tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS January 7, 2016 6:30pm-7:00pm EST
>> pelley: head for the exits. stock prices plummet. what has wall street rattled. also tonight, massive gas leak in southern california. >> we call it the b.p. oil spill. >> pelley: lining up for painkillers, a landmark suit against drug distributors that allegedly got them hooked. uncle sam cooks up a menu to keep america healthy. what government research says you should and should not eat. >> if you can't pronounce it, don't eat it.
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the dow is down more than 900 points since monday, that's 500%. the catalyst once again was china. the chinese market shut down after less than half an hour this morning after plunging 7%. it was the second shutdown this week. investors are worried the chinese economy is slowing. gdp growth, which hit 12% five years ago, is now below 7%. if china's in trouble, that could mean trouble for the rest of the world. and with this chaos in the shanghai markets, there are worries the chinese don't have handle on their own economy right now, scott. >> pelley: and anthony, the chinese are also the second largest consumer of crude oil. you've been looking into the impact of that. >> reporter: crude hit a low. it was $06 in may. if you drive to work, it's a huge tax break, but it's painful if you work in the oil industry in houston. there's just too much supply now. if china continues to slow, there will be less demand and gas prices could stay low for a
>> pelley: anthony mason, thank you very much, anthony. the folks at dow jones told us today that the plunge this week in the 30 blue chip stocks alone represents a market value loss of nearly $260 billion. ted cruz is watching his stock rise in iowa. major garrett took a ride with the republican front-runner 25 days before iowans cast the first votes of campaign 2016. >> reporter: we road with ted cruz and asked about donald trump's legal advice. >> this issue is a non-issue. the law is quite clear that the child of a u.s. citizen born abroad is a natural-born citizen. you perceive this as an attack. donald trump says he's trying to help you. >> the funny thing about politics, it's unusual for
to help you. i will hear their prayer and forgive their sins, and i will heal their land. >> reporter: cruz has climbed to the top of the iowa polls by reaching out to social conservatives. in 2012, 57% of republican caucus-goers describe themselves as evangelicals. 47% said they were "very conservative." but cruz says his strategy does not rely just on iowa or new hampshire, whose more moderate electorate has not been as welcoming. >> there are a lot of candidates in this race who have to win iowa. there are a lot of other candidates who have to win new hampshire. from our perspective, we don't view any state as a must-win. we'll compete hard and try to win everywhere. >> reporter: cruz has taken a harder line on immigration than trump, opposing trump's willingness to allow deported immigrants to return to the u.s. does the fact you intrlt illegally permanently bar you
>> i don't believe anyone who has come here illegally should be eligible for citizenship. >> reporter: cruz faced the reality of that policy in storm lake when he met a woman protected from deportation by obama administration executive actions. cruz told the woman under a cruz presidency she would have to leave and he told her, scott, breaking the law creates human tragedies. >> pelley: major garrett in iowa for us tonight. major, thank you. 17 miners who were trapped for ten hours in a salt mine in lansing new york were rescued today. they got stuck in an elevator 900 feet underground. they were lifted out bay crane just a few at a time. nobody was hurt, but they were cold. the shaft was 20 degrees. today there was a scare in paris on the anniversary of the terrorist attack on "charlie hebdo" magazine. mark phillips is there. >> reporter: this time the only body lying on the streets of paris belonged to the attacker.
