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a great example. thanks for watching at 6:00. the news continues streaming, cbsn bay area. you can find it on the kpix 5 news app. have the ♪ ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: tonight, holiday travels' perfect storm, fast moving winter weather and the pandemic leaves travelers stranded and thousands of flights canceled. tens of millions of americans under winter weather alerts with a snowstorm so powerful it even grounded the commander-in-chief. new year, same travel nightmare. from bad weather... >> i don't know where i'm going to be out of this. this is crazy! >> o'donnell: covid staff shortages. >> my flight got canceled three times already and it was due to a lack of crewmates. >> o'donnell: kids and covid, the return to the classroom for america's school children. what's being done to keep them safe? >> i just hope he doesn't get sick. i just pray every single day. >> o'donnell: plus the big news
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from the f.d.a. about when and who can get a booster. the capitol assault, one year later, what americans are telling us about the future of our nation and our democracy. royal secret exposed, does a newly-revealed settlement link a jeffrey epstein accuser to prince andrew? and the latest from california in the elizabeth holmes trial. and danger during childbirth, how racial in equities are putting the lives of black mothers at risk. and unifying america, the dinner party bringin red and blue america together through good food and conversation. 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've got new information tonight about the biggest snowstorm to hit the mid atlantic in years and the latest on the travel chaos across the country.
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airlines canceled more than 3,000 flights today due to a combination of covid-related staff shortages and severe winter storms. a fast-moving storm system dropped up to 10 inches of snow right here in the nation's capitol, forcing grounded planes at two d.c. area airports. the total number of flight cancellations since christmas eve topped 15,000 and airlines are warning it is not over yet. there may be another storm coming later this week. so, we've got more on that in just a minute. while the weather is piling on an already stressed industry dealing with pandemic staff shortages, some airlines are now offering double and even triple pay for staff willing to pick up additional flights. cbs' errol barnett is here with the very latest on all this. good evening, errol. >> reporter: good evening, norah. this winter storm has been consequential, it dumped the highest amount of snow in this part of the country in more than three years, it grounded aircraft across the country and for many it made the first monday of the new year far from
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painless and, for too many folks, that pain is far from over. this winter storm started the year with a vengeance. >> it's snowing. >> reporter: snow falling as far south as florida. as much as ten inches blanketed much of the mid atlantic, cutting power to more than 420,000 virginia customers after putting pressure on tree limbs over power lines. the state police there reporting almost 560 crashes and road incidents throughout the day, while business in the nation's capitol came to a standstill. the storm was powerful enough to almost ground the commander-in- chief, air force one landing at joint base andrews in wind- whipped snow, forcing president biden to return from his delaware vacation via motorcade. unelected fliers had fewer options. >> extremely frustrating. >> reporter: since his flight was canceled at reagan national,
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mark barker has been trying to get his family back to demoines, iowa since yesterday. >> the next step is to find another hotel to stay at tonight. >> reporter: the storm added pressure to airlines still suffering from thin staffing due to the ongoing spread of covid. as a result, more than 3,000 flights were canceled today, that is in addition to more than 5,000 over the weekend. united airlines is now offering pilots three times their base pay to work from tomorrow to january 29. >> this is affecting all airlines. >> reporter: travel analyst henry hartavedlt warns the end may not be in sight. >> i think that we will continue to see airlines reduce their schedules not just over the next two weeks, but perhaps throughout january. >> reporter: and to that point, jetblue has cut its schedule over the next half month because of covid related staffing pressures and is now advising
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customers to arrive at the airport, get this, three hours before flights take off. and now that the snow has ended, dangerous icy conditions are expected to emerge overnight. >> o'donnell: all right, errol barnett with the latest, thank you, errol. and for more on winter storms and what lies ahead, cbs' lonnie quinn joins us. good evening, happy new year, lonnie, i understand some of the highest snow totals were in the nation's capitol. >> reporter: you betcha, norah. over eight inches in the capitol. crazy to think about a storm that puts down more snow in portions of alabama than it does in massachusetts. look at this, huntsville, alabama, picked up 6 inches of snow, biggest number anywhere. places in virginia 14.6. in d.c. 8.2. atlantic city 13 inches, 8.5 for washington, d.c. a sharp cut off. philadelphia only 1.8. new york city had nothing out there. radar picture, the storm is moving offshore so we're done with this. it was all made possible with a
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big drop in temperatures. yesterday it was 33 degrees warmer in d.c. than today. in tallahassee 46, but 75 degrees yesterday. so, are we going to see more snow? as we look ahead, the computer models show us it stays dry but cold out there. friday, we could see another snowstorm and it could be coming across the same path this one just traveled. that's the latest, norah. enjoy your snowstorm there. >> o'donnell: too late for sledding already tonight, lonnie quinn, thank you. turning to the covid pandemic and a concerning new number. actually for the first time since september, more than 100,000 americans are being treated for covid in hospitals, and, on sunday, we learned defense secretary lloyd austin became the highest ranking official in the biden administration to test positive. austin said he's had three covid shots and is experiencing mild symptoms. cbs' meg oliver has more now, including big news on boosters for kids. >> reporter: as more children
