tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS November 4, 2015 5:30pm-6:00pm CST
>> pelley: did a bomb bring down the russian plane? britain says there's a significant possibility, and it suspends some flights. also tonight, a police officer is accused of staging his own suicide to make it look like murder. >> gliniewicz committed the ultimate betrayal. >> pelley: and no engine, no airport, no problem. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: tonight the british government says there is what it calls "a significant possibility" that a bomb brought down that russian jetliner in egypt last weekend. the british foreign minister said intelligence points in that direction, but he did not say what that intelligence is. u.s. officials are telling us that mechanical failulu cannot
the airbua-321 broke apart at 31,000 feet, raining wreckage on egypt's sinai peninsula. it took off from the seaside resort from sharm el-sheikh bound for st. petersburg, russss. all24 on board were killed, and allen pizzey has the latest. >> reporter: the british government said it was temporarily suspending flights to and from sharm el-sheikh over fears the russian jet may have had a bomb on board. it is also sending british aviation experts to the egyptian airport to assess the security situation further. foreign secretaryryhillip hammond. >> we have concluded that there is a significant possibility that that crash was caused by an explosive device on board the aircraft. >> reporter: it comes on the same day an isis affiliate in sinai released an audiotape daring investigators to move that we did not take the plane down. egyptian president abdul fattah al-sisi has dismissed the isis claim as propaganda. the russians have also been
sceptical of any terror plot, but isis has recently been angered by russia's air strike campaign against them in syria. today egyptian authorities said they had successfully extracted data from the plane's flight data recorder, but the cockpit voice recorder is partially damaged and weeks more work will be required. out in the desert, investigators have widened their search field to 15 square miles. theories about what caused the crash also include engine fire or a fuel tank explosion caused by some mechanical failure. bodies of passengers in the front and rear seating sections reportedly have different injuries with the ones from the become showing evidence of being burned. u.s. intelligence officials still aren't ruling out the possibility that mechanical failure could have caused the plane to break up in midair, scott. but they are aren't dismissing the british conclusion that it could have been a bomb either. >> pelley: allen pizzey in cairo tonight. allen, thanks. now with some insight into this, we'll go to michael morell, former number two at the c.i.a. and now our cbs news senior
security analyst. michael, what cowe know and what do we not know? >> reporter: scott, what we an explosion on the aircraft. we know that from a heat flash picked up by satellites. we don't know whether that explosion was caused by a bomb or whether it was caused by an internal problem on the aircraft such as in the fuel. we also know that isis has claimed responsibility publicly. and we also know that u.s. intelligence has picked up conversations among isis members saying that they brought the plane down. but there is not enough specificity in those conversations to give you confidence that the guys actually know what they're talking about. so, scott, i was a c.i.a. analyst for 33 years, and this is not enough information to make a definitive judgment that a bomb brought down the aircraft. we're still going to have to wait and see. >> pelley: what would be enough information? >> reporter: scott, either forensic evidence, bomb residue or bomb fragments, or
that are specific enough to give you confidence that they were actually in on the plot and know what they're talking about. >> pelley: we don't have that tonight. michael morell, former number two at the c.i.a. michael, thank you. >> reporter: you're welcome, scott. >> reporter: when a fox lake, illinois, police officer was senate to death in september, swarms of cops joined a dragnet to find the three men he said he was chasing. the cop was hailed a hero, cut down in the line of duty, until today when we learned it was all a lie. the officer, an instructor who created fictional crime scenes, had done it one last time. and here's dean reynolds. >> reporter: after a two-month, $300,000 enquiry involving 150 investigators, it came down to this: lieutenant joe gliniewicz was a crooked cop who killed himself but tried to make it look like a murder. george filenko commands the lake county major crimes task force. >> gliniewicz committed the ultimate betrayal to the
citizens he served and the entire law enforcement community. > reporter: investigators say for seven years gliniewicz stole tens of thousands of dollars from a youth program he oversaw. the explorers program was turned into his personal piggy bank for the first-class travel, mortgage payments and subscriptions to pornographic web sites. >> he behaved for years in a manner completely contrary to the image he portrayed. >> reporter: that image was of a straight-arrow g.i. joe kind of cop, so popular with the public thousands turned out for his funeral. on september 1st, investigators say gliniewicz drove on patrol to a secluded area and radioed that he was following three men. minutes later a back-up unit found his lifeless body with two bullet wounds. but as investigators looked deeper into his death, through 6,500 pages of his texts and 4,000 e-mail, they found evidence pointing in a troubling direction. one text threatened that the
looking into gliniewicz's finances might wind up in a swamp. the shooting scene also raised doubts with things like his pepper spray and eyeglasses scattered on the ground to suggest a struggle. but the coroner found that gliniewicz had shot himself twice, once in his bullet-proof vest and once under it. with his own semi-automatic handgun, which he threw into the weeds before he bled to death. what investigators called a carefully staged suicide. richard marre was a gliniewicz neighbor. >> g.i. joe went from a hero to a criminal. >> reporter: commander filenko later told us the episode left him feeling ashamed. >> those acts reflect on the entire police community. we took a black eye. >> reporter: day before his death, gliniewicz was told that his program was being audited. so, officials say, he tried to make it appear as if he had died in the line of duty because, scott, he wanted to be remembered as a hero and not as a thief. tonight.
