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>> pelley: good evening. a short phone call but a major breakthrough in relations between the united states and iran. president obama and iran's new president rouhani talked today about their desire to reach an agreement on iran's nuclear program. it was the first contact between the presidents of t-f two countries since 1979, the year a revolution overthrew the u.s.-backed shah of iran, ayatollah khomeini returned from exile and student radicals seized the u.s. embassy in tehran, holding dozens of americans hostage for 444 days. major garrett is at the white house with more about the historic phone call and these fast-moving developments. major? >> reporter: scott, the iranians called the white house this morning and said president rouhani wanted to speak to president obama today before rouhani left the united nations general assembly in new york to return to iran. mr. obama placed the call from the white house and the two presidents spoke through a translator for about 15 minutes.
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afterward, president obama set a standard for iran to pete to resolve the nuclear impasse. >> i do believe there is a basis for a resolution. iran's supreme leader has issued a fawa against the development of nuclear weapons. president rouhani has indicated that iran will never develop nuclear weapons. i've made clear that we respect the right of the iranian people to access peaceful nuclear energy in the context of iran meeting its obligations. so the test will be meaningful, transparent and verifiable action which is can also bring relief from the comprehensive international sanctions that are currently in place. >> pelley: iran's nuclear program still unnerves israel. white house officials notified top israeli officials of the president's call to president rouhani almost as soon as it happened. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu meets with president obama here on monday. as for future president-to-president calls, scott, they are unlikely. mr. obama wants the nuclear issue resolve bid negotiators from the united states, iran,
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and five other world powers. >> pelley: so iran asked for the phone call. amazing change. major, thanks very much. president rouhani gave us some details of the conversation. margaret brennan is our state department correspondent. margaret, what do you know? >> well, scott, the phone call capped off this week-long public relations offensive during the iranian president's visit here in new york and he tried to show he was accessible, very different from past leaders and used social media to reach out to the public. he tweeted this account of the phone call. according to president rouhani, president obama told him that "if we can make progress on the nuclear file, other issues such as syria will certainly be positively affected." president obama then sent president rouhani good wishes for a safe and pleasant journey and apologized if you're experiencing the horrendous traffic in new york city. president rouhani expressed confidence that progress could be made on the nuclear file.
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"with political will there a way to rapidly solve the matter." the new talks will begin in two weeks. "i express my gratitude for your hospitality and your phone call." the iranian president said. "have a good day, mr. presiden mr. president." he responded "thank you" and said in farsi "may god protect you." it's a common good-bye and the informallalty of the exchange, scott, seems to be one more indication of at least a change in tone between the two countries. >> pelley: and the traffic is horrendous. margaret, thank you very much. secretary of state john kerry was in the middle of the diplomatic breakthrough at the u.n. general assembly in new york. we asked him about the iranian president's ambitious schedule to solve this nuclear dispute. rouhani said he'd like to have a deal in three to six months. is that possible? >> sure, it's possible. it's possible to have a deal sooner than that depending on how forthcoming and clear iran is prepared to be. a bad deal is worse than no
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deal. we need to have a good deal here. and a good deal means that it is absolutely accountable, fail safe in its measures to make certain this is a peaceful program. if it is a peaceful program, we can all see that. the whole world sees that. the relationship with iran can change dramatically for the better and it can change fast. >> pelley: secretary kerry's interview on this historic week will be seen sunday on the 46th season premier of "60 minutes." the senate passed a budget bill today to keep the government from shutting down. but that bill faces a swift demise in the house where tea party republicans say they will not pass a budget unless they can delay or cut funding for obamacare. there are only three days left to break the impasse. the president said this late today. >> they would throw a wrench into the gears of our economy at
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a time when those gears have gained some traction. and that's why many republican senators and many republican governors have urged republicans to knock it off, pass a budget, and move on. >> pelley: nancy cordes is following the ticking clock on capitol hill. nancy? >> reporter: scott, house republicans will be meeting this weekend to try to figure out the way forward. tea party republicans want to insert some new measure into the bill that would weaken or cut funding for the president's health care law, a measure that is championed by texas senator ted cruz. >> the bill as amendd is passed. >> reporter: more than half of senate republicans rejected cruz's plan today to block a bill funding the government. so he turned to the house. >> i am hopeful, i am confident that the house will continue to stand its ground. >> reporter: but house speaker john boehner has been trying to convince tea party members not to hold up government funding this close to the deadline. in a conference call thursday
