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renters? new numbers show me of us are signing a lease. d >> pelley: tonight, in a downpour, hearts soar. more than 90 world leaders and an audience of millions pay tribute to mandela. >> it took a man like madiba to free not just the prisoner but the jailer as well. >> pelley: from the presidents to the people. bill whitaker and mark phillips on a day of history. she started at general motors at the age of 18. today, mary barra was promoted to c.e.o. anthony mason reports. police make big gains in a city plagued by murder. dean reynolds on how they did it. and a family of six has been rescued after being stranded two days in subzero weather. john blackstone has the breaking news.
captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. it was a remarkable moment in history today-- the first black president of south africa eulogized by the first black president of the united states. president obama spoke in soweto. the love was written all over the faces of the tens of thousands who attended. mr. obama urged young people in south africa and around the world to remember mandela and make his work their own. here's bill whitaker. >> reporter: hours before the memorial service, people started pouring into the huge soccer stadium. not even pouring rain could dampen their spirit. outside, a parade of dignitaries and celebrities were streaming in. more than 90 world leaders came
to show their respect for nelson mandela. princes, prime ministers, three former and one current u.s. president. when president obama appeared... >> president barack obama. (cheers and applause) >> reporter: ...the crowd erupted. then, he stood to eulogize mandela. his speech was personal. >> over 30 years ago, while still a student, i learned of nelson mandela and the struggle taking place in this beautiful land, and it stirred something in me. it woke me up to my responsibilities to others and to myself, and it set me on an improbable journey that finds me here today. and while i will always fall short of madiba's example, he makes me want to be a better man.
>> reporter: his speech was passionate. >> we know that, like south africa, the united states had to overcome centuries of racial segregation. as was true here, it took sacrifice, the sacrifices of countless people known and unknown to see the dawn of a new day. >> reporter: the cheers for the u.s. president stood in sharp contrast to the reaction to the south african president. (boos) jacob zuma's government is mired in allegations of corruption and cronyism, and he stood to speak the crowd jeered. but in the mandela spirit of reconciliation, the leaders of nations who barely speak today shared the same stage. president obama shook hands with cuban president raul castro. the two countries haven't had diplomatic relations for 50 years.
in his speech, castro said mandela was convinced only through dialogue and cooperation could differences be resolved. >> reporter: the body of nelson mandela has been moved to pretoria. once the seat of white government here in south africa, and where nelson mandela ruled as the first black president of this african country. for the next three days, scott, his body will lie in state in the capital so the citizens of south africa can pay their respects. >> pelley: bill whitaker, thank you. some conservatives were critical of the president's handshake with raul castro. we wondered whether anything like it had happened before. well, our research department tells us it did-- in the year 2000, when president clinton shook hands with fidel castro at a u.n. reception. there are no pictures of that, however. today, general motors announced something new for 2014. for the first time in its 105- year history, the company will be run by a woman. the g.m. board named mary barra
its new c.e.o., making the automaker the biggest company in america ever headed by a woman. barra was barely old enough to drive when she went to work for g.m. we asked senior business correspondent anthony mason to tell us more about her. >> we have a new c.e.o. who happens to be a woman, a car gal. i think that's really good. ( applause ) >> reporter: retiring c.e.o. dan akerson introduced his successor, 51-year-old mary barra has g.m. in her blood. her father spent 39 years at the company. she earned her engineering degree at the general motors institute and has worked for the automaker since 1980. >> whether it's quality, whether it's great products, whether it's financial results, if we're going to do it we need to do it well. >> reporter: as head of global product development, barra helped develop award-winning vehicles like the cadillac c.t.s. and the chevy corvette. jean jennings is editor of "automobile magazine." >> she's smart as a whip.
she's been at in the every single important area. in these last couple years, she's proved it. really proved what she can do. >> reporter: barra joins a short list of female c.e.o.s that includes meg whitman at hewlett- packard, virginia rometty at i.b.m., and patricia woertz at archer daniels midland. but among fortune 500 companies, only 8% of top-earning executives are women, according to a study out today by catalyst, an advocacy group for women in business. and more than a quarter of those companies had no female executive officers at all as of june this year, including apple citigroup, and exxonmobil. >> mary barra started at general motors the same year i started as an automotive journalist. and i have seen many women achieve great things in the business that have walked out the door and said, "i can't take it anymore, i just can't take it."
