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captioning sponsored by cbs >> garrett: tonight, celebrating christmas around the world, from the sacred, to the celestial... >> happy holidays! >> garrett: ...and some less- traditional rituals. in florida, the president and first lady share greetings with those far from home. >> we wish everyone a joyous and merry christmas. >> garrett: also tonight: "bumpy times." queen elizabeth uses her christmas message to discuss a rocky royal year. rising tensions. u.s. spy planes fly over the korean peninsula after the north's "christmas gift" threat. a fire in minneapolis forces f re than 200-- many of them children-- out into the cold. we visit the arctic, where the ice is retreating, and reindeer populations are going with it. plus, remembering songwriter allee willis. ♪ ♪
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she wrote scores of hits, without knowing how to read a ste. chd, spirit of the season. a reminder this christmas daytht gift. this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. >> garrett: good evening to our viewers in the west. norah is off tonight, i'm major garrett. today, christians around the world are celebrating christmas. many gathered in churches, odcluding at the national cathedral in washington, d.c. at the vatican, thousands filled laint peter's square to hear pope francis' christmas day message of hope overcoming t rkness. and while the view was heavenly, a good number of americans, including those on board the international space station, spent the day at work, trying to be festive. s la lenghi has more. e reporter: pope francis called for peace and love in a christmas message to millions around the world.
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from saint peter's basilica in the vatican, the 83-year-old pontiff urged for light in the dark corners of the world and the human heart. in the biblical city of othlehem, thousands of rorshipers gathered for christmas morning mass at the ourch of the nativity. at saint patrick's cathedral in manhattan, mass was standing room only. >> some people think that christmas is just about presents td stuff, but it's actually about bringing joy to the world. i reporter: but there was perhaps a little less joy in paris. a e notre dame cathedral was unable to host christmas mass for the first time in more than t 0 years, as renovations continue after april's devastating fire. >> merry christmas! >> reporter: on the other side of the globe, it was christmas on the beach near sydney, australia, as the aussies swapped snow for sand, sleds for surf boards. in london, the serpentine swimming club plunged into freezing waters for their annual r ristmas day race. t wat was cold, but it was fun. >> reporter: finally, this year, it was an out-of-this-world christmas for four astronauts aboard the international space station, who are far, but
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apparently not far enough. >> we had to come all the way to atace to try to get away from pauitcake, but it didn't work, we got some anyway. >> reporter: either way, we got the message. well, back here on earth, while most people are spending the day utth family and friends, at llast one statistic we saw shows about one-quarter of all american workers will clock-in on at least one major winter holiday, including christmas day. lejor, i think we know at least a few of those people. >> garrett: as the saying goes, the work's not going to do itself. mola lenghi, thank you so much. president trump and the first lady spent christmas day in florida, at their mar-a-lago resort. no public appearances, but they vid share a video message. >> as we gather with loved ones isis holiday, americans across isis land are grateful for all the men and women in uniform who keeps us safe. our military, our police, and everyone in law enforcement. >> we say a special prayer for those military service members
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stationed far from home, and we renew our hope for peace among nations and joy to the world. >> garrett: and in a statement released today, the president said americans "must strive to foster a culture of deeper understanding and respect." christmas arrived with no apparent "gift" from north korea. the regime had threatened to deliver something if the united states failed to restart stalled de-nuclearization talks. but the u.s. is reportedly flying spy planes over the korean peninsula to keep an eye on the regime. barry petersen is in seoul. >> reporter: christmas may mean time off elsewhere in the world, but it's training time for american soldiers in south korea. in these just-released pictures from the department of defense, u.s. and south korean commandos staged a counter-terrorism raid. er n another sign of nerves on edge after north korea's kim jong-un promised what north korea called a "christmas gift." that could be a ballistic ucssile or nuclear weapons test.
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the threat is an apparent tactic to pressure the u.s. into lifting economic sanctions on the north, but after meeting kim, president trump has rejected that, until north korea abandons its nuclear weapons program. still, the shadow of that threat could not stop christmas for american soldiers here to defend south korea, with sweaters that show a mother's love. er so this sweater, i got this from my mom, it was a gift for me leaving to come over here. >> reporter: many of these soldiers left family back in the u.s. it makes this a tough and faraway place.ill isrom arkansa. >> it's one of those times, especially around, you know, the christmas time. it's festive and you think of family, and being separated from my wife is rough. >> reporter: most of the soldiers here are with the army's second infantry division. and considering this latest threat from the north, that division's motto seems ever more
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appropriate: "ready to fight, tonight." major? >> garrett: barry petersen in south korea, thank you. ldfallen american soldier returned home this christmas day. the body of sergeant first class michael goble arrived today at dover air force base. the 33-year-old green beret from new jersey was killed by a roadside bomb. goble was the 20th american to die in combat operations in inghanistan this year. that makes it the deadliest for for forces in that country since 2014. today in britain, the royal family stuck to tradition. many joined queen elizabeth at church, although there were some notable absences. ste monarch also gave her annual christmas message to the commonwealth. .mtiaz tyab reports, she noted ep's been a bumpy year. >> reporter: in her annual spristmas speech, queen elizabeth spoke of putting differences aside, of syconciliation, acknowledging this year hasn't been easy.