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night-- first reported by the national review-- cruz told house conservatives to resist the speaker's pleas. are you urging house republicans to break with their speaker and follow your strategy? >> i encourage every member of congress and every member of the senate to listen to their constituents. >> reporter: a parade of senate republicans has publicly disavowed cruz's crusade. north carolina's richard brr. >> i didn't come to washington to embrace strategies that don't achieve solutions. >> reporter: arizona's john mccain says the device is weakening the party's leverage. >> this debate has been changed from republican versus democrat/obama to republican versus republican. and that cannot be helpful to the republican party. this in-fighting is harming the republican party and it should stop. >> reporter: but cruz and his fellow tea party republicans say their supporters are urging them to keep fighting and, scott, speaker boehner needs their votes if he wants to pass
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something in the house, so he needs to get them on board. >> pelley: a battle for the soul of the republican party. nancy, thank you very much. a partial government shutdown would begin after midnight monday night. and we asked chip reid to tell us what that would mean. >> reporter: erika townes is a nurse at a military base in maryland. she was furloughed earlier this year because of the across-the-board spending cuts known as the sequester and she war'd have she could be told to stay home again next week. >> pelley: whawhat was your reaction when you realized you might have another round of furloughs? >> are you kidding he? are you freaking kidding me? again? seriously? >> reporter: her husband has multiple sclerosis so her salary supports a family of six. how hard of this is for your family? we furloughed our vacation because we didn't have the money to go. i've already done my part and now you're going to take it away from me again? that's not fair.
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>> reporter: more than00,000 federal workers deemed nonessential out of a work force of 4.4 million are expected to be furloughed. some like erika townes are civilians working for the military. national parks, smithsonian museums and passport offices would close and applications for government ensured mortgages and small business loans would be put on hold. but most government funks would continue, including mail delivery. social security checks would be processed, though there could be delays. airport screeners, air traffic controllers and border guards would stay on the job and the uniformed military would remain on duty. but all of their pay-- even troops overseas-- could be delayed. members of congress are also exempt from furloughs and that makes erika townes angry. >> you want to take our pay. what about your pay? aren't you still going on vacation? are you fixing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, oodles of noodles now? why don't you? if we need to trim the fat, why don't you trim it amongst
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yourselves first, not us. >> reporter: the last time there was a government shutdown in the mid-1990s congress eventually paid workers who had been furloughed but this time might be different, scott, because the two parties find it almost impossible to agree on anything. >> pelley: chip, thanks very much. we came across this fascinating technology story today. as you know, for decades the insurance industry has tested cars to see how well they perform in crashes. but now it's testing how well their high tech systems do in preventing crashes. the results came out today and jeff pegues has them. >> reporter: seven out of the 74 vehicles tested received top ratings for crash prevention, including the sue rue outback. its automatic braking system uses a pair of windshield mounted cameras to detect another vehicle and then stop the car short of an impact. david zuby is the chief research officer for the insurance institute for highway safety. >> this technology was first introduces on mercedes and
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volvos, high-end vehicles, but it's increasingly available in lower-cost vehicles like the subaru. >> reporter: some vehicles' autobraking systems like the one in this infiniti qx-60 were not as effective in avoiding the crash and a an infiniti spokesman says they will continue to develop it. ford and other automakers are exploring more advanced technology where sensors in cars communicate with each other over grouter distances and can warn drivers well ahead of a potential accident. >> there l there come a day when there are near zero fatalities in cars on the roads? >> current technology doesn't get us there, but the current technology are the first steps toward a day of no fatalities on the highways. >> reporter: scott, only two of the cars tested had that automatic braking system as standard equipment. as an option it will add a thousand dollars or more to the price of a car. >> pelley: but that will come down over time, no doubt. jeff, thanks very much. a united airlines pilot suffers a heart attack in midair.
