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deliver delayed presents. fight and flight-- the self-defense class training people what to do when a gunman opens fire. >> if you have absolutely no choice, then we get into fighting and what we train six days a week. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news." >> axelrod: good evening. i'm jim axelrod. the bodies of three more storm victims were found today in mississippi and alabama, the 16th, 17th, and 18th people killed this week by tornadoes that swept across the south. in alabama, where another twister touched down christmas night, nearly 200 roads are closed due to flooding, and the threat of extreme weather is not over yet. the south central u.s. faces everything from more tornadoes to blizzard conditions while part of the midwest and northeast could finally get their first real taste of winter early next week.
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strassmann in mississippi. >> yeah, you can't live like that, sweetheart. >> reporter: kenya williams is both heartbroken and thankful. her brick home since childhood has lost its roof and half its walls but she has perspective. 10 mississippi residents were killed by the christmas week tornadoes. six of them were her neighbors. >> my 72-year-old blind, disabled dad was in this house when the tornado hit. so for him to come out with just a bump and scratch on his head ohis forehead, no broken bones, not severely hurt, didn't have to go into i.c.u., i'm good with that. >> reporter: in northern alabama, flash flooding was a threat all day. in some areas, people were warned to avoid driving. on christmas night, a twister struck birmingham, the state's biggest city. rattled residents described seeing white rain. >> pouring down, heavy rain,
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and then all of a sudden, the glass in my windows just broke out. >> reporter: two homes in the state's capital were destroyed, otherring badly damaged, but no one was killed. since christmas eve, unseasonably warm weather across the south has fueled killer storms. thousands of victims in tennessee, arkansas, and georgia spent their saturday cleaning up. >> that's not even part of my house. that came from my next door neighbor. >> reporter: what williams found scattered and shred everywhere was a lifetime of memories. >> i mean, they'll live within me forever-- family times, the thanksgivings, the christmases, a lot of my friends from college used to come out here with me and everything. so, you know, that's the heartbreaking part of it. >> reporter: williams told me her family plans to rebuild right on this spot. jim, they lost their house, but this is home. >> axelrod: an important distinction in the face of such tragedy. mark strassmann, thank you.
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with our cbs dallas station kttv. jeff, who is in the danger zone now? >> jim a big severe threat across central texas right now. tornado watch for the rest of the evening, including the dallas-fort worth area. we've already had a few confirmed tornadoes in east texas and the threat of severe weather really goes all the way up into the midwest, including chicago, for the rest of this evening. the severe weather threat tomorrow will be basically in the same areas, maybe farther east in louisiana, arkansas, and mississippi. on the backside of the storm, it's all about snow. a lot of snow? new mexico and far west texas right now. blizzard warnings in effect for the texas panhandle. this could be an historic storm for them as we're talking about 12-18 inches of snow on the ground by tomorrow night. a lot of that blowing snow with up to five to six-foot drifts and winds around 60 miles per hour. >> axelrod: jeff jamieson with the extreme weather. thank you. north of los angeles tonight, firefighters are trying to
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more than 1200 acres have burned since the fire started last night near the coastal community of solimar beach. here's mireya villarreal. >> reporter: dramatic video captures what uvacue ease faced as they drove right past the erupting fire. they were fleeing the small community of solimar beach and a nearby campground battling the traffic as the flames edged closer. >> this is insane! >> why are we stopping! >> reporter: the fire shut downus 101, a major link between los angeles and santa barbara, jumped the highway, and also closed the union pacific rail line. ventura county fire battalion chief fred burris. >> the fire was wind driven with an offshore wind and blew down to the coast. >> reporter: that's where firefighters made their stand, preventing flames from reaching solimar beach, where three dozen upscale homes are sandwiched between the highway and the pacific ocean.
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everything we've got. we're making an all-out assault to get this thing boxed up, especially with the heavy weather. >> reporter: ventura county division chief norm plott says potential downpours driven by el nino may be on the way, but in the past six weeks, this part of the county has received less than .10 of an inch of rain. >> the fire's going to resist our control because we're at the end of this drought-- hopefully we're at the end of the drought. and we're not quite out of the woods yet. >> reporter: but even when the fire is fully extinguished, residents here could face a new danger-- mudslides. >> we're still predicting an el nino to fall on the hills after the first of the year with heavy rains and so that's something that i'm sure engineers will be looking at for stabilization if we do get some heavy rains. >> reporter: investigators still don't know what caused this fire, but at this point, it is only 10% contained, and, jim, firefighters tell us they expect to be out here for at least three more days.
