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>> axelrod: breaking news from nevada, where cbs news now projects a win for hillary clinton in today's democratic caucuses. republicans are casting votes in south carolina, where polls will close just about 30 minutes from now. the emotional farewell to supreme court justice antonin scalia. the harrowing final words from the doomed ship "el faro." >> the clock is ticking. >> axelrod: and a suburban village deploying big-city surveillance tactics. is this the town that knows too much? captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news." >> axelrod: good evening. i'm jim axelrod. we begin with a campaign 2016 update from nevada where cbs news projects hillary clinton has defeated bernie sanders in
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today's democratic caucuses. have a look at the numbers as the count continues at this point, clinton with 52% to sanders' 48%. on the republican side, polls close in south carolina in half an hour at 7:00 eastern time. we have both contests covered, starting with nancy cordes and the democrats in las vegas. nancy. >> reporter: jim, this is a huge relief for the clinton camp after a brutal loss in new hampshire a week and a half ago. clinton herself took the stage here at caesar's palace in las vegas about 15 minutes ago. take a listen to what she had to say. >> i want to thank each and every one of you. you turned out in every corner of the state with determination and purpose. hotel and casino workers who never wavered. ( cheers and applause ) tens of thousands of men and women with kids to raise, bills to pay, and dreams that won't
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die. this is your campaign. ( applause ) and it is-- ♪ ♪ >> reporter: in a statement, senator sanders said, "i just spoke to secretary clinton and congratulated her on her victory here in nevada. i am very proud of the campaign we ran. five weeks ago we were 25 points behind, and we ended up in a very close election." and, indeed, the clinton camp got a big scare earlier this week when polls showed her huge longtime lead had essentially evaporated. but she really barnstormed the vegas strip over the past couple of days, meeting with casino workers and dish washers and maids. in fact, we attended a caucus here at caesar's earlier today. we met a maid who had met hillary clinton twice in the past week, and it really seems like that geographical focus here in las vegas paid off for clinton. here is the big group, though, that clinton has to thank for her victory-- women. according to our entrance polls, they broke for clinton 51% to
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47%. and they turned out in greater numbers than men. so that was a big turnaround from new hampshire where she lost among women by 11 points. older voters, another key to her victory, voters over 45 went for clinton 66% to 31%, jim. >> axelrod: nancy cordes with the winning numbers for hillary clinton in nevada. nancy, thank you. now to the republican race, the polls will remain open until the top of the hour in south carolina. major garrett joins us from spartanburg, south carolina, major. >> reporter: jim, state officials predicted record turnout. south carolina is famous for hard-fought, competitive primaries, and voters who make up their mind late in the process. donald trump has predicted victory here. meanwhile, ted cruz and marco rubio have worked overtime to close the gap. >> it's crunch time, folks. it's crunch time. you know what that means, right? >> reporter: at donald trump's
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last rally before the south carolina primary, he urged supporters to give him a mandate. >> you're going to say to yourselves, "that was one of the great evenings and one of the great days of your lives." >> reporter: the size of trump crowds in polls here point to a second primary victory for the billionaire real estate developer. >> please remember to vote for marco rubio today. >> reporter: volunteers for marco rubio worked the phones on primary day. rubio is battling ted cruz for second place. cruz has flooded state with tv ads, phone calls, and mailers and volunteers, likely not enough to catch trump but perhaps enough to keep him in range. >> governor bush has a proven conservative record. >> reporter: a small band of jeb bush volunteers looked for a ray of hope. >> i feel great. i'm always excited on election day. >> reporter: while bush hunted votes in greenville, a fourth place finish or worse could prove fatal. facing a trump victory, bush, again, dismissed him as unelectable. >> trump can't win, plain and simple. this isn't about appealing to
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people's deep anxiety, which is legitimate. he can't be president. >> reporter: we interviewed trump friday and he told us he doesn't fear a smaller g.o.p. field once his competitors start to drop out. >> i'm going to get a lot of those vote, so when the field shrinks-- i'm at 35, 42, i have polls all over the place-- but i'm already up into the 40s in many polls. when the field shrinks i'm going to get a lot. >> reporter: john kasich arrived here with almost no support and has begun to catch on. advisers now hope he could surpass bush. >> there will be a scramble right up till the last ballot is cast, but what i do know is we're going to do far better than what the pundits thought we were going to do, and, you know, we're going to do a lot better than 1% or 2% of the vote here. >> reporter: when all the votes are counted, the battle will not only be over who finished where but who deified or who fell short of expectations. jim, the mystical powers of money and momentum will mirror that conversation. >> axelrod: major, thank you. now, for analysis of this big day in presidential politics, we want to bring in the man
