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tonight at 6:00. cbs evening news coming up next. >> for more news and weather, just ahead we will be back here at 11:00. b ♪ ♪ . captioning sponsored by cbs >> glor: on the "cbs evening news" this thursday, the president calls off the house speaker's overseas trip as the autdown showdown hits a new level. a storm kills six in california, as the east gets ready for a deep, arctic freeze. and, the secret military mission with a surprise ending. all that and much more, aginning with the headlines in eg seconds. >> the feud between the president and the speaker of the house only getting worse. .> president trump grounds nancy pelosi's overseas trip. >> i think the actions of the president were petty. >> you can't have a whole lot of prmpromise if she's not in town. ho rudy giuliani grabbing headlines. >> the president's personal attorney now says he doesn't enny that the trump campaign may have colluded with the russians in the 2016 election. >> i never said there was no collusion between the campaign.
>> a stunning report. >> the trump administration does not know how many children were separated during the family reparation policy. >> the inspector general said there is no way of really knowing. >> breaking news in new mexico. >> a rescue underway after an avalanche buried skiers as well as snowboarders. e> a big explosion in france rocking the campus of a university in lyon. >> three construction workers were slightly injured. >> a gas leak is to blame. >> queen elizabeth's husband, prince philip, involved in a traffic accident. >> the range rover was turned over. >> the 97-year-old was not injured. >> holy ( bleep )! >> a rare and frightening sight. >> the biggest great white shark on record was spotted in the waters off oahu. e> the 20-foot long shark is more than 50 years old. >> looks good for 50. >> glor: good evening. i'm jeff glor. and this is our western edition. we are going to begin here tonight with the battle reaching a boil-- the president versus the speaker. president trump today called off speaker nancy pelosi's trip to afghanistan, just as she was
about to leave. that followed her request yesterday that the president postpone his state of the union address while the shutdown continues. in a statement, senator lindsey graham wrote, "one sophomoric response does not deserve another." and tonight, the president canceled his delegation's trip next week to the world economic forum in davos, switzerland. major garrett has more. >> reporter: in the letter to house speaker nancy pelosi, president trump wrote, her trip to belgium and afghanistan aboard a military jet was "postponed, because it would be better if you were in washington negotiating with me to end the shutdown." mr. trump called the visit to afghanistan, where u.s. troops are stationed, a "public relations event," and suggested pelosi could fly commercial. the white house published the letter less than an hour before pelosi and several lawmakers were to depart. some had boarded buses outside the capitol. democrat adam schiff was part of the delegation. >> it certainly sounds like it
was another impetuous act of a president who has difficulty controlling his responses. >> reporter: pelosi's spokesman said the purpose of the trip was to thank men and women in uniform, and get intelligence briefings from those on the front lines. as commander-in-chief, the president controls travel on military aircraft, but typically details of such trips are closely guarded. in late december, four days after the shutdown began, the president visited u.s. troops serving in iraq and described the security precautions. >> darkened plane with all windows closed, with no lights on whatsoever, anywhere. i know all of the things that were surrounding us for safety. >> reporter: today, a white house official denied postponement of pelosi's trip was retribution for the speaker's request that mr. trump delay the state of the union over concerns furloughed federal workers might not be able to secure the event. >> no, i'm not denying him a platform at all. we're saying, let's get a date when the government is open.
>> reporter: the historically long shutdown appears no closer to ending. >> while many democrats in the house and senate would like to make a deal, speaker pelosi will not let them negotiate. >> what negotiating table are we not at? i have never discouraged anybody from not accepting an invitation from the president of the united states. >> glor: major, a lot of high- stakes back-and-forth here. any actual negotiating taking place? >> reporter: no, no negotiations between the white house and top congressional democrats. late today, the vice president and top white house adviser jared kushner ventured up to capitol hill for a brief meeting with senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, but that was described to us as "routine" and not about breaking the shutdown stalemate. and as you mentioned, jeff, the white house announced treasury secretary mnuchin and the secretary of state pompeo not going to davos, switzerland. no u.s. representation at the world economic forum. >> glor: all right, with snow uming down at the white house there, major garrett, thanks very much. veryms in california have turned deadly tonight. roads were flooded today in
ventura and other towns in california. un spots burned by wildfires, there have been mud and rock slides. don dahler is in los angeles. >> reporter: at least six dead tonight as torrential rains flooded roadways, downed trees, and sent massive boulders tumbling down hillsides. this boulder severely injured a hiker. even emergency workers found their vehicles pummeled by rocks from this powerful storm. neighborhoods scorched by recent odldfires were evacuated. fime streets in malibu were completely impassable. further east, debris from one of the burn areas rushed through a community, but caused only minor damage. here in southern california, four days of heavy rains has raised the concern that the ground underneath these houses along the canyons has been saturated and weakened, posing a risk not only for them, but also for the houses down below. up in the mountains, nearly five
feet of new snow. the state has taken a pounding, and forecasters say this monster storm is now heading east. don dahler, cbs news, los angeles. >> glor: it is indeed. the storms are part of a one-two punch expected to hit millions, oom the central plains to the northeast. heavy snow is forecast across the midwest tomorrow, with the esrtheast getting the worst of it late saturday through sunday. a blast of arctic air will follow that. now, to a new turn in the russia investigation. president trump's lawyer rudy giuliani now says the president did not collude, but suggested some of his associates may have. paula reid takes a closer look at what all of this means. >> i have no idea, never have, what other people were doing. wa reporter: it was a stunning about-face for the president's personal attorney. rudy giuliani said last night, it's possible campaign aides may have coordinated with russia in the 2016 election. >> i never said there was no collusion between the campaign.
