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my daughter riley is that age. >> axlerod: and santa's little helper for parents whose kids just can't get to sleep on christmas eve. >> i'm going to tell you a story that can make you feel very sleepy! captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> axlerod: good evening. scott's off tonight. i'm jim axelrod. and this is our western edition. we begin with a christmas turned deadly by the kind of storms we don't usually see until spring. dozens of tornadoes tore through the south and midwest, including the first ever recorded in michigan in december. at least eleven were killed last night, more than 60 hurt. states of emergency have been declared in georgia, tennessee and mississippi, where about 100 homes were destroyed. manuel bojorquez begins our coverage near holly springs, mississippi.
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>> reporter: this tornado was on the ground for ten minutes as it tore through the town of clarksdale, mississippi. >>back it up! back it up! >> reporter: storm chasers scrambled to get out of harm's way as a tornado came right at them, and another slammed into a busy highway, knocking a tractor-trailer on its side. mississippi governor phil bryant: >> if you look at the damage here, it is as bad as any tornado that we've had, and i have been through a lot of them. >> reporter: marvin and bernita sims were in their house watching tv when the storm hit. their home was destroyed. >> i looked up, the roof was blowing off the house and i just told her, "hold on, hold on." i held on to her as tight as i could. >> reporter: the massive storm system that moved across the southeast yesterday spawned 29 tornadoes in six states. in perry county, tennessee, sheriff say 69-year-old ann yzaguirre and 70-year-old antonio yzaguirre were killed when a tornado hit their home. the couple had just celebrated
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and one of the dead in mississippi is a seven-year-old boy, killed when the car he was riding in was tossed into the air. this is the town of chulahoma, mississippi. people here lost homes and this church. a tornado sliced right through it. the pastor told us the congregation still plans to hold services in the parking lot. manuel bojorquez, cbs news, chulahoma, mississippi. >> axlerod: we have breaking news to report. let's get right to the details. >> reporter: two rare tornadoes touched down in northern california. >> it's moving to houses! >> reporter: the national weather service confirmed the first twister was on the ground in el dorado county, the second in modesto. small damage from both. as of yet, no injuries. for updates, stay tuned to your local cbs station. >> axlerod: millions woke up
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they slept through winter. in new york, the high is 72, a few degrees from past july which was 75. let's bring in eric fisher, chief meteorologist at cbs station in boston, wbz. eric, dozens of records being set today. >> jim, it is about as strange as it can get on christmas eve out there. look at these temperatures: burlington, vermont hit 68, beating the old record by 16 degrees today. warmest december day ever recorded. also the warmest december day ever recorded in norfolk, virginia. same story in albany, new york. even at midnight tonight, when santa might be visiting a few homes on the eastern seaboard, still 62 in new york, 69 in charlotte, jacksonville at 69. just tremendous warmth everywhere you look. more record highs expected as we head into christmas day, especially across the southeast, widespread 70s and 80s, well up above the norm for this time of the year. but we're also focusing on the next storm developing this weekend in the southern plains. this will bring blizzard conditions to parts of the southern plains, very heavy rain, a chance of severe weather on the eastern end of it.
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new mexico, west texas, western parts of oklahoma, also very heavy rain on the eastern end. and, jim, this is a storm to watch because as warm as it is right now, this will bring the first snow of the season into the northeast next week. >> axlerod: eric fisher with the forecast of extremes, thank you. what a difference a year makes inyracuse, new york. syracuse had nearly 28 inches of snow by this time last year. this year, less than one inch. the warm weather across the northeast made it "coats- optional" for a number of last- minute shoppers. anna werner has more on a shopping season that's run hot and cold. >> reporter: at the flemington department store in new jersey, the warm weather has cooled apparel sales. owner martin resnick says most of his heavy winter clothing items are sitting. >> a lot of the business in our industry went away because people just don't feel cold, they're not going to work feeling cold. story up and down the east
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data firm planalytics estimates retailers have lost over $400 million in sales since november 1st, compared to the same critical seven-week sales period last year. in chicago, sales of long-sleeve mitts down 16%, snow thrower sales are off 15% in cincinnati, and outerwear sales dropped 25% in tampa. fred fox is planalytics c.e.o. >> retailers may have a great january or february clearing out winter merchandise, but it's going to be marked down 50% to 70%, so they're not going to make a lot of money off it. >> reporter: there are some winners in this winter warm-up. at some golf courses in the midwest, rounds of golf played in december have gone up over 1,000%. sales of bicycles, fishing gear and even iced tea are all up. but fox says some retailers are at risk. >> any retailer that has been
