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this is the "cbs overnight news." >> good evening, i'm nancy cortez in new york. jericka duncan is off. we are following several developing stories tonight but we begin with a dangerous winter storm impacting 80 million americans. tonight, it is sweeping across the southeast, and heading north. these icy roads you are about to see are near charlotte, north carolina. snow plows are out there, and cars are spinning out. tens of thousands have lost power. for more on what's to come, let's check in with meteorologist vanessa murdock of
wcbs. vanessa, good evening. >> good evening, nancy. this storm has brought a mess to the southeast, as much as 9 inches of snow as far south as leesburg, mississippi. and in the carolinas, more than a third of an inch of ice for some. no hern qua bre ,rad poin. let's c occupe snowfall accumulations. the mountains will get themont out of this system for the most part. 6 to 12 inches in general but draw your attention to the not hot pink along the great lakes. that is the potential for more than 2 feet of snow because the lake-effect snow machine starts to kick in as winds pick up tomorrow. along the coastline, we are looking at powerful winds, heavy rain, and also the potential for coastal flooding. it is going to be a tough 24 hours for a lot of people. vanessa murdock, thank you so much. well, president biden called the hostage standoff at a texas synagogue this weekend an act of
terror. mr. biden said the hostage taker came to this country just a few weeks ago and bought a gun right away. >> i wanted to make sure we got the word out to synagogues and places of worship that we're not going to tolerate this. that we have this capacity to deal with assault on particularly the anti-semitism that has grown up. >> cbs's omar villafranca is on the scene in colleyville, texas. good evening, omar. >> reporter: good evening. we are learning bject who was -- suspect who was a british citizen who came to the u.s. about two weeks ago landing at new york's jfk airport. and sources are telling cbs news he was able to get inside of this north texas synagogue by claiming he was homeless. saturday morning worship at congregation beth israel was interrupted when a man started screaming in the sanctuary. the shabbat service was being live streamed. armed with a gun and claiming he had bombs, fbi investigators say
44-year-old malik faisal akram, a british citizen, took four people hostage. on the live stream, an angry-sounding man could be heard talking with negotiators demanding to speak to someone in federal prison in texas convicted of attempting to murder u.s. forces in afghanistan. she was suspected of having ties to al qaeda. one hostage was released a few hours later. the ten-hour standoff ended when the fbi's elite hostage rescue team breached the sanctuary along with local police. a loud bang -- shots were heard. in the end, the suspect was dead. the remaining hostages were safe. >> the fbi's hostage rescue team, i consider one of the crown jewels of our organization. their -- their mission is to conduct/deliberate hostage rescues when necessary. in -- in this case, we had a necessity for that. >> reporter: formed in 1983, the fbi's hostage rescue team has
responded to 850 high-risk situations around the world. on that live stream, akram was heard telling his mother that he planned to shoot at law enforcement when they came in, and that he was expecting to be killed. nancy. >> omar villafranca, an amazing rescue. thank you so much. a last-ditch attempt by novak djokovic to defend his australian open title has failed. today, the unvaccinated tennis superstar left the country after a court ruled that he posed a risk to public health and order. cbs's imtiaz tyab has the details. >> reporter: the world men's tennis number one has never taken losing lightly. >> how you feeling, mr. djokovic? >> the amended application be dismissed. >> reporter: but after a federal court in melbourne tossed out his appeal against the australian government's decision to cancel his visa for being unvaccinated, novak djokovic had no choice but to pack up and go. in a statement, the 20 time
grand slam winner said he was extremely disappointed by the court's ruling but would respect it. a small but vocal group of supporters -- many from the local serbian community -- couldn't hold back their emotions. but across much of australia, which has endured some of the toughest coronavirus lockdowns in the world, the ten sis a's hd far less sympathy, many believing djokovic was trying to exploit loopholes in order to compete. >> obviously, he thought he was above it all. >> the australian government assessment of the situation was more pointed. saying his visa was cancelled in part over concerns that by allowing him to remain, it could stir up anti-vaccine sentiment. novak djokovic's 11-day ordeal may be over as he arrives in the united arab emirates city of dubai. but deportations from australia
