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>> jeff: good evening, everyone, i'm jeff glor with a western edition of the broadcast. and we begin tonight with this weekend's unusual winter weather. temperatures up and down the west coast reaching eastward not rockies and beyond. in springfield, illinois the ice was hard to miss. in utah temperatures were close to 0, and there was snow as well. in california drivers confronted unfamiliar signs warning them of icy roads. cart kerr evans picks up the story. >> reporter: for most californians sub freezing temperatures are a novelty a rare taste of winter amid the palm trees. but to the state's $2 billion citrus industry two freezing night conditions a crop killer. >> everybody in the citrus business right now is worried. everybody. >> as temperatures plunged orange grower ben taft told his workers to pick as fast as they could. but 70% of his crop is still on the trees. and if the hard freeze continues,. >> you just save say that you have done what you can do and you're finished. >> reporter: grows here remember what happened six
years ago, the last major freeze. >> and in 2070 how bad was it? >> we lost everything. >> reporter: this week temperatures dropping into the 20s for a second straight night are also threatening other crops. curt johnson grows leafy veg tables. >> this was solid solid, frozen solid. i could snap it with my finger and it would just crack. >> reporter: johnson spent the last few nights lighting bonfires around his st. paula farm, anything can to raise the temperature a few critical degrees. >> hopefully that changes enough that we won't get the hard freeze. but the national weather service warning still say it's going to come. >> reporter: a crop loss would certainly affect prices at the market but the economic toll runs deeper. ben taft employs 30 workers. if the freeze destroys his oranges -- >> there's nothing to pack and ship. the packing house does not operate. simple as that. that's a cold hard reality. >> reporter: warmer weather is expected on tuesday. >> i want tuesday here quickly. >> reporter: that's when farmers will finally note
extent of the damage. carter evans, cbs news edison california. >> jeff: along the east coast the weather story was just the reverse. unusually warm weather with people in will amington north carolina enjoying a january day at the beach. from florida to new england today's high temperatures were 15 to 20 degrees above normal vice president joe biden will present the findings of his task force aimed at curb gun violence to president obama on tuesday. jan crawford tonight is in our washington bureau with detail, jan good evening. >> with the gun control debate raging here in washington people are actually buying pore guns than ever. and that is prompting one senator today to make a direct appeal to the stores selling the guns. >> reporter: let's than a month after the mass shooting in a newtown connecticut elementary school gun shows across the country are drawing record numbers. >> we were expecting a large crowd but we had no anticipation that we would have a crowd like this.
>> reporter: sales are soaring, triggered by concerns congress soon will ban or limit assault weapons and some forms of ammunition. new york senator chuck schumer asked retailers to take action before congress. >> today i'm urging our countries major gun retailers leak wal-mart and sports authority to suspend sales of modern assault-style weapons until congress is able to fully consider and vote on legislation to curb gun violence. >> reporter: and this week vice president biden is expected to release his report on guns. recommendations could include restrictions on assault weapons and high capacity magazine and background chex on all gun buyers. national rifle association president david keene predicted send that an outright ban will not happen. >> but i would say that the likelihood is that they are not going to be able to get an assault weapons ban through this congress. >> reporter: but republican senator kelly a yoet
signaled a possible compromise on background checks. >> i'm willing to listen to what comes forward on that but again i don't know that that would have stopped what happened in newtown. and i think we need to be very thoughtful in how we go forward with what happens and make sure that whatever is done actually is a solution. >> reporter: now here's something to remember. what biden delivers to the president will only be recommendations, jeff, of course it will be up to congress to pass any legislation that would make those proposals a reality. >> jeff: jan crawford in washington, thank you. >> the french foreign minister said today the u.s. is offering logistic and intelligent support for the french military intervention in the west african nation of mali. the operation is described as a new front in the war on terrorism. charlie d'agata has more. >> french fighter jets bombarded islamic militant strongholds in northern mali today and military officials vowed there will be many more air strikes to come to
protect its former colony. france has deployed more than 500 troop to its west african nation to stop al qaeda linked militants from turning it into a safe haven for terrorists. islamic militants seized control of a vast desert area in northern mali nine months ago. since then they have been posed an extreme form is 4r578ic sharia law public amptation an beatings are commonplace. mali's music, an important part of the country's culture has been silenced. the militants have banned the annual music festival in timbuktu. national security analyst juan zarate. >> what you have in mali is a safe haven for al qaeda an aggressive terrorist group, an organization and one that presents a threat to the stability of mali and the region. that explains why the french have decided to intervene now. >> reporter: france's decision to intervene is not without risk.
