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miriam carey, a 34-year-old single mom from connecticut, drove to washington yesterday and set off a security scare from one end of pennsylvania avenue to the other. but 24 hours later, we know a lot more about her. here's homeland security correspondent bob orr. >> reporter: 10 monthses before she was shot and killed by plig accomplice near the u.s. capitol, miriam carey told connecticut officers she was being electronically monitored by president obama. ( gunfire ) now investigators want ton if those delusions helped trigger thursday's police chase and shooting. overnight, investigators spent 12 hours searching carey's stamford, connecticut, apartment looking for clues. sources say in december, 2012, carey was taken for a mental health evaluation after complaining to police that she and her home were under surveillance by the white house. carey said she was a prophet, and warned that president obama planned to put the entire city
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of stamford under lockdown. but investigators say carey never made any direct threats against the president and was not known to the secret service until she showed up yesterday in a black sports coupe and tried to ram a barricade at the white house. carey died a short time later after police chased her to the capitol, surrounded her car, and opened fire. her one-year-old daughter, who was in the car during the entire episode, was rescued unharmed. carey's longtime friend donald knowles saw her three days ago when she stopped to visit her mother in brooklyn. >> she had her child with her, and she was all smiles, like, she didn't have a care in the world. >> reporter: but there were problems. relatives have told investigators she suffered from post-partum depression, a short time ago, carey's samy, spoke to cnn. >> i just know that my sister did experience post-partum depression with psychosis, they labeled it, which came along with treatment of medication and
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counseling, which she did. and she had her challenges with that. >> reporter: and carey's former boss, dentive evans, fired her from her job as a dental hygienist abouta a year ago. >> we thought she was a great employee while she was here. she had an accident, fell and had a head injury so she was out for just a bit. she found out she was pregnant during that time that she was hospitalized and, you know, when she came back, just-- she was here a few weeks later, and then we just decided that it was time for her to go. >> reporter: now, investigators don't know why carey went to the white house on thursday but she seemed to be on some kind of a mission. sources say the traffic records indicate, scott, that she drove with the baby directly from connecticut to washington. >> pelley: bork thank you. we also understand that the child is still in the custody of the child welfare department. thank you. we also don't know why a man set himself on fire this afternoon on washington's national mall.
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witnesses say the man poured gasoline on himself not far from the smithsonian air and space museum. he was flown by helicopter to a hospital. no word on his condition. all of this insanity is happening in a city that was already in turmoil. this is the fourth day of a partial shutdown of the federal government that resulted from that dispute over obamacare. the only movement we saw today was the president and vice president heading to a sandwich shop for lunch. otherwise, neither side is budging, not the president and the democrats, not the speaker of the house, and the republicans. nancy cordes has been watching all of this for us on california today. >> both sides seem to believe if they just hold firm the public will side with them so they act as if theor willing to work together, but they don't. house speaker john boehner fixated today on a comment made by an anonymous white house
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official. >> this morning, i get the "wall street journal" out, and it says, "we don't care how long this lasts. because we're winning." this isn't some damn game! >> reporter: when asked what she was doing to end the game, boehner pointed at democrats. >> all i'm asking for is let's sit down like american people would expect us and talk to one another. appropriate if the leaders wanted to sit down, they wouldn't have to go very far. have you walked the 100 yards or so to speaker boehner's office once this week to talk through possible solutions or has he come to your office? >> ( clears throat ) senate democratic leader harry reid wouldn't say. >> i lived up to my end of the bargain. he didn't. >> reporter: both sides seem focused on winning the war of word. >> do you have a second? >> i'm all wired up here. >> reporter: senate republican
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leader mitch mcconnell was caught on camera strategizing with his kentucky colleague, rand paul. >> reporter: polls actually show that republicans get more blame for the shutdown, but not by much. and the longer that this drags on, the public may care less about who started it and more about the fact that both sides don't appear to be engaging one another, scott, to fix it. >> pelley: nancy, thank you. we found the same thing in our poll, americans oppose the shutdown nearly three to one inspect our latest cbs news poll opponents outnumber proponents. we sent mark strassman and anna werner to talk to some folks whose congressmen support the shutdown. first mark in north carolina. >> reporter: conservatives in
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cashiers, north carolina, helped elect their senator to congress. >> we elected him. we sent him, and we expect him to do the job we elected him for jierpt realtor jane ebberts was one of a group of constituents we spoke to. they all support shutdown. aren't you worried that the longer that the shutdown goes on, your business could start to feel it? >> certainly i am. but i'm more concerned about a default on unbalanced budget, continued responding. >> reporter: you're willing to risk short-term financial pain now, rather than suffer long-term financial pain? >> of. >> that is exactly right. >> vic galef is a retired businessman. >> i believe the shutdown is a good thing because it will hopefully get people to come to the table. at the moment, i don't see people talking. >> reporter: but they all agree the shutdown has to end by october 17, the deadline for congress to decide whether to raise the debt ceiling. ken fernandez is president of the carbier's chamber of
