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scott pelley is coming up next. that will do it for kpix news at 5 o'clock. >> pelley: tragedy in berlin. a truck plows into a christmas market. many are dead. police are investigating the possibility of terrorism. also tonight, russia's ambassador to turkey is assassinated by a man shouting, "remember aleppo." a warehouse full of knockoffs. beware a counterfeit christmas with a sinister motive. >> reporter: funding terrorism. >> that's correct. >> pelley: the arctic blast turns deadly, and they're rehearsing her opera, and she's 11 years old. >> i've seen this all in my imagination, how it would sound like and how it would look like.
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this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. an 18-wheeler with a cargo of steel tore through a crowded christmas market in berlin this evening. the death toll has been steadily rising and dozens were hurt. the white house called it an apparent terrorist attack. the driver has been arrested. just last month, the state department warned americans that holiday day festivals and outdoor markets in europe could come under attack, and tonight security is tightening here in the u.s. charlie d'agata begins our coverage. >> reporter: the battered windshield shows the damage done when the 18-wheeler became a weapon. witnesses said the truck jumped the curb, barreled into the crowd, and just kept going. american journalist shandana durrani said she was just feet away from its deadly path. >> i saw a truck barreling into
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a crowd of innocent people tonight. it looked like an accident. it looked like the truck jumped the curb and was going too fast and got out of control and sort of just swerved into the market. >> reporter: british tourist mike fox said the truck narrowly missed him. >> i spoke to two people who were lying on the floor with broken limbs, but they were going to be okay. i saw one guy being dragged away with blood on his face. i helped several other people lift the side of one of the stalls up so that they could pull two other people. >> reporter: some of the wooden stalls at the popular christmas market were flattened. emergency crews struggled to reach victims stuck under the truck. german police said a passenger in the truck was found dead at the scene. they said the driver fled and a suspect was later arrested. the truck had polish license plates. it was registered to a polish transportation company. german police have not said if the attack was terrorism, but it
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bore many similarities to a terrorist attack in france last july when a truck tore through a holiday crowd and killed 86 people. isis claimed responsibility for that attack and has encouraged its supporters to launch similar attacks elsewhere. the polish owner of the truck said he believes the truck may have been stolen. he hasn't heard from the driver since this afternoon. tonight, scott, german police are being tight-lipped about the suspect's nationality. >> pelley: charlie d'agata in the london newsroom for us tonight. charlie, thank you. although the police haven't confirmed this, tonight president-elect donald trump blamed islamist terrorists for what he called a slaughter of christians in berlin. mr. trump also blamed islamic terrorism for the assassination today of russia's ambassador to turkey, who was shot as he spoke at an art gallery in turkey's capital ankara. the attack seems to be retribution for russian air strikes that have turned syria's civil war in the favor of the
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assad dictatorship. turkey and russia are on opposite sides of that war. holly williams reports. >> reporter: the assassin shot the russian ambassador from behind. [gunfire] "remember aleppo. remember syria," he shouted, murdering andrei karlov apparently in revenge for russia's deadly intervention in syria. the shooter was a 22-year-old turkish police officer later shot and killed by turkish security forces. it comes a week after thousands rallied in turkey, protesting moscow's support for the syrian regime. russian air strikes have helped the regime claw back control of the city of aleppo, forcing the evacuation of thousands of civilians. some of them will end up here at al kamuna camp in northern
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syria, where turkish aid workers are putting up new tents. though when we visited today, the people already living here said they have nothing but mud. "we can't keep our children warm," said ali al ali, who told us he has been living here with his five children for over a year after their home in aleppo province was flattened by a regime air strike. "we burn everything to stay warm, even tires and plastic bags," he told us. there's one toilet for 200 people. shams al ali told us she's 95 years old and wants to die. "god save us," she said. "we need your mercy." but even al kamuna, a place of last resort, was bombed last may according to people here. mustafa abdelrahman is a wheat farmer turned rebel fighter who joined the hard line islamic group that now controls this
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area. "losing aleppo isn't the end," he told us. "the revolution will continue, even if we all die." but if al kamuna isn't the end of the line in this miserable war, it's difficult to imagine what is. russia's air campaign, condemned by the u.s., has helped deliver a victory for the syrian regime in aleppo, but, scott, it has not stopped syria's civil war from spilling across its borders, infecting other countries with its violence. >> pelley: holly williams near the turkish-syrian border for us tonight. holly, thank you. also today in zurich, switzerland, a gunman opened fire on worshipers at a mosque. three men were wounded. the gunmen fled. police say they found a body nearby, but they haven't linked it to the shooting yet. tonight security is tightening here in the u.s., and with more on that we're going to go to our justice correspondent jeff pegues.
