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captioning sponsored by cbs >> axelrod: new details on the deadly attack at a planned parenthood clinic in colorado and the accused gunman's scrm background. three people are dead, including a police officer. holiday shoppers break a record spending billions online. but on small businessed is, the hope behind buying local is to prop up mom and pop. >> they want to make sure that these kind of stores stay in the community. >> now, now, now! >> axelrod: and the king of queens, one of new york's all-time basketball great will see if you can go home again. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news." >> axelrod: good evening.
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i'm jim axelrod. and this is a western edition of the broadcast. tonight, police in colorado springs, colorado, are trying to figure out why a gunman attacked a planned parenthooded clinic yesterday in our nation's latest mass shooting. the accused gunman, 57-year-old robert lewis dear is expected to be in court on monday, arrested after a five-hour standoff. today, vigils were held for the victims. a police officer was among the three people killed in the attack. nine others were hurt, including five other officers. a our coverage begins can david begnaud in colorado springs. >> i've been shot. >> reporter: a desperate police officer screamed for help as swat teams responded to an active shooter in colorado springs. amid the chaos, suspected gunman robert lewis dear moved calmly and methodically, according to colorado springs mayors john suggesters. he says police commanders were
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watching dear through security cameras inside planned parenthood. >> they were able to trace the movements of the perpetrator, and inform the officers and the swat team about those movements. >> reporter: wearing a tremp coat and carrying a long gun, dear reportedly sat down in a chair when he realized he was cornered. he ideal out he was surrendering. one of the patient patients whod without being shot: >> i heard everyone in the lobby screaming get down. and i saw the gunman walking with a shotgun. >> reporter: she said her boyfriend, who was with her inside the clinic, stepped out to see what was going on as shots were being fired. tonight she said her boyfriend is unaccounted for. this man was sitting in his car right in front of follow when he says the gunman walked up to his window and opened fire. he was hit by shattered glass. >> i think i had 10 seconds, five to 10 seconds to look at him, to try to remember who he was and why he was doing that or
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whatever. and then the shots came through the glass. and then i started bleeding. as i was looking at him i saw blood. >> reporter: 100 yards from the front doors of planned parenthood, surveillance video at a shopping complex shows officers with body shields moving patrons to safety. nearby, mitchy cuppy hit in a restaurant. today she had a message for the first responders who guarded the front door. >> just thank you, thank you so much. >> reporter: tonight, a law enforcement source tells cbs news suspect robert dear said "no more baby parts" as he was being taken into custody. that same source says dear came here to the planned parenthood with propane tanks. investigators believe he had every intention of shooting and firing on those propane tanks, thereby setting off a series of explosions. >> axelrod: david begnaud in colorado springs, thank you very much. after the shooting, president obama once again called for tighter gun control saying, "we
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have to do something about the easy accessibility of weapons of war on our streets to people who have no business wielding them. period. enough is enough." let's go to washington now and our justice correspondent jeff pegues for more on the investigation. good evening, jeff. >> reporter: jim, law enforcement sources say the suspect, robert dear, started talking to investigators almost from the moment that he was taken into custody and sources say he has made statements suggesting that he was specifically targeting planned parenthood. his behavior in custody so far has been described as erratic. investigators have been searching the 57-year-old's property since his arrest. over the years he has lived in remote cabins and trailers in north carolina, south carolina, and colorado. this is a photograph of his property in north carolina near black mountain. he has also had several run-ins with law enforcement. police reports and court records in south carolina show a restraining order and an allegation of domestic violence.
