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next. >> have a great night. >> pel ht, the deep freeze kicks in. temperatures plunge as the snow piles up. jamie yuccas on the polar vortex consuming america. the doctor who had ebola leaves a new york hospital. >> today, i am healthy and no longer infectious. >> pelley: dr. jon lapook on the stigma facing those who fight the disease. major garrett is in beijing where president obama met face to face with two rivals. anna werner on a big change for many students applying to college. and on veterans day, mark strassmann with a soldier's new mission-- to stop the epidemic of military suicides. >> it's not a sign of weakness to get help. it's a sign of strength. >> captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
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>> pelley: good evening. this is our western edition. in the blink of an eye, the seasons changed as the polar vortex sent arctic air deep into america's heartland. highways became sheets of ice in omaha. st. cloud, minnesota, got more than 13 inches of snow, a record for november. here's how quickly it's spreading. wichita, kansas, tied a record yesterday at 77 degrees. it could plunge to 15 overnight. sanford, texas, has gone from 85 to an expected low tonight of 12. we have more now from jamie yuccas of wcco, our cbs station in minneapolis. in minneapolis. >> reporter: in nebraska, icy roads and stuck cars brought traffic to a crawl and put people power to the test. curtis flowers spent the morning moving cars off the road. >> the secret is put the vehicle in low, stop spinning, and let it roll. >> reporter: slick roads in
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minnesota caused a semitruck to jackknife overnight when another semi lost control and slammed into it and the surrounding police cars. there were no serious injuries. the storm dropped almost 25 inches of snow in parts of michigan, more than 16 in minnesota, and 18 in wisconsin, where steven schreier was clearing his sidewalk. >> i'm glad i bought a snow blower. >> reporter: the frigid cold front caused by a storm that hit alaska over the weekend, will continue pushing deep into the south. by friday, every state except hawaii and florida will have below-freezing temperatures. >> knock, knock! is anyone home? >> reporter: renee nyman and bre schell are street outreach workers with st. stephen's human services. they spent today checking place where's the homeless often gather. this site was empty, but they fear that more than 200 people could be sleeping outside the next few nights. >> it's early for shelters to be filling up as fast as they are. to have a "we're full" sign on
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the door is pretty-- it's pretty unusual for this time of year. >> reporter: now, shelters will find room for anyone, but need donations. food and clothing don't come in until the holidays. and, scott, thursday's low is expected to be 4 degrees. we haven't seen the single digits here in minneapolis since last march. >> pelley: jamie yuccas of wcco. jamie, thank you very much. the doctor who caught ebola in west africa was released from a new york hospital today. dr. craig spencer is ebola-free, and so, now, is the united states. he was the last patient. spencer had a message for the nation today, and here's dr. jon lapook. ( applause ) >> reporter: dr. craig spencer walked out of bellevue hospital this morning and into a media frenzy. after thanking the staff who took care of him, he made this plea. >> please join me in turning our attention back to west africa and ensuring that medical volunteers and other aid workers do not face stigma and threats upon their return home. >> reporter: spencer has been a
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case study in the public's reaction to ebola. his travel on the subway and trip to a bowling alley lead new york and new jersey to establish a quarantine policy for health care workers returning from west africa. 16 states now have some form of a quarantine. carissa guile traveled to guinea with doctors without borders. now back in the u.s., she just finished a 21-day quarantine. >> my family had planned a trip to cape cod, and my family member, he decided he didn't want to come because he was afraid of me. >> reporter: did you try to explain it to him? >> how it worked out is he decide he preferred to stay home and not come. i don't want to make people uncomfortable. h reporter: the stigma associated with ebola is hampering efforts to control it in west africa. public health work lena moses says it has led to a drop in local workers. >> if you're ostracized in your community, if your family is terrified you're doing it, you're not getting paid for it, then there's little incentive to actually do what is necessary to stop this outbreak. >> reporter: a new american- built health care center opened
