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voters in wisconsin after an eventful state of the union address. severe weather threat. thunderstorms, flash flooding, and possible tornadoes sweeping through the south. two children killed, six injured, when a bus crashes into the building. tonight, what happened to the driver. super bowl super security. an inside look at what it takes to protect one of the world's biggest events. and our new series you won't want to miss, "living well." tonight, the author who says he has unlocked the secret to living a longer life. ♪ ♪ >> announcer: this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. >> norah: good evening to our viewers in the west and thank you for joining us on this wednesday night. tonight, president biden is taking his message directly to voters, one day after delivering his state of the union address to a combative crowd of
republican lawmakers. the president's trip to the battleground state of wisconsin is a kickoff of what's expected to be his 2024 reelection bid. plus tonight, we've got our exclusive interview tonight with the secretary of defense lloyd austin. you're going to want to hear what he says about that chinese spy balloon and why he was concerned about america's nuclear arsenal. but first, the death toll continues to rise across turkey and syria. at this hour, surpassing 12,000 since monday's massive earthquake. the w.h.o. warning tonight that number could reach 20,000 killed. at least three u.s. citizens are among the dead. rescue teams are digging through rubble of collapsed buildings, bucket by bucket, in a desperate search for survivors. cbs's chris livesay is going to start us off tonight from the disaster zone in turkey. good evening, chris. >> reporter: good evening, norah. rescuers are sleeplessly peeling back the 14 stories of apartment building that came crashing down behind me.
so far, none of the 28 families who lived here have been found alive, but these bulldozers and cranes are not giving up. sometimes, bottle caps are more powerful than bulldozers. like for little muhammed, who spent two days buried alive. yet, for every muhammed, there is also a gulcin, a young woman once engaged to marry yunus. he weeps. and he is not alone. inside a gymnasium the earthquake turned into a morgue. just as it turns this apartment building into a mausoleum. some 90 people were sleeping inside when it collapsed. rescuers call for silence. they listen for signs of life. their hopes are dashed, for now, says gunay akis. she hasn't slept since her sister went missing beneath the rubble, along with her husband
and two children. if you could tell your sister and her family something right now, what would you tell them? "i would hug them and tell them i love them," she says. "i still have hope." international help is on the way, including american search and rescue teams, who arrived here today, the u.s. ambassador to turkey, jeff flake, tells us. >> it's 161, in terms of personnel. 12 dogs, and a lot of equipment, about 170,000 pounds of equipment. so, it is a big group there. big guys. and ready to help. >> reporter: they are setting up camp at the remote corners of turkeys earthquake zone, where survivors are desperate for aid. and even more desperate in syria, already reeling from war and the refugee crisis. the only road the u.n. authorizes to carry supplies from turkey to syria is now mangled by the earthquake. the search and rescue effort continues behind me, and it
could not be more urgent. the first three days after an earthquake offer the best opportunity for finding survivors, and the sun has just set on day three. norah. >> norah: chris livesay, thank you so much for your reporting. we want to turn now to explosive new details about what the pentagon today described as a global surveillance program run out of china. u.s. intelligence officials say that that chinese balloon shot down off the coast of south carolina is part of a larger spying effort by the chinese military that has been going on for years, spanning five continents. cbs's david martin is at the pentagon with an exclusive interview with defense secretary lloyd austin. >> reporter: the shootdown happened on live tv. now, thanks to an amateur radio scanner, we know what the pilots were saying to each other. >> that is a t-kill. the balloon is completely destroyed. >> what appears to be metal chaff cloud.
metal breaking apart. >> reporter: immediately after the shootdown, defense secretary lloyd austin tried to call his chinese counterpart to explain. >> i put in a request for a call, and they did not accept that request. >> reporter: speaking publicly for the first time about the chinese balloon, austin told cbs news his biggest worry was it would spy on u.s. nuclear forces located at bases across the country. >> all of our strategic assets, we made sure were buttoned down and movement was limited, so that we didn't expose any capability unnecessarily. >> reporter: by strategic assets, you mean the nuclear force. >> mm-hmm. >> reporter: it was part of a fleet of spy balloons based on the island of hainan, which had been over the u.s. at least since 2019, when one circumnavigated the globe. >> there were three incidents a couple years ago that balloons over flew parts of the u.s. >> reporter: which parts?
