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captioning sponsored by cbs >> mason: deadly disasters in the deep south. >> we took off running. the wind picked us up and threw us. >> mason: tornadoes and wildfires destroy hundreds of buildings and force thousands to flee. also tonight, a charlotte police officer is cleared in the fatal shooting of a black man that led to days of unrest. >> officer vincent saw mr. scott holding up a semiautomatic handgun. >> mason: safari in southern california-- the hunt for a killer mountain lion. and, a wake-up call about the high cost of sleep deprivation for productivity and longevity. this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> mason: good evening. scott is off tonight.
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i'm anthony mason. this is our western edition. we begin tonight with violent weather in the south. time-lapse video shows a tornado touching down today near atlanta. other twisters were reported in florida and louisiana. they were, apparently, not as devastating as some of the 25 reported across the south overnight that left at least five people dead. mark strassmann is in alabama. >> reporter: rosalie, alabama, population 700, took the storm's first knockout punch at five minutes after midnight. this trailer home flipped and killed three people inside. part of a swath of destruction that runs along state highway 71. one resident told us the lights went out, and then he heard a loud growling sound, and in 10 seconds, all these buildings were destroyed and these semitrucks were flipped like tonka toys. in neighboring ider, we found 14-year-old aubrey williams. her aunt and uncle own this former daycare center where her family rode out the storm.
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only the bathroom still stands. >> when we took off running, the wind picked us up and threw us, and we went through walls and the roof fell down and collapsed on us. >> reporter: four adults and three children hunkered down here. four of them are in the hospital, including her mother. 100 miles north, 135-mile-per- hour winds raked athens, tennessee. mcminn county sheriff joe guy: >> we have not had a fatality at this point. i think that's something that we're very blessed to be able to say. >> reporter: on the hill above this save-a-lot store, james and sherry long took shelter in this 19th century home they've been renovating. it needs a lot more work now. >> i think the only thing we can do to this place is a bulldozer. >> reporter: this is where we met 14-year-old aubrey williams. she told us her mother, uncle, and aunt all had surgery today and are recovering in the i.c.u. anthony, this severe weather
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system and threat will move into the carolinas overnight. >> mason: mark strassmann, thanks, mark. the storms provided some help in the battle against wildfires in the great smoky mountains of tennessee. today, three more bodies were recovered, bringing the death toll to at least seven. the fires have destroyed more than 700 buildings. demarco morgan is in tennessee. >> reporter: we are standing in what's left of what once was a window to this three-bedroom home, now just part of the frame still left after wildfires destroyed the place. and now all you can see is remnants, burned out appliances and some of the items you can pretty much make out like this a.c. here and the fireplace. this home had been in the cogdale family for more than five decades. if you look to my left, you can see the shed and the garage that was also destroyed here, a place that family members said held most of their memorabilia pieces, pieces that they cherish. they also told us that the fire actually started far behind us at this mountain here. the locals call it "the falls,"
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and quickly spread over the highway to where we are now. it is a devastating loss. anthony? >> mason: demarco morgan, thanks, demarco. in north carolina, there will be no criminal charges in the death of 43-year-old keith scott. today, the prosecutor cleared charlotte-mecklenberg police officer brentley vinson, saying the evidence of the shooting in september was justified. here's jericka duncan. >> don't shoot him. he has no weapon. >> reporter: this video, along with eyewitness reports that keith lamont scott was unarmed, spurred days of protests in charlotte. but today, district attorney andrew murray said he wanted to debunk what he called misinformation. for instance, eyewitness accounts that scott did not have a weapon. >> mr. scott's gun, a colt .380 semi-automatic was recovered at the scene. it had one round in the chamber. the safety was off and the gun was cocked. >> reporter: murray showed this
