tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS October 23, 2015 5:30pm-6:01pm PDT
>> pelley: there it is, the strongest hurricane this hemisphere has ever seen, and a popular resort is in its crosshairs. also tonight, hillary clinton hits the trail after a marathon on the hill. in the land of the alligator, it's about to be open season on bears. and steve hartman with the little one-horsepower engine that could. >> he's super soft, too. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. breaking news south of the border tonight, hurricane patricia, the strongest ever recorded in the western hemisphere is taking aim at mexico. 13 million people are in its
path. this is what it look likes from space, a rare category five, packing winds of close to 200 miles an hour. u.s. government forecasters say the impact of this storm could be catastrophic. in the resort city of puerto vallarta, sandbags and plywood were the only defense, and residents lined up to take shelter. larry mowry is the chief meteorologist at ktvt, our cbs station in dallas, forth worth. larry, what's the latest? >> scott, patricia made landfall as a category 5 hurricane and earlier today it was the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the western hemisphere. there have been a few typhoons stronger, but no hurricane has ever been as strong as patricia was earlier today. to give you perspective, winds were at 200 miles-mile-per-hour earlier with patricia, it went from a category 1 to 5 storm in 28 hours. it's moving inland here and will weaken in the next couple of
hours but still a category 5 5 storm. >> pelley: and a big storm. what is the effect likely to be in the united states? >> the moisture from patricia will eventually end up in the southern plains and the southeast u.s. it will weaken as it interacts with the mountains of mexico but the circulation will move into south texas saturday, sunday, the southeast leading to more rain across texas and louisiana, 6 to 12 inches through monday, on top of the 6 to 12 inches that has already fallen in parts of texas. >> pelley: larry mowry of kttv. thanks. and cbs news reporter adrienne bard is in mexico city tonight. adrienne? >> reporter: scott, mexican officials are calling hurricane patricia a perfect storm. forecasters expect 15 inches of rain in the next 24 hours, and waves towering up to 30 feet. there is also concern about life-threatening mudslides and
what it might do to the people who live in the rugged sierra madre villages. the storm center will hit land near puerto vallarta where thousands of tourists from hotels and cruises were evacuated in buses after the airport closed. authorities urged everyone in the three-state coastal area to get off the beaches and streets. some were not listening. officials said they feared people might not believe all the doomsday warnings. there are shelters for 240,000 people ready with food, water, clothes and blankets. patricia intensified to a category five in 24 hours. experts are blaming much warmer- than-usual sea temperatures. after enough has been done to prepare for this, one mexican official said all protocols for prevention were followed but admitted they don't know how well the roads, bridges and power installations will hold up really because the force of this storm is simply unprecedented. >> pelley: adrienne bard
reporting for us from mexico city. thanks, adrienne. as larry mowry just told us, it's been raining across most of texas since yesterday morning. storms that had nothing to do with the hurricane are expected to last until sunday. omar villafranca is in dallas this evening. omar? >> reporter: scott, many of the roads and bridges in dallas look like this. they're washed over and closed, and more rain is on the way. more than four inches of driving rain turned roadways into waterways in parts of north texas today. near waco, a section of interstate 35, one of the nation's busiest highways, was temporarily closed after this 18-wheeler hit a median and overturned. this round of weather is the latest in a storm system that saturated the state. >> double-wide's floating. there goes a double-wide, gone. >> reporter: in west texas, runoff washed away this mobile home. no one was home, so no one was
hurt. floodwaters swallowed up this ambulance in odessa and prompted at least 30 swift-water rescues in the area. the fast-moving rainstorm swamped low-lying streets in dallas, forcing some drivers to wade through several feet of water. the storm also toppled trees in its path and knocked out power to as many as 20,000 residents. a lightning strike sparked this house fire, but the four people inside were able to get out. the 4.5 inches of rain that has already fallen is more than dallas typically gets for the entire month, and we know more is on the way. scott, as we mentioned, texas is bracing for remnants of hurricane patricia, and the state emergency operations center has been activated. >> pelley: omar villafranca on the scene for us tonight. omar, thanks. today, we learned the name of the american soldier killed yesterday during a raid to free dozens of prisoners that were held by isis in iraq. master sergeant joshua wheeler was 39; a native of roland,
oklahoma; a 20-year veteran, and a member of the special operations delta force. he had earned 11 bronze stars in iraq and afghanistan for heroism in action. he leaves a wife and four sons. wheeler was advising kurdish troops and jumped into the fight when they got into trouble. today, defense secretary ash carter said to expect more raids like it. our elizabeth palmer is in northern iraq tonight, and she's learned a great deal more about that raid. liz? >> reporter: scott, the secretary of defense, ash carter, said that he authorized this raid when new information, including fresh graves, indicated that the prisoners were about to be executed. so, a joint force of kurdish peshmerga fighters and u.s. special operations forces stormed this compound. they went in by helicopter very early on thursday morning. master sergeant wheeler died when the kurds came under very
