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>> pelley: the president warns killing the iran deal would risk war. >> this deal is our best means of assuring that iran does not get a nuclear weapon. >> pelley: also tonight, mr. obama weighs if on bill cosby. >> i'll say this --. >> pelley: deadly flooding in the south. we'll have the search for the missing. how a jailed mexican drug lord went to the shower and made a clean getaway.u and america discovers a new world. pluto's day in the sun. >> this i captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: today president obama gave a spirited defense of the nuclear deal with iran, even as republicans surround to kill it. be barred from building a nuclear weapon for at least ten
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years, and in exchange the sanctions that have crippled iran's economy will be lifted. the president said rejecting the deal could lead to an arms race and major garrett begins our coverage. >> i can say with confidence but more importantly nuke her experts can say with confidence, that iran will not be in a position to develop a nuclear bomb. we will have met our number-one priority. >> reporter: the president tried to instill that confidence in congressional democrats whose backing he will need to protect the iran deal from republican attempts to block it. the president even asked the press for more questions. >> topics that may not have been touched upon criticisms that you've heard that i did not answer. go ahead. >> reporter: the president responded to the main criticisms of the deal, including that iran will be able to hide its nuclear activities. under the agreement, iran could deny united nations inspectors access to suspected nuclear
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sites for up to 24 day, a period critics say is too long. >> this is not something you hide in a closet. and by the way, if we identify an undeclared site that we're suspicious about we're going to be keeping eyes on it. >> reporter: mr. obama also addressed concerns that billions in unfrozen iranian assets could flow to the oppressive syrian regime of bashar al assad or terrorist groups like hezbollah or hamas. >> is the incremental, additional money that they've got to try to destabilize the region or send proxy, is that more important than preventing iran from getting a nuclear weapon? no. >> reporter: the president said his successor will be in a stronger position to deny iran a nuclear weapon than he's been in for most of his presidency. scott, the commander-in-chief said from his vantage point the only other option to a diplomatic resolution with iran
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on this nuclear question is another war in the middle east. >> pelley: major thanks. the chief critic of the deal is israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu who told us today that iran is a "terror machine." he reserved israel's right to take military action. netanyahu said iran might cheat in any number of ways including stockpiling uranium ore which is known as yellow cake. >> look, there are two ways that iran can proceed. if they cheat on the deal that wouldn't be too hard because when you look at the inspection provisions in this deal, it's not anywhere, any time. in fact, you have to give them not 24 hours notice inspecting a suspect site but 24 days' notice. can you imagine you're a drug dealer and someone tells you i want to inspect your premises. that's a lot of time, 24 day to flush a lot of meth down the toilet. but even if it doesn't cheat within ten years they're free to build as many centrifuges as they want and be in a position with almost zero breakout time
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to rush to produce many many bombs. >> pelley: you talk about the agreement making it easier for iran to achieve a bomb but they have to give up 98% of their uranium. they have to cut their centrifuges that enhance uranium by two-thirds. how does that make it easier, and why isn't delaying a bomb a very good deal for israel? >> because you're legitimizing their path to a future bomb within a few years. that happens very quickly. ten years pass by very quickly. this regime isn't going to change. they'll be able to build a vast infrastructure to produce a lot of bombs simultaneously. >> pelley: to say the least you have many issues with iran. why not invite the iranian prime minister, the iranian president rouhani to tel aviv to talk things over? >> they decided they want the wipe israel off the map. if somebody says i'm going to destroy you, what you want to do is make sure they can't. so it's not a question of not talking to the iranians. it's a question of what they say about us. they're the enemy of peace in
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the world. they're your enemies. don't empower your enemies. don't let them have their yellow cake and eat it too. >> pelley: prime minister benjamin netanyahu of the state of israel, who after this term will become the longest-serving prime minister in the history of israel. thank you very much mr. president. >> thank you. it's quite a job. i can tell you that. thank you. >> pelley: and it's quite a job for president obama, as well. in the news conference today, he was also asked about four americans being held in iran and why their release was not part of the deal. the question came from major garrett, and mr. obama didn't like it. >> reporter: can you tell the country, sir why you are content with all the fanfare around this deal the leave the conscience of this nation the strength of this nation unaccounted for in relation to these four americans. >> the notion that i am content as i celebrate with american citizens languishing in iranian
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jails... major, that's nonsense. you should know better. i've met with the families of some of those folks. nobody's content. our diplomats and our teams are working diligently to try to get them out. >> pelley: the president went on to say the detainees weren't included because iran would have tried to get additional concessions by holding them. the president was also asked today whether he would revoke the medal of freedom awarded to bill cosby in 2002. we learned recently that cosby admitted in a lawsuit that he gave drugs to at least one woman before having sex with her. mr. obama said there was no precedent or procedure to rescind the award, but he surprised the east room with this: >> if you give a woman or a man for that matter without his or her knowledge a drug and then
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have sex with that person without consent that's rape. >> pelley: representatives for cosby had no comment on the president's remarks. today a third body was found in the devastating floods that hit kentucky. others are missing. dozens of homes have been uprooted. don dahler is covering in the heart of appalachia. >> reporter: when the search resumed wednesday morning, a convoy of 50 national guardsmen joined over 100 local and state police trying to find those residents still listed as missing. late this afternoon they found one, a third body was recovered. rescuers are combing roughly eight miles of rugged terrain between the towns of flat gap and staffordsville where more than 60 homes were destroyed and where family treasures are now buried. the searchers' task has been very difficult, downed power lines, tangled debris and thick mud slow their progress.
