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captioning sponsored by cbs >> glor: the feud escalates. the president and a senator's online argument spills over. >> it was a sexist smear attempting to silence my voice. >> if your mind is in the gutter, would you have read it that way? >> glor: also tonight, alabama voters have the last word in a senate race consumed by sexual misconduct charges against roy moore. >> they just have to go out and vote their conscience. ( gunfire ) >> glor: the widow of a man killed in a controversial shooting speaks to us about the impact on her family. >> yesterday, she tried choking herself while she was at school. she thinks that if she dead, that means she gets to be with her dad again. >> glor: high-tech healers giving kids a priceless gift. >> give me a high-five.
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>> glor: and your chance to catch "saturday night fever." this is the "cbs evening news" with jeff glor. >> glor: and this is our western edegz. good evening. they are counting votes in alabama in the special election to fill the u.s. senate seat once held by attorney general jeff sessions. too close to estimate a winner, but here is the tabulated vote so far. the race pits democrat doug jones against republican roy moore, who has repeatedly denied accusations of sexual assault. manuel bojorquez is in alabama. >> reporter: roy moore hoped to ride to victory as he cast his ballot. we have a tremendous >> we have a tremendous turnout, the state, the nation is watching this. >> reporter: his opponent, democrat doug jones, thanked supporters after casting his vote. >> and we feel very confident of where we are and how this is going to turn out.
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>> reporter: the election caps off weeks of controversy after several women accused moore of sexual misconduct when they were teens and he was in his 30s. >> will we make their abuser a u.s. senator? >> reporter: moore has denied any wrongdoing. >> i do not know any of these women, nor have i engaged-- have i ever engaged in sexual misconduct with any woman. >> reporter: but controversy followed his campaign even up to last night's final rally, and these comments from his wife kayla. >> fake news would tell you that we don't care for jews. i tell you all this because i've seen it also, and i want to set the record straight while they're here. one of our attorneys is a jew. >> reporter: the headlines appeared to have heightened interest in the race. across alabama today, there was a steady stream of voters from small towns like guntersville to big cities like montgomery. there is no missing this for you. >> no. >> reporter: brenda mccluskey proudly voted for moore. >> i've just always thought that he was a good man and i just don't pay attention to a lot of the talk.
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>> reporter: jones' campaign hoped to motivate young and african american voters to elect the first alabama democrat to the senate in 25 years. in dothen yesterday, pastor kenneth glasgow told us he helped register first-time voters. >> but we've got a chance now, and everybody and their mother is looking at what happened. >> reporter: today, he drove them to the polls. >> you went and voted? >> reporter: exit polls out tonight show voters here are largely split on whether they believe the allegations against roy moore are true. in washington, senate majority leader mitch mcconnell has called a meeting tomorrow to discuss what the g.o.p. should do if moore wins. jeff. >> glor: manny, thank you very much. a bitter argument has broken out between the president and the junior senator from his home state. it began when democrat kristen gillibrand called on mr. trump to resign because of accusations of sexual misconduct against
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him. the president fired back with his weapon of choice-- the tweet. with the latest on this, here's nancy cordes. >> it was a sexist smear attempting to silence my voice. >> reporter: new york senator kristen gillibrand was attending a bipartisan bible study this morning when the president sent his suggestive tweet calling her a "lightweight" and "flunky" who once "begged him for campaign contributions," and "would do anything for them." >> i think it was shameful. >> reporter: democrats called the president's words... >> nasty. >> reporter: and... >> grotesque. >> reporter: massachusetts senator elizabeth warren even accused him of trying to intimidate and slut-shame gillibrand. >> if your mind is in the gutter would you have read it that way. >> reporter: white house press secretary sarah sanders insisted there was no innuendo. >> he was obviously talking about political partisan games that people often play and the broken system that he's talked about repeatedly. >> reporter: but by this afternoon, more than 100 house democrats had signed a letter requesting that the house
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committee on oversight investigate the reports of sexual misconduct raised against president trump by more than a dozen women, stretching back to the 1980s. >> forced kissing, unwanted touching and groping on an airplane, in a corporate office, in a pageant dressing room. >> reporter: democrats forced out two of their own members last week over similar allegations. >> i'm sorry, mr. president, you do not live under a different set of rules. >> reporter: but the party that controls congress... >> what we're in charge of here is the senate. >> reporter: ...does not want to touch the issue. >> should there be a formal investigation? >> i thought that's what the last election was. >> reporter: gillibrand says she won't stop trying. republican leaders have been reluctant to even acknowledge the allegations against president trump. why do you think they'd be willing to open an investigation? >> that is the right thing to do, and i am urging them to do
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that. and as should their constituents. >> reporter: late this afternoon, the republican chair of the house oversight committee officially declined to open an investigation, but for an unexpected reason. he said the allegations against president trump, if true, are crimes, and therefore, are better handled by the justice department than congress. jeff. >> glor: nancy cordes, thank you very much. we are joined now by john dickerson, our chief washington correspondent and anchor of "face the nation." john, good to see you. we're going to get to the allegations against the president in just a moment, but first, alabama, what are you watching for tonight? >> reporter: the most important thing is does this change the margin in the senate which is already paper thin. but there are two arguments that come out of of this race going on surrounding it. the first is, what do political parties do with accusers who come forward in number, who don't know each other and accuse a powerful person? how do parties handle that? the republicans, if roy moore wins, are going to have to deal with that, if he wins, when he
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comes to the senate. the second question is what does it mean to be a republican? a a lot of republican lawmaker s have been critical of the republican national committee and the president for supporting roy moore. the question they're asking is is there anything that could keep you from supporting a republican or is all that's important is getting a person in the senate with an "r" next to their name. >> glor: about the trump accuseez, they are saying people knew about this before the election and still voted for him? >> reporter: that's right. an argument being used for the president is changed by what may happen in alabama. because if roy moore wins, then on what grounds do the senators have for expelg him from the senate, if you follow the argument from the white house, which is, if there is an election with known allegations and people vote for him, he should stay in office. >> glor: what does all this mean for the republican party moving forward, then? >> reporter: well, there have been some pretty harsh things said in this race about the president, about what it means to be a republican, and that's at the core of the party. so does that all just go away after this election or does that come up again?
