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love spanning two continents. this is the "cbs evening news" with jeff glor.
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>> reporter: the announcement comes just two weeks after alex kozinski, a prominent federal appeals court judge, stepped down amid wide-ranging allegations of sexual harassment of female law clerks. in a "washington post" investigation, several female law clerks alleged a pattern of inappropriate behavior by kozinski, including showing them pornography. on december 18th, kozinski, after 3 years on the california-based appeals court, abruptly retired. but kozinski had been reprimanded before inch 2008 he apologized for storing sexually explicit material on a publicly accessible web site. he told lesley stahl last year on "60 minutes" he should have been more careful. >> i had a bunch of stuff in the computer, and i didn't lock it up. >> reporter: raunchy stuff? >> some of it was raunchy. >> reporter: roberts announcement came in a report on the state of the judiciary. he said events in recent months have illuminated the problem of sexual haren
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kozinski said, "events in the past few weeks have made clear the judiciary is not immune." roberts said the judiciary would undertake a careful evaluation of its standards of conduct and procedures for handling harassment complaints. he directed a new working group to consider whether any changes are necessary. these concerns warrant serious attention from all quarters of the judicial branch, roberts wrote. >> duncan: now, jan, how exactly will this affect federal judges? >> well, i mean, most appeals court judges have young clerks, and they're also bound by confidentiality agreements, so that could keep people from coming forward. in fact, last month about 700 current and former law clerks and court employees sent a letter to chief justice roberts, and they call for changes in how the judiciary handles sexual harassment complaints, and they focused specifically on these issues of confidentiality and reporting misconduct. >> duncan: jan crawford in washington, thank you. today 300 of hooo
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to fight systematic sexual harassment. they include producer shonda rhimes and a host of actress, including reese witherspoon. they call the movement "time's up." it includes a legal defense fund with nearly $14 million in donations to help women in blue-collar jobs who face sexual misconduct. the group also strives to achieve gender parity at studios and talent agencies. well, the temperatures with 3 degrees when the ball came down in times square, the coldest new year's in 100 years. it's freezing in a lot of places that don't usually get that cold. meteorologist liz horton is with our cbs station in miami, wfor. good evening, liz. >> reporter: the bitter cold continues throughout a lot of the country. as you can see, the dakotas, minneapolis, all the way down toward the gulf states still under a wind-chill advisory. in addition, wind-chill washings for all the areas in the midwest
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warnings now for much of the south from texas all the way over to florida, areas that are not used to dealing with such cold weather. teens and single digits will be felt. there tuesday's low below zero from kansas city to the north, and the wind-chill will make it feel even colder. minneapolis will feel more like 21 below when you wake up tuesday morning, 19 below in chicago, and as cold as 1 below in memphis. it will feel like 10 in atlanta. tuesday's highs only in the teens and 20s. moderating slightly by wednesday. 30s and 40s for the south, and then we start to worry about blizzard concerns exiting out into the new england area. jericka? >> duncan: thanks, liz. from south florida's warmth, president trump heads back to the cold reality of d.c. politics tonight and he'll face several important challenges in the new year. chip reid is traveling with the president. >> hello, everybody. happy new year. >> reporter: the president, first lady melania trump, son baron, andt
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welcomed the new year at the president's mar-a-lago club in palm beach. >> we're going to have a great year. it's going to be a fantastic 2018. >> reporter: asked for comment on north korean leader kim jong-un's claim that he has a nuclear button on his desk and missiles capable of hitting the u.s., the president said only this: >> we'll see. we'll see. >> reporter: his first tweet of the new year was aimed at pakistan, which he accused of lies and deceit and giving safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in afghanistan. no more. pakistan fired back, noting its cooperation that decimated al qaeda over the last 16 years and accusing the u.s. of giving them nothing but invective and mistrust. over the past ten days the president visited the trump international golf club here nine times, including today. this evening, returning to washington, he'll face a litany of challenges, including the fact that the federal government will run out of money january 19th, raising the threat of
