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captioning sponsored by cbs >> glor: on the cbs evening news this thursday, president trump now says he believes a missing saudi journalist is dead. a threat to shut down the border as a caravan of migrants makes d s way from central america. and the top u.s. general in afghanistan targeted, just before the country's election. but first the headlines in 60 seconds. >> secretary of state mike pompeo is back on american soil after looking for answers on the disappearance of jamal khashoggi. hi we made clear to them that we take this matter very seriously. >> it's bad, bad stuff. but we'll see what happens. >> renewed attention on the u.s.-mexico border as a migrant caravan grows to 4,000 people. >> president trump says he will call on the u.s. military to help close the southern border
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if the "onslaught is not stopped." >> the former head of usa gymnastics has been arrested in tennessee. >> steve penny has been accused of tampering with evidence in the sex abuse case against larry nassar. >> the u.s. justice department ens opened an investigation of child sexual abuse inside the roman catholic church in pennsylvania. federal prosecutors have served subpoenas on dioceses across the state. >> noaa just released their asnter outlook. nt they're forecasting pretty much the entire country to see above-normal temperatures. ra oh, no! >> thousands of two-pound steel balls roaring down a west seattle street. re a truck spilled its load of the heavy, grinding balls. >> i see all these balls and i said, ( bleep ). >> melbourne going absolutely crazy for meghan and harry. >> i had butterflies. >> i gave her flowers. >> it was an emotional day for many people there. >> oh, gosh, that girl is completely overcome. she's shaking. >> glor: good evening, i'm jeff glor. and this is our western edition.
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we're going to begin with new information on the disappearance of journalist jamal khashoggi. turkish officials say he was murdered in the saudi arabian consulate in istanbul. today, president trump said it looks like khashoggi is dead. the u.s. pulled out of an upcoming saudi investment conference as the search for evidence widened today. weijia jiang has the latest. >> reporter: in his strongest remarks to date, president trump said it appears missing saudi journalist jamal khashoggi is dead. >> it certainly looks that way to me. it's very sad. >> reporter: on his way to montana, the president said the saudis will face serious consequences if implicated. >> it will have to be very severe. i mean, it's bad, bad stuff. >> reporter: u.s. treasury secretary steven mnuchin, scheduled to attend a financial summit in saudi arabia next week pulled out, writing on twitter, "just met with president trump and secretary of state mike pompeo, and we have decided i will not be participating." pompeo, who traveled to saudi
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arabia and turkey earlier this week, briefed the president on the ongoing investigations. >> i told president trump this morning that we ought to give them a few more days to complete that so that we, too, have a complete understanding of the facts surrounding that. >> reporter: in istanbul, investigators expanded their search, entering the consulate for the second time today, as well as the saudi consul's residence. they're also reportedly searching a large forest in the city. turkish media claims this surveillance photo could be a key piece of the puzzle, identifying the man as maher abdulaziz mutreb, an intelligence officer in saudi crown prince mohammed bin salman's inner circle. khashoggi, a critic of the crown prince, entered the saudi consulate in istanbul on october 2 and has not been seen since. mutreb entered the building just before khashoggi. the saudis have denied knowing anything about his disappearance, but a state
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department official tells cbs news, "saudi arabia lied and feels cornered. the king might not have known, but his son, the crown prince, did." the administration's close relationship with the prince has complicated their response to the alleged murder. the u.s. counts saudi arabia as a key ally in the effort to counter iran, and it is the top buyer of u.s. arms. president trump has been reluctant to let this episode harm the relationship. speaking on cbsn last year, khashoggi warned the trump administration's embrace of mohammed bin salman could backfire. >> it is dangerous. it is dangerous for saudi rabia, for the region. >> reporter: president trump has not offered up potential penalties against saudi arabia, but he has made clear ditching an arms sale worth billions of ofllars is not his preference.te results of the saudi bvestigation should be made public by the end of the week.
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>> glor: all right, weijia, edanks very much. mie president today threatened to mobilize the military and shut down the southern border to stop a caravan of central american migrants from entering the u.s. jeff pegues has more on this. >> reporter: as many as 4,000 migrants are making their way from honduras to guatemala and north to mexico with their sights set on the u.s. border. groups are sleeping in shelters and accepting food and money from strangers. many say they have fled violence in their home countries, some with little more than the clothes on their backs. after crossing into guatemala on monday, the next major border is mexico, where the government has deployed hundreds of police officers aboard 727s to deal with the caravan. many migrants will be told to return home. some will be allowed to seek asylum. geronimo gutierrez is the mexican ambassador to the united states.
