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and weather are always on our website, captions by: caption colorado >> pelley: tonight, olympi security alert. late today, the u.s. issued a global warning on a possible bomb threat to the games in sochi. bob orr has the breaking news. 100 million americans shiver under brutal winter storms. terrell brown on where it's worse. dean reynolds looks at the harm to the economy. cory remsburg was the star of the state of the union. david martin that has story on the long road back for a remarkable american hero. then, 50 years ago it was television history. anthony mason on the stroke of luck that put andrea tebbets in front of 73 million americans. >> the usher said no, you can't sit there, that's for the screamers. >> reporter: the screamers. >> yes, the screamers.
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captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. this is our western edition. there's a growing sense of urgency tonight about a possible terror attack aimedded at the sochi olympics. today we learned that the russians are banning liquids of any kind or size from carry-on luggage on airplanes. also today u.s. intelligence warned that terrorists may have homeland security correspondent bob orr has this late-breaking story. bob. >> reporter: scott, this is a warning directed to airlines flying overseas from airports and bound for russia. intelligence now is picking up increasing chatter that terrorists may have found a new way of smuggling explosives on to planes. the brief homeland security alert called a terror line bulletin warns air carriers that terror operatives may try to hide explosives inside small tubes of tooth paste or skin care products.
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sources say the worry is that teams of operatives could smuggle those tubes aboard along with other component parts and then assemble a improvised explosive device while the plane is in flight. sources say this potential threat is aimed at russia and the olympics in sochi. the threat does not target the u.s. homeland or americans but u.s.-based air carriers operating flights between international cities and russia are covered by the alert. officials will not identify which terror group may be at the center of this concern, but islamic radicals based in the northern caucusus near the sochi games have repeatedly vowed to attack. the department of homeland security declined to provide more details about what prompted this latest warning, but in a statement said: a statement said: now, sources say they're not
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aware of any specific plot or imminent threat, but we know since 9/11 terrorists have been obsessed with aviation and they've done all kinds of research on different ways to try to smuggle bombs on planes. remember the underwear bomb and the printer cartridge bombs. so officials, scott, say we shouldn't overreact to this potential threat but there are new reasons to take the warnings seriously. >> pelley: just a couple days before the games begin. bob orr in our washington newsroom. bob, thank you very much. this could be a cold, dark night for millions of americans after a very dangerous day on the roads. all the result of the latest winter storm to hit the midwest and northeast. that storm left highways covered with ice, brought down trees and power lines leaving more than a million homes and businesses without power. and it dumped still more snow on chicago. dean reynolds is there, but first we'll go to terrell brown in poughkeepsie, new york. terrell? >> reporter: scott, here in the northeast, these are some of the
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worst driving conditions that we have seen all winter. the governor of new york shut down a 65 mile stretch of interstate from the border of pennsylvania to connecticut. road crews were racing to clear the mess all day. often they fell behind. the icy mix made traction almost impossible in worcester, massachusetts. this milk truck in belmont county, ohio, slid into a house. snow in many places was falling at the rate of two inches an hour. >> it's just messy, it's hard to drive in, hard to walk in, people are slipping. >> reporter: in jackson, michigan, a 30-car pileup froze interstate 94 for hours. across the state this morning a.a.a. got 1,100 calls for help. both new jersey and new york declared snow emergencies. new york state police lieutenant gene hallenbeck. what's the most common call? >> cars usually sliding off the roadway because tires are inadequate. also they can't stop or start
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and they'll get stuck in a spot and we have to get a tow truck to pull them out of a ditch or something like that. >> reporter: a lot of that today? >> yes, yes. >> reporter: on the southern edge of the storm, ice bent tree branches and snapped electric lines. 750,000 customers a n pennsylvania lost power the, most since superstorm sandy. maryland is warning 155,000 customers it may be days until their electricity is restored. scott, utility crews are rushing to get the power back on to homes and businesses before another storm rolls through this weekend. the early forecast calls for more snow from chicago to the northeast. >> pelley: it just doesn't let up. terrell, thanks very much. analysts estimate that the weather this season has cost the economy about $10 billion. that includes lost productivity, workers who just can't get to work, and money going to heating bills instead of down to the corner restaurant. dean reynolds has been totaling up the bill for the winter of 2014.
