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captioning sponsored by cbs >> quijano: america on the move. >> this is crazy. i've never seen it like this. >> quijano: the busiest holiday rush in nearly a decade. millions jam highways, airports, and trains. plus a security lockdown also tonight, two women join the trump team, haley for u.n. ambassador, devoss for education secretary. buying groceries just got a whole lot easier. >> it's a great time to be a shopper. it's a tough time to be a supermarket. >> quijano: and. >> we're under the lincoln memorial. we're about 75 feet underground. >> quijano: a national treasure is being restored by
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>> this is the cbs evening news with scott pelley. >> quijano: good evening, scott is off tonight. i'm elaine quijano. americans are on a mission to see family or friends and get there in time for thanksgiving dinner. it won't be easy. the 405 in los angeles was packed in both directions well before dawn. airport security lines snaked around terminals. nearly 49 million plan to travel 50 miles or more, most since the vast majority are driving and pagan average of $2.13 a gallon for gas, among the lowest prices in years. we have a team of correspondents covering this. first, can kris van cleave at reagan national airport outside d.c. >> reporter: elaine, the airlines are pretty happy with the way the day is going. so far, only about 40 flights delayed as of early evening on the east coast, some 3.7 million people expected to fly this holiday weekend.
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lineals the airports are bracing for record numbers. from denver to chicago o'hare and in boston, long lines greeted holiday fliers. >> this is crazy. i've never seen it like this before, and i've traveled here for the past three years. >> reporter: thanksgiving is the airline's super bowl. the world is watching. and dave holz is watching weather and delays from delta's operation center in atlanta. >> we're looking far enough out in advance so when weo into some of those impactful items we are prepared for it and get the airlines back on their feet. >> reporter: t.s.a. administrator peter neffenger. do you have any concerns about the thanksgiving holiday? >> there are no particular credible threat streams we're following right now, just the standard concerns you have about aviation security, and we're going to be on top of that. >> reporter: i'm david
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stuck in the country's worst traffic-- a five-and-a-half-hour bottle neck that backed up for 12 miles. a.a.a. said 33 million people are expected to drive to their thanksgiving day destination. traffic fatalities are up 10% in the first half of this year, and that's a big concern on a travel day like this. the automobile club expects to help out 370,000 people who will have some kind of car trouble. the only trouble the homan family had today was brad homan and christina hope decided to use the sports car for the family trip to the florida keys. how long is the trip? >> it's about five hours. >> reporter: you are troops are. >> we have to take a break. >> there's a little bit of explaining going ojust a little bit. we had to get out of the car for that reason. >> yeah. >> reporter: right now, we are in bumper-to-bumper traffic in florida, florida. we're on i-95 and it's moving at about 13 miles per hour. a little tip for you-- try not
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according to the mope app waze, traffic jams will be 240% on sunday. from the roads to the rails it's also pretty busy right now at the nation's train stations. >> reporter: i'm michelle miller at penn station in new york city, where holiday travelers rushed to get seated on mostly sold-out trains. penn station is the busiest hub along the northeast corridor, servicing trains every two to three minutes. nationwide this year, 750,000 people will be riding the long lines drove some travelers a bit stir crazy, but with trains running on schedule, passengers like eugene deloatch tried to enjoy the ride. >> smooth and quiet. >> reporter: the day before thanksgiving. >> early. >> reporter: early. >> it was early, yes. >> reporter: that's the key? >> that is the key. >> reporter: with new york on high alert with threats of terror this evening, amtrak's c.e.o. wick moorman said they added police and canine units to their patrols.
