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for its part, the fbi has not concluded its investigation into this, but so far it is not siding with the cia on the motive for the russian hacking. and here on capitol hill, there were new calls today for another investigation to geto bottom of it. here is congressional correspondent nancy cordes. >> the russians are not our friend. >> republicans found themselves caught between distrust of putin and aalledllegiance to mr. trum. mitch mcconnell tried to put it gentle as possible. >> i addressed how i feel about the russians. and i help that those who are going to be in positions of responsibility in the new administration share my view.
warned that under president putin russia has been an aggressor that consistently undermines american interests. he said the intelligence committees are and should be looking into it. >> this is serious stuff. >> democrats, led by new york's chuck schumer are pushing for a separate congressional investigation into russia's election meddling. >> we need how to get to the bottom of this in a fair, nonpartisan, nonfinger pointing way. >> schumer appeared on cbs this morning with arizona republican john mccann >> there is no that russians and others have, have hacked. there is no doubt about that. now the question is the intention. >> reporter: ten members of the electoral college want their own briefing about donald trump's connection to russia. so far, the director of national intelligence has had no comment.
>> the effort to recount the presidential vote in states that put trump over the top is largely over. recount in wisconsin confirmed mr. trump defeated hillary clinton by nearly 23,000 votes. in pennsylvania, a federal judge rejected a call for a recount. and that state certified that mr. trump won there by 44,000. in syria today, the assad dictatorship backed by russia cornered the remaining rebel forces in the city of aleppo. aleppo was rebels biggest stronghold and its fall may break the back of the rebellion that began five years ago. debora patta is in syria. >> reporter: even with near total control of aleppo, the syrian military sent bombs thundering down on the rebels still holding out. thousand of civilians have ben
the war came closer with the constant shelling this past week. aleppo's historic old city has now been reclaimed by the syrian army, among the rubble, some insights into how this war was fought. a tunnel dug by opposition groups to reach the government controlled western side and launch surprise attacks. the rebels were outgunned and outnumbered. the syrian soldier showed us how they fought back. the the propaganda on the walls. and the improvised weapons. before they started using cannons, he told us, they used these catapults. his word drowned out by his army's fighter jets overhead. this increasingly one-sided battle may be coming to an end. a bicycle. a sewing machine. a kitchen stool is what's left behind.
so thin the regime lost track of palmyra, the ancient city the government vowed they would never lose again is now back under isis control. with much fanfare earlier this year, the syrian and russian forces had tdeclared isis would never come back. that lasted just nine months. the syrian government might be on the verge of taking back po palmyra by isis is a major set back, scott. proof that reclaiming territory is hard, holding it harder still. debora patta for us tonight. thank you. coming up the latest on the frigid weather. later, an innocent man spent three decade in prison.
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jamie yuccas is following a nasty storm. >> reporter: treacherous driving conditions from the great lakes to the northeast. over the weekend icy conditions contributed to this 30-car pileup in michigan. in minnesota, dash cam video shows a pickup truck, just missed a state trooper's patrol car, as it skids out of control. airport run ways were also icy. send a plane carrying 70 passengers and crew into the grass at detroit metropolitan airport on sunday. in western new york, 30nches of snow kept the towing company busy. >> they're tired. they're wore out. the snowstorm just didn't quit. >> following the snowy weather, a massive arctic air moving in from canada. the frigid air will bring subzero temperatures to a large part of the country for the first time this winter.