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>> there is a humanitarian crisis going on, and we need to call it what it is. >> reporter: but president trump is lashing out at the caravan, alleging on twitter that the onslaught includes many criminals. he threatened to deploy the military to the u.s. border. since the president suspended his controversial family separation policy in june, illegal border crossings have skyrocketed. according to one published border patrol data, there were more than 16,000 family members arrested in september, an 80% increase over july. border patrol agents tell cbs news they are swamped and seeing more and more large groups crossing together. one official says on september 20 the border patrol encountered 275 adults and children. on october 2, 164 adults and children. today john kelly and national security adviser john bolton reportedly got into a shouting march at the white house over the administration's immigration
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policies. on "60 minutes," lesley stahl asked the president if he would return to his family separation policy. >> frankly, when you don't do separate-- when you allow the parents to stay together, okay, when you allow that, then what happens is people are going to pour into our country. >> so are you going to go back t that? >> well, we're looking at a lot of things. >> reporter: these so-called caravans happen from time to time. the migrants travel in groups for safety. in april, several hundred made it to the u.s. border near san diego. a limited number were allowed to apply for asylum here in the u.s. jeff. >> glor: jeff pegues in our washington bureau. jeff, thanks. for the first time ever the u.s. mestice department has opened an investigation into child sex abuse within the catholic church. cbs news has learned tonight ss. attorneys have subpoenaed at least seven of the eight catholic dioceses in pennsylvania. we have also been able to confirm the u.s. attorney in buffalo, new york, has served the diocese there. the focus involves alleged trafficking of minors across
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state lines for the purpose of "x abuse. in our "eye on america" report ctst night, two pennsylvania victims confronted the priest they say abused them as children, and tonight nikki battiste has this follow-up. >> i'm going to tell you this-- i'm angry with what you did. >> reporter: after a confrontation with father george koharchik, messages of support flooded shaun doughergy's phone. >> it's none stop. >> reporter: in the 24 hours since our story aired: >> reporter: he says he's heard geom other alleged victims and countless supporters from around the world. what's the reaction been since your story started? >> overwhelming show of support. >> reporter: dougherty and brian sabo both say koharchik molested them as children during their years at catholic grade school in johnstown, pennsylvania. >> i came to tell you i don't want to think about you anymore. -- i-- i can't forgive you. >> reporter: sabo says the response from other victims made
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mm emotional again. dougherty was at pennsylvania state capitol yesterday, stghting with other survivors for a bill allowing child sex abuse victims a two-year retroactive window to sue their alleged abusers and the catholic leurch. the bill failed. he watched his story air with fellow survivors. >> everybody was concerned, "how are you doing in? you know, "how is it?" you know "how are you feeling?" the attorney general watched it, erd he contacted me before i had seen it, told me it was very powerful ( voice breaking ) and it would help people. >> reporter: shaun doughergy auld me today he has spoken with federal investigators but says he cannot comment further. and, jeff, brian sabo says this justice department probe feels like vindication. i> glor: nikki battiste, thank you once again, following up on our "eye on america" report. the top u.s. general in afghanistan today escaped an inside attack in kandahar ovovidence that killed three top inghan officials, including the
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olovincial police chief. general scott miller was not hurt, though one american service member and two civilians were wounded. the attack came after a meeting to discuss security for saturday's parliamentary elections. charlie d'agata reports from kabul. tt reporter: general scott miller escaped unharmed in the attack in kandahar when an afghan body guard shot dead general abdul razeq, one of the country's most powerful commanders, during a critical week here. the billboards plastered across kabul show fresh-faced candidates vying for a chance to create change. but with just two days to go before the election, it's the near certainty of violence that has locals worried. you are going to search all the vehicles? >> all the vehicle. r: reporter: police chief bismillah taban says the sheer numbers expected in this neighborhood alone on election day takes security to a whole new level. >> more than 10,000. >> reporter: more than 10,000 voters. >> more than 10,000. >> reporter: how are you going to be able to handle all these people? >> yeah. un reporter: holding the
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elections will mean mounting one s the biggest security operations this country has ever seen with 54,000 security personnel deployed across afghanistan. there are more than 2,500 candidates fighting for 249 seats in parliament, more than 5,000 polling stations open across the nation, but more than 2,000 have already been closed due to a high risk of attack. la candidates have been assassinated in the last two inths, one just yesterday by a bomb planted in his couch. isis bombings in recent months have left dozens dead, and the taliban has issued repeated warnings for voters to stay away on election day or risk attacks. it hasn't deterred candidates like afghan american mariam sulaiman khel, born and raised re the u.s., she decided to move here all the way from los angeles, where she was a business woman. she says it's vital that people like her step up and run. >> people are sick of seeing men being corrupt.
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it's a fresh face. it's something new. and they know i have a great life in the united states, and i have no need to steal from these poor people. >> reporter: you are the candidate, you're a woman, icanre an american. >> yeah. >> reporter: you're a prime target for the taliban. >> oh, yeah, yeah, yeah. >> reporter: over at the american university, we found young students willing to take the risk to get out and vote. ve we have to stand tall when we have this crisis in our country. and if we don't, then we're coing to fall apart. >> of course i'm scared because we are human beings. rs love ourselves, and we don't want to die. especially me, i'm young. i'm too young to die. but, still, my country's important for me. >> reporter: a successful election will not only help shape the new government, but send a message of defiance to arose against it. charlie d'agata, cbs news, kabul. >> glor: 18 days now until the midterm elections in this country. early voting has begun in georgia which is electing a new governor. the democratic candidate charges the republican is working to
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suppress minority voting. republicans say they are trying to stop voter fraud. here's nancy cordes. >> the votes are being purged. >> reporter: the talk of the georgia governor's race right now isn't the economy or jobs. it's the right to vote. democrat stacy abrams, who is vying to become the nation's first female african american governor, accuses her g.o.p. opponent, brian kemp, of trying to restrict black voting. you think this is voter suppression? >> it is absolutely voter suppression. >> oh, that's a smoke screen viying to hide her radical views. >> reporter: kemp currently serves as georgia's secretary of state, which means he runs georgia's election system. mimocrats say he has dropped dore than 1 million voters from the rolls since 2012, shuttered polling places in african american communities, and championed the state's new s xact match" law, which put the stgistrations of 53,000 voters, most of them minorities, on hold.
