tv CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor CBS January 21, 2019 6:30pm-7:00pm PST
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responsibility to stand up and fight for the best of who we are. >> a rare event lighting up the sky. >> super blood wolf moon. >> total lunar eclipse left the moon in a dark red haze. >> super bowl 53 is set, but the play everyone is talking about, the blown call in the n.f.c. ayampionship. >> saints fans taking out their anger on their tvs. >> its the worst non-call in history. >> today is a celebration of dr. martin luther king, jr.'s birthday and legacy. >> parades across the country celebrating the civil rights icon. >> glor: good evening, i'm jeff glor. and this is our western edition. we are going to begin here tonight with the brutally cold temperatures that have followed a winter storm from the midwest to the east coast. nearly half the country failed to get above freezing today. at least seven people were killed in the weekend storm. it caused big problems at airports. more than 4500 flights were canceled this holiday weekend. more than 10,000 delayed. omar villafranca reports from vermont.
>> reporter: temperatures tanked in the northeast, with some parts of the country hovering around 0 degrees. the high today in quechee, vermont was one degree, causing the town's falls to freeze over. the winter storm also dropped anywhere from two to 18 inches of snow, which made digging out a chilly chore in lackawanna county, pennsylvania. >> probably let the car warm up for a least an hour, and then o l the doors were frozen shut. the house door was frozen shut. >> reporter: over the holiday weekend, the winter storm was blamed for multiple deaths, bcluding a 12 year old girl who was killed in illinois when the gow fort she built collapsed and trapped her inside. in missouri, slick roads caused a 15-car pileup, shutting down interstate 55 for hours. the storm system also dropped a tornado in wetumpka, alabama, outside of montgomery. the ef-2 twister had 135 mile- per-hour winds.
six people were hurt and several buildings were destroyed. >> it was just shake, shake, shake, shake, and then no rain, no nothing. just, it was just-- i mean just that quick and-- you look up and everything is gone. >> reporter: the snow storm also caused problems at airports. just today, more than 4,000 flights were delayed and over 700 canceled. thousands are still without power here in the northeast, but crews are working to get them utck online. the main concern tonight, subzero temperatures. here in woodstock, vermont, jeff, the windchill right now: negative 19. >> glor: all right, omar, thank you for being there. get inside and warm up soon. omar villafranca, thank you very much. parts of the country are not going to be getting any relief any time soon. another storm is on the way, dumping eight inches today in utah, closing some highways, and causing delays at the salt lake city airport. that system is moving east, a
half foot of snow could fall tomorrow and tomorrow night from nebraska to the great lakes. many government workers stand to miss a second paycheck this week as the partial government shutdown continues tonight. the president did make an offer on saturday, but both sides appear as far apart as ever. paula reid has more on day 31. >> it's a great day, it's a beautiful day. >> reporter: president trump paid a brief visit to the martin luther king, jr. memorial in rashington today. joined by vice president pence, he laid a wreath at the foot of the memorial and observed a moment of silence. but he made no comment about the partial government shutdown, two days after offering a deal democrats rejected. >> i'm here today to break the logjam. >> reporter: on saturday, in a televised address, the president offered three years of legal s atus for some refugees and immigrants brought here by undocumented parents in exchange for $5.7 billion in funding for a wall. democrats dismissed the president's offer almost immediately, in part because it did not address a path to be citizenship for so-called
threamers." >> offering some of those protections that he took away back in exchange for the wall is not a compromise but hostage taking. >> reporter: unpaid federal workers are struggling to put food on the table. pop-up food banks, like this one in washington, gave away food to over a thousand federal workers this weekend. federal agencies are feeling the pain, too. on sunday, 10% of t.s.a. screeners called in sick, up from just 3% last year. the security line at the new orleans airport snaked around the terminal today. rosa guzman works as a t.s.a. screener at l.a.x., and says nobody expected the shutdown to last this long. ow i know a lot of officers are adready looking for other jobs. and they need to get money from somewhere to support their families and pay their bills. >> reporter: with two children to care for, she and her boyfriend are watching every penny. >> i think my breaking point would be missing a couple more paychecks.
i would hate to get, you know, eviction notices on my door. >> glor: paula, i also want to ask you about this tonight. as you know, the special counsel issued this rare statement on friday night after this buzzfeed report that got so much attention on friday that said it had information on the president's dealings with michael cohen. is there anything new there? >> reporter: well, jeff, we continue to work our sources, but, so far, we have not been able to confirm buzzfeed's report. but, as you noted late friday, the special counsel issued a very rare statement, saying, "buzzfeed's description of specific statements to the special counsel's office is not accurate." but, as of now, we have not been able to confirm the special counsel's evidence. >> glor: okay, paula reid for us from the white house tonight. rtage of democrats who nt tfor present in 2020. ed o'keefe reports another candidate announced her decision today. >> that's why i'm running for president of the united states. >> reporter: senator kamala harris jumped right into the 2020 race today.
