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week and into the weekend. check out the layers of gray. i don't really like it. i'd rather have sunny conditions. it's a good background. >> yes, sure. [laughter] good morning to you, our viewers in the st, and welcome to "cbs this morning." i'm gayle king with anthony mason and tony dokoupil. breaking news, houston flooding threat. tropical depression imelda dumps heavy rain overnight on parts of texas devastated by hurricane harvey. we'll bring you the latest forecast for houston, where more than a foot of rain is expected. unified response. the u.s. weighs targets for possible retaliatory strikes in iran following the saudi oil attacks. we're in saudi arabia, where secretary of state mike pompeo and saudi officials are expected to directly blame iran today. breaking overnight, a leading democratic party donor is accused of running a drug
house where two men died. why prosecutors in los angeles call him a dangerous sexual predator. and a monumental upgrade. we have an exclusive, inside look at the top of the washington monument before it reopens to the public tomorrow after years of restoration. >> can't wait. it's wednesday, september 18th, 2019. here's today's "eye opener," your world in 90 seconds. this thing went from nothing to a tropical depression to a tropical storm to making landfall. >> it's all about the rain. >> some spots could see up to a foot and a half of rainfall. >> texas braces for life-threatening floods. >> there's growing concern in the areas devastated by hurricane harvey. growing fallout after the attack on saudi arabia's oil industry. >> the president announced that he will impose additional sanctions on iran. >> i think if we don't act decisively now, the worst is yet to come. benjamin netanyahu's political future could be in jeopardy. >> election unofficial results and polls show a dead heat.
>> president trump's former campaign lawmaker is grilled by lawmake lawmakers. >> you didn't think that was illegal to obstruct justice? tributes are pouring in for trail blazing journalist cokie roberts. roberts was a staple of washington journalism. >> watching cokie roberts made me want to be just like her. pirates closer felipe vasquez was arrested and charged with multiple felonies, including statutory sexual assault of a minor. all that -- ♪ >> the cleveland browns going viral for a hilarious "friends" parody. ♪ i'll be there for you ♪ and you're there for me, too ♪ and all that matters -- >> right now, the president is in california raising money for his campaign. >> it's no coincidence that his l.a. fund-raiser is taking place during emmy week. he is up for outstanding achievement in visual effects for a sharpie on a weather map. >> on "cbs this morning." >> a california company just
released these plans for a hotel in space. >> the amenities will include restaurants, low-gravity basketball and a movie screen. >> you're going to go all the way to space and then watch a movie? i mean, i guess it sort of makes sense. say, "wow?"any times can you yeah, it's like, wow, the earth. wow, the moon. you guys want to go watch "the lion king"? >> announcer: this morning's "eye opener" is presented by toyota. let's go places. >> it's a cool concept. wow! >> wow. it would be amazing, right? >> very amazing. >> looking at the moon. >> i'd say, wow! welcome to "cbs this morning." we're going to begin with the weather. it's not so good. a massive storm drenching the gulf coast is one of three potentially dangerous weather systems we're following this morning. hurricane umberto is a powerful category 3 storm that's quickly approaching bermuda. tropical storm jerry is expected to strengthen into a hurricane later this week.
>> meanwhile, flash flood watches are in effect from southeastern texas up through louisiana as tropical storm imelda pushes inland. here's a look at the water off galveston this morning as it gets pounded by lightning and heavy surf. imelda has already dumped 3 to 5 inches of rain in houston and as much as 9 inches in some parts of the area. jeff is here with the latest forecast. good morning. >> yes, so imelda is going to drop a lot of rain. it's not going to be harvey. we should say that. however, some places will pick up 2 feet plus of rainfall. take a look at the radar. as you can see, the counterclockwise spin, the heaviest rain has been on the barrier island, around places like galveston and freeport. as we turn this 3d for you, what you're going to see is some big towers kind of boiling up over the warm gulf of mexico waters. big thunderstorms there kind of riding over the same area. rainfall rates 2, 3 inches per hour. some places have already seen over a foot of rain, as you can see. and as long as the band doesn't move, we'll continue to pile up
this rain. dangerous flash flooding is likely, especially on the south end and the eastern side of the storm. as we take it through the day, you'll notice the storm moves through the north very slowly, so it's not moving very fast. heaviest bands are on the south side and the east side, really for the next 24 hours. you may get a break in houston and galveston, but i think stuff will redevelop to the south again during the day tomorrow. total rainfall is likely to be widespread a foot, some places over 2 feet of rain, especially in isolated areas east of houston. so, watch out, folks, stay off the roads if you see impassable water areas. just do not try to drive through. >> jeff, thank you. president trump announced on twitter this morni that he is substantially increasing sanctions on iran after the attack that heavily damaged two saudi arabian oil facilities. he didn't say exactly how. secretary of state mike pompeo and the saudi foreign minister are expected to make a statement today directly blaming iran for the strikes.
iran's president says that saudi arabia should see the attack as a warning to end its war in yemen. david martin is at the pentagon. david, what's on the agenda when pompeo meets with saudi leaders? >> reporter: well, the most urgent order of business is to erect better air defenses around those suddenly vulnerable oil facilities. u.s. intelligence never expected iran would be so bold as to attack saudi arabia directly. and as a result, both countries were caught flat-footed. secretary of state mike pompeo left late last night to meet with saudi leaders on better ways to protect their most valuable asset, oil. iran exploited a gaping hole in saudi air defenses and fired a volley of two dozen drones and nine cruise missiles, which flew in low and at relatively slow speed. u.s. officials say experts have examined pieces of the wreckage on the ground in saudi arabia, identified the specific type of cruise missiles and drones
fired, and determined they were made in iran, 100%, a senior administration official told cbs news. secretary pompeo will ask the saudis what they want to do in response to what u.s. officials call a complex and coordinated attack. one option is a military strike against the facilities where those drones and cruise missiles came from. >> we're locked and loaded. and we're ready to defend our interests and our allies in the region, make no mistake about it. >> reporter: but joint chiefs chairman general joseph dunford told reporters the president has not yet asked for any military options. >> by sending your secretary of state, it almost implies that you're leaning more to diplomatic solutions to this issue. >> reporter: joseph westphal is a former ambassador to saudi arabia. >> the visit by secretary pompeo will be important to ensure that both us and the saudis have a unified response to this attack.
