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all: cbs cares! well, 11 days to iowa and new hampshire just eight days after that. we have two reports on the campaign beginning with nancy cordes. nancy? >> reporter: scott, the former secretary of state, hillary clinton, went after bernie sanders' commander-in-chief credentials today, calling him naive for wanting to normalize relations with iran, and she claims the long-time lawmaker hasn't thought his ideas on diplomacy through. >> senator sanders doesn't talk very much about foreign policy, but when he does, it raises concern. >> reporter: in new hampshire, sanders challenged clinton on entitlements. >> we have another difference of opinion on social security. i believe we should expand benefits. >> get everybody you know to
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come out and caucus for me, okay? thank you. >> reporter: with just 11 days to go, both campaigns are turning their attention to turnout. >> do you know what candidate you'll be supporting? bernie? awesome. that's really good to hear. >> are you folks signed in? >> reporter: at a clinton event, every supporter was asked to sign a pledge to vote. james follows up with a phone call. >> in our precinct we have to have 250 supporters. we're working on that 250 right now. we're not -- we know exactly who they are. >> reporter: so you're now trying to convince the undecideds. you're just making sure your supporters vote? >> well, if things get hot, those people will show up. >> reporter: i'm major garrett in new hampshire where ted cruz responded to 1996 gop nominee bob dole's declaration that "nobody likes him" and that donald trump could work better with congress. >> if as a voter you think what we need is more republicans in washington to cut a deal with harry reid and nancy pelosi and chuck schumer, then i guess
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donald trump is your guy. >> reporter: trump, campaigning in las vegas, answered cruz. >> ronald reagan would get along with tip o'neil, and they'd sit down and they'd make great deals for everybody. that's what the country is about really, isn't it? you know? >> reporter: back in new hampshire, john kasich met with campaign volunteers and told us he's in strong contention for second place. can you win here? >> maybe we can win, but what's important is that i can remove doubt from people that, yeah, this guy who has the best resume, maybe the most experienced, you know, i hear the adult in the room, has a chance to be heard in the country. >> reporter: kasich also shared this hard political truth: people want to be with a winner, but they don't want to make a winner. scott, kasich admitted he will have to change that dynamic here or go home. >> major garrett, thanks. much of what we know about
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atrocities committed by isis in iraq and syria comes from courageous citizens armed with smartphones. they have become journalists, but now they're being targeted by isis assassins. holly williams has their story. >> reporter: bashra kasmar lost her husband a month ago. he was shot in broad daylight on a busy street in southern turkey near the syrian border. >> reporter: jeff was a syrian documentary maker. he showed what life is really like under isis. bashra told us her husband received death threats from isis, though the extremists haven't claimed responsibility for his murder.
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>> reporter: her husband sometimes worked with a group that is being slaughtered silently. their citizen journalists risk their lives to report from inside the city of raqqah, the so-called isis capital. the group's web site includes accounts not just of public executions but also of extortion, bread lines and how isis stops people from escaping the city. all of it revealing that raqqah's far from the paradise that isis claims. to stop the truth getting out, isis has hunted down and murdered the group's activist, even when they're over the border in turkey. mohammed massara is a former high school math teacher who helped found the raqqah group and later fled to turkey where the death threat followed him 69 "we've become numb," mohammed told us. "it's not easy to talk to your
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friends at night and discover next morning they've been killed." what will happen to you if you stay in turkey? "every time i go outside, i have this feeling i'm being followed," he said. "but i need to stay alive, keep getting the word out and not give in to isis." bashra kashmar is now seeking asylum in europe but still can't bring herself to bring her youngest daughter anissa that her father is gone. >> reporter: mohammed massara left turkey yesterday and also now seeking asylum in europe, but, scott, he told us that other activists from the group remain inside raqqah, risking death to report on what isis is doing to their city. >> holly williams reporting tonight from istanbul.
