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be thinking about is how dangerous it is. >> by far the most dangerous song is the 12 days of christmas becaus captioning spos >> o'donnell: tonight, there are several developing stories as we come on the air. the f.d.a. is set to green light boosters for all adults, and a big concession from the man who shot and killed ahmaud arbery. one of the three men accused of murdering the 25-year-old jogger admits arbery didn't threaten him. >> didn't pull out any guns? >> no, ma'am. >> didn't pull out any knives. >> no, ma'am. >> o'donnell: covid cases and hospitalizations spike. we're in the midwest where infections are soaring, this as the f.d.a. could authorize both pfizer and moderna booster shots for all american adults. saved from death row: tonight, why the republican governor from oklahoma stomed the execution of julius jones after lobbying from
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kim kardashian and other celebrities. "eye on america": amid a shortage of truck drivers, why the industry loves female drivers, and we find out what it takes to get behind the wheel. >> that was fun. >> o'donnell: expensive thanksgiving feast: the new numbers just out tonight about how much more your turkey, pumpkin pie, and sweet potatoes will cost. closing 900 stores: why cvs says 10% of its locations will shut their doors. and how this maryland teacher beat out 8,000 applicants to win a million-dollar prize. we're going to begin with big developments in the ahmaud arbery murder trial, which has garnered national attention and today brought civil right leaders to the state of georgia.
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the defense rested the case, setting the stage for closing arguments on monday. today, travis mcmichael, the man who shot arbery to kathy, admitted under cross-examination, that the 25-year-old brack man never pulled out a weapon or threatened him in any way, before mcmichael pointed his shotgun at him. mcmichael and two other white men charged with murdering ashbury have claimed self-defense, saying they suspected him of burglaries and chased him down in an attempt to make a citizen's arrest. well, the men have offered no evidence of arbery committing any crime, and take mcmichael said arbery appeared suspicious when they pulled up on him in their pickup, but admitted under questioning that all arbery did was run. cbs' omar villafranca is going to lead us off tonight from the courthouse in brunswick, georgia. good evening, omar. >> reporter: good evening. travis mcmichael is the only one of the three defendants to testify, and today, during cross-examination, the prosecution tried to poke holes in his version of the story, saying what he told the jury is
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not what he told police. travis mcmichael was back on the stand for a second day of cross-examination. prosecutor lisa dunikoski focused on how mcmichael perceived arbery as he followed and confronted the 25-year-old multiple times. >> he hasn't pulled out a gun. >> that's correct. >> he hasn't said one word to you. >> he has not. >> he has not threatened you in any way, vecialgly or physically. >> no, ma'am. >> reporter: dunikoski also questioned mcmichael's version of the chase through the neighborhood that led to the fatal confrontation, getting mcmichael to admit that he could have stopped following arbery after he ran away from the pickup truck but did not. >> and all he had done so far is run away from you, right? >> he ran past me, and... ran away and i let him run away, yes. >> reporter: the prosecutor also pressed mcmichael on inconsistencies in his statement to police and his testimony to the jury. >> so what were you nervous about while giving the statement? >> i just killed a man.
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i had blood on me still. it was the most traumatic event of my life. >> you were nervous because you thought you were going to jail, right? >> no. >> you're telling this jury that you're all confused and you can't get the facts straight. >> under the circumstances of going through a traumatic event, this is what you got. i tried, and this is what happened. >> reporter: outside of the courthouse... >> brunswick is our generation's selma, that the civil rights era is now starting over today. >> reporter: ...hundreds of pastors joined activists and members of the arbery family, the rally prompted by this statement made last week in court by defense attorney kevin gough. >> we don't want any more black pastors coming in here. >> no matter what he say, we going to pray anyway! >> reporter: arbery's mother gave a brief statement to the media and said she is emotionally exhausted from this trial. closing arguments are set to begin monday morning. norah. >> o'donnell: omar
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villafranca, thank you. all right, now to another trial, three days of deliberations and still no verdict in the trial of kyle rittenhouse. the teenager could get up to life in prison for shooting three men, killing two at a protest in 2020. national guard troops are standing by outside kenosha, wisconsin in case the verdict sparks violence. all right, today, with just hours to spark the governor of oklahoma called off the execution of julius jones. jones has been on death row, proclaiming his innocence, for nearly 20 years, and as cbs' mireya villarreal reports, his pursuit of freedom is far from over. ( cheering ) >> reporter: the mercy julius jones and his supporters have been praying for came just four hours before he was set to die. in a statement, governor kevin stitt said he was sparing jones' life, but ordered that he shall never again be eligible to apply for, be considered for, or receive any additional commutation, pardon, or parole.
