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00:00:00Suspected terrorists in yemen as the government there claims its has stopped planned attacks by al bob orr has the latest.
00:00:06Cyclospora makes still more la americans sick.
00:00:09 jon lapook reports the outbreak has exposed a gap in the technology needed to trace the source of dangerous diseases.
00:00:18And anthony mason with the man who had the right stuff to chronicle the civil rights movement.
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00:00:30Captioning sponsored by CBS Captioning sponsored by This is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
00:00:37>> O'Donnell: Good evening.
00:00:38Scott is on assignment, I'm i it's not a return to the cold war, but there is a distinct b chill tonight in relationsst between the united states and russia.
00:00:50President obama today scrapped s plans for a one-on-one meeting with president putin in moscowg m the white house cited a lack of progress on critical issues.
00:00:58But the last straw was putin's decision to give temporary asylum to edward snowden, the n.s.a. leaker.
00:01:04And it represents the latest obama's long- stated goal of rebooting u.s./russian relations.
00:01:12Major garrett is at the white house.
00:01:14>> Reporter: Norah, before>> killing the summit, president obama asked the state department i and department if anything could be achieved with president putin on arms control, missilee, s defense, syria or human rights.
00:01:26Across the board the answer cameid back no.
00:01:31As one top presidential advisor told us "nothing added up, and we weren't going to have a summit for the sake of " president obama did not announcennoun his intention to cancel the summit on the "tonight show," he >> there have been times where they slip back into cold warn thinking and a cold-war mentality and what i consistently say to them and what I say to president putin is that's the past and we've got to think about the future and there's no reason why we shouldn't be able to cooperate more effectively than we.
00:02:04>> Reporter: Putin's return to power has ended cooperation on nuclear arms reduction and re- - backed ballistic missile defense system in europe.
00:02:11This has reversed the temporary progress achieved after then secretary of state hillary clinton hit a literal reset button with russia in 2009.
00:02:17 w a white house official said the reset died the day putin regained power.
00:02:27The chill between president obama and his russian counterpart grew coldest over edward snowden.
00:02:34The president personally lobbied putin to expel snowden to the to face felony charges fores f leaking classified documents.
00:02:39>> I was disappointed because, you know, even though we don'tec an extradition treaty with them,hough traditionally we have tried to respect if there's a lawbreaker or an alleged law breaker in their country we evaluate it and we try to work with them.
00:02:52They didn't do that with us and in some ways it's reflective of some underlying challenges that we've had with russia lately.
00:03:00>> Reporter: The state department informed the russians before the president announced that the summit had been canceled.
00:03:09 obama will attend a global economic conference early next month in st. petersburg, russia.
00:03:14Norah, there are no plans for an obama/putin meeting there, either.
00:03:19>> O'Donnell: Mayor, thank you.
00:03:20Now to the terror threat that led to the closing of 19 u.s.
00:03:23Embassies and consulate this is week and an alert for americans traveling overseas this month.
00:03:28 struck again today at suspected terrorists in yemen.
00:03:30Homeland security correspondent bob orr is in washington following that story.
00:03:37>> Reporter: Norah, the threat remains tonight and officials still fear that an al qaeda attack on some western target could happen.
00:03:46 and yemeni governments today turned up pressure on al qaeda in the arabian peninsula.
00:03:52In yemen's capital of sana'a soldiers are stopped vehicles and frisking passengers looking for suicide bombers.
00:03:56It's part of a security crackdown which yemeni officials say has stopped attacks inside the country aimed at oil and gas operations.
00:04:08Authorities say al qaeda terrorists had planned to attack strategic coastal energy terminals with the goal of taking hostages and killing foreign workers.
00:04:17That plan may have been inspired by a january attack in algeria in which dozens of workers were killed when islamist militants stormed a gas plant.
00:04:27While the yemeni government claimed it had foiled the latest plot, there were no reports of any arrests and u.s.
00:04:34Intelligence sources cautioned the larger threat which has embassies and consulates is not over.
00:04:38Intelligence based on intercepted terrorist communications suggest attacks may reach well beyond yemen, so again today went after a.q.a.p. fighters.