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surveillance video taken shortly before the shooting at a convenience store. he says officers saw this bulge on scott's ankle and thought it was a holstered gun. officer brentley vinson and another officer were at scott's apartment complex to execute a warrant for someone else's arrest. vinson noticed scott was smoking marijuana in a parked s.u.v. he ignored it. >> that all changed when officer vinson saw mr. scott holding up a semiautomatic handgun as he sat in his vehicle. >> reporter: they approached scott with police vests and told him at least 10 times to drop his weapon. >> drop the gun! >> he had a blank stare, as if he was in a trance-like state. >> reporter: shortly thereafter, vinson fired four shots. >> don't do you it! >> reporter: striking scott in his wrist, abdomen and rear shoulder. vinson spoke to investigators that night. >> reporter: attorney justin
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bamberg represents the scott family. >> at the end of the day, we're talking about a human life being extinguished, and that is truly tragic. >> reporter: in a statement, the scott family said that they were very disappointed with the decision. anthony, they did call on any protests tonight or in the coming days to be peaceful. >> mason: jericka duncan, thanks, jericka. 51 days before he becomes president, donald trump says he will take steps to distance himself from the business empire that bears his name. here's chief white house correspondent major garrett. >> reporter: the president-elect promised on twitter to take himself completely out of his business operations, calling it "visually important to in no way have a conflict of interest." mr. trump and his children, slated to take over the family business, will outline details december 15. incoming chief of staff, reince priebus: >> what people should glean from
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all of this is that there is a plan that's being worked on. there are really smart ethics lawyers that are involved. >> reporter: mr. trump has business holdings in the u.s. and more than 20 countries. the president-elect has already had conversations with heads of state from japan, argentina, and turkey, where daughter ivanka participated. he has met with business partners from india and the philippines. norm eisen is an expert on white house ethics. >> the president-elect not only has substantial domestic interests that stretch across the united states. he has very complex international interests and relationships that implicate foreign governments. >> reporter: the central issue-- will mr. trump sell off his business holdings and place them in a blind trust, as previous presidents have? the key word is "divest." >> what he tweeted about today is not complete separation. it's only separating from operations, not from his ownership interest. no american voted for mr. trump to violate our constitution.
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>> reporter: after mr. trump's announcement, the office of government ethics tweeted, "brilliant, divestiture is good for you, very good for america." the ethics office then felt compelled to explain what it was tweeting about was not necessarily what mr. trump has pledged to do but how he can avoid all conflicts of interest. anthony, transition officials tell us mr. trump will still not release his tax returns as part of this process. >> mason: major garrett, thanks. the president-elect is making good on a campaign promise to keep jobs from leaving the country. dean reynolds has more from indianapolis. >> reporter: it was one of donald trump's sure-fire applause lines: >> companies like carrier, simply fire their workers, and move their operations to mexico. guess what? not gonna be so easy to do anymore. >> reporter: and to prove that point, trump and vice president- elect mike pence will be here tomorrow when carrier announces it will not be moving as much manpower to mexico, saving about 1,000 american jobs. what's your reaction to this
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news? >> i'm still in shock, really that mr. trump was able to actually put his words into actions. >> reporter: t.j. bray is a trump-supporting union member who's worked at carrier for 14 years. union workers-- >> yeah, union workers. re reporter: voting republican. >> because this guy was talking the things that everybody wanted to hear. >> reporter: just nine months ago, carrier shocked its workforce. >> the best way to stay competitive and protect the business for long term is to move production from our facility in indianapolis to monterey, mexico. >> reporter: under pressure to maximize profits, u.s. manufacturers have found cheap mexican labor almost irresistible. by reversing course, carrier's parent company, united technologies, now stands to lose $65 million it hoped to save on wages in mexico. but for a company that does a lot of business with the federal government and made $4 billion
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in profits last year, that's a small price to pay to get out of the doghouse and on to the right side of the president-elect. trump and the company will release details tomorrow, anthony, but carrier said tonight the generous incentives it was promised, estimated in the millions of dollars, helped to seal this deal. >> mason: dean reynolds, thank you, dean. a cockpit recorder has captured the voice of the pilot of that doomed plane carrying a brazilian soccer team. he tells the tower he is out of fuel. the pilot also said the plane had an electrical failure. the british-made jet went down monday night in the mountains near medellin, colombia, eight miles from the airport. the pilot was among 71 killed. six others survived. the soccer team was flying to the finals of a south american tournament. a u.n. envoy said today there are no red lines left to cross
