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grilling, sizing and cleaning up after them. riding a llama. those were kids. not full grown adults, folks. thank you for joining us. have a good night. before the first in the nation primary. >> we need to bring new voices to washington d.c. >> quijano: also tonight, president trump strikes back with impeachment behind him, the president attacks his critics and takes aim at winning re- election. coronavirus deaths top sars, how the outbreak is hurting businesses across this country. who will go home with oscar?ght. plus new worry for americans struggling with medical debt. >> you wouldn't think you would go over to jail over a medical bill. >> quijano: and no bones about it: in the dog eat dog world of politics, this california town has found the perfect candidate for mayor. >> my favorite politician.
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this is the cbs weekend news. >> quijano: good evening, i'm elaine quijano. the democratic candidates made last minute appeals to new hampshire voters today. two days ahead of tuesday's crucial primary. a new cbs news battleground tracker poll shows a tight race. like iowa, bernie sanders and pete buttigieg share the top spot. but the primary is still up for grabs. only four in ten say they definitely made up their mind. nikole killion is in manchester. >> hello concord. >> reporter: with the countdown on in new hampshire. >> it's the heat of competition, throwing elbows, making contrast. >> reporter: the presidential democratic candidates are feeling the squeeze. >> no, i don't want to denigrate pete, he has a good campaign, our views are different.
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>> reporter: bernie sanders and joe biden on defense. >> i haven't attacked pete, pete is attacking me, misunderstood my record. >> reporter: against a surging pete buttigieg now digging into the former vice president's moderate support. >> i'm not barack obama and neither is he. neither is anyone running for president right now. >> reporter: with all the attention on the top tier those vying to move up not giving up yet. when you constantly hear names like buttigieg, sanders, biden, warren, how do you break out? >> they are very good people. they have all of them great policy proposals. but unlike them i have results. and i think that matters to the people of new hampshire. >> reporter: just a few days out from the primary the granite state insists there will be no repeat of iowa. >> look, all i can say about iowa is it was an embarrassment. it was a disgrace. >> i'm frustrated. i'm mad as hell, eveybody is. >> reporter: democratic national committee chairman tom perez said the process will be reviewed. is iowa about to lose their first in the nation caucus status? >> well, that is the conversation that will
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absolutely happen after this election cycle. >> reporter: at least one presidential candidate tulsi gabbard has called on chairman perez to resign. he said he has absolutely no intention of stepping down. elaine. >> quijano: all right, nikole, thank you. president trump returns to the campaign trail tomorrow in new hampshire. it is his first rally since his impeachment acquittal. natalie brand is at the white house. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, elaine. this is a strategy we all saw ahead of the iowa caucuses, the trump campaign is trying to steal the spotlight from democratic hopefuls and bolster its base using impeachment as a rallying cry. a rapid fire series of sunday tweets makes clear that the president is preoccupied with politics post impeachment and acquittal, targeting those who voted to convict him and calling democrats crazed and badly wounded. >> this president is only getting more emboldened. >> reporter: while the president's impeachment inquiry may be over, both democratic and republican lawmakers have promised investigations will continue.
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>> the whistle-blower episode needs to be investigated by richard burr. but if rudy giuliani has any information coming out of the ukraine, he needs to turn over to the department of justice because it could be russian propaganda. >> reporter: senate judiciary chairman lindsey graham speaking to "face the nation" issued a firm warning not only to the president's personal attorney but all u.s. politicians. >> after talking to the attorney general and the intelligence chairman, that any documents coming out of ukraine against any american, republican or democrat, need to be looked at by the intelligence services who have expertise. i don't because russia is playing us all luke a fiddle. >> reporter: senator graham defended the administration's removal of impeachment witnesses e.u. ambassador gordon sondland and lieutenant colonel alexander vindman from the national security council. >> i think his reassignment was justified. i don't think he could be effective at the n.s.c. >> reporter: but some g.o.p. senators discouraged the president from talking action against those who testified.
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>> i obviously am not in favor of any kind of retribution against anyone who came forward with evidence. >> reporter: the senior administration officials confirmed to cbs news that some republican senators called the white house and said it would be wiser if ambassador sondland was allowed to resign quietly in a few weeks, laine? >> quijano: natalie, thanks. the defense department today identified two american soldiers killed in afghanistan. sergeant first class javier gutierrez from san antonio, texas. and sergeant first class antonio rodriquez of las cruces, new mexico was killed in nangarhar province on saturday. the two were shot when an afghan dressed in an army uniform opened fire with a machine gun. thailand is a country in mourning after its worst mass shooting. chaos erupted when a gunman opened fire on strangers in a shopping mall.
