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basketball great kobe bryant. the tributes and tears as celebrities and bryant's wife honor kobe and his daughter. >> you take care of our gigi. >> o'donnell: "empire" star in court. actor jussie smollett mobbed at a chicago courthouse as he faces new charges of staging a racist attack on himself. what he's now saying to a judge. road to recovery. after this dramatic crash at the daytona 500, nascar driver ryan newman speaking out. the injury he's still suffering and will he race again? and remembering a pioneer. she got americans to the moon with nothing more than a pencil and her mind. tonight we pay tribute to one of the space program's real live hidden figures. >> this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell reporting tonight from charleston, south carolina. >> o'donnell: good evening, and thank you so much for joining us. we are in charleston ahead of
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tomorrow's pivotal democratic debate. we've got some big news on that in just a moment, but we want to begin tonight with this breaking news. harvey weinstein, the movie mogul behind some of hollywood's biggest hits, is behind bars tonight. he was convicted by a new york jury today of rape and committing a criminal sexual act thter a month-long trial featuring testimony from multiple women who said he assaulted them. while he was acquitted of three other charges, the 67-year-old could still face decades in prison. today's verdict was the end of a stunning fall from grace for one of the movie industry's most powerful men, and it represents a milestone in the "me too" movement. jericka duncan leads off our coverage tonight. >> reporter: the man once referred to as a god in hollywood is now a convicted rapist. after five days of deliberation, the jury found harvey weinstein guilty of a criminal sexual act and third-degree rape, which could bring a maximum sentence of 29 years. >> these survivors weren't just
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brave, they were heroic. >> reporter: manhattan district attorney cy vance did not get a conviction on the most serious charge, predatory sexual assault, which carried up to a life sentence. >> well, i'm certainly not y the verdict.y the verdict. i think this was a very i think this was a very whaicult case that really moved our understanding of what sexual assault is. >> reporter: the 67-year-old weinstein was led away in handcuffs after the verdict was read. was he upset? >> i mean, he's been fighting this case for two years. i think you come to some realization that something like this could happen. i think he understood it was a possibility. >> reporter: cbs news legal analyst rikki klieman says even the minimum sentence could be hard on weinstein. >> five years for harvey weinstein at this stage is certainly going to be a difficult time for him, and i'd expect the judge to be more harsh than five years. >> reporter: during the month- long trial, jurors heard from six women who described in
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detail how weinstein allegedly sexually abused them. the case centered around two women, former production assistant mimi haley, who said weinstein forced oral sex on her in 2006, and aspiring actress jessica mann, who testified that weinstein raped her in 2013. more than 80 women have accused the movie mogul of sexual abuse, earassment, and threats. among them, model amber guttierez, who was outside the courthouse today. >> it means a lot. it's a start. >> reporter: that sentiment was echoed on a conference call with actress rose mcgowan. >> today is not a referendum on "me too." silencetaking out the trash. >> reporter: former "sopranos" actress annabella sciorra, who testified at the trial, said she has no regrets breaking her silence, saying, "in speaking
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truth to power, we pave the way to a more just culture." shortly after the verdict was read, harvey weinstein was taken away in an ambulance to jail. norah, that is where he will spend time until his sentencing, which is on march 11th. >> o'donnell: all right. jericka, thank you. coronavirus fears wiped out all of this year's stock market gains. the dow lost more than 1,000 points today. that's more than 3.5%. the nasdaq and s&p 500 also tanked. s.e number of cases here in the u.s. shot up to 53 over the weekend as dozens of sick passengers returned from that cruise ship in japan. the deadly virus is exploding outside china. and as mark phillips reports, spe global economy is starting to gasp and wheeze. >> reporter: the coronavirus is not just affecting the health of people, it's hitting the health of the economy. the new york stock market wiped out all its gains of this year. >> if you're a trader, you need to be nimble. if you're a long-term investor, just don't look at your portfolio. >> reporter: the virus's effects have hit europe. this is normally carnival time in venice, but the party is over
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and the masks have changed. as the corona cluster hit northern italy, the carnival has been canceled and tourists are getting out of town. police roadblocks have been set up isolating two areas near venice and milan where the number of cases has risen above 200, by far the biggest outbreak in europe. around 50,000 people are being contained in the red zones. the virus has a firmer foothold in the far east. in daegu, korea, the number of cases quadrupled over the r its 2.5a worry for its 2.5 million resi million residents and for the 2,500 u.s. servicemen stationed there. >> our population is not vulnerable. still, though, we're all nervous about it. >> reporter: they're nervous, too, in costa mesa, california, where the city is trying to get a restraining order against plans to house up to 50 people who have tested positive for the virus in a local hospital. >> we are not going to continue to be the place where everybody
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drops off their crises. >> reporter: with a cluster of more than 200 cases now here in more than 200 cases now here in italy, there is plenty of nervousness to go around. italian health authorities, norah, say the next few days will be critical to see whether they've contained it. >> o'donnell: all right, mark. thank you. we turn now to the 2020 nempaign. our news cbs news battleground poll has joe biden leading the pack here in south carolina ahead of saturday's primary. but bernie sanders is closing in fast, and his convincing win in the nevada caucus over the weekend along with a new defense of a notorious dictator has some democrats growing desperate to tond a way to stop him. and it may happen at tomorrow night's debate. here's ed o'keefe. >> reporter: bernie sanders has a lead in total votes and delegates, but it's comments he s"de sunday night on "60 minutes" that are causing fresh panic for some democrats.
