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captioning sponsored by cbs >> glor: on this monday night, the death toll is rising rapidly from an erupting volcano in central america. and the breakthrough treatment for breast cancer that saved this woman's life. but first, a look at tonight's headlines in 60 seconds. >> reporter: a volcanic eruption from guatamala's de fuego volcano killed dozens of people on sunday. >> reporter: rescuers are working to pull people from the rubble. >> reporter: the supreme court has sided with a colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. >> the vote was 7-2. >> reporter: the president tweeted today about pardons. i have the absolute right to pardon myself. >> pardoning himself would lead to an immediate impeachment. >> reporter: bill clinton defending himself from recent
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criticism of his affair with monica lewinsky. >> i apologized to everybody in the world. >> but you didn't apologize to her. >> i have not talked to her. >> reporter: a man shot in the leg when a dancing f.b.i. agent's gun went off. >> the gun went off from someone's pocket. >> reporter: howard shultz, the executive chairman of starbucks, stepping down, sparking a lot of speculation shultz might be running for political office. >> glor: also thrk group of gold star kids helping others through their pain. mes corbin help u >> yes. >> glor: this is our western edition. good evening. we're going to begin with a disaster unfolding in guatemala where the volcano of fire has erupted. it is a humanitarian crisis in the making in central america. rescuers are trying to pull people to safety, but more than 62 have been killed, and that toll is expected to go much higher. more than 46 are hurt, more than 3,200 evacuated.
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it is happening not far from guatemala's capital. and don dahler has details. ( explosion ) >> reporter: orange superheated gas and rocks shot into the sky and poured down the mountain, reportedly wiping out entire villages. the eruption sent ash as far as 40 miles away. in the first few hours, the ash and mud remained so hot rescuers had a difficult time reaching victims, some of whom could be heard crying out for help. the rapidly moving mixture of gasses and volcanic matter known as pyroclastic flows reached 1,300 degrees in some places. by the time first responders reached victims, it was often too late. dozens were either burned to death or asphyxiated by the deadly fumes, including these children. a rapidly rising mudflow destroyed a highway bridge and a once-pristine nearby golf course was covered in dark gray ash and
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mud. manuel cobar is there. can you describe what you saw? >> reporter: eugenia garcia lost all but two of her family members. "i only managed to find two children last night," she says, but my two female daughters, my grandson, and my son are missing together with my entire family." sunday's 16-hour long eruption was the most violent in more than a century. more than 3,000 people have been evacuated from the area. officials expect the death toll to rise as rescuers reach more villages. jeff, pyroclastic flows from mt. vesuvius in italy are what buried the city of pompeii, killing an estimated 16,000
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people in the year 79. >> glor: don, thank you. there is big news about a new treatment for breast cancer has saved a woman's life. dr. jon lapook calls it a game- changer. >> reporter: they say into each life a little rain must fall. >> rain's coming, big rain! >> reporter: for 52-year-old judy perkins, it's been a monsoon. >> i had a mastectomy. i had all my lymph nodes out. ten years later, 2013, i felt another lump on the same side. this time it ended up being stage four. so, i entered the world of cancer patient, serious cancer patient. >> reporter: despite hormonal and chemotherapy, by 2015 the cancer had spread to her chest and liver. >> i came to realize that i was going to die, and that's where my mind was. you know, i felt bad for my family, but i was grateful for the life i had had.
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>> reporter: but then she found dr. steven rosenberg at the national institutes of health. >> so we're looking at lymphocytes. >> reporter: he's a pioneer in harnessing the immune system to fight cancer. genetic mutations cause cells to grow out of control. rosenberg's new approach is to find the few immune cells already in the body that can see those genetic mutations and multiply those cells into an army of cancer killers. and this is how you find the needle in the haystack, the one cell that can recognize the mutation. >> exactly right. >> reporter: in a lab, rosenberg's team grew those few immune cells into billions and injected them into perkins' bloodstream. there, just like the immune cells appearing white in this picture, they ganged up to attack cancer cells. >> i think it had been maybe ten days since i had gotten cells, and i could already feel that tumor starting to get soft, and i said, oh, it's working. >> reporter: in ten days? >> by then i was like, dang, this is really working. ( laughs ) >> inside of the liver are all
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of these tumor deposits that are rapidly growing. as you can see every one of these lesions that disappeared. >> reporter: two and a half years later, perkins has no evidence of cancer. rosenberg believes the army of immune cells are still at work. >> circulating in her body are large numbers of the cells we administered to her two and a half years ago. >> reporter: and that's fundamentally totally different from hormonal therapy and chemotherapy? >> that's correct. this is just one treatment that's necessary because the cells are alive. they're part of-- they are judy perkins. >> reporter: this type of immunotherapy is still in its infancy, but judy's success could open treatment for other solid tumors in the lung, colon, and elsewhere. and in separate good news, about 65,000 women a year with early stage breast cancer could do just as well with hormone blockers alone. >> glor: you say you have never seen anything like this. >> blew me away. >> glor: remarkable. jon lapook, thanks.
