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captioning sponsored by cbs captioning sponsored by cbs >> mason: drafted by the commander-in-chief. . general h.r. mcmaster will become the national security adviser. he's man of tremendous talent hed tremendous experience. >> mason: also tonight, russia's ambassador to the united nations dies suddenly in new york. more rain brings a new threat of flooding and mudslides in northern california. >> three, two, one, liftoff. >> mason: one giant leap for the commercial space industry. a manned flight could be on the horizon. and... >> he can't be stopped. >> mason: the diminutive basketball star reaching new heights. t i always wanted to prove people wrong ever since i was in middle school.
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this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> mason: good evening. scott is off tonight. i'm anthony mason. this is our western edition. president trump filled a key position on his national security team today. he chose lieutenant general h.r. mcmaster as his new national security adviser. he replaces retired general michael flynn, who trump fired one week ago tonight for misleading the vice president about contacts he'd had with russia's ambassador to the u.s. margaret brennan is at the white house where the president returned this evening from florida. t he's a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience. >> reporter: president trump introduced lieutenant general h.r. mcmaster as his new national security adviser after spending the weekend at his mar- a-lago estate interviewing erndidates. the 54-year-old career army officer is known as one of the most successful battlefield commanders in iraq.
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eg i'd just like to say what a privilege it is to be able to continue serving our nation. >> reporter: as an active duty general, mcmaster still serves as a commander-in-chief and is less able to make staffing demands. just last week retired admiral robert harward turned down the position, but mcmaster is litspoken. his book "dereliction of duty" criticized vietnam-era officers who failed to challenge president johnson and he critiqued george w. bush during the iraq war. mcmaster spoke to cbs news during 2010. >> try not to define future conflict as you would like it to be, because if you, do you are guaranteed it will be nothing like that. >> reporter: mcmaster replaces mike flynn, who was forced out after withholding information from vice president mike pence about his contacts with the russian ambassador to the u.s. today in brussels, pence said he supported the president's decision to fire flynn. >> i was disappointed to learn
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that the facts that had been conveyed to me by general flynn were inaccurate. >> reporter: pence's trip was meant to reassure european allies that the trump agministration will support nato and counter russian aggression. nerves were rattled against on saturday after mr. trump referenced an incident in sweden that he linked to refugees. >> you look at what's happening last night in sweden -- sweden! >> reporter: but there was no incident related to refugees in sweden, leaving its prime minister befuddled. >> i was, like many others, surprised by the comments made about sweden this weekend. >> reporter: after the swedish government requested an explanation, president trump clarified that he was talking about a fox news report, not u.s. intelligence, and anthony, the swedish government replied it looks forward to briefing him ra their own immigration standards. >> mason: margaret brennan,
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thanks, margaret. here in new york russia's ambassador to the united nations died suddenly today one day before his 65th birthday. he apparently had a heart attack. natali cherkin had argued russia's case at the u.n. for more than a decade. he recently told cbs news u.s.- russia relations are probably at yieir worst since 1973, saying it's "fashionable to blame russia for everything." the trump administration is getting ready to step up enforcement of the nation's immigration laws targeting people who are in this country illegally and tightening security at the borders. more on that now from chip reid. >> we will build a great wall along the southern border. >> reporter: throughout his campaign and as recently as last week, president trump has put a crackdown on immigration at the top of his agenda. >> we will have strong borders again.
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>> reporter: this week sources say homeland security secretary john kelly is expected to issue rcugh new immigration izforcement guidelines that would authorize the immediate return of many immigrants captured at the mexican border, expedited deportation of any undocumented immigrant in the country for less than two years, and the hiring of 10,000 new immigration enforcement agents and 5,000 border patrol officers. he people are just going to be picked up and swept away without a hearing. there are going to be so many mistakes that are made with that kind of system. ro reporter: lee gelernt is with the a.c.l.u.'s immigrants' rights project. >> america has a short memory. right now we're going after muslim and latino immigrants. it used to be catholic, jews, italian, the irish. >> reporter: two highly controversial proposals are not expected to be included in the new guidelines, a plan to activate national guard troops has been dropped, and the obama
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administration's dreamer program is unlikely to be terminated. the program has provided work mermits to hundreds of thousands a immigrants who came to the u.s. illegally as children. enring the campaign, mr. trump promised to end the program, also known as daca, but last week... >> we're going to deal with daca with heart. >> reporter: he appeared the change his mind because of the involvement of children. >> i love these kids. i love kids. >> reporter: but another provision involving kids is wpected to be included. it would authorize the prosecution of parents who try to reunite their family by paying smugglers to bring their children from mexico or central america into the u.s. anthony? >> mason: chip reid, thanks, chip. deportation threatens to split up immigrant families. mireya villarreal now on how teme are preparing. n reporter: at 6:45 a.m., father john moretta is already at work.
