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c.j., who's that? . come on, c.j.. >> steph is so intimidating. >> shy guy. that's it for us at 5. ♪ ♪ ca ng sponsored by cbs >> ninan: breaking news, a deadly me you're's attack overseas, a gunman opened fire inside a nightclub in turkey's largest city. the final countdown to 2017. security heightened in the u.s. as millions gather for celebration coast coast to coast. an electric company in vermont apparently targeted by russian hackers. a swarm of earthquakes rattles california and nevada. is it a seismic wake-up call? >> it's so nice to meet you. >> two families bonded by tragedy and a little boy's gift of life. >> we couldn't help our baby, but we could help someone else's baby. it was the only thing that saved us.
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this is the "cbs weekend news." >> ninan: good evening. i'm reena ninan. this is our western edition. we begin with breaking news from overseas. a deadly attack inside a turkish nightclub. it happened in turkey's largest city, istanbul. authorities say a gunman opened fire on a crowd. jonathan vigliotti has the latest from london. >> reporter: reena, at least 35 are dead and 40 are wounded in the nightclub attack, according to istanbul's governor. at least one gunman, possibly two, opened fire on the crowd, inside the club during a new year's eve party. officials in istanbul are calling it a terror attack. a police officer is said to be among those dead. the attack happened in parts of the city that attracts large crowds of tourists and locals. there were reportedly several hundred people inside the club at the time. there are also reports that one or both of the attackers were wearing santa claus costumes. there have been numerous terrorist attacks in istanbul in recent months. that's why the city has been on
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high alert tonight with 17,000 police officers keeping watch over new year's eve celebrations. reena, it's unclear right now what happened to the gunman. >> ninan: elsewhere, overseas, millions rang in the new year with peaceful celebrations. >> ninan: in tokyo thousands released balloons, carrying their wishes into the sky. in other places like singapore, they launched fireworks by the truckload. twitter live streamed the midnight fireworks at the world's tallest building, burj khalifa, in dubai. here in the u.s. air, huge crowd is waiting under heightened security for the ball to drop? new york's times square. that's where we find marlie hall. >> reporter: a new year, new safety concerns. >> the terrorist threat around the world has changed. >> reporter: n.y.p.d. counter-terrorism chief james waters says for the first time,
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the city has brought in 65 garbage trucks filled with sand, plus 100 patrol cars. >> it creates a hardened perimeter, so it won't allow a hehicle to get in there. >> reporter: the move was sparked by truck attacks in nice, france, and berlin, germany, earlier this year, but it's not in response to a specific threat. at000 new york city police officers will fan out over times square's one square mile, overhead and on the ground, some m, uniform, others undercover. li it clearly looks like they've ofken a lot of precautions to take care of the people that are here. >> reporter: other cities are also taking extra precautions. in los angeles, water-filled barriers will be in place to protect an estimated crowd of 700,000 people at the new year's ose parade. in chicago, a network of cameras will keep an eye on things from above, and canine units will work the crowds. s,d in new orleans' french quarter, officers in tactical gear will patrol new year's festivities for the first time. >> we want to take the extra steps to protect people from potential terrorist attacks.
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>> reporter: but one step that's key to the world's most popular hiw year's eve celebration-- making sure this massive crystal ball can make its highly anticipated descent in times square. it was tested friday, and it's ready to usher in 2017. every reveler here in times square will be searched by police. anyone carrying a large bag, umbrella, or alcohol will not be allowed to enter. and one more thing to keep in mind, reena-- there are no restroom facilities. >> ninan: okay, marlie hall, thank you. 2016 is officially getting an ttra second added on a tick before midnight to account for the earth's slowing rotation and wobbly orbit. the world's time-keepers add a leap second to keep the clock >> snow is falling from the great lakes to new england. thunderstorms are drenching the gulf coast states. another band of storms is moving into southern california.
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well, that's been another cyber attack in the u.s., possibly linked to russian hackers. an electric company in vermont was apparently targeted. justice reporter paula reid is following this. paula. >> reporter: burlington bectric says malware code associated with a russian hacking operation was found in one of its computers. the company says it discovered the possible breach after the department of homeland security issued an alert to utility companies thursday night. it is not known when the code entered the computer of the ity,ont utility, but the disclosure comes just as 35 russian officials were forced to leave the u.s. in retaliation for russia's alleged cyber attacks targeting the u.s. election. the utility company says the malware was detected on a single laptop which was not connected to the grid. state-sponsored hackers have been targeting u.s. infrastructure for years. in early 2016, federal law enforcement stepped up efforts to help utilities shore up their defenses. but experts say the recent actions taken by the obama administration are unlikely to deter state-sponsored attempts to hack into critical cfrastructure. reena.