typically come with a three-year ban on travel back to the country. meaning, the 34-year-old could very possibly not play competitive tennis in melbourne for quite some time. nancy. >> wow, imtiaz tyab, thank you so much. now, to the latest on covid. for the third-straight day, new infections nationwide topped 800,000 as omicron's bull's-eye heads west. cbs's lilia luciano has more now in los angeles. lilia, good evening. >> reporter: good evening to you, nancy. well, the surge of omicron doesn't seem to be letting up anytime soon, at least not here in california. the number of covid deaths in los angeles county hasn't been this high since april. omicron is straining america's hospitals with more than 21,000 covid patients admitted every day. >> they are overwhelmed right now in kansas city. really, since the christmas season, we have seen incredible challenges. >> reporter: almost every american lives in a high-risk area. florida just became the third
state, behind california and texas, to pass 5 million total cases. in a disturbing trend -- catching omicron on purpose. >> what do you tell people who say i am just going to get infected and get it over with? >> it is a lot like playing with fire. because we don't have a crystal ball that's gonna tell us who is going to get a mild infection, and who is going to get a more severe infection. >> reporter: dr. nicole of cedar-sinai. have we seen long covid a risk with omicron? >> it's this lingering symptoms, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue. it's reasonable to assume that some percentage of people who get omicron are goingg-vid symp. >> reporter: with a 47% case drop, new york's omicron surge has eased but a spike of violence in the subway has become a horrifying emblem of a city in disarray. on saturday, a woman was shoved to her death on the times square subway tracks. police say the suspect had a history of mental illness. >> this is unconscionable. this is unacceptable.
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this is the "cbs overnight news." welcome back to the overnight news. i'm nancy cortez. this week, president biden will mark one year since taking the oath of office. the biden administration has faced major challenges in its first year as it continues to navigate the pandemic and to the nation's political divide. cbs's john dickerson considers the highs and the lows. >> reporter: it is a cliche of politics that candidates
campaign in poetry but govern in prose. >> we lift our gazes not to what stands between us but what stands before us. >> reporter: but at joe biden's inauguration, amanda gorman's poetry anticipated the rough prose to come. >> we have seen a force that would shatter our nation, rather than share it. would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy. >> reporter: workers were still repairing the windows in the capitol behind her from the violent attempt to overturn the election results. the broken glass is gone, now, but not the threat. >> some ways, feel like the sun has not set on january 6th. that the -- the day continues. >> reporter: jill is a harva university historian. >> so long as the idea that an armed insurrection that a democratically elected president being certified into office or taking office is seen as
legitimate and defended as legitimate or not repudiated by so many public figures, i hate to evoke images of such violence but it just seems to me like it's a series of buried land mines. >> reporter: through the lens of the january 6th commotion, the biden administration at the one-year mark is a success merely because it exists at all. democracy held. but presidencies are viewed through many lenses, and any way you look at it, the first biden year looks muddy. how is joe biden doing? >> i think joe biden's doing okay. he ran for president on this promise of a return to normalcy not quite as it was before president trump but much less chaotic. >> reporter: buoy is a columnist for "the new york times." >> the persistence of the pandemic and persistence of the pandemic's disruption on american society, i think, means that biden can't really claim that this has been a victorious
year. it's okay. it's eh. >> reporter: this is not the chant biden wants to hear at the next rally. four more meh -- the bluntest story of the biden presidency is told in his approval ratings. they started to drop last summer with america's messy departure from afghanistan, and have continued to fall while covid cases, crime, and inflation have been rising. a presidency that started with heavy comparisons to fdr now invites the headline "it's not over for joe biden." but history tells us this the bluntest story is not always the lasting one. especially, for presidents in their first year. >> the impressions people have one year in very rarely have any bearing on how that president is seen at the end of a first term or a second term, or how that person is seen in history. >> reporter: author james fallows was a carter speech writer. >> jimmy carter who as history knows was not re-elected and is extremely popular in his first year in office.
