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8,000 stores. plus, big news on when the show will go on, on broadway. india's catastrophe: our reporting tonight from on the ground, and the scary warning that things may only get worse. back on the job: could the atlanta officer charged with murdering rayshard brooks at a fast food restaurant go back on patrol? peleton safety warning: the company recalls 125,000 treadmills after they're linked0 to a child's death and dozens of injuries. flower shortage: just ahead of mother's day, why prices are by up 20% in some places. and, our series on remarkable moms. after helping her daughter conquer cancer, she's now taking her to the top of the world. 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 that decision to uphold facebook's ban against donald trump, just as the former president is openly campaigning to oust a key leader of his own party. now, the ruling from an independent oversight board created by facebook says the social media company was right to ban mr. trump for a video he posted online during the january 6 insurrection, but was wrong to keep him off the platform indefinitely. well, tonight, the former president is blasting the decision, calling moves by facebook and other companies to block him from social media "a total disgrace." and he's not mincing words about the leadership of the g.o.p., either. in a new statement, mr. trump is calling wyoming representative liz cheney, the number three republican in the house, a "warmonger," and says she should be replaced with one of his allies. well, cheney, the daughter of former vice president dick cheney, voted to impeach mr. trump, and has continued to call
trump's false allegations that last fall's elections were fraudulent, the "big lie." and tonight, even the current occupant of the white house, joe biden, is speak out about what's shaping up to be a great big struggle inside the grand old party. cbs's nancy cordes is going to lead off our coverage tonight from washington. good evening, nancy. >> reporter: norah, good evening to you. this decision by the oversight board at facebook may have upheld facebook's initial choice to ban mr. trump from the platform, but it has also opened the door for him to be potentially reinstated by the end of the year. this issue is only intensifyingg the the fight within the g.o.p. over the false claims that got him banned in the first place. >> we love you. you're very special. >> reporter: facebook's new oversight board determined today that that post and one other "severely violated facebook and instagram's standards." >> u.s.a.!
>> reporter: the posts were from january 6, during and after the deadly attack on the capitol. in one, the former president called the insurrectionists "great patriots." >> we had an election that was stolen from us. >> reporter: the board said mr. trump's "unfounded narrative of electoral fraud" created an environment where a serious risk of violence was possible. denmark's former prime minister is one of 20 board members hired by facebook who scolded the company today for impsing an indefinite ban on mr. trump. >> it was right of facebook to remove the content on the 7th ot january, but it wasn't right of facebook to just create a penalty. >> reporter: without a facebook page, it is harder for mr. trump a reach his 35 million and to air ads. but, his words have already hit their mark-- a recent poll found 70% of republican voters still believe president biden did not get enough votes to win the
white house. mr. biden was asked today about the g.o.p. effort to push wyoming's liz cheney out of house leadership, all because she has repeatedly called mr. trump's lie a lie. >> they're in the midst of a significant mini-revolution. >> reporter: on his own web site today, mr. trump backed another lawmaker, elise stefanik of new york, to take cheney's place. stefanik thanked him for his 100% support. >> o'donnell: and nancy, liz cheney speaking out again tonight, saying the republican party is at a turning point and that history is watching, right? >> reporter: that's right. she is not backiown fr hers republicans "need to stand for genuinely conservative principles, and steer away from the dangerous and antidemocratic trump cult of personality." but many of her colleagues
believe they're going to need his base and his fund-raising ability come 2022. norah. >> o'donnell: it's an extraordinarily public battle. all right, nancy cordes, thank you. well, tonight, we're seeing more encouraging news in the fight against the coronavirus. for the first time since mid-march, the c.d.c. is predicting a drop in covid deaths in the coming weeks, and infections could see a sharp decline by july. here's cbs' mola lenghi. >> reporter: tonight, there is new hope in the battle to beat covid. the c.d.c. is projecting the number of new cases could fall sharply by summer. but, it comes with a warning: any drop could be delayed by continued decline in vaccinations. >> although we are seeing progress in terms of decreased cases, hospitalizations, and we h r this ogresse a wild cd >> reporter: this comes moderna late today announced that early results from an ongoing clinical trial indicate a booster shot should be protective against variants first identified in south africa and brazil, when taken in
addition to its two-shot regimen. in california, where more than 30,000 people have been vaccinated, cases are the lowest they've been since april of last year, but declining vaccination rates are threatening the new white house goal of 70% of adults getting at least one shot by july. in response, the government is shifting focus from mass vaccination sites to a more targeted approach. >> something i'm often asked is, "when will this pandemic be over, and when can we go back to normal?" the reality is, it all depends on the actions we take now. >> reporter: today, cvs announced it will join at least three other national pharmacy chains offering walk-in vaccination appointments-- one step in an effort to improve vaccine access. >> get your vaccine today! reporter: another is rilein sl. convenient for me. >> reporter: like south of l.a. this map shows a dense population, but no vaccination sites within a mile. so community leaders parked a
pop-up vaccination clinic to help get shots in arms. >> we have to come to the community. we can't wait for the communityy to come to to come to us. >> reporter: well, here at citi field, they've already vaccinated more than 100,000 people, but to encourage even more vaccinations, today, governor cuomo announced that fans can get a shot at the game on game day and get a free ticket to a future game. also, beginning tomorrow, you can buy a ticket to a broadway show, as theaters are set to reopen on september 14, norah. >> o'donnell: that is some good news. all right, mola lenghi, thank you. and we want to take you now to india, where conditions keep getting worse. nearly half of all of the new cases reported worldwide last week were in india, as well as a quarter of the world's deaths. cbs' chris livesay reports tonight from new delhi. >> reporter: the funeral pyres now burn 24/7. not in a proper crematorium-- there's no more room-- but in
