tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS November 23, 2016 5:30pm-6:00pm MST
>> easy travel conditions. >> thank you very much for being with us tonight. see yo captioning spo captioning sponsored by cbs >> quijano: america on the move. >> this is crazy. i've never seen it like this. >> quijano: the busiest holiday rush in nearly a decade. millions jam highways, airports, and trains. plus a security lockdown for the thanksgiving parade. p also tonight, two women join the ambassador, devos for education secretary. buying groceries just got a whole lot easier. >> it's a great time to be a shopper. it's a tough time to be a supermarket. >> quijano: and-- >> we're under the lincoln memorial. we're about 75 feet undergroundl >> quijano: a national treasure is being restored by the monuments man.
>> quijano: good evening, scott is off tonight. i'm elaine quijano. americans are on a mission ton a see family or friends and getily there in time for thanksgiving dinner. it won't be easy. the 405 in los angeles was packed in both directions well before dawn. airport security lines snaked around terminals. d nearly 49 million plan to travel 50 miles or more, the most since 2007. the vast majority are driving and paying average of $2.13 a gallon for gas, among the lowest we have a team of correspondents covering this. first, can kris van cleave at reagan national airport outside d.c. >> reporter: elaine, the airlines are pretty happy with the way the day is going. so far, only about 40 flights delayed as of early evening on the east coast, some 3.7 million people expected to fly this holiday weekend. many of them are still in lines,
from denver to chicago o'hare and in boston, long lines greeted holiday fliers. >> this is crazy. i've never seen it like this before, and i've traveled heree for the past three years. >> reporter: thanksgiving is the airline's super bowl. the world is watching. and dave holz is watchingda weather and delays from delta's operation center in atlanta.n ce >> we're looking far enough out in advance so when we do run into some of those impactful items we are prepared for it and get the airlines back on their feet. >> reporter: t.s.a. administrator peter neffenger. >> you have any concerns about the thanksgiving holiday? >> there are no particular credible threat streams we're following right now, just thele standard concerns you have abou aviation security, and we're going to be on top of that. >> reporter: i'm david begnaud. motorists on the washington, d.c. beltway this afternoon were stuck in the country's worst traffic-- a five-and-a-half-hour
a.a.a. said 33 million people are expected to drive to their thanksgiving day destination. traffic fatalities are up 10% in the first half of this year, and that's a big concern on a travel day like this. the automobile club expects to help out 370,000 people who will have some kind of car trouble. the only trouble the homan family had today was space. brad homan and christina hope decided to use the sports car for the family trip to the florida keys. >> it's about five hours. >> reporter: you are troopers. >> we have to take a break. >> there's a little bit of complaining going just a little bit. we had to get out of the car for that reason. >> yeah. >> reporter: right now, we are in bumper-to-bumper traffic in florida. we're on i-95 and it's moving at about 13 miles per hour. a little tip for you-- try not to travel home on sunday if you can avoid it. according to the mope app waze, traffic jams will be 240% on
from the roads to the rails it'o also pretty busy right now at the nation's train stations. >> reporter: i'm michelle miller at penn station in new york city, where holiday travelers rushed to get seated on mostly sold-out trains. penn station is the busiest hub along the northeast corridor, servicing trains every two to three minutes. nationwide this year, 750,000 people will be riding the rails. long lines drove some travelers a bit stir crazy, but with trains running on schedule, passengers like eugene deloatch tried to enjoy the ride. >> smooth and quiet. s >> reporter: the day before thanksgiving. >> early. >> reporter: early. >> it was early, yes. >> reporter: that's the key? >> that is the key. >> reporter: with new york on high alert with threats of terror this evening, amtrak's c.e.o. wick moorman said they added police and canine units to their patrols. >> it's a big, big presence here and a lot of planning to keep it safe. >> reporter: and tonight, some
look at 30-minute delays, possibly even longer, elaine. that's because someone was struck and killed by an amtrak train late this afternoon in delaware, causing the temporary suspension of traffic along the northeast corridor. >> quijano: thank you, michelle miller, david begnaud, and kris van cleave. a wintry mix of snow, sleet, and rain made for tough sledding today in minnesota and across the upper midwest. more ice and snow are expected tomorrow from northern pennsylvania to central new england. ia rain is expected elsewhere in the northeast. the pacific northwest is bracing for heavy rain and snow in the mountains. among the new additions to the thanksgiving parade in new york city are trucks filled with sand. jericka duncan says they're reeling in to protect an expected crowd of three million. >> reporter: as the parade balloons began to take shape, so is the city's security plan. metal barricades will line the
canines will sniff for explosives as more than 3,000 uniformed officers watch the crowds.at you actually prefer the extra security. >> i do. i think that it's appropriate. >> reporter: this afternoon, 81 sand-filled sanitation trucks started blocking intersections to prevent a terrorist attack like the one in nice, france, last july. the radical islamic terror group isis recently named the parade an excellent target in its online magazine. along with its network of established limited pedestrian entrance points and created aan web of street closures around the parade's final blocks. new york city mayor bill de blasio: >> n.y.p.d. is more than ready to handle anything that is going on around us and to work with everyone to make sure it's a safe and fun day for everyone who attends. >> reporter: police vans like the one behind me that are throughout this city are command centers of sorts.
