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disaster zone have asked fema for help. so far just over 25,000 have been approved for housing assistance. a fema official told cbs news other applicants are waiting for insurance claims to be processed before they're approved for federal help. fema says the first mobile housing unit should arrive next week. do you kind of feel that people have forgotten about you? >> yes. i do. >> reporter: panama city mayor gre greg brudnicki says the city is trying to move forward, but it's going to take a long time to we rest build. >> do you still need help? >> you bet we need hem. we were not publicing on a
catastrophic ent bombed this area, and it happened. >> reporter: this is a common scene here in panama city, homes that have been damaged but haven't even been worked on yet. the mayor says half of the the brie has been removed. jeff, there hasn't been any big concert or benefit for victims so, the city started its own nonprofit to try to raise money >> okay, omar, thank you very much. the department of veterans affairs said today it is trying to speed up benefits payments to thousands of veterans who are struggling to cover their education and housing billings. chip reid says the delays are being blamed on computer problems. shea washington is an air force veteran who served in afghanistan. she is working on a masters in business and had hoped to graduate next year, but now her plans are on hold. she depends on tuition assistance through the gi bill, but the payments stopped in august because of a glitch in
the antiquated computer system at the department of veterans affairs. >> i've been deployed and been to war, so i feel like i shouldn't have to stress over something that i worked for and risked my life for. >> reporter: her gi bill housing stipend is also in limbo. in all, she says the v.a. owes her about $7,000. she is struggling to pay her bills, and the timing couldn't be worse. >> it's been like four months. it's going into christmas times. >> reporter: president trump today visited the marine barracks in washington and later parades his administration's assistance to veterans. >> another crucial element of our veterans agenda is improved access to education. >> reporter: he didn't mention the latest v.a. crisis, but in a hearing on capitol hill today, members vented their frustration. >> it's time that the v.a. stand up and hold someone accountable for their failing actions. >> reporter: v.a. official robert worley, who was reassigned to another job just yesterday, admitted there are
73,000 claims now 27% more than last year at this time, and that payments to more than 10,000 veterans have been delayed more than 30 days. he also said this. >> actually, i don't know of any cases where someone that has come to my attention or someone has not been able to enroll in school. >> reporter: try telling that to shea washingt shaye washington is sitting out this semester. do you blame the v.a.? >> yes. i feel like they should have been better prepared for this. >> reporter: the v.a. says it hopes upgraded i.t. systems can be put in place some time early next year, but they admit problems with gi payments could continue for months to come. jeff? >> important story, chip reid. thank you very much. some big developments today in the killing of "washington post" journalist jamal khashoggi at a saudi arabian consulate in turkey. the u.s. slapped economic signings 17 saudis accused of taking part. and a saudi prosecutor said he will seek the death penalty against five suspects.
holly williams is in riyadh. >> sometimes things -- mistakes happen. sometimes people abuse their authority. >> reporter: that's the saudi arabian foreign minister's explanation as to how it was that jamal khashoggi was killed. mistakes happen. earlier, a spokesman for saudi's top prosecutor claimed for the first time that khashoggi was killed by a lethal injection. a team was sent to istanbul to bring khashoggi to saudi arabia, by force if necessary, it's now claimed, but a team leader decided instead to kill the outspoken critic of the saudi government. it's the latest version of events from saudi arabia, which initially denied it knew anything about jamal khashoggi's disappearance, and then claim head died in a fistfight. what is your opinion when it comes to how damaging this has been for saudi arabia, not just the killing of jamal khashoggi, but the repeated changing of
saudi arabia's official story? >> the story was evolving because with any crime, you have a theory that you develop in the beginning, and then as you uncover more evidence, the theory changes. >> reporter: the country has now admitted that khashoggi's body was dismembered, a claim already made by turkey. but saudi arabia insists that crown prince mohammed bin salman, suspected by some of being involved, has been exonerated. >> absolutely. his royal highness the crown prince has nothing to do with this issue. >> reporter: the prosecutor said today that jamal khashoggi's remains were handed over to a, quote, local cooperator. their whereabouts unknown. but a senior turkish official recently said he believes khashoggi's rebharns dissolved ins a sick. jeff? >> holly williams asking questions in riyadh, saudi arabia tonight. holly, thank you. coming up next, the stunning coming up next, the stunning twist in a
