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[ laughter ] >> i love that. >> love on the brain. >> see you in 30 minutes. the "cbs evening news with scott pelley" is next. captions by: >> pelley: tonight, dangerous cold, more snow for the northeast, and maybe a blizzard. the president weighs in on the murder of three north carolina muslims. an alabama police officer is charged with assaulting an innocent man. and steve hartman reveals his idol. >> reporter: i was hoping to steal his secrets. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. this is our western edition. old man winter is showing how cold-hearted he can be. valentine's day will see some of the coldest temperatures of the year. the area that you see here in purple will have lows in the single digits. blizzard warnings are up for parts of new england, including boston, where snow is the last
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thing they need. jericka duncan is there. >> reporter: with a wind chill at minus 13 degrees, boston city workers and the national guard were digging out neighborhoods before the next major snowstorm. boston has already received more than 74 inches of snow over the last 30 days. mayor marty walsh: >> we're preparing for this weekend's snowstorm, so snow removal is our top priority in the city of boston right now. >> reporter: crews are hauling away 1,500 truckloads of snow per day. four snow melters are working around the clock melting nearly 1,000 tons of snow an hour. the arctic blast is affecting an estimated 127 million people across 27 states and the district of columbia. >> it's chris from the meals program. >> reporter: chris muhammad and his team deliver meals to more than 900 people each week. in 20 years he's never missed a delivery, no matter the weather.
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>> there are challenges all the way around. i've never seen this much snow on the ground. a route that would ordinarily take five to six hours will probably take eight to nine hours today. >> reporter: boston public school officials won't have to decide whether to close school because of the snow. scott, that's because on top of president's day, winter break is next week. >> pelley: jericka, thanks very much. let's go to eric fisher, chief meteorologist at our boston station, wbz. eric. >> scott, we have broken almost every single snow record in the book over the last few weeks. it's almost unfathomable to think another major snowstorm is moving in. as we head through saturday, the energy will head towards the coast and a huge storm wraps up in the gulf of maine. it brings blizzard conditions all across eastern new england the same spots that have seen almost every storm the past few weeks. we're talking a foot boston- northward. downeast maine could see over two feet of snow. heading back towards new york
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city and western new england lower storm totals. the difference between this and the last storm, a lot of wind, gusting 50-70 miles per hour on the coast. that's what's leading to blizzard conditions. blowing and drifting and a lot of folks have three to four feet of snow on the ground before the additional snowfall. so huge drifts are expected on sunday, and then everyone on sunday morning waking up to the deep freeze, lots of subzero temperatures and freezing temps, scott, will go all the way down to the panhandle of florida. >> pelley: good luck to all of you in boston. eric, thank you very much. in another important story tonight, president obama today condemned the murders of three young muslims in chapel hill north carolina. police say they were shot to death by a neighbor. the motive is in dispute. the president said, "no one in the united states of america e should ever be targeted because of who they are, what they look like, or how they worship." vicente arenas learned more today about the alleged gunman. >> reporter: search warrants
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show that alleged shooter craig stephen hicks had an arsenal of at least 12 shotguns, rifles and handguns and a stockpile of ammunition in his home. while there was gratitude for the president's remarks in raleigh, there was also a feeling that they came too late. aneem barakat is the father of one of the victims, deah barakat. >> i was hoping that he would have done that statement maybe yesterday. it would have made it a little bit easier on our family. >> reporter: police in the department of justice's civil rights division are continuing to investigate the shootings from last tuesday. the police initially said the motive was a dispute about a parking space outside the building where the suspect lives. but the global outcry, including more than two million tweets, is showing that many have already judged this as a hate crime. today, supporters held friday prayers in front of the white house in memory of the three slain muslims. razan abu-salha was a student at n.c. state. deah was in a second year of dental school.
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his wife, yusor, was also going to become a dentist. haneen ahmad was a friend of all three victims. >> i'm glad our community stood by each other in a time like this. >> reporter: tonight, more families will come to this mosque to offer their condolences. today, jordan's ambassador did the same. scott, two of the victims are of jordanian descent. >> pelley: we don't know if race had anything to do with this story, but a camera caught a police officer's violentth confrontation with an innocent man in alabama and here's jeff pegues. >> reporter: police in madison alabama, were responding to a 911 call for a suspicious man walking in a residential neighborhood. >> hi, bud. >> reporter: they approached 57- year-old sureshbhai patel. he's an indian citizen who was visiting his son nearby. >> reporter: patel doesn't speak english.
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>> reporter: just as another police cruiser pulled up, the takedown. >> stop trying to jerk away from me. >> reporter: the officers tried to lift patel to his feet but he appeared limp. patel's family says he was partially paralyzed during the arrest and remains in the hospital.he one of the officers involved eric parker, has been arrested and will be fired from the b police force. the f.b.i. is involved in this case trying to determine if there are any federal violations. scott, the indian embassy released a statement tonight saying it is extremely concerned about what happened. >> pelley: jeff pegues in our washington newsroom, jeff, thanks. president obama went to stanford university today hoping to sign up the nation's biggest tech firms in the war against hackers. and major garrett has been following this. >> reporter: president obama used his executive power to create more information sharing between the public and private sectors when cyber attacks strike.
