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acchildren's hospital in little rock. >> this was a huge thing for the practicing last six weeks and they were super excited. so, it's just a bad thing. >> reporter: the driver told investigators she lost control of the bus. 26 kids were taken here to
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arkansas children's hospital, 22 have already been released to their parents. the remaining four have bumps and broken bones, but doctors expect them to make a full recovery. jeff? >> okay, omar, thanks very much. illinois is among several states cleaning up tonight after being slammed by a rare outbreak of december tornadoes. the national weather service confirms at least 23 tornadoes touched down in illinois on saturday. a record for this time of year. here's adriana diaz. >> reporter: a swarm of tornadoes tore through homes, businesses and trees across central illinois. and the hard-hit town of taylor ville, nor than 500 structures were damaged. officials say more than 20 tornadoes touched down across the state, literally pushing houses off their foundations. these steps here lead up to that door right there. katie and nick, a firefighter, live in the house. >> i don't know that they would have survived in the basement. it moved the house 17 feet off the foundation.
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>> it's just heart breaking to see all their things and our things everywhere. >> reporter: butler resident marvin says he saw a tornado hit. >> i was right behind it. i felt the wind forcing my car, it sounded like a train. >> reporter: in lewiston, illinois, she was in the house when the roof and several walls peeled off. >> everybody is okay. it's just replaceable things. >> reporter: the severe weather in illinois was part of a line of storms that spun tornadoes in arkansas, oklahoma and missouri where one person was killed. tornadoes are extremely rare in december, but one that touched down was half a mile wide. a siren here in taylorville gave people 41 minutes notice and that likely saved lives, but three people were seriously injured. jeff? >> adriana, thank you. a congressional source tells cbs news c.i.a. director gina haspel is expected to brief senate leaders tomorrow on the
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murder of journalist jamal khashoggi. senate democrats have criticized the white house for leaving her out of an earlier briefing by the secretaries of state and defense. the c.i.a. reportedly has concluded crown prince salamon spoke to the killers. they say he was not involved. the "cbs overnight news" will be right back.
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tide pods child guard packaging. president trump just back from the g20 summit in argentina, made himself heard today on the truce in the trade dispute with china and the special prosecutor. weijia jiang is at theth on thi argentina,resident trump said ote,ig leap forward, though line emerged. but there are signs of a cease-fire. >> and i think at some point we are going to end up doing something, which is great for china and great for the united
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states. >> reporter: the president announced that tariffs on chinese products that were set to rise to 25% on january 1st, will be frozen at 10% instead. mr. trump said china would remove its 40% tax on u.s. cars and resume buying u.s. soybeans. sales have plummeted since the president imposed tariffs earlier this year. president trump tweeted, farmers will be a very big and fast beneficiary, but official statements from the chinese made no mention of these concessions. and white house economic advisor larry kudlow stopped short of calling them an agreement. >> the history here with prisno. >>ter:today,resint iredff a counsel robert mueller an out-of-control prosecutor and saying his former lawyer and long-time confidant michael
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cohen should serve a full sentence for lying to congress. jeff? >> weijia jiang, thank you, at the white house. coming up next, questions about the nfl's investigation of a star running back accused of assaulting a woman. know what turns me on? my better half, hors d oeuvres and bubbly. and when i really want to take it up a notch we use k-y yours & mine. tingling for me, warming for him.
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is facing questions about kareem hunt who was horted pushing and kicking a woman earlier this year. jericka duncan has the latest. >> kareem is the one that assaulted me. >> reporter: today cleveland police released video showing their interview with 19-year-old abby ottinger at kent state university. she told police she was waiting out side kareemo a ride home w suddenly she was attacked. video released last week by tmz shows hunt hitting and then kicking ottinger. once that february video became public, it was the end of hunt's career as a kansas city chief. friday, the team let him go. >> they did what was right. i made a poor decision. >> reporter: and that sunday espn interview, hunt says the nfl did not interview him about the incident. however, the league said in a statement, it is planning to do so. since the 2014 video of former ravens running back ray rice became public, at least 27 nfl players have been accused of
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committing some form of violence or harassment against women. at least seven remain a part of an nfl organization this season. former ceo of the oakland raiders and cbs sports analyst amy said the nfl isn't aggressive enough when it comes to investigating its own players for these types of alleged assaults. >> historically, teams in the league have not been willing to do what outlets like tmz have been willing to do. it may be time to rethink that. >> reporter: a source from the nfl tells me this is clearly not acceptable behavior. the nfl is now investigating hunt and plans to interview everyone involved that night, even if another team picks up hunt, jeff, under the league's personal conduct policy, hunt faces a six-game suspension. >> okay, jericka, thank you very much. still ahead here tonight, what an autopsy found after police shot the wrong man at an alabama mall.
