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5:00. cbs evening news coming up next. >> pelley: fellow republicans blast donald trump's plan to close america to muslims. >> it's not what this country stands for. >> pelley: but trump doubles down. >> we have no choice! >> pelley: also tonight, devastating floods after record rainfall. jon stewart's uphill battle to help 9/11 first responders. >> the first people on the scene were first responders. >> pelley: and an american band attacked by terrorists returns to paris with a message. ♪ people have the power people have the power ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. the front-runner for republican presidential nomination drew
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heavy fire today over his proposal to ban muslims from coming into the united states, much of that fire from his own party. but donald trump did not back down. he said he doesn't care about the criticism because he insists he is right, and trump is not without his supporters. here's major garrett. >> donald j. trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of muslims entering the united states until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on. ( cheers ) >> reporter: campaigning in south carolina last night, trump suggested muslim animosity towards america is widespread and conjured memories of 9/11. >> it's going to get worse and worse. you're going to have more world trade centers. >> reporter: this morning trump was asked how the ban would work.
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>> reporter: top republicans, like house speaker paul ryan, were quick to denounce trump. >> this is not conservatism. what was proposed yesterday is not what this party stands for, and more importantly, it's not what this country stands for. >> reporter: republican national bummittee chairman reince priebus, who has so far remained neutral in the race said fighting terrorism should not come, trump's g.o.p. rival texas senator ted cruz, a lawyer himself, refused to say whether trump's proposal was constitutional. >> i recognize a great many folks in the media would refer that-- that anyone running for president engage in an ongoing-- as an ongoing theater critic, criticizing the proposals of others. i do not agree with his proposal. i do not think it is the right solution. >> reporter: legal scholars say the ban would violate numerous international treaties.
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in addition, constitutional scholar ilya shapiro says for muslim americans living overseas the proposal is: >> wholly unconstitutional. i wish our law school exams had been like this, "what is the problem with this statement?" you simply can't treat people differently on the basis of religion and you can't discriminate against them on that basis. case closed. >> reporter: despite uproar, kandee parker, who attended trump's rally in south carolina, backed the g.o.p. frt-runner. go >> the idea that he is okay with being out there and saying what he believes and not being afraid and having a backbone to say it, i'm okay with that. >> reporter: to demonstrate just how little he cares about criticism from his own party, trump today touted a national m ll showing 68% of his supporters would follow him if he ran as an independent. scott, top republicans told us that would guarantee a democratic victory in 2016. >> pelley: major garrett for us tonight. major, thank you.
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trump also bolstered his argument with another poll from an outfit called the center for security policy which claimed that 25% of muslims in this country believe violence against america is justified. but one of the leading trackers of hate groups, the southern poverty law center, describes the head of the center for security policy, frank gaffney, as one of america's most notorious islamaphobes. trump's plan was condemned all around the world today. the french prime minister, manuel valls, tweeted, "mr. trump, like others, stokes hatred." the mayor of london, boris johnson, called trump's comments, "utter nonsense." johnson said, "the only reason i wouldn't go to some parts of new york is the real risk of meeting donald trump." the controversy, of course, follows the san bernardino attack in which tashfeen malik, a pakistani on a visa, and her american husband, syed farook,
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murdered 14 people. there was a custody hearing for the couple's six-month-old daughter. farook's sister wants to adopt her from state custody, and we've learned that farook took out a $28,000 loan before the massacre. carter evans has found that the gun violence last wednesday is sending many in san bernardino to the gun store. >> reporter: at a gun shop less than two miles from the scene of last week's massacre, more than two dozen people were lined up outside when it opened this morning. it's a similar story at the gun range where syed rizwan farook did some target practice two days before he killed 14 coworkers. business there is up 60% since the attack. you didn't want to have a gun in the house before. why has that changed now? >> the reason it's changed now is because it's in our neighborhood. >> reporter: desiree pagliuso is a single mother of three. >> and i have had, you know, multiple conversations with
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women that have never even shot guns that are looking into buying guns to be able to protect themselves. >> reporter: nerves are frayed throughout this community. on sunday night, there was panic when reports of gunfire at a nearby shopping mall led to more than 300 law enforcement officers circling the property. it turned out to be a robbery where people mistook the sound of smashing glass for gunshots. san bernardino police chief jarrod burguan. >> people are on edge, and people are a little extra cautious, which is good. that's what we're asking people to do. >> reporter: for desiree, being extra cautious now means owning a gun. >> 911, it's not that quick of a response, and in 2.5 seconds they're not going to be there. >> reporter: gun and ammunition n-nufacturing is a $13.5 billion-a-year business here in the u.s., and, scott, according to f.b.i. data, the number of requests for applications for background checks to buy guns spikes after high-profile mass shootings like this one. >> pelley: carter evans at the
