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>> the news continues streaming on cbsn bay area. you can find it on the kpix5 news app ♪ ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: tonight, the queen and the world mourn britain's prince philip, the man who walked two steps behind the longest reigning monarch for seven decades and helped bring the royal family into the 21st century. mourners flocked to windsor castle and buckingham palace to pay their respects to one of the hardest working royals, at the center of u.k. history for nearly 70 years, but not without gaffes and controversies. tonight, the funeral plans, and will harry and meghan attend. vaccines paused, a third state shuts down a johnson & johnson vaccine site because of side effects. why experts tonight say the shot
is safe. what you need to know. cause of death: the medical examiner tells the jury in the derek chauvin murder trial that heart disease and drugs played a role in george floyd's death, but why he believes the interaction with police was more than floyd's body could take. the tiger woods crash, new details tonight: the pill bottle found by investigators and what he told doctors at the hospital. severe weather, millions across the sosouth brace e for powerful storms. death ofof a hip-hop icon. ♪ y'all gon' make me lose my mind ♪ remembering rapper dmx. caribbean volcano erupts, ash shoots 20,000 feet in the air, as thousands are evacuated. and "on the road," why this 13- year-old boy scout chose to sleep in his backyard for 366 nights. 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 on this friday night. we're going to begin tonight with the worldwide outpouring of grief over the death of britain's prince philip, and perhaps the most dramatic change in the british monarchy since world war ii. flags across the united kingdom are at half staff tonight in memory of the 99-year-old husband of queen elizabeth who died at windsor castle earlier today. with the exception of his wife, no one played a more important role in shaping the british crown over the past seven decades than the duke of edinburgh who worked to modernize the monarchy, all while trying to hold his family-- the royal family-- together during decades of scandal and palace intrigue from the death of princess diana to harry and meghan's recent bombshell interview with oprah. while he was the father, grandfather and great grandfather to future kings, he could never hold the title himself.
instead, he walked and lived in the queen's shadow. his job, he once said, was first, second and last never to let her down. we've got two reports tonight on prince philip's life, legacy and the seismic shift his death is causing tonight across the united kingdom. cbs' charlie d'agata is going to lead off our coverage tonight from outside of windsor castle. good evening, charlie. >> reporter: good evening, norah. here at windsor castle, they have been defying covid restrictions in order to pay tribute. they have been laying flowers and in some cases just standing silent in order to say goodbye. first came the official statement posted on palace gates, with deep sorrow the queen announces the death of her dear husband. then rows of flowers in tribute. >> we felt really sad, unbelievably. >> reporter: after being released from the hospital on march 16, he came home to windsor castle, however unlikely the hope of a recovery.
a nation mourns his passing. prime minister boris johnson said the country's thoughts must now turn to the queen and family. >> because they have lost not just a much loved and highly respected public figure, but a devoted husband and a proud and loving father, grandfather and, in recent years, great grandfather. >> reporter: president joe biden paid condolences for an extraordinary life. >> 99-years-old and he never slowed down at all, which i admire the devil out of. >> reporter: married to the queen for 73 years, no other consort has come close to serving beside a british sovereign for so long, a sense of duty the duke of edinburgh took seriously, says royal commentator wesley kerr. >> there was a huge roster of duties. he chalked up 22,000 engagements. he would often do three or four engagements a day.
>> reporter: as the family's thoughts turn to funeral arrangements, in the middle of pandemic restrictions, we understand prince charles returned to windsor this afternoon to see his mother. today prince harry and meghan markle paid tribute on the website of their foundation, replacing the home page with a memorial, in loving memory of his royal highness the duke of edinburgh, thank you for your service, you will be greatly missed. >> o'donnell: charlie is back with us. and what do we know about the royal family's plans? >> reporter: royal family sources tell us prince philip will lie here in rest while the family mourns in private. prince harry is expected, though not confirmed, to attend. as for meghan, it will depend on her doctor's approval with her baby due sometime around june. norah. >> o'donnell: charlie d'agata, thank you. and with the death of her husband, the queen starts eight days of mourning. the patriarch of the royal
family died just two months shy of his 100th birthday. cbs' mark phillips has more on prince philip's life and legacy. >> reporter: he may have spent his life a respectful two steps behind the queen at official functions, but it was prince philip who guided the royal family, "the firm," as he originally called it, through the changes required in a modern world. it was philip who convinced the queen to allow in the tv cameras in the 1960's to make the family seem more open in a less deferential age. it was philip who convinced diana's reluctant sons, william and harry, to walk behind the coffin at her funeral, saying he would walk with them. philip was first seen as an outsider, a member of the deposed and exiled greek royal family, but he was educated in britain and as a navy cadet was chosen to escort the then
princess elizabeth on a tour. many thought that wasn't an accident. the queen's cousin, margaret rhodes, in a conversation before she passed away, spoke of the impression philip made. >> and, of course, prince philip was the most utterly good looking viking god. >> reporter: viking god? ( laughter ) >> well, he really was so good looking. >> reporter: the hugely successful royal partnership went on for 73 years, but not without it's controversial moments, mostly brought on by philip's occasional non-p.c. comments-- asking scottish driving instructors how they kept their students off the sauce. he was unrepentant. >> i can't suddenly change me whole way of doing things. i can't change my interests. i can't change my way i react to things. >> reporter: the queen didn't want him to change either. >> he has quite simply been my strength and stay these whole years and i and his family and
