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>> axelrod: tonight, president obama backs off on immigration. why his vow to take action turned into a political timebomb. powerless-- the lights are out for hundreds of thousands of americans as storms rip across both end of the country. homes in paradise threatened by lava. teri okita on a disaster three decades in the making. doing time at the dairy. the inmates creating the food you might put on your family's plate. >> our best workers tend to be the murderers. >> axelrod: speeding through the sky-- racing on the wings of extremes. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news." >> axelrod: good evening. i'm jim axelrod.
the midterm elections are still a couple of months away, eight weeks from this coming tuesday to be exact, but their influence over the political landscape is being felt right now. the issue is immigration. congress has long been deadlocked on immigration reform, and the battle gained even more urgency this summer when children from south and central america started streaming over the border. the president had promised he would go it alone and at the end of the summer would issue an executive order to reduce the number of deportations and offer a path for illegal immigrants to become residents, which brings us to today, and a reversal on the part of the president, who announced he will now wait to act until after the midterm. juliana goldman. >> reporter: president obama began calling lawmakers from air force one last night with his decision. just hours earlier, at the end of the nato summit in europe, the president said his cabinet had submitted policy recommendations and he promised an announcement soon. >> i suspect that on my flight
back this will be part of my-- my reading, taking a look at some of the specifics that we've looked at. >> reporter:s his decision is a retreat from his statement june 30 when he said he will use his executive authority to change the nation's immigration system. >> i'm beginning a newasty to fix as much of our immigration system as i can on my own without congress. >> reporter: republicans have questioned the legality of taking executive action. today, a white house official said that politics were to blame. labor unions and immigration advocates said they were deeply disappointed by the president's decision, some calling the delay a betrayal. but president obama also has to answer to fellow democrats, several of whom are facing tight elections this november and who have urged the president to wait. they include senators mark pryor
of arkansas, mary landrieu of louisiana, and kay hagan of north carolina. >> the president should not take that executive action, that that should be a congressional decision. but immigration is broken in our country and inaction is not an option. >> reporter: mitch mcconnell the top republican in the senate called the president's decision politics at its worst. in a statement he said: white house aides say that even though the president still plans to act unilaterally after the elections, he'll continue to push for a comprehensive immigration bill in congress. but, jim, no timeline has been set. >> axelrod: juliana goldman, thank you. from coast to coast, severe weather is bearing down on tens of millions of americans tonight. one system has already passed through michigan, where hundreds of thousands are without power. let's bring in meteorologist eric fisher of our boston station wbz. eric, quite a nasty weather map
across the country. >> certainly is. a lot of headline headlines to o jim. we start in the west and move to the east. we begin with wildfires. it's been hot, dry, summer, very low humidity in an environment where fires can start rapidly. in yosemite, a safety hazard, all across the west coast, a lot of dry conditions. the opposite of that farther to the south and west, hurricane norbert, a classic-looking hurricane moving across the baja peninsula, not necessarily making landfall but spreading moisture in the southwest. we're taking heavily rain totals, flash flooding and a large concern especially into the day on sunday and monday. on the east coast, the same storm system that brought all the power outages to michigan, a severe thunderstorm watch from boston to d.c. this will continue to move off to the south and east. the storms ahead of the front, you noit line right in there. that's the colf, the backedge of
cloud, not just bringing the storms but afterwards a big change in the airmass. it's been hot in the northeast, and it will be replaceed by the 70ss tomorrow. >> axelrod: and tonight, one of the world's most active volcanos is threatening dozens of homes on the big island of hawaii. geologists say lava from the kilauea vol cana is now less than a mile from homes. teri okita reports, they could start burning in less than a week. >> reporter: the kilauea volcano has erupted continuously since 1983, but a recent lava flow that began over two months ago has been creeping ever so slowly toward nearly 40 homes in the ka'ohe homestead's subdivision. piilani kaawaloa knows the dangers all too well. lava has threatened her family's home three times in 30 years, the latest in 2006. after that near miss-- >> you could hear the cry, the
