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firstname.lastname@example.org >> brennan: tonight, the holiday get away. americans hit slippery roads and pack airline terminals as nasty weather cancels or delays hundreds of flights on the busiest travel day of the year. reports from jeff pegues and terrell brown. eric fisher has the thanksgiving forecast. sharyl attkisson reports the administration is trying to head off a traffic jam on healthcare.gov and delaying another part of obamacare. after the state puts out its final report on shooter adam lanza and the newtown massacre, elaine quijano talks to the parents of sandy hook. how responsible do you hold nancy lanza for what happened that day? >> oh, my god! >> and ben tracy with the whales who came to dinner and won't leave. >> this is phenomenal. leave. >> this i
captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. this is th >> brennan: good evening, scott is off tonight, i'm margaret brennan. thanksgiving is all about tradition. one is travel. more americans are on the move this holiday eve than any other day of the year. the storm that's caused so much trouble all over the country is finally moving out to sea but travelers are still feeling the impact 260 more flights were canceled today and some roadways are still slippery. this now is a life picture from chicago. that's the eisenhower expressway and this is a look at the ohio turnpike near cleveland. here if in new york they have started inflating the balloons for the parade and it looks like the winds-- which had threatened to ground them-- won't be a problem after all. we have three reports on the thanksgiving travel and weather. first jeff pegues on the road in maryland. jeff?
>> reporter: margaret, according to a.a.a., nearly 39 million americans will be hitting the roads between today and sunday. many of them facing longer drives than usual. along the east coast today the storm affected just about everyone on the roads. on interstate 95 there were major delays reed simpson and his grandson are driving home to pennsylvania. >> rain, no rain, rain mixed with snow now snow. >> reporter: (laughs) how's the driving going? >> terrible. traffic is awful. >> reporter: in a town called blowing rock, north carolina, it was blowing snow that slowed things down. and in pittsburgh, ice on the roads led to this rollover accident. fortunately, the driver walked away without serious injuries. the snow and ice aren't the only travel hazards. so are the wind and rain. on i-93 in boston a traffic camera caught this tractor- trailer jackknifing as it was heading north.
>> get comfortable before the drive. >> reporter: like millions of others, reed simpson has miles to go driving through the storm. he says his drive between virginia and pennsylvania normally takes four hours. margaret, today he says it took him six hours. >> brennan: thank you. now we're going to head to the airports. terrell brown has more about the problems facing air travelers. >> reporter: heavy rain and 60 mile per hour gusts were felt all along one of the busiest air corridors in the world. >> happy thanksgiving. >> reporter: most of today's flight cancellations were in the northeast, but the ripple effects could be felt by passengers flying in and out of major hubs across the country. nearly two-and-a-half million people were flying today. 30% more than normal. the delays reached two hours in philadelphia and more than 60 flights were canceled at newark airport. >> hello! >> reporter: where daisy rosario
was trying to keep travelers calm. >> you have to go to terminal "a." >> reporter: she's been a customer care representative here for nine years but she admits today was a tough one. >> mother nature is mother nature. it's busy but i like it. >> reporter: margaret, weather conditions are expected to improve on sunday when more than 2.5 million air travelers will be on the move. >> brennan: terrell brown at laguardia. eric fisher is our chief meteorologist at the cbs boston station wbz. eric, what does the forecast look like for thanksgiving? >> reporter: margaret, finally improving. the rain and snow sweeping through the northeast after dumping one to four inches of rain but snow way down to the deep south. even atlanta, their third measurable snow in november in the past 83 years leading to some excitement there. they are not alone. the snow pack covers quite a bit of the lower 48. 35.8%. what does that mean? the most snow cover on this date in the past 10 years.
