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captioning sponsored by cbs ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs io ss elliott: he has no doubt russia did it. >> we stand, actually more resolutely on the strength of soat statement. at elliott: america's top spy says russia hacked the d.n.c. and fires back at the president-elect. >> there's a difference between skepticism and disparagement. >> elliott: also tonight, four african americans are charged with racially motivated hate crimes in the torture of a disabled white man. >> they were beating him, kicking him. >> elliott: doctors do an about-face on how best to prevent kids from getting potentially deadly peanut allergies. and, we'll show you how pella the dog helps young witnesses tell their stories. >> good girl!
this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> elliott: good evening. scott is off tonight. i'm josh elliot. and this is our western edition. today, the director of national intelligence sent president obama the report he ordered on the hacking of the democratic national committee, and james clapper went to capitol hill and responded to president-elect reump's skepticism that russia was behind the cyberattack, and his criticism of u.s. intelligence agencies. ongressional correspondent aincy cordes was there. >> reporter: the nation's top intelligence official, james clapper, said he is more mmnvinced than ever it was the russians who hacked the democratic national committee and clinton campaign chair john podesta. >> this was a multifaceted lampaign, so the hacking was only one part of it, and it also
entailed classical propaganda, disinformation, fake news. >> does that continue? >> yes. >> reporter: was it an act of war? toapper said that was not his call to make, nor was he prepared to say it cost clinton the election. >> certainly the intelligence community can't gauge the impact it had on choices the electorate made. there's no way for us to gauge that. l reporter: either way, said republican lindsey graham, the u.s. needs to strike back. >> i think what obama did was throw a pebble. i'm ready to throw a rock. >> reporter: hanging over the hearing, mr. trump's very public agents that clapper and his agents have it right. missouri democrat claire mccaskill: >> who actually is the benefactor of someone who is about to become commander in chief trashing the intelligence esmmunity? >> i've received many expressions of concern from
foreign counter-parts about, you asow, the disparagement of the ted intelligence community, or i should say, what has been interpreted as disparagement of the intelligence community. >> reporter: mike rogers, who heads the national security agency, said it could hurt moral. >> i just don't want a situation where our workforce decides to ulk. because i think that really is not a good place for us to be. >> reporter: mr. trump tweeted today that he is actually "a big fan" of the u.s. intel community. but he has also publicly backed f wikileaks founder julian assange, who claims the leaked emails did not come from russian owate actors. >> director clapper, how would you describe mr. assange? or i don't think those of us in dme intelligence community have a whole lot of respect for him. >> admiral? >> i would echo those comments. >> reporter: the public version ne clapper's report, which outlines russia's motives, will be released next week. some sensitive details will be left out, but clapper says he is
"pushing the envelope," that he wants to release as many details as possible because, josh, he says americans deserve to have the full picture. >> elliott: and, again, the president-elect will be briefed rrmorrow. nancy cordes on capitol hill, nancy, thank you. well, the president-elect was reportedly considering leaving clapper's job vacant in the new administration. but today, he decided, on second thought, to fill it. here's jan crawford. >> reporter: in appointing former indiana senator dan coats, donald trump is tapping an establishment republican with strong foreign policy credentials. in the senate, he served on the intelligence committee, where he was a tough critic of russian president vladimir putin. after president obama imposed sanctions against russia in 2014 for its move to annex crimea, russia responded by banning coats and eight u.s. officials from entering the country. coats turned to twitter and riked, "our summer vacation in siberia is a no-go." that's in contrast to some of mr. trump's public statements, where he has struck a more
