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i'm elyse preston, cbs news, new york. ♪ >> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." good evening. thanks for joining us. california is bearing the brunt of what is being called a bomb cyclone. the intense storm is pounding the west coast with drenching rain and fierce winds. tonight the national weather service warns mudslides are a threat, especially in areas scorched by wildfires. there's already flooding. this is san mateo near san francisco. thousands across the state are without electricity right now. cbs news meteorologist jeff berardelli joins us with what we can expect. jeff, good evening. >> jericka, this is an extremely powerful storm. in fact, the most powerful storm
on record in the northeast pacific ocean. and accompanying it, a really strong atmospheric river slamming into the west coast. let's show you the satellite. this is a classic setup. you can see that spin and south of it that tropical moisture slamming into the coast producing rainfall rates one to two inches an hour. mudslides and flash floods. that moisture firehose, atmospheric river is a 5 out of 5, slamming into central california. then watch what happens. all that wind gets update lifted by the mountainous terrain, the sierra nevada and that produces some really heavy rainfall and heavy snowfall as well. the band of rain is in central california. it's going to move southward overnight tonight and during the day tomorrow, producing a lot of heavy rain and more flash flooding in its wake. how much more rain are we going to see? about two to four inches on top of up to eight inches already. and in the mountains three to five feet of snow. the good news is this will effectively end fire season across central and northern california. jericka? >> always good to look at the bright side of things. jeff berardelli, thank you.
tonight there are mounting demands for answers following the fatal and accidental movie set shooting involving actor alec baldwin. cbs's lilia luciano has the latest in hollywood, where gun protocols are coming under scrutiny. lilia. >> reporter: that's right, jericka. the focus is now turning to why was alec baldwin handed a loaded gun. this as the hollywood film community holds another candlelit vigil tonight for halyna hutchins. >> tonight is about halyna. >> reporter: in albuquerque the film and tv industry and the 42-year-old cinematographer. >> from background to crew to s.a.g. actors to iatse, everybody's devastated. >> reporter: today santa fe sheriffs are investigating what led to thursday's fatal shooting, when alec baldwin fired a prop gun that killed hutchins and wounded director joel souza. >> we need some help. our director and our camerawoman has been shot. >> reporter: baldwin is cooperating with investigators in what is being considered an accidental shooting.
assistant director dave halls yelled "cold gun" according to police before handing it to baldwin with away live round no n. it. but a 911 call raises questions about how the weapon was handled. >> this [ bleep ] a.d., he's supposed to check the guns. he's responsible. >> reporter: kevin williams has supervised prop guns on movie sets for decades. >> they should always be carefully monitored and made sure to be secured at all times. making sure that no live ammunition is ever brought to set. >> reporter: hannah gutierrez was responsible for handling the guns on set. it was her second movie as head ar armorer. >> this moment has shaken all of us to the very core. >> reporter: according to the sheriff's search warrant, that armorer had prepared three guns and then the assistant director grabbed one of them and handed it to alec baldwin. >> lilia, how is it even possible that i agun with the ability to kill was even on set? >> reporter: well, jericka, any gun, including a prop gun, could kill. but the key question is why was
there live ammunition on set? we've talked to experts on props who say that should never, ever be the case on a movie set. >> all right. lilia luciano, thank you. president biden brought two pivotal senators to his delaware home today for talks over his wide-ranging agenda and spending priorities. cbs's christina ruffini is at the white house and joins us. christina, is a deal actually near? >> reporter: well, democrats say it is, but speaker pelosi also said today the bill still isn't written. and democrats are not on the same page about how to pay for all that ink. >> with 90% of the bill agreed to and written we just have some of the last decisions to be made. >> reporter: democrats sounded optimistic today they will be be able to finalize the scaled-down $2 trillion build back better plan. >> we have a chance to vote on it as early as later this week and finally get this deal done. >> reporter: the deal has been months in the making and has also delayed the $1.2 trillion
infrastructure bill the senate passed in august. >> combined with the rescue plan and the infrastructure bill, will be the most significant investment i think in the country and the american people since the new deal. >> reporter: the final 10% including how to pay for the bill is proving difficult. today president biden hosted west virginia senator joe manchin and majority leader chuck schumer at his home in wilmington, delaware. manchin and arizona senator kyrsten sinema oppose the bill's original $3.5 trillion price tag. and sinema does not support increasing taxes on corporations and wealthy americans to pay for the current plan. >> she voted against the trump tax cuts, and i just don't understand why she's not willing then to raise some of the rates back to what they were. >> reporter: president bide lenn stump for his build back better plan in new jersey next week, then for virginia gubernatorial candidate terry mcauliffe before heading to europe. unclear, jericka, if he'll have a bill to sign on his desk before he leaves.
