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he made that incredible speech. the fight against poverty is not the task of charity. it's an act of justice and that poverty like apartheid is manmade. >> the mystery for biologists that why the whales wound up in water that off this shore is only 2 feet deep. a large group of 24 whales could not be located which could be good news if they went back to sea. >> stocks soared on news of increased hiring and lower unemployment. gains were across the board with the dow crossing 16,000 to close up 199 points. the nasdaq gained 29. >> three, two, one. [ cheering and applause ] >> a north texas tollway authority has about 80 trucks spreading sand on more than 800 miles of highway. power is knocked out for millions of people and hundreds
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of flights are canceled. farther north in arkansas snow is blanketing the state. >> you're going to get a snowball and it's just -- whoa! seriously? for him, yeah, he's hiding. the arrangements are starting to come together now to celebrate the life and legacy of nelson mandela. of course, there's again an outpouring of emotion from all over the world since the 95- year-old passed away yesterday. as you probably know, mandela became south africa's first black president in 1994 after spending 27 years in prison for fighting apartheid. south africa's current president said sunday will be a national day of prayer and reflection. then in johannesburg tuesday a memorial service and thenman's body will lie instate -- and then mandela's body will lie instate for three days. he'll be buried in his own
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country december 15th. president obama has ordered the flag to be lowered to half staff through monday. he and mrs. obama plan to travel to the service and there will be a memorial at the national cathedral wednesday morning at 11:00. i'm bruce leshan at the south africa embassy in d.c. where they have just announced plans for american commemoration of nelson mandela's life. there are books of condolences inside. there will be prayer vigils outside here between 7:00 and 8:00 every night until tuesday. then on wednesday there will be a service at the washington national cathedral. in south africa rain is a sign and in washington in ones and twos and sometimes more people braved the rain to leave a flower, say a prayer, take a picture in memory of the towering figure of nelson mandela. >> such an amazing model of what a human being can be. >> reporter: this embassy was
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once a battle ground in the fight against apartheid, the racial separation that mandela fought in south africa, which is why the new south africa erected his statue right here. >> the statue stands there because that was the fulcrum. >> reporter: at the south african embassy bruce leshan, wusa9. nelson mandela holds a special place in the hearts of students and faculty and alumni from howard university. he visited the campus back in 1994 and right now the school is hosting a multi-media exhibit about his life. >> when he came to howard, i saw the university in the intellectual side and i felt that the university here and universities around the world were now hinting a sort of reevaluation of equity and justicat the political levels. >> the exhibit runs through april of next year. nelson mandela was an inspiration to any number of people all over the place and he also made a lot of memorable
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statements in his 95 years. >> it's futile what happened. we are thinking about what happened now and what should happen tomorrow. >> you can see a lot more of mandela's memorial quotes at that is where we've also got reaction from all over the world and a place where you can submit your photos and videos of the late leader. be sure to tune in tomorrow night 9:00 for nelson mandela, father of a nation, 48 hour special with cbs news journalists exploring the social, cultural and political impact of his life on the entire world. d.c.'s chief of police says there is no connection between two of her officers each charged with preying on teen girls and now a third officer is suspended in connection with one of those cases. >> reporter: i'm scott broom with metropolitan police chief cathy lanier who said today two cases of alleged exploitation of teenage girls by officers
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who worked in the 7th district are not related. >> there is no connection that we are aware of between the two. >> reporter: but the investigations are expanding, at least one additional officer on suspension as internal affairs detectives take an intense closer look. lanier won't say what the suspension is about, but it is related to the case of 32-year- old officer marc washington who has been arrested and charged with using his police powers to coerce a 15-year-old run-away to submit to sexually explicit nude photos found on washington's personal camera taken while he was in uniform and on duty. in the second exploitation case there are no charges yet, but a search warrant outlines how police raided the southeast d.c. apartment of veteran officer linwood barnhill jr. yesterday. he was found with two girls, one a 16-year-old run-away who claimed she and other girls were being pimped out for prostitution by the officer. >> it only takes one cop to do one thing like this to shake everybody in our community.
