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tv   CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor  CBS  December 29, 2017 5:30pm-6:00pm PST

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>> thanks so much for watching at 5:00! >> at least it's not icicles falling. >> good point. >> we're back in 30 minutes. >> have a good night! >> golodryga: deadly inferno. >> i just woke up to a bunch of >> i just woke up to a bunch of smoke. the whole building was on fire. >> also tonight, the arctic >> golodryga: a toddler may have caused the worst fire in new york city in a quarter century. also tonight, the arctic blast forces some cities to call off new year's events. the bull market is the second longest ever. so how long will it last? >> all the children and women in here, and to call it off! >> golodryga: the secrets of waco 25 years later. >> i didn't want to take this to my grave. >> golodryga: remembering rosemarie. >> we saw him put it in him. 9>> golodryga: and... >> wow! >> golodryga: we'll reveal the most popular "on the road" report of 2017.
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>> we're going to get ice cream! >> and you don't. >> reporter: oh. this is the "cbs evening news" with jeff glor. >> golodryga: this is our western edition. good evening. jeff is off. i'm bianna golodryga. new york city's deadliest fire in decades was spark the officials say by a three-year- old boy playing the burner of a kitchen stove. 12 people, including five children, are dead. four others are critically injured. don dahler explains how it spread so quickly. >> reporter: it took first responders only three minutes to arrive, but not in time to prevent a tragedy caused by a three-year-old toddler playing with the stove. f.d.n.y. commissioner daniel nigro: >> the mother was not aware of it, was alerted by the young man screaming.
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she exited her apartment with her two-year-old and three-year- old and left the door open. >> reporter: that was a fateful mistake, according to the commissioner. like smoke up a chimney, the fire was sucked into hall ways. the entire five-story building was ungulfed within minutess. >> they are okay. >> reporter: 10-year-old crisbel martinez escaped with her brother. >> i got scared and freaked owz because i thought i was going to fall off the fire escape but i tried my best. >> reporter: the victims range in age from one to 63. >> people are trapped. we've got a baby in there. >> reporter: among the dead, a mother, her two daughters, and niece. a family member didn't want to go on camera, but the heartbreak was obvious. >> oh, my god. the two little babies. god rest their souls. they're beautiful. >> reporter: in another apartment, a woman and infant were found huddled in a bathtub. four people are still in the hospital fighting for their lives.
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in all, 170 firefighters were called in to fight the blaze. the cold weather made things worse. crews battled the flames with freezing hoses. according to city records, the 100-year-old building has a number of open safety violations, including a defective smoke detector on the floor where the fire began. the fire department is investigating whether that played any role in the tragedy. >> golodryga: such a heartbreaking story to end the year with. don, thank you. well, new york and much of the nation have been shivering from an arctic blast, and it's not leaving any time soon. some cities have postponed new year's events because of the cold. and check out these wind chills projected for overnight-- 26 below zero in great falls, montana. minus 53 in rolla, north dakota. more now from dean reynolds. >> reporter: 2017 is departing with a cold slap across the face. people are bundling up as if for a polar expedition and hypothermia has returned to the vocabulary.
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>> i hate it. i hate it. >> reporter: that five-foot snowfall in erie, pennsylvania is now frozen in place with residents marooned underneath it. record lows were set at new york's airports, following bone- chilling nadirs in 24 other locales this week. icy conditions meant airline cancellations and traffic accidents. >> you can see your breath in the car. it's just-- it's crazy. >> reporter: homeless shelters in chicago were jammed with people like lee lane. >> just imagine a person without this, i can't even imagine that. you would pretty much die on the street. you would freeze to death. >> reporter: the salvation army's tamika rogers was making wellness checks on people at risk. >> i'm checking on seniors trying to see if we can get them to warming centers, as well as family members who have heat. >> reporter: along cape cod, three thresher sharks have washed up, frozen, since wednesday.