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his goal is to get government and business to work together to prevent the next sony, target, or home depot hack. >> it's one of the great paradoxes of our time that the very technologies that empower us to do great good can also be used to undermine us and inflict great harm. >> reporter: the potential costs and disruptions are enormous. one study estimated the cumulative cost of cyber theft to the global economy could be up to $3 trillion by 2020. and it is not just consumer goods or government databases that are a government study showed 41% of cyber attacks in 2012 targeted the energy sector. it said the nation's 5,800 power plants and 450,000 miles of electrical lines were vulnerable. >> much of our critical infrastructure, our financial systems, our power grid, health systems, run on networks connected to the internet, which is hugely empowering but also
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dangerous. >> reporter: renee james president of intel corporation was an early advocate for enhancing cyber-security. those views are now mainstream in the technology industry. >> we talk about it everywhere. it's what everybody is talking about is how to solve some piece of this. so i don't think it's alarmist. i think it's the topic we're going to be living with for probably the next decade. >> reporter: the president's executive actions cannot take the place of federal legislation establishing cyber-security and liability guidelines, scott. this is one area where the white house and the republican-led congress believe they can find common ground. >> pelley: chief white house correspondent major garrett, major, thanks. we heard today a harsh indictment of the failings of mental health care. it was in the final report of the commission studying the murders at sandy hook elementary school. after two years of study, the report identifies failures that still pose a threat. here's elaine quijano.
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>> reporter: the day adam lanza shot and killed 20 first graders and six educators, the report said he had profound mental, emotional, and developmental challenges but was never adequately treated. the commission says connecticut has a fragmented and underfunded mental health system and details what that state and other communities can learn from the tragedy, especially about addressing mental illness. >> lanza was noted -- >> reporter: psychiatrist harold schwarz is one of the 16 members on the sandy hook commission. >> stigma is still a very big issue. it manifests itself in the ways we think and talk about the mentally ill and the terms, the words that we use to describe them. >> reporter: for instance? >> whacko, psycho, cray-cray. >> reporter: the commission also wrote that stigma ultimately led lanza's mother to allow him to become a recluse. >> the mother almost colluded with lanza's own withdrawal from
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society, and so he lived out his last years of his life alone essentially, in his room communicating to his mother only by e-mail and online to a micro- society of mass murder enthusiasts. >> reporter: the commission suggests earlier intervention for troubled children, specifically having more social workers and psychologists in schools. and the report found too many mental health claims are denied by insurance companies. >> the review and certification of treatment ought to be in the hands of neutral bodies who have no investment in the financial outcome of those decisions. >> reporter: the report also suggests making schools more secure with classrooms located away from building entrances and classroom doors that can be locked from the inside. and, scott, the commission is expected to present its recommendations to the governor next month. >> pelley: so much work to do to prevent the next tragedy.
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elaine, thank you very much. the driver in that accident that killed "60 minutes" correspondent bob simon, turns out he had his had license suspended nine times. the police say abdul reshad fedahi lost control on a highway in manhattan wednesday night. he crashed into a traffic divider. those license suspensions were mostly for failing to pay fines. he'd also been ticketed for speeding and disobeying a traffic signal at an earlier time. a police investigation continues. in the "american sniper" trial today, former sheriffs deputy testify he heard eddie ray routh say that he shot former navy seal chris kyle and another man because they wouldn't talk to him. manuel bojorquez is covering the trial. >> reporter: this dash-cam video played in court shows the moments leading up to eddie ray routh's arrest. the black truck driven by routh led police on a chase that reached speeds of 100 miles per hour.
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the video is silent as ordered by the judge. it shows officers try to ram the truck, but routh surrendered minutes later. in court, one of the arresting officers testified routh made odd statements saying he'd taken a couple souls, and, "i don't know if i'm going insane." routh admits he shot and killed chris kyle, the navy seal whose life is depicted in the hollywood film "american sniper," as well as kyle's friend, chad littlefield. they were spending the day with routh at a texas shooting range as part of therapy for routh's post-traumatic stress disorder. routh shot kyle in the back six times and shot littlefield seven times. this is one of the guns he used. prosecutor alan nash: >> reporter: nash says routh knew what he was doing when he killed the men, but routh's attorney, tim moore, argues he did not.
