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♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: breaking news tonight: deadlocked. the courtroom bombshell. jurors at harvey weinstein's rape trial asking what to do if they can't reach a verdict on all of the charges. could the trial end with a hung jury? the breaking news from the campaign trail. after that brutal debate, michael bloomberg has a change of heart. what he's now saying about those secret agreements he made with women years ago. plus, who's in the lead on the te of the nevada caucuses. under arrest: the idaho mom who went on vacation after her children disappeared is behind bars tonight. why did police finally move in months after her kids went missing? grru protesters attack buses filled with people evacuated from china as fear over the deadly virus spreads. plus, the new warning tonight
from the c.d.c. intelligence fallout: the president lashes out, blasting intel from his own government after officials tell congress that russia is interfering in this year's election. what cbs news is learning about that closed door briefing. royal name change: the big announcement from prince harry and meghan. what they now won't be calling themselves. hailed as a hero: she ran into an inferno to rescue a dying man just days after she gave birth. >> if i can do anything to save that life, i'm going to. >> o'donnell: and steve hartman goes "on the road" with a boy who shares a special bond with the pets no one else wants. >> this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell reporting from the nation's capital. >> o'donnell: good evening to our viewers in the west. we're going to begin tonight with breaking news from harvey weinstein's rape trial. late today, jurors suggested they may be deadlocked on two of the most serious charges against
the movie mogul. in a note to the judge overseeing the month-long trial, the jurors asked if they had to reach a unanimous verdict on all of the counts against the former hollywood producer. the allegations against weinstein launched the "me too" movement prompting women across the country to speak out and reveal accusations against powerful men. cka duncan leads off our our coverage tonig coverage tonight from outside the courthouse. leftouay cr: harvey weinstei after four days of deliberating, jurors indicated this afternoon they could be close to reaching a verdict. in their 11th note to the judge, they had a question regarding the five felony counts weinstein is facing. "can we be hung on one and/or three and unanimous on the other charges?" charges one and three are the most serious-- predatory sexual assault-- and carry up to life in prison. the defense and prosecution could not agree on accepting a
it. "it is not uncommon for a jury to believe that they will never be able to reach a unanimous verdict. but after further deliberations, most jurors," he said, "are able to reach a unanimous verdict." cbs news legal analyst rikki klieman: >> if harvey weinstein is convicted of any of the three counts, he is facing really serious time in prison because these are serious felonies. >> reporter: weinstein is accused of sexually assaulting his former production assistant, miriam haley, in 2006. he is also charged with raping aspiring actress jessica mann in 2013. deliberations will continue on monday morning for a fifth day. now, weinstein has maintained all along that he says the relationships he's had with his accusers are consensual and, nsrah, no matter what happens here in here in manhattan, harvey weinstein still faces sexual assault charges in los angeles. >> o'donnell: all right, jericka, thank you.
now to the 2020 campaign on the eve of tomorrow's nevada caucuses, a new poll shows bernie sanders with a big lead over his democratic rivals in the silver state. and tonight michael bloomberg is scrambling to explain allegations of sexist comments towards women who have worked for him. ed o'keefe is in las vegas. >> reporter: under intense pressure to release his former employees from nondisclosure agreements... >> what we need to know is exactly what is lurking out there. >> reporter: ...michael bloomberg announced today that his company identified three women who signed n.d.a.s and they would be able to talk about their allegations. he added: n.d.a. and they would be able to talk about their allegations. he added: the former new york mayor continues to take fire from all sides. president trump, speaking here in las vegas and hoping to muddle the democratic message, mocked bloomberg's last debate performance, which was widely panned. >> mini-mike. he was a beauty. what happened? >> reporter: bernie sanders also took aim at bloomberg in an interview that will air sunday
on "60 minutes." >> do you see michael bloomberg being able to build a movement? >> you're not asking that in a serious-- yes, i think he will have a very strong movement of the billionaires rallying around michael bloomberg. beyond that, not so much. >> reporter: meanwhile, much of the rest of the democratic field is worried sanders, who also leads in national polls, could soon become unstoppable. bsander having a dominating lead in this process. and even though he's got a very strong base of support, that's clearly not what most democrats want. >> reporter: already, 75,000 people have voted early here in nevada, nearly as many as caucused four years ago. but because they'll be using ipads to tabulate vote totals tomorrow, there's a chance for the same math and technology problems that plagued the iowa caucus just a few weeks ago. norah. w we'donnell: all right, ed, thank you.anthisrogrmingote. gayle king and i will moderate the next presidential democratic debate from charleston, south carolina, tuesday night at 8:00