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the family of a black man who was mistakenly shot to death by a police officer at an alabama mall thanksgiving night said today a private autopsy shows e.j. bradford was shot from behind three times. police initially thought bradford was the man who had fired the shots at the mall. another suspect has since been arrested. new video released today shows the moment a small plane crashed in fort lauderdale saturday. the plane may have clipped the wing on a roof while trying to land. the single engine slid and burst into flames. the pilot and passenger were killed. one news that melted so many hearts was that of sully. president george h.w. bush's service dog in front of his casket in texas. the yellow lab also flew with the bush family to washington today, and sully's next assignment in the new year, we have been told, will be in maryland with walter reed
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we leave you with some of today's most powerful images. as america honors president george h.w. bush. good night. ♪ america, america ♪ ♪
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>> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." >> hi, everyone, and welcome to the overnight news. i'm demarco morgan. this week we are marking the passing of the 41st president of the united states, george herbert walker bush. mr. bush died last friday at his home in houston. his body will lie in state in the rotunda of the capital today. the public is invited to pay their respects. tomorrow, a state funeral at the national cathedral. nancy cordes begins our coverage. >> reporter: in a moment made for the history books, the sun set over washington as the casket bearing the 41st preside4 pren geo inside the capital rotunda, the speaker of the house paid
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tribute to a remarkable life. >> there is that image of him as a loving father, reaching out to hold his son's hand at the national cathedral after 9/11. >> reporter: here at the capital and across the nation, flags fly at half staff. the new york stock exchange observed a moment of silence for the 94-year-old, who passed away friday night at home in houston, after telling his oldest son by phone that he loved him. this morning, the younger president bush greeted his father's casket at ellington air force base in houston. ♪ the extended bush family accompanied the casket to washington aboard air force one, which was renamed special air mission 41 for the flight to joint base andrews. mr. bush's service dog, sully, who kept watch at his master's casket overnight, made the journey, too.
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at andrews, another solemn tribute from the military for a man who was not just commander in chief, but one of the youngest naval aviators in world war ii, flying 58 missions in the pacific starting at age 18. he never lost that love of flying. an aide revealed this weekend that mr. bush, who also loved to make a statement with his socks, had chosen to be laid to rest wearing this pair. after the war, george herbert walker bush went to yale university, founded an oil company, served two terms in the house of representatives, and fathered six children with his beloved barbara bush, who passed away in april. in the '70s, mr. bush was appointed ambassador to the united nations and director of the c.i.a. >> this is the course we're going to go. >> reporter: he lost his bid for the white house in 1980, but the man who beat him in the primary tapped him as his running mate, which led to an eight-year
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partnership. vice-president mike pence. >> i'm told as he was preparing to become vice-president, he once joked about the job, saying that there was, quote, nothing substantive to do at all. >> so help me god. >> reporter: in 1988, mr. bush won the race to succeed president reagan by a land slide. steering the ship of state as the berlin wall came down, the soviet union dissolved, and the first gulf war broke out, only to be defeated in 1992 by a democratic governor from arkansas who tapped into the nation's growing economic anxiety. president clinton told "60 minutes" that the two developed a bond anyway. >> it's been one of the great joys of my life, my friendship with him. our arguments were good natured and open, and we continued to >> reporter: this afternoon, members of the public began lining up outside the capital to bid farewell to the man who
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famously called for a kinder, gentler nation. president trump who has clashed with several members of the bush family, did not attend this evening's ceremony here at the u.s. capitol. but he is expected to go to the national cathedral on wednesday for a memorial service for mr. bush. >> jeff glor discussed the passing of mr. bush with the cbs chief white house correspondent major garrett and the long-time host of "face the nation," bob schieffer. >> bob, i was moved earlier by your reaction to all of this. i know it affected so many of us. talk about how rare these moments are and how important they are. >> well, i think they're very important because they're conducted in the capital which is the great symbol of our democracy, and we cannot help but be reminded that the strength of this o ovalues. it always has been, and so far it always will be.
