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>> axelrod: tonight, hello winter. cold, snow, and heavy winds socked the pacific northwest, and now tornadoes are are in the picture as the weather moves to the heart land. we'll have the latest. more than a week after typhoon haiyan devastated the philippines, seth doane visits 1,000 people living in this school. he'll report on the challenges of helping the hardest hit. rapper jay-z says he will launch his clothing line at a store accused of racial profiling. terrell brown on jay-z tackling the problem head on. >> i want to thank the batkid for saving our city. >> axelrod: first he charmed a city, then a country, and now the world. carter evans on the power of batkid. the cape cod crusader just may spark a movement.
captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news." >> axelrod: good evening. i'm jim axelrod with a western edition of the broadcast. we're beginning tonight with a storm system that's dropped some significant snow on the pacific northwest and is becoming even more threatening as it moves east. more than two feet of snow have fallen in the higher elevations in washington state, and close to that much snow is on the ground in parts of oregon. but it isn't snow. it's high winds gusting between 40 and 55 miles per hour, and even the threat of tornadoes that are most alarming as this snow tracks to the midwest. lauren casey of our minneapolis station wcco joins us now. lauren, who is about to get whalloped the worst? >> well it's going to be a large portion of the lower midwest that's under the gun. the highest risk area includes ohio, indiana, southern michigan, parts of eastern illinois, and northern kentucky as well. >> axelrod: any forecast that
contains the word "tornadotornas always a scary one. how real is the threat? >> it will be real. we could see some stronger tornadoes of e.f.-2 strength or greater. there's also a large threat for damaging winds in excess of 75 miles per hour, too. >> axelrod: lauren casey keeping her eye on a scary situation for us, thank you. now to the confusion over the affordable care act which only seems to deepen for many americans trying to figure out xactly is going to happen to their health insurance. president obama is now calling for a woon-year extension of policies that insurance company have already canceled, but the companies and state regulators are saying it's not that simple. as jeff pegues reports, it's the customers who are caught in the middle. >> reporter: in the next week, millions of people who received cancellation noise of their health care insurance may be getting another letter in the mail, this time a way to extend coverage that was canceled, a
prominent insurance industry consultant told us today it is a logistical nightmare that if done is likely to lead to serious customer service problems. >> there's going to be a collaborative process. we want to make sure that we get this done. >> reporter: president obama is pressing insurance companies to reissue canceled plans, but whether that happens also depend on states' insurance commissioners. and while a majority tell cbs news they continue to research the pretty fix, at least three states, rhode island, vermont, and washington, have already rejected it. meanwhile, the enrollment clock is ticking and insurers are staring down december 15. it is a key date on the calendar for anyone wishing to have coverage at the start of the new year. some insurance companies may send follow-up letters similar to this one obtained by cbs news. it was addressed to a canceled policyholder in late september, and it includessed an option to reenroll for coverage with their original insurance company through november 30 of 2014. perhaps, a temporary solution for people who remain confused
about their coverage, how much their premiums will cost, and whether they can keep their doctor. anyone re-enrolling now will still have to apply for coverage under the health care law with a compliant plan late next year. jim, the white house is hoping the web site's problems are a distant memory by then. the planned fix for the healthcare.gov website, the deadline two weeks from today. >> axelrod: jeff pegues at the white house for us tonight. thank you very much. it is now been eight days since that monster typhoon haiyan struck the philippines. more than 3600 people have been confirmed dead, with nearly 1200 others still missing. then there's the half a million people who are homeless. all week, seth doane has been reporting from hard-hit tacloban, where at least 1,000 of the homeless are living in one single school. >> reporter: alejandro devaras was the facilities manager at this high school until the
typhoon. now, he's running it as a camp for the dis?raised. >> this is the science laboratory room. >> reporter: this classroom now houses four families. laundry hangs near the chalk board. science tables have been turned into beds. you went to this classroom? >> yes, yes, yes. this is a science classroom. >> reporter: four years ago, marvin galvez was a student in this very room. how is it living here? >> it's very hard because it's-- we're sleeping in the floor, it's cold, especially in the morning. the smell of dead people. >> reporter: you smell dead people? >> yes. this is our rice. >> reporter: galvez waited in line for an hour to get this rice from a world food programe distribution site set up just out front. >> what they need is food and water. >> reporter: devaras and a couple of teachers seemed more like aid workers as they handed out bags of rice and high-energy
biscuits. the school is now a temporary home to more than 1,000 people and at least one pig. silke buhr, with the u.n.'s world food program, says these evacuation centers are key places to target aid. >> the idea is to keep pushing aid out, and once the system is more stable, that we then move to the standard rations, which are on a monthly basis. >> reporter: this typhoon has turned tacloban upside down. since so many here lost lives, homes, or fled towns, those who are left struggle to fill in the gaps. we are starting to see more and more evidence of aid really making it to these neighborhoods here. though, in many cases, it's just enough to last a person for a day or so, which means people have to spend all day, day after day just getting the basics, and now we're just learning that some parts of this country are