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mcclure said that 35-year-old johnny bobbitt, a homeless veteran, gave her his last $20 after she ran out of gas. mcclure and her boyfriend mark d'amico start g campaign that raised over $400,000, claiming the money would be used to take care of their new friend. investigators say it never happened and that d'amico, mcclure and bobbitt, who they met a month before, created the fake story to solicit money. authorities say bobbitt received about $75,000 and the couple spent most of the rest on trips and a luxury car. >> d'amico, mcclure and bobbitt conspired to pass off a fake feel-good story that would compel doaners to contribute to their cause. >> reporter: but the story again to unravel in august. bobbitt wanted more money, even filing suit against mcclure and d'amico. that prompted authorities to launch an investigation. officials searched the couple's home, seized property, and found
text messages exposing the scam. if they hadn't started fighting over the money, would they have gotten away with this? >> it's a good chance they might have. >> reporter: officials say gofundme will reimburse the donors who were duped. all three of the alleged con artists now face up to ten years in prison if convicted. jeff? >> all right, meg, thank you very much. coming up next here tonight, a mysterious death aboard a cruise ship.
attorney michael avenatti is denying accusations of abuse. he was arrested yesterday in los angeles on suspicion of felony domestic violence. avenatti, who represents adult film star stormy daniels in her legal fight against president trump today hinted that he was the victim of a conspiracy, tweeting "first mueller and now me." the fbi is investigating the death of an american woman aboard a princess cruise ship headed to aruba. the 52-year-old woman died after falling from the deck of the upper ship. authorities are trying to figure out if she was pushed. tonight we are remembering country music hall of famer roy clark. ♪ yesterday >> clark coposted "hee law" first on cbs and then in syndrome dags for 24 years." he was one of the first to open his heater in branson, oklahoma. roy clark died today in
just one week ago, a gunman in thousand oaks, california took 13 lives. it would have been more if not for one sheriff sergeant. today his friends and colleagues said goodbye. [ bagpipes playing ] >> reporter: it was the final hero salute for ventura county sergeant ron helus. helus, 54, was one of the first officers to respond last week to the crowded borderline bar and grill to confront the gunman on a deadly rampage. ♪ amazing grace >> reporter: today, his community bid the ultimate of farewells to the 29-year veteran, a married father, the day he became the 48th shot and killed in the line of duty this year. ♪ ♪ the lord is my shepherd >> reporter: sergeant helus leaves behind a 29-year-old son and a wife of 31 years. his last words to her, "i love
you. i'll talk to you later." >> he entered the nightclub with no other purpose than to defend the defenseless and to save their lives, and lives he did save. >> reporter: friends of helus often heard him say support your team, complete your mission, go home to your families. helus didn't just speak those words, he did his best every day to live them. >> if you called him a hero, he would probably laugh at you, and he would stay he was just doing his job. [ bagpipes playing ] >> thank you, sergeant helus. that is the "overnight news" for this friday. for some of you, the news continues. for others check back for the morning news and "cbs this morning." from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm jeff glor.
this is the "cbs overnight news." >> welcome to the "overnight news." i'm jericka duncan. mother nature is coming to the aid of thousands of firefighters manning the lines against the biggest and deadliest wildfire in california history. the camp fire north of san francisco has already left about five dozen people dead, but many more are listed as missing, and through e a o incid town o paradise. the camp fire has destroyed about 9,000 homes there and forced more than 50,000 people to flee for their lives. president trump will visit the fire zone tomorrow. mireya villarreal reports. >> reporter: for the thousands
of people that live heard in paradise, the magnitude of this disaster is just starting to sink in. they have nowhere to go. they have no jobs, and now they have no idea what the future might hold for them. for those that escaped the camp fire, the daily litany of updated numbers fails to capture the full impact of the disaster surrounding them. >> 138,000 acres, 35% contained. citizens in shelters, 1,385. >> reporter: but with shelters at near capacity and thous more displaced, many have been forced to set up camp in this walmart parking lot. >> more evacuees, more people rung out of money for hotels. and family, you know, they're staying with people. but they can't stay there forever. >> reporter: these before and after photos show the extent of the devastation in paradise. building after building turned to rubble. government officials say rebuilding efforts could take years.
