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bay artist. the gun used was stolen from a federal agent. see you at 6:00. shot down after it strays into turkey. >> turkey, like every country, has a right to defend its territory and its airspace. >> pelley: also tonight, a warning about a copycat terror attack in the u.s. > don't be afraid. be aware. >> pelley: a white chicago police officer is charged with murdering a black teenager. and the nation's highest civilian honor is presented to a group of great americans from yogi berra-- >> it ain't over till it's over. >> pelley: to james taylor. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. the incident has major implications for the war on isis and peace in europe. the head of nato is calling for
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calm tonight after turkey shot down a russian warplane killing at least one of two pilots. it is the first time the north atlantic alliance has downed a russian or soviet plane since the 1950s. russian president putin insists the plane was in syrian airspace, but the turks released this radar image, which they say shows the path of the plane, that dotted red line, as it briefly entered turkey. holly williams begins our coverage. >> reporter: turkey says the russian warplane strayed over a mile into the airspace. after 10 warnings without a response, a turkish fighter jet shot it down. this video is thought to show its fiery descent, crashing down in northwest syria. turkey says this radar map shows where the aircraft briefly crossed over, but russia denies the plane ever left syrian
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airspace, and the visibly angry russian president vladimir putin called turkey's actions a stab in the back, describing the turkish as terrorists' accomplices. turkey had already warned moscow about violating its airspace and says russian planes did so twice in october. a syrian rebel group posted this video, which seems to show the bloody body of one of the russian pilots. the fate of the other pilot is unknown. russia and turkey are on opposite sides of the syrian civil war. turkey, like its ally the u.s., supports the syrian rebels. while russia backs the syrian regime and in september began launching airstrikes.
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moscow claims to be targeting isis, but the u.s. says it's also hit so-called moderate rebels because russia's real goal is to prop up syria's dictator, bashar al-assad. there were hopes that russia could be coaxed into cooperating with the u.s. and its allies in the fight against isis, but,nst, now looks even more uncertain. >> pelley: holly williams reporting from istanbul tonight, holly, thanks. david martin reports the shootdown has the potential to draw nato allies into a conflict with russia. >> reporter: from the moment russian warplanes began operating out of that airbase in syria, it was an international incident waiting to happen. russian planes violated turkish airspace on at least two previous occasions, flew within 50 500 feet of american aircraft striking isis targets in syria, and bombed opposition groups supported by the u.s. and its allies. to avoid incidents, a hot line was set up between the russian
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defense ministry and the u.s.- run command center for coalition airstrikes against isis. but to no avail. after vladimir putin's angry reaction to the shootdown, the russian military said a cruiser armed with surface-to-air missiles would be stationed off the syrian coast ready to shoot down any planes that threatened its aircraft. president obama urged both sides to remain calm and described the incident as a consequence of russia's policy of flying airstrikes in support of the syrian regime of bashar al- assad. >> i do think that this points to an ongoing problem with the russian operations in the sense that they are operating very close to a turkish border, and they are going after moderate opposition. >> reporter: turkey is a member of nato, which has spent the past year and a half scrambling jets and deploying troops to counter what is seen as increasingly aggressive russian behavior. the sudden appearance of russian
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warplanes in syria represented another threat to nato, this time on its southern flank, when the u.s. sent planes to turkey in an effort to increase the number of strikes against isis, it also sent air-to-air fighters to defend turkish airspace against russian warplanes. russia may be causing problems, but in this particular incident, scott, u.s. officials blame turkey for over-reacting to a minor violation of its airspace. >> pelley: david martin at the pentagon tonight. thank you, david. as holly williams mentioned the u.s. and france were hoping to bring russia into an anti-isis alliance. isis bombed a russian airliner last month. as chip reid reports today, french president francois hollande visited the white house where president obama said this about isis. >> it cannot be tolerated. it must be destroyed. and we must do it together. >> reporter: president hollande said france would ramp up its air campaign, targeting isis
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command centers, training facilities and the hearts of cities controlled by the terror group. president obama said his national security team had already put together a plan to accelerate pressure on isis before the paris attacks. >> and we intend to execute on those plans. >> reporter: but, mr. obama gave no details and instead talked more about what's already been accomplished. >> we've taken thousands of strikes, have taken thousands of isil fighters, including top commanders and leaders, off the battlefield. >> reporter: the president again called on russia to stop propping up the regime of syrian president bashar al-assad and join the u.s. coalition of 65 nations fighting isis. >> russia right now is a coalition of two-- iran and russia-- supporting assad. given russia's military capabilities and given the influence they have on the assad
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regime, them cooperating would be enormously helpful and would allow us all to refocus our attention on isil. >> reporter: from washington, president hollande will head for russia where he plans to ask president putin to shift his focus to fighting isis, but, scott, it's a request that's been made many times before without success. >> pelley: chip reid at the white house. thanks. with unique insight into all of this, we turn to ambassador nick burns, a career american diplomat, former national security council director for russian affairs, and former u.s. representative for nato. he now teaches diplomacy at harvard. mr. ambassador, what are the stakes in what we've seen today? >> well, it's been a consequential day, scott. we haven't had a nato member shoot down a soviet or russian aircraft since 1952, and so the stakes are very high, that the russians learn the lessons of what happened but also that this
