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we will see you back here at >> pelley: breaking news tonight. many are dead after a thunderous disaster at a fireworks market in one of the world's biggest cities. also tonight, the christmas market killer is on the loose. isis claims responsibility. and there's a warning for americans. >> we are all valuable terrorist targets today. >> pelley: the tower sends a passenger jet straight toward a mountain. >> pelley: and... ♪ ♪ yes, they're going to the rock 'n' roll hall of fame.
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captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: we begin with breaking news tonight. north of mexico city, many are reported dead and wounded tonight after this. you are watching the leveling of a crowded market selling fireworking for christmas and new year's celebrations. michelle miller ising in for us. michelle. >> reporter: scott, the multiple explosions began midafternoon in the famous open-air san pableto fireworks market in tultepec, about 90 miles north of mexico city. police say there are at least nine dead and 70 injured, but that is expected to go up. there were an estimated 2,000 people in the market at the time, stocking up for christmas and new year's, which many mexicans traditionally celebrate
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with fireworks and rockets. and there are also reports that nearby homes have also suffered damage. rescue workers have asked people to stay at least three miles from the scene as they continue to hose down the market. scott, with 300 vending booths, firefighters are really left with no other alternative but to let the fires burn out. >> pelley: and we'll have grate deal more on this, on "cbs this morning"" tomorrow. michelle, thanks very much. today, isis claimed responsibility for the truck attack on a christmas market in berlin. 12 were killed, nearly 50 hurt. the killer is on the loose. police initially arrested the wrong man. after isis attacked paris last year, germany joined the military coalition fighting the terrorist army in syria and iraq. and charlie d'agata is in berlin for us tonight. >> reporter: forensic teams hauled away the wrecked truck to
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search for more clues. the investigation suffered a major setback after police released the pakistani asylum seeker arrested on the basis of eyewitness reports, but with no blood or d.n.a. evidence tow link him to the crime, he was let go. a massive manhunt is now under way for the hijacker of the tractor truck that plowed into the christmas market. police believe the attacker is armed. the poll polish driver of the truck was found shot and stabbed in the passenger's seat. luke theis, visiting from washington, d.c., said he's leaving berlin. >> we were planning to stay longer in germany. however, we have cut our trip short. we don't feel safe, and it's sard to say coming to a european country from america that you aren't safe. >> reporter: already, right wing german politicians are blaming the government's liberal refugee policy that's admitted hundreds of thousands into the country, for the attack. and this afternoon, german
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chancellor angela merkel looked distraught as she toured the market saying it would be truly hard to bear if the killer turned out to be a migrant. tonight, germans held candlelight vigils in honor of the victims in choos becoming an all-too-familiar scene in europe's capitals. the streets here are now closed, the barricades are up. there's a heavy police presence around the christmas market, and, scott, german police have aappealed to members of the public for help in their hunt for the killer. >> pelley: charlie d'agata in berlin tonight, thanks, charlie. it was this time last year that two isis supporters killed 14 people at a hole day party in san bernardino, california. in light of berlin now, jeff pegues is following security here at home. >> reporter: heavily armed units patrolled christmas markets today in new york and chicago. in atlanta, police say that they are monitoring the situation
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while seattle police announced a heightened level of awareness. yesterday's attack comes five months after a man drove a truck into a crowd in nice, france, killing more than 80. just last month, a student at ohio state university drove a car over a curb and then stabbed bystand wers a knife. on "cbs this morning"" deputy commissioner john miller said the n.y.p.d. is working with the trucking industry to prevent vehicle attacks. >> one of the second thungz we did after the nice attack was to go back out to 140 truck rental locations and say, "here are some indicators of suspecious behavior." >> reporter: according it a congressional report, 80% of the terrorism cases being investigated white f.b.i. are related to isis. the group's propaganda asks sympathizers to use vehicles to attacker outdoor markets, festivals, or parades. in response, cities like cleveland have installed concrete barricades and fencing
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during special events but ron hosko, former director of the f.b.i., says even that may not be enough. >> this low-intensity style of attack that could be committed by pay baseball bat, by a knife, by a handgun, by a vehicle, that the opportunity to commit that stifle attack is everywhere. >> reporter: police officials say that there is no specific or credible threat. but, scott, one of the things that continues to frustrate police is how qukly someone can go from inspired to action. >> pelley: jeff pegues at a holiday market in d.c. tonight. jeff, thank you. well, one month from today, donald trump will be inaugurated. he's nearly finished with his cabinet, and outside national security, the billionaire president has surrounded himself with billionaires. julianna goldman reports. >> are we doing a good job with our cabinet and our people? >> reporter: as he traveled the croix his thank you tour,