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>> reporter: the national weather service calls this a winter to remember, but the memory of the cost will not be a fond one. all the slush and shivers could slow national economic growth by half a percent this quarter-- a significant snowball at an economy that grew only 2.7% last year. diane swonk is the chief economist at mesero financial. >> everybody hibernates when it's cold so they're not going out to restaurants, malls or auto dealers. we've seen auto sales have been affected. they're not looking at new homes. >> reporter: with their supply chains disrupted, manufacturing hours were down and the construction industry shed 25,000 jobs. even in sunny california, a cold snap has caused $440 million in damage to this citrus crop-- above and beyond what the drought there is doing. here in chicago where there have been 34 snowy days this winter, business is down and cancellations are up at the
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trendy spiaggia restaurant, even though it's restaurant week in the city. assistant general manager alexandra barton. can you connect cancellations to the weather? >> absolutely. when o'hare has been shutting down and canceling hundreds of flights, we absolutely see folks unable to come in from los angeles and new york. >> reporter: and whether it's snow in atlanta or ice in dallas diane swonk says they add up to a minus. >> all of those places that don't usually get hit, they're getting hit as well and that's disrupting it, too. >> reporter: the good news, scott, is that many economists believe productivity will pick up in the spring and maybe enough to cover the losses of the winter. but right now spring seems a long way off. >> pelley: 43 days to be precise. dean, thanks very much. by contrast, california remains bone dry, and with water restrictions in place, today the farm bureau said it expects
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500,000 acres of cropland to sit idle this year. that could lead to higher food prices all over the country. california produces half of the nation's fruits and vegetables. today on "cbs this morning" the nation's second largest drugstore change, cvs caremark, announced it will stop selling cigarettes and all other tobacco products. it's a big move that will cost the company a fortune. so we asked dr. jon lapook to tell us more. >> reporter: c.v.s. will pull the tobacco products off the shelves of all 7,600 stores by october 1. the pharmacy chain says it will lose an estimated $2 billion in sales. c.v.s.' chief executive larry merlo made the announcement today on cbs "this morning" saying he didn't think selling cigarettes aligned with their mission as a health care company. >> it's a real contradiction to talk about all the things we're doing to help people on their path to better health. >> reporter: efforts to reduce smoking have stretched back nearly 50 years.
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in 1970, the government banned television ads. >> out here in marlboro country. >> reporter: since then, the percentage of adults who smoke has dropped from 37% to 18%. restrictions on smoking in public places has had a similar effect. in new york, the first city to enact a public smoking ban, the percentage dropped nearly 28% in ten years. the question now: will c.v.s.' move lead other pharmacies to follow suit? today we called walgreens. they say they've been evaluating their policy and will continue to do so but for now they will keep selling tobacco products. the company does offer an online quit-smoking program and sells products to help customers stop smoking. >> pelley: jon, thanks very much. today assad's dictatorship padly missed the deadline for handing over 90% of its chemical weapons for destruction. that was the agreement that it made last summer to avoid a u.s.
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military strike, but so far syria has only removed 4% of its most deadly chemicals. margaret brennan is our state department correspondent. margaret, why have they not complied? >> reporter: well, scott, the u.s. believes assad is delaying the removal of his chemical weapons in a bid to hold on the power and so far it's worked. secretary kerry admitted today in an interview that assad's position has strengthened. after the u.s. agreed call off those possible missile strikes this summer in exchange for handing over these chemical weapons, the regime has continued to bombard civilians with conventional weapons and they have even blocked the delivery of food to starving civilians. >> pelley: the deadline has now been moved to march. what is the u.s. going to do next? >> well, the russians-- syria's ally-- have pressured and say they'll continue to pressure syria to hand over those weapons by march. but since syria has already missed two deadlines, officials
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here are very skeptical. and there is little political will at the white house to take unilateral action. >> pelley: margaret brennan at the state department for us tonight. margaret, thank you. the soldier who became the star of the state of the union address tells david martin about his toughest battle. a daredevil olympian says one course in sochi is just too dangerous. and the largest gathering in seattle history welcomed home the super bowl champs when the "cbs evening news" continues. te i got dr. scholl's massaging gel insoles. when they're in my shoes, my feet and legs feel less tired. it's like walking on a wave. dr. scholl's massaging gel insoles. i'm a believer!
