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>> pelley: the most powerful el nio storm of the season hits the west, and there is another right behind it. also tonight, an underground nuclear test in north korea sends shock waves around the world. we'll take you to ground zero in the epidemic of pain pill abuse. patients now suing doctors and pharmacies that allegedly got them hooked. >> we are talking in a certain sense drug traffickers. >> pelley: and the search for an authentic boston accent. >> welcome t tfenway park, the greatest ballpark ever. >> ever. >> ever. >> ever! captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: the latest powerful el nio storm is hitting the west. warnings, watches and advisories are up all along the coast of california for heavy rain, ooding and high surf.
the water rose yesterday from less than an inch in the morning to several feet by mid-day. ben tracy's in the thick of it. >> reporter: el nio round two is packing a punch. this morning mud cascaded down hillside right on to the freeway. drivers stuck in rising water were rescued from their swamped cars, and several feet of snow blanketed the mountains. these storms battering the west coast also drenched arizona, where man and his young grandson were pulled from their hummer after getting swept up in raging floodwaters. samantha young is the child's relieved mother. >> unbelievably thankful. i said thank god a thousand times. it wouldn't be enough. >> reporter: record amounts of rain have fallen in parts of los angeles, and the national weather service says a gustnado damaged eight buildings near downtown, ripping off part of the roof and blowing out
but the region is also getting something it desperately needs, water. some of the billions of gallons of storm water inundating rivers in los angeles are being diverted enter recharge basass where they replenish groundwater supplies. gary hildebrand is the deputy director of the public works department. how much water are you capturing in these places? >> well, in@the storm that occurred yesterday, for example, we were able to capture 1.6 billion gallons of water, which is enough water for around 40,000 people. >> reporter: the concern now are these saturated hillside like this one that burned in a recent wildfire.e. the mud is streaming off the hillside, and at the base offt you have a bunch of homes and a bunch of very worried homeowners. scott, if there is any good news tonight, it is that the rain that is forecast for tomorrow is expected to be much lighter. >> pelley: ben tracy reporting. thanks. also in california today, a state of emergency was declared over a massive natural gas leak
thousands were evacuated from l.a.'s porter ranch neighborhood after people there complained of nausea and headaches. the methane has been blasting out of a broken well since october. and today in michigan an emergency was declared in flint where the drinking water is contaminated with lead. last october children were found to have elevated levels of lead in their blood after the city started using water from the flint river to save monon. tonight scientists doubt north korea's claim that it tested a hydrogen bomb, which would be far more powerful than the three atomic bombs that it's tested before. data from seismographs indicated a blast last night equal to around 7,000 tons of tnt. but that's not large by atomic bomb standards. seth doane begins our coverage.
was how north korea's state media put it. defending its nuclear arsenal as a powerful deterrent against the u.s., which it called "the cheiftain of aggression." the underground test registered as a 5.1 magnitude quake. it was close to the site of three previous n nlear tests. the news sparked cheers in north korea and rattled nerves in south korea, which questioned whether the ex`losion was big enough to be a hydrogen bomb. north korea is known for its saber rattling, but possessing a hydrogen bomb would be a major and surprising step forward. when we were in north korea last october, it a aearedelations with china, its biggest ally, were warmingng china had sent a top official to the ceremony, but there was no hint of that today. china's foreign ministry
will there be some action on china's part? "china has been using words and actions," spokeswoman chunying said, "but demilitarisation requires efforts from all parties." ultimately north korea wants to create a weapon capable of reaching the mainland united states. regardless of what was tested, this likely from slides more research and another step toward that goal. >> pelley: seth doane reporting from beijing tonight. seth, thank you. north korea also claimed that its hydrogen bomb was miniaturized to o t on a missile, which would be a huge engineering achievement, also unlikely. david martin is at the pentagon. >> reporter: u.s. aircraft flying out of japan will collect air samples off the chest of north korea to determine exactly what kind of nuclear device went off. but based on analysis of the seismic wave the blast
highly sceptical of the north korean claim it successfully tested a hydrogen bomb. last night's explosion is estimated to have been less than 10 kilotons, about half the power of the weapon which destroyed hiroshima at the end of world war ii. a hydrogen bomb, which has never been used in war but was tested in the pacific during the 1950s, would be 50 to 100 times more powerful. whatever kind of device was detonated, the greatest mystetey about north korean nuclear weapons is wther they have the capability to launch one against the united states. north korea has a missile capable of reaching that far, but it has never been tested. to be on the safe side, the u.s. keeps its missile defense system, which officials say is capable of shooting down a small number of north korean missiles, on constant alert. north korea seems to spepealize in nasty surprises. u.s. intelligence had expected
