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always on >> caption colorado, llc >> pelley: tonight, more all victims come forward in the penn state child sex abuse scandal. and assistant football coach mike mcqueary talks for the first time to armen keteyan. >> reporter: describe your emotions right now. >> pelley: new york police evict the occupy wall street protesters from the park where the movement started. will they be back? michelle miller is covering. dr. jon lapook on a new drug that can raise your good cholesterol. and you hate those airline fees for checked bags. now mark strassmann tells us those fees could be creating a security risk. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. we are being told tonight that
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more victims have come forward in the penn state child sex abuse investigation. our chief investigative correspondent armen keteyian has learned that the state police are vetting the claims of others who say they, too, were sexually assaulted by former assistant football coach jerry sandusky. sandusky has already been charged with assaulting eight boys-- at least one of them in a university locker room. the scandal has coast coach joe paterno and the penn state president their jobs. armen keteyian is in state college, pennsylvanie, tonight with another development in the case. >> reporter: good evening, scott. on a day these victims came forward, we got a glimpse in a brief interview into the emotions of a man at the center of a scandal-- mike mcqueary. from the moment the sex abuse controversy erupted, assistant coach mike mcqueary has been out of sight and hasn't spoken. he's a key witness because it was mcqueary who had told the
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grand jury that in 2002 he had seen former defensive coach jerry sandusky rape a boy as young as ten years old in a locker room shower. an act, according to court papers, mcqueary reported to then head coach joe paterno. today he spoke for the first time since the scandal broke. do you have any idea when you think you might be ready to talk? >> this process has to play out. i just don't have anything else to say, at all. >> reporter: okay, one last thing. describe your emotions right now. >> all over the place, just kind of shaken. >> reporter: crazy? >> crazy. >> reporter: you said, what like a...? >> snow globe. >> reporter: snow globe?
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>> yes, sir. >> reporter: last friday, mcqueary was placed on indefinite administrative leave by penn state, keeping him away from saturday's game in part over concerns about his safety. last night in a phone interview with bob costas, sandusky said this. >> i say that i am innocent of those charges. well, i could say that, you know, i have done some of those things. i have horsed around with kids. i have showered after workouts. i have hugged them and i've... i have touched their legs without intent of sexual conduct. >> reporter: today pennsylvania attorney ben andreozzi who represents one of the alleged victims said his client was extremely disappointed by the interview and it was 100% false. in an interview yesterday, andreozzi described the claims of his client. can you characterize the kind of abuse your client allegedly sustained. >> severe. over a period of time he suffered severe sexual abuse. mr. sandusky built a relationship with my client and i believe he used that relationship with the second mile program and with the university to his advantage so he could essentially stalk and prey on these victims, including my client. >> reporter: according to court
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records, mcqueary was never questioned by the police after reporting the assault. but according to an e-mail obtained by the associated press today, mcquery says he stopped the assault and then discussed it with the police. scott? >> pelley: armen, in that brief conversation you had with mcqueary on his porch, part of that was off camera. i wonder who he told you? >> reporter: well, scott he's very rattled by this whole experience. off camera he was telling me how concerned he was about his personal life, his personal safety, and the future in coaching, because, obviously, he's caught in a very difficult i think the word "shattered" or "shaken" really operates here because mike is just in a state where he really doesn't know, it appears, which way to turn. >> pelley: armen, thank you very much. tonight, a new york judge says the police were right today to route the occupy wall street protesters from the park where the movement began.
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the judge said the protesters have the right to assemble, but he said there's no constitutional right to a camp- out. michelle miller is in the park tonight. michelle? >> reporter: and good evening, scott. just behind me you can see that police are letting occupation wall street protesters back into zucotti park, but tents, sleeping bags, tarps, those aren't permitted and no one will be allowed to sleep here tonight. >> all persons must temporarily leave the park. >> reporter: occupy wall street protesters were given just minutes to grab their gear and clear the private park they'd occupied for nearly two months. >> if you refuse to leave immediately, to remove your property from the park or refuse to leave the park, you will be subject to arrest. >> reporter: 220 people were arrested in the sweep, including dozens who chained themselves together. new york mayor michael bloomberg said the camp had become a health and safety hazard.
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there have been reports of businesses being threatened and complaints about noise and unsanitary conditions. >> reporter: tents and tarps were confiscated. the park's stone steps washed clean. beth joy has been participating in the protest for three weeks. >> it makes me sad to know that they're attempting to crush an idea but you can't crush an idea in one square block of manhattan. >> reporter: but in the last week, officials in portland, denver, and oakland have evicted protesters from occupy campsites. in an interview with the bbc, oakland mayor jean quan said she consulted with other mayors about a course of action. >> reporter: quan's remarks have stoked the suspicion of protesters who were there's a coordinated effort under way to end the occupy demonstrations. was this a preemptive strike? >> i assume so but it was badly calculated because it's only going to galvanize us. we're only going to be stronger
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because of this. >> reporter: we asked mayor quan's office for more details regarding that conference call but her office declined comment and referred us to the u.s. conference of mayor which is did confirm that a conference call took place among several mayors. mayor michael bloomberg's office, scott, said his office did not participate. >> pelley: michelle, thanks very much. the crackdown in new york drew a response from occupy los angeles. more than 100 protesters marched in a show of solidarity with their new york counterparts. the mayor of los angeles has voiced support for the protests. but the police chief said today he's negotiating with the organizers to peacefully clear their encampment near city hall. in the presidential campaign, it's turning into a horse race in iowa where the first votes will be cast in the battle for the republican nomination. a new poll of likely g.o.p. caucus voters finds herman cain in the lead but followed closely by ron paul, mitt romney, and newt gingrich.
