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congratulations. sure your graduate photos with us, email or use the hashtag kpix on social. ♪ ♪ ioning sponsored by cbsy cbs >> o'donnell: tonight, memorial day weekend in a pandemic. americans leaving quarantine and heading for the beach for the unofficial start of summer. many parks and outdoor s staurants open, too. how to stay safe this weekend, and which cities still have a high rate of infection. breaking news tonight: new guidelines. the president declares houses of worship essential and calls on governors to open them immediately. >> if they don't do it, i will override the governors. >> o'donnell: but does the president have the authority, or is it up to the states? dangerous treatment: a major t udy says that drug the president is taking, hydroxychloroquine, could be harmful. tonight, the growing concern 1,000 veteransn 1,000 veterans have been taking the medication. deadly crash: remarkable images
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of survivors being pulled from the rubble after a passenger jet slams into a crowded neighborhood in pakistan. did joe biden go too far in an interview when discussing black voters? the backlash, and what he's saying tonight. plus ahead of memorial day, our emotional visit to arlington national cemetery with the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. and it's friday, so cbs' steve trtman is "on the road" with a nationwide call for trumpets and bugles for a special tribute. >> this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. >> o'donnell: good evening, and thank you for joining us. memorial day weekend is called the unofficial start of summer, but as we come on the air tonight, tens of millions of americans who would normally be traveling are staying home. those who are venturing out this holiday weekend will find restrictions at parks and beaches, as well as orders to wear masks and maintain social
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distance. the travel industry especially hard hit by the pandemic, is expecting one of its worst days on record.ord. e learned that've learned that the rental car company hertz is reportedly close to filing for bankruptcy. today, president trump declared houses of worship essential and urged states to reopen them immediately, threatening to over-ride governors who don't. and while the president did not say what allows him to do that, cbs news has learned the justice department just weighed in to a federal lawsuit challenging stay-at-home restrictions issued by the governor of illinois. tonight, the coronavirus has killed more than 95,000 people nationwide, and there are nearly 1.6 million confirmed cases in the u.s. and while all 50 states have lifted many of their restrictions, the head of the president's coronavirus task force says she is still concerned about flare-ups in some major metropolitan areas. well, there's a lot of news to get to on this friday night, and our team is standing by, and a well-dressed jamie yuccas is going to lead off our coverage tonight in southern california.
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jamie. >> reporter: norah, the holiday weekend is likely the first big test as more people venture out to places like the beach in the middle of a pandemic. today, the white house covid-19 task force warned l.a. continues to have a high rate of positive cases, wants the c.d.c. to find out why. southern californians are flocking to the beaches this memorial day weekend, but with a sobering reality hanging overhead. l.a. county has reported more than 2,000 covid-19 deaths since the outbreak began. beaches here are restricting sunbathing and large crowds. >> reporter: in new york city, hundreds of officers will be patrolling the beaches, like coney island, but no swimming or group activities. >> if we see, over time, that it's not working, we could put up fencing and close off the beaches entirely. >> reporter: other states are g ening more. in texas, bars are reopening their doors. and in new jersey, up to 25
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people can now gather for outdoor cookouts. but minnesota just canceled its state fair for the first time since a polio epidemic in 1946. today at the white house, a reminder the virus is still out there. the head of the coronavirus task force, dr. deborah birx, said the washington, d.c. area and chicago have the highest covid positive rates in the country. >> there is still significant virus circulating. >> reporter: for those looking to enjoy the holiday, it's going to cost you. fresh beef and pork sale prices jumped more than 15% compared to the same time last year. >> i am so happy to go home today.or bratns. fafoerrealwesp 50 dare battl the weekend. jamie yuccas, cbs news, los angeles. >> reporter: i'm kris van cleave. the great holiday getaway is
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likely to be more of a trickle. airlines saw their busiest day since march, thursday, but were still down 88% from last year. >> it made more sense to do a road trip as opposed to flying right now. >> reporter: landon geurkink is driving to north carolina's outer banks. >> i think we don't know what to expect. es are packed youe packed you can still social distance while on the beach. >> reporter: despite the lowest gas prices in 17 years, a harris poll found 95% said because of the pandemic memorial day was too soon to travel, and cities like south lake tahoe, california, are asking visitors to stay away. >> we really want people to enjoy their memorial day weekend enjoy their memorial day weekend at their home, where they live, with their families. not in tahoe at this time. >> reporter: for the first time in 20 years a.a.a. did not offer its memorial day travel forecast, but it expects fewer people to hit the road than the record low of 31 million during the great recession. >> summer is going to be very different than anything we've seen before. we expect americans to travel
