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>> pelley: tonight the commander in chief asks for help against america's new enemy. >> isil is going to lose. >> pelley: big changes on the small screen. "daily" and "nightly." >> bri! why? ( laughter ) >> pelley: and puppy love. a cop a war vet and the canine at the center of a love captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. triangle. >> pelley: good evening. this week, kayla mueller became the face of america's war against isis. and late today, with her death fresh in everyone's mind president obama asked congress to become his full partner in the war against terrorists who are now responsible for the deaths of four americans and
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countless others in syria and iraq. he asked congress to officially authorize the war that he's already been waging. major garrett's at the white house for us tonight. major. >> reporter: scott, the white house said the war resolution is intentionally fuzzy. it opens the door to u.s. military operations to rescue hostages, gather intelligence, or kill senior isis leaders. it rules out "enduring offensive ground combat operations," and imposes a three-year limit on the president's authority to combat isis. >> the resolution we've submitted today does not call for the deployment of u.s. ground combat forces to iraq on syria. it is not the authorization of another ground war like afghanistan or iraq. >> reporter: the president says he already has all the legal authority he needs, but he wants congress' republican majority on board, scott to protect his war strategy from the coming strife partisan
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strife, of the 2016 campaign. >> pelley: major, thank you. the president started the air strikes last summer, and today the pentagon told us the coalition has hit nearly 5,000 targets. so nancy cordes, what is the point of asking congress to approve this now? >> reporter: well, scott more and more members over the past few months have come around to the view that the president really does now need to seek formal authorization because many of them now believe that the fight against isis will be prolonged and that it will require a lot of money and therefore, the buy-in of the american public. and what this resolution does is set up a series of hearings where administration officials will have to explain to lawmakers and to the american public more fully what their strategy is, in going after isis, and then congress will have to debate that strategy. republicans, for instance met behind closed data recorder this evening because they have a lot of concerns about that language in the resolution limiting the use of ground troops. they think that that ties the president's hands militarily and
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they may try to change that language scott before they hold a vote on it. >> pelley: nancy cordes, thank you, nancy. refugees from this war are so desperate, they are jamming rickety boats in the hope of reaching europe, but many don't make it. holly williams caught up with the smugglers. >> reporter: the ship's boat set off from the turkish port of mersin. they were rusted freighters, bought chiefly by the smugglers who made millions of dollars stuffing the hulls with desperate syrians, and then leaving the ships on autopilot off the italian coast. in ports like mersin, the smugglers ferry their human cargo to bigger ships waiting offshore. the men, women and children pay around $5,000 a head for a treacherous journey and the hope of a better life in europe. mohammad fled syria a year ago and now works for a smuggler in istanbul. he agreed to talk to us but only if we hid his identity.
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how dangerous is it to try to cross to europe? "there are fights over food and water," he told us "and when the smugglers leave the boat on autopilot, it could run aground." do the smugglers care whether the people that they're transporting live or die? "they don't care about them at all," he said. "they're traders in human lives." millions of syrians have fled to neighboring countries like turkey, where many live in limbo without identity documents or any chance of returning home. rama is a 24-year-old from northern syria who arrived in istanbul a month ago after her parent paid smugglers to get her across the border to turkey. >> they think that it will be more safe for me. >> reporter: now she's hoping a different group of smugglers
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will get her to norway. last year 3,000 people died trying to get to europe by boat. >> i've heard about this. it's very sad and the misery for the syrian, but it's the only way. >> pelley: so, holly, curious-- how do people like rama find these smugglers? >> reporter: well, scott, the smuggling trade is lucrative and also very well organized. there's one neighborhood here in istanbul that is notorious for smuggling gangs, some of them even advertising their services on social media. and we actually discovered that many of the smuggling kingpins are iraqis who already had experience helping people flee iraq during that country's civil war. >> pelley: desperate people. holly williams, reporting for us tonight. holly, thank you. well, the triple murder of three muslims last night in chapel
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hill, north carolina, looked like it might be revenge for the killing of americans by isis, but when a suspect turned himself in police found motive that even more senseless. vicente arenas is there. >> reporter: the killings of deah shaddy barakat, his wife user, and razz an were mourned across the world with the hashtag muslim lives matter. authorities say accused killer craig stephen hicks is cooperating in the triple investigation. >> i just heard gunshots. i don't know what building it came from but i heard kids screaming. >> reporter: police say gunfire broke out tuesday evening after a dispute over a parking space outside the condo where the three family members lived below the suspect. all three had earned undergrad honors at nc state. barakat was in his second year of dental school at the university of north carolina. suzanne barakat is his sister. >> we are still in a state of shock and will never be able to make sense of this horrendous
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tragedy. we ask that the authorities investigate these senseless and heinous murders as a hate crime. >> reporter: investigators have said they have not ruled out the possibility of a hate crime and the f.b.i. has been called in. karen hicks is the suspect's wife. >> i can say with my absolute belief that this incident had nothing to do with religion or victims' faith but in fact was related to the long-standing parking disputes that my husband had with the neighbors. >> reporter: hicks is a student at a tech school. facebook page said he's an ordained atheist minister who enjoys target practice. samantha maness is his neighbor and says he was always angry. >> he had issues, with a lot of people, noise in the neighborhood and parking issues. >> reporter: today the suspect was moved from a jail sel to a prison out of concerns for his own safety, and scott in just a short while, a vigil for the victims will be held on the u.n.c. campus. >> pelley: tragic waste. vicente, thanks very much.
