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♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: murder driven by hate. the white gunman who killed nine african americans at a bible study is convicted of hate crimes. he could get the death penalty. also tonight, cbs news has learned alarming details of a lightning strike by russian hackers at the heart of the u.s. military. they're down to the homestretch. it's the crunch before christmas for package deliverers. >> we're really geared up here. >> pelley: and steve hartman lets us in on the secret-- >> this is crazy! >> pelley: --of secret santa. >> reporter: you've no doubt seen the happy endings, but almost no one knows the humble beginnings. this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
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>> pelley: this is our western edition. dylann roof alone decided who would live or die when he opened fire on a group of african americans who had invited him into their bible study. he killed nine of the 12. now a jury, nine whites, three blacks, will decide whether he lives after convicting him today of all 33 charges in a federal hate crimes trial. mark strassmann is at the courthouse in charleston, south carolina. >> reporter: dylann roof's jury took two hours to find him guilty of gunning down nine bible studiers in a church because they were black. >> oh, my goodness, i could go on and on about tywanza. >> reporter: felicia sanders survived the attack. her son tywanza was killed right in front of her. during her testimony, she called out roof for refusing to look at her. >> that goes to show you how cold and callous he is. you slaughtered nine people and you sit there and don't even
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look? >> reporter: this morning in closing arguments, federal prosecutor nathan williams called roof "a man of immense hatred," who committed "an act of tremendous cowardice, shooting them while they had their eyes closed in prayer, shooting them while they were on the ground." prosecutors showed roof buying the murder weapon, firing it in his backyard, entering the mother emanuel church, and leaving after the killings still holding the glock .45. he also confessed to f.b.i. agents. >> i did it. >> reporter: defense lawyer david bruck conceded to jurors that roof was guilty but suggested mental illness. the massacre had a "mad energy," and "there is something wrong with roof's perception, with how he is taking in reality." sharon risher watched every day of the trial. she lost her mother, ethel lance, and two of her cousins in roof's rampage. some people would say dylann
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roof is the poster child for why the death penalty exists. >> right. that's true. if this case didn't warrant the death penalty, then i don't know what case would have. >> reporter: the death penalty phase of this trial begins january 3 and roof wants to act as his own lawyer. scott, the judge told him today, okay, that's fine, you can do that, but you can't change your mind once the penalty phase begins. >> pelley: mark strassmann for us tonight. mark, thank you. we have exclusive new information tonight about an attack on the pentagon by russian hackers. national security correspondent david martin has learned how last year they seized the email system used by the nation's top military officers, the joint chiefs of staff. >> reporter: then-chairman of the joint chiefs martin dempsey was alerted to the attack by an early mourning phone call from the director of the national security agency, admiral mike rogers. now retired, dempsey told cbs news, "the attack was proceeding
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at an alarming speed. within an hour hackers had seized control of the unclassified email system used by the pentagon's joint staff, the organization of some 4,500 military officers and civilians who work for the chairman. in that time the hackers seized the computer credentials of demsey and hundreds of other senior officers, the passwords and electronic signatures they use to sign on to the network. the only way to stop the attack was to take the network down. the attack, which officials now blame on russia, began with 30,000 emails sent to a west coast university. of those 30,000, four were forwarded to members of the joint staff and one was opened, allowing the hackers in. since it was an unclassified network, the attack had no real intelligence value. it was not spying but a full-on assault, whose only apparent purpose was to cause damage and force the pentagon to replace both hardware and software, which took about two weeks to
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accomplish. the motive for the attack was believed to be russian anger at economic sanctions orchestrated by the obama administration in response to vladimir putin's annexation of crimea and interference in ukraine. cyber attacks have come to be known as weapons of mass disruption, and it is now clear russia has used them both to meddle in u.s. elections and to do harm to the american military. scott? >> pelley: david martin breaking this story at the pentagon tonight. david, thank you. u.s. intelligence believes the cyber attack on the email of the democratic national committee was ordered by the russian russian president himself, vladimir putin. here's homeland security correspondent jeff pegues. >> reporter: the evidence linking the hack to vladimir putin comes from what intelligence officials say are a variety of sources. hundreds of people from the kremlin, the russian military, and the intelligence directorate may have been involved in the
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elaborate network of cyber espionage. it included two separate hacking units nicknamed "fancy bear" and "cozy bear." investigators believe that putin initially wanted to damage hillary clinton and to inject chaos and doubt into the election process. u.s. officials say it was an added bonus that donald trump, seen as more friendly to russian interests, became the republican nominee. the hack that ultimately breached computers at the democratic national committee began in the summer of 2015. >> these aren't super- sophisticated attacks. >> reporter: clint watts is a fellow at the center for cyber and homeland security at george washington university. >> what russia does well is they targeted a key people that they want to gain information from, and they do it on a large scale, hitting thousands of people over the course of time. >> reporter: today in japan, russian foreign minister sergei lavrov told reporters the u.s.
