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and nurses to california where cases are still spiking. an army green beret and afghanistan war veteran is charged with killing three people in a mass shooting at a bowling alley in illinois. new details in that case tonight. actress lori loughlin is out of jail after serving time in the college admission scandal but her husband has months to go behind bars. caught on camera-- in a heated confrontation, the son of grammy-winning jazz musician keyon harrold is falsely accused of stealing a woman's iphone. >> you see two black people. >> no, i'm not letting him walk away with my phone! >> garrett: wait until you hear where she left the phone. and inside a nursing home on lockdown, covid restrictions aren't stopping one special visitor from spreading puppy love. this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. >> garrett: good evening. thank you for joining us. norah is off tonight. i'm major garrett.
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we begin with new details in the nashville bombing. investigators have identified the bomber, anthony warner, a 63-year-old self-employed computer expert. investigators say he died when his r.v. went up in that christmas morning blast. three others were wounded and are recovering. what investigators are still trying to figure out is why exactly warner did it. officials are investigating whether his intent was not to harm others but to disrupt communications systems. the bomb went off, as you might recall, outside an at&t building and did just that. a neighbor now says days before the bombing, warner told him that the world "would never forget him." agents were able to match human remains found near the blast site with d.n.a. gathered from clothing warner left behind. authorities also of course continue to rely on information provided by the public, and it received more than 500 tips since the explosion. president trump has yet to say anything about this bombing, and today, president-elect joe biden thanked the police officers who cleared the area, as well as the
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firefighters and first responders who raced to the scene. there did a lot of news to get to tonight and our team of correspondents is standing by. cbs's mola lenghi leads us off in nashville, mola good evening. >> reporter: well, good evening, major. now that investigators have identified warner, the important questions are why and how. now, authorities admit there are some questions that may never be answered, but they are still trying to get into warner's mindset, before they say he killed himself in that blast, and in the process, leveled parts of downtown nashville. tonight, the f.b.i. is piecing together who 63-year-old anthony warner was. prior to the christmas morning blast, warner deeded his house to someone and gave someone else his car, telling them he had can cancer, but the f.b.i. is investigating warner's medical records to see if that is true. david rausch is director of the tennessee bureau of investigations. >> i know a lot of times in these sort of cases, there is something that maybe sets someone off.
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clearly there had to be some precipitating event that caused the action. >> reporter: surveillance video illustrates the sheer power of the explosion, which came after warnings blared through a loud loudspeaker on the r.v. followed by a countdown. >> if you hear this message, evacuate now. >> reporter: then punctuated by the song "downtown" by petula clark. the blast left three people injured. tonight, federal agents continue to sweep through evidence from the scene. authorities are also combing through warner's credit card records, which appear to show purchases of security alarms and chemical precursors, material possibly used to make a homemade bomb. cbs news has learned investigators are considering whether he targeted communications systems by blowing up his r.v. just outside an at&t transmission building. one source tells cbs news, warner's late father actually once worked at at&t. >> the next step in that is, let's figure out the why. and the why is the longest
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process. the key information that we need is gone with the suspect. >> reporter: officer james wells was one of the officers who rushed to the scene to evacuate the area. tis video shows him walking away from the r.v. just seconds before the explosion. >> as i turned around and start walking in the opposite direction, and then three seconds later, boom. that saved my life. that is what got me to see my kids and my wife on christmas. >> reporter: well, this has certainly rattled this city in more ways than one. but officials here have been trying to reassure the public that nashville is safe and that there are no known threats. meanwhile, the f.b.i. says it does not appear that anyone else was involved, major. >> garrett: mola lenghi, thank you. the nashville bombing is prompting new concerns tonight about so-called lone-wolf terror threats here in the u.s. we get more on this from cbs news chief justice and homeland security correspondent jeff pegues.