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next weekend he'll meet with republican congressional leaders at camp david to hash out the 2018 legislative agenda. top priorities include massive investment in the nation's infrastructure and legislation to allow nearly 800,000 immigrants known as "dreamers" who came to the u.s. illegally as children to stay here permanently. looming overrering will be the special counsel investigation into russian interference in the 2016 election and the possible involvement of the trump campaign. "the new york times" reported this weekend that former trump campaign aide george papadopolous told an australian diplomat in 2016 that russia had political dirt on hillary clinton, information that was then passed on to the u.s. a knowledgeable former u.s. official tells cbs news that that information that was provided by australia was "key" to u.s. investigate,
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attempting to interfere significantly in the u.s. election. jericka? >> duncan: chip reid, thank you very much. the president has also been tweeting his support for protesters in iran. they have taken to the streets for five straight days, fed up with a bat economy and government corruption. state media says 12 people have been killed. elizabeth palmer covered the last big protests in iran in 2009. she joins us from london. you know, what's behind the unrest? >> well, it started very small. on thursday in the regional city of machad in a single demonstration against economic hardship, terrible price of food, but overnight it just morphed and spread like wildfire to the capital, tehran, where crowds vandalized one of the main shopping avenues, and to dozens of smaller cities across the country, which is very unusual. the protesters are especially young people in the working
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everything from corruption and unemployment to lack of freedom and religion -- religious rule. the police have broken up protests here and there with water cannons and they have arrested hundreds of people, but we have not yet in any way seen the kind of violent crackdown we saw in 2009 when the security forces shot and killed people in the street for protesting the election results. >> duncan: liz, how have authorities handled the protests this time? >> reporter: president rohany, a moderate, went on television with a surprisingly measured response. he said people had a legitimate right to protest as long as there was no violence. that may have been a warning to the security forces, too. this is a volatile, dangerous situation, and he knows that a lethal crackdown could send it spiraling out of control. it could become a bloodbath. >> duncan: business beth palmer in london, thank you. president trump has signaled he's willing to extend
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brought into this country illegally, but on one condition. last week he tweeted, "there can be no daca without the desperately needed wall at the southern border." but do walls really work? mark phillips went to berlin to find out. >> at this point you would have been in the car coming this way. >> reporter: if anybody knows anything about walls, it's probably hans-peter spitzner. so you would have approached checkpoint charlie. the first time spitzner was at checkpoint charlie was when he and his daughter peggy would be the last people to escape across the berlin wall before it fell. >> it was a great danger for us, and i thought a thousand things in my head. >> reporter: it's the tourist attraction now, but from its building by the old east german regime in 18961, the wall was a death zone for almost three decades. while around 5,000 people
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escaped across, through, over, or under it, at least 139 died trying. some death estimates run to well over 1,000. but hans-peter was desperate. >> and this is the car i crossed the border. >> the car was moan by american g.m. i. eric yaw, now family friend. with spitzner's wife ingrid already in the west, allowed out for an aging aunt's birthday, and with peggy just seven years old at the time, hans-peter asked dozens of g.i.s with access to east germany to smuggle them out. only eric yaw agreed to hide them in his trunk. >> i said to him, "you are now a member of my family." >> reporter: the spitzners have strong views about walls, not just the berlin example, now a living history lesson. whether it's here or the security barrier the israelis have built between them and the palestinians or going back to the great wall of china, they
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political failure. the berlin wall, of course, was different than all the others. the others were designed to people out, and this one was designed to keep them in. there is one thing they all have in common, though, critics will tell you that when government build walls, it's a sign that something else isn't working. >> it's always to keep someone in, to keep someone out, to keep someone from doing something, so it's always a bad thing really, and it's always a monument of a problem. >> reporter: a monument that with a will can always be overcome. >> i say never again, never again. please. >> reporter: mark phillips, cbs news, berlin. >> duncan: now some other stories we're following in our evening news feed. in colorado, authorities have identified 37-year-old matthew riehl as the man who fired more than 100 shots in his apartment at sheriff's deputies.
