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attorney general said his office won't change his office to prosecuting marijuana crimes. cory gardner threatened to block trump's doj nominations if jeff sessions refuses to back down. >> this was not a part of the agenda. this was not a mart of the plan. many of us were misled. >> reporter: here in california many customers have been streaming into potshots like this one in hollywood ever since it became legal to purchase recreational marijuana on new year's day. that could make her store a target for the feds. >> there is always the possibility in your mind that they'll good after the most successful one first to make an example. >> reporter: mireya villareal, cbs news, los angeles.
now to some other stories we're following in the evening news feed. at dover air force base today, vice president mike pence attended the dignified transfer ceremony for a fallen u.s. soldier. 34-year-old army sergeant mihail golin was killed in afghanistan on new year's day in a battle likely against isis militants. president trump and south korean president moon today agreed to postpone joint military exercises until after the pong pyeongchang winter olympics next month. this to appease tensions with the north. in south africa, a train slammed into a truck and burst into flames today. at least 18 people were killed. 260 hurt. many of the passengers were heading home to johannesburg after the holidays. the driver of the truck had tried to beat the train at a crossing. he was not hurt.
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>> since the earliest days of personal commuting -- >> you've got mail. >> reporter: the search for faster processing has been a prime focus. >> performance has always been the goal. >> reporter: but now security expert says that search for speed has resulted in two flaws with the ominous names meltdown and specter, discovered in the almost every computer since 1975. >> there is billions of chips out in the world. and they power everything from the biggest computers to maybe your cell phone. >> reporter: the flaw was discovered in the computer's so-called kernel memory and was meant to be inaccessible to user. >> this is actually a design flaw, an architecture flaw on how these chips were designed. that's why many, many chips across many vendors are affected. that's why it's so wide spread. >> reporter: the fear is sophisticated hackers could steal pass words that would unlock everything from personal computers to smart phones to the cloud servers that are used by
almost every company that operates on the internet. so given that scale, how big is this problem now? >> you know everyone in the world is racing either to fix it or to find out a way to take advantage of it. so it is definitely a race between attacker and defender. and in those race, it's usually the attack they're has the advantage. >> reporter: in a statement, chip maker intel says by the end of next week, intel expects to have issued updates for more than 90% of processor products introduced within the past five years. so far there is no evidence that hackers have managed to exploit these flaws, but the software patch could slow down computers by as much as 30%. jeff? >> john blackstone, thank you. up next, piper, the internet sensation. looking for balance in your digestive system?
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what is so rare as a day in june? a snow day in january in the south. omar villafranca is there. >> come on! >> for the first time in 28 years, tallahassee saw measurable snow. >> wow! >> reporter: for many in the south, the snowstorm gave them a chance to lay in weather usually seen farther north. eliza hunter spent the day taking pictures around snowy savannah. it hasn't snowed this much in the city in 30 years. >> i never thought i would see snow. all my childhood dreams realized. >> reporter: south carolinians don't normally keep sleds around, so drew improvised and took his daughter sadie out for a spin in a dawnedry basket. in conway, south carolina, this guy didn't let the weather stop
him from enjoying a few cold ones on the pool. while in charleston it's hard to tell who was having more fun, this woman snowboarding in the street or the husky leading the way. the storm brought lizard conditions to florida where stunned iguanas fell from palm trees. >> it was actually a christmas present. there was a note that said we're going to go see snow. >> reporter: and then there is the feintuchs from florida, who gave everything possible to get caught in 10 inches of snow. the family drove more than nine hours from their home near jacksonville to norfolk, virginia so their kids travis and lexy could play in the snow for the first time. >> daddy! >> reporter: was it worth it seeing their reaction? >> absolutely. >> yes. >> i would do it all over again. >> reporter: omar villafranca, cbs news, norfolk, virginia. >> that is the overnight news for this friday. for some of you, the news continues. for others, check back with us a little later for the morning news and cbs this morning.
