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>> at 6, back in 30 minutes. captioning sponsored by cbs >> no, we're not backing down. >> glor: the president at odds with many in his own party. >> i don't think you're going to have a trade. >> glor: also tonight, trump campaign aide sam nunberg says he won't comply with the special prosecutor's subpoena. >> i am god, i am god. >> glor: an airline passenger tries to open the cabin door in flight. hundreds of thousands still without power, and another nor'easter is brewing. who is a bigger target for scam artists, seniors or 20- somethings? we'll have the answer. >> and the oscar goes to... >> glor: a thief. the great hollywood gold heist of 2018. >> we did it. we did it. >> glor: and shaquem griffin is absolutely dominating. >> glor: he's racing toward the n.f.l. and proving nothing can stop him.
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this is the "cbs evening news" with jeff glor. >> glor: and this is our western edition, good evening. frightening pictures you saw in our headlines of that scare in the air. we will have that story in just a few minutes. but we begin here tonight with a wild series of statements from a man under subpoena in the investigation of russian meddling. former trump campaign aide sam nunberg said today he will not comply with the special counsel and dared robert mueller to have him arrested. here's justice reporter paula reid. >> mueller thinks that trump is the manchurian candidate. >> reporter: the former trump campaign aide believes investigators have evidence that the trump campaign may have colluded with the russians, but nunberg refuses to appear before a federal grand jury. he called several media outlets this afternoon to explain why he will defy a subpoena from special counsel robert mueller. >> what they sent me was absolutely ridiculous. why should i hand them e-mails
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from november 1, 2015? >> if you're held in contempt of court wouldn't you have higher legal bills? >> i think it would be really, really funny if they wanted to arrest me. >> reporter: nunberg was part of the trump campaign before it was officially launched in june 2015. he was fired for offensive social media posts just two months later. he says he's not trying to protect the president. >> i'm not a fan of donald trump, as you well know. >> reporter: nunberg says he's spent five and a half hours being interviewed by federal investigators, and based on their questions, he believes the special counsel may have evidence against president trump. >> trump may have very well done something during the election with the russians. if he did that, you know what, it's inexcusable. if he did that. >> reporter: white house press secretary sarah huckabee sanders pushed back. >> i definitely think he doesn't know that for sure, because he's incorrect, as we've said many times before. there was no collusion with the trump campaign. >> glor: paula, what's next for sam nunberg?
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>> well, mueller wouldn't try to put nunberg before a grand jury unless he thought that he had some valuable evidence to present. so if nunberg does not cooperate, he could be held in contempt and be looking at possible jail time. eiff? >> glor: paula reid in our d.c. bureau. paula, thank you. today the president stood by his plan to put tariffs on imported steel and aluminum as he faces criticism from the highest levels of his own party. major garrett is at the white house with more on this. major? >> reporter: jeff, president trump focuses on china when he talks about trade deficits, but china provides less than 1% of annual u.s. steel imports. far larger suppliers, allies like canada, south korea, japan and mexico, all of whom fear tariffs and what they can sometimes bring. riffre you going to back down on the tariffs? >> no, we're not backing down. >> reporter: president trump said he will press ahead with tariffs on all imports of steel and aluminum. details are pending, but mr. trump has threatened a 25% tax
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on steel and a 10% tax on aluminum, all in the name of protecting u.s. manufacturers. >> i don't think there's a problem. i don't think you're going to have a trade war, no. >> reporter: in a rare split, house speaker paul ryan fears precisely that. countries hit by tariffs could retaliate and hurt u.s. businesses. in a statement, a ryan spokeswoman said the speaker is urging the white house to not advance with this plan. the new tax reform law has boosted the economy, and we sertainly don't want to jeopardize those gains. what's your reaction to speaker ryan? >> we have a great relationship with speaker ryan. we're going to continue to have one. but that doesn't mean we have to agree on everything. the president has been committed and talked about this for many years. >> reporter: and nothing about this will jeopardize economic growth as the speaker fears? >> the president feels strongly that we have to protect some of the industries that are the
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backbone of this country, and we nked to protect american workers. >> reporter: the president also linked the tariffs to the renegotiation of the north american free trade agreement or nafta, suggesting a new deal could spare mexico and canada from the import tax. >> but if i do make a deal which is fair to the workers and the american people, i imagine that would be one of the points that will be negotiated, tariffs on steel for canada and for mexico, so we'll see what happens. >> glor: so, major, can you talk about the history of these ocriffs? >> reporter: sure. coeel has been considered a bedrock industry in the united states for decades. with that comes political clout. so not surprisingly, presidents johnson, nixon, carter, and reagan, and george w. bush all either imposed some kind of tariffs or took protective measures to help steel out. in 2002, george w. bush imposed what he then called "temporary tariffs," but he repealed them before they were due to expire because of international pressure and the fear of
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retaliatory tariffs. >> glor: okay, major garrett at the white house. major, thank you. now to that midair scare we mentioned at the top, a cossenger tried to open the door of a plane in flight today. here is transportation correspondent kris van cleave. >> i am god. i am god. >> reporter: passengers on board united express flight 5449 restrained this boise, idaho, woman, who was ranting about being god. sou can see a passenger working to tie up the woman's feet as another man holds her down in the aisle. moments earlier she had tried to open the aircraft door while the plane was in flight traveling from san francisco to boise this morning. that plane landed safely and boise police were waiting at the gate. the woman was taken for medical evaluation. the united express plane was operated by skywest airlines and had 73 passengers on board. experts say it would be impossible to open a door in the pressurized cabin of a plane in the air, but that wouldn't make it less terrifying for the people on board.
