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it dates back more than a decade to when franken was a comedian, and there is photographic evidence. here's julianna goldman. >> reporter: this photograph was taken at the end of a two-week u.s.o. tour to visit troops in 2006. radio host leann tweeden says it hows al franken groping her while she was sleeping. >> i guess i always wondered if i had any talent. >> oh, you've got talent. >> reporter: it was before franken was a senator. tweeden says during the trip franken insisted rehearsing a skit he wrote that included a kiss. >> he grabs the back of my head and just sort of comes in and puts his lips right on mine and sticks his tongue in my mouth. >> reporter: in an initial statement, franken said, "i certainly don't remember the alhearsal for the skit in the same way, but i send my sincerest apologies." he added "the photo was clearly intended to be funny but wasn't." later he issued a longer statement saying, "i'm sorry, and i've told and written a lot of jokes that i once thought
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were funny but later came to realize were just plain offensive." >> i have a me, too story. to reporter: tweeden says she's speaking out after hearing congresswoman jackie speier's account of being sexually assaulted as a congressional ngde. one california democrat is leading an effort to combat sexual harassment on capitol hill. >> most of you probably know me, al franken. >> reporter: the allegations n ainst franken joined the wave of accusations against sexual misconduct by men in positions of power in hollywood, comedy and politics. hoanken, who was on "saturday night live" for 15 years, straddles all three. sis behavior was swiftly condemned by both democrats and republicans in the senate who called for an ethics investigation. franken says he will cooperate. >> i feel like now the tide has changed, that there is strength an numbers, and that women are coming forward and that really the culture has changed. ol reporter: leann tweeden told us she accepts franken's apology.
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we reached out to 16 women who used to work for franken in the senate. six got back to us. they all said they never witnessed or experienced anything inappropriate. sthony? >> mason: julianna goldman at xpe capitol. thanks, julianna. in a tweet today, alabama senate candidate roy moore accused republican leader mitch mcconnell of a double standard fracalling only for an ethics investigation of franken while relling on moore to step down, lds thing moore refuses to do. dean reynolds is in birmingham. >> i present to you the hero of the day, our valiant leader, judge roy moore. >> reporter: judge moore was in exceedingly friendly company this afternoon, hosted by conservatives from across the country who thought the world of him. rusty thomas of operation save america. >> do not allow under any circumstances washington, d.c., los angeles, and new york yctate to you the outcome of
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this race. >> reporter: in brief remarks, moore made clear he will not quit. t the "washington post" has brought some scurrilous, false gearges-- not charges, allegations, which i have emphatically denied time and time again. >> reporter: but what was billed as a press conference by his campaign ended in a frenzy of unanswered questions about recurring allegations that moore had a pension for lecherous behavior with young women. >> are your accusers lying? ud reporter: the judge walked away from the questions but not the controversy. he retains the backing of the alabama republican party, but the national g.o.p. wants little or nothing to do with him, with one senator after another supporting his accusers while aslling ways to block his path hi washington. >> i think the evidence is becoming overwhelming that he had a problem. >> reporter: for the second straight day, president trump, imo had allegations of impropriety lodged against him
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e last year's campaign, passed up a chance to join the debate over moore's fate. >> do you believe roy moore's accusers, sir? er reporter: later press secretary sarah sanders came down somewhere in the middle. ie the president believes that these allegations are very troubling and should be taken seriously, and he thinks that the people of alabama should neke the decision on who their next senator should be. >> reporter: a new poll out tonight suggests the controversy is really hurting moore. it shows his democratic challenger, doug jones, now with an eight-point lead, 50-42% among likely voters in what has long been a reliably republican state. anthony? >> mason: dean reynolds in birmingham tonight. in washington, the republican- led house passed a major tax overhaul plan today, a victory for the president. chief congressional correspondent nancy cordes now te what's in it for you. >> reporter: house republicans cheered as their tax plan passed
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with votes to spare. >> we are in a generational- y.fining moment for our country. >> reporter: the tax cuts and jobs act of 2017 shrinks the number of brackets from seven to four, lowering rates and eliminating some deductions. the independent tax policy center estimates that americans who make between $50,000 and $90,000 a year would get an average tax cut next year of about $800. >> the taxes are going really es a, thank you. >> reporter: president trump took a victory lap on capitol hill. he pushed for the bill's huge corporate rate cut, but democrats warned the g.o.p. will pay a political price for passing a plan that primarily benefits big business and the wealthy. >> republicans want you to believe that their trickle-down tax break for the rich will pay for itself. never has happened. >> reporter: a dozen republicans and new york, new jersey, and california voted no today,
