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thank you very much for watching colorado's captioning sponsored by cbs >> quijano: police under fire. officers are ambushed during routine traffic stops in several states. >> this incident shows, that can happen right in our backyard. >> quijano: also tonight, the long shot of long shots-- who's leading the battle for a recount of the presidential election? a simple program is making life on the streets more bearable. >> it kind of adds a little dignity back into the equation. >> quijano: and, a family reunion-- the women and their guardian angel. >> reporter: do you have any daughters of your own? >> no. those are my kids. this is the "cbs evening news"
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>> quijano: good evening and happy thanksgiving. scott is off tonight. i'm elaine quijano. it can happen in a split second-- a police stop turns into an ambush. officers have been targeted several times this week. in detroit, wayne state university officer collin rose was shot tuesday and died the next day. in idaho, an officer was forced to react quickly when a suspect appeared suddenly. here's don dahler. >> reporter: officer tom woods was making a routine traffic stop when a man popped out of a trunk armed with a gun. ground. lewiston's police chief chris ankeny says it could have ended badly. >> there have been a lot of events in the past few months that have been quite horrific, and have shown a propensity of violence towards police. >> reporter: over the past week, six officers were attacked in michigan, texas, missouri, florida, and idaho. this year alone, 60 officers have been shot and killed, 20 in ambushes, a 67% increase over
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18 took place in texas, where last sunday, san antonio detective benjamin marconi was shot in the head. the reasons are unclear. while some were retribution for shootings of blacks by white officers, most suspects in these police shootings were white men. last july, texas lawmakers proposed a law making it a hate crime to target police, after five officers were murdered. >> it definitely tells people that we're not going to tolerate an individual killing somebody simply because of the uniform that they're wearing. >> reporter: last night, hundreds marched through the streets of san antonio in support of their slain men in blue. ? ? ? and on monday, people gathered in chilly st. louis to honor an officer shot in the head during an ambush. >> thank you for being here. >> reporter: chief sam dotson: >> to my officers, i say, "it's
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go out and do it. do it safely. do it in pairs. but know that the community has your back." >> reporter: that officer is expected to survive. elaine, according to the national law enforcement officers memorial fund, this year has seen the most targeted attacks on police in over 20 years. >> quijano: don dahler, don, thank you. just when you thought the bitter presidential election was finally behind us, there is this-- the green party candidate isai states that gave donald trump the victory over hillary clinton. anna werner is following this. >> reporter: jill stein has raised more than $4 million in just over 24 hours, all through donations to her website. >> our goal is to create a voting system that we can believe in. >> reporter: stein is questioning results in pennsylvania, where trump won by roughly 68,000 votes; wisconsin, where his margin of victory was a little over 27,000 votes; and
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close to call. what evidence of fraud do you have in this election? >> let me be very clear-- we do not have evidence of fraud. we do not have smoking guns. what we do have is an election that was surrounded by hacking. >> reporter: she points to the hacking of the democratic national committee and the hacks into the voter registration lists in arizona and illinois, hacks linked by u.s. investigators to russia. she says it all raises questions machines and demonstrates the need for a count of the actual paper ballots. voting rights attorney john bonifaz is helping to drive the recount effort. >> the american people deserve public confidence in the integrity of our process, and if we don't ever look at the ballots and we don't ever verify the vote, why should we expect that public trust? >> reporter: what do you say to people who say, "donald trump won fair and square. you need to let it go and get over it"?
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democrat. i believe in the democratic process, and i believe we ought to verify the vote, regardless of who the winner was declared on election night. it may turn out that it doesn't change the outcome of the election, but it's a healthy process for us to engage in as a democracy. >> reporter: so what about hillary clinton? no comment from her camp. bonifaz says he approached clinton first about recounts but with no decision made, he approached stein instead. the only comment from president- elaine, was a tweet from adviser kellyanne conway saying, "look who can't accept the election results," referring to clinton supporters. >> quijano: anna werner. anna, thank you. as the holiday rush got underway, highway safety regulators announced new guidelines to make smartphones less distracting, including locking drivers out of most apps while they're behind the wheel. here's kris van cleave. >> reporter: cell phone video
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first to 83. the car eventually hit 115. both people inside died when the driver lost control and struck a minivan, killing a mother, two of her children, and injuring three other people. it happened just nine minutes after the snapchat video was posted. the accident comes amid an alarming surge in deaths, due in part to distracted driving. one of the worst culprits is using cell phones behind the wheel. deborah hen headline of the n.t.s.b. >> we put up with, in a permissive way, people talking on the phone, people texting, even though 46 states have laws banning texting. >> reporter: in the first half of 2016, more than 17,000 people died in accidents. that's up 10.4% over last year. a.a.a. expects 43.5 million american to drive 50 miles or more this thanksgiving weekend and the national safety council grimly predicts 437 will die in crashes.
