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on storm watch and we'll have the latest forecast. help from above. elizabeth palmer has the helicopter rescue of dozens stranded more than a week on a ship stuck in the ice in antarctica. back from the dead. a fugitive banker once declared dead appears in court charged with stealing millions of investors. mark strassmann is covering. and elaine quijano with bikers riding to the rescue of abused kids and their moms. >> each one of them, they were there for me and i needed them. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. scott off tonight, i'm maurice dubois. the northeast is about to get hit by a major winter storm-- two of them actually. a storm that dumped a foot of snow in the midwest is joining forces with a nor'easter moving up the coast. winter storm warnings and advisories are up tonight
throughout the region. thousands of flights were canceled or delayed today. and these are live pictures from the storm zone where one-third of the u.s. population lives. we have a team of correspondents covering the story. we'll begin in boston with karen anderson of cbs station wbz. karen? >> reporter: maurice, we've already gotten four inches of snow and we're expecting another 10 to 14 inches overnight. now, the governor sent home state workers early today and the national guard was activated bostonians tried all day to keep pace with the falling snow but most realized this was just the first step. >> it's supposed to go all night tonight till tomorrow. this is boston. >> reporter: gusts will reach 50 miles per hour along cape cod with windchills that will make it feel 10 to 15 below zero. more than 2,000 plows and salt trucks are already on the road statewide driver ed gillen. >> we've been going pretty
strong since midnight last night and the best is yet to come. (laughs) >> reporter: high tides at midnight and noon tomorrow could produce major flooding. a just-completed $700,000 sea wall in the town of scituate is already being tested by 35 miles an hour winds pushing sea water towards shore. and another worry is the power. the high winds and snow can bring down utility lines. leaving people without light and heat. the national guard is prepared to evacuate anyone who can't make it to a shelter on their own. >> dubois: karen anderson in boston. thank you. also in boston is eric fisher, chief meteorologist at wbz. eric, how do you see this one playing out tonight? >> maurice, this is significant. the first nor'easter of 2014. we didn't wait very long. it's been snowing all day here in boston and now it's just starting to swing in new york city. a large system as you mentioned earlier, energy combining with a low off the coast.
that's from new england down d.c. this evening and we'll track it through overnight hours. this is the brunt of the storm during the overnight into early tomorrow morning. we'll be moving across long island and eastern new england during the morning hours and then out to sea as we head towards tomorrow afternoon as dumping some hefty snow totals. over a foot in boston, in fact, some parts north of town have already seen more than a foot. over a half foot in new york city and blizzard conditions possible across long island, block island and into eastern massachusetts and new hampshire. the combination of 50 miles per hour winds and the blowing and drifting snow. and perhaps the most noticeable thing about the storm, the frigid cold. once this leaves, look at the temperatures come saturday morning. much of the northeast goes subzero, windchill values as low as 30 below zero. maurice, true winter weather, it didn't wait long this year. >> dubois: it sure didn't. eric fisher, thank you so much from boston. now in new york state governor andrew cuomo has ordered a number of major highways closed as the storm moves in. terrell brown is on long island tonight.
terrell? >> reporter: maurice, long island is one of the most densely populated places in the country. there are more people here than in 15 states. and the most important highway the the long island expressway. the blizzard is expected to dump a foot of snow here and create whiteout conditions some parts of the long island expressway will be closed at midnight to make way for a fleet of plows. it's a drastic stone take for one of the busiest highways in america. but last year, hundreds of motorists were stranded by a storm that dumped nearly three feet of snow. many spent the night in their cars and in brookhaven, new york many people were snowed in for days. lan losquandro is the supersben dent there. >> we'll be pushing all the snows off the roadways and be salting and sanding some time tomorrow once we get the roadways clear. >> reporter: new york's governor has also ordered interstate 87 between albany and new york city closed as well as the stretch of interstate 84 in new york.
a decision to reopen the roads will be made before dawn. the heaviest snow will fall in the overnight hours, maurice, and couple that with the windchill and it will feel like ten degrees below zero. >> dubois: terrell brown on long island tonight. thank you. now we want to give you a long at the storms as seen from space. it gives you an idea of just how much of the country is affected. the snow is causing a lot of problems for air travelers. dean reynolds is at o'hare airport in chicago with more about that tonight. dean? >> reporter: maurice, it's been snowing here for three days and parts of the midwest have received more than a foot of the white stuff with predictable results. travelers at chicago's o'hare airport scan the board in search of good news but there wasn't much. a quarter of the flights in and out of here were canceled or delayed. so you're stranded, basically? >> yes, we are. >> reporter: taer will and
angela obradovich raided two days for a flight to cleveland. but since cleveland looks like this now they've given up and rented a car. when do you think you'll make it to warren, ohio? >> probably 7:00 p.m., i'm guessing. tonight. >> 8:00 or 9:00. >> reporter: the trouble drifted wiest the snow. new york's three airports scrubbed more than 600 flights and delayed another 700. in boston, logan airport said it expected to be shut down until friday afternoon. but driving was undeniably hazardous. and amtrak train service was limited so many, including debbie trowbridge, simply headed to the airport and hoped. she should have been at her desk in tampa instead of in terminal 3 at o'hare. how frustrated are you on a scale of the 1-10? >> 10. yeah. because i -- my girlfriends keep tweeting me from tampa that it's almost 80 and sunny there. >> reporter: is it?