its french government upped its terror alert at home and reb ems have already threatened to attack french citizens. charlie d'agata, cbs news london. >> jeff: syrian warplanes stepped up their attacks in damascus suburbs today. activists sources say air strikes have killed at least 26 people, half of them children. those attempting to flee the civil war are facing very bad conditions in many refugee camps now. clarissa ward is in turkey tonight which is 11 mile from its syrian border. she joins us to talk about that and more. good evening to you. what is happening in these refugee camps? >> good evening, jeff, well the conditions in some of these camps are really quite bleak. it's january. it's a cold winter. temperatures plunging below freezing particularly at night. there's been a lot of rain in the region. but for the most part people in the turkish camps are in fairly good conditions. it's the tens of thousands
of syrians who are stranded along the syrian side of the border in makeshift camps who are really struggling with no power, no heat and very limited facilities one camp has just 80 toilets for about 12,000 people. >> jeff: why are so many people still stranded on the syrian side? >> reporter: at this stage turkey says it simply can't take any more refugees. it can't keep up with this seemingly endless wave of syrians who are desperate to flee their country. currently there are more than 150,000 syrians living here. the turkish government says it has sent over a billion dollars on hosting them and at this stage they really can't build the camps quickly enough to provide for all those syrians who are so desperate to leave. >> jeff: clarissa ward in hatay, thank you. in india six men were arrested today after another alleged attack and rape on a bus. police par rate -- -- parade the suspects in northern 100
jab state it comes less than a month after a deadly gang rape sparked outrage worldwide. later old-fashioned service in a new media world. remembering the victims of the cost ar-- costa concordia one year later. and one man's struggle to limit the mercury that taints much of our fish could lead to new guidelines for all. those stories when the "cbs evening news" continues.
>> a new study this month finds that 84% of all fish have unsafe levels of mercury. and that poses a health risk for humans. as tony guida reports diplomats will gather there geneva this week to negotiate a treaty aimed at reducing the mercury threat. >> reporter: he always considered himself as-- until one day something went very wrong. >> i felt like i was going to fall over when i was running. i was out of breath, balance really went to balance. >> reporter: gelfond who is the c.e.o. of the movie company i max consulted doctors on both coasts.
they had no answers. he was worried. >> you know, was it something like ms and it got to a point where i really couldn't cross the street. i had to hold my wife's hand. >> reporter: many tests later a neurologist asked him if he ate a lot of fish, he did. twice a day. diagnosis, mercury poisoning. >> i thought i was doing something good for my body. and it turned out i was doing something really bad for my body. >> reporter: eating fish fish is the principal way people get mercury.song tuna and swordfish contain the most mercury which permanently can damage the brain and kidney. because it is global, no country alone can rid its food supply of contamination. >> 75% of the fish that we eat in the united states is imported. >> linda greer is with the natural resources defense council, an environmental group that support os the u.n. treaty to reduce worldwide emissions of mercury. >> many of the tuna fish we eat, for example swim in the south china sea. and that mercury pollution
that comes into cans and into our pantries every day. >> the proposed treaty calls for filtering mercury emissions out of burning coal cutting mercury use in gold binning and reducing its use in manufacturing of electronic switches and batteries. >> i still probably am 75% bhaf i was before. i can't run, for example. >> so you really don't know at this point whether you are aback to 100%. >> i assume i won't. i assume i am never going to be able to dots things i was before. >> gelfond has a university research facility to study the affects of mercury on human health, effects which for him may be permanent. tony guida cbs news, new york. >> jeff: chevrolet has resurrected the sting ray. the newly redesigned 2014 corvette was rolled out tonight it is the 7th generation of the classic american sports car. and the first use of the sting ray since the 197 0s.
>> jeff: thousands in russia marched through the streets of moscow today to protest a new law that bands americans from adopting russian children. many carry post others of president putin with the word shame, written across it. >> today is the one-year anniversary of the costa concordia disaster when a cruise ship ran aground off the coast of italy. victims were remembered even as the shell of the the capsized ship remained in the background today. allen pizzey was there.
