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happen to him, the gopro was his proof. in hindsight, you sort of, look back on that and it's look, what? >> reporter: now cbs news has learned that artan purchased the knives he used in the attack just hours before he carried it out. and while, no direct ties to terrorist organizations have been discovered so far, federal authorities are increasingly confident, norah, that he used the internet to help him inspire his actions. >> dean reynolds. thank you so much. in less than two months donald trump will inherit america's war against isis. the u.s. is training and assisting iraqi and kurdish forces in the liberation of mosul, the last major city in iraq controlled by isis. this operation is now six week old. holly williams surveyed the battlefield with the top general. lieutenant general steven townsend served here in northern iraq during the u.s. occupation ten years ago.
>> what was the target? >> reporter: now he is back. the commander of the u.s. coalition against isis. visiting troops, manning a battery of howitzers in the desert. >> here is inside the city. eastside of city. >> reporter: a new generation of americans in iraq. this time around, aiding iraqi troops. who will do most of the fighting on the front line. how tough a battle is this? >> um, this fight would challenge any army. this fight would challenge the united states army. >> reporter: then he broke off our interview. >> they're about to fire over there. >> might be about to fire. >> reporter: should we have a look. >> because his men had isis in their sights. there are now around 6,000 u.s. troops in iraq. >> motivational isn't it? >> reporter: supporting over 40,000 iraqi fighters in the battle for mosul, an offensive criticized by president-elect trump for its lack of secrecy.
>> whatever happened to the element of surprise? okay? we announce we are going after mosul. reading about going after mosul, how long is it, hillary, three months? >> is a battle that size something you can keep a secret? >> no, i don't think so. it is hard to move 40,000 troops and all their tanks and trucks and artillery into position and it not be noticed by somebody. really hard to do that. >> reporter: donald trump stated solution to isis is to "bomb the hell out of them." at this command center where they launch air strikes on isis, every strike must be approved by senior officers. >> do those look like people to to you? center screen? >> it could take minutes or several hours. sometimes they're refused permission. captain matt lyles explained why. >> we need how to get it right for us. we need to get it right for them. >> reporter: you want to avoid killing civilians at all cost. don't want to destroy a house? >> correct. correct. >> if you don't need to. american air power is playing a
decisive role in beating back the extremists. but the simple truth is there, there is no easy solution to isis. and norah, the battle for mosul will be long and deadly. >> holly williams, thank you. there was emotional testimony today in charleston south carolina when former police officer, michael slager took the stand in his own defense. he is charged with murdering walter scott, a man he had just pulled over for a broken tail light. >> if you shoot -- >> i did. >> michael slager's voice cracked at times as he described the events that led to the death of walter scott 19 months ago. >> it is the only thing i could see. is that taser coming at me. i see that barrel, like this big, coming at me. >> reporter: a day that began with this routine traffic stop. and ended after a chase and scuffle in a burst of gunfire.
it was captured on cell phone video by someone passing by. >> i was tired. >> reporter: slager's argument is self defense. >> i was in a fight on the ground. mr. scott was coming after me with the taser twice. in my mind, my mind was like spaghetti. >> reporter: prosecutor bruce durant. >> from watching the video, sir, do you concede at the time that you shot mr. scott he did not have your taser? >> yes, after learning information now, i do. >> reporter: one of the lingering questions is what slager may have picked up and dropped near scott's body. >> i don't remember dropping the taser. i don't remember anything. >> you have a pretty clear recollection of what went on here. seems like you are not remembering the thing that are bad for you. >> we need justice for walter. >> reporter: scott's brother anthony says the video leaves no doubt. >> to me it is a man being shot in the back by a coward police
officer. >> reporter: slager used his taser 14 times in five years. now the scott family was in the courtroom as slager testified. the family declined to comment. norah, the jury starts deliberations tomorrow morning. >> jericka, thank you. coming up next, cuban dissidents hope for a new cuba after fidel castro. (coughs) cough doesn't sound so good. take mucinex dm. i'll text you in 4 hours when your cough returns. one pill lasts 12 hours, so... looks like i'm good all night! some cough medicines only last 4 hours. but just one mucinex lasts 12 hours. let's end this.
