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well, the leaking oil could be contained by monday. now, it doesn't mean the leak would be plugged, not yet, any way. in the meantime, the spill continues to grow by more than a million gallons a day, mark strassmann is in port fourchon, louisiana tonight. mark, what's the latest there? >> reporter: good evening. it was arranged in a matter of days and aimed at quickly ending [no audio] >> reporter: major steps over the weekend, finally b.p. may have containing this leak under control. by early next week, its floating city in the gulf could be recovering 80,000 barrels of oil a day, a three-fold jump. and more than the current spill estimate. 60,000 barrels a day. >> what we're all trying to do, everyone associated with this response, is do everything we can to stop the flow and contain all of it. >> reporter: some time today,
b.p. hopes to hook its third containment ship, the helix producer, to the the runaway well with a pipe. by tuesday the "helix" could be recovering 20,000 more barrels a day. as soon as tomorrow, b.p. will remove the well's temporary containment cap and replace it with a larger, tighter, more permanent one called a sealing cap. that switch could take three to four days and unless the "helix" is operational, another 15,000 barrels will gush into the gulf. >> there would be a multiday period there while we're putting the new containment cap on where there could be some exposure to hydrocarbons going into the environment. >> reporter: for cox ko *lgss, that's one more worry. after 11 weeks of leaguing oil, controlled burns anding to sis dispersants. what's the impact on cleanup crews and coastline residents? 200 people have been hospitalize sod far. roughly 40% of the leaked oil evaporates and once in the air southerly winds push it to
shore. these face masks are recommended for some workers cleaning up the thickest oil, but in this heat almost nobody wears them. >> if the exposure goes on for long period of times, some of these chemicals chemicals have n linked to long-term neurologics or cancer. >> reporter: in louisiana's spill sewn, the ao *ep yay has put in nine air quality stations. some particle readings are elevated, a seasonal trend not related to the spill. >> we want to do monitoring to figure out what is in the air. >> reporter: b.p.'s new sealing cap could also get an elusive number, how much oil is really gushing out of that well everyday. katie? >> couric: mark strassmann, mark, thanks very much. from louisiana we head east to a delicate operation. biologists are rescuing turtle eggs carefully transporting them from the contaminated gulf coast of florida to the kennedy space center on the atlantic site.
here's kelly cobiella. >> take it straight, perfect, perfect. >> reporter: for 90 minutes, a group of scientists and volunteers slowly carve away heavy, wet sand, carefully removing 107 loggerhead turtle eggs one by one. each is the size of a ping-pong ball. soft, leathery and very delicate they mark the top of the eggs so it stays in a position they found it. even a small turn could rip the membrane inside and kill the embryo. >> make sure the eggs are stable. >> it's almost an archaeological process. they're very fragile. you can't squeeze them too tightly. >> reporter: it's a rescue than plan to repeat. digging 80,000 eggs out of 800 nests from orange beach, alabama, to panama city, florida >> they encounter that toxic oil they're going to die. >> reporter: period? no chance? >> they will die. >> reporter: instead, they're being fedex'd to florida's east coast, a seven-hour road trip.
but speed isn't nearly as important as a smooth ride. this truck has been set up to give the eggs the best possible chance for survival. you can see they're raised from the floor to allow air to circulate. these blue disks give them an extra touch of stability and sensors are constantly monitoring the temperature. loggerhead turtles have a tough time surviving the best of conditions. only 60% of hatchlings make it to the water, just one in a house lives long enough to reproduce-- starting when they're 25 years old. and they're not the only ones in danger. thousands of miles away in panama, dawn, a 900-pound leatherback turtle, laid her eggs in june. >> pack it down. pack it down. >> reporter: she, like thousands of other sea turtles, is now swimming home to the gulf and straight for oil. if if she gets into trouble, can you rescue her? >> probably not. and that's a very concerning thing. >> reporter: but they're hopeful they can help the next
generation. so those rescued eggs will stay in those small containers for the next seven to ten days until the turtles hatch. at that point the newborns will be taken to an atlantic ocean beach and released on florida's east coast far from what where the oil is now. katie? >> couric: kelly, a viewer sent us a question via twitter tonight. >> reporter: well, the money b.p. makes from the oil recovered from this spill will go toward the national fish and wildlife foundation, b.p. has already made a $5 million donation and you can donate as well to find out their contact information and about other organizations helping wildlife in the gulf, you can check our web site, cbsnews.com. katie? >> couric: kelly cobiella in port st. joe, florida, tonight. kelly, thank you. also in florida, a welcome distraction from the oil spill. news that lebron james-- basketball's biggest free agent-- is signing with the miami heat. now, that's left other suitors feeling burned, especially
cleveland, his home for the past seven years. dean reynolds is there and, dean, i guess lebron's fan club was quickly disbanded. >> boy, that's right, katie. it happened in about a new york minute. keep in mind that one out of every four homes in cleveland was watching the announcement last night. what was billed then as the decision. today around here, it's called the defection. >> there's going to be no shortage of hatred the first time he walks through those doors. >> i don't think there will be a lot of comp tickets for the heat. >> reporter: the weather in cleveland was foul today. >> absolute worst decision ever. queen james, not king james. >> reporter: and so was the mood. >> i can think of many words to call lebron james, but i have to be nice. >> reporter: cleveland cavalier owner dan gilbert was not. in a blistering open letter to his former star, gilbert said james was guilty of a cowardly betrayal, a shameful display of selfishness, and gilbert guaranteed a championship for his city without james.
