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see you in a half hour. >> hill: tonight, former illinois governor rod blagojevich is found guilty of lying to federal agents. i'm erica hill. also tonight, shoot-ou police station. a gunman exchanges fire with officers in suburban dallas, his motive: a mystery. are teenagers paying a price for their love of loud music? a major rise in hearing loss. and heads up, the hat is making a comeback. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> hill: good evening, katie the on assignment overseas. we begin tonight with late- breaking news from chicago where former illinois governor rod blagojevich was convicted today of lying to federal agents.
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he could get five years if prison for that. but after 14 days of deliberations, the jury could not reach a verdict on 23 other corruption charges. among them: fraud, conspiracy, bribery, racketeering, and attempting to sell the u.s. senate seat once held by president obama. the judge plans to declare a mistrial on those charges and federal prosecutors declared they intend to try him again. >> now that the government threw every count against the kitchen sink against me, they could not prove that i did anything wrong, that i didn't break any laws. >> hill: barry petersen is in chicago tonight with more. barry? >> reporter: well erica, not a good day for either side. but the consensus is oorks worse day for the prosecution.
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seven weeks of trial, 14 days of jury deliberation, and you end up with a hung jury on almost all the counts, including, as you pointed out, the one that blagojevich tried to sell that senate seat vacated when barack obama went to washington. >> governor blagojevich has been arrested in the middle of what we can only describe as a political corruption crime spree. >> reporter: prosecutors knew it was a high-profile, high-risk case from the outset. >> the conduct would mike lincoln roll over in his grave. >> reporter: blagojevich was already under investigation and his phones tapped when he discussed appointing a new senator to replace barack obama when he went to the white house. it was all about what's in it for blagojevich. >> reporter: prosecutors hit hard, raiding the house of a sitting governor early one december morning in 2008.
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not governor for long, he was soon impeached. >> rock solid! >> reporter: he went public on shows like "the apprentice". >> rod, you're fired. >> reporter: and david letterman. >> i did nothing wrong. ( laughter ) i did nothing wrong and... and i'll have an opportunity to be able to go into court and prove that i did nothing wrong. >> hi, mr. blagojevich! >> reporter: ever ready to shake another hand at the courthouse, he entered the trial with a high-risk move of his own: he did not take the stand in his own defense saying the government never proved its case and for once he would be silent. >> perhaps maybe the biggest lesson i've learned is that i talk too much. >> reporter: blagojevich spent about $2 .8 million of his own dollars on his defense but he is now effectively broke. that means if there is a retrial in a federal court, it's federal money-- excuse me, american taxpayer money-- that will pay for his next defense. erica? >> hill: an important clarification, barry, thanks.
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jan crawford is in washington, she's our chief legal correspondent. jan, as you look at this, as barry said, a worse day for the prosecution. how big a setback is this? >> reporter: erica, this is a huge setback. as we saw in barry's piece, pat fitzgerald said these were crimes that would make abraham lincoln roll over in his grave. those are strong statements and the only conviction was on the weakest count. that's obviously a felony, lying to the f.b.i. as punishable by up to five years in prison, it's the same crime martha stewart was convicted on. but a hung jury on 23 of 24 count cans only be characterized as a huge setback. >> hill: what happened here? where did the government go wrong in this case? >> i think there was a sense of overconfidence by the government. when they played those tapes, they assumed the jury would just be shocked and really what the tapes show is that blagojevich was a profane loud-mouthed guy. that's not exactly a shock to jurors in chicago politics.
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and the defense did a really good job of getting back to the simple concept: follow the money. and there wasn't a dime the prosecution showed went into blagojevich's pocket, it was all talk. so is he a bad governor or a criminal? the prosecution didn't show how the tapes translated into criminal conduct. >> hill: so if there is a retrial when you look at this, is it advantage prosecution or defense here? >> reporter: that cuts both ways, i think this time, though, it really favors the defense because the defense attorney made a huge calculation to open this trial saying they would hear from the governor that these were not criminal acts and at the end blagojevich didn't testify. so now the next go around, the jury didn't hold that against him but the next go around they will not say in the those opening statements. it cuts both ways. the prosecution does get to hone its case, they know which witnesses will work, but i think this time round two may cut for blagojevich. >> hill: we will be watching, jan crawford, thanks.