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the resurrection church in east los angeles has served as a sanctuary, giving legal and spiritual shelter to the latino immigrant community for more than 90 years. >> every church is a sanctuary. >> reporter: now the church has an urgent mission: advising families on how to prepare for sudden deportation. >> are they going to come to my house and ask me for my papers even though i am legally here? >> we're going to build a wall. ep reporter: the trump administration's deportation policy, recent images of homes being raided and a phoenix mother separated from her family are fueling anger and confusion. >> the people are very, very, very concerned because he's o ing to make these orders right away, he's going to clean up aterything and build the wall. why should a president create such tension for innocent people? >> reporter: just outside los angeles at pomona college, which has a history of welcoming immigrants, undocumented students like 20-year-old daniella sada have been shielded from deportation by the obama
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administration's deferred action policy or daca, which the trump administration has felt like changing. >> i can honestly say i have never felt so much fear as my life until now. >> reporter: daniella and her mother crossed the border illegally when she was just one shar old. her biggest fear is she will be deported, leaving her alone the care for her two younger sisters. >> we feel like it's inevitable, they're saying when it happen, when ice comes, when the raids happen, and i have to go back to mexico and i'm detained, this is what you're going to have to do. >> reporter: you've already started to say your good-byes and it hasn't even happened yet. >> yeah. >> reporter: father john and his congregation are facing those same hardships, relying on faith and prayer to pull them through the frustration. >> after all the rhetoric, we still do not have in congress a comprehensive immigration vote. this is the solution to a lot of these problems. >> reporter: mireya villarreal, cbs news, los angeles.
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>> mason: today thousands protested the trump initiatives and what they called "not my president's day." one of the largest demonstrations was in new york near one of mr. trump's high- rises. in portland, oregon, police arrested several protesters who blocked a downtown street. in atlanta, about 400 marched peacefully through midtown. defense secretary jim mattis flew to baghdad today for meetings with iraqi leaders. he told reporters the u.s. does not intend to seize iraq's oil, backing off from a suggestion made by president trump. the u.s. is working with the iraqis to flush isis out of western mosul, an operation that could take months. charlie d'agata shows why. [gunfire] >> reporter: the new weapon in the isis arsenal isn't on the battlefield but above it. dw propaganda videos from isis appear to show armed drones dropping explosives on iraqi troops with dead center accuracy.