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jeff? >> reporter: scott, u.s. law enforcement is monitoring events in germany and around the world tonight. in chicago, police officials are beefing up security at daly plaza which is where there is a christmas market tonight similar to the one in berlin. in new york, the n.y.p.d. has already stepped up security there. it is deploying specialized critical response teams to key locations around the city. about a month ago, an alert went out to police departments across the country warning of home- grown violent extremist activity. the alert mentioned potential targets for attacks, including shopping centers, special events, and crowded venues. scott, officials say it is not unusual for the number of threats to increase around the holidays and they stress that there is no specific or credible threat at the moment. >> pelley: jeff pegues in the washington newsroom, jeff, thank you. we have breaking news tonight in politics. late today, donald trump was elected president of the united states. what we've known for weeks was made official this evening as
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members of the electoral college cast their ballots in all 50 states and the district of columbia. there were protests outside many state capitals, including harrisburg, pennsylvania. in wisconsin, one protester was removed by police. a few electors switched their votes from trump, and some abandoned hillary clinton, but as the votes were counted today, texas put trump over the top with more than 270 votes needed to win. congress will certify those votes in january, and the inauguration of the 45th president of the united states is january 20th. a new study out today of public health records has discovered 3,000 neighborhoods in america where children suffer from lead poisoning. the study by the reuters news agency found lead poisoning twice and even four times higher than what was seen in the recent contaminated water crisis in flint, michigan. jericka duncan is looking into this.
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>> reporter: aisha stafford and husband andrew irby pay close attention to their two-year-old twins murad and jihad. >> i'm scared. i'm really scared. >> reporter: in may they were tested for lead. the result: levels nine times what the centers for disease control considers safe for murad and four times for jihad. >> there could be learning disabilities or other problems. it hurts. >> reporter: last year nearly 2,700 children in philadelphia were found to have harmful levels of lead in their blood. levels that can cause reversible brain damage, a lower i.q., and lifelong learning and behavioral problems. so this is where they got their lead poisoning? >> this is where the highest level of lead was in the house. >> reporter: the culprit, lead paint in home, goes far beyond philadelphia. it's also a common problem in baltimore, cleveland and
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milwaukee, where most inner-city housing was built before congress banned lead paint in 1978. and a new reuters analysis found 3,000 american neighborhoods where children had double the level of lead poisoning than what was found in flint, michigan, where the lead-tainted water was the problem. dr. philip landrigan, a pediatrician at mount sinai hospital in new york city, has studied lead in kids. >> it's a very pervasive, toxic chemical, and there's absolutely no level of lead in the human body which is safe. >> reporter: as for murad and jihad, their home is now lead safe. the city has repainted and tested their house to make sure it's okay. >> these children need help. it's not fair. these children shouldn't have to go through things like this. >> reporter: philadelphia came under major criticism from a local newspaper that spent months investigating the lead problem here. scott, the mayor announced today
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that he plans to crack down on landlords by refusing to renew their renter licenses if they cannot prove that the properties they own are certified lead safe. >> pelley: jericka duncan for us tonight. jericka, thank you. well, arctic air over the weekend set new lows in several cities. in amarillo, texas, they were shaking in their boots at 3 below. and it hit 37 below in aberdeen, south dakota. jamie yuccas is in icy minneapolis. >> reporter: chicago's temperatures dropped to 6 degrees below zero monday morning. according to nasa, that's colder than mars at minus two. rail lines were set on fire to keep cars moving along. commuter sonia aguayo. >> there's only so much space under those heated lamps that it's miserable. >> reporter: united flights at o'hare were delayed when there were problems fueling up in the extreme cold this morning. passengers in denver were also stranded, along with hundreds of bags.
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>> usually we drive. i think we'll stick to driving from here on out. >> reporter: as the holiday travel rush started, weather conditions made for dangerous and deadly travel. in indianapolis, there were 200 accidents this weekend due to ice. two people were killed, and 30 injured. icy road conditions also caused this fiery tanker crash near baltimore. it involved almost 70 vehicles and left two people dead and dozens injured. the wind-chill did get above zero for the first time since friday in minneapolis today. that had runners like josh dedering lacing up. >> it was about a seven-mile commute here. i'll do it on my way home, as well. >> reporter: seven miles? >> yes, seven miles there, seven miles back. >> reporter: in seven degrees? >> yeah. it's funny because now it seems warm compared to yesterday. so i'm not as bummed out about going outside today. >> reporter: it is getting warmer in minneapolis. today's high was 20 degrees. and tonight we've seen dozens of runners, cross country skiers
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and dog walkers out here because, scott, it is 40 degrees warmer than it was on sunday when right here in this spot it was 20 degrees below zero. >> pelley: that guy's got a tough commute. jamie, thanks very much. coming up next on the "cbs evening news," christmas counterfeiters linked to terrorism. and later a tiny hockey fan is a breakout star. ♪ gaviscon is a proven heartburn remedy that gives you fast-acting, long-lasting relief. it immediately neutralizes acid and only gaviscon helps keep acid down for hours.
