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two more victims in the planned parenthood attack in colorado have been identified. we'll have their stories. protesters clash with police as world leaders arrive in paris. president obama is among those on hand for a climate summit. the latest on a newborn baby girl buried alive in los angeles. and the architect with a unique blueprint for success. >> i'm an architect without sight. not an architect without vision. >> announcer: this is the cbs overnight news. welcome to the overnight news. i'm jeff glor. robert louis dear, the accused gunman in the planned parenthood attack in colorado, will make a court appearance today by video. until sunday police officer garrett swasey was the only
victim identified. we have now been told the names of the two others who lost their lives. jennifer markovsky and ke' arre stewart. >> reporter: deon the yay chandler says his older brother ke'arre stewart was one of the people killed friday. >> almost half a million people here and it happened to be my brother out of all these people. >> reporter: stewart was an iraq war veteran. his sister says detectives told her he had stepped outside the clin toik make a phone call and was shot. he turned back inside to take everyone to take cover and then he called 911. the father of jennifer markovsky identifies her as the second civilian killed. on facebook he wrote "i miss you, my daughter. life was too short." police say the shooter was 57-year-old robert dear. mayor john suthers was with police as they watched dear through security cameras inside planned parenthood.
how would you describe his demeanor as he was moving through the facility? >> it was very, very calm and deliberate. it looked to me like he was trying to situate himself, to get maximum access of doors that police may come through. >> reporter: according to law enforcement sources, as he was being taken into custody, dear said "no more baby parts." the source says dear had several guns and ammunition with him and intended to shoot propane tanks to set off a series of explosions. in an interview with the "new york times" dear's ex-wife said he believed abortion was wrong but it was never really a topic of discussion. >> garrett would ask us to go on. >> reporter: today officer garrett swasey, who was shot and killed on friday, was remembered in the dhuch where he wchurch w elder. his wife and mother of two children released a statement saying in part "in the end his last act for the safety and well-being of others and was a tribute to his life." at the time of the shooting there was a woman who was inside the clinic with her daughter. she says she took shelter in a bathroom when the gunfire rang out.
at one point she was in there with two strangers when a bullet flew through the wall of the bathroom and hit one of those strangers in the stomach. it was a man. we're told it took 20 minutes to get medical attention for that man. but jeff, we're told that gentleman was among the survivors. >> all right. david begnaud in colorado springs. tonight there is more political fallout from the attack. julianna goldman has that story. >> reporter: on sunday planned parenthood said political rhetoric incited friday's killing spree, releasing a statement saying, "it is offensive and outrageous that some politicians are now claiming this tragedy has nothing to do with the toxic environment they helped create." >> this is so typical of the left, to immediately begin demonizing a messenger. >> reporter: some republican presidential hopefuls said there's no link to the anti-abortion rhetoric. >> there's no excuse for killing other people, whether it's happening inside the planned parent headquarters, inside their clinics where many millions of babies die, or whether it's people attacking
planned parenthood. >> all of the videos that they've seen with some of these people from planned parenthood talking about it like you're selling parts to a car. >> reporter: republicans escalated the attacks against planned parenthood after a series of videos made by pro-life groups showing doctors allegedly discussing the sale of fetal tissue. >> watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating. >> reporter: fiorina has not proven such a video exists. and ben carson said politicians should choose their words more carefully. >> there is no question that, you know, hateful rhetoric, no matter which side it comes from, right or left, is something that is detrimental to our society. >> reporter: jeff, today in iowa senator ted cruz said there has been "vicious rhetoric on the left," blaming those who are pro life. >> julianna goldman in d.c. thank you. in paris more than 200 demonstrators were arrested
after clashing with police. the protests were not allowed under france's state of emergency. president obama arrived in the french capital tonight, joining nearly 150 other leaders for a climate summit. margaret brennan is traveling with the president. >> reporter: france is bracing for its biggest security challenge since the terror attacks two weeks ago. 147 world leaders are gathering here in paris for a long planned climate change conference. riot police have been deployed in unprecedented numbers. today some clashed with protester who defied the government ban on demonstrations. there is a 120,000-strong security force stationed throughout the country and nearly 1,000 people fought to oppose the security risk. during his two days in paris president obama will forgo a hotel. instead he'll overnight at the heavily guarded u.s. ambassador's residence.