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we can't think of a time when a blockbuster movie about an american hero was in theaters at the same time that hero's killer went on trial for murder. but that's what's happening in the case of american sniper chris kyle. we know who killed kyle. the only question is why. here's mark strassmann. >> reporter: eddie ray routh a 27-year-old former marine, has been diagnosed with p.t.s.d., a major depressive disorder, schizophrenia, and paranoia. at this texas gun range two years ago he shot and killed chris kyle of "american sniper" fame and his friend chad littlefield. kyle was shot six times littlefield seven. prosecutor alan nash insisted that routh should be held accountable. >> mental illnesses, even the ones that this defendant may or may not have don't deprive people from the ability to be good citizens to know right from wrong. >> i got a military-age male.
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>> reporter: the blockbuster movie "american sniper" tells kyle's story. the navy seal had 160 confirmed kills in iraq. the most in u.s. military history. after the war, kyle counseled troubled vets like routh. hend littlefield met routh for the first time when they drove him to the gun range and right away defense lawyer tim moore says, they sensed routh's issues. >> chris kyle was sitting in the driver's seat on his sel phone and he texts chad littlefield sitting right next to him. he texts him this, dude is straight up nuts." when he took their lives, he was in the grip of a psychosis. >> reporter: taya kyle the first witness cried repeatedly recalling her husband. she testified kyle took routh to the range because, "he thought he was doing a good thing." scott, if convicted of the double murder routh faces life
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in prison with no possibility of parole. >> pelley: mark strassmann reporting for us, mark, thank you. after a storm of controversy, neens news has taken the unprecedented step of suspending anchorman brian williams for six months without pay. jim axelrod has that story. >> reporter: 11 days another brian williams said this on nbc "nightly news,": the story actually started with a terrible moment a dozen years back during the invasion of iraq when the helicopter we were traveling in was forced down after being hit by an r.p.g.. >> reporter: his career would never be the same. last night his bosses at nbc released this written statement. >> we are one of four chinook
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helicopters. >> reporter: in 2003, williams first reported traveling in a group of helicopters and said one of the other choppers took fire. >> on the ground, we learned the chinook ahead of us was almost blown out of the sky. that hole was made by a rocket-propelled grenade, or r.p.g.. >> reporter: that story morphed over the years. he told david letterman in 2013 it was his chopper. >> two of our four helicopters were hit by ground fire including the one i was in. >> no kidding! >> r.p.g., and ak-47. >> reporter: but it was only after the most recent story ran on nightly news. >> when the helicopter we were traveling in was forced down after being hit by an r.p.g.. >> reporter: last week he apologized. >> i hope they know they have my greatest respect and now my apology. >> reporter: but neither his viewers nor his poss were satisfied. nbc c.e.o. steve burke called his action inexcusable, the
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su severe and appropriate. nbc news says its investigation into brian williams is ongoing. at least one of the stories that will be looked at, his experiences covering hurricane katrina, and tonight nbc news took his name off the title of the broadcast. >> pelley: jim thanks very much. from evening news we switch you now to the equally surprising change in late night. anthony mason on jon stewart leaving the program that changed the way millions of americans get their news. ( applause ) >> welcome, welcome to "the daily show." >> reporter: jon stewart has spent more than 16 years at the desk of "the daily show." >> in my heart i know it is time for someone else to have that opportunity. >> oh! >> nope, nope nope. >> reporter: with ferocious satire the show secured ineptitude in the media. >> what is the responsibility of the people who cover wall street? hoare you responsible to? >> reporter: and has feasted on hypocrisy in washington.
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>> mitch mcconnell proposed a bill and now he's filibustering his own bill! >> reporter: how did it change the game? >> it changed the game in that he did what no one thought was possible, made politics entertaining. >> dalton ross is editor of "entertainment weekly." among his more than two million nightly viewers the median age is 36. >> he presents the news in a way that i couldn't understand best. >> reporter: on the audience line at the "daily show" studios in new york today barbra o'brien was-- >> absolutely devastated. >> reporter: she flew in from dublin ireland, to see the show. >> i lived here for a little while and found him the most reliable source of information. >> reporter: "the daily show" became influential for politicians, too. former president clinton tweeted, "where will i get my news each night?" stewart's always said he does fake news -- >> the view from my apartment. >> reporter: but there was nothing fake about his broadcast after 9/11.
