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>> jeff: tonight the worst day yet, relentless heat in the southwest reaches its peak. some locations hitting 120 degrees or more. john blackstone is in las vegas. president obama and his family in africa visit the jail where nelson mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. major garrett is there. friends and family remember a young american college student killed in egypt, while tonight over a million protestors gather in tahrir square. clarissa ward is onsite. >> 911 what is the exact location of your emergency. >> jeff: and what happens when you send a text message to 911. andrea lucia says some cities are finding out. >> there are definitely situations where people can't talk or it's much bet ferr they don't talk. >> this is the captioning sponsored by cbs
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this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> jeff: good evening, everyone, i'm jeff glor t is late june and it's the southwest, it is supposed to be hot, but this is historic. and this is the worst day yet. take a look at this map. the red areas have temperatures over 100 degrees. pink, more than 110, and white, more than 120. we begin tonight with john blackstone in las vegas. >> reporter: it was another scorcher in las vegas today as the temperature hit 115 degrees. the massive heatwave that is baking most of the southwest has already killed one man here, and sent another 40 people to the hospital since it arrived on friday. the strip is sweltering. and tourists like sharon martin looking to stay cool are out of luck. >> we're from pittsburgh and very, very hot here. feels like it is 120 degrees. very hot.
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>> reporter: cities and towns all across the west recorded temperatures over 100 degrees this weekend. prompting many to open cooling centers, large parts of california remain under extreme heat warnings. searing temperatures have sent many people outdoors where they are packing into pools and flooding beaches. san diego firefighters rushed to cowles mountain to rescue hikers suffering from heat exhaustion. >> it can be serious he, we get patients in the heat that don't hydrate it can be a life threatening situation. >> reporter: it reached 119 degrees in phoenix yesterday where the fire department responded to over 40 heat related emergencies. at this softball field in houston, there were no triple plays for the killer bees and big dog, only triple-digit temperatures so players like amanda hernandez did everything to keep cool. >> drink a lot of water. put ice on your ears, right here t keeps you cool. >> reporter: back in vegas bob hearn is committed to
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enjoying his vacation in spite of the heat. >> we're here to enjoy ourselves so we're making the best out of it. many visitors here seem to be accepting the extreme heat as simply part of the desert experience. of course after a few minutes in the blazing sun they can return to air conditioned casinos and hotel rooms. the people whose safety officials are worried about leer are resident was can't easily escape the heat and may have to survive in this for days. >> jeff: john blackstone, thank you very much. we are joined by meteorologist jeff berardelli of wfor. what is the update on what happens next out west. >> what happens next is more heat for the next several days. this really is a relentless heatwave. let's he go to the maps and show you what we have. tomorrow a lot like today. the high temperatures around 128 degrees in death valley. 116 in phoenix. that heat is shooting northwest ward toward boys, 108 tomorrow. and vegas probably topping out at 116 and it looks like
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a streak, a heat streak is in jeopardy in las vegas, four consecutive days of 115 plus. that record set back in 2005. it looks like we will tie or break the record by midweek. so very hot temperatures across the west. >> jeff: meanwhile in the east the problem is rain and floodingment how long does that continue for. >> looks like it will continue for the next several days. in fact the whole pattern is very slow to change and slow to move. big storm system stalled out across the ohio valley, a moist plum out of the gulf of mexico. the darker green five to ten inches of rain in the southeast and northeast 2 to 4 inches of rain falling and that means flash flooding in spots swrz jeff, thank you. on the subject of that flooding, flash flood warnings were issued in 49 north carolina counties this afternoon. at least two inches of rain fell in chapel hill stranding some cars on downtown streets. president obama wound up his last full day in south africa with a speech in capetown on the atlantic coast. earlier, he got a firsthand
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look at the place that has become the symbol of nelson mandela's personal endurance. major garrett has more. >> reporter: robben island, the fortress where south africa's white government sentinel son mandela to die. now a spartan museum commemorating history uchl over apartheid. the first family toured the lime quarry where mandela and other anti-apartheid prisoners were forced to break rocks for hours a day. also cell 7 b where mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in captivity. it was mr. obama second visit but the first for his wife and children. >> there was something different about bringing my children. and malia is now 15, sasha is 12. and seeing them stand within the walls that once surrounded nelson pan della, i knew this was an experience that they would never forget.
