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few years. see you at 6:00. >> brennan: tonight, the deadline nears. the president promised that the obamacare web site will be fixed by tomorrow. sharyl attkisson looks at what's being done to get it up to speed. call this black and blue friday. shoppers fight each other for bargains, but elaine quijano reports retailers may be the ones getting bruised. with the u.s. capitol dome facing a major renovation, scott pelley got a view few americans ever get to see. >> wow! what a beautiful view! >> brennan: and "on the road" with steve hartman. how one word helped save a boy's life. >> he was going to beat this disease. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
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>> brennan: good evening, scott is off tonight, i'm margaret brennan. while most americans were eating thanksgiving dinner or shopping, a team of technicians was working nearly around the clock to fix the obamacare web site, the administration had hoped that 1.2 million americans would be signed up for health insurance by now but only about 106,000 have done so according to the latest numbers the government released at the beginning of this month. the white house has pledged that by november 30 the system will be working smoothly for the vast majority of users. it will happen? sharyl attkisson takes a look. >> reporter: just hours before's fixes are due, nobody can say how well they'll work-- not even john engates, one of a half dozen outside it experts offered a private briefing at the white house this
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week. >> if i had to place a bet i would certainly say i'm betting they're going to get it done there's no way for sure to know. >> rep recent days, hundreds of technicians have implemented hardware upgrades, code fixes and two major software overhauls. an official affiliated with the project says it's now meeting targets with pages responding within a half second of a click and users getting errors less than 1% of the time. that official said the key challenge this weekend is when there's more demand will it perform? will it hold up? i'm sure everyone is biting on their fingernails. that's why the white house is urging people not to flood the web site right away. it can now handle 50,000 concurrent customers. consider that the internet communications firm skype says it's handled 50 million at once. the administration isn't expected to release enroll. numbers until mid-month, making it difficult to know how well the promised fixes work.
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>> by the end of this month it will be functioning for the majority of people who are using it. they'll be able to shop, see what their choices are. >> reporter: engates, whose company specializes in high capacity e-commerce says originally tacked transparency which is key in private industry. >> people were probably covering sort of their -- covering their butts to some extent to make sure that the bad news didn't make it all the way up the chain and they were hoping for the best. they were hoping that things would work out. >> reporter: the administration says they'll be able to handle 800,000 applicants in a day starting on sunday. it sounds like a lot, but they got nearly five million the day of the launch which explains why, margaret, they're asking people not to flood the site all at once. >> brennan: sharyl, is there a plan now to prevent the web site from crashing? >> reporter: technicians have been working on a system that will make capacity better in the sense that if customers can't get on in a specific time, if
5:34 pm is threatening to be overcapacity they'll be given space but come back at a later time. >> brennan: sharyl attkisson in washington. in addition to getting more americans to sign up for private insurance, the health care overhaul will also get more people to sign up for medicaid. in california, medicaid applications have jumped by 135,000 since october 1 and the projection is for 1.4 million new applications in 2014. that's the most of any state. the problem is that there aren't enough doctors to treat them. ben tracy tells us what one medical school is doing about it. >> reporter: california's shortage of primary care doctors has left jennifer han in the unique position of starting medical school and not having to worry about the cost. you'd be racking up $36,000 a year in medical school debt. >> uh-huh. just for tuition. >> reporter: just for tuition. you're not going to have to pay that. >> i think it's an amazing deal. (laughs). >> reporter: han is the first student at the new university of california riverside medical school to get this rather unique deal.
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>> basically, you get medical school for free. >> reporter: dr. richard olds is the dean. with money donated to the school, he's planning to offer five full-ride scholarships to students who agree to stay in the area for five years after they graduate and choose primary care rather than the more lucrative specialty fields such as radiology and anesthesiology. >> 40% of the doctors in my community look like me. they're 55 years of age or older and they will retire in the next ten years. so the net result of that is we will probably have a 5,000 to 6,000 physician deficit in ten years no matter what anyone does. >> reporter: his school is located in california's inland empire where obamacare is expected to ensuring more than 300,000 people by next year. but the area already has a shortage of 3,000 doctors. jennifer han plans to be a pediatrician. primary care physicians ends up making somewhere around $200,000. specialists can make twice that. how tempting is it to simply chase the money?
