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joining us, take care. we'll see tonight. captioning sponsored by cbs >> ninan: trumpcare troubles. can the president win over republicans opposing the senate health care bill? a vote is expected next week. also tonight, severe weather on this first weekend of summer. heavy rains pound the east, dangerous heat bakes the west. two texas mothers charged in the deaths of their children. the desperate search for survivors after dozens are buried in an overseas landslide. and the tallest building west of the mississippi opened for business. >> if an earthquake happened right now, i'm in one of the safest spots? >> yes, you are. i'm not
this is the "cbs weekend news." kidding. >> ninan: good evening. i'm reena ninan. in the coming week, the senate is expected to vote on a republican plan to repeal and replace portions of obamacare. the bill, some are calling trumpcare, is losing traction two days after it was released. five republicans say they will not vote for it without significant revisions. republicans can afford to only lose two votes. today, president trump tweeted out, "i cannot imagine that these very fine republican senators would allow the american people to suffer a broken obamacare any longer." errol barnett has the latest from the white house. >> the american people are calling out for relief, and my administration is determined to provide it. >> reporter: in his weekly address, president trump continued to push his health care plan. >> we are working with congress to get a bill to my desk so we can rescue americans from this catastrophe. >> this bill, this bill that is currently in front of the united states senate, not the answer.
>> reporter: but on friday, nevada's dean heller became the fifth republican senator to voice his opposition. he joined senators rand paul, ted cruz, mike leigh, and ron johnson in opposing the bill unless changes are made. the 142-page legislation cuts obamacare's insurance mandates, slashes new taxes on the wealthy, and rolls back the expansion of medicaid. but it keeps tax credits to help lower income americans buy insurance. >> i just heard today for the first time that obama knew about russia a long time before the election. >> reporter: in a new interview this weekend, mr. trump also blames former president obama for not stopping russian interference in the 2016 election. >> if he had the information, why didn't he do something about it? he should have done something about it, but you don't read that. it's quite sad. >> reporter: now, president trump may soon get a chance to take up the issue of election interference with russian president vladimir putin in
person. the two could meet privately on the sidelines of the g-20 summit when it takes place in germany early next month. reena. >> ninan: errol, thank you. there is severe weather on both coasts for the first weekend of summer. in the west, the extreme heat is still on and it's fueling an outbreak of wildfires in several states. here's carter evans. . >> reporter: torrential rain drenched the northeast with up to three inches falling in parts of new jersey. a powerful punch from what's left of tropical storm cindy, two days after it made landslide along the gulf coast. the massive storm left a trail of destruction and even spawned a tornado in pennsylvania, snapping trees around jim linley's home. >> i tried to step out the door, and everything was spinning. i saw pieces of parts of trees. it was like so black you couldn't even see through it.
>> reporter: they're cleaning up in fairfield, alabama, after an ef-2 tornado ripped through town, leaving one person injured in a liquor store that was nearly flattened. in other parts of alabama, flash floods swamped cars and stranded drivers. >> there she is! she got out! >> reporter: farther weflt, extreme heat is fueling a 37,000-acre fire in utah. flames have been burning out of control for days, destroying 13 homes. >> a fire of this magnitude with this much energy out there just does what it wants. >> reporter: more than a dozen wildfires are burning in arizona, where the governor has declared a state of emergency. many of the fires are burning in record-breaking triple-digit temperatures. it reached 119 degrees in phoenix this week, so hot that the air was too thin for some planes to take off. the oppressive heat is expected to continue throughout the west this weekend with triple-digit temperatures expected in portland, oregon.
up north in seattle, they could break a record with temperatures, reena, in the 90s tomorrow. >> ninan: incredible. carter evans in los angeles. thanks, carter. two texas mothers have been charged in the deaths of their children. the mothers are both from parker county, texas, just west of the dallas-fort worth area. the cases are not related. mireya villarreal has the tragic details. >> zayla hernandez was just shy of turning eight months old when she was found by her mother floating face-down in a bath tub. cheyenne stuckey initially told police she left the baby for only a couple of minutes, but a parker county sheriff's investigation uncovered stuckey was on facebook messenger for 18 minutes while the baby was presumably left alone. the 21-year-old is facing charges of injury to a child. the three other children have been placed in foster care. in a frustrated 2015 post, stuckey said her twins had been taken from her by child protect itch services for a year after they wandered outside alone and police were called.
