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>> axelrod: criminal charges against a man once known as america's dad. bill cosby, accused of drugging and sexual assaulting a woman. >> the reaction of the victim-- frozen, paralyzed, unable to move. >> axelrod: also tonight, the furious effort to hold back rising rivers in missouri. donald trump keeps firing at hillary and bill clinton. and two kids, one big idea-- helping thousands go to college. >> what you give out to the world you get back 10 times, you know, fold. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> axelrod: good evening. scott's off tonight. i'm jim axelrod. dozens of women have accused bill cosby of sexually assaulting them but today for
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actor, and longtime moral crusader was charged criminally, a felony count of aggravated indecent assault, just days before the statute of limitations was due to run out. if convicted, cosby, who is 78 years old, could face five to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. tonight, he's free on $1 million bail. jericka duncan reports from suburban philadelphia. >> mr. cosby, do you want to say anything? >> reporter: this afternoon, attorneys for comedian bill cosby walked him into this small courthouse in elkins park, pennsylvania, to hear the criminal sexual assault charges against him. his accuser is andrea constand, a former temple university employee who first told police about the alleged incident over a decade ago. constand says in the winter of 2004, she went to cosby's house for career advice. cosby offered, and she took, three blue pills and wine to relax. in the criminal complaint
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within a half hour, she experienced, "blurred vision and difficulty speaking." her legs felt rubly, like jelly, and she had no sense of time. she says though she was unable to move or speak, she felt cosby fondle her breasts and vagina, and woke up about 4:00 the next morning, still in his home. prosecutor kevin steele: >> the victim came to consider mr. cosby her mentor and her friend. today, after examination of all the evidence, we are able to seek justice on behalf of the victim. >> reporter: when cosby was questioned by police back in 2005, he admitted the two had sexual contact but said he had given constand the allergy pill benadryl and that the contact was consensual. at the time, the district attorney announced no criminal charges citing lack of evidence. but investigators reopened her
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judge unsealed portions of depositions from the civil suit constand filed in 2005, in which cosby admitted giving drugs to women. constand's attorney asked cosby, "when you got the qualewds was it in your mind that you were going to use these qualaids for young women you wanted to have sex with?" cosby replied, "yes." he later said he misunderstood the question. the civil suit was settled in 2006 for an undisclosed amount of money. in the past year, more than 50 women have accused cosby of sexual assault, many of whom posed for this cover story in "new york magazine's" july edition. victoria valentiono is one of the accusers. >> well, we were absolutely elated, vindicated, validated, and just elated. i can't-- i can't find a better word for it.
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>> reporter: 78-year-old cosby was able to leave jail after posting 10% of his $1 million bail and giving up his passport. cosby didn't have anything to say when he left this courthouse, but later this evening, his attorneys released a statement that resident in part: jim, cosby is expected to appear back in court for preliminary hearing on january 14. >> axelrod: jericka, thank you. cosby's arraignment comes at the beginning of the criminal judicial process, not the end, butted idea of cosby charged with a sex crime would have been unfaith automaticcable a generation ago when he outpolled ronald reagan, billy graham, and pope john paul ii as america's most trustd and admired man. more than 30 million people
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cosby show" in 1986. >> why, sir? >> axelrod: the first african american male lead in a tv drama, "i spy," in 1965. >> how much? >> hey, hey, hey! >> axelrod: the creator of the beloved kid show "fat albert." i'm going to sing a song for you. >> if you're in there, you sure are terrific. >> axelrod: the pitch man who was madison avenue magic. >> you mean it was. >> axelrod: and a man who at one time held more than 50 honorary degrees. bill cosby is now center stage as the subject of a great american fall from grace. >> bill cosby never seemed like he was playing a character. he was this, you know, great husband. he was this wonderful family man. >> axelrod: renee graham is a contributing opinion writer for the "boston globe." >> he was a finger wagging morallallist criticizes comedians who used profanity or young black men whose pants were too low. meanwhile, you now have all
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the allegations, now have a charge of sexual assault. >> axelrod: and you think that makes this more significant, actually makes this historic? >> i think it does. everyone knew bill cosby. and i think generally, everyone had a really positive opinion of bill cosby. so when you have someone who is that high, the fall is going to be, you know, that much more devastating. >> axelrod: now, those 50 or so schools that gave cosby honorary degrees, at least a dozen have since rescinded them. there is breaking news tonight in calgary, canada. an air canada jet made an emergency landing after severe turbulence caused at least 20 injuries on board. fire officials say some passengers were taken off the plane by stretcher and taken to hospitals. the jet was bound from china to toronto when the problem occurred. another major story developing tonight, the historic flooding in the midwest. rivers are still rising in missouri and illinois. at least 21 people have been killed there. homes have been evacuated.
