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brutal college killing. a young student stabbed to death just steps from school just as the sun set. tonight the hunt for her killers and new questions about campus safety. hey, siri, save me. a driver's cell phone answers his call for help after his car plunges into a river. >> i was just thinking in my head, i think i'm going to die. >> o'donnell: and game changer. as a refugee, he didn't have electricity. now he's hoping to power a video game revolution. >> this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell reporting from the nation's capital. >> o'donnell: good evening and thank you so much for joining us. as we come on the air tonight, the house of representatives is moving toward impeaching a president for only the third time in u.s. history. it has been a day of passionate debate in the judiciary committee, and democrats have beaten back repeated republican attempts to throw out those articles of impeachment.
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they have been at it for hours, and it has been a battle every inch of the way. nancy cordes leads off our coverage tonight as she is outside the hearing room. nancy, what's the latest? >> reporter: norah, we are more than nine hours in, and this debate is still raging. republicans are trying to change these articles of impeachment or strip them out altogether, but the two sides could not be further apart. >> mr. stanton? >> no. >> mr. stanton votes no. >> ms. dean? >> no. >> ms. dean votes no. >> reporter: as the party in power, democrats blocked every effort today to pare down their charges. >> this is a travesty and sham from day one. >> no president has ever, ever, ever obstructed congress in the manner that we have seen from president trump. >> reporter: this fight over two articles of impeachment -- >> there is overwhelming evidence. >> reporter: -- highlights the almost surreal divide over basic facts. >> this is not a rifle shot
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impeachment with facts and evidence. this is bird shot. >> come on! get real. be serious. we know exactly what happened here. 17 witnesses. it's uncontradicted. >> they all confirm that donald trump pressured a foreign government to target an american citizen for political gain. >> reporter: president trump is accused of abuse of power and obstruction of congress. he calls it "impeachment lite." >> the president is wrong. >> reporter: madam speaker, you yourself accused him of bribery. why did you decide not to make bribery one of the articles of impeachment? >> i myself am not a lawyer. sometimes i act like one. this is a decision that was recommended by our working together with our committee chairs, our attorneys, and the rest. so the articles are what they are. they're very powerful. >> reporter: speaker pelosi said today that on an issue this
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momentous, she is not pushing for members to vote one way or the other, and we do expect, norah, that there will be a few democratic defections when this is voted on by the entire house next week. >> o'donnell: all right, nancy. thank you. so assuming the full house votes to impeach the president, the senate would then hold a trial to determine if he should be removed from office. but tonight there is a growing divide between the white house and republican leaders in the senate on just how to conduct that trial. paula reid is at the white house. >> reporter: as the president spoke about paid family leave at the white house today, his top lawyer and legislative aid were spotted huddling with senate majority leader mitch mcconnell to plot a likely impeachment trial. >> we can say that we have great, clear, open lines of communication. >> reporter: sources tell cbs news there is tension between senate g.o.p. leaders and the white house over how to proceed. the president still wants a lengthy trial that includes witnesses such as joe and hunter biden.
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g.o.p. lawmakers continue to push for a swift resolution. >> i think the prospect of calling witnesses in my view seems unlikely. >> reporter: cbs news has also learned that the president may add constitutional scholar alan dershowitz to his legal team. >> by the way, i see alan dershowitz. >> reporter: dershowitz previously represented convicted pedophile jeffrey epstein. despite that baggage, he received an endorsement today from one of the president's closest allies. >> i think he would be a good choice if they go down that road. >> reporter: even amid impeachment proceedings, the president still found time to criticize newly minted "time" person of the year greta thunberg. he wrote on twitter that the teenage climate activist should "work on her anger management. problem and chill." that tweet came even as the president insists his own teenage son baron is off limits. norah, thunberg responded to the president's criticism by actually incorporating it into her twitter bio, which now
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describes her as a teenager working on her anger management problem. >> o'donnell: all right, paula, thank you. now to presidential politics, cbs news will co-host the tenth democratic debate alongside the congressional black caucus institute. candidates will take the stage one week before the super tuesday primaries. that's on tuesday february 25 right here on cbs. mark your calendars. twitter will also be partner for the debate. tonight the f.b.i. is investigating that deadly shootout in new jersey as domestic terrorism. cbs news has learned a manifesto-style document was found in the shooter's van. it contained a list of grievances and the groups that the killers hated. four people were murdered in tuesday's rampage, including a police detective. don dahler tonight is in jersey city. (gunfire) >> reporter: new surveillance video shows the moment david anderson opened fire on a jewish-owned grocery store. investigators believe anderson was firing an ar-15.