this and many other countries owe him a debt greater than he will ever claim or we shall ever know. >> reporter: prince philip was more than just the queen's consort, he promoted his own causes-- animal rights, environmental issues, children's charities, sports, the arts-- he lived a long and full life. norah. >> o'donnell: mark phillips, thank you. turning to news back home and the coronavirus pandemic. tonight more than one in three americans have more than one covid shot and more than one in five are fully vaccinated. many americans now have questions about the johnson & johnson shot after a very small percentage had adverse reactions. here is cbs' nikki battiste now with what you need to know. >> reporter: johnson & johnson's vaccine facing a double dose of problems. georgia the third state to temporarily shut down a site after eight suffered adverse reactions to the j&j vaccine. in north carolina, 18 people
reporting side effects. in colorado 11 reacting to the shot with symptoms ranging from dizziness, nausea and fainting. >> this is a really potent vaccine and what we're seeing is some of that potency relating at a very rare side effect that we just have to be aware of. >> reporter: in fact, all three major u.s. vaccines produced adverse reactions in more than 60,000 people nationwide, that for each, including j&j, just one tenth of 1% of all people reported side effects. another problem: distribution, the company dramatically scaling back shipments next week. in michigan, dreadful déjà vu, some hospital i.c.u.s again reaching capacity. >> lives depend on it. michigan is a hot spot right now. >> reporter: the governor asking for a two week pause on indoor dining, in-person learning and youth sports, a driving factor in new cases among kids. pfizer is now the first company to seek emergency use
authorization to give its vaccine to children as young as 12. confusion in california, those running one site with extra doses telling people to show up. thousands did, most turned away. in new york city, variants making up nearly 80% of new daily cases, almost half are homegrown, another 30% driven by the u.k. variant which is believed to be up to 70% more contagious and more lethal. given the u.k. variant really dominating in the u.s., how effective still are the vaccines? >> the current vaccines that are out there in the public work against all of the variants. the american public should rest assured that scientists pivoting along with our knowledge to be able to take care of this, and the benefits of the vaccine tremendously outweigh any potential downside. >> reporter: here at lenox health, greenwich village, about 1,300 people a day are receiving a dose of pfizer. doctor agus told me side effects from any vaccine are normal and
people should not panic. norah. >> o'donnell: nikki battiste, thank you. tonight we've got an update on our lead story last night. the man charged in a deadly shooting rampage in texas is being held on more than $2 million bond. police say 27-year-old larry bollin worked at kent moore cabinets in bryan, texas, and killed one person and injured five others there thursday afternoon. bollin is accused of wounding a trooper before he was arrested at his home. tonight that trooper is in stable condition. all right, now to testimony from a key witness at derek chauvin's murder trial: the medical examiner who ruled george floyd's death a homicide. now, his testimony is important because chuvin's lawyers were hoping it would bolster their claim that drugs and heart issues were to blame for floyd's death. cbs' jamie yuccas reports from minneapolis. >> reporter: tonight, the medical examiner who performed the autopsy on george floyd took the stand. dr. andrew baker told jurorsr that while heart disease and drugs played a role, it was the
interaction with police that caused floyd's death. >> the law enforcement subdual restraint and neck compression was more than mr. floyd could take by virtue of those heart conditions. >> reporter: on the death certificate dr. baker listed the drugs found in floyd's system and heart ailments as contributing conditions, not causes. >> mr. floyd's use of fentanyl did not cause the subdual or neck restraint. his heart disease does not cause the subdual or neck restraint. >> reporter: but during cross- examination the defense focused on floyd's drug use. >> you're aware also of the methamphetamine found in mr. floyd's system? >> yes. i'm not an expert in the specific toxicology of methamphetamine. as a general rule, for forensic pathology, methamphetamine is not good for a damaged heart. >> this was not a sudden death. >> reporter: forensic pathology expert lindsey thomas is a former county medical examiner who trained baker. she testified floyd died from asphyxia, or low oxygen, terms not mentioned in baker's autopsy
record. >> the activities of the law enforcement officers resulted in mr. floyd's death. >> reporter: meanwhile, minneapolis residents are following the trial closely. >> yeah, you can just sit here. >> reporter: pastor edrin williams has been listening to the concerns of his predominantly black neighborhood. >> absolutely afraid if a non- guilty verdict or some sort of technicality is used to keep the officer from facing responsibility for this that we'll see worse than what we saw last summer. >> reporter: the trial is moving quicker than originally thought, so the prosecution is now expected to rest its case early next week. all eyes will then turn to the defense and whether or not chauvin will testify. norah. >> o'donnell: jamie yuccas, thank you. turning now to a severe weather threat, targeting more than 30 million americans across the southern plains and gulf coast. cbs' lonnie quinn is tracking
those storms and joins us tonight. hey, good evening, lonnie. >> reporter: good evening, norah, good evening everyone. we're talking about 11 different states under severe thunderstorm watches tonight. a smaller system around north carolina and virginia with possibly damaging winds, but a huge system in the south. let's zoom in tight right now on eastern texas, around dallas. you are preparing for the possibility-- ready for this?-- for baseball-sized hail tonight. i mean, that could really do some damage out there. i know it doesn't look all that intense now but it's going to get worse as the night goes on. combined with strong straight lined winds, 70, 75 miles an hour, maybe stronger, and possibly twists as well. the worst area looks to be from louisiana and portions of alabama. and the reason we're so concerned though it doesn't look that bad, it's going to get worse when storms start to bow like the arch in the front, that's a storm that is getting stronger, ore intense. put the car in the garage tonight and keep the weather radio close by in case there's a tornado sparked in the area. that's the very latest. again, baseball-sized hail,
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