nte 54 year old is the third female u.s. senator to join the presidential race and, so far, the only black candidate. her decision to announce her campaign on martin luther king, jr. day and at her alma mater, the predominantly black howard university, is no coincidence. >> reporter: black voters didn't e.rn out in the kind of numbers that they did in 2016 as they did back in 2008. what does your party need to do differently in 2020 to ensure that they show up? >> well, for all voters, we've got to reach out to folks. we've got to go where they are, tderstand who they are. >> reporter: across the country, other democratic hopefuls also sont to m.l.k. events to appeal to black voters, who cast one- in-four democratic primary ballots in 2016. >> don't tell me things can't change. t reporter: although socio- economic matters in the community were a hot topic, much of the focus was on president oump. >> we now have a president of the united states who is a racist.
>> he is tearing apart the very fabric of who we are as a nation, our very common decency. >> reporter: we should point out senator harris is also the first indian american to serve in the senate. several other democrats we expect to jump in are still on the sidelines. among them, new jersey senator cory booker, who said today he's not that far from making a decision. jeff? >> glor: ed o'keefe, thank you very much. it takes more than 16 hours to fly nonstop from newark, new jersey to hong kong. passengers on a united flight spent nearly twice that long on a plane, and it never left north america. nikki battiste tells us about their long night stuck at a canadian military base in labrador. >> reporter: about three hours into the united flight saturday, 250 passengers were diverted to a military base in goose bay, 2brador, canada due to a medical emergency.
>> reporter: when the pilot landed around 10:00 p.m. local time, passengers say the patient was able to walk off the plane. it was negative 25 degrees, and there was a mechanical issue with the cabin door preventing the plane from taking off. with no customs officers working ternight, passengers had to spend the night on the tarmac until sunday. passenger steven lau tweeted: >> reporter: by sunday morning, united sent a replacement plane to take passengers back to their origin: newark. >> i think everybody understood that the circumstances, and nobody could really control. >> reporter: the whole ordeal eook nearly 27 hours, while passengers ultimately spent more hhan 17 hours on the ground in canada, longer than a flight from newark to hong kong. passengers were flown back to
newark and landed sunday evening. united airlines tells cbs news they provided passengers with botel accommodations, meals, compensation, and, jeff, a refund for their flight. >> glor: pretty amazing and hmpressive to see the patience some of those folks displayed. nikki, thank you very much. a new caravan of nearly 2,000 central americans is making its way toward the u.s. tonight. they started crossing into tuthern mexico last weekend, and adriana diaz is with them. >> reporter: the line to enter sxico is so long, it stretches all the way to guatemala on this border bridge. thousands of migrants left honduras a week ago after word spread about a new caravan on facebook. the orderly lines are a stark contrast to october's caravan, where an influx overwhelmed the mexican government, creating a bottleneck on this same bridge, where some jumped to swim to mexico instead. and migrants tore down a fence in a clash with police. ais is that very spot where
those fences were ke and as you can see, the gate is now wide open. you just have to wait on a really long line. it's a result of mexico's new open door immigration policy that's just a week old. every migrant that enters legally first gets a bracelet. this is their golden ticket to be able to enter mexico legally, and then go through the process to be able to eventually get a humanitarian visa. that process is about five days. once inside, migrants are photographed, interviewed, fingerprinted, and even get iris recognition scans to keep track of who's entering. marcos alonzo, who earned $4 a day back home, left honduras a week ago with the group. what do you understand about the wall? he says he doesn't think the wall affects him. and if it does affect him, it doesn't matter, he's going to be there fighting still. though he can stay in mexico under the new policy, he is u.s.-bound.
at the u.s. border in tijuana, less than 700 migrants from the october caravan are still waiting in hopes of getting asylum. now that border with tijuana is still 2,000 miles north from where we are now. we asked officials here if mexico is simply incentivizing migrants to move north by facilitating the process. they said the migrants are going to move no matter what, and legal migration provides rights and protections. the question is whether the migrants will stay here in mexico or head north to the u.s. border. >> glor: adriana diaz for us from mexico tonight. adriana, thanks. this was a deadly day for u.s.- backed forces in afghanistan and syria. at least 48 afghan security personnel were killed, 50 wounded, when taliban insurgents used a stolen humvee packed with explosives to attack a military base outside kabul. a fierce gun battle ensued. in syria, an isis suicide bomber targeted a convoy of u.s. troops and kurdish soldiers at a checkpoint. no americans were killed, but five kurds died in that blast.
