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why nuclear weapons experts call those north korean pictures alarming. couple that with the underground test of what north korea called a hydrogen bomb and what a u.s. intelligence official said was certainly a test of an advanced nuclear device. under secretary general jeffrey feldman described the blast to an emergency session of the u.n. security council. >> experts have estimated a yield of between 50 and 100 killo tons or on average more than five times more powerful than the weapon detonated over hiroshima and at the low end of the yield of a modern thermo nuclear weapon. >> reporter: it is not known if the device detonated underground would fit in the warhead north korean scientists showed off to kim jong-un. it is also not known if the warhead is a model or the real thing, but it is clear north korea is closing in on its goal of developing a thermo nuclear warhead that could fit on a long-range missile capable of reaching the united states.
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warhead could be detonated at high altitudes for a superpowerful electromagnetic pulse attack. >> an electromagnetic pulse, which triggered by a nuclear weapon would aim for widespread damage and destruction for electricity grids and sensitive electronic, including satellites. >> reporter: north korea will need new tests to know if the warhead can stand the stress of reentering the atmosphere after an intercontinental flight, but right now it seems like only matter of time. elaine? david martin, thanks. president trump had his representative at the united nations deliver the latest warning to kim jong un today. here's chief white house correspondent major garrett. >> reporter: at the second security council session on north korea in a week, u.s. ambassador nikki haley said enough is enough. >> the time for half measures in the security council is over. the time has come to exhaust all of our diplomatic means before it is too late.
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korea's reported test of a hydrogen bomb in defiance of new u.n. sanctions shows dictator kim jong-un is spoiling for a conflict. >> he is begging for war. war is never something the united states wants. we don't want it now. but our country's patience is not unlimited. >> reporter: that followed an ominous warning from defense secretary james mattis after a sunday national security meeting at the white house. any threat to the united states and its territories, including guam or our ally, will be met with massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming. >> reporter: on twitter over the weekend, president trump accused south korea of toying with talk of appeasement, and he said north korea's leader had become a threat and embarrassment to china, the country's closest ally and trading partner. south carolina republican lindsey graham outlined the scenario where economic and
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>> there will be an attack by the united states against his weapons systems. i'm assuming the worst. i'm assuming we drop one bomb, he fires at south korea and maybe japan. >> reporter: on cbs this morning, former deputy c.i.a. director mike morrell outlined another option. >> his acceptance with where they are and where they're going with detainment and deterrence, i think that's where we'll end up. >> reporter: the president spoke by phone today with south korean president moon jae-in and the two leaders agreed to amend the joint treaty between the united states and south korea, allowing south korea to expand, increase, if you will, the size and payload of its warheads on its missiles, and for the south to buy billions more in u.s.-made weapons. elaine? >> quijano: major, this appears to be a very scary situation. a lot of americans might be asking: are we closer to war? >> reporter: the two nations are quite clearly on a collision course.
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so are the two nations closer to war than they were say a month ago? yes, they russia but closer does not mean close. diplomacy and economic pressure still have a long way to go. the treasury department is writing a new round of sanctions as we speak, and if there is a curtailing or ending of u.s. trade with nations that deal with north korea on a regular basis, like china, that could also change the calculus. >> quijano: major garrett at the white house. major, thanks. fear of war is greatest in south korea. asia correspondent ben tracy is there. >> reporter: south korea put on a dramatic show of force monday, flying fighter jets and launching ballistic missiles. this military drill was designed to simulate an attack on north korea. seoul and its ten million people face the most immediate danger from north korea's growing arsenal of weapons. south korea is now allowing the united states to install four more thad rocket launchers, part of a controversial missile defense system.