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in a long-awaited decision, the u.s. supreme court sided with a colorado baker who refused on refused on religious grounds to make a wedding cake for a same- sex couple. liberal justices breyer and kagan joined the conservative majority. jan crawford tells us the court did leave unresolved a key issue in the case. >> reporter: moments after the court's ruling, baker jack phillips celebrated what he saw as a victory for religious freedom. in a 7-2 ruling written by justice anthony kennedy, the court said colorado officials, who compared objections to defenses of slavery and the holocaust, showed an indifference to his religious objections to baking a wedding cake. phillips told us he would serve same-sex couples other baked goods in his shop, but he would not create a wedding cake. because...
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>> because the biblical teaching on marriage is pretty clear, and this is promoting a ceremony that goes against those core teachings. >> reporter: but the court's ruling was narrow, and may well apply only to phillips. the justices made a plea for civility in future cases, writing, "these disputes must be resolved with tolerance, without undue disrespect to sincere religious beliefs and without subjecting gay persons to indignities." that language gave the couple, charlie craig and david mullan, some comfort. >> i think the decision in our case is so specific that i don't think it will have a larger effect on the movement. >> glor: it's a complicated, nuanced decision. you say this may only apply to this particular baker. why is that? >> reporter: the court flat-out said in it's decision the broader issue has to be explored in future cases. but you can also look at what individual justices said in
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their separate opinions. two liberal justices who joined the majority opinion, rose separately to say they thought state anti-discrimination laws generally prohibit these kind of religious objection, but two conservative justices wrote separately to say they thought these kind of religious objections were valid. all of this is to say this is not the final word. there are other cases on the horizon. >> glor: our supreme court expert jan crawford, thanks. the supreme court has never been asked to weigh in on whether a president may use constitutional power to grant pardons to him or herself, but the current president weighed in with his opinion today. here's paula reid. >> reporter: the president tweeted this morning that while he has no plans to pardon himself, he could if he wanted to. "i have the absolute right to pardon myself, but why would i do that when i have done nothing wrong?" he also continued his attacks on the legitimacy of the special counsel, tweeting that robert
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mueller's appointment is "totally unconstitutional." the president's tweet echoed comments from personal attorney rudy giuliani sunday. >> there is nothing that limits the presidential power of pardon from a federal crime. >> reporter: but giuliani acknowledged that the question of whether the president can pardon himself is less about legality than politics. >> the president of the united states pardoning himself would just be unthinkable, and it would lead to probably an immediate impeachment. you get your house, the senate will be under tremendous pressure. >> reporter: republican congressman will hurd on "face the nation." >> that would create outrage on both sides of the political aisle. >> reporter: and today democratic senator ron wyden, a staunch liberal, shuddered at the thought. >> i certainly hope it never reaches that point. that would bring about a full- scale constitutional crisis. >> reporter: but talk of pardons appears to be getting ahead of the investigation. the president has not decided
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whether to sit for an interview, and there is no guarantee of indictment, trial, or verdict, all of which would be challenged. white house press secretary sarah sanders today. >> the president has not done anything wrong and wouldn't have any need for a pardon. >> reporter: the issue of presidential pardons has never been tested in the court. in fact, the only official guidance we have on that issue is a 1974 justice department memo issued shortly before president nixon resigned, and that memo says that a president cannot pardon himself under the fundamental legal principle that you can't be the judge in your own case. jeff. >> glor: paula reid, thank you. the hunt for a man suspected in as many as six murders in arizona came to a violent end today. the man shot himself to death as a police swat team moved in. mireya villarreal has late details. >> reporter: dwight lamon jones was tracked down to this extended-stay hotel in northern scottsdale at around 5:00 a.m. when he started shooting. >> the swat team set up on the room. they were able to enter using
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robot and other tactics and determined that the suspect had killed himself with an apparent gunshot wound. >> reporter: police believe renowned psychiatrist dr. steven pitt was jones' first victim last thursday. on friday two paralegals turned up dead, velerie sharp and laura anderson. the next morning hypnotherapist and life coach marshall levine was found murdered. jones is believed connected to all six murders. each victim had a connection to his 2009 divorce and custody battle. >> here's a letter to my son. >> reporter: in an audio clip posted to youtube, jones accuses his ex-wife's attorney of spreading lies. >> today is not a success story, but it's a story that has closure. >> a tip lead the police to dwight jones.