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in other news, one of the accused 9/11 conspirators resurfaced today on tape and in new pictures. ramzi binalshibh. as justice correspondent bob orr reports, the tape of his interrogation could become a valuable propaganda tool for terrorists. >> reporter: it was thought the c.i.a. had destroyed all of the videotapes of the secret interrogations of captured al qaeda operatives. but two videos and an audiotape discovered under a desk at c.i.a. headquarters survived the purge. sources say the tapes of accused 9/11 plotter ramzi binalshibh were reported in 2002 by moroccan authorities while he was being held in a secret prison there. binalshibh, now jailed at guantanamo, was arrested on the first anniversary of 9/11 on the chaotic streets of karachi and his takedown quickly led to the arrest of 9/11 mastermind khalid sheikh mohammed. sources say the tapes do not depict any harsh treatments like waterboarding and binalshibh
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does not talk about the september 11 plot. one government official down played their importance saying the tapes simply show a guy sitting at a desk answering questions. the c.i.a. first disclosed the existence of the tapes in 2007 but binalshibh's name was blacked out in court papers. and his attorney says he still hasn't been told that binalshibh is the man on the tape. >> it seems odd to me that we were proceeding in a capital case in guantanamo where they were attempting to execute ramzi binalshibh, and we're just discovering this now. >> reporter: meanwhile, new pictures of binalshibh have surfaced, the first we've seen since 2006. the nine snapshots show the accused terrorist at guantanamo praying, reading the koran and, in some poses, smiling. taken together the pictures and news of the tapes are new propaganda fodder for al qaeda. >> the more we tend to aggrandize al qaeda, that we
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sort of give a platform of any sort to al qaeda senior leaders, that plays to al qaeda's advantage. >> reporter: now, the tapes could be key evidence if binalshibh and his accused 9/11 co-conspirators ever stand trial. on that point, we have to say the justice department is still struggling trying to find an acceptable venue. erica? >> hill: bob, thanks. bob orr in washington tonight. al qaeda is being blamed for one of baghdad's deadliest attacks in months. a suicide bomber struck today at an iraqi army recruiting center that was packed with young men. 61 were killed, 125 others injured. some of them were so desperate for work, though, they got back in line after the attack. turning our attention now to pakistan where there has been no letup in the monsoon rains. take a look at this. this is how the country looked from space a year ago. this next photo was taken on sunday. it shows you a fifth of the country is underwater. government aid has reached just 500,000 of the 20 million people affected. three and a half million
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children are at risk of disease. as richard roth tells us, the united states is rushing in to help for humanitarian and also for strategic reasons. >> reporter: 99 feet long with thundering twin engines, american chinook helicopters have helped move almost 5,000 flood victims. a former u.s. ambassador recalls the last time it was like this... >> president musharraf at that time would point to them and then say "here come another squadron of the angels of mercy." >> reporter: ...that was after a devastating earthquake in 2005 when so-called chinook diplomacy boosted america's standing in a country widely seen as a reluctant ally in the war on terror. we need to plan for a worst-case scenario, a nightmare scenario. and that nightmare scenario is we need to plan for a worst-case an al qaeda taliban type takeover of the government.
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>> reporter: all ready weak and unpopular before the floods broke, pakistan's government's been slow to get aid to where it's needed, keeping the country from drowning in its distress is crucial to u.s. policy. >> an extremist government in pakistan would have its finger on the atomic weapons arsenals. >> reporter: hard line islamic groups have been helping flood victims but the battle for hearts and minds has by no hearts and minds has by no means been lost according to america's current ambassador in pakistan. >> stories about extremist organizations being the only players out there are greatly exaggerated. >> reporter: what's not overstated is the scale of the disaster. there are millions still in pakistan struggling to survive. richard roth, cbs news, london. >> hill: to texas now where police officers came under attack today. investigators say a lone gunman opened fire on police headquarters in the town of mckinney. when the shooting was over, only the gunman was dead. don teague joins us from mckinney this evening. don?
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>> reporter: good evening, erica. in fact, there were no other injuries despite the fact that more than 100 shots were fired and the gunman tried to set off an improvised bomb. it was a brazen attack caught on a cell phone camera. a gunman armed with two ar-15 assault rifles opened fire on a police station after first setting his pickup on fire to draw officers into the open. >> he had a plan, he was heavily armed. he looked like he knew what he wanted to do-- what we don't know is why he wanted to do it. >> reporter: after parking his truck and trailer in front of the station, police say the gunman ignited the vehicle then ran across the street to a vacant field and opened fire from a sniper position. he fired more than a hundred rounds at officers, the building, and passing cars. inside the burning truck, ammunition was set off in the blaze, sending more bullets flying in all directions. >> you could just hear gunshot after gunshot. >> reporter: matt paine was driving by and shot this video with his cell phone. he saw the gunman shooting.
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>> it's very scary to think, you know, that i was 30 to 50 feet away from this man with a gun shooting at what appeared to be random people, to know that my wife and my son were with me. that's very scary. >> reporter: after what police have described as a brief exchange of gunfire, the gunman, identified late today as patrick sharpe, was killed. authorities say it's not clear if he was shot by officers or took his own life. >> this individual was looking for suicide by cop. i don't know why. >> reporter: all of this happened within a few hundred yards of a college campus, though it's clear tonight the police were the real targets of this attack. erica? >> hill: don, thanks. coming up next on the "cbs evening news," turn down the volume-- teenage hearing loss is on the rise.