manuel bourjquez spoke with one. >> reporter: hassled by a man outside his home, a government official, a warning not to use fidel castro's death to promote change. >> reporter: when you found out castro was dead how did you react? >> i was thinking that was the right moment of, for the death of this person. >> reporter: he hosts an opposition talk show that is distributed on dvds through an underground network. he says he was detained 50 times last year. and in 2014, was beaten and jailed. after opposing the u.s. deal to reopen relations with cuba. he says it failed to address human rights abuses here and is
hopeful president elect trump will change course. >> you need to pressure the regime for that, you cannot give them the opportunity to decide if they are going to do or not. >> you think trump would do that? >> i think so. >> reporter: not all cubans feel that way. the society is slowly opening pinteraction with the u.s. is generally welcome here. economic opportunity could be the strongest catalyst for cubans to turn the page. from the castro era. >> he is part of the past. we need to pass over him. we need to pass over his name. we need to pass over his legacy. communist legacy. >> reporter: do you see a free election happening here, say in your lifetime? >> yeah, for sure, for sure. i am optimistic. >> reporter: you do? that will not be easy, judging by this crowd. norah, tens, perhaps, hundreds of thousands of cubans have gathered here at revolution square. joining heads of state for a massive tribute to their late leader. >> thank you. ♪
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ochochee sakoin camp. what we can tell you some of the pe people we spoke with are not budging. the governor's order comes days after the u.s. army corps of engineers managing the site set a december 5th deadline for the protesters to leave the area for a safer location. norah, with that evacuation deadline just six days away, the army corps of engineers and the sheriff's department here say they will not forcibly remove any of the people here from this camp. but as they like to be called, these water protectors, if they do stay, the sheriff's department says they stay at their own risk. >> incredible. michelle miller there, thank you. today the world's oldest person sell braltd her 117th birthday. emma morano lives in italy believed to be the last person alive who was born in the 1800s. get this -- she eats few fruits or vegetables, but she says she has enjoyed three raw eggs and
co-workers along with presidents, billionaires, and celebrities. all braving the ice bucket challenge that raised more than 200 million dollars to fight als. and it really got started with this. a blue plastic bucket jeannette senchchia used to mop her floors she did the challenge for husband anthony who suffers from the disease. >> the first documented connection between als and ice bucket. the curator of an exhibit at the smithsonian museum of american history called giving in america. >> you look at this, you think why would the smithsonian collect a mop bucket? really helps us tell the story, objects can help us understand our history. >> reporter: it is displayed next to a alms box from the 1800s people would have used to raise money for charity. >> the march of dimes can some one would have marched around the community going door to door asking people to contribute to march of dimes, the money would go into a pool of money from
their community into a bigger pool, bigger pool. in some ways not that much different from the ice bucket challenge. >> reporter: it shows that one contribution, when put together with so many can make a huge difference. >> right. the proverbial drop in a bucket to do it once when you do it 17 million times it really has an impact. >> reporter: drops in a bucket or from a bucket. become a deluge of good. jan crawford, cbs news, washington. and that's the "overnight news" for this wednesday. for some of you the news continues. for others, check back with us a little later for the morning news and of course, join charlie, gale and me on cbs this morning. from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm norah o'donnell.
>> announcer: this is the cbs "overnight news." and welcome to the "overnight news." i'm don dahler. firestorms continue to rage out of control in tennessee's great smoky mountains. bone-dry conditions and gale-force winds are driving the flames that devoured dozens of homes. and they're taking aim at the dollywood theme park. mandatory evacuations have been ordered. most people didn't have to be told to leave. demarco morgan is on the fire line. >> hit the gas. hit the gas. >> you are watching cell phone video taken by two brothers as they escaped from a vacation resort area in the mountains of gatlinburg, tennessee. they said they had no warning as the wall of flame surrounded
them last night. their only choice was to ride through it or die. >> please lord let us get off this mountain. >> reporter: by early evening, wind speed suddenly doubled turning into hurricane force winds that topped 87 miles per hour. fires spread when burning embers flew and toppled trees ripped down power lines. >> this is so close to the resort. >> reporter: this community is at the edge of great smoky mountains national park, the most visited national park in the country. logan baker was at vista hilton hotel when flames came right up to the building. >> the sullivan county fire chief. what is it like to be there? >> horrible. i mean it is just, devastating to, you know, all of the people lost their homes and businesses. and everything else. things they worked hard for. >> reporter: this is what's left. more than 100 businesses and homes destroyed.
