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>> that is it for us at 3:00, the cbs evening news is co ng up ponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: tonight, president biden stakes his presidency on massive congressional bills filled with historic infrastructure projects and social spending. the question tonight, does he really have the vote? president biden travels to capitol hill making the pitch to his own party. the hundreds of billions of dollars for climate change initiatives, universal pre-k and elder care. so why are some progressives in the party not satisfied? >> no one got everything they wanted, including me. >> o'donnell: breaking news, the complained filed today against former new york governor andrew cuomo -- could he faceme? vaccine protests, new york firefighters and city workers rally against the covid mandate. what they're demanding in order
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to stay at work. anger in the skies -- a passenger punches a flight attendant twice in the face, breaking her nose. tonight, what the c.e.o. of american airlines is promising to do. cbs news exclusively from -- former acting attorney general sally yates' breast cancer battle. her plea to women who put off mammograms during the pandemic. facebook's new name? but can it divert attention from its recent troubles? children poisoned -- decorating dust for birthday cakes contains lead and dangerous metals. and up from the ashes, a football team rises after a devastating wildfire. this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. >> o'donnell: good evening, and thank you so much for joining us. in the words of president biden, his presidency will be determined by what happens in the next week. before flying off to europe today, the president unveiled
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new framework for his build back better plan. what made it into the proposal and what didn't in a moment. first, putting it in perspective, how much spending. $1.75 trillion combined with the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the recovery bill passed in march is close to $5 trillion. that is a lot of money, but president biden says if the bills are passed it would be more significant than what presidents f.d.r. and l.b.j. accomplished combined. nancy cordes heads off coverage from rome. >> reporter: this breakthrough comes about seven months after the president first unveiled his plan in his newly released 1,700 page bill, still doesn't contain everything the democrats wanted, but tonight the white house is still touting it as one of the biggest investments in education
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and childcare ever. just before jetting off to europe, president biden made one last dash to capitol hill, part celebration, part pep talk. >> i think we're going to be in good shape. >> reporter: he said he's confident he now has the votes to pass a $1.75 trillion plan that would drive down childcare covpses for most low -- costs for most low and middle income families and establish universals pre-k for more than 6 million three-year-olds and four years old, would boost affordable housing, increase pel grants and close a medicaid gap to cover 4 million more people. >> it is probably the most consequential bill since the 1960s. >> reporter: t this new deal after two weeks of talith two modersera who stoppedus srtf embracing the bill today. >> i look fornuwa ing in fth. reporter: president biden has dropped progressive
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likeuaranteed paid family leave and free community college. medicare would be expanded to cover hearing aids but not vision nor dental care. >> it's been a long and difficult negotiation. >> reporter: treasury secretary janet yellen already in rome helped to broker the compromise. >> i can see a lot of americans saying, wow, a lot of these provisions sound great. what i am worried about now is inflation. >> some of the most important ways in which families see inflation is they feel they can't afford childcare, and what they're going to see is a massive reduction in the amount that they have to spend for childcare. >> reporter: republicans slammed the plan today as more big spending. >> anybody who votes for any of these bills without seeing the fine print is like a rock only dumber. >> reporter: democrats insist this bill would be fully paid for in part with the new surtax on billionaires and
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multi-millionaires. now, a vote probably won't come for at least a week, so the president will need to keep his entire party together until then, which won't be quite as easy to do, norah, from here in rome. >> o'donnell: all right, nancy cordes in rome for us, thank you. well now let's fete to the breaking news on former new york governor andrew cuomo. tonight a misdemeanor complaint has been filed alleging a sex crime. cuomo forced to resign amid complaints of sexual harassment and unwanted touching from former staffers, allegations he has denied. more from cbs's jericka duncan. >> reporter: months after resigning, former new york governor andrew cuomo now faces a criminal complaint of forcibly touching a woman in the governor's executive mansion last year. according to the complaint filed by an albany county sheriff investigator, cuomo did intentionally forcibly place his hand under the blouse shirt of the victim, specifically the victim's left breast for the
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purpose of degrading and gratifying his sexual desires. i sat down with brit my comiso, cuomo's former executive assistant for an exclusive interview last august. >> he put his hand under my blouse and cupped my breast under my bra. >> reporter: while not naming the victim, the description of the event closely mirrors comoso's claims. >> it was probably in the most sexually aggressive manner than any of the other hugs he had given me. >> reporter: an investigation by the new york attorney general's office accused cuomo of groping, kissing and making sexually suggestive comments to eleven women. the former governor has vehemently denied crossing the line. >> let me be clear, that never happened. >> reporter: cbs news legal analyst rikki klieman. >> reporter: it appears the government believes that there is problemtive evidence. however, the only two people in that room are the alleged victim and the defendant.
