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6:00. >> cbs weekend news is up next. news updates always on we will see you at 6:00. captioning sponsored by cbs >> ninan: moore and morals. alabama religious leaders rally against embattled senate candidate roy moore while his wife stands by him. also tonight, game off-- president trump temporarily halts a plan some say amounted to a death sentence for african elephants. it could have been another school massacre, but lockdown training saved lives. the lessons learned this week in northern california. and the museum of the bible opens in the nation's capital, but the good book's big day is not without controversy. >> reporter: some people have said the goal here is to knock down that wall between church and state. anything to that?
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this is the "cbs weekend news." >> ninan: good evening. i'm reena ninan. with alabama's special election just over three weeks ago, religious leaders rallied today against u.s. senate candidate roy moore. they took aim at moore's moral character as he battles several allegations of swul misconduct. moore's trying to retain a crucial republican seat in the u.s. senate. last night in arizona, republican senator jeff flake was caught on annie open mic saying, "if we become the party of roy moore and donald trump, we are toast." more now from dean reynolds in birmingham. >> reporter: at the tabernacle baptist church in birmingham, evangelicals gathered to reject the idea that roy moore is their kind of christian. to them, his alleged unmented advances or assaults against women onlyald to his unfitness. >> even before these allegations made national headlines, it was clear that moore's policy agenda
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endangered the children of alabama. >> reporter: the reverend william barber: >>oore imagines the struggle for equality in america as a story of loss. >> reporter: those on stage pointed to a phrase moore used tuesday night at a revival meeting in jackson, alabama. >> they started create of to create new rights in 1965. today we've got a problem. >> reporter: the 1965 voting rights act was designed to lift barriers erected by states and localities to block minority voters. >> i present to you the hero of the day, our valiant leader, judge roy moore. >> reporter: throughout the week, a different element of the evangelical ministry has championed moore and demonized his critics. >> i say to them-- and i'll quote the 10 commandments -- thou shall not bear false witness. >> reporter: and that, as
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reverend hicks said today, is the problem. >> roy moore is a dedicated servant of and is seriously infected with this false religious virus, this false christian religious virus. >> reporter: moore hasn't been seen in public since he fled from reporters on thursday, but he has sent his life and legal staff out to argue his case, which many in the republican party leadership find unconvincing. reena. >> ninan: dean, thank you very much. well, president trump is not one to withhold his views, but he has been uncharacteristically mum about moore. here's errol barnett. >> he said if the allegations are true, he should step aside. >> reporter: white house press secretary sarah sanders said it is false to suggest president trump has been silent on sexual assault allegations against roy moore and denies the president is setting a double standard by only tweeting criticism of democratic senator al franken for allegations he faces for sexual harassment.
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leann tweeden, who accused franken of unwanted sexual advances, read out loud a handwritten senator he received from the senator on friday. >> there is no excuse." >> reporter: hillary clinton aimed to highlight distinctions between democratic and republican responses to misconduct claims. >> reporter: president trump responded today tweeting: "clinton just can't stop" and that she should "get on with her life." meanwhile, the senate judiciary committee is requesting documents from president trump's adviser and son-in-law jared kushner related to a "russian backdoor overture and dinner invite during the campaign." cbs news has learned that message was forwarded to kushner and he declined the meeting. reena. >> ninan: errol, thank you. well, president trump this weekend put a temporary stop on a controversial plan that some said amounted to a death
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sentence for african elephants. roxana saberi is following this. >> reporter: face faced with growing outrage over a move that would have lifted a ban on imports of elephant trophy from two african countries, the trump administration is back down for now. on friday the president tweeted he's putting the decision "on hold until such times a review all conservation facts." his statement came just a day after the fish and wildlife service announced it would reverse an obama-era ban on parts of elephants shot for sport in zimbabwe, scooiting improved conservation efforts. >> he's encouraging americans to kill elephants. >> reporter: the news sparked backlash from celebrities, including ellen degeneres. >> and we owe it to them to protect them. >> reporter: the anger spread online through the #bekindtoelephants. animal rights groups argue the
