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>> and we're going to be back here with the kpix 5 news at 7:00 p.m. have a good night. ♪ ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: tonight, what we're learning about the warning signs at that deadly concert in texas. the criminal investigation, new details about the victim and the first lawsuits against rapper travis scott. the shocking video and cries for help. ( screaming ) >> o'donnell: the big question, why the multi-platinum rapper continued the concert for more than 30 minutes after mass casualty incident was declared. ( screaming ) plus the story of a man who died while trying to save his fianceé. lone survivor testifies. a paramedic who was shot by kyle rittenhouse during a protest over a police shooting takes the stand. his tense confrontation with the teenager who shot him.
tourists welcome-- well, if you're vaccinated after 20 months, the u.s. opens its borders to some international travelers, the emotional family reunions. severe shortages-- america'sod d families in need. why the supply chain chaos is to blame. tragic mix up at a fertility clinic, what two couples endured and what happened to their children. fatty food risk-- the new research from the american heart association. what you should eat to prevent a stroke. and our series all this week, ahead of veterans day, "honoring our heroes." thousands take an american flag on an epic journey. 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 so much for joining us. we're going to begin with harrowing new details from that deadly crush of people at a rap
concert in houston. the f.b.i. is now assisting in the criminal investigation into the friday night tragedy which left eight people dead. hundreds more were hurt and at least 13 people are still in the hospital. tonight, a new timeline is emerging, as we learned today that houston's police chief met with rapper travis scott just right before the concert and voiced his concerns about crowd control. this isn't the first time one of the rappers' concerts led to violence. more on that in just a minute. but now travis scott faces more than a dozen lawsuits. we're also learning more about the victims. they range in age from 14-27 years old. john hilgert was a ninth grader. 16-year-old brianna rodriguez, a high school junior who loved to dance and 23-year-old rudy pena who wanted to become a border patrol agent. they were among the 50,000 at the sold-out festival. lilia luciano is reporting for us tonight.
good evening. >> reporter: good evening to you, norah. there's grief and anger tonight among the family members of those who died. today, one father told us that he was assured his son survived, and later spent more than a day trying to find him until he finally discovered his death online. there are just so many questions around how this could have happend. ♪ ♪ ♪ even before the performance houston police chief expressed concerns about security to the rap star but that wasn't enough to prevent the deadly crush of a frenzied crowds. the cell phone video shows panicked fans begging for help while scott performs. and minutes later, first responders struggling to save the injured. kayla jay says she comforted a man on the ground >> i just held his head and his arms and, um, i just held him and i just told him i was sorry.
>> reporter: eight people were killed, including donish baig. >> he died saving his fianceé. she was getting hurt, hit left and right. he didn't deserve it. travis scott, you are-- you are the one who's liable. you've got blood on your hands, man. >> reporter: investigators are now looking into whether the festival could have been stopped sooner by travis scott himself. scott took to the stage around 9:00 p.m. friday, 9:30 police saw fans collapsing. at 9:38, concert was declared a mass casualty event. but scott didn't stop hill about 10:00 p.m. he stopped to get help from the crowd. >> somebody passed out here >> reporter: he continued, but there were early signs of the coming chaos. >> when the festival opened doors today-- >> reporter: organizers of astroworld fest promoted it
using clips of fans storming a prior event while some people were trampled while trying to enter. at a new york city concert in 2017, scott encouraged a man to jump from the balcony and into the crowd. scott was also arrested and fined that year for inviting fans to bypass security and rush the stage at another concert. and in 2015 the hip-hop star was arrested for urging fans to hop over barricades at the lollapalooza festival. travis scott said he's devastated and announced he will cover the funeral costs of all eight victims. he's also partnered with a mental health services company that works online and will provide free therapy to all those affected. norah. >> o'donnell: lilia luciano, thank you so much. we want to turn now to the dramatic testimony today in the kyle rittenhouse trial. a paramedic shot by rittenhouse at a protest talked on the stand about his tense confrontation with the teenager before taking a bullet in the arm.