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commerce. >> it would be suicide for our nation and our economy, as fragile as it is right now, for them to go and not up the debt limit. >> reporter: if october 18 comes and the government is still shut down? >> lord help us. >> reporter: fernandez is a republican, ebberts and galef have no party affiliation. to all of them the shutdown is about taking a chance for change. mark strassman, cbs news, cashiers, north carolina. >> pelley: colorado's fifth congressional district has one of the highest cons traitions of federal worker workers in america. anna werner talked to the people there about the shuttown and their congressman. >> stop the shutdown! stop the shutdown! >> reporter: furtherod workers protested outside fort carson thursday. chris grahams graham works for the military police. he vote for republican congressman doug lamborn, who favored the government shutdown to stop obamacare. >> yeah, i totally support him. >> reporter: but you want him to talk. >> yes, i want him to get into
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negotiations is what i want him to do. i want him to work out thiks on the obamacare. i want to get him to work out things on the budget. you know, they need to get together and work things out. >> reporter: you don't like this standoff, stalemate stuff. >> it doesn't do anybody any good. >> reporter: colorado springs is home to three military bases and the air force academy. nearly one in five of those employed here work for the federal government. we found some furloughed employees taking advantage of an offer from poor richard's restaurant fairp free meal. >> i feel they're just using us. >> reporter: carol tipton and her husband are both temporarily laid off from peterson air force base. >> i feel like we've been abandoned. i feel like they're so far removed from reality and from what their constituents expect out of thaem they've just abandoned us. >> reporter: did you ever see yourself saying this? >> no. i've always been such a staunch republican and always believed in what the party believed and have stood behind it, even helped out in campaigns, and now it's like i don't even know who
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they are. that's how i feel. >> reporter: congressman lambborn won reelection with 65% of the vote, but carol tipton says he may have one less vote next time. anna werner, cbs news, colorado spring. >> reporter: well, with the shook off its concerns about the budget battle. the dow gained 76 points to close at 15,072. over the last two weeks, the blue chip index is off nearly 2.5%. snow has come early to the west and the midwest. casper, wyoming, woke up to a foot of it today, falling trees knocked out power lines, driving was a mess. they got about three feet in the black hills of south dakota. interstate 90 was shut down in a whiteout with 70-mile-per-hour wind. it's also snowing in colorado, where much of the state is still recovering from that catastrophic flood last month. dave aguilera from our cbs
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station in denver, kcnc, is on the continental divide tonight in the rockies. dave, what's happening there? >> reporter: scott, the snow is coming down like gang busters here, and this is i-70 as it crosses through the eyes hour tunnel, one of the major west-to-east thoroughfares across the state. the snow is starting to stick to the roadways here so this is going to be a slip-slidey night here. add to that, almost all of colorado has a freeze watch in effect for a hard freeze. and i know a lot remember the flooding situation we had last month along some of our foothill paips lot of roads and bridges aren't back up to speed so some of the snowe plows could not get in there to take some of the snow down. this snow is it really going to set back recovery efforts in some of those communities. >> pelley: as you see, snow may be falling but it is still hurricane season. tropical storm karen is bearing down on the gulf coast. watches arwatches are up from louisiana to the florida panhandle. car sen expected to make lawful
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late tomorrow oral early sunday. flooding will be the main concern as the storm continues to move up the east coast. another suspect has surrendered in that motorcycle road rage attack in new york city. francis in assisi. the pope tries to make the church more like his namesake. and the champ makes a rare public appearance when the cbs evening news continues. [ male announcer ] they were some pretty good moves. and the best move of all? having the right partner at your side. take the next step. consider an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company to be your partner. go long. you may be muddling through allergies. try zyrtec-d®. powerful relief of nasal congestion and other allergy symptoms -- all in one pill. zyrtec-d®. at the pharmacy counter. of their type 2 diabetes with non-insulin victoza®.
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>> pelley: this is the feast day of francis of assisi, the dayicals honor the saint who dedicated his life to serving the poor. today, the pope who took his name and inspiration from francis, visited assisi and a tragedy off the italian coast gave him an opportunity to speak of the plight of the poor. here's mark phillips. >> reporter: in assisi, a pope bemoaned what he called a savage world that does not care about people who have to flee poverty and hunger. but who, he said, often find not freedom but death. off the i.coul island of lampedusa, rescue workers have picked up what they think are the last survivors from the sinking of a boat overloaded with african migrants trying to reach europe. only about 150 of the estimated 500 on board survived. even without lampedusa, pope
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franciss had come to assisi, where his namesake, saint francis, worked among the poor eight centuries ago, to make his case that the church must reform to serve those most in need. with him were the eight cardinals he'd appointed to tackle the church's many problems -- financial corruption, a bloated bureaucracy, the child abuse scandal. ( applause ) francis was elected as a reformer, but according to vatican writers like marco politi, this pope has become even more than that. >> pope francis is now bringing the church to deep reforms. this is his aim. dhs his project. it's a sort of revolution. >> reporter: changing the stieflt papacy is one thing. changing the way the church approaches the problems of the real world is something else. pope francis may have set out on a reform agenda, the pace of which has surprised even those who elected him.