>> all right. we'll of course keep following the story. thank you, christina. today colombia said the country's most wanted drug lord will be extradited to the united states. dairo antonio usuga, better known as otoniel, was seized at his hideout in an operation involving hundreds of soaks. the u.s. had placed a $5 million bounty on his head. while covid may be easing here, new infections are surging in eastern europe. as cbs's elizabeth palmer reports, it's the region's worst outbreak of the pandemic. >> reporter: romania has one of the highest death rates on earth. in october the virus has been killing an average of one person every five minutes. latvia has gone back into complete lockdown with a curfew that has police patrolling the streets to make sure only essential workers are out at night. russia, the giant of the region, has buried a record number of
covid victims. more than 1,000 day after day. from october 30th people across the country will be expected to stay home for a week. president putin announced these non-working days and urged russians to get vaccinated. but there is a deep-rooted mistrust in authority across eastern europe, a legacy of the soviet past and years of poor, corrupt government. but the upshot is very few people trust the vaccines they're being offered. bulgaria has only fully vaccinated a quarter of its people. russia, less than a third. even though there is plenty of the locally developed sputnik v vaccine available. but it doesn't help that this vaccine is still not approved for use by the w.h.o. elizabeth palmer, cbs news, london.
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>> reporter: on nearly every street corner, in every neighborhood, the taliban. now the guardians of the city they once attacked so often and so viciously. and though the taliban's war with the u.s. may be over, the group faces a new enemy. afghanistan's affiliate of isis known as isis-k. we went on a ride-along with some taliban fighters whose job it is to secure the street. patrols like this have been stepped up across kabul. but the taliban insists that isis-k is not a threat. commander rahimi leads this group of fighters. can you promise the afghan people you can keep them safe? he says, "yes. 100%. we can completely guarantee security for the afghan people." but attacks like this tell a different story. just last week over 50 people were killed in a suicide bombing at this mosque belonging to the shia minority in the southern city of kandahar. it sent chills through afghanistan's shia community,
including worshippers at the al zahra mosque in kabul. they have every right to be afraid. four years ago isis-k fighters carried out a deadly suicide bomb attack here. mohammed jawad is the imam. your mosque has already been targeted by isis. we've now had these major attacks in other parts of afghanistan in recent weeks. are you afraid you're next? he says, "yes. we are all concerned. maybe they will attack us again. but whatever happens, we will continue to worship and we will never give up." isis-k first emerged in 2015. most of its recruits are defectors from both the afghan and pakistani taliban who don't see those groups as extreme enough. tasked to defeat isis-k are the feared badry 313 battalion, a ruthless collection of fighters often described as the taliban's
special forces, responsible for some of the deadliest attacks against u.s. and coalition troops. bhadri 313 is clearly a force to be reckoned with. and everything from their vehicles to their uniforms to their weapons are american. when an isis-k suicide bomber killed 13 u.s. service members and at least 170 afghans on august 26th, the battalion was tasked to hunt for isis-k cells. it uses u.s.-style counterinsurgency tactics and has access to a vast arsenal of american-made weaponry left behind by western forces that are valued in the billions. zabihila mujahid is the taliban's chief spokesman. i can't help but feel that you're downplaying the threat of isis-k. >> [ speaking foreign language ]. >> reporter: he says, "it's true. we need to protect civilians and we're doing that. but isis-k are not a real threat. they can't even attack our military installations."
