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canyon road, to 128. we will have more on this at 6:00 tonight. cbs evening news is next. >> we will see you for a f captioning sponsored by cbs >> diaz: tonight, extreme weather. a snowstorm slams the west, traffic on colorado's i-70 ht rl as spring gets scorched. the wildfire threat in several states critical, this as the dath toll rises in michigan after a catastrophic tornado strike. >> i'm michael george with the extreme weather from coast to coast. >> diaz: also tonight, special delivery, the u.s. military is enlisted today flying the first pallettes of baby formula from germany to the u.s. president biden visits allies in asia, with china flexing and north korea lurking. i'm nancy cordes in south korea. as chinese supply lines falter,
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president biden seeks to strengthen economic ties with other asian nations. >> diaz: plus, battle for ukraine. >> imtiaz tyab in odesa where russia's war in ukraine is having an impact on foot supplies around the world. >> diaz: later, johnny cash's hometown springs an unfortunate leak. >> it's like he's peeing. this is the "cbs weekend news." from chicago, here's adriana diaz. >> diaz: good evening, it is a weekend of weather extremes. more than 100 million americans are impacted in much of the lower 48 states. late today a suspected tornado ripped through arkansas. no word yet on damages or injuries. in colorado today, it feels and looks like winter. but across a swath of the country, it's more like summer. several cities are roasting and setting new heat records, and it's not even memorial day.
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cbs's michael george is in a muggy new york city. michael. >> reporter: adriana, good evening. it's near 90 degrees today in central park. add the humidity, feels more like 100. across the country, it's a weekend of extremes. it's a scorcher in washington, d.c. and much of the eastern half of the country. temperatures 20 to 30 degrees above normal with records melting away. in the west, colorado is shivering in record cold. a snowstorm complicating spring and making travel treacherous. this is i-70, traffic reduced to a crawl. >> you have three weeks of fall, winter, second winter, a couple weeks of spring, third winter, and then summer. >> reporter: the weather was deadly in michigan. today the death toll rose to two in gaylord, the town shredded by a rare tornado friday. the destruction seen from above
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today, homes and businesses ripped to shreds. trailers tossed into a pile. michigan's governor declared a state of emergency. >> this is an extreme weather event. there was not a lot of notice. >> reporter: to the south, wildfires are the threat. firefighters in texas have been battling the mesquite heat fire for five days. donna halsel was able to grab things from her home near abilene, unsure what she'll return to. >> my heart breaks for the people that's already lost their homes, uch less what's still to come. >> reporter: and the fdny says one runner died and over a dozen more hospitalized at today's brooklyn marathon. not clear if heat is to blame but organizes warned about the hot temperatures. adriana. >> diaz: michael george, thank you. finally, help is on the way to address the nationwide shortage of baby formula. today crews at ramstein air base in germany loaded pallettes with
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more than 71,000 pounds of formula, called operation fly formula. >> baby f formula, this is probably a new one for us but we're here to help. you can depending on us. when you need us, we're there for you. >> diaz: the first air force jet arrives tomorrow in indianapolis. today president biden signed a $40 billion aid package for ukraine, it happened in seoul, south korea where the president is focused on america's allies and rivals in asia. nancy cordes is traveling with the president, nancy. >> reporter: geesmg. here in seoul president biden said he's considering stepping upjoint military exercises with south korea, a clear reaction to new provocations from north korea and china. ♪♪ ♪♪ >> diaz: a presidential show of support for south korea's new leader, just eleven days object job, as north korea steps up its missile tests right next door.
