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we wish you all a good evening for right now. we will see you back here ♪ ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> diaz: tonight, final farewell. queen elizabeth and the royal family gathering for the funeral of prince philip. the duke of edinburgh remembered as a navy sailor, husband, and patriarch of the house of windsor. >> his long life has been a blessing to us. >> diaz: also tonight, victims identified. the vigils and investigation in indianapolis of america's latest mass shooting. plus, spring surge: covid deaths worldwide top three million today. in the u.s., infections still rising in half the country. to the north... >> these data are alarming. >> diaz: ...canada sounds the alarm. alarm, and i and in south america, brazil on the brink.
cbs news is there. >> less than half will recover. >> diaz: in our "eye on earth," a beach battle. off-roaders in california facing off with rare birds. and later, hippo love: one woman's mission to save the threatened species. >> and without my intervention, none of the hippos would have survived. this is the "cbs weekend news." from chicago, here's adriana diaz. >> diaz: good evening. "a man of courage, fortitude, and faith." that's how britain's prince philip was remembered at his funeral today. only 30 family members and friends were allowed to attend because of britain's covid restrictions. the queen sat alone, her face covered, as she bid farewell to her husband of more than seven decades. the service, small, but no less powerful. cbs' roxana saberi is outside windsor castle where today's
service was held. roxana, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, adriana. prince philip wanted a low-fuss funeral, but today's service seemed fitting for the longest- serving spouse of a british monarch. from the troops, to a land rover he had designed to carry his own coffin, prince philip meticulously planned his funeral with the precision of his military past. queen elizabeth and other senior members of the royal family followed the prince on his final journey inside these castle walls. the monarch, who turns 95 next week, by car; their children and three grandchildren walking behind the casket. among them, prince harry, home for the first time since he and meghan stepped back from the royal roles over a year ago. a moment of national silence honored prince philip's life of service and seven decades of devotion to his wife.
>> you would see him out on his carriage, and he would always-- he would always acknowledge you. he would always say hello to the group of us as we were walking. >> it will be very strange, because we've only ever known prince philip in my life. he's always been here. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> reporter: there was no eulogy, at the prince's request. ♪ ♪ ♪ because of the pandemic, the choir in st. george's chapel was reduced to four members. only 30 mostly close relatives were allowed inside, masked and barred from singing. the queen, distanced from her family. royal author robert hardman: >> of course she's desperately sad, but she's dealing with it. she's in charge. she's very much still the queen. >> reporter: mourners left tributes outside windsor castle, despite requests not to gather. ♪ ♪ ♪ this was a family funeral of national significance. the queen now enters her final chapter without her husband of
73 years. but we hear she's already back at work. and, there are hints of a possible family reconciliation. right after the funeral, princec william and harry were seen walking and talking together. adriana. >> diaz: roxana saberi outside windsor castle, thank you. to indianapolis now, where vigils are planned for the victims of america's latest mass shooting. at least eight people were killed in the massacre at the fedex facility. cbs' nikki battiste is there. nikki, good evening. >> reporter: adriana, good evening. authorities have not said if gunman brandon hole knew any of the victims. we spoke with the granddaughter of one of them. she says her grandmother was walking to her car in this fedex parking lot when she was fatally shot. >> i just feel so empty. i feel like this is supposed to be one of the biggest days of my life. >> reporter: tonight, komal chohan planned to celebrate her engagement. instead, she is now mourning the loss of her grandmother,
amarjeet kaur johal. >> she was the most gentle person. she was just so sweet with all her grandkids. >> reporter: johal was 66, and one of the four victims from the sikh community. the youngest to die were both 19. the eldest was 74-year-old john weisert. his wife of nearly 50 years showed us his picture, just before she learned her husband had not survived. >> he does his job at 5:30. so, that was that. i just said, "good-bye, have a good evening." >> reporter: armed with a rifle, 19-year-old brandon hole, former fedex employee, took eight lives in a matter of minutes. >> we have an active shooter currently at fedex. >> reporter: police say he then shot himself. a year ago, the teen's own mother had reported him to local police, saying he might try to die by suicide by cop. authorities say hole was put on a mental health detention, interviewed by the f.b.i., and a shotgun was taken from his home. a relative said hole simply did
>> brandon waslp he needed. >> brandon was isolated. we-- we lost our father in 2004 due to suicide. >> reporter: tonight, in a statement to cbs news, brandon hole's family says they tried to get him the help he needed, and their apologies go out to the victims' families. adriana. >> diaz: just heartbreaking. nikki battiste, thank you. demonstrators are still taking to the streets to protest police-involved shootings, including in brooklyn center, minnesota. >> justice now! >> reporter: nearly 500 people gathered for a sixth night in the wake of the fatal police shooting of daunte wright. police say about 100 people were arrested. and in chicago, hundreds turned out to demand justice for the shooting death of 13-year-old adam toledo last month. protests were mostly peaceful, but there were some clashes with police. the world's covid-19 death toll
reached a staggering new milestone today. more than three million lives now taken by the virus. for context, that's more than the population of houston. for the latest, tom hanson joins us now in new york. tom, good evening. >> reporter: hey, there, adriana. well, health officials are concerned over a spring surge. the united states has reported nearly a quarter of a million covid cases in the last week alone, even as vaccinations accelerate. tonight, cases on the rise, with several states across the country battling new infections. the c.d.c. blames dangerous strictions, including ending mask mandates, for the increase in cases. >> all roads to defeating the pandemic go through the path of successfully and quickly vaccinating the country. >> reporter: it's a race for shots, with nearly a third of american adults now fully vaccinated. 50% have received least one dose. >> we're trying to get it as soon as possible. we want this to end as soon as possible.
