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john blackstone, san francisco. . millions on the holidays. the get away turns dangerous wednesday in virginia while hoppers dash for last-minute gifts. also tonight president trump turns his impeachment into a rallying cry. >> they had nothing. there's no crime. in fact, there's no impeachment. >> as debate rages over the next step. >> this email is explosive. mass castles. notre dame is dark at christmas. they run wild in the west while these horses could be yours. >> the horse of your dreams in this corral now. we need you to come out and pick him up. the newest gift is trending, something old and nothing new. boeing's new ride in space
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returns to earth after a botched first mission. and if christmas was a competition, this family's record-breaking light display might win. this is the "cbs overnight news." good evening, everyone, and welcome. i'm errol barnett. the countdown is now on, a record 115 million people are traveling for the holidays and nearly all of them doing so on the road. that can be dangerous. take a look at what happened in virginia today. ice and fog are blamed for this massive chain reaction interstate pile up involving nearly 70 vehicles. 51 people were taken to hospitals and two of them are in critical condition. it is a cautionary note for anyone heading outside as many did today searching for those last-minute gifts. our laura podesta is among them. >> reporter: nationwide shoppers are making a list and checking
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it twice. >> ornaments, cocktail stuff, i guess. whatever catches their eye. >> reporter: hanukkah is already here and christmas just days away. >> i have coupons. i have cash kohl's. >> reporter: if you hate crowds and traffic, you certainly want to avoid the shopping crush this weekend. experts estimate americans will spend more than $34 billion this saturday and sunday. that's 2.5 billion more than black friday. many are trying to shop local. >> i just love all the little stores here. there's a lot of little family stores, a lot less corporaty. >> i think it's more special and more of an event. >> reporter: picking up your gift in person might be the safest bet. with more than 2 billion packages expected to be delivered this season, fed ex, ups and other services could have delays. analysts blame bad weather and the fact that thanksgiving came so late leaving just 26 days between black friday and christmas eve, the shortest possible amount of time.
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santa may be extra generous this year. the national retail federation estimates the average american will spend 1,047 this season, the most since it began keeping track. erroll? >> laura, thank you. for those of you traveling, the weather should not be completely frightful, but there are some exceptions. our meteorologist is here. jeff? >> there's one big exception. that's the southeast u.s. boy, is it raining cats and dogs down there. that's going to continue for the next 36 hours. severe weather, the possibility of isolated tornadoes in florida and everything converges on the southeast coast tonight, tomorrow and tomorrow night. south carolina, georgia, north carolina, multiple inches of rainfall and strong, gusty winds. should all wind down tomorrow night and tuesday morning. the rain, generally 2 to 4 inches in florida. where you see the purple, that's as much as 8 plus inches of rain
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along the coast of georgia and south carolina, maybe extending as far north as the north carolina border. on the west, the atmospheric weather dying down. snowfall another 1 to 2 feet in the mountains. traveling for christmas eve and christmas day, looking good in most places. mild temperatures 23 degrees above normal. if you want a white christmas, not many places. very far north close to the canadian border and especially the rockies will see a lot of snow. >> jeff, thank you. >> you're welcome. we want to get you to chicago where a house party early today erupted in gunfire. 13 people were wounded, 4 of them critically. police say people ran from gunfire inside the party only to be shot outside. one person is under arrest and chicago mayor laurie lightfoot said this type of violence cannot be tolerated. >> it's a terrible tragedy and
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frankly an incredible act of cowardess. newly released emails are providing details into president trump's controversial decision to withhold defense funds to ukraine. now the issue, of course, led to mr. trump's impeachment, something he's now using as a rallying cry. our chip reid is with the president down in florida. >> reporter: president trump turned his impeachment into a political drum beat saturday night before an adoring crowd of students in west palm beach. >> they had nothing. there's no crime. there's no nothing. how do you impeach? you have no crime. >> reporter: the president has called for a full impeachment trial in the senate with witnesses who he says will help exonerate him including the whistle-blower and former vice president joe biden. senate democrats also want witnesses who they believe will help incriminate the president, such as acting white house chief
