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>> rose: the wildfires turn deadly. the victims, three firefighters, caught in a hell storm. >> these fires have burned a big hole in our state's heart displr also tonight, jimmy carter on the battle of his life. >> i'm ready for anything. i'm look forward to a new adventure. >> rose: bush v. trump in the battle for g.o.p. hearts and votes. and a goofy idea leads to serious progress against a cruel disease. >> what if it would change the world? captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> rose: good evening. scott is off tonight. i'm charlie rose. the flag at the landmark space need nel seattle was lowered today to half-staff in honor of three firefighters who died yesterday in the battle against a wildfire in washington state. more than 100 fires are burning
uncontained across the west. the governor of washington calls it an unprecedented cataclysm. danielle nottingham is on the fire lines. danielle. >> reporter: charlie, heat and drought have combined to make this one of the worst worst fire seasons and here in washington state, more than 330,000 acres have burned so far this year. all night and all day, huge flames tore across a fire-weary washington state as news spread about the three firefighters who lost their lives. >> this is really hard. it's not an easy thing at all. >> reporter: dan calvert is a baseball coach in twisp and knew one of the fallen firefighters overrun by flames. >> nobody's going to be able to replace these kids. so -- >> reporter: okanagan county's sheriff called it a hell storm with wind blowing in every direction. residents of twisp and winthrop were ordered to evacuate.
lucinda mccalister is one of 1400 forced to flee. >> a plume went from one end all the way to the other other something that we haven't seen ever. >> reporter: more than 10 fires are burning in okanagan county alone. the twisp fires swelled from 50 to more than 7800 acres in less than 24 hours. >> this is a tough day. this is the second summer that this area has been set on fire. i don't know how the people are going to rebuild, and now there's been loss of life. it's, like, horrible. >> reporter: how tough is it to hear that firefighters died battling these fires? >> it's horrible. it's devastating. >> reporter: chuck kahler is one of 3,000 who are battling the fires across washington state. >> and now we have to go out and still do what we are trained to do. the fight still has to go on. >> reporter: firefighters could catch a break with a chance of rain in the forecast for late tomorrow, but, charlie, it will warm up and dry out,
bringing a renewed threat of more wildfires. >> rose: thanks, danielle. firefighters who died ranged in age from 21 to 31. they were among 29,000 firefighters battling the western fires. more now from carter evans. >> i wish we could take yesterday back and just not let him go to work. >> reporter: richard and jennifer zbyszewski are grieving the loss of their only son. >> and the light of our lives. >> and the light of our lives, the center of our lives. he's our only child. >> it's going to be really hard to go on without him. >> yeah. >> to tell you truth. >> reporter: just 20 years old tom zbyszewski was set to begin his junior year in college next week studying both physics and chinese. this was his second summer fighting fires for the u.s. forest service in his own community. >> being able to help protect the homes of people he knew, that was an important thing to him. >> battling fires of a family affair. his dad was a firefighter, and
his mother still works for the forest service. >> i was more proud of him than i could ever express. he would want us to be happy. that's what we have to do is work towards that, you know, to be-- you know, get to the point where we can feel happy again. >> although i don't know whether that's going to happen. >> because i know that's what he would you would. >> reporter: they have been called brave americans by the president. >> i mean, it's nice that he was considered a hero. >> he was always a hero to us. >> he was always our hero. and we would rather have him not be a hero and home with us today. >> reporter: the forest service says the two firefighters who died with tom zbyszewski were 26-year-old andrew jajack and 31-year-old richard wheeler. charlie, there is still one firefighter in intensive care tonight with burns over 60% of his body. >> rose: thanks, carter. so much eloquence among so much pain. many scientists believe the
fires and droughts are symptoms of a planet that is heating up. today, government reported july was the warmest month on record. average temperature worldwide, just under 62 degrees. that's about 1.5 degrees above the 20th century average for july. today, danny became the first atlantic hurricane of the season, maximum sustained wendz are 75 miles an hour. this picture was taken from the international space station. danny could hit islanding in the northern caribbean early next week. today, jimmy carter spoke publicly and candidly about his life and his battle against a disease that now threatens it. he revealed that his cancer has spread to his brain, and that he is dealing with it with hope and acceptance. "i'm perfectly at ease with whatever comes," he said. "it is in god's hands." bill plante is in atlanta. >> well, the best thing i ever did was marrying rosalyn. that's the pinnacle of my life.
