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>> we'll be back in 30 minutes with more news, update you on hurricane irma. >> see you then. captioning sponsored by cbs >> mason: there she blows. the most powerful atlantic hurricane on record tears across the caribbean and now takes aim at florida, where they're locking the doors and leaving the keys. also tonight, hillary clinton takes responsibility f startling loss but spreads the blame, as well. a peek inside her new book. the strangest of bedfellows. >> we had a great meeting with chuck schumer and nancy pelosi. >> mason: the president switches sides in the battle over the debt ceiling. >> it was a really good moment of some bipartisanship. >> lego, a whole new world to build. >> mason: and low-tech lego's struggle to survive in a world
of high-tech toys. this is the "cbs evening news." >> mason: and this is our western edition. good evening. i'm anthony mason. president trump declared an emergency today in florida, puerto rico, and the u.s. virgin islands, all threatened by the most powerful atlantic hurricane ever seen. irma, a category five, has already turned deadly on the islands of the caribbean. the national hurricane center says chances have grown for a direct hit on florida, possibly as soon as the weekend. we have team of correspondents covering the storm. first tony dokoupil in puerto rico. >> reporter: this wall of wind and rain is only getting worse tonight as hundreds of puerto ricans are already in shelters and more than 200 tourists in this hotel have been evacuated out of their rooms and into a ballroom where they're expecting a very long night in the storm.
residents were warned to brace for the worst as the strongest winds in a century lashed puerto rico. irma has already left plenty of evidence of its record-setting strength, and wind gusts topped 200mph, knocking out power as buildings collapsed and debris flew. st. martin took a direct hit. wind and pelting rain blew palm trees horizontal. boats were left tangled as charges were submerged. one tourist tweeted, "the noise of the storm was insane. it was like standing behind a jet engine." he took shelter in the concrete stairwell of a hotel. in st. barthelemy, roofs flew off buildings, streets became rivers as irma continued its destructive trek past the british virgin islands on its way to the florida keys. puerto rico ordered an evacuation of low-lying areas, but in the coastal village of las croabas, 80-year-old agustin moija has decided to stay in his
home along with his wife and grandson. most of your neighbors have evacuated. >> that's right. >> reporter: why not you? >> because they don't feel safe in their houses. i know my house, because i built it myself. it's a strong house. >> reporter: puerto rico is warning that some parts of the island may face six months without power. meanwhile, france, great britain, and the netherlands are sending emergency food and supplies as islanders all across the caribbean dig out and begin to survey the devastation. anthony? >> mason: tony dokoupil in puerto rico tonight, thanks. in south florida, mandatory evacuations began today. we have reports from manuel bojorquez in key largo and mark strassmann in miami beach. first manny. >> reporter: before the rush to leave town, there was the scramble to find supplies to board up homes and businesses in the florida keys. >> we sold stuff before we could even get it off the truck basically. >> reporter: daniel michael manages this hardware store his
parents have owned for more than 40 years. >> everybody's just crazily going everywhere. we're out of all of our inventory. there's no gas left. >> reporter: the major concern here is storm surge. the islands average about six feet above sea level. the surge from hurricane irma has the potential to be more than nine feet high. florida governor rick scott traveled to the keys today. >> every floridian should take this seriously and be aggressive to protect their family. >> reporter: the governor estimates 25,000 people in the state have already evacuated. elizabeth prieto is headed for higher ground for the first time in decades. >> i'm scared. category five, never been through one. been through a four but never a five, and i don't want to be here. >> reporter: hospitals in the keys like mariners are evacuating, too. critical patients have been proved north. come 7:00 p.m. tomorrow, this hospital is closing the doors. >> reporter: if you get any
critical patients then? >> they will have to go somewhere. >> reporter: traffic is starting to build up here along highway 1, the only major roadway out of the florida keys. visitors have already been ordered to leave, and residents will be under a mandatory evacuation starting this evening. mark strassmann is monitoring preparations along miami beach. >> i'm mark strassman. miami mayor los gimenez hurricane irma hits fire rescue and police may not be able to reach them. if irma swamps miami beach roy coley has to drain it. the city' city's public works st director flurkd all stations. he has 30 more pumps udged stand
by. is there anything about these pumps that can really save this city? >> if you get a cat five direct hit on this city, there's nothing our pumps could do to prevent flooding. all our pumps are going to be capable of is when the storm is over is to recover quickly. >> reporter: make you nervous? >> very. >> reporter: roughly 90,000 people, many elderly, live in a city that is three feet above sea level. mayor phillip levine expects voluntary evacuations to become mandatory. >> >> no one needs to be a superhero here. we want them off the island. >> reporter: in eastern broward county, mandatory evacuations go into effect noon tomorrow. south floridians stampeded for food and water. a cop kept order where some drivers wait 90 minutes. eliza arnold heads inland. >> it's terrifying. everything that happened in houston, it's just scary, and i hope that everyone takes the necessary precautions and are safe. >> reporter: an evacuation order in miami-dade county would cover