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the hard part for this is i've had three cops shot in the line of duty this year to protect strangers because that's wh 99.9% of my police department does every single day. >> reporter: scott broom, wusa9. tonight police think they have a line of the men suspected in a string of burglaries from 15 businesses on thanksgiving day. prince george's county police released these photos late this afternoon, surveillance cameras having caught the suspects stealing cash in places along annapolis road and investigators don't think it's their first time. >> i think the thing that stands out about this investigation is this isn't just strictly a prince george's county investigation. this is a regional effort to bring a pretty organized group of criminals to justice. >> the investigators think this particular crew may be behind similar crime sprees in annapolis, oxon hill, d.c. if you've got some information, police want to hear from you. no word on the cause of a
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fire involving hazardous material last night in laurel, maryland. that fire broke out late at a business called laurel asphalt on van dusen. firefighters had to contend with diesel fuel and asphalt material, but nobody was hurt. as topper mentioned, we are in for some pretty nasty weather this weekend and as we hear this report, we're not alone. >> reporter: fun for kids but not so much for drivers as ice, sleet and snow covers parts of oklahoma, arizona, kentucky and texas. in memphis, tennessee, the rain turned to ice on trees and roads. >> people don't have trees that can handle it, so everyone is slipping around. it becomes a mess on the roads of. >> reporter: accumulated ice is very heavy and tends to bring down tree limbs and power lines and that leads to power
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outages. energy officials in the dallas/fort worth area say hundreds of thousands of customers were without power as of friday morning and georgia power employees left for arkansas friday to help energy crews there restore power. for people in memphis losing electricity is a top concern. >> basically just power and heat going out, but hopefully since we're downtown it won't be so bad. >> reporter: the wintery weather is blamed for at least one death. in polk county, arkansas, a tree fell on a man's camper. the national weather service pricks nasty conditions continuing through sunday -- predicts nasty conditions continuing through sunday. organizers of the dallas marathon canceled sunday's race because of the weather. topper will have more about the weather heading our way on sunday in about seven minutes. the weather is not so great either, but that couldn't put a damper on the national christmas tree lighting ceremony. check this out down here. that's aretha franklin live on stage even as we speak.
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>> see how the marine is holding the umbrella. >> can't let rere get wet. let's be real. take a look at the tree. >> isn't it beautiful? >> coming up i think we in a even see the president pull -- we may even see the president pull the switch. >> he's done that already, but we'll see it again. >> that's what i'm talking about. >> great. and fi
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tonight some welcome news about jobs. the labor department says businesses added 203,000 jobs in november. that is 20,000 more than some analysts expected and it's helped lower the nation's unemployment rate to 7%. what is more, a great many of those new jobs were in manufacturing and construction and today traders on wall street were pretty happy. >> it is an absolutely spectacular number, the best that wall street could expect. >> after a string of losses this week the dow industrials today gained nearly 200 points. one job filled today, president of virginia tech. the school's board of visitors announced timothy sands will be taking the helm. most recently he was the provost at purdue. he succeeds charles seager. the stabbing of virginia state senator creigh deeds and the suicide of his son could lead to improvements in the way virginia handles those with mental health problems.
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state health officials say they'll introduce new protocols next month designed to make sure that hospital beds are available for people who pose a danger to themselves or others. you'll recall a bed was not provided to senator deeds' son last month after the young man underwent an emergency mental health evaluation. hours later he stabbed his father and then himself. after years of suspicion tonight a degree of confirmation that the tap water on a u.s. marine corps base is tainted, in fact, tainted to the point it appears to be making kids sick. the long awaited study out of the centers for disease control and prevention finds a link between the water at camp lejeune and serious risk of birth defects and childhood cancers, but the authors of that study are quick to caution their work is based on a small sample size and therefore cannot prove exposure to chemicals caused any specific individuals to get sick. coming in for a landing at reagan national airport can be a little tense over at the potomac, why that's getting the facility on a pretty scar
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we're back now and you're listening to sally jewell who
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is secretary of the interior and after she speaks -- >> the president of the united states will take the staple. he's already lit the tree on the national mall and he will give his christmas blessing, i guess. >> a message of hope and peace typically. >> we'll listen to her a couple minutes. hopefully the president will be up momentarily. >> generations to follow. so please join me in welcoming the 44th president of the united states barack obama. >> merry christmas, everybody! >> merry christmas! >> this show is always a great way to get in the holiday spirit. every year i rehearse my own little act just in case, but it seems like yet again they couldn't find space to squeeze me into the program. you are lucky i'm not singing.
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first of all, let me thank secretary jewell and welcome her to her first christmas tree lighting. she is doing a great job for our national parks. she used to run one of america's biggest outdoor recreation companies and now she's charged with protecting the great outdoors for all of us. so we appreciate her and we want to thank neil mulholland and the whole national park foundation and national park service team for helping to put this beautifuproduction together. let's also give it up for jane lynch and all the great performers who are doing an incredible job putting us in a festive mood tonight. and to all americans who are here today and watching at home, we are so glad to be part of this wonderful holiday tradition.
