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shooting. so i don't know if he's out here sick? you know, doing this because he's getting off to it or whatever it is, but he's taking innocent lives, and it is not fair. >> reporter: the reward money has surged to $100,000. the devastated family will lay their little girl to rest on tuesday. >> janet shamlian in houston, thank to you. the american eczema reasx m arrested in russia could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted there. jan crawford is following this story. >> reporter: the american is held in solitary confinement. >> the 48-year-old former marine was arrested at the historic
metro poll hotel on friday. he was found with a thumb drive and charged with trying to recruit russians who could provide government secrets. his brother said he was in russia for a friend's wedding. >> it's inconceivable to all of us that he could be considered a spy for any government against the russians. >> reporter: whelan's lawyer called his arrest senseless and baseless. he doesn't. speak russian well and has asked for a toothbrush. mike morel says whelan had been unwittingly swept up in the spy wars. >> i have high confidence that paul whelan is not a u.s. intelligence officer. the u.s. does not sen intelligence officers to russia without diplomatic protection. so i'm pretty confident he's not. >> reporter: what's most likely is whelan's a pawn in russia's
quest to get back one of its spies, butina. >> they want her back and they need to create a situation where they can offer a swap. and mr. whelan is that person it seems to me. >> reporter: the state department says today it is not commenting in respect for whelan and his family. and mike morel said his arrest should be a warning to anyone thinking about a trip to russia. you do not want to go to moscow right now. pope francis today accused american bishops of bickering and gossiping as the catholic church confronts sexual abuse. they gathered at a retreat in illinois. francis said the church's credibility has been undercut by these crimes and even more by coverups. officials in at least 14 states are investigating accused priests. coming up next, a gadget designed to collect ocean garbage breaks down.
it was launched on a mission to skim nearly 2 trillion pie plastic from the pacific ocean, but the $20 million boom appears to have gone bust. carter evans spoke today with the inventor. 2,000-foot-long ocean cleanup system left san francisco last september with high expectations. the plan was to begin cleaning up the great pacific garbage patch. but now after months at sea there are some major setbacks says 24 year old dutch inventor. did the pipe itself crack? >> so we see a 60-foot section of the 2,000-foot pipe that has detached. >> reporter: just before the launch, he took us out on the water, and he had some reservations. are you sure it will work? >> no.
that's what we'll see in the coming months, right? >> reporter: during that time, the device floated free lly wit the current. a skirt about ten feet deep was supposed to catch the plastic, but that also idn't go as planned. >> once it's caught we sometimes see it floating out again. >> reporter: it picked up 4500 tons of trash. not nearly enough. >> the real answer is to not consume so many plastics. >> reporter: despite these setbacks, do you think this is still a viable system? >> we are really quite close to making it work. we don't have much choice because plastic doesn't go away by itself. >> reporter: the massive cleanup device is currently being towed to hawaii where the team will decide what design changes need to be made. they plan to be back out in the great pacific garbage patch in the next few months.
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he was accused in november of pushing and slapping his former girlfriend. he remains under investigation by the league. china has done something in space that no other country has, landing an unmanned spacecraft on the far side of the moon and sending back that picture. the mission will help scientists better understand earth's closest neighbor. the far side of the moon gets just as much light as the near side, we just can't see it. police in lexington, kentucky received a surprise shipment of donuts yesterday. krispy kreme sent them after officers earlier this week jokingly mourned the loss of doughnuts in a fire. they offered condolences on social media and the lexington officers have been made hole. up next, after defying the nazis, this ought to be a breeze.
a 90-year-old woman with a heroic past is about to embark on the second dangerous mission. david begnaud takes us along. >> reporter: she is about to be granted her highest wish. at age 90, she's going skydiving. >> i'm hoping it was high enough so i could stay up as long as possible. >> reporter: she has wanted to do this since she was a teenager, when she first witnessed bravery during world war ii. >> i just remember those days. we lived in normandy, our house was bombed down, we lost everything.
>> reporter: marguerite, her mother and her mother's friend risked their lives as part of the french resistance to the nazis. they saved 17 members of the allied forces, including eight u.s. air men by hiding them in their apartment after the men were shot down. >> when they were so the down over paris, we could see them coming down in parachutes, you know, and afterwards we had the stories in our apartment, they told us how they escaped. >> reporter: is there one you remember? >> all of them. all of them. and we found out they all arrived back safe in this country. >> reporter: and now it was marguerite's turn to experience what it feels like to parachute out of a plane. >> i wanted to experience like with my husband experienced. >> reporter: her husband was an american airman who was also shot down over france during the war. now 74 years after allied air men parachuted in to liberate
her homeland, she floats freely above the united states of america, which today is her home. what are we to take away from what you and your mother did? >> well, you must always help your country as much as you can and be proud. it was wonderful! >> reporter: david begnaud, cbs news, homestead, florida. that is the overnight news for this friday. pour some for some of you, the news continues. from our nation's capital, i'm jeff glor.
