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in 30 minutes. captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: on the "cbs evening news" this monday, john mccain thanks americans in his farewell message, while the white house does an about face in how it's honoring him. and new details on the deadly video game shooting including the suspect's history of mental illness. but first the headlines in 60 seconds. >> an emotional moment as mccain's family spokesman rick davis reads a letter the senator wanted read after his death. >> i lived and died a proud american. do not despair of our present difficulties. test approximate trump speaking publicly about senator john mccain's death.
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>> we very much appreciate everything that senator mccain has done for our country. thank you very much. >> new information about the jacksonville gunman who opened fire in a gaming tournament. >> the shooter was hospitalized twice for mental illness. >> the motive in this case still remains under investigation. >> crisis in the catholic church. >> pope francis is remaining silent as a former archbishop calls on him to resign. >> he claims the pontiff knew about allegations of sex abuse by a prominent u.s. cardinal for years but didn't do anything about it. >> is everybody out? >> a texas officer runs into a burning building to save a family of seven. >> they were all able to escape unharmed. >> on liberty island a hazardous materials situation. >> a officials say a construction mishap sparked a fire and that forced thousands to evacuate. >> there you have it. hawaii wins it. >> they are the winners of the little league world series. >> the smiles are priceless. >> o'donnell: good evening, jeff is off, i'm norah o'donnell. and this is our western edition. we begin with the final words of
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a dying man who thanked americans for the privilege of serving them. senator john mccain also took aim at president trump. writing "we weaken our greatness when we hide behind walls rather than tear them down." tonight mccain's senate desk was draped with black crepe and flowers ahead of services later this week in arizona and washington. and cbs news captured the moment the american flag over the white house was returned to half-staff in honor of mccain, who died saturday at 81 years old. nancy cordes begins our coverage. we are very much appreciate everything that senator mrk cane has doon for our countries. >> president trump offered his first praise for the late senator this evening, after appearing unmoved as tributes poured in from around the world. >> do you have any thoughts at >> do you have any thoughts at all about john mccain? >> reporter: president trump ignored questions about mccain today and for most of the day the white house flag was back at
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full staff, even as the flags of the u.s. capital, per tradition, remained at half-staff. white house aides didn't explain, but they didn't have to. the president's feelings about mccain are well-documented. >> he's a war hero because he was captured. i like people that weren't captured. >> reporter: across the country in phoenix, the senator's death drew a very different response. >> you respect somebody very much. you do know about him. >> my fellow americans, whom i have gratefully served for 60 years. >> reporter: mccain's former campaign manager rick davis shared mccain's final love letter to the nation. >> i try to serve our country honorably, i've made mistakes. but i hope my love for america will be weighed favorably against them. i have had experiences, adventures, friendships, enough for ten satisfying lives, and i'm so thankful. >> reporter: late this afternoon, the white house flag
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suddenly returned to half-staff and the president issued a proclamation requiring that all public buildings and grounds do the same. on the floor of the u.s. senate, georgia republican johnny isaacson urged the president to drop his grudge. >> but anybody who in anyway tarnishes the reputation of john mccain deserves a whipping. because most of the ones who would do the wrong thing about john mccain didn't have the guts to do the right thing when it was their turn. >> reporter: in his letter, mccain left the nation with this straight talk about our polarized times. >> we argue and compete and sometimes even vilify each other in our raucous public debates. but we have always had so much more in common with each other than in disagreement. if only we remember that and give each other the benefit of
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the presumption that we all love our country, we will get through these challenging times. >> reporter: per an agreement between the trump and mccain families, the president will not be attending a memorial service for mccain at the national cathedral in washington, d.c. instead he will be eulogized by two former presidents, gorge w. bush and barack obama after lying in state at the arizona capitol building and at the u.s. capitol, norah. >> o'donnell: strong words there from senator isaacson. and former president jimmy carter today joined a long list of americans praising senator g cain. john dickerson spoke with him today at a habitat for humanity project in indiana. >> john mccain also served in the navy, of course, passed away recently, what are your thoughts on his passing? >> john mccain's service in the in's made me proud. his personal heroism has been enoven. and i think his basic integrity, his commitment to the truth no
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matter if it was politically unpopular, was accepted by him as something that had to be done. so i think that john mccain was admirable as a naval officer, as a human being, and as a member of the u.s. senate. >> o'donnell: president carter is 93 and you can see more of john's interview with president carter tomorrow on "cbs this morning." senator mccain held the all-time record for appearances on "face the nation" with 112. joining me now is its long time anchor bob schieffer whom i met on the mccain bus "straight talk express" in the year 2000. i think i was just 26 years old then. >> well, i was 26 when i went to vietnam so i was a few years ahead of you. but i think you would agree, it was one of the most fun assignments i ever had in all my days at cbs news. 'd o'donnell: this farewell statement that mccain delivered today through a spokesman, he called himself the luckiest man