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american adolescents. >> reporter: today's study of almost 5,000 adolescents found one in five suffers from hearing loss. mostly slight and more common in boys. while the study did not conclude what's behind the increase, here's how loud noise can cause harm. sound waves travel through the ear canal to the inner ear. there tiny hair cells convert the sound into nerve impulses that travel to hearing centers in the brain. excessive noise can damage those cells and cause permanent hearing loss. so how loud is too loud? this device measures decibels, prolonged exposure to 85 and above can cause gradual hearing loss. a few miles north of times square, it's reading 80. and with that siren, 88. music players like ipods can top 100 decibels when turned all the way up. audiologist brian fligore use this is mannequin to measure just how loud kids are playing their music-- most were
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listening at unsafe levels. >> if you were to listen at all the way up, you can only listen for about five minutes a day before you're starting to increase your risk for hearing loss. >> reporter: 16-year-old lindsay klauss was diagnosed with hearing loss from playing the french horn in an orchestra and a band. >> my hearing sounded almost muffled. it didn't sound like what i would normally hear. >> it's possible that teenagers ears are a little bit more susceptible and if nothing else they're certainly going to have a longer life in order to have to deal with hearing loss if it sets in early. >> reporter: parents should consider the possibility the teen has hearing floss he or she is doing poorly in school or constantly saying "huh" even more than the average teenager. >> hill: that is an important clarification even more. thanks. for more, log on to our partner in health news and search for hearing loss. did baseball great lou gehrig really have lou gehrig's
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1992. most of them think e-mail is just too slow. they prefer texting. to them fergie is a pop singer, not a princess. russians and americans have always been living together in space. and they think of clint eastwood as a sensitive director, not "dirty harry." 41 years before those kids were born, the new york giants bobby thompson hit one of the most famous home runs of all time, writers called it the shot heard round the world. >> the giants win the pennant! the giants win the pennant! the giants win the pennant! the giants win the pennant! >> hill: thompson's shot capped an amazing comeback. the giants had overcome the brooklyn dodgers' 13-game lead to force a one-game playoff. thompson's homer put the giants into the world series. bobby thompson died last night in georgia. he was 86. coming up next, the return of a fashion trend-- cats in hats are
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>> hill: we end tonight with change at the top. decades after they fell out of fashion, hats are in again. one manufacturer projects sales of fedoras alone will be up 20% this year. here's richard schlesinger. >> reporter: people of a certain age-- certainly older than these people-- might remember the last time last century when hats were in. now those hats are new and chic again. >> hats are making a comeback. it used to be baseball hats and now people are wearing fedoras and newspaper hats like mine. >> you like the zany ones? >> yes. >> reporter: the hottest of the hats is apparently the fedora which can cost anywhere from $10 to hundreds. who's your customer now? >> everyone from teenagers right on up to grandpa. >> reporter: in the '30s, '40s,
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and '50s the fedora was the top hat. >> here's looking at you, kid. >> reporter: the swellest of the swells all wore them, and everyday people followed the trend. >> you bought a suit of clothing and you always bought a hat to match. >> reporter: hats fell out of fashion when j.f.k. started going bareheaded. it became harder for hat wearers to get in and out of cars easily. more reasons to leave the hat on the rack. but then something happened. >> reporter: athletes, celebrities, singers, entertainers. ♪ baby, i can break you down... >> wearing head-ware which helps promote the industry. >> reporter: now justin timberlake is rarely seen in public without his fedora and britney spears is usually photographed undercover, along with all sorts of bold-faced red-carpet names. and the tv show "mad men" has made men start wearing hats
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again. the rebirth of hats requires a refresher course in the rules of etiquette. the trick-- the hat trick, if you will-- is knowing when to take it off. >> when you come inside to something like a restaurant, and a restaurant where people are going to be serving you, that's a really good time to take off the hat, especially if it has a brim. >> reporter: lizzie post is etiquette guru emily post's great, great granddaughter. she says letting strangers look you in the eye has always been a sign of friendship and respect. >> where'd you get that dress? >> reporter: you don't want to hide your eyes from strangers? >> you don't want to hide your eyes from strangers. >> reporter: so while young people may adopt their grand parents' styles, the rules about how to wear them remain old hat. richard schlesinger, cbs news, new york. >> hill: that is the "cbs evening news." katie will be reporting tomorrow night from afghanistan as we continue our special coverage of afghanistan, the road ahead. i'm erica hill. i'll see you in the morning on the "early show." good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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a level of reality some say is simply too much. how a bay area company defends a videogame that allows players to kill u.s. troops. why technology used to track sex offenders is now being used on some bay area students. and forget hell's kitchen. this is a cookoff straight out of a bay area jail. good evening, i'm allen martin. >> i'm dana king. the news starts now. your realtime captioner is linda marie macdonald. caption colorado, l.l.c. we're going to begin with breaking news about some vaccines that were given right here in the bay area. thousands of patients are being asked to get revaccinated. dr. kim mulvihill on the adults and the children affected. kim. >> reporter: well, allen, the problem affects nearly 20 vaccines including polio, hepatitis, gardasil, even pertussis or whooping cough. these vaccines were given to


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