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accusations are "silly" and "futile," and president-elect trump tweeted, "if russia or some other entity was hacking, why did the white house wait so long to act? why did they only complain after hillary lost?" but mr. trump is wrong. the obama administration did publicly blame russia for the hacks in early october. that's a full month before the election. but, scott, other than its statement, it is unclear what, if anything, the u.s. has done to retaliate. >> pelley: jeff pegues in our washington newsroom. jeff, thank you. the president will no doubt be asked about this at his final news conference tomorrow. you can see it right here on cbs at 2:15 eastern time. today facebook said that it is partnering with fact checkers and news organizations to crack down on fake news, which plagued the election. stories with little credibility will now be marked "disputed" and will slide lower down in users' news feeds. tonight, millions in the
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midwest and the northeast are getting a visitor from the north pole in the form of arctic air and blinding snow. there are whiteout conditions across upstate new york. on a pennsylvania interstate, 59 cars and trucks piled up more quickly than the snow. demarco morgan is in a town where gusts whipping off lake ontario make it feel well below zero. >> reporter: officials in jefferson county, pennsylvania, blamed white-out conditions for this massive pile-up on interstate 80, injuring three people. 22 tractor-trailers and 37 cars lost control on the slick, snowy highway. the winter blast continues to pound much of the country. lake-effect snow warnings, watches, and wind-chill advisories are in effect from northeast ohio, where the snowfall caused massive delays on roads and highways, to upstate new york. in rochester, snow and strong winds also created blinding conditioning for motorists. dangerous roads also made it
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impossible for a food bank in adams, new york, to receive a much-needed delivery on time. >> it's sad, but there is nothing we can do about it. >> reporter: nancy abbott is the food bank coordinator. >> there's about 100 people each month that come. you know, it's an extra that helps people in need. >> reporter: this is the third time this season that superintendent marybeth denny has had to cancel classes in south jefferson county, new york. >> the forecast said we would have high winds and white-out conditions throughout the day. and i just can't put buses on the road in that. >> reporter: the wind-chill will likely get down to -15 before the night is out. as for road conditions in these parts, scott, officials have asked residents to avoid unnecessary travel until further notice. >> pelley: demarco morgan with the big chill. now let's check in with chief meteorologist eric fisher of our cbs station in boston, wbz. eric, what's next? >> reporter: well, scott, that cold air still on the move tonight. the core of it swinging down into the northeast. this will be the coldest air there since back on valentine's
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day. wind-chill values well below zero and the worst of it over new england and new york when we wake up tomorrow morning. york when ratures stuck at or below freezing from washington, d.c., into cincinnati, the ohio valley, northward for tomorrow. and as soon as we get toward the weekend, a brief pattern shift, but it's basically just reloading the pattern. we'll get a quick warm-up across the east, but another blast of very harsh air moves down across the middle of the country. temps 20 to 40 below average. these are air temps, not wind- chill values on sunday morning approaching 30 below zero in the dakotas. and, scott, in chicago as the packers come to town, it could be the coldest game ever played at soldier field. >> pelley: eric fisher, thanks. today in syria, hundreds of civilians escaped aleppo in a deal that gives the assad dictatorship control of a city ruined by syrian and russian bombs. air strikes intensified in recent days, and today secretary of state john kerry called them "nothing short of a massacre." the only hope syrians have under
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this bombardment is a force of volunteer rescue workers called the white helmets. this sunday on "60 minutes," you'll see their nearly miraculous rescues, like this. this little boy was alone and nearly invisible when the white helmets happened to spot just his hair in the pulverized concrete of his home. bare hands were in a race with suffocation. this is that same boy, his face freed. they excavated the ruin hour by hour. the white helmets say they have saved 70,000, and with each, they shout their gratitude to god. majd khalaf and radi saad quit
