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>> o'donnell: breaking news: suspect charged in the ambush shooting of two sheriffs deputies in southern california, first arrested for a carjacking, the key piece of evidence that connected him to the brazen attack. wildfire destroys wine country. tonight, why firefighters are fighting fire with fire. the race for a coronavirus vaccine. how one drug maker's announcement could shake up the president's hope for a vaccine by election day. employment up in the air-- nearly 45,000 airline workers could lose their jobs at midnight as congress fails to pass a relief bill. fiery crash: a fighter jet goes down in flames after a midair crash. what caused it, and how everyone survived. and tonight, remembering helen reddy. ♪ i am woman >> o'donnell: the voice behind an anthem for a movement.
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>> this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. >> o'donnell: good evening, and thank you for joining us. we're going to begin tonight with breaking news. cbs news has learned the commission on presidential debates plans to issue new rules for the rest of this year's debates after tuesday night's face-off between president trump and former vice president biden turned into a farce. while the commission has not formally voted on changes, an informed source tells cbs news they need to actthey need to act in t in the coming days after being inundated with complaints. about a chaotic debate. among possible changes to the rules, cutting off a candidate's microphone if that person ignores the rules and interrupts another candidate or the moderator. tonight, with 34 days left until the election, the candidates are back out on the campaign trail, even as president trump tries to clarify his refusal to denounce white supremacy at the debate along with a group known to support it. we have a lot of new reporting to get to tonight. our team of correspondents is standing by to cover it all. cbs' ed o'keefe is going to lead off our coverage tonight from ohio.
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good evening, ed. >> reporter: good evening, norah. biden's team says he'll be there for the next two debates, under whatever rules the commission develops to try to contain the president's behavior. but the trump campaign says you can't be moving the goalpost and changing the rules in the middle of the game. this new debate over the future of debates comes as many seem to agree-- we've hit a new low in presidential politics. >> the individual mandate was the most unpopular-- >> mr. president-- >> i got rid of it. >> mr. president-- i'm the moderator of this debate, and i would like you to let me ask my question. >> reporter: after a debate full of insults and interruptions, more than 73 of them from the the president, the commission on presidential debates said it's time for a change. >> don't ever use the word "smart" with me. >> the question is, the question is-- >> radical left-- >> will you shut up, man. >> listen, who is on your list, joe? >> it's hard to get any word in with this clown. >> reporter: issuing a statement today saying additional structure is needed to ensure a more orderly discussion at the next two match-ups.
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>> i think it was just a national embarrassment. >> reporter: the chaotic debate followed joe biden on to the campaign trail today as high embarked on a two-state campaign tour. campaigning in ohio, he took a few more uninterrupted swings at the president. >> trump has no plans, no ideas. didn't express a single plan that he had about how he was going to move forward. >> reporter: mr. trump had a different take: >> i thought the debate last night was great. we've gotten tremendous reviews on it. >> reporter: the president was asked again today if he condemns white supremacists. he didn't do so directly, but did try to walk back comments about the proud boys, a far-right group that has supported white supremacist ideas. >> i don't know who proud boys are, but whoever they are, they have to stand down, let law enforcement do their work. >> reporter: he drew criticism even from republicans for the way he talked about the group at the debate. >> proud boys? stand back and stand by. but i'll tell you what, i'll
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tell you what somebody's got to do something about antifa and the left. >> reporter: his own party urged him to correct the record. >> i think he misspoke. i think he should correct it. if he doesn't correct it, i guess he didn't mispeak. >> i want to associate myself with the remarks of senator tim scott that he put out earlier today. he said it was unacceptable not to condemn white supremacists, and so i do so in the strongest possible way. >> reporter: and today, biden had his own message for the proud boys. >> cease and desist. that's not who we are. this is not who we are as americans. >> reporter: now, tonight, the candidates are in states that their parties lost in 2016. the president holding a rally in northern minnesota, while that train trip took biden through parts of ohio and pennsylvania where he needs to boost his support. norah. >> o'donnell: ed o'keefe, thank you. let's get more now on the strict new rules the debate commission is considering issuing in the coming days, including cutting off a candidate's microphone. cbs' chief washington correspondent major garrett joins us now. major, many are demanding this
