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"cbs evening news" is next. captioning sponsored by cbs >> mason: the horror of the wildfires. >> we have found bodies that were nothing more than ash and bones. >> mason: the toll rises as the operation shifts from rescue to recovery. also tonight, we're on the front lines of the war against isis. >> reporter: this is the shattered heart of raqqa, laid waste by three years of isis rule. >> mason: the sound used to attack u.s. diplomats in cuba. >> it's the most horrifying feeling, seeing everything fade away over time. >> mason: and the sight-saving therapy that changed his life. >> you saw, i walked out on that stage all by myself.
this is the "cbs evening news." >> mason: good evening. i'm anthony mason. the wildfires in northern california are now the deadliest in the state's modern history. 29 deaths so far. search teams and cadaver dogs today began the recovery of victims from hot zones. in sonoma county, about 400 people are still unaccounted for. nearly 200,000 acres have burned, and more than 3500 homes and businesses were destroyed. at least 35,000 people have been evacuated. carter evans is in santa rosa. >> we've got to get out of here! >> reporter: new video is emerging of the horror that californians faced as they fleld the flames. >> i can't breathe! >> reporter: how many were unable to escape is still unknown. a reality check came today. >> i'm going to talk about something that's really sensitive now, the harder part of it. it will be very hard for the
family. >> reporter: sonoma county sheriff south jordan, utah spoke bluntly we're moving into the recovery phase. we have found bodie bodies thate almostly completely intact and we have found bodies that were nothing more than ash and bones. >> reporter: the massive scale of the disaster was expressed in a surreal image-- a mail truck with nothing but rubble all around. many who fled know they're lucky to be alive, including charity ruiz, who escaped her burning neighborhood by bicycle. her two kids hitched to the back, and all with a third child on the way. she's 8.5 months pregnant. >> to know that the baby is going to come into this world, and, of course, be loved, and it's going to be wonderful and exciting. but i won't have a place to bring him home to. >> this is the front porch. >> reporter: these ruins were the former home of tom and sue fellbaum who lived here for 28 years. how much did you get to leave with when you left? >> nothing, clothes.
ornaments. >> reporter: exement for a few tiny treasures, everything else-- photos, memories-- they're gone. has what happened sunk in yet? >> no. it will probably take a few more days. >> reporter: this is what the fellbaum family home looked like just four days ago. the fire leveled it. now, they tell me the most painful loss was these old family movies here. there are thousands of stories like theirs. and now tonight questions are being asked about how soon public alerts went out, if at all. anthony. >> mason: carter evans in the rubble of santa rosa. thanks, carter. president trump today put puerto rico on notice: fema, the u.s. military, and first responders can't stay there forever. that is in sharp contrast to his promises to texas and florida to stand by them after they were hit by hoorkz. more than three weeks after puerto rico was ravaged by maria, most still don't have electricity or drinking water,
and many roads remain blocked. david begnaud is there. >> reporter: at the canovanas medical center, the power had just gone out, again. patients were waiting by candlelight for medical attention. this is dr. carlos mellado. he's seeing patients. when we walked in the lights were on. did you guys run out of diesel? >> yeah, yeah, we have the diesel. >> reporter: you have to refill it. >> we have to refill it. >> reporter: outside, hospital employees were trying to refuel the generator that was provided by fema. they had an extra barrel of diesel that they were ciphening. the doctor jumped in to help. after spilling diseaseole himself, the doctor washed his hands and took us to the e.r. he pointed to the pharmacy run by yolanda guzman. they are dispensing the medication for free and worrying about the bilge later. that alarm is an endless reminder that 84% of the island is still without power. ( sighs ) >> i think that my frustration
is the response by the federal government. >> reporter: but president trump is already threatening to limit federal help, even as residents struggle to find clean water amid fears that floodwater is spreading disease. 61-year-old jorge sanyet morales is believed to have died from leptospirosis. it's a bacterial infection spread by contaminated water. it should have been easily treatable with antibiotics. today, in the mountains above canavanas, it looked as if the entire village came out to lay him to rest. that gentleman is one of four people believed to have been killed by that bacterial disease. regarding the president's tweet that fema can't stay here forever, all the people we've spoken to, no one's indicated they're looking for forever. they're just asking for more help right now. >> mason: david begnaud in san juan. thanks, david. the president is now trying to repeal part of obamacare without help from congress. he signed an executive order
