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we will see you at 6 o'clock. t.aptioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: breaking news tonight. many are dead after a thunderous disaster at a fireworks market in one of the world's biggest cities. also tonight, the christmas market killer is on the loose. isis claims responsibility. and there's a warning for americans. >> we are all viable terrorist owrgets today. >> pelley: the tower sends a passenger jet straight toward a mountain. >> pelley: and... ♪ yes, they're going to the rock 'n' roll hall of fame.
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♪ ♪ this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. and we'll begin tonight with breaking news. north of mexico city, many are reported dead and wounded tonight after this. you are watching the leveling of a crowded market selling fireworks for christmas and new year's celebrations. michelle miller is following this. michelle. >> reporter: scott, the multiple explosions began mid-afternoon in the famous open-air san pablito fireworks market in tultepec, about 90 minuteas tultepec, about 90 minutes north of mexico city. government officials say there are at least two dozen dead and 70 injured. nose numbers could go up. there were an estimated 2,000 people in the market at the time, stocking up for christmas and new year aircraft which many mexicans traditionally celebrate
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with fireworks and rockets. and there are also reports that nearby homes have suffered damage. rescue workers have asked people to stay at least three miles from the site as they continue to hose down the market. but, scott, with 300 vending booths, there are simply no other choice but to let the nooir works burn themselves out. >> pelley: and we'll have a great deal more on this, on "cbs this morning" tomorrow. thank you, michelle. today, isis claimed responsibility for the truck attack on a christmas market in berlin. 12 were killed yesterday, nearly 50 hurt. the killer is on the loose. police initially arrested the wrong man. after isis attacked paris last year, germany joined the military coalition fighting the terrorist army in syria and in iraq. charlie d'agata is in berlin tonight. wr reporter: forensic teams hauled away the wrecked truck to search for more clues.
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ate investigation suffered a major setback after police isleased the pakistani asylum beker arrested on the basis of eyewitness reports, but with no blood or d.n.a. evidence to link him to the crime, he was let go. a massive manhunt is now under way for the hijacker of the truck that plowed into the christmas market. police believe the attacker is armed. te polish driver of the truck was found shot and stabbed in d e passenger's seat, and no weapon has been recovered. luke theis, visiting from washington, d.c., said he's leaving berlin. >> we were planning to stay longer in germany. however, we have cut our trip short. we don't feel safe, and it's sad to say that coming to a european country from america that you aren't safe. >> reporter: already, right wing german politicians are blaming the government's liberal refugee r licy that's admitted hundreds of thousands into the country, for the attack. ngd this afternoon, german chancellor angela merkel looked yistraught as she toured the
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market saying it would be truly hard to bear if the killer turned out to be a migrant. tonight, germans held wndlelight vigils in honor of the victims in what's becoming an all-too-familiar scene in europe's capitals. the streets here are now closed, the barricades are up. there's a heavy police presence around the christmas market, and, scott, german police have appealed to members of the public for help in their hunt tar the killer. >> pelley: charlie d'agata in berlin tonight, thanks, charlie. it was this time last year that two isis supporters killed 14 people at a holiday party in san bernardino, california. in light of berlin now, jeff pegues is following security here at home. >> reporter: heavily armed units patrolled christmas markets today in new york and chicago. in atlanta, police say that they are monitoring the situation while seattle police announced a roightened level of awareness.
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yesterday's attack comes five months after a man drove a truck into a crowd in nice, france, killing more than 80. just last month, a student at h io state university drove a car over a curb and then stabbed bystanders with a knife. on "cbs this morning" deputy commissioner john miller said the n.y.p.d. is working with the trucking industry to prevent vehicle attacks. >> one of the second things we did after the nice attack was to go back out to 140 truck rental locations and say, "here are some indicators of suspicious behavior." >> reporter: according to a congressional report, 80% of the terrorism cases being investigated by the f.b.i. are related to isis. the group's propaganda asks sympathizers to use vehicles to target outdoor markets, festivals, or parades. in response, cities like cleveland have installed concrete barricades and fencing during special events but ron hosko, a former assistant
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director of the f.b.i., says even that may not be enough. >> this low-intensity style of attack that can be effectuated, committed by a baseball bat, by uaknife, by a handgun, by a vehicle, that the opportunity to commit that style of attack is everywhere. >> reporter: police officials say that there is no specific or credible threat. but, scott, one of the things that continues to frustrate police is how quickly someone can go from inspired to action. >> pelley: jeff pegues at a holiday market in d.c. tonight. jeff, thank you. well, one month from today, donald trump will be inaugurated. he's nearly finished with his cabinet, and outside national security, the billionaire president has surrounded himself itth billionaires. julianna goldman reports. >> are we doing a good job with olr cabinet and our people? do reporter: as he traveled the country on his thank you tour, president-elect donald trump touted his choices for his
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cabinet and inner circle, a team historians say is the richest in t s. history. >> and one newspaper criticized me "why can't they have people .f modest means?" a fortune, because now they're negotiating with you. okay? >> reporter: how rich? cbs news estimates seven of mr. trump's picks are worth a combined $11.5 billion. betsy devos, nominated for secretary of education, comes from a family worth more than $5 billion. linda mcmahon, picked for small- business administrator, has family wealth worth $1.2 villion. and vincent viola, mr. trump's choice for army secretary, is harth $1.77 billion. >> i guess they have a few poor millionaires on it, but mostly it's billionaires. >> reporter: critics, like flnator bernie sanders, say mr. trump's choices fly in the face of his populist campaign message. >> you don't appoint a cabinet of billionaires to be taking on ine establishment.