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spoiler alert! she doesn't make it! only mucinex dm relieves both wet and dry coughs for 12 hours with two medicines in one pill. start the relief. ditch the misery. let's end this. i've never forgotten the scene in 2011 of schoolchildren who drowned in japan's
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catastrophic tsunami. i found their bodies in a gym. they had been evacuated there because it was the tallest structure, but not nearly tall enough. well, today in the american northwest, communities are debating how to save lives from a similar tsunami after an earthquake that is overdue. don dahler reports. >> reporter: during their regular earthquake and tsunami drills, students at this elementary school in westport, washington, practice going to the top floor, but with the pacific ocean just a few thousand feet away, scientists say these drills might be futile. because the inevitable tsunami could be higher than the school. >> as soon as the earth shakes, get here. >> reporter: superintendent paula ackerland. >> scientists tell us it will happen at some point. it's very unpredictable as to when, so we need to be prepared. >> reporter: that's why construction workers are racing to finish this vertical
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evacuation structure, the first of its kind in north america. the shelter sits on the roof of a new school, rising 44 feet high with 14-inch-thick walls. it could save thousands of students and residents seeking refuge. like the japanese earthquake and tsunamis in 2011 that killed nearly 16,000, seismologists say there is an impending disaster coming this way. 70 miles off america's pacific northwest, from northern california to vancouver island, sits the fault line known as the cascada subduction zone, where the oceanianic plate is slowing being forced between the north american plate. >> it buckles. it buckles upward and gets pushed backward like a spring until eventually after a few hundred years it just has to let go. >> reporter: for 25 years, oregon state geologist chris goldfinger has warned of the possibility of disaster. he and other scientists have been collecting core samples of sediment from the ocean floor.
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>> these sand layers that you can see are we believe past earthquakes. >> reporter: they discovered that major earthquakes happen here an average of every 240 years. the last major cascadia earthquake was 315 years ago. the big one, scientists say, is overdue. >> nothing that compares to magnitude nine earthquake that north america has experienced in human history. >> reporter: similar to what happened in japan, fema estimates in that case a tsunami could hit some areas within 15 minutes. collapsed roads and bridges could cut off coastal towns and major cities like portland, olympia and seattle, potentially stranding seven million people. >> these roads are in red. is that because they could conceivably be impacted and not be passable? >> absolutely. >> reporter: kenneth murphy is fema's regional administrator. is fema ready for the big one? >> i would never say we are ready.
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>> reporter: what's the best case scenario for 8.0? >> at least 10,000-plus killed from the tsunami. >> reporter: the numbers go way up with 9.0? >> they go tremendously up. we're talking numbers that this nation i'm not sure is prepared to deal with. >> reporter: some cities in the northwest require new buildings be constructed to withstand a major earthquake, but most of those laws don't apply to older buildings. scott, federal, state and military officials do say they have response plans in place. >> don dahler, thanks. next, a female first.
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today a british judge said
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that vladimir putin "probably approved the murder of a former soviet kgb agent in london." alexander litvinenko had become a critic of putin, and in 2006, someone put radioactive polonium in his tea. on his deathbed, litvinenko blamed putin. a spokesman for putin today said the judge's report is "probably a joke." in a first for the nfl, the buffalo bills have hired a woman as a full-time assistant coach. kathryn smith is the special teams quality control coach. she has worked with head coach rex ryan for seven years, first with the jets. last summer, jen walter was a training camp coach for the arizona cardinals. irving fields is 100 and counting and playing and singing. life in triple digits, next.
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finally tonight, more than 72,000 americans have reached the age of 100. for one, the secret is ebony, ivory and martini. here's jericka duncan. ♪ oh, yeah >> reporter: at 100 years old, irving fields still plays the piano at lounges in new york city five nights a week. how do you keep that pace up? >> i got to do something every day. i don't stop. it gives me a social life, too. ♪ >> reporter: over decades, fields has written and composed thousands of songs. >> i've closed my eyes.