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of staff, mick mulvaney. >> this email is explosive. >> chuck schumer highlighted a newly uncovered house email asking the defense department to please hold off on military aid to ukraine. the email came soon after the july 25th phone call in which president trump asked ukrainian president zelensky to investigate joe biden. >> a top administration official, one that we requesting is saying stop the aid 91 minutes after trump called ze less ski and said, keep it hush hush. what more do you need to request a witness? >> reporter: senate republican leader mitch mcconnell said he would prefer a short trial to keep the focus on the nation's business. but on cbs's face the nation roy blunt suggested that could change. >> there may be a time that we decide witnesses are essential. >> reporter: house speaker nancy pelosi has refused to send the articles of impeachment from the
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house to the senate until senate republicans tell her what that trial is going to look like. erroll? >> chip reid, thank you for that. north korea's kim jong-un has threatened to launch a christmas gift to the united states if talks don't restart by year's end. this is the key launch facility which effectively confirms the regime's claim it tested a new rocket engine this month, one that could power a missile capable of hitting the u.s. mainland. australia's prime minister apologized for taking a family vacation in hawaii as just 100 catastrophic wildfires raged. >> i get it that people would have been upset to know that i was holidaying with my family while their families were under great stress. >> critics charge morrison has not done enough to fight climate
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change blamed for fueling these massive and deadly fires. today 30 firefighters from
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this is the "cbs overnight news." for the first time in more than two centuries there will be no christmas mass at notre dame cathedral, a tradition that's endured since 1803 has now fallen victim to last april's devastating fire. we are in paris. >> reporter: a song of praise tinged with sadness. these singers are part of the notre dame choir. they've been rehearsing at a nearby church after the gothic cathedral was nearly destroyed in a fire back in april. most hearsay they still find it hard to believe they won't be performing christmas mass there this year. >> to think that i was here last
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christmas and i missed christmas at notre dame thinking i would go again this year with no problem and, yeah, no, it's -- yeah, i can't believe i'm not going to do christmas. >> reporter: church officials say despite their prayers, they had little choice but to cancel christmas mass, the first time in over two centuries. notre dame's rector, patrick chauvais said it was only during the french revolution did services start at the cathedral. not only in world war 1 and 2 did it close its doors. they have joined this temporary home just under a mile away from the iconic paris landmark. despite the extensive damage, the french government is confident the services will resume by 2025. in the grand scheme of things, five or six years of renovation doesn't seem like much in a
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cathedral that's 850 years old. reconstruction experts say it will likely take longer. but for edwardo, it's the determination to restore notre dame she finds inspiring. >> for friends, this is like a symbol but i think at the same time people are trying to reconstruct and give everything to rebuild it and it's maybe an opportunity to go to other church and to rebuild your faith. >> reporter: a symbol of faith that is already rising from the ash ashes. now we all know that christmas is a time of giving, but if that child that you know is still pleading for a pony, you are about to officially run out of excuses. here's john blackstone. >> reporter: in a remote wind swept corner of northern california, meghan highnote and her kids have come to get a horse. >> it would be a christmas
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present basically. >> reporter: with a lot to choose from meghan got the horse. >> she's a carmelo. i haven't been able to afford one. the $6,000 ones or just like her. >> reporter: she got this mare at the right price. >> it's 125 bucks to adopt them. >> a great deal. we have some amazing horses available. >> reporter: the horses are managed by the u.s. forest service and they need homes that's why he's selling. >> there are currently over 240 horses here of all ages, sizes, colors. the horse of your dreams is in this corral right now. we just need you to come out and pick him up. >> reporter: during summer roundups on government land, 1,000 wild horses were removed, but there are more than 4,000 horses grazing here on the rocky plateau. when we met ken sandusky last year, he pointed to the impact.
