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like, no let's go back. >> see you at 6:00. captioning sponsored by cbs >> ninan: the death of a dictator. former cuban president fidel castro dead at the age of 90. the communist island nation mourns the loss of the beloved father figure. but a very different scene in miami's little havana where cuban americans celebrated in the streets. >> i know we're not suppose to be celebrating death, but to us, this is closure. >> ninan: also tonight, castro's death prompts a wide range of reactions from president obama and president-elect trump to pope francis. former cuban prisoner alalan grossman and leaders around the world. where do future cuban relations go from here? this is the "cbs weekend news."
>> ninan: good evening, i'm reena ninan, and this is a western edition of the broadcast. the remains of cuba's longtime leader fidel castro were to be cremated today. the communist caribbean nation castro ruled for nearly half a century is observing fine days of mourning before a state funeral sunday, december 4. castro's ashes will be buried in the city of santiago after a four-day procession through the country. castroee death was announced by his 85-year-old brrkt raul, who plans to retire as president in 2018 to be replaced by cuba's vice president. scott pelley looks back at the bearded revolutionary who survived a crippling u.s. trade embargo and possibly hundreds of assassination plots. >> pelley: he was the revolutionary leader who put cuba on the world stage and made himself a world player, a communist adversary for 10 u.s.
presidents. for nearly five decades he wore the trademark beard and army fatigues, giving his fiery speeches against what he called the evils of imperialism. >> the last battle will be fought in the capital, you can be sure. >> pelley: in the 1550s other castro led the overthrow of fulgencio batista. after victory in 1959, he appeared to edward r. murrow's per, a rebel in pajamas. >> tell me, fidel castro, are you concerned at all about the communist influence in cuba? >> oh, i'm not worried because there is no threat about communism here in cuba. >> pelley: castro executed former batiste officials and began to nationalize american-own properties. the u.s. broke off relation. in 1961, president kennedy authorized a force of c.i.a.-trained cuban exiles to try to overthrow castro.
the invaders were crushed as they waded ashore at the baif pigs. castro embraced communism and moved closer to the soviet union. >> this is a cbs news extra. >> pelley: in 1962, the u.s. found evidence of soviet nuclear missiles in cuba. >> i have directed the armed forces to prepare for any eventuality. >> pelley: the nuclear clock ticked down and then stopped. the soviets agreed to remove the missiles. in exchange, the u.s. promised not to invade cuba. castro's cuba is a land of contradictions. it has free medical care and its literacy rate is among the world's highest. but political opposition is suppressed, and the economy is a disaster. those antique cars on shabby roads became as much a symbol of cuban life as cigars or music. twice, castro unleashed a mass exodus of cuban refugees on to u.s. shores, and with the
declean of the soviet union and the support, cuba faced economic ruin in the 1990s, forcing castro to encourage tourism and foreign investment. in 1998, castro invited pope john paul ii to visit cuba and reinstated christmas as an official holiday. castro once told cbs news how he wanted to be remembered. >> that he was a socialist. that castro wanted a more egalitarian society, a society as many other men have dreamed of in the past. >> pelley: in july, 2006, castro had intestinal surgery and announced a temporary transfer of power to his brother, raul. the transition became permanent as castro's health declined, and the fiery revolutionary faded from public view. today, the last historic political figure of the cold war
is gone. scott pelley, cbs news, new york. >> ninan: cuba, about the size of pennsylvania, with a population of more than 11 million, is just 90 miles from florida but seemingly a world away. news of castro's death prompted celebrations independent streets of miami's cuban american neighborhood little havana. david begnaud is there. >> reporter: within 30 minutes of the announcement, cuban americans took to the streets in little havana. banging pots, pans, and drums, they celebrated like it was a family reunion, the most hated member of the family was gone. for some, in celebration, there was guilt. >> i know we're not supposed to be celebrating death, but to us this is closure. >> reporter: margarita aguilar is 61. she came to the u.s. when she was four and today waved the treasured cuban flag her grandfather left her. >> i'm waving it for my grandfather and my father who both passed away and didn't get