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limping along, a season like this can certainly put them out of business. >> martin resnick says his store will survive but it won't make back those sales. >> so they're taking the money they would have spent in our industry and spending it elsewhere. >> reporter: now, fox says winter apparel purchases are driven by need. but who needs a heavy coat in this 67-degree weather? on the other hand, what's bad for retailers is good for consumers, who should be able to purchase heavily-discounted cold weather gear if not for this winter, jim, then for next year. >> axlerod: anna, thank you. we are continuing to chart major changes in the way people conduct their holiday shopping. this year, nearly half, 46%, is expected to be done online. but mireya villerreal discovered in some ways, what's old is new again. >> reporter: from slinkys to lincoln logs, these were the hot
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for some shoppers like julie berke, classic toys are still a must-have at christmastime. >> it's a great, nostalgic feeling. it's something we want our child to have. ( singing carols ) >> reporter: but it's the procrastinators at the crowded westfield topanga mall in los angeles today that are doing real bonding, over long lines and packed parking lots. for malika meads and her son, hitting the mall early on december 24th is their version of smart shopping. >> i don't want to take a chance with it not getting here by december 24th. >> reporter: according to a gallup poll, shoppers are spending $830 this holiday season, over $100 more than last year. in 2008, when the economy tanked, sales dropped 5% below average. in 2015, they're expected to climb at least 5% above average. >> there will be something in here, whether you're eight or 80, that will punch the button. >> reporter: tastes have
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kid collectibles" knows that one tradition that never goes out of style is a trip down memory lane. >> we're so overwhelmed that when a kid comes in here and sees an etch a sketch or simon, which is not really technically that ingenious compared to what they're doing now, it fascinates them. >> reporter: so whether you're searching for this year's hottest toy, the hover board, or you're in the mood for a nostalgic trip back to your childhood, take solace in knowing you're not alone. now if you are expecting a fed ex package at your home, some those deliveries are being affected by severe weather across some parts of the country, but, jim, fedex is actually saying they are going to make up for those delays by delivering on christmas day and actually having some of their express locations open till 1:00 p.m. tomorrow. >> axlerod: so the gifts will get there. mireya, thank you.
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one person was shot and killed at a shopping mall today. it was captured on cell phone. a fight broke out, then this. shoppers ran as the shots rang out. off-duty officers who were working at the mall responded and shot one man who was pronounced dead at the scene. the n.b.a. is teaming up with an anti-gun violence group for a new public service announcements that will debut tomorrow and feature some of the game's biggest stars. the league says the campaign is not a jump into politics, but julianna goldman reports it will no doubt court controversy. >> parents always say a bullet doesn't have a name on it. >> we can all make a difference. >> reporter: the ad campaign features n.b.a. stars carmelo anthony, joakim noah, chris paul and stephen curry, speaking in very personal terms about gun violence. >> i heard about a shooting involving a three-year-old girl over the summary. my daughter riley is that age. >> reporter: while riley curry
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n.b.a. mvp, the public service announcement also features people who don't often grab headlines, victims of gun violence. >> in the united states, 88 people die from gun violence every day. >> reporter: the campaign was directed by spike lee and paid for by "everytown for gun safety," a group founded by former new york city mayor michael bloomberg to push back against the national rifle association. >> it's heartbreaking. >> reporter: gun control is never directly mentioned, but the ad marks the n.b.a.'s entry into the polarizing debate over guns, a first for a professional sports league and largely led by the players, who are increasingly using their celebrity to draw attention to community violence. >> the guns should never be an option. >> reporter: like anthony, seen here marching with protesters in his hometown of baltimore last april following the dead of freddie gray who suffered a spinal injury while in police custody. >> i've seen so many of my peers and so many of my friends lose
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one day they're here, the next day they're not due to gun violence, violence, period, and now i'm in a situation where my voice can be heard. >> reporter: the n.r.a. did not respond to request for comment and the n.b.a. said it's not advocating changes in laws or policy. jim, the campaign got the endorsement of one gun control advocate, president obama, who tweeted that he's proud of the league for taking a stand and that change requires all of us standing up. >> axlerod: juliana goldman, thank you very much. no one wants to spend christmas eve at the airport but some holiday travelers may have to. here's mark strassmann. >> raise your hand if your flight is still going. >> reporter: in a throng of stranded travelers in atlanta, we found tara stockdale. >> do you think you can get out today? >> reporter: her family of five flies to chicago to see relatives every christmas, but today stormy weather canceled their flight, twice. >> we usually leave on the 24th, we never had this problem.
