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norah? >> that's incredible to see those pictures. >> it is. it's incredible t moreeng ic brett kavanaugh w impeached. some of the democrats running for president were calling for that after an accusation against kavanaugh from back in his college days was made public. and jan crawford reports tonight we're hearing from a close friend of christine blasey ford the night the alleged assault happened. >> reporter: the allegation of misconduct by brett kavanaugh at a college party set off a firestorm. democratic presidential candidates called for impeachment. president trump tweeted "kavanaugh should start suing people for libel." >> on the basis of this flimsy, uncorroborated story, they're calling for justice kavanaugh to be impeached. >> reporter: the incident was detailed in "the new york times" from a new book by two of the paper's reporters. according to a yale classmate of kavanaugh's, he exposed himself
to a woman while at a college party in the 1980s. but late sunday, "the times" iraqed a clarification. the female student declined to be interviewed, and friends say she does not recall the incident. today democratic senator chris coons said he was aware of the allegations during the confirmation hearings and wrote the fbi asking it to investigate. >> i think it was too narrow, too brief and too constrained around the american people deserve to know why. >> i brett m. -- >> reporter: kavanaugh was narrowly confirmed after a gut wrenching day of testimony from him and christine blasey ford who accused him of assaulting her at a high school party. speaking publicly for the first time or the to thetime's reporters, fore's close friend leland kaiser who said she didn't believe ford's account and it just didn't make any sense. she said she told the fbi that ford's allies pressured her to say otherwise. now all four people that ford
identified as being at that high school party in the summer of 191982 have now said no such party occurred. and today both the senate chair of the republican committee and the democratic chair of the house democratic committee said they would not support impeaching kavanaugh. norah? >> jan crawford with that news, thank you. and there is breaking news in america's worst measles outbreak in 27 years. for the first time in 11 month, the cdc is reporting no new cases, and since the outbreak started, more than 1200 cases have been confirmed in 31 states. most of these patients were not vaccinated. if there are no new infections, the outbreak could be declared over at the end of this month. and that is very good news. tonight there is a new cbs news poll that finds nearly two-thirds of americans say climate change is a crisis or serious problem. the united nations is holding a summit on the crisis next week, and cbs news is the only broadcast twn the coveringte ect, along with hundreds of international media outlets.
the u.n. says climate change is the defining issue oour time, and we are at a defining moment. so how does climate change happen? once sunlight hits earth, some of it is reflected back, while the rest of that heat is trapped in the atmosphere. and that's where the human element comes in. burning fossil fuels in our factories and our cars releases extra heat-trapping green gases likes carbon dioxide. and when we do that, even more heat is trapped and comes back down to earth, warming our oceans and our planet as a whole. and that is how the climate is changing, and our earth is warming. as we mentioned, the world's oceans are ground zero for climate change. oceans cover more than 70% of the earth's surface and contain 97% of the planet's water.toe on vigliotti shows us how a weather phenomenon known as the blob is impacting the world's largest ocean, the pacific. san diego re
getting a second chance at life. westburg eects torelease these sea lions early next yadi happen next. >> the animals that are the most heart-wrenching for us to rescue are the animals that the only reason we're rescuing them is because of something c causededy human impact. >> reporter: they could soon be victims of the blob, a science fiction sounding term for ocean heatwaves made worse by climate change and responsible for toxic algae blooms that kill plankton, a key food source for marine life. >> they're a vital habitat. >> exactly. we're seeing more warming and it's becoming more frequent. >> reporter: oceanographer melissa carter measures water temperatures and algae levels. she is concerned that the massive blob that formed in the pacific in 2015 is now reforming. >> you see this, again, this
persistent warm water. >> reporter: a side by side comparison of pacific temperatures then and now show striking similarities. some areas 12 degrees above normal. and another blob could decimate the shellfish industry as it did in 2015. lab is conducting tests by blending them and measuring for toxins. >> the risk is elevated. the conditions are more favorable for toxic events to happen. there is an increased risk. >> the ocean is critical. it's the most critical piece of giving us a moderate climate on earth. >> reporter: but once again in the pacific, what was moderate is now extreme, leaving these animals an uncertain future. it must be frustrating you. do all this work to restore her health, but then she is returning to an ocean whose health you have no control over. >> it is. they're really letting us know what's going on with the ocean's health. what's impacting them is eventually going impact us. >> reporter: jonathan vigliotti,
cbs news, san diego. >> really fascinating. and there is still much more ahead. why one "saturday night live's" newest cast members was fired just days after he was introduced. tents are being used as courtrooms to tackle the backlog of immigration cases. >> more news -- >> i'm tony dokoupil with cbs news. >> more original reporting. >> did the punishm liz, you nerd, cough if you're in here! shhhh. i took mucinex dm for my phlegmy cough. what about rob's dry cough? works on that too. and lasts 12 hours. 12 hours?! who studies that long?! only mucinex dm relieves wet and dry coughs for 12 hours with 2 medicines in 1 pill.
