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over the sesese >> pelley: dangerous weather hit the south. millions of people in five states are on alert for tornadoes. also tonight, more cases of zika in the u.s., spread by sexual transmission. apple's lawyers say unlocking the iphone of a terrorist is a slippery slope. >> apple knows how to do lots of things, buof but it is not an employee of the united states. >> pelley: and who let the dogs out? wait till you see. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: a tough day is turning g to a rough night in much of the deep south. multiple tornadoes have been spotted, as well as a water spout, near new orleans.
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an r.v. park in st. james paris in louisiana. as many as 10 million people in five states will be under tornado watches over the next 24 hours, and david begnaud begins our coverage. >> reporter: it started during the lunch hour in louisiana. triple tornadic water spouts developed over lake ponch train in new orleans. an hour west of here, in white castle, louisiana, a motorist captured what is believed to be a wall cloud with a tornado wrapped in it. another tornado was reported in praireville, 20 miles east of the capital baton rouge. a gold's gym took a powerful punch. a wall was ripped off the building. this is what it looked like late this afternoon in assumption, parish, an eerie sight after a reported tornado plowed a path of destruction. >> look up. look up. >> reporter: southeast of baton rouge-- >> it's right in front of us. it's going to cross right in front of us. >> reporter: a tornado crossed interstate 10.
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>> reporter: downed trees were strewn across livingston parish. by noon, reports of at least 11 tornadoes across louisiana, mississippi, and alabama. tndz of schools closed early ahead of the severe weather which knocked down power lines, damaged cars and homes. along the gulf coast, more rain is expected to cause flash flooding. scott, that r.v. park you mentioned a short time ago in convent, louisiana, i just got off the phone with the manager. he has dozen a walk-through. he said there are numerous injuries and r.v.s that are tossed like toys and right now there is a search-and-rescue operation under way. >> pelley: david begnaud thanks. eric fisher is chief meteorologist at our station wbz in boston. eric, what's next? >> reporter: well, scott, we're watching this powerful storm system diving into the gulf coast states tonight. we have tornado watches out, including a p.d.s.-- particularly dangerous situation-- tornado watch from new orleans just into the western parts of the florida panhandle tonight. we'll be tracking these storms eastward.
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up a little bit during the overnight, the storms moving across the alabama, the florida parn handle and into georgia so urging everyone to stay very weather aware tonight. that severe threat moves to the east coast, up to the.c. are in pticular, we'll focus on a chance of severe weath in the carolinas tonight. there is also a cold side to the storm, watching heavy cold across eastern illinois, northwest indiana, michigan and where totals could top a foot in some towns. scott, a wintry element to the storm as well. >> pelley: eric fisher, wbz, thanks. there is no storms in the forecast tonight for donald trump. he is expected to win the republican caucuses in nevada. here's dean reynolds. >> we're down to crunch time, folks. we gotta do it. >> reporter: his road to the nomination getting wider by the week, donald trump wound up his nevada campaign with a slap at his rivals. >> watch out for dishonest stuff.
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very quickly and that's the only way we lose. >> reporter: trump has been drawing big crowds here. last night, 6,000 heard him call out a heckler this way. >> i'd like to punch him in the face, i'll tell you. you. ( applause ) i love the old days. you know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? they'd be carried out on a stretcher, folks. >> reporter: all of it drove marco rubio to this 11th hour analysis of the party's plight. >> 70% to 65% of republican have already decided they don't want donald trump as their nominee. as long as that vote is being divided up among multiple people, it's good for donald. >> reporter: appalled by the street fighting over second place between rubio and ted cruz, some in the conservative establishment said today it's time to take down the front-runner. in an urgent call for donations to directly attack trump, a superpac, largely funded by the family that oppose the chicago cubs, expressed the worry that, "we are about to nominate a candidate who shares none of the values of our party has held
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lead our party to general election ruin in november." following suit, the conservative advocacy group club for growth released this ad. >> he's really just playing us for chumps. trump, just another politician. >> reporter: but, preparations are under way at this hotel for what the trump campaign believes will be its third victory party of the year. and, scott, the nevada g.o.p. says tonight's caucus turnout will likely be greater than it was four years ago. >> pelley: dean, thanks. well, hillary clinton is hoping for her third victory party on saturday in south carolina. she and bernie sanders are appealingo african american voters with promises of justice reform. here's nancy cordes. >> hillary clinton put me and these moms together to move on a nation, to protect all of us. >> reporter: these five women are not household names. but their children are.
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being pinned down by police in new york. >> i can't breathe! >> reporter: sandra bland found hanging in her jail cell after scuffling with a texas officer during a traffic stop. >> let's take this to court. >> reporter: here in south carolina, their mothers are drawing crowds nearly as large as clinton herself does. >> all the candidates, nobody reachout and listened to us, but she did. >> reporter: how many of these events are you doing? >> we're doing about four a day. >> reporter: sybrina fulton's son was trayvon martin, killed at 17 by a neighborhood watch coordinator in sanford, florida. is it hard for you to share your personal story over and over again with all these voters? >> the more i talk about trayvon, the more it helps me heal. >> reporter: sanders has also reached out to victims of gun violence and police brutality, clght eric garner's daughter, who broke with her grandmother in a four-minute web video. >> i think we need to believe in a leader like bernie sanders.