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and six months into the job, he's only just begun. mark phillips, cbs news, assisi. >> pelley: one of the central figures in the vietnam war died today. general vo nguyen giap commanded the north vietnamese early. he was a national hero in the heart of his countrymen, he was second only to president ho chi minh, seen here on the left. giap had no military training and yet in 1954 he drove the french out of vietnam, and his troops later fought the united states to a stalemate. vo nguyen giap was 102. one of baseball's biggest stars is at war with the people who run the sport and now he's taken it to a new level. that's just ahead. my asthma's under control. i don't miss out... you sat out most of our game yesterday! asthma doesn't affect my job... you were out sick last week. my asthma doesn't bother my family... you coughed all through our date night!
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?rel a suspect in the motorcycle road rage attack last weekend turned himself in to police today. our john miller former deputy commissioner of the n.y.p.d. has late-breaking details. john. >> reporter: scott, we learned late today from sources what the man's of in custody's alleged role is and an urgent plea by a couple under siege to get police help. robert simms is alleged the man seen here, trying to opponent door of the range recovery after it slowed on the highway. by then, the occupants had started a series of call to
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911. the first was at 1:52 p.m. the driver's wife told police there was a large group of motorcycles driving recklessly. in a second call at 1:53, she reported their car was being hit by the bikers. she said she was in the car with her husband and two-year-old daughter. at 1:55, the husband gave police his current location. this is near where the door was pulled open. at 2:00, the wife told 911 that the windows were being smashed and her husband was being assaulted. at 2:02, 911 called back and confirmed that police and ambulances were on the scene. >> pelley: john, i understand that simms has not been charged yet. why is that? >> reporter: that's right. so he's in police custody, and detectives who are interviewing him tonight his lawyer want to get from him, beyond trying to pull that door open-- which appeared to be an attempt to drag the man out of the car-- did he have any role in that final assault at the end of the chase. then you prosecutors will determine what to do. >> pelley: john, thanks very
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factor. but she could be anyone of the 35 million americans who owe money to a collection agency. the only difference is that lori loves her debt collector. >> he said, "i'm here to help you." >> reporter: here to help you? >> yes. >> reporter: debt collector? >> yes. i just felt like okay, well, maybe i can get out of this mess. >> reporter: when lori's hours got cut at work, she fell behind on her bills. part of that debt was turned over to a new collection agency in tulsa, oklahoma called cfs-2. inside it looks like any other collection agency. but if you listen in on the calls. >> that's what we're here for. >> reporter: sounds like anything but. >> that's what kind of a person you are. >> reporter: the company is owned by bill bartmann, bartman operates on the basic prem they say people in debt don't have money. so why browbeat them? how do you get people who are debt collectors to be nice, though? >> it's really hard. so we don't hire debt collectors. that's not who we are. >> reporter: okay. instead he hires people with
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customer care experience and rewards them not for how much money they bring in about the for how many free services they provide. the goal is to get debtors back on their feet, be it through government assistance-- >> your electric and your gas. >> reporter: ...housing. >> so at least two bedrooms. >> reporter: they'll even make you a resume. >> we'll fill out the application for you. we'll schedule the interview at the company. >> reporter: will you call me in the morning to remind me i have an interview. >> yes. >> reporter: no! >> now, why would i do that, steve? >> reporter: that's what i'm going to ask. >> because if i can get you out of debt you will have more money to pay me later. >> reporter: he started this as an experiment about a year ago and the results are now in. how much better are you doing than the competitors. >> two times. >> reporter: making twice the money. >> 200%. >> reporter: by being nicer? >> yeah, yeah. isn't that crazy? >> reporter: what's even crazier is one local university president was so impressed with what bartmann is doing here he nominated him for the 2014 nobel peace prize. it's a long shot, of course, but
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customers like lori factor are hopeful. his company helped her by renegotiating all her debt, not just the one she had with cfs-2, and did it all for free. today, everything is paid off. >> i'm just so thankful. i really am. >> reporter: although, if you look in her eyes, you can tell. she's clearly still indebtedded. steve hartman, "on the road," in tulsa. >> 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 seal you sunday on "60 minutes." good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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good evening. we are going to get to the news at seven in a moment. first here is a look at your world in 90 seconds. >> this establishment is providing a 10% discount to all federal workers on furlough. >> this isn't some damn game. all we are asking for is to sit down and have a discussion and to bring fairness to the american people under obamacare. >> it's a ghost town at haines point, and the paddle boats remain docked. the canal is shut down. the curtains are closed. the national park service looks the other way at the world war ii memorial. park police kicked out visitors at the vietnam wall. nine months before miriam carey led police on this high-speed chase through the nation's capitol she allegedly made disturbing and dilutional statements to police in stamford, connecticut.
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she told police she was a prophet. >> capitol police hit by the fast deploying barricade moments after she passed through. >> one big question is how miriam carey was able to get past these barriers. >> a hurricane watch is in affect for most of the region. some officials have expressed concern they may have trouble getting had help to the stricken areas because of the shutdown. >> >> the dates add up to 68, which is how long mary lived before she died. now to our top story at seven. we have new information about the woman killed by police after she rammed a barricade at the white house and then injured two officers leading them on


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