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>> schie >> schieffer: tonight, the f.b.i. foils a plot to attack the u.s. capitol building. an american supporter of isis is under arrest for allegedly planning to bomb the capitol and shoot members of congress. jeff pegues has late details. al qaeda in yemen claims it ordered the attack against "charlie hebdo" for insulting mohammed, but the magazine defies new threats and puts the muslim prophet on the cover of its latest edition. we'll have reports from bob orr and elizabeth palmer. anthony mason on american drivers getting a lot more smiles per gallon. >> i come here because i love the price. >> schieffer: and a different story about a teenager and a cop.po dr. jon lapook tells us how a teen in custody saved the officer's life. captioning sponsored by cbs
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this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> schieffer: good evening. scott is on assignment. i'm bob schieffer. this is our western edition. well, it is exactly what u.s. officials have been worried about, what attorney general eric holder said sunday keeps him up nights worrying. the f.b.i. announced tonight it is arrested an armed isis sympathizer in ohio who told an informant he was headed to washington to blow up the u.s. capitol and kill members of congress. the story broke this afternoon and jeff pegues has the details. >> reporter: investigators made the arrest today outside a gun range in cincinnati, ohio. taken into custody, 20-year-old christopher cornell, who alsohr used the alias raheel mahrus ubaydah. he was arrested after allegedly purchasing two semiautomatic weapons and approximately 600 rounds of ammunition. investigators say he had studied how to build pipe bombs and he
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had researched his targets online. investigators believe he was plotting an attack on the u.s. capitol and that he considered members of congress the enemy. according to the criminal complaint, his plan was to kill employees and officers working in and around the u.s. capitol. cornell first came to the attention of the f.b.i. this past summer when an informant notified authorities that cornell wanted to carry out an attack in the u.s. in support of isis. in a message to the informant in august, court documents quote cornell as saying, "we should just wage jihad under our own w orders and plan attacks."e the 20-year-old was also active twi on twitter, posting statements and videos in support of isis. the arrest comes just days after an f.b.i. bulletin warned u.s. authorities of the potential for homeland attacks carried out by sympathizers or followers of radical islamic groups. investigators believe that christopher cornell was working alone. they say he had real intent but that there was never a real
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threat against the u.s. capitol. bob, investigators believe they disrupted this plot in its early stages and they say it never made it to the operational stage. >> schieffer: okay, thank you, jeff. all of this comes one week after terrorists in paris attacked the offices of the french satirical magazine "charlie hebdo" that left 12 people dead. today, a claim of responsibility, and bob orr has that. >> reporter: the claim from this top terrorist leader in yemen is absolute. "charlie hebdo" was attacked for lampooning the prophet mohammed. and the murderous rampage was ordered by al qaeda in the arabian peninsula. calling the kouachi brothers two heroes of islam, the speaker said a.q.a.p. chose the target laid the plan, and financed the operation. in an 11-minute video, titled "the blessed battle of paris," the a.q.a.p. spokesman praises osama bin laden and current al qaeda boss ayman al zawahiri. and the speaker claims american-
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born terrorist anwar al-awlaki set the paris plot in motion. u.s. analysts are convinced the tape is authentic and say there's no doubt the kouachis had some links to a.q.a.p.. at least one of the brothers traveled to yemen, likely trained with awlaki, and was given $20,000 to carry out an attack. but french and u.s. intelligence sources say a.q.a.p.'s broad claim of responsibility may be inflated. there's no evidence the terror group coordinated and directed last week's massacre in paris. and the video offers no proof. in any case, a.q.a.p. is leveraging the attack for maximum propaganda and recruiting benefits and is now warning other cities like washington, new york, or london could be hit next. the video also reveals a.q.a.p. is closely watching the world's reaction to the recent attacks. on the tape, the leader mocks sunday's unity rally in which western leaders marched arm in arm in paris.
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now, if it's confirmed that a.q.a.p. fully directed the attack on charlie, bob, it would be al qaeda's most successful strike against a western target in nearly a decade. >> schieffer: terrorist threats did not stop "charlie hebdo" from publishing its first edition since last week and it had an image of mohammed on the cover.s. elizabeth palmer now in paris. >> reporter: everybody wanted one, even people who don't normally like "charlie hebdo" lined up for a copy for posterity or in solidarity. >> just as a citizen, i wanted to buy this magazine in support for the team who has been murdered last week. >> reporter: france's prime minister showed off his as he left a cabinet meeting. and only hours after it hit the newsstands, today's print run, 700,000 copies, sold out, though more are due on the shelves by morning. ( applause ) while the police are enjoying widespread support for their handling of the hostage crises
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people are starting to ask why they didn't pick up any warning signs of the attacks, especially with suspects who had been on the radar for years. these are photographs just out of ahmedy coulibaly in the kosher grocery store with his hostages. he had a criminal record of armed robbery. coulibaly and his wife were both being watched in 2010 but the surveillance was later suspend. xavier raufer is a security expert who advises the french government. >> there is a huge difficulty for the french internal intelligence to understand that these-- to understand that these young former prison gangsters can be dangerous. they despise them, you know. >> reporter: as for the kouachi brothers, paris police monitoring them got suspicious this summer when they quietly moved out of their apartment to a smaller town. and no follow-up. >> no. that was about in the summer of 2014.
