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we will see you back here at 6:00 for an hour of news. >> we will see you at 6:00. captioning funded by cbs >> morgan: lost in the flames. more than two dozen are confirmed dead in california. thousands of homes are wiped out in the most destructive wildfire in the state's history. the dangerous weather fueling the firestorms is not letting up. also tonight, america's endless elections. still no decisions in major races in arizona and georgia-- and in florida, where recounts are now underway. changed in florida or any or state, any sort of win like that. >> president trump in paris gets lectured on the dangers of nationalism. online shoppers in china shatter records in a 24 hour $30 billion shopping
and, bells toll-- and wreaths veterans-- and all who died 100 years ago in the first world war. >> morgan: hi everyone and thanks a lot for joining us. i'm demarco morgan. the combination of powerful winds and brittle trees and shrubs whipped up another day of blowtorch conditions in the california fire zones. the death toll has jumped to at least 25 with all but two of the fatalities in northern california. a wildfire there a wildfire there has wiped out more than 6400 homes. it's the most destructive fire in the state's history. and we have team of correspondents covering california's fire emergency-- beginning in the north, with mireya villarreal. >> reporter: the battleground today for firefighters in butte county is to force the flames north, away from the few homes still standing.
more than 109,000 acres have been scorched, leaving the landscape dangerous and filled with tragedy. >> we have 25 people who have lost their lives so far. and that is 23 at the camp fire and 2 at the wolsey fire. >> state officials say more than a hundred people are still unaccounted for. the sheriff kory honea says more than 100 people are still unaccounted for. the u.s. department of justice's mobile d.n.a. lab has been brought in to help identify human remains burned beyond recognition. >> it is a time of sadness, but also one to reflect on where we are and just resolve to pull together to do everything we can to help those in need. >> reporter: evacuation centers are at capacity, because more than 6,000 homes are in ashes. >> my parents lost their house, in-laws lost their house, my wife's grandpa and uncle lost their house, and then my sister- in-law-- so there's five households that are staying in the house together. >> reporter: jake olsen's staying with a friend, who
returned with him to his home to search for the wedding ring his wife left behind. >> there it is. it's just amazing. uh-- i just didn't think that we were going to find it, but we had to try. and we said, "hey, here it is man," so it's pretty cool. >> reporter: it's a small miracle beneath a pile of ashes. firefighters also had a break overnight when the wind died down, but now changing conditions could pose an imminent threat. >> so we're expecting big winds tonight. and we're going to try to get ahead of it and put everything out that we can. >> the red flag warning in place right now will expire on monday morning. so that is a good thing. but take a look around me. this is one of the only places you can get groceries in town. and this entire shopping center, it is gone. burned to the ground from front to end. everything that makes a city a city is now gone in this town. we're talking about businesses, churches, gas stations there is no cell service in town so while conditions might be more favorable to fight the fire, the
city of paradise is far from being back to normal. demarco. >> morgan: and the danger is far from over, mireya villarreal, thank you. outside los angeles, two fires are threatening thousands of homes. jamie yuccas is there. >> reporter: clouds of thick black smoke have engulfed the picturesque california hillsides, santa ana wind gusts started to pick up in southern california-- putting people near the woolsey fire on edge. more than 83,000 acres have burned, and at least 170 homes were wiped out. matt armbruster survived the fire. we met him friday, when he told us he and his dog laid in a creek to stay safe. >> and this was all burning. r hitoda you're still nervous. >> yes i am. >> reporter: he was told to evacuate, but didn't. then, when the fire looked like it was coming for his home, he panicked and headed to a nearby creek. >> this brush here is completely filled up high. >> he stayed here for almost two
hours as the fire burned around him. >> did you think were you going to die? >> i thought for sure. >> in is the concern in these high winds. just one small hot spot can turn into a much larger blaze. >> this is a wind-driven event and the winds are coming back as we just said. so everybody needs to remain vigilant still. >> reporter: john benedict is with the los angeles county sheriff's department. >> i been evacuated twice, so i totally understand the-- just the heartache and the stress that's involved in the evacuation process. >> reporter: while firefighters battled on the front lines, they also found themselves fighting a twitter war with the president, who blamed forest mismanagement. >> reporter: the president of the association of california professional firefighters fired back, calling president trump's message "ill-informed, ill- timed, and demeaning to those who are suffering." >> reporter: armbruster was reluctant to talk to us, because not only did he survive, but so did his house, when many here
are returning to scenes like this. demarco, i can tell you that many in this area are concerned because the strong winds have picked back up today. >> jaim yea yuccas reporting. >> morgan: let's get the latest now on the weather conditions fueling the fires. julie watts is at our cbs san francisco station, kpix, julie? >> yeah, demarco you know those strong offshore santana winds have returned. the red flag warning has been extended through tuesday for ventura and los angeles county looking at wind guseses up to 60 miles per hour with a low humidity creating critical fire weather conditions. overnight we anticipate wind gusts in the area in wolsy fires and winds 20 to 30 miles per hour with better news up north at the camp fire burning near paradise. up here we're looking at wind speeds decreasing. so the national weather service has a you laked that red flag warning to expire today. still critical fire weather does continue. along with unhealthy air quality-and-thick smoke being carried across the state, demarco.
