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enjoys its day in the snow. >> best day ever! this is the "cbs evening news" with jeff glor. reporting tonight from central park in new york city.
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forcing evacuations. firefighters rescued trapped drivers. life quickly became miserable for new englanders used to harsh weather. those who didn't stay indoors lived to regret it. this is a major thoroughfare in downtown boston. the snow's been coming down so heavily and the wind blowing so hard, that the snow plows haven't been able to keep up with it. strangers stepped in to help even when four-wheel drive wasn't enough. ality rockport, texas, high winds sent frigid waters pouring over the sea wall and into the streets. about 25 miles away in hull, massachusetts, cars were washed away by the rising tide. further up the coast, in situate, wind and weaves turned ice into projectiles. town manager jim bourdreau. >> the ice that we're afraid is going to come up and actually act like shrapnel coming off the beach so it's going to be a pretty wild situation. ep
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repeated all along the east coast as drivers discovered the laws of winter physics. in maryland: >> it's so slippery and icy out there, we're sliding everywhere. >> reporter: in new jersey: >> everyone stay in. don't go out unless you're essential personnel. not good weather to drive in. >> reporter: the storm was so fierce that despite fielding 1500 snow plows, new york had a hard time keeping the streets and highways clear, and usually thick-skinned new yorkers couldn't wait to get out of the cold. >> it's too cold. >> reporter: tens of thousands of people have lost power up in & down the east coast, and with the temperatures now starting to plummet, there are serious concerns about how they're going to heat their homes. this storm is roaring northward, and jericka duncan is in portland, maine. >> reporter: yeah, here in portland, maine, conditions are actually-- whoa-- starting to improve, despite the fact that the snow continues to pile up
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snow in january is expected in maine, but it's not every day they see and feel this: bone-chilling wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour, making it almost impossible to get around by foot and car. with snow falling at a rate of two inches an hour, emergency management officials are bracing for a very long night. >> it's been cold so none of that has melted away, and our biggest fear is we're going to lose power. >> reporter: 20 miles south of portland, on ferry beach, we watched the storm swallow up foundations. the winds and the wraefs so strong, that while we were out here filming just moments ago, the ground underneath us collapsed. 32-year-old sean walker has lived in this beach town his whole life. every year, he says, the neighborhood gets smaller. >> my childhood memories are being washed away.
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>> reporter: it's something he now expects to happen with each impending storm. jericka duncan, cbs news, portland, maine. >> glor: a lot of air travelers were out of luck today with all that snow and wind, some major hubs, more than 4,000 flights were cancel. here's transportation correspondent kris van cleave. >> reporter: the storm virtually shut down new york's airports, creating long lines of frustrated fliers and leaving others to sleep at newark airport. >> we're delayed, and we're not sure if we're going to be flying out of here any time soon. >> reporter: at laguardia, snow and wind made runways impanel. >> there are no planes leaving or going anywhere. so basically, stuck here in this airport. >> reporter: boston logan was a near ghost town as nearly 75% of the flights there were canceled. still, this guy braved subfreezing temperatures early this morning to catch a train to the airport in the hopes of finding a flight. t
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some kind of delay. our flight already got canceled and moved so, yeah, we were supposed to leave at 11:00. pushed back to 8:00. hopefully we can get out before the storm comes. >> reporter: good thing he went early. this was the scene at new york's jamaica station a few hours later, just brutal. but that's what llana raz is trying to get back to. instead, she got stuck in texas. >> it's crazy. they canceled our flight. so we really had to scur tow figure out another way we were gog get home. but we're in dallas. we're 24 hours on a bad-weather layover. not that we're missing new york and negative three degrees. >> reporter: dallas doesn't sound so bad. now the charleston, south carolina, airport remained closed today, even though that region wasn't getting any snow. they just don't have enough snow-removal equipment to clean up the mess there. looking ahead to friday-- nearly 900 flights and count having already been canceled. jeff. >> glor: and that you will bone-chilling cold on the way as ll
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some unusual images. here is the charming city of snowvan ageorgia, which usually gets zero inches in winter. in the outer banks sheets of ice rattled a fishing pier. and in newfoundland, it was a near moose. a group of snowmobilers spotted a moose stuck in snow, they grabbed shovels and started digging. it took 15 minutes but they did get the moose out of the mess. for the latest on the winter weather we turn to eric fisher, our chief meteorologist, in boston, wbz, eric. >> jeff, this has been quite a memorable storm for many along the eastern seaboard. racing up toward nova scotia, the snow beginning to wind down across new england but big story along the coast was the flooding. along massachusetts the worst flooding since the the blizzard