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on earth, but it wouldn't be mccain if he didn't have a message to deliver. and he pointed out it's important to serve a cause bigger than ourselves. is that the mccain legacy? >> you know, it sounds like a cliche and all, but he really allieved that. and if you looked at his life, that is how he lived it and he loved being alive. >> o'donnell: senator mccain passed on saturday evening. it has taken 48 hours for president trump to deliver a statement, not beyond the twitter message that he delivered expressing condolences for the family. >> i don't know what motivates president trump in times like this, what i do know, this will not be a part of john mccain's legacy. this will be a part of donald trump's legacy. >> o'donnell: and then the american flag, it was lowered to half-staff on saturday after mccain passed. then it was raised again on monday morning and then again
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this afternoon it was lowered to half-mast. >> to me this was making a mockery of one of our most solemn tributes to our finest people. i have never seen in all my years in washington this kind of thing where the american legion has to write the president and demand they lower the flag to half-staff. i think john mccain is going to be remembered as a great man, he certainly was in my estimation. and frankly i don't say this very often, it was an honor for me to get to know him and to watch him and to report on what he was doing. >> o'donnell: i would say the same. thank you, bob. >> thank you. >> o'donnell: president trump and mexico's president today announced a preliminary deal to replace the north american free trade agreement, which mr. trump has called a disaster for icerican workers. in the.s. and hier saliespr canada is not included and won't
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be according to mr. trump unless it makes new concessions. today we learned the young man who opened fire at a video game tournament in florida had a history of mental illness. y vid katz killed two other players and himself and wounded ten others. manual bojorquez reports. >> reporter: the live stream of sunday's event shows what appears to be a red laser aimed at 22 year old elijah clayton then gunfire. clayton and 28 year old taylor robertson were shot and killed. investigators say by david katz. >> he keeps to himself. >> reporter: a gamer himself, katz had just been eliminated from the madden football video game competition. jacksonville sheriff mike williams. >> the suspect walked past patrons and focused his attention on the gamers. >> reporter: authorities say the 24 year old legally purchased two handguns earlier this month llt say he only fired one,
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wounding ten people before shooting himself. through his parent's divorce records, cbs news has learned that as a teenager katz was diagnosed with chronic low grade depression. was hospitalized twice for mental illness and was prescribed antipsychotics and antidepressants. as survivors recover, they mourn their fellow gamers. brady pettijon is a cousin. >> my cousin has to bury her first born. it is just as terrible as that sounds. >> reporter: tony montanino was shot twice. >> all i can think about is getting my phone so i can text to my family, just let them know, that i care about them. >> reporter: all the others who were wounded are expected to survive. montanino told us all the players were focused on their video monitors, so they did not see the shooter coming.
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norah. >> o'donnell: manuel bojorquez, thank you. o e vatican former ambassador is calling on pope francis to resign. he released a letter claiming the pope knew five years ago about alleged sex abuse by an american cardinal who did nothing. seth doane is at the vatican tonight. >> reporter: the explosive 11 page letter likens the catholic geurch to a mafia and suggests a conspiracy of silence that extends all the way to the top. it was penned by italian archbishop carlo maria vigano, once the vatican's top official in the u.s. he claims that in 2013 he personally told pope francis rsout sex abuse allegations involving then-cardinal theodore mccarrick, but the pontiff ignored it allowing the prominent cardinal to serve the church for another five years until he resigned amid a sex abuse scandal this summer. "i will not say a single word on this," the pontiff said, when asked by cbs news about the
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letter on sundays' papal flight. monsignor anthony figueirado called the letter an earthquake for the church. >> let us be clear, if the holy father knew about cardinal mccarrick on the 23rd of june, 2013, as archbishop vigano claims, and did nothing about it, then it is serious, as the pope himself has said. >> reporter: pope francis has called for zero tolerance for church leaders who cover up sex abusers in the ranks. sean doherty says he was abused by a pedophile priest in pennsylvania. he says vigano's letter only further erodes trust. >> it is obvious to us that the church is incapable of handling this mess. look where we are now today. it is just like reality tv right here, in real time. >> reporter: high profile cardinals and church leaders are slamming vigano's letter as untrue.
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a colleague of vigano's from his days at the u.s. embassy has reportedly said his statement is true, and now norah, at least two u.s. bishops have called for a wider investigation. >> o'donnell: seth doane in rome, thank you. a trailblazer for african- american women celebrated her 100 birthday yesterday. katherine johnson made her mark on history as a nasa mathematician in the 1950s. katherine johnson became an overnight sensation well into her 90s after she was portrayed in the 2016 movie "hidden figures." >> you are the boss. you just have to act like one. >> o'donnell: and hidden they were. a small group of african- american women crunching complex math problems at white male- blminated nasa. >> i can't get anywhere without the numbers. >> no sir. o o'donnell: 1962, before john glenn orbited the earth, johnson was called in to double check the computers calculations.
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few outside nasa knew katherine johnson's story. >> katherine was a pioneer who stoke the barriers of race and honder. >> o'donnell: but in 2015 she received the presidential medal of freedom. last year a nasa research facility was named in her honor. and this weekend, a statue was unveiled at her alma mater, west virginia state university. and listen to this, 75 of johnson's children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were all there to see her statue unveiled. and that is why we wanted to share it with you. coming up next on the "cbs evening news," why security experts are concerned about a possible chemical weapons attack here in the u.s.
