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♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: breaking news tonight-- new hampshire decides. democrats go to the ballot box for the first vote of the 2020 campaign. as we come on the air it is a three-way race with sanders out in front and pete buttigeig and amy klobuchar vying for second. tonight, life on the trail and on the bus. plus why did joe biden already pack up and leave town? presidential interference? multiple federal prosecutors withdraw from the roger stone case after the government suddenly lowers its recommended sentence for the president's longtime friend. did president trump pressure the d.o.j.? released: 200 americans exposed to coronavirus in china celebrate after two weeks of quarantine in the u.s. plus, new fears of the virus
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spreading on a cruise ship as the world health organization calls it a grave threat. college cult: how did students at a prestigious college end up brainwashed by an ex-convict living in their dorm? tonight, the new federal charges of sex trafficking, forced labor, and nearly $1 million stolen. a cbs news investigation: the aunt of those missing children from idaho speaks out. the disturbing thing their mother told her before the kids disappeared. plus what investigators just found that could lead to a break in the case. left without an altar? thousands of couples end up without a place to get married after a nationwide event company goes bankrupt. and turning heartbreak into hope. how one father here turned the loss of his son into a way to feed those in need, in our series "every state has a story." >> this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell reporting tonight from new hampshire.
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>> o'donnell: and good evening to our viewers in the west. we begin here in new hampshire with breaking news. the voting is over, and we are now getting the first results from the democratic primary, and based on the votes that have been counted so far and our exit polls, right now, it appears to be a three-way race among bernie sanders, pete buttigeig, and amy klobuchar, with sanders in the lead. buttigieg and klobuchar are neck and neck, right behind him, vying for second place. it looks like it will not be a good night for joe biden and elizabeth warren. they are well behind the top three. also interesting, half of those who voted say they picked their candidate in the last two days. that's double the number from 2016, and that helped buttigieg and klobuchar, both of whom saw their poll numbers surge coming out of iowa. tonight senator michael bennett dropped out of the base. so did entrepreneur andrew yang. his campaign manager now says the math just didn't work out. well, our team is fanned out at the candidates' campaign headquarters tonight. ed o'keefe is with bernie sanders and leads off our coverage tonight.
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ed. >> reporter: norah, good evening. here's one reason why senator sanders may be doing so well tonight. 35% of voters told us health care is their top concern. also, 60% of voters say they favor abolishing private health insurance and going with one single government plan. sanders has a big lead among those voters as well. >> go, pete! we've got this! >> reporter: former mayor pete buttigeig made a last-minute attempt to find voters this morning. >> we'll pull off a big success. >> reporter: he's hoping to defeat the more progressive senator bernie sanders who is trying to be the first non- president to win back-to-back primaries here. >> we have an agenda that speaks to the needs of working families all across this country. >> reporter: in the last week, nobody has climbed faster than senator amy klobuchar. >> it is here that many candidates that are not as well known or maybe don't have the
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biggest bank account find their footing in the state of new hampshire. >> reporter: klobuchar is hoping that undecided voters give her another look before casting a ballot. she had a breakout performance at last week's debate, and based on exit polls, almost half of voters said the debate was an important factor in their decision. ed o'keefe, cbs news, manchester, new hampshire. >> reporter: i'm nikole killion in nashua. >> we will fight for every vote we have here. >> reporter: former vice president joe biden said he was after every vote but left new hampshire before they were even counted. >> going to south carolina tonight. >> reporter: biden's poll numbers in new hampshire have plummeted, and the campaign sees the primary in south carolina where he's more popular as an opportunity to rebound. but there are more danger signs for biden. the latest national polls show he's dropped nine points and now has former new york city mayor michael bloomberg close on his heels. but bloomberis uir
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tonight after a 2015 speech surfaced where he defends his controversial stop-and-frisk policy and explained why cops are put in minority neighborhoods: >> reporter: bloomberg has apologized for the policy and did so again today. >> i apologize. i own it. >> reporter: cbs news has learned that joe biden and massachusetts senator elizabeth warren are not on pace to win any delegates tonight. meantime, supporters here at pete buttigeig's rally have much more to cheer about, given his strong showing so far. norah. >> o'donnell: all right, nikole, thank you so much. and we spent part of our day here in new hampshire with amy klobuchar and pete buttigeig, both hoping a big boost here in the granite state will help them on the road ahead. >> you got your parka on? i have no jacket on.