>> people don't have that long to wait. >> right now the federal emergency management agency is working with 700 open disasters. all these disasters take multiple years to get through. >> i didn't expect it to move that fast. >> reporter: anna dyess and her father says they were ready to evacuate when suddenly he ran back inside the house. >> i honked the horn and the kitchen collapsed outward, and i knew, and i tried to get in the car and drive out, but the tires had melted. >> reporter: anna survived all night by waiting in a shallow pond, but she fear herself father is now gone. >> when he ran inside and then he never came out. >> reporter: investigators are still working on the cause of this fire, but homeowners have already filed a lawsuit against the local electric company pg&e. reportedly, that utility is claiming that right now they face billions of dollars in possible payments for liability, and right now they do not believe their insurance company can cover all those costs.
so inevitably, the consumers might be on the hook for this. >> the camp fire threw millions of tons of soot up into the sky, and medical experts are now warning of potentially severe health consequences for people with asthma, lung disease or other ailments. demarco morgan has what story. >> reporter: flames here in paradise have subsided, but the danger remains. hazardous smoke has prompted the state's clean air agency to set up new air monitoring stations. >> it's telling you the concentrations of smoke and how bad it is. >> reporter: the bottom of the instrument pulls in air and filters tiny particles, which are collected on this tape within the machine. >> data from this instrument gets sent to a database every hour, and people can see and access that data. >> reporter: the monitoring station we watched the officials install. the pollutant levels wednesday evening were 13 times higher than an older station up wind of the fire. but because the smoke is flowing southwest, it's creating
unhealthy conditions, represented by the red dots, as far away as the by area and sacramento. it's obscuring skylines and forcing people to wear protective masks. >> we're recommending that people try to stay indoors as much as possible. >> reporter: dr. hugh harris says people with heart and lung diseases are especially at risk. >> have i tried to talk to my friends that live here, tell them please don't go out because it's not good for your health. >> the normal person has a healthy lung function, it will still affect them as well. they may get headaches. they may have nosebleeds that may just feel drained as the day goes on from breathing the smoke all day. >> reporter: the news crews are wearing the n-95 mask. that's because it protects you from 95% of the particles that are flying throughout the air, but it can't protect you from dangerous gases and vapors. most of the homes were built over half a century ago, so they can also produce asbestos.
more members of the migrant caravan heading to the u.s. border have arrived in tijuana, mexico, and it's causing problems. u.s. officials say most won't have their paperwork processed for months, but tijuana shelters are already full, and thousands more migrants are set to arrive over the next few weeks. john blackstone is there. >> reporter: the san ysidro crossing here is the busiest border crossing in the western hemisphere with about 110,000 people crossing into the u.s. daily. yesterday u.s. customs and border patrol closed four lanes here to harden the border in preparation for the migrants, who have already begun arriving. where the u.s./mexico border meets the pacific, crews on the u.s. side wednesday secured barbed wire atop a fortified wall that has been in place for decades. hours earlier several people scaled the fence as border patrol agents watched from the other side. a woman carrying a baby managed to make it through the fence. but was quickly caught.