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>> pelley: scientists working with the united nations said today that the evidence is more convincing than ever that humans are the main cause of climate change. surprisingly, their report indicates that the rise in air temperatures has slowed, but greenhouse gases are profoundly changing the oceans. ben tracy takes a look. >> reporter: this company near san diego raises oysters. last year, dennis peterson says they could only get a quarter of the young oysters, or seed, they need from hatcheries in the pacific northwest. it cost them about a million dollars in lost business. why was it hard to get that seed? what happened? >> the oceans were getting more acidic as a by-product of increased c.o.-2 in the atmosphere. >> reporter: about 70% of carbon dioxide produced on the planet stays in the atmosphere or is used by plants. 30% is absorbed by the oceans where it produces a weak acid. but it's strong enough to impact sea life and prevent oysters from creating their shells. carbon emissions also trap heat.
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today's report shows oceans have absorbed 90% of that heat, raising ocean temperatures by half a degree. had all that heat gone into the atmosphere, air temperatures could have risen by more than 200 degrees. >> the ocean is really the heavyweight in the system. it is where most of the heat goes. >> reporter: lynn talley is a scientist with the scripps institute of oceanography. she says oceans are keeping the planet from overheating but sea levels are rising because the heat expands the water. >> a lot of it is in the upper ocean but there's a certain amount in the deep ocean. and that's well away from the atmosphere. so you're moving eat all the way down into the ocean. >> reporter: dennis peterson worries about what that means for his oysters. when it comes to climate change, is the o *euser in the ocean a canary in a coal mine? >> yes, i would say it is. this is only the first thing we noticed. >> reporter: he's already looking into expanding his other product such as red seaweed in case these oyster crates one day come up empty.
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ben tracy, cbs news, carlsbad, california. >> pelley: a united airlines 737 made an emergency landing last night after the captain suffered a heart attack. the flight from houston to seattle diverted to boise, idaho, with the copilot at the controls helped by an off duty pilot. among the passengers were two doctors. they performed c.p.r. on the 63-year-old captain but the captain died at the hospital. what is it about mariano rivera that makes fans of rival teams cheer? that's next. mm. some laxatives like dulcolax can cause cramps. but phillips' caplets don't. they have magnesium. for effective relief of occasional constipation. thanks. [ phillips' lady ] live the regular life. phillips'. you know how painful heartburn can be. for fast, long lasting relief, use doctor recommended gaviscon®. only gaviscon® forms a protective barrier that helps block stomach acid from splashing up-
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no. in the bronx tears flowed as a baseball great said good-bye. last night, mariano rivera pitched for the last time at yankee stadium. with two outs in the ninth, teammates andy pettitte and derek jeter took rivera out of the game. he leaves after 19 seasons and a record 652 saves. now, here's a changeup: our medical man, dr. jon lapook, turns out, is also our number one baseball fan and he spent time with rivera. jon, how was that? >> rivera turned his last season in baseball into a farewell tour. he transcended not only the sport but rivalries. i asked him what it's like to go into places like fenway park in boston and have the opposing fans applaud him. >> i always treat the game the way you should treat it, you
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know? i always treat the opposite team the way they should be treated. i always give respect. and, you know, i think people appreciate what you do. and that's why, you know, i'm -- the people and the fans from fenway, i mean -- not only in fenway, everywhere else. it has been amazing. >> reporter: but when that last game is played and you put your yankee uniform in the locker for the last time, number 42, can you imagine the emotion? >> i would say that at that time definitely there will be a lot of emotions. maybe a tear here or there. because, i mean, that means it's finished. it's done. no more. >> pelley: one of the greats of all time. jon, you were at the ballpark last night. you saw rivera pitch his last game. what was that like? >> it was amazing, scott. what a moment and what an emotional evening. the whole night we're waiting
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for him to come in. finally he trots out from centerfield and the place went wild and i had a real sense of history. not only was-the-greatest closer in the history of all time in baseball but i'm sitting right next to my father just personally my 95-year-old dad who saw babe ruth and lou gehrig play and it was just such an emotional moment for me. i have to confess, i did shed a few tears. >> pelley>> pelley: only in bas. john, thanks very much. sins of the father are redeemed by the son in steve hartman's "on the road." next. ♪ mmm! this is delicious katie. it's not bad for canned soup, right? pfft! [ laughs ] you nearly had us there. canned soup. [ laughter ] [ male announcer ] so good, they'll think it's homemade. try campbell's homestyle soup.