today that would allow small businesses to buy less-expensive health insurance plans across state lines. the idea is to increase competition and lower premiums. but critics warn if young, healthy people abandon federal exchanges, the old and sick, who require better coverage, will pay much more. it will be months before we see details of the plan. white house chief of staff john kelly made his first appearance before reporters today to put out fires started by his boss. here's margaret brennan. >> unless things change, i'm not quitting. i'm not getting fired. and i don't think i'll fire anyone tomorrow. >> reporter: cheestles john kelly came to the briefing room today to assert there is no chaos in the trump white house. despite weeks of controversies, including reports secretary of state rex tillerson referred to the president as a moron, and bob coark, a key republican senator, saying the white house was an "adult day care center"
and that the president may be leading the country towards world war iii. corkers comments were made publicly, but the president has still blamed the media for his troubles. today, kelly channeled his boss. >> one of his frustrations is you, all of you. not all of you, but many of you. >> reporter: he refuted numerous reports that he is unhappy as chief of staff, a job he took over in august in one of the white house's many senior staff shake-ups. >> you guys, the cameras always catch me when i'm thinking hard, and it looks like i'm frustrated and mad. >> reporter: "don't believe your eyes" he said. these tense-looking images of him listening t listening to tht at the u.n. and listening to trump's remarks about the charlottesville violence do not tell the whole story. kelly said he is focused on instilg order at the white house, and not on controlling the president. >> i was not brought to this job to control anything but the flow of information it our president so that he can make the best decision. >> reporter: but it was clear
that kelly does not always agree with those decisions. of the president's fiery rhetoric on north korea, kelly said he hoped to avoid military conflict. >> if it grows beyond where fs today, well, let's hope diplomacy works. >> reporter: kelly's marching orders were to put a positive spin on working at the trump white house. despite his denials, we know kelly is fatigueby the pretty twitter exphabt his temper. kelly, a retired marine general, called this the toughest job he has ever had. anthony. >> mason: margaret brennan at the white house. thanks. pakistani soldiers have rescued an american woman and her family held by militants with ties to the taliban. david martin reports now, their ordeal began during a hiking trip in afghanistan. >> reporter: american caitlan coleman and her canadian husband joshua boyle had three children during their five years in captivity. raising them under what white house chief of staff john kelly
described as nightmarish conditions. >> they've been essentially living in a hole for five years. i mean, that's the kind of people we're dealing with over there. >> reporter: in a proof-of-life video last december, caitlan coleman described her treatment at the hands of the haqqani network, who had kidnapped the couple while they were backpacking in afghanistan. >> we can only ask and pray that somebody will recognize the atrocities these men carry out against us as so-called retaliation in their ingratitude and hypocrisy. my children have seen their mother defiled. >> reporter: they were freed after u.s. intelligence alerted the pakistani government the family had been moved from afghanistan into pakistan. boyle's parents got the news at their home outside ottawa. >> we were allowed to actually talk with josh, so that's the first time in five years we got to hear his voice. >> reporter: boyle's father said his son told them they were being transported in the trunk of a car. when pakistani troops opened fire, killing their captors, an
account u.s. officials could not confirm. the u.s. military had a plane standing by to fly the families home, but joshua boyle turned down the offer, a refusal perhaps explained by the fact the brother of the his first wife had been held as a prisoner in guantanamo bay for 10 years. exactly how the family was freed remains unclear, but u.s. officials praise pakistan for having acted so quickly on the intelligence tip. president trump claimed it's a sign practice stan is starting to respect the u.s. anthony. >> mason: david martint pentagon, thanks. in syria, the u.s.-led coalition has stepped up the bombing of raqqa, hoping to drive isis fighters from their remaining hideouts. hundreds of civilians managed to escape today. holly williams got a rare look inside what was once considered the isis capital. >> reporter: this is the shattered heart of raqqa, laid waste by three years of isis
rule and a siege that's lasted four months. on the front line, these u.s.-backed syrian militiamen decided to put on a show for our camera. isis gunmen are hiding in the ruins of a nearby apartment building, they say but it looked more like boredom than real fighting. progress here is grinding slow. they know exactly where isis is, in a tiny sect ofort city. but they can't flush them out. around 250 fighters are thought to be dug in, some of them in this stadium, others around maim square, which isis once decorated with severed heads. but amongst the fighters are civilians being used as human shields. "they have women and children with them" commander zaaem ahmadi told us. he used to be an tradition in raqqa and claimed to have killed