bruce tully spent 40 years protecting dignitaries around the world. >> this is the highest threat environment that i professionally have ever seen. there's so much going on not just with isis, other terrorist groups and protesters. this is an incredibly critical threat time for us to be involved in. >> reporter: despite the risk president obama praised france's decision not to call off the conference. >> what a powerful rebuke to the terrorists it will be when the world stands as one and shows that we will not be deterred from building a better future for our children. >> reporter: yet the terror threat is already distracting from the summit. a march scheduled for sunday was banned due to security concerns. environmentalists staged a silent protest, leaving their shoes in the square they had planned to walk through. but as with so much in this still mourning city, life marches on. jeff, the president will also have a chance here in paris to
meet with russia's vladimir putin and other world leaders, who were also juggling this immediate danger from terrorism with the existential threat posed by climate change. >> on the subject of the summit what is the president hoping to accomplish while in paris? >> reporter: well, the goal is to reach an agreement that would reduce greenhouse gases, which are blamed for rising temperatures and ecological disasters. but jeff, even if a deal is reached, it won't be legally binding. and critics say it may not even be enough. >> margaret brennan in paris. margaret, thank you. the "cbs overnight news" will be right back. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
in cleveland tomorrow family members of tamir rice will testify before a grand jury deciding whether to indict the police officer who killed him more than a year ago. this weekend prosecutors released a new analysis of video of the shooting. here's jamie yuccas. >> reporter: the scene is laid out frame by frame with time code. each action is described by forensic analysts hired by prosecutors. just before the shooting you see rice on the left as the police car pulls up. he starts walking toward the car. both prosecutor tim mcginty and the rice family attorneys agree, there's nothing new in these images. however, police believe this is the moment rice lifted his shirt and reached for what officers thought was a gun.
it turned out to be a toy. rice family attorney zoe salzman. >> what do we see and what don't we see in this frame? >> we see tamir's arm and shoulder sort of lifting upwards. and it's unclear whether that's in reaction to one of the shots that missed him or to the shot that struck him in the stock. and in the very next frame tamir is doubled over and clearly by that time has been shot. >> reporter: in a statement prosecutor tim mcginty says the new footage was released as part of a more open and transparent protocol and that he is not reaching any conclusions from these or other isolated bits of evidence. the prosecutor's experts have determined the use of force was justified. the rice family attorneys will present their own law enforcement experts. >> both conclude that this shooting was unreasonable and unjustified and a complete departure from proper police practices. >> reporter: salzman adds the videos are the only pieces of evidence the grand jury has seen so far, but rice's family is scheduled to testify tomorrow.
the two officers involved will give their testimony in the next couple of weeks. the grand jury session ends in december. but two extensions are allowed. and jeff, that means we may not know if the officers will be indicted for up to five more months. >> okay, jamie yuccas, thank you. jury selection starts tomorrow in the trial of one of six baltimore police officers charged in the death of freddie gray. here's jericka duncan. >> reporter: baltimore city police officer william porter could spend at least ten years in prison if convicted for his alleged role in the death of 25-year-old freddie gray. judge barry williams decided the 12 jurors selected will not be sequestered and must remain anonymous. jurors will be shown cell phone video of gray's april 12th arrest, which sparked widespread protests against police brutality that later turned violent. hundreds rioted and looted several stores the day of gray's april 27th funeral.
