tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS December 9, 2016 6:30pm-7:01pm EST
>> pelley: running for their lives. cbs news is inside aleppo as assad's noose tightens and the innocent flee. >> reporter: these families have been walking for well over eight hours. they don't really care where they're going, they tell us. >> pelley: also tonight, once once-leading contender rudy giuliani is out of the running for secretary of state. jurors hear a killer confess to a massacre. >> roof: i went to that church in charleston, and i did it. >> pelley: and steve hartman with a war correspondent for a war that ended more than 70 years ago. >> there are really super hero world war ii vet out there, and i want to meet them.
captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: the words are chilling. today, in a charleston courtroom, a jury heard dylann roof admit his hatred of african americans and confess to shooting nine worshipers to death in a historic black church. the victims had invited him tow join their bible study. roof is charged with a federal hate crime, and mark strassmann is at the courthouse. >> reporter: this is dylann roof's newly released videotaped confession to f.b.i. agents.
>> reporter: story two hours, he calmly outlined the details of the church massacre. >> did you shoot them? >> yes. >> what kind of gun did you use? >> a glock 45. >> okay. >> reporter: surveillance video shows lambs leading themselveses to slaughter. mother emmanuel parishioners arriving for piebl study in june of 2015. in walked dylann roof. his fanny pack carried a .45 glock pistol and seven magazines loaded with hollow-point bullet. the agent later asked, "why can you do it?" roof said, "i had to do it because somebody had to. blacks are rape and killing white people on the street every day. what i did is still minuscule to what they're doing to white
people every day." roof guessed he had killed five people, but it was nine. his rampage had targeted mother emmanuel as an historic black church. once inside, he opened fire when the faithful rose and closed their eyes in prayer. then he cautiously left the church, his right hand still held the pistol. roof told investigators, "i was in absolute awe that nobody was there. i peak out the coor and didn't see a cop. i kept the last magazine not because i was gonna shoot cops but shoot myself." >> i clearly understand the harm that he did. >> reporter: malcolm graham's sister, 54-year-old cynthia hurd, was murdered in the church they grew up in. >> this was an attack on a race of people ask, an attack on the christian church, an attack on humanity. >> reporter: we obtained that videotaped clip of roof's confession from the state newspaper's website. scott, at one point, f.b.i. agents asked roof whether he was
guilty. he laughed and said, "i am guilty. we all know i'm guilty." >> pelley: and he possibly faces the death penalty. mark strassmann at the courthouse for us. mark, thank you. well, rudy giuliani will not be secretary of state. late today, the president-elect put out a statement saying giuliani has declined any position in the administration. nancy cordes is covering the transition. >> reporter: in a late-afternoon statement, mr. trump revealed that giuliani removed his name from consideration in a meeting held on november 29, the same day mr. trump dined with mitt romney, nearly two weeks ago. giuliani told fox news he withdrew in part because of the drama surrounding the top cabinet spot. >> the whole thing was becoming kind of very confusing and my desire to be in the cabinet was great, but it wasn't that great. >> reporter: trump aides insisted as recently as today that giuliani was still in the
running for secretary of state. senior adviser kellyanne conway. >> you've got governor romney, rudy giuliani, another general, petraeus. >> reporter: transition sources tell cbs news that romney and john bolton are among the top contenders. giuliani cited past criticism of the president-elect: >> my advice would be mitt went a little too far. you can make friends and make up but i would not see him as a candidate for the cabinet. >> reporter: the trump transition team is sparking some alarm at another agency, sending officials at the energy department a probe 74-point questionnaire that asks for a list of all employees or contractors who have attended any meetings on carbon reduction and asks which programs within d.o.e. are essential to meeting the goals of president obama's climate action plan.
