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>> rose: devastating floods in the united states. a deadly heat wave in india. a new report says the extreme weather is all related and there is more of it to come. also tonight, a startling failure of air force security. investigators give fake bombs and band weapons past screeners almost every time they try. bruce jenner's transition. the former olympic athlete says "call me caitlyn." and it was the big one at the box office, but an earthquake expert finds fault with "san andreas." captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> rose: good evening. scott's on assign. i'm charlie rose. scientists today made an ominous prediction. we'll be seeing more extreme weather like the flooding that killed at least 30 people last
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month in the southern plains while damaging or destroying thousands of homes. and on the other side of the world, the extraordinary heat wave that killed well over 2,000 in india. that trace the cause of it all to the very top of the world. here is cbs news correspondent kris van cleave. >> reporter: may took texas from drout to destructive floods , while on the other side of the globe excessive heat turned deadly in india. in a paper published today researchers from rutgers university offered an explanation for why, arguing climate change in the arctic is slowing the jetstream over the northern hemisphere, leaving the weather increasingly prone to repeat. climatologist dave robinson. >> everything flow, and with it weather patterns persist over areas for longer periods of time. that could make a wet situation dangerously wet. it could make a heat wave dangerously long. >> reporter: typically the jetstream would move storms from west to east across the u.s.
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in may it funneled storm after storm to texas and oklahoma, resulting in the northeast being unseasonably dry. california is stuck in drout and alaska had its first 90-plus degree day earlier than ever. >> may was such an unusual weather month. what happened? >> nature hit pause. >> reporter: the national weather service's chris vaccaro says the phenom unanimous can happen any time. >> we can see in the winter months in the northeast where you have, like in thes be area, we had repeated snowstorms over a short period of time. >> forecasters say the storms in parts of the northeast and the weather we're seeing here in the mid atlantic today are signs that the weather pattern is off repeat. that's welcome news for folks in texas who are finally getting an opportunity to dry out. but charlie, no sign of relief for california's historic drought. >> thanks, chris. sunshine is in the forecast for texas and oklahoma this week. this is a welcome change after weeks of endless rain and flood that caused about $1 billion in damage but omar villafranca says
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relief will be slow in coming. >> reporter: it's not over yet. rivers and lakes are still at dangerously high levels. on saturday abeight-year-old girl in suburban dallas was killed after a car crash ejected her into floodwaters. rescuers had to use a boat to recover her body. at least 21 roads were still closed in the dallas area, but that didn't stop some drivers from ignoring low water crossing barriers and risking their lives to passes through. lieutenant scott walton is with the dallas police department. >> if you actually move a barricade, the person that comes along behind you doesn't know that barricade was there and puts themselves in danger. this is a violation of state law. >> reporter: just 30 miles from houston several hundred cattle were stranded in floodwaters and had to be rescued. along the brazos river in houston, officers have something new to worry about gawkers. dug adolph with the sugarland police department is trying to keep people from getting too close. >> if you go in, there's a strong likelihood that you'll go under and you're going to stay
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under. >> oh, no! >> reporter: almost a week after a swollen blanco river devastated wimberly, texas several people are still missing. volunteers continue to search through the rubble. resident joel moore did not see it coming. >> we had no idea the river was that high and we're right there on it. at the end of the day you're in texas and people are only going the leave when they're forced out sometimes. >> reporter: nearly 6,000 homes and businesses have been damaged in this texas flood and, charlie that number could change because hurricane season started today. >> rose: thanks, omar. we've got some alarming news today about security at our busiest airport. screeners have failed test after test when federal agents tried to sneak in fake bombs and weapons. homeland security correspondent jeff pegues has more on that. >> undercover investigators posing as passengers were able to smuggle dangerous item 67 of the 70 times they went through
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airport security. the team whose job it is to uncover security vulnerabilities had a 95% success rate, smuggling mock explosives, weapons and potential bomb components through tsa checkpoints. the contraband included both me l -- metallic and non-metallic bomb parts like those used in the underwear bomb which almost exploded aboard a delta airline's plight on christmas day in 2009. those types of bombs are the hallmark of al qaeda in the arabian peninsula. officials see that group as one of the greatest threats to aviation. an individual familiar with the classified findings says the shortfalls point to a need for better technology and increased training for the country's 50,000 tsa agents. for example in one failure a tsa agent performing a pat-down of an undercover investigator did not detect a mock explosive taped to that person's back. frank cilluffo is a former white house counter-terrorism official.