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over the weekend in monrovia, liberia. facilities like this create a greater demand for workers. the united nations estimates about 5,000 more workers are needed. as for moses, she's already back in sierra leone. >> i think the people that are responding to this ebola outbreak, particularly the local staffs, are heroes. and they should be applauded as they walk down the streets instead of shunned. >> reporter: the experience with ebola here may help ease fears. in the u.s., only the two nurses who had direct contact with the body fluids of an ebola victim in dallas became infected. more than 800 others who had contact with the nine patients treated in america have remained free of the disease. >> pelley: amazing courage among these health care workers. doctor, thanks very much. today, president obama was the guest of honor at a dinner hosted by the chairman of the chinese communist party xi jingping, who is also china's president. facing the two leaders was a
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chinese menu of issues raising from relentless chinese hacking of u.s. computers to the possibility of more open trade. major garrett is traveling with the president. >> reporter: the two presidents enjoyed a night time stroll in the gardens of the communist party's leadership compound. part of four hours of intense negotiations, aimed at shifting the super power's relationship from regular confrontation to occasional cooperation. president obama and president xi first met last year in california. today, president obama said the conversations were candid and product. >> reporter: beijing agreed to join a 54-nation pact lowering tariffs on high-tech products, a move likely to create jobs in the u.s. and lower consumer prices in china. the u.s. and china were also set to announce new military procedures to avoid confrontations in the south china sea, where chinese and
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u.s. patrols frequently cross paths. mr. obama also met three times on the summit sidelines with russian president vladimir putin. their conversations focused on the russian incursion into ukraine. putin attracted attention across china when he draped the shawl over the shoulders of the china's first lady during the summit's opening chilly fireworks. the guesture lit up social media and the censors scrubbed the video and it became a somewhat lively debate about pint's motives and the first lady's reaction. >> pelley: major garrett in beijing tonight. major, thank you. the chinese president is known for his campaign against corruption, which runs rife through the chinese government from small towns to mega-cities. seth doane is our man in beijing. >> reporter: president xi jingping is just two years into a ten-year term. he's taken dramatic steps to consolidate power by cracking down on corruption.
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more than 80,000 communist party members have been investigated so far. some have lost their jobs. others have been kicked out of the communist party. and no one, no matter how high ranking, appears safe. top general xu caihou was targeted last month. he was booted from the communist party after confessing to taking bribes. and zhou yongkang, once one of the most powerful men in the country, is also under investigation. the former security czar, who made a fortune in the oil industry, is accused of unspecified crimes. his whereabouts are now known. but china has had trouble apprehending corrupt officials who have fled the country. at this week's apec summit, the chinese government proposed more cross-border cooperation, pursuing those outside of beijing's reach. it has gained the support of key
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countries, including the united states. china's foreign minister wang yi, met with the u.s. secretary of state john kerry last month. "we hope countries can offer their understanding and support to china," he said, "and don't become shelters for the fugitives." scott, despite the tens of thousands of people netted in this corruption crackdown, there is a sense here among those we speak with that it is just a tiny fraction of corrupt officials, and a feeling that wesident xi would never really be able to go far enough to route out corruption because it is just so widespread. >> pelley: seth, thank you very much. well, government even in america is becoming murkier because of campaign finance laws that have become nearly a free-for-all. the midterm election this month was the most expensive in history, and $145 million came from anonymous donors, so no one knows who's buying what in washington. nancy cordes explains.