>> reporter: president trump, who has talked in the past about striking a deal with iran, now says he no longer wants to meet with iran's president when world leaders gather at the u.n. next week. gayle? >> all right, david. we're all watching. thank you very much. the state department posted a new advisory overnight, warning americans traveling to saudi arabia to exercise increased caution. ian lee is in saudi arabia's capital, riyadh. ian, here's a question, how are saudi leaders responding to this attack? >> reporter: good morning. saudi arabia's crown prince mohammed bin salman said this morning that the country is beefing up its defenses in the air and on the gulf just hours before officials here are expected to place blame directly on iran. cbs news has learned from a senior u.s. official that saudi arabia's air defenses were pointed toward yemen. the same official also claims that the radar tracks of those drones and missiles come from the opposite direction, toward iran, to make sure an attack like this doesn't happen again,
saudi arabia has joined a u.s.-backed force to protect vital shipping lanes and oil facilities, while asking south korea to help bolster air defenses. but iran still denies responsibility, and it's important to remember that both of these countries view each other as regional rivals. they've been fighting proxy wars in syria and yemen for years and tensions escalated recently when iran started seizing foreign oil tankers. if iran is responsible for the attack, it's the first time they've directly hit saudi arabia. we're expecting to get secretary pompeo's reaction when he holds a press conference later tonight. tony? >> ian lee for us on the ground in saudi arabia. ian, thank you very much. elsewhere in the middle east, the political fate of israel's long-serving prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, is uncertain this morning. elections ended in an apparent tie between netanyahu's party and that of his main challenger. seth doane is in tel aviv for us. seth, what happens now? >> reporter: at this point, it is just too close to call. now, voting here is just the
first step of this process. now that backroom deal-making begins, and that's really where all of this fell apart the last time. this is not the outcome that prime minister benjamin netanyahu would have liked to have seen. now we're seeing some scrambling to try to create a coalition government that could see political foes join forces. prime minister benjamin netanyahu campaigned both times on his close relationship with president trump and with america and touted some of these major foreign policy wins like the u.s. moving its embassy to jerusalem. one other complicating factor in all of this, one other question is the trump administration's proposal for mideast peace. it is not clear how the outcome of the election might affect that or possibly further delay the rollout of that possible peace plan. now, this is not just about the political future of netanyahu. he is also facing corruption charges. and anthony, he would like to create a parliament that would protect him. >> seth doane in israel.
thank you, seth. we have breaking news from the white house. a short time ago, president trump revealed his choice to replace john bolton as his national security adviser. it is robert o'brien. that's the president's lead hostage negotiator right now at the state department. o'brien has been involved in attempts to free americans being held in other countries. most recently, he led the administration's effort to release rapper a$ap rocky after his arrest in sweden on an assault charge. o'brien will be the president's fourth national security adviser in less than three years. bolton, you'll recall, left the administration earlier this month, saying he resigned, but the president had said, rather, that he asked bolton to step down because they didn't agree on some very important and key issues. a prominent democratic donor is accused of running a drug den out of his southern california home. ed buck is behind bars after his arrest overnight. two men have died in his west hollywood home from apparent overdoses since 2017.
a third man survived an overdose last week. buck is well known in democratic party circles and has donated to hillary clinton and other high-profile candidates. nikki battiste is following the case. nikki, what more do we know? >> anthony, good morning. we do know buck is charged with a felony count of providing methamphetamine to a 37-year-old man who then overdosed. prosecutors called buck a violent, dangerous sexual predator who mainly preys on men made vulnerable by addiction and homelessness. democratic megadonor ed buck left his los angeles home overnight in the back of a police car. the 65-year-old is charged with injecting drugs into a man, but police have eyed the powerful political insider for more than two years. >> it's unfortunate that it's taken a third overdose for the l.a. sheriff's department to finally act. we believe that that third overdose could have been avoided. >> reporter: in january, angry crowds gathered outside buck's
apartment after 55-year-old timothy dean was found dead of an overdose. [ crowd chanting ] >> reporter: in july 2017, 26-year-old jammel moore died there in similar circumstances. >> i'm not okay with people dying in his house and people, like, coming over here and dying. >> reporter: in court filings, prosecutors say buck used the bait of narcotics, money, and shelter to lure victims to his home, where in a position of power, buck manipulates his victims into participating in his sexual fetishes. buck is an lgbtq activist who has donated tens of thousands of dollars to high-profile democratic candidates, including barack obama and hillary clinton. buck's attorney seymour amster. >> this is not a situation where mr. buck has caused the death. this is a situation where mr. buck has had longtime friends who unfortunately do not handle their life well.
>> reporter: police say they never had sufficient evidence to arrest buck in the previous overdoses. prosecutors are recommending bail to be set at $4 million. if convicted of supplying meth, buck could face a maximum sentence of nearly six months in prison. >> very disturbing story. thank you very much, nikki. lyft is facing a new sexual assault lawsuit. alison ccherko says her driver kidnapped her and raped her with two other men. she is among a reported five women who filed lawsuits against lyft yesterday, alleging they were sexually assaulted or raped by lyft drivers. the plaintiffs accuse lyft of refusing to cooperate with law enforcement in rape cases, failing to adequately screen potential drivers and failing to address what they call the sexual predator crisis on the platform. >> for its part, lyft last week issued updates concerning its safety features and said it will make drivers undergo a mandatory safety exercise.
