tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS December 19, 2016 6:30pm-7:00pm EST
>> pelley: tragedy in berlin. a truck prows into a christmas market. many are dead. police are investigating the possibility of terrorism. also tonight, russia's ambassador to turkey is assassinated by man shouting, "remember aleppo. " a warehouse full of knockoffs. beware a counterfeit christmas with a sinister motive. >> funding terrorism. >> pelley: the arctic blast turns deadly, and they're rehearsing her opera, and she's 11 years old. >> i've seen this all in my imagination, how it would sound like and how it would look like.
captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> americans that hole day festivals and outdoor market man europe could come under attack, and tonight security is tightening here and tonight security is tightening here in the u.s. charlie d'agata begins our coverage. >> reporter: the battered windshield shows the damage done when the 18-wheeler became a weapon. witnesses said the truck jumped the curb, barreled into the crowd, and just kept going. american journalist shandana durrani said she was just feet away from a deadly attack. >> i saw a truck barreling into
a crowd of innocent people tonight. it looked like an accident. it looked like the truck jumped the curb and was going too fast and got out of control and sort of just swerved into the market. >> reporter: british tourist mike fox says the truck narrowly missed him. >> i spoke to two people who were lying on the floor with broken limb, but they were going to be okay. i saw one guy being dragged away with glad on his face. i helped several other people lift the side of one of the stalls off so they could pull two other people. >> reporter: some of the wooden stalls at the popular christmas market were flattened. emergency crews struggled to reach victims stuck under the truck. german police said passenger in the truck was found dead at the scene. they said the driver fled and a suspect was later arrested. the truck had polish license plates. it was registered to a polish transportation company. german police have not said if the attack was terrorism, but it bore many similarities to a terrorist attack in france last
july when a truck tore through a holiday crowd and killed 86 people. isis claimed responsibility for that attack and has encouraged its supporters to launch similar attacks elsewhere. the polish owner of the truck said he believes the truck may have been stolen. he hasn't heard from the driver since this afternoon. tonight, scott, german police are being tight-lipped about the suspect's nationality. >> pelley: charlie d'agata in the london newsroom for us tonight. charlie, thank you. although the police haven't confirmed this, tonight president-elect donald trump blamed islamic terrorists for what he called a slaughter of christians in berlin. mr. trump also blamed islamic terrorism for the assassination today of russia's ambassador to turkey, who was shot as he spoke at an art gallery in turkey's capital ankara. the attack seems to be retribution for russian air strikes that have turned syria's civil war in the favor of the assad dictatorship.
turkey and russia are on opposite sides of that war. holly williams reports. >> reporter: the assassins shot the russian ambassador from behind. [gunfire] "remember aleppo. remember syria," he shouted, murdering andre karlov apparently in revenge for russia's deadly intervention in syria. the shooter was a 22-year-old turkish police officer later shot and killed by turkish security forces. it comes a week after thousands rallied in turkey, protesting moscow's support for the syrian regime. russian air strikes have helped the regime claw back control of the city of aleppo, forcing the evacuation of thousands of civilians. some of them will end up here at al kamuna camp in northern
syria, where turkish aid workers are putting up new trents. when we visited today, the people already living here said they have nothing but mud. "we can't keep our children warm, said ali al ai, who told us he had been living here with his five children for over a year after their home in aleppo province was flattened by a air strike. "we burn everything the stay warm, even tires and plastic bag," he told us. there's one toilet for 200 people. shams ali told us she's 95 years old and wants to die. "god save us," she said. "we need your mercy." but even al kamuna, a place of last resort, was burned last may according to people here. mustafa abdelrahman is a wheat farmer turned rebel fighter who joined the hard line islamic group that now controls this area.
