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call today for a free guide. ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: breaking news-- thanksgiving travel nightmare. a triple threat of storm systems set to delay tens of thousands of americans heading home for the holidays. what you need to know before you hit the road. also breaking tonight, a nationwide health warning. the c.d.c. telling millions to throw out their lettuce, saying it could be contaminated with a deadly bacteria. what to look for in your fridge. the one man everyone wants to hear from in the impeachment inquiry breaks his silence. is former national security adviser john bolton ready to tell all? killed by text. a young woman is charged with provoking her boyfriend, sending tens of thousands of texts encouraging him to take his own life. gold medalist simone biles speaks out after a startling new report.
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why was she kept in the dark about an investigation into the doctor who abused u.s. gymnasts? and why a man who e-mailed his boss he was sick got 20,000 get- well responses. >> this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting tonight from washington. >> o'donnell: good evening. to our viewers in the west we are going to begin with what's on everybody's minds heading into the holiday week-- weather and travel. tonight we are following three storms moving across the country. this weekend, snow and freezing rain in new england. snow in the midwest by midweek. soaking rain and snowstorms in the west by thanksgiving. this as more than 55 million americans plan to travel 50 miles or more. now, that's up 3% from last year. we'll have the full forecast from lonnie quinn in just a
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moment, but adriana diaz leads us off from chicago's busy o'hare airport. adriana, good evening. >> reporter: good evening. norah this checkpoint has been pretty full the paew and it's just day one of t.s.a.'s holiday travel season. this year they expect to break the record for the busiest day of air travel in u.s. history. of course, weather will be a factor both in the air and on the roads. snowy weather is already causing grief and white knuckles on highways in colorado. daniele chefir slid into a ditch. >> this morning, getting to work was really terrifying. >> reporter: more than 49 million people will hit the road for thanksgiving, and some 368,000 cars will break down. that's according to aaa. it's no wonder, then, that more americans than ever are opting to fly. according to the t.s.a., a record-bing 26 million passengers will pass through airport security over a 10-day stretch and if you're planning on bringing food for the family...
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>> they say that if you can spill it, spray it, spread it, pour it, or pump it, it should go in your checked luggage. but, otherwise, solid foods can go through checkpoint. >> reporter: but clearing security may be the last of your worries if the weather doesn't cooperate. adriana diaz, cbs news, chicago. >> o'donnell: let's get the forecast now from wcbs's lonnie quinn. all right, lonnie, is the weather bad enough that some may use it as an excuse to stay away from their relatives? >> you know, you can always blame it on the weather, i suppose, norah. there's always that one uncle, right? taking a peek here at what the systems look like right now. we have an exiting system around the northeast. but that one is leaving right now. this system around the tennessee valley will be moving in by sunday. so take a look at it. it's going to be such a mess for the weekend, especially for sunday. not saturday, but sunday. it's wet. you've got snow in the higher elevations of northern new england, and the winds are blowing as well. there will be travel delays. then we start looking at this area around billings, montana on monday. doesn't look like much. we're going to watch it move into the chicago area. that will be a problem, tuesday,
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this is 8:00 p.m. chicago you're running that rain-snow line. then it makes a push into the northeast as well. this becomes a big problem, this is wednesday, the big travel day. i'm telling you, there will be flight delays because of the winds, more so than the precipitation. and those winds stick around then for thanksgiving morning. and, of course, all americans start off with a thanksgiving day parade. it may ground the balloons. we have to watch that. that's not a decision that's been made yet. then we watch a major snowstorm for thanksgiving day for the sierra for the wasatch. the first major snowstorm of the year for that area. so, yeah, lots of weather problems all over the country for the big holiday week coming up. >> o'donnell: i'm worried about my touch football game. >> we're working on that one. >> o'donnell: there is breaking news tonight from the c.d.c. a nationwide warning that could affect your dinner: an e. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce has left dozens seriously ill in 16 states. jamie yuccas on what you need to do to protect your family. >> reporter: an urgent warning to consumers: if you don't know where your romaine lettuce is from, don't eat it.