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president biden said he would be willing to meet with north korea's leader, like his predecessor did, but only if kim jong un throttles back his nuclear ambitions first. >> it would be depending on whether he was sincere and serious. >> diaz: despite blanket u.n. sanctions on the impoverished kingdom, president biden and south korean court part president yoon said they want to help combat the covid crisis there. >> we've offered vaccines not only to neck but to china as well, and we're prepared to do that immediately. we've gotten no response. >> diaz: china welcomed mr. biden. looking to assert dominance, china tested hypersonic missiles and stepped up air incursions over taiwan, moves that make other asian nations nervous. on monday, president biden will push back, announcing a new
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economic framework for the u.s. and its indo-pacific allies. it aims to lesson reliance on chinese goods by strengthening the supply chain between member countries and incentivizing joint infrastructure investments. commerce secretary gina raimondo is traveling with president biden here in asia. wouldn't it be more impactful to negotiate a typical trade agreement with these nations' lower tariffs to entice them to do business with the u.s.? >> look, i don't think so. it's time to have no structures, new frameworks, innovative frameworks, not the same old traditional trade agreement. >> diaz: nancy cordes joins us from seoul. nancy, how many asian nations do we expect to sign on to this new partnership? >> reporter: adriana, the white house has been tweaking this economic framework right up until the last minute in the hopes of bringing more nations on board. we know that's a major regional u.s. allies like japan,
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australia and india are likely to sign on but the question is whether smaller nations like vent and indonesia will see a benefit to joining as well even if it angers one of their larger trading partners, china. adriana. >> diaz: nancy cordes in seoul, thank you so much. today russia abruptly cut off its natural gas exports to finland, its northern neighbor, the halt follows finland's request to join n.a.t.o. the war in ukraine destabilized the region and the global food supply. imtiaz tyab is in odesa. >> reporter: slament is accused of deliberately targeting ukrainian grain stores and blockading the black sea transit route, all of which is threatening the world's food supply. this is the moment a russian missile targeted a grain elevator in the eastern city of dnipro earlier today as moscow's war on ukraine becomes a battle
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for the world's food supply. secretary of state antony blinken accuses putin of using food as a weapon. >> the food supply for millions of ukraines and millions more around the world has been literally been held hostage. >> reporter: ukraine is known as the bread basket of europe and is a major exporter of wheat, maze and dunn flour oil -- sunflower oil. according to the united nations, 1.7 billion home in more than 100 countries are directly affected by ukraine's inability to export grain from its ports. the fear is, as global supplies shrink and prices go up, it could trigger unrest in developing nations that so desperately rely on the food aid. yurii yalovchuk has been a farmer for over 40 years and has never seen a situation where grain as high quality as this is left to rot in warehouses. who do you blame for all this? >> putin is responsible for this, invading our country, killing innocent families and
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destroying our lives, he says. he's the one to blame for everything. across ukraine and over 22 million tons of grain are siting in silos waiting to be exported. if that doesn't happen soon, it will have to be destroyed to make room for the next harvest which is in just a few weeks. the ukrainian government says it's creating land routes to try to get as much to the global markets as it can. but yurii yalovchuk says, for farmers like him, it would be just a drop in the bucket. inoy it will be tough,a says, but we will overcome this. the main resource of ukraine is its people. vladimir putin's war is really being felt all around the world. earlier tonight ukrainian president volodymyr zelenskyy said the conflict now entering its fourth month can only be slved through diplomacy. adriana. >> diaz: imtiaz tyab, thank you. today, in buffalo, new york, a somber gathering one week after a gunman opened fire at a
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supermarket. a moment of silence held at the city's "black lives matter" plaza for the ten killed and three wounded in the racially motivated attack. also today loved ones gathered in syracuse for the funeral to have the youngest shooting victim, 32-year-old roberta drury. now to the state of the pandemic. the number of daily covid cases, once again, topping 100,000 each day. cbs's lilia luciano joins us from los angeles with concerns about a massive undercount. lilia. >> reporter: that's right, adriana. here in l.a. county, we haven't seen numbers this high in three months since february and, as you said, there are fears those numbers are severely underreported. hospitalizations are up 22% nationwide, but for many, covid concerns are a thing of the past. >> more people are, you know, getting a little more liberal going outside without their mask on. >> reporter: nearly 75% of the u.s. population lives in a high or substantial risk area for