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we're repealing helmet laws. we make decisions here in this country that actually allow more fatalities to occur, and then we question why the number is rising? >> we have an immediate crisis on our hands. >> reporter: national highway traffic administrator mark rosekind. >> we've known distraction is a problem all the kind. people are just sneaky, you know, where they're just putting things below visual and still on their phone. so these are problems we know about that are clearly underestimated that are probably playing a big partos injuries. we just can't measure how much. >> reporter: drunk driving and not wearing a seat belt still remain major issues. elaine, n.h.t.s.a. and the national safety council have formed a coalition aimed to getting to zero traffic deaths in our lifetime. to start that, $3 million in seed money aimed at developing technologies and strategies to make the roads safer. >> quijano: kris van cleave, kris, thank you. cities across the country are seeing a backlash against new taxes on streaming video.
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people cut the cord from their cable companies and switch to services like netflix and hulu. carter evans has more on this. >> this tax doesn't make sense. this is just a money grab. that's all i've got to say. >> reporter: the pasadena city council has been taking heat for weeks after announcing a 9.4% tax on streaming video, calling it a utility, so it can be taxed like water and electricity. >> my constituents do not want this tax. >> reporter: even if it's just a couple of bucks the city? >> even it's just a couple of dollars that they're already-- it's being taxed twice. >> reporter: councilman tyron hampton says the surprise tax was designed to make up for lost tax revenue from people getting rid of cable tv and home phones. >> i read it multiple times and i was like, "when did this happen?" >> reporter: it happened when pasadena voters modernized a law in 2008 to tax cell phones like landlines, never amounting it could be applied to video
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41 california cities now have similar laws. >> folks are going to wake up and see tax line items on their netflix and hulu bills, and they're not going to be happy. >> reporter: internet association director robert callahan believes cities could be violating federal law because the government doesn't allow tax on the internet. >> utilities are electricity and water and sewer and all sorts of other types of actual utilities. websites and apps don't fit that mold whatsoever. >> reporter: that hasn't stopped cash-strapped cities across the country. for charging a 9% tax on video streaming. and pennsylvania is charging a 6% tax on everything from apps to downloads, to help close a $1.3 billion budget gap. and now, in the face of stiff opposition, pasadena has put its new tax plan on hold. >> and where do we stop? you know, is it hulu? is it netflix? is it pandora? every time you stream music in your car? i mean, where do we actually stop?
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california still haven't started collecting the controversial and unpopular tax. and elaine, when they do, they'll likely end up in court. >> quijano: carter evans. carter, thanks. a wave of wildfires is sweeping across israel. some may have been set. smoke has sickened dozens this week. tens of thousands have been forced from their homes. france, russia, and turkey are sending firefighters and equipment. an american service member was killed today by a roadside bomb in northern syria. no details were the service member was not identified. several hundred americans are training syrian rebels who are fighting isis. in iraq, a car bomb destroyed a gas station south of baghdad today. at least 80 people were killed, dozens wounded. isis claimed responsibility. the white house says the attack was intended to inflame the divide between the two major factions of islam. around 5,000 american troops are
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for many, it's their first thanksgiving away from home. holly williams spent time with some of them. >> reporter: just east of mosul, we traveled with colonel brett sylvia today as he rallied troops from the 101st airborne division dug in here for the battle against isis. >> we still have a mission here and it's a dangerous mission that we're here inside a combat zone. the mission at hand." >> reporter: today, they took time out from the fight-- >> happy thanksgiving! >> reporter: as colonel sylvia honored a long-standing military tradition-- >> i don't know if i'm cutting fast enough for you guys. >> reporter: senior officers serving the rank-and-file soldiers their thanksgiving lunch. >> you want some stuffing? >> reporter: the troops based at this logistics hub in shaquili are only 12 miles from mosul. >> any civilian activity in any of the buildings or anything like that? >> negative.
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>> reporter: three days ago they witnessed a massive blast, when the iraqi army detonated an isis suicide truck packed with explosives about a mile and a half from here. >> it was like a mushroom cloud, the size of that thing. >> we felt it through the floor, sir. >> reporter: they're deadly weapons, used by isis to slow down the progress of iraqi and u.s. coalition forces in the battle to retake mosul. colonel sylvia is on his fourth tour of dutyn many of his soldiers, it's their first. >> this is specialist kang, he's our medic, our one and only medic. >> reporter: they were children when the u.s. invaded iraq in 2003. >> fantastic. >> reporter: a new generation of young americans serving in iraq five years after the u.s. government said it was leaving the country for good. >> they didn't sign up because they wanted to come fight in iraq. they signed up because they
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members could be here in iraq for many months to come. the u.s. military says over 1,500 isis militants have been killed in the battle for mosul. but, elaine, the extremists are determined, and their tactics have slowed the offensive. >> quijano: holly williams with american troops in iraq. holly, thanks. next on the "cbs evening news," a small gesture makes a huge difference for the homeless this thanksgiving. and later, this man made a difference in thve hundreds of women. they call him their guardian
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angeles, makeshift dwellings spread for block after block. few outsiders regularly walk these forbidding streets, but raquel beard has. >> people are dying every day here. the drug trade and drug usage is just out of control. property thefts are through the roof. >> reporter: she worked with the association of business owners in the skid row area who are being overwhelmed by the homeless. >> and there's no community outcry about that. >> reporter: because other people don't see it. >> out of sight, out of mind, let's just k >> reporter: but skid row also has those struggling to make better lives. they are helped at a warehouse called the bin. with nowhere to live, debra parra got a bin here to keep clean clothes, helping her hold down a job as a security guard. >> i leave my stuff here, so, depending what job i'm doing. >> reporter: this makes it a little easier. >> oh, it sure does, a whole lot easier. >> they're all full. we have a waiting list. >> reporter: mark koranger is
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>> this represents the personal belongings and life history of about 1,500 residents of the skid row area. >> reporter: users must check in at least once a week. a glass in there. >> a drinking glass. >> reporter: a toothbrush. levell liggins, living on the street for 15 years, got a measure of safety when he got a bin. >> the rule of the streets is, whatever they find is theirs. they keep it; take it, move on. >> reporter: the bins provide order in often chaotic lives. >> when i come out and i roll as a service to them. i got it! >> reporter: demetrios reed knows the bins from both sides. he was homeless until a job here helped him get a place to live. >> it adds a little dignity back into the equation. >> reporter: as part of l.a.'s latest plan to help the homeless, the city is looking to add thousands more bins which can provide a modest step toward life off the street. john blackstone, cbs news, los angeles.