eastern time. and we're interested in your questions for the candidates. you can submit them on twitter. use the hashtag #demdebate. tonight, prosecutors in hawaii are calling the mother of two missing children a flight risk. lori vallow just made her first court appearance after being lony charges inony charges in this bizarre case. it began in idaho and spans multiple states over several months, and includes three mysterious deaths of family members. jonathan vigliotti reports tonight from kauai. >> reporter: lori vallow is spending tonight in a kauai jail cell, her bail set at $5 million. for months, vallow has been living in hawaii with her new husband, chad daybell, who sources tell cbs news was also questioned by police. he was not arrested. police have said vallow and daybell have lied about the children's whereabouts. >> i want to know where j.j. and tylee are, and whatever they have to do to give us as family
members that closure. >> reporter: annie cushing is tylee ryan's aunt. >> hopefully, she will come to the conclusion that just coming clean will be the best path for her because laurie is only going to act in the best interest of lori. >> reporter: vallow faces several serious charges: deserting her children and delaying legal attempts to locate them, each count carrying a possible 14 years in prison. another charge, contempt of court, for not physically producing her children to authorities in idaho as ordered. authorities are also igvestigating three suspicious deaths connected to the couple: daybell's wife, tammy; vallow's estranged husband, charles; and vallow's brother, alex cox, who killed charles and later died of unknown causes himself. but for cushing the children come first. >> we still, potentially, have a long road ahead of us. but we are hopefully one step closer to finding tylee and j.j. >> reporter: and cbs news has just learned more from
investigators about what led up to lri vallow's arrest. her financial records reveal not a penny has been spent on child care since they disappeared in september. prescriptions for j.j.'s autism medication have also gone unfilled. lori vallow is fighting this extradition. her next court appearance is set for march 2. norah. ll: so many more details to be learned in this investigation.onne>> o jonathon, thank you. tonight, the c.d.c. is calling the coronavirus a tremendous health threat. it's now working with state and local health officials to make sure that hospitals, pharmacies, and medical supply companies can meet the demands of a potential pandemic. the virus has killed more than 2,200 people and infected nearly 77,000 worldwide. carter evans has more on the growing threat. >> reporter: protesters set fires in the streets of ukraine to block buses carrying evacuees from china. fear, and the coronavirus itself, is spreading rapidly around the world with infections now in more than 30 countries.
authorities are disinfecting streets in south korea, where confirmed cases doubled overnight. at a mass wedding in the philippines, more than 200 couples exchanged vows, all wearing masks. back in the u.s., infected evacuees are being transferred to specialized bio-containment hospitals, this as the number of confirmed cases jumps to 34. and today, for the first time, c.d.c. doctors said in a telephone briefing they're bracing for the possibility of the virus spreading across the u.s. ss the u.s. >> reporter: and now, an urgent department: avoid traveling by cruise ship around asia. the c.d.c. says all american evacuees from the "diamond princess" are at high risk, and they expect more to test positive. so far, there have only been two person-to-person transmissions of the virus here in the u.s. norah.
>> o'donnell: all right, carter, thank you. american intelligence officials have been clear, vladimir putin's government is still trying to meddle in american elections. tonight, cbs news has learned berni sanders' campaign was told the russians have been isrking to help his campaign. but it's this closed door briefing to update members of congress that has ignited a firestorm, with president trump publicly questioning the judgment of the traditionally independent intelligence community. paula reid reports tonight from the white house. >> reporter: president trump today blasted assessments by his own intelligence officials that russia wants to see him re- elected. >> here we go again. did you see it? >> reporter: officials from several agencies briefed the house intelligence committee last week. >> this was a broad, multiagency briefing in which u.s. officials told lawmakers that russia was continuing to interfere in the u.s. elections, and that it had established a preference for donald trump. >> reporter: sources say lawmakers pushed back and wanted to see the underlying intelligence.