as for turko's claim, the company says "what the rider describes is awful. in this case, the driver passed the new york city tlc's background check and was permitted to drive." lyft says it's permanently deactivated that driver in question but would not say when they did that. the deadly shooting of three georgia teenagers is being investigated as a potential stand your ground case. investigators say the three boys were wearing masks and fired first during an attempted robbery monday morning. national correspondent jericka duncan is outside the rockdale county sheriff's office in conyers, georgia, east of atlanta. jericka, what do we know about this confrontation? >> reporter: good morning. yes, still very little at this hour. authorities have not released the names of the teenagers or the alleged shooter, and the sheriff here says he does not believe this was a racially motivated shooting because he says everyone involved is black. now, the suspects range in age from 15 to just 16 years old,
and two of them were reportedly brothers. >> he kept his hand on his wound, and he said, "i'm dying." >> reporter: brian jenkins lives two houses away from where the shooting occurred. >> that voice is something i'll always remember. this young man perhaps died on my lawn. >> reporter: he says he heard gunshots and found one of the teenagers bleeding out. officials say around 4:00 a.m. monday, the three teenaged boys approached the home with plans to rob it. one of the teenagers allegedly fired the first shot at three people on the lawn before the homeowner returned fire. signs on the property clearly state that trespassers may be shot. >> could possibly be a stand your ground type of case. they did discover masks on the young men. again, that rules our suspicion. >> reporter: police say one of the teenagers died before police arrived. the other two died at the hospital. neighbors say the man who shot the teens lives with his mother. >> i know him very well. he is a very good man. >> he felt as though he had no
recourse but to defend himself, and that's exactly what happened. >> reporter: none of the residents were injured. the investigation is obviouslily still ongoing. as of right now, no criminal charges have been filed. >> jericka, thank you very much. a lot of questions there. we're learning new details about the first in a series of investigations into boeing's troubled 737 max jet. the aircraft has been grounded for more than six months after two deadly crashes killed 346 people. kris van cleave spoke to the new head of the faa. he's at reagan international airport, just outside washington, d.c. so, chris, what'd he tell you? >> reporter: good morning. the new administration certainly has unanswered questions. this report, the first of many to come, is expected in final form, perhaps by the end of the month. right now it is a draft, and sources tell cbs news this panel of international air safety regulators will make about ten recommendations to the faa, including a need for more
transparency, better communications, and information-sharing during the approval process for aircraft. it's also expected to call for a new focus on how pilots interact with the increasingly complicated automated systems on new airplanes. some of the recommendations will be aimed at improving the process when the faa delegates approval powers to companies like boeing. the new faa administrator talked to us for first time this week. he says he can't say yet whether the max was properly certified. >> do you have questions that are unanswered? are there things that you want to know the answer to? >> well, there are certainly things i want to know the answer to. >> like what? >> well, like were there gaps in the process and are we properly resourced, you know, do we need to go to congress and ask for the balance between how much work is delegated and how much is kept within the faa? >> reporter: boeing's ceo and its chief engineer for commercial airliners have been
invited to testify before congress at the end of next month. boeing says it is reviewing the invitation and plans to continue cooperating with congress. >> hope they get this right, kris. thank you very much. ahead, some residents in one state are being urged to stay indoors because of a potentially deadly virus spread good morning. checking a cold front pushing across the region with scattered, light showers. as we head to the afternoon looking at rapid clearing. temperatures below average for this time of the year, mid- 60s at the coast, the bay mid-70s, 80 degrees inland. temperatures warm up into the weekend.
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this is a kpix morning update. one woman is dead, another person is hospitalized after an early morning fire in san francisco. the fire began about 2:00 this morning. a dog was also killed in the fire. the cause is unknown. gavin newsom leading talks unclean car standards. the president expected to revoke the state fair for the rights to set stricter air pollution rules. san jose will become the largest city to ban natural gas in the new residential buildings. last night the vote was unanimous.
welcome back. let's start with the south bay where you will find in accident involving three vehicles. 74 minutes for your ride. the bay area bridges are still slow. we have a broken down vehicle on westbound 80. tracking a cold front, this is a weak cold front. we are looking at scattered, light showers this morning. in the north bay light showers, as we head through the afternoon, behind the front, looking at sunshine later today. 77 in concord. 72
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it's 7:30. here's what's happening on "cbs this morning." tropical depression imelda threatens houston bringing more than a foot of rain to flood-prone areas still recovering from hurricane harvey. >> i want to be real clear about this, it is not going to be plagued by big winds. it's going to be big rain in texas. secretary of state mike pompeo goes to saudi arabia to work out a response to the attack on that country's oil facilities. tenses with iran remain high. one of the greats. >> washington mourns cokie roberts. the influential tv and radio correspondent who died yesterday. >> cokie roberts, abc news, capitol hill. best view in the world -- >> our series "american wonders"
has an exclusive sneak peek inside the washington monument after being closed for most of the past decade. >> an icon of this country. your majesty, sir. welcome to downton abbey. >> and her ladyship. elizabeth mcgovern comes to studio 57 ahead of the highly anticipated "downton abbey" movie. >> are you excited? >> i am a bit. are you? >> would it be common to admit it? >> yeah, we're excited, too. >> we're all excited. let's be common. >> the way he said it, "are you excited?" "i am a bit." welcome back, i'm anthony mason are gayle king and tony dokoupil. the fbi raided the head of the payroll company that abruptly shut down leaving more than 250,000 people without paychecks. these photos from "the daily mail" show agents searching the new york home of michael mann as part of an ongoing fraud investigation into mypayrollhr. meg oliver reports on how the
company is accused of stealing millions of dollars from customers. >> reporter: video and photos obtained by dailymail.com show the fbi descending on michael mann's lakeside house in edinburgh, new york, this week. a law enforcement official tells cbs news the agents were armed with a warrant to collect potential evidence. they are investigating his company, mypayrollhr, an online service that handles payroll for small companies. it mysterious low closed earlier this month and accused of leaving around 250,000 employees without paychecks and holding around $35 million in wages. >> the employees shouldn't have borne the brunt of this catastrophe. >> reporter: melee o'malley owns a small bakery in albany, new york. she was shocked a few weeks ago when her payroll came to a halt and she noticed she was missing money. >> we don't know if we're going to get that money back, and
there's more questions than answers still a week and a half in. >> reporter: o'malley is out about $1,000 but says there are people who have it worse. >> most of us live paycheck to paycheck. >> reporter: people like brooke tape t -- brooke taney in upstate new york. at the end of last month she said they all had their most recent paycheck withdrawn from their bank accounts. her employer had around $20,000 stolen. >> each day there's more questions as to what happened to the money. where did it go? >> reporter: taney wants to see michael mann held accountable. >> justice for us and, you know, for everybody that's been affected by this would be for him to go to jail. the stress that was caused to me and my storm wataff and the 4,0 other people, we can't get that back. taney says she and her co-workers have been reimbursed by their banks, but they still don't know if mypayrollhr was properly paying their taxes. as for michael mann, he has not
been charged with a crime and it's unclear where he is, and he's not returned our phone calls. >> i'm mystified by the -- the company was able to pull money out of the accounts. >> at first we thought it was just that people didn't get their direct deposit. we learned they were taking it out. they're stealing the money back, as well. >> $35 million missing. michael mann, where are you? people have questions. >> i don't think he's going to be returning your call. >> he might be in portugal now or somewhere hiding out. we'll see. he hasn't been charged with a crime. ahead, mark strassmann looks at changes in a beach town that spacex calls home. >> reporter: say you move to south texas because you don't want neighbors and you do want peace and quiet and then a spaceship factory moves next door. rockets and all. it's not the retirement you planned for, but it is the story coming up next on "cbs this morning." when life throws type 2 diabetes your way,... why wait? hit back now. farxiga, along with diet and exercise,... ...helps lower a1c in adults with type 2 diabetes.
