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we'll see you for our only local newscast at 7:00. don't forget,, is always on. have a great night. >> tonight a defiant iran fires missiles just days before a showdown with the u.s. and other world powers. without will be the first to blink? >> i'm harry smith, also tonight, the trojan bomber, a terrorist barely misses killing a saudi prince with a new kind of bomb, invisible, and undetectable. fighting extradition. fugitive director roman polanski remains jailed in switzerland. will he face justice in a u.s. prison? and the lost dog that steamed -- seemed to really know there was no place like home.
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steve hartman's, captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> good evening, katie is on assignment. a high-stakes meeting over iran's nuclear program is three days away. and today the iranians up the ante with a show of force. they test-fired their most advanced missiles capable of hitting israel as well as u.s. bases in the middle east. so the stage is set for a showdown. national security correspondent david martin begins our coverage tonight. >> reporter: the iranians were planning the missile tests before president obama accused them of hiding a nuclear site. so today shots were not so much an ago of defines as a reminder of the stakes. a missile which could some day carry a nuclear warhead flew southeast from its launch site and splashed into the ocean. a distance that could reach israel and parts of europe.
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in case anybody missed the point, iran's defense minister vowed israel's days are numbered. for the moment, however, iran is not a nuclear power but an oil power. and the u.s. is preparing sanctions that would cut off sales of oil-producing technology. >> to really have an impact on iran you have to have an impact on the stability to export oil at substantial levels. >> reporter: ray takeyh on the council of foreign relations says that for sanctions to work russia and china have to go along. and china in particular will be reluctant. >> because the chinese are actually investors in iran, in iran's petroleum sector. and also consumers of iran's petroleum products. so they might have some hesitation in terms of really imposing rigorous sanctions on iran's petroleum sector. >> reporter: but the white house says the discovery of this secret you rainiam inrichment plant has finally awakened everybody to the threat posed by iran. >> there has never been a stronger international consensus to address iran
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and its nuclear weapons program than there is right now. >> reporter: u.s. and european officials will meet with the iranians on thursday to hear their explanation for the facility. takeyh predicts they will claim they have done nothing wrong. >> they are going to make the claim that they were not obligated to declare the site because no nuclear material has been introduced. >> reporter: iran already has said it will allow international inspect arer -- inspectors to visit the site much as they have done with their other enrichment plant at natanz which they claim will only produce fuel for nuclear energy. if sanctions don't work, the u.s. or israel could launch air strikes to destroy iran's nuclear plants but defense secretary gates says that would only set iran back by one to three years. so far now, construction at that one secret site continues. harry. >> david martin at the pentagon tonight, thank you. the u.n. has already slapped a number of sanctions on iran including restrictions on the import and export of arms and nuclear technology,
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travel bans for those who work in the nuclear program including scientists, some financial assets have been frozen, and some of iran's air and sea cargo can be inspected. juan sfwlur ate is a former deputy national security advisor for combating terrorism and now a national security analyst for cbs news, good evening. the sanctions is have to the been particularly effective in the past. what would make new ones work? >> in the first point, i think the sanctions have been watered down in the past argly to accommodate china and russia. i think there are clear points of leverage if there is political will to enforce the sanctions. in the banking sector, in the inspections of cargo and shipments, and in particular with gas imports upon which iran relies heavily. and so if there is the political will, there are points of leverage with respect to these sanctions. >> the key to this really seems to be russia and china. have you got movement last week from medvedev saying that some sanctions might be inevitable. are they on board this time
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around? >> well, we're certainly seeing very good signals from the russians. but the key will be the thursday meeting. the meeting with the iranians on october 1st where the iranians now have the onus to explain themselves, explain them selves to the international community and that will set the table for whether or not sanctions and harsher sanctions will be put in place. >> juan, stay with us for a moment. we want to get your reaction to our next story which is terrifying. al qaeda has developed a new tactic that allows suicide bombers to breach even the tightest security. aviation experts are particularly concerned a warning, the subject matter is graphic. sheila macvicar has our report. >> reporter: inside a saudi palace this is the bloody aftermath of an al qaeda attack in august aimed at cleaning prince a -- mohammed bin nayef to get his bomb into this room abdullah asieri one of saudi's most wanted men avoided detection by two
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sets of airport security including metal detectors, palace security and spent 30 hours in the close company of the prince's own secret service agents. all without any one suspecting a thing. how did he do it? taking a trick from the narcotics trade which has long smuggled drugs and in body cavities, asieri had a pound of high explosives plus a detonater inserted in his rectum. this operation was meticulously plan wdz al qaeda producing something new. this time, the trojan bomber. the blast left the prince lightly wounded, as an assassination, a failure, as an exercise in defeating security, it was perfect. the bomber had persuaded the prince he wanted to leave al qaeda, setting a trap. this is al qaeda's own animated movie showing the meeting between the bomber and the prince. a sire -- he convinces the prince to talk to them on the cell phone. listen to the conversation
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recorded. will you hear a beep in the phrase repeated by the bomber and his handlers. >> your vision shall come true, allah willing. >> may allah give you good news. >> your vision shall come true, allah willing. >> explosives experts tell cbs news that beep was likely a text message activating the bomb concealed inside asieri. the hands the bomb to prince mohammed, he is standing next to him and 14 seconds later he detonates. >> this is the nightmare scenario. >> reporter: on a plane at altitude the effects of such a bomb could be catastrophic and there is no current security system that could stop it. >> absolutely nothing other than to require people to strip naked at the airport. >> reporter: and al qaeda says it will share its new technique via the internet very soon. and there is nothing that can stop that either.