today we got our first look at one of the trump administration's plans for dealing with that huge backlog of immigrants seeking asylum in the u.s. mireya villarreal is at the southern border where tents are now being used as courthouses. >> reporter: the trump administration could spend up to $155 million on this tent facility and one in laredo, hoping it will ease the immigration backlog that is close to hitting one billion cases. there are aft56 mini courtrooms connected across the country via videoconferencing. thousands of those people are now waiting for their cases to be called across the rio grande river in matamoros, mexico. immigration attorneys are now traveling into mexico to helare representation of the denial of due process, and not only in the sense that it's, you know, a court system that is in secret and hidden and away from the
view of the public or the press. >> reporter: just one judge in san antonio had 52 cases on her docket today. she saw half of those in less than 30 minutes. so in terms of speed, this is working. things are expected to wrap up here in brownsville and in laredo over the next week. norah? >> all right, mireya, thank you so much. coming up, we've learned the cause of death of cars singer ric ocasek. did you know that every single flush [toilet flush] flings odors onto your soft surfaces? then they get released back into the air so you smell them later. ew. right? a'fee d neget released back into tsmall spaces. smell them later. [clicking sound] press firmly and watch it get to work... [popping sounds] unlike the leading cone, small spaces continuously eliminates odors in the air and on so they don't come back for 45 days.
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tonight a "saturday night live" comic is out just four days after he was introduced as the new cast member. clips from a podcast turned up showing shane gillis making racist and homophobic remarks within the past year. they called his remarks offensive and hurtful. gillis said he respected the decision. the new york city medical examiner said today the cars lead singer ric ocasek died from heart disease. ♪ dance all night with anyone >> ocasek was found in his home yesterday by his estranged wife, paulina porizkova. she said he recently had surgery. they met in 1984 while making the video for the song "drive." ric ocasek was 75 years old. up next, college football fans stand up to breast cancer.
you can say it wasn't much of a game in athens, georgia. the bulldogs clobbered arkansas state 55-0. but it is the sportsmanship in the stands that was truly remarkable. here is jim axelrod. >> reporter: forget black and red. the university of georgia's school colors. saturday when georgia hosted arkansas state, the stadium was awash in pink. as fans followed instructions and wore pink for wendy, which meant the world to the coach of the visiting team, blake anderson. >> you see people step it up and kind of putting the rivalry lines to the side and just
compassion. >> reporter: wendy anderson, the coach's wife, died last month from breast cancer at 49. >> it's overwhelming. it truly, truly thankful and appreciative of the show of support, but it doesn't come without emotion. >> reporter: this week the scene when coach returned to his players last week. but that was nothing compared to his feelings when the other team honored the memory of his wife. >> it's good to see especially today's age when there are so many things to be negative about, it's good to see people step up in support of folks they don't know and have never met, just because it's the right thing to do. >> as one arkansas state player put it, i'll be a georgia fan for the rest of my life. jim axelrod, cbs news, new york. >> and that's the "overnight news" for this tuesday. from the cbs broadcast center in new york city, i'm norah o'donnell.
this is the c"cbs overnight news." >> welcome to the "overnight news." i'm nikki battiste. 50,000 general motors workers will be back on the picket lines today, shutting down assembly lines across the midwest and south. despite a falling demand for vehicles, gm reported record profits last year. union workers want a bigger piece of that pie, and they're also demanding the carmaker reopen some of its shuttered plants. dean reynolds reports. >> we are the union. >> reporter: striking auto workers hit the picket lines today wondering who to trust.