"losing aleppo isn't the end," he told us. "the revolution will continue, even if we all die." but if al kamuna isn't the end of the line in this miserable war, it's difficult to imagine what is. russia's air campaign, condemned by the u.s., has helped deliver a victory for the syrian regime in aleppo, but, scott, it has not stopped syria's civil war from spilling across its borders, infecting other countries with its violence. >> pelley: holly williams near the turkish-syrian border for us tonight. holly, thank you. also today in zurich, switzerland, a gunman opened fire at worshipers at a mosque. three men were wounded. the gunmen fled. police say they found a body nearby, but they haven't linked it to the shooting yet. security is tightening here in the u.s., and with more on that we're going to go to our justice correspondent jeff pegues. jeff? >> reporter: scott, u.s. law
enforcement is monitoring events in germany and around the world tonight. in chicago police officials are beefing up security at the plaza which is where there is a christmas market tonight similar to the one in berlin. in new york the nypd has already stepped up security there. it is deploying specialized critical response teams to key locations around the city. about a month ago, an alert went out to police departments across the country warning of home-grown violent extremist activity. the alert mentioned potential targets for attacks, including shopping centers, special events, and crowded venues. scott, officials say it is not unusual for the number of threats to increase around the holidays and they stress there is no specific or credible threat at the moment. >> pelley: jeff pegues in the washington newsroom, jeff, thank you. we have breaking news tonight in politics. late today donald trump was elected president of the united states. what we've known for weeks was made official this evening as members of the electoral college cast their ballots in all 50
states and the district of columbia. there were protests outside many state capitals, including harrisburg, pennsylvania. in wisconsin one protester was removed by police. a few electors switched their votes from trump, and some abandoned hillary clinton, but as the votes were counted today, texas put trump over the top with more than 270 votes needed to win. congress will certify those votes in january, and the inauguration of the 45th president of the united states is january 20th. a new study out today of public health records has discovered 3,000 neighborhoods in america where children suffer from lead poisoning. the study by the reuters news agency found lead poisoning twice and even four times higher than what was seen in the recent contaminated water crisis in flint, michigan. jericka duncan is looking into this. >> reporter: aisha stafford
and husband andrew irby pay close attention to their two-year-old twins murad and perhad. >> i'm scared. >> reporter: in may they were tested for lead. the result:levels nine times what the c.d.c. considers safe. >> learning disabilities or other problems. it hurts. >> reporter: last year nearly 2,700 children in philadelphia were found to have harmful levels of lead in their blood, level. s that can causer reversible brain damage, a lower i.q., and lifelong learning and behavioral problems. >> so this is where they got their lead poisoning? >> this is where the highest level of lead was in the house. >> reporter: the culprit, lead paint in home, goes far beyond philadelphia. it's also a common problem in baltimore, cleveland and milwaukee, where most inner-city
housing was built before congress banned lead paint in 1978. and a new reuters analysis found 3,000 american neighborhoods where children had double the level of lead poisoning than what was found in flint, michigan, where the lead-tainted water was the problem. dr. philip landrigan, a pediatrician at mount sinai hospital in new york city, has studied lead in kids. >> it's a very pervasive, toxic chemical, and there's absolutely no level of lead in the human body which is safe. >> reporter: as for the twins, their home is now lead safe. the city has repainted and tested their house to make sure it's okay. >> these children shouldn't have to go through things like this. >> reporter: philadelphia came under major criticism from a local newspaper that spent months investigating the lead problem here. scott, the mayor announced today that he plans to crack down on
landlords by refusing to renew their renter licenses if they cannot prove that the properties they own are certified lead safe. >> pelley: jericka duncan for us tonight. jericka, thank you. well, arctic air over the weekend set new lows in several cities inch amaral, -- in amarillo, texas, they were shaking in their boots at 3 below. it hit 37 below in aberdeen, south dakota. jamie yuccas is in icy minneapolis. >> reporter: chicago's temperatures dropped to 6 degrees below zero monday morning according to nasa. that's colder than mars at minus two. rail lines were set on fire to keep cars moving along. commuter sonia aguayo. >> there's only so much space under those heated lamps that it is miserable. >> reporter: united flights at o'hare were delayed when there were problems fueling up in the extreme cold this morning. passengers in denver were also stranded, along with hundreds of bags. >> usually we drive.
