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>> pelley: tonight, as millions head out for the holiday, a major storm moves in making travel difficult and dangerous. manuel bojorquez and jeff pegues on the problems in the air and on the road. meteorologist eric fisher has the the forecast. anna werner on a challenge to obamacare. can a private employer refuse to cover contraceptives? the supreme court will decide. the syrian dictator is accused of using ai÷ó new weapon against civilians-- starvation. clarissa ward reports many of the victims are whic children. and seth doane goes undercover to expose chinese counterfeiters specializing in art. >> no artist wants to find that someone has taken their stuff and is passing it off as their own. captioning sponsored by cbs
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this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. on the eve of the thanksgiving holiday getaway, there is trouble for travelers. a storm system that began in the west last week is now heading into the northeast with rain, wind, snow, and ice. 1300 flights have been canceled since the weekend. this is a live look at airports in new york, cleveland, and nashville, where some folks are looking to make an early escape. this satellite view will will give you an idea of just how big this storm is. as you can see, it covers much of the country. it's already blamed for at least 11 deaths. we have three reports tonight with more than three million people expected to fly this weekend, we're going to begin with manuel bojorquez at the airport in atlanta. manuel. >> reporter: scott, this is the world's busiest airport. it's also headquarters for delta airlines, which today had to deal with the weather that is
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snarling air traffic from the southeast all the way up to new england. delta airlines will fly a million passengers between today and tomorrow. >> control the entire operation of delta airlines from within this facility. >> reporter: dave holtz is vice president of operations control there's a lot of green on that map. what's a day like today like here? >> it's busy. it's busy. green is not good. green is precipitation. it's rain in this case. >> reporter: but the more than 1300 flight can cancellations cd by the storm is already twice as many as last year's holiday rush. airlines are warning passengers to expect delays. >> you have a room full of experts here that have figuredly out how to get ahead of it for the customers. delays aren't necessarily bad for a customer if you tell them about it 24 hours early and they can plan accordingly. >> reporter: the concern heading into tomorrow is the ripple effect. if snow and ice affect travel in the northeast, scott, that could impact airports nationwide. >> pelley: manuel, thank you. about 12 times as many people
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will drive for the holiday, and jeff pegues is looking at the tribble with the roads. >> reporter: from the south to northeast, freezing rain, ice, and snow are coating the nation's highways. it is a potentially dangerous holiday mix of trouble for travelers like amanda southard in kentucky. >> you can hardly see. it was kind of blinding. >> reporter: with the storm heading east, salt trucks have been on the roads ahead of the 39 million people. aaa spokesman expects to drive over the next five days. >> it's going to be very crowded, very slow, and it's really going to require an attitude adjustment because, you know, the time you thought you might be able to make you're not going to be able to. >> reporter: scott, tomorrow is expected to be the busiest travel day of the year on the roads, just as the storm is expected to intensify in some areas. >> pelley: jeff, thanks very much. so what is next? eric fisher is the chief meteorologist at our cbs boston
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station wbz. eric, where's it going? >> reporter: scott, right up the eastern seaboard. , i-95 corridor seeing heavy rain. the snow through ohio, northwestern pa, and western new york. the heaviest rainfall moves through d.c. and new york overnight tonight right around midnight. tomorrow, places like boston down toward hartford, we'll be track, the downpour. still snow on the back edge. tomorrow afternoon, still streams of downpours working up across the boston area. it's all good as we head into tomorrow night. perhaps more impactful than the rain is the snow, which will be significant in many areas, especially western new york, rochester down through buffalo, the finger lakes region, winter storm warnings up, treacherous travel and power outages expected there. when you wake up on thanksgiving, the story will be cold and wind. >> pelley: eric fisher, wbz, thank you, eric. in another story today, the supreme court has agreed to hear a case that centers on religious objections to obamacare.
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the president's health care law requires employers to pay for contraceptives, but some employers say that, that violates their deeply hel belies anna werner hercules industries has a health plan for its employees, one that doesn't include contraception. fam the family-owned company is one of 44 businesses suing to stop the federal government from forcing it to cover birth control. victoria nulanvictoria andy newy president. >> this case isn't saying about people not having access. it's saying we don't want to pay for it. >> reporter: newland's family is catholic and they view artificial contraception as a sin. inspector the affordable care act, companies with 50 or more employees, must cover-up contraceptions. >> can americans live and do business according to our faith.