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>> reporter: we reached out to comiso and her attorney and have not heard back but ultimately the albany county district attorney's office will decide whether or not to bring charges based off this complaint. and just this evening, i spoke to cuomo's attorney who told me that, quote, the former governor, she said, never assaulted anyone, and she also says she believes that this filing was politically motivated. norah. >> o'donnell: jericka duncan with that new information tonight, thank you. tonight, new york city is bracing for a possible shortage of police officers and firefighters, as a covid vaccination mandate looms. hundreds of first responders took their complaints about the mandate to the mayor's mansion today, more now from cbs's mola lenghi. >> this is not anti-mandate and anti-mandate only. >> the divide over new york citi' vaccine mandate for city workers spilled into the streets of mapt today ( chanting ) >> reporter: firefighters,
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e.m.t.s and sanitation workers largely unmasked rallied out the mayor's official residence one day before the official deadline to get a covid shot or be placed on unpaid leave. >> members have choice about their health. >> reporter: all by 38,000 city workers are vaccinated but about a quarter of the police force and a third of firefighters are not. >> you can't force a vaccine on somebody, it should be a choice. >> reporter: six of the country's ten largest cities have or are planning vaccine mandates for municipal workers, of those, new york, l.a. l.a. and san diego do not have a testing alternative. new york's largest police union sued this week to block the mayor's vaccine mandate but a state judge rejected that request. the police are asking the city to adopt a weekly testing option in lieu of vaccination, even though first responders are at higher risk of contracted covid.
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>> we will show up and fulfill our oath. if the mayor or commissioner sends them home that's on them. >> reporter: you will be ready to work. >> yes. >> reporter: the mayor doubled down. >> protest. go protest. people want these jobs. anyone else who doesn't want to do the job anymore, someone else will step up and fill it. >> reporter: if unvablghtd first responders are set home monday, according to theifier fighters union, up to 20% of fire houses would have to close, impacting the citi' ease ambulance fleet and response times. but the mayor says he has a contingency plan in place, norah. >> o'donnell: we'll be watching closely, mola lenghi, thank you. tonight a frightening story of rage in the air, a first class passenger punched a slight attend in the face twice, forcing the flight from new york to southern california to make an emergency landing in denver wednesday night. crb's errol barnett has more.
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( booing ) >> american airlines passengers voicing frustration as this man is detained by law enforcement. cbs news learned, while in the air, a flight attendant bumped a first class passenger and quickly apologized. later the passenger went to the galley, punched the same crew member twice, breaking bones in her face, returning to his seat as if nothing happened. >> i understand he actually punched her twice. she had blood on the outside of her mask. >> reporter: the flight was diverted to denver where the suspect was taken into custody and banned from the airline. c.e.o. doug parker said it's one to have the worst acts of behavior he's ever seen. >> it has to stop. the best deterrent is aggressive criminal prosecution. >> reporter: it is yet another example of this year's unprecedented level of conflict aboard aircraft. this week, the f.a.a. reported almost 5,000 unruly incidents
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for 2021 but only 216 resulted in civil penalties. >> it could result in jail time. >> reporter: f.a.a. administrator steve dickson told cbs news last month his agency's efforts to reduce classes led to $1 million in fines and counting. >> if you misbehave on an aircraft it will be a painful process and we're going to get in your wallet. >> reporter: the f.b.i. is investigating. it's unclear if alcohol played a role in this incident but the f.a.a. says it does factor into many of these unruly passenger complaints. while southwest and american have suspended alcohol sales till next year, united airlines announced internally it will resume sale of liquor in the main cabin, norah, next month. >> o'donnell: so alarming. our flight attendants do such a great job. we're learning about details of an incident in charleston south carolina, the government
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will pay their families and others who you are survived $88 million because of mistakes by the f.b.i. >> i still relive and think about what happened. >> reporter: jennifer is one of the church shooting survivors. she heard the gunshots that killed her husband, reverend clemente and eight others inside an emanuel eme church. >> i live with it rev i day. >> reporter: she and her daughters stood out of the department of justice stood and celebrated while also reflecting on what has been lost. >> no amount of compensation will ever replace my father's life. >> reporter: the survivors will split $25 million, while $63 million will go to the families of those killed. the landmark agreement settled a series of lawsuits brought after the f.b.i. acknowledged that its gun background check system failed to block the sale of the glock 41 murder weapon to dilan roof, a glitch in the f.b.i. data base and human error
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allowed the killer to purchase the gun while the background check was still underway. how does this settlement prevent another dylan roof? >> from a legal standpoint, the settlement doesn't do anything to change or alter the existing landscape. >> reporter: what family members of the victim hope is that the settlement will serve as a deterrent. >> this is a nightmare that will never end. >> reporter: singleton wrote a book that he called "i never forgave the killer." his mother mira died in the shooting. >> i have a young daughter that has a fear of sitting in a church because she thinks somebody of a different color is going to come in there and open fire. >> reporter: in total, the survivors and family members of the victims will receive $88 million. there is symbolism in that number. dylan roof was known to wear the 88, which is considered white supremacist code. norah. >> o'donnell: just got the chills hearing you say that. jeff pegues, thank you.
