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>> o'donnell: breaking news-- an outbreak of tornadoes in the south and midwest, 100 million people are in the path of severe storms. also tonight, new screening rules at airports as the holiday getaway begins. the clock ticking as delivery companies struggle with record demand. kids in campaign ads. >> i'll use my own server and no one will be the wiser! >> o'donnell: but did a cartoon parody cross the line? >> all of us learned in kindergarten don't hit little girls. >> o'donnell: and bigger, brighter, louder-- it's christmas to the extreme. ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell. >> o'donnell: good evening. scott is off. i'm norah o'donnell. as many as 10 tornadoes have
been reported as severe storms threatening nearly a third of the country. >> i can see the debris. >> o'donnell: this was the frightening scene this afternoon as a large tornado plowed through clarksdale, mississippi. it appeared to be on the ground for about 10 minutes. the twister blew a tractor trailer off the road and damaged homes. tornado watches and warnings have been issued in at least 10 state. eric fisher, chief meteorologist at our sister station wbz in boston is track the storm. >> a very violent evening of storms we've seen develop in a very unusually warm and humid air mass. the storms racing off to the north and east, the storm motion at 60 miles per hour at times. they are moving very fast. several tornadoes spread out over a wide area, some all the way up into illinois, eastern parts of iowa, into indiana, including the town of santa claus had a tornado warning earlier on today. the strongest tornadoes so far have been in northern mississippi, very violent storms, some of the damage reports coming in right now.
we have seen trees snapped off, some tractor trailers flipped because of these tornadoes and there are still several on the ground. so a very damaging night is expected here as they continue to race northeastward. we have tornado watches anywhere from eastern iowa stretching all the way down to the coast. a long night for us here. vigilance for everyone in the threat area, night time tornadoes very dangerous, and this is covering a very large region, not just tornadoes but also the threat of damaging wind gusts. they'll be racing off towards the east. the good news here, norah, as we head into tomorrow severe threat will start to go down. the story will be the record heat along the east coast. >> o'donnell: already eric fisher. thank you so much. all of this comes as the holiday getaway kicks into high gear. more than 100 million americanss are expected to 50 miles between now and next weekend. more passengers will have to go through full body scanners. many requests for pat-downs will be declined. here's jeff pegues.
>> the new guidelines mean more passengers will likely go through the full body scanners and some requests for pat-downs will be declined. this document, obtained by cbs news, says t.s.a. officers can now direct mandatory body scanner screening for some passengers when warranted by security considerations. the change reflects an airport security overhaul under way since last summer after several government watchdog reports found widespread technology and human failures in the system. the d.h.s. inspector general says his investigators were able to smuggle mock explosives or weapons through checkpoints 95% of the time. in another investigation, t.s.a. officers failed to respond properly after being alerted by scang equipment. inspector general john roth testified before congress in november. >> and the test results were disappointing and troubling. we ran multiple tests using different concealment methods at eight different airports. >> reporter: u.s. officials
are especially concerned about explosives brought on board. in late october, isis claimed responsibility for the bomb that brought down the russian metrojet plane in egypt. in 2001, richard reid tried to light a bomb embedded in his shoe on a flight headed to miami. u.s. authorities say this is what the explosion would have been like had the bomb worked. t.s.a. officials say workers have been retrained and procedures corrected. t.s.a. officials also say the new procedures will not affect the vast majority of passengers. norah, at airports across the northeast, the weather did cause some delays and cancellations but there were no major security issues reported. >> o'donnell: all right, jeff pegues. thank you. protesters from the black lives matters group disrupted travel today at the main airport in minneapolis. they're demanding charges against the police officer who shot jamar clark to death last month. in los angeles, demonstrators from the group blocked the 405
freeway near the airport. the vast majority of holiday travelers will be driving and they're paying a lot less for gas this season. >> reporter: at this rest stop in richfield, new jersey, we found the wolf family of six from brookhaven, mississippi. they've already logged 18 hours on the road. dad nick wolf says their final stop is vermont. >> everybody is doing great. we have a dvd player installed in the van so that's helped a lot. been watching a lot of movies. it's great. >> where are we go? >> reporter: for alex spear and his family from boston, highway driving has been great for the wallet even if it meant nearly running out of gas. >> we tried to make it to new jersey without stopping to get cheaper gas prices so we're running on just about empty. >> reporter: accord to a.a.a., the record 91 million people hitting the road is nearly two million more than last year. cheap gas may be fueling the increase, an average $2 a gallon, down 37 cents from last
