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udge jared loughner, who shot and severely wounded congresswoman gabby giffords and killed six others, heard his fate today. john blackstone was in the courtroom. they have no power, no heat, no gasoline. then the ice and snow came. mark strassman on the long n on thefter hurricane sandy. members of the navy seal team 6 are disciplined for helping to produce a video game. david martin has the story. and seth doane with folks picking up the pieces of their lives one memory at a time. >> this was the cookie-- the cookie press that i made the cookies at christmas time. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. oo pelley: good evening. en a tucson, arizona, courtroom,
odayer congresswoman gabby giffords cape face to face today d th the man who tried to kill her. 24-year-old jared loughner. en january of last year, loughner, mentally ill and armed with a semiautomatic pistol, tried to assassinate giffords, raising his gun to her head and firing. then he kept shooting, killing six, wounding 13. loughner pleaded guilty, and today a federal judge sentenced him to seven life terms, one for pch of the dead, plus one more for attempting to kill a member of congress. john blackstone was in the courtroom. >> reporter: loughner sat in the courtroom as one by one, victims rose to speak. congresswoman gabby giffords ask her husband, mark kelly, stood side by side. loughner look toward him as kelly said, "mr. loughner, you may have put a bullet through her head, but you haven't put a dent in her spirit and her commitment to make the world a better place." giffords did not speak but stood fully upright, her paralyzed right arm in a sling.
kelly ended with this, "you have decades upon decades to contemplate what you did, but after today, after this moment, here and now, gabby and i are done thinking about you." pam simon is one of giffords' staffers who was wounded. >> i could see in the way she stood, very straight, standing with mark kelly. i knew-- i could sense in the way she held her head, her curiosity, her great intellect, and, also, i believe, that it may have provided some closure for her. she is an amazing woman. >> reporter: loughner only spoke when he was asked by the judge if he waved his right to address the court. he replied, "that's true." loughner's shooting rampage was in january of 2011 in the tucson shopping mall where giffords was holding a meeting with constituents. he's been diagnosed with schizophrenia and has spent the last year in a psychiatric word where he has been treated with
psychotropic drugs. the six people loughner killed, included a federal judge, a 19- year-old girl, and betty jean's mother. so you were looking in the eyes of the man who killed her mother. >> i had to. >> reporter: do you think he heard you? >> i hope he did. >> gabby giffords, she said, gave her the strength to speak. >> she greeted me and she said i needed to be strong because i was a little wet-eyed. >> reporter: you were wet-eyes. gabby giffords told you to be strong. >> yes. >> reporter: loughner will be sent back to the same federal prison where he has been getting psychiatric treatment. isat treatment will continue but, scott, the judge told loughner he will never again set foot outside of prison. >> pelley: folks hit by hurricane sandy were digging out or ahe snowstorm today.
many are struggling with no electricity or heat. sandy is blamed now for at least 123 deaths and more than 767,000 people in four states are without power. as snow fell on staten island, nason auer was helping clean out a relative's wrecked house, and mark strassmann is reporting for us from new jersey tonight. mark. >> reporter: i want to show you something, scott. all this is the aftermath of sandy, a growing mountain of debris. that pile is construction materials, furniture, and thatances. over there, what's rest of belmar's famed boardwalk, that pile splintered by sandy, and that peel ground up for scrap. and town after town on the jersey shore had a pile of ruin just like this with no place to go. >> i've never seen this much material in our building before. >> reporter: dominic mazza's doste removal business has ss hected 7500 tons of debris since sandy hit. >> you can't get to out-of-state landfills. >>
it's backed up here, and it's backed up on the streets. >> reporter: mazza can't get rid of it all because there aren't enough statement-licensed trucks to haul it all away. some debris mounds contain potential health hazards. nd oil, paint cans. there's refrigerators and toxic chemicals that get released into air. th reporter: and those are now are nowin towns exposed because there is no permit to allow them he take to a place like this. ,> reporter: exactly. >> reporter: for every two steps tep brd, this recovery from sandy takes one step back. mayor michael bloomberg bloounced new gasoline rationing olineew york city drivers. we'll have to wait until the rs.kend for the last of the city's flooded tunnels to reopen. and the winds and snows from wednesday's nor'easter killed power to another 200,000 customers, mostly in new jersey. >> and all of this, unfortunately, runs on electric. >> reporter: lynn crofton's fiancee, billy reed, a stroke victim, needs this life- sustaining equipment from his ventilator to nebulizer. they've all had to run on generator power since sandy hit. a who would ever expect in the
united states of america that you'd be without power and heat for 11 days? >> reporter: crofton gases up the generator three times a day the paits for the power company. without this life-sustaining equipment. >> we'd be in the hospital. or a nursing home or sitting in a-- sitting in an e.r., and god only knows what he's going to catch this there. i can't do that to another human being. >> reporter: crofton knows she's lucky that at least she has a roof over her head. scott, other families have their entire homes in these mounds of rooms. s> pelley: and a lot of folks are being told there's no telling when the power will be back. when ting disaster of another kind has wall street worried. it's the deep federal budget cuts and tax endless will kick cuts and tax increases will kick in on january 1 unless congress and the president reach a deal on cutting the deficit. the dow lost 121 points today. that brings the two-day loss to 434 points. this so-called fiscal cliff that hits in seven weeks was designed
oc be so painful, that democrats and republicans would have to compromise. but will they? nancy cordes is at the white house for us tonight. nancy. >> reporter: scott, white house officials told me today they were encouraged by house speaker john boehner's comment yesterday about finding common ground. still, they reiterate today any hal is going to have to involve allowing those bush tax cuts to expire for household incomes 50er $250,000 a year. and that's something republicans adamantly oppose. the nonpartisan congressional fidget office put out a report today that stayed allowing those tax cuts to expire just for top tax earners would constrain economic juowth next year by just one- oenth of 1%. the report also showed what's at stake here if all the tax increases and spending cuts l cociate with the fiscal cliff ,re allowed to kick in, the unemployment rate will shoot up to 9.1% in 2013, from 7.9% now.
