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untain view. that and more at 6:00. see you then. >> thank you. and thank you for watching. the "cbs evening news with scott pelley" is next. captions by: caption colorado >> pelley: the man behind the mask. now we know the identity of the terrorist in the beheading videos. also tonight, the latest winter storm makes the old south look more like new england. an answer to that age-old question: what are they smoking in washington? >> it feels great. it feels like freedom. >> pelley: and freedom is all they wanted, but the sheriff was on their tails. >> it's a llama drama unfolding. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. today we learned the identity of one of the most despicable men on the face of the earth, the masked terrorist that we have all seen too many times in the past year in videos of the
execution of hostages held by isis, including the beheading of three americans. tonight mark phillips in london tells us who he is and what we know about him. >> reporter: he's the masked face of isis in all its brutality, and now he has a name. the executioner nicknamed jihadi john, who figures in at least five gruesome beheading videos is really mohammed emwazi, a 27- year-old college graduate from london. his accent was first hint. >> this is james foley, an american citizen of your country. >> reporter: for months, as isis romped across syria and iraq british and american anti- terrorist officials were known to be aware of the masked figure's identity, but they refused to release it presumably because they were trying the trace his links to other isis figures. armed with a computer science degree from london's westminster
university, emwazi was already on the security service's radar. when he flew, he said for a safari vacation, from london to tanzania in 2009. there he was stopped by british and local officials who accused him of trying to go to somalia to join the al-shabaab militants. he was sent back to amsterdam for more questioning before returning to london. and while he lived in this house with his family, he was watched, until 2012 when he disappeared and showed up with isis in syria, where he became the man with the knife, and in islamic militant circles, something of a recruiting tool. terrorism expert shiraz maher. >> he's become a huge character to the international community of what we call fan boys and fan girls that support the islamic state virtually. so jihadi john is a celebrity to them. >> reporter: some even tried to justify his behavior. asim qureshi, of a group that deals with people under anti-
terror surveillance, says that he knew emwazi and that he became radicalized because he was harassed. >> he was such a beautiful young man. really. you know, it's hard to imagine the trajectory. >> reporter: for the families of isis victims, it's hard to imagine the horror, even when it has a name. now that mohammed emwazi has been identified, scott, victims' families are demanding justice. >> pelley: mark phillips in the london newsroom. mark, thanks. here in the u.s., law enforcement is tracking a cleric who they say is influencing isis followers from his home in michigan. homeland security correspondent jeff pegues looked into how social media is inspiring jihad. >> it's very easy to go on youtube. >> reporter: ahmad musa jibril was a palestinian-american cleric whose extreme views
caught the attention of u.s. law enforcement. his alleged call for jihad in 2005 led federal prosecutors to describe him as man who "encouraged his students to spread islam by the sword, to wage a holy war and to hate and kill non-muslims." in 2012, he was released from federal prison after serving six years for insurance fraud. he's currently living in dearborn, michigan, where he's on probation. even under law enforcement supervision, he's become one of the most influential figures for western foreign fighters. according to british researcher peter neumann: >> we counted their likes, their mentions, their follows, and what would turn out to be true is that ahmad musa jibril is like an astonishing percentage of foreign fighters. >> reporter: according to neumann's research, 60% of west ern born foreign fighters were following him on facebook, favoriting his tweets and re- tweeting his messages. last year a federal judge
heavily restricted jibril's ability to use social media. as a result, his accounts have gone dormant and yet his facebook page has grown from 211,000 likes last year to 245,000 today. >> there were hundreds, maybe even over 1,000 messages i got from social media. >> reporter: jibril declined our request for an interview. his probation ends in one month. without new charges, he's free to go back online without restriction. he's toned down his rhetoric. suggesting maybe he's changed man. some aren't convinced. >> there's nothing to suggest that he has changed his views. he's toned them down because he realizes that if he doesn't tone them down, they will come after him. >> reporter: and this is the dilemma that law enforcement deals with every day in this country, how best to identify potential threats who may mask their true intent, but, scott, social media can also help law enforcement. it can give important clues about who and where extremists
might be. >> pelley: jeff, what are some of the things the f.b.i. does to monitor these people that they don't have any reason to arrest? >> reporter: well, scott, in the early stages it could be as simple as monitoring social media. that's something that could escalate to monitoring e-mails texts and phone conversations. all of that under court orders. the f.b.i. looks at hundreds of people who may have terrorist leanings and opens investigations into some of those cases. now, the f.b.i. director just yesterday confirmed that the bureau has now opened investigations in all 50 states. >> pelley: but after edward snowden there has been a lot of concern about government surveillance. i wonder what intelligence officials are saying to themselves? >> reporter: well, scott, law enforcement has been very, very public about the damage they believe edward snowden caused to intelligence gathering in this country. the director of national intelligence james clapper has said that snowden caused
significant damage, a significant blow to national security by exposing and compromising intelligence- gathering tactics. >> pelley: jeff pegues in the washington newsroom tonight. jeff, thanks very much. well, as if they were finding new ways to express depravity, today isis posted video of an attack on a museum in mosul. iraq's second largest city. the militants took hammers and drills to sculptures and statues, calling them blasphemous. some of them were plaster copies, but others dated back to the 7th century b.c. an assyrian winged bull, part of the wall of nineveh had stood for thousands of years. parts of the sun belt had another snowy day today. folks in red bank, tennessee woke up to more than half a foot. north folk, virginia, got eight inches and they had to get the earth movers out. across the south this morning, more than 180,000 homes and businesses were without power, most of them in the carolinas, where we find vinita nair.