so cold weather has been the story. it will be the story for thanksgiving but a lot of sunshine. the west coast, no active weather. below-average temperatures for the central and southern u.s. cold and windy weather in the northeast and snow showers in the great lakes. no major storms, but the cold felt all the way down to the gulf coast. freeze warnings from florida over to texas right along the gulf of mexico margaret. >> brennan: thanks, eric. there is more trouble tonight for obamacare. the administration put off until next november the opening of the online marketplace for small businesses to buy health insurance. the delay is necessary so they can focus on fixing the main federal web site, healthcare.gov. weeks ago, the administration said most of the problems would be fixed by the end of this month but sharyl attkisson tells us the folks running the site hope everyone won't try to get on at once. white house officials say air rates and wait times are substantially improved and healthcare.gov can now handle 50,000 people at once. but they worry that a surge of customers beyond that could provoke another round of outages and negative publicity. john engates is chief technology
officer for rack space hosting which specializes in high capacity e-commerce. >> if 250,000 people show up to a site that can only handle 50,000, it's not usually the case that the first 50,000 have a great experience and the next 200,000 have no experience. it's usually that all 250,000 have a poor experience. >> reporter: engates has criticized the launch as a speck it can already a public paying the failure. on monday, he was one of a half dozen outside technology experts invited to a white house situation room breathing. >> all of the things i saw give me confidence that they're headed in the right direction, that they're on the right path. >> reporter: engates said to avoid the web site at midday and consider getting on early in the morning or late afternoon. margaret? >> brennan: sharyl, why did the administration delay the launch of the online exchange for small businesses who do want to buy health insurance? >> it's just not going to be
functioning, they have to focus on other things first. this affects businesses with 50 or fewer employees looking for group insurance through obamacare and that part of the web site isn't ready, so the companies will have to enroll off line through insurance companies and brokers. >> brennan: under obamacare states had the option to set up their own exchanges and to expand medicaid for the poor but many red states where republicans dominate chose not to. tonight wyatt andrews tells us about one exception-- kentucky. >> it works and it's working well. >> reporter: he's the democratic governor in mostly republican kentucky, but steve beshear took a political risk and fully embraced obamacare. he had the state build its own health care exchange which, at 60,000 enrollees is among the nation's most successful. then he expanded the state's medicaid program by executive order which bypassed republican opponents in the legislature. why did you do that? >> very simple, wyatt, it was the right thing to do.
kentucky has had horrible health statistics since they started keeping health statistics. >> reporter: kentucky has some of the country's highest rates of smoking, cancer deaths, and heart attacks and the governor argues that expanding insurance gives more people access to doctors. 48,000 residents have already enrolled in medicaid, including carter tate, who lost his private insurance last year. >> just relieved all that stress for me. so i'm very thankful for this. very thankful. >> reporter: but beshear also tied obamacare to the economy. two independent studies concluded that medicaid expansion-- thanks to 100% federal funding-- would generate billions in income and 17,000 jobs related to health care. >> well, when you put those economic facts together with being the morally right thing to do for your people it's a no- brainer. >> reporter: when you say "morally right thing to do" what do you mean? >> our people deserve this. they deserve to be healthy.
>> reporter: republicans applaud the governor's intentions but question his math. over time, the federal share of medicaid drops from 100% to 90% and the state's 10% share could cost hundreds of millions. republican robert stier is president of the kentucky senate. >> it is big money. that is a large portion of our state budget that we will be placing in to that system. >> reporter: 12,000 kentucky residents have also signed up for private health insurance and a high number of them-- 41%-- are age 35 and younger which is the age group needed to finance the system. margaret, one advantage to having a web site that works is more appeal to younger people. >> brennan: wyatt andrews in washington. as the united states and afghanistan haggle over a new security agreement, the taliban are stepping up attacks. today six afghan soldiers were killed by roadside bombs. the proposed security deal would allow some u.s. troops to remain after next year in order to
train afghans to take over their own security. will the afghans be ready? charlie d'agata went to paktia province to find that out. >> reporter: this remote mountain region near the border of pakistan is where america's fight with al qaeda in afghanistan began. >> bin laden was here. the cave complexes you hear about were here. this is the hub where al qaeda gained access and freedom into afghanistan and then projected power. >> reporter: and why many fear the taliban will come back. this is where they'll set up shop again. >> they'll certainly try. >> reporter: colonel val keaveny knows firsthand the taliban is still a potent force. he's lost seven of his men in the past six months. now his troop from the 101st airborne division are getting ready to go home, handing over this crucial region to afghan forces. and you guys are the last ones in.