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there are a lot more races to come in 2018. >> glor: all right, john dickerson, thank you very much. tonight. in pari in paris today, french president emanuel macron gave a bleak summary of climate change. his one planet summit marked the second anniversary of the paris climate accord which set goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. here is mark phillips. >> reporter: that we're all in the same boat regarding climate change was french president emanuel macron's message as he lead other world political and business leaders on a riverboat trip to the paris conference. "we are losing the battle against global warming," he told the meeting. and the last numbers back him up. carbon dioxide emission, which had been flat-lining over the past few years are, on the rise again, up 2% this year. hopes that the spewing of planet-heating gases into the atmosphere had peaked have been dashed. other new data shows the planet not only still warming,
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contributing to more severe storms and natural disasters, but according to the respected global warming index, the rate of human-induced warming may actually be accelerating. u.s. delegates, not named donald trump, have come to show that despite the administration decision to pull out of the paris agreement, many of the larger states are still committed to it. they cite deals they've made to phase out the use of coal and fund more renewable energy projects. the world bank has announced it will stop funding oil and gas exploration in two years. former new york mayor michael bloomberg says the trump withdrawal from paris has been a rallying cry for others to act. >> we've already created this america's pledge where we're going to meet our agreements already without the federal government. but that's not to say that it wouldn't be better if he was on the right side of it. >> reporter: and getting the
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president to change sides is what emanuel macron told jeff glor he's trying to do. >> i'm pretty sure my friend, president trump, will change his mind in the coming months or years. i do hope. >> 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. >> reporter: the trump administration decision to withdraw from the paris accords has had another indirect effect. the decision was so unpopular and so isolating internationally, that other world leaders who may also not like the deal have been less inclined to, as the expression goes, "do a trump." jeff. >> glor: mark phillips. thank you very much. last week, we showed you graphic video of a controversial 2016 police shooting. the mesa, arizona, officer was fired for violating police procedures, but acquitted last week of charges he murdered 26- year-old daniel shaver of texas. today, shaver's widow talked to adriana diaz. >> it took people watching my husband die a very horrible
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inhumane death for people to care. care. >> reporter: for two years, this video of daniel shaver's last moments was sealed from the public. ( gunfire ) >> that was an execution. you had a man begging for his life, and he was shot five times for what? for his elbow coming up too high? for being confused? for being compliant? why did he deserve to die? he didn't. >> reporter: the video was released last thursday after jurors found officer philip brailsford not guilty. >> i just don't understand how anybody could watch that video and then say not guilty. this is justified, that daniel deserved this and that philip brailsford doesn't deserve to be held accountable for his actions. >> reporter: what do you make of him saying he had a split second to decide what to do when he thought your husband was pulling
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a gun? >> i think that this goes back to the mesa police department's training, if this is really how they're trained. >> reporter: shaver had no gun on him, but police found two pellet guns he used for his pest control job in his hotel room. she said the hardest day of her life was telling their daughters their father wasn't coming home. yesterday she received a phone call from her eight-year-old's school. >> she tried choking herself while she was at school and told her friend she wanted to die. so i spent all last evening in the hospital getting her psychiatric help. >> reporter: what did natalie tell you when you saw her? >> she told me she wanted to be with her dad. >> reporter: sweet says important information was not included in the trial, like the former officer's past record of excessive force. she has filed a wrongful death civil suit and is calling on the department of justice to investigate. jeff. >> glor: adriana diaz tonight. thank you, adriana.