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public health officials are investigating an e. coli outbreak of food poisoning that has sickened 40 people. 28 have been hospitalized so far. at least five with kidney failure. the outbreak started two months ago near salinas, california, in an area that produces more than 60% of the nation's romaine lettuce. it was also the ground zero for a major outbreak last year that cost the industry $160 million. >> probably over 200 pounds of lettuce we've thrown away. >> reporter: the c.d.c. is telling customers to throw away any romaine lettuce with salinas on the label, lettuce that isn't labeled and ready-made salad mix that contains romaine. restaurant owners are being told to take it off the menu. salads prepackaged for convenience carry the greatest risk because so many workers touch it. symptoms of this strain include severe stomach cramps and fever. norah, the youngest victim in
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this outbreak is just three years old. >> o'donnell: all right, jamie, thank you. tonight, a key figure at the center of the impeachment inquiry might be willing to tell what he knows about the back story behind the pressure campaign in ukraine. nancy cordes on why everyone wants to hear from president trump's former national security adviser john bolton. >> ambassador bolton abruptly ended the meeting. >> reporter: over the two weeks of hearings, his name kept coming up. >> ambassador bolten had looked pained. >> this drug deal, as bolton called it. >> reporter: john bolton broke a two-month silence today, announcing that his twitter account had just been liberated after being suppressed unfairly in the aftermath of his resignation as national security adviser. in a series of cryptic tweets, he suggested the white house had done it out of fear. >> so did you guys freeze his account? >> no, of course not. of course not. >> reporter: bolton, who recently signed a $2 million book deal, skipped out on his
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impeachment deposition, even as his lawyer suggested bolton was personally involved in many relevant meetings and conversations that have not yet been discussed. but house democrats say they may already have enough evidence that president trump pressured ukraine to investigate his campaign rival, joe biden. >> it was inappropriate. >> was there a quid pro quo? the answer is yes. >> reporter: the house intelligence committee, which held the hearings, will now spend the thanksgiving recess writing up a report for the judiciary committee. that committee would handle the drafting of articles of impeachment, which could include bribery, abuse of power, and obstruction of justice. >> what we're talking about here is the withholding of military aid to an ally at war. that is beyond anything nixon did. >> reporter: house speaker nancy pelosi insists that she and other democratic leaders have not made a final decision about whether to impeach.
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but privately, norah, democrats tell us that's where this is headed. although they're heading there without the bipartisan support they once said was critical. >> o'donnell: all right, nancy, thank you. some of the administration officials who did testify at the impeachment hearings have now gone back to work. tonight, our paula reid on why a key witness' job could be in jeopardy. >> reporter: with impeachment moving ahead in the house, today president trump stayed on the attack. >> you know, the great hoax, the-- they call it the impeachment hoax. >> reporter: but it's not just democrats. cbs news has learned mr. trump is now going after lieutenant colonel alexander vindman, the white house staffer who is a key witness in the case against him. >> it was improper for the president to request-- to demand an investigation into a political opponent. >> reporter: after his damning testimony, vindman returned to his job at the white house as a ukraine expert on the national security council.
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now sources tell cbs news the president is demanding to know why a man he calls "a spy" is still working for him. >> i knew i was assuming a lot of risk. >> reporter: many trump appointees at the white house are refusing to work with vindman and were annoyed when cbs cameras caught vindman smiling and taking selfies as he returned to work on wednesday. sources expect vindman to be forced out before his detail ends next summer. national security adviser robert o'brien, speaking on "face the nation" earlier this week, suggested vindman could be pushed out. >> lieutenant colonel vindman who has testify under oath is serving on the national security council currently. will he continue to work for you despite testifying against the president? >> one of the things i talked about is we're streamlining the national security council. >> reporter: the white house does not deny any of our reporting on how vindman is being treated. and today, these attacks extended to the president's allies. one republican senator tweeted
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calling vindman vindictive and linking him to the whistleblower. norah. >> o'donnell: all right, paula, thank you. today, a packed courtroom in boston heard stunning details in the case of a young woman accused of encouraging her boyfriend to take his own life. she pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter. mola lenghi reports prosecutors say the woman sent tens of thousands of abusive texts. >> and how do you plead? >> not guilty. >> reporter: inyoung you stood silently as a prosecutor read dozens of profanity-filled text messages that she said the 21- year-old sent to her boyfriend, alexander urtula. >> literally, i want to bash your head against the wall. can you ( bleep ) hit your head on the ( bleep ) sink repeatedly. >> reporter: the former boston college student is accused of physically, emotionally, and psychologically abusing urtula through text messages that drove him to take his own life on graduation day last may. usulicidefendant's abuse was the >> reporter: over the course of the last two months of their 18- month relationship, the couple
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exchanged more than 75,000 text messages. more than half were sent from you. prosecutors say she constantly drove the talk of suicide, repeatedly texting urtula to "go die." in another text she wrote, "do everyone a favor and go f'ing kill yourself." you's defense attorney stephen kim. >> suicide is always sad, but to further punish the young woman who loved this man would only compound the tragedy that already exists. >> reporter: her attorney released texts earlier this week which they say shows you tried to stop urtula. she wrote, "if you ever f'ing loved me, stop." urtula responded, "i did love you, just not well enough. goodbye." prosecutors say you was there on the parking garage roof when urtula jumped. they say she knew he was there for nearly an hour because she tracked his phone location, but never alerted anyone to intervene in his suicide. you is currently out on bail,