00:04:46For the fifth time in two weeks, u.s. drones fired on militants.
00:04:52Seven suspected operatives riding in two cars were killed by a barrage of missiles.
00:05:00While no terror leaders were hit, officials hope the drone back on its heels.
00:05:07Now, it's important to remember there is no expiration date for this terror scare.
00:05:12Frankly, unless operatives are captured or analysts turn up some kind of evidence that al qaeda is changing its mind, the threat, norah, will be open- ended.
00:05:19>> O'Donnell: Bob, what about and yemeni governments?
00:05:24>> It's pretty good.
00:05:25There's broad cooperation on multiple fronts.
00:05:27 intelligence sharing intelligence and consulting with security forces there.
00:05:31But perhaps most importantly, norah, officials say the leadership of yemen has give an green light for those stepped-up u.s. drone operations.
00:05:41All of that, of course, with the aim of defeat ago common enemy, a.q.a.p.
00:05:43>> O'Donnell: Bob orr, thank you.
00:05:46On day two of major nidal hasan's murder trial, one of his legal advisors told the judge he believes hasan wants the death penalty.
00:06:06Hasan is charged with 13 of premediated murder and 32 counts of attempted murder in the 2009 fort hood massacre.
00:06:16Hasan admitted in opening statements he is the shooter.
00:06:19His advisor asked the judge for permission to take over the case or minimize his real so hasan cannot ask for advice on a strategy the advisor opposes.
00:06:24In cleveland, the house where ariel castro raped and tortured three women for a decade was demolished today in less than half an hour.
00:06:30The tear-down was part of the plea deal that spared castro a possible death sentence.
00:06:35Instead, he is going to serve life in prison.
00:06:44Inevitable between the military and supporters of the ousted president, mohamed morsi.
00:06:48Egypt's interim leaders today rejected foreign efforts to find a peaceful solution, including a personal appeal by senators john McCAIN AND LINDSEY GRAHAM.
00:06:53Clarissa ward is in cairo, clarissa, where do we go from here?
00:06:57>> Good evening, norah.
00:06:58That's right, despite their best EFFORTS, SENATORS john McCain and graham left here empty handed.
00:07:04If anything, their visit appears to have backfired with many egyptians condemning what they called unacceptable interference into egyptian domestic affairs.
00:07:11Now, today the egyptian presidency reiterated its commitment to go in and clear out those protest camps where thousands of supporters of the ousted president mohamed morsi have been camped out for moree than a month.
00:07:21So the question is really no longer if it will happen but when it will happen.
00:07:25Tonight is the final night of the muslim holy month of ramadan and the next few days here are celebrations.
00:07:32So few people believe that security forces will go in during the next few days, but the muslim brotherhood has called for protests across the country and, of course, the concern here is always that whenever you have people on the streets there's always the possibility of violence.
00:07:59>> O'Donnell: Clarissa ward, thank you.
00:08:02In kenya, a fire today at the airport in n nairobi started out small but kept on growing because the first fire trucks didn't arrive for at least an hour.
00:08:10The fire destroyed the international arrival's hall but no one was seriously injured.
00:08:14This is the 15th anniversary of the al qaeda bombings at u.s.
00:08:25Embassies in kenya and tanzania, but investigators say there is no sign terrorism was behind the fire.
00:08:27We got a firsthand account today of what happened june 30 when 19 hot shot firefighters were killed battling a wildfire near yarnell, arizona.
00:08:35Carter evans has the story the lone survivor is telling.
00:08:41>> Reporter: 21-Year-old brendan McDONOUGH WAS THE LOOKOUT THE Day the fire swept over his team.
00:08:46This video interview was shot by "the daily courier" newspaper in prescott, arizona.
00:08:50>> My captain reached me on the radio saying that we're going to expect 180-degree wind shift and that we can expect gusts up to 50 to 60 miles per hour.
00:08:57And once I heard that, I knew the fire was going to change rapidly and he understood that, too.
00:09:03As I looked back to see how they're going, I turned around and I could already sigh that the wind had shifted.