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that's my thing. >> reporter: amy klobuchar may not have a coat, but she does have momentum, and we spoke with her aboard her campaign bus earlier today. >> people are realizing, you know, what? she's actually doing better than anyone thought. and i think that's the story of my life, and that's the story of >> you keep expectations high and you work really hard. >> reporter: the tougher contests in nevada and south carolina where klobuchar is polling in single digits lay ahead. you talked about what you learned from your father being resiliency. even if you do well in new hampshire, it gets a lot harder after this. >> yeah, it does. i'm a good campaigner, and i find a way to keep moving. and nevada is a state-- this is something people haven't realized-- two women in the u.s. senate. they have elected a majority- women legislature. and so, there's going to be some interesting things that are advantages to me in nevada. >> o'donnell: do you think it's
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been the policy that's connected or is it when you get personal with voters that connects? >> i think that they are looking for someone that they believe and that they can trust. >> o'donnell: you talk about empathy. >> uh-huh. >> o'donnell: people like trump because he's a fighter. >> sure. but i'm a fighter, too. i think we need someone tough to take him on. >> o'donnell: mayor bloomberg has now risen to third place. how do you compete against that? >> well, michael bloomberg, is a force.of dolrs. i don't have billions of dollars so i actually think it's good he's going to be on the debate stage because i'm never going t thdebatetage. >> the early contests have propel pete buttigeig but he will face new voters in the coming weeks you have not proved yet that you have support among a more diverse electorate. >> they resemble my home town that elected and re-elected me.
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so many voters of color are feeling the pain of living under donald trump and are laser focused in a very pragmatic way on finding the nominee who can beat him. i am that nominee. >> o'donnell: there's passion for donald trump. >> he has his supporters and always will, but i'm also meeting so many people that come to my events and they make it clear that they're used to voting republican but they're just sick of this. it's part of why i believe we need to build a movement that can welcome in those who will cross over. it's not going to be everybody. >> o'donnell: and the race is on, so we will have updates for you on the new hampshire primary during prime-time programming tonight right here on cbs. there is breaking news in the case against roger stone, the longtime ally of president trump, who was convicted on seven counts, including obstruction and witness tampering. well, late today, all four career federal prosecutors who worked the case abruptly quit as critics say a decision to reject their sentencing recommendation was an abuse of power. jeff pegues reports tonight from washington. >> reporter: this afternoon,
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president trump said he did not ask the justice department to lower its sentencing recommendation for his friend roger stone. >> i thought the recommendation was ridiculous. i thought the whole prosecution was ridiculous. >> reporter: the controversy started yesterday when prosecutors asked a judge to sentence stone to 7-9 years in prison. president trump responded overnight on twitter calling it "horrible" and a "miscarriage of justice." the justice department's decision today to argue for a shorter sentence and overrule their own prosecutors prompted four of them to resign in an apparent protest. how unusual is it for d.o.j. to reverse course like this? >> in this case, it's stunning. >> reporter: scott fredericksen is a former federal prosecutor. >> and a fundamental rule of the department of justice is not to interfere politically with criminal prosecutions, especially on behalf of the president. >> reporter: and late today, the justice department said that it would leave the decision on
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stone's sentencing to the judge in this case and that the original 7-9 years sentencing recommendation would not be appropriate. norah. >> o'donnell: what an incredible story, jeff. thank you. and tonight, the world health organization is using its strongest language yet, calling that deadly coronavirus a very grave threat that could have powerful consequences, more powerful consequences than a terrorist attack. but as carter evans reports, one group of americans may have dodged the bullet. >> reporter: medical masks were tossed in celebration when 195 american evacuees were finally released after 14 days under quarantine at march air reserve base. >> so today is the last day. we are heading home. >> reporter: jarred evans fled from wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus. are you concerned about how you might be accepted when you return home? >> you know, it's been on the back of my mind. >> reporter: in san diego, health officials now confirm one of the passengers who arrived there on a flight last week is
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infected. the patient is in the hospital and said to be doing well. the largest coronavirus outbreak outside of china is on a cruise ship docked in yokohama, japan, where nearly 3,600 people remain under quarantine after more than 170 cases were confirmed, including at least 23 americans and 10 crew me nar saoridbyfuthe close quarterd spread the virus among them. two travelers from china are still here on base finishing out their individual quarantines. as for those evacuated americans? well, the c.d.c. says they are virus-free, and no further medical checkups are required. norah. >> o'donnell: all right, carter, thank you. a father who had moved into his daughter's college dorm is under arrest tonight on federal charges of extortion and sex trafficking involving her schoolmates. the alleged scheme was so