i think we'll stick to driving from here on out. >> reporter: as the holiday travel rush started, weather conditions made for dangerous and deadly travel. in indianapolis, there were 200 accidents this weekend due to ice. two people were killed, and 30 injured. icy road conditions also caused this fiery tanker crash near baltimore. it involved almost 70 vehicles and left two people dead and dozens injured. the wind-chill did get above zero for the first time since friday in minneapolis today. that had runners like josh dettering lacing up. >> it was about a seven-mile commute here. i'll do it on my way home, as well. >> reporter: seven miles? >> yes, seven miles there, seven miles back. >> reporter: in seven degrees? >> yeah. it's funny because now it seems warm compared to yesterday. so i'm not as bummed out about going outside today. >> reporter: it is getting warmer in minneapolis. today's high was 20 degrees. and tonight we've seen dozens of runners, cross country skiers
and dog walkers out here because, scott, it is 40 degrees warmer than it was on sunday when right here in this spot it was 20 degrees below zero. >> pelley: that guy's got a tough commute. jamie, thanks very much. coming up next on the "cbs evening news," christmas counter fitters linked to terrorism. and later a tiny hockey fan is a breakout star. ♪ gaviscon is a proven heartburn remedy that gives you fast-acting, long-lasting relief. it immediately neutralizes acid and only gaviscon helps keep acid down for hours. for fast-acting, long-lasting relief,
container full of fake designer ugg boots. officer gabriel richardson. >> this becomes right here, kind of flimsy, it's not labeled ugg on the outer box. >> reporter: it doesn't look the part? >> right. >> reporter: clothe, electronics, shoe, jewelry and purses are counterfeiters favorites. this time of year so are toy, including avenger action figures and anything disney. customs chief deputy officer scott rutledge. do you think the average person would know the difference if they saw these on a shelf? >> not likely. they're pretty good knockoffs. >> reporter: this warehouse is nearly the size of two football fields, and it's just one of four inspection sites at the port of new york and new jersey. this whole warehouse is full of just today's shipments. tomorrow it starts all over again. so far this year, customs has seized more than $1 billion in counterfeit, and that's just in the new york area alone.
nationally the number of seizures by customs has been on the rise since 2007 and jumped 25% in 2015. the bulk of the counterfeit goods come from mainland china and hong kong, seized shipments are destroyed. and the money from counterfeiting goes where? >> it goes to criminal organizations and some of the proceeds have been linked back to funding terrorist organizations. >> reporter: funding terrorists? >> that's correct. >> reporter: it's a crime is lucrative officers compare it to drug trafficking. kris van cleve, cbs news, carney, new jersey. >> pelley: when we come back, she was famous for being famous. we'll remember zsa zsa gaábor. when you have $7.95 online u.s. equity trades
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>> reporter: at just 11 years old, her talent is unmistakable. >> well, it's wonderful. i can't imagine how exciting it is. i've seen all of my imagination, how does it sound like and how does it look like. it's finally coming true. >> we got a peek of her currently in rehearsal. she grew up outside of london, singing before she could speak. alma says she does best work
often while playing skipping rope. why it is magic? >> when i wave it around like this and i tell stories in my mind, then a melody sometimes just springs into my head. >> reporter: that's how she came up with her version of "cinderella." >> in my cinderella, cinderella was found by a chute, but in my story, the prince was a melody. >> reporter: she's still getting used to the fairy tale turn in her own life. >> i think if someone told me many years ago that my opera would be performed in vienna, the capital of music, then i swrowld laughed. i would have thought it was a joke. >> reporter: she devours 100 books a year and doesn't have a tv, computer or smartphone. she doesn't have time. >> i wrote a piano concerto.
i'm also writing a book now, which i want to publish and i want the make it into a film. and then i want the write the music for it. >> reporter: she's excited about opening here in vienna, but she's already dreaming of another venue, new york. seth doane, cbs news, vienna. >> pelley: now there's a young woman in a hurry. what a story. 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 access.wgbh.org
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