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>> pelley: tonight, invasion from the north. a blast of polar air is about to send temperatures plunging in the heart of america. wind chills could reach deep into the 20s deep into the south. dean reynolds has the forecast. american missiles take aim at terrorists in syria, and bob orr reports it appears they took out a top bomb maker. chip reid on the military changing a regulation that many consider racially offensive, but why did it take so long? and a medal of honor today for a hero of the civil war. david martin on the man who stood up to pickett's charge. >> he was going to show those rebels that all the cannon in the world was not going to drive him off this ridge. captioning sponsored by cbs
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this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. there will be a change in the weather. temperatures are about to drop dramatically in much of the country. it's the return of the polar vortex that brought misery a year ago. that mass of swirling cold air will dip southward this weekend, sending the mercury plunging. as the cold air moves south and east, it has the potential to affect as many as 243 mill wherein people with wind chills in the single digits in some places and snow. dean reynolds tells us all of this was triggered by a super typhoon named nuri. >> these pictures from the european space agency show that nuri is a growing meteorological bomb blanketing the bering sea. the 50-foot waves and 100mph winds will make conditions similar to these two years ago.
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it could make nuri the biggest storm of the year, but it will be wrong to think it will affect only alaska's far-flung aleutian islands or those famous fishermen who work in the north pacific. >> i want to get everybody home. >> reporter: wbbm's meteorologist megan glaros explains. >> the remnants of super typhoon nuri will create a big buckle in the jetstream, and in several days' time it will mean a big dip in the jet which will connect us with a big mass of arctic air, taking temperatures east of the rockies down to 10 to 30 degrees below average. >> reporter: say a big mass of arctic air to anyone who lives in the midwest, and it conjures painful memories of the dreaded polar vortex that hit the region last winter. in chicago, an average temperature of 18 degrees was accompanied by 80 inches of snow and 32 fatalities. and last winter ice was a major threat across the region. i'm standing on the shoreline of
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this river, and all of this ice in front of me has come up over the bank and threatens to keep on coming. chicago is already storing salt like a squirrel stores nuts. charles williams of the streets and sanitation department says the city will face the winter with 400,000 tons on hand. and that's compared to? >> we'll have 115,000 tons more on the ground this season than last. >> reporter: the unusually cold weather is expected to last for several days over much of the country, scott, before the polar vortex goes back to where it belongs, in canada. >> pelley: dean reynolds bundled up in the windy city. dean, thanks so much. in another big story tonight, a u.s. air strike in syria is believed to have killed a top bomb maker for khorasan, a terrorist group with links to al qaeda. some intelligence estimates say that khorasan could pose a more immediate threat to the united states than even isis.
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homeland security correspondent bob orr is following this. >> reporter: the target was 24-year-old david drugeon, a french-born convert to islam who sources say became one of al qaeda's top bomb makers. officials believe drugeon was riding in this car in syria wednesday when the vehicle was destroyed by missiles fired by a u.s. military reaper drone. there is no conclusive forensic proof of drugeon's death, but all available evidence suggests he was killed. the drone strike was part of a wider aerial assault aimed at key targets of drugeon's al qaeda-linked cell called the khorasan group. b1 bombers and f-16 fighter aircraft attacked a number of buildings in northwest syria, thought to house khorasan bombmaking and terror-training facilities. in a statement, the u.s. central command said, "we are still assessing the outcome of the attack but have initial indications that it resulted in the intended effects by striking terrorists." sources say drugeon's death would be a severe blow to khorasan's plans to attack
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europe and the u.s. with hard-to-detect bombs smuggled aboard airliners. drugeon and err al qaeda explosives experts have been experimenting with non-metallic bombs that can be hidden in shoe, clothing, cell phones and even human bodies. in recent months, intelligence has suggested that khorasan was getting closer to launching attacks. in response to this threat, authorities have tightened security on international flights bound for the u.s. now, this is the second time the u.s. has launched air strikes against the khorasan group inside syria. officials believe this wave has been considerably more damage than first. but officials at the same time, scott, say it would be naive to think the threat has been eliminated. >> pelley: bob, what other threats are they worried about? >> reporter: perhaps the biggest one they're still worried about is in yemen. quietly al qaeda in the arabian peninsula is continuing to work on innovative bombs. we've been trying without success, scott to, get the