attorney bill murphy represented gray's family in a $6.4 million wrongful death settlement. >> it's very important that jurors not bring their preconceived notions into the case. >> hands up. >> reporter: this weekend protesters in downtown baltimore say they plan to rally peacefully outside the courthouse for the trial they've been waiting for since may 1st. that's when baltimore state's attorney marilyn mosby announced charm charges against the six officers. >> the manner of death 2k50e78d a homicide by the medical examiner is believed to be result of a fatal injury that occurred while mr. gray was unrestrained by a seat belt in the custody of the baltimore police department wagon. >> reporter: the officers involved will each have separate trials. porter is facing manslaughter and second-degree assault charges. a gag order prevents the attorneys in this case from commenting. officials plan to increase security for the jury selection and the trial. jeff? >> okay, jericka duncan.
pope francis is on the final stop of his trip to africa. he is in the central african republic, a nation that has been torn by fighting between christian and muslim militants. allen pizzey is there. >> reporter: the welcoming ceremony was the most low-key of his three-nation africa tour. by francis wasted no time no setting out his most ambitious agenda. "i come," he said, "as a pilgrim of peace and an apostle of mercy." the masses of people along his route from the airport may have cheered in adoration but this is a place where danger lurks everywhere. the two-year-old civil war of muslims against christians has been violent in the extreme and torn this society apart. 900 french troops and 3,000 u.n. peacekeepers are hard pressed trying to protect ordinary civilians, never mind a prime target like the pope. they even brought sniffer dogs to check out a church center before he arrived for a brief visit. the u.n. troops have managed to
cut down crime and reduce the level of violence, but a candid assessment of what the pope is moving around in, the commander said bluntly bangui is not secure, that is a fact. francis spent time in a camp for several thousand of the nearly half a million people displaced by the fighting. in a gesture to underscore his call for peace, francis opened a door in the main cathedral. [ cheers and applause ] beginning what the church calls a jubilee year of mercy that officially begins on december 8th. he then held mass and called for militia men to lay down their arms. but his most dangerous gambit comes tomorrow, when he goes to a mosque in a muslim neighborhood under siege from a christian militia. allen pizzey, cbs news, bangui. up next, deadly floods in texas, ice in oklahoma. where the storms are going next. and new pictures of the covergirl is the easy way to draw attention perfect point liner smudge with sponge-tip to create a smokin' kitten eye lash blast mascara adds an instant blast of volume
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it's been a dangerous holiday weekend for much of the middle of the country. at least 14 people have died due to flooding in north texas and icy roads in kansas and oklahoma, where officials have declared a state of emergency. ktv meteorologist jeff jamison joins us. where are these storms headed next? >> good evening, jeff. still heavy rain in arkansas tonight. that rain will continue to spread through the ohio and
tennessee valleys for the rest of the night into monday. and then we're going to watch snow on the northern end of this storm system. upper midwest, parts of iowa, nebraska, minnesota will pick up some snow. maybe up to a foot of snow in minneapolis on monday. highs in the 40s from chicago down to kansas city. just a cold rain there. now, on tuesday the system will move east, but it's just a rain event for the northeast on tuesday. no ice or snow. there will be cool temperatures in the 40s in boston, 50s in new york city and washington, d.c. jeff? >> jeff jamison, thank you very much. up next here, new details in the mystery surrounding a newborn baby who was buried alive.
a newborn baby was found in california friday buried under pieces of pavement near a bike path but alive. now police are looking for the child's parents. here's maria villarreal. >> reporter: walking along a popular bike path the day after thanksgiving, evangeline mccreary and angelica blount heard a muffled cry. >> i said it might be a pet. and then i said no, it's a baby crying. >> reporter: the pair called 911. l.a. county sheriff's deputies dug into the hole and pulled out the infant girl. no more than 36 hours old, she was still wrapped in a hospital blanket. she wouldn't have survived much longer with the cold overnight temperatures, says sergeant marvin jaramilla. >> anytime you have a helpless newborn child who can't help themselves, it is frustrating. there is a safe haven drop-off at any hospital or fire station. >> reporter: whoever abandoned this little girl could face charges of attempted murder. jesse brew lives nearby. >> who would do some dumb stuff like that over here? you know, that's why i'm saying
they need to catch this person. you know, you need to go to jail. >> reporter: but amid the anger there is also relief. >> thanks god, you know, we were there for that walk and then we found the baby. >> reporter: the infant is now in protective custody and recovering. authorities say she survived only because people took action. neighbor angel flores may have put it best. >> those are two angels, saving a baby angel. >> reporter: maria villarreal, cbs news, los angeles. cyber monday sales and strategy are changing. details, next.