>> reporter: this is the scene above durham after last night's storm. four inches of snow fell in this part of the state, even more in the hardest-hit regions of the south, enough to snap tree limbs and fracture power lines. today crews were dealing with the clean-up, like this utility pole that splintered under the heavy weight of the snow. >> can you tell me when the power will be back on? >> reporter: jay simmons is directing part of the 1,000- person emergency team, helping to restore power. he's on a 16-hour shift. >> that's a big storm anywhere 200,000 people, but hopefully a lot of the problem will just be the trees and we can clear them. >> reporter: coleman brown is with the durham department of public works. >> the snow was coming down so hard, it was really difficult for us to keep up. >> reporter: last night's storm coated the south in snow and ice from georgia down to texas in lubbock, icy roads caused this vehicle to flip. in tennessee, drivers were stranded on i-24 for hours
overnight. more than 1,400 flights were either canceled or delayed. in north carolina, the roof of a stable buckled, trapping the horses inside. here in henderson, they also have plenty of cleaning up to do, including the roof of this newly renovated gas station, which also crumbled under the weight of the snow. scott, throughout the region conditions improved significantly, which would be great news if it wasn't expected to freeze again here tonight. >> pelley: vinita nair covering the big chill for us. vinita, thanks very much. this was a rare sight off of massachusetts. waves of slush washed ashore on nantucket island. the water temperature there is below freezing, but sea salt and the motion of the ocean are keeping it from going solid. one thing heating up today is the race for the white house. republicans are auditioning at the annual conservative political action conference in maryland, cpac for short. and our nancy cordes is there.
>> reporter: there are few places besides a debate stage where you can find every single g.o.p. hopeful. but cpac is one of them, an annual gathering of thousands of conservative leaders and activists. texas senator ted cruz is right at home here. >> obamacare is a train wreck. and that's actually not fair to train wrecks. >> reporter: for new jersey governor chris christie, it's a chance to convince skeptics that he's further to the right than they think. >> i'm pro-life. i ran as a pro-life candidate in 2009 unapologetically. i spoke at the pro-life rally on the steps of the statehouse and vetoed planned parenthood funding five times out of the new jersey budget. >> reporter: winning over this crowd is critical because they reflect the views of most of g.o.p. primary voters. in a recent cbs news poll, 65% of republicans nationwide identified themselves as conservative, including one- third who said they are very
conservative. former texas governor rick perry and all the rest insist they're still testing the waters. where are you in your deliberations? >> we're just... that's a good descriptive term, just a good deliberating. >> reporter: wisconsin governor scott walker, who has surged in recent polls, got the biggest reception today. >> the biggest challenge to that is just up the way, just down the river, up the potomac to washington, or as i like to call it, 68 square miles surrounded by reality. right? >> reporter: former florida governor jeb bush has the most to prove when he addresses this conference tomorrow. early polls show him struggling a bit among conservatives, scott, in part because of his support for immigration reform and those common core education standards. >> pelley: nancy cordes for us tonight, nancy, thank you very much. in washington, there was an historic change today. the fcc voted to make the
internet subject to federal regulation. the biggest impact of this big broadcasters like comcast and verizon will not be able to sell content providers like netflix faster data delivery service than everyone else. lawsuits are next. faster service is desperately needed in the ports of los angeles and long beach california, tonight. a labor dispute was settled last week, but the hangover it caused is epic. omar villafranca is in vernon, california, tonight. omar? >> reporter: scrap metal at this recycle center usually ships out in three days. containers of aluminum like this have been here for a month, and up the coast, recycled paper is taking up prime real estate on the san francisco waterfront. 700 tons of trash a day is sorted at san francisco's recycling center. it keeps coming in but not going out.
thousand-pound paper bales are piled sky high. spokesman robert reed says the mountain has moved into the parking lot. >> because we're having trouble shipping it, we're storing it. we're baling it and then we're stacking the bales five high until we're able to get them on them back on the ships and get that moving again. >> reporter: the bales are sent to asia and remade into everything from cereal boxes to stationery. recycling is a $20 billion a year business in the u.s., employing nearly 140,000 workers. but exporters aren't paid when the goods are stuck in port. >> the worst day is when you tell somebody, i don't know how you're going the feed your family. >> reporter: at his family's scrap metal business in los angeles, doug kramer cut back hours and benefits. it wasn't enough. >> we've cut employees, which is incredibly painful to do. >> reporter: do you worry that your overseas consumers may be looking elsewhere? >> we know they're looking elsewhere.