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>> reporter: how is that different from telling your employees you can't use birth control pills? >> we're not saying don't go buy them. we're not putting barricades in front of wal-mart. we're saying we simply don't want to pay for them. >> reporter: federal courts have split on this issue so the supreme court will now consider whether corporations have the same religious rights as individuals. kathleen sebelius is secretary of health and human services. >> it's troubling to think that someone could pick and choose, not based on science, not based on health care not based on anything else, but pick and choose which services to provide to employees. that would be a troubling picture. >> pelley: anna werner is joining us now. anna let's look in the future a little bit. what would happen if the supreme court ruled in favor of the administration, but the company still refused to cover birth control? >> reporter: well, at that point, scott, if hercules industries chose not to cover contraception, its attorneys say the company would face fines.
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how much? by their calculation a company of that size, those fines could amount to as much as $26,000 per day. >> pelley: anna, thanks very much. the court is expected to hear arguments in this case in march. more positive signs in the economy today. the nasdaq composite!u closed above 4,000 for the first time in 13 years. investigators were encouraged by today's housing data. home construction is up 13.9% over the same time last year. home prices are up 13.3% over last year. all of this is feeding into a remarkable trend. remember the millions of americans who have been upside down on their mortgages? well, ben tracy has found that many are getting their heads above water. >> reporter: lesley and jeff grosvenor bought this two-bedroom condominium near los angeles in 2009. they paid $535,000.2os by 2012, it was worth just $413,
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000, a 23% drop. they were underwater, meaning their house was worth less than their mortgage. as the market started to fall, how concerned were you? >> very concerned. we had spent our life savings on the down payment, and we just thought, you know, what if-- what if we can't turn this around? >> reporter: home prices in the los angeles area are now surging, up more than 20% in the past year. the grosvenors are about to sell their condo for $610,000, a $75,000 profit. >> it's helping us towards our down payment for our next house. sure, we would have liked more but it's a good start. >> reporter: california has seen the largest trop in the under of underwater ne mortgage. nevada, texas, and minnesota are also having strong recoveries. >> since peak, we pulled about five million home owners out of negative equity and more than
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three million in the past year alone. >> reporter: the grosvenors just had a baby. now that they can move they plan to upgrade to a bigger home nearby. ben tracy, cbs news, los angeles. >> pelley: today the u.s. military made a point of ignoring a new directive from china. it flew two american b-52 bombers over dispute islands that are claimed by both china and japan. over the weekend, china said that it had to approve any flights there. but the u.s. considers this international airspace. the b-52s had no problem. tonight, president obama's national security adviser is flying home from afghanistan and empty-handed. susan rice's mission was to persuade afghan president hamid karzai to sign a new security agreement that will keep some u.s. troops in afghanistan after the nato combat mission ends after next year. major gar marrett's at the white
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house. >> reporter: the white house says president karzai holds in his hans the future security of his country and the promise of $8 billion in annual u.s. aid. that hand currently will not sient security agreement the u.s. thought was sealed and delivered. national security adviser susan rice's face-to-face meeting with the afghan president produced nothing but frustration. >> what i said to the president is we would have no choice. we would be compelled by necessity-- not by our preference-- to have to begin to plan for the prospect that we will not be able to keep our troops here because they will not be invited because the b.s.a. will not have been signed. >> reporter: the b.s.a., or bilateral security agreement, sets the rules for any u.s. troops that would remain in afghanistan after combat operations end in december of 2014. those troops would help train the afghan army and fight taliban cells. one sticking point-- u.s. forces entering afghan homes. president obama sent karzai a
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letter last week saying raids would only occur under "extraordinary circumstances involving urgent risk to life and limb of u.s. nationals." karzai wants the raids, mostly conducted at night, stopped all together. the afghan president also asked the u.s. to consider releasing up to 20 afghan prisoners from guatanamo bay. the white house says that will not happen. it's not clear, scott, how much time karzai has to cooperate. the u.s. has said this agreement must be signed by december 31, but white house officials tell us that's a soft deadline that could easily slip into early next year. >> pelley: major, thank you. a disaster is unfolding tonight off the bahamas. at least 30 people were killed when a sailboat packed with immigrants from haiti struck a reef and flipped over. more than 100 were rescued. video from the u.s. coast guard shows dozens clinging to the hull of the capsized boat. the search for victims continues
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in very rough seas. pope francis challenges priests to get their shoes muddy as he presents his vision for the church. and an interview with syrian children is interrupted by a mortar attack when the cbs evening news continues. honestly, i wanted a phone with a better camera. my boyfriend has a lot of can't-miss moments. i checked out the windows phones and saw the lumia 1020 has 41 megapixels. so i can zoom way in even after i take the picture. and i can adjust the shot before i take it so i get it exactly how i want. so, i went with a windows phone. maybe i just see things other people don't. ♪ honestly ♪ i wanna see you be brave ♪
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camps is poor, and food is limited. >> she's two years old, so she's very small. >> reporter: linda berbari is a nutritionist with a christian charity in lebanon. she and her team comb the camps looking for vulnerable children. her charity is treating more than 80 cases of malyo malnutrin but she believes there are many more. >> in extreme cases they just-- they have a blank face, and no expression. they even in younger ones, they just stop crying. >> something just cannot happen in the 21st century, to see small kids dying from malnutrition and lack of food while you know that food is only five minutes away behind the assad checkpoints. >> reporter: but using hunger as a weapon is as old as war itself for the simple reason that it's so effective. clarissa ward, cbs news, the
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>> pelley: today, cbs news released the results of an internal review of a "60 minutes" report last month about the terrorist attack in benghazi, libya, that killed the u.s. ambassador and three other americans. the review found the report by correspondent lara logan and producer max mcclellan was "deficient in several respects." in the "60 minutes" piece, dylan davies, a security contractor, told logan that he was at the consulate in benghazi and witnessthe attack, but it turned out he had earlier told the f.b.i. he was not there during the attack. the review by cbs news director of standards and practices al ortiz, found logan and mcclellan did not sufficiently vet davies' account of his own actions and whereabouts that night. the review said the fact that davies was telling conflicting stories was knowable before the piece aired. but the wider reporting resources of cbs news were not employed in an effort to confirm his account.
