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captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: breaking news tonight. winter storm wallop. more than 40 million americans in the path of a powerful storm. already blamed for seven deaths. in the east, more than a foot of snow shutting down schools and delaying flights, leaving tens of thousands stranded. >> we knew we weren't going to get out. >> o'donnell: and in arizona, a frantic search tonight for a little girl swept away by floodwaters. also tonight... >> shots fired, shots fired! >> o'donnell: moment of terror. a wisconsin school goes on lockdown after a student pulls out a gun. as the president touches down in london, back here at home democrats launch a new round of impeachment hearings. new health warnings. early numbers out tonight suggest a bad flu season. cases now spreading at the fastest rate in a decade. royal fallout.
the woman who says she was forced to have sex with britain's prince andrew is speaking out as the queen's son faces backlash. >> he knows what happened. i know what happened. and there's only one of us telling the truth. >> o'donnell: on this cyber monday, an f.b.i. warning. could someone use the new big- screen tv you just bought to spy on you? and profiles in service. how two army rangers are changing lives after trading their combat boots for flip- flops. >> this is the "cbs evening news with norah o'donnell" reporting from the nation's capital. >> o'donnell: good evening. tonight is the start of a new era for the "cbs evening news" as we broadcast from washington. so thank you so much for joining us. we begin with an historic and deadly storm hitting more than 40 million people. the dangerous storm is delivering a final blast of snow, ice, and rain, creating chaos on the roads right now from philadelphia to new york
city and across new england. the storm has killed at least seven people, hitting more than 30 states during a nearly week- long trek from oregon to maine. it is expected to wind down tomorrow morning, leaving as much as 30 inches of snow on the ground in upstate new york and more than two feet in neighboring states. don dahler leads off our coverage tonight in northern massachusetts, and, don, it look like it's really coming down there. >> reporter: it really is. if you are on these roads, it might be seen as a beautiful beginning to the winter season, even though technically we're still in the fall. the problem is this massive storm has made travel for millions of americans difficult and in some places downright deadly. an army of snowplows called into action from tennessee to maine, charged with clearing america's roads and highways of the ice and snow that has already pummeled the midwest. >> this is extraordinary. >> reporter: after snarling
thanksgiving holiday travel, the storm dumped over a foot of snow on parts of the east coast. saratoga county in upstate new york was buried under 20 inches with more expected overnight. >> such crazy heavy snow. wow. >> reporter: drivers discovered their cars were no match for slippery roadways. some states lowered speed limits and banned tractor-trailers. >> you've seen a lot of accidents, people in ditches. >> reporter: more than 740 accidents were reported in new york state alone where the governor called up 300 members of the national guard to help with snow removal, the most deployed in five years. >> we're deploying our assets as we can best determine by those forecasts. >> reporter: the forecast doesn't appear to be getting any better. already the roar of snowblowers can be heard in almost every town and neighborhood. >> i've got to run. >> reporter: in at least nine states, parents are coming up with creative ways to deal with their kids because of school
closures, delays, and early dismissals. as the deadly storm crept from west to east, it left snow and flood damage in its wake. >> you can see how the water is running through the desert here. >> reporter: an arizona community is in mourning for three children, swept away when the family's truck got stuck crossing a creek. two bodies have been recovered. rescuers and an army of volunteers are continuing to search the muddy brush along the creek for any sign of the third child, a six-year-old, willa rawlings, who was last seen wearing jeans and a purple jacket. the west coast is bracing for even more storms and potential mudslides. here in the northeast, some areas are looking at an additional 20 to 10 inches overnight with big cities of new york, philadelphia, and boston looking at possibly 3 to 9 inches. norah? >> o'donnell: don, thank you. and that weather that don mentioned is making it a travel nightmare. more than 5,000 flights were delayed today and more than 750
canceled nationwide. kris van cleave is at one of the airports with the longest delays, new jersey's newark international. >> reporter: as the snow started coming down at one of the nation's busiest airports, delays and cancellations started piling up. some flights at newark airport waited more than three hours to take off today. parents traveling with small children were struggling to deal with the changing plans. >> i have a limited amount of diapers in my bag, so if we have to stay here a long time, i don't know what i'll do. >> reporter: united's jeff riedel. >> just be patients. we'll get you to your final destination. it may take a little longer. >> reporter: the storm pummeling the northeast also slowed traffic at laguardia, passengers in philadelphia, boston and new york's laguardia. one traveler described a frightening landing in boston. >> we were just circling around, and it was -- you couldn't see anything at all until you got way out. >> reporter: heavy rains in the bay area pushed delays to nearly four hours in san francisco's
