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captioning sponsored by cbs ? ? ? captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: fire and flood. as firefighters risk their lives in california, police arrest an arsonist. and the death toll rises in the louisiana flood. >> this is my entire life that i worked my entire life for, just washed away. >> pelley: also tonight, the runaway cost of epipens is forcing patients to choose. >> it could mean life or death. >> pelley: we'll remember john mclaughlin, who raised the decibels of debate. and, "drop and give me 22." the great push-up challenge, putting muscle into saving the lives of veterans.
this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. more than 8,000 firefighters are battling eight large wildfires in california, and a suspect has been arrested for allegedly starting one of the fires that destroyed 175 homes and businesses north of san francisco. carter evans is on the scene of another fire in southern california. >> reporter: in less than four hours, a five-acre fire became a 5,500-acre monster, trapping firefighters. >> we've had a run over. i need you to start one a.l.s. ambulance for a fireman injury. >> reporter: cbs news has confirmed at least two firefighters were injured. the fast-moving flames have destroyed several buildings,
shut down the main highway linking los angeles to las vegas, and threatened power lines near the desert community of devore. marc peebles is with san bernardino county fire. when this started, it just took off. >> yes, that's correct. it's intense. it's very grueling and very demanding on the ground. >> reporter: it's this gusty wind, the hot temperatures, and the extremely dry conditions that are driving this fast- moving wildfire right now. and, scott, as it burns through this construction equipment here behind me, the concern this evening is that the fire is now moving towards more populated areas. >> pelley: carter evans on the fire line for us this evening. carter, thank you. now we'll go to mireya villarreal in northern california, where investigators say arson sparked a tragedy. >> it was crazy how fast it went through town. >> reporter: the clayton fire is 20% contained. today, residents are slowly beginning to pick up the pieces. when wade holley pulled up to his family's mechanics shop sunday night, the fire had just
homes. you guys were lucky. >> we were extremely lucky. >> reporter: the blaze consumed several cars and got right up to this wall before firefighters swooped in. 175 other homes and business in lower lake weren't as lucky. >> it is my pleasure to announce the arrest of damin anthony pashilk, age 40, of clear lake. ( applause ) >> reporter: law enforcement believes 40-year-old california resident damin pashilk is responsible for the clayton fire and several smaller s. they've been investigating him for the past year. >> the investigators made the arrest when they had the information they needed to build the case and make the arrest. and i'm very confident that they have done that. >> reporter: cal-fire chief ken pimlot confirms pashilk was incarcerated when he received firefighter training from his agency. in california, selected nonviolent inmates can sometimes be called on to help containment efforts. pashilk was in the program for two months before being paroled. damin pashilk will go before a
we tried to reach out to him but got no response. scott, the california governor has declared this area a state of emergency, which means victims will get some much- needed funding to start picking up the pieces. >> pelley: mireya villarreal, thanks. now to louisiana. the flooding death toll rose today to 11. more than 30,000 people have been rescued. more than 11,000 are in shelters tonight. have a look at this. this is a school in hammond, louisiana, before the floods. surrounded. omar villafranca has the latest. >> reporter: the historic flooding continues to spread throughout the state. nearly 90% of the homes in denham springs suffered flood damage. as the water flows downstream, towns like sorrento are being submerged. volunteers and rescue teams are still looking for stranded residents. >> this is our low spot on this street. >> reporter: tanya whitney's sorrento street was completely
we just, you know, try to do the best we can do. you know, i said a lot of the local people, we band together. we try on help each other out. we're all in the same boat. >> reporter: even though the storm wasn't a hurricane, louisiana governor john bel edwards says it's been a challenge. >> we asked people to evacuate as soon as we knew that we were going to see record levels of water. >> r >> well, you can't give the warning before you have it. and so, you know, obviously, there are lessons that we're learning. i'm not going to say that it's been mistake-free. but we issued a declaration of emergency here in the state that included the entire state, i think in a very timely fashion. >> reporter: on sunday, volunteers rescued adam albright and his family from the rising floodwaters in baton rouge. today, the father of two is cleaning out his flood-damaged
of people, you know, out there. i just, i didn't think it was going to hit us, you know. >> reporter: in the last few hours, the water here has risen several inches in sorrento. scott, if the water keeps rising, residents may start evacuating. >> pelley: omar villafranca covering the story in louisiana. omar, thank you. well, donald trump said this afternoon that he will not change his style, even though no candidate in 60 years has won the presidency from this far behind. but there are 12 weeks to go, and major garrett is traveling with trump. >> reporter: donald trump met today with milwaukee-area law enforcement, amid unrest and violent street protests following the police shooting of an armed black man on saturday. two days of riots subsided monday, but republican governor scott walker, who will attend trump events here, has the national guard on standby.
