on the scene lets you know how real that is. >> reporter: kim stenson is director of the state's emergency management division. how long do you think it will take to temporarily shore it up? >> i think the next day or so they should be able to do that. >> reporter: today, he toured the columbia canal with fema administrator craig fugate. both agency heads are monitoring floodwater that is flowing east
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and threatening to breach 62 other dams in the state. with 14 dams now breached, sowk's shaky maintenance record is being scrutinized. the state spent overly $260,000 on inspection and maintenance in 2014. by comparison, north carolina spent nearly $2 million, nearly 10 times as much and had zero dam failures from recent rainfalls. one of your newspapers is calling the dam safety program flawed. would you take exception with that? >> i think there will be a lot of people with a lot of opinions. what i will tell you is this is a 1,000-year flood and we have thousands of dams in this state. and, you know, there will be a lot of things we can go back after this and say, okay, where do we go from here? >> reporter: this morning, authorities recovered the bodies of two railroad workers. they died when the driver of a pickup truck drove around a barricade. the vehicle fell into a washed out road. three other men inside survived.
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here in columbia, the first dam failed on sunday. by monday, five dams have failed and officials say it was like a domino effect from there. scott, everyone is looking towards the east now as the floodwater heads for the coast. cities like charleston have been told to be on alert. >> pelley: and the the water may continue to rise for another 48 hours. david begnaud reporting from the disaster area. david, thank you. today, the coast guard ended the search for the crew of a cargo ship that sank alm the bahamass six days ago. 33 were on board, 28 americans. just one body spotted, but not recovered. the ship lost propulsion in hurricane joaquin. it sank in 15,000 feet of water. today, by air, land, and sea, russia launched a major escalation in syria to seize the military initiative from the united states. russian warships fired dozens of missiles in support of the assad dictatorship. russian bombers hit rebels, some of them backed by the united
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states. the u.s. has been bombing syria exr a year, attacking the isis tremists. holly wimsllia is covering. >> reporter: russia says it launched 26 cruise missiles today from its warships on the caspian sea. they flew over 900 miles across iran and iraq hitting parts of northern syria where both isis and al qaeda-linked fighters have a heavy presence. russian president vladimir putin said the high-precision caliber missiles used for the first time reflected good preparation and training by his country's military. buthe t u.s. says moscow's airstrikes in syria are also targeting moderate american-backed rebels, and that russia's real goal in syria is
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to plop up the regime. protected by russian air cover, regime troops began a ground offensive today in rebel strongholds. opposition fighters hit back in some of the most intense fighting in several months. but after four years of bloody civil war, russia's air campaign may be tipping the balance in favor of the syrian regime. russia's military buildup in syria now also includes a battalion of ground troops, according to the u.s. ambassador to nato. and, scott, that is despite russian assertions that it will not use ground troops in its operationinoperations inside sy. >> pelley: and the u.s. said those russian troops are equipped with their
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top-of-the-line tanks and artillery. holly williams reporting from istanbul tonight. hole, thanks. today, president obama personally apologized for the american airstrike on saturday that killed 22 civilians at a hospital in afghanistan. he phoned the head of doctors without borders, which ran the hospital, and he also called the afghan president. the u.s. commander in afghanistan said the attack was directed by american troops after afghan forces called for help. he called it a mistake. doctors without borders says it still wants an independent investigation. today, prosecutors in oregon said the gunman who killed nine people last week also shot at two detectives. they fired back, wounding him. then, he took his own life. president obama will meet fridays with families of the victims, and julianna goldman tells us that the shooting has now become a major issue in the presidential campaign. >> from the indications that i got, they did not rush the
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shooter. >> reporter: on "cbs this morning" ben carson doubled down, repeating the suggestion that victims of last week's mass shooting at an oregon community college could have done more to protect themselves. he apparently department know that an army veteran did, in fact, try to stop the shooter. >> do you know who chris mintz is? >> no. >> reporter: the republican presidential candidate ignited the firestorm yesterday. >> i would ask everybody to attack the government because he can only shoot one of us at a time. that wayee don't all wind up dead. >> reporter: the former neurosurgeon posted a provocative defense of the second amendment on facebook writing, "i never saw a body with bullet holes that was more devastating than take the right to arm ours away." some rivals, like senator lindsey graham, took issue with carson's remarks. >> i just don't think that's the road to go down in terms of questioning people who have lost their lives, because you have no idea what you would do. >> reporter: donald trump came to carson's defense. >> i thought he was treated unfairly. >> reporter: the republican
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presidential field has largely responded to last week's campus massacre by rejecting calls for stricter gun laws. in iowa today, hillary clinton jumped on their rhetoric. >> you've got people running for president on the other side who say, "well, you know, we just need more guns." and the idea that you need more guns to stop people who are committing mass shootings is not only illogical but offensive. >> reporter: this isn't the first time carson has invited controversy. in 2014, he compared the obama administration to nazi germany, and he recently said muslims shouldn't be president. it may not be what carson said but how he said it that's controversial. scott, government guidelines for how to handle an active school shooting advise that it's a last resort that daylights in immediate danger should try to overpower the gunman. >> pelley: julianna goldman in the washington newsroom. julianna, thank you. in iowa today, major garrett asked jeb bush about carson's
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comments. >> i don't quite understand what that means. >> reporter: bush said the focus should be on the victims' families and he has compassion for those calling for stricter gun laws but disagrees. >> i know they're acting on their heart. name a case where gun rights being restricted out of washington would have changed the course of any of those cases. the bigger problem right now is that we have people that are-- have growing despair, that are isolated from society, they're disconnected from the rest of us, and spiral out of control, and then commit these atrocious acts of violence, in many cases commit suicide. >> reporter: despite a significance fund raising and organizational advantage, bush runs fourth or fifth in polls in early voting states and nationally. there's now talk of bringing former president george w. bush on to the campaign trail to rally g.o.p. support. >> he doesn't have to rescue me. i'm on the path. i'm toadlely confident about where we are. i will continue to ask his advice and counsel, but i gotta go win this.