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they know where to go. >> reporter: at his age, there is one thing he says he misses. what makes you happy? >> if i could have sex again. [ laughter ] after all, i'm 100 and five, six months old. >> reporter: it's music and daily martinis that keep him going. >> i love to be 100, but it's better to be 200. >> reporter: spoken like a man truly filled with nothing but life. ♪ i'll play the piano for you >> reporter: jericka duncan, cbs news, new york. >> and that's the "overnight news" for this friday. for some of you the news continues. for others, check back with us later for the morning news and "cbs this morning." from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm scott pelley. -- captions by vitac --
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this is the "cbs overnight news." >> welcome to the "overnight news." i'm vinita nair. the first east coast blizzard of the winter is heading up the coast this morning. it's expected to start dumping snow on washington, d.c. in a few hours and continue for a day and a half. up to two feet is continued from west virginia to southern new england. the nation's capital got a preview with a light dusting wednesday night. and the results weren't pretty. kris van cleave begins our coverage. >> reporter: it wasn't congress that created gridlock in washington last night. it was a rush hour burst of snow that froze the untreated roads and turned cars into out-of-control projectiles. neighboring virginia reported 767 crashes in just 24 hours. >> it is crazy out here. >> reporter: normally short commutes turned into eight-hour, slow-speed marathons of misery,
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stretching the drive home well into the morning. aaa rescued nearly 6,500 drivers from the mayhem, and this was a small storm before the main event comes tomorrow. d.c. mayor muriel bowser. >> we are very sorry for an inadequate response. >> reporter: what does last night's debacle say about the city's ability to handle the type of storm that's coming at it now? >> we should have been out earlier with more resources. if we had gotten out earlier and had more resources, we may have seen a difference. >> reporter: today crews were getting their equipment ready and starting to treat area roads. of particular concern are power outages from wind gusts as high as 55 miles per hour. and people were stocking up, leaving store shelves bare as residents prepared to be snowed in for days. >> it's the same way you prepare for a natural disaster or armageddon. >> they've run out of organic carrots, which is a terrible thing. they're running out of lots and lots of things.
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>> reporter: d.c. police chief cathy lanier urged people to stay home once the storm starts. >> don't take this storm for granted. this is 36 hours of a major storm. >> reporter: are we talking life-and-death potential from this storm? >> absolutely. >> reporter: most of the schools in the region are closed tomorrow, but the district's 544 trucks and plows as well as 39,000 tons of salt are ready to battle the storm. >> the tomorrow is really just started to get geared up, digging into louisiana, tornado warnings in parts of mississippi gathering a lot of that gulf moisture. and then it runs into the cold. blizzard watches out include parts of new york city, as well as philly, blizzard warnings in baltimore and d.c. and a huge area under winter storm warnings. a broad area that will see one to two feet of snow. we track this to the east coast on friday. friday, we're deepening friday night arriving in washington, d.c. by the evening hours, into new york city by saturday morning. just grazing southern new england saturday night. in dark blue, one to two-foot snow totals, covering a huge area.
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6 to 12 in new york, probably the toughest forecast across the board, 18 to 24 in d.c., and 18 to 24 in roanoke, virginia. not just the snow but we also have a significant ice storm to deal with, especially in north carolina. scott, having a big impact on daily life. a chance for power outages and watching the impact for the nfc championship in charlotte this weekend. on the campaign trail, gop front-runner donald trump continues to stretch his lead over the rest of the field. the latest poll shows trump with 34% of support of republican primary voters. his closest challenger, ted cruz, has 14%. behind them jeb bush and marco rubio have 10%. major garrett is following the race from washington. >> reporter: let's talk about the republican machine you've heard so much about. it's sputtering. how do we know? donald trump and ted cruz continue to dominate the gop race. to stay ahead, both have to ridicule the establishment, the machine at every turn. but lately these lines have begun to blur. that means cruz must denounce
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anyone who backs trump as an establishment toatee. anyone that is, not named sarah palin. >> even today the gop machine, they're attacking their own front-runner. >> reporter: sarah palin hit the road with donald trump wednesday aiming to fortify the front-runner's conservative credentials. >> our candidate is ballsy enough to get out there and put those issues on the table. >> reporter: even as palin soaked up cheers in tulsa, she spoke openly about pain within her own family. >> i guess it's kind of the elephant in the room. >> reporter: her oldest son, track, an iraq war veteran, was arrested on domestic violence and weapons charges earlier this week. palin linked the assault to post traumatic stress and used the moment to take a shot at president obama. >> but my son like so many others come back hardened. it starts at the top. the question that comes from our own president where they have to look at him and wonder, do you know what we go through?
