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good night. >> pelley: a new isis video threatens more attacks, and the u.s. has just put out a worldwide travel warning. we'll show you the tighter security in store for the holiday week. also tonight, warning signs that french intelligence missed. >> you were taunting them. >> yeah, they were taunting them. >> pelley: trump insists he saw it on tv, muslims in new jersey celebrated on 9/11, but did anyone else see it? and going nowhere fast, the worst bottlenecks in america. >> i give myself about an hour and a half to get to work. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: tonight as 47 million americans are getting
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the holiday, the state department issued a worldwide travel alert. it says that holiday gatherings terrorism. homeland security correspondent jeff pegues has more about the alert and what law enforcement is doing to protect you. >> reporter: the alert warns u.s. citizens to exercise particular caution during the holiday season. it says terror groups such as isis and al qaeda continue to plan attacks using conventional and non-conventional weapons. while officials say there is no credible threat to the u.s., there will be more security at the nation's 500 airports this thanksgiving travel week. transportation security administration workers who typically process 2 million people a day will see a 40% holiday. scott brenner, a former f.a.a. spokesman, says the screening process begins before a passenger gets to the airport.
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>> our airport security is not designed to catch somebody right as they're getting on the aircraft. it is designed to start checking people as soon as they start the look for that ticket. >> reporter: passengers are scrutinized for how they pay for a ticket, what route they are taking and whether it's round trip or one way. once you make it to a security checkpoint, expect a more thorough screening, even tsa pre-check passengers may have to take their shoes off, and police are asking passengers themselves to be more aware. selina scwingle was flying out of washington today. >> i think it's excellent that people are a little more aware. sometimes we get a little too comfortable in our own settings and we don't really pay too much attention to what's going on. >> reporter: and it's in the just the airport, in new york nearly 50 additional police officers will patrol major warehouses. in a show of force in new york city yesterday, police ran true active shooter drills in the subway system. in airports across the country,
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workers are expected to face closer scrutiny, scott, to minimize the so-called "insider threat." random employee screenings will be increased and employee access to secured areas reduced. >> pelley: jeff pegues for us tonight. jeff, thank you. today french police reported the discovery of a suicide belt and said that it contained bolts as shrapnel and the same type of explosives used in the paris attacks. a street cleaner found the belt in a paris suburb, and elizabeth palmer is following this investigation. >> reporter: scott, police are telling french media that the phone of salah abdeslam was geolocated to a spot very close to where that suicide vest was found. he's the young terror suspect who got away, which was not part of the isis plan, a plan that otherwise went off very smoothly. today another isis video, gloating about the paris
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but as offensive as the group's propaganda is, they don't lie. abdelhamid abaaoud, the presumed ringleader of the paris terrorist, popped up regularly in isis videos, and he openly boasted that after fighting in syria, he'd been able to reenter europe and buy weapons and even slip through police checks. francois heisbourg is a security expert and special adviser to the french government. >> that should set alarm bells ringing. >> he is taunting them. >> yes, he was taunting them. [gunfire] >> reporter: for french security forces, the paris attacks exposed dangerous flaws. >> we have been through the gauntlet in the most humiliating manner. >> reporter: the bottom line is that france's police simply can't keep tabs on the 10,000 radicalized young men already flagged, including battle-hardened ones who come
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back from syria through the leaky borders of europe's poorer countries. and once they're in, they're in, able to live and travel around freely as most of the paris attackers did. france is now pushing for much tougher immigration controls and better information sharing, but most crucial, france needs to double spending on its own domestic intelligence services, says heisbourg. >> hiring young men, young women with the right sort of skills, technical skills, p.r. skills, communications skills, not simply the traditional police skills. if we don't do that, this is going to happen again. >> reporter: and, scott, two buried today. they were sisters who were gunned down together on the terrace of a paris cafee. >> pelley: elizabeth palmer in liz, thank you.