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>> reporter: next week prosecutors are expected to call several more witnesses who analyzed the weapons and crime scene. scott, if convicted, routh could face life in prison without patrol. >> pelley: manuel bojorquez. manuel, thanks. a new study finds where a lot of plastic trash is winding up. and the grapes of ruth. justice ginsburg reveals why she fell asleep at the state of the union when the "cbs evening news" continues. continues. step on this machine and get my number which matches my dr. scholl's custom fit orthotic inserts. now i get immediate relief from my foot pain. my knee pain. find a machine at
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up not just floating on the top of the ocean. it goes all the way down to the bottom. >> some of it tends to sink and some of it tends to float and we're not even sure what happens to the fragments when they get below a certain size. >> reporter: they found 20 countries are responsible for 80% of the plastic going into the ocean annually. china is worst with about 2.4 million tons. the united states is number 20 with 750,000 pounds. we've heard these stories of the plastic garbage patches that are floating out in the pacific but that is just a small amount. >> that's sort of the tip of the iceberg. there's a lot more. >> reporter: captain charles moore has been tracking what's known as the pacific garbage patch aboard his research boat alguita. his latest discovery is a collection of ropes, floats, and trash that has created an artificial island. >> there's cups like this. there's lids of trash cans like this.
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>> reporter: there's a floating island of plastic that you can walk on? >> in the middle of the pacific we discovered this summer-- we were there for a month-- and it's beyond my wildest fears how bad it's gotten out there. >> reporter: the report finds that if current trends continue, scott, the amount of plastic entering the world's oceans will double over the next 10 years. >> pelley: but the northern california coast has never looked better. john, thanks very much. up the coast, with the political heat rising, oregon's governor makes a big decision. that's next. ision. that's next. [
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colleagues had wine at dinner doing their best to uphold the 21st amendment that repealed prohibition. this has been a week of seismic changes in the media, and now one of the leading observers of the media scene has died. critic david carr of the "new york times." carr collapsed last night in the "times" newsroom shortly after moderating a panel that included a video link with n.s.a. leaker edward snowden. earlier in the week, carr had written about brian williams and a jon stewart and then tweeted "r.i.p., bob simon." but perhaps carr's most gripping story was his own. in his memoir "the night of the gun" he writes about his descent into cocaine addiction and his recovery. david carr was 58. steve hartman is next with a surprise revelation about his greatest inspiration. sn't mean you have to.
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>> pelley: we say it around here all the time-- steve hartman is one of the best storytellers in journalism. but it turns out he learned from another person who is among the best in the business. here's steve. >> reporter: i had what you might call a love-hate relationship with bob simon. i loved the way he told a story, and i hated that i could never do it as well. if that's jealousy, so be it. i was a little jealous, and i wasn't alone. believe me. there's not a reporter in this business at any network who hasn't at one point or another in his career wanted to be like bob. >> it's now thought that the north vietnamese never had any intention of invading the capital. >> reporter: for years, i actually tried to dissect his work. >> reporter: police moved in to
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restore order and opened fire on the people indiscriminately and often. the americans got rid of your enemy, saddam hussein. isn't the enemy of your enemy your friend? we're just housewives, they shouted, housewives with pistols in their dresses, revolvers in their bras. >> reporter: i used to watch a story, rewind the tape, and watch it again. >> i want to hear what you have to say. >> reporter: a dozen times. >> once a week, the lost boys saw their destiny on a bulletin board the staples of life. >> reporter: this one, about the lost boys of sudan i have practically memorized. >> he looked at the board, as if it were a holy scroll. >> reporter: any reporter could have shown you the picture, but only bob could take you there with his words. >> streams of boys became rivers, hundreds became thousands, until an exodus of biblical proportions was under way. >> reporter: i studied his stories, hoping that i just listened closely enough for long enough, i could be like him.
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>> we americans like to think we taught the filipinos democracy. well, tonight, they're teaching the world. >> reporter: i never told bob that. he was actually a hard man to compliment. every time you tried to, he would always deflect the praise on to a producer, an editor, or most often the subject. he was a storyteller who always put the story ahead of the teller, and that's one thing i can take from bob. that's one thing we can all learn from bob simon. the guy had a way with words but he was mostly silent about himself, and in his passing, it's that quiet humility that echoes. on sunday's "60 minutes" we will have another chance to see another story from bob simon and you can bet i will watch it repeatedly. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, i'm scott pelley. and i'll see you sunday on "60 minutes." good night. captioning sponsored by cbs
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captioned by your realtime captioner is linda marie macdonald. now at 6:00, president obama zeroing in on hackers and cyber bullies taking abig security step in the middle of silicon valley. president obama signed an executive order designed to stop cyber attacks. it was the main focus of his bay area visit. kpix 5's devin fehely says that the whole idea is to get tech companies and the government work together. >> reporter: that's right. now, increasingly people are living their lives online either their computers or their smartphones and the public just wants to feel that their information is safe and their devices are secure. but the president's message was that the threat of cyberattacks
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is bigger and broader potentially affecting the economy and the country itself. >> i want to go here. [ laughter ] >> reporter: with his appreciation for stanford and its contributions to academia and the teak industry clearly on display -- the tech industry clearly on display president obama addressed cyber security a threat to consumers, companies and to the country itself! >> foreign governments and criminals are probing these systems every, single day. we only have to think of real life examples. air traffic control system going down. disrupting flights. blackouts that plunge cities into darkness. >> reporter: the day long cyber security conference featured technology executives educators and students all focusing on solutions to a problem they say has become too big and destructive to ignore. >> we want to protect our customers and shareholders. we are an inte


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