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for more news dial up the cbs ne app. it's tuesday, january 11th, 2022. this is the "cbs morning news." touring the damage. we get a first look inside the smoke-charred building where one of the deadliest residential fires ever in new york city raged. breaking overnight, deal reached. the covid standoff is over in the nation's third largest school district. what it means for students and teachers. and one more play for the georgia defense. georgia on their mountaintop. >> top dog. georgia beats alabama to win the college football championship. why it's sweet revenge for the bulldogs.
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good morning to you. i'm anne-marie green. good to be with you. we begin with breaking developments in the covid standoff at the nation's third largest school district. hundreds of thousands of students in chicago are expected to return to class tomorrow after the teachers union and the city reached a deal over safety protocols. the agreement came on the same day the u.s. set a pandemic high of 1.4 million new cases, but the peak may be near for some of the hard-hit areas. laura podesta is in new york with more on this. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, anne-marie. here in new york, the positivity rate is more than 19%. still, the mayor says he wants to keep kids in school despite the growing number of pediatric hospitalizations. as you mentioned, in chicago schools are just now opening up after a fight over covid protection. chicago's teachers will be back in the classroom today after a four-day walkout. students return tomorrow.
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>> i'm glad that we're hopefully putting this behind us and looking forward. >> reporter: the teachers union and the city reached an agreement over safety precautions around covid-19. it includes new metrics for when schools go remote and expanded testing. >> it's not a perfect agreement. but it's something that we can hold our heads up about. >> reporter: in los angeles, students and teachers returned after winter break but everyone needs a negative test. the district says more than 62,000 people tested positive. >> the stakes are kind of high now. i don't know that -- i don't feel positive really sending him back. >> reporter: data shows more lin that's more than the previous peak in january of last year. >> many patients who are now coming to our e.r. for covid are being discharged. at new york presbyterian, dr. rahul sharma expects to see numbers peak in the next two weeks. >> the majority of patients
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getting admitted are high-risk patients who are unvaccinated or who are elderly and while the disease is milder, it's also much more transmissible. >> reporter: according to johns hopkins, 1.4 million people tested positive yesterday. the biden administration announced that beginning saturday private insurers will have to cover the cost of eight at-home tests peper month. yesterday executives from moderna and pfizer said they are working on boosters specifically for the omicron variant and hope to have them available by march. anne-marie? >> all right. laura podesta in new york. thank you very much. the northeast and the upper midwest are in for some dangerous cold temperatures, extreme cold air from the arctic is making its way south. the high temperature in boston is expected to be just 12 degrees. the state's largest school district even closed schools today because of the cold weather. new york city will hit a high of 22 degrees.
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parts of the region will see the coldest temperature in three years. the faa ordered a full ground stop at all u.s. west coast airports yesterday after north korea fired what's believed to be a ballistic missile. officials at the san diego international airport say the stop lasted for about seven minutes. north korea fired the missile into the eastern sea according to south korea and japan. it is the second missile launch in less than a week. north korean leader kim jong-un recently vowed to strengthen his country's military. and there are new developments in that deadly apartment building fire in new york city. officials revised the death toll from 19 to 17, including eight children. and they're looking into whether a self-closing door malfunctioned and allowed smoke to spread throughout the highrise building. nancy chen reports. [ sirens ] >> reporter: large flames and heavy smoke shot out of the
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second and third floor windows of this bronx highrise as karen dejesus says she was about to feed her son. >> i was hearing people yell "help me, help me," and i realized it was a fire. >> reporter: she ran to the back room of her third floor apartment as it started to fill with smoke. firefighters used ladders to get her out. you climbed out through the window. >> yes, very scary. >> reporter: the fire started in the bedroom of a third-floor apartment after a space heater malfunctioned. investigators are looking whether the safety doors designed to close in the event of a fire malfunctioned or if they were propped open allowing new york city mayor -- allowing the smoke to spread quickly. eric adams toured the devastation. you came from inside this building. what did you see inside? >> looking at the apartment where the space heater was located, the grandmother had burns to her feet. that's how they woke up feeling the heat from the fire. just really intense. >> reporter: space heaters are linked to more than 25,000 house fires every year, resulting in
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more than 300 deaths in the united states. the fdny issued these reminders -- keep space heaters at least three feet away from bedding or curtains, don't use in a bathroom, and never use an extension cord. 17 people lost their lives in this tragedy. it comes less than a week after an apartment fire in philadelphia claimed the lives of 12 people. mayor adams called this a global tragedy because many of the victims are immigrants from gambia and west africa. an online fund-raiser to help those impacted has already raised more than half a million dollars in just one day. nancy chen, cbs news, new york. president biden will head to atlanta today to deliver a speech urging congress to pass voting rights legislation. the white house says mr. biden will call on congress to pass two pieces of legislation at a time when republican-controlled state legislatures are advancing bills to make it harder for some people to vote. >> the president will certainly be clear about what is at stake
