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watching a flareup of the fire lines right now. we will be back in 30 minutes with an update for you. ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> glor: on the "cbs evening news" this friday: the death toll rises in a spreading california wildfire. we'll explore the phenomenon that is a "fire-nado." and steve hartman with a teacher who gave a student and his mom a priceless gift. but first, the headlines in 60 seconds. >> wildfires continue to burn out of control in california. >> at least two have now died fighting the carr fire. >> look at this: a fire tornado. this is unreal. >> homes were exploding. cars were exploding. >> everyone was running. >> north korea has returned the possible remains of 55 american troops killed during the korean war. >> we served in the military. we'll never leave one of our people behind. >> reporter: cbs investigating
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c.e.o. and chairman les moonves accused of sexual misconduct. >> the economy is robust. >> the g.d.p. rose 4.1% in the second quarter. >> that's the fastest pace we've seen in nearly four years. >> once again, we are the economic envy of the entire world. >> we've got a blood moon now! >> it is not visible in the u.s., but it is visible in africa, asia, and europe. >> it's fantastic. >> tonight's eclipse is the longest one this century. >> a bear in colorado stuck in a storm drain. >> reporter: officers were able to open a manhole cover and he jumped right out. >> i guess nobody told him it's a manhole and not a bear-hole. ( clapping ) >> glor: good evening. i'm jeff glor. and this is our western edition. we are going to with the spreading fire that is threatening thousands of homes in california. one firefighter was killed today, three others hurt. a man operating a bulldozer on the fire lines has also died. the associated press reports at least 125 homes have now burned. what was described as a wall of
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flames tore through two towns before it jumped the sacramento river and reached the city of redding. more than 35,000 people have been forced from their homes so far. more could be evacuated tonight. drought and extreme heat have made this a very busy fire season. six large fires are currently burning in california. and carter evans is in redding where it topped 100 degrees today. >> reporter: utter devastation. this is how fast a thriving community can be reduced to rubble after a single night of absolute chaos. a harrowing scene faced by thousands of northern california residents as they scramble to flee a wildfire that exploded into a monster. >> numerous structures on fire. >> reporter: for firefighters, it was the worst-case scenario: extreme heat, bone-dry brush, and powerful shifting winds. >> got about 100-foot wall of flame coming down on us. >> reporter: as flames torched block after block, burning
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embers blew hundreds of yards over the sacramento river into redding, a city of over 90,000. local tv anchors covering the fire became part of the story as they, too, were forced to evacuate. >> we are going to leave the station, because it is now unsafe to be here. >> reporter: residents had little warning as the fire roared through neighborhoods overnight. those racing to evacuate found roads completely jammed amid thick smoke and towering flames. >> people were screaming. >> reporter: retired hotshot, tom mahan, helelped save a friend's home and still seemed in shock. >> houses were exploding, cars were exploding, and i have a wife and kids and i said i better facetime my wife just in case. i didn't let her know why i was doing it, but i wanted to see her face one more time. >> reporter: amid all the debris were homes completely intact. it must have come through here like a blowtorch. >> oh, they said it was like a fire tornado.
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>> reporter: this afternoon, 29- year-old chris corona returned to sift through what was left. >> this is my house since i was born. >> reporter: what's it like to see it now? >> crying ) rough. >> reporter: when the fire blew through this neighborhood, it wiped out just about everything. just look at it-- home after home after home burned to the ground. it was these triple-digit temperatures and very gusty winds that caused this fire to grow so fast, and firefighters tell me they expect more of the same conditions for the next few days, jeff. >> glor: it looks like an apocalyptic movie scene there behind you. carter evans, thank you very much. the fire tornadoes just mentioned in carter's report are a scientific phenomenon. these intense fires can whip up these towering spirals. here to explain more about the extreme fire behavior is lonnie quinn of our new york flagship station, wcbs, lonnie. >> reporter: good evening jeff and everyone. the pictures you're looking at
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here, okay, this is your fire tornado. but what is the science behind it? look at that twist, okay? it's all about heat. now, i put together a little explainer. you've got a lot of heat being generated right now around this carr fire, and it's all from the fire itself, but there's a second source. the ambient air temperature, you said close to triple digits... close to 110 degrees actually, so that air is super-fast rising into the atmosphere and you need to think of this as the air being a solid and if you're taking a chunk of that air, super heating it, and rising into the air, it leaves a void below it. that gets filled in by air from all different angles and that brings in the twist and that brings the fire tornado. it brings the embers so far up into the atmosphere and flings them out. this is how this fire was able to cross the sacramento river, jeff. >> glor: wow. this has been a heck of a weather week across the country, lonnie. and there is also more dangerous weather headed to the east coast tonight. can we talk about that? >> reporter: yeah, definitely. some of this is on the tragic side as well. look at this: you have a tornado touching down outside savannah, georgia. the problem with this is there was no warning on this.