from new york city's central park, i'm jeff glor. this is the cbs overnight news. >> welcome to the overnight news. i'm anna werner. a massive dig-out is already under way up and down the east coast after a powerful winter storm called a bomb cyclone brought life to a stand still for millions. blizzard conditions snarled roads, closed airports, shut schools, businesses, and government offices. up to 2 feet of snow fell in some places, and boston was flooded as hurricane-force winds buffeted coastal new england. and it's not only the eastern seaboard. frigid temperatures dipped all the way into the heart of dixie. don dahler in massachusetts begins our coverage. >> reporter: massive flooding swept through boston, turning streets into slow-moving rivers, sending water into restaurants and office buildings while
forcing evacuations. [ siren ] firefighters rescue trapped drivers. life quickly became miserable for new englanders used to harsh weather. those who didn't stay indoors lived to regret it. this is a major thoroughfare in downtown boston. the snow has been coming down to heavily and the wind blowing so hard that the snowplows haven't been able to keep up with it. strangers stepped in to help even when four-wheel drive wasn't enough. in brent rock, massachusetts, high winds send frigid waters pouring over the seawall and into the streets. about 25 miles away in hull, massachusetts, cars were washed away by the rising tide. further up the coast in scituate, wind and waves turned ice into projectiles. town manager jim bourdreau. >> the ice that we're afraid is going to come up and actually act like shrapnel coming off the beach. it's going to be a pretty wild situation. >> reporter: this was a scene
repeated all along the east coast as drivers discovered the laws of winter physics in maryland. >> it's so slippery and icy out there. it's just we're sliding everywhere. >> reporter: in new jersey -- >> everyone stay in. don't go out until you're essential personnel. not good weather to drive in. >> reporter: the film was so fierce that despite fielding 1500 snowplows, new york had a hard time keeping streets and highways clear. and usually thick-skinned new yorkers couldn't wait to get out of the cold. >> it's too cold. >> reporter: tens of thousands of people have lost power up and down the east coast. and with the temperatures now starting to plummet, there are serious concerns about how they're going to heat their homes. this storm is roaring northward, and jericka duncan is in portland, maine. >> reporter: yeah, here in portland, maine, conditions are actually, whoa, starting to improve, despite the fact that
the snow continues to pile up and pretty much blow everywhere. snow in january is expected in maine. but it's not every day they see and feel this. bone-chilling wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour, making it almost impossible to get around by foot and car. with snow falling at a rate of 2 inches an hour, emergency management officials are bracing for a very long night. >> it's been cold. so none of that has melted away. and our biggest fear is we're going to lose power. >> reporter: 20 miles south of portland on ferry beach, we watch the storms swallow up foundations. the wind and the waves are so strong that while we were out here filming just moments ago, the ground underneath us collapsed. 32-year-old sean walker has lived in this beach town his whole life. every year he says the neighborhood gets smaller. >> my childhood memories are being washed away. >> reporter: literally? >> literally, yes.
>> reporter: it's something he now expects to happen with each impending storm. jericka duncan, cbs news, portland, maine. the storm virtually shut down new york's airports, creating long lines of frustrated fliers and leaving others to sleep at newark airport. >> we're delayed and we're not sure if we're going to be flying out of here any time soon. >> reporter: at la guardia, snow and wind made runways impassible. >> there are no planes leaving or going anywhere. basically stuck here in this airport. >> reporter: boston logan was a near ghost town as nearly 75% of the flights there were canceled. still, this guy braved subfreezing temperatures early this morning to catch a train to the airport in hopes of finding a flight. >> i think there is going to be some kind of delay. our flight already got canceled and moved. we supposedly got 11, got pushed back to 8:00. hopefully we can get out before the storm comes. >> reporter: good thing he went early. this was the scene at new york's jamaica station a few hours
later, just brutal. but that's what llana raz trying to get back to. instead, she got stuck in texas. >> it's crazy. they canceled our flight so we had to scurry to figure out another way we were going to get home. we're in dallas. we're 24 hours on a bad weather layover. not that we're missing new york in negative 3 degrees. >> reporter: dallas doesn't sound so bad. now the charleston, south carolina airport remained closed today. even though that region wasn't getting any snow, they just don't have enough snow removal equipment to clean up the mess there. looking ahead to friday, nearly 900 flights and counting have already been canceled. president trump's personal lawyer is threatening to go to court to block the publication of a scathe anything book about the administration. "fire and fury" has touched off outrage at the white house.
