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ia pelley: republicans fight for the christian right and prepare for our cbs debate. mpmpers flare between the democrats. >> madame secretary, that is a t w blow. tonielley: also tonight, a low blow of cold in much of america. the pope's pilgrimage to mexico. greyhound racing may be neither the end of its run. atd steve hartman at a museum of bve. >> i built it for other people to see, but it's for me, too. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. now, there are six. the winnowing of republican candidates continued today when dark horse jim gilmore headed
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for th so a great deal is riding on tomorrow's debate. can anyone catch trump? can an establishment republican break out? the stage is set for the contest hosted by cbs news in greenville, south carolina. today, the candidates put their faith in christian conservatives eight days before the primary in south carolina. and here's julianna goldman. >> i think that life is divinely inspired. >> reporter: in a state where faith is central to many voters, republican presidential candidates have proclaimed their beliefs on the stump-- >> i'm a christian and i converted to catholicism. >> i discovered my purpose by discovering the lord. >> reporter: on the airwaves. >> to use gifts we've been given. >> it's a faith and family forum. >> reporter: and at a religious lyrum where today jeb bush, marco rubio-- >> faith is the most important influence in my life. e reporter: and ted cruz addressed the faithful. >> i am saved by grace and it has transformed my life and my family's life. >> reporter: can you talk a little bit about the role of faith in south carolina in this primary?
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>> there are there are a lot of faith value voters here's for sure. and we'll have chance to share my life journey and how faith has been important. >> reporter: self-described evangelicals are born-again licastians make up 65% of south carolina republican primary r ters four years ago. while cruz won the evangelical vote in iowa, donald trump won it in new hampshire. that may explain why in a state known for its rough-and-tumble politics, trump and his ianservative credentials have become a feeding frenzy. >> there is nothing conservative about donald trump. >> look past the boasting and you'll see right through him. on eporter: on twitter, trump turned the tables on his anti- istablishment rival saying, "how can ted cruz be an evangelical christian when he lies so much and is dishonest? in another tweet trump threatened to sue ted cruz because he wasn't born in the u.s. if he doesn't stop running
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attack ads. more on the debate tomorrow night. >> pelley: julianna goldman, thanks. and speaking of tomorrow night's debate, john dickerson will be the moderator, and he's joining us now. john, what are you expecting? >> reporter: well, i'm expecting the candidates to have a ilesidential demeanor on the outside and on the inside, a roiling desire to do battle. usually on a debate stage, the candidates want to look presidential because they don't osnt to come across as too aggressive. on the other hand, the stakes are very high here in south carolina, and there are two different kinds of battles going on. there's donald trump's battle with ted cruz, which has gotten nasty and personal over who is ativ conservative, and over questions of faith. donald trump tweeted about hruz's christianity. then there is the battle between the mainstream alternatives, ,hose three candidates -- bush, kasich, and rubio. they are trading exchanging counter-charges almost by the veur over more substantive issues -- medicaid, and what's the right kind of experience to be president? so we hope when it's all said
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and done while there will be a lot of heat there might also be .ome light. >> pelley: and with the urnnowing that's occurred with the primaries and caucuses, there will just be six candidates now on the stage, a very consequential debate. and that debate will begin 00morrow evening at 9:00 eastern time, 8:00 central. that's 6:00 in the west, right here on cbs. and we invite you to tweet us your questions using the hashtag "gopdebate." democrats held their primary last night. >> he does not support the way i do building on the progress that the president has made. >> reporter: in rural south carolina today, hillary clinton portrayed bernie sanders as one nmensional, part of a new strategy she unveiled at last night's debate. >> we both share the goal of universal health care coverage. g> reporter: she is embracing his vision but panning his plans in detail.
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>> you need to level with people. every progressive economist who has analyzed that says the numbers don't add up. it would probably increase the size of the federal government by about 40%. >> that is absolutely inaccurate. secretary clinton has been going around the country saying, "bernie sanders wants to dismantle the affordable care act. people are going to lose their medicaid." we're not going to dismantle anything. >> reporter: and with south carolina's minority-heavy primary looming, she is accusing sanders of the undermining the nation's first black president. >> in the past he's called him weak. he's called him a disappointment. the kind of criticisms we hear ber bernie sanders about our president i expect from republicans. i do not expect from someone e nning for the democratic nomination to succeed him. ta madam secretary, that is a low blow. i have worked with president obama for the last seven years. but you know what? last i heard, we lived in a democratic society.