their employer, general motors, which made over $8 billion in profits last year. do you feel you're not getting a fair share in those profits? >> well, i know we're not because if we was, we wouldn't be standing here right now. >> reporter: but should they put their faith in the union leadership, currently under a federal investigation involving misuse of union dues for personal benefit? one of their negotiators was arrested last week. >> that has cast a cloud over the negotiations. i think the biggest impact of that is does the rank and file really trust its uaw leadership? >> reporter: gm took the unusual step this weekend of publishing its offer to the union. in effect, going over the heads of the uaw negotiators. more than $7 billion in investments creating more than e pay, lump sum boand improved benefits. s ok str less than what they made on the job. how long have you worked for gm? >> i have 34 years at gm.
>> reporter: and it's come to this? >> it's come to this. >> reporter: kind of disappointing, isn't it? >> it sure is. >> reporter: now while gm may hold the upper hand in this, strikes are not painless. various estimates peg gm's losses at 50 to $100 million per day for as long as the strike lasts. the united states could soon be drawn into another war in the middle east, this one between iran and saudi arabia. th saudiare blaming iran for this weekend's drone strike on its oil facilities. president trump, who has close ties to the saudi royal family said the united states is locke quote, certainly like to avoid war with iran. weijia jiang reports from the white house. >> i'm not looking to get into new conflict. >> reporter: president trump
stopped short of blaming iran for the attacks on two saudi oil plants, but indicated it was likely iran, and a u.s. intelligence official tells cbs news that tehran did indeed launch the attack. >> well, it's looking that way. we'll have some pretty good -- we'll have some very strong studies done. but it's certainly looking that way at this moment. >> reporter: the administration released satellite images of the saudi facilities where 17 structures were hit 19 times. the strikes at the world's largest production facility caused the biggest oil disruption in history, reducing global output by 5%. iranian-backed houthi rebels engaged in a civil war in yemen have struck inside saudi arabia before, and today claimed responsibility. the saudi government said the weapons used in the attack were iranian made, but did not specify where they were launched from. >> i'm very confident that we know exactly what was -- what was used to attack us, and we know exactly where it came from. >> reporter: last night the president hinted at taking retaliatory miliry action when
he tweeted "the u.s. is locked and loaded." mr. trump used similar laguage in june, "cocked and loaded" after iran shot down a u.s. drone but eventually backed down. today the presdent was asked >> i would say yes. >> reporter: connecticut democrat chris murphy cautioned against u.s. military intervention. >> that would set the region on fire, and it would cause more problems than it would ever hope to solve. >> the cbs news has learned these targeted plans were on the u.s. intelligence community's radar as being vulnerable to attacks, but they were not as heavily guarded as military bases in the region, which have several layers of missile defense. and president trump says a team from the u.s. led by secretary pompeo is going to saudi arabia to get some answers. a building explosion in farmington, maine left one firefighter dead and a half
dozen other people injured. don dahler reports. >> there is nothing left of it. >> reporter: cell phone footage taken right after the explosion in farmington, maine shows debris falling like snow. franklin county sheriff scott nichols was one of the first on the scene. >> you know, i spent a year in iraq is as close as i can explain it. it was just total devastation. >> reporter: from the air, the extent of the blast zone is visible. the entire building that housed an organization for people with disabilities flattened by the suspected gas explosion. this is what the facility looked like before the incident. around 8:00 this morning, it was evacuated when a worker smelled gas. the blast occurred moments later. lisa marsden had just been urged to leave by a maintenance man. >> i kind of went around behind the shed and just tucked because things were flying everywhere, and yeah, it was crazy. >> reporter: this afternoon the town held a procession for captain michael bell, the fireman who was killed. eight other people are being treated for injury, including four in intensive care, but the
climate change is causing havoc with the ecosystem off the coast of san diego. jonathan vigliotti spent the day with some of the people working to save animals at risk. >> reporter: the creatures at this san diego rescue center are getting a second chance at life. >> she has had severe pneumonia. >> reporter: seaworld's jody westburg expects to release these sea lions early next year and is dreading what could happen next. >> the animals that are the most heart-wrenching for us to rescue are the animals that the only reason we're rescuing them is because of something caused by human impact. >> reporter: they could soon be victims of the blob, a science fiction sounding term for ocean heatwaves made worse by climate change and responsible for toxic algae blooms that kill plankton, a key food source for marine life. >> they're a vital habitat. >> exactly. we're seeing more warming and it's becoming more frequent.
