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captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: breaking news tonight-- the arctic freeze gets worse. record-low temperatures and record-high snowfalls. a 50-vehicle pileup in ohio, and hundreds of flights canceled. we're in one of the hardest hit areas. >> fighting for justice! >> o'donnell: also breaking tonight, protests at the supreme court and in major cities as nearly 700,000 immigrants wait for the supreme court to decide if they will be deported. >> i hope that the justices can see our humanity. >> o'donnell: plus, the supreme court rules the families of sandy hook elementary school shooting victims can now sue a gunmaker. on the eve of televised impeachment hearings, cbs news has the republican playbook for defending the president. jimmy carter-- tonight an update
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on the former president's surgery to remove blood near his brain. also new tonight, after vaping, a teenager undergoes a rare double-lung transplant. >> we're looking at the tip of the iceberg. >> o'donnell: a cbs news exclusive: a mcdonald's worker tells us why she's suing the fast-food giant over sexual harassment. >> i felt like i was alone and nobody was fighting for me. >> o'donnell: and "profiles in service": turning combat veterans into scholars. >> this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell. >> o'donnell: good evening, and thank you so much for joining us. we begin with the dangerous deep freeze that's affecting more than 200 million americans. for half of them, it's about to get much worse as it widens and tightens its grip. from the great lakes to new england, millions are digging out from deep snow. 30 inches piled up in northern michigan.
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east of cleveland, cars and trucks collided on an interstate during a snowstorm. at least five people have died on icy roads. nearly 150 cold weather records were set today, including lows of five degrees in springfield, illinois; and 25 degrees in waco, texas. dozens more records will be shattered overnight, and david begnaud has made his way to the hardest hit state, and he leads off our coverage tonight. >> reporter: sleet-slicked roads caused a 50-car pileup near youngstown, ohio. two people were critically injured. 40 miles west in hudson, ohio, there were multiple collisions with vehicles spinning off the road. >> car hit another car in front of me and turned it into me and smacked me down into the ditch. >> reporter: snowfall records were shattered across the northeast and the great lakes. in buffalo, new york, nearly nine inches of snow broke a 77- year-old record. part of northern michigan saw upwards of 30 inches of
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snowfall. but an even more unusual sight was snow as far south as richmond, virginia, and nashville, tennessee. >> it's huge! >> reporter: steam rose from lake superior in minnesota as the temperature there dropped below zero. chicago set a new record low-- seven degrees. >> it's so cold that it's burning my face. >> reporter: in new england, this boat rescue was caught on camera after three students from the university of maine got stuck while conducting field work in freezing conditions. >> in no way is this a safe area to be in, especially the middle of november. >> reporter: and tonight, we that's because the motor city drove itself right into the history books. this has been the biggest november snowstorm on record, breaking the last record that was set back in 1932. it feels like eight degrees here right now.
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and now, the weather is moving toward the east. these record-setting temperatures, norah, are going to drop as far south as charleston. >> o'donnell: it looks cold, david. thank you. and the bitter cold did not stop thousands from protesting outside the supreme court in support of the daca program which allowed immigrants brought here illegally as children to remain and work in the u.s. if they met strict requirements. hundreds of high school students walked out of class in los angeles as part of the protest. jan crawford reports the justices heard arguments today in a landmark case that could affect hundreds of thousands and that decision could come smack dab in the middle of next year's presidential race. >> reporter: supporters of daca emerged from the court hopeful, but during 80 minutes of arguments the justices appeared divided, with no clear signs on how the court will rule. liberal justices were sympathetic to arguments it should block president trump's efforts because the administration failed to clearly explain why it was ending the obama-era program. justice sonia sotomayor pointed to mixed messages from president
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trump, initially telling daca- eligible people that they were safe under him and that he would find a way to keep them here. and then "i'll give you six months to destroy your lives." conservative justices were harder to read, but most seemed to want to avoid a ruling that would embroil courts in second- guessing future presidents' explanations for administrative decisions. justice neil gorsuch, "what more would you have the government say?" >> daca is a very, very difficult subject for me. >> reporter: the president announced in 2017 he was rescinding daca, which he claimed president obama had created with an illegal executive action. the program protected some 700,000 people who came here illegally as children, the so- called dreamers, from deportation. according to a government study, 90% of them work, and 45% are enrolled in school. dreamers, like pre-k. teacher karen reyes. she came to the u.s. when she
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was two years old, and will never forget the day daca was announced. >> oh, my god, this means i don't have to be fearful when i'm driving. i can work. >> o'donnell: and, jan, there was also news today in a case that dealt with the sandy hook school shooting. can you tell us about that? >> reporter: well, that's right. i mean, the justices let stand a landmark decision by the connecticut supreme court which said the families of sandy hook victims could sue remington, that's the manufacturer of the rifle that was used in the massacre. now, the gun industry had actually asked the justices to get involved saying it had broad immunity from these kind of lawsuits. so today's order, letting that lawsuit go forward, that was a big win for those families, noah. >> o'donnell: all right, jan, thank you. tonight, we are just hours from the first public impeachment hearings against president trump. and a new cbs news poll shows a deep divide on the issue. 43% of americans say the president should be impeached over his dealings with ukraine.