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>> pelley: today at least 34 people were killed in multiple bombings throughout baghdad. this one was outside the heavily guarded government center. there's a battle raging in iraq between the two main branches of islam. sunni insurgents are suspected of targeting the shiite-led government. an american veteran of iraq and afghanistan brought the house down-- and the senate, too-- during the state of the union address last week. sergeant first class cory remsburg was a guest of the president and the first lady. we were so impressed, we asked david martin to catch up with this young man and his father. now we're even more impressed than we were before. >> reporter: don't expect cory remsburg to take anything-- even a handshake-- sitting down. this is the army ranger who did ten tours in iraq and afghanistan, a total of three years and three months of combat.
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so which was the tougher fight? the fight against the enemy or the fight you're fighting now against your wounds? >> hands down now! >> reporter: hands down now. shrapnel from a roadside bomb near kandahar in afghanistan left his speech slurred, his right eye blind and his left side partially paralyzed. but he's walking farther and farther unassisted. >> you got this. >> reporter: do you have any memory of what happened? >> none. >> reporter: it was october 1, 2009. his father craig got the call. >> it went through the skull through the brain. >> reporter: it was three and a half months before he came out of a coma. could you speak? >> it took probably seven, eight months before he could speak. >> reporter: in february, 2010, while recovering from surgery, he had a visitor. did you know this was the president of the united states? >> at the time i could not tell
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which way was up. (laughter) >> reporter: but the president spotted this picture in corey's room and realized they'd met before, at the 65th anniversary of d-day. last august they met for a third time. this time you knew it was the president. >> oh, yeah. >> reporter: he showed the president he could stand and, with help, walk across the room. >> sergeant first class cory remsburg never gives up and he does not quit. >> reporter: and then there was that incredible moment at last week's state of the union address. cory stood again and all the leaders of a notoriously divided government gave him the longest standing ovation anyone can remember. >> here was this opportunity for everybody to agree on one thing, and that one thing was up in the balcony. >> reporter: and what does sergeant first class cory remsburg think of the
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extraordinary service he has given his country? >> in a perfect world i'd do it all over again. i'd go back if they'd have me. >> reporter: we all know it's not a perfect world but cory remsburg might just be a perfect soldier. david martin, cbs news, phoenix, arizona. >> pelley: and we'll be right back. back. on their face. who are so congested, it feels like the walls are closing in. ♪ who are so stuffed up, they feel like they're under water. try zyrtec-d® to powerfully clear your blocked nose and relieve your other allergy symptoms... so you can breathe easier all day. zyrtec-d®. find it at the pharmacy counter.
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>> pelley: we're two days away from the opening of the winter olympics and today one of the most famous american athletes said one course at sochi is just too dangerous. mark phillips is our man at the games. >> this is shaun white! >> reporter: he's the biggest star with the most famous hair, in one of winter sports glamour events. slope style where snowboarders leap along obstacles and seem to spend more time upside down doing flips above the snow than sliding along it. >> double cork. >> so when shaun white showed up in sochi today his new hair cut seems to be the big news. >> it was just kind of like spur of the moment. >> reporter: it wasn't, instead white shocked the olympic world by announcing later he was dropping out of the sport's newest and hairiest event. the course in sochi, he said, was too dangerous. >> definitely concerns about the course.
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it's been interesting to see how it's developed and changed over the past few days. >> reporter: many competitors have criticized the sochi course for being too risky-- even by the sport's own death-defying standards. white had injured his wrist training on it this week while a norwegian boarder had broken his collarbone and another from finland sustained a concussion. white himself had had a bad fall at a slope style event in california last month. he doesn't want another one. anyway, white's prime event is the halfpipe where he's already won two gold medals in previous games. >> yeah! >> reporter: he brought "60 minutes" to his secret private training run in the rockies. competing in the extreme slope style event, he says, would jeopardize his chances of a third gold in the pipe. the courses are set, scott, in collaboration with the international ski federation and high-risk high-thrill is part of the equation.
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this time, though, they may have gone too far and have lost their highest profile athlete. >> pelley: mark phillips in sochi tonight. mark, thanks. seattle threw a victory parade today for the super bowl champion seahawks. police estimate the crowd at 700,000 which is more than the city's population. slate fans call themselves the 12th man and number 12 flags were everywhere. n.f.l. games will be coming to thursday night's on cbs next fall. today the network announced a deal to broadcast thursday games during the first eight weeks of the season with the anchor team of jim nantz and phil sims. cbs already broadcast it is n.f.l. on sundays. it was on cbs 50 years ago this sunday that the beatles made their american debut. a moment in history when we come back. ♪ it's such a feeling -- feeling -- ♪ [ male announcer ] this is kevin.