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can be de-escalated so that there's no further action, and russia and turkey and the other countries can go back, hopefully trying to combat isis. >> pelley: well, the russian president called it a stab in the back. could this escalate? >> it could escalate. i think there's-- i think the united states and president obama are going to work very hard to see that it doesn't, but there's an important principle at stake here, scott. every nation has a right to protect its own borders. and president obama sided with the turks today in saying that they have that right. it was a gross violation of international law for the russians even to fly close to that border, but to cross it, that's a red line that can't be crossed. and so i think the lesson here for the russians has to be they're fairly isolated right now. they don't have many friends in the middle east. they say that they want to attack and defeat isis but they're not really fighting isis. >> pelley: you know, the turks fired on this aircraft after it had been in their airspace for only about 30 seconds or so, we're told. why do you think the turks would
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make a point of shooting this airplane down? >> i think because there's a history here. the russians have violated turkish airspace several times since the russians began air operations in syria two months ago. and the turks have warned the russians publicly and privately that there's going to be a response at some point. the russians may have thought that the turks weren't serious but they found out today that they were. it's a tragedy. it's not something, obviously, that the united states wants to see happen, but the turks do have a right to protect that border. the emphasis now has to be on making sure it doesn't happen again. >> pelley: ambassador nicholas burns, thank you very much. >> thank you. >> pelley: well, the war on isis means that security at home will be tighter as millions of americans head out for the holiday. here's jeff pegues. >> reporter: police at los angeles international airport today were armed with automatic weapons. this thanksgiving week, amid isis threats, there will also be a larger police presence than usual in new york.
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police commissioner bill bratton. >> i think it quite clear what we're advocating through you, certainly is this idea of don't be afraid. be aware. >> reporter: a new intelligence bulletin sent to law enforcement around the country warns that there could be copycats in the u.s. looking to replicate the paris attacks. ron hosko is a former assistant director of the f.b.i. how much of isis' strategy is about fear? >> i think a large proportion is about fear. could something happen? yes. but is there a greater likelihood of being struck by lightning or struck by a car on the way to d.c.? yes. >> reporter: today, president obama tried to reassure the public. >> what happened in paris is truly horrific. i understand that people worry that something similar could happen here. i want you to know that we will continue to do everything in our power to defend our nation. >> reporter: and that strategy involves studying tactics used in paris.
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intelligence officials believe the attackers conducted pre- operation surveillance. police in the u.s. are being advised to be on the lookout for suspicious people conducting surveillance on soft targets. >> pelley: jeff pegues, thanks. in another big story tonight, a white chicago police officer was charged today with murder more than a year after shooting a black teenager in the back. a video of the shooting was released tonight and we caution you, it is graphic. here's dean reynolds. on october 20th of last year, eight chicago police officers were pursuing a robbery suspect, 17-year-old laquan mcdonald. the pursuit and confrontation were recorded on a police cruiser camera. only one of the policemen opened fire that day, that's 37-year- old officer jason van dyke. the tape shows he began firing six seconds after leaving his cruiser and shot mccdonald 16 times over 14 seconds, mostly while mcdonald was on the
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ground, the jerking of his body from the impact his only movement. a partner seeing van dyke reloading told him to hold fire and kicked mcdonald's three inch knife away. van dyke said mcdonald had lunged at him, and that he felt his life was in danger. but the tape showed mcdonald moving away, not toward the officer, and that's what a passing motorist saw as well, according to cook county state's attorney anita alvarez. >> the motorist stated that mcdonald never moved towards, lunged at, or did anything threatening towards the officers before he was shot and fell to the ground. this officer went overboard, you know, and he abused his authority, and i don't believe the force was necessary. >> police say you acted out of fear of your life. >> reporter: van dyke, who has been on desk duty with full pay since the shooting, turned himself in, and his lawyer said he is scared to death. the police video emerged because of a court order last week to release it. city officials had been holding it to keep its publication from
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interfering with investigations of the shooting, and the duration of those investigations is also drawing fire. though alvarez said it could take as long as 20 months to bring an indictment in cases like this, critics say the video is so damning, van dyke should have been arrested long ago. chicago is now bracing for what many fear could be violent demonstrations once this video is widely distributed, and there have been repeated calls for peaceful protests. as for officer van dyke, scott, if convicted of first degree murder, he faces 20 years to life behind bars. >> pelley: dean reynolds on the story for us tonight. dean, thank you. we now know where the paris attackers were planning to strike next, when the "cbs evening news" continues. at planters we know how to throw a remarkable holiday party. just serve classy snacks and be a gracious host, no matter who shows up.
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the city's financial district. those planners were killed in a raid last week. tonight, debora patta has learned of another surprising revelation in the assault on paris. ( gunfire ) >> reporter: while police were still rescuing hostages from the attack on the packed concert hall, french investigators revealed today that the presumed mastermind of the paris attacks had actually returned to the scene of the crime. abdelhamid abaaoud used his cell phone near the bataclan that night according to prosecutor francois molins. he also revealed that abaaoud, along with an accomplice, was planning another suicide bomb attack, this time at la defense, a busy parisian business district. abaaoud was killed in a fierce police gun battle last wednesday, and now there is a new addition to europe's most wanted list, 30-year-old mohammed abrini.
