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>> glor: tonight, the end of a six-week siege. operation by iraqi security forces with u.s. help reclaims a key town from isis. juliana goldman has our report. >> just days after the nfl commissioner announce as new policy on domestic violence, a san francisco 49er is jailed on felony abuse charges. vladimir duthier has details. >> the end of the summer brings the end of an era in atlantic city, ann-marie green says two casinos and more than 5,000 jobs have been lost in just three days. >> and the next generation in racing. and all electric series is about to begin, "60 minutes" sports is going under the hood.
captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news." >> glor: good even, everyone, i am jeff glor, since early july they have been trapped, 15,000 men, women and children surrounded by isis. the iraqi government believed the town of amerli just two hours north of baghdad was about to become a scene of genocide, residents had no power ands3 barely any food or water. somehow they were able to fend off isis until now, and today they got help, it is a second time this month the u.s. military has intervened in iraq to prevent a humanitarian disaster. but are those missions enough to defeat isis overall? we begin with juliana goldman. >> iraqi forces say they liberated the town of amerli where roughly 15,000 people had been trapped by isis militants since june. >> u.s. humanitarian aid and air strikes were key to breaking the six-week siege. >> but law make in other words washington are concerned that the limited scope of the u.s.
action against the militant islamist group won't be enough to defeat it. this week, president obama said his administration still doesn't have a strategy to attack isis s in syria. >> it is going to require some very strong measures to defeat them. >> today, senator john mccain want mr. obama's loudest critics told cbs the president is either in denial or overwhelmed. >> you have to have a specific strategy to defeat isis and that means, among other things, understanding that isis is obliterated the boundaries between syria and iraq. >> the criticism of the president wasn't limited to republicans. >> i have learned one thing about this president, and that is he is very cash, maybe in this instance too cautious. >> senator dianne feinsten the top democrat on the intelligence committee said isis pose as unique danger to the u.s. because of its money, military infrastructure and weaponry. >> they have announced that they will come after us if they can,
that they will, quote, spill our blood. >> democrat adam smith, a member of the house armed services committee said the u.s. is still evaluating the group threat to the homeland, he cautioned against rushing into military action. >> we can't simply bomb first and ask questions later. we have to have the right targets and the right support in order to be effective in stopping isis. >> if president obama does decide to expand the u.s. offensive against isisness members of both parties say there should be a robust debate in congress and a vote to authorize the use of force. jeff. >> glor: juliana goldman, thank you very much. in libya, an islamist militia posted online video of members inside the am embassy in tripoli, they jump into the pool as the embassy's residential property. american personnel evacuated libya more than a month ago there in tripoli over security concerns. russian president vladimir putin is calling for talks between ukraine and pro-russian
separatists. putin said the goal should be to safeguard the people of living in eastern ukraine which he called new russia. both sides exchanged policers in today, including 15 russian paratroopers that moscow entered ukraine accidentally. >> tomorrow is september 1st and midterm elections in the u.s. are just a little more than two months away. attention is focusing on several races which could decide whether democrats 0 or republicans control the senate. for more we turn to cbs news political director john dickerson, she in washington. john, always good to see you, what should we be watching? >> well, the house of representatives is almost certain to stay in republican hands but the democrats may lose control of the senate if they lose six seats that they now hold. three of those democratic seats in south dakota, west virginia and montana are pretty much gone, they are likely to go for the republicans, that means to win control of the senate republicans would need to win just three, about half a dozen races taking place on democratic turf, in states like iowa, north