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we had a supermoon on monday and that created high tides already. plus you had the height of the storm hitting with high tide and that rapid pressure fall. we talked about that last evening. it's certainly verified today. this storm dropped almost 60 millibars in 24 hours. what does that mean? it was the fastest pressure drop of an east coast storm since the same exact date in 1919 of 89, january 4. snow accumulate up the 95 corridor into the state of maine. up next, it's about the cold, big dip in the jet stream. it's going to move right over the northeast with the harshest air we have seen the entire stretch. we have wind chill values anywhere from 10 to 20 below. the actual air temperature in boston may hit 10 below sunday morning. it would be the coldest temperature there since 1957. >> glor: eric fisher, thanks very much. about five miles south of here on wall street, the stock market broke a record. the dow
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close above 25,000 for the first time ever. just five weeks another the dow hit 24,000, making this the fastest thousand-point rise in the history of the blue chip index. since president trump was elected, the dow supnearly 37%. jill schlesinger is our senior business analyst. jill what, are we to make of all this? >> well, it has been a strong first week of the year, and the dow has sailed past 25,000 mark. it's amazing. all major indexes following along here, the nasdaq as well as the s&p 500. this is now the second longest bull market on record. in china, here's what we learned: we learned that the service sector expanded to its highest level in more than three years. and not just in china, not just in the u.s., also in europe, where we we know companies there are hiring workers at the fastest pace in the 17 years, and near the u.s. we have corporate tax cuts air, loosening of
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energy sectors. all this put together, it's an amazingly optimistic time. i will say, a lot of people wondering when this could end. well, you know, what? it's been over 3200 days of this bull market. we're due for a correction. but none in the offing just yet. jeff. >> glor: jill schlesinger, thanks very much. president trump's personal lawyers are threatening a lawsuit to prevent the publication of michael wolff's new book "fire and fury" inside the pump trusm white house. the president called the book phony. wolff responded by saying the book gl on sale tomorrow, four days ahead of still scl. some of his reporting has reigniemented talks that the president could face obstruction of justice charges and jeff pegues has more on that. >> reporter: as he left a summit meeting in germany in july, the president was focused on a political crisis at home. news was about to bake breakabout a meeting during the 2016 campaign been twn his
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donald trump jr., other top campaign officials, and representatives of the russian government. according to wolff, the president, hope hicks, jared kushner, and ivanka trump huddled on air force one over how to respond. the decision-- say the meeting was primarily about russian adoptions by americans. trump jr. later acknowledged the meeting was convened because he was told the russians had negative information about hillary clinton. one member of president trump's media affairs team was so troubled by the explanation that emerged from air force one, he quit. wolff writes mark corallo privately confided he believed it represented a likely obstruction of justice. wolff says trump's confidawnts said corallo was fired. based on what you know about that meeting, is it obstruction of justice? >> i think you can't tell right now. >> reporter: scott fredericksen is a former federal prosecutor. >> it could be a misleading press statement for political purposes only. >> reporter: and that's not illegal. >> that's not illegal. ep
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intent. >> it's about proving a corrupt intent. >> the specter of obstruction of justice had already emerged in may when trump fired f.b.i. director james comey then told an interviewer it was because of the russia investigation. >> when i decided to just do it, i said to myself, i said, ," you know, this russia thing with trump and russia is a made-up story. it's an excuse by the democrats for having lost an election that they should have won." >> reporter: fredericksen says special counsel robert mueller who is investigating russian meddling in the 2016 campaign has to be careful about bringing a case against the president. >> the saying is you don't take on the king unless you know, you know you're right and you can win. and so, when i say special counsel mueller will approach this carefully, he will. >> reporter: legal scholars disagree on whether a president can even be indicted while in office. jeff. >> glor: and, jeff, in other news today, th
