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>> pelley: dangerous weather hits the south. millions of people in five states are on alert for tornadoes. also tonight, more cases of zika in the u.s., spread by sexual transmission. apple's lawyers say unlocking the iphone of a terrorist is a slippery slope. >> apple knows how to do lots of things, but it is not an employee of the united states. >> pelley: and, who let the dogs out? wait till you see. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. a tough day is turning into a rough night in much of the deep south. multiple tornadoes have been spotted, as well as a water spout, near new orleans. we've been told of fatalities at
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an r.v. park in st. james parish in louisiana. about 100 r.v.s were overturned there. as many as 10 million people in five states will be under tornado watches over the next 24 hours, and david begnaud begins our coverage. >> reporter: it started during the lunch hour in louisiana. triple tornadic water spouts developed over lake pontchartrain in new orleans. an hour west of here, in white castle, louisiana, a motorist captured what is believed to be a wall cloud with a tornado wrapped in it. 2other tornado was reported in praireville, 20 miles east of the capital, baton rouge. a gold's gym took a powerful d ofh. a wall was ripped off the building. this is what it looked like late sis afternoon in assumption, parish, an eerie sight after a reported tornado plowed a path of destruction. >> look up. look up. >> reporter: southeast of baton rouge-- >> it's right in front of us. it's going to cross right in front of us. >> reporter: a tornado crossed interstate 10. >> oh, my god!
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>> reporter: downed trees were strewn across livingston parish. within hours this afternoon, reports of at least 11 tornadoes across louisiana, mississippi, and alabama. dozens of schools closed early ahead of the severe weather, which knocked down power lines, damaged cars and homes. along the gulf coast, more rain is expected to cause flash pooding. scott, that r.v. park you mentioned a short time ago in convent, louisiana, i just got off the phone with the manager. he has done a walk-through. he said there are numerous injuries and r.v.s that are tossed like toys and right now n une is a search-and-rescue operation under way. >> pelley: david begnaud, thanks. eric fisher is chief meteorologist at our station wbz in boston. r:ic, what's next? >> reporter: well, scott, we're watching this powerful storm hestem diving into the gulf coast states tonight. we have tornado watches out, including a p.d.s.-- particularly dangerous w tuation-- tornado watch from new orleans just into the western parts of the florida panhandle tonight.
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we'll be tracking these storms eastward. in fact, the tor k goes up a little bit during the overnight, these storms moving across alabama, into the florida panhandle and into georgia during the overnight hours, so urging everyone to stay very e ather-aware tonight. that severe threat moves to the east coast tomorrow, up to the d.c. area, in particular, we'll focus on a chance of severe weather in the carolinas during the day tomorrow. heere is also a cold side to the storm, watching the heavy snow across eastern illinois, northwest indiana, and michigan where totals could top a foot in some towns. t, mostly rain, some severe storms, but scott, a wintry element to the storm as well. >> pelley: eric fisher, wbz, thanks. well, there are no storms in the forecast tonight for donald trump. he is expected to win the republican caucuses in nevada. here's dean reynolds. >> we're down to crunch time, folks. we've got to do it. he reporter: his road to the nomination getting wider by the week, donald trump wound up his nevada campaign with a slap at his rivals. >> watch out for dishonest stuff. dishonesty can knock out a poll
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very quickly and that's the only way we lose. >> reporter: trump has been drawing big crowds here. last night, 6,000 heard him call out a heckler this way: >> i'd like to punch him in the face, i'll tell you. ( cheers and applause ) i love the old days. you know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? they'd be carried out on a stretcher, folks. >> reporter: all of it drove marco rubio to this 11th hour haalysis of the party's plight. ad 70% to 65% of republicans already decided they don't want donald trump as their nominee. as long as that vote is being divided up among multiple people, it's good for donald. >> reporter: appalled by the street fighting over second place between rubio and ted cruz, some in the conservative establishment said today it's time to take down the front- runner. in an urgent call for donations to directly attack trump, a superpac, largely funded by the family that owns the chicago cubs, expressed the worry that, "we are about to nominate a candidate who shares none of the
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values our party has held dear for decades, and who will lead our party to general election inin in november." lullowing suit, the conservative advocacy group, club for growth, released this ad: >> he's really just playing us for chumps. trump, just another politician. >> reporter: but preparations are under way at this hotel for what the trump campaign believes will be its third victory party of the year. tnd, scott, the nevada g.o.p. says tonight's caucus turnout will likely be greater than it was four years ago. >> pelley: dean, thanks. well, hillary clinton is hoping for her third victory party on saturday in south carolina. she and bernie sanders are appealing to african american voters with promises of justice reform. here's nancy cordes. >> hillary clinton put me and these moms together to move on a nation, to protect all of us. >> reporter: these five women are not household names.
