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captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: tonight, the federal charges filed against the man accused of breaking into speaker nancy pelosi's home, charged with kidnapping and assault. thlung what was in the suspect's backpack: hammers, rope, zip ties, and gloves. cbs's jonathan vigliotti reports from san francisco. terrifying halloween stampede. >> oh, my god, oh, my god! >> o'donnell: 154 killed, mostly young people, including two americans studying abroad in south korea. the big question tonight: how could this happen? the end of affirmative action? cbs's jan crawford was inside the supreme court today, as the conservative court hears the landmark college cases involving harvard and the university of
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north carolina. protecting your family. as america's vehicles get larger, it's adding a deadly blind zone. cbs's kris van cleave goes in-depth on what's being done to prevent hundreds of accidents. >> i miss my son. i miss his hugs. >> o'donnell: and, our exclusive interview with bono in ireland. ♪ with or without you ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ 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, and thank you for joining us as we begin a new week together. tonight, federal authorities have charged the man accused of attacking paul pelosi, the husband of house speaker nancy pelosi, with assault and attempting kidnapping of a united states official. the san francisco district attorney just announced more
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charges, and says david depape could face life in prison. sources tell cbs news, the suspect had a list of targets, and may have been planning to attack more people. and, according to a federal affidavit, the 42-year-old suspect told police that he wanted to hold speaker pelosi hostage, and "break her kneecaps" as a warning to other members of congress that there were consequences for their actions. the police chief said that when police arrived at 2:31 a.m. friday, there were only two people in the home-- depape and pelosi. he remains in the hospital tonight, after undergoing surgery for a skull fracture, and the speaker is by his side. cbs's jonathan vigliotti is going to start us off from outside pelosi's san francisco home. good evening, jonathan, and what are we learning about a possible motive? >> reporter: and good evening to you, norah. federal officials describe a man driven by political extremism. the suspect allegedly planned to tie nancy pelosi up here at her home and injury her, all in
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an effort to send a message to other democrats. disturbing new details tonight about what allegedly unfolded inside nancy pelosi's san francisco home. according to a federal affidavit, 42-year-old david depape was found with zip ties, a roll of tape, white rope, a pair of rubber and cloth gloves, and two hammers, including one used in the assault. in an interview with police, depape called speaker pelosi the "leader of the pack of lies" told by the democratic party, said he planned to "hold nancy hostage and talk to her," and if she lied to him, he would break nancy's kneecaps. she "would then have to be wheeled into congress, which would show other members of congress that there were consequences to actions." depape, who has a history of espousing far right theories online, broke into the pelosi house early friday morning and demanded to see speaker pelosi, who was in washington. paul pelosi, who was home alone, managed to call 911 from the bathroom. when police arrived, depape got
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ahold of the hammer and struck him in the head several times, knocking him unconscious. tonight, the 82-year-old is recovering in the i.c.u. from a depressed skull fracture. his son visited him this weekend. any updates on your father? >> so far, so good. so far, so good. >> reporter: there was stepped- up security outside the homes of congressional leaders this weekend, and the u.s. capitol police are considering enhanced measures going forward. critics say campaign messages, like this one... ( gunfire ) ...targeting pelosi, send a violent message. on "face the nation," margaret brennan pressed republican congressman tom emmer. >> reporter: why is there a gun in a political ad, at all? >> it wasn't an ad. >> reporter: hashtag-- or a tweet. >> i was tweeting out-- i was tweeting out something that i had just done. >> reporter: hashtag "fire pelosi," with a weapon. >> well, now-- >> reporter: wouldn't a pink slip be more fitting, if it's about firing her? >> reporter: meanwhile, california governor gavin newsom singled out a commentator on fox news. >> i don't think anyone's been dehumanized like she has consistently. i mean, i watched this one guy,
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jesse watters, or something, on fox news-- what he's been saying about paul pelosi the last five, six months, mocking him, consistently? don't tell me that's not aiding and abetting all this. of course it is. they're sowing the seeds that create a culture and climate like this. >> reporter: and we've reached out to fox news and watters for comment. we have not heard back. meanwhile, the suspect, norah, is expected to be arraigned as early as tomorrow afternoon. >> o'donnell: jonathan vigliotti, thank you. let's turn overseas now, because south korea's national police are apologizing tonight for not assigning enough officers to a halloween celebration that turned deadly. the crowd was estimated at 100,000 people, before a deadly stampede resulted in the deaths of at least 154 people. at least two american college students are among the dead.mere students are among the dead. we want to warn you some of timms from th scene are disturbing. here's cbs's elizabeth palmer. >> reporter: koreans today were paying their respects, and still trying to absorb the scale of