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virginia, today, sanders promised he would tackle a broken justice system, too. >> segregation and racism and bigotry is not what this country is supposed to be about. ( applause ) >> reporter: clinton is appearing with the five mothers for the first time tonight here at a church in columbia. she met with them privately, scott, in chicago in november to gain their support. >> pelley: nancy cordes, thanks. well, in a break with history today, the republican leadership said the senate will not consider any nominee to the supreme court, no matter who it is. president obama is preparing to name his choice to replace the late antonin scalia. but the republicans say that seat should remain empty 11 months awaiting the next president. the senate has always given a nominee a hearing since at least 1875. here's chief legal correspondent jan crawford. >> there should not be a hearing
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anyone that the president nominates. >> reporter: senator john cornyn and the 10 other republicans on the judiciary committee explained in a letter to senate majority leader mitch mcconnell that the decision was based on constitutional principle and born of a necessity to protect the will of the american people. democrats, like judiciary committee member chuck schumer, called the move unprecedented. >> but to not even give the nominee a hearing and fair consideration is beyond the pale, and it won't stand. >> reporter:stand. but republicans said democrats laid the groundwork after years of delaying hearings and block g.o.p. nominees and they point to the words of then-senator joe biden discussing a possible vacancy in 1992. >> the senate judiciary committee should seriously consider not scheduling confirmation hearings on the nomination until ever-- until after the political campaign
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>> reporter: now, mcconnell again today said he saw no point in even meeting with the president's eventual nominee. and, scott, the white house pointing to 1875 as the last time a nominee failed to get a hearing or a vote. >> pelley: jan crawford on capitol hill. jan, thank you. and republicans had essentially the same reaction today when the president proposed closing the guatanamo bay prison for terror suspects by the end of this year. guatanamo opened in 2002 on the u.s. naval base in cuba, which allowed prisoners from afghanistan and elsewhere to be held without charges or trials. 779 prisoners have been held there, but today, 91 remain. margaret brennan is at the white house. >> the politics of this are tough. >> reporter: tough politics because the president's proposal involves bringing nearly 60 guatanamo prisoners to the united states. >> we're already holding a bunch of really dangerous terrorists
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because we threw the book at them, and there have been no incidents. >> reporter: of the 91 prisoners remaining at guatanamo, 35 would be transferred to other countries, 46 held in the u.s. under military guard, and at least 10 would face trial in criminal or military courts. that includes so-called 9/11 mastermind sheikh mohamed, who has never been convicted during his 13 years in u.s. custody. pentagon officials have looked at more than 13 locations in the u.s. for housing the prisoners, including the naval brig in south carolina, a supermax prison in colorado, and the military prison in leavenworth, kansas. but in 2011, congress made it illegal to transfer guatanamo inmates to the u.s. and republicans in congress are almost universally opposed to changing that law. kansas senator pat roberts made his opinion clear today. >> this is what i think of the
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terrorists to the united states. >> reporter: so did colorado republican congressman mike coffman. >> he knows that in fact the will of congress is not going to change, that we are not going to amend existing law, that would in fact allow these detainees to come to u.s. soil. >> reporter: president obama said that closing guatanamo will save taxpayers tens of millions of dollars and, scott, the white house today would not rule out taking executive action to shutter the prison if cwngress does not act. >> pelley: margaret, thanks. now, margaret just mentioned khalid sheikh mohamed, charged with planning 9/11. he was captured by u.s. forces in pakistan in 2003, and for the most part he's been at guatanamo bay since. his case is in a military court there. lawyers have filed more than 200 motions, many of them claiming abuse and torture, and after more than a dozen rounds of
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still likely years away. president obama held a video conference today to brief european heads of state on the cease-fire plan for syria that is supposed to begin on saturday. but that agreement does not include isis, which holds about a third of syria, or the al qaeda affiliate there known as al-nusra. it is rare for a western reporter to get into syria, but elizabeth palmer is there in damascus tonight. liz, what are you learning about the prospects of the cease-fire? >> reporter: well, i had the unusual opportunity of talking to two syrian army officers today, and both of them said personally, they had no appetite for a cease-fire. they were gaining ground on several fronts at the moment. they didn't want to lose momentum. one of them had just returned from officer training in moscow mean had his russian certificate proudly displayed on his bookshelf and he said quite frank let's russians are calling the shots.