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>> reporter: republican elder statesman bob dole, the 1996 presidential nominee, also signaled a preference for trump. especially if the only other alternative was cruz. "i question his allegiance to the party," dole said about cruz. nobody likes him. cruz dismissed those comments. >> hello, everybody. >> reporter: a sign they're ditching other candidates for trump. >> right now the washington establishment is abandoning marco rubio. they made the assessment that he can't win this race. and the washington establishment is rushing over to support donald trump. >> reporter: in iowa and new hampshire, republican voters haven't chosen a candidate. a new poll shows more than half of republicans are still making up their minds. these voters could be up for grabs for candidates like john kasich and chris christie, who both believe if they can finish a strong second in new hampshire, they will attract the money, momentum and media attention necessary to credibly chase the nomination. the democratic presidential contenders are not distancing
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themselves from the party establishment, they're trying to gain its support. nancy cordes is on the campaign trail in des moines, iowa. >> reporter: we've reached the point where even the smallest slight can become a campaign issue. last night hillary clinton took umbridge at a stray comment from bernie sanders. it relates to a key constituency -- women. >> i was somewhat confused when senator sanders said well, you know, planned parenthood and human rights campaigns, they're part of the establishment. i thought boy, i wish it were. i wish we weren't fighting all the time to protect women's rights, to protect women's health. >> reporter: clinton was responding to sanders who said this when asked why planned planned parenthood endorsed her, not him. >> hillary clinton has been around for a long time and some of these groups are part of the establishment. >> reporter: sanders is trying to position himself as an outsider. but the clinton camp says he's too far outside. >> i think the term "socialist"
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doesn't make it easier to win. >> reporter: governor dan malloy and a chorus of clinton supporters argued wednesday that putting a socialist at the top of the ticket would hurt democrats down the ballot in november. >> there's a place to carry the socialist banner, no question about it. i'm not sure that particularly in swing congressional districts that's the banner you want to be parading. >> reporter: clinton backers warned that his past positions would make sanders an easy target for republicans. in the '70s, sanders favored a 100% tax on income over $1 million. at the cbs debate, sanders joked he's backed off that position -- a bit. >> we haven't come up with an exact number yet, but it will not be as high as the number under dwight d. eisenhower, which was 90%. but it will be -- i'm not that much of a socialist compared to eisenhower. the "cbs overnight news" will be right back.
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the youngest nominee at this year's grammy awards is a 12-year-old boy from bali named joey alexander. he plays a mean jazz piano and he's been captivating fans and fellow musicians alike. anderson cooper has his story for "60 minutes." ♪ >> reporter: for a jazz musician, there's no bigger stage than the newport jazz festival. those artists work a lifetime to get here, if they ever make it at all.
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♪ it's joey alexander's first time playing newport. he's the youngest person ever invited to perform on this stage. he may only be 12 years old, but his sound and his soul seem a lot older than that. [ applause ] newport audiences can be a tough crowd. but joey has them on their feet. >> history in newport once again. >> reporter: when we sat down with him later in new york, we were reminded he is just a kid who first touched a keyboard six years ago. what do you think it was about jazz? >> i think it gives a special feeling, which is the blues and swing feel. >> reporter: what do you mean by swing? >> like swing, it's like the groove. >> reporter: i've never had a 12-year-old try to explain to me about groove.
