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6:00. >> see you in 30 minutes. thanks, veronica. thanks for watching us at five. the "cbs evening news with scott pe >> pelley: tonight, >> pelley: tonight, isis claims another american hostage is dead. but the terrorists say they're not responsible for the killing of kayla mueller. we have reports from holly williams and charlie d'agata. carter evans on a winter storm bringing strong winds, heavy rain and flooding to the west. meteorologist eric fisher reports more snow is coming to the northeast. anna werner has the improving economy numbers, more jobs, more job seekers, and for the first time in a long time, higher wages. and steve hartman "on the road"" with an extraordinary mother and child reunion. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
>> pelley: good evening. this is our western edition. we can think of no greater contrast between good and evil than kayla jean mueller who dedicated her life to helping people in need and th terrorists who claim today that she is dead. if true, mueller, 26 years old from arizona, would be the fourth american to die in the hands of the islamic terrorist group known as isis. while the others were beheaded isis claims mueller was killed by a jordanian air strike, part of the u.s.-led air campaign. keeping in mind that there's no confirmation of any of isis' claims today, holly williams begins our coverage. >> i am in solidarity with the syrian people. >> reporter: kayla mueller wanted to help syrians. after working with humanitarian aid groups in india, israel, and the palestinian territories, in 2012, she went to turkey where hundreds of thousands of refugees were fleeing syria's bloody civil war. she also ventured across the
border to the chaos of war-torn aleppo. it was there in august 2013 as she left a hospital run by a medical aid group that she was taken hostage. nine months later, her family received confirmation that she was being held by the militants. until now, the family asked that for her own safety she not be named publicly. isis claims mueller was killed when a jordanian air strike hit this building on the outskirts of raqqa, the group's stronghold in northeastern syria. we cannot verify that mueller is dead. the extremists enforce strict islamic law in raqqa where they've carried out scores of public executions and where they held three other u.s. hostages all of whom were beheaded last year. a u.s. military official told us the building hit was a weapons
storage facility, carefully vetted before the strike, and not known to house any hostages. but, scott, he also acknowledged that kayla mueller could have been moved there before the air strike. >> pelley: and if this is true then mueller would have been the last known american hostage in the hands of isis. holly williams reporting for us from northern iraq. holly, thanks. jordan stepped up its air strikes against isis after the terrorists put out a video earlier this week showing them burning alive a captured jordanian pilot. charlie d'agata is in amman. >> reporter: for the second day in a row, jordanian fighter jets pounded isis targets on the outskirts of raqqa, but jordan dismissed the claim by the militants that one of the strikes killed american hostage kayla mueller. it's an old and sick trick used by terrorists, tweeted the foreign minister claiming human shields are killed by air raids. many jordanians had been
reluctant to join the u.s.-led war against isis, but today thousands spilled out of the mosques, rallying to condemn the brutal execution of pilot moaz al-kaseasbeh by the group. jordan's queen rania said the country was united in grief and pride. they've come to mourn their murdered pilot and show support for their military and their king, but they've also come to express their anger aimed directly at isis. it's the first time an arab country has denounced isis so publicly. jordan's king abdullah has tapped into that anger, donning combat fatigues and appearing alongside the military on prime time tv. national radio director duad kuttab said public attitudes towards isis have changed this week. >> people do want to see revenge and they want to see punishment and they want to see this group
that is there to violate human and islamic and natural law be punished. >> reporter: jordan says its forces will not stop until they've eradicated isis, scott and they've expanded their air campaign to include iraq, as well as syria, launching air strikes near mosul today. >> pelley: mosul, a city of several million in the hands of isis. charlie d'agata reporting for us from amman. charlie, thanks. in another developing story, severe weather is hitting the east and west this weekend. heavy rain and powerful wind in northern california and the pacific northwest and in the northeast, snowstorms will be coming in waves. we have both coasts covered beginning with carter evans in san francisco. >> reporter: the powerful storm dumped up to seven inches of rain in parts of washington state as homes and streets flooded, swift-water rescue teams used boats for evacuations. in central oregon, mudslides covered roads while high wind
and heavy rain toppled trees. the pineapple express is an atmospheric river of water in the sky, funneling massive amounts of moisture from the hawaiian islands to the pacific northwest. when it hit california, it knocked out power to 80,000 homes and businesses. in san francisco, it caused flight delays of up to four hours. but despite the disruptions, the drenching rain is welcome here. >> as much as 60% to 70% of our annual rainfall comes from dramatic atmospheric river events. >> reporter: john monteverde is a meteorologist with san francisco state university. so california's in an extreme drought. will this particular weather event help us with that? >> it will help us but it's not going to end the drought. february, and march, if they are wet, then our drought-- a dent will be made into it. >> reporter: while the rain is desperately needed, this much, this fast is a big concern in san francisco's high-tech district where engineer eric stafl works
>> as you know, electronics and water don't mix. >> reporter: the heavy rain is expected to continue through saturday, and then another storm is forecast to hit the region on sunday. scott, when it's all over, some parts of california could see up to 10 inches of rain. >> pelley: carter evans by the bay. carter, thanks very much. have a look at this, heavy lake- effect snow caused dozens of vehicles to pile up on i-81 north of syracuse, new york. there were at least 30 vehicles and four tractor trailers but no serious injuries. upstate new york and new england could get another foot of snow by monday. eric fisher is the chief meteorologist at our cbs boston station wbz, and he has the forecast. >> well, boston has seen over four feet of snow in less than two weeks, setting records along the way. even with round-the-clock cleanup efforts, cartin snow out of the city, it still looks like this in some of the neighborhoods. yes that is a car still buried under the snow.
