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learn the signs at autismspeaks.org. joe biden has said he does not plan to run for president, but there are indications he may be rethinking that. the former vice president is starting a political action committee called "american possibilities." the pac says it's dedicated to electing people who believe the country's about dreaming big. we have new details on a deadly attack in portland. three good samaritans were stabbed when they came to the aid of two teenage girls who were the target of an anti-muslim tirade. mireya villarreal has the police account of what happened. >> you call it terrorism. >> reporter: this chilling courtroom outburst gave us a glimpse into the depraved mind of jeremy christian, as the survivor watched from a front row seat. >> there is no amount of money
that will ever bring back the lost loved ones. >> reporter: now court documents are painting an even more horrific picture of friday's attack. police stay started when christian confronted two women. one was african-american, one was an african-american muslim wearing traditional muslim clothes. according to this affidavit, he began shouting at the teens. go home, we need americans here. i don't care if you're isis. he also mentioned decapitating heads. micah fletcher was the first to intervene. and he told christian to get off the train. christian had a knife out of his pocket and in one motion stabbed micah in the neck. surveillance and cell phone video show christian immediately swung again, stabbing another passenger, in the neck. army veteran ricky best then moves forward to intervene, and the defendant stabs him. both men died. after his arrest, a police car camera recorded christian saying, i just stabbed a bunch of blanks in their neck, and i
can die in prison a happy man. >> [ bleep ], [ bleep ]. >> reporter: christian's hate-filled rhetoric was well-known to police. just last month, he attended an alt-right rally with a bat. he has attended several rallies that ended in violent clashes. another planned for this sunday is expected to draw thousands of protesters. >> i will always continue to rally and continue to march, especially since jeremy christian has nothing to do with this. >> reporter: the portland mayor stood by his request to revoke the permit for sunday's rally. late this afternoon, though, a federal agency in charge of this park that i'm standing in right now denied that request. we know right now rally organizers as well as the portland police department are looking to bring in more manpower to try and keep the peace on sunday. afghanistan's capital of kabul was hit today by one of
its coarse -- worst attacks in years. a suicide truck bomb killed at least 90. around 400 were wounded. the bomber struck close to the german embassy, not far from afghan government buildings. more now from debora patta. >> reporter: the truck bomb exploded in the diplomatic quarter during the packed morning rush hour. the timing chosen was devastating effect. the force of the blast so powerful that windows were shattered more than a mile away, leaving a massive crater. cbs news producer ahmed mokhtar. >> all around the site is destroyed. you can see nothing is left behind me. >> reporter: bloody, stunned civilians with makeshift bandages stumbled from the area while ambulances ferried the wounded to nearby hospitals, a never-ending line of horror. i heard a terrible sound, said this man, when i opened my eyes, i saw blood coming out of my shoulder.
the german embassy among others was extensively damaged. the presidential palace just around the corner. this man was in a nearby building. i was trapped, he said. people were on the floor, and there were streams of blood. the taliban has denied responsibility. afghan intelligence suspect the militant network in the east of the country may be to blame. the attack comes at a time the u.s. is weighing sending in more troops. just as the militants proved yet again they can strike at the heart of the city. this attack may lend more weight to those who argue that the u.s. should be sending thousands more troops to afghanistan, but after 16 years of war, the cost of over $3 billion a month, it's not a clear-cut desis at all. >> all right, thank you very much. today cnn fired comedian kathy griffin from its new year's eve show after she posed
for photos with the likeness of a severed head meant to resemble president trump. mr. trump said griffin, who has apologized, should be ashamed of herself. he said my children, especially, 11-year-old baron are having a hard time dealing with this. melania called it disturbing and simply wrong. coming up next, a wild shootout when bounty hunters confront a fugitive. and the pulse nightclub from the officers' vantage point.
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all three men, the fugitive and the bounty hunters were killed. no one else was hurt. we do have a new perspective tonight on last year's orlando nightclub massacre. anna werner has the video, and a caution, some of the images are graphic. >> reporter: the police body cam video shows officers racing to the scene of the nightclub shooting. >> can hear shots fired in the back ground. >> reporter: they show what it was like from the officer's point of view as they found those inside the club. then in the next clip, a confrontation with omar mateen, who was holding hostages. mateen killed 49 people and injured 53 when he arrived at the pulse nightclub on that sunday, june 12, 2016, carrying
an assault rifle. the three-hour siege finally ended when police stormed the building and killed him. after the incident, scott pelley spoke with demetrius nallings who survived the shooting. >> the next thing my friend text me was "please help me." "help me. i been shot and i'm going into shock. please help me. >> reporter: in all, the "sentinel reports there were 15 who responded to the shooting. up next fire in flight aboard a jetblue
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passenger compartment. >> reporter: scary moments for the 158 people on board jetblue flight 915, while flying between new york and san francisco last night, passengers noticed smoke coming from a carry-on bag. inside was a laptop with an overheating lithium ion battery. >> we were at 35,000 feet, and all of a sudden we hear an announcement and look back in row 25. >> you could see smoke and smell it. >> reporter: she took this picture of what looks like scorch marks on the plane's carpet. 12 fire-related incidents have occurred this year. the latest incident underscores growing concerns about a possible expansion on a ban of electronic devices in the cabin. currently those devices must be checked from ten airports. some worry those in the cargo hold could lead to fires burning unchecked.