mired in the ice are 22 russian sailors and crew who are going to wait it out until the wind and the current shift and they can sail their vessel into open water. maurice? >> dubois: liz palmer, thank you. federal investigators looking into monday's derailment and fire in casselton, north dakota, said today they found a broken axel at the scene but it's the soon to tell whether that was a factor in the accident. also today, the u.s. department of transportation put out a safety alert concerning oil shipments by rail. here's transportation correspondent jeff pegues. >> reporter: the fire that followed the train derailment in casselton, north dakota, burned for more than a day. it was fueled by oil. the cargo on one of the trains. now federal officials have ordered the oil industry to "properly test, characterize, and classify hazardous materials when shipping oil." the department of transportation said it would conduct unannounced inspections of rail cars. the oil that burned in monday's derailment came testimony from the bakken region, encompassing
parts of montana and north dakota, it's one of the most active oil fields in the u.s., producing almost a million barrels a day. but according to government officials, it's a type of oil that may be more flammable than traditional crude oil. much of the oil from the bakken region reaches its destination by rail. the wakeup call for the freight train industry came last summer when train carrying oil derailed in a small town in quebec, canada. maurice, 47 people died as the oil burned. >> dubois: jeff pegues in washington. a new report out today calls into question one of the main goals of the health reform law. to get people to stop using the emergency room as their primary care doctor by making more of them eligible for medicaid. more than four million supreme signed up for obamacare will be getting their health care through medicaid but will that keep them out of the emergency room? that's the question. here is sharyl attkisson. >> reporte despite hopes that
expanding medicaid would decrease expensive and unnecessary hospital visits because the poor would have access to doctors and preventative care today's study finds the opposite. previously uninsured patients who became eligible for medicaid are much more likely to visit the e.r. and they show no measurable improvement in physical health such as blood pressure and cholesterol. m.i.t. economics professor amy finkelstein co-authored the study. >> what medicaid does it it makes not only primary care now free for individuals but also the emergency room and as i teach my undergraduates, when you lower the price of something people tend to buy more of it and that's true both of primary care and apparently of emergency room care. >> reporter: the study, published today in the journal "science", looked at 18 months of e.r. visits by 25,000 people in portland, oregon, where the state expanded medicaid to more people prior to federal law doing so. it found that medicaid patients went to the e.r. 40% more often on average, often for conditions
that could be treated less expensively at the do doctor's office or in urgent care clinics. the study was conducted back in 2008 before obamacare was enacted. it did find some benefits, maurice. medicaid improves patient mental health and financial stability. >> dubois: sharyl, it's only been a couple days of obamacare but have hospitals seen any increase that's noticeable in terms of patients? >> reporter: we wondered and called around to aampling and they told us they haven't prepared to brace for it and haven't seen an increase yet. >> dubois: sharyl attkisson in washington tonight. california just granted a law license to an illegal immigrant. a fugitive banker who faked his own death was finally captured. and the mayor who smoked crack makes a big announcement when the "cbs evening news" continues.
>> dubois: in california today, the state's highest court granted a license to practice law to a man who's been living in this country illegally. john blackstone fills us in on this landmark decision. >> reporter: sergio garcia was alone if his chico, california, office today when the state supreme court issued its decision granting him a law license. >> it has been a long, long journey going on five years, you know? i graduated law school in may, 2009, and here we are 2014 and we finally have a final piece of the puzzle that will allow know fulfill my dream and become an attorney. >> reporter: he was brought to
the u.s. from mexico when he was just 17 months old and has been waiting for his green card since 1994. he passed the bar exam on his first try but because he's undocumented federal law prevented him from getting a law license. california and its governor have given more and more rights to undocumented immigrants, they can now get driver's licenses and qualify for in-state tuition. another law forbids police in california from turning people over to federal immigration authorities for anything other than major felonies and sex crimes. but federal law prohibiting employment of undocumented immigrants could still present a barrier for garcia. in its filing in the case, the justice department says issuance of a law license to mr. garcia would not imply authorization to work in the united states. >> the state of california, in general, you know, there's absolutely nothing that prevent he is from being a licensed attorney now in california. >> reporter: other states have been watching this closely. there are similar cases in new york and florida where
undocumented immigrants are seeking licenses to practice law. california passed legislation written specifically, maurice, to help garcia qualify for his law license. >> dubois: john blackstone, thank you. on wall street today, after last year's 26.5% runup in the dow investors took profits today as they sold stock. the dow plunged 135 points. it's the first time the market has opened a year with a loss since 2008. a fugitive banker who was once declared dead is alive and under arrest. that story is next. [ male announcer ] bob's heart attack didn't come with a warning. today his doctor has him on a bayer aspirin regimen to help reduce the risk of another one. if you've had a heart attack, be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen.