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( cheering ) at the state capitol whesupperse governor for weeks to commute jones' sentence, the reaction was swift and jubilant. >> i just want to hit my knees and cry out to god. >> reporter: jones has maintained his innocence in the 1999 murder of businessman paul howell during a carjacking. jones was 19 at the time of his arrest. now 41, he got the opportunity to plead his case one more time to the state's pardon and parole board earlier this month. >> i nom the person responsible for taking mr. howl's life. >> reporter: ultimately, the board recommended his sentence be commuted to life in prison with the possibility of parole. >> it is inhumane that my brother is on death row. >> reporter: antoinette jones visited her brother in prison wednesday for what would have been the last time. >> my brother is not a person that would take a life. he would protect it. >> reporter: but rachel howell believes thexecution wod have meantstice or hnn taking his kids to get ice c
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my aunt, and he was murdered in front of me and my sister and my aunt all for a car. and he never got a say in this. >> reporter: jones' attorney says this isn't everything they wanted but they are grateful the governor prevented an irreparable mistake. on the other side of it, the howell family tells me this decision gives them comfort, because they believe it reaffirms jones' guilt. norah. >> o'donnell: all right, mireya villarreal, thank you. we want to turn now to the covid pandemic. public health officials are concerned tonight about a 35% spike nationwide in new cases in recent weeks with hospitalizations also on the rise. the upper midwest is seeing the largest surges so we get more on this from liz collins from our cbs minneapolis station wcco. >> it's unprecedented. i have never seen so many people on a ventilator at one time. >> reporter: dr. joshua huelster is a critical care physician at abbott northwestern
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hospital in minneapolis. his i.c.u. is full. the hospital system has nearly 330 covid patients, most of the 66 i.c.u. covid patients are on ventilators. what's behind this rise? >> without a doubt it's the lack of-- of vaccination. the vast majority of patients that we see in the i.c.u. are not vaccinated. >> reporter: covid cases in minnesota are up nearly 50% in the last week, compared to the week before. hospital admissions increased 24%, with the largest increase among those 30-49. susan rutten spent a week in a rural minnesota hospital. she is unvaccinated. >> i feel bad taking up a bed if somebody needs it worse than i do. >> reporter: she's now home and plans to be vaccinated. tonight as cases rise nationwide, cbs news has learned the f.d.a. is considering authorizing boosters for all adults for both pfizer and moderna as soon as today, but 31% of the country is still unvaccinated. what will happen if people remain resistant to be vaccinated? >> the message has to be loud and clear.