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scene of the crime last week. carter, thank you. some countries with no second amendment have banned certain firearms after massacres. can that work? holly williams found out in australia. >> reporter: anthony winchcombe told us he started hunting with his father when he was just five years old. >> i enjoy it. i enjoy tinkering around with firearms. >> reporter: but to own a gun in australia you need a license, which with background checks, takes at least 28 days and sometimes months. all semiautomatic long-arm weapons are banned, and it's illegal to carry a gun for personal protection. >> i had semiautomatic firearms prior to the laws changing, and i complied with the law and handed them in. you know, do i miss them? no, not particularly. >> reporter: the ban was the result of a public outcry after
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35 people were massacred by a lone gunman in 1996. >> i had just been elected. i had the authority of an enormous majority, and i had to do something. total ban throughout life. >> reporter: john howard was australia's conservative prime minister at the time and fought off opposition from his own party to push the ban through. >> i don't regard this thing as a civil liberties issue. the greatest civil right you have is to stay alive. staying alive and being free from random attack is a far more precious civil right than owning a gun. >> reporter: under the new laws, the government launched a national buyback program, confiscating more than 600,000 banned guns. since then, the number of deaths by firearm has fallen by about half, though it was already in decline before 1996. the ban hasn't stopped gun violence, often with illegal weapons, including a siege in
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sydney last year by a mentally disturbed gunman who claimed to be inspired by isis. >> these are our most popular firearms. >> reporter: but even steve ballas, a gun shop owner, believes australia's laws are saving lives. >> no doubt. a lot of firearms have been taken out of undesirables' hands. obviously, there are still a lot out there but they're thinning them out. >> reporter: i mean, if you were in america, you'd probably sell a lot more guns and make a lot more money. >> i suppose sometimes it's not all about the money. >> there are too many guns lying around and you lose your temper, even rational people will pick up the gun and shoot somebody. it's much harder, if i can put it bluntly, to kill ten people with a knife than it is to kill ten people with a gun. >> reporter: 85% of australians either support their country's gun laws or think they should be even tougher, according to a recent opinion poll. but, scott, what australia does not have is a powerful and
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wealthy gun lobby, like the one that exists in the u.s. >> pelley: holly williams reporting. holly, thank you. in another important story, chicago police, already under federal investigation for their use of force, are tonight facing questions over a suspect who died in custody. and again, there is a video of the incident. here's dean reynolds. >> reporter: when chicago mayor rahm emanuel saw this tape of a detainee being tasered and beaten by chicago police in 2012, he said, "something is wrong here. either the actions of the officers or the policies of the department." 38-year-old philip coleman soon died from what police said was a fatal drug reaction at the hospital. but an autopsy said he had more than 50 bruises and abrasions. >> this is happening too much. >> reporter: percy coleman is his father and a former suburban police chief. >> chicago police have 007 badges to kill whoever they want to, and most of them get away with it.
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>> reporter: the city's independent police review authority initially found no fault with the officers, but with the tape out, it has just reopened the case. lawsuits and official attempts at transparency have led to the recent release of other videos showing chicago cops shooting suspects. they have prompted protests and questions about police accountability. of the 400 police shootings since 2007, the police review board found only two unjustified. the university of chicago has studied the intersection of police misconduct and the lack of punishment. >> it starts with the lack of political will to address the underlying-- the underlying reasons. >> reporter: law professor craig futterman led the study and said racial insensitivity and the code of silence that protects bad cops are both a pattern and a practice which the justice department will want to review. >> one police shooting a week going back 35 years. 75% of people shot in chicago
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are black. >> reporter: this is a bad time for the city to lose confidence in its police officers, scott. murders here are up 17% this year, and chicago needs every good cop it can find. >> pelley: dean reynolds reporting for us tonight. dean, thank you. the northwest is bracing for round two of a week-long soaking. much of portland was flooded yesterday. the national weather service said it looked like a fire hose coming in off the pacific. ben tracy is there. >> reporter: more than three inches of rain doused portland in just 24 hours, a new december record. streets became streams, sewers gushed water, and a giant sinkhole opened up in the middle of one road in nearby gresham. it is thought to be at least 15 feet deep. the clackamas fire department rescued at least 50 people from a swollen creek, including a 100-year-old woman. >> well i can't get anywhere i want to go today. >> reporter: entire neighborhoods were cut off by floodwaters.
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>> i left at 6:00 and there was no rain, and now i come back and it's a river. >> reporter: out on the coast, 22-foot waves and nearly 60-mile-per-hour winds ravaged boats. the coast guard rescued this sailor. the wet weather is a change from drought conditions that have plagued the pacific northwest. the region is being battered by what is known as an atmospheric river, where the jet stream funnels a series of storms one after another. this week's rain could bring the area back to normal rainfall for the year. this sinkhole behind me has now grown to 20 feet deep. it's done so much damage, they say this roadway could be closed for up to 20 days. scott, heavy rain in the forecast tonight, and with that, more flooding. >> pelley: but drought relief. ben tracy, thanks very much. boston college said today 80 students, including most of the men's basketball team, got sick after eating at a chipotle restaurant. initial tests show it was norovirus, and not related to a
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recent e. coli outbreak linked to chipotle restaurants in nine states. for the first time, cars will be graded on how well they avoid crashes. and when a glee club breaks out in song, a train conductor gets into the act. when the cbs evening news continues.
