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cbs evening news is next. >> caption colorado, llc >> schieffer: tonight, deadly earror attacks in an unlikely place. in coordinated a bomb turns norway's capital into a war zone. and a gunman opens fire on teenagers at a nearby summer camp. jeff glor reports from oslo. the speaker of the house says he's done negotiating with the president. so where does that leave the debt talks? michelle miller on who gets hurt if social security checks don't go out. >> basically, for me, it would be a total disaster. >> schieffer: it sounds like a broken record, and there were plenty of them. jim axelrod on another day of historic heat gripping half the country. and john blackstone on the search for life on mars.
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nasa's new robot may settle it once and for all. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> schieffer: good evening, scott's off tonight, i'm bob schieffer. well, there are two big stories in the news tonight, that explosion in oslo, and in washington late developments in the argument over how to find a way to cut the federal budget and raise the debt ceiling. we're going to begin with that story tonight. republican house speaker john boehner now says he is done negotiating with the president and will try to deal directly with senate leaders. within minutes after saying that the president came to the white house briefing room to say boehner was taking the wrong tack. >> i was willing to take a lot of heat from my party and i spoke to democratic leaders yesterday, and although they didn't sign off on a plan, they were willing to engage in
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serious negotiations, despite a lot of heat from a lot of interest groups around the country, in order to make sure that we actually dealt with this problem. >> schieffer: the president went on to say that speaker boehner would not return his phone call and he asked congressional leaders from both parties to come back to the white house tomorrow morning for some new talks. we're going first to the capitol and nancy cordes. nancy? >> reporter: bob, speaker boehner sent a letter to his colleagues late this afternoon saying that he was ending his discussions with the president. he wrote "in the end, we couldn't connect. not because of different personalities, but because of different visions for our country." he says a deal was never reached and, in fact, they were never even close. this morning, boehner called himself a "happy warrior," but by 5:00 p.m. he was walking away from battle. >> there was an agreement of
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some additional revenues until yesterday when the president demanded $400 billion more, which was going to be nothing more than a tax increase on the american people. >> reporter: boehner says he'll try to work with senate leaders instead on a deal that meets the g.o.p.'s two central requirements: first, no new taxes, and second, that any increase in the debt limit be offset by spending cuts. the move capped a frantic day of passing the buck on capitol hill with the house saying the senate should act. >> when is it they're going to show the american people they're willing to do the job that they were sent here to do? >> reporter: and the senate blaming the house? >> the senate will wait anxiously for the house of representatives to show us their work products. >> reporter: republicans blame the president. >> reporter: republicans blame the president. >> mr. president, if you don't like our plan, where's your plan? >> reporter: today, senate democratic leaders killed a republican plan that passed the house on tuesday. >> it's one of the worst pieces of legislation to ever be placed on the floor of the united states senate. >> reporter: that republican bill-- called cut, cap and balance-- would have imposed
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severe cuts in exchange for raising the debt ceiling. >> and so we bring something forward and it's called a worthless piece of junk. what kind... is that what the american people sent us here to do? >> reporter: it was all enough to make congress lose patience with itself. congressman louie gohmert of texas. >> as a group, sometimes we do very stupid things. >> reporter: g.o.p. leadership aides accuse the white house of moving the goalposts throughout this negotiation. just yesterday, word had leaked out that the two sides were nearing a deal, but speaker boehner was always under enormous pressure from the tea party wing of his own party not to agree to any plan that included any tax revenues no matter how large the spending cuts that accompanied them. bob? >> schieffer: okay, thank you very much, nancy. well, the president has been holding a news conference. norah o'donnell was in the news conference. she's now outside with the other part of this story. norah? >> reporter: bob, there has been
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an extraordinary breakdown in trust in government here in washington between the speaker, speaker boehner, and the president of the united states. the speaker called president obama at 5:31 tonight, they spoke for 11 minutes and the speaker said "i'm sorry, the deal's off. i can only negotiate now with the senate." and so we saw the president here in the briefing room who said to us he just can't understand why speaker boehner no longer wants to negotiate with him. >> it is hard to understand why speaker boehner would walk away from this kind of deal and, frankly, if you look at the commentary out there, there are a lot of republicans that are puzzled as to why it couldn't get done. in fact, there are a lot of republican voters out there who are puzzled as to why it couldn't get done. because the fact of the matter is, the vast majority of the american people believe we should have a balanced approach. >> reporter: now, the president said that he had offered the
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republicans an extraordinarily fair deal, that he was willing to take some very tough spending cuts, even take a lot of heat from his own party, but he just says the republicans up on the house were unwilling to deal. he says now we have run out of time, so he has called the congressional leaders to come to the white house tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. to meet in order to figure out how to avoid a disaster. bob? >> schieffer: all right, well, thank you very much, norah. on "face the nation" sunday, we'll have the key players from all sides: white house chief of staff bill daley and senators jon kyl, dick durban, mark warner and saxby chambliss. that's sunday on "face the nation." oslo, norway, is where the nobel peace prize is awarded, but today the city known for peace was marred by terrible violence. a powerful bomb exploded near the prime minister's office. he was not hurt, but at least seven people are dead and 15 were injured there. shortly after that, a man dressed in a police uniform
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opened fire with a rifle on a group of young people at a resort island. police say at least nine were killed there. an arrest was made in that shooting and police believe the two incidents are connected. we begin our coverage with jeff glor in oslo. jeff? >> reporter: bob, good evening to you. oslo is clearly a city shaken tonight. the prime minister of norway called this day "brutal." the explosions ripped through downtown oslo at 3:30 local time. the first images: windows blown out, rubble in the streets, huge plumes of smoke, evoking memories of terror attacks elsewhere but up until now, never here. >> ( translated ): suddenly we saw glass coming behind us. we were told to go to the back room and when we came out on to the streets and saw that everything was damaged, they said it was bombs. >> reporter: as dazed residents here processed the carnage, they also scrambled for safety and emergency crews moved in to treat the wounded. police blocked off roads. locals were told to stay inside.