take a look at this. it was once an apartment building. neighborhoods were left in smoking cinders. at this red cross shelter more than 1,000 showed up anxiously waiting to see what's left. greg lanham and family escaped with their pets and clothes on their backs. >> possessions are possessions. as long as i've got my family. that's all that matters, really. >> reporter: norah, unfortunately, dozens of families will be returning to places like this behind me. this home that was completely destroyed. but firefighters may get some help tonight as heavy rains and thunderstorms are expected. president elect donald trump is launching a victory tour of sorts. mr. trump and vice president elect mike pence will hold a rally in cincinnati tomorrow night. mr. trump scored a surprise and decisive victory in ohio. other stops on the victory tour haven't been announced. but the runningmates have another rally scheduled for saturday in new orleans. meanwhile, the president-elect filled more key administrative posts. major garrett reports.
>> reporter: cbs news confirmed that hollywood financier steve mnuchin president elect donald trump's nominee for treasury secretary. mnuchin was finance chairman but donated to democrats in the past. this will be mnuchin's first government position. the president elect also intends to nominate billionaire business man wilbur ross to lead the commerce department. >> this is a system not working for the american people. >> reporter: mr. trump's peck for health and human services is leading critic of obamacare, georgia congressman tom price was an early trump supporter and drafted comprehensive alternative to affordable care act. >> we want a system that is affordable for everybody, that is accessible for everybody of the highest quality and provide choices for patients. >> reporter: price's plan would abolish expansion of medicaid under obamacare provided insurance coverage to 15 million americans. price would also roll back
guaranteed coverage for patients with pre-existing medical conditions. he would use tax credits and promote health savings accounts to help americans purchase insurance. the president elect also named elaine chao as transportation secretary. chao served eight years as labor secretary under president george w. bush and is married. >> the love of my life, your senator, mitch mcconnell. >> to senate majority leader, mitch mcconnell. >> for secretary of state, mr. trump continues to deliberate among mitt romney, retired general david petraeus and rudy giuliani. senate foreign relations committee chairman bob corker was at trump tower today. the president elect is dining tonight with mitt romney. their second meeting in as many weeks. the president elect also took to twitter this morning to denounce burning of the american flag. and said it warranted prison sentences and revocation of citizenship. the supreme court ruled in 1989, that flag burning was symbolic protected free speech.
cyber monday turned out to be a smash hit. online retailers expect a final tally to approach $3.4 billion. that's up 10% from last year. internet sales for the holiday season are expected to top $91 billion. online payment giant, paypal expects 40% growth since last year. keeping those payments safe, is a big job. john blackstone paid a visit to paypal command center in san jose, california. >> reporter: we are here in the demo area at pay pal headquarters with an inside look how the company handles transactions around the world. paypal offers consumers a way to pay online without revealing personal information to retailers. but all the cyber monday payments represented on this globe have to be kept safe. and out of the hands of cyberthieves. >> this is the heart of our technology operations. >> reporter: this is paypal's command center, where purchase are monitored around the world, and around the clock.
