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ouweto. uon representing air traffic controllers seeking to stop the shutdown. the controllers remain on the co aut the shutdown's t, and the impact on the super bowl, particularly when it comes to the length of tsa lines. jeff? >> kris van cleave for us tonight from reagan national airport. thank you. a powerful storm is hitting the west coast tonight with strong winds and heavy wind and snow. that system is push across the country and will mean some big changes. here is chief weathercaster lonnie quinn. lonnie? >> all right. let's take a look at the numbers for california. we're talking 3 to 5 inches of rain at the coastline. california gets 3 to 5 feet of snow in the sierra. but the time the storm makes it to the east coast cities, it begins to snow. it will go to rain, back to snow and early call, in boston, new
york, maybe 6 inch. 1 to 2 feet inland, and then it's all about the brutally cold air that's going to make its way in. let's look at how the storm will progress across the country, because we don't know exactly where it will end up. the two scenarios, one goes well inland of 95. if that's case, the big snow total would be around buffalo, 1 to 2 feet there. if, however, it pushes to the south and goes right over to the 95 corridor, well, then you get the big number around, say, albany, new york, 1 to 2 feet. new york city, boston, they get snow, but icing as well. and then turning to rain at times. but this will be a big story here. we're talking monday morning, the temperatures will drop 20, 30 degrees possibly in 18 hours. it will feel like 20 below in dayton. it feels like 35 below in burlington, vermont. that cold air is going the freeze anything that's not already frozen. jeff? >> all right, lonnie, thank you. big snow total in buffalo, we can take. >> your hometown. >> thank you, lonnie. the death toll climbed to 21 following yesterday's terror attack in kenya. among the victims, a 40-year-old
american businessman who survived the september 11th attacks in new york. debora patta reports from nairobi. >> reporter: here at the chiromo mortuary, grief is loud and unrelenting. these women try to offer support. instead, they almost collapse under the weight of their sorrow. among the dead, american jason spindler, his body brought here before being transferred to a private funeral home. spindler was grabbing a quick bite to eat when gunmen burst into the luxury nairobi complex. behind me are the burnt up cars where the al shabaab militants stormed into this complex with firearms, grenades, blew it up, and then rushed in, going from office to office. spindler's staff were among those safely rescued. he was heading up development agency in nairobi. he had already had one brush with death, having
his father, joseph spindler, said he just happened to be late for work that day. >> he was coming out of the subway when the buildings were coming down. then he was covered with all the dust. >> reporter: not long after that, he give up a high-powered wall street career to work in developing countries, a decision that ultimately led him to nairobi and a late lunch break in a restaurant targeted by an al shabaab suicide bomber. spindler's parents are flying to nairobi this week to collect his body. monday would have been his birthday, and they say they still plan to celebrate his life, not mourn it. jeff? >> debora, thank you very much. coming up next, the controversy as vice president mike pence's wife returns to teaching.
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>> reporter: second lady karen pence's decision to teach art part-time at immanuel christian school in northern virginia has generated controversy. that's because the private elementary school's website says it may refuse admission or discontinue enrollment of a student if a parent or guardian violates a biblical lifestyle. prohibited behavior includes participating in, supporting, or condoning homosexual activity. likewise, employees, including teachers, can be fired for engaging in homosexual or lesbian activity or transgender identity. those rules would appear to be consistent with the views of vice president mike pence, a long-time critic of gay rights. >> to defend that institution that forms the backbone of our society, traditional marriage. >> reporter: rules banning homosexuality are not uncommon at christian schools, and generally, they do not violate the law. >> karen pence is send ting a
message. >> reporter: but law professor wolfson says it's not what's legal, it's what right for victims of discrimination. >> this is the second lady of the united states cheering that discrimination and exclusion on. >> reporter: a spokesperson for karen pence said in a statement it's absurd that her decision to teach art to children at a christian school and the school's religious beliefs are under attack. immanuel christian school did not respond to our requests for comment. chip reid, cbs news, washington. coming up here tonight, the attempt to save a little boy at the bottom of a deep well. right. but, uh, a talking gecko? i'll tell you why because people trust advertising icons. some bloke tells you to go to geico.com and you're like, really? and just who might you be? but a gecko - he can be trusted. i ask you if you want to save hundreds on car insurance. and you're like, yes thank you, mind babysitting my kids? i'm like, of course i'll sit with the kids.