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sheila macvicar, cbs news, london. >> joining us again national security analyst juan zurate. juan, sheila just said there doesn't seem to be anything, is there anything at u.s. airports that could prevent this kind of attack right now? >> well, harry, with any defense against suicide bombers you have to have a layered defense. and it involves more than just metal detectors. it involves intelligence on the front end, trained personnel to look for suspicious activity, so it is the full complement of activities that dhs and other authorities engage in that help defend against it. but this is a dangerous innovation if al qaeda or other terrorist groups decide to use this technique to try to attack sites. >> so what kind of a signal should this send the tsa and department of homeland security? >> well, they're going to have to do some lessons learned from this particular incident and have to watch very carefully how the jihadists begin to use this technique this will mean training personnel to look for this kind of thing. making sure the
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magnetometers are set for metal in people's bodies. but this is dangerous and folks are going to have to take a close look at this. >> juan zurate, thanks. >> thank you. >> now to a criminal case that dates back more than 30 years and could now turn into an international tug-of-war. france and poland urge switzerland today to let roman polanski go free on bail rather than extradite him to the united states where he faces prison for having sex with an underaged girl. the oscar-winning director who is now 76 was arrested saturday in zurich. ben tracy picks up the story. >> reporter: roman polanski has been living and working in europe since he fled the u.s. in 1978 after being accused of druging and raping a 13-year-old girl. back then he reached a plea deal admitting to unlawful sex. but fearing the judge would renege on the deal and put him in prison, polanski fled to france the day before sentencing. he told "60 minutes" what he did to the girl was wrong.
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>> i went through a year of incredible hardship and i think i paid for it. >> reporter: after conquering hollywood in the '60s and '70s with movies such as "rosemary's baby" and "chinatown" he revived his career as a fugitive shooting films in europe including the "pianist" for which he won the oscar in 2 o 002. he has avoided to traveling to countrys where he might get arrested but switzerland where he owns a home had never been a problem. it is not clear why authorities in los angeles have been unable to arrest him before now. they say they tried six times over the years but when they learned he would be in zurich this past weekend they asked the swiss to help catch him. >> we cannot reward people who flee from the law. they have to be brought to justice. >> reporter: this all comes as a recent hbo documentary alleges misconduct by the judge during sentencing in 1978. even the prosecutor doesn't blame polanski for fleeing. >> i'm not surprised that he left under those
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circumstances. >> reporter: polanski's victim who he paid a settlement is now married with children. she wants the case dismissed. >> i have had a long time to get over physical. and i wouldn't want to carry hard feels around with me for my whole life. >> reporter: but now after 30 years on the run, this is one-story roman polanski is no longer directing. ben tracy, cbs news, los angeles. >> america's most celebrated pilot is returning to the cockpit. u.s. airways announced today captain sulenburger will begin flying june. in january you will recall he glide an airbus 320 to a splash landing in the hudson river here in new york when the engines were knocked out by a flock of december. all 155 people on board survived. coming up next on the "cbs evening news", going to bat for chicago, number 44, a obama. the president throws himself into olympic competition.
