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captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: breaking news tonight: deadly storm system. powerful tornadoes and torrential rains slam the south. ( sirens ). >> oh, ( bleep ). >> o'donnell: toppling trees into traffic, destroying homes and flooding neighborhoods. at least three dead tonight, more than 100,000 without power. unapologetic: the president celebrates his acquittal at a white house pep rally, praising his allies and unloading on his enemies. >> it was dirty cops. it was leakers and liars. >> o'donnell: tonight the speaker of the house firing back. stranded by the virus: thousands quarantined on two cruise ships, including hundreds of americansf chin the f bab born with coronavirus is delivered. where are they?
>> reporter: why don't you give us answers? >> o'donnell: the mother of two missing children in idaho refusing to say if they're safe. why is she in hawaii with her new husband? and what did police find in this storage unit thousands of miles away? booster seat danger: the crash test video now raising questions for using the seats for small children. could one little girl's horrific injury been prevented? what every parent needs to know. cliff hangers: they were dream homes on lake michigan so why are they now hanging in the balance? the new health alert for pregnant women: how your blood pressure right now could affect you for years to come. and out of this world: she made history soaring above the atmosphere. tonight, an american astronaut
there are reports tonight of 10 tornadoes in the carolinas after dozens hit mississippi and alabama wednesday. at least three people have been killed, more than 100,000 customers are without power. and states of emergency have been declared in parts of virginia, west virginia, and north carolina. tonight, everyone who lives near rivers and lakes in the tennessee valley is being warned to prepare for flooding. janet shamlian leads us off tonight from spartanburg, south carolina. >> reporter: man versus mother nature, a tornado at the door in spartanburg, south carolina. >> oh, ( bleep )! >> reporter: strong storms tearing across the southeast today, damaging winds overturned 18-wheelers, toppling billboards, and taking down weped right through the roof of these apartments. >> it is bad. oh, god, it's bad over there. i mean, it's trees pulled up from the root and just thrown.
i mean, they on top of buildings. >> reporter: in north carolina, air traffic controllers were forced to evacuate the tower at the charlotte airport. at schools in the danger zone, students sheltered in hallways. the storms first slammed mississippi, a tornado there cutting an eight-mile path. another twister in alabama, more homes in pieces. so far, three deaths from the storm, including a tennessee teacher after a tree fell on a bus. in georgia, fierce winds downed a large tree on to one of atlanta's busiest interstates. beyond tornadoes, rising floodwaters damaged homes in tennessee, swamped roads in kentucky, and in south carolina, fire crews rescued people as rivers overflowed. here in spartanburg, trees like this 100-year-old oak are down all over town. and this one split a home in two, fortunately, the family who lives here was not here at the time.
they were down the street at another home where they took shelter. neighbors say there was very little warning. norah. >> o'donnell: all right, janet, stay safe out there. thank you. president trump took a victory lap today just one day after his acquittal by the senate, holding up headlines from newspaper whose subscriptions he said he would cancel and mixing shout- outs to supporters and put-downs of his enemies. ben tracy reports tonight from the white house. >> reporter: president trump entered the east room filled with his supporters and claimed victory, but also painted himself as a victim. >> we went through hell unfairly, did nothing wrong. >> reporter: he then aired three years' worth of grievances. >> it was dirty cops. it was leakers and liars. russia, russia, russia. it was all bull( bleep ). >> reporter: the president was not contrite. he did not apologize except to his family. >> for having them have to go
through a phony, rotten deal by some very evil and sick people. >> reporter: the hour-long, largely unscripted performance was a stark contrast to bill clinton's less-than-two-minute- long speech after his acquittal in 1999. >> i want to say again to the american people how profoundly sorry i am. >> reporter: today was about presidential payback, aimed at mr. trump's political opponents. >> adam schiff is a vicious, horrible person. nancy pelosi is a horrible person. >> reporter: on the other end of pennsylvania avenue, the speaker returned the favor. >> he's impeached forever, no matter what he says or whatever headlines he wants to carry around. >> reporter: president trump is also not hiding his contempt for mitt romney, the only republican senator who voted to convict. >> my faith is at the heart of who i am. >> reporter: this morning, president trump questioned that at the national prayer breakfast. >> i don't like people who use
their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong. >> reporter: in his speech today, president trump also railed against the in investigations into his 2016 campaign. attorney general bill barr was here at the white house for that speech. he now says any investigations into the 2020 candidates have to be approved by him. norah. >> o'donnell: all right, ben, thank you. well, tonight another group of americans is heading home from the outbreak zone in china. about 250 evacuees will arrive in san antonio, texas, tomorrow. 70 others are going to omaha, nebraska. they'll be quarantined on military bases for two weeks getting checked for that deadly coronavirus. there's also an update tonight about those americans infected aboard a cruise ship. ramy inocencio has the new details. >> reporter: tonight, three americans are among 20 passengers who have tested positive for coronavirus on a luxury cruise ship off the coast
of japan. they were seen being escorted off the "diamond princess" cruise liner to be taken to a mainland hospital for treatment. they were among 3,700 passengers on lockdown, some of whom have posted video of what it's like on board-- masked health workers, virtually deserted public spaces. one passenger called the ship "a floating luxury prison." looking at nearly two more weeks confined to her cabin, trudy clement is unsettled. >> apparently we're going to be allowed out to stretch our legs tomorrow, but we are being supervised when we do that, and we only can go to a certain area of the ship, and we must mask up. >> reporter: clement says she feels like an alien. >> we look down off the balcony and we see all these people-- masked, gowned, gloves-- and it's just like the people who deliver food to our room. you open the door and you feel like e.t. at the end of the movie. >> reporter: in china, one of the doctors who sounded the alarm about coronavirus died today of the illness.