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how high should this be? >> three or four inches but when it gets grazed down to the nub, there's no vegetation. it's dieing out. >> reporter: ranchers sued to reduce the number of horses and they're arguing the horses are iconic and could be sold for slaughter. >> most americans love horses and they don't want to see america's iconic wild horses rounded up and sold for human consumption abroad. >> reporter: efforts to appease both sides have fallen to the forest service. on open house tours and social media, there is plenty to look at by anyone who is a good fit. >> you have a year before you receive title on that horse, and in that time you'll be asked to show that you are taking good care of that horse. the facility requirements, the horse needs a 20 by 20 enclosure and a walk-in bar, a three-sided
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barn. >> reporter: meghan highnote has all of that on the ranch she helps manage in oregon. today's purchase is the second horse she's adopted. the horses here are believed to be descendents of domesticated horses but generations of living on their own have made them wild and now the challenge is to tame them. >> this is definitely my diamond in the rough. this will be my project for the next couple of years. >> reporter: and she says it won't be her last. john blackstone, cbs news, san francisco. the growing market of secondhand goods proving popular with shoppers. baseball's controversial idea behind home plate. and merry and bright. how one family lights up the night at christmas. to be honest a little dust it never bothered me.
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taken note of a new trend. thrifting is a new word for the market of secondhand items. as janet shamlion shows us, some of the biggest items are here. >> reporter: holiday demand for the 50,000 items here is off the charts. the company handles customer returns for brands like patagonia and rei which have discovered a big market in reselling their own used clothing and sporting goods. >> the goal is to make sure like the colors are accurate. >> reporter: kayla "d" guzman will photo this and price it at less than half the original price. >> what's the discount? >> probably 50% of what somebody would have paid if they found it like this in the store. >> reporter: andy rubin created this when he saw the secondary clothing market growing 20 times faster than the primary one. a new study shows 48% said they'd consider giving a used
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item. even more, 56% said they'd welcome one. almost 20% of what's in here is actually sold the same day it's listed and the dramatic increase in sales over the past couple of weeks tells them these are holiday purchases destined for under the tree. >> hello, dear friends. >> reporter: jamie si is a social media influencer. how would you feel about getting a secondhand gift? >> send them all to me. absolutely. i rarely ever buy fast fashion items because of the fact that it's so terrible for the environment and it's way more unique to have secondhand items. >> reporter: the shift in behavior led by millennials like jamie. >> do you see this? >> reporter: and the struggling retail industry is reacting. women's apparel store madewell sells used jeans for $50 a pair next to its new denim. >> fast fashion is a broken system. it's a way to be much more
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creative and get great value. >> reporter: secondhand doesn't necessarily mean inexpensive. luxury reseller the real reel sells handbags costing more than $40,000. >> everything we have has a story. you can think about all the possible stories that item has and the stories it will have when you give it to somebody else. >> reporter: for many, a sustainable holiday this year, no longer unthinkable buying gently used. janet shamlion, cbs news, san francisco. still ahead, touchdown for the starliner. boeing's unmanned space ship returns from a troubled mission. in a world where everything gets a sequel. it's finally time for... geico sequels! classic geico heroes, starring in six new commercials,
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is said to be good at calling strikes on the corners but less so with high and low pitches. robotic umps will debut in the minors. unlike any new ump, hope for a shot at the big leagues in the next few years. spain's christmas system kicked off with the world's richest lottery. it's called elgoro. it was a nationally televised drawing. prizes total more than $2.6 billion. the biggest winner gets 436,000 of it. coming up next for you, the new york family shines a light using hundreds of thousands of bulbs in the spirit of the season.
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finally for you tonight, there's a family in new york with holiday lights that are especially merry and bright. really bright. >> reporter: for the gay family, the most wonderful time of the year starts early. ♪ it's the most wonderful time of the year ♪ >> reporter: every weekend starting in the fall tim, grace, and their adult children emily, daniel and john get to work on their family lights display. >> they picked colleges that were nearby because they knew if they went too far away from school they wouldn't be able to come back and do this. >> reporter: to be fair, this isn't any old holiday lights display, this is the guinness world record holding lights display for most lights on a residential property.