>> reporter: mary barra's ascendancy may begin to change that. >> this is truly the next chapter in general motors' recovery and turnaround history and i'm very honored to be a part of it. >> reporter: barra becomes the first female c.e.o. of an american auto company. she said she first fell in love with cars at age 10 when she saw a red chevy camaro convertible. >> pelley: anthony, thanks very much. better management may be coming to washington. a deal was announced tonight on a new federal budget that would cover the next two years and break the long cycle of fiscal brinkmanship that led a lot of folks to wonder whether washington was fundamentally broken. nancy cordes found out what's in the deal. nancy? >> reporter: scott, the lead negotiators just made the details of that deal public a short time ago after shaking hands on what will be the first bipartisan budget in four and a half years. the agreement set spending levels for the next two fiscal years. it also partially replaces those harsh across-the-board spending
cuts known as sequestration-- first, with more targeted spending cuts-- particularly to defense-- but also by raising user fees for government services like those security fees you pay when you buy an airline ticket. republican paul ryan and democrat patti murray have been negotiating ever since the government shutdown ended two months ago. >> i see this agreement as a step in the right direction. in divided government, you don't always get what you want. that said, we still can make progress toward our goals. >> so this deal doesn't solve all of our problems but i think it's an important step in helping to heal some of the wounds here in congress. >> reporter: they succeeded where so many other deals have fallen apart because they scaled back their ambitions. they didn't try to dramatically cut the debt or reform entitlements or raise taxes; they simply tried to get congress back to a normal operation, scott, where they
fund the government once a year instead of these stopgap measures that only last a few months and set up these crises. >> reporter: nancy, this is a bipartisan agreement, but the house and the senate still have to vote. what are the chances? >> well, the chances are pretty high, scott. patti murray briefed senate democrats today. she likely would not have signed off on the deal if she didn't think she had her democrats with her. paul ryan will brief house republicans tomorrow morning. same thing-- he kept leaders in the republican party, all the relevant chairs, abreast of these negotiations all the way along, so it looks like they won't get everyone. they won't get all the democrats or republicans, but they'll get enough. >> pelley: nancy cordes with breaking news on capitol hill. nancy, thanks very much. today, the chairman of the senate banking committee, democrat tim johnson, bowed to pressure from the obama administration. he said he will hold off on passing new economic sanctions against iran. the president is concerned that more sanctions would unravel the nuclear deal which calls for the
iranians to freeze uranium enrichment for six months in return for u.s. easing of some of the sanctions that have crippled the iranian economy. things are also looking up for the president-- at least a bit-- with the american people. a cbs news/"new york times" poll out tonight finds 42% of the out tonight finds 42% of the americans now approve of the job he is doing. that is up five points from the all-time low he hit last month as his administration was trying desperately to fix the obamacare web site. major garrett is at the white house for us tonight. major? >> reporter: scott, senior advisors to the president believe the worst of the health care nightmare is over. and there is some evidence of that. in our survey the president has gained slightly on the health care issue. 41% now approve of the president's handling of health care. that's up nine points from one month ago. 55% still disapprove of mr. obama's health care performance, but that's down ten points.
the health care law remains unpopular, but less so than in our last survey. one month ago, 31% backed obamacare and 61% disapproved. now, 39% say they approve of the law while 50% disapprove. public attitudes have returned to where they were in september before the web site's disastrous debut. but the white house knows it's still in political jeopardy. in january, john podesta, former chief of staff to president bill clinton, will become counselor to president obama. there's one issue podesta will have to confront-- president barack obama's credibility. less than half the country, 49%, describe the president as honest and trustworthy. that's the same number, scott, as one month ago. >> pelley: new management help at the white house. major, thank you very much. today federal regulators approved new restrictions on america's banks designed to head off a repeat of the financial meltdown in 2008. the restrictions are known as the volcker rule. they're named after the former fed chairman who proposed them.
