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allen and veronica will be right here at 6:00. ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: cyber war. how russian hackers crashed the democratic party. >> you were up against two adversaries. it wasn't just donald trump. it was also the russians. >> pelley: also tonight, the syrian ceasefire collapses. assad's bombing resumes. civilians are trapped as the world watches. four years after sandy hook, a video designed to head off another tragedy. >> they're saying i should have been able to recognize the signals that the kid was giving. >> pelley: and we'll remember one of the tv fathers we knew best. ♪ don't waste another minute on your crying ♪ this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
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>> pelley: this is our western edition. u.s. intelligence is working against a deadline of january 20, the day president obama leaves office, to complete the investigation he ordered of attempts by foreign hackers to influence the election. one focus is the russian break- in at the democratic national committee. and tongiht, we know a lot more about that tonight, thanks to jeff pegues. >> reporter: investigators believe the attack began in july of 2015, more than a year before the presidential election. thousands of emails were sent to hundreds of organizations. ultimately, the hackers known as cozy bear and tied to russian intelligence burrowed into the computers of the democratic national committee, and they stole documents and emails that would later come back to haunt democratic presidential candidate hillary clinton. adam hodge is with the d.n.c. >> this is unprecedented. a foreign government attacked the entire democratic party with one goal, and that was to help
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donald trump. >> reporter: the u.s. intelligence community is split on whether the hacks were intended to help mr. trump, but since at least 2010, u.s. intelligence analysts have been warning of russian cyber intrusions and information warfare. a 2013 threat assessment concluded russia is among three countries focusing on using internet content that might contribute to political instability and regime change. with the d.n.c. hack, an f.b.i. agent first noticed these suspicious activities earlier this year. he called the d.n.c. and was transferred to a help desk. his calls went ignored. it took several months before the d.n.c. realized that it had been contacted by the f.b.i. >> to verify the authenticity of the f.b.i. agent that said who he said he was. >> reporter: several months? >> it's hard to believe, but that's the reality. >> reporter: president-elect trump has brushed off allegations that the russians
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were trying to boost his candidacy. >> u.s. intelligence sources confirm this sort of thing could not have happened without his blessing. >> pelley: jeff pegues tonight. >> pelley: jeff pegues for us tonight. donald trump's election could cost him a prized possession. he recently converted a washington landmark into a luxury hotel. but the old post office built in 1899 is still owned by the government, and that's a problem. here's julianna goldman. >> one, two, three. ( applause ) >> reporter: to build his newest hotel here in the nation's capital, president-elect donald trump leased the building from the federal government. the contract included a standard clause that says, "no u.s. elected official can be part of the lease or privy to any benefit from the deal." that means the day mr. trump takes office, he'll be in breech of contract, unless he cuts all
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financial ties to the hotel. >> they need to resolve it as ason as possible. >> reporter: congressman elijah cummings says a top official from the general services administration, which oversees the property, recently told democrats they tried to reach the trump team but haven't heard back. >> we want the american people to have trust in the decisions that the president makes, and by eliminating these conflicts, you then open a door for that trust. >> reporter: while he's not legally obligated, mr. trump has said he'll separate himself from his businesses, but this week postponed a press conference to lay out how he'll do it. instead, he tweeted that prior to his inauguration he will turn over his business to his two adult sons. also problematic, since they're actively involved in the transition, and the d.c. hotel is a prime example, according to steven schooner, an expert on government contracts at the george washington university law school. >> just try to imagine a civil servant negotiating once a year with the president's adult
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children, knowing that their supervisor was appointed by the president. >> reporter: the g.s.a. put out an official statement saying it will wait to see what mr. trump does with his businesses before taking any action. scott, the trump organization did not respond to our request for comment. >> pelley: julianna goldman, thanks. mr. trump met today in new york with billionaires who, for the most part, did not support him. and he had a message for the chief executives of silicon valley. major garrett is covering the transition. major? >> reporter: scott, the president-elect told technology executives he wanted to work with them, but one company was conspicuously absent, america's most influential twitter user did not invite that social media company to the meeting. c.e.o.s from apple, amazon, microsoft and google as well as others were summoned to trump tower, but twitter, according to the trump transition, was not invited because it lacked the economic clout of the other invited companies.