the parking lot. with covid claiming victims at record speed, the pandemic's global epicenter is ablaze in such misery. dipender singh lays his mother to rest. can you think of one word that encapsulates how you feel right now? >> blank. i'm blank right now. i don't have anything left right now in me. >> reporter: perhaps nowhere else is india's covid catastrophe more visible and more palpable than here. with 120 people dying every hour across the country, the stench this in a country already gasping for breath, with oxygen in short supply. despite the u.s. and other countries sending aid, indians remain desperate for signs of improvement. this man says he's been waiting in line for oxygen for nine hours. overnight, india's death toll
rose by a record 3,780 as the country posted its 14th straight day of more than 300,000 new cases. yet, experts worry the real numbers could be as much as five, even 10 times higher. today, india's supreme court ordered the government to come up with a plan in the next 24 hours to meet new delhi's oxygen needs, as the contagion and the carnage show no sign of slowing. norah. >> o'donnell: chris livesay, thank you. well, tonight, a major reversal in atlanta. a white officer who was fired after shooting a black man to death is suddenly back in the department. cbs' jeff pegues has this update in a case that led to widespread unrest last year. >> reporter: rayshard brooks was shot twice in the back by atlanta police officer garrett rolfe. ( gunfire ) and while rolfe was charged with felony murder last summer,
roat ttop was official vindication of officer garrett rolfe. chris stewart represents the brooks family. >> it appears that rayshard brooks' life didn't really matter, and that the world has moved on. >> reporter: brooks was asleep in his car at a wendy's drive- through when he was approached by rolfe and his partner. >> can you see the tip of my finger? >> yes, sir. >> reporter: the officers triedh to arrest brooks after he allegedly failed a sobriety test, but the 27-year-old father of four grabbed one of the officer's tasers, and took off running, before being shot. the incident led to widespread protests, and the firebombing of the wendy's where the shooting took place. today, atlanta's mayor defended her decision to fire rolfe, "given the volatile state of our city last summer." but ron serpas, a former police chief in nashville and new orleans, says the quick firing was misguided.
>> why make a sophomoric mistake like this, to then have it turn into more pain and suffering for everyone involved? >> reporter: rolfe is still awaiting trial. and even though he's been reinstated, he won't be returning to work as an atlanta police officer. the conditions of his bond, norah, prevent him from possessing a firearm. >> o'donnell: but he does still face a trial. >> reporter: oh, yeah, that's upcoming. >> o'donnell: all right, jeff, thank you. well, there is breaking news from italy. a jury just found two college students from california guilty of killing a police officer and sentenced them to life in prison. it was a drug deal gone wrong. security video shows them inin 2019 trying to 2019 trying to buy cocaine. when plainclothes officers tried to arrest them, one of the americans stabbed the officer later claiming it was self- defense. all right, tonight, peloton is recalling all of its treadmills, and the c.e.o. is apologizing after a child was killed by one of the exercise machines, and
dozens more injured. cbs' anna werner has been following this story. >> reporter: video of a two-year-old boy in northern virginia being dragged under the 455-pound tread+ alarmed parents and regulators who last month warned consumers with children to stop using the machine. at the time, peloton's c.e.o. said he had no intention of recalling the treadmill. but in a statement today, john foley said "peloton made a mistake in our initial response to the consumer product safety commission's request that we recall the tread+. we should have engaged more productively with them from the outset. for that, i apologize." the boy in the video survived, but another six-year-old child was killed. brandon ratliff's daughter was injured. >> her leg got pulled underneath the actual treadmill, and it dragged her under, and thank goodness i was in the room. >> reporter: the c.p.s.c. says there have been more than 70 incidents to date.
is it true that the agency was getting ready to sue them? >> we were looking at all of our options, and on something that we consider very serious. >> reporter: some 125,000 tread+s were sold. the company will give full refunds to consumers through november 6 november 6 of 2022. anna werner, cbs news, berkeley, california. >> o'donnell: all right, tonight, we're taking a closer look at covid vaccine hesitancy in america. cbs news has learned 25 states have turned down some of the doses they were allocated because of falling demand. and georgia is one of those states, and cbs' mark strassmann is there. >> reporter: at david and katy's amish store, masks are recommended, not required. the ice cream's popular here, unlike the covid vaccine. >> your choice is your choice. my choice is that i'm not going to get it, and i don't want it. >> reporter: nearly 90% of voters in rural banks county voted trump. its vaccination rate? 4%, among georgia's lowest. >> we have the vaccine available.
we have the facilities. we're just not getting as many people coming. >> reporter: this pandemic is going to be with us indefinitely. >> i'm saying it could be. >> reporter: this facility could vaccinate 2,000 people a day. it averages less than half that. governor brian kemp. >> and a lot of that is dealing with white republicans, quite honestly. >> reporter: we could be headed for another tale of two americas-- one with herd immunity and one without. those areas, mostly rural, and at continuing risk of many epidemics. >> the death rate for rural counties has been more than twice that of atlanta metro since the start of the pandemic. >> reporter: immunologist amber schmidtke has tracked georgia's pandemic since day one. >> they could expect to see future surges, increased demands on their hospital systems, deaths, just like we have seen this whole time. >> reporter: vaccine resistance could delay the state's recovery, both h economic. is there anyone who could change
your mind? >> no. i mean, maybe-- maybe later on down the road, maybe. >> reporter: in rural georgia, the signs say, "hazardous road ahead." mark strassmann, cbs news, banks county, georgia. >> o'donnell: and there is still much more news ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news." a flood emergency in the south sends families scrambling from their homes by boat. and, why flowers might cost you a lot more this mother's day. wealth is saving a little extra. worth is knowing it's never too late to start - or too early. ♪ ♪ wealth helps you retire. worth is knowing why. ♪ ♪ principal. for all it's worth.
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