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captioning sponsored by cbs captioning sponsored by cbs >> dickerson: tonight, dorian is now a major hurricane. horida could be hit by catastrophic winds and storm surges. gas stations are running out of fuel. the national guard's been activated. we've got the latest on when and where dorian will hit. also tonight, two daughters call for justice after their father's suspicious death at a v.a. hospital, as the justice department joins the s.vestigation. breaking news: we now know the cause of death for los angeles pitcher tyler skaggs. new investigations are launched ento whether the e-cigarette maker juul is targeting minors. a minor league pitching prospect shares for the first time his arartbreak after his wife and one-year-old son were murdered this week. late today, the founder of twitter had his own twitter account hacked. tcist tweets were sent to four million followers.
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and steve hartman on how one letter from a little girl made a big difference. this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell. >> dickerson: good evening. norah is off tonight. i'm john dickerson. this is our western edition. hurricane dorian reached category 3 intensity today. forecasters consider that a major hurricane. and it will only get worse before it strikes early next week, likely as a category 4. more than 20 million americans could feel the storm's impact. views from space show the hurricane clenching like a fist as it stalks the bahamas. it now appears the storm could stall there for a few days. florida's east coast is bracing for what could be its most powerful storm in 27 years. georgia and the carolinas are also on high alert. lonnie quinn is tracking dorian.
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lonnie, what's the latest? ep reporter: well, the latest is, we just got an update from ioe national hurricane center about an hour ago or so. take a look at this. he storm is getting stronger, a perfectly formed eye right in of that storm and want to look for that perfectly round doughnut, that's wheat have right now. >> here are the numbers. tags national hurricane center is reporting, and, john, this is just in, it is no longer a cat 3, now a cat 4. 130 miles per hour winds up 15 miles per hour in three hours, it is moving to northwest 10 miles per hour, a lot of time too gather strength over the warm water. west with of west palm beach, but take a look at the statement that came a out with all of the numbers. this is from the national hurricane center. given the collapse "given the collapse of steering currents, the track forecast by the end of the forecast period is highly uncertain." "uncertain." in.t does that mean? ooke a look at this. when you look at the forecast cone, okay, up until about monday, which is depicted as a category 4 somewhere around the
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ahamas, confidence was very h.gh. the uncertainty comes in after this. and watch what happens. ho is just going to balloon. what i'm showing you here, this area right there, that's about 100 miles wide, and that is where the confidence ends. after that, that cone becomes about 750 miles wide. ld could go anywhere. it could, like these numbers are showing you, come on shore somewhere around west palm or melbourne and then travel right up the coastline still a category 2 by wednesday. that would be a problem. or, like you were saying, it suld go off shore. as a matter of fact, look at this. the european model never puts it on shore. although if it stays off shore, it will continue to push that water on shore. but it's still a better scenario never getting a landfall. john, over to you. >> dickerson: lonnie, we will be back to you. thank you. at cape canaveral today, nasa rolled its $650 million rocket nto cher into safe storage while the air force evacuated aircraft from bases in florida and georgia. uelitary search and rescue units are standing by.
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mireya villarreal shows us how civilians are getting ready for the storm. >> which generator did you want? >> reporter: there's plenty of time to prepare for hurricane dorian. >> there's only three today. >> reporter: just not enough supplies. so, you're not leaving? >> no, we're absolutely not. >> reporter: james schuchardt got in line at 5:00 a.m. to buy a generator and gas tanks. >> i've been here for almost 30 years. it gets worse every year. >> reporter: the uncertainty of where hurricane dorian will land has people all along florida's east coast hunkering down. >> the time to act is now. you do have some time, but that time is running out. >> reporter: across the state, residents are facing long lines at gas stations and fuel shortages. in miami, nearly half of its stations ran out of gas today. this is seaport canaveral. the fuel that supplies most of central florida has to come through here. and there is a huge supply, 38 million gallons ready to go. but when hurricane dorian hits florida, there is no doubt this place will have to shut down, and that supply will be cut off.