00:09:19I turned around and I looked back at the fire and I can just see a huge -- just the smoke building, it's starting to gain a lot of potential to move towards us.
00:09:26>> Reporter: Mcdonough had to move from the fire being pushedd by gusty winds.
00:09:31>> I relayed this information back to my captain and he told me "i can see what's going on, brendan, just make sure you're safe, make sure everything's " >> Reporter: Radio traffic made his friends were trapped and deploying their fire shelters is a desperate move to protect themselves from the flames.
00:09:50>> That was the last time that i heard my superintendent's voice.
00:09:53I was crushed.
00:09:55Mentally and emotionally.
00:09:59I didn't know what to do.
00:10:02I mean, everyone on that fire wanted to do everything they could and they did.
00:10:06It was just a horrible freak accident.
00:10:08>> Reporter: Mcdonough also said he hopes the community will continue to support the families of the fallen hot shots and to that end, norah, arizona lawmakers are now preparing a bill that would give lifetime benefits to the families of the 13 hot shots who were initially denied coverage because they were not full-time employees.
00:10:38>> O'Donnell: Carter evans, thank you.
00:10:39 bush was released from a dallas hospital today and his spokesman says the former president is doing great.
00:10:45Doctors inserted a stent yesterday in an artery near his heart to clear a blockage.
00:10:51Mr. bush is 67 years old.
00:10:53He is expected to resume a normal schedule tomorrow.
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00:13:50>> O >> O'Donnell: The governor of florida and his cabinet have given the go-ahead for researchers to begin a grim project.
00:13:57They'll be digging up the ground of a former reform school in the panhandle searching for the remains of boys who were sent to the school between 1900 and the 1950s.
00:14:07Manuel bojorquez has the story.
00:14:09>> Reporter: These crosses are a modest tribute to the 96 boys who died in state custody at the arthur g. dozier reform school.
00:14:15>> It's always been a part missing.
00:14:19My brother.
00:14:22>> Reporter: Richard varnadoe's 13-year-old brother thomas was sent to dozier in 1934.
00:14:27He died a month later.
00:14:29What was that like for your family?
00:14:30>> Devastating.
00:14:36It's the only way I know to explain it.
00:14:40>> Reporter: How did you and your family find out that thomas was dead?
00:14:44>> They sent us a letter.
00:14:45>> Reporter: What did the letter say?
00:14:47>> That he was dead and he was already buried.
00:14:50>> Reporter: Former students have long claimed beatings were routine at dozier, some even suggested murder.
00:14:58>> We found 20 or so individuals that actually died within the first three months of arrs here.
00:15:04>> Reporter: Last year, anthropologist erin kimmerle's team of the university of south florida used radar and soil analysis to discover 50 unmarked graves.
00:15:13>> There are a number of boys who ran away from this school whose death certificates indicate that they died traumatic deaths.
00:15:23One was shot, one had blunt trauma to the head.
00:15:29>> Reporter: Excavations begin later this month.
00:15:32Investigators will use d.n.a.
00:15:34From living relatives to identify remains.
00:15:37>> To tell the story of the children that -- how they lived and how they died.
00:15:41And I think that's a good reflection of who we as a society were when they were in the care of the state and who we are today by investigating what happened to them.
00:15:52>> Reporter: Richard varnadoe just wants to bring his brother home.
00:15:56What would that be like for you?
00:15:57>> It's probably be emotional.
00:15:59But I'd be overjoyed at finding him.
00:16:03>> Reporter: Give him a proper good-bye?
00:16:08>> A proper burial and a proper good-bye.
00:16:10>> Reporter: One better than this unmarked plot nearly lost to overgrown trees and time.
00:16:16Manuel bojorquez, cbs news, marianna, florida.
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00:19:07,,,, >> Pelley: The outbreak of cyclospora continues to spread.
00:19:43It's a parasite that causes stomach illness.
00:19:46467 Cases have been reported in 16 states-- more than half in iowa and nebraska.
00:19:53The cases in those two states were traced to tainted salad from mexico, but the search for the source in the other states has been hampered by a lack of the latest technology.
