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and follow us online any time at cbsnews.com. reporting from the nation' capital, 'm chip reid. ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: tonight, burning anger. the national guard called in to minneapolis tonight after protests turn violent, sparked by the death of george floyd while in police custody. nationwide, people have taken to the streets. how his death has reignited a national conversation about race in america. we are on the ground with the latest details in the investigation. stopping the spread: why some medical experts say six feet is simply not enough. and tonight, a major drug maker reveals what is still desperately needed in order to deke billions of vaccine doses. more job losses: one in four working americans have now filed for unemployment. we speak to a single mother of two on how she's making ends meet. umump versus twitter: angry that
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his messages are being fact- checked, the president signs an order to make social media platforms responsible for the content on their pages. >> there's nothing i'd rather do doan get rid of my whole twitter account. >> o'donnell: but will it backfire? hail to the graduate: he's got four college degrees at an age when most haven't even made it to high school. boston marathon canceled for the first time in its 124-year history. the world-famous race is called off, but organizers say runners can still participate virtually. and tonight, call it pomp under the circumstances. some of the most inspiring graduation speeches for a special graduating class. 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. we're going to begin with breaking news tonight out of minneapolis, where the national guard is being mobilized after
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violent protests erupted overnight over the death of george floyd. a minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into the unarmed african american man's neck for more than seven minutes neck for m monday as floyd pleaded for help and said he couldn't breathe. frustration over the lack of charges against the officers turned into anger overnight, as protesters looted stores and set buildings on fire. police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. those riots continued today, spilling into st. paul, where crowds ransacked shops and smashed windows. late today, the state capital was evacuated. and it all comes as minnesota and the rest of the country are facing the dual toll of rising jobless claims and cases of coronavirus. coronavirus. today, we learned another 2.1 million americans filed for unemployment benefits in the last week, and as we come on the air tonight, more than 101,000 people have been killed by coronavirus in the u.s. there are now more than
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de. million confirmed cases nationwide. so there's a lot of news to get to tonight. we're going to begin with cbs' jeff pegues, who leads off our coverage tonight from minneapolis. jeff. >> reporter: norah, 24 hours ago, this was all a bustling business district. take a look at it now. it is a shell of what it used to be. in fact, if you look in the olbble, it is still smoldering. even at this hour, people are looting buildings, and some buildings are still burning to the ground. and that's why the national guard is being called in to try to tamp the tension down. daybreak showed some parts of the city still smoldering, and fire crews finally putting water on the flames. fires burned through the night. you can see the smoke still billowing in the air. the firefighters weren't here, ret they're now on scene at daybreak, trying to douse the flames before they spread to rearby structures. >> who would've known what would have happened?
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>> reporter: on wednesday night, at the intersection now memorializing the final moments of george floyd's life, protests were peaceful. but right around the police precinct where the four fired officers worked, protest turned to vandalism. the auto store across the street was set ablaze. at least 30 fires were reported. looters smashed store windows, and one man was killed by a shop owner. today we found korbai balla-- who invested his life savings into opening this sports bar-- cleaning up. while our camera was there, looters came back trying to steal the safe.w 'moi to do. i worked so hard to get here. so hard. >> reporter: four days after floyd's death, city leaders have been unable to calm tensions and stop the violence. the outcry over seeing officer derek chauvin's knee pressed into floyd's neck has sparked protests as far away as los angeles and memphilo communh
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but does ts vice hnyut it lets you know they're tired! they're tired of being oppressed, being misused, being abused, being murdered at will. b reporter: overnight, this undated video of floyd pleading for an end to senseless shootings circulated on social media. >> come on home, man. one day, it's going to be you and god. >> reporter: floyd's death has sparked a conversation fueled by frustration. lebron james reposted a 2014 photo wearing an eric garner "i can't breathe" t-shirt with the word "still." it was the same conversation nearly six years ago after ferguson, and morere than 50 yes ago after riots in watts in 1965. in that aftermath, celebrated activist and poet james baldwin spoke to the anger then. >> i simply want to be able to raise my children in peace. >> reporter: cornell brooks, former head of the n.a.a.c.p., was in baltimore during the turmoil of freddie gray's death.