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an arrest this afternoon in a plot to bomb the white house and the statue of liberty. hasher jallal taheb of atlanta is accused of arranging to buy guns and bombs for the attack, scheduled for tomorrow. the fbi says taheb is a convert to muslim intent to martyrdom. a 2-year-old boy fell into a well. it's 260 feet deep and too narrow for adults. a robot turned up strands of the boy's hair and a bag of candy he was eating, but three days later there is no sign of him. veterans who say they became sick breathing toxic smoke from burn pits in iraq and afghanistan have lost a legal battle that cbs news has been following for nearly a decade. the supreme court refused to ray kbas
one of the great mysteries of world war ii has been solved, thanks to a daughter who never gave up, and a remarkable mission to recover remains lost nearly 75 years ago, as we begin our new series, "american heroes." >> i just got little pieces here and there, people talking about him, cousins, my grandmother. >> reporter: marla andrews was just 2 years old when her father died serving his country. this is your tribute to him? >> yes. these flying medals have oak leaf clusters on them. each cluster designates 13 missions. so that's how we know that he had 68 missions. >> reporter: captain lawrence dickson's plane crashed over austria in december 1944. he was one of the tuskegee
airmen, the legendary all black pilot units. 27 of them have never been found. dickson's wife, marla andrews' mother, wrote to the military at the time, looking for answers. for more than 70 years, nothing. >> i think like most people, the fact that you can't find out what you want to know immediately makes you crazy. >> reporter: last summer, a breakthrough. andrews got a call from the pentagon, but they needed her help. a researcher discovered eyewitness reports from around the time of the crash with enough clues to point investigators to a site where they found wreckage matching dickson's plane, along with artifacts and bone fragments. they asked andrews for a dna sample. it was a match. what about what you have learned has surprised you? >> little things surprise me, like when they found the artifacts, among them were part of a harmonica, and it made me laugh. this guy was the bomb. he couldn't take his electrical
guitar with him in the plane. he kept a harmonica. how smart is that? >> reporter: that's great. they also found his ring. >> this one has the initials of my mother and my father and a heart in the middle with an arrow. how romantic is that? >> reporter: today marla andrews continues to honor her father by keeping the legacy alive for her children, his grandchildren. >> i'm his representative and his protector. the children, when they got older would know that they had somebody in the family who had functioned in a very honorable way. >> reporter: i bet your dad would be proud of you. >> i think he'd be proud that his legacy went beyond me. >> that is the "overnight news" for this thursday. for some of you, the news continues. for others, check back later for the morning news and "cbs this morning." from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm jeff glor.
this is the "cbs overnight news." >> welcome to the "overnight news." i'm meg oliver. president trump's plan to pull all u.s. troops out of syria ran into the harsh reality of the conflict there. the islamic state is not dead yet. a terrorist bomber targeted a restaurant in the northern part of the country. when the smoke cleared, more than a dozen people were dead, including at least four americans. as news of the bombing flashed across tv screens, vice president mike pence repeated the white house claim that the militant network has been defeated. david martin begins our coverage. >> reporter: the attack was recorded on a security camera. a person wearing a suicide vest blew himself up in front of a restaurant where soldiers patrolling the city had stopped to eat lunch.