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but their children are: eric garner suffocated while being pinned down by police in new york. >> i can't breathe! >> reporter: sandra bland, found hanging in her jail cell after scuffling with a texas officer tring a traffic stop. >> let's take this to court. >> reporter: here in south carolina, their mothers are drawing crowds nearly as large as clinton herself does. >> all the candidates, nobody reached out and listened to us, but she did. >> reporter: how many of these events are you doing? >> we're doing about four a day. >> reporter: sybrina fulton's son was trayvon martin, killed at 17 by a neighborhood watch coordinator in sanford, florida. is it hard for you to share your personal story over and over again with all these voters? >> the more i talk about trayvon, the more it helps me heal. >> reporter: sanders has also reached out to victims of gun violence and police brutality, including eric garner's daughter, who broke with her grandmother in a four-minute web video. >> i think we need to believe in
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a leader like bernie sanders. >> reporter: in norfolk, virginia, today, sanders promised he would tackle a broken justice system, too. >> segregation and racism and bigotry is not what this country is supposed to be about. ( applause ) >> reporter: clinton is appearing with the five mothers for the first time tonight here t a church in columbia. she met with them privately, scott, in chicago in november to gain their support. >> pelley: nancy cordes, thanks. well, in a break with history today, the republican leadership said the senate will not consider any nominee to the supreme court, no matter who it is. president obama is preparing to name his choice to replace the s te antonin scalia. but the republicans say that seat should remain empty 11 months, awaiting the next president. the senate has always given a nominee a hearing since at least 1875. here's chief legal correspondent jan crawford.
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>> there should not be a hearing mi the judiciary committee for anyone that the president nominates. >> reporter: senator john cornyn and the ten other republicans on the judiciary committee explained in a letter to senate majority leader mitch mcconnell that the decision was based on constitutional principle and born of a necessity to protect the will of the american people. democrats, like judiciary committee member chuck schumer, called the move unprecedented. >> but to not even give the nominee a hearing and fair consideration is beyond the pale, and it won't stand. >> reporter: but republicans said democrats laid the groundwork after years of delaying hearings and blocking g.o.p. nominees, and they point to the words of then-senator joe biden discussing a possible vacancy in 1992. >> the senate judiciary committee should seriously consider not scheduling confirmation hearings on the nomination until ever-- until after the political campaign
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season is over. >> reporter: now, leader mcconnell again today said he saw no point in even meeting with the president's eventual nominee. and, scott, the white house pointing to 1875 as the last time a nominee failed to get a hearing or a vote. >> pelley: jan crawford on capitol hill. jan, thank you. and republicans had essentially the same reaction today when the president proposed closing the guantanamo bay prison for terror suspects by the end of this inar. guantanamo opened in 2002 on the u.s. naval base in cuba, which allowed prisoners from afghanistan and elsewhere to be held without charges or trials. 779 prisoners have been held there, but today, 91 remain. margaret brennan is at the white h.use. >> the politics of this are tough. al reporter: tough politics because the president's proposal involves bringing nearly 60 guantanamo prisoners to the united states.