to see this day. >> 58 years later, castro dies on black friday, which is essentially the most emblematic day for capitalism in the western world. it's really ironic that that would be case. >> reporter: ophthalmologist dr. oscar minoso was born in spain. his parents fled cuba before he was born. oscar and maria minoso are still alive. this morning, there was an emotional phone call. >> they feel that this is one of the few victories that they've had in their life is to say that they lasted longer than castro. >> reporter: minoseo refuses to visit cuba until the last of the castro brothers is gone, but there is a generational divide here. younger cuban americans, like daniel guaty, are anxiously planning a trip to the island. >> for me, it's to get a better understanding of where my family came from, the struggles that they went through in order for me to have the life that i live
now. >> reporter: the crowd here in little havana is growing. it's become something of a street party. people are celebratory but peaceful. reena, it's worth noting the death of fidel castro had been falsely reported for many years. it had become something of a running joke. so last night when it was announced on cuban state television, a lot of people here didn't believe it. >> ninan: definitely was no joke. david begnaud in miami. thank you, david. president obama said today the united states is extending a hand of friendship to the cuban people following castro's death. errol barnett has more from washington. >> and we believe in democracy. >> reporter: in his first tv interview on cbs back in 1959, fidel castro predicted cuba would have open elections after its u.s.-backed dictator was overthrown. but instead, cuba has had more than five decades of communist rule and clamp-downs on dissidents. following castro's death, president obama released this statement:
>> reporter: mr. obama's easing of travel restrictions and re-establishment of diplomatic ties were done through executive order which the next president could reverse. >> the people of cuba get nothing. >> reporter: candidate trump criticized the president's actions. today, president-elect trump said: alan gross, the american imprisoned for five years in cuba and freed as part of obama's deal wrote: three u.s. senators of cuban descent all described castro's treatment of cubans as briewtdal. senator marco rubio spoke to cbs by phone. >> he is not a heroic figure in
any way. in fact, i think will go down, if history has an honest assessment of him, as one of the most brutal dictators the western hemisphere has ever known. >> reporter: it's been just over a year since the cuban flag began flying once again outside its embassy here in washington. comes will be listening closely to president-elect trump's words to see where the relationship between u.s. and cuba goes from here. reena, mr. trump said he joins cuban americans today in the hopes of one day seeing a free cuba. >> ninan: errol barnett in washington. thanks, errol. the son of a sugar plantation owner, castro kept his private life closely guarded. he was married twice and is said to have fathered nine children from five mothers. publicly he was a flamboyant figure, highly regarded among a circle of world leaders. jonathan vigliotti has their reaction. >> reporter: reena, fidel castro's death was, for the most part, greete greeted with sorrod the world. glowing tributes came from predictable corners, among them russia.
the country had close ties with cuba dating back to the revolution. vladimir putin praised castro call him, "a symbol of an era" in a statement released by the kremlin this morning. video from moscow showed russians bringing flowers to the cuban embassy there. some people were crying. chinese president xi jinping said in a statement the chinese heme have lost a close comrade. the two communist leaders were pictured together numerous times. halfway around the world, mexico's president tweeted that fidel castro was a friend of the country who promoted respect and dialogue. reaction outside the cuban embassy in madrid better reflected how polarizing a figure castro was. on one side, supporters chanted,"long live fidel." on the other side, opponents showded, "fidel is an assassin" a reference to the dictator's gruesome firing squads. pope francis also sent his
condolences to the cuban government. the catholic church has always had strained relations with the cuban dictator, who seized churches and closed catholic schools. pope francis, one of three popes to meet castro, said he was grieving the sad news. reena. >> ninan: jonathan vigliotti in london with a global look on castro's death. well, several other stories making headlines tonight. an american firefighting plane known as the super tanker worked the skies over israel saturday helping to put out a wave of wildfires. israeli officials say several were deliberately set. tens of thousands have been evacuated. the "sacramento bee" reports can sherri papini had been chained up and badly beaten before she was found near a california interstate on thursday. the married mother of two disappeared while scrogging and turned up three weeks later 150 miles away. no arrests yet. and tonight's powerball jackpot is estimated at $403 million. tickets were selling fast today.