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but i remembered one moment that was very human to me, and that was the emotion on the face of george w. bush. you know, he wrote a book about his dad back in 2014, and he said that he had planned not to publish it until after his dad died. and i said, so why didn't you? he said, i decided to publish it now because i wanted him to know how much i loved him. he really did, and his dad loved him. to me, that's the thing that i will take away from what we saw today. >> i think so. we all watched that father and son this afternoon here. major, this was a return to the capital for the president. >> yes, and it's important for me because when i started my career in washington, i started covering congress with george herbert walker bush presidency. he's the last organically bipartisan president we've had n the mid '60s. what was the existential threat to america then and most of his life?
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the cold war. not only did he preside over a stable end to that cold war, he also created a new budget reality, lowered defense spending, peace dividend and achieved so many things that are long-lasting, durable lelgt i have accomplishments, all bipartisan. rewriting the clean air act, americans with disabilities act, civil rights, all of those things achieved because he was bipartisan, not only by inclination, but by determination. >> in other news this morning, president trump and chinese president xi jinping have negotiated a 90-day truce in their ongoing trade war. what happens after 90 days? here is weijia jiang. >> reporter: after meeting with chinese president xi jinping in argentina, president trump said trade talks with china took a, quote, big leap forward, though no comprehensive deal or a lint cease-fire. >> and i think at some point we are going to end up doing something which is great for china and great for the united states. >> reporter: the president announced that tariffs on chinese products that were set to rise to 25% on january 1st
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will be frozen at 10% instead. mr. trump said china would remove its 40% tax on u.s. cars, and resume buying u.s. soybeans. sales have plummeted since the president imposed tariffs earlier this year. president trump tweeted, farmers will be a very big and fast beneficiary. but official statements from the chinese made no mention of these concessions, and white house economic advisor larry kudlow stopped short of calling them an agreement. >> the history here with china promises not very good, and we know that. >> reporter: today president trump also fired off a number of tweets about the russia investigation, calling special counsel robert mueller an out-of-control prosecutor, and saying his former lawyer and long-time confidant
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>> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." >> the 41st president of the united states, george h.w. bush, is back in washington for the final time. his body will lie in state in the rotunda of the capital today. the public is invited to pay their respects. tomorrow, a state funeral at the national cathedral. there have been a lot of stories told this week about mr. bush, but norah o'donnell spoke to three former presidents who gave their take on the man. we begin with the son, busch iv 3. >> the mission was not george h.w. bush. the mission was, how do we serve the united states? how do we help the united states? how do we make the united states better? which is very important in establishing a culture that can succeed. >> reporter: that the office was more important than the man? >> the office is more important than the man. it is really one of the most important things for americans to understand. dad taught me this, and therefore, one of the jobs is to
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strengthen the institution of the presidency, bring honor to the office. and that clearly george h.w. bush did. >> reporter: and bringing honor to the office, the institution, why is that so important? he a the institution of the presidency is a shock absorber. look, everybody president has his strengths and weaknesses. we just want to make sure the country, the ballast of the ship of state is strong enough to withstand either tumultuous times or, you know, the foibles of mankind. >> reporter: you said that watching his presidency and the criticism that he got as president -- >> yeah. >> reporter: -- helped you. >> yeah, it did. first of all, being the child of a president is unpleasant. i mean, you watch somebody you love get lampooned or made fun of, or harshly criticized. it hurts. and so by the time i became president, you know, i had a fair amount of asbestos on my skin. it didn't hurt nearly as much, it turns out.
