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you. >> whoever came up with this idea is a piece of work. scott pelley is next. ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: air force none. the president-elect says cancel the order for new presidential planes. they're too expensive. >> we want boeing to make a lot of money, but not that much money. >> pelley: also tonight, the killer of former n.f.l. player joe mcknight is charged with manslaughter, announced at a bizarre news conference. >> reporter: sheriff, can you explain why you felt the need to read some of those foul comments? >> pelley: getting less than seven hours' sleep sharply increases a driver's risk of an accident. and, a most-fitting tribute to the fallen heroes of the u.s.s. "arizona." >> every single time i watch that explosion i felt a little pang in my heart.
this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. today, the president-elect took off on boeing, saying that the company's bill for a new fleet of presidential aircraft is sky high. the next generation of "air force ones" is not due until the next decade, but donald trump called for the contract to be scrapped in an early-morning tweet that triggered turbulence on wall street. nancy cordes now on mr. trump's plane talk and what's behind it. >> reporter: mr. trump's tweet shortly before the opening bell caused boeing stock to plunge before recovering throughout the hoy. boeing is building a brand new 747 "air force one," he wrote. "costs are out of control. more than $4 billion. cancel order." >> i think it's ridiculous. i think boeing is doing a little bit of a number.
we want boeing to make a lot of money, but not that much money. >> reporter: the two planes that currently serve as "air force one" are more than 25 years old. they are the last 747-200 series passenger jets still in use in the united states. the air force contracted with boeing last year to begin designing two or three replacements, slated for completion in 2023. mark rosenker oversaw upgrades to "air force one" after the 9/11 attacks. >> it is cheaper to buy a brand new aircraft, bring it into the 21st century, than to try to maintain an aircraft that was built in the '80s. >> reporter: it was unclear what triggered mr. trump's comments today, but his tweet came just 22 minutes after the "chicago tribune" posted this article, highlighting differences between mr. trump and boeing's c.e.o. when it comes to trade with china. the president-elect has also signaled a preference for his own jet, insisting last summer that "air force one is a step down in every way," though his
757 can't refuel midair or deflect missiles. >> it's a beautiful aircraft but is not capable of supporting the president of the united states. >> reporter: a few hours after bashing boeing, mr. trump praised a japanese company, softbank, making this announcement in the lobby of trump tower with the firm's c.e.o.: >> and he's just agreed to invest $50 billion in the united states and 50,000 jobs. >> reporter: the budget for the new "air force one" currently sits at about $3 billion and could climb, as mr. trump said o day, to $4 billion. he was a boeing stockholder, scott, but his campaign claimed today that he quietly sold all of his stocks back in june. >> pelley: nancy cordes awaiting the president-elect at a rally tonight. nancy, thanks very much. the son of a key member of the trump national security team was given the boot today after he helped spread fake news that led to a shooting at a washington
pizzeria. chip reid has that story. >> mike flynn jr. is no longer associated with general flynn's efforts or with the transition team. >> reporter: cbs news has confirmed that michael g. flynn, son of retired lieutenant general michael t. flynn, choice for national security advisor, resigned today because he had become "a significant distraction" to the trump , ansition team. flynn, seen here last month at trump tower with his father, had been pushing the so-called "pizzagate" conspiracy, a fake news story created by right wing web sites, alleging that hillary clinton was involved in a child sex trafficking ring headquartered at comet ping pong, a washington, d.c. pizzeria. sunday, 28-year-old edgar welch, after driving from north carolina, entered the pizzeria and fired shots from a semiautomatic rifle. no one was hurt. he told police he came to rescue child victims but surrendered when he realized there were none.
after welch's arrest sunday, the younger flynn tweeted, "until pizzagate proven to be false, it will remain a story." transition sources say flynn resigned before he was to be fired, possibly seconds before. >> i talked to general flynn, and his son was helping him a bit with scheduling and administrative items. but that's no longer the case. >> reporter: the younger flynn has also tweeted other bizarre conspiracy theories and racist remarks. scott, the elder flynn, the retired lieutenant general, has also spread fake news stories about hillary clinton engaging in criminal activity, but so far, his job seems secure. >> pelley: chip reid in the washington newsroom tonight. chip, thank you. well, could vice president joe biden have won the presidency? hindsight may be 20/20, but foresight may be as well. today, biden told reporters he plans to run in 2020 when he'll turn 78. then he quickly walked that back
saying that he's not committing to anything. today, criminal charges were filed in last thursday's road rage shooting death of former pro football player joe mcknight. jericka duncan has our story in harvey, louisiana. >> reporter: today, jefferson parish sheriff newell normand took the podium to explain why it took four days for his office to arrest and charge 54-year-old ronald gasser with manslaughter after gasser admitted to shooting former n.f.l. player joe mcknight. >> we conducted over 160 interviews. >> reporter: he would not say what those eyewitnesses revealed or what specifically was seen in surveillance video that led authorities to make the arrest. >> mcknight exits his car. there continues to be a verbal altercation. mr. gasser pulls his weapon from between his seat and the console
and fires three shots. >> reporter: it was an unusual news conference with the sheriff becoming increasingly defensive about how his office handled the investigation. >> for those who have criticized the men and women of this organization, and the strategy, decisions that we made relative to that, tough. i don't care. >> reporter: he then proceeded to read out loud offensive social media posts related to the case. >> "i know that norman is a piece of (bleep) and you stood behind that white boy with that (bleep). you won't even stand with your people. you self-serving (bleep)." >> reporter: can you explain why you felt the need to read some of those foul comments? >> in this society today, are demanding immediate results, and we're castigating people that are trying to do the right thing.