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dramatic rule change. can they do it? >> reporter: the commission can do it, norah. it is empowered to set the rules for the debate, and they do that in collabuition with the campaigns. and they did that for the first debate, but those rules were quite obviously flouted. that gives the commission more menj. the commission controls the audio feed. the networks handle the tv parts. in these negotiations with the campaign, they can say if you don't do what we want, we can count your sound off. that is on the table, whatever the commission decides, norah, it hopes to inform the country in the coming days. >> o'donnell: the next debate will be a town hall on october 15 in florida. how is that going to affect the whole dynamic? >> reporter: it's in the miami area. the gallup organization is gathering the undecided voters right now, about 25 or 30. bull dozing or ignoring a moderator is different from bull dozing or ignoring a question from an undecided voter looking straight into your eyes. every candidate wants to engage with that voter that might bring a dimension of
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decorum that proved elusive to chris wallace last night. >> o'donnell: the next debate will be between the vice presidential candidates. what can we expect? >> reporter: vice president mike pence loves to talk about policy. he almost never likes to talk about the personality of president trump. so he's going to focus on the accomplishments of the first term of the trump administration. kamala harris, the democratic vice presidential nominee, also wants to prove her policy chops and get in some prosecutorial. questions of that trump record. both are looking out for their own personal interests and are going to want to have an idea of their debate that is deciedly different from the one the nation saw and didn't quite like last night. >> o'donnell: now to one of the biggest moments in the debate. a ed reported, tonight, the president is being rebuked by members of his own party for failing to explicitly condemn white supremacy and groups that support it. but as cbs' jeff pegues reports, tonight, at least one of those groups is welcoming the president's comments. >> i'll tell you what-- >> reporter: shortly after the
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president declined to denounce them, the proud boys were online celebrating and claiming victory. on telegram, a group leader wrote, "standing down and standing by, sir." also, a new logo with the president's words appeared. the antidefamation league has been tracking positive reaction from various hate groups, including this one citing more possible violence. >> they responded passionately and with tremendous enthusiasm, literally changing their logos and developing memes so they see this as a call to arms. >> reporter: the proud boys are a far-right group founded in 2016 that often supports white supremacist ideas and violence. in 2018, members of the group were arrested in new york for beating two men. critics say president trump has a history of not condemning right-wing violence. in charlottesville in 2017,
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thousands of right-wing protesters clashed with counter-demonstrators. >> you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides. >> reporter: last night, donald trump jr. said his father was misunderstood about his proud boys comment. >> i don't know if that was a mis-- you know, a misspeak, but he was talking about having them stand down. he's more than happy to condemn that. joe biden is continually able to talk about the charlottesville hoax. >> reporter: charlottesville was not a hoax, of course. and tonight, a representative for the proud boys told us that they do not consider the mention during the debate an endorsement, nor do they consider themselves white supremacists. meanwhile, the f.b.i. says that white extremists are responsible for some of the most lethal activity here in the u.s. norah. >> o'donnell: jeff pegues, thank you. the death toll continues to climb from those devastating wildfires in california wine country. we learned today a fourth person
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has died, a man who was evacuated on sunday with severe burns. that's 30 lives lost to fires in california since last month. fires have destroyed 26 times more land in the state this year than last. here's cbs' jonathan vigliotti. >> reporter: tonight, fighting fire with fire. in napa, crews are lighting back-fires to help stop these flames from causing more devastation. meanwhile, a fourth person has died in a wildfire farther north. both fires have burned more than 100,000 acres. wineries like this one are now barely recognizable, and scores of homes now destroyed. >> there were fires on both sides of my property. >> reporter: not only did sean maher lose his home in the town of saint helena. his brother and father lost their homes, too. what was that conversation like with your father when you called him up? >> we both cried and a lot of great memories. so it's-- it's tough. >> reporter: president trump blames california's most
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destructive wildfire season on the state's poor management of 33 million acres of forest. but the state only owns 3%. the federal government owns nearly 58%. regardless, scientists say climate change is drying out vegetation too fast for modern tools and the firefighters that use them to keep up. napa valley's lifeline, their grapes, have largely been spared. but several vineyards have been destroyed. firefighters are now working 48-hour shifts to try to contain the flames before the wind picks back up tomorrow. norah. >> o'donnell: jonathan vigliotti, thank you. we're going to turn now to breaking news from southern california. remember that brutal ambush shooting of two sheriffs deputies that was all caught on surveillance video? well, charges have been filed. and get this-- the suspect was already in custody. here's cbs' carter evans. >> reporter: tonight, police say the intense manhunt for the gunman who ambushed two l.a. county sheriffs deputies is