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>> we're already holding a bunch of really dangerous terrorists here in the united states because we threw the book at them, and there have been no incidents. >> reporter: of the 91 prisoners remaining at guatanamo, 35 would be transferred to other countries, 46 held in the u.s. under military guard, and at s.ast 10 would face trial in criminal or military courts. that includes so-called 9/11 mastermind khalid sheikh mohamed, who has never been convicted during his 13 years in u.s. custody. pentagon officials have looked at more than 13 locations in the u.s. for housing the prisoners, including the naval brig in south carolina, a supermax prison in colorado, and the military prison in leavenworth, kansas. but in 2011, congress made it illegal to transfer guantanamo inmates to the u.s. and republicans in congress are almost universally opposed to changing that law. kansas senator pat roberts made his opinion clear today. >> this is what i think of the
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president's plan to send terrorists to the united states. >> reporter: so did colorado republican congressman mike coffman. >> he knows that, in fact, the will of congress is not going to change, that we are not going to amend existing law, that would in fact allow these detainees to ome to u.s. soil. >> reporter: president obama said that closing guantanamo will save taxpayers tens of millions of dollars and, scott, the white house today would not rule out taking executive action to shutter the prison if congress does not act. >> pelley: margaret, thanks. now, margaret just mentioned khalid sheikh mohamed, charged with planning 9/11. he was captured by u.s. forces in pakistan in 2003, and for the most part he's been at guantanamo bay since. his case is in a military court there. aiwyers have filed more than 200 motions, many of them claiming abuse and torture, and after
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more than a dozen rounds of pre-trial hearings, his trial is still likely years away. president obama held a video conference today to brief european heads of state on the cease-fire plan for syria that is supposed to begin on saturday. but that agreement does not include isis, which holds about a third of syria, or the al qaeda affiliate there known as al-nusra. it is rare for a western reporter to get into syria, but elizabeth palmer is there in damascus tonight. liz, what are you learning about the prospects of the cease-fire? >> reporter: well, i had the unusual opportunity of talking to two syrian army officers today, and both of them said, personally, they had no appetite for a cease-fire. they were gaining ground on several fronts at the moment, they didn't want to lose momentum. one of them had just returned from officer training in moscow and he had his russian certificate proudly displayed on his bookshelf, and he said that, quite frankly, russians are calling the shots.
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if they tell us we have to observe a limited truce here or there, we'll do it. as for the opposition, both of aiem were deeply scornful. avey said most of the opposition groups don't have enough discipline to actually adhere to a cease-fire. they're constantly morphing, changing their names, changing their tactics, even changing their leaders. >> pelley: and secretary kerry in the united states said today he wasn't sure the cease-fire n s going to work, either. elizabeth palmer in damascus for us tonight. liz, thank you. sexual transmission of zika virus is more widespread than we knew. fd, apple warns what might happen if it's forced to unlock esterrorist's iphone, when the cbs evening news continues. s. then your eyes may see it differently. only flonase is approved to relieve both itchy, watery eyes and congestion. no other nasal allergy spray can say that. when we breathe in allergens our bodies react by over producing six key inflammatory substances that
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suspected of causing severe birth defects. here's dr. jon lapook. >> reporter: angelica ueltschy, who asked not to be seen, and her husband, dustin, were living in brazil last summer when dustin was diagnosed with zika. angelica was pregnant. earlier this month, doctors told them to practice safe sex. >> since the doctor suggested us to use protection, yeah, we are r:ing to use it. f reporter: the advice either i abstain from sex or use latex condoms during sex is now being given by the c.d.c. to all pregnant women whose male partners have been to zika- affected countries. on february 2, the first known rrse of sexual transmission of alka virus during the current outbreak was reported in dallas. with today's 14 suspected cases, the c.d.c. is rethinking how the disease is spread. prnnifer mcquiston studies zika at the c.d.c. >> with these new suspected ises that we're investigating, re're really becoming more aware that sexual transmission may happen more often than we previously thought.
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>> reporter: zika has been linked to microcephaly in newborns, abnormally small heads and developmental delays. the virus remains in the blood ayr an average of about one week, but can stay in semen for much longer, 62 days in one case. there's no evidence of sexual transmission from women to men. angelica is due in april and so our, so good. scott, you may be wondering why .very day there's new information about zika. remember, 10 years ago, this infection was almost unheard of. now it's exploding and being gang tackled by the scientific community. >> pelley: john, thanks very much. up next, apple's fight for privacy. privacy. what about my family? my li'l buddy? and what if this happened again? i was given warfarin in the hospital but i wondered if this was the right treatment for me. then my doctor told me about eliquis. eliquis treats dvt and pe blood clots and reduces the risk of them happening again.