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>> oh. ♪ >> reporter: just listen to him groove on this song "mob blues." ♪ he wrote it when he was 10. ♪ what's most remarkable is that joey is already a master of improvisation. most of what he plays he makes up as he goes along. ♪ do you know how you're going to improvise something before you do it? have you planned it all out? >> when i'm on stage, i never
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plan i'm going to do this. but of course, you have the concept what you're going to do, but you don't really plan it. >> so every time it might be different? >> yeah. >> it sounds really hard. [ laughter ] >> it is kind of hard. >> reporter: and yet, joey makes it look so easy. ♪ winston marsales, one of the biggest names in jazz, has seen a lot of talent in jazz over the years. >> i've never heard no one that can play like him. no one has heard a person that can play like him. >> reporter: he has genius? >> no question about that to any of us. >> reporter: genius? this is what he means. >> let's take a traditional hymn like "just a closer walk with thee." so if you just play the melody with basic chord changes, this is with noel provization. >> oh, the song. ♪
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♪ now put improvise on it. ♪ [ laughter ] >> that was cool. >> somebody 12 playing like that. >> reporter: joey's talent may be undeniable, but no one can explain where it comes from. >> why?
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we don't know why. i once asked miles davis about sound. he said man, nobody knows about sound. sound just is. and i think that about his ability. they are. >> reporter: they just are. >> they are. >> reporter: it's not just how he plays that sets him apart, it's from he's from. bali, the tiny indonesian island better known for palm trees than piano players. he was a hyperactive kid, so one day when he was 6, his parents brought home a keyboard, hoping to channel all that restless energy. you thought maybe that would focus him? >> yeah. at the same time, we wanted to find out whether he's musical or not, because we have a musical family. >> reporter: that was the first time he started playing with the keyboard? >> yeah. ♪ >> reporter: here he is one year later at age 7. remember, no one taught joey how to play like this. he just picked it up listening to his dad's albums of duke
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ellington and charlie parker. just listening to your records -- >> right. >> reporter: and playing along. >> right. ♪ >> reporter: they did hire a piano instructor, but he tried to teach joey classical music. it didn't go well. joey wanted to improvise? >> yeah. even just a little bit. embellish it. >> reporter: and the classical teacher didn't like it being embellished? >> no, no. >> reporter: what did they tell you? >> he wants to be free. >> reporter: and jazz allows that freedom? >> uh-huh. to express himself. >> reporter: joey began expressing himself on stages across indonesia. videos of him playing went viral and made it to winston marcelis who is managing and artistic director of jazz at lincoln center in new york. he was so impressed by what he heard, he invited joey to
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perform at their annual gala, their biggest event of the year. and even though it was his new york debut and his first time performing for such a crowd, joey decided to play one of the toughest songs in jazz "round midnight." ♪ and when he was done, the orchestra rose, the crowd rose, and joey, who was 10 at the time, he didn't know what to do. >> don't go, joey. >> reporter: he tried to walk off the stage. >> joey, don't go. >> reporter: the host that evening was billy crystal. >> take it in, man, take it in. >> reporter: joey had arrived. >> joey alexander. >> reporter: you got a standing ovation. >> thank god for that. >> reporter: thank god for that? >> i mean, i didn't expect to have a standing ovation. ♪
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>> reporter: that concert changed joey's life. his parents sold what they had in indonesia and moved the family to new york. he started playing gigs, touring the country, winning fans, and learning the rhythm of a very different world. how do you like new york? >> new york's great. i love it. >> and you can see anderson cooper's full report on our website, the "overnight news" will be right back. e are a lot of diffet kinds of yucky germs. but not all disinfecting wipes... are approved to kill the same number of them. lysol wipes are approved to kill more types of germs than clorox. this cold and flu season lysol that.
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each year, hundreds of thousands of air travelers take to the skies with their pets. some fly in the cabin, but a lot of bigger animals have to be checked in. now the rules for checking your dog in are changing. kris van cleave has the story from reagan national airport. >> reporter: you have a big dog like buddy here and you want to fly with him, you used to be able to go to the ticket counter. but increasingly the airline will send you here. this is the cargo terminal, and it is nowhere near that second counter. >> come on in. >> reporter: for peter harold and his wife jan, shanty is part of the family. which means when they fly their golden doodle does, too. but she is too big for the cabin, so she has to be checked.
