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alto -- no. that's los gatos and our holiday lights! captioning sponsored by cbs captioning sponsored by cbs ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> this was an attempted terrorist attack. >> glor: a bomb strapped to a bangladeshi immigrant explodes in new york's busiest subway station at the height of the morning rush. >> police were coming. then we had to get out of there. >> glor: also tonight, one on one with the french president. some revealing words about his relationship with president trump and the paris climate accord. >> when you sign a treaty, you have to respect it. >> glor: the president's accusers come together. >> he jumped all over me, and he grabbed me and he was trying to kiss me. >> glor: a former president steps in to the alabama senate race. and these kids are having a real ball thanks to him. >> do you always have a trunk
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full of balls? >> yes. this is the "cbs evening news" with jeff glor, reporting tonight from paris. >> glor: and this is our western edition. good evening. on the eve of an international climate summit here, french president emmanuel macron opened up today about his relationship with president trump. he said they are friends but that he deeply disagrees with mr. trump pulling out of the paris accord and believes the president will change his mind. we will have far more on our discussion, which included climate, jerusalem, and a story far too familiar to the french, terrorism. the target today was new york city. police say a bomb strapped to a would-be suicide bomber blew up in a pedestrian walkway at the biggest transit hub in the city, which includes the times square subway station and the port authority bus terminal. the only serious injury was to the bangladeshi suspect. it happened at the height of the morning rush in a city filled
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with commuters and holiday shoppers just six weeks after a deadly terror attack a few blocks away. the inspiration, again, was isis. demarco morgan begins our coverage. >> who's the guy in the hoodie? >> reporter: through the grainy lens of this transit surveillance video, the moment of the explosion is clear to see. when the smoke cleared, the alleged bomber was laid out on the ground. ( sirens blare ) outside hundreds of frightened commuters fled the chaos. inside, others like sean mccalla, were locked down for nearly an hour. >> i tried to get out, weren't letting us out. >> reporter: patricia fronzaglia felt trapped in her wheelchair. >> people were running all over the place, so at that point i was really scared. >> reporter: authorities say at 7:20 a.m., the terror suspect, 27-year-old akayed ullah, set off a bomb in an underground pedestrian tunnel just two blocks from new york's times square. police commissioner james o'neill. >> a preliminary investigation at the scene of the case, this
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male was wearing an improvised, low-tech explosive device attached to his body. he intentionally detonated that device. >> reporter: officials say the bomb was similar to a pipe bomb and was strapped to ullah using velcro and zip ties. it's believed the bomb malfunctioned and partially exploded as ullah lay burned and bruised, two officers grabbed him and successfully removed the explosives. five people sustained minor injuries. new york's port authority is the world's busiest bus terminal with nearly 270,000 passengers every day. it's also the major transfer station for new york city's six million subway riders. the explosion happened in the commuter tunnel connecting the terminal to 11 subway routes. the entrance is boarded up and under guard. this file video shows the more than 700-foot-long passageway with no emergency exits. the city is still on high alert with visible security at vulnerable soft targets. >> it will take everybody to
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have their eyes open, pay attention to what's going on. if you see something that makes you uncomfortable, make that phone call or talk to a cop. >> reporter: a source tells us that as police approached the suspect, he appeared to be reaching for his cell phone and had wires hanging from his jacket and his pants. jeff, ullah is in custody tonight at a nearby hospital. >> glor: demarco, thank you very much. the police are checking 6,000 security cameras, trying to trace the suspect's steps. homeland security correspondent jeff pegues has been working his sources to find out more about him. >> reporter: within hours of the explosion, heavily armed police swarmed the suspect's apartment building in this working-class brooklyn neighborhood. sources tell cbs news ullah made the bomb himself and that he was inspired by isis to carry out the attack. in brooklyn, neighbors say the one-time taxi driver and electrician largely kept to himself, rarely speaking more
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than a few words when they'd see him, but kisslyn joseph says she told police something stood out over the weekend that caught her attention. >> the only thing that i heard was an argument that happened on sunday morning. it was like around 2:00, 3:00 a.m. >> we have a man down with a device in a tunnel. >> reporter: ullah came to the united states from bangladesh in 2011. he arrived in the country with his parents and siblings on a family immigrant visa, eventually becoming a legal permanent resident. >> who is the guy in the hoodie? >> reporter: investigators are trying to determine who else might have known about ullah's plan to detonate a bomb this morning. >> there are reports of an >> reporter: they'll be looking for his electronic devices to see what he may have been doing online and scanning terrorism databases to see if he was in contact with terror groups. sources tell cbs news that in september, the suspect was back in bangladesh for about a month. in the past ullah also visited the united arab emirates.