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storms. and this time the b area is right in the bull's eye. ne weather talent appears at wx >> pelley: ladies and gentlemen, the beatles! (cheers and applause) ♪ close your eyes and i'll kiss you...♪ >> pelley: ed sullivan, 50 years ago this sunday. it was a really big show. 50,000 people requested tickets to see the beatles that night but there were only 728 seats in
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cbs studio 50 which is known today as the ed sullivan theater. that's where anthony mason met up with a former teenager who scored the hottest ticket in town. >> reporter: this is your first time back in 50 years. >> it is. >> reporter: andrea tebbets was 13 years old that night in 1964 when she came to see the beatles' american debut at the ed sullivan show. what do you remember about that night? >> i remember just the thrill of hearing them start to sing. ♪ she loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah...♪ >> reporter: she'd come from connecticut with her mother, her grandfather, an advertising executive, scored them tickets. in the theater-- now home to david letterman-- they saw a section of open seats in the balcony. >> the usher said "no, you can't sit there, that's for the screamers." >> reporter: the screamers. >> yes, and my mom to her credit
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said "oh, that's all right." >> reporter: that night, andrea wouldn't just be part of the audience, she'd be part of a broadcast seen by more than 73 million people. you had a big part in a big moment. >> it's coming up now right after ringo. ♪ and when i touch you, i feel happy -- ♪ >> reporter: as the beatles sang "i wanna hold your hand" the camera slowly swooped in over the band toward ringo and then - - >> there i am! (laughs) >> reporter: look at you! >> i was chewing gum, i just had my ears pierced. >> reporter: you look very happy to be there. >> i was. i was beside myself. i really was. it was my 15 seconds of fame and my also 15 seconds of popularity in junior high school because i was about as uncool as you could get. i was known school for being clumsy and a girl scout and the secretary of the science club and there i was on this -- on national television. oh, look at this! cute! >> reporter: as a fan, she collected beatles magazines and cards.
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at an exhibition opening this week at the library of performing arts in new york, some of the souvenirs on display in a typical teenagers' bedroom were actually hers. >> oh, neat! >> reporter: that 13-year-old girl grew up to be andrea tebbetts, a tax attorney with the justice department. >> part of the whole beatles phenomenon was people like me. i mean, it was the fans. it was the screamers. ♪ i wanna hold your hand... >> reporter: those who thought it was all just noise were wrong. it was the sound of the future. (cheers and applause) anthony mason, cbs news, new york. >> pelley: we'll have more about this turning point in american culture first thing tomorrow on cbs "this morning." and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night.
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mrs. linda marie macdonald is your realtime captioner. year. good evening, i'm ken bastida. hang on, bay area. you are about to get a soaker unlike anything you have seen in more than a year. good evening, i'm ken bastida. >> i'm elizabeth cook. we begin with a live look outside at the golden gate bridge. dry for now, but not much longer. in fact, a parched bay area is on the verge of badly needed rain and a lot of it. let's get right to meteorologist paul deanno with more on this one to punch. paul. >> reporter: punch number one is coming in early. we have a few sprinkles up here on the rooftop of kpix 5, a beautiful shot of the bay bridge in the background. we are cloudy, wet and we are going to stay this way for a long time. we are not going to let up on the rainfall likely until monday afternoon next week. what is it doing right now in kpix 5 hi-def doppler radar the strongest radar in town to
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answer that question. a little light rainfall, a lot of it not hitting the city. it's in various areas. wave number one has already arrived. you're looking up to the north now. there's plenty more rainfall to go. no end to this until about tomorrow afternoon. so let's talk about why this is happening. a big ridge of high pressure that was blocking all the storms is now steering all the storms right into the bay area. that ridge is now our friend. quickly i want to get to the totals just this first wave of rain, we're talking a minimum of half inch of rainfall up to 2" to monterey. this is just the beginning. the bigger storm gets here over the weekend. we'll talk about how much dent we'll put in the drought coming up. >> thank you. we put our hi-def radar in your hands at and then click interactive radar to zoom into your neighborhood. new at 6:00,