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that. (snapping fingers). >> cbs evening news is coming mea woul >>fala captioning sponsored by cbs ♪ >> o'donnell: tonight, the courtroom drama and the surprising turn in the trial over ahmaud arbery's killing. the man accused of murdering the 25-year-old jogger takes the stand in his own defense. travis mcmichael, one of three men on trial, explains why he shot ahmaud arbery. >> i want to give my side of the story. >> o'donnell: jail time for the so-called qanon shaman. the january 6 rioter sentenced to more than three years in prison. tonight, his extraordinary speech likening himself to jesus and gandhi. the judge's reaction. historic censure-- congress votes to rebuke a republican lawmaker after he's depicted killing alexandra ocasio-cortez in an animated video posted on
his taxpayer account. overdose deaths skyrocket. the number of americans killed reaches a record high during the pandemic. how fentanyl is fueling the crisis. rittenhouse verdict watch: the latest from kenosha, wisconsin. thanksgiving travel alert: new details on a major storm exected to slam the u.s. just as millions hit the road for the holiday. supply chain crisis: our rare access to one of the world's busiest ports, where workers tell us why it takes so long to get products from ships to shelves. and that 10-year-old who tried to take pope francis' cap. tonight, his mother tells us about the miracle that came next. 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 begin with testimony today
from the man who shot and killed ahmaud arbery. travis mcmichael is accused of murder, along with his father and a neighbor, who chased arbery through their georgia neighborhood before killing him. the men say they suspected arbery of burglaries and were attempting to make a citizen's arrest. mcmichael told the judge that he wanted to tell his side of the story, and he teared up as he described the moment he fired his shotgun three times at the unarmed 25-year-old, calling it a life-or-death situation. mcmichaels says he fired in self-defense when arbery tried to take his gun. prosecutors say there's no evidence of arbery committing crimes in the neighborhood to justify the chase and the deadly encounter. arbery's killing has prompted georgia lawmakers to repeal most of the state's citizen's defense law. cbs' omar villafranca leads off our coverage from the courthouse in brunswick, georgia. good evening, omar. >> reporter: good evening. a bit of a surprise that travis mcmichael took the stand. the only time we had really heard from him was 911 calls or police bodycam video. today he gave his version of
what happened. >> i want to give my side of the story. i want to explain what happened. >> reporter: instead of invoking the fifth, travis mcmichael gave the jury a first-person account of what he says happened the daa he shot and killed ahmaud arbery. mcmichael broke down crying, as he described the final deadly confrontation captured on cell phone video as a fight for his life. >> what were you thinking at that moment? >> i was thinking of my son. it sounds weird, but that was the first-- that's the first thing that hit me. >> what did you do? >> i shot him. >> why? >> he-- he had my gun. >> reporter: on february 23, 2020, his father gregory mcmichael, spotted arbery running from a home under construction. the younger mcmichael says he grabbed a shotgun and jumped into his truck with his father. prosecutors have argued that the mcmichaels and william "roddie"
brian chased arbery through the neighborhood after suspecting him of burglary. >> did you want to stop ahmaud arbery and talk to him? >> i did. >> reporter: mcmichael also talked about his law enforcement training while in the coast guard and mentioned how pulling a weapon on someone can make them comply. during cross-examination, prosecutor linda donakowski, discussed his point further. >> so you learned as part of your time in the military that you can't force people to speak with you.k >> that's correct. >> okay. and that if someone walks away, you have to let them walk away. >> yes. >> you were trained that displaying a weapon may be considered psychological coercion. >> under certain situations, yes, ma'am. >> reporter: arbery's mother, wanda cooper jones, was asked about mcmichael crying in court. her response: "can you imagine the tears we have shed?" cross-examination of mcmichael will continue tomorrow. norah. >> o'donnell: omar villafranca,
thank you. now, we want to turn now to a dramatic and historic day at the u.s. capitol. republican congressman paul gosar of arizona became only the 24th member in the history of the house of representatives to be censured. gosar earlier this month shocked his fellow lawmakers, posting a violent animated video targeting democrats. here's cbs' kris van cleave. >> will representative gosar present himself in the well? >> reporter: tonight, a historic rebuke on the house floor after controversial arizona congressman, republican paul gosar, posted an anime video depicting himself flying through the air and killing democrat alexandra ocasio-cortez and then heading for president biden wielding two swords. >> representative paul gosar of arizona, be censured. >> reporter: gosar is now the first member of congress to be simultaneously censured and stripped of his committee post. >> i do not espouse violence toward anyone. i never have. it was not my purpose to make anyone upset.