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the investigation will likely stretch into those countries, as well. jeff? >> glor: jeff pegues, thank you now to our other big story, the summit here in paris tomorrow. it was organized by french president emmanuel macron to focus on climate change following president trump's decision to pull the u.s. out of the 2015 paris accord, which set goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. we had an extended conversation with macron today on a number of issues, including terrorism, the future of jerusalem, and more, but we begin with this summit called "one planet." how much has the withdrawal affected your efforts? >> i think the withdrawal, to be totally fair with you, created a huge momentum to me to create a counter-momentum. >> glor: you say you're in better shape now because of this withdrawal? that the president did you a favor? >> i think we have two phenomenon, whether you recall of the u.s., to me which is a mistake, but it creates an impulse for a lot of others to
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say, okay we have to react and do something because it's impossible to have the dismantling of the paris agreement. second, a deep wake-up call for the private sectors and some of us to say, wow, so we have to react. if we decide not to move and not to change our way to produce, to invest, to behave, we will be responsible for billions of victims. i don't want to be a leader in such a situation, so let's act right now. >> glor: he says he's open to renegotiation. >> you know, you have more than 180 countries as negotiators. i'm not ready to renegotiate with so many people. i'm sorry. around the table. the u.s. did sign the paris agreement. it's extremely aggressive to decide on his own just to leave,
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and no way to push the order to renegotiate because one decided to leave the floor. i'm sorry to say that. it doesn't fly. >> glor: you think he'll change his mind? >> yes. i'm not ready to renegotiate, but i'm ready to welcome him if he decides to come back. >> glor: how often do you speak to president trump? >> look, as often as we need. for instance during the past weeks we had three to four phone calls together. it's very easy, if he asks for a call, i call him back, and exactly the same on his side. we have very fluent and open discussion. >> glor: and you would characterize that relationship as friendly? >> yes, very direct. >> glor: you talked about jerusalem? >> yes, exactly. >> glor: before? >> yes. >> glor: and he said what? >> he said that probably he will announce that he wanted to recognize jerusalem as the capital of israel. >> glor: and you told him what? >> i told him i thought it was a mistake and that such a unilateral decision is not compliant with our international discussions and our international rules and will not
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facilitate the peace process. >> glor: was that a calm conversation? was that a confrontational conversation? >> i think it's always an open and direct discussion. you can agree to disagree, which is the case between us on some issues. i mean, he told me the rationale of his decision. i told him that for me it's not the right announcement, but at the end of the day, you decide for your own, and he decided for the u.s. i decided for france, which is normal. >> glor: in your estimation, does it jeopardize the peace process? >> so my first obsession, i would say, and my first concern is to preserve peace and calm in the whole region. second, i think we have to discuss all the policies and try to find a way out that's obviously the reaction of the palestinians will not be very positive. they are not in the good mood to progress toward any peace process. >> glor: the smaller-scale
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attacks like the one that happened in new york city today, they've happened in france, as well. how do you prevent those? >> you prevent them by increasing your intelligence. you can prevent them if we are much more aggressive, i would say, in order to reduce the propaganda of the jihadists. on top of that, if you want to prevent this type of behavior, you better take care of your people and help them to find a place in your society. >> glor: mr. president, thank you. >> thank you very much. >> glor: macron told us his first focus is on security. there will be much more of our interview with emmanuel macron tomorrow on "cbs this morning" on our streaming news service, cbsn, and at voters in alabama go to the polls tomorrow in the most closely watched u.s. senate race in recent memory. manuel bojorquez is there. >> this race is about alabama. our race is about every one of
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the citizens of the state of alabama, regardless of who they are. >> reporter: the final push for democrat doug jones includes a small army of volunteers who say they knocked on 80,000 doors this past weekend trying to get out the vote. also helping jones, former president barack obama, who recorded a robo-call to help lure crucial young and african american voters to the polls. by comparison, jones' opponent, republican roy moore, has not had a public event since last tuesday. he did sit down with a local tv program to, once again, deny he had any improper relations with the nine women who have accused him. >> i did not date underage women. i did not molest anyone. >> reporter: if it's any sign of how critical the senate seat is to president trump's agenda, he backed up his endorsement of moore with a robo-call of his own. >> reporter: while the state
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that's listening been reliably red, the allegations against moore have put some republicans in a bind. alabama's senior senator, richard shelby, says he wrote in another fellow republican when he voted by absentee ballot. >> i couldn't vote for roy moore. the state of alabama deserves better. >> reporter: but moore will get help once again tonight from one of his most prominent supporters, former white house chief strategist steve bannon will join him on stage. the majority of polls give moore a slight edge, but they also reflect a lot of uncertainty heading into tomorrow's vote. jeff? >> glor: all right, manny from midland city, alabama, thank you very much. now, a look at some other stories we are following in our evening news feed. there is little to no rest for 9,000 firefighters battling five large wildfires in california. 18,000 homes are threatened by the thomas fire in ventura coty. more than 230,000 acres have burned. that is 7.5 times the size of san francisco.