>> ninan: in between blacked from and cyber monday, today is small-business saturday as shoppers are encouraged to spend locally. marlie hall tells us how businesses big and small are doing so far this holiday shopping season. >> reporter: this black friday brawl at a mall in can modesto, california, makes a good case for shopping online this holiday season. >> it's a little crazy out there. >> reporter: deep discounts and door-buster deals still managed to draw millions into stores. >> check it out. >> an additional 40% off. >> reporter: but the official start of the holiday shopping season exceed expectations thanks to purchases made on the spirnt.
black friday sales topped $3.3 billion online, a record increase of more than 21%. shopping expert michelle madhok says it's the easiest way to save. >> it's a click to see what the other prices are. before you had to drive from store to store to compare prices, or go through tons of inserts in your newspaper. >> reporter: an estimated 40% of all black friday shopping was done on mobile apps, and the online shopping frenzy isn't over yet. a new round of digital discounts are scheduled for cyber monday. and while big chains are offering their usual rock-bottom deals, mom-and-pop stores are slashing price, too. small-business saturday is meant to give independent retailers a boost. >> i don't know that we can necessarily compete with online in terms of products, but what we can offer is one-to-one customer service. >> reporter: small-business saturday started six years ago, and every year, it gets bigger and bigger. according to american express, 95 million people gave small
>> ninan: cities across the country are seeing a backlash against new taxes on streaming video. local governments are trying to make up for lost revenue when people cut the cord from their cable companies and switch to services like netflix and hulu. here's carter evans. >> this tax doesn't make sense. >> reporter: the pasadena city council has been taking heat for weeks after announcing a 9.4% tax on streaming video, calling it a utility so it can be taxed like water and electricity. >> my constituents do not want this tax. >even if it's just a couple of bucks to help out the city? >> even if it's just a couple of dollars that they're already-- it's being taxed twice. >> reporter: councilman tyron hampton says the surprise tax was designed to make up for lost
tax revenue from people getting rid of cable tv and home phones. voters in 41 california cities have now approved changes to tax cell phones as they would land line, never anticipating those taxes could be applied to video streaming. it happened just this month in alameda. jill keimach is the city manager. you said in no uncertain terms, "we're not planning to tax netflix. we don't want to be first on this." >> right. we do not want litigation. we do not want a battle in our community. we just want to retain our existing services. >> reporter: and leaving your options open. >> and leaving our options open for future councils. >> reporter: robert callahan believes cities could be violating federal law because the government doesn't allow tax on the internet. >> utilities are electricity and water and sewer. web sites and apps don't fit that mold whatsoever. >> where do we stop? , you know, is it hulu? is it netflix? is it pandora? every time you stream music in
your car? >> reporter: in the face of stiff opposition, pasadena put its new tax plan on hold, but other cash-strapped communities are still moving forward. chicago has a 9% streaming tax, and, reena, pennsylvania is charging a 6% tax on everything from apps to downloads. >> ninan: carter, thanks. the cbs weekend news continues in a moment.