violence will only slow economic investment. >> you see what's happening on television. you don't want to go and, exactly, develop there. i mean, they hurt themselves, in a certain way. >> reporter: trump also dismissed claims his campaign is falling behind. the latest wisconsin poll shows him trailing hillary clinton by 15 points among likely voters. trump sees no reason to change. >> it's me. i don't want to change. everyone talks about, "you have to pivot." i don't want to pivot. i mean, you have to be y if you start pivoting, you're not being honest with people. >> reporter: trump also said his experience in the republican primaries taught him how to win, even after losing in wisconsin. >> i've gotten here in a landslide, and we'll see what happens. don't forget, when i lost wisconsin, it was over for trump. except for one problem. i then went on a very good run. >> reporter: a trump spokeswoman said today roger ailes, the former chairman of the fox news
scott, this came amid credible reports ailes is advising trump on the three presidential debates this fall with clinton. >> pelley: major garrett reporting. major, thank you. today, the f.b.i. gave a republican-controlled congressional committee notes from its investigation of hillary clinton's private e-mail servers. the f.b.i. has said that a few of the e-mails on the unsecured servers contained classified information. republicans say they want to know why the f.b.i. did not nancy cordes is covering the campaign. >> reporter: as clinton campaigned in philadelphia today, f.b.i. agents were handing lawmakers material they classified as secret, "with the expectation it will not be disseminated or disclosed." still, democrats worry the sensitive documents will be selectively leaked by republicans, who still believe clinton should have faced prosecution. just yesterday, they sent a letter to d.c.'s u.s. attorney
call "perjury and false statements," by clinton, when she testified about her e-mail server last october. >> they also went through every single e-mail. >> reporter: clinton, for instance, insisted her lawyers had examined all 60,000 pages of her e-mails to determine which ones were work-related. f.b.i. director james comey disputed that last month. >> the lawyers doing the sorting for secretary clinton in 2014 did not individually read the content of all of her e-mails. >> repr: didn't comment on today's move, but her aides said they would prefer that the f.b.i. report be released to the public and not to partisan lawmakers, adding, "this is an extraordinarily rare step that was sought solely by republicans for the purposes of further second-guessing the career professionals at the f.b.i." republicans are especially eager to get a look at the f.b.i.'s notes on its interview with clinton, to see if what she told agents differs from what she
they're trying to bolster that perjury accusation, scott, which is the latest front in this ongoing battle. >> pelley: nancy cordes in philadelphia. nancy, thank you. in our special series, we've been hearing from experts about the critical issues that the next president will face, the moment he or she takes the oath. tonight, margaret brennan is with retired general and former c.i.a. director david petraeus, talking about the dangers of iraq on day one. >> reporter: what concerns you >> iraqi politics. we'll defeat the islamic state. that's going to happen. it's just a question of how long it takes. but it's a rocky politics that have to become more inclusive if you are to cement the gains on the battle field. >> reporter: when the next president takes office, what's the best-case scenario he or she will face in iraq? >> the best-case scenario would be one in which the islamic state has been defeated on the battlefield, and its terrorist
residual guerrillas and insurgents are on the run. then, most importantly, that politics in baghdad have been sufficiently inclusive so that the sunni arabs of iraq once again feel a stake in the success of the new iraq, rather than in its failure. >> reporter: what's the worst- case scenario for the u.s.? >> the worst-case scenario for the u.s. is if the situation goes seriously south for some reason, and all of a sudden, we find ourselves having to really augment rc even get them more into the actual fighting, to forestall the possibility of a collapse of iraq and perhaps the resumption of the kind of very near civil war that we saw back in 2006. >> reporter: how thin is that line between success and failure? >> well, the line between success and failure is all about baghdad politics. that's where this will play out. >> reporter: for the next
speak to the american public and talk about americans dying in combat in iraq once again? >> i fear that that probably is the case, that future presidents will have americans dying in places like iraq. this is really a generational struggle. >> reporter: here's where the candidates stand. hillary clinton plans to strengthen the iraqi government, boost support to local forces fighting isis, and increase airstrikes. donald trump hd isis more, but has said contradictory things about ground forces. he said that he'd send 20,000 to 30,000 forces if required, but also that the number is too high. >> pelley: margaret brennan with the security challenges of day one. margaret, thank you. today, another major health insurer said that it is substantially dropping out of obamacare. aetna's decision further limits choice and price competition,
jan crawford has more. >> reporter: more than 900,000 people signed up for aetna insurance under the health care law in 15 states. but next year, the company says it will offer affordable care act coverage in only four of those states, effectively pulling out of 70% of the counties where it offered coverage, and leaving one arizona county near phoenix without any insurers offering obamacare. aetna said it was a simple question of math. with obamacare numbers below projections, the company reported more than $430 million in losses since the health care exchanges opened in january of 2014, in part because not enough healthy people are signing up. aetna is just the latest of the major national health insurers to announce a pullback. united health care and humana already unveiled major cuts. >> this is a red flag for the future of obamacare. >> reporter: larry levitt is with the kaiser family
period will be pivotal. if enrollment grows, then i think a lot of these current concerns will simply fade away. but if enrollment stagnates, i think it will likely trigger a debate on how to fix the law. >> reporter: an administration official said aetna's withdrawal does not change the fundamental fact that the obamacare marketplace will continue to bring quality coverage to millions of americans next year, and every year after that. and another official said no county would be without insurance options when open but the big concern for consumers here, scott, is choice, whether in some areas of the country people will have only one or two insurers to pick from. >> pelley: jan crawford in the washington newsroom. jan, thank you. coming up next on the "cbs evening news," why the cost of this life-saving device shot up 500%. and later, how many push-ups would you do to save a life?