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>> why the rioting? why the looting? i ask, why the police killing? why the police brutalization? i ask,hy the disrespect? >> reporter: today, the city's police chief apologized for his officers' actions on monday, but it is hard to tell whether that will make a difference out here. behind me, you can still see protesters gathering around the police precinct where the four officers worked. d. is still under siege. norah. >> o'donnell: be safe there. jeff pegues in minneapolis, thank you. ornight, new coronavirus hot spots are emerging, especially across the south. parts of texas are seeing new spikes, and cases are also on the rise in alabama. this comes as new research suggests that six feet of social distancing may not be enough to prevent infection. here's cbs' omar villafranca. >> reporter: as beaches and businesses open up in alabama, the state has recorded more than
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5,000 new positive cases of the virus in the last 14 days, adding to the 1.7 million affected across the country and making the race to find a cure th otreneca, whichent.onrn fromr is funding the vaccine trials at oxford university in england, says a shortage of glass vials may slow down production of the vaccine. fear of spread means more cancellations. today, boston marathon organizers said the iconic race would be run virtually. but still, more bars and restaurants are allowing a small number of customers to dine in while social distancing. but in the journal "science," some researchers say six feet aly not be enough for indoor settings where tiny infectious droplets can remain for hours. >> you don't put your seat belt on when you're six feet from the other car. you put your seat belt on when you get in the car. and the same thing goes for the
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mask. >> reporter: today, new york governor andrew cuomo signed an executive order allowing businesses to tell customers, "no mask, no entry." but at the liberty tree tavern outside of austin, texas, no masks are allowed. and in missouri, cell phone video of memorial day weekend festivities at lake of the ozarks shows a crowd of partiers, many without masks. attendees, like antoine, were advised to quarantine for 14 days. but he says he can't get tested. >> if you ain't got no symptoms you cannot get a test at all, and that's crazy because they say you can have it without having symptoms. >> reporter: as a whole, the cases in texas are on the way down, but there still are hot spots, and late this afternoon, we learned that in sherman, texas, about an hour north of dallas, 326 workers at a tyson food plant tested positive. norah, that's about 20% of the people who work at that one plant. >> o'donnell: omar villafranca in dallas tonight, thank you. the pandemic continues to take a
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heavy toll on the nation's workforce. more than 40 million have filed for that i w d aiting here's cbs' mark strassmann. >> i've called up to 800 times a day. >> reporter: suzanne feldman doesn't count in new jersey-- not in its official jobless numbers. >> it is probably one of the most frustrating and stressful things that i've ever had to do in my life. nothing has come in from unemployment. not one dime. >> reporter: like thousands of you, feldman texted norah o'donnell about her covid crisis. her accounting job paid $70,000. now, she's on food stamps. >> am i going to be homeless? you know, it's-- and then what i hared cuody. it's a really horrible place to be in, not knowing. >> reporter: some sectors, like transportation, keep bleeding jobs. boeing, slashing about 6,800
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workers. amtrak will lose 20% of its workforce. delta today offered most ems t pae. red moste are bright spots in a gradually reopening america. amazon's making 125,000 part- time workers full-time. in florida, the kennedy space center visitor complex reopened today, after 10 weeks. trina johnson, their operations director, is among more than 100 furloughed employees back at work. >> it's amazing. it's a huge relief. it was like a big breath of fresh air. >> reporter: is the economy now on its way? >> i didn't have it as bad as others. i had it worse than some. it's going to come back. >> reporter: but suzanne feldman is still in crisis. she owes $6,800 in rent. she has $700 in savings. mark strassmann, cbs news, merritt island, florida. >> o'donnell: for years, the social media site twitter has been at the center of president trump's unconventional communication strategy, but today, the president signed an executive order to review laws
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that protect sites like twitter fromegal liability, after get-chec by cbs' ben tracy is at the white house tonight. ben. >> reporter: norah, this appears to be presidential payback, and a welcome distraction for president trump, from the mounting coronavirus death toll. he did mention that today on twitter. members of the house of representatives bowed their heads in a moment of silence. former vice president joe biden spoke of a nation in grief. >> each one leaving behind a family that will never again be whole. >> reporter: but president trump, who has avoided talking publicly about the death toll, mentioned it only in a tweet, one of over 30 today, calling it "a very sad milestone." >> we're here today to defend today to defend free speech. >> reporter: the president's focus has been on punishing twitter and other tech giants after two of his tweets attacking mail-in ballots were flagged for making false claims. >> what they choose to ignore or even promote is nothing more than a political activism group,
