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sh refsp anything now after that date will still be ♪ ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: breaking news, the f.d.a. is expected to authorize the pfizer covid vaccine for teens as young as 12. tonight, what we're learning about how soon teens will be allowed to get a shot, bringing america one step closer to herd immunity, something experts are concerned could never happen. easing restrictions-- new york, new jersey and connecticut will let businesses open at full capacity in just weeks, as florida's governor lifts all restrictions, with the states out west doing just the opposite. violent tornadoes in the south, nearly two dozen twisters reported, destroying homes and cars, and the threat isn't over, more than 50 million americans impacted.
breaking news-- billionaire breakup. bill and melinda gates announce their divorce after 27 years of marriage-- the reason behind the split. deadly capsize-- a severely overcrowded boat sinks, killing at least three migrants. were they victims of human smuggling? sticker shock, rising prices at the grocery store, the gas station, even lumber at the hardware store. why are prices suddenly shooting up? the rocket heading towards earth? could china's 46,000-pound booster hit the u.s. in the next few days? and tonight, ahead of mother's day, we start our ode to moms with a military spouse who couldn't get hired so she became her own c.e.o. 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 are going to begin tonight with breaking news and a game changer for parents worried about their children getting coronavirus. the f.d.a. is now expected to expand the emergency authorization for pfizer's vaccine to include children as young as 12 years old. now, the decision which "the new york times" reports could happen as early as this week could allow more than 15 million teens to get the shots before the start of the next school year. the news comes as connecticut, new jersey and new york-- once the epicenter of the pandemic-- announced today that shops, restaurants, gyms and other businesses will be allowed to operate at full capacity starting may 19, including, yes, broadway theaters. and new york city's iconic subway system will also return to 24 hour service in two weeks. and in florida, governor ron desantis signed an executive order to end local mandates in his state. but tonight five other states are still seeing the rate of new infections rising, including in oregon, where things are so bad
restrictions aren't being lifted. new ones are actually being put in place in an attempt to stop highly contagious variants of the virus from spreading. well, we've got two reports on all of this news tonight. cbs' jonathan vigliotti is in oregon, but first cbs' mola lenghi is going to lead off our coverage from new york's times square. good evening, mola, some big news tonight. >> reporter: good evening, norah. with new york set to reopen, there are signs a vaccine could be on the way for millions of children around the country. after months of clinical trials, we could be just days away from an approval for children 12 and older to be vaccinated. pfizer is set to receive f.d.a. emergency use authorization of its vaccine in children ages 12-15 within days, according to "the new york times." pfizer recently announced trial results showing the vaccine has similar efficacy in that age group to adults, and study participants experienced few side effects. >> it's a smart reopening, it's a measured reopening. >> reporter: and tonight new
york is ready for revival. >> today is a milestone for new york state, and a significant moment of transition. >> reporter: in sync with neighboring new jersey and connecticut, the move comes on may 19 when most capacity limits will be lifted. museums and businesses including restaurants, retail, gyms and hair salons can fully reopen as long as space is available to maintain six feet of social distancing. the reopening is a huge turnaround from more than a year ago... >> everyone is covid positive. >> reporter: when new york city was the epicenter of the covid crisis, reporting nearly 5,500 cases and more than 600 deaths per day. and it's not just the northeast that's getting back to normal. today the governor of florida ended all covid restrictions in the state. back in new york, a record 635,000 jobs were lost in 2020. the pain of the city's economic downturn is evident in the endless closed store fronts. for a year it was only take out
and delivery at this manhattan restaurant. >> for us it's a new beginning and an opportunity to get back to normal.ew >> reporter: an opportunity that can't happen soon enough. mola lenghi, cbs news, new york. >> how are you? >> reporter: i'm jonathan vigliotti in oregon where tonight as much of the nation is opening back up, nearly half tha the state is shutting back do state is shutting back down due to one of the largest increases in infections in the country. this after oregon had one of the lowest infection rates nationwide for months. >> this virus is like a sucker r punch, you never punch, you never know when it's going to get you. >> reporter: the surging numbers have triggered governor keith brown to declare 15 counties an extreme risk, banning all indoor dining and limiting gyms and indoor entertainment spaces to only six people at once. what went so wrong? >> the variants. the variants are extremely transmissible. >> reporter: that more transmissible variant, first identified in the united kingdom, now accounts for about half the cases in the state, with more young people hospitalized than ever.
