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>> pelley: tonight, groundhog day feels like groundhog day. the northeast gets hit with another big winter storm. snow, sleet and freezing rain. michelle miller is in new england. jeff glor reports more than 4,000 claims have been filed to deaths and injuries linked to the defective gm ignition switches. >> they could have prevented this ten years ago. >> pelley: manuel bojorquez in buenos aires on the mysterious death of a prosecutor just hours before he was set to point thing fingers a deadly car bombing. and they'll be talking about this for decades. jim axelrod on the rookie who snatched the super bowl. >> it's got to be one of the dumbest calls offensively in super bowl history.
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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. today winter made history. the storm that dumped 20 inches of snow on the midwest over the weekend moved into the northeast, and in parts of new england, this is now the snowiest ten-day period on record, with accumulations totaling five feet. we have a team of correspondents covering this latest storm. first we'll go to michelle miller in boston. michelle? >> reporter: bostonians were still trying to dig out from the two feet of snow from last week's storm when this one started delivering on average an inch every hour. tonight, we're nearly one foot and counting. as soon as the snow started to fall, boston deployed an army of 600 clean-up crews to city
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streets, clearing 6,000 truckloads of snow. >> some might see it as bad, but we've seen a lot worse here. >> reporter: plow truck operator billie mcdonald is on his 16th straight hour of overtime. what makes your job so difficult right now? >> it's like a track. you are just constantly doing a loop around this track. that's what you do. just keep the plow laid down the salt going, and eventually you do get to the black top. >> reporter: from kalamazoo, michigan to sioux falls, south dakota, the storm swept across the midwest, dumping record levels of snow. detroit reported its third biggest snowfall, and chicago its fifth heaviest on record. all this snow shut down the nearby brookfield zoo, and that seemed to give the bison and tigers reason to roam. but just outside the windy city, black ice is blamed for a multi- car collision after two semi trucks jackknifed on a highway
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during the morning rush hour. in west hartford, connecticut, aaa crews came to the rescue of stranded motorists. >> what seems to be the issue? >> reporter: it was so cold, edguardo rivera had to replace edward wilson's battery. the clean-up will cost $10 million to boston, and that's even before today's snow, which could be as much as another 15 inches. >> where are they going to put the rest of it? it's crazy. >> reporter: schools will be closed for the second day in a row tomorrow, and that big super bowl parade for the new england patriots for their victory in the super bowl that was originally scheduled for tuesday morning has been postponed until wednesday. >> pelley: no respect even for the super bowl champs. michelle, thanks very much. so what's next? eric fisher is the chief meteorologist at our cbs station in boston, wbz. eric?
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>> reporter: well, scott, we're into historic territory now. we've seen the entire normal winter season worth of snow over the last ten days. some towns totaling more than 60 inches in that time, a record that hasn't been topped before. let's talk about where the storm is tonight. it's just starting to wrap up. we have a few hours yet, still some heavy snow around eastern new england. during the overnight, the whole storm starts the move out to sea. in terms of what's behind after the storm, it's all about the cold. the wind-chill is going subzero during the overnight. tomorrow morning out the door, all across the northeast into the great lakes, subzero wind chills. so bitter air with a deep snowpack on the ground. unfortunately we can't tell you that this is all calming down c because we're watching another storm as we head toward thursday that's going to be another coastal event, bringing heavy snow to the same areas that have seen so much. when you talk about the amount of school and work lost over the last week, the prospect of another storm adding to these records not what people want to hear. >> pelley: eric fisher, wbz. eric, thanks very much. well, if this wasn't
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predictable, it probably was inevitable. today as the mayor of sun prairie, wisconsin, tried to get the forecast from jimmy the groundhog, look what happened. >> pelley: jimmy saw his shadow and the mayor saw stars. also bleeding in this snow is the economy. airlines grounded, more than 4,000 flights today and chip reid tells us that costs a lot more than you think. >> reporter: when winter storms result in canceled flights, it's not only the airlines that take an economic hit. erik hansen is with the u.s. travel association. give me an idea of some of the different ripple effects that happen. >> flights are canceled, you'll have missed business meetings, so that's a missed opportunity for a sale. you'll have missed reservation at a restaurant. you'll also have missed hotel bookings, where people aren't going to show up. >> reporter: the travel association estimates that each
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canceled domestic flight costs about $31,600 in lost economic activity. that means last week's blizzardns with 7,300 cancellations cost the economy $230 million. with more than 6,300 canceled flights from this week's storm so far, that's another $193 million. and with the need to plow runways and de-ice planes, this weather also results in more flight delays than usual. each hour of delay costs the economy $3,300. major storms, of course, disrupt much more than airline travel. the economy takes an even bigger hit from missed work days. a preliminary report by moody's analytics says the overall economic impact of last week's blizzard was $650 million in new england, $300 million in new york city and the suburbs, and another $300 million in philadelphia and new jersey for a grand total of $1.25 billion.