happen last night. scott? >> pelley: david martin reporting tonight. david, thank you. well, worries about china's slowing economy shook up financial markets again today. the dow closed off 252 points. oil finished below $35 a barrel for the first time in neaeay 12 years,nd we note that chipotle lost $22 a share today. it is down nearly 38% since an e. coli outbreak at its restaurants in the fall. 26 days now before the voting in iowa, and republican donald trump is questioning the birth of front-runner ted cruz. just when you thought this campaign couldldt get any stranger, cruz fired back with the help of the fonz. here's nancy cordes. >> i really know nothing about it. report a lack of knowledge has not stopped trump from claiming repeatedly this week that his
ineligible to run for president. >> i hope that's not going to be a problem from him, but i've been hearing a lot about him and you've been hearing and i guess everybody is talking about it. >> reporter: texas senator ted cruz was born in canada but to an american mother, legal scholars widely agree that makes him a nach ral-born american citizen. trump once shared that view but has apparently had a change of heart as cruz climbed to the top of some iowa polls. the billionaire now argues a cruz candidacy could imperil the g.o.p. >> the problem is that if the democrats bring a lawsuit, the lawsuit could take years to resolve, and how do you have a candidate where there's something, you know, over the head of the party and that individual? >> reporter: it's familiar territory for trump, who was the figurehead for the birther movement, questioning president obama's hawaii roots. >> our president has finally released a birth certificate. >> reporter: like the president, cruz initially
likening them to this famously implausible scene from the 1970s sitcom happy days. >> i'm going to stick with fonzie jumping the shark, and i'll let the rest of you all battling it out. >> reporter: but in rock rapids, iowa today, the lawyer in him took over. >> reporter: as a legal matter, the settle is straightforward. the child of a u.s. citizen born abrood is a natural born citizen. >> reporter: legally it isn't entirely settled because the supreme court has never weighed in on the matter, but two past g.o.p. nominee, john mccain and barry goldwater, were also born outside the states to american parents, scott, and neither of them faced any serious legal challenge. >> pelley: nancy cordes on the campaign for us tonight. nancy, thank you. today a t tas state troopereras indicted for perjury over his account of a traffic stop and
in july trooper brian insigne pulled over sandra bland and threatened her with taser. he claimed she swung at him and kicked him. she was charged with assault and hanged herself in jail three days later. if convicted, ensigni could face a year in jail. now we have a special investigation of what has become a plague in our country. about two million americans are hooked on prescription painkillers, and in 2012, 259 million prescriptions were written. that's one bottle for every american adult. how could that be? jim axelrod and producer ashley velly found out in west virginia, a state that's attempting a drastic solution, allowing addicts to sue the doctors who got them hooked.
>> reporter: 17 years ago willis duncan's life changed forever when a coal mining accident left him with a crushed sternum and ribs. it changed your life? >> it changed everything. >> reporter: duncan became a lifelong addict when his doctor's only treatment was a supply of pills. >> the only time you went in to see a doctor was to get your pills. >> reporter: hang on a second. u go in toet looked atut the examinatiti wasn't done by a doctor? >> no. >> reporter: duncan would wait for hours to be seen for just a few minutes at this clinic where 150 patients lined up every day for pain med prescriptions. did you ever say to a doctor, this has gotten out of hand, and i need help? >> never, because you got used to them and you didn't know how the function without them. >> reporter: this cash-only
clear as much as $100,000 a week. >> we're in mingo county, west virginia, executing a search warrant. >> reporter: the clinic was raided and shut down in 2010. >> there's an exam room. >> reporter: these are what passed for exam rooms. >> main office. >> reporter: piles of trash and files, loose prescription pads, syringes. and starving birds stuck in roach-infested cages. hundreds of patient records were seized along with thousands of undated and presigned prescriptions for addictive pain meds like vicodin, xanex and lortab. the doctor in charge went to jail for six months for negligence. >> take a look at the place. >> reporter: dea agent gary newman is part of a team currently investigating dozenss of doctors, pharmacies and distributors throughout the state. >> we are talking in a certain sense drug traffickers, and they are doing nothing but writing
after prescription after prescription. they're pushers. >> reporter: they truly are. west virginia has the highest rate of overdose deaths in the nation. each year doctors write the equivalent of one painkiller prescription for every man, woman and child in the state of 1.8 million. in the last year the west virginia department of health inspected 19 pain clinics. 12 were told to shut down. >> you can actually be so stressed that you can't sleep at night. >> reporter: one is run by dr. michael kostenko, seen here lecturing patients. he's written more than 40,000 pain pill prescriptions over the last two years at his clinic. kostenko was among those ordered to stop operating at the pain clinic, but he remains open. after weeks of trying to reach kostenko, we drove out to cole country clinic, located at the end of this narrow two-mile logging road.
