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>> i told you it was okay. [ cracks knuckles ] >> stop it! the "cbs evening news with scott pelley" is next. see you at 6:00. >> pelley: meddling with the truth. ryan lochte and three other u.s. ouympic swimmers are accused of making up the story about being robbed in rio. police say this video proves it. also tonight, the spread of ,ika. sorida reports two more cases, apparently spread by local mosquitoes. the chicago police cersrintendent wants seven officers fired, accusing them of a cover-up in the fatal shooting of a black teenager. and, maybe this child can get the world's attention. he's the new face of syria's civil war. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
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>> pelley: this is our western edition. the swimmers' story just didn't hold water. today, police in brazil said u.s. olympic star ryan lochte and three of his teammates made up the story about being robbed at gunpoint in rio last weekend. so what did happen? well, let's go to the video replay. here's ben tracy. >> reporter: this security camera footage shows the four american swimmers at a gas station, disappearing down a hallway toward the bathroom. they get back in their taxi, but are stopped by a security guard. you can see the swimmers raising their arms and then sitting on the ground. today, rio police filled in the blanks, accusing the americans of vandalizing the bathroom, arguing with the security guard, and then leaving $50 to pay for the damage. >> reporter: it is a paamatically different story than the one ryan lochte told this past weekend, when he said the four swimmers had been robbed at gunpoint by men posing as police.
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>> reporter: rio police say the security guard did point a gun at lochte, but only because he was erratic and aggressive. this afternoon, gunner bentz and jack conger arrived at a rio police station for questioning. last night, police pulled them off their u.s. flights. jimmy feigen was also expected to be questioned in rio. lochte left brazil before authorities could seize his passport. despite very real security concerns in rio, the police feel the swimmers' made-up story gave them an unwarranted black eye. rio's chief of civil police says the u.s. swimmers owe the entire city an apology, because the boly thing they were honest about was that they were drunk. but mario andrada, with the rio olympic organizing committee, said no apology is needed. >> lochte is one of the best swimmers of all times. no, they had fun.
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they made a mistake. it's part of life. life goes on. that's cool. >> reporter: now, we've tried contacting ryan lochte and his attorney several times, and they veve not responded. me for the three u.s. swimmers who are still here in rio, it is unclear when they're going to be allowed to leave brazil. atd, scott, it is still possible that they could be charged with falsely reporting a crime. >> pelley: our man in rio, ben s acy, ben, thanks very much. east of los angeles, more than t 500 firefighters are facing walls of fire 80 feet tall. hot, dry gusts are whipping up fire tornadoes across brush, brittle from drought. it's not known how many homes in san bernardino county were torched, but more than 80,000 people have fled their neighborhoods. carter evans is there. he reporter: the air assault on the most stubborn part of the fire is relentless. drop after drop, and the flames step coming back.
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even tiny embers could be catastrophic. you're looking at the head of the fire right now, and firefighters want to keep it on the hill here, moving this direction. what they don't want it to do is jump across the road. >> as we get the winds, it has the potential to carry embers and unburned vegetation. >> reporter: battalion chief mike brown says the fire behavior he's seen over the last few days is extraordinary. >> spotting ahead of itself by 300, 400 feet. fire whirls that look like tornadoes. fire behavior that, you know, as firefighters, we read about, we train about. but to actually see it, was truly amazing. >> reporter: as the blue cut fire roared through desert towns, residents had just minutes to flee. hundreds of large animals were rescued and brought to this evacuation shelter. abel flores is still looking for his horse. >> a home can be replaced, but fet human life or an animal that you love. >> reporter: some normalcy has returned. trucks are once against rolling on interstate 15.