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and in boston, mayor martin walsh warned this weekend will be arctic. >> the only thing i know is a guarantee is the ice sculptures will not melt in the next three days. >> reporter: they canceled the st. louis winterfest and even its ice skating, along with new year's eve fireworks in omaha. saturday's high in chicago will be a frosty eight above. minneapolis will be a meat locker. from his resort in florida, where it was 75 degrees today, the president referred to the freezing millions up here in the north by tweeting, "perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old global warming." bianna? >> golodryga: that tweet definitely garnering a lot of reaction. dean, thank you. and speaking of florida, chip reid is traveling with the president this week. chip? >> reporter: well, yes, that's right. it has been warm here in florida this week, and not much rain, either, perfect weather for a presidential vacation, especially a president who likes to spend a lot of time on the
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golf course. for the sixth day out of seven, christmas was the only exception, the president was at trump international golf club today where yesterday, he did an impromptu interview with "new york times" reporter michael schmidt, who was there as the guest of a club member. >> we're sitting at a table next to the president, so we went up and started talking to him. >> reporter: no staff were present. the president was dining alone. on the russia investigation, mr. trump repeated 16 times that there was "no collusion" between his campaign and russia. asked about the special counsel, the president said, "i think that bob mueller will be fair." but he seem frustrated it's taking so long. "it puts the country in a very bad position," he said, "so the sooner it's worked out the better it is for the country." he ominously suggested he has the power to intervene claiming, "i have absolute right to do what i want to do with the justice department." but eric holder, president
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obama's attorney general replied in a tweet, "wrong/dangerous. trump doesn't have absolute rights with d.o.j. career d.o.j. people have absolute right to defy illegal orders and they will. i know them." switching to china, the president touted his great chemistry with president xi jinping, but suggested he "may go after china on trade if it doesn't do more to curb north korea's nuclear ambitions." "china can solve the north korea problem, and they're helping us," he said, "but they're not helping us enough." the president also did some unsupervised freewheeling on twitter today, in one tweet asking the post office where it's making amazon and "washington post" owner jeff bezos "richer and the post office dumber and poorer. should be charging more." most previous presidents have rarely, if ever, done spur-of- the-moment interviews with no staff present, but this president makes clear that he refuses to be reined in. bianna.
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>> golodryga: chip reid traveling with the president, thank you. wall street closed out 2017 with a triple-digit loss today on the dow. but for the year, the dow gained close to 500 points. jan, traditionally wall street doesn't like uncertainty. there's so much uncertainty in the world. what's behind the run-up this year. >> oh, my god, 2017 a fantastic year if you look at all three of the major indexes. we're up somewhere between 20% and 30%, best year since 2013. the biggest reason is we had global growth, almost everywhere, at the same time. that helped to propel corporate profits much stronger than anticipated. and the third issue, which is really important, interest rates are still pretty low. you put that together, and it was an amazing year for stocks. >> golodryga: and we know that companies really wanted that tax cut. they got that tax cut. so can we expect more of the same next year? >> you know, when i speak to analysts, they say this current bull market, the second longest
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on record, could actually keep going, precisely because of those tax cuts. we see that companies could spend money, could invest more in each other in the form of dividends. but we also know that that may or may not translate into economic growth. so stocks could go up. the economy could do okay. and we don't know whether or not we're going to see wage gains. these are the unknowns for 2018. of course, with every single stock market segment, i say please be careful. don't invest this year just because the market went up this past year. >> golodryga: great advice as always. jill, happy new year. great to see you. >> thank you. >> golodryga: thank you. >> we have breaking news. gunfire broke out today at a law office in long beach, california. at least three people were shot. two were killed, including the shooter. police say the incident is over. and while crime is up in many cities, new york city's crime rate has fallen to levels not seen since the
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the n.y.p.d. says there have been 289 murders this year. that's down from a peak of more than 2200 in 1990. so what is new york doing right? here's anna werner. >> here we are. >> reporter: at the poseidon greek bakery, owner lili fable and her son, paul, say they've seen the drop in violence firsthand. how has the neighborhood changed in terms of crime? >> very dramatically. especially the last 10 years. >> reporter: definitely there is much less crime, and there's much less trouble on the streets. >> reporter: it's a dramatic contrast to smaller cities across the country. kansas city's murder rate is up over 15% this year. charlotte's up 25%, columbus up 34%. why the stark difference? experts can't name one single reason but credit the police's approach to fighting crime as one factor. a laser focus on the people most likely to commit crimes combined with a police crackdown on illegal gunshot gins. and the n.y.p.d.'s use of data to stay ahead of crime trends on a daily basis.