his says because of extreme cold they're having trouble recruiting bell ringers for than annual drive. deborah walker bundle up to help out. >> i do it every year. every christmas. i am out here. >> rorter: it only reached 12 degrees in minneapolis today. overnight temperatures will dip below 0. meaning, winter its starting to take shape and its about you here at the falls where half of the water is now frozen. but, scott, it will be dangerous for anyo outside tonight. jamie yuccas, thank you. trouble on delta flight 2083 today before it left detroit for st san diego. police dragged a woman by her arms down the island off the plane. a witness said she rushed through the gate without checking in. and we'll be right back. you love the soft feel of your feet
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dna evidence is freeing innocent people from prison, but often only after they have lost decade of their lives. 30 states offer compensation, less than half of these former prisoners are ever paid. omar villafranca has been looking into a case in tennessee. >> reporter: these days lawrence mckinney can't seem to stay time sitting in one place. how long were you in prison? >> 31 years, 9 months, 1 days, 12 hours. >> reporter: you have it down to the hours? >> yes, sir. >> reporter: a jury convicted mckinny of rape and burglary in 19 # 8. the victim identified him as one of two men what attacked her in her bedroom. he was sentenced to 115 years. what's going through your mind when you are hearing that now
because i thought -- that it was a dream or something. >> reporter: in 2008, dna testing of evidence scientifically excluded mckinney as a suspect. prosecutors said if this evidence had been available, there would have been no prosecution. >> i didn't have no life, all my life took away. >> in 2009 he was released and given $75. since then, mckinney depended on odd jobs at his church off to pay the bills. under tennessee law, h eligible for up to $1 million compensation. but the parole board which hears such cases has rejected his request twice. >> in the exoneration hearing we have to have a lot of evidence, clear and convincing. >> patsy bruce served on tennessee's parole board for 12 years, she heard mckinney's first exoneration case. >> wasn't the judgment by a
>> they didn't test everything ordered by the original judge to be tested. >> prosecutors say the two samples not tested had no dna or were so degraded tests could not be performed. >> do you fool theeel there is y man walking? >> i have not been convinced he is innocent. >> it is not justice for him to not receive compensation. >> his lawyer has appealed the case to governor bill haslam who >> there has been one mistake made where he was isn't to prison. i trust another one is not made that does not allow him exoneration. >> the governor could make a decision at any moment. after waiting 31 years for his freedom, mckinney says, he can wait a little longer. omar villafranca, cbs news, lebanon, tennessee. >> up next, love lost.
>> that guy right there. >> reporter: griffin was trapped inside the massive warehouse fire in oakland, california. 36 people died including griffin. tsai was not there. in her grief she remembered a moment the two shared in new york last year. they had just seen the "book of mormon" on broadway. on face? become she wrote the city was so beautiful and amidst all the lights i got to look brightest light of all, my sweetie. i cried and we kissed. a photographer nearby captured the moment, tsai's red lipstick still on griffin's cheek. >> they looked look nobody else existed. arkin avan took the photo one of 200,000 he has taken on the streets of new york. but for her this became everythingch after the fi everything. after the fire she tried to track down the photographer.
could happen. please share. thousand did. avan saw the post and sent the picture. >> i could give her this picture as a memory of her loss, of griffin, and i hope she'll we keep that forever. >> reporter: she is not ready to talk about her loss. but she did write a tribute to griffin. i've have been hoping for a miracle, a glimpse of your light back into my life. with the infinite help from our families, friend and strangers, i finally found you. and in this me will always stand still, she
welcome to the overnight news. i'm michelle miller. a political fire form continues to rage over russia's alleged involvement in the presidential u.s. intelligence agencies say there is no doubt, moscow hacked into democratic e-mails and released them to the press. whether or not designed to to benefit the campaign of donald trump, remains in doubt.
the russians were trying to affect the u.s. election dates back to mid june, when private e-mails opposition research and campaign information stolen from democratic national committee appeared on line. u.s. investigators said the russians were to blame. did their actions impact one candidate over another? >> i would say that the -- actions definitely were more detrimental to one candidate than the other. >> adam myers works for crowdstrike, the cybersecurity firm that investigated the hack and that works closely with u.s. intelligence. what did you see? >> imagine someone breaks into a bank. they use special saw to cut through the safe. we found that saw as they were using it. >> you caught them in action? >> we did. >> myers says the cyberattacks began with russian backed hackers. fancy bear and cozy bear. the information they obtained was passed on to wic likes and others to make public. the hackers also gained access to some republican files, but that information never be cam public. even after being exposed, the hacks against democrats continued. >> this is pretty bold. pretty brazen, in a lot of ways.