>> morgan: julie watts, thank you. cbs evening news >> morgan: "cbs evening news" anchor jeff glor will report from the southern california fire zone-- beginning monday on "cbs this morning." election night in america dragged into the weekend. in a number of states, they're still waiting for results. in others, they're moving on with recounts and run-offs. here's tony dokoupil. >> reporter: five days after the midterm elections, officials in arizona are counting mail-in ballots in its u.s. senate race. >> thank you so much. >> reporter: where democrat kyrsten sinema opened up a lead saturday night over republican rival martha mcsally. mississippi's u.s. senate contest will end with a post- thanksgiving run-off election between republican cindy hyde- smith and democrat mike espy. military and provisional ballots in the georgia governor's election are still being counted. democrat stacey abrams is refusing to concede in the race against republican brian kemp. >> we did not need to sit down and take the trump agenda. >> reporter: democrat harley rouda, a real estate executive, declared victory against 15-term pro-russia republican dana
rohrabacher in their california house race. cbs news has not yet projected that race. >> we have boxes of votes just appearing out of nowhere. >> reporter: the trump administration is alleging fraud in florida. state election officials are reassuring voters, while ordering machine recounts of the governor's race and the u.s. senate race. senate republicans, like the re- elected ted cruz, are in lockstep. >> any time you have a recount, you have an invitation for people to ah-- to-- to violate the law and try to advance their partisans. >> reporter: republican governor rick scott's u.s. senate race is under review. and he's accusing his opponent of election fraud. >> senator nelson is clearly trying to try and commit fraud to try to win this election, that's all this is. >> the senator himself is committing fraud? >> well, it's his team. somehow they came up with 93,000 votes afterwards-- how did they, chris, how did they do it?
>> reporter: democrat chuck schumer, who sits on the senate rules committee, which oversees federal elections-- threw cold water on scott's accusation. >> saying it's going too slowly is one thing. saying you have concerns about how legitimate the count is-- is another. >> reporter: this midterm brought the biggest democratic gain in the house since the post-watergate election of 1974. but demarco, the senate will remain in republican hands. >> morgan: tony dokoupil reporting, thank you for that report. meanwhile president trump in paris was lectured by a key president trump in paris was lectured by a key ally about the dangers of nationalism, and had a brief encounter with vladimir putin. weijia jiang is there. >> reporter: at the arc de triomphe in paris, dozens of world leaders commemorated the end of world war i, exactly 100 years ago. french president emmanuel macron seemed to target president trump, who recently declared himself a nationalist. >> ( translated ): patriotism is
the exact opposite of nationalism. nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism. >> reporter: the president has had a rocky relationship with european allies, while warming up to adversaries like russian president vladimir putin. the two shook hands and attended a luncheon. afterward, putin said they spoke, but did not have a formal meeting as previously planned. ♪ ♪ later, mr. trump visited a cemetery where american soldiers are buried. >> the american and french patriots of world war i embody the timeless virtues of our two republics: honor and courage, >> reporter: president trump left paris for washington, where he faces questions about acting attorney general, matt whitaker. whitaker will oversee special counsel robert mueller's investigation into russian meddling in the 2016 election. >> if he stays there, he will create a constitutional crisis by inhibiting mueller or firing mueller. so, congress has to act. >> reporter: top congressional
democrats sent a new letter to the chief ethics official at the department of justice, demanding whitaker recuse himself from the probe, because he has publicly criticized it. on "face the nation," republican senator lindsey graham said there's no need. >> i don't think he has to recuse himself. i'm confident that mr. mueller will be allowed to do his job without interference. >> reporter: democrats and even some republicans are calling for legislation to put restrictions on president trump's ability to fire mueller. but texas senator ted cruz says that would be unconstitutional. demarco? >> all right, weijia jiang with the president, thank you. >> morgan: coming up next: in one of the first state's to legalize recreational marijuana, teens are taking part in an educational program you could call "weed 101."