>> reporter: but with the variants infecting young americans and more than 37,000 people hospitalized nationwide, experts warn the u.s. strategy to out-vaccinate a mutating virus could derail progress. >> numbers are higher than they've ever been before. >> reporter: in canada, officials are sounding the alarm. infection rates now outpace those in the u.s. and threaten to overrun hospitals. it's worst in the provinces of alberta and ontario, where police now have new powers to curb the spread. >> this wave is different from previous waves, in part because the variants of concern are more communicable and more serious. >> reporter: and better news here in new york. hospitalizations are to their lowest point since december. and the new york city mayor bill de blasio says five million new yorkers should be fully vaccinated by june. >> diaz: tom hanson, thank you
so much. a deadly covid variant tearing through brazil has that country's medical system at a breaking point. a cbs news team traveled there this week, and as manuel bojorquez reports, the situation is dire. >> reporter: vila penteado hospital in sao paulo is not only full, it no longer accepts anyone but covid-19 patients. dr. daniela de jesus says the virus' victims are getting younger, and once they are here, the odds are against them. in your experience, how many of these nine people in this one room will recover, or not? >> ( speaking spanish ) >> reporter: less than half will recover. you really get the sense of worst-case scenario being in this hospital. in this room, people are being intubated; in the other room, we saw someone getting chest compressions. it's exhausting work. emotionally, too. >> ( speaking spanish ) >> reporter: you're the last person they see before they die, some of them.
for many here, suffering is taking different forms. the virus' economic toll means food insecurity is surging, especially in the favelas, lower-income settlements. this young man, antonio, made it clear to us what he would have to do if it weren't for the daily community lunches distributed here. you would do this, meaning robbing people would be the other option? >> ( speaking spanish ) >> reporter: because there's no opportunity. much could have been done to prevent things getting so bad, says duke professor miguel nicolelis. he blames president jair bolsonaro's lax pandemic response, especially in light of a more contagious home-grown variant, known as p1, driving the surge here. >> it's like having a gigantic nuclear reactor getting into a chain reaction, out of control, and exploding all over the neighborhood. it could kill people all over the brazilians-- it could kill
people all over the world. news about the v >> reporter: there is sobering news about the variant that originated here. the country's public health institute, fiocruz, says research shows it is mutating itself into a form that could evade antibodies. that worries scientists who think it could become more resistant to vaccines. manuel bojorquez, cbs news, sao paulo. >> diaz: the pandemic is far from over. manny, thanks. there will be more on the covid crisis and other pressing global affairs tomorrow on "face the nation." margaret brennan's guests include the president of france, emmanuel macron, and the new u.s. ambassador to the u.n., linda thomas-greenfield. divers returned today to the waters off the louisiana coast. they are searching for lost crew members aboard a lift boat that capsized on tuesday. two more bodies were recovered yesterday, bringing the death toll to four. nine others are still missing. a safe landing today in khazakstan...
>> touchdown. touchdown confirmed at 11:55. >> diaz: a soyuz capsule returned two cosmonauts and an american astronaut, kate rubins, to earth. they spent 185 days on a mission to the international space station. straight ahead on the "cbs weekend news," "eye on earth." the unusual fight over sand on a california beach. also, racket giveaway. meet the teen getting the game into new hands. and later, large-scale love. one woman's quest to save hippos was more than she bargained for. . if i have something to help me breathe better, everything would be fun and nice. but i still have bad days... ...flare-ups (cough cough), which can permanently damage my lungs. my lungs need protection against flare-ups.