low-lying communities and almost half million people. anthony, that line of traffic is going to be here all night long. >> mason: sure is. mark strassmann in miami, thanks very much. tracking the storm is lonnie quinn, weathercaster at our flagship station, lonnie, how is it looking. >> reporter: well, it's a huge storm. you can see it passing puerto rico. take a look when i superimpose the state of florida onto the state itself. anthony, that's irma, that's florida. basically you can fit the state inside florida. so is it an east coast florida storm or a west coast florida storm? it's holding on the its status as a cat five. it's a cat four in cuba, but now it begins this all-important turn to the north. we think 8:00 a.m. sunday it's impacting the florida keys, and by 8:00 a.m. monday it's north of that around daytona beach. but what are we dealing with? the european model says this will be like a buzz saw coming through the florida keys, and parking, look at that. this is a cat four hurricane in
the worst possible position for miami, florida, and then it's a buzz saw ripping up along the eastern seaboard of florida. and do not forget about georgia and south carolina. all the attention has been on florida. i think you could be dealing with a major hurricane, as well. >> mason: for people along the coastline, lonnie, when do they need to be done with preparations? >> simply put, now. get started now. finish it up certainly before saturday. the florida keys will start the feel it 8:00 a.m. saturday. the worst for you, a little after this, 6:00 a.m. on sunday. for miami-dade, you have to get those preparations under way. you should be in a shelter down by noon on saturday. the worst 10:00 a.m. on sunday. then we were talking about georgia and south carolina. you'll start the feel the beginning effects at 11:00 p.m. on sunday, but the worst for you will be during the day on monday. >> mason: lonnie quinn at wcbs, thanks. >> reporter: you're welcome. >> mason: right behind irma is jose, just upgraded to a hurricane. it's too soon to tell if it's headed to the u.s. and in the gulf of mexico,
hurricane katia is expected to backtrack toward mexico by saturday. houston, meanwhile, is still drying out from harvey. highways that were rivers ten days ago are getting back the normal for a time rescue boats filled those roadways. now cars and trucks have returned. at least 63 people were killed by harvey and the flooding that followed. tens of thousands are still in shelters. today the president and first lady revealed which organizations will receive a portion of their million dollar personal donation for harvey relief. the red cross and the salvation army will each receive $300,000. the rest is going to ten other charities, including the a.s.p.c.a. and habitat for humanity. hours after the president announced plans yesterday to scrap the daca program, he tweeted that he may revisit the issue six months from now. today 15 states and washington, d.c., filed a lawsuit challenging the president's action.
they want to protect undocumented immigrants brought to the u.s. as children from deportation. here's major garrett. >> no second thoughts. >> reporter: president trump said he has no regrets about ending the daca program and throwing it to congress to implement a permanent fix. >> i hope they do. i certainly hope they do. >> reporter: the trump administration called the obama- era program unconstitutional and faced a lawsuit from republican- led states making that argument, but ohio governor john kasich, himself a republican, disagreed on cbs this morning. >> i would have said, all right, sue me, and i'm going to expose you for what you are, because you're putting kids at risk. >> reporter: backlash to the president's decision has come from education, business, and religious leaders. >> it is so antithetical to the values of our nation. >> reporter: wallace loh is the president of the university of maryland where 110 so-called dreamers are enrolled.
>> this is the only country they call home. i myself came here as an immigrant. >> reporter: in a statement microsoft called the move "a big step back for our entire country" and vowed to protect its dreamer employees. facebook c.e.o. mark zuckerberg spoke out on a live chat today. >> i think rescinding daca is a particularly difficult and cruel decision to make. >> reporter: timothy dolan, archbishop of new york, called daca's termination contrary to the spirit of our country. at the university of maryland, president loh says the school is now facing uncertainty. >> my responsibility as president is to protect our students. >> reporter: when your students ask, what do you tell them? >> what we tell them is you belong here. we are here and we stand by you. >> reporter: house speaker paul ryan said president trump made the right call ending daca, and he expressed confidence
legislative compromise can be found, but ryan stressed he will bring no bill to the floor that does not have the president's vocal support. anthony? >> mason: major, speaker ryan may have agreed with the president on daca, but he did not agree with what the president did about the upcoming deadline the raise the debt ceiling. what happened exactly? >> reporter: you're so right about that. at an oval office meeting today, the president stunned everyone there by embracing chuck schumer and nancy pelosi's idea of a three-month compromise on raising the debt ceiling and providing federal spending, abandoning republicans in the process. why did he do it? he's lost confidence in republicans' ability to govern, and he wanted to alleviate anxiety about a looming government shutdown or possible government default and an opening to talk about his biggest priority, tax reform. >> mason: major garrett at the white house, thanks. chicago police hope they've turned a corner on the violence that plagues the city.
