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with more local news at 5:00 and of course, streaming y haver captioning sponsored by cbs .>> o'donnell: tonight, the vaccine mandate for kids as california becomes the first state to require the covid vaccine for all students, impacting millions of children. the mandate means all public and private school children in the nation's largest state will need to be vaccinated. could other states soon follow? plus, a new pill to cut hospitalizations and deaths by 50%. president biden's high-stakes trip to capitol hill. what happened inside the president's meeting with fellow democrats? will they reach a deal to save his domestic agenda? >> it's been six minutes, six days, or six weeks-- we're going to get it done. >> o'donnell: women's soccer
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scandal. tonight why stars megan rapinoe and alex morgan are furious, the league cancelling this weekend's matches amid allegations of a cover-up and sexual abuse. slower mail delivery? the new rules that take effect today. what it means for millions who rely on the postal service for deliveries of medicine and paychecks. one pill can kill: overdoses hit record highs, fueled by a flood of fentanyl-laced pills, heroin, and cocaine. tonight, a mother's pain. >> i have a huge hole in my heart. >> o'donnell: sunscreen recall: why coppertone is pulling these popular items off the shelves. and "on the road." with floodwaters rising a driver's prayers were answered by the few and the proud. >> this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. t>> o'donnell: good evening,
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and thank you for joining us on a busy friday night. we begin with major developments on the covid pandemic. california's governor made a monumental announcement today requiring vac vaccines for all school kids from kindergarten to 12th grade once the vaccines are fully approved by the federal government. tonight, as the u.s. nears 700,000 deaths from the coronavirus. merck announced a new pill. merck is seeking emergency use authorization from the f.d.a. for the first antiviral pill to treat covid. and there's breaking news in new york city where a group of public school teachers asked the supreme court to block a vaccine mandate set to kick in today. cbs' nikki battiste is in the big apple to kick off our coverage. good evening, nikki. >> reporter: here in new york city, the deadline has just passed for all public school staff to get at least one covid vaccine or face terminations. and we're just learning the
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supreme court has refused to block that mandate. and today, another mandate in california: all eligible school-aged children must be vaccinated against covid as soon as the f.d.a. gives full approval for the shot. >> we want to end this pandemic. >> reporter: california governor gavin newsom took a bold step today, making his state department the first to mandate covid vaccinations for eligible children in public and private schools, once the vaccine is approved by the f.d.a. >> in fact, i anticipate other states to follow suit as well. >> reporter: the vaccine will bealded to the list of othsles d chicken pox, required by schools in california. about a third of california kids 12-17 are not vaccinated against covid. >> i'm 100% in favor of it. >> reporter: meanwhile, today, drug company merck announced its experimental pill molnupiravir, could be a game changer to treat covid. >> this is quite impactful data
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that-- that we hope offers a little ray of hope during this dark time of the pandemic. >> reporter: in the trial, parties with mild to moderate covid at risk for serious illness were given treatment over five days. data showed it reduced the risk of hospitalization by 50% with no deaths. there were eight deaths in the group given a placebo. the results were so promising, the trial stopped recruiting participants, and the company is now racing to file an emergency use authorization with the f.d.a. nationwide, cases of covid continue to decline after the summer surge. but 56-year-old supreme court justice brett kavanaugh didn't cape rtestingpositi for cov. the fulticesptatic bikn't term starts on monday. and in new york city tonight, the deadline for all school employees to get at least one shot has passed. about 20% of nearly 4600 school
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safety agents still have not been vaccinated against covid and will not be eligible to work monday. hundreds could be forced to take unpaid leave or lose their jobs. do you think schools will be less safe on monday? >> schools will definitely be less safe on monday because you have less school safety agents. >> i need to pay my bills. >> reporter: the threat of losing her job pushed school cafeteria worker allison boston to get her first dose this week reluctantly. now that you have the vaccine dose, do you feel safer going into school? >> yes, honestly, yes. >> reporter:ry learned today an f.d.a. advisory committee is eating on october 26 to discuss a vaccine for younger kids, a positive development for the prospect of shots being available for kids aims 5-11 around halloween. norah. >> o'donnell: nikki battiste, thank you. back here in washington, president biden left the oval office and went to the capitol today, hoping to salvage the
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major pieces of his legislative agenda. and tonight, we're learning new details about what the president told members of his own party. cbs' nikole killion joins us from the cab tol. nikole, what did the president said? >> reporter: norah, president biden urged the fighting factions in his party to compromise, and he isn't putting a timetable on when to get it done. president biden trekked to capitol hill late friday to rally fellow democrats around his signature priorities. >> it doesn't matter whether it's in six minutes, six days, or six weeks-- we're going to get it done. >> reporter: the high-stakes visit capped off a day of discussions among democrats. >> we're in the middle of mashed potatoes or sausage making. that's what legislation is. >> reporter: dug in over differences. >> we need to be real. are we going to deliver universal pre-k. to this country or not? are we going to expand healthcare to our seniors and include vision and dental, or not? >> reporter: progressives yoacknowledge that you mayu
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have to concede on that and come down. >> i think i've already said we have to get everybody on board. >> reporter: without a resolution a vote on a smaller, bipartisan infrastructure bill has been put on hold at least twice. how disappointed are you that-- >> look, i'm a legislator. i understand this thing. we set certain timetables. we're trying to get this moving. we're trying to get momentum. we understand where everybody is at. >> reporter: the impasse over infrastructure is already having an impact on the department of transportation, where 3700 workers were temporarily furloughed. >> 4,000 lives and families, too, that might be furloughed because of us. i mean, come on. >> reporter: lawmakers are working on a short-term measure to restore some of that transportation funding until that bipartisan infrastructure bill can happen. norah. >> o'donnell: so interesting the president telling those members that $32.5 trillion isn't happening.