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the federal prosecution of marijuana. >> reporter: well, that's right. attorney general jeff sessions has issued new guidelines, paving the way for u.s. attorneys to have more discretion in prosecuting marijuana crimes. this resindz obama administration guidelines which allowed prosecutors to be more lenient. critics, though, charge the move adds confusion as to whether it's okay to grow, buy, and sell in those states where the drug is legal. jeff. >> glor: all right, jeff, thank you very much. so how does this affect states where marijuana sales are now legal? mireya villarreal has more on that. >> reporter: the u.s. attorney general's memo sparked swift reaction from washington state where recreational marijuana has been legal for five years now. seattle mayor jenny durkin: >> we will not be bullied by an administration that seems obsesseobsessed with dismantlins that are actually working. >> reporter: today, colorado's u.s. attorney said his office won't change its apph
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prosecuting marijuana crimes. the state's republican senator cory gardner threatened to block presidenpresident trump's d.o.j. nominations if jeff sessions refuses to back down. >> this was not a part of the agenda. this was not a part of the plan. many of us were misled. >> reporter: here in california, customers have been streaming into pot shops just like this one in west hollywood ever since it became legal to purchase recreational marijuana on new year's day. the manager says that could make her store a target for the feds. >> it's always a possibility in your mind that they'll go after the most successful one first to make an example. >> reporter: mireya villarreal, cbs news, los angeles. >> glor: and now to some other stories we're following in the evening news feed. at dover air force basedover air force base today, vice president mike pence attended the dignified transfer ceremony for a fallen u.s. soldier. 34-year-old sergeant mihail golin was killed in afghanistan on new year's day, in a battle likely against isis
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president trump and south korean president moon today agreed to postpone joint military exercises until after the pyeongchang winter olympics next month. this move appears to be a move to ease tensions with the north, which views the annual drills as a rehearsal for a u.s. invasion. in south africa, a train slammed into a truck and burst into flames today. at least 18 people were killed, 260 hurt. many of the passengers were heading home to johannesburg after the holidays. the driver of the truck had tried to beat the the train at a crossing. he was not hurt. there is much more ahead on tonight's cbs evening news. >> reporter: the revelation of a security flaw has tech companies scrambling to find fixes to stop malicious hackers. >> glor: a fond farewell to piper, the airport hero. >> best day ever!
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so-called kernel memory of memory. it was meant to be nak cessable to users. >> this is a design flaw, an architecture flaw on how the chips were designed. that's why many, many of these chips across many different vendors are affected. and that's why we see it so widespread. >> reporter: fear is that sophisticated hackers could steal passwords which would unlock private information on everything from personal computers and smartphones to the cloud servers that are useed by almost every company that operates on the internet. so given that scale, how big is this problem now? >> you know, everyone in the world is racing either to fix it or to find out a way to take advantage of it. so it is definitely a race between attacker and defender. and in those races, it's usually the attack they're has the advantage. >> reporter: in a statement, chip maker intel says, "by the end of next week, interks l expects to have issued up to 90% of processors issued in the past
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>> glor: what is so rare as a day in june? a snow day in january in the south. omar villafranca is there. >> come on! >> reporter: for the first time in 28 years, tallahassee saw measurable snow. >> wow! >> reporter: for many in the south, the snowstorm gave them a chance to play in weather usually seen farther north. eliza hunter spent the day taking pictures around snowy savannah. it hasn't snowed this much in the city in 30 years. >> i never thought that i would see snow. it was like all my childhood dreams realized. >> reporter: south carolinians don't typically keep sleds around, so drew improvised and talk his daughter, sadie, out for a spin in a laundry bask.
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storm didn't prevent this man from enjoying a few cold ones. while in charleston, it was hard to tell who was having more fun-- this woman snowboarding in the street. stunned iguanas fell from palm trees. >> it was, actually, a christmas present. there was a note sathey had we're going to go see snow. >> reporter: and then there's the feintuchs from florida, who did everything possible to get caught in 10 inches of snow. the family drove more than nine hours from their home near jacksonville to norfolk, virginia, so their kids travis and lexi, could play in the snow for the first time. was it worth it seeing their reaction? >> absolutely. >> yes. >> i would do it all over again. >> reporter: omar villafranca, cbs news, norfolk, virginia. >> glor: well done, omar. thank you very much. and that is the cbs evening news. i'm jeff glor reporting tonight from central park in new york city. good night.
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we have had no shortage of wind or waves in ocean city, maryland. you do what you have to do. >> a major winter storm is pounding the northeast. kenneth craig is in boston where the snow and high wind are creating white out conditions. >> it's cold, it's sticking bad as you can see. >> my goodness. an interesting morning it was. >> well, to off script. i am bruce johnson. the dc area came

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