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sander was asked to explain past support for the policies of fidel castro >> we're very opposed to the nature of cuba, but it's unfair to say everything the s bad. when fidel castro came into office, he had massive literacy program. r that a bad thing? even though fidel castro did it. >> he had a lot of dissidents imprisoned. >> that's right. and we condemn that. >> reporter: his response infuriated democratic voters in south florida. >> he made more than a mistake. it's what he believes, and it's unacceptable to our community. >> reporter: the blowback is gmblematic of broader uncertainty about how nominating a democratic socialist could impact democrats' chances in the election. sanders continues to outline programs for expansive new programs. today he unveiled the universal childcare policy with a $1.5 5rillion over ten years, but he has struggled to explain how he olina pay for his ideas.
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and may be the only candidate >> we have done our best on paying for them on issue after issue. >> reporter: polls show joe biden leads in south carolina and may be the only candidate who can slow sanders' momentum. cbs has learned that influential south carolina congressman jim clyburn is expected to endorse biden later this week. >> i think we're going to do fine. >> do you think bernie sanders is the front-runner in this race right now? >> i'm not going to -- look, you all can -- the answer is i'm going to do well here. >> o'donnell: ed joins us here outside the debate hall where i understand that mayor bloomberg plans to take the gloves off against bernie sanders. , at's his strategy? >> yeah, he released a new attack ad today calling out the denator's support for less restrictive gun policy and calling him an ally of the n.r.a. the senator's views have changed. and he points out he's a senator from a rural state with a gun culture, but the mayor is urging other democrats to keep the focus tomorrow night on the senator instead of him. we'll see if it happens. going to be awow. it's going to be a pivotal debate. excited to be there. >> it sure will. >> o'donnell: thank you, ed.
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and remember, gayle king and i will moderate that democratic presidential debate right here in charleston. that's at 8:00 eastern. you can submit questions for the candidates on twitter by using the hashtag #demdebate. president trump once named a casino after the taj mahal. today the president and the first lady had a chance to visit the real one on a trip to india. the president appeared with the prime minister of india and addressed a crowd of 100,000 in what was called a namaste trump rally. there the president announced a $3 billion deal to sell india military helicopters. kobe bryant's widow filed a wrongful-death suit against the company that operated the helicopter in that crash that killed her husband and daughter gianna and seven others. vanessa bryant also took center stage today at what was called a celebration of life memorial at the staples center. dana jacobson was there for the
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emotional outpouring. >> reporter: in the house that kobe built, the city that loved tem like no other paid tribute to kobe bryant and his daughter gianna. family, basketball legends, and the city's biggest stars united in a celebration of life. family friend and music icon beyonce set the tone. ♪ baby i can see your halo vanessa bryant showed strength, speaking publicly for the first d me since her husband, 13-year- old daughter, and seven others died in a helicopter crash last t to see she fought back tears in talking about her gigi. >> i'll never get to see my baby girl walk down the aisle, have a father/daughter dance with her daddy, dance on the dance floor with me or have babies of her own. .> reporter: and spoke of the >> he was a doting father, a father that was hands on and present. babe, you take care of our gigi. >> kobe was my dear friend. he was like a little brother.
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>> reporter: overcome with emotion, michael jordan recalled their friendship that began when kobe bryant entered the nba at 17 years old. >> everyone always wanted to talk about the comparisons between he and i. i just wanted to talk about kobe. when kobe bryant died, a piece of me died. >> reporter: and then there was bryant's laker teammate, shaquille o'neal. >> i'll be sure to teach natalia, bianca, and baby capri all your moves, and i promise not to teach them my free throw techniques. ( laughter ) kobe, you're heaven's m.v.p. i love you, my man, until we meet again. rest in peace, kobe. ( cheers and applause ) >> reporter: there were 20,000 inside for the memorial, but it felt intimate. when vanessa bryant and her family walked in, the place erupted, but not with the cheers that we're used to.ker john sald us, it was an overflow of human emotion, norah.
