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york. breaking news. the french identify the terror suspects. the hunt is on for three men who attacked the offices of a french magazine that lampoon radical is lams. fire and ice, mark strassmann and jamie yuccas on the battle to stay warm on the coldest night of the new year. dr. jon lapook with a potential breakthrough against the scourge of drug-resistant infections. and jim axelrod on cartoonists around the world taking on the terrorists with pen and ink. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
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>> pelley: good evening. late today, french authorities identified suspects wanted in the massacre this morning at the offices of a satirical magazine in paris. all are frenchmen. brothers in their early 30s are well known to police. 18-year-old hamyd moordad is described as a homeless man. 10 journalists were killed when two gunmen opened fire with machine guns during an editorial meeting at charlie hebdo which translates charlie weekly, charlie from charlie brown from the peanuts strip which ran in the magazine. two police officers were killed. the magazine lampooned all religions. the magazine called for the resignation of the editor after years of the prophet muhammad.
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liz palmer. >> reporter: good evening scott. well, the two brothers, you mentioned there were two brothers. french media are reporting the i.d. card of one of the men was in the freak. one had been arrested in 2005 for recruiting fighters to go to iraq. the french media are also saying both of them were in syria fighting this summer which may be the presently prelude to today's brazen attack. first a volley of automatic gunfire. then the man shouts "get down!" and a pedestrian frantically dpiefs for cover. journalists fled to the rooftop for safety and looked on in horror. witnesses said the shooting at the magazine's offices lasted
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from between 5 and 10 minutes. after it was over, the two masked gunmen spotted a police officer on the sidewalk and opened fire. then they executed him at point-blank range. you can hear one of them shout "this is to avenge the prophet muhammad!" on the way back to their car apparently relaxed and confident, one even bent to pick up a lost shoe before they sped off. police later found the consider abandoned less than a mile away. at the scene of the massacre, ambulance crews did their best for the injured and took the dead away from a neighborhood in deep shock. journalists from a neighboring office tried to help. >> it was a very horrific scene with everything broken inside and many bodies inside.
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>> reporter: among those gunned down some of the most famous names in french publishing. charlie hebdo had taken aim with provocative cartoons and comics. this morning poked fun at the militant group icecies. over the years it's cost them. in 2011, their offices were fire bombed and their editor had full-time police protection. french president francois hollande called the shooting an act of exceptional barry exceptional barbarity and said the shooters would be hunted down no matter how long it took. there's a massive intelligence operation. thousands of french citizens joined vigil in sympathy of the victim of the massacre and also to show they won't be intimidated by what they see as an attack on freedom of expression. >> pelley: liz, we are just getting word of a major french police action in a town outside
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paris. what do you know about that? >> reporter: well, the youngest of the three suspects was actually registered at a college in this city about 100 miles away. 50 to 100 anti-terrorist police including snipers are searching the area. there has been no shooting yet no arrests as far as we know, but there is definitely a major operation going on as we speak. >> pelley: still unclear what it means. liz palmer reporting from paris tonight. we don't know if this attack was directed by al quaida or the i.s.i.s. terrorist group but tonight clarissa ward tells us both had put a bullseye on france. >> reporter: in a video released by i.s.i.s. just days ago, a french jihadi in syria issued a chilling order. blow up france and tear it down to pieces, he said. do it with a stone or a knife or
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whatever you can get your hands on. there is no evidence i.s.i.s. is blind today's massacre but it is a message that clearly has been embraced. in the past month there have been three attacks here by islamic radicals including two where militants drove cars into crowds of people shouting allahu al akbar and wounding at least 20. hundreds of military officers were sent to patrol streets and beef up security. there's concern that the spike in attacks may be a response to france's support of the u.s.-led air strikes against i.s.i.s. hundreds of french citizens have traveled to syria and iraq to join the jihad. france has a long history of dealing with islamic extremism. in toulouse, there was a
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shooting with a long stand off with police, revenge for french military action overseas. in 2012, it was france that spearheaded operations against al quaida fighters threatening to overrun the capital. another i.s.i.s. videos shows french fighters burning their passports. as long as you continue bombing they warned, you will never find peace. >> pelley: went to sirria many times and you've spoken with many ofo the europeans fighting there. what are they saying about this attack today? >> reporter: well, scott i've spoken to several jihadies in syria tonight. all of them told me they are not surprised by today's attack. one of them said he knows of many i.s.i.s. fighters who have come back to europe and that he expects to see more attacks like this one. another one told me simply for
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insulting our beloved prophet those people deserve to die. >> pelley: clarissa ward in paris. thank you. condemnation of the attack came from, among others, the arab league and council on american islamic relations a muslim civil rights group. president obama called the attack cowardly and evil. he telephoned french president hollande to offer american condolences and help. >> our thoughts and prayers are with the families who have been lost in france and for those who carried out the attacks ultimately they will be forgotten and we will stand with the people of france. >> pelley: michael morell is a former number two at the c.i.a., now our senior security contributor at cbs news. in recent weeks we had the islamic extremists shoot up shot in sydney, australia.