click on something else that's more expensive or a higher margin item. so a little bit of the blending of the retail of the physical and the online. >> speaking of brick and mortar, though, one analyst we spoke to said foot traffic was down about 25% on black friday in stores. not the end of brick and mortar entirely, though? >> absolutely not. i mean, look, about 85% of all retail sales are occurring in physical locations. so it's not dying. but what we are doing as consumers is we're being smarter. we're using digital to inform our buying decisions, and retailers are doing both. physical as well as online. it will be a good holiday season for informed consumers. so use that knowledge and shop well. >> all right, thank you very much. >> thank you. there are new pictures of britain's princess charlotte. she is sitting in a chair in a dress and cardigan, playing with a stuffed animal. the pictures were taken by her mother, kate. charlotte is just under seven months old now. coming up here, an architect who lost his sight but not his vision. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
we close tonight with the story of an architect who has drafted a very different blueprint to success. here's john blackstone. >> reporter: chris downey is a man with a plan. plenty of plans. >> a lot of people didn't know what to say. what do you say to an architect that's lost his sight? >> he had been a successful and respected california architect, but in 2008 doctors found a tumor on his optic nerve. they successfully removed it. but it caused permanent blindness. and for downey some soul searching. >> i had a dad who died from brain surgery when he was 36 and i was 7. here i was 45, and my son was 10, and i was alive. i just lost my sight. >> reporter: so he felt determined to carry on. >> as i move around, i can hear
how the space changes. >> reporter: we first met downey nearly five years ago after he finished his first project for the department of veterans affairs. in your mind you can still see it. >> oh, yeah. definitely. the creative process was very much intact. what i needed were new tools. >> reporter: those new tools, which had served him well these past few years, include embossed building plans, a kind of braille blueprint, and wax sticks that he bends and manipulates to sketch. >> i really have a greater sense of being in the space, reading a drawing this way, than i did sighted. >> reporter: downey has gone on to design several structures that capture the eye and much more. >> what i've learned through this is that how a place feels, how it sounds, you don't do that just through the visual. yet that's what we as architects tend to focus on. >> reporter: his latest project is the san francisco headquarters of the lighthouse
for the blind. >> he really knows the job. i think he probably knows it better than i do. >> reporter: david faircloth is the project superintendent, who recently gave downey a tour. >> so have you started sheetrocking yet? >> reporter: carefully navigating past wires and other hazards. >> we are in the process of putting in our new beams. >> overhead in. >> and the new beam is directly overhead. and you just hit the new beam. that's the new beam. >> he was telling me, oh, yeah, i know where we are, this is a wood ceiling right here. so it's really unique. >> i'm an architect without sight. not an architect without vision. an architect without vision is out of work. >> reporter: downey is not only working, he's thriving. and the reputation he's building is a sight to behold. john blackstone, cbs news, san francisco. that is the overnight news for this monday. for some of you the news continues. for others check back with us a little later. for the morning news and "cbs this morning." from the broadcast center in new york city i'm jeff glor.