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>> in pretoria vigils continued for mandela in critical but stable condition and on life-support. >> hello capetown! >> reporter: mr. obama then came to the university of capetown where another historic figure robert kennedy made his 1966 ripples of hope speech. >> he said each time a man stands up for an idea, or acts to improve the lot of others or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope. >> reporter: when kennedy spoke america mostly sent cash and food to africa, but jeff, mr. obama is under pressure to counter investments from china, brazil and india and as such announced a $16 billion program to bring electricity to 80% of the continent. >> jeff: major garrett, thank you. in egypt widespread demonstrations are taking place against president morsi on the anniversary of his inauguration. the biggest protest by far is in tahrir square in
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cairo. and clarissa ward is there. >> reporter: cairo was a city on edge today as hundreds of thousands of frustrated egyptians took to the streets, fed up with a president they blame for the country's economic woes and a breakdown in law and order. >> reem, a 38-year-old teacher accused president morsi of putting his islamist agenda ahead of the needs of the egyptian people. >> this is the people's will, not morsi's will. >> reporter: you think it's worth fighting for. >> egypt is worth fighting for. >> reporter: a couple of miles away president morsi's supporters were also prepared to fight. hamid, an engineer told does was his duty to protect the presidency. no, we're not preparing for violence but we're ready to defend ourselves, he told us. this is a piece of wood, not a gun. >> reporter: morsi's supporters hold the opposition responsible for violent clashes over the past week. as the day wore on, the
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crowds grew larger. people are chanting over and over again, we believe. and they are saying that that they will not stop protesting until president morsi steps down. but morsi has said that he has no intention of resigning. warning that such a move would only create more instability and chaos. jeff, a crowd has been attacking the muslim brotherhood headquarters with molotov cocktails but here in tahrir square, you can see behind me the mood is basically celebratory. people have been setting off fireworks. they're waving flags. but the army has been flying helicopters regularly overhead as if to say to the people that if the situation does get out of control, the military will step in. >> jeff: clarissa ward in cairo, thank you. >> nsa leaker edward snowden is by all accounts still confined to the transit area atmos you could's airport tonight. as dan raviv reports his
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prospects of getting police call asylum in ecuador are looking dimmer by the day. >> reporter: after a phone call on friday from vice president joe biden, ecuador's president rafael correa said elise ened to a polite request that edward snowden not be given asylum. today correa declared that for now snowden's state is in russia's hands. it's the authorities in moscow who will have to decide if snowden can leave the airport, he said, meaning snowden will have to figure out how to reach ecuador or an embassy on his own before correa will consider his asylum request. wikileaks lewder julian assange who has been holed up avoiding his own extradition charge called snowden a hero who deserves safe passage. >> mr. snowden hasn't been convicted of anything. there are no international war rants out for his arrest. >> reporter: and tonight another diplomatic headache for the u.s., a new report
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based on another snowden leak that the nsa spies on european phone and computer networks and european offices in washington, new york and brussels. former nsa and cia director michael hayden would not comment on the specifics of that report, but said snowden has caused significant and irreversible damage. >> i can't imagine a government anywhere on the planet who now believes we can keep a secret. >> reporter: the united states wants to stop the leaks by arresting snowden but tonight he remains out of reach. dan raviv, cbs news, washington. >> jeff: a dramatic sight in new york city today, a sightseeing helicopter plunged into the hudson river off manhattan. every one on board survived. scary ending to a tour of the big apple for a family from sweden. the tourist helicopter started from the wall street heliport, flew up the east river, circled yankee
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stadium before heading south. the weather was clear and winds light. >> it was a few minutes before noon when the helicopter reportedly lost power. the pilot was able to set intact. he also managed to deploy the flotation devices. michael, were you the pilot. >> yes, i was. >> you are the pilot. people are calling you a hero. >> just doing my job. that's all you do at the end of the day. >> reporter: jet skiers and boaters quickly rescued the pilot and four passengers. >> they all seemed very healthy. they were all shocked, of course, especially the pilot. >> reporter: it put down near where another famous crash landing, the miracle on the hudson happened in 2009. in both cases the pilots were praised for saving lives. >> in about probably 15 minutes it could have been a lot worse when he was circling over yankee stadium. >> reporter: deputy commissioner of the city's office of emergency management frank mccarten. >> this was a pilot that knew exactly what he was doing. >> reporter: the national transportation safety board
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will inspect the chopper to determine the cause of accident. cbs news, new york. >> jeff: later on this day of mass protest in egypt, friends remember the american student who lost his life there. some sur vicing career advice for would-be lawyers and if you text to 911, will anyone know? those stories when the "cbs evening news" continues. if you're living with moderate to severe crohn's disease, and it feels like your life revolves around your symptoms, ask your gastroenterologist about humira adalimumab. humira has been proven to work for adults who have tried other medications but still experience the symptoms of moderate to severe crohn's disease. in clinical studies, the majority of patients on humira saw significant symptom relief, and many achieved remission.
