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some busy street in san francisco are going car free. the sunday streets program cancel because of the pandemic, but it's coming back this week in parts of china siam captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: tonight, the big news that every adult in the u.s. should be eligible to get captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: tonight, the big news that every adult in the u.s. should be eligible to get a covid vaccine in two weeks as 31 states have already started vaccinating americans 16 and older. president biden touts 150 million vaccinations, but says we're still in a life-and-death race with the coronavirus. >> we aren't at the finish line. we still have a lot of work to do. >> o'donnell: why one doctor says real immunity can't happen without vaccinating young people. could your college kid be required to get a shot before going back to school? plus warning tonight about long- term health issues from the pandemic. military base shooting: the
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mystery tonight-- why did a navy medic open fire injuring two sailors? blunt testimony: an expert witness tells the jury derek chauvin used excessive force when he kept his knee on george floyd's neck for more than nine minutes. voting rights fallout, with major league baseball moving its all star game out of georgia, we'll take a deeper look at the state's new voting law, the bad and the good. why experts tell us texas will be the next battleground. border crisis: the revealing moment we asked students in guatemala who wants to come to the u.s.? >> all of you would like to go to the united states? >> o'donnell: frantic rescue: incredible video of a helicopter rushing to save the crew before their cargo ship almost capsized. and super hero kids. one woman's prescription for fighting serious childhood illnesses.
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this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. >> o'donnell: good evening, to our viewers in the west and thank you for joining us. we're going to begin tonight with breaking news in that accelerated timeline for all americans 18 and older to be eligible for a vaccine. tonight, president biden says two weeks from now, on april 19, covid shots will be available to everyone, saying adults will no longer have to worry whether they need age or health requirements in order to schedule a vaccine appointment. but the announcement comes with a stark warning from the president that too many americans think the country is "at the finish line" already and aren't following those c.d.c. guidelines. well, president biden says that is leading to a concerning new increase in infections nationwide, made worse by those highly contagious variants of the virus. tonight, the president says he's asking the country to hold out until july 4, warning there will be more death, disease, and misery if people let their guard down now.
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well, we've got two reports tonight on the president's new timeline for vaccinations, and on that surge of infections nationwide. cbs' ed o'keefe is going to lead us off from the white house. good evening, ed. >> reporter: good evening, norah. most states are already on pace to meet that deadline in just under two weeks, thanks to growing vaccine supply and easier access to vaccination sites. but the encouraging news from here at the white house tonight comes with a warning: covid infection rates are spiking in states beginning to relax their restrictions. president biden today doing everything he personally can to get people vaccinated. >> you want to hold my hand? ( laughter ) >> reporter: and issuing a warning if americans aren't vaccinated quickly enough: >> we're still in a life-and- death race against this virus. new variants of the virus are spreading, and they're moving quickly. cases are going back up. >> reporter: the president's announcement that april 19 is the new eligibility date for all adult americans comes as many states have lifted covid restrictions and cases are spiking among young people.
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>> the virus is spreading because we have too many people who see the end in sight think we're at the finish line already. but let me be deadly earnest with you: we aren't. >> reporter: the u.s. is currently averaging about three million doses a day, up from a million in january, and 63 million people are now fully vaccinated, but mr. biden urged patience. >> we're not even halfway through vaccinating over 300 million americans. this is going to take time. >> reporter: vaccine hesitancy among some pockets of the population is a major concern for the administration. a recent study showed that 45% of white evangelical christians said they won't get vaccinated. >> the pathway to ending the pandemic runs through the conservative evangelical church. >> reporter: curtis chang, who is trying to reverse the trend, said the faithful need to hear less from government officials and more from religious leaders. >> this is our moment to step up
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and actually say, "this is how we ought to think and act around the vaccine." >> reporter: ed o'keefe, cbs news, the white house. >> reporter: i'm nikki battiste in new york, now one of 31 states vaccinating people as young as 16. >> we will not get to the point that we have enough people in this country immunized unless children are immunized. >> reporter: as vaccines ramp up, some colleges are cracking down. at least eight now making vaccines a requirement for kids returning to campus this fall. and an immediate concern as restrictions are relaxed, more mass celebrations. >> and now, ladies and gentlemen... >> reporter: at tuesday's opening day for the texas rangers, a packed ballpark. when you see those images, how concerning are they? >> we're spiking the ball on the five yard line. we're not quite out of this yet. >> reporter: cases up at least 20% in nine states coast to coast. the variant first discovered in the u.k. is now in all 50
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states. >> it's more transmissible. it's higher morbidity, higher rate of hospitalizations, and casing a lot of young adults to get sick. >> reporter: despite that, california's governor setting an ambitious goal to open that state entirely by june. and tonight, experts are sounding the alarm about covid survivors. the american heart association now warning the pandemic could unleash a tsunami of chronic health conditions that could worsen hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease, all making the vaccine rollout even more critical. this moment could not come fast enough for 16-year-old briana justice who is living with sickle cell anemia. what does this vaccine mean to you? >> i do wish that i would have gotten it sooner. i was constantly sad. i was depressed. i never want to feel like that again. i never want anybody to feel like that. >> reporter: here at lenox health greenwich village in new york, about a dozen teens got their first pfizer dose today.