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>> reporter: republican leader mitch mcconnell's biggest ontside backer in his bid for reelection was a little-known group called the kentucky opportunity coalition, which spent at least $7.5 million on ads against mcconnell's opponent. >> grimes should be ashamed of herself. >> reporter: the group's donors are a secret. thanks to a series of recent court decisions, certain nonprofit groups are no longer required to list those names. when cbs asked, we were told: >> you can't have fair elections when a lot of the money is hidden and nobody knows who's behind it. >> bill allison is with the sunlight foundation, which tracks so-called dark money groups, like the generically named patriot majority u.s.a., which spent $10.7 million this year against republicans. >> congressman cotton, he got student loans for harvard, but cotton slammed the door on us. >> reporter: in colorado's
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senate race, more than a third of all spending came from anonymous donors. >> cory gardner isn't telling the whole truth. >> reporter: there are those who say, look, just because i want to support a cause doesn't mean i want my name out there. isn't that a fair position to take? >> in some ways, you know, supporting a cause i can understand, but these aren't causes that they're supporting. these are candidates, and when you're trying to elect candidates, i think the public should know who it is who is spending the money. >> reporter: many republicans, including leader mcconnell, argue campaign spending is a form of free speech and should be regulated less, not more. a democratic bill that would require groups to disclose their donors did not pass in the senate, and, scott, now that republicans are taking over that body, that bill is even less likely to go anywhere. >> pelley: nancy cordes within sight from capitol hill, nancy, thank you very much. today, iraqi forces are claiming a big win in their fight with the islamic terrorist group known as isis. the iraqis say they have retaken
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the northern town of baiji, home of iraq's largest oil refinery. for days, there have also been conflicting reports of whether the leader of isis has been wounded. here's elizabeth palmer. >> reporter: it has been more than 72 hours since abu bakr al- baghdadi was reported injured in an air strike, and still there are no hard facts to confirm or deny. but even if the isis leader was hurt or killed, isis would quickly find a successor in its battle-hardened senior ranks. there have now been 740 american air strikes in iraq and syria since early august, including at least one near mosul last friday that targeted a convoy of isis leaders, but no proof al- baghdadi was among them. the bombs have slowed the militants' speedy advance, and helped kurdish peshmerga soldiers in the north hold their ground.
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in the town of kobani, they even pushed isis back, but that was an exception. in spite of the u.s. military spending an average of $8.3 million a day on this operation, isis hasn't given up much, if any territory. it still controls a huge wedge, more than 10,000 square miles of iraq and syria, including major roads and border crossings. to win that back, there will have to be competent boots on the ground. iraqi boots, that is. at the moment, as we saw on a recent visit, the iraqi army is holding its own around baghdad. but it struggled to win any major offensive operations recently against the better- disciplined, and, in some cases better armed, isis units. but getting the iraqi army into good fighting shape, scott, is going to take time. the extra 1,500 american military advisers being sent to help won't even pack their bags
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until congress has voted extra money to fund this anti-isis operation. >> pelley: and the white house is asking for $5 billion in funding. elizabeth palmer reporting from our london newsroom tonight. thank you, liz. hundreds of colleges are changing the requirements for prospective students. we'll have that when the cbs evening news continues this veterans day.
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>> pelley: many high schoolers are applying to college, and traditionally that means taking the s.a.t., but anna werner reports some schools are rethinking that. >> reporter: it's natalie casimir's first semester at wake forest university in north carolina. to get in, she had a high school g.p.a. of 3.7, and a long list of honors and extra-curricular activities. one thing she did not have to submit-- her s.a.t. score. >> i said, "no way! no way!" >> reporter: you didn't believe it? >> i didn't, i did not. >> reporter: wake forest is one of a growing number of schools that have dropped the requirement for an s.a.t. score, traditionally a key admission criteria. some 800 schools now let students apply without it. martha allman is dean of admissions. >> we see many students who
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simply don't test well. they have intellectual curiosity and drive and have all the tools to be successful college students, but that saturday morning test is their nemesis. >> reporter: casimir says she studied hard for the s.a.t. test but still got an average score of 1580. ve i felt like nothing i did would have been good enough to get me ahead of those numbers. >> reporter: the college board, which administers the s.a.t., calls the exam "essential," and says combining test scores with a student's g.p.a. offers the best prediction of how well a college freshman will do in their first year. but at wake forest, allman discovered something. >> there's no statistical difference in grade point average or in graduation rate between submitters and non- submitters. >> reporter: and a study of schools using a test optional policy backs that up. the "defining promise" report found no significant differences in graduation rates and g.p.a.s between the two groups. casimir says she cried the day she got her acceptance letter.
