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captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: breaking news: children have been killed in a school bus crash in tennessee. also tonight, a contender for secretary of homeland security failed to secure his plan to enforce a major trump campaign promise. >> i've got an officer down in from the of headquarters. >> pelley: the manhunt for a cop killer. and one of the most dangerous places to be this holiday season. >> how well do you think people drive in parking lots? >> not very well at all. i think it's cut-throat. >> this is this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. scott pelley is reporting tonight from phoenix, arizona. >> pelley: we begin tonight
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there has been a deadly school bus accident in chattanooga. jim axelrod is working on the story and has the latest. jim? >> reporter: scott, it is an absolutely horrific scene in chattanooga, tennessee. here is what we know: close to three dozen elementary school students were on a school bus this afternoon when it crashed. police do confirm multiple fatalities. it is unclear at this point just how many. now, these are kids on the bus ranging in age from kindergn to fifth grade. the name of the school is woodmore elementary school. at least 23 passengers on that bus were take on the area hospitals in chattanooga. this is a fluid situation. the last child was rescued a short time ago. the bus was apparently the only vehicle in the crash, and pictures from the scene show a tree slicing through the crashed bush. again, a very grim situation in chattanooga, tennessee, tonight, what the governor there is calling "a tragic event."
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we will update this as we get more information. just as millions of americans are starting to hit the roads for the holiday, some of them have become very dangerous. in the east, many are covered with snow and ice. parts of new york state got about two feet of lake-effect snow. and another foot is possible by tomorrow. we have a all right from the storm zone. report winds gusting up to 50mpan pummeled upstate new york, blinding drivers and sending dozens of vehicles careening off the road. it was a frigid snap from the day before when rochester and watertown basked in 70-degree heat. jefferson county sheriff colleen o'neill. >> everybody went from short sleeves and shorts to mittens and hats. >> reporter: the first major lake-effect storm of the season dropped as much of an inch of
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minnesota and michigan, giving wolverine football fans a snowy celebration in ann arbor. by monday afternoon lacona, new york, was buried in over two feet of snow, jackknifing this tractor-trailer. this is the tug hill region of new york, the snowiest place in america last year. the timing is not great for people in this region because the start of the holiday travel season is today. when you see the weather report showing snow, what goes through your mind? >> cars in the ditch, here wego deputy steve gruber has been busy since 5:00 a.m. how dangerous are winter driving conditions here relative to other plas in the country? >> this is the worst i've ever seen. >> reporter: a winter storm warning remains in effect for vast stretches of upstate new york, and about 5,000 homes are without power, but, scott, conditions are expected to improve just in time for thanksgiving. >> pelley: tony, thanks very much. eric fisher is our chief
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eric, what's coming next? >> reporter: well, scott, these winds will continue to crank tonight, and the lake-effect machine still going through the overnight into tomorrow, and then it starts the taper off. some additional snowfall, some towns well past 30 inches of snow from this first big lake-effect event of the year. tomorrow we're also watching a developing storm system in the middle of the country that. will bring rain up toward chicago for the mid-week. a bit of a wintry mix across the upper midwest. a light wintry mist moves into the thanksgiving day itself. the stormiest part of the country is the pacific northwest this week. rounds of rain swinging into washington state, oregon and northern california. one to three feet of mountain snow expected here, and windy conditions at the coastline. that will go all the way through friday. look at our coast-to-coast on thanksgiving day, dry. mostly mild across the southern-tier states. that light wintry mix moving through the northeast. the stormiest chnditions to be found aclose -- across the pacific northwest. not a major storm on
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few pockets here and there. >> pelley: eric fisher, wbz, thank you, eric. adding to the travel worries, there was concern about a possible strike at chicago's o'hare airport, a major national hub. well, today baggage handlers and janitors said they will walk out, but not until the tuesday after thanksgiving. japan has been hit by a very powerful 6.9 earthquake today off of fukushima, which was devastated by the quake a massive tsunami five years ago. a small tsunami did hit the shore today, but first reports indicate that the waves were no higher than three feet. there is no immediate sign of further damage at the nuclear power plant that was knocked out in 2011. today president-elect trump said his actions on his first day in office will include withdrawing
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ordering that for every new government regulation, two must be eliminated. with 60 days to go and top cabinet positions to fill, mr. trump's new york city office has become the busiest employment office in the country. chip reid is there. >> reporter: a parade of job seekers passed through the lobby of trump tower today. former massachusetts senator scott brown told mr. trump he wants to be secretary of veterans affai but there are some tremendous people out there. >> reporter: former texas governor rick perry didn't say why he was, there but sources say he's being considered for secretary of energy. at least one democrat met with mr. trump, congresswoman tulsi gabbard of hawaii. in a statement, the iraq war veteran said she came to offer her opinion on u.s. policy in syria. some top network news people came for an off-the-record suggestion, but 13 days after the election, mr. trump has not
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then-president-elect obama held one on day three. but late today the president-elect released this video, outlining plans for his first 100 days in office. >> i will formulate a rule which says that for every one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated. >>you know who that is, right? >> reporter: over the weekend, mr. trump met with a long series of job candidates at the ornate trump national golf club in new jersey. during the campaign, mitt romney called mr. trump a phony and a fr mr. trump called romney a loser. now he's under consideration for secretary of state. >> very thorough and in depth discussion. >> reporter: four-star marine general james "matt dog" mattis is up for secretary of defense. >> he's the real deal. kris kobach, a leader in immigration, appears to be making play for secretary of homeland security.