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over. >> this morning, my office filed attempted murder charges against deontae lee murray. >> reporter: but murray was arrested two weeks ago after a carjacking in an hour's-long standoff. investigators say a handgun he tossed during that chase was a key piece of evidence. >> that was pretty powerful, when the gun was thrown from the car, we knew it was a 40-caliber. >> reporter: but at the time, officials were adamant-- the cases were unrelated. it seems deliberately misleading when you strongly suspected the guy.o it that this may have but you been the guy. but you definitively said he wasn't. >> we're not going to tell you all of our suspicions because you don't give away the story. >> reporter: dramatic video shows the wounded female deputy applying a tourniquet to help save their partner. investigators believe murray acted alone, but they're unclear about his motive. >> other than the fact that he obviously hates policemen and wants them dead. >> reporter: investigators have now tested the gun they say
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murray tossed out the car window and the baalistics match the gun used to shoot those two deputies. they are now recovering at home. murray is in jail on $6.1 million bail. norah. >> o'donnell: carter evans, thank you. now to the coronavirus pandemic. tonight, more than a dozen states report positivity rates above 10%, indicating the virus is once again spreading quickly. and tonight, cbs' nikki battiste has an update on the race to develop a vaccine. >> reporter: today, the chief of moderna therapeutics said his company's vaccine won't be ready before the november election, and he doesn't expect to be able to distribute the vaccine to the general population until next spring, which is in sharp contrast with what president trump said during last night's debate. >> you wouldn't have made ventilators. and now we're weeks away from a vaccine. >> reporter: this comes as new cases in 11 states have jumped by at least 60%, compared to two weeks ago. today in wisconsin, where covid
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hospitalizations alone reached a record high, this hospital official issued a dire warning: >> this pandemic is real. and while you may be one of the lucky ones who doesn't know anybody who's had covid, i guarantee you, you will. >> reporter: new york city, once the epicenter of the virus, is also seeing a rise in new cases. yet today, the city's restaurants reopens for indoor dining at 25% capacity. but that may not be enough to rescue some businesses. and many customers refuse to eat inside. >> i prefer outdoor dining because i'm afraid of covid, totally and completely. >> reporter: the owner of that restaurant told us at 25-% capacity, she can only seat 18 people. here in new york city, restaurants are required to do temperature checks and keep cleaning logs. but mayor bill de blasio says he may have to shut down indoor dining again if covid cases continue to rise. norah. >> o'donnell: nikki battiste,
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thank you. a judge today gave kentucky's attorney general an extension until friday to release grand jury recordings in the breonna taylor shooting death. daniel cameron wanted more time to redact witness names. a member of the grand jury pushed to get the proceedings released, claiming cameron misrepresented their deliberations. no officers were directly charged in taylor's death. tens of thousands of airline employees are about to lose their jobs when a federal aid program runs out at midnight. congress has not been able to agree on a new relief bill. and it's not just the airline workers who will suffer. the effects will ripple throughout the economy. here's cbs' kris van cleave. >> reporter: tomorrow, united flight attendant annette hala could lose her dream job to covid. >> i love my job. the thought of losing it is really hard right now. >> reporter: she's not alone. about 45,000 airline employees are facing furlough or layoff. >> i can't really imagine not
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having a paycheck, and health insurance is really big. >> reporter: between march and july, airlines shed roughly 45,000 jobs. but commercial aviation helped support another 10.4 million u.s. workers. that's one out of every 14 jobs. like the one 62-year-old theresa santucci lost. >> i'm basically squeaking by. >> reporter: she was among the 50-plus who worked on alaska's inflight magazine, which shut down after the airline pulled it from their planes. >> a day later, we're all emptying out our offices. >> reporter: this dallas business was left holding the bag, tens of thousands of bags of nuts the airlines can't use. business is down 80%. the pandemic is also devastating the airport parking industry, which employed about 12,000 pre-covid. lost business totaling $400 million and counting. >> in march, the ceiling fell. our business just disappeared into thin air. >> reporter: rob chavez's family has owned fast park for 60 years. high had to lay off synth% of
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his staff. that's 540 people. dajuan roberts was one of them. he was furloughed for nearly four months. what's that like? >> you know, bad. >> reporter: he's back working part time, but that doesn't cover the bills. kris van cleave, cbs news, baltimore. >> o'donnell: so tough for so many people. there is still much more news ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news." dramatic video of an american fighter jet crashing after a midair collision. what happened to the pilot and the crew of the other plane. and stunning news from the french open. why serena williams suddenly dropped out of the tournament. ♪ sweat it ♪ bend and stretch it ♪ track it ♪ share it ♪ compare it ♪ think it ♪ solve it ♪ try and crack it ♪ breath it ♪ calm it ♪ and renew it renew active from unitedhealthcare gives you so many ways to be healthy. powered by aarp staying sharp and fitbit. and included in unitedhealthcare medicare plans.