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and the rivers are expected to crest near st. louis tomorrow or friday. anna werner is in fenton, missouri, tonight. anna. >> reporter: good evening, jim. and this is what many neighborhoods in the st. louis metro area look like tonight. some are even getting out the boats to use for transportation. floodwaters here are rising more than one inch per hour, and residents are desperately trying to save their homes or simply escape. the sterling estates subdivision division in arnold, south of st. louis, sits in the spot where the overflowing meramec and mississippi rivers meet. as of this afternoon, half a dozen homes here had been lost, joining hundreds of others submerged in the st. louis area. and volunteers filled and stacked sandbags trying to save the rest. >> thanks. >> reporter: resident carla bryant helped organize the effort. >> there are homes, these are my neighbors.
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and we still can't beat it. >> reporter: december rains swelled rivers around st. louis and pushed water into nearby communities. the water was so high in this neighborhood, rescuers had to pluck a man and his dog off a rooftop. dozens of others were also rescued from stranded vehicles. officials issued evacuation orders for several communities including valley park and west alton, on the banks of the mississippi, north of st. louis. in branson, the army corps of engineers opens the spillways at table rock dam in an effort to ease flooding along the white river. workers tried sandbags at the waste water treatment plant with little success. there was simply too much water. this plant in fenton, missouri, had to be closed, and that meant untreated sewage was flowing into local streams and into the meramec. that's the same river overflowing into carla bryant's neighborhood. >> tomorrow's another day.
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week, so 2016's got to be better. >> reporter: right now, the meramec rinever is expected to rise after foot and a half to a record 47 feet. that crest is expected to occur some time tomorrow afternoon, jim. >> axelrod: anna, thank you very much. there were long lines again today at the nation's airports. bad weather delayed more than 5500 flights. more than 370 were canceled all together. today, a mexican judge granted ethan coach, the affluenza kid, a three-day delay in his deportation. his mother was sent back to texas. couch and his mother were arrested in mexico on monday after he skipped a probation check-in and spent almost three weeks on the run. couch killed four people in 2013 while drunk driving avoiding jail with the defense that his wealthy parents hadn't taught him right from wrong. after a series of deadly police shootings, today, chicago mayor
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should only use guns as a last option. adriana diaz reports the mayor is revamping police training. >> reporter: rahm emanuel stepped before the cameras as a mayor under a spotlight with a police department in crisis. >> ultimately, what we are doing is injecting some humanity into the work of our police department and the police officers. >> reporter: the mayor called the new policies a dramatic shift in police practices. he is doubling the number of tasers for officers to 1400. increasing desk duty for police involved in shootings from three days to 30. and focusing on deescalation training to reduce the number of police-involved shootings. tensions boiled over last month with the release of dash cam video showing officer jason van dyke killing 17-year-old laquan mcdonald in october 2014. protesters have taken to the streets, demanding the mayor resign. andy shaw, who heads the better government association, says
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>> he's trying to save his reputation and his legacy, and he's also trying to save a city in crisis. >> reporter: one made worse by this weekend's fatal shooting of 55-year-old bettie jones. she was accidentally shot as officers opened fire on 19-year-old quintonio legrier during a domestic disturbance call. >> what about the taser? taser him down. don't start shooting people, innocent people! >> reporter: that's a problem the mayor hopes today's announcement will solve. >> there's a difference between whether someone can use a gun and when they should use a gun. and we as a city must train for that difference. >> reporter: on average, one person per week is shot by police in chicago. jim, this month, the justice investigate patterns in the force. their initial report should be out in a year. >> axelrod: adriana diaz covering for us tonight in chicago. thank you. four secret service agents were seriously hurt in a head-on collision in new hampshire last
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the driver of the other car was killed. the agents had been assigned to a hillary clinton campaign event. in the presidential campaign today, the republican front-runner kept on firing at the top democrat and her husband. here's major garrett. >> reporter: at a rally in south carolina, donald trump said he's ready for a woman president, just not hillary clinton. >> i love, love, love having a woman president. can't be her. she's horrible. >> reporter: accused by clinton of using sexist rhetoric, trump again brought up former president bill clinton's marital infidelities. >> and she wants to accuse me of things, and the husband's one of the great abusers of the world. give me a break. give me a break. ( applause ) >> reporter: trump invited reporters aboard his elegant private jet saturday t.d. >> try not to crash the woodwork if possible. >> reporter: to announce he would start spending $2 million a week on tv ads. >> we're going to be talking about a lot of things, including the border, including trade, including isis and security for the country.