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>> the path, of course, is not veways smooth, and may at times this year have felt quite bumpy. >> reporter: not quite a "horrible year," which is how she described 1992, when three royal marriages were breaking down and windsor castle was devastated by a fire. wasi think it is more than likely to be a reference or an encouragement to the country to tve on, beyond the divisiveness iv the political situation. >> reporter: politics aside, the challenges facing the royal family couldn't be clearer than on christmas day, when the queen attended traditional church services with other senior royals, but not her second son, prince andrew. t went to an earlier service with older brother prince charles. ridrew gave up public duties last month after this disastrous interview, where he tried to distance himself from the victims of convicted pedophile jeffrey epstein. ctim have no recollection of ever meeting this lady. >> well, i suppose one would have to say that he's become something of an embarrassment at the moment to the royal family. >> reporter: this year also hasn't been easy for the
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monarch's grandson, prince harry and wife meghan, who have regularly been taunted by the asitish tabloids and are spending the holidays overseas, in north america. the queen said she and prince philip were delighted by the birth of the couples' son archie, her eighth great grandchild. but it's prince philip who is causing the most concern. the queen's 98-year-old husband was released from the hospital on christmas eve, and didn't astend church services today, ay.sing concerns about the health of the royal family's longest-serving consort. major? >> garrett: imtiaz tyab in london, thanks so much. in hong kong, christmas celebrations were mixed with new political protests. riot police used tear gas to try to break up anti-government demonstrations, including inside two shopping malls. some of the protesters were wearing santa hats. hong kong's pro-beijing leader called the protesters "reckless and selfish." the mayor of minneapolis called for help today after an old hotel, used to house the
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homeless, went up in flames. it happened early this morning. the four-alarm fire at the drake hotel forced more than 200 people, many of them children, out into the cold. gime were given temporary itelter inside transit buses. and, some people responded by donating food and supplies, but new housing, of course, is the n st immediate and pressing need. it was anything but quiet early this morning in chicago. gunfire from the street wounded two people, one of them a seven- year-old girl shot inside her very own home. tom hanson reports, the girl is now fighting for her life. ( siren ) >> reporter: chicago police say someone shot into this southside home from the sidewalk around o 00 a.m. christmas morning. the seven-year-old girl was struck in the abdomen. >> the little girl should have been waking up to opening up presents, instead of waking up in a hospital. i mean, she's practically fighting for her life. >> reporter: she was rushed to a enarby hospital in critical d ndition.
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a 38-year-old man, who was shot in the leg in the same incident, r: in stable condition. chicago mayor lori lightfoot tweeted, "praying for the young girl struck by a bullet in brighton park. c.p.d. will do everything possible to bring the perpetrator to justice. as a city, you have our love and l pport." the city's latest crime data shows overall murders and shootings are down. but a stringngshoo osti 12 in 2019 has now climbed to at least 18, according to the gun violence archive. and just this weekend, 13 limble, ranging from 16 to 48 toars old, were shot at a himorial for another shooting d,ctim. 6 our people become numb, and we think that this is normal. and this is not normal. >> reporter: in a statement, the family says that they are grateful for the outpouring of love and support. meanwhile, investigators say they are asking for any tips to lead them to a suspect and motive. major. >> garrett: tom hansen, thank you. now to the arctic, where climate
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change threatens a symbol of christmas. wild reindeer and caribou populations have dropped more than half in the last 20 years. in tonight's "eye on earth," mark phillips in finland reports on efforts to save them. >> reporter: the reindeer in santa's village in northern finland have to work for a living. it's where rudolph's cousins provide sleigh rides, albeit on ipe ground, and where you-know- who welcomes children of all ages. hat all is not what it seems in this winter wonderland. to find the real reindeer-- and ofe real trouble-- you've got to go about 250 miles north of santa's village, in temperatures approaching zero. but winter-- even up here-- isn't what it used to be. our guide is andte gaup-jusso, from the ancient sami people who have been herding reindeer since ree dawn of time. and the climate here in lapland, e says, is changing. s melts? >> it melts. and the next day it freezes.
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>> reporter: does it happen more heten now, where you have rain or warm weather and then the snow melts? does that happen more in the last few years than it used to? >> yeah, the last ten years. >> reporter: and this is the result: reindeer are dying. a big die-off was discovered on the arctic islands of svalbard last summer. and the huge, wild herds of caribou-- same animal-- which roam across alaska and northern canada, have been reduced by half, according to a recent government report. and andte the reindeer herder knows why. ey this is it, what they're looking for. >> rep ghe redeer feed, evethrougteh.ot yhe winter, on lichen, a mossy plant that they dig down through the snow to get at, except when all that thawing and re-freezing means they can't. and when the snow turns to ice, what happens to the reindeer? >> we have to feed them. >> reporter: they can't dig for icer food? >> no, no, we have to give them extra food. >> reporter: up here in the land
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of the northern lights, it's a constant battle. andte lives in a village of just ten houses, and every day, he travels up to 60 miles each way through the few hours of dim winter light, to find the herd and check it's okay. to you, the reindeer are your money in the bank? >> my reindeer is my worth. >> reporter: whatever you are worth. >> my whole worth. >> reporter: they run about 5,000 animals, and right now it's reindeer round-up time. andte and his wonder dog, ben- uh, gather the scattered herd d d drive them south, to where they can bring them feed-- and where a few are sold off to the reindeer meat market. it's how they make their living. a is a gorgeous, if frigid, dence of man, animal and machine. nc's very hard work up here. >> yeah, it is, it is hard work some days. >> reporter: why don't you leave and work in the city or something?
