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>> pelley: breaking news turns out that new york jail break may have been a murder plot stitched together by the prison seam seamstress. also tonight, the naacp official who claimed to be black resigns after her parents say she's white, and there are still more questions about her past. clarissa ward enters what may be the biggest terror threat to the united states. and "jurassic world" made tons of money but it also made some mezzoic errors. >> this is the "cbs evening news" with scott captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
> pelley: it seems strange that a prison seamstress would help two killers escape a maximum-security lockup, but we're told tonight that police believe the prison employees smuggled tools into their cells with the understanding that the convicts would kill her husband. joyce mitchell pleaded not guilty today, but the inmates are the focus of an intense manhunt now entering a tenth night in upstate new york. anna werner is there. >> we're going to wave the preliminary felony hearing. >> reporter: 51-year-old joyce mitchell is already facing a felony charge for allegedly helping the two murderers escape from prison. now a law enforcement source tells cbs news there was an agreement between mitchell and the two men richard matt and david sweat, that once out of prison they would kill her husband lyle. in an interview sunday, clinton county district attorney andrew wiley would not confirm there was any threat to mitchell's husband, but says she told investigators the reason she didn't follow through with the plan was that she was worried about her husband. >> that was one of her final
statements that she made to us, that she did love lyle and that she didn't want to hurt him in that way. >> reporter: wiley revealed more details about the escape plan saying mitchell told investigators she was to pick up the two men at the power plant near the prison after they escaped. >> she was not advised of where it was but it was about seven hours away and they would need a four-wheel drive vehicle to get into that area. >> reporter: he says mitchell had a panic attack and went to the hospital instead. area residents are taking no chances. ken snyder lives along the search perimeter. >> that's deadbolted. there's a chair underneath it. and we have a rifle in the house where i can have quick access to it. >> reporter: mitchell had a new attorney, steve johnson who told us tonight she has not spoken to her husband and she is distraught. scott, when we asked the sheriff whether she's on suicide watch he told us they don't use the
term, but a deputy is watching her at all times. >> pelley: and we're told the search for the men is costing $1 million a day. anna werner reporting for us tonight. anna, thank you. today civil rights advocate rachel dolezal resigned from the naacp after it was revealed she is a white woman masquerading as an african american. john blackstone is covering. >> reporter: for years before rachel dolezal became president of the spokane chapter of the naacp in january she has been representing herself as black. today she resigned, saying in a statement, the dialogue has unexpectedly shifted internationally to my personal identity in the context of defining race and ethnicity. the resignation letter does not address her true racial identity, but her family does. her father larry dolezal. >> her true birth ethnicity is caucasian. >> reporter: her parents say she grew up blond and blue-eyed. in a statement today they say
she's been trying for several years to erase the reality of her true ethnicity as a white woman. her claims began to unravel after questions arose when a photo posted online showed her with an african american man she identified as her father. when pbs affiliate asked her last week about her race, dolezal dodged the question. >> the cause is justice. what's most important to me is maintaining the integrity of the work. >> reporter: but critics say her integhtd, not her race, is the issue. kitara mcclure is a community activist that worked with dolezal. >> no one said she didn't do any work. we're just saying you can't stand if a role of leadership and represent our community when you... when all your statements are questioned over their validity. >> reporter: in 2002, dolezal was an historic in howard at an historically black university claiming discrimination because she was white.
