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>> pelley: the head of the secret service is shown the door. julia pierson is out after a series of dangerous and embarrassing lapses in presid tection. reports from bill plante and major garrett. a c.d.c. team is in dallas trying to determine whether an ebola patient spread the deadly disease in this country. reports from manuel bojorquez and dr. jon lapook. anna werner on another virus causing respiratory illness in children. >> it's petrifying. it's absolutely the scariest thing ever to see your child not be able to take a breath. >> pelley: and carter evans on an invasion of walrus. why tens of th are hitting the shores of alaska. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
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>> pelley: good evening. this is our western edition. when the president loses confidence in the head of the agency assigned to protect him and his family, it is time for her to go. for julia pierson, that time came today. the first female director of the secret service was forced out after one security lapse after another, including one that was revealed yesterday even as she was being grilled by congress. we'll begin tonight with senior white house correspondent bill plante. >> reporter: support for julia pierson's leadership of the secret service was already waning after her appearance before a house committee yesterday. it evaporated with the revelation that agents were unaware that during a visit last month to the c.d.c. in atlanta, a security contractor who had been previously arrested was allowed on an elevator with the president. it wasn't until he took photos of the president that he was questioned and then fired and agents discovered that he was carrying a gun.
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in a meeting this afternoon with homeland security secretary jay johnson, pierson resigned. white house press secretary joshua earnest. >> we've seen recent and accumulating reports raising questions about the performance of the agency. and the president concluded that new leadership of that agency was required. >> reporter: president obama was not told about the incident at the c.d.c. until just before the news became public yesterday, despite the fact that pierson met with him last week. that was just the latest in a string of embarrassing security failures. among them, the fence jumper who ran all the way into the east room of the white house 12 days ago and the failure to realize for days that shots had been fired at the white house in november 2011. even so, the white house 2dorsed the agents who protect the president. >> it's true that the president and everyone here at the white house does have full confidence in the men and women of the united states secret service. >> reporter: pierson, the first woman to head the secret
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service, took over just 18 months ago, after a scandal sevolving agents and prostitutes on a presidential trip to colombia. in an interview with bloomberg news today, pierson said, "i can be pretty stoic about it, but not really. it's painful to leave as the agency is reeling from a significant security breach." but critics in congress say that she was unable to change the culture of the organization. democrat elijah cummings. >> i believe that there are other people that probably need to go, too. i beg those people in the secret service who do not want to be about the business of restoring their impeccable reputation as it was before to leave. >> reporter: white house intruder omar gonzalez pleaded not guilty today in federal court. and, scott, even though pierson has resigned, the department of homeland security has still ordered an independent review of the secret service, something members of congress demanded. >> pelley: bill, thanks. a top agent has now been called
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out of retirement to serve as interim acting director. chief white house correspondent major garrett has more about him. esjor? >> reporter: scott, president obama turned to joseph clancy because he knows him and trusts him. clancy is respected by secret service agents and made his mark in the agency after president obama appointed him to the job now at the center of the secret service crisis, protecting the president and his family. clancy left the secret service in 2011 after serving for nearly all of mr. obama's presidency as head of the presidential protective division. the agent is closest to the president whenever he travels and responsible for his personal safety at all times. elopcy developed a close bond with president obama and is well regarded in the white house. clancy was part of the secret service team that jogged with president clinton in the early days of his presidency. the white house went out of its way to say the next permanent director of the secret service could be someone outside of the
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agency, that underscores how much the president and the advisers closest to him have lost confidence in secret service leadership and its underlying culture. >> pelley: major garrett, thank you, major. a team from the centers for disease control and prevention is in dallas today investigating why a hospital sent an ebola patient home, potentially exposing others to the deadly virus. this is the first case of diagnosed in the u.s., and here is manuel bojorquez. >> reporter: the patient, identified as thomas eric duncan by cbs dallas station ktvt, was visiting family from his home in liberia. he's in serious condition and has been in a specialized isolation room at texas health presbyterian hospital since sunday. there are questions about why he was not admitted two days earlier on the 26th, when he first came to the hospital with a fever and abdominal pains. a nurse, using a check list, asked whether he traveled from africa. he answered "yes," but was released.
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dr. mark lester is with the hospital. >> regretfully, that information was not fully communicated throughout the full team. >> reporter: so was there a breakdown? should he have been admitted that day based on the information that he had traveled to africa or from africa? >> i can't answer that question because that's one piece of atformation that would be factored into the entire clinical picture. >> reporter: the miscommunication put more people at risk of exposure. texas health officials are monitoring 12 to 18 people who may have had direct contact with the patient who was staying with relatives at this dallas apartment complex. that includes five children. they have not shown symptoms, but will not return to school until doctors clear them. texas governor rick perry sought to calm fears. >> this case is serious. rest assured that our system is working as it should. >> reporter: the three paramedics who brought the patient to this hospital on sunday have tested negative for
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ebola. still, they are being isolated and monitored for symptoms. scott, the ambulance that was used has been quarantined for decontamination. >> pelley: manuel, thanks very much. our dr. jon lapook is joining us now. jon, we heard the governor of texas say the system is working as it should, but the point of this story is it's not. >> right. well, the c.d.c. remains confident that this ebola infection can be stopped in its tracks. the organization, the c.d.c., has real concerns about what went on there and why protocol was apparently fumbled. i mean, after all, for the last month or two they've been otnding out all sorts of e- blasts and communications, i've gotten them, saying, "be on the g okout for ebola." that means symptoms like fever, nausea and headache, think of ebola and always ask a travel history, and yet here the first time when somebody comes in who turns out to have ebola, comes in and protocol should be followed, it's apparently fumbled.