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now, there has been bad blood between twitter and the trump team. during the campaign in its latter stages, trump officials wanted the social media company to create a custom icon to accompany mr. trump's nickname and hashtag for hillary clinton, "crooked hillary." twitter initially agreed but then its c.e.o. backed out of the deal in early october, objecting to the emoji's design. scott, there is no proof that disagreement had anything to do with twitter's absence today. >> pelley: major, thank you very much. and the president also told those executives he would do everything he can to support innovation. the president-elect's first overseas crisis is likely to be syria, and today the agony of aleppo deepened as a negotiated ceasefire failed the minute it began. tonight, time-lapse video shows the eiffel tower going dark in solidarity with aleppo, a city that once held two million residents, reduced now to ruin by years of siege and starvation.
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the u.s. blames syria's assad dictatorship and its allies, russia and iran, for prolonging the fight. we have more now from holly williams. >> reporter: the buses waiting in aleppo this morning were supposed to evacuate fighters and civilians from the last remaining rebel-held section of the city. [explosion] instead the ceasefire collapsed. there was shelling, and more air strikes, and the buses went away empty. several thousand civilians-- men, women and children-- are holed up in around two square miles of territory with aleppo now nearly entirely under the syrian regime's control. it's a major victory for the regime after four years of fighting in the city. but it was won by indiscriminately killing civilians, with help from syria's allies, iran and russia. syria's president, bashar al assad, calls the rebels
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terrorists, and in an interview yesterday with russian tv, he castigated the west for trying to protect them. >> it doesn't matter what they ask. the translation of their statement is for russia, please stop the advancement of the syrian army against the terrorists. >> reporter: the u.s. has condemned the regime and its friends in russia and iran, but in five years of civil war, america has avoided a direct confrontation with the syrian regime. fearing a dangerous escalation and perhaps conflict with russia, the price of that policy has been paid by syrian civilians with their lives. the united nations human rights chief said today the bombardment of civilians in aleppo by the syrian regime and its allies is almost certainly a violation of international law, and, scott, he said it may be a war crime. >> pelley: holly williams for us
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in istanbul. today, the federal reserve raised a key interest rate a quarter of a point, a milestone in the recovery from the great recession. senior business correspondent anthony mason is here with us. anthony? >> reporter: scott, the vote was unanimous. the fed raised rates for the first time this year and only the second time since the 2008 recession. once more, the fed forecasts it will hike rates three more times next year in 2017. we expect the economy will continue to perform well, fed chair janet yellen said, citing improving jobs numbers, unemployment is now at 4.6%, and the economy has added 180,000 jobs a month this year. but wall street was not celebrating. the dow, which had been within striking distance of 20,000, fell 118 points, snapping a post-election rally that had lasted seven straight sessions. but the dow is still up 8% since the trump victory. scott?
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>> pelley: anthony, what will mpis mean to most folks? >> well, until the trump economic policy is in place, scott, it's really not clear. fed chair janet yellen said there has been a cloud of uncertainty hanging over that, but it is clear the fed wants to continue to raise rates next year, the question is by how much. >> pelley: anthony mason for us tonight. anthony, thank you. today one of the three survivors of the charleston church massacre told a jury she came face to face with the gunman. that man, dylann roof, is on trial for federal hate crimes, and he could face the death penalty. drk strassmann is in charleston. >> reporter: that 911 call from the night of the massacre was played today for dylann roof's jury. >> reporter: the caller was survivor polly shepperd. >> reporter: today in federal court, the 72-year-old testified that as the faithful shut their eyes for the closing prayer,
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raots rang out. she hid under a table. dead and dying people lay around her. then roof spotted her. roof remembered that moment in roof remembered that moment in his videotaped confession to f.b.i. agents the day after the murders. >> reporter: but while shepperd testified today, roof would not look at her. [gunfire] yesterday jurors saw this video roof took of himself firing a glock .45 pistol in his backyard. the same weapon he brought to the murderous rampage at the mother emanuel church less than two months later. a medical examiner testified that each victim was shot at least five times.
