Friday, November 14, 2008

CBS Evening News with Katie Couric E-Mail Alert


Good afternoon everyone. I hope you had a great week. This is Russ Mitchell filling in for Katie.


A roaring wildfire has wiped out more than 100 homes in a wealthy enclave of Santa Barbara County, California.  Thousands have fled as firefighters say the Santa Ana winds have left them helpless to battle the flames. Today Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency. Ben Tracy is there with the very latest.


Also tonight, we'll have a slate of reports on the state of our economy – and none gives a silver lining to the dark clouds. First, retail sales from last month plunged by a record amount, and this holiday shopping season is shaping up as the worst since after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Sandra Hughes has that story, followed by Sharyl Attkisson's report of how legislators pummeled the Treasury Department's top man in the bailout.


As President-elect Barack Obama's team takes shape, is Hillary Clinton getting a key job in the new cabinet? Chip Reid has the story.


Next: As a candidate, Obama vowed to close the prison for terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Now, his transition team is already looking at options. But, as David Martin explains, this campaign promise may be extremely difficult to fulfill.  


Finally tonight, a story that might just make you want to get up off the couch and cut a rug. It's one woman's tale of a lifetime of dreaming of … then finally finding the perfect dance partner at the age of 87. And, by the way … she’s still hitting the dance floor at 93!


Have a great weekend,


Russ Mitchell


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