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enter the hospital affected with the omicron variant, the f.d.a. says those as young as 12 can now get a third dose or booster of the pfizer vaccine. despite surging covid cases, millions of children return to school today, including in new york city. >> i'm going to tell you what's going to happen day to day, we are staying open. we are going to do everything that we have to do to keep our schools open. >> reporter: the city is doubling the number of students tested in each school and providing an additional two million test kits. >> how are you? >> reporter: in washington, d.c., the number of new cases jumped 331% in the last two weeks. the nation's second largest school system, los angeles unified, ordered students and staff to undergo mandatory covid testing before classes resume next week. but out of more than 13,000 school districts in the country, less than 150 have decided to start the semester with all remote learning. patterson, new jersey, is one of
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them. >> i think that it's a good thing that the children will be home. >> reporter: tiffany jacobs has five kids in the patterson school district. >> i'd rather my kids be safe and not get sick. >> reporter: and new questions over the c.d.c.'s isolation guidelines. last week the agency reduced the isolation period for asymptomatic positive cases from ten days to five, but did not require a negative test. after much criticism, the white house's top medical advisor says the c.d.c. is now reconsidering. >> looking at it again, there may be an option in that that testing could be a part of that and i think we'll be hearing more about that in the next day or so from the c.d.c. >> reporter: here in patterson, remote learning begins tomorrow morning until january 18. meantime, the f.d.a. announced today everyone eligible for the pfizer booster can get one as early as five months instead of six. norah. >> o'donnell: big news, meg oliver, thank you. as the country prepares to mark
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the anniversary of the deadly january 6 assault on the capitol, a new warning from the department of homeland security, f.b.i. and capitol police. this new joint intelligence bulletin says threat actors will try to exploit the anniversary to promote or possibly commit violence, although they say there is no credible threat at this hour. cbs' nikole killion reports tonight on the sharply divided views of the american public one year later. >> reporter: tonight, the capitol buried in a blanket of white, preparing to mark one of the darkest days in u.s. history. nearly a year since the insurrection, a new cbs news poll found the country is still divided, with 85% of democrats calling it just that, while roughly half of republicans said it was patriotism and defending freedom. two-thirds of respondents said democracy is under threat and fear more political violence. fear more political violence. >> in terms of democracy being healed, it feels like we're even
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more divided than we've ever been. >> reporter: republican congressman adam kinzinger sits on the select committee investigating the attacks. >> we can give american people full accountability. >> reporter: panel members say they have a growing body of evidence that multiple people reached out to former president trump, including his daughter ivanka, to urge him to intervene to stop is it violence. >> the committee has firsthand testimony that president trump was sitting in the dining room next to the oval office watching on television as the capitol was assaulted, as the violence occurred. >> reporter: the panel isn't ruling out a criminal referral for the former president or additional subpoenas to lawmakers as part of its probe. the justice department is also ramping up prosecutions of the more than 725 individuals who have been arrested. 165 have pleaded guilty, though only 31 have been sentenced to jail time.
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some house republicans are downplaying former president trump's role and dismissing the committee's work as partisan. an observance is planned at the capitol thursday where president biden will speak. norah. >> o'donnell: nikole killion, thank you. >> o'donnell: president trump's two eldest children were subpoenaed today by new york's attorney general. letitia james wants to interview donald trump, jr. and ivanka trump as her office investigates if the trump organization inflated the value of its properties. there is breaking news in the trial of former theranos c.e.o. elizabeth holmes. a jury has reached a verdict out of northern california. anna warner has all of the latest. >> reporter: jurors found 37-year-old elizabeth holmes guilty of conspiracy to defraud visitors, and three counts of wire frauds. but the panel found the celebrated silicon valley entrepreneur not guilty of wire fraud in connection
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with two patients who received bogus blood testing results, and was unable to reach agreement on three other investor fraud charges. prosecutors told the jury that h m holmes had misled people. the ability to scan for numerous health conditions with just a few drops of blood taken with a fingerprint. >> we've created these little tiny tubes, which we called the nanotaners, which are designed to replace the big, traditional tubes that come from our arm and instead allow for all of the testing to be done from a tin know drop from a finger ger. >> reporter: in a 2019 interview on cbs, she touted her company. investors poured more than $9 million no t theranos, theranossome coming from rupert
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murdoch. theranos technology was flawed. >> it is a wakeup call. i'm sure every c.e.o. in sill valley is looking to see what it had in writing. >> reporter: sentencing will take place in a couple of months, and an appeal is almost certain to follow. anna warner, cbs news, san francisco. >> tonight we're getting a look at a key document between prince andrew and a woman who claims andrew sexually assaulted her when she was a teenager. it was a 2009 settlement between the woman and convicted sex offender jeffrey epstein. the lawyer says that should bar virginia giuffre from suing andrew even though he wasn't a party to the original settlement. we now turn to and we now turn to an ongoing crisis facing millions of expectant mothers across the country, the racial disparity and maternal healthcare. for many it's a matter of life or death. cbs' jericka duncan reports that some members of congress are trying to address the problem. >> reporter: this is your
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favorite room. >> yes. >> reporter: we first met 38- baughen delivered both children in hospitals and both times she said she felt neglected. >> i was crawling in the hallway. >> reporter: you were crawling in a hospital hallway after your water broke. >> yes, because i was in so much pain. >> reporter: o.b./g.y.n. and mother of three dr. nicola pemberton runs the birth center of new jersey. >> a lot of patients who come to my practice come with the narrative of "i don't want to die, that's why i'm here." >> reporter: the united states has the highest maternal mortality rate for a developed country. about 700 women die during childbirth or soon after every year, according to the c.d.c., and black women are at least three times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause than a white woman. >> multitude reasons and a horrible statistic.