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and the belgians have just announced that brussels will remain virtually shut down for another week because of an imminent threat of attack. in the city of moore than 1 million, schools, shops and mass transit are closed and deborah linz is there. >> reporter: police conducted 29 new raids overnight and arrested 21 people. convinced that a new terror cell is still plotting a paris-style attack, belgian prime minister charl michel said the threat is still there. >> i can confirm that the threat is imminent and serious. >> reporter: for these children, the lockdown meant nothing more than a surprise holiday. schools will stay closed until wednesday, first time such a drastic step has been taken since world war ii. the subway will also stay shut. and all public gatherings like concerts and soccer matchs have been banned. today brussels' normally bustling historic city center
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stringent security measures. but salah abdeslam, europe's most wanted man and key suspect in the paris attacks, is still on the run. after evading french police, he was last seen in belgium. fearful of police raids carried out in molenbeek, a local man says there is growing resentment amongst the large muslim community living there as they feel stigmatized. "you have 100,000 people," he said, "who will live as if they terrorism." because of the concern that the police crackdown could backfire as the immunity feels abandoned. "they are residents of molenbeek," he said, "place in which jihadis and suicide bombers are believed to lurk, so residents are rightly concerned for their own safety." even if abdeslam is captured, scott, the crisis is not necessarily over. belgian police say they are
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hunting for what could be as many as ten men plotting to launch paris-style attacks here in brussels. >> pelley: deborah linz -- debora patta covering for us deborah, thank you. in our cbs news poll out tonight, 36% of americans approve of president obama's handling of terrorism. that is down from 72% right after u.s. forces killed osama bin laden in 2011. only 23% of americans believe the president has a clear plan for dealing with isis. his strategy includes air strikes in iraq and syria, and david martin tells us the latest targets include oil. >> reporter: two air strikes, the most recent over the weekend, have destroyed almost 500 tanker trucks isis uses to smuggle oil and sell it on the black market. by one estimate, the attacks have destroyed roughly half the trucks isis uses to bring in $1 million a day in revenues. until now the u.s. has not gone
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after the tankers for fear of killing the civilian drivers. in these strikes, u.s. planes first dropped leaflets warning the drivers. and then they conducted runs to scare them away. the u.s. has also loosened the rules on civilian casualties. previously a strike would be called off if any civilians were spotted in the area. for these, more than five civilians had to be in the target area before the strike would be called off. the french have now begun launching strikes against isis from an aircraft carrier in the eastern mediterranean. the russians have fired a total of 42 cruise missiles against isis targets in syria. cutting off oil revenues will degrade isis, but the quickest way to defeat it on the battlefield is to seize its capital of raqqa in syria. the red line on this pentagon map shows how close u.s.-backed fighters are to raqqa, just 30 miles to the north and 100 miles to the east. u.s. officials say the fighters to the north don't have enough
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the fighters to the east must first push south to seize a key road junction before advancing on raqqa. the fighters will be assisted by 50 american green beret, but they are not expected to get there until next month. think of it as a race against time, scott. can u.s.-backed fighters seize raqqa before isis can launch another terrorist attack against the west? reporting from the pentagon tonight. david, thank you. in the presidential campaign, donald trump's recollection of 9/11 is being called into question. rival ben carson backed him up until he didn't. nancy cordes has that. >> i watched in jersey city, new jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. >> reporter: donald trump's claim that he saw footage of muslim americans celebrating 9/11 attacks was disputed today
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enforcement. dr. ben carson. >> did you see that happening, though, on 9/11? >> i saw the film of it, yes. >> reporter: carson later apologized, saying he was thinking of celebrations abroad, not at home. but both he and trump argue muslim-americans should be monitored more heavily. it's a marked departure from the president. >> islam is peace. >> reporter: who quoted from the koran after 9/11 and called for tolerance. >> these acts of violence against innocents violate the fundamental tenets of the islamic faith. >> reporter: fran townsend was president bush's homeland security adviser. why was it important for him to say something like that? >> we have gulf arab partners, muslim country, who have helped in the war on terror. we need those folks to understand, this is not a war
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with their religion. >> reporter: she argues republicans should welcome well-vetted syrian refugees to the u.s. for one key reason: >> these refugees who are fleeing isis who don't agree with them are a potential real treasure trove of intelligence. >> reporter: townsend said she's surprised president obama himself hans made that case. as of right now, half of americans agree with trump that the refugees should not be let in. >> pelley: nancy cordes, thanks. robb has sentenced "washington post" reporter jason rezaian to prison, but it did not say for how long. rezaian is a dual citizen of u.s. and iran. he was arrested in july of last year and charged with spying on iran's nuclear program. rezaian's family and "post" have vehemently denied that allegation. today one of america's largest companies, pfizer
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ireland to beat u.s. taxes. the merger with allergan will form the world's biggest drug company if government regulators approve. the move will cut the corporate taxes by hundreds of millions of dollars. this is the biggest move yet in a trend of u.s. companies moving their headquarters abroad. drivers are paying some of the lowest prices for gasoline in a long time. the nationwide average tonight is $2.07. that's down 75 cents from a year ago. a.a.a. predicts that could drop below $2 by christmas. stormy weather could interfere with a i will the of travel plans for drivers. and it seems obvious the quarterback suffered a concussion, so why did they let him keep playing? when the "cbs evening news" continues. but it's hard to keep up with it.