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the other suspect, francine graham, followed him inside carrying a mossberg shotgun. three other weapons and hundreds of shell casings were recovered at the scene. >> you see those bullet holes? >> reporter: new jersey attorney general gurbir grewal says the evidence indicates their motive was hate. >> we believe that the suspects held views that reflected hatred of the jewish people as well as a hatred of law enforcement. grewal said the shooters had shown interest in the black hebrew israelites, factions of which are considered a hate group, but investigators believe they acted alone. two of the weapons were purchased by graham in ohio last year. authorities believe the three civilians were killed within minutes. the attack has left this quiet jersey city community afraid. rabbi moshe shapiro. >> it seems clearly that they were targeting here because they were jewish and we're very concerned here and all over the country. so many attacks are happening.
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>> reporter: last night at the funerals for two of the victims, mindy ferencz and moshe deutsch, a sea of mourners flooded the streets of jersey city and brooklyn. tonight there is a makeshift memorial for two of the victims here on the boarded up kosher grocery store where neighbors are leaving messages of condolence. investigators say that the two shooters had a tremendous amount of firepower, but what they have yet to figure out is why they picked this particular store. norah? >> o'donnell: all right, don, thank you. tonight ten former n.f.l. players including some big-name retired stars could face years in prison after being hit with federal fraud charges. catherine herridge reports on their alleged game of greed and deception. >> reporter: the indictment accuses the former n.f.l. stars of a brazen nationwide fraud targeting elite healthcare plan for retired players and their families and using it like a personal a.t.m. the indicted include several
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former washington redskins, including all pro running back clinton portis. ten players in all charged with nearly $4 million worth of fraudulent claims for high-cost medical equipment they never actually bought. >> in each case the forms submitted in support of the claim were completely fabricated. >> reporter: the indictment says the claims ranged from $40,000 to $50,000 apiece for a hyperbaric oxygen chamber used by scuba divers, ultrasound machines to conduct health exams on women, and electromagnetic therapy devices used on horses. clinton portis, who was not at his suburban virginia home when agents went to arrest him this morning, is expected to turn himself in tomorrow. he's accused of falsely claiming for a cryotherapy unit and getting over $50,000. investigators said it looked like a typical healthcare fraud scheme but run by athletes. >> you have a ringleader at the top, you have recruiters down below, and then you have what would normally be patients in a typical healthcare fraud scheme, but in this case they were former players.
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>> reporter: portis's attorney tells cbs news his client had no knowledge what he did was illegal and he was taken aback by today's indictment. the n.f.l. players' association declined to comment, and the n.f.l. did not immediately respond to our requests, norah. >> o'donnell: all right. catherine herridge reporting from outside washington where the redskins play. thank you. turning now overseas, six more bodies were recovered tonight from a volcano that erupted in new zealand last week. the death toll now stands at 14, and it is expected to climb. ramy inocencio has chilling new video from just moments before the volcano exploded. >> reporter: tonight eerie newly surfaced video showing the last tour group on the island just minutes before the eruption monday. >> reporter: someone, perhaps a guide, raises concerns. a tourist looks at his watch at 1:50. the volcano would erupt at 2:08.
