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capitol, i'm jan crawford. it's friday, april 2nd, 2021. this is the "cbs morning news." >> he said, "can i pray with you?" >> powerful testimony. the girlfriend of george floyd takes the stand, and jurors hear audio of former cop derek chauvin defending his actions. sex, money, and politics. a new report details bombshell allegations against congressman matt gaetz. nationwide spike. covid cases are up in more than half the country. the cdc's message as families the cdc's message as families get ready for easter. captioning funded by cbs
good morning. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. we're going to begin with the murder trial of former police officer derek chauvin, accused of killing george floyd. the minneapolis police chief who fired chauvin and three other officers is expected to testify today. jurors heard emotional testimony yesterday from floyd's girlfriend. she broke down while talking about his life as a father and son, and she also talked about their struggles with opioid addiction. michael george is in minneapolis. michael, here's the thing, why bring up floyd's past drug use if the defense says that that's probably how he died? >> reporter: well, the prosecution appears to be trying to get ahead of that argument. george floyd's girlfriend testified that like many americans, he suffered from an opioid addiction. yesterday we also heard some key testimony from derek chauvin's own supervising sergeant.
on thursday, a retired police sergeant said derek chauvin restrained george floyd longer than was necessary. >> when mr. floyd was no longer offering up any resistance to the officers, they could have ended the restraint. >> reporter: david pluger is the first police official to testify that chauvin may have used excessive force. >> and all of them sat on this man -- >> reporter: klueger called chauvin after a 911 dispatcher reported what looked like an unusual arrest. the jury heard a recording of what the veteran officer told him. >> holding the guy down. he was -- was -- going crazy -- >> reporter: the sergeant said chauvin did not initially tell him he'd been kneeling on floyd's neck. jurors also heard for the first time about floyd's medical condition from paramedics who responded to the scene. >> in lay terms, i thought he was dead. >> reporter: prosecutors also called to the stand george floyd's longtime girlfriend who became emotional when recounting
among other things their substance abuse issues. courtney ross wept as she discussed their relationship and their shared addiction to opioids. >> we both suffered from chronic pain. mine was in my neck, and his was in his back. >> reporter: ross testified that floyd was hospitalized after overdosing on drugs two months before his death. under questioning by the defense, she insisted he had made a full recovery. and this morning we expect the minneapolis police chief to take the stand. the two big questions he'll be asked to answer -- number one, what did derek chauvin say about the arrest, and number two, were his actions excessive. anne-marie? >> it will be interesting. michael george in minneapolis. thank you so much. a justice department investigation into republican congressman matt gaetz is reportedly focussed on his possible involvement with multiple women who were recruited on line for sex and received cash payments.
"the new york times" says it reviewed receipts that show payments from gaetz and another florida politician to one of the women. the women allegedly told their friends that the payments were for sex with the the two men. the paper says that the meet-ups took place in 2019 and 2020. the justice department is also investigating whether gaetz had sex with a 17-year-old girl in exchange for anything of material value. gaetz has denied paying a woman for sex. and we are learning new details about the gunman accused of killing four people at a california office building. authorities identified the 44-year-old as aminadab gaxiola gonzalez. they said he knew all of the victims personally or through business dealings. police were called to the scene in orange outside of l.a. on wednesday. they say the gunman slowed down first responders from saving victims by chaining the gates to the business with bicycle locks. authorities are still searching
for a motive. >> at some point we're going to be able to explain the motive because of the relationships and what was going on. but that is under investigation. >> a 9-year-old boy among -- was among those killed. police say that he was found in the arms of a wounded woman believed to be his mother. and breaking overnight, there was a deadly train derailment in taiwan. at least 36 people were killed in one of the island's worst rail disasters. the train reportedly derailed in a tunnel after smashing into a truck that fell from a cliff and landed on the tracks. roughly 350 people were on the train. some were trapped. people had to force open the doors and crawl through windows and roofs to get out. turning now covid. the biden administration is said to be finalizing travel guidance for vaccinated americans. those details could be released today during the white house coronavirus briefing. meantime, the u.s. is expected
to pass 100 million inoculations today. so far, 99.5 million americans have received at least one dose. and 56 million are fully vaccinated against the virus. that's almost 17% of the total u.s. population. the number of cases is still inching up, and the cdc has a message for people who are planning to celebrate easter this weekend. here's manuel bojorquez. >> reporter: there's news about the pfizer vaccine. the company says its ongoing study shows it's more than 90% effective for at least six months after the second dose. >> i would not be surprised at all if moderna and other companies that did the same thing would get similar results. >> reporter: despite more shots going into arms, there's fear of a fourth wave with cases rising in at least 26 states. the nationwide spikes are possibly driven by more contagious variants like the one detected in the uk. florida is reporting the highest number of variant cases. >> it's distresses that there's
-- it's distressing that there's such a high incidence now considering how well we're doing with getting people vaccinated. >> reporter: the concern comes as another holiday weekend approaches. the cdc is urging those celebrating easter and passover to limit interactions. some businesses looking to return to normal are considering so-called vaccine passports to verify vaccination status as one form of admission to events like the upcoming south beach wine and food festival. why did you decide that was it the best route? >> i felt that i was responsible for doing everything that we could do to be the first event back and the safest event back. >> reporter: but some oppose the idea, like florida's governor who's vowed to permanently ban them. and basketball is rebounding. the miami heat is the first team nationwide that will have a section dedicated to vaccinated fans only. masks will be required, but social distancing guidelines will be relaxed. manuel bojorquez, cbs news, miami.
