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>> axelrod: tonight: bone-chilling. some of the coldest temperatures in decades are in the forecast. we'll show where the freeze is deepest. and jeff pegues explains why new rules for pilots are making matters worse for travelers stranded by the snow. what if it's this cold at next month's open-air superbowl in new jersey? terreln wi an update on the latest plans. pope francis on the line. mark phillips tells us about the order of nuns that got a voice mail from the pope. and lights, camera, action. carter evans on the stunning videos that give new meaning to "sunset boulevard." captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news." >> axelrod: good evening. i'm jim axelrod.
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it's called "the polar vortex". which is the scientific term meteorologists use to explain the historic cold gripping a large section of the midwest right now. the rest of us just say it's stunningly cold. the polar vortex is a counterclockwise rotation of dense arctic air that's built up over the north pole. and is then pushed south by the upper jetstream. it is producing wind chills that tomorrow night could have some sections of that region feeling like 60 below zero according to the national weather service. wisconsin will see its coldest weather in 18 years. in des moines, iowa, they have closed an ice skating rink because it was too cold. and in minnesota they've already canceled school statewide for monday. that's where kate raddatz of our cbs station w.c.c.o. picks up the story. >> reporter: high winds overnight made minus-five feel like minus-29 as ice and snow closed down i-29 in fargo. frigid temperatures here in
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minnesota which can cause frostbite in less than five minutes led the governor to close schools statewide, which hasn't been done in more than 20 years. brenda cosealius is the state's education commissioner. >> we've been monitoring it very closely over the past week, looking at this pattern, the significant wind-chills and public safety for the children going out and not being clothed appropriately and waiting on bus stops and that sort of thing. you just can't predict. >> in downtown des moines, ice skaters were on the ice rink one last time, before the ice rink closes because of the extreme cold. id last night, ice piled up on this train from new york to washington, still digging out from friday's blizzard over 200 volunteers helped elderly residents who were still stuck in their homes after over a foot of snow fell in boston. scott hoffer is a volunteer with the snow crew. >> it's nice to know they can get out of their house if they need to.
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>> reporter: jim, in the next couple of hours the temperature is going to drop down to 0° here in minneapolis. and will stay below zero for 90 consecutive hours. >> axelrod: kate raditz of w.c.c.o., thank you. let's bring in meteorologist chris schaffer who is also with w.c.c.o. chris, we heard a report, 90 hours of frigid cold. how long will this frigid danger zone expand? >> jim, we'll have to endure this for three days. check all these temperatures. on monday, much of the midwest will feel like the planet hoth. many of these areas, nine below in chicago and the subzero reaches as far south as st. louis. >> axelrod: but it's not just the upper midwest. >> no, this polar express is going to barrel through the east and southeast, i think there will be freeze warnings as far south as florida and probably some excited kids in parts of alabama and georgia making snow angels and snowmen with one to three inches of snow.
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>> axelrod: snow in alabama, this is uncommon. chris shaffer, thank you. the weather would've made a mess of things anyway on a major travel weekend with people coming home from holiday trips. but new rules that take effect today, limiting pilot hours in the air, are creating ripple effect chaos around the country for passengers who are trying to re-book flights. look at this map from flightaware.com. anywhere you see red. that's an airport designated as "miserable". and it's only going to get worse jeff pegues has more: >>reporter: at regean nation airport passengers were working hard to get home. linda barone lives in long island, new york. >> i was supposed to leave on thursday. >>reporter: airlines are trying to get back on schedule after several days of storm-related cancellations and delays. but the new rules governing pilot rest brakes are throwing a wrench into the already higher travel weekend. new f.a.a. rules limit pilot's flying time to eight or nine
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hours, depending on when they start their shifts. also, a ten hour minimum rest period prior to flight duty. during that time, the pilot must have eight hours of uninterrupted sleep. the new rules are already impacting some flights. the spokesman for jetblue says weather disruptions are a factor, but: jetblue says weather is a the industry has had two years to prepare for the rule change. some have hired new pilots to fill scheduling conflicts. two airlines have developed other scheduling software. this weekend, some airlines are bringing in more employees and attempting to warn passengers about canceled flights as soon as possible. it was the crash of colgan air 3407 in bufallo in 2009 that renewed debate regarding rule change. investigators determined fatigue was a factor in that crash. jetblue officials support the changes because they are safety- driven. still, airlines are having to adjust during one of the most
