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>> o'donnell: tonight, the battle for ukraine. gunmen seize a government building and raise the russian flag as moscow sends fighter jets to the border. clarissa ward and david martin report. the midwest hasn't been this cold in three decades. fears of mudslides force evacuations in california. jamie yuccas and ben tracy on the weather extremes. the federal government investigates a deadly defect in g.m. cars, seven years after being alert to the problem. jeff glor met the family of the first victim. >> she's still gone. and it's still their fault for not fixing the problem. >> o'donnell: and major garrett on the president's plan to put minority men on the road
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to success. >> if america stands for anything, it stands for the idea of opportunity for everybody. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> o'donnell: good evening. scott is on assignment. i'm norah o'donnell. ukraine finds itself in the middle of a tug-of-war between east and west. today, the u.s. repeated a warning to russia to stay out. in kiev, a new government pledged to keep the country together just days after the president was toppled. but there was an ominous development in crimea, a region once part of russia. protesters demanded to be reunited with russia, which happens to be where the ousted president, viktor yanukovych, is staying. and now he plans a news conference for tomorrow. clarissa ward is in kiev tonight. good evening, clarissa. >> reporter: good evening, norah. well, tonight, the crisis in
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ukraine is entering a new and dangerous stage with russia flecking its military muscle and announcing it has given refuge to this country's fugitive former president. this morning, it was russia's flag, not ukraine's, that was hoisted up over crimea's parliament. masked gunmen in uniform had seizedly the billions overnight and barricaded themselves inside, raising the prospect of a separatist rebellion in this divided region. demonstrators chanted, "russia." 60% of crimea's residents are ethnically russian. many here see the new ukrainian leadership as illegitimate, like protester ludmila milodanova. "we cannot accept the authority in kiev. we have a different people," she said. "we will be happy to join russia." six days after yanukovich was
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driven from power, he surfaced today in russia. he's wanted here on charges of mass murder for his role in the killing of 80 protesters last week. yanukovich insisted he is still the legitimate president and said he fled ukraine for his life. as the new ukrainian leadership was voted in today, the country's prime minister tried to kefuse the situation. >> we believe that we will definitely find a political solution. >> reporter: but with russian fighter jets flying patrols on ukraine's border and major military exercises set to begin tomorrow, many here, like 20-year-old student tanya, are concerned. are you scared of russia? >> yes. a little, yes. >> reporter: why? >> because they are a powerful country, and they can-- they can
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do bad things with us. >> o'donnell: clarissa does anyone know where yanukovich is inside russia? >> reporter: well, norawe don't know exactly where he is. there have been reports that he is in a very upscale suburb of moscow. all we know he is he is expected to hold the press conference tomorrow. it's a move that clearly is likely only to inflame tensions here. >> o'donnell: we'll be watching. claris athank you. and those russian military exercises that clarissa mention read also a big concern. david martin is at the pentagon with more on that. david. >> reporter: good evening, norah. most of the 150,000 russian troops expected to take part in tomorrow's exercise are still in garrison right now, getting ready to move out. two columns involving a total of about 50 armored vehicles have been spotted outside the fort of
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sevastopol, the headquarters of russia's black sea fleet. so far, u.s. officials say it appears to be just an exercise. but a similar large-scale exercise preceded russia's 2008 intervention in the former soviet republic of georgia. this exercise could give the russian military a rolling start to push into ukraine with little or no warning. that is what has officials like defense secretarge concerned. >> we expect other nations to respect ukraine's sovereignty and avoid provocative actions. that's why i'm closely watching russia's military exercises along the ukrainian border. >> reporter: the u.s. is also trying to avoid provocative actions. today, the top american general in europe said the nato alliance is not making any plans to respond to a russian intervention in ukraine. norah. >> o'donnell: all right, david martin, thank you. tonight, extreme weather is impacting people in much of the
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nation. rain finally fell in drought-devastated california but a new storm threatens to trigger mupped slides and flooding. in the midwest, the cold is intensifying. in minnesota it proved deadly. jamie yuccas of cbs station wcco, is in minneapolis. jamie. >> reporter: norah, it is the 46th day this winter below zero here in minneapolis, making it the coldest winter in 35 years. parts of minnesota looked and felt like the arctic today. police investigating the death of a six-year-old girl in bemidji, said she showed signs of exposure. it's unclear why she was outdoors. at least 21 people have froze tone death in minnesota this winter. temperatures today across the midwest were 20-30 degrees below normal. road conditions were blamed for multicar accidents in indiana, michigan, and pennsylvania. in some places the frost line extends eight feet below the ground. that's caused dozens of water