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when it's safe to travel, but t americans to trang to be really regional and local. >> reporter: the c.d.c. continues to warn that travel can increase your risk of being exposed to the coronavirus. now, last year, this friday before memorial day was one of the busiest days at airports across the country. take a look around at what a busy day at an airport looks like now. norah. >> o'donnell: virtually empty. kris van cleave at reagan al, thank you.k you. t today, president trump demanded that governors reopen churches, synagogues and mosques, and threatened to override them if they refuse, though it's unclear that he has that power. this as a new study says covid patients who use hydroxychloroquine, the drug the president is taking, have a angnificantly higher risk of death. cbs' weijia jiang is at the white house for us tonight. htijia. >> reporter: norah, cbs news has just yesterdaust yesterday, evangelical leaders, who are politically important to president trump, urged him to reopen churches. shortly after he did that today, the c.d.c. released new
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guidelines for them to follow, owiled down from a much more detailed version the white house rejected weeks ago. declaring that houses of worship are essential, president trump said they should reopen right now. >> some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential, but have left out churches and other houses of worship. it's not right. so i'm correcting this injustice and calling houses of worship essential. >> reporter: the president warned he would step in if states don't comply. >> if they don't do it, i will override the governors. >> reporter: illinois governor j.b. pritzker, a democrat, quickly pushed back. >> we do not want parishioners to get ill because their faith leaders bring them together. >> reporter: mr. trump said his hydroxychloroquine treatment would likely end today, the same day a leading medical journal, "the lancet," warned not only does the drug not offer benefits, it could cause harm. researchers estimate the death
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rate for covid-19 patients using hydroxychloroquine, or chloroquine, is about 13%, compared to 9% for those who are not, and that the medicine increases the risk of developing a serious heart rhythm problem by five times. this morning, senator chuck schumer demanded answers after learning the department of veterans affairs is treating 1,300 veterans with hydroxychloroquine out of 10,000 who tested positive for the virus. the v.a. is planning to conduct a clinical trial in california. >> to use our veterans as guinea pigs in a experiment that they may well not have given permission to be used for is nothing short of outrageous. >> reporter: tonight, the department of veterans affairs is firing back, telling cbs news the notion that v.a. providers would make treatment decisions based on anything other than what's best for the patient is baseless and preposterous, adding that patients are made
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aware of the risks linked to the drug. norah. >> o'donnell: weijia jiang, thank you. tonight, there's more encouraging news in the development of two experimental vaccines for covid-19. both have hit important milestones. cbs' charlie d'agata continues our series "racing to a cure." >> reporter: two front-runners in the hunt for the vaccine both reporting great strides tonight. the u.s.-backed oxford university project announced it's rapidly expanding human testing. the plan: vaccinate 10,260 people across britain, including children age 5-12, volunteers over 70, and front-line healthcare workers. >> the really critical question, eople., is whether the vaccine protects people. and, of course, we can only address that question once enough cases have occurred in the clinical trial. >> reporter: here's how it works: genetic material from the ecronavirus is injected into a weakened version of the common cold virus. the modified virus mimics covid-
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19, kickstarting the immune system to attack if the real covid enters the body. from the original epicenter, china, scientists using a similar vaccine method report promising results, too. in tests on 108 volunteers, in tests on 108 volunteers, cansino biologics say isearchers identified immune responses, including antibodies, needed to ward off covid infection. they may be competing, but in the race to find a vaccine, even researchers say they hope there's more than one winner. charlie d'agata, cbs news, london. >> o'donne: toni t thscene ofcombing a deadly plane crash in pakistan. an airbus jet with nearly 100 people on board went down in a residential neighborhood in the city of karachi. and there were survivors. here's cbs' imtiaz tyab. >> reporter: this horrifying scene of an airbus crashing into a residential neighborhood was caught on security camera.