>> dubois: a former bank director accused of defrauding his bank and investors out of millions appeared today in federal court in brunswick, georgia, no small feat for a man who had been declared dead after vanish ago year and a half ago. he was arrested on new year's eve during a traffic stop on i-95. here's mark strassmann. >> reporter: aubrey lee price, the former banker, is very much alive but a changed man. this is what the arrested fugitive looks like now. price, now 47, was a director at a small georgia bank. he allegedly embezzled $40 million and cheated more than 100 investors like wendy cross, the owner of this atlanta food truck who lost almost $300,000. when you first heard it's gone -- >> i literally fell to my knees
in shock. it was everything. it was everything that i had. >> reporter: like all that money price disappeared in june of 2012. he left a suicide note. "i created false statements, covered up my losses and deceived and hurt the very people i was trying to help. i am emotionally overwhelmed and incapable of continuing in this life." but the surveillance video taken the day he vanished showed price in key west, florida. he claimed he was going to kill himself, but he was carrying a backpack and a rolling suitcase. his next known public sighting was tuesday when he was arrested for a traffic violation. he told local debtys "sit down, i'm going to make you famous." when you saw the mug shot -- >> (laughs) it was crazy. i mean, i -- i would have thought that, like, you know, a hollywood makeup artist got to this guy. if he hadn't literally bumped into me on the side of the
street i would not have known that that was him. >> reporter: what do you want to happen? >> i want him to rot in jail for a really long time. hopefully for the rest of his life. i hope he thinks about what he's done to innocent people in did not deserve this. >> reporter: u.s. marshals say price told them he was homeless and working as a migrant but, maurice, there are also reports he was actually renting a place in florida where deputies found and seized 225 marijuana plants. >> dubois: mark strassmann, thank you. toronto's crack-smoking mayor kicked off his reelection campaign today. rob ford was the first candidate to show up at city hall when registration opened. he paid the $200 filing fee in cash. the city council took away most of ford's powers last year after he admitted he had smoked crack. today ford said he is the best mayor the city ever had. they are help on wheels, bikers coming to the aid of kids in trouble. next.
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whose identity we're protecting-- were abused by karen's husband. >> it was terrifying when you can't close your eyes at night to go to sleep because you don't know what's going to happen. it's the unknown that you're afraid of. >> reporter: fearing for their lives, karen found help from an unlikely group of people. >> here they come! >> reporter: these 15 men and women are part of a 3,000 member organization committed to protecting children around the world. >> how are you? >> good! >> reporter: they call themselves baca-- bikers against child abuse. >> one thing we try to do as an organization is to help the child feel empower sod they can enjoy their childhood and grow up as an adult knowing that there's always going to be somebody there and not all adults are bad. >> reporter: happy dodson is the president of the connecticut chapter which is currently helping eight families across the state. >> hey, young lady! >> hi. >> how's school? >> good. >> reporter: they helped by stepping into the void left by an overwhelmed court system and
by forming a cocoon of support around the abused child, pledging 24/7 protection. each member goes through an extensive federal background check and adopts child friendly road names like scooter, shaggy and pooh-bear. >> if the child has a problem sleeping or afraid to get on the bus or go to school, we're there. we'll take you to school, we'll catch the bus, we'll pick you up when that bus drops you off, we'll take you home and if need be we'll say in that yard until you feel comfortable. >> reporter: for some of the members it's personal. they, too, were abused. >> i knew a lot of kids when i was growing up that were under that umbrella of being afraid and -- nobody around to help. that's why we're here. >> reporter: when you met them for the first time, what was your impression? >> it was overwhelming. i gave each one of them a hug. because they were there for me, you know? and i needed them. >> reporter: what was it like for your daughter? >> it was nice to know that all these people were on her side,
that she had that backup, you know? and this she wasn't alone. >> reporter: baca's motto is "no child deserves to live in fear." because of them, this young girl no longer does. elaine quijano, cbs news, derby, connecticut. >> dubois: and this is the "cbs evening news." for scott pelley, i'm maurice dubois in new york. thanks for joining us. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org