>> right now it's truly a race between the variants and the vaccines. obviously, the variants are winning, but over the next couple of weeks, i'm confident we can beat it back. >> reporter: vaccines have been available to everyone in oregon 16 and older for two weeks. now the hope is that as vaccination numbers rise, infections will drop. it will be welcome news to frontline workers like i.c.u. nurse linus silvey. >> we started getting our vaccine here in mid december, and so, it was a beacon of light. it is a little disheartening to be back in, kind of, what we were. >> reporter: still, the new restrictions are hitting frustrated business owners like brian mcnineman hard. >> it's this up and down game. it feels like we're getting beat up. >> there were two paths here-- number one, that we don't put any additional restrictions on or, number two, that we take the path that save lives, and i, as oregon's governor, took the path to save lives.
>> reporter: average daily cases have more than doubled in the last month, and i.c.u. beds are near capacity. if the cases go back down, the governor hopes to fully reopen the state by july 1. norah.by >> o'donnell: jonathan vigliotti, thank you. t well, about 50 million americans across the central and southeast u.s. are in the path of severe storms tonight. the weather has spawned nearly two dozen tornadoes which have been spotted from mississippi to south carolina. here's cbs' jesse mitchell. >> reporter: powerful tornadoes tore through mississippi, this one seen from a drone. >> about ten minutes before this happened, i got us in the bathroom, me and my little girl and my husband. >> reporter: more than a dozen were reported over night, the violent storms ripped apart roofs, knocked down trees and power lines making some neighborhoods inaccessible.e >> the damage has made navigating the neighborhood a maze and i couldn't get to the street that i live on after everything had taken place. >> reporter: daybreak shed light
on the destruction in calhoun county as more tornadoes were reported from kentucky to south carolina, even a rare tornadoo south carolina, even a ra reported southwest of atlanta leaving a trail of scattered debris.a >> i was overwhelmed. i couldn't understand, i had never seen nothing like this before. >> reporter: back in tupelo, terrell william's roof was partially torn off. >> it came around here for about 30 seconds a 30 seconds and then that was it. >> reporter: he was huddled in this bathroom with 12 people when the storm hit. >> i'm blessed everybody did not get hurt or anything like that. so, it could have been worse. could have been worse. >> reporter: and, norah, these are dangerous storms that we're talking about. there was one fatality confirmed in georgia. here in mississippi, the crews are hard at work along this street and you can see they're just dealing with damage, and that is something, as terrell said, the residents are grateful for. there were no reported injuries here. norah. >> o'donnell: very lucky. jessi mitchell, thank you so
much. let's turn now to cbs' lonnie quinn. good evening, lonnie. so, is this threat over? >> reporter: definitely not, norah. i want to talk you to the radar picture. i'll show you where it's not over. we had a tornado come through atlanta early this morning. take a look at the radar picture, the strong line of storms are in south carolina, south carolina under a tornado watch. but look at this, around dallas, you don't see a lot of activity, just starting to spark up right now, but we believe it's going to spark up big time tonight. watch this flare up from fortig. from for worth to fort smith, sure enough, a chance for tornadoes tonight. cha that then pushes to the east by tomorrow say around lunchtime, now we're looking anywhere lake charles to tupelo. you heard from jessi mitchell how volatile it was there. wellrrow could be a repeat performance. then you get to tuesday night new orleans to the atlanta area. why for a relatively quiet april, one of the quietest in 30 years, why is may starting off with so much activity? the jet stream is whipping, starting at the south now, over 100 miles an hour, up to 5,000, feet, that pulls the air from the surface up, twists in the
jet stream and racing for tornadoes. in dallas you started off not worrying about tornadoes kicking in. you've got to worry about it now for tonight. that's the very latest, keep your eyes on the sky. back to you, norah. >> o'donnell: lonnie quinn, thank you so much. well, tonight the coast guard has called off the search for victims from that disaster at sea just off southern california. we now know three people were killed when a boat capsized as dozens of migrants from mexico and central america were being smuggled into the country. cbs' lilia luciano reports from san diego. >> reporter: as investigators continue to sift through the wreckage of a suspected smuggling vessel, they're also focusing on the captain and 31 passengers crammed inside the boat when it capsized and broke apart along the rocky san diego coast. three people died, one remains in critical condition. >> there are some bodies out there-- >> reporter: off-duty navy sailor kale foyt happened to be nearby and helped saved those caught in the powerful surf.
