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vaccine passports: the new covid flashpoint. some sports venues, cruise lines, and colleges see proof of a vaccine as the key to getting back to normal faster. what about the legal and privacy concerns? how fast was tiger woods driving? police say the legendary golfer lost control of his luxury s.u.v. while speeding with his foot on the gas, not the brake, as he crashed his car. gaetz under fire: cbs news investigates the republican congressman's relationship with a political donor and the bahamas trip they took with female escorts. plus, the blanket pardon that congressman gaetz requested from the trump white house. the border crisis: is climate change forcing central americans to flee to the u.s.? and when congress is out, the doctor is in. the lawmaker saving lives in his spare time.
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>> this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. >> o'donnell: good evening >> o'donnell: good evening, and thank you for joining us. we're going to begin tonight with a disturbing setback in the fight against the pandemic-- a highly contagious variant of the virus has now taken hold right here in the u.s., and it may be what's causing the surge of new infections, especially in children. tonight, the c.d.c. is saying the u.k. variant of the virus, which is 50% more transmissible than the original strain, is now dominant across this country, and that is leading to increases in new cases and hospitalizations in young adults, even as more and more older americans are getting vaccinated. now, scientists say they are especially worried because they're seeing clusters of cases in people younger than 17 years old. and tonight, the c.d.c. is warning that students shouldn't be playing indoor sports or holding large gatherings, even as they are returning to school. well, there's also some news tonight about a rare side effect that's now being linked to one
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of the most popular vaccines worldwide. cbs' nikki battiste is following all of these new developments. she's going to lead off our coverage tonight from new york where infections are rising again. good evening, nikki. >> reporter: norah, good evening. new york is one of just five states making up about half of the country's new covid cases. that's why communities are adding mobile clinics, like these buses behind me, in a rush to vaccinate more americans. tonight, the fourth surge, driven by variants and attacking kids, with 44% of all new covid cases found in just five state. the highest positivity rate-- children 12-17. and that highly contagious u.k. variant now the nation's dominant strain. >> across the country, we are hearing reports of clusters of cases associated with day care centers and youth sports. >> reporter: public health experts say the variants are more transmissible among kids who in the early days of the pandemic were not seen as high risk for infection or serious
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illness. in europe, new concerns over the astrazeneca vaccine, not yet approved in the u.s. regulators in the u.k. recommending it not be given to anyone under 30. there's a rare link to blood clots in adults. the positives still outweigh the risk. >> blood clotting following vaccination with the astrazeneca vaccine should be listed as possible side effect of the vaccine. >> reporter: tonight, a disturbing study out of england, concerning covid survivors. it's estimated that more than one-third experience long-term brain issues. neurological symptoms include anxiety, mood disorders, and in some patients, even dementia and strokes. there's also hope that one day a pill could replace the needle. an oral vaccine currently being developed and tested at a research institute near los angeles. >> to have a vaccine that's room temperature, that could be a pill is life changing. >> reporter: even with the u.s.
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averaging three million doses a day, there are still roadblocks. look at this line in maryland, people without appointments waited hours to get a shot, the urgency now to protect kids and get them safely back to school. what students have missed over the course of the pandemic is boiled down to three words in the latest "time" magazine: the lost year. 17-year-old twyla joseph is on the cover. >> i didn't get to take my s.a.t.s, and they kept getting canceled. am i going to go tg college? am i going to have a job? just sitting at home on your laptop and going back to sleep every day. it makes you depressed. it makes you feel lonely. and it makes you feel unmotivated. >> reporter: one in four adults in the u.s. is now fully vaccinated, and the white house said today half of all adults could receive at least one dose by this weekend. norah. >> o'donnell: that is some good news. nikki battiste, thank you. well, tonight, there's a growing debate over those vaccine passports, proof that you've had your covid shot. some businesses, even cruise lines, are considering mandating them.
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but opposition is building over privacy and other concerns. cbs' adriana diaz reports. >> reporter: to return to scenes like this may first require this: a so-called digital vaccine passport as proof of immunization. at least 17 companies or organizations are developing passport apps. but whether they can legally but whether they can be legally required is an open question. israel has required them for months. britain is considering the same. but so far in the u.s., only new york has a voluntary passport option. >> these voyages will resume with fully vaccinated guests and crew. >> reporter: norwegian cruise lines hopes that requiring all crew and guests to be vaccinated will be its ticket to resume sailing from u.s. ports this summer. >> this is a pandemic. this is a crisis. and it's difficult, if not impossible to please 100% of the people 100% of the time. >> reporter: but the white house
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and some governors are hesitant about vaccine passports, citing privacy and civil liberty concerns. >> you don't want to create a separate class of citizens depending on whether someone received a vaccine. >> reporter: craig klugman points out this immunization card has been required for entry to certain countries since 1969. how difficult it is to striketo. the balance between public health and individual rights and equity? >> which do you value more, the freedom of people to go about and do whatever they want, and not worry about the repercusons si could have for other people? or are we concerned about providing the best health that we can for our community? >> reporter: there are also equity concerns. digital vaccine passports may be limited to people with smartphones, and exclude communities with less access to the vaccine. here in chicago, the cubs tell us they're not requiring vaccine passports, and they don't plan to in the future. norah. >> o'donnell: but this debate will continue. adriana diaz, thank you.