♪ >> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." welcome to the "overnight news." i'm jeff glor. president obama is in paris for today's opening of the world climate change summit. leaders of more than 140 nations will try to establish a framework for reducing carbon emissions. paris was the scene of the recent terror attacks and many protests have been banned but there were still clashsz. margaret brennan is in paris. >> reporter: france is bracing for its biggest security challenge since the terror attacks two weeks ago. 147 world leaders are gathering here in paris for a long-planned riot police have been deployed in unprecedented numbers. today some clashed with protesters who defied the
government ban on demonstrations. there is a 120,000-strong security force stationed throughout the country, and nearly 1,000 people thought to pose a security risk have been blocked from entering france. during his two days in paris president obama will forgo a hotel. instead he'll overnight at the heavily guarded u.s. ambassador's residence. bruce tully spent 40 years protecting dignitaries around the world. >> this is the highest threat environment that i've professionally ever seen. there's so much going on not just with isis, other terrorist groups and protesters. this is incredibly critical threat time for us to be involved in. >> reporter: despite the risk, president obama praised france's decision not to call off the conference. >> what a powerful rebuke to the terrorists it will be when the world stands as one and shows that we will not be deterred from building a better future for our children. >> reporter: yet the terror
threat is already distracting from the summit. a march scheduled for sunday was banned due to security concerns. environmentalists staged a silent protest, leaving their shoes in the square they had planned to walk through. but as with so much in this still mourning city, life marches on. the president will also have the chance here in paris to meet with russia's vladimir putin and other world leaders who also are juggling the immediate danger of terrorism with the existential threat of climate change. margaret brennan, cbs news, paris. here in the u.s. republican presidential front-runner donald trump continues to court controversy on the campaign trail. the latest, his remarks about a "new york times" reporter. nancy cordes has more. >> reporter: trump insists he didn't know that "new york times" reporter serge kovaleski suffers from a physical disability that limits the movement of his arms. but it sounded like trump knew him when he said this in myrtle
beach tuesday night. >> written by a nice reporter. now the poor guy you've got to see this guy, oh, i don't know what i said, i don't remember. >> reporter: the "times" said it was outraged that he would ridicule the physical appearance of one of our reporters. trump replied, "i merely mimicked what i thought would be a flustered reporter trying to get out of a statement he made long ago. i do not know what he looks like." but kovaleski told the "times" "donald and i were on a first-name basis for years." back when kovaleski covered trump for the "new york daily news." trum hp used one of kovaleski's articles from 2001 to try to bolster his debunked claim that he saw thousands of muslims cheering on 9/11. >> "law enforcement authorities detained and questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attack." >> reporter: but kovaleski said this week those allegations were
never proven and that he doesn't recall anyone saying there were thousands or even hundreds of people celebrating. that's what set trump off. >> i don't remember. he's going, i don't remember. maybe that's what i said. this is 14 years ago, he still -- they didn't do a retraction. >> reporter: trump isn't apologizing. in fact, elaine, he said kovaleski should "stop using his disability to grandstand." another republican presidential hopeful, ben carson, is in the middle east. he visited a syrian refugee camp in jordan, and he says the syrians he spoke to are not interested in going to the u.s. john dickerson spoke with carson for "face the nation." >> dr. carson, i want to ask you, you visited a syrian refugee camp. what did you learn there? >> well, first of all, i was very impressed by the outpouring of humanitarian effort on behalf of the jordanians. this has been going on for many decades. but you know, they have really reached out to the syrians in a very big way.