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here and how important it is to protect people's fundamental rights across the country. he felt that speaking to this warranted a moment where he was going to give a full speech on it. >> the white house says mr. biden will also discuss potential changes to the senate's filibuster rules requiring a bill to get 60 votes to advance. there are new details about the death of comedian bob saget. florida authorities say saget was found dead lying face up in his bed sunday at the ritz-carlton hotel in orlando. they also say that there were no signs of trauma or foul play, and the room was in order. he was scheduled to check out of his room sunday afternoon. when family members d ntth the the university of georgia is celebrating its first football title in 41 years. the bulldogs defeated alabama last night 33-18 in the college football playoff title with less than a minute to go when georgia's defense returned
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an interception 79 yards. that set off a wild celebr it was revenge for georgia after they lost to alabama in december in the southeastern conference championship game. and coming up, groundbreaking transplant. how a maryland man is doing after receiving a pig heart. and staying up late, "cbs mornings" co-host gayle king celebrates an anniversary on "the late show with stephen colbert." this is the "cbs morning news." s the "cbs morning news."
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for the first time ever the red cross is declaring a national blood crisis. officials say the blood supply is dangerously low, and there may not be blood available when some patients need it for lifesaving treatment. the pandemic had led to a decline in donor turnout and the cancelation of blood drives. a man received a heart from a genetically modified pig, and robert durst has died. those are some of the headlines
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on the "morning newsstand." the "los angeles times" reports on the death of real estate heir and convicted murderer robert durst. the 78-year-old died of natural causes yesterday in a hospital outside the california prison where he was serving a life sentence. he was convicted last year of killing his best friend, susan berman, at her los angeles home in 2000. prosecutors say he killed berman to prevent her from telling police that she helped cover up the killing of durst's wife. durst was a longtime suspect in his wife's disappearance. "the baltimore sun" says university of maryland doctors performed the first successful transplant of a pig heart into a human. doctors say 57-year-old david bennett is doing well after receiving the genetically modified pig's heart last friday in a last-ditch effort to save his life. he had been diagnosed with terminal heart disease but was not eligible for a conventional heart transplant. >> we've never done this in a human. and i -- i like to think that we
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have given him a better option than what continuing his therapy would have been. but whether it's a day, week, month, year, i don't know. >> doctors will monitor bennett er the cg s make sure his body does not reject the new heart. if successful, doctors hope animal organs can provide an alternative for a shortage of human donor organs. and "the washington post" says former "american idol" star clay aiken is making a second bid for congress. the 43-year-old aphonesed yesterday he is joining the crowded field of democratic primary candidates to replace retiring representative david elon.. if he wins, aiken would be the first openly lgbtq person elected to congress from the south. up next, change that counts. how women are making history when it comes to your bottom line.
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shop here's a look at the forecast in some cities around the country. ♪ on the cbs "money watch," why you should file your taxes early this year, and an iconic black poet is gaining new currency. diane king hall is in new york with those stories and more. good morning, diane. >> reporter: good morning. we could get more insight into the fed's thinking on inflation when federal reserve chair jerome powell appears before the senate banking committee today. it's holding a hearing on powell's nomination to a second four-year term. now the market was mostly lower yesterday. the dow fell 162 points. the nasdaq added 6, while the s&p 500 fell 6. meanwhile, the irs is warning of a tough tax filing season.
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it begins on january 24th. the agency is still facing a huge backlog amid the pandemic in addition to staffing shortages and a lack of funding. the irs is urging people to file returns as early as possible and to file electronically to avoid processing delays. the deadline is april 18th. women are bringing historic change to your wallet. the u.s. mint has shipped out the first of five new quarters coming out this year. first up is poet, writer, and civil rights icon maya angelou. she's the first black woman to appear on the quarter on the tail side. on the head side is george washington. next month we'll see a quarter honoring sally ride, the first american woman in space. would you dare to try the diablo dare? arby's has rolled out what it calls the spiciest sandwich on the market. the diablo dare has five sources of spice including ghost pepper jack cheese, fire roasted jalapenos, and hot seasoning. the restaurant is even throwing
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in a free 12-ounce vanilla milk shake. the spicy promotion runs through february 6th. anne-marie? >> easy. easy -- >> really? >> you call that a dare? easy. look -- >> not for me. >> i'm half jamaican. >> i know that. i was about to say it's the jamaican in you. yes, yes. i could just handle the pepper jack cheese. when it heads toward jalapenos, we're going a little too far. you got this. >> that's hilarious. diane king hall, i'll save the milk shake for you. you can have the milk shake, i'll have the sandwich. >> all right. >> thank you so much, diane. >> you got it. up next, gayle king stays up past her bedtime. the co-host of "cbs mornings" marks a special anniversary on "the late show with stephen colbert." special anniversary o "the late show with stoephen colbert." dry eye symptoms keep driving you crazy? inflammation in your eye might be to blame. let's kick ken's ache and burn into gear!