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biggest boosters, wearing his beloved white sox gear every chance he gets. >> i've called chicago home for nearly 25 years. >> reporter: that's why there was so much disappointment in the windy city when the president recently said he was too busy to make a final pitch for bringing the 2016 summer olympics to chicago. >> i would make the case in copenhagen personally if i weren't so firmly committed to making real the promise of quality affordable health care. >> reporter: but today he changed his mind. he will join the first lady and oprah winfrey to lobby the international olympic committee friday before the final vote. so what changed? >> i think the president believes health care is in better shape. >> reporter: but even if this is right and the polls are mixed what about the brewing crises in afghanistan and iran? the white house says he won't lose any work time because being on air force one is almost like being in the oval office. and he'll be on the ground in copenhagen for only four hours, is he worried about the risk to his prestige if he puts in his best effort
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and loses. top advisors say no. >> the entire olympic and paraolympic spirit is about working hard and trying and not being afraid of failure. if the president was afraid of failure he probably would have never run for president. >> reporter: one theory making the rounds in washington is that this trip is really a victory lap for the president that he has inside information that if he goes, chicago will win. the white house says that's absolutely false. he has no idea if he is going to win but win or lose, they say he couldn't stand sit on the sidelines. harry. >> chip reid at the white house tonight, thanks. >> now to a public safety issue, texting while driving. this week arkansas is joining 18 other states in baning it, and in a new cbs "new york times" poll out tonight, 90% of americans told us they agree that texting behind the wheel should be illegal. it's become such a hot topic the federal government is holding a summit on distracted driving this weekend on tomorrow's "cbs evening news", we'll look at how it could change the
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budgets. in fact, a survey of police departments found 63% were facing cuts this year. so what happens when you call for a police car and find it has been repossessed? here's national correspondent dean reynolds. >> reporter: welcome to carro, the seed of alex aner county, illinois. to say it has seen better days is a cruel understatement. the county of 8,000 people is half a million dollars in the red. and the recession has made a bad situation worse. as sheriff david barkett knows all too well. >> god willing, we're going to protect these people and we're going to continue with what we got. we're used to struggling. we're used to struggling. >> reporter: things got so bad this month that the bank repossessed five of his seven cruisers. four of them sit in the bank parking lot now, shorn of their emergency lights, a tenas and even their seals. >> this is a pretty extreme example of economic hardship. >> i would say it's very
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extreme when it affects the protection of lives and property. >> reporter: it gets worse. in addition to losing his cruisers, the sheriff has lost three -- three fourths of his staff, most of them deputies due to budget cuts from as many as 20 full and part-timers on the staff, there are now five. and barkett patrols in an suv that the governor loaned him working extra long hours with help from volunteers and illinois state troopers. >> all together it's about a 92, 93 mile round trip. it's a big area for just four or five people to cover. >> reporter: but things look a little brighter today thanks to a couple of florida countys who heard about barkett's problem, had older cruisers they didn't need and are shipping them to their car-needy colleagues. >> as a sheriff i know the demands that he faces every day. i just couldn't imagine facing those demand was cars. >> reporter: barkett believes other parts of the country should take note. >> if the country's economic
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climate continues like it is currently, i would say it is a definite possibility that they are going to be in the same boat. >> reporter: getting the cruisers is a step in the right direction. now all the sheriff needs is to get his deputies back to drive them. dean reynolds, cbs news, carro, illinois. >> overseas today the philippines is pleading for international help after devastating floods over the weekend. entire towns were cut off when bridges and roads washed away. at least 140 people were killed in the worst flooding to hit the philippines in more than 40 years. still ahead, whose's dog is this? a lost dog gathers clues to help solve a mystery. steve hartman's "assignment america" is next.
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notably different. >> i could just tell right away she was someone's baby. she just didn't act like a stray dog to me. >> cathy wilkes myers found the rottweiler a few months ago. it was he mace yated and drinking water from a drainage ditch along this stretch of highway. cathy says it's typical for people to dump unwanted pets in the middle of nowhere like this, but again the dog's demeanor convinced her there was more to the story. so she did some detective work and what she found is a heart-wrenching tale of unending loyalty. >> she was hoping her family would come back but they couldn't. they couldn't come back. it just breaks your heart. >> reporter: cathy found the first clues to this mystery where near where they found the dog. >> all this broken glass and taillights and the ground was all torn up. >> reporter: just down from there, a second set of even more intriguing clues. >> these items had been gathered up over --.
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>> reporter: gathered up. >> yes. >> reporter: by the dog, she assumed. >> it was like she was sleeping with them, or waiting there with them. >> reporter: she took this picture with her cell phone and gathered the items. they were mostly random personal things. truth brush, comb, razor, a candle that said michelle. but nothing that would explain anything. although now she did have a hunch. cathy remembered two weeks earlier she had driven by an accident on the same stretch of highway. she remembered because it was such a horrible crash. a single car had flipped over and landed on the side of the road at just about the same spot where she found the dog. based on what she saw that day, cathy figured there was no way a person could have survived. but what about a dog. so she called the highway patrol. >> she gave me the mom's name and the daddy name and the mom's name is michelle and i just oh my god this is their dog. >> reporter: thrown from the car, rescue crews never saw her. the dog spent 13 days
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scavenging for food along the highway and 13 nights bedding down with whatever she could find that smelled like her lost family. >> that's the last spot she saw her family and she was going to stay there. >> reporter: cathy figured it all out. unfortunately, she got one thing very wrong. >> someone did survive the crash. >> i didn't think we were going to make it out of there. >> in fact, all five passengers survived. >> i'm lucky to be sitting here with my family. >> reporter: after two weeks believing their dog ella had died, the family of joe and michelle kelly got the most wonderful, slobbery surprise of their lives. >> unfortunately, it was a bittersweet reunion. because of the accident and the medical expenses, the kelly family has had to temporarily relocate to a place what doesn't allow dogs, believe it or not. the good news is cathy has promised to hold on to ella for as long as the kelly's need to get back on their feet. for more on the story you can go to our web site, cbs
6:59 pm ella is quite a dog. >> yeah. thanks, steve. >> s this's the "cbs evening news" for katie couric i'm harry smith. i'll see you in the morning on the early show. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs local news at 7 #k a breaking story -- at 7 tonight with a breaking story. we have a live look on more exactly what went down. >> here is what we know. the original call came in at 3:38. let me showout scene right now. it all has to do with the black car you see on the far end surrounded by yellow tape. you see a handful of detectives that are there, standing by the car. that's stuck in


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