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victims of the "valley fire" are finding plenty to be thankful for, new at 6:00. see you at 6:00. captions by: caption colorado >> quijano: it's happened again-- a breach of security at the white house, and the president was there. also tonight, americans count their blessings and count on law enforcement to keep them safe as they celebrate. four weeks signal christmas. the hunt is on for bargains. >> some people go camping out in the woods. >> and we camp outside of best buy! >> quijano: and beauty in the beast. finding the good in bad-look produce. >> these are our imperfect celebrities and what we like to call them are "the stars of the show." captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> quijano: good evening. scott is off tonight. i'm elaine quijano and this is our western edition. as president obama and the first family were celebrating thanksgiving in the white house,
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a drawm afs unfolding outside, yet another security breach. a jumper managed to easily scale a recently reinforced fence. he was unarmed and quickly arrested. but this breach comes as the nation is is on edge with isis threatening a paris-style attack here. kris van cleave is at the white house. kris. >> reporter: elaine, the white house was on lockdown for several hours because of this incident. this area here outside the white house was just reopened to the public. now, about 2:45 today, the secret service says the jumper they've identified as joseph caputo jumped the white house fence. a photographer captured the moment caputo, wearing gloves, draped in an american flag, hopped the fortified white house fence holding a binder in his mouth before throwing his arms in the air seemingly in celebration. the woman who took these photos tweeted: the intruder dropped to his knees with his hands in
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the air as the secret service rushed to arrest him. his flag was put into an evidence bag while a bomb squad searched the white house lawn. the fact the intruder made it over the fence raises questions about the security upgrades put in place over the summer. in july, new spikes were installed on the white house fence to make it hard tore climb. the secret service called that a temporary security measure until a long-term solution could be implemented. this jumper follows a series of embarrassing incidents for the secret service, including a security breach where a fence jumper was able to get inside the white house, made it all the way to the east room. he was one of three men to jump the fence last year. the secret service says criminal charges are pending against caputo, but, elaine arct this point we don't know why he jumped the fence or what was in that binder. >> quijano: kris van cleave at the white house for us tonight. kris, thank you. it was just yesterday that the president assured the nation that law enforcement is on the case in the wake of the paris attacks, and there were plenty of cops at the premiere
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thanksgiving day event, macy's thanksgiving day parade. don dahler was there. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: the largest contingent of heavily armed police officers in the parade's history stood along the parade's two-and-a-half-mile route. they were protecting the 3.5-million onlookers who crowded streets, 20 teen deepin some places. some were concerned about terrorism, some not. >> we're super excited. the weather turned out perfect so we couldn't ask for anything better. >> reporter: in their midst, undercover cops moved among them and sniper teams scanned from rooftops. in downtown manhattan, dozens of officers also kept an eye on things in a massive room named the joint operations center. chief james o'neill gave us a tour. can't help but notice all these gigantic screens. what kind of information would you have up there? >> we have cameras all around the city that we can choose. if there's an event somewhere in the the city we can go to that neighborhood. >> reporter: during major events like the parades the center is staffed with representatives of various state
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and federal agencies. there are millions of tourists flooding into new york city this time of year. streets are packed. that, i imagine, is a pretty tempting target for terrorists. >> i spend most of my time planning that innocent something does happen we respond quickly and effectively. we stood up two new units to critical response commands, and the strategic response group. we have anywhere up to 800 people available to respond to any incident. >> reporter: the nature of terror attacks has shifted to the use of automatic weapons and suicide vests. so the n.y.p.d. adopted new rules of engagement. officers will respond more quickly with deadly force. commissioner bill bratton: >> we have responded by retraining all of our personnel, and we're i in the the process f now doing that with my 35,000, to get in and neutralize the threat as fast as possible. >> reporter: officials insist there is no specific, credible threat against the united states, but, elaine, some municipalities, such as new york city, are continuing on a
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heightened security level through the holidays. >> quijano: don dahler reporting from new york city. don, thank you. in moscow today, the presidents of russia and france agreed to coordinate their airstrikes against isis and syria. francois hollande has been trying to form a broad coalition against the terror group since it attacked paris two weeks ago. those attacks were planned in belgium, and tonight, the search for suspects continues. debora patta is in brussels. >> reporter: for the fifth day, police raided neighborhoods around the capital, part ongoing investigation into the paris attacks which killed 130. and tonight, one person was arrested in the raids. the terror threat in brussels has now been reduced to level three, which means at an attack is still possible but no longer imminent. brussels has been on virtual lockdown for the past week. schools were closed. so were subways and some stores. public gatherings were band.
