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on this north carolina pond? enormous explosion. the biggest refinery on the west coast rocked by a blast. l.a.'s biggest highway shut down as flames shoot into the sky. the latest on what set off the blaze. call him harry. the royal formerly known as prince publicly drops his title. the dramatic turn tonight. and taking down barriers. they took on a sport once reserved for men. tonight they're on the road to being champions. this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell reporting from the nation's capital. >> o'donnell: good evening, and foank you so much for joining we are going to begin tonight with breaking news of another mass shooting. a gunman went on a shooting rampage in milwaukee late this afternoon. sources tell cbs news at least seven people, including the shooter, are dead. he molson coorsthe molson coors complex where miller beer is brewed.
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en fired eas learned the gunman had been fired earlier in the day, and as the gunfire rang out, workers were told to shelter in place. police are still on the scene. dean reynolds leads off our coverage from milwaukee. >> reporter: police responded to reports of a shooting at the molson coors compound, and sources tell cbs news a total of seven people are dead, including the shooter. milwaukee mayor tom barrett. >> there was a horrific shooting ghat has occurred. it's a very rough day for anybody who is close to this situation. >> reporter: as officers donned tactical gear, employees of the brewery were warned via e-mail to find a safe place to hide, at least one woman texting her gesband that she was locked inside a room with coworkers. emergency responders described the scene to dispatchers. >> i just overheard on the radio seven victims. >> reporter: neighboring schools were locked down. this bus driver says students were in the process of dismissal when it all began. >> we're not going to let them
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out until it's over with, so that could be a long time. >> reporter: ryan hull's son let him know what was happening. >> he had called me and told me they were all in lockdown and they can't even leave the classroom. >> reporter: hours later the two were reunited. >> all of us were just in shock because we didn't know what was going on. >> reporter: now the company is currently undergoing a restructuring that will eventually eliminate 400 to 500 jobs. cbs news has indeed learned that the gunman here was fired this inrning. he returned to work with his weapon and apparently regained access to the building using a stolen i.d. tag. norah. >> o'donnell: all right, dean. thank you. i want to turn now to the other breaking news. for only the second time in his press si, he spoke to the press from the white house briefing room and anns putting mike pence in charge of the response. coronavirus cases worldwide now
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top 80,000 with more than 2,700 deaths. three more cases were confirmed in the u.s. all that today bringing the total to 60. that led to another triple-digit loss on wall street today. we have two reports beginning with paula reid at the white house, and paul lark it's rare to see the president in the white house briefing room. >> reporter: absolutely. it's a confined space where he potentially faces questions from over 100 reporters. earlier today he called his top health officials to the white house for an emergency briefing on the virus, and this press conference is an opportunity for him to reassure the american people that his administration is prepared for this outbreak. anger and frustration at the white house tonight as the president tries to get control at his administration's message on the coronavirus. mr. trump is especially drustrated that comments from the c.d.c. stoked fears of the virus and sent stocks tumbling this week. health and human services
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secretary alex azar tried to convey the president's position to concerned lawmakers. >> he's trying to calm a public that-- we see in china panic can be as big of an enemy as virus in these situations. so there is always that balance >> mr. secretary, i don't want to panic over this either. the stock market is crashing. he's trying to stop the stock market. he's outright contradicting everything that you all have just said, outright contradiction. >> reporter: administration officials insisted yesterday the virus was tightly contained, but azar said today it is spreading. >> i was informed that we have a asth confirmed case. there is now community transmission in a number of countries, including outside of plya, which is deeply concerning. >> reporter: democrats accused the administration of downplaying the crisis and wderfunding the response. >> what he's doing is late, too late, anemic. hopefully we can make up for the loss of time. >> reporter: a strong economy is central to the president's reelection strategy, so getting out ahead of a virus that could
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spread and slow economic growth is critical. norah. >> o'donnell: all right, paula, thank you so much. tonight health fireworks on long island, new york, are monitoring more than 80 people who visited china and may have come in avntact with the coronavirus, and all over the country, there is a run on masks and protective equipment. meg oliver reports hospitals are gearing up. >> your gown goes on first. >> re >> your gown goes on first. >> reporter: here at holy name medical center outside new york city, everyone from surgeons to security guards are training on how to best protect themselves from the highly contagious virus. how hard is it to protect your staff? >> most likely it's spread through droplets. so we can isolate ourselves by wearing a mask, gloves, gown, this is of the utmost importance. >> reporter: as hospitals stock up on supplies, their suppliers across the country are running out of protective equipment. this factory in georgia is adding shifts to more than ll be running 24 hours aet the day, six days a week.