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challenging travel periods of the year. mark rosenberg is a cbs news consultant and former chairman of the national transportation and safety board. >> we need need to make sure our pilots are fit for duty and not fatigued. that's what we're going to be doing with these new rules and regulations. >> reporter: some experts say these new rules will cost the airline industry $300 million. jim, this is some of the most sweeping changes for pilot regulations in 50 years. >> axelrod: jeff, thank you. airplane manufacturer boeing says it will now keep thousands of jobs in the seattle area after a tight union vote barely went it's way. but as don daylor tells us, some are accusing boeing of using fear as a tactic to win painful concessions. >> reporter: by the narrowest of margins, 51%, the machinist union voted to accept an eight year contract with boeing. in return for a $15,000 signing bonus, workers reluctantly agreed to give up their valuable
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pensions and switch to a 401k type retirement plan in two years. some employees are bitter, saying boeing is squeezing its workers even when the company is flush with profits. >> i feel a lot of our people were scared, because of what they've been told, over and over and over during christmas break. and when you have a gun to your head eventually you're going to give in and say, "okay, i give." >>reporter: the gun he's referring to was boeing's threat to move out of washington state. after the union originally rejected the contract in november, boeing began wooing 22 other states. there was fierce competition to land the new plant and its thousands of jobs. aviation industry analyst scott hamilton says this was a negotiating tactic only a company as big as boeing could wield. >> it means that you have upwards of 27,000 direct and indirect jobs that will stay here through the next decade and the decade beyond that. >> reporter: with the yes vote the union's 32,000 members are
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guaranteed at least a decade of work on the company's new wide- body jet, the triple-7. >> it's a tough thing for the workers to give back anything. my view is it's better to have 80% of something than 100% of nothing. >> reporter: boeing says other seattle businesses, from grocery stores to car dealerships, will also benefit from those jobs staying in the area. don dahler, cbs news, new york. >> axelrod: in an iraqi city where some of the fiercest fighting took place in the early years of the iraq war, government forces tonight are losing ground in a battle with al-qaida linked forces in fallujah. site of a hard-won u.s. victory during the iraq war. the insurgents have seized control of the main highway into the city, and are firing on government units trying to re- enter the city. pope francis hasn't been on his new job even a year, yet he has been moving catholics and non-catholics alike, worldwide. mark phillips reports on how he's winning folks over through a series of gestures great and small:
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>>reporter: the crowds pope francis has drawn to the vatican over this holiday season have provided more evidence that this people's pope with the common touch has touched a chord with catholics. and there's been more of that common touch lately. the pope, famous for picking up the phone and cold-calling catholics out of the blue, has done it again. this time he called an order of nuns in a convent in spain to wish them happy new year. but when nobody answered an apparently frustrated pontif left a message. what are the nuns doing that they can't answer the phone? the pope asked. what were the nuns doing so that they missed a call from the boss? they were praying, they said. communication with the heavens is the priority, not staffing the switchboard. apparently the pope had tried to reach them several times and finally did get through later. pope francis, who lives a simple life and talks of tolerance and
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church dedicated to the poor has brought the people back. and now the vatican has released the numbers to prove it. according to the church's count, pope francis has more than tripled the attendance at the major papal appearances compared to his predecessor. more than six and a half million people came out to see him at church functions since his election last march, the vatican says. not all of them, presumably, expecting a personal phone call. mark phillips, cbs news, london. >> axelrod: don everly said today, "i loved my brother very much". phil everly, the younger of the two brothers who helped create modern rock and roll, died last night at the age of 74. while the ever;y brothers didn't always get along so well their musical harmony was undeniable. here is anthony mason. phil everly was a teenager when he and his older brother don made their network television debut.
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the everly brothers had 35 hits at the height of their popularity in the late 1950's and early 1960's. their exquisite harmonies influenced the biggest names in rock music including the beatles, bob dylan, the beach boys and linda ronstadt. >> they have had hit after hit after hit. >> here are the everly brothers. ♪ i've been made blue ♪ i've been lied to ♪ when will i be loved? >>reporter: the brothers went through difficult times and didn't speak for many years. that is until one famous duo brought the brothers back together as the opening act for their world tour.