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help protect your eye health. >> pelley: finally tonight, there are few things as satisfying as watching good triumph over evil. so watch it happen. here's steve hartman "on the road." >> reporter: 78-year-old tona her don of bethany, oklahoma, was vulnerable in every way. her husband of 60 years had died just two weeks earlier. her eyes so clouded with grief she never saw it coming. >> you know, i really didn't know anything was going wrong until i was halfway in the car. >> an elderly woman visits her husband's grave only to be mugged. >> reporter: the mugger got away with her purse and $700. but not for long. police caught him and the news put his mug shot on t.v.
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so first time you see that picture, do you recognize who that guy is? >> yeah, uh-huh. in detail. >> reporter: you had no doubt that was your dad. 15-year-old christian lunceford said his parents divorced when he was two and his dad has been mostly absent ever since. last time he heard from him was a few weeks ago. his dad gave him $250 for a band trip christian really wants to go on. but that's been the extent of his parent parenting recently. in fact, over the years, christian says his dad has been in and out of jail more than half a dozen times. >> there's times like that you just feel really low, like, is that going to be me? am i going to end up like that? >> reporter: this apple wants nothing to do with the tree. which is why, after christian heard about his dad's latest crime, he reached out to the victim and asked to meet her in this church parking lot. >> you think what's going on here? >> reporter: he says he just had to tell her. >> i'm sorry about what happened. it needed to be done. she needed an apology from
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somebody. if i didn't apologize, who would? >> i thought that was so, so precious. any 15-year-old boy who has that much conscience is extraordinary. >> reporter: and christian was just getting started. >> he gave me $250 for my band trip but i'm not sure if it was yours or however he got it but i just -- i'd feel bad if i didn't give it to you. >> reporter: never mind that it wasn't his crime. he paid the debt. >> i accept this. i accepted the money back. and it was mine to do with what i wanted. >> reporter: which brings us to the best part of his story. >> i want you to take your band trip. >> reporter: she gave it all back to him. for his band trip. >> it was a joy to do that. >> thank you. >> reporter: in the end, no money changed hands in that church parking lot. but they each got something tremendously valuable from the other. >> i feel more like my life
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still has a purpose. >> you're not who your parents are. even if they do raise you, you can become whoever you want to be. >> reporter: no victims here. steve hartman, "on the road" in oklahoma city. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, i'm scott pelley. i'll see you sunday on "60 minutes." good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh ccccb
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good evening. i'm derek mcginty. >> and i'm jan jeffcoat. we're going to get to the news at 7:00 in a moment, but first here's a look at your world in 90 seconds. >> just now i spoke on the phone with president rouhani of the islamic republic of iran. the two of us discussed our ongoing efforts to reach an agreement over iran's nuclear program. senator cruz called on house republicans to defun the affordable care act. >> i said this yesterday. it's not -- defund the affordable care act. >> i said this yesterday. it's not going to happen. >> 800,000 federal employees will be sent home if the two sides can't reach a deal by midnight monday. >> have you ever seen this kind of in fighting between one party? >> no. >> never? for the most part we expect that people are going to with time get better. >> reporter: at the washington navy yard there's a real message of hope and healing
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from the counselors and survivors of the shootings here. global warming is real and humans are to blame. that's the conclusion of the new u.n. report on climate change. >> the heat is on. now we must act. they have this amazing immune system that keeps them well even in the ocean. >> scientists believe an antibody which helps sharks fight off disease can do the same job to fight breast cancer. that was her favorite thing to do. >> reporter: tell me about cheerleading. >> it's cool. >> reporter: this 16-year-old has downs syndrome. >> she doesn't understand why they're telling her she can't do it. dan graham the pumpkin man co-manages the fields of orange. weeks of rain provided his field with a natural watering system. >> we have the best pumpkin crop we've ever had. now to our top story at 7:00, the u.s. senate today passed a temporary spending bill that would keep the government from shutting down in four days, but republican leaders in the house say they are not going to approve it. >> the reason


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