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[announcer]rfin pays its agents based on your happiness... that's real estate, redefined. >> quijano: a new year ask a new push by the president to enact new gun restrictions without congress. also tonight, we'll look back at the life of natalie cole, whose talent was unforgettable. in every way >> quijano: resolutions-- what's the right amount of exercise to stay healthy? and steve hartman goes on the road to learn the failt of the world's saddest christmas tree. >> i think charlie brown's got a better tree than we do. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> quijano: good evening. scott is off tonight.
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president obama is beginning his final 12 months in office with a renewed effort to reduce gun violence following a year that saw 331 mass shootings, incidents in which four or more people were shot. mr. obama is planning a series of executive actions which would not require the approval of congress. the president is wrapping up his vacation in hawaii. chip reid is there. >> reporter: it was just after the mass shooting at an oregon community college in october that the president decided he had to take executive action on guns. he made the announcement today in his weekly address, posted on the white house web site. >> a few months ago i directed my team at the white house to look into any new actions i can take to help reduce gun violence, and on monday, i'll meet with our attorney general, loretta lynch, to discuss our options. >> reporter: sources tell cbs news those options include expanding the definition of who is in the business of selling guns so that more gun sales trigger background checks and
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tracking of lost and stolen guns. today, the president blamed the republican congress for giving him no choice but to take unilateral action. >> we know we can't stop every act of violence, but what if we tried to stop even one? what if congress did something, anything, to protect our kids from gun violence? >> reporter: last month, senate republicans blocked democratic proposals that would prevent people on the terror watch list from buying guns and require background checks for online gun purchases. >> basically, all you do -- >> reporter: meanwhile, some states are taking action on their own. in california, a new gun control law took effect today allowing judges to order the seedsure of guns from people deemed dangerous by their own family or by law enforcement. texas, though, is going in the other direction on gun control with a new law allowing guns to be carried openly in public places. the n.r.a. did not respond to our request for a comment, but, elaine, when the details of the
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next week, you can bet that the response from gun rights supporters will be furious. >> quijano: chip reid reporting from hawaii tonight. chip, thank you. some groups working to stop gun violence are not looking to politicians to solve the problem. they're looking at their own investments as a way to target the profits of gun makers. vinita nair has that. >> reporter: trauma surgeon sheldon teperman treats a gunshot victim almost every day at jacobi medical center in the bronx. he's been doing it for 32 years. >> you see all the senseless after year after year. >> reporter: but six years ago, one patient changed him, the death of 92-year-old sadie mitchell, who was shot by a stray bullet in her own home. >> after i pronounced her dead, and i was so emotional lie taken, and you want to throw up america. end gun violence. >> reporter: that moment
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involved in gun safety legislation. that's when he learned his personal investments, like his 401(k), could be supporting the gun industry. when you called your financial adviser, were they surprised? >> he was not surprised at all. all i had to do was sign the memo and give him the instruction not to allow any of my money to be invested in these killing machines. >> reporter: teperman is part of a national effort called unload your 401(k). >> there is a lot of profit to be made for all of this sorrow, all of this death, and all of this destruction. >> reporter: it encourages investors to check their 401(k) plans and divest from gun stocks. most of the spokespeople are victims of family members. >> i was like, what, do you know he's dead, shot?" >> reporter: leah gun barrett who helped create the campaign, says if you own stocks in large mutual funds, you may own shares in gun manufacturers. >> so we have to build awareness, just like we did for
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africa. >> reporter: currently, pension funds in chicago are investments. in philadelphia, they already did it. in california, the state teachers retirement system, one of the largest pension funds in divest. but equity analyst brian ruttenbur says development just creates opportunity for someone else. >> you have hundreds if not thousands of other funds that will take up the slack and don't have those restrictions. there's only a hand full of funds that are going to get that pressure, and will divest. >> reporter: in 2015, most gun manufacturers' stocks did very well. smith & wesson grew more than 133%. vinita nair, cbs news, new york. >> quijano: the new year begins with sad news in the music industry. natalie cole, the daughter of ken kinsella, and a legendary singer in her own right, died of congestive heart failure last night in los angeles.
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ben tracy looks back at cole's unforgettable gift. this will be an everlasting love >> reporter: she had a voice that could sail through the lighter side of love straight into longing. i miss you like crazy >> reporter: in a four-decade-long career, she sold more than 30 million albums. you are my first love >> reporter: the daughter of the great ken nat king nat king cole was destined to make music. we saw her first with edward r. murrow. >> how many of those pups would you like to keep? >> all of them. >> reporter: young natalie wanted to perform with her dad, a memory she recalled in 2006 on "cbs sunday morning." >> he did say to a few people, "i think she's got it." and i remember when i first sang with my dad, i had to audition. he said, "you're going to have to show me that you can do this."