jeff pegues reports. >> reporter: as he left a summit meeting in germany in july, the president was focused on a political crisis at home. news was about to break about a meeting during the 2016 campaign between his son donald trump jr., other top campaign officials and representatives of the russian government. according to wolff, the president, hope hicks, jared kushner, and ivanka trump huddled on air force one over how to respond. the decision, say the meeting was primarily about russian adoptions by americans. trump jr. later acknowledged the meeting was convened because he was told the russians had negative information about hillary clinton. one member of president trump's media affairs team was so troubled by the explanation that emerged from air force one, he quit. wolff writes that mark corallo privately confided that he believed it likely represent an obstruction of justice. wolff's confidante said corallo was fired. based on what you know than meeting, is it obstruction of justice? >> i think you can't tell right now. >> reporter: scott fredericksen is a former federal prosecutor.
>> it could be a misleading press statement for political purposes only. >> reporter: and that's not illegal? >> that's not illegal. >> reporter: so it's about intent? >> it's about proving corrupt intent. >> reporter: the specter of obstruction of justice had already emerged in mail when trump fired fbi director james comey, then told an interviewer it was because of the russia investigation. >> when i decided to just do it, i said to myself, i said, you know, this russia thing with trump and russia is a made-up story. it's an excuse by the democrats for having lost an election that they should have won. >> reporter: fredericksen says special counsel robert mueller who was investigating russian meddling in the 2016 campaign has to be careful about bringing a case against the president. >> the saying is you don't take on the king unless you know, you know you're right and you can win. and so when i say special counsel mueller will approach this carefully, he will.
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this is the cbs overnight news. >> president trump's nuclear twitter war with north korean leader kim jong un is fraying nerves from washington to the far east. but could mr. trump decide to launch such devastating weapons on his own? david martin has the view from the pentagon. >> reporter: this one nuclear-powered submarine which "60 minutes" went aboard in the pacific canry nuclear warheads than kim jong un has in his entire arsenal. commander brian freck was the captain of the uss kentucky. >> the warheads that can be carried on vessel are completely powerful. much more powerful than hiroshima. >> reporter: he and his crew
along with nuclear bombers and intercontinental ballistic mills are at the tip of a chain of command which leads all the way back to the president, who is never far from a briefcase called the football. inside are the codes. >> you have permission to fire. >> reporter: needed to order the launch of nuclear weapons. the order would go to the command over the u.s. strategic command. so who in the united states government has the authority to order the use of nuclear weapons? >> only the president of the united states has that authority. >> reporter: does congress have to approve? >> no, congress does not have to approve. >> reporter: so these really are the president's own weapons? >> it's our nation's weapons with the president's authority, yes. >> reporter: admiral cecil heaney is now retired replaced by general john heiden who told a conference he would not carry out an order to use nuclear weapons if he thought it was illegal. >> i'm going to say mr. president. >> i'm not going to do that,
it's illegal. that's the way it works. >> reporter: american policy is to use nuclear weapons only in extreme circumstances. such as a nuclear attack on the u.s. last fall, tom boyd, one of the pentagon's top missile analysts told "60 minutes" kim jong un has more work to do before he has a weapon that can deliver a nuclear warhead to the american homeland. >> probably several more flight tests. but ultimately, if they want to have confidence that the system works as intended, they have to flight test it and prove that that reentry vehicle can survive realistic reentry conditions. >> reporter: u.s. intelligence estimates that could happen as early as this year. if and when it does, two nuclear armed countries headed by two unpredictable leaders will be on a collision course. >> the american scientist who oversaw the creation of the first atomic bomb james connaught warned everyone at the
time of the dangers of a nuclear standoff. his daughter has written a book about his life and career. >> connaught was in charge of bringing america into the nuclear age, but his granddaughter jenette connaught says his efforts to control the weapons were ignored. and now the all-out nuclear conflict he worried about could be close at hand. >> this was his nightmare scenario, that we would have this enormous arms race, and that it would increase unabated, and that we would inevitably find ourselves, as he said, like two gunman with itchy trigger fingers. >> reporter: janet conad's grandfather wasn't the kind of person given to fear or exaggeration. and yet -- >> my grandfather was really so terrified of a nuclear conflict, i think the idea that mutually assured destruction would have held for almost 70 years would have surprised him.