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nikole killion, thank you. tonight, the world of professional women's soccer is turned upside down after a shocking report that a prominent male coach is accused of coercing players into having sex. the top league canceled ald of its games for this weekend, and now soccer's international governing body is investigating. cbs' dana jacobson reports. >> megan rapinoe, into the top corner! >> reporter: outrage tonight from one of soccer's top women players, reacting to allegations of sexual misconduct by coach paul riley. megan rapinoe accused the national women's so, league of failing to address allegations of abuse against players writing on twitter, "men protecting men who are abusing women. burn it all down. lettal their heads role." rileigh is the third coach since august to be fired after allegations of abuse. he was let go after accused of sexual coercion by former
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players sinead farrelly and meleana shim, in a bombshell article in the athletic. farley said he coerced her into a sexual relationship when she was 22. meleana shim says she was manipulated by riley as well. >> farl farrelly, they said was brought back to paul riley's house and he encouraged her to kiss in the apartment. >> reporter: in cancelling this weekend's games, league president lisa baird apologized to the players and staff, saying, "i am so sorry for the pain so many are feeling." but star player alex morgan says she reported riley's behavior back in 2015. in a statement she said, "the league was informed of these allegations multiple times and refused multiple times to investigate the allegations." riley has denied the allegations. >> he has a huge role in the professional league, but he also has influence across the entire
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sport. so there was always a level of concern that something still might happen to them. >> reporter: dana jacobson, cbs news, new york. >> o'donnell: all right, tonight, investigators are looking into what caused a deadly midair collision in chandler, arizona. a single-engine plane and a helicopter collided not far from an airport. the chopper crashed in a field, and two people inside were killed. the plane landed safely. a flight instructor and student who were on board were not hurt. the u.s. postal service is hitting americans with a one-two punch. today, first class mail delivery times were slowed down. sunday the price of sending a package goes up. cbs' kris van cleave on how this will impact customers. >> reporter: for ki kiani wong's hawaii-based footwear business, the postal office's holiday shipping and surcharge up to $5 a package will deliver a hit to her bottom line. >> i really do feel like it's just another nail in the coffin. >> reporter: as part of a 10-year plan to slash billions in debt and modernize the post
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office, controversial trump appointee, postmaster general, louis dejoy, ordered the slowdown. now, about 30% o first class mail and packages will take up to five days to arrive instead of two to three, meaning longer waits for letters, bills, even prescription medication for millions of americans. americans. you will pay more and get less. >> yes. does that make sense? >> reporter: congresswoman brenda lawrence, who spent 30 years as a postal worker, is demanding answers after the postal regulatory commission questioned if raising prices while reducing service is good business. >> i would be more receptive if they said, "we're going to try this and pilot this program." but to change the standards without it being vetted is unacceptable. >> reporter: the post office will now rely largely on ground transportation, not airplanes, to move first class mail, something it says is cheaper and more reliable. for wong, it means a holiday season without much cheer. >> not only are we paying more
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for our postal service. our customers' packages may not arrive on time, which is huge for the holiday season. >> reporter: making snail mail slower, the post office says, will help it make a 95% on-time delivery goal. last quarter, they were around 88% on time delivery for first class mail. and these changes come just weeks after the agency raised the cost of postage. norah. >> o'donnell: i read one expert saying mail delivery is going to be slower than it was in the 1970s. kris van cleave, thank you. and tonight, an urgent warning from the desmed a. about fentanyl. laced drugs on the street of america. there are millions of these dangerous, fake pills out there, and they are killing thousands of americans. cbs' jeff pegues reports. >> reporter: matthew loudon was a star hockey player in high school. >> huge washington capitals fan. >> reporter: by tworng he was
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dead from a fentanyl overdose. his mother, deena, found him in the basement. i can tell you miss him. >> i do, i do. i miss him every day, i have a hole in my heart. >> reporter: matthew, who strugemmed with depression, it taken a pill laced with fentanyl 100 times more potent than heroin. >> i saw matthew and quickly turned him over and i knew he was gone. >> reporter: nearly 75% of the drug-related deaths last year were attributed to illegal fentanyl. it's smuggled into the u.s., mainly from mexico, hidden in tires, trucks, even loads of frozen fish. in lor aido, texas, seizures at the border are up 1,500% this year. >> we're seeing them in very small packages, which makes it even more challenging for our workforce to interdict. >> reporter: the cartels lace drugs like cocaine and heroin with fentanyl, and use it to make fake pain pills that end up on american streets. the u.s. government seized 1.8