the first wave of about 800 u.s. asylum seekers arrived in tijuana by bus this week. with many setting up camp along the wall and in shelters that are already overflowing. 34-year-old miriam gomez traveled from honduras with three of her four children. why will you say you should have asylum? >> translator: because i'm a single mother and i want to give my children a better life, she says. >> reporter: president trump says this caravan, they're like invaders. >> translator: no. hondurans are hard workers. as many as 10,000 asylum seekers are estimated to be moving in three caravans through mexico, traveling by foot and on buses. roberto hernandez arrived from mexico on wednesday. >> translator: they can put a noldier ys. we are going to make the attempt. on wednesday james mattis and
homeland security secretary kirstjen nielsen visited some of the nearly 6,000 troops deployed to help secure the border. >> i do not anticipate military personnel coming into direct contact with migrants. >> reporter: no one seems to know who is paying for the buss that brought the migrants to tijuana, but one migrant we spoke to said he thought it was local authorities in other mexican states who were anxious to move the caravan on. now because of the backlog here, it's likely to be a month or longer before u.s. officials can even start processing asylum requests from the latest arrivals. and on a sad note, grammy award winning country music star roy clark has passed away. lark headlined the tv show "hee haw" for nearly a century. it mixes cou comedy with ark wa virtuoso on the guitar, banjo, harmonica and fiddle. he was also a member of the
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this is the "cbs overnight news." >> well, detroit automakers are playing catch america's cup the race against silicon valley to build self-driving cars. in miami, ford is now testing autonomous vehicles to deliver groceries, and one day, get this, act as cabs. kris van cleave went along for a ride. >> the car is driving itself now. >> the car is driving itself. >> reporter: every day on the unpredictable streets of miami, it's a bit like driver's ed for ford's self-driving cars. >> that was a very human felling left-hand turn. >> reporter: a safety driver up front keeps his hands on the wheel, but the car does the driving. the on board technology is still
being refined ahead of actual passengers being allowed to hail a ride by 2021. were the carmakers slow to the table to get started on self-driving cars? >> yeah, i think most of them were in that they just weren't sure is the technology real, can it really work, will it really operate some day without the need for any human driver input. >> reporter: ryan is the co-founder and ceo of argo, some say on a mission to save ford's future. was behind companies like wemo which is about to launch a ride sharing autonomous business in arizona. 2500 miles away from silicon valley, they built the technology that powers ford's self-driving ambitions. ford already started a ride sharing this business and this month bought spin, an e-scooter company. in miami ford partnered with domino's and postmates that will one day make autonomous deliveries to learn how people respond. >> every time we do a delivery, we learn something new.
we learn they'd really like they don't have to tip an autonomours are estimated to be a $7 trillion business by 2050 and save more than a half million lives on the roads by reducing accidents. but in march, a self-driving uber suv hit and killed a woman. argo believes its technology would have avoided the crash. how confident are you your cars won't make a mistake? >> i'm very confident that the car will do the right thing just because of how we've designed the system. >> reporter: and that's atm important says tim stevens because this obe the future of not only ford, but for transportation in general. this a situation where you need to be first? >> i don't think you necessarily need to be first, but you certainly need to have a plan in place and technology in place. >> reporter: the next phase will be to expand autonomous or operations to second city, washington, d.c. eventually ford plans to put passengers in the back seat and bin autonomous deliveries. we've all seen those pharmaceutical ads on tv. they tell you all about the drug, and by law they have to tell you about all of the
possible side effects. well, now there is a movement in congre to require those ads to alsoyo chip reid has that story. >> reporter: for millions of americans who pay for their prescription drugs mostly out of pocket, the toughest pill to swallow is the cost. so now the trump administration is taking a bold move. they want to require drug companies to put the prices of their drugs right on the tv screen. >> reporter: little elijah just 5 needs a drug with a big price tag, nearly $300,000 a year. living with a life-threatening condition, elijah was just 3 when he landed in the hospital. >> he was screaming, "mommy, why am i here? mommy, please take me home". >> reporter: after their family couldn't and the insurance company wouldn't cover the key cost of the drug. >> people are cutting their pills in half. they're being hospitalized and dying because that can't afford their prescription drugs.
