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better tree than we do. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> quijano: good evening. scott is off tonight. i'm elaine quijano. this is our western edition. president obama is beginning his final 12 months in office with a renewed effort to reduce gun violence following a year that saw 331 mass shootings, incidents in which four or more people were shot. mr. obama is planning a series of executive actions which would not require the approval of congress. the president is wrapping up his vacation in hawaii. chip reid is there. >> reporter: it was just after the mass shooting at an oregon community college in october that the president decided he had to take executive action on guns. he made the announcement today in his weekly address, posted on the white house web site. >> i directed my team at the
actions i can take to help reduce gun violence, and on monday, i'll meet with our attorney general, loretta lynch, to discuss our options. >> reporter: sources tell cbs news those options include expanding the definition of who is in the business of selling guns so that more gun sales trigger background checks and requiring enhanced reporting and tracking of lost and stolen guns. today, the president blamed the republican congress for giving him no choice but to take unilateral action. >> we know we can't stop every act of violence, but what if we tried to stop even one? what if congress did something, anything, to protect our kids from gun violence? >> reporter: last month, senate republicans blocked democratic proposals that would prevent people on the terror watch list from buying guns and require background checks for online gun purchases. >> reporter: meanwhile, some states are taking action on their own. in california, a new gun control law took effect today allowing judges to order the seizure of guns from people deemed dangerous by their own family or
texas, though, is going in the other direction on gun control with a new law allowing guns to be carried openly in public places. the n.r.a. did not respond to our request for a comment, but, elaine, when the details of the president's plan are announced next week, you can bet that the response from gun rights supporters will be furious. >> quijano: chip reid reporting from hawaii tonight. chip, thank you. some groups working to stop gun violence are not looking to politicians to solve the problem. they're looking at their own investments as a way to target the profits of gun makers. vinita nair has that. >> reporter: trauma surgeon sheldon teperman treats a gunshot victim almost every day at jacobi medical center in the bronx. he's been doing it for 32 years. >> you see all the senseless violence, and you see it year after year after year. >> reporter: but six years ago, one patient changed him, the death of 92-year-old sadie mitchell, who was shot by a
>> after i pronounced her dead, and i was so emotionally taken, and you want to throw up your hands and-- this is america. >> no more silence! end gun violence! >> reporter: that moment prompted teperman to get more involved in gun safety legislation. that's when he learned his personal investments, like his 401(k), could be supporting the gun industry. when you called your financial adviser, were they surprised? >> he was not surprised at all. all i had to do was sign the memo and give him the instruction not to allow any of my money to be invested in these killing machines. >> reporter: teperman is part of a national effort called unload your 401(k). >> there is a lot of profit to be made for all of this sorrow, all of this death, and all of this destruction. >> reporter: it encourages investors to check their 401(k) plans and divest from gun stocks. most of the spokespeople are victims of family members.
he's dead, shot? >> reporter: leah gun barrett who helped create the campaign, says if you own stocks in large mutual funds, you may own shares in gun manufacturers. >> so we have to build awareness, just like we did for the divestment campaign during the years of apartheid in south africa. >> reporter: currently, pension funds in chicago are vowing to sell off firearms investments. in philadelphia, they already did it. in california, the state teachers retirement system, one of the largest pension funds in the nation, voted unanimously to divest. but equity analyst brian ruttenbur says divestment just creates opportunity for someone else. >> you have hundreds if not thousands of other funds that will take up the slack and don't have those restrictions. there's only a hand full of funds that are going to get that pressure, and will divest. >> reporter: in 2015, most gun manufacturers' stocks did very well. smith & wesson's grew more than
vinita nair, cbs news, new york. >> quijano: a horrifying scene was captured on surveillance video today in tel aviv, israel. it shows a man opening fire on a bar. two people were killed, three others injured. police are searching for the gunman. no motive is known. >> quijano: the new year begins with sad news in the music industry. natalie cole, the daughter of nat king cole, and a legendary singer in her own right, died of congestive heart failure last night in los angeles. she was 65. ben tracy looks back at cole's unforgettable gift. this will be an everlasting love >> reporter: she had a voice that could sail through the lighter side of love, straight into longing. i miss you like crazy >> reporter: in a four-decade- long career, she sold more than 30 million albums. you are my first love
great nat king cole was perhaps destined to make music. we saw her first in 1957 with cbs' edward r. murrow. >> how many of those pups would you like to keep? >> all of them. >> reporter: young natalie wanted to perform with her dad, a memory she recalled in 2006 on "cbs sunday morning." >> he did say to a few people, "i think she's got it." and i remember when i first sang with my dad, i had to audition. he said, "you're going to have to show me that you can do this." >> reporter: her 1975 debut album was a hit, and cole won the grammy for best new artist. there would be six more in 1992 for a tribute album to her late father, "unforgettable... with love." their two voices reunited a quarter century after his death. but natalie cole's life was not always charmed. she battled with drugs and alcohol and had serious health
but none of that kept her from getting back on stage. >> i am a walking testimony to you can have scars, you can go through turbulent times and still have victory in your life. so unforgettable >> reporter: ben tracy, cbs news, los angeles. unforgettable too >> quijano: tremendous loss. turning now to the historic floods in the midwest. today, the death toll in illinois and missouri rose to 24. the mississippi river has begun to recede in parts of missouri, but the trouble is just heading downriver. nearly 10 million americans are under flood watches and warnings. david begnaud has one woman's story from inside the disaster zone. >> don't do this.