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>> pelley: today the nfl said it's investigating why the quarterback of the st. louis rams remained in the game yesterday after banging his head after a collision with a 300-pound lineman. here's jeff glor. >> reporter: with the score tied, time running out and the st. louis rams trying to mount a game-winning drive, what happened to quarterback case keenum seemed unmistakable. his head slammed the turf. he seized his helmet in pain. he couldn't even get up without assistance. >> the helmet to the ground. one of the troubling spots when we talk about concussions at the nfl level. >> >> reporter: but keenum never left the field. >> it seems obvious. >> reporter: this doctor studies injury and repair. >> we want to take them out of play and keep an eye on them to make sure they don't go back boo the game before it's too soon. >> reporter: nfl has a concussion protocol to handle these exact situations. it spells out concussion signals as well as health markers required to resume play and
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there is now an athletic trainer above the field with the authority to stop a game at any time. commissioner roger goodell told "60 minutes" just last week he believes the league is safer than ever. >> i do believe it's safer, but injuries are part of active sports. and they're certainly part of football. football is a contact sport. >> reporter: on sunday, however, after this contact, no one had keenum properly checked off the field until after the game, when a concussion was confirmed. the nfl says tonight it is investigating. rams' coach jeff fisher just held a news conference. he said he didn't see his quarterback stumbling and that the spotter above the field saw a trainer on the field so didn't stop play. he says the trainer was told to leave the field by an nfl official. everyone seems to be pointing in a different direction, so, scott, tonight, a decent amount for the league to sort out. >> pelley: jeff, thank you very much.
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>> pelley: there's an arrest tonight in the shooting of a good samaritan in new orleans. surveillance video shows man dragging a woman toward a car last friday when medical student peter gold stepped in, but he was shot in the stomach. the gunman tried to fire again, but the weapon jammed. gold is expected to make a full recovery. today police arrested euric cain. murder. a big helping of wintry weather is on the way for millions just in time for the holiday. eric fisher is our chief meteorologist at our boston station wbz. eric, who is going to get hit? >> reporter: well, scott, good evening to you. we'll be watching a storm starting to move ashore over the next 24 hours, but for the early travelers, we're off to a great start on this holiday week. coast to coast, wall to wall, pretty quiet conditions. change. good news is for anyone watching in the east tonight, quiet and chilly in the northeast over these next two days, big travel
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ones. across the southeast, quiet, seasonal temperatures, and some rain showers start to move into the upper midwest by the time we head enter wednesday. the storm in question here is the one in the west. this is one that will bring some significant snow and a lot of cold over these next 48 hours. that storm diving down across the west coast and then pushing its way inland. so we head into the day on wednesday, plenty of mountain snow to go along with it, especially in the sierras, the southern cascades could pick up over a foot of snowfall. this is a storm system we'll watch into the middle of the country for thanksgiving itself. we'll have quiet weather on both of the coasts, but it's right in the middle that we have ness. as thanksgiving moves along, heavy rain breaks out along the southern plains. ice and snow on the become side. scott, this is a storm system to keep close tans on for the holiday itself. >> pelley: eric fisher, wbz. eric, thanks very much. in a moment, the worst traffic jams in america. >> this portion of the "cbs evening news" is sponsored by
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>> pelley: finally tonight, for many getting to work is a full-time job. and to -- a report out today names the 50 worst traffic bottlenecks in america. number one is in chicago. total traffic and weather network is providing us with this live picture. and here's transportation correspondent kris van cleave. >> reporter: every day drivers in chicago collectively spend nearly 65,000 hours stuck in this. >> i give myself about an hour and a half to get to work. >> reporter: after chicago the next six worst bottlenecks in the country are all in los angeles. in downtown, a two and a half mile stretch of the harbor freeway has 12 on and off ramps and two major interchanges, making it a magnet for traffic. [horn honks] the worst bottleneck on the east
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coast is the lincoln tunnel connecting new york city and new jersey. altogether drivers there experience 3.4 million hours of delays each year, but the bottlenecks aren't just in megacities. austin comes in at number ten. norfolk, virginia, also made the list. secretary of transportation anthony foxx. >> i think what people should think about is that the traffic they're experiencing on thanksgiving holiday could be traffic every day over next 30 years if we're in the careful. we need to make the investments in our infrastructure. >> reporter: investments in solutions like coordinated traffic light and high-occupancy toll lanes. commuter jose vasquez uses an app on his smartphone called wave the try to avoid the worst of the back-ups. >> it will tell you which one not to take, but, you know, it's going to be the lesser of the two evils. >> reporter: but there's hope. the woodrow wilson bridge outside of washington, d.c., dropped off the list after it was rebuilt to better handle the traffic. and however bad the commute
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this mind-boggling 50-lane traffic jam in october outside beijing lasting for hours. all that time stuck in traffic translates to 2.4 billion dollars in lost productivity annually and, scott, researchers say if you're able to fix even 30 of those bottleneck, you save an estimated 35 million gallons of gas a year. >> pelley: kris van cleave on the road for us tonight. kris, thanks very much. if you'd like the see if your city is one of the 50 worst bottleneck, go to our facebook page. you'll find it at that. is the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs
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