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deputy zackari parrish was killed. riehl was later killed by a swat team. investigators are trying to find out what caused a charter plane to crash in costa rica yesterday. ten americans were among the 12 people killed. the victims include a new york couple and their three sons as well as family of four from florida. and in an odd twist, a hawaiian airlines jetliner took its passengers back in time. the jet left new zealand at 12:05 a.m. january 1st, but after crossing the international "dateline," it arrived eight hours later in honolulu where it was 10:13 a.m. on december 31st of 2017. there is much more ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news." >> reporter: now that it's 2018, thousands of new laws will take effect across the country, including one that could save you a jaywalking ticket. >> duncan: taking
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to start the year is not for the faint of heart. >> reporter: it was a simple letter with a simple request. >> i asked my mom, just tell me where i came from. they told my brothers, so i was the only one left in the dark. h. even a swing set standoff. and we covered it, july first, twenty-fifteen. talk to farmers. we know a thing or two because we've seen a thing or two. ♪ we are farmers. bum-pa-dum, bum-bum-bum-bum ♪ when heartburn hits... fight back fast with tums smoothies. it starts dissolving the instant it touches your tongue... and neutralizes stomach acid at the source. ♪ tum tum tum tum... smoothies... only from tums are cream conditioners bringing your hair down?
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california is now a sanctuary state. police will not be allowed to ask about immigration status or hold anyone for deportation unless that person has been convicted of a crime. in california this used to be jaywalking. now you can cross the street once the countdown clock starts, just make sure you finish before it hits zero. in other states, michigan high school coaches must now be trained to more quickly spot concussions. a law aimed at better protecting young athletes. teens in colorado now face a crack your on sexting. those who share nude photos can now be charged with sexual exploitation. in illinois, who gets the dog in a divorce? like children, judges will now determine sole or joint custody for pets. but who gets to claim them on their taxes? maybe congress can pass that later this year. jamie yuccas, cbs news, los angeles. >> duncan: iceland has become first nation to require equal
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inferno after catching fire during an outdoor concert. no one was hurt. brave swimmers around the world welcomed the new year with a plunge. in new york more than 1,000 swimmers joined the coney island polar bear club for a dip in the atlantic ocean. ice welcomed are levelers in wisconsin, and in the netherlands, hundreds put on red hats before diving into the chilly north sea. well, the coast guard just released video of a dramatic rescue of panama city, florida, and an 89-year-old man drove off a pier on saturday. guard members broke the car's window and pulled the driver to safety. and we have new lives to celebrate. parents welcomed logan james lynch perez, the first american baby born in 2018, six pounds
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policy. >> hi. >> reporter: that child, kati, was adopted by michigan couple ken and ruth pohler. the pohlers never forgot the note with kati's chinese name. when she turned ten in 2005, they sent a messenger to that bridge. the birth father was there. by chance a chinese tv crew captured him on tape. >> holding a sign. the name on the sign was the name on the note. >> reporter: filmmaker changfu chang was so compelled by the story, he made a d.ry about it. the story became famous in china. but back in the u.s., the pohlers remained silent. >> i asked my mom, whose tummy did i come from, because i realized that i didn't come from her tummy. >> this is really something quite big for her to deal with at this time in her life.
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didn't tell katie until she was 20. >> they told my brothers about it. so i was the only one left in the dark. >> how did that make you feel? >> i was definitely upset for a little while. but, yeah, whether or not that was the best option, i don't know, but there wasn't a guide book for how to approach this subject. >> reporter: this summer kati finally got the chance to meet her birth parents. a week after her 22nd birthday. a reunion made all the more overwhelming by the barriers of both language and culture. are they real to you now? >> they are. they're very real to me now. >> reporter: still a family once lost has been found. michelle miller, cbs news, grand rapids, michigan. >> duncan: never too late to reconnect. that's the "cbs evening news" for jeff glor. i'm jericka duncan. happy new year, everyone. good night.
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happy new year. we are so glad you are with us on offscript. new year's eve was d.c.'s 4th coldest on record. if you hate the cold, you are out of luck because it's not heating up any time soon. in fact it might get worse. melissa is outside on the weather terrace. i am in awe that they keep putting you out there. >> today is not the day to wear boots and three leggings underneath my work dress. it's cold and we had the third day with temperatures roughly 20 degrees lower than the average for this time of year. this is about more cold coming up. right now


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