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thank you for continuing watching tonight at the clock. the news continues streaming ♪ ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs y cs >> o'donnell: tonight, sticker shock in america. prices rise at the fastest level in nearly four decades. from bacon and eggs to furniture-- americans are paying more, especially at the grocery store. where prices are emptying wallets and supply chain issues are emptying shelves. when will it end? free covid tests for schools: the biden administration's new initiative to keep kids in the classroom, as dr. fauci gives a blunt warning about the omicron strain. >> virtually everybody is going to wind up getting exposed and likely get infected. >> o'donnell: school shooting suspect in court: the disturbing new details. what the 15-year-old michigan student allegedly brought to school in the weeks leading up
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to the rampage. tense russian talks. with more troops heading to russia's border with ukraine, putin's demands tonight about u.s. forces in neighboring countries. police shooting outrage. unanswered questions after an off-duty officer kills an unarmed black man. america's opioid epidemic: a new type of treatment that could combat drug addiction. passenger storms the cockpit: the shocking video after a man damages a miami-bound airplane. and, remembering ronnie spector. ♪ be my little baby ♪ >> o'donnell: the lead singer of the girl group the ronettes. 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 are covering a number of big stories, and tonight, i
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should tell you, i'm joining you from a remote studio, after coming in contact with someone who tested positive for covid. and, like many of you have had to do over the last couple of years, i am working remotely. but the top headline tonight is the breathtaking rise of inflation. consumer prices were up 7% in december compared to a year ago. that means the cost for virtually everything is on the rise-- food, gas, rent, utilities, and cars. unfortunately, economists predict it won't be over any time soon, with inflation remaining high throughout the year. but higher prices aren't the only problems facing consumers. bare shelves are another problem. supply chain shortages are hitting grocery stores on even the most basic of items. cbs' scott macfarlane is at a supermarket in bethesda, maryland. good evening, scott. >> reporter: norah, this is the sharpest rise in consumer prices in nearly 40 years, creating two problems for grocery shoppers:
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rising food prices emptying their wallets, and the store shelves emptying, too. dennis stevenson is a military veteran and retired, with a fixed income and years of experience bargain hunting. he says he's made new cutbacks to keep the refrigerator full. >> that means cutting corners. it really hurts, like, christmas time, like, for your grand kids. >> reporter: today's report on inflation shows ground beef prices up 13%. double-digit jumps in the price of eggs, crackers, and bread, breakfast cereal up 6%, and the milk you pour in it, up by more than 4%. the white house today argued president biden's build back better plan, which is still stalled in congress, would help, but acknowledged the pain isn't going away any time soon. >> if you look at the-- the projections by independent forecasters, then you see moderation over the course of '22. in the short term, in the medium term, i think we'll focus on the practical steps we can take, focus working with congress.
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>> reporter: amid the omicron wave of the pandemic, the problem isn't just the prices of items on the shelves. it's finding and stocking them. supply chain disruptions have starved stores of staples, from the produce aisle to the paper products. at his grocery store in washington, d.c., roy rodman says it's never been so difficult. difficult. >> it could be a very stressful time if we weren't abl >> it could be a very stressful time if we weren't able to navigate or get the products, so we're triumphant in putting things on the shelf. >> reporter: food shipments have also hit a pothole. the nation's truckers tell cbs news they're operating with 80,000 fewer drivers than needed. even a shortage in packaging items from cardboard box adhesives to ink for product labels could snarl production. does this problem of un-stocked shelves in certain stores last as long as the variant does, the pandemic does? >> yeah, it really does. and we've seen it ebb and flow with past spikes. this one's a little bit more challenging because of
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transmissibility of the omicron variant. >> reporter: and it's challenging for shoppers like dennis stevenson. it's disorienting, isn't it? >> yes, it's disorienting, and it's frustrating. >> reporter: a survey by an association of the nation's grocery stores finds 80% of them are having trouble recruiting or retaining workers right now. and that will cause disruptions in the coming weeks, norah. >> o'donnell: scott macfarlane, thank you. from the rise in inflation to the rise in covid cases, the biden administration has a new plan tonight to keep students in schools as kids in the nation's third-largest school district return to the classroom after a week away. cbs' carter evans has the latest. >> reporter: as the omicron surge swamps the nation, a major announcement from the white house: 10 million free rapid and p.c.r. tests will be sent to schools each month in an effort to keep kids in the classroom. >> the nation's schools can and should be open. >> reporter: in chicago, students are back in class with additional covid testing,
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following a week of turmoil after teachers said schools were unsafe. >> the fact that they're back in person witr r tehersussuch agamehanger >>ges, ery studt needs to pv they're covid negative, but 78,000 students and staff tested positive after the winter break, and as the new semester began,3n >> we're not going to eradicate this, but we ultimately will control it. >> reporter: today, dr. anthony fauci gave a blunt assessment of the new normal. >> virtually everybody is going to wind up getting exposed, and likely get infected. >> reporter: a new study shows that compared to delta, the risk of death from omicron is 91% lower, and the risk of i.c.u. admission is 74% less. but hospitals across the country are still overwhelmed. when it comes to people who are getting very sick in the hospital, who are they? >> it's mostly patients who have not been vaccinated. >> reporter: and nurse zenei triiunfo-cortez says it's
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creating a strain. it's so bad that asymptomatic healthcare workers in california who have tested positive can return to work immediately. >> as a nurse, coming to work knowing that i am covid positive, i have the potential of further infecting my patients, and my fellow coworkers, which is morally wrong. >> reporter: now, at this hospital in burbank, a lot of people are coming to the e.r. for other reasons, and then discovering they're also positive for covid. most are able to go home. but because omicron is so highly transmissible, the biden administration is now considering a program to offer all americans what it calls high-quality masks. norah. >> o'donnell: all right, carter evans, thank you. tonight, we're learning disturbing new details about the accused gunman in the deadly shooting at oxford high school in michigan.