this is like a space shot, mission control, looks like it? >> it is exactly. my favorite place. mj austin, technology executive at paypal. >> we have risk mod lds that we have gotten better and better over the years from learning we have done to identify when we see fraudulent transactions. >> it is cyber monday. the team is monitoring a torrent of financial activity in 100 currencies in 200 countries. >> reporter: somebody human staring at a screen, better check up on this, this looks fishy? >> exactly what happens. there is a bunch of smarts behind the actual monitoring. and through that monitoring we are able to highlight only those things that seem unusual. >> reporter: the sheer volume of transactions makes combatting cybercrime a daunting task. cyber monday, 2015, pay pal processed $25,000 a second. so much traffic, paypal's website crashed. >> we had a couple of small
intermitent outages during that time. but the reality is that, most customers were not impacted. paypal was one of the companies that shut down last month after hackers struck a company whose servers route internet traffic. the hack infiltrated web cams, smart clocks, and digital recorders. seanet editor at large -- >> like attackers knocking at the door. they're not getting into the bank. they're preventing any body else from getting into the bank. not necessarily a question of data being exposed or customers being at risk or data at risk, just that service itself being shut down. >> reporter: paypal says no customer information was stolen. still stevens wonders about the future. >> the next evolution of this attack is ultimately more devices. more and more smart devies are going forward they're going to be compromised in new ways. >> reporter: cyber monday following thanksgiving is of course, an american creation. which is why, paypal shows all these transactions in north
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to borrow a phrase it's beginning to look a lot like christmas on the streets of new york and, probably in your town too. michelle miller introduces us to some people who make the season come to life. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: in midtown manhattan, saks fifth avenue turned into the land of 1,000 delights. the theme of the show running every ten minutes each evening from now through the new year. the display of 225,000 programmable lights, strobes, foliage and crystals took 11 months to produce and six weeks to install. welcome to american christmas. >> reporter: this is it. this is my dream. you understand? >> a christmas wonderland for
sure. >> reporter: it really is. it started here, with fred schwaan and his company american christmas. >> this is 14-foot diameter wreath that will hang in the general motors building on fifth avenue. >> reporter: we visited back in october. just days before these treasures were trucked done to manhattan. >> the building is 110,000 square feet. and it is filled with every type of christmas decoration and display that you could imagine. >> reporter: candy canes. 57th street. >> these are 1 foot tall candy canes that hang at 9 west 57th street. this is a section of the 72 foot half round tree that gets mounted on the facade, marquee at radio city. >> reporter: this is it? >> that's it. >> reporter: the tree is wired with 10,000 led lights. it took 25 people to build. and 40 people to install. >> reclose three lanes on sixth avenue and work overnight. overnight christmas happens at
radio city. >> reporter: this clients are a who's who of retailers, up and down fifth avenue. and in 30 cities around the country. like cartier. >> we decorate the mansion on fifth avenue with a giant bow and ribbon. and the panthers are significant part of the cartier marketing so we have these lit panthers climbing up the building sitting on the ledges. we have thousands upon thousands of ornaments and novelties and florals and ribbons and it puts us in position to always offer unique custom displays to all of our clients. >> organization is key. >> i think our ability to organize all of these different materials and elements is critical to our success. >> the company was a present of sorts from his father when he was just a month away from graduating college. marvin schwaam was a commercial artist, specializing in plant and flower arrangements.
he had a small christmas division. >> were you one of those kids i am not going in the family business? >> as a kid it was not my intention. even while i was in college it was not my intention. >> reporter: for years, he worked hard to build american christmas. >> i literally walked to every block of manhattan. and called every one that i could possibly call. it took a number of years, but slowly but surely, i started to gain a clientele. >> reporter: he got his big break in 1997, when radio city and rockefeller center got on board. >> reporter: you know what you could have said, fred? take a look around me, why wouldn't they hire me? >> we try to give our cleents a sense for what we are capable of. and talk a little bit about our experience. and hopefully that will provide comfort and, and, influence them to engage with us. >> how far do you go? >> go big or go home.
>> reporter: mark metric is president of saks fifth avenue. what does american christmas bring? >> elevated energy. they know how to do it. goal was to bring joy. joy is the word this year. everyone needs it. >> reporter: including the hamp family. >> fantastic. only see something like this in new york city. it's beautiful amazing. >> it gives you that christmas feeling. that, that, that feeling of being -- with your family, that good feeling on the inside. >> reporter: employees enjoy seeing their works on display, just as much as anyone else. >> reporter: it must be thrilling when the lights turn on the onlookers are there and -- their response to what you and your team have created? >> yeah, for myself and for my entire team, watching the reaction of people on the streets and watching literally thousand of people taking pictures in front of our displays it is a great thrill.