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and a lot of planning to keep it safe. >> reporter: and tonight, some of the people around me are, look at 30-minute delays, possibly even longer, elaine. that's because someone was struck and killed by an amtrak train late this afternoon in delaware, causing the temporary suspension of traffic along the northeast corridor. >> quijano: reporter, thank you, michelle miller, david begnaud, and kris van cleave. a wintry mix of snow, sleet, and rain made for tough sledding today in minnesota and across more ice and snow are expected tomorrow from northern pennsylvania to central new england. rain is expected elsewhere in the northeast. the pacific northwest is bracing for heavy rain and snow in the mountains. among the new additions to the thanksgiving parade in new york city are trucks filled with sand. jericka duncan says they're reeling in to protect any expected crowd of three million. >> reporter: as the parade
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is the city's security plan. metal barricades will line the nearly three-mile-long route. canines will smif for explosives as more than 3,000 uniformed officers watch the crowds. you actually prefer the extra security. >> i doings. i think that it's appropriate. >> reporter: this afternoon, 81 sand-filled sanitation trucks started blocking intersection to prevent a terrorist attack like the one in nice, france, last july. the radical islamic terror isis recently named the parade an excellent target in its online magazine. along with its network of security cameras, police have established limited pedestrian entrance points and created a web of street closures around the parade's final blocks. new york city mayor bill de blasio: >> n.y.p.d. is more than ready to handle anything that is going on around us and to work with everyone to make sure it's a safe and fun day for everyone who attends. >> reporter: police vans like
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throughout this city are command centers of sorts. you could think of them that way. that is where police officers can monitor and watch some of that surveillance coming in live. now, authorities tell us an additional security challenge this year, elaine, president-elect donald trump's residence is just one block away from the parade route. >> quijano: jericka duncan, thank you. president-elect trump was busy with his transition today, naming two women for top posts "endeavour," a republican party don't for education secretary, and in a twist, nikki haley for u.n. ambassador. here's julianna goldman. >> governor nikki haley. >> reporter: south carolina governor nikki haley was one of the republican party's loudest critics of its vbl nominee. >> diewrs anxious times it can be tempting to follow the siren call of theang riest voices. we must resist that temptation. >> reporter: and mr. trump didn't spare her, either,
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of south carolina are embarrassed by nikki haley." to which she replied, "bless your heart." but haley is now calling the president-elect a friend. >> we are currently living through what may be the most interesting time in american political history. >> reporter: haley, an indian american, diversifies the president-elect's personnel picks and helps him extend an olive branch to the party establishment but she lacking the foreign policy experience of previous u.n. ambassadors. there tum g.o.p. donor betsy devos, was for a cabinet post he said he might not have. >> i might cut the department of education. >> she is a strong advocate for school voucher programs and charter schools and is is against common core, which mr. trump wants to abolish >> we will provide school choice and put an end to common core. we're bringing our education local. >> reporter: jeb bush, one of mr. trump's former opponents and
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devos "an outstanding pick." there were also indications today that the president-elect has settled on former rifle dr. ben carson to head the department of housing and urban development. >> the inner cities, you can't walk to the store for a loaf of bread pup get shot. >> reporter: while no formal announcement was made, carson, who would be the first african american in mr. trump's cabinet, hinted in a facebook post that he's accepted the position writing that he can help make "our inner cities great for er giuliani is still in the running, and so is mr. trump's number one g.o.p. critic, mitt romney, but some of the president-elect's advisers are lobbying against him. so, elaine, nikki haley may have checked the box for assembling that so-called team of rivals. >> quijano: julianna goldman, thank you. in tennessee tonight, five children are still fighting for their lives after the monday bus crash that killed five school mates. manuel bojorquez is in chattanooga with new information
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police announced they've eliminated one possible reason 24-year-old johnthony walker lost control of the school bus monday. chattanooga police sergeant austin garrett: >> we received toxicology reports back today from the tennessee bureau of investigation that shows no trace of alcohol or drugs in the driver's system. >> reporter: today, the n.t.s.b. said it was looking into why walker was not driving on a designated bus route. he is being held on vehicular investigators review video and black box recordings from the bus and look into other possible factors other like excessive speed. investigators are also looking into claims some parents had complained about walker's driving in the past. while he has no previous criminal history, records show he was in a minor accident while driving a school bus two months ago. walker was hired by a private contractor, durham school services. c.e.o. david a. duke released this video statement today.
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why this tragedy occurred, and answers for how we can make sure that this never, ever happens again. >> reporter: the crash has left this community deep in mourning. lafrederick thirkill's nine-year-old cousin died in the crash. what has this community lost? >> oh, this community has lost some beautiful spirits, some beautiful angels, some students that made brighter. and i know as my family, many families grieving right now. >> reporter: doctors at this hospital say some students arrived here so scared and dazed they were not able to spell their names or remember their own birthdays. elaine, most have now been released, including six today. >> quijano: manuel bojorquez. manuel, thank you. in the south of england this week, an unusual item went up for auction, the skeleton of a bird taller and heavier than a