carolina, arkansas and louisiana. >> democrats have two chances to take seats from republicans in georgia and kentucky, where republican mitch mcconnell would love to become leader of the senate if his party took control but he has to survive his own race first. >> glor: how much time will we see the president out campaigning for candidates this fall? >> we won't see him in these tough battleground states, democrats do benefit from the president, he can raise money, and he can rally the base of the democratic party, and that is important in a nonpresidential election year when democrats don't turn out the way to vote the way republicans do but he is not popular his national approval rating is just about 40 percent and in the get if the states he is even less popular than he is nationally. so what democrats are trying to do is they are trying to keep the elections about local issues, including the flaws of their opponents. anything that focuses on the unpopular president might rally republican voters or at the very least distract from a democratic candidate's local message. >> glor: john dickerson, thank
you very much. a 3.2 magnitude aftershock shook napa, california, today, there have been more than 90 aftershocks since a magnitude six earthquake hit one week ago, wine country survivors and now wine makers want tourists to pour back in, here is teri okita. >> yusuf topal's is in the middle of the wine country, over labor day weekend he would normally have over 100 reservations. >> when i looked at the reservations for the next few days, and i see it is between 20 and 30 people, so we lost probably 75 percent of our customers. >> reporter: as buildings continue to get red tagged meaning unsafe for occupancy, one of those is the pizzeria, so co-owner david moved his wood fired oven to the street. >> all we can do is make pepperoni and cheese. >> food may fill the soul but wine is the lifeblood here and despite suffering $50 million of losses, almost all of napa's
wineries have reopened. and hoping for more tourists like calvin evans, visiting from north carolina. >> in an area that is hit by a hurricane fairly often, we see, we have seen damage before but this is a little different. >> chaelene saiz has a local salon and she homes they are not turned around. >> oh it is kind of a mess right now but still come here and enjoy the wine and food. >> reporter: one distressing sign that remains, the dozens of pets who took off when the ground started shaking. >> so there are wildcat reports. >> kelly tracey runs the napa county animal shelter. >> they are to go and hunker down and hide. >> dogs want to run and run and run until they don't feel the ground trembling anymore. >> social media has helped with reunions, help calm owner and pets overcoming rattled nerves, teri okita,. >> glor: another nfl player is
facing domestic violence charges. >> defensive end for the san francisco 49ers was arrested at his home overnight and the first test for a new tougher nfl policy, here is vladimir duthi duthier. >> according to the san jose police department, san francisco 49er ray mcdonald was asking a birthday party at his home last night when police were called. his fiance who is pregnant, showed police bruises on her neck and arms. the defensive end was arrested and taken to the santa clara county jail, he was booked for inflicting injury on a spouse or cohas been tenant and has been released on a $25,000 bail. the arrest comes just three days after nfl commissio commissionel announce add tougher policy on domestic abuse, in response to a case involving baltimore running back ray rice, ray rice was arrested in february after assaulting his now wife. in a grainy video, he is seen dragging her from an elevator at an atlantic city casino. goodell and the nfl faced fierce
criticism after rice only received a two-game suspension. in a letter to the nfl thursday, goodell said any player found to have engaged in domestic violence or sexual assault would be suspended for six games without pay. second time offenders would be banned for the league for at least a year. the letter went on to say domestic violence and sexual assault are wrong, they are illegal, they have no place in the nfl and are unacceptable in any way under any circumstances. according to a tweet from a local reporter outside of the jail when mcdonald was released the defensive end claims the story being portrayed isn't accurate, saying the truth will come out. this isn't the first arrest of a 49er player, the team has had more arrests than any other nfl team since 2012. mcdonald is the tenth. vladimir duthier, cbs news, new york. >> glor: tony stewart is back in the driver's seat tonight on a sprint cub rape in atlanta his return to racing comes amid
continuing fallout in the role of death kevin ward, jr.,. >> with just a few hours left before the b 500 way, emotional fans lined up for autographs with tony stewart's pit crew. >> tony stewart is amazing. >> they were checking equipment they will use on tony stewart's car number 14. it is the same car he drove saturday, reaching speeds close to 190 miles per hour. >> tony stewart back at the racetrack. >> stewart's practice rounds this weekend marked the first time he had been on a racetrack since the sprint car he was driving struck and killed 20-year-old kevin ward, jr. in an august 9th race at a dirt track in upstate new york. bob is a nascar rider for sporting goods media. >> is it too soon for him to get back behind the wheel and be in this race? >> some people would say, man, how could he put on a helmet and buckle up and race a car 200 miles an hour? the drivers have the ability to put things
