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it weighed over 2,000 pounds! holy, moly. they will need a lot of nutmeg for that. lots of pumpkin pie. see you at six for the full news. accuses puerto rican officials of poor leadership and wanting hing to be done for the mayor of storm-stricken san juan responds. >> i'm fighting to save lives. that's it. this isn't personal. >> ninan: also tonight, iraqi kurds, a key u.s. ally in the fight against isis. voting for independence and facing a backlash. we're in erbil. on the eve of of o.j. simpson's release from prison, james brown on the murder trial that changed america. and we cross a bridge it too scary for some. >> there are other bridges, and this one is a bridge that moves your heart.
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this is the "cbs weekend news." >> ninan: good evening i'm reena ninan. president trump lawived out at leaders of hurricane ravaged puerto rico today: hours later he backtracked with "an amazing job is being done in puerto rico. great people." mr. trump is at his golf club in new jersey this weekend. he visits the american territory on tuesday. our david begnaud has been in puerto rico for 12 nights reporting on the storm and the island's resiligence iit's bln n so slow it's put people's lives in danger. there's a disconnect between what has been said and the reality. yesterday, general buchanan said, "i don't have enough troops. i don't have enough equipment." >> reporter: on friday the mayor pleaded for more help.
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>> so i am asking the president of the united states to make sure somebody is in charge. >> reporter: that was after she spent nearly a week helping to evacuate residents. the governor, ricardo rossello, was asked to comment on the president's tweets. >> my read on this is it's in the context of the mayor of san juan. >> reporter: the governor visited san juan's port early saturday morning. there, fema had received 2.4 million liters of water and more than a million servings of food. >> we're going to move them quickly to the 11 points in all puerto rico where all of the mayors can go, get food, water, for their communities. >> reporter: after asking for volunteers to drive trucks due to a shortage of drivers, the governor watched today as truckers pulled out of the gate at the port of san juan. hauling supplies to grocery stores around the island. more than 50% of gas stations are back up and running. home phone service has been restored to 30% of the island. and 10,000 people are still living in shelters tonight. >> are we satisfied?
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, of course, not. we still need to do more, and we still need to get to everybody in puerto rico. >> reporter: fema, the federal emergency management agency, says they've already delivered aid to almost every municipality on the island. the official death count is 16. it's expected to go higher. we've confirmed that three sisters died when a mudslide washed away their home. a fourth sister was able to run away and call for help. reena. >> ninan: david begnaud on the ground in puerto rico. thank you, david. omar villafranca is also in san juan with more on the recovery efforts. >> reporter: there are signs of progress in san juan, puerto rico. 10 days after maria crippled the island's infrastructure, some buss are back running weekend routes in the capital. "i think they are doing everything possible because there is still debris on the roads, and they are doing everything to help us. i don't have a car and i need the transportation." the day after the storm made landfall, marines launched on to the island from the navy's el ns
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"kearsarge." we caught up with the marines in want el yunque. their nition migz: clear 16 miles of road that lead to two vital communication towers. as of saturday, marines have cleared access to seven damaged towers. yabucoa was the first town to get hit by maria and one of the last to get help. when the relief trucks moved into town, residents like manolo morales, desperate for food and water. he said basically they didn't have much inside. this is a gift from god. now they just have water and squash and whatever food has been given in the packages. in lozia, the gas lines are still long but the two-hour wait is considered progress. wanda quinones is check up on her 92-year-old father. i asked her, "what do they need?" they need food and water. before, she said they do have medicine for now. fema says the san juan airport is open for business and can now
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reenle 250 flights a day. ina.creasing. omar, thank you. well, health and human services secretary tom price was forced to step down friday over his use of expensive charter flights at taxpayers' expense. priets priceis the ninth top administration official to either resign or be fired. the whowts is now warning agency heads about wasteful spending. here's errol barnett. >> that's unacceptable to me. >> reporter: en route to his new jersey golf club friday, president trump said he disliked the optics of the expensive air travel of former h.h.s. secretary tom price. >> not a question of confidence. i was disappointed because i didn't like it cosmetically or otherwise. >> reporter: shortly after, the fiscal conservative resigned so the president can "move forward without any further destruction." at issue was price' price's morn two dozen private flights since may, costing more than $460,000 of taxpayer money. he offered to reimburse the