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four students were killed; six other classmates and a teacher were wounded. the teenage suspect was arraigned on multiple felony charges today. cbs' elise preston reports. >> reporter: 15-year-old ethan crumbley remained quiet, as a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf. >> ask that a not guilty plea be entered. >> reporter: crumbley faces 24 counts, including murder and terrorism charges, linked to the shooting that left four students dead and seven other people injured. a civil lawsuit against oxford community district accuses administrators of putting students in danger by allegedly downplaying crumbley's actions ahead of the shooting, when he posted countdowns and threats of bodily harm. at one point, the complaint claims that the teen left a severed bird head in a mason jar containing a yellow liquid in the boys' bathroom. the school then emailed students and parents, "there has been no threat to our building nor our students." crumbley's parents are also being accused of ignoring warning signs and allowing him access to the gun used in the
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shooting. days later, police tracked them down in a detroit warehouse. they are facing involuntary manslaughter charges. at their hearing friday, prosecutors made allegations about their son's mental state. >> ethan crumbley would text his mother, jennifer, on more than one occasion, and always when he was home alone, that he thought there was a demon, a ghost, or someone else inside the home. >> reporter: legal analyst joe tamburino says school districts need clear protocols. what do you make of the lawsuit? >> well, it's got great legal grounds for three reasons: gross negligence, notice of the danger, and breach of duty of care. >> reporter: tonight, ethan crumbley remains here at the oakland county jail. now, an attorney for the district tells cbs news, some of the claims in the lawsuit are false, adding, school officials are cooperating with prosecutors. norah. >> o'donnell: elise preston, thank you. there's breaking news out of the congressional investigation into the january 6 assault on the
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u.s. capitol. they want to talk to the top republican in the house, kevin mccarthy. in a letter asking for his cooperation, the committee mentions our interview with the california congressman as the riot was unfolding, where he revealed he had spoken directly with the president. have you spoken with the president and asked him to perhaps come to the capitol and tell the supporters it's time to leave? >> i have spoken to the president. i asked him to talk to the nation, to tell them to stop this. this is not who we are. >> o'donnell: the committee wants to question mccarthy about what he spoke about with president trump, hoping to get insight into the former president's state of mind. well, tonight, still no diplomatic breakthrough as the u.s. and its nato allies try to convince vladimir putin to withdraw his troops from the border with ukraine. but the russian leader is demanding a halt to u.s. military deployments in nato countries, like romania, where there are currently about 1,000 americans. cbs' david martin has more on
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the tense negotiations. >> reporter: u.s. intelligence is tracking still more troops and equipment en route to the border area with ukraine, even as a russian delegation met today with american and allied officials at nato headquarters in brussels. after four hours of talks, chief u.s. negotiator wendy sherman said russian military movements make it all the harder to defuse the crisis. >> is this about invasion? is this about intimidation? is this about trying to be subversive? i don't know. but it is not conducive to getting to diplomatic solutions. >> reporter: russia's putin is trying to roll back the nato alliance, which has expanded dramatically in the last two decades. he is demanding ukraine never be allowed to join and that military deployments be halted in countries like romania. just last month, american f-15s were operating out of one airfield in romania, while u.s. helicopters flew into another.
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some of the many deployments ordered since putin annexed crimea. >> it all started with what putin did in 2014. >> reporter: former nato ambassador douglas lute says the deployments are strictly for defense. there are currently 1,000 u.s. military personnel in romania. >> you would need 10, 20, 50 times the numbers of troops that nato has positioned now to pose any sort of serious offensive threat to russia. and putin knows this. >> reporter: u.s. officials say they are willing to limit nato exercises, as long as the same limits apply to russia. but for now, the russian military buildup continues for a possible invasion that could begin as soon as the ground freezes to give their tanks better traction. norah. >> o'donnell: david martin at the pentagon, thanks. tonight, calls for justice are growing louder in fayetteville, north carolina, where an off- duty sheriff's deputy shot and killed a black man over the weekend.