some civil servants fear the questions are designed to root out employees and programs focused on combating global warming. one democratic senator said it smacked of a wind chill hunt, but, scott, mr. trump never made any secret of his desire to roll back some of the president's environmental agreements. >> pelley: nancy cordes for us tonight. nance, thanks very much. today, the trump organization was the target of a bomb scare. the construction site for a new trump tower in uruguay was evacuated but no explosives were found. meanwhile, the president-elect is trying to defuse concerns about conflicts between his businesses and foreign policy. julianna goldman has more on this. >> i could sense a good rapport, an animated president-elect trump. >> reporter: philippines president rodrigo duterte once told president obama to go to hell. but during his call with president-elect trump last week, he said he was invited to washington, and mr. trump wished
him well in the violent drug crackdown that has been condemned by the obama administration. >> trump tower manila is going to be something special. >> reporter: since his election, mr. trump has spoken with leaders in 42 countries. a cbs news analysis of his financial disclosures found that in more than a third, the president-elect and his children have business or hope to expand their business. like in the philippines, where mr. trump was paid as much as $5 million to brand his name on this tower set to open next year. >> trump exemplifies the best quality of real estate anywhere in the world. >> reporter: mr. trump's business partner, can jose antonio, was recently named by president duterte as a special envoy to the u.s., potentially giving the philippines an edge in foreign affairs, even with his children running the family business. >> the procession is sometimes as damaging as the conflict itself. >> reporter: former ambassador nicholas burns teaches at harvard university. >> our president needs to be
free of any constraints whatsoever that might inhibit him from making the best possible decision on behalf of the american people and the united states government. >> reporter: the president-elect's business ties to the philippines aren't illegal because there are no laws governing conflicts of interest for the president or vice president. but, scott, mr. trump has promised that next week he'll unveil a plan to separate the presidency from the trump organization. >> pelley: julianna goldman in the washington newsroom. thank you. well, tonight, a humanitarian emergency is breaking out in syria. for 5 minute 5 years now, the assad regime has waged war on the own people who had risen in rebellion. tonight, the dictatorship is on the verge of retaking the country's largest city, aleppo. the portion held by rebels has shrunk considerably, and this is what's left of the city of one million people after years of bombardment by the syrian military and more recently the russian ally.
debora patta is with the civilians trying to escape. >> reporter: they came by the thousands and just kept on coming, on foot, in wheelbarrows, using makeshift stretchers, any way they could. exhausted, frightened, hungry, but alive. these families have been walking since early had morning for well over eight hours. they don't seem to really care where they're going, they tell us, as long as it's as far away as possible from the bombing. early this morning, there was a lull in the fighting, and that's when thousands of civilians still trapped in rebel-held aleppo made a run for it. for weeks, the might of the syrian and russian military has thundered down on their homes. the aftermath is devastating. reaching this flag means they've made to the government-controlled west. but still, not everyone is safe.
this woman begs the soldiers to tell her where her 15-year-old son is. he was arrested by the syrian military, accused of fighting with the rebels. "what should i do now?" she cries. "they just took him away." hundreds of other young men of military age are also missing. for others, it's just a desperate scramble to get out. but some are just too tired. they wait for friends and family to collect them. they are so weary from years of war. already, they have waited far too long. many of these civilians told us they'd spent this last round of bombings hiding in their basements. they tried to escape often, but, scott, it was just too dangerous. >> pelley: debora patta in the city under siege. debora, thank you. a new study about the american dream had us all talking in the
newsroom today. it says that nearly half of today's 30-year-olds are making less money than their parents did. here's jim axelrod. >> i was always taught that hard work pays off. >> reporter: don't ask 38-year-old josh shartzer about that part of the american dream where children do better than their parents. >> i think it's a dream, and i think it's going to be a-- a very hard dream to make a reality. it's a lot more harder to reach that reality than it was 20, 30, 40 years ago. >> reporter: shartzer lives in indianapolis and works at rex nor, the manufacturer of industrial ball bearings. he makes less than half what his dad did selling power for midwestern grids. >> it seems like the pie got eaten before i could get any crums. >> reporter: a new study by researchers at harvard and stanford, said shartzer's experience is now shared by more americans than ever. in 1970, 92% of american 30-year-olds made more than
their parents did when they were 30, adjusting for inflation. a generation later, in 1992, that number had dropped to 58%. the latest figure is a little more than half. raj chetty is one of the researchers. >> the american dream was a reality, and it just seems less so at the moment. >> reporter: chetty says while the economy has certainly slowed, the bigger factor in the trend is the distribution of income. >> we find that most of the decline in rates of achieving the american dream is because growth is not being as broadly shared anymore. there's growing inequality, so fewer kids are getting ahead of their parents. >> reporter: while this trend was seen across the country, the declines were sharpest among men in the rust belt, men like josh shartzer, and he expects to be out of a job by february. scott, that's when rex noris slated to move his job to mexico. >> pelley: changing times.