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album was a hit, and cole won the grammy for best new artist. >> can the for. >> "unforgettable... with love.">> reporter: there would be six more in 1992 in a tribute album to her late father. their two voices reunited a quarter century after her death. but natalie cole's life was not always charmed. she battled with drugs and alcohol and had serious health issues, including hepatitis c., but none of that kept her from getting back on stage. >> i am a walking testimony to you can have scars, you can go through turbulent times and still have victory in your life snow so unforgettable >> reporter: ben tracy, cbs news, los angeles.
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>> quijano: tremendous loss. turning now to the historic floods in the midwest. today, the death toll in illinois and missouri rose to 24. the mississippi river has begun to recede in parts of missouri, downriver. nearly 10 million americans are warnings. david begnaud has one woman's story from inside the disaster zone. >> don't do this. >> it's okay. >> reporter: at 60 years old, linda thorn has lost everything. this was her mobile home in arnold, missouri, swallowed by nearly eight feet of water. today we helped her get back what was inside. >> oh, my god. my house! >> reporter: the walls are coming apart, the floor has buckled, and outside her backdoor, it is a lake. >> oh, my god. this is supposed to be the levee. the water was not supposed to
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that's supposed to be a field. that's 40 feet down. >> reporter: the red cross is feeding her and housing her at a temporary shelter. the mississippi river through st. louis was receding today. we were invited on an aerial tour of the devastation. because the water was receding so quickly, the state of emergency in effect since sunday in st. louis county was lifted today. major traffic arteries through st. louis both reopened. this was interstate 44 yesterday, and here it is today on the illinois side of the mississippi river, evacuations are under way. >> this was my tree. >> reporter: back in arnold, linda thorn has decide on her future. area? >> no. every time it rains, i'd be running to the back door, "is it coming up? is it going to get me? are we safe?" >> reporter: there is some good news for linda. her daughter went into labor yesterday, and she might have
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not far from laind's house where we are tonight, the water has dropped about a foot in the last four hours, and that is the good news. the concern now is where it's headed-- south down the mississippi river toward the city of cape gerardo. elaine, the river will not crest there until tomorrow, so that is why tonight voluntary evacuations in some places are under way. >> quijano: david begnaud inside the disaster zone. david, thank you. more than 24 hours after flames engulfed a luxury hotel in dubai, the fire is still burning. crews spent the day dousing the embers. it's not known what caused the fire, which burned one side of the building. 14 people were hurt in the evacuation. the hotel was jammed for a new year's fireworks display, which went on as scheduled. we have an update on a story louis. late yesterday, the federal government ordered the installation of a barrier in the west lake landfill to prevent an
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nuclear waste. the fire could be within 1,000 feet of that waste, which is left over from america's cold war weapons programs. tonight, we're getting an early report card for the holiday shopping season. michelle miller has the winners and losers. >> reporter: unusually warm winter weather triggered sales drops in coats, hats, and gloves, but disiewrms spend money on other things. according to mastercard, retail sales grew almost 8% this holiday season compared to the same time a year ago. women's aparexpel furniture led the way. sales in both sectors were up more than 10% nationwide. >> people are just out shopping. >> reporter: david sabel runs mattress and furniture super center in tampa. he's keeping his store open on new year's day after having a record-break holiday sales season. >> from black friday until now, our sales have been up 65% compared to last year. and it is the highest increase
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>> reporter: and rising spending in the furniture business shows the u.s. economy is strengthening, says sarah quinlan, senior v.p. at mastercard advisers. >> the furniture is more important because that really shows sustained confidence. "i'm buying that sofa and i'm investing and i'm saying that i have confidence i'm going to hold on to my job, get bonussed, and and be able to pay off s." >> reporter: there were some surprising dips in buying trends this time around. sales in men's apparel and electronics were both down. but quinn lin says it's no cause for concern. >> this was a tremendous year for the economy of the united states as reflected in retail sales which really does reflect the entire economy which really bodies well for the new year. >> reporter: and a couple of other factors driving this spending surge-- cheap gas and e-commerce. online shopping is up 20%, and,
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spending roughly about 75 cents of every dollar saved at the gas pump. >> quijano: michelle miller reporting from new york city tonight. michelle, thank you. a horrifying scene was captured on surveillance video today in tel aviv, israel. it shows a man opening fire on a bar. two people were killed, three others injured. police are searching for the gunman. no motive is known. well, coming up, how much exercise is needed to keep that new year's resolution? uber has conquered markets worldwide but has it met its match in china? and the world's saddest christmas tree has found a new purpose when the cbs evening news continues. ll exists. polident's unique micro clean formula works in just 3 minutes, killing 99.99% of odor causing bacteria. for a cleaner, fresher, brighter denture every day. hi hey you look good.