across the country, other spurned cities reacted in kind, their dreams of james on their own teams dashed like a blocked shot. nor did james' prime time spectacular about himself go down very well. >> i think it's the callousness of it and the way he announced it i think is more hurtful than the fact he did it. >> everyone equates it to, you know, breaking up with your girlfriend on national t.v. in front of everybody. it's not a klassy move. >> reporter: the akron-born james is arguably the best basketball player in the land but he's never won a championship. >> i want to win championships and i feel like i can compete down there. >> reporter: cleveland offered him $131 million over six years, while miami bid $97 million over five. meaning while he settled for less, he did so because he believes miami has a better shot at a trophy. >> it's going to give me the best opportunity to win and to win for multiple years. >> reporter: this afternoon, the cavaliers management was all
post-lebron and stiff upper lip. >> he's no longer part of this organization and we're moving forward. >> reporter: but in this city that loses more than it wins-- in football, basketball, or baseball-- moving forward after a loss is like a bad movie seen over and over again. >> i mean, it's cleveland. i guess just live with it. >> reporter: there's another reason for cleveland's anger and it goes way past sports. it's estimated that lebron james alone generated about $48 to $50 million in business for the city of cleveland. that's serious money. and it will be hard to replace. katie? >> couric: all right. dean reynolds, dean, thanks so much. from a free agent to secret agents. a plane carrying two russians jailed in their native country for helping the u.s. landed in washington today. the flight followed that big spy swap. justice correspondent bob orr has the details of the exchange. >> reporter: the spy swap was completed on an airplane tarmac in vienna, austria. a chattered vision airlines jet
carrying the ten secret agents expeld from the u.s. pulled directly behind a russian plane carrying four prisoners from russia. from a distance, waiting vans could be seen shuttling the former captives from one plain to another as the spies literally traded places. within 90 minutes, the planes took off. the ten from the u.s. headed for moscow, the four are from russia to london and washington. the spy trade was engineered by c.i.a. chief hraoepd and mikhail fradkov, the head of russian intelligence. at the same time, u.s. officials saw an opportunity to free long-jailed russian spies who had helped american and british intelligence. >> most of them just for the money. >> reporter: one of those freed is former k.g.v. colonel gennady vasilenko. he was identified by robert hanssen, an f.b.i. turncoat spying for the soviets. he told cbs "60 minutes" correspondent scott pelley he was beaten by the k.g.b. >> two guys jumped on me.
>> they broke your arm. >> arm and head. >> cracked your head against the tile floor. what did they tell you you were being accused of in. >> betraying my country. >> treason. >> treason. treason, yeah. >> reporter: another of the freed russians is colonel alixander zaporozhsky. zaporozhsky has long been suspected of helping the u.s. identify two notorious american spies, hanssen at the f.b.i. and aldrich ames at the central intelligence agency. analysts say the u.s. made a good deal swapping ten low-level spies for four high-profile prisoners. >> in a political sense, this trade is a win-win for both sides. from an intelligence perspective, i think united states did really, really well here. >> reporter: it's not clear where the four freed russians will ultimately settle but for now two are in great britain and two more are here in the u.s. katie? >> couric: bob, why did this all happen so fast? >> reporter: that's a good question. simply put, it was the best political answer for both sides at a time when u.s. and russia are trying to reset relations.