>> reporter: 90-year-old former president was relaxed, matter of fact, and even in a joking mood during the news conference in which he discussed the four small cancers on his brain. his reaction when he got that news. >> i just thought i had a few weeks left. >> reporter: all the cancers are melendis which usually occur on the skin but only rarely internally. mr. carter said the cancer is likely to show up elsewhere in his body. was it difficult at all to decide to go ahead with treatment? i mean, does your faith play any role or did you consider at any time not doing anything at all? >> when they said that they wanted to go ahead and treat them, i'm perfectly at ease with that. and i'm perfectly at ease with whatever comes. i do have deep religious faith, which i'm very grateful for. and i was pleasantly surprised that i didn't go into an attitude of despair or anger or anything like that. i was just completely at ease. >> reporter: mr. carter
described getting calls from all of his successors, including president obama, and others in the administration. he sometimes has been critical of all of them. >> the vice president called. bill clinton called. hillary clinton called. secretary of state called. first time they've called me in a long time. ( laughter ) >> reporter: asked if there's anything he wished he'd done differently, the 39th president said that he wished he had sent one more helicopter on the failed 1980 mission to rescue american hostages in iran. >> we would have rescued them, and i would have been re-elected. but that may have-- ( laughter ) and that may have interfered with the foundation-- if i had to choose between four more years and-- it could have been both. >> reporter: one of the treatments the former president is receiving is relatively new. it stimulates the immune system to attack the cancer. and, charlie mcarter says that he will be cutting back on his
scheduled, but nonetheless, he'll be teaching sunday school as usual this weekend in his home town of plains. >> rose: thanks, bill. two republicans vying to become the 45th president took aim at each other last night at town meetings in new hampshire. the front-runner, donald trump, and the former front-runner, jeb bush. major garrett is in new hampshire. >> reporter: desperate to regain lot of momentum during the summer of trump, jeb bush used separate new hampshire campaign events to question the g.o.p. front-runner's temperament. >> i'm running not because i have a-- you know, a desire to fulfill some kind of ego. i'm not a big personality. it's not about me. >> reporter: and his ability to go the distance. >> we've got to win. and i think you win with a broader-- you win when you campaign like this. you don't win when you're campaigning like this. you don't win when you're the large, you know, dog in the room where it's all about you. you win when you connect with people about their aspirations not about how, you know, great you are, how rich you are, how
this you are, how that you are. that's-- that's not leadership. >> i'm going to be the guy that they're going to vote for. >> reporter: bush trails trump here and nationally and appears genuinely startled by trump's big crowds and dismissive stone. >> the reason i talk. jeb is he was supposed to do well in new hampshire. he's, you know, going down like a rock but how the hell does he do well? >> reporter: raucous trump enthuse afts filled the auditorium and packed an overflow room wednesday night in derry. not far away, bush's competing town hall crowd paled in comparison. >> you know what's happening to jeb's crowd, as you know right down the street? they're sleeping? they're sleeping now. >> reporter: trump told the g.o.p. establishment last night, "i'm not going anywhere." with a new sense of urgency, busk is trying to send the same message and he told reporters a few hours ago this campaign will look a lot different a few months from now. charlie, it sounded more like a wish than a prediction. >> rose: major, thank you so much. jeb bush and other candidates have had campaign appearance
interrupted by activists for black lives matter, a movement that began after the fatal shooting of trayvon martin in florida in 2012. nancy cordes now on who they are and their goals. goals. >> reporter: supporters of the plaque lives matter movement don't discriminate, disrupting rallies for democrats and republicans alike. >> black lives matter! black lives matter! >> reporter: one activist grilled hillary clinton about her past support for anticrime laws that led to mass incarcerations of black men. >> so i justice want to know how you feel about your role in that violence and how you plan to reverse it. >> reporter: the term "black lives matter" became a touchstone after a series of killings of unarmed black men by police. >> hands up, don't shoot. >> reporter: now black lives matter is a national organization with a list of demands that include a decrease in law enforcement spending and
a reininvestment into the black communities most devastated by poverty. >> it's a really, beautifully diverse movement. >> reporter: labor organizer aaron goggans is a founding member of the d.c. chapter. why do you see disruption as an important tool? >> there are these systems that are oppressing black people and they're oppressing plaque people in a lot of different ways, and so disruption is one useful tactic in order to get the word out there and get people to start looking for alternatives. >> reporter: you think people need to be woken up. >> yeah. >> reporter: the tactic has had an impact. the day after activists interrupted a speech by vermont senator bernie sanders he's posted a racial justice platform on his web site. in new hampshire, clinton challenged the activists to get more specific about the policies they want enacted. >> you can keep the movement going, which you have started, and through it, you may actually change some hearts. but if that's all that happens, we'll be back here in 10 years having the same conversation. >> reporter: some civil rights