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last i heard, a united states senator had the right to disagree with the president. >> reporter: clinton supporter old former secretary of state madeleine albright apologized tonight for saying last week, "there's a special place in hell for women who don't help other women." she acknowledged in an op-ed in this context it offended some women who aren't voting for hillary clinton. >> pelley: nancy cordes, thanks very much. y inooks chilly in south carolina where nancy is. and another big story tonight is the cold snap in the northeast. temperatures are expected to bottom out sunday morning, possibly hitting record lows in philadelphia, new york, and boston. w saranac lake, new york, wind chills could drop below minus 40. michelle miller is chilling in stranton, pennsylvania. >> reporter: it was a striking image-- house after house encased in ice. at about 2:30 in the morning, the water main burst, shooting water 20 feet into the air and
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shutting down two blocks. then, within hours, the deep freeze set in. large icicles hung from street signs, trees and power lines. that worries homeowner oscar velez: >> i'm just concerned that people are going to slide and get hurt or get hit by those big icicles there hanging. >> reporter: from the midwest to the deep south, there was no escaping the arctic blast. today in greenville, south carolina, freezing temperatures turned this water fountain into a giant popsicle. temperatures are expected to plunge to two degrees in new york on sunday. pedro morales says he's invested in a cheap ski mask to stay warm. >> they're great. and for $5, that's a bargain in new york city. nd reporter: and here in horanton, these houses are likely to remain on ice for several more days, scott. that's because temperatures are not expected to rise above freezing here until tuesday. >> pelley: michelle miller, thanks very much, michelle. police are trying to figure out
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why a man armed with a machete attacked people last night in a restaurant in columbus, ohio. four people were hurt, one critically. jeff pegues is following this. >> reporter: police say the assault has the hallmarks of a irrrorism-inspired attack. michael woods is deputy chief of the columbus police department: >> a lone individual with a machete going into a public place, committing an assault on people that he apparently does not know. those are the things that-- that give us concern. >> reporter: investigators say last night, 30-year-old muhammad barry went to this mediterranean restaurant and asked questions about the israeli owner and the food. he left and then returned half al hour later with a machete. in 911 calls, witnesses described barry slashing diners. >> reporter: barry led police on a five-mile car chase before he was shot and killed after
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ervestigators say he lunged at an officer. law enforcement sources tell cbs bews that barry had been on their radar before, and that is why is columbus police quickly notified federal authorities after that attack. leott, we've also learned that he was here in the u.s. on a green card. >> pelley: jeff pegues, thanks. overnight, the u.s. and russia hammered out a deal to stop the fighting in syria's catastrophic svil war that has killed 260,000 people and sent 12 million fleeing from their homes. this deal would be a ieakthrough, except it isn't t mediate, it isn't permanent, and it doesn't include all the hostile forces. holly williams is in turkey tonight. holly, tell us some more. >> reporter: well, scott, this would be the first cease-fire in syria's civil war, agreed to by all of the key outside countries involved in the conflict. hod hopefully, it will allow food and aid to get into places that are cut off right now because of fighting.
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but it's not clear whether the llrian regime will actually comply, and this temporary cease-fire may not start for another week, which allows the regime to continue its offensive y ound the city of aleppo, which has already driven tens of thousands of people from their homes. there are fears that aleppo could soon be besieged by the regime, just like the town of madaya, where more than 40 people have already starved to death. meose are the regime's tactics, and in an interview released today, the syrian president, owedar al-assad, vowed to retake the entire country. he also rejected allegations of war crimes. now, the regime's offensive is backed by russian airstrikes and russia says despite cease-fire it will continue those strikes against terrorist groups. and that's another problem because when russia has said that in the past, it's also targeted american-backed rebels. some of those rebels are very aseptical about the cease-fire plan, and the agreement does not include isis and other extremist groups.