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they'd been trapped since the fire began, costing up to $1 million a day in economic losses. and rail traffic is also moving again. among the homes and buildings burned to the ground, the summit restaurant, an icon along route 66, say former owners cecil and deborah stevens. >> we've been through a lot of storms and car accidents coming through the restaurant, but this time we didn't make it. >> reporter: a lot of history here. we're told elvis presley and john wayne once dined where i'm standing. as for this fire, well, the wind is beginning to pick up again, and that makes it challenging for firefighters. scott, those hazardous red flag conditions, well, they're expected to continue into the night. >> pelley: amazing pictures of devastation. carter, thank you very much. today, southern louisiana saw more thunderstorms. three inches of rain swamped baton rouge overnight, just as neighborhoods were beginning to dry out from historic floods
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yoat have left at least 13 people dead. caar villafranca is covering the flood zone. >> what can you do? you just have to keep going. >> reporter: the emotions came flooding back when janice harrell saw the damage that 2.5-feet of water did to her itme. da i have a 15-foot-deep canal behind my house and it was dry the day before. y. reporter: so you thought you were okay. >> i thought i was okay. >> reporter: she has insurance to cover flood damage and the contents of her home, but says ll's still not enough. >> we're just going through, trying to tear the walls up, you know, to allow the water to come out. >> reporter: 17,000 residents have submitted insurance claims in louisiana, but only 20% of residents here have flood insurance. so far, more than 80,000 residents have registered with fema for federal disaster assistance. the maximum amount given by fema is $32,000. thousand of southeastern emuisianians cannot go home yet. floodwaters are keeping them from their homes. more than 700 are staying at celtic studios, which has been turned into a shelter by studio director patrick mullhern.
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>> film is really trivial at this point. this is about making sure people are taken care of and that they're going to be able to have a roof over their heads and have that kind of comfort. >> reporter: more than 4,000 people are still in shelters because they can't get to their homes because of the water, or they don't have a home to go back to. scott, 950 fema workers are on the ground in louisiana, and more are on the way. i pelley: omar villafranca in the flood zone. omar, thank you. today, health officials in florida said two more people have been infected with zika virus. that makes 35 now infected by local mosquitoes. crews have been saturating the so-called zika zone with insecticide, hoping to contain the virus which causes severe birth defects. today, donald trump took his struggling campaign to a battleground state that he cannot afford to lose. here's dean reynolds. >> reporter: donald trump sought to burnish his law and order credentials on a visit this afternoon with police in north
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carolina, where he said his campaign is in good shape. >> it looks like it's going very well. i guess they just got some very good numbers that just were announced in north carolina. north carolina is going to be very important. >> reporter: but it was unclear what numbers trump was referring to, since the latest public surveys show that he is lagging ha a state which has voted for a democrat in a presidential election precisely once in 40 years. and while party officials in some states have complained about a lack of resources to mount a challenge, the north carolina trump campaign said in a statement today, "we will have all the staff and resources needed to win here." north carolina is the latest in a series of hugely important states trump has visited in the last two weeks, including virginia, wisconsin, michigan, florida, pennsylvania, and ohio, all currently uphill battles for trump. >> it's time for rule by the people, not rule for the special interests. >> reporter: it's a daunting
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political predicament with 82 days to go, and one that gave rise to his latest campaign leadership upheaval this week. kellyanne conway is the new campaign manager who spoke to "cbs this morning." >> we look at it as an expansion at a critical and busy time for the campaign. when it comes to personnel and it comes to senior-level staff, more is more. >> reporter: now, starting tomorrow, scott, the trump campaign will begin airing their first political ads of the general election. over the next ten days, these ads will be running in florida, ohio, pennsylvania, virginia, as well as here in north carolina. p pelley: clinton's already been running ads for weeks. dean reynolds, thanks very much. today, for the first time, the state department acknowledged there was a link between a $400 million cash payment to iran and ane release of four american prisoners. republicans call that ransom, but the administration denies it.