the suit was disnissed. cornell williams brooks heads the national naacp. >> it's important for us to focus not on reality tv and all of the questions around those things, but to focus on real issues and real challenges to our democracy. >> reporter: here in spokane city officials are launching an ethics investigation into whether dolezal lied about her race scott, to be appointed to city commission. >> pelley: john blackstone reporting. john, thank you very much. today candidate number 11 joined the race for the republican president, nomination. his name is john ellis bush, but his campaign logo uses none of those name, just his nishes, which spell jeb his nickname, with an exclamation point the point being for the former florida governor to separate himself from his famous father and brother. nancy stewart-franczak is -- nancy cordes is in miami. >> i'm a candidate for president
of the united states of america. >> reporter: after all the buildup, bush argued today he should lead the nation, not because of his famous name, but despite it. >> not one of us deserves the job by right of resume, party seniority, family or family narrative. it's nobody's turn. it's everybody's test. and it's wide open. >> reporter: the true test, he said, is executive experience, a reference to his eight years as governor of the nation's fourth largest state. the country, he said, is on a very bad course. >> i know we can fix this because i've done it. [cheering and applause] >> reporter: if his aggressive early fund-raising was meant to scare off competitor, it didn't work. bush joins a g.o.p. field of 10 that could grow to 16. >> i do like him very much. i loved him as governor. >> reporter: even his fans, like tessa macaulay, are playing the field. do you think of him as the front-runner? >> you know, i don't know at this moment. i might have said yes a while
ago, but some of them have come on very, very strongly. and i'd like to hear what they have to say before i make a commitment. >> reporter: bush has argued that the party needs to broaden its reach. today when he was interrupted by pro-immigration reform protesters, he said this. >> the next president of the united states will pass meaningful immigration reform so that that will be solved. not by executive order. [cheering and applause] >> reporter: that's one of a couple areas where bush unapologetically breaks with g.o.p. orthodoxy but scott he emphatically describes himself today as conservative and every single speaker he breakthrough on the this stage used the same term. >> pelley: nancy cordes, the beginning of a long campaign. nancy, thank you very much. ur air strikes are believed to have taken out two notorious terrorist lead centers recent days, and david martin is following this.
>> reporter: al wuhaysi was targeted by a c.i.a. drone strike. though his death has not been confirmed by u.s. intelligence, one official told cbs news the indications are that he was killed. once the personal secondary to osama bin laden, al wuhaysi had risen to become the leader of al qaeda in the arabian pins last, the most dangerous branch of al qaeda. among other attacks aqap, as it is known was behind the attempt by the so-called underwear bomber to blow up an airliner over detroit. it also claims responsibility for the attacks carried out by two brothers in paris earlier this year which left 12 dead. moktar belmokthar was the target of a separate strike. this building in libya was bombed where he was believed to be meeting with an african affiliate. he was the leader of an attack on a natural gas facility in which 39 people, including three americans, were killed.
al wuhaysi is a major terrorist leader leading attacks against the u.s. he had recently been named manager of al qaeda operations. >> pelley: david martin, thank you. david just mentioned the al qaeda branch in yemen is the most dangerous. they're the terrorists that put failed bombs on three planes headed for the u.s. tonight we have something rare. firsthand reporting from yemen a lawless land now in the midst of a civil war. two branches of islam are fighting there, the sunnis, backed by saudi arabia, and the xiback known in yemen as houthis, backed by iran. our clarissa ward managed to get right in the middle of it. >> this is first thing you see when you land at sena airport some of first targets in a three-month-old bombing campaign led by saudi arabia. up until now the saudis have
blocked access to foreign journalists trying to cover the civil war. and it didn't take long for us to see why. this is the sound of every day life here in sana. we can hear outgoing anti-aircraft, jets overhead. they're supposedly bombing over in those mountains over there. [gunfire] most air strikes have targeted military installations now under the control of houthi rebel fortses who swept into power last fall and ousted the president and who the saudi-led coalition view as a proxy for their archrival iran, but at least 1,300 civilians have been killed, and some of the country's most precious heritage has been destroyed. in sanaa's old city, which dates back more than 2,500 years abdullah kakalla showed us his
family home, flattened by an air strike days ago. >> this is not for any reason. we do not belong to iran or anybody. we don't want war. we don't want to destroy anybody. how can they? >> reporter: the houthis deny they are backed by iran, but at a israeli for supporters in the city center yesterday it was clear where the group's sympathies lie. they're chanting a houthi slogan over and over again, a mawt al amreeka, a mawt al israel, death to america death to israel. people here blame the u.s. for supplying the bombs that saudi arabia is dropping. as one of yemen's new leaders mohammed ali al houthi, explained in a rare interview. understanding of america's role in this conflict?