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but it is still not clear what sparked friday's shooting. two months ago the f.b.i. sent out an intelligence bulletin to police departmentacross the country after a series of threats and airstrikeons at reproductive health care facilities across the country, including planned parenthood facilities. this was a bulletin that warned of lone offenders using tactics of arsons and threats, typical of the prolife extremist movement. but planned parenthood says there was no specific threat against the colorado springs clinic. jim, law enforcement sources say state charges are imminent against robert dear who could also face federal charges. he is expected in court on monday. >> axelrod: jeff pegues with more on the suspect in this latest mass shooting. jeff, thank you. and we're learning more tonight about the only swm of the shooting who has been identified so far. a university of colorado at colorado springs police officer named gator swazey. here's marlie hall. >> officer garrett swazey is being remembered tonight as a
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man who lived to serve. the 44-year-old campus police officer responded to a call outside his jurisdiction and was shot to death inside planned parenthood. colorado springs mayor john suggesters. >> we mourn the loss of a very brave police officer. >> swazey was a husband, a father of two, and after active member of his church. in a facebook post his sister wrote, "my brother air force hero in every sense of the word. he showed the world what kind of man he was yesterday when he made the ultimate sacrifice." swazey was a native of melrose, massachusetts. a nationally ranked figure skater as a youth, swazey moved to colorado springs to become an olympian. he was a junior ice dance champion and trained trained with olympic skater nancy kerrigan. >> garrett was always there to listen to me whenever i had something i was upset about and always sort of putting somebody else's feelings ahead of his
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own. >> reporter: while he never became an olympic champion, officer garrett swazey is being remembered as a hero. marlie hall, cbs news, new york. >> axelrod: another big story in the middle of the country tonight is the dangerous weather. ice is to blame for this accident in kansas. in oklahoma, fallen trees knocked out power to almost 60,000 people. and in texas, it's now the wettest year on record with major flooding blamed for the deaths of at least four people this week. on thanksgiving and black friday, sales at retail stores were roughly 10% lower than last year, but online sales were way up. according to adobe, americans spent nearly $4.5 billion on line thursday anded from, a new record. here's jericka duncan. >> reporter: black friday online sales were up more than 14% from last year, and thanksgiving day online shopping was up 25%. britt beemer is the c.e.o. of
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america's research group. he says much of the increase came from walmart. it offered deep discounts online starting thanksgiving morning to compete with amazon, which had been offering deals all week. >> this year, walmart changed the rules. they got retail battleship walmart versus online battleship amazon. what they did on thursday they shot across the bow. >> reporter: still, beemer says thanksgiving day in-store shoppers likely increaseed by 15% since 2014. but he predicts black friday lost 25% of its foot traffic. >> this year, you're seeing more electronics advertising on thursday night and fewer advertised on friday. >> reporter: and more people had a list this year. >> it doubled. last year was 30%. this year 65% of consumers shopped on thursday, the one reason, it's a way to control their shopping habits. >> reporter: big savings on electronics drive bargain hunters to the stores, but retailers are willing to take a
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hit now in hopes that people will come back before christmas. >> if i walk into a store and buy something over on thursday and friday, there's a 70% chance i'll come back and buy with or three more things in the season. >> i saved a little bit of money. i indulged my grandkids. i'm good. >> reporter: cyber monday sales are projected to see a 12% increase according to adobe. it says one product at risk of running out of stock, star wars action figures. >> axelrod: jericka, thank you. on the american consumer calendar, what follows black friday? small business saturday, of course. carter evans shows us how the mom and pop shops are doing in one town. >> here we go! >> reporter: the question for all the shoppers who say they don't want this, is whether they'll instead want to flock to this. >> we're here at 6:00 this morning, hoping that it would get a little bit busy in the morning. but it didn't. >> reporter: jackie cuesta owns this trendy boutique in