station carrying a butcher's knife and shouting the islamist militant war cry "allahu akbar," god is great. police said there were wires coming out of his jacket as if from a suicide vest shot him dead. an examination of the body found no bomb, but police say they did find a hand-written note claiming allegiance to isis. jawad rabi runs a clothing store nearby. >> i was concerned because there was a school, you know, near the police station. >> reporter: the attacker was later identified as a local petty thief known to police but with no known connection to any terrorist group. he apparently acted alone. par ritz -- paris was already on edge before the incident. it took place as president francois hollande led a ceremony commemorating the victims of the "charlie hebdo" massacre a year ago. and the memories of the second
months ago are still vivid. president hollande said france was now living under a constant threat and "charlie hebdo's" typically defiant anniversary cover suggested why. a god-like image carries an assault rifle -- murder in the name of religion. the killer, it said, is still on the run. as terror attacks go, scott, this one, an apparent loaner with a knife and fake bomb, is less deadly than the others which have taken place here, but it still sends a message -- the enemy is among us. be afraid. >> pelley: mark phillips in paris tonight. mark, thank you. today we saw new evidence that the barbarity of syria's civil war has not lessened, even after five years. a town is being starved by the dictator's forces. men, women and children are dying in slow motion as one resident put it.
>> reporter: months of deprivation have pushed the smallest and the poorest to the very brink. a mother feeds her child with what looks like broth, but it's actually water, favored with jam. in an online appeal, man explains, "we have no food, no water and no power," and then he bursts into tears. "please, world," he says, "we are dying." activists say the most wretched are making soup with grass, and some have died of starvation. and all this just 30 miles from the capital damascus in fertile hill country. we traveled there in 2012 when it was still safe enough to visit the rebels who control the area. now they and more than 40,000 residents are trapped, surrounded by syrian government forces who have sealed off all the roads.
shows the residents begging the supplies in. but the last aid convoy they allowed to pass was back in october. but suddenly today, scott, after those pictures of the starving people had caused international government announced that it was going to allow one humanitarian aid convoy into the region probably some time over the weekend. >> pelley: liz palmer reporting from the london newsroom tonight. liz, thank you. a runaway natural gas well in los angeles has been flooding a neighborhood with methane for 76 days. 2,000 people have been evacuated as southern california gas company struggles to stop the flow. mireya villarreal is following this. >> reporter: this infrared video shows you what you can't see with the naked eye, a geyser spewing at least 70,000 pounds
california neighborhoods less than two miles away. >> we call this the b.p. oil spill on land. >> reporter: environmental activist erin brockovich was blunt. gas is now reaching porter ranch neighborhoods 18 hours of the day. >> this isn't a one-time assault. this is an ongoing assault every single day. >> reporter: the source of the leak is a hole in a 62-year-old pipe. southern california gas chief operating officer brett lane. >> i personally apologize to the residents. this is something that, you know, the nuisance that they face, the different issues that they have faced, we do apologize for that. again, our focus right now is to try to eliminate that nuisance or the issues that they face by stopping the leak as fast as we can. >> reporter: to stop the leak, the utility company needs to drill down 8,000 feet. they're using a relief well to
plug it up. the gas company estimates the process will take until april. christine soderlund's home is less than two miles from the gas leak. she proved after her children started to get sick with unexplained headaches, nausea and nose bleeds. >> i am worrying about the gas every day. i'm worrying about my family's health. >> reporter: there are 115 wells in the hills that you see behind me, including the one that is leaking, and, scott, of those 115, only ten have safety valves shut off. >> pelley: mireya villarreal reporting for us tonight. mireya, thank you. last night we showed you remarkable pictures of people lining up down the block to collect painkillers at a doctor's office. an office the authorities say is really just a front for drug dealing.
producer ashley velie continue their investigation, where the state is suing, accusing pharmacists and drug dealers of making millions, pushing narcotics to anyone who wants them. >> reporter: no state has had more trouble with prescription pain pills than west virginia and no town in west virginia with more trouble than kermit, population 400. this undercover video of kermit's main pharmacy shows scores of people picking up prescriptions inside and at the drive-thru window. >> they fill more scripts for oxycodone than all but 21 pharmacies in america. >> reporter: in the country? >> in the country. >> reporter: jim cagle represents the state in the ground-breaking lawsuit against pill mills and wholesale drug distributors. >> what you have is some bad doctors and pharmacies who are willing to turn a blind eye because of the money that's involved.