>> frankly, that would be a greater risk than even terrorists. >> reporter: former ntsb chairman. >> we run the risk of a potential fire that we can't contain and there by have serious consequences of potentially losing an aircraft. >> reporter: the department of homeland security is studying that fire danger question and has made no decision about expanding the laptop ban. there are no reports of injuries on that flight last night. the faa will investigate. up next, she's the bee's knees. a 6-year-old spelling wiz. this portion is sponsored by ford, going further so you can.
finally tonight, are you smarter than a 6-year-old? jan crawford now with the wiz kid getting all the buzz at the spelling bee. >> reporter: 6-year-old edith fuller is so small her feet don't touch the ground. but wait till you see her foundation of knowledge. >> nyctinasty. >> nyctinasty. will you please give me the language of origin? >> it's made up of greek elements that were first combined in german.
>> nyctinasty. n-y-c-t-i-n-a-s-t-y, nyctinasty. >> correct. [cheers and applause] >> reporter: edith, who turned 6 last month is the youngest person ever to qualify for the national spelling bee. scripps howard is calling her a celebrity and even arranged a press conference. >> do you hope to come back to the bee next year? >> i do if i don't win this time. >> reporter: the oldest of four children from tulsa, oklahoma, edith is home schooled. and her parents, annie and justin fuller remember the exact moment they realized she had a gift. >> we were just having fun around the dinner table just spelling words together, and we started out pretty simple. and then somebody threw out restaurant. and she spelled it correctly. >> reporter: they decided to sign her up for the spelling bee, helping her study in 20-minute increments.
we talked to her. when you're not spelling what do you like to do? >> i like to play hide-and-seek or something like that. >> reporter: but don't hide because you have a lot of spelling to do. >> but there's times to play and times to not play. maybe in times to not play i can spell and the times to play i can go and play hide-and-seek. t -- >> reporter: and for edith, sometimes there's a way to do both. >> a-s -- tapas. >> reporter: cbs news, maryland. that is the overnight news for this thursday. for some of you, the news continues. for others, check back a little later for the morning news and cbs this morning. from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm jeff glor.
this is the "cbs overnight news." welcome to the overnight news. i'm michelle miller. a turning point in the investigation of russian influence on the presidential election could come next week when fired fbi director james comey testifies on capitol hill. comey is expected to confirm reports that president trump asked for his loyalty and pressured him to close the justice department probe. jeff pegues reports. >> reporter: sources tell cbs news that special counsel robert mueller has given his blessing for former fbi director james comey to testify before congress. comey is expected to discuss memos he wrote about meetings with president trump, including one in which comey says the president asked him to drop his investigation of fired national security adviser michael flynn.
according to the memo, the president said of the private meeting, i hope you can see your way clear to letting this go. he is a good guy. flynn is the subject in the russia investigation and today the president tweeted again that the probe was a witch-hunt. he also defended one of his former advisers, carter page, writing democrats have excoriated him. in an interview today, page denied any wrongdoing. >> i think it's going to be such an open and shut case. >> reporter: well before he oined the trump campaign, page was named as male-1 in a fbi case that led to the 2015 arrest of russian spies in new york. court papers allege the russians tried to recruit page. there are now questions about whether he was properly vetted by the trump campaign. >> people knew me very well, going back many years, so, not directly within the campaign, but people i knew. >> reporter: democrat eric swalwell is on the house intelligence committee.
