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residents braced for yet another storm. scott pelley has that and all of the >> pelley: tonight frozen solid. flood waters from the nor-easter turn homes from iceboxes and wreck others. >> i never saw it. >> pelley: anna werner is in frigid new england. meteorologist eric fisher on the storm that's coming next. nancy cordes has the confirmation hearings for america's top law enforcement officials r official. and the best information for republicans? >> you're not eric holder are you? >> no, i'm not. >>.>> pelley: which cars are safest. and michelle miller with the men who took on jim crow. >> we were students tired of the status quo. >> pelley: today, a half century later, justice. >> we cannot rewrite history but we can write history.
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captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. there is as much as 3 feet of snow in parts of new england tonight. lunenburg, massachusetts, for one. boston is digging out out of two feet but there is also ice and flooding. hard hit is marshfield, massachusetts where we find anna werner. >> homes along the massachusetts coast set covered in ice heavy frozen layers that brought down power lines. crews worked all day to restore service, while plows cleared debris from snowy streets. the storm packing top winds of 60 miles an hour broke through concrete seawalls in the seaside towns of marshfield and scituate. >> this is where this part of the seawall blew out correct? >> that's right. >> reporter: joe rossi chairs
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a local citizens coalition and says the sea walls are vulnerable, 85% at least 50 years old. >> it's a ticking tame bomb. this is only a sample what if what could be widespread coastal infrastructure failure going forward. >> broken bones. >> reporter: tim mannix took a direct hit, he was left with the scars to show for it. >> i was pushing the table, the dining room table up against the scheider to, you know, get a little extra support and pow, got me right in the kisser. >> reporter: the impact broke several bones in his face and left him with more than a dozen stitches. his family home was destroyed. >> i'm trying to laugh it all off and get on with my life here but, you know, of course it hurts. of course it hurts. >> reporter: mannix doesn't know what he'll do about the house. he's just glad he was rescued. do you feel lucky?
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>> you better believe i'm lucky. i know it. >> reporter: governor charlie baker toured damaged areas. local officials are hoping for help from the state especially to repair seawalls. the local police chief says he expects repairing all the damage structures in town could take nearly two years. >> reporter: anna, thanks very much. flights from boston logan resumed. 8300 flights were canceled which had a ripple effect all across the country. there is still a lot of winter left, of course. eric fisher is our chief meteorologist at wbz our sister station in boston. >> friday morning, swinging into places like boston, new england becoming anotherstrong system heading into friday night, all wrapping up off the coast of new england o. snow tote outnot
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nearly what what we just dealt with. many saw 2-3 inches in the morning friday and friday night heavy snowfall in downey's main. some of the snow creeping into boston. t another system is sunday night into monday. little more uncertainty here, if it turns the corner and comes up the coast again there's going to be a significant storm, more snow. nowhere to put the. ♪ plus cold behind it. next week, first full one of february, temperatures again running well below average. scott, feeling a little bit like deja vu. we had a lot of these conversations last winter. >> pelley: eric, thank you. we had to show you this picture that caught our eye today from boston. there's no symbol of resilience like the marathon finish line. this man couldn't bear to see it covered. he treated it with reverence. we waited all day for word on a prisoner swap but didn't happen. the kingdom of jordan offered to
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trade a prisoner for a pilot and japanese hostage held by i.s.i.s. holly williams is following this. >> reporter: the fate of japanese journalist kenji goto is now intertwined with another i.s.i.s. hostage, mauth al-kasaesbah, a jordanian pilot whose plane crashed in syria during a bombing raid last month. i.s.i.s. vowed to execute both today unless jordan released sajida al-rishawi a death row prisoner caught after failing to detonate a suicide bomb in 2005. the militants offered to free the japanese reporter in return and to spare the rife of their jordanian hostage, though not to release him. in tokyo this morning, kenji goto's mother pleaded for her son's life. and in jordan, a small group of
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protesters led by the pilot's father urged the government to meet the extremist's demands. at the last minute just before the deadline set by i.s.i.s., jordan agreed to free al-rishawi, but only in exchange for its captured pilot. so far, there have been no public response from the militants. i.s.i.s. first threatened to execute kenji goto and another japanese hostage haruna yukawa a week ago demanding the $200 million in ransom. tonight, there's still no word on kenji goto and mauth al-kasaesbah. >> pelley: holly williams is joining us from northern iraq. holly, what does this woman have to do with i.s.i.s.? >> reporter: nothing that we know of, but she is from iraq's anbar province where i.s.i.s. is fighting for territory, so this could be an attempt by extremists to win hearts and
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mind. scott, enforcing jordan, which is a close u.s. ally, to agree to the release of a convicted terrorist, i.s.i.s. is sending a warning that it intends to punish any muslim government that stands against it. >> pelley: holly williams, thank you very much. in washington we heard today from the woman to become the top law enforcement officer in the land. loretta lynch appeared before the senate in hopes of becoming the next attorney general. she is a long-time federal prosecutor from new york. hear's nancy cordes. >> so help you god. i do. >> reporter: many of the questions lynch faced today were at her predecessor. not her. >> you're not eric holder, are you? >> no, i'm not, sir. >> reporter: over the past six years, republicans have clashed repeatedly with holder. >> i realize contempt is not a big deal to our attorney general -- >> you don't want to go there, okay? >> i don't want to go there? no. >> reporter: who they see as a legal rubber stamp for president