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that report found that the people least affected by these big storms are white-collar professionals because so many of them can work from home. most affected are people who are paid by the hour, that includes people who work in construction, retail and restaurants. >> pelley: hip reid at a pretty lonely logan reagan national terminal tonight. chip, thanks very much. a few more quick notes on the economy. the president sent his budget to congress. there's no chance for his tax increases, but the republican majority says it can work with a bipartisan idea to lower corporate taxes. the commerce department said today a key measure of inflation was running at an annual rate of a little over 1% in december. it's been almost three years since annual inflation was over 2%. remember when we worried about inflation? oil prices rose today almost $1.50 to $49.57.
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six months ago it was over $100. the dow was up 196. the s&p up 25. g thousands of people have filed claims against general motors ahead of the deadline this past weekend. they want to be paid for accidents caused by faulty ignition switches that can turn off unexpectedly, disabling the air bags. gm recalled 12.5 million vehicles. at least 51 people have been killed. here's jeff glor. >> every time you saw laura she had a big, bright smile on her face. >> reporter: jay and gerri gass' daughter laura was a 27-year- old, third-year law student, who just accepted her first job. last march, she died inside this saturn ion. the first known death linked to faulty gm switches to happen after the recall started. >> they got off easy this way. they got off easy. >> reporter: jay and jeri accepted the compensation offered in a planned a
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administered by ken feinberg. >> in family you made an offer to has turned that offer down. >> that's correct. some have it under advisement, but there is not one either family or injured victim who survived, not one has yet declared they think they can do better in court and have rejected the offer. >> reporter: gm set aside $400 million for the fund. feinberg has received more than 4,000 claims for death and injuries. while hundreds remain under review, no additional claims will be accepted. senators ed markey and richard blumenthal have called on gm tod markey and r reconsider. gm says they should not extend the deadline again, should they? >> they need to extend it until they fix every car. there is no reason for that not to happen. >> reporter: multiple criminal investigations continue, a federal grand jury is looking at this, the u.s. attorney's office in new york is looking at this.y
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why not wait until all that information comes out before closing this fund? >> those investigations may punish general motors. i can't speak for those investigations. this fund is designed with mercy in mind to compensate innocent victims. that's what we're doing. >> reporter: the fund pays out a minimum of $1 million for claims. feinberg is still evaluating the claims that have been submitted. that process will continue through the spring. scott, feinberg told us he expects the death toll will rise above that 51. >> pelley: jeff glor on this investigation from the beginning. jeff, thank you. an important story overseas now. the u.s. has been in a military and diplomatic standoff with iran since the hostage crisis back in 1979. but it turns out both countries are on the same side against isis. the islamic extremist group that's holding part of syria and iraq.
