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tops. it turned streets into rivers and debris into missiles. puerto rico's governor is telling people to stay calm, but he's warning that the island is on the verge of losing communication. in one neighborhood, 80% of the homes are destroyed, and the entire island of puerto rico is wiewwithout power. maria already left a trail of destruction on the islands of dominica and st. croix, both in the direct path of the storm. in puerto rico, floodwater rushed through guaynabo. people were clinging to each other in chest-deep water. after the winds calm, we made our way in to tour the devastation there. piles of tree branches blocked roads. two women cleared the gutters by hand to prevent flooding. and the roof of 76-year-old carmecarmen gonzalez's home of 5 years was partially ripped off. equip it's devastating. my heart is broken," she told us. this is the same area t
governor toured yesterday, pleading with people to leave. today, you can see why. nothing is left of eva herrera's second-floor home. we first found her salvaging food from the freezer. "what's lost is lost," she told us. "you just have to put faith in god." despite the devastation, no deaths or injuries have been reported, so far. the governor of puerto rico is asking for generators to be shipped from the mainland here to the island to help restore power as a dusk-to-dawn curfew has just gone into effect. >> mason: david begnaud in san juan. thanks, david. the toll continues to rise in central mexico more than 24 hours after it was hit by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake. at least 230 people were killed, but there are also incredible stories of survival. manuel bojorquez is in
>> reporter: after the anguish of waiting and uncertainty, a boy and girl were pulled alive from a crack in the wall of this collapsed school. but rescuers fear more may still be trapped more than 24 hours after the earthquake struck, killing 25 of the school, the majority children. the area surrounding the school has become a hub of activity, where people are donating food and water for rescue crews and anxious parents. but every new and then, people throw up a fist. this means silence because rescue crews are trying to listen for any sound coming from the rubble. volunteer alex serory a banker helped free people from this office building. >> they were making noise with metal with coins, so the volunteers, rescuers could hear that noise. >> reporter: they were using coins to hit metal. >> that's right. >> reporter: and the rescuers were able to hear that.
wall. >> reporter: first responders' work has been at times frantic, at times painstaking, removing bricks and rubble by hand to avoid collapsing additional debris from the nearly 40 buildings that collapsed. they have formed bucket brigades and worked shoulder to shoulder with hundreds of volunteers. outside this collapsed building, we found marta laura praying with her rosary. her husband started work here as an engineer just this week. have you heard anything? >> nada. >> reporter: "it's the last thing you give up is that faith that he'll be alive. for your children. despite this type of destruction, so far, more than 50 people have been pulled alive from the rubble. but conditions are hazardous. there are gas leaks, which also permeate the
>> mason: manuel bojorquez in mexico city, thanks, manny. now to the investigation of russian meddling in the u.s. election and whether anyone in the trump campaign was involved. special counsel robert mueller has been bombarding the white house with requests for documents, and today, jeff pegues learned of emails that show a top trump operative reaching out to an associate of vladimir putin. >> reporter: while he was trump campaign chairman, paul manafort, through an intermediary, sent a message to a russian billionaire closely tied to the kremlin. according to "the washington post," two weeks before president trump's nomination, manafort sent an email. in the email written on july 7, 2016, manafort offered to keep him informed about the campaign. "if he needs private briefings, we can accommodate." late today, manafort's attorney did not deny the authenticity of the email but called the messag
"inokayuous." and said, "it's no secret mr. manafort was owed money by past clients" implying it was an attempt to collect. his ties date back to at least 2005 in a deal to advance the interest of russian president vladimir putin. leaks about special counsel robert mueller's activities have accelerated in recent days, along with reports president trump's activities are now being closely scrutinized. "the new york times" today report mueller's office sent a document to the white house that detailed 13 different areas that investigators want more information about, among them, this year's resignation of national security adviser michael flynn, the firing of f.b.i. director james comey, and this meeting in the oval office a day later between president trump and top russian officials in which mr. trump said comey's firing relieved great pressure on him. mueller has also worked with a grand jury in washington to question witnesses and obtain search warrants. peter zeidenberg is a former federal prosecutor who worke