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the national weather service did not issue a warning and it took some by surprise. it's from virginia all the way to maine and that's existing out there right now. jeff. >> glor: lonnie quinn, thank you very much for that. the government reported today the economy in the second quarter of this year grew at an annual rate of 4.1%. that is the strongest quarter in nearly four years. the president said he is thrilled and said the economy is on track to reach an average yearly growth rate of more than 3%. vladimir duthiers has the story behind the numbers. >> reporter: president trump was quick to tout the second-quarter rebound. >> once again, we are the economic envy of the entire world. >> reporter: the economic pace nearly doubled from the first quarter, sparked by exporters rushing to ship soybeans to china ahead of a potential trade war. diane swonk is chief economist at grant thornon. >> they ordered boat loads, literally boat loads of soybeans ahead of time, and that helped to add more than a percent to overall g.d.p. growth in the second quarter. so, some of what we're seeing is
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a bit of a mirage. >> reporter: consumers spent up to 4%, mostly on cars, entertainment, and health care. for karen sadaka, who runs a family sewing manufacturing business, the surge in growth has helped boost business by nearly 20% over last year. >> we bought more machinery. we've hired for people. the workers are happy. they're working five days, six days straight. >> reporter: but, economic growth is not expected to continue at this pace. swonk says we'll probably see 3% at the end of the year, jeff. she said things like tariffs and a sluggish housing market raise concern, too. >> glor: as you know there are business cycles. >> reporter: there are, indeed. >> glor: thank you very much. sources tell cbs news, president trump's former personal attorney is ready to tell the special counsel that then-candidate trump knew in advance about a 2016 meeting at trump tower. the meeting was between his campaign and russians promising dirt on hillary clinton. more on this now from paula reid.
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>> reporter: mr. president, sir, is michael cohen lying? >> reporter: as he left the white house today, president trump again refused to answer questions about his former lawyer michael cohen. earlier in the day mr. trump tweeted, "i did not know of the meeting with my son, don jr." cohen is under federal criminal investigation for his business practices, and now the former trump ally says he is willing to tell special counsel robert mueller that then-candidate trump was aware of a meeting with russians offering to help his campaign. the meeting happened on june 9, 2016 at trump tower in new york. in attendance, donald trump jr., jared kushner, the president's son-in-law, and campaign chairman paul manafort. russian lawyer natalia veselnitskaya claims to have potentially damaging information about democratic candidate hillary clinton but it turned out she wanted to discuss adoption policy. donald trump jr. testified before the senate judiciary commit they his father wasn't aware of the meeting. the president has also denieied any knowledge.
