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empire state building, infested with bedbugs. see you at 6:00. if that of things to come? i'm jeff glor. also tonight, the battle for control of congress. a possible upset in the making as an alaskan senator trails a challenger backed by sarah palin and the tea party. the nationwide outbreak of bedbugs. is there anything we can do to stop it? and she says she's been through hell. elin nordegren on her divorce from tiger woods and tonight he's talking, too. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> glor: good evening, katie's off tonight. with u.s. combat troops now out of iraq, insurgents are severely testing that country's security forces.
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today, the largest series of coordinated attacks in more than three years in iraq, 13 in all, just about every big iraqi city was hit. suicide bombers targeted police, roadside bombs killed civilians. at least 36 are dead tonight, more than 200 wounded. at the same time, the white house said the president will mark the official change in mission in iraq with an oval office address next tuesday evening. our terry mccarthy is in baghdad tonight and he spoke with the top u.s. general there. >> reporter: coordinated attacks across the country, all within a two-hour period. meanwhile, said america's top commander in iraq, a bad day. >> i'm fairly certain it's al qaeda, maybe with some other groups working with them. it's about the terrorists trying to make a point about the lack of a government, trying to challenge the security forces. put doubts in people's minds.
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>> reporter: the attacks came just one day after the u.s. pulled out its last combat troops. trusting in the ability of the iraqis to keep the insurgents at bay. 50,000 u.s. troops remain in iraq, mostly involved in training. it must be a worry that they can stage 12 or more attacks simultaneously on one day. >> it is. it shows that they still have somewhat of a network, that they can do it. i think it takes them a long time to plan such events, but it is worrying that they can still do it. >> reporter: the attacks-- or risk as they were-- are no longer a daily occurrence here. the streets of baghdad are finally starting to feel like the streets of any middle eastern city. but that newfound sense of security here is pretty fragile. now the u.s. is pulling out its combat troops, many iraqis we speak to here say they're pretty nervous that the iraqi security forces won't be able to keep that peace. like it or not, the iraqis have begun to depend on the american troops. >> they really give us a help,
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you know? when things get bad in baghdad and any city in iraq, when they leave, i don't know who will help us. >> reporter: general odierno who himself leaves iraq on september 1 after a total of 56 months here is optimistic. but with more than 4,400 u.s. deaths and more than $700 billion of u.s. taxpayers' money, he is still not ready to declare victory. was it worth it? >> they say to everyone we won't know probably for three to five years. because if nothing else, we got rid of a tyrannical dictator who will no longer be able to terrorize the iraqi people. >> reporter: although all u.s. troops are due to leave iraq by the end of 2011, some iraqi officials, including the defense minister, said they might want u.s. troops to stay on longer. today general odierno said the u.s. would consider fit they received a specific request from the iraqi government. >> glor: terry you talk about the ability of iraqi forces to
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keep these insurgents at by a. from what you have seen how prepared are iraqi security forces right now? >> reporter: it's quite clear they have tremendously improved from the way it was two or three years ago. there are still some problems here, principally with corruption but i think the real problem they have is not domestically but externally, facing any external threat from one of their neighbors and that's an area where the u.s. could potentially of continuing assistance. >> glor: terry mccarthy from baghdad tonight. terry, thank you. al qaeda's reach extends far beyond iraq, afghanistan, and pakistan. tonight, the white house is increasingly concerned about their growing strength in yemen. a faction there has already tried to attack the u.s. and as david martin reports the white house is stepping up the counterattack. >> reporter: in the past two years, an escalating campaign of c.i.a. drone strikes against al qaeda and other terrorist groups in the tribal areas of pakistan has killed more than 600 militants. now the obama administration is planning a similar offensive against al qaeda in yemen.