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>> o'donnell: she was an artist who was strong and invincible and whose number one hit empowered women all over the world helen reddy died tuesday in los angeles. she was 78 years old. cbs' jamie yuccas pays tribute tonight. ♪ i am woman >> reporter: helen reddy became a feminist icon, singing the unofficial anthem of the women's rights movement. ♪ hear me roar in numbers too big to ignore ♪ >> reporter: she won a grammy for the song in 1973. >> and i would like to thank god, because she makes everything possible. ♪ and did i hear you say >> reporter: reddy came to new york a single mom after winning a talent contest in her native australia. she had dozens of hits, became a
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frequent guest on tv talk shows. and in 1977, started the lighthouse keeper in disney's "pete's dragon," earning an academy award nomination for original song. ♪ i'll be your candle on the water ♪ >> reporter: diagnosed with dementia in 2015, she never stopped fighting for women's rights. ♪ i am woman >> reporter: in the beginning of her career, reddy oft >> reporter: in the beginning of her career, reddy often repeated the words to herself. ♪ i am strong >> reporter: ...inspiring the song that would later define her. jamie yuccas, cbs news. ♪ i am woman >> o'donnell: you just play it over and over again. we'll be right back. but through it all, we've learned we're better when we come together a family-led business with 260,000 people working together. employing more hourly workers and assembling more vehicles in america than any other automaker.
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"cbs evening news." a reminder to stay positive and test negative. i'm norah o'donnell in the nation's capital. this is the "cbs overnight news." i'm chip reid in washington. thanks for staying with us. the pandemic has millions of americans wondering where their next paycheck will come from, but for those working in residential real estate, business is booming, pending home sales rose 9% from july to august to the highest rate on record. low interest rates are driving the market but low inventory is fueling a rise in prices, and that's pricing millions of americans out of the market. tony dokoupil has a look.
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note the way glen miller played ♪ back in 1971 when "all in the family" debuted on cbs. ♪ guys like us we had it made ♪ >> reporter: nobody questioning this charge choem in queens, new york. ♪ those were the days at the time archie's home was worth about $35,000. today it's valued at more than $800,000. that's more than triple what archie would have paid for it. and sure enough, when we visit last winters -- >> i work for cbs news. >> -- we couldn't find many archie bunkers buying into the neighborhood. >> have you met anybody in the neighborhood who was a dock worker? >> no. >> reporter: you're more likely to find doctors nurses and engineers. >> you're a tek worker. >> i'm a tech worker.
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>> there's no calluses on your hands. >> i work on computer. >> reporter: not even covid-19 could change that. we had just finished filming this story when covid hit. at the time we made the decision not to air it thinking housing prices are going to come down. that's not the case. the coronavirus has inspired many buyers to look for larger, more comfortable homes, but that new demand has run into an old problem, since 1960, home prices across the country have risen more than four times faster than income and many experts say the cause is frustratingly simple. america has a housing shortage. some 400,000 fewer homes came up for sale this summer compared to last. more than a decade after the crash of 2008, developers are still cautious about new construction. when they do try to build, they can sometimes be blocked by people who

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