barely beginning to see the first international aid come to them. jim. >> axelrod: seth doane, surrounded by the devastation in the fill feens. thank you, seth. there was another suicide bombing in afghanistan today, killing at least six people. but it's the target that makes this one worth taking note of. a car packed with explosives rammed a security post in kabul at a tent where tribal leaders will meet next week to discuss a security agreement involving u.s. troops. charlie d'agata is just back from afghanistan and joins us now from london. charlie, if the target was designed to send a message, what exactly is the message, and is this in the heads of u.s. troops there? >> reporter: it's the timing and the location of the attack, jim. i think the taliban is saying, look, we can continue to strike kabul, even in a state of heightened security. just outside where that crucial meeting will take place to decide the number of u.s. troops that will remain in afghanistan after 2014. as far as the effect on soldiers, there will be a lot ofanger and frustration, but, of course, it's really not down to
them to stop these attacks anymore. the frustration is that afghan security forces aren't able to stop them. >> axelrod: so getting back to the security agreement, do the troops who you sphoak spokewith recently, do they give this agreement mump of a chance to work? >> reporter: well, you know, the soldiers on the ground would never comment directly on this bilateral security agreement or what happens after 2014. their focus is really on finishing the job and keeping their men safe and going home but what that means is partly getting the afghan security forces to a point where they can at least hold off the taliban and long term keeping between 7,000 and 9,000 u.s. forces there. just to have a foothold and give them the kind of manfour and weaponry needed to root out al qaeda operatives and stop them from setting up another terrorist network. >> axelrod: charlie d'agata just back from afghanistan, thank you. later, the 50-year journey of the limousine that carried j.f.k. through dallas. and clipping his wings-- toronto moves to limit the powers of its crack-smoking mayor when the cbs
imagine there's a more talked-about mayor in north america right now than rob ford. the mayor of toronto has become an international punchline for thiz over-the-line behavior. the toronto city council has voted to strip ford of most of his authority. here's don dahler. >> reporter: his behavior has been such a distraction, the mayor himself had to concede the council's vote was understandable. >> if i would have had a mayor acting the way 5 conducted myself i would have didn't exact same thing. >> reporter: his own brother, doug, a toronto city council member has urged him to take a leave of absence. >> i believe rob should take a couple of weeks off. >> reporter: yet ford still refuses to back down, even as
the confessions mount. >> have you purchased illegal drugs in the last two years? >> reporter: ford, who is also facing allegations of drunk driving and spousal abuse, pausefor eight long seconds before answering. >> yes, i have. >> reporter: that was yet more red meat for comedians. >> and the number one thought going through rob ford's mind at this moment, "help me, canadian jesus." >> i understand the embarrassment that i've caused every resident in the city. i'm humiliated by it. >> reporter: "toronto star" editor michael cooke says the city is humiliated, too. >> it's funny, it's lewd, it's crude, and yet it's stunningly pad for the city. >> reporter: nor does it appear the mayor's wife is enjoying mertime in the limelight after the mayor made a crude remark about their sex life. as if they haven't been in the media enough, a comedy pilot
entrepreneur jay-z has made a decision about a controversy involving a new line of his clothes. he had been planning to sell them at the high-end store barney's, in new york, then some african americans said they'd been harassed when shopping there and that jay-z should pull the line from the store. as terrell brown reports, jay-z now says there is another way to deal with racial profiling. ♪ since i made it here i can make it anywhere ♪ >> reporter: new york's native superstar jay-z announced the decision on his web site last night:
jay-z had been under pressure to call off his lucrative clothing deal after two african american customers claimed they were targeted because of their race. >> very exwoorgs. very embarrassing. >> reporter: 19-year-old trayon christian said he was confronted in april after buying an extensive belt at barney's' manhattan store. >> undercover cops, stopped me from the left side and said they got a call from barney'sization the card is not real. >> reporter: barnese confirmed 100% of the sales proceeds will benefit jay-z's foundation, up from 25%. barney's also made a guarantee of raising a minimum of $1 million for the charity on the first day of sales. jay-z said he will use a council to deal with issues of racial profiling but people from the rapper's brooklyn birth place are split on the decision.
>> he might make a difference. you never know. he's done a lot of great things. he might be able to do that, too. >> how many people in this community are going to be able to buy a $200, $300 backpack. you will never see a barney guy walk through this hood. >> reporter: the state attorney general's office is investigating the allegation. jay-z's collection launches at bawrn yees on wednesday. >> axelrod: we have a health scare to tell you about on the campus of princeton university. it has been hit by a strain of meningitis so rare, no u.s.-approved vaccine works against it. the f.d.a. has approved a vaccine currently used in europe to fight the potentially lethal disease. and we'll be back.
