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captioning sponsored by cbs captioning sponsored by cbs >> glor: on the "cbs evening news" this thursday, a hurricane takes aim at hawaii for the first time in more than a quarter century. a are on the ground there. and we now know more about how iowa college student mollie tibbetts was murdered. but first, the headlines in 60 seconds. >> reporter: hurricane lane now soaking the big island of hawaii with more than a foot of rain. >> we do not want to see what happened in puerto rico, and we do that by making sure we're prepared. >> reporter: the president of epe united states, arguing against his own impeachment. >> if i ever got impeached, i think the market would crash. >> attorney general jeff tessions pushing back on criticism. >> he took the job, and then he said, "i'm going to recuse myself." what kind of a man is this? >> reporter: sessions released this response: "the actions of the department of justice will not be improperly influenced."
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>> what's your name? >> a heart-stopping rescue by fort worth police. they saved a woman who was about th jump from a bridge. ey we're happy it ended that way. we were just at the right place at the right time. >> republican congressman duncan hunter and his wife margaret appeared in court. >> indicted on charges to use campaign funds to fund their lavish lifestyle. >> the pair pleaded not guilty. ad this is the democrats' arm of law enforcement. ♪ ♪ >> aerosmith front man steven tyler has called on president trump to stop using the band's music at his events. >> welcome to london's zoo. since the annual weigh-in, not really an easy process. lye largest animal an giraffe-- nd843 pounds. >> wow, big. >> glor: and this is our western edition. good evening, i'm jeff glor. we are going to begin with hurricane lane, the most powerful storm to hit our 50th state in decades.
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america's pacific paradisef hawaii is now under a state of emergency, pounded by strong gusts and torrential rain. forecasters warn the worst is still to come. this is a view tonight from diamond head near honolulu. the big island, still recovering from recent volcanic eruptions, now faces a potential flooding odsaster. isreya villarreal is there. >> reporter: the fierce storm that hawaiians have braced for and long dreaded has arrived. >> it's nasty. it's scary. >> reporter: this is just the beginning. the outer bands of hurricane lane are pummeling the big island with a foot and a half of rain. >> flooding is now occurring. we have reports of landslides, road closures. >> this hilo neighborhood became a lake, trapping at least one person before help arrived, and the worst is yet to come. >> the system is going to be with us for the next four or five days to bring winds to the islands as well as the torrential rains. >> reporter: hawaii's southern- most island is bearing the brunt of this cat-4 storm. the rest of the state, including honolulu, lies directly in its path.
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store shelves have emptied out. gas is in short supply. everyone is starting to hunker down. >> everybody is in panic mode right now. >> reporter: hawaii's last direct hit was hurricane iniki in 1992. it caused $3 billion in damage. and now, hurricane lane is striking the big island, already reeling from months of devastating lava flows from the kilauea volcano. for an island that just can't seem to catch a break, those eruptions have died down just as saters start to rise. the rain is coming in waves here on the big island, but the worst is expected overnight and into tomorrow. that will add more water to the wailuku river behind me. ehat translates in hawaiian to dangerous waters, and, jeff, the locals tell me they have never seen it like this before. >> glor: look at those pictures already. all right, mireya villarreal in hilo. mireya, thank you. tracking the hurricane for us is lonnie quinn, chief weathercaster at our flagship
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station wcbs. lonnie, insane rainfall amounts already. >> reporter: like the pictures behind mireya, they were crazy loking out there. in my office, in weather offices all across the country, we don't get a chance to track too many hurricanes in hawaii. they just don't happen all that often. and what we're currently dealing with is a cat-4. now, it's barely a cat-4. 130-mile-per-hour winds. if it gets to a cat-3. it's moving set of at seven miles per hour. that's a key, that's a key, how ,low the storm is moving. kght now in hilo almost 19 inches of rain. o we zoom in tight on hilo, i want to show you what they expect from this point forward. f 19 on the ground right now, doing what it's doing to those rivers we just showed you. and now you're going to put on top of that another 1.5 feet more of rain. and if we look at the track of the storm, is there going to be a landfall? well, there's a slight chance you could have a landfall with this system out around oahu or kauana.