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trump has accused south korean president moon jae-in of trying to appease kim jong-un by favoring negotiations. this man in seoul said, "both kim jong-un and trump are unpredictable leaders. to be honest, it would not be strange if a war broke out." kim jong-un has rapidly accelerated his weapons program, conducting 18 missile tests so far this year, and what he would actually do with a nuclear-tipped missile is still not clear. >> the good news is that north korea is rational, they want to survive. >> reporter: daniel pinkston teaching international relations in seoul and is an expert on north korea's weapons program. is getting north korea to abandon these weapons a realistic goal, or is that a fantasy? >> it would be analogous to the pope coming out tomorrow and abandoning jesus christ. it's something so embedded in their belief system and their identity that it would be that
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>> reporter: the south korean defense ministry says it is seeing signs that north korea might be preparing to launch another intercontinental ballistic missile that could coincide with a major holiday that takes place in north korea this coming weekend. elaine? >> quijano: ben tracy in seoul. ben, thanks. late today florida governor rick scott declared a state of emergency ahead of irma. the category four hurricane, with winds of 10mph, -- 130mph, is expected to strengthen tomorrow night as it approaches the eastern caribbean, including antigua and st. martin. hurricane watches are up in puerto rico and the virgin islands. irma may take aim at south florida as early as sunday. more than 50,000 texans who were displaced by hurricane harvey are staying in government-funded hotel rooms. harvey is now blamed for at least 59 deaths. texas governor greg abbott says the total damage could reach
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all the flooding in an area that's been called "america's chemical coast." omar villafranca has that story. >> reporter: more than a week after harvey raked across southeast texas, our drone footage shows the floodwaters still surrounding the san lorenzo jacinto superfund site where toxic dioxins from an old paper plant could have leaked. sam coleman is with the environmental protection agency. >> this san lorenzo jacinto waste pit, most likely we will take some samples at this site. >> reporter: of the 41 supersites where waste metals were stored, 13 of them are flooded. with waters receding, workers were finally able to see several locations up close. >> you can see some of the debris and other things are still quite muddy. >> reporter: coleman says the san lorenzo jacinto waste pit
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will require help. >> we have a team out looking at the cap area to see if there is in damage. >> reporter: that worries this mother of two who lives half a mile from the superfund site. >> this is my house, underwater. >> reporter: she returned home last week after ten feet of water destroyed her home. she had been cleaning up ever since. now you have a layer of sludge on the ground. >> yes. i know that the water is probably pretty bad, a lot of bacteria, a lot of dangerous hazards touching stuff, but we have to do what we have to do. >> reporter: she says no one from the e.p.a. or any other government agency has talked to them about the health risks posed by had douse wastes. do you feel like they're forgetting about you? >> yes, i honestly this. >> reporter: the e.p.a. plans to test the water and the soil near the san jacinto superfund site, they just isn't said when they will conduct those tests.
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residents hope it happens very soon. elaine. >> quijano: omar villafranca. omar, thanks. michelle miller spent the day with a health official that has been spreading the word about the health risks. >> the big key is that flooded water, as you know, is unsafe. >> reporter: dr. shaw is making the rounds in areas that were flooded in houston as the harris county public health director, he's warning residents about the risks they face while cleaning up their homes. >> the enemy of all this is mold, and mold loves moisture. >> this woman has seen a foot of water, and now mold is growing inside her garage and her house. when you took out the cabinetry and the sheetrock, were you wearing a protective mask? >> no. >> that's what we've been saying. make sure you're wearing protection when you do all of, this because what we don't want is while you're trying to help everything and get back to normal life is that you also get sick in the process. >> reporte
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it's important the clean up fast because of what contaminated water leaves behind. floodwater can also harbor dangerous bacteria, which can enter the body through cuts and scrapes. >> we went to a couple spots where you saw nails. you just don't know if you're going to public yourself and, bam, there you are, now you're at risk for tetanus. >> reporter: despite the hazard, residents have no choice but to clean up. >> some of this might be sewage waste, you don't know. >> reporter: but still you're out here? >> we have to get it cleaned up to get back in. >> reporter: on top of all of that, many of the estimated 100,000 homes that were flooded now have mountains of debris in front of them, still soaked with dirty water, they're sure to attract all kinds of critters that carry their own diseases. elaine? >> quijano: incredible challenges ahead. michelle, thanks. president trump will announce tomorrow that he is keeping a campaign promise and ending daca. that is the obama-era program
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immigrants brought to the u.s. as children from deportation. mireya villarreal now on shattered dreams. >> reporter: hurricane harvey has taken everything from this 22-year-old mother to-be. >> our baby crib we had just bought, you know, we were so happy, and now for it to be destroyed. >> reporter: cecelia, who asked us not to use her last name, came to the u.s. from el salvador when she was nine under the daca program, the college senior can apply for credit and housing. she worries the president's decision could rob her of a chance to rebuild. >> it's like bringing me back to the shadows. >> this is what immigrants look like. >> reporter: her fear is echoed around the country. thousands of dreamers and their supporters have been protesting, outraged the president is even considering changing daca. in california, 27-year-old anthony nong was breakthrough to america from the philippines when he was 12. he's now a college grad with a political science degree. >> the biggest thing it