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>> reporter: like fire retardant? >> yes, fire retardant. >> reporter: did it bother your father to see you criticized? >> yeah, it did. in the end we both knew that's part of the job, which is actually good. you know, for the country. you want your powerful people to be held up to scrutiny. >> reporter: when you look back at your father's term in office as president -- >> yeah. >> reporter: -- he starts to many people look better and better. >> we all do. [ laughter ] >> reporter: that-- >> that's the way it works. i think he'll go down as the greatest foreign president ever. his handling the end of the cdr. >> reporter: when the soviet union collapsed like so many times in his career, president bush turned for help to his long-time trusted friend, james baker. >> i, james baker -- >> reporter: george bush chose james baker for his secretary of
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state before naming anyone else to his cabinet. the two first met three decades earlier when baker was just a texas lawyer and a tennis player looking for a game. >> neither one of us had a partner for the doubles matches. and so they put us together. and that's how we became friends. we first became tennis doubles partners. >> i hope that in foreign policy we're going to make a better team than we oftentimes did on the tennis courts in texas. [ laughter ] >> reporter: together, they dea united states' old cold war rival. they also faced new turmoil in the middle east and a war followed. 1990, the u.s. built a coalition of 33 nations to push saddam hussein and the iraqi army out of kuwait. perhaps no president and secretary of state had known each other so well since james madison and thomas jefferson.
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>> and i was secretary of state for a president who was like a brother. and there was never any question about if i went out and said something, no doubt about whether i was speaking to the president or not. >> reporter: 25 years later, james baker told us that his friend's four-year term in office was one of the most consequential in history. >> i mean, look at what happened on his watch. the world changed, and we had a peaceful resolution of the cold war. it didn't have to end peacefully. it could have ended with a bang and not a whimper. george bush was the one who made sure that it ended that way. it took a lot of heat, by the way,ss f not dancing on the ruins of the wall when the berlin wall came down. and notwithstanding all the pressure on him to stick it in gorbachev's eye once the wall came down, he said, no. we got a lot of business still to do with gorbachev. we're not going to do that.
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and it was the right thing to do. and that, as much as anything else, in my view, cemented the possibility of a peaceful end of the cold war as opposed to a cataclysmic end of the cold war. >> i think more than anything, you learn from when you look at your predecessors is what are the actions they took that you admire, what are the mistakes they made that you want to avoid. they tend to be in some ways speaking to you throughco couo> freedom in 2011 and says he especially admired his foreign policy. >> what people don't appreciate fully, even within his own party, is the degree to which he had to land the plane when the berlin wall comes down.
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you have chaos potentially in the former soviet union and russia, and uncertainty in europe. all those things could have gone haywire at any point. the restraint, the caution, the lack of spiking the football that they showed was, i think, an enormous achievement. >> reporter: the author of a new book about your father and the end of the cold war, jeffrey ingles, wrote, bush as much as anyone else and certainly any other foreigner can lay claim to being the father of modern germany. >> yeah. i think the germans would tell you that. my friend angela merkel certainly told me that. and the reason why is because he quietly worked to unify germany without calling attention to himself. the europeans were very nervous about a unified germany. >> reporter: there was a young k.g.b. officer in berlin at the time. >> yes, he was.
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>> reporter: vladimir putin. >> yeah. >> reporter: he wasn't happy about the end of the cold war. >> still isn't. here's a george bush story. one of the things i learned from him is to give these world leaders kind of special treatment, if possible. and i said, dad, i need a place to bring vladimir putin. would you mind if i brought him to kinney bunk port knowing full well he would say, this is great. he said no. putin lands and there's dad at the foot of the stairs to greet him. >> reporter: as president, the elder bush was known as a master of personal diplomacy. and almost 15 years out of office, at the bush family compound in kennebunk port, maine, he still had the knack. >> i said, do you want to go out in our boat? putin said, i'd love to go. so putin has this interpreter, that's kind of, you know, didn't look much of an outdoors man. the old man opens that thing up full blast.
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this guy standing next to the interpreter like white knuckles, hanging on the boat, wondering if he's going to live. cutting through these waves, classic george bush. >> reporter: what was putin doing? >> he loved it. he's one of those macho dudes. saw spray coming across, thought it was wonderful. this is the interpreter, nerve racking. >> reporter: george h.w. bush also shared lighthearted moments with two other men who came after him as president. >> he was a good reminder that as fiercely as we may fight on policy and on issues, that ultimately, we're americans first. and that kind of attitude is something that i think a lot of people miss. >> i think that history will be quite kind to him in his presidency. >> i, william jefferson clinton -- >> reporter: former president bill clinton says he learned a lot about the character of the man he replaced from a letter.