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>> reporter: steve mnuchin, mr. trump's treasury pick, has been estimated to be worth as much as $655 million. he and commerce secretary nominee, wilbur ross, worth $2.5 billion, recently said they were attuned to the plight of working alericans. >> it's also not true that all jobs are created equal. a guy who used to work in the steel mill now flipping hamburgers, he knows it's not the same. >> reporter: having millionaire and billionaire cabinet secretaries is not unprecedented. they tend to attract slots at the treasury and commerce departments, but, scott, neither president obama nor president george w. bush had a single billionaire in their first cabinet. >> pelley: julianna goldman on the transition. julianna, thank you. today in turkey, police made a series of arrests in the assassination of the russian ambassador there. he was shot yesterday by a man protesting russian air strikes in syria. holly williams has the latest. rl reporter: ambassador andrei karlov's body was sent home to moscow today.
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his widow bowed over with grief. another act of violence sparked by the syrian civil war. karlov was killed by a 22-year- old turkish police officer, apparently in revenge for russia's deadly intervention in the syrian conflict. "whoever's been part of this cruelty will pay for it one by one," he shouted. several people, including the assassin's family members, have now reportedly been detained as the turkish authorities investigate. it follows a string of deadly bombings in turkey, many of them ownnected with the syrian war. moscow's air strikes have helped the syrian regime win back the city of aleppo, but the cost has been counted in syrian lives. tens of thousands have been forced to flee. esssia and turkey are on r,posite sides in the syrian civil war, but recently,
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relations have improved. s.e two countries negotiated a cease-fire last week to help evacuate syrian civilians. but even a warming between turkey and russia won't stop syria's bloodshed from spilling over its borders. a team of russian investigators has now arrived in turkey. scott, they and the turks want to know whether the assassin acted alone or on behalf of a olrrorist group. >> pelley: holly williams for us tonight. holly, thank you. four more government officials are facing criminal charges tonight over lead-contaminated water in flint, michigan. usne others were charged previously. they're accused of putting the health of residents at risk to pull off a financial conspiracy. jericka duncan has the details. >> we will aggressively prosecute these cases. blameporter: michigan's top prosecutor, bill schutte, blamed the flint water crisis on former
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state employees, who he said were fixated on money. >> this fixation has cost lives. this fixation came at the expense of protecting the health and safety of flint. >> reporter: schutte filed instny charges against former emergency managers darnell earley, gerald ambrose, and two other former flint employees. the attorney general says earley and ambrose misused a special bond clause which allows the city to borrow money for emergencies. they allegedly devised a legitimate reason to borrow tens of millions of dollars, but then diverted that money to a different project. in 2014, flint switched from using the detroit water department to the flint river to save money. the problem-- the corrosive river water wasn't treated properly, causing lead from old pipes to leach into the water supply. the officials charged were accused of ignoring warnings that the water was unsafe.
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>> 12 people have died from legionnaire's disease. young children have been exposed rc dangerously high lead levels. >> reporter: in march, darnell earley spoke to cbs news correspondent adriana diaz. >> in retrospect, i'm sure everybody wishes they had done more. i certainly do. >> reporter: flint mother of three, melissa mays: >> these people should go to jail. they should have their rights taken away like we did. >> reporter: we tried reaching the men charged. one man's attorney told me they are prepared to fight the allegations. meanwhile, scott, today, the city still recommends using a filter before actually drinking the water. >> pelley: jericka duncan, thanks. in washington, d.c., a new law would provide among the most generous family leave benefits in the nation. under the plan, businesses would be taxed, and the d.c. government would write checks to new parents. chip reid has details. >> reporter: kristin garrity
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sekerci was working at a small d.c. nonprofit two years ago when she became pregnant with her son, harun. >> as the due date approached, i realized i wouldn't be eligible for any kind of leave. >> reporter: sekerci is a strong supporter of the district of slumbia's bill to provide eight ofeks of paid leave for parents of a newborn or adopted child. it would be one of the most generous plans in the nation. what is the most important thing i the d.c. paid leave bill to you? >> for me, it's recognizing my-- my value as a mother. 9 reporter: employees would receive as much as 90% of their pay, up to $1,000 a week. most of the benefit is aimed at low-wage workers. it would be paid for by a payroll tax increase on d.c. hesinesses. am this is just traditional, liberal politics where you the te programs and you stick hee middle class with the bill. er reporter: the head of the , c. chamber of commerce, itncent orange, is seeing red. >> the business community can't provide that same benefit without raising taxes.