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as the militant group loses esound in iraq, it's been using drones with increasing levels of sophistication. iraqi tv correspondent abdul hameen zebari was wounded by an armed drone while traveling with iraqi forces in mosul. was there a flash of light? did you hear the explosion? "it was a loud blast," he said. "i fell down on my side. i knew what it was because seconds earlier the soldiers started shouting, drone, drone, drone." isis drones have also been used ca deadly effect as surveillance, guiding car bombs through mosul's narrow streets straight to iraqi troop positions. federal police commander general ali al lami said his troops are constantly on the lookout. "a car bomb can destroy a unit," he said. "a truck bomb can destroy a brigade." the u.s. military told us its
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troops have new weapons to counter isis drones, a gun that jams the radio waves between the drone and its controller. th you have one of those or are the americans helping you with that drone gun? you don't have those weapons? you'd like to have those weapons? of course. and they may need them. isis has been dug in for months in western mosul and they're not likely to leave without a major fight. d'arlie d'agata, cbs news, mosul, northern iraq. >> mason: the western u.s. has been battling the weather for months now with no way to shut off the faucet. parts of california could get eight inches of rain by tomorrow, and there's major concern whether storm systems can handle it. here's john blackstone. >> reporter: storm after storm in california have left the ground so saturated it's giving
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way, causing mudslides, falling trees and sinkholes. a 20-foot sinkhole in los angeles swallowed two cars. >> there goes a car. there goes a car. >> reporter: one of them as a tv helicopter watched overhead. today workers stabilizing the hole to begin repairs. adel hagekhalil is with l.a.'s sanitation department. >> it's not going to be like overnight. it will be probably at least a week or two, but we're going to do our best to get out quickly. >> reporter: in san bernardino, a firetruck had to be pulled from a sinkhole that opened on the shoulder of a major freeway. the storms have created high surf and caused at least three deaths, including one person trapped in a submerged car in victorville. san lorenzo river in santa cruz county is just one of many across the state rising toward flood levels. dawne harman is the county's superintendent of public works. >> there's flooding here, there's trees down there, there's wires. >> reporter: nine of velifornia's 12 major reservoirs
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vee now at average or above average levels for this time of year, the highest total since 2011. repairs continue at the oroville iom, where a damaged spillway prompted the evacuation of 188,000 people a week ago. south of san francisco, lake anderson reservoir is overflowing with water crashing over the top of the dam. >> i've lived here most of my infe, and i have never seen the levels of water being so high. >> reporter: as fast and as powerfully as this water is pouring out of the anderson reservoir, more water is flowing into the reservoir up above, and anthony, this wet weather is expected to continue at least through tomorrow. gh mason: john blackstone. a large area of the high pressure has kept those western storms from traveling east, so much of america is getting a preview of spring. for the weekend, the eastern half of the country saw record highs. dean reynolds has that. >> reporter: february in chicago. no. really.
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it's february in chicago. people are outdoors playing golf or tennis. they're biking. they're jogging. >> great day for a boat ride. >> reporter: they're boating, and not on an ice breaker. from here all the way north to canada, balmy is the word. deb mudge and mark aho from worcester, massachusetts, nilebrated their 12th anniversary away from new england snow. what did you anticipate you would see? >> piles of snow and ice. >> reporter: this is a region where walking the dog in winter is usually a painful necessity for man and beast. just a couple years ago a correspondent modeled more traditional february attire. sand of a cross between nanook of the north and yosemite sam. ducks are swimming, and unfortunately for this guy, ice is melting. one factor in the warm-up is snow. re normally acts like a land- cased refrigerator, but for more
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than two months, chicago hasn't had one measurable inch of the stuff. pete bolland is visiting from england. ma i did pack an awful lot of thermal underwear and thick coats in anticipation of a chicago winter, and, of course, it hasn't been the case. >> reporter: now the heat wave is expected to last through wednesday, anthony, and i think i can say with some confidence that hardly anyone here is complaining. ea mason: but i do miss your fake beard, dean. thanks. coming up next on the "cbs evening news," on its way, the launch that put a private space company one step closer to mars. p t, and before that? you mean after that? no, i'm talking before that. do you have things you want to do before you retire? oh yeah sure... ok, like what? but i thought we were supposed to be talking about investing for retirement? we're absolutely doing that. but there's no law you can't make the most of today. what do you want to do? i'd really like to run with the bulls. wow.
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>> mason: a spacex cargo ship is due wednesday at the international space station. vae launch yesterday marked a comeback for the private space company, which one day soon hopes to fly to mars. more now from jim axelrod. >> and liftoff. ro reporter: the launch of the
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spacex falcon 9 rocket had a little something extra for space buffs, blasting off from the historic launchpad 39a at the kennedy space center where apollo 11 launched nearly half a century ago, carrying men to the moon. >> the eagle has landed. >> reporter: but for space entrepreneur elon musk and his cempany, this launch was all about the future. >> this is a very big deal for spacex. >> mason: cbs news senior space consultant bill harwood says a couple recent spacex launchpad failures, last september and in june of 2015 -- a we appear to have had a launch vehicle failure. >> reporter: raised the raise the stakes. >> they think they've fixed their problem, but they've had two failures in their last 30 launches. they need a string of successes. >> reporter: for the third time the booster returned to earth for an upright landing. >> stage one, upright confirmed.