out of their mind when they race. >> on friday, stewart gave a two and a half minute statement, it was the first time he had spoken publicly since ward was killed. >> i think getting back in the car this week with my racing family will help me get through this difficult time. >> the investigation into ward's death will continue for at least another two weeks. inside the track, atlanta motor speedway, fans like brian turner were showing their support porto any stewart. >> tony is a professional. just like i am. there is no way he would do it on purpose. >> reporter: during yesterday's practice laps, fans applauded, and when he gets behind the wheel tonight, tony stewart will participate in one of the most watched races of his career. >> he used to be under pressure though this but this is different this time. >> what happens if he gets into a wreck tonight? what happens, you know, if he is challenging, you know, for the win, you know, how will people react? how will people race him and how will
people perceive, you know, what he does and his actions on the track tonight? >> reporter: one expert we talked to says stewart's chances of winning one of his next two races are slim, and, jeff, that is something he will have to do if he wants to make it to the play-off series. >> glor: i have thank you very much. still ahead on tonight's cbs evening news, what happens when a casino, the city was betting on folds? >> baby laughs!
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>> it hurts, it hurts. >> with it is like we are at a funeral. >> her and her husband are among the 5,000 plus casino workers who are about to lose their jobs. >> i can't believe it, you know, we couldn't believe it was actually happening. >> ronnie downing works as a kitchen steward at rebel hotel and casino, i it will close tuesday morning. >> we all will have to go through this, weather this storm, we are strong, we are used to this in atlantic city, it is whether it is a weather storm or a natural disaster, we know that we have to all come together. >> i think the real thrust of this -- >> though the city and the state are providing employment support, pastor david mcgettigan says providing peace of mind is his department. >> this may be the silver lining from the great cloud of super storm sandy, that we are more ready for something like this, and to let people know you are not going to go under. we didn't go under from sandy and we are not going under from this. >> atlantic city has been
struggling to compete with the influx of new casinos opening in nearby states, mayor don guardian says though the closures are disappointing, the city will go on. >> if you look up and down now you see the family, there are kids here, they are going to the pier and going to the aquarium and doing a dolphin boat ride and going down and visiting ripley's believe it or not. so the idea that maybe a few years ago is the only reason you come to atlantic city is for gambling is gone. >> yomary blanco feels atlantic city still has a lot of untapped potential. >> you just have to keep fighting and looking for other things to do. there are other things that can be done here in the city. it is not only gap blink. >> with both the revell and showboat casino shutting down about 5,000 people will be losing their jobs by the end of this long weekend and that is not all, the trump plaza casino is scheduled to shut down on september 16th, and, jeff, this
is all happening in a county with one of the worst unemployment rates in the state of new jersey. >> glor: ann-marie green, thank you very much. just ahead on tonight's cbs evening news, using technology to give people without a home some hope. >> januvia (sitagliptin) is a once-daily pill that, along with diet and exercise, helps lower blood sugar. s is us is --
>> glor: one of the wealthiest cities in the country and also has one of the highest rates of homelessness but as carter evan reports tonight a startup company is helping to bridge the gap by using technology. >> some see the homeless in, and turn away, rose broome turned to her computer. >> we have so much invasion and new technology and we have so much compassion, i know that people want to help. >> with her background in technology, broome started a website called hand up which gives the homeless a place to tell their stories and what they need to get back on their feet. >> on your way to work every day you walk right past it. >> yeah, it is a big contrast but it motivates us. >> motivates her to help people lie jenelle mitchell who at her lowest was living in her car. >> i am so embarrassed, even to look someone in a face, i don't have anywhere to stay. >> a local nonprofit secured an apartment for jenelle and her two kids but to succeed, to rise above poverty, she wanted an