u.s. officials felt ten spies weren't worth the trouble of trials, they didn't have intelligence value going forward and the russian decided to free mostly aging spies in poor health who apparently committed their alleged crimes in a different era. >> couric: bob orr in washington tonight. bob, thank you. still ahead on the "cbs evening news," can you imagine a library no w no books? he couldn't and he set out to change the world. but up next, kidnapped by the taliban. how a cbs journalist faced death day after day. many adults don't meet the recommended daily intake for all vitamins and minerals through diet alone. that's why there's... it helps provide key nutrients your body could be missing. one serving of boost contains twenty-six essential vitamins and minerals plus 10 grams of protein. these nutrients help promote bone health and muscle mass to help keep your body moving. achieve a balanced diet
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prisoner of the taliban. >> that's how they do that. >> reporter: egypt air van dyk today talking about his ordeal. >> constantly afraid the door is going to open up and that door is going to be a man with a black turban and he's going to hold a rifle and take you outside and they're going to cut off your head. >> reporter: van dyk worked frequently as a tprae freelancer for cbs news. using his decades of experience in afghanistan and his gar to be go places other journalists could not-- to the scene of the infamous friendly fire incident which killed former n.f.l. star pat tillman, for instance. in the winter of 2008, he set out for the ultimate prize: find osama bin laden. >> i felt i could do it. but later i realized it was a suicide mission. >> >> reporter: his plan was to meet up with a taliban commander-- something he had done before-- and be passed along to more senior leaders until he reached the top. even before he crossed over the board interthe tribal areas of pakistan where bin laden is believed to be hiding, van dyk was betrayed.
>> i saw a man pointing no marathon... a little further back from where you are pointing a rocket propelled grenade launchier at my head and his eyes were as black as coal, filled with hate. i'm dead. >> reporter: cbs news enlisted michael certain -l to find out what van dyk's kidnappers wanted. >> i think their intent was to get hold of a high-profile american and sell them. >> reporter: so this was a ransom operation? >> the border area between afghanistan and pakistan is somewhere where this is being an industry for years. >> reporter: a former irish diplomat, semple had such good contacts with the taliban he was able to get one of van dyk's kidnappers on the phone. while van dyk waited for his execution, semple negotiated until one night one of the kidnappers came into van dyk's cell. >> he said "congratulations, you have escaped death." >> reporter: this this day,
van dyk doesn't know how much if any money changed hands. cbs news kept everything secret. >> the fact that this story stayed out of the media was one of the factors which chemical weaponed jere alive. >> reporter: had another more extreme group found out about van dyk, semple says, they might have snatched him away and used him for propaganda as with the infamous execution of daniel pearl. >> we were thinking how can we be sure it doesn't become another daniel pearl? >> reporter: van dyk survived and came away with hard-earned intelligence about where bin laden might be hiding. >> i came away with the belief that bin laden is not hiding in the tribal areas. >> reporter: he believes al qaeda's leader and bodyguards are too big and notorious to hide in such an unpopulated region. >> every tribal leader told me that. they also said bin laden is too big to hide. >> reporter: one thing for sure: wherever bin laden is, jere van dyk didn't even come close. david martin, cbs news, new york.
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>> and i asked the head master what's the deal? why is the library empty? he said "we're too poor to afford education but until we have education, we'll always be poor." >> reporter: that realization led wood to leave his job to start "room to read." which is establishing a new library every four hours. 10,000 so far. the project is now also nurturing local literary talent like manju, a former school principal. >> the expression also slightly changes. >> reporter: she translated this book and wrote another about a turban that goes on adventure. it must feel good. >> the best thing. it's the best thing. >> finally i draw the characters >> reporter: and he got his chance, too. >> to see a a book published you have confidence like what you are doing is good. >> reporter: there's been global movements against slavery marx lair ya, we need to have a
global movement to say every single child deserves a chance to read. >> reporter: it's john woods' vision, manju's words and mehul 's vision. seth doane, cbs news, new delhi. >> couric: speaking of books "to kill a mockingbird" celebrates its 50th anniversary this weekend. the novel by harper lee has sold 30 million copies and the 1962 movie starring gregory peck won three oscars. >> well, it would be sort of like shooting a mocking bird, wouldn't it? >> couric: i'll have more on the enduring power of this acclaimed novel this weekend on "sunday morning." until then, i'm katie couric, have a great weeke
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