tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS February 7, 2017 5:30pm-6:01pm PST
there's a lot of talk about the day always on cbssf.com. captioning sponsored by cbs the big easy, hit hard. tornados tear through new orleans. we'll have the latest on casualties and damage. >> cover me, i'm going to are get hurt. next thing you know. >> also tonight, the president and his travel ban. >> it would be very helpful to keeping the wrong people out of our country. >> and he makes another false claim. this time alleging a conspiracy to under report the murder rate. >> the highest it's been in 47 years, right. did you know that? >> the opioid toll is growing. >> the endemic is devastating the very fiber of this country.
our county would be under quarantine. >> and tuning up a car. so it sounds just right. this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. today, tornadoes hit the new orleans area, ripping homes apart and knocking out power. the mayor says there are dozens of minor injuries, but the latest pictures show a lot of major damage. as many as 10,000 homes and businesses is are lost power. the governor has declared a state of emergency, and david begnaud is on the scene. >> reporter: it was a large tornado that tore through new orleans east, destroying several homes. >> that's when the roof went flying. >> reporter: sheryl mcbride took cover in the bath tub. >> as soon as i got in, stooped down, the roof came off, things started flying. i asked jesus to cover me, don't
let me get hurt. and the next thing you know, here we are. >> reporter: the tornado left a trail of destruction, ripping off roofs, toppling trees and downing power lines. >> it was actually a twister. the funnel come straight over, come straight across, come straight up behind us. >> reporter: a warehouse security camera captured the moment of tornado ripped off the building's roof and flipped over an 18-wheeler. >> it went about two miles, and it covered about a half a mile swath of land. >> reporter: new orleans mayor mitch landrieu: >> we've been able to see the damage. it's devastating. there are a lot of families that lost everything they had. >> reporter: the tornado was part of a larger weather system louisiana, mississippi, and alabama. more than 2.5 million people were in the storm's path. just north of new orleans, two more tornadoes touched down. mobile homes were destroyed in the town of killian, and several more homes were damaged in madisonville. back here in new orleans east, this is the tub where miss
mcbride was standing when tornadoes hit. these walls are some of the only ones that are still standing. this neighborhood that was hit by the tornado today, was actually flooded during hurricane katrina. and, scott, we just heard from the national weather service, the tornado today was likely an ef-2, meaning likely wind from 111 up to 135 miles per hour. >> pelley: david begnaud with tough times in the big easy. the west also has a weather emergency, a storm that dumped snow on washington state and oregon has brought flooding to california. mireya villarreal has this. >> reporter: relentless rain turned a mountain into mud, pushing this entire home into the street. >> it just started moving. >> reporter: john futscher got out moments before it was too late. >> the mud started coming through the kitchen window, and that's when my wife and my son and i ran out of the house with the dog. >> reporter: 39 schools in marin county were forced to close with rain filling up creeks and spilling into streets. fire battalion chief bret mctigue: >> we have a lot of residents
that are still in their resident not able to get out right now. >> reporter: the continuous rain has pulled much of northern california out of the drought, but nasa climatologist bill patzert says the rest of the west still has a long way to go. >> it took us many years, almost decades, to get into this punishing drought. there is no quick fix. it will take us years to decades to be totally out of the drought. >> reporter: scott, parts of california are still expecting up to seven inches of rain by the end of the week. >> pelley: mireya villarreal for us tonight. mireya, thank you. also in california tonight, arguments for and against president trump's immigration travel ban are being considered by a federal appeals court in san francisco. the temporary ban on refugees and on travel from seven largely muslim countries went into effect last week, but a lower court stopped it. jan crawford's following the case for us. jan.