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to lose weight. what will it take to live up to those promises? here's dr. jon lapook. >> so you want to also look at your rate of perceived exertion. >> reporter: david marcus ran three marathons, but that was more than a decade ago. since then, he's had trouble fitting fitness into his busy life. family. >> reporter: now, at age 45, he is recommitting to an exercise routine. >> i just want to be healtho so i can be there for my kids and my family for as long as i can. >> reporter: u.s. guidelines suggest weekly 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity or 150 minutes of moderate activity. vigorous activities include running, jumping rope, or playing squash, at an intensity where you can't say more than a few words at a time. moderate activities include brisk walking, dancing, or biking, where you usually can
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>> moderate exercise helps you live longer. left-hand. >> obviously it improves your blood pressure. it improves your glucose control so you don't get biebs. >> reporter: your heart rate is another way to engage your activity level. age. moderate activity is 50 to 70% thereafter number. we asked new york sport club traina alyssa exposito to help marcus find his stride. >> good. >> i recently got the apple watch that has a fitness component. i haven't used it yet. >> reporter: you took it out of the box. how many calories is that to take it out of the box? >> reporter: okay. but if you actually use them, those devices can help you keep track of the 150 minutes of moderate activity you need a week. and it doesn't have to be at the gym. you can weave exercise into daily activities, elaine. doctor. thank you so much, jon.
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>> quijano:ubeir, the app that lets you book a ride from your cell phone is expanding all over the world and said china will be its top priority in 2016, but seth doane found it faces tough competition there. >> reporter: with the smog and traffic to prove it, china has as many as 750 million urban commuters, and there's a multibillion-dollar battle for their business. it has all the cars around us here. okay, he's letting us in. we crisscrossed beijing to witness the fight from the front seat. in the ripping, heavyweights, uber, worth upwards of $70 billion, versus china's didi kuaidi, valued at $16 billion. we're in a didi car. this gentleman picked us up but he doesn't want to go on camera. he said he's doing this to make
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"i can make about $800 a month," he said. "it will help cover the expense of my car." these are new to china and are technically illegal but the law is selectively enforced. both didi and uber are operating in a gray area while the government reviews its regulations. call an uber here, two minutes away. since this kind of operation is still considered illegal in beijing, qu zhonghua, told us, i drive for uber because it will cover all the penalties if i get caught. didi dwarfs uber here. it's in 360 cities across china compared to uber's 21. both companies are spending big to lure drivers and riders. and both are relying on publicity stunts, like the short-lived uber boat we rode. investors said competing in
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dawn helps open... something even bigger., dawn saves wildlife. >> quijano: in january, most christmas trees are scrapped and forgotten, but an ugly one can haunt our memories forever. here's steve hartman "on the road." >> reporter: we have returned to reading, pennsylvania, to investigate reports that the world's ugliest christmas tree has been somehow immortalized. you may remember back in 2014, this sorry excuse for a confer rage. >> i think charlie brown's got a better tree than we do. >> everybody that took part in bringing this tree here should
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>> reporter: the tree was so ugly, the city decided to take it down before christmas, just so people wouldn't have to look at it anymore. workers removed the lights, and the pretzel of bethlehem-- or whatever that was-- >> the pretzel is off. >> reporter: and made arrangements to bring in a new, spruced up spruce. >> a christmas tree is a matter of celebration. >> reporter: former city councilman francis acosta said it really was like the tree in the charlie brown story, but the lesson had obviously eluded him. what was the moral of that story? >> the importance of christmas, of being together -- >> reporter: what did they do with the tree at the end? >> save it, embrace it. >> reporter: uh-huh. >> but it's not about charlie brown or not charlie brown tree. it's about a beautiful christmas tree for the city. >> reporter: they really were going to get rid of it, until the phones started ringing off the hook at city hall. public opinion changed and the mayor issued a stay of re-execution, if you will. >> we will keep this thing here.
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end of the story, or so i thought. >> i said, you know, we're saving this tree. we're going to do something with it. and we kind of kept it under wraps. >> reporter: luke schultz was on the crew that was supposed to mulch the tree after the holidays. but he didn't. >> i thought, there's just no way that we could run this tree through a chipper after everything is said and done. we can't let that happen. >> reporter: so with the help of some local voc-tech students, luke turn that paltry pine into a piece of art-- a bench as quirky as the tree it came from. today, it sits in city hall, a reminder that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and ugly, nothing more than attitude. steve hartman "on the road" in redding, pennsylvania. >> quijano: the tree and the story that keeps on giving. that's the cbs evening news for tonight. i'm elaine quijano. scott is back on monday. happy new year and good night.
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