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allowed me to have a brighter future and a actual future that i could see. >> reporter: after receiving daca, 26-year-old reina montoya was not only able to drive legally, she earned a master's degree in secondary education, taught high school students and bought a home. >> if daca were to come to an end, it would mean that i would be placed in deportation proceedings and i would be placed in a land that i don't even remember. >> reporter: montoya has been in the u.s. since she was 13 years old after her family fled mexico. >> this is where we live. and it is terrifying to think that can be taken away with the stroke of a pen. >> reporter: hundreds of thousands of daca recipients work and pay taxes. it's estimated the u.s. would lose $460 billion from the national g.d.p. and $25 billion in social security and medicare tax contributions by phasing out the daca program. mireya villarreal, cbs news, los angeles. > quijano:
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generating its own wind and just leaned forward and started charging down the hill faster than i could is run in front of it. >> reporter: sweltering 100-degree heat and late afternoon winds create fasd-moving fire that sent burbank homeowners into a panic to get out with whatever they could carry. more than 1,000 firefighters battled flames as high as 50 feet, burning close to homes and right up to the edge of the freeway that connects los angeles to pasadena. los angeles fire chief ralph terraza. >> fire operations are not over. there's still a lot of work to be done. >> reporter: linda and sam sherdel lost everything in their sunland home. >> the next step is we don't know. we're just kind of living day by day right now. >> reporter: i want to show you, that used to be the sherman's stove. what's left of the rest of their home is rubble and ash. the california national guard has called in 350 new members to now fight firero
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state. >> quijano: jamie yuccas, thank you. still ahead, as prince george starts school this week, his parents made a big announcement. today, we're out here with some big news about type 2 diabetes. you have type 2 diabetes, right? yes. so let me ask you this... how does diabetes affect your heart? it doesn't, does it? actually, it does. type 2 diabetes can make you twice as likely to die from a cardiovascular event, like a heart attack or stroke. and with heart disease, your risk is even higher. you didn't know that. no. yeah. but, wait, there's good news for adults who have type 2 diabetes and heart disease. jardiance is the only type 2 diabetes pill with a lifesaving cardiovascular benefit. jardiance is proven to both significantly reduce the chance of dying from a cardiovascular event in adults who have type 2 diabetes and heart disease and lower your a1c. jardiance can cause serious side effects including dehydration. this may cause you to feel dizzy, faint, or lightheaded, or weak upon standing. ketoacidosis is a serious side effect
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>> quijano: drivers are experiencing some pain at the pump this holiday weekend. gas prices rose another 2 cents overnight. since hurricane harvey hit ten days ago, they're up 29 cents to nationwide average of $2.64 a gallon. that's 43 cents more than we were paying last labor day. one of the loudest cheers at the l.a. coliseum on saturday was for jake olson, a 20-year-old junior who dreamed of playing football for u.s.c. with time running out, he got his wish, leaning on a teammate as he took the field, olson lost his eyesight to cancer at age 12, and yet he delivered a perfect snap for an extra point in the
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michigan. his teammates savored the moment. terrific. congratulations, jake. well, the royal family is growing. kensington palace announced today that prince william and wife kate are expecting their third child apparently in the spring. the future prince or princess will join siblings george and charlotte, bringing the family to five, a royal flush. very clever. up next, harvey's heroes with an eye in the sky.
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>> quijano: finally tonight, a lot of heroes stepped up after harvey walloped texas. some never had to get wet. tony dokoupil has their story. >> reporter: the havoc caused by harvey is best seen from the r
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the eye of a drone, which can safely survey downed power lines, glide over damaged roofs and even search for pets in places no boat can go. drones and their pilots have arrived from all over the country, like craig craig cokerm san diego. >> i instantly dropped everything, my job obligations, kissed my wife and son good-bye, got a one-way ticket out here and try the make it happen. >> reporter: he's part of a loose-knit group of good samaritans, pulled into formation by a new app that helps match drone operators with first responders, businesses, and homeowners, anyone who needs a closer look at the damage. >> it works a bit like a ride-sharing app. people go to, enter their request for help, and an alert goes the qualified pilots in the area. so far drone up says it's flown nor than 2,300 mission with more than 400 pilots. think of it as a new kind of air force, says drown up
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walker. >> we have retired law enforcement, retired military, film crews. >> reporter: walker used to coordinate search and rescue for the navy. >> we've been responding every minute of daylight we've had available. >> reporter: now he's embracing modern technology for a new mission, helping houston rebuild. tony dokoupil, cbs news, new york. >> quijano: americans answering the call. that's the "cbs evening news" as we begin our 55th year at network television's first half-hour evening news. i'm elaine quijano. good night.
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. >> bob: final visit to miami has sure been cloudy, a little bit rainy throughout the day. we're indoors and the nat fans following our ball club into september, through september, and hopefully deep into october. so, here is the national league east, the nats magic number is 12. they're 15 up on the marlins, just trying to play some good baseball, generate somence and


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