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dr. anthony fauci said today we need not variant-specific vaccines, but ones that protect against all strains of the virus. norah? >> that would be a breakthrough. mola lenghi, thanks. today president biden and vice president harris paid tribute to dr. martin luther king jr., vowing to carry the civil right icon legacy for pushing for protection of voting rights. but getting legislation passed won't be easy. >> reporter: in washington today, the family of dr. martin luther king jr. marched in favor of voting reform. >> we're tired of being patient. >> reporter: the president and vice president sounded the alarm as well. >> our freedom to vote is under assault. >> the attack on our democracy is real. >> reporter: and yet a major voting reform bill is poised to fail in the senate as soon as tomorrow, which has advocates turning up the heat on two manchinh t sup s.est inia's joe
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voting d ba aul chae that would enable democrats to pass that reform bill without republican support. >> i never got a call on that from the white house. >> reporter: one republican, utah senator mitt romney said he'd be open to negotiation, but he doesn't support the proposed legislation, which would allow early voting and vote by mail in all 50 states and make election day a national holiday. over the past year, 19 states have passed more restrictive voting laws. >> voting discrimination is alive and well. >> reporter: kristen clarke is the first african american woman to head the justice department's civil rights division. >> there is no doubt that we are seeing efforts to make it harder for people of color and other marginalized groups to vote. >> reporter: according to a new cbs poll, more than four in ten americans think president biden is not focusing enough on voting
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rights and race relations. but his predecessor continues to push for more restrictions, especially in states he lost in 2020. >> their legislation is not a voting rights bill. it's a voting fraud bill. >> reporter: all of this leaves president biden with a dilemma. how to show his base that he's doing something to combat voter suppression when the most meaningful option, federal norah? >> nancy cordes at the white house, thank you. trouble is far from over for the world's top tennis player after novak djokovic was banned from the australian open. the next major tournament is the french open, and tonight there is word that he may be banned from that competition too. the reason? he's not vaccinated. and that could also mean he may not play here at the u.s. open. cbs' charlie d'agata reports. >> reporter: the smashes, double
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faults, and backhands played out on the court this time as the australian open got under way. the show went on, despite booting out its nine-time winner and defending champion. djokovic is sitting this one out in his native serbia, where supporters, including the serb president accuse the australian government of a political witch hunt against the world number one. >> it's not normal that he is humiliated. i think the australian authorities humiliated themselves. >> reporter: those australian authorities detain and ultimately deported the star over a visa battle that focused largely on the fact he was unvaccinated. in a statement, djokovic said he was extremely disappointed in the court's decision to his visa. i hope we can now focus on the game and tournament i love. defending her own title after a four-month break to look after her mental health, naomi osaka, not allowing the djokovic saga
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to overshadow the tournament. >> even before this whole situation, my goal for this year is just to focus on myself. >> reporter: focus that's worked, nailing her first match in straight sets. as for djokovic competing in the french open in may, the sports minister said the situation may change, but at the moment, there is no exception to the rule that all athletes must be vaccinated in order to compete. norah? >> charlie d'agata, thanks. the "cbs overnight news" will be right back.
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it's an uphill battle for the people of colorado who lost their homes last month to the most destructive wildfire in state history. tonight hundreds of families are still looking for a place to stay. cbs' janet shamlian is there for us. >> we don't even know what we lost. >> reporter: there is nothing left to say. >> the lamps are what fell through. >> reporter: a harsh reality for nikki and ryan fazio, especially when homes 50 feet away were untouched. >> when you lose something like, this you don't even know what you need to get back. you go into survival mode. >> reporter: this is the fast-moving fire that was closing in when they fled with their two children, the pets, and little more. the landscape now looks apocalyptic. more than a thousand structures were damaged or destroyed. hundreds of families left homeless.
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how challenging has it been for you guys to find housing? >> since the fire, the morning after, that has been my sole purpose is just to find a home in our community for the children. >> your guys' fort was here. >> reporter: for the ruff family, the housing is now a crisis. >> i don't think there was more than two or three houses in inventory if you wanted to buy a place before this. and now there are a thousand households that are looking. >> reporter: they've moved four times since the fire, from hotels to a friend's basement. sheryl posted a plea on a facebook page for a more permanent rental. the fazios have a place to stay for now. after the owners of this home, strangers, moved out so nikki, ryan and the kids wouldn't have to leave town. >> our biggest thing is keeping the kids in school and keeping them around their friends and making sure that they are the stability they had before this. >> reporter: families in search of the one thing there is no place like.