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>> was the world trade center. but you know what the view is now? the statue of liberty. >> reporter: in announcing his departure last night, stewart said he won't be leaving before the summer. >> this show doesn't deserve an even slightly restless host, and neither do you. >> reporter: stewart whose contract expires in september, says he stay until the end of the year but he's not sure, scott, what he'll do next. >> pelley: anthony, thanks very much. well, they're out. little league baseball takes the title from the national champs. and sissy the dog's anassing journey to find her owner when the cbs evening news continues acid-related erosions in the lining of the esophagus. it's my prescription. there is risk of bone fracture and low magnesium levels. side effects may include headache abdominal pain and diarrhea. if you have persistent diarrhea, contact your doctor right away. other serious stomach conditions may exist. avoid if you take clopidogrel.
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ringers recruited from the suburbs. maps had been redrawn, said the inquiry, and residencies falsified. little league international said in a statement that, "this is a heartbreaking decision but it is unfortunate that the actions of adults have led to this outcome." this is cheating. >> it is. it's blatant cheating. >> reporter: chris janes is a league official from a team that lost to jackie robinson, 43-2. he blew the whistle when he saw the winners being toasted by home towns outside chicago or outside the team's boundaries. are you satisfied? >> i don't know if "satisfied's" the right word. it's sad. >> reporter: jackie robinson supporters called the punishment unfair and the inquiry a racially motivated witch-hunt. >> we know they're champions. our parents know we're champions. and chicago knows we're champions. ( applause ) >> reporter: but that title now goes to the runner-up team
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>> pelley: with valentine's day coming up, we end tonight with a love story. the plot is familiar-- two people in a tug it of heartstrings over another, and at the center of it? well here's chip reid. >> reporter: meet spike, a member of the canine patrol with the virginia capitol police. sweet as he is, though, spike is also a heartbreaker. he didn't mean to be. he just got caught in a love triangle. at the state capitol in richmond today, spike was reunited with u.s. marine jared three years. >> right when he got next to me, he knew it was me. >> reporter: he knew that was you. >> yes sir. pushed up against me. just like we didn't skip a beat. >> reporter: they were a team in afghanistan where spike's job was to sniff out bombs. so he risked his life every day to keep you and your buddies alive. >> yes, sir, he did. he did a great job at it.
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he was like my brother like my kid, like-- he slept with me every day. we were inseparable 24/7, we were together. >> reporter: but after a series of traumatic brain injuries jarred was sent home to louisiana where he's been struggling with posttraumatic stress disorder. >> jarred has been so upset lately and depressed-- excuse me for saying that-- but just not been himself. >> reporter: his mother, mary heine, was desperate to find help. she says he talked all the time about how much he missed spike. so she went online and with the help of friends on facebook she found him in virginia. in your dream world would you like to spike to come home with you at some point? >> in my dream world yes sir, that would be awesome. >> reporter: but that's where officer laura taylor comes in. >> it was pretty much love at first sight. >> reporter: she and spike have been inseparable for the past two years. >> i didn't ever expect to not be with spike, you know, until-- until he was an old old old
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man. >> reporter: recently, though, she learned with bjared heine and realized that she and spike might have to part ways. >> he's more important to me than anybody can know but we have to do what's right for the whole situation. >> reporter: today, after meeting jarred, she said that as painful as it is, she knows in her heart it's the right thing to do. >> reporter: the good news, though, is that capitol police chief steve pike said taylor will soon get a new dog, and the guessing is she'll fall in love with that one too. chip reid, cbs news, richmond. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs
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a muddletown community is mourning the death of -- middletown community is mourning the death of a 17-year- old high school student who died in an early morning bus accident. i'll have the details coming up. >> reporter: a car hit from falling concrete at a beltway bridge. >> tracking the arctic front for thursday, some of the coldest air of the season. it could generate some snow showers. >> that powerball jackpot could have you seeing dollar signs, but there are a few steps to take before you cash that winning ticket. tonight national safety officials want metro to take immediate action after this deadly smoke incident last month. good evening. i'm jan jeffcoat. >> i'm derek mcginty. the ntsb says there are so many thing that went wrong with the ventilation procedures at l'enfant plaza tunnel it does not want metro to wait any longer to fix three problems. >> reporter: i'm debra alfarone at l'enfant plaza
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where riders are reacting to the ntsb saying that metro did not have proper ventilation procedures in place for when smoke fill tunnels. >> it's hard to believe. what are they paying all these people to do? >> reporter: ever since ventilation fans meant to clear smoke from this tunnel instead pushed smoke into this metro train january 12th killing 61- year-old carol glover and sending over 80 people to the hospital the ntsb has been investigating. today they issued three urgent recommendations essentially ordering metro to assess ventilation it, to make sure it works and complies with standards, develop written ventilation procedures and train staff and first responders on those procedures. reporters couldn't wait to hammer the interim gm. >> it was all part of our investigation. >> reporter: after the deadly


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