tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS October 29, 2015 6:30pm-7:01pm EDT
>> pelley: more than 100 people rush for the exits as a jetliner bursts into flames as it's about to take off. also tonight, rubio on the rights, bush on the defensive. >> it's not on life support. >> pelley: and debate moderators under fire. >> how about talking about the substantive issues people care about. >> pelley: in a controversial trial, a prep school graduate hears his sentence for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old freshman. and the house on morse avenue, where the eve of all hallows breaks loose. >> reporter: is it scary? >> no, it's just really cool. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: it was a frightening few minutes today that must have seemed like hours
for more than 100 people aboard a boeing 767 jetliner. the plane was about to take off from fort lauderdale, florida, for caracas, venezuela, when an engine burst into flames. passengers and crew raced to evacuate, and david begnaud is in ft. lauderdale. >> reporter: these are some of the pictures of dynamic airways flight 405 on nier after the pilot aborted takeoff. this cell phone video captured huge black plumes of billowing smoke as the plane's pilot frantically radioed for help. just minutes earlier, a pilot on an aircraft taxiing behind the dynamic plane reported a fuel leak to air traffic control. >> dynamic, out of the left engine it looks like it's leaking a lot of fuel. yeah, it's fluid leaking out of the left engine. >> reporter: all 101 people on board were evacuated, using emergency slides. >> the pilot didn't say anything. >> reporter: camilla diaz was in seat 1"g."
>> i was completely asleep, and when i woke up, i was hearing screams and people crying, and i-- i didn't know how to react. >> reporter: 17 people, including one child, were injured and taken to the hospital. passenger andres gallegos stopped to take pictures as he revis running from the aircraft. he was frustrated by the crew's response. >> it was pretty nerve wracking to know that the door wasn't opening and know that something was on fire. >> reporter: david and his sister were two of the last people to evacuate. >> there were, like, smoke all over the place, so we got out and start running to the grass, as far as away from the airplane as possible. >> reporter: the airline has not yet responded to our questions about those passenger complaints, only saying that everyone evacuated safely. as of tonight, the aircraft is still on the taxiway and firefighters are still monitoring it. scott, after being closed for
several hours today, the airport has reopened using the only other rubway that's available. >> pelley: and dynamic has been flying for about five years. david begnaud, thank you. well, it was death by firing squad today for an awol member of the army-- that surveillance blimp that took the wild ride yesterday from maryland to pennsylvania. they couldn't shoot it down, so today, they shot it up. here's chip reid. >> reporter: that sound is state police blasting the blimp with shotguns to make sure it couldn't take off again. the tail came to rest in trees and was removed today, along with top-secret electronics, but the five-ton body of the blimp is in a ravine so deep the army says it could take a week to remove it. army spokesman captain matt villa. >> the biggest challenge is just the fact that it's very streep terrain down there. there's a stream that runs right through site and it's heavily wooded. >> reporter: this was one of the two blimps based in aberdeen, maryland, where the
army was testing a $2.6 billion coastal defense radar system. the other blimp has now been grounded indefinitely. in february, shortly after the first blimp went up, we visited aberdeen. it's on its way up. we asked captain villa then about the tether which is only about an inch thick. >> we really do not worry about the tether. there's a one in a million chance of that tether breaking. >> reporter: we asked him again today. do you want to revise that? do you regret it? >> no, i mean, that really is what the published chance was and when you say one in a million, there is one. >> reporter: the army has long insisted the blimps present no danger to the public but the heavy tether dragged along the ground for miles, taking out power lines and damaging the greenhouse business where megan church works. >> it ripped the plastic in a couple areas but it ripped the pipe off the front, destroyed benches, but thank god nobody was hurt. >> reporter: ken hunter's grand kids live just the street from where it landed. >> what if it comes down on
their house? it could have been serious. how does something like that get away? i would like some answers. >> reporter: so far, though, the army says they do not have an answer to the question of how that blimp got away. and, scott, as for getting the blimp out of that deep ravine in the woods, they say the only option might be a heavy lift helicopter. >> pelley: chip reid, one in a million. chip, thanks. no one's running away with the republican presidential race, but marco rubio left boulder, colorado bolder than ever after last night's debate. here's major garrett. >> reporter: front-runners ben carc exxon donald trump occupied center stage, but did not route night. attention turned to the open feud between former political allies, jeb bush and marco rubio. bush hit rubio for missing dozens of senate votes while campaigning. >> mark oh, when you signed up for this, this was a six-year term. and you should be showing up to work. >> only reason why you're doing it now is because we're running for the same position and someone has convinced you attacking me will help you.