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typically, airlines require carry-on pets to fit under the set in front of you. >> it is not the easiest thing. it takes a long time, you have to go to your vet within a week of the flight and get a health certificate each time that you do it. so yeah, it adds about an extra hour to your arrival time. >> reporter: starting in march, delta will no longer allow larger pets to be checked on their owner's flight. instead they'll have to be handled as fright. pets will have to arrive tree hours before the flight, then dropped off and picked up in the cargo section and the pooch could fly on a separate flight and arrive at a different time. >> we don't do it on the cargo way. we just don't have the confidence and it would be too traumatic for us to think of the dog being handled as cargo. >> reporter: delta's change
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followed united. >> we really have a better equipped facility at cargo and we can properly keep the animals in a safe environment and have professional staff to look after them when they have a connection or a layover rather than just leaving them out on the tarmac. >> reporter: programs like pet safe where animals are monitored by employees mark a course correction for airlines. >> airlines have done a terrible job for over 40 years in transports plants in the cargo hold of passenger planes and the statistics prove that. and the airlines just didn't want to play that game anymore. >> reporter: through november, 33 pets died, 23 injured and 3 more were lost while in an airline's possession in 2015. >> the real issue is connecting flights, whether it's a passenger cargo plane hold or a cargo plane hold, it gets down to the chain of custody, who is watching that animal, who is
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caring for that animal. it's a liability issue. >> reporter: southwest and jetblue won't let you check a pet. american still does but only on certain types of aircraft but not when it's too hot or cold. an aircraft change delayed harold's trip to florida for two days until seats on a pet friendly airliner were available. >> i think she's a bit excited. >> reporter: on the return to washington, weather delays baggage, leaving peter pacing. >> yeah, there she is. >> reporter: but from the looks of it, the wait was well worth it. >> oh. >> reporter: delta says the change will ensure that we have a high quality consistent service for pets when owners choose to ship them. service animals of all sizes are allowed in the cabin, and travel experts say they think that system will be abused by people who want to take advantage of that instead of checking their pets. the "cbs overnight news" will be right back.
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faced with an aging population and a lot more men than women, china has changed its long-standing policy of one child per family. now married couples can have two children if they want. seth doane visited one family that fought for this change. >> reporter: this policy was deeply unpopular and the change is welcomed by many. shares of companies selling baby items, everything from formula to strollers, went up with the news. but the question remains, how many more chinese couples will really have a second child? ♪ 10-year-old wong always wished she had a sibling. "it's lonely," she told us. "since i was little there haven't be many kids to play with." for years her parents fought to have a second child. even publicly protesting for the
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right. when i heard the news i couldn't believe it, she said. i read the official document over and over. it was always in our dreams, but also beyond our dreams. china's rubber stamped parliament still has to formally approve the change to this controversial policy. my husband works for a state-owned company. if we had a second baby, he would have been fired or forced to quit, she said. the fine could have been nearly $50,000. cbs news videotaped these beijing bill boards in the 1980s. one child policy was designed to combat the booming population, and to lessen the financial burden on families and the state. health officials claim at least 400 million births were avoided, but enforcement could be draconian, sometimes including forced abortion and sterilization. some parents preferred male children and aborted female fetuses. today there are 33 million more men than women in china.
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china's workforce is shrinking, the population ageing. and chow worries about the stress on her daughter. when we get old, she'll be the only one taking care of us, she said. they're ready to start trying to have another child and their 10-year-old has already given thought to the brother versus sister question. why a little sister? >> because little brother is very naughty. [ laughter ] >> reporter: so you would rather have very a little sister? >> yes. >> reporter: in recent years, china has been experimenting with allowing some couples to have a second child. but not as many have been taking the government up on the offer as the government would have liked. so the question now, this change may be too little too late. >> that is the "overnight news" for this friday.
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