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he said it was like the crowd was giving the family a hug. >> o'donnell: dana, thank you. tonight actor jussie smollett is again on the defense, fighting off six new charges that he lied to police and staged a bogus attack that got him kicked off the tv show "empire." dean reynolds has more tonight from chicago. >> how do you feel about these chw charges? >> reporter: smollett's plea of not guilty came almost a year after he was originally booked for fabricating the story of an attack on him by homophobic trump supporters. those original charges were abruptly dropped without much of a reason and a judge appointed a special prosecutor to take another look. through it all, smollett has insisted he was a victim and his lawyers have accused brothers of beating him up on that subzero january night last year, but only in a patty-cake
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publicity stunt concocted by smollett which police say was done to get the actor a raise. >> they have been truthful since day one. >> reporter: the former "empire" star's lawyer tina glandian wants the case dismissed. >> he's obviously frustrated to be dragged through this process again. >> reporter: as are many in chicago who, like mayor lori lightfoot, believe jussie smollett should be punished. dean reynolds, cbs news, chicago. >> o'donnell: we've been speaking with a lot of voters here in south carolina about which issues they want the candidates to talk about. on our cbs news battleground tracker, 42% said healthcare. it was number one by far. in many south carolina counties, hospitals are few and far between, so a doctor found a way to take her services to the community. nikole killion continues our series "every state has a etory." >> reporter: allendale sits on the edge of south carolina's low county. it's one of the smallest and poorest counties in the state.
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>> the purpose of the mobile unit is to provide for uninsured and underinsured. >> reporter: which is why dr. yolanda gibbs thought it was the perfect place to launch palmetto palace. the mobile health unit offers everything from preventive health screenings to dental care at no cost. >> if you no longer have your local hospital, that means that you're going to have to travel to another town. this unit is able to drive into these communities to provide this service. >> reporter: lisa fernandez and her father samuel got their teeth cleaned for the first time in years. >> it's the money situation, going to the dentist, it's a luxury, you know? >> reporter: what do you think about what when you hear your std say going to the dentist is a luxury? >> it's really sad and i hope the right people are listening. >> reporter: more than 100,000 people fall into the so-called coverage gap in south carolina, one of several states that did not expand med
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with the democratic field divided over government-run proposals like medicare for all, dr. gibbs is tempering her expectations. >> i don't know if i'm looking for anything from them, to be honest. >> reporter: dr. gibbs told me she isn't sure any of the candidates' plans can fix the current healthcare system. she really believes that providers have to be part of the solution. and she seems to be doing her partd, because she already has a wait list of more than 100 inplicants. norah. >> o'donnell: interesting to hear voters describing it as a l xury. nikole, thank you. all right. there is still much more news saead tonight here on the "cbs evening news." new research says your smart speaker may be listening in a lot more than you think. a new statement from nascar driver ryan newman after that terrible crash. will he race again? later, remembering katherine johnson, who put americans on the moon and inspired "hidden figures."
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bathrooms in this building. >> reporter: in 2015, president obama awarded her the presidential medal of freedom. e e told us on her 98th birthday her father's motto always divided her. guided her. >> you're as good as anybody here. >> reporter: and you took that to heart. >> yeah. and you're no worse. you're no better. >> reporter: katherine johnson made america better. jan crawford, cbs news, washington. >> o'donnell: an american hero whose legacy will not be forgotten. we'll be right back. you can find it in the vitamin aisle in stores everywhere. prevagen. healthier brain. better life. alice loves the scent of gain so much, she wished there was a way to make it last longer. say hello to your fairy godmother alice. and long-lasting g part of the irresistible scent collection from gain!
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♪ >> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." >> i'm don dahler. we've got a lot more to tell you about this morning, starting with tonight's democratic debate in charleston, south carolina. gayle king and norah o'donnell will be posing questions to the candidates in a debate you can see right here on cbs starting at 8:00 eastern. saturday's south carolina primary is seen as the last best chance for joe biden to resurrect his campaign. he's banking on the support of african american voters. will they support him? gayle king asked around. >> cut your tvs off and stay focused. >> reporter: bernie scott is a force in south carolina politics. >> we got a lot of work to do. >> reporter: whether she is organizing volunteers at her
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home -- >> i'm out here telling people about the issues. >> reporter: -- greeting people door to door -- >> all right, let's get it up in here for joe biden! >> reporter: -- or emphasizing joe biden on a campaign bus, her voice is a trusted one this the palmetto state. when we arrived to meet her last friday, we were greeted by the group she founded more than 30 years ago. they are known as the reckoning crew. why did you call it the reckoning crew? >> because if you don't do what's right by the people you have to reckon with us. >> i'm 99. >> reporter: the group of now mostly senior citizen organizers initially endorsed senator kamala harris. after she suspended her campaign, the reckoning crew made headlines for backing joe biden. what it is about joe biden that you feel a personal connection to? >> because our country is so far back now to joe biden where
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eight years with barack obama. well need somebody who can hit the ground rung. >> reporter: the former vice president had a formidable lead in south carolina. but according to a new cbs news battleground tracker poll, his support among the state's black voters fell from 54% in november to 35%. are you concerned about what's going to happen to your candidate of choice in south carolina? >> no, not really. >> reporter: why? >> because all we can do as reckoning crew is take the message to the people. and if a train is coming down the track and i tell you to get off the track, and you don't move, i can feel good knowing i told you. >> reporter: joe biden's drop in the polls has offered his democratic rivals greater expectations for the next primary. the three of you are here to say we have a different story. we went to the university of south carolina in columbia to meet with young organizers pulling for elizabeth warren, bernie sanders, and pete buttigieg. so i'm very


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