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>> pelley: a birthday celebration turns deadly when a california apartment balcony suddenly collapses. also tonight, tropical storm bill makes landfall. it could bring half a foot of rain and a new round of flooding to the hard-hit plains. the donald sounds the trumpets and blows his own horn. >> i'm really rich. >> pelley: and american astronaut terry burts shows us the wonders of the world. >> this is the "cbs evening news" with scott captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: a shrine is growing tonight in berkeley, california, at the scene of a terrible tragedy. six young people were killed, seven seriously injured when an apartment balcony collapsed. the dead were college students from ireland and john blackstone has the latest.
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>> medic two for medical emergency. >> reporter: at 12:41 a.m. ambulances rushed to the building where a fourth-floor balcony broke away. >> at least ten people fell from the second or third floor. >> reporter: it happened during a late-night 21st birthday party with a group of irish students, most of them visiting on summer work visas. owen buckley is a student from ireland who heard the commotion from his third-floor apartment. >> it was just a loud crash. people downstairs were saying the balcony collapsed. >> reporter: at least 13 people were on the balcony which appeared to peel away from the building, landing upside down on the balcony of the floor below, spilling victims 50 feet on to the street. jason biswas also lives in the building with his parents. >> i looked down. it was just death. i was in the presence of a lot of death. i didn't want to stay there for too long. >> reporter: the students are visiting on the popular j1 visa program, which allows foreign students to work and travel in
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the u.s. during the summer. in ireland the deaths and injuries are seen as national tragedy. irish prime minister enda kenney. >> it's truly terrible to have such a serious and sad incident take place at the beginning of a summer of adventure and opportunity for so many young people on j1 visas in the united states. >> reporter: an official cause of this accident has not yet been established, but city officials have closed all the other balconies in this eight-year-old building until they know more about why this happened. >> pelley: john blackstone reporting for us tonight. john, thank you. tonight tropical storm bill is pounding the texas coast. flash flood watches and warnings are up. and there could be a foot of rain, the last thing texas needs after the flooding in may. omar villafranca is in galveston. >> reporter: bill made landfall this morning with 60mph winds, heavy rain and minor street flooding, but this is just the beginning of the storm that could last for three days.
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it comes just three weeks after heavy rains left more than 30 people dead in texas and destroyed hundreds of homes. >> after the rains devastated this area, it looked like a war zone. >> reporter: beverley schorres' houston neighborhood is still littered with debris from the last round. her own home came within inches of being flooded when water reached the doorstep. she's worried she won't be so lucky this time. >> we're shell-shocked. it could happen again. we just don't know. >> reporter: an estimated 35 trillion gallons of rain fell on texas in may enough rain to create what researchers call a brown ocean, soil so saturated with water that it may actually feed into the new storm system. dr. marshall shepherd is with the university of georgia. >> when we see these storms moving over this very wet soil, that environment is mimicking the ocean and providing ample moisture to perhaps either sustain that storm or perhaps even intensify it. >> reporter: here in galveston
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and along the texas coast the rain is expected to continue through wednesday. scott, this storm is so big they're expecting flooding more than 200 miles away over in dallas and as many as 50 million people could be under a flood watch or warning. >> pelley: omar villafranca on the flood watch tonight. thank you very much, omar. tonight for the first time we heard from the psychiatrist who is treating james holmes in 2012 before he massacred a dozen people and wounded 70 in a colorado movie theater. what did dr. lynn fenton know before the killing? barry petersen is covering the holmes' trial. >> reporter: university of colorado psychiatrist dr. lynn fenton fist saw holmes on march 21st when holmes sought counseling from a student health service. from the beginning he talked about mass homicides to eliminate what holmes labeled "his biological problems," but then holmes seemingly dismissed his own thoughts. >> he said "you can't kill
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everyone, so it's not an effective solution." >> reporter: they met seven times over almost three months, and through it all fenton told prosecutor george brackley holmes said nothing about his plans. >> does he tell you that he thinks he can improve how good he feels or his self-value by murdering people? >> no. >> reporter: fenton testified that holmes insisted he was over the breakup with a girlfriend and later claimed he was okay with flunking out of school, saying he was planning on getting a job and staying in denver, but fenton was not convinced. after their last meeting on june 11th, she alerted a campus threat assessment team, reached out to holmes' professors and even called his mother without holmes' permission. >> she said essentially that he had always been like this, meaning very shy and socially awkward. >> reporter: at the same time, holmes and fenton were meeting holmes started preparing for the
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theater massacre, buying two handguns, a shotgun and a rifle along with ammunition. >> but he never told you any of that? >> no. >> reporter: also at this very same time, holmes was writing a notebook about his plans for the massacre. he mailed it to dr. fenton. it didn't arrive in time. in fact, she never saw it, scott, because it was confiscated at the campus post office. >> pelley: barry petersen, thanks. in new york state the police haven't found those two escaped killers, so today the search area around the upstate area was shifted and expanded. and the prison employee charged with helping richard matt and david sweat break out 11 nights ago got a prison visit from her husband. joyce mitchell's lawyer denied today that she conspired with the convicts to murder her husband. today we learned that the f.b.i. is investigating one of baseball's most admired teams