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>> ninan: paula reid, thank you. a pennsylvania state trooper was gunned down in the line of duty last night. 23-year-old trooper landon weaver was fatally shot while responding to a domestic abuse call. the suspect was killed this morning in a confrontation with police. weaver is the 65th officer shot and killed in the u.s. this year. 21 people got the ride of their life last night at the knott's berry farm amusement park in southern california. s on got stuck for almost six hours on a sky tram 100 feet up. firefighters used ropes and harnesses to bring everyone down safely. a reminder to be safe on the roads tonight. there's been a jump in drunk driving deaths this year. on average, 28 people a day have been killed in d.u.i. accidents. kris van cleave talked to one woman about how one bad decision oranged her life forever. >> reporter: it must be a moment that you think about all the time. >> constantly. >> reporter: christine alexander knows the pain a drunk driver can cause because she was one.
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when you got in the car that night, did you know how intoxicated you were? >> no. >> reporter: did you think you should have been driving? >> i didn't think that i was that intoxicated. i-- i thought i was fine to drive. >> reporter: that night in 2004, she had a blood alcohol ivvel twice the legal limit. driving home from a bar, she crashed into her boyfriend, richard hale's, motorcycle. he died. she went to jail. in 2015, 10,265 people died in alcohol-impaired crashes, an arcrease of nearly 300 from the year before. 2016 could be even deadlier. >> if you're drinking, don't drive. >> reporter: national highway traffic safety administrator, mark rosekind. i we're seeing these increases that we have not seen in 50 years. it's tragic. t reporter: why do you think the drunk driving numbers are going up? >> that's one we are still trying to figure out. .s reporter: n.h.t.s.a. is hoping this technology will reduce the number of drunk s.iving deaths. s uses sensors to measure a
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driver's blood alcohol level. if it's too high, the car won't start. art for christine alexander, it's too late. >> every waking moment you live with it. and you can't take it back. >> reporter: virginia is planning to start testing the drunk-driving-prevention technology next year. the system could be offered as an optional feature in new cars by 2020. kris van cleave, cbs news, washington. an ninan: relatives of carrie fisher and debbie reynolds are planning a private funeral and orblic memorial service for the mother-and-daughter hollywood stars who died last week a day apart. some believe reynolds died of a rtoken heart following fisher's death. dr. jon lapook says there is such a thing as broken heart androme. >> reporter: as she walks through her parents' home in panama city, florida, jill lefils feels both sad and >>mforted. >> it's just like a huge loss, a deep loss, more so than i would
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ecve expected, you know, because it was just so sudden. all of a sudden, they were here nd then, no, they're not. >> reporter: her father, jim coughlin sr., died at home the morning of friday, november 25. the next day, her mother, joanne, passed away. both were 90 years old. they were married for 66 years. >> we feel that my dad, once he passed on, that he called my mom and wanted her to come, that he called her and said, "joanne, come with me." >> reporter: as with the coughlins, it's unclear what led to debbie reynolds' death just one day after her daughter's, but emotionally stressful geents, like the death of a aouse or child, can trigger a sudden surge in stress hormones that are felt to stun the heart and prevent it from pumping properly or cause an artery supplying the heart to go into spasm. >> this entire part of the heart orteot moving at all. >> reporter: cardiologist dr. harmony reynolds of n.y.u. langone medical center has studied this under-recognized condition, which occurs mainly
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in older women, many of whom have no obvious preexisting heart disease. >> we don't necessarily understand why an emotional connection exists. eut we know that the brain and the heart are closely connected. you can die of heartbreak, but exactly how that happens and exactly why, we don't know. >> reporter: in 2012, the number of cases in the united states that were diagnosed was about 6,200. that's a 20-fold increase compared to just six years before. dr. jon lapook, cbs news, new york. >> ninan: retailers across the osuntry are adding up their holiday receipts. among the businesses that were expecting an increase in sales this year, mom-and-pop anokstores. tony dokoupil has more on this surprising retail plot twist. >> "mr. tiger goes wild" is one of my favorite ones. >> reporter: all the technology at people's fintertips was supposed to spell the end of books in people's hands. ic kind of a classic or something newer? >> reporter: but jessica stockton-bagnulo has a different story to tell. ea it is a really good time to be a bookstore.