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>> the everly's were our heroes and our models it's with enormous pleasure that i introduce you to don and phil the everly brothers. >>reporter: the everly brothers left an indelible mark on the music industry. it's no surprise they were among the first ten performers to be inducted to the rock and roll hall of fame. ♪ dream dream dream >>reporter: phil everly was seventy four. >> axelrod: barbara bush is now out of the hospital in houston. the 88-year-old former first lady had pneumonia. but will now be able to celebrate her 69th wedding anniversary at home with her husband on monday. later, the long suffering spiderman musical. ending one life on broadway. starting another in vegas. how ready is new jersey for a
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weeks. we asked terrell brown to take a look at what happens if they get the kind of weather then the midwest is getting now. >> workers cleared eight and a half inches of snow from the sight of next month's super bowl. a dress rehersal for perhaps one of the most challenging to put on in history. even green bay prepared for its playoff game in sub-zero temperatures has a heated field to help melt snow and ice not >> they hope that this is what people talk about as one of the legendary super bowls, "remember the one where it snowed?" that's what they want, just not the one, "remember that catastrophe from new york when it took 12 hours to get off the parking lot? they had to move the game to saturday." or what have you. > the average temperature of kickoff at a super bowl is 66°, but in 2010, the league waved requirements for a minimum temperature of 50° or a roof on on the stadium, allowing new jersey to host the game. the anticipated 500,000 fans
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flocking to hotels, restaurants and bars are to not worry about flight delays or cancellations. bad weather could actually mean bigger business. donna partre faley. >> folks may even come in earlier. so they can also stay later, if the need be, so there maybe an actual uptake in the economics of bad weather. >>reporter: the nfl says super bowl 58 is expected to generated as much as $600 million for the city and state economies. it is too soon to predict the forecast, but according to the national oceanic atmospheric administration the coldest temperature recorded on any february 2nd in the meadowlands is minus 2 and the most snow on record is 3.4 inches. terrell brown, cbs news, new york. >> the u.s. coast guard icebreaker polar star is racing tonight to help the russian and
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>> axelrod: the most expensive musical in broadway history, "spiderman: turn off the dark" is turning off the lights. tonight is the last night for the high-flying show which was plagued with a host of technical problems, injuries and a sharp decline in ticket sales. the show will close somewhere near $60 million in the red. the producers plan to relocate the show to las vegas. >> axelrod: in roanoke, virginia today, they held a memorial service today for a 92-year-old man named william overstreet, jr., a fighter pilot during world war ii. now, you want to talk heroic? try captain overstreet's dogfight with a german pilot. that took his p-51 not above nazi-occupied paris, but through it, chasing the nazi in his plane under the eiffel tower. here's his account. >> he figured i'd try to go around and he'd have time to get
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>> axelrod: we close tonight with another look at one of america's largest cities. los angeles often gets a bad rap for being soulless. but as carter evans reports, a photographer has now set out to change people focus on l.a. ♪ >>reporter: this is los angeles in a whole new light. as seen through the camera lens of filmmaker colin rich. >> you spend a lot of time on freeways, zooming past buildings. >> reporter: but you never really take the time to look? >>reporter: so rich did stop and look. it took him 16 months to capture just four minutes of picture perfect images. >> once you start seeing cars zoom through traffic.
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you see this energy flow throughout it. >> l.a. is rarely seen as a city with a heart. but rich gave it a pulse. >> so the streets are like blood vessels. >> i think so, yeah. it's just like veins in your body, and capillaries, you know, how you, uh, you know, send cells around, that, to me, is basically a city. >>reporter: ironically in a city known for perfect weather, most days look more like this: so finding the perfect shot and clear skies, takes patience. >> the it's just timing. a lot of waiting. >> reporter: a lot of waiting. rich shoots with a computer controlled camera on a track. you had this thing hanging over buildings. yeah, it's been everywhere in l.a. >> and he drew some strange looks in the process. >> people thought i had a rocket launcher. >> reporter people thought it was a weapon. >> reporter: armed with his
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camera, rich ventured into alot of neighborhoods, the familiar and the forgotten. and wove them together in a video that's gone viral. >> i think a lot of people don't think of los angeles as a real city-city. >> oh, it is >> reporter: a city that through thousands of time lapsed images has come alive. carter evans, cbs news, los angeles >> axelrod: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. later on cbs' "48 hours." for now, i'm jim axelrod, for all of us at "cbs news" thanks for joining us and good night. cbs news thanks for joining us captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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