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and in fact, there are a number of businesses that offer better leave packages. >> reporter: only three states-- california, new jersey, and rhode island-- have paid leave laws. new york's will take effect in 2018. >> my child care plan... , reporter: president-elect trump, on the advice of his daughter ivanka has proposed a eaderal six-week paid leave law. he wants to pay for it by cutting unidentified waste instead of increasing taxes on business. atyor muriel bowser has threatened a veto, not because she opposes paid leave, but because about two-thirds of the benefits would go to commuters who live in maryland and virginia. chip reid, cbs news, washington. >> pelley: coming up on the cbs evening news: a mistaken command sends an airliner flying toward catastrophe.
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a jetliner leaving los angeles was sent in the wrong direction. kris van cleave has the air traffic control tapes. >> reporter: that's the moment the air traffic controller realized the mistake, and eva air boeing 777, bound for taipei, taiwan, was on a potential collision course with an air canada 767. frth had just taken off from los angeles on a stormy night with low visibility. the controller repeated her request for the pilot to comply. >> reporter: the 777 was then saying at only a few thousand feet, heading for the san gabriel mountains, with a summit of 5,700 feet. >> reporter: how would you characterize what happened over e s angeles?
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♪ ♪ >> pelley: "roundabout" was a >> pelley: "roundabout" was a prlid gold hit in 1972 for yes, the british progressive rock band. cday, yes' fortunes came round full circle as the band was elevated to the rock 'n' roll hall of fame. other inductees include giant of folk, rap, grunge, and arena rock. anthony mason has our story. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: pearl jam leads the hall's class of 2017. artists become eligible 25 years eiter their first recording. the seattle grunge band was inducted in their first year of eligibility. ♪ ♪
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>> reporter: so was the late vepac shakur, the first solo hip-hop artist ever voted in. tupac and pearl jam are also the first artists to join the hall who began their careers in the '90s ♪ ♪ >> reporter: joan baez started o r career in 1960. ro never considered myself to be a rock 'n' roll artist" she said in a statement. but the folk singer and friend of dylan was recognized for influencing the rock revolution. ♪ ♪ the electric light orchestra will join the hall. jeff lynne reformed the band just last year, nearly 30 years after walking away. what's the best part about coming back? >> the warmth and reaction of the crowd. it's so brilliant to feel wanted and loved. >> reporter: e.l.o. was one of three long-overlooked bands to make it in. ♪ don't stop believing
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>> reporter: journey, who had a faith hit with their anthem "don't stop believing" finally had their faith rewarded. ♪ ♪ and in a roundabout journey, british prog rockers yes finally got a yes from the hall. 26 years after becoming eligible. he ♪ still waiting, the disco funk band chic, rejected for a record 11th time. but front man nile rodgers will be given an award for musical e cellence. he said he'd have preferred to share the good times with his s,nd. anthony mason, cbs news, new york. >> pelley: yes, proves it can happen if you hold on through the long-distance runaround. nr all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs
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captioned by media access group at wg department. tonight.. our first clues, into what the veteran officer from los angeles plans to do as chief. good evening, i'm ken bastida in for allen night. i'm veronica de la cruz. we a series of reports on san francisco turns to an outsider to reform its troubled police department. tonight our first clues into what the veteran officer from los angeles plans to do as chief. good evening. we have a series of reports on the new chief. new at 6:00 phil is here with insight into this choice. >> it is an interesting one. this is the new chief. he is the first one we have seen come from outside of the department for a long time. some of the major teams he'll face in and outside of the department let's look. first up file relations.
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he answered directly the big question about how he'll come in as an outsider. >> first and foremost my job is to make sure officers get their support in everything they need do their job. with the person i am i can eresonate with the officers doing their job. that's in any dna. most of my years with the l.a.p. d. has been in operations. i get it. >> the new chief pointed out he's been through the same thing in his career with the l.a.p.d. chief. next up the major issue facing any chief today. the need for police to build community trust. >> to the community of the city of san francisco and the diverse communities that make up this great city, what you will find in me is the same person i have been all my life. the person that will listen to you, hear you, take action as appropriate. i'll be fair and consistent. >> the big issue are high profile police shootings. the last was an offi


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