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>> it must've been a very unimportant meeting, because i barely heard about it. >> reporter: the president's lawyer, rudy giuliani, says he isn't worry that mr. trump's former fixer is willing to cooperate with mueller. >> there's no way you're going to bring down the president of the united states on the testimony-- uncorroborated-- of a proven liar. >> reporter: it's unclear whether special counsel robert mueller would even be interested in cohen's testimony. he's handed cohen's entire criminal case off to a u.s. attorney in new york, suggesting that he may not consider cohen to be a reliable source of evidence for his investigation into russian meddling in the 2016 campaign. jeff? >> glor: all right, paula reid at the white house for us. paula, thank you. in news just out tonight, "the new yorker" magazine is reporting that six women have accused cbs chairman and c.e.o. leslie moonves of sexual harassment. there are also allegations that former cbs news chairman and current "60 minutes" executive producer jeff fager allowed harassment. we have details and reaction from anna werner. >> reporter: "the new yorker" article by ronan farrow alleges
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that six women who had professional dealings with moonves said he sexually harassed them, and that 30 current and former employees of cbs said such behavior extended from moonves to important parts of the corporation, including cbs news and "60 minutes." one woman, actor and producer iliana douglas, says she met moonves at his office for a meeting in 1997 but claims he asked if she was single then held her down on the couch with her arms above her head "violently kissing her." she described feeling "like a trapped animal." >> she met with him in 2006 to discuss a projects. he was enthusiastic. then sat down with her on the couch. then he put a hand up my skirt
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touching her underwear. moonves denies it. the the article also says 19 current and former employees claimed former cbs news chairman and current executive producer of "60 minutes," jeff fager, allowed harassment in the news division. fager called those claims "false, anonymous," and said, "they do not hold up to editorial scrutiny." in a statement today, the independent directors of cbs said there is an ongoing investigation, adding "all allegations of personal misconduct are to be taken seriously. upon the conclusion of that investigation, the board will promptly review the findings and take appropriate action." moonves said this about sexual harassment at a "variety" magazine event last fall: >> it's important that companies educate, have an ability to have a dialogue to know what's going on. i think it's important that a company's culture will not allow for this. >> reporter: as cbs chairman and c.e.o., moonves is credited with helping turn the prime-time lineup into a perennial winner,
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helping make cbs the country's most-watched television network. the allegations against him come in the middle of a battle over the future of cbs. it pits moonves against shari redstone, who controls a majority of the voting shares in both cbs and viacom, through her national amusements corporation. redstone wants to re-merge cbs and viacom. moonves does not. today, a high-ranking cbs executive who did not want to be identified told us "the new yorker" story is part of that battle, calling it "corporate hardball." ms. redstone's spokesperson put out a statement denying the allegations have anything to do with the battle in the board room. it said, "the malicious insinuation that ms. redstone is somehow behind the allegations is false and self-serving." moonves is quoted in the article as saying, "i recognize that there were times, decades ago, when i may have made some women uncomfortable by making advances. those were mistakes, and i
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regret them immensely. but i always understood and respected-- and abided by the principle-- that 'no' means no, and i have never misused my position to harm or hinder anyone's career." in a statement tonight, cbs corporation said its independent investigation of alleged misconduct at cbs news is ongoing and includes the allegations in "the new yorker" story. and jeff, that cbs investigation was launched last fall after former "cbs this morning" host, charlie rose, was accused of sexual harassment and later fired, and he denied those allegations. >> glor: all right, anna. thank you for your reporting on this tonight. up next here on the "cbs evening news," why billions all over the world were looking at the sky tonight. we'll be right back. it's a pill that treats psoriasis differently. with otezla, 75% clearer skin is achievable
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the moon casting a deep shadow over the moon's surface. we in the u.s. did not get to see it, but seth doane found a beautiful spot in rome. >> reporter: rome has a stunning skyline, but tonight, the real spectacle was the sky itself. what we're seeing is the earth casting its shadow on the moon. the earth is blocking the sun, so the only light that's making it to the moon is what's refracted through the earth's atmosphere. that casts a reddish glow, creating a blood moon. it's the longest eclipse this century, nearly two hours. these amateur photographers wanted to capture every minute. how is it to see? >> it is spectacular. i don't think i will see again... i think like this in my life. >> reporter: no tickets required, wine and olives optional. this was a free show with no regard for borders. they gazed at the same moon in gaza, in israel, in egypt.
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folks peered through telescopes in johannesburg, and amateur astronomers hit the streets in taiwan. of the 7.4 billion people on earth, about seven billion in theory could see tonight's eclipse, except in north america and greenland where time of day did not allow. for those who couldn't see as well, nasa put out a sort of highlights real to appropriate music. the ancient inca were said to have believed a red moon meant it had been mauled by a jaguar. the mesopotamians thought it was a warning their king had been attacked. nope, it's science ordering planets in perfect alignment, less whimsical, perhaps, but no doubt, spectacular. seth doane, cbs news, rome. ase, i was there, just not always where i needed to be. is she alright? i hope so. so i talked to my doctor about humira.
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>> glor: s >> glor: some of america's fallen soldiers may finally be headed home. 55 boxes were flown today from north to south korea. they are thought to contain remains of americans killed in the korean war.