million doses of hydrocodone were ordered by a kermit pharmacist, james willie, in one year. he paid drug distributors hundreds of thousands of dollars while netting more than $6 million in profit. in 2012, willie lost his license and served six months in prison for illegally dispensing drugs. but cagle told us the problem persists. this pharmacy, tug valley, is now being sued for negligently filling prescriptions. records show tug valley was filling more than 150 pain prescriptions a day from one clinic alone. >> hi, you mr. bellengee? i'm jim axelrod with cbs news. we decided to ask owner randy bellengee about the charges. you're named in a lawsuit. you have nothing to say to me? at his lawyer's direction, he wouldn't respond. >> we would think an alarm bell
>> reporter: west virginia secretary of health says until now drug distributors have escaped scriewlt. >> if you're providing medication to pharmacies, someone would say, wow, this is a lot. what do we need to do about it? >> reporter: that's the premise behind the unpress dealted lawsuit. under west virginia's law, distributors are legally bound to report suspicious orders from pharmacies. >> reporter: if that distributor has good reason to believe that the prescriptions that are being filled are not for legitimate medical purposes, then they are not to make that delivery. >> they have an obligation? >> they have a duty, yes. >> reporter: amerisource bergen is the third largeest drug company in the country. over a five-year period, they filled orders for 118 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills, enough to supply every west
>> that's scary math. >> it is. yes, it is. it is actually the product of what i would refer to as a business plan, a business plan by people that are not honorable people. >> reporter: we reached out the lawyers for amerisource bergen. they told us they couldn't comment because of this ongoing litigation. this potentially precedent-setting trial is set to begin in october. >> pelley: remarkable reporting, jim. thanks. the military has identified the green beret who was killed tuesday in afghanistan. he's staff sergeant matthew mcclintock of new mexico. he's 30 years old. he leaves his wife and this, their three-year-old son declan. mcclintock was killed in a firefight with the taliban on his third combat tour. there's more news ahead. new dietary guidelines from the government won't sit well with anyone who has a sweet tooth.
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>> pelley: today the government revised its advice for a healthy diet. the headlines: lean meat and eggs may now be okay, but sugar and salt still bad. here's dr. jon lapook. >> reporter: the new u.s.d.a. guidelines recommend people consume less than 10% of calories per day from added sugars, about 12 teaspoons. less than 10% of calories per day from saturated fat, about a fast food cheeseburger, and less than 2300 milligrams per day of sodium, about a teaspoon of table salt. women should consume between 1600 and 2400 calories a day. men 2000 to 3000. let's see how this samples of daily males wraps up. if you have cereal and coffee
lunch, an apple for a snack, salmon for dinner. add small piece of cake for dessert, you consumed about 2150 calories, but the soda alone exceeded the recommended sugar limit, and the turkey wrap and chips contain about 1100 milligrams of sodium, already half of the recommended amount. sharon zarabi is a registered dietitian at lenox hill. is honey added sugar? >> honey is added sugar, although it is natural, but you'll notice that milk products, such as milk or even a yogurt, has 12 grams of sugar per cup, and then when you are making it a fruit-flavoredo gurtd, that doubles the sugar from 12 to 24 grams per serving. >> reporter: we also asked about foods with unexpectedly high sodium. >> the same flavor dressing which is italian in one bottle can be 450 milligrams of sodium versus 300 milligrams. >> reporter: that's a huge difference. >> yeah. >> reporter: it's so easy to
you might think this spinach wrap is better than this piece of white bread, but the bread has 90 calories and no saturated fat, but the wrap, 210 calories and two grams of saturated fat, so you have to read the label. >> pelley: jon lapook, thanks very much. coming up, we're going to remember an actor that got a lot of laughs one day at a time. (politely) wait, wait, wait! you can't put it in like that... ...you have to rinse it first. that's baked-on alfredo. baked-on? it's never gonna work. dish issues? trust your dishwasher with cascade platinum.
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