♪ ♪ the holiday season is a time to count your blessings. family, health, even your job if you love that. well, seth doane traveled to tokyo and caught up with a man who really loves his job. running the railroad. >> reporter: home to japan's super sleek bullet train. and it is a stop for nearly 2 million passengers riding 3700 trains every week day. this is tokyo station. at the center of this universe, clad in white, is the station master. like his trains, takishioto keeps a tight schedule the we raced around trying to keep up with him. it's vital for me to check on things with my own eyes, he said. let's make it nice and tidy he instructed this cleaner. on the platform, he told another worker, don't catch cold. >> reporter: you seem to really love your job? >> i do, he agreed, adding well
after my wife. but, i have been with trains longer. >> reporter: does your wife ever get jealous? >> no, he said. we have a saying in japan, it is good to have a husband who is healthy and absent. this station really is his second family. his emplyoyees call him japanes for parent. at the start of his day we found eto doing caligraphy, painting n, connection, his favorite word. from cradle to grave we encounter millions of people he said. the few we share our work place with are precious. get this, he bows whenever he enters or exits the station. it mentally prepares you for customers, eto told us, and shows them appreciation. we watched as he saluted trains. stopped for a quick picture. and monitored the cleaners who turn around these trains in 7
minutes flat. and no this video is not sped up. he has almost 500 employees, he says he considers them his kids, and one of the most important parts of each day is about to happen. >> yes. ♪ happy birthday to you >> reporter: he serenades each and every impl employee on thei birthday. it creates a connection, he said. everyone's birthday is that person's most special day. the station itself built in 1914, recently celebrated its 100th birthday. it's looky to be standing. >> in the 1980s it came within a hair's breath of being demolished. >> reporter: asby brown, an architecture professor, lived in tokyo for 30 years. >> you would not think it is the same station.
>> reporter: he showed us how one side of the renovated nation is modern. the other is more traditional. and faces japan's imperial palace. >> it was really a symbol of the japanese empire. it has this, this grand oes, classical, kind of dignified appearance. the other side was really like the back side of the city. it was always a little dustier and just more business like. >> reporter: you have the super modern on one side meeting the almost old-fashioned on the other? >> definitely old-fashioned. and yet, when this building was built, this was the peek of modernism. >> reporter: today it boasts shops, its own hotel, and bar. even a signature tokyo station cocktail. and it is remarkably clean. save for some wrappers, eto snatched up. and a little dust he noticed behind a computer. >> reporter: we watched you go around and pick up the trash. at one point you want down picked up a piece of trash and showed it to the people nearby.
why? >> i'm trying to set an example, he told us. tokyo is the gateway to japan. for the olympics we will have visitors from 200 countries. we can't speak the same language. but we can show a spanking clean station. >> reporter: all right. sipping one of the tokyo station cocktails, we toasted to the whole idea of this place. >> to connections. >> reporter: making a connection. the cbs "overnight news" will be right back. (achoo!) did you know
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there is a little town outside detroit that is being reborn. with the help of a very dedicated resident. steve hartman found her on the road. highland park, michigan next to detroit has all the makings of a ghost town. this was the library. this was the high school. much of the town just plain was. but as we first reported in july, that wasn't enough to stop this one imagination. >> i just felt that it was a space to build and do things on. >> reporter: one through your background in urban planning. >> i don't have anything in urban planning, sitting on this porch. conjuring what i want to do on the block.