cbs' nancy chen is covering the trial in kenosha, wisconsin. >> reporter: jurors watched footage of the moment kyle rittenhouse shot gaige grosskreutz at close range with an ar-15 style weapon. >> what was going through your mind at this particular moment? >> that i was going to die. >> reporter: grosskreutz says he lost 90% of his bicep >> that looks like my bicep being vaporized >> reporter: grosskreutz, a professionally trained medic, treated nearly a dozen protestors that night. he says he heard gunshots and ran toward them. >> i thought that the defendant was an active shooter >> reporter: today, the jury was shown new video of rittenhouse shooting and killing joseph rosenbaum >> get off! >> reporter: a crowd chased and confronted rittenhouse as he fled the scene. then rittenhouse shot and killed another protestors before wounding grosskreutz. rittenhouse claims he was acting in self-defense. his attorney questioned grosskreutz's actions leading to
the shooting. >> when you were standing three to five feet from him, it wasn't until you pointed your gun at him, advanced on him that your gun, now hands down pointed at him, that he fired, right? >> correct. >> reporter: defense attorney joe tambourino, who isn't connected to the case, says both sides are leaning heavily on grosskreutz's testimony >> because when you have a witness on the stand who almost died, they can be very powerful witnesses on either side. >> reporter: and the prosecution has said they will rest their case tomorrow. the defense has indicated rittenhouse himself may take the stand, and that could be in the next few days, norah. >> o'donnell: nancy chen, thank you. well, tonight the international lockdown is ending as the u.s. reopens its borders to vaccinated passengers from more than 30 countries just as we head into the holiday season. we get more now from cbs' errol barnett. ( cheers and applause ) >> reporter: after more than a year apart, new jersey residents
aysha and vincent mathew finally introduced aysha's mother and sister who live in england to their growing family. >> the hardest part was not having them here to meet my son when he was born or missed my other sons' birthday on other milestones you want them to be a part of. >> reporter: aysha's mother couldn't be happier, holding her six-month-old grandson aaron for the very first time. monday, virgin flights took off simultaneously from london on route to new york, as part of celebrations marking the end of u.s. covid restrictions in place since march of 2020. now, nationals from 33 countries can come to the states for nonessential travel so long as they are vaccinated and provide a negative covid test within three days of departure. those under 18 need only a negative test result. >> it's been amazing day for the team. >> reporter: jose freig with american airlines tells cbs news demand for flights is up 74% from brazil and 66% from the
u.k. in the past few months. >> the pent-up demand is there. customers have been champing at the bit to come here and we're excited we can transport customers from these countries into the u.s. >> reporter: travel from canada and mexico also resumed overnight, leading to long lines on the northern and southern u.s. borders. as for aysha, she just wants to hold her mom and sister. >> after i've done that, i'm going to throw both the kids at them and go take a nice long nap. >> reporter: here on the tarmac in charlotte, you can see a 777 behind me which delivered passengers from london's heathrow airport and in moments will head back over the pond, but europe is seen a surge the covid cases driven by the unvaccinated, confirming that the key to continuing international travel, norah, is getting vaccinated. >> o'donnell: all right, errol barnett on the tarmac tonight, thanks, errol. more big pandemic headlines, first lady jill biden kicked off a nationwide campaign for child
vaccines too. she joined the surgeon general in mclean, virginia, where the first polio vaccines were actually given out in 1954. interesting. the biden administration's new vaccine rule for companies with 100 or more employees is on hold, but the department of justice is defending the new policy saying tonight it's necessary to address the grave danger of covid. and so, now we wait to see how the courts respond. and some promising news. we learned today regeneron's monoclonal treatment reduces the risk of covid by more than 80% for up to eight months. now to the growing struggle to feed families in need. the price of meat, poultry, fish and eggs in u.s. cities soared by about 15% since last year. more americans are being forced to find help at food banks and now those vital safety nets are hurting, too. here's cbs' mark strassmann. >> reporter: outside food pantry 279, they wait for a weekly food box that's half what it was a
year ago. but retirees elaine stalcub and mary lou shields bring gratitude, not attitude. how much of a difference does this make? >> a lot. it's hard to make it if you don't come here. >> reporter: founder cindyez fee a month, their last link in a supply chain crisis. >> it's not as much as normal, but they're going to get something. >> reporter: better than nothing. >> absolutely, better than nothing. >> reporter: hoosier hills supplies local food pantries. almost everything's down-- federal commodities, retail donations, cash donations, down by half. what's up, prices. overall, a one-year drop in supplies of 22%. >> all those sources we relied on dried up. >> reporter: so for every five pounds of food you need, you're getting four? >> that's accurate, yeah. >> reporter: we followed this truck heading to pantry 279. >> well, bless your heart.
