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6:30 pm >> pelley: trump takes a solid lead as we find out how americans feel about his muslim ban. also tonight, a san bernardino victim is laid to rest. we'll look at how a pakistani terrorist got through u.s. vetting. sergeant bergdahl talks for the first time about going awol. >> 20 minutes out, i'm going, "good grief, i'm in over my head." >> pelley: and the star wars director has a score to settle with the composer. >> we may need to back the ba-da-da-- repeat those bars. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: donald trump is back on top in the race for the republican presidential nomination. today a new cbs news/"new york times" poll of g.o.p. primary
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voters has him at 35%, his highest number yet in our polling and up from 22% in october. trump leads his nearest rival, ted cruz, better than two to one. former front-runner ben carson lost half of his support, falling to third. everyone else is in single digits. the poll was taken before trump called for a temporary ban on muslims entering the united states. we have more now from major garrett. >> those numbers i like looking at. >> reporter: donald trump has long professed a love for polls, and these numbers might add to his fascination. a new nbc news/"wall street journal" poll showed 42% of republicans support trump's call to ban muslims from coming to the u.s., 36% oppose it. among all voters, nearly six in 10 disagree with the plan while 25% support it. >> i have to do what's right.
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and what's right is this-- we have a problem. it's a serious problem. it's got to be solved. >> reporter: in addition to leading our poll nationwide, republicans give trump a clear advantage on terrorism and the economy. 40% of g.o.p. primary voters say they are very confident in trump's ability to deal with terrorism, 51% say the same about his approach to the economy. and yet, trump remains divisive. 23% of g.o.p. voters said he is the nominee they would be most dissatisfied with. >> we need to take off the blinders of political correctness. >> reporter: drafting close behind trump, texas senator ted cruz. 30% of republican primary voters are very confident cruz could handle terrorism. he's also seen as the second choice of 26% of trump supporters, outpacing his republican rivals. >> the course of a presidential election, the voters are going to make a decision about every candidate, and ultimately, the
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decision is who has the right judgment. >> reporter: cruz today picked up the endorsement of bob vanderplatt, a leader among social conservatives in iowa. scott, vand areplatt has backed the two most recent exwop caucus winners, mike hug bee in two 8, and rick santorum in 2012. >> pelley: major, thank you. today, the investigation of the san bernardino massacre took f.b.i. divers to a lake near the crime scene. they're looking for a hard drive missing from the home of the ciferls, syed farook and his pakistani wife tashfeen malik. another focus is their 24-year-old neighbor, and carter evans has the latest on him. >> reporter: law enforcement sources tell cbs news, enrique marquez is cooperating with the f.b.i., that he's told them of a 2012 terror plot he and syed rizwan farook allegedly hatched then scuttled. marquez could face charges of
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providing material support for terrorism after admitting he provided two of the assault weapons used in the san bernardino attack. but the more that's revealed about marquez the more puzzling it is for those who knew him. >> he was really outgoing. he was never violent. >> reporter: viviana ramirez was a college classmate. >> just the fact that he is friends with him doesn't mean that he did it. >> reporter: marquez had converted to islam and visited this mosque a couple of times three or four years ago, according to a spokesman. a mosque member who met marquez says he seemed to be searching for direction, was exploring islam, and later said he wanted to convert to buddhism. another friend tells cbs news, "when he talked about islam, he talked about it in the past tense. he told me that he de-converted years ago." something else marquez may have shielded from his friends was that he had a wife, a russian woman who is related to farook by marriage. but neighbors of marquez say they never recall seeing his wife. today, outside the house where family members have shunned reporters for days, marquez's
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mother spoke briefly in spanish captured by cell phone video. "my world is upsize sidedown," she says. "my son is a good person." marquez lived in the home behind me, right next door to where his childhood friend farook once lived. and scott the first of the funerals for the san bernardino victims was held today. 27-year-old yvette velasco was laid to rest. >> pelley: carter evans, carter, thanks. tashfeen malik got into the united states on a fiance visa, and she was screened for tie tio extremism. margaret brennan has been looking into that. >> reporter: tashfeen malik arrived in the u.s. with her fiance, syed farook, in july 2014. just two months earlier, she passed a u.s. government background check that found no suspected ties to terrorism. she was granted a k-1 visa, even though the f.b.i. now believes she was radicalized before she met farook. the state department says malik
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was thoroughly questioned during an interview at the u.s. embassy in pakistan. she also filled out a questionnaire where she was asked, "do you seek to engage in terrorist activity? are you a memberave terrorist organization?" five u.s. agencies also vetted her, checking her fingerprints against two databases. neither her name nor image showed up on a u.s. terror watch list. malik gave an incomplees home address, which could have raised red flags, but it's not clear if it was intentional. now congress is demanding to know what questions she was asked and to see her visa application. house republican matt salmon: >> and they say the vetting process is-- has got all these faille saifs, but apparently there aren't enough failsafes because she got through the system and how many others have gotten through the system? >> reporter: 35,000 other foreigners received k-1 visas last year. just 618 applications were