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master bomb builder in yemen since 2009. >> pelley: bob, thanks very much. a suspect is under arrest for a kidnapping in philadelphia that was captured by surveillance cameras. devlin barnes was picked up yesterday thanks in large part to gps technology. here's jericka duncan. >> reporter: 22-year-old carlesha freeland-gaither gaither fought back from the very beginning. on sunday, suspect 37-year-old delvin barnes snatched freeland-gaither off the street in north philadelphia, but by wednesday night, police reunited her with her family. freeland-gaither's mother thanked lead detective jim sloan for keeping his promise. >> i'm bringing your daughter home. he said, "i'm bringing your daughter home," and he brought my baby home. >> thank you. >> he brought her right home. >> good job. >> thank you. >> reporter: detective sloan said freeland-gaither's actns helped them find her. >> you're saying she left the phone there as a way for you to track her down? >> she's an intelligent girl,
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yes. >> reporter: she also gave barnes her bank card pin number, which barnes used nine hours after the abduction in aberdeen, maryland, 80 miles south of philadelphia. police also released surveillance video of the suspect. another break came with when a traffic camera captured the name of the dealer that sold barneds car. federal agents tracked barnes down at a strip mall in jessup, maryland. and freeland-gaither suffered minor injuries and is now at home resting. scott, the suspect, delvin barnes, will be extradited to virginia where there he faces several charges, including attempted murder and assault. >> pelley: what a note that barnes has not been charged in the philadelphia case yet. jericka, thank you very much. today nfl running back ray rice wrapped up two days of hearings as he appeals his suspension. rice was suspended after video showed him knocking out his fiancee in an elevator.
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the baltimore ravens fired him. also today the nfl said the minnesota vikings' adrian peterson will not play while it reviews his case. peterson was arrested in texas for physically abusing his four-year-old son. this week he pleaded guilty to lesser charges and avoided jail time. in politics, republicans picked up at least 13 seats in the house in tuesday's elections, giving them their largest majority there since harry truman was president. today speaker john boehner talked about what he plans to do with that expanded authority, and nancy cordes is on capitol hill. >> i missed you all. >> reporter: he may already run the house, but speaker boehner's power grew tuesday night because bills he passes will no longer get sidelined in the senate now that it's controlled by his party. >> those bills will offer the congress i think a new start. we can act on the keystone pipeline, restore the 40-hour work week that was gutted by
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obamacare. >> reporter: boehner warned the president not to try to fix parts of the nation's broken immigration system on his own by executive action. >> he's going to poison the well. when you play with matches, you take the risk of burning yourself. >> reporter: but boehner's own attempt to craft immigration legislation has been blocked by members of his own party who worry reform would give new rights to people who came here illegally. and tuesday's election added more members on his far right flank, north carolina's mark walker has suggested blitzing the border with fighter jets. virginia's barbara comstock said undocumented immigrants should be tracked like fedex packages. you have a new crop of conservatives coming into the house who have suggested, among other thing, that women need to submit to the authority of their husband, that hillary clinton is the anti-christ, and some of them -- >> no, no, no. >> reporter: some don't think you're conservative enough. how do you deal with them differently? >> i think the premise of your question i would take exception
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to. yes, we have some new members who have made some statements, i'll give you that. but when you look at the vast majority of the new members that are coming in here, they're really solid members. >> reporter: those solid members, he said, include the youngest woman ever to serve in congress and william herd of texas, who is african american and a former c.i.a. agent. overall, scott, speaker boehner said he's very happy with his party's recruitment this election cycle. >> pelley: nancy cordes on capitol hill. nancy, thank you very much. here's something special, this sunday on "face the nation," bob schieffer will interview president obama, and in the second half hour, he'll interview former president george w. bush. one hour, two presidents, this sunday on "face the nation." the man who succeeded mr. bush as governor of texas was in court today. rick perry's lawyers asked a judge to throw out felony charges against him.