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susie jackson, at 87, the oldest victim, was shot ten times. eric manning, the pastor at mother emanuel, sees deeper meaning in polly shepperd's survival. >> she stood in the face of evil and almost evil backed down. >> reporter: when shepperd finished testifying and left the stand, most of the people in the courtroom stood up out of respect. roof stayed seated. scott, closing arguments are set for tomorrow morning. >> pelley: mark strassmann for us. mark, thank you. this morning in newtown, connecticut, they paused for 15 minutes, exactly four years after the massacre at sandy hook elementary school. 26 people were killed then. 20 of them first graders. this month sandy hook promise, started by family members, posted a video to turn attention toward the warning signs of a
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tragedy. here's dr. jon lapook. ♪ got some news today from the radio man ♪ spoke the word somber... >> reporter: it seems to be a charming story of young love. >> have a good summer. >> you too. >> reporter: two teens flirting. >> hey, you must be bored. >> reporter: but then... >> oh, my god. >> do you like to write? >> yes, that's what i do. >> reporter: then terror. as the scenes are replayed, we realize what we've missed, a troubled student, getting bullied, posting a disturbing selfie, gesturing violently, but as the ad points out, no one noticed. >> after sitting alone then all the warning signs happened. >> reporter: students at broadview middle school in danbury, connecticut, watched the video online.
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declan jakobson is an eighth grader. >> it was saying that i should have been able to recognize the signals that this kid was giving. >> reporter: his school has adopted a violence prevention program, developed by sandy hook promise, called "say something." what are you taught are the warning signs? >> when people isolate themselves, when they're being bullied, a lot of times that will lead to something, or when they're obsessed with death, gun, things like that, they also also teach you to talk to a trusted adult. >> reporter: psychiatrist dr. harold schwartz co-authored a 2014 report on the newtown shooter. >> risk signs appear in many people who will never perpetrate violence, so what we can do that will be most effective will be to create prevention programs. >> reporter: research shows school shooters have often communicated their plans beforehand, through social media, texting or conversations. >> we definitely need to destigmatize what it means to report.
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for school children, we need to try to end the code of silence. >> reporter: avery marquis spoke up after seeing another student bullied. do you ever have any fear that you might be snitching on somebody? >> no, because in this school we make it such a big thing that it's not snitching. it's saying something for everybody's safety. >> reporter: i asked some of the students if their role in trying to prevent violence was placing too much pressure on them, but they told me, no, they feel empowered by the program, appreciating what a difference they can make by focusing on somebody they might normally not even see. >> pelley: if you see something, say something. jon, thank you. coming up on the "cbs evening news," temperatures fall as quickly as the snow, and later hollywood hits chosen for immortality.
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first demarco morgan in upstate new york. demarco? >> reporter: scott, the people here in watertown are in for a long night. up to two feet of snow could blanket the northern and western part of the state by the end of the week. heavy lake-effect snow and a blizzard warning in calumet, michigan, stopped some drivers right in their tracks, making walking the quickest mode of transportation, even in four degrees. further east, in buffalo, new york, white-out conditions forced a battle between man and nature. the combination of snowfall and whipping 45 mph winds led to stressful, white-knuckle driving in watertown. a steady band of snow started falling early this morning, enough to keep plow driver bruce reome busy. >> the main thing that really surprises me when i'm out here doing this is people don't slow down. i see people pass me when i'm out clearing the road, and a mile up the road i'll see them in the ditch. >> reporter: i'm jamie yuccas
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in stillwater, minnesota, where it is currently three degrees, but with the wind-chill it feels like it's 14 below. those are perfect conditions to make these man-made ice castles, but not so great if you're not bundled up. exposed skin can get frostbite in minutes, and, scott, tomorrow morning it's supposed to only be 10 degrees below zero. >> pelley: demarco morgan and jamie yuccas in the fortress of solitude, thanks. up next, "thelma and louise" drive off to a place of honor. honor. i have asthma...