dozens of isis extremists. he took us to see a long-dead corpse. the only signs of life in most neighborhoods, apart from the fighters, are stray cats. they're trying to stay alive, like everyone else in this beleaguered city. u.s.-backed forces continue to say that they are just days away from victory in raqqa. but they've already opened up a new front further to the south, where isis is being squeezed into a shrinking area in the desert so the fighting will continue. anthony. >> mason: holly williams in northern syria. the associated press has obtained what it says it a recording of the acoustic attack on u.s. diplomats in cuba. at least 22 were hurt. some searched brain injuries. here is a bit of that sound. the cuban government denies it was behind the attacks. new york city police said today they're searching their files
for any explaints against hollywood producer harvey weinstein. at least 32 women accused him of sexual harassment or assault. jericka duncan is following the case. >> this has been part of our world, women's world, since time immemorial. >> reporter: academy award-winning actress emma thompson sounded off on the harvey weinstein sexual assault allegations and hollywood culture. >> i spent my 20s trying to get old men's tongues out of my mouth, you know, because they just thought, "she's up for it." >> reporter: thompson says weinstein never assaulted her but believes harassment of women in the industry is an epidemic. >> do they have to all be as bad as him? to-- to-- to make it count? you know, does it only count if you really have done it to loads and loads and loads of women or does it count if you do it to one woman, once? i think the latter. >> reporter: the fallout continued today with more actresses coming forward.
kate beckinsale revealed on instagram what she says happened to her at age 17 when she met weinstein at a hotel. beckinsale goes on to say: one of the most outspoken voices since the allegations broke is actress rose mcgowan. she started a petition against the weinstein company. late this afternoon, she tweeted at amazon c.e.o. jeff bezos: amazon did not respond to cbs' request for a comment. mcgowan reached a $100,000 settlement with weinstein in 1997, according to "the new york times." overnight, twitter temporarily shut down her page, telling cbs news they locked her account
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>> reporter: most of 17-year-old christian guardino's life has been a blur. when he was born with l.c.a., a genetic mutation that leads to a life of blindness, his mother, beth, felt hopeless. >> he was my first born so-- sorry. it was devastating. we were alone. we were completely alone in this. >> reporter: until four years ago when beth found dr. jean bennett and her husband dr. albert maguire. they'd been dedicated to reversing hereditary blindness for two decades. they say this new treatment could be a turning point. >> we took the normal copy of that gene and delivered it to the cells that were defective. >> reporter: after providing treatment, researchers tested their 41 patients' visual ability with an obstacle course like this. christian nailed it. >> he could navigate the obstacle course using dimmer light levels than he had ever been able to do it. and he was able to do that both accurately and quickly. >> reporter: patients have
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california wildfires has been reunited thanks to heroes from above. here's john blackstone. >> reporter: pepe tamayo returned today to the home he and his family fled. his seven-year-old son, jesse, his wife, graciela, and his parents, both if their 70s, escaped the flames separately. >> it was ugly. it was close. it was really close. >> reporter: tamayo almost didn't make it. you knew you left the husband behind. >> yes. >> reporter: pete gavitt, a helicopter patrol helicopter pilot was flying rescue missions through heavy smoark darkness, and strong wind. there was room in his helicopter for four when they found five members of tamayo's family. >> i thought, these guys, please, take my family. >> he was holding jesse up, and he didn't want to leave his dad. and i could hear him yelling, "no, get in. it will be okay!" ( clears throat ). >> i just was so crying, and my son, he was crying, too.
and he was saying, "mommy, if dad doesn't make it. don't worry. i'm going to take care of you." >> reporter: as the helicopter left him behind and with fire closing in, tamayo called his older daughter. >> i called my daughter and i told her, "if i don't see you again, remember, i love you." >> reporter: the rescuers made two more trips before they found tamayo again, much to the relief of flight officers whitney lowe. >> i grabbed him right-- right above his left chest on his shirt and said, "you're coming with me." >> reporter: there were hugs all around when rescued and rescuers met again, completing a story of bravery and a father's duty. >> what else can i do? i gotta save them first. >> reporter: john blackstone, cbs news, napa. >> mason: so many heroic acts by first responders in california this week. that's the cbs evening news. i'm anthony mason in new york. thanks for watching. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs
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