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connie jones, confirms her ex-husband made the connection between the murder victims and his divorce. he contacted phoenix police on saturday and she contacted >> glor: mireya villarreal in scottsdale, arizona, for us tonight. mireya, thanks. coming up next on the "cbs evening news," bill clinton says monica lewinsky will not be getting an apology. and later, how the children of america's fallen heroes are being helped through their grief. in a small package. see what you can get for under 20 grand... with the all-new ecosport from ford. you wouldn't accept from any one else. why accept it from your allergy pills? flonase relieves your worst symptoms including nasal congestion, which most pills don't. flonase helps block 6 key inflammatory substances. most pills only block one. flonase. i saw my leg did not look right. i landed.
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got out of that for free. i left the white house $16 million in debt. >> do you feel you owe her an apology? >> no, i do not. i have never talked to her, but i did say publicly on more than one occasion that i was sorry. i misled people, including even my wife. i deeply regret that. >> reporter: and you don't think a private apology is owed? >> i dealt with it 20 years ago plus, and the american people, two-thirds of them stayed with me, and i've tried to do a good job since then with my life and with my work. >> reporter: in a separate interview with "cbs sunday morning," mr. clinton was asked about comments by new york senator kiersten gillibrand who said last fall that he should have stepped down because of the lewinsky scandal. >> well, i just disagree with her. i think you have to really ignore what the context was.
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but, you know, she's living in a different context and she did it for different reasons. >> reporter: in a tweet today, lewinsky did not respond to mr. clinton directly but said she's grateful to people who have helped her evolve. last fall she told "cbs this morning" that the years since the affair have been difficult. >> you know, there were many times over the last two decades when i wasn't sure i would make it. >> reporter: in that interview, mr. clinton says he likes the "me too" movement, calling it "way overdue," but he added, "i still have some questions about some of the decisions which have been made." jeff? >> glor: all right, ed o'keefe, thanks. up next here, will an f.b.i. agent face charges for a nightclub stunt that left a bystander wounded? charges for a nightclub stunt that left a bystander wounded? o. and made old cars good as new. but i couldn't bear my diabetic nerve pain any longer, so i talked to my doctor and he prescribed lyrica. lyrica may cause serious allerg reactions,
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iraq and afghanistan. tell me what it's like visiting here, ainsley? >> when you come here, you think back to the funeral, and when was the last time you said good- bye. >> glor: there are more than 5,000 gold star kids around the country, grieving the death of a parent, sibling, or close relative. >> glor: many of them come together each year at the good grief camp, run by taps-- the tragedy assistance program for survivors. >> when we help others, we feel better. >> glor: here they find empathy from legacy mentors, kids who have experienced the worst kind of pain, now remarkably helping others through their, kids like brook, who lost her father army father army colonel nathaniel nearing in iraq 13 years ago. the knock on the door still echoes. >> i saw two men standing there in uniform, and i knew exactly what it meant. and the whole time i just stood
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there saying, i know that he's dead. because why else would they come to my house? and i felt like i lost my whole world. he was so important to me. >> glor: brooke entered the good grief camp six months later. >> i really don't know where i would be if i didn't have taps. they were the ones there for me when i felt like no one else was. >> glor: she is now mentoring eight-year-old adrian williams. >> i never thought i'd be able to relate to an eight-year-old, but here we are sharing very similar stories about our dads. >> glor: corbin cabrera, now 19, first attended the good grief camp when he was 15 after losing his dad, david cabrera. >> i was lucky enough to have a mentor who could get through to me in a way that helped me tremendously. y'or. it going? does corbin help make you less sad? >> yes. >> glor: i see the look on
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brinly's face when your name is mentioned. that's pretty great. >> there's nothing like it. because not only do we get to help the kids, in a way the kids help us. >> glor: for these gold star kids, grief and pride come in equal measure. >> at the end of the day when i can help somebody else not have to go through the stuff i went to before i came to taps, it means the world to me. >> glor: i think you're doing that with brinly. >> that's the goal. i can only hope. >> we're happy because we're all with each other, and we all feel a million different emotions all at the same time. we... there's still that sense of happiness and hope that we all feel, because we know we're together and we know that we're not alone in the world. >> glor: gold star kids and taps. that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. i'm jeff glor. good night. we'll see you tomorrow. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org in the face of senseless violence, we need hope.
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