tears, the happiness that we were fortunate that our home was spared. >> reporter: the red hot molden lava moves in and out of underground cracks but predicting what that river of lava does next is an enact science, say geologist tim orr. >> it's difficult to assess when and where the flow might go. the cracks are the real difficult part to judge. >> reporter: some residents in the nearby town of puna, asked authorities to try to divert the lava. but officials say that could put other homes at risk. and to native residents, like this woman with indigenous and cultural ties to the land-- >> it is lava. you cannot change the direction. it is mother nature. >> reporter: barricades and restricted access are in place for the ka'ohe residents. evacuations haven't been ordered yet. in hawaiian, c.e.o. means spewing or much spreading. residents just hope the volcano
slows down before lava reaches their doorstep. teri okita, cbs news, los angeles. >> axelrod: the search continues tonight for the american couple presumed dead after their plane lost cabin pressure and crashed near jamaica. it is still not clear what caused the crash but as vladimir duthiers reports, the accident is leaving an entire city grieving. >> reporter: jamaican officials believe the debris from the small plane that crashed off their coast has now sunk. real estate developer larry glazer and his wife, jane, were aboard the plane which took off from rochester, new york, at 8:26, a.m., headed for naples, florida. about 10 a.m. a federal official says the pilot asked air traffic control to go to a lower altitude but there was another plane in the way. >> reporter: an faa source says the pilot was advised to make a 30-degree turn to the left. the order was acknowledged, but the plane didn't descend, and air traffic control never heard
from the pilot again. two u.s. fighter jets were dispatched and made visual contact with the plane. they saw the pilot slumped over the controls. jim tilman is an aviation consultant. >> if that was the case, we're dealing with a pilot that was, for all intents and purposes, incapacitated even if he was still breathing. >> reporter: the two jets flew with the plane but turned back before entering cuban airspace. at 2:15 p.m., the plane crashed into the waters. in a statement the glazer family said: larry glazer was the c.e.o. of buckingham properties, a real estate company he founded in 1970. his wife, jane, was a successful entrepreneur. both were respected in the business community for their commitment to rochester. glazer was currently working on other projects in the city he loved so much. vladimir duthiers, cbs news, new york.
>> axelrod: now to ukraine where there are reports tonight of artillery fire near a major port city on the southern coast after a cease-fire began yesterday. as charlie d'agata shows us, it's happening if an area where the battle for control kept going right up until the start of that shaky truce. >> reporter: just moments before the cease-fire took hold, pro-russian separatists and ukrainian government forces faced off with a barrage of fire near the city of mariupol. today, there wasn't much left in the battle field but smoldering ukrainian artillery weapons and wrecked, abandoned tanks. although there had been reports of cease-fire violations from both sides, for the most part there's been a haul to five months of fighting that's left more than 2500 people dead. in announcing the cease-fire yesterday, ukrainian president petro poroshenko said the truce was struck after a personal conversation with vladimir
putin. >> reporter: the two leaders spoke again today and agreed the cease-fire's holding but there's work to be done to make sure it sticks. the 12-point plan calls for an exchange of prisoners and the pullback of heavy artillery from major cities. but eastern ukraine remains deeply divided in parts under control of ukrainian forces, in other areas surround by pro-russian separatists. one rebel fighter who identified himself as oleg, said his men vowed to continue to fight for independence. "we will have our own president, our own currency, our own banking system," he said. "and we won't obey poroshenko." >> reporter: it may have brought an end to the fighting and bloodshed for now, but the cease-fire is more like a stalemate. ramping up tensions even
further, the u.s. and europe are threatening to hit moscow with the toughest sanctions yet, this time taking aim at thing energy sector. and, jim, today, russian officials say if that happens, moscow will have no choice but to retaliate. >> axelrod: charlie d'agata reporting from our london newsroom tonight, charlie, thank you. a case of fraternity hazing is being blamed for the death of a college student in california. 19-year-old armando villa, who would have been a sophomore at cal state northridge, passed out after an 18-mile hike in july in flimsy shoes and without enough water, part of the pledging process for the pi kappa phi fraternity. villa's family calls the death barbaric. the university's president says the hazing was "stupid and senseless." >> to humiliate and potentially harm others, it has no place on this university or on any university campus.
>> axelrod: a criminal investigation is under way. >> reporter: we saw some tennis history at the u.s. open today. kei nishikori was up against novak djokovic in the meny's semifinal. djokovic is the number one ranked player in the world and nishikori beat him in five sets. nishikori, who is japanese, becomes the first man from asia ever to reach a tennis grand slam final. ahead, deer find a golden new path in the city by the bay. the natural wonder that took over an engineering marvel. prisoners are turning into cheese makers but are states milking the profits when the cbs evening news continues.