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andre jacobs is the former head of the government's intelligence unit that tracked islamic extremists. he told us the government may have over-reacted initially, or that the police raids have turned up new details. "information from the raids may have shown that the terrorists have left the country," he said, "or that they don't have weapons." police are still hunting for two paris suspects, saleh abdeslam and mohammed abrini. they both lived in the brussels neighborhood of molenbeek, which has gained a reputation for being a jihadi hot bed. a month before the attacks, molenbeek mayor francois schepmans received a list of 80 islamic militants from belgian intelligence. abscess lamb was on the list. soafs the suspected ring leader abdelhamid abaaoud, but schepmans says it was not her job to track down terrorists. "it is up to the federal police,
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she said "to carry out action like identification, arrest and interrogation." and, she claimed, police had received the same information. two weeks on and belgian police are still no closer to finding saleh abdeslam. the country's justice minister says he must have a large terror cell assisting him because it would be impossible for him to hide for some long on his own. >> quijano: and, debora, what came out of the meeting between france and russia today? >> reporter: the two leaders agreed to increase the exchange of intelligence to assist the u.s.-led coalition in intensifying airstrikes against isis, and that other rebel groups would not be targeted. up until now, russia has been attacking groups fighting against the assad regime in syria. so, elaine, it's going to be interesting to see exactly how that agreement will be implemented. >> quijano: debora patta in brussels for us tonight. debora, thank you. security has been tightened at shopping malls around the u.s.
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with nearly 136 million people expected to hit the stores this weekend. carter evans now on the start today of the holiday shopping season. >> reporter: thanksgiving is about spending time with family and friends, even if it's inside a tent in a parking lot. some people go camping out in the woods. >> and we camp outside of best buy! >> reporter: thomas berrera has been here since monday morning. how much money do you expect to save? >> well, i mean, we did the math and we're saving probably a good, maybe like four, 500 bucks. all of that saving encourages big spending. >> between thanksgiving and cyber monday $80 billion will be spent online, as well as in stores. >> reporter: on average, shoppers are expected to each spend more than $800 this holiday season. that's up more than 3% from last year. much of that spending will go toward big-ticket items like cars and electronics. best buy is hoping to get a bigger piece of the pie by opening this evening.
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the store manager near los angeles. >> we listened to what our customers are saying and they said they wanted something to do after thanksgiving dinner. >> reporter: but that plan backfired last year and led to a boycott. >> that boycott was quite effective. in fact, sales went down black friday weekend 4% in the u.s. last year. >> reporter: this year, that's leading some stores to advertise the fact what they won't be open on thanksgiving day. >> at t.j. maxx, marshalls and hoag, we're closed on thanksgiving because family time comes first. >> reporter: outdoor retailer r.e.i. took is a step further. >> this black friday we're closing all of our stores and paying our employees to get outside. >> reporter: a policy appreciateed by shoppers like meri kaeller. >> i can respect them for doing that because i feel like more and more stores are open later and earlier, and thanksgiving just becomes a wash-out. >> reporter: retail analysts estimate about half of consumers will likely make a purchase on
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their cell phone this year, and some of those purchases will be made while they're inside stores, elaine, comparing prices. >> quijano: you mentioned cars are going to be a big seller this season. what else? >> reporter: behind cars any apple products and then star wars merchandise is expected to be a big seller, and there is a lot of it, even a darth vader toaster. >> quijano: getting to the store today was a problem in some places as the storm that dumped snow in the west moved into the great plains. driving was difficult as snow covered roadses in nebraska, northwest of omaha. winter storm warnings were up in much of that state, as well as iowa. there is concern freezing rain could bring down power lines. in chicago, holiday shopping downtown could be affected tomorrow by a large protest over the shooting death of a black teenager by a white police
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officer. the past two nights have seen small, mostly peaceful demonstrations. this followed the release of a video showing officer jason van dyke shooting laquan mcdonald 16 times. van dyke has been charged with murder. in minneapolis, protesters and community groups shared thanksgiving dinner outside a police station. the protesters have been camped out there for more than a week after 24-year-old jamar clark was shot and killed during a struggle with police. some witnesses said clark was handcuffed at the time. the police deny that. in africa, the pope calls for peace between christians and muslims. and how the world's biggest drone maker plans to stop isis from using them on the battlefield when the western edition of the cbs evening news continues.