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travel was visible across the country. new t.s.a. screening rules meant longer lines and shorter patience for passengers like debbie king. >> i mean, we're people, we're humans, not cattle. >> reporter: for many flyers, turbulent weather also jostled hopes of smooth travel. in the last 48 hours, more than 9,000 flights were delayed and almost 1,000 more were canceled. but the record 91 million people hitting america's roads, two million more than last year, are getting an early christmas gift. the national average is $2 a gallon for gas, 37 cents less than last year. so far, on average, drivers have saved $550 at the pumps this year. robertson claire is with a.a.a. >> this is the cheapest gas in 81 months, roughly six-and-a- half years, and people are taking advantage of it.
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stockdales were out of options. the first available flight to chicago leaves in the morning. >> it's worth it, but, still... i'm frustrated. >> reporter: the stockdales bought their ticket last july, they got to the airport early this morning. they did everything right. but for them, jim, christmas in chicago will have to wait one more day. >> axlerod: mark strassman, thanks very much. in his christmas eve homily, pope francis called on christians to live as jesus did. with "empathy, compassion and mercy." he criticized a society he called "so often intoxicated by consumerism." tomorrow, tens of thousands will pack st. peter's square for the pope's traditional christmas day blessing. coming up next, getting a business off the ground by sleeping on the couch. the actor robert downey, jr. gets the news he was looking for.
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>> axlerod: recently, two young >> axlerod: recently, two young businessmen in california took an unusual approach to funding their dreams. anthony mason with a story now that's two parts ambition, one part awkward. >> this is the very first product we made. >> reporter: when friends erik schnakenberg and sasha koehn launched their online clothing company "buck mason" in 2013, they barely had enough money to pull it off. >> we had really no experience raising capital from outside investors, so the thing we knew how to do is be scrappy. >> reporter: they both poured in all their savings and quit their day jobs to focus on the company. this left them more time to plan but less cash to get by. >> i just slept on the couch. >> reporter: schnakenberg listed his l.a. apartment on air b'n'b and in less than four months
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kickstart their business. >> when you start a business your most important asset is time. this basically also freed up the time it would take to earn the income and you can't put a price tag on that. >> reporter: there are 17 billion-dollar companies in the shared economy, where retailers are sold person to person. last year, 155 million guests slept in an air b'n'b; that's 22% more than hilton hotels. uber gets more business travelers than taxies. and over the next ten years, the "share economy" will be worth $335 billion, 22 times more than what it is now. buck mason's profits have soared in the past year. erik schnakenberg and sasha koehn built a physical store 20 feet from the apartment to make it possible. >> i slept on someone's couch to give me the opportunity to own
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that's a no-brainer. >> reporter: still less than 20% of americans participated in the new sharing economy but growing fastest with adults over 45 who are rethinking the value of ownership. jim? >> axlerod: anthony mason, thank you very much. next, a nativity scene that didn't go as planned. nativity scene that didn't go as planned. holds stronger than the leading paste all day... without the ooze. feel secure. be yourself.
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now to the sound of pure happiness: that's a six-week-old polar bear cub getting a checkup at the toronto zoo. the sound is called trilling, which zookeepers tell us is a sign of extreme contentment. up next, a book that can put any kid to sleep, even on christmas
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get a child to go to sleep. >> reporter: that's why his mom bailey gaddis is eager to try a book that promises to soothe a child into slumber. >> i am going to tell you a story that can make you feel very sleepy. >> reporter: it's called "the rabbit who wants to fall asleep." the yawns are written into the story. the characters have names like the "heavy eyed owl" and "the sleepy snail." there are even notes for when you should read slowly. >> allow yourself to fall asleep... a >> reporter: it worked on hudson. it's worked on so many kids that it's become an amazon best seller in the u.s. and five other countries. that is rare for one book, let alone one self-published with illustrations drawn by a friend. swedish author and behavioral scientist carl-johan ehrlin said watching his mom sleep in the car. >> i woke her up and told her, i've got this great idea and we
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started to look for paper everywhere. >> reporter: how did you test it? >> i went to pre-schools and asked them to read it when they have group nap time. they did for a week and they were pretty amazed. >> reporter: now some people can fall asleep right away -- i was curious if it worked on my own son. it didn't happen immediately. but when i read it the second time, he fell asleep. but it doesn't work on every child. a quarter of the amazon reviews are just one star. big fat freaking fail, said one parent. my children hate this book and begs me not to we are it. other experts say kids need fall asleep on their own. but gaddis says it's been a life saver for their family. >> it's really effect i around put me to sleep. >> reporter: isn't that the dream of every parent? vanita nair, cbs evening news, new york.
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cbs evening news for tonight. for scott pelley, i'm jim axelrod. merry christmas and goodnight. captioning sponsored by cbs
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