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the meerkats also got to celebrate easter at san francisco zoo. cute little guys had fun tearing through easter baskets and even played inside a special little easter house. there it is captioning sponsored by cbs >> duncan: tonight, celebrations and covid concerns for another disrupted easter. some worshipers return to the pews, no masks, no distancing. others don't risk it, gathering again, online and outside. at airportrts, a record return o the sky. also, forgotten heroes. we meet the florida workers delivering covid victims who died alone to their final resting place. plus, georgia's voting rights battle-- big business takes sides. corporate america has a responsibility to advance and support and strengthen american democracy, as the governor lashes out.
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>> it means cancel culture and partisan activists are coming for your business. >> plus standing up to hate crimes -- bystanders get trained to help. >> for the win! >> buzzer beater, gonzaga stuns u.c.l.a., keeping their perfect season alive. and later, special delivery in the pandemic, pet boom! here's your new baby! >> i know! this is the "cbs weekend news" from new york. here's jericka duncan. >> duncan: good evening, this is our western edition. today marked the second easter disrupted by covid. while there's hope vaccines will help end the crisis, variants are threatening to prolong it. tonight, canada and europe are experiencing a new wave and lockdowns. in the u.s., an arms race. 18% of americans are fully vaccinated but the cases are
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rising, in 27 states and washington, d.c. cbs's lilia luciano is in los angeles tracking all of it for us tonight. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, jericka, california gains ground in its battle against covid, meaning more in-person gatherings. but more concerns about less social distancing and not following other safety protocols. worshipers in l.a. celebrated easter inside in church and in pews and outside in cars, relaxed covid restrictions allowing them to together. ( singing ) elsewhere, some unmasked and ignoring safety protocols. >> j-e-s-u-s! >> reporter: the former f.d.a. commissioner said americans must remain vigilant. >> we have variants we don't fully understand. >> reporter: a race between the deadly variants and vaccinations.
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the c.d.c. says on average 3 million a day are getting shots, on friday a record 4 million. at the baltimore production plant where 15 million vaccines were spoiled, the federal government has ordered johnson & johnson to run operations. at the nation's airports this weekend, a record number of travelers as people gather for the holiday. >> i feel a lot easier now traveling, being vaccinated. >> this is the gospel of the lord -- >> reporter: in nenew york citi, pastor timothy weisman at holy trinity lutheran church welcomed worshipers for in-person services. >> reporter: tell me how your church is doing. >> to say the most obvious thing, it's been a tough year. >> reporter: how does it feel to go back to an in-person service after half a year of not doing it? >> having 30 people in the room is an amazing feeling, just being in the same room together is-- is proof to me that there is life past this pandemic.
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>> reporter: starting tomorrow, places of worship like this church will be allowed double the number of people inside. it's all part of l.a. county's move towards fewer restrictions and more re-openings. jericka. >> lilia, thank you. >> duncan: at the vatican pope francis used his easter message to urge countries to speed up the distribution of the vaccines to the world's poor. cbs' elizabeth palmer has that story. >> reporter: the pope led easter mass in the vast st. peter's basilica this morning for a small congregation of the faithful, masked and socially distanced. italian police are back to enforcing a lockdown this weekend as a serious third wave of coronavirus infections sweeps across europe. the highest per capita death rate is in hungary. to vaccinate as many people as quickly as possible, it has started importing the russian sputnik vaccine to boost supply. france has the fastest growing
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infection rate in europe, and it's imposed yet another-- stricter lockdown. parisians were allowed to stock up on essentials, including easter eggs but they will have to stick home for the next month and observe an over night in belgium curfew. spring has sprung and patience especially among the young is wearing thin. in belgium, police broke up a party with water with water cannons. in spain, officers tried to enforce social distancing on the beach. it's now clear vaccinations work. britain is one of the world leaders, and here, daily deaths have plummeted from over a thousand a day in january to just ten on saturday. but most of the developing world hasn't gotten nearly enough vaccine or enforceable covid restrictions. right now, rich, developed countries have, in effect,
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enough to inoculate their entire adult populations twice over. meanwhile, developing countries on average only have enough to do 30%. elizabeth palmer, cbs news, london. >> duncan: in florida today evacuations and a state of emergency have been expanded in three counties near tampa bay, the threat caused by a leak at a reservoir at a former phosphate processing plant. millions of gallons of toxic waste water is stored at the site. today governor ron desantis said the water was not radioactive but still dangerous. >> what we're looking at now is trying to prevent and respond to, if need be, a real catastrophic flood situation. >> duncan: national guard helicopters delivered extra pumps to the site. the toxic water has been leaking there since friday. well, the battle over georgia's restrictive voting law is intensifying. corporations and major league
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baseball have taken sides and, now, so have two former presidents. cbs' christina ruffini has the latest. >> corporate america has a responsibility to advance and support and strengthen american democracy. >> reporter: darren walker president of the ford family -- darren walker president of the ford family foundation jointed seven other black executives in a letter calling for corporate action against voter suppression. 193 other companies including coca-cola and delta as well as our parent company viacom-cbs expressed solidarity, signing an open letter avowing their nonpartisan equipment to equality and democracy. >> they have a right to vote with their feet and express their dissatisfaction with the laws. >> reporter: celia wouldn't say if the biden administration was encouraging companies to use their econimic power to pressure states to reverse course.