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>> reporter: errol pierre is at health first, a not for profit health insurer. is it true chances of surviving are higher if i have a doctor that looks like me? >> yes, a study in florida showed black children had higher birth rates and survival rates when there were black doctors delivering the baby. >> reporter: right now there's a move on capitol hill to provide more than a billion dollars in funding to address the historical disparity. illinois congresswoman lauren underwood, who's a registered nurse, is one of its key sponsors. people hear $1 billion, how will that money be spent? where does the money go? >> increasing the number and the diversity of our maternal healthcare workers, meaning more o.b.s, midwives, lactation consultants and more doulas, because we believe every person in this country should have a choice in healthcare providers.
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>> here, i feel the level of care is completely different. >> reporter: a week after meeting baughen, she welcomed home her healthy baby boy. it was a better birthing experience than before, one she believes can help save lives. jericka duncan, cbs news, union, new jersey. >> o'donnell: well, still ahead, the stunning rescue, how two missing hikers were spotted in deep snow. plus, a historically fruitful day for apple. orically fruitful day for apple. apple. ♪ # and savings like that follow you everywhere. ♪ now, save more with allstate. ♪ because better protection costs a whole lot less. you're in good hands with allstate. call a local agent or 1-888-allstate for a quote today.
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>> o'donnell: the deep snow that trapped a pair of 19-year-old hikers in the mountains of oregon also played a role in their rescue. that's right, the young men were spotted by a coast guard helicopter after writing s.o.s. in the snow and staying near their vehicle which had run out of gas. the hikers hadn't eaten in several days but were otherwise okay. apple today became the first publicly traded company in the world to be worth more than $3 trillion. the milestone comes just 16 months after apple's market capitalization hit $2 trillion, while the stock is up more than 40% over the past year. all right, coming up next,
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>> o'donnell: nearly one year after the attack on the u.s. capitol, sometimes it may seem like america is more divided than ever. cbs' mark strassmann reports on one group trying to change all that in tonight's "unifying america." >> we need to talk. >> reporter: inviting strangers to talk politics. wagrewith each other on everything. >> reporter: fireworks alert, right? wrong. since 2017, mada, make america dinner again, somehow has bridged red and blue america. people disagree, agreeably. at first warmed by an actual meal, now on zoom. >> once everyone has a chance to
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share, there's a lot of goodness that can happen. >> reporter: like wes dennis. >> fairly liberal. >> reporter: and patrick yu. >> i'm seen as conservative. >> we disagree on a lot of things. >> reporter: yet, they have become friends, stepping outside their silos where many liberals and conservatives live. >> some of us members regularly frustrate me. >> reporter: it's important to get out of your own echo chamber. >> yes. >> reporter: for everyone. >> for everyone. >> reporter: keeping it civil, conversation agreements, online moderators and seeing each other as people. >> i see them, period. before, i didn't see them at all. >> reporter: the goal wasn't to change minds, but to change hearts? >> yes. what choice do we have? we share this country. >> reporter: we've seen this alternative. make america dinner again is food for thought. >> i hope i get to meet you again. >> reporter: mark strassmann, cbs news, atlanta. >> o'donnell: just what needs to be served up.
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this. as people wait for hours to get a covid-19 test after their holiday travels, some are being left out in the cold. >> tonight i spent the night in my car. i want to get tested so i don't have to do that again. we begin with the mixed verdict in the elizabeth holmes fraud trial. >> our len ramirez was in the courtroom as the theranos founder learn her fate. >> reporter: a lot of drama here at the federal courthouse
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in san jose this afternoon. elizabeth holmes found guilty on four counts, including wire fraud and conspiracy. she left the courthouse just a few minutes ago, here in san jose, i made a crush of reporters. elizabeth holmes, accompanied by her mother and father as well as new husband said no words as she left the federal courthouse, amid the crush of reporters. let's get to the charges that elizabeth holmes was convicted on. she was convicted on four counts, including conspiracy, as well as wire fraud. she was found not guilty on four other counts, and the jury hung on three of the counts against elizabeth holmes. >> the guilty verdicts in this case reflect ms. holmes culpability in this large-scale investor fraud, and she must now face sentencing for her crimes. >> i think the evidence definitely supports their reasoning, and i think this a jury did a fine job of being very diligent and going through evidence and asking quess


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