>> reporter: the emergency here just over an hour and it was at times contentious. two appeared skeptical of the administration's argument repeatedly grilling a justice department lawyer who urminged them to set aside the lower court order. he made several key arguments. first off states challenging the ban have no legal standing to bring the case because they weren't directly harmed. and then turning to the heart of the issue, courts should not be second guessing national security decisions. the immigration law dwif gives e president broad discretion on national security and power to deny foreigners to enter the u.s. and the ban does not discriminate based on race or religion. now on the other side a lawyer for washington and minnesota argue the ban hurts their state and its residents. it violates numerous constitutional provisions and amounts to discrimination against muslims. the lawyer said mr. trump made clear during the campaign but he
had some skeptical questions from one of the judges who asked how the ban discriminated against muslims and why the president couldn't put limits on countries where there was significant concern about terrorism. now a ruling could come within days, but scott, at some point, it is likely to go to the supreme court which of course now is divided 4-4 along ideological lines. >> pelley: our chief legal correspondent jan crawford tonight. thank you, jan. margaret brennan is covering the immigration ban from the white house. >> we're going to take it through the system. >> reporter: president trump said he may take the fight to the supreme court to keep his temporary travel ban in place. >> it's very important. it's very important for the country, regardless of me or whoever succeeds at a later date. i mean, we have to have security in our country. >> reporter: on capitol hill, homeland security chief john kelly admitted that no one from the seven banned countries has committed a terror attack on u.s. soil. >> but it's entirely possible that someone that's coming in,
whether it's during this stay during the court action or previous to this period, would do us harm. >> but you don't have any proof at this point. >> not until the boom. >> not until what? >> not until they actually blow something up or go into a mall and kill people. >> reporter: kelly said he does not plan to ban additional countries and took responsibility for confusion surrounding the roll-out. >> i should have delayed it just a bit so that i could talk to members of congress, particularly the leadership of the committees like this, to prepare them for what was coming. >> reporter: yesterday, just hours after the president accused the press of covering up terrorism, the white house released a list of 78 attacks it claimed the media had intentionally chosen not to report. it included attacks that got extensive media coverage like those in san bernardino and orlando, but it was riddled with typos, mentioned incidents that were not related to terrorism, and ignored many attacks in
israel, afghanistan, and iraq. the list also does not include a mass shooting last month by white supremacist at a mosque in quebec. senior adviser kellyanne conway: >> president trump has not said or tweeted one public word about this. you want to talk about ignoring terrorism? why hasn't the president offered his sympathy to our neighbors in the north? >> i will ask him. he doesn't tweet about everything. >> reporter: conway did say the white house was sad about the senseless loss of life and may discuss it with canada's prime minister, who she said, scott, could visit next week. >> pelley: margaret brennan at the white house. well, also at the white house today, president trump got his facts wrong again, this time in a meeting with a group of sheriffs' officers. >> and yet the murder rate in our country is the highest it's been in 47 years, right? did you know is that 47 years. i used to use that-- i'd say that in a speech and everybody was surprised because the press doesn't tell it like it is.
it wasn't to their advantage to say that. >> pelley: well, f.b.i. statistics show the president isn't just wrong. he has it backwards. have a look. the fact is the murder rate is close to the 57-year low that it hit in 2014 before it ticked up just a bit in 2015. those are the most recent numbers available from the f.b.i. the president's false claim that the media are consciously under- reporting the murder rate comes the day after he made the false charge that the media are conspiring to cover up terrorist attacks. the new secretary of education was sworn in tonight, but there was so much opposition in the senate to betsy devos, that for the first time a vice president acting in his role as president of the senate, had to come to the rescue of a cabinet nominee. here's nancy cordes. >> reporter: vice president pence bounded up the capitol steps and into the history books today with his tie-breaking vote
for betsy devos. >> the senate being equally divided, the vice president votes in the affirmative and the nomination is confirmed. >> reporter: democrats universally opposed devos. >> i'm voting no way. >> reporter: and have more stalling tactics in store for other nominees, to the frustration of republican leader mitch mcconnell. >> we've done a little research, and we found that this is the slowest time for a new cabinet to be up and running since george washington. >> reporter: democrats argue there's a big difference between president trump and president washington, who famously could not tell a lie. >> when he just says stuff that he knows isn't true-- >> reporter: connecticut senator chris murphy. >> this country's reputation around the world is shrinking in real time every day. every time that the president goes out and says something that is clearly not true. >> reporter: some republicans defended mr. trump's new claim that major terror attacks are going unreported.
>> i think it's factually correct that the news media is putting out a lot of fake news. >> reporter: house speaker paul ryan was reluctant to weigh in. are you getting concerned at all about his grasp of the truth? >> look, i'm going to do my job. i'll let you guys do yours, with respect to how you report or what you don't report. >> reporter: but are you worried that it hurts our credibility around the world when he says things like that? >> i can't speak to whether or not you're over- or under- reporting something. that's your job. i'll stick with doing mine. >> reporter: his senate counter part, mitch mcconnell, also declined to engage on the issue saying only, scott, that president trump speaks for himself and frequently does. >> pelley: nancy cordes on capitol hill. well, when the president speaks of russia, he talks of wanting better relations. but tonight, a prominent opponent of president putin of russia is fighting for his life. for the second time in two years, he has been overcome by a mysterious illness, and elizabeth palmer is following this. >> but those who oppose vladimir putin's regime risk not only
their well-being and their freedom. they also risk their lives. >> reporter: that was vladimir kara-murza eight months ago. tonight, he lies seriously ill in moscow hospital. his wife thinks he's been poisoned again. as he was in 2015. the victim, he said, of an assassination attempt by his political enemies. >> i, of course, have no doubt this was deliberate poisoning, deliberate poisoning, motivated to kill. >> reporter: in 2012, still very much alive, kara-murza helped organize a landmark anti-putin demonstration in moscow in spite of risks. three years later, he was mourning his friend and ally, boris nemsof, who was gunned down near the kremlin. for anyone in the russian opposition, the news of kara- murza's illness recalls the agonizing death of alexander litvinenko, who drank tea in london laced with polonium. the british government believes russia's security services did it, and president vladimir putin knew.