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and now how do you feel? >> valued. i feel valued. not by a number but for my character. >> reporter: character that earned her something else at wake forest, too-- a full-ride, four-year scholarship. anna werner, cbs news, winston- salem, north carolina. >> pelley: a clever solution for people with dyslexia. >> pelley: a clever solution for people with dyslexia. that's next. your blood pressure. ise that's why there's coricidin hbp it relieves cold symptoms without raising blood pressure. so look for powerful cold medicine with a heart. coricidin hbp.
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>> pelley: as america honors those who have served the country, we cannot ignore the epidemic of suicide among veterans. every day, 22 commit suicide, 8,000 per year. mark strassman met a soldier whose final mission is to stop this. >> reporter: in july of 2007, lieutenant justin fitch was deployed and depressed in northern iraq. >> we lost 15 to 16 people killed in action from our task force. >> reporter: all those casualties, took a toll on you, too. >> absolutely. it's never good to see someone that was just a good person, you know, hauled away on a stretcher with an american flag over them. >> reporter: fitch hit bottom when his buddy, lieutenant benjamin hall, was killed in afghanistan. >> i took my n4 assault rifle and put a round in the chamber, flipped the switch from safe to fire, and put the muzzle to my
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head. >> reporter: how close did you come to pulling that trigger? >> i honestly don't know why i'm alive today. >> reporter: fitch got counseling, recovered and serve aid second deployment in iraq. but in may of 2012, while stationed in massachusetts, his intestines exploded. >> they discovered a bunch of small tumors that spread all over the place. i was told that i had stage 4 cancer, and it's incurable. >> reporter: colon cancer. doctors tell him he has months to live. >> how you doing today? >> i'm all right. >> reporter: he has chemotherapy every other week because the 32- year-old has a new mission... >> we've got this big agenda. >> reporter: ...stopping military suicides through a group called "carry the fallen." last sunday, sunday, 100 volunteers marched the entire
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boston marathon course, 26.2 miles, to raise money for awareness. >> suicide is preventable. you can have an impact and you can see impact, you can feel impact, and every time that happens, i feel good. >> reporter: army medic denise florio returned from iraq in 2004 suffering from post- traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. she still calls justin fitch when she's feeling down. >> he's got a very infectious personality, plus it's nice to have that person who checks in and you and you check in on them. >> reporter: fitch will get a medical discharge and retire as a major in january. he'll spend whatever time he has left helping keep other soldiers alive. mark strassman, cbs news, boston. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news on veterans day. fo captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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students were detained, ogated, and put on trial. now at 6:00 they went to russia for a conference, instead the bay area students were detained, integrated, put on trial. good evening i'm veronica de la cruz. >> i'm ken bastida. bay area women suddenly had the enter of the international incident. new at 6:00, ann notarangelo spoke to all four of them after touching down at sfo. they were in russia for supposedly two weeks, but arrived at sfo with a very different story to tell. first out of customs at sfo, lianna from san jose followed
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by chico who were much happier to see this group than the crowd in russia who put the brakes on their trip. >> all of a sudden these people would slide in to the back of the room. officials were talking to the director of the program. >> reporter: representing the california association of the student council. a non-profit designed to inspire and cultivate youth leadership. instead of a week of meetings, they were detained and interrogated for seven hours. >> they fingerprinted us right next to the jail cells, so it was super dark and dreary. >> reporter: then they were put on trial and represented by lawyers who don't speak english. their translator was a friend of the friend of the prosecutor. >> because we were tried in four different cases, we could have been innocent, innocent, innocent, guilty. so we could have had four different ic


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