that happened to us and it's happening all over the country. >> reporter: president trump has said drug companies are getting away with murder. >> one of my greatest priorities is to reduce the price of prescription drugs. >> i've always looked forward to what's next. >> reporter: now the trump administration wants to add to these ads, forcing drugmakers to put right on the screen the price patients could pay for a 30-day supply. but drug companies have another idea. >> we're concerned that if you just have the list price in isolation in the ad, it may deter patients from seeking care. >> reporter: instead often point patients to website, offering each drug's price and any available discounts. the industry is meeting surprise resistance from alex azar, a former drug company executive. >> but placing information on a website is not the same as putting it right in an ad. >> we think our approach is the better way. >> better for consumers? >> yes. >> dyou think you're going to be able to convince secretary
azar of that, and more importantly president trump? >> i hope so. >> reporter: but already families like elijah's say it's not enough. >> listing the drug price in ic >> reporter: elijah's mother was so frustrated over the cost of his drugs that she moved her family of four here to washington to advocate for affordable drugs, and she just got some good news. her drug company, her insurance company is going to pick up the cost of a drug for elijah that would
the legendary rock band the who hasn't put out a new album in years, but frontman roger daltrey has a new memoir, and he sat down to discuss his life and career with jim axelrod. ♪ blind kid, spiall >> reporter: consider the sweep of roger daltrey's career. rock & roll hall of fame frontman for the who, one of the most influential groups ever. golden globe nominated film actor, fashion icon when london was mod and swinging. ♪ sure plays a mean pinball >> reporter: whoever first coined "he's a rock star" as shorthand for bold faced success could easily have had daltrey in
mind. how long did it take you to get used to this grand scale fame? it's been half century now. >> about 15 years. >> reporter: now pushing 75, roger daltrey is at the point where he is considering not just his career but his life. ♪ out here in >> reporter: and for the first time, he's looking back on it with a memoir called "thanks a lot, member kibblewhite" a title that nods to the source of his ambition, a principal who threw him out at the age of 15 for misbehaving. >> there was that moment when he kicked me out of the school, and as i was going through the door with my back to him, he said "you'll never make anything of your life, daltrey." and that was it. if he hadn't had said that, maybe i wouldn't have made anything of my life. this here is the house we moved
to when i was 11 years old. this is the house where i made my first guitar, and that room up there was my mother's bedroom. that's where the who started. ♪ >> reporter: born in a working class neighborhood in london, daltrey met a couple of school pates, pete townsend and john entwistle who shared a love for elvis, bo diddley and the everily brothers. >> we would make a hell of a racket, and the neighbors ever complained because they were so happy that i gave up the bugle and started the band. ♪ >> reporter: they would refine that racket. add drummer keith moon and build a sound around townshend's hard driving chords that spoke to
teenagers' rage, angst and isolation. ♪ people try to put us down >> reporter: different than what the beatlings were doing. >> yeah, this was in your face stuff, the stuff that came from the inside of youth of the day. ♪ out here in the fields, i fight for my meals ♪ ♪ i get my back into my living >> reporter: while the chemistry clicked and they'd go on to sell 100 million records, it was a combustible mix. >> you know, it was a very volatile group of people. pete's described as four people who never should have been in a band together. >> yeah, we were more like a gang. we were much more like a gang than a group. >> reporter: the band's success was matched only by its excess, a threat that constantly shadowed the who from the beginning. >> we went on our first european
tour, and they started taking amphetamines and all kinds of, you know, drugs. by the last show, i think we did about 40 shows, they were playing things so fast, i couldn't get the lyrics in. i thought i'm going put a stop to this, so i went straight boo the dressing room after the show, raided keith moon's suitcase, and flushed it all down the toilet. >> reporter: but the drugs never really went away. keith moon fatally overdosed in 1978. >> i wish we could have saved him. and knowing what we know now about drug abuse and rehab and all that, we might have done better. >> reporter: a cocaine-fueled heart attack claimed bassist john end whtwhistle in 2002. that left daltrey and townshend, who don't see each other all that much. >> after half a century of working closely with this guy, it's never ring him up and go