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all right, every two minutes a woman in the united states is diagnosed with breast cancer. last year one of those women was sally yates. yates spent decades at the justice department and was unceremoniously fired by a newly nog raid president trump. tonight, yates is sharing the story of her breast cancer battle for the very first time. >> it was invasive papilary cans rp. >> o'donnell: she was speaking at the the democratic national convention. >> this is one to have the times where the personal and the professional collided. it was about five days before i was to testify in the senate judiciary committee about the russia investigation that i got the final diagnosis that it was invasive cancer. >> o'donnell: that'e pret important testimony you were about to give. >> it was. i thought about tryin to postpone, but it would have been a big thing if i had postponed it. and there also was this false
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narrative out there called obamagate that president obama and then vice president biden had directed the russia investigation and directed us to investigate mike flynn, and they specifically pointed to a meeting in the oval office where people were alleging this had happened. well, i had been in that meeting, and i knew that didn't happen, so i did, also, want to be able to get the truth out there. >> o'donnell: so here you are, just diagnosed with breast cancer and you feel like you have to go and tell not only the congress but the world the truth. >> right, not ideal timing. >> o'donnell: how did you manage it all? >> it was just a few days since i got the diagnosis, and trying to get ready for thetime, i would find myself google treatments for cancer. i couldn't help but be very distracted by that. >> o'donnell: the type of breast cancer yates had is rare and she needed a double
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mastectomy. >> i testified in the senate judiciary committee a couple of weeks later, spoke at the democratic national convention and the day after that went in for pre-op and had surgery the following day. >> o'donnell: yates is now in private practice and the national women's soccer league hired her to investigate allegations of sexual abuse. your message? >> get the mammogram and the diagnostic tests people have been putting off during the pandemic. >> o'donnell: the statistics about the pandemic and cancer screening are really alarming. nearly 10,000 people over the next decade will die because of breast cancer and colorectal cancer because of pandemic-related delays. >> it may be a looming health crisis we can't fully comprehend. people can try to do something about it by getting in now. you may have missed the tests in the pandemic time but it's not too late to go into the tests now. >> o'donnell: an important
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reminder. yates says she's cancer free and writes about her journey in a cbs article on much more, including facebook under fire and it's changing its name.
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>> o'donnell: the c.d.c. is warning that several children hve gotten sick from a product used to decorate birthday cakes. two cakes in the states were decorated with glittery dust
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street go up in flames. california's river fire destroyed 142 structures including dunham's home and displaced many of his neighbors and friends like those on the falcons football team. the senior slept in the bed of his truck parked on a campground. >> good? let's rock and roll. >> reporter: tony mar telorealized the gridiron was a place for his team to escape and recover from the charred world around it. >> it allowed the kids to come back to a safe place and created a sense of farmle si. >> we've all been affected by it, some more than others but we're all fighting together. >> reporter: football in the fire-ravaged west has become a form of therapy, not just for players but entire communities. today, it's the falcons' turn to rally around their home turf. >> being here playing football felt great. it really felt like home when i
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you can watch us later. and that's tonight's "cbs evening news," i'm norah >> announcer: a boxing trainer. >> i gave them a passion. >> judge judy: that's nice. these women were passionate about canceling their memberships. >> announcer: a gym owner. >> he inappropriately touched a female on her buttocks, and i also had a client come to me crying because she felt like her personal space was violated. >> announcer: and constant complaints packed a punch. >> i tried to give him a chance, your honor. >> judge judy: if i were running a business, i would fire his behind. fast! >> announcer: "judge judy." you are about to enter the courtroom of you are about to enter the courtroom of judge judith sheindlin. captions paid for by cbs television distribution boxing gym owner danny calhoun jr. is suing his former employee, boxing trainer charlando peoples, for violation of a non-compete agreement, defamation, and loss of business. >> byrd: order! all rise!
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your honor, this is case number 183 on the calendar in the matter of calhoun vs. peoples. >> judge judy: thank you. >> byrd: you're welcome, judge. parties have been sworn in. you may be seated. folks, have a seat. >> judge judy: mr. calhoun, you run a gym. is that correct? >> correct. >> judge judy: where is it located? >> cincinnati, ohio. >> judge judy: how many gyms are there in cincinnati? >> at least 20 or 30 gyms in the entire city. >> judge judy: between 20 and 30. and how many are there in a >> 1k radiybe fi.f where you >> judge judy: because i assume that before you started your business, which is a relatively new business, you did a survey of the area and said, you know, "is there room for another business similar to mine?" >> correct. >> judge judy: so there are four or five relatively close by. >> the ones that are similar to mine, they're on the outskirts, so they're at least 20 miles outside of the facility. >> judge judy: 20 miles? >> exactly. >> judge judy: when you say similar to yours, in what respect? >> that use the techniques as far as training boxing. we teach women's boxing specifically. 90% of our clientele are female, so we teach them self-defense boxing, and also we incorporate
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