>> reporter: gosar's censure, was pushed by dozens of house democrats, including ocasio- cortez. >> when we incite violence with depictions against our colleagues, that trickles down into violence in this country. >> reporter: republican leader kevin mccarthy called the vote an abuse of power. >> the speaker is burning down the house on her way out the door. >> reporter: republicans liz cheney and adam kinzinger joined all house democrats in voting yes. house censures are rare, happening only six other times in the last century. gosar is an ardent trump supporter who has spread baseless claims of election fraud, and falsely called january 6 antifa provocation. his own family has called for his removal from office, even appearing in a campaign ad for his 2018 opponent. >> we've got to stand up for our good name. >> reporter: also tonight, a federal judge in washington sent a message, sentencing the so- called qanon shaman jacob chansley to nearly three and a
half years in prison, calling his actions horrific. chansley is one of the most recognizable figures on january 6, wearing face paint, fur, and horns.r, he told the judge, "i was wrong for entering the capitol. i have no excuse. and the behavior is indefensible." and tonight, steve bannon, who is facing criminal contempt of congress charges for refusing to cooperate with the january 6 committee is pleading not guilty. he is set to be in court tomorrow for what's described as a virtual hearing. norah. >> o'donnell: kris van cleave with all the news here in washington. thank you. and two days of deliberations in the kyle rittenhouse trial are over tonight, and the jury in kenosha, wisconsin, has notthe y reached its verdict. national guard troops are standing by as the city holds reached its verdict. its breath awaiting the decision on the teenager's fate. for shooting three people, killing two at a violent protest. cbs' nancy chen is at the courthouse. >> the second amendment right to defend yourself. >> reporter: a crowd of demonstrators grew wednesday on the steps of the kenosha, wisconsin, courthouse, as
inside, kyle rittenhouse's defense team asked for a mistrial. the argument, concerning this drone footage, showing rittenhouse shooting and killing joseph rosenbaum. lawyers said they only recently learned there was higher quality video. >> we're talking about a potential life sentence here sol i'm making that request. >> reporter: jurors asked to see the video,the second day deliberations, along with several others. rittenhouse faces five counts, including first degree intentional homicide for killing two men and seriously injuring another. with no verdicts, residents like scott carpenter, hope to avoid a repeat of the violence that engulfed parts of kenosha and burned his family-owned furniture store to the ground. >> i pray that it stays peaceful, that cooler heads will prevail, and we realize that burning down our town is not how to act. >> reporter: and the judge has yet to rule on the defense's motion for a mistrial today or on a previous request for one. in total, jurors have been
deliberating for about 16 hours and will be back tomorrow morning, norah. >> o'donnell: nancy chen, thank well tonight, the c.d.c. is sounding the alarm about a record number of deaths in america from drug overdoses. for the first time ever, more than 100,000 deadly overdoses were recorded in the u.s. over a 12-month period that ended this past april. cbs' manuel bojorquez tells us what's fueling the troubling surge. >> reporter: tonight, a grima gm statistic: one american is dying from a drug overdose every five minutes, according to the office of national drug control policy. the c.d.c. estimates more than 100,000 americans died from drug overdoses over a 12-month period ending this april, a record. that's nearly three times the number of deaths from traffic accidents last year and more than twice the number of gun deaths. derian and twanna house of pensacola lost their 18-year-old son, rajhon, to an apparent drug overdose in july. >> it's hard to even put in
words, the difficulty of me going on without my son. >> reporter: they blame the availability of the opioid fentanyl, which is sometimes slipped into other drugs to slipped into other increase potency. >> like what happened with my son, he didn't necessarily know- >> right.idn't necessarily know-- >> what he was taking in. he thought it was normally what he does on the regular as a teenager.he >> reporter: but it's not just affecting those who choose to use. last month, an alabama woman was arrested and charged after her one-year-old daughter allegedly overdosed on her supply of fentanyl. the baby was revived by paramedics. >> there you go. >> the pandemic has been, in many ways, a perfect storm. >> reporter: dr. michael barnett teaches health policy at harvard university. >> we have a lot of work to do to expand access to life-savingo to expan treatments like naloxone or buprenorphine, which can really save lives in addiction but are not widely available for people that need them. >> reporter: barnett says he does not see the crisis easing in the short term.