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move by spacex founder elon musk to eventually take humans to mars. the launch site is next to a tiny neighborhood east of brownsville, it's calmed, no kidding, boca chica, where the rocket company has transformed life. mark strassmann visited the community to learn how neighbors are reacting to all of this. mark, what are they saying in the neighborhood? >> well, let's put it this way, sometimes there's the new neighbor that everyone can't stop talking about for better or for worse. and that's what's happening now in boca chica which thought of it as an itty bitty fishing village barely on the map. then the future of space moved in. you move to a place like boca chica to get away from it all. there's a beach, one main street, and only a couple of dozen residents tops. perfect for retirement. maria pointer thought. until the rocket company moved in next door. how often do you glance next door just to see what's going on? >> it's becoming a habit. >> reporter: her neighbor is
spacex. elon musk's company picked this spot to develop, test, and maybe someday launch its new spaceship called starship. it's designed to fly cargo and crew to the moon and even mars. they could be building a spaceship to take people to mars right next door to you. and that's exciting -- >> gosh, yes. yeah. when you're juicing your oranges and you're looking out at a spaceship, i would be talking to my mom going, "can you believe this"? >> reporter: where else would you see a starship prototype, it started around plants in maria's front yard. the launch pad is a mile and a half down the road. test days are the game changer here. beaches close, the town's main access road closes. and deputies hand out warnings to residents. >> there is a risk that a malfunction will create an
overpressure event that can break windows. >> reporter: pointer boarded up her house. love/hate relationship? >> oh, yeah. flip of the coin. you got heads is -- is yay, look what we've got coming for the future. on the back side it's like, where the hell do i go now? i mean, i can't stay here forever. >> reporter: no question the neighborhood has changed. >> it's just a feeling of encroachment. >> reporter: ask homeowner cheryl stephenson abovens about launches. >> they're behaving as if this is cape canaveral and it's not. it's not a military base. it's a regular neighborhood and a public beach and state highway. suddenly because they're here, stop the presses, everything has to change for spacex. >> reporter: do you understand their frustrations? >> i can certainly appreciate their frustrations, but i got to look at the big picture. >> reporter: judge eddie trevino jr. is the top elected official
in cameron county. one of the poorest in texas. spacex could bring in hundreds of new jobs and tens of millions of dollars. >> i think that's a big, big win, potential win for us. i feel bad for those people, but hopefully they'll understand and appreciate at the end of the day this was beneficial for the entire area. >> reporter: which brings us back to maria pointer. on launch day, she had a front row seat. she watched this test launch. it sent star hopper a 500 feet in the air. >> oh, my god! >> reporter: and landed a minute later. >> in my front yard. this is so crazy. [ cheers ] >> reporter: she was thrilled. but when she thinks about the future of space here, she worries about her own. >> it's bittersweet. >> reporter: this was supposed to be the forever house, and now it's not. >> now it's not. >> reporter: what would you say to elon musk as your neighbor? >> when do i have to move? that's what i would ask him. when do i have to move?
>> so get this, in the last few days, maria pointer and several other homeowners have received letters from spacex like this one offering to buy their homes at three times the fair market value. spacex says the offer is nonnegotiable and expires in two weeks. sellers would get to come back for vip launch viewings and elon musk will visit to outline the company's future there. this is a crazy part of the world these days. >> wow. >> quite an offer. >> when you said three times the cost of the house -- >> i'd negotiate. go ahead. he says nonnegotiable, i think he might be -- >> go to four. four times. >> what a great story. all the people in it. just what they get to see. i love the mayor say, well, i feel sorry for them, but -- >> i love the image of the rocket ship rounding the corner in frontf her. what do you say in a rocket ship runs over your flower bed? >> better watch for an overpressure event that could break your windows. you think? mark, thank you so much. ahead in "what to watch," a
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have a secrecy agreement but you have also witnessed your own government, your own agency, your workplace violating the rights of americans and people around the world on a massive scale? >> snowden's attorney said the book contains no government secrets that have not been previously published by respected news organizations. >> the one on monday when he was here -- we talked to him. wish that would have happened so we could have asked him. >> we asked him at the end of the interview, if -- if he thought the government would come after the proceeds of his book, and he said he didn't think so because he thought it would mean he'd get more publicity and sell more copies. >> if o.j. simpson can't do it, i don't know why snowden can. >> the government says that, and he did not submit his book to the cia for prepublication review which you're supposed to do because he signed an agreement to do so when he was employed. we'll see where it ends up. all right. michigan is urging residents in several counties to cancel or postpone outdoor events. it comes amid the state's worst outbreak of a potentially deadly mosquito-borne virus in more
than a decade. there haven sev confirmed human cases of eastern equine encephalitis in michigan. >> wow. >> three people have died. at least 20 cases have been reported in five states. >> terrifying. >> serious stuff. >> it is. that's when i see them, i swat them immediately. i don't care what they're doing. >> watch out. >> yes. i believe in all living creatures, but i'm -- >> get you to michigan. >> you might have that virus. >> that's right. it is rare to catch it, but it is one of the most deadly diseases that mosquitoes carry. be careful out there. >> all right. add washington, d.c., to the growing list of places moving to block the sale of e-cigarette products. yesterday lawmakers in the district proposed a ban on flavored e-cigarettes. the measure would also require a prescription to buy other electronic smoking products. yesterday new york state became the first state to enact a ban on flavored e-cigarettes. the only two flavors customer buy are tobacco and menthol. >> now the question is, does it become federal at some point? we're learning this morning that india is the largest country to ban e-cigarettes. will the united states follow?