>> reporter: at 60 years old, linda thorn has lost everything. this was her mobile home in arnold, missouri, swallowed by nearly eight feet of water. today, we helped her get back there because she wanted to see what was inside. >> oh, my god. my house! >> reporter: the walls are coming apart, the floor has buckled, and outside her backdoor, it is a lake. >> oh, my god. this is supposed to be the levee. the water was not supposed to come up over that. that's supposed to be a field. that's 40 feet down. >> reporter: the red cross is feeding her and housing her at a temporary shelter. the mississippi river through st. louis was receding today. we were invited on an aerial tour of the devastation. because the water was receding so quickly, the state of emergency in effect since sunday in st. louis county was lifted today. major traffic arteries through st. louis both reopened.
yesterday, and here it is today. on the illinois side of the mississippi river, evacuations are under way. >> this was my tree. >> reporter: back in arnold, linda thorne has decided on her future. is it worth staying in this area? >> no. every time it rains, i'd be running to the back door, "is it coming up? is it going to get me? are we safe?" >> reporter: there is some good news for linda. her daughter went into labor yesterday, and she might have her first grandchild by tomorrow. not far from linda's house where we are tonight, the water has dropped about a foot in the last four hours, and that is the good news. the concern now is where it's headed-- south down the mississippi river toward the city of cape girardeau. elaine, the river will not crest there until tomorrow, so that is why tonight voluntary evacuations in some places are under way. >> quijano: david begnaud inside the disaster zone. david, thank you. more than 24 hours after flames
dubai, the fire is still burning. crews spent the day dousing the embers. it's not known what caused the fire, which burned one side of the building. 14 people were hurt in the evacuation. the hotel was jammed for a new year's fireworks display, which went on as scheduled. we have an update on a story we've been following outside st. louis. late yesterday, the federal government ordered the installation of a barrier in the west lake landfill to prevent an underground fire from reaching nuclear waste. the fire could be within 1,000 feet of that waste, which is left over from america's cold war weapons programs. tonight, we're getting an early report card for the holiday shopping season. michelle miller has the winners and losers. >> reporter: unusually warm winter weather triggered sales drops in coats, hats, and gloves, but consumers spent money on other things.
sales grew almost 8% this holiday season compared to the same time a year ago. women's apparel and furniture led the way. sales in both sectors were up more than 10% nationwide. >> people are just out shopping. >> reporter: david sabel runs mattress and furniture super center in tampa. he's keeping his store open on new year's day after having a record-breaking holiday sales season. >> from black friday until now, our sales have been up 65% compared to last year. and it is the highest increase that i've ever experienced. >> reporter: and rising spending in the furniture business shows the u.s. economy is strengthening, says sarah quinlan, senior v.p. at mastercard advisers. >> the furniture is more important because that really shows sustained confidence. "i'm buying that sofa and i'm investing and i'm saying that i have confidence i'm going to hold on to my job, get a bonus, and be able to pay off these.