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tonight, holly williams takes us to northern iraq where war has forced this unusual alliance. >> reporter: in al muqdadiyah, they're celebrating victory over isis. "runaway, isis, we'll crush you," they chant, a week after they drove the extremists out. but these soldiers are not part of iraq's national army. instead they're volunteers with a shiite muslim militia known as the badr brigades. where are you getting your weapons from? "our guns all come from the iraqi defense ministry," said their commander, essam yahya hussein, who ran a grocery store before he joined up six months ago. the u.s. spent $20 billion training and equipping the iraqi army. now many of its weapons are in the hands of these unchecked militiamen. but we see iraqi army in
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disarray. they have the best track record of defeating isis in central iraq. the villages around al muqdadiyah are battle scarred and the local people have alle fled. the battle for al muqdadiyah lasted four days, and when isis was finally defeated, its fighters fled over those hills where they've now regrouped. the badr brigades may be effective, but they were born of iraq's bloody civil war, and their notorious death squads are implicated in the torture and murder of thousands of sunni last week they were accused of shooting more than 70 unarmed sunni men in al muqdadiyah. this video appears to show the aftermath. "it's not true," the militia leader told us when we asked him about the alleged massacre. the civilians are our brothers. despite their murky past, the badr brigades are being given
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unprecedented power by iraq's shiite-dominated government. general ali al-wazir commands the iraqi army's 20th battalion, but now he and his men, along with their american weapons and equipment, have been put under the command of the leader of the badr brigades. your national army and he's part of the badr organization. "he was given the job by the prime minister," he told us. "everybody knows it." >> pelley: and holly williams is joining us now from northern iraq. holly, the badr brigades have always had strong ties to iran. what is the connection now? >> reporter: well, scott iranian officials have admitted their quds special forces are fighting against isis here in iraq. that means that in iraq the u.s. is on the same side as both an infamously brutal militia and iran. and that really shows just how
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complicated the battle against isis has become. >> pelley: more intrepid reporting tonight from holly williams. holly, thanks so much. a prosecutor was set to blame iran in a deadly synagogue bombing. did that cost him his life? that story, when the "cbs evening news" continues. to help reduce the risk of another one. if you've had a heart attack be sure to talk to your doctor before your begin an aspirin regimen. there's only one egg that gives you better taste and better nutrition in so many varieties. classic. cage free. and organic. only eggland's best. better taste. better nutrition. better eggs. [coughing] dave, i'm sorry to interrupt... i gotta take a sick day tomorrow. dads don't take sick days, dads take nyquil. the nighttime, sniffling sneezing, coughing
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accuse the government of a cover-up in an infamous bombing. manuel bojorquez is in buenos aires. >> each story is a life that was taken. >> reporter: anita weinstein remembers everything about that day in 1994. 85 people were killed, 300 were injured when a car bomb destroyed a jewish community center. weinstein crawled out of the rubble. >> the moment i turned around and i saw what happened and how everything below us was destroyed and people shouting and some survivors also trying to get out from there, that was the most terrible moment. >> reporter: special prosecutor alberto nisman had investigated the bombing for more than a decade. he had reached the explosive claim that iran was behind the attack and that the argentine government covered up that involvement in return for a deal for iranian oil. the night before he would present his findings to
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congress, nisman was found dead in his luxury apartment with a bullet to his head. >> i couldn't believe what i was hearing. that moment brought me back to the first moment after the bombing. he was dead, again a life that was taken. >> reporter: president cristina fernandez kirchner called the death a suicide but later suggested he may have been murdered. angry argentinians took to the street holding signs saying "i am nisman." the case has gripped the country, fueling speculation about potential assassins. today one politician said he had had enough of the sensational coverage. but two weeks after nisman's death, the case is no clearer. to complicate matters, the president has now suggested thatay nisman may have died at the hands of rogue spies connected to the country's intelligence agency. but for weinstein, nisman's death means 21 years of waiting isn't over yet. do you feel like you'll ever get
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justice here? >> i hope. i hope that we get justice. i don't understand any other way a society can be without justice. >> reporter: both the argentine and iranian governments deny nisman's claims. now president kirchner wants to dissolve the nation's spy agency and start a new one. scott, the debate on that proposal begins tomorrow. >> pelley: manuel bojorquez in buenos aires. manuel, thanks. still ahead, firefighters shovel it forward.
