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just don't go near it not unless you know what you are doing. thank you for watching tonight at 6:00. the news continues streaming on cbsn captioning sponsored by cbs ♪ ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs ♪ ♪ ♪ >> o'donnell: breaking news: more than 50 million americans are in the path of dangerous storms, from the bomb cyclone in the west to flash flooding here in the northeast. the powerful west coast storm heads to southern california, ater uprooting trees, nearly blowing trucks off a bridge and setting off a landslide that closed a major highway. also tonight, we're tracking another storm in the northeast, where it's heading. the director speaks: new details on the accident that took the life of halyna hutchins. did anyone check the gun? breaking news: shots fired in a mall in idaho. multiple injuries reported, we'll have the latest. stronger strain: a more contagious version of coronavirus is detected in the
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u.s., plus new vaccine data provides hope for children. facebook under fire: leaked documents say fueling hate and conspiracy theories means big money for facebook, a former insider tells us facebook could stop it, but won't. >> the top priority is growth. >> o'donnell: tonight, mark zuckerberg responds. countdown to election day: the fight over schools and covid mandates takes center stage. independent voters in a key state tell us why they may be voting republican this time around. and all in a day's work: tom brady touch down record? check. making a kid's dream come true? double check. ♪ ♪ ♪ this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. >> o'donnell: good evening and to our viewers in the west thank you for joining us. we want to begin with severe storms are impacting millions of americans from coast to coast. tonight the san francisco bay area is recovering from what's
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being called the strongest storm to hit the region in more than 25 years. record rain, howling winds and mudslides caused widespread damage from southern california to the pacific northwest, knocking out power to more than 150,000 homes and businesses, and shutting down major highways. at least two people were killed by a falling tree near seattle. now, in the midwest, a powerful tornado damaged buildings and knocked out power along the border between illinois and missouri. and tonight, millions in the east are bracing for a nor'easter expected to unleash 4 to 8 inches of rain and gusts up to 60 miles per hour. we're going to get the forecast in just a moment but cbs' david begnaud is going to lead us off in el dorado hills near sacramento. good evening, david. >> reporter: good evening norah. this is runoff from that record breaking rain storm running off into a reservoir just east of sacramento, that actually provides drinking water to people. if you live in california in what seems like a never ending drought, the sight and sound of
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this is... really nice. that storm yesterday was so powerful was called a bomb cyclone. >> what blew through northern california and much of the west this weekend is being described as epic, even historic, and here's what it left behind, a major rock slide covering a highway in northern california. it could take days before that's cleared. meanwhile, listen to these gale- force winds ripping through the golden gate bridge in san francisco. they even lifted up this semi truck on one bay area bridge and literally moved it over. there were numerous trees uprooted, tens of thousands of people without power and more than a foot of water in some places, all of that from an atmospheric river as its known stretching from the hawaiian islands, the darkest spots showing heaviest rainfall with northern california in the bullseye. more than 5 inches fill in the capital sunday making it the wettest day on record and more than 4 inches fell in san
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francisco, that made it the fourth highest one-day total ever recorded and they have been tracking weather since the gold rush days. still, there's at least one upside, california had a devastating fire season. the dixie fire north of sacremento, the second largest fire in state history had been burning since mid july, scorching nearly 1 million acres and destroying more than 1,300 structures. last night, finally, it was declared contained. now here's the reality check, that record-breaking storm was just a drop in the bucket in terms of an end to california's record-breaking drought. we came here to folsom lake outside sacramento to show you what we're talking about. the boat marina is so dry you could practically walk through it. as we fly through the reservoir, now it's less than half full. this place provides drinking water to people-- water to farmers for crops. we were asked and told it would take water from seven more record breaking storms like the one we had yesterday, seven