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for 91 years the national christmas tree has stood as a beacon of light and a promise during the holiday season, during times of peace and prosperity, challenge and change. americans have gathered around our national tree to kick off the holiday season and give thanks for everything that makes this time of year so magical, spending time with friends and family and spreading tidings of peace and goodwill at home and around the world. this year we give a special measure of gratitude for nelson mandela, a man who championed that generosity of spirit and in his life he blessed us with tremendous grace and unbelievable courage and we are all privileged to live in a world touched by his gooness. each christmas we celebrate the birth of a child who came into the world with only a stable's
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roof to shelter him. but through a life of humility and the ultimate sacrifice, the life guided by faith and kindness towards others, christ assumed a mighty voice teaching us lessons of compassion and charity that have lasted more than two millenniums. he ministered to the poor. he embraced the outcast. he healed the sick. in him we see a living example of scripture that we ought to love others not only through our words, but also through our deeds. it's a message both timeless and universal, no matter what god you pray to or if you pray to none at all, we all have a responsibility to ourselves and to each other to make a difference that is real and lasting. we are our brother's keeper. we are our sister's keeper. so on this season of generosity let's reach out to those who  need help the most in this
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season of reflection. let's make sure that our incredibly brave service members and their families know how much we appreciate their sacrifice and there are several military families and servicemen and women here tonight. we are so grateful to you for all that you do. [ cheering and applause ] >> in this season of hope let us come together as one people, one family, to insure that we're doing everything we can to keep america the land of endless opportunity and boundless optimism for which we're so thankful. so on behalf of malia, sasha, marion, the first lady michelle plus bo and sunny i want to wish everybody a merry christmas and a joyful holiday season. god bless you. god bless our troops. god bless the united states of america. [ cheering and applause ] >> and the president offers a
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message of hope and peace on this rainy 90th national christmas tree lighting evening, a holiday tradition here. you heard him just give a message there, but we thought you might enjoy seeing him actually flip the switch with the first family. >> five, four, three, two, one. >> even with the raindrops fogging the lens you can't mistake that. that is the national christmas tree on the ellipse. every year we do it and every year we think it's the best it's ever been. >> better and better. >> remember the one that blew over? they got rid of that. >> you're the only one who thought the tree was haggard. >> it was doing just a half lean. now it's all erect and beautiful and it will be covered with snow potentially. >> or ice. >> it could be sleet or snow. >> what effect will that have
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on the lights? >> i've got enough on my mind without worrying about that. thank you. let's start with cold air damming because that's what's setting the stage for this event. most of our ice storm goes from cold to warm. this will go from warm to cold, not the typical way, but we did have an ice storm in '99 like that. so the cold air goes down the appalachians and cold air is denser, harder to scour out even though we have southwest winds aloft. we have a very shallow layer of cold air that keeps temperatures at the surface 32 degrees or below. winter storm watch covers the entire metro area for sunday and sunday night, the exception of southern maryland for snow, sleet and freezing rain. i think the main event will be sleet and freezing rain. the more sleet we get, the better off we'll be. start time 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. we'll start with snow. we could see an inch before the changeover. then the mix continues the rest of the day. we'll have sleet and freezing rain on and off all day sunday. temperatures are 32 or below
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until 1 a.m. monday and that's a downtown temp. let's start with a live look outside, our live michael and son weather cam, kind of a nasty night but at least it won't freeze, 46, still rain, winds out of the north at 17, cold night. there's the rain for us and the snow in the ohio valley. this system will move through tonight and clear us out by tomorrow. we'll just have rain. we'll zoom in a bit, heaviest activity in the mountains around cumberland, but there's still a lot of rain denoted in green, just light to moderate rain, enough to keep the roads wet and slow folks down friday, 43 bethesda, arlington, 45 in andrews and 43 in fairfax, waldorf 45 as well. so more rain tonight, but we're above freezing, saturday get out and do your errands because that's going to be the best day. saturday night colder but dry if you want the night out saturday and then sunday red alert, mix all day long. temperatures in the 40s and breezy to start tomorrow, neighbor a couple early mornings sprinkles, about it,
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just a bright brisk day, snow to a mix sunday, 32, 41 monday with showers. the game, 30 to 32, cloudy and cold with sleet and freezing rain at the
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...are the hands that do good things for the whole community: thvie enronment, seniors, kids, and animals. that's why we created the share the love event. by the end of this year, the total donated by subaru could reach 35 million dollars. you get a great deal on a new subaru. we'll donate 250 dollars to a choice of charities that benefit your community. it feels good to be a helping hand.
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that's going to do it for 9 news at 6:00. we apologize we did not get to bring you peggy fox's story on that new virginia state police
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safety app. we will have it for you tonight at your only local news at 7:00. >> we've got to say good-bye to our fantastic director. this is his last show here. robin, we wish
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>> pelley: tonight, celebrating mandela. south africans pay tribute to the father of their country as the government announces plans for his services. a delegation of u.s. presidents will attend. reports from deborah patta, mark phillips, and michelle miller. anthony mason on the best jobs report since the great recession. but what kind of jobs is the economy creating? an ice storm causes havoc in the middle of the country. manuel bojorquez is there. and allen pizzey on the years that made the man. >> for 18 of the 27 years he spent in prison, nelson mandela walked down this corridor


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