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>> mason: the rain of cindy. the tropical storm starts hitting the gulf coast. states of emergency are in effect as cindy turns deadly. also tonight, the stabbing of a police officer at a michigan airport is being investigated as an act of terror. an ex-green beret risks his life to rescue a child from isis. >> reporter: when you look at the picture, what goes through your mind? >> it makes me want to cry, because i think she made it. >> mason: and the moon is about the dance with the sun, and it's the hottest ticket in town. >> we call it there gat american eclipse, but everyone is watching this. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news."
i'm anthony mason. tropical storm cindy is bringing heavy rains, strong winds, and the risk of flooding to the gulf coast. it's expected the make landfall overnight along the texas-louisiana border and head north. as much as nine inches of rain is expected. some places could get more than a foot. the storm is already blamed for at least one death. today louisiana followed mississippi in declaring a state of emergency. david begnaud is in gulfport. david? >> reporter: anthony, where we are tonight, the biloxi river has overtopped its bank. you can probably hear, but the water is flowing enter areas where it should not be going. people have been told, don't drive through this. this is how you die. also near the beach, folks have been warned, stay out of the are you aware. surf because a ten-year-old boy died today near the water's edge. as tropical storm cindy nears landfall along the southeast texas coastline, heavy rains and high surf are causing flash flooding along the gulf coast. people have been warned: stay
surf, but that warning came too late for a ten-year-old boy vacationing with his family along the alabama coast. his skull was crushed when a 200-pound log, washed in by storm surge, struck him in the head. bald wynn county sheriff huey hoss mack. >> when the wave hit the timber, it rolled the timber up on top of the child. >> reporter: this is the first death due to tropical storm cindy. in gulf port, mississippi, seven inches of rain fell in just 12 hours. four inches swamped parts of the big easy, new orleans. streets were flooded and vehicles were stranded. the swath of this storm is wide, from flooding in east texas to tornado warnings in south louisiana, to a waterspout in biloxi, mississippi. the tropical storm effects are being felt as far away as the florida panhandle. around this time last night, the boston celticsy -- biloxi river was near a footed. get this: it's gone from a foot
5 feet, and it's still rising, anthony. >> mason: david begnaud in gulf ported, thank you, david. the f.b.i. is investigating an attack at the airport in flint, michigan, today as an act of terrorism. a police lieutenant was stabbed in the neck by a man randing about people being killed in syria, iraq, and afghanistan. demarco morgan is in flint. >> we got a 55-year-old male, 55-year-old male. somebody approached him with a large hunting knife and slashed the right side of his neck. >> reporter: it was just past 9:30 a.m. inside the airport's main terminal when a man reportedly shouting "god is great" in arabic stabbed airport police lieutenant jeff neville in the neck. david gelius was the f.b.i. special agent in charge. >> he made a statement in effect of, "you have killed people in syria, iraq, and afghanistan, and we are all going to die." >> reporter: police identified the attacker as 50-year-old amor ftouhi from quebec, who is
in custody. >> we don't believe that anyone was involved with this individual. we have no information to suggest a wider plot, but it certainly is very, very early in the investigation. at this time we view him as a lone wolf attacker. >> reporter: the man was wrestled to the ground. the airport was immediately shut dunn and evacuated. >> i saw a cop. there was a whole bunch of blood everywhere. it was everywhere. >> reporter: f.b.i. officials say the suspect expressed his hatred for the united states. anthony, as for lieutenant neville, he's out of surgery and in satisfactory condition. >> pelley: good news. demarco morgan in flint. thanks, demarco. now to the special election in georgia to fill the house seat vacated by tom price when he joined the trump cabinet. the seat will stay republican, and in the end, it wasn't all this close. here's chief congressional correspondent nancy cordes. >> this is not the outcome any of us were hoping for.