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dean reynolds is in urbandale, iowa, tonight. >> reporter: with seven weeks until the caucuses, the candidates jockeyed for support today among iowa voters whose enthusiasm is uncertain. signs of a four-way dead heat quickened the already hectic pace. >> how are you? thanks for being here! >> reporter: while the poll shows herman cain with the upper hand here, his advantage is small and his expectations are modest. >> what would be an acceptable finnish in this state for you? >> we have set our iowa target of finishing in the top three. now, are we planning to try to win first place? yes. but in politics as you know you can't always predict the exact outcome. >> reporter: pollster ann selzer conducted the latest survey for bloomberg news. >> i think you're seeing the candidates put on their final push and caucus goers are responding by spreading out
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their votes. >> reporter: good news for newt gingrich who has been slowly but surely building support and a war chest. over the summer he raised less than a million dollars but since october first and a series of well-received debates his campaign has taken in $3 million. that's not the only change. back in september with his popularity in single digits and his campaign an afterthought, he refused to criticize his fellow republicans. >> i'm frankly not interested in your effort to get republicans fighting each other. >> reporter: but now that he's in the thick of the race, there's a different tone, especially toward mitt romney. >> a large part of this party-- i'll let you decide what percent, but a large part, well over half of it-- for one reason or another isn't comfortable with governor. >> reporter: but the question, scott, is whether republicans are comfortable with any of these candidates. in this latest poll coming out of iowa, 60% of the respondents said they could be persuaded to back someone other than their top choice even at this relatively late date. >> pelley: thank you, dean. for eight months now, protesters in syria have been fighting and dying trying to overthrow bashar
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al-assad. today they got some support from turkey. it threatened to cut electricity to syria if assad doesn't end his crackdown on the protesters. elizabeth palmer tells us dozens were killed yesterday in one of the bloodiest days since the uprising began. >> reporter: the cell phone video may be shaky, but it purports to show syrian soldiers and government thugs shooting opposition protesters who want democratic reforms. more than 3,500 of them killed since last march according to the united nations. syria's neighbors, traditionally reluctant to criticize an arab ally, now insist this violence must stop. turkish prime minister recep tayyip erdogan is the most outspoken. "those who fire shots at their own people" he said "will go down in history as leaders who
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feed on blood." in washington, u.s. state department spokesman mark toner said syria's isolation is deepening. >> the drum beat of international pressure is increasing. >> reporter: the pressure is increasing inside syria, too. today, thousands marched in a funeral procession for six victims said to have been killed by government forces. this may not yet be a full-blown civil war, but the signs are it's heading that way. lone soldiers began announcing their defections from the syrian army in the summer. now whole groups are doing it and turning their guns and military know how against assad's regime. elizabeth palmer, cbs news, london. >> pelley: tonight it appears there is a new drug that can raise a patient's good cholesterol. the new air travel security risk. too much carry-on luggage. and we'll take you to the hottest thing in iceland when the "cbs evening news" continues.
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dramatically raises good cholesterol while lowering the bad has eluded researchers for years. statins, the most commonly used cholesterol drugs today, mainly lowers bad cholesterol. cardiologist dr. chris canon. >> lowering the bad cholesterol is one of the best ways to prevent heart attacks and strokes. but it's not good enough because there are many ways that cholesterol can build up in the artery. >> reporter: in a study presented today at the american heart association, researchers reported early results with a drug called evacetrapib which goes an important step further and significantly elevates h.d.l.-- or good cholesterol. nearly 400 patients were studied for 12 weeks. those receiving the highest dose of the drug alone more than doubled their h.d.l. and lowered their l.d.l.-- or bad cholesterol-- by 36%. in 2006, another promising drug that boosted good cholesterol, torcetrapib, had harmful side effects in testing, including heart attacks, strokes, and death.