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>> reporter: so that's a massive police-- policing failure. >> totally. >> reporter: bob, professor raufer underlines that france's recent terrorist attacks have not been committed by jihadi extremists returning from the battlefields of iraq or syria but rather by these kinds of petty criminals radicalized right here in france. >> schieffer: all right, liz palmer in france. thank you, liz. it was no surprise when this new edition of "charlie hebdo" drew a different response in muslim countries. holly williams reports from turkey. >> m.k. perker is a turkish cartoonist and a personal friend of one of the murdered french cartoonists, georges wolinski. >> they felt like family always. that's why it hurt really, really bad. >> reporter: coming from a conservative muslim family perker told us he would never draw cartoons of the prophet mohammed, but he defends the right of others to do so.
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>> there is no negotiation on freedom of speech but you know you can't bargain on this. you're either on this side or not. >> reporter: his magazine "penguen" makes its of the same point on its latest cover, but the turkish authorities disagree. last night, the police searched trucks, distributing the turkish version of the latest "charlie hebdo." though turkey is famous for its moderate form of islam, the government only allowed the paper to go on sale today after confirming it did not include images of the prophet mohammed. violence in the name of islam is all too familiar for many here in the middle east. far more muslims have been killed by al qaeda and isis than any other group. but many muslims believe that what they hold sacred is more important than free speech.
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meryam illayda atlas is a conservative turkish commentator who told us the west is partly responsible for what happened in paris. >> these people are provoking some very high level of anger from all over the world. >> reporter: the new "charlie hebdo" cover, which depicts the prophet mohammed, has done just that. it's been banned from all web sites here in turkey and, bob, it's been condemned by jordan's foreign minister and egypt's top islamic cleric, amongst others. >> schieffer: thank you so much, holly. these have been hard times for the once-proud secret service-- drinking escapades on the road security lapses at the white house, even leaving the white house front door unlocked. well, today there was another big shake-up for the agency that guards the president. our senior white house correspondent bill plante has that. >> reporter: four top managers of the secret service, all
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assistant directors, have been told they must resign or retire but may seek reassignment in the department of homeland security. a fifth has announced his retirement. acting director joseph clancy said in a statement, "change is necessary to gain a fresh perspective on how we conduct business." the house cleaning comes after a series of embarrassments for the agency. agents disciplined for hiring prostitutes prior to a presidential trip to colombia, failure to detect gunshots fired at the white house, and the fence jumper who made it into the white house last fall. a report by an independent commission last month called for new leadership at the agency saying it was too insular and needs to strengthen the culture of accountability. the rank and file and even very senior members do not have confidence that discipline is imposed in a fair and consistent manner. bob, the secret service is still without a permanent director following the resignation of julia pearson in october.
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so the independent panel recommended that the new director be someone with a law enforcement or military background, but from outside the agency. >> schieffer: all right, bill plante at the white house. there was a terrible traffic crash in west texas today. a prison bus carrying inmates and correction officers skidded off an icy bridge and left 10 people dead. manuel bojorquez is at the scene near odessa, texas. >> reporter: the bus landed on its side after plunging 30 feet off the overpass, bouncing off a passing freight train below and skidding across the ground. the bus driver, who did not survive, was transporting the inmates from a prison in abilene to another facility in el paso and may have hit an icy patch, losing control along a section of road that curved and sloped downward. 35-year-old jeremiah rodriguez a father of three, was about to be paroled when his family learned he was killed this morning.
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noel lozano is his son. >> he was my pops. we had people here that loved him and that cared for him, and just understand our love for him instead of looking at the things he had done. >> reporter: the minimum security prisoners were handcuffed two by two when the accident happened. a ups tractor trailer on the train was struck and packages were strewn more than a mile along the tracks. in addition to the 10 killed five others were injured and transported to area hospitals. the national transportation safety board has sent a team to investigate the crash. bob, of the five people at this hospital tonight, four are listed in critical condition. >> schieffer: manuel bojorquez thanks, manuel. to the economy now, and signs that the world economy may be slowing sent stock prices down for the fourth straight session. the dow closed with a loss of 186 points. the s&p fell 500, nearly 12 points.
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oil went the other way today, up more than $2.50, closing at $48.48 a barrel. lower energy prices have americans feeling better about the economy, and anthony mason is here now with more on that. anthony. >> reporter: americans are suddenly feeling much better about the economy, bob. more than half, 53% in our cbs news poll now say the economy is in good shape. that's up sharply from 40% just back in october, and from 5% back in 2009. in fact, this 53% is the highest percentage we've seen in nearly eight years. it's due in part to increased optimism about the job market. 56% say their local job market is now good. that's a 10-point jump from may of 2013. another reason for the mood swing-- oil prices, which have plummeted since june. 57% say the slide in oil prices is making the economy better. gas dropped to $1.69 a gallon at
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this station in clifton, new jersey, today. >> it normally costs me about $50 to fill my tank so i saved about $25. >> nicholas vittoria spent just $25 to fill up his car. >> we all need a break. we all need a break and this is a big help. >> reporter: more than half of all u.s. stations are selling gas for less than $2 a gallon. the national average, $2.10, is the cheapest since may have you of 2009. and the energy department estimates gas will remain cheap through the year, averaging $2.33 a gallon, more than a dollar below last year's average. that will mean a savings of $750 for the typical american family. with oil prices plunging, many drilling rigs have been taken off line, but the energy department predicts crude production will still go up this year from 9.2 million barrels a day to 9.3 million.
