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this man mokhtar belmokhktar is responsible for the attack. he's had of an al qaeda offshoot in north africa and kidnapper of dozens of westerners including fowler. terrorists under his command also attacked a gas plant in algeria, an atrocity that killed 39 people, including three americans. belmokhktar's men took over northern maul ne2012. a few months later we went in with the french military force that, along with mailan soldiers, drove them back out. u.s. warplanes tried to kill belmokhktar in libya with a missile just this summer, but the pentagon couldn't confirm his death. today's attack on the radisson may prove that belmokhktar is still very much alive and in control of a murderous militia gunning for western targets. scott, the name of the american citizen who was kled in the attack still hasn't been released out of respect to the family. >> pelley: elizabeth palmer in
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one week after isis militants attacked paris with bombs and guns, the healing hasas begun. imams at 2500 mosques throughout france used friday prayers to condemn terrorism and violence. tonight, parisians took back their city. there was solemn reflection with candles and flowers, and at 9:20, thee moment of the first attack, music filled the streets. organizers hope the noise and the light would make the terrorists "understand that they have lost." ( cheers ) in dozens of acts of defiance, cafes were filled and a club rocked again. but the celebration was tempered by news today that the death
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toll has risen to 130. police are still hunting for a ninth suspect, and holly williams is on the investigation. ( gunfire ) >> reporter: the french authorities now say three people were killed in a dorm r rd in the paris suburbs on wednesday, not two asy previously thought. this video aired on french television appears to show the moment one of them detonated a suicide vest during the shoot-out. among those killed was the target of the raid and the suspectedd mastermind of the attacks abdelhamid abaaoud. he joined isis in syria, then returned to europe raising questions about european border controls. the french government says it only discovered that abaaoud was in france three days after the attacks in paris..
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published by isis earlier this year, abaaoud bragged about evading the authorities, despite being, "chased after by so many intelligence agencies." the french government confirmed today that a second terrorist arrived in europe via greece last month on theame days the attacker who traveved on this passport and posed as a refugee. the second person killed in want wednesday raid is still to be identified, but french media say this is the third, an associate of abaaoud's, perhaps even his cousin. french p pice identified her body using fingerprints. the apartment of abaaoud's mother was searched yesterday, one of 800 locations raided by the the french authorities since the attacks. european justice and interior ministers held an emergency
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meeting today in belgium and, scott, thehe agreed to tighten >> pelley: holly williams in paris for us tonight. holly, thanks. french, u.s., and russian airstrikes against isis in syria continued today, and tonight, the u.n. security council unanimously called on all nations to combat by all means what it called the u urecedented threat of isis. tonight, u.s. government officials tell us that they believe the russian airliner that crashed in egypt was brought down by an isis suicide bomber on board. here's homeland security correspondent jeff pegues. >> reporter: u.s. officials are still trying to verify a photograph of purportrt soda can bomb isis p plished in its propaganda magazine. the terror group claims it was the device used in the terror attack. if that was the bomb, sources say it's more likely someone flipped the switch because there
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is no sign of a timing device to trigger the explosion. and there is still a belief that an a aport insider in sharm el-sheikh was involved. that's got u.s. law enforcement taking another look at airport security in this country. scott brenner is a former spokesman for the federal aviation administration. >> i'm not sure how you can stop something like that from happening. >> reporter: you're not sure how you can stop something like that? >> if you have an employee who is screened, who is-- who has been a good employee for a long timemeande just decides to do mething bad, i think that's a very difficult thing to stop. >> reporter: earlier this month, the homeland security security inspector general testified that his agency found thousands of aviation worker records with incomplete or information. and over want summer, a government investigation found 95% of mockxplosiveor w wpons checkpoints. peter neffenger, head of the transportation security reassure the public.
