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♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> glor: back for seconds. a major nor'easter, the second in less than a week. travel is treacherous, flights are grounded, and hundreds of thousands will spend another night in the cold and dark. also tonight, double dare. >> how dare you. >> how dare you. >> glor: the battle between the justice department and california over illegal immigration. >> immigrants are welcome here! >> glor: a deadly school shooting in alabama. an adult film star sues for the right to talk about an alleged affair with the president. a new clue in the case of a poisoned russian spy. and, a football star becomes a hero off the field.
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>> i truly believe they saved my dad's life. this is the "cbs evening news" with jeff glor. >> glor: this is our western edition; good evening. we're going to begin tonight with this storm that is sweeping up the northeast coast, the second in less than a week. more than 50 million people are again dealing with a dangerous mix of wind, rain, and heavy snow. what is different and especially dangerous about this storm is the lightning. more than half-a-million homes and businesses are without power tonight. when the day began, 120,000 were still in the dark from friday's storm. thousands of flights have been canceled. amtrak is running fewer trains s ong the busy corridor from washington to boston. kris van cleave is in central park here in new york tonight, where the snow is still piling n. fis? >> reporter: jeff, the northeast was still recovering from last week's storm, and this wet, heavy snow isn't helping. it's knocking out power, it's snarling traffic, and it's stopping trains. wet, heavy snow created white-
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out conditions for drivers in fishkill, new york. one to three inches of snow fell per hour. snowplows tried to keep up, but owey were no match as over a foot of snow fell on parts of new york and across pennsylvania. hazardous conditions along interstate 80 in pennsylvania caused multiple car wrecks. several tractor-trailers slid off the highway and several people were hurt. at philadelphia international airport, the storm temporarily halted flight operations as crews worked to clear runways. in the new york city area, residents not only got heavy snow, but also experienced thunder snow, which made usually unimpressed new yorkers take notice. r: whoa. >> reporter: this is the second nor'easter to slam the area in less than a week. rollions of people from new york to maine are still in its path. utility crews in new jersey have been working 16-hour shifts since monday to restore power. new jersey governor phil murphy:
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>> again, folks are frustrated enough. count me among them. we got to do a post-mortem and figure out how we can still have 20-odd thousand outages. >> reporter: in scarsdale, new york, myrna manner is going on her sixth day without loectricity. she lost power during friday's storm. >> food spoiled and had to be thrown away. it's been a complete and total disaster. >> reporter: when the snow stops, parts of new york city inuld see nearly a foot of snow. schools in many places will be closed, and those power crews will be working to get the atghts back on, contending with not only cold temperatures but ffsting winds. r:ff? >> glor: kris van cleave leading us off tonight. kris, thank you very much. along the coast, the major s reat again is flooding. ssmarco morgan is in duxbury, massachusetts, which is still drying out from the last storm. demarco, how is it looking tonight? >> reporter: jeff, good evening. this entire block here is underwater. it has been raining non-stop for the past couple of hours, and
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officials here believe the flooding will only get worse. the ocean engulfed dozens of homes in duxbury, massachusetts. wnor'easter that blasted through last week battered and broke open two sections of this 65-year-old seawall, leaving some areas under four feet of water. fire chief kevin nord is worried about more flooding with the high tide. chief, what's your biggest fear? >> losing this for the town, and to lose this and compromise this whole area here would change really the landscape, you know. urmediately, though, it's always the residents and making sure we protect their homes. >> reporter: take a look at this huge, gaping hole right here. e w these stones and massive rocks have been placed here as the last line of defense to save homes like this one and many others in this area. yesterday, the duxbury fire department went door to door, advising residents to evacuate. tim spellman didn't need to be told twice. so you're about to get out of rige, you and your family? >> right now, exactly.