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the gay family captured the title with 601,736 lights in 2014. >> we did not imagine this. it was not a goal, it just kind of happened. ♪ have yourself a merry little christmas ♪ >> reporter: inspired by his mother's love of christmas, tim started putting up lights when his daughter emily was born 24 years ago. >> birth of a child, oh, gosh, got to start putting lights out. i was definitely motivated by that sense of wonder that i think we all feel about life, and i just wanted that to be part of my children's upbringing. >> reporter: today the kids do much of the heavy lifting contributing their own unique talents. what's the most challenging display to put up or that you've come up with? >> the answer is ornaments hanging over the pond. >> reporter: i had a feeling. >> reporte >> that's not the first one, but
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that's the most complicated. >> reporter: the display goes live the day after thanksgiving. this year it features 641,695 lights choreographed to 252 songs, but the number the family is proudest of, $365,781. >> thank you. merry christmas. >> reporter: that's the amount of money their efforts have raised for local charities with more rolling in each night. >> it brings everybody together. you know, it's the time of year. >> reporter: do you ever think this is a giant i love you to you from your father? >> i couldn't have said this better myself. this is my dad's love to us and the family projected immensely. >> and that is the overnight news for this monday. for some of you, the news continues and for others check back with us a bit later for the
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news. from the broadcast center here in new york city, i'm errol barnett. this is the "cbs overnight news." a very warm welcome to the overnight news, everyone. i'm errol barnett. if you haven't finished your holiday shopping, you are running out of time but you probably know that. there are just two shopping days until christmas, that includes tomorrow, christmas eve. this weekend there was a mad rush at the malls. our laura podesta joined the crowds. >> reporter: nationwide shoppers are making a list and checking it twice. >> ornaments. cocktail stuff, i guess. whatever catches our eye. >> reporter: hanukkah is already here and christmas just days away. >> i have coupons. i have catch kohl's.
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>> reporter: if you hate crowds and traffic, you certainly want to avoid the shopping crush this weekend. experts estimate americans will spend more than $34 billion this saturday and sunday. that's 2.5 billion more than black friday. many are trying to shop local. >> i just love all the little stores here. there's a lot of little family stores. a lot less corporaty. >> i think it's a little more special. a little more of an event. >> reporter: picking up your gift in person might be the safest bet. with more than 2 billion packages expected to be delivered this holiday season, fedex, ups and other services could have delays. analysts blame bad weather and the fact thanksgiving came so late this year leaving just 26 days between black friday and christmas eve, the shortest possible amount of time. santa may be extra generous this year. the national retail federation estimates the average american will spend $1,047 this holiday
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season, the most since it began eeping track. erroll? >> laura, thank you. now for those of you traveling, the weather should not be completely frightful, but there are some exceptions. our meteorologist jack baradelli is here. jeff? >> there's one big exception, the southeast u.s. boy, is it raining cats and dogs down there. that will continue for the next 36 hours. overnight, watch out for severe weather, the possibility of isolated tornadoes in southeast florida and everything converges on the southeast coast tonight. south carolina, north carolina, georgia, multiple inches of rainfall. watch out for that. should wind down tonight and tomorrow. 2 to 4 inches of rain in florida. where you see the purple that's as much as 8 plus inches of rain along the coast of georgia and into south carolina maybe extending as far north as the north carolina border. while on the west coast, the atmospheric weather dying down. 1 to 3 inches possible in the
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lower elevations and snowfall another 1 to 2 feet in the mountains. traveling for christmas eve and christmas day, it's going to be mild. temperatures 20 degrees colder. if you want a white christmas, not many places. very far north close to the canadian border and especially the rockies. they'll see snow. >> jeff, thank you. >> you're welcome. we want to get you to chicago where a house party earlier today erupted in gunfire. 13 people were wounded, 14 of them critically. police say people ran from gunfire inside the party only to be shot outside. one person is under arrest and chicago mayor laurie lightfoot told reporters this type of violence cannot be tolerated. >> it's a terrible tragedy and, frankly, an incredible act of cowardess. >> the victims range in age from 16 to 49, all of them suffering gunshot wounds. tonight, newly released emails are providing details into president trump's