>> don't think the russians are shy or would pull back after something like that happens. they're doing their thing. >> reporter: one reason the cia believes russia was frying to tip the scales to trump, they have used similar tactics to favor candidates before recently in elections in ukraine. scott, no within is saying the actual vote count in the u.s. was hacked. >> our homeland security correspondent, jeff pegues, thank you. mcconnell supports an investigation into the russian hacking charges. he said the russians are not our friend. president elect trump insists there is no way to know who did the hacking and there is no evidence it was designed to help him. major garrett has even more. >> reporter: i think it is ridiculous just another excuse. i don't believe it. they have no idea of it is russia or china or somebody.
# trump bashed intelligence officials in an interview on fox news two days after releasing a statement that argued they're the same people that said saddam hussein had weapons of mass destruction. but on saturday we asked the president elect if he trusted the nation's spy agencies. >> i do. >> today on twitter, mr. trump lashed out at democrats. can you imagine if the election result were opposite and we tried to play the russia cia card? intelligence community concluded in october that russia directed the recent compromises of e-mails almost universally damaging to democrats and hillary clinton. throughout the campaign, mr. trump resisted. >> she has no idea whether it is russia, china or anybody else. >> i am not quoting myself. >> if it is russia, nobody knows, it's probably china. >> could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pound. okay. >> in july, candidate trump. egged on russian hackers to find
i hope you're able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing. >> mr. trump also explained yesterday why he only takes intelligence briefings from time to time. he discussed the hacking ar >> what's the difference between the conclusions of the fbi and the cia? >> even before the election, charlie, the entire u.s. intelligence community believed that the russians were interfering in the election. >> include the fbi? >> that includes the fbi it wasn't clear at that type, the motive. what's changed now and this is not official, right, all based on leaks, what's changed now is
that the intent here was to advantage donald trump and disadvantage hillary clinton in the election. >> what's different? how did the cia reach that conclusion? >> one of the things that caught me. caught my -- what caught my attention, charlie, was that the cia believes there is a high confidence judgment, the cia doesn't come to high confidence judgment based on circumstantial evidence. i think they have more here, they have telling them what the >> how significant is it, mike, especially with you using the word high confidence judgment, the president elect is publicly disputing the cia? >> what, what, what -- what i think is going on here is that he believes that this is a political judgment. he believes that the cia is a political institution and he is going to have to learn that it is not. it apolitical, there to tell
institution to him in that regard. it is going to tell him how to think about the worlden a way that is divorced of politics. and divorced of, of policy. and he is going to have to start understanding that. >> the syrian military backed by russia is making a final push into the rebel held neighborhoods of aleppo. the latest fighting left more than five dozen dead and trapped the remaining rebels in a small corner of the city. debora patta reports. >> reporter: even with near total control of aleppo, the syrian military sent bombs thundering down on the rebels still holding out. thousand of civilians have ben caught in intense fighting as the war came closer with the constant shelling this past week. aleppo's historic old city has now been reclaimed by the syrian army, among the rubble, some insights into how this war was fought.
groups to reach the government controlled western side and launch surprise attacks. the rebels were outgunned and outnumbered. the syrian soldier showed us how they fought back. the sandbags. the propaganda on the walls. and the improvised weapons. before they started using cannons, he told us, they used these catapults. his word drowned out by his army's fighter jets overhead. this increasingly one-sided battle may be coming to an end. a bicycle. a sewing machine. a kitchen stool is what's left behind. the battle for aleppo has stretched syrian forces thin. so thin the regime lost track of palmyra, the ancient city the government vowed they would never lose again is now back under isis control.