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police believe he may have been traveling in the same car with salah abdeslam, the terrorist who escaped last week and is still on the run. abrini's d.n.a. was found in a car used in the attacks. in brussels, belgian police are still trying to root out a terror cell and most of the city is on lockdown, but tomorrow things will start returning to normal. most of the subways will reopen, and, scott, children will be going back to school. >> pelley: debora patta reporting for us tonight. debora, thank you. a new perspective on the syrian refugee crisis next. it can spread. robitussin dm max soothes your throat and delivers fast, powerful cough relief. robitussin dm max. because it's never just a cough. i built my business with passion. but i keep it growing by making every dollar count. that's why i have the spark cash card from capital one. i earn unlimited 2% cash back on
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>> pelley: today, presidents obama and hollande defended their plans to accept syrian refugees. mr. obama said america is strengthened by people of every faith. but opponents say that terrorists could hide among the migrants. well as america prepares to observe the holiday that celebrates the first refugees on our shores, we asked adriana diaz to look into the controversy in kentucky.
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>> reporter: it's a first thanksgiving for america's newest pilgrims, refugees, some who arrived from syria less than two months ago, all breaking bread in their new home in kentucky. newcomers like 15-year-old koussay ghalyoun, and 18-year- old nour alkunuss. >> when i remember my country, i feel like i'm dying. >> reporter: why? >> because people in my country die every day. every day. >> reporter: they met here at a school for refugees in kentucky, far from the front lines of syria, but now, they're facing another brewing problem. since the paris attacks, protesters have taken to the streets across the united states voicing their opposition to syrian refugees coming in. more than 30 governors across the country agree, including matt bevin, who takes office here in kentucky in two weeks. people have to go through years
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of background checks, interviews that last hours at a time. >> let's pause. let's use a measured approach. that's all anybody is saying. if we are delusional to think there are not evil people trying to do bad things to ourselves we are going to do so, be delusional to our own detriment. >> reporter: shadi, who asked us not to use his last name, is a new arrival. "if there is an explosion in a country and syrians are stopped from coming in, of course, that creates some fear," he says. "it's the same kind of fear we felt when we were in syria." he says getting to the u.s. was grueling. over two and a half years of lengthy interviews and background checks. nour is eager to start a new life here. >> islam means peace, not means war. >> reporter: these new arrivals say they're thankful for the warm welcome they received here, but are worried for what lies ahead. adriana diaz, cbs news, louisville, kentucky.
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murder. next weather talent appears at wx center with generic >> pelley: today, president obama awarded the medal of freedom to an incredible array of great americans. ♪ people people who need people ♪ >> pelley: people like streisand and sondheim, berra and mays, and shirley chisholm, the first black woman in congress. >> i want to be remembered as a catalyst for change.
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>> pelley: 17 people who changed america for the better. here's bill plante. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: they've enriched our lives with music. ♪ don't bring around a cloud to rain on my parade ♪ >> a long drive way back. >> reporter: thrilled us on the field. >> willy mays... >> reporter: made movies leap off the screen. james taylor was honored for his 50 years of exploring life through music. >> that's the thing about james- - you always feel like he's singing only to you. ♪ in my mind i'm goin' to carolina ♪ >> the issues that compel me are still the same ones. you know, it's what i love to do. i think that over time, you get incrementally better at it. >> reporter: how long can you keep doing this? >> it's hard to believe i'm not closer to the end than i am to the beginning, but i'll carry on
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as long as-- as long as there seems to be support for it. >> reporter: because, in the words of another one of today's honorees-- >> it ain't over till it's over. yogi berra, amazing. >> reporter: and as the great yankee catcher also said, "you can observe a lot by just watching." ♪ i've seen fire and i've seen rain ♪ >> reporter: watching a play, an impassioned speech, a concert. ♪ thought they'd never end >> reporter: 17 americans who all made a mark on our national life. ♪ when you could not find a friend ♪ >> reporter: bill plante, cbs news, washington. ♪ but i always thought i'd see you again. ( applause ). >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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live from the cbs bay area studios this is kpix 5 news. an exclusive, we have learned the gun used in the muralist killing was a stolen federal agent's. >> we have the exclusive details. >> reporter: a law enforcement source tells kpix five that the when used to kill a muralist here in oakland is the very same weapon that was stolen from an agent with i.c.e. that gun was stolen out of the agent's car in san francisco back in september. meanwhile the suspect appeared in court today.
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the judge told us we could shoot video in the courtroom but only show from the neck down, don't show the neck down. still, you can see how he was calm at first and then went ballistic. as the judge laid out the charges against him. he sat behind a glass encasement hyperventilating then losing control and yelling and cursing. [ yelling and cursing] >> reporter: deputies removed him from the courtroom. then a group of supporters walked outside the courtroom and -- [yelling and screaming] >> reporter: and

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