can monitor and watch some of that surveillance coming in live. now, authorities tell us an additional security challenge this year, elaine, president- elect donald trump's residence is just one block away from the parade route. >> quijano: jericka duncan, thank you. president-elect trump was busy with his transition today, naming two women for top posts. betsy devos, a republican party member for education secretary, and in a twist, nikki haley for u.n. ambassador. here's julianna goldman. >> governor nikki haley. >> reporter: south carolina governor nikki haley was one of the republican party's loudest critics of its eventual nominee. >> diewrs anxious times it can be tempting to follow the siren call of theang riest voices. we must resist that temptation. >> reporter: and mr. trump didn't spare her, either, tweeting in march, "the people of south carolina are embarrassed by nikki haley."
president-elect a friend. >> we are currently living through what may be the most interesting time in american political history. >> reporter: haley, an indian american, diversifies the president-elect's personnel picks and helps him extend an olive branch to the party establishment but she lacks the foreign policy experience of previous u.n. ambassadors. there trump's other pick today, g.o.p. donor betsy devos, was for a cabinet post he said he might not have. >> i might cut the departm >> she is a strong advocate for school voucher programs and is charter schools and is against common core, which mr. trump wants to abolish. >> we will provide school choice and put an end to common core. we're bringing our education local. >> reporter: jeb bush, one of mr. trump's former opponents and a common core supporter calledco devos "an outstanding pick." there were also indications today that the president-elect
department of housing and urban development. >> the inner cities, you can't walk to the store for a loaf of bread, you get shot. >> reporter: while no formal announcement was made, carson,wl who would be the first african american in mr. trump's cabinet, hinted in a facebook post that he's accepted the position writing that he can help make "our inner cities great for everyone." for secretary of state, rudy giuliani is still in the running, and so is mr. trump's number one g.o.p. critic, mitt president-elect's advisers are lobbying against him. so, elaine, nikki haley may have checked the box for assembling that so-called team of rivals. >> quijano: julianna goldman, thank you. in tennessee tonight, five children are still fighting for their lives after the monday bus crash that killed five school mates. manuel bojorquez is in chattanooga with new information about the driver. >> reporter: this afternoon, police announced they've eliminated one possible reason
lost control of the school bus monday. chattanooga police sergeant austin garrett: >> we received toxicology reports back today from the tennessee bureau of investigation that shows no trace of alcohol or drugs in the driver's system. >> reporter: today, the n.t.s.b. said it was looking into why walker was not driving on a designated bus route. he is being held on vehicular manslaughter charges while investigators review video and black box recordings from the bus and look into other possible factors other like excessive speed. investigators are also looking into claims some parents had complained about walker's driving in the past. while he has no previouse he criminal history, records show he was in a minor accident while driving a school bus two months ago. walker was hired by a private contractor, durham school services. c.e.o. david a. duke released this video statement today.re >> my responsibility now is to look for answers, answers about why this tragedy occurred, and answers for how we can make sure
>> reporter: the crash has lefth this community deep in mourning. lafrederick thirkill's nine- year-old cousin cordayja jonestr died in the crash. what has this community lost?lot >> oh, this community has lostco some beautiful spirits, some beautiful angels, some students that made many people's lives brighter. and i know as my family, many families grieving right now. >> reporter: doctors at this hospital say some students arrived here so scared and dazed they were not able to spell their names or remember their own birthdays. elaine, most have now been released, including six today. >> quijano: manuel bojorquez. manuel, thank you.ma in the south of england this week, an unusual item went up for auction, the skeleton of a bird taller and heavier than a turkey, hunted into extinction centuries ago. mark phillips has the story. >> i'm going to start the
>> reporter: more than a m collection of old bones was on the block at this auction. this those bones once assembled formed the world's most famous dead bird, the dodo. >> that is a dodo, just rolls off the tongue beautifully doesn't it. >> reporter: the phrase stuck, says dodo expert errol fuller,hs not just because it was catchy, but because the dodo's extinction is so well documented. hungry european sailors found the bird on the indian ocean island of marishias in the late 1500s. within about 80 years, the happenless and significantly flightless bird was gone, dead as. the dodo has been extinct for more than 300 years, yet it is still the most important symbol of what mankind can do to nature if it isn't careful or if it doesn't care. yet, the dodo, and its lessons, live again.sson >> 260 i have.
