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>> pelley: >> pelley: tonight, flights to nowhere. >> i'm disgusted with it, really. >> pelley: sabotage at a control center. how did one man halt traffic at some of america's busiest airports? jeff pegues and dean reynolds report. holly williams reports from the border where thousands of fighters are crossing to join isis. jim axelrod on the off-broadway smash with a hollywood ending. >> derek jeter ends his final game with a walk-off single! >> pelley: and steve hartman's "on the road" with the mighty mites training for a rematch with their toughest opponent. >> we have to keep on doing it until we break through. >> yup, it needs payback. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. this is our western edition.
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today, a man apparently bent on suicide showed us just how fragile and vulnerable the air traffic control system can be. a regional control center outside chicago was evacuated when an employee of the harris corporation, a government subcontractor, started a fire. he has been identified as brian h oward tonight, charged with destruction of aircraft facilities, which is a felony. this is a check-in counterat o'hare airport where things are slowly getting back to normal tonight, but more than 1,700 flights were canceled. travelers tried to rebook, but membership won't get out until tomorrow or even later. we have two reports beginning with correspondent dean reynolds. >> reporter: when firefighters arrived on the scene, they found a federal facility in the dark and a 36-year-old man in the basement with burns and self- inflicted stab wounds. greg thomas is the aurora, illinois, police chief. >> at this time, we believe the
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injured man set the fire and used some type of accelerates. there was no explosion. >> reporter: police confirmed that this vehicle being towed from the lot at the f.a.a. facility belongs to the man who is now hospitalized in stable condition, and hours after the incident, law enforcement officers converged on an address in nearby naperville, illinois, believed to be the man's home. howard was identified as a contract employee of the f.a.a. with the necessary clearance to be in the highly secured building. john lehman is the arora fire chief. >> reporter: did he surrender without incident, resist, a threat to the first responders? >> i was lying on the ground they-- they encountered him. they attempted to get him out of the building. there was-- there was some degree of effort on their part to drag him out of the building, but he was conscious. >> pelley: correspondent dean
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>> reporter: now, police are the police are stressing this is an isolated incident with no connection to terrorism, but an isolated incident with endless implications. here's transportation correspondent jeff pegues. >> reporter: at chicago's midway airport, a line of passengers stretched out the door and down the length of the terminal. at o'hare, more long lines, delays, and cancellations. planes weren't taking off or even moving from the gates. commercial air travel in the windy city had ground to a halt. in the air, flights were either diverted to other airports or circled while they waited for clearance to land. the normally crowded airspace over illinois cleared out, an ominous sign for travelers like carmel walters. >> it took us about maybe 45 minutes to an hour to find out luggage. and then we had to get a shuttle, come over, you know, and try and rent a car so we can continue on with our trip. i'm disgusted with it, really. >> reporter: united, american airlines, delta, and southwest scrapped more than 1,000 flights
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combined, causing chaos for travelers throughout the country. with no one at aurora's air route traffic control center to communicate with flights, air traffic controllers in regional radar facilities in indianapolis, kansas city, and minneapolis stepped in to help. but sources tell us even that led to more complications. some flight plan information could not be entered electronically. it had to be done by hand. multiple sources are telling us the damage to the air traffic control facility is extensive. scott, the airlines are telling passengers to adjust plans, if possible, and call before heading to the airport. >> pelley: jeff, thank you very much. when word came out of oklahoma today, of all places, that there had been a beheading there, understandably, there was alarm and comparisons to the savage brutality of isis. police in the city of moore, oklahoma, asked the f.b.i. to
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investigate, and bob orr has been tracking this. bob. >> reporter: scott, law enforcement sources say this appears to be a case of workplace violence that resulted in an unusually savage killing. police say a man, alton nolen, who had just been fired from an oklahoma food processing plant, went into a rage and began attacking his coworkers. nolen allegedly stabbed one woman repeatedly and then according to police severed her head. police say he began stabbing a second woman before being shot and subdued by another employee. who is also a part-time deputy. police say nolen, an ex-con with a long record, recently tried to convert some of his coworkers to islam and sources say a variety of religious materials were iocovered from his car. now, with almost daily threats from isis and al qaeda u.s. officials are on high guard for possible homeland attacks. there is particular concern that recent terrorist propaganda tapes celebrating the executions could inspire lone-wolf american radicals to act out violently. but sources tell us this killing
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s ems to have been motivated by nolen's firing alone and was apparently not, scott, a pre- planned act of terror. >> pelley: bob orr in our washington newsroom. bob, thank you very much. in the war on isis today, britain, denmark, and belgium agreed to join the u.s. air campaign. airstrikes hit tanks and checkpoints in syria today, and by one estimate, isis still has more than 30,000 fighters in syria and iraq, many of them from the west or from afghanistan and pakistan. so how do they get there? holly williams reports from the turkish border. >> reporter: turkey's frontier with syria is mountainous and 500 miles long. the entry point for thousands of foreign fighters who have come here to join isis. for decades, turkey's border with syria has been notorious for smuggling but now along with the contraband, smugglers are spiriting people into the war zone. in one village, we met a man who
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refused to show his face. he told us he made a living getting people in and out of syria illegally. all together, how many foreign fighters did you help across the border? "around 20 or 25 from chechnya and indonesia," he told us. "and one man who came here from london." europe's counter-terrorism team says 1,000 europeans have joined extremist groups in syria and iraq in the last three months alone. these young british muslims even starred in an isis recruitment video. >> look around you while you sit in comfort and ask yourself, "is this how you want to die?" >> reporter: others have come here from places like saudi arabia, libya, yemen, and the u.s. the latest isis propaganda video features a man with a distinct north american accent.