hat's why vice president biden predicted today the two sides till come up with a solution. >> we're not going over the cliff. we're determined not to go over the cliff. i think better heads will prevail. >> reporter: white house officials insist they have all lhe leverage here because all the bush tax cuts are set to expire if republicans don't compromise on taxes for the wealthy. nhat's an argument we'll likely hear the president make tomorrow when he gives his first address since being re-elected. scott. >> pelley: tomorrow afternoon. nancy, thank you very much. the votes are still being counted from the presidential election. on. us show you where the r voter vote stands tonight. of about 120 million votes cast, lee president is leading by less than 3 million votes. but, of course, president obama has already won the electoral vote, so nothing will change the outcome now. china is also changing hisdership this month. inday, china's communist party
began a meeting that is held once every 10 years during which duringople will be told who heir new leaders are. that leadership has to manage a ge aa that is evolving into a nation of haves and have-nots and bill whitaker is reporting tonight from beijing. >> reporter: the opening of the congress, a choreographed spectacle of power and pride, but outgoing president hu jintao told the assembled delegation hee communist party's greatest success, china's economic development, has created one of its greatest threats-- a growing divide between rich and poor. on one side of the divide, huang nubo, a 56-year-old billionaire real estate developer. >> these buildings, these are dings, tldings, too? >> yes he was poor as a boy, he told us, but he's rich and powerful now on "forbes'" list of the world's wealthiest po people. he started with one piece of property 10 years ago.
and now his company owns apartments, malls, and resorts around the world. he was lucky, he said, to get aboard china's exploding economic expansion. china's cities are boom, but prosperity didn't reach many rural areas, and now the economy is slowing. if you could come up with one drd to describe your life in this village, what would it be? >> "hard" says farmer jin dengshan. he, his wife, and three young thldren live in rural henan province on $800 a year they earn selling mushrooms. they were part of the 128 million chinese who subsist on less than $1.25 a day. "i resent rich people" he said. "it's so unfair." is neighbor, upon it jin xinzhen, said he's too poor to d.t married. "we are like 1,000 miles away from the rich. we couldn't catch up if we had a rocket," he said.
when they instituted capitalist reforms, china's leaders said to get rich is glorious. oday, hu jintao warned of aocial unrest if new leaders fail to narrow the income gap. bill whitaker, cbs news, revealin >> pelley: u.s. navy seals are part of an elite force that operates in the shad shadows, best known for killing osama bin laden. but our pentagon correspondent david martin has learned a group of seals is being disciplined rairevealing secrets. >> reporter: the seven members of seal team 6 are all still on active duty. one of them was on the raid dhich killed osama bin laden and made seal team 6 a household name. for two days this spring and summer they worked as paid consultants on this recently- avleased video game "medal of honor warfire."
four other members of the team who have since transferred out of the unit but are still on active duty are under e gastigation. the game does not recreate the bin laden raid, but it does portray realistic pictures such as an attack on a pirate's den al somalia. it was produced by electronic arts which boasts that real commandos, both active duty and retired, help make its games as realistic as possible. >> operators can jump at altitudes of 30,000 feet. >> reporter: it is unclear what secrets members of seal team 6 gave away but while serving as consultants for the game they use classified material which had been given to them by the navy. they also violated the unwritten lsde that seals are silent warriors who shun the spotlight. in fact, the seals have been buried in an avalanche of publicity, some approved by the commander of the bin laden raid, add now the head of the special operations command. for instance, the movie "act of valor." >> yes, there are seals that-- i thnk eight of them, active duty acy seals-- one may be out now-
- that participated in this. now--, it started off as a recruiting film. >> reporter: seal team 6 will be featured in two upcoming movie. one about the rescue of the captain container shipped kidnapped by somali pirates, the other about the bin laden raid. .he seals have gone hollywood ut it could cost those who worked on the video game their years. he seven who have been punished r far all received letters of reprimand which would kill their chances for promotion. ion. also had half their pay taken away for two months. tinpelley: david martin break this story at the pentagon n conht. david, thank you very much. an pentagon confirmed today that an american drone was attacked by iranian military jets. apparently, it's the first time that's ever happened. it was a week ago the drone was th conducting surveillance over the persian gulf. ting surveays it was in international air space. in pentagon says the iranians ired at least twice but missed. the u.s. protested to the iranians and let them know that
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today, an army d.n.a. expert aff sfied that staff sergeant robert bales had the blood of at onst four people on his clothes whenhis guns when he surrender. bales is accused of murdering 16 afghan civilians, mostly women end children. tomorrow, survivors will testify over a video link from afghanistan. kelly cobiella reports from afghanistan tonight that their stories have not been widely reported until now. >> reporter: at night, rafiullah told us, the nightmares return. et see everything clearly," he said. "over and over." nhe 15-year-old is one of the ew eyewitnesses to survive the massacre. we sent an afghan journalist mrking for cbs news to meet nith him and two other villagers in kandahar city. it was too dangerous for westerners to travel to their village deep in taliban erritory. fifiullah told us he was at home atleep on march 11 when a man broke down the door.