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richard aborn heads the citizens crime commission. >> if you can help those people either not commit a crime, or if they do commit a crime, make sure they're successfully prosecuted, you have an outsized impact on crime in the city. >> reporter: it's economics, too. gentrification and a stronger economy is helping in the neighborhoods traditionally hard hit by crime. but there are still hot spots. in south brooklyn, murders are up 8%. and there are tensions. >> the real wall was the wall that separated communities and police department and the culture, the old "us against them" mindset. >> reporter: but brooklyn borough president eric adams says overall: >> brooklyn crime dropped because every day residents made a decision not to live in violence. not to surrender to violence and crime, but make crime surrender to them. >> reporter: well, to make this all just a little more confusing, new york city's low homicide numbers do reflect a national trend. the national murder rate is expected to be lower, even
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though there was a spike in murders in big cities like chicago, causing something of an uptick. now, keep in mind, bianna, chicago still had twice as many homicides this year as new york city. >> golodryga: but overall positive statistics for the country. >> reporter: for a lot of places, not everywhere. >> golodryga: thanks to the n.y.p.d. here. >> reporter: there you go. >> golodryga: anna, thank you. well, now to some other stories we're following in this evening's newsfeed. puerto rico's governor today asked u.s. power companies to send up to 1500 more electrical workers to help rebuild the power grid. 100 days since hurricane maria, nearly half of the island's electric customers are still without power. isis claimed responsibility for a shooting at a coptic christian church in egypt. cell phone video appeared to catch a gunman walk calmly outside. at least eight worshipers were killed, along with a police officer. islamic extremists have killed more than 100 christians in egypt in the past year.
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>> there's much more still ahead tonight on the cbs evening news. >> reporter: i'm peter van sant, "48 hours." >> reporter: i'm peter van sant, "48 hours," here in waco, texas. new revelations of the branch davidian cult. >> i kept my story secret for the last 25 years. i didn't want to take this to my grave. >> we saw him put it in him! >> golodryga: remembering rose marie. >> i never expected it to happen to me. >> aaarrgghh! >> i came down as fast as i could. >> reporter: why are they excited? they're about to find out the favorite "on the road" of 2017. >> okay, i'm out of here. ( laughter )
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>> golodryga: nearly 25 years ago, a ranch in waco, texas, became the scene of a tense 51- day standoff between federal authorities and the branch davidian cult. it ended with a siege, and more than 80 people dead. tonight on "48 hours," peter van
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sant gets new details about the cult from a man who made deliveries to the compound. >> my name is larry gilbreath. i was a u.p.s. driver in waco, texas, and i've kept my story silent for the last 25 years. >> reporter: gilbreath's secret? he delivered much of the weaponry to the branch davidian compound that was used in one of the bloodiest standoffs between civilians and federal law enforcement agents in u.s. history. >> i have been blamed for what happened out there. >> reporter: are you haunted that somehow you may have put this in motion? >> yes, of course. how can you not? >> reporter: gilbreath says he began delivering weapons to the religious compound, their leader, david koresh, a self- proclaimed son of god. >> they were getting shipments from an arms dealer. >> reporter: all of which were legally purchased beginning in january of 1992, assault rifles, munitions.
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gilbreath would later learn what was in those boxes. >> ak-47s. >> reporter: ar-15s. >> ar-15s. >> reporter: then one day, gill brett moved a heavy box in his truck. >> and about six to eight grenades fell out of it. >> reporter: gilbreath told his wife, deborah, who called the sheriff's department. >> somebody had to do something. if everybody sat back and didn't do anything, what would this world be like? >> reporter: the sheriff's department called the bureau of alcohol, tobacco, and firearms, the a.t.f. after two months of reconnaissance, they stormed the compound. it went terribly wrong. >> i said, "holy crap! these guys are getting massacred out there." >> reporter: four a.t.f. agents killed, 28 wounded. six branch davidians also died. gilbreath says he never held any ill will towards the branch davidians, the f.b.i., or the a.t.f. today, he is haunted by memories of young lives lost. >> you look at all the names of the people that died at the compound.
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they're just names. i see faces. >> reporter: peter van sant, cbs news, new york. >> golodryga: and you can see peter's full riveting report "the secrets of waco" tonight on "48 hours" right here on cbs. coming up, one of the biggest weekends in lottery history.
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>> golodryga: few entertainers could boast a career as long as rose marie. as a child of the 1920s and '30s, she was a radio star and sang in theaters throughout the country. in the '60s, she played sally rogers, a wise-cracking comedy writer on "the dick van dyke show." >> how can you sit there and file your nails? >> what do you want me to do, bite them. >> golodryga: she was also a regular on the original "hollywood squares," always appearing with her trademark bow in her hair. rose marie died yesterday in los angeles. she was 94.
