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>> dahler: closing in on that escaped killer. new details on the intense hunt for lone fugitive david sweat. a woman is arrested for taking down the confederate flag at the south carolina statehouse. republican presidential candidates grapple with the historic supreme court ruling on marriage equality. >> we're just going to try it. >> dahler: and google's new street view is a cliff hanger. >> first time i've ever seen anything in photo or video that makes you feel like you're there. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" >> dahler: good evening. i'm don dahler. with the western edition of the broadcast. armed, dangerous, and desperate are the words law enforcement
sources are using tonight to describe escaped prisoner david sweat. police believe the now-lone fugitive is in a densely wooded area near malone, new york where it's expected to rain overnight as temperatures drop into the 40s. 1200 law enforcement officers are trying to hunt down the convicted cop killer based on two sets of footprints found near a cabin that was broken into earlier this week, police think sweat was traveling with his escape partner richard matt before matt was gunned down in a confrontation with officers yesterday. anna werner is in the search area. >> reporter: law enforcement set a perimeter in the area where richard matt was shot and killed by border patrol agents friday. al macneil lives in the search area. he spoke to affiliated wcax. >> there are rangers up and down the road with guns pointed up my driveway. >> reporter: and new pictures show the cabin in mountview where police first found the d.n.a. of both sweat and matt a week ago. police believe matt and sweat
were still together yesterday when a camper reported someone shot at his vehicle leaving a bullet hole. around the same time, police who responded tracked matt to a cabin owned by the willet family. fred willet says his nephew saw something amiss and called police. >> my nephew went to check the camp. he could tell somebody was in there. when he was being interviewed or whatnot. >> believe that's when the shot went to the camper, somebody going by. >> reporter: they heard it. >> yup. he went into his house and whatnot and he heard the shots in the woods can they were after him. >> reporter: at a news conference last night, authorities say the sound of a cough led agents right to matt. police superintendent: >> they verbally challenged him, told him to put up his hands and at that time he was shot when he didn't comply. we have a lot of people in the area. we have canines and we have a decent perimeter set up and we're searching for sweat at this time. >> reporter: but with the other escaped murderer still free,
around the village of malone saturday there seemed to be one wish-- catch david sweat now. >> i'm glad one's down and i hope they get the other one very soon. >> as the search for david sweat continues, meanwhile, richard matt's body is in a medical center in albany for an autopsy. don. >> dahler: anna werner, thank you. more funerals were held today at the emmanuel a.m.e. church in charleston, south carolina where nine people were killed during bible study last week. all libraries in the county were closed today so workers could attend the service for librarian cynthia hurd. later was the funeral for 26- year-old tywanza sanders and his 87-year-old aunt, susie jackson. sanders' mother felicia, survived the attack by playing dead. outside the south carolina state house this morning, a bold act of defiance against the confederate flag. one woman did what so many vehicle calling for even before the racist attack in charleston last week-- she took it down.
here's michelle miller. >> reporter: just after dawn this morning, brittany newsome decided to act. she scaled the flag pole behind the confederate war memorial and took down its most preeminent emblem. she and fellow activist james tyson were arrested, charged with defacing monuments on capital grounds, and released. her actions come less than a day after president obama applauded efforts to remove the flag during a eulogy for state senator and pastor clementa pinckney. >> removing the flag from this state's capital would not be an insult to the valor of confederate soldiers. it would simply be an acknowledgment that the cause for which they fought, the cause of slavery, was wrong. ( applause ) >> reporter: pinckney and eight others were gunned down by dylann roof, who proudly displayed the controversial symbol while promoting white supremacy.