with him. how would you describe him as a prosecutor? >> as a manager he's very no-nonsense, very by the book, doesn't fool around, moved straight ahead. >> reporter: the white house said tonight that it is cooperating with the special counsel mueller's investigation. anthony. >> mason: jeff pegues, thanks. senate republicans say their new health care plan may be their best chance for getting rid of obamacare. that brought its namesake out of retirement today to defend it. here's nancy cordes. >> reporter: republicans bill cassidy and lindsey graham sprinted from meeting to meeting today. >> we're going to take the bill up next week. >> reporter: ...trying to close the sale on the party's last, best shot at replacing obamacare. >> they might get the votes. >> reporter: the graham-cassidy bills would keep obamacare's taxes in place but turn most of the revenues over to the states to come up with their own health care
former president obama, in a rare public appearance, argued today that some states might allow insurers to once again charge more for pre-existing conditions. >> it's certainly frustrating to have to mobilize every couple of months to keep our liewrds from inflicting real human suffering on our constituents. >> reporter: cassidy insists his plan does meet what he dubbed the jimmy kimmel test. kimmel himself slammed the plan last night. >> he failed his own test. and this guy, bill cassidy, just lied right too my face. >> reporter: now all eyes are on possible g.o.p. holdouts like alaska's lisa murkowski, who met with graham and cassidy today. alaska's governor says he doesn't like your plan. he wants you to go back to a bipartisan approach. >> there is zero possibility in a bipartisan manner to replace obamacare. >> reporter: president trump, at the u.n., told his party to pass the plan now. >> i thought that when i
down at my desk, and there would be a health care bill on my desk, to be honest. >> reporter: senate rules give republicans until next saturday to pass a health care bill with a simple majority. that's why this plan is suddenly on the fast track, anthony, with no time for the congressional budget office to determine how many people might lose coverage. >> mason: nancy cordes, thanks. british police made two more arrests today in the london subway bombing. five people are now in custody. 30 people were hurt when the bomb partially exploded. and now mark phillips reports amazon is reviewing procedures after it was revealed that its website may unwittingly help would-be bombers. >> reporter: the main explosive in the london subway bomb didn't go off. building a functioning bomb is complicated. but an investigation here has revealed getting ingredients to make a simple bomb
easier than ever. the reason: internet shopping. ask for any of the well-known bombmaking essentials -- sulfur, for example, and under the "frequently bought together" heading, amazon help flee suggests you might also want car coal, needed for black powder explosive. ask for another, potassium nitrate, for example, and the site subtles sulfur and charcoal. dig a little deeper and battery terminals, presumably for the detonator, and ball bearings, possibly for shrapnel come up. the algorithms behind these shopping hints may be based on the buying patterns of amateur fireworks makers and backyard rocket scientists. but former bomb disposal officer chris hunter says the list might encourage and help others. >> meeft people are off the radar, i mean, radicalized individuals. >> reporter: you're talking about wanna-be bomb
>> that's right, yes. if an individual isn't 100% sure exactly what components he or she needs it does give them that missing ingredient. >> reporter: there's no proof any terrorist bomb has been made from web-bought ingredients and amazon said it's now reviewing its practices. but, anthony, it is full of bomb-making tips including the u.s. army's own explosive and demolition handbook marked down to just over eight bucks. >> mason: mark phillips. thanks, mark. there was a frightening moment at yankee stadium today when a young fan was hit by a foul ball. here's anna werner. >> wow! >> ripped foul. >> reporter: the foul ball flew off the bat of todd frazier down the third base lean, hitting the young girl. players looked upset and stunned. frazier took a knee and lowered his head. in 2015 in boston, a line drive slammed right into stephanie wopenski, leaving the die hard red sox fan with more than 30
year they were seriously exploring extending their protective netting for 2018. in december of 2015, major league baseball recommended to teams that they implement netting that shields from line-drive foul because all field-level seats that are located between the near ends of both dugouts. and tonight, minnesota twins player, bryan doasher, said nets should be mandatory. >> i don't care about the view of a fan or what. all that safety. i still have a knot in my stomach. i don't know if you guys saw it. we need nets or don't put kids there. >> reporter: in a postgame press conference, yankees manager, joe girardi, said he was briefed by his security team who said the little girl is now doing okay. >> mason: that's good news, anna. thanks. next on the cbs evening news, why tackle football is especially dangerous for young players.