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montrose, california. it's got to be hard to compete with those big box retailers. >> it is hard, but the difference here is that i try to carry something a little bit more special and unique so when they come here they're not getting the same exact thing that they're getting at the mall and it's a lot less stressful. >> reporter: down the street at the once upon a time book store, joe jang and his family are seek refuge from the mall. >> fihave to spend six hours of my time on get a deal i don't think i'm getting a good deal because my time is worth money, too. >> reporter: owner maureen palacios says her customers are getting younger. many are millennials, she says, who want to hold an actual book and desire that personal touch. >> they want to make sure that these ciendle of stores stay in the community. >> reporter: you're finding that people shop here specifically because they want you to succeed. >> that is absolutely correct. >> we've brought something unique and different and special to the community, and i think that's their way of saying thank you to us. and i think there's more to here
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than making a buck. thank you for coming back. >> reporter: but a little extra cash and bigger crowds couldn't hurt. carter evans, cbs news, montrose, california. >> axelrod: pope francis is in uganda tonight, the second stop on his trip to africa. about 40% of ugandans are catholics. >> reporter: the focus of this stop was religion, and the spectacle of francis and his bishops making their way to an altar in the middle of an artificial lake rival the best pomp and ceremony the church can produce. the visit to uganda's holiest shrine was a veiled reference to the controversial issue of homosexuality in africa. it honors a group burned alive for their faith and protecting young boys in a royal court from sexual abuse by the king. how many of the estimated 300,000 faithful who jammed the shrine made the connection was hard to judge. uganda has some of the harshest
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anti-homoswult laws in africa. a few hours after mass, francis was greeted with righteous enthusiasm in what has become a signature event of his trips-- a meeting with young people. some 150,000 filled the stands in open areas at a disused airfield. the stories of winniey, who was born hiv positive and corfanned by the age of seven, prochted francis to dump his entire speech and speak movingly about the inspiration their stories provided. uganda was the easiest leg of the pope's three stops in africa. tomorrow, pope francis is scheduled to go to the central african republic where an ongoing civil war between muslims and christians has flared up again. it's the most dangerous ever undertaken by a modern pope.
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allen pizzey, cbs news. >> axelrod: donald trump doubles down on his remarks about a reporter's disability. and how many bulbs did it take to light up a world-record christmas tree. .
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>> axelrod: donald trump held two campaign rally today in sarasota, florida. the second was for the overflow crowd from the first. as mr. trump has done throughout his campaign, he doubled down on remarks that created controversy. >> reporter: donald trump was defiant, defensive, and definitely not apologetic. >> i don't mock people that have problems. believe me. now, people mock me with my hair. >> reporter: trump's latest controversy has snowballed over the last week. it started with the claim that he saw thousands of muslims celebrating the collapse of the twin towers on september 11, backing it up with an article describing a number of people who were allegedly seen
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celebrating the attacks. the reporter, serge kovaleski, is now with the "new york times" and suffers from a disease that limits the movement of his arms. when he disputed the account, trump hit back. >> you've got to see this guy, aaah, i don't know what i said! i don't remember. >> reporter: trump insists he never met kovaleski, but kovaleski said he covered the real estate mogul in the 80sand they were on a first name basis. >> i really don't know him. i was very expressive in saying it. i don't take that back because the person was dprofling. >> reporter: but trump did strike a softer tone when black lives matters protesters interrupted the really. >> don't be rude, please, don't be rude, but don't hurt the person. >> reporter: he said he learned his lesson after saying this protester should have been roughed up last week in alabama. >> you see how diplomatic i've become? right? we had one person who was really, really being bad. >> reporter: trump's campaign
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says on monday he'll be endorsed by 100 black pastors and religious leaders, but some attending have said it's just a meeting. jim, in a letter posted by "ebony" magazine, other religious leaders are urging them to reconsider. >> axelrod: julianna goldman covering for us tonight in our washington newsroom. thank you, juliana. up next, a man whose eyes had no color. we'll show you how doctors fixed that.
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>> axelrod: we have a look tonight at high-tech help for people born without iriss. as dr. jon lapook reports, there is now a surgery letting people see and be seen in a different light. >> reporter: when alanna and avner fink were planning their wedding earlier this year, they had to choose a color. >> first i joked i wanted purple. >> originally i was thinking blue. plu is my favorite color. >> reporter: not for napkins, or bridesmaids' dresses but a color for afener's eyes. he was born without irises.