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underwater volcanic eruption and tsunami. communications with the ielt have been sporadic. incredibly, no mass casualties have been reported. a british woman is the first tsunami. the tsunami unleashed powerful waves that traveled thousands of miles and flooded california's santa cruz harbor. that medevac chopper pilot who pulled off a miracle last week got a warm sendoff from the hospital. daniel moore suffered injuries to his ribs, spine and chest. two others on board, including a 2-month-old baby all survived. >> i remember waking up and looking up and seeing a whole company of firefighters looking down at me. that's a real good feeling. >> moore says the real heros are the medics and nurses who treat patients in his chopper. all right. coming up next, we reach into the cbs news archives to hear from dr. martin luther king jr. after the selma march.
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it was nearly 57 years ago that dr. martin luther king jr. led the selma to montgomery march for voting rights, and delivered what became known as his how long, not long speech. cbs news cam ares were there. so here is dr. king in his own words. >> i come to say to you this afternoon however difficult the moment, however frustrating the hour, it will not be long because truth will rise again. how long? not long. because no lie can live forever. how long? not long. because you shall reap what you
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sow. how long? not long. because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice. how long? not long. because mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the lord. he is tramping out the vicious, the grapes of wrath. he has loosed the paper lightning of his terrible swift sword. his truth is marching on. glory hallelujah, glory hallelujah! glory hallelujah! glory, hallelujah, his truth is marching on. >> and that is the "overnight news" for this tuesday. for some of you, the news continues. for others, check back later for cbs mornings. and you can follow us online any time at cbsnews.com. reporting from the nation's capital, i'm norah o'donnell.
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this is cbs news flash. i'm tom hanson in new york. we begin with a new warning from the airline industry. leaders say 5g technology set to be deployed this week interferes with plane sensors and could lead to thousands of flights being canceled over safety. the faa says it will not object to the roll-out now to last month's deadly tornado that ravaged an amazon warehouse in illinois. the parents of one of six victims killed will sue amazon over the wrongful death of their son. the incident is under investigation. and the boroughs bruins are saying goodbye to 22, the number that belonged to first black professional hockey player willie oh reed is being
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required. it's something he never would have dreamed of. for more news, download news on your cell phone or connected tv. i'm tom hanson, cbs news, new york. ♪ >> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." >> good evening. and it is great to have you with us tonight as we remember dr. martin luther king jr. and honor his legacy. we're going to hear more from him from the cbs news archives. but first, there are a number of major news stories we're covering on this monday night. while many of you are still dealing with that powerful winter storm, we want to begin with new information about that horrifying hostage situation at a texas synagogue. tonight the fbi calling what happened a terror-related anti-semitic attack. the man who held four people captive was a british national. police in the uk detained his two teenaged sons because they spoke with their father on the
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very day of the incident. also breaking tonight, cbs news has learned the department of homeland security sent a memo to local law enforcement warning that faith-based communities will likely be target of future violence. cbs' omar villafranca is outside the temple in colleyville, texas. good evening, omar. >> reporter: good evening. sources tell cbs news the suspect was not known to u.s. intelligence officials, but we are learning he did take a flight from new york here to texas. we're also learning more about the high stakes standoff as hostages are starting to speak out for the first time. >> it was terrifying. it was overwhelming. and we're still processing. >> reporter: appearing on cbs mornings, rabbi charlie cytron-walker described the tense 11-hour standoff at congregation beth israel and the moment he realized the man who claimed to be homeless was taking them hostage. >> i heard a click, and it could
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have been anything, and it turned out that it was his gun. >> reporter: sources tell cbs news 44-year-old malik faisal akram was a british citizen who arrived at new york's jfk airport about two weeks ago. making his way to texas, he stayed in a homeless shelter and somehow obtained a gun. today one of the hostages says akram claimed he targeted the synagogue because of its proximity to aafia siddiqui, a convicted terrorist with suspected ties to al qaeda. he demanded her release from a texas prison as the fbi rescue team flew in from quantico, virginia. hostage jeffrey cohen told cbs station kvtv that after ten hours of negotiations -- >> he started spouting for a good few minutes that he was going put a bullet ineach of us, whereas earlier in the day he was going to let us all go, and he was the only one that was going to die. but at that point he was going to kill each of us. he even told us to get down on our knees. >> reporter: but before the fbi went in, the hostages saw an