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they're trying to make up for it. >> reporter: it's not just license plates they produce. inmates make custom fishing rods, tame mustangs, even run a vineyard. the goat milk goes to dairies that produce artesianal cheeses which are sold at whole foods. cci generated $65 million in revenue last year with inmates earning anywhere from $66 sebts a day to $600 a month. without the program, smith says taxpayers would spend $5,000 more per inmate every year. >> i see exploitation. >> reporter: critics like law professor brett dignam question whether these programs provide any real benefit to the prisoners. >> most of the people are from concentrated urban environment where's it's unlikely that they'll be able to use those skills. >> reporter: prison director smith believes putting inmates to work makes sense.
>> 97% of them are going to hit the streets, so would you rather them go out with the same tools they came in with, or would you rather them coming out with the tools that we give them? >> reporter: for prisoner tate, the payment is the process. >> to come out to a wide-open goat farm and not be, you know, locked up in a little cell room, it's something i don't take for granted. >> reporter: he also gets satisfaction from knowing his cheese makes it to market. michelle miller, cbs news, new york. >> axelrod: just ahead on tonight's cbs evening news, how president obama made new friends in a land of prehistoric wonder. [ telephone rings ] [ shirley ] edward jones. this is shirley speaking. how may i help you? oh hey, neill, how are you? how was the trip? [ male announcer ] with nearly 7 million investors... [ shirley ] he's right here. hold on one sec. [ male announcer ] ...you'd expect us to have a highly skilled call center. kevin, neill holley's on line one.
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realized quite quickly on facebook that people were saying obama was up here. >> she quickly tweeted, "i can see president obama. any messages? >> as we kept coming in closer, he happened to see us, gave us a wave and she we waved back, and the next thing we know we were being beckoned to go closer to him. he was coming closer to us. >> axelrod: what followed was a friendly chat and the obligatory selfie. >> i said, "hello, mr. president, welcome to england." >> i shook hands with him. >> the boys were trying to climb over the barbed wire fence and the president was worried the boys would hurt their hands and stuff. it was amazing. >> axelrod: the raffles said they moved to the countryside for the quiet life, something temporarily suspended diewr the president's prospect. the golden gate bridge looked more like the golden gate forest last night. two deer were on the bridge bringing rush hour to a stop.
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>> >> axelrod: this weekend, a 180,000 seat stadium built for car racing is hosting another sport. this time the thrills are not on the track but over it. vanita nair shows us the daring world of high-speed air racing. >> number 10 chambliss, you're cleared into the track. smoke on. >> reporter: 54-year-old kirby chamblis is a former airline pilot who now makes his living cheating death. >> when i'm making that corner and pulling 10 gs it's like a house sit on your chest. >> reporter: chambliss is one of the world's fastest pilots. today he's one of two americans, compete along with 10 international flyers. like a slalom skier, the fliers
at the red bull air rice world championship must navigate through a challenging course of pylons at up to 230 miles per hour. for the first time, they will compete inside a crowded texas motor speedway instead of over water or empty terrain. >> to draw, you know, the differences between, say, you know, racing an automobile and race an airplane, well, one, one big difference is if the engine quits, you can't pull off the side of the road. you're actually looking down on us as we're racing through the track. and to see the speeds and how hard and how fast these airplanes will turn a corner will just blow you away. >> reporter: chambliss has scars to prove how dangerous the sport can be. >> in china, during an exhibition, i hit the water at 180 miles per hour, cartwheeled several tiles, and i got this nice little souvenir across my head where i ate the panel. >> reporter: chambliss is not
alone. after a crash and near-misses organizers tyke a three-year i had eight us to make safety improvements to the pilons. they changed their height and changed the materials so they are more likely to burst apart when clipped. today, chambliss is gunning for his eighth world title. >> i race motorcycles. i love speed. i love to spydive. i love doing this. >> reporter: at tomorrow's finals the texas native would love to win on his home turf. vanita nair, cbs news, new york. >> axelrod: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. later on cbs "48 hours." for now, i'm jim axelrod in new york. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
good evening, i'm meteorologist, justin drabick with a possibly strong storms tracking through the evening hours, even into early tonight, cluster of showers, storms, one moving out across southern ocean county exiting the coats line in the next half hour, stronger showers and storms right around the wilmington area, odessa, delaware, seeing more scattered showers, storms, up around the poconos right now, still more to our west, but zoom in little closer here to new castle county, delaware, heavy rain possible hail indicating with this storm it is moving pretty slow to the east at about 15 miles per hour, so watch out, salem at 7:04, pilesgrove, 7:22, alloway at 7:30, and should be reaching the upper pittsgrove area around 7:52, again, all of the showers and storms moving to the east, if you don't see them right now, still more to go.