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we're leaving right now, as soon as we finish. the water will come over the road, and we won't be able to get out of here. for the first time since i've been here since 1989, i've seen the wall even move, never mind crack or fall into the ocean. >> reporter: and that concerns you? >> very concerned. if i lose that seawall, i'll probably lose my house to the ocean. >> reporter: the duxbury fire department just informed us another chunk of the seawall just broke off, and this is raising even more concern tonight. orff? >> glor: demarco morgan, tenuous situation there along the coast. the storm is expected to move out overnight. philadelphia, new york, and boston will end up with around a half a foot of slushy snow. inland areas in higher elevations could get as much as two feet from this storm. and more snow could be on the horizon for next week, the last full week of winter. the legal battle between the r esident and a former adult film star escalated today. tae has filed a lawsuit seeking permission to talk about an alleged affair with mr. trump. his legal team denies the affair and says she needs to follow a
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non-disclosure agreement. our chief legal correspondent jan crawford has more on this. jan? >> reporter: well, jeff, the president's personal lawyer rstually tried to head off this lawsuit and keep ms. daniels from talking. he got a temporary restraining order last week through private arbitration that he says, amongst other things, blocked her from filing it. the white house says that proves the president has prevailed. but her lawyer told cbs news moments ago that those claims are "ludicrous." heen allegations of an affair a decade ago between the president and the former porn star became news earlier this year-- >> did you have a sexual elsationship with donald trump? >> reporter: --stormy daniels went on late-night television and said her lips were sealed. >> do you have a non-disclosure agreement? >> do i? >> reporter: daniels now wants to talk. the lawsuit, that "hush agreement" is not binding, because mr. trump never signed it. daniels alleges she started an
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intimate relationship with mr. trump in the summer of 2006 that continued well into 2007. that would have been shortly elanr his wife melania gave birth to their son. flash forward nine years. dss than two weeks before the 2016 election, daniels signed a non-disclosure agreement, under nge pseudonym peggy peterson, taking $130,000 in exchange for her silence. ne. trump's personal attorney michael cohen also signed the agreement. the lawsuit says mr. trump, using the alias david dennison, left his signature line blank. for man who likes his name on all his properties, as a ussinessman mr. trump reportedly used pseudonyms to talk to the media or defend his real estate dealings. after the story broke, cohen said publicly that mr. trump didn't know about the agreement and that he made the payment on his own. >> i think it is completely uncredible. ie reporter: on cbs this
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enrning, daniels' lawyer michael avenatti scoffed. >> you have to conclude that mr. cohen was operating on his own, mr. trump knew nothing about it, and, in fact, the drafted agreement had a place for mr. mump to sign, multiple places. >> reporter: cbs news legal analyst rikki klieman says it's not whether mr. trump knew about the agreement and failed to sign it. tellkey issue of whether daniels can tell all is that cohen broke the secrecy. it sounds like you're saying that's a pretty good argument. t i think the best argument is that michael cohen talked about it, and that therefore the door is open. >> glor: so if attorney cohen compromised the agreement by talking, why can't daniels talk, too, why then does she need the file this lawsuit? >> reporter: well, here's the thing. there is a clause that she would she saidpay $1 million in damages to a person she said is donald trump every time she talks. so i mean, it would at least be in her interest to try to get i moval from a judge before she says anything. jeff? >> glor: chief legal correspondent jan crawford.
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jan, thanks very much. the trump administration's feud with california intensified today when the justice department sued the state over das sanctuary laws that protect y lacumented immigrants. ig% of the nation's undocumented population lives in california. john blackstone tonight has more on this. >> california, we have a soblem. >> reporter: attorney general jeff sessions traveled to the heart of the resistance... >> what do we do? >> stand up, fight back. >> reporter: ...telling california to back off on immigration. >> california is using every power it has, powers it doesn't have, to frustrate federal law enforcement. >> reporter: while attorney general sessions was inside complaining about california rnstructing justice, these protesters were outside obstructing traffic. and this protest also attracted time counter-demonstrators wearing make america great again caps. california governor jerry brown quickly answered the challenge. iu described this in terms of war with the federal government today. >> we've never had washington