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>> we're on the front linesave critical counter-terrorism fight and our workforce is willing and able to do the job. >> reporter: 25 million people often fly over the thanksgiving holiday, and that's what they are expecting this holiday season. scott, tsa often steps up security this time of year, and passengers should expect longer lines and tougher screening at the airports. >>elley: jeff pegues for us tonight. jeff, thank you. republican presidential candidates are floating ideas on how to increase u.s. security. and there's been controversy all day after donald trump was asked about a potential database to track muslims in america. here's major garrett. >> we have a radical islamic terrorism problem. >> reporter: today in south carolina donald trump did little to clarify when he would create a federal database to track muslims in america. his only comment on the controversy was a tweet, "i didn't suggest a database.
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a reporter did." it all started yesterday when trump told yahoo! news, "we're going to have to do things that we never did before, and some people are going to be upset about it." adding, "security is going to rule." asked later if he would institute a tracking database for muslims, trump said, "we're going to have to look at a lot of things very closely." >> hi, there. >> reporter: campaigning in new hampshire today, ben carson said he thinks there should be a database for everyone who comes to the u.s. >> if we're just gonna pick out a particular group of people based on their religion, based on their race, based on some other thing, that's setting a pretty dangerous precedent, i believe. >> reporter: carson also raised eyebrows when he said this yesterday about resettling syrian refugees in the united states, a comment the campaign now admits was clumsy. >> if there's a rabid dog running around your neighborhood, you probably are
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not going to assume something good about that dog, and you're probably gonna put your children out of the way. >> reporter: trump and carson's language spoke to rising and visceral republican fears of terrorism, but, scott, other republicans saw trump's language as potentially disqualifying. jeb bush called it abhorrent, and john kasich said trump is country." pelley: major garrere in r washington newsroom. major, thanks. american muslims gathered the lincoln memorial in washington today to rally against isis. they invited people of all faiths with the message, "we're in this together." here's jericka duncan. >> my brothers, my sisters. >> reporter: imam mohamed magid leads one of the l lgest mosques in the country,, located near washington, d.c. as the paris attacks unfolded last friday, one thing went through his mind-- >> this is not what islam teaches. this is against all the teaching of islam.
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>> reporter: what do you say, though, to critics who say where's the outrage? where's the real anger from the muslim community? >> we're very angryry wewee very upset about this. no one should think muslims are not upset about this. >> reporter: magid said since the september 11 attacks he and other muslim leaders have publicly been decrying terrorism carried out in the name of islam. >> people have to know that there is no way what happened in paris rechts me or my religion. >> reporter: this week, thousands of muslims around the world have taken to social media using the hashtag #notinmyname. friday night, american muslims rallied outside the white house, united against isis. >> whether muslim or non-muslim we're here to say we are against terrorism in all forms. >> reporter: imam magid says he wishes more americaks saw
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>> i want them to see people playing basketball. i want them to see-- i'm getting emotional now. we have a lot to offer america and to offer the world. and unfortunately, those people hijacked the narrative of islam. >> reporter: jericka duncan, cbs news, washington. >> pelley: in another important story tonight, jonathan pollard, the american navy analyst who pleaded guilty to spying for israel, was released from federal prison today one day shy of the 30th anniversary of his arrest. pollard's imprisonment drove a wedge between the two allies. israel pushed for leniency but was turned down by five u.s. presidents. under the terms of his release, pollard cannot leave the u.s. for five years. he plans to resettle in israel one day.
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n.a.a.c.p. is joining a rally in minneapolis to call attention to the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a police officer. dean reynolds is there. >> reporter: all this week, anger and frustration has surfaced in a minneapolis neighborhood with a long record of racial grievances. >> we're shutting it down! we're shutting it down! >> w w applaud the young people for disrupting business as usual. >> reporter: nekima levi-pounds is president of the minneapolis n.a.a.c.p. >> because what's happening with the police department is one aspect of what causes this to be a tale of two cities-- the worst of times if you're black and the best of times if you're white. >> reporter: the demonstration were prompted by the police shooting of an unarmed black man, 24-year-old jamar clark, on sunday night. >> ma'am, i'm going to ask you to follow the rules. >> reporter: the turmoil spilled over into the city council chambers this morning. >> please remove this lady. >> you only want to hear what the community has to say. >> reporter: janee harteau is
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>> i am surprised that we continue to have suchanger and frustration and not as much movement forward. >> reporter: the police union says clark resisted when confronted during a domestic disturbance call and tried to take an officer's gun. others who say they were there said clark was on the ground with his hands cuffed. the officers involved have been put on administrative leave while surveillance video at the scene is being reviewed. protesters, claiming a cover-up, are demanding its release. are you concerned about rumor mongering in connection with this incident? >> i'm absolutely concerned with misinformation. >> reporter: with demonstrations like this one behind me continuing, the minneapolis police have turned over the investigation to the state police, scott, and the f.b.i. is looking into the case as well. >> pelley: dean reynolds in minneapolis for us tonight. dean, thanks. for millions the first snow of the season will arrive this weekend.