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sniffing dogs. more than 80 trucks loaded with sand blocked traffic. month new bloorngz a kite-flying charlie brown and a 1927 replica of felix the cat. a seven-year-old girl from aleppo, syria, is thankful for a special gift. bana al-abed posted a heartbreaking video this week from her war-torn city that caught attention of "harry potter" author j.k. rowling. when rowling learned bana wanted to read one of her books, she sent the entire e-book collection. >> i started reading your books. thank you very, very much. i love you! >> quijano: rowling tweeted back, "bana, this made me so happy. #standwithaleppo." next, he taught them how to win
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>> quijano: thanksgiving is a family holiday, and we end the broadcast with a visit to one of the closest families we know. they share a link, not by blood but perhaps something stronger. here's michelle miller. >> don't cry. it's okay. they're happy tears. >> reporter: when the august martin angels hold a reunion-- >> yeaea >> reporter: joel ascher is the guest of honor. >> i didn't know you were coming. >> reporter: to these women and hundreds of others who played high school hoops during his 30- year tenure, he was coach, mentor, but most of all, guardian angel. >> you can see the floor is not even. >> reporter: when ascher arrived in the late 70s, the girls' team had no uniforms, no form of transportation. they didn't have a basketball. >> the situation for girls' athletics in new york city was terrible.
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>> if they didn't have me, they had nobody. >> and this will do it! >> reporter: but in three years, they went from a losing season to the city play-offs. by the late 1990s, they'd earned 12 city trophies and four state championships. >> winning games is nice but it's not the ultimate goal. the bottom line was college and success. i would really get on them for school work. i would check their report cards. there was no mercy with me. >> reporter: most of coach college, playing for such schools as stanford, wisconsin, u.c.l.a., and northeastern. some even won scholarships. yolanda wilson and allison jenkins were on his 1988 championship team. >> we built a family while we were here. ash did so much for us. >> reporter: these days, those roles have reversed. >> how are you? >> i'm here! >> reporter: a team of angels now watches over him. in their 40s and 50s, they drive
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>> you started eating already, hurricane matthew? >> reporter: take him out to dinner. do you have any daughters of your own? >> no, those are my kids. >> reporter: coach ascher may have never been a father. >> we love you, ash! >> reporter: but it didn't stop him from acting like one. michelle miller, cbs news, new york. >> quijano: proof that love makes a family. that's the "cbs evening news." for scott pelley, i'm elaine quijano. for all of us at cbs news, happy thanksgiving. good night.go captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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>> we start cbs4 news at 6:00 with breaking news. a two-car rollover crash causing a mess on i-70. look at this backup. live picture for you of the interstate at central park boulevard. you can see the traffic eastbound at a standstill. several lanes there closed because of this crash. denver police say that one person was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. drivers of course will want to avoid that area if you ca who spent two nights stranded in the mountains. they are recovering in a metro area hospital right now. rescue teams found matt smith and tommy hendricks yesterday afternoon. they had not been heard from since monday evening. they summited a 14er in vail county. rick sallinger talked to the teenagers for us tonight and joins us at the university of colorado hospital. so rick, how are they doing
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doing quite well. we are happy to say. they would much rather be in this hospital than on the side of the mountain where they were. but they are hopeing to be released soon. tommy and matt are being treated in the burn unit of this hospital. each survived the difficult ordeal with only frostbite to the toes and a thumb. they were rescued yesterday when a black hawk helicopter and ground searchers spotted their tracks. but a snowstorm came in early and created white-out conditions. then, they got lost in what is called the bermuda triangle of the rockies. >> when we nor the meadow, we just kind of, we were praying to god because he was definitely with us the whole climb. probably the only thing keeping us alive. >> to kind of give up and say no, i will hand it over to god, he is in control of this.


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