>> reporter: there were some surprising dips in buying trends this time around. sales in men's apparel and electronics were both down. but quinlan says it's no cause for concern. >> this was a tremendous year for the economy of the united states as reflected in retail sales which really does reflect the entire economy which really bodes well for the new year. >> reporter: and a couple of other factors driving this spending surge-- cheap gas and e-commerce. online shopping is up 20%, and, elaine, consumers, they're spending roughly about 75 cents of every dollar saved at the gas pump. >> quijano: michelle miller reporting from new york city tonight. well, coming up, how much exercise is needed to keep that new year's resolution? uber has conquered markets worldwide but has it met its match in china? and the world's saddest christmas tree has found a new
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playing squash, at an intensity where you can't say more than a few words at a time. moderate activities include brisk walking, dancing, or biking, where you usually can talk but not sing. >> moderate exercise helps you live longer. >> reporter: doctor leslie cho. >> it obviously improves your blood pressure, improves your glucose control so you don't get diabetes, your cholesterol level is lower. >> reporter: your heart rate is another way to engage your activity level. and subtract your age. moderate activity is moderate activity is 50 to 70% of that number. we asked new york sports club for a 50-year-old, a heart rate of about 85 to 120. we asked new york sports club trainer alyssa exposito to help marcus find his stride. >> how do you feel? >> good. >> i recently got the apple watch that has a fitness component. i haven't used it yet. >> reporter: you took it out of the box. how many calories is that to take it out of the box? >> zero? >> reporter: okay. but if you actually use them,
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>> quijano: ubeir, the app that lets you book a ride from your >> quijano: uber, the app that lets you book a ride from your cellphone, is expanding all over the world and says china will be its top priority in 2016, but seth doane found it faces tough competition there. >> reporter: with the smog and traffic to prove it, china has as many as 750 million urban commuters, and there's a multibillion-dollar battle forsi their business. it has all the cars around us here. okay, he's letting us in. we crisscrossed beijing to witness the fight from the front seat. in the ring, heavyweights, uber,
versus china's didi kuaidi, valued at $16 billion. we're in a didi car. this gentleman picked us up but he doesn't want to go on camera. he said he's doing this to make a extra little money. "i can make about $800 a month," he said. "it will help cover the expense of my car." rides-hailing services are brand new to china and technically illegal, but the law is selectively enforced. both didi car and uber are operating in a gray area while the government reviews its regulations. call an uber here, two minutes away. since this kind of operation is still considered illegal in beijing, qu zhonghua, told us, i drive for uber because it will cover all the penalties if i get caught. didi dwarfs uber here. it's in 360 cities across china compared to uber's 21. both companies are spending big to lure drivers and riders.
publicity stunts, like the short-lived uber boat we rode in hangzhou, to bring in more riders. in a letter to investors, investors said competing in china is not for the faint of heart. driving here is not for the faint of heart, either. seth doane, cbs news, beijing. >> quijano: it was a christmas tree only charlie brown could love. so what's become of it now? that's next. it's a new fiber supplement that helps support regularity and includes b vitamins to help convert food to energy. mmmmm, these are good! nice work, phillips! the tasty side of fiber,
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you may remember back in 2014, this sorry excuse for a conifer was all the rage, and i do mean rage. >> i think charlie brown's got a better tree than we do. >> everybody that took part in bringing this tree here should get fired. ( laughter ) >> reporter: the tree was so ugly, the city decided to take it down before christmas, just so people wouldn't have to look at it anymore. workers removed the lights, and the pretzel of bethlehem-- or whatever that was-- >> the pretzel is off. >> reporter: and made arrangements to bring in a new, spruced-up spruce. >> a christmas tree is a matter of celebration. >> reporter: former city councilman francis acosta said it really was like the tree in the charlie brown story, but the lesson had obviously eluded him. what was the moral of that story? >> the importance of christmas, of being together -- >> reporter: what did they do with the tree at the end? >> save it, embrace it. >> reporter: uh-huh. >> but it's not about charlie brown or not charlie brown tree. it's about a beautiful christmas tree for the city.
going to get rid of it, until the phones started ringing off the hook at city hall. public opinion changed and the mayor issued a stay of re- execution, if you will. >> we will keep this thing here. >> reporter: and that was the end of the story, or so i thought. >> i said, you know, we're saving this tree. we're going to do something with it. and we kind of kept it under wraps. >> reporter: luke schultz was on the crew that was supposed to mulch the tree after the holidays. but he didn't. >> i thought, there's just no way that we could run this tree through a chipper after everything is said and done. we can't let that happen. >> reporter: so with the help of some local vo-tech students, luke turn that paltry pine into-- a ben a piece of art-- a bench as quirky as the tree it came from. today, it sits in city hall, a reminder that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and ugly, nothing more than attitude.
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