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already and evacuations are under way. the waldo canyon fire doubled in size a day fueled byry timber, strong winds and high teeratures. r fighting wildfires are nowes in colorado some of the best images we saw today were fm the "denver post". a werrun by and 1year-oldevacuee taylor salamon. her family was among th 32,000 people ordered to leave. firefighters are dropping to the ground wherever they can to grab a moment after endless battling in record heat. from colorado springs now, here's barry petersen. >> reporter: one fire official called it a monster event. there are more than 900 firefighters doing everything they could to protect this neighborhood near an area called gaen of the gods that 30 miles an hour winds turned inton
inferno. in mines, homes exploded into towers of flames it's unclear how manyhomes have been lost because it's t dangerous for firefighte to get in but from the air it was clear many burned to the ground. >> here's your stuff. >> reporter: mary smith and her family had just 15 minutes to grab what they could. photo albums and a family bible. these pictures were taken by her son james off their back deck as the fire came straight at them. >> i bet it moved a mile in three to four minutes. three to five minutes at the we s flames at least 100 feet high. >> reporter: then the smoke became so intense it was hard to breathe. >> and when that happened i his could killld die here.ter: you. >> yeah. >> reporter: up until last night not a single home in area had been lost but theind had pushed the wall of fla over the ridge. th fe is now this nation's top wildfire
mary smith prepared for an evacuation, but not for the possibility that they could lose their home. >> i love my home. i love the area we live innd to think that all of that beauty is gone is so heart wrenching >> reporter: we're on the ground of the air force academy still evacuated. you can't see it because there's so much smoke. that smoke is a problem. you can hear in my voice i'm hoarse, i have a sore throat. this is what literally tens of thousands of people are now goin colorado springs. >> pelley: barry, thank you. we'll be following the fire. covering this fire we were struck by the pictures of one man evacuating his home in colorado springs last evening. the police urging scott deeds leave immediately but he stopped to save the fla in fronf his house. >> i've been through katrina. different situation and you just take a do the best you can and you pray for the best and hop that the firefighters are
and hope that everybody else is safe. the flag is my son's and... excuse me. i lost him in iraq so i want to make sure i take that down along with the marine and all the other flags that go alon with that. >> pelley: his son was 24-year-old marine roger deeds. lance corporal deeds was lost to enemy gunfire in iraq in 2005. late today the white house said that the president will fly to colorado on friday to see the fire reespons for himself. the food and drug administration today approved the first new diet drug in more than a decade. this cou is fighting a a so losing battle against obesity. more than one out o tfe adults-- 78 million-- are obese. we a s tell us how this new drug works.>> repo, lisa sutter started png on weht. a trial of the new diet drug in
lorcaserin. >> honestly, lik a switch was flipped in my brain. the first day i took it i was able to stick the to the number of calories i was supposed to eat everyday. i didn't feel an urge to overeat. >> reporter: the drug, which will be marketed as belviq, works by fooling the brain soti. sutter lost 40 pounds- 20% of her body weight. most of the 8,000 patinents i the trial did not he the same results as sutter. on a who took belviq along with diet andlost y weight. the drug was rejectedn 2010 over concerns about tumors in animal studies and worry about damage to heart valves. today, the f.d.a. recommended patients who have congestive heart failure use belviq with caution. dr. jeanmarie peron who reviewed data on the drug for the f.d.a.'s advisory committee sthas h doubts about it. >> the benefit of the drug doesn't really outweigh the risks of the drug in terms of the benefit being so modest in
most of e pnts who w exposed to it. >> reporter: but for sutter the drug was le changing. >> whatever went wrong 15 yrs ago in my body that started me on the path of gainingeight is fixed with this medicine. >> reporter: after the trial, li sutter regained all the weight she had lost and now worries about developing diabetes. estt,ool in the difficult battle against obesity may be on the market by early next year. >> pelley: seth, thank you. tomorrow morning just after 10:00 eastern time the supreme urt wi rule on whether the president's health care law is constitutional. the key issue is whher the government can require every american to obtain health insurance. our chf legal correspondent jan crawford is at her post on the steps of the court. january, remind us of the arguments that are leading up to tomorrow historic decision. >> reporter: scott, this is considered the most significant clh wea the court and the white house over an issue of federal power in 70 years and no