today in a statement, president biden called it an epidemic of loss, and cited the $4 billion from the covid relief package, which are aimed at expanding services for people with substance abuse issues. norah. >> o'donnell: those numbers are just staggering. manuel bojorquez, thank you. well, moderna today asked the f.d.a. to authorize its covid booster shot for everyone 18 and over. the f.d.a. could take that step for the pfizer vaccine as soon as tomorrow. the white house, meanwhile, says 10% of kids 5-11-- that's 2.6 million of them-- have rolled up their sleeves for their first shot. all right, two of the three men convicted of assassinating malcolm x more than half a century ago are about to be exonerated. the manhattan d.a. today apologized to the two men, saying they did not get the justice that they deserved. cbs' maurice dubois has more o how history is being rewritten. >> reporter: muhammad aziz and khalil islam, always maintained their innocence in the 1965
assassination of malcolm x. now, after 55 years, their convictions will be vacated after a two-year investigation t led by the manhattan district attorney found prosecutors, the f.b.i., and police withheld critical information that should have cleared their names.eir na >> i do believe there will be attempts on my life. they're foaming at the mouth. >> reporter: the decision comes after this six-part netflix series called "who killed malcolm x?," raised new questions about malcolm's assassination. he was killed in a barrage of bullets while speaking at the audubon ballroom in harlem. the d.a.'s office reopened the case to look at the men's convictions after the series was released. >> two of them weren't even in the audubon ballroom that day. the audubon ballroom that day. >> reporter: we sat down with phil bertelsen and nailah sims, who produced the documentary. >> the f.b.i. had eyewitness testimony from, presumably, the nine informants that were in the room that day about who did the crime. m i09.and azizthird man,talmad
aziz is now he spent 20 years in prison. >> if i wanted to do it, i couldn't have done it. so that means they knew what they were doing when they put me in jail. >> reporter: and late today, muhammad aziz put out a statement saying in part, "irt hope the same system that was responsible for this travesty of justice also takes responsibility for the immeasurable harm it caused me." and the decision to exonerate both men is expected to beted te officially announced tomorrow. norah. >> o'donnell: maurice dubois, thank you. and tonight, we're examining what's behind the bottleneck at the nation's ports. cbs' carter evans goes in depth with a rare behind-the-scenes look at just why it's taking so long to get merchandise off of cargo ships and on to store shelves. >> reporter: to truly understand the supply chain logjam... >> nobody knew who we were. longshoremen, what is that. >> reporter: ...you have to start at the docks. ramon ponce de leon represents
the 14,000 longshoremen at the ports of l.a. and long beach. >> because there is no space in the yards, there's not that much we can offload. >> reporter: you have nowhere to put the containers when they come off the ship. >> that's correct.cause containers still waiting to be picked up are taking valuable space. this massive cargo ship holds about 5,000 containers. normally, there would be four to five cranes just like this one unloading as fast as possible, but today, there are only two. crane operator ricky mccray makes the daily ascent to his cab 14 stories up, but he says his container count is down more than 20%. when people say, "why aren't the dock workers moving faster?" what are you thinking? >> i feel like i'm the bad guy, first of all,. but i tell them, we're doing our part. we're doing our best. >> reporter: he could easily unload faster if there were somewhere to put the containers. why aren't there trucks lined up for miles to pick up all this stuff and get it out of here? >> i suppose they don't have a place to put it because the container has to come to the