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are many families anxious for a ascision. 29 reporter: last april in baton rouge, louisiana, 29-year-old htitney mills, who was eight months pregnant, was shot when she answered her door. she and her unborn child were killed. police suspect she knew her killer, and her locked iphone jould contain vital clues. thlice lieutenant johnny dunham: >> the fact that her phone was encrypted and we are unable to obtain her password has thrown up a stumbling block. >> reporter: since the california magistrate's ruling that apple had to help the f.b.i. break into the iphone fed by san bernardino shooter oned farook, there has been new y cus on cases around the country involving locked peartphones. >> this is a very, very slippery slope. >> reporter: ted olson, apple's attorney, used to represent the u.s. government before the k preme court. peu think that part of the ldippery slope here is that ultimately, the government could develop a backdoor, with apple's help, to listen in, to eavesdrop
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on phone calls that are happening now? >> yes. >> reporter: olson knows about terrorism. las wife, barbara, was a passenger on the plane that crashed into the pentagon on 9/11. he believes terror cases can stad to government over-reach. >> terrorists want to take away our civil liberties. they want to break down our system. they want us to over-react. they want us to say, "well, privacy goes out the window." at reporter: but the district attorney in baton rouge, hillar moore, says britney mills' case is about catching a killer. >> the question is, are you in it to live in a civilized society, a free society, and you want justice, you have to give up some of your liberties. o d this is one that i think is reasonable for you to give up. >> reporter: the f.b.i. rejects the argument that the san bernardino case would set a precedent. scott, apple expects this case to ultimately end up at the supreme court. >> pelley: jeff, thank you.
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they can manage it, what happens in the palace stays in the palace. but the special 90th queen's birthday issue of the high- society "town & country" magazine contains the spectacular revelation of a family rift of such vicious infighting that a psychologist had to be called in, a rift between the queen's corgis, the dog breed she's famously fond of. e there were a number of fights, and fights-- et reporter: between the dogs. >> between the dogs. >> reporter: let alone between the families, but between the stgs. pet psychologist roger mugford calmed the corgis down by sorting out the hierarchy, a lot like the way the royals work, and he discovered a possible doason for the doggy discord. the corgis were at each other's throats at the same time that the royal family were at each other's throats over the breakdown of princess diana and prince charles' marriage. >> particularly, when you're istracted by the affairs of
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state going on in the family, as they were at that time, and the princess diana situation. >> reporter: the royal dogs' afe does seem a lot like the royal family life: pampered, and they eat off good crockery. >> and the bowls are leftovers from the palace kitchen, i presume, a battered silver dish here-- >> reporter: silver. >> --and a cracked piece of porcelain there. >> mother, daughter. >> reporter: and there's another way the royal corgis are like the royal family. cee royal line of people are all rsonct descendants of a single person, queen victoria. and the royal line of corgis are all direct descendants of a single top dog as well. at the palace, in dogs, and in people it seems, breeding counts. mark phillips, cbs news, london. >> pelley: and that's the cbs news for tonight. for all of us from cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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moves to clear out the tent ".basically, the cop told u we don't move, we re going o jail.".." sleeping in cars. two cities, two different ways of tackling the housing crisis. tonight one moves to clear out the tent. >> where are we supposed to go? if we don't leave we go to jail. >> reporter: the other may say okay to sleeping in cars. >> they can sleep peacefully through the night and not worry about anything going wrong. >> reporter: new at 6:00, long before the silicon came to the valley it was all about the farmland. how a bay area county is trying to preserve a fading part of the past. >> and burned for the sake of an instagram photo. how the perfect picture destroyed a beloved local landmark. company condition a developing story: ti tent city. san good evening, i'm allen martin. >> i'm veronica de la cruz. a developing story to start with tonight. time is up for the "tent city."
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san francisco has been trying to get the homeless to move to this shelter on pier 80 but the campers refuse to budge and have clogged this stretch of division street with hundreds of tents. today the mayor said enough. kpix 5's mike sugerman reports today the city started moving out the homeless campers. >> reporter: within the last hour health inspectorrers came by with this abatement order to vacate and gave it to every one here. mayor lee hopes this is the ticket to the final act of the long running homeless drama on division street. moving day for dozens of residents south of market "tent city." >> told us to move. we told them like, where we supposed to go? so he said if we don't leave we going to jail. >> reporter: the city moved 25 of them into the big warehouse homeless shelter opened

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