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president-elect donald trump touted his choices for his cabinet and inner circle, a team historians say is the richest in u.s. history. >> and one newspaper criticized me "why can't they have people of modest means?" because i want people that made a fortune because now they're negotiating with you. okay? >> reporter: how rich? cbs news estimates seven of mr. trump's picks are worth a combined $11.5 billion. betsy devos, nominated for secretary of education, comes from a family worth more than $5 billion. linda mcmahon, picked for small-business administrator, has family wealth worth $1.2 billion. and vincent viola, mr. trump's choice for army secretary, is worth $1.77 billion. >> i guess they have a few poor millionaires on it, but mostly it's billionaires. >> reporter: critics, like senator bernie sanders, say mr. trump's choices fly in the face of his populist campaign message. >> when you appoint a cabinet of
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billionaires to be taking on the establishment. >> reporter: steve mnuchin has been estimated to be worth as much as $655 million. he and commerce secretary romney wilbur ross, worth $2.5 billion, recently said they were attuned to the plight of working americans. >> it's also not true that all jobs are created equal. a guy who used to work in the steel mill now flipping hamburgers, he knows it's not the same. >> reporter: having millionaire and billionaire cabinet secretaries is not unprecedented. they tend to attract slots at the treasury and commerce departments, but, scott, neither president obama nor president george w. bush had a single billionaire in their first cabinet. >> pelley: julianna goldman on the transition. julianna, thank you. today in turkey, police made a series of arrests in the assassination of the rush ambassador there. he was shot yesterday by a man protesting russian air strikes in syria. holly williams has the latest.
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>> reporter: ambassador andre karlov's body. another act of violence sparked by the syrian civil war. karlov was killed by a 22-year-old turkish police officer, apparently in revenge for russia's deadly intervention in the syrian conflict. whoever's been part of this cruelty will pay for it one by one, he shouted. several people, including the assassin's family members, have now reportedly been detained as the turkish authorities investigate. it follows a string of deadly bombings in turkey, many of them connected with the syrian war. moscow's air strikes have helped the syrian regime win back the city of aleppo, but the cost has been counted in syrian lives. tens of thousands have been forced to flee. russia and turkey are on
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opposite sides in the syrian civil war, but recently, relations have improved. the two countries negotiated a cease-fire last week to help evacuate syrian civilians. but feign warming between turkey and russia won't stop syria's bloodshed from spilling over its borders. a team of russian investigators has now arrived in turkey. scott, they and the turks want to know whether the assassin acted alone or on behalf of a terrorist group. >> pelley: holly williams for us tonight. hole, thank you. four more government officials are facing criminal charges tonight over lead-contaminated water in flint, michigan. nine others were chargedded previously. they're accused of putting the health of residents at risk to pull off a financial conspiracy. jericka duncan has the details. >> we will aggressively prosecute these cases. >> reporter: michigan's top prosecutor, mam billingshurst,
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england shu, blamed the water crisis on former state employees, who he said was fixated on money. >> this fixation has cost lives. this fixation came at the expense of protecting the health and safety of flint. >> reporter: he filed felony charges against former emergency managers darnell earl earley, gerald ambrose, and two other former flint employees. the attorney general says earley and ambrose misused a special bond clause which alowlz the city to borrow money for emergencies. they allegedly divides a legitimate reason to borrow tens of millions of dollars, but then dwerlted that money to a different project. in 2014, flint switched from using the detroit water department to the flint river to save money. the problem-- the corrosive river water wasn't treated properly, causing lead from old pipes to leach into the water supply. the officials charged were
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accused of ignoring warnings that the water was unsafe. >> 12 people have died from legionnaire's disease. young children have been exposed to dangerously high lead levels. >> reporter: in march, darnell earley spoke to cbs news correspondent adriana diaz. >> in retrospect, i'm sure everybody wishes they had done more. i certainly do. >> reporter: flint mother of three, melissa mays: >> these people should go to jail. they should have their rights taken away like we did. >> reporter: we tried reaching the men charged. one man's attorney told me they are prepared to fight the allegations. meanwhile, scott, today, the city still recommends using a filter before actually drinking the water. >> pelley: jericka duncan, thanks. in washington, d.c., a new law would provide among most generous family leave benefits in the nation. under the plan, businesses would be taxed and the d.c. government would write checks to new parents. chip reid has details.