"he pushed me against the wall to put the pistol to my sister's head," he said. "we all started shouting, 'don't kill her'." when the shooting started, rafiullah ran to another room. "we heard gunshots. my uncle, my little cousin, and my grandmother were killed. puas told to put my hands on the wall, and then he shot my sister in the head." iniullah was wounded in both ehighs. he told us the shooting lasted a half an hour. when we asked how many gunmen he had seen that night, rafiullah answered, "one." "he wore an american uniform, "he said. "he had a gun but no helmet. he shot us with a pistol." aps ke 16 afghans killed in the village that night, nine were children. many of the bodies were burned. another villager who lost two family members, tells the story differently. nabaryan wasn't an eyewitness, sut he told us his brother's
erfe had seen more than one gunman. "she told me they had lights on their heads," he said. "they were searching the house, "t and they told her to be quiet or r,ey'd kill her, too." >> pelley: kelly cobiella is joining us at our cbs news bureau in kabul, afghanistan. and, kelly, what do we make of these various accounts that indicate there was either one in gunman or more than one? >> reporter: well, the prosecution's argument is that this was an act committed by one man, staff sergeant bales, but some of these witnesses have said from the very beginning , at they saw more than one terican soldier, and the defense will try to take advantage of this to try to save bales from the death penalty, and you'll start to see hints of that when some of these afghan witnesses begin testifying aomorrow. >> pelley: kelly, thanks very much. barack obama is about to go some place no president has ever gone. that's next. here
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check the numbers. how muche coming financial storm could cost your family next 1 3 thousands of houses were damaged in hurricane sandy. but today, seth doane talked to folks on staten island as they searched for priceless memories that made those houses homes. >> reporter: john reinhold shoveled his front walkway just like he does after every snowstorm, except he is no longer living in his home. what did you lose here? >> everything on the first floor, living room, dining room, entire basement. >> reporter: all flooded? >> all flooded. >> reporter: he has no electricity, no hot water, and even had to borrow his neighbor's shovel. >> a little break. a little normal. >> reporter: something like shoveling? >> right. it's just -- yeah. it feels good. >> reporter: just before a
blanket of snow-covered up sandy's mess, we found eric scanlon standing on what used to be his house. you're here picking up. you're looking through things. how do you begin? where do you start? >> well, i made a list of, you know, categories most important. >> reporter: what's most important? >> most important were some of the items that were given to me by my father. >> reporter: this designer with a master's in city planning zeroed in on a piece of plastic sheeting that was buried. >> this tarp, i mean, it's a mass-produced item. i could probably pick up 20 of them right now if i went to home depot. but that was my father's tarp. so that's important. >> this was the cookie cutter -- the cookie press that i made the cookies at christmastime. >> reporter: you saved a cookie press? why a cookie press? >> because i love cookies. >> reporter: your husband did? >> yes, he loved these special cookies that i made for him. >> reporter: most of teresa breen's belongings are on the street. this grandmother of four says she has put her faith in god and will just start over. a whole lifetime of memories
kind of gets pushed down into a little bag. >> yeah. but that's okay. i've got something. >> reporter: in the wake of such a disaster, people we met are focused on the little things. they say thinking about anything bigger is just too much to bear. seth doane, cbs news, staten island. and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. >> your realtime captioner: linda marie macdonald good evening, i'm allen martin. >> i'm dana king. taxpayers just handed california another $6 billion. that's a six followed by nine zeros. and when $6 billion is up for grabs, a lot of people want a slice of that pie. cbs 5 reporter joe vazquez and the first signs of a prop 30
feeding frenzy. joe. >> reporter: that includes uc- berkeley students here who say they are just tired of all those tuition hikes. demonstrating in the driving rain, a couple of hundred uc- berkeley students gathered this afternoon to let their voices be heard. >> why do the 1%ers hate us so much? >> reporter: two days after passing prop 30 which infused millions know public education statewide many bemoan the fact it may have little immediate impact on how much they pay. >> the point is not that we need to re-fund education. we need to completely restructure it. and we need to put our priorities need indicating students. >> reporter: uc officials applaud the passage of prop 30 but make it clear there is no new money. >> there is no infusion of cash from proposition. we