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more, in order to get a place like folsom lake even close to normal. norah. >> o'donnell: that really puts it into perspective. cbs' david begnaud, thank you. let's get the forecast now from cbs' lonnie quinn. good evening, lonnie. >> reporter: good evening, norah. look, the pictures david just showed us is something else. that storm finishes up with southern california tonight. then it's going to be moving over the rockies in the overnight hours and tomorrow bringing severe weather to the plains and gulf coast. strong straight line winds associated with it, maybe 60 miles per hour, but not all just straight line winds. a bit of rotation is detected, a possibility of tornadoes from the gulf of mexico to the plains. could be an eventful tuesday for that portion to have the norah. >> o'donnell: on that note, i want to ask you about the more than dozen tornadoes reported last night in the midwest including, look at this, an ef-3 storm that sliced through fredericktown, missouri last night. i understand that's the weather headed here to the northeast, is that right? >> reporter: that's exactly right. that's going to be a problem for the northeast. as it moves into the northeast tomorrow, it combines with a
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coastal storm, it becomes the first nor'easter of the season. the effects will be 6 inches of rain maybe more, from philadelphia to boston, winds in spots gusting to over 60 miles per hour. the first nor'easter. that time of the year. >> o'donnell: umbrella and rain coat tomorrow. breaking news from boise, idaho, shots fired at a shopping mall with multiple injuries and at least two dead. cbs' carter evans has the latest. >> reporter: the sound of possible gunfire can be heard in this video posted online at what appears to be the boise town square mall, causing shoppers to evacuate or shelter in place. outside, a large police presence including multiple ambulances. >> looks like more first responds here. >> reporter: boise police say along with the two dead, six others were injured. >> at this time we believe there was only a single shooter involved and that there is no ongoing threat or danger
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to the community at large. >> reporter: the entire mall was placed on lockdown as police cleared the building store by store. >> this one taken out loaded on to a stretcher. >> reporter: as first responders load a possible victim into an balance, another man was treated for minor injuries. one person is in custody. this happened in the early afternoon hours, and the investigation is just getting underway. again, two dead. police have not released any information on the shooter. norah. >> o'donnell: carter evans, thank you. and now, to new mexico where the investigation into the deadly accident on alec baldwin's movie set is focusing on crew members responsible for the prop gun that killed cinematographer halyna hutchins. cbs' omar villafranca reports from santa fe. >> reporter: we're learning new details about what happened on the santa fe movie set moments before the deadly accident. according to an affidavit, director joel souza told investigators that they were rehearsing a scene that entailed
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actor alec baldwin cross drawing his weapon and pointing the revolver towards the camera lens. the director said while baldwin was rehearsing with the gun, he heard what sounded like a whip and a loud pop. >> reporter: souza says he remembers the phrase "cold gun" souza says he rem being used on set, meaning the gun was safe. souza also says guns on the film set was supposed to be checked by the film's armorer and then checked again by dave halls, the assistant director who handed the gun to baldwin. halls was mentioned by at least one 911 caller. >> reporter: cbs news is learning halls was fired from a previous movie after a gun incident on that set injured a crew member. this isn't the first time a fatal shooting happened on a movie set. bruce lee's son, brandon lee, was killed in a similar accident almost 30 years ago on the set of the movie "the crow." shannon lee is his sister. >> there's no need to have real
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weapons involved. let's use movie magic. >> reporter: while deputies search for answers on how this happened, the film community held a vigil last night in l.a. to remember halyna hutchins, while long-time friends like dennis zanatta grieve for her family. >> i'm just sad that, you know, that her son now is going to grow up without a mother, without a beautiful mother as she was. >> reporter: production of the movie has officially stopped, and no one has been charged. but we are expected to learn more about this case when the sheriff and the district attorney have a press conference on wednesday. norah. >> o'donnell: omar villafranca, thank you. and we want to turn now to the covid pandemic. tomorrow, an f.d.a. advisory committee is meeting on whether to green light pfizer's lower dose vaccine for kids 5 to 11 years old. there's also some news tonight about another possible vaccine for young children, and here's cbs' meg oliver. >> sounds good! whoo! >> reporter: tonight as