>> reporter: for democrats it was $32 million down the drain. newcomer jon ossoff lost to republican carryn owens -- karen handel by four points. >> special thanks to the president of the united states of america. >> reporter: the president's special adviser kellyanne conway issued her thanks to everyone who breathlessly and snarkly proclaimed the race as a referendum on bow us the: you were right. ohio democrat tim ryan says it shows his party's brand is toxic. >> we better take a good, long, strong look in the mirror and realize that the problem is us. it's the party. >> reporter: "we need a genuinely new message," wrote seth moulton of massachusetts, "a serious jobs plan that reaches all americans." the party had hoped to capitalize on president trump's historically low approval ratings, but democrats have now lost all four special elections to fill seats vacated by trump
appointees. the house democratic campaign operation tried to console the troops in a memo, insisting the party has enough momentum to flip control of the house in 2018, and party leaders warned against reading too much into last night's results since georgia's sixth district hasn't gone blue in 39 years. >> we actually came closer than ever. >> we still lost, though. >> well, of course, but, you know, in a normal year we wouldn't have any shot. >> reporter: some democrats noted today that the party only sank big cash into this risky race because the party's base was so fired up about it, but other democrats argued that that just shows that the party needs to embrace a more progressive agenda, anthony, because that's where all the energy is right now. >> mason: nancy cordes at the capitol. thanks, nancy. the president jumped on twitter to celebrate the republican victory, then jumped on air force one to take what turned into a victory lap in iowa. dean reynolds is in
rapids. >> reporter: they call themselves fro-row joes, trump supporters so steadfast they camp out for hours, even days ahead of a presidential appearance. hoffer -- cindy hoffman lives about an hour from cedar rapids. and you've been here hong? >> since yesterday afternoon. >> reporter: will this be the first trump rally you've been to? >> this will be my 12th. >> reporter: 12th. democrats may shake their heads. >> build a wall. >> reporter: but the views we heard today helped to explain a dogged devotion, including what austin baylis thinks of all the investigations targeting the trump administration. >> we have no smoking gun. we have no evidence. >> reporter: does he act like a man or sound like a man who has nothing to hide? >> he sounds like man that can't get his thoughts through the media. >> reporter: a view shared by randal thom. >> listen, do you think i'm making
>> depends on who you are? >> cbs. >> cbs, you know what, you have a lot of stories on us. >> reporter: they applaud mr. trump's fight against his perceived adversaries. did you think it was smart of him to get rid of comey? >> he needed to go. >> what about mueller? >> he needs to go. >> reporter: and danielle miller says the president has put the strut back in america's step, despite what others may see as stumbles. >> look at our relationships with the rest of the world now. they respect our president. he's representing us. >> reporter: they have all taken their seats here tonight, eagerly awaiting the arrival of the man who won iowa by ten points in november. they expressed little interest in current polls, which show a softening for support for mr. trump because, anthony, they know their support for him is strong. >> mason: dean reynolds with the trump faithful in iowa. thanks, dean. russian hacking of the 201
campaign went a lot deeper than previously known. that's what current and former counterintelligence officials told congress today. here's jeff pegues. >> as of right now, we have evidence of 21 states, election relate systems in 21 states that were targeted. >> reporter: homeland security officials said the russians appeared the target voter registration data. of the 21 states, only illinois and arizona have said they were attacked. jeannette manfra would not name the other 19, even when pressed by the senate intelligence committee's top democrat, mark warner. >> how many states did the russians actually exfill trait data such as voter registration list? >> prefer not to go into those details in this forum, sir. >> reporter: the officials all said there was no evidence any votes were actually changed, but the scope of russia's efforts was staggering. assistant f.b.i. director bill preistap. >> the internet has
russia to do so much more today than they've ever been able to do in the past. >> reporter: before the house intelligence committee, former dhs secretary jeh johnson defended his agency's response. >> state election officials are very sensitive about what they perceive to be federal intrusion into their process. i heard that firsthand over and over. >> reporter: the obama administration formally blamed russia for the attacks on october 7th, but johnson says that warning was drowned out. >> it did not get the public attention that it should have, frankly, because the same day the press was focused on the release of the access hollywood video. >> reporter: and that video, of course, showed then candidate trump making disparaging remarks about women. just yesterday white house press secretary sean spicer admitted that he and the president still had not discussed whether the russians actually interfered in the election. anthony? >> mason: thanks, jeff. it's been nearly a year
officer jeff geronimo yanez shod killed philando castile. today new video was released from the aftermath, showing the bravery of a little girl who witnessed the shooting. here's mireya villarreal. [gunfire] >> reporter: moments after philando castile was shot by officer yanez, you see a four-year-old little girl being coaxed out of the back seat by a second officer. >> get the baby girl out of here! >> reporter: the girl's mother was sitting in the front seat streaming the aftermath on facebook live. the mother and the girl were both placed in the back seat of a patrol car. reynolds was handcuffed, clearly upset. >> it's okay. i'm right here with you.