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heavy rains have caused widespread flooding in great britain. in lankerr sheer, northwest of london, many had been to be rescued by boat and the military was deployed to stack sandbags. fedex said stormy weather is partly to blame for late holiday packages. on this night after christmas, their trucks are still making deliveries. here's marlie hall. >> reporter: for this customer, fedex was a day late, and he was more than a dollar short. >> it's december 26, and this package just showed up. looks pretty nice, doesn't it? yeah. good work, fedex. thanks. >> reporter: others took to social media, where hashtag fedex fail is trending. one person wrote, "so much for the guaranteed two-day delivery. i want my money back." while some came to the carrier's defense. "they can't control the weather." and "did you wait until the last
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prechristmas storms in the south and deadly tornadoes slowed deliveries. employees who volunteered to work delivered thousands of packages on christmas day, and the company opened some pickup centers on christmas morning for customers to get their packages. but for this man it was all too late. he picked up a gift for his father today that was supposed to be delivered by christmas eve. >> one get it right on time. two, deliver it to my, you know, loved ones. so it's a little disappointing. >> reporter: fedex shipped a record-breaking 317 million packages between black friday and christmas eve, a 12% jump from last year sparked by a surge in online orders. kevin hills is with stella service, a retail research firm. he says after weather-delayed holiday packages in 2013, fedex and ups made improvements to cut down delivery times. overall, they're getting better. >> yeah, and i think it's easy to blame the carriers when we see things like weather and bad things happen, especially around the holiday season.
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carriers are getting faster. >> reporter: fedex officials say they're still catching up with christmas deliveries today, but rival u.p.s., said it was done with its 630 million deliveries by 8:00 p.m. on christmas eve. the ups air hub is in louisville, where bad weather wasn't an issue. jim. >> axelrod: marlie, thank you very much. it has now been more than six mongst there there has been word from the leader of isis, abu bakr al-baghdadi. tonight it appears he has broken his silence. in london, here's jonathan vigliotti. >> reporter: reclusive isis leader abu bakr al-baghdadi, seen here in july of 2014, released a 24-minute audio message today where he vowed that russia and u.s.-led airstrikes would only make the islamic state tougher. in the recording he said, "those taking part in the fight against the islamic state will pay a hefty price." and he taunted the united states for not putting boots on the
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but for as polled as baghdady's message was, for the first time he admitted isis had suffered serious setbacks on battle field. those losses were documented in a report this week by a leading conflict monitoring group. they say islamic state lost as much as 14% of their territory in 2015. just last month, u.s.-backed iraqi forces pushed isis out of the town of sinjar. this week, iraqi troops advanced on the isis-held city of ramadi. the group's largest stronghold in iraq. baghdady's last public message was posted in may of this year. this new recording, released on an isis twitter page, refers to events as recent as december 14. baghdady's health has been in question for many months. he's been reported injured or killed several times in the past. but, jim, apparently, he's still alive. >> axelrod: jonathan vigliotti covering for us tonight in our london newsroom. thank you. the "washington post" reporter
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christmas visitors. the iranian government allowed jason rezaian's wife and mother to see him for several hours. rezaian has been in jail for 522 days, convicted of espionage on evidence that has not been made public. the chicago police officer shot and killed two people early this morning. the officer was responding to reports of a man threatening his father with a baseball bat. both the man and a neighbor were killed. chicago police, currently under intense pressure for the fatal shooting of an unarmed teen last year, say this latest shooting is under investigation. as maz shootings dominate the headlines, the threat is dominating many minds. now, as julianna goldman shows us, a fitness ipstruck thor in ohio is offering classes on how to fight back. >> running's not off the table. running is always the best joyce. >> reporter: aaron jannetti
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tonight he's holding a free active shooter response training course. >> right now there's a big buzz going around in the wake of paris and san bernardino, things like that. >> reporter: since the recent terrorist attacks, demand has skyrocketed. >> we filled a january course that's going to be coming up here in a couple of weeks, 40 people already, and i have a wait list about 20 more. >> reporter: amid heightened fears of terrorism, and mass shootings making headlines just about every day, jannetti's course outside of columbus, ohio, is one of many being offered across the country. as the year draws to an end, mass shootings are weighing heavily on people's minds. a new poll shows that 68% of americans listed mass shootings in the u.s. as very or extremely important news events this year. linda gause was among the nearly three dozen participants earlier this week who spent the majority of the three-hour course
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fight back when and if possible. >> i'm older than a lot of people here, and for me it's a matter of having confidence as i go forward. >> generally, when we think about guns, knives, and scary things, we think about running. we think about hiding. and, unfortunately, that reality is just not there. >> reporter: the f.b.i. in this video encourages people who find themselves in an active shooter situation to run, hide, or, as a last option, fight. jannetti is certified in defensive firearms tactics. ( screaming ) you just had people holding up their fingers saying, "pow, pow." i don't think you would feel nearly the adrenaline rush that you feel when people come in in high gear with things that look like rifles. >> we try to get them in there fighting and make them at least understand if that's where you would find yourself, then you need to be able to do it and you're capable of doing it. >> reporter: preparing people for the worst-case scenario. julianna goldman, cbs news, washington.
