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captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: the death toll rises as the search goes into another night for the victims of the oakland fire. >> by the time i grabbed the fire extinguisher and ran back, the entire back was engulfed in flames. >> pelley: also tonight news nearly leads to a very real tragedy. >> this comes with consequences. >> pelley: a hold-out juror leads the a mistrial in the murder of a black man shot in the back by a south carolina cop. and the deadly shooting at a charleston church opens the door to healing for two long-separated congregations.
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other for how long? >> 1887. this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: night is about to fall in oakland, california, and for a third night, recovery teams are searching for the victims of a fire at a warehouse that was beings used illegally as a dance club. this is a live picture. and this is our first look inside the wou fire as police inspectors checked it back in october. we don't know why action was not taken then on the complaints filed by residents. today the death toll rose to 36, but it is likely more victims are buried under the collapsed roof. we are only beginning to learn who they were. some were foreigners. our david begnaud begins our
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at the scene within three minutes, but the entire building was already in flames. nancy o'malley is the alameda county district attorney. >> the range of charges could be murder all the way to involuntary manslaughter, and until we know what the evidence shows us, there may be other charges if the evidence presents that. >> reporter: 75% of the building has now been searched. for the last 48 hours, recovery workers have used buckets to separate personal possessions and buil human remains. no one knows exactly how many people were inside the space during the fire. the warehouse known as "the ghost dimension" -- the "ghost ship" was two stories tall. the upper floor contained a floor and event space. two sets of rickety stairs led to a bottom level, makeshift living spaces. >> that place is a deathtrap. >> reporter: shelly mack says
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months in 2014. she called police at least three times to report dangerous conditions. >> they would black the back stairway because they didn't want people walking down the stairway and tripping. >> reporter: investigators just released photos from inside of the warehouse, this one blown up shows investigators you can see the buckets that they used to make some of the recovery of those human remains. this is one of the multiple pictures released. scott, three of the 36 people have not been identified and being asked to preserve personal items such as a toothbrush so that positive identifications can be made with d.n.a. >> pelley: david begnaud on the scene. david, thank you. and carter evans is looking into the building and its owners. >> fire, fire. >> reporter: max ohr was in the building late friday night. >> by the time i grabbed fire extinguisher and grabbed back, no more than 16 seconds elapsed
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in flames. >> reporter: no one was supposed to be living there, and the building was under investigation for potential code violations related to unpermitted construction inside. oakland mayor libby schaaf. >> all i know is we were not able to gain access to the interior of the building. >> reporter: did you ever see any inspectors visit there? >> no. no. and if there were, we would have let them in. >> reporter: ohr lived in the warehouse and say oakland police have seen the inside of building a number of times. cbs news obtained this video showing police in the building this october. we're told they were there to access the roof of a neighboring building. now police are trying to determine if those officers reported the living conditions to the city according to spokeswoman janna watson. >> if they should notice any type of violation, if they should notice any criminal activity, we record it, we document it, we forward it. >> reporter: city records show the warehouse and the two adjacent buildings are owned we
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paid a total of about $4,500 in rent. the owner has fife other buildings in the area. what about the owner of this building? >> the owner of this building has had significant legal advice at this point. we assume that there are going to be many, many questions. >> reporter: investigators now believe they've located the origin of the fire in the back of the building, but there is still no official cause. scott, people who live there tell me they believe the fire could be because of all the old faulty wiring in the building. >> pelley: carter evans for us tonight. carter, thank you. so far 33 victims have been identified. mireya villarreal has that part of the story. >> all i can hope is it was as quick and swift as possible, but there's in way of knowing that. >> reporter: ran widdenaur can only pray his son didn't suffer. his son is one of at least 36
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he washed dishes during the day so he could pursue his music career at night. >> i could never criticize him because i was right there with him, hoping that maybe your dreams will come true for you. >> reporter: 22-year-old musical artist was loved and admired by everyone she met. her passing is an excruciating loss. david kline recently graduated from u.c. berkeley with a in computer science and was at friday's music event with a friend. his brother says his smile and his presence changed every person that was lucky enough to feel his warmth and light. several other victims were also artists and musicians. so far ranging in ages from 17 to 35. amanda brown worked with several of the people who were performing friday night at the "ghost ship" and knew them personally. >> i don't want these particular people to be gone, because i
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find them to be creative and sort of the glue that holds us all together. >> reporter: cbs has learned the youngest victim so far is a 17-year-old boy whose father works with the alameda county sheriff's department. throughout the day, hundreds of people have come here to pay their respects at the memorial behind me. tonight there will be a vigil for the victims at the missing. scott, thousands are expected to attend. >> pelley: more of the latest details on "cbs this morning" tomorrow. mireya villarreal, thanks. in another breaking news story tonight, a mistrial has been declared in the murder case of a black man who was shot in the back by a north charleston, south carolina, police officer. a unanimous verdict was required, but the jury said it was hopelessly deadlocked. mark strassmann was there when the decision came down. mark? >> reporter: scott, the jury deliberated for 22 hours. they could only agree there was
