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vision and hearing loss. the man was worn out in a matter of minutes and could barely read a piece of paper put in front of them. welcome to the club. ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> glor: on the "cbs evening news" this thursday: from the nation's capital, the new congress. nancy pelosi and democrats take control of the house. what it means for the president. the latest on the deadly winter storm moving through the southwest. and, the world war ii survivor who waited 90 years to do this. all that and much more, beginning with the headlines in 60 seconds. >> the honorable nancy pelosi is duly elected speaker of the house of representatives. >> democrats taking control, the new congress officially in business. >> this house will truly be the people's house. >> new congress sworn in, in the midst of a partial government shutdown. >> both parties still dug in. >> without a wall, you cannot have border security. >> an emotional reunion between
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the woman who was stuck upside down in a sinking car, and her rescuers. >> they truly saved my life. >> authorities have dropped a domestic violence charge against redskins linebacker reuben foster. >> the 24-year-old is still barred from playing football under n.f.l. rules. >> a wild ride for a paraglider in australia. >> the man tossed off a cliff and into the air by a dust devil. >> incredibly, he was not injured. >> cue the pink floyd-- china has landed a spacecraft on the dark side of the moon. >> humans have never landed there before. >> if your new year's resolution was to cut out sweets, you might want to look away. >> it is now officially girl scout cookie season. >> there's a new cookie in down, carmel chocolate chip. >> it is gluten free. >> when are they going to make a carb-free cookie? >> glor: this is our western edition. good evening, i'm jeff glor reporting tonight from washington, d.c. where history was made today. nancy pelosi took the gavel as
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speaker of the house for a second time, the only woman to ever hold that role, and democrats now control the chamber. a short time later, president trump made an appearance at the podium in the white house briefing room and congratulated pelosi. he appeared with border patrol agents there who made the case to fund a border wall, which is at the heart of the partial government shutdown right now. all of this took place during another steep sell-off on wall street. we'll have more on the president's comments and the markets in just a moment, but we start with the 116th congress. nancy cordes is on capitol hill. >> nancy pelosi, i extend to you this gavel. ( applause ) >> reporter: california's nancy pelosi regained the speaker's gavel today, announcing a dramatically new direction for the house after eight years of republican control. >> keep our sacred promise to the victims and survivors and families of gun violence. end discrimination against the l.g.b.t.q. community. ( applause ) we must also face the existential threat of our time, the climate crisis, a crisis manifested in natural disasters of epic proportions.
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>> reporter: pelosi administered the oath of office to the most- diverse new congress ever. for the first time, more than 100 female house members were sworn in today, including the first two native american women and the first two muslim women. congress overturning a two- century ban on hats this afternoon, so that minnesota's ilhan omar could wear her hijab on the house floor. she and 24 other new members are under the age of 40. their youth, reflected by the swarm of congressional offspring who filled the chamber. >> nancy pelosi. >> reporter: at 78, pelosi is the first person to reclaim the speakership in more than 60 years, winning support from all but a dozen democrats. >> cooper. >> present. >> present. >> reporter: after two months of horse trading and policy promises.
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>> transparency will be the order of the day. >> there are three issues that we're going to take up right away. >> reporter: this afternoon, democratic committee chairs, newly vested with subpoena power, began to lay out their plans to investigate president trump and his administration. >> you know what's been happening with families separated at the border. >> reporter: democrats filed legislation today to go after the president's tax returns, and vowed to reopen a russia probe house republicans closed last year. and as special counsel robert mueller continues his investigation, pelosi today disputed the justice department's claim that a sitting u.s. president can't be indicted. >> glor: all right, and nancy joins us now from the hill. nancy, democrats also said today the first order of business is reopening the government. where does that stand tonight? >> reporter: well, the house is voting tonight on a bill to fund the swath of the government that has been shut down for almost two weeks now. it is a democratic bill,
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however, and it does not include the funding that the president is seeking for a border wall. and so he says this bill is a nonstarter. he's inviting democrats and republicans to come back to the white house to negotiate tomorrow. if anything, jeff, the two sides appear to be more dug in than they were before the holiday. >> glor: it sounds like it. all right, nancy, thank you very much. we'll be watching that meeting tomorrow, of course, very closely. major garrett was in the white house briefing room today as the president made his latest pitch for the border wall. >> i just want to start off by congratulating nancy pelosi on being elected speaker of the house. >> reporter: with all eyes on capitol hill and the new house democratic majority, president trump came to the white house briefing room for the first time, flanked by border patrol personnel. >> you can call it a barrier, you can call it whatever you want, but essentially, we need protection in our country. >> reporter: brandon judd, president of the border patrol council, a union that has long backed mr. trump's tough immigration policies, spoke of his experience.