heavy gunfire as they stormed the compound, and the americans joined in to help. now, this is video posted a very short time ago online by isis, which they say shows the aftermath of this raid. the mission was originally set in motion when the kurds told the americans that they thought some of their fighters who had been paraded as prisoners by isis were inside that compound. we now know they weren't there, but 70 other prisoners were, some of them believed to be it isis fighters. and the secretary said that they will provide valuable information about how the group works. he added that there are going to be more raids like this one because they are so very valuable for intelligence purposes. >> pelley: veteran war correspondent elizabeth palmer in northern iraq. liz, thank you. david martin, our pentagon correspondent, has gone inside the command center for the u.s. air war on isis, and you can see his report this sunday on "60
minutes." 101 days until the iowa caucuses, and republican donald trump has fallen out of first place. a new poll shows him trailing ben carson by nine points. one-time national front-runner jeb bush is in single digits in iowa, and now he's laying off some staff and cutting salaries. democrat lincoln chafee ended his campaign today. he was polling at less than 1%. chafee is a former governor of rhode island. hillary clinton returned to the campaign today after 11 hours of testimony yesterday before the house benghazi committee. what did we learn during that marathon grilling? nancy cordes put the question to the chairman. >> as some of you may know, i had a pretty long day yesterday. ( cheers and applause ) >> reporter: clinton did not declare victory today; conservative commentators
did it for her, declaring the long hearing a bust and a waste of time, citing this line of questioning by republican mike pompeo as a prime example. >> ambassador stevens didn't have your personal email address. we've established that. >> yes, that's right. >> did he have your cell phone number? >> no, but he had the 24-hour number of the state operations in the state department that can reach me 24/7. >> yes, ma'am. did he have your fax number? >> he had the fax number of the state department. >> did he have your home address? >> no, i don't think any ambassador has ever asked me for that. >> reporter: other exchanges seemed designed to shed more heat than light. >> and here's basically what happened to their requests. they were torn up. >> well, that's just not true, congressman. >> reporter: clinton did have some rough patches. she couldn't tell indiana's susan brooks how often she communicated with her ambassador to libya before he was killed. >> did you ever personally speak to him after you swore him in, in may? >> yes, i believe i did. >> and when was that? >> i-- i don't recall.
>> reporter: but in the end, even committee chair trey gowdy struggled to explain what had been gained. >> what was the most important new things you learned today? >> ah... i-- i think some of jimmy jordan's questioning. well, when you say "new today," i mean, we knew some of that already. we knew about the e-mails. in terms of her testimony? i don't know that she testified that much differently today than she has in previous times she testified. so, i'd have to go back and look at the transcripts. >> reporter: the benghazi committee's five democrats called on the house speaker today to shut the committee down, calling it abusive and noting that it had spent more than $4.8 million so far, scott, to examine an attack that has already been investigated by seven other committees. >> pelley: and this hearing has lasted longer than the watergate investigation. nancy cordes reporting from capitol hill. thank you, nancy. this program note: norah
o'donnell will have the first interview with vice president biden since he announced he's not running for president. that will be this sunday on "60 minutes." one of vice president biden's assignments was to come up with recommendations for reducing gun violence. well, we've been asking for suggestions as well in our series "voices against violence." earlier this week, we heard from andy parker calling for more gun control laws. his daughter alison and fellow journalist adam ward were shot to death in the summer. tonight, another view from a gun rights organization. >> i'm larry pratt, executive director of gun owners of america, where we have advocated really ever since columbine that the problem of mass murder in this country is the gun-free zone. we have a federal law that says that schools must be gun-free zones unless a state goes through an enormous amount of trouble. all but two of the mass murders in our country have occurred in
gun-free zones. even while our violent crime rate has been going down, more americans are owning guns but not in gun-free zones. an armed citizen, a good guy with a gun, is the way you stop a crime. when there's a bad guy with a gun, he stops when a good guy with a gun is around. and until we kind of deal with that basic fact and we insist on disarming good guys, we're going to give the advantage to bad guys. gun owners of america has supported a measure that's been in the congress for several terms now that would treat your concealed carry permit the same way as your driver's licenses-- if you have it in one jurisdiction, then it's going to be good anywhere in the country. >> pelley: the view of larry pratt, of gun owners of america. in a moment, we're going to look at why florida is lifting its ban on bear hunting.