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perry was indicted for allegedly abusing his power when he vetoed funding for a program run by the travis county district attorney. perry said he did that because the district attorney refused to resign after being convicted of drunk driving. the governor calls the indictment a political witch-hunt. the judge will rule next week. today israeli police used force to break up large protests in the west bank amid fears of a new uprising by palestinians. violence has grown since israel gave the go-ahead for more jewish settlements in the palestinian section of jerusalem. allen pizzey is there. >> reporter: tear gas and stones, running battles between palestinian youths and israeli security forces are happening daily now in the narrow streets of east jerusalem. there's every reason to think it will get worse. this is a big part of the reason
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why: a stone's throw away, hundreds of new apartments are being built for jewish settlers on plan that's supposed to be part of any future palestine. >> they're demolishing the possibility of having an independent, sovereign palestinian state. >> reporter: mustapha barghouti is a leading member of the palestinian parliament. >> the maybe thing blocking any prospect for peace is the continuation of the israeli illegal settlements ending. >> reporter: in peace negotiation, the terminology can be complex, the points nuanced and it's more often than not overblown. what's going on here can be summed up in a single phrase: establishing facts othe ground. this week israel announced it would push ahead with another 1,000 apartments. the french build in paris, the english in london. tell the jews not to live in jerusalem, benjamin netanyahu said, why? as so often happens here, the
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replied played out on the streets. in the meantime, jewish settlers continue to buy up houses in palestinian neighborhoods. they have to pay well over the market price, but israeli security is there to protect them. the settlement expansion has resulted in a crazy quilt of unconnected patches of land that is supposed to make up a future palestinian state. and as long as construction continues, violence will escalate and the peace efforts will keep crumbling. allen pizzey, cbs news, jerusalem. >> pelley: the u.s. military has done some quick editing to remove embarrassing language from a regulation. and did this driver hit the wrong pedal? we'll look at what caused the crash when the "cbs evening news" continues. to severe plaque psoriasis... the frustration... covering up. so i talked with my doctor. he prescribed enbrel. enbrel is clinically proven to provide clearer skin. many people saw 75% clearance in 3 months. and enbrel helped keep skin clearer at 6 months.
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>> the military has updated the policy as of today. and that language that's in question is no longer being used. you know, obviously we believe that's an appropriate step. >> reporter: it was a common term in the 1960s when even dr. martin luther king frequently referred to blacks as negroes in speeches, but by the 1970s, it had fallen out of favor, and today it's considered by many to be offensive. the census bureau added the term in the 1950 census, arguing that some older blacks prefer that term. in fact, as recently as the 2000 census, more than 56,000 blacks did choose to identify themselves as negro. the bureau stopped using the term just this year, and administration officials say today it is looking into the issue and add, "the outdated term negro may need to be updated to address the growing diversity of the population." so the pentagon and the census bureau no longer use the word, but, scott, for the rest of the
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>> pelley: the drummer for the heavy metal group ac/dc was charged today with trying the arrange two murders in new zealand. 60-year-old phil rudd appeared briefly in court and was later released on bail. the judge withheld the names of the intended victims. ac/dc said a tour planned for next year will go on with or without rudd. in houston, lunch ended with a crash. an s.u.v. plowed into a restaurant. look at that. that was yesterday. the diners went flying. some were pinned against the buffet table. four people went to the hospital. the elderly driver of the s.u.v. was not hurt. the police say that she was attempting to park and may have
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at >> pelley: when president lincoln dedicated the cemetery at gettysburg, he said the world would not forget the actions of the brave men who fought there. well, today president obama remembered the sacrifice of one of those men, awarding him the medal of honor. we asked david martin to tell his story. >> reporter: if you've ever stood on cemetery ridge and imagined 11,000 confederate soldiers charging straight at you, the commander of a union artillery battery, first lieutenant alonzo cushing, may already be a hero to you. >> every last confederate gun in the world was aimed right toward his battery, and this young 22, round-faced young man was going