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centuries ago. mark phillips has the story. >> i'm going to start the bidding at 250,000 pounds. >> reporter: more than a collection of old bones was on the block at this auction. those bones once assembled formed the world's most famous dead bird, the dodo. >> that is a dodo, just rolls off the tongue beautifully doesn't it. >> reporter: the phrase stuck, says dodo expert errol fuller, not just because it was catchy, t extinction is so well documented. hungry european sailors found the bird on the indian ocean island of marishias in the late 1500s. within about 80 years, the happenless and significantly flightless bird was gone, dead as. the dodo has been and i think for more than 300 years, yet it is still the most important symbol of what mankind can do to nature if it isn't careful or if
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live again. >> 260 i have. 260,000 pounds now. >> reporter: it's hard to put a price on a lesson, but auction house owner rufus van der werff says he was selling an idea. is this an example of man's folly? >> it really brings it home it that we can have a big impact on the environment. >> reporter: make no bones about it. >> animal and bird species are being made and i think at a faster rate than ever, and that is, w fault, or mankind's fault. so whether we're actually learning the lesson, i don't think i'd like to say. >> reporter: or whether we'll become the next dodo. >> well, that's a possibility, too. >> all done. >> reporter: the bird went for. >> 280,000 pounds. and sold. >> reporter: about $416,000 with commissions, a big price for a big lesson. mark phillips, cbs news, billingshurst, england. >> quijano: next on the cbs
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'tis the season for simple. what's in your wallet? >> quijano: if you're like a lot of people, you waited in a long line at the supermarket and paid through the nose for your thanksgiving feast. but john blackstone reports there may be a smarter way. >> reporter: attention shoppers-- the $600 grocery industry in america is in upheaval with growing competition, falling prices, and technology offering shoppers new ways to find bargains. what's the most you've saved using this? >> yeah, so, i'd say, like, 25%. >> reporter: mary lemmer does comparative shopping using a smart phone app called basket. >> i buy strawberries, apples, carrots, avocados. >> reporter: itical claits the
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nearby markets. sometimes whole foods has the lowest price but not this time. >> my basket at safeway would be 42.07, and at whole foods $56.07. >> customers of zaycon fresh save by ordering online and then lining up when the zaycon truck doms their areas. bulk orders of chicken cost about half the supermarket price. >> just pull on up and get your chicken and the price is a good >> reporter: the six-year-old company sells direct from farmers to online shoppers and now makes parking lot deliveries at 1200 locations nationwide. >> 160 pounds. >> reporter: mike conrad is zaycon's cofounder. >> it's almost like a cons seernlg service, you know. they don't have to get out of the car. >> reporter: online grocery sales are expected to rise from $16 billion in 2015 to $42 billion this year.
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>> what e-commerce offers is, you know, getting that consumer those two hours they spend shopping back every week. >> reporter: it's also giving supermarkets another big competitor. amazon, which claims to open stores where shoppers can pick up online grocery orders. >> it's a great time to be a shopper. it's a tough time to be a supermarket. >> reporter: in the supermarket wars, technology is giving shoppers an upper hand. john blackstone, cbs news, san francisco. >> quijano: coming were president obama's adorable guests will at his final turkey pardoning ceremony? anything else to talk about. here was but then i realized there was. so, i finally broke the silence with my doctor about what i was experiencing. he said humira is for people like me who have tried other medications but still experience the symptoms of moderate to severe crohn's disease. in clinical studies, the majority of patients on humira saw significant symptom relief.
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dodgers pitcher who gave up the shot heard 'round the world, has died. >> the giants won the pennant! >> branca surrendered that famous home run to the new york giants' bobby thompson in 1951 and handled it with dignity. he was one of jackie robinson's biggest supporters when robinson broke baseball's color barrier in 1947. ralph branca was 90. surveillan frightening moment at new york's grand central terminal today when a man's e-cigarette exploded in his pocket. he suffered third-degree burbs. e-cigarette batteries are known to explode. the department of transportation has banned them from commercial flights. thanks to a presidential pardon, two turkeys named "tater" and "tot" may live to see another thanksgiving. president obama carried out the tradition, joined by his young
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of historic meaning to all americans. >> reporter: it's not every day you get a personal tiewfort lincoln memorial, and the tour guide is a billionaire. where does he rank in your panton of american presidents? >> we've had a lot of great presidents but there's no doubt lincoln held the country pentagon and probably our greatest president. >> reporter: financier david rubenstein spent tens of millions of his own fortunes to restore everything from the iwo jima memorial to the washington monument. >> if he would be 28 feet tall. >> reporter: now he's giving another $18.5 million to the parks service to repair this memorial's stained walls and some of the most moving and important words ever uttered by an american president. but the biggest change will be underground. where are we right now? >> right now, we're under the lincoln memorial. >> reporter: for the first time, tourists will be able to
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looks like a cathedral and to view graffiti sketched by construction workers almost 100 years ago. the visitor center will be in this area? >> the visitor center will be up here. >> reporter: that's right, a massive 15,000-square-foot underground educational center will dramatically change the lincoln memorial experience. >> so there will be much more opportunity to learn about lincoln and to really come away from this lincoln memorial with a real sense of who lincoln was and what he did. >> reporter: why do you do this? >> i do it because i think i'm small, modest way, perhaps, and hope i'll inspire other people to do the same. >> reporter: you would like to see other people see what you do. >> absolutely. i don't have the resources-- i don't have enough resource to do it myself mize. i want other people to do it myself. >> reporter: a mission born of rubenstein's love of his country and the great americans who gave it life. chip reid, cbs news, washington. >> quijano: a truly noble endeavor. that's the cbs evening news.
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