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:00. >> thanks for watching us at 5:00. cbs evening news. >> rose: their homes were wrecked by sandy. now they say they're victims again of fraud. also tonight, prime minister netanyahu defends his controversial address to congress, saying the survival of israel is at stake. the l.a. police chief says his officers opened fire on a homeless man after one cop yelled, "he has my gun." and the search for the inner larry david. >> i would say larry david is the guy you see on "curb your enthusiasm." >> rose: no. >> yes. >> rose: no. >> yes. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> rose: good evening. scott is off tonight. i'm charlie rose. this is our western edition in los angeles an investigation
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is under way into the fatal shooting yesterday of a homeless man by the police in what they say was a struggle over an officer's gun. carter evans has the latest. >> reporter: a bystander shot the video which shows police wrestling with a homeless man. as police handcuffed a woman who grabbed one of their batons, the struggle in the background quickly escalated. police say the man tried to grab one officer's gun and you can hear the buzz of taser. within seconds... [gunfire] three officers fired five shots. dennis horne captured the scene on his cell phone, as well. he does not believe the man was grabbing a gun. >> you're being tased, you'll be flailing. you're not necessarily reaching or grabbing for anything. >> reporter: but investigators countered that this afternoon, showing an enhanced image from the video they say shows the suspect's hand on the officer's gun. police also showed another image of the gun in his holster with the slide pulled back and a
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bullet jammed in the chamber. lapd chief charlie beck. >> had the individual not grabbed the officer's pistol, we certainly would not be having this discussion. >> reporter: the identity of the homeless man has not been released, but he's familiar face to andy bales who runs a nearby homeless shelter. >> police say he was acting erratically and fighting them. have you ever seen him act in this way before? >> i've seen him act erratic and violent and i've seen him be as gentle as a dove. >> reporter: the shooting occurred on l.a.'s skid row. many here suffer from mental illness. the officers involved all had special training on how to deal with the mentally ill. >> we prepare our officers to deal as best they can with them. but the reality is it's much more than a problem that the police alone can solve. >> reporter: two of the officers involved in the shooting were wearing body cameras. police say they captured a unique perspective that will be crucial in this investigation, but, charlie, civil rights leaders are still calling for an
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independent review. >> rose: carter evans in los angeles, thanks. thousands of homeowners who lost much of what they had to super- storm sandy say they have become victims again. at least 650,000 homes were destroyed or damaged by sandy, at a cost of $38 billion. tonight four u.s. senators from new york and new jersey are calling for hearings into allegations that insurance companies doctored engineering reports to reduce insurance payouts and that fema may have turned a blind eye to the problem. nancy cordes has this follow-up to a "60 minutes" investigation. >> reporter: it doesn't take an engineer to see that sandy damaged some of these homes beyond repair. bob kaible told sharyn alfonsi on "60 minutes" that his house in long beach, new york, was knocked off its foundation and condemned, but the insurance company's engineering report concluded there was no structural damage. >> i'm like, what do you mean there's no structural damage? the house is not what it was
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before. >> reporter: new york senator kristen gillibrand says she's heard similar stories from dozens of constituents. >> based on the documents i've seen, it looks like large-scale fraud. it's rigging the system against home owners to make sure insurance claims are not paid out. >> reporter: 40 phone calls later kaible was finally granted a re-inspection by the same engineer. i said, "george, how could you write a report like that?" he goes, "it's not my report." his report, they discovered, has been altered. engineer andrew braum, who works at a different company, says the same thing happened to him. 175 of your reports were doctored? >> correct. >> reporter: and the ones that weren't changed? >> the ones that weren't changed, interestingly, were ones where i recommended no repairs were required. >> reporter: "60 minutes" reported that fema first got complaints in mid-2013 but failed to investigate. in a statement this afternoon,
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homeland security secretary jeh johnson said the "60 minutes" report is a matter of great concern to me and fema administrator craig fugate. fema he added, is fully cooperating with policyholders whose claims are under appeal and is seeking to settle as many claims as possible. do you feel fema has been responsive to your concerns? >> not responsive enough. >> reporter: what did they do when you told them you were hearing complaints from your constituents? >> i put them on notice in june. the investigation didn't start until the end of the year. that's a long bit of time where i would have liked these claims to stop being denied, where i would like this litigation to not be continuing. >> reporter: she says she wants to figure out whether this was just negligence on fema's part or something more. senators are hoping to determine whether this is a problem that has been stretching back for years, back to hurricane katrina in 2005, charlie. >> rose: nancy, thanks.