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>> and the flames of war are only beginning to intensify. the fighting has just begun. >> reporter: turkey says it's beefed-up security on its border with syria, posting more soldiers and building a new wall to stop smugglers. but it only extends for a mile, and it won't be enough to stop young muslim men who are determined to join the cause of islamic extremists. holly williams, cbs news, on the turkey-syria border. >> pelley: there will be more on isis and the president's decision to go to war, when steve kroft interviews president obama this sunday on "60 minutes." the world health organization said today that the west africa ebola outbreak has killed more than 3,000 people and infected more than 6,500 so far. the u.s. is sending 3,000 military personnel to build 17 treatment facilities in the weeks ahead, but dr. jon lapook reports there's only a handful
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there now. >> reporter: the military eventually hopes to provide 1,700 new beds for patients and train up to 500 local health care workers each week. dr. paul farmer co-founded partners in health, an organization that helps build health care systems in developing nations. he was recently in liberia and met with president ellen johnson surly. we're hearing about potentially hundreds of thousands of people being infected. they're maybe going to build 1,700 more treatment beds. there's a disconnect with numbers. how does it get handled? >> yeah, 1,700 treatment beds does not seem like a lot to me when you're talking about a potential need of that scale. and so i think there is a mismatch in the math. >> reporter: but even if there were enough supplies, farmer says much more needs to be done to bring the ebola epidemic under control in a region with broken health care. >> to stop it, you have to do two things at once. you have to respond to the emergency, the crisis, but also
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to build a really strong public health system that can go all the way from villages and communities to hospitals. that's a tall order. >> reporter: new therapies and vaccines are being developed, but they won't be available for many months, says ebola researcher thomas geisbert of the university of texas medical branch. >> the goal at this point is to contain it, to isolate and quarantine the affected people, and that's the more important thing that could be done right now, more so than the vaccines or the treatments. i'm not sure that they will be available really to manage this current outbreak. >> we know how to prevent ebola. what we need to do is apply that knowledge to building health care systems and financing it. we can do that. >> reporter: farmer believes the mortality rate can be dramatically lowered with modern treatments like iv fluids. he says an improved survival rate would help convince frightened victims to seek help rather than staying at home, where they often spread the virus to caregivers.
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>> pelley: jon, thank you very much. it's been a rough 24 hours in ferguson, missouri, where a police officer killed an unarmed teenager last month. the city fired devin james, the public relations expert hired to improve it's image, after it emerged that james was convicted of reckless homicide in 2006. he had produced the video we showed you last night of ferguson's police chief, apologizing for the death of michael brown. last night, fights broke out when the chief tried to march with protesters. today, we saw a sign that the economy is bouncing back from a dismal winter. the government said today the economy grew by 4.6% between april and june, a bit higher than the previous estimate. there's another huge auto recall. an electrical problem could short out the airbags. and 13 years later, the 9/11 attacks are still claiming lives, when the cbs evening news continues.