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this tragedy, which started out as a halloween celebration on saturday night. ♪ ♪ ♪ thousands of mostly young people flooded into the narrow streets of seoul's night life district. ( concern to screams ) but the crowd grew into a lethal crush, and the halloween party turned into a horror show. rescue workers arrived just ten minutes after the first s.o.s. call, but for many, it was already too late. janelle story was in the crowd. >> there was panic coming towards us. some shouts of fear, but also confusion. we didn't know really what was happening to us, or in that moment. >> reporter: it became horribly clear when body after body was wheeled from the scene. most of the victim were in their 20s, including two american students. anne gieske from the university of kentucky, niece of brad wenstrup, republican congressman
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from ohio; and steven blesi from georgia's kennesaw state. steve blesi is his father. >> the embassy called us late saturday night and when they said the words "are you sitting down," i knew what the next words were going to be. >> reporter: their families, along with dozens more across korea, are reeling with grief, after receiving news no parent should ever have to hear. the korean government declared a week of national mourning, and says it will pay for the funerals of the dead, and the medical care of the injured. norah. >> o'donnell: elizabeth palmer, thank you. we turn now to the u.s. supreme court, where justices heard arguments today in two cases on affirmative action in college admissions. the rulings could dramatically alter how universities consider race in evaluating applications. as cbs chief legal correspondent jan crawford reports, the court's conservative majority
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appears skeptical. >> reporter: the extraordinary arguments, nearly five hours long, were contentious, as the justices grappled whether considering race in college admissions was a modern-day form of discrimination. dete >> reporter: chief justice john roberts clashed with a lawyer defending affirmative action at harvard university against a challenge by asian students, who said they are held to higher standards in admissions than whites or other minorities. than oth tes and ties. >> r rmining facto t as yea orches the a >> reporter: but liberal justices suggested colleges like harvard and the university of north carolina have to consider race as one of many factors, to get a full picture of a
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student's life experiences. justice ketanji brown jackson. experiences. >> no on url >> reporter: the court has scaled back affirmative action over the years. it said in 2003, it should not continue indefinitely. nine states now ban it in college admissions. civil rights lawyer damon hewitt, representing the university of north carolina, says affirmative action still is crucial. >> when you think about a world without affirmative action, think about what our work places would look like, what our schools would look like. >> reporter: now, opponents of affirmative action say there are other, race-neutral ways to get diversity, like looking at socioeconomic factors. and that was the focus of several of those conservative justices, who seemed to suggest the clock on affirmative action is ticking. norah. >> o'donnell: jan crawford with those important arguments today. thank you. and, we learned today the identity of the man who's been charged with murdering two
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teenage girls in delphi, indiana, nearly six years ago. 50-year-old richard allen was arrested friday after police made a big break in a cold case. allen worked at a cvs pharmacy in the town, allegedly developing photos for the families of the girls for free. the grandparents of one victim, 14-year-old liberty german, says they always felt the killer was close by, hiding in plain sight. >> nothing's ever going to bring, you know, liberty back. that's just a fact. will we ever be done grieving, mourning? no. that's just always going to be there. >> o'donnell: police say the investigation is far from over. early voting is underway in most of the country, ahead of next week's critical midterm elections. according to the latest cbs news battleground tracker pole, nearly eight in ten likely voters describe things in the country as "out of control." not a good sign for the party in power, democrats. as "america decides," cbs's nikole killion is in georgia, where the difference could come down to which voters turn out.
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>> get out and vote. >> reporter: with just a week until election day, g.o.p. senate nominee herschel walker fired back against top democrats. >> y'all saw that? obama came in. i can tell you, he must not like herschel walker. >> seems to me, he's a celebrity who wants to be a politician. and we've seen how that goes! are you ready to go and vote? >> reporter: the former president was out in force over the weekend, in georgia, michigan, and wisconsin, with several senate contests hanging in the balance. democratic candidates like pennsylvania lieutenant governor john fetterman are trying to shore up the african american vote. >> we're going to keep going hard, and to make sure that we'll do everything we can. >> reporter: according to our cbs news battleground checker, 47% of black voters are very enthusiastic about voting, compared to 53% of white voters. >> people are tired, and i think the apathy is kind of thick. >> reporter: rhonda taylor is one of several volunteers trying to motive voters in the
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peach state... >> thank you, lord, thank you. >> reporter: ...where african americans make up about a third of the electorate. from souls to the poles, to college campus visits... latosha brown is a co-founder of black voters matter, whichchs has launched a bus tour in key battlegrounds. >> i think that what you're seeing in georgia, we're seeing all around the country. >> reporter: she believes the state's record early voting turnout is an encouraging sign. >> part of what i think we have to be really careful about, is where there are these narratives that are, in many ways, they seek to depress the vote. >> we need black voters, we need white voters. into the house of the lord! >> reporter: incumbent senator raphael warnock is banking on a multi-culture coalition to prevail against his opponent. >> i think that the differences between me and my opponent are stark, and if you want to represent the people of the state of georgia, they deserve to know who you are and what