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controversial decision to withhold defense funds to ukraine. now the issue, of course, led to mr. trump's impeachment, something he's now using as a rallying cry. our chip reid is with the president down in florida. >> reporter: president trump turned his impeachment into a political drum beat saturday night before an adoring crowd of students in west palm beach. >> they had nothing. there's no crime. there's no nothing. how do you impeach? you have no crime. >> reporter: the president has called for a full impeachment trial in the senate with witnesses who he says will help exonerate him, including the whistle-blower and former vice president joe biden. senate democrats also want witnesses who they believe will help incriminate the president, such as acting white house chief of staff mick mulvaney. >> this email is explosive. >> reporter: senate democratic leader chuck shu mur highlighted a newly uncovered white house email asking the defense department to please hold off on
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military aid to ukraine. this email came soon after the phone call. >> a top administration official, one we requested is saying stop the aid 91 minutes after trump called zelensky and said, keep it hush hush. what more do you need to request a witness? >> reporter: senate republican leader mitch mcconnell said he would prefer a short trial to keep the focus on the nation's business. on face the nation, roy blunt suggested that could change. >> there may be a time when we decide that witnesses are essential. >> reporter: as for the timing of the impeachment trial, it's very much up in the air because house speaker nancy pelosi refuses to send the articles of impeachment from the house to the senate until senate republicans tell her what that trial is going to look like. erroll? >> chip reid, thank you for
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that. for the first time in more than two centuries there will be no christmas mass at notre dame cathedral, a tradition that's endured since 1803 has now fallen victim to last april's devastating fire. we are in paris. >> reporter: a song of praise tinged with sadness. these singers are part of the notre dame choir. they've been rehearsing at a nearby church after the gothic cathedral was nearly destroyed in a fire back in april. most hearsay they still find it hard to believe they won't be performing christmas mass there this year. >> to think that i was ill last christmas and i missed christmas at notre dame thinking that i would go again this year with no problem and, yeah, no, it's -- yeah, i can't believe i'm not going to do christmas. >> reporter: church officials say despite their prayers, they had little choice but to cancel christmas mass, the first time in over two centuries. notre dame's rector, patrick
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chauvais said it was only during the french revolution did services stop at the cathedral. not evenly during world war i and 2 did it close its doors completely. despite the extensive damage, the french government is confident services will resume again by 2025. in the grand scheme of things, five or six years of renovation doesn't seem like a huge amount of time for a cathedral that's 855 years old, but reconstruction experts say it will likely take longer. but for edwardo barrerra says it's the determination to restore notre dame she finds inspiring. >> for friends that this is like a symbol, but i think that at the same time people are trying to reconstruct and give everything to rebuild it and it's maybe an opportunity to go to other church and to rebuild your faith. >> reporter: a symbol of faith that is already rising from the
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this is the "cbs overnight news." i'm errol barnett and we've got a lot more to tell you about this morning, starting with jennifer lopez. she is garnering serious oscar bust for her new movie "hustlers." we sat down with j. lo to discuss her life and her career. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: jennifer lopez is already one of the most recognizable people on the planet. a global pop icon and a movie star known to millions as j. lo. and now engaged to a-rod, aka alex rodriguez, a former major
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league baseball superstar. but after 25 years of celebrity and more than her share of celebrity news, jennifer lopez, the artist, is generating something new. >> what if somebody calls the cops. >> and says what? >> i spent $5,000 at a strip club, send help? >> reporter: what she's generating is a oscar buzz. >> i look at your film record. 40 films nearly. been in a lot of good ones. been in a lot of big box office films. >> a lot of bad ones. >> no oscar nominations so far. >> no, not yet. >> do you think this may change things? is this the one? >> i mean, i hope so. i hope so. >> reporter: the movie is "hustlers" and her character leads a group of exotic dancers. >> got to start thinking like wall street guys. you see what they did to this country? they stole from everybody. >> the one, the only, ramona.
