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♪ ♪ ♪ >> dickerson: tonight, how far will china go? after peeking nancy pelosi becomes the highest ranking u.s. official to visit taiwan in 25 years. the speaker of the house arrives on a u.s. air force plane to fanfare and china reacts. warships around taiwan and beijing promise a strong and forceful response. the planning behind a strike on a balcony in afghanistan that killed al qaeda's leader. new details tonight about how the u.s. tracked down one of the masterminds of 9/11. helping america's veterans. after days of protesting from comedian jon stewart and dozens of veterans' groups, the senate vote on a bill to expand benefits to warriors with toxic exposure from burn pits.
primary day across america. voters in five states go to the polls tonight. what we might learn about the elections this november and the ones in 2024. plus, kansas becomes the first state to vote on the future of abortion rights. confronting a liar... >> i wanted to tell you to your face, my son existed. >> reporter: the mom of a sandy hook victim addresses conspiracy theorist alex jones. they picked the wrong guy to mess with. robbers with an ar-15-style rifle target a liquor store, whose 80-year-old owner greets them with a shotgun. and finally, an n.b.a. champion on and off the court. what this former l.a. laker is doing to raise money for the children of ukraine. >> this is ♪ ♪ ♪ this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. ♪ ♪ ♪
>> dickerson: good evening and thank you for joining us. i'm john dickerson in for norah. tonight, u.s.-china tensions increase after house speaker nancy pelosi's arrival in taiwan. the highest ranking american official in 25 years to visit the self-ruled island that beijing claims as its own. pelosi was greeted on the tarmac at p taipei's airport. in a statement upon arriving, pelosi said the visit honors america's unwavering commitment to supporting taiwan's vibrant democracy. china responded to the visit by putting its military on high alert and announcing a series of military demonstrations in the waters off taiwan. cbs' nancy cordes starts us off. >> reporter: the guessing game about pelosi's plans ended with this late-night touchdown in taipei. the house speaker was greeted by local officials, even hailed with a welcome message on taiwan's tallest skiscraper.
but across the narrow taiwan strait, china responded, announcing new live-fire military drills and circling taiwan and warning that the u.s. would pay the price for undermining china's interests. >> the speaker has the right to visit taiwan. >> reporter: here in washington, the administration offered cautious backing for the trip, but they weren't always so supportive. >> i think that the military thinks it's not a good idea right now. >> reporter: to reduce tensions, speaker pelosi's flight path from malaysia took her away from the chinese mainland and the south china sea. her journey was tracked by nearly three million people online. >> i believe she has every right to go. >> you do not want the chinese communist party dictating to senior american leader where's they can and cannot travel. >> reporter: pelosi isn't the first lawmaker to visit taiwan this year. but she's the first house speaker to do so in 25 years, and she's been a thorn in china's side since 1991, when
she unfurled a pro-democracy banner in beijing's tianammen square. in an op-ed today, pelosi said she made the trip because "we cannot stand by as china proceeds to threaten taiwan." what is this going to do to the u.s.-china relationship, which is already so fraught? >> we don't want to see this spiral into any kind of a crisis or conflict. we want to be able to maintain those lines of communication. it's going to depend a lot on how china behaves overcoming days and weeks. >> reporter: one of the things the white house will be watching for is whether china tries to retaliate against the u.s. or taiwan economically. in fact, john, just today, china sddenly banned shipments from 100 taiwan eings food exporters. >> dickerson: tonight, we are learning more about the successful drone strike that killed al qaeda leader ayman
al-zawahiri in afghanistan. cbs' catherine herridge has the new details on how the decades-long manhunt finally came to an end. >> reporter: smoke rose after two hell fire missiles used by the u.ted assassinations, rained down on ayman al-zawahiri. after the drone strike, green tarps hung from a building where it's believed he spent his final moments before he was killed on a balcony. >> americans can feel safer today now that the leader of al qaeda, ayman al-zawahiri, is off the battlefield. >> reporter: within with a $25 million bounty on his head, the al qaeda's whereabouts was a lingering mystery for u.s. intelligence. earlier this year, the terrorist leader was tracked down to the busy afghanicalital of kabul. after an intelligence briefing where he saw the safe house, he authorized the strike. >> this mission was carefully planned, minimized the risk of harm to other civilians. >> reporter: the fact that
al-zawahiri was in kabul. and a violation of the taliban's commitment not to harbor terrorists. >> we are communicating directly with the taliban about their obligations not to allow al qaeda to use afghanistan as a basis for plotting. >> reporter: al-zawahiri played a key role in the 9/11 attacks in plots that murder americans overseas at two u.s. embassies in east africa, and on the uss "cole" in yemen. after navy seals raided this compound in pakistan, killing osama bin laden, al-zawahiri took over. after last year's chaotic withdrawal of u.s. forces from afghanistan, mr. biden insisted the weekend strike shows the u.s. ability to target terrorists remains strong. >> no matter how long it takes, no matter where you hide, if you are a threat to our people, the united states will find you and take you out. >> reporter: in addition, saif al adel, described as the terror group's military leader, is the
likely successor. a former senior u.s. military official told cbs news that while the leadership has changed, al qaeda remains a resilient adversary that seeks out safe havens. john. >> dickerson: a resilient adversary. thank you, catherine herridge. after nearly a week of delays, outrage and proifts, tonight the senate is once again trying to pass a bill which will expand healthcare and disability benefits to veterans exposed to toxic burn pits in iraq and afghanistan. cbs' scott macfarlane has the latest. >> reporter: with war veterans outside the capitol demanding action, a long-awaited plan to expand medical benefits for service members headed towards passage, making it easier for vets sickened by toxic fumes to get treatment. susan zeier's son-in-law died from lung cancer, she believes from exposure to burn pits in iraq. >> the first words out of the oncologist' house was what the hell have you been exposed to. >> reporter: veterans felt blindsided last week when