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>> pelley: our final story is >> pelley: our final story is dedicated to every parent who ever had a kid who ever asked for a pet. here's steve hartman "on the road." >> reporter: for as long as her parents could remember, 11- year-old breana carsey has had this crazy dream. she has always wanted a brood mare, a mommy horse, that would give birth to a baby horse that would grow up to become a racing champion. >> absolutely, this was a fairy tale for her from day one. we put it off for five years almost because we don't have a farm. so, we've got to go rent a stall somewhere. >> reporter: this sounds expensive. >> yeah. >> reporter: why don't you say no? >> well, as she'll tell you, she has me wrapped around her finger. ( laughter ) >> reporter: her foal, an ohio standard bred, was born in the spring of 2013. she named it m.j.b. got faith. "m.j.b." for the initials of the kids in the family, and "got faith" for the faith she instantly had in him.
>> i really loved him. >> reporter: from the beginning? >> uh-huh. he's super soft, too. ( laughs ) >> reporter: sweet, but that quick bond posed a real problem for this pushover dad. see, for whatever reason, brian thought once he explained to his daughter that her horse could never race, that it was a runt from poor breeding stock, she would just agree to sell it. but obviously not. >> she's, like, "there's no price, daddy." so i'm talking to my wife, it's like, "we've really got ourselves in a mess here." >> reporter: yeah. >> so we staked him to the races. >> reporter: this horse that doesn't belong in the races. >> the horse that i thought we should have gotten rid of already. >> he was worried about the money. >> reporter: what were you seeing that your dad wasn't seeing? >> he didn't believe in him. >> reporter: brian was stuck, committed to boarding and training this long-shot to end all long-shots, and this is not a wealthy family. brian runs a small logistic company, and ohio racing, which is harness-style racing, is a
$900 million-a-year industry. somehow, he won his first race. won his second race, his third and his fourth, qualifying him for the state championship held recently in columbus, ohio. >> i said, "baby, if you finish third, you should be so thankful." she goes, "daddy, if he finishes last, i'm going to be thankful. but he's gonna win." ( laughs ) >> reporter: and so it was... >> come on, m.j.b.! >> reporter: ...that this little horse with no pedigree, this pet with no reason for being here beyond the blind faith of a little girl, won an ohio sire stakes championship. >> she said, "dad, i told you, you've got to have faith."
>> reporter: breana took home $100,000 that day. she has already given away half of it for charity. and as for the other half, she plans to use that money as a down payment on a farm. >> i just want to have a farm and be able to walk out my back door and see him. >> reporter: and that's her plan for happily ever after, just a girl, her horse, and, knowing her father... >> dad, can we please get a cat? >> no! >> reporter: ...probably a cat, too. >> no cats! >> reporter: steve hartman, on the road in connersville, indiana. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, i'm scott pelley, and i'll see you sunday on "60 minutes." good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
because of them. only o fake pills being passed off as real prescription drugs and tonight, one person is dead because of them. >> only on "5", a big fight over a small duck. how now a u.s. congressman is involved. the growing custody battle over this feathered friend. >> san jose building soaring to new heights but new at 6:00 what's keeping the city in new dramatic high-rises. good evening, i'm ken bastida. >> i'm juliette goodrich in for veronica de la cruz. we start now with breaking news. a monster storm makes landfall in mexico. hurricane patricia coming ashore right now. it is the largest and strongest hurricane in modern history and it's threatening to cause massive destruction to some of mexico's most popular tourist areas. this video posted on youtube shows the early part of the storm moving in. we are monitoring reports on
social media, as well. in fact this tweet earlier from an illinois couple on their honeymoon. they were boarding buses for a shelter. another trying not to think of all the family i have in mexico then this simple message pray for people in patricia. >> 200-mile-per-hour winds at the center of the storm making it the strongest hurricane in modern history in the western hemisphere. it's name is patricia. it made landfall about 4 p.m. today as a category 5 hurricane. it will now rapidly weaken as it moves inland but a tremendous amount of wind and a tremendous amount of rainfall and even now that it's over land it's not even over water anymore, it's still packing sustained winds of 160 miles per hour with isolated gusts near the center to 235 miles per hour. this storm is as strong as an f- 3 tornado. but those winds will last minutes or hours in specific parts of the west