labor day weekend saw fewer shootings and homicides than years past. adriana diaz now looks at what the police did differently. >> reporter: with their city besieged by violence, chicago police have zeroed in on intercepting firearms like these. where did you get this gun? >> off the streets. people sell them. >> reporter: that are flooding the city. this week they have something to show for it. authorities say these weapons were seized from 27-year-old klint kelley, who shuttled them to chicago from his home state of arkansas knowing they'd go to gangs. since april, kelley sold 21 guns to his childhood friend in chicago, who was actually an informant working for the a.t.f. text messages included in court documents read like a how-to guide, detailing how military- style weapons wind up on chicago's streets. on june 18 kelley wrote, "there is a gun and knife show coming up next weekend. been trying to get my hands on some more ks," referring to ak- 47s. on august 25, kelley texted the
informant this photo and a price. "i'm looking at $7,000 all together. i'm just throwing a little pistol in there because we boyz." >> these guns are going to be used in shootings and drive-bys. anthony riccio, how are you able to measure the guns linked to this one trafficker? >> the a.t.f. was able to link 136 additional shootings in the areas he was trafficking those guns to firearms he had sold. >> reporter: the result: murders this past labor day weekend were down 46% over last year. >> this isn't a victory, but it's definitely a step in the right direction. >> reporter: he says a relative respite from violence is still no reason to celebrate. adriana diaz, cbs news, chicago. >> mason: coming up next on the "cbs evening news," hillary clinton on who is responsible for her historic loss.
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>> she's so dependent on big money interests. >> reporter: primary opponent bernie sanders, she writes, "had the resort to innuendo and impugning my character because the two agreed on so much," a move that she says did her lasting damage. >> this is a phony attack. >> reporter: and she clearly resents the second-guessing of her message by party leaders like vice president joe biden. "i find this very remarkable considering joe himself campaigned all over the midwest and talked plenty about the middle class." clinton reveals that she was so confident of a win leading up to election night that she was actually napping as the results began to roll in. she says conceding later to mr. trump was shocking because it was so "weirdly ordinary, like calling a neighbor to say you can't make it to his barbecue." >> mason: quite a wake-up call after this nap. nancy cordes, thanks. and jane pauly will be interviewing hillary clinton
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this week that it's cutting 1,400 jobs, it got our attention. >> what are we going to build here? >> a specific model. >> empire state building. >> reporter: 13-year-old david and nine-year-old brother daniel and their nine-year-old pal michael elliott are lego fanatics. >> i have a huge lego bin in my house. >> reporter: huge? >> yes. >> reporter: see it in your mind, build it in your hand. >> if you know what pieces to use, how to use them and where to put them. >> reporter: if you know those things, then you're good to do go with whatever you can imagine. >> yeah. >> reporter: it's been that way since the danish company began exporting lego here in 1961. >> a whole new world to build. >> reporter: but with revenue down this year and profits, too, the company is running into some digital headwinds. do you guys play video games? >> oh, yeah, i do, a lot.
>> reporter: parents report more than 60% of kids 12 and under now use touch screens in their play. less than 50% use blocks. >> i like to say the toy industry is a 19th century industry struggling like hell to get into the 21st century. >> reporter: toy industry consultant richard gottleib says lego is a model for old-school toy makers struggling to deal with the digital age. >> i am so pumped up. >> reporter: so don't write any obituaries for lego? >> never. they'll be playing with it in the 27th century. >> reporter: and lego has an important advantage. michael, what do you want to be when you grow up? >> either an architect or an engineer. >> reporter: does this help you with that? >> yeah. >> reporter: after all, they are building blocks for the future. jim axelrod, cbs news, new york. >> mason: and that's the "cbs evening news." i'm anthony mason in new york. thanks for watching. good night.
captioni housing, designed to pack more people on trains. but is there room, for all kpix5 news begins with a village centered around b.a.r.t., brand-new housing designed to pack people on trains, but is there room for all those new riders. today we got a glimpse of a transit village. >> kpix5's phil matier is live at the bay bridge. phil, what does your location have to do with this transit station? >> reporter: i'm glad you asked, veronica, because transit in the bay area is all connected whether it's congestion or costs and it's interesting to note that b.a.r.t.'s big dream of transit villages could be depending on the drivers behind to us keep from turning it into a nightmare. here's the story. this is how the walnut creek b.a.r.t. station looks today and this is how it will look when the 596 apartments unveiled today are finally built. >> people particularly want to live near transit so that they
can either live without a car or live with using their car less. >> reporter: so altogether b.a.r.t. is planning some 3,600 housing units to go in at stations all along its 109-mile line. >> the san leandro b.a.r.t. station, that's 115 units of affordable housing. there's construction happening right now at macarthur b.a.r.t. on the second phase of housing there. construction is starting very soon on a housing development at coliseum. >> downtown concord and as well the north concord b.a.r.t. station, 18 acres of parking there is going to become transit oriented development. >> reporter: and it's not just development at b.a.r.t. stations or of their parking lots. all up and down the line thousands of units of apartments are going in next- door as well and the idea is for all of these new residents to ride a system that is already straining to handle the current 200,000 plus weekday riders. is there going to be room for them on the trains?