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you can't run out the game clock on this one. this virus will find you. >> reporter: back in the i.c.u., dr. huelster worries about the toll more covid cases will take, not only on patients, but on the staff that care for them. >> i'm not angry at people who don't get vaccinated. some of my colleagues get very angry about it. i'm not angry about it. i'm disappointed. >> reporter: there are enough beds at this hospital to care for more people, but not enough staff. and it could get worse. dr. anthony fauci says there's been an uptick in the number of hospitalizations among people who are vaccinated and have yet to be boosted. this hospital already has longer e.r. wait times. norah. >> o'donnell: a reminder to get that booster if eligible. all right, liz collins, thank you. well, there's outrage tonight after a former student at a private school who confessed to raping or attempting to sexually abuse four teenaged girls as part of a plea deal wasn't given any prison time. the lawyer representing one of the girls says his client was so
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sickened by the injustice, she actually threw up at the courthouse after the sentencing. cbs' mola lenghi has an emotional interview with one of the victims. >> christopher belter, standing before a judge, facing eight years in prison for sex crimes, including rape, against four teenaged girls inside his family's upstate new york mansion. >> you fully expected him to go to jail. >> i did. yes. >> reporter: this woman, who asked to be referred to as m.m., was one of belter's victims, who testified at the trial. she was inside the courtroom when judge matthew murphy pronounced that incarceration isn't appropriate. >> i actually prayed over what is the appropriate sentence in this case. >> reporter: the sentence for rape? eight years' probation. >> i completely broke down. itwas as if i was being vitimized all over again. >> reporter: you couldn't believe it. >> no. i was sick to my stomach, shaking with anger and disgust. >> reporter: m.m. was just 16
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at the time, a high school student, as were the other victims. belter was 16 when the assaults began. his attorney told the court he is tremendously remorseful for what he has done. >> i don't believe it for one second. i will have to live with in the rest of my life knowing that he is walking the streets and that another girl could be a victim of his any day now, it's terrifying. >> reporter: her attorney was blunt. >> if this individual was not a rich white kid from a privileged background he would be in prison right now. >> reporter: m.m. told me she has no regrets about speaking out and taking the witness stand. >> i don't think we'll find that closure until we know that he's locked up. and the judge failed us there. he is putting us through hell. >> reporter: belter's mother also faces charges including endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly providing alcohol to minors at those parties in at her home in
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stthn yok erw neyou. now we want to turn now to the epening mystery of a chinese tennis star who hasn't been seen since publicly accusing a top chinese official of sexual assault. well, tonight, there's an alarming new twist just as tennis champion, serena williams, is joining the calls for an investigation. williams said today she hopes she is safe and found as soon as possible. ramy inocencio reports from hong kong. >> reporter: all mention of chinese tennis star peng shuai has been scrubbed from the country's internet. the former number-one ranked tennis champ, accused zhang gaoli, a close ally of xi jinping, of sexual assault. her four-paragraph post said several years ago she refused him, ate dinner with him and his wife but eventually gave in. but now an email has appeared, allegedly from peng shuai, denying everything writing the allegation of sexual assault is not true.
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i am not missing and i am not unsafe. steve simon, doubts it's real. he wrote, "i have a hard time believe that peng shuai actually wrote the email we have received. i have tried to reach terto no avail. blaster c.g.t.n. publicized that letter. what is so concerning about going through, like c.g.t.n. or other state media? >> state media in china serves, in the words of the president xi jinping, to serve the communist party. so they are not really a media outlet that we might know in the united states or west. >> reporter: as per peng shuai, the polt is on for her peers. japanese tennis star naomi osaka simply writing, where is peng shuai? ramy inocencio, cbs news, hong kong. >> o'donnell: we're going to turn now to a nationwide shortage of truck drivers. there are a number of reasons, including a federal law that
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doesn't allow drivers under the age of 21, to cross state lines. but part of the bipartisan infrastructure law now opens the koor to drivers aged 18-20, all in hopes of getting more americans behind the wheel. so tonight, in our "eye on america," we learn about another group of drivers that could be part of the answer to that truck driver shortage. what's the most dangerous part about driving a big truck like this? >> driving in major cities. >> reporter: william augustono is an instructor at the community college of baltimore county. >> one hand up here. >> o'donnell: one of 140 publicly funded schools in the country training drivers. >> turn ignition. >> o'donnell: i would put your seat belt on. why are these people standing there? it's not a good idea. it's a two 80-hour program with a mix of learning in the classroom... >> said taid we have rules of the road. >> o'donnell: ...and behind the wheel. oh, my lord. okay. >> it's a big vehicle.