of the j.f.k. assassination next friday. the event composed of so many moments seared into our national consciousness. not all of them were seen. some were heard. ( "taps" ) >> axelrod: that was army biewrgler keith clark, the lone bugler sounding "taps" that day, he missed the sixth note and the broken note struck many listening as the sound of a broken heart. today, 100 bugulars gathered at arlington to play "taps," this time hitting the sixth note and every one just perfectly. >> it's kind of, you know, getting to me a little bit. >> reporter: among those watching 50 years ago was a young boy in ohio, an aspiring trumpeter named ed hunter.
he wrote sergeant clark a note of support. keith clark died 11 years ago, but today, a 60-year-old ed hunter sat front row at arlington, watching and listening to "taps" being played. even 50 years later, we are still fascinated by new details that emerge about the assassination. for instance, take the limousine that carried j.f.k. that day. you would think they would have retired that car, but as dean reynolds tells us, the limo has a history of its own. >> reporter: to see it now is still jolting-- all polished and presentable without a hint of what happened 50 novembers again. belatedly armexpord topped and bulletproofed. the tragic lincoln limousine at the end of the road in the henry ford museum here in dearborn, michigan. matt anderson is the curator. >> the 50th anniversary of the assassination has really drawn people to that car for longer period of timed than is
usual. >> reporter: to peer into the backseat is to ponder what might have been. i just-- i mean, i can just see him right there. >> oh, you can, yeah, totally picture-- picture him there. and i think that's what a lot of people do when they come to visit the museum. they'll stand here and just sort of stare in that space and think about what happened. the car as kennedy knew it was not armored in any way, shape, or form. the tires were not bulleted proof. there was no bulletproof glass. it did have a removable top, but it was plexiglass. there was no bullet resistance in the that material. it's amazing tong of it but they just didn't anticipate that kind of problem. >> code named x-100, the limousine, with all its tragic evidence, was flown to andrews air force base, a few hours after president kennedy's body they drove it back to the white house? >> they did. >> reporter: that night? >> that night to get it back into the garage to start their investigation. >> reporter: wow. >> they determined that the most practical thing to do was just to rebuild this existing car
rather than to start from scratch. so, yes, they took the car down to the frame, and rebuilt it as a true armored vehicle. the biggest change they made in modifying the car was putting in a permanent roof that could not be removed, and they surrounded the whole vehicle with bullet-resistant glass. >> reporter: and then they put it right back into the presidential fleet. >> people are always just stunned when i tell them that this castro used, and indeed used until 1977. so many years after the assassination. >> reporter: presidents nixon and ford rode in it, as did lyndon johnson, who was two cars behind kennedy that day in dallas. >> he did use it, though, i've read time and again, that he was not comfortable riding in this car for obvious reasons, and only did it if he had to. when he first saw the car he took one look at that blue and said, no, we're not going to have that. it was just too evocative of the assassination, so they painted it black very quickly and black it remained. president nixon "to cut a hole in the roof so as the car exists
today, there is a hatch there. he can remove the panel, stand up and wave to the crowd. >> reporter: did he? >> he did. there are photos of president nixon doing that at his inauguration. >> reporter: but this car will forever be associated with a different motorcade. >> from dallas, texas, the flash, apparently official, president kennedy died at 1:00 p.m. central standard time. >> reporter: and a different president on a much different day. dean reynolds, cbs news, dearborn, michigan. >> axelrod: there will be much more on the kennedy assassination at 9:00 p.m. tonight add special edition of 48 hours "as it happened: john f. kennedy 50 years," with bob schieffer. coming up, holy outpouring. san francisco becomes gotham by the bay going all out for batkid.
francisco if you're going to be a stickler for accuracy. that's where a five-year-old boy battling leukemia got his wish granted yesterday to spend his day as his favorite super hero. after we wiped the tears from our eyes, we asked carter evans to take another look at the power of a community coming together. >> reporter: the thousand of people who turned san francisco into gotham city oned from all had one goal-- to make a lil boy's super hero dream come true. >> batkid! batkid! >> reporter: while five-year-old cancer survivor matt scott nabbed the riddler, fought the penguins, and freed both a damsel in distress and the san francisco giant's mascot, he also captured heart. >> he saved the whole city and we are so thankful for him. >> reporter: there were the fake headlines, but real ones as well. everyone, it seems, got caught up in the moment. ( cheers and applause ) as batkid's exploits went viral, bay area congress pan eric
swalwell, sent this video plea. >> we're counting on you batkid to use your super hero powers to protect our city. >> reporter: it turns out batkid did something even more super human-- he got politicians like senator ted cruz and president obama to actually agree on something. >> way to go, miles. way to save gotham. >> reporter: along the way, the city of san francisco paused to cheer on their little chime fighter. >> this outpouring of support restores your faith in humanity. >> reporter: miles' most important battle, be, is not with the bad guys. it's with leukemia, and his is now in remission. >> i wanted him to have the best day of his life. i want him to leave here smiling. >> reporter: he did just that, and in the process, left the nation smiling. carter evans, cbs news, los angeles. >> axelrod: if you weren't in san francisco yesterday, don't you wish you had been? that's the cbs evening news for tonight. i'm jim axelrod in new york. for all of us here at cbs news, thanks for joining us. good night.
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