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they're not feeling the same heat-- not yet, anyway, one official said. the result, according to former counter-terrorism official matt levitt is that al qaeda in yemen, or a.q.a.p., as it is called, is a direct threat to the u.s. >> what makes a.q.a.p. a danger to the united states is the fact that it not only has the capability but the interest in carrying out attacks beyond its immediate region. >> reporter: a.q.a.p. recruited that young nigerian who nearly blew up a passenger jet over detroit on christmas day. its chief recruiter is anwar al- awlaki. an american citizen who speaks english and is becoming known as the bin laden of the internet. >> al-awlaki is very good at reaching a very wide audience in word and in language they can understand. >> reporter: he can recruit from among 50,000 yemenis who hold dual american citizenship and would know how to operate inside the u.s. al qaeda in yemen is one of the few successes osama bin laden
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can claim in recent years. driven out of saudi arabia by a no-holds-barred crackdown, al qaeda regrouped in yemen. >> that possibly might have been al qaeda's greatest strategic action over the past few years. >> reporter: u.s. navy ships have launched at least three cruise missile attacks against al qaeda in yemen, but it has not yet been hammered by drone strikes day in, day out. that, says one u.s. official, has to change. david martin, cbs news, the pentagon. >> glor: we move to campaign 2010 now and the battle for control of congress. with the vote count continuing from yesterday's primary in alaska, republican senator lisa murkowski trails challenger joe miller. miller was backed by sarah palin and the tea party. in arizona, republican senator john mccain beat back a challenge from former congressman j.d. hayworth. tonight, congressional correspondent nancy cordes has more about that potential upset in alaska and the palin factor. >> reporter: she's a member of an alaska republican dynasty. he's a little-known lawyer from fairbanks.
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>> i'm joe miller, the true conservative choice for the u.s. senate. >> reporter: what miller had over senator murkowski was the support of their fellow alaskan, sarah palin, who shared his tea party platform and campaigned for him. >> reporter: palin is on a winning streak. of the 42 conservative candidate she is endorsed this election season, 20 have bested their republican rivals. five have primaries coming up soon, including ryan murphy, an investor running for governor of maryland. >> when she endorsed me, all of a sudden it put a national spotlight on the race. >> reporter: some tea party victories are giving g.o.p. leaders heartburn. millionaire newcomer rick scott outspent florida attorney general bill mccullum 15-1 to win the florida g.o.p. primary for governor. >> right now we have this enthusiasm that republicans are seeing for these candidates that are less associated with state capitals and less associated with washington.
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>> reporter: back in alaska, murkowski insisted today her race isn't over. while her political rival, palin, tweeted that she was keeping her fingers crossed for miller to pull off a "miracle on ice." if murkowski loses-- and we may not know for a week as they ntunt absentee ballots-- she will be the third sitting senator voted out of office so far this year. and it's still just the primaries. jeff? >> glor: nancy cordes in washington tonight. nancy, thank you. jeff greenfield is our senior political correspondent. good evening to you. let's talk about alaska more. sarah palin the key there? >> it was a key because even though her resignation as governor hurt her standing in alaska, she is popular among republicans. there's also a family feud aspect here. palin defeated murkowski's father for governor four years ago. but there was another key. there was a proposal on the ballot to require parents to be notified if a teenage daughter of theirs sought an abortion. that brought out a lot of social conservatives who have long had problems with murkowski's abortion views. >> glor: also this fascinating
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case in florida, the senate race there. >> i think this is the most intriguing race in the whole country. it's a three-way contest. republican governor charlie crist, facing certain defeat in the republican primary, decided to run as an independent. he faces republican marco rubio, former speaker of the statehouse, and congressman kendrick meek the democrat. it's very possible that control of the u.s. senate could depend on this race because if independent charlie crist wins, it's not certain which party he would line up with in washington next year. we're going to keep an eye on this one. >> glor: jeff greenfield, always good to have your insight. thank you, sir. a gruesome discovery in mexico, today. a dumping ground for bodies 100 miles south of brownsville, texas. there were 72 bodies in all. mexican officials say the dead were immigrants from central and south america apparently murdered by a drug gang while trying to get to the u.s. in pakistan today, u.s. officials toured a camp crowd with flood victims. more than four million there are homeless. the u.s. says it will divert an additional $50 million into flood relief programs now.