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40% say no. 17% say it's too soon to tell. nancy cordes now on what we can expect from the first witnesses and how republicans plan to fight. >> reporter: this was a day for last-minute strategy sessions. >> it feels sober. there's a gravity to this that i simply can't exaggerate. >> reporter: the two witnesses testifying tomorrow have a combined 51 years in foreign service. ambassador bill taylor is the top u.s. diplomat in ukraine. he'll testify about the "highly irregular" u.s. policy there, and how the ukrainians "were just desperate" after president trump suddenly froze millions in military aid. george kent is deputy assistant secretary of state. he'll describe what he was told, that in order to unfreeze the aid, president trump wanted nothing less than for the ukrainian president to go to a microphone and promise an investigation into his campaign rival, joe biden.
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they will be questioned by the 22 members of the house intelligence committee, including illinois democrat mike quigley. >> i think you're going to see the cream of our diplomatic corps speak truth to power. >> reporter: after weeks of mixed messaging, republicans issued this memo defending the president, who they say withheld the aid not to get dirt on the bidens but because of ukraine's history of pervasive corruption. >> democrats in washington would rather pursue outrageous hoaxes and delusional witch hunts. >> reporter: but his former chief strategist, steve bannon, who has launched a daily impeachment podcast, wants the g.o.p. to do more. >> we need a sense of urgency, which is not there today. on the left it is there. >> reporter: tomorrow's hearing will last at least four hours, and unlike at a typical hearing, committee lawyers will do the bulk of the questioning before lawmakers get their chance. democrats think this format,
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norah, will enable the witnesses to describe everything they saw and heard without a lot of interruptions. >> o'donnell: all right, nancy, thank you. and nancy will join us tomorrow as cbs news will provide live coverage of the impeachment hearings. that is tomorrow and friday. you can also find continuous coverage on our streaming network cbsn. some alarming new numbers tonight on hate crimes in america. the f.b.i. says hate crime murders hit a 27-year high last year. 24 people were killed in attacks, including 11 at the tree of life synagogue in pittsburgh. more than 7,000 incidents were reported. that's down slightly from 2017. there were 835 anti-semitic incidents, making jews the most targeted group by religion. there were 485 anti-latino incidents. those crimes are up three years in a row. and crimes against transgender and gender non-conforming people are also on the rise. african american continue to be
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the most frequently targeted in racial hate crimes. tonight, an internal arrest warrant is being issued for a connecticut banker accused of killing a hotel worker on the caribbean island of anguilla. errol barnett has been following the case since it broke and has new details tonight. we warn you, his report includes some disturbing video. >> reporter: scott hapgood was a no-show for a preliminary hearing monday, choosing to stay in the u.s. he says he fears for his safety. today, the government of anguilla called that concern "totally groundless" labeled the father of three a fugitive and said the arrest warrant will be issued through interpol. in august, hapgood said he wanted his day in court. >> we all want the same thing, justice. says he was attacked in his room by hotel employee kenny mitchel, who he says tried to rob him with a knife. a witness told cbs news hapgood had mitchel pinned down on the floor for 30 minutes before paramedics arrived.
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hapgood's wife, kallie, says mitchel was alive when he left the room. >> an hour later, high passed away at the hospital. >> reporterhospital. that's not true according to kenny mitchel's family. they gave this cell phone video to cbs news because they say it shows his lifeless body wheeled out of the crime scene. now, there is an extradition treaty between the u.s. and the u.k., of which anguilla is a territory. but, norah, right now it's unclear if the trump administration will abide by that. >> o'donnell: all right, errol, thank you. tonight, former president jimmy carter is recovering in atlanta from surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. it was caused by bleeding, linked to recent falls. a spokeswoman says there were no complications from the surgery, and a source close to the former president expects carter, now 95 years young, to be back teaching sunday school soon. a michigan teenager is recovering tonight after a rare double-lung transplant. we're going to show you what his lungs looked like. he is one of more than 2,000
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americans treated for lung damage blamed on vaping. at least 40 have died. as dean reynolds reports, the boy wishes to remain anonymous, but wants his story told. >> reporter: when this 16-year- old boy was transferred to henry ford hospital in detroit last month, he was very near death. he had been vaping, his parents said. he was nonresponsive. his lungs were horribly inflamed and filling with fluids and dead tissue. he had been to two hospitals before coming to henry ford. doctors had placed the boy on what's called an ecmo machine, which breathed for him, but still, he deteriorated. the only thing that could save him was a double-lung transplant. >> this is an evil that i haven't faced before. it was worse than my expectation. >> reporter: dr. hassan nemeh led the surgical team on october 15th on the six-hour operation, believed to be the first double- lung transplant for a victim of vaping. this picture shows him holding one of the boy's destroyed lungs.
