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captioning sponsored by cbs >> brown: it's war on zika. with the virus spreading, the u.s. government orders all blood donations screened. also tonight, a governor's under fire for an x-rated attack. >> i want you tow prove that i'm a racist. i spent my life helping black people, and you little son of a ( bleep ), socialist ( bleep ). >> brown: after dropping for years, traffic deaths are now skyrocketing. >> our complacency when it comes to highway fatalities is killing us. >> brown: and steve hartman meets an old sailor who is preserving history by making some history of his own. >> thank you, so much! this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
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>> brown: good evening, scott is on assignment. i'm james brown. today, the food and drug administration took the extraordinary step of ordering the nation's blood banks to begin screening for zika, even in places where the virus is not present. zika can cause severe birth defects, and to date there have been nearly 2500 infections in the u.s. linked to travel in countries affected by the outbreak. 42 were locally transmitted in florida, most likely from mosquitoes. dr. tara narula is a cbs news medical contributor. and i guess the first question up is why has the f.d.a. called for a nationwide testing? >> these are updated recommend aegzs that come from the recommendationing in february. and it comes in the light of new scientific evidence, and the fact that we're learning more and more about zika and how it's transmitted. we know it's transmitted sexually now. we know the devastating consequences that it can have on pregnant women, and now we have expanding area in florida of locally transmitted infections. in fact, there has been one case
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identified of infected blood in florida. now, it's no danger to the blood supply, but certainly, that just shines the light on the fact that this is something we need to be doing now. >> brown: and what's going to be involved in setting this up? >> there's no question that it's going to be a challenge to get this implemented in such a quick time frame. the recommendation has been that 11 states implement this process within four weeks. and new york is one of those states. and for the rest of the country, within 12 weeks. it's going to require resources and planning and funding. and yet again, one more reason for congress to really take action when they come back into session, making sure that we have the resources funding we need to implement this on a widescale basis. >> brown: thank you for the information. it is believed all of the locally transmitted zika infections in this country were spread by mosquitos in two section of miami. david begnaud reports now on a case that has medical professions stumped-- a baby was
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born with zika despite showing no signs of it before birth. >> reporter: eight-week-old micaela is a medical mystery. she was exposed to the zika virus in the womb but does not have microcephaly, the birth defect. maria fernanda ramirez is her mother. normal. "she looks normal to me," her mom says, "but the doctors say she's not." ramirez contracted the zika virus in her native venezuela when she was three months pregnant. micaela has slight damage to one eye and stiffness on one side of her body. it took a team of doctors at the yesterday of miami several weeks to rule out other causes. dr. ivan gonzalez is a part of her medical team. the ultrasound she had in venezuela and the one she had here in the united states before she gave birth all looked like a normal baby. >> all looked like a normal baby. >> reporter: so you didn't know there were abnormalities
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until after birth. >> until after birth. >> reporter: gonzalez says scans of micaela's brain show calcification, which is like a scar, and could lead to seizures down the road. her prognosis is uncertain. how long do you think jewel to study a child like micaela? >> it's difficult to say right now how long we need to follow her. the plan for now is to follow her five to six years. >> reporter: there is also more evidence today the effects of zika are not limited to babies. in puerto rico, where zika is an epidemic, the c.d.c. reported increased cases of guillain-barreé syndrome. it's a neurological disorder that causes muscle weakness and numbness. this year, 34 patients with the syndrome also had evidence of zika, or similar virus infection. one person has died. in the u.s., the c.d.c. has set up a registry to follow pregnant women who have been infected with zika, as many as 580 so far. james, around the country, 16 babies have been born already with zika-related birth defects.
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>> brown: david begnaud, thank you so much. in the presidential campaign, republican donald trump holds a private fund-raiser in nevada tonight. trump has spent the last few days walking back from some of his positions on immigration, but in doing so, does he risk alienating his base? dean reynolds is following the trump campaign in las vegas. >> u.s.a.! >> reporter: donald trump handily won nevada caucuses earlier this year back when his stand on illegal immigration was simple-- mass deportation and a big, new wall. >> we won with young. we won with old. we won with highly educated. we won with poorly educated. i love the poorly educated. >> reporter: but now, in the heat of the general election, trump is sounding like a candidate trying to broaden his support by smooth over the rougher edges of policy, such as immigration. >> there certainly can be a softening because we're not throok hurt people. >> reporter: this afternoon, trump met with hispanic business owners in las vegas.
