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kpix app an captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: tonight, bill cosby is a free man after pennsylvania's highest court throws out his sexual assault conviction, ending his prison sentence years early. the disgraced comedian is home, in front of tv cameras tonight. >> it's a good day for the cosby family. >> o'donnell: the shocking news. why the court overturned his conviction. we have reaction tonight from one of the women who accused him of assault. life-threatening heat-- historic temperatures sending people to hospitals across the country. the people doctors say are most at risk. more victims found in surfside, florida. the death toll rises as the search continues. tonight, stories from residents who escaped the collapse.
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mixed mask messages: the confusion as the governor of illinois urges people to wear masks indoors. the guidance tonight from the c.d.c.. tax evasion charges: the trump organization and its chief financial officer expected to be indicted as early as tomorrow, but what about the former president? remembering donald rumsfeld. as defense secretary he led america's response after 9/11, but drew sharp criticism over his leadership during the iraq war. election chaos: the mistakes that's thrown new york city's mayoral election into turmoil. pill for post-partum depression. the new hope tonight for new mothers. plus how strangers came through for a young man who always goes the extra mile. this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting
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from the nation's capital. >> o'donnell: good evening, and thank you for joining us on a very busy wednesday. we're going to begin tonight with breaking news about the disgraced comedian and year-old is out of prison and back at his home after pennsylvania's supreme court threw out his 2018 conviction for sexually assaulting a woman in the same house more than a decade ago. now, in a ruling that stunned prosecutors, as well as the dozens of women who have accused cosby of drugging and raping them, the state's highest court argued the entertainer's due process rights were violated when he gave incriminating testimony against himself during a civil case, testimony that was later used against him in court. now, cosby, the judges said, only talked because a previous prosecutor had agreed not to charge him. well, tonight, the former sitcom star is refusing to talk on camera, but in an exclusive off camera interview just moments ago, cosby talked to cbs' jericka duncan. and jericka is live outside of
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cosby's house in pennsylvania tonight. and, jericka, what did cosby tell you? >> reporter: well, put it frankly, norah, he basically said this is about sending a message around the world. he said that what happened to him was unjust, and that justice was served. a triumphant bill cosby, flanked by his attorneys, flashed the victory sign as a free man, upending the first high-profile sexual assault case of the me too era. in a strongly worded 79-page opinion, the pennsylvania supreme court ruled that cosby, now 83, had been denied a fair trial in 2018, a huge blow to his many accusers. cosby was nearly three years into a 3-10-year sentence forndt against former temple university employee andrea constand. he was charged with drugging and sexually assaulting constand in his philadelphia-area home in 2004.
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explaining their decision, the justices wrote that prosecutors engaged in a bait and switch because of a nonprosecutor agreement that had been struck with the previous prosecutor. the agreement gave cosby the assurance that he would not be criminally prosecuted if he testified in a civil case brought by constand. but that's what happened. cosby testified in a civil lawsuits that he gave quaaludes to women he was pursuing for sex, evidence that was later used against him. >> we can't know have a criminal justice system where prosecutors pull the rug out from underneath you because of. >> reporter: rikki klieman said the decision is based on the law though it will be unpopular. >> people will feel abandoned, particularly vehicles of sexual assault. they will feel that the court-- quote, unquote-- let him out on a technicality. this is not a technicality. it's a violation of constitutional magnitude. >> all right!
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>> reporter: the beloved comedian and actor was best known for his role as the lovable husband and father in "the cosby" show. but his family-friendly reputation was left in tatters as more than 60 accusers came forward. for victoria valentino, who says cosby raped her in 1969, the news was gut wrenching. >> it is just astounding. it sends the message that the law is not on our side once again. women have been just thrown under the bus. >> reporter: cosby accuser andrea constand released a statement today saying the decision she found it to be disappointing and concerned about how this will impact other sexual assault victims. norah. >> o'donnell: jericka, i want to know more about your exclusive interview. what happened when you went inside cosby's house? >> reporter: you know, we asked if there was an opportunity to speak to cosby personally. his publicist walked me here at this driveway into the home.
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what i walked in was the first floor, the kitchen area. there were two people standing by. one person said cosby wanted pizza for dinner tonight. the publicist then went upstairs and i guess ask mr. cosby, bill cosby, if we could come up there to talk to him. we were upstairs, in his bedroom, for about five minutes or so. he was wrapping up a conversation with someone. he seemed very excited, obviously, to be home, very comfortable. but his take away really, was he was glad that he had his freedom and said that this sends a message around the world. i know he just tweeted a very similar message, but that is what he focused on during that very short five minute with him today. >> o'donnell: all right, jericka duncan with that cbs news exclusive. thank you. and tonight, the dangerous and historic heat wave in the pacific northwest is slowly loosening its grip. but more than 50 million americans remain under heat alerts on both sides of the country. here's cbs' mola lenghi. >> reporter: life-threatening
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heat continues to bear down on both coasts, and the death toll is rising. officials in oregon have reported 45 deaths related to excess heat in one county alone. at the white house today, president biden warned of the dangerous conditions in the west. >> people are hurting. it's more dangerous for kids to play outside. roads are buckling under the heat. >> reporter: along the east coast, temperatures continue to climb into the high 90s with feels-like temperatures hitting 106 in philadelphia and 103 in new york. >> people who have preexisting medical problems, like hypertension and diabetes, high cholesterol, even mental health disorders are at risk. >> reporter: in new york city, air conditioning crews are working around the clock. clock. and in philadelphia, buses were dispatched throughout the city as cooling centers for the city's most vulnerable. >> i can expect probably a little bit more today. >> reporter: the high temperatures in the pacific northwest are beginning to move inland.