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at least 29 people were killed. nearly 50 others were wounded. the gunman described as a disgruntled soldier was killed by police. people around the world are celebrating the chinese lunar new year today. many turned out in san francisco for the festivities despite fears about the spreading coronavirus. tonight a team of world health organizations experts head to beijing to investigate the deadly outbreak. in china, nearly 40,000 people have been infected, more than 900 have died. outside china there have been more than 300 confirmed cases. here's deborah patta. >> reporter: japan is scrambling to prevent the 70 cases of coronavirus on the princess diamond cruiseship, moored at yokohama from becoming a far bigger outbreak. there is a lot at stake. the country is preparing to welcome visitors to the olympic games had in tokyo this summer and needs to show it can contain the infection.
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at least 13 americans are among the confirmed cases on board. all passengers are confined to their rooms. >> we're certainly prepared to do the 14 days. but i don't think it's even safe to be here. >> reporter: hong kong is also taking no chances at its borders. now travelers not only from wuhan but anywhere in mainland china would have to submit to a 14 day quarantine monitored by g.p.s. enabled wristbands. in hubei china the epicenter, over 50 million people remain under seige. china is being criticized for failing to respond to early warnings about the coronavirus. dr. li wenliang who died was silenced when he sounded the alarm about a virulent new virus infecting people late last year. chinese ambassador cuue on "face the nation." >> i don't know who tried to silence him but there was
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certainly disagreement on people who were not able to reach agreement on what exactly the virus is. >> reporter: and now what is clear is that it is not only the virus but the fear of it that is spreading so rapidly. deborah patta, cbs news, hong kong. >> quijano: across the united states officials urge people to turn out for lunar new year celebrations, but as mola lenghi reports the outbreak is taking a costly toll. >> reporter: hundreds of americans remain under a two- week quarantine on military bases in omaha, san an antonio and fairfield, california, more than 500 u.s. citizens have been transported from wuhan, china to the u.s. where they were greeted by response teams in hazmat suits. dr. henry wake at travis air force team. >> it is concerning. >> reporter: he says only a handful of the evacuees displayed symptoms and are being
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monitored to make sure they don't have the virus which so far appears to be having more of an impact on the health of u.s. businesses. it's asian american communities like l.a.'s chinatown here that are really feeling the fallout from the outbreak. business owners we spoke with say they are combating the fear of the virus as much as the virus itself. with united, delta and american airlines suspending all travel to and from china, tourism officials in l.a. estimate a $920 million loss in chinese tourism to the city this year. all this happening during the chinese lunar new year, what is typically peek season for so many chinese style businesses in the u.s. in recent weeks other cities including alhambra, california have cancelled their lunar new year celebrations amid concerns of low turnout do to fears of the coronavirus. the show went on in san francisco's chinatown after health officials in the city decided the risk of contracting the virus was low. >> we are safe and are healthy here. so don't worry about whatever the rumor is saying. >> reporter: new york city mayor bill de blasio and senator
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chuck schumer kicked off lunar new year celebration in new york chinatown with most saying they saw little impact from the virus. >> some people warned us not to come down but it seems fine. >> reporter: mola lenghi, cbs news, los angeles. >> quijano: two new york city police officers were shot and wounded in separate ambushes that authorities are calling assassination attempts. this morning a gunman walked into a bronx police station and opened fire hitting one officer, police are charging the same man who wounded another officer sitting in an nypd van saturday night. both officers are expected to make full recoveries. it is hollywood's big night, the 92nd annual academy awards. chris martinez in los angeles has some of this year's top story lines. >> reporter: hollywood is ready for its biggest show of the year. as the film industry honored its very best. this year the comic book inspired joker leads the pack with 11 nominations followed by
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the irishman, 1917 and once upon a time in hollywood, each with ten nods. they are among the nine films all vying for best picture. >> for me this is a really good year. i think there were a lot of possibilities. >> reporter: variety magazine's tim gray says this year no one film is expected to sweep the awards which could mean a night of surprises. and for the second year in a row, the ceremony itself will be stream lined with a long list of celebrity presenters replacing the traditional show host. >> everyone was a little nervous about what is going to change the d.n.a. of the oscar show, and it didn't. >> reporter: but beyond the winners, this year there is a dark cloud hanging over hollywood's brightest night with many expressing outrage over a lack of diversity among the nominees. >> reporter: harriet's cynthia erivo is the only person of color nominated among all the acting categories and no women were nominated for best director including greta gerwig whose film little women was nominated for best screenplay and best