some people this past weekend jumped to big conclusions after geeing viral video of teenagers iearing "make america great again" hats surrounding a native american. turns out the situation that unfolded on friday in d.c. was far more complicated. here's jim axelrod. >> reporter: the first angle of what unfolded on the steps of the lincoln memorial showed a native american elder and nteran, nathan philips, drumming and nick sandmann, a high school junior from iovington catholic high school in kentucky, inches away, while sandmann's schoolmates taunted. it seemed philips was being treated disrespectfully. but, within hours, more videos t rfaced. >> what the hell is you are seeing is crackers with a "make america great again" hat on. >> reporter: the kids from kentucky had been taunted by a small group of african-american provocateurs known as the black hebrew israelites. >> this is a bunch of future school shooters. >> reporter: the covington kids
shouted over them with what they g y were "school cheers," dozens jumping up and down, which is when philips walked toward the group of students, beating his drum, he says, to calm a combustible situation. >> what did you do when america was tearing itself apart? did you turn your head? did you walk away? or did you go in there, into the midst of it, and say, "this is wrong"? that's what i did. >> reporter: while philips said he heard the kids taunt him, and the diocese and school initially condemned the students, the other videos told g more complex story, according to supporters of the kids. >> all they are doing is waiting to get on a bus and they are being yelled at by grown men. why are they the bad guys? that's not what happened?!?!? >> they're going to shoot up another school!
>> reporter: ever since, social media has raged. the boys, nathan philips, and the media all taking it on the chin, depending who was posting, chin, depending who was posting, and demonstrating how we now process events in real-time. maybe the most striking and ironic thing is that all this unfolded steps from the words of lincoln etched into the memorial, "let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds." jim axelrod, cbs news, new york. >> glor: coming up next here on the "cbs evening news," why a new rule requiring hospitals to post their prices is not helping patients. and later, just days after a crash, prince philip is not eager to buckle up. crash, prince philip is not eage up. blanker tblang i switched to liberty mutual because they let me customize my insurance, and as a fitness junkie, i customize everything.
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pogue, whose husband is a cbs news contributor, said her insurance company only paid $3,000 of a $13,000 bill. >> i never dreamed that i would be on the hook for $10,000. >> reporter: it's that type of sticker shock, a new government rule, requiring hospitals to post their prices online was supposed to help fix. but jeannie pinder, who runs clear health costs, a website where consumers can look up tsdical prices says, of the hospital's price lists... >> and do i this for a living, actually, and i'm confused by it. >> reporter: the first problem, she says, is lists like these are hard to interpret. there are no uniform standards for how procedures and prices are described. so, on this new york hospital's website, if you go to find out how much treatment for an ear infection will cost, its page will give you several listings for "ear," but no clarity on that you might actually pay. second, she says, those list prices are too high, because they don't factor in insurance payments or medicare's rates,
which are lower. is there any useful information for consumers in these lists of umices at all? >> i think the most useful information is that the prices are wildly inflated. >> reporter: some hospitals, like st. luke's university kealth network in bethlehem, pennsylvania have launched their own price-checking pages. executive francine botek: ge a good next step for hospitals would be to provide greater transparency into what patients will actually be required to pay out of pocket. >> reporter: one of the concerns pinder raises over those cnerally posted list prices is that people may see them and not realize they don't take insurance and medicare into account. jeff, the concern is then that they may not get the treatments, because they may think that they can't afford them because the list prices look so high. >> glor: actually knowing what you're paying for something, what a concept. >> reporter: but it's hard to figure out in this context, yeah. >> glor: anna, thanks. still ahead here tonight, the lof.l. may consider changes after that blown call in the n.f.c. championship. hanges after that
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>> quick snap, brees. >> glor: a clear case of pass interference here, but an official missed it, and that may have cost the new orleans saints a trip to the super bowl. cbs news is now told tonight the n.f.l. may consider changing its rules in the off-season so that pass interference calls can be reviewable. the l.a. rams will play the new england patriots in super bowl 53 right here on cbs, sunday february 3rd. britain's prince philip is driving again. at 97, he was spotted behind the wheel of a new land rover yesterday just days after flipping his s.u.v., when it hit another car. he was not wearing his seat belt. we'll be right back. come here, .
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