>> i understand the concern, but you've done a lot of reporting on this, and you always make the point that there are adults who enjoy the flavors. >> there are adults in this building who enjoy the flavors and who quit cigarettes to use e-cigarettes and feel they've made a good step toward better health for their future. what happens to them? i don't know. >> we won't name names. and at boston's historic fenway park last night, it was a case of like grandfather like grandson. 29-year-old mike yastrzemski, grandston of hall of famer carl ayastrzemski played for the visiting giants when he came to bat in the fourth inning. take a look at this. >> he does -- high into center field. it is out of here! unbelievable. >> reporter: the home run respected the giants beat the red sox 7-6 before the game. carl yastremski who is 80 years old, gayle, hugged his grandson. look at that h. the two walked along the outfield where carl played, of course, for the sox
for his entire 23-year career. carl yastremski won the american mvp in 1957 and was indicted into the hall of fame in 1989, a year before his grandson was born. >> that was the -- that home run by his grandson was the 238th home run by a yastremski at fenway park. >> gives me goosebumps what it must have meant for both of them. very nice. >> like grandfather, like grandson. very nice. >> wish i had that talent. ahead, a medical breakthrough for the blind. hear about a new device that lets a patient see for the first time in years. i hear you, sister. that's why i'm partnering with cigna to remind you to go in for your annual check-up. and be open with your doctor about anything you feel. physically, and emotionally. body and mind.
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say no to juul, no to big tobacco, no to prop c. ♪ good morning to you viewers in the west. it's wednesday, september 18th, 2019. welcome back to "cbs this morning." i'm gayle king with tony dokoupil and anthony mason. ahe, the new flooding risk arnd houston where tropical depression imelda could drop a foot and a half of rain. >> in our morning rounds of breakthrough device that could help many blind people see again. >> take the first trip in years to the top of the washington monument. >> i want to go. first here's today's "eye opener" at 8:00. >> flash flood wracatches are i effect as tropical depression imelda pushes inland.
>> boiling up over warm gulf of mexico waters. >> u.s. intelligence never expected iran would be so bold as to attack saudi arabia directly. >> saudi arabia's crown prince said that country is beefing up its defenses in the air and only the gulf. at this point it's too close to call. this is not the outcome that prime minister benjamin netanyahu would have liked to have seen. >> authorities have not released the names of the teenager or alleged shooter. the sheriff does not believe this was a racially motivated shooting because everyone involved is black. buck is charged with a felony count of providing methamphetamine to a 37-year-old man who overdosed. >> the secret service has requested, and we're not making this up, jet skis, because the trump family spends a lot of time vacationing out on the water and they only asked for two jet skis, didn't want to blow their whole budget because they're saving up to buy a monster truck.
>> this morning's "eye opener" is presented by toyota, let's go places. welcome back to "cbs this morning." we're going to begin with the weather where flash flood watches are in effect. parts of texas and louisiana as a tropical depression imelda slowly pushes north. the storm is expected to lash the area at least until tomorrow with heavy rain and potentially serious flooding. as much as 18 inches of rain is possible in some areas. yikes. the worst flooding could be in the houston areas. this morning we're watching tropical storm jerry. that's formed in the atlantic. it's expected to strengthen into a hurricane by friday and then there's hurricane humberto, a powerful category 3 storm as it approaches bermuda. >> a short time ago saudi arabia revealed evidence for its claim that iran is behind the attack that damaged two major oil facilities. this morning's briefing included wreckage from the scene. it followed president trump's decision to have the treasury department substantially
increase sanctions against iran. a senior u.s. official tells cbs news saturday's strike is thought to have been launched from southwestern iran. experts examined the wreckage in saudi arabia and determined two dozen drones and nine cruise missiles were used. one source says with, quote, 100% confidence, the weapons were made by iran. secretary of state mike pompeo arrives in saudi arabia later today expected to get a better idea of how the saudis want to respond and will share opinions from other allies outside the region. this morning cokie roberts, many admirers say she helped transform the role of women in broadcast news, roberts whose parents were both members of congress covered washington politics for 40 years. she died yesterday at the age of 75 of complications from breast cancer. "60 minutes" correspondent lesley stahl remembers her friend in the most important thing that roberts told her
about reporting. >> journalism has lost one of the greats, a real seeker of truth. but for me losing cokie roberts is like losing the best sister anyone ever had and there are a whole lot of other women journalists who are feeling the same way. what you're hearing a lot of out there in the electorate is the women cans do a worse job than these guys. >> we were in a ladies lunch group together in washington back in the 1970s when there were so few women covering politics that all of us fit around one small table. cokie was the one with wisdom, the one we all went to for advice. mostly we talked about girl things because the conversations in our offices were about sports and sports. at national public radio back then, she distinguished herself as a capital hill correspondent and helped put npr on the map and then she went to abc. >> cokie roberts.
>> where she was the voice of clarity and depth as an analyst. and while doing that, she became a best-selling author of "american history". >> there's a huge change in the years that i've been plowing this turf. >> she said that best way to learn about a period of time was to read the diaries and letters of the wives of the great men because when the men wrote, they wrote for posterity, but the women were telling each other the truth. i so admired her work, but she was at her very best as a friend. she persuaded me to have a child by proving that you could be an attentive mother, as she was, and have a big career. and then she helped me raise my daughter. the most important thing she ever said to me about being a journalist and it's something i carry with me, is do no harm. cokie roberts was very kind.