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government almost $52,000. >> the optics in some of this don't look good. >> reporter: price was already out of favor with the president after failing to get congress to repeal and replace obamacare. >> you're going to get the votes? he better get them. oh, he better. otherwise i'll say, "tom, you're fired!" >> reporter: congress is now investigating travel expenses for other trump cabinet officials, like e.p.a. director scott pitt, and treasury secretary steven mnuchin. when asked, mnuchin refused to rule out using private or military aircraft to do his job. >> the only time that i will be using mil-air is when there are issues, either for national security or where we have to get to various different things. there's no other means. >> reporter: now, president trump does not want wasteful spending questioned while pushing for tax reform but there are other issues. on friday the tax policy center said his administration's proposal would mostly benefit the top 1% of earners. still, congressional republicans hope to deliver a bill to the
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oval office by the end of the year. reena. >> ninan: errol barnett, thank you, errol. in china today, u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson acknowledged that the u.s. is in direct talks with north korea, even as tensions escalate over its nuclear missiles programs. tillerson said the u.s. is exploring nort north korea's willingness to talk. president trump visits asia in november. there was a protest against police brutality and racism friday at the cardinals game in st. louis. demonstrators unfurled a banner and shouted, "no justice, no baseball." later the protest spilled into the streets and got violent. least two were arrested. there have been protests in st. louis since the acquittal this month of a white officer who fatally shot a black suspect. las vegas police say that they've seen no evidence that shows officers mistreated michael bennett of the seattle seahawks. the n.f.l. player was briefly detained last month when officers responded to reports of shots fired at a club on the
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vegas strip. carter evans has the newly released video. ( sirens ) >> reporter: body camera video show several angles of n.f.l. player michael bennett as he handcuffed and detained on the las vegas sprip. police were responding to reports of gunfire at a nightclub where the seattle seahawks defensivive end was waiting in line. as most of the crowd is on the ground, security video shows bennett running. >> mr. bennett's action that night stood out to the responding officers. >> reporter: clark county sheriff joseph lombardo called his officers' actions heroic. >> in fact, i applaud all of the officers that night that did not wait and see what was happening. they, instead, went bravely in. >> reporter: it turns out there were no gunshots, just a scuffle outside the club's entrance. but officers didn't know it at the time. they caught bennett on the street outside. >> >> reporter: michael bennett
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has been an outspoken voice against excessive use of force by police, and he was one of the first n.f.l. players to sit during the national anthem this year. investigators released the videos after bennett said in an open letter that police singled him out for being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time. in the video, bennett can be heard explaining that an officer threatened him way gun. >> as of today, we have not been able to confirm that statement by the officer. >> reporter: that officer's body camera was not recording, but another video does show an officer holding what appears to be a weapon near bennett's head. bennett's attorney says that video backs up the n.f.l. player's story. he's still planning to move forward with a civil rights lawsuit. reena. >> ninan: thank you, carter. monty hall, legendary host of tv's "let's make a deal" has died. hall started in radio in the
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1940s in his home town, winnipeg, canada. in 1963, he helped create "let's make a deal," a show he hosted for nearly 25 years. his wife of 70 years died in june. monty hall was 96 years old. coming up next, election fallout in iraq where kurds voted this week for independence.
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fallout in iraq after kurds voted overwhelmingly this weekend for independence. iraqi kurds have been a crucial partner of the u.s. in the fight against isis. they say the iraqi government is now taking steps against them that could hinder their efforts. holly williams is in the kurdish capital erbil. >> reporter: turkish and iraqi troops held military drills along want iraqi kurdistan's northern border this week, and from its main airport yesterday, people took the last planes out, after iraq's national government canceled international flights. federal iraqi authorities are
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ratcheting up the tension, pressuring the leaders of this region to cancel the results of monday's referendum in which over 90% of voters chose full independence. most are members of the kurdish ethnic minority, and they already rule over their own autonomous region. iraq's national government says the referendum was illegal. turkey, which has a kurdish population of its own, condemned the vote, and the u.s. also opposed it, worried it could disrupt the fragile cooperation between the kurds and the iraqi government in the fight against isis. the kurds of iraq have battled bravely against isis. close american allies who have laid down their lives to defeat the extremists. hazar nadar hassan lost both his legs to an isis bomb in 2014, and told us doctors only gave him ray 2% chance of survival.