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shares of lumber liquidators plunged 25% today after a "60 minutes" report last night raised questions about the safety of some of the flooring it sells. lab tests conducted for the broadcast found the flooring made in china, has levels of formaldehyde that exceeded california emissions standards. today in a filing with the securities and exchange commission, lumber liquidators insisted its flooring meets safety standards set by regulators throughout the united states. in washington today, israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu likened his dispute with president obama to a family squabble. tomorrow netanyahu delivers a controversial address to a joint meeting of congress and lays bare his differences with the president over iran. here is chief white house correspondent major garrett. >> reporter: israel and the united states agree that iran should not have nuclear weapons. but we disagree on the best way to prevent iran from developing those weapons. >> reporter: speaking at a pro- israel conference today, israeli prime minister benjamin
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netanyahu sought to narrow the divide between his government and the obama administration. >> my speech is not intended to show any disrespect to president obama or the esteemed office that he holds. [applause] i have great respect for both. >> reporter: the white house sees netanyahu's speech to a joint session of congress tomorrow as an effort to torpedo a deal with iran that could halt its pursuit of a nuclear weapon for a decade or more. president obama spoke to reuters today. >> it's understandable why israel is very concerned about iran. we are, too. but what we've consistently said is we have to stay focused on our ultimate goal, which is preventing iran from having a nuclear weapon. >> reporter: netanyahu accepted tomorrow's speaking invitation from house speaker john boehner. the president was not consulted and has declined to meet with the prime minister because israeli elections are just weeks away. that prompted sharp criticism of the administration's policies toward israel. this full-page ad from a conservative jewish group in
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saturday's "new york times" suggested national security adviser susan rice might allow genocide in israel. the white house called it "despicable." the white house feels a chance of a deal is no better than 50/50, but it believes netanyahu underestimates the risk of failure. charlie, many here feel that is a military conflict to remove iran's nuclear technology. >> rose: major garrett at the white house, thanks. as that dispute played out, the talks between the u.s. and iran continued today in switzerland. both sides say they want an agreement on iran's nuclear program by the end of this month. more now from state department correspondent margaret brennan. >> reporter: with the clock ticking, secretary of state john kerry shot down criticism that the u.s. is rushing toward a weak deal with iran. >> any deal that we would possibly agree to would make the international community and especially israel safer than it is today. >> reporter: an emerging
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agreement would prevent iran from producing enough uranium and plutonium to build a weapon for at least a decade, limit the amount of centrifuges and enriched nuclear fuel that iran is allowed to keep and mandate regular nuclear facility inspections. in exchange, sanctions on iran would be gradually lifted, but the two sides disagree on how quickly that relief should happen. >> right now, no deal exists. no partial deal exists. and unless iran is able to make the difficult decisions that will be required, there won't be a deal. >> reporter: a nuclear deal with iran may be a legacy for the obama administration, but unlike israel, the u.s. is not demanding that iran completely dismantle its nuclear program, and that, charlie, is the biggest source of disagreement between these two allies. >> rose: margaret, thanks. keeping track of threats against america is the job of james clapper, the direct your of national intelligence.
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today in an interview on my pbs program, i ask him how he balances calls for better surveillance with accusations that the government goes too far. >> i've been on the receiving end of virtually all the post- event critiques and investigations to include 9/11 and since. and i do find some irony, in light of all the other fault over the last two years, that a common theme of every one of those critiques has been that the government should have been more intrusive. it's true of the christmas bomber. it's true of ford hood and it's true of the boston marathon. >> rose: that meant to you what? >> it means that we're supposed to do more intensive surveillance of people who live in this country. >> rose: so the irony is they want you in terms of those specific instances, there's a call for more intrusiveness, and yet the response to the edward snowden disclosures is too intrusive? >> exactly. >> rose: do you have the tools and the resources now to do the job we expect you to do with respect to... >> we will do our best.