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flooded with knockoff merchandise this holiday season. and now federal law enforcement is saying that counterfeit goods are a national security threat. here's kris van cleave. >> reporter: box by box, customs officers are on the hunt for counterfeit goods, like this entire cargo container full of
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fake designer ugg boots. officer gabriel richardson. >> this box right here, kind of flimsy, it's not labeled uggs on the outer box. >> reporter: it doesn't look the part? >> right. >> reporter: clothing, electronics, shoe, jewelry and purses are counterfeiters' favorites. this time of year so are toys, including avenger action figures and anything disney. customs chief deputy officer scott rutledge. do you think the average person would know the difference if they just saw these on a shelf? >> not likely. they're pretty good knockoffs. >> reporter: this warehouse is nearly the size of two football fields, and it's just one of four inspection sites at the port of new york and new jersey. this whole warehouse is full of just today's shipments. tomorrow it starts all over again. so far this year, customs has seized more than $1 billion in counterfeits, and that's just in the new york area alone. nationally the number of
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seizures by customs has been on the rise since 2007 and jumped 25% in 2015. the bulk of the counterfeit goods come from mainland china and hong kong, seized shipments are destroyed. and the money from counterfeiting goes where? >> it goes to criminal organizations and some of the proceeds have been linked back to funding terrorist organizations. >> reporter: funding terrorism? >> that's correct. >> reporter: it's a crime so lucrative officers compare it to drug trafficking. kris van cleave, cbs news, carney, new jersey. >> pelley: when we come back, she was famous for being famous. we'll remember zsa zsa gabor. when you have $7.95 online u.s. equity trades
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>> reporter: at just 11 years old, her talent is unmistakable. but what makes alma deutscher truly extraordinary is not her ability to play this music but to write it. and not just a song or two. she composed an entire opera. >> and then here. >> yeah. >> reporter: how is it to see your opera coming to life? >> well, it's wonderful. it's really... you can't even imagine how exciting it is because i've seen this all in my imagination, how it would sound like and how it would look like. and finally it's actually coming true. >> reporter: we got a peek of her opera, currently in rehearsal. she grew up outside of london, singing before she could speak. alma says she does her best work when she's most relaxed, often
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while playing with her skipping rope. the magic skipping rope. why is it magic? >> well, because you see, when i wave it around like this and i tell stories in my mind, then a melody sometimes just springs into my head. >> reporter: that's how she came up with her version of "cinderella." >> in my cinderella, i thought it was a little bit silly that cinderella was found by a shoe-- why a shoe? but in my story, the prince finds her with a melody. >> reporter: she's still getting used to the fairy tale turn in her own life. >> i think if someone told me many years ago that my opera would be performed in vienna, the capital of music, then i would have laughed. i would have thought it was a joke. >> reporter: she devours 100 books a year and doesn't have a tv, computer or smartphone. she doesn't have time. >> after this i'm going to write a piano concerto. i'm also writing a book now,
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which i want to publish and i want to make it into a film. and then i want to write the music for it. >> reporter: she's excited about opening here in vienna, but she's already dreaming of another venue, new york. seth doane, cbs news, vienna. >> pelley: now there's a young woman in a hurry. what a story. that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at 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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bene live from the cbs bay area studios, this is kpix 5 news. >> it was the most powerful storm of the season so far and now we're seeing the benefits. a new report card shows an impressive boost in the bay area water supply. i am veronica de la cruz. >> i am allen martin. bay area water levels surging from recent rains. san pablo reservoir is one of the many benefiting. many around the state are now above historic averages. len ramirez has been checking out the measurements live at the lexington reservoir. >> reporter: that's right. this area has been hard hit by the drought. for the last several years, people have been saving and striving just to get to an average water level when it comes to reservoir levels. we're just about there.
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after many years of drought, it is finally looking a lot like normal in the reservoirs of the santa clara valley. >> our reservoirs right now are at about 96% of their 20 year average. we are pretty happy with that. >> reporter: information for reservoir and creek gauges is still streaming in but it hasn't looks this good this early in the season for years. >> we are just basically into what we call our normal range in groundwater storage. >> reporter: and here is a big reason why. last friday's downpour was the latest in a series of drenching storms to hit the bay area. >> this is a pacific vortex but we need the rain. >> reporter: but they have been paste out well enough to not cause serious flooding. you can see the difference they've made. these are snapshots of santa clara reservoir levels over the last 30 days. those huge spikes are like money in the bank.

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