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before that the attack in parliament in ottawa, canada. how is today different from the attacks? >> two things stand out to me in terms of what's different. one is the attacks you mentioned were lone individuals. this was obviously three individuals. this makes this a conspiraciy. it's much more difficult to carry out a conspiracy with multiple individuals than it is to do a lone attack. so that's one difference. the other difference, to me is the sophistication of this attack, of the planning it took, the way it was carried out in military style is very, very different than what we saw in the other attacks. >> pelley: we have a picture of a french police car. you can see the bullet holes in the windshield are grouped tightly together. what does that tell you. >> this, again, tells me this is a sophisticated attack and tells me at least one of the individuals, the individual that fired that weapon, had some sort
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of military training. >> pelley: because they knew what they were doing. who do you think this is at this early point? i.s.i.s. or al quaida? >> we don't have any links at this point between these three individuals and al quaida or i.s.i.s. if i were to guess scott i would suggest this points more to al quaida than i.s.i.s. why would i say that? al quaida has been very focused on media outlets that have lampooned the prophet muhammad. >> these three men are still on the loose. what is the concern? >> the big concern is whrornd they would conduct additional attacks before captured. but what usually happens in these kind of situations, scott, is these kind of individuals hold up, barricade themselves and go out in a blaze of glory. >> pelley: so could be more violence ahead. >> yes. >> pelley: what does this say about security in the united
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states? >> what this says is that we increasingly need to worry about attacks against soft target, what are considered soft targets. soft targets are where there is not a lot of security. increasingly, we're seeing terrorist focus on softer targets because the harder targets are getting more difficult. >> pelley: michael morell, former number two of the c.i.a. thanks very much again. >> you're welcome. >> pelley: four of the dead were well-known political cartoonists and we were taken today by the reaction of other cartoonists to the attack on their colleagues. one compared it to 9/11, reimagining the twin towers as twin pencils. we'll have a look at the car tubes later on in the broadcast. the other story is severe weather in this country. at least three killed and 30 injured in a 17-vehicle pileup on interstate 80 in western pennsylvania.
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heavy snow had cut visibility to zero. folks in milwaukee bundled up against temperatures in the negative 20s. a steam pipe burst in trenton new jersey, where it felt like 5 degrees. 203 million americans live in places where the mercury tonight will be 20 degrees or lower. we have two reports beginning with jamie yuccas of minneapolis station wcco. >> another day another round of below-zero wind chills in grand marais, minnesota, where it was minus 54 degrees. after hundreds of accidents in the last few days, they're monitoring several hundred cameras planted around the twin cities at the state's regional transportation center. brian kary is an engineer. >> we have the black ice that causes slippery conditions and spinouts. >> reporter: same here after chain reaction crashes due to whiteout conditions.
