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>> axelrod: a european capital on lockdown. we ared in brussels where the government is warning a paris-style terror attack could be imminent. also tonight, new images from inside the hotel stormed by terrorist inside mali. new details about the american who was killed. president obama visits refugees in malaysia to highlight his call for compassion. chipotle e. coli outbreak expands to six states. and the growing memorial on twitter for the paris victims. >> they had dreams. they had husbands, wives, best friends. they were just like us. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news." >> axelrod: good evening. i'm jim axelrod and this is a western edition of the
broadcast. tonight, belgium is under its highest terror alert, level four, following warnings by government officials there of a "serious and imminent threat" of an attack. the u.s. embassy in brussels ordered americans in belgium to shelter in place and remain at home. the u.s. european command issued a 72-hour travel restriction on all u.s. military personnel not to travel to brussels, where nato is headquartered weapon at least one suspect from last week's deadly attacks on paris is still on the run and was last seen crossing into belgium. we begin tonight in brussels with debora atta. orter: this is what the level-four security alert looked like on the streets of brussels today. security forces patrolled usually busy shopping areas. stores opened briefly for business before closing their doors. several planned concerts and soccer matches were canceled,
and the metro has been shut down for the weekend. belgium's prime minister charles michel says his government was acting on a specific threatave paris-like attack. "we are talking about the threat that several individuals with arms and explosives would launch an attack," he said. "perhaps in several locations at the same time." this is the man who triggered the extremely rare city lockdown, salah abdeslam, one of the paris attackers who has evaded police for more than a week now. intelligence reports suggest abdeslam disappeared into the criminal underworld after hitching a ride back from paris shortly after the attacks. add jake tracked islamic terrorism for 20 years for the belgium intelligence agency. ( i think that if there wasn't precise information, they would not have put the level alert at four, "he explained. "that's only happened two or three times in the last 20
years." this new hybrid of petty criminal and recently radicalized isis supporter is hard to monitor. so one minute they're petty criminals, the next minute they become extremists. how difficult is it to manage this new challenge? "there's always been a connection between the underworld of petty criminals, drug dealers, and recruitment," he said. "the problem is that radicalization happens very fast." abdeslam fits that pattern perfectly. he spent time in jail for a botched robbery and ran a local bar in molenbeek with his brother, who also blew himself up in paris last friday. their bar was closed down just over a week before the paris attacks on suspicion of drug running. we spoke to the lawyer for one of the men who drove abdeslam back. she said her client became concerned because abdeslam was extremely agitated and wouldn't explain what had happened. he was wearing a large jacket, and it's feared he may have been
hiding a suicide vest underneath it that night. that's one of the reasons, jim, why the city is so on edge. >> axelrod: debora patta covering for us tonight in the belgian capital of brussels, thank you. three suspects isis militants were arrested in turkey today, including one who may have helped the paris attackers pick their targets. eight days after 130 people were killed and more than 350 injured, elizabeth palmer shows us how parisians are taking back their city. >> reporter: the cafe carillon, where 15 customers were gunned down on november 13, is still closed. it's a solemn place, a memorial where parisians can look back and forward. "paris will come alive again, requested said bruno huvlie. "we can't stop living because of those killers." and tonight, just blocks away, other cafes are doing brisk trade. food, drink, and the healing
company of friends are helping people through the sadness and the stress. outside the bataclan where 89 music lovers were gunned down air, sea of candles and tributes is growing. the concert hall itself is shut, but at another club nearby this weekend, le trianon was playing to a packed house. security was tight, but showing up was a way of sending a message to her three children, says delphine molimard. >> what we want to give them for the life is the strength to live free and to share joy and just to live. >> reporter: tonight, one of the main paris train stations where passengers arrive from britain and belgium was eerily empty. clearly travelers who have a choice are staying away from paris right now. ♪ ♪ but one group of americans
already in the city sang out in solidarity. all those in paris who will not be imprisoned by fear. >> reporter: meanwhile, jim, the police are trying very hard to wrap up the network behind the attacks. there have been 800 property searches in the last week and 19 people are now in custody. >> axelrod: elizabeth palmer reporting again from paris for us tonight. liz, thank you. we have new details tonight about that attack on a luxury hotel in mali in western africa. a security guard now says islamic extremists timed the assault perfectly, storming the hotel just as guards finished morning prayers, had put away their weaponand were changing shifts. 19 people were killed, including an american. two gunmen also died. more now from jonathan vigliotti. >> reporter: new video from inside the radisson blu shows