this is the cbs overnight news. welcome to the overnight news. i'm david begnaud at the cbs broadcast center in new york. the 116th congress is all sworn in. and the new leader of the house of representatives, nancy pelosi, who invited her grandkids and other kids up to the speaker's podium when she was sworn in. she says she has no illusions that working with president trump will be easy. democrats control the house for the first time in a decade, and ms. pelosi is promising big changes. >> nancy pelosi, i extend to you this gavel. >> reporter: california's nancy pelosi regained the speaker's gavel today, announcing a
dramatically new direction for the house after eight years of republican control. >> keep our sacred promise to victims and survivors and families of gun violence and discrimination against the lbgtq community. we must also face the extensi extensional threat of our time. >> reporter: pelosi delivered the oath of office to the most diverse congress ever. more than 100 female house members were sworn in, including the first two native-american women and the first two muslim women. congress overturning a two-century ban on hats this afternoon so that minnesota's congresswoman could wear her hijab on the floor. she and others are under the age of 40, their youth reflected by the swarm of congressional offspring who filled the
chamber. at 78, pelosi is the first person to reclaim the speakership in more than 60 years, winning support from all but a dozen democrats. >> cooper. >> present. >> present. >> reporter: after two months of horse trading and policy promises. >> transparency will be the order of the day. >> there are three issues that we're going to take up right away. >> reporter: this afternoon democratic committee chairs newly vested with subpoena power began to lay out their plans to investigate president trump and his administration. >> you know it's been happening with families separated at the border. >> rep d filed legislation today to go after the president's tax returns and vowed to reopen a russia probe house republicans closed last year. and as special counsel robert mueller continues his investigation, pelosi today dispute the the justice department's claim that a sitting u.s. president can't be
indicted. >> democratic leaders have been invited back to the white house today for talks aimed at ending the government shutdown. it's about to enter its third week. here's major garrett with more on that. >> i just want to start off by congratulating nancy pelosi on being elected speaker of the house. >> reporter: with all eyes on capitol hill and the new house democratic majority, president trump came to the white house briefing room for the first time, flanked by border patrol personnel. >> you can call it a barrier. you can call it whatever you want. but essentially, we need protection of our country. >> reporter: brandon judd, member of a union that has long backed president trump's policies spoke of his experience. >> i can personally tell you from the work i have done on the southwest border that physical barriers, that walls actually work. >> reporter: the president and congressional democrats are at odds over white house demands for 5.6 billion to accelerate wall construction. democrats have offered $1.3 billion for border security
but nothing for the wall, a point nancy pelosi emphasized in an interview on nbc. >> there's no amount of persuasion he can do to say to us we want you to do something that is not effective, that costs billions of dollars, that sends the wrong message about who we are. >> reporter: most americans oppose building a wall on the southern border. though eight in ten republicans support the president's position. the partial shutdown is hurting efforts to keep illegal immigrants from the border. the e-verify website is down. and judges are idle, increasing backlogs. the department of homeland security is prepared to ask the pentagon to place another 160 miles of concertina wire along the southern border. the military's already put 70 miles of that wire up.
there is a deadly storm making its way across oklahoma. power is out for thousands of homes. omar villafranca is on that story. >> reporter: freezing rain and snowfall have created treacherous travel conditions across the south. government buildings and schools shutdown as a winter storm warning is in effect through tomorrow. in oklahoma, at least four people died in weather-related crashes. slick roads caused a 21-car pileup in tulsa last night that september sent at least two people to the hospital. and in wichita falls, texas, icy roads caused cars to veer out of control and flip over. up to six inches of snow has fallen in shamrock, texas, making some roads too dangerous to navigate. one good samaritan pulled a vehicle out of a ditch and almost causedal urgin people to stay off the roads.
tracy terrell with the oklahoma department of transportation says his crew started spreading salt on the roads on new year's day in preparation for the storm. how quickly do conditions change? >> in the beginning of the storm there's spotty showers. they can change pretty quickly. within a half-mile or mile. >> reporter: that quick. >> yeah. to moscow now. bail has been denied for a former u.s. marine who is jailed there on charges of espionage. the family of paul whelan insist the charges are bogus and was only in troirussia to attend a wedding. >> reporter: paul whelan is expected to remain until at least february in this russian prison where he's being held in solitary confinement. arresthe historic metropoll hotel in moscow friday. he was found with a thumb drive and charged with trying to
recruit russians who could provide government secrets. his brother says he was in russia for a friend's wedding. >> it's inconceivable to all of us that he could be considered a spy for any government against the russians. >> reporter: whelan's lawyer says he does not speak russian well and has asked for a russian-speaking cellmate as well as a change of clothes and toothbrush. mike morel said whelan had been unwittingly swept up in the spy wars. >> i have high confidence that paul whelan is not a u.s. intelligence officer. the u.s. does not send intelligence officers to russia without diplomatic protection. so i'm pretty confident he's not. >> reporter: what's most likely is whelan's a pawn in russia's play to get back one of its spies, maria butina.