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what has not been slow is the response. bottled water, food and other supplies are pouring in to the local high school. becky scaggs was one of many volunteers of all ages. >> we just wanted them to know that we're here for them. >> we need toilet paper. >> reporter: and from as far away as 100 miles. >> i appreciate you all. >> you're very welcome. >> we lost electric and all of our water. >> reporter: monday matthew mckenzie's family fled their home. the family of five got a hot lunch from a church group that drove up from alabama. you had to spent the night here at the red cross shelter? >> yes, sir. >> what do you do next? >> see how bad the house is once we can get up there. >> reporter: some of the residents are telling us they're concerned they don't have adequate insurance because scott, the last big flood happened here in 1957. >> pelley: don dahler in the flood zone for us tonight. don, thank you. a tornado made quite an impression in nickerson, kansas
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on monday. the twister was dramatically lit as it plowed a field. no one was hurt. late today mankind saw pluto for the first time up close in detail. nasa's new horizons spacecraft sent back the first of what will be hundreds of pictures. the amazing part of this achievement is the stupendous distance. down here we have the solar system with the inner planets and the earth and the outer planets, as well, and the distances here are to scale. well, from the earth to mars it is a quick 48 million miles. then nearly ten times further to reach jupiter, 800 million miles to saturn and twice that far to reach uranus. 2.5 billion miles to neptune. but now pluto is in a class all by itself. it took nine and a half years at 31,000mph to cover the 3
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billion miles before this tiny dwarf planet came into focus. out here our sun is just another star in the sky, although the brightest one. chip reid is covering the mission for us. >> here's the image. here it comes. >> reporter: the highly anticipated photo showed stunned scientists mountains made of ice water standing 11,000 feet high. principle investigator alan stern says the mountains are young, less than 100 million years old. >> i think just that one image of about 1% of the surface of pluto, the planet, and finding mountain ranges like the rockies is a balloon popping. >> reporter: stern, who started pushing for this mission 26 years ago sat down with us shortly before the flyby. >> when i'm asked what i expect i expect the find something wonderful. >> reporter: we asked him about that today. have your expectations been met? and what's the most wonderful thing you've seen so far? >> i'll give you a technical
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answer: ya think? [laughter] pluto is something wonderful. >> reporter: this is the first of hundreds of photos that will rain down on earth over the next 16 months a slow process because of the three billion mile distance and the slow rate of transmission from a space ship no bigger than a piano. it was announced today that the icy feature known as pluto's heart has now been named after clyde tombaugh, who discovered pluto 85 years ago when it was just a tiny dot in the sky. the cost of the pluto mission has raised eyebrows among some, who say there are more pressing problems here on earth. so to you this is worth $722 million? >> yes. humankind has reached a world three billion miles away and explored it. that's a point that will go down in history for the 21st century as maybe one of the shining moments of the 21st century. how can you put a price on that? >> reporter: new horses is traveling so fast it's already a
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million miles past pluto. scott, its job isn't done yet. it will send back photos and space data from the far reaches of the solar system for years to come. >> pelley: america has now visited all nine planets. chip, thank you. and you can chat with jim green nasa's director of planetary science, right after this broadcast on our cbs evening news facebook page. today house speaker john boehner called for an investigation into planned parenthood and its handling of organs from aborted fetuses. nancy cordes reports this comes after an anti-abortion group released an undercover video. >> a lot of people want to know... >> reporter: the conversation was recorded at a restaurant by two activists posing at biotech employees interested in obtaining fetal organs for research, which is legal. unaware she was being taped planned parenthood's senior director of medical services