>> reporter: carter's first-year approval rating was higher than ronald reagan's, and his party lost fewer seats in the midterm house elections than reagan did. though, reagan is considered the more successful president. measuring presidents in the moment is hard, says jill, because people focus only on what's right in front of them, like a protracted global pandemic. >> kind of puzzling over this, how do you measure a president? well, most of us are measuring day to day are the covid case numbers. >> does that basically mean the approval rating is a general thermometer of public feeling and if public's unhappy, the president as the best-known politician is the one that gets blamed? >> yeah, i mean i think it's sort of a proxy for the national mood, rather than an evaluation of efficacy of an administration. right? and most of us don't have the ability, day to day, to evaluate the efficacy of the admini administration. in a way, with trump, it was a little different because people did know what trump was doing every day because he was tweeting all day long. >> reporter: being president
means sitting in the national complaint window. you are the target of public anger whether you caused a problem or not. biden's success delivering vaccines into arms was undermined by ideological hesitancy and viral variants. those aren't his fault but he is responsible for the mixed public health messages and the president admitted being caught flatfooted on testing. >> we are on track to roll out a website next week, where you can order free tests shipped to your home. >> reporter: the withdrawal from afghanistan fits a similar pattern. some part of public upset was the inevitable, unpleasant result of doing what the public wanted but it's also true that the biden team failed to account for how quickly the country would fall. >> biden made the decision to leave afghanistan so he can be judged up or down based on that decision. i judge him up on that because it is what his predecessors have said and what he promised in his running. then, there is the execution.
and there is room for fair commentary about whether the human cost was needlessly, um, grave. even if the decision to leave afghanistan had been carried out in the most perfect possible way, it would have been a tragedy there. >> reporter: on the economy, inflation in december rose 7%. a spike that hasn't been seen since 1982 during ronald reagan's first term. and that economists in both parties predicted would be caused by biden's early spending programs. >> i have lived through times of hyperinflation, i have lived through times of mass layoffs and let me tell you, mass l layoffs are way worse. the trauma to families and to communities and to companies is much worse than the genuine problem of inflation. >> reporter: the unemployment rate is moving at a more encouraging direction. just 3.9%, down from 6.3 at the start of biden's tenure. >> this is probably the strongest economy for workers
that the united states has had in some time. but biden gets no credit for any of this. >> reporter: columnist jamel buoy. >> without credit for a strong economy and with resistance from republicans and a democratic party that is feeling unenthusiastic, he is in a tough spot. >> reporter: democrats are unenthusiastic because biden has not been able to pass the robust social spending legislation he initially proposed. or voting rights legislation. tough to do when democrats have the thinnest possible majority in the senate, and can only afford to lose three democrats in the house. >> so as you feel it, given the margins biden faces, has he been stymied? or is this kind of the slow process it takes when you have >> i think i am somewhere in between the two. the infrastructure bill, depending on how you count, is either $600 billion or $1.1 trillion. and covid relief bill was $1.9 trillion. in a year, president biden has signed $3 trillion worth of
spendi spending into law, which is i believe more than his democratic predecessor signed in his entire eight years in office. so by that standard, biden's doing great. but by the standard of the coalition and the coalition's expectations and by, i think, the administration's expectations, he is probably behind. >> reporter: biden, feeling the heat from his base, signalled his urgency about voting rights. >> i have been having these quiet conversations with the members of congress for the last two months. i'm tired of being quiet! >> reporter: neither, quiet nor loud worked. at the end of last week, democratic senators manchin and sinema wouldn't support changing senate filibuter rules to pass v voteing reform. >> i hope we can get this done. >> the same day, the supreme court struck down the administration's employer vaccine mandate. another setback at the end of the first year of joe biden's presidency, which means the second year starts not with