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esophageal cancer. doctors say it was caused by the toxic dust he inhaled at ground zero. he had spent eight months digging through the rubble after 9/11. his brother, paul, worked alongside him. >> it was nasty up there, especially in the first couple of months. you know, the fires were burning still in the basement. we looked for our men. >> it was as though they had inhaled powdered drano. >> reporter: dr. philip landrigan, of new york's mount sinai medical center, has been treating and monitoring 9/11 first responders since 2001. when you look at the general population and you look at the 9/11 responders, is it a significant difference? >> there were statistically significant excess numbers of three types of cancer, and those are thyroid cancer, prostate cancer and lymphoma. we do believe that there's a direct association between the 9/11 exposure and these cancers. >> reporter: according to new
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york's fire department, more than 850 firefighters and emergency workers have developed cancer because of their work at ground zero. 99% of all firefighters and emergency workers have reported at least one respiratory problem. >> what we've seen are people that used to lift weights, people that used to run marathons, and they now have trouble going up a flight of stars. >> any chest pain? >> no. >> reporter: october 2016 is the deadline for all 9/11 first responders to register and file claims with the victims' compensation fund. doctors are calling for congress to extend those benefits since many of these illnesses can take years to develop. >> in his legacy, i think we have to remember, and we have to take care of these people down the road. >> reporter: now, earlier this month, a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced a bill in washington that would extend both the victims' compensation fund and a medical treatment fund for another 25 years,
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scott. >> pelley: these families cannot be forgotten. elaine, thank you so much. ford announced a big recall today. more than 850,000 2013 and 2014 models. a short circuit can prevent airbags from deploying. for the complete list of the recalled vehicles go to cbsnews.com. we're only four days into fall but they've seen their first snow at lake tahoe. it wasn't much and only came at elevations at 8,000 feet but enough to get some folks in northern california and nevada excited about ski season. "on the road with steve hartman" is next but up next the captain says farewell. and works less when your blood sugar is low, because it works
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>> base hit to right field! >> reporter: maybe the real surprise would have been if derek jeter had not provided the storybook ending. >> richardson is safe! derek jeter ends his final game with a walk-off single! >> reporter: but the captain almost didn't get the chance. two innings before, bottom of the 7th. >> the cameras are poised to record what might be his final at-bat here in the bronx. soft ground ball to short. >> reporter: jeter reached base on an error. the yankees had a three-run lead headed to the ninth, and an ending that would have been fine. but nothing about derek jeter is just fine. >> high fly ball. deep left. see ya. tie game. derek's career is not over yet. >> reporter: after the yankee bullpen blew the lead, a feeling took hold in the stadium. >> we were talking about how we would write the script to how it
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weather talent appears at wx center with generic pinpoint filling monitor then we take cracolici >> >> pelley: we end this week a timeless proverb-- "if at first you don't succeed..." steve hartman fills in the rest "on the road." >> reporter: this week, in the tiny town of wallkill, new york, a tiny football team has been licking its wounds. the wallkill mighty mites are coming off their toughest challenge to date. >> where is my safety! >> it was weird how my team couldn't even get past it. >> it was tough. >> it was tougher than us. >> reporter: not a single player could penetrate the line. >> just like a wall. >> reporter: but as coach jim cracolici explains, their adversary wasn't some banner team. >> this is what did us in. >> reporter: but rather the team banner. >> we'll run through the competition. the signs we need a little work
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on, i'll tell you that much. >> reporter: here's what happened. as the players were running off the field in a victory celebration, their breakaway banner didn't. so like compact cars on a foggy freeway, each one rear-ended the next, resulting in a 20-kid pileup. the youtube video went viral this week, and although some of the kids were initially embarrassed, by week's end, they were more fired up than ever. >> if you fall, you get right back up. >> because if you give up, you can't try again. >> reporter: which is why the kids say that banner hasn't seen the last of them. >> we have to keep on doing it till we break through. >> yup, it needs payback. >> reporter: they're going to take another run at it next weekend and every weekend till justice is served. in the meantime, the coach is trying to figure out exactly what went wrong the first time. >> this banner is made to velcro apart. >> reporter: so why can't they get through that? >> that is a good question. >> reporter: after studying the game tape, coach jim is
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convinced the problem was the orientation of the sign. you'll notice the words are facing the team. jim says it should have been the other way around. >> because the loops on velcro go the other way, so it tears easier-- well. ( laughter ) well, let's just say it's-- >> reporter: why don't we just go with a new banner. >> i think we-- i think we have to consider it. >> reporter: steve hartman "on the road--" the good thing is we have a new video for youtube. >> i know, great. >> reporter in wallkill, new york. >> pelley: ands that's the cbs evening news >> reporter in wallkill, new york. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, i'm scott pelley, and i'll see you sunday on "60 minutes." good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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your realtime captioner is linda marie macdonald. captions by: caption colorado comments@captioncolorado.com now at 6:00 weather hitting northern california we're tracking thunderstorms with heavy rain, lightning and even hail. parts of the bay area getting hit hard right now. good evening, i'm veronica de la cruz. >> i'm ken bastida. take a look, rain has been coming down since this afternoon in the north bay in buckets. very heavy at times. this is from larkspur. tonight weather advisories have been posted. chief meteorologist paul deanno is live in napa tonight. he has been in the middle of a rain and hailstorm. paul, is it still coming down out there? >> reporter: i'll tell you what, we came here for a football game. we came here for "friday night lights." it turns out there have been plenty of "friday night lights," in the sky!
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napa has been a deluge with , avrain, thunderstorms, there's supposed to be a jv football game going on now. they had to clear the field and there is no game happening this evening at least not until the varsity because of all the rain that's fallen. things are calming down significantly. but for a time, there was a severe thunderstorm warning. that's a rarity here in the bay area. just expired for the city of napa in napa county with quarter-sized hail, widespread in napa county. you can see all the action is primarily north and east of san francisco wrapping around a large strong area of low pressure. first zoom will show you napa, american canyon, yountville, i have counted at least 100 lightning strikes over the past hour just by hearing the thunder. it's been going and going. santa rosa, rohnert park, petaluma up next with some heavier showers perhaps a thunderstorm for you. you did have rain around pittsburg, antioch and bay point. that's wrapped up. zooming out, you see everything wrapping around in a northwest to southeast motion. that tells me that the area of

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