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norah, and had to forfeit her u.s. passport. >> o'donnell: all right, mola, thank you. tonight the world's number one gymnast, simone biles, is demanding answers after trbling new revelationu.s.a.ymnr investigatedked if she had been abused by then-team doctor larry nassar. here's dr. jon lapook. >> i don't believe she'll do that today. >> reporter: four-time olympic gold medalist simone biles is gymnastic's brightest star, but news she was purposely kept in dark about u.s.a. gymnastics' investigation into then-team doctor larry nassar, now in prison for multiple sex crimes, hit her hard. biles wrote on twitter, "the pain is real and doesn't just go away, especially when new facts are still coming out." in august, biles leveled criticism at u.s.a. gymnastics for having failed its athletes. >> you had one job. you literally had one job, and you couldn't protect us. >> reporter: u.s.a. gymnastics launched an investigation after gymnast maggie nichols reported nassar to her coach in june
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2015. simone biles was also among those voicing concerns then. she described feeling uncomfortable, according to notes submitted to congress by rhonda faehn, then head of the u.s. women's gymnastics program. so did aly raisman, who spoke with "60 minutes" two years ago. "the wall street journal" reports that in june 2015, faehn told steve penny, then head of u.s.a. gymnastics, that biles felt uncomfortable with nassar, but in a statement to cbs news, penny's lawyer said he didn't know biles was a victim until she came forward publicly almost three years later. as new facts about the handling of nassar's abuse continue to emerge, athletes like simone biles and aly raisman are demanding to know the whole truth. as raisman tweeted yesterday, "how much longer will this nightmare go on?" norah. >> o'donnell: all right, jon, thank you. there is still much more ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news." how a couple says their dream cruise ended being held hostage
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>> o'donnell: tonight, help on the way for a georgia couple who says they are being held hostage in a mexican hospital. stephen johnson went into diabetic shock while on a cruise with his fiancee. mark strassmann reports doctors in mexico treated him but now won't let him leave. >> i still feel like a captive now because i can't leave. >> reporter: stephen johnson talked to us from the mexican hospital room where he feels trapped. johnson and his fiance, tori austiin, were on a cruise. he collapsed suddenly from diabetic shock and was in danger of dying. at a hospital in progreso, mexico, a team of doctors, dialysis, and a ventilator helped him recover. but when he tried to leave, he says his hospital became a prison. >> it was, like, three or four of them and they just kept
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pushing me, and i had to hold on the rail. i was going to start swinging and throwing and punching because i was scared. >> reporter: the hospital wanted its money first, $14,000 paid in full. johnson had no health insurance. they refused his offer to pay in installments. hospital staff physically blocked them from leaving several times, once with a trash can lid. donors stepped in. the big one-- movie mogul tyler perry. he heard about johnson's story, and agreed to settle his bill. >> i owe him my life. i hope i get to meet him when i get back to atlanta because he deserves the biggest hug. >> reporter: but johnson will now have to wait even longer. the hospital says he's not well enough to travel. the u.s. state department's aware of johnson's case and is trying to help him. even if he did have health insurance, he might be in the same predicament. many major health plan providers don't cover-up medical care outside the u.s.
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>> o'donnell: we end tonight with a magic moment at a symphony concert that is still reverberating. here's steve hartman with tonight's "on the road." ♪ ♪ >> reporter: they are some of the best classical musicians in the country, but at one performance last may by the handel and haydn society in boston, the most memorable moment didn't come from anyone on stage at symphony hall. it came from the audience. right at the very end of mozart's masonic funeral music. listen. >> wow! >> reporter: did you hear that? someone yelled "wow!" and it resonated, not just in this hall, but throughout the classical music community, which is why the president of the handel and haydn society was absolutely thrilled.
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>> i was like, "that's fantastic." >> reporter: this is david snead. >> and, also, there's a sense of wonder in that wow. >> wow! >> reporter: david was so smitten by the outburst, as was the audience, that he decided to try to find the voice responsible. >> like, who was that? because he really touched my life in a way that i'll never forget. >> reporter: this reminds me a little bit of cinderella, you trying to find somebody who is at the ball but you have no way of finding them. >> except they didn't have email back then, huh. >> reporter: you wrote to everybody in the audience. >> everybody in the audience. >> reporter: and eventually, that email found its way to concert goer stephen mattin. stephen mattin was there with his nine-year-old grandson, ronan. ronan is the one who shouted "wow," which surprised stephen more than anyone. >> because he just doesn't do that. usually he's in a world by himself.
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what do you see? >> reporter: ronan is autistic and considered nonverbal. but, clearly, music may be a worm hole into his heart and mind. ♪ ♪ as a thank you, david arranged for a private cello performance for ronan, and just a few weeks ago, a meeting with the entire orchestra. but ronan's family says all thanks should go to david and the handel and haydn society musicians who made that moment possible. they say just hearing ronan's reaction after being told for years he might never engage. what more you can say but thank you? and wow. >> what do you think? >> steve hartman, "on the road," in boston. >> o'donnell: beautiful story. and that is the "cbs evening news." i'm norah o'donnell. thank you so much to the jones day law firm for this view of the capitol. and how about this view? the empire state building lit up tonight for "cbs this morning"
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breaking news. we are just getting word a school bus carrying a high school football team was hit by projectiles on the way to san jose. >> this happened near vieira canyon road. just before five. the bus carrying the carmel unified school district team. one student was injured by shattered glass. a mercedes also hit by a projectile a few minutes prior to that. nobody was hurt. we are told the team continued on to their playoff game in san jose. >> we have a crew on the way and will keep you posted. right now at 7. a bomb squad still surrounds a home in santa clara county right now. the explosives found it just blocks from where a bomb was discovered at a high school. >> i'm scared. i'm scared to leave my house. one of the things people fear i


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