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twisted and outrageous that one f.b.i. official said, "if you're not angry, you don't have a soul." here's errol barnett. >> reporter: lawrence ray left jail in 2010, moving into his daughter's on-campus house for a year at sarah lawrence college in westchester, new york. according to the indictment, he used verbal and physical abuse to control his young victims. that abuse escalating once they moved to new york city with him a short time later. >> so ray directed his victims to obtain money for him by other forced labor and prostitution. >> reporter: ray is charged with nine counts, including sex trafficking, extortion, and money laundering. the indictment says ray also demanded taped confessions from his victims for supposed crimes they committed. >> anybody threaten you? >> no. >> anybody coerce you? >> no. >> reporter: in this video, uploaded in 2017, an apparently disoriented young woman says she
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tried to poison ray, an unsubstantiated claim. >> and you poisoned me you said? >> yes. >> reporter: prosecutors say he used these videos to extort his victims. now, sarah lawrence college said it looked into accusations against ray from 2011 but could not substantiate them, pledging to cooperate with this investigation. now, ray faces an arraignment at the courthouse you see behind me on wednesday. and, norah, if found guilty faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. >> o'donnell: all right, errol, thank you. now a cbs news investigation. there are new clues in the mysterious disappearance months ago of two idaho children. you may remember this story. their mother and her new husband turned up recently in hawaii, and tonight, we're hearing from family members who suspect the worst. jonathan vigliotti reports tonight from idaho. >> reporter: tonight, relatives are painting a dark and demented picture of lori vallow as investigators try to figure out
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what happened to her children, seven-year-old joshua "j.j." vallow and 17-year-old tylee ryan. tylee's aunt says vallow's belief in doomsday scenarios changed how she felt about the kids. >> sometimes she wondered if it would be better just to put her kids in a car and go off the side of a cliff. >> reporter: the children haven' sncber, tmonth vaow moved the family to rexbe 5 ut of thl llow are now maanii.f theiusums,ccding to authorities. cbs news has learned tylee's cell phone was found with her mom in hawaii. a text message was sent from the teen's phone to a friend a month after she disappeared. >> no teenager would willingly be without her phone. >> reporter: j.j.'s grandfather now confirms vallow stashed his grandson's favorite toys in this storage unit and got rid of his service dog. >> everything that lori is doing
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runs counter to what a parent would do whose child is alive. >> reporter: jonathan vigliotti, cbs news, rexburg, idaho. >> o'donnell: and there is still much more news ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news." thousands of brides and grooms scramble for a new wedding location when their venue suddenly shuts down. and wait 'til you hear how much smollett was just indicted in chicago. and the soupman delivers, channeling his heak helping those who need it most. ost. we've created a brand new way for you to sell your car. whether it's a year old or a few years old, we want to buy your car. so go to carvana and enter your license plate, answer a few questions, and our techno-wizardry calculates your car's value and gives you a real offer in seconds. when you're ready, we'll come to you, pay you on the spot, and pick up your car.
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new charges against smollett. wedding dreams suddenly turned into nightmares for nearly 3,000 brides and grooms when a national chain of wedding venues abruptly closed. as janet shamlian reports, those couples tonight are out more than $7 million. >> reporter: the fairy tale of a perfect wedding is now crushed for eva hung and her fiancée. with their ceremony three weeks away, eva is scrambling, after her venue, noah's, closed without warning. how much money did you lose? >> probably anywhere from $10,000 to $12,000. >> reporter: 2,800 weddings and special events across the country are now at risk after the entire chain abruptly shut down. >> i don't want to cry, but this was hard. >> reporter: no notice to customers, many learning only through social media. couples posting, "we are so heartbroken." and "closing your doors days before someone's wedding, shame on you." 's filed ftc
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>> boots and boots and boots and gloves. >> o'donnell: and he never thought he'd be a lifeline for thousands of homeless people. >> bundle up. really. >> o'donnell: hi, peter, how are you? we met up with him in manchester, new hampshire, and he told us how this all got started. what did your son travis need? >> he had it all. he was kind. he was handsome. he needed to get off the drugs. >> o'donnell: addicted to opioids and homeless, peter's son travis died in 2016. he was 33. >> i couldn't save him. his mother couldn't save him. his grandmother. he had that devil. he had the demon. >> o'donnell: the opioid demon? >> yeah. and i just had to do something. >> o'donnell: so peter started making soup for the homeless. here you go. >> thank you so much. >> o'donnell: you're very welcome. peter's nonprofit "support the soupman" has expanded.
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he buys boots in bulk and stocks a mobile closet full of warm clothes. >> this is needed more than anything out there. >> o'donnell: socks. >> socks, boots, and gloves. >> o'donnell: and there are backpacks that are truly care packages. how do you hope to make a difference? >> every day i hope to make a difference in someone's heart. >> o'donnell: and with so much need, peter says, he will never stop. a reminder we can all give more. we'll be right back. more. we'll be right aleve is proven stronger and longer on pain than tylenol. when pain happens, aleve it. all day strong. it's an honor to tell you that [ applause ] thank you. liberty mutual customizes your car insurance so you only pay for what you need. i love you! only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪
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