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big snowfall is forecast through tomorrow from wisconsin to maine. buffalo, new york, could get half a foot. and that's on top of the ten to 20 inches that fell over the weekend. it turned yesterday's bills- colts game into a sloppy mess. the home team won in overtime. celebrity chef mario batali has temporarily stepped away from his restaurant business and tv shows. the culinary web site eater new york reports he sexually harassed or abused four women, three of whom worked for him. batali says he takes full responsibility and is deeply sorry. and there is much more to come tonight, including a "cbs evening news" investigation of the air force academy. >> i was sexually assaulted my freshman year. >> reporter: whatever happened to that cadet? >> he graduated. >> reporter: what happened to you? >> i left. >> reporter: 16 women shared their "me too" stories about donald trump, hoping to ratchet up pressure for a congressional investigation.
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>> reporter: michael gibson isn't typically in the business of bringing people joy, but where he's happy is at the basketball court. >> you guys like the game of basketball? >> yeah. ( horn honks ) >> reporter: do you always have a trunk full of balls? >> yeah. trunk full of balls? >> yeah. you? ernie: woo! we're playing catch now! richard: ugh! ernie: sorry, sorry, sorry ! that goes beyond assuming beingredients are safe...ood to knowing they are. going beyond expectations... because our pets deserve it. beyond. natural pet food.
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>> my perpetrator would be followed on runs. he would tell me he urinated on my car. he would write crude things on my car, like in the fog, he would send me horrible text messages. he would stalk me. he would ask me where i was going in my little brown dress. >> reporter: was he ever reprimanded in any way? >> he was talked to by his commander about a very crude text message i received and told that that was unbecoming of an officer. >> reporter: whatever happened to that cadet? >> he graduated. >> reporter: and what happened to you? >> i left. >> reporter: these current cadets are risking their careers by speaking to us about their sexual assaults. they requested that we protect their identities. >> there is no understanding in the commanders about sexual assault, the trauma, the effects. >> i was terrified to report it because i've heard of things that happened to people. and it did happen to me, so it's not horror stories, it's slut-
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shaming, it's victim-blaming, it's rumors. >> reporter: do you regret reporting the assault? >> i regret it every day. ( crying ) i regret it every day because of everything that came after. >> reporter: what would the air force lose if they lost you? >> someone who is passionate to be in the uniform. someone who wants to serve their country. someone who wants to lead america's young men and women and protect our nation. that's all i wanted to do. >> glor: that's norah o'donnell reporting. the air force academy told us that in the last five years, 11 cadets who reported sexual assault left the school, eight voluntarily. tomorrow norah will speak with new superintendent lieutenant general jay silveria. up next, we hear from women who
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>> glor: women who accused donald trump of sexual misconduct before he became president called on congress today to investigate him. here's jim axelrod. >> i was forcibly kissed by mr. trump during our first introduction. >> reporter: rachael crooks is one of 16 women accusing president trump of sexual misconduct. >> i think that congress should open an investigation on him into these actions. i don't know why it would be any different for president trump. >> he groped me. he absolutely groped me. >> reporter: they have all told their stories before. >> he started putting his hand up my skirt. >> reporter: but hoping to find more traction in the "me too" moment. >> he came to me and started kissing me open-mouthed. >> reporter: they're telling them again in a new documentary "16 women and donald trump." what's the consequence you would like to see?