>> we pulled everybody that we could, whether conscious or unconscious. everyone was panicking, everyone was yelling. no one spoke any english. >> reporter: brittany shot this video shortly after the 40-foot boat capsized. those who survived were seen jumping overboard. >> we just all devastated. just seeing people fight for their lives and not being able to help. it's really hard. >> reporter: behind me you can still see the debris from the capsized boat. the coast guard ended the search for survivors. first responders administered c.p.r. and conducted a cliff rescue, but not everyone could be saved. >> there were people in the water drowning, getting sucked down by the rip current. >>orh s.sed,ore pe are entering by sea. more than 300 apprehensions atp. >> rn 300 sea last year, a 92% increase. the captain of the ship could face possible federal charges,
but the immigration status of survivors is still uncertain. some may be allowed to stay in the country and serve as witnesses for the government, witnesses for the government, but others may be expelled. norah. >> o'donnell: lilia luciano, thank you. in north carolina, an emotional funeral was held today for andrew brown, jr. he was shot to death by deputies attempting to serve an arrest warrant. mourners included relatives of other black men killed by officers. brown's family was only shown a brief portion of body cam video and is demanding that all the footage be released. now to a shocking announcement that seemed to come out of nowhere. bill and melinda gates, among the richest couples in theda gae world, are splitting after 27 years of marriage.itting after f cbs' ben tracy on this billionaires breakup. >> reporter: it was a match made at microsoft, and now it's over. in a statement on twitter today, bill and melinda gates said "after a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage."
the couple first met when melinda gates was a marketing manager at microsoft, the company bill gates co-founded. >> i could sense that he was a bit interested, and-- >> oh, do tell! >> it took hui months before he finally asked me out. >> reporter: the couple have three children and for the past two decades have been a powerful force in philanthropy, giving away more than $50 billion. >> it became something that we get to do together. we're partners in crime. >> reporter: in 2000 they started the bill and melinda gates foundation to address issues of poverty and disease around the world. more recently bill gates has shifted his focus to tackling climate change. in their statement the couple says "we will continue our work together at the foundation, butk toge we no longer belve we n owthercs r lis." yeaer another billionaire tech titan, amazon c.e.o. jeff bezos, announced his split from his wife of 25 years, mackenzie. bill gates is the fourth richest person in the world, worth
approximately $138 billion. the financial details of the divorce are not yet known. ben tracy, cbs news, washington. >> o'donnell: americans emerging from a year spent at home in for a surprise: rising prices on just about everything from gas to groceries. here's cbs' carter evans. >> reporter: it's sticker shockr shock at the at the supermarket. >> this is unusually expensive. >> reporter: rising prices at tammy gunther's local grocery store are adding $40 or more to her weekly bill. how much did you spend? >> 131-something. >> reporter: $131. you got five bags. >> feels like last year this would have been about 90 bucks for this. >> reporter: she's not alone. americans are paying more for the basics. cip re than 89%, bacon up more than 8% and beef up 7.1%. gas station prices are up 22% from a year ago. >> they're as high as they were before the pandemic.s
>> reporter: u.c.l.a. senior economist says gas prices fell so low last year it put some oil producers out of business, and production still hasn't caught up as drivers hit the road again. demand for groceries is up is 11% because people hunkered down home, puttingpressure on suppliers which drove up food prices. >> this will start changing as people shop less at grocery stores and as they go out more to restaurants. >> reporter: you seem pretty confident this is not the beginning of an inflationary period. >> i don't think so, this is very different than the 1970s. the consumers have a lot more power these days. >> reporter: but you can still expect basics like toilet paper and diapers to cost more. proctor and gamble, kimberly- clark and coca-cola are increasing prices because they're paying more for raw materials in short supply. >> it's bad for your pocketbook, but it's good in terms of how we're back to where we were before. >> reporter: and consumer prices are expected to stabilize in the coming months.
the exception could be lumber, which is up 300% in the last year as people forced to isolate try to improve their homes and norah, it does not look like construction is going down anytime soon. >> o'donnell: all right, carter evans, thank you. and there is still much more. news ahead on tonight's "cbs evenin news." danger rom the skies, a rocket is about to fall to earth, but where? and a mom goes into labor at 30,000 feet. can you imagine? we'll find out why she was in very good hands. very good hands. dream sequence ending no! in three, no! two, keep packing! one. if you printed out directions to get here today, you're in the right place. my seminars are a great tool to help young homeowners who are turning into their parents. now, remember, they're not programs. they're tv shows. you woke up early. no one cares. yes. so, i was using something called homequote explorer
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