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when you realized that you'd lost both of your legs, what went through your head? "i was thinking about my kids," he told us "and whether i'd ever see them again." sergeant masud hamad majeed's body was pepperedit shrapnel last november on the front line with isis. he was in a coma for 18 days and has neurological damage. but he told us he still wants to go back to being a soldier. many people here believe that sacrifice makes iraqi kurdistan more diserveg of independence, but not even its friends seem to agree. the kurdish regional government seems to have miscalculating how muchang ther referendum would generate and the retaliation it would provoke. turkey has threaten to cut off the region's oil exports, which would be economically crippling. reena. >> ninan: holly williams, thank you. up next, on the eve of his release from prison, what's
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ahead for o.j. simpson? james brown reports for "48 hours."
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>> ninan: this is expected to be o.j. simpson's last night in prison. he's been locked up since 2008 when he was convicted of armed robbery. the fallen football star plans to return to florida, but the state's attorney general is trying to block him out. tonight on "48 hours," special correspondent james brown looks back at simpson's 1995 murder trial that changed america. >> i think o.j. got away with so much that he really actually thought he was a god. >> i've basically have spent a conflict-free life. >> reporter: o.j. simpson has stood in the center of this country's fascination with race, celebrity, and justice ever since being accused of the 1994 brutal murder of his ex-wife, nicole brown simpson, and friend, ron goldman. >> o.j. could not have cheted these murders. >> reporter: l.a. was still
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reeling from the horrific images of rodney king, a black man beaten by white police officers who had been acquitted. >> no not guilty of the crime of murder in violation of... >> no! >> people weren't cheering o.j. simpson, per se. they were cheering that once, it seemed that the criminal justice system balanced in favor of a black person. >> he got away with murder. >> reporter: o.j. simpson-- >> you know it's illegal to be here, man. >> reporter: ...could not get back on track. and then there was vegas. >> (bleep). (bleep). convicted of robbery and kidnapping while trying to get back his own memorabilia. while simpson was kept off the streets, america witnessed tensions between police and the black community become painfully raw. and now that racial tension is at the heart of the exploding n.f.l. players' protest. as 70-year-old o.j. simpson is about to walk out of prison,
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given parole after nine years. the raging dialogue he ignited resonates louder than ever. why is there still a fascination associated with o.j. in 2017? >> because it reflects where we still are today on matters of race. >> ninan: j.b.'s report kicks off a saturday night double feature as "48 hours" begins its 30th season here on cbs. still ahead, the hunt for illegal opioids inside a major u.s. airport.
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>> ninan: u.s. customs and border patrol officials seized a record amount of fentanyl and other synthetic opiods in the fiscal year that ends tonight. most of the illegal packages were found in the mail room at new york's j.f.k. airport. here's tony dokoupil. >> reporter: this is the busiest international mail room in america, processing more than a million inbound packages every
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day. and at a time when your mailman may be an unwitting drug dealer, it's also the front lines in the opiod crise. spike here is one of the newest tools in the hunt for illegal opiods. riding this conveyor belt as an officer fills it withrom china. they did put a package on that they put faux in intentionally as a trading aid. we'll see if the dog finds it. >> good boy! >> reporter: how important are the dogs to the overall mission? >> incredibly important because the work that a canine can do in an hour is what it would take an officer eight hours to complete. we don't really know who is sending it. >> reporter: port director frank russo runs field operation as john f. kennedy airport, where seizures of fentanyl nearly tripled to more than 80 packages in the past fiscal year. are we talking tens of millions of dollars, hundreds of millions of dollars at the street level? >> when we're seizing here is
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hundreds of millions of dollars. >> reporter: anything flaggedded by the dogs or pulled by agents is searched by hand on this table as we witnessed after an x-ray machine revealed an unknown object. fentanyl is so toxic, that officers wear gloves and masks to avoid accidental contact. this time it wasn't fentanyl, but g.b.l., commonly used as a date rape drug. >> a little bit of this mixed in a drink can disable an individual. this is our detention room. >> reporter: just one room away however... fentanyl, fentanyl, fentanyl again. >> correct. >> reporter: look at the bottom here-- china, hong kong, hong kong. is that typical? >> that is absolutely it typical. actually, all of our seizures have come from chine and hong kong here. >> reporter: and you have where it's going to-- pennsylvania, north carolina, connecticut. are there particular areas of the country where a lot of this is headed? >> that's the interesting part, tony is it's everywhere. it's going absolutely everywhere. >> reporter: moments after we
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entered the room, a discovery. one table away a fresh seizure happened, 35 grams of fentanyl. we can't show it on camera, because unlike these packages, those packages may still go out and be part of an active investigation. how deadly of a dose is that? >> tony, it's incredibly deadly. >> reporter: 35 grams would be enough to knock over everyone in this room. >> yeah, it would, absolutely. >> reporter: the port director here believes they've dramatically reduced the amount of fentanyl that's made its way into america, but the only way to reach a perfect record, they say, is better international cooperation, so they have information about these packages long before they get here. >> ninan: tony dokoupil reporting on the front lines of the opiod crisis. when we return, we'll cross a bridge too scary for some.