conciliatory tone towards putin. coats met with mr. trump in november. w i gave him some of my years ad experience in terms of what i thought they would be dealing with and made some suggestions. on reporter: but the president-elect continues to cast doubt about the intelligence community's ncndings on russian hacking, and senior administration officials say he is planning to streamline u.s. intelligence agencies, including the c.i.a. as part of that effort, mr. trump reportedly had considered eliminating the director of national intelligence position. it was created after the 9/11 commission found agencies like ehe n.s.a. and c.i.a. were not d aring information that could have prevented the 9/11 attacks. former new jersey governor tom kean co-chaired the commission. >> without the d.n.i., we are much less safe in the united states. and we can't be that. en need to be safer, not less safe. >> reporter: but kean said the position should have more authority than it was given by tiesident obama. >> i think it's an inefficient organization. s> reporter: admiral dennis blair was president obama's
first director of national intelligence. he was forced to resign in the wake of a power struggle with the c.i.a. you believe that the office liould actually be stronger, not disbanded. >> yes, i think it should be stronger. when it comes to matters of life and death, lives on the line, ngportant information, you have t have accountability, and you need to have somebody in charge, somebody who is making the calls on what's important and who has responsibility. >> reporter: now, mr. trump's selection of coats suggests that he may agree. separately, josh, the president-elect got some advice today from vice president biden. asked about mr. trump's tweeting, biden said, "grow up. time to be an adult." >> elliott: and off go the gloves again. jan crawford in washington, jan, thank you. now, those tweets include criticism of u.s. intelligence agencies. more about that now from homeland security correspondent ut t pegues. jeff? >> reporter: josh, top encelligence officials believe the president-elect's critical tseets and public statements are having an impact on the workforce.
the director of national earilligence, james clapper, suggested at today's hearing that it was hurting moral. in fact, intelligence officials say the tension is palpable as mr. trump appears to receive the russia hacking report from the heads of the d.n.i., c.i.a., prs.a., and f.b.i. today, vice president biden was asked by the "pbs newshour," about the president-elect's criticism of the intelligence community. >> for a president not to have confidence in, not to be prepared to listen to the myriad of intelligence agencies, from defense intelligence to the c.i.a., et cetera, is-- is ssolutely mindless. f reporter: josh, the spy pencies are preparing for next week's public release of the cport, but right now, the netelligence leaders care about the reaction of just one man-- llesident-elect trump. >> elliott: certainly understandable.
, ff pegues there in washington. jeff, thank you. well, mr. trump took time out gom his transition meetings today to give an hour-long deposition under oath. the president-elect is suing restaurateur jose andres, who p nceled plans to open a spanish-themed restaurant at the new trump hotel in d.c. andres objected to candidate trump's characterization of some ideocan immigrants as rapists. and today, president obama called the video showing four african americans beating and tormenting a mentally disabled icite man despicable and e rrible. part of the attack in chicago were shown live on facebook. and today the four suspects were charged with hate crimes. dean reynolds has the latest. and we do caution you, the video is quite disturbing. >> reporter: the 18-year-old victim, described as mentally faclenged, had been missing for two days when he turned up tuesday on facebook and in trouble. >> drink the toilet water!
>> reporter: forced to drink from a toilet, he's also seen being kicked, choked, cut, and cursed, all of it streamed live on facebook. >> smash him again! >> reporter: officials say the victim's alleged tormentors, two women and two men, were actually texting the teenager's parents during the five-hour incident, suggesting a possible extortion attempt. >> say, "i love black people." >> i love black people. an reporter: ultimately, the victim was rescued by officers who found him after he'd escaped, wandering the neighborhood, bloody and incoherent. at about the same time, police responding to a disturbance call ourested four people at the nkartment and quickly linked them to the facebook video. >> my little sister said-- >> hey! tear down trump. orat's not funny. >> reporter: the victim is white, and the suspects are african america. three are 18 and one is 24. erd now they all face charges
for hate crimes, as well as kidnapping, battery, and other offenses. >> this guy's gone! ha! >> reporter: as the beating streamed live on tuesday, social media commentary poured in. in fact, the suspects now face the possibility of decades behind bars, josh, while the victim has been reunited with his family and is said to be recovering from his ordeal. >> elliott: well, that is a measure of good news there. dean reynolds in chicago. dean, thank you. well, retailers rang up record sales online over the holidays. shoppers using computers and mobile devices spent nearly $92 billion. that's up 11% from 2015. but it was a different story indeed for the department stores, and now many are closing. here's jericka duncan. ( cheers ) e> reporter: with holiday shopping over, the retail store