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cbs's david martin has more on this historic deployment. >> reporter: it is always a majestic site when an aircraft carrier sets out to sea but when the uss abraham lincoln left san diego, it was also an historic sight. for the first time ever, a u.s. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier was kbhand commanded by a woman. captain amy. >> we have a ship of 4,000 sailors right now. average age is about 21.8 years old. i want to get up each day, and make sure that they have all of the training and the resources they need. >> captain, united states navy arriving. >> reporter: she took command last august, and is now bound for the western pacific at a time of rising tensions with china. it's a breakthrough for women in the military. a moment she's been preparing for since she graduated from the naval academy in 1994 -- the year congress repealed the law barring women from combat. >> that law absolutely changed my life. we were the first class that graduated knowing and feeling honored with the privilege to be
able to go serve along the rest of our comrades in combat. >> reporter: she spoke with jan crawford of cbs news four years ago when she was serving as executive officer on the lincoln. also, a first. she rose through the ranks as a helicopter pilot, and now will command a ship that carries the navy's most sophisticated jet fighters. >> there is a lot that goes into getting this point -- to this point in my career. i spent about 27 1/2 years in the navy. a lot of hard work has gone into it. >> reporter: in addition to the endless duties of running a warship three times longer than a football field, she will also serve as a role model for women under her command. it happened on her previous tour aboard the lincoln when jordan gould asked her to perform the honors at her re-enlistment. >> i think it was because i can see a little bit of myself. it is okay to be assertive. it's okay to be in control. sorry. >> aw. >> with each of those jobs, i have also been able to lead
sailors, watch them grow, typically better, faster, and farther than i grew and being able to lead them in all these different environments has been the greatest honor of my career. >> reporter: there are women in the navy who outrank her but none who have ever held such a high-profile job as commanding officer of one of the most prominent symbols of american military power. david martin, cbs news, the pentagon. the "cbs overnight news" will be right back.
a new york city program has found the perfect recipe for helping kids in the kitchen and in life. cbs's michael george reports from harlem. >> reporter: this basketball court in harlem is a makeshift kitchen for a group of young chefs in the making. 10-year-old franklin johnson is learning how to grow and cook veggies, thanks to the nonprofit harlem grown. are you getting pretty good at cooking? >> i am. >> make sure you stir everything. yep. or else it's going to burn. >> they are using fresh-local produce, not easy to find in many communities. what are the options for families in this neighborhood to eat? >> few and far between.
usually, fast, cheap, empty calories, and unhealthy. >> reporter: harlem grown's founder, tony hillary, says food deserts where the nutritious options are scarce lead to a lifetime of health problems. >> it is hot, y'all. >> you see this in every poor community in this country. it's not black, white, and brown, but it is poor. >> reporter: but here, kids get their first taste of their own healthy cooking. >> it smells really good. >> thank you. >> delicious. >> reporter: do you think it's important for kids to eat healthy? >> yes, because if you eat healthy and then you going to keep on inspire mrg people to be healthy. and soon enough, the whole world's just going to be healthy. >> reporter: going home with a full stomach and a little food for thought. michael george, cbs news, new york. and that's the overnight news for this monday. for some of you, the news continues. for others, check back with us a little later for cbs mornings. from the broadcast center in new
york city, i'm nancy cortez. this is cbs news flash. i'm elise preston in new york. north korea has fired two missiles towards the ocean. officials in south korea and japan say north korea had three other weapons launches earlier this month. last week, the u.s. imposed new sanctions on north korea. the estate of prince will be split between a music company and three of the late musician's siblings. prince did not leave a will when he died in 2015, resulting in a legal battle over his estate for six years. the estate reportedly worth more than $156 million, could be distributed next month. in its opening weekend,
"scream" topped the box office. the reboot of the slasher film grossed more than $30 million, knocking off spider-man no way home. for inneror more news, download the cbs news app onnure cell phone or connected tv. i'm elise preston, cbs news, new york. it's monday, january 17th, 2022. this is the wter storm. snow, rain, and ice move up the east coast. the miserable and dangerous conditions this morning. synagogue standoff fallout. the two new arrests in the aftermath of a tense hostage crisis in texas. job performance. almost one year after he took office, a new poll shows why americans are giving president biden low marks when it comes to his presidency and handling of covid. well, good morning, good to be with you.