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ban has helped protect africa's endangered elephants. and the humane society of the united states found that after the ban was put in place in 2014, imports of elephant trophies from zimbabwe fell dramatically. >> trophy hunting is a declining, diminishing, increasingly disfavored activity. >> reporter: the organization's president, pacelle, is welcoming president trump's announcement to delay a decision on lifting the ban, but says the ban should be permanent. >> why would we add more death and suffering to elephant communities when they're already besieged by poachers? >> reporter: pacelle says an elephant can generate over $1 million in revenues through tourism. on the other hand, reena, he says selling a dead elephant's tusk brings in only around $20,000. >> ninan: so many people glad he's reconsidering this one. leaders of zimbabwe's ruling party are said to be making plans to oust longtime president robert mugabe. on sunday, mugabe will meet with military leaders who are trying
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to force him out. an impeachment vote could come as early as next week. debora patta is monitoring the political crisis from south africa. >> reporter: scenes like this would have been unthinkable a week ago. tens of thousands of euphoric zimbabweans took to the streets demanding robert mugabe's resignation. >> it's about the new beginning for us, about the end of terror and rule. >> it's time for the masses of the zimbabwe to say mugabe must go and must go, like, yesterday. >> reporter: the army seized power days ago and placed him under house arrest. but mugabe, who ruled zimbabwe by fear for 37 years, is not going quite so easily. in an attempt to pretend it was business as usual are, he attended a university graduati graduation-- friday but battled on stay weak. 93 years old and in failing health, the man once revered by many as a liberation hero is now
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regarded by his critics as a brutal tyrant who rab the country into the ground. sending out bands of thugs who seized white-owned farms, drove off owners, killed livestock, and then left the land fallow. the economy went into freefall. the zimbabwean dollar was printed in denomination of billions. despite this, mugabe's grip on power seemed ironclad. but it was his insistence on pushing his controversy wife, grace mugabe, as his successor that was his unidoing. known as can the giewch" for her lavish shopping spreez, she is deeply unpopular in zimbabwe. deserted by his allies and virtually powerless, it's understood mugabe wantes more time before he goes, but the military and the ruling zanu-pf party appeared determined to force him out before weekend is over. reena. >> ninan: debora, thank you so much. rough weather off the coast of
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argentina is slowing the search for a missing submarine. the argentine military submarine, named the "san juan," has not been heard from since wednesday. it was traveling up the coast between naval bases with 44 crew members aboard. the diesel and elect-powered sub is more than 200 feet long and 30 years old. the u.s. navy and nasa are helping in the search. in the suburbs of pittsburgh, pennsylvania, an intense manhunt is under way for a cop killer. 25-year-old rookie officer brian shaw was gunned down last night. he was chasing a suspect on foot after a traffic stop. and in boom, the search continues for the gunman who killed veteran police detective sean suiter. the father of five was shot in the head while investigating another murder. one of rock's great guitarists died today. malcolm young. ♪ ♪ young, along with his brother, angus, created the australian rock group ac/dc.
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malcolm was diagnosed with dementia in 2014, and ended his 40-year run with the band. young's family says he died peacefully with loved ones by his side. he was 64. well, winter is still a month away, but ski resorts are open this weekend around lake tahoe and the sierra nevada. some resorts got more than three feet of snow in the past two days. if it snows as much as it did last winter, some mountains will stay open well past the fourth of july. coming up next, the training that saved lives this week when a gunman set his sights on a school. and later, a new industry is forged in coal country-- computer coding.
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>> ninan: five people were killed this past weekend when a gunman went on a rampage in the northern california town of rancho tehama. jamie yuccas now on the training at an elementary school that saved lives. >> reporter: the tragic screens too familiar-- a gunman shooting up a school, leaving
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everyone heartbroken. columbine high school in 1999, virginia tech in 2007, sandy hook elementary in 2012. but this week, when a man with a gun started firing at rancho tehama elementary school, the outcome was different. >> a crazed shooter bent on evil failed. and that's the victory. >> reporter: that victory took practice. school district superintendent rick fitzpatrick believes it was repeated descrilz at his school that saved lives. >> it's something we've been doing in schools for years now, and we take it very seriously. >> reporter: when the school's secretary heard gunshots nearby, she immediately signaled students to get off the playground and hide under their desks. >> we didn't have macho warriors that stood up against a shooter. we had men and women who dug deep in their heart and found some strength to do the right thing and be selfless.