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sometimes people ask me, you know, what keeps you awake at night? well, i worry about the dysfunction in washington. having furloughs and shutdowns and having part of the national security apparatus held hostage like this, i worry about the impact on morale and keeping the great people we brought on in the intelligence community since 9/11. >> rose: i'll have much more with james clapper tonight on my pbs program and tomorrow on cbs "this morning." this winter without end brought more snow to the northeast and other parts of the country, and there is more on the way. boston has received more than 104 inches so far this season, less than four inches short of the record. anna werner is there. >> reporter: the heavy snow took down the roof of this barn in the town of norwell south of boston. it was discovered early this morning. 14 horses trapped inside were rescued to the relief of panicked owners. >> it's really good that he's
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out and that he's well and okay. >> reporter: snow piled up in rhode island, too, where firefighters tried to put out a fire overnight had trouble finding hydrants in the snow. in raleigh, north carolina, more black ice causing yet another multi-car pile-up. in the west, you don't see this very often, an inch of ice pellets that looked like snow along the shore in huntington beach, california. back in south boston, residents who have been shoveling out their cars have been using furniture, laundry baskets and crates to keep other people from parking there. on this street you can really get a sense why people would want to protect their spot with a space saver. this is not a cave. it's the spot where a car used to be. the city said as of today trash collectors would begin taking those space savers away, an unpopular idea here. >> the city should take away the snow, not the space savers because the snow is the issue. >> reporter: this mountain of snow shows you just how much
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snow the city has taken off the streets so far. they've had more than eight feet of snow in boston, but, charlie, there's more snow in the forecast the next couple of days, and it's possible that by wednesday the city could break its all-time snowfall record. >> rose: amazing, anna. anna werner in boston, thanks. a chill has set in over moscow and it has nothing to do with the weather. last friday an outspoken political opponent of vladimir putin was murdered just after blasting the kremlin's policy on ukraine in a radio interview. clarissa ward is in moscow. >> reporter: armed with flowers and flags, tens of thousands turned out in a somber but defiant display of solidarity with murdered opposition leader boris nemtsov. some carried banners saying, "i am not afraid," but in reality many democracy activists here say quietly they are now afraid. nemtsov was shot four times in the back on his way home from
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dinner with his girlfriend. this is the spot where nemtsov was killed, and you can see the pile of flowers that keeps growing, but what has shocked people most about his murder is that it happened literally just a few steps away from the kremlin. in 1997, nemtsov served as deputy prime minister, but under putin's reign he became an outspoken critic of government corruption and russian involvement in ukraine wars. the opposition leader vladimir ryzhkov was close friends with nemtsov for over 20 years. >> i can't remember so aggressive, negative, confront at the present atmosphere. this atmosphere was created by the kremlin propaganda. >> reporter: so in that sense, do you blame president putin for your friend's death? >> i blame state and state propaganda in creating such kind of pro-violence, pro-terrors a
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most fear in this country. >> reporter: no matter who pulled the trigger, ryzhkov said, the message is clear those who speak out can be a target. so what is the future of the opposition in russia? >> i think that nobody knows not only what future for opposition we have. no one can say what future for russia we have. >> reporter: nemtsov had reportedly received death threats in the past, charlie and his friends claim that he was planning to publish further evidence of russia's military involvement in ukraine involvement that russia still strenuously denies. >> rose: clarissa ward in moscow. students walk out on an important exam. why they gave common core an f. and what happened when a skydiver suffers a seizure at 9,000 feet when the "cbs evening news" continues.