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preaching a message of peace on his first visit to africa. he said his first mass there today in kenya. he'll also be making stops in uganda and the central african republic. allen pizzey is with the pope in nairobi. >> reporter: the traditional african welcome was a joyous reflection of how pope francis' message is being received. a kenyan newspaper summed it up as "our politicians could learn a thing or two from him." on his first trip to africa, francis urged kenyans to help bridge the increasingly violent divisions between muslims and christians. all too often, he said, young people are being radicalized in the name of religion to sow discoward and fear. kenya suffered at the hands of islamic extremists which the al-shabaab militia slaughtered
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147 mainly christian students at a university earlier this year and then killed 67 people in an attack on a shopping mall here in 2013. francis called the attacks barbarous, and said that god's name must never be used to justify hatred and violence. there are fears that the pope himself could be a prime target. some 10,000 police and army troops are on duty. rain turned the grounds where today's mass was held into a quagmire, but rain is also considered a blessing here, so it didn' dampen the mood. and using words that will resonate with the deeply conservative african catholic church, francis called on kenyans to resist practices which poster arrogance in men, hurt or demean women, and threaten the life of the innocent unborn. pope francis is also using this trip to push his message of concern for the environment, but in a region wracked by ethnic and interreligious violence, it is inevitably his calls for peace and reconciliation that strike the most vibrant chord.
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allen pizzey, cbs news, nairobi. >> quijano: drone sales are taking off. so how do you prevent terrorists from using them? that's next.
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>> quijano: a lot of folks can expect to find a drone beneath their christmas tree, but they're not made at the north pole. seth doane visited the world's largest drone manufacturer. >> reporter: these days, drones are being used to survey farmers' fields or a football team's defensive line, and are replacing humans in high-risk tasks. and one company, d.j.i., produces 70% of all civilian drones in the world in shenzhen, china. >> we're an international company. >> reporter: that china part is not highlighted by d.j.i. public relations director michael perry. there are americans who are concerned when every other chinese company that controls
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this much of the market. >> we have an international footprint that reflects our international character. >> reporter: but d.j.i. now has to contend with islamic militants using drones on the battlefield. is there a moral dilemma when your drone is being used by terrorists like isis? >> it's certainly something that we think about, but as we're going along, we're looking at options for optimizin optimizint specifically for creativity and innovation. >> reporter: that's where product designer paul pan comes in. >> basically, when you make a product you never want to handicap the product. >> reporter: pan explained how using g.p.s. technology, d.j.i. can program drones so they can not fly near sensitive sites, but security concerns were raised when a d.j.i. drone landed near the white house in january. is it bad for business when one of your drones shows up on the white house lawn? >> it is bad in that we feel that there is only so much that we can do to control the
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aircraft, but then it's really coming down to education, what you should and shouldn't do. >> reporter: regulators are playing catch-up with drone technology. what do you really wish a drone could do that it just can't do? >> if i can take the flying camera and have it autonomously do the own thing. if i say, "follow me all day and don't bump into anything" that would be the ultimate product. >> reporter: seth doane, cbs news, shenzhen, china. >> quijano: this might be a fun game to play unless it's your bag they're tossing around. that's next.