leaders have argued against disrupting democratic candidates who have traditionally been allies. but activists we spoke to, charlie, say they don't feel either side has done enough for the black community or supported the kind of wholesale change they're look for. >> rose: thanks, nancy. a convicted killer who pulled off a daring prison escape in upstate new york back in june was in court today. david sweat was shackled, his right arm in a sling. the judge entered not guilty pleas on three new felony counts. sweat was on the run for three weeks before he was captured. the inmate who escaped with him was killed by the police. a teenager who says she was raped by an older student at an elite boarding school urnt went grueling cross-examination today. we will not show her face because of the nature of the case. this trial has exposed secret traditions at st. paul's boarding school. anna werner reports from concord, new hampshire. >> reporter: owen labrie's defense attorney jay carney
hammered away today at the 16-year-old girl's account was alleged rape. like her admission, she laughed out of neverness at times during the encounter. >> reporter: carney also pressed her on why she said some details in her account to police were cloudy. the girl appeared to be struggling to find the words to answer, then began sobbing. >> reporter: the two met up as part of a school tradition known as the senior salute, o where
senior boys typically try to connect with female students. as the girl's cross-examination came to a close, the defense attorney had one last comment. >> i try not to lie as much as possible. >> you try not to lie as much as possible. >> i try not to. >> sometimes i guess you're unsuccessful. >> reporter: the trial resumes next week. now, carney says that his client, owen labrie, will testify on wednesday, and he says, charlie, that labrie will convince the jury he is innocent. >> rose: thanks, anna. a drop in the chinese stock market sent shockwaves around the dploab. on wall street, the dow plunged 358 points. the s&p 500 nearly 44. in both cases, a loss of more than 2%. we'll meet the women who just made u.s. military history. it took one giant heap of money to preserve this piece of space history. and what are the odds-- a plane
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it's all different for everybody else. but the ability to look around to my peers and see that they were suffering just as bad as i was kept me going. >> reporter: the two women were leery how they would be accepted. >> we both came to ranger school skeptical with our guard up, just in case, with the haters and naysayers. >> reporter: and some of the men admitted being skeptical that the women could take it, but then michael janowski couldn't car his squad's weapon anymore. >> shaye was only one who volunteered to take that weight. she literally saved me. i probably wouldn't be sitting here right now if it wasn't for shaye. >> reporter: lieutenant zachary hanger had the same experience with griest. >> the guys i'm too broken. i'm too tired. she, just as broken and tired took it from me with almost excitement, which i thought she was crazy for that but she was just motivated and that's how she is. >> reporter: charlie, after graduation tomorrow, haver will dp back to flying apache
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here's jim axelrod. >> reporter: while 17 million people took the challenge last summer, including some bold-faced names-- the cynics tried to throw their own cold water on the idea calling it a way to make a splash without actually doing anything. >> don't dump a bucket of ice water on your head. it's stupid. >> reporter: guess again, smart guy. the ice bucket challenge raised $115 million in less than two months last summer. same time the year before they raised just $5. philip wong is the lead researcher at johns hopkins and took the challenge just last week. >> it really spearheads some of the research that otherwise we might not be able to do as rapidly as we could have. >> reporter: specifically, researchers are now zeroing in on a protein in the brain which is dysfunctional in nearly all a.l.s. cases. >> one, two, three.
>> reporter: that's great news to pat quinn, diagnosed two years ago, and one of the cofounders of the ice bucket challenge. >> as simple as a silly bucket of ice water, what it did was change the world. >> reporter: so now, round two is under way, under the heading "every august until a cure." this was central park a few weeks back, and major league baseball is now pitching in. so now may be a good time to drop the snark and pick up the bucket. jim axelrod, cbs news, new york. >> rose: very good news for those touched by lou gehrig's disease. that's the cbs evening news. i'm charlie rose. i'll be sitting in for scott again tomorrow night, and i'll see you early in the day on "cbs this morning." good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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