legislators say they have the votes to officially remove it but supporters aren't backing down. protesters rallied at the south carolina state house in support of flag today. pastor ubanks was part of the deal in 2000 that took the flag off the state house dome and placed it next to a war memorial in front of the building. what does that flag mean to you? >> the idea of people fighting for their homes, i see, that but i also see where others could view it as a symbol of a culture that would enslave their ancestors, and it hurts them. >> reporter: lawmakers are waiting for all of the funerals of those killed here at mother emanuel to be over before they take up the flag issue again. don, that date is set for july 6. >> dahler: michelle miller in charleston for us tonight, thank you, michelle. more reaction today following the monumental supreme court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. cincinnati held its annual pride
parade featuring jim obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the case. many corporations like at&t and coca-cola also showed support on social media with special gay pride logos. ben & jerry's went a step further changing the name of their cookie dough flavor to i dough, i dough. the ruling capped off a historic week at the supreme court and a busy week for cbs news chief legal correspondent jan crawford. jan, this is a court, the roberts court, with five republican appointees but they don't always play by the conservative playbook. >> reporter: no, they don't, and once again i think conservatives are really feeling betrayed by this court. this year is just part of a long pattern where justices nominated by republican presidents have ended up casting key votes for liberal rulings on some of the biggest issue of our time, whether it's abortion, affirmative action, and now we see obamacare and gay rights. and that is something no one would have expected ten years ago when democrats were
terrified, republicans were jubilant, when president bush put john roberts and samuel alito on the court. now alito, i mean, he's proven to be a solid judicial conservative, but roberts has been hard to understand. you know, as his votes in the obamacare case show where he twice now has joined forces with the liberal justices to save that law. >> dahler: so do you think he's had a political change of heart? how would you explain it? >> reporter: you know, conservatives see these decisions as a betrayal, that he is abandoning his judicial philosophy for political reasons. but roberts, i think, would say, "no i'm not. i'm being consistent." he thinks that courts should not be playing a role in these big social debates and should instead defer to the legislature. that's what he said he did in obamacare. let congress have the word. and that's how he explained his opposition to the ruling on same-sex marriage, that the legislature or the people should decide, and not, you know, unelected judges. >> dahler: so he didn't agree that was an equal protection issue under the 14th amendment.
>> reporter: that's correct. in that sense, he was with all four-- he was among the four conservatives who all wrote dissents saying that the constitution go not guarantee this right. conservative judicial philosophy tend to read the constitution much more narrowly than the liberal philosophy does and they're much more wanting to look to the words of the great document and what the founders wrote and what they meant and not try to read in new rights. so roberts, in that sense yesterday, was very consistent with conservative judicial philosophy. >> dahler: jan crawford, thank you so much. >> reporter: thank you. >> dahler: yesterday's supreme court decision put republican presidential candidates in a politically tricky moment. here's julianna goldman. >> reporter: as supporters raised rainbows in celebration across the country, republican presidential hopefuls are striking a more muted tone where responses ranging from begrudging acceptance to full-
fledged fight mode. >> and the courts can no more suspend the law of marriage any more than they can suspend the law of gravity. >> reporter: mike huckabee called on supporters to reject judicial tyranny, while wisconsin governor scott walker and texas senator ted cruz called for constitutional amendments that would reverse the ruling. >> the last two days, the supreme court decisions have been heartbreaking. they have been the embodiment of judicial activism. they've been lawlessness. >> reporter: all of the republican 2016 contenders are against same-sex marriage, butt the range of their responses reflect the strong opposition among religious and conservative republicans whose votes are crucial to success in early states like iowa and south carolina, and that creates a challenge in the general election, according to a recent cbs news poll, 57% of americans support same-sex marriage. >> we ought to focus, just as i said, on trying to forge consensus so we can move forward. the courts have decided. >> reporter: campaigning today in nevada, jeb bush said a
