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♪ it's tuesday, april 20th, 2021. this is the "cbs morning news." murder or reasonable force? a jury must now decide the fate of derek chauvin. the final arguments and how one lawmaker's comments may jeopardize the trial. breaking overnight, former vice president walter mondale died. we look back on his political career, including some traditions he started at the white house. moderna's third dose. the vaccinemaker is almost ready with its booster shot. when it will be available to the public. good morning. good to be with you, i'm anne-marie green.
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well, this morning, jury deliberations will continue in derek chauvin's murder trial. yesterday, the panel heard nearly six hours of closing arguments and rebuttal in the case against the former minneapolis police officer charged with george floyd's death. the jury met late in the night but didn't come up with a verdict on any of the counts. chauvin has pleaded not guilty to charges of second degree murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter. skyler henry is in minneapolis. skyler, this all comes as the defense attorney called for a mistrial right at the end there, right? >> reporter: that's right, anne-marie. good morning to you. the defense says given the high profile nature of the trial and media exposure and stern words from maxine waters when she was here visiting the twin cities are grounds for a mistrial.
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she told a group of protesters in the daunte wright protests that she should be more confrontational if derek chauvin is acquitted. nds fo appeal.ed that reqhest e the jury continues to deliberate one day after hearing closing arguments before both sides. >> i submit to you that the state has failed to meet its burden of proof beyond a ronald doubt. >> use your common sense, believe your eyes, what you saw you saw. >> reporter: during their final plea, the prosecution again showed video of derek chauvin kneeling on george floyd for nearly 9:30 minutes. >> you were told mr. floyd died was because his heart was too big. the reason why george floyd is dead is because mr. chauvin's heart is too small. >> reporter: the defense countered saying chauvin acted reasonably and mr. floyd died because of illegal drug use. >> they just want you to ignore significant medical issues that
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presented to. mr. floyd. >> reporter: the jury is skweft e sequestered in a hotel while it deliberates. and the nation is anxiously awaiting a result. >> blackr:ocal officials urged protters who remain peaceful after last year's violence that ensued after mr. floyd's death. >> we cannot cure harm by inflicting harms on others. >> reporter: cities across the country are preparing for mass demonstrations. >> we will continue to support peaceful protests inside the city of atlanta. >> reporter: chauvin faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted. now, speaking to the level of security in this area, about an hour ago, we saw several dozen security or sheriff's officers combing and entiring the area around the hennepin county courthouse here where this trial is being held. again, jury deliberations are expected to continue later on this morning.
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anne-marie. >> skyler henry in minneapolis. skyler, thank you so much. breaking overnight, former vice president walter mondale has died. he was 93. mondale served as vp under jimmy carter from 1977 to 1981. his family announced his passing away yesterday in minneapolis. natalie brand has more on mondale's groundbreaking. political legacy. >> a few minutes ago -- >> reporter: walter mondale is often remembered for losing the presidency to ronald reagan in 1984, but he also made history by picking geraldine ferraro as his running mate, the first woman on the presidential ticket. hervous. k they'reoo >> ll, ti a lef anea the son of a methodist preacher,
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walter mondale's political career was marked with an early success. he became attorney general at 32 and was elected to u.s. senate in 36. in 1976, jimmy carter tapped mondale to be his running mate on the democratic presidential ticket. >> and i'm proud and honored to be a part of this team. >> reporter: after carter's victory, mondale immediately beefed up the job of vice president, moving the vice president's office to the west wing of the white house. he started having weekly luncheons with the president. both traditions endure to this day. carter was defeated for re-election in 1980. four years later, mondale sought the top job for himself but he faced a popular president in ronald reagan who was running for re-election. >> mr. reagan will raise taxes, and so will i. he won't tell you, i just did. >> rteondalere defeats in u.s. historal >>onald reagan still has a chance, has a chance, for a historic 50-state sweep.
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>> reporter: president reagan beat mondale in 49 states leaving mondale with only the electoral votes from his home state of minnesota and washington, d.c. after that defeat, mondale moved back and forth between public and private sector, he served as ambassador to japan under president clinton. in 2002, he lost his attempt to reclaim his old minnesota senate seat, but he was gracious in defeat. >> and what is obviously the end of my last campaign, i want to say to minnesotans, you always treated me decently. you always listened to me. >> reporter: and that made western humility endeared mondale to his home state and a generation of his foam democrats. natalie brand, cbs news washington. well, in a statement, the mondale family said plans for memorials will be announced later for both minnesota and washington, d.c.
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the chief medical officer in washington said capitol officer brian sicknick who was attacked in the capitol riots died of natural caus he suffered two strokes. investigators initially thought sicknick was hit in a head by a fire extinguisher. he later thought we may have ingested a chemical substance. last month, federal prosecutors charged two men with using bear spray on sicknick during the riots. moderna says by the fall it will have a third booster shot for its two-dose covid vaccine. studies show the shot is 90% effective against the virus six months after the second dose. it's unclear how long immunity from covid lasts. the same is true for pfizer's vaccine. regardless, dr. anthony fauci is encouraging people to get a shot. >> we all want normalcy in america. the highway to that normalcy is vaccination.