the desperate measures people took to stay alive. some hid behind furniture. others used mattresses to block doors as they waited seven hours for help. this man says he heard really loud shots and screams and men speaking in english saying, "come on, shoot here and there." malian special forces moved in. they were backed up by their french counter-part and one off-duty american special forces member. they moved floor to floor, looked for the attackers, and free traumatized guests and staff. most hostages ran. others injured and in shock were held up, and then there were the dead, 21 carried out in body bags. among them, american aid worker anita datar, the mother of a young son. they lived in maryland. a former peace corps worker, she committed her life to promoting the the rights and health of women and girls living in poverty. family spokesman joe gleason: >> we are devastated by the loss of our wonderful daughter who
was doing the work what she loves. >> reporter: the jihaddist group al-mourabitoun has claimed responsibility for the attack. u.s. warplanes targeted the group's leader mokhtar belmokhtar in air strikes inlishia. ed from's hotel attack raises the question of whether he is still alive and more focused than ever on western targets. jonathan vigliotti, cbs news, london. >> axelrod: president obama continued the political debate over the global refugee crisis today. he's about as far away as you can get from washington, 9500 miles away, in the malaysian capital of kuala lumpur, and margaret brennan is traveling with the president. >> what's your name? >> reporter: the president tried to put a human face on his fight with republicans over refugees. >> the notion that somehow we would be fearful of them, that our politics would somehow leave us to turn our sights away from
their plight is not representative of the best of who we are. >> reporter: most of the children the president met with had fled violence and persecution in nearby myanmar. mr. obama likened their experience to refugees fleeing the war in syria. >> if people have a chance to hear the individual stories here, you will see the degree to which, you know, they represent the opposite of terrorism and the opposite of the kind of despicable violence that we saw in mali and in paris. >> reporter: all week, the president defended his decision to resettle 10,000 syrians in the u.s. >> this is not about politics. this is about national security. >> reporter: but the house voted to suspend that policy out of concern that terrorists might
sneak into the u.s. with refugees and then carry out attacks on the homeland. but senate democrats vowed to block the bill, and president obama has no plans to turn away the refugees he's promised to take in. >> as long as i'm president, we're going to keep on stepping up. >> reporter: when mr. obama returns to washington, he'll meet with the president of france, a country that despite the recent tacks has agreed to take in 30,000 syrian refugees. jim. >> axelrod: margaret brennan traveling with the president in malaysia, thank you. republicans who want to block refugees from the u.s. are finding themselves in conflict with religious groups who say this is their mission to help them. jericka duncan has that part of the story. >> reporter: donald trump today called for a database to monitor syrian refugees. >> i do want a database for those people coming in. >> reporter: an attempt to clarify where he stands amid an uproar over last week's seeming endorsement of a mandatory
registry for muslims living in the u.s. > so here's the story, just to set it clear. i want surveillance of these people. >> reporter: several of trump's rivals have said the idea of a national database to track muslims was a bridge too far, but since the paris attacks, many g.o.p. presidential hopefuls have contributed to the anti-refugee fervor, like john kasich today in new hampshire. >> i don't want syrian refugees to come here now because we don't know who they are. >> reporter: that rhetoric has been widely criticized by faith-based groups who lead efforts to resettle refugees and evangelicalevangelicals are a ky demographic in republican primaries. >> there is panic that's being fed for political reasons. >> reporter: linda hartke is the c.e.o. of the lutheran immigration and refugee service. >> i, again, certainly think those who imagine and would say we should summed the arrival of any syrians into this country or any muslims into this country is really over the top.
>> reporter: but a recent survey from the public religion research institute showed 73% of white evangelical protestants feel that the value of islam are at odds with american values. a sentiment about muslims shared by this self-described christian at today's trump rally. >> i have to stop and think about our home country because they have been so vocal to say they want to be the sole people on this earth, and it's their way or no way, really. >> reporter: that survey was conducted before the paris attacks but it helps explain why republican presidential hopefuls are taking a harder line on the refugee issue. jim, we also know that several religious organizations resettling refugees around the country have been threatened in the last week. >> axelrod: julianna goldman in our washington newsroom, thank you. it is beginning to look a lot like winter in the middle of the country. southern wisconsin saw more than a foot and a half of snow overnight. the suburbs of chicago got up to a foot.
while it's playtime for pets it is a lot less fun if you had to dig your car out. for more we turn to wbbm meteorologist mary kay kliest. mary kay, where is this storm now? >> jim, it's right over cincinnati, rain ahead of it, heavy snow bands for lower michigan. we could see one- to two-inch snow rates for hour for the southern area of detroit. it's a fast-moving storm, not a lot of moisture for it who to work with, but we will see some of the lake-enhanced snow showers for the eastern great lakes during the day on sunday and everyone feels the cold air, temperatures running 10 to 20 degrees below average. jim. >> axelrod: not a whole lot to be thankful for. mary kay, thank you. where and why the chipotle e. coli outbreak is spreading. and the road that gives new meaning to the warning "buckle up" when the cbs evening news continues.