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here's a look at the forecast in some cities around the country. ♪ there is new information this morning on the death of beloved actress betty white. the death certificate reveals that the star of "the golden girls" and "the mary tyler moore show" died from a stroke she suffered six days before her death on new year's eve. it also says that she was cremated. white died less than three weeks before her 100th birthday.
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and we're getting our first preview of the reboot of the 1990 series "the fresh prince of bel air." >> so here's a story -- came to bel air for a better education, simple. >> be patient. give this a real chance. >> the peacock streaming service released the first trail for the show called "bel air." the series tells the story of the main character, will, as he moves from the streets of west philadelphia to the gated mansions of bel air. actor will smith starred in the original sitcom, and he's now an executive producer of the reboot which premieres next month. and "cbs mornings" co-host gayle king paid a visit to "the late show with stephen colbert" last night. gayle is celebrating her tenth anniversary with cbs news. she spoke with colbert about what it was like on her first day at cbs ten years ago. >> i remember that first day being very nervous not that i
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was worried about could i do the job because i thought i could do it, but i just wanted it to be great. you know that feeling when you it, that's what i wantle mher t yellow dress that she wore on the first show a decade ago. and colbert held up side-by-side photos showing gayle in the same dress ten years apart. the ten-year challenge, and she looks great. coming up on "cbs mornings," actor david arquette tells us about the latest installment of the "scream" franchise 25 years after the release of the original film. i'm anne-marie green. this is the "cbs morning news."
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our top stories this morning -- the u.s. set a pandemic high of 1.4 million new covid cases yesterday. there are also a record number of hospitalizations. the biden administration says that starting saturday private health insurers will have to cover the cost of up to 8 home covid tests per month. and about 350,000 chicago public school students are expected back in class tomorrow. leaders of the teachers union and the city reached an agreement over covid safety precautions. it ends a standoff that canceled classes for five days including today. the union's 25,000 members still have to approve the plan, though. teachers are supposed to return to schools today.
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u.s. officials are warning they'll take economic action against russia if it chooses the path of conflict with ukraine. the u.s. and russia held talks aimed at deescalating the crisis. ukrainian troops are ready for battle. holly williams reports. >> reporter: in freezing conditions, we trekked along ukraine's front line. with training and arms from america, they're fitting -- fighting russian-backed separatists. more than 14,000 people have been reported killed, now there are fears of a russian invasion. >> all my soldiers in this time are ready for -- for battle. >> reporter: you're all ready to die -- >> yes, yes -- >> reporter: -- to save ukraine from a russian invasion. some believe a russian ground invasion moving in tanks and artillery is unlikely until the ground here freezes over. but here in the trenches, they've told us it could happen at any time. in geneva, russian officials
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claimed they have no plans for attack, despite the massive military build-up. the u.s. side told them to return the troops to barracks or explain what they're doing there. some here believe russia's president, vladimir putin, is deliberately ratcheting up tensions to extract concessions from the u.s. and its allies. >> i think that putin is blackmailing president biden. he's blackmailing other western leaders because he thinks they can be fooled in this game. >> reporter: in ukraine's capital kiev, they've renovated old bomb shelters in case of attack. a manually operated air filtration system -- this one was built during the cold war. now the west and russia are again at loggerheads. >> that was holly williams reporting. now russia is demanding security guarantees in return for defusing the crisis. a senior state department official says u.s. troop deployments and nato membership >>comingup for discussion.
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taula es a pel to discuss gun safety and the need for stronger gun storage laws to protect young people. plus, actor david arquette tells us about the latest installment of "the screen" franchise 25 years after the release of the original film. and actor jordan fisher joins us in the times square studio to tell us about returning to broadway in the lead role of the hit musical "dear evan hanson." that's the "cbs morning news" for this tuesday. thanks for watching. i'm anne-marie green. have a great day. ♪
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