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covid. every day more than 100,000 people are getting infected and cbs news medical contributor dr. david agus says the actual case count is way higher. >> when you see the numbers go up, you know that's a fraction of the cases because most people aren't being tested now. >> reporter: with rising cases, broadway is extending mask policy through june and some school district including berkeley, california and pennsylvania's montgomery county are also bringing back masks. do you think some form of restrictions should be put back into place? >> i don't think restrictions, but i think we need better education about what it means to get covid 19. we need to understand the ramificationings of exposure. >> reporter: dr. agus says we're at a stage where drugs and vaccines can fight serious illness but about a third of the u.s. population has not been fully vaccinated. a lot of people are waiting for the fall because there's news that booster will be better
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should they wait? >> don't bank on what could happen in six months. the current vaccines work. >> reporter: for parents of children five to eleven, the doctor says no need to wait, get them boosted as long as they have been fully vaccinated for at least five months. adriana. >> diaz: lilia, thank you. today a graduation mess at the linkle memorial. the national park service delayed opening the monument saying it needed to be cleared of broken bottles, spilled drinks and other trash. no word on who left the mess. >> class of 2022 dismissed! >> diaz: and at west point, a graduation celebration. the next generation of army leaders tossed their covers, marking their commissioning at the u.s. military academy. straight ahead on the "cbs weekend news," a new supply chain shortage, this time rationing care at hospitals.
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and an information lifeline for people in the war zone. and a legendary leak in johnny cash's hometown.
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tivment from fuel to food and beyond, as americans are well aware the pandemic has disrupted supply chains. now another critical shortage prompt prompting hospitals to ration some care. cbs's charlie de mar reports from here in chicago. >> do you know the best place to be during a covid pandemic. >> the hospital. >> reporter: lucy cantley is battling cancer and treated in north carolina. >> i had no idea a shortage was happening. scans are very anxiety inducing for any canserringer patient. >> reporter: to add to the anxiety of the regular c.t. scans, on the most recent hospital visit cantley was given
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less contrast than normal due to a nationwide shortage. >> knowing the scan isn't done the way it normally would be creates more anxiety. >> reporter: g.e., a major supplier to have the contrast die was forced to close its shanghai manufacturing facility for several weeks due to covid. the shutdown contributed to the shortage, which is now impacting healthcare systems and patients around the country. how big of a problem is this? >> this is a huge problem. i don't think it's an understatement to say this is not just a national crisis, this is a global crisis. >> reporter: dr. jonathan chung a professor with the comfort of chicago's radiology department says while splice are limited people are receiving less solution and ct scans are being prore advertised. say you are prioritizing patients and the most ill patients are getting the ct contrast. >> yes, we are saving the intravenous contrast for the sixest patients. >> reporter: this week g.e.
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said capacity at the manufacturing facility increased to 60%. >> even though it may be stressful your scan may be pushed back two or three months you shouldn't worry. >> reporter: charlie de mar, cbs news, chicago. >> diaz: still ahead on the "cbs weekend news," we travel to a florida cow pasture where shortwave radio signals are reaching deep into russia and ukraine.
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>> diaz: from tv to newspapers to our digital devices, americans have steady, reliable access to the latest news. that's not the case in war-torn ukraine or inside russia. in tonight's weekend journal, cbs digital journallest miguel amaya shows us how old school, cold war technology is again proving to be an information lifeline. >> reporter: this farmland in central florida isn't just home to cows but also what's set to
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be one of the world's largest short waive operations. the small station was built for listeners in cuba and latin america 30 years ago. it has a signal around the gloanchts the voice of america -- >> reporter: jeff white is the manager. >> we started broadcasting on shortwave back to ukraine because the local stations were being blasted off the air, but the main thing was to get news into russia so that people will know what's really happening there. >> reporter: wrmi uses 14 100,000-watt transmitters and an tennis to reach -- antennas. it still works. >> we got a message from somewould be who said thank you from kharkiv and another one from sumi ukraine, from belarus, from all over russia, some of them very thankful for what
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we're doing, and some of them not so thankful. >> reporter: how has this old-school technology become crucial during times ofled criss radio because people turn to it when there's an earthquake, hurricane or a war. it's the best way to get unbiased information about what's going on. the internet and satellite can be cut off without a problem by any country but shortwave is the only thing that goes directly from the transmitter to the listener in x country without any interference, no gatekeeper. >> reporter: a reminder that what is old is new and news again. miguel amaya, cbs news, okeechobee, florida. >> diaz: next on the "cbs weekend news," starliner success. third chime's a charm -- third time's a charm for boeing in space.