thank you, dean. five people were stabbed today at the university of california at merced. police killed the suspect who was a student. two victims went to a hospital. the others weren't seriously injured. no motive yet. in the race for the white house, the latest poll shows donald trump and ben carson neck and neck on the republican side. marco rubio and ted cruz are the only others in double-digits. the poll also found that against democrat hillary clinton, trump could not win. but carson, chris christie, rubio and cruz could. for rubio, a rise in the polls means rising scrutiny, and here's major garrett. >> reporter: marco rubio's personal finances faced scrutiny at last weekend's g.o.p. debate. >> you accidentally intermingled k578 pain money with your personal money. you faced foreclosure at a second home you bought lance year you liquidated a $68,000 retirement fund, something that
cost you thousands in taxes and penalties. >> you listed a litany of discredited attacks from democrats and my political opponents. >> reporter: these are the facts: while a member of the florida house of representatives, rube you failed to disclose $34,000 in personal expenses charged to two separate political funds. a home he owned with a fellow lawmaker fell briefly into foreclosure when the co-owner failed to make mortgage payments. rubio sold the home at a loss earlier this year. and in 2005, he started using a state republican party charge card for personal and party expenses. rubio insists he paid off the personal charges as they arose. rubio admits to sloppy bookkeeping. he was cleared of wrongdoing by a florida ethics watchdog in 2012. today in new hampshire, rubio addressed his financial past. >> what i said is i would do differently. i wouldn't have done any personal things on it because i would have avoided the confusion it's created in the minds of some, but it's been coming up for five years. it's not a new issue.
>> reporter: but that hasn't stopped rubio's rivals like donald trump from attacking him. >> marco rubio has a disaster on his finances. he has a disaster on his credit cards. >> reporter: one chapter of rubio's financial history remains hidden. florida republican party charge card expenses from 2005 and 2006. scott, rubio's campaign has those records and told us the senator has "nothing to hide." and under pressure he may release those records before tuesday's republican presidential debate. >> pelley: major garrett in the washington newsroom. thanks, major. speaking of money and politician, one of the clinton family charities said today it will file amended tax returns for 2012 and '13. the clinton health access initiative said there were minor errors. republicans are calling for an irs audit to see if all contributions from foreign governments were reported. in yesterday's elections, ohio rejected legalized marijuana. many were opposed because it
rights to just a few investors. houston voted 61% to 39% against an ordinance to ban discrimination in housing and employment based on age, sex or general -- gender identity. omar villafranca reports the gender identity part overwhelmed the issue. >> reporter: the measure was called the houston equal rights ordinance, but opponents dubbed it "the bathroom bill" and made the name stick through a series of ads that claimed women and children would become vulnerable to sexual predators in ladies' rooms. >> protect women's privacy. prevent danger. vote no on the proposition one bathroom ordinance. it goes too far. >> reporter: the ordinance made no mention of bathrooms, but it was the include of gender identity that opponents like lieutenant governor dan patrick seized upon. >> i'm glad houston led tonight to end this political
correctness attack on what we know in our heart and our gut as americans is not right. >> reporter: houston mayor anise parker, who is lesbian, had endorsed the measure. >> this is a calculated campaign of lies designed to demonize a little understood minority. >> reporter: 17 other states and 200 municipality, including five major cities in texas, have similar language banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. jared woodfill helped organize opposition to the bill. >> when the people finally had an opportunity to express their will on it, to show how they felt at the ballot box, they overwhelmingly said no to the mayor's bathroom ordinance. >> reporter: lou weaver is transgender and a community activist. >> right now i'm disappointed, but i also know it's not over. i'm going to get up and continue this fight. i'm going to continue to
>> reporter: already some groups are calling for a boycott of houston businesses if the measure is not overturned. and that could be significant, scott, because houston is in the running to host the 2017 super bowl. >> pelley: omar villafranca reporting tonight. omar, thanks. two books out today claim to expose some of the vatican's most closely held secrets. and our elizabeth palmer had a look. >> reporter: the pope is spiritual leader to millions of catholics. he's also c.e.o. of a multibillion dollar enterprise -- the vatican. but, say the two new books, behind all this magnificence lies a financial mess. emiliano fittipaldi is the author of "avarice." is it incompetence inside the vatican when it comes to handling money, or is it corruption?
"both," says fittipaldi, and at the highest level. for example, the book focuses on one of the church's charity, catholics from around the world sent in money to help the needy. but in the end, of every $10 that came in, $8 went to the vatican bureaucracy, and only $2 went to the poor. then there's the price of sainthood. it can cost up to $500,000 for the vatican to approve a canonization. meanwhile, the books say the vatican's pension fund is $800 million in the hole. today the vatican said the books facts and figures are out of date and massive clean-up led by pope francis is already under way. in fact, the book's revelations may actually help the pope take on the powerful vested interests that oppose him, says cbs consultant father anthony figueredo. >> this is an institution 2,000 years old where things have been done in a certain way for
the holy father wants that all sorted out absolutely, and if this is going to help him, good. >> reporter: as for the pope himself, scott, we have heard from him, though indirectly in a tweet by his chief of staff. his words simply, "onward with venti and -- onward with serenity and determination. scwts. >> pelley: liz palmer at the vatican tonight. liz, thank you. disaster averted because a plane had a parachute. we'll show you how it works. and a new list of the world's
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>> reporter: does it change the way you actually play? >> definitely. you just get their energy. it rebounds off the group and incorporates into the music. it's incredible. >> reporter: in the comfort of home, formality goes out the door. the experience almost amounts to a group meditation, a shared moment of beauty. >> when the music stops, everyone is like, whoa, what was that about? there's the warmth of the atmosphere is unbelievable. if you have, you know, a pulse, you will be moved. [applause] >> reporter: michelle miller, cbs news, new york. >> pelley: and on that note, that's the "cbs evening news."