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this is the "cbs overnight news." nancy pelosi, the new speaker of the house of representatives says, and these are her words now, there is no amount of persuasion president trump can use on her that will get her to fund his long-promis long-promised border wall. that means the government shutdown could go down for a while. there is already a barrier that runs about 700 miles along the mexican border. it might come down to how you define wall. >> reporter: president trump and his allies have accused democrats of flip-flopping on border security, voting in favor of a wall in 2006 and now
opposing one. mr. trump's big, beautiful wallewall sws idea would be expensive and infective. barriers like these might seem like a prototype of president trump's ball. they're a sampling of what's lar in place along the u.s./mexico border. you'll find shorter barriers like these. all part of the secure fence act, a 2006 political compromise on immigration, signed by president bush and signed by 90 democratic members of congress. it included two layers of reinforced fencing and barriers along roughly 700 miles of border from california to texas. among the senators who backed it, barack obama, hillary clinton, and current minority leader, chuck schumer. >> the fence is now basically complete! >> reporter: a 2007 republican amendment gave the department of homeland security control over where to build the barriers.
and since much of the rest of the border is protected by natural barriers like rivers, america's great controversy was over. >> i will build the greatest wall you've ever seen. >> reporter: or so it seemed. >> who's going to pay for the wall! >> reporter: president trump's comments on the length. >> we need really a thousand miles. >> reporter: height. >> the wall just got ten feet higher. >> reporter: and design in his wall have varied widely since 2015. so widely, there's no telling what he'll accept in the end. >> it get higher and higher and higher every time somebody says i'm not going to build it. >> so the standoff and shutdown continues. president trump officially defined the wallace as an impassable physical barrier. that definition might also describe the new democratic congress. so for years now, security
experts have been sounding the alarm about the vulnerability of our power grid. they claim nations or hackers can hack into the grid. errol barnett takes a look at a plant in new york. >> cyber security firms are tracking an increased number of attempts of hacking. meanwhile, our homes are linked to the grid through smart thermostats and other connected devices. so to see what the risks are, i explored new york state as high-tech utility infrastructure which is becoming more reliant on artificial intelligence to see how our grid is protected from attack. >> we are now layering new technologies to this system that was built back in the 1960s. >> reporter: old school hydropower is getting a new school upgrade thanks to artificial intelligence. it harnesses the energy of the
niagara river. and now the new york power authority is connecting this plant and miles of transmission lines with tens thousands of sensors which can essentially think. >> if there are anomalies, or if the temperature is outsides range of design this sensors will communicate automatically to our integrated smart operations center. >> reporter: the a.i. network reaches state wide, warning not only of problems on the grid but predicting where unscheduled maintenance is needed. the aim is to lower costs and pass savings on to customers. with all data verified here by computer engineers. >> you also have the increase in potential risks from cyberattacks. how do you protect against that? >> absolutely. we have to think about cyber at every step of the process. we have to incorporate cyber
defenses in every step of the software and hardware that we're putting together. >> there's more risk than we've ever had before. >> reporter: rob lee spent most of his military career at the national security agency and now runs his own consulting firm. after sounding the alarm about weaknesses to the grid to congre congress. >> the communication paths might open up paths for add ver tear ey ys to take advantage of as well. >> reporter: he says the 2015 attack was made possible by a simple internet connection. >> they de-energized portions of the grid. >> reporter: lee warns ai without highly-skilled humans involved is risky. what are the vunts it opens up?
>> you don't want your operators model that they forget how to do their jobs. >> reporter: these systems are thinking. they're making decisions. what do you say to people who are concerned about that? >> there are still humans in between the information be and the actions. so think of this, really, as a very smart decision support system. >> reporter: last year there were nearly half a million structure fires in the u.s., causing the dese deat causing the deaths of more than 2800 people. there's new technology being tested that could help both firefighters and people they're trying to rescue. here's carter evans with that. >> reporter: firefighters use drills like this at the menlo park fire district training facility to get better at saving lives. their biggest challenge, operating in pitch-black smoke-filled rooms.
we needed special cameras just to watch them train. >> you can't see your hand in front of your face. when you lose eyesight you take out a big chunk of your opportunity gather information and know where you're at. >> reporter: tom calvert says those cameras can only help so much. >> hand-held thermal cameras was a huge leap forward in technology, but it has limitations. >> reporter: if you can't see your hand in front of your face, how well can you see an image on a screen in front of you? >> yeah, it's not here, it's not readily available to you. >> reporter: the solution was born here, in the belly of an active volcano in nicaragua. a science expedition was led into the volcano. >> one of the issues was that we couldn't see where we were going inside this gas-filled crater. we were looking to just navigate safely and realized that the amazing technology didn't cut it for us. we looked to improve it.