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the new law suspends georgians from the voter rolls if there is g y discrepancy in the way their name is spelled in state databases, even something as ofmple as a missing hyphen is enough to keep them off the list. for marsha appling nunez it was a missing letter "a." ce i just assumed because i've sien a registered voter and have been since i was 18 that i would always be in the system, that i was active, that it would be enough. o reporter: kemp's campaign neclined our request for an eterview, but on fox news, he insisted exact match won't prevent people from casting their ballots. >> all they have to do is go to the polls, show their photo i.d., and they can vote. >> reporter: election experts say the policy could still cause confusion. these abrams supporters say the controversy has made them more motivated to vote. >> everyone that i can call on this phone, i've been burning it up hot. >> reporter: nancy cordes, cbs news, hinesville, georgia. >> glor: and this programming
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note. as we continue our coverage of the midterms we're going to broadcast the show live from houston, texas, on monday. we'll be in florida the following week. coming up next here on the cbs evening news tonight, another arrest in usa gymnastics sex abuse scandal. a former team official is accused of hiding or destroying evidence. red later, the long-range forecast. a lot of people better grab umbrellas. make a smart choice. replace one meal or snack a day with glucerna... made with carbsteady to help manage blood sugar... ...and end the day with a smile. glucerna®. everyday progress. give me 30 seconds and i'll give you three things to know about aarp medicare supplement insurance plans,
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doctor, larry nassar. nassar was accused of molesting more than 200 young female athletes under the guise of treatment. he is now serving up to 175 years in prison. former team u.s.a. member jeanette antolin was one of his victims. >> finally people are starting to fall. the people who were in power are eporlly being held accountable. >> reporter: penny resigned from usa gymnastics last year. in a statement, penny's lawyer says his client is confident he did nothing criminal. >> i most respectfully decline to answer your question. >> reporter: wednesday's camatic arrest stems from a iolker county, texas, investigation into the famed karolyi ranch, a training center where some of nasser's victims say they were abused and that bella and marta karolyi knew about the abuse and did nothing to stop it, a claim the karolyis have denied. antolin is hoping penny's arrest is only the beginning. >> there was a bunch of people that are responsible for their
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inaction, their overlooking, and their covering up of a lot of evidence that, you know, should have been exposed a long time ago. >> reporter: the documents penny allegedly ordered removed from the karolyi ranch have not been recovered, according to u.s. marshals. jeff, penny is the third person facing criminal charges stemming from the nassar conviction. >> glor: all right, tony, with a follow-up tonight. follow-up tonight. tony, thank you. oment. time to open the laptop... ...and compare medicare health plans. why? because plans change, so can your health needs. so, be open-minded. look at everything - like prescription drug plans... oh, and medicare advantage plans from private insurers. use the tools at or call 1-800-medicare. open to something better? start today. open enrollment ends december 7th. you might or joints.hing for your heart... but do you take something for your brain. with an ingredient originally discovered in jellyfish, prevagen has been shown in clinical trials
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many just wanted to meet meghan who broke royal protocol hugging and even posing for selfies. >> meghan said she looked like me when she was younger and that girls can do anything. >> reporter: the royal couple is on the first overseas tour of the british commonwealth, a 16- day, four-country trek, with 76 appearances. like this one in the australian farming town of dubbo, where a mesmerized five-year-old luke vincent stole the show. meghan and harry's first week down under has been a carefully planned charm offensive. >> you have a lot to be proud of. >> reporter: the goal: to seowcase the monarchy as young, d rern, and relevant, and it's working. a choreographed campaign set at stripping established boundaries and showing the world the royals are just like the rest of us. jonathan vigliotti, cbs news, sydney, australia. >> glor: that is the cbs evening news for tonight. i'm jeff glor. good night.
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abuse.. is out. now at 6 pm, the diocese of san jose is naming names. the list of clergy accused of sex abuse is out. good evening, i am elizabeth cook. make the diocese dropped a list of 15 clergy members accused of sex abuse. those names based on credible allegations dating back to 1981. among those 15, 6 priests are still alive and all but 1 are listed as living in the bay area. our reporter tells us how the latest disclosure of the diocese is going over with abuse survivors. >> after him -- >> reporter: after a month long buildup, the diocese dropped the bombshell at noon today and declined all interviews. the listed 3 pages long with the names of 15 priests, 9 of whom are


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