warehouse with just-in-time delivery. >> reporter: just in time delivery is a cost-cutting strategy to import merchandise only as needed, reducing warehouse space, but that backfired with pandemic shutdowns. you may think these trucks line up and pick up the first load available. that is not the case. they are here for specific containers, and sometimes, they're in the middle of the pile. it's like a giant game of jenga: move four containers to get to one on the bottom. is that common? >> yes, that's very common. >> reporter: just for one container? >> yes. >> reporter: and this year, dock workers expect to move a record 20 million containers through these ports. >> we have family that lives here and needs the same things any other american needs, and we have skin in the game because, quite frankly, we're going to b, quite frankly, we're paying the price for any costs that are raised as a result of this congestion. >> reporter: now, some of these containers stacked up here at the port are actually empty, and
today, california governor gavin newsom said more ships are coming to get them out of the way. he also says he's looking for vacant lots to park some of these containers so it can give longshoremen room to do their jobs. norah. >> o'donnell: you really explained it so well. carter evans, thank you. and still ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news," dangerous weather ahead of thanksgiving. what you need to know before you hit the road. queen elizabeth makes her first public appearance in nearly a month. and we want you to meet the pint-sized superhero who is conquering cancer.pi conquering cancer. do you take aspirin? plain aspirin could be hurting your stomach. new vazalore is the first liquid-filled aspirin capsule clinically shown to cause fewer ulcers than plain aspirin.
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>> o'donnell: throughout the pandemic, pope francis has spoken about the healing power of prayer. now a mother, whose young son recently met the pope, says there's nothing more powerful. cbs' chris livesay has the story. ( applause ). >> reporter: it's not easy to upstage the pope, unless you're paolo bonavita, the 10-year-old italian boy enchanted by francis and his cap. the pope offered that seat as a compromise, but persistence
pays, and paulo walked away with the prize. it turns out, simply going up and down the stairs was the real prize for a boy with severe epilepsy and autism, says his mom, elsa morra, especiallyafoow turn for tor "the doctor was almost certain it was a brain tumor," she says. but francis told her he would pray for paolo. "he took my hand and said 'for you, the impossible does not exist.'" about three weeks later, she understood what that meant. she says doctors told her his test results showed no sign of cancer, and his symptoms have improved. his classmates are elated. "he taught us a lesson," they say, "that when you need to do something, do it with all your heart." and what would you like to tell the pope? "thank you," she says, "for the miracle." chris livesay, cbs news, southern italy. >> o'donnell: and that is some good news.
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all right, that is tonight's "cbs evening news." i'm norah o'donnell in our nation's capital. see you tomorrow it literalry felt like someone picked up my house and dropped it. very, very scary. >> a swarm of earthquakes jolt the east bay. how much longer will they last? i'm tracking how many aftershocks have hit the valley since this morning, and which of the bay area faults are more likely to produce a more substantial quake. >> alameda county parents enranged over plans to close multiple schools. police say they have busted a serial shoplifter who used a unique strategy, paying. and a wild chase down an alameda county freeway starts in one vehicle, ends in
another. how did that happen? good evening, i'm elizabeth cook. >> i'm allen martin. we're going to begin with a quake swarm shaking up the valley and beyond for hours now. the 3.9 struck just before noon, and that was the first of about 15 at last count along the danville-san ramon border. >> andria borba begins our team coverage. andria? >> reporter: well, elizabeth, i'm on conway drive. this is where the epicenter of that earth was, in someone's backyard a few miles down, but that triggered a series of earthquakes here in dan and i the san ramon valley. a series of earthquakes hit the san ramon valley. >> actually felt two pushes, and then walked a round my house. the chandelier was shaking. >> reporter: that was a 3.9