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standing next to you, major, bob schieffer, who has covered every presidential election since 1968. bob, let's start with hillary clinton, who is headed your way now. does her win in nevada today steady her ship for south carolina holding its democratic primary a week from today? >> reporter: you know, i think it means that her ship is not taking on water like it was. this would have been a very embarrassing defeat if this had been even a close win for hillary clinton. this is not as big as they would have probably hoped for, but i think there's a great sigh of relief. she's won. this will give her a little bump going into south carolina where, if predictions hold, she will win decisively over bernie sanders because of the large black vote there. jim. >> axelrod: all right, bob. so let's talk republicans. it has been a week of vivid headlines with donald trump, with his dust-up with the pope, taking on george w. bush. just today, mr. trump wondered via a tweet if mr. obama would
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have attended justice scalia's funeral if it were neld a mosque. you have been talking to a lot of trump supporters. how does this kind of coverage affect his connection with his supporters? >> reporter: you know, i was at a trump rally last night, and i have to say, his supporters at that rally love him. but we have been reporting earlier this week that some of his support seemed to be declining in south carolina. and we're seeing an indication in some of these exit polls that, that may actually be true. one of the questions we asked voters, "who do you think has conducted the most unfair campaign down here?" and it was trump by about 40%. he was leading among those who considered him conducting those-- those conducting an unfair campaign. so this may tell us that he's not going to win here by as much as he thought he was. >> axelrod: okay bob schieffer, and major garrett, thank you both so much. a week after he died while
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vacationing in texas, supreme court antonin scalia was laid to rest today after his funeral in washington. our chief legal correspondent jan crawford was there. >> reporter: the bells tolled 79 times for justice scalia, one for each year of his life, as his casket was carried bothe basilica. thousands of mourners gathered to pay final respects for a legal giant, the court's most influential conservative voice. >> let us pray. >> reporter: scalia's son, the reverend paul scalia, led the mass, delivering a moving and personal homily. >> but more important to us and to him, he was dad. sure, he forgot our names at times or mixed them up. ( laughter ) but there are nine of us. ( laughter ) he loved us.
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and sought to show that love. >> reporter: with those memories, there was humor. >> he had found himself in my confessional line. ( laughter ) and he quickly departed it. ( laughter ) as he put it later, "like heck if i'm confessing to you." >> reporter: all eight justices were in attendance. justice clarence thomas, the only justice to speak, read scripture from the book of romans. >> because the love of god has poured out into our hearts. >> reporter: it was the second day of official mourning for scalia, who lay in repose friday at the supreme court. people were still waiting in line late friday night to pay respects to a man who left a lasting imprint on the law and whose sudden death leaves a void on the court that will be difficult to fill. now, justice scalia's burial was private and by tomorrow, with the end of the official mourning, washington will
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immediately turn its focus on to the battle over his successor. jim. >> axelrod: jan, thank you. now to the clash between apple and the f.b.i. this week, apple announced it would fight a court order to unlock an iphone belonging to one of the san bernardino terrorists, citing privacy concerns. let's bring in cbs news business analyst jill schlesinger. a lot of angles to this story, jill. let's look at the business angle and what this could mean to apple's brand. >> reporter: you know, it's amazing. apple fans, they are so loyal. we look at marketing surveys and they say, "part of the reason we love apple is because of the privacy." right after this thing went public, we saw twitter light up with people saying, "thank you, apple," with a special hashtag. this is part of apple's brand promise-- privacy, security. and i think that's part of the battle. >> axelrod: new york police department deputy commissioner john miller said yesterday, hang othere were iphones in the pockets of people killed in california and paris as well. so in a way this is also a