matthat the court decides will affect the lives of all americans. during oral arguments t months ago the justices were divided but at least five indicated they had serious coerns about the ma provision in the massive health care act, the so-called individual mandate which requires all americans to have insurance pay apenalt most americans oppose the provision. a recent cbs news/"new york times" poll showed t% court to either strike down the mandate or overturn into t entire law. the mandate is believed to be the first time congress has ever ordered people to buy a product. in this case insurance from private company. opponents, including 26 states, sued to overturn it saying the constitution doesn't givehe federal government that kind of expansive power over people's lives. but the obama administration contends congress can require insurance as part of its broad power to regulate commerce. it says the mandate is critical
to help pay for the law's more popular provisions, including prohibiting insurance companies from denyingcoverage for preexisting conditions or raising premiums based on a person's medal but if the court rikes down e mandate it could cause those and other provisions of to come tumbling down with it. now, no one outside e cout ows how the justices will rule, not the president, not congress, and with so much at stake, scott, already people are lining up over here just to get a seat inside the courtroom tomorrow morning to see these justices announce this historic ruling. >> reporter: jan, thank you. we will bring you live coverage of the supreme court's decision as it comes in shortly after 10:00 a.m. eastern time tomorrow. something happened today in northern ireland that was once inconceibla hand shake tween the british queen a lrmerh republican army, a sign of how s
nden protestants were fighting in thereet mark phillips is in belfast. >> reporter: queen elizabeth. to the i.r.a. she used t be e enemy whose armybr people. british he used to be i.r. commander, a leader in a campaign of terror that murdered hundredsf innocents. but that was then. th no e quee martin mcginniss shing .hands t c s wnd recording was allowed not onlyjustif rror but vowe to fightl the british were forcet of >> we wl not fighting. >> reporr: mcguinness has renounced vlenc and becomer dely ood, itinif yes.
>> reporter: people who cevt-- >> you inishi the would sayirst. w re. >> extlrter: this w n hand shakjust friendship or respect nciliaon, it was a grudgingd admissn by both sides t l won bt that both simply got tther gestes. mcguinne lat if he were to pnty of bitterness and there w som riote by local standards. but ts vis willmber not for theh yalists for one brie moment. mark phillips, c news, belfast. >> pelley: will the cost studentoans b going up?
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papers released today that bernie madoff's brother peter will plead guilty to securities fraud. peter madoff helped run the firm that cheated investors out of billions. now 69 years old, he will serve ten years in prison. bernie madoff is serving 150. republicans and democrats in congress today struck a deal to keep the interest rate on government subsidized student loans 3.4%. millions rely on those loans to pay for college, but michelle miller tells us that a growing number of high school graduates have decided that it makes more sense to skip college all together. >> reporter: in central pennsylvania the mcsburg high hool class of 2012 is thinking about the future. rebecca bradley planned to go to college to become a teacher. >> just in pennsylvania for state schools a lotf them were $23,000. i'm doing the math myself and i'm, like, i don't know how i'd
pay this on a teacher's salary, i have no idea how any o this would work. >> reporter: so bradley abandoned her dream of a college degrnd enrolled in beay school. >> there are always going to be ladies who want to get their highlights and c perms and... >> reporter: so it's recession-proof? >> it's not like my job can be shipped to india. >> reporter: the number of high school graduates choosing technical schools over state colleges grew by two million between 2006 an 2010. the high cost of college tuition was a driving force. since 2006, tuition jumped from an average of $16,000 to nearly $20,000 a year. sageillsinger was also planning to go to college. now she's working three e wants to be a medicalor imaging technician. starting salvi $40,000. >> i figured, like, of all the things thae need, like medical field is never going t
go away because there's always going toe people that need help. >> reporter: according to a rutgers university half of colle grads since 2006 have ot found a full job. 48% carry student debt of at least $10,000. rebecca bradley says she'll owe $20,000 for her one year of beauty school-- a fourth of the cost of a ste university education. a lesson of the great recession for many graduates is job security may be worth more than spending four years in college. michelle miller, cbs ne, mechanicsburg, pennsylvania. >> pelley: she said she tried to write parts for women that are as complicated and interesting as women are. remembering nora ephron. next.