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dr. deobrah nucatola described how she performed abortions to preserve key body parts for that research. anti-abortion activist say the tape suggests that planned parenthood is harvesting that fetal tissue for profit, which is illegal. >> i'm going to throw a number out. i would say it's probably anywhere from $3,200. >> this video is absolutely shockingly inhumane. >> reporter: conservative lawmakers today were outraged. alabama's martha robey? >> are we going to look the other way while babies are being brutally killed and organs harvested? >> in a statement plarned parenthood said these outrageous claims are flat out untrue. and on the tape dr. nucatola said the group is only reimbursed for the cost of handling and transporting fetal tissue to research facilities. >> we're not looking to take money from you. our goal is to keep access
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available. >> reporter: but wisconsin congressman sean duffy argued it's a gray area worthy of investigation. >> does it cost $70 more to ship a little baby liver versus a little baby lung or is the market driving the cost or these organs? >> reporter: planned parenthood says it's only trying to help women who want to donate fetal tissue after abortions and just last year scott, nih funded 160 different projects that used fetal tissue to research treatments for everything from h.i.v. to glaucoma. >> pelley: nancy cordes on capitol hill. nancy, thank you. now you see him, now you don't. how a drug lord dropped out of prison. and the blue angels buzz the beach when the "cbs evening news" continues.
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sophisticated tunnel. omar villafranca is following this. >> joaquin guzman's cell measured 60 square feet so prison guards were used to seeing him pace back and forth until one day mexico's most notorious prisoner walked to his shower and vanished. guzman slipped through two-foot hole cut into the shower just out of sight of the surveillance cameras. he dropped into a ventilated tunnel tall enough for a man nicknamed "shorty" to stand up straight. there was even a moat cycle to speed him away until he climbed out almost a mile south of a prison into a half-built home. it was an elaborate ruse. the work crews weren't building anything. they were digging the drug warlord out. his escape was a hunting blow that swept from mexico to the streets of chicago. guzman's sinaloa cartel has been responsible for waves of drug-related violence. joseph ways is with chicago's
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crime commission. >> the reason we're here is to voice our extreme displeasure at the mexican authorities that allowed for the escape of one of the most dangerous criminals in the world. >> reporter: but in el chap yes's hometown, many seem supportive of his escape. "we're glad," this woman said. in a way, the work and jobs created by el chapo benefits us. joe baeza says guzman's escape only adds to his notoriety. >> some people see him as a leader of the community. they're not robin hood. he wouldn't behead you and make an example of you and then go after your family. >> reporter: guzman still faces more than two dozen counts in several u.s. courts, but the last time guzman escaped from prison, he was on the run for 13 years. >> pelley: omar villafranca tonight. omar, thank you. up next, the eagles have landed a very special honor. ♪ i'm running down the road...
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accountant was convicted as an accessory to their murders. >> let me say, it wasn't revenge. it never entered my mind. >> reporter: susan pollak testified at the trial telling of how she arrived at auschwitz as a 13-year-old and how her mother was immediately taken away to the gas chamber. so oscar oskar groening was give an four-year sentence. are you satisfied with that? >> i am. i am. i am. the length of his imprisonment is of no consequence to me. >> reporter: heddy bohm another auschwitz survivor, also came to germany to testify. for her the lesson of the trial was that justice has no time limb, in the past or no. >> what's happening in iraq and these terrible things in syria, lebanon, those people have to know they will be held responsible ten, 20 whenever, forever. >> reporter: the trial
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produced justice. and it produced strange encounters like when groening embraced eva kor another survivor, when she went over to confront him. >> forgiveness is the best revenge. >> reporter: at 94, oskar groening may never actually go to prison but whatever time he has left will be lived with the knowledge that even the accountants of the holocaust are guilty of its crimes. mark phillips, cbs news, london. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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first at 7:00 a major break in a decades old murder case. >> charging lloyd lee michael welch, jr. with first degree felony murder for his involvement in the deaths of sheila and katherine lyon. >> the wheels of justice sometimes turn slowly, but tonight prosecutors say we are a good bit closer to justice for those two innocent young girls abducted from a mall in montgomery county now 40 years ago. thanks for being here. i'm derek mcginty. >> and i'm lesli foster. prosecutors today announced a grand jury at bedford county, virginia, has indicted twice


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