republicans unexpectedly blocked the burn pit legislatio. >> they haven't met a veteran they won't screw over. >> reporter: their protest was powered by talk show host jon stewart. we see a lot of protests around here. >> yes. >> reporter: is this one having more of an impact? >> if it takes this to get something so unbelievably low hanging and common sense done, holy god. what are we doing with the rest of it? >> reporter: tonight, republicans dropped their opposition. >> the veterans' service organizations will be pleased with with the final result. >> reporter: veterans' organizations sale cbs news this legislation could impact more than three million vets, including those exposed to toxins as far back as vietnam. the president supports the bill, says he'll sign it as soon as it reaches his desk. john. >> dickerson: scott macfarlane at the capitol. thank you, scott. norah spoke with jon stewart for her next episode of "person to person," which remers tonight at 10:30 eastern, 7:30 pacific on
the cbs news app. we turn now to primary day across america. voters are heading to the polls in five states today, setting up pivotal races for november's midterm elections. in arizona, one of the republican contests features a candidate supported by former president trump, facing off against one supported by his vice president. cbs' ed o'keefe is there. >> reporter: tonight, in arizona, dueling republican candidates for governor backed by former president donald trump and former vice president mike pence are once again exposing divisions as wide and deepals the grand canyon. >> the party of lincoln, the party of ronald reagan, and the party of our favorite president, donald j. trump! >> reporter: kerry lake is a former tv news anchor who earned trump's nod. >> i think our policies appeal to independents, democrats and republicans. >> reporter: but karin taylor robson, a business executive backed by pence, doesn't think so, arguing lake's too extreme.
>> we must get back to a place where the republican party is about addition and multiplication. because on the current path that we're on, where we're just dividing, dividing, dividing, and fighting fighting fighting all the time. >> reporter: the former president's reference remains a big factor. >> i love trump and all of the people that he's endorsing. >> i wouldn't vote for anybody that he hasn't endorsed. >> reporter: 57% of republicans nationwide say they're more likely to vote for a candidate who gets a trump endorsement but our cbs news battleground backer also finds trump support makes registered voters overall lesslie like to vote for a candidate. in today's five contests, three incumbent house republicans who voted to apache him, faced primary challenges from trump-backed candidates who believe the 2020 election was stolen. in missouri's crowded primary,. he weighed in on monday night, announcing support for erick. but there's a problem.
the former president didn't specify which eric. did he mean eric greitens, the former governor, or erick schmitt, the attorney general? it doesn't matter to them. a trump ensuport. o'keefe onhe toin ucky, the death toll s expected to rise as rescuers find more victims of powerful flooding that swept away entire neighborhoods. in northern california, at least four people have now died in the mc kinney fire, the largest wildfire in the state this year. much of the country is now facing extreme and potentially? >> reporter:-breaking heat. for more let's bring in weather channel meteorologist mike bettes. good evening, mike. >> reporter: john, good evening. y andsive heat and scpangd heat an issue across the ohio valley, including places like hard-hit eastern kentucky, temperatures now climbing into the 90s. a lot of people here still without electricity, still without air conditioning. now that heat as the jet stream
goes north, expands all the way to the i-95 corridor. temperatures could be 10-15 degrees above average through the remainder of the week, including temperatures 95-100 degrees along the i-95 corridor, including d.c. and philadelphia by thursday. now, that heat also an issue across the northwest, we're also very dry, increasing fire danger with red flag warning, and fire weather watches. then also comes, john, the threat for flooding. monsoon moisture in the southwest, more rain in the ohio valley. >>ke got and gng. k youy ex jonou pay for lying that th12 ndy hook emennts of one of the x-year-old victims is suing him, claiming his lies put them through a living hell. here's cbs' janet shamlian. >> reporter: emotional testimony from neil heslan, the father of six-year-old jessie
lewis, killed at sandy hook elementary in 2012. >> when you lose a child, you're losing part of yourself. and those feelings don't go away. >> reporter: heslan, and jessie's mom, scarlt lewis, are suing conspiracy theorist alex jones. jones on h "infowars" program told his audience of millions the massacre was a hoax calling the victims and their families crisis actors. >> they staged sandy hook. the evidence is overwhelming. >> reporter: the parents are asking for $150 million, saying they've endured years of harassment and threats by jones' followers. >> alex started this fight, and i'll finish this fight. >> reporter: heslan called jones a powered for not being present for his testimony, but jones was in court this afternoon as scarlett lewis, the boy's mother, took the stand and addressed him directly. >> my son existed. you're still on your show today trying to say that i'm implying,
that i'm an rr: late toones defee.he stand ini >> i never intentionally tried to hurt you. the internet had a lot of questions. i had questions. >> reporter: jones put his company into bankruptcy last week, which may delay two other damage trials scheduled for september. janet shamlian, cbs news. of. >> dickerson: still ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news," abortion is on the ballot for the first time since "roe" was overturned. we'll take you to the battleground state when we come battleground state when we come back in 60 seconds. you weren't made for uc or crohn's, but gut focused entyvio is. entyvio works at the site of the problem to block certain inflammation-causing cells from entering the gut. infusion and serious allergic reactions can happen during or after treatment. entyvio may increase risk of infection which can be serious.