>> reporter: as the young girl comforts her mother... [bleeped] >> mom, please stop this screaming, because i don't want you to get shooted. >> okay. kiss. >> i can keep you safe. >> i can't believe they just did that. >> reporter: the pair pray unaware castile has died. >> please, lord. >> and tell god that we need a ride home, too. >> reporter: at one point that four-year-old was so upset she asked her mom for some sort of sign saying that she wanted to live in a more safer place. now, police eventually took the hands off of diamond reynolds so
daughter in the back of that parole car. they were left in that patrol car for 40 minutes until they were driven to a police station for more questioning. >> mason: thank you, mireya villarreal. the co-founder and c.e.o. of the ride service uber has been driven out of his job. investors forced out travis kalanick following complaints of sexism and harassment among other problems at the $70 billion company. kalanick will remain on uber's board of directors. as isis loses its grip on iraq's second largest city, its fighters today blew up mosul's great mosque that stood for 840 years. its minute relt leaned like the tower of pisa. the mosque is where abu bakr al-baghdadi declared a so-called islamic caliphate in 2014. isis now controls just a few neighborhoods of the city. coming up next on the "cbs evening news," an ameri
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some cats just know how to roll. >> mason: as we've seen, mosting is one of the most dangerous places in the world. while hundreds of thousands fled, an american and his family proved, in risking their lives to save others. jamie yuccas has their story. >> shooting us as we're trying the move people. >> reporter: as an aid worker in mosul, this is what david eubank sees every single day. >> we see families killed. one woman, probably 19-year-old new mother, little newborn died in my arms. >> reporter: but one recent rescue was different. >> i turn out to see what's about 70 dead bodies and a little girl hiding next to her de
>> reporter: isis snipers filled the air with gunfire, but eubank had to get to the little girl. iraqi and u.s. forces helped in the ground and on the air, putting up a bank et of smoke so he could run. 12 seconds in and out, she was safe. when you look at the picture now, what goes through your mind? >> it makes me want the cry every time i see the picture, because i think, she made it. >> reporter: eubank says her family is missioning and presumed dead. the iraqi general he was with says he plans to adopt her. >> isis just ran an i.e.d. into civilians. >> reporter: eubank started the humanitarian group, "free burma rangers" after a decade with the u.s. special forces. his wife and three children have joined him on all his missions to war-torn areas. >> there are a lot of people who will be watching this story that can't believe that you three are with your parents there. >> there are kids on the front line with their parents being shot at, so why shouldn't we be out there helping them, as well?
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of the event. he was married for 30 years and it appears that marijuana was not going so well. and it's just a pattern of life where you can tell things were not going well for him. >> reporter: other members of congress are speaking out about their safety concerns. >> i've had a person call and say they're going to slit my throat only to have a prosecutor tell me, we're not going to prosecute that one. >> reporter: utah republican jason chaffetz. >> what does it take? it shouldn't have to take a shooting where somebody actually gets shot to change the way we're doing things here. >> reporter: chaffetz says members generally feel safe on capitol hill because of the police, but he's now proposing u.s. marshals do threat assessments when they travel, just like they do for federal jungs. anthony? >> mason: chip reid, thanks. up next, the sun and the moon star in darkness at moon.
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>> mason: we end tonight in a town that's about to have its day in the sun, in the dark. adriana diaz is there. >> reporter: sleepy makanda, illinois, population 600, is bracing for a human invasion. just one look at main street and you'll see why. as you may have guessed, daytime darkness is coming. for the first time in 99 years, a total eclipse will cross coast to coast. it will run right over this town, and they've even painted a line to show its exact path. it leads the david dardis' art shop. inside, nearly everything from the walls to the wares have gone solar. >> this is a cross. now i'm going to call them solar crosses. >> reporter: the
race from original attorney general south carolina at about 1,500mph, covering a swath roughly 70 miles wide. day will turn into night, and the temperatures will drop as much as 25 degrees. today nasa kicked off an eclipse awareness campaign. >> we're going to be able to study it from the ground, fa from balloon, from space in a way that no one has ever done before. >> put these on and look up at the sun and actually see the sun. >> oh, wow, there it is. >> reporter: local finds cyst bob bayer is chair of the southern illinois university eclipse committee. is this the super bowl of astronomy? >> it's a big deal, and it's worldwide. we call it the great american eclipse, but earn -- everyone is watching this. >> reporter: the sun and the moon putting on the greatest show on earth. adriana diaz, cbs news, makanda, illinois. >> mason: it may be the most-watched solar eclipse in history. that's the "cbs evening news." i'm anthony m.
lawmakers back after a shooting last week. >> if you look at social media accounts, there's no indication that was a target or threats associated with the names on the list. >> the senate's big secret. >> we don't know what the bill looks like because it was written by 13 male republicans behind closed doors. >> when -- what they're hiding. let's start in cedar rapids, iowa. air force one landed a few moments ago and the president will hold a campaign rally. good evening. i'm