tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS October 23, 2015 6:30pm-7:00pm EDT
>> pelley: there it is, the strongest hurricane this hemisphere has ever seen, and a popular resort is in its crosshairs. also tonight, hillary clinton hit the trail after a marathon on the hill. it's about to be open season on bears. and steve hartman with the little one-horse power engine that could. >> he's super soft tail. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: news is breaking tonight south of the border be hurricane patrish arb the songest ever recorded in the
southern hemisphere is taking aim at mexico. 13 million people are in its path. this is what it look likes from space, a rare category 5, packing winds of close to 200 miles per hour. u.s. government forecasters say the impact of this storm could be catastrophic. in the resort city of puerto vallarta, sandbags sandbags and plywood were the only defense, and residents lined up to take shelter. larry mowry is the chief meteorologist at kttv our station in dallas, forth worth. >> scott, this is an amazing hurricane in terms of how fast is intensified. as you mentioned, the strongest hurricane ever. only typhoons have been stronger. the wind today were up to 200 miles per hour. that's as strong as an ef-5 tornado. it went from a category one to a category five hurricane in just 28 hours. it's almost making landfall right now.
the pressure has gone up a bit but scott, this is still a dangerous, dangerous storm. >> pelley: and it's a big storm, larry. what is the effect likely to be in the united states? the moisture here from patricia will head our way. i want to show you the track of patricia. it will make landfall in the next couple of hours, and once it hits the mountains of mexico it will start to fall apart but this is really wound up, so the leftover circulation will track into south texas saturday into sunday, then into the southeast as we head into monday. and that's going to spread that tropical moisture right here into the southern plains and just add to the flooding woes here in texas with an additional 6-12 inches of rain across parts of texas and, scott, some areas have already seen is 6-12 inches of rain here in the past 24 hours. >> pelley: larry mowry of kttv, thanks. and cbs news reporter adrienne bard is in mexico city tonight. adrienne. >> scott, mexican officials are
perfect storm. forecasters expect 15 it inches of rain in the next 24 hours and waving 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 had the 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 it 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 5 in 24 hours. experts are blaming mump warmer-than-usual sea temperatures. after enough has been done to prepare for this, one mexican official said all protocols for
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 it 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. >> it'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 it 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's emergency operations center has been activated. >> pelley: omar villafranca on the scene for us tonight. omar, thanks. today, we learned the name of
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 sahd to expect more raids like it. our elizabeth palmer is in northern iraq tonight, and she's learned a great deal more about liz. >> reporter: scott, the secretary of defense ash carter said he authorized this raid when new information, including fresh graves indicated that the prisoners were about to be it 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 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 place. a new poll shows him trailing ben carson by nine points. one-time national front-runner it 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.
had a pretty long day yesterday. yesterday. ( cheers and applause ) >> reporter: clinton did not declare victory today, conservative commentators declared it for her declaring the long hearing a bust and a waste of time, citing this line of question as an example. >> yes uthat'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
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 it terms of her testimony? i don't be that she testified that much differently today than previous times she testified. 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 earlier this week, we heard from it 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
we have a federal law that says that schools must be gun-free zones unless a state goes 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
>> 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. dozens die when a truck slams head-on into a bus. and scientists give us an awe-inspiring view of our galaxy when the cbs evening news continues. with the pain and swelling of my moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis... ordinary objects often seemed... intimi doing something simple... meant enduring a lot of pain. if ra is changing your view of everyday things orencia may help. orencia works differently by targeting a source of ra early in the inflammation process. for many, orencia provides long-term relief of ra symptoms. it's helped new ra patients and those not helped enough by other treatments. do not take orencia with another biologic medicine for ra due to an increased risk of serious infection. serious side effects can occur including fatal infections.
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>> pelley: in a state famous for gators, there is an exploding population of bears. so over the objections of animal rights activists florida is allowing bear hunting for the first time in 20 years. here's david begnaud. >> reporter: for the first time in her life, 70-year-old glynda bryant is about to go hunting for's bear. >> we're kind of like the posse that the sheriff hires, says, "does anybody want to be deputized to help us catch this guy." >> reporter: bryant is one of
more than 3500 people to pay for a permit to try to shoot a bear over the wild card. the past 20 years the bear population has soared to nearly 3,000 and so have the nuisance complaints. more than 6600 people called authorities last year to report bears warning in the neighborhoods. 320 bears can be killed in the hunt, but animal activists like linda harsin fear a slaughter. >> this is no more than a trophy hunt, just a way to get a new head on the wall, a rug on the paperweight. >> reporter: state authorities insist they will closely monitor the hunt. nick wiley nick wiley runs florida's fish and wildlife conservation commission. >> it's not easy to hunt bears. they're very elusive. they're not easy to take. percentage of hunters are going to be successful. stop the madness for the love of the bear >> reporter: approval of the hunt sparked six months of protests. environmentalists sued to
>> deer, turkey,s hogs, bear -- >> reporter: ron bergeron is a lifelong hunter and one of two wildlife commissioners who vote against the bear hunt. coming from people. you think the issue the state of circles back to trash? >> absolutely, 95% of the conflicts of bears going into nawbds is the garbage. >> reporter: the hunt starts 30 minutes before sunrise tomorrow morning and, scott, it will end when the 320th bear is killed, or in seven days, whichever comes first. >> pelley: david begnaud, thanks. still ahead, steve hartman "on the road." and a mountain village scatters when a giant rock rolls their way. easy. building them all in four and a half months? now that was a leap. i was calling in every favor i could, to track down enough lumber to get the job done. and i knew i could rely on american express to help me buy those
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that doesn't act that way. >> 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"." >> twoar hours. >> 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 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. >> reporter: her foal, an ohio standard bred, was born in 2013. she named is m.j.b. got faith. m.j.b. for the initials of 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 tail. >> reporter: tweet, 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 his horse could never race, that it was a run from poor breeding stock, she would just agree to sell it. but obviously not. >> she's, like, there's no it price, daddy. so i'm talking to my wife, it's like, "we've really got ourselveses in a mess here." >> reporter: yeah. >> and i don't know how we're going to get out of this. so we staked him to the races. >> reporter: this horse that doesn't belong in the races. >> the horse they thought we should have gotten rid of already. >> he was more about the money. >> reporter: what were you
>> 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. he was so slow, he barely qualified to compete, but somehow, some way, won his first race. won his second race. his third it, 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." >> reporter: and so it was. >> come on, m.j.b.! >> reporter: that this little horse with no pedigree, this pet
beyond the blind faith of a little girl won an ohio sire stakes championship. >> she said, "dad, i told you, you you've got to have faith." >> reporter: breana took home over $100,000 that day. she has already given away half of it for char utand as for the other half, she plans to use that as a down payment on a farm. >> i 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, a girl and a 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 roadille, 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