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>> reporter: investigators believe nashville's bomber acted alone. and lone-wolf attackers have proven to be some of the most difficult for law enforcement to stop, because studies show they are often more educated and socially isolated than group- based actors. and the fuse can be short. >> what i describe as the flash- to-bang ratio. the period of time when the individual decides to actually execute an attack. because lone-wolf-style subjects sometimes choose to commit their crime not over a period of months, jeff, but in a matter of minutes. >> reporter: while the nashville bombing has not been characterized as an act of domestic terrorism, the number of domestic terror cases under f.b.i. investigation has been rising in recent years. and these types of attacks can be motivated by any number of grievances. >> this year, the lethal attacks, domestic terrorism lethal attacks, have, i think, all fitted in the antigovernment antiauthority which is anarchist ill government extremists to
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militia types. >> reporter: while the militia that threatened michigan governor whitmer earlier this year had a clear motive-- ending the state's covid lockdown-- it's often more difficult for investigators to determine what motivated lone wolves, as is the case in nashville. >> it becomes very difficult to sort of pinpoint the nature of this individual and the crime he is trying to-- to affectuate. >> reporter: figuring out a motive is obviously more challenging when a suspect dies or takes his own life, which is the case in nashville. investigators have warner's laptop and his digital media and they are scrubbing it trying to determine a motive. major. >> garrett: jeff pegues, thank you. tonight, president-elect joe biden is accusing the trump administration of blocking the transition in key national security areas at the defense department, calling it "irresponsible." president trump is also being blamed for a delay in getting
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much-needed unemployment checks to millions of americans, some of whom will be struggling to pay rent on january 1. here is cbs's paula reid. >> reporter: president-elect biden tonight calling out the trump administration for failing to brief his transition team, warning that nothing must get lost in the transfer of power. >> we just aren't getting all of the information that we need for the ongoing, the outgoing-- and from the outgoing administration. it is nothing short, in my view, of irresponsibility. >> reporter: mr. biden specifically pointed to political appointees at the department of defense and office of management and budget who he said were engaged in obstruction. president trump meanwhile was spotted on his golf course in palm beach. his decision to wait to sign the covid relief bill until last night leaves 14 million americans without unemployment benefits through at least the end of the year. jovaun anderson, furloughed since march, and his wife were
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counting on those benefits, which expired on saturday night. >> we're just out here, you know, struggling to survive and keep food in our refrigerators and on our shelves. >> reporter: those benefits will now kick in early next month, while the treasury department said $600 stimulus checks going to those individuals making up to $75,000 and $1,200 checks for couples making up to $150,000 could still go out this week. >> i am asking congress to amend thi bill. >> reporter: president trump is still demanding that stimulus checks be increased to $2,000 but most of his republican allies have no interest doing so. senate minority leader chuck schumer called on the president to persuade them to get on board. >> he talked about it. now he's got to act. people need the money. >> reporter: tonight, the house is expected to vote to override president trump's veto of a $740 billion defense bill.
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the president vetoed the legislation because it did not curtail protections for social media companies. now, if the senate follows suit tomorrow, it would be the first veto override of the trump administration. major? >> garrett: and that override is expected. paula reid, thank you. as of tonight, more than two million americans have received a covid vaccine shot. that's a good start, but far less than the 20 million vaccinations projected by the end of this year. and while more than 118,000 covid patients are being treated at hospitals around the country, a crush of holiday travelers is prompting fears of yet another covid surge. in california, the outbreak is so bad, u.s. military is sending dozens of doctors and nurses to help. here's cbs's carter evans. >> reporter: even with all the warnings, more passengers jammed airports on sunday than any day since the pandemic began. even after the post-thanksgiving surge that is overwhelming california hospitals. >> i think we're now in a viral
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tsunami. >> reporter: dr. robert kim farley is a epidemiologist who fears what is next. what happens when you get a surge on top of a surge? >> yes, that is exactly what we are experiencing. and that case, your hospitals become overloaded. >> reporter: so when you call other hospitals to try and send a patient there, what answer are you getting? >> there is no room at the inn. >> reporter: and when it comes to vaccinations, they're happening much slower than expected. u.s. health officials promised to deliver 20 million doses by the end of the month, but just over half have been distributed, and only a fraction have actually received the vaccine. in new york, reports that some may have used connections to get their shots early brought threats of up to a million dollar fine. >> we want to send a clear signal to the providers that if you violate the law on these vaccinations, you will be prosecuted. >> reporter: in florida, hundreds of seniors camped out
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overnight to receive the moderna vaccine. and today in south carolina, after workers and patients at a retirement home got vaccinated: >> it is an answer to prayers. it has been a long several months for us. >> reporter: but the virus continues to take a horrible toll. covid has now already killed one out of every 1,000 americans. and then there are the daily struggles. pro-golfer greg norman described the covid experience as "headaches that feel like a chisel going through your head." and this warning tonight from a frontline doctor in california: >> we will take care of you. we will find places. we will put you in hallways, in conference rooms but ask yourself, is a bed in a conference room as good as a bed in a regular patient room? i don't think so. >> reporter: and tonight there is growing concern about the new strain of the virus in the u.k. that appears to be even more contagious. now the c.d.c. is requiring all passengers from great britain to show a negative test result before they even board a plane