get a beer and talking about life? >> we didn't have that kind of relationship. we did in the early days, used to go fishing, play golf. >> is any of that part sad? >> i had it once. if he ever wanted it again, he would make an approach. i don't want to play golf. i'd still go fishing. >> reporter: still, the two remain linked by something other than their music. so where are we? >> well, this is the first teen cancer hospital america ward that we managed to get ucla. >> reporter: for decades, daltrey and townshend have given their names, money and time to building teen cancer units in hospitals across the uk, and now america. >> nice to meet you. >> how are you, young man? >> a lot of people don't realize that they get the rarest, most aggressive cancers. >> reporter: daltrey feels passionately that medicine was treating teenagers the way music did before rock 'n roll, as
either kids or adults when actually they're neither. >> we're trying to achieve like independence when we're our age. and getting locked up in a hospital isn't a great way to go about doing it. so it's nice to be given something like this. >> reporter: call it a payback to the fans who formed the foundation of the who's success. ♪ >> without the support of that age group, there would be no music business, full stop. ♪ >> tom has got me off? >> reporter: at a time of life when many stars may be focused on their legacy, roger daltrey doesn't seem particularly concerned. ♪ tell me who are you ♪ who are you >> reporter: i'm just curious. did you ever see mr. kibblewhite again? no. i don't know if he is still alive. >> reporter: he must have known roger daltrey. >> in the book i said it was a
for some kids, the hardest making friends. dana jacobsen paid a visit to boiling springs high school in south carolina where the student council is taking care of that. >> reporter: tell me about the first day of school this year. >> i was sitting at lunch like i normally did. they came up to me and asked me to sit with them. >> reporter: who was they? who came up to you? >> the student council. >> reporter: what did you think when they came up? >> i was excited. >> reporter: excitement might not be the typical reaction for a high school student, but lunch has never been very social for sophomore andrew kirby. last year, what was lunch like? >> i was sitting, like, alone. >> a lot of times at lunch i'll text andrew. >> reporter: kay kirby is andrew's mom. >> and i said are you eating
with anyone? and he said no. and i sat at my desk at work, and i just prayed. i said lord, please send somebody to eat with him. >> reporter: making friends hasn't been easy for andrew. he was born with a neurological disorder and has undergone several major surgeries. you hear that he is sitting alone as a mom, how did that make you feel? >> oh, it broke my heart. >> reporter: but that changed on the first day of school when members of the student council noticed that andrew was eating alone and invite had time join them. >> we were sitting by others, we would want to go sit with someone. so we don't want smun swun to have to sit by themselves. >> everyone needs someone. and we can help with that. >> it's encouraging to know that there are teenagers throughout that took their time. >> thank you. >> they weren't being in their own click. they weren't being selfish. they took their time to reach out to somebody that might be different. and, you know, you never know what a child's going through. maybe they've got a bad home life. maybe they're depressed, you
know, and there is a kid sitting by theirselve and they notice that. the peace i have now at fl lik i need to text and check o him. eporter: what started as a small act of kindness has even gone beyond the cafeteria. >> they went to the movies together coue weeks ago. and he had never really been invited by other kids his age to go out and hang out as a 16-year-old. >> reporter: what did that mean to you? >> it made me -- it's still special is that someone would ask me to go. >> reporter: a special gesture that would have a lasting impact. have you been eating lunch with them every day since? >> yeah. >> reporter: you're not hearing from andrew around lunch anymore? >> no. he hasn't texted me since. >> reporter: dana jacobsen, boiling springs, south carolina. >> very, very nice to see that. well, that's the "overnight news" for this friday. for some of you, the news continues. for others, check back with us a little later for the morning news, and of course "cbs this morning." from the broadcast center in new
york city, i'm jericka duncan. it is friday, november 16th, 2018. this is the "cbs morning news." a snowy surprise from the south to the northeast, the first major flurries of the season were much worse than expected. some areas are still digging out this morning. recounting by hand, florida's u.s. senate contest moves to another phase. the race still too close to call. and the grim toll rises in the aftermath of california's deadliest wildfire as the search deadliest wildfire as the search for the missing continues. captioning funded by cbs