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>> pelley: nora ephro was one of the best and most famous american writers of our time. she died last night of leukemia at t age of 71 and we got to talking in the newsroom today about all those great movies that she wrote. martha teichner remembers. >> i love that i you an hour and a half to order awich i love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you're looking at me like i'm nuts. >> reporter: she was famous sharp funny one-liners in romantic comedies. >> you know it's easier to be killed by a terrorist than get . >> that's not true. that statistic is not true. >> that's right. it's not true. but it feels true.
>> reporter: among them "sleepless in seattle." "when harry met sally." oh! oh! >> i'll have what she's having. >> reporter: "you've got mail." >> you've gota m! >> reporter: three times her screenplays were nominated for oscars. she ner won, but for women in partic filular herere a form of wishful thinking. how they would have liked their lives to turn out. or at least what they would have said if only they'd thought of it. >> you know what that hankie reminds me of?fi t day i met you. >> first dd to me. >> reporter: nora ephron was born in new york city but grew up in beverly hills. r parents henry and phoebe ephron, also screen writers, taught ephron and her three sisters-- all futurewriters. >> if something bad happened to you what they said was "someday you will think this is funny. someday this will be a great story." >> reporter: ephron graduated from wellesley college in 1962
and went to worsk a a mail girl at "newsweek." within a few years her books of essays were best-sellers. >> i think writing is what i do. i think it's like breathing for me at a certain point. >> reporter:phron turned the collapsef her marriage to reporter carl bernstein of watergate fame into a novel then the movie"heartburn." >> look at all these flowerstha! and you occasionally brought me home a bunch of wilted zinnias. >> reporter: s said "marriages come and go but divorce is forever." but nora ephron was happily married for 25 years to screenwriter nicholas pileggi. thughout her career he life and family were subject matter and so was her love of food. she wrote andirected the film "julie and julia" and legendary t.v. chef julia child. >> i'm julia child, bon appetit! >> reporter: ephron kept her illness a secret but left a cluf
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>> reporter: ...these are more than they areedemories of one of the first african americans to serven the marine corps. born in north carolina, cter was 19 when he enlisted. >> i always hated segregation and jim crow, from birth. because it was morallyrong i just hated it. >> reporter: why, then, would you, a black m, join the u.s. marines? >> because this would give me a chance to become an american, a full-fledged citizen. >> reporter: in 1941, president franklin roosevelt ordered the marines to accept african at eight years, they served in black-only units commanded by white officers. and they trained on a segregated base in jacksonville, north carolina, called montford point. >> i realized from the beginning what we were doing, what was happening wasd itis was going ts going to be part of history.
a part of the changing of america. >> reporter: but black marines were prohibited from serving in combat. >> theve taken us colored boys and wanted us to become stew. >> repr: cooks and mess hall guys. >> wait on the officers and to do all the dirty work for them. >> reporter: but you didn't join the marine corps to wait tables... >> yeah, i know! be w some dignity.wanted it to >> reporter: carter rose to the rank of first sergeant, the highest rank a black marine could obtain. but he never made it to the front lines. nearly 13,000 montford pointmare war intensified in the pacific. these so-called support troops landed at iwo jima and okinawa alongside white combat units. in the face of enemy fire they kept the troops stocked with ammunition and rescued the wounded anar credited with helping win those battles. but thr bravery was never
officially recorded. fewer than 300 of the montford point marines remain. rudy carr is bieved to be the last living mr of his unit. what did the u.s. marine corps teach you, sir? >> taut me to be a man. because we wouldever give up, just like marines. faithful to the end. >> reporter: always faithful fi. byron pitts, cbs news, hampton, virginia. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" evening news forti for all of us at cbs news all around the world, goodht. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by
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