>> that's a lovely tribute. >> beautiful tribute, lesley stahl. i once heard her say that as great as this job is, it's certainly not more important than your family and sometimes we need to be reminded of that. we certainly need to be reminded of do no harm. that could apply to many things in life. >> the passing of another giant of tv news, sander vancour, the last surviving member of the four journalist panel that questioned kennedy and nixon in that first television debate. he was also part of what they called the four horsemen at nbc who used to prowl the floors of the conventions, johns chancellor, frank mcghee, edwin newman and sander vancour. he was the moderator of the vice presidential debate with geraldine ferraro and george h.w. bush. >> two of the greats. >> examples for us all. >> very nice, lesley stahl. a gripping insider account of the fbi's investigation into the 2016 election. ahead, we'll talk to a former
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♪ today's morning rounds a scientific breakthrough that may eventually allow many blind people to see. a handful of volunteers are already seeing the promise of a new device about 18 months into a five-year clinical study. jonathan vigliotti shows us the technology and how it could transform their lives. >> i always add a little hope. >> reporter: hope for jason esterhuizen one day he might see a again. he lost his sight in a car accident when he was 23 years old. >> lost control of the car. the car hit the curb. and i just hit the steering
wheel and the window and the sun roof. >> reporter: injuries left jason in a world of total darkness. >> i think in the first couple of years of being blind it was just you have to accept the fact that you're blind. >> reporter: until a friend heard about a clinical trial only for people who could once see but became blind starting a half a world away at the university of california los angeles. >> it's a brand new device never been used in humans before. >> reporter: dr. nadir pouratian leads the study of a device called the orion. using a camera attached to a pair of sunglasses orion captures images a person would see and sends it through a handheld device to an implant that's been surgically inserted into the visual part of the brain. the implant then turns those images into dots of light that the patient can see. >> it can be various shapes, a circle, an oval, it can be a
moving line. >> reporter: jason is one of only six people in the world who qualified for the study and to receive the implant. >> the first time that i saw a little white dot, i was speechless. it was the most beautiful thing i've ever seen. >> you can actually see the electroder ray. >> reporter: while not restoring sight in the traditional sense what he can see are flashes of light. >> if i look around, i can perceive moment. i can see some light and dark. i can tell you whether a line is vertical, horizontal or at a 45-degree angle. >> reporter: the device not only allowed jason to regain a small part of his vision but some true independence. >> i cook, i clean, i can take out the trash. i cart laundry. but just the darks from the lightsp no color yet. >> reporter: even going for a stroll outside by himself. >> if i look down i can see flashing lights.
>> reporter: in fact the study has gone so well in jason's case that sometimes even he doesn't realize how amazing it's been. >> he nonchtlyas telling me about how he was at the bar. >> very dark bar. the bartender was wearing a white shirt. >> he could see the bartender walking towards him. >> i saw two little dots lighting up and three and five and she was right in front of me and all shiny. i thought wow, that's cool. >> i said, you know, do you realize what you just said? >> reporter: a glimpse into the future that could give countless people a second chance at sight. for "cbs this morning," jonathan vigliotti, los angeles. >> wow. what a breakthrough. >> amazing stuff. >> yeah. >> simple things. >> gives you hope. >> yep. >> the stuff we take for granted. that's amazing. the fbi agent who was with the bureau's former director james comey on the ta he was fired is revealing what happened behind the scenes that day.
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its investigation into the trump campaign. what do you make of those remarks, and do you think that investigation was justified? >> it's interesting when you look at the modern era here with barr because you think about what the fbi has gone through the last three years. from the hillary clinton investigation to the russia investigation,nisming the campaign of -- involving the campaign of donald trump. that was an exhausting period where you had this agency that was usually working behind the scenes, thrust into the spotlight in what i argue in the book, they were the subject of this political campaign of attack against them. now fast forward to the new attorney general, their boss, who was essentially using the same verbiage that the president uses when he talks about, you know, they were spying on me, i could tell you having served in the fbi, spying is not a term that we use to talk about our own actions. it's what we use to talk about the actions of adversaries. i talked to people inside the fbi. obviously now working with cnn, doing reporting on national security matters. this is troubling people inside the fbi because they -- they know their work has to be reviewed, but when the person
leading the department is adopting the same verbiage as the president, that gives nepal concern. >> do they think the attorney general is impartial? >> well, it's not a monolith. you know, and again, i don't want to speak on behalf of obviously the entire organization. people that i've talked to across the field and then at headquarters, they seem to view it as someone who was an institutionalist who came in, that people actually -- they were comfortable with at the beginning because this appeared to be someone who wasn't motivated by politics. it's yet to be seen what will happen. again, when you look at the language that the attorney general has used, when you look at the fact that he's saying that he believes spying did occur, and you have the fbi director saying that's not a term that i would use, that gives him, again, pause for concern. the happy to has been, and intalk about it in the book, as well -- the theme has been, and i talk about it in the book, as well, the agencies are so powerful, but you need people that are independent. the question still on the table is what is the degree of independence he's applying. >> politics aside, do you think a line was crossed potentially? >> i think the inspector general's looking into the origins of the investigation.
and what i try to do is look at the organization that i knew and, you know, the people that i worked with. these were patriots that were working to try to stop a counterintelligence threat. now in hindsight as we look back, we see, we can connect dots, we can paint a picture of what happened. at the time, the fbi was staring at four people associated with the trump campaign who all had some kind of suspicious tie to the russians following this massive attack on the dnc, stealing's, weaponizing information. if you're looking at that at the time it would have been dereliction on the part of the fbi to review that. the question which i think we'll learn from the i.g. is was that all done consistent with protocol and policy. >> you write in the book that you are a former fbi agent. this was a job that you loved, that you have no axe to grind here. and this has been painful for you. you said the fbi is now being used, the trump administration uses it to play politics. so when you look at the fbi, as we look at it today, you wanted to take us behind scenes as to
what the men and women are thinking as they look at these unfold, specifically comey, when -- when james comey was fired and sarah huckabee said she's getting tweets and comments from fbi agents that said he had to go because he was not doing a good job. take us behind the scenes on that. >> there have been a lot of -- >> your reaction to sarah's comments. >> absolutely. it's a key point. there have been a lot of voices that have been describing the actions of the fbi on the right, on the left. what i tried to do was bring the reader inside and give voice to the voiceless. the people that were conducting the investigation, the rank and file -- >> what do you want them to know? >> actually, it comes out of the description there was the sarah sanders comment. you remember after the firing of james comey she went in the briefing room and said she heard from countless members of the fbi thanking them for firing comey, thanking the white house. then she doubled down on the lie by saying -- >> what was your snap reaction the day comey was fired? >> quickly. >> it was shock because the original reason that they gave was this was because of the hillary clinton investigation. whereas later we learned it was
because of russia. >> did you think the pinot grigio -- >> i have t have it on the plane. it was a chaotic day. it good wednesday morning, tracking high def doppler with scattered light showers across the bay area, all due to a cold front moving across the region. lets zoom in and you can see the wet start to the day, across richmond, san rafael bridge, bay bridge, into berkeley, oakland, as well as alameda. a light rain shower currently. weather headlines, scattered light showers for the rest of the morning. with this cold front pushing across our area, clearing skies this afternoon. behind the front, rapid clearing, mild below-average temperatures and warming back to average by the end of the week. highs along the coast mid 60s, upper 60s low 70 frs the bay this afternoon. mid to upper 70s to 80 inland.