>> reporter: oceanographer melissa carter measures water temperatures and algae levels. she is concerned that the massive blob that formed in the pacific in 2015 is now reforming. >> you see this, again, this persistent warm water. >> reporter: a side by side comparison of pacific temperatures then and now show striking similarities. some areas 12 degrees above normal. and another blob could decimate the shellfish industry as it did in 2015. while the fish at seattle's pike place market are considered safe for now, this washington state lab is conducting regular tests by blending them and measuring for toxins. >> the risk is elevated. the conditions are more favorable for toxic events to happen. there is an increased risk. >> the ocean is critical. gia te oeaiece >> reporter: but once again in the pacific, what was moderate is now extreme, leaving these
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this is the "cbs overnight news." welcome back to the "overnight news." i'm nikki battiste. school is back in session from coast-to-coast, but there's a problem in the classroom. a lack of teachers. low salaries and mountains of paperwork are driving tens of thousands of qualified teachers to abandon their profession every year. tony dokoupil has the story. >> reporter: there's no denying that summer is over. and that means back to school. >> you also need to identify the political platform, what are they running for. >> reporter: a time when many of cara stoltenburg's high school students in oklahoma have put their summer jobs behind them to
focus on school. >> i love it. >> reporter: her not so much. >> okay. so we figured this out. if you download a watermarked draft. >> reporter: you have a whole day of school and then you come here? >> yes, i do. i get to school typically around 8:00. technically off the clock and then head over here. >> reporter: the 29-year-old had a retail job back in college, but after getting a masters degree, she thought those days were behind her. >> people kept telling me the ea the p is eat. and i heard that. repad m for how close.ve i would onbout one five teachers has a second job during the school year, which is not so surprising when you consider that since 1996, inflation adjusted pay for a public school teacher has actually fallen. the average annual teacher's salary today, just over $60,000, with nearly a third making less
than $45,000 a year. >> and we have all class period today too. >> reporter: including cara stoltenberg. >> what do we want? >> when do we want it now? >> reporter: fury over those flat and falling wages helped spark a movement, one that in the last 18 months has swept through conservative red states. >> enough is enough! >> reporter: and liberal blue cities as tens of thousan o teachers walked off the job. >> we feel that the expectations for them have risen, and their pay has not really kept up. >> reporter: dana goldstein is an education reporter for "the new york times" and author of a 2014 book about the history of teaching. she says low pay has been a problem since the early 1800s, the time when most teachers in america were men. >> when it came time to have universal public education for all american kids, horace mann, the father of our public school
system said i have an idea. let's bring women in as teachers. then we can expand public education and it will not cost quite as much. >> reporter: because we don't have to pay women as much? >> exactly. at that time it was legal. you could pay women half as much. >> reporter: but goldstein says the recent strikes are about more than just pay. she says many teachers don't feel respect. >> education standards in the forsteringiticism. me iod >> reporter: and it's a feeling she traces back to a landmark 1983 report from the reagan administration. a nation at risk. >> if a foreign nation had done to our schools what we ourselves have done to them, we would be justified in calling it an act of war. >> one of the arguments it made is teachers in the sort of low intellectual capacity of some teachers was to blame for kids having low test scores and not being able to compete internationally. >> reporter: so it wasn't only that schools are failing, it was
teach are failing. >> yes. >> reporter: that's a big change. >> it was a big change. and i think for many teachers that was the beginning of a feeling they were being unfairly portrayed and unfairly treated by policymakers and politicians. >> reporter: as new mandates to improve test scores track student progress and justify every lesson were piling up, everything else was piling on. >> we want to reward good teachers. >> when i was in that classroom, which us the best teacher they ever had. 16 people had to share the people. >> reporter: inside his 40 grade classroom near tulsa, eric wineguard felt he was making a difference. >> it's going to be the larger one, you're right. >> reporter: but increasing demands outside the classroom got in the way. >> when i first started teaching, you might have one meeting a month. when i left you would have two meetings a week. you would have two meetings during the school day. you might have one before and the amount of paperwork is insane. horizon row are the hours?