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over a month before the first voting begins, republicans hoping to be the mainstream alternative to trump have turned on each other. the superpac supporting jeb bush attacked marco rubio for missing senate votes to campaign and fund raise. >> politics first. that's the rubio way. >> reporter: chris christie joined in, saying rubio should have flown to washington to vote against the recently passed budget bill. >> the vote happened and that's my observation, and it's-- it's hardly an attack. marco's if he's that thin-skinned he doesn't belong in this business. >> reporter: rubio said his fellow candidates are getting increasingly desperate. >> chris christie is a funny guy but he's never in new jersey. he's gone half the time. >> reporter: a recent anal shows rubio cast fewer votes than any senator running for president. and bush sent most of his national staff to the early voting states to help save his flagging campaign. >> axelrod: major garrett thank you very much.
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>> axelrod: some undeniable good news from the recent storms in the western u.s. the snowe pack in the sierra nevada mountains is significantly above the average for this time of year. as ben tracy reports a staggering number of
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>> reporter: this high-tech flying laboratory has been soaring over california, measuring the impact of four years of drought. >> there's a lot of red on this screen. which is a sign that we're over an area that's in trouble. >> reporter: scientist greg asner says his team has made a startling discovery-- 888 million trees in california's forests have seen measurable water loss since the drought began. you're basically saying the drought has impacted nearly 1 billion trees in california. >> that's correct. >> reporter: they can be this precise because their plane is equipped with state-of-the-art lasers that scanned 15 acres of forest every second. it's like having x-ray vision that produces these first-of-its-kind 3d images of the health of every single tree in the forest. the red areas on this map show severely drought-stressed trees. blue areas are healthier. your equipment reads how much moisture is in each individual tree?
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the measurement is focused on how much water is in the foliage itself. it's like getting a blood test. it's really one of the key indicators of the health of a tree. >> reporter: the u.s. forest service says more than 29 million trees have already died. asner's team has determined that 58 million more are on the brink. these severely stressed trees are, they passed the point of no return or are they recoverable? >> we don't know whether a stressed tree is going to absolutely succumb and be gone or if it's going to bounce back over time. >> reporter: the hope is el nino-fueled storms will bring much-needed rain. in the meantime, these new maps will help the forest service know which areas are most vulnerable and wildfire officials know where the greatest risks are. ben tracy, cbs news, sacramento. >> axelrod: the white house is sharing its favorite photos from 2015. that's coming a lot of work... to run this business. but i really love it. i'm on the move all day long...
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>> axelrod: the north pole is famous for extreme temperatures but not these kind of extremes. 34 degrees today in north pole, new york, and 41 in north pole, alaska. even if the real north pole it was 33 degrees. that is 50 degrees above normal and the first time it's been above freezing in december in 13 years. off california, the warm waters of el nino have chased away the fish that seals and selions rely on for food. at least 4200 starving sea lions have washed ashore this year and the situation is expected to get worse this winter as ocean temperatures rise. today, the white house released the gallery of president obama's year in pictures. among the chief photographer's favorite shots, this snuggle with the first lady. the father-daughter chat where malia tells dad he's got something on his face. the selfie two brothers will never forget. a bride and groom greeting an unexpected guest at their wedding.
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forget the rose bowl , these hawkeye fans say disney land is the happiest place on least for today. live team 8 coverage from southern california. next on kcci 8 news at 6. >> axelrod: we end tonight with a salute to a pair of determined young ladies. chip reid tells us they've been saluting american heroes and their families for years. >> reporter: 10 years okay rachel okun, then 10, and her sister, kelsi, who was eight, told their parent they had a big idea. they wanted to say thank you to the troops in iraq and afghanistan by offering scholarships to their spouses and children. with some parental assistance,
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their own charity called thanks u.s. a, and soon they were online asking for money. in 2009, when cbs news paid a visit, thanks u.s. ahad raised a stunning $5 million. >> and i began seeing that really any person can make a difference, and what you give out to the world you get back 10 times, you know, fold. >> reporter: now, rachelle is in college, kelsi is a high school senior, and thanks usa is still going strong. how much money have you raised so far? >> we just cleared the $10 million mark. >> reporter: $10 million. >> yeah. >> reporter: yes, $10.3 million from an idea that began in a dinner table conversation. the money is raised through individual and corporate donations, golf and tennis tournaments, and an annual treasure hunt. so far, thanks usa has given military family members more than 3400 scholarshipes of $3,000 each.
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>> i love it. don't hit the -- >> reporter: with the help of thanks usa, kelly estep will soon get her bachelor's degree and then plans to get a masters in social work. her husband was killed in iraq in 2005. >> from my experience, i want to flip that into something positive and give back to the military and be there for other families that lose a loved one, son or daughter, husband, you know, wife. >> reporter: it's a story of giving back that began 10 years ago with two young girls. >> you can change the world. >> one heart at a time. >> reporter: and a message that's as true today as it was then. chip reid, cbs news, mclean, virginia. >> axelrod: and that's the cbs evening news.
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