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or political activism. >> reporter: today's executive order accuses the online companies of engaging in selective censorship and disfavoring certain viewpoints. it calls for a review of the 25- year-old law protecting internet sites from legal liability for what their users post. the president said, if he could, he'd just shut down twitter. >> if it were legal, if it were able to be legally shut down, i would do it. >> reporter: he can't, and legal experts say the executive order itself will not stand up in court. twitter c.e.o. jack dorsey says the company will continue fact- checking disputed claims. facebook's mark zuckerberg argued that the presidential order makes no sense. >> i think a government choosing to censor a platform because they're worried about censorship doesn't exactly strike me as the-- the-- the right reflex there. >> reporter: now, the president's executive order could backfire on him. if twitter is liable for the things that its users post, that means it might have to crack
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down even more on president trump when he pushes the boundaries of truth. norah. >> o'donnell: ben tracy at the white house, thank you. tonight, the secretary of veterans affairs tells cbs news that suicide prevention is the agency's number one priority. and with the pandemic, veterans are increasingly feeling isolated-- veterans like rory hamill. he was a father of three and a decorated combat veteran in the marines. hamill lost his life not at war, but by suicide at home. here's cbs' jan crawford. >> he was a hero to many people. >> reporter: kristal francoise is talking about her ex-husband, marine corporal rory hamill. a blast from an i.e.d. in afghanistan in 2011 robbed him of his right leg. oiry had a hard road home. >> a lot of the thoughts going through my head were, "why didn't i die? what am i going to do now with my life?" >> reporter: but in the last few years, rory had gotten his life back, studying psychology and mentoring other veterans. >> when the lockdown did happen,
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you know, it stripped him of everything he knew. he couldn't do his public speaking. he couldn't go to school, his outlet away from his own mind. >> reporter: in april, rory wrote about the pandemic on his instagram page, saying, "my own personal hell has been reignited." two weeks later, rory was nowhere to be found. >> and one of his friends was actually calling me. they went and did a wellness check, and that's when they had found him. >> reporter: did they say how they say how he had died? >> it was a single gunshot wound to his head. >> reporter: as the nation passed 100,000 deaths from the coronavirus, rory hamill's name was not on that list, but kristal is sure that isolation contributed to his death. >> oh, i believe it's 100% what caused it. >> reporter: compared to this month last year, calls to the v.a.'s veteran's crisis line are up more than 10%. >> our number one clinical priority right now is suicide prevention.
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>> reporter: robert wilkie is the secretary of veterans affairs. >> and it is the fear of continued isolation in many of these cases that makes these problems compound themselves, and then we see the effects. >> how are you adjusting to that? >> reporter: in april, the v.a. made more than a million mental health phone calls and teleappointments, as we saw at this vet center in new jersey, not far from kristal, who hopes that by this summer, rory's family will be able to pay their last respects. >> we are burying him in arlington. you know, he deserved that, so that's where we will be putting him to rest. >> reporter: jan crawford, cbs news, washington. >> o'donnell: may he rest in peace. if you are a veteran who needs help, or if you're concerned about one, we posted resources ou our website at cbsnews.com/veterans. uch more newsl much more news ahead on ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news:" how a suspected killer was captured, after a multi- state manhunt.
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in southern california, friends and family threw a special drive-by graduation party for jack rico. he just graduated from fullerton college with four associates degrees and a perfect 4.0 grade average. guess what? he's just 13 years old. jack heads to the university of nevada-las vegas in the fall to get his bachelor's in history. all right. that's what you call precocious. just ahead, more inspiration: the most memorable graduation messages for the class of 2020 as it faces unprecedented challenges. t. why the heart beats the pulse races why the weight of the world is carried with a smile. and where the comfort that's so desperately sought, is found.
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