airport. >> it looks like one of the inflatables. >> reporter: and an extraordinary sight outside of boston when an evacuation slide fell off a delta flight into someone's backyard. flights here were about 94% full at the start of the day, so reaccommodating passengers on those cancel flights could take a day or two but the airlines say they hope to operate something resembling a normal schedule tomorrow. norah? >> o'donnell: sounds like a tough day of travel, kris. thank you. some terrifying moments today at a high school outside milwaukee. police say a student pulled a gun on a school resource officer. dean reynolds reports on why officers are being praised for reacting so quickly. >> reporter: a school voice mail to parents was calm but hit like a thunderclap. >> today at approximately 10:00 a.m. we went into a lockdown. >> reporter: it's unclear what motivated a 17-year-old student to bring firearm to his school, whether to shoot someone or simply to terrorize, but the
effect was sadly familiar. this woman came to the school looking for her daughter. >> i just want to give her a hug and tell her i love her. i just want to hold her. >> reporter: students ran for their lives. >> i was scared for my life, because i didn't know where he was. >> reporter: he was in a classroom and a classmate reported he had a gun. moments later a school resource officer tried to empty the classroom as reinforcements arrived. other officers from the waukesha police department and waukesha sheriff responded to the school and began dialogue with the suspect in an attempt to de- escalate the situation. the suspect removed the handgun from his waistband and pointed it at the officers. >> shots fired, shots fired! >> copy, shots fired! >> an officer was forced to discharge his firearm, striking the suspect. >> reporter: waukesha mayor shawn reilly. >> i'm very thankful that we're in a situationhere only on person was injured and that we aren't in a situation that could have been much, much worse.
>> reporter: now, adding to the jitters here, a second student from another high school across town was taken into custody today after reports that he too was seen carrying a firearm. but so far officials say no firearm has been recovered from his school. norah? >> o'donnell: dean, thank you. we have some breaking news tonight. former president jimmy carter is back in the hospital. he is being treated for an infection. he was released from the hospital less than a week ago following surgery to relieve pressure on his brain caused by a recent fall. carter is now 95 years old and he is america's longest living president. president trump is wheels down in london tonight for a summit with nato leaders, but even as he prepares to sit down with allies and meet with the queen, his fight back home with democrats over impeachment rages on. nancy cordes reports tonight from the capitol. >> it's an absolute disgrace. >> reporter: before departing for london and while in the air,
president trump railed against the impeachment process, which enters a new phase this week. >> look at the words that the ukrainian president, that he just issued, and you know it's a hoax. >> reporter: in a new interview, president zelensky does tell "time magazine" that he never discussed a quid pro quo with president trump, but he also criticizes mr. trump's decision to withhold military aid this summer at the same time u.s. officials were pressuring ukraine to investigate a democrat, joe biden. "you have to understand, we're at war," zelensky said. if you're our strategic partner, then you can't go blocking anything for us. i think that's just about fairness." >> begin the testimony. >> reporter: this week, just as it did during the clinton proceedings in 1998, the house judiciary committee will hold a hearing to examine historical precedent for impeaching a president. white house lawyers have been invited to participate in the
hearing but rejected the offer sunday, calling the process a sham. >> this meeting will come to order. >> reporter: tonight the house intelligence committee is putting the finishing touches on its findings after interviews and hearings with 17 witnesses. in a preemptive strike, the republicans on that committee released their own report today, insisting there is still no direct firsthand evidence that president trump pressured his ukrainian counterpart. tonight the house judiciary committee has released the names of the four constitutional law experts who will testify on wednesday, two of them, norah, have been through this before. they testified during president clinton's impeachment proceedings 21 years ago. >> o'donnell: all right. nancy, thank you. tonight federal investigators on the scene of a deadly plane crash in south dakota. members of four generations of the same family were killed over the weekend.