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you're committed to. >> reporter: the republican party has set up community centers here in the atlanta area and other predominantly black cities to court african american voters. so far in georgia, more than 1.6 million people have cast their ballots early, many of them older black voters, so there continues to be a push to drive younger turnout. norah. >> o'donnell: that is some big turnout. nikole killion, thank you. and we'll have full coverage of the 2020 midterm elections. that's next tuesday, starting at 8:00 p.m. eastern time. we hope you'll join us here at cbs news. tonight, we go in-depth on a growing danger that parents need to be aware of. as our cars and trucks are getting bigger, so are the blind spots, even in the front. well, now there's an effort to prevent accidents that are claiming hundreds of lives every year. cbs's kris van cleave takes a look at what you can't see from behind the wheel. >> reporter: four-year-old hudson foschi was a vibrant
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little boy... >> rawr! >> reporter: ...lost, in a preventable accident. in january, 2019, his mother jackie was pulling into the driveway. she thinks hudson ran to get the mail, but from inside her full-size s.u.v., she says she never saw him. >> i was kind of like running around everywhere, looking for him, and then... i looked under the car, and he was there. >> reporter: vehicles have a blind zone directly in front of the hood that grows with the size of the car. america's shift to larger trucks and s.u.v.'s comes as deaths from these front-over crashes more than doubled in five years, killing over 500 in 2020. expert say the victims are often small children. >> i miss my son. i miss his hugs. i miss watching him grow up. >> reporter: inside their test facility, consumer reports shows us how much a driver can't see. watch as these four young children leapfrog forward another four full spots, and they are still out of view. you can see dylan's head. so we've got nine kids there?
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>> that zone is far longer than you think. >> reporter: consumer reports tested the front blind zones of 15 vehicles, ranging from about three feet for a small sports car to as much as 15 feet for one full-sized pickup. consumer reports showed us three different demos-- the larger the car, the larger the blind zone. connecticut senator richard blumenthal is now proposing legislation to make front-facing cameras and collision-avoidance sensors standard. the technology already exists, but the camera is often an expensive add-on. it's similar to backup cameras, required on all new vehicles since 2018. >> safety should not be a premium feature. it should be standard, just like air bags and seat belts. >> reporter: jackie foschi agrees, and hopes her family's tragedy can help make cars safe. >> i would never want another parent to experience this. it's terrible.
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>> reporter: auto-makers tell cbs news, safety is a top priority, and vehicles continue to get even more safe as auto- makers test, develop, and integrate new safety technologies. if you don't have a forward- facing camera in your vehicle already, safety experts in the auto industry agree-- they recommend doing a walk around the car before you get in. >> o'donnell: it's such important information. thank you. and kris, i'm glad you're here, because there is some news ahead of the holiday travel season about a potential pilot strike. what do we know? >> reporter: what's really striking here is, almost all delta pilots voted to authorize a strike today. that is a warning shot fired at delta management. pilots are frustrated with the pace of contract negotiations. a strikeis not imminent, but it is certainly something we're going to watch closely as we get into the busy holiday travel season. >> o'donnell: that could be a mess if they do. all right, kris van cleave, thank you. well, the investigation into a horrifying bridge collapse has led to several arrests. we've got that story, coming up.
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>> o'donnell: taylor swift is a mastermind of the music industry, and her new album is turning out to be a perfect ten. ♪ it's me, hi i'm the problem, it's me ♪ >> o'donnell: swift has made history as the first artist to have the top ten songs of the billboard hot 100 in the same week-- all the songs are from her tenth album, "midnights." swift now passes drake, who claimed nine of the top ten last year. she celebrated on twitter, saying "i'm in shambles." all right, the second-largest powerball jackpot in u.s. history is on the line tonight. the grand prize has grown to $1 billion. the cash option is just over $497 million, before taxes. your odds of winning? about one in 292 million.
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>> o'donnell: finally tonight, after more than four decades and 14 studio albums, u2 remains one of the most popular rock bands in the world. we sat down with bono and asked what has kept the band together for all these years. what do you think the secret is? >> it's getting harder. you know, the band has nearly broken up several times, usually after the good albums, because they are the ones that really cost you in the studio. and the male ego, in particular, i think, gets more brittle, and the ability to sublimate, to surrender to each other, which is essential for a band, gets harder. >> o'donnell: well, you can see more from our interview with bono about his memoir, "surrender: 40 songs, one story." that's tomorrow night on "person to person," at 10:30 eastern, 7:30 pacific on the cbs news app. and that is tonight's "cbs evening news." i'm norah o'donnell. happy halloween. and good night.
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