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preparing for the state standardized test and less on real learning. >> i started to ask more daughter, are you doing social studies in school, and her answer was pretty much, what's social studies? >> reporter: blaine has decided to join nationwide opt-out movement of parents who will not allow their children to take the exam. >> what's wrong with measuring how proficient a student might be in reading and math? >> i don't have any problem measuring how strong the child is in reading or math. what i do have a problem with is when the tests start to drive everything else that's happening in school. >> reporter: for fourth graders, the test is eight to ten hours long and has taken over multiple days. many questions are complex requiring several steps to get to the correct answer. educators say it's designed to deepen critical thinking and enhance problem-solving skills. but sarah blaine, who is an attorney, says she took the test herself and found it complicated and confusing. what would you say your biggest issue is with the test itself? >> there's a distinction between
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what's really critical thinking and what's setting a kid up to fail. >> reporter: but former millburn, new jersey, school superintendent jim crisfield says opting out should not be an option. >> you can't have the concept of opting out apply to public education more broadly. this is not an a-la-carte operation. >> reporter: many states prohibit opting out. a handful, including california and utah, have legislation that allow it. charlie, 19 states have introduced legislation to either halt or replace common core. >> rose: elaine, thanks. n.b.a. legend michael jordan joins an elite club next.
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center with generic pinpoint filling monitor then we take special >> rose: larry david makes his broadway debut this week in a comedy called "fish in the dark." most folks know him from television. he starred in "curb your enthusiasm" and was co-creator of "seinfeld" in which he's the voice of george steinbrenner. as fans of "seinfeld" know, you never see steinbrenner's face. in a "60 minutes" interview, we tried to get inside david's head. you're not good at psychoanalysis. >> oh, i'm very good. >> rose: that's all we need here. the only two questions are: who is larry david and why? and why is the big question. >> i would say larry david is the guy you see on "curb your enthusiasm." >> rose: no. >> yes. >> rose: no. >> yes. >> rose: why do you say that? >> because that's who i aspire to be. >> rose: aspire to be. that's who you aspire to be. >> yes.
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so everything else is an act. >> rose:, no, that's an act. >> no, that's real and this is the act. >> rose: that's not true. you know what your friends say sweetheart, kindest guy i know lovely, lovely guy. >> by the way... yeah, that's the act. the sweetheart is the act. that's what i'm telling you. the sweetheart is the act and the guy you see on tv, that's... by the way, the guy on tv, he's not a bad guy. >> rose: really? >> yeah. he's a good guy. he doesn't... you know, he doesn't really... >> rose: he'd give up his mother. >> no, he's not mean. i don't think he's mean. i don't. i think he's a good soul. >> rose: you do? somewhere inside of him is a good soul. >> he's honest is all he is. he's honest. and that's... therein lies the difference. >> rose: my thanks to larry david. that is the "cbs evening news." i'll see you tomorrow on cbs
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police. good evening, i'm ken brute force to commit burglary. the growing trend in crash and grab robberies that have stumped police. good evening. i'm ken bastida. >> and i'm veronica de la cruz. investigators say the thieves are getting more clever avoiding the high tech gear designed to help catch them. kpix 5 phil matier is in san francisco financial district one of the bad guys' favorite spots. >> it's very interesting veronica. from all our tech and security cameras these crews have come up with a way to get brazen and bold and get away with it. here's the story. >> reporter: from union square to west portal, they literally drive right in to the store looting it and driving away. >> this is outrageous.
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it's something right out of the movies. >> reporter: and indeed some have been captured on security cameras but like the bad guys in movies these thieves know how to act. they hit stolen cars in the middle of the night. >> sometimes they're male and female. sometimes they're all male. >> reporter: they know how to cover themselves. >> they're all gloved and masked up so we have very little physical evidence to use to go on. >> reporter: as for security cameras -- >> right now the surveillance that we have hasn't really helped us. >> reporter: there was one arrest in connection with the pad gonia heist but the suspect was released for lack of evidence. meanwhile the thieves have hit chanel, prada high end audio stores, even a brazen drive in to the wells fargo museum to steal gold nuggets. >> there are theories that some of the stuff is shipped overseas and some of it is sold locally via the internet. >> is this happening anywhere else in the bay area or the state? >> it is and we've stayed in touch with local police departments and we're worki

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