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>> ( translated ): it's very frightening and now everyone is wondering if it was an act of terror or if it was a suicide bomber, but no one can give us an answer at the moment. >> reporter: all afternoon, fear of more potential attacks hung over this city. norway's prime minister quickly went on t.v., pledging his commitment to fight back. but a short time later, reports of another incident, a shooting about 60 miles north of oslo on a small island, a campground where hundreds of teenagers, members of norway's labour party, were meeting. locals were seen trying to swim away. >> reporter: a gunman of norwegian descent, dressed as a police officer, had opened fire.
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he was later arrested, but not before his deadly rampage. police say the same man had been seen at the earlier bombing at the capital. >> ( translated ): it was completely chaotic. people threw themselves into the water and i think a lot of people lost their lives. >> reporter: late tonight, police are telling us they also found undetonated explosives on that island. meanwhile, here in oslo, police are warning people to stay clear of the city. bob? >> schieffer: are they... jeff, are they heeding that warning? >> for the most part, they are. we walked down the street with someone who lives here. on a friday night the street is generally packed, he said. there was hardly anyone on that street tonight so, yes, they are listening as this investigation continues. >> schieffer: and are they worried that there are other explosives that haven't been found yet? is that the reason for this? >> reporter: i think that was clearly the fear for a lot of people this afternoon. you saw people continuing to stream out even after the initial explosions happened here. i would say some of that fear has subsided, but still a lot of people do not want to come to
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the city tonight and police don't want them here. >> schieffer: all right, well, thank you, jeff, and be safe. now, bob orr is in washington with more on this. bob, oslo, of all places? i mean, what are you finding out about this? >> reporter: well, bob, believe it or not, norway has been on al qaeda's hit list for about eight years now. leader ayman al-zawahiri, back in 2003, warned norway would be targeted for supporting the u.s. war in afghanistan. then after a norwegian newspaper reprinted cartoons of the prophet mohammed in 2006, once again al qaeda called for revenge. then last july, three alleged al qaeda operatives were arrested inside norway for plotting to hit targets there. but i have to say, there have been no claims of responsibility. u.s. officials say right now there's no solid evidence this is al qaeda. there's a wide field of suspects, including political radicals. >> schieffer: okay. well, thank you very much, bob. bob orr in washington. well, yes, it is july, and it's supposed to be hot in july. but it's hard to remember it being this hot.