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lose-lose for apple. >> reporter: absolutely. in fact we know that john's boss, mr. bratton, the commissioner said this was corporate irresponsibility. and i think apple is a little bit concerned because they may make people upset about, hey, why aren't you complying? this is national security. but, on the other hand, again, this is part of the promise. and, frankly, what if these people get upset and say, hey, apple's not going to do this. we'll go somewhere else. maybe another company will do it. >> axelrod: steve job's, apple's founder, famously apolitical. the current c.e.o., tom cook, not so much. >> reporter: wanting to be part of the topic. very supportive upon l.g.b.t. issues, very supportive of environmental issues. i think he believes this is a part of his legacy air, moral legacy at apple and i think it will be interesting to see if it helps him sell more iphones macs. >> axelrod: thank you. now to chicago, where it really was the windy city last night,
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gusts up to 60 miles per hour, left roads blokdz by downed power lines and forced the cancellation of more than 160 flights. more than 100,000 people in the area lost power. tonight, the people in the south pacific nation of fiji are recovering from the first category 5 cyclone ever to hit there. at least one person has died. more now from carter evans. >> reporter: with gusts up to 224 miles per hour, winston may be the most powerful cyclone ever in the southern hemisphere. as it slammed into the island nation, fiji's prime minister took to social media with a warning. >> it's as big and as bad as it gets. and it's currently the biggest storm in the world. >> reporter: sustained winds of 180 miles per hour continued through the night. by daybreak, the damage became apparent. fiji's government declared a state of natural disaster for 30 days, the most immediate
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concern-- ensuring the nation's 900,000 residents are safe. carter evans, cbs news, los angeles. >> axelrod: coming up, new revelationing about the sinking of the "el faro," including the final call for help. and an artist who has mapped out a brand new medium when the cbs evening news continues. and if you have afib - an irregular heartbeat that may put you at five times greater risk of stroke - they can pool together in the heart, forming a clot that can break free, and travel upstream to the brain where it can block blood flow and cause a stroke. but if you have afib that's not caused by a heart valve problem, pradaxa can help stop clots from forming. pradaxa was even proven superior to warfarin at reducing the risk of stroke, in a clinical trial - without the need for regular blood tests. and, in the rare event of an emergency, pradaxa is the only oral blood thinner other than warfarin with a specific reversal treatment to help your body clot normally again.
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including a murder suspect from noranorfolk, virginia. but the hits keep on coming and coming. mostly for suspended registrations. is that what you thought the system would mostly do when you got it? >> no. no. we were looking at-- at stolen vehicles or vehicles wanted in crimes. >> reporter: after only three months, the freeport cameras have tracked 17 million plates in a village of 50,000. in exchange for the security, the police are drowning in data. overtime is way up. now the chief is asking state and federal governments for help. >> we currently have a force of 95 officers. we could use many more. >> reporter: the readers do make mistakes. this one misread the 800 number on this ryder truck for the plate of a stolen car. and there's the question of where all this information winds up. jason starr of the american civil liberties union. >> all of that data is being
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stored somewhere. it can be shared. it can be pulled. it can be sent to other law enforcement agencies. it can be breached by third parties. >> reporter: license plate readers are used in nearly every state. the a.c.l.u. has filed three lawsuits, two regarding the scope of information collected, and there have been complaints about abuse. chief bermudez is adamant the plate information taken in freeport is never linked to a person unless a crime is indicated, and it's dumped after 180 days. do you understand why some of those people would be offended by being tracked when they're completely innocent? >> we're not looking at that data, though. we're looking at -- >> reporter: but you could be looking at that data. >> it's just so much coming in. it's impossible to look at that kind of information. >> suspend or revoked registration. >> reporter: so much information, he needs seven more officers just to keep up with it. anna werner, cbs news, freeport, new york. >> axelrod: coming up, a campaign 2016 update. also ahead, an artist for whom the journey is the destination.
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president. hillary clinton has won the democratic caucuses in nevada. have a look at the latest numbers from nevada as the count comes in. on the republican side, polls are about to close in south carolina's republican primary where six candidates are on the ballot, some in a fight for campaign survival. and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. later on cbs, "48 hours." but first, as the polls are about to close in south carolina, we are learning a great deal about the republican primary. we'll have an update on that at the top of the hour right here on cbs. for now, i'm jim axelrod, cbs news, new york. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh i do everything on the internet. but it's kind of slow.
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