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anticipation builds for young whoo! >> reporter: tonight as children to get covid shots, moderna says its vaccine is safe and triggers a strong immune response in children ages 6 to 11. moderna said it used half the adult dose in its trial. some participants in the moderna trial reported mild to moderate side effects, but the company tt did not address the possible rare side effect of myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle found in a small number of teenagers and young men who received the other mrna vaccine, pfizer. fifth grader jarren monroe was in the pfizer clinical trial for five to eleven-year-olds. >> it will make it safer for me to go outside and play all the sports that i play and have fun with my friends and family. >> reporter: the f.d.a. advisory committee is scheduled to review the results of that trial tomorrow. did you feel like you were taking a risk by having him take part in this trial? >> i actually thought it was more of a risk for him not to get vaccinated at the first opportunity he had. >> reporter: this comes as the so-called "delta plus" variant
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begins to spread accounting for about 6% of all cases in england. it's been detected in four u.s. states and the district of columbia and the c.d.c. says it's watching it closely. >> it has several mutations on the spike protein that we have not yet seen implicated in increased transmissibility or in decreased ability of our vaccines or our therapeutics to work. >> reporter: if the c.d.c. grants emergency use authorization for pfizer's vaccine for kids 5 to 11, the earliest some children's hospitals like this one would start administering the two-dose shot is by the end of next week, norah. >> o'donnell: meg oliver, thank you so much. and tonight, updated numbers from the f.b.i. show an increase in hate crimes in the u.s., with more than 8,000 reported last year. that's actually up 13% from 2019. and have a look at this: hate crimes against african- americans rose by nearly 46% in 2020 and attacks targeting
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asian-americans soared by 73% as some wrongly blame them for the pandemic. tonight facebook reports it made $9 billion in profits from july through september. and c.e.o. mark zuckerberg is answering critics who claim the company puts those profits over people. cbs news along with other news outlets reviewed thousands of pages of internal documents suggesting facebook knew its platforms can fuel hate but, at times, did little to stop it. we get more from "60 minutes" plus correspondent laurie segall. >> reporter: tonight facebook c.e.o. mark zuckerberg is addressing the fire storm around his company. >> reporter: that response came after leaked internal studies found facebook posts incited violence, while the platform enabled human trafficking and struggled to police hate speech, the same message facebook whistle blower frances haugen had for lawmakers in the u.k.
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today. >> we are literally subsidizing hate on these platforms. >> reporter: former executive brian boland left facebook last year after more than a decade. >> i'm concerned facebook causes divisions in a lot of areas, political being one of them, and a powerful one that we feel this certainly, but also in race and ethnicity, religion. >> reporter: the documents also reveal how facebook rolled back safety measures after the 2020 election, allowing misinformation to spread ahead0, allowing misinformation to spread ahe of january 6th. an internal analysis stating, "our enforcement was piecemeal." >> those type of safety things are not top priority, the top priority is growth. >> reporter: a claim c.e.o. mark zuckerberg denied, writing, "... this idea that we prioritize profit over safety and well being, that's just not true." but bolland says zuckerberg has too much power. >> i think if he stepped down as c.e.o. and someone with a focus on shepherding this amazing thing that's been built in keeping people safe, you'd see
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changes. >> reporter: for now, the change? a re-branding that zuckerberg is expected to announce thursday. laurie segall, cbs news new york, new york. >> o'donnell: democrats are saying they're making progress on reaching a deal on the "build back better" plan, as the president worked to sell the plan in new jersey today, holdout senator joe manchin said he could reach a deal with the white house this week to get democrats who are reworking parts to have the plan, possibly dropping medicare coverage for dental work but replacing it with an $800 voucher. in what could be a referendum on the president's agenda and popularity, virginians head to the polls next week to elect a new governor. president biden won that state by ten points but democrat terry mcauliffe and republican challenger glenn youngkin are locked in a tight race and independents could be a key factor. so we went to the state to find out what's driving people to the polls. kendra lee is a prime example of