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also today, pakistan pledged to continue the fight against muslim extremists despite the devastating floods. in this country, it's become the subject of a red-hot national debate, those plans to build an islamic center, including a mosque, two blocks from ground zero. a cbs news poll out tonight finds that seven of ten americans oppose building a mosque there. our poll also found only 24% of americans have a favorable impression of islam-- 39% unfavorable. supporters of the islamic center gathered near ground zero again today, but in a different part of manhattan last night, police say anti-islamic sentiment turned violent. in new york city, this 21-year- old man is in police custody tonight charged with attempted murder. police say he attacked a cab driver after asking if he was a muslim. he said salaam alaikum and
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stabbed the driver. >> reporter: that began over whether a mosque should be built near ground zero. it's not just protesting near ground zero, the sentiment against building new mosques has reached from new york's staten island 15 miles away to tennessee where a debate over a proposed mosque near nashville has raged all summer. >> it's not about religion, it's about stopping tennessee homegrown terrorists. >> reporter: other cease-fires in new mosques over wisconsin and kentucky have led some to question is america become islamophobeists? >> it's beyond islamophobia, it's hate of muslims and we are deeply concerned. >> reporter: a recent "time" magazine poll found that 43% of americans hold unfavorable views of muslims, and 46% believe the islamic religion is more likely than other religions to encourage violence against nonbelievers. why? >> incidents like the times square bomber or the fort hood
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gunman certainly are... should be expected to amplify people's anxieties. >> reporter: in this election season, politics is driving the argument as well. >> nazis don't have the right to put up a sign next to the holocaust museum. >> glor: it's become a wedge issue in campaigns from north carolina to new york. >> we don't need silence now, we need leadership. >> glor: but with nearly seven million muslims and more than 1,200 mosques already in america, muslim leaders say that fear is unnecessary. >> i'm very sad because we know that america is the most tolerant country in the world. >> glor: in new york, many 9/11 families insist their opposition doesn't make them islamophobic, they're just trying to heal. >> i feel strongly about it. the mosque... i understand their religious beliefs, i understand they should have a place to pray, an educational center. i have no problems with that what so ever. but not there. definitely not there. >> glor: a city commission gave final approval to the islamic
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center and mosque this month. opponents vow to continue their fight in court. still ahead on the "cbs evening news," after tiger, the former mrs. woods breaks her silence after their divorce. but up next, a chemical that kills bedbugs. is it safe for us? my doctor said most calcium supplements...
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today cbs news learned some of the eggs that were returned to the right county egg farm could end up at a supermarket near you. they're being sent to egg process faging facilities where they're cooked, pasteurized and used if products like mayonnaise and ice cream. the f.d.a. says this is legal and these products are safe. another health story now that hits close to home: bedbugs. decades after that were eradicated, they are making a big comeback. terminix, a nationwide exterminator, says philadelphia and new york city have the biggest infestations and four cities in ohio are in the top 15. there is something that can stop bedbugs but cynthia bowers tells us why we can't use it. >> reporter: finding bedbugs... >> look at that. >> reporter: ...has become big business for this exterminator who has no idea why his state is under siege. >> about 80% to 90% of the phone calls we get every single day are related to bedbugs. >> reporter: nationally since
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2006, the money spent eradicated bedbugs has doubled, topping $250 million. new york city leads the misery index where even couples like this family living in an upscale apartment are finding themselves infested. >> i woke up and found i had a couple bites on me. that's when i was like i'm pretty sure this is leading to bedbugs. >> reporter: america is suddenly crawling with these critters because they've developed a resistance to most pesticides. experts say there is an effective weapon, a chemical called porpoxur that keeps killing for up to five weeks, but the e.p.a. says that could be dangerous to children and the government recently ruled no more can be manufactured for inside use. >> as of a week and a half ago, i ordered the last 170 cases that... through my supplier was able to find. >> reporter: but no state is tackling this plague as aggressively as ohio it's even petition it had e.p.a. for permission to continue using the pesticide porpoxur indoors as it last best option.