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>> it's a little early to judge what the economic impact willdsi be. >> reporter: but the impact of moving large league baseball all-star's game out of gray is already felt. cobb county just outside atlanta says it stands to louis $100 million in tourism. >> it means cancel culture and partisan activists are coming for your business. they're coming for your game or event in your hometown. >> reporter: georgia governor brian kemp said saturday m.l.b. and other companies caved to what we called liberal pressure. >> they ignored the facts of our new election integrity law and they ignored the consequences of their decision on our local community. >> reporter: over the weekend, former president obama praised the companies for taking action, while former president trump encouraged a boycott. late today the white house tells cbs news president biden supports moving the all-star game out of atlanta. he is away celebrating easter with family at camp david this weekend. >> christina ruffini at the white house, thank you. >> duncan: week two of derek
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chauvin's murder trial begins tomorrow in minneapolis. the former police officer is accused in the death of george floyd, witnesses expected to include the city's police chief who condemned chauvin's actions in the past. on friday the longest serving officer said it was totally unnecessary for chauvin to keep his knee on floyd's neck and called it deadly. chauvin has pleaded not guilty. in the last year in a disturbing series of violent history asian- americans have been attacked and sometimes homes and businesses vandalized. that prompted others to take action. here's cbs' nancy chen. >> before i would wear a mask not to get sick. what was sickening was to think i should wear one to they don't see i'm asian. >> reporter: she now worries about how to protect herself and others.
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nationally, nearly 3800 hate nationally, nearly 3,800 hate incidents toward asian-americans have been recorded since the start of the pandemic. >> welcome everyone. >> reporter: organizations and asian-americans advancing justice partnered last april to teach people how to react to bystander training courses. >> it's bringing awareness that you are somebody who can change a situation and you can help others. >> reporter: since the spa shootings in atlanta where six asians were killed, the number of people trained at bystander intervention doubled to 32,000, an additional 45,000 people registered. aajc president john yang. >> if you are in a position to do so, there may be something you can do in the moment as well. evaluate your options but please don't do nothing. >> reporter: the online training emphasized distract, delegate document, delay and direct.
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nora abousteit signed up from new mexico. >> it's important for anyone to get involved in this, knot just asian-americans. if we allow this to happen, it's going to happen to other people. are so popular, many are at capacity as they add more classes. >> duncan: nancy, thank you. the first helicopter landed on mars this weekend, that's right, mars. the tiny robot 'copter named ingenuity reached mars on the under side attached to rover's perseverance. it will be used to see if powered flight is possible in mars thin air. the n.c.a.a. men's basketball is set off a half-court miracle. >> gonzaga has to do something. shot for the win! oh, yes! unbelievable! >> duncan: did you see it? an overtime thriller with a
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memorable three-point buzzer beater giving gonzaga the win over u.c.l.a. last night. it saved the bulldog's perfect season sending them to the championship game against baylor. you know where you can watch it right here 9:00 p.m. eastern tomorrow on cbs. well, straight ahead on the cbs news "weekend news," the quiet heroes caring for covid's lost victims. es caring for covid's lost victims. you stay awake for them. once daily sunosi improves wakefulness in adults with excessive daytime sleepiness due to obstructive sleep apnea. sunosi worked for up to nine hours at 12 weeks in a clinical study. sunosi does not treat the cause of osa or take the place of your cpap. continue to use any treatments or devices as prescribed by your doctor. don't take sunosi if you've taken an maoi in the last 14 days. sunosi may increase blood pressure and heart rate, which can increase your risk of heart attack, stroke, heart failure, or death.
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>> reporter: under a canopy of mahogany trees are graves that bear no numbers on the outskirts of miami for those who died alone and penniless. >> we referred to our program as a program of last resort. >> reporter: darren caprara is with the miami medical examiner's office. >> our preference would be either to find a familiar -- to find a family member or friend so that individual can have some kind of arrangement or tribute with those who knew them in life. >> reporter: over the past year, covid has filled the m.e.'s coolers with hundreds of individuals with no place to go, no families to grieve for them, n money to bury them, and it is up to caprara to make one last effort to find their loved ones. and who oversees that part of it? >> that program is run by ms. sandra witty. >> we'll use social media. sometimes we'll keep a body longer than we're supposed to just because we've sent a letter or have a gut feeling somebody will call or somebody will answer or something will come up.