plane went down just after take- off from chamberlain. nine people died including two children and the pilot. three others survived and remain in the hospital. now to that royal scandal. in britain tv viewers tonight saw a dramatic interview with prince andrew's accuser. virginia giuffre called on the public to stand with her against sex trafficking. charlie d'agata on what could be more damaging news for the prince. >> he knows what happened. i know what happened. and there's only one of us telling the truth, and i know that's me. >> reporter: that truth, as virginia giuffre tells it in her first interview on british soil, is that she was forced to have sex with prince andrew when she was 17 years old. it was taped before prince andrew went public in that widely criticized interview where he strenuously denied all altion wheedynee no rct >> reporter: but giuffre says the prince had sex with her on
three occasions. she was brought to london by convicted pedophile jeffrey epstein, where she was instructed to dance with prince andrew at a nightclub. >> i mean, it was horrible. this guy was sweating all over me, like his sweat was like it was raining. >> i have a peculiar condition which is that i don't sweat or i didn't sweat at the time. >> reporter: and then giuffre described what happened next at a townhouse after the club. >> it didn't last very long, the whole entire procedure. it was disgusting. he wasn't mean or anything, but he got up and he said thanks and walked out and i sat there in bed just horrified and ashamed. it was a wicked time in my life. it was a really scary time in my life. i had just been abused by a member of the royal family.
>> reporter: it is a scandal that refuses to go away and one that has shaken the royal family to the core. in wake of the crisis, the decision has been made for prince andrew to step away from all public duties for the foreseeable future. >> o'donnell: all right, charlie, thank you. new flu numbers from the c.d.c. have health officials concerned. there are high levels of infection across seven southern states and puerto rico. nationwide it's the highest rate of infection at this point in the season in a decade. officials caution that it is still early but it's not too late to get vaccinated. there is still much more ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news." cyber monday sales could hit a record, but there's something you need to know if you bought a smart tv. plus the worst city for porch pirates and how you can stop them. later, the business plan that has two army veterans bringing hope to a country torn apart by war.
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>> o'donnell: many american veterans carry their sense of duty long after they take off the uniform. john blackstone introduces us to two former soldiers who are investing in the country where they once fought, in tonight's "profiles in service." >> reporter: army rangers matthew griffin and donald lee served two tours together in afghanistan. they saw brutal combat and crushing poverty. >> no literacy, no education, no food, no heat, no schools, no nothing. >> i had a son at that time, and i thought, god, these kids will never have the opportunity that my kid's going to have. >> reporter: the poverty they could not fight with bombs and bullets, but after they left the army, griffin had an idea. >> i got a call in the middle of the night saying, "hey, we're going to make flip-flops in afghanistan." >> reporter: their mission? >> this is the ak-47. >> reporter: make sturdy flip- flops and use some of the
profits to support education for afghan girls. >> don't stop until the mission is done. >> reporter: they call the company combat flip-flops. >> done. >> done. >> done. >> reporter: in 2016, three sharks on abc's shark tank invested $100,000 each on their business plan. >> for every product we sell, we donate to put a girl in school for a day in afghanistan. >> reporter: one product means one day in school. >> one day in school. >> an educated woman will raise a child to be an educated child which grows up to be an educated adult and they're less likely to be radicalized. >> reporter: it's in afghanistan their success is most important. >> education is crucial to rebuild afghanistan. >> reporter: hassina sherjan runs schools for over 3,000 girls. illiteracy. we have the highest illiteracy rate in the world. >> reporter: to support her schools, she also runs a small business where her employees
make scarves for combat flip- flops. >> so they're all woven, dyed, stoned, stitched and tasseled in afghanistan in a woman-owned factory. >> reporter: but for these vets, there is another more personal side to this mission. you are serving the memory of your guys you lost? >> i think we are definitely serving a memory. we lost six friends during our time in service, and is it worth it? now i can look at something and go, yeah, it's worth it. >> reporter: and perhaps flip- flop can accomplish something boots on the ground have not. john blackstone, cbs news, issaquah, washington. >> o'donnell: and that's the "cbs evening news." i'm norah o'donnell reporting from our new home in washington. let us know what you think. and thanks to the entire cbs news team that made this possible. we'll see you back here tomorrow. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
♪ >> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." >> i'm tanya rivero, and we have a lot more to tell you about this morning, starting with cyber monday. when the numbers are counted, it's expected americans spent more than $9 billion online yesterday, but what's good for shoppers is not so good for the malls and retail stores. one study found almost 1700 stores inside malls closed in 2018. another 4,000 have closed so far this year. those numbers didn't stop one company from building a brand-new monster-sized complex in new jersey. nikki battiste got a look around the american dream mall.