you have a better imagination than i do? this one-time school administrator is now architect of the most unlikely redevelopment project in michigan. >> we own the lot on the corner. >> reporter: several years ago she set up a nonprofit. got donations. >> on this lot here too. started reversing the decline on her block. >> reporter: are you paying all these people? i see a lot of people working. >> a couple. most are volunteers. >> she embraces everyone. she tries to uplift everyone. >> reporter: this is just some of her army. >> when she need something done she knows who to call and it is going to got done. that's why mama is so amazing. >> reporter: they call her mama shoe. she will put a boot in your behind if you don't help rebuild avalon street. plans to put a park and after school house here. basketball, volleyball, tennis courts here. a green house and cafe in this old garage. and much more. >> you are going to see this whole block looking like suburban blocks, grass, trimmed,
flowers all of that. that's what you are going to see. >> reporter: mama shoe is driven to do all this partly for her community and partly as a tribute to her son, jacobi. in '07, he was killed by a hilt and run driver. he was 2 and is still very much in her heart and on her shoulder. >> go, mommy, go. he says that. go, mommy, go. >> reporter: he keeps whispering in your ear to do all this? >> all the time. >> reporter: talk about terrible 2s. >> demanding whatever. won't take no for an answer. that's my boy. >> reporter: since we first told the story workers have completed the park and most of the home workhouse. ellen dope nanated a building, village headquarters. mama shoe won an award for humanitarian of the year. >> the avalon village is for the people. >> reporter: she has much to be thankful for this weekend. and even more to look forward to. >> i want it to be something infectious. i want other people to know what they can do to their
seatbelts are perhaps the most important safety feature on any car. but believe it or not. seatbelts can actually injure some drivers. especially senior citizens. drivers aged 85 or older are nine times more likely to be injured in a crash. chest injuries are the most common. and, they're usually caused by the seatbelt. kris van cleave has that. >> reporter: seatbelts are credited saving 14,000 lives last year. but the seatbelts are designed for your average 40-year-old male. so the amount of force it takes to keep an average 40-year-old male in place that could actually be enough force to injury a smaller or older driver. >> i remember sitting there and my body was just flipping back and forth. pam ended up in a neck brace after a jeep backed into her
car. her seatbelt kep her in the seat. researchers bleep it may have contributed to her concussion and back injuries. >> probably would have went through the window the way i was moving on had i not had it on. would. >> reporter: the seatbelt pam and the rest use was not designed for the 60-year-old, 5'5" frame. >> if a car can drive without a person, controlling it, why can't we have a safety system that, that could respond to better save some one. >> reporter: using crash tests like this to study the amount of force needed to protect those with more fragile frames like smaller and older drivers. the goal is to have seatbelts that one day automatically adjust to the person they're protecting. >> going to take a lot more force to stop me from going into the steering wheel than it would a grandfather or grandmother. and so that force, against my thorax is not going to cause rip fractures in me potentially. but perhaps too much force for some one older. >> reporter: crash tests show how seatbelts save lives.
the driver at the top of your screen without a belt is launched forward. but when it comes to older drivers in particular, seatbelts are also blamed for a hyperrate of potentially serious even deadly chest injuries. as older drivers tend to be more easily injured in a crash. already, 43 million u.s. drivers are over 65. that's nearly one in every five drivers. their ranks are expected to swell by 77% by 2045. >> seatbelts do their job. they do their job very well. let's raise the bar higher. my job is to try to improve safety such that no one is being injured. >> to be clear, researchers say everyone, regardless of age, or size, should wear their seatbelt when they're in a car. but there are some things you can do the seatbelts are adjustable. you want to loper it down, so the seatbelt rests on your clavicle here, much stronger than your ribs. other thing, make sure you have 10, 12 inches between you and airbag in front of you. >> that's "overnight news" for this wednesday. to for some, the news continues.
for others check back later for the morning news and of course "cbs this morning." "cbs this morning." from the broadcast cenenen b captioning funded by cbs it's wednesday, november 30th, 2016. this is the "cbs morning news." a firestorm erupts in tennessee, leaving at least three people dead and destroying hundreds of homes. president-elect donald trump makes a deal that is giving workers hope in analysis and could be his administration's best victory. from enemies to allies. mitt romney praises the president-elect as he waits to find out if he will be added to mr. trump's cabinet.