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the problem is if it stays just south of the island, the northern fringe of the storm affects the island the entire way. that's the wet portion of this storm. >> glor: watching out for those mudslides. all right, lonnie, thanks. later on in this broadcast, we'll check in with a blind british marine and his friend. they're on a collision course seemingly with this hurricane, on a row boat. the stormy relationship between president trump and his attorney attorney general intensified hiday. weijia jiang has more on this from the white house. ou jeff sessions-- never took --ntrol of the justice department, and it's sort of an incredible thing. >> reporter: president trump was rept and bold on fox news, once oain blasting attorney general jeff sessions. >> you know, the only reason i sve him the job was because i felt loyalty. he was an original supporter. >> reporter: but the president made clear that loyalty dissolved during this moment in march of 2017:
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>> i have recused myself. >> reporter: back when sessions uswed out of the russia ovestigation. >> he took the job and then he said, "i'm going to recuse myself." i said, "what kind of a man is this?" >> reporter: today, sessions fired back in a statement: "i took control of the department of justice the day i was sworn in," he wrote. adding, "the d.o.j. will not be improperly influenced by political considerations." president trump has stopped short of saying he plans to fire sessions. republican senator lindsay graham: >> i think there will come a time, sooner rather than later, where it will be time to have a new face and a fresh voice at the department of justice. >> reporter: the special r:unsel's investigation is sntensifying with the conviction of ex-trump campaign chairman paul manafort, on the same day am. trump's former personal attorney, michael cohen, pleaded guilty to campaign-related
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targes. the pair of legal bombshells triggered fresh speculation about possible impeachment hearings if democrats take back the house. >> i don't how you can impeach onmebody who has done a great job. gll tell you what-- if i ever got impeached, i think the market would crash. i think everybody would be very poor. >> reporter: and in an interview today, president trump's personal lawyer, rudy giuliani, said if the president was impeached, the american people would revolt. jeff. >> glor: all right, weijia. and then, so in related news, a prominent trump supporter whose company owns the "national enquirer" was granted immunity for cooperating with investigators. what more can you tell us about this? >> reporter: well, pecker is a very close friend of president trump's, and he reportedly received that protection in exchange for details about his role in paying women hush money to influence the 2016 election. court papers spell out how pecker helped cohen deal with negative stories about then-
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candidate trump's relationships with those women, and, jeff, tonight, the associated press is reporting the "national enquirer" even kept a safe that was filled with documents about those payments and other damaging stories, to protect mr. trump. >> glor: all right, weijia, thanks. htat again is david pecker, whose company owns the "national enquirer." thank you, weijia. new details were released today in the murder of mollie tibbetts. dhe 20-year-old iowa college student whose body was found this week a month after she disappeared. adriana diaz is in brooklyn, iowa tonight. >> reporter: 20-year-old mollie tibbetts died from multiple sharp force injuries, according f iowa state medical examiner. they ruled her death a homicide. cristhian bahena rivera, who has been charged with her murder, told investigators tibbetts was bleeding from her head, before he left her body in a cornfield down this road. ae owners of the dairy farm where rivera worked said he used false identification to pass a background check. the iowa department of transportation also says they
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have no record of a driver's license for christhian rivera. this woman worked with him for four years on the farm. ime asked that we not use her e me and blur her face. when you heard the word erhristhian," what did you think? >> ( speaking spanish ) >> reporter: so you were hoping that it would come out that he's innocent, that the d.n.a. would prove that. ent,i. >> reporter: she says in the five weeks since tibbetts' disappearance, rivera reported to work every day, acting normally. the case has re-ignited calls for stronger immigration laws. the president tweeted this video ntst night: >> a person came in from mexico illegally and killed her. we need the wall. we need our immigration laws changed. >> reporter: rivera's coworker is an immigrant, and in response to the president's comments, she said, "there are bad people in mmery race." mollie tibbetts' aunt told us rye doesn't want mollie's memory lost among political agendas.