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>> that can be enticing in terms of paying back our medical school loans and stuff like that. >> reporter: if she sticks to the deal, she will leave debt free and her community will have one more doctor it desperately needs. ben tracy, cbs news, riverside, california. >> brennan: the holiday shopping season began earlier than ever. thousands poured into macy's in new york when it opened at 8:00 last night and flat screen t.v.s were top sellers at the best buy in overland, kansas. overall, 140 million americans are expected to shop this weekend. elaine quijano checked out the black friday crowds. (yelling and shouting) >> reporter: the rush for the holiday deal brought out the worst in this crowd in north carolina fighting over flat screen t.v.s. but elsewhere it was mostly civilized, even as an estimated 97 million shoppers turned out today. among them, lydia keema. >> yes!
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yes! and this is the $169 one? >> yup. >> reporter: she found the flat screen t.v. she was hunting for. the single mother works part time and is getting her master's degree. how important are those discounts to you this year? >> we don't have discretionary income, hardly anybody does anymore so being able to get that item for reduced cost just helps fulfill other needs, more groceries that you can get, more transportation, more -- more places you can go during the holiday season. >> reporter: overall, 10% fewer shoppers are expected to visit stores this season. analysts predict retailers will see sales increase 2.4% from last year. that's the smallest increase since 2009, the year the recession ended. retail analyst dana telsey. the economy is in recovery, the market is up this year 23%. why won't it be a better holiday shopping season? >> i think some of what you've seen is you had the low to mid-- tear consumer have more stresses.
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they've had higher payroll tax increase this is year than last year. wage growth has been minimal at best. they're looking to get more for their dollar. >> reporter: i.b.m. benchmark reports online sales on thanksgiving were up nearly 20% from last year. margaret, for the first time ever, that one day general rated more than a billion dollars in pping day, but it was a the shopper there is in new york. well, this may have been a marathon shopping day, but it was a shortened trading day on wall street. the dow jones industrial average lost more than 10 points to close at $16,086. the blue chip index ends the up month 3.5%. president obama and the first lady met today with activists who are demanding immigration reform. the obamas spent 40 minutes inside their tent on the national mall. some of the protesters are conducting hunger strikes. the senate passed a comprehensive immigration bill last summer but speaker john boehner has refused to schedule
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a vote in the house. china today scrambled warplanes over disputed islands that are claimed by both china and japan. the u.s. considers the skies above them international airspace and as seth doane in beijing reports, tensions are rising fast. >> reporter: two chinese fighter jets flew their first patrols today over these desolate islands in the east china sea. japan and china have been at loggerheads for years over the islands but last week, china suddenly declared that it would police the skies above a vast new territory that included the islands. it also warned it would take military action if countries flew inside its knew air defense zone without first notifying the chinese government. the uninhabited islands are located near important shipping lanes and are said to have rich oil and gas reserves. the dispute has now mushroomed into a tense standoff with japan and its u.s. ally on one side and china on the other. it comes at a time when the u.s. is trying to bolster its military presence in asia. on monday, the u.s. defied china and sent two b-52 bombers into
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the contested airspace. japan has also sent military aircraft into the new air zone. hong kong analyst david zweig says china may have miscalculated its latest bid for power. >> how do you enforce it. what are you going to do? shoot somebody down if they don't report? if setting up the zone is provocative, shooting down their plane is clearly an act of war. >> reporter: despite rising tensions, china insists its announcement is being misunderstood and it is not seeking conflict. seeking conflict. tonight, the chinese air force
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tonight, the chinese air force remains on high alert. this is what vice president joe biden will be walking into when he lands in japan on sunday and then travels on to china later in the week. he was scheduled to discuss economic issues, margaret, but surely this new air defense zone and these rising military tensions will dominate discussions. >> brennan: seth doane, in beijing, thank you. a united nations report out today details the impact of syria's brutal civil war on its youngest victims. at least 1.1 million of the refugees who fled the war are children. of those, some 75% are under the age of 12. most live in refugee camps where there are no schools and only squalor. some women are hammering out new careers in an unexpected field. gone in 30 seconds. one of the biggest jewelry heists was captured on video. and there's a sign of the season at the white house.