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bound for the u.s. major. >> garrett: carter evans, thank you. tonight, an army green beret is being held without bond in the killing of three people at a bowling alley this weekend in rockford, illinois. authorities say 37-year-old sergeant duke webb randomly shot and killed three men between 65 and 73 years old. three others including two teenagers were also wounded. sergeant webb has served four deployments to afghanistan. his lawyer says webb may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. a prominent saudi arabian activist who helped lead the push to allow women to drive cars in the kingdom was sentenced today to nearly six years in prison. saudi officials charged her under the country's anti- terrorism law, saying that she was pursuing what they call a foreign agenda. here's cbs's holly williams. >> reporter: loujain al-hathloul dared to take the wheel in saudi arabia when it was banned by the conservative islamic kingdom. posting the evidence of her crimes on the internet in
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protest. she was arrested in 2018, ironically just weeks before saudi arabia's crown prince mohammed bin salman finally gave women permission to drive, the last country in the world to do so. ali al-hathloul told us, her sister was tortured, including with electrocution and rape threats. >> it is not good for the government to look like that they accept the pressure from their own people. >> reporter: so she was punished pure and simple for daring to question the regime. >> exactly. >> reporter: al-hathloul's family say the torture was supervised by saud al-qahtani, a former close associate of the crown prince, who also allegedly directed the 2018 murder of jamal khashoggi, a journalist who angered the regime. norah o'donnell asked the crown prince about the allegations of
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torture against al-hathloul when she interviewed him for "60 minutes" last year. >> ( translated ): if this is correct, it is very heinous. islam forbids torture. the saudi laws forbid torture, human conscience forbids torture. and i will personally follow up on this matter. >> reporter: a saudi court later cleared officials of torturing al-hathloul. with time served and a partially suspended sentence, she could be released in three months, perhaps an attempt by saudi arabia to placate the incoming biden administration. holly williams, cbs news, london. >> garrett: there is still much more news ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news." actress lori loughlin released from prison today. so, what is next? caught on camera-- a woman's false accusation of theft sparks outrage. and a bit later, a special guest brightens spirits at a nursing home under lockdown. lockdown.
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>> reporter: with the coronavirus raging in the outside world, life in a sealed- off nursing home can be painfully lonely. >> we don't get much company right now. >> she's a mop-top, the only company we get. >> reporter: teri fichter, volunteer coordinator at s.s.m. health in baraboo, wisconsin, spotted sayde outside the building with her owner. >> and out came this little yellow ball of fire. and i said, can i bring her in the building? and he goes, sure. >> reporter: she's visited once a week for three months. how do most of the residents respond to sayde? >> they just want to pet her and talk to her and smell her puppy breath. she even brings tears to some of the residents eyes. she just makes everybody happy. who doesn't like a puppy? >> reporter: and who doesn't like what a rambunctious puppy can do for people who really ned a friend? chip reid, cbs news. >> garrett: here's more good news-- sayde's owner says he plans to keep bringing his dog
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this is the "cbs overnight news." i'm jeff pegues in washington. thanks for staying with us. millions of americans travel for christmas and millions more plan to celebrate on new yoreear's e. that has health officials warning of a new wave of coronavirus infections and many more deaths. there have machine more than 19 million infections in the u.s. and more than 300,000 patients have died, that's 1 out of every 1,000 americans. there are parts of california where every icu bed is full. overseas, a new variation of the virus is now sweeping through britain and the eu is in a race to vaccinate millions.
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charlie d'agata reports from london. >> reporter: at a spryly 96 years old, she received the first person in spain to receive the vaccination. applause that has echoed across europe, with good reason. in italy, 29-year-old nurse claudia called it the beginning of the end. it's the same pfizer-biontech vaccine currenly distributed in the u.s. and while they may be getting a later start, europe's health system may have an edge on actually getting shots in arms. professor scott greer is an adviser to the european observatory on health systems. >> the problem everybody is facing is how to turn a vaccine into a vaccination, how to go from having a little vile into doing good. that's where the most difficult politics are going to be, but it's also an area where most of europe is going to be doing better than the united states by
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the end of january. >> reporter: in addition to pfizer, pending approval the astrazeneca. 2 billion doses with the goal for inoculating all adults during 2021. >> we can start traveling, meeting our friends and family again and have normal days, which we all long for. but until then, we have to continue being careful. >> reporter: that can't come quickly enough for hardest hit italy. coronavirus may have originated in china, but once it got a foothold in italy, it ravaged the population. back in early march, we were there when the country served as a tragic bellwether of what was to come in the u.s. one week ago, we reported around 1,700 cases. that number has now quadrupled. unimaginable the number would climb to more than 15 million cases and 350,000 deaths across europe. the pace of


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