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>> we've been doing very, very well with the latinos. we have been doing amazing. >> reporter: in nevada, the cbs news battleground tracker has hillary clinton ahead with hispanics who make up 20% of voters in the state preferring her by a wide markin. but softening is a fighting word to trump's core supporterses, include sarpa palin who warned him this week not to embrace wishy-washy positions that could provoke massive disappointment. our national poll last month found 40% of registered republican voters believe the undocumented should be forced to leave, but 60% of all voters thought they should be allowed to stay and apply for citizenship. republican strategist and cbs news contributor leslie sanchez says trump has to be careful with his core supporters but practical. >> trump is starting to realize that. he's not going to win a general election campaign unless he talks about an approach that is
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compassionate and realistic. so as much as the cry will continue to be vocal and loud, it's not going to change the political reality and the calculus as he tries to win in november. >> reporter: and as for hillary clinton, james, after a week of attacking donald trump's character and temperament and days of enduring his charge that she is a bigot, she stayed out of the public eye today. >> brown: dean reynolds in las vegas. well, as rough as presidential politics can be, it is nothing compared to who is going on in maine. one lawmaker is calling for an intervention for the governor after he unloaded on a political rival. jim axelrod is following this. >> 95% of this state is white. >> reporter: even for maine governor paul lepage, never shy about speaking his mind, the obscene voice mail he left a state legislator yesterday was stunningly blunt.
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>> reporter: the two-term republican governor exploded after a reporter told lepage that democratic state rep drew gattine had criticized him for saying wednesday 90% of drug dealers arrested in maine are, "black and hispanic people from out of state," a figure he cites using his own personal collection of headlines culled from newspapers. >> no, i did not call governor lepage a racist. >> reporter: gattine says he called those remarks racially charged but never called the governor a racist. >> i was really glad i wasn't in
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the room with him when he left it because he really sounded like somebody who was, you know, about to commit physical violence and it was really a stunning message. >> reporter: this afternoon, lepage apologized for the people of maine having to hear the voice mail but not for the voice mail itself. >> everything i said to him is less insulting to me than being called a racist. >> reporter: after leaving the voice mail, lepage then said he wanted to challenge gattine to a duel and point his gun, "right between his eyes." today, j.b., the governor backed off that saying it was simply a metaphor and that he meant no physical harm. >> brown: jim axelrod. in italy, powerful aftershocks are hindering the search for earthquake survivors. a fault line in the mountains gave way on wednesday rattling isolated villages. as seth doane reports, there are srnz the hardest hit towns may never rofer. >> reporter: nearly three days after the quake, this key mountain road is still blocked,
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and more than 1,000 aftershocks have shaken loose more debris, forcing many survives into makeshift camps. "we have to live here now" this 12-year-old told us, "but we have no idea what will happen next." despite daunting scale of destruction, italy a government has promised more than $50 million to help rebuild. michele franchi say deputy mayor in the region. this is an area with a lot of seismic testify but these buildings were not earthquake proof. why? "some of the buildings were just too old," franci told us. "others were up to code but collapsed anyway." in accumoli, a recently renovated bell tower was reduced to rubble, killing a family. it, too, should have been built to updated seismic standards. authorities are investigating what happened. the region has struggled to rebuild before. a 2009 quake killed more than 300 people. today, the city is still
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scarred. "seven years have passed," deputy mayor michele franchi said, "and houses still need to be reconstructed and some buildings haven't received anti-seismic certificates." pictures of ancient and once-bucolic are in sharp contrast to the town today. rebuilding it this place as it was seems unimaginable. lives have been lost, history has been, too. italy a prime minister has pointed out that it would be impossible to bring all of the ancient buildings in this country up to seismic code. james, some here tell us they are too scared and can't imagine staying while others have vowed to rebuild. >> brown: seth doane in italy, thank you so much. tonight, the small town of durant, mississippi, near jackson is shaken pie the murder of two catholic nuns. they were found in their home yesterday apparently stabbed to death. omar villafranca is there.