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incredibly, rescuers found two survivors. they pulled pakistani bank president muhammad zubair from the wreckage only suffering fractures. fellow passenger muhammad zubair also survived.e caug fire. i unfastened my seat belt and saw light, he said from his atspital bed. aviation authorities say the a- 320 aircraft carrying 98 people took off from lahore and was about to land in karachi when it lost both engines. the country had only just resumed domestic flights after weeks of a coronavirus lockdown. prime minister imran khan is prime minister imran khan is promising a full investigation. imtiaz tyab, cbs news, london. >> o'donnell: tonight, joe biden is expressing regret over a comment he made earlier today on a popular radio show about support from black voters. cbs' ed o'keefe reports. >> reporter: joe biden is on the ter makingtonight after making the racially insensitive
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comments. >> it's really unfortunate. i shouldn't have been so cavalier. >> reporter: his remarks came in an interview with influential black radio show host charlamagne tha god. >> if you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or trump then you ain't black. >> it don't have nothing to do with trump. has to do with the fact i want something for my community. o with the fact i waought immediate criticism from black republicans, including south carolina senator tim scott and michigan g.o.p. u.s. senate atndidate john james. >> do you really believe a black person who does not vote for you is not legitimately black? >> reporter: cbs news polling shows biden is supported by nine out of 10 black voters nationwide. many are standing by him, but today acknowledged concern. >> his greatest strength is being a gut, off-the-cuff politician, and in this moment it really jumped up to hurt him. >> reporter: biden said he is considering several black women for vice president, the list including florida congresswoman val demings. ed o'keefe, cbs news, washington.
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>> o'donnell: memorial day is more than the unofficial start of summer. it's a day to remember service it's a day to remember service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, general mark milley, invited us to arlington national cemetery to witness the placing of flags at the graves of our heroes. ad's an age-old tradition at arlington national cemetery: flags in. soldiers from the old guard honor the fallen on memorial day. 240,000 flags, one for each headstone. >> for families of the fallen, every day is memorial day. >> o'donnell: but as general mark milley, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff told us, there are a few differences this year. you see the old guard, not only with the rucksacks, but they have masks on. >> we've been in a very difficult situation with the coronavirus. you and i don't have masks on because of the nature of this interview, but you and i showed up with masks and we'll leave with masks. >> o'donnell: another change: arlington national cemetery is emosed to the public, but
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families of the fallen can still visit. sbd, sergemison lost her simpson, in 2013. >> this is, you know, the first >> this is, you know, the first time we've been around people, really, and it's hard not to hug people. >> o'donnell: i know. that is the hardest part. it really is. sendy kruger lost her son, sergeant michael hardegree, in 2007. >> he was a sergeant in the 82nd airborne division. >> o'donnell: kruger lives nearby. because of the pandemic, many gold star families will miss this year's visit, but this strong community will still rely on each other. >> mentally, it's hard for our grief process so we're trying to reach out to the ones who are truly shut in. >> o'donnell: milley says it's a front in the effort against a different type of war. >> what you see here in arlington is a lot of sacrifice, but we're in a different type of conflict with the virus, but we will prevail. >> o'donnell: and we will have more of our conversation with general milley as he remembers
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some of the fallen soldiers once under his command. that's all monday. and there's still much more news ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news," actress lori loughlin and asr husband change their pleas in the college admissions scandal over zoom. tonight, the surprising decision from the judge in the case. later, steve hartman on the song he hopes will bring the nation together this memorial day. inco te job from anyone else. why accept it from your allergy pills? flonase sensimist. nothing stronger. nothing gentler. nothing lasts longer. flonase sensimist. 24 hour non-drowsy allergy relief many of life's moments in thare being put on hold. are staying at home, at carvana, we understand that, for some, getting a car just can't wait. to help, we're giving our customers up to 90 days to make their first payment. shop online from the comfort of your couch, and for even greater with peace of mind,very all carvana cars come with a seven-day return policy.