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>> we're dealing with thinking predators. they base their actions in part on our action, consistently seeking vulnerabilities, and we have to do what we can to stay ahead. >> one former high-ranking official called the report "disturbing." dhs secretary jeh johnson was so concerned about the result he ordered immediate security changes. jeff pegues, cbs news, washington. >> rose: toledo midwestic surveillance programs are on hold tonight after the senate failed to reauthorize the patriot act. one of those program the bulk collection of phone records, has been the subject of controversy ever since it was revealed by former n.s.a. contractor edward snowden. here is our congressional correspondent nancy cordes. >> we find ourselves in a circumstance where important tools have already lapsed. >> reporter: senate majority leader mitch mcconnell warned u.s. investigators are now working with one hand tied behind their backs unable to seek roving wiretaps to track suspected terrorists who switch
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out their cell phones or to wiretap so-called lone wolves who are not tied to a specific terror group. they are also blocked from conducting new searches of the national security agency's phone records database, to see who suspected terrorists called and when. according to a federal report, the n.s.a. queried the database 288 times in 2012. how often are these programs used? >> well, the truth is they're used very seldom. >> reporter: republican richard burr chairs the senate intelligence committee. he says a temporary lapse won't pose a huge risk, but a longer one would. >> when we collect a cell phone of a known terrorist abroad, the ability in real-time to check that against the database of american phone calls to see if there was ever a communication is absolutely crucial in our ability to be in front of a terrorist attack. >> reporter: but many lawmakers believe the bulk collection of phone records is an invasion of privacy and kentucky senator rand paul blocked a vote sunday night to extend the program even
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temporarily. >> we can't allow the rule of law to be so trod upon that we live in an arbitrary governmental world where they collect anything they want any time they want. >> reporter: the house has already passed a bill that would stop the n.s.a.'s collection of phone data but allow it to access those records being held by phone companies. the president supports that measure and charlie the senate could vote on it as early as tomorrow. >> rose: thanks, nancy. secretary of state john kerry due tonight in boston where he'll get treatment for his broken right leg. he broke it in france yesterday when his bicycle hit a curb. kerry, who is 71, was flown by helicopter today to an air base in switzerland for the flight home. as he recovers, he'll take part by phone in the next round of nuclear talks with iran. the deadline for concluding a deal to curtail iran's nuclear program is june 30th. in return painful economic sanctions would be lifted. so what are the chances this can be worked out?
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liz palmer went looking for answers in tehran. >> reporter: there's no getting away from the pain of u.s. sanctions here. grocery prices are up 20% over the past year. gas and electricity have doubled. iranians want it to stop. so they're watching the nuclear talks closely, most most desperate for a deal. of course, not everyone is on side. hardliners see an agreement as a capitulation to america. hossein shariatmadari is a well-known conservative. do you think there will be a nuclear deal a month from now? >> i don't. >> reporter: never? never, he says, and all the optimism, it's just talk. there was lots of optimism last fall when negotiators came to an interim agreement, but there are now big obstacles ahead. first, how fast the sanctions against iran would be lifted. the iranians want relief right away. the u.s. wants a fazed approach.