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but a new study shows parents across the u.s. are still divided. half say they're hesitant to have their child vaccinated. norah. >> o'donnell: nikki battiste tonight. thank you. also tonight, we're learning new details of a horrifying attack in frederick, maryland, not far from here. a navy medic shot two sailors at a business park. he then drove to nearby fort detrick, where his rampage came to a violent end. cbs' jeff pegues hs the details. >> reporter: the first shots were fired inside a military storage facility shortly before 8:20 a.m. in this frederick business park. >> we have a male subject in an army-type suit with an ar-15. >> reporter: investigators say workers ran for cover as the navy medic, armed with a rifle, shot and wounded two fellow sailors. one of them stumbled into a nearby business. >> he said he had been shot. he needed our help, and there was an active shooter, and he thinks he is chasing him. >> reporter: the wounded man told wagner he knew the shooter
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was on his way to his base, fort detrick, just a 10-minute drive away. >> suspect vehicle, black nissan with virginia tags. >> reporter: he was able to make it through a manned security checkpoint and then on to base before being confronted by police. >> they were able to stop him in a parking lot. he then brandished a weapon, and our police department was able to neutralize the subject. >> reporter: the suspect has been identified as 38-year-old fantahun girma woldesenbet. according to his service record, he enlisted in 2012 and has been working as a medic. does it look like this was a targeted shooting? >> that's going to be one of the things that we piece together in the hours and days to come. >> reporter: tonight, investigators are searching the suspect's home trying to get closer to figuring out why he opened fire in this building behind me. by the way, we did take a look at his service record, and nothing really stands out, except that he was given an award for his marksmanship.
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norah. >> o'donnell: jeff pegues, thank you. and there is chilling new video that has surfaced today of the man who killed a capitol police officer last week. noah green is seen buying a $300 knife minutes before the attack. green rammed his car into two officers outside the capitol last friday, then was shot and killed when he lunged at officers with a knife. officer billy evans, who died in the attack, will lie in honor next week in the capitol rotunda. we're going to turn to minneapolis now and more crucial testimony in derek chauvin's murder trial. chauvin's lawyer has claimed that the fired officer did what he was trained to do when he pinned his knee on george floyd's neck. well, today, the lieutenant who trained chauvin told a very different story. here is cbs' jamie yuccas. >> reporter: more police officers coming forward and testifying against one of their own in the derek chauvin trial.
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>> sir, is this an m.p.d. trained neck restraint? >> no, sir. >> has it ever been? >> neck restraint, no, sir. >> reporter: lieutenant johnny mercil is a use of force instructor with the minneapolis police department. chauvin attended his training class in 2018. >> but we don't train leg-neck restraints with the officers in service. as far as my knowledge, we never have. >> reporter: under cross- examination, mercil testified that officers are trained to use their knee across a person's back or shoulder. >> however, we've cautioned officers that be mindful of the neck area and to look for the shoulder. >> reporter: and the jury heard from use of force expert sergeant jody stiger. >> my opinion was that the force was excessive. >> reporter: stiger is with the los angeles police department and has worked in some of l.a.'s toughest neighborhoods. >> once he was placed in the prone position on the ground, they should have slowed down or
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stopped their force as well. >> reporter: meanwhile, a key witness and floyd's friend, maurice hall, made an appearance in court today via zoom. he was sitting in the s.u.v. with floyd when officers approached their vehicle last may. hall's lawyer says her client is refusing to testify about whether he provided drugs to floyd, fearing self- incrimination. >> give this family strength. >> reporter: today, george floyd's family and supporters held a prayer service outside the courthouse. >> but one thing i can tell you, after we get the verdict and we get this conviction, we'll be able to breathe. >> reporter: the prosecution is expected to start calling investigators of the murder case to the stand. we will likely hear testimony about floyd's drug use as a way to deflate the defense's argument that an overdose and underlying health conditions caused floyd's death. norah. >> o'donnell: jamie yuccas, thank you. we're going to turn now to a battle between politicians and big business. more than 40 states have