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throughout the heat wave, washington state reported more than 1300 emergency room visits for heat-related illnesses. in canada, the vancouver police department reported nearly 100 sudden deaths since friday, the vast majority likely related to the heat. the town of lytton, british columbia hit a record record 121 degrees. well, doctors are urging caution, warning that even young and healthy people have a breaking point. and tonight, new yorkers received this emergency text alert urging them to limit their energy use in order to prevent power out annuals, including the last thing you want to lose in a heat wave, norah, air conditioning. >> o'donnell: exactly. mola lenghi, thank you so much. so the big question for everyone, when will these heat waves break? let's get the forecast now from cbs' lonnie quinn. lonnie, any relief in sight? >> oh, yeah, you betcha. by tomorrow we will no longer have the heat wave in the northeast. it comes at a price with strong storms. take a look at temperatures today. record set for newark at 92, record set in boston at 98.
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cuen rough the area, a chance of severe weather tonight. the weekend, get this, the northeast is not the greatest. cloud cover, a little rain chance, temperatures in the 70s. out west, we are still looking at record-setting heat. missoula set a record at 100 degrees. tomorrow they're going to be 101. tomorrow spokane is 107. billings will be 100 degrees tomorrow. but for your weekend, it's still hot but no record-setting heat. we have a new tropical system, tropical number 5. sunday to cuba possibly affected florida and the gulf coast. after that we'll keep a close eye on that. norah, back to you. >> o'donnell: lonnie quinn, thank you so much. we turn to the painstaking search for survivors in surfside, florida. the death toll has climbed to 16 the death toll has climbed to 18 with 147 people still unaccounted for. president biden visits the site tomorrow. we get more from manuel bojorquez. >> reporter: tonight we're hearing stories from residents who escaped the collapse. this is chilling audio from a
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survivor who left this voice mail on her brother's phone as she made her way out. >> oh, my god! >> reporter: and 64-year-old lliana monteagudo saz a loud noise woke her from her sleep. >> i started going down fast. and i still... >> her neighbor, sara nir, lived on the ground floor and was weak when a loud bang made her walk outside. after she saw the building's underground garage collapse, she ran. >> we ran out of the building. and another big boom, and then we didn't see anything. it was suddenly quiet after the big boom, and it was wiped out all over. >> reporter: today, more than 200 rescuers continue the agonizing work of trying to rsearch possible survivors. overnight, crews discovered new tunnels beneath the rubble where they found four more bodies.
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colonel elad edri is with the israeli team assisting in the search. in 2010, the team found people alive in the rubble after the 2010 haiti earthquake, eight days later. is it possible to still have survivors down there? >> yes, we believe. the chances are low. we don't hide it from the family. we do believe that we can find lives and we hope to get it. >> reporter: 18 people are now among the dead. 92-year-old hilda noriega is among the latest victims to be identified. earlier this week, her grandson found a birthday card and photo belonging to her in the rubble. >> my grandmother is the most loving person that i know. >> reporter: and, norah, at a sco
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build a ramp they say that will allow them to use heavier equipment and possibly accelerate the removal of rubble. but there is another concern tonight: hurricane season. as you heard earlier, there is a tropical system that had formed in the atlantic. norah. >> o'donnell: oh, my goodness. manuel bojorquez, thank you. well, tonight, conflicting advice on who should still be wearing masks. the c.d.c. is leaving the decision to states, but now the governor of illinois is the latest to recommend masks in crowded spaces, even for people who have been vaccinated against covid to stop the spread of that dangerous delta variant. here's cbs' david begnaud. >> reporter: tonight, a new warning in the state of illinois: don't let your guard down, and mask up, even if you're fully vaccinated. >> if you're going into a heavily crowded area, you don't know if somebody is not vaccinated, and so you should just bring your mask with you and keep safe. >> reporter: that statement from the governor follows health officials in los angeles who say everyone inside public spaces should go back to wearing masks. the worry: that highly transmissible delta variant, which is now responsible for 26%
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of cases in the united states. and that makes vaccinations all the more urgent. are it's the southern states that are lagging. take arkansas, less than 35% of the total population is fully vaccinated. at trio's restaurant in little rock... >> we had a sign that said, "masks optional." we've replaced that with "masks strongly encouraged," except when you're eating and we're requiring all of our staff to wear masks. it's the smart thing to do. i think it works. >> reporter: the governor says the bigger cities aren't having the problems that the rural areas are. >> the availability is not a problem. it is simply getting people to take time off their work or off their daily activities and say this is urgent. >> it just felt like there was something sitting on my chest. >> reporter: we met 25-year-old ashton reed from southern arkansas at this hospital here in little rock where she nearly died from covid-19. just 30 weeks pregnant, doctors had to do an emergency c- section. she and her husband, chase, are