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>> pelley: not likely to be the end that the world's been hoping for. holly williams in turkey msnight. holly, thank you. on our southern border, we are now seeing a new wave of immigration from mexico, but what's notable is who is making the journey and why. we asked mark strassmann to look into this. >> reporter: every day, cubans cross this border bridge from mexico into laredo, texas. since 1966, the cuban adjustment act has guaranteed asylum to refugees fleeing the communist regime. they qualify for a green card after a year and a day, and citizenship five years later. but now they're afraid the thawing of diplomatic relations will end that special protection. jessenia acuna says, "how was i supposed to get here if they changed the law? it would have been impossible." most cuban refugees no longer try to reach miami on makeshift rafts in the florida straits. e pture and the currents are
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both risky. they now fly to a latin american country like ecuador, then spend months making a 2,000-mile trip on land through half a dozen other countries before reaching the texas border. 51,000 arrived here last year, 68% of them through laredo. >> it's a whole trans-national human smuggling operation. ny reporter: jorge duany studies cuban migration patterns at florida international university. ?ell organized? o very well organized and it's supposed to be the second most profitable illegal network after the illegal trade business. >> reporter: most head to miami. at this refugee resettlement office, we met andres hernandez. his trip here from cuba took eight months. of told us, "it was a lot of stress, a lot of days without eating," but worth it to him and other cubans, immigrants stsperate to start fresh in america and worried they may
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soon join the back of the line thth everyone else. verk strassmann, cbs news, miami. >> pelley: greyhound racing may be headed for the finish line. and the college president who compared freshmen to bunnies eats his words, when "the cbs evening news" continues.
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>> pelley: greyhound racing has been on its last legs for decades. it's hanging on in florida, but david begnaud found even there the hounds could be near the end of their run. >> go! >> reporter: peter cyers has been taking his daughter and his grandchildren to the naples-ft. myers greyhound racing track for 20 years. >> whoa! >> reporter: on this day, the grandstands were nearly empty. >> i've seen a big decline in attendance. i remember the crowds really cheering. nly eporter: only 19 dog tracks
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remain in the u.s. 12 of them are in florida. isadore havenick owns two of them. >> to have 50 people come to a s,siness that seats thousands, it's like going to a dolphins' game in december. it's an empty building. >> reporter: havenick says he loses $5 million a year running haese races, but he says he has to in order to keep his more- profitable poker business open. florida law mandates it. >> we have to run 90% of the amount of racing we ran in 1996 in order to keep our poker room open. >> reporter: how many races do you have to run a year? >> thousands of dog races. >> reporter: havenick supports decoupling the two businesses so he can run his poker rooms without racing the dogs. carey theil is executive director of grey2k, an organization working to protect greyhounds. >> greyhound racing is cruel and inhumane. these dogs live in small cages for about 22 hours a day. the cages are barely large enough for the dog to stand up or turn around. >> if they don't want to run acve greyhound racing, they
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could stop today, stop today. turn in your permit. >> reporter: jack cory lobbies for the greyhound industry. he blames the audience decline er the track owners. >> live greyhound racing is e ive and well if the tracks wanted to promote it, if the tracks wanted to modernize it. mr. theil and the animal rights groups and the greyhound tracks all want to become slot casinos. >> reporter: here at the mardi gras casino in south florida, race number 7 is about to get under way. the future of florida's racing is buried in a bill before the legislators right now and those legislators may vote on that by the end of this month. >> pelley: david begnaud. david, thank you very much. today, the president of mount st. mayor's university in maryland reinstated two faculty members that he fired on monday. they had criticized president simon newman's plan to weed out struggling freshmen quickly to ngprove the school's standing.