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>> reporter: just 3% of women work in construction, but now there's an unprecedented opportunity to get more of them into the trade. the average construction worker is in his 40s and 50s and getting closer to retirement. >> it had never occurred to me that i would want to be a carpenter. >> reporter: amy judd, a college graduate, picked up a hammer 15 years ago when she couldn't find a job teaching. >> it took me 80 swings to finally actually hit the nail, but when i did, that was my lightbulb moment. >> you get those in. >> reporter: the economy is expected to add nearly 200,000 carpenters by 2020. is part of the problem the stigma that it's man's job? >> of course. of course. that's part of the problem. >> reporter: sylas demel slow an electrician apprentice. >> i don't think it's made clear for, like, women in high school to say, like, hey, this is an
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option for you. you can go into the trades. you don't have to go to college. you can be an electrician. buck a carpenter. you can be a mason. you can do all this kind of stuff. >> reporter: last year, the labor department allocated close to $2 million in grants for women in nontraditional occupations like construction. >> it's not always necessarily having to wear a tool belt to carry heavy things. if you like just being creative and designing things or problem solving you can make a really good livable wage. >> reporter: the average wage for someone working in construction is $26 an hour. amy judd now has her own business and half of her eight employees are women. michelle miller, cbs news, burlington, vermont. >> brennan: french police have released video from a daring jewelry heist. it happened last july at a luxury hotel in cannes. a lone thief with a gun grabbed $140 million, in rings, earrings and pendants before calmly walking out the door 30 seconds later.
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scott pelley spent some time with the man overseeing the project for "60 minutes." >> pelley: stephen ayres holds the title architect of the capitol. this is all original? it's all 150 years old. >> yes, it is. >> pelley: all of this was designed by ayres' predecessor, thomas walter, who proposed a dome no one asked for. this is the capitol george washington knew and it's till the center of the capitol building today. walter won a competition to expand the house and senate sides to hold all of the politicians coming in from the new states. but then walter thought the original dome looked too small. so he drew another. >> he posted it on the wall in his office and members of congress would often come by and see that and it just stuck immediately. didn't even have a cost estimate, didn't know how they were going to construct it, how they were going to build it, how they were going to design it,
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yet it was so beautiful and so wonderful everyone just knew immediately that they had to do it. >> pelley: walter drafted it after the great marble domes he'd seen in europe only to discover that the building couldn't support the weight. so he conjured an illusion. everything-- every column, every ornament is cast iron painted to look like stone. the weight was cut in half. >> this is from 1863 and you can see it's signed by thomas you stick walter. >> pelley: his drawing in the archive reveals there are two domes-- an inner dome with a ceiling painted with an apotheosis of george washington ascending into heaven and the outer dome ascending into the sky. >> we are climbing atop this inner dome, the apotheosis of washington frescoed by constantino brumini. >>'s right below us. >> yes. >> pelley: we're on top of that
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right now. >> yes. and this is the level we go outside. >> pelley: this is the top. >> this is the top. >> pelley: wow! what a beautiful view! >> brennan: wow. well you can see more from scott pelley's report on the u.s. capitol dome on "60 minutes" this sunday. it's beginning to look like christmas at the white house. today first lady michelle obama along with malia and sasha and the family's two dogs welcomed the arrival of the official white house christmas tree. the 18 and a half foot douglas fir was grown in pennsylvania and will be decorated with images of military home comings. one of the most bitter rivalries in sports helped save a boy's life. "on the road" with steve hartman is next. this is the quicksilver cash back card from capital one.