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>> ninan: we leave you tonight in suspense, 278 feet up on the world's longest suspension footbridge. it was opened in switzerland. seth doane, whose reporting has
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spanned the globe, takes us across. >> reporter: it soars, impresses and it terrifies. this suspension bridge in the swiss alpses shaves a few hours off a hike making for one of the most spectacular shortcutses imaginable. we hiked it along with a backpacking group from denver. what do you think of the bridge? >> it's spectacular. >> reporter: one of the challenges cindy snow explains is where to look? >> when you look down to the rocks and you want to look it at the view of the mountains, so you look up, and then you look down, and you're like whoa! >> reporter: this bridge crosses this valley and spans the length of almost five football fields. when you walk on it, it rocks a little bit, and believe it or not, that's by design. >> i hope that people get a bit nervous and a bit upset. >> reporter: why? >> there are lots of other bridges, and this one is a bridge that moves your heart.
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>> reporter: theo lauber is the engineer. he proudly told us this is his 35th bridge. >> i am called "mr. bridge." >> as soon as i saw the pictures i knew we had to come. >> reporter: why? >> for the thrill. >> reporter: cindy conway dragged her les-than-thrilled husband, geoff pavey, here from north carolina. >> while we were walking up, i was talking about how this is going to be tough for me because i have a fear of heights. >> reporter: you've come to the wrong place! meeting the bridge engineer put pavey's mind at ease a bit. >> maybe i don't see you again but not because of the bridge. because of your going. >> reporter: the idea behind this bridge was to boost tourism, and it turns out it's raised blood pressure, too. seth doane, cbs news, near randa, switzerland. >> ninan: and that's the cbs weekend news for this saturday. i'm reena ninan in new york. thank you for joining us. good night.
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why it took so long to recovery from last winters storms. remembering the fallen. bay area firefighters who put their lives on the line... are given a hero's salute. the emotional ceremony for friends and family and why it's extra special today. and an east bay community is fed up with living in squalor. the different groups demanding change... and now... joining forces to take on the city. good evening, i'm brian hackney. and i'm juliette goodrich. neighbors in east oakland are banding together... to try and compel the city to act against neighborhood blight. they say their elected leaders are not making the issue enough of a priority. as kpix five's da lin shows us... hundreds of people met today to form an organization... that's designed to make their voices heard. parts of oakland have seen a robust economy and more jobs... but many people in east oakland say the rising tide hasn't lifted all boats.
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much of the international boulevard corridor remains unchanged, prostitution, crime, poverty... now, add evictions to the growing list of problems. many here are dis- satisfied, angry and fed up with city leaders and policies that they say don't put them first. the congress of neighborhoods will be taking their ideas and demands to city hall november 7th. in oakland, da lin, kpix 5. just i hayward police are looki tle girl. community groups and hundreds of members assembled for the first time today to form a new organization called the congress of neighbor huts. >> unifying east oakland and saying it is not just my little are little neighborhood but what can we do together as a thousand, 2000, 3000 person. >> they are using the concept

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