>> well, that's where they kind of trick you. you get summers off you. get every vacation off and you're only there for seven hours a day. but thatre you that take up your time. so yes, students might have left the classroom, but you will be there before they get there and you'll be there long after. >> reporter: and it was challenging to do it all on a teacher's salary in oklahoma. >> when we bought our first house, the only way we could afford it is we had to take on multiple jobs. i worked at sear's. i also worked at the janitor at the school district too. i would get out of school. i would change my clothes and then go right to janitor work and do that until about 9:00, 9:30. >> reporter: when oklahoma's teachers walked out last year, they hadn't had a raise in a decade. after ten days when they returned, the raise they got fell thousands of dollars authority of what they'd asked for. >> i'm not waiting another ten years for $6,000. no way. >> reporter: and so after 15 years as a teacher, the 40-year-old left the profession.
he now works in a factory mak 000 year. 30,000 teachers like him have left oklahoma classrooms in the last six years alone. part of a nationwide trend contributing to teacher shortages all over the country. cara stoltenberg says the exodus is hard to watch. >> in the english department, we've lost 26 teachers in five and a half years. >> reporter: wow. >> and they're -- there are teachers too who love this career. i'm sorry. and the most painful part is that students are the ones who feel it. like they get attached to those teachers. they look forward to having them. and have i students telling me i should leave. >> reporter: where does that come from? >> i think it's because they care and they see how hard we work. >> reporter: former oklahoma
teacher carrie hicks also decided to give up on teaching, but she didn't give up on
education. >> i was meeting with senators who were serving on the education committee. i said i'm a fourth grade math and science teacher at deer creek elementary, and this year i have 28 students. and he put his hand up and told me i was lying.aid w the av s size i oklaha is . i sa don't know where you're getting your numbers, but i've been in oklahoma for seven years and i've never had a class size less than 23. >> reporter: so what did you decide in that moment? >> that if they were unwilling to do the job, then i could do it better. >> we haven't done enough to end our teacher shortage or tackle overcrowded classrooms. >> reporter: hicks decided to run for the state senate in oklahoma, one of dozens of teachers who ran for political office all across the country last year. >> the thing i miss the most -- >> reporter: the results were mixed, but hicks defeated a long-serving senator who had voted against raising teacher pay. >> if we're not willing to put more dollars into
the classroom, if we're not willing to invest in the people that are going to be at the front of those
classrooms either, then what is left for public education?lshoh pay, their communities overwhelmingly support them. but consider this. when given the chance to actually pay teachers more by approving tax increases, very often those same voters say no. until that changes, cara stoltenberg says many teachers will continue to struggle so their students won't have to. >> any time i think about my job, i picture my students. i don't want them to suffer at all because of restraints i have, and that's maybe why we're not getting the funding. we're not getting the raidses necessarily
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the bottom of the sea may seem like an odd place to study climate change. so mark phillips strapped on his scuba gear to visit the only underseas science labdake. often the hardest part of 5taw. the problem is it's straight down. about fife miles off islamorada in the florida keys is an underwater lab called the aquarius reef base, and that is the only way to get to it.