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denied. white house spokesman josh earnest said the program will likely be changed. >> if somebody entered the united states through the k-1 visa program and proceeded to carry out an act of terrorism on american soil, that program is, at a minimum, worth a very close look. >> reporter: the departments of state and homeland security admit that no screening will ever be 100% secure, especially, scott, in a case like this, where there were no history of ties to a terrorist group, and malik did not make her extremist views public. >> pelley: margaret brennan at the white house for us tonight. margaret, thanks. law enforcement is blind to the plans of some terrorists because their communications are encrypted. here's nancy cordes. >> reporter: this is where terrorists turn these days when they want to talk undetected, a messaging app, called telegram, available for free on any smartphone. >> it's the go-to application for terrorist communication. >> reporter: elliot zweig is
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department director at the middle east media research institute. >> telegram has set it up that even they themselves don't retain the information. they cannot monitor the content. >> reporter: and there are dozens of other apps just like it, featuring powerful encryption law enforcement can't crack. >> that is a big problem. we have to grapple with it. >> reporter: f.b.i. director james comey revealed wednesday that one of the two men who tried to attack a garland, texas, conference center in may communicated with an overseas terrorist 1 times that morning. >> and to this day, i can't tell you what he said with that terrorist, 109 times the morning of that attack. >> reporter: so congress is considering legislation that would compel tech companies to unscramble and hand over suspicious and encrypted messages but many of these companies operate outside of u.s. telegram was founded by a russian and is based in germany, and experts warn that isis is testing out its own encrypted
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android app, so it won't have to rely on outside companies at all. even u.s. tech companies have balked at the notion of new laws. they say encryption is there to protect all kinds of personalidate doot and if they give law enforcement a way in, scott, eventually, hackers will find their way in, too. >> pelley: nancy cordes on capitol hill. thank you, nancy. connecticut is about to become the first state to ban anyone on a government watch list from buying a firearm. that is something that congress has not done, despite a request from the president. governor dan malloy announced today he'll do it by executive order. supreme court justice antonin scalia is under fire tonight for comments he made during oral arguments yesterday. the court was hearing a challenge to affirmative action at the university of texas. here's our chief legal correspondent jan crawford. >> reporter: justice scalia was describing an argument made in court papers by opponents of
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affirmative action. , "there are those who contend it does not benefit african americans to get them into the university of texas where they do not do well," says scalia, "as opposed to a slower tracked school where they do." scalia was referring to the mis-matched theory that minorities admitted through affirmative action tend to enter at the bottom of the class. then they have trouble competing. with that in mind, scalia continued, "i don't it stands to reason that it's a good thing for the university of texas to admit as many blacks as possible." but outside the court, no one cared about the legal arguments. scalia was deemed racist. minority leader harry reid even took to the senate floor. >> but it is deeply disturbing to hear a supreme court justice endorse racist ideas from the bench. >> it's not the least bit racist. >> reporter: stuart taylor, coauthored the book that pioneered the mismatch theory. >> justice scalia used rather awkward words, but the point he
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was making was absolutely correct that when you dramatically lower academic standards to let in a racial group into a college who wouldn't get in otherwise, they're going to have trouble competing with the people who got in the old-fashioned way. >> reporter: now supporters of affirmative action say the mismatched theory understates the real advantages that minority students get by attending these highly slictive schools. and, scott, they point out that the graduation rates for minorities at u.t. austin, well, theatre highest of any public college in the state. >> pelley: jan crawford in the washington newsroom. thanks, jan. army sergeant bowe bergdahl is speaking for the first time since he was released in a prisoner swap last year. bergdahl was captured by the taliban in 2009 after he warnedded from his post in afghanistan. his first interviews are now on the podcast "serial," and david martin is at the pentagon. >> reporter: the army's investigation of bergdahl portrayed him as a cockide idealist, an image he seemed to
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confirm with his own words. the soldier the army has charged with desertion, and some have branded a traitor, told an interviewer he abandoned his post in an effort to draw attention to problems within his own unit. >> >> reporter: bergdahl said it wasn't long after he walked away that he realized how stupid. >> reporter: it took the taliban about a day to find him.