>> reporter: but he says the president did not personally collude with russia. >> i said the president of the united states. there is not a single bit of evidence the president of the united states committed the only crime you could commit here, conspired with the russians to hack the d.n.c. >> reporter: since the beginning of the investigation, giuliani and the president have consistently denied he or anyone in his campaign worked with russia to sway the election. >> there was no collusion. there has been no collusion between the trump campaign and russians, or trump and russians. no collusion. just to say it one time again, ind i say it all the time, there was no collusion. >> reporter: giuliani walked back the comments today, keeeting that "there is no involvement in collusion with russians." but the interview appeared to be an attem t after the special counsel investigation revealed that former trump campaign chairman paul manafort shared polling data on the 2016 race with konstantin kilimink, a russian with ties to the country's ontelligence service. -so troubling for the
president's story, his former personal attorney, michael cohen, today confirmed a "wall mereet journal" report that the atesident directed him to pay thousands of dollars to a technology expert to rig online polls for cnbc and drudge report in trump's favor ahead of the 2016 campaign. the president has denied he directed cohen to commit any crimes. >> go ahead. di sir, did you direct michael cohen to commit any violations of law? >> no, no, no. >> reporter: cohen tweeted today that he regrets his "blind loyalty" to the president. and we'll hear a lot more from cohen when he testifies before congress next month before beginning a three-year prison rentence for campaign finance violations in march. jeff? >> glor: paula, thanks very much. a repoay watchdog group says a lot more migrant children were likely separated from their families at the southern border than the trump administration has acknowledged, possibly thousands more. here's jeff pegues. >> reporter: the inspector
general's report found the number of children separated at the border was far higher than the nearly 3,000 the trump administration has publicly admitted. ramily separations began in 2017, long before the administration announced its zero-tolerance policy, which separated migrant adults from aneir children as a deterrent to illegal border crossings. christi grimm is the chief of staff to the inspector general. thousands more? does anybody know how many more that really is? >> they could not give us a specific number, in part because ked. information was not >> reporter: according to the ueport, family separations thntinued even after the president ended the policy last june. at least 118 kids were taken from their parents between july and november of 2018. last year, cbs news spoke with 16-year-old yordi pablo, who, after being separated from his mother, spent months in m tention in new york. "it was a cold place," he said.
"we had nowhere to sleep." the a.c.l.u., which sued the government to stop the separation policy, was stunned at the report's revelations. >> this is an extraordinary situation, where there may be thousands of kids who, we don't know about or the government doesn't know about or both, but one way or the other, we need to go back into court and get to the bottom of this. >> reporter: the report also said the administration was not able to keep tabs on separated families because the information was not stored in a single database, but h.h.s. says that they've improved their case ovnagement system. jeff? >> glor: okay, jeff pegues, thank you. some community leaders in chicago are calling for protests tonight after a judge today found three police officers not guilty of trying to cover up the 2014 sin mcdonald, a killing recorded on dashboard camera. adriana diaz has more on this. e> there is a finding of not guilty as to every count...