and i had an opportunity to talk with many of the syrians, and that was very eye-opening. asking them what is their desire, what is their main desire. and their main desire is to be repatriated in their homeland. and i said what kinds of things could a nation like the united states do to help? and there was a pretty uniform answer on that. and that was they can support the efforts of the jordanians. the jordanians have done a yeoman's job in terms of putting up these camps but the reason the camps are not full is because they are not supported by the international community. it seems like everybody in the international community is spending more time saying how can we bring refugees here rather than how can we support a facility that is already in place that the refugees are finding perfectly fine when it's adequately funded. >> so your assessment visiting
there is that jordan could take all the refugees, it's just a matter of getting more financial resources? >> i think jordan could take a lot more of the refugees than they're taking right now. i don't see any reason, quite frankly, that some of the other nations in the area shouldn't also be asked to do it so that you don't have to go through a big cultural change with them. and in terms of money, you know, when i looked at the refugee camps in jordan there's about a $3 billion shortfall. annually. that's how much money we spent last year on halloween candy. i mean, is it something that can be done? you know, if we bring 10,000 or 25,000 of them to the united states, that's not solving the problem. that's a little band-aid that makes a few people say hey, we're good guys. that's not what we want to do. we want to actually solve the problem. >> shooting at a planned parenthood location in colorado
springs. some abortion rights supporters have said that the rhetoric has led to that kind of violence. what's your view on that? >> there is no question that, you know, hateful rhetoric, no matter which side it comes from, right or left, is something that is detrimental to our society. this has been a big problem. you know, our strength in this country has traditionally been in our unity. and we are allowing all kinds of circumstances to divide us and make us hateful toward each other. and the rhetoric is extremely immature, divisive and is not helpful when you have outside forces, global islamic radical jihadists who want to destroy us. why would we be doing that to ourselves? we at some point have got to become more mature. no question the hateful rhetoric exacerbates the situation and we should be doing all we can to
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he has been called the final prisoner of the cold war. american allen gross was recently released after spending five years in a cuban jail. his crime -- bringing internet service to havana. scott pelley reports for "60 minutes." >> they threatened to hang me. they threatened to pull out my fingernails. they said i'd never see the light of day. i had to do three things in order to survive. three things. every day. i thought about my family that survived the holocaust. i exercised religiously. every day. and i found something every day to laugh at.
>> did you think in those early days, boy, the u.s. government's going to get me out of here in the next week or so? >> oh, i absolutely did for the first two weeks. and then i said to myself, where the hell are they? where are they? you know, i figured -- i didn't have any idea i'd be there for five years. i knew i was in trouble. i knew i was in trouble. >> reporter: alan gross was attracted to trouble. he's 66, a native of maryland, an electronics specialist who spent 20 years making the rounds of war and disaster, setting up communications for relief agencies. >> and that's why we say when we would connect -- when we'd align the antenna and connect to the satellite we'd be lighting the candle. we'd light her up. and we did that in a lot of places. >> reporter: in 2008 the place was cuba. gross was hired by the u.s. agency for international
development. u.s. a.i.d. is america's charity, delivering aid all around the world. but in cuba its mission was different. u.s.a.i.d. asked gross to set up independent internet connections for the jewish community. only 5% of cubans were online. but bypassing government censorship was illegal. still, gross put together an equipment list that would do just that. the key was a device called a bgan satellite modem that made a direct connection to a satellite. on his first trip to havana he put a piece of tape over the hughes 9201 model number and walked his equipment through the airport. >> so once cuban customs had cleared your equipment through on that very first trip you concluded what from that? >> that bringing equipment into cuba wasn't that difficult. they had every opportunity to
stop me from bringing that equipment in. they knew what that equipment was. and if they didn't, that's -- you know, shame on them. >> reporter: in the spring of 2009 he set up two systems at synagogues. but the people he was helping warned him about getting caught. gross wrote to his supervisors that the project was "playing with fire." it was on his third trip that he spotted trouble. >> i saw a van rolling down the street, and the gentleman was walking next to it with a whip antenna and what looked like a voltage meter. and essentially he was checking for radio transmissions. and he rolled right by the synagogue. >> reporter: after that gross proposed to u.s.a.i.d. that he add sophisticated equipment that could mask the bgan location. he wrote, "discovery of bgan usage would be catastrophic."