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>> reporter: she's the cofounder or greenlight bookstore here in juooklyn, which just opened this new location. it's part of a national boom in d dependent bookstores, which have added more than 550 locations since 2010. >> there's only so much that digital can do. w're human. we live in meat space, and we love that. we want that interaction with the physical world. >> reporter: it turns out the book is a pretty good technology itself. u u don't have to charge it, you u n take it anywhere, and it works any time. the sheer ease and pleasure of a physical book may be why print sales are booming, up 50 million units since 2013. of course, it's not all a happy story. barnes & noble has shut more than 150 stores in the past decade. enen she grows up, do you think she'll shop at a bookstore? will they still be around? >> i would hope so. >> reporter: but perhaps that's just another reason to root for ere mom-and-pop bookseller in your neighborhood. >> it's important for me to kind
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of pass on to her my love of reading and my love of books, like my mom did for me and my gandmother did for my mother. >> reporter: the idea that the stttle bookstores are dying goes back to the 1990s movie "you've got mail." meg ryan's character closed her .hop. but in real life, new york's books of wonder, the shop believed to have inspired the movie, is still going strong. reena. >> ninan: glad to hear they're meeting a better fate with the mom-and-pop bookstores. thanks, tony. along with bookstores, the bald eagle is also making a comeback. a new year's eve baby eaglet broke out of its shell in fort myers, florida, today. thousands were watching live on ote southwest florida eagle-cam. another egg in the nest, holding its brother or sister, is slowing cracking open. it can take weeks for eaglets to hatch. coming up, there's been a whole lot of shaking going on in rnlifornia and nevada. is it a warning sign?
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and nevada were shaken this past week by a swarm of earthquakes. khree powerful quakes struck near hawthorne, nevada. they were felt from san francisco to las vegas, and there were more than 100 aftershocks. no serious injuries or damage, ayt john blackstone says scientists see the swarm as a seismic wake-up call. >> reporter: when a 6.7-magnitude earthquake rocked northridge, california, in 1994, there was no sign it was coming, as is often the case with major seismic activity. e> we have foreshocks before inout half of our big earthquakes in california. but they aren't usually coming ng a swarm. you know, with northridge, there was nothing before it at all. the san fernando earthquake didn't have any. the loma prieta earthquake didn't have te swarm. it had a magnitude 5 beforehand. >> reporter: it was a swarm of quakes that rattled people living in and around the remote town of hawthorne, nevada, wednesday. the rumbling began just after midnight local time with a 5.7-magnitude quake.
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four minutes later, another equally powerful one hit the same area. a third registered 5.5, followed by more than 100 aftershocks throughout the day. giaham kent is the director of ate seismological laboratory at the university of nevada reno. er the question that everybody wants to nkow is, is there going to be a fourth one or a larger nee, and that we don't know. but historically in nevada, we've seen trends where that can te the case. >> reporter: but in september, a swarm of seismic activity along the salton sea prompted scientists to warn of an ndreeased risk of a big earthquake near the san andreas fault. >> the san andreas is such a big, fast-moving fault, that when it has an earthquake, it's probably going to grow into a really big one. we don't see small ones on the san andreas. this earthquake is hundreds and ndndreds of miles away from the san andreas, so there would just be no concern about that. >> reporter: john blackstone, ads news, san francisco. >> ninan: still ahead, did a woman kill her husband and shoot her son with the same gun 20 years later? "48 hours" investigates.