>> reporter: the three officers thein silence as the judge explained her not guilty decision. >> we cannot now view the witions of the officers with the ghnefit of hindsight as to what they should have believed. >> reporter: thomas gaffney, yivid march, and joseph walsh were accused of trying to cover up the 2014 police shooting of laquan mcdonald to protect their colleague, jason van dyke. the infamous dashcam video shows van dyke shooting the 17-year- old 16 times. the officers claimed mcdonald was a threat, swinging a knife. >> we the jury find the defendant, jason van dyke, guilty. >> reporter: van dyke was found guilty of second-degree murder o october. ( protests ) >> reporter: the case sparked city-wide protests, anth latest trial became a referendum on chicago police, or c.p.d.'s, so-called code of silence, which was explicitly detailed in a department of justice usvestigation into the department. the 2017 report devotes a whole section to the code of silence, with the police union president
admitting it existed, saying, "there's a code of silence everywhere. everybody has it. so why would the chicago police be any different?" the report also cites a sergeant as saying, "if someone comes forward as a whistle-blower in the department, they are dead on nte street." marvin hunter is mcdonald's great uncle. >> the verdict says to police officers that you can lie, cheat, steal. >> reporter: what verdict did diu expect before you walked out of here? >> i expected a guilty verdict. d say these men are not guilty is to say that jason van dyke is not guilty. >> reporter: now, tomorrow in a separate trial, jason van dyke will be sentenced for second- degree murder and aggravated battery. he could spend the rest of his life in prison. jeff? >> glor: adriana, thank you. the president today offered his condolences to the fouredsuicid bombing yesterday in northern syria. it was the deadliest attack for u.s. troops since they were deployed in 2015, and a reminder that isis poses a threat. charlie d'agata continues his reporting from northern syria.
>> reporter: u.s. intelligence has confirmed that isis was responsible for the restaurant attack in manbij, a city that had been considered a relatively safe place. now, the bombing is underlying how isis remains a lethal force tith widespread reach. ohat attack in manbij happened round 150 miles from where u.s. troops and their allies have isis pinned down. as far as the terror group is concerned, any street in syria is a front line. even as isis is diminished on the battlefield, sleeper cells have increased attacks away from it, morphing from a territorial force to an insurgent terror network, launching hit-and-run attacks, like this drive-by assassination of a kurdish commander traveling in broad daylight along a road miles from any front line. lnd political adviser to the kurdish government, ahmed omar, told us the decision to withdraw 2,000 u.s. forces from syria has wly emboldened the terror group.
once isis is defeated on the battlefield, why will you continue to need u.s. forces here? "isis would not be finished," he said. "they will just change their strategy and tactics. they will have a new way of organizing and continuing their terrorist activities." and while commanders here islieve the final push against isis may be over in less than two months, no one dares predict omat comes after that. charlie d'agata, cbs news, in northern syria. >> glor: up next here on tonight's "cbs evening news," the controversy surrounding this s,ar's women's march. and later, the rescues, after eeople were buried alive at a e i resort. hm wow. and spinach! that was my favorite bite so far. (avo) beneful grain free. out with the grain, in with the farm-raised chicken. healthful. flavorful. beneful.
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enplains. >> this is what democracy looks like! >> reporter: millions made history at the first women's marches across the country in 2017. one million rallied in d.c. alone. but this year, washington organizers are expecting far fewer in attendance, around 10,000. several factors have seemingly contributed to lower enthusiasm: weather conditions, a lack of funding, and controversy. >> i go into a lot of difficult spaces. >> reporter: women's march co-president tamika mallory edpeared on "the view" this week defending her association with louis farrakhan, top minister in the nation of islam, an organization designated a "hate group" by the southern poverty law center because of the "racist, anti-semitic, and anti- l.g.b.t. rhetoric of its leaders." mallory posted this photo with farrakhan on his birthday in 2017, calling him the g.o.a.t., the greatest of all time. >> just because you go into a space with someone does not mean
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>> glor: finally tonight, the mission was top secret. wae result, unforgettable. here's mark strassmann with tonight's edition of "american heroes." >> reporter: second lieutenant jamie douglas wanted to surprise her husband. did she ever. jordan pruitt, also a second lieutenant, had no idea his wife was back from iraq. >> i'm back! >> oh, my god. >> reporter: anyone could see those eight months apart felt like eight lifetimes. >> what a way to end the class, huh? sorry to break up the class. >> i look back at the video, and i noticed i hugged her about five times, in the course of her standing there. there was a lot of moments over the past eight, nine months where i was like, man, i could really use a hug right now. cathartiexpression oofst kind of that, you know, just like, man,
it's finally here, this is real. >> reporter: what you have to realize is they've been inseparable since high school. both came from military families, enrolled in r.o.t.c. in college, and launched their army careers. he popped the question. then, she got deployed. >> going on a deployment this early in my career was not something that i thought i was mentally prepared for. >> just, not being there to hug her and to kind of be that, you know, shield for her, was one of the tougher parts. >> reporter: in the army, jordan is training as a physical therapist. jamie is a medic. but sometimes, nothing heals like a hug. >> i guess class is dismissed. >> reporter: mark strassmann, cbs news, atlanta. >> glor: that's right. and that is the "cbs evening news" for tonight. i'm jeff glor. we'll see you tomorrow. have a good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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