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at cbs news' request, lara logan and max mcclellan are take a leave of absence. today, pope francis denounced trickle-down economics as unfair to the poor as he presented a vision for his papacy in a 224-page document, the pope wrote that money must serve, not rule. he also urged priests to get out of their churches, get their shoes muddy and get involved in the life of their faithful. from a new statement, we turn to an old book that is up for auction tonight. this book of psalms dates to 1640. it is believed to be the first book printed in america. boston's old south church is selling it to raise money for its min stees. stee-- ministries. the estimate is a record-breaking $15-30 million. when we come back, turning fraud into an art. when i first got shingles it started on my back.
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>> at a gallery this would sell for about $450 unframed, maybe $500 framed. >> reporter: and the counterfeit online? >> $29.99. >> clinton hobart found counter fits of his paints were story sale on a web site based in china. >> no artist wants to find someone has taken their stuff and passing it off as their own. >> reporter: his angry e-mails to the site went unanswered, so we ordered five copies of the painting to find out who was behind the knockoffs. >> it's crippling. this is it. this is my income, so for them to be selling hundreds of these, they're directly taking money out of my pocket. >> reporter: the return address pointed to china. according to a pay pal receipt, we found the man who received our online payment and set up a meetinmeeting and secretly vided it. he told us there was going money to be made selling copied art online. do you worry about the copyright
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in selling these paintsings? >> "the person what bought them should technically be responsible for copyright issues, he told us. we've come across a web site called, and we purchased a painting. the money came to you. he claimed he'd never heard of the web site or received payment that would have gone through his e-mail. "i'm really unaware of this," he told us he said we should go to a village, the mass producer of oil paintings in the world. 15,000 workers churn out $600 billion worth of oil paint aition year. the majority are knockoffs. american hotel and retail chains are among its biggest customers. under chinese law, artists are only allowed to copy the work of other artists who have been dead
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for more than 50 years. but we co replicas of hobart's painting for less than $40 each. u.s. law enforcement tells artists like clinton hobart there is little they can do unless they hire copyright attorneys. >> it takes so much money. you need to be so big in order to stop them, and they know it. >> reporter: he plans to watermark images of his paintings online if only to make his counterfeiters' jobs a little harder. seth doane, cbs news, china. >> pelley: and that's the authentic cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all im world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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tonight in your only local news at 7:00, heading into the holidays nasty weather is a -- >> people scrambling right now. their travel plans in anticipation of the winter wallop as we take a look at your world in 90 seconds. >> rain is soaking the south making driving hazardous. in north carolina, a driver lost control of his car and slid 200 feet. >> i hydroplaned. >> fast moving system is heading up the east coast and dump heavy rain on wednesday. >> gas prices are heading back up after nine weeks of decline. they have gone up 3 cents in the last three weeks, that brings the national average to $3.25 a gallon for regular. >> two vendors were here at one of the concession stands
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counting the days proceeds. two guys dressed all in black with black ski masks. they demanded money, took out a stun gun, actually stunned both of these vendors. >> teachers and classmates knew something wasn't right when the four-year-old cross timbers prek student. >> he is very lethargic. >> grandmother, sandra martinez admitted smoking marijuana in the appearance of the four-year-old. set to appear in the macy's thanksgiving day parade. a neck got caught on the neck's enormous ear. within seconds, crews knew something was wrong. soon, everyone was swarming around snoopy's left side. >> this is where i left practice. >> this is a yellow alert day,


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