the lab sits those 50 feet down on the ocean floor and has only recently come back into service after being knocked out of commission by hurricane irma two years ago. the storm damaged the surface unit that provides power and pumps air down to the lab and enough pressure to keep that air in and the water out. inside, you swim into what they call the wet porch, for good reason. >> welcome to aquarius. >> heck of an office you got here. >> reporter: it's got all the comforts of home, if you're a fish. >> not people can take an underwater shower. >> this is our door to the world. >> reporter: a world where the onboard electronics can interfere with tv pictures. marine scientist jim thorkland spends a lot of time down here as part of the florida international university team that runs the place. once you're in it, it feels like an underwater rv with a difference. atis paid to
o concatre crect and the co2 i a the right lstf. >> reporter: you can forget you're 50 odd feet below the surface. >> you really can. >> reporter: if you dent look ouow the point of being down here is actually living on the sea floor means scientists can do more than just the relatively short dives that are possible from the surface. once acclimatized to the pressure, they can stay out for hours. and down here for days. they almost become, says marine ecologist mike heighthaus, sea creatures themselves. you can be the ocean down here. >> you really can get a sense of change you don't with instruments to the water or little tiny dives. you need these observatories like acarious to keep an eye on what the reefs are doing and figure out the solutions. >> reporter: here is one of the major problems the aquarius scientists are working on. hurricane irma also did major damage to the sea grass beds
that grow just off the coast. why does that matter? think greenhouse gases and global warming.to easseaws as there is oro an acr amon rain forest sea grass. >> can have carbon stored. >> reporter: which is a good thing. >> it is a good thing. and we're losing sea grasses faster than coral reefs. >> reporter: not only that, because turtles eat sea grass, and there are fewer sharks around to eat turtles, the grass never gets a chance to grow back. >> turtles are watching what's going on around them, and if their buddy gets eaten, they're not going to do what he was doing. >> reporter: just having sharks in the area controls the number of sea turtles eating the sea grass? >> absolutely. >> reporter: it's the kind of observation that takes a time only a place like aquarius can provide. more and more the world's oceans and what they mean for
police departments across the country have a motto, and it's painted on most of their squad cars, "to serve and protect." steve hartman found one sergeant who took that duty to heart. >> reporter: a lot of police officers go above and beyond, seniors.asketball with kids, we see examples on the news all the time. but few officers have gone further out of their way than sergeant jeff turney of the glendale, arizona police department. it started with this call to dispatch. >> i have a 94-year-old father. he's loaded up a trailer and thinks he can drive his vehicle and the trailer to florida. and i'd like to have somebody talk to him if they could. >> reporter: police responded to the home of howard benson. >> what can i do for you?
>> your family is concerned about you. >> i walked in the door and saw him sitting there and i thought we're not going to talk any sense into this guy. >> where are you moving though? >> florida. >> i had myp.goinoit. >> rter: never mind howard has no business behind the wheel of anything other than his power chair, he was going to tow a trailer 2200 miles to his new assisted living facility in ft. myers. of course, his kids, who all live out of town, were insisting he fly and just ship his stuff. >> that's right. >> reporter: how come you didn't listen to any of them? >> i'm stubborn. >> reporter: howard was going to florida. and when sergeant turney realized there was no talking sense into this guy, he decided to do something equally irrational. >> he wants to take this table with him. >> reporter: he started by coming over after work to pack up that trailer. and when howard asked if this meant jeff was also going to find someone to drive him to florida. >> i said no, howard, i don't think i can get anybody to go with you, but how about i drive
you. >> reporter: the next day, they were off. >> all right, you ready? >> yep. >> reporter: jeff requested vacation time to do this, and along the way they talked, about everybody. >> japanese soldiers -- >> reporter: from howard's service in the navy during world war ii to his anxiety about moving into assisted living. >> i hope all the people i meet there are nice people. >> reporter: when they arrived, four days later. >> nice and slow. >> reporter: sergeant turney said he would stay until howard felt comfortable in his new surroundings. >> you got it, buddy. >> you in the navy? >> yeah. >> wow. you look so good. >> oh, thank u. >> reporter: and he's ne, all thanks to the police officer who went way out of his way. as an officer, you're only expected to do so much. >> yeah. as a person, though, you got to step up. >> i've never seen a person so dedicated to helping people in my life. i can't thank that gentleman
enough. >> reporter: america can't thank both gentlemen enough. both gentlemen enough. steve captioning funded by cbs it's tuesday, september 17th, 2019. this is the "cbs morning news." oil attack fallout. gas prices in the u.s. could jump up to 25 cents after drone strikes on saudi arabian oil facilities. why president trump isn't ready to fully cast blame on iran for attacks just yet. a historic picket line. the united autoworkers strike brings general motors production to a screeching halt. how both sides will feel a financial squeeze until a deal is struck. plus a deadly explosion in maine. what investigators think triggered the blast that turned this building into rubble.