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>> reporter: in demand for masks. >> we'll be running 24 hours a day, six days a week. >> reporter: in houston, this medical supply store ran out. a there is a very limited supply, and they're allocating that supply for high-risk agencies, hospitals, and government agencies. >> reporter: coast to coast officials are sounding the alarm. de it is best to prepare now. >> reporter: and it's not just the healthcare system gearing up. at least six universities are recalling their students studying in italy and south korea, all in an attempt to keep the virus from spreading. >> we don't have any natural irals to. so don't have a vaccine. and we don't have anti-virals to treat this. so really right now prevention is an ounce of cure. >> reporter: in addition, hospitals and schools across the country are drawing up emergency plans to deal with a possible outbreak. one school here in new jersey tells us if three or more students show symptoms, they will notify health services and deep clean their classrooms. norah? >> o'donnell: all right, meg. thank you. paign 2020 now to campaign 2020 on the day after tue on the day after tuesday night's
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debate here on cbs. bernie sanders is keeping up his pop list attack on joe biden while biden picked up a big endorsement from a south carolina party power broker. e d with the primary there just three days away, the race is going down to the wire. ed o'keefe reports tonight from charleston. >> reporter: bernie sanders is leading nationally, but not here in south carolina, which explains why today he went after joe biden. >> joe, you're not going to ering working people into the political process when you voted for a terrible bankruptcy bill. >> reporter: the former vice president, an establishment favorite, today earned the most establishment of endorsements from congressman jim clyburn, a kingmaker in south carolina. >> south carolina should be voting for joe biden. >> reporter: biden predicts victory on saturday, which would be his first of the campaign. >> i'm here, heart and soul, with everything i've got, to earn the support of the people of south carolina. >> reporter: if he does prevail, it will likely be because of biden's support among african
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americans, who account for roughly six in ten democratic thimary voters here. today the contenders stopped by a civil rights breakfast. >> we're going to bring people together. >> reporter: the tone was far different from tuesday night's debate, seen by more than 15 million people, the highest rated yet on past television. >> i dug inch i did the wo >> i dug in, i did the work. and then bernie's team trashed me for it. >> reporter: the candidates didn't hold back, knowing it was their last chance to slow sanders' momentum before saturday's primary and super tuesday. >> i like bernie. we came into the senate together, but i do not think this is the best person to lead the ticket. >> imagine spending the better part of 2020 with bernie sanders versus donald trump. >> o'donnell: ed joins us from the trail. so, ed, the candidates right now focused on south carolina, but super tuesday just right around
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the corner, whose campaigns are best organized and positioned to do well? s int out for us how the >> reporter: sure. you can measure this in a few different states, but by far michael bloomberg and bernie sanders have the most robust operations in those 14 states. promberg is spending at least $153 million on tv ads there, and sanders has deployed more than 200 staffers. by comparison, former vice president biden is spending just six figures on tv ads in eight of those states. norah? >> o'donnell: all right, ed. thank you. today federal prosecutors charged five people connected to a white supremacist group with plotting to intimidate journalists and others, including a cabinet secretary, by terrorizing them in their homes. jeff pegues has more on the suspects. >> reporter: the arrest involved members of a neo-nazi group called atomwaffen, which has been on law enforcement's radar for several years. >> they vowed to accelerate the collapse of civilization using violence, mass murder, hate, and threat. >> reporter: the five individuals are all charged with making threats. four were involved in a plot to send hate-filled posters like this one to the homes of
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journalists and activists, many of them jewish. the fifth, john cameron denton, is alleged to have called in fake threats to a virginia university, a historically black church, and even then department of homeland security secretary kirstjen nielsen. earlier this month fbi director christopher wray elevated racially motivated violent extremism to national threat priority. >> not only is the terror threat diverse, it's unrelenting. >> reporter: according to the anti-defamation league, domestic extremists were responsible for at least 42 deaths last year alone and 90% of those were linked to right-wing extremists. >> the violence associated with these groups has surpassed the violence associated with groups that we deem international terrorism groups here in the united states. >> reporter: the f.b.i. has now created a domestic hate crimes and terrorism fusion cell to investigate these cases, and that involves working undercover doing online if, norah, there is doing online if, norah, there is evidence that they are planning
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violence. >> o'donnell: it's now one of the top threats. >> it is. >> o'donnell: all right, jeff, thank you. in north carolina, an intense search is under way today for a 15-month-old girl from tennessee y for a been missing since necember. her mother and grand mother are under arrest after giving police conflicting stories about the toddler's whereabouts. here's omar villafranca. >> reporter: investigators searching for a missing tennessee toddler didn't find any clues today in this north carolina pond. they were looking for evidence of 15-month-old evelyn mae boswell, last seen just after christmas in tennessee. evelyn's mother megan boswell says she left the little girl with her mother, the child's grandmother. ame and got hego out to eat. an my mom came and got her. she was wearing a little hot pink tracksuit with a matching bow and little matching shoes. >> reporter: the little girl was reported missing last week and an amber alert was issued. investigators wants to know why megan boswell waited nearly two months to report her child missing. the sheriff of sullivan county
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says her story keeps changing, and boswell was charged with false reporting. >> many of the false statements that megan made delayed our investigations. th reporter: angela boswell, the toddler's grandmother, and william mccloud, were arrested in north carolina on unrelated charges. there are still no signs of the little girl. omar villafranca, cbs news. >> o'donnell: winter storm grerts are posted tonight in more than a dozen states from the great lakes to northern new rth carolina and tenouth as north carolina and tennessee. parts of michigan and indiana got up to four inches of snow today, and more is expected tonight. as the storm pushes east, parts of upstate new york are bracing for up to three feet of snow by saturday. tonight investigators are trying to figure out what sparked a enemendous explosion and fire at the largest fuel refinery on the west coast. the blast was heard miles from the plant in carson, california, and mola lenghi is there tonight. >> reporter: a huge ball of fire in the center of the refinery.