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>> reporter: and protect those kids? >> yes. >> reporter: first- and second-grade teacher gen vervolman, helped the kids get to safety. >> we did what we're trained to do, and our job is to protect those kids, and they did something that's out of the norm for them, and they're the heroes. >> reporter: one six-year-old alejandro hernandez, remains hospitalized after being shot through his classroom hall. >> he weighs heavy in my heart right now. >> reporter: hernandez is expected to be okay. in all, there were seven crime scenes. the two neighbors killed had fueledded with the shooter in the past and were shot returning home from dropping a child off at the school. 25 minutes of terror has left the town of about 1500 people grieving. those injured and killed ranged in age from six to 68. >> i do think that we need to focus on hope because i think that hope and love and care for our kids and high professionalism will defeat evil every time. >> ninan: jamie yuccas
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reporting. up next, a farther's worst nightmare. he dreams of his daughter's death and then she disappears. "48 hours" investigates.
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>> ninan: tonight on "48 hours," a father in texas dreams that his daughter's been killed. then she disappears. the father's convinced the boyfriend had something to do with it. maureen maher investigates. >> i remember having a nightmare that jessie was-- was killed, and when i woke up, it was just a dream. >> reporter: gary bardwell knew it was more than a dream. it was an omen. >> and i felt it. >> reporter: in may 2016, jessie vanished from her home in richardson, texas where she'd been living with her boyfriend, jason lowe. >> i was very determined to get to the bottom of what had
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happened to jessie bardwell. >> reporter: jason lowe told him jessie had left their apartment on the morning of may 8 and never returned. detectives searched the apartment. there was a line of cocaine on the table, but it wasn't the drugs they were interested in. it was an odor coming from the garage. >> it's a smell that you never forget. >> reporter: it was the smell of death, and it was coming from the back of jason lowe's black audi. there was no jessie bardwell, but even without a body, jason was charged with in order. >> i had no doubt that he had killed her. >> reporter: but he did doubt they would ever find her. >> there are 100 million different places you could hide a body in texas. >> reporter: the police strcially found jessie bardwell. >> and she was thrown away leak a piece of trash. >> i don't feel he's guilty of murder. >> reporter: jason's court-appointed attorney andy farkas says he is sure that jason did not murder jessie, so
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he road tests the case in a mock trial with surprisingly results. >> not guilty. >> of murder. >> the defense now believes jason lowe could walk out of jail a free man, but gary bardwell will not let that happen. >> give me 10 minutes, and a five by eight room, and i would kill him. >> ninan: maureen maher's investigation "taken away" is part of a "48 hours" double feature tonight on cbs. still ahead, coal miners who lost their jobs are finding miew careers in computer coding.
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>> ninan: the coal industry has lost more than 40% of its workforce in recent years. out-of-work miners have had to find jobs in other fields. weija jiang tells us about a program in west virginia that has miners carving out new careers in the bedrom of the industry. >> reporter: in boone county,
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west virginia, coal mining has provided work for seven generations of billy jack buzzard's family. when did you become a coal miner? >> 18 years old. >> reporter: right out of high school. >> yes, ma'am. >> reporter: three years another buzzard lost his job at this coal plant. >> it was horrible, you know. i-- i got laid off, lost my vehicle, lost my house. >> reporter: did you have a plan "b"? >> no, there was no plan "b." >> reporter: but the 29-year-old found one in june, swapping his hard hat for a laptop. >> you go to this website. >> reporter: he was accepted into a free training program called "mind mines" that teaches former coal miners to become computer coders, creating apps, websites and games. >> this automatics all that. >> reporter: founder amanda laucher started the nonprofit in pennsylvania in 2015 because her younger brother was worried about losing his coal mining job. >> in just a few months we realized oh, my gosh, they're actually really good pd they're going off and learning stuff i didn't even know yet. >> reporter: u.s. senator joe
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manchin invited the group to his state. >> we saw that and we called them and said, "would you come to our jobs fair?" >> reporter: manchin helped mind mines establish headquarters with federal grants. do you think coding is a game changer for west virginia? >> i think it gives us a chance to diversify ourselves and be something people think we're not. >> reporter: manchin points out modern mining and coding requires similar skills, especially in math and member solving. >> we're not a bunch of idiots out here. we're not a bunch of hillbillys. we're not a bunch of hill jacks. there are some very smart individuals here. >> reporter: buzzard's ultimate goal-- helping turn his home from coal country to code country. weija jiang, cbs news, clendenine west virginia. >> ninan: when we return, the museum of the bible opened to the public today. we'll show you what's inside.