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>> reporter: the murders of sister paula merrill and sister margaret held have shocked the town of durant. assistant police chief james lee. >> a double homicide in a community this small and the fact this these two ladies were nuns, they actually spent their entire life serving this community right here. i'm sure our community is completely devastated and grieving. >> reporter: lee believes the nuns were victims of a robbery, and a motive is still unknown. he says investigators are working every angle to find their killer. >> this is one of the poorest counties in all of mississippi. >> reporter: for 30 years, the nuns, seen here in this video, worked as nurse practitioners helping the poor at this rural clinic in mississippi. both nuns dedicated their lives assisting children and adults who couldn't afford medical care. merrill's sister, rosemarie, says the staff and patients will miss them. >> her patients absolutely loved her. she was so good to them, and
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they-- they-- she and sister margaret both went so far above and beyond anything that could be expected of a normal human being. >> reporter: the nuns' car was stolen but was recovered less than a mile away. james, investigators are now going through that car looking for any any clues that could lead to the killer. >> brown: omar, thank you. coming up next on the cbs evening news, what's behind the surge in traffic deaths? and steve hartman checks in on a world war ii vet way new mission. i'm going to make this as simple as possible for you. you can go ahead and stick with that complicated credit card that limits where you earn bonus cash back. or... you can get the quicksilver card from capital one. quicksilver earns you unlimited 1.5% cash back
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speed is a key factor in the growing number of traffic deaths in the u.s. here's transportation correspondent kris van cleave. >> reporter: police believe speeding was likely a factor in a crash that killed six people, including a 10-year-old child in new york last weekend. among the dead, a former aide to new york governor andrew cuomo. >> it is one of the great, great tragedies, and there were no words for it. >> reporter: it's the type of trag dough it that's increasingly common on u.s. roads. according to a new report, traffic deaths surged 18% over the last two years, more than 19,000 died in the first half of 2016 alone. >> our complacency when it comes to highway fatalities is killing us. >> reporter: deborah hersman is the former chair of the national transportation safety board and now runs the national safety council. one-third of all deaths on our road are due to alcohol-impaired drivers. speed, again, we've seen speed limits going up across the nation. we know that's adding to the death toll. and then finally, distraction. all you have to do is walk out
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near a roadway, you can see distracted pedestrians, distracted drivers, a real risk for all of us. it's about being attentive behind the wheel. >> reporter: while traffic deaths have historically been on the declean, this surge comes as more americans are driving, due to low gas prices and an improving economy. federal regulators are still trying to understand what's behind this sudden change in traffic deaths, including a 13% rise in deaths among cyclists and a 10% increase for both pedestrianpedestrians and young. >> we absolutely going in the wrong direction when it comes to highway fatalities. we've got to figure out what's going on and put a stop to it. >> reporter: traffic deaths are on pace to increase pie as much as 10% this year. while cars are increasingly coming with trash-avoidance technology is appears there may be a bit of a learning curch here as consumers say they have been surprised or even startled by something their car does. >> brown: kris van cleave, thank you so much. when we come bark a french court
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because at 93, what's even more remarkable, is waking up at 5:00 a.m. for a nearly five-mile run. but, again, don't be too impressed yet. because at 93, what's most amazing of all, is that this little jog in saint simons island, georgia, is just the final leg of a much, much longer run that began almost three years and 3,000 miles ago at the pacific ocean. >> i'm running the whole thing, every step of the way. >> reporter: now, you can be impressed. the first time we met ernie andrus, he was just outside phoenix, slowly inching his way through the sonoran desert. he would go five miles, get a ride or hitch hike back to his vehicle, then run the next five miles two days later, all for one purpose-- >> i want people to know what the war was all about and what it took to win it. >> reporter: specifically, this old navy man was running to raise awareness for an unsung hero of world war ii, a ship he
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served on called an l.s.t., or landing ship attention. it's how the allies got heavy equipment on to beaches. there's one you can visit it in evansville, indiana, and ernie thinks people really should go. >> this shouldn't be forgotten. eisenhower and churchill both made a similar remark that it's the ship that won the war. >> reporter: won the war. >> yeah. without them, how could you have taken all those islands? how could even take normandy? >> reporter: which is why, 70 years later, ernie was out here returning the favor, all by himself. >> and i just thought how sad if he had to be doing this journey by himself. >> reporter: but that was about to change. >> i joined him in mississippi, alabama, florida, now georgia. >> yeah, i've run 44 legs. >> reporter: he had quite a following the second time we saw him in wake oh, texas. but that was nothing compared to what we found last weekend in saint simons, where hundreds of people from across the country joined ernie's army.
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>> god bless you, sir. thank you so much! >> the american people are the most loving and generous people in the world. >> there he is! woo! >> reporter: throw years ago, most people thought there was no way a man in his 90s could make it across the country. >> you got this! you got this! >> reporter: but here he was on the soft sand of the atlantic. and as this old sailor stormed the beach one last time to fervent chants and flying colors, he showed us all that the greatest generation is no less great today. ( cheers ) steve hartman, "on the road," in saint simons island, georgia. >> brown: five miles a day at 93. and what's my excuse? please. that's the cbs evening news. for scott pelley, i'm james brown. thanks for watching. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh media access group at wgbh
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i'm hillary clinton, and i approve this message. michael hayden: if he governs consistent with some of the things he said as a candidate, i would be very frightened. gillian turner: he's been talking about the option of using a nuclear weapon against our western european allies. max boot: this is not somebody who should be handed the nuclear codes. charles krauthammer: you have to ask yourself, do i want a person of that temperament controlling the nuclear codes? and as of now, i'd have to say no. [bill o'reilly sighs]
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♪ ryan lochte and the mad scramble to save his image. >> i'm not perfect. i do mess up. >> will the new threat of jail time sink his comeback? and the real deal behind rumors he'll join "dancing with the stars." then -- britney's bombshell from her epic carpool karaoke. and inside her big vma comeback as we flash back to her past show-stopping moments. >> i cannot believe this is just like freaking happened. plus behind the scenes of lance bass' new dating show, taking on "bachelorette" with new twist. >> this is a show that i would die to watch. and reese witherspoon breaks news about sequels to two of her most popular movies. and the one role she would rather forget. >> it was not a very good movie. now for august 26th, 2016,


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