jim axelrod, thanks very much. well, doping turned out to be a much bigger scandal with russian athletes than we knew. today, the international olympic committee ordered a retest of urine samples from every russian athlete in the last two olympics. charlie d'agata has the new investigation by the world anti-doping agency. >> reporter: evidence of rampant russian doping first surfaced last july, but today's report revealed eye-popping numbers, 1,000 athletes in 30 sports. chief investigator can richard mclaren said it was a cover-up on an unprecedented scale. >> from uncontrolled chaos to an institutionalized, disciplined, medal-winning strategy and conspiracy. >> reporter: the conspiracy involves switching urine samples, methods devised by russian secret service, and even adding salt and instant coffee granules to throw inspectors off. it's clear the russians thought
they'd never be caught. samples from two female hockey players actually contained male d.n.a. >> the desire to win medals superceded their collective moral and ethical compass and olympic values at fair play. >> reporter: mclaren said it's impossible to know how far back the cheating goes. >> for years, international sports competitions have unknowingly been hijacked by the russians. it's time that stops. yes, stops. >> reporter: today, the russian ministry of sports denied that it was running a state-sponsored doping program, scott, and said they continue to fight doping from a position of what they call zero tolerance. >> pelley: charlie d'agata, thanks. coming up, will the government allow phone calls on planes?
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department says it may allow phone calls on planes. here's errol barnett. >> some people have a lack of respect or courtesy when they're talking on the phone. >> reporter: airline passengers like cicely carroll from virginia are worried about the possibility of in-flight phone calls. the department of transportati transportation's plan would allow airlines the option to provide the service. if they do, the carriers would be required to inform passengers in advance that on-board calls are allowed. tara quinnette from florida would opt out. >> if it's not much of a cost difference i may go with the airline that didn't allow you to use them because i think it could get out of hand. >> we are going to fight this tooth and nail. >> reporter: sara nelson is the president of the association of flight attendants. >> if this is enacted, we will fight this in congress. flight attendants will be in a position of de-escalating more and more conflict, which creates a security and safety threat for everyone on board. >> reporter: while the federal government currently bans cell phone calls on planes, the
prohibition does not extend to calls placed on board through internet connections, something that's become increasingly available on commercial flights. delta, american, and southwest said they have no plans to change their policy. united and jetblue are both reviewing the proposal. some passengers, like marji moffatt, are already on board. >> with the technology and everybody using today, i think that would be a great thing. >> reporter: now, the public has 60 days to comment on this proposal, but by then, a new trump administration would have the final say. until then, scott, this plan remains up in the air. >> pelley: errol barnett at regan national for us. errol, thank you very much. so, did dinosaurs have feathers? we'll have the tale when we come can back.
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>> pelley: now steve hartman with a special military operation. >> reporter: for as long as he can remember, 19-year-old rishi sharma has been fascinated with world war ii. put it wasn't until recently that he realized this history is still living. >> there are real super hero world war ii vets out there and i want to meet them. >> reporter: so in 2014, as a junior in high school, rishi made it his mission. >> i skipped so many days of high school to go do an interview. >> reporter: you were skipping schools to interview vets? >> yeah, i started riding my book to the local senior home. i started interviewing those guys. >> reporter: today he tries to meet one a day. he drives around southern california searching out every world war ii veteran he can find, like marine tank commander
ernie eisley. rishi talks to these guys for hours, then gives the recordings to the families. so far, he has enterviewed more than 210 combat vets, a remarkable total, but a monumental failure, as far as he's concerned. rishi says we're losing about 400 world war ii vets a day. he can't talk to them fast enough. >> it's amazing how much history and knowledge is encased in each one of these individuals, and how much is lost when one of them dies without sharing their story. the fact is i wake up every day to obituaries, guys who i wanted to interview, and i have to find out that, you know, they died. >> reporter: at this point, i should tell you, rishi doesn't come from a military family. his parents imgrated here from india. and yet, he cares more about our greatest generation than any teenager i have ever met. >> my name is rishi sharma.
>> reporter: in addition to his daily interview, he calls at least five world war ii vets a day, just to thank them for their service and sacrifice. >> it means a great deal to me that you are willing to endure all of that so that i could be here today. >> well, thank you very much. >> reporter: thanking veterans and preserving their legacies is so important to rishi, he's now delaying college, starting a gofund me, and expanding his mission across the country. >> this is a map of all the places i am planning to go to. >> reporter: this is a multi-year trip, right? >> oh, yeah, i'm going to be on the road for years. yeah. i thank you so much for your time. >> reporter: nice to know as long as there are world war ii veterans willing to talk, there will be at least one young man-- >> oh, shucks. >> reporter: ...willing to listen. steve hartman "on the road" in redondo beach, california. >> you mean a lot to me. >> pelley: now that's the cbs evening news. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night.
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