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to discuss their love of family, music and country. anthony mason has a rare interview you'll only see on cbs. >> reporter: this friendship started really in 2008. >> you know, bruce springsteen decided to charitiably help out some not very well-known new u.s. senator who had the audacity to run for president. ♪ come on up for the rising ♪ >> reporter: over time that friendship deepened. >> i am the president. he is the boss. >> in 1969 i was a 19-year-old kid playing in a bar in asbury park. the night they landed on the moon. >> reporter: and last year they sat down together for a couple of days here at springsteen's new jersey farm to talk about their lives and our world. >> i look back on, you know, we were all idiots at the time. >> reporter: those conversations became a podcast and now the book, "renegades: born in the
usa." you describe the two of you as a little simpatico. >> there's a certain sense of ministry to bruce's music and his body of work is around these issues of who are we. >> that's the question. >> and what's important. >> we came here tonight because we want to build a house! >> what i do on any given evening when i'm doing my job well is i create a space of common values and shared narrative. for three hours. we create that place. it exists somewhere. >> and when we build that house, we're going to use the bad wood. and we're going to use the good news that's in here tonight. >> and that power of of storytelling is at its best what good politics does as well. it says here's who we are, here's a common story we share. >> i have brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, uncles, and cousins of every race and every hue scattered across three continents. and for as long as i live i will
never forget that in no other country on earth is my story even possible. >> you get a lot of nostalgia sometimes for '50s and "leave it to beaver" and picket fences. and that was a genuine shared story except it left a whole bunch of stuff out. >> and a lot of people out. >> people like me were left out. i think where bruce and i sort of overlap is that sense of it was necessary to revise the story. to make it inclusive. >> people kind of recognize the country for what it is, its faults, its blessings. >> one thing that's interesting. i think a lot of people would look at this and go what's a guy from hawaii and a guy from new jersey, black guy, white guy, what have they got in common? you both see yourselves as outsiders. you talk about feeling invisible. >> oh, sure. yeah. it might be the story of all artists and musicians that you start from the outside. when i was young, i felt voiceless. i felt invisible. but i fought to find out where i belong. >> i joked with bruce, i said, well, i don't understand why a
kid from new jersey thinks he's an outsider because -- now, i'm an outsider. you can definitely understand why barack obama is the outsider. what i do think we both shared was that sense of having questions about how do we fit into the existing narrative, how do we fit into the communities we were born into? partly because bruce, you talked about your dad being sick. my dad was absent. >> reporter: you both talk about having essentially absentee fathers. >> and i think that can contribute to that sense of feeling like i don't know exactly how i'm supposed to behave or how i'm supposed to act. >> reporter: let me ask you this. because you said something in the podcast, bruce, that really struck me which was in many ways your work was really about your father. >> the more i look back on it, the more -- that's the conclusion i come to. >> reporter: what were you doing in that? >> well, in a sense trying to be him. i tried to create a physical
self that i thought he would approve of and have a success that i thought he would approve of. but i also felt a certain sort of -- that i was an instrument of revenge for the disappointments that my father had in his life. and so i started to intentionally tell these working-class stories that were filled with both -- they're both hope and compassion but a lot of anger also. and i think barack had a very similar -- i mean, why did you become president? who were you trying to impress? >> reporter: well, that was my next question. do you think in some ways your father's absence drove your ambition? >> absolutely. yeah, my father was absent. he left when i was 2. i met him only once. knew him for about a month. >> reporter: that's interesting how influential that month turned out to be. >> that's right. i wrote a whole book called "dreams from my father," a guy i didn't know. >> how unusual was it to hav an integrated band back in the day? >> reporter: in their podcast conversations they touched on some tough subjects.