year pain family of five driving a minivan from new york to miami is paying $130 one way, a savings of $80 from two years ago. robert sinclair is from a.a.a. >> this is the second year in a row we're seeing more people travel than the year before and as the economy comes back and incrementally we're seeing the numbers of those who are traveling increase incrementally as well. >> reporter: at new york's penn station, one of amtrak's busiest hubs, national guard and bomb-sniffing dogs walked among the crowd. we found jane and her family as they were boarding an eight-hour trip to virginia. >> we just didn't want to get in the car and deal with the headache of traffic. the train you can get up and walk and around have a snack, play cards, that's great. >> reporter: norah, in case you're wondering how to avoid the headaches that come with traffic, according to a.a.a., the best days to travel are christmas day and new year's day. >> o'donnell: today a new jersey grand jury indicted a truck driver for manslaughter in the crash that seriously injured
comedian tracy morgan. the crash last year on the new jersey turnpike killed one of morgan's friends. an investigation ed truck driver kevin roper had not slept in 28 hours before the crash. today, federal investigators said an eighth death in this country is likely linked to detective airbags manufactured by takata. the victim was a teenaged driver who died after a crash in pittsburgh in july. also today, manufacturers added more vehicles to its recall list. the airbags can explode on impact, sending metal into drivers and passengers. so for the full recall list, go to ourselves web site, cbsnews.com, for more information. it's crunch time in the shipping industry. the postal service, fedex, and ups expect to make about 1.5 billion deliveries this holiday season. carter evans shows us how they plan to get it done in time. >> reporter: less than two days before christmas, shipping companies are getting creative to get packages delivered on time.
fedex and ups are even resorting to rental trucks. edgar pleitez is a u-haul dealer. >> they're shipping so much they don't have enough vehicles so they came to us. >> reporter: the shipping companies are recovering from a rough start to the holiday season. many were caught offguard by larger-than-expected cyber monday sales. deliveries were 20% slower than last year. some shippers were hurt by retailers' promises of guaranteed deliveries. >> they are doing sis service to the consumer. satish jindal is president of ship matrix, a company that traction on-time delivery performance. >> they may be taking a day or two before giving it to the carrier. >> reporter: shipping companies hired hundreds of thousands of seasonal workers and it appears to be paying off. the latest numbers show ups delivering 97% of its packages on tiernlg fedex more than 97%, and the u.s. postal service more
than 99%. today, last-minute shoppers found out they can still have a package delivered by christmas eve, but there's a price for convenience. >> it's going to be $164.74. >> oh, my gosh. are you serious? >> yes. >> reporter: stacie smith was hoping to get a gift to her niece in wiemy by christmas but on second thought-- >> i guess santa is not coming until the 30th. >> reporter: and mild winter weather near major shipping hubs has been a big help this year. that's good news for people still waiting for packages. and, norah, ups, "fed, and the postal service expect to deliver up to 50 million packages tomorrow alone. >> o'donnell: that's incredible. carter evans, thank you so much. in the presidential campaign, donald trump remains the republican front-runner heading into 2016. a new poll has trump at 39% nationally. ted cruz a distant second, followed by ben carson and marco rubio. and a new fight has broken out
over the use of children in campaign ads. here's major garrett. >> all of us learned in kindergarten, don't hit little girls. it's not complicated. don't make fun of a five-year-old girl and a seven-year-old girl. >> reporter: that's ted cruz responding to this online "washington post" editorial cartoon depicting his two daughters as trained monkeys. the cartoon came after cruz's daughters appeared in this campaign ad. >> the grinch who lost her e-mails. >> reporter: poking fun at hillary clinton's e-mail woes. >> i'll use my own server and no one will be the wiser. >> reporter: at first the cartoonist said cruz using his daughters to deliver a political attack made them fair game. the "post" then retract the cartoon saying, "it's generally the policy of our editorial section to leave children out of it." >> folks want to attack me, knock yourself out. that's part of the process. i signed up for that. that's fine. but my girls didn't sign up for that. >> reporter: marco rubio called the cartoon disgusting.