they basically said my kids are neglected, which everyone that knows me knows that's b.s. in the same north texas rural county, police charged another mother, cynthia marie randolph, on friday with two counts of injury to a child. >> , of course, everybody is distraught. i mean this is horrible. >> reporter: relatives outside the family's home in may said they had little information about how the two children died. their mother first told police she broke a car window to try and rescue one-year-old cavanaugh ramirez, and two-year-old juliet ramirez. >> being so young and-- i mean, you don't have any worries. >> reporter: nearly a month after their death, the 25-year-old mother admitted to investigators she found the kids playing in the car around noontime and when they refuse told get out, she left them there with the doors locked to teach them a lesson. she said she went back inside, smoked marijuana, and slept for two to three hours. when she got up, she found her children dead and broke the car window to corroborate her initial story. on top of the criminal charges,
child protective services in texas is also doing their own investigation on these cases. reena, we've confirmed in both of these situations, both mothers had previous contact with the agency. >> ninan: in the case of the two children who died in the car, there has been such extreme temperatures across this country. any idea how hot it was that day? >> reporter: so police reported on that particular day it was right around 96 degrees. that basically tells us it doesn't have to be extreme heat in order for there to be a tragic accident. >> ninan: you're so right, mireya, thank you very much. well a a desperate search for survivors is under way in china following a landslide. more 120 people were buried loaf when a hillside collapsed on their homes. ben tracy is in beijing with the latest . >> reporter: reena, this landslide occurred in the early morning hours here in china so you can assume most people were actually asleep when it happened. now, from these drone shots, you can see the massive amount of rock and mud that has completely covered parts of the mountain
village in southwestern china. this is close to tibet. the amount of rock and earth that slammed into the town is the equivalent of about 3,000 olympic-sized swimming pools. it was likely triggered by heavy rains that have hit much of china in the past few days. now, this landslide blocked more than a mile stretch of a nearby river, and one of the major roads lead and out of the town. the local province has sent about 2,000 rescuers and two dozen dogs to search for survivors. now, this is an area that has seen tragedy before. an eight-magnitude earthquake hit this part of sichuan province back in 2008, killing nearly 70,000 people. so far there, have been very few people rescued from this landslide, but they do include at least within couple and their two-month-old son. ben tracy, cbs news, beijing. >> ninan: british authorities revealed today that 27 high-rise apartment buildings across the country have siding that failed
fire safety tests. officials scrambled to evacuate four public housing buildings overnight after experts say they were unsafe. this all comes 10 days after at least 79 people were killed in a fire at grenfell tower in west london. more now from jonathan jonathan vigliotti, in our london bureau. >> reporter: residents were ordered to leave this public housing high rise in north london over mounting concerns about exposed gas pipes and combustible exterior cladding. >> where do they think we're all going? >> reporter: many of the displaced must now sleep in a cramped community center. officials are now dealing with what has grown into a health and safety crisis. one resident i spoke wunderstand eebl frustrated, said he still doesn't know when it will be safe for him to return back home. government officials are scrambling to i.d. fire hazards in at least 10 other buildings in the wake of last week's deadly grenfell blaze that police say started in a faulty
refrigerator and may have been fueled by the cladding. known in the trade as aluminum composite material, or a.c.m., the cladding encased a polyethylene core that is highly flammable. why and how it was installed in grenfell and other buildings is now part a growing investigation. >> we are reviewing every company at the moment involved in the building and refurbishment of grenfell tower. >> reporter: one of those companies, new york-based arconic, provided a component of the cladding which they said should never be used to buildings over 32 feet high, but in a statement, arconic said it had known the panels would be used in grenfell tower, but it was not its role to decide what was or was not compliant with local building regulations. ultimately, a lack of government oversight may be to blame. while the cladding is banned in high rises in other countries, including in the u.s., the u.k. has not taken similar action. jonathan vigliotti, cbs news,
london. >> ninan: well, more than 100 firefighters from two states responded to a massive mill fire friday that was in southern maine. more than a day later, the building is still smoldering. firefighters are at the scene in case it flares up. the 95-year-old building was once a textile mill. the cause of the fire is under investigation. the tallest building west of the mississippi river opened on friday. sanding 1100 feet tall the wilshire grand center is the latest in a crop of new skyscrapers in los angeles' skyline. jamie yuccas was there for the grand opening. >> reporter: from the street to the spire, the wilshire grand reachaise sky-high 73 stories. do you feel like you have bragging rights now downtown los angeles? like, look at us! >> yeah, we do. >> reporter: chris martin is the architect and development manager. >> they'll tend to the skin of this building up the spines, are high-density l.e.d. lights, so many that if we turn them all, it will stop traffic.