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in syria. every rule of war has been systematically disregarded. in aleppo, a bombing campaign by syrian government forces backed by russia has left neighborhoods in ruins. the regime has retaken much of the east from rebels. civilians are caught in the middle. debora patta reports from syria. >> reporter: this is what the aftermath of an artillery strike sounds like as the syrian military continues the assault on the rebel-held parts of aleppo. dozens of people were killed in this attack. grief hangs in the air. this teenaged boy just lost his mother in the strike. "one of my sisters was pulled out alive," he said. "but i don't know about the other." he is one of tens of thousands of civilians caught in the cross-fire as the syrian army continues to advance. they face an impossible choice--
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to stay means facing a daily barrage of bombs. but to run can be just as deadly. this woman died in the street with a backpack on her shoulders. those who managed to escape are being housed in makeshift shelters, many already filled to capacity. this old factory houses over 8,000 people, but still, they keep arriving and new beds have to be found. remarkably, children play, perhaps to forget the horror of what they have seen. old men cry, perhaps because they can't forget. in an impassioned plea to the united nations today, anthony, emergency relief coordinator stephen o'brien begged the security council to find ways to protect civilians fleeing the conflict in eastern aleppo before it became what he called one giant graveyard. >> mason: debora patta in damascus, thanks.
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it's all but certain president obama will leave office without fulfilling one of his original campaign promises-- to shut the u.s. military prison for terror suspects at guantanamo bay, cuba. dozens remain locked up there. margaret brennan got a rare inside look at the prison. >> reporter: these are the remnants of guantanamo's notorious camp x-ray, where hundreds of suspected terrorists were caged in the panicked aftermath of 9/11. the picture today is far different. the 60 remaining detainees, whose faces we were not permitted to film, lounge in modern, open cell blocks, eating and praying regularly. over the past eight years, 180 detainees have been released from guantanamo, leaving most of the prison empty. donald trump has vowed to reverse course. >> and we're going to load it up with some bad dudes, believe me. we're going to load it up. >> reporter: admiral peter clarke, who commands the detention facility, says there is room for hundreds more prisoners.
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but he vowed never to use harsh interrogation methods like waterboarding which trump has considered reviving. >> that's the debate in washington. that's not the debate here. there is no debate be here because we are grounded on safe and humane care and custody and will continue to be so. >> reporter: there will not be torture at guantanamo? >> i am confident there will not be torture at guantanamo. >> reporter: 21 of the remaining detainees have been cleared for release to other countries, but that leaves some of the most dangerous people still at guantanamo. the obama administration's plan for those risky prisoners, like 9/11 mastermind khaled sheikh mohammed, was to transfer them to high-security prisons in the u.s., but the republican-led congress blocked it. texas congressman mac thornberry: >> the fear is they will be a magnet for other terrorists to come and either try to break them out or just to punish the communities. >> reporter: lee wolosky, the administration's envoy for closing guantanamo, disagrees.
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>> we have consistently housed dangerous terrorists in our federal prison system without incident. >> reporter: the administration estimates it will soon cost $10 million per year per guantanamo detainee. and they say that exorbitant cost should be reason enough for the next president to shut it down. anthony? >> mason: margaret brennan, thanks, margaret. coming up next on the cbs evening news: the hunt for malibu's most-wanted-- a mountain lion. and later a new study says we're not getting enough "z"s. new study says we're not getting enough "z"s. ...including this little girl. and what if this happened again? i was given warfarin in the hospital, but wondered, was this the best treatment for me? so i asked my doctor. and he recommended eliquis. eliquis treats dvt and pe blood clots and reduces the risk of them happening again. yes, eliquis treats dvt and pe blood clots.