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the st. louis cardinals. the question is whether the cardinals hacked the computers of the houston astros to steal closely guarded information about players. dean reynolds now with a story of run bits and errors. >> number 70! >> reporter: baseball has a long and glorious history of bending or breaking its own rules, from the steroids that polluted home run records, to the sign swiping that may have stolen a pennant. >> the giants won the pennant! the giants won the pen nantd! >> reporter: to get a competitive edge, bats have been illegally corked to jack their range while pitch verse used spit and other stuff to improve their odds. >> they're throwing him out of the game. >> reporter: let'ser munson is a sports journalist and lawyer. >> in baseball we recognize stealing as part of the game. we steal second base. we steal third base. best of all, we steal home. >> reporter: but now baseball
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larceny may have gone digital. the houston astros reported a breech of their computer network last year, and f.b.i. is now investigating whether members of the st. louis cardinals' front office were behind the hack. houston's general manager jeff luhnow had been a cardinal executive until 2011. with st. louis he developed a first-class system of identifying talent. the cardinals' currently have the best record in baseball. luhnow went on to set up a similar system in houston, which after years as an also-ran is currently atop the western division of the american league. the information hacked from houston's database allegedly included closely held trade discussions and player evaluations that could be vital to a competitor like, for example, the cardinals. mike metheny is their manager. >> we don't know any more than anybody else. right now we just go about our business and realize that something is being dealt with.
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>> reporter: both teams said they are cooperating with investigators, scott. and so did baseball commissioner rob that any allegation like this is of great concern. >> pelley: dean, thank you. real estate developer donald trump is making a bid on a mansion at 1600 pennsylvania avenue in washington. after flirting a number of times with a run for the republican nomination, trump announced in new york today that this time he is in. here's nancy cordes. >> reporter: with an entrance fit for a reality tv star, trump glided down an escalator inside trump tower and asked the nation to hire him. >> we need somebody that can take the brand of the united states and make it great again. >> reporter: the owner of everything from buildings to beauty pageants said he'd apply his business savvy to the presidency. >> i will be the greatest jobs
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president that god ever created. i tell you that. >> reporter: as proof that he's a winner, trump touted a new tally of his net worth. >> $8,737,540,000. i'm really rich. i'll show you that in a second. i'm not doing that to brag because, you know what, i don't have to brag. i don't have to, believe it or not. what did you contribute to this task? >> reporter: thanks to his long-running show, "the apprentice," trump enters this race with name recognition through the roof. >> ian you're fired. >> reporter: recent polls show him ahead of businesswoman carly fiorina, senator graham graham and former texas governor rick perry. he may even qualify the participate in the first g.o.p. debate in august, where only the top ten candidates will earn a spot on stage. >> nobody builds walls better than me, believe me. >> reporter: president trump he said today would erect a wall to keep mexicans out. >> they're bringing drugs. they're bringing crime.
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they're rapists and some i assume are good people. >> reporter: as for foreign policy... >> nobody would be tougher on isis than donald trump. nobody. >> reporter: if anyone doubts that trump is serious about this bid, consider this: he has already hired staffers in several early voting states, and he's holding his first campaign rally at this community college in new hampshire tomorrow. the flyers, scott have already been printed up. >> pelley: nancy cordes on the campaign for us. nancy, thank you. trump makes an even dozen republican candidates with maybe four waiting in the wings. there are four in the contest for the democrats. despite all appearances remember election day is not november. it is a year from november. today the white house confirmed a u.s. drone strike killed nair al wuhawshi, who led the al
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qaeda branch in yemen. this is arguably al qaeda's biggest loss since osama bin laden. clarissa ward has managed to get inside yemen for a rare look at this failed state and haven for terrorists. >> reporter: for 13 years nair al wuhawshi oversaw the rise of al qaeda in the arabian peninsula as the most important branch of the terrorist group. a former personal secretary of osama bin laden, it was al wuhawshi who sent the underwear bomber farouq. that attack failed, but many others he coordinated did not. in 2012, more than 100 soldiers were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up a rehearsal for a military parade. then last fall iran backed houthi rebels swept into power and began fighting the
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militants. houthi forces have successfully pushed al qaeda out of the capital, but the terrorist group has now taken large swaths of territory in other parts of the country. [gunfire] a three-month-old bombing campaign led by saudi arabia has created a power vacuum that the militants have exploited, and it has shifted the focus of yemen's new leader away from fighting al qaeda. the civil war has killed more than 2,600 people here since march, and the naval blockade has left millions more facing a humanitarian disaster. throughout sena, gas lines stretch over a mile long, three lanes deep. there is a desperate shortage of water, food and medicine. trash clogs the streets and electricity is only available for a few hours every week. former minister hisham abudllah tell us that houthi leaders lack the experience to meet all the