>> reporter: in the late '30s connaught was a veteran chemist, a successful president of harvard university. but his life changed course after albert einstein warned the white house about the potential for extremely powerful bombs. that triggered a desperate race to build a nuclear weapon before hitler's germany. and the task of winning fell to conat and a secret team of scientists. >> he was the supervisor of everything that happened in terms of the bomb's development. >> reporter: what happened in the summer of 1945 was the first open-air test of a nuclear weapon. a blast so shocking that conat from a nearby bunker was sure the team had miscalculated. >> and he thought in that moment the world is over? >> he did. terrifying. absolutely terrifying. >> reporter: just three weeks later, hiroshima. and then nagasaki. still, the only war-time use of a nuclear weapon. >> we have spent more than $2
billion on the greatest scientific gamble in history, and we have won. >> reporter: hundreds of thousands died in the blasts and their aftermath. >> people always ask me did they feel guilty. they really felt that they had done the right thing in building the bomb. it did shorten the war. it did save lives. >> reporter: and yet conat and his colleagues warn to have had sharing the science and striking a global deal to curtail production. but the scientists were overruled. and today, do you feel safer or less safer? >> oh, we're less safe. we have this massive destructive force out there. and ultimately he said we have no sane option but for the international community to come together and try and find a way to control these weapons. you may or may not lose sleep thinking how you'll survive a nuclear holocaust. but you're undoubtedly concerned
about all the mass shootings taking place in the u.s. that fear has a growing number of americans in the market for bulletproof clothes. mark strassmann reports. >> not too snug? >> reporter: this virginia clothing store sells dressed to kill. but in the back, its tailors sew soft armor into soft fabrics for another reason. dressed not to be killed. >> we're in business to offer that security and protection for people. >> reporter: in 2011, robert davis and abaz haider launched their clothing line called aspetto. an armored t-shirt cost almost a grand. an armored man suit runs $8,000. >> people are literally trusting their lives with this product. so you can't sell something that we don't think is going to work. >> reporter: on this firing range, their armored vest repeatedly stopped bullets fired point-blank from a 9 millimeter handgun. >> you have level 3-a which i
will stop up to 44 magnum. >> reporter: in miami, jj wood tried on armored jackets, part of a separate clothing line developed in colombia as a defense against drug cartels. >> you know it's there. you're comfortable. and you have that peace of mind. >> reporter: aspetto's co-founders say 85% of their customers work for u.s. government agencies. but they also sell to foreign vips, oil executives, and everyday americans. >> when there is an orlando shoot organize a vegas shooting, does business go up? >> unfortunately, yes. >> sadly, yes. >> reporter: is it a dramatic increase? >> yes. >> we had a grandma that contacted us and wanted a ballistic sweatshirt. >> reporter: it's illegal for convicted felons to buy armored clothing. background checks aren't required by law, but aspetto runs them anyway. in a business where taking precautions has come into fashion. mark strassmann, cbs news, fredericksburg, virginia.
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the arctic circle have been called some of the most beautiful on earth. so fantastic this nordic terrain inspired disney's animated film "frozen." but it's also become an unlikely eden for the most adventurous. ♪ battling frostbite and fierce currents, surfers ride waves as cold as 37 degrees. >> when i think of surfing, i think of the beach boy, hawaii. not the arctic circle. >> i thought the exact same thing back in the day. >> reporter: pro surfer shannon ainsley made the 7,000 mile journey from south africa. >> when you came in and you saw these waves, what went on in your mine? >> at first i was quite blown away there is so many perfect waves with amazing mountains in the background. and really good world class waves and extreme weather.
it's very intriguing. >> reporter: ainsley is experienced in surviving the extreme. 17 years ago, he was attacked not by one, but two great white sharks near his home. >> it was the most amazing and scary moment of my life. >> reporter: today he joins an intrepid squad who trek here during the arctic's windswept summer and snow-packed winter. >> there had been times when i get out in the water in the winter and the hair freezes on my head and my gloves freeze on my fingertips. it's quite painful, but quite an experience. >> reporter: they are enticed in part by this man. >> this morning we had to shovel out the car for about an hour before we could even get out of the driveway. >> reporter: california surf photographer chris burkehart is credited with spreading the word about this polar paradise, sharing photos with his 2.8 million instagram followers. >> the reactions range from everything you can imagine.