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did she turn the same gun on her son nearly 20 years later? richard schlesinger investigates. >> here in palm beach, you're never at a loss for a story. ep reporter: reporter jose lambiet has been covering palm beach for nearly 20 years, and he says in 1993, it was the image of an 11-year-old boy testifying at his mother's murder trial that captured the public's attention. >> i was scared and confused. >> jim cooney, who was a lawyer, well known, very popular in palm beach county, was killed by his xx-wife, linda, in front of their two children. she claims it was self-defense. >> reporter: but linda cooney was charged with first degree murder, and her son, kevin, was the only eyewitness to the shooting. >> it sounded loud. >> reporter: at trial, linda's defense argued that jim cooney attacked linda with a knife, and
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kevin testified he saw something in his father's hand before the shooting. >> it had a glarey shine. >> kevin's testimony exonerated his mother, so she was cleared of the murder in florida. but guess what? 20 years later, she uses the same gun to shoot her son, kevin. >> reporter: linda cooney went back to court, this time for the attempted murder of her son. >> what happened was his fault. mo was an accident. >> reporter: kevin's testimony sould not help his mother this time. >> this woman is a clear and present danger to everyone in society and anyone that crosses her path. if there was a woman who was deserving of the maximum sentence on all charges, this woman is it. >> ninan: remarkably, this case is still in the courts, and it kicks off a "48 hours" double feature tonight right here on cbs. up next, two families bonded by a little boy's gift of life. hey, need fast heartburn relief?
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>> oh, my gosh. it's so nice to meet you. >> reporter: she says their son is the most influential person in her life, even though they've never met. >> your eight-year-old, blond, blue-eyed little handsome man-child. >> reporter: p.j. wolf's parents say he was selfless and always looked for ways to help others. he even offered to donate a kidney after watching a news report as a young child. >> p.j. came in, and he said, "you know, mom, i've got two kidneys, and i only need one." >> reporter: p.j. was killed while riding his bike in 1991. >> we didn't have any doubt. we knew what this little boy wanted. >> reporter: his parents donated his organs. >> we couldn't help our baby, but we could help someone else's baby. >> i wasn't expected to survive the first couple of days. >> reporter: portell was born with congenital heart defects. she endured two heart surgeries, but they were only temporary solutions. then, at just four years old,
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she underwent open heart surgery, receiving a donor heart valve that changed her life. it was p.j.'s. >> my entire life from that moment was a gift from my donor. >> reporter: she always wanted to thank the donor's family, so she tracked down old hospital records and through a medical organization, she sent them a letter. >> "for some reason, i always imagined my donor was older, had lived more life than that. i'm so sorry. in your worst moments, you selflessly thought of others, and that is why i'm alive today. he is the most influential person in my life, my angel, and my hero." >> reporter: the two families exchanged notes for six months. then they were invited to ride together on the "donate life" float in this year's rose parade. they're finally meeting for the first time. >> i think i've got some things in common with p.j. >> i can already tell. ( laughter ) >> reporter: the wolf family, who has given the ultimate gift,
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feels they've also received so much in return. >> don't you ever, ever underestimate the fact that you are our hero. you have fulfilled my child's dreams. how could we not be anything but proud? >> reporter: carter evans, cbs news, los angeles. >> ninan: right now, more than 120,000 americans are waiting for organ transplants. just one donor can save or improve the lives of as many as 50 people. you can register to become a donor when you you apply or renew your driver's license. most states also have online organ registries. that's the weekend news for this saturday. we're ringing in the new year at our 24-hour digital channel, cbsn at i hope you join me. for now, i'm reena ninan in new york. for all of us at cbs news, happy new year. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by
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me and they'll have plenty of company -- from the cops. crowds are pouring into san francisco tonight for the biggest move bash in the bay area, and they will have plenty of company from the comes. good evening. i'm brian hacmi. >> kpix's 5 kate kogaran is live where the police presence will be heavy. >> reporter: it certainly will. . probably hundreds of police officers will be staffed all along the embarcadero. in just a few hours, it will be packed full of people. we know they're going to be shutting down the roadways to make room for the hundreds of thousands waiting for the big firew show. we got a chance to get a look at the two barges that will set sail into the bay actually about an hour before show time. pyro sharps has been producing
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the light show for years. organizers say -- each firework will be timed to music that will be played on parts of the embarcadaro. >> fast-paced, lot of action, lots of noise, colors, excitement for 15 minutes. so it will be very exciting for the first 15 minutes of 2017. >> reporter: now, in the past, pyro sharps has had to stop the show because of private boats getting too close to the barge p. year, the coast guard and san francisco marine unit will be standing by to make sure everyone keeps a safe distance. but back out live, you'll notice there are barricades behind me. there also have been fences set up along the waterway. we also know that san francisco police have stepped up security, as they've done in years past, to make sure everyone has a safe and happy new year. reporting live in san francisco, kate kogeran, kpix 5 >> i hear the chimes. must be 6:00. if you're heading out, bring extra layers. going to be very chilly. there's the possibility of snow later in


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