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delivers just $1 or $2 of the life-saving epinephrine. >> i don't think it's fair for the patient. >> reporter: leon tarasenko is the owner of pasteur pharmacy in new york city. >> it is a problem for some people. i have seen it. >> reporter: the price hike began in 2007, just after the drug maker mylan acquired the product, quickly making it a household name. it became a virtual monopoly for the drug maker after a competitor took a similar product off the market. in a statement, mylan tells cbs news, the price increase reflects "a significant investment to support the device over the years," but added, they are committed, "to find solutions to meet the needs of the patients and families we serve." the company offers coupons to reduce the price for some families. for others like the henegers, that now means tightening the family budget to pay for this crucial device.
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>> pelley: tv host john mclaughlin died today. the former jesuit priest and nixon speechwriter pioneered the political talk show format. his "mclaughlin group" has been a fixture on sunday morning for 34 years. >> pelley: mclaughlin had a distinctive, abrasive style of interrogating a panel of journalists. >> has the time come for george bush to reach for the telephone and say, get me john tower? >> no, no. >> and say to john tower, "john, your time has come. in interest of the party, yourself and the republic, you ought to withdraw your nomination?" has that time come? >> pelley: mclaughlin's place in popular culture was secured when he was spoofed on "saturday night live" by dana carvey. >> what number am i thinking of? pat buchanan?
eleanor clift? >> is it between 1-100? >> don't skirt the issue! >> 40! i don't-- >> wrong! >> pelley: john mclaughlin, who was 89, had never missed a broadcast until this past sunday. and he always had the final word. >> bye-bye. >> pelley: the talk at the olympics today involved a dive nowhere near the swimming pool. american allyson felix was going for the gold in the 400 meter when shaunae miller of the bahash skills. she got the medal, felix got the silver, and we'll be right back. >> pelley: we end with the my business was built with passion... but i keep it growing by making every dollar count. that's why i have the spark cash card from capital one. with it, i earn unlimited 2% cash back on all of my purchasing.
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jim axelrod has the push-up challenge. >> 22 push-ups, here we go. >> reporter: move over ice buckets. there's a new challenge rippling through social media-- push-ups. 22, in fact. knocking them out, then challenging someone else to do it. >> i am taking the 22-push-up challenge. >> reporter: from stars like john krasinski, to a class of texas state trooper recruits, the 22-push-up challenge is not about pumping up pecs. on a tragedy. for years, it was estimated 22 veterans committed suicide each day. retired marine don nguyen is the deputy director of "22 kill," the foundation behind the challenge. >> when the statistic came out that 22 veterans a day were committing suicide, it's almost unbelievable. we wanted to find out more about where this number came from.
the ice bucket challenge raised $115 million. but the group behind this challenge, 22 kill, says its primary goal is to raise awareness, not money. rusty carter is an army vet who tried to kill himself after coming home from iraq in 2011. >> if i knew of an organization at the time, that was doing what we do at 22 kill, i don't feel that i would have attempted suicide. >> reporter: recently, the department of veterans affairs adjusted that number down to 20 veterans a day who take th the numbers may have changed, but the mission has not. >> we're not going to be done until it's zero. we're not going to change our name because of a new study. but what matters is, the number's going down and not up. >> reporter: the hope now is to keep that number moving in the right direction, 22 push-ups at a time. jim axelrod, cbs news, new york. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all
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alerted staff he was not feeling well and had stomach pain. he was evaluated by medical staff and taken to the hospital. we will pass along any updates. we have some activity on the radar. let's short you with a look at your valley pinpoint operator. rainfall starting to move in. it could bring us showers around portions of central phoenix. outdoors in the peoria area, sun city, surprise, starting to see showers in the distance. definitely some rain up north along i-17. and light shower activity reported around at them. a live look outside from our tower cams looking out to the west. you can see the dark loud. butchers are still pretty warm. -- temperatures are still