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bright sunlight used to create tremendous glare. so did lights at night. >> when we would walk down the street, especially at night i could tell he needed more help from me. >> reporter: he found help at the will's eye hospital hospital in pennsylvania where dr. brandon eirs is pioneering a procedure to implant artificial iris for patients with missing or damaged irises. >> this iris prosthesis finally themselves relatively large subset of patients who prior had no real options. it's about the size of a lifesafer. >> reporter: the silicone iris was specially made for fink. >> i'm hoping that it will work and my life will be better. >> reporter: this spring he had the surgery on his right eye. by july, he no longer had to use a cane to walk at night, and his distance vision had improved. >> he just starts reading road signs to me. okay, he's excited he can see the signs. >> reporter: as for the eye color, in the end, they didn't
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go with purple or bli bl blue ba lovely shade of hazel. dr. jon lapook, cbs news, new york. >> axelrod: still ahead, two exceptions to the rule you win some you lose some.
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. >> axelrod: how is this for a christmas display? a man in canberra, australia has set the record for most lights on an artificial christmas tree. 518,838 to be exact. the tree probably wouldn't fit in your living room. however, it is 72 feet tall and made of steel. a month in and the n.b.a. season is off to an historic start. take the golden state warriors. the defending champs have won 17 in a row to start the year, a new record. at the other end of the spectrum, philadelphia 76ers who have lost 17 in a row to start their year. coming up, a new york basketball legend comes home for a tough
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new job. .
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>> axelrod: hall of famer chris mullin is one of new york city's all-time basketball great, and now 30 years after he led sphau's to the final four, he's come home to take over a program that's seen better days. among those watching most closely, his old coach, lou carnesecca. 23 years after lou carnesecca retired, his best player has come home. after his st. john's' team won its opening game, mullins first ever as a coach, he came up into the stands and kissed his mentor's hand. >> he can't be lou carnesecca. he has to be chris mullin, and it's got to come out. that's got to come out. >> axelrod: what is the secret to being a great coach? >> very simple-- get good players. and be able to mold them
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together. >> when you're here, he raises, don't do this. >this. >> axelrod: and in that, lou carnesecca says mulin the coach has a tool he never did. >> he shows them how to do it. i could never show them how to do it. to be able to show it, that's a big force. it's not coming out of a book. you see it. it's right there in front of you. >> you've got to take it with your body. >> axelrod: we saw it at mulin's practices. >> you gofrom a down into a drop. >> axelrod: coaching his players by showing them. >> that's a 50-50 ball. vut inside position, don't give it up. now, now, now! >> axelrod: and we saw a coaching philosophy that matches the way he played. >> now, now, now! >> axelrod: work hard. >> over the top. >> axelrod: run that play. >> get low, get low, get low! >> axelrod: now run it again. he's also hired a top-notch staff, including fellow n.b.a. hall of famer mitch richmond,
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and barry "slice" rohrssen, who is known as an ace recruiter. "slice" says mulin himself is the best recruiting weapon, especially in new york city. >> you really can't make it past a block without somebody, you know, stopping him, yelling out, "chris mullin, st. john's." it's almost like one and the same. it's, like, synonymous as you walk the streets of new york. >> axelrod: chris mullin-st. john's. >> chris mullin-st. john's. >> axelrod: you can see our whole story on chris mullin's homecoming on "60 minutes sports" on showtime. i'm jim axelrod in new york. thanks for joining us. good night.
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by the time police got ther it was too late. and tonight: a woman calls 911 to say she has been stabbed. by the time police got there, it was too late. and tonight, police have a bay area clinic surrounded as they search for the suspect. >> plus, it's been 26 hours since a burst pipe flooded a lafayette neighborhood. tonight people who live there are still waiting for the water to come back on. >> and the warriors look to make it 18 in a row tonight. how their unstoppable scoring has bay area children's charities cashing in. >> kpix 5 news is next. t threes with selected mattress sets! save up to $300 on beautyrest, posturepedic, even tempur-pedic! plus get up to four years interest-free financing!
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