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now on a mission to educate others. do you feel a sense of guilt?se? >> i do feel >> i do feel a sense of guilt because, you know, instead of not taking it seriously, i should have been promoting getting the vaccination because mywife was pregnant. >> reporter: their baby is expected to spend two and a half months in the expected to spend two and a half months in the hospital because she was born early, because her mom had covid. we asked the hospital, what's a ballpark figure for the type of car a mom like mom ashton received and the baby. we were told it's north the $3 million before insurance. a covid shot is free. norah. >> o'donnell: i think that makes the point. david begnaud, thank you. well, tonight, there is a major development in the investigation into former president trump's family business: indictments are expected tomorrow in new york for the company and a longtime aid to the former president. we get more now from cbs' jeff pegues. >> reporter: for the first time, the three-year investigation will lead to charges against the trump organization and its
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c.f.o. the tax charges against allen weisselberg are related to company payments on apartments, cars, and even private school tuition. a key witness, weisselberg's estranged former daughter-in- law, who turned over several boxes of documents. while mr. trump is the face of the company, weisselberg has operated behind the scenes not only as a c.f.o. the former taxicab driver has also been the trump family's personal bookkeeper. in 2019, michael cohen, the president's former personal attorney, testified that weisselberg never acted alone. >> everything was done with the knowledge and at the direction of mr. trump. >> reporter: in a statement, the former president railed against prosecutors for going after people within the trumpt that dn organization. mr. trump, who was in texas today, is not expected to face charges, but that doesn't mean he's in the clear.
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>> this indictment, anyway, looks to me like the culmination of a pressure campaign against allen weisselberg. however, the grand jury is sitting until november. >> reporter: trump organization lawyers told cbs news this week that they would move to dismiss the charges. they believe the threat to the organization posed is disproportionate to the alleged misconduct. norah. >> o'donnell: all right, more to this story, certainly. jeff pegues, thank you. all right, there is late word out of new mexico tonight. donald rumsfeld has died.night. donald rumsfeld the republican power broker spent six decades in public service, but he may be best known for the wars fought after 9/11. donald rumsfeld's long career started as an illinois congressman. he then went on to serve four republican presidents as an ambassador, a chief of staff, and eventually secretary of defense twice. >> he's going to be a great secretary of defense, again. >> o'donnell: a navy pilot himself, rumsfeld was both the youngest and at the time oldest to serve as defense secretary. but what may define rumsfeld's
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legacy was the invasion into afghanistan and then iraq, despite questions about whether saddam hussein ever possessed weapons of mass destruction. >> there are things we know we know. we also know there are known unknowns. >> o'donnell: and it was this extraordinary answer that made headlines when pressed by troops about the lack of armored vehicles. >> you go to war with the army you have not the army might want. >> o'donnell: rumsfeld twice offered his resignation to president bush over the abuse of iraqi prisoners at abu ghraib. in a memoir he wrote, >> if you are not being criticized, you may not be doing much. >> o'donnell: donald rumsfeld was 88 years old. and there is still much more news ahead tonight on the "cbs evening news." a botched ballot count throws the new york city race for mayor into chaos. and a new pill for women who suffer from post-partum depression. pill for women who suffer from post-partum
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right now at 7:00.? the bay area fire department literally putting up road blocks, to make sure the fourth of july doesn't go off with a bang. >> people want to have fun and enjoy themselves, but the smallest of an accident can create a catastrophic fire. any help we can get from mother nature would be appreciated, like the moisture associated with the marine layer and cooler temperatures today. can we keep it going into the holiday weekend? california fed up with texting and driving. how it could really cost you starting tomorrow. and the search for a very big cat on the prowl in one bay area neighborhood this evening. right now on the kpix 5 news at 7:00 and streaming on cbsn bay area, from zero tolerance
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policies to stepped up patrols, fire watch into the weekend. i'm elizabeth cook. >> i'm ken bastida. we see it every year, of course, and despite the drought, fire danger, we are about to see it again. illegal fireworks lighting up the skies on the fourth of july and potentially setting off destructive fires. >> kpix 5's katie nielsen is live in the oakland hills where firefighters are literally tossing up roadblocks for holiday revelers, katie? >> reporter: yeah, liz, if you take a look at the hills, you can understand why those firefighters are so concerned. all the brown grass, dry shrubs and parched trees. that's why grizzly peak boulevard will be closed on the fourth of july from -- and centennial drive. in past years, it has been a common place for people to gather to watch fireworks and, in some cases, even to set them
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