donald trump, bad. jeb bush, a big mistake. with republicans talking about impropriety in politics, hillary clinton said donald trump is the undisputed front-runner. she was interviewed bid "des moines register." >> it's not the first time he's demonstrated a penchant for sexism. >> reporter: earlier this week, trump used this yiddish vulgarity to describe clinton's 2008 primary defeat. >> she was favoredded to win and she got ( bleep ). >> reporter: trump said on twitter the word is not vulg after and often used to mean, "beaten badly." he called reporting on the flap dishonest. >> i don't know that he has any boundaries at all, and his bigotry, his bluster, his bullying have become his campaign. >> reporter: in other campaign news, ben carson has lost ground in iowa and nationally, prompting carson to suggest staff shake-ups were in motion today. after a bittestruggle with his personal adviser, norah, carson's campaign management
team remains shaken but intact. >> o'donnell: all right, major garrett, thank you. one of the most solemn rituals in the u.s. military, a dignified transfer, took place today in delaware. the bodies of six fallen heroes arrived in flag-draped caskets. margaret brennan reports. >> reporter: the body of staff sergeant chester mcbride came home today. the 30-year-old georgia native and five of his air force comrades were killed monday by a suicide poarm who drove a motorcycle packed with explosives into their patrol near bagram airbase. fellow service members on the base paid personal tribute to the fallen. the u.s. combat mission in afghanistan was declared over a year ago, but the u.s. still maintains a force of nearly 10,000 there. more than 2300 american service members have been killed since the war began 14 years ago. >> i want to say she's a hero, and i hope she's a hero to all
of us, not just to me. >> reporter: major adrianna vorderbruggen, was the commanding officer of the unit which was dedicated to keeping the airbase safe. older brother christopher said she was a trailblazer. >> she intentionally would go on these patrols with her men because she wanted to show them that she would do what she was asking them to do. >> reporter: the 36-year-old fought for her country and her family. she lobbied to repeal the ban on gays serving openly in the military, a policy changed five years ago that now makes her wife and four-year-old son eligible for military death benefits. >> she inspired us all, i think, be by just being herself and being proud to be who she was. >> reporter: three other u.s. service members and a number of afghan police were also wounded on monday. norah, it was the single deadliest attack for american troops all year. >> o'donnell: margaret brennan from the pentagon.
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it turned out, but the booster from a russian rocket sent up up on monday and now coming down. >> after a moment, after you saw this beautiful thing on the window it looked pretty close to the plane, and you readied it was headed to earth. >> reporter: that rocket became the 109th object to fall from space this year, part of a steadily increasing trend. as the technology gets smaller and cheaper, more governments and companies are sending sattelites and rockets up so more junk falls out of orbit back to earth. paul ceruzzi is a curator at the smithsonian air and space museum. >> you can do all kind of wonderful things in space-- communication, weather, navigation-- all those things, and if we pollute that environment with debris, it's just like polluting a pristine river or lake on the earth. you just don't want to do that. >> reporter: the problem is mushrooming. in 1957, the only satellite in space was sputnik. now, u.s. military officials say
they're monitoring some 23,000 objects circling the earth. u.s. strategic command officials say the international space station had move four times this year to avoid possible collisions. >> they do present a hazard to the space station. there's no question about it. these velocities are just staggering. even something as small as just a couple of ounces can do some serious damage. >> reporter: the people who are generally least at risk here-- all of us here on earth. norah, scientists say most of the stuff that comes back through the atmosphere burns up, breaks up, or falls into our vast oceans. >> o'donnell: good to know. anna werner, thank you so much. one of the most beautiful women in the universe is also among the most gracious. that's next.
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>> o'donnell: there's never a silent night this season in tracy, california, where the force just collided with christmas. all over the country an arms race is under way over holiday lights. here's jim axelrod. >> reporter: 'tis certainly the season in kirkland, washington, where tony mish has put up 175,000 lights with the seattle seahawks logo as the centerpiece. the cars and commotion it
attracted caused some of mish's neighbors go all grinch and complain. he got a letter from the city threatening fines. >> yeah, i didn't realize that you needed a permit to have christmas lights. ♪ ♪ >> clark? >> reporter: ever since clark griswold almost took the entire city of chicago down in "national lampoon's christmas vacation" the dark side of all that light has been part of the deal. >> everybody, come out quick! look at the lights! >> reporter: but one look at instagram, where 1.5 million people have displayed their displays, and you realize how many people don't need a white christmas as much as a multicolored one. in shanksville, pennsylvania, bob witt illuminates his lot of of the penn state nittany lions. the blue and white lights synced to the team's fight song. ♪ i don't want a lot for christmas ♪ >> reporter: in southern california this entire neighborhood coordinated its light display.
sp in brooklyn, pascal simone has been taking his girlfriend, bianca trevicano, to see these lights for years. this year, he made it the backdrop when he asked her to marry him. >> she said yes! thank god! >> reporter: but maybe the best reminder of the special power of christmas lights comes from candy calda in houston. she wanted to create something like those fancy displays that charge money to see. but hers is free so that the less fortunate get a good show, too. >> makes my heart soar with the fact that i've brought joy to any family, be it a child or an adult. >> reporter: candy seems to have the brightest idea of all. jim axelrod, cbs news, new york upon. >> o'donnell: and a very good show. that's the cbs evening news per. for scott pel. i'm norah o'donnell, thanks for watching and wishing you a very happy holiday. good night.
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