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challenges. >> the houthis, it will take them a long time to iran political show. i don't think they have that time. >> reporter: do you believe that the houthis can win against al qaeda? >> the houthis alone can not defeat al qaeda. >> reporter: al wuhawshi's death is a set back, but they're still in a strong position. they control a city with a population of 200,000 and it's believed when they took control of that city the group stole millions of dollars from its central bank. >> pelley: clarissa ward with rare reporting from yemen. the government tells food companies to lose the transfat. and a drone makes a chilling discovery off shore when the "cbs evening news" continues. actually helps to support your muscle health? boost® high protein nutritional drink can help you get the protein you need. each serving has 15 grams of protein to help maintain muscle,
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prevent up to 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths from heart disease each year. dr. michael roizen is a physician at the cleveland clinic. >> this is just a recognition of the fact that these are dangerous to your and my health. >> reporter: in 2006, the f.d.a. required transfat labeling. as manufacturers and restaurants removed it from products, transfat consumption dropped 78%, but they can still be found in a wide range of goods. >> well, they remain in a lot of fried foods packaged crackers and packaged breads. one of the real reasons they were put in there is they let things live forever. >> reporter: companies have three years to comply. >> that's already in existence in canada. i don't know why it's going to take three years in the united states to bring what the food companies have already done in canada to the united states. >> reporter: erik olson of the natural resources defense council says it's not just transfats that may pose health risks. >> there are a lot of chemicals in our food supply that people have no idea are in there.
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there are some of these artificial flavoring chemicals and artificial coloring chemicals. some of them pose a cancer risk. others pose a risk to developing children. >> reporter: right now it can be duff to know if a product truly has no transfats. that's because products with less than half a gram per serve canning still say zero on the nutrition label that. won't be allowed in three years but for now the f.d.a. is suggesting check the ingredients level. >> pelley: a big improvement in public health. jon lapook, thanks. in two days a town of 15,000 may not have a drop of water. that's coming up next. it can be hard to get air out, which can make it hard to get air in. so i talked to my doctor. she said... doctor: symbicort could help you breathe better, starting within 5 minutes. symbicort doesn't replace a rescue inhaler for sudden symptoms. symbicort helps provide significant improvement of your lung function.
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spiriva helps me breathe better. to learn about spiriva respimat slow-moving mist ask your doctor or visit spirivarespimat.com >> pelley: for 199 days, terry virts floated inside the international space station always keeping an eye and a camera trained on the world passing by more than 200 miles below. he posted his pictures on twitter using the handle astro terry. now back on earth, he shared his experiences with us. which of the photographs are your favorites? >> you know, that's one of those questions that's going to be impossible to answer. i really like night pictures because of the aurora and the different colors that you saw.
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there were too many, though, to pick just one. >> pelley: i have a favorite. it's the picture of the pyramids. >> you know, scott i waited almost 200 kays to finally get that picture. it was on my last day in space i finally got the good picture of the pyramids. it's amazing to see this ancient piece of history from space. >> pelley: most people leave home to take pictures of a faraway place, but you went to faraway place to take pictures from home. >> there are two kind of pictures, you can get the beg giant zoom lens out and take a picture of the pyramids or something like, that but my favorite are the wide angle where you can see the curvature of the earth or the stars or the galaxy. the big picture i like more because it shows your place in the heavens and in creation and looking back. >> pelley: now you took most of these pictures from the coop la there on the space station the largest windows that have ever flown in space. what is that area of the station like? >> well, that area has a special
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place in my heart because i had the honor five years ago of installing it on a spus -- space shuttle mission. i got to be there and open up the window for a first time. it's like being in a bay window in a kitchen only they completely surround you. you can position yourself so you can see 360 degrees, you can see the full curvature of the earth in there. >> pelley: when you say open the window for the first time, you want to be clear that you're opening the shade on the window for the first time. >> the windows stayed closed, but the shutter on the outside got opened, good point. >> terry virts welcome home and thanks for all the pictures. >> you're welcome. it's great to be back. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at "cbs evening news" all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wg
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. a hearing for the suspect in mary washington's shooting deepens the mystery concerning her mor. i'm the fredericksburg and i'll have the story coming up. a child is dead a female driver in critical condition after an early morning accident. we're still learning more details in gaithersburg. plus, a suit and tie just won't do it for the murder suspect. the odd attire he wants to wear to court and the price tag for taxpayers. we're almost done with showers and thunderstorms tonight, but we'll be tracking more showers and storms tomorrow. i'll tell you what that means for your evening commute and the nats' game. >> thank you for being here. i'm derek mcdidn'ty. new information on the man charged with the murder of a mary washington university student. a fredericksburg judge has ruled there is enough evidence to send the case to the

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