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>> pelley: this is the kind of story that causes people to refocus on ebola and ask fundamental questions. you had a facebook chat today. what was the number-one question? >> well, people were really concerned about who might be at risk, and specifically one rorson wrote, "i have questions. my main concern is the transmission of the disease." she specifically wondered if it's perhaps spread by coughing or somebody sneezing. the c.d.c. has said time and time again, it's not spread through the air. you need direct contact with fluids. in addition to that, there has to be some sort of break in the skin or maybe through contact with mucous membranes in the mouth or nose. so this is not easily spread, and people should really know that. >> pelley: dr. jon lapook. jon, thank you very much. if you have questions about ebola, you can send them to jon lapook at the ebola fears got some of the blame today for a sell-off on wall street. airline stocks lost more than 3%. the dow was off 238 points or nearly 1.5%.
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another virus is sweeping the country. the enterovirus mostly strikes children and causes severe respiratory disease. in the last three weeks, it has usread from 12 states to 42, plus the district of columbia. anna werner is looking into this. anna werner is looking into this. >> reporter: nine-year-old jayden broadway started struggling for breath on a friday afternoon. his mother, melissa lewis, says by the next day she was rushing him to a denver-area emergency room. what's it like as a mother to be looking at your child and realizing that he can't breathe? >> petrifying. it is absolutely the scariest thing ever to see your child not be able to take a beth. >> reporter: doctors told lewis her son had contracted the enterovirus d-68. for most patients the virus causes symptoms of the common cold. in children like jayden, with asthma, symptoms can be more severe. still, he was lucky. doctors at the children's
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hospital of colorado have treated ten children who came down with polio-like symptoms. dr. terry shriner says it's not clear whether the virus is to blame. how frustrating is it as a doctor to have this cluster of patients and not be able to completely answer what's happening with them? >> well, it's very frustrating not to be able to give a good prognosis to these parents who all of a sudden have a child with, in some cases, marked weakness of one or more of their limbs. >> reporter: potentially paralysis? >> potentially. >> reporter: health officials in los angeles reported a similar polio-like case just today of a child with the virus who also developed acute limb weakness. are you concerned this may be a bigger problem around the country? >> what i've heard from my ealleagues is that new cases are being diagnosed in san francisco, in alabama, in boston, in kansas city, st. louis. so i think that as we are learning more about this, we are going to find that this is
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likely happening throughout the country. >> reporter: three children remain hospitalized here. scott, four patients nationwide who died tested positive for the virus, but the c.d.c. is not sure what role, if any, the virus may have played in their deaths. >> pelley: anna, thank you. >> today's somali american was sentenced to 30 years for plotting to bomb the christmas tree lighting in portland oregon in 2010, mohamed mohamud then 19 was arrested after pressing a button on a cell phone that he believed would trigger a truck bomb. but it was a fake, provided by fbi agents posing as al qaeda recruiters. >> american an british planes hit the islamic extremist group isis again in iraq today. also the french said today they will send more planes into the fight. we wondered how much these air strikes are helping kurdish forces in northern iraq who were doing most of
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the fighting on the ground. holy-- holly williams found out. >> reporter: this unexploded car bomb is a parting gift from isis. the islamic extremists fled hassan sham village last month, beaten back by kurdish fighters who were working closely with the u.s., but the isis militants inflicted as much damage as they could before they left, and even blew up this bridge to protect their retreat. hassan sham's streets are now deserted. at least one home was booby- trapped with an explosive. the kurdish fighters say the only reason they were able to recapture this village was a series of u.s. air strikes that pinned the militants down in one position and destroyed several of their armored vehicles. use kurdish fighters, known as the peshmerga, told us they coordinated american air strikes on these buildings, used as isis command centers. at a nearby peshmerga camp, we
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met iraq's deputy prime minister, rowsch shaways. are you seeing isis change their tactics because of the strikes? >> yes, yes. >> reporter: in what way? >> they are not moving. they're trying to hide their vehicles. >> reporter: yet isis is still firmly in control of mosul, iraq's second largest city. at a peshmerga position overlooking mosul, they showed off this heavy machine gun they told us they captured from isis. r t air strikes here won't work. >> no, it is not possible. the city is a very important urban center with a high population of people. you cannot use air strikes just like an empty area. >> reporter: many people here in iraq have told us the only way that isis militants can be forced out of cities like mosul is if local sunni muslims rise up against them, and, scott, so
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far that hasn't happened. >> pelley: holly williams reporting for us again in northern iraq. holly, thanks very much. today, in hong kong, protesters filled the streets for a sixth day, refusing to go home on a national holiday. they want china's communist government to stay out of local elections. china promised full democracy when it took over hong kong from britain in 1997. in white house today they urged a peace solution. there is a grassroots campaign for equality on the soccer field, and this mass beaching of walrus has wildlife experts concerned when the "cbs evening walrus has wildlife experts concerned when the "cbs evening news" continues.