>> reporter: the sheriff says a gun belonging to mcknight's stepfather was in the car, but there was no evidence to suggest that mcknight threatened gasser with that gun. scott, we reached out to gasser's attorney but did not get a response. >> pelley: jericka duncan for us tonight. jericka, thank you. in oakland, california, firefighters have now searched 90% of the warehouse that went up in flames during a dance party on friday night. late today, a crane began knocking down sections that are unsound. 36 bodies have been recovered. all but one have been identified, and david begnaud has the later. >> reporter: the bureau of alcohol tobacco and firearms is on the scene tonight, leading the investigation into what caused the fire. jill snyder is the special agent in charge. there is a report that a refrigerator may have been the source of the fire. can you confirm that? >> the fire investigators have not made a conclusion yet as to what the source of the fire is.
they're still examining all of the evidence. >> reporter: the a.t.f. does not believe the fire was intentionally set. cadaver dogs were used to search the building twice. they did not find any more human remains. there is an ongoing criminal investigation. teresa drenick is spokesperson for the alameda county district attorney's office. you're looking at the woman who owned the building and the person who leased it, correct? >> amongst others. >> reporter: what are the possible criminal charges that they could face? >> everything from murder, possibly, to manslaughter, to other criminal violations. >> reporter: a former resident of the so-called ghost ship shot this video of deplorable conditions-- broken walls, propane tanks in bathroom, debris, and water leaking on the bathroom floors. and cbs news obtained this video showing police inside of the warehouse in october. we're told they were there to access the roof of a neighboring building, but you can see them looking around. oakland city councilman noel gallo represents the area where the warehouse is located.
>> i am not going to make excuses for the city because we have documented, we have turned it in, we have called it in. i have called personally the police in front of it to shut that place down and to get them to remove that debris. >> reporter: there is a california law now decades old which says people in this case, esctims' family members, cannot sue the city of oakland for failing to make an inspection. scott, cbs news has confirmed when recovery crews went into that warehouse to start removing the bodies, some of the victims were holding each other. >> pelley: david begnaud at the scene, david, thank you. we also know more this evening about the man who ran the building. mireya villarreal has that story. >> reporter: can i talk to you for a second, derrick. the manager of the ghost ship refused to answer our questions early tuesday morning. almena was leasing the building at the time of the fire for $4,500 a month and renting out space to musicians and local artists. >> i am incredibly sorry. >> reporter: almena called the ghost ship his dream, a place that brought people together.
he defended the space, telling nbc his own family lived there. >> should i be held accountable? i can barely stand here right now. >> reporter: almena and his family were not in the building at the time of the fire. the ghost ship was the subject of numerous code complaints. former tenants like shelley mack say she lived here because it was cheap, but there were no fire alarms, sprinklers or proper electricity. >> this is all illegal. there's no heat. it's filthy. >> reporter: court records show almena was on probation after pleading no contest in january to receiving stolen property. danielle boudreaux was close to the family. >> these children were living in squalor and i called everyone i could and their families to get those children out of that environment. >> reporter: just hours after the fire ripped through this oakland warehouse, almena posted on his facebook page: boudreaux
boudreaux blames almena. >> he didn't take the time to put sprinklers, to put fire alarms, to put fire extinguishers, to put any kinds of signs to where the back stairs were. >> reporter: while almena could face charges, the owner of the building is also being investigated. she has yet to surface. scott, throughout the day there has been a steady procession of people coming by this memorial right here. they've all left different messages of love and support with different wording but all with the same sentiment: we will never forget. >> pelley: mireya villareal, thanks. the upper midwest is being hit by an arctic blast tonight. north dakota is getting the worst of it. schools, highways, and airports have been closed. onar villafranca is in bismarck. >> reporter: it's only fall, but winter is here in the great plain. in douglas city, minnesota, drivers battled nearly zero- visibility highway conditions.