>> i think why is it so hard to talk about race? why am i -- why am i pausing here? you know? ♪ >> reporter: for years springsteen's e-street band featured clarence clemons, who died in 2011. >> clarience clemons! >> reporter: the chemistry between the big man and the boss is immortalized in newly restored footage of springsteen's performance the at the no nukes concert at madison square garden in 1979. >> you say in the podcast and the book that in many ways the most important story you ever told is you and clarence on the stage together. >> it was not intellectual. it was emotional. it was the language of the heart. but it was incredibly visual. it was more valuable than the stories i wrote in my music. >> in an ideal world what bruce and clarence portrayed on stage was essentially a
reconciliation, right? >> that's right. >> but most of your audiences were primarily white. ♪ and they can love clarence when he's on stage but if they ran into him in a bar suddenly -- >> oh, yeah. >> -- the n word comes out. >> yeah. >> and part of bruce's music and part of my politics has been no, no, you've got to surface that stuff. you've got to talk about it. sunlight is the disinfectant. and if you talk about it then you can reconcile in a true way. not in a phony way but in a real way. >> reporter: as we speak you're headed to virginia soon to campaign. looking a year forward, how are you feeling about the midterms and how the president is doing? >> well, look, i think joe biden is pursuing the exact policies that need to be pursued. has he been able to bridge the polarization that we've seen building up over several decades now? no. and in fairness to him i wasn't
able to slow that down as much as i would have liked and certainly my successor actively promoted it. we're going to have to figure out how do we regain some sense of a common american story. and i think that is going to be a longer-term project. i think that's a 10, 20-year project. >> it's a generational -- >> it's a generational process. >> yeah. >> the good news is that i think there is more of a common story is among young people. but the older folks like us have to go away. >> yeah, there's no going back. we can be momentarily paralyzed but at the end of the day history's moving on. >> i'm an old man but i can still do what i do. >> he's got bills to pay. >> it's a big farm. >> reporter: and surprising things can happen. just look at the friendship of barack obama and bruce springsteen. >> i think making friends as you get older in the later parts of your life is really rewarding. and it's a little bit rare.
a private memorial service for general colin powell will be held on november 5th at the national cathedral in washington. the former secretary of state and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff died earlier this month. he was 84 years old. mike valerio spoke with one military veteran who got to know the general during a chance meeting on the side of the road. >> i was about two feet away from him when i said you're general colin powell. and he said, "yes i am." and i said let's get to changing this tire. >> that's how the banter began on the beltway between an american luminary and retired army major tony maggert. powell noticed maggert's leg partially amputated in afghanistan right away. and tony said -- >> you can wait around for a two-legged guy but you've got a one-legged guy willing to help you right now. >> reporter: so he changed the
secretary's tire. their selfie went viral on facebook. but weeks later tony tells us -- >> i was in the gym and i got a phone call p. and he goes, hey, man. this is general colin powell. he literally said that. "hey, man, this is general cloenl." oh, hey, sir, how are you? we've got to do dinner. what are you talking about? he goes yeah, i want your family and me and my wife to have a dinner together. >> and this is the photo from that dinner. tony says the secretary was funny, humble and they grew close. powell even confided in tony his cancer diagnosis last year. >> he said, yeah, i've got the cancer. and i'm not sure how much longer i'm going to make it it. today is that terrible it day. >> reporter: tony told us the news was a visceral gut punch but he remembers the lesson from that moment an animating energy for each day. >> you have to do good all the time. even when you don't think people are looking. they might be. right? and so it's just like be a good person all the time in life. >> reporter: mike valerio, washington. >> that is the "overnight news"
for this monday. reporting from the cbs broadcast center in new york city, i'm jericka duncan. this is "cbs news flash." i'm elyse preston in new york. several dangerous weather events are expected to hit across the u.s. this week. in california many residents are under evacuation orders as a dangerous bomb cyclone comes ashore, causing flooding, mudslides, and power outages. amid ongoing interpretses in haiti and a wave of kidnappings, fuel shortages are putting a strain on the nation's hospitals. unicef says the lives of hundreds of hospitalized women and children are in danger. the hospitals can't operate normally with low fuel supply. quarterback tom brady makes history once again, throwing his 600th touchdown pass. the milestone football was given to a fan briefly, but the tampa bay bucs negotiated with the fan to get the ball back.
for more news download the cbs news app on your cell phone or connected tv. i'm elise preston cbs news, new rk. it's mo it's monday, october 25th, 2021. this is the "cbs morning news." kids and covid. we're approaching a major milestone in america as children between the ages of 5 and 11 could soon be able to get vaccinated. when you could be able to get your child a shot. historic storm. california getting absolutely thrashed by one of the strongest storms to ever hit that area. we'll show you some of the damage. and drug lord captured. one of the most wanted drug kingpins in the world is in custody after a raid in the jungles of colombia. good morning. good to be with you.