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>> reporter: every few weeks, sandra and her sister tanya sandra and her assistant tanya deliver the remains here to the corner of a similar tear where they will be scattered among a circle of small white stones. even when a family member is found, circumstances may make it financially impossible for them to do anything. >> we hear a lot of different stories from a lot of different families. >> reporter: one of those stories involved 80-year-old gabriel hernandez, who tested positive for covid in april, and within 48 hours was on a ventilator. ulysses gonzalez was his nephew. >> he's ravaged by the virus. we had to take the hard position of disconnecting him from the respirator. my wife wasn't working at the time. i was the only one working. she had been laid off because to have the pandemic issues, and he didn't have anything prepared. he couldn't afford it himself either. >> reporter: and that's when he spoke to sandra. >> basically, she told me they will they can care of everything, not to worry about it.
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it's been 53 years since the civil rights leader was killed by an assassin's bullet outside a memphis hotel. a memphis motel. king was there helping sanitation workers rally for better wages and working conditions. as the holy week ends for christians, scientists are revealing new findings about an ancient mystery-- the cross. thousands of them, actually, etched on the walls of one of jerusalem's most sacred sites. cbs' ian lee has more. >> reporter: researchers are shedding new light on a mystery in jerusalem's church to have in jerusalem's church of the holy sepulchre -- church of the holy sepulchre. who created the tiny crosses in stone. >> the crosses are marked and carved around and amid 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
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rose from the dead.il >> is it graffiti of the pilgrims or something else. >> reporter: to answer the question, the archeologist and his team used new digital techniques. >> apply the various filters in order to try to 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's very certain depths. >> reporter: their 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 relatives' souls, he carved for you a special cross. >> reporter: leaving a lasting mark, using christian's most sacred symbol. ian lee, cbs news. >> duncan: the pandemic has
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>> duncan: finally tonight, the pandemic has led to a surge in pet adoptions. cbs' kris van cleave shows us how one rather unique business is booming. >> we're waiting for you.
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we're at the bottom of the escalator. >> reporter: kristen fallon and her kids are at new york's escalator. >> reporter: laguardia airport to meet the newest member of their family, rex, a mini-bernadoodle puppy. >> hi, here's your new baby! oh, he's so tiny! >> reporter: but getting tiny rex to the big apple was a pandemic problem. >> our breeder's in colorado so we couldn't exactly fly from the east coast out to colorado, so you need someone to transport them. >> reporter: the fallens aren't alone. pet nanny, sue murphy says her dog delivery business has doubled in the last year as pandemic customers have sought out puppies. for about 500 bucks and airfare will see that a dog gets the vip treatment home. >> i'm in contact with my clients the entire time with pictures and videos. they know right where i'm at at all times.
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>> it is 5:30 a.m. >> reporter: that meant picking up rex in montrose, colorado, flying to denver, and on to new york. >> it was awesome to see that he's so cute and so small. >> reporter: sue makes about 13 trips like this a month. she says she feels safe flying, and her business is booming. it's so busy she hired her husband to help keep up with the demand. >> it's, to me, not like a real job because i just love it so much, and it makes everybody so happy. it brings tears to their eyes, and, of course, then, you know, i see them crying, and i start crying. tears of happiness. so when you get home, feed him. >> reporter: for sue murphy, working like a dog is actually a labor of love. >> let me give him a hug and a kids goodbye. kiss goodbye. >> okay. >> reporter: kris van cleave, cbs news, washington. >> duncan: wow. 13 trips at $500 each for a good cause, not a bad gig. that's the "cbs weekend news,"
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for this easter sunday, i'm jericka duncan in new york. we thank you for watching. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media ac live from the cbs bay area studios, this is kpix 5 news . >> that is it. stanford survives again. >> now, the women of stanford are basketballs best as an ncaa nail biter comes down to the final buzzer. >> the high powered rally at san francisco city hall celebrating asian strength. >> a glorious easter in oakland where one church just welcome back the faithful for the first time in more than a year. >> i am so thankful and i am
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going to shout and give god the glory. >> i am like a little kid this morning like christmas and i really was. i can't wait. good evening. confetti rain down on a court in san antonio as the stanford cardinals were crowned the tournament champs and dennis o'donnell is here with the highlights. it was especially exciting for tara vanderveer. >> tough on the old ticker because it is been so long. stanford had not won the national title since 1992 but arizona had a chance to win the game. they had the second straight game and two minutes to play and stanford up 1 and haley jones into the lane and hits part of a 3-point play and five seconds left in arizona within 1 and mcdonnell

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