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dearborn, mike alger and >> 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
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we've been told of fatalities at 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. another tornado was reported in 2 praireville, 20 miles east of the capital, baton rouge. a gold's gym took a powerful punch.d of a wall was ripped off the building. this is what it looked like late this afternoon in assumption, s 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
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>> oh, my god! >> 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 flooding. p 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 there is a search-and-rescuen un operation under way. >> pelley: david begnaud, thanks. eric fisher is chief meteorologist at our station wbz in boston. eric, what's next?r: >> reporter: well, scott, we're watching this powerful storm system diving into the gulfhe coast states tonight. we have tornado watches out, including a p.d.s.-- particularly dangerous situation-- tornado watch fromw new orleans just into the western parts of the florida panhandle tonight.
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eastward. in fact, the tornado risk 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 weather-aware tonight.e 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. there is also a cold side to thehe storm, watching the heavy snow across eastern illinois, northwest indidia, and michigan where totals could top a foot in some towns. so mostly rain, some severet, 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. >> reporter: his road to thehe nomination getting wider by the week, donald trump wound up his nevada campaign with a slap at his rivals. >> watch out for dishonest
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dishonesty can knock out a poll 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 analysis of the party's plight.ha >> 70% to 65% of republicansad 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
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values our party has held dear for decades, and who will lead our party to general election ruin in november."in following suit, the conservativelu 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. and, scott, the nevada g.o.p.t 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
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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 during a traffic stop. t >> 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.
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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 at a church in columbia. t 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 supreme court, no matter who it is. president obama is preparing to name his choice to replace the late antonin scalia.s 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
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>> there should not be a hearing in the judiciary committee formi 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
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season is over. >> reporter: now, leader mcconnell again today said he 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 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 margaret brennan is at the white house.h. >> the politics of this are tough. >> reporter: tough politicsal because the president's proposal involves bringing nearly 60 guantanamo prisoners to the united states.
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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 least 10 would face trial ins. 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.
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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 come to u.s. soil. o >> 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. lawyers have filed more than 200ai motions, many of them claiming
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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
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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 them were deeply they said most of the oppositionav 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 was going to work, either.n elizabeth palmer in damascus for us tonight. liz, thank you. sexual transmission of zika virus is more widespread than we knew. and, apple warns what might f happen if it's forced to unlock a terrorist's iphone, when thees 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 going to use it.r: >> reporter: the advice either f to abstain from sex or use latex i 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 case of sexual transmission ofrr zika virus during the currental outbreak was reported in dallas. with today's 14 suspected cases, the c.d.c. is rethinking how the disease is spread. jennifer mcquiston studies zikapr at the c.d.c. >> with these new suspected cases that we're investigating, i we're really becoming more awarere that sexual transmission may happen more often than we
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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 for an average of about oneay 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 far, so good.ou scott, you may be wondering why every 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
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6:21 pm >> reporter: last april in baton29 rouge, louisiana, 29-year-old britney mills, who was eightht 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 could contain vital police lieutenant johnny dunham:th >> 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 used by san bernardino shooter f syed farook, there has been newon focus on cases around they country involving locked >> this is a very, very slippery slope. >> reporter: ted olson, apple's attorney, used to represent the u.s. government before the supreme court.k you think that part of thepe slippery slope here is thatld ultimately, the government could develop a backdoor, with apple's
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on phone calls that are happening now? >> yes. >> reporter: olson knows about terrorism. his wife, barbara, was ala passenger on the plane that crashed into the pentagon on 9/11. he believes terror cases can lead to government >> 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." >> reporter: but the district at 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. and this is one that i think iso 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.
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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' life does seem a lot like the a 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. the royal line of people are allce direct descendants of a singlerson 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
6:29 pm nevada's republican caucuses are officially underway... as we look live at one of the caucus locations in carson city... coverage of news at 6:30. caucus locations are packed across northern nevada... as republicans get their turn to have their voices heard in the first in the west caucus. good evening i'm kristen remington. and i'm landon miller. thanks for joining us tonight. we begin with team coverage of campaign 2016... erin breen is live at hug high school one of the caucus locations in reno... ryan canaday is live at the nugget in carson city... and paul nelson is live in the studio after attending a rally donald trump held in sparks earlier today... let's start with erin... erin are things moving along smoothly over there? well they had hoped to be well
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but we are still seeing pretty long lines. we did talk to some people in line about coming here tonight. curtisa hazett: "my first time to caucus and i'm here for marco rubio because he's the best candidate to beat hillary in the general." marge custer: "it's very important i think it's the most significant election of my lifetime." richard royce:"yes it's important i'm voting for trump i want a crazy guy for president." but there's another story here.....the lines are so long that a lot of people have gotten fed up and just left. and some are concerned about the


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