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come to california and sue the state and make up lies. >> reporter: the justice department's lawsuit attempts to block three state laws. one restricts police from tipping off immigration agents about someone's legal status. another prevents ice from r pring detainees in local jails, and a third requires private employers to give notice before cooperating with ice. a flash point for sessions was oakland mayor libby schaaf tipping off her city about recent immigration raids. >> i believe that i was absolutely within my rights to share information. >> so, here's my message to mayor schaaf: how dare you. how dare you needlessly endanger rae lives of our law enforcement officers to promote a radical, open-borders agenda. is they're talking about going to the supreme court. this lawsuit will last a lot longer than the trump ticenistration. >> glor: john, the justice department believes it will eventually win this battle in the u.s. supreme court. how is california now defending itself? >> reporter: well, officials
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here suggested today that they will argue state's rights. they'll argue that under the 10th amendment they don't have to, it's not their job to enforce federal immigration laws. jeff? >> glor: all right, john blackstone in sacramento, thank you. there was a deadly school shooting in alabama today. the police say two students were shot during dismissal at huffman high school in birmingham. one, a 17-year-old girl, later died. the other is in critical condition. the police say the shooting may have been accidental. tomorrow the president will formalize his plan for a 25% tariff on imported steel and 10% on aluminum. the administration suggested today there may be some exemptions for u.s. allies, including canada and mexico. nancy cordes is following this story tonight. nancy? >> reporter: jeff, congressional republicans are making a last- ditch attempt tonight to change sse president's mind on this issue ahead of that announcement tomorrow. 107 of them have just sent him a letter expressing "deep concern
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dbout the prospect of broad global tariffs on aluminum and steel," and warning that the move will make u.s. businesses less competitive and u.s. consumers poorer. republican leaders from the speaker on down have been ysrning the president for days that the kind of across-the- board tariffs that he's been talking about could spark a trade war. in fact, just today, e.u. officials announced that they might retaliate with penalties on u.s. products ranging from cranberries to peanut butter to orange juice. anpublicans are urging the president at the very least to make these tariffs more narrowly targeted at countries like china, and it appears that the white house is listening, because today for the first time, jeff, they said that countries like mexico and canada, u.s. allies essentially, might be exempt. ll rigr: all right, nancy cordes on capitol hill. the president did narrowly win the battleground state of pennsylvania in 2016, partly on his promise to revive the steel industry. michelle miller went to steel
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country to get tariff plan reaction. >> reporter: wheatland, mnnsylvania, is home to one of the largest steel pipe makers in s rth america. his inan industries has more than a dozen plants like this in the u.s. he in this facility, there's 275 people that work here. >> reporter: c.e.o. barry zekelman told us he expects to add hundreds of jobs in wheatland alone, and pick up toduction, if trump's 25% tariff on foreign steel becomes reality. >> steel is the backbone, and we can be the backbone again. what we could do is employ a lot dore people. we could be proud to walk through these plants, that are hatting idle right now. how's it running today? >> reporter: he's so fired up about the president's trade plan, he's pledged to give $1,000 to each of his 2,000 employees every year the tariff stands. >> i believe it means job security. >> reporter: that's a welcome surprise for karen yanak, who is a machine operator.
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>> i truly believe that we're going to get a lot of the domestic business back. >> reporter: but some workers, like nikki jagers, are more cautious. >> it gave me hope for us, but what about the other industries? >> reporter: you're worried about a trade war? >> yes. >> reporter: five hours away in allentown, an american architectural metal manufacturing where they make roof parts, georgia tia is worried about something else. your fear is? >> possibly a slowdown in work and orders because of price increases. >> reporter: with less than a dozen employees, low-priced steel boosts his company's bottom line. the start to 2018 has been his esst on record. sales are up 20%. he says tariffs would force him to pass on higher prices to his customers. >> the prices are going to go up. we're the ones that have to pay for it, the manufacturers and
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the end users. every day for a small business, we fight for our lives. this is just one more thing that's going to make us have to go out and fight. >> reporter: now, george tia, who you just saw there, is one of the 6.5 million workers who depend on industries that buy steel. the number of workers who actually make steel, jeff, roughly 140,000. >> glor: michelle miller just back from steel country. michelle, thank you very much. aming up next on the "cbs d?ening news," who could be behind the poisoning of a former russian spy living in england? and, later... >> ( laughter ) >> glor: ...very strange voices on some of amazon's alexa devices. tell your doctor what you've tried, and how long you've been at it. linzess works differently from laxatives. linzess treats adults with ibs with constipation or chronic constipation.