are. >> reporter: the result is called see through, an augmented display. >> it can see through dark and smoke. the idea of putting something here so it's always on was the first step. but the second step was simplifying it in a way that is reduced and made much more simple. just edges and contours of objects. >> reporter: just the things firefighters need to see. >> just the important pieces. >> reporter: menlo park fire technology specialists helped turn it into a functioning product. let's take a walk in. oh, my god, i can see everything. i can see the multiple doorways, the wall. >> and what's interesting is i'm standing here next to you without a mask on. i can barely make it out here. this is kind of like a murky haze. >> reporter: a thermal camera mounted to the mask captures th lines are walls, door frames and even a
body lying on the floor. >> i see the body right there. >> i can't see around the room yet. >> reporter: so you still have to fumble around to get to that body, when i spotted him right away. >> exactly. >> reporter: injuries occur sometimes within two or three feet of an exit because they can't see. they can't find an exit next to them. >> most firefighters who die inside of buildings, that's where we get lost and trapped. i don't want to overuse the game changing phrase for this technology, but it is. r >> reporter: the device is still at least a year away from being available to fire departments. he expects it to cost less than each two-way radio they carry. >> certainly there will be critics. our goal is to get this technology so it's accessible to a large majority of the fire departments on day one. but ultimately, we expect that
adventurers are still going to have an opportunity to go where nearly no one has gone before, to the bottom of the ocean. ookr f you have a spare of the titanic. get a look at this. >> reporter: far from the frigid north atlantic waters that claimed the titanic, a 2019 mission to reach the ocean liner reached a major milestone this week in the bahamas. for months, ocean gate's team has been depth testing their privately-manned submersible. they needed the sub to reach 13,000 feet, the necessary depth to reach the titanic's wreck site. on monday, ocean gate founder stockton rush got there. becoming only the second person ever to reach that depth solo. the other person was james cameron. >> i was st appreciate it until i started to
come back up. and as i came to the surface and realized that i'd playeraccompl this amazing thing it was a moment of joy. >> reporter: the ten-ton sub launches from a specially designed platform releasing titan into deeper waters. >> i can't express what that has meant to me and what that means to imagine the great things we're going to explore and find in the ocean in the years to come. >> reporter: the achievement not only opens o50% of the ocean, bt to destinations to titanic's resting place and create a model of the ship and debris field. people will be able to join for a fee, $100,000, that's the inflation adjusted price for a first-class ticket in 1912. >> we expect to survey the titanic over many years.
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welcome back. have you heard about this "bird box" challenge? i had to look it up on youtube. it's inspire the by the new sandra bullock thriller and all the rage on social media apparently. people are actually walking around with blind folds on like sandra does in the movie, and the results are rather predictable, let's say that. >> just last week, netflix bragged "bird box" was one of its most popular films ever. the company is urging people to keep their eyes open to the very real risks. >> never, ever take off your blindfold. if you look, you will die. do you understand? >> reporter: in "bird box"
sandra bullock is tormented. they wear blindfolds to make their escape. blind folded copycats have popped up on social media. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: many stunts appear to have been done for laughs. others carry a little more risk. this woman nearly burns herself on a heater. >> take it shlow. >> reporter: this boy repeatedly crashes into furniture with his tricycle. and this toddler slam nooses in wall. netflix tweeted in all caps, please do not hurt yourself with this "bird box" challenge. rebecca keegan also believes netflix senses a marketing
opportunity for the movie. >> the first time i heard about the quote-unquote bird box challenge was by netflix warning people about the bird box challenge. >> reporter: bullock leads a cast of hollywood a-listers, names that normally light up theater marquees. >> i didn't think it was going to be anything like this. >> reporter: the company famously secretive about viewership figures. 45 million accounts streamed it in the first seven days, numbers that can't be independently verified. >> i think netflix wants to demonstrate to hollywood that it takes them seriously. they want to be able to pound their chest just like you would if you had a big box office opening. >> the bird box challenge, no thank you. i have enough trouble walking around with a cell phone and not walking into walls while texting. that is the overnight news. for some of you the news continues. for osack atle
later on in the morning. later on in the morning. from the cbs broadcast center, it's friday, january 4, 2019. this is the "cbs morning news." shutdown showdown, the house where democrats now hold the majority passed a plan to reopen the government, but without funding president trump's border wall. investors hold their breath after another steep drop on wall street. so far global markets are mixed. and a sketch of a suspect has been released in the search for a gunman who killed a little texas girl.