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college to join the white helmets. "there was a woman and her husband," he told us. "only four of her fingers were sticking out of the rubble. we could see her moving her fingers like this." fingers, or here, the leg of a boy, are clues in a chaos of concrete. the leg led to hips and a torso. body parts are expected. but then they uncovered a face. more often than anyone could expect, life is resurrected from a shallow grave. as of tonight, 154 white helmet
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volunteers have been killed in the line of duty. our story, this sunday, on "60 minutes." we learned more today about the chattanooga school bus crash last month that killed six children. the driver is charged with vehicular homicide. police said he was speeding about 20 mph over the speed limit and had used his cell phone on the bus. they still don't know whether he was using it at the time of the crash. two children are still in the hospital. tonight there is a water emergency in corpus christie, texas. more than 300,000 residents are being warned not to use tap water for anything. a chemical from an asphalt plant is leaking into the water, and people lined up for bottled water today with no idea how long this will last. coming up on the "cbs evening news," fed-exercising for a marathon.
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>> pelley: online shopping is expected to account for a record 18% of holiday sales this year. on monday u.p.s. expects to deliver 339 packages per second. today the folks at fedex showed don dahler how they're preparing for the christmas crunch. >> reporter: at its distribution centers like this one in the bronx, fedex has beefed up staffing and increased workers' hours to handle a record number of shipments. managing director nanette malebranche: >> we've been preparing all year for this, ever since last peak. we have 50,000 additional seasonal workers on board. we've got 15 meteorologists 24/7 around the clock watching the weather worldwide. and we're really geared up here. >> reporter: it's not just fedex gearing up. u.p.s. also expects to break its record of more than 700 million packages delivered. the company relocated hundreds
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of staff to shipping hubs to pitch in. the increase in online shopping will drive up the volume of packages this holiday season. u.p.s. will handle 14% more packages than last year, and fedex is expected to increase them by 10%. the major shippers are working overtime to handle the avalanche of orders and prevent shopper discontent. u.p.s.'s on-time delivery rate was 93.1% last week. fedex ground was 96.2%. considering they move millions of packages a day, even a few percentage points means hundreds of thousands of late deliveries. satish jindel of ship matrix tracks the shipments. >> christmas is on sunday. even though saturday is not a working day, if they find packages that didn't make it on time when people ordered correctly, they will put people on the street to make a delivery so people are not disappointed. >> reporter: tomorrow is expected to be one of the busiest online shopping days of the year. scott, it happens to be the last
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day packages can be guaranteed to arrive by christmas without an extra charge. >> pelley: santa needs the help. don dahler, thanks. up next, we'll remember craig sager, the sportscaster, and his outfits. his outfits. coaching means making tough choices.
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>> pelley: sportscaster craig sager died today after a long battle with leukemia. sager worked n.b.a. games on tnt for nearly a quarter century, known for pointed questions and loud suits. one outrageous outfit drew a foul from n.b.a. star kevin garnett. >> you take this right here, i don't care if it's versace, name brand-- >> it's saichi. >> saichi, i don't care, you take this and you burn it. >> pelley: 1974 when hank aaron hit his record-breaking 715th home run, sager, a young radio reporter dashed on to the field and scored an exclusive interview. the great craig sager was 65. dolly parton held a telethon
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this week that raised $9 million for victims of wildfires in the great smoky mountains. 14 people were killed in those fires. 2,000 buildings burned. two juveniles are charged with arson. michelle obama gave her final one-on-one interview as first lady to oprah winfrey for an upcoming cbs special and shared her thoughts about race. >> color, wealth, these things that don't matter still play too much of a role in how we see one another. and it's sad because the thing that least defines us as people is the color of our skin. >> pelley: there's more of the interview tomorrow on "cbs this morning." the oprah special airs monday on cbs. up next, steve hartman with the untold story behind a holiday classic.