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proposed or passed new restrictive voting laws, and corporations are being pressured to respond. it's led to major league baseball to pull this year's all star game out of georgia. we get more now from cbs' nancy cordes. >> reporter: georgia's loss is colorado's gain. the governor, jared polis, said today the all star game will bring nearly $200 million to his state. >> colorado has really knocked one out of the park on this one. >> reporter: m.l.b.'s power play infuriated republicans. >> i just think it's stupid. >> reporter: they insist the new georgia law wasn't designed to restrict minority voting. >> to major league baseball, you don't know what you're talking about. >> reporter: but cbs news election law expert david becker read the georgia law. his take: >> there are some good things there, like an expansion of early voting. but there are also some things that are really questionable that could be really bad, basically highly restricting drop boxes, criminalization of providing food or beverage to
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someone waiting in line. those kinds of things should raise concerns. >> reporter: he says he's even more concerned about a texas bill that would eliminate drive- through voting and limit voting machines and voting hours. >> are these bills reminiscent of the jim crow era? yes. >> reporter: houston's mayor is urging texas-based corporations to speak up now. >> if people remain silent will these bills pass? absolutely. >> reporter: president biden was asked today whether the master's golf tournament should move out of georgia, too. he called it a tough decision. >> the best way to deal with this is for georgia and other states to smarten up. stop it. stop it. >> reporter: republicans in georgia and texas say they're just trying to improve voter security. but our elections law expert david becker told us the texas bill actually makes elections less secure by allowing partisan poll watchers to videotape
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voters at the ballot box, something that is widely viewed, norah, as intimidation. >> o'donnell: this debate is going to continue in the courts, too. nancy cordes, thank you. we want to turn now to the crisis at the southern border. the numbers are staggering-- 170,000 migrants were apprehended in march. that is 70% more than in february. and many are from central america where desperate conditions leave them with no good choices. cbs' manuel bojorquez continues his reporting from guatemala. >> reporter: even though their own government hasn't deemed it safe to return to campur, students have started to trickle back into class, learning in the few classrooms spared by back- to-back hurricanes last fall. raise your hand if you want to-- all of you would like to go to the united states? 12-year-old kendall is one of them. his sister left for los angeles a year ago, leaving behind her three children. ( speaking spanish ) why did your sister decide toy s leave? she left to try to find work. his teacher, josephina choc has worked here for 20 years, this
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year has been the toughest. > ( speaking spanish ) >> reporter: they're not good emotionally. more than half a million central americans were temporarily or permanently displaced due to last year's hurricane. hurricane. two weeks ago you left here. francisco choc made it all the way to mexico city before he ran out of money to pay smugglers. back in guatemala, he says he has few options other than to try again. what do you think you'll do? >> ( speaking spanish ) >> reporter: so you think you'll try again. the u.s. government has put out radio messages warning people not to come. so you've heard those ads. so you've heard those ads. do you think it will work? the mayor of this region is asking president biden to give work visas to his residents. work permits to work and come back when they have made their money. so you see that as a better option.
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>> ( speaking spanish ) >> reporter: it's not just campur. many remote farming communities, like this one, have suffered the same fate, the scars from the storms still visible, the crops they rely on destroyed. the man who owned this home told me he's run out of options and is considering leaving to the united states. norah. >> o'donnell: manuel bojorquez, thank you. and there is still much more news ahead right here on tonight's "cbs evening news." the record-setting year for the world's billionaires. the surge in wealth. and the newcomers to the list. plus, a high-seas rescue. the effort to save the crew of a ship close to capsizing. o o cap. ♪let't's make l lots of mono♪ ♪you've g got the brarawn♪ ♪i'veve got the b brains♪ ♪let's make lotots of♪ ♪uh u uh uh♪ ♪oooohhh there'e's a a lot of opppportunitiese♪
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right now at 7 pm. california has a new reopening day but is the ambitious new timeline realistic to get the economy fully up and running. >> i understand the economy needs to open but i'm still a little skeptical. >> i don't want another parent or father, to go through what we are going through now. >> a new lawsuit now filed in a deadly bay area police shooting the just-released video leading to new questions tonight. fighting back with donations, what the victim of a brutal local attack now plans to do with $1 million from the community. what one of the bay area's biggest school districts could do any minute now in response o

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