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>> reporter: as for ramon a's big turn on the pole, that was jennifer lopez's idea. >> i say she has to do some amazing thing on stage, some dance that is very indicative of who she is. >> when she does it, that means you have to do it, right? >> right. >> was there a moment of hesitation? >> yes. there's that human fear of not wanting to expose yourself in a way that you haven't done before and that meant in this case not just emotionally but physically. >> yeah. >> even just as a woman being insecure with your body and thinking -- >> it's hard to imagine you feeling that way? >> well, i worked really hard so i wouldn't feel insecure but i still felt very vulnerable. when you go out on a set and there's 300 men there and whether they're background actors or not, they're still men and you're thinking, oh, my god, you've got to get up there in this outfit right now. >> lopez not only danced like she never has before, she said
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she acted with a new fearlessness. >> what i wanted to do for the first time was not to stop myself in the middle of a take or anything and go, no, that's not right. i wanted to do this. no. i really just for the first time was like any impulse i get i'm going to follow it and from there whatever happens happens. if it sucks, take two. if it doesn't, great, we've got something crazy and good. >> reporter: it's the kind of confidence that might only come with age, and believe it or not, lopez celebrated a milestone birthday this past summer. >> so this is 50? >> yes, it is. i don't feel any different than i did when i was 25, 26, 27, 28 years old. i just think now what's different is i have all this experience, but i still feel youth full, alive and at the beginning of great adventures. that's how it feels. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: her own adventure
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began back in the bronx, one of three girls in a family often short on money but not on music. >> the word bills was something i knew from a very young age. you know, i remember having holes in my shoes and -- oh, yeah, but i didn't feel like i ever needed or wanted anything. it wasn't -- it was just all that i knew. >> reporter: so then when did the dreaming start in when did the thought occur to you like i'm going to dance my way out of here? >> my mom was into musicals and music so i remember being like very young thinking i wanted to be in musicals. i wanted to sing, dance and act. i wanted to do all three, be like in west side story. >> reporter: at just 26 she landed the title role in "celina" a major biopick about the latin pop star. but lopez's career soon took a turn. >> i always wanted to make a record and my manager at the time was like, well, you won't
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be taken seriously as an actress if you make a record so how about we just stick to the acting right now? you're getting all of these -- i had just done "out of sight". >> reporter: yeah, exactly. >> once i did the movie "celina" i'm like, no, i'm doing it. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> reporter: but while jennifer lopez was almost universally successful, she wasn't always universally respected and her relationships with other megastars including rapper shaun combs, actor ben affleck and singer marc anthony made her a tabloid fixture known as much for her love life as her work. >> reporter: you talked about trying not to let it affect your own self-esteem, your own self-value -- >> oh, but it did. it did for a long time. it did because i was, you know, talked about in a way that
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discredited any sort of talent i had, you know? and it was hard because i started thinking, well, maybe -- maybe i am a fraud. and i think most artists go through that anyway, but here i was it was being magnified. >> reporter: these days lopez doesn't even play the game of kiss and tell as i found out the hard way of visiting her next film "marry me." it's a romantic comedy that calls to mind her reef life engagement of alex rodriguez. because it's called "marry me" and everything else going on in your life i have to ask, when, when are you going to get married? >> i'm not going to tell you. >> reporter: do you have a date for you? >> i wouldn't even tell you that yet. what i will say -- >> reporter: protective? >> yeah. >> reporter: you learned. >> of course. i just think certain things have to be sacred and be protected and you have to be careful and
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delicate. this is not me, it's another person. it's our kids. it's our family. and i learned that along the way. >> reporter: she learned something else recently after visiting with all people supreme court justice ruth bader begi ginsburg who was married to her late husband marty for more than 50 years. >> what's your best piece of advice? it's good to be a little deaf sometimes. she's like an unkind word, people are not perfect. sometimes, you know, you just have to let it go. and often alex and i will now reference rbg, stay calm. stay calm. when everything gets crazy. when people get out of control. when there's like heightened emotions, don't go there with people. just stay calm. >> reporter: that may not be easy as lopez prepares to perform at this year's super bowl halftime show in february.
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>> it's moments, right? >> reporter: yeah. >> like you have to find special magical moments. >> reporter: do you find yours tonight? >> we're just in the beginning stages. you know, it's coming together. we have a little bit of time still so i'm not worried. >> reporter: jennifer lopez has learned a lot in her first 50 years. >> are you happier today than you were? >> yes. much. much. >> reporter: you say that emphatically. >> i do. i realize my journey to happiness wasn't about anybody else. >> reporter: no savior? >> i had to be happy. wasn't somebody else's job to love me. i had to love me. >> reporter: and maybe the most important lesson for her next 50 years is also the simplest. >> doesn't matter what anybody says. i know who i am, and that's who i have to be.