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entitled "kobach homeland security." it lists, "add extreme vetting questions for high-risk immigrants" and reduce intake of syrian refugees to zero. in what appears to be a reference to a wall on the mexican border, the document also says, "have entire 1,989 miles planned for rapid build." scott, kobach's office did not respond to a request for comment. >> pelley: chip reid f u chip, thank you. with business interests in more than a dozen nation, donald trump faces a thicket of potential conflicts between his businesses and his foreign policy. anna werner has been looking into this. [applause] >> reporter: donald trump has been adamant that his business will mean nothing to him as president, telling "60 minutes" last week... >> i don't care about hotel occupancy. it's peanuts compared to what we're doing. >> reporter: but a facebook
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the smiling president-elect at trump tower joined by three of his indian business partners, developers of the trump tower's luxury apartment complex in pune, india. the trump organization says it was an exchange of hellos, but indian media thought it was more, saying "donald trump meets indian partners." one story quoting one business partner saying he discussed indian economic policy with trump's children. tanvi madan is an expert brook, institution. >> i think the focus was on the business leaders. who are they? what kind of access would they get in the future? what is this going to do to their business? one thing it definitely did is increase the visibility of the trump projects, but also these indian business partners within the indian media. >> reporter: mr. trump's personal business interests could also create unique conflicts of interest when it comes to national security. for example, in turkey, where the u.s. has been critical of the government for its crackdown
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the syrian civil war, the new president has licensed his name to the trump tower residential building in istanbul. on "face the nation" sunday, vice president-elect mike pence promised this: >> what i can assure you and all of your viewers is that all of the laws pertaining to his business dealings and his service as president of the united states will be strictly adhered to, and he's set that tone from the very beginning. >> reporter: note that vice president-elect said all the laws will be followed, but there are no laws on conflict of interest regarding the president or vice president. by the way, scott, that photo of mr. trump with his indian business partners, it's since been deleted. >> pelley: anna werner at trump tower on manhattan's fifth avenue. anna, thank you. late today police in texas made an arrest in the murder of a veteran san antonio detective. benjamin marconi was ambushed
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police believe that surveillance video shows the suspect at police headquarters before the shooting. this was one of four attacks on police yesterday. officers were shot and wounded in st. louis and the kansas city suburb and in sanibel, florida. 60 cops have been killed in the u.s. this year. that is nearly double last year's total. in syria, the assad dictatorship with the help of russia is completing the bloody destruction of its largest cty. rebel-held eastern aleppo is shuddering as bombs rain down with no place to treat the wounded. we have more on this now from elizabeth palmer. >> reporter: after each air strike, every second counts. but sometimes all the rescue crews can do is take away the bodies. between 200 and 300 people have been killed in the past week of
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hospitals that were still functioning just have now been hit. and there are none left the help the more than 200,000 residents, many of them already gravely hurt. rescue crews, known as the white helmet, are now experts at finding and saving life in the ruins. slowly, he says. can we flip this rock? this man survived this one air falling. the goal is to drive opposition fighters out of eastern aleppo. then the government will be looking to talk to president-elect donald trump, says syria's foreign minister, walid moallem. "we will want the next u.s. administration," he says, "to stop funding the armed groups in syria and to tell its allies to do the same." but that's politics, and this is war. six years in, and still
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in fact, this past week's bombing, scott, has been some of very the heaviest since the war began. >> pelley: elizabeth palmer in our london newsroom. liz, thank you. today a man from brooklyn, new york, was arrested on terrorism charges. he is accused of traveling to turkey and yemen in an attempt to join isis. federal prosecutors say he also expressed support for a potential truck attack in times square, like the one that killed more than 80 people in nice, france, in july. coming up next on the "cbs evening news," from phoenix, a look inside what's called the alt right movement. and later, attention shoppers. the most dangerous place during the holidays could be the