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why this race is so close.mple f >> i cried when hillary clinton lost. someone told me that i would ever be not considering voting for a democrat i would have thought like you were crazy. >> reporter: yet the mother of two voted for republican glenn youngkin. after a year of virtual learning and now mask mandates in schools, she trusts him more with her kids' education. >> reporter: what else it about what youngkin is saying he will do that appeals to you? >> i don't think that he would have as much governmental retrictions. i think that he would leave it more in terms of local control. ♪ ♪ ♪ (playing "spirit in the sky") >> o'donnell: youngkin, a multi- millionaire businessman wooed voters like lee by making schools a central focus of the race holding "parents matter" rallies, where he hammers mcauliffe over something he said at a debate. >> i don't think parents should be telling schools what they should teach. >> this movement is being led by parents who are saying, no, i am the one who gets to decide what's best for my children. >> o'donnell: youngkin has tapped into concern over race and gender issues in schools and
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he's opposed to mask and vaccine mandates. so what is it about what's happening in schools and those mandates that you don't like? >> i feel like i know what's best for my family better than a politician does. >> o'donnell: independent robert clarke also voted for presidentd biden, but calls this decision a tossup. so you support president biden. >> i do. >> o'donnell: but you may vote for a republican. >> i may. >> o'donnell: if a republican wins the governor's race, what message will that send? >> that there is tepidness around the president's agenda, there are a lot of concerns about some of the choices he's made. >> o'donnell: and there's concern among some democrats that a loss here would be a preview of what's to come in next year's midterms. mcauliffe is trying to make this a referendum on the former president. >> he is a trump acolyte. >> o'donnell: he has youngkin has a far right agenda citing caught on tape comments about abortion.
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>> we cannot go back. he is against gay marriage, he is against a woman's right to choose. >> o'donnell: the choice of swing voters like robert will you ultimately decide who wins. >> i would like to imagine my vote is the deciding one but it won't be. i'm going to vote for who i believe in. >> o'donnell: we'll be watching in that well bell weather race. and there's still more on "cbs evening news," including a warning from microsoft and a widespread cyberattack by russia backed hackers. and two boys killed in a drag racing event in texas. and the record deal that sent tesla's stock soaring today.
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>> o'donnell: tom brady did it again, proving why many consider him "the goat," or, the greatest of all time. on sunday he became the first n.f.l. quarterback to reach 600 touchdown passes in his career, but he also noticed a young fan who holding a sign that said "tom brady helped me beat brain cancer." so, brady reached up and handed 9-year-old noah reeb a team cap. it meant everything for noah and special for brady, too. >> obviously a tough kid, man, and puts lot in perspective of
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what we're doing on the field. in the end, it doesn't mean much compared to what so many go through. we all try to make a difference in different ways. >> o'donnell: well said, tom. noah's dad called it a dream come true. we'll be right back. e. we'll be right back. the #1 toothpaste brand in america. crest. introducing fidelity income planning. we look at how much you've saved, how much you'll need, and build a straightforward plan to generate income, even when you're not working. a plan that gives you the chance to grow your savings and create cash flow that lasts. along the way, we'll give you ways to be tax efficient. and you can start, stop or adjust your plan at any time without the unnecessary fees. talk to us today, so we can help you go from saving...to living.
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good night. right now at 7:00. >> absolutely. this atmospheric river sets us up for success. >> a wild ride from cracked reservoirs to flooded streets, how much the monster storm impacted our water supply. we have heard chainsaws all over the place today. we found out why storm cleanup in san francisco could take longer than some residents hoped. >> i can hear the cracking and popping of something getting ready to fall. how it hit them literally. what did they want with a flamethrower? the unusual, illegal is a seeno bust in the east bay. how they are shrugging off
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a whistle-blower document dump? >> don't touch my camera. >> what's happening at this north bay port. why activists say they have proof of toxic pollution here in the bay. how activists claim they caught a bay polluter in the act with a toxic waste dirtier than coal. right now on the kpix 5 news at 7:00, streaming on cbsn bay area, a water supply rollercoaster in the bay area from dangerously low reservoirs to overflowing creeks and flooded roadways. good evening. i'm ken bastida. >> i'm elizabeth cook. days ago, we were worrying about our water supply, but how much did that storm actually help our reservoirs? >> we sent kpix 5 wilson walker to marin and sonoma counties to find out. >> i always think of nature and the animals and so now our animals are okay and the fire danger is going away and, yeah, it's absolutely gorgeous. >> reporter: the

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