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>> starliner continuing to close in. >> successfully opening up -- >> diaz: today a flight test success. astronauts at the international space station opened the hatch to boeing starliner capsule. only a test dummy is inside but a big win for boeing as it competes with rival spacex. in kentucky a high school senior signed a letter of intent but not to play college sports. jacob bradley committed to a full-time job as a plumber. bradley says he always wanted to study a skill trade, a path his school encourages since trade jobs are in demand. bradley's parents say they're over the moon. when we return, the strategic shot, draining water and money from johnny cash's hometown.
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>> diaz: finally tonight, an arrest in a mysterious leak. a suspected sharpshooter and wise guy faces possible prison time after taking aim at a
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landmark in johnny cash's hometown. here's sarah horbacewicz from our cbs affiliate in arkansas. >> kingsland, arkansas, the birth place of johnny cash only has about 300 people who are all talking about one thing. >> it's the biggest news in kingsland. >> ever seeing in like this before. >> no. somebody shot the water tower. >> reporter: someone last week shot the tower springing a small leak that causes big problems. >> we're losing about $30,000 gallons of water per day. >> reporter: costing the town about $200 each day. >> we kind of run on a tighter budgets in small towns because it's all you have to work with and things like this can set you back. >> reporter: while mayor neal is frustrated, he's still pretty impressed. >> just the placement of where it was at, you could tell people was just doing it to be funny. >> thought it was a good shot. >> reporter: while the water tower is a big target, appears this shooter set his sights on
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something a little more specific. >> looks like he's peeing. >> reporter: it walks the line between comedy and vandalism. >> it's a terrible thing, don't get me wrong, but -- >> reporter: do you think it's funny at all? >> well, it has to be a little bit. >> reporter: would you believe - it happened in 1993. >> reporter: even though the town spent $300,000 in repairs less than a year ago, they will have to go through the process again. >> we'll have to drain 50,000 gallons of water out of the tank, we'll have to run the city off of line pressure. >> reporter: and despite some disor corallation, the water is and will continue to be safe to drink. for cbs, sarah horbacewicz in kingsland, arkansas. >> diaz: oh, boy. that is the "cbs weekend news" for saturday. first thing tomorrow, cbs "sunday morning" and the annual design show, my favorite. adriana diaz in chicago, good night.
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now at 6:00, shing that is not news. >> i could understand people saying, wait a second. didn't i vote for you to be the problem sol ver in chief? >> i, for one, have been so dissatisfied with 911 response. >> and we are following multiple fires at this hour. a very close call for some south bay residents. >> evacuations underway at this hour. the latest on those evacuations. >> and could an insect known as the skeletonizer threaten napa valley vineyards? >> another san francisco
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business making a last ditch effort to keep its doors open. we'll have the latest on that. good evening. >> i'm juliet goodrich. right now we're tracking multiple wild fires that are burning this hour. >> evacuations underway for a fast moving wild fire. solano county emergency services. officials say there is an immediate threat to life in that area and they have issued those evacuation orders. pleasant valley road from quail canyon to highway 128 and west to the county line. that fire has burned more than 100 acres, and it is 0% contained. and evacuation orders have been lifted for that 38 acre owens fire that blaze broke out yesterday afternoon east of highway 1 four miles south of point arena. the fire is 20% contain

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