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>> pelley: the far right wing movement known as the alt right lamped on to the donald trump campaign, and some of its leaders say that his victory is now giving them a big boost. we have more now from jericka duncan. >> hail trump, hail our people, hail victory. >> reporter: this meeting held by the national policy institute, an alt right think-tank, drew hundreds inside the ronald reagan pavilion in washington, d.c. >> identity is the foundation of politics. it's the foundation of culture. >> reporter: and even more outside. since 2008, the alt right or alternative right movement lived mostly on obscure message boards online. it gained more attention after donald trump hired steve bannon to run his presidential campaign in august. banon's breitbart web site is, among other things, seen as the largest platform for the alt right message with more than 300
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38-year-old richard spencer is president of the national policy institute. >> i'm enthusiastic about stephen bannon acting as the strategist for donald trump, because "bright, infinite breitn open place for a lot of ideas that i care about. >> reporter: bannon denies being alt right. its members are usually college educated white males with strong right-wing views. they're difficult to define because of the wide range of members, from those who believe that america will be great o those who believe in anti-immigration and white dominance. >> instead of asking, you know, what's good for the world, they ask, what's good for us. >> reporter: thomas main had been following the movement for years. he says after the great recession and with the country's increasing minority population, many white men began to feel left out of the political process.
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all of those shocks to the system made a lot of people, especially a lot of people on the right, say, gee, our current way of thinking is not working for us. >> reporter: what do you say to people who call groups like yours racist? >> the word "racist" doesn't have any meaning anymore. it's basically calling me a mean, old guy. >> reporter: do you discriminate against people because of the color of their skin? >> everyone is discriminating in all sorts of... >> do you do that, though? >> i discriminate all the time. discriminating is living. >> reporter: spencer says he opposes violence, scott. he calls the election of donald trump a step toward our new normal. >> pelley: jericka duncan for us tonight. jericka, thank you. when we come back, hundreds are killed each year in parking lots. should know more about the food you choose.
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surprised to learn that parking lots are dangerous places. how dangerous? kris van cleve has the story. >> reporter: a security camera captured the moment a car backed up into a 24-year-old mother pushing her baby's stroller in a texas parking lot last month. the mother was killed. her child was unhurt. in wisconsin, police released this video of a driver slamming into nine cars. amazingly there were no serious injuries. they're just two of the more than 50,000 crashes that take place in parking lots and garages each year. how well do you think people drive in parking lots? >> not very well. not very well at all. i think it's cutthroat. >> reporter: those crashes led to more than 500 deaths and 60,000 injuries. the leading cause, likely distracted driving. a new study found 66% of drivers said they felt comfortable making calls while driving in a parking lot. 56% would text while about half
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media, take pictures or watch videos. 42% said they would video chat. deborah hersman runs the national safety council, which published the report. >> when we look at the holidays, we're looking at compounding and hectic and a busy environment. so there could be overcrowding where there's a lot going on, parents separated from their children. it's just a dangerous environment, and i think people take it for granted because things are slow moving. >> reporter: we focused on her phone, not cars around her. >> we think there's not a lot of traffic in a parking lot, but actually there is. i think people should be more aware of this. >> reporter: pedestrian fatalities are on the rise, so are injuries from so-called distracted walking accidents. scott, every year on average 51 people die in accidents where a car is backing up in a parking lot, so really it is drivers and pedestrians that need to keep an eye out.
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>> pelley: finally tonight, we're here at the walter cronkite school of journalism and mass communications at arizona state university in phoenix to celebrate the centennial of the the school was named. today we spent time with the next generation of journalists as they prepare to take up the cronkite challenge. more important now than ever. the quality of our democracy is bound tightly to the quality of our journalism. it is the kind of journalism taught here at the cronkite school under the leadership of dean crystal hand. -- chris callahan.
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birthday, we believe there is no more appropriate and deserving recipient of the 2016 cronkite award than scott pelley of cbs news. [applause] scott is in so many ways the standard bearer for the kind of journalism that walter cronkite defined for so many of us. >> pelley: well, it was humbling to receive that award, but it was heartening to meet the reporters of tomorrow, journalism and our democracy our in good hands. and that's the "cbs evening news" from phoenix with thanks to arizona's state and its walter cronkite school of journalism and mass communication for their hospitality and for all of us at cbs news all around the world,
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