two soldiers, one civilian, and one contractor were killed, and three more servicemen wounded. it was the single worst loss of into syria more than three years ago. gruesome pictures of the blood spattered aftermath, which showed many syrians had been killed as well made a cruel mockery of vice president pence's claim of victory delivered hours later. even though both he and the president had been briefed by then that americans had been killed. >> we are bringing our troops home. the caliphate has crumbled and isis has been defeated. >> reporter: the bombing occurred in the city of manbij, which had once been used by isis as a base for plotting and launching terroristic attacks in paris and in brussels. it was liberated by u.s.-backed forces in 2016 and became a showcase for how the american military could help restore local government and security to areas once held by isis. senator lindsey graham had
toured manbij and thinks he actually ate at the same restaurant. >> isis claims responsibility. if true, that shows that they're not defeated and they've been evolving. and if the target is the same place i think it is, that's really depressing and heartbreaking. >> reporter: for a suicide bomber to pick the right restaurant at the right time indicates isis had been tracking the movements of american patrols and that u.s. troops had fallen into a pattern isis could predict. the u.s. military officer said we're looking into all that. late today, senator rand paul, who favors pulling out of syria, met with president trump and afterwards praised him for remaining steadfast. in other words, there is no sign today's attack changed the president's mind about getting out. despite the white house insistence that the islamic state has been defeated,
militant fighters still control several pockets of territory in syria. charlie d'agata took a trip to the front line and filed this report. >> reporter: there's not much left of the villages on the way to the front line here, but the isis fighters who held them only days ago remain a lethal threat, launching counterattacks in areas thought to be secure and lacing the only road in and out with explosives. it's an isis tactic to plant roadside bombs in the overnight or in the early morning. all we can hope is that they've been cleared or that we don't trigger one. tractors and truckloads of residents fleeing the closer we got to the fighting. in ash shafa, where we found america's kurdish-led allies launching a barrage of mortars, locked in a fight to the end against the remaining pockets of isis in syria. but they're not the only ones here. not more than a few hundred yards away is where you find an american position fighting right beside forces here, and they've
been firing mortars in that direction, essentially since we got here. how important is it for you to have american forces on the ground fighting right beside you? "they're playing a very big role," commander simko shkak told us. their forces have been very effective. we give them coordinates for isis locations and their air force and artillery do all they can. the american-led onslaught has been ferocious. the coalition reported 575 air strikes on 1100 targets during the first two weeks of this month alone. but while these ground forces are making progress, on the sharp end of this fight, no one here is talking about isis being defeated. you've been on the front lines. can you describe what it's like there? "they're still putting up strong resistance," rudy hassan told us. ieds, firefights. they still don't want to surrender. as we left, we saw upclose some
of the results of the fiercest fighting this region has seen since the battle against isis began. this is what an isis retreat looks like. between heavy artillery, american and coalition air strike, hardly a building is left standing. and for all the talk of withdrawing american troops as we were on our way out, a convoy of u.s.-led coalition forces was on its way in, headed straight for the front line. one commander here said isis is now fighting for their very existence, a fight that is far from over. charlie d'agata, cbs news, ash shafa, eastern syria. closer to home, president trump hosted several congressional democrats at the white house, trying to convince politeas shutdown s plan for a in u.s. history. house speaker nancy pelosi sent her own message to the white house, insisting the upcoming state of the union address
should be postponed until the government is back up and running. major garrett reports. >> reporter: the letter from house speaker nancy pelosi proposed delaying the january 29th address until the government reopened, citing security concerns because the secret service and other agencies have been hamstrung by furloughs. this is very dangerous. this is a very special day. >> reporter: pelosi also suggested the president could submit the speech in writing. the white house had no comment, but the department of homeland security said it could secure the event. a pelosi spokesperson later said a furloughed dhs employee had, quote, expressed serious concerns that the department has insufficient staffing levels. what is the state of the union? the government is closed because of president trump. >> reporter: white house economic advisers say the 26-day shutdown is worse than they initially thought. estimating economic growth is down about 0.10 of a percentage point a week, twice their estimate.