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obama's policies. alabama senator jeff sessions. >> you understand that on occasion you have to say no to the person who actually appointed you to the job and who you support? >> senator, i do understand that is in fact the role and the responsibility over of the attorney general. >> reporter: lynch is a harvard educated u.s. attorney who grew up in north carolina shortly after desegregation and was her high school's first black valedictorian. sitting behind lynch today were dozens of proud sorority sisters. >> i will always listen to your concerns because there's a great collective wisdom here. >> reporter: republicans liked that but did not like her take on the president's recent executive action granting legal status to some undocumented workers. louisiana's david vitter. >> i have a huge concern regarding what i think is the president's illegal, unconstitutional executive amnesty, and i have a huge concern of the fact that you
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think it is within the law. >> reporter: still lynch's confirmation does not appear to be in doubt. both sides praised her reputation and qualifications today, but it could take a while, scott. the judiciary committee may not vote till late february and the full senate needs to vote as well. >> pelley: thank you nancy. sometimes justice moves slowly and today a group of former students from friendship junior college in south carolina were cleared of convictions that dated back more than half a century back to when they challenged racial segregation. michelle miller now with heros of the civil rights movement. >> the defendant convictions fortress passing in january 1961 are vacated null, void and set aside. (applause) >> reporter: it took less than 30 minutes for circuit court judge john hayes to create a 54-year injustice. (applause) the last time the surviving members of the friendship nine now all in their '70s were in
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a courtroom together was in 1961. after a taking a seat at this segregated mccrory's store lunch counter. williw mccloud was one of them. >> when they drug us out of here, they carried us through the rear to the jailhouse in the back and put us in those cells. that was an awakening for us, for me, anyway. >> reporter: the sitting campaign which began in greens greensboro north carolina, a year before has spread across country. civil rights organizations were running low on bail money. so clarence graham and the rest of the college friends chose jail. so jail no bail, what did that mean? >> it meant that we were going to purposely allow ourselves to be arrested and not pay the fine. >> reporter: they were sentenced to 30 days of hard labor on a chain gaining. dub massey called ate badge of honor. >> we knew that eventually all
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of this would come to fruition, and we would have to be exonerated. >> reporter: you knew that? i knew that. good morning. >> reporter: apologies are already coming into the men. graham shared a meeting he had just yesterday with a local white woman. >> we talked a half hour. she said i'm so sorry. >> reporter: what is the lesson here? >> don't allow anybody to stop you from doing the right thing. >> reporter: scott the lawyer who represented these men back in 1961, he was inside the court today, standing right by their side, and the judge who cleared them this morning, he is the nephew of the judge who originally sentenced them. >> dr. king said the arc of the moral universe is long but bends towards justice. michelle miller reporting for us
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tonight, thanks. some notes on the economy today. the federal reserve says it won't raise interest rates because inflation is still below 2%. the government oles told us that 20% of american kids depend on food stamps. that's 60 million. before the great recession, it was 9 million. with sales at mcdonald's slipping don thompson is stepping down as c.e.o. to be replaced an senior cheskt vice president steve easter brooke. the u.s. and europe said it could face tougher economic sanction force whipping up new violence in ukraine. here's elizabeth palmer. >> reporter: the on again off again war in eastern ukraine is on again. and ukrainian soldiers are bracing for another major assault by pro-russian rebels after they were forced to retreat from donetsk airport last week. the war of words is on again,
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too. on monday russia's president vladimir putin described ukraine's army as a foreign legion implying n.a.t.o. soldiers had joined its ranks. nonsense said n.a.t.o. in fact, it's russia that sent soldiers to fight with the rebels. 9,000 of them, according to the ukrainian government. along with weapons including tanks and anti-aircraft systems so good the ukrainian air force hasn't been able to fly over the war zone for months. here's the front line with the pro-russian rebels now in control of ukraine's industrial heartland. analysts believe they also want the port of mariupol to consolidate what they're already calling their republic. last saturday morning missiles rained down on a suburb of mariupol killing 30 civilians, many elderly people out shopping. that morning pro-russian rebels had announced their assault on mariupol had begun then
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abruptly denied it as casualty figures started to climb and blamed the ukrainian army instead. what happens next scott depends on president vladimir putin who's already hurting from sanctions and the drop in oil prices. he may decide escalating this vicious little war is going to hurt him or, on the other hand, he may think it's going to give him valuable leverage against the u.s., n.a.t.o. and europe. >> pelley: and bungs bonds were downgraded to junk level status this week, too. elizabeth, thank you very much. some cars are safer than ever. we'll tell you which ones and why. and watch the grand canyon disappear, when the "cbs evening news" continues.