meanwhile, two newborns, one barely 30 hours old, have been diagnosed with the virus. and here in hong kong, another 4,000 people have been quarantined on this ship, "the world dream" over the past two days. now, that's after more than 30 crew members complained of feeling sick. we're waiting on final test results. norah. >> o'donnell: all right, ramy, thank you. well, we thought by tonight we would know who won iowa's caucuses, but the results were delayed even further when the chairman of the democratic national committee called for a recanvas, or a review of the vote. tonight, ed o'keefe has the candidates' reaction. >> thank you all for being here. >> reporter: with iowa democrats under pressure to count the votes again, senator bernie sanders called the delay unfair and an outrage before claiming victory in the caucus. >> we are now ahead by over 2,500 votes. >> reporter: that's in the popular vote. pete buttigeig has claimed victory based on his lead in state delegates.
>> reporter: why not let iowa finish counting first before declaring victory? >> given the fact that we have waited three days, and now there's the talk of another recount, maybe we might want the decision of the iowa caucus before the november election. >> reporter: and it's call for a recanvas the chairman of the democratic national committee tweeted, "enough is enough," and said it was necessary to ensure public confidence in the results. the iowa democratic party said it's ready to move forward if it gets a request from a presidential campaign. meanwhile, sanders announced he raised $25 million in january, more than any other democratic candidates raised in the entire. and a new poll shows sanders ahead in new hampshire with buttigieg second. >> new hampshire is new hampshire, and new hampshire is not the kind of place to let iowa or anybody else tell you what to do. >> reporter: a recanvas of the iowa results is unlikely because no campaign has requested one. meanwhile, here in new hampshire today, state officials went to great lengths to assure residents nothing like what happened in iowa will happen
here next tuesday on primary day. norah. >> o'donnell: all right, we'll be there. thank you, ed. a new investigation is raising serious questions about the safety of a popular booster car seat for children. video obtained by the investigative website "propublica" shows a dummy being violently tossed around during a side crash test. they found one company marketed its booster seats for children who experts worry may be too small to be fully protected in such crashes. kris van cleave has one family's story. >> reporter: jillian brown was about to start kindergarten in 2016 when her world changed. her parents, jay and lyndsay: >> the first thing i did was look back to... to see-- to check on the girls. >> reporter: lyndsay was driving her daughters, jillian and samantha, to daycare when they were hit on the driver's side. jillian was in an evenflo big kids booster seat but was internally decapitated, paralyzed from the neck down in the crash. now a ventilator keeps her
alive. the browns are now suing evenflo, but the company says jillian's booster performed as designed and the injuries were primarily due to the severity of the crash and/or driver error. her booster meets or exceeds federal standards and was side- impact crash tested, but there's no federal standard for that test, and videos of evenflo's crash tests obtained by "propublica" show booster seats passing, even though the child- sized test dummy is tossed about. dr. ben hoffman reviewed the videos. >> i think the word they used to describe them initially was "horrific." human beings just aren't built to survive that amount of movement. >> reporter: a car seat with a harness fares better in the crash test. the dummy largely stays in place. in the booster seat, the dummy slips out of the seat belt's shoulder restraint. during depositions obtained by "propublica," evenflo employees explained the only way to fail the company's crash test is if the dummy falls completely out of the seat or if the seat itself breaks. >> evenflo touted its side-
impact test as something that was rigorous. the test was anything but rigorous. >> reporter: just months before jillian's accident, evenflo changed the height and weight requirement in the owner's manual, raising the minimum weight from at least 30 pounds to a minimum of 40. the company did not notify customers like the browns already using the seats because evenflo says there was no safety impact with that change. jillian weighed just under 37 pounds at the time of the crash. evenflo declined our request for an on-camera interview but says they are a pioneer in side- impact testing and provide safe, effective and affordable products and they do comply with all federal standards which do allow selling booster seats to kids 30 pounds and up. >> o'donnell: look at those pictures. that is such an important warning for parents. thank you, kris. some alarming news today for millions who live along the great lakes. the army corps of engineers says three of the five lakes-- michigan, huron, and superior-- broke january records for water