education hoping to become an urban planner. >> she came on for a laptop and imagine going through school without a computer these days is almost impossible. >> less than 24 hours after jenelle appealed for a laptop -- >> my goal had been met plus more. so it is like, oh, my god are you serious? >> the homeless an their needs are vetted through charity organizations, and caseworkers manage the donations. broome says those who receive aid are saved the embarrassment of having to beg. >> we feel this is a dignified way that they can ask for help. >> but it also let some of them wondering. >> who are these people helping us? why are they helping us and how can we thank them? >> jenelle thanked her donors on her handout page and what she got in return is perhaps even more valuable than money. encouragement. >> wow, hearing your story i have so much respect for what you are going through. best of luck with your family and school. >> i never thought that a complete stranger would want to
help like they are helping me. to think that they actually want to help is like, there are people out there that have hearts of gold. >> and now even those who felt faceless in society are getting connected. carter evans, cbs news, san francisco. >> glor: coming up on tonight's cbs evening news a look at the new all electric racing championship. and the man leading the charge. >> it could be a question of blood flow. cialis tadalafil for daily use helps you be ready anytime the moment's right. you can be more confident in your ability to be ready. and the same cialis is the only daily ed tablet approved to treat ed and symptoms of bph like needing to go frequently or urgently. tell your doctor about all your medical conditions and medications, and ask if your heart is healthy enough for sexual activity. do not take cialis if you take nitrates for chest pain, as this may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure. do not drink alcohol in excess with cialis. side effects may include headache, upset stomach,
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something the racing world has never seen before. next month a new championship will start that will bring lightning fast fully electric vehicles, to cities around the world, miami and long beach california included none of the cars require a single drop of gas. it is called formula e, and it is the creation of a spanish businessman named alejandro agag. just two years ago he had no parts, capital or sponsors, but he did have a wealthy friend. >> i was having coffee with a friend of mine who happens to be a smart and aggressive and lucky, for him, investor, just over coffee he said listen, go ahead, you have, you know -- here is a check. >> how much? >> well, it was pretty big. at the time, the risk, it was over 100 million. >> $100 million? >> yes. >> to start this from scratch. >> to start it from scratch. >> and you had a plan. >> i had it on a powerpoint, yes. >> you had a powerpoint
$100 million? >> yeah, you know, that is how he invest and make money and you have to risk it sometimes. >> he used the capital to enlist some of the most creative mind in automobile technology. >> including those at super car manufacturer mclaren. they designed a 57-pound motor at the claim is the highest power to weight ratio of any in the world. with just a fraction of the size of a gasoline powered engine, as well as the formula e racers to go from zero zero to 60 in under three seconds. >> here forward, that is is pretty much a racing car. here is really the different part. here you have a battery, the investor, the and the motor and the gearbox. >> with the teams still assembling the cars we took a look inside the garage of the dragon racing team owned by jay penske, the youngest son of american racing icon roger
penske. >> there are a lot of people who tried new racing series and in the last 20 years and i think no one actually, no one with this one scale and you look at the quality of the partners and i think you have to take a risk. you have to step up the legend that we were the fourth team. it is awful exciting. >> you can see our full report on the season premiere of "60 minutes" sports airing on show time this tuesday. that is the cbs evening news tonight. later on cbs "60 minutes" and first thing tomorrow cbs this morning. i am jeff glor, cbs news in new york. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
>> i'm diana rocco. next on "eyewitness news," storms are moving through the region. justin. >> that's right, i'm track something showers and some strong thunderstorms across the delaware valley. they'll continue through labor day. i'll have the details coming up. >> plus the end of an era. after 27 years the showboat casino in atlantic city shuts its doors for good and we're live at the second and final day of the made in america festival. to prove a point about internet speeds, we slowed down an up escalator this is crazy like i don't get it, this one is working ladies, shouldn't up be as fast as down? yeah. shouldn't internet speeds match as well? yes. do your socks match? my socks match. do your eyeballs match? yes. cable does not match the speeds.
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