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>> reporter: kristin garrity sekerci was working at a small d.c. nonprofit two years ago when she became pregnant with her son. >> as the due date approached, i realized i wouldn't be eligible for any kind of leave. >> reporter: she is a strong supporter of the district of columbia's bill to provide eight weeks of paid leave for parents of a newborn or adopted child. it would be one of the most generous plans in the nation. what is the most important thing in the d.c. paid leave bill to you? >> for me, it's recognizing my-- my value as a mother. >> reporter: employees would receive as much as 90% of their pay, up to $1,000 a week. most of the benefit saimed the low-wage workers. it would be paid for by a payroll tax increase on d.c. businesses. >> this is just traditional, liberal politics where you create programs and you stick the middle class with the bill. >> reporter: the head of the d.c. chamber of commerce, vincent orange, is seeing red. >> the business community can
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provide that same benefit without raising taxes. and in fact, there are a number of businesses that offer better leave packages. >> reporter: only three states-- california, new jersey, and rhode island-- have paid leave laws. new york's will take effect in 2018. >> my child care plan. >> reporter: president-elect trump, on the advice of his daughter, ivanka, has propose aid federal six-week paid leave law. he wants to pay for it by cutting unidentified waste instead increasing taxes on bhs. mayor bowser has thrented a veto, not because he opposes paid leave, but because about two-thirds of the benefits would go to commuters who live in maryland and virginia. chip reid, cbs news, washington. >> pelley: coming up on the cbs evening news, a mistaken command sends an airliner flying towardica tat fee.
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>> reporter: how would you characterize what happened over los angeles? >> a simple mistake that could have cassicateed into a devastating airplane crash. >> reporter: scott brenner is a former assistant f.a.a. administrator. >> a lot of times, you'll give one order, assume it's been understood, which then you move on to the next aircraft and the next aircraft and the next aircraft. >> reporter: it's then possible to lose track of one of those airplanes. >> very easily, especially in that short amount of time. i mean, you're talking 10 to 30 seconds where you could have a plane veerg into another plane's airspace in no time. >> reporter: we don't know how close the 777 actually got to the mountain range. fat says these type of controller mistake mistakes are exceptionally rare. eva air did not sphond our request for comments. >> pelley: kris van cleave for us tonight. kris, thank you. still ahead air, wimbledon champion is slashed in a home invasion.
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>> pelley: round about was a solid gold hit in 1972 for yes, the british progressive rock band. today, yes' fortunes came round full circle as the band was elevate to the roc rock 'n' roll hall of fame of prgs include giants of folk, rap, and grunge. yemen has our story. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: pearl jam leads the hall's class of 2017. artists become eligible 25 years after their first recording. the seattle grunge band was inducted in their first year of
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eligibility. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: so was the late tupac shakur, the first solo hip-hop ayerst ever voted in. tupac and pearl jam are also the first ayersts to the join the hall who began their careers in the 90s ♪ ♪ >> reporter: joan baez started her career in 1960. "i never considered myself to be a rock 'n' roll artist" she said in a statement. but the folk singer and friend of dylan was recognized for influencing the rock revolution. ♪ ♪ the electric light orchestra was join the hall. jeff lynne reformed the band just last year, nearly 30 years after walking away. what's the best part about coming back? >> the warmth and reaction of the crowd. it's so brilliant to feel wanted and loved. >> reporter: e.l.o. was one of
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three long-overlooked bands to make it in. >> reporter: journey, who had a smash hit with their anthem "don't stop believing" finally had their faith rewarded. ♪ ♪ and in a round about journey, british rockers yes finally got a yes from the hall. 26 years after becoming eligible. ♪ ♪ still waiting, the disco funk band cheek, rejected for a record 11th time. but front man nile rogers will be given an award for musical excellence. he said he'd have preferred to share the good times with his band. anthony mason, cbs news, new york. >> pelley: yes friewfs can happen if you hold on through the long-distance runaround. for all of us at cbs news all
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>> ♪ >> and welcome to the joy of sharing toyfest. i am don bell and we are outside of our cbs3 studios here at 1555 hamilton. we have been here since 6:00 a.m. accepting toys for our drive for the salvation army and we're joined by eagles cheerleaders and this is michelle. michelle introduce us to your teammates. >> we have rachel, jess and alicia marie as well as we brought swoop with us. >> that's right swoop is up there hanging out. that is not a toy. that is not a toy. you can't take swoop home with you. it's so good to have you here. you do this every year. why is it important for the organization to do this. >> we know that the cbs3 joy of sharing campaign benefited over 100,000 children over the years and we're always happy to help out for this important cause so


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