high pressure builds in as we look ahead to tomorrow, with temperatures warming up thursday, friday, and into the weekend. saturday looks to be the warmest day out of the week, little colder sunday, and into next week. but for today, looking at 100th to maybe 500th inch of rain with the tail end of the cold front poshing across the region this morning. again, afternoon sunshine through the day. we will have more on traffic.
roadways. we are seeing slow and go conditions this morning, and lots of rain drops on some live shots. bay bridge, you can make out the traffic behind there. it is bumper to bumper as you work through there. all approacherize seeing delays this morning as you head on 580, i-80, as well as east shore freeway. i will show you a map in a second. san mateo bridge still looks dry and traffic heavy across the span here westbound. if you want to skim the bay bridge, this is still slow but better drive times than the bay bridge. into san francisco doing okay, little busy through the city. northbound reports of a crash 280 at geneva avenue. that will slow you. i want to go to 37 right now, we are working on a traffic situation here at wilson and vallejo, looks like a trouble spot there. a car crash, possible police activity as well. we are still getting more information but there is a closure on 37 as a result. that is wilson in vallejo. we will bring you more information on that. if you are commuting out of
welcome back t welcome back to "cbs this morning." it is a big day here. today marks nao years since cbs first hit the airways on september 18th, 1927. 92 years. >> wow! >> that is a long time. babe ruth was playing, forget his grandson. that is a long time ago. now is the time to bring you some stories that is "the talk of the table" this morning. we pick a story we would like to share with each of you and each other. what do you have for us? >> i'm going first. this is about a fashion brand facing a backlash over hoodies
unveiled during new york fashion brand last week. i know this a tv medium. we're not showing the sweat shirts because i'm so disturbed what they're doing. they feature the mass shootings at columbine and others, and the hoodies have bullet holes. they're considering selling them and getting swamped with criticism and hoping they don't sell them and if they do, people won't buy them. i think of the pain it causes people. it's not fashionable and they say they're bringing attention to the shooting. >> i would think there would be a bump in attention and would be good since gun control and shootings are such big issues today. >> i think that's one way of it.
one family from sandy hook says, you will never know our pain. it's not to be used for the message. i do get the message they're trying to do. i think the pain outweighs the positive. there's a better way to do it. >> a big point. are you guys big fans of halloween? like halloween? not so much. it's very big. >> i like it for kids. >> every time i ask you a question i get that back. >> i liked it when i was a kid. >> with this family in texas, the mother ordered the costume online and it came early. she decided to put it on and go down to the bus stop to greet her daughter. watch what happened. horn ] [horns]. >> the joy in her daughter's face, the giant grin on her daughter, madison's face, tells
you everything you want to know. >> that's right. >> the is reportedly, according to her mom, counting down the days on the fridge calendar until halloween comes. i love this image and i love madison's face the moment she came out. >> i love it, too. if i would have thought of that i would have done something like that. that's great. >> very nimble in that unicorn costume. >> she was very nimble. the possibility you can spend a night in the real life "downton abbey." it is now being listed on airbnb and one lucky couple gets chosen. cocktails in the bedroom and get to retire upstairs and 1,000 acres of parkland. one downside, listed as downside, i think upside. no wifi, no television. >> i kind of like that a lot. >> i would like to camp out in the library with a bourbon, book and blanky and take a nap right there. >> i believe you can, october 1st, if you want to make an
offer, 150 pounds a night. $200, i believe. >> that's a deal. >> they will pick one couple. >> they only want two people there in, as big as that place is. >> their own butler. >> you get to pick a night? >> late november this night and in october you can apply and they will make the case why they should be the ones. >> a very good thing. a perfect segue about "downton abbey," the highly anticipated "downton abbey," delightful fun. i like that word, delightful. critics say it lets fans fall in love with it all again with the beloved family and their servants. it centers around the family and staff preparing for a visit from the royal queen and king of england. elizabeth mcgovern returns as cora crawly, the counts of grant ham. she is an heiress who married the earl of grant ham, robert
mccrawly. >> she can't be. she was here for lunch. she didn't say anything. >> she went up this afternoon. she will come back to tell. i asked her to tea. you must get her to leave bag shore alone. >> i don't believe even the earl can persuade that. you look excited. >> i am a bit. >> would it be common to admit it? >> not to an american. >> elizabeth mcgovern also known as cora crawly also joins us at the table. should we call you lady grant ham? would that be better? one of your colleagues said it's ke coming back from school holidays. another one said it's like getting into a nice pair of cozy slippers. what was it like for you to do the movie after the absence >> it was scarily as if we never stopped. >> really? >> that thing that happens when you get to a certain age in time
flies so fast. it had been three years since we last shot the series. and as soon as we were in the house again it seemed like we were back in the family. >> did you feel pressure for those who watched the show, i certainly did, we have such expectations what this movie will be. did you feel the pressure of that or say you will make a delightful fun movie is how they described it. >> i was relieved i wasn't the one who had to write it. i was thinking, is this a good idea? there were lots of incarnations thrown out. it's a risk. and experimented with different tacks. and said, no, we want to give the fans what they want, go back in time and indulge in nostalgia of people missing the series
much as they missed that era and let's hang out with these people we spent so much time with and invested a lot in. let's have an adventure. >> i got excited just listening to the music. >> it's like a year later when the king and queen were coming. >> yes. >> three years older, never mind. >> the king and queen are coming to dinner. that's the event. >> all the drama that ensues. you felt the same way about the music? >> i loved the music and wish it was our music going into the weather. makes you feel dignified. there's nostalgia involved in the show. i loved the pbs series and looking forward to the movie. why do you think people connect with that era so much? what is it that makes us want to swoon? >> i think things are moving so fast at the moment, psychologically we cannot actually keep up with it. we cannot actually deal with the enormous amount of choice we have. our enormous amount of ability