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>> o'donne lin andnnell: tonight, actress lori loughlin and her husband are awaiting a federal judge's decision whether to accept their guilty pleas in the college admissions scandal. the couple appeared before the judge today over a video conference riddled with technical problems. loughlin and her husband have agreed to spend several months behind bars for bribing their daughters' way into the university of southern california. the judge said he could not sentence them without first seeing a pre-sentencing report. walt and jean willard of troy, new york, have been married for 70 years.
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jean was recently placed in elder care. for months, walter could not visit because of the pandemic. their family says jean would cry every day and ask for him. and they finally convinced the home to let walter live there. and you just saw the moment where they were reunited, back in each other's arms, sharing a room, and just like for 70 years, holding hands. that's the way it should be. "on the road" is next. calling all buglers and trumpeteers. steve hartman has a patriotic request for you. ou.
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>> o'donnell: "taps" is just 24e to perform on a bugle or trumpet. but cbs' steve hartman wants to make sure it echoes throughout the country, so here's tonight's "on the road." ♪ ♪ >> reporter: "taps" is a wonder, whether tucking in another day or sending off another soldier, this uniquely american melody somehow conjures both peace and sorrow, distilling those deepest of emotions down to two dozen
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perfect notes. as a cub scout and later boy scout "taps" was the most powerful song i knew. but it never hit me harder than the day i heard it here in this suburban neighborhood in tacoma, washington. ♪ ♪ >> i'm in another zone when i'm playing. i'm not aware of anything than the fact that i'm playing this and i'm trying to play it as best as i can, do a good job. >> reporter: don brittain started playing trumpet as a kid and was even in a band for a while. but as he told me in 2012, he never had a more important gig in tribute to america's veterans. ♪ ♪ but this was the part that really got me: as soon as the neighbors heard him start, they would all come out and stand at attention. >> it seems to move people. it has an effect on them.
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>> it's just very emotional for me. >> it's beautiful. >> we appreciate it. >> reporter: ever since we first told this story, i have had a dream, to let all of america feel what i felt at this moment, which is why today, i'm partnering with this man. >> i'm up for that. i think this would be wonderful. >> reporter: this is jari villanueva. i think together we can make something pretty big here. >> oh, i hope so. >> reporter: jari is a retired air force bugler who now runs an organization called "taps for veterans." he and are asking buglers and trumpet players to stand on their porches and play "taps" this memorial day. what do you hope comes from this? >> it's the national moment of remembrance, but it's also a chance for us as americans to pull together, especially in this-- in these times. >> reporter: so, on monday, at 3:00 sharp, if you hear the call lofting over your neighborhood,
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please, step sic, and soak in this 24-note reminder of what memorial day is all about. ♪ ♪ steve hartman, cbs news, "on the road." >> o'donnell: and "taps across america" will sound monday at 3:00 p.m. if you'd like to play, please send us a video of your performance. and for more information, visit, or our facebook pages. sorry. that was so beautiful. we'll be right back. when the world gets complicated,
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it seemed like a good time to get out of town. >> not everyone plans to get away for the popular travel weekend, the huge crowds expected to build at our local outdoor hotspots. i feel like there's going to be a lot of people out here and it might be hard to have crowd control. >> the unofficial beginning of summer will feel an awful lot like actual center. i will have details on the excessive heat on the way. why thousands of people in the bay area are saying no thanks when their employer asks them to come back to work. >> are making a decent amount on unemployment so i have thought should i go back to work, when should i go back, is it even worth it? >> right now on the kpix 5 news at 7:00 and streaming on cbs in the area, it's normally a huge holiday travel weekend, but not this year.


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