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in chicago where wind chills were nines 21 degrees, firefighters battled this house fire with icicles on their uniform. >> when you get ice, it gives you a shell so your body temperature stays warmer. >> reporter: the arctic chill sweeps from minus 41 in duluth, minnesota to minus 12 in meadeville, paar pa. eric fisher. >> the worst is on its way. heading out tomorrow morning will be as cold as last december. >> reporter: david janowiec is part of the crew building ice rinks for pond hockey and bundled in five layers. >> i love it. this is what i live for. >> reporter: really? yeah, the colder and no exaggeration, there's something about the cold weather i just can't get over. i love it. >> reporter: love it or leave it the temperature here in minneapolis will get above zero tomorrow, at the same time other parts of the state could see
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blizzard-like conditions. so winter definitely not over just yet. my colleague, mark strassmann, is in memphis tennessee now where it's also below average. >> this street is virtually deserted and with good reason. a frosty forecast, overnight low of 8 and wind chill of zero. andrew pride has been working construction in memphis since 1981 and can remember few days this frigid. >> got to be wrapped up tight. if you ain't wrapped up tight you will be cold. (knocking) >> reporter: volunteers with the shelby county sheriff's office checked on the elderly to make sure they had heat in. south carolina with temperatures in the teens farmers covered crops to protect them from frost. much of the south today felt like a freezer. it was 4 degrees in nashville 9 degrees in oklahoma city and 13 degrees in atlanta. with that bitter cold, school
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systems have delayed or canceled classes tomorrow in parts of tennessee, mississippi and alabama. scott, tomorrow's low here will be around 22. it's warmer but still plenty cold. >> pelley: mark strassmann and jamie yuccas thanks very much. today saw the biggest break yet in the airasia crash investigation. the tale of the a-320 jet was found in the java sea. the cockpit voice and data recorders are in the tail and may contain clues into what caused the crash december 28 which killed 162 people. researchers are a step closer to developing super drugs to fight super bugs. and the champ is winning his latest battle when the "cbs evening news" continues. and then one day you tap the bumper of a station wagon. no big deal... until your insurance company jacks up your rates. you freak out.
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>> pelley: bacteria that cannot be stopped by antibiotics are called super bugs and every year they claim thousands of lives. well tonight, dr. jon lapook reports on a powerful new antibiotic that could be a game changer. believe it or not, it's grown in dirt. >> today's research offers a one-two punch in the search for new antibiotics. a different way of finding them and the discovery of one teixobactin, that makes antibiotic resistance unlikely. kim lewis led a team of scientists at northwestern university. >> my guess is if resistance is
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going to develop, it will take more than 30 years for it to occur. >> overuse of antibiotics has led to drug resistant bacteria in at least 2 million americans a year killing at least 23,000. most antibiotic are produced by bacteria found in the soil but only about #% of these organisms can be grown in the laboratory. >> we did something very different. instead of trying to figure out in a petri dish, we grow them in a natural environment. >> reporter: they place the bacteria directly in the soil isolating 50,000 different specimens which made 25 new antibiotics. one, teixobactin effectively killed certain drug resistant bacteria including mrsa, c. difficile and tuberculosis. the mutationings that cause bacteria to become resistant
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doesn't seem to affect how teixobactin works. lewis says this may lead to a whole new approach. >> the dogma under which we operate is bacteria will always rapidly develop rapid resistance, that may be incorrect. >> reporter: professor lewis says human trials could begin in two to three years. if all goes well, could be five to six years before a new antibiotic drug could be commercially available. >> pelley: good news. we'll check the oil oil and stock markets when we come back. when the flu hits, it's a really big deal. the aches. the chills. the fever. an even bigger deal?
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>> pelley: the price of oil bounced back today up 72 cents to $48.65, but analysts believe it hasn't hit bottom. stock prices rallied the dow up more than 200 points. the f.b.i. is investigating a bombing outside the naacp office in colorado springs. the explosion yesterday shook the building but nobody was hurt. a can of gasoline next to the bomb did not ignite. mohammed ali is back tonight after three weeks in the hospital. he had a urinary tract infection. he's been battling parkinson's for years. he turns 73 next week. up next, the cartoonists take on
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the terrorists.
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cartoonists, we found out today the response will be a flood of cartoons drawn with sharp satire and stunning speed. two pencils positioned unmistakably as the next twin towers. he drew first from a cartoonist in australia ridiculing the mindset of the murderers. weapons of mass creation detailing the resilience of those fighting back. bob mankoff is the car tube editor of the the "new yorker" magazine. >> it's a terrible day for what happened to these people. it's a defining moment for what you believe in in terms of cartoons and humor. so in that way, i think something important comes out of this tragedy now. so the cartoonists have not died in vain, really. >> reporter: the message spreading fastest today? this was an attack on freedom everywhere. in the hours right after the shooting, the hash tag
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#jesusischarlie flew around the globe striking back. >> these poem whose only weapons were jokes were killed by real weapons. >> reporter: perhaps the most powerful post was this instagram. the empty desk of one of those killed posted by his daughter. dad is gone, it reads. no cartoon just a heart-breaking snapshot of real life. jim axelrod cbs news, new york. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at "cbs evening news" all around the world good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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