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vice president mike pence will attend a ceremony when the remains arrive in hawaii next week for identification. president trump tweeted his thanks to north korean leader kim jong-un. there was a funeral in indianapolis today for four members of the coleman family killed last week in the duck boat accident near branson, missouri. in all, 17 of the 31 people on board the boat died. tonight, the n.t.s.b. released recordings showing how the disaster unfolded in just a matter of minutes. the lake was calm when the duck boat entered the water. in five minutes, white-caps appeared. five minutes after that, the boat tk on water, and then the recording ended. what would you do if you found a wallet with $700 inside? in aurora, colorado, haylie and reagan wenke, and their friend ashley dayton, brought it right to the owner's doorstep and left a message on the security camera. >> we found your wallet outside of your car, and we just thought we would give it back to you. so, i don't know. i'm going to put it over here so
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>> glor: we end >> glor: we end this midsummer night with an update on the story of a christmas gift... the gift of life. here's steve hartman "on the road." >> reporter: a good teacher will do almost anything for a student. >> we're good so far. >> reporter: but few have gone so far as donna hoagland, teacher at marsh pointe elementary, in palm beach gardens, florida. as we first reported a few months ago, it all started when donna noticed a change in one of her fourth graders, troy volt. >> and it did affect his morning behavior. and he was just shut down at times. >> reporter: she suspected there was a reason. >> she suspected there was something going on, so she asked me if anything had changed at home. >> reporter: this is troy's mother, anahita. she told donna the truth, that she was in stage five kidney failure.
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she had this severe pain almost daily, and because she has a rare blood type, the odds of finding a kidney donor were slim. >> when my parents told me about the kidney failing stuff, i was getting a little down. >> reporter: what was your worst fear? >> my mom not getting a kidney ever. >> reporter: as you can see, troy tried to keep a brave front. fortunately, he found a friend in donna. >> i really just hate it. >> i know, buddy. >> reporter: she was there for him every step of the way. >> to think what he must go through, seeing his mom being sick all the time. that's not fair. >> reporter: and you felt like you could fix that. >> i can. >> reporter: turns out, donna has the same rare blood type. so, unbeknownst to troy's family, she spent months researching how to become a kidney donor, and then called up anahita for the best parent- teacher conference of all time. >> i'm like, "what are you talking about?"
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she turns around and she's like, "we're a match." >> reporter: how do you say thank you? >> you can't. you really can't. >> reporter: the transplant happened last christmas, and today, everyone is doing well. in fact, anahita recently went swimming and camping with her son, things she could have never done before. >> the one thing i love about my mom's kidney transplant... >> reporter: what's that? >> that we all get a gift, the same gift. it's not a gift that can be wrapped in a present. it's like a miracle, a perfect match is a miracle. >> reporter: of course, the other miracle is donna and teachers like her who love our children as their own... >> here's for mommy's new kidney. >> reporter: ...and save us parents every day. steve hartman, "on the road," in palm beach gardens, florida. >> glor: yeah, they do. that is the "cbs evening news" for this week. i'm jeff glor. have a good weekend. we'll see you on monday. good night.
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captioning sponsored by cbs ing.. ♪ kpix 5 news begins with reaching flames ripping through neighborhoods in redding. a fast-moving fire and whirlwinds remain a threat. there is no other way to describe, this fire just exploded last night fueled by heat and strong winds. it also turned deadly. two people fighting the fire have been killed. three firefighters are injured. rubbleãwere left behind. the carr fire is taking down everything in its path. 38,000 people have been evacuated, 125 homes have been destroyed. >> the flames crossed the sacramento river and crossed into redding, population 90,000.
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flames have burned through neighborhoods on the west side. we are covering this fire from several angles. we are live in redding. julie looks at the blast of heat that injured marine firefighters. first, joe? >> reporter: we are learning a little bit more about what started this mess. this fire has rendered these neighborhoods almost unrecognizable. these homes have burned almost all the way to the ground. according to the chp the fire was started by a car, a vehicle with mechanical problems. it started on carr road. and it continues to wreak havoc. >> it is all just ashes and burnt metal. >> alastair sullivan says he was given only a few minutes to evacuate as his house was burning to the ground he was able to round up important papers but not much else. >> it is pretty tragic. you try to grab things that you think are


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