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because the bill eliminates the deduction for state and local taxes. >> i just have too many constituents who are going to see their taxes go up. >> reporter: but most house republicans were ecstatic, and they're now anxiously watching the senate, where a separate to.p. plan has gone through several rapid revisions. >> i say, relax. >> reporter: south carolina's tim scott is one of the senate plan's authors. are you convinced that workers will benefit from all these tax breaks that their employers are aring to get? >> if we do not reform our business taxes, more jobs that are today in america will be in another country, so the answer is simple: absolutely. >> reporter: senate republicans are hoping to pass their plan out of the finance committee tomorrow and then bring it up for a full senate vote right after thanksgiving. then senate and house republicans would have to reconcile the differences between their plans and vote
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again, a process, anthony, that the president is urging them to wrap up before christmas. >> mason: nancy cordes. .hank you, nancy. a mistrial was declared today in fee federal bribery trial of democratic senator robert menendez of new jersey. the jury in newark was hopelessly deadlocked after six days of deliberations. rena werner reports menendez considers that a victory. >> reporter: supporters cheered as senator robert menendez stepped to the podium to blast government prosecutors. >> the way this case started was wrong. the way it was investigated was wrong. the way it was prosecuted was wrong. >> reporter: menendez faced 18 counts of alleged corruption. prosecutors said he did favors for a long-time friend, eye doctor solomon melgen, in exchange for gifts. the senator's lawyer abbe lowell. en this is what happens when you put a real 25-year friendship on
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trial. >> reporter: the trial lasted thn weeks. ugy the deadlock? >> i thought he was not guilty. >> reporter: and juror ed norris says nine others in the room agreed with him. only two favored conviction. >> i don't think the government proved it. >> can you explain more? >> what about it? ok there was no smoking gun in this case we didn't see. >> reporter: the justice department has not said whether it will try menendez a second time. >> to those who left me, who abandoned me in my darkest mment, i forgive you. to those who embraced me in my darkest moment, i love you. to those new jerseyans who gave yo the benefit of the doubt, i thank you. >> reporter: menendez had one more thing to say as he heads back to washington. he said, "to those who were digging my political grave so they could jump into my seat, i know who you are and i won't forget you." >> mason: anna werner. thanks, anna. the top republican on the senate
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judiciary committee said today president trump's son-in-law withheld information about his contacts with wikileaks during the 2016 campaign. jeff pegues is following this developing story. jeff? >> reporter: anthony, the senate judiciary committee is asking jared kushner for e-mails he received and sent about wikileaks in september of 2016 as the campaign was in full swing. the letter says that senators chuck grassley and dianne feinstein also want documents about a "russian-backed overture and dinner invite," and they cite phone records they want from mr. kushner, as well. kushner is now the second of president trump's inner circle to be involved with wikileaks. thrlier this week it was sevealed that the president's son donald trump jr. actually wchanged twitter messages with wikileaks. for example, on october 3, 2016, trump jr., wrote wikileaks, eshat's behind this wednesday leak that i keep hearing about?" wikileaks responded, "hey,
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donald, great to see you and your dad talking about our publications." both kushner and donald trump e ., were at a meeting in trump iawer in june 2016 with russian iaeratives, including russian lawyer natalia veselnitskaya. donald trump jr., has dgknowledged that the meeting was set up under the premise that veselnitskaya had potentially damaging information about democratic nominee hillary clinton. also in that room, ike kaveladze, a soviet-born businessman who has been living in the u.s. cbs news has learned that he enent two hours today inside the special counsel's office, and that is something that we learned today. anthony? >> mason: jeff pegues with breaking details there. thanks, jeff. imssian president vladimir putin thumbed his nose at the world when he took crimea from ukraine, and it looks like he plans to hold on to it forever. based on the bridge he's now building. elizabeth palmer went to the construction site in russia. >> reporter: 24 hours a day in
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three shifts workers are racing to build a colossal bridge 12 miles long and strong enough to resist ferocious winds, earthquakes, and ice. there is no doubt that this bridge is an engineering feat, a really impressive technical achievement, but it's also a bold political statement. the bridge will connect southern russia to the crimean peninsula, which until 2014 belonged to ukraine. then in march of that year, russian troops seized crimea. after a hasty referendum, president putin announced it was now part of russia. at home he was hailed as a hero while outside russia he was condemned. nct even when america and its allies slapped on sanctions, he didn't back off. this $3 billion mega-project shows he's doubling down on the land grab. the bridge due to open next year
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imll be crimea's umbilical cord to mother russia. trains, cars, and trucks crossing this giant span will carry everything from food to tourists. 'sready it's a source of pride and a local attraction. at a lookout on the shore, vladimir kurilkov and his friends have come to marvel and pose for pictures. "absolutely. the bridge underlines that crimea is ours," he tells me, "and we are never giving it back." officially america is saying russia has to do just that, give puimea back to ukraine to get those punishing sanctions lifted, but 12 miles of concrete and steel are saying that's just ant going to happen. anthony? >> mason: elizabeth palmer in moscow tonight. thanks. coming up next on the "cbs rdening news," the new cars with the most distracting dashboard systems.