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picture. >> i think that is the narrative of this year's awards is that it exclusion and lack of diversity. and i think that will be part of the conversation right up until the last envelope is opened. >> as for who will ultimately take home hollywood gold, only oscar knows. chris martinez, cbs news, los angeles. >> quijano: actor robert conrad has died. he is best known for his role as james west in the 1960s cbs hit, "the wild wild west." >> you are formidable. >> i drink a lot of milk. >> quijano: conrad starred and did his own stunts. he called it james bond as a cowboy. in the '70s conrad starred in "baa baa black sheep," the show was based on the life of world war ii hero pappy boyington. robert conrad was 84 years old. straight ahead on tonight's cbs weekend news, why failing to pay medical bills could land you
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bracket that made insurance unattainable. it would have made no sense. we would have had to have not eaten, not had a home. >> reporter: biggs was working two jobs but they fell behind on their bills. then the unthinkable happened. >> you wouldn't think would you go to jail over a medical bill. >> reporter: tres biggs want to jail for failing to appear in court over unpaid medical bills. what was that lake? >> scary. i was scared to death. because you know, i'm a country kid, i had to strip down and get hosed and put a jumpsuit on. >> reporter: bail was $500. >> uh-huh. >> reporter: how much money did you have at that time? >> like maybe $50 to $100. >> reporter: in rural coffeyville, kansas, where the poverty rate is twice the national average, attorneys like mich plug had built successful businesses representing medical providers to collect debt owed by their neighbors.
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>> i'm just doing my job. they want the money collected, i'm trying to do my job as best i can. by following the law. >> reporter: that law was put in place by hassenplug's own recommendation to the local judge. the attorney uses that law by asking the court to direct people with unpaid medical bills to appear in court every three months and state they are too poor to pay in what is called a "debtor's exam." it is if two hearings are missed, the judge issues an arrest order for contempt of court, bail is set at $500. and how do you get paid? >> i get paid on what is collected. >> reporter: from the bail money? >> well, if the bail money is applied to the debt, then yes, i get a portion of that. >> reporter: are you sending them to jail for collection then and not contempt? >> no, we're sending them to jail for contempt of court for failure to appear. >> reporter: in most courts bail money is returned when defendants appear in court. but in almost every case in coffeyville, that money goes to pay attorneys like hassenplug
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and the medical debt his clients are owed. >> this raises serious constitutional concerns. >> reporter: nusrat chowdhurry is a deputy director of the aclu. >> it is a jail shakedown for cash. that is the criminalization of private debt. >> reporter: in a recent report the aclu found tens of thousands of these warrants are issued annually. sometimes to collect as little as $28. >> it wasn't like we were just not paying any of our medical bills. that was the problem. we couldn't afford to pay all of them. >> reporter: is jail the answer? >> no. >> reporter: we went to court on debt collection day. they wouldn't allow our cameras in. but we watched more than 60 people swear they didn't have enough money to pay. only one of them had an attorney representing them. elaine. >> quijano: such an important story, meg oliver, thank you. coming up, the flood waters are gone and its time for carnival in venice.
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how did this even become a thing? >> our animal rescue group came up with the idea to have it be a fundraiser where you paid a $1 to vote and were encouraged to buy the election and vote as much as you could. the only time that you can actually buy an election. >> that's right. ♪ who let the dogs out >> reporter: like most successful mayors, max has a nose for politics. >> you guys know why he has to wear a tie? >> because he's the mayor. >> and mayors have to wear ties! >> yes. >> reporter: uniting people with different political ties is max's mission. >> a lot of people say that they like the break from the divisiveness of politics and appreciate the lightheartedness of it. >> reporter: no bones about it. mireya villarreal, cbs news, idyllwild, california. >> quijano: that's the cbs weekend news for this sunday. i'm elaine quijano in new york. "60 minutes" is next. good night. captioning sponsor
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trees are down all over the
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bay area including a massive oak that toppled in sonoma valley. it fell across riverside drive crushing a pair of work vans before hitting a house. the owner was standing outside of the van at the time and had to run for his life. >> i saw the shadow and i turned around and saw the tree coming down and i scream and i run right away and a look around and my cards are gone and i was worried for the neighbors. >> he ran to check on the neighbors. two adults and two kids shaken up but not her. the red cross is being called in to help out with a place to stay with the structural damage being examined. it took down several big trees in the open house. >> at 10:00 i was sitting in


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