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the shores. rescuers packed the living ones into these small banana boxes and rushed them to marine hospitals across the country where they were numbered, diagnosed, and treated. a year ago, more than half of these turtles were dead when they washed ashore because the water was so cold. connie merigo, who spoke with us then, is director of the sea turtle hospital at the new england aquarium. >> when they come here, a lot of these turtles are so cold that their heartbeat is somewhere around one, two, three, four boots a minute. >> reporter: but officials with the massachusetts audubon society say this year the sea surface temperature in cape cod bay is the warmest it's ever been. bob prescott, who has been rescuing turtles for more than 30 years, says the kemp's ridley are getting comfortable in the bay. >> water temperature being very, very warm late in the season keeps them here longer. two weeks ago when we had a big
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vehicles. while i'd like to say these are not your grandfather's golf cartes, as david begnaud reports, the fact is, they are. >> reporter: you own two. >> own two golf carts. >> reporter: one for you, one for your wife? >> no, one for me to go golfing in and one for me to take her out to dinner and to take her shopping. >> reporter: after retiring to the villages in florida, gary search didn't have to search very far for the right ride. they're all over. this community caters to folks like search-- 55 and older. it is crawling with low-speed electric vehicles. here, there are more carts than cars. for people who have never been here, this is quite the sight. >> with over 60,000 golf carts in the villages, it's a major form of transportation. >> reporter: his tricked out candy apple red california roadster looks more like a hotrod and has safety features, too. and this is legal on the road. >> it's legal because it has a license plate on it. >> reporter: are they strict about patrolling the streets of
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>> they are for safety reasons because when you're driving a typical golf carte at those speeds with the break system it's not safe for them, this car has disk brakes on all four tires. >> reporter: according to the sumter county sheriff's office, over the past eight years, 16 people in the villages riding riding in golf carts have been killed in road accidents. almost all of them were not wearing seat belts and were ejected. >> we used to have two cars and one cart, and now we have two carts and one car. >> reporter: tim bought his first street legal six years ago. in terms of insurance, this falls under your home insurance. >> no you have to register it just like a car and get insurance. >> reporter: car insurance and seat belts are required. the maximum speed limit is 25 miles per hour. does it feel any less safe? >> on occasion it does. i mean, you have to be more aware when you're on the roads, because, obviously we're a smaller vehicle, and cars think that you're a golf cart.
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and try to beat you through intersections. low-speed vehicles are on the fast track to being allowed on the city streets in los angeles and new york, where politicians believe the future is slower, and at least in florida, cooler, too. david begnaud, cbs news, the villages, florida. >> axelrod: today at the port of los angeles, a giant arrived. its name the "benjamin franklin "and it's the largest container ship ever to dock in north america. the "frank is longer than the empire state building, wider than an olympic swimming pool. just ahead, her call to arms was a hug. we remember the hug lady of fort hood. when heartburn strikes, take zantac for faster relief than nexium or your money back. take the zantac it challenge. it's here, the first gummy multivitamin... ...from centrum.
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us, and she had a wonderful, wonderful impact on everybody that she had met. >> reporter: last month, when word got out that elizabeth was losing her long battle with breast cancer, the troops made it their mission to return the hugs and to thank the 84-year-old air force veteran for her service. former president george w. bush sent her a letter. >> we are a fortunate nation to have men and women who fact fies for our freedom. thank you for all of you have done at fort hood. >> axelrod: last tuesday, elizabeth was honored with a big award for her devotion to the troops. two days later, on christmas eve, she passed away. >> she was a smiling face, you know, in a time where people could have possibly been afraid. >> axelrod: elizabeth laird, who made the world better with her hugs, would have been 84 next month. and there is already a push to
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center in memory of elizabeth laird. and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. later on cbs, "48 hours." for now, i'm jim axelrod in new york, and for all of us here at cbs news, thanks for joining us. announcer: you're watching kcci 8 news. laura: right now at 6:00, some fast-moving changes to our weather picture. the rain moving through now, and the snow that's getting closer. plus, holiday headache! the presents are unwrapped, and now, the returns and exchanges begin. what it was like an area malls for those trying to get the best deals. and the festivities have begun.
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the rose bowl was held. good evening. des moines looking very overcast today. a thick layer of fog is blanketing central iowa. and a light drizzling of rain all day. kcci meteorologist jason sydejko in with a first look at your forecast. jason: we will keep that light layer of fog and drizzle into the evening tonight. if you are traveling, know the roads can be slick at times/ .not much on the radar at the moment, but it is hard for the radar to pick up on the drivel. izzle. rain and snow trying to nudge into the state. that makes it into the south, but i don't think it will become an all-encompassing iowa thing. you see cooler air moving in, wind chill in the middle teens. and we will continue to chill out as the wind is stays very
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