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>> i can personally tell you from the work that i have done on the southwest border, that physical barriers, that walls actually work. >> reporter: the president and congressional democrats are at odds over white house demands for $5.6 billion to accelerate wall construction. democrats have offered $1.3 billion for border security, but nothing for the wall. a point new house speaker nancy pelosi emphasized in an interview on nbc. >> the president cannot hold public employees hostage because he wants to have a wall that is not affected and the president said mexico is going to pay for this. come on, let's anchor ourselves into reality. >> reporter: most americans oppose building a wall on the southern border, according to a cbs news poll cod noerreppe president's position. the partial government shutdown is hurting efforts to stop illegal immigration away from the border. the federal e-verify website used to confirm documentation for workers is down, and judges
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hearing immigration cases are idled, increasing backlogs. the department of homeland security is preparing to ask the pentagon for personnel and engineers to place another 160 miles of concertina wire along the southern border. the military has already put 70 miles of that wire up. the military's mission on the border, set to expire at the end of this month, jeff, would be extended if this request is approved. >> glor: okay, major garrett, thank you very much. we are going to move now to that tough day on wall street. the dow fell 660 points, more than 2.8%, after word that apple's iphone sales have fallen in china. that has some investors worried about a broader slow-down in china. shares of apple fell 10% today. the company has lost more than $450 billion in market value since its peak last year. at least four people have died as a major winter storm moves across the southern plains now. snow and ice have caused hundreds of accidents.
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omar villafranca is in oklahoma tonight. >> it's slick, isn't it? whoo! >> reporter: freezing rain and snowfall have created treacherous travel conditions across the south. government buildings and schools shut down as a winter storm warning is in effect through tomorrow. in oklahoma, at least four people died in weather-related crashes. slick roads caused a 21-car pileup in tulsa last night that sent at least two people to the hospital. and in wichita falls, texas, icy roads caused cars to veer out of control and flip over. up to six inches of snow has fallen in shamrock, texas, making some roads too dangerous to navigate. one good samaritan pulled a vehicle out of a ditch, and almost caused another accident. officials are urging people to stay off the roads. tracy terrill with the oklahoma department of transportation
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says his crews started spreading salt on the roads on new year's day in preparation for the storm. how quick do the conditions change? if somebody thinks, "oh, i already drove that road, i'm okay?" >> in the beginning of storms, when there are spotty showers, they can change pretty quickly, within a half a mile or a mile. >> reporter: that quick? >> yeah. >> reporter: more than four inches of snow fell here in lawton, oklahoma, and the state has about 220,000 tons of salt mix that they're ready to deploy, but it doesn't look like they're going to need to use it all, because this storm is headed towards the northeast later this week. jeff. >> glor: all right, omar, thank you very much. a fiery crash shut down interstate 75 this evening near gainesville, florida. four vehicles, including two tractor-trailers, collided on a road soaked with spilled diesel fuel and went up in flames. at least six people were killed, eight others taken to hospitals. there are late developments in the deadly shooting of a seven- year-old girl in texas tonight.