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>> pelley: 25 million americans are about to feel their first significant snow of the season. eric fisher is our chief meteorologist at cbs station wbz in boston. eric, what's coming? >> scott, it's interesting because this part of the country has been so warm all november long, and now all of a sudden, it is very much winter. take a look at the keep out of south dakota, especially early on this morning, in sioux falls they were averaging about two accidents every couple of minutes. heavy snow. the biggest report i've seen 17 inches of snow in harrisburg, south dakota. it's moving across iowa. many towns there are now also approaching a foot of snowfall, and a a of this is continuing to move its way east. towards chicago. top-five november snowstorm there in the city.
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chicago suburbs and stretching across lake michigan and southern parts of michigan through the day tomorrow. impressive snow totals also dragging down a lot of cold as we headline into the weekend, right acacss the middle of the country, 10 to 20 degrees below average. we're looking at high temps that will stay below freezing in chicago, 40 necessary atlanta, and 50s along the gulf coast, scott. >> pelley: eric fisher, wbz, thanks, eric. there's more ahead, including a
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>> pelley: that video of a french father explaining the paris attacks to his son has been seen 16 million times on facebook. steve hartman found even in his n home, it wasn't an easy conversation to have. here's tonight's "on the road." >> reporter: so far, my two boys, seven-year-old george and five-year-old emmet, have grown up inside a protective bubble of my creation. so far, my wife and i have shielded them from the paris attacks and just about every other bit of bad news on the planet. the goal was to keep them as care-free as possible for as long as possible. but this week, i started wondering if that was the right approach. so to find out what's best for my kids, i consulted some
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a lot of parents are wondering if they should tell their kids when bad things happen in the world. >> it might be really interesting to some kids. >> reporter: would you want to know? >> no. >> no, not really. >> reporter: seems there is a bit of ostrich in all of us. but i learned the biggest birdbrains are parents like me who think we can just gloss over terror with a white lie. you guys know that nothing could ever happen to you, right? >> it could, but it's really rare, and i can never get you to understand that. cause it's reallll u uikely, but it still has a chance. >eporter: what do you say to that, other than you're right. >> yeah. >> reporter: i went on to tell them a little bit about paris. >> did the people who got shot die? >> reporter: yeah. but in the end, my kids didn't need a talk as much as i needed a listen. they told me in the future i should be more honest about world events, but only the ones that really matter. >> like, i i therere a war in-- in-- and the united states lost
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the war, i'd really want to know about that. >> reporter: and that's how we left it. we finished the night with a book i always turn to after weeks like this one. dr. seuss' allegory about the rise and fall of hitler. i read it mostly for myself as a reminder that evil mayake up page or two, but it never gets the last one. "and the turtles, of course, all the turtles are free, as turtles, and maybe all creatures, should be." steve hartman, "on the road," at home. good night. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight.
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here for the deciding game are the three finalists. a volunteer c.a.s.a. guardian ad litem from manchester, new hampshire... a currency trader from chicago, illinois... and a paralegal from washington, d.c... and now here is the host of "jeopardy!" alex trebek! [ applause ] thank you, johnny. thank you, ladies and gentlemen. hi, folks. because i have very little imagination, i'm going to begin this program the way i think i've begun the deciding game in all of these tournaments in the past, and that is -- this is d-day -- decision day. at the end of this half hour,
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