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well, tonight, we're hearing from tiger woods after the l.a. sheriff says excessive speed caused that devastating crash that left the golf star badly injured just nearly two months ago. police say woods was going more than four miles an hour over the speed limit and lost control at the curve. cbs' carter evans has the new details. >> reporter: investigators say tiger woods was going 87 miles per hour when he lost control. >> the primary causal factor for this traffic collision was driving at a speed unsafe for the road conditions. the road conditions. >> rep >> reporter: the data recorder from the s.u.v. reveals woods was traveling almost twice the speed limit. he never touched the brakes, but floored the gas pedal. the pressure on the accelerator measuring 99%. >> it is speculated that tiger >> it is speculated and believed that tiger woods inadvertently hit the accelerator instead of the brake pedal. >> reporter: the data recorder also shows woods may have tried to correct his steering during the crash. the car hit a sign, jumped the median, went airborne and slammed into a tree at 70 miles
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per hour. >> there was per hour. >> there was no evidence of any impairment. there was no odor of alcohol. there were no open containers in the vehicle and there were flow narcotics in the vehicle. >> reporter: investigators did not request hospital toxicology reports or woods' phone records to see if he may have been distracted. today at the masters, his close friend rory mcilroy said he recently visited woods. >> reporter: do you think he'sns going to be in a hospital bed for six months, but he was doing better than that. >> reporter: and this afternoon, tiger tweeted he's focusing on his recovery and family. carter evans, cbs news, los angeles. >> o'donnell: in minneapolis, another pivotal day at derek chauvin's murder trial. the fired officer's lawyer tried to pin some of the blame for george floyd's death on floyd himself. cbs' jamie yuccas is covering the trial. >> reporter: tonight, prosecutors tried to deflate the defense's argument that george floyd's drug use caused his death. the defense played video of
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floyd resisting police for james reyerson, the lead investigator in the case. >> did you hear that? >> yes, i did. >> did it appear that mr. floyd said, "i ate too many drug?" >> yes, it did. >> reporter: but prosecutors replayed the video from an earlier point, saying it's open to interpretation. >> having heard it in context, were you able to tell what mr. floyd is saying there? >> yes, i believe mr. floyd was saying, "i ain't do no drugs." >> reporter: the drugs in floyd's system and what he possessed go to the heart of the defense's argument that opioid drugs and underlying health conditions led to his death, not derek chauvin's knee. floyd's autopsy revealed multiple drugs in his system, including fentanyl. cbs news legal expert and analyst rikki klieman. is it smart for the prosecution to get ahead of this and try to deflate the defense's argument? >> if the prosecution looks like it's hiding something, the jury will hold that against the prosecutor.
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>> reporter: another struggle for prosecutors today, trying to explain why a pill with floyd's d.n.a. sat unexamined in the back of the police cruiser for about six months. mckenzie anderson wasathe lead crime scene investigator. >> i obtained a single-source male d.n.a. profile that marches george floyd. >> reporter: another hit for the prosecution will likely come when the defense presents the jury with a 2019 arrest of george floyd. it's similar to the one that led to his death a year later. it began with a traffic stop and while in custody, floyd told officers he had swallowed several tablets of percocet. he was then taken to the hospital that time. norah. >> o'donnell: all right, jamie yuccas, thank you. we want to turn now to a cbs news investigation and allegations that congressman matt gaetz may have traveled overseas with a donor who is accused of funding the trip and paying for female escorts. the florida republican has broadly denied the allegations but has confirmed that he is under federal investigation.
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tonight, cbs news has learned gaetz sought a blanket pardon in the waning days of the trump administration and the probe probe into the 38-year-old may now be expanding. here's cbs' major garrett. >> reporter: cbs news has learned that investigators are scrutinizing a trip congressman matt gaetz took to the bahamass with this man, jason pirozzolo, a marijuana entrepreneur, orlando hand surgeon and donor to gaetz. >> my name is jason pirozzolo. >> reporter: multiple source familiar with the federal probe tell cbs news pirozzolo engaged travel to the bahamas in late 2018 or early 2019 and paid for travel expenses, accommodations and female escorts. one key question for investigators: were the women illegally trafficked across state or international lines for the purposes of sex with the congressman? >> traveling across state lines congressman? >> is what creates a federal hook for a prosecution. >> reporter: does it matter whether he paid them or not? >> it doesn't matter that he personally paid them. as long as he knows someone is
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doing that. >> reporter: investigators also in a 2018 podcast, pirozzolo highlighted gaetz's push for legislation expanding federal cannabis research, something that could have been a boon to pirozzolo and other marijuana merchants. >> reporter: gaetz introduced the cannabis bill twice, but it never came to a vote. >> if there's evidence of a quid pro quo that the congressman was provided with benefits in return for him sponsoring some legislation that's of interest to the donor, that's a federal crime. >> reporter: pirozzolo did not respond to our repeated attempts to contact him. >> dr. pirozzolo? >> reporter: so we met him this morning outside her orlando office.