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>> reporter: attempted murder, because the victim, sergei scripal, a former russian military officer, and his daughter yulia, are still clinging to life after they hillapsed in this park in salisbury on sunday. one of the police officers who helped them is also in serious condition. here's scripal two weeks before the attack, buying groceries. he had done jail time in russia for spying in the 1990s, but he came to britain as part of a prisoner exchange negotiated with moscow in 2010. tlis modest brick house is where sergei scripal settled when he came to the u.k. and he wasn't living like a man who was afraid for his life. he act, he was publicly listed at this address under his own name. ck wa soft target, who suffered ge outrageous attack with a lethal banned chemical agent. ree most common are sarin and v.x., but they are very difficult to get hold of and
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pest as difficult to use. >> glor: liz, there's obviously been a lot of speculation that the russian state may be behind absolbut are there other possibilities? ks reporter: absolutely. russian organized crime networks, for example, or even agents, russian agents, that gcripal may have outted during his time as a spy, who are now looking for revenge. >> glor: liz palmer, thank you very much. when we come back here tonight, great story. , eers in the halls of stoneman douglas high, thanks to a surprise guest. in just two weeks! i'll take that. -yeeeeeah! ensure high protein. with 16 grams of protein and 4 grams of sugar. ensure. always be you. but through goodt times and bad at t. rowe price we've helped our investors stay confident for over 80 years. call us or your advisor. t. rowe price. invest with confidence.
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a surprise visitor brought some joy to marjory stoneman douglas high school today. >> my man. my man. >> glor: the miami heat's dwyane wade posed for selfies. joaquin oliver, one of the 14 students killed in the shootings last month, was buried in a wade jersey. wade has dedicated the rest of the season to him. now, this story which may sound like something out of the "twilight zone," but amazon admits some devices that use the virtual assistant known as alexa have let out spontaneous laughter. >> ( laughter ) >> glor: what? ?ow does that happen? kind of a cackle, and not in alexa's normal voice. as amazon works to fix it, social media is blowing up over it. one user tweeted, "i'm genuinely enrrified." another said, "time to unplug this ( blank )." and a third, "i'm moving out now." up next here tonight, football stars become lifesavers.
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>> glor: now, jamie yuccas with the play of the week, executed by a pair of n.f.l. players and their friends. >> reporter: dan and eli smoker took a selfie on saturday to remember their perfect climb up castle rock in colorado. going down was a different story for the grandfather and grandson. >> i went down first. and i was climbing down. then i heard what sounded like a shoe slipping, and i turned around to see my grandpa falling, and i saw him hit the ground. >> reporter: dan fell more than 20 feet. n.f.l. players and brothers christian and max mccaffrey happened to be nearby, and christian called 911 while other
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good samaritans kept dan alive and eli calm. >> my mind was working at a million miles an hour, like, i was just thinking, will my grandpa survive this? >> reporter: dan did survive, but is being treated for a broken leg, neck and pelvis, nine broken ribs, and bleeding on his brain. the players visited the family at the hospital. what did that mean to you? >> i can't thank them enough, honestly. >> reporter: eli and his dad are even more grateful today. the 72-year-old took a breath without machines, and he saw his grandson. >> and his eyes just lit up. >> reporter: a small step in the climb to a full recovery. jamie yuccas, cbs news, los angeles. >> glor: and that is the "cbs evening news" tonight. i'm jeff glor. the news continues now on cbsn. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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general *blasting california.. taking aim at oakland mayor libby schaaf.. and now she has hired a top kpix5 news begins with the nation's attorney general blasting california taking aim at oakland mayor libby schaff. >> now she has hired a top attorney to handle accusations she let violent criminals slip away. good evening. i'm veronica de la cruz. >> and i'm elizabeth cook. we have a team of reporters on this story. first kpix5's melissa caen is live in sacramento where jeff sessions put the state on notice and the governor fired right back. melissa? >> reporter: that's right. we're here in sacramento. it's this federal courthouse where last night the department of justice filed a lawsuit against the state of california saying the state's sanctuary laws inhibit federal immigration laws. so today attorney general jeff sessions came to town to make his case and governor jerry brown had a lot to say about that. >> look, we know the trump administration is full of
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liars. >> reporter: governor jerry brown was incensed after a speech today by attorney general jeff sessions. >> in recent years the california legislature has enacted a number of laws designed to intentionally obstruct the work of our sworn immigration officers. >> reporter: sessions blasted oakland mayor libby schaff for giving a warning of intending i.c.e. raids last week. >> here's my message to mayor schaaf. how dare you. how dare you needlessly endanger the lives of our law enforcement officers to promote a radical open borders agenda. >> reporter: he said california politicians have passed laws that impede federal immigration enforcement. the department of justice is now suing to stop those state laws. >> there is no nullification. there is no succession. the federal law is the law of the land. >> reporter: governor brown hit back calling this a


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