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to hold his men to their job that day. >> reporter: he certainly is a hero to park ranger john heister, and to army historian mark bradley, who did the research to justify awarding curbing the medal of honor 151 years later. >> in my opinion, this is rectifying an omission. >> reporter: cushing had fought at bull run, antietam and chancellorsville. then came gettysburg, the decisive battle of the civil war. >> he doesn't know it yet, but he is going to be ground zero of pickett's charge. >> reporter: pickett east charge, the all-out confederate assault on the union line, the daring of robert e. lee met the will of abraham lincoln and the courage of alonzo cushing. >> he's standing right in this area. >> reporter: manning these guns. >> we're actually leaning on one right now. >> reporter: for an hour and a half, confederate artillery bombarded the union line. >> during that barrage,
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curbing's battery gets pounded as badly as anybody does on this line. it look like a slaughterhouse. >> reporter: what about curbing? >> he receives a severe wound in his shoulder and a wound in his groin. cushing started vehicular homiciding he was in such intense pain. >> reporter: his commanders told him to fall back. instead he did the opposite. >> he pushes two remaining guns down to the stonewall amongst the infantry to wait for that infantry attack. >> reporter: so he wants to go forward rather than go back. >> he was going to show those rebels that all the cannon aids in the world, all the iron thrown at him is not going to drive him off this ridge. >> reporter: the rebel charge was only 100 yards away. >> he remarked to the sergeant next to him, "i'll give them one more shot." the gun goes off and a second later curbing is felled by a bullet through the mouth that killed him instantly. >> reporter: but the union line held at this wall, lee's army fell back, never to threaten the north again. >> this is the high-water mark
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of the confederacy. >> reporter: and cushing was here? >> yes, he was. he sacrificed himself for his country. [applause] >> reporter: after all these years, one of cushing's descendants accepted his medal of honor, awarded by america's first black president to a soldier who helped set the slaves on the long march toward freedom. david martin, cbs news, gettysburg. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. you can now get cbs news any time, anywhere on any device on our new digital news network cbsn. you'll find it at for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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this abandoned baby, the mother now found and the surprising twist on what really happened. >> reporter: i'm stephanie ramirez outside of the montgomery county courthouse where state's attorney asked the judge to let catherine hoggle go. i'll tell you with who and why coming up next. >> reporter: a richmond teenager burned bleeding reeking of gas and bleach, the suspect in that philadelphia abduction now held here in baltimore and wanted in a vicious attack in virginia. >> pretty strong winds behind the cold front. we'll tell you how strong they'll be on friday, talk about high school football weather and look ahead to the weekend forecast. a big twist tonight in the case of an abandoned baby in beltsville. good evening. i'm jan jeffcoat. >> i'm derek mcginty. we now know who that mother is and that is the shocker.
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this woman who called 911 out ab this baby supposedly left at her house outside is actually the mom. debra alfarone is live in beltsville with how it all went down. >> reporter: police say the baby was never in danger and was never abandoned. the thing is the mom basically said that she felt overwhelmed and she lied saying she found that baby in her backyard. >> i stepped on my back porch to see what it was and i saw a baby laying in the grass. >> reporter: wusa9 interviewed this woman wednesday night who said she found the baby abandoned in her backyard. >> after i got her and cleaned her up first thing was call the police. >> reporter: police say the woman who called 911 is actually the baby's mother. she told police that she became overwhelmed and didn't know what to do. police say she is now getting the help she needs and will not face charge at this time. >> in maryland there's a safe haven law where essentially any parent


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