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observe a limited truce here or there, we'll do it. as for the opposition, both of them were deeply scornful. they said most of the opposition groups don't have enough discipline to actually adhere to a cease-fire. they're constantly morphing, changing their names, changing their tactics, even changing their leaders. >> pelley: and secretary kerry in the united states said today he wasn't sure the cease-fire was going to work, either. elizabeth palmer in damascus for us tonight. liz, thank you. sexual transmission of zika virus is more widespread than we knew. and apple warns what might happen if it's forced to unlock a terrorist's iphone when the cbs evening news continues.s. then your eyes may see it differently. only flonase is approved to relieve both itchy, watery eyes and congestion. no other nasal allergy spray can say that. when we breathe in allergens our bodies react by over producing six key inflammatory substances that cause our symptoms. most allgy pills only control one substance.
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here's dr. jon lapook. >> reporter: angelica, who asked not to be seen, and her husband, dustin, were living in brazil last summer when dustin was diagnosed with zika. angelica was pregnant. earlier this month, doctors told them to practice safe sex. >> since the doctor suggested us to use protection, yeah, we are going to use it. >> reporter: the advice either to abstain from sex or use latex condoms during sex is now being given by the c.d.c. to all pregnant women whose male partners have been to zika-affected countrys. on february 2, the first known case of sexual transmission of zika virus during the current outbreak was reported in dallas. with today's 14 suspects cases, the c.d.c. is rethinking how the disease is spread. jennifer mcquiston studies zika at the c.d.c. >> with these new suspected cases that we're investigating, we're really becoming more aware that sexual transmission may happen more often than we previously thought.
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linked to microcephaly in newborns, abnormally small heads and developmental delays. the virus remains in the blood for an average of about one week, but can stay in semen for much longer, 62 days in one case. there's no evidence of sexual transmission from women to men. angelica is due in april and so far, so good. scott, you may be wondering why every day there's new information about zika. remember, 10 years ago, this infection was almost unheard of. now it's exploding and being gang tagled by the scientific community. >> pelley: john, thanks very much. up next, apple's fight for privacy. what about my family? my li'l buddy? and what if this happened again? i was given warfarin in the hospital but i wondered if this was the right treatment for me. then my doctor told me about eliquis. eliquis treats dvt and pe blood clots and reduces the risk of them happening again.
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>> reporter: last april in baton rouge, louisiana, 29-year-old britney mills, who was eight months pregnant, was shot when he answered her door. she and her unborn child were killed. police suspect she knew her killer, and her locked iphone could contain vital clues. police lieutenant johnny dunham: >> the fact that her phone was encrypted and we are unable too obtain his password has thrown up a stumbling block. >> reporter: sing the california magistrate's ruling that apple had to help the f.b.i. break into the iphone used by san bernardino shooter syed farook, there has been new focus on cases around the country involving locked smartphones. >> this is a very, very slip--ry slope. >> reporter: ted olson, apple's attorney, used to represent the u.s. government before the supreme court. you think that part of the slippery slope here is that ultimately, the government could develop a backdoor with apple's help to listen in, to eavesdrop
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>> yes. >> reporter: olson knows about terrorism. his wife, barbara, was a passenger on the plane that crashed into the pentagon on 9/11. he believes terror cases can lead to government over-reach. >> terrorists want to take away our civil liberties. they want to break down our system. they want us to over-reaction. they want us to say, "well, privacy goes out the window." >> reporter: but the district attorney in baton rouge, hillar moore, says britney mills' case is about catching a killer. >> the question is are you in it to live in a civilized society, free society, and you want justice, you have to give up some of your liberties. and this is one that i think is reasonable for you to give up. >> reporter: the f.b.i. rejects the argument that the san bernardino case would set a precedent. scott, apple expects this case to ultimately end up at the supreme court. >> pelley: jeff, thank you.
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the palace. but the special 90th queen's birthday issue of the high-society "town & country" magazine contains the spectacular revelation of a family ripped of such vicious infighting that a psychologist had to be called in, a rift between the queen's corgis, the dog breed she's famously fond of. >> there were a number of fights, and fights -- >> reporter: between the dogs. >> between the dogs. >> reporter: let alone between the families, between the dogs. pet psychologist roger mugford calmed the corgis down by sorgt out the hierarchy air, like the way the royals work, and he discovered a possible reason for the doggy discord. the corgis were at each other's throats at the same time that the royal family were at each other's throats over the breakdown of prince diana and prince charles' marriage. >> particularly, when you're
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going on in the family, as they were at that time, want princess diana situation. >> reporter: the royal dog life does seem like the royal family life. >> the bowls are leftovers from the palace kitchen, a battered silver dish here -- >> reporter: silver. >> and a cracked piece of porcelain there. >> mother, daughter. >> reporter: and there's another way the royal corgis are like the royal family. the royal line of people are all direct descendants of a single person, queen victoria. and the royal line of corgis are all direct descendants of a single top dog as well, at the palace, in dogs, and in people it seems, breeding counts. mark phillips, cbs news, london. >> pelley: and that's the cbs news for tonight. for all of us from cbs news all
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