approve recreational marijuana. missouri and utah legalized medical marijuana. and colorado was among the first states to legalize pot smoking. last year, denver brought in nearly $45 million in taxes from pot sales. more than $3.6 million of that will go to a new marijuana awareness program for teenagers. here's barry petersen. >> false. oh, you got weeded out. >> reporter: it's like jeopardy for juveniles, and the topic is pot. this slickly-produced game show is shown where teens get their information-- on social media. >> false. >> that is correct! >> reporter: and the same quiz- show format plays out in classes across the city. >> what percentage of denver youth see regular marijuana use as a risky behavior? >> reporter: like vince trujillo's north high school classroom. >> the only two teams to get it right were these two teams. >> reporter: and learning more is making kids use marijuana
less, says ashley kilroy, who em for the city. so, what are the numbers showing in terms of teen use with teenagers in denver? >> the numbers are showing that youth has dropped significantly. >> reporter: the city's point of pride is a survey showing the number of kids who have reported using used pot in the last 30 days dropped from 26% to less than 21% over the last two years. >> that means that 79% of your friends aren't using marijuana. that using marijuana is not the social norm. >> reporter: but from the students, we got a big dose of teenage doubt about the program- - that the adults aren't trusting kids with all the facts, says junior isaiah diaz. >> there's obviously medical benefits to it, otherwise it wouldn't be legal. so, it doesn't seem fair or balanced. >> it's not properly balanced. >> reporter: hana elghoul is a senior. >> i think they are afraid to tell us the good side, because they're afraid they might
influence the way we think. >> reporter: encourage. >> yeah, they might encourage us to use it. >> reporter: it's a tough call for teachers like trujillo. if you were allowed to give more information not just about the bad-- would that make you more credible, do you think, in the eyes of these teenagers? >> yeah, because i think at the end of the day, they want the whole truth. so if you were able to bring both sides, i think more students would be in tune with that. >> reporter: in truth, the program is a lot like marijuana laws in america: a work in progress. but so far, it's hitting the key goal it set: persuading more and more kids to give pot a pass. >> morgan: up next: the online shopping event that just set an incredible new record.
honor the sacrifices of those who have served in the u.s. armed forces. the 65th annual wreath-laying ceremony was held today at the tomb of the unknown soldier in the arlington national cemetery. with president trump overseas, veterans affairs secretary robert wilkie did the honors. and today was "singles day" in china. it's an online shopping event bigger than black friday and cyber monday combined. it's called "singles day," because it's held every year on november 11th, or 11/11. well, shoppers rang up a record $30 billion in sales in 24 hours. $1 billion in purchases were made in the first 90 seconds. well, still ahead: long before they became n.f.l. teammates-- these twin brothers made a pact- - to stick together no matter what. their story is next.
>> morgan: shaquem and shaquill griffin share much more than a last name. the twin brothers are now both on the seattle seahawks. sharyn alfonsi has their remarkable story tonight on "60 minutes." >> alfonsi: the twins became high school football stars: shaquill with finesse, shaquem with the speed of a running back and a ferociousness that earned him the nickname "beast." >> 'quem would tackle you on top of the gatorade and give you a cup. ( laughter ) >> alfonsi: but when college scouts came calling, they only haquil what those coaches didn't know is that shaquill wasn't going anywhere without shaquem. the twins had made a pact to stay together.