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boston university find playing tackle football before age 12 dramatically increases the risk for brain problems later in life. dean reynolds reports many moms and dads have already blown the whistle. >> reporter: parents in highland park, illinois, didn't need a new academic study too tell them tackle football is too big a risk for their kids. the park district here canceled its tackle program for fifth-eighth graders this fall when only 11 boys showed up to play, down from 34 last year, and 55 the year before, according to liza mcelroy, the executive director. >> in our heyday, we probably had 150, 200 kids playing football. >> reporter: the reason for the decline is no mystery to her. >> you see so much in the media right now about concussions and traumatic brain injury. >> reporter: underscoring the worries, some high schools in missouri, maine, and new jersey have canceled or cut short their football seasons. squads in michigan
>> as a parent, you might think, "gee, do i really want to expose my child to this?" and so i think they have to make tough decisions and tackle football is something taparents have said, "we don't want to take the risk." >> reporter: nationwide, youth tackle football has been declining for much of the last decade, down 20% since 2009. lisa lew helped persuade her 12-year-old son, dillon, to drop factle football in favor of increasingly popular flag football. >> because of the concerns about injuries, especially concussions. >> reporter: she still likes the traditional game, just not for her son. >> i think at this point, we're still not on board until they can prevent-- do something to make it a safer game. >> reporter: what that means for the future of football is unclear, but it can't be a good thing for the game when more and more parents have concluded it's just too dangerous for their kids. anthony. >> mason: dean reynolds, thanks. his life was a hollywood
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full force bleaching down sidewalks and benches. >> this outbreak could last for at least another six months. >> reporter: there's a desperate race against time to stop the hepatitis "a" virus from spreading, especially among the area's homeless and drug users. dr. nick yphantides is san diego's chief medical officer. >> it's not as easy as just saying, "hey, get vaccinated." the nature of some of these members of this population are such that they are inaccessible, and, frankly, some of them have their reluctances in dealing with government. >> reporter: hepatitis "a" spreads when someone comes in direct contact with an infected person's human waste. 22,000 vaccines have been administered, and the city is now setting up washing stations. kevin faulconor is san diego's mayor. >> we're going to have more additional shelters to help get people off the street, help them get the help they need. >> reporter: zo, president of the food and beverage association, which represents 1200 businesses, believes the city should have been doing more long befor
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sons. the agreement-winning british group sold out new york's united palace theater. ♪ it's not your fault but mine >> mason: all proceeds going to a new charity close to the heart of band ladder marcus mumford. >> so that every penny you guys spend on your tickets goes to children in conflict, which is awesome. >> mason: what drew you to this charity? >> i felt like they were doing work that no one else was doing. >> reporter: children in conflict is the new american arm of war child u.k., a charity focused on helping children recover from the trauma of war. how did you find out about this? >> i found out about it through my wife. >> think of a child you know. >> reporter: his wife is actress carrie mulligan. >> i'm here with fidel who saw some really terrible things during the war, things a child should never have to see. >> reporter: she traveled to africa in 2014 as a global ambassador for war child. you're a dad. you just became a father for the
>> mason: how does that affect your connection to this? >> it's only made my support for what they do even stronger. >> mason: earlier this year, mumford went to iraq. >> we met with families that had literally just come out from mosul. >> reporter: in a refugee camp where war child had set up a school-- >> this kid come up to me... >> mason: ...mumford said he met a boy who had never been to school because of the iraqis. >> he counted in english, all of which he learned through these programs. >> mason: what did you say to him? >> i said, "that was seriously good." i don't think he understood that. but i applauded. and his father started crying right there in front of us and it was really impactful, and that's why we did it. >> mason: marcus mumford. their concert this week raised nearly half a million dollars. and that's the cbs evening news. i'm anthony mason in new york. thanks for watching. good night.
c1 right now, we're on top of two developing situations. puerto rico entirely in the dark without power as hurricane maria hammers the island. hundreds are dead and searches are underway for trapped survivors. chris martinez joins us live from mexico city. we know you are really busy but tell us where you are and what is going on. >> reporter: bruce, we are in mexico city, and we are around the corner of an