>> carter page is certainly an individual who we would like to hear from, as we would like to hear from any individuals who had contact with the russians during the time of the interference campaign. pentagon officials and military contractors are still smiling over the successful test of a new antimissile system and they're planning another test for next year. the military launched a missile carrying a dummy warhead from an island in the pacific. it then launched an intercepter missile from a base in california. and the dummy warhead was destroyed. the test comes amid north korea's increasing threats. david martin has more. >> reporter: since north korea has said it is finishing work on an intercontinental ballistic missile, this was important that the united states has the capability at least under test conditions to shoot down an incoming icbm. lifting off from a tiny island in the middle of the pacific ocean, the missile was designed to fly at the trajectory and speed that north korea may be
able to launch three years from now. vice admiral james searing spoke to reporters from his operations center in colorado. >> this is exactly the scenario we would expect to occur during an actual operational engagement. >> reporter: the plume of the missile was detected by a satellite, which triggered the launch of an interceptor missile from california. the interceptor carried a 5-foot-long kill vehicle which maneuvered into the path of the incoming warhead. this is what it looked like to infrared cameras. >> we have information it was a complete obliteration, a direct hit. >> reporter: this giant sea-based radar helped track it as it raced toward space at four miles per second. if a real missile were fired
with little or no warning, the radar might not have time to get into position. it's hard to think of the united states in an arms race with an impoverished country like north korea, but that is essentially what's happening. u.s. missile defenses racing to keep ahead of north korea nuclear missiles. if north korea ever does attack the united states, the missile will be tracked by radar in the arctic. the u.s. maintains an air base in green land. jeff glor paid a visit. >> reporter: the air base 750 miles inside the arctic circle is not easy to reach or maintain. but the u.s. did just complete a significant upgrade for space and missile defense there. one of several early warning systems being improved worldwide. with developments in north korea and russia coming daily, it's not just on top of the world but on top of many military minds. on one of the most isolated pieces of land on earth, a base with no roads leading in, a island covered more than 80% in ice. the air force needs to stay
constantly connected to the sky. >> 900 miles from the north pole and five hours flying time away from russia's industrial hub is the american airfield. >> reporter: at the height of the cold war, the air base was a vital part of u.s. strategy and symbolism. today we were invited on base by colonel christopher eagan who took charge of thule just last year. >> we have a unique access this far north that the department of defense does not have anywhere else. >> reporter: in training sessions, air men learn to surveil the sky, always on alert for the worst-case scenario, a missile fired from's yeah. heat signals from launches are typically first picked up by satellites in space. but radar on the ground remains essential to track after that. and no u.s. base sits farther north than thule. it is the halfway point between
washington and moscow. the location of the 12th space warning squadron. their $20 billion radar just got a $40 million software upgrade. one of six early warning systems like this around the world being improved. more than 3500 antennas here can see 3,000 miles into space. why is this so significant? >> because as the technology changes, it becomes more accurate and with the proliferation we're seeing across the globe there's more interest in being able to take measures against them. with the evolution of time we've gone away from aircraft to radar. the mission may have changed. but the access to location remains the same. >> reporter: thule is now home to only 200 military personnel. they come for a year at a time, climate and conditions are considered too harsh beyond that. >> i got here last june. >> reporter: michael ferrar is the base chaplain. >> it's an a mazing mission, who else can say you went to the top of the world.
>> reporter: that said, it's an adjustment. >> oh, yeah. you don't hear birds. there's no trees. >> reporter: never mind not seeing daylight for four months. >> i tell you what, when people said not seeing the sun for 100 days was hard, as a chaplain, i was thinking, we can get through anything, but it was hard. >> reporter: those willing to make this trip often cite the brutal beauty of greenland. they're also keenly aware of the mission. when you see how much attention folks are paying to the arctic circle now, especially from a military perspective, it has to put you on edge. >> the increased interest on the political side of the house is interesting. but we've invested for the last 60 years in the capabilities here. when our most important resources are people and they're that trained and they want to be here, the rest goes away. >> reporter: the sun won't set again in thule until august. it won't rise from november to february.
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when former president barack obama loosened travel restrictions to cuba, a lot of people expected a flood of tourists. well, that hasn't happened. cuba is still essentially a third world country. hotels and restaurants are overcrowded and expensive. most credit cards don't work. cell phone and wi-fi service is spotty, and now a third airline has decided to ground its flights to cuba. kris van cleave has the story from havana. >> reporter: strict tourism to cuba is still prohibited. for americans to come here, they have to meet specific visa requirements. even though those have been loosened, it is confusing. just last week, 55 u.s. senators co-sponsored a bill that would lift the restrictions all together.