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the deputy is on administrative leave and has not been charged. here is cbs' jericka duncan. >> reporter: this cell phone video captures the moments after off-duty sheriff's deputy jeffery hash shot and killed jason walker in a traffic altercation. hash, a 16-year police veteran can be seen calling 911. >> reporter: walker, a single father of a 14-year-old, died just 100 yards from his parents' home. he was 37 years old. marlowe walker is his older brother. when you hear that police believe your brother may have jumped on top of this truck and somehow smashed the window, do you think that's what happened? >> there's no way he's able to jump on top of a vehicle, because nobody drives the speed limit in front of my parents' house. there's no way possible that he
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was able to do something of that matter. >> there may have been an argument that escalated. >> reporter: attorney benjamin crump represents the walker family. >> we believe if a black man shot and killed an unarmed white man, he would be arrested. >> reporter: protesters have called for charges against hash, but fayetteville police chief, gina hawkins says the investigation is still in the fact finding phase, and promises transparency. >> individuals are not arrested immediately. so right now, evidence is being collected by the state bureau of investigation. >> reporter: the f.b.i. is monitoring the case. jericka duncan, cbs news. >> o'donnell: and we'll be following all the developments. now to this: nearly one million americans have died from drug overdoses in the last two decades, and more than 70% of them involved opioids. now, an experimental treatment is in the works that could help fight america's opioid epidemic.
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cbs' dr. jon lapook takes a look. >> reporter: tackling the opioid crisis requires changing strategies and the way we think about addiction, says columbia professor sandra comer. >> one of the mistakes that people make when they think about drug users? "oh, it's somebody's choice to have this disorder." it-- that's not true. >> reporter: it's a medical disease. >> it's a medical disease. and we need to treat it. >> reporter: 100,000 people died from drug overdose over the 12 months ending in may 2021. up 22% from the year before. medically assisted treatments can be effective, but have a relapse rate of about 50%. >> so that's why we're continuing to look for new medications. >> reporter: that search led to a new type of treatment-- a vaccine that targets the chemical makeup of oxycodone. comer and her research colleague marco pravetoni are testing the vaccine on volunteers with substance use disorder. >> the idea behind the vaccine is after a while, the body will
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produce an antibody to that particular chemical structure. if somebody uses oxycodone, the antibody will bind to that molecule, and it won't allow it to get into the brain. b >> reporter: so the drug would never get to the brain to stimulate the pleasure center. >> that's exactly the way it works. >> reporter: comer says the vaccine provides a safety net for people who relapse, despite currently available therapies. >> if they relapse, the vaccine, hopefully, will provide still some level of protection, at least against overdose, and maybe an opportunity for us to reengage them in treatment. >> reporter: comer says the vaccine could be used with current medications that treat drug abuse. and, norah, if it works, researchers hope to target other opioids, including fentanyl and heroin, perhaps in a single vaccine. >> o'donnell: that would be quite a breakthrough. dr. lapook, thank you. and still ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news," dramatic
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>> o'donnell: one of music's biggest stars of the '60s has died. >> ♪ be my baby my one and only baby ♪ ♪ be my baby now ♪ >> o'donnell: ronnie spector, the lead singer of the ronettes, sang such classics as "be my baby," "baby i love you," and "walking in the rain." spector's look and soaring voice turned the ronettes into one of the premiere acts of the era, touring england with the rolling stones, and was the only girl group to tour with the beatles. spector died today after a brief battle with cancer.
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captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by right now at 7:00. >> as testing sites reopen, one bay area city strict new vaccine requirements about to go into effect. the new signs you will see in oakland, later this week. signs of the times all over the bay area tonight, as omicron hits small businesses from both sides. >> we have a lot of staff issues, staff getting sick. >> a lot of smaller businesses cutting back. >> people don't feel safe, they cannot experience this city. >> we go one-on-one with oakland police chief to get crime under control. and what what where things are already improving. >> basically we are seeing changes. down to almost 0.
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>> these incumbents in california are an acceptable. governor newsom gets his hands dirty as he pitches his plan to tackle the homeless crisis tonight, he is not just doubling down on encampments, but going tenfold. we begin with a look at some of the top headlines around the bay area tonight as omicron surges on. businesses in oakland have until friday to post notices about the city's new indoor vaccine mandate. next month, everyone will have to show proof to get into restaurants and bars. entertainment and recreation facilities, gyms, senior and other healthcare facilities, and city-owned buildings. people with valid exactions will need a negative test. meanwhile, san jose just became the first city in california to mandate booster shots for its employees, and anyone who wants to attend a large event at city-owned building like the convention center or sap. a negative test will also get you in those doors starting

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