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the funeral is set for sunday. jeff? >> glor: adriana diaz, still on the story in brooklyn, iowa. california congressman duncan hunter and his wife pleaded not guilty today to charges they used a quarter million dollars in campaign funds for personal expenses. more on this from nancy cordes. >> reporter: republican duncan hunter was surrounded by protesters as he entered a san aego courthouse. his wife arrived separately. inside, they both pleaded not guilty to 60 counts, ranging from wire fraud to falsifying records. >> shame! shame! >> reporter: they're accused of using campaign funds constantly over seven years to pay for groceries, utilities, school tuition, video games, a hawaiian vacation, even airfare for the family's pet rabbit. hunter's attorney tried to frame the case as an election-year hit job. >> this investigation, we believe, was politically motivated. it was-- it was started by
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prosecutors that attended a democratic fund-raiser. >> reporter: but the indictment lays out dozens of examples of hunter and his wife allegedly disguising their spending to make it seem campaign-related. a $700 payment to the local dentist was recorded as a "charitable contribution to smiles for life." a $200 weekly golf outing hunter claimed was "a christian thing with a supporter." the former marine tried to postify using campaign funds for a $14,000 italian vacation by scheduling a visit to a navy base there. when navy officials couldn't iacommodate his chosen date, hunter allegedly told his chief eg staff, "tell the navy to go 'f' themselves." >> completely false. >> reporter: republicans worry the case creates an opening for hunter's democratic challenger. >> washington chewed them up and spat them out and engulfed him in the corruption that has plagued washington for too long.
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>> reporter: hunter was the second member of congress to endorse president trump during the campaign. the first was new york's chris collins, who was indicted earlier this month on insider trading charges. off. >> glor: nancy cordes, thank you. cyio state suspended head football coach urban meyer last night for three games for mishandling domestic abuse shmplaints against an assistant. inere has been a reaction. eare's jim axelrod. >> and for that i'm deeply sorry. >> reporter: ohio state football coach urban meyer tried to move past the controversy enveloping his program... >> i followed my heart, not my onad. >> reporter: ...but seemed only r reignite it after his suspension was announced and he sis asked about the woman who had accused her husband, a former assistant coach of meyer's named zach smith, of domestic violence in 2015. meyer claimed he hadn't known about the accusations until it was revealed last month he had. >> what message do you have for
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courtney smith? >> i have a message for everybody involved in this-- i'm sorry for the situation. >> reporter: on campus meyer's support goes beyond strong. the national championship he led the buckeyes to in 2014 wraps him in something a little closer to invincible. >> i think most people think it should have been less, but, obviously, there's a lot of bias here. >> reporter: but off the campus, meyer came in for a hammering today. >> you're a liar. you lied. period, done. >> urban meyer, should have been fired. >> reporter: the university's own investigation was more restrained, but also critical of styer. "he has cast doubt on his own honesty," the report concluded, but in a clue as to why meyer ons suspended and not fired, "he olearly misspoke and made misstatements, but did not, in our view, deliberately lie." the report had plenty that will fuel meyer's critics, like this to investigators, "we also learned during the investigation that coach meyer has sometimes
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had significant memory issues in other situations where he had prior extensive knowledge of events." h glor: jim axelrod, thanks. missouri's attorney general opened an investigation today into sex crimes within the catholic church. it is something pope francis has addressed. he is in ireland this weekend ngth the cloud of scandal hanging over his visits, and jonathan vigliotti is there. ( applause ) >> reporter: when pope john paul ii last visited ireland back in 1979, 2.5 million catholics turned out. only a fraction of that crowd is expected to greet pope francis this weekend. >> it will be a different tone. i don't think everyone will be amping for joy. >> reporter: one group of protesters is sending their own message, allegedly getting hundreds of tickets to one event with no intention of showing up. p.e pope's visit unfolds in the shadow of yet another round of abuse allegations and cover-ups, most prominently from the explosive pennsylvania grand jury report. cardinal blaze cupich, who
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arrived here from chicago,o, cas it a catalog of horrors. one section describes a group of zeiests who mark their victims with crucifixes to identify the ones that are easier targets. are you worried something like this could surface where you are? >> i think that if such a ring existed, we have the measures by which we could detect it. >> reporter: cardinal wuerl from >> sister liz murphy, an irish nun, says the entire church needs reform. >> it is a very male, masculine, mstitutional, top-down, bctatorial body. who wouldn't want, as a woman, to see that collapse? >> reporter: those words from a nun were once unthinkable. how does the pope survive this pivotal moment? >> this is a virus. and this is not going to be healed over this-- these coming days. om whether it's here in ireland or someplace else, he does have to give some specific steps.