>> reporter: the exchange deepened the impression of rubio on the rise and bush on the decline, something bush denied today in portsmouth, new hampshire. >> it's not on life support. we have the most money. we have the greatest organization. we're doing fine. >> i asked you about the debt limit and i got no answer. >> reporter: the debate provoked its own debate about the moderators. republicans faulted cnbc for questions like this to trump: >> is this a comic book version of a presidential campaign. >> or this to mike huckabee about trump. >> when you look at him do you see someone with the moral authority to unite the country? ( booing ) >> reporter: the questions prompted this scolding from texas senator ted cruz. >> the questions that have been asked so far in this debate illustrate why the american people don't trust the media. >> reporter: on "cbs this morning" rubio said he, too, expected more questions about economic policy. >> i thought it was a wasted opportunity and quite frankly that's what made it unfair, not just to the candidates but to the american people. >> reporter: and carson told reporters today he will now ask
other g.o.p. candidates to lobby for changes to future debates. >> the whole format was just craziness, and i think one of the sentinel moments was when the audience began to boo, you know, the questioners. that tells you a lot. i mean, you've got to be really bad for the whole odd dwroans boo you like that. >> reporter: we asked carson if he was threatening to boycott future presidential debates if no changes are made. scott, carson told us he merely wants to start a dialogue, not engage in posturing. >> pelley: major garrett in denver tonight. major, thank you. and cbs news will bring you the next democratic debate. that's november 14 from des moines, iowa. john dickerson is the moderator. today, a divided republican party turned to a new generation for leadership. 45-year-old paul ryan was sworn in as the speaker of the house. the wisconsin congressman is an expert on the federal budget and was the party's last nominee for vice president.
he took the exwafle this morning and nancy cordes reports a hammer could come in handy. >> the speaker of the house, congressman and honorable paul ryan. >> thank you, thank you very much. ( applause ) >> reporter: the nation's 54th house speaker started out with some tough talk for the members he now leads. paul ryan said the house is broken and americans know it. >> they look at washingto washid all they see is chaos. what a relief to them it would be if we finally got our acts together. >> reporter: ryan's family and his former running mate, mitt romney, watched as he pledged to work with the other side to tackle tax reform, poverty, and the debt. >> so if you ever pray, let's pray for each other, republicans, for democrats, and democrats for republicans. ( applause )
and i don't mean pray for a conversion. ( laughter ) >> reporter: ryan takes the role armed with good will. >> ryan. >> reporter: all but nine republicans voted for him today. ryan's predecessor got a hero's sendoff, armed with tissues, john boehner bid farewell after five years as speaker and 25 in congress. >> i leave with no reexwrets, no burdens. if anything, i leave the way i started-- just a regular guy, humbled by the chance to do a big job. >> reporter: boehner also reminded members that real change requires patience, a message to some conservatives who grew frustrated with his incremental approach and who contributed, scott, to his decision to step down. >> pelley: nancy cordes on capitol hill. nancy, thank you. we got another sign today that the country is still facing economic challenges.
the government reported a sharp slowdown in the third quarter of this year. growth was just 1.5%, and that is less than half the rate of the previous quarter. today, we got a sense of the horror inside the emanuel a.m.e. church in charleston, south carolina, the night of the massacre there in june. nine people were murdered at the historic black church, including the past oclemente pinkney. the accused gunman is white, and the police logs have just been released. mark strassman on what they show. >> reporter: the chilling incident report begins with the text of a 911 call on june 17 at 9:05 p.m. it was from a woman who did not identify herself, but said she was hiding under a table that a man had shot the pastor, and that the gunman was still in the building. she said there were people shot down around her. at 9:07, the woman says the man is reloading. when asked how many shots were fired she answers, "so many."
at 9:08, reverend clemente pinkney's wife calls and says she is hiding und the desk in the office with her daughter. she says she can hear people moaning outside the office. she said, the gunman entered through the back door and came through the office. at one point she says, "so many people dead, i think." we later learned that her husband, the reverend, was among those killed. photos show the church's office, possibly where mrs. pinkney hid. by the next day, dylan roof was arrested. photos show his car and the pillow in the backseat where he told police he had his gun. of the hundreds of the mostly redacted records that were released, scott, none included transcripts of either the 911 calls themselves or of the police tapes of roof's interview after his arrest. >> pelley: mark straus man with the late-breaking story, mark, thank you. another boat packed with families fleeing war, most from syria, capsized yesterday off greece.