they would, among other things, ban big banks from making the kind of risky investments that led to the crash. today, the northeast got another quick blast of severe weather. drivers skidded off snowy highways. walking wasn't easy in maryland and they took no chances in the nation's capital. most government offices were closed. tonight, the storm is moving through new england and heading out, at last, to sea. don dahler takes a look at what it left behind. >> reporter: the storm rolled into the northeast at the height of the morning rush. in baltimore, it snowed two inches an hour. at least 4,000 flights were canceled or delayed. some travelers at new york liberty had five hour waits. philadelphia has had more snow this week than all last winter. arctic air has settled across most of the country. it was minus six today in chicago, the earliest it's been that cold since 1995. and without a thaw, people in texas and arkansas were forced
to chip away at ice a quarter- inch thick in places. school principal rachel george was fighting a losing battle in dallas. >> ice! we're going to be here tomorrow, we're going to have to walk on this. >> reporter: foul weather has caused nine pileups this week, including this 30-vehicle wreck in rockford, michigan. this chain reaction crash killed one person in germantown, wisconsin. at least 22 deaths have been attributed to weather. scott, there will be no immediate relief for the weather-weary. another storm is forecast to begin forming in the deep south this friday and start moving northeast over the weekend. >> pelley: don, thanks. well, a family spent two nights in subzero weather before they were rescued today. holdup suspects shot it out with police in miami. and he was the people's president, and the people came out to celebrate when the "cbs evening news" continues.
>> pelley: we've reported quite a bit about chicago's problem with gun violence, so today this story caught our eye when chicago police said they have seized more than 6,500 illegal guns this year. is the city turning a corner? we asked dean reynolds to take a look. >> reporter: chicago police are seizing about 130 illegal weapons each week. police superintendent gary mccarthy says that's more than any major city, and he says if you can reduce weapons, you will reduce crime.
>> carrying a loaded firearm is the gateway crime to committing a murder. >> reporter: murders here are down from 507 all last year to 407 so far this year. in addition to gun seizures, police have flooded high-crime areas and beefed up their street intelligence gathering. now, mccarthy wants illinois to expend prison terms beyond one year for crimes committed with a firearm. >> we can point to at least 150 examples of individuals who would not have been on the street to be a victim or an offender of gun violence if we had a three-year mandatory minimum for illegal possession of a firearm like new york state has. >> reporter: after plea bargaining and probation, weapons offenders in chicago often serve just months or weeks, if that. so the punishment does not fit the menace to society, in your view. >> absolutely not. if you don't believe me, ask the pendletons.
>> reporter: 15-year-old hadiya pendleton was murdered on the way home from school last january 29. the suspect in the case, michael ward, had pleaded guilty to illegal possession of a loaded firearm two months before, but was given probation and returned to the street. now, a bill to tough illinois gun law has stalled in the state legislature, scott, while its sponsors try to make it more appealing to legal gun owners. >> pelley: dean reynolds in our chicago newsroom. thank you, dean. early today, there was a series of shootings in miami. three police officers were wounded and two suspects killed. it all started with a holdup at a walgreen's. when the police caught up to one of the suspects, he shot an officer and stole his cruiser. minutes later, the officer spotted the man in a different car and bullets flew. (gunshots) two more officers were shot. all are expected to recover.
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>> pelley: there were some our friends from cbs "this morning," including co-host norah o'donnell, charlie rose and gayle king rang the closing bell. but they tell us the dow lost 52 points today, snapping a two-day winning streak. there were presidents and prime ministers at the service, but these were mandela's people. their story is next.
>>. >> pelley: well, this might be a first: the picture of the day is a selfie taken by the president of the united states. here he is posing with prime minister's david cameron of the united kingdom and helle horning-schmidt of denmark at the memorial service for nelson mandela. and the photos seemed to fit right in with the spirit of the day. from soweto, here is mark phillips. >> reporter: the day was miserable, the people weren't. >> i came to cry and i think it's time to say thank you and let him go. >> reporter: gugu mbongwa is part of the soweto gospel choir whose trip to the service was fueled by song. the choir opened the main service, the voices of the once
segregated township where mandela had lived and where so much of the liberation struggle was fought. this may have been a grand official state event, but for those who see nelson mandela as their liberator, such an important affair couldn't be left just to politicians. they danced their way into the national soccer stadium. and they sang and danced their way into many other venues around the country. they could have stayed at home-- warm and dry. but that wasn't the point. >> it's better for you to be around and for us to be together. >> reporter: nelson mandela, the man, the image and the ideal may have been adopted by the world but he was very much the people's president here and the
people were determined no matter what to be part of his sendoff. >> his spirit will always be with us eternally and we are here to release him and say farewell tata. >> reporter: tata mandela, father mandela, has brought the country together and it came together to say good-bye. mark phillips, cbs news, soweto. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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