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>> reporter: the secret to space travel lies in reusing rockets. >> whatever you want the try to achieve here is to make mars seem possible. r reporter: musk wants to send an unmanned mission to mars in 2020. >> they have to be able to show the falcon 9 rocket is a safe and reliable launch vehicle, and with every successful launch, infidence is going to go up that they can, in fact, deliver on these big promises. >> reporter: that cargo ship that's in orbit now, planning to dock with the space station this wednesday, will deliver 5,500 pounds of supplies and experiments. anthony? >> mason: glad baby came back. thanks, jim. still ahead, a security breech as one of america's busiest airports. e. my tip is; it's hard to serve your country when you're to weak to put on your uniform. (announcer) you can quit. for free help, call 1-800-quit-now.
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>> mason: there was a security breach today at new york's f.f.k. airport. 11 people passed through an unattended checkpoint at jetblue's terminal five.
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three were identified through surveillance video and were screened when their flight arrived in california. police are trying to identify hoe other eight. on this holiday honoring america's first president, the postal service paid tribute to the 35th. john f. kennedy and his library in boston, a stamp was unveiled hommemorating the 100th anniversary of j.f.k.'s birth may 29, 1917. kennedy was 43 when he took esfice, the youngest man ever a ected president. up next, he's a college basketball star despite his height.
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>> unbelievable from marcus keene. he drives quickly up the floor and scores. >> he shoots from distance. got it! >> reporter: in front of sold- out crowds, central michigan's fa-year-old marcus keene has electrified fans this season. >> 50 points for the junior transfer. >> let me try one more time. >> okay. there you go. >> reporter: so now what do you tell yourself when you get out here on the court and everybody's watching? >> you know, when i score 40 or 50, this is basically for myself and the fans. >> reporter: the 5'9" undersized scoring machine hopes to make history this year. he's on pace to average more than 30 points per game, the first to do so since 1997. be honest, it's got to feel good going up against the tall guys. >> the taller guys think, because i'm short they can lock me up. that's not the case. >> reporter: king's success has defied odds. recruiters probably rejected him because of his height.
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but his coach keno davis believed he could dominate in a big man's game. >> maybe some of the higher- profile programs, they hear 5'9", and that's not the prototypical player that they want. >> i always wanted to prove people wrong ever since i was in middle school. >> m.v.p. chants raining down. oh, my goodness. >> reporter: is there something you haven't been able to accomplish yet? is there a certain move you're working on? >> i want to be able to dunk in a game. i get to dunk in the game sometimes, overseas, professional, nba, but i will dunk in a game one time. >> reporter: the dunk may have to wait, but the records are already falling. >> marcus keene a deep three! >> reporter: demarco morgan, cbs news, mount pleasant, michigan. >> mason: just 5'9", a little big man. that's the "cbs evening news." for scott pelley, i'm anthony mason. thanks for watching. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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access.wgbh.org the bay area. it's been a day of dramatic s in fast-moving creeks... kpix 5 begins with another blast of heavy rain and wind pummeling the area. it's been a day of dramatic rescues, homes on alert and commuters taking matters into their own hands. doppler is still showing steady rain. today's rain has crews racing to shore up soggy hillsides. the storm forces in northern california reservoir to open its spillway gates for the first time in 20 years. people downstream are told to be on alert. we have a team of reporters covering the storm. >> we begin in the south bay and this image of water gushing down the anderson dam spillway. it looms large over these houses. it's a site people in this
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neighborhood have not seen in year. all of that water spilling into the coyote creek in santa clara and it winds its way through san jose into the bay. many people living downstream are preparing for the worst. >>reporter: that's right. all of that water that you see behind me is part of the design of the spillway. it is impressive and anxiety inducing. it's these images of water gushing down the hillside below anderson reservoir that's raised fears of flooding in neighborhoods up-and-down coyote creek. >> if the creek were to overflow the fed will come right through this. >>reporter: during a break in the storm we took to the air over the neighborhood in morgan hill which runs along the creek and would be the first to flood. >> we don't have this thing happen in california. it's unnerving

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