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>> pelley: pope francis got a warm welcome when he landed in mexico, home to nearly more than 1 million catholics. manuel bojorquez is following the pilgrimage. >> reporter: at mexico city's main square, the zocalo, preparations are under way. tens of thousands of catholics will try to catch a glimpse of the man many revere as the people's pope. >> this pope is completely different. he reporter: jessenia acuna and chr friend bradley treasure came from west palm beach, florida. so he appeals to someone like you. >> yes. >> reporter: his message does. >> yes. >> reporter: what about it specifically? >> acceptance and love. ( applause ) >> reporter: and reconciliation. s first stopped in cuba to meet
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with the patriarch of the russian orthodox church which split with the vatican nearly 1,000 years ago. aboard the plane, the pope emphasized his mission in mexico to try to heal a country, which has lost an estimated 100,000 people in a vicious drug war over the last decade and to highlight the plight of migrant by traveling from southern mexico, where many start their journey, and ending with a symbolic mass at the u.s.-mexico border. the pope's first mass here in mexico city will be tomorrow. scott, his visit is also meant to reinvigorate catholics here where it's estimated the number of people raised catholic and still practicing has dropped nearly 10%. ca pelley: manuel bojorquez in the mexican capital for us. vanuel, thank you. a valentine from steve hartman next. xt
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sensors. how technology cre at a bay area university cod save lives. next weather talent appears at wx center with generic pinpoint filling monitor then we take >> p >> pelley: life's precious oments are stored in our minds, but that wasn't quite good enough for the unforgettable man that steve hartman met "on the road." >> reporter: around starkville, mississippi, retired mail carrier charles evans is known mostly for his questionable taste in lawn furnishings. but i came here for something undeniably beautiful. >> the man with the plan. (laughs) >> reporter: charles met his wife, louise, back in 1949. shock. you looked at her, it was like an electrical shock. >> reporter: really! >> i guess it's love. >> reporter: to charles, true love is so powerful, nothing can stop it. >> that's a big four-letter word. >> reporter: nothing.
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>> straighten it out. >> reporter: which is why after she died in 2011, after 60 years of marriage, he decided a grave t enoughasn't enough, that their love deserved more than a monument. what their love needed was a museum. and so, in a little outbuilding house, ch house, charles evans built just that. >> this is our memorabilia area. nd he orter: inside, he's got her.hoe shine stand he was working at when he met her. he's got all the music they used to dance to. and he's got four walls packed solid with pictures, documenting every significant occasion. ou >> and this was where we went out to lunch. >> reporter: and most every insignificant occasion. >> this was her laughing with food in her mouth. eedlesorter: needless to say, he n't get get a whole lot of visitors, which is fine by charles. >> this is our last dance. >> reporter: in fact, you get e timense he almost enjoys his alone time more.
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on slow days, he slow dances with louise. ♪ ♪ >> i guess i'm trying to relive our life, would you think? >> reporter: maybe. >> i don't know. it's-- it's so hard to explain, you know. but it's not a suffering memory. it's a beautiful memory, you know. sometorter: sometimes, people ,ry to tell charles to move on, but in his mind, why would you want to make a bunch of new n the es when the old ones are still so good? >> >> yeah, she was lovely. >> reporter: steve hartman, "on the road," in starkville, mississippi. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, i'm scott pelley. remember, the republican debate hemorrow evening at 9:00 eastern here on cbs and i'll see you sunday on "60 minutes." good night. captioning sponsored by cbs
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bay area cops stand in solidarity with officers nationwide. they say police are becoming targets. >> plus, early warning. the new technology created here in the bay area to alert you moments before an earthquake. >> then the best rides, the worst wipeouts. the best surfers in the world take on 40-foot waves. >> and an oakland woman's lessons in life as she celebrates her 107th birthday. >> if there was a secret, i would tell you. linda macdonald is captioning for you in real time. tonight. good evening, i'm veronica de la cruz. >> i'm ken bastida. allen martin is off tonight. late this afternoon, a development in the deadly
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police shooting of mario woods. the san francisco city attorney has decided that officers acted within the law when they opened fire on woods. dennis herrera's office issued its ruling in response to a civil rights lawsuit filed by woods' family. city lawyers say the officers were forced to open fire to protect themselves and others after woods refused orders to drop a knife. the mario woods shooting just one of many cases soaking anti- police sentiment but today law enforcement across the country is trying to turn the tide. kpix 5's emily turner on the "wear blue" campaign. >> reporter: that movement is meant to honor four fallen officers who died in the line of duty in the last week but it's become something more a police protest of their own of sorts against a movement that has a lot to do with those police deaths. it comes in

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