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margaret brennan, our state department correspondent, is with us tonight. margaret? >> reporter: scott, well, the administration now admits that they held on to the cash until it was clear that the prisoners had left iran. but u.s. officials still deny tat this was ransom, because the money was owed to iran as part of a failed arms deal 35 years ago. what we know is that a plane loaded with swiss francs and euros took off from a geneva airport january 17, at the same time that a plane carrying the prisoners departed tehran. the planes crisscrossed in the sky. today, the administration admitted to the link because they said they wanted maximum auverage, fearing iran would renege. many republicans say that's clearly a ransom payment to a state sponsor of terrorism, and, scott, they accuse president obama of lying, when he insisted just a few weeks ago that the u.s. doesn't pay ransom. >> pelley: and all of this was a side deal to the nuclear agreement as well. margaret, thank you very much. now, have a look at this boy. for the four years he has been on this earth, he has known
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nothing but war. he has become the new face of syria's civil war, which has claimed the lives of more than 400,000 people, 41,000 of them children. here's holly williams. >> reporter: for a four-year-old who just survived an air strike, you may think that omran daqneesh seems unnaturally calm. but in the numbing violence of aleppo, there is no childhood. omran had only minor head injuries and his brother, two sisters, and parents all survived the strike. many other children have been killed and maimed, as the syrian regime and its backers in russia try to claw back control of the city. this little boy was pulled from the rubble two days ago, bloodied but apparently still alive. "god is great" shouted his
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rescuers, but the truth is, aleppo is godforsaken. this video appears to show a boy iro's just lost his brother in an airstrike. "take me instead of him," he cries, another child robbed of his innocence. the united states is trying to avoid being drawn deeper into this conflict. in the meantime, the syrian regime is bombing its own people with near-impunity. they've even targeted hospitals. this security camera video shows a strike on omar bin abdul aziz hospital in aleppo last month. last week, 15 syrian doctors still working in rebel-held aleppo wrote a letter to president obama, telling him about four newborn babies who they said were suffocated to death after a blast cut the
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oxygen supply to their incubators. those doctors also demanded that america do more to stop the carnage. but, scott, at this point, the united nations is struggling to negotiate even a 48-hour cease- fire in aleppo, in order to deliver humanitarian aid. om pelley: holly williams reporting tonight from istanbul. holly, thank you. coming up on the "cbs evening news," seven chicago police officers could be fired for an alleged cover-up. and, some popular hair care products are being investigated. t cracked... ...but they couldn't miss the show. so dad went to the new safelite-dot-com. and in just a few clicks, he scheduled a replacement... ...before the girls even took the stage. safelite-dot-com is the fast, easy way to schedule service anywhere in america! so you don't have to miss a thing. y'all did wonderful!
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oharing. o the same day, police superintendent eddie johnson said seven other officers at the scene on the night mcdonald was killed should be fired, mainly because they falsified their police reports. in an e-mail to the department, johnson said: chicago's inspector general determined the officers did not cdll the truth about mcdonald's death. their report stated the knife- wielding 17-year-old made a oreatening move towards officer van dyke before he pulled the trigger 16 times. one officer wrote, "he was swinging the knife in an aggressive, exaggerated manner. van dyke ordered mcdonald to drop the knife multiple times. mcdonald ignored van dyke's direction and continued to advance toward van dyke." but police dash cam video, pubased under intense public pressure over a year later, showed mcdonald was moving away from the officers when van dyke opened fire, and continued firing even as the young man lay on the ground.
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>> shut it down! >> reporter: that ignited prolonged protests and a u.s. justice department investigation y to chicago police conduct. community activist torrey barrett: >> nothing would have happened with these individuals who clearly lied about what encountered, happened that evening, then i don't think he would have had any chance of rebuilding trust or credibility within the community. >> reporter: the superintendent can recommend firing, but the still-unnamed officers must first go before a review board. three additional officers were d commended for firing but two had already retired. and, scott, the superintendent said there was not sufficient evidence for the other to be fired, a female officer. >> pelley: don dahler, thanks very much. coming up next, her mom says this is what happened when they used a popular shampoo. i can sleep the way that i sleep and he sleeps the way that he sleeps and we don't disrupt each other. it's just cool, it's great! to sleep happy guaranteed, and zero percent apr financing, visit mattress firm.