>> when did this happen? how old were you? >> we probably had to be, like, eight. >> okay, but eight-year-olds say a lot of things and don't mean it. >> but we-- we made every word of it. >> that-- that made perfect sense when you were eight years old. but the offers start coming in. and what did-- you wanted to go to miami. is that right? >> yeah. >> that was the dream? >> uh-huh. >> and? >> i remember doing the interview, and i was talking about, you know, "just don't offer me. if you don't offer my brother, don't offer me. because i'm not leaving him." >> why? why wouldn't you leave without him? >> i don't know. i think i wouldn't be the same if i went alone. >>and he was offered florida state, miami-- >> l.s.u. >> l.s.u. the top schools in the country. and shaquem was like, "look, man, go ahead. i'll be all right." and 'quill said, "no, we made a pact. we promised each other. nothing will stop us. nobody will interfere in what we want.
and that's to be together." >> it was the university of central florida that gave the griffins what they wanted: twin scholarships. >> what a fascinating story. you can see sharyn's full report tonight on "60 minutes." when we come back, the stunning torch light tribute to those lost in world war 1.
>> morgan: the british royal family attended an armistice day service today at westminster abbey. and another dazzling ceremony was held in london last week honoring those lost in what was supposed to be the "war to end all wars." mark phillips takes us there. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: a bugler plays the last post on the tower of london wall. a flame appears, carried by one of the tower's ceremonial beefeater guards. one flame becomes two. then, three. civilian volunteers begin lighting others. first, tens, then hundreds, then
thousands. until a river of fire surrounds the ancient tower. 10,000 lights fill the dry moat, a tribute to the hundreds of thousands who fell in a war that ended a century ago. >> the flames, to me, represent both the kind of spirit and the energy of all those lost men, but also the hope of peace >> reporter: flickering flames that represent something else, too, says the tribute's designer, tom piper. >> but also how fragile peace is and how we have to safeguard our democracy, even now. >> reporter: the commemoration has a soundtrack of powerful poetry that speaks of love and death, written by a long forgotten american. mary borden was a wealthy chicago socialite who had moved to england with her british husband. when the first world war broke out, she set up and worked at a field hospital on the french frontlines. there meeting a british officer,
who would become her second husband, and to whom she wrote the words that now compliment the flames. "you would not falter at the last, my friend, nor put to shame your clear courageous mind under the menace of the desolate end." >> reporter: mira calix is the sound artist who discovered mary borden's poems. >> i'm totally in awe of this woman. i'm so glad the world has sort of woken up to her a little bit, because too often female artists seem to vanish from history. >> reporter: now-- like those she wrote about-- mary borden is again part of the history of that terrible time. mark phillips, london. >> morgan: we'll never forget. that's the "cbs weekend news" for this sunday. later on cbs, "60 minutes." on this veterans day, we salute all who have served. i'm demarco morgan in new york. thank you for joining us, and good night. captioning funded by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
ashes of paradise... as a grim search continues -- for victims. it's nice to be able to save something. >> now at 6:00, a small miracle rises from the ashes of paradise as a grin search continues for victims. >> it was on the west side of the river, underneath the transmission line about a 35 miles an hour sustained wind on it. >> kpix 5's wilson walker reached the fire's suspected point of origin today and found pg&e workers already there. of people in a nearby house of worship scrambling for safety. good evening i'm brian hackney. >> i'm juliette goodrich. the campfire in butte county has now grown to 173 square miles, nearly the size of the city of san jose.
23 people confirmed dead. that number is expected to rise. the fire has destroyed more than 6,400 buildings and still threatening another 16,000 structures. but crews, they are making progress. tonight, the campfire is 25% contained. >> we have team coverage from the fire lines. wiley manuel has new de-- wilson walker has new details on the origin of the fire, but we are live with katie nielsen. katie? >> reporter: brian, more than 100 people are still missing here in paradise and the surrounding communities. that's why five teams from the coroner's office spread out today to try to find those still unaccounted for. it's a daunting task, searching through the ashes. >> we are just going door to door, house to house, looking for families, loved on
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