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today the east coast got a full dose of the heat wave that's blamed for 34 deaths nationwide. in new york and atlantic city, the temperature actually hit 104. baltimore and washington saw 105, and it felt a lot hotter. here's jim axelrod. >> reporter: in the last week, 1,472 temperature records have been set or tied across the country. newark, new jersey, hit 108 degrees-- the highest temperature ever recorded there. >> it's like an oven. a roasting oven. >> reporter: all told, 132 million americans are now trapped in the heat dome stretching across 29 states and the district of columbia. >> it's pretty hot, but i brought a lot of water and i'm going in the water every few minutes. >> reporter: electric grids nationwide are feeling the strain. so great that property owners like the durst organization cut back on power in this skyscraper by 10%, the energy use of a thousand homes, by darkening the
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lights, shutting down an escalator and making 43,000 gallons of ice each day in their basement to help cool the building. >> people always talk about saving the summer warmth for winter and the winter coolness for summer, and nobody seems to have been able to achieve that yet, but this is the next best thing. >> reporter: superheated air will stay locked in over the south. today amarillo, texas, tied its record for most 100-degree days in a year-- 27-- and there's still plenty of summer left to go. and they'll finally get some relief, at least here in new york this weekend. temperatures just in the 90s. and bob, that's what constitutes relief around here these days. >> schieffer: okay. thank you very much, jim. there's a new twist in britain's phone hacking scandal. accusations that rupert murdoch's son did not tell parliament the truth. we'll meet some people who could be the real victims if the government defaults. and next stop? mars. scientists are betting big on the next rover when the "cbs evening news continues." rover when the cbs news
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>> reporter: at borders flagship store in ann arbor, michigan, where it was founded 40 years ago and where today there's a 40% liquidation discount, bargain shoppers lamented its demise. >> i'm going to miss it. it's going to be a huge hole in the community. >> reporter: and in other communities, too. this store and 398 others nationwide will close by the end of september. the cost? nearly 11,000 jobs. borders is the latest brick-and- mortar victim of a digital age. peter wahlstrom is consumer analyst for morningstar. >> borders really didn't develop its own identity online, and when they tried to recapture that in 2008, it was probably a little bit too late. >> reporter: borders' biggest competitors have been nimbler in navigating cyberspace. amazon, a trailblazer with its kindle e-reader, sells more e- books than paper books. barnes & noble follows suit with nook and an aggressive online
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strategy that now sells three e- books for every one paper book. if nothing else, bookstores are useful in drumming up interest in books, even if the eventual purchase is made online. and it's that online issue that is something all retailers are having to deal with as they try to avoid the fate of borders. >> we hope to survive. >> reporter: bob contant has owned st. mark's book shop for 30 years in new york. he sees the writing on the brick and mortar wall and joined other small bookstore owners in a partnership with google to offer customers e-books. >> we recognize the fact that for a lot of people, an e-book is a very convenient way to read books. and if that's what they prefer, we can provide that. >> reporter: and with the number of e-readers on pace to jump to 29 million by 2015, the moral of the story is adapt or die. dean reynolds, cbs news, ann arbor, michigan.
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>> schieffer: rupert murdoch's son, james, has some explaining to do in the phone-hacking scandal at the "news of the world." he told parliament tuesday he only knew of one reporter who did any hacking, but today two former company executives claim they told murdoch three years ago the problem was much more widespread. we'll be right back. dad, why are you getting that? is there a prize in there? oh, there's a prize, all right. [ male announcer ] inside every box of cheerios are those great-tasting little o's made from carefully selected oats that can help lower cholesterol. is it a superhero? kinda. ♪
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cbs 5 >> schieffer: nasa has big plans now to send a new rover to mars, the mission to answer the old question: is there life there? here's john blackstone. >> reporter: this $2.5 billion car-sized robot nicknamed "curiosity," designed and built at the jet propulsion lab in pasadena, california, is nasa's newest unmanned explorer. officially it's called the "mars science laboratory." the three earlier rovers confirmed that mars once had enough water to create oceans. "curiosity" will search for signs of life. nasa biologist bob koukol says all the images from mars have hinted at the possibilities, but don't provide proof. >> we don't expect to see bambi walking across the surface of mars or anything like that. if there's any life on mars, it is probably microbial. >> reporter: koukol has been keeping a close watch on the
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rover as it's been assembled and tested in a germ-free clean room, protected from outside contamination. the goal is to make sure no earth creatures hitch a ride on "curiosity." >> the last thing we want to have is to wind up on the front page of a newspaper with a giant headline that says "life discovered on mars," and then two days later there's a little story that goes "whoops, it was something we took with us." >> reporter: unlike previous mars rovers that landed wrapped in air bags and bounced to a stop, "curiosity" will make a rocket-controlled precision landing. it's a maneuver control systems manager steven lee has rehearsed over and over. >> rotation all the way around now. >> reporter: but the real thing will be the real test. how tense is that? >> from the entry to the landing is known at j.p.l. as the six minutes of terror. so we certainly are always on edge, but the six minutes themselves are certainly a very tense moment, as a lot of us have put many, many years of our
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careers and lives into this system. >> reporter: while the mars science laboratory is big and ambitious, the exploration of mars with rovers started small. this small! this is the actual size of "pathfinder," the first rover sent to mars in 1997. "pathfinder" and the other mars rovers operated on solar panels. "curiosity" is powered by a small nuclear generator. how fast will this go? >> we don't try to set any speed records so we want to be careful along our way, so typically we'll drive one, maybe two football fields a day. >> reporter: in the two years it's scheduled to operate, "curiosity" should travel about 13 miles, looking for something humans have been curious about for centuries: the possibility of life on mars. john blackstone, cbs news, pasadena. >> schieffer: and that's the news. for scott and all of us at cbs news, i'm bob schieffer. thank you, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs
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