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>> reporter: and that's exactly what the catholic world is waiting for, to see what, if anything, the pope says publicly about church abuse. we are told he will meet ilivately with victims, though at this point, it's unclear how many. jeff. >> glor: jonathan vigliotti in ireland. thank you. up next here on the "cbs evening hews," how two officers brought rowoman back from the edge. edge. but not today. today, there's a new treatment for women like me who won't beck. learn more at 98% of us don't get enough omega-3s. which is why megared advanced 4in1 packs more omega-3 power into one small softgel. it supports your heart... brain... eyes... and joints. megared. have you smelled this litter? no. nobody has! it's unscented! (vo) tidy cats free & clean unscented. powerful odor control with activated charcoal.
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>> reporter: after a tense 80 seconds, the officers bring her down to safety. as please get down. >> no, please, stop. >> get down! >> we're going to get you some help, okay? >> reporter: today, forth worth police officers justin henry and trae cierzan credited their training. >> they basically wanted us to try to talk to them. they're in an extreme emotional state that, you just try to get them to talk to you, because if ryu get them to talk to you, things can turn out for the better. >> reporter: we're told the woman is recovering in a local hospital. jeff, the suicide prevention citline is open 24 hours for oryone needing help. >> glor: wow, vlad, thank you very much. b're going to be right back. back.
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>> glor: we end here tonight with a phone call to a man who is rowing his boat straight into a hurricane. tere's carter evans. >> reporter: stroke by stroke, it's a grueling 2,400-mile race from monterey, california, to hawaii. cchallenge for anyone, but imagine doing this without being lele to see. >> reporter: steve sparkes hopes to become the first blind person to row across the pacific. we spoke to him via satellite phone. 's's about 100 miles from oahu, after 78 days at sea with his rowing partner, mick dawson. >> reporter: the 21-foot row boat capsized and broke two oars.
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>> reporter: the 57-year-old former royal marine lost his sight after a diving accident in his 20s. >> i was doing well in my career. it all came to an abrupt end. i put myself back on the map. >> reporter: sparkes is confident they can make it to the finish line, even through rough seas from hurricane lane. >> reporter: the two men plan to ride out the storm inside the seven by three-foot cabin. it's going to be a rough ride, huh? >> reporter: even with danger on the horizon, sparkes still has determination in his heart. carter evans, cbs news, los angeles. >> glor: steve, brother, stay safe. if you have to get out, get out. that is the "cbs evening news." we'll see you tomorrow. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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parents fuming.. over what they call 'unfair only on 5 paying full price for half the drugs, parents fuming over what they call unfair charges for epipens, now an investigation at kaiser following our original report. good evening. i'm christin ayers. >> i'm allen martin. kpix5's julie watts joins us with the practices regulators will be taking a very close look at. >> kaiser says it's rationing its version of the epinephrine injector, the one that it covers, following a nationwide shortage. patients point out there are other brands that kaiser could offer and many are questioning if splitting prescriptions and charging multiple co-pays for one prescription is even legal. >> we were really concerned when we saw your report. >> many in the food allergy community were shocked when we revealed kaiser is rationing its version of the life saving epipen providing only one pen instead of filling the full two
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pack prescription as approved by the fda. >> our reaction was that it's unconscionable. >> the food allergy advocates at fair point out the emergency medication is prescribed in a two pack for a reason. the first pen may fail and many need more than one dose to survive. >> i of only allowed to have one -- i was only allowed to have one epipen. >> but we heard from dozens of patients who said kaiser pharmacists are only filling half their child's two pack epipen prescriptions. according to the fda a pharmacist could only reduce the prescription to one pen if that's specifically what was prescribed. the state pharmacy board is urging those affected to file a complaint and has now opened an investigation. one of the greatest concerns following our report last week? accusations that some like danielle were given a single pen without proper labeling. >> if there's no label, it's a violation of our law. >> while kaiser says it's rationing due to a shortage, many patients point out kaiser is making


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