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the f.d.a. disagrees, saying: >> reporter: no authority, because under a law that's been in effect since 1938, the f.d.a. has limited power to regulate the $62 billion cosmetics industry. >> we're talking baby wipes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo. >> reporter: attorney tina sigertson is with the environmental working group. >> there's no legal requirement that a company makes sure a product is safe before they sell e . >> reporter: how is that possible? >> f.d.a. has no access to safety records. they have no legal power to get those. only congress can give them that power. >> reporter: meanwhile, wen products remain on the shelves. mpe company says, "the truth is that there are many reasons why
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people suffer from hair loss, but using wen is not one of them." as for the lawrences, they are now part of a class action lawsuit. jericka duncan, cbs news, washington. >> pelley: the gossip web site gawker is shutting down next week. the owners went bankrupt when a jury ordered them to pay former pro-wrestler hulk hogan $140 million as punishment for posting a sex tape. up next, a bright star in rio. rio. constipated? trust number one doctor recommended dulcolax use dulcolax tablets for gentle overnight relief suppositories for relief in minutes and stool softeners for comfortable relief of hard stools. dulcolax, designed for dependable relief
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the united states has won the bronze! >> reporter: she has three gold medals from the last four olympics, and has had five shoulder surgeries to make all that possible. >> i literally don't know how she does it. >> reporter: april ross is walsh jennings' beach volleyball partner. does kerry need an action figure? >> she does. no, i've said it, i think from day one. she's a superhero. she's got super powers. >> reporter: kerri walsh jennings has a nickname-- six feet of sunshine. she has quickly become one of the superstars of this olympics. >> she's not six feet of sunshine when she's on the court. make no mistake, no one wants to win more than her. >> reporter: fans like ashley williams point to 38-year-old walsh jennings' strength and maturity as the oldest female medal winner in beach volleyball history. girl power? >> girl power, absolutely. >> reporter: but as jennings has always said, her biggest job might be mom to her three children, ages seven and under. >> hello, mommy. >> say, i love you. >> i love you. >> say, i miss you. >> i miss you. >> reporter: during the london
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games she was five weeks pregnant with her youngest as she became arguably one of the most dominant u.s. olympic athletes ever. for the rio olympics, she said, being a mom came in handy during her training. >> i've been working this whole year to try to be a morning person and it's just so hard. it's just not who i am. but that being said, i'm a mommy. if you wake me up at 4:00 in the morning to play, i'm going to be ready. >> reporter: but after winning 26 straight olympic matches, this week, she lost to host country brazil. there's no shame at all of any medal let alone being qualified to be here it's pretty impressive. >> reporter: after the match, jennings refused to speculate on whether this olympics would be her last. "i focus on the present," she said. "that's where my joy is." jamie yuccas, cbs news, rio de janeiro. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. don't miss "cbs this morning" tomorrow. for all of us at cbs news, all around the world, good night.
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to the bay area's biggest city. but the top cop is saying 'no thanks' to outside help. good evening i'm allen martin. the of a big city is saying no thanks to outside help. >> >> for a police department that's short-staffed it sounds like a no-brainer. just ask nearby agencies for a little help but that idea is running into surprising opposition in san jose. kpix 5's devin fehely says san jose's police chief does not want the reinforcements. >> reporter: the san jose police department lost hundreds of officers in the last few years and one city councilman says desperate times call for desperate measures asking the chief to ask for outside help but he is resisting. after complaining for years that they were understaffed and
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overworked, help could be on the way for the san jose police department if they are willing to accept it. >> just simply the right time to ask for help. you're not going to rebuild the police department for a decade. residents shouldn't have to suffer in the meantime. >> reporter: councilman oliverio says the department is stretched dangerously thin with just 812 street-ready officers. he wants the sheriff's officers and chp's help. police chief opposes it saying he is very concerned that asking for outside help would have a detrimental effect on morale and recruiting efforts. some citizens see it differently. >> i think, you know, it is a little surprising. they all take the same oath to serve and protect and i think if they are understaffed and they need help they should take it. >> reporter: what's unclear is whether they have the interest or ability to help in the first place. officially the chp had no comment. but the sheriff's office said, quote, it remains focused on protecting public safety in the cu


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