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continues. check back for morning news and cbs this morning. from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm omar villafranca. it's monday, november 18th, 2019. this is the "cbs morning news." mass shooting at a football party. gunfire erupts in fresno, california, as a shooter opens fire at a back yard gathering leaving multiple people dead and wounded. standoff in hong kong. protesters holed up in a police water cannons as the violence escalates. key witnesses. eight people are coming forward this week for three days of impeachment hearings. impeachment hearings. a look at what's to come. captioning funded by cbs good morning from the studio
57 newsroom at cbs headquarters here in new york. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. we begin with the second mass shooting in california in a week. last night ten people were shot at a back yard football party. four were killed. the shooting happened in fresno, north of los angeles. the shooter or shooters are still on the loose. authorities say the shooting targeted a gathering of family and friends watching football. six other people were wounded and are expected to survive. detectives are searching the area for witnesses and possible security camera footage. authorities warned it could have been worse. >> thank god that no kids were hurt because there were several kids and females that were in attendance at this party. >> police say the victims were agents from the u.s. bureau of alcohol, tobacco, firearms, and explosives in san francisco are assisting in the investigation. this comes on the heels of a shooting last week that killed
two students. a standoff at a hong kong university campus has led to fiery clashes overnight between police and protesters. large fires broke out as protesters threw bombs from behind barricades. at least one officer was hit in the leg with an arrow yesterday. police had warned that they could use live ammunition if protesters did not stop attacking. they used teargas and water cannons on subdue the crowd. it was also announced all kindergarten and special schools will be closed for the rest of the week. the education bureau says that the closures are necessary because of unpredictable road conditions. hong kong has been rocked by anti-government protests for more than five months. and back home, the impeachent inquiry into president trump intensifies with eight key witnesses set to testify.
yesterday, house speaker nancy pelosi told margaret brennan on "face the nation" that mr. trump is welcome to appear before house lawmakers to answer questions. laura podesta is here in new york. what has been the president's reaction to all of this so far? >> reporter: anne-marie, the president is doubling down on his strategy of suggesting that most of the witnesses in the hearings have some type of political bias. he also claims the entire process is stacked against him and is nothing more than, quote, a witch-hunt. president trump continues to dismiss the impeachment inquiry as a politically motivated hoax. on sunday the president tweeted, "the crazed do-nothing democrats are turning impeachment into a routine partisan weapon. that is very bad for our country and not what the founders had in mind." >> the president could come before the committee and speak all the truth that he want. >> reporter: on "face the nation," house speaker nancy pelosi invited the president to testify about his administration's dealings with ukraine.
>> if he has information that is exculpatory, that means ex, taking away, culpa, blame, we look forward to seeing it. >> reporter: supporters say mr. trump is being asked to prove a negative. >> the president's defense is those things didn't happen. and it's not just the president's word, president zelensky said the aid wasn't condition and there was no pressure. >> reporter: open hearings will resume on tuesday with eight witnesses slated to appear over three days. the list include gordon sondland. preef preefls. >> he has to decide whether his primary loyalty is to america or whether his primary loyalty is to the president of the united states. >> reporter: speaker pelosi says there may be more witness interviews during the week of thanksgiving. another round of public hearings could follow before the house votes on whether to impeach. if the articles of impeachment
are approved by the house, there would be a senate trial. mr. trump would become the third president to be impeached in u.s. history. anne-marie? >> all right. laura podesta in new york. thank you so much, laura. now to campaign 2020 where the fight for the democratic nomination is heating up. a new cbs news battleground tracker poll has pete buttigieg gaining support in iowa. he's neck and neck with joe biden and bernie sanders. the race is tightening in an early nationwide contest. joe biden leads elizabeth warren by only 3%. meanwhile, ahead of a possible democratic run for president, michael bloomberg is trying to appeal to black voters. the former new york city mayor spoke at an evangelical church in brooklyn yesterday where he apologized for his controversial stop and frisk policy. >> i can't change history. however, today, i want you to know that i realize back then i was wrong. and i'm sorry. >> the next democratic presidential debate takes place