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>> pelley: one of the founding fathers of this broadcast has died. part of what you admired about walter cronkite was sandy socolow. sandy was one of producers who helped cronkite expand this program in 1963 from 15 minutes to a groundbreaking half hour. >> you can sit back and philosophize about whether or not you were doing something historic. the job was... we felt it was a miracle every day that we got on the air. >> pelley: but it was more skill than miracle as socolow worked on the biggest stories, from the kennedy assassination to vietnam, the moon landing and watergate. he led the "cbs evening news" with walter cronkite as executive producer from 1978 to '81. >> that's the way it is, monday january 19, 1981, the 448th day of captivity for the american hostages in iran. >> pelly: sandy socolow was 86.
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>> pelley: nbc says more than 114 million people saw the new england patriots win the super bowl, making it the most-watched television program ever. the "seattle times" captured the seahawks' pain, asking "what if?" jim axelrod now on a blitz of monday morning quarterbacking about the play that stole the game. >> reporter: pass is intercepted at the goal line by malcolm butler! unreal! >> reporter: it took what may be the worst play call in the history of the nfl to produce one of football's greatest moments. >> i'm just blessed. i can't explain it right now. i'm just... >> reporter: it's malcolm
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butler, the man who made the goal line interception couldn't explain it, how could you expect anyone else to? >> the patriots' radio announcers couldn't believe it. >> it's got to be one of the t dumbest calls offensively in super bowl history. are you kidding me? >> reporter: the broken-hearted seattle seahawks couldn't understand it. >> i don't understand how you i have the best back in the league on the .5 yard line and throw a slant. >> reporter: and their coach pete carroll could only take the blame. >> i told those guys, that's my fault. why don't you just run it, that's a really good thought. >> reporter: after the rough season for nfl's reputation, with the headlines dominated by domestic abuse and child abuse and a deflating run-up to the big game that focused on allegations of cheating, the nfl could use a story like malcolm butler's, the undrafted rookie from a small school in alabama who nearly washed out of
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football a few years ago and was working on popeyes before stepping into glory. >> russell for kearse and it's broken up again. >> reporter: just two plays after he was victimized by a miracle catch that seemed to spell out certain defeat-- >> i think butler hit it and it felt right back down to the ground. unbelievable. >> reporter: butler knocked down a permanent place in super bowl history. >> he's been doing it in practice all season. it's nice to see him pick someone else off. i'm so happy for him. >> reporter: in a riveting final minute, a potential dynasty was derailed, a championship coach because the subject of national ridicule and a complete unknown at kickoff was on his way to disneyland. even for the game of inches, that's an awful lot to pack into half a yard. jim axelrod, cbs news, new york. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs
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captioned by control... to transportation... the super bowl spotlight shifts to the bay area. from security to crowd control to transportation. organizers have a lot of work to do before our big game. good evening. i'm allen martin. >> and i'm veronica de la cruz. with more than 114 million viewers, super bowl xlix was the most watched american tv broadcast ever. tonight the pressure is on the bay area to put on an even bigger and better show. kpix 5's joe vazquez is live in phoenix tonight where the super bowl 50 host committee is doing a little monday morning quarterbacking. >> while the world was riveted by super bowl xlix, the super bowl 50 committee had directed its attention off the field.
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they were paying attention to such things as major traffic jams and exorbitant parking prices and even some political problems. >> reporter: game over in phoenix. now that the super bowl has officially been handed off -- >> i'm going to ask dave russo to literally pass the ball to daniel lury. >> reporter: organizers have work to do. a team from the bay area super bowl host committee was here all week learning what they could about security, transportation and how to handle a million extra people during a week-long party. >> we'll sit down with the nfl and key department leaders on my staff and do a total review on the operation itself. >> reporter: the committee also spent some time looking at a dynamic that contributed to friction here while the bulk of the parties were held in downtown phoenix the stadium is half an hour away in glendale. the mayor of glendale wants his city to be reimbursed, the millions that it takes to


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