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>> pelley: well, that'll keep you up at night. "the birds" is one of 25 classic movies that the library of lngress added today to the national film registry, to be preserved for their cultural importance. ♪ the circle of life the list includes "the lion king," "the breakfast club,"
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ethe princess bride:" >> hello. my name is inigo montoya. you killed my father. prepare to die. >> pelley: and "thelma and louise." ♪ ♪ today, yahoo! said it fell victim to what is likely the largest data breech ever at an email provider. hackers are believed to have stolen data from more than one billion user accounts in august of 2013. the data include email addresses, birth dates and security questions. a separate breech was announced in september involving half a billion yahoo! accounts. up next we'll remember alan thicke. r alan thicke.
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>> pelley: television has made dozens of sitcom dads part of our popular culture. one of the most famous was played by alan thicke, who died of a heart attack yesterday at the age of 69. jim axelrod has his story. ♪ show me that smile again show me that smile ♪ >> reporter: hard to believe perhaps, but it was 31 years ago that alan thicke introduced us to dr. jason seaver, the warm and upbeat tv dad on "growing pains." ♪ head out on the highway >> reporter: the role of wise and loving father wasn't a stretch for thicke, a devoted dad to three boys. ♪ if you can't hear including music star robin thicke. >> i think all three of my boys are quite fabulous. i have a great relationship with them. we're very close. >> reporter: robin posted on his
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instagram: "he was the best man i ever knew, the best friend i ever had." >> the red hot chili peppers. >> reporter: before "growing pains," alan thicke hosted his own talk show. ♪ now the world don't move to the beat of just one drum ♪ >> reporter: and composed the themes for "different strokes" and the "facts of life." ♪ you take the good you take the bad ♪ you take them both and there you have ♪ the facts of life >> reporter: the 69-year-old canadian was a passionate hockey fan. the hockey world loved him back. wayne gretzky tweeted, "he was a wonderful man, father, husband and friend." ♪ we got each other nine words that speak volumes about alan thicke's life well lived. jim axelrod, cbs news, new york. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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the "ghost ship" warehouse before the fire that killed6 people... but only on 5: we're hearing that may not the full story... the oakland fire department said they never visited the ghost ship warehouse before the fire that killed 36 people but only on "5" we are hearing that might not be the full story. good evening, i'm veronica de la cruz. >> i'm allen martin. only on "5" kpix 5 has learned that oakland firefighters had been inside the ghost ship warehouse. what's more, they had to know about concert events that were happening there. kpix 5's wilson walker talked to a man who was there when fire crews showed up. >> a friend of mine was a promoter for the show and the friend's band of mine was playing so a lot of my friends were there. so i went to check it out. >> reporter: he became part of the show that is him adding some cowbell for his friend's band but at some point during the night in 2014 there were
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unexpected visitors. >> i'm not sure when but sometime in the middle of the show i think pretty early on, the firefighters showed up, um, inside the building, um, walking around at least downstairs i believe they are upstairs but i forget. >> reporter: he says those firefighters were friendly, didn't appear alarmed by anything and seemed to just be checking things out, something he was grateful for, given the nature of the space. >> i really appreciated the first being there. >> reporter: yesterday they said there are no records for firefighters stepping inside the warehouse. >> we don't have any record stating that our firefighters had made entry or were aware of what was going on. >> i'm not sure of what led up to it, but there is multiple firemen there, um, and i expect there would be some sort of record of that. >> reporter: off camera i spoke with two more people who were at the event in 2014 and


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