you recognized the danger at that point. times? >> well, the danger didn't seem so dangerous because i came home and i still had a contract to fulfill. >> look, you keep saying you had a contract to fulfill. that's not all that's going on here. >> no, that's it. >> you believed in the work. >> i do believe that access to information is a right for everyone, but i have never interfered or participated in any kind of political activity overseas. >> you were bringing free speech to an oppressed people under the nose of a government that did not want that to happen. >> 3 billion people every day log on to the internet around the world. how could that be circumventing the government? now, it might sound a little bit naive. so i'm naive. >> mr. gross, you can tell me
that -- >> you can call me alan. >> alan, you can tell me that you believed in what you were doing, but you can't tell me you didn't know what you were doing. >> i knew exactly what i was doing. i was setting up internet connectivity for the jewish community in cuba. it was very simple. get them connected. that was it. >> reporter: but it ceased to be simple on his fifth trip, when four men pulled him out of his havana hotel. he was driven to a police station, where a man who seemed to be a doctor ordered him to take a pill he said was a sedative. >> so i took the pill. he gave me a juice box. and as i'm drinking the juice box, swallowing the pill, he said, "that's it. that's right. drink. drink." and i thought i was in an old humphrey bogart movie. and then they took me to a hospital. they took my clothes. they gave me these striped pajamas. >> you spent the night where? >> i spent the first night and most of the next five years at
the carlos finley military hospital. >> reporter: here in havana gross was held in a room 18 feet by 18 with two other prisoners. every day for the first year he was interrogated. >> it was terrible. it was a time of sensory deprivation for me. especially that first year. the place was infested with ants and roaches. i didn't have any meat really for five years. >> you lost 100 pounds. >> actually, i lost 110 pounds. >> reporter: this is gross with his lawyer during his imprisonment. he lost five teeth to lack of nutrition. and yet he says he forced himself to walk 10,000 steps a day in circles. it turned out his legal case was on the same path. it was more than a year before he went to trial for subverting the government. >> i call it the kangaroo court. >> reporter: his wife, judy, was in the court. >> the prosecutor went on for
over an hour talking about the united states. never mentioned alan's name. he started i think with the eisenhower administration. >> the united states was on trial, and alan was uncle sam. >> absolutely. absolutely. >> reporter: the sentence -- 15 years. >> my heart sunk. then i thought, you know, we have to start moving seriously and do everything we can. >> reporter: judy gross held a rally every tuesday outside cuba's unofficial embassy in washington. and she protested at the white house. >> the worst thing that could happen would be for people to forget his name. >> absolutely. absolutely. >> and you made sure that didn't happen. >> and i was afraid that the government had already forgotten his name. >> reporter: the government that sent alan gross on his mission seemed helpless. years stretched on. judy gross lost their home. unable to make the mortgage. there was a time in this
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the book series "the dork diaries" continues to inspire kids around the world. the latest book debuted at number 1 on the "new york times" best-seller list for children. in all, the series has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide. chip reid spent some time with the family behind the books. ♪ >> that's for sarah. >> reporter: rachel rene russell and her daughters erin and nikki call themselves team dork, and they have millions of tweens wrapped around their fingers with the diary of nicki maxwell. nicki turns dork into something to be proud of as she navigates the trials of middle school with her bffs, zoe and chloe. spending most of her time trying to outsmart mckenzie hollister,
her arch nemesis and bully. >> raise your hand if you are a dork. >> can i raise two hands? >> can i do jazz hands? >> double dork? >> yes. >> what is a dork? >> a dork is a person who may be considered unusual to others. they're very independent. >> dork was a very derogatory term and when kids -- your feelings were hurt if you were called a dork. but since 2009 and the dork diaries coming on the scene it's a term of endearment, it's a term of empowerment and it's good to be a dork. >> reporter: it's not just the word dork. there's also dork a-licious, adorkable, and dorkify. >> ooh, that's my favorite. that's when i get to draw people in dork diaries style. >> you dorkify them. >> and it's all a huge hit with their young fans. >> can you all guess who it is? this is you. come on up and get your dorkification.