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platforms. we begin with lilia luciano and a breaking point in a california beach battle. >> reporter: nestled along california's central coast is oceano dunes, eight miles of beautiful beach. but the scenic stretch of sand has gone from playground to battleground. more than a million off-roaders a year visit the only state park in california where vehicles can drive on the beach, pitting recreation against conservation. why is it important to be able to bring vehicles onto the sand? >> it's a magical, unique experience. >> the amount of traffic, the noise pollution, the destruction-- it's just-- it's too much. >> reporter: battle lines drawn in the sand by off-roaders, theo town of oceano, two state agencies, and conservationists fighting to protect endangered species, including the western snowy plover, and california's least tern. >> the vehicles disturb the birds.
these birds nest right on the ground, so there's a risk of running them over. >> reporter: the 40-year fight came to a hotly-contested head last month. the california coastal commission voted unanimously to phase out off-roading in three years. steve padilla is the commission's chair. >> there is absolutely no doubt that this was degrading sensitive habitat and was not an allowable use under california law. >> reporter: oceano has ae population under 8,000, most ofl them latino, and one in five live below the national poverty line. allene villa of the oceano beach association grew up here. >> in the '70s and '80s, it was tolerable. >> eporter: do you feel the community has had a voice? >> no. we are not able to have a beachfront, just like every other coastal town in california. it's easy to be taken advantage of when you have little economic power. >> reporter: for off-roaders, the off-road community is about generations of tradition. >> we went from 20 miles to five miles. we went from 15,000 acres to
1,500 acres. we want to continue to grow the endangered species while recreating out here. >> reporter: the fees generate millions of park and tourism dollars, but for the commission, mother nature took prior the over machines. >> we're not giving up. it's a beautiful, gorgeous beach, and to think that they're not going to come because they can't drive a vehicle is insane. >> reporter: the dust has still not settled in this fight over the sand and surf. lilia luciano, cbs news, oceano dunes, california. >> diaz: cars on the sand, quite a sight. still ahead on the "cbs weekend news," the georgia tennis player serving up a chance for others to get in the game. others to get in the game. oral-b combines a dentist-inspired brush head with the gentle energy of micro-vibrations
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the help of local villagers.lag. she paid them by she paid them by raising money through her charity, the turgwe hippo trust. hippos can be extremely dangerous, but she says staying safe just takes common sense. >> it's a question of us respecting their space. >> reporter: because of her, the hippos have thrived. over three decades, 65 calves have been born here. but drought isn't the only threat they faced. poachers tried to kill them for their meat. >> for seven years, we were subjected to violence because we were trying to stop them kill the hippos. we did not lose one hippo. >> reporter: you risked your life, but it was worth it. >> yes, 100%. i am totally passionate about what i'm doing now on saving these hippos. >> reporter: so passionate, she wrote a book, "a hippo love story," not yet published in the u.s. last year, her "love story" went in a direction that surprised even her. >> we have a hippo in our
garden. >> reporter: a hippo she named steve was kicked out of his herd, as typically happens with young males. most disappear into the wild. but not steve. >> hello, steve. >> reporter: he found karen's backyard, and made himself at home with his new family. >> to have a wild hippo visit your house like this, it's just... a dream come true for me. hey, gorgeous. >> reporter: when she talks to him, he purrs. recently, their relationship took another step: she briefly made contact. but she says she'll never do that again. >> he's a wild animal, and you must stay wild, like in "born free." >> reporter: born free, due to her 30-year mission to save the hippos. chip reid, cbs news. >> diaz: that's love. that is the "cbs weekend news" for this saturday. later on cbs, "48 hours." and don't miss "sunday morning with jane pauley" first thing tomorrow. i'm adriana diaz in chicago.
thanks for watching. live from the cbs bay area studios, this is kpix 5 news. developing news in the east bay, an arsonist torches a home with a family inside, and not everyone made it out. >> it is really sad that someone in our community would do something so heinous. plus, businesses boarded up and bracing for the worst after a night of violent unrest in oakland. more than 100 businesses took a stand against bigotry against asians and pacific islanders. for some of us, we were 15 degrees warmer than yesterday. coming up in the forecast, why
did that only happen for a few of us, and what is coming next? we begin with the developing story in oakland where a man and his baby died in a fire. investigators say it was intentionally set. that fire started just after midnight at home on the 9500 block of stearns avenue. when fire crews got there the back of the house was fully engulfed in flames. a number of people trapped inside did manage to escape but a 37-year-old man and his one- year-old daughter did not. >> it is really sad that in our community, someone would do something so heinous. as if setting a home on fire in the middle and of the night and killing an innocent family. to those perpetrators out there, rest assured we are looking and we are investigating and seeking information that will help bring you