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niges shot through the night sky, visible throughout much of southern california after an explosion at the largest refinery on the west coast. >> there were several explosions, up to potentially three explosions that preceded the fire itself. >> reporter: the boom could be heard at least 25 miles away. one of the busiest freeways in the nation, the 405, shut down overnight as more than three dozen l.a. county firefighters battled the blaze for nearly five hours. it happened at the marathon petroleum refinery south of los angeles, but what burned was not crude oil. fire officials tell cbs news that all this was a massive propane explosion. the cause still under investigation, and the bulk of the refinery back up and running. well, the refinery here behind me produces more than 360,000 barrels of oil a day. no signs that production will be impacted. fire officials tell cbs news there were no injuries. there does not appear to be any sort of threat to the public, norah.
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>> o'donnell: welcome back. what's in a name? well, if you're sixth in line to the british throne, plenty, but the royal formerly known as prince harry had made it be known he doesn't want that lofty title any longer. and some back home in britain say the change comes with a hint of anger. holly williams reports from london. >> he's made it clear that we are all just to call him harry. >> reporter: prince harry, or just harry, as he'd apparently like to be known, is back in britain on his farewell tour as a senior member of the royal family before he and meghan
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rthin their new life in north serica. but this statement from the couple on friday suggsts the split continues to be acrimonious. they've agreed with the royal family not to use the word "royal" in the branding of their new ventures, though they argued that outside of britain, the ounarchy couldn't stop them if they did. the subtext is quite churlish. >> reporter: royal correspondent roya nikkhah says the queen has been gracious. harry and meghan not so much. >> they seem to be stomping their feet, dwelling on what they didn't get, rather than the direction they're headed. >> reporter: today the duchess of cambridge appeared at the kind of unglamorous event that's the bread and butter of royal work. it's a life that the renegade royals will soon leave behind. not using the word "royal" in their trademarks ultimately might not matter very much. gfter all, meghan and harry are still royal and immensely charismatic, but once again the y laid barublicly laid bare their feelings in a very
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she's one of five girls on the giam >> i don't know if anyone could have seen this coming. nicky still remembers being bullied as a kid. i was really quiet. i walked with my head down. i stayed by myself >> why? >> i didn't think i was good enough to be where i am today. >> reporter: today she ranks number one in the state in her female weight class, third in the nation. with a shot at the 2024 olympics and now on her way to clinch her first state title. that was made possible by coach doug kretzer and his daughter mya. >> it takes a girl that's serious about wrestling to oach that it's a that it's a worthy endeavor. >> reporter: they went to the mat to get girls wrestling izan oial sport >> it was never easy, competing and being on a teamful of boys. day and night you wrestle with these people. it's really difficult. >> reporter: it would take four years for girls wrestling to happen. too late for mya.
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♪ >> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." >> i'm nikki battiste, and we've got a lot more to tell you about this morning, starting with campaign 2020. the democratic candidates are focused on this saturday's south carolina primary, along with the super tuesday races next week. but when the general election rolls around, perhaps no state is more important than ohio. no republican has ever won the white house without winning ohio. adriana diaz took a road trip to have some meals with the votersn >> reporter: in the small town of west union, ohio, on the edge of appalachia, mikey's family restaurant serves up breakfast
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to a staple of loyal customers. i'm adriana with cbs news. how you? >> our date there started with a morning prayer. but our conversation on politics got straight to the point. >> i'm thinking the democrats don't have a chance. >> reporter: why is that? >> well, they're going the wrong direction, for one thing. we're capitalists. they're socialists. and this is not a socialist country. >> reporter: retired business owner kenny molles has been voting republicans since richard nixon. hi there. >> hey. >> reporter: but across the room were life-long democrats until they voted for donald trump in 2016. well, your hats certainly aren't democratic. >> nope. and the more we followed him, the more we liked what he heard. he has delivered on his promises. >> reporter: they say the president's boosted morale for the american worker. that's a big selling point here. this is one of ohio's poorest counties, where both
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unemployment and opioid addiction are high. >> first they give me vicodin and then moved to it percocet and moved to it oxycontin. the next thing you know, i was a drug addict. >> reporter: terry grooms has been clean for over six years, but he says his life is better now under the trump administration. >> before trump, i'm not ashamed to admit it, i had to get food stamps. after i got a job. >> reporter: do you credit the president for the fact that you were able to find work? >> he kind of motivated me. >> yep, yep, yep. >> reporter: so we've left west union, and we've been on the road for a while now, and it's just been all country roads. now we're heading to a more populated area in the suburbs of dayton. the suburb we've chosen is called centerville, which is fitting, because the county is politically in the center. in 2008 and 2012, it leaned ever so slightly left for obama, but in 2016, president trump won


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