and that is something the airlines would like a whole lot. when the first u.s. commercial flight in more than 50 years touched down in santa clara, cuba last august, many here expected a u.s.-driven chick boom to follow. and while the number of americans did surge 74% last year to nearly 300,000, many expected more. how has it been so far? >> amazing. >> fantastic. >> it's been a wonderful experience, yeah. >> reporter: bridget kelly from washington, d.c. met her friends from l.a. in havana. >> i thought there would be more americans. ♪ >> reporter: it's a bit of a cuba contradiction. while hotels are so full, price have soared near $500 per night, we learned what the cabdriver did. ask you expect to see more americans than you've seen? >> yeah, i was expect, yeah. because it's so easy. >> reporter: tonight spirit will be the third u.s. airline to drop service to the island. spirit says there are too many factors that prevent people from traveling easily from the u.s.
to cuba and costs of serving havana continue to outweigh the demand. some analysts expect americans visiting cuba to hit2 million annually by 2025. but a survey this month said only 2% were likely to plan a trip in the next six months. did the gold rush just not happen? or just not as fast as people thought. >> i think not as fast as people thought. >> reporter: colin organizes tours in cuba. >> i think expectations need to be set. there's not any luxury travel in cuba right now. the luxury's in the people, the art, the music, the culture. >> reporter: they believe americans will see the appeal in time. but american airlines cut service by 25% as it reduced flights to several cities while still opening a ticket office in havana to cater to cubans. jetblue continues to see potential despite dropping 300 seats per day by flying smaller planes. >> the predictions say that there's going to be a tremendous growth. >> reporter: giselle cortez is jetblue's director of international airports.
>> i can't speak for the competitors, but jetblue remains committed to this market for the long haul. >> reporter: the tourist infrastructure is lacking. cell phone service is spotty, so is wi-fi. and most americans can't use their credit cards while they're here. the early winner appears to be cruise ships. they bring all the infrastructure they need. we should tell you, the trump administration is reviewing the loosened travel restrictions so this all could change again. north of cuba, the everglades is the largest wet land habitat in the united states, covering 2,000 square miles of south florida. but the everglades has been under assault for decades from residential development, water diversion and pesticide runoff. now a massive project is one step closer to putting more freshwater into the ecosystem. manuel bojorquez reports. >> reporter: there really is no other place like this on earth, home to dense mangrove forests
and these massive savannas of saw grass. a bird's-eye view is the only way to truly appreciate the size and scope. some of the rare bird species that call the everglades home are sounding the alarm for the health of america's unique wetlands. the strangely beautiful rosie spoonbill has raised its young in the everglades for hundreds if not thousands of years. but the spoonies are abandoning the everglades. this roost is $0hundreds of mil north of their traditional nesting area. they need small freshwater pools to feed, and those are disappearing from the glades. how disturbing a trend is it? >> it's very scary. you know, we see a lot of saltwater intrusion, which is also something that is very damaging to the everglades. it changes the habitat, makes it less productive. >> reporter: jerry says it's more than just birds. the entire ecosystem is out of balance. what have we done to the everglades?
>> biggest thing we've done is drained it. >> reporter: for? >> for our purposes. >> reporter: development? >> development, agriculture. this was the big land boom. there were people who look at that swamp and said what a waste of land. fertile soil, let's drain it. >> reporter: freshwater from the kissimmee river used to flow south. during the rainy season the water would filter through the everglades all the way to florida bay. but development has blocked much of that natural flow. this is what one part of the glade the looked like in 1970, and this is just 30 years later. we've already lost, what, 50% of the everglades? >> that's about right. yes. >> reporter: is the rest of it salvageable? >> yes. the only way to do that is to restore that flow. >> reporter: the diversion and disruption of that water are largely responsible for toxic algae blooms in recent years. now nearly 20 years after a major everglades restoration
plan was first agreed upon, the florida senate this month finally approved a $1.5 billion reservoir to collect and send some of the overflow back through the everglades. >> this allows us to restore somewhat of that to provide freshwater to everglades park and florida bay. >> reporter: steve is a wetlands ecologist. it's giving back some of the water that made the everglades the everglades. >> absolutely. it's recreating the river of glass. >> reporter: but another danger lurks, sea level rise. more saltwater is seeping in. left unchecked it could one day taint the drinking supply for 8 million people in south florida. >> this is a marsh that has been exposed to some saltwater intrusion. >> reporter: dr. tiffany troxler walked us out to one of her projects to show us how
saltwater is already damaging salt grass plants. >> it was three times higher than what we thought we would experience here. >> reporter: she says that makes reintroduction of saltwater all more important. and while many think the everglades are beyond the tipping point she remains hopeful. >> i'd like to say we got ourselves into this mess, we can figure out how to get ourselves out of it. >> reporter: to be sure, the reservoir project still has a long way to go. congress must approve the federal share of funding and it must still be built. out of 68 projects, only six are currently under construction. and the "cbs overnight news" will be right back. ♪
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that's what they call a copper. that's a nice one. >> reporter: in fact, i'm pretty sure he had more in common with the fish i caught than he did with me. wayne rarely sets foot on dry land. not even when he makes his way home to his wife kathryn. because their home ebbs and flows with the tide too. >> i remember phoning my parents from town, and i said we're living out on the ocean. and my dad said what do you mean you're living on the ocean? >> reporter: welcome to freedom cove. a multi-colored, floating refuge, way past the end of any road, tucked away in rugged british columbia's vancouver island. >> what do you say to people who think this is a little odd or a little strange? >> thank you very much. >> reporter: yeah? >> yeah, truly.