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>> o'donnell: one of the hardest parts for me-- the double clutch. okay, how do i brake? >> step on the clutch first to the floor. >> o'donnell: uh-huh. >> and you're going to brake like normal. ( laughter ) >> you must slow down and proceed with caution. >> o'donnell: the classes now have a wait list to get in, and stacy igo runs the program. how many people did you think would sign up? >> about 150 students. >> o'donnell: and how many did sign up? >> we have 315. >> o'donnell: more than double. >> o'donnell: more than double. >> o'donnell: the country needs one million new drivers over the next decade, because of drivers retiring, spending a lot of time away from home, and the pandemic. but it's the higher pay that got latisha gardner, a mother of four, who lost her job, behind the wheel. what are some of the most exciting opportunities about becoming a truck driver? >> there are so many jobs out here. that's one thing we won't have to worry about when we're finished. we can easily jump right into a job.
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>> o'donnell: jumping on into those jobs, a record number of women. >> the trucking industry say they're more conscientious of getting their loads on time to deliver, that they take care of the equipment better, they get their paperwork in, in time. >> o'donnell: wait a minute, you're telling me that the industry says they like female drivers. >> they do like female drivers. >> o'donnell: 95% of these students trained for free, thanks to grants. >> you can change your life and start making $27, $28 an hour, and you get to see all of the united states, and you get to make money while you're doing it. >> i'm just ready to work. >> o'donnell: that's exactly why gardner hopes to hit the road. how is the pay, compared to other jobs you have had? >> almost every job i have worked was minimum wage or pretty close to minimum wage. >> o'donnell: the money is a lot better. >> a lot better. i wouldn't be struggling, you know. >> o'donnell: and do you feel like you're struggling? >> definitely. i'm praying that i can have a job by christmas. >> o'donnell: and we are praying for her, too. i should note that no one was injured in the filming of that
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steve hartman on the "cbs evening news" face ok page fokn the hoe was injured?it had age chest. >> announcer: tragedy in her unsafe stables? >> judge judy: you really had the responsibility to callli to pay. >> she never called, texted. nothing. zero. >> judge judy: she said to you, "you're not getting the horse unless you give me so much money." >> announcer: then a horse owner starts trotting out excuses. >> she doesn't have a permit to run a boarding stable. >> judge judy: when did you have this epiphany? when you had a problem? >> announcer: "judge judy." you are about to enter the courtroom you are about to enter the courtroom of judge judith sheindlin. captions paid for by cbs television distribution janice tickle is suing sarah joynt for vet bills, boarding and hauling fees, and ransom money paid for a horse. >> byrd: order! all rise! your honor, this is case number 290 on the calendar in the matter of tickle vs. joynt. >> judge judy: thank you. >> byrd: you're welcome, judge.
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parties have been sworn in. you may be seated. ladies, have a seat. >> judge judy: ms. tickle, you boarded a horse at the defendant's facility, and you claim the horse was injured while at that facility. >> yes, your honor. >> judge judy: and in addition, that when you tried to get the horse from the facility, the defendant sort of held the horse ransom because she claimed that you owed her money. >> yes. >> judge judy: and i read her answer, and her answer is clear. she said that the horse was, in fact, injured at her facility. correct? >> yes. >> judge judy: and that she immediately called your vet. correct? >> yes. >> judge judy: and that your vet said that in order for your vet to come out to look at the horse, she would have to pay a past-due bill of yours in addition to that visit that the vet would make. so, what's the name of your vet? >> it's one of my vets. it's dr. -- >> judge judy: the vet that you called. >> dr. perdue, who's the person she indicated on the boarding agreement as her vet of record. >> judge judy: fine. one what date was the horse injured? >> september 7th. >> judge judy: okay. now, on september 7th, did you owe

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