president biden held his first cabinet meeting nearly ten weeks after he was sworn into office. all 16 permanent members of the cabinet met in the east room of the white house. a less cramped space than the cabinet room. during the meeting, mr. biden tapped five secretaries to sell his $2 trillion infrastructure plan. the president also praised his team for accurately representing the nation's diverse population, tweeting this class photo with a caption reading "a cabinet that looks like america." coming up now, a health warning about real water. why the fda says you should not drink the alkaline brand of water. and school bus scare. a deer makes a surprise appearance. this is the "cbs morning news." . this is the "cbs morning news."
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week. the couple has been living temporarily in blair house near the white house since the inauguration while repairs were made to their home on the grounds of the naval observatory. a spokeswoman said the renovations include maintenance on the heating, air conditioning, and refurbishing hardwood floors. "the durham herald sun" says legendary university of north carolina coach roy williams announced he's retiring. the 70-year-old hall of famer said he no longer feels he's the right man for the job. williams coached the tar heels for 18 years and led them to three national championships. >> it's been a thrill. it has been unbelievable. i've loved it. it's coaching, and that's all i've ever wanted to do since the summer after my ninth grade year in high school. >> north carolina lost to wisconsin in the first round of
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our top stories this morning -- the minneapolis police chief is expected to testify at derek chauvin's murder trial today. george floyd's girlfriend took the stand yesterday talking about their struggles with opioid addiction. the defense has argued that floyd died as a result of drug abuse and pre-existing health conditions. and "the new york times"
reports a justice department investigation into republican congressman matt gaetz is focused on his possible involvement with multiple women who were recruited on line for sex and received cash payments. the "times" says that it reviewed receipts that show payments from gaetz and another florida politician to one of the women. as christians around the world prepare to celebrate easter, scientists are revealing new findings about the cross. thousands of them actually etched on the walls of a sacred site. ian lee has the story from london. >> reporter: researchers are shedding new light on a mystery in jerusalem's church of the holy accept occur. scholars wanted to know who created these tiny crosses etched in stone. >> you can see that the crosses are marked and carved around the symbol. this is a symbol of a knight. >> reporter: the thousands of crosses cover a chapel in the
church where christians believe jesus was crucified, buried, and rose from the dead. >> is it graffiti of the pilgrims, or rather something else? >> reporter: to answer the centuries' old question, archaeologists used new digital techniques. >> applied these various filters in order to try and pull out as much as possible information about the object itself. >> reporter: after years of comparing and contrasting the crosses, experts dated the markings back to the 15th century. >> look at it. it's precise. it's accurate. it has very certain depths. >> reporter: the research revealed it wasn't graffiti but the work of medieval masons. >> you pay something to this special artist, and he carved for you, for the benefit of your soul and your relative souls, he carved for you a special cross. >> reporter: leaving a lasting mark using christianity's most
sacred symbol. ian lee, cbs news. well coming up on "cbs this morning," hunter biden, president biden's youngest son, is opening up about his revealing new memoir. we'll have a preview of his emotional conversations with cbs news. plus, only on "cbs this morning," minneapolis city council member jeremiah ellison shares his reactions to testimony in the derek chauvin trial and his work to heal the community. and we'll hear from commerce secretary gina raimondo, one of five cabinet members who will help president biden promote his massive infrastructure plan. that's the "cbs morning news" for this friday. thanks for watching. i'm anne-marie green. have a great weekend.