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the drug never came to market. so far, in early testing, this new drug appears to be safe. dr. steven nissen helped run the study. >> does this affect on cholesterol levels result in lower rates of death, heart attack, and stroke? if this class of drugs work, we might just achieve that goal of taking heart disease away as the number-one killer of men and women. >> reporter: over the next few years, results are expected from larger trials involving this drug and two similar ones. now, if this class of drug works, it's unlikely to replace statins. doctors cannon and nissen both predict patients at high risk of risk of heart disease would take both. >> pelley: thank you very much, jon. we have more information. you can find it on our health partner, search: "cholesterol." the most fascinating sound that we heard in the newsroom today is an audio recording from the
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day that president kennedy was assassinated. this is the white house situation room informing members of his cabinet about the tragedy as they and press secretary pierre salinger were flying to japan. salinger's code name was "wayside." >> pelley: the audio tape is part of a two-hour recording of radio traffic from november 22, 1963. it belonged to president kennedy's military aide the late general chester clifton, jr., and is now up for sale. those fees for checking bags could be jeopardizing airport security. we'll show you why next.
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>> reporter: that $25 fee to check a bag not only adds to the cost of your flight, it also raises a security concern at airport checkpoints. a surge in carry-on bags from passengers trying to avoid that fee. but transportation security administration says passengers carried on 59 million more bags last year than the year before, and this year the number of carry-ons will jump another 28 million to nearly 90 million more bags. john pistole is the head of the t.s.a. 90 million more than just two years ago. how much of a difference has that made to screening? >> it obviously takes more time in two areas, one is the here is volume of the bags, the carry-on bags. but then, two, most are fairly densely packed because people are trying to get everything in. >> reporter: does it also increase the chance that a security officer might miss something? >> well, there's always that possibility. >> reporter: but the airline industry's bottom line increasingly depends on these fees. without the $3.4 billion generated by checked bag fees,
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the airlines would be in the red. jean medina is a vice president with the air transport association, the airline's trade group. >> fees that come in from services that are offered to customers is actually relatively small but necessary to help the airlines maintain any level of profitability at all. >> reporter: but at a cost to the t.s.a. the agency estimates screening all the additional carry-ons costs $260 million a year. geoff freeman is a vice president of the u.s. travel association. he says airlines should be required to let passengers check one bag for free. >> the fact is, we have to look at this t.s.a. checkpoint, we have to take some of the pressure off that checkpoint to improve both security and the facilitation of travelers. >> reporter: and it's not likely any time soon, scott, in fact, those baggage fees are also exempt from federal taxes. the 7.5% rate that the airlines have to pay and the cost of the ticket itself. last year's tax savings to the airlines, $255 million. >> pelley: mark, thanks very much.
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as long as we're talking millions, have a look at this. the largest yellow diamond in the world. it was purchased anonymously at auction in geneva today for nearly $11 million. a record price. the diamond was discovered in south africa 110.3 carats that are very good for the eyes. and feast your eyes on this. we'll take you to an active volcano next.
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raised a red flag. next on cbs 5 >> pelley: a spectacular volcano eruption continues in congo tonight. lava is shooting a thousand feet into the air and the eruption may last for months. volcanoes are one of the great spectacles and we wanted to see one up close so we went mountain climbing on a glacier in iceland. iceland has 30 active volcanoes and to get to the summit of one of them we drove up through the clouds in all-terrain trucks. >> we made it on to the clouds. >> pelley: then we walked the last steps to the summit with a native icelander and volcanologist who has studied volcanoes for more than 40 years. >> oh, look at that! incredible! what a site! >> pelley: tell me what you're
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seeing. >> big clouds of ash that are moving up... straight up into the atmosphere and the velocity of a few hundred feet per second. >> pelley: how big are these pieces that we see flying? >> some of these are the size of cars. >> pelley: size of cars. >> yeah. >> pelley: and how high are they going up? must be a thousand feet. >> at least a thousand feet. but they're still red hot. maybe 2,000 degrees fahrenheit. >> pelley: this is a great place to explain exactly where volcanoes happen on the earth. the crust of the earth, of course, is fractured like a broken mirror and it's fractured into about 15 major plates called tectonic plates. volcanoes happen all around the edges where the earth's crust is fractured and here in iceland, a major line runs right through the middle of the island and the two plates are breaking apart and that's exactly what you see happening behind me. the fine ash lays a blanket over the farms below.
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they call it ash, but it feels more like sand and its reach in the air can extend thousands of miles. in 2010, icelandic ash grounded ten million air travelers. but this man told us that's nothing. an eruption in the pacific back in 1816 put so much ash into the air that it blocked the sunlight and there was a year without summer in north america. >> during that summer, there were crop killing frosts. i'm dana king. gunshots pierced the quiet of a u-c berkeley
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computer lab this afternoon. computer lab this afternoon. good evening. i'm allen martin. >> i'm dana king. gunshots pierced the quiet of a uc-berkeley computer lab this afternoon. >> four students were there when campus police opened fire on a man who officers say pointed a gun at them. joe vazquez on what we know about the moments leading up to the shooting. joe. reporter: the haas school of business behind me is a crime scene. the investigators are still on the scene inside truce to find out what happened. around 2:15 a man wearing a backpack walked into the elevator. a female staff member who also was on the elevate ever says the man pulled a gun are his backpack. she ran and called police. the gunman went to the computer lab. four students were in the lab at the time. a man of outside the lab says


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