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now a look at some of the other stories we're following in this evening's newsfeed. federal prosecutors say before yesterday's attempted terrorist attack in new york, the suspect taunted the president on facebook writing, "trump, you failed to protect our nation." akayed ullah was the only one seriously hurt when that device failed to fully detonate. today, the immigrant from bangladesh was hit with federal charges that could put him away for life. flags were at half-staff at san francisco's city hall. mayor ed lee collapsed last night while grocery shopping and later died. lee, the city's first asian american mayor, had been in office since 2005. office since 2011. he was 65 years old. fire officials in los angeles said a wildfire destroyed six homes in bel air was caused by an illegal cooking fire at an encampment. the largest of the southern california wildfires is spreading mainly in unoccupied land, away from towns. some evacuation orders have been lifted, but the thomas fire has burned more than 234,000 acres
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growth, now says he has tremendous guilt about the social network he helped build. >> we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works. >> reporter: and it's influencing the next generation. studies show 92% of teens go online daily, and one in five young people regularly wake up in the night to send or check messages on social media. >> people need to hard break from some of these tools, and the things that you rely on. the short-term dopamine-driven feedback loops that we have created are destroying how society works. no civil discourse, no cooperation, misinformation, mistruth. bad actors can now manipulate large swaths of people to do anything you want. >> reporter: he's not the only social media executive blowing the whistle. former facebook president sean parker recently said the initial goal was to get people hooked.
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>> you're exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology. the inventors, creators understood this consciously, and we did it anyway. >> we have to hold the tech industry accountable. >> reporter: jim steyer is founder of common sense media. >> they have, in many cases, ignored the consequences, some of the downside of the innovations they brought to our society. >> you don't realize it, but are you being programmed. it was unintentional, but now you've got to decide how much you're willing to give up. >> reporter: in a statement, facebook pointed out that palihapitiya left the company more than six years ago and a lot has changed since then. but facebook also said, "we have realized how our responsibilities have grown, and we're working hard to improve." jeff. >> glor: a lot to think about tonight. carter evans, thank you very much. still ahead, a chance to own a piece of hollywood history.
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>> glor: we end tonight with children helping children helping children all around the world. here's michelle miller. >> reporter: christmas came early for harmony taylor, who got what she wanted most. >> oh, yay! >> reporter: the hand she'd been missing since birth. >> give me a high-five. >> reporter: the 3d replacement is the gift of another eight- year-old, also missing his hand. how did you feel when you gave it to her? >> i felt happy. >> we sent him measurements on a friday, and that monday, he had the hand finished. >> reporter: after receiving his robo-hand earlier this year,
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aiden delyle reached out others. andrew is his father. >> i think it helps him know that he's not alone, that there's other kids that were born just the same way as him. >> reporter: over the last six months, father and son have made a dozen printed robotic hands for kids around the world. >> i just like to see the smile. >> reporter: all part of a 3d prosthetics revolution, restoring bodies and self- esteem. >> and what do you think of your robo-hand? >> it's beautiful. >> reporter: it all began with costume artist ivan owen. he designed the first 3d-printed hand five years ago for this south african child. today, there are dozens of designs and volunteers in more than 100 countries. these devices are printed in pieces. >> oh, yeah, i see them. >> reporter: ...and often assembled by kids for kids. there's four-year-old alejandro in colombia, who was matched with a new "batman" arm.
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♪ ♪ and six-year-old veronica, injured in a fire in her ugandan village. >> and how i move it is i go like this. >> reporter: all share the same confidence of harmony taylor. what do you think this is going to let you do? >> um, do the monkey bars. >> reporter: uh-huh. and the knowledge that they're not alone. michelle miller, cbs news, rockford, michigan. >> glor: and that is the "cbs evening news" tonight. i'm jeff glor. thanks for watching. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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begins with the sudden death of san francisco's mayor. we reflect on the legacy of ed lee-- and look a in kpix 5 news begins with the sudden death of san francisco's mayor, we reflect on a legacy of mayor ed lee and look ahead to the change in power at city hall. >> i'm veronica de la cruz. >> i'm allen martin. mayor ed lee made history as the city's first asian american to lead the city. the mayor collapsed while shopping last night at the safe wayen on monterey boulevard about 10:00. he was in critical condition when he arrived at zuckerberg general hospital. doctors worked on him for hours but mayor ed lee died after 1:00 a.m. surround by family and friends. he was 65 years old. >> this afternoon chopper 5 was overhead as mayor's body draped with an american flag was taken from the medical examiner's office in san francisco to a funeral home in daly city. as a show of respect there was a police escort, and along the
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route, firefighters stood on the freeway overpasses saluting. while dozens of officers lined the street as the car arrived, flax will be at half staff to remember the mayor for the next 30 days. the publix transit in the bay area stopped too at noon to pay tribute to the mayor with a moment of silence. >> in the wake of mayor ed lee's death, the board board of supervisors london breed is the acting mayor, the first african american to hold the position. today she spoke about the city's loss. >> ed was not a politician. he didn't always deliver the best soundbite or carry the room with unspoken character. flash never mattered to him and disagreement never detoured him. what partied most to him always was helping his fellow individuals from san francisco. >> she called him an advocate for the power also and a voice for the overlooked


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