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well, someone could win a truckload of money this weekend. tonight's megamillions jackpot is estimated at $306 million. and saturday night's powerball jackpot has reached about $384 million. it's only the second time both jackpots have topped jackpots have topped $300 million at the same time. when we come back, number one in '17-- which one of steve hartman's reports was most popular?
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>> golodryga: steve hartman's had quite the year. in indiana he learned the secret to many happy marriages. he met a texan who built a theme park for his granddaughter. but which report had the most impact on social media? we now present the number one
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"on the road" of 2017. >> red. >> reporter: miami preschoolers jia sarnicola and zuri copeland say they're not best friends. >> i know. >> reporter: they say they're closer than that. closer than mere sisters, even. in fact, jia and zuri truly believe they're twins. >> oh, yeah. >> reporter: ashley and valencia are their moms. >> they will tell you that they are twins, and they have a long list of reasons yes to back it up. >> reporter: to them what makes a twin. >> similarities. >> similarities. >> look, come here. >> reporter: for example, the girls say they're both four, their birthdays are practically the same day, and, of course, the obvious-- physical similarities. so what am i looking at here? >> the same height. >> reporter: oh, because you're the same height. clearly, twins. which is why they also insist on matching outfits whenever possible. so far, ashley and valencia have indulged them, but they also recognize there is some bitter to this sweet. >> you know you're happy, you know, for a few seconds, and
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then you become sad because they have to grow up, and then society takes over.>>tend s h already tried to take over. last month, zuri and jia were at a birthday party when an older kid told them they couldn't be twins because they don't have the same skin color. jia broke down. but through her tears she got out this rebuttal. she said, "you don't know what you're talking about. we're twins because we share the same soul." >> oh, i just get chill bumps. >> i was just, like, thrown by just that word. >> yeah. >> reporter: obviously, what jia was trying to say is that at our core, we are one. and as we look back on this year with all its division and racial strife, it's important to remember that while all this was going on, so was this. >> we have a lot to learn.
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>> right. >> and we can learn from children. >> reporter: in fact, the moms say they already have. >> we've never talked so much on the phone. >> yeah. >> reporter: and that's what the twins want for all of us-- to push back against the cynics. >> some girl said that we're not twins. >> we're not twins. >> and we are! >> are twins. >> reporter: and to stop it with this discrimination business once and for all. >> and it made her sad. >> reporter: that way, they say, we can move on to the more important things in life. >> you know what we're going to get today? >> reporter: what? >> we're going to get ice cream! >> reporter: steve hartman... >> and you don't. >> reporter: oh, ...on the road, without ice cream, in miami. >> golodryga: they are true soulmates for life. that's the cbs evening news. for jeff glor i'm bianna golodryga. thanks for watching. have a good night. >> we're going to get ice cream! >> happy new year! captioning sponsored by
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but was the bust legal? tonight.. the north bay weed dis . in his first t-v new at 6:00 almost a ton of pot seized by the chp, but was the bust legal? tonight the north bay weed distributor says no in his first tv interview. good evening. i'm allen martin. >> i'm veronica de la cruz. kpix5 political reporter melissa caen joins us now to walk us through what happened here. >> we know recreational marijuana will be legal and highly regulated. that means businesses and law enforcement have to learn a complicated set of licenses and rules. mendocino county is where one cannabis company told us it had all its paperwork in order, but its employees got arrested anyway. >> the idea this business starts january 1st it's just absurd. >> it's a busy time for luke seymour, co-founder of a ukiah- based cannabis distribution company. >> there's so many different steps in order for whatever cannabis product it is to
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actually be on the shelf. >> harvesting, testing, measuring and moving cannabis are all part of the rush to have products ready to sell january 1st, but the california highway patrol said there should be no activity before january 1st. last week two of his drivers were arrested when they were pulled over in ukiah in a truck carrying nearly 1 ton of cannabis. >> they were pulled over for a minor correctable offense. i believe it was a running light on the truck. the driver was pulled out to do a few sobriety tests and that's when we realized there might be an issue and called our lawyer then. >> seymour said they had all the right paperwork, a license to distribute for mendocino county, medical marijuana cards, the company's articles of incorporation, a list of everything in the truck and where it's from and a map showing the route, but the chp arrested both drivers and issued them citations for possession and unlawful transportation of cannabis. a chp spokesman told the


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