>> we're focussed on the long-term economic principles that the president has laid out. >> reporter: the president and vice president met with a small group of democratic house members today, but no breakthrough. new jersey democrat josh gottheimer was in the meeting. >> we need to open the government and then actually sit at the table and get into these issues. >> reporter: members of both parties have suggested reopening shuttered agencies on a temporary basis to give negotiators time. but the white house rejected that idea again today. >> if you got a better idea, do it. i don't think you're going to find any way forward with the government closed. >> reporter: lawmakers are feeling the pressure and grasping for a way out. there is increasing talk here in the white house about wanting to end the shutdown, but senior officials tell us there is zero talk here about reopening the government without the es the "cbs overnight news" will be right back. when i kept finding myself smoking in my attic.
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this is the "cbs overnight news." >> new york senator kirsten gillibrand is the latest democrat to jump into the 2020 presidential race. gillibrand announced her candidacy on a late night talk show. she joins a growing list of democratic hopefuls. ed o'keefe handicaps the current field. >> reporter: senator gillibrand now the second woman to join the democratic presidential race. running for president isn't anything new, but having so many women running in the same race at the same time, that is. and it guarantees that the 2020 presidential contest is going to be unlike any we've seen before. >> i'm going run for of the united states because as a young mom, i'm going to fight for other kids as hard as i
would fight for my own. >> reporter: senator kirsten gillibrand made it official tuesday night on ""the late show" with stephen colbert." asked about the ongoing shutdown, she directly attacked her would-be opponent, president trump. >> he's created the problem himself. he's created this crisis himself, and he shouldn't be having a temper tantrum because he can't get what he wants. >> i was the first member to -- >> reporter: in a campaign video being released today, gillibrand makes apparent mr. trump will be central to her campaign. >> i'm not afraid of him, and i'm not afraid of his nasty name-calling. what is president is doing is immoral. >> reporter: the 52-year-old joined the senate in twooi2009, replacing hillary clinton who stepped down to serve as secretary of state. liz warren of massachusetts. >> rules matter. rules made in washington matter, and that's why i'm in this fight. >> reporter: three more women are also expected to join the
race. there's hawaii congresswoman tulsi gabbard, who is set to make it official later this week. >> there are a lot ofeans for me to make this decision. >> reporter: california senator kamala harris is also on the verge of launching a campaign. do you have a timetable for making a decision? >> soon. >> reporter: and then there is minnesota senator amy klobuchar. >> i am taking my time. i have to talk to my family. they are on board. >> reporter: since the 2016 presidential election, women have been making their voices heard. they're protesting, donating money and running for office in record numbers. >> i told little girls that they deserved every chance and opportunity to pursue their own dreams. but i didn't realize how many e e are taking notice. what do you make of the fact that you have so many colleagues of both genders and ultimately
mamoom w are running>>hink it'rt of p pault a l wome d whet candidate todonald trump is. >> reporter: senator schumer declined to endorse his empire state colleague gillibrand, saying he sought of presidential politics, at least for now. and we should point out there are other men still considering a run. ohio senator sherrod brown said last night he's got a lion to tour the early states of iowa, nevada, new hampshire before making a final decision. you might not notice the change, but a new era of air travel is taking shape high above the earth. a network of satellites will be able to track every plane flying anywhere on the planet. up until now, planes have mostly been tracked by ground radar, and that doesn't work over the oceans. the final ten satellites in the network were launched last friday. al art to explain how it all works. >> reporter: when all these flights take off, they're pretty easy to track with radar while they're over land.
when they get to water, it's another story. take a look at this. right now, these are all the planes flying. you can see there are thousands in the air, many of them over water. now, by 2020, any airliner flying in or out of the u.s. or europe has to have a gps transponder. most of them have one now. it's that transponder that allows these new satellites to know where they are precisely anywhere around the world. >> five, four -- >> reporter: tucked inside this spacex falcon 9 report as it blasted into space friday,. >> ignition, lift off of the falcon 9. >> reporter: are ten enhanced iridium communication satellites, each the size of a mini cooper. once active, they'll power phone communications, space-face withed broad band and carry an item like this. >> 70% of the world's airspace has no surveillance. aircraft fly over the oceans and report back their positions to air traffic control every 10 to 15 minutes at best. and in between those periods, no one knows where they are.