and president trump was furious when he found out about the briefing. >> i was told it was happening. i was told a week ago. they said, "you know, they're trying to start a rumor. it's disinformation." >> reporter: president trump this week ousted navy veteran joseph maguire as acting director of national intelligence, replacing him with u.s. ambassador to germany richard grenell, a vocal trump supporter with no previous intelligence experience. grenell's new deputy is another trump loyalist, kash patel, who has been told to clean house. just today, the fifth top official since august announced he was leaving. >> if you have somebody at the top who is overly responsive to the president, you're not going to get that kind of unbiased information, and it's very, very, very dangerous for national security. >> reporter: today, bernie sanders revealed that he has been briefed on russian efforts to boost his campaign, and this is nothing new. the mueller investigation found that the russians also worked
back in 2016 to boost the ainders campaign and the campaign of then-candidate trump. norah. >> o'donnell: all right, paula,h anthe'u.s a k big announcement tonight from prince harry and his wife, meghan. after long discussions with the queen, the couple has given up on plans to use the term "sussex royal" when they promote themselves on instagram and their website. harry and meghan formally stepped down as senior members of the royal at the end of next month. tonight, prosecutors in new york city are taking a fres look at the assassination of malcolm x, which took place exactly 55 years ago. new evidence from a netflix documentary is raising questions about whether two men were sent to prison for a murder they did not commit. maurice dubois takes a look. >> reporter: the six-part documentary presents new facts aout malcolm x's assassination and claims the police botched the investigation. >> the official account of who killed malcolm x, it's not true.
>> reporter: malcolm x, alienated from the nation of islam, was killed in a barrage of bullets as he was about to utve a speech in harlem on this very day in 1965. pandemonium broke out among the nearly 400 people gathered inside the audubon ballroom. the chaos spilled out on to the sidewalk, where one suspect, talmadge hayer, had to be saved by new york city police officers. two other men were later arrested, and all three were convicted in malcolm's death. phil bertelsen and nailah sims produced the documentary. >> the f.b.i. had eyewitness testimony from, presumably, the rine informants that were in the room that day about who did the crime. >> reporter: talmadge hayer confessed, but the other men, thomas johnson, and norman butler, who changed his name to muhammad aziz, maintained their innocence. aziz, now 81, spent 20 years in prison. >> if i wanted to do it, i couldn't have done it. so that means they knew what they were doing when they put me in jail. >> reporter: the manhattan
d.a.'s office recently announced it's opened a preliminary review of the murder. what do you hope happens here for him? >> i hope he gets exonerated. >> i hope he gets a fighting chance at clearing his name once and for all. >> reporter: a fighting chance to rewrite history. maurice dubois, cbs news, new york. >> o'donnell: and there is still much more news ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news." ( gunfire ) dramatic new body cam footage as police opened fire to stop a terror attack. days after giving birth, this mom is credited with saving the life of a stranger. later, "on the road," why a young boy has a special connection with the oldest, scruffiest dogs in the pound. wherever we want to go, autosave your way there with chase. chase. make more of what's yours.
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palm coast, florida, as we did, and ask him to find a favorite, he will seek out the oldest, mangiest, least-adoptable mutt of the lot. >> there's something about old dogs that i just like. >> reporter: do you see yourself in these dogs? >> yes, sir. >> he knows what it feels like not to be loved and cared for. he's the most hopeful, optimistic, and genuinely caring kid who has absolutely no reason to be that way. >> reporter: robbie's adoptive ys b maria, says before he entered the foster system, robbie was a holy terror, so badly abused, he was twice hospitalized with brain injuries. then, two years ago, maria and her husband, charles, adopted him. >> it was just a good day. >> reporter: what did that day mean to you? >> everything. >> reporter: he has come a long way, except in this one respect: maria says he could not cry.
despite the horrors of his past, or maybe because of them, the kid was a stone. until earlier this month. one of robbie's old dogs, buffy, had to be put down. he wanted to hold her 'til the very end, and insisted his mom take pictures of the process. perhaps because he knew what was about to happen. after robbie finally let go, he told his mom, "i know how it feels not to be loved or cared for. and i don't want any animal of mine to feel that way." nor does he want any foster kid to feel that way. >> people don't want older people and older dogs. they only want babies and puppies. >> he is so aware that it could have gone totally differently for him. dd in these older dogs, robbie's found a place to practice compassion. >> reporter: some day, robbie wants to adopt older foster children himself. >> go up and knock on the door.
>> reporter: but until then, to nyhe ois commitment and do what ld dogs as his parents will allow. >> do you love her? >> reporter: today, it's a lame, snaggle-toothed shih tzu named molly. molly's owner had to go into sted living, but now molemolly has a new ho has a new home, thanks to the eeleswsuffering. steve hartman, "on the road," near palm coast, florida. >> o'donnell: practicing compassion. i'm going to watch that one a couple more times. we'll be right back. aste, and 25% less saturated fat? only eggland's best. better taste, better nutrition, better eggs.
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