>> reporter: featuring restaurants, retail, and an international hotel, the complex was built at a cost of more than $1 billion by korean air. martin says its chairman, yang ho cho, admires california's scenic beauty so, that inspired the design, starting with the glass crown on top. >> it's actually the profile of half dome in the sierras, which is one of the chairman cho's favorite blais places. he had been to yosemite a lot, and the glass is the merced river. >> reporter: building the tallest tower in a seismically active area also means it must be able to withstand a magnitude 7.5 earthquake. >> this is one of the safest buildings in the united states because it's designed to absorb the energy. >> reporter: if an earthquake happened right now, i'm in one of the safest spots? >> yes, you are. i'm not kidding. >> reporter: there's hard to wrap your head around when you're looking out here. >> at, frankly, a reed in the wind. the building has the ability to flex.
>> reporter: it also has the ability to help the home team celebrate. the sky's limit with programmable l.e.d.s embedded in the building. >> every time the dodgers hit a home run, we want the building to flash blue, dodger blue. >> reporter: that is cool. >> and then the chairman said, "but they have to pay for it." ( laughter ) >> reporter: unless they win the world series. then, martin says, it's on the house because the entire city would feel on top of the world. jamie yuccas, cbs news, los angeles. >> ninan: coming up, new research is raising concerns about the safety of driving in states where marijuana use is legal. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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roadway crashes has not been well documented. now, the highway loss data institute has reported an increase in insurance claims filed for collisions in colorado, washington, and oregon-- three states where recreational marijuana is legal. matt moore oversaw the study. >> colorado, relative to the states around it, we're seeing an increase of almost 14%. >> reporter: but those numbers do not match with the colorado state patrol has tracked. sergeant rob madden says the agency has actually seen a decrease in the number of driving impaired accidents since pot sales became legal. >> two years of data is not enough to allow us to draw conclusions, to come up with an explanation of what is safe, cha whatis not safe. >> reporter: lawyer brian vicente represents pot shops and played a major role in colorado's legalization. >> typically, you can drink one beer and drive, but if you have
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>> are you okay? >> just the girl, just the girl. >> i remember asking her, "who are you?" here's this girl chained up like a dog. in the back of a container. did i just step into hollywood on a movie set? >> reporter: this bizarre and frightening story began labor day weekend, 2016, when 30-year-old kala brown, and her 32-year-old boyfriend charles david carver went missing near spartanburg, south carolina. >> she told the police that she saw todd kohlhepp shoot her boyfriend, charlie carver. >> reporter: after her rescue, kala was rushed from the scene into an ambulance. there, she began talking about her two-month imprisonment at the hands of todd kohlhepp.
>> reporter: kala survived her ordeal, but seven others who encountered todd kohlhepp did not. and in hours of candid confessions, he detailed those murders for political accomplice. . >> reporter: these confessions of a serial killer's journey into darkness sometimes border on the surreal. >> ninan: david's full report "serial confessions" is part of a "48 hours" double feature tonight on cbs. up next, the sun is down and the surf is up.
dlr. >> ninan: we end tonight on the california coast where nightlife meets sea life. here again, carter evans. >> reporter: when the sun sets over malibu, there's a peaceful calm to the breaking surf but when the moon is full... a different breed of surfers hit the water. >> when you take off, you can see just the reflection of the water and the moon on it. you kind of get a rhythm.
it's like dancing on the water. >> reporter: in his 50 years of surfing, helmut igle has seen the sport explode in popularity, now with an estimated 35 million surfers worldwide, crowded waves with common. but not at night, as i found out on my first surf session after dark. if it were light out here, there would be 100 guys out there. >> there would be 100 guys and everybody running into each other. but here it's like-- >> reporter: we had the whole place to ourselves. >> yeah. >> reporter: although, we may not have been entirely alone in the water, a concern not lost on surfer j.p. pereat. >j.p. pereat. there have been a tremendous number of shark sightings down south. do you think about that at all? >> at night i do. i like to keep my feet up and out of the water at times. >> reporter: at night you're not going to see it coming. >> maybe that's the thing, i don't want to see it coming. >> reporter: night surfing isn't entirely new, but new technology is making waves.
sean johnson rides a board with built-in l.e.d.s. >> the lights really help you get into that other world of just having a blast out there and feelgt wave. >> reporter: get a few surfers tbhawrt, and it becomes a tapestry of light-- not just to signal their position to others but to make an impression back onshore. >> it's like a painting out there. >> reporter: it's like the ocean is your canvas. >> oh, absolutely. >> reporter: still, helmut igle prefers to keep it old school. >> i feel like i'm at halloween or something. it's a little bit disco but i think i'll just stick with my glow stick and the moon, if it's out. >> reporter: either way, sport or art, when the night falles, the surf is still up. carter evans, cbs news, malibu. >> ninan: and that's the cbs weekend news for this saturday. the news continues always on our 24-hour streaming channel, cbsn, at cbsnews.com. i'm reena ninan in new york. thank you for joining us. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by
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