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overturned in june. >> reporter: for laurie mosqueda, tonight's vote on abortion access is personal. >> when i was 15 years old, i send a ride home from work from a coworker, and he took me down to the river and left me there. i screamed "no," and i wasn't heard them. he didn't listen to me. but i'm going to vote no, and people are going to listen. >> reporter: walking through the suburb an wichita neighborhoods it's easy to find different points of view. >> vote yes! >> ideally, of course, i think we would all love a total ban. >> reporter: right now, there are only four abortion clinics left in the state, where the procedure is legal up to 22 weeks of pregnancy.deo amend the state's constitution. voting no will keep abortion rights in place. voting yes will overturn them and allow the state legislature, which is controlled by republicans, to act. .as a lawmaker, do you want toy soo a ban? >> my personal opinion, i think
we need more restrictions. >> reporter: kansas is the first state in the nation to vote on reproductive rights following the decision to overturn "roe." but it will not be the last, and the decision will have an impact beyond its borders. so what's at stake in this election? >> i think not just reproductive choice in kansas, but in missouri and every border state, and, frankly, access to vital family and women's healthcare, really in the great plains entirely. i think it reverberates nationally. >> reporter: no matter how the vote goes tonight, abortions kansas until the state legislature decides. and they come back into session in january. john. >> dickerson: caitlin huey-burns in kansas. thank you. up next, the monkeypox outbreak worsens as a federal emergency official is put in charge of the national response. isn't that right phil?
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for norah o'donnell, i'm john >> announcer: former live-in lovers pick up the pieces... >> judge judy: tell me what you bought for the house that you want back. >> the property isn't there anymore. >> judge judy: you're not getting any money. >> announcer: but which one of them... >> judge judy: you're still in the house, aren't you? >> yes, ma'am. >> announcer: ...isn't telling the whole truth. >> judge judy: and you're paying for it? >> ...yes, ma'am. >> judge judy: why was that a hesitation? have you not paid the rent? i don't trust either one of you. >> announcer: "judge judy." >> judge judy: this is getting better all the time. i love it. all you have to do is scratch the surface. >> announcer: you are about to enter the courtroom of >> announcer: you are about to enter the courtroom of judge judith sheindlin. captions paid for by cbs television distribution susan jervis is suing her ex-boyfriend, joseph russo, for the return of rent and property and the cost of a moving van. >> byrd: order! all rise! this is case number 440 on the calendar in the matter of jervis vs. russo. >> judge judy: thank you.
>> byrd: you're welcome, judge. parties have been sworn in. you may be seated. >> judge judy: ms. jervis, your home state is what state? >> california and arizona. >> judge judy: and your home state is what, sir? >> arizona. >> judge judy: at some point, the two of you got together. in what year was that? >> 2016, july 4th. >> judge judy: how? >> we met through a dating website. >> judge judy: and you traveled from california to arizona? >> i was already living out there part time and part time in california for the last three years. i work from home, so i'm able to go -- >> judge judy: did you travel from california to arizona? >> i did. >> judge judy: what was your home address, mr. russo, in 2015? >> it was in texas. >> judge judy: texas. >> ma'am, yes, ma'am. >> judge judy: when did you move to arizona? month and year >> febary of '16. >> judge judy: and when did you and ms. jervis meet? >> july 4, 2016. >> judge judy: where were you living in february of 2016? >> texas, ma'am. >> judge judy: where were you living in march? >> in arizona. >> judge judy: street address. >> i don't know it offhand. it was my mother's house. i moved from texas to -- >> judge judy: i understand .