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up to 400 trucks come through this tank farm, transporting fuel to nearby airports and gas stations. families are waiting hours for sandbags, and food and water are flying off the shelves. state officials are also checking on nursing homes to make sure they have generators after 12 people died in 2017 when hurricane irma knocked out power at nursing homes. at the world's second largest cruise port, ships are now charting a new course to keep everyone safe. right now, pilot boats are busy- - like the one that we are on right now-- escorting ships out of port canaveral. up to six of them will be moving through here today and tomorrow before the port actually closes on saturday night. so, john, it is truly a race against time. >> dickerson: mireya villarreal on the east coast of florida. >> reporter: we received word tonight that valerie harper has died after a long battle with cancer. harper was best known as mer
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harper was best known for her role as rhoda morgenstern on the mary tyler moore show. she turned 80 last week. jim axelrod looks back. >> if i can't have it why even look at it? >> if i thought that i'd never watch another ppaul newman movie >> reporter: maybe the highest praise for valerie harper's skill onscreen is that, for many of her fans, she wasn't valerie at all. >> so, you're rhoda? >> reporter: she was rhoda... >> i don't know why i am putting this in my mouth. i should just apply it directly to my hips. >> reporter: ...mary's best friend on the "mary tyler moore show..." >> rhoda, chocolate solves nothing. >> no, cottage cheese solves nothing. chocolate can do it all. >> reporter: the spunky, lovable sidekick.
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>> rhoda was funny because she was a scuffler.. she was in life, feeling like a loser but somehow winning. >> reporter: harper, who started on broadway in the '50s and did movies like "lil abner," was so successful on the "mary tyler moore show" in 1970 that she got her own spinoff sitcom four years later. >> i really must love you i feel so sorry for you. >> reporter: but her most challenging role was also her most inspiring: the courageous way valerie harper handled cancer. first diagnosed ten years ago with lung cancer, she announced four years later it had spread to her brain. told she had months left, she battled six more years instead. >> don't go to the funeral before the day of the funeral. while you're living, live! ( applause ) >> reporter: providing so many moving lessons in her last chapter to go along with all those laughs she'd given us in the years before. >> don't smear my makeup.
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( laughter ) >> reporter: jim axelrod, cbs dws, new york. >> dickerson: today, the justice department confirmed it's joining the investigation into suspicious deaths at a v.a. medical center in west virginia. at least ten veterans may have died from insulin injections they were not supposed to get. natalie brand spoke to the daughters of a veteran whose death was ruled a homicide. >> i'm always going to feel guilty about this. i thought i had my dad someplace safe and well protected. >> reporter: sisters melanie proctor and chris niehenke are seeking justice in the april 018 death of their father, retired army sergeant felix kirk rkdermott, at this west virginia v.a. hospital. >> we just thought it was his time. >> reporter: that was until the family says an f.b.i. agent showed up to their home, requesting permission for the body of sergeant mcdermott to be mefurtveigat rte sisters say his autopsy ayvealed homicide by insulin injection, something that can be deadly for non-diabetics.
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>> i can't imagine what he felt like. i just... it's beyond my comprehension. >> reporter: in addition to mcdermott, air force veteran george shaw, who died just a day later, is the second confirmed homicide according to an attorney for the shaw family. >> somebody dropped the ball somewhere on catching this before it got as far as it did. >> reporter: cbs news has learned investigators have approached a third family eequesting permission to exhume another veteran's body, and that they've identified a person of neterest. >> i need answers. >> reporter: west virginia senator joe manchin says his office first learned last summer at inspector general's investigation had been launched, ut manchin says he did not know foul play was suspected. >> you can imagine the panic that's going on right now. i know of operations that people refuse to have that have been efheduled for a long time. they're concerned about the care. th reporter: a v.a. spokesman says the allegations do not involve any current employees-- little comfort to proctor and
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niehenke, who say the person responsible and the v.a. need to be held accountable. you call it a betrayal. >> yes. it is a betrayal. we trusted them to take care of dad. >> reporter: the family of sergeant mcdermott is the first m file a wrongful death claim, which really brought this issue into the public spotlight more than a year after the government investigation into this began. john? >> dickerson: natalie brand in west virginia tonight. we have breaking news tonight in the death of angels' pitcher tyler skaggs. the toxicology report just out says skaggs had the opioids fentanyl and oxycodone in his system along with alcohol, and that he choked on his own vomit. skaggs was found on his bed in his texas hotel room july 1st. he was 27. alabama's republican governor, kay ivey, spent today dodging calls to resign after becoming the latest white politician to be swept into scandal over the wearing of blackface. major garrett reports. >> i offer my heartfelt
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apologies for my participation in something from 52 years ago that i find deeply regrettable. >> reporter: amid calls for her resignation, alabama governor kay ivey said she's not going anywhere, adding, "alabama is a far cry from the segregationist hotbed it was in the 1960s." >> well, we have come a long way. we still have a long way to go. rv reporter: in a 1967 interview with the auburn student radio station, ivey and her then- fiancée, ben laravia, reveal they participated in a comedy sketch in which ivey wore blackface. >> reporter: ivey's apology was sot enough for alabama democratic congresswoman terri