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>> reporter: bergdahl spent the next five years as a prisoner of the taliban. much of it was in a pitch-black room. >> reporter: bergdahl's stunt backfired not only on himself but also on his fellow soldiers. their lives were put in greater jeopardy by having to spend several weeks hunting for him. the army still has not decided what to do with bergdahl. he faces charges that could bring a life sentences, but investigators have recommended he not spend any more time in prison. scott. >> pelley: david martin at the pentagon. david, thanks. tornadoes are rare in the pacific northwest, but people who live in the town of battleground, washington, near the oregon border think their town was hit by one today, and david begnaud is there. >> there really is a tornado. >> reporter: it looked like a tornado to people living in battleground, washington.
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>> we got multiple calls. >> reporter: the unusual weather came amid four days of fast-moving pacific storms that left much of oregon and washington a mess. what did it look like outside? >> it looked like the wizard of oz out here. there was debris flying everywhere, trees flying down the road, people's sheds, pools, trampolines. >> reporter: since monday, as much as 18 inches of rain has swelled northwest rivers and saturated the ground, toppling trees. a landslide closed the interstate connecting oregon and washington most of today. >> told the department of transportation has hopes, this is hopes at the moment, to reopen at least one lane. >> reporter: governor jay islee declared a state of emergency. two people died, including a 72-year-old woman who drowned overnight had her car in clactskani, oregon. her husband was able to crawl out of the sunroof. back here in battleground, washington, what witnesses say looked just like a tornado
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lasted only 30 seconds. scott, no one was hurt. >> pelley: david, thanks. coming up, more people become ill after eating at chipotle. with toothpaste or plain water. and even though their dentures look clean,
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apologized today as more people reported getting ill after eating in a restaurant in boston. there are now 141 suspected cases of norovirus at boston college. here's anna werner. >> reporter: the shutdown of this chipotle in boston is the fifth health-related crisis for the restaurant chain in six months. boston college says students who ate there came down with norovirus, which causes nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. tim fox is a senior. >> severe stomach pain, like, really sharp pain, something i never really felt before. >> reporter: stay health officials believe this outbreak may have begun with a sick
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employee who contaminated the food. chipotle's health-related issueses began last july with a small e. coli outbreak in seattle. in august, 100 people were sickened by norovirus in california. then starting in october, dozens of customers in chipotle restaurants across nine states came down with e. coli infections. the chain temporarily closed 43 of its;] restaurants. data shows chipotle is the fastest expanding restaurant chain in the u.s., opening 799 restaurants since 2009. sales have more than doubled to $4 billion. >> i'm sorry for the people who got sick. >> reporter: c.e.o. steve ells pledged to overhaul food safety proat colz in an interview with nbc news. the stock has rebounded today but is still down almost 25% since august. and just a short time ago, authorities in seattle announced
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they have closed a chipotle because of repeated violations. it is one of the 43 restaurants that were shut down voluntarily during the e. coli outbreak. the company says it will address the problem. scott. >> pelley: anna werner, thanks. who builds the safest cars? that's next. full 24-hour blood sugar control ® also provides pron and significant a1c reduction.
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an academy award for the first "star wars" film, was back, along with the iconic refrain he wrote 38 years ago. take a look behind williams. that's not some awe-struck groupie. that's the movie's director, j.j. abrams. i saw you up here with your video camera taking-- >> well this is-- this is like momentous. you know, john williams conducting his "star wars" music. i mean, as a fan, i can't believe i get to be here. >> reporter: abrams saw "star wars" when he was 11 and never outgrew his passion for the film. on this day, when he wasn't in the middle of the orchestra filming on his phone, he was racing around the sound stage, here the fan-- >> do you think it can work? >> let me just think.
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yeah. >> it's incredible! >> reporter: there the director. >> we may need to make the ba-da-da-- we might need to repeat those bars because it might be a little longer before we get into the interior of the transport. >> reporter: i see you running around, you're very-- >> really, i felt so calm. >> reporter: this is you calm? >> yes. >> reporter: is it intimidating in any way? >> oh, yeah. >> reporter: oh, yeah. >> it's-- there are moments of just abject terror, as to what we're all taking on. >> pelley: you can see bill whitaker's interview with j.j. abrams this sunday on "60 minutes." and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. with thanks to the jones day law firm for this window on washington, and for all of us at cbs news, all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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right now at 7:00, remembering a police officer who died while trying to protect others from the very crime that killed him. >> i felt like kenneth saltzman was just paying a parking fine, not paying for two lives. >> the father pays up for the deadly decision to let teens party at his home. >> a man suspected of sneaking into women's homes and stealing their underwear. how police say he used their social media pages to track his victims. >> and the wildly popular serial podcast debuts its first new season with the first interview from sergeant bowe bergdahl. >> first tonight though. montgomery county's top police officer doesn't hold back while talking about a fallen comrade. thanks for joining yours. i'm jan jeffcoat. >> and bruce johnson. 24-year-old officer noah leotta aned today after getting hit by


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