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boise police tell us the officers who responded will forward an incident report to the local prosecutor to determine if charges are warranted. locally we have also learned the f.b.i. is now investigating. jeff? >> glor: kris van cleave, thanks very much. from virginia to massachusetts, a massive cleanup continues after the weekend nor'easter. it is blamed for at least nine deaths, including two children struck by falling trees. more than 350,000 homes and businesses are still without power tonight. at mount vernon in virginia, high winds brought down a tree believed to have been planted by george washington 227 years ago. now a new winter storm is bringing snow and freezing rain gh the dakotas and minnesota tonight, and that system is headed toward the northeast with plenty of snow expected by wednesday. meteorologist eric fisher is tracking all of this. eric? >> reporter: very busy times here, jeff. as we look at the weather, a
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blizzard full-fledged across the northern plains and upper s dwest tonight. very strong winds up and down the plains with high-wind warnings as well as wind tavisories. gusts over 60mph at times. blizzard warnings in red across uguth dakota and eastern parts of montana. heavy snow has been swinging through minneapolis. now there are winter storm watches up across all the northeast corridor for what this storm will become down the road. this energy will swing down across the appalachians, become a nor'easter, and move right along the shoreline once again. this is a colder storm than what we had last week, so big snow totals just northwest of the i- 95 corridor. over a foot of snow looks likely. some of those heavier totals could make their way into new york city as well as hartford with this one. and more strong winds, not quite as intense as last week's storm, but any strong winds, more rough surf, more coastal flooding, jeff, is not what anyone needs along the eastern seaboard right now. >> glor: even more concern for those folks without power tonight. eric, thank you very much. bad things have been known to happen to russians who cross vladimir putin. now, a former spy accused of
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being a traitor to russia is fighting for his life in britain possibly after being poisoned. here's elizabeth palmer. >> reporter: the man in critical condition is reported to be sergei skripal, an ex-russian army colonel. he was arrested in 2004 and sentenced in a russian court for spying for britain. but in 2010, he left russia, part of a prisoner exchange. in return for ten russian sleeper agents, including the infamous anna chapman, who had been operating in the u.s. in salisbury, the town where skripal had settled, witnesses say he and a woman companion collapsed on a bench on sunday. >> it was a couple, an older guy and a younger girl. she was sort of leaning on him. it looked like she passed out maybe. he was doing some strange hand movements, looking up to the sky. >> reporter: the couple was rushed to the hospital suffering from what police say is exposure to an unknown substance. meanwhile, hazmat teams scoured
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and then cordoned off an area in salisbury's town center. so far the police say this is not a counter-terrorism case. but all britons will recall the 2006 murder of another russian intelligence officer, alexander litvinenko, in london. he was poisoned by radioactive polonium in what british intelligence believes was a russian state ordered execution. >> glor: liz, why would russia potentially target skripal now after all these years? >> well, if he was targeted, and that's still a big if, jeff, obviously, but he was a very unlikely choice. he had apparently kept a low profile since coming here. his espionage was reported to be identifying russian spies to the europeans back in the 1990s, so he didn't have current information that would threaten the kremlin, as far as we know, and he had been officially pardoned, a sign that moscow had closed the file on him back in 2010.