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ask your doctor if switching to eliquis is right for you. businesses at risk. a live update. next >> pelley: 'tis the night before steve hartman's annual sleigh- ridealong with secret santa. tonight, steve shows us how this santa got off the ground. >> merry christmas to you, sweetie. >> reporter: it's the one story that never gets old. every year we ride with secret santa as he and his elves hand out hundreds of hundreds to random strangers across the country. >> oh, my god, this is crazy. >> reporter: you've no doubt seen the happy endings, but almost no one knows the humble beginnings. >> thank you so much. >> reporter: the legend of secret santa can actually be traced back to a single act of kindness in houston, mississippi. it was 1971, a homeless man had wandered into town, and he was
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starving. the stranger stopped here at the dixie diner and ordered the biggest breakfast on the menu. his plan was to sneak out before the bill came, but the owner, a guy named ted horn, sensed what was about to happen, so he snuck up behind the guy with a $20 in his hand and said, "i think you may have dropped this." >> and that was the end of it, as far as he was concerned. >> reporter: david and sandra horn are ted's children. they say their dad died in 2009, but that one gift keeps giving. >> that one little $20, just look what it did. >> it's difficult to imagine that. >> reporter: the money went to man named larry stewart, who vowed that day if he ever got rich, he would return the favor in spades. larry eventually made millions in cable and long distance and became the first secret santa. his identity revealed, only after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2006.
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which brings us to larry's good friend. the current secret santa. >> i went up to see him, moonlight shining in, kind of surreal, and i asked larry, "do you have any regrets?" and he said, "yes." i said, "what is it?" he said, "i just wish i could have helped more people." >> reporter: after giving away more than $1 million to total strangers, larry still felt more needed to be done. >> so that's when i assumed the responsibility. >> reporter: over the last decade, this new secret santa has run the total to more than $2 million and counting. tomorrow we'll take you on his latest sleigh ride, which comes with a twist. >> let's just have fun. >> reporter: this time, the job of giving the green will fall to some deserving elves in blue. until then, i'm steve hartman on the road in kansas city, kansas. >> pelley: that's our broadcast, and for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night.
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captioning sponsored the heaviest rain since march.. slammed the north bay and is making its way south. ng rs and right now the whole bay area is getting drenched the heaviest rain since march slamming the area. streets are flood, rivers and creeks are rising and it's going to be a messy evening commute. good evening, i'm ken bastida. >> i'm elizabeth cook. allen and veronica are off tonight. we have breaking news in the north bay. flood warnings right now along the san anselmo creek. there's now concern for businesses in the san anselmo downtown area. the town has had costly floods here in the past. we'll have a live report coming up. >> major highway closures. this is where highway 121 meets highway 12 in sonoma county. it's basically a small lake. lanes in both direction are closed. no word on when it will be
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reopened. >> in rohnert park, a whole new meaning to the term carpool. drivers trudging through ankle deep water finding their vehicles partially submerged. >> the evening commute a white knuckle drive. our photographer shot this video driving across the bay bridge a little earlier today. right now it's rough going on 580 and 880 in the east bay with flooded ramps. we have a team of reporters covering the storm. but first, let's get to meteorologist paul deanno. >> it is raining from top to bottom in the bay area. and it has for the past several hours. this is a live look at what's going on as of this very second. rain from santa rosa down to san jose and santa cruz. but watch now a three-hour time lapse and the same spot that has been receiving the heavy rain continues to receive the heavy rain. this is three hours and we can actually go back six hours to show you just steady soaking rain over the same areas and now that we're in the heart of the evening commute, a couple