>> we are. >> reporter: that's quite a responsibility, isn't it? captain michael finch from tennessee is in charge of this base protecting the only major route between pakistan and kabul. soon afghan forces will be in charge. you're telling me they're capable of holding this area? >> very capable. >> reporter: what makes you so confident? >> they've been doing it the whole time we've been here. >> reporter: you've still been attacked. >> we have been attacked. >> reporter: finch has been able to call on american air power during those attacks, but that will end when u.s. troops pull out. the afghans will have to rely on mortars and small arms to defend themselves. and it's not just air support they'll be missing. unlike the heavily armored vehicles used by the u.s. military, afghan security forces drive around in these pickups and they don't provide much protection against homemade bombs, the number-one killer in this conflict. already this year afghan forces have suffered their worst losses since the start of this conflict. exactly how many afghan troops
have been killed is unknown. kabul won't release the numbers, but the coalition estimates that over 100 a week have died in fighting since the summer. and according to a u.s. military officer that is unsustainable. as u.s. troops get closer to pulling out, the more aggressive the taliban become. charlie d'agata, cbs news, paktia province, afghanistan. >> brennan: in brazil today, part of a soccer stadium collapsed while being renovated for the world cup. two construction workers were killed and a crane crashed into the outer wall tearing out entire sections. the stadium in sao paulo is supposed to host the opening match in june. a holocaust survivor is reunited for thanksgiving with the man who helped save his life. a new wheelchair is controlled by a person's tongue. and was the gunman's mother partly to blame for the sandy hook massacre?
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>> there was obviously a breakdown in terms of the parenting and the structure in that house. >> it's clear that he had mental illness and intervention was not made and there was not responsible gun ownership, either, because there was access to weapons and firearms. >> reporter: so you hold nancy lanza responsible when it comes to the guns available. >> yes. i do. >> this was a young man who didn't seem to have many connections. it takes a team to raise a child. it takes a community. where were the rest of the people in his life? >> reporter: the report also said six minutes passed from the time the first officer arrived to when police entered the school. how do you view that response? >> i think it is very easy to play monday morning quarter back and assume and imply, but if you really look at the investigative
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>> oh, my god! >> reporter: humpback whales, dozens of them, are everywhere. wow, they're like right on us. boeing away even avid whale watchers such as sharon she ever. >> it's never been like this. this is phenomenal. >> reporter: do these whales make you feel very small? >> oh, absolutely. absolutely. >> reporter: there are also dolphins and hundreds of sea lions. they are chasing an unexplained explosion of anchovies in the bay. killer whales showed up to hunt the sea lions. >> under the bow! >> reporter: tourists and scientists have never seen anything quite like it. >> there's easily over 100 to 200 whales in monterey bay, so this is, like, so exceptional. we just can't even believe it. >> reporter: nancy black is a marine biologist and captain of this whale watching boat. >> looking pretty good. >> reporter: she says most humpback whales should have left for their winter breeding grounds in mexico but could not pass up this fish feast. is this a question of which
biological need wins out-- breeding or food? >> it's a struggle between food and mating. i mean, it's like which one? >> reporter: sea lions help the whales feed by chasing the anchovies into tight balls of fish. the whale simply opens its mouth, swallowing up to two tons of anchovies each day. >> i'm just trying to tell the people how lucky they are to witness this. >> reporter: she know this is sea life show will eventually end. for now, she says, just enjoy the view. ben tracy, cbs news, monterey bay, california. >> brennan: that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for scott pelley, i'm margaret brennan in new york. thanks for joining us. we leave you now with the lighting of the national menorah in washington. good night. happy chanukah. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
your realtime captioner is mrs. linda m. macdonald. our cameras role a floating crime scene being towed away after an apparent meth operation turns deadly. good evening, i'm ken bastida. >> i'm elizabeth cook. the bodies of two bay area men were found on that houseboat about 6 miles south of rio vista. kpix 5's brian webb has been following the boat all day long looking into what went wrong and where it's headed next. brian. >> reporter: liz, fishermen have seen that boat bounce from place to place in the waters back behind me over the past couple of days. as for what was found on it breaking bad comes to the delta. video from cheap, a solano county sheriff's boat towing a crime scene, video from chopper 5 showing it being taken to an
undisclosed location not something the locals like to hear. >> people are harm the environment as well as themselves and others. >> reporter: the likely floating meth lab was found in the back waters and sloughs that break off in the delta. the two missing fishermen found dead inside, fishing lines still cast in the water and what deputies believe was a small meth cooking operation in the galley. >> it's dangerous anywhere. >> reporter: the delta is a great getaway for boating and fishing. but with all its nooks and crannies it could be a good hideout for illegal activity but authorities say they will eventually find the bad guys dead or alive. >> no place is perfect. perfect is not having a lab at all. >> reporter: on board they smelled an odd odor and hopped off fearing the fumes or a possible explosion. the boat and the area being