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>> glor: elizabeth palmer, thank you very much. such and review are trying to recover the bodies killed in an avalanche saturday. heavy snowfall has led to a number of avalanches in the west. skiers dug by hand to clear snow there his face after he was buried for a hugh minutes. hawk and his wife survived the avalanche. thousands of striking teachers jammed west virginia's state capital today as schools were closed for an eighth day. the teachers demand 5% pay raise. the state senate has offered 4%. west virginia ranks 48th in teacher pay. the average is $45,000. oklahoma is 49th. teachers there are considering a strike now next month. in syria some food and medicine finally reached civilians today in eastern ghouta, the rebel- held suburb of damascus where 700 people have been killed by syrian and russian air strikes in the past two weeks. in the north it is ally versus ally. america's most effective partner against isis, the kurds, are now fighting turkey. seth doane is the first u.s.
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correspondent to reach afrin since the fighting broke out. and a warning, some of what you're about to see is graphic. >> reporter: throughout syria's seven year war, afrin was untouched, but not anymore. since january, turkey has been targeting the ethnic kurds who live here with air strikes and shelling. it sees the kurdish forces as a terrorist group on their border. this man just came up to me and started crying and pointing to the sky and motioning about air strikes. while afrin is kurdish held, it's syrian territory, so president bashar al-assad sent in fighters to support them. in yet another twist to this war, that means syria is allied with the very same kurdish forces who have been armed and trained by the u.s. in the battle against isis. thousands of civilians have fled surrounding villages in the last two months. this is an unfinished house that
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about a week ago has become a shelter. now among pigeons and in the dark, 18 families live here, including sherehan hasan and her six kids. how is it living in this place? "we were so frightened and scared," she told us. "it's all just too much." at the small-town hospital, dr. khalil ahmed is overwhelmed. they received 27 new patients overnight who had been caught up in air strikes. "in the morning i see injured children. at night i see injured children. what did they do to deserve this," he asked. the boy in the bed has shrapnel injuries and his mother was burned. "we tried to run," said his grandmother, "but the air strikes followed us" and left another grandson without his eyes. the hospital told us the little boy has been saying, "i want to see."
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seth doane, cbs news, afrin, syria. >> glor: coming up next on the "cbs evening news," who is an easier target for scammers, the young or the old? anna werner has the answer tonight. and later, a one-handed player delivers an audition that made the n.f.l. take notice. that you may be... part of s overlooking. it's your eyes. that's why there's ocuvite, from bausch + lomb. as you age your eyes can lose vital nutrients. ocuvite helps replenish those nutrients. ocuvite has lutein, zeaxanthin, and omega-3. nourish your eyes to help them be their healthy best. ocuvite eye vitamins. be good to your eyes. i'm actually closer to my retirement daysing. than i am my college days. i just want to know, am i gonna be okay? i know people who specialize in "am i going to be okay." i like that. you may need glasses though. schedule a complimentary
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couple of jobs. then, in january, he got a bigger assignment: evaluate money transfer businesses by cashing a $2,900 check the company sent him, then wiring the money back to them. >> and then shortly after, about g couple hours after taking all that money out from the bank and sending it away, i got a call from wells fargo saying that ne's fraudulent and that i'm on the hook for the entire amount that's been taken out. >> reporter: fake check fraud can hit anyone, but a new scam risk report from the better business bureau shows it's one of the most frequent tricks played on millennials, those aged 25 to 34. on top of that, the federal trade commission found twice as many millennials who reported fraud in 2017 lost money as did people over 60. monica baca is with the f.t.c.'s bureau of consumer protection. d some of these older folks are doing a really good job recognizing fraud when they come upon it. they're doing a really good job avoiding a loss. and they want to warn people eport it. >> reporter: and while older
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people were more likely to become victims of phone scams, the b.b.b. reports younger people, as might be expected, were more likely to fall for online scams on social media or the internet. >> i like to think i'm fairly well educated. and i was completely blind sided. >> reporter: one interesting thing to note, when the older people did lose money, they lost more, a median $621 for those in their 70s as opposed to a median $400 for those in their 20s. but the people in their 20s lost more often. >> glor: it would be nice if nobody was scamming in the first place. >> reporter: absolutely. absolutely. >> glor: thanks, anna. up next here, grand theft oscar. can be. n for fast-acting, long-lasting relief, try doctor recommended gaviscon. it quickly neutralizes stomach acid and helps keep acid down for hours. relieve heartburn with fast- acting, long-lasting gaviscon. and helps keep acid down for hours. hey, hi.