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daniel and john get to work on their family lights display. >> my daughter's crazy. she drives from rochester to here every weekend. that's a ten hour round trip. they picked colleges that were nearby because they knew if they went too far away to school they wouldn't be able to come back and do this. >> reporter: to be fair, this isn't any old holiday lights display. this is the guinness world record holding lights display for most lights on a residential property. the gay family captured the title with 601,736 lights in 2014. could you ever have imagined it growing into a world record holding number of lights? >> no, we didn't imagine this. it wasn't a goal, it just kind of happened ♪ ♪ have yourself a merry little christmas ♪ >> reporter: tim started putting up lights when his daughter
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emily was born 24 years ago. you were showing me the tree you started with 600 lights. >> that's how simple it started was birth of a child, oh, gosh, got to start putting lights out. i was definitely motivated by that, that sense of wonder that we all feel about life. i just wanted that to be part of my children's upbringing. >> reporter: today the kids do much of the heavy lifting contributing their own unique talents. daniel has become something of a lead designer. what's the most challenging display to put up or that you've come up with. >> the answer is that's ornaments hanging over the pond. >> reporter: i had a feeling that was it. >> that's not the first thing i designed but it's the biggest, most complicated thing. >> reporter: john's climbing ability has helped bring it to new heights. did you ever think it would come to this? >> no. >> reporter: emily has become the voice of the show. >> welcome to the two time world
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record christmas display. ♪ hallelujah >> reporter: the display goes live the day after thanksgiving. this year it features 641,695 lights choreographed to 252 songs. but the number the family is proudest of, $365,781. >> thank you. merry christmas. >> reporter: that's the amount of money their efforts have raised for local charities with more rolling in each night. >> it brings everybody together and, you know, it's the time of year for togetherness. ♪ ♪ >> this is the first year that he's really excited for it. as we're pulling up, now he's big enough to see it. >> see the owl in that tree. >> every year they have more lights. >> reporter: did you ever think that this is a giant i love you
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to you from your father? >> i couldn't have said it
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now if you haven't finished your holiday shopping just yet, don't worry. we have an idea for you. how about a horse, and a wild one at that. as john blackstone reports, they are practically giving them away. >> reporter: in a remote wind swept area they are giving away horses. with a lot to choose from, meghan got the horse she always wanted. >> she's a solid white and i've been looking for one for a long time and i haven't been able to afford the 4,000 to $6,000 ones just like her. >> reporter: she got this mare at the right price. >> it's 125 bucks to adopt them. >> we have some amazing horses available. >> reporter: the horses held in devil's garden are managed by the u.s. forest service and they
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need home, that's why kevin sandusky are selling. >> there are currently over 240 horses here of all ages, sizes, colors. the horse of your dreams is in this corral right now. we need you to come out and pick him up. >> reporter: during summer roundups on government land, 1,000 wild horses were removed. there are more than 4,000 horses grazing here on the rocky plateau. when we met ken sandusky last year, he pointed to the impact they're having. how high should this be? >> there are examples where it is three or four inches but when it gets grazed down to the nub, there's no vegetation left and you can see how it's dieing out. >> reporter: ranchers who lost their leases to gray's cattle sued to reduce the number of horses on the land. wild horse advocates are suing arguing the horses are iconic and could be sold for slaughter. >> most americans love horses and they don't want to see america's iconic wild horses
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rounded up and sold for human consumption abroad. >> reporter: efforts to appease both sides have fallen to the forest service. on open house tours and social media, there is plenty to look at by anyone who would be a good fit. >> you have a year before you receive title on that horse and in that time you'll be asked to show that you are taking good care of that horse. the facility requirements, the horse needs a 20 by 20 enclosure and a walk-in barn, a three-sided barn. >> reporter: meghan highnote has all of that on the ranch she he. today's purchase is the second horse she's adopted from the double devil's garden. the horses here are believed to be descendents of domesticated horses, but generations living on their own have made them wild and now the challenge is to tame them. >> this is definitely my diamond in the rough. this will be my holiday project for the next couple of years so -- >> reporter: and she says it
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won't be her last. john blackstone, san francisco. it's monday, december 23rd, it's monday, december 23rd, 2019. this is the "cbs morning news." rough landing. sparks fly from a passenger jet as something goes wrong overnight. treacherous travel. bad weather causes this massive pileup. where the roads could be dangerous in the coming days as millions head out for the holidays. and lawmakers spar over what president trump's senate impeachment trial should look impeachment trial should look like. captioning funded by cbs good morning from the studio 57 newsroom at cbs headquarters here in new york. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. we begin with powerful storms slamming both coasts at the height of the busy holiday travel season.

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