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>> meantime, yale is joining a growing list of universities that are requiring students to be vaccinated against the coronavirus before returning in the fall. exceptions will be made for religious or medical reasons. coming up now, caught on video, more than a dozen people are rescued from a sinking yacht off of southern california. and rolling the dice. a new mega casino and resort is set to open in las vegas. this is the "cbs morning news." this is the "cbs morning news." against fleas and ticks. it's effective, and vet-recommended. seresto. more on ♪ ♪ ♪ for deb, living with constipation with belly pain was the same old story for years. trying this. doing that. spending countless days right here. still came the belly pain, discomfort, and bloating. awful feelings she kept sugar-coating. finally, with the help of her doctor, it came to be.
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vessels. there were no injuries. the yacht ended up sinking. football's comeback player of the year announced his retirement. and there was a special memorial for a slain soldier. those are some the headlines on the morning newsstands. the austin american-statesman reports ft. hood renames one of its main gates after the murdered soldier vanessa guillen. that gate was reopened after attended by members of guillen's family. the 22-year-old's body was found two months after she disappeared from base last april. the soldier suspected of killing guillen aaron robinson shot and killed himself as police attempted to question him. >> so, we're going to dedicate a gate that has her name, has her picture. you can learn about vanessa. but mostly so two, three, four years we haven't forgotten what this is all about, what this moment is about in our history. >> guillen's relatives say she
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with those stories and more. good morning, diane. >> good morning, anne-marie. stock futures are pulling away with record highs last week. yesterday came with investors weighing corporate earnings and recent spikes in covid cases. the dow drop 23 points. the nasdaq lost 137. and the s&p 122. facebook is taking action ahead of the highly anticipated verdict in the derek chauvin murder trial. the social behemoth said it will limit posts that contain hate speech related to the trial to of the former minneapolis officer. he's facing several charges in george floyd's death. facebook says it will also identify and delete posts urging people to bring arms to minneapolis and protect floyd's family from harassment. apple says the popular right wing social app parler could return to the app store. a favorite among supporters of
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president trump. parler says it will be back on apple devices starting next week. the iphone maker says the conservative social network has pledged to make significant changes how it moderates content. you may recall apple cut ties with parler in january over its alleged role in the dead lee siege at the u.s. capitol. and one of the biggest casinos to ever hit sin city has an opening date. the resources in las vegas will begin opening june 24th and begin taking reservations for more than its 3500 rooms. the resort has more than 40 restaurants, multiple shops and a 170,000 square foot casino. there are also swimming pools and a spa complex. it's been under construction since may 2015. anne-marie. >> diane king hall in new york. thank you so much. >> got it. up next, guest hosting on "jeopardy!" how news anchor anderson cooper is coming full
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baugh the most dangerous people in the world couldn't kill you. >> marvel studios released the first trailer for its upcoming asian superhero movie "shang-chi." and the legend of the ten rings. the movie is based on the marvel comics character who was trained to be an assassin by the childhood ten rings terror organization. it stars a canadian actor simu liu and canadian awkwafina, the film is scheduled to be released september 3rd. >> nasa's ingenuity helicopter could fly above mars on thursday. the four pound chopperaplasted secoetin a he m surface helicopter to maar ar. it took more than three hours for signals to reach earth letting nasa know that the flight was a success. >> to see it now finally happen
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our top stories this morning, jury deliberations continue today in derek chauvin's murder trial. the panel yesterday heard closing arguments. jurors then met late into the night. meantime, cities around the nation are bracing for mass demonstrations once a decision is reached. and former vice president walter mondale has died at the age of 93. his family announced he died yesterday in minneapolis. mondale served as vp under jimmy carter from 1977 to 1981. mondale ran for president in 1984, he chose geraldine ferraro as his running mate, the first woman to run on a major party presidential ticket.
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as the country comes off a record-breaking year for wildfires more conservation groups want to reduce the number of fires in 2021. and one group in maryland is trying to do so by fighting fire with fire. skyler henry explains. >> that will be a little fire right down here. >> reporter: these flames burning in western maryland are controlled. for nearly ten years, forest lines like this is where natasha whetzel is in command. >> i've probably been on over -- definitely over 200 burns. yeah, i've been loving every minute of it. >> reporter: whetzel oversees controlled burns for the labor conservancy, one of the largest fire organizations in the world. cl conditions, whetzel and her team are searing 20,000 acre which is she says are more critical than ever. >> we know with climate change. conditions are going to change. species are going to migrate. and we need to ensure we have healthy, resilient forests.
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that's good. >> reporter: the burns also help prevent wildfires by treating the land before conditions are too dry. the national infraagency fire center says nearly 59,000 wildfires burned through nearly 10 million acres across the country last year. a significant uptick from 2019. one of the differences in the wildfires and the controlled fires is the intensity of the fires themselves. wildfires can get so hot they kill everything including the fire adapted plant species. these burns do the opposite. ecologist dr. deborah landau says controlled burns are restoring plant species that have been dormant for, in some cases, centuries. >> without fire, we're going to lose a lot of these plants that have evolved with fire and require fire in order to regenerate. >> reporter: whetzel said for her group it's about stepping in where nature otherwise wouldn't.
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with potentially human life as well. skyler henry, cbs news, little orleans, maryland. coming up on "cbs this morning," police reform in the wake of the derek chauvin trial. we'll take you to washington state where they are taking a new approach to training law enforcement. plus in our series eye on earth, our planet in peril, we mark phillips introduces us to the first vegan carbon neutral soccer team. and actor riz ahmed talks to anthony mason about the muse sickal "sound of metal." that's it for "cbs morning news." i'm anne-marie green. have a great day.
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