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police officer shooting a fleeing black suspect in the back shocked the country, but in court, a mistrial became a real possibility last friday when a juror wrote the judge that in good conscience he or she could not consider a guilty verdict, and the scott family said they were prepared to be disappointed. one of their lawyers added that michael slager cannot escape what is coming to him, but for now slager remains free on bail. >> pelley: it is up to the prosecutor to decide whether to have another trial. what's likely to happen? >> scott, she is going to retry slager, but first she also has to prosecute the state's case against dylann roof. he's the 22-year-old charged with the charleston church massacre here last year, killing nine people. his federal trial here starts on wednesday, so it could be months before slager is retried. >> pelley: mark strassmann at the courthouse for us. mark, thank you. a note on the presidential
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include a brain surgeon. today the president-elect said he will nominate former rival dr. ben carson to be secretary of housing and urban development. one of the big surprises of the presidential campaign was the explosion of fake news on the internet. fantastic tales that some believed to be true. chip reid reports that one phony item led to a dangerous situation in washington. >> reporter: welsh was arrested in washington sunday afternoon outside comet ping pong, a popular family pizza parlor. d.c. police say welsh fired at least one round into the restaurant floor with an ar-15 rifle like this one on his facebook page. no one was injured. police say welsh drove all the way from north carolina to self-investigate "pizzagate," a fictitious online conspiracy theory. "pizzagate" started on the internet shortly before election
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make up fake news spread rumors that hillary clinton was involved in a child sex trafficking ring in d.c. court comments say welsh red online that the comet restaurant was harboring child sex slaves and he was armed to help rescue them. he surrendered peacefully when he found no evidence that underage children were being harbored in the restaurant. "pizzagate" has been pushed by michael g. flynn, son of retired general michael flynn, chosen b president trump to be his national security adviser. the two were seen together at trump tower last month. after welch's arrest, the younger flynn tweeted, "until "pizzagate" proven to be false, it will remain a story. general flynn has also spread stories claiming to link mrs. clinton to criminal activity. six days before the election, flynn tweeted, "you decide, nypd blows whistle on new hillary e-mail, money laundering, sex crimes with children, et cetera, must read." the story he referred to was
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this is not first time "pizzagate" believers have confronted comet ping pong owner he says he's been getting threats for weeks. >> these stories are completely and entirely false. what happened today demonstrates that promoting false and reckless conspiracy theories do come with consequences. >> this was a terrifying experience for my children. >> reporter: this man was at comet ping pong with his wife and three children when welch terrorism, and it should be condemned as such. >> reporter: in addition to the ar-15, welch was carrying a handgun and a shotgun was found in his car. scott, he's been charged with multiple offenses. >> pelley: chip reid, thanks. tonight protesters are celebrating an unexpected victory in their fight to block an oil pipeline in north dakota. an occupation began in the summer, and yesterday the army corps of engineers refused to issue a building permit for a
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sioux reservation. omar villafranca is covering the protests. >> reporter: scott, while thousands are bracing for blizzard-like condition, the mood here is definitely warm. cheers erupted and tears flowed as news spread throughout the camp that pipeline construction would not consider under the missouri river. that provides water to the sioux reservation. but many activists told me despite the news, they're still staying to make sure this't energy transfer partner, the company funding the pipeline, called the decision purely political. they're counting on the incoming trump administration to reverse the decision. today a spokesperson for president-elect trump said that incoming president supports the construction of the pipeline. people here are bracing for more snow and, scott, the forecast calls for sub-zero temperatures. >> pelley: omar villafranca, thanks. today the u.n. security council tried to impose a ceasefire to
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aleppo, syria, but russia and china vetoed the plan. no surprise. russia is backing the syrian military as it destroys neighborhoods held by rebels. war correspondent debora patta is in aleppo. >> reporter: this town was once a thriving aleppo neighborhood, but look at it now. bitter fighting between rebels and the government has destroyed it. a syrian goveren leads us to the body of man he says was a rebel fighter. the rebels in eastern aleppo are being pushed back by the searian army together with russia's military muscle. when a mortar landed on a mobile hospital, we were summoned to see the aftermath, but when we got there, we found russian troops. a russian general told us two nurses had been killed. "they are not opposition
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the civilians who are bearing the full brunt of this battle under syrian and russian bombs. if they want to escape the bombing, they must run the gaunt let of this road, becoming vulnerable to sniper fire. this man fled to this shelter with his three sons. he told us the men inside eastern aleppo are equally scared of being killed by the rebel fighters as they are of being captured or killed by pro-government fighters. "they are just very afraid," he said. "simply stuck in the middle and not taking sides." next door 100-year-old fatima al hamoud lets out a mournful wail. "my heart is broken for syria," she cries. she never took a side and never imagined she would end up like this.
