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>> jeff: tonight the senate takes the lead. four days until the u.s. hits its debt ceiling, leaders are talking. >> now is the time to be magnanimous and sit down and get this thing done. >> jeff: but their constituents are getting impatient. jeff pegues is tracking the process. catastrophic damage in the plains. tens of thousands of cattle die after an early snowstorm. carter evans on the farmer's plea for help. >> headaches were my closest companion. >> jeff: there is a new way to treat chronic headaches, can this device make the difference for tens of millions of americans? and no hands. terrell brown takes us on a sunday drive in the car that drives itself. captioning sponsored by cbs
this is the "cbs evening news." >> glor: good evening, everyone, i'm jeff glor. this is the western edition. this is the week, if congress can't agree on a deal to raise the nation's debt ceiling by thursday the u.s. loses its ability to pay some very big bills. today members of the senate are talking and there is optimism. but it's still day 13 overall of the partial government shutdown. four days until the debt ceiling deadline. we begin tonight with jeff pegues on capitol hill. >> usa! usa! >> reporter: a group of veterans angered by the shutdown's closing of national war memorials took their protest to the white house today. meanwhile, inside the capitol all eyes were on the senate. >> discussions were substantive and we'll continue those discussions.
i am optimistic about the prospects of a positive conclusion. >> reporter: when majority leader harry reid announced he and his republican counterpart mitch mcconnell are still trying to work out eye way forward, the-to-sides are deeply divided on several points including whether a budget deal should alter some of the automatic spending cuts that took effect this year. there's also a debate about how long the agreement to raise the debt ceiling should last. republicans favor a shorter time frame, democrats want a longer deal. new york senator chuck schumer. >> with the president, with senate democrats, with senate republicans there's a will. we now have to find a way. >> reporter: today senator mcconnell urged democrats to consider a plan introduced by republican senator susan colins that has been getting some bipartisan support. in a statement he said it would reopen the government, prevent a default, provide the opportunity for additional budget negotiations and maintain the commitment that congress made to reduce washington spending but democratic leaders so far have rejected it. senator mccain said today that although polls show the public blames republicans more, both parties are at fault. >> look, i guess we can get lower in the polls.
we're down to blood relatives and paid staffers now. i mean it just-- but we have got to turn this around. and the democrats had better help us. >> reporter: jeff, late today six senate democrats released a statement saying that they are negotiating on a proposal based on the colins plan but so far there is no agreement. >> jeff: jeff pegues, thank you. the cost of the shutdown are mounting, one estimate says it cost the economy more than $2 billion to date. 1500 ntsb investigations, including 20 small airplane crashes have been put on hold. the centers for disease control has severely cut back on flu surveillance and monitoring. and at the national institutes for health, an estimated 200 people a week are being turned away from clinical trials. then there's the future cost. if a deal is not reached by thursday, with more on that we're joined by cbs news business analyst jill schlessinger. always good to see you. let me start by asking you this, what are we going see. y asking you this,
what are we going see. >> i think as long >> i think as long as the talks remain what they are calling constructive, traders are going to feel okay. but once we get a near whiff of something going south, that's when you expect the volatility and some selling and anxiety but so far coming into the trading session, this week i think we'll be okay. >> jeff: and the real consequences would be what? >> okay. we get to thursday and let's be clear. we don't run out of money in that moment. but investors are going to be really nervous. stocks could likely go down. bonds could go down it could mean we see credit in general freezing up it would be hard to borrow for a car loan, for a mortgage it could feel a little bit like that 2008 september where things were just clogged up. >> jeff: and the negative consequences, we are already seeing? >> you know, interesting >> you know, interesting i think that in the investor world people are sort of taking this in stride. but you know what, consumers are getting anxious. we had three different surveys out last week. consumer confidence going to levels we haven't seen since january. gallop saying that people are
more anxious about the economy than they've been since 2008. these are things that are creeping into the psyche. that's why the national retail federation has sent a letter to congress. they're very worried about what is going to happen in the fourth quarter and of course the all- important holiday season. if people don't feel good, they might not spend as much money. if they don't spend as much money, the job situation just gets worse. >> jeff: jill, thank you very much. >> nice to be with you. if people don't feel good, they might not spend as much money. if they don't spend as much money, the job situation just gets worse. >> jeff: jill, thank you very much. >> nice to be with you. >> jeff: a small number of national parks and monuments did reopen this weekend with funding from their host states. among them the statue of liberty welcoming visitors once again today. the grand canyon getting back up to speed after its reopening yesterday. and colorado's rockie mountain national park where tourism suffered a double hit from both the government shutdown an last month's floods. it was a heavy snowstorm that clobbered south dakota last week. up to four feet near deadwood. that snow has had a devastating effect on cattle ranches. here's carter evans.