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he read us the note george bush left him in the oval office in 1993. >> dear bill, when i walked into this office just now, i felt the same sense of wonder and respect i felt four years ago. i know you will feel that, too. i wish you great happiness here. i never felt alone as some presidents described. there will be very tough times made even more difficult by criticism you may not think is fair. i'm not very good one to give advice, but just don't let the critics discourage you or push you off course. you will be our president when you read this note. i wish you well. i wish yource ns our country's su this letter is a statement of who he is. and it's why he's a world class human being in my book. >> bill clinton was smart about how he dealt with my dad. he treated him with great
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respect. and dad is a big enough man to, you know, want to befriend bill. and they had become friends. it's neat to see. >> you can see much more of norah's interview with the former presidents online at cbsnews.com. the overnight news will be right back.
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a beloved member of the cbs news family is calling it quits, sort of. long-time reporter john blackstone, after 38 years here at cbs, he's stepping away from the day to day grind. although he says he may still file reports from time to time, "60 minutes" correspondent bill whitaker has his story. >> reporter: beneath me, the ice is two miles thick. >> reporter: from the south pole to south africa and thousands of other stops throughout the world, john blackstone has taken cbs news viewers on an extraordinary e,wo >> reporum.>> she copshow up it uld feers who take fligh >> t herse - ril. >> rep london bur in 1986, after serving as a national correspondent for the canadian . and moved easily across the map of foreign assignments. >> johannesburg, part of
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lebanon, honduras. cape town. here in ghana. bell fast. >> reporter: more than 4,000 stories over four decades, and a benefit to anyone who watched and listened to his modest way of reporting and making great stories. >> john blackstone, cbs news. >> cbs news, san francisco. >> reporter: in 1987, john blackstone was transferred to san francisco. from there, traveled the west. interviewing hollywood celebrities, even armed lebrities. >> i hear. stage right here. >> i have to be careful with the questions i ask. >> reporter: alongside the natural disasters, there was the human innovation of silicon valley that he reported on from the worldwide dominance of silicon valley tech giants. >>
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>>the kennedy center held its
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41st annual celebration of the finest in american art. the kennedy center honors. this year's honorees are pop star cher, composer philip glass, country music legend reba mcintyre, and wayne shorter. the creators of hamilton received a special honor for their trail blazing work. norah o'donnell was at the show. >> join me in saluting our 2018 kennedy center honorees. >> reporter: the kennedy center honors kicked off with a tribute to the queen of country, reba mcintyre. >> thank you so much for comforting me on the phone through my tears. >> reporter: kelly clarkson gave a passionate performance of reba's iconic song "fancy." ♪ ♪ >> reporter: followed by tributes from reba's country music family. ♪ ♪
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♪ >> reporter: also honored, jazz saxophonist. another of this year's honorees. >> always inviting us to listen to something we've never heard before. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: along with singer cher, who was introduced by whoopi goldberg. >> i went into your closet. she is the true original. in a word, she's cher. >> reporter: and honored with performances of her hits, little big town. ♪ ♪ ter:dam lambert. ♪ ♪ dyr. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: in a break with tradition, the kennedy center
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honored a contemporary work, recognizing the co-creators of the musical hamilton. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: writer and actor, lin-manuel miranda joined some of the original hamilton cast on stage for a performance. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: they brought audience members audien audience members to their feet. >> you can watch the entire kennedy center honors it will broadcast wednesday night, december 26, 8:00 p.m. eastern time. for some of you the news continues. you can always check back with us a little later for the morning news and "cbs this morning." from the broadcast sin ter in new york city, i'm demarco morgan.
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captioning funded by cbs it's tuesday, december 4th. this is the "cbs morning news." president george h.w. bush is lying in state in the capitol rotunda. the last president from the greatest generation is being honored at the u.s. capitol. throughout the night admirers paid their respects to a true american hero. she's heard the grisly recording. now cia director gina haspel is going to tell senator leaders about the slaying of jamal khashoggi. migrants at the u.s.-mexico border a s

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