>> reporter: who see themselves as dorks. >> a dork is someone who has a lot of life problems. >> people call me weird, but i think -- i just -- >> you're helping middle school girls. >> we both thought we were just freaks but turns out there were a lot of kids who feel that way, and if i can help them through my trauma i'll do it. >> reporter: as kids erin and nikki were both bullied by their own real mckenzie, and the books are loosely based on their experiences. >> this is middle school. so this is the inspiration for "dork diaries." we made lemonade out of lemons. >> reporter: those lems on include the event that convinced rachel to put pen to paper. >> i was married 25 years, and i went through a divorce, and it was pretty traumatic. i basically lost everything, house, cars. part of my motivation for wanting to write the book was to try to launch into another career and generate some cash.
>> reporter: and it paid off. big-time. >> so this is the house that dork built. >> yes, it is. and sometimes i pinch myself to make sure i'm not dreaming. >> reporter: the writing is collaborative, but nikki is trusted with her namesake's image. >> what do her eyes tell you about her? >> i think these eyes tell you that she is funny and that she is outgoing and she is also warm. >> reporter: rachel says she made nikki white simply because that's how she imagined her when she started writing her. nikki's best friends are african-american and latina. all of the books have one big thing in common. >> you should treat people the way you would want to be treated. >> reporter: the golden rule. >> exactly. and if you are treated poorly or bullied, number one, it's not your fault. number two, seek help from an adult. and number three, do not let it get under your skin because you
steve hartman has an update now to one of the favorite stories he found on the road. >> reporter: it all began here in raleigh, north carolina. >> a-1. >> reporter: with a flurry of plastic bombshells. >> you sunk our battleship! >> reporter: a few years ago 11-year-old twins carter and jack hansen got really into the game battleship. that got them interested in naval warfare in general. which eventually led to a family vacation to see the "yorktown," a retired aircraft carrier in charleston, south carolina. >> my mind was just blown. like bloom. >> reporter: the kids say the "yorktown" changed their lives. >> i just realized how amazing history could be. >> reporter: and it was about to get even better. on that same trip the boys
learned about a world war ii vet named robert harding who actually served on the "yorktown." they got his e-mail address, started corresponding daily, and became really enamored. the boys now keep his picture by their beds. and if you ever go to the "yorktown" with them, as we did, they'll chew your ear off about mr. harding and what he did on board as a plane handler. >> when the plane was ready to launch he'd like go unstrap this and the plane would go flying that direction. >> reporter: the folks who run the "yorktown" say a lot of kids love the ship but no kid has ever fallen for a sailor who served here like these two boys have fallen for mr. harding. which is why for this trip the "yorktown" made special arrangements. >> okay. >> reporter: for a surprise visitor. >> mr. harding? >> that's right. >> reporter: hugging an old salt never felt so sweet.
>> you're a big boy. >> reporter: it was hard to tell who enjoyed it more. or who needed it more. >> japanese planes -- >> i guess i needed somebody to talk to about it. it was surprising the way it worked out. >> reporter: since we first told this story in april, mr. harding and the boys have stayed in touch and last month got together again at the "yorktown." >> long time no see. >> reporter: this time for an entire weekend. >> is this where we're sleeping? >> yeah. >> reporter: the boys got to spend the night on the ship. >> oh, man. >> reporter: and even better, they got to attend a reunion full of sailors who served on the "yorktown." sailors who gave jack and carter certificates naming them honorary members of the "yorktown" crew. [ applause ] >> this is going in my room. >> that is the overnight news for this monday. for some of you the news continues. for others check back with us a little later. for the morning news and "cbs this morning." from the broadcast center in new york city i'm jeff glor.
captioning funded by cbs it's monday, november 30th, 2015. this is the "cbs morning news." the gunman accused of killing three people during a standoff at a colorado planned parenthood clinic makes his first appearance in court, while the shooting puts the organization in the middle of a new debate. world leaders converge on paris, hopeful to reach a historic agreement to head off climate change. more dangerous weather is in the forecast after a deadly holiday weekend. rain, snow, and ice fall as millions return from thanksgiving travel. and one of the nba's all-time greats is calling it a career. after 20 years in a rs