>> reporter: the dead cattle littering the south dakota prairie are victims of last week's freak fall blizzard. tens of thousands were killed. farmer monty williams. >> a lot of guys losing everything. cows, calfs, you name it. >> reporter: many of the dead animals were found huddled in groups. others buried in snow bank as long a 100 mile swathe of the storm's path. its catastrophic for ranchers says south dakota farmer's union director karla hevencki, by using the cash crop that is this year's paycheck for them. by losing the cows themselves, they've lost paychecks from years to come. >> reporter: the early autumn blizzard dumped up to four feet of snow in two days. it hit before the cattle had developed thick winter coats. and many may have died of hypothermia. this disaster comes as many south dakota ranchers were still recovering from last year's severe drought. things had been looking up says livestock owner scott vance. >> finally we had the people that had the cattle, had the market, they had the
weights. the dollars were there. they were going to start to retain, rebuild and that's just all gone. >> reporter: and cattle owner justin tupper says the timing couldn't be worse. >> the ranching industry in general brings in most of the business to these towns. had is when we should be selling calfs off the cows and our busiest time. >> reporter: it could also be tough for consumers. the livestock loss could soon mean higher beef prices. carter evans, cbs news, los angeles. >> jeff: in india at least 89 people are dead following a stampede on a bridge to a hindu temple. the pilgrims panicked when rumors spread the bridge was collapsing, 17 children are among the dead. this is india following a powerful cyclone that came ashore last night, at least 15 people were killed but far fewer than had been feared. a cyclone in 1999 killed 10,000. authorities say good planning saved lives, nearly a million people evacuated before the storm arrived. police in britain say they have new information tonight in the
case of madeleine mccann, a little girl whose disappearance on a family vacation in 2007 captured the world's attention. kelly cobiella is in london. >> reporter: for six years the story of how madeleine mccann disappeared has been the same. the three-year-old vanished from a holiday villa in portugal sometime between 8:30 and 10:00 on the night of may 3rd, 2007, while her parents ate dinner with friends at a restaurant a 100 yards away. now british detectives are announcing a major update to the investigation on the bbc program "crime watch." a new and more detailed time line of the night madeleine disappeared. a 25 minute long reenactment of that night, and new potential suspects. chief detective inspector andy redwood said they looked at the evidence and found leads that were never followed. >> primarily, we are focused on the area between 8:30 and 10:00. we know that at 8:30, that was the time that mr. and mrs. mccann went down for their
dinner. and we know that around 10 p.m. that was when mrs. mccann found that madeleine was missing. >> portuguese police handled the first investigation arresting and later clearing a local man. then pointing the blame at the mccanns. in 2008 they were cleared and the case shelved. by 2011, scotland yard picked it up pouring over 40,000 pieces of evidence. phone records and witness statements. two men stood out. both possibly german seen near the resort around the time madeleine disappeared. computer sketches will be released tomorrow. the mccann says they're encouraged after so many years without their daughter. >> when it's a special occasion, when you should be happiest-- happiest, and madeleine's not there, that's when it really hits home. >> reporter: today madeleine would be ten years old. her parents believe she's still alive waiting to be found. kelly cobiella, cbs news, london. >> glor: the u.s. citizen is
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>> jeff: police in egypt are saying a u.s. citizen has died while being held in jail near the suez canal. james lund had been detained near sinai in august for violating curfew. egyptian officials say he hanged himself. a man who as been called more than anyone when americans are detained overseas is bill richardson. the former congressman, governor and u.n. ambassador. richardson is out with a book on tuesday called how to sweet talk a shark. and given the impasse in washington right now, he believes there are lessons to be learned. we spoke with him today. >> what is happening in congress right now can it be fixed? >> it can be fixed. here's what i would do. some simple negotiating tools. one, get some mediators. ex-secretary of the treasury, hank paulson, tim guidener, get the principals to cole down. it's gotten personal.
secondly, have the president put everybody in one room and lock the doors until they make a deal. i think you need some clean, outside forces that know the issues that are respected. >> reporter: and that's got to happen fast. >> it's got to happen before thursday, it's got to happen before we go into default. i think that would be a real shameful episode in american history if we went into default. >> jeff: bill richardson served 14 years in congress. but he says it's never been this toxic. usually he saw those environments overseas. he's negotiated with saddal hussein, kim jong il and hugo chaff today name a few, once earning him the nick name undersecretary of thugs. >> whenever difficult people had to be dealt with in diplomacy, president clinton used to say bad people like richardson so let's send him. >> glor: why do bad people like richardson? >> well, i think it was that i felt very strongly that we have
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>> reporter: the vehicle is equipped with a hidden system of lasers, radars and cameras that give the car a 360 degree view of the road. all of the information is fed to a computer network underneath the trunk which makes 100 decisions per second. now we're actually showing you what it looks like from a camera view. not only can we detect certain things, now we are classifying objects, this is a pedestrian, now a bicycler. is this just a cool idea or do you see this really being on the road? in the next decade or so? >> i see it being on the road. i mean we see it on the road today. there's cars that have adaptive cruise control, cars that can park themselves. >> reporter: the race is already on. in august nissan announced they will have a fully autonomous car on the road by 2020. just over six years from now. a report this year found autonomous driving modes will be available in roughly 41% of cars worldwide by 2030. rising to 75% by 2035. four other companies say they have self-driving cars on the way.
congressman bill schuetzer is planning hearings on how this technology can become reality. >> we believe this technology once it gets into the fleet will reduce significantly the fatalities on our highways today. >> reporter: carnegie melon's researchers says the cars will roll up but eventually could add just 5 to $7,000 to the cost of a new car. a small price for your very own chauffeur. terrell brown, cbs news, cranberry township, pennsylvania. >> jeff: that is the "cbs evening news" tonight. later on cbs, "60 minutes." i'm jeff glor. cbs news in new york. scott pelley will be here tomorrow. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org