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>> o'donnell: new u.s. sanctions against russia kicked in today in retaliation for the nerve agent attack on a former russian spy and his daughter in england. that attack raised alarms there and here. here's charlie d'agata. >> reporter: there's a good
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reason what unfolded in the sleepy city in salisbury, england has now become america's problem. the use of novichok in the assassination attempt of sergei skripal was a violation of violation of international law banning the use of chemical weapons. chemicals weapons specialist calls it a turning point. >> a hundred years on the chemical weapons has >> reporter: he says it only took a couple drops of novichok to shut down parts of salisbury for months. >> it can happen in salisbury, it can happen in baltimore or philadelphia. >> reporter: he now works for a company that has provided two million gas masks to the u.s. military as well as the n.y.p.d. and first responders. they've been supplying respirators like these to u.s. forces for years designed to a protect them against an attack and enable them to operate in a contaminated area. but lately there's been an se iease in interest in these, escape hoods.
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>> you rip it open and quite simply you just take this stuff out and put your hands in, and now you're safe. >> reporter: specifically designed for civilian use, they are cheaper and easier to use. 30 seconds to hold your breath, get it on and get away. >> what's happening is that-- >> reporter: a former al-qaeda member turned british spy says the salisbury attack will inspire terrorists. >> the novichok attack was a big neon sign advertisement, basically for al-qaeda and isis who already tried three or four times in the last several years and they will try again. >> reporter: american forces have stepped up training for chemical warfare on the battle field after salisbury counterterrorism teams had to prepare for a different kind of chemical warfare far from it. charlie d'agata, cbs news, england. >> o'donnell: and still ahead, millions face dangerous heat this week.
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>> o'donnell: tropical storm lane is spinning away from hawaii tonight. once a category 5 hurricane, lane dumped 52 and a half inches half inches on the big island. that is the second highest rain total from a storm in the u.s. 58 million americans are under a heat alert this week from the upper midwest to the northeast. tomorrow's heat index will top 100 degrees in several cities. and we have an update now on sophia sanchez, remember her? well, last week the 11 year old had one birthday wish granted ayen she met the rapper drake while awaiting a heart transplant. now for wish number two. >> you're getting a heart. >> congratulations. >> i'm getting a heart! >> o'donnell: the operation took place today. and we are all hoping for a quick recovery. good news. up next, the time a maverick put civility over politics.
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surprise unlike most. >> i'm concerned about you know someone, that cohorts with domestic terrorists. >> reporter: three weeks before voters would decide the next president of the united states, john mccain trailing in the rslls, told a crowd of supporters barack obama was a ckod man. >> i have to tell you, he is a decent person and a person that you do not have to be scared as president of the united states. now i just... >> reporter: getting booed at your own town hall can't be easy. but john mccain plowed ahead. extolling the differences between debating an opponent and demeaning one. >> he is an arab. >> no ma'am, no ma'am, he's a decent, family man, citizen that i just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues. and that is what this campaign l all about. >> reporter: the morning after the man who would beat him thanked him.
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>> i appreciated his reminder that we can disagree while still being respectful of each other. >> reporter: those few moments before that minnesota crowd seemed to define what being a maverick really meant to john mccain. he saw the aisle dividing his party from the other as just that, an aisle, not a chasm where common decency is s allowed whole. >> because that is the way allitics should be conducted in america. cs seporter: he turned those boos into cheers. and for a moment, anyway, the idea of bipartisanship, of statesmanship, even friendship in washington seemed oddly possible. lee cowan, cbs news, los angeles. >> o'donnell: mccain had ideals, as he said in his farewell statement today. we cannot confuse patriotism with tribal rivalries. nat is the "cbs evening news," for jeff glor, i'm norah o'donnell and i will see you tomorrow on "cbs this morning." that's just about 12 hours from now. good night. see you tomorrow.
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captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh candidate's past.. now at 6:00 things getting ugly in a north bay city council race, someone using photos from this candidate's past to try and shame her out of running. good evening. i'm elizabeth cook. >> i'm allen martin. the candidate is calling it flat out extortion. an e-mail threatening to dish up details from her past, but far from quitting kpix5's emily turner says she is fighting back. emily? >> reporter: not only is she fighting back, it seems this attack has now blown up in the face of the person who launched it actually benefiting the councilwoman. the only problem is there are consequences that go beyond the ballot. >> but i'm here today to tell my faceless bullies that i cannot be shamed into quitting because i am not ashamed.
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>> reporter: that kind of message is not usually opening rhetoric especially in the town of sonoma. >> this is completely unprecedented. we've never seen anything like it. >> reporter: it is a recent anonymous attack launched against rachel huntley and this is the video she launched in response. >> but instead of debating me on the important issues facing sonoma today -- >> reporter: huntley is running for election to city council. someone created a website blasting her lifestyle and morals and posting photos of the candidate at burning man. they threatened to take it live if she didn't drop out of the race saying she isn't fit to run for office. the website has been taken down. that hasn't stopped huntley from firing back. >> instead of challenging me on this votes, this website relies solely on unfounded accusations and shaming. its purpose is to make me afraid, to silence another strong female voice by scaring me out of this election and
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