we came face to face with a rottttiler. shutting down these clinics can often take years because these are licensed doctors writing legal prescriptions. >> therein lies the problem. you have to be able to prove in court that they're prescribeing for a non-medical necessity or in such an egregious amount that it was n nligent. >> repepter: among the 30 west virginians now suing their doctors and pharmacies for enabling their addiction is willis duncan. >> i hurt a lot of people. it's just bad keel all the way around. i had nothing for none of them. >> reporter: as for dr. kostenko, this friday the state beginsnshe process o seeking to shut him down permanently, but tonight his clinic is still operating. the state could also set a press dealt by not going after just
but the wholesale drug distributors in court, as well. >> pelley: remarkable work. jim, thanks very much. up next, the quest for rest. >> i did not go to sleepep since 2:00, so i'm a bit overtired. >> pelley: who has the most trouble sleeping? and the future k k if you take multiple medications, a dry mouth can be a common side effect.
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sleep since 2:00, so i'm a bit overtired. >> reporter: she's not alone. nearly one-third of adults don't get the recommended seven hours of sleep daily. a new report out today by the national center for health statistics finds single moms have the greatest difficulty, about 40% get less than seven hours compared to 31% of married women. >> those are basically motion trackers. >> reporter: dr. daniel baron is a neurologist at new york-presbyterian's weill cornell ecenter for sleep. what does our body accomplish while we're asleep? >> nearly every organ is repaired. our heart is give an break. our blood sug goes down. >> reporter: there's no way getting around the need to sleep. even if you want to live every minute of your day, you still need to sleep for about one year of your life. >> it's a great equalizer. we all need to sleep. >> reporter: sleep deprivation
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>> it is a great pleasure to come back to a city where my accent is considered normal. [laughter] >> pelley: president kennedy at boston college 1963, which brings us to anna werner's story tonight, hollywood in search of boston. >> you look good. >> reporter: when a director needs a real boston accent, their first call is of the on the casting agent angela peri. >> here's somebody that's really going to do it. >> reporter: do you feed wherever you go? >> everywhere i go, everywhere i go. >> reporter: tax incentives have made boston a hotbed of movie making, and directors want sound. >> it's like sifting, diamond
i'm sifting through the city. >> my name's natalie. i'm from hyde park. >> you're done. >> reporter: at a recent casting, 400 people showed up hoping to tawk their way to stardom. >> welcome to fenway park, the greatest ballpark ever. >> ever. >> ever. >> ever! >> everyone i know kind of talks like me. >> just the kind of guy i'm looking for. love that. that's the kind of guy i want. >> reporter: because why? >> because i just want him to be authentic. so i'll meet them, and instantly i know who is going to be good. >> reporter: like in n he fighter." remember mark wahlberg's cyst center nearly all were locals discovered by peri. >> george's fingers are so [bleeped]... >> reporter: it was erica's first audition ever. >> what did
>> i think wasasble to swear. >> reporter: jill quigg's boston accent got her her acting gig in "gone baby gone." so this is the real you? >> i'm not acting. i'm me. >> reporter: it's a business that's come full circle for peri, whosos accent cut her career short. so do you think people in boston should be proud of their accent?$% >> i am. i am. >> reporter: now it's that accent that brings hollywood to her. anna werner, cbs news, boston. >> pelley: and that's the wicked smart cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night.