>> ninan: 32 people were killed last march when terrorists bombed an airport at a train station in brussels, belgium among the injured was a former professional basketball player named sebastien bellin. he lives in michigan with his wife and two daughters. tonight, on "48 hours "can vladimir duthiers has his remarkable story of survival. >> not many people get to pinpoint that specific point in their life when, you know, your life changed. the violence of an explosion just rocks you. all i know is i was coming to my
senses, and i knew i needed help so i start, you know-- i tried crawling, but crawling is so inefficient because there's so much debris around you. so then i start seeing about my legs and i could just see the pools of blood already, you know, around both legs. and suddenly i started thinking of my girls and sara, and i said, "if you stay here, you're going to die." so i look around, and i told someone to bring over the baggage cart, and they lifted me up on to the cart. a few seconds later, firemen come around the corner and they carried me outside. >> reporter: it had been two hours since sebastien was hit by a bomb. he had lost 50% of his blood. finally, he was in an ambulance heading to the hospital, where he went straight to the operating room. >> when you survive something like this and there's not one single minute where you don't
sit here in complete gratefulness. >> reporter: sebastien would have to endure six surgeries. the goal: to get the one-time professional athlete able to just walk again and get him home to his family in michigan. >> hi! >> ninan: you can see vlad's full report 48 hours live to tell the long road home tonight at 10:00 on cbs. when we return the lessons library learned
>> ninan: well, we close tonight in the south of england where an unusual item went up for auction this week-- the skeleton of a bird, taller and heavier than a turkey, hunted into extinction centuries ago. mark phillips has the story. >> i'm going to start the bidding with me at 250,000 pounds. with me at 250,000 pounds. >> reporter: more than a
collection of old bones was on the block at had auction. those bones, once assembled, formed the world's most famous dead bird, the dodo. >> "dead as a dodo "just rolls off the tongue sort of beautifully, really, doesn't it? >> reporter: the phrase stuck says dodo expert errol fuller not just because it was catchy but because the dodo's extinction is so well documented. hungry european sailors found the bird on the indian ocean island of mauritius in the late 1500s. within about 80 years, the hapless and significantly flightless bird was gone, "dead as." the dodo has been exting for more than 300 years, yet, it is still the most important symbol of what mankind can do to nature if it isn't careful or if it doesn't care. yet, the dodo, and its lessons, live again. >> 260 i have. 260,000 pounds now. >> reporter: it's hard to put a price on a lesson, but auction
house owner rupert vander werth says he was selling an idea. is this an example of man's foal? >> it really brings it home that we can have a big impact on the environment. >> reporter: make no bones about it. >> animal and bird species are being made exting at a faster rate than ever, and that is, one way or another, our fault, or mankind's fault. so whether we're actually learning the lesson, i don't think i'd like to say. >> reporter: or whether we'll become the next dodo. >> well, that's a possibility, too. >> reporter: the bird went for. >> at 280,000 pounds. and sold for 280,000 pounds. >> reporter: $416,000, with commissions. a big price for a big lesson. mark phillips, cbs news, billingshurst, england. >> ninan: certainly is a $416,000 lesson. well, that's the "cbs weekend news" for this saturday. the news continues now on our streaming channel cbsn at cbsnews.com. i'm reena ninan in new york.
thank you for joining us. good your realtime ca ptioner is linda marie macdonald. now at 6:00 it's been a stormy day around the bay and while we get a break we have more on the way. >> on scene and advises changed to something. >> a northern california mommiesing for weeks is found alive -- mom missing for weeks is found alive. chilling new recordings from the first officers on the scene. >> muni hacked. the cyber attack giving passengers free rides all over san francisco. good evening, i'm brian hackney. >> i'm betty yu. our cate caugiran is at the embarcadero station where the fare gates are wide open tonight. cate. >> reporter: well, betty, a source with sfmta who didn't want to go on camera said that the system actually has been hacked for days and riders have
been able to get on muni for free. sfmta says that the muni computer system has been hacked but it has not affected any of the services. a spokesman with the transit agency says it is an ongoing investigation. riders will see the metro gates at several stations are wide open right now. and the system is not reading any payment cards. when we were down in the embarcadero station just a few minutes ago, we saw that the ticket sales kiosk were also out of service. >> i think it's terrifying. i really do. if they can start doing this, you know, here, we're not safe anywhere. >> this is part of black friday deal or something? i have no idea. i didn't know it was out of, like, service. >> reporter: sfmta says they are working to resolve this issue as soon as possible. the hack does more than just affect riders but sfmta employees, as well. my source tells me employees right now aren't sure if they are going to get paid is