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million counterfeit pills in the last two months. >> one pill can kill. >> reporter: deputy attorney general lisa monaco said the pills look like real drugs. >> they're being sold over the internet and on social media platforms, like facebook marketplace, or snapchat. and they're being marketed to teenagers. >> to me, it's just... ...it's horrible. >> reporter: deena has stitched together matthew's hockey jerseys to remind her of her son, who she says was her life. >> we have to get the word out. people need to know what fentanyl is. >> reporter: because fentanyl and those fake pills are killing unsuspecting americans at an unprecedented rate, the d.e.a. has issued a public safety alert for the first time in six years. norah. >> o'donnell: it is so true. we have to get the word out about these fake pills that are out there that are so deadly. jeff pegues, thank you. and there is still much more news ahead on tonight's "cbs
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>> o'donnell: everyone knows marines are always ready, and they proved it once again with an unexpected amphibious mission. here's cbs' steve hartman "on the road." >> traffic and weather on the 8s. >> reporter: it was a deceptively beautiful morning in the nation's capital. >> severe weather is not expected today. >> reporter: but by that afternoon, several inches of heavy rain had fallen in parts of the district, and no one was caught more off guard that september day than rochelle vira oliver waller of hagerstown, maryland. virginia was coming down this exit ramp when she ran head on into a flask flood, water so deep, her car wouldn't budge. >> it was scary. >> reporter: had you ever felt that scared before? >> no, i thought i could die. >> reporter: virginia is a woman of faith, but she says she's never prayed harder than
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she did at that moment. >> clinging on to the hope that god heard me. >> reporter: a minute passed. you had to think you were seeing things. >> for a second, it was like this is real. so i had to take my phone out, and start recording it. so cool! >> reporter: what virginia saw was the next best thing to the hand of god. >> the marines are going to help us! >> reporter: marines in dress blues who seemed to appear out of nowhere. >> thank you so much! >> reporter: believe it or not, i've actually met these same men before and can personally vouch for their strength of character and their strength. back in 2019, we did a story on this elite group known as "the body bearerrers." their mission here at arlington cemetery is to shoulder the burden of american grief, literally. men so humble in their charge, they rarely do interviews and
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were especially reluctant to talk about rescuing virginia that day. >> yeah. >> >> reporter: we had to fight to get you on camera. but they sat for me, because they thought there could be a lesson in this. >> the more i thought about it, it was like this is kind of a platform to tell people to be the one to get out of your car. like, that's got to be the takeaway. >> reporter: in other words, it should be the motto of all americans: to leave no man behind-- not in a war, not in a flood, not anywhere in any way. >> oh, my god. they didn't ask who we were. they just helped selflessly. and they didn't leave us behind that day. >> reporter: and there is the first push. >> oh, >> reporter: in this american rescue plan. >> this is the most american thing ever thank you! >> reporter: steve hartman, "on the road," in washington, d.c. >> o'donnell: how much do you
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that >> announcer: siblings battle their deceased dad's girlfriend. >> judge judy: did you receive any money from buddy's estate? >> no. >> yes, she did. she received a car. >> judge judy: do you know what money is? money is currency. >> announcer: then, pressured out of the family home? >> judge judy: she finally said, "i'm not staying here anymore. it's not worth it to me." >> i moved out on december 4th. >> we didn't get the house back until december 16th. >> judge judy: who cares? little did he know he had such grubbing children. >> announcer: "judge judy." you are about to enter you are about to enter the courtroom of judge judith sheindlin. the courtroom of -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com captions paid for by cbs television distribution andrew diamond and his sister, susan pendleton, are suing their late father's girlfriend, johannah "joan" diamond, for property taxes, attorney fees, and the return of their father's possessions. >> byrd: order! all rise.
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this is case number 519 on the calendar, in the matter of diamond, pendleton vs. diamond. parties have been sworn in. you may be seated. ma'am, have a seat, please. >> judge judy: you are brother and sister? >> yes. >> yes, ma'am. >> judge judy: and your father passed away in may of last year. how old was he? >> 78. >> judge judy: and how long did he live with the defendant? >> approximately five years. >> judge judy: and where did they live together? >> in st. louis. >> judge judy: st. louis, missouri. >> yes. >> judge judy: and where do you live? >> i live in denver, colorado. >> judge judy: and you? >> i live in st. louis, missouri. >> judge judy: your last name is? >> pendleton. >> judge judy: in 2015, how many times did you see your father? >> i was there in january for a visit, and then he passed in may. >> judge judy: right. so you were there in january. >> mm-hmm. >> judge judy: prior to that, when were you there to visit your father? >> the prior year. >> judge judy: what month, the prior year, 2014? >> march. >> judge judy: okay. so almost a year passed, you hadn't seen him? >> no, he came out to visit me in colorado twice a year. >> judge judy: did he bring the defendant? >> yes. >> judge judy: and what about you, mr. diamond? how many times did you see your father?

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