>> reporter: it's hard to put a price on a lesson, but auction house owner rufus van der werff says he was selling an idea.s is this an example of man's folly? >> it really brings it home that we can have a big impact on the environment. >> reporter: make no bones about it. >> animal and bird species are being made and i think at a faster rate than ever, and that is, one way or another, our fault, or mankind's fault. so whether we're actually learning the lesson, i don't think i'd like to say. >> reporter: or whether we'll become the next dodo. >> well, that's a possibility, too. >> all done. >> reporter: the bird went for. >> 280,000 pounds. and sold.repo >> reporter: about $416,000 with commissions, a big price for a big lesson. mark phillips, cbs news, billingshurst, england. >> quijano: next on the cbs evening news, new technology is threatening to make supermarkets
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guide is a billionaire. where does he rank in your pantheon of american presidents? >> we've had a lot of great presidents but there's no doubt lincoln held the country pentagon and probably our greatest president. >> reporter: financier david rubenstein spent tens of millions of his own fortunes to restore everything from the iwo jima memorial to the washington monument. >> if lincoln were to stand up he would be 28 feet tall. >> reporter: now he's giving another $18.5 million to the parks service to repair this some of the most moving and important words ever uttered bye an american president. p but the biggest change will be underground. where are we right now?e >> right now, we're under the lincoln memorial. >> reporter: for the first time, tourists will be able to see the subterranean cavern that looks like a cathedral and to view graffiti sketched by
the visitor center will be in this area? >> the visitor center will be up here. >> reporter: that's right, a massive 15,000-square-foot. underground educational center will dramatically change thefo lincoln memorial experience. >> so there will be much moree. opportunity to learn about lincoln and to really come away from this lincoln memorial with a real sense of who lincoln was and what he did. >> reporter: why do you do this? >> i do it because i think i'm giving back to my country in a small, modest way, perhaps, and hope i'll inspire other people to do the same. >> reporter: you would like to see other people see what you do. >> absolutely. i don't have the resources-- i don't have enough resources to do it myself. i want other people to do it as well. >> reporter: a mission born of rubenstein's love of his country and the great americans who gave it life. chip reid, cbs news, washington. >> quijano: a truly noble endeavor. that's the cbs evening news. for scott pelley, i'm elaine quijano. happy thanksgiving, and good night. captioned by
>> developing now, investigators are hoping someone has information as they try to find the person who attacked a man, then set him on fire. thanks for being with us. i'm jim benemann. >> i'm karen leigh. that man is on a long road to recovery. it happened on a busy stretch of road at 58th and washington at i-25. jeff todd joins us. businesses in the area say they are having trouble coping with this attack tonight. >> reporter: yeah, karen, we have been told this man went by matthew. some people called him red. he was well known to the business owners and a number of the local locals we talked to say they have known him for years. there are marks on the building where he was set on fire. we are about to show you some disturbing video. this happened november 6 around 10:00 at night. investigators say the suspect came out of nowhere and set matthew on fire.
act actually put out the flames. the suspect then grabbed some burning trash to reignite matthew. it appears to be a random act of extreme violence that has affected both people who knew matthew and law enforcement. >> never asked anybody for nothing. he just sat there and minded his own business. like i said, a lot of people knew him around here. so, everybody around here took it pretty hard. >> it was pretty awful to see that video. i have to tell you. and, what we saw is nobody should have to endure that. >> reporter: the suspect is described as stocky build between five foot ten and six feet tall. the most significant identifying mark is the sweatshirt that says cross fit rebok on it. anyone can information is asked to call the adams county sheriff office. it is is a pretty busy stretch