>> reporter: mclane, virginia based aireon was developing the challenge to change that, even before malaysia flight mh 370 vanished over the ocean in march 2014. but a boeing 777 with 349 aboard was a wake-up call, prompting years of safety experts' demanding change. former ntsb chair debbie herzman in 2016. >> i can find my kids by pinging their iphone. we shouldn't have aircraft that disappear anywhere in the world today. >> reporter: to make that happen, the aireon technology is hitching a ride to space as part of the largest technology swap the universe has ever seen. >> it's kind of like c on a buss an hour. this is the first time they've been alive in space. >> reporter: walt everetts
helped design them. he'll be in the company's command center outside washington, d.c. as his team maneuvers the new satellites into place, seem t seem tain lo powering on the old and deactivating the old. they'll burn up in the earth's atmosphere. >> with these new satellites we're putting up, we have more capacity, more processing capability, more memory. so we are taking an old flip phone and upgrading it into a smartphone. >> reporter: while not fully complete, the updated network circling the globe 485 miles overhead is already tracking planes. aireon was able to instantly confirm the last known location of lion flight 610, the boeing plane that crashed in the java sea last october. >> with the iridium aireon system, every plane is within reach of an air traffic controller. we would know within seconds where that airplane was.
>> reporter: there are some other potential benefits. air traffic controllers may be able to allow more planes to be in the air at the same time on some of those busy overocean routes. what does that mean for flyers? the potential more flights to europe, potentially fewer delays and even more direct routes so your flight times could get shorter. >> the "cbs overnight news" will be right back.
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in the world of super hero comics, the eternal battle has always been between d.c. and marvel. through this decades-long fight for supremacy, one man stands above the fray. his name is alex ross, and his power is in his paintbrush. ross invited anthony mason into his layer for a look around. >> and so here is where i keep all my toy, or most of them, at least. >> there is a lot of toys. >> yes. >> reporter: the little museum upstairs in alex ross' home in the chicago suburbs is every comic book fan's dream. do you spend a lot of time in here? >> no, not really. >> reporter: but it's a comfort that it's here? >> it's a comfort that it's here. but this is making up for a life where i had to ask or beg for toys. and so once i had money, then i could buy everything i ever wanted, and it just never stopped. >> reporter: this is alex ross' world. he not only collects it, he creates it.
in nearly 30 years as an artist and illustrator, he's painted almost every popular superhero. his work for d.c. was collected in the book "mythology," and his work for marvel has just been published in "marvelocity." >> is there a big difference between drawing for d.c. and marvel, or is it essentially the same job? >> it's kind of a difference based on mood and vibe of the material. there is something about the stoic heroes of d.c. that can be contrasted against the hyper kinetic heroes of marvel. i knew from whatever you might call very early age, this is what i wanted to do, period. i wanted to make art of superheroes. i wanted to sort of live in their skin full-time, if i could. >> reporter: as a kid, he began sketching his favorites. even making paper action figures. this is just like construction paper and scotch tape. > yep.