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pygmy goat and ate the goat. >> reporter: like many here in the santa monica mountains, wendell phillips keeps exotic animals on his ranch. five of his alpacas were recently killed by a predator known as p-45. he struck again next door killing 10 alpacas, a goat and a sheep. now he has a state permit to shoot the mountain lion. >> nobody wants to kill him. he's an animal. i wish they could preserve his life, but i don't want to keep adding my animals to the food chain. >> reporter: roughly 6,000 mountain lions live in the state and one of the largest groups roams just 40 miles from los angeles. many are tracked by the national park service. p-45, as he's known, has a g.p.s. that logs every move. >> we know he was there at the time, so it's pretty darn likely that it was him. >> reporter: seth riley is a wildlife ecologist studying the mountain lions in the area, where more than 50 ranch animals have been killed in the last year. in your eyes here it sounds like the solution is pretty simple. >> it is, yeah, which is to protect livestock.
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what that means is bringing them in to full enclosures at night. they won't be vulnerable. >> reporter: phillips says hunting the lion is another option. >> with this mountain lion, the only-- i think the only solution is adios, mr. mountain lion. >> reporter: do you think that will solve the problem? >> well, definitely not in the long run because there are other mountain lions out there. so even if they do kill him, there are other mountain lions out there. >> reporter: phillips has just one week left to track down p-45 before his permit runs out. so for now, anthony, the hunter remains the hunted. >> mason: carter evans. thanks, carter. still ahead, a thief finds a pot of gold but not at the end of a rainbow. ,,,,
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>> m >> mason: and now a bedtime story. a new study says we're not sleeping enough. here's dr. jon lapook. >> reporter: kristin lemkau, is a marketing executive at j.p. morgan chase who averages about 6.5 hours of sleep a night. but now her company is now promoting a healthier lifestyle and encouraging her to sleep eight hours. >> there has to be time when the brain slows down and you can get more sleep. the biggest mistakes i have made in my life recently have been when i'm tired. >> reporter: the new report by the rand corporation finds, like lemkau, 45% of american workers get less than seven hours of sleep a night, and that is costly to their employers. dr. charles czeisler directing the sleep health institute at brigham and women's hospital in boston. >> people are exhausted, they don't have the energy. sometimes they can't even get to work, and that's why-- that's why there are six lost work days per year, additional lost work
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days, in individuals who sleep less than six hours a night. >> reporter: and lack of sleep makes workers less productive. >> if the people who slept less than six hours a night simply upped the game a little bit, that would save $200 billion a year in lost productivity. >> reporter: lack of sleep causes accidents and is linked to heart disease, diabetes, and depression. risk of death increases 13% for people who average less than six hours a night, compared to those getting seven to nine. do you have to change the n lture so that if you get an e- mail at 11 p.m. and you don't answer it, it's okay? >> yes. and even more, i have to not send them. >> reporter: powering up by powering down. dr. jon lapook, cbs news, new york. >> mason: and now you know the story of rest. that's the cbs evening news. scott will be back tomorrow. i'm anthony mason. thanks for watching. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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to fire at him. a bay area police union is using this provacative new video in the use of force debate. len martin. it's chaos. a driver plowing into a crowd officers unable to fire at him. a bay area police union is using this video in the use of force debate. good evening, i'm allen martin. >> i'm elizabeth cook in for veronica de la cruz. the san francisco police department is at odds with the union over reforms to its use of force policy. the major hang-up a ban on shooting at moving cars. only on "5" our phil matier has a first look at the new union ad imagining a worst-case scenario. phil. >> reporter: that's right. it's been a year since the police shooting of mario woods set off a debate over the police use of deadly force in san francisco. while city hall and the union as we said have agreed on the proposed changes they are deadlock over the question of
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how police should handle possibly shooting at moving cars. the fight is going public in a big way with an ad by the police union. take a look. >> it's a sunny day and group of activists are quietly marching on the city streets. [ chanting ] >> suddenly a four ton truck begins plowing into the crowd. the police rush to halt the driver but are prohibited by -- >> reporter: the ad which will air later this week singles out the police commissioner president who has become wrangling with the union for months over language on a prosed ban on police shooting at cars part of an overhaul of the department's use of deadly force. >> with this policy we can't stop this lawsuit iser. >> very trump-esque. i think what we have here is a campaign, unfortunately, that is kind of a fear mongering. we are seeing across the country. >> i don't see it this way. this is happening throughout the world! >> nice,