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>> i believe that they would find enough proof to show he had had this misconduct and he's not fit for office, quite frankly. >> the events never happened. never. all of these liars... >> reporter: while mr. trump has called the women "liars," this was his u.n. ambassador nikki haley on "face the nation" yesterday. >> how do you think people should assess the accusers of the president? >> women who accuse anyone should be heard. they should be heard and they should be dealt with. >> reporter: mr. trump's press secretary trumped off the women today. >> the american people knew this and voted for the president. >> reporter: but samantha holvey, another trump accuser, says they're not going away. >> i just want us as a country to say this is not acceptable behavior, period. >> reporter: not from... >> not from anybody. >> reporter: including the president. >> including the president. especially the president. >> reporter: democratic senators kristen gillibrand and ron wyden echoed calls for an investigation today, and gillibrand took it a step further, calling on the
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happy is at the court, the basketball court. his passion is the game he played as a boy on the streets of philly, one he says is more than pastime here. it's a religion. >> there's people out playing basketball every single day. >> reporter: including some kids gibson saw last winter, when he happened to have a new ball in his car. >> reporter: i noticed two kids playing with an old beatup ball outside of their house on a homemade court. i thought, let me give one of the kids the ball. >> reporter: he took a picture to remember the moment. >> their smiles were jumping out of the camera another me. i thought, maybe i can do this to a couple more children. >> reporter: so naturally he posted to facebook, and began to check donations for basketballs. he called it "the sixth man project." for the five players on the court, he's coming off the bench as the sixth. do you always have a trunk full of balls? >> yes. ( horn honking ) >> reporter: he delivers these balls to kids. >> how is everyone doing, all right? >> reporter: what did you think when that stranger came over here and gave you a basketball? >> i was shocked.
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>> reporter: did it make you feel special? >> yeah, a lot. >> reporter: mike says these smiles are what keep him going. he also donated balls to this after-school program, to the delight of these eighth graders. >> it made me feel like there was faith in the world, that there wasn't all just bad people. >> reporter: i'm hoping that will spread to other areas in their life, and maybe they will realize there are a lot of other people willing to do that for them. >> reporter: he's given out more than 800 balls in just over a year, one man giving kids a shot on the courts where he got his. adriana diaz, cbs news, philadelphia. >> glor: that is the "cbs evening news" tonight. i'm jeff glor reporting tonight from paris. thanks for watching. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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begins with help for one of the bay area's worst commutes. there's finally a timeline for the opening of a third lane on the kpix5 news begins with help for one of the bay area's worst commutes. there's finally a timeline for the opening of a third lane on the richmond san rafael bridge. good evening. i'm allen martin. >> i'm veronica de la cruz. stressed out commuters may want to mark their calendars. we could be just weeks away from some relief. kpix5's joe vazquez live on the san rafael side of the bridge. joe, i understand there's been some roadblocks, but there is a break in sight, right? >> reporter: yeah, right behind me. you can see this is highway 101 north exiting the richmond/san rafael bridge, one of the most troublesome traffic spots in all the bay area, but officials tell me today that's about to change. the nightmare commute for rush hour drivers in marin county could soon get a big break. >> there is a light at the end of the bridge. >> reporter: so says john goodwin at the metropolitan transportation commission. >> this project has been under
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construction over a year. now we're winding it down. >> reporter: the bullet of the work on the richmond san rafael bridge is done he says including the cornerstone of the project creating an extra right lane on the contra costa side of the bridge. the toughest task? moving this large retaining wall to make room for that extra lane. this is video of the hillside wall before the project began in the fall of 2016. today you could see it's been torn down and rebuilt 15 feet further back from the roadway. looking back the other direct here you can see the wall before the project. notice how there was not much visibility for cars coming around the curve. today that visibility has been expanded significantly. goodwin says there's still more than a month's work to do, but the end is near. >> could be as early as late january, more likely into february. >> that will be great if they do that, if they, can sure. >> i'll believe it -- if they ur


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