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all this has also helped lift president obama's job approval rating. it's still below 50%, but at 46%, it's jumped seven points from october, just before the midterm elections. bob. >> schieffer: thanks, anthony. and coming up next on the "cbs evening news," a teen in custody, a cop in trouble. but this is a very different story than you might expect. and later, some folks on safari got the shock of their lives. the strong sudden need to go. ask your urologist if botox® can help calm your bladder. ...and reduce your daily leakage episodes. the effects of botox® may spread hours to weeks after injection, causing serious symptoms. alert your doctor right away as difficulty swallowing speaking, breathing, eye problems loss of bladder control... ...or muscle weakness can be a sign of a life-threatening condition. don't take botox® if you can't empty your bladder or can't or won't self- catheterize if needed
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>> schieffer: we promised you a different kind of story tonight about an encounter between a teenager and a police officer. dr. jon lapook has the story. >> reporter: last september, ft. lauderdale police officer franklin foulks was processing jamal rutledge after he violated his probation. all seemed routine until foulks suddenly grabbed his chest and collapsed. his heart was about to stop. 17-year-old rutledge, who was handcuffed kicked the security gate and shouted for officers. one did c.p.r., and another use an automated external defibrillator or a.e.d., to shock foulks' heart. doctors say that was life saving. every minute of delay applying a shock to restart heart lowers the odds of survival by 7% to 10%. dr. clifton callaway is the vice chair of emergency medicine at the university of pittsburgh medical center. >> if we can get an electrical shock to that's person in the first few seconds or first few
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they hunkered down in the russian module. it turned out there was no leak, just a computer problem, and the crew was back in its quarters a few hours later. some whale watchers off hawaii had quite an adventure of their own when a humpback and her calf made a beeline for their boat. it slapped the water as they approached. the passengers on board screamed. they got soaked. the whales knocked the boat about five feet, and then they swam away. well, if that was exhilarating this was downright terrifying. something big chased down a speed boat in zambia. it's tough to tell what it was at least at first, until it jumped out of the water. it was an angry hippopotamus. it seemed to be hungry. the boat sped off and not a moment too soon, we're told. well, here's a live view of the yosemite's el capitan where rock legends were made today and that is next. and that is next.
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for 19 days, two climbers had been trying to scale the half- mile-high rock formation using just their hands and feet. it had never been done before, and a crowd cheered as the two men accomplished a feat many said was impossible. here is john blackstone. >> reporter: the climbers awoke this morning about 500 feet from the top, although the most difficult parts of the climb were behind them. the sheer granite wall still presented a challenge. kevin jorgenson and tommy caldwell spent seven years planning this adventure, but they spent much of that time surveying the more difficult lower parts of the route. they haven't been on the top portion for four years.
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>> oh! >> reporter: the crowd, watching from the meadow elow el capitan, grew as jorgenson and caldwell neared the summit. through long lenses they followed the climbers' slow progress. >> free-climbing standards for climbing in the world and for yosemite climbing. >> reporter: there was plenty of excitement here in the meadow below el capitan when tommy caldwell and kevin jorgenson finally made it over the top. rock climbers come from around the world to test themselves against yosemite's granite walls walls and these two climbers have set a new mark making themselves a place in rock climbing history bob. >> schieffer: all right, john, well, it is exciting, as the ranger said. that's the news. for scott pelley and all of us at cbs news, i'm bob schieffer in new york. see you tomorrow, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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macy's store at newpark mall. breaking news out of newark. we're hearing at least four people are hurt after a vehicle slammed into a macy's store at newpark mall. chopper 5 is over the scene. we have heard five ambulances, three fire trucks, and over rescue equipment have all been called out to help. at this point, it is unclear how it happened. a section of the area is taped off. we can't tell you where the vehicle is or whether it is still inside that macy's. it looks like there's major
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damage to one of the entrances there. you have to assume the car is inside the building. four people are hurt. we'll keep an eye on the situation in newark in newpark mall. we'll get new information as soon as we get it. the protest known as "occupy" turning into occ upa. the legal payouts costing oakland dearly $9 million. the city's mayor is vowing never to go through something like this again. phil matier with exactly how thousands every protestors cost oakland millions. >> reporter: that's right. you know, veronica, you hit the nail on the head when you say it's not just "occupy," it's occupay. it's and pay and pay more. here's the story. three years since the "occupy" movement wronged oakland and the bills are


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