nice to be recognized for who i am. >> reporter: they've lived this water world lifestyle for the last 25 years. building and rebuilding. it all sits atop about a dozen interlocking steel docks that wayne salvaged from an old fish barn. in fact everything here is fashioned from reclaimed material. a habitat designed from what's available when it's available. wayne takes particular pleasure out of rearranging it all, towing parts of his home around like a giant jigsaw puzzle. >> it moves up and down. it's a true experience thing. and you learn by doing. >> reporter: he says it's as much a design project as it is an art project. in fact both wayne and kathryn are artists by trade, carvers, which is what brought them to the wilderness in the first place. >> it was about being inspired by nature and our work being inspired by nature and wanting to come out and live it and
experience it and then have that inspiration come through what we do. >> reporter: the nearest town is ten miles away by boat. they make the trip every few weeks. but mostly, this is a subsistence lifestyle. >> nothing like fresh potatoes from the garden. >> yes and we had a lot last year. >> reporter: they grow almost everything they eat on their floating farm. it's kathryn's charge. she tends the garden rain or shine. >> it's my passion. >> reporter: it's more than a passion. you have to do this. this is how you live. >> a passion and a necessity. >> is this one ready? >> that one's ready for planting, yes. >> reporter: they are willing castaways, wanting for little more than the seals do, the ones that play in their front yard. they have a water fall for freshwater. timber for heat. and the sun to charge their on-board batteries when it's not raining, that is.
does it ever get lonely? do you feel lonely? i know you have each other, but? >> i can't say i feel lonely. we're always busy. >> but i like, i'm a people person. i like folks, but in doses. i don't mind my own company. there he is. there's the eagle. >> reporter: it's not an easy life. >> ready? >> reporter: their version of feeding the birds is feeding bald eagles? the freedom of floating has a way of anchoring you to what really matters. >> at this point, we would like to be here till the end of our days if we can make that possible. >> till the tow tide, brother. that's the plan. we came and made it home. >> reporter: a home not so much off the grid as is it in tune with everything else.
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for more than a year now, we've been following the story of adrian ballenger and corey richards, a pair of mountain climbing adventurers who have been trying to snapchat their way to the top of mt. everest. the trick is, they were attempting the feat without the use of canned oxygen. they made it to the top of the world. and dana jacob sensen has their story. >> reporter: this week both adrian and corey reached the peak. but it was adrian who accomplished the ultimate goal of making it without extra oxygen. the highs and lows of it all shared with the world on social media. >> here we are. one year later. >> you did it! >> reporter: their body the pushed to the limit, cory and adrian spent less than 15 minutes on top of mt. everest,
taking in a view few others have seen. >> ladies and gentlemen, not only is my phone not dead, but that is adrian ballenger with no oxygen. >> reporter: while both climbers made it to the top, only adrian did it without supplemental oxygen. high altitude sickness forced cory to turn back. >> the summit is just through the clouds. up above us. >> reporter: on his way down, cory met a group of climbers who supplied him with supplemental oxygen. the oxygen gave cory the energy to reach the summit first, from there he cheered on his friend as he made the final push. >> 8,995 feet right now. i've never seen anybody work so hard for anything in my life. my brother, we leave the summit behind. >> reporter: in 37 days, adrian logged nearly 140 miles while acclimating to the high altitude.
he consumed 22,000 calories on a diet that allowed him to consume air at roughly 8% oxygen. safely back at advanced base camp, adrian reflected on the experience. >> i feel super emotional. i cried so hard yesterday on the summit. in the last ten meters to the summit. i would never want to climb everest without oxygen again, and i am so proud and happy. >> reporter: he said cory's support gave him the energy he needed. >> it was just so amazing to be up there with cor. we did it together. as it was planned, so. a fitting ending. >> reporter: and that's the overnight news for this thursday. for some of you the news continues. for others we hope you will check back with the morning news and cbs this morning. from the broadcast center in new york city. i'm michelle miller.
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