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the suitcase did not belong to a passenger. tharilys said they shouldn't have done it at the airport. upon further review, this may not have been the best idea. the washington redskins tweeted out, "happy thanksgiving" along with the team's controversial logo. many native american groups have been pushing for the team to change its name. one follower called the team the most tone deaf company in america. in his radio address today, president obama said thanksgiving is a day for food and football. it was also a day to say thank you. he telephoned 10 members of the military this morning from the oval office to wish them a happy holiday and thank them for their service. when it was time for dinner at the white house, the menu included turkey, ham, and prime rib. two kinds of stuffing and potatoes. a variety of veggies, mac and
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cheese, and six pies. we'll take them alphabetically. apple, banan acherry, coconut, pecan, and pumpkin. in case you're wondering, presidents pay for their food at the white house. yesterday, the president gave two turkeys a second chance. now some fruits and vegetables are getting the same. that story is next.
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>> quijano: finally tonight, in this land of plenty, plenty goes to waste. a lot of produce is discarded simply because it is, well, odd looking. a california business came up with the perfect solution. here's john blackstone. >> reporter: when it's packing day at a company called imperfect produce, things that are particularly imperfect get special attention. let's just take a look at this. >> that's a fun one. >> reporter: the weirdest are set aside for photographer
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roopam lumia. >> i got the persimmon that has a little bit of a nose. >> reporter: her photos are posted online, building a social media following. it's a harvest of fame. you call these your celebrities. >> these are our imperfect celebrities and what we like to call them are the stars of the show. >> reporter: these stars are part an effort to convince food buyers that what counts is how something tastes, not how it looks. >> that little imperfect, retailers and food service will reject it. >> reporter: ron clark is cofounder of imperfect produce, which buys fruits and vegetables that farmers can't sell to supermarkets because it isn't perfect. >> look, look, what's wrong? just that little imperfection means you're not going to get to eat this. >> reporter: if not for clark's company, much of the food would end up at the dump. each year, some six billion pounds of food farmers can't sell or give away to food banks ends up as waste.
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>> it's always amazed he how much has been thrown away and i've always had, you know, a soft spot for trying to feed more people with less. >> reporter: imperfect produce has been in business for just four months. already it sells more than 10,000 pounds a week to customers who pay about half the usual price for taking something unusual. i would think if you found that in a supermarket, somebody would say, "wow, look at that!" >> it's a piece of art, made by farmers. >> reporter: it turns out the old adage that beauty is only skin deep is equally true for a potato. john blackstone, cbs news, emeryville, california. >> quijano: that's the western edition of the cbs evening news this thanksgiving. for scott pelley, i'm elaine quijano. thank you for joining us. have a wonderful holiday. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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year. many spots expected to now at 6:00, temperatures dropping on what's expected to be the coldest night in nearly a year. many spots expected to go below freezing. good evening, i'm betty yu. >> i'm brian hackney. the national weather service has issued a freeze warning for parts of the north bay tonight. in novato temperatures will get crackling cold dropping to about 30 degrees. it's the first real cold snap of the season. residents taking extra precautions, like keeping the dogs inside. >> you get so much frost on here, ice on cars, and people have to come out and chip the ice off to go to work. >> here's the look at the
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golden gate bridge about an hour ago. colder temperatures in many parts of the bay area tonight and here's the chief to tell us what to expect. hey, paul. >> brian, back in the beginning of 2015 the first couple of days of the year we were in the 20s and low 30s. we have not done that since then but it's only the end of november. it's rare for to us have a widespread ease before december 1. we are going to do it tonight. it's the north bay, east bay and south bay. everywhere away from the water under a freeze warning tonight. even some frost along the coastline with overnight lows away from the water 26 to 32 degrees. how about this? these are current temperatures right now at menlo park. it's already 41. pleasanton middle school in pleasanton, 42. it's the mid-40s in gilroy and petaluma. where do we go tonight? 20s in some areas, vacaville, fairfield, livermore, dub, pleasanton, up -- dublin, pleasanton, upper 20s. 30 in napa and santa rosa. fremont 33. it will be cold tonight. we'll talk about how long the cold sticks around and when


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