>> there were parts of texas and florida that the balloon flew over. >> reporter: in february of last year, a balloon was spotted over the hawaiian islands, and jet fighters scrambled to inspect it. last week, this balloon was spotted over costa rica. turns out, chinese balloons have been violating airspace all over the world, much of the time without anyone noticing. until last week, when everybody noticed. secretary austin said the navy has recovered the parts of the balloon that were on the surface and has mapped out the debris field of pieces of cameras and antennas that are lying on the ocean floor. he expects it will take days to bring them all up. norah. >> norah: david martin with that exclusive interview. david, thank you. tonight, we have an update on that toxic train wreck, as residents along the ohio-pennsylvania border can finally return home five days after being evacuated. toxic chemicals spilled during a train derailment, forcing officials to conduct a controlled burn that released a
cloud of fumes into the air. authorities say they haven't detected dangerous levels inside or outside the evacuation zone, and water samples show the area is now safe. well, today, president biden traveled to the battleground state of wisconsin to deliver on his promise of an economic progress to the state's blue-collar workers. it comes one day after his sometimes-rowdy state of the union address. cbs's weijia jiang has more. >> last night, i reported on the state of the union. it is strong. >> reporter: fresh off a fiery state of the union speech, president biden took his economic message to wisconsin, where he mocked republicans who heckled him tuesday night. >> marjorie taylor greene, another, stood up and said "liar, liar." reminds me of "liar, liar, house on fire." >> reporter: the president began last night's address by urginig congress to come together. >> speaker, i do not want to ruin your reputation but i look forward to working with you. >> reporter: but that civility quickly disappeared. house speaker kevin mccarthy
seen shushing members of his own party at least four times. >> order! >> reporter: republicans interrupted mr. biden when he talked about stopping fentanyl from being trafficked across the southern border. >> it's your fault. >> reporter: president biden also turned the tables. >> some republicans want medicare and social security to sunset. i am not saying it's a majority. [indistinct shouting] i'm glad you are seeing -- i enjoy conversion, as we all apparently agree. social security and medicare is off the books now, right? [applause] >> reporter: today, republican don bacon said he wants to see more decorum from both parties. >> i think many people went overboard. >> reporter: there was agreement when the president recognized the parents of tyre nichols, who died after five police officers beat him. >> but what happened to tyre in memphis happens too often. let's come together to finish
the job on police reform. >> reporter: the night began on a dramatic note. cameras caught utah republican mitt romney scolding new york congressman george santos for attending the address. >> but he shouldn't be there, and if he had any shame at all, he wouldn't be there. >> i think it's reprehensible that the senator would say such a thing to me and the demeaning way he said it. it wasn't very mormon of him. >> reporter: in the republican response to president biden, arkansas governor sarah huckabee sanders argued he is unfit for the job and said that the choice between the right and the left is really the choice between normal and crazy. tomorrow, the president heads to florida, another battleground state, as he prepares to launch that reelection campaign. norah. >> norah: weijia jiang at the white house, thank you so much. well, turning overseas, ukrainian president volodymyr zelenskyy made a surprise visit to london today, urging britain and its allies to send ukraine warplanes to fight off russia's invasion. zelenskyy called the requested combat jets "wings of freedom," suggesting that they could help
change the course of the war and history. >> we know russia will lose. and we really know the victory, the victory will change the world. and this will be a change that the world has long needed. >> norah: zelenskyy also met with king charles before heading to paris to meet with the leaders of france and germany. want to turn now to a frightening situation for kids and parents, a bus driver was arrested today following a deadly crash at a day care center near montreal, canada. two 4-year-old children were killed and six other kids rushed to the hospital after the city bus plowed into the building. a witness said the 51-year-old driver stepped out of the bus, ripped off his clothes, and started screaming. he is facing charges, including murder and attempted murder. now to an inside look at one of the highest-profile national security events of the year, the super bowl. local, state, and federal agencies have kicked off an intensive, coordinated plan to
keep the highly-anticipated game safe. it's a 24/7 job, and cbs's kris van cleave got a bird's-eye view. >> reporter: onboard the eye in the sky, flying just 400 feet above state farm stadium. customs and border protection is keeping watch as an estimated million people flock to phoenix ahead of super bowl sunday. >> what does the helicopter give you that you guys on the ground don't have? >> allows them to have that speed to be able to get from one spot to the next. we are able to spot just the entire area around the nfl stadium, and check the areas, make sure everything stays safe. >> reporter: the area around the stadium will be off limits to other aircraft and drones. on the ground, 5 miles of fencing and 2 million pounds of concrete barriers are in place, manned by a small army of private security and police. at least two dozen agencies, local, state, and federal, are providing crews and resources. what is the level of concern around this weekend?