in bismarck, north dakota, with wind gusts topping 60 miles per hour, whiteout conditions and icy roads made driving nearly impossible. >> you can see a semi turning the wrong way here. >> reporter: residents are digging out of a blizzard that blanketed parts of the state in 19 inches of snow. bismarck resident corrie guerts woke up to a seven-foot snow drift blocking her door. the arctic blast is on the move. the cold front is sweeping across eastern montana to minnesota, widespread subzero wind chill temperatures. western north dakota is getting punched with the lowest wind chill-- all the way down to 30 below zero. the wind chill is 14 below zero because of these 40-mile-per- hour gusts. and, scott, residents expect this white stuff to stick around until the spring. >> pelley: omar villafranca with the big chill. thanks. today, the supreme court dealt a
blow to apple. the justices sided unanimously with samsung in a long-running patent dispute. the court found that samsung did copy some of the apple's design for the iphone, but not enough to hand over all of its profits from samsung devices. a lower court will now decide how much samsung does owe. coming up, the cbs evening news will bring you this story-- a good night's sleep can be a matter of life and death. and later, 75 years after pearl harbor, "arizona" honors the crew of its namesake battle ship. namesake battle ship.
dangerous as driving drunk. here's errol barnett. >> reporter: look closely at the bottom of the screen and you'll see this driver's eyes are closed. at the top, the approaching light post. this sleeping driver woke up when his car left the road. in a new study, a.a.a. found 35% of u.s. drivers get less than the recommended seven hours of sleep daily. sleeping just five to six hours left drivers almost twice as likely to be involved in an accident. four to five hours meant four times as likely. and driving on less than four hours' sleep increased the crash risk by nearly 12 times. >> teenagers, older adults, and people who have a sleep debt are among the highest risk groups. >> reporter: jake nelson is with a.a.a. >> one in five crashes where somebody dies in that crash involved a driver who was drowsy or hadn't earned enough sleep
the night before. >> reporter: 18-year-old tyler warne of one of them. six years ago he died in a crash after falling asleep at the wheel in the middle of the day. he was about to graduate from high school. >> he didn't recognize that he was too tired. >> reporter: his mother, kerrie, said he was getting an average of five hours of sleep. >> i never once talked to him about drowsy driving or what that would look like. i didn't know. i didn't know to do that. >> reporter: the best way to avoid this danger, a.a.a. says, is to get off the road, even if you feel slightly drowsy; to have a passenger who can take turns driving if possible, and, scott, avoid heavy foods before you hit the road. >> pelley: errol barnett for us tonight. thanks, errol. still ahead, beyonce's grammy record. can for adults with advanced non-small cell lung cancer
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time i've watched that explosion, i felt a little pang in my heart. >> reporter: bill westcott was named after an uncle he never met, who died aboard the u.s.s. "arizona." >> his name is william percy westcott, jr. >> reporter: may i see the picture? >> you may. >> reporter: three years ago, he started work on an idea for this-- a thin red outline across the bustling commons at the university of arizona. it is something new to remember something old-- the exact measurement of the doomed battleship's main deck. >> the fourth bomb came down in this area here. >> reporter: david carter, who restores historic buildings, studied the ship's blueprints and discovered a perfect fit, like it was meant to be. >> in the initial outline of the ship, 597 feet long, and we had five-eighths of an inch to spare. >> reporter: five-eighths of an inch. >> yes. >> reporter: wow.
in the middle, a structure like the ship's bridge, with a medallion for each man who died, more than 700; 22 were under college age. students of today, like elizabeth quinlan, can meet the young men of that terrible day. >> it's very humanizing, so you start realizing that there's actual names and faces that go to these different incidents. >> reporter: the last medallion was for william westcott, signed by bill. >> now and forever. >> reporter: the memory of every lost sailor, now passed to a new generation. when you see your uncle's name, what's in your mind? >> i think about the scale of the ship and the scale of the loss. >> reporter: and a debt of honor to a fallen uncle, now paid in full. barry petersen, cbs news, tucson, arizona. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news, all around the world, good night.
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beginning with juliette goodrich at the warehouse.>> reporter: all of this work continues this is deemed a potential crime scene, taking you overhead where you can see the top of the warehouse in the last couple of hours cadaver dogs were brought in to search through the debris and a sheriff's deputy official told me they brought a drone in to look at that video carefully to search where the source of the fire may have started that is the number one question as well. officials are reporting a refrigerator may be among possible sources of the warehouse fire, but they still have so much debris to clear out that is what they have been doing today but they can't confirm an official source or cause of the fire that may take some time that is what they are looking to the end of the warehouse, a mission of clearing and collecting evidence today. late today the next phase removing sections of the uppe