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>> over the weekend. colombia's president was awarded the nobel peace prize for successful efforts to end the country's half century long civil war. the battle against the revolutionary armed forces of colombia, became the running war in the western hemisphere. when miliary operations and negotiations were at a stand still, colombia turned to an unlikely tactic, an advertising campaign. the story for 60 minutes. >> advertising is a very, very powerful force. >> in the good you can do. changing mind of people in certain wa. >> thas why it is powerable. >> that's why it is powerful. >> he wanted peace forever.
mind that brought clm be yeah's deputy member of defense off to the ad agency in 2006. the military brought them to their knees and were looking for a new wep apon to end the war. they asked sokalov one of the world's top ad men to create a series of campaigns and tv commercials to convuns the guerrillas to surrender and the colombian people to accept them back. >> this gives apply our skills to something that is fundamentally important. to us, to our kids, to our country. and in december 2010 they launched operation christmas which they filmed for commercials which played on local tv at great risk, blackhawk helicopters carried two colleagues, led by colombian special forces, into rebel territory.
near ger ruerrilla strong holds decorated them with christmas light each tree rigged with a motion detector lit up a tree and banner when the guerrillas walked by at night. if christmas can come to the jungle, you can come home. demobilize at christmas everything is possible. >> what we did was tried to make coming back home for christmas an important thing. and we knew that if weave p out these christmas trees, it was that sign up there, we would touch the hearts of them. because my heart was touched. and -- they went and they did it. >> it worked. >> it worked. >> he said, 331 guerrillas, roughly 5% of the rebel force at the time, demobile ied. they came out of the jungle and gave up.
in bogota without knowing a day of peace. >> reporter: in the beginning what was the purpose of the campaign? >> it was always exactly the same. demobilize as many as possible. >> as with any ad campaign they began with research. their focus group former guerrillas. the team tracked them down and interviewed them. >> we found the common denominator. as much a prisoner of the organization as the people he hold hostage. there was no way out. it certainly softened me up when i heard the stories. i said these poor people. >> you never expected that you would feel that way? >> i didn't expect then to be so -- human. >> but how do you reach your target audience when they're hiding in 150,000 square miles of jungle? the rivers they've discovered
so they launched their second christmas campaign, operation rivers of light. they asked people in nearby villages to send messages and gifts off to the guerrillas which were placed inside capsules that glowed in the dark and then floated down the river. put them there. these lit up at night. and when you see that beautiful thing coming down the river, you >> how much lights like that did you send? >> almost 7,000. >> reporter: one of the messages from dlcolombia's president, ju awarded the nobel peace prize for his efforts to end the war. you did this with the colombian military? >> absolutely couldn't have done it without them. >> reporter: it humanizes them as much as you have tried to humanize the guerrillas.
military partners never let up. rolled out dozens of campaigns. designed to show the guerrillas the way out. with beams of light, stickers on trees. and voices of ex-guerrilla leaders good morning across the jungle. but no voice was more powerful than their mothers. >> she is waiting for you. been waiting for you at least, 20 years in some cases. mothers of guerrillas. they gave his agency photos of their sons and daughters, as young children. that only they could recognize. during christmas, fliers were placed all over the jungle. >> and the message was before,
and i will always be waiting for you at christmas time. >> we call that going for the jugular. because wow. >> 21 people with this campaign gave up their weapons and came home and start shooting. so whatever number you got out, people that you don't have to fight. >> what was your most successful campaign? >> football. >> football? >> football, football, rules this country. football is our passion. >> reporter: it shared by the guerrillas. and often stopped during matches. when colombia hosted the world cup in 2011. and he kicked off a new campaign. soldiers armed with thousands of soccer balls entered stadiums and players, celebrities and fans all signed them. they loaded them on to helicopters and threw them out over the jungle. each with a sticker that said --