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janet shamlian says we are getting our first look at a possible suspect. janet. >> reporter: jeff, good evening. the sheriff's department has just wrapped up a news conference here moments ago, releasing a composite sketch of the believed gunman. they are hoping that this will lead to the arrest of the man who shot and killed that little seven-year-old girl. >> what will you miss most about your sister? >> her smile. >> reporter: for the first time, the only eyewitness to the shooting that claimed the life of jazmine barnes, her 15-year- old sister, alexis, is talking. >> he was white and he had blue eyes and that was it because he had a hoodie on so i couldn't see his hair, nothing like that. >> reporter: alexis says the driver of this red truck, captured in this grainy image, had a 5:00 shadow, not a beard. as the family copes with what happened, there has been support from celebrities like actress gabrielle union, and the daughter of dr. martin luther king jr., bernice king. home town houston texan's wide
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receiver deandre hopkins tweeted that jazmine's face reminded him of his own daughter's. "on saturday, i will be playing in your honor, jazmine." >> he emptied out his gun. >> reporter: jazmine's mother, laporsha washington, who was hit in the shoulder during sunday's shooting, is still trying to understand why the gunman opened fire. do you think this could possibly be a hate crime? >> yes, it was a black person and it was a white person doing the shooting, so i don't know if he's out here, sick, you know, doing this because he's getting off to it, or whatever it is, but he's taking innocent lives, and it's not fair. >> reporter: the reward money to find jazmine's killer has now surged to more than $100,000. the devastated family will lay their little girl to rest on tuesday. jeff. >> glor: janet shamlian in houston. janet, once again, thank you, to you. the american ex-marine who was
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arrested in russia was formally indicted today on espionage charges. he could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted there. jan crawford is following this story. >> reporter: american paul whelan is expected to remain at least until february in this russian prison, where he is now being held in solitary confinement. the 48-year-old former marine, now head of security for a michigan auto parts company, was arrested at the historic metropol hotel in moscow on friday. russia media said he was found with a thumb drive and charged with trying to recruit russians who could provide government secrets. his brother, david, said he was in russia for a friend's wedding. >> it's just, it's inconceivable to all of us that he could be considered a spy for any government against the russians. >> reporter: whelan's russian lawyer called his arrest "senseless and baseless." he said whelan does not speak russian well, and he has asked for a roommate who speaks
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english, and a toothbrush. former deputy c.i.a. director michael morell, cbs news national security contributor, said whelan had been unwittingly swept up in the spy wars. >> i have high confidence that paul whelan is not an intelligence officer. the united states does not send intelligence officers to russia without diplomatic protection, so i'm pretty confident he's not. >> reporter: what's most likely is, whelan is a pawn in russia's play to get back one of its spies, maria butina, now in prison in the u.s. for espionage. >> the russians want her back, and they need to create a situation where they can offer a swap, and mr. whelan is that person, it seems to me. >> reporter: the state department said today, it is not commenting out of respect for whelan and his family. and michael morell told us his arrest should be a warning to any american who is thinking about a trip to moscow. you do not want to go to russia right now, jeff. >> glor: interesting that morrell says they're trying to create this swap.
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all right, jan, thank you very much. pope francis today accused american bishops of bickering and gossiping, as its catholic church confronts sexual abuse. the pope sent a letter to bishops gathered at a retreat in illinois. francis said in part, "the church's credibility has been undercut by these crimes" and even more by cover-ups. officials in at least 14 states are investigating accused priests. coming up next here on the "cbs evening news," a gadget designed to collect ocean garbage breaks down. we'll hear from the inventor. to collect ocean garbage breaks down. the pill that starts with "f." farxiga, along with diet and exercise, helps lower a1c in adults with type 2 diabetes. it's one pill a day. and although it's not a weight-loss drug, it may help you lose weight. do not take if allergic to farxiga. if you experience symptoms of a serious allergic reaction such as rash, swelling, difficulty breathing or swallowing, stop taking and seek medical help right away. do not take farxiga if you have severe kidney problems, are on dialysis or have bladder cancer.