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>> meryl, if you do it, everybody else will. come on. >> reporter: frances mcdormand's speech captured a movement focused on diversity and women's empowerment. >> we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed. >> reporter: she stole the show. hours later her oscar would be stolen. >> it's mine! pa reporter: terry bryant who goes by the name d.j. matari posted this video on social media after allegedly taking mcdormand's engraved oscar from the official oscar party. >> who wants to tell me congratulations? >> congratulations! >> reporter: bryant's instagram account shows him trophies from several big awards shows. mcdormand was seen crying after bryant left the oscar party with her statue. he was immediately spotted by a photographer as someone who did not win. los angeles police said the photographer followed bryant and without any resistance from bryant took the oscar from him. the oscar was returned to the recipient.
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jeff, police say that bryant definitely did have a ticket to the governor's ball, but no one is quite sure how he got it. he will be arraigned in court tomorrow on grand theft charges. >> glor: my guess is he won't be there next year, and good work by that photographer. jamie, thank you very much. up next here, a one-handed football player shows why he may be the n.f.l.'s newest star.
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>> glor: we end here tonight with the story of a young man who has inspired millions. 22-year-old shaquem griffin, who was born with a condition that led to the amputation of his left hand, hopes to play pro football. and this past weekend he
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electrified scouts and fans at the n.f.l. combine. >> reporter: the n.f.l. combine can get repetitious, literally, hundreds of prospects lifting, jumping, and running day after day. >> go to work. go to work! >> glor: but shaquem griffin elevated everything. >> let's go! >> reporter: bench pressing 225 pounds, 20 times, with a prosthetic hand. >> come on. come on. >> i got you. i got you. >> glor: and running the fastest 40-yard dash for any linebacker in more than a decade. >> shaquem griffin is absolutely dominating! social media exploded following his performance. richard sherman tweeted,"if shaquem griffin doesn't get drafted in the first two days, the system is broken."
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demarcus ware chimed in, "you got my vote." griffin was born with a condition called amniotic band syndrome, leading to a underdeveloped hand and amputated when he was four years old. his twin brother, shaquille, only one minute older than him, plays for the seattle seahawks and is his brother's biggest fan. >> i'm proud of him. he came through all this adversity. >> who else, shaquem griffin! >> glor: at the university of central florida, shaquem became a star. >> he's got that passion, too, never gives up on a play. >> glor: a steely determination that was on full display, something he joked about with his brother last month while training in dallas. >> i'm telling you, i'm going to beat his time. i'm going to let everybody know now. >> listen, don't put that much pressure on yourself. this is stuff they write down and it never goes away. >> glor: as it turns out, identical times for identical twins who hope to have the n.f.l. seeing double. wow, a future buffalo bill, we'll take it. that is the "cbs evening news" tonight. i'm jeff glor. the news continues now 24/7 on cbsn. there's elaine quijano and anthony salvanto ready to go. have a good night.
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a reported domestic violence incident ove kpix five begins with an arrest warrant being issued for aldon smith after a report of domestic violence incident over the weekend. good evening i am ken bastida. >> the arrest warrant is just part of the new trouble for the former nfl star. kristin ayres is here with the latest developments.>> sever cisco police have been actively searching for smith since the alleged domestic violence incident on saturday night. he is accused of abusing a woman at her apartment on the 600 block of busch street in sever cisco. dispatch reporting indicate that he was inside her apartment as she reported the domestic violence to 91 officers. >> suspect in the room. and out by the window. >> the dispatcher went on to say that smith drove away from the apartment in a black range
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rover. today tmc reported that he checked into a rehab facility. he has not spoken to police. the arrest warrant indicates charges could include willful infliction of corporal in dish injury. assault likely to include great bodily injury, false improvement and vandalism. it has likely ended his nfl career. the raiders have cut ties from him. he was cut by the 49ers due to earlier troubles. he was suspended by the nfl for repeat substance abuse violations. as of this evening, san francisco police say they are talking with his lawyer about the surrender. kristin ayres, to you. there are new hospital beds for the mentally ill this evening and homeless as well. urine semper cisco. we are live in sever cisco. phil, a lot of people this seems like a logical step. getting some of these people some help. but not everyone is on board ex


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