levels and as dean reynolds reports, all that water is now forcing many with waterfront property into a battle to save their homes. >> reporter: the other day, tish gancer looked out on the waters of lake michigan, the final resting place of her house. built by her grandfather, most of her lake-front cottage fell off a cliff on new year's eve, leaving only a bit of foundation. >> i just can't believe how much of it is gone. i'm not a rich person. and i really don't know how i'm going to get out of this. >> there's 10- to 14-foot waves out here. >> reporter: nick bonstell, the director of the ottawa county emergency management team, noted that the lakes were at or near their lowest point as recently as 2013. >> nobody has seen how quick and how much property has been lost in such a short amount of time with this type of erosion. >> reporter: across the great lakes, the inundation has been accompanied by more frequent and intense storms that have
stripped away the sandy base of beachfront homes. >> there are so many wonderful memories. >> reporter: rita alton lives in manistee, michigan. >> sorry. >> reporter: her nearly-70-year- old home lies a few feet from disaster, a third of a mile of her property has already washed away. >> i'm just sitting here waiting for the rest to go down. >> reporter: a desperate effort by homeowners is now under way to move their houses away from the approaching cliffs or build stone barriers to retain the shifting sands below. >> there's not many options. it's basically do this or lose your home. >> reporter: the last two years were the wettest in more than a century for the great lakes, virtually ensuring another season of unusually high water levels that could turn dream homes into nightmares. dean reynolds, cbs news, montague, michigan. >> o'donnell: that is such a nightmare. thank you, dean. there is still much more news ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news."
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inside, children's clothes, bikes, photos, and a backpack, all reportedly belonging to j.j. and tylee. at one point, the man is seen leaving with a heavy tote bag. rich robertson is a private investigator working with j.j.'s grandparents. >> if they had expected the kids to be coming home soon, why would that stuff be in the storage? on the other hand, if they didn't think the kids were ever coming back, why keep it? >> reporter: another piece of the puzzle, the million-dollar life insurance policy on vallow's ex-husband charles. police say he was killed by lori vallow's brother, who then died under suspicious circumstances. also under investigation, the recent death of daybell's ex- wife. the couple denies any wrongdoing. investigators, including the f.b.i. have not made any arrest. >> you can't bring people to justice if all you have are suspicious coincidences. you have to have evidence. >> reporter: and at this point, it's unclear if any d.n.a.
evidence was gathered from this site. police tell me they're now looking into the family's travel history. so far it's been five months, and there has been no clear sign of life or death. norah. >> o'donnell: what a story, jonathon. thank you. a warning tonight for women who have had high blood pressure and pre-eclampsia during pregnancy. researchers at rutgers found women who were diagnosed with high blood pressure during their first pregnancy were four times more likely to suffer a heart attack or cardiovascular death later in life. doctors suggest all women with pre-eclampsia should be treated for up to five years after giving birth. up next, what's it like to walk in space? america's record-setting astronaut just back on earth tells us all abot. america's record-setting astronaut just back on earth tells us all about it.
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all-- a celebration of an extraordinary moment. >> christina, welcome home. >> reporter: christina koch made history after 328 consecutive ays in space. 328 consecutive >> and liftoff. >> reporter: the most ever by a female astronaut. her 139 million-mile mission... >> i see the connectors on the left. >> reporter: ...included the first-ever all-female spacewalk. >> the view i had was straight down a solar array. it was like looking at a skyscraper facing down onto earth and it was the most amazing thing i had ever seen. >> reporter: the 41-year-old astronaut's work in orbit will give researchers insight into how weightlessness affects the female body. >> and i think definitely the thing i'm going to miss the most is being able to do this whenever i want. microgravity is a lot of fun. >> reporter: among the other, lighter moments, there were karaoke nights and pizza party with the crew. >> i'm going to need you to move a little closer to me. >> reporter: christina koch, a trailblazer. >> if you do what scares you, you might find just how much you're capable of.
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