over the weekend, bill o'reilly challenged donald trump for his support of putin. >> putin is a killer. >> we got a lot of killers. got a lot of killers. what, you think our country is so innocent? >> reporter: today, speaking a portrait of vladimir kara-murza, senator john mccain answered that question. >> i repeat-- there is no moral equivalent between that butcher and thug and k.g.b. colonel and the united states of america. >> reporter: as recently as last month, scott, during secretary tillerson's confirmation hearing, kara-murza appealed directly to the u.s. government asking for its support in promoting democracy and the rule of law in russia. >> pelley: liz palmer in our london newsroom. liz, thank you. next on the cbs evening news, the rapid growth in opioid overdoses. opiod overdoses.
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trump promised to help them stop the opioid epidemic. every day, 91 americans die from an overdose of opioids, which include prescription pain killers and heroin. in cleveland, it's a crisis, and demarco morgan is there. >> my son's name... >> reporter: r.j. parker disappeared the day after mother's day. >> my son was found dead in a home on the west side of cleveland, and he was pronounced dead on may 29 at 1:05 p.m. >> reporter: one of the 517 overdose deaths in cleveland and its suburbs last year. does it frighten you that it appears to be getting worse for so many families? >> the pandemic is devastating the very fiber of this country. if this were the flu, our county would be under quarantine. >> reporter: and it appears to
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>> pelley: finally tonight, yo >> pelley: finally tonight, you have ever listened to a sonata by hyundai or demanded an encore from buick? the music cars make is no accident. here's kris van cleave with the sounds of motown. >> reporter: it's the symphony of the automobile. all those chirps and dings your car makes carefully in tune.
do you think most people who drive a lincoln have any sense of how much time you spent on the noises the car makes? >> you know, i don't think so. >> reporter: sean degennaro is a ford vehicle harmony engineer, he mixes art with science to find just the right sound. >> should we do a medley, so something like a chime that goes da-da-da, or should it be a monotone, a single ding. >> reporter: a decade ago a car need only a handful of noises, like a turn signal. but as vehicles get smarter, the beeps, ticks, and tocks, number in the dozens, and include new warnings. >> the forward collision warning, we had to add a lot of harsh frequencies in there and knock sounds. >> reporter: the idea is we need your attention now. >> we need your attention immediately. >> everything has an aesthetic. >> reporter: alfonso albais from infiniti... >> the sound of the door, this thunk, this conveys a sense that
the body has a rigidity, that the car itself is well engineered. >> reporter: gmc even worked with hollywood sound engineers and like making a movie the ideal chime can take up to a year to produce. a year is a long time on a ding. >> it is, it is. but it's going to be there forever. we want to make sure that it's a positive experience and that you're not walking away going, "i could never buy a lincoln product again because they screwed up that chime and it was so irritating." >> reporter: the line between irritating and informing now part of the sound of the open road. kris van cleave, cbs news, dearborn, michigan. >> pelley: and those are the sounds of 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
a powerful storm hits the bay area hard: hillsides crumble, neighborhoods flood, and drivers make some bad deci , size the did you streaks in the downpour a powerful storm hits the bay area hard. destruction with a downpour. drivers make some bad decisions. good evening. i'm veronica de la cruz. >> i'm allen martin. this dramatic scene in napa county showing the awesome force of the storm runoff. we'll show you what's become a manmade geyser. major flooding has left people trapped in their cars. crews used kayaks and jet skis to rescue a driver. north in napa county a few cars stuck at this flooded intersection. a massive mudslide crushed this home in san rafael. the house was wiped out. in santa cruz a mudslide toppled this car on 17. >> we have team coverage on the storm.
reporters across the bay area. we begin tonight with kpix 5's susie steimle in yountville. >> reporter: napa county is one of the areas that seemingly cannot catch a break from the rains this year. ordinarilily this region bounces right back but with the soil this saturated, that water has nowhere to go. drivers in saint helena look as though they are navigating a hurricane. great gusts of water rush over the roadway like this whenever there's a major storm. it's a spectacle by design. in fact, before napa built this new dam, drivers couldn't pass by here. >> the water would shootout and would actually damage the road. so the energy dissipater was built to take away the energy and preserve the road. >> reporter: where it ranks, in depends where you asked. >> i lived