in atlanta on wednesday. only ten candidates will take the stage. down two from last month's debate. in his first comments since president trump pardoned two army officers accused of war crimes in afghanistan, defense secretary mark esper said he has great faith in the military justice system. his remarks come days after mr. trump pardoned two service members including one convicted of murder for ordering his soldiers to shoot three afghan civilians. two were killed. mr. trump restored the rank of a navy s.e.a.l. who posed with a dead isis fighter in iraq. critics say the pardons would undermine military justice. prince andrew is facing backlash following an interview where he talked about his relationship with convicted sex offender jeffrey epstein. in a rare interview with bbc news night, andrew rebutts that
he had sex with a woman who had sex with a woman who said she was trafficked as a teenager by epstein. she's accused andrew of having sex with her on three occasions including one time after drinking at a nightclub. he denied the allegations. >> i have no recollection of ever meeting her. i'm almost -- in fact, i'm convinced that i was never in with her. there were a number of things that are wrong with that story. one of which is that -- is that i don't know where the bar is. >> prince andrew is facing criticism for still defending his friendship with epstein and for failing to show sympathy for the convicted sex offender's victims. coming up now, president trump reverses course on a ban of flavored e-cigarettes. and a mega-star drops in on a church. kanye west drops in for sunday service. this is the "cbs morning news." kanye west drops in for sunday service. coughing oh no,... ...a cougher.
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the "wall street journal" reports on free agent quarterback colin kaepernick's chaotic workout. the nfl had arranged for the former san francisco 49 quarterback to work out at an atlanta falcons practice facility on saturday. kaepernick hasn't played since 2016 when he began kneeling during the national anthem. all 32 teams were invited. at the last minute, kaepernick's representatives and the league disagreed over a waiver he was asked to sign. the league also turned down kaepernick's request to make the workout open to the media. the quarterback moved it to a high school field 60 miles away. >> we're waiting for the 32 owners, the 32 teams, roger goodell, all of them to stop running. stop running from the truth. stop running from the people. >> only eight teams showed up to watch him work out for 40 minutes. the nfl said it was disappointed that colin did not appear for his workout.
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our our top stories this morning -- ten people were shot at a back yard football party in fresno, california. four people died. authorities say a suspect or suspects sneaked into the back yard of a home and opened fire on a gathering of family and friends. six others were wounded and are expected to survive. all the victims were asian men ranging in age from 25 to 35. and a standoff at a hong kong university campus led to fiery clashes overnight. protesters threw bombs at police from behind barricades. at least one officer was hit in the leg with an arrow yesterday. police used teargas and water cannons on the crowd. hong kong has been rocked by protests for more than five months. in northern syria, russian troops have taken command of a u.s. air base.
as charlie d'agata reports, they did it without firing a single shot. >> reporter: russian state media showed commandos staging what looked like a military invasion. the russians are playing up the takeover of the kobani airfield as a victory. the former u.s. air base that served as a main logistical hub for america's fight against isis now with the russian flag flying over it. the russians moved in just a day after u.s. forces moved out, leaving behind barracks, beds, abandoned medical supplies, and the skeleton of a gym, weights removed to render it useless. the same can't be said of the runway, however. an american-made landing strip now under russian management. the repositioning of u.s. troops mean their footprint has been reduced to patrolling oil fields while partnering with america's
kurdish allies on the ground. even top kurdish commanders lamented that the sudden u.s. retreat left no choice but to turn to the russians. "we had an understanding with russia to avoid turkish attacks in this region," he said. "the vacuum americans left behind we had to fill with the russians." an imperfect solution to a desperate situation giving the russians the upper hand on the ground. charlie d'agata, cbs news, in northeast syria. coming up on "cbs this morning," a cbs news investigation reveals a possible pay-for-play scheme involving president trump's nominated ambassador to the bahamas. plus, actor tobias menzies joins us with season three of the hit series. in "eye on earth," we'll take you to sequoia national park where scientists are going