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but even as they await approval, time and stores of the toxin are running out. >> the other options of newer technologies, newer chemicals that hopefully will come down the pike, those things will take a long time. we need short-term solutions. >> reporter: bedbug cans live up to a year. each female can give birth to as many as 500. alonso says unlike roaches or ants, these insects feast on you which is why they settle on beds, couches, and recliners. columbus grand mother delores stewart has been fighting the pests for nearly a year. >> i don't want to go to bed, i don't want to have them crawling all over me. >> reporter: the e.p.a. is standing firm on its ban of porpoxur indoors but offers these suggestions. seal cracks and crevices along base boards, remove clutter, use a special mattress cover, dry clothing and sheets at high temperatures. >> don't let them get out of control because once you let them get out of control, you can't handle them. >> reporter: scientists say the perfect parasite never kills its host, but as millions of
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americans have found out, it can sure drive them crazy. cynthia bowers, cbs news, columbus, ohio. >> glor: of course not all bugs are bad. scientists investigating the gulf oil spill said they've discovered a new type of back bacterium that thrives in deep water and gobbles up oil like the kind you see here. unlike other microbes this one doesn't significantly deplete the water's oxygen level. scientists believe it's helping to break down the spilled crude. in chile, those 33 miners have been trapped under ground for 20 days. they're safe and receiving food and medicine through a long tube. but rescuing them could take four months and the major concern now is claustrophobia. today nasa confirmed chile's government has asked for help on how to help those men cope during their long confinement. we'll be right back.
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did. security video captured mary bail dumping a kitten into a garbage bin. the cat was found 15 hours later and was not hurt but bail, a 45- year-old bank worker has received death threats now. she called her actions "a split second of misjudgment." in texas, an army sky diver got hung up on his try a ball game. in a windy pregame jump, his chute got caught on a flagpole right there. he wasn't hurt and he calmly climbed back down. he's an elite army sky diver, after all, no fear of heights. coming up next here, tiger woods ex speaks out on his affairs and what really happened the night of that car crash.
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multigrain pops with pringles. delicious pringles multigrain. no oil has flowed into the gulf for weeks, but it's just the beginning of our work. i'm iris cross. bp has taken full responsibility for the clean up in the gulf and that includes keeping you informed. my job is to listen to the shrimpers and fishermen, hotel and restaurant workers and find ways to help. that means working with communities. we have 19 centers in 4 states. we've made over 120,000 claims payments, more than $375 million. we've committed $20 billion to an independent claims fund to cover lost income until people impacted can get back to work. we'll keep looking for oil, cleaning it up if we find it and restoring the gulf coast. i was born in new orleans. my family still lives here. bp is gonna be here until the oil is gone and the people and businesses are back to normal... until we make this right.
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[ malhis day starts thwith his arthritis pain.. that's breakfast with two pills. the morning is over, it's time for two more pills. the day marches on, back to more pills. and when he's finally home... but hang on; just two aleve can keep arthritis pain away all day with fewer pills than tylenol. this is steven, who chose aleve and 2 pills for a day free of pain. and get the all day pain relief of aleve in liquid gels. but typical. the unusual cause. next. >> glor: finally tonight, the golf champ and the model, a story book marriage with a messy ending. tonight as kelly cobiella reports, the former mrs. tiger woods is telling her side. >> reporter: after nine months
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of silence, elin nordegren is going public. public. in an interview that stretch in an interview that stretched over four days, nordegren talks about tiger's string of affairs. >> reporter: the night woods crashed his car in front of their home last year, nordegren says she really was trying to help her husband by smashing in the car window. >> reporter: are you happy with the results of the divorce? as for the rumored $100 million divorce settlement, the former nanny says "money can't buy happiness or put my family back together."
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tiger woods would not say whether he read his ex-wife's interview, but he did explain why his golf game has been so bad. >> it's a sad time and we're going through it right now and as far as my game and practicing, you know, that's... that's been secondary. >> reporter: nordegren thinks she'll forgive tiger someday, but "forgiveness takes time" she says. "i know he's going to go down as the best golfer that ever lived, and rightfully so." despite that, the woman who always met tiger on the 18th hole has kissed his game good- bye. nordegren says since this all began she has not watched one minute of golf. kelly cobiella, cbs news, miami. >> glor: that's the "cbs evening news" tonight. for katie couric, i'm jeff glor, thanks for joining us. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh media access group at wgbh
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says it's needs more money to beat the heat. and nothing like record temperatures - during a garbage strike. what it will take to get your baked garbage out of the scorching sun. and don't look now... but the fog is making its move. good evening, i'm dana king i'm allen martin. the news starts now. bart riders know - it was a slow, and stuffy ride home yesterday. all because of a meltdown caused by the record heat. but bart won't be using its multi- million dollar surplus to address those problems. phil matier is at the rockridge bart station, to explain why. hi phil. sot - 3:05 bart board director bob franklin) it was hot everywhere yesterday - unfortunately that is what it


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