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>> reporter: did you pay for escorts for congressman matt gaetz? you can tell us about your relationship with matt gaetz? >> reporter: he told us, "no comment." a conservative activist now authorized to speak on behalf of gaetz told cbs news, "representative gaetz has never the justice department, norah, declined to comment on our new reporting. >> o'donnell: major garrett with all that new information. thank you. we want to turn now to the border crisis. tonight, more than 20,000 unaccompanied minors are in u.s. custody. and it's not just children arriving. border patrol just posted this picture of 130 people arrested in arizona. most are from central america, where conditions are desperate. cbs' manuel bojorquez has more now from guatemala. >> reporter: so this would be full of leaves. and this is the coffee bean. no good.
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these crops were ruben che's and his family's livelihood. he's one of many farmers in the guatemalan highlands devastated by back-to-back hurricanes last fall that barreled through the region believed to be magnified by climate change. you lost everything, houses and the crops. his coffee and cardamom flooded, all he's ever known instantly under water. ruben tells me he took out a bank loan to plant new seeds. nothing has grown. you have a debt but no way of repaying it. every day he gets at least two calls looking to collect from him. he knows at least 50 people in the same situation. there's always been migration from central america to the united states. is climate change really driving more? >> what happens is climate change is coming on top of previous problems, like poverty, food insecurity. >> reporter: edwin castellanos studies climate change at the university of the valley in guatemala.
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>> not only are we seeing an event in terms of too much rain. we are also seeing the opposite in terms of too little rain. >> reporter: the road to ruben che's farm is littered with promises that put him into debt in the first place. a smuggler advertising a trip to the u.s. no money to go but your thoughts are maybe to head north. it would mean another debt of thousands of dollars, and leaving behind his wife and five-year-old son. both ruben and professor edwin castellanos points out that farmers do not want to leave their homes and investments that actually reached their community could make a difference. the u.s. agency for international development announced it is sending an emergency response team to the region to look for ways to ramp up assistance. norah. >> o'donnell: manuel bojorquez in guatemala. thank you. we still have much manufacture
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so what was it like for you to be able to put an actual shot into an arm?t into an arm? >> >> for me, it's doctoring. it's going back to my heart and soul. >> reporter: his heart and soul is his desert district outside of los angeles. nearly half of the population is hispanic, but they comprise 65% of covid infections, and only 19% have gotten the vaccine. >> i'm from that very same community of medically underserved individuals. my parents were farm workers. i always dreamed of being a doctor and coming back and serving the underserved. >> reporter: ruiz suffered from coronavirus early this year and just got vaccinated. now he's administering hundreds of doses. >> it's not just the mechanics of giving a vaccine. it's providing hope. i love doing it. as a congressman, to show that government needs to work for the people. >> reporter: to give them a fair shot. fair shot. >> finally, doctor!
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>> reporter: nikole killion, cbs news, capitol hill. >> o'donnell: many people still waiting for their shots. we'll be right back.
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captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh >> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." i'm catherine herridge in washington, thanks for staying with us. waves of migrants continue to arrive at southern border, lot of them children traveling without parents or any adult. biden administration says there are currently about 19,000 in custody and there's a major effort to move them out of border patrol stations and tent facilities. most of the kids come from
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central america, manuel bojorquez is in guatemala city. >> reporter: the biden administration is making a push to tell people that the u.s. border is not open, and they should not leave. the dire circumstances some are facing far outweigh any official demand, and smugglers are readily available to try to profit off their desperation. as we traveled through the guatemalan state of alta verapaz, we couldn't help but notice signs appearing to advertise smuggler services on the side of the road. trip to the usa, financing available. so we're about to call the number that was written on that sign to try to find out what exactly they're offering and how much it costs. [ speaking foreign language ] she confirmed it was the right number. when she asked who i was -- >> manuel -- [ speaking foreign language ] cbs news. nope. no answer. but people say it can cost tens of thousands of dollars, often
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borrowed. 19-year-old francisco coc made it all the way to mexico city before he ran out of money to pay smugglers. what do you think you'll do? [ speaking foreign language ] you think you'll try again. that's because like many here in the town, poverty has been worsened by back-to-back hurricanes. not just here, many remote farming communities like this 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 for the u.s. but the u.s. government has put out radio messages warning people not to come. [ speaking foreign language ] so you've heard those ads. [ speaking foreign language ] >> you think it will work?

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