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lines to freeze around minneapolis and st. paul. >> you don't think of water being a big expense, but it is. >> reporter: molly aichele hasn't had water since sunday. she's relied on buckets of water from neighbors. >> it's a little bit like camping in your house,un. it's not the end of the world but it's inconvenient. >> reporter: cruise are trying to thaw pipes by using pressurized hot water, but that's only working about half the time. and, norah, tonight our wind chill is supposed to be about 23 degrees below zero. >> o'donnell: oh, my goodness. jamie, thank you. and in california, the rain is coming fast, prompting mandatory evacuation orders in two suburbs east of los angeles tonight. the fear is mudslides and ben trace sethere. ben. >> reporter: norah, this is the calm between our two storms. and here in azusa, california, this neighborhood is now under mandatory evacuations, and here's why. this hillside behind me. the fear is tonight when it starts pouring the hillside will turn into a muddy river.
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the first storm has already come through and that was mainly a problem on the roads. slick roads have caused nearly 120 crashes on los angeles county freeways. the first storm moved through faster than expected, dropping less than an inch of rain on southern california. that gave the folks who live here time to prepare for round two, which could deliver up to six inches of rain in some places. in azusa, police went door to door, telling people to evacuate. mudslides threatened about 1,000 homes here. wildfires scorched 2,000 acres of hillsides last month, burning the vegetation that keeps the hills from sliding. matt albanese is building barriers to keep the mud out. >> we install these footings that go down three feet with three-inch steel pipe. and so that that was done yesterday. today is actually building the fencing. >> we're going to get more rain in the next 48 hours than we've
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seen in the past two years. >> reporter: bill patzert is a nasa climatologist. i assume one good rain like this is not a drought buster, but how much will this help? >> well, this storm is what i call a down payment on drought relief. but there is no quick fix for a drought that's this deep and this long. >> reporter: so this weather system won't end the drought, and it also won't end here. after this rain moves out of southern california, it's going to head east. it's going to mix with all that cold polar air, and, norai hate to say it but it could create a real mess for you on that side of the country early next week. >> o'donnell: we'll be waiting. ben, thank you. there is news tonight on the ought otorecall we have been telling you involving more than 1.5 million g.m. cars. a defect in the ignition can cause the engine to cut off. it is linked to 31 crashes and 13 deaths. now, the federal government is investigating whether g.m.
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dragged its feet on that recall. but jeff glor jeff glor has leae is concerns the government was slow to respond as well. >> i went downstairs and my phone rang. amber had been in an accident, and she-- she didn't make it. >> reporter: on july 29, 2005, laura christian' 16-year-old daughter, amber, dieded in a chevy cobalt. it is the first death linked to g.m.'s faulty ignition recall. >> when you lose your daughter, whether you're the first one or whether you're the last one, she's still gone. and it's still their fault for not fixing the problem. >> reporter: amber had been drinking, but when she crashed, the airbag failed to go off. g.m. was made aware of this. so was the national highway traffic safety administration, or n.h.t.s.a., the agent charged with improving auto safety. no recall was issued, and the news never reached the public because amber's adoptive parented reach a settlement and
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signed a confidentiality agreement with g.m. laura christian, amber's biological mother, who she reunited with one year before the accident, was not part of the agreement with g.m. you knew the airbags didn't go off. you knew. did they ever explain why? >> no, they just settled. >> reporter: now after 13 deaths, massachusetts senator ed markey, a longtime auto safety advocate on capitol hill, says n.h.t.s.a. needs to make changes. >> i think that it's a good agency that here just fell down on the job. >> reporter: in both 2005 and 2006, these documents show nits afs made aware of airbags not deploying in certain g.m.s. still no recalls. today, n.h.t.s.a. told us they constantly monitor accidents. they said data available at the time did not contain sufficient evidence of a possible safety defect trend that would warrant the agency opening a formal
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investigation. who is to blame here? is it general motors? is it n.h.t.s.a.? is it a combination of both? >> i think, obviously, general motors withheld critical information, but n.h.t.s.a. could have been more aggressive and they should have been more aggressive. >> reporter: what's the message to g.m. from your perspective? >> that there is no acceptable loss of life and i bet your children are not driving those cars. >> reporter: we asked g.m. for an on-camera interview. they declined but told us ensuring our customers' safety is our first order of business. we are deeply sorry and we are working to address this issue as quickly as we can. snora, g.m. said they're working with n.h.t.s.a. on this latest investigation. >> o'donnell: all right, jeff, thank you. and food labels may soon include a dose of reality. we'll get a rare look inside the hunt for cyber criminals. and we'll remember the host who always gave us a good-bye kiss when the cbs evening news continues.