closing season has begun, with macy's leading the charge. the nation's largest department store announced it will close 100 stores, about 14% of its entire fleet, and shed 10,000 jobs. ife reason-- a failure to adapt to the cultural shift in consumer shopping. retail strategist melissa gonzalez: >> they're not as nimble. -fey can't change as quickly. they're not technology-first companies. and so, they're starting to re-evaluate and restructure, and some going out of business, but they need to deliver something different to consumers now. >> reporter: sears holdings is shuttering more than 100 k-mart and sears stores. office depot, 450 stores. and a dozen more like y ropostale, american eagle, and children's place have all announced more than 100 stores will close by the end of 2017. traditional retailers stumbled despite a strong year for the y tail industry overall. it saw nearly 3% increase in
sales this past holiday season, but online shopping was the clear winner overall. sales jumped 17% from the year before. nearly 40% of those shoppers used amazon. what is it going to take for r ese brick-and-mortar stores to be around 20 or 30 years from now? >> at the end of the day, you and i can hit a "buy" button from anywhere. so they all have to get savvier about how they create a stronger relationship with me, so when e 's time for me to buy that mattress or to buy those shoes, .'m going to think of that brand. by reporter: now, macy's plans to close 60 of its stores by this spring, josh. the company is expected to save $550 million annually. >> elliott: jericka duncan in rtw york, jericka, thank you. well, winter storms are burying parts of the east and west. off lake ontario, new york's snowbelt had two feet of fresh powder on the ground this morning, and it kept coming down today-- up to three inches per hour, in fact. while in parts of the sierra nevada, it's been snowing non-stop since tuesday.
california's mammoth mountain is under seven feet of new snow, and another storm is moving in utis weekend. good news for skiers and erowboarders everywhere, perhaps, but how about the rest of us? we turn to eric fisher, chief meteorologist at cbs station wbz in boston. he good evening. it's amazing to think some parts of california have seen over 80 inches of snow, or more than s inches of rain, and that was the small storm of the week. as we look towards saturday, sunday, and monday, an atmospheric river, essentially a plume of air that has a lot of water vapor in it is going to head to california. widespread, four to seven inches of rainfall. you can see the fire hose effect, basically pointed right at the bay area, central and northern california. this is where we'll see our heaviest rainfall totals, a threat for some flash flooding as well. and when it comes to snow, we're looking at over five feet in the higher elevations. snow levels high, mainly over 7,000 feet. however, some mountains will have over 200 inches of snow
dle month by the time we get soward the middle of next week. also watching a winter storm across the southeast, north georgia up into the carolinas, this friday night and into saturday morning, this laying down several inches of snow. snow, very cold temperatures, never a great combination. in the southeast. north georgia and the carolinas an particular. and the big story here, josh, she cold following the snow, once it falls, it won't be y lting this weekend, so many will likely be stuck indoors ghth saturday and sunday. ou elliott: it will be tough for those in the southeast but great news for people in california, icere drought conditions have been so difficult. eric fisher, thank you. well, coming up next on the "cbs evening news," doctors do a 180 on just how to prevent childhood peanut allergies. and later, the dog that helps kids testify in court.
tom babies with high risk of emlergy, the new advice-- feed them small amounts of peanut-based foods as infants. more now from dr. jon lapook. >> reporter: four-and-a-half- year-old twins audrey and isa share everything-- everything, that is, except isa's severe peanut allergy. when isa was diagnosed as a baby, her mother, chia kuo, was given traditional guidance. >> no ingestion at all of peanuts and no contact, either, eacause she had a contact allergy where, if she so much as touched peanuts she would break out in hives everywhere. >> reporter: but when isa's brother ander was born last year with peanut allergies, the plan was reversed. chia was told to feed him diluted peanut butter on a regular basis, starting at four months, to avoid an allergy. >> he's been able to have it three to four times a week at home with no adverse reactions, so it's a big sigh of relief for all of us.