over eight years. 18,000 guerrillas put down their weapons and came home. in large part because of sokalov's campaigns. the ads help bring them to the negotiating table in 2012. during the peace talks. they soon after agreed to a cease-fire. >> colombians, s confident. feeling that we could do whatever we wanted. we started feeling secure and the fear started going away. as we went outside and the world cam here it was in neck shus. awe oftener gee. energy was incredible. that's what the world sees now of colombia. >> reporter: colombia's spirit once buried by war, has risen again. in the last ten years, international investment is up
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not bothered by much. i can usually rule out puppies who wouldn't be good candidates. i unfortunately don't have a crystal ball. i can't guarantee which ones are going to make it. >> reporter: on average training takes about three years. >> step. step. wait. mitch is 3. and is now in advanced training. >> initially we say step. we have to stay wait. they don't continue forward. >> is mitch a pretty good student. >> pretty good student. helps that he likes his treats. >> he is a lab after all. >> mitch won't meet his veteran until training is almost complete. he need to learn to help with mow bui mobilityndf his future partner suffers from post draw matting stress disorder, how to react. >> how do you teach them to respond to anxiety? >> tap, tap, tap my leg. tell the degree to touch or paw my leg. i would reward him. over time, as the team forms a bond. the dog will on his own start to
>> trinity nelson and york, named for world war i hero, sergeant alvin york are inseparable. >> if i shake my leg. he will poke at it. >> reporter: she was a marine gunnery sergeant for 14 years before being medically retired with constant arm and back pain and ptsd. >> he has been trained to -- get you to focus on him if you are having anxiety, use? >> corrt. >> reporter: he knows right away if you are? >> he knows right away. he knows to focus o >> reporter: two months before she met york, trinity any husband also a marine veteran lost his battle with cancer. sending her into a tailspin. awe getting really close to, probably, you know, becoming, one of the 22 veterans that you know every day that, would take their life. >> what was it about york that pulled you out? >> i think it was just that we had the same personality we
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a school teacher looking for ways to connect with her students came up with a simple one sentence assignment and proved to be a lesson for us all. mark strassmann reports. >> this book one of my favorites. >> reporter: every third grade teacher struggles to connect with students. the year. >> everybody, your bootie is glued to the carpet. not getting up. >> reporter: denver teacher kyle schwartz has come up with a unique, she thinks ground breaking way to do that. >> i just wrote on the board. i wish my teacher knew. had students write an answer for me. >> reporter: the responses range from heart warming. >> i wish my teacher knew that i love her with all my heart. >> reporter: to heartbreaking. >> i wish my teacher knew my
california. i started to cry because i want him to be still alive. >> students all over the country are dealing with challenging issues it really helps me know which actions i ned to take as a teacher to support them. >> was the simplicity of the open ended sentence part of its success. >> i think that there is a real power in the simplicity of the sentence. >> read it again. make sense. >> schwartz multiplied the power a few yerz ago when she t some students notes. they talked about everyday hardships like poverty, lonliness, and the breakups of families. >> it kind of snowballed and through the power of social media, teachers all over the country and really all over the world, started doing the same lesson. >> reporter: schwartz turned the notes and the ideas she deviled upped to deal with them into a new book that looks to the ex-plan how one question can change everything for our kids. >> i wish my teacher knew that i don't have as many friend as i
>> reporter: why did you write that? >> because there are a lot of people in -- other -- classes that are sometimes mean or rude. >> reporter: what did she say to you? about that? >> she told the class to -- raise their hand if you wanted to -- be of my friend. and nearly all of the class put their hand up. >> reporter: you didn't think you had many friends. >> a lot of people wanted to be friend.
? ? it's tuesday, december 13th, 2016. this is the "cbs morning news." president-elect trump announces his selection focr state today. exxonmobil ceo rex tillerson. but the pick is causing concern over the next administration's relationship with russia. >> he does massive deals in russia. he does massive deals for the company. not for himself. for the company. meanwhile, president obama weighs on the suggestion russia worked to get mr. trump elected.