when i was 6 years old in second grade, and this is a t-shirt i was wearing in the photo. i loved the character of captain marvel. my mother saved the shirt all these years, and that's the exact shirt. >> reporter: that's the actual shirt? >> that's the actual shirt. as an adult, i was able to low ate the original artwork done by neil adams. so it's the whole circle of life here. and there i am. >> reporter: his mother was a fashion illustrator. she became more my hero in a sense of watching her go off and work and giving me the idea of hey, getting paid to do this, not strictly for the medium i wanted to be in, but just getting paid to draw. >> reporter: like his mom, ross went thecade art in chicago. it was there he developed the realist style that would distinguish his superheroes. your version of superman was meant to be more life-like, right? >> yeah, yeah. it's supposed to respect kind of the aged history of the character going back to the original art style from the
'40s. this thicker, heavier version of the character where he looked like he would really beat the living hell out of somebody was something that drein. there is somhing graphically interesting about the joe schuster art style that way. >> reporter: do you feel an enormous responsibility when you're dealing with a character that iconic? >> i feel a sense of responsibility and passion, because when you get an idea in your head thinking that you can contribute something that no one else is recognizing, you know, it really charges you up. >> reporter: and when you pull it off? >> well, then it makes you think that you're right about everything, which makes you impossible to deal with. >> reporter: makes you superman. >> no, no, no. no, no, that's not his fault. no, he doesn't think he is right about everything. he just happens to be right about everything. >> reporter: when russ started in the late '80s, most comic book art was drawn and then inked in. but ross wanted to paint his superheroes. and painted work made what kind
of difference on the page? >> it's like you're getting more content added at you, more detail, more illumination of the subject. it's the same thing that you're taking out of seeing them in feature films now. >> reporter: readers responded. he won the comic buyers guide comic award for favorite painter seven straight years. were you surprised at how much notice it got? >> it's a terrible thing to say i wasn't, right? [ laughter ] that's really egotistical, i'm sorry. i feel like i was waiting for somebody to come and do this, and i had been following comics my whole life. there had been these wonderful painted covers of the hulk when i was a kid in the '70s that i thought man, to read a whole story that would look like that on the inside would be fantastic. well, nobody was doing that then. >> reporter: but it has allowed alex ross to live the life he always imagined. what has it meant to you to be part of this? >> it means everything. you know, the fact that i could
game wardens in south africa's park are enlisting a new ally in the fight against elephant poachers. flying dogs. well, the dogs don't actually fly, but they do parachute out of planes and hang out of helicopters, swooping in on the enemy. debora patta has the story from johannesburg. >> reporter: meet arrow and his handler henry. together they take off acrokroc the vast wildlife preserve. arrow seems unperturbed, even as they hurl themselves out of the helicopter, falling more than 6,000 feet to earth. landing in the middle of the poaching war.
>> getting the dog on to the front lines as fast as possible is always a challenge. and parachuting is one of the ways of getting the dog the boots on the ground where they're needed. >> reporter: these elite k-9 dogs are trained to immediately sniff out the poacher, rushing to attack, pinning him to the ground until more help arrives. this may be a training exercise, but the dogs' bites are real, and special bite-proof suits are needed. the dogs are up against highly trained, heavily armed poachers who run a multimillion-dollar industry trading in elephants and rhino horns. in the past seven years alone, a third of africa's elephants have been wiped out. nearly 100 of these skydiving dogs have been placed in game reserves across africa. in one region, they caught over 100 poachers in 18 months.
>> good boy! >> reporter: he told us one dog, killer, nabbed more poachers than rangers equipped with the latest high-tech weapons. >> that is the most the most effective tool against the fight against poaching ever used, and it's low technology, it's low cost compared to other technologies, and it works. >> reporter: man's best friend may turn out to be a poacher's worst enemy. debora patta, cbs news, johannesburg. >> that's the "overnight news" . for some of you, the news continues. for others, check back with us a little later for the morning news. and you don't want to miss "cbs this morning." from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm meg oliver.
taking a live look outside at the bay bridge and the east bay. it looks pretty quiet out there and calm. but there is more rain on the way after a pound -- after it pounded the bay area last night. it is thursday, january 17th. good morning. thanks for waking up with us on this special edition of kpix 5 news this morning starting at 4:00 a.m. >> it's been a very stormy night around the bay area, and it continues, including looking at some thunderstorms right now. mary lou joining us. >> yeah. so it's still active on hi-def doppler this morning with some isolated sthorms. and just checked on high definition doppler and some lightning strikes just ss