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the second is how much access international inspectors will have to iran's military installations to check that they are not developing nuclear weapons. iran's supreme leader says there will be no access. the u.s. says that's a deal breaker. obviously, charlie there's a lot to do before the 30th of june. secretary kerry's accident has come at a bad time. he gets along very well with iran's foreign minister, and their close relationship has driven these negotiations forward. it's just not going to be the same dynamic if the secretary is grounded in washington. >> rose: thank you liz. today senator lindsey graham of south carolina joined the race for the republican presidential nomination. he said he has more national security experience than any other presidential contender including democrat hillary clinton. graham says he would send thousands of u.s. troops back to iraq. he is the ninth republican in the race and there are more to come. today the white house web site
6:41 pm created a virtual condolence book so the public can send notes of sympathy to the family of beau biden. the vice president's son who was 46, died saturday of brain cancer, a disease that kills more than 15,000 americans every year. we asked our dr. jon lapook to tell us more about it. >> reporter: beau biden suffered a mild stroke in 2010, and in 2013 underwent surgery to remove what was described as a small brain lesion, although the spif rick -- spif rick not public. the survival rates of brain cancer vary depending on the type of tumor. most malignant brain tumors are glioblastoma, which are highly aggressive. treatment includes surgery chemotherapy and radiation, but the median survival is about 14 months and two-year survival is only 30%. >> this is great. >> 32-year-old clara guy was diagnosed with a brain tumor when she was pregnant with her second daughter in 2012. a year after surgery the cancer returned as an advanced
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glioblastoma. >> i would likely have approximately six to 18 months. i've got these two young kids. it is not stopping ground for me, and not only, that it felt like a punch in the stomach. so i needed a positive lookout and it was okay, who can we find that can have hope. >> reporter: in 2014, clara was part of a clinical trial using immunotherapy at duke university medical center. since cancer often hides itself from the body's defense system the strategy here is to manipulate immune cells to recognize and attack brain tumors. dr. john sampson is part of the team at duke developing these immunotherapies. >> once we rev up the immune system, the cells can track the tumor down, even in these deep crevices within the brain and kill the cells in a specific way without harming the cells around them. >> reporter: finding cancer cells in those crevices within the brain is korea because a main reason for the poor prognosis is by the time a
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diagnosis is made, the tumor cells usually have spread microscopically beyond what's visible on cat scan or m.r.i. so far clara guy is doing well. >> rose: thank you john. today a colorado jury heard james holmes tell a state-oy pointed psychiatrist he knew murder was legally wrong when he shot up a movie theater killing 12 and injuring 70. he said he hoped the shootings would get him out of his depression. this is part of a lengthy interviewed being played out at holmes' murder trial. holmes has pleaded not guilty by reasons of insanity. tonight some drivers in colorado admit they're nervous after the police and the f.b.i. said there's a link between two recent highway shootings. barry petersen is following this. >> reporter: for almost 30 years kerry minchow has been commuting on interstate 25 the main route between denver and northern colorado. she's face blizzards rain, hail, but never this.
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is it in your mind that somebody out there might take a shot? >> absolutely. yes. >> reporter: that's pretty scary. >> it is. it is scary. but something could happen to us like that going to work. >> i thought i had been in an accident. >> reporter: it started with the late-night shooting of cori romero about six weeks ago on the interstate. a bullet passed through her neck. >> the pull-down mirror was down, and that's when i saw they weren't cuts, there were holes on each side. recall then on may 18th, john jackoby was shot twice and killed riding his bicycle in the city of windsor about 60 miles north of denver. >> we linked the two shootings with evidence. >> reporter: windsor police chief john michaels, whose department is working with local sheriff's and the f.b.i., won't say what evidence linked the shootings, but he's warning the half million people in the immediate area to be cautious. are you worried you're dealing with somebody who is a serial shooter? >> we're dealing with an individual that we know, individual or individuals we know have been involved in two
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shootings. there could be more. we don't kno >> reporter: as for why those two people were targeted, no one will say for sure, but it may well have been random, all the more nerve-racking, charlie, for the drivers of the 67,000 vehicles who use this interstate every day. >> rose: thanks, barry. bruce jenner makes a high-profile debut as a woman and reveals a new name. and tragedy at an airshow when the "cbs evening news" continues. es when your insurance company says they'll only pay three-quarters of what it takes to replace it. what are you supposed to do, drive three-quarters of a car? now if you had liberty mutual new car replacement, you'd get your whole car back. i guess they don't want you driving around on three wheels. smart. with liberty mutual new car replacement, we'll replace the full value of your car. see car insurance in a whole new light. liberty mutual insurance.