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>> ninan: well, we end tonight
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at the museum of the bible just blocks from the u.s. capitol building in washington, d.c. it opened to the public today, and chip reid tells us about the revelations inside and the controversy that the museum is also facing. >> reporter: you're going to have a lot of sore necks in this place. at 140 feet long and 40 feet high, this digital ceiling makes for a spectacular entrance. but first, visitors will pass through these 16-ton, 37-foot-tall bronze doors with text from the "book of genesis." with eight levels of 22-foot-high ceilings, the museum is the equivalent of a 17-story building. so this is the whole bible from first page to the last. >> first page to the last. >> reporter: cary summers is the museum's president. >> we wanted something close to the mall. we didn't pick this building, unlike some have said, because we're close to the capitol. >> reporter: some 51,000 donors contributed to the construction of the museum, but the largest and most controversial donor is hobby lobby, the arts and crafts chain founded by the conservative christian green family.
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this is not the steve green museum of the bible. >> it's not. >> reporter: steve green is the president of hobby lobby, which has amassed over 40,000 ancient biblical artifacts, one of the largest private biblical collections in the world, about 1,000 of them from dead sea scrolls to bibles will be on display here. the collection itself has been the subject of troaferls troes. this summer, hobby lobby agreed to forfeit thousands of pieces from its collection and pay $3 million after it was discovered the items had been smuggled into the u.s. from the middle east. >> obviously, mistakes happened, and we were willing to pay the fine. >> reporter: green insists that the museum does not approach the bible from a particular viewpoint. u.s. capitol is over your shoulder. some people have said the goal here is to knock down that wall between church ask state. anything to that? >> well, no, because i think there is a separate role for the church and the state, and it's not the state's role to espouse a faith. >> reporter: you have said that americans are as ignorant of the bible now as they have
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ever been. >> i believe that they are. and i think primarily because we don't teach it in our schools, as we once did. >> you get to learn history through soog it, feeling it, and it's just amazing. >> reporter: there is a higher calling here to cutting edge technology and special effects. >> this is so cool. >> reporter: hob aboard the flyboard theater and experience the sensation of flying through washington, d.c. >> indeed, i tremble for my country. >> reporter: view the scripture passages inscribed on federal buildings. >> it's awesome to see the influence that christianity has had in this country. >> reporter: the museum invites you to walk through the history of the bible. the olive trees in this village of nazareth are modeled after the biblical garden of gethsemane. >> you believe the bible is good for the world. >> i do. the good, the bad, and the ugly and you make up your own mind. >> reporter: chip reid, cbs news, washington. >> reporter: that's the cbs weekend news for this saturday.
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i'm reen a bay you see the dad asking for help in the window, his hand was going like this, it was really terrifying. >> at 6:00, a fire ripped through a south bay apartment building. killing three people. and trapping a family inside. good evening, i'm brian hackney. >> i'm juliette goodrich. >> the three alarm blaze happened in the 500 block of ninth street just before dawn not far from campus. we have more on how neighbors tried to help. >> someone is trapped. it is an apartment building. >> reporter: firefighters new instantly this would be no ordinary fire for them. >> two-story family dwelling. i got flames showing from the second floor balcony. >> reporter: they were battling the flames and the clock. racing to rescue the family trapped inside the burning
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building. >> just calling fire, fire, fire. >> next door neighbor joemar lexa, banged on the doors to warn neighbors of the fire but could open only look helplessly as the flames trapped the family in the upstairs apartment where the blaze began. >> the dad was asking for help in the upstairs window, his hands going like this, it was terrifying. >> firefighters removed four people from the apartment. one is critical and three simply didn't make it. >> i'm kind of broken up right now. just there's no words to say how i feel right now. >> inside the burnt blackened apartment, there was little the flames left untouched. arson investigators are trying to figure out the how and why of a tragedy. >> we currently have our arson investigators on the scene for the fire cause and the origin. >> in san jose, devon feely, kpix 5. >> and an attempt


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