>> there are no specific credible threats against the super bowl that we are tracking. but we are vigilant 24 hours a day, seven days a week, regardless of the event. >> reporter: we were there as homeland security secretary alejandro mayorkas toured the stadium and met with some of the 600 dhs officers assigned to the event. >> we screen everything that comes into this stadium, not just the people, but the merchandise. the food, the concessions, we screen everything. >> reporter: teams are focused on cybersecurity, too, and others have already seized super bowl fakes. so far, from the air... >> really want to make sure this thing goes off without a hitch. >> reporter: things are looking pretty good. kris van cleave, cbs news, over glendale, arizona. >> norah: tonight, we begin our new series, "living well." we are looking into the secrets of not just living longer, but living healthier and happier lives. so, we went to an expert, dan buettner, to find out what
he has learned after decades of research. there's not just one trick to living longer, but dan buettner says the best place to start is in your kitchen. >> i calculate that the average american could live about six extra years if they went from a standard american diet to a plant-based diet. >> norah: you studied all of these people who reach 100, live very long lives. you have also found that they are living good lives, right? >> it turns out the same things that get you to a healthy age, 90 or 100, are the things that make us happy. having a sense of purpose. having a good social network. having health. these are the main drivers of happiness, and the drivers that will get you to age 100. [laughter] >> norah: buettner has traveled the globe in the search of the secret to a longer life. he found five communities with members who live well into old age, places known as blue zones. these groups of people that are living into their 100s, they have similar habits, right?
>> yes, it's remarkable. but they are eating mostly whole food, plant-based diet, the pillars, every longevity diet in the world are whole grains, greens, nuts, tubers, like sweet potatoes, and beans. >> norah: diet is the biggest factor, according to buettner. his new cookbook has 100 recipes that he promises can add ten years to your life. they are simple, and the ingredients are inexpensive. you also have talked about, in your books, about carbohydrates. but there are certain types of carbohydrates that we should be eating, correct? >> the word "carbohydrate" is the worst word in the nutritional vocabulary because on one hand, you have cookies and candy bars and sodas and those are simple carbohydrates and arguably the most toxic ingredients in our diet. but at the other end of the extreme, you have beans and nuts and grains, and those are the most healthy. that is the number one foodstuff for longevity. >> norah: buettner says it's important your food taste good, and even blue zone centenarians drink a little red wine every day.
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>> reporter: to beat the record that stood for 34 years, held by kareem abdul-jabbar, there last night watching it all. >> he planned it coming out of high school. came all the way through. he had talent and class and determination. >> reporter: james wasn't even born when jabbar broke wilt chamberlain's previous record in 1984. today, he congratulated the new record holder, writing, "when one person climbs higher than the last person, we all feel like we are capable of being more." >> everybody just put your drink up one time for king james. >> reporter: after the game, the nba star celebrated with his closest confidant. >> no one man or woman can accomplish it all by walking the journey alone. >> reporter: it's a journey that continues with the passing of the torch and another gem in king james' crown. carter evans, cbs news, los angeles. >> norah: and he has put in the work. congratulations. that is tonight's "cbs evening news." i am norah o'donnell.
good night. ♪ ♪ as you heard from nora, the search for survivors continues in turkey and syria where the difficulty continues to climb after monday's devastating earthquake. in the bay area a woman is on a mission to help those quake victims who lost everything. how she is trying to make sure critical supplies get where they are needed the most, and nothing is letting her down. >> i always wanted to call and ask if this would be an option. >> you talk them into it? >> i did. >> might one-on-one interview today with oakland police chief armstrong as he continues to fight for his job. how he is defending himself as we learn more about the report
that sidelined him. >> it was shocking to me, to be quite honest. shocking that someone would do an investigation like this, that, in my opinion was so biased. a popular massage chain facing a lawsuit after allegations that more than 20 women were assaulted by an employee. this is cbs news bay area, with juliette goodrich. >> good evening. we are learning new details about why oakland police chief armstrong was based on leave, as we get a first look at the independent report which was critical of the chief. oakland's newly elected mayor placed armstrong on paid administrative leave nearly 3 weeks ago after an outside law firm found the department mishandled a pair of misconduct cases. one case dealt with a hit and run. the other involved the same officer, who fired his gun in an elevator at oakland police headquarters. now, in one report that i saw,