what we're wathing it a long- duration type of event from late saturday into sunday, into monday, even early tuesday morning. it's not a powerhouse storm. a lot of snow adding up over time. we're looking at over a foot from boston northward and there's nowhere to put that extra snow. meanwhile, we look across the rest of the country, there's no snow, and no cold. in fact, we're breaking record highs across the plains, moving towards the southeast, places like denver, colorado, a shot at topping 70 degrees and that will be lasting through the weekend an early taste of spring. while here in the northeast it is anything but and as we look deeper into the forecast next week, more cold, perhaps record cold, settling in by the weekend. >> pelley: eric fisher in boston. today, we saw more evidence of strength in the jobs market. employers added more than a quarter million jobs last month. the unemployment rate edged up to 5.7%, but this is one of those times that's good news.
more folks joined the hunt for work because they're optimistic. there's even more good news than that, and anna werner has that. >> reporter: brian vice worked a series of blue collar jobs in atlanta before going back to school, then nabbing a higher paying job at health care technology firm ingenius med last year. >> it was a big sacrifice to go back to school, but it was a sacrifice for the best things, which is, you know, providing opportunity for my family. i'm getting ready to purchase a house. you know, i've never-- never had my own house or anything like that. >> reporter: labor department numbers show job growth averaged 260,000 jobs a month last year the best since 1999, and there were big upward revisions for the end of 2014. 70,000 more jobs were added in november for a total of 423,000. hourly wages grew as well, up 2.2% in the past 12 months staying well ahead of inflation. rick rieder is a chief
investment officer with the black rock investment management firm. >> technology is the place where you're starting to see not only job openings, but also wage pressure. >> reporter: some tech companies are already having to increase salaries to fill openings. tino mantella heads up the technology association of georgia. >> it's primarily because of supply and demand and those positions that are needed. and when you have a shortage in some areas, people are going to be competitive and they're going to have to raise the prices. >> reporter: and, scott, those people you mentioned who got back into the workforce, it was some 700,000 people last month 200,000 more than last january. >> pelley: anna, thanks very much. speaking of jobs, that labor dispute at west coast ports got worse. management accuses the dock workers union of work strait ago slowdown the union denies it. union said all 29 west coast
ports will shut down for the weekend so it doesn't have to pay overtime. in the mean time, ports are clogged with containers yet to be unloaded. no deal today to stop the fighting in ukraine. the leaders of france and germany were in moscow trying to persuade russian president vladimir putin and they'll keep trying. rebels armed by putin are fighting to break away from ukraine in europe's bloodiest war in nearly two decades. 5,300 are dead, nearly 1 million are out of their homes. today there was a brief cease fire and elizabeth palmer witnessed what happened next. >> reporter: with the shelling on temporary hold, convoys of buses were sent in by both sides to rescue anyone desperate to leave. thousands have been trapped for three weeks on the receiving end of this. russian-backed separatists have been pounding the area around debalsevah with rockets, trying to force the ukraine army out.
and leaving exhausted residents without power or water. today, badly needed aid arrived, and they lined up amid the sounds and the evidence of weeks of war. ruined buildings, a puddle of blood. by day's end, the ukrainian government said its buses had evacuated 600 people, but just 10 miles up the road, ukrainian troops were on the move, regrouping for the next battle. and in a village nearby that had also been under fire, there were no buses, just despair. "where are we supposed to go?" asked this woman. why are they bombing us. why can't they stop this war? do you care who wins this fight? do you care? "no," they say. "we just want to live in peace
in a normal country." but they, like the families who made their escape by bus today know what they're probably facing instead is life shattered by even more war. as for those peace talks, scott, in moscow, between the russian the french and the german leader aimed at finding some kind of a road map to peace, they ended without a breakthrough. however, they are due to resume on sunday as a four-way conversation with ukraine's president poroshenko. >> pelley: elizabeth palmer covering ukraine for us again tonight. liz, thanks. the government spent $26 billion to speed the move to electronic health records, but are your health records secure? and detroit's walking man can rest his legs when the "cbs evening news" continues. ♪ is it the insightful strategies and analytical capabilities that make edward jones one of the biggest financial services firms in the country?
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. your realtime captioner is linda marie macdonald. the bay area's first storm of 2015 is packing a big punch. strong wins sending trees crashing down on the power lines and cars and right into the street. >> steady rain is making driving a mess at the height of the evening commute. a high wind advisory posted for all bridges across the bay. and those wind whipping up bay waters sending waves crashing over san francisco embarcadero forcing people to get out of the way. >> finally a storm and we are right in the middle of it tonight. hi-def doppler tracking plenty more rain. our team of reporters is up and down the bay area right now. first, let's go to our chief
meteorologist paul deanno tracking all that rain. >> san jose no rain from new year's day until this morning. now there are thousands of drops every second. hi-def doppler up and down the south bay, san jose north on 680, north on 880, up toward fremont, union city, getting some steady rainfall right now. the steady rain is hitting you on the delta, discovery bay, pittsburg, antioch, dublin, tri- valley, walnut creek, north to concord. it a mess out there. right now east and south of san francisco. rainfall totals not terribly impressive when you look at the whole day but most of this has fallen over the past two hours. two-thirds of an inch for castro valley. half inch for san jose and one- third for dublin and livermore. more impressive totals in the north bay, more than 2" of rain in saint helena. santa rosa 2." and petaluma 1.2" inches of rain. it's been windy everywhere throughout the day today. that will continue even