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>> after its recent world cup warm-up game, an unusual chant erupted from american fans, "we've got real grass." fans cheering for the playing surface? it's all because at next year's world cup in canada, every game will be played for the first time in history on artificial turf. many u.s. team members are livid. >> it is a gender equality issue. no chance would the men ever play a world cup on turf. >> reporter: forward sydney leroux says constant fear over turf injuries changes the way ie game is played. >> the ball doesn't roll the same. you can't slide tackle like you would be able to on grass. >> reporter: leroux recently posted pictures of skin burns she says were caused by turf. players insist natural grass is almost much easier on knees and ankles, although studies looking at injury rates have mixed results. but the suit also argues that even on the best artificial surface, fifa is devaluing the
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women's dignity and self-respect because it's never asked men to play on turf. abby wambach, soccer's all-time goal scorer, male or female, says fifa is treating women as second-class athletes. ai it's not fair to the players for the very pinnacle of our sport, the very biggest tournament of our lifetime, this tournament needs to be played on actual grass. >> reporter: neither fifa nor canada's organizing body commented today on the case, but fifa has appointed an inspector to ensure turf at the six venues is up to standards for elite turnaments. scott, that inspectsor began his work this week. >> pelley: equal grass for equal work. thank you, elaine. after 60 years, a piece of this historic treasure is about to be open to the public. we'll show you next. >> this portion of the "cbs evening news" is sponsored by b.p. proud to be america's largest energy investor. e ame
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35,000 walrus crowded together on the beach in one of the largest gatherings ever socumented. >> this much mass one place is quite an event. >> reporter: and a big concern, according to dudley wigal, a mammal curator at the aquarium of the pacific. because this time of year walruses should be floating on hee in the middle of the sea. why is this sea ice so important to the walrus population? >> they come up on to the sea ice to breed, to give birth. they stay safe from predators and it's their feeding ground. >> reporter: scientists say the temperature in the sea is five degrees higher than normal and the ice is melting faster than usual. since 2007, the ice has receded further north into the arctic. that's forcing the walruses to drive deeper for food and swim longer distances to dry land for rest. a change in behavior caused by change in climate according to margaret williams of the world
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wildlife fund. >> many scientists predict that we could have a completely ice- free arctic ocean within the next few decades. that's quite an extraordinary change. r: reporter: and the large vetherings have proven deadly. walruses are easily spooked, triggering stamp periods like this one. >> if a stampede should occur in sgroup of this size, someone's going to be harmed. >> reporter: wildlife organizations continue to study other effects of melting ice and hope by bringing awareness about saving the environment, they will also eventually help save wildlife. carter evans carter evans, 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. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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bay st it was the rank and your realtime captioner is linda marie macdonald. now at 6:00, mounting pressure against a bay area fire chief. first it was the rank-and-file. now her top lieutenants are calling for her to step down. good evening, i'm veronica de la cruz. >> i'm ken bastida. kpix 5's phil matier on the no confidence letter that was just delivered to the mayor and how he is now caught in the middle. what's the latest, phil? >> reporter: that's right. we're talking about the problems with the ambulance service. we're talking about understaffing within the department and mandatory overtime that's making the firefighters unhappy and now we're talking about a letter calling for the chief to be replaced, a letter i might add that we got before the mayor even had a chance to see it. here's the story. did this letter come as a surprise to you? >> i haven't seen the letter yet, phil. so, um, i don't -- i -- i have
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not really been engaged with fire chiefs association. >> reporter:was that yor ed lee reacting to the latest public call for his fire chief joanne hayes-white to step down. >> i believe that the next step would be that the mayor would state his position. >> reporter: the letter is the second blast by the firefighters union aimed at turning up the heat on the mayor. >> i have not changed my opinion. but i'm also concerned about the relationships that all the groups have. >> reporter: those relationships are between two of the most powerful political forces in the city, the firefighters union. >> they are beloved and they have a lot of money. >> reporter: and an equally popular chief one with deep roots in the city's west side irish community who are some of the mayor's biggest supporters. >> she is the first female fire chief, she was beloved by her colleagues for a long time. >> reporter: and a mayor caught in the middle. >> nobody wins. it is miserable for everybody. and it all rolls up to the mayor's door.


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