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r: reporter: these reindeer in finland are the lucky ones. they have the sami herders to e ok after them. sar tens of thousands of others elsewhere, though, the human influence hasn't been so kind. ek garrett: mark phillips trekking across far northern finland, thanks so much. there is still much more ahead on "cbs evening news." strangers step up, delivering christmas cheer to a man who deent the holiday alone for decades. and, we remember a legendary songwriter who made a day in september live forever. ♪ ♪ that's why there's otezla. otezla is not a cream. it's a pill that treats plaque psoriasis differently. with otezla, 75% clearer skin is achievable. don't use if you're allergic to otezla. it may cause severe diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting. otezla is associated with... increased risk of depression. tell your doctor if you have a history of depression or suicidal thoughts
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♪ ♪ e llis co-wrote "september" and other big hits for earth, wind, and fire. ♪ ♪ later, this song took off on tv... ♪ i'll be there for you ...and the pop charts. ♪ ♪ the pointer sisters were fans. ♪ ♪ willis, who grew up in detroit, never learned how to play music, she she was inspired to write it, hearing the motown sound. >> but that's what i love about my career. and i do always say it's like my o ir, one side has nothing to do with the other. ♪ ♪ >> garrett: she won a grammy for the soundtrack of 1984's "beverly hills cop." ♪ ♪ and last year, she was inducted into the songwriter's hall of fame.
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this holiday season, help your family discover theirs. >> this is the mine countermeasures squadron 7 from dasebo, japan, wishing you a happy holidays! ( cheers and applause ) >> garrett: finally, tonight, on uday when many of us are arrounded by family and s,iends, it's good to remember rehers who are alone. for them, this may not be "the most wonderful time of the year," and as roxana saberi shows us, it's good to share love and cheer with a lonely friend. >> well, since my mother passed 20 years ago, i've had every christmas on my own, and you do 2el it very much. >> reporter: on the bbc
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breakfast show, 78-year-old terrence admitted, it's not easy celebrating the holidays alone. it what would this day be like? >> you'd make yourself a sandwich, and you'd just, well, watch television. >> if you're out there and you can help terrence get a levistmas tree, decorate your u'use, would you like that? >> yes. tr reporter: yes? we'll sort that for you to make sure this christmas is a great one. >> thank you. >> reporter: the response came quickly. >> well, hello! what are you doing here? >> hello, terrence. tel dan walker from the telly. n.ce to see you again. ad made you a promise. can we come in? ai yeah, of course, you can. >> it broke our hearts today rhen you said christmas day for you was making a sandwich for yourself. ny well, it was, and it was like that for many years. >> and you're not the only one, are you? >> no, i'm not. >> and not just people from older generations, lots of people are lonely for christmas. >> there are hundreds like me, and it shouldn't be. it shouldn't be. >> which we promised to sort out for you. >> reporter: moments later, the
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holiday spirit arrived at his aont door. e, terrence, could i introduce you these lovely people who have come to see you from oldham college? >> reporter: students from a local college came bearing gifts. >> how are you, sir? good evening. >> reporter: then, they did more... >> come out here, terrence. >> reporter: ...singing his famous christmas carol. ( singing "silent night" ) >> thank you. >> reporter: this christmas, terrence says, he won't be alone. a reminder-- small acts of kindness can be the biggest gift. ♪ sleep in heavenly peace te reporter: roxana saberi, cbs news, london. ♪ sleep in heavenly peace >> garrett: togetherness, mending a broken heart.
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>> on behalf of the west virginia army national guard stationed here in kuwait, we would like to wish everybody ulck home a... >> merry christmas and happy new year! >> garrett: on tomorrow's "cbs evening news," we'll show you how a group of prisoners are getting a second act by performing theater. and that's tonight's "cbs evening news." for norah o'donnell, i'm major garrett, in washington. for all of us here at cbs news, merry christmas, and good night. or captioning sponsored by cbs ss captioned by media access group at wgbh
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right now on 7:00. despise the bullet just came to our house, we saw basically the bullet fly through our eyes. >> bullets fly through a bay area neighborhood during a holloway party sending a young boy to the hospital and why neighbors aren't surprised by the violence. is a deadly tragedy at the national park in the bay area, after massive trees topple over hikers. what may have triggered this freak accident. from hail to snow to lightning, mother nature delivering wild weather this christmas in the bay area. kpix5 news at 7:00, gunfire erupts during christmas eve celebration sending a young bay area boy to the hospital. good evening and merry christmas. >> it happened last night near ohio and mariposa streets. da lin is at oakland children's hospital without the boy is


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