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but now, after months at sea, there are some major setbacks, says 24-year-old dutch inventor boyan slat. did the pipe itself crack? >> so, we see a 60-foot section of the 2,000-foot-long pipe that has detached. it's a vast area. >> reporter: just before the launch, slat took us out on the water, and he had some reservations. are you sure it will work? >> no. that's what we will see in the coming months, right? >> reporter: during that time, the device floated freely with the currents, forming a u-shape to corral the trash. a skirt about 10 feet deep was supposed to catch the plastic, but that also didn't go as planned. >> the system isn't able to retain the plastic well. so once it's caught, we also sometimes see it floating out again. >> reporter: it picked up 4,500 pounds of trash-- not nearly enough, according to some critics. >> you'll have more plastics there next week, and the week after. so the real answer is to not
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consume so many plastics. >> reporter: despite these setbacks, do you think this is a still a viable system? >> we are really quite close to, to making it work. i don't think we have much choice. this plastic doesn't go away by itself. >> reporter: the massive cleanup device is currently being towed to hawaii, where the team will decide what design changes need to be made. they hope to have it back out in the great pacific garbage patch in the next few months. jeff. >> glor: all right, carter, thanks, with due credit for the effort. that is not an easy problem to solve. coming up next here tonight, why a domestic violence charge against an n.f.l. player was dropped.
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spacecraft on the far side of the moon. and, sending back this picture. the mission will help scientists better understand earth's closest neighbor. by the way, the far side of the moon gets just as much light as the near side. we just can't see it. police in lexington, kentucky, received a surprise shipment of donuts yesterday. krispy kreme sent them, after officers this week jokingly mourned the loss of a truckload of donuts in a fire. departments across the country offered condolences on social media, and now the lexington officers have been made whole. up next, after defying the nazis, this ought to be a breeze. ernie: here you go, richard.
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richard: oh! ernie: was that too hard for yo? richard: no. is this too hard for you? ernie: woo! we're playing catch now! richard: ugh! ernie: sorry, sorry, sorry !
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long as possible. >> excellent! >> reporter: she has wanted to do this since she was a teenager, when she first witnessed bravery during world war ii. >> i just remember those days. we lived in normandy. our house was bombed down. we lost everything. >> reporter: marguerite, her mother, and her mother's friend risked their lives as part of the french resistance to the nazis. they saved 17 members of the allied forces, including eight u.s. airmen, by hiding them in their apartment after the men were shot down. >> when they were shot down over paris, we would see some coming down in parachutes, you know. and then afterwards, we heard the stories, all the airmen that we had in our apartment, told us how they escaped. >> reporter: is there one that you remember? >> oh, all of them. all of them. and we found out they all arrived back safe in this country. >> reporter: and now it was marguerite's turn to experience what it feels like to parachute out of a plane.
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>> i wanted to experience like what my husband experienced, and lots of the airmen that we had. >> reporter: her husband, ed miller, was an american airman who was also shot down over france during the war. now, 74 years after allied airmen parachuted in to liberate her homeland, she floats freely above the united states of america, which today is her home. what are we to take away from what and your mother did? >> well, you must always help your country as much as you can and be proud. ( cheers ) it was wonderful! >> reporter: david begnaud, cbs news, homestead, florida. >> thank you! >> glor: i said to david, i hope this piece is good. he said, "i think you'll like it." we did. that is the "cbs evening news" for tonight. i'm jeff glor in washington, d.c. we'll see you tomorrow back in new york. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs
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. new video moments after a 14 -year-old boy, riding his bike in oakland, hit and dragged for several blocks. >> a witness records suspects who leave him on the street. >> who does this? >> the member of a notorious international graffiti crew busted for vandalizing barge trains. a police new they had their guy. >> in san jose's biggest event ever. the city gets ready to host huge crowds of college football fans. what rain could mean for this weekend's champion events. new video of suspects who hit a 14 -year-old boy on his bike and dragged him four blocks. >> the teen fighting for his life in the hospital right now. a witness recorded the two suspects, as they made their
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getaway. >> reporter: no doubt the passenger and driver new they hit someone and dragged the person for quite a distance. they left the victim at this dead-end street before taking off. the good thing, there is cell phone video of the suspects. the witness had no idea what he walked into. his cell phone video shows a man and woman walking your honda accord and a teenager lying on the ground. this man, a neighbor, trying to figure out what is going on. >> wake up. >> as green try to understand the situation the woman and man went back into the car and drove off. even though the video shows a woman driving away, green says the man and woman might have swapped after the accident. inveor

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