to talk to everyone any time of the day. the kind of stimulation constantly being fed into our brains. to go back to a place in time where there was no choice, people had a job, they accepted the job for life. people had a role, they were told and they knew how to behave. if they didn't know, carson would tell them. it was easier. >> there's something to be said, too, elizabeth about disagreeing without destroying. >> yes. >> civilized. >> when we were talking earlier about the value of good manners, i think that's something this show has reminded people, to treat each other with respect no matter what our walk of life. the downstairs people are just as interesting to us, to the camera, as the upstairs people. it isn't everything to be the rich guy. people disagreed. but they respect each other as people. >> you had your premiere for this the other night at lincoln center coming home in a way for
you because you went to juilliard. >> i did. >> almost as soon as you got to juilliard you were plucked into your first film "ordinary people" at the age of 19. and the next film you get an oscar nomination. >> that was crazy. >> what was that time like? >> i feel it was a trauma. i almost have a black-out about it. i think sometimes something that is an outwardly successful experience, it can be a trauma one because it changes your life in a way hard to catch up with. suddenly, i was in a different level, different pay grade to all my friends still in college. but, you know, it's okay. >> turned out all right. >> can't complain. >> i think it's so cool you're in a band sadie and the hot heads. are you sadie or the hot heads. i'm sadie. my musicians are so gentle and
sweet i had to call them the hot heads. >> there are so many sides to a elizabeth. it's a choice between you and hustlers. a lot to choose from this weekend. >> thank you for having me. >> "downton abbey" opens this friday. on the today podcast we hear from the "downton abbey" michael ingler and shows us what it took to make this movie for the first time. and at the washington monument for the first look before it reopens to the public. jan, good morning. how's the view? >>eporter: it's like nowhere in the world. for much of the past decade most people have not been able to fully appreciate this american wonder. coming up on "cbs this morning," we will show you what it took to reopen the washington monument and take you inside some places most people don't get to see.
it was closed most of the last 10ears because of damage and repairs. now only on "cbs this morning," our cameras were allowed up for a first look. janice making history at the top of the monument. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. this is special. no network has ever broadcast live from the top of the washington monument. what a view. you can see behind me the lincoln memorial. this is a vantage point most visitors to the nation's capitol haven't had the past decade. washington monument closed and many wondering when they would ever get to the top of this american wonder again. it's a symbol of america, instantly recognizable. 10,000 tons of pure marble, anchored into bedrock right blow. the the washington monument, once the tallest structure in the world with sweeping views of the capitol and pentagon.
it brought us a bird's-eye view of some of america's biggest moments, inaugurations and martin luther king jr.'s march on washington. >> it is central to so many people's visit to d.c. >> reporter: the central centerpiece sat shuttered, closed to tourists for the past decade. 2011, a rare east coast earthquake rattled the region, reigning rocks on dozens of visitors who survived more than two terrifies minutes at the observation deck 500 feet up. everyone got out alive but the century old monument didn't escape unscathed. >> they propelled at the top to look down and what they saw propelled them to close the attraction to tourists and trigger a $15 million restoration project. it was amanmental task to fix the obalisque.
to fix 6,000 stones, some so cracked the sun shown right in. they had to build this ex-soskeleton of scaffolding. three years later the monument was opening and we were there. >> that is typical of the forces that were on the stone. >> reporter: it didn't last. in 2016, a cable snapped in the monument's aging elevator, and for three more years, no tourist could reach the top. now, with updates to the elevator and this new security screening at the base, washington's best view is again ready for visitors. >> reporter: so, when those doors open on thursday, you don't expect them to close for a few years any time soon? >> they will stay open and we look forward to probably 500,000 people or so a year. >> reporter: re-opening the monument took one thing the park service didn't have. money. billionaire philanthropist, david ruben sign stepped in.
he poured more than $10 million into shoring up the soaring stone structure. david rubenstein invited us along the ride up the refurbished elevator for a view worth the wait. >> reporter: best view in the world? >> if you could build condominiums this high, you could pay for the entire u.s. debt. >> reporter: they led us even higher to the engine room. >> this part mr. rubenstein paid for was the refurbishment of the equipment. >> reporter: for rubenstein, preserving the monument was essential for all of us. >> reporter: your involvement in the project also says something about what is possible. >> i came from very modest circumstances and i got very luikin this country. it's a great gift by myself and really is a thank you to america. >> reporter: restoring an american wonder and confidence that washington can again reach its heights.
>> now, this is just one of eight windows you can look out of up here. over here, you can see the white house. there's the capitol on the other side. the public will be able to start coming up tomorrow. you will need tickets. the national park service will let up about 100 people or so an hour. once you get up here, you can stay the rest of the day. anthony. >> it's so beautiful. >> yeah. it looks great. >> if you see david rubenstein, give him a hug. thank you, mr. rubenstein! >> we'll be right back. you're watching "cbs thi cooper! did you eat all of your treats? ♪ help! i need somebody ♪ help! not just anybody ♪ help! you know i need someone
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we are tracking scattered light showers on the doppler. let's start to the day, let show you the locations getting the light rain from the richmond bridge. across the golden gate, across the a bridge into the east bay from alameda and oakland. also for san francisco. we have light showers this morning. it's because of a cold front pushing across the region. there is scattered light showers . behind this cold front, by the afternoon we will see clearings guys, mild below average temperatures, warming to average by the end of the week. we have scattered showers for
the disco bay, the peninsula, and the east bay. we see if you showers pushing onto the south bay. there we go with the clearing. you can see sunshine from the north bay. eventually for the south bay. daytime highs below average, 77. high-pressure building starting tomorrow, temperatures will be warming up thursday, friday, and especially into the weekend saturday. warmest at of the week. a little cooler sunday, and into early next week. we will have traffic and your wednesday morning commute. ♪
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one car was struck, but no injuries. is is was 37 at wilson. lanes are now open, we'll see a lot of delays as traffic recovers through their. evidently backed up all the way beyond 29 at this point. to use the san rafael bridge. that's a much better choice if you're trying to make your way westbound. we are dealing with the wet weather. expect slick surfaces out there this morning. as you work your way southbound we have reports of a crash
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