constitutional amendment wasn't realistic. >> it's not going to happen. >> reporter: south carolina senator lindsey graham noted the changing tide of public opinion and marco rubio said in his statement, "we live in a republic and must abide by the law." some republican strategists say attempts to push a constitutional amendment are politically risky and could turn into a wedge issue for democrats. don, hillary clinton didn't waste any time jumping on that line of attack saying fridays night that republicans are trying to turn back the clock. >> dahler: julianna goldman, thank you so much. tonight we're learning more about the terror attack on a beach resort in tunisia. three people were killed, most of them european tourists. charlie d'agata is in sousse on the mediterranean. >> reporter: gunman strolls casually on the beach, toting a kalashnikov rifle against a backdrop of beach toys and stunned onlookers. and new amateur video shows security forces brought
seifeddine rezgui's life and his bloody rampage to an end. more than three dozen bodies lay in his wake. we were told by eyewitnesses when the gunman approached from the water, he was struggling to control his weapon, so he took aim at people who were lying down on these sunbeds, and older people who couldn't get away. british vacationers liz and gary griffin were right there when the attack began. >> it sounded like firecrackers and we just looked, and the next minute a whole swarm of people come running saying, "run." >> reporter: even as the gunman went on the attack, that i ever told us the hotel staff risk their own lives to save others. >> so brave, the people from our hotel are running down trying to get the last of the tourists to their hotel. >> reporter: tunisia is where the arab spring began and had been a shining example of what it could be-- a fledgling
democracy and political stability not seen in neighboring libya or egypt. isis-inspired militants have shattered that, first in march with the attack on a museum that killed 22 people. after that, isis launched an online campaign specifically calling for attacks on tunisia's tourist industry. now this. and as those who survived lay flowers in tribute for those who did not, among the many questions people here are asking is whether this attack is just the beginning. tunisians make up a great number of foreign fighters who join isis in libya, syria, and iraq by the thousands, but, don investigators say this gunman never left the country. this isn't a case of going there to the front lines, getting that training, and coming back. >> dahler: charlie d'agata thank you. u.s. secretary of state john kerry is in vienna tonight on his first overseas trip since
breaking his leg a bike ride last month. kerry and his iranian counterpart have until tuesday to finalize a nuclear agreement. state correspondent margaret brennan is traveling with kerry. >> i think it's fair to say that we're hopeful. >> reporter: secretary of state john kerry is under pressure to deliver president obama's chief foreign policy goal-- a nuclear accord with iran. this week, iran's supreme leader made that job more difficult publicly stake out several hard lines. nuclear inspectors would not be allowed to inspect military sites, a key demand from the u.s. and all financial sanctions on iran should be lifted immediately, not gradually as the u.s. has proposed. and there's pressure at home too. several former obama aides warned in a recent letter that the emerging deal, "may fall short of meeting the administration's own standard of a good agreement." james jeffrey, the president's former ambassador to iraq signed
that letter. >> we are worried that the administration is going to do a rush to signature, and essentially cave to the supreme leader's most recent and absurd red lines. >> reporter: ali rezaian's stake in a diplomatic breakthrough is personal. his brother, a "washington post" reporter, jason rezaian, is in a prison on charges of espionage. he came here to vienna to lobby for his release. >> i would say it's clear the evidence against him just isn't there. he has been locked up for 11 months now. they should look at what they're doing and that they're holding an innocent man, and it's inhumane. it's illegal, and it needs to end. >> reporter: but a breakthrough is nowhere in sight. negotiators tell us that talks have gotten extremely dill as they try to draft the fine
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>> that ability to share the energy that we as climbers derive from being in positions like that, that's just incredibly cool for me. it just transports you to that space. >> this is a perspective that, you know, only these top climbers are able to see, and to see what they see is just remarkable. >> it's just way more of an interactive experience. you get a fuller picture than you do from video footage or from a still photo. you get to see the text of the rock and the size of the holds we're grabbing. >> reporter: yick says technology is now opening windows to places few might dare to go, including her. >> my fear of heights would prevent me from ever doing this myself. >> reporter: now all those spectacular and horrifying views can be seen-- >> whoa! that's high. that's definitely high. >> reporter: --without ever leaving the ground. carter evans, cbs news, los angeles. >> dahler: that's the cbs evening news. i'm don dahler in new york. thanks for joining us. have a good night.