>> reporter: where people like stalcub and shields live in america's shadow. compared to a year ago is feeding yourself more of a struggle. >> yes, i can't afford to go to >> yes, i can't afford to go to the grocery store, and when i do it's pitiful. i mean, what i could get for $50, i'd say three months ago, you can't today. >> reporter: typical, chavez says. >> we've had so many people tell us we would starve if you weren't here and that's kind of a hard thing to accept. >> reporter: wall street is booming, but at pantry 279, prosperity feels like a world away. mark strassmann, cbs news, bloomington, indiana. >> o'donnell: well, for parents who want a baby and struggle to conceive, it can be an emotional roller coaster, and for two couples that journey took an unthinkable turn. cbs' mireya villarreal has the story of an i.v.f. mix up. >> we kind of dreamed of two girls, but, you know--
>> reporter: for three years, daphna and alexander cardinale tried to have a second child. finally with i.v.f., they were thrilled to welcome a baby girl in 2019 but immediately alexander felt something was wrong. when was the point where you said something's not right? >> i had a weird sort of a gut reaction when she was born.ac it wasn't anything logical. it was just like an instinct. >> reporter: two months later a d.n.a. test confirmed their worst fear, the infant was not their biological daughter. daphna was implanted with a stranger's embryo who, in turn, received theirs. that woman who wishes to remain anonymous gave birth a week earlier to the cardinale's biological daughter. >> when i found out she wasn't mine, somehow i poured more love into her. i don't know, maybe i was just clinging to her. but i was just so scared i was
going to lose her, which i ultimately did. >> reporter: and the cardinales have felt robbed of their time with their biological daughter. >> we had to play a lot of catch-up. >> reporter: while the babies were returned to their biological parents, the couple is now suing their physician california center for reproductive health and a third party lab for medical malpractice and negligence. according to the complaint ccrh thought the embryos had gotten mixed up when an embryology lab, invitrotech, was taking biopsies to send in for genetic testing. >> we can't sleep at night knowing this is happening and no one's doing anything, talking about it. >> reporter: we reached out to the fertility clinic, doctor and lab involved in this lawsuit, but none of them have gotten back to us at this point. almost 2% of american children are conceived now through assisted reproductive technology.
with that in mind, the couple that we spoke with said their advice is simple: ask a lot of questions and demand to know what protocols are in place to keep patients safe. norah. >> o'donnell: what an awful, awful story. mireya villarreal, thank you. and now to an update on our investigation into military sexual assault and domestic violence. in a new draft report obtained exclusively by cbs news, the pentagon's inspector general will show how the military has failed to handle special victims' cases. now, under federal law, these types of cases should be handled by a trained special victim prosecutor, but the report is expected to reveal that that did not happen in nearly two thirds of the cases between 2018 and 2020. some branches are worse than others. special prosecutors were not assigned to 94% cases in the air force. both the army and the navy failed to follow the law in 59% of cases and marine corps 30% of the cases. this report backs up what dozens
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