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>> rose: today bruce jenner went public with a new female identity and name. jenner will now be known as caitlyn. jenner, who is 65, is the most high-profile american to identify as transgender. more now from michelle miller. >> and he's going to shatter -- >> to one generation he was a rugged olympic champion. >> what a day for bruce jenner! >> reporter: to another, kim kardashian's athletic step dad. but on the cover of the july issue of "vanity fair" magazine, the person once known as bruce jenner now asks the world "call me caitlin." caitlyn, pressed her thoughts on video during her photo shoot with renowned photographer annie leibowitz. >> bruce always had to tell a lie. caitlyn doesn't have any secrets. >> it's just a critical moment.
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>> reporter: dru levasseur is with lambda legal a national organization advocating for legal rights in the transgender community. what does caitlyn jenner's outing do for this movement? >> i think it brings increased visibility. it shows that even somebody who was on the wheaties box maybe when they were growing up can be transgender. >> reporter: in a 2011 survey, transgender people are twice as likely to be unemployed, twice as likely to be murdered and have a suicide attempt rate of 41%. but things may be starting to change. >> even for somebody like, you know, caitlyn jenner, to have that struggle of coming out it's something that people can relate to. >> reporter: and the guinness book of world record has recognized caitlyn jenner's twitter account as the fastest to reach one million followers
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>> rose: today the supreme court ruled in favor of a muslim woman who did not get hired by abercrombie and fitch when she showed up for a job interview wearing a headscarf. in another decision, the justices made it harder to prosecute people for making threats online. they threw out the conviction of a man who ranted on facebook about wanting to kill his ex-wife. in eastern italy amateur video captured the moment yesterday
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andreas." it's about the big one but how close is it to the real one? here's john blackstone. >> reporter: hollywood kicked off the summer movie season by destroying its hometown. the disaster movie "san andreas" envisions a series of huge earthquakes wiping out much of california. >> what does not happen is this: the fault can't open up. >> reporter: so we're not going to fall in. >> we're not going to fall in. >> reporter: when real earthquakes happen in california reporters tune to seismologist lucy jones at usgs for the facts. >> this is looking real bad. >> it's looking real bad. >> reporter: now she's addressing the fiction. fact or fiction most of the high-rises in l.a. fall down? >> most coming down: fiction. a few potentially fact. >> you'll feel it on the east coast. >> reporter: fact or fiction they're going to feel this in new york? >> no, absolute fiction.
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>> reporter: she spent time today on reddit telling an online audience what the movie got right and what it got wrong. >> i see it! >> reporter: huge tsunami hits san francisco? >> a tsunami, you have to have a subduction zone to create it. onwe d't have it in san francisco. no. >> reporter: still she sees the movie not as a disaster but as an opportunity to push the message, be prepared. >> it's great the see is seismologist ordering people out of the doorways and under the table. >> the movie may not match reality, but one thing is clear its impact at the box office will be seismic. john blackstone, cbs news, california. >> rose: it is a movie. that's the "cbs evening news." for scott pelley, i'm charlie rose in new york. i'll see you first thing tomorrow on "cbs this morning." good night. captioning sponsored by cbs
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>> saint sofia's cathedral overflowed with mournsers for two teenager girls ortapped in the d.c. mansion memories. i'm bruce leshan. police have already made an arrest. i'm allison barber and i'll have more on that in just a moment. out of service. how long the washington monument will keep its doors closed this time and the problem that's to blame. first, tonight at 7:00, taking a live look of the area over d.c. several strong storms packing thunder and lightning have been popping up all afternoon and the threat isn't over yet. thank you for joining us. i'm lesli foster. >> and i'm derek mcginty. several watches and warnings


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