242 were rescued, but at least eight drowned, and more than 30 are still missing. the refugees know the dangers and yet they keep coming. here's barry petersen. >> reporter: shivering, suffering from hypothermia, and in shock, but they survived. saved after their overloaded boat from turkey capsized. rescued by the greek coast guard and taken to the island of lesbos. there is growing desperation as the increasingly harsh winter weather sets in, but still the refugees risk the six-mile journey to lesbos, the closest gateway to europe. as the overloaded boats struggle and sink, rescuers hunt for survivors. a few refugees had lifejackets. that meant a life saved for some but not for others. greek fisherman manolis galankis helped in the rescues. >> where is humanity? where is the rulers, the decision makers of this world?
what the hell do they do? >> reporter: almost 700,000 refugees have arrived in europe this year. >> hello! >> reporter: more than 3,000 died or are missing at sea. in the midst of the drowning and the death, a tiny miracle last week. a turkish fisherman grabbed a mother and her 18-month-old baby. he thought muhammed hasan was dead, but the boy made a noise, and the fisherman hurriedly used some elementary first aid, shaking the child upside down and it worked. hassan took a breath and became a survivor. the only end to this is ending the civil war in syria. until then, scott, hundreds of thousands more will make this terrible calculation. is a chance at a new life worth the risk of dying at sea? >> pelley: and, of course, there is no end in sight to that we're. barry petersen in our london
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then-15-year-old girl was consensual. >> reporter: labrie was found guilty of having sex with the underaged girl at the prestigious st. paul's boarding school in may of 2014. he had claimed it was consensual. he contacted her as part of a ritual called the senior salute where young men about to graduate try to meet up with younger females, sometimes for sex. but the victim, who we are not identifying, said otherwise. >> reporter: today, she told the court in a videotaped statement her life is changed forever. >> reporter: labrie will also have to register as a sex
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population. promoted via propaganda posters, the communist government claimed its one-child policy prevented 400 million births and lifted many out of poverty. but the policy was unpopular, and enforcement could be draconian, includinged forced abortions. with only one child, many couples chose to abort female fetuses. today, there are 33 million more men than women. china finally changed its policy as it faces a shortage of workers in an aging population. but we found even with the rule change, the dream of a second child is not universal. have you alwaysmented to have a second child as much as cherry? "i'm not wedded to the idea," cherry's husband, leo jiang, told us. "brawls it brings so much financial pressure." the cost of supporting and educating one child could still
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>> pelley: finally tonight, have you noticed? halloween is challenging christmas in the home decoration competition. mireya villarreal got a look at the haunts on morse avenue in the shadows of hollywood. >> reporter: what appears to be an amusement park is actually rick polizzi's front yard. >> i want a lot of spectacle. >> reporter: every night in the 10 days leading up to halloween, 4,000 to 6,000 visitors stream into this normally quiet neighborhood to experience halloween. is it scary? >> no, it's just really cool. >> reporter: the idea of a fright-free halloween began when he took his young daughters to their first haunted house. it didn't go well. they ran out screaming. >> right. >> reporter: not happy. >> no, not at all. >> reporter: polizzi, a former animation producer for "the simpson's," decided he could
build something better. how much is your allowance for this? >> usually runs between, like, $10,000 and $12,000 each year. >> reporter: and it also costs polizzi time. he starts putting up pumpkins in july. do you think there will be a point where your wife and children are like enough? >> oh, yeah, they did that 10 years ago. >> reporter: with his daughters all grown up, each year polizzi insists the year will be the last but moments like this always pull him back. >> good job! >> some have introduced their kids to us now, little babies and that makes me feel terribly old. >> reporter: still, he's not ready to give up the ghost any time soon. mireya villarreal, cbs news, los angeles. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news, all around the world, good night.
>>referee: tonight a virginia high school student is in custody charged with threat especiallying to blow up his school and shoot students. thank you for joining us. >> parents and students are being credited for stopping the plot. students we spoke to described the 15-year-old as a loaner. the county sheriff said the unnamed teen suffers from depression. he was angry at classmates and had a tough time making friends. some students say he tried to get them to go along with his plan. instead they went to the principal on tuesday to. deputies arrested the boy with in hours. >> the one thing have you to say about the police department