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you had never seen lungs in that condition before? is that right? >> i've seen lungs in bad conditions, but this is by far the worst. >> reporter: officials won't say what the boy was vaping when he fell ill, but dr. nemeh and his team say he is now recovering and breathing with his new lungs. he can eat and talk and take a few steps. and, norah, he recently celebrated his 17th birthday here at the hospital. >> o'donnell: quite a story. dean, thank you. and there is still much more ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news," including a cbs news exclusive: a woman suing mcdonald's tells of persistent sexual harassment. why the nation's biggest milk company just filed for bankruptcy. and later "profiles in service:" how a major university is tapping ex-veterans to share their wisdom. is tapping exwapt veterans to share their wisdom. wake zeus. o
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new charges that the company is not being tough enough on allegations of sexual harassment at its restaurants. just last week, the company fired its c.e.o. for having an improper relationship with an employee. former mcdonald's worker jenna ries tells anna werner why she's pursuing a class action suit against the company. >> i had to force myself to go to work every day. >> reporter: this mcdonald's franchise in mason, michigan, is where jenna ries says she endured daily harassment in her $14-an-hour managerial job beginning in 2017. her lawsuit alleges a coworker frequently grabbed her body parts, including her crotch, breasts, and buttocks. >> i was called, like, a "bitch" and a "slut," and a "whore." all kind of things. i was constantly in fear of losing my job. >> reporter: ries' allegations are the latest in a series of sexual harassment complaints levied at one of the world's largest employers, with the company now facing more than 50 complaints and lawsuits from workers around the country. ries' lawsuit says all of it
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david martin introduces us to some veterans who are sharing their hard-earned education with students in tonight's "profiles in service." >> reporter: a class in contract law at vanderbilt university is about as far from combat as it gets. devin adams has seen both. 82nd airborne, afghanistan, roadside bombs. >> 33 of us in my platoon, unfortunately, three of the guys in my platoon did not make it home. >> reporter: you can tell he's a veteran by that ranger tab on his lapel, but alyssa hartley might fool you. >> some people when they think of veterans don't picture me. they think it's a tough guy who's coming in. i like that i get to add a different layer to what it means to be a veteran. >> reporter: hartley has seen combat, too. she's flying that helicopter on a mission with special operations forces. but later, she washed out because of ear problems. >> at this point, my whole world in my mind was gone. >> reporter: now she's in that
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same class at vanderbilt law school. >> i used to be doing these kind of missions and other things, where my life was on the line. and i could deal with that stress no problem. but here, i've got, like, a multiple-choice quiz coming up on sunday, and i'm, you know, falling to pieces. >> reporter: seven veterans have been awarded $25,000 scholarships to vanderbilt grad schools, money which both rewards veterans for their service and attracts role models to the campus. they are expected to share lessons in military service with their younger classmates. >> we really bring a worldly perspective that's been informed by sometimes three years, five years, sometimes decades of service. >> reporter: adams tells younger students he was late to class and formation so many times at west point, he was forced to take a leave of absence. >> i went to west point. i failed the first time. i had the opportunity to make that right, and then was able to succeed. >> reporter: he did a tour as a private first class in afghanistan before returning to
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west point to become an officer. >> devin adams. >> graduated in may of 2013. ( cheers ) great day. >> reporter: devin adams is back on campus, and like other veterans, he knows the path to success is not always straight. david martin, cbs news, nashville, tennessee. >> o'donnell: we all can learn more from our veterans. tomorrow, astonishing aerobatics and inspiration from the air force thunderbirds' lone female pilot. >> those women that have blazed a trail for me stepped outside their comfort zones and achieved a lot. >> o'donnell: helping others reach for the sky. that's part of our next "profiles in service." we've got that all this week. and that is the "cbs evening news." i'm norah o'donnell. we'll see you tomorrow on capitol hill for those impeachment hearings. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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