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sewell, who tweeted, "her words i apology ring hollow if not met with action to bridge the racial divide." ivey finds herself in a similar position to several other white politicians who have admitted to wearing blackface when they were younger, including virginia democratic governor ralph nrtham. you didn't know the history, know that it was offensive before? >> i think we're all on a learning curve. and certainly, ms. king, i am not the same person now at age 59 that i was in my early 20s. >> reporter: northam ignored calls from fellow democrats to resign, and his approval ratings have recently improved. in alabama, ivey's fellow republicans have stood by her. if northam's situation, john, is any indication, ivey appears well positioned, barring new revelations, to ride this out. >> dickerson: major garrett in washington, thank you, major. o man who was in one of the most famous photographs in u.s. history has died. dallas police detective james leavelle in the tan suit and stetson was handcuffed to lee
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harvey oswald when oswald was shot to death by dallas strip club owner jack ruby on november 24, 1963. ( gunshots ) >> oswald has been shot. >> dickerson: oswald had been charged with the murder of president kennedy two days earlier and was being transferred from police headquarters to the county jail. >> i told him, i said, "lee, if anybody shoots at you, i hope they're as good a shot as you are," meaning, of course, they'd hit him and not me. >> dickerson: "dallas times herald" photographer bob jackson won a pulitzer prize for this photograph, which appeared on age front pages of newspapers around the world on the day of kennedy's funeral. leavelle died yesterday in denver at the age of 99. his famous stetson and suit are on display at the sixth floor museum in dallas. for the record, leavelle, who investigated the kennedy assassination, said he had no doubt oswald acted alone. by the way, that was not the first time leavelle was a
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murdered allegedly by emily's brother, who relatives say was battling mental health issues. in his deepest grief, bivens last night posted this: in a tribute to his wife, bivens wrote: and to his son: bivens' minor league club, the montgomery biscuits, canceled their games this week as wiestigators who met with bivens scrambled to figure out why. w he has questions just like we all do at this point, questions that we could not answer. >> reporter: bivens ends his note:
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>> dickerson: cbs news has learned illinois and the district of columbia have opened investigations into the marketing practices of juul, the e-cigarette company,spther jl hs targeted minors. the company denies it, saying it shut down its social media pages and favors raising the minimum age for e-cigarettes to 21. today, hackers took aim at a big target, the founder and c.e.o. of twitter, jack dorsey. hackers sent out racist and vulgar tweets to dorsey's 4.2 million followers. cis comes as dorsey's promised to crack down on hate speech and abuse. the tweets were up for about a half an hour before they were taken down.
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71 years ago, women were made a permanent part of the military. with toy soldiers, change comes slower. here's steve hartman "on the oad." >> i'm coming in for another shot. >> reporter: it was during one of her brother's air raids that six-year-old vivian lord was struck-- struck by the fact that her army men were all just that, men. >> i noticed that there was no girl army men. >> reporter: no girls. >> they don't make them. >> reporter: and were you disappointed when you found out about that? >> very disappointed. i don't know why anybody has not thought of that. >> reporter: so, the little girl from little rock, arkansas, wrote a letter that read in part, "please, can you make army men girls that look like women?" she sent copies to several army ngn manufacturers, including jeff imel, owner of bmc toys in scranton, pennsylvania. >> i've never gotten a letter from a child like that before. but every now and then someone
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asks, "do you have any female toy soldiers?" >> reporter: the answer is no, although jeff says it's on the list of potential future projects. he even showed vivian some of his concept sketches. >> they were doing sketches, but they were busy making boy army men. >> reporter: vivian just can't understand why this has to be so hard. >> i'm not a big company. it's expensive to produce a new figure set. so, i got to do my due diligence and make sure it's something that people actually want. >> reporter: jeff says a lot of wople really don't want women in the vintage plastic military. part of the pushback over the years has been that there weren't women in combat during world war ii, so including them in a traditional set brandishing anything other than a nurse's eag wouldn't be historically accurate. might confuse the poor tykes. au course, dinosaurs and chewbacca never fought on the same battlefield, either, yet no one seems to have an issue with that pretend play. so, why not empower young girls by including women soldiers in these sets? so, get ready, vivian.
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>> i'm going to do it. >> reporter: you're going to do it? >> i'm going to do it. >> reporter: so, vivian put this to the top of the list? >> she put it to the top of the list, easily. >> reporter: shortly after receiving vivian's letter, jeff commissioned the first prototype. they're expected to be ready by leristmas 2020. >> that makes me super happy. i'm going to play with them every day. >> reporter: every day. edecisive victory in the battle for equality. steve hartman "on the road" in little rock, arkansas. >> dickerson: that's the "cbs evening news." for norah o'donnell, i'm john dickerson. have a great holiday weekend. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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