>> axelrod: the e. coli outbreak at chipotle has reached six states. a total of 45 people have been infected with the bacteria which can be deadly. here's jericka duncan. >> reporter: california, ohio, and new york are the latest states to report a total of four new cases of the chipotle e. coli outbreak. the centers for disease control reports minnesota has had two cases with 13 in oregon and 26 in washington. so far, 16 people have been hospitalized. no one has died. the numbers are based on people who ate at chipotle from october 19 through november 8. outbreak response team leader commander matthew wise: >> i think the pattern of this outbreak is highly suggestive that there is a single contaminated ingredient that went to all those restaurant locations. >> reporter: this is at least the fourth health related outbreak for chipotle this year. in july, five people got sick with another strain of e. coli in seattle. in august, 64 customers became
ill with almonella are tainted tomatoes in 22 different locations in minnesota. and that same month, 98 people were sickened in california due to a neurovirus outbreak. >> looking across those investigations, we haven't seen any commonalities yet that would say that they're all related to sort of one thing. >> reporter: the c.d.c. says with this latest outbreak the problem is likely not a meat item since some of the people who were sickened are vegetarians. confidence in the burrito chain has fallen. shares of chipotle dropped 12% on friday. in an e-mail to cbs news, chipotle spokesman chris arnold said: in late october, the fast food chain closed 43 restaurants in oregon and washington. those restaurants have since reopened and chipotle has no plans to close anymore restaurants right now.
>> axelrod: this year the u.s. coast guard has seized more cocaine in the pacific than the past three years combined. carter evans shows us the latest hall. >> reporter: the 25 tons of cocaine stacked on the deck of the coast guard cutter bertholf, is worth $200 million. crew tracked down drug smugglers on the open ocean, including this makeshift submarine. inside this one sub was more than $200 million worth of cocaine, says scott perigo.
so that are fav arrested nearly 700 smugglers who rarely resist. >> we clearly have them out-gunned on the water. >> admiral paul zukof, is the coast guard congressman dont. >> operating a submersible is punishable by up to 15 years of incarceration. we have them one way or the other. they realize once we detect them the best course of action is to surrender. >> reporter: at least 75% of cocaine shipments still get through. but captain laura collins says they're now making a big dent. when you take on a billion dollars worth of product, that's got to cause pain. >> i hope so. that's the idea. >> reporter: instead of reaching dealers and users, all this cocaine will be incinerated. >> think of the expwact on our community, drugs not getting there, it's great. >> axelrod: and we'll be right back.
>> axelrod: a frightening scene in chicago today. through the father snow, fire could be seen about halfway up the 100-story john hancock center building. it burned for about half an hour. five people injured. investigators say the fire was started accidentally. nature flexed its muscles in california friday. that's vazquez canyon road, near santa clarita, where a landslide brought it down. nobody was hurt, but also no word on when it will reopen. the earth beneath the pavement is still pushing it up. and coming up, a memorial grows on social media for the paris victims.
. >> axelrod: finally tonight, we are still trying to get our collective arms around the terror attacks in paris and the 130 innocent lives lost. in this day and age a great deal of mourning can be conducted with a small number of words. as parisians continue to remember the victims with candles and flowers, another
kind of memorial is unfolding on social media. nohemi gonzales, a student studying abroad in paris, called the shining star. julien galisson, loved music and traveling, saxophonist, funny, happy and kind. estelle rouat, english teacher in paris. "i loved her classes" a fourth grader said. a photograph and a short description of each victim, lives remembered in 140 characters, compiled in a twitter account called en memoire, french for "in memory." >> this is her best friend woarpt it's the work of a group of editors at the new york-based digital media web site mashable. >> it's sort of like a small piece that these people are leaving behind and having an impact on people maybe they would have never known. >> reporter: amanda wills and brian ries crafted these tweets after scouring local news reports and social media posts
about victims like 53-year-old frenchman richard rammant. >> he died protecting his wife. he took all of the bullets for her. and i just thought that was, like -- that just says so much about his character. >> this is lola, she was, i believe, the attack's youngest victim. her smile remains etched in our memories forever, from one of her family members. and that just really, really crushes me. >me. >> axelrod: as they've been discovering this week, when trying to cushion grief and trauma, sometimes even a little goes a long way. >> they had lives. they had dreams. they had careers. they were just like us. >> axelrod: mashable will continue updating the twitter account until all the victims are identified, and then will leave the page up as a memorial. and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. later on cbs "48 hours." for now, i'm jim axelrod in new york and for all of us here at cbs news, thanks for joining us, and good night.