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hamburg. >> we're also asking for a change in serving size to reflect the reality of what people are eating. >> reporter: the label on this pint of ice cream says each half cup serving has 280 calories. under the f.d.a. proposal the serving size would be a more realistic cup which means each serving would contain 560 calories and 50% fat. least publicly, the food and beverly industry has been supportive. the grocery manufacture associations said it's critical that any changes serve to inform and not confuse consumers. what may be difficult for the industry to swallow it's overall price tag. a senior obama administration official says the cost of implementing the changes could reach $2 billion. first lady michelle obama is a driving force behind the new labels. >> as consumers and as parents, we have a right to understand what's in the food we're feeding
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our families because that's really the only way that we can make informed choices. >> reporter: this is just a proposal, so there will be a public comment period. norathe f.d.a. says it may be two years before consumers see these new labels on food in stores. >> o'donnell: all right, jeff pegues, thank you. and tonight, there are concerns over a leak at the nation's only underground nuclear waste dump near carlsbad, new mexico. the leak was discovered two weeks ago. now, 13 workers there have tested positive for radiation exposure. it's not known if they will get sick from this. the department of energy says radiation levels at the facility were low. and we'll take you inside the secret war room where federal agents are hunting down cyber thieves. whe en wcome back. s guy around 2 percent 'say you payr to manage your money. that's not much, you think except it's 2 percent every year. does that make a difference? search "cost of financial advisors"
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world. these screens show an internet chat room base based in russia,e hackers are brazenly selling what they've just stolen. u.s. social security numbers offered at $2 each. >> credit cards will be available, social security numbers, personal information. >> reporter: this is a marketplace? >> this is a marketplace. >> reporter: a marketplace where the thieves also sell the latest know-how. the recent attacks on target lasted for weeks, and at neiman marcus for three months, when highly sophisticated thieves broke through the companies' firewalls, stole millions of card numbers but never raised an alarm. here on this forum, the dwe feet of av, antiviral software, is one of the skills for sale. avcheck? >> avcheck. there are individuals out there that their lewis is ensuring that if you build a piece of malware that it will be undetectable by any virus. >> reporter: in the target case the secret service and the banks that monitor these chat rooms allinoid a spike.