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>> pelley: government regulators plan to shame car companies into building safer vehicles. they announced today that top safety ratings will be much harder to get. kris van cleave now, on what you can expect: >> reporter: the newly proposed standards are so strict, there is not a car on the road today that would earn five or even four stars. secretary of transportation anthony foxx: >> our goal is not to just protect people in the event an accident occurs. we ultimately want to eliminate
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crashes all together. >> reporter: among the changes are adding new crash tests, including one focused on angled frontal crashes, and new high-tech smart dummies designed to better reflect the injuries suffer from head to foot. bottom line, how much safer do you think cars are going to get because of this five-star rating change? >> we think, as auto makers get to five stars, we are talking about some of the most significant, life-saving opportunities that we've ever seen in automotive industry. >> reporter: national highway traffic safety administration administrator mark rosekind began the program overhaul a year ago when he took over the agency. >> every time n.h.t.s.a. raises a bar, auto makers get there; because this is about saving lives, preventing injuries, and there have been discussions, what should their incentives be? save those lives. prevent those injuries. don't let those crashes happen. >> reporter: starting with model year 2019, the new car assessment program will include three ratings adding crash avoidance technology and pedestrian protection.
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it will also include an overall rating. accident avoidance technology is already making its way into cars, including backup cameras, or automatic breaking. scott, the trade association representing car makers says it members will review this proposal but it was generally supportive of the changes. >> pelley: kris van cleave in washington. kris, thanks very much. jon stewart made a surprise return to "the daily show." that's next.
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>> pelley: five years ago, stewart had four first responders on his show. last night, only one returned. >> just out of curiosity, where-- where is everybody? >> it's you and i. 75% of the panel's no longer here. two of the people have illnesses, and john devlin, who sat at the last chair, an operating engineer, passed away. four men sat here. it's you and i. >> this is the reality of people's lives that are affected by this. and even the idea that you had to come here five and a half years ago to plead your case on national television, to get this done, was insulting and embarrassing for us as a nation. >> pelley: the health care money is expected to run out by next summer. republican leaders in the house and senate say it will be re-authorized, but they haven't said how or when. the yale glee club was riding the train the other day when they burst into song. the conductor decided what they really needed was a conductor.
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>> reporter: it was much more than a concert. ♪ in the name of love >> reporter: it was an affirmation that life goes on, and it was a tribute to those whose lives have been whose lives have been ended. the victims' names were projected overhead to form the french flag. bono, departing from u2's usual material, sang the never-more fitting jacques brel classic, ne me quitte pas. don't leave me. it was an emotional evening and there was more to come. one band, more than any other, has been sucked into the bloody history of that night. it was the california band, the eagles of death metal, who were on stage at the bataclan concert hall-- ( gunfire ) when the killers murdered 90 of their fans. >> would you welcome the eagles of death metal! ( cheers and applause ) >> reporter: now, the band was back in town.
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they hadn't played since the night of the attacks, and their first number, "people have the power," had a new and special meaning here. ♪ people have the power >> reporter: the power of rock 'n' roll. the band's lead singer, jesse hughes: >> we love u2 so much for giving us this opportunity! i look around and i see-- how do i say it-- nos amis, our friends. >> reporter: the band that found itself in the middle of a tragedy, now part of the healing process that has fallen-- a process that more than three weeks later, took them back to the bataclan. there's more healing still to come. mark phillips, cbs news, london. >> 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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how they could re-shape a cy known for its small- town c. bad air on the other side of the world... and it's makins way to our s working to monitor poll live from the cbs bay area studios. this is kpix 5 news. it's going to grow regardless of what people want to do. >> thousands of new homes could be coming to the south bay, how they could reshape a city known for the shawl-town charm. >> bad air on the other side of the world and it's making its way to our skies. how experts here are working nontor pollution from china. >> and remembering the man behind the north face. late details on the accident that killed the founder of an iconic bay area brand. just about an hour ago, we learned the co-founder of the north face, doug tompkins died in a kayaking accident in chile. >> got its start in san francisco with the first store opening here almost 50
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years ago. kpix has more on the sportswear pioneer can and noted conversation nist. >> he was out kayaking with five other people. he died of hypothermia. he was thrown to a hospital but didn't -- flown to a hospital but didn't make it. we all know that the fashions of north face, and the face behind the fashion. on columbus avenue in north beach in 1966. the north face was an immediate hit with the young crowd. the grateful dead once performed inside of the original store t. north face was the first to sell high performance climbing and backpacking gear. it expanded throughout the world. tompkins opened up other stores along the way. >> i'm sad to hear he died. >>reporter: a clothing seller who worked with tompkins. >> he had a great warehouse and a great product.

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