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>> go, go, go, go, go! >> reporter: the group narrowly escapes by boat as the plume of smoke goes larger. >> reporter: at daybreak today, rescuers in these helicopters embarked on a high-risk mission to white island in an effort to recover the remaining bodies there. up until this point, it has been too dangerous to let anyone on shore. now the coast is clear. two of the survivors, americans lauren and matthew urey, who were honeymooning when the volcano erupted, are still recovering from severe burns. in an update to cbs news, the family of lauren said they have visited with her and she's on a ventilator and facing multiple surgeries ahead. victims still unaccounted for include barbara and martin hollander of australia whose teenage sons matthew and baron are among the dead. the boys were born and grew up in the chicago area. today's rescue mission for the missing took place despite a
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highly volatile volcano. ramy inocencio, cbs news, whaakatani, new zealand. >> o'donnell: new york city police today stepped up patrols after the brutal stabbing death of a barnard college freshman near the school's manhattan campus. the violent crime has sent shock waves throughout the school and the city. errol barnett has the story. >> reporter: tessa majors was a budding journalist and guitar player whose life ended violently just blocks from campus. police say the 18-year-old barnard college freshman was mugged and stabbed repeatedly in new york's morningside park wednesday evening. police said while wounded, she somehow struggled to get to a security booth at the top of these stairs before she collapsed. the guard was on patrol but when he returned, he found majors unconscious. she died from her wounds at the hospital. >> it's horrifying, and we have to have... this is another example of a never-again mentality. >> reporter: this morning mayor bill de blasio tried to reassure
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the city about safety, but the murder rate in new york is up 8% compared to last year. fear is still palpable on barnard's all-female college campus. caroline kitchener took a break from writing her research paper because she cannot focus. what is it about what happened to tess that has you so shaken? >> it was just an act of violence, and it was incredibly aggressive. >> reporter: this afternoon, students left flowers on the school seal to mourn the loss of one of their own. cbs news has learned that two juveniles were questioned by the n.y.p.d. in connection with this crime but have been released. meanwhile, here on campus, what you see behind me, students are holding a vigil and being told that counseling services are available to them, but norah, the school's president said tessa major's death is having an impact on everybody. >> o'donnell: it's frightening. it's frightening. errol, thank you. tonight it looks like british
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prime minister boris johnson may get to lead the country's divorce from europe on his terms thanks in part to a catchy social media campaign. mark phillips is in london tonight, and mark, it looks like a victory for conservatives in this election, right? >> reporter: well, there won't be any official results for several hours yet, but there is an exit poll, and it is showing a significant and comprehensive victory for boris johnson and his conservative party. in the past these exit polls have proved very reliable. for the man who wanted this election, there was only one issue: how to bulldoze through his brexit deal. in order for boris johnson to make good on his promise to pull the u.k. out of the european union by the end of next month, he needed a clean win. >> what is it that we're going to do? we're going to get brexit done. >> reporter: of course like the styrofoam blocks in his visual aid, it's all a bit messier than that. for starters, the main opposition labour party leader, jeremy corbyn, wanted to fight a
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different battle, reinvesting in public services, renationalizing major industries, and taxing the rich to do it. >> things cannot go on as they were before. >> reporter: this was a different kind of election. remember that scene from the film "love actually" where a secret message is silently conveyed on a doorstep? >> it's carol singers. >> reporter: in this vote it was boris johnson at the door and the cue cards were about politics. this was a social media campaign where individual voters were targeted on their small screens with ads like this and where often-dubious facts came from sometimes anonymous posters. all party loyalty went out the window in this election. what mattered was whether you were for britain leaving the e.u. or against it and perhaps whether you were tired of the whole brexit saga. boris johnson took a big gamble in calling this vote, norah, and he appears to have won.
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>> o'donnell: all right, mark. thank you. there is still more news ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news." major league baseball changes up its rules. up next, the drug that's no longer banned in the ballpark. an s.u.v. plunges into an icy river. how siri saved the day. and video games were his ticket out of a refugee camp. now he's developing games to make a difference. we're carvana, the company who invented
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>> i was like, wow. it clicked in my mind that i want to use that one day. >> reporter: and he did, thanks to his mother, who saved $300 as the camp's seamstress to buy him this used laptop. he walked three hours a day to charge it. what was driving you? >> the opportunity to be alive. because with that it helped me understand that we can do whatever we want to do. >> reporter: inspired, mayen taught himself how to write computer code and eventually developed a rather unique videogame. and you call the game "salaam." >> which means peace. >> reporter: in the game, players take on the role of refugees fleeing violence. it would become the ticket out of the camp for mayen and his family. >> my family left the country. >> reporter: today living in washington, d.c., this former refugee now leads his own company. >> it was so hard. >> reporter: did you ever think about giving up? >> yeah, a lot. >> reporter: but you didn't quit?
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>> my mother helped me. >> reporter: your mother. she believed in you. >> yeah. so... >> reporter: his mother is his game's main character. how do you win? >> you can grow your family and find a peaceful environment. >> reporter: so winning is when you find your place of peace? >> yeah. >> reporter: in a game and in life. jan crawford, cbs news, washington. >> o'donnell: a story about a mother's love. we'll be right back. we'll be right back. grandparents! we want to put money aside for them, so...change in plans. alright, let's see what we can adjust. ♪ we'd be closer to the twins. change in plans. okay. mom, are you painting again? you could sell these.
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