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this is-- this is my job. >> reporter: bush likes to call himself the tortoise in the race-- slow and steady. >> it's a long haul. you know, it's-- what happens in october is completely irrelevant. ask me how it's going in january, and i'll tell that you it's going pretty good. >> reporter: the tortoise metaphor is interesting except i don't ever remember the tortoise going bac >> look i'm not going backward. >> reporter: but your numbers having down. >> i don't have a clue of what people's expectations for me were. i have a plan from the beginning to the end and we're going to lay out provocative ideas to lift people up . >> reporter: bush told us he will win one of the first g.o.p. nominated contests and might win as many as three. scott, bush is running in the middle of the pack here in iowa, new hampshire, south carolina, and nevada. >> pelley: major garrett in des moines tonight. major, thank you. a political action committee urging vice president joe biden to run for president aired its
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first ad today. it uses audio of a speech that biden gave at yale earlier this year, talking about the tragedy that shaped his life. >> my wife and three children were christmas shopping. a tractor trailer broadsided them and killed my wife and killed my daughter. and they weren't sure that my sons would live. >> pelley: the ad is by an independent political action committee, not sanctions by biden. but if biden wants in, he has until november 20 to file for the first primary in new hampshire. today, new york's attorney general opened an investigation of the fantasy sports industry. employees at two major companies are accused of gambling with inside information that millions of customers did not have. here's don dahler. >> reporter: in fantasy sports leagues, participants pick athletes to create their own teams. >> a belt to deep left field.
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>> reporter: they're rewarded based upon how those athletes perform. elizabeth vagianos has been playing on fanduel for a year. she's won $45. but now this boston resident is crying foul. >> any time the playing field isn't level, it's-- it does make you think, like, hmm. what's really going on here? >> reporter: up until this week, it was common practice for employees of the two biggest fantasy sports companies, draftkings and fanduel, to play in the other's fantasy league. the concern is that fantasy league employees knew which athletes were being picked before that information was made public. they could then create a fantasy team of less-popular pickwho, if they performed well in a real game, would pay off big. a fanduel spokesperson confirmed to cbs news that draftkings employees have racked up millions in winnings. ted clark teaches ethics and entrepreneurship at northeastern university. >> it's information arbitrage. they have information the other group doesn't, and they use it
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to their advantage. >> reporter: the controversy is a black eye for the rapidly growing industry that's expected to generate $3.7 billion in entry fees this year and over $15 billion within five years. daily fantasy leagues have financial relationships with major league baseball, nbc, comcast, fox sports, and cbs. prominent nfl owners, robert kraft of the patriots and jerry jones of the cowboys, are investors. there's even a draftkings fantasy lounge in both of their stayed yups. both fantasy league companies say they've stopped allowing their employees to play. draftkings c.e.o. jason robins played defense on esnp's "outside the lines." >> i think this was a real eye-opening experience for us. in retrospect, it seems obvious that would cause people concern. >> reporter: draftkings is based here in boston. there are members of congress who want to look at whether fantasy sports leagues constitute gambling or whether
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a man who traveled into space and turned into a star. here's jim axelrod. >> reporter: when canadian astronaut chris hadfield blasted off for a five-month stay on the international space station in december of 2012, a few thousand people followed him on twitter. >> well, we had a million pretty much by the time we settled back on earth. >> reporter: how does that happen? >> all i was really doing was saying, "i'm a fellow human being doing something very unusual, very new, and you are welcome to come along and look if you like." >> reporter: oh, they did. through the snapshots he tweetd and videos he posted, exploring everything from make a sandwich in space to crying in zero gravity. >> so if you keep crying you just end up with a bigger and bigger ball of water. >> reporter: hadfield provided new views of life from space with a remarkable accessibility. ♪ this is ground control to major tom.
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♪ you've really made the grade ♪ >> reporter: but it was his performance of david bowie's "space oddity", done at his son's suggestion, that launched his polarity in into a new orbit. ♪ but it's time to guide the caps ulicapsule if you dare ♪ >> reporter: the video has been seen on youtube more than 26 million times. what is going on there that has so grabbed people? >> i sang it, and i could hear how the environment, much to my surprise, had crept into how i interpreted the song. shake my hand, ethan. very nice to meet you, ethan. >> reporter: it's not like hatfield was unknown. the first canadian to walk in space, he's on the back of the canadian $5 bill. but his newfound fame is broadening his capacity to inspire. i was struck by one headline call yoing, "the most famous
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astronaut on earth." pretty big title. >> yeah, it is. social media allows access now where you can look through the eyes of an explorer and get insight into what it's like to be right on the edge of human existence. and i think that is what people are celebrating. ♪ you and i you in your bedroom. ♪ me up in the sky >> reporter: this fridays, chris hadfield will will release an album of 12 songs written and recorded in space. ♪ and lightly land upon the bed lay down to sleep ♪ >> reporter: a 53-year-old retired canadian astronaut and his guitar is leaving a new generation positively starstruck. ♪ lay on down to sleep >> reporter: jim axelrod, cbs news, toronto. >> 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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right now relief in arlington after police make an arrest in connection with at least three assaults. >> and police response in coal pepper county. >> for police. >> thank you for joining us. it's a crime spree that's been terrorizing arlington virginia and tonight police have arrested a suspect in three of the nine attacks on women in the county in the last few months. >> buses are key. police say a man was riding buses around the county hunting for women to attack. one of his victims saw him get off a bus just before he allegedly assaulted her. when police pulled the surveillance tape from the bus they spotted a

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