oh, this is fake. this isn't real. this is photo shopped to where is this? i need to go there. >> reporter: what's it like to be out here in the water? this isn't malibu. this isn't california. this is the arctic. >> well, let's just say it requires more of you, you know. it requires your focus and your attention and your utmost respect for the environment. because any time you step in the water here, you have to realize that there is nothing beyond. >> reporter: the grueling work has paid off. his photos of the northern lights are among his most liked. >> i'd look outside and northern lights are just glowing. i was the only one here. it was a really like almost borderline spiritual experience. >> reporter: the region is capitalizing on others seeking that spiritual experience. in the town of unsted, population 12, there are two surf companies. >> where are you from? >> from cincinnati. >> reporter: and it's not just the professionals who are surfing here in the arctic. more and more beginners are riding this new wave.
wet suits may help fight the cold, but they won't protect you from the waves. >> just paddle out. >> reporter: local christian has been surfing since 1988 and runs a local surf camp. when you first started surfing, it was one, give or take a few. >> yep. >> reporter: that was in the '80s. now how many people show up here to go surfing? >> thousands every summer. >> reporter: among them american aubrey mabel. >> we surfed in the arctic circle. that's not something many people can say. >> reporter: this place has been transformed. >> in many ways, i think it's a good thing. it's this hard balance. you always have this balance of keeping places sacred and wild and pure versus letting people come and experience it and letting them experience that joy. >> reporter: ultimately, surfers like shannon ainsley say the extreme elements will keep the water clear. do you worry about sharks in these waters? >> no. the only thing that bites up here is the cold. but not too worried about that.
more than 20% of kids say they were bullied, either in middle school or high school. jamie yuccas introduces us to one young girl who is fighting back. >> doyle rules! >> reporter: lunch time bullying. >> you going to eat this? >> reporter: is a common hollywood plot line. >> you can't sit with us. >> reporter: but it's also a painful reality in school cafeterias throughout the nation. >> i was ostracized by everyone. i ate lunch alone. every day i was pushed into lockers, i was sent threatening e-mails. >> reporter: a reality natalie hampton, now a high school senior in california knows all about. >> i was physically attacked three times in two weeks, and i came home sobbing with bleeding red scratch marks. >> reporter: natalie eventually switched schools. but the memories of those years of torment stuck with her. >> so many people walked back and forth in front of my table.
and all i wanted to hear was hey, are you okay? come sit with us. >> reporter: those four words, "come sit with us" sparked an idea, and eventually an app. >> if you go to the search tab, it gives you a whole list of the lunchious can join in your school without any fear of rejection. >> reporter: she created the sit with us app, free to download, free to use. it connects students with welcoming students. >> come sit with us. >> reporter: the app now haas has over 100,000 users in eight different countries. >> come sit with us! >> reporter: giving natalie a mega phone for her message. she has become an outspoken leader of the anti-bullying movement, speaking at conferences, she even gave a ted talk, i was seen for the first time in two years, and it saved my life. >> reporter: the app and its message to be inclusive is inspiring other students like eighth grader lola clark. >> i've seen you. haven't i run into you? >> reporter: she created a sit
with us club at her school since they don't allow cell phones. why do you think people join? >> because they don't have a place to sit at lunch, a lot of them. and they know here they can be accepted, not judged. and they can have a really good time. >> i was never really exactly the same as everyone else. >> reporter: colwin is one of the members. >> people you can connect with if you're a little different. and you can feel like you're a part of something. >> reporter: do you feel different in school? >> i don't feel like different inay. i feel different in a good way. >> reporter: for natalie hampton, the success of sit with us has given her a new purpose. >> what's your guys' favorite tv shows? >> reporter: uniting students one lunch period at too time. >> it has given me strength and confidence i never knew i had. >> i'm in grade seven. >> reporter: jamie yuccas, los angeles. >> and that's the overnight news for this friday. from the cbs broadcast center in
new york city, i'm anna werner. captioning funded by cbs really captioning funded by cbs it's friday, january 5th, 2018. this is the "cbs morning news." bracing for a deep freeze. the snowstorm is gone. now a blast of bone-chilling cold air is on the way. on sale now, "fire and fury," the book president trump didn't want released hit store shelves overnight. and the marijuana legalization could be in trouble as the attorney general ramps up a federal fight. good morning froe