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why police point the fingert technology.. and transit. nt at six. >> brennan: we end tonight with a lesson in the power of words. or, in this case, just one word. steve hartman discovered the secret on the road in ohio. >> reporter: for most seventh graders life doesn't get much harder than a history test. but for grant reed of bellville, ohio, it's his own current events that are so torturous. >> honestly i don't want to die.
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>> reporter: is that one of the hardest parts, just wanting to think about that? >> uh-huh. >> reporter: last year doctors here at nationwide children's hospital in columbus found a tumor in grant's brain. they cut it out but the surgery left him with stroke-like symptoms. >> good, good. >> reporter: plus he had to go through months of radiation and chemotherapy to try to stop the spread of the disease. yet through it all grant has shown remarkable determination which he credits at least in part to ohio state football. grant was pretty much born a fan. his parents troy and denice were both in the o.s.u. marching band and got engaged during half time of the michigan game. his cat is named buckeye. his wardrobe flush with scarlet. point is almost nothing mattered more to grant than ohio state-- until he got sick, of course. his parents say they'll never forget the first time his
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oncologist came in to see him. >> grant wasn't exactly sure what we were talking about and when she dropped the "c" word in the room he was like, whoa. no. no. >> i didn't like the word "cancer." >> reporter: so you decided not to use the word cancer? >> uh-huh. >> reporter: what did you decide to use instead? >> michigan. >> reporter: that's right. the kid named his cancer michigan and insisted everyone in his life refer to it as such. >> i'm like why do you want to call it that? and he goes "because ohio state beats michigan." that was something he could understand to make it into a competition. he was going to beat this disease. >> reporter: it's now been more than a year since grant issued that pronouncement. and if you look at his scans dr. randal olshefski at nationwide children's says you can see a change. where the tumor was before compared to where it's not now. there's nothing there. >> it's a big space, but there's
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no tumor. >> reporter: grant is trouncing michigan. and although much of the credit has to go to science his parents say don't discontinue the semantics. >> just substituting a word can make a difference. >> absolutely. you have to do something to make it a disease you can fight and for grant that was naming it michigan. >> reporter: this weekend ohio state and michigan will be battling like their lives depend on it but in this house the reed family will be watching with a sobering insight-- that it's just a game. steve hartman, "on the road," in bellville, ohio. >> brennan: that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. i'm margaret brennan. scott pelley will be back on monday. thanks for watching. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs ned by media access gro captioned by media access group at wgbh
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>> your realtime captioner is mrs. linda m. macdonald crime on the rise across much of the bay area and tonight police in one bay area city are blaming technology. i'm allen martin. >> i'm elizabeth cook. kpix 5's da lin is in union square in san francisco. new tech gadgets and new habits are making people easy prey for crooks, hey, da? >> reporter: that's right, liz. big crowds here in san francisco and that's why san francisco cops are passing out flyers to educate folks about distracted walking folks with their eyes on their smartphones rather than looking forward and cops blame it for a sharp rise in climb. >> they are oblivious. >> reporter: we have seen it and done it.
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eyes glued to the phone. >> so engrossed in their smartphone, that you can walk right up beside them and they wouldn't notice you. >> reporter: this is the result. people become easy targets for robbers. in fact, san francisco has seen a five-year high in crime mostly because of a sharp increase in property crimes and smartphone robberies. about 46,000 reported crimes in the first 10 months, and more than 85% are related to property crimes and smartphone robberies. across the bay in oakland, robberies comparing this year to last also up by 19%. down in san jose, property crimes are also up 33%. that's why cops in the bay area are educating people to put the expensive gadgets away. >> be caringful with your smartphone. -- be careful