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chase saw this chase. >> i want to kill myself. will you please help me, while exchanging text messages chase was able to send police. >> he legitimately wanted help. and so he was very easy to get answers out of. >> reporter: iowa is one of only a handful of states where people can text 911. during the 2007 virginia tech massacre students hiding from the gunman tried texting 911 operators. their messages went nowhere. >> there are definitely situations where people can't talk or it's much bet ferr they don't talk. >> reporter: chase's colleague received a text from someone hiding in her home with this plea. >> boyfriend punched me. he would hurt me more if i call. police arrived and arrested the man. critics say the cost to upgaid 911 systems to handle text messages is too high. and operators fear they will miss clues in the caller's voice or from background sounds. >> there is something about
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talking to someone that you can just gauge them better. and sometimes lead them better. >> reporter: but chase firmly believes in 911 texting. she saw the proof, she says when she intervened in the attempted suicide. >> i didn't have to talkment i was just able to text it to him and that's what he needed, i think at that moment. >> reporter: the trial project got the attention of the federal communications commission which now wants 911 testing nationwide. the carriers have committed to making it happen by this time next year. >> 191, what is the exact location of your emergency. >> andrea lucia, cbs news, waterloo, iowa. >> jeff: we have word tonight of a first ever death for cirque du soleil on stage. an artist at its show in las vegas apparently fell from her safety wire last night and was killed in that fall. 31-year-old sara guillard had 22 years experience as a performer. not enough jobs for lawyers. a university dean has a
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>> jeff: he was an american college student from maryland who had gone to the middle east in part to help young children learn english. 21-year-old andrew pochter was among those who died during protests in egypt on friday. tonight pochter is being remembered as a man whose maturity and ideals far outpaced his young age. >> reporter: andrew pochter was to be a junior and kenyon college in ohio this fall. instead of staying home this summer, he traveled to egypt so he could teach english to seven and eight-year-olds. mark bregan was a mentor. >> and he wanted basically
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the underdog to have a voice. those who were, who might have been harmed or those who might not have as much of a chance as others. those were the folks that andrew cared about and wanted to help. >> reporter: on friday night pochter in alexandria was apparently stabbed in the chest by a protestor, as anti-government demonstrators stormed an office of the ruling muslim brotherhood. more than 70 people were hurt. pochter was killed. >> it's just so sad that he's off doing something, so admirable. and you know, something bad happens to him. >> reporter: this was pochter in morocco last year. his tribute from friends built on-line today. a facebook memorial page now has more than 3,000 members. so did more evidence of a young man's uncommon ideals. on a blog pochter wrote of arab protests. neighbors are reconnecting with old neighbors by
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marching together. strangers are finding common ground, and average citizens are realizing their true potentials in the real world. a friend from new york city had din we are pochter last month just before he left. >> he would want people to remember that he was doing what he loved. he would want people to explore. he would want people to push themselves beyond what they do in their normal lives. we want them to actually look at different cultures and experience them and understand them and try to teach them about his culture. he was a really incredible guy. andrew pochter, that is the "cbs evening news" tonight. later on cbs, "60 minutes." i'm jeff glor, cbs news, in new york. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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(roberta pre- show -- heat ) will they strike tomorrow? transit negotiations reach their final hours. it was another heat record. will it be that way tomorrow? crowds pack into san francisco for the pride parade. as the supreme court issues another ruling about same sex marriage. we have breaking news from the santa cruz area. two women have died after falling into the ocean. we are getting new information and we will bring it to you. kpix5 news is next. ,,,,,,
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