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russian forces have not held back and that they are prepared to take back aleppo now matter how many lives are lost. >> pelley: debora patta reporting from the war zone tonight. debora, thank you. coming up next, police shut down a crime that held thousands of computers hostage. what about the people i care about? ...including this little girl. and what if this happened again? i was given warfarin in the hospital, s this the best treatment for me? so i asked my doctor. and he recommended eliquis. eliquis treats dvt and pe blood clots and reduces the risk of them happening again. yes, eliquis treats dvt and pe blood clots. eliquis also had significantly less major bleeding than the standard treatment. both made me turn around my thinking. don't stop eliquis unless your doctor tells you to. eliquis can cause serious and in rare cases fatal bleeding.
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250,000 infected computers in 189 different countries throughout the world. we calculate that 20,000 of those malware infected computers are here in the united states. >> reporter: in allegheny county, pennsylvania, investigators accused the cyber thieves of taking over and freezing some government computers until a ransom was paid, and criminals hacked two unnamed pennsylvania companies and attempted wire transfers totaling more than $600,000. they used malware which infects computers after victims click on a phony link. investigators say those behind avalanche were providing servers for other criminals to use in cyber attacks, often stolen money was then laundered through money mules, unsuspecting people who were tricked into participating. the big break in the operation came when german police reverse engineered the code that operation avalanche was using. scott, then german investigators brought in the f.b.i. to help
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>> pelley: the bible says there's a time for everything, and in, in nation so sharply divided, two churches in macon, georgia, have decided it's a time the heal. james brown has their story. >> put your hands together. >> reporter: it's sunday morning, and first baptist church is making a joyful noise. just around the corner, first baptist ch o starting its worship. like many churches in america, the difference between the two is pretty much black and white. >> the first baptist church, that's the one i pastor. >> first baptist church of christ is where i pastor. >> reporter: and you have been just around the corner from each other for how long? >> 1887. >> reporter: and how often have you interacts one with another? >> maybe once or twice.
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two years ago and decided it was time for their congregations to get to know each other, because not only do their churches share a name, but they share a history. in 1826 there was only one first baptist church in macon, white slave owners worshipped in the front with their sleeves in the back. but by 1845, church records show that the slaves outnumbered their owners 2-1. so a separate church for blacks was formed. >> most people what dr. martin luther king, jr., said, the most segregated hour in america is worship hour. is that still the case? >> the reality is, yes, it still is. >> i think, so but i think we wouldn't worry so much about that one hour a week of being divided if we weren't so divided the other hours of the week. >> reporter: after the tragic murders at a charleston church last year, the two pastors got their two churches together for a series of meetings to talk
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their community. >> we were the only non-african american church. >> reporter: on this night just before thanksgiving, church members met to break bread, and walls that have separated them for years. >> one door that said colored and one door that said white. i think that was my first consciousness. >> reporter: for three hours they shared funny stories and sad one, too, and by the end of the night, the two congregations grew closer. churches the next day. 19-year-old ethan thompson may have summed it up best. >> this series has taught me that despite what the world is telling us right now, that this kind of conversation is possible. >> reporter: a conversation that perhaps can build a new future. james brown, cbs news, macon. >> pelley: empathy leads to hope. that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight.
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this is "jeopardy!" introducing today's contestants -- a draft equipment salesman from san antonio, texas... a sub-right's assistant from jersey city, new jersey... and our returning champion, an editor from vermilion, ohio... and now here is the host of "jeopardy!" -- alex trebek! thank you, johnny. thank you, ladies and gentlemen. and welcome. well, we are now truly into the holiday shopping season --
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do her holiday shopping in july and august. go figure. but, tim, our returning champion, has a lot of money to spend -- as you just heard -- $35,000 he picked up on friday. yi and matthew, it could happen to you also. good luck, players. here we go. and here are the categories for the first round. alex: tim, you go first. holiday albums for $200. matthew. -who are the beach boys? -that's right.

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