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"consumer reports" backs up that opinion. director of auto testing jake fisher took us out on the test track. f some of the adjustments for cis car are actually in this very, very dense and confusing system here. so if i want to get into some of my safety systems... >> reporter: you're having to d end a lot of time looking at the screen while you're driving. >> exactly right. >> reporter: "consumer reports" found acura, cadillac, lexus, mercedes-benz, tesla, and volvo are all rated as having the most distracting systems. t ght other carmakers, including ford, g.m., and fiat chrysler are rated as having the least. laneer says new technologies like lane departure while merging and auto emergency braking make high-tech cars safer, but even those are no substitute for an alert, engaged driver. >> these screens should be locked down except for driving essential tasks while a car is moving. it's not rocket science.
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you want people to be focused on the road. >> reporter: some vehicles allow only limited manual input into the navigation systems while the car is moving. but while many states outlawed texting while driving, there is currently no federal regulation of driver access to these ever increasingly complex infotainment systems. >> mason: don dahler. thanks, don. hed just ahead, a security flaw in amazon's new home delivery system. dry mouth has been a problem for me. i just drank tons of water all the time, it was never enough. my dentist suggested biotene. my mouth felt more lubricated. i use the biotene rinse and then i use the spray. biotene did make a difference. [heartbeat]
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prudential. bring your challenges. >> mason: finally tonight, the secret to living stronger. for one man, it's addition by n inraction in his case going from 18 wheels to two. here's barry petersen. oc reporter: the red rocks near denver are breathtaking for tourists, but the steep, hard erail can leave a lot of bike riders gasping for breath. >> we're almost there. >> reporter: and that's exactly why 80-year-old lew cox loves it. >> for me, i felt better afterwards. >> physically better? >> and mentally. >> reporter: is this like a fountain of youth for you? >> for me. >> reporter: they call their club "the sticky bun riders" because when they formed 15 years ago they would end their rides at a bakery.
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the bakery closed, the weekly ride goes on. through denver's thin air at altitudes of 5,000 to 6,000 feet. >> almost there. t reporter: most are in their 60s or 70s, doing this roughly 27-mile bike ride with jerseys that say it all: a social club with a cycling problem. >> i found out the secret of growing old is just not to die. >> reporter: bicycling obviously helps. >> yes. or reporter: lew's life was once sedentary. his truck driving job involved mostly sitting. 12 years ago, after retirement, he saw his son's bike in the garage and took it for a spin. now he also rides a stationary bike three times a week and even rides his bike to the gym. it adds up to about 85 miles a week, and over the years, that h ds up to enough miles to
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circle the globe. l in total i would say 25,000. it doesn't feel like it. es reporter: how many more times around do you plan to ride the earth? >> well, i want the ride until i just can't. >> look at these fit riders. n reporter: but for now, there's no stopping lew or the n ders living stronger than ever as the oldest and the fittest biker gang in all of colorado. >> marvelous, g, marvelous! >> reporter: barry petersen, cbs l ws, denver. >> mason: no riding until he just can't. lothink i would have given up after they closed the sticky bun bakery. that's the "cbs evening news." i'm anthony mason in new york. thanks for watching. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh crematorium. neighbors worried about the po kpix5 news begins with a fury over the quiet opening of a crematorium, neighbors worried about the potential health risks of living near the
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dead. geek. i'm veronica de la cruz. >> i'm -- good evening. i'm veronica de la cruz. >> i'm allen martin. east oakland neighbors say they already live in one of the most polluted areas. they thought they had stopped plans for a crematorium near 98th avenue not far from nimitz avenue and the oakland airport, but the business opened a few minutes ago. kpix5's da lin is live at the crematorium with the backlash and it's more than just health concerns. >> reporter: that's right, allen. think about this, 3,600 bodies is how many bodies this crematorium behind me plans to burn each year. they've already started doing so using a temporary permit and that's got a lot of neighbors and nearby businesses very upset. there's no sign of the business name in front of the building. you would never know this is a crematorium. neighboring companies say they found out after seeing a number of funeral home trucks coming in and out. >> suddenly they just came in sneaking up on us and not actually letting us know. >> reporter: neighbors and
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business owners fought to stop the crematorium in 2011 and 2012 and thought they won the battle, but over the summer the neptune society started burning bodies after getting a temporary permit from the bay area air quality management district. the district will decide whether or not to issue a long term permit in the next two months. >> we look at how those emissions may impact the community. if a facility is operating in line with our regulations, we are obligated to issue the permit. >> reporter: neighbors are very upset saying it will worsen air pollution in east oakland. the crematorium wants to burn up to 3,600 bodies a year. >> this is a wal-mart of crematoriums and it's too much.


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