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>> pelley: the insurance industry tested more than three dozen vehicles to see if new safety features are preventing deaths. chip reid has the results. >> reporter: for years crash test haves shownstead improvement in vehicle safety. now a new record confirms the finding. adrian lund is president of the insurance institute for highway safety. >> we've seen a lot of stories about recalls and people may be nervous about the vehicles, but the fact is vehicles are as safe as ever. >> reporter: according to the report the chances of dying in a crash in a late model vehicle in 2011 fell by 41% compared to
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late model vehicles in 2008. eight years ago, no vehicle model had zero driver deaths, but nine different 2011 models have not had a single driver fatality. six of those nine are suvs. >> that's a real turnaround from a decade ago when suvs weren't the safest vehicles on the road because they had a tendency to roll over. >> reporter: the big life safer for suv drivers is electronic stability control which applies the blacks if it senses the vehicle is starting to spin out of control. he says other crucial safety changes that saved lives is increased use of seat belts air bags and stronger structural designs. for some cars, though, the report contains some bad news. the highest driver death rates are for the kia rio the nissan versa sedan and the hyundai.
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>> reporter: the smallest vehicles are the ones with the highest death rates. >> we reached out to kia nissan and hyundai to give a chance for response but have not gotten any comment. >> pelley: chip, thanks very much. who will build the new air force one? just ahead.t "sheesh, i wish i'd looked some more." that's why walgreens makes it easy to switch your prescriptions and save money. just stop by. and leave all the legwork to us. switch your prescriptions to walgreens where you could save even more on medicare part d with copays as low as zero dollars. at the corner of happy and healthy.
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four children and two of their grandparents were killed. officials say an electrical outlet malfunctioned in the riverfront mansion and ignited the 15-foot tree. today pentagon said it haas chosen boeing for the next air force one. the current planes are a 1990s version of the 747. boeing got the contract without competition because the only other plane of suitable size is made in france and well, that wasn't going to fly. speaking of symbols of america seemed as if the world had turned upside down today at the grand canyon. this is time lapse video as clouds filled the south rim to the depth of a mile. the clouds were forced down by warm air. tens of thousands of kids got their childhoods back, thanks to one man and you will meet him next.
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to rescue three children. seth doane sat down with this remarkable man. >> reporter: getting a greeting like this is all the recard kailash satyarthi needs for freeing these children from a life of slavery. do you think these kids see you as a nobel peace prize winner? >> no, i don't think they see me as friend or brother or something like father. >> reporter: and his shelter in rajasthan, he tries to give the kids the childhood they missed. india has at least 4 million child laborers. many were abandoned by parents unable to care for them or sold as cheap labor to farms. others work in factories quare ris and small shops. who won the nobel prize, he asks? the reply? all us kids.
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(speaking english) >> reporter: this boy worked in a small grocery till he was rescued four years ago at age nine. >> they are preferred because they're the cheapest labor free labor and the older ones are denied jobs because they can be expensive labor, they can fight for their rights, they cannot work long hours, et cetera. >> reporter: kailash satyarthi organizes raitdz with local police but sometimes employers are tipped off, waiting for him armed. in 2004, he was attacked trying to free kids working for a circus. you said you had a gun literally to your head. >> literally. >> reporter: this is dangerous work freeing these kids. >> it's dangerous, but it's thrilling. >> reporter: quite thrilling. thrilling because i know that somebody has to pay the cost for freedom. it does not come easily. if not americas than who else
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will do? >> reporter: in his no frills newnew dely office he keeps count of how many children they rescued. >> reporter: you were plucked out of obscurity. >> the biggest problem was to identify who is kailash satyarthi. (laughter) >> reporter: kailash satyarthi has wasted no time using his new-found fame. he asks, can the world call itself civilized as long as any children anywhere are enslaved? seth doane, cbs news, rajasthan india. >> pelley: be the change you want to see. that's the "cbs evening news" tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, goodnight. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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