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more than 800,000 stolen credit cards were offered at once. investigators posed online as buyers, bought a sample of the stolen cards, and made the connection to charges at target. >> these individuals, they are the highest level cyber criminals. they study their targets. they are extremely patient. >> reporter: now the focus is on finding and arresting the criminals who use these chat rooms knowing they're being hunted. >> they believe as they commit the crimes they're anonymous, and they believe they're safe from u.s. law enforcement. >> reporter: they just think you can't catch them. >> that would be a safe assumption. >> reporter: are they right? >> i believe our successes in the past will show you they are not right. >> reporter: the secret service says the investigations have led to 4900 arrests for cyber or credit card fraud over the last four years. in the attack against target, norah, agents say the malware used probably came from eastern europe or russia but that the manhunt for who did it is
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global. >> o'donnell: all right, wyatt. thank you. and we want to note the passing of jim lange. he died of a heart attack. lange was the first host of the ""dating game." >> let's meet them, and here they are! >> o'donnell: lange hosted for more than a decade, beginning in 1965. celebrity guests included farrah fawcett, a very young michael jackson, even arnold schwarzeneggar. every episode ended with a kiss, sometimes a lusty kiss. jim lange was 81. up next, president obama touches on a very personal issue at a white house event. of your symptoms. really? alka seltzer plus severe sinus fights your tough sinus symptoms plus your runny nose. oh what a relief it is dominique wilkins, are taking charge of their type 2 diabetes
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>> o'donnell: finally, tonight, it's not often that you hear the president of the united states stand in the east room of the white house and admit to using drugs. but today he did, to impart a life lesson while announcing a new initiative to put minority boys and men on the road to success. here's major garrett. >> reporter: president obama talked about growing up angry and alienated, without a father, a story that resonates with at-risk youth. >> i made bad choices. i got high without always thinking about the harm that it could do. i didn't always take school as
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seriously as i should have. i made excuses. and the only difference is i grew up in an environment that was a little bit more forgiving so, when i made a mistake, the consequences were not as severe. i had people who encouraged me, not just my mom and grandparents but wonderful teachers and community leaders. they never gave up on me. and so i didn't give up on myself. >> reporter: after five years in office, the plight of black and latino men and boys has the president's attention. his new initiative hopes to build on the successes of programs like kipp high school in the bronx. this year, 100% of the seniors have applied to college. >> i think that young men of color face a stacked deck. >> reporter: ramon de jesus is a kipp counselor. a kid from the neighborhood, he was the first in his family to graduate from high school and then college. mr. obama, he said, cuts through. >> his appearance, that's all the kids need. he doesn't have to say a word.
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"i am the president of the united states. don't i kind of look like you?" >> reporter: adrian portela is one of dejesus' ment peeps four colleges have already accepted him and he's waiting for more. >> i really want to go away and i want to see the world for what it is and not just be trapped by where i live now. >> reporter: high standards and up-close motivation personify mr. obama's "my brother's keeper" ethic. >> everybody knows you're going to do something besides work for the rest of your life if you come straight out of high school. everybody believes that you will get a diploma. everybody believes if you want to try to go to harvard, why not? >> reporter: it's a question the president is asking, too. major garrett, cbs news, the white house. >> o'donnell: and that's the news, the cbs evening news. for scott pelley, i'm norah o'donnell. i'll see you tomorrow on "cbs this morning." good night.
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captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by first alert wusa9 is tracking a winter storm for monday. hundreds of people came to capitol hill today to fight for people with disabilities to have the same chance at a full life as every 1 else. >> we now have over 3 -- as everyone else. >> we now have over 300 people in congress who want to put this to a vote. >> we're still tracking that winter storm for monday. it will hammer california tonight and tomorrow. meanwhile arctic air moves south. monday morning could be a messy commute. >> good evening. i'm derek mcginty. >> i'm jan jeffcoat. that cold air moving into the area tonight will dictate how wild it gets around here monday. first alert meteorologist topper shutt tracking monday's storm for us. >> you're right. march can be wild and here is the storm now.
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it will really produce heavy rain and heavy snow around california. there are winter storm warnings in the mountains just east and northeast of l.a. in ventura county for as much as 2 and 3 feet of snow. meanwhile arctic air reholds going into the weekend. we'll have a brief weekend warm- up and then new arctic air moves south as this storm moves into the mississippi river valley sunday and then moves northeastward. meanwhile here come the arctic air oozing south word which will spell the possibility of freezing rain, sleet and everything will turn to snow. as this arctic air comes down the mountains, warmer air aloft, the cold air is dense and it's harder to scatter out and that will spell freezing rain and/or sleet. this is not a pure snow event. a freak accident cost a former cnn anchor man and pbs correspondent his left arm, but it could easily have

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