the global supply chain is not going to stop because the u.s. west coast ports are screwing around. >> reporter: there is a two to three-month backlog at the port that kramer uses. scott, this business has been in his family for three generations. he's worried there won't be a fourth. >> pelley: omar villafranca reporting for us tonight. omar, thanks very much. this is cool. a warship of the future hit the water today. the u.s.s gabrielle giffords. it is a new class of trimaran that is capable of hitting 51 miles-per-hour. giffords is the former congresswoman who survived a massacre in 2011. she posted this picture. her ship's official launch will be in august. reefer madness in the nation's capital as pot becomes legal. or does it? and a look inside an erupting volcano when the "cbs evening news" continues.
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>> it feels great. it feels like freedom. >> reporter: in november district voters overwhelmingly approved initiative 71, which allows adults to grow up to six plants and carry up to two ounces of pot. it's still illegal to sell the drug or smoke it outdoors. but some republicans in congress say it's all against the law. maryland's andy harris. >> if you live in the district of columbia, under the united states constitution, you live under the jurisdiction of congress. congress has the final say. >> reporter: in december congress prohibited the city from spending any money to legalize pot, but d.c. mayor muriel bowser says the voters had already spoken. >> so we would encourage the congress to not be so concerned about overturning what seven out of ten voters said should be the law in the district of columbia. >> reporter: two members of the house committee that oversees the district told the mayor she's in willful violation of the law and demanded names of employees who worked on the initiative. >> there's up to two years
prison time, you lose your job there are fines involved. it's a serious violation because it's taking taxpayer money and spending it for something congress says you specifically can't spend taxpayer dollars on. >> we believe we're acting lawfully. so i have a lot of things to do here in the district of columbia. me being in jail wouldn't be a good thing. >> reporter: as for jail time, it would be up to the attorney general to prosecute. that's unlikely in a democratic administration. now, scott, pot isn't legal in all of d.c. it's still prohibited on federal lands including all the monuments and museums. >> pelley: the district joins three states with recreational use now. julianna, thanks very much. something many tv viewers saw at the oscars man stoalgen. that story is coming up. konohito... and this guy... who knows a guy. hey guy. i know a guy in new york, vegas, dallas. i've known some guys for decades and some, nice
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that officers here had never had to deal with wayward llamas before, and that became abundantly clear as they launched their pursuit with all manner of hand signals and gestures, which the llamas basically ignored. many misdirected attempts to lasso the animals-- what else would you use-- came next before they were finally caught, out of breath but unhurt. it's safe to say the folks at sun city have seen few afternoons like this one. according to authorities, the llamas had an appointment at the assisted living community as therapy animals, but they apparently thought better of the idea when one of the retirees got a little fresh, at least that's how bob, their handler explained it. what happened? what did you guys do? >> we took them to an elder home. we were letting them pet her. one of the older gentlemen wanted to pet her and she broke loose and then the chase was on. >> reporter: how long was the chase? >> two and a half, three hours.
>> we have breaking news to report. there are llamas loose in sun city, arizona. >> reporter: in any case, the llama drama was soon broadcast across the country, and within minutes twitter exploded in a hail of llama themed hashtags. the arizona cardinals for one offered the elusive pair one- year deals and 2,340 pounds of hay each. "we don't usually make room for llamas on the evening news, but for the legend of laney and carnita we had to make an exception. dean reynolds, cbs news, chicago. >> pelley: that's our news round-up for tonight. for all of us at "cbs evening news" all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
now at clock, google about to unveil plans for a megaexpansion. as other big name tech companies scramble for their piece of mountain view. good evening, i'm veronica de la cruz. >> i'm ken bastida. would you think this is a good problem for a city to have? major players in the tech industry wanting to expand instead of pulling up stakes and leaving town. mountain view is all for a boom in business, but there is a catch here. len ramirez reports. >> reporter: there is a catch. you know, there is a price to pay for all of the expansion that we're about to see here. there is no question that this area known as the north bayshore area is going to grow. the only questions are how big and what's it going to look
like. finally we should have answers tomorrow. google has dozens of buildings in mountain view but most were adopted from other companies over the years. now there are plans for a massive new showcase structure all its own. the plans were only shown to a select few. and city councilman ken rosenberg is one of them. >> it's definitely going to be innovative and creative. they have hired extraordinarily talented and world-renowned architects and it's precisely what i'm looking for as mountain view evolves into a world class city. >> reporter: tomorrow google mr. smith the plans to the city for all to see. its the company's wish list for how to maximize its property in the future. its closest neighbors including linked in microsoft and others will submit their own expansion idea as the city moves to final ice its north bayshore area plan up for grabs this is area near shore line amphitheater rights to develop millions of square feet of office space. >> it's