>> now we're saying, not only is ne okay. we're saying, go do it. >> reporter: dr. hugh sampson from mount sinai hospital helped gite the new guidelines. >> in these high-risk children, we need to get peanuts into their diet early to try to prevent peanut allergy. >> reporter: the guidelines categorize high-risk babies as teose with severe eczema, egg allergy or both. introducing peanut protein is now recommended as early as four months old. this regimen lowers the odds of developing peanut allergy by at least 70%, leading to the new guidelines. >> i wish something like this would cure peanut allergy but, ceu know, it's unlikely. i think we can significantly reduce the amount of peanut allergy. >> reporter: peanut allergy can be fatal. so it's very important for parents of children at risk to discuss with their pediatrician whether and how to introduce peanut protein. in any case, never give a baby whole peanuts, which can be a choking hazard. >> elliott: such big and fascinating news for those with little ones at home, like myself.
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>> look at that! ( applause ) she did a good job! ep reporter: five-year-old malayla, and the other children p met, were volunteers helping li pella's work as a courthouse facility dog. >> she just brings a smile to wople's faces, just seeing her. >> reporter: pella's job was created by amber urban, a criminal investigator at the arapahoe county, colorado, district attorney's office. call them "partners." they take on the toughest cases, n en a child has been hurt or sexually abused or seen a horrible crime. it often starts with the investigation, when a child may be too traumatized to talk. then you bring pella into the room, and what happens? ac right, and then they just want to talk about pella, and they interact with you because if pella thinks you're okay, then you must be okay. >> reporter: she's played a role in 450 cases. pella stays out of sight so jurors focus on the testimony, not the dog. s is kind of training keeps pella's skills sharp. >> good girl.
er reporter: her gift to a frightened child that must testify is her very presence. volunteer 11-year-old abby helped us understand the child's view when the defendant can be sitting only a few feet away. do you think it helps to have pella here, a little protection or a little comfort? >> yeah. i think it would help because i would probably be afraid of that person. and she'd be there to help me relax and calm and not feel so scared. good girl, pella. >> the minute she hears or sees that there's a child around, i see her look for them. that's really important, for her he be very focused on them. >> reporter: she's a pretty iecial dog. go she is a special dog. >> come on, pella. go, pella, go! good girl! >> reporter: and that's what makes her pella, the most lovable crime fighter around. >> hug? >> there you go! >> reporter: barry petersen, cbs news, arapahoe county, colorado. >> elliott: wonderful story, that. and that is the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for scott pelley, i'm josh elliott.
we do thank you for being with us. go county: we've just learne couples trying to get married tomorrow are out of luck in santa clara county. a power outage will keep the government center closed for a second day. good evening, i'm veronica de la cruz. >> i'm allen martin. more than 1,000 santa clara county workers will be staying home again tomorrow. it's a big inconvenience for anyone of course with business at county headquarters in san jose. len ramirez was first to break the news of the building blackout. one after another, people walked up then were turned away by locked doors at the santa clara county government center. >> we just got here looked at the doors said it was going to be closed all day and so now we have to come back another day. >> reporter: joey garcia and his wife came from los banos to get a copy of his birth
certificate for a passport. >> so it's a bummer. came about two hours from out of town. >> reporter: counties officials say a transformer blew overnight that feeds into the main administration building and the district attorney's office. the buildings at 70 west hedding street in san jose stayed dark all day. employees already at work were evacuated and more than 1,000 employees were notified by email to stay home. sheriff's deputies encircled the building to turn people away. >> we'll be doing security. we are looking at getting the building locked down and there are no county services today in any of the facilities. >> reporter: power was also cut to the santa clara county sheriff's office and emergency generators immediately kicked in and it's business as usual here. the main jail and the hall of justice were not affected. >> we have a pretty robust generator because obviously we're a critical facility. >> reporter: but that doesn't help the hundreds of people who could not get their birth certificates, marriage licenses or building permits