"the animosity against the u.s. is because it's playing an adversarial role against the people of the region," he said, "america is for sure fighting us." >> pelley: clarissa is joining us now. clarissa, we mentioned earlier that yes ma'am season home to the most dangerous branch of al qaeda. how is the war affecting al qaeda there now? >> reporter: scott, this is really the biggest concern of the u.s. government, because al qaeda is actively exploiting the chaos and the sectarianism that this war has given rise to. in fact, at the moment they have more fighters and more money here in yemen than ever before. >> pelley: big stakes for the united states. clarissa ward reporting from yemen. thank you very much, clarissa. we're also following tonight the story of two american war veterans who are fighting to prevent casualties at home. among the two million vets who served in iraq and afghanistan. the v.a. estimates that 22 of those vets die each day by their
own hand. chip reid now on a mission to defeat suicide. >> reporter: six weeks ago special forces veteran johnny primo logged on to his instagram account and says he was horrified to see a suicide note from a veteran who lives just a few miles away. it read in part, "very few people know the truth. i want this in everyone's memory." desperate the help, primo tracked down his address. >> i was 45 minutes too late from him taking his own life. and immediately then it was like a gut-wrenching feeling knowing that maybe if there was a chance if he had my phone number that he wouldn't have killed himself. >> reporter: primo called friend and fellow veteran casey gray. that night they launched an instagram suicide prevention network by posting a message pleading with vets who are having suicidal thoughts to call them, any time, day or night. veterans responded immediately. >> within first three hours we saved one person. within first 24 hours we saved
five people. >> reporter: you mean people on the verge of suicide? >> guys on the verge of suicide. >> guys get to a point where they feel secluded and they isolate. they need to know somebody is there for them. >> reporter: gray served in iraq, lost friends in combat and was severely injured in a helicopter crash. the fact you've been through so much, you think that makes it easier for these people to talk to you? >> yes because they can talk to someone, a survivor of a situation. he made it through. i can get through this, as well. >> reporter: there are now about 180 veterans offering a lifeline on the 22 too many instagram network. primo says they've already helped more than 400 vets who were contemplating suicide. >> if you're worried about your safety or someone else's... report when professional help is needed, they contact a network of psychologist, which includes dr. carrie elk. >> it's a team effort, and both are needed. >> reporter: primo and gray are currently developing a web
site and smart phone app which will give vets more resources when they find themselves in a dark place. >> you're courageous enough to do what you did in the military, just pick up a phone and call. that's all you have to do. >> reporter: veteran suicide risk is approximately 50% higher than the general poplation scott, i asked primo and gray if they're in this for the long haul, and they said they'll keep at it as long as they need. >> pelley: no vet is truly alone. chip, great report. thank you so much. there have been two serious shark attacks on the same beach just hours apart. and wild animals are flooded out of the zoo when the "cbs evening news" continues. . this is humira helping to relieve my pain and protect my joints from further damage. this is humira helping me reach for more. doctors have been prescribing humira for more than 10 years. humira works for many adults.
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he was in shock. he was still coherent. lost... took it clean off. >> reporter: just last week on the same stretch of beach a 13-year-old girl on her boogie board also encountered a shark but she escaped with cuts to her foot. sunday's attacks both occurred near fishing piers where bait often lure schools of fish and sometimes the sharks the feed on them but dan abel, a marine scientist at coastal carolina university, says these kind of incidents are rare. >> it was pretty likely this was the same shark. it would be even more unusual in my estimation for it to be two separate sharks biting with a similar style that close together in time and space. >> reporter: the condition of the girl injured in the shark attack is being withheld at the family's request, but the boy who lost his arm scott, is now in good condition. >> pelley: elaine, thanks very much. hundreds of firefighters take on a growing wildfire when we come back.
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realistic are these prehistoric predators? dr. michael habib a paleontologist at the university of southern california says the science in the movie was only half bad. how scientifically accurate is this movie? >> about as scientifically accurate as your average science fiction flick, which is not particularly. if there are some animal in it that are fairly real itself nick terms of their amatany. the way in which they run the way in which the feet interact with the ground all looked really good. >> one of the things habib says the movie gets wrong the dinosaurs' hands inch reality they could not use them to pick up or tear through things the way they do on screen, but he says the biggest disappointment is that the movie ignores one of the most significant dinosaur discoveries of the past two decades, many of them had feathers, similar to birds especially velociraptor, which the film still shows as being
scaly and well, featherless. >> and action! >> reporter: the filmmakers hired a biologist to make the film as accurate as possible, but they say the main goal was to simply make it fun to watch. >> welcome to jurassic park. >> reporter: but if you want to get picky even the title of the entire franchise is not quite right. most of these dinosaurs were from the cretaceous period, not jurassic. triceratops would be cretaceous, >> but it's doubtful a movie called "cretaceous world" would have sold so many tickets. >> pelley: that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news, all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs
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