>> reporter: the day began with a somber and unusual event. relatives of the 32 people who died were taken out to the reeve where a tendon piece of the rock that tore up the costa concordia was lowered back down. it carried a plaque with the date of the accident and a latin inscription that reads "in eternal memory" as the ferry passed close to the costa concordia the mourners tossed wreaths into the sea. the ship's horn blasted 32 times and the wind and waves pushed the floral tributes towards the wreck. the children of victims gerald and barbara heil from minnesota said they were happy they came. and told the memorial mass was moving. speakers of the service brasd the islanders who opened their doors to cold, wet and often terrified survivors. the people of giglio had hoped that by now there would be nothing left except the memories and memorials but it will be at least another 8 months before the costa concordia can be
refloated and towed away to be scrapped. it's the largest and most complex operation of its kind ever undertaken. an underwater platform will stabilize the nearly 1,000 feet long liner when it is rolled over. massive notation tank, some as high as 11 stories will be welded on to the sides like a steel life preserver. the work goes on 24 hours a day, seven days a week. except today when like everything else on the island it stopped for a minute of silence. at the exact time the costa concordia struck the reeve one year ago. allen pizzey cbs news giglio italy. >> jeff: he was a journalist who stood up for civil rights and help changed the south. remembering eugene patterson. next.
>> jeff: the family of internet activist ar won swartz is blaming zellous-- for his death. he could founded the web site reddit committed suicide on frichlt he was facing federal childs claiming he stole documents from an attempt to make them freely available on-line. the nation has lost one of its most famous journalists eugene paterson. an acclaimed newspaper editor paterson was also a civil rights crusader. he died last night in florida at age 8 --. we get more now from magalie laguerre wilkinson. >> reporter: best known for his sharp editorials. they took on the vietnam war and president nixon. but they were most critical
of his fellow white southerners who saw the segregated south as the only way of life. patterson's most famous column as editor of the atlanta journal constitution was titled a flower for the grave. he wrote it in reaction to the 19634-- 1963 church bopping that killed four little girls in birmingham, alabama. only we can trails the truth southerner, you and i. we broke those children's bodies. his editorials during the civil rights era won him a pulitzer in 1967. on the eve of his retirement in 1987 paterson reflected on that periods. >> we were slowly at first and then decisively committing that newspaper to supporting the u.s. supreme court. and telling our kinsman and the american south look you have got to obey the law. and worse what we have been doing is wrong. that is tough. because are you telling a southern white that what his
baddee-- daddy and his granddaddy believed was wrong. and that's hard to accept. >> reporter: one of patterson's last efforts was editing down the 600,000 word king james bible saying quote the great stories were too hard to follow. he died at a st. petersberg home of complicate complicate-- complications from cancer at the age of 89. >> jeff: coming up the ultimate inauguration perk your own social media butler.
>> parts of's nation's capital are closed off for a dress rehearsal of next monday's inauguration complete withstand ins for the president and first lady both are u.s. service members whether you are following events in d.c., in person orion line social media can help share the moment os. if you are wary of it, our senior white house correspondent bill plante says there is help. >> for washington hotels creating standout
inauguration packages is a long stand drag decision. >> every hotel tries to come up with this crazy fun experience for people that are coming into the city. and this year is no different. >> reporter: in that spirit meredith goldberg of the madison hotel decided to offer her clients something new. this year's package is 47,000. it includes four nights in a presidential suite a car a driver and a social media butler. >> what is a social media butler? >> it is a dedicated social media pro who is available to help record memories from the inauguration weekend. >> reporter: will you really do their tweets for them. >> i will. if they want to tell me what to tweet. >> reporter: victoria will do it all twitter facebook insta gram. >> after you can look back and see your adventures and your family and friends who aren't with you on this trip can follow along like they are there with you. >> so they can be jealous. >> in real time jealousy. >> in the spirit of an inaugural high roller i
decided to try it out this is my inaugural tweet my producer made me do it so here mi sitting at the bar in the hotel pretending that i am the very rich customer who has bought this package which includes a social media butler. and the bar tendress is going to offer us what? >> well, we have a couple of inaugural inspired cocktails. our death and tax. >> social media butler, are you getting all this. >> i'm typing as fast as i can. >> now i get to taste it and then i guess i tell my social media butler how i liked it. and the verdict was in. refreshing. next off to the presidential reviewing stand where big donors and d.c. vips will watch the inaugural parade with the president. >> if i were in this spot what would you do for me? i mean -- >> the first thing would definitely be to record the moment with a photo. >> look, everybody i'm here in front of the white house and the inaugural reviewing stand. all of you people at home
be very jealous. >> no one has purchased the package yet but the hotel has had inquiries. so if you want social media butlering to be part of your inaugural experience you better act fast. >> it is now time unfortunately to go back to my day job and to say good-bye to my social media butler. thank you very much for your service. >> you're very welcome. it was my pleasure. >> inauguration won't the same without her. to say nothing of my twitter feed. bill plante, cbs news washington. >> jeff: that is the "cbs evening news" tonight. later on cbs "60 minutes." i'm jeff glor cbs news in new york. scott pelley will be here tomorrow. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org and.. the rush to buy freezing temperatures and