00:20:02 jon lapook spoke with the head of the c.d.c.
00:20:07>> Reporter: How do you know that the parasite in iowa and nebraska is the same in the other states?
00:20:12>> We don't know that all of the parasites are the same unless we can track it down and understand it better, we can't figure out where it's coming from and we may not be able to prevent it as well as we could otherwise.
00:20:22>> Reporter: thomas frieden, director of the centers for disease control, says the technology to do that exists but the agency doesn't have it.
00:20:34 needs equipment that would allow investigators to identify a microorganism's genetic makeup, or genome.
00:20:39>> We need to get to the next generation of disease detective work.
00:20:43It used to take months to sequence just a part of a microbe's genome.
00:20:46Now a piece of equipment like this can sequence a genome in hours.
00:20:51Outbreaks in hospitals of severely resistant organisms.
00:20:53We might identify environmental sources-- beds or cooling systems-- which have that microbe on it and the source.
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00:21:17>> Reporter: Potentially, what does the lack of this new technology mean in the future if, say, there was a more severe outbreak.
00:21:25>> Not being able to analyze the genomic sequence of a microbe in realtime is like trying to solve a crime without using fingerprints.
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00:25:28Many of the images we have of the civil rights movement were captured by the man you're about to meet.
00:25:34In our final report tonight from anthony mason.
00:25:37>> Reporter: The south was simmering when bruce davidson went there in 1961 as a young photographer out of new york.
00:25:45Did you know what you were getting into?
00:25:48>> No, I didn't know.
00:25:50I suddenly felt a little scared when the soldiers had fixed bayonets and live ammunition and the police -- everyone was hostile.
00:25:56>> Reporter: In alabama, he road the bus with the freedom riders as they drove across the south to protest segregation.
00:26:04In birmingham, he photographed two white officers restraining a black woman.
00:26:08>> You can see the police are twisting her arm.
00:26:11>> Reporter: In front of a movie theater playing "damn the " >> it was important to me to stay close.
00:26:21>> Reporter: He snapped this picture of a woman waiting in a paddy wagon.
00:26:26>> It's just the dignity of this woman being arrested.
00:26:29>> Reporter: Nearby, a policeman holds a confiscated sign reading "kruschev can eat here, why " >> I was skinny, I was quick, i was fast.
00:26:39The cops couldn't catch me.
00:26:41>> Reporter: Did they try to stop you?
00:26:44>> Oh, yeah, and once they kicked me out of town.
00:26:46" " >> Reporter: Davidson's civil rights photographs are being shown thisummer at the howard greenberg gallery in new york.
00:26:54At 79, he's now one of the country's most acclaimed photographers.
00:27:01IN THE '60s HE WAS EARNING HIS Living on fashion shoots.
00:27:09You haded a contract with "vogue".
00:27:11>> Yeah.
00:27:12>> Reporter: But he gave it up to cover the civil rights movement.
00:27:15>> I needed to feel that what i was doing was worth it.
00:27:18>> Reporter: Davidson spent four years in the south.
00:27:20>> I don't shoot and run.
00:27:21I very often go back to my subjects.
00:27:25>> Reporter: He wanted to get close, but not too close.
00:27:28>> I stayed away from meeting dr. king.
00:27:33Every photographer in the world wanted to be his best friend.
00:27:35>> Reporter: Why did you stay away from him?
00:27:37>> I wanted to see who he really was and what was happening to him?
00:27:41>> Reporter: How many pictures did you take in the south?
00:27:43>> Probably 5,000.
00:27:45>> Reporter: His pictures gave people a new understanding of what was happening.
00:27:49They were a revelation even to him.
00:27:51So you changed down there.
00:27:52>> I changed, yeah.
00:27:55>> Reporter: And bruce davidson's photographs would change how we saw our own country.
00:28:01Anthony mason, cbs news, new york.
00:28:05>> O'Donnell: And that is the "cbs evening news" for tonight.
00:28:09For scott pelley, I'm norah o'donnell, thanks for watching.
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