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opportunity to save themselves. >> he put his gun down to pour some soda. and that's the point that rabbi charlie threw the chair and yelled "run." >> i told them to go. i threw a chair at the gunman, and i headed for the door. and all three of us were able to get out without even a shot being fired. >> reporter: the video shot by abc affiliate wfaa shows the hostages escaping through a side door. akram follows them out, then ducks back in. the tactical unit springs into action. within seconds, akram was dead, the hostages alive. like many religious groups, members of this synagogue have been through active shooter training. >> we were consciously watching and looking for those opportunities because that is what saved our lives. >> and omar is back with us from texas. omar, what can you tell us about the latest in the investigation? >> norah, this is still a very
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active and widespread investigation. we just learned the suspect paid cash for his flight, and that he traveled alone. we also learned that federal agents are going to homeless shelters to talk to people. they want to find out what he did while he was there, and more importantly, how he was able to get a gun. norah? >> omar villafranca, thank you. we turn now to that major winter storm that dumped crippling amounts of snow from asheville, north carolina to buffalo, new york, and left tens of thousands without power. cbs' nikki battiste is in hard hit rochester, new york. good evening, nikki. >> reporter: norah, good evening. i have to tell you, it has been brutal for my crew and i to be out in this wintry mix of cold and wind and snow all day here in rochester. pretty much everyone else in this area did stay inside today. right now i say we probably have about a foot of snow. but as you can see, it is still coming down pretty hard tonight. across the northeast today, a wintry whiteout, as some areas
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saw up to 2 inches of snowfall per hour, making it nearly impossible for road crews to keep up. the storm pounded i-90 in western pennsylvania, with a triple punch of heavy snow, strong winds, and freezing rain. utility crews had to help each other on the slippery roads. it was no different for several stranded drivers in erie. today in new york, buffalo was nailed with more than 16 inches, the most on this day in 64 years. >> the person across the street, they got stuck trying to get out of their driveway. we got to help each other. >> reporter: today more than 1600 domestic flights now c can canceled, frustrating stranded passengers trying to get home. >> hope for the best, see if a better flight opened up. >> reporter: before heading east, the storm pummelled the south this weekend. more than 600 collisions were reported in north carolina, including an accident that killed two people from myrtle beach.
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the storm also knocked out power for tens of thousands, including this georgia father. >> i'm out there with a pot and boiling water to keep my baby's formula warm, you know. >> in the middle of a tornado right now. >> reporter: in southern florida, tornadoes touched down, destroying multiple homes. and get ready, because meteorologists tell us there is a chance of another winter storm along the east coast this weekend from the carolinas to new england. norah? >> nikki battiste, thank you for being there with us. we appreciate it. well, the runaway omicron variant is spreading fast with both daily cases and hospitalizations near all-time records. and experts warn that this latest surge, that it's far from over. cbs' mola lenghi reports. >> reporter: as omicron continues to sweep the nation, today dr. anthony fauci discussed whether it could end the pandemic. >> i would hope that's the case, but that would only be the case if we don't get another variant that eludes the immune response. >> reporter: still, health officials say the next few weeks
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will be rough. as case numbers shatter records, more than 133,000 americans are currently hospitalized with covid, down 2.5% from the peak the week before. and the challenges continue tonight with the lack of available rapid at-home tests and long lines for pcr tests, topped by lengthy delays in getting results, contributing to the spread of the virus. meanwhile, new york state could be turning a corner on the surge, reporting about 48,000 cases on friday, a nearly 47% drop from roughly 90,000 cases a week earlier. other states in the northeaseei end, or leveling off.t tarhe falutsoure, experts s whe bitecomes an an nual ils thiisoi gng to become an annualci vacnaonti, at lesik lt a period of time. ea >> reporter: a new israeli study suggests that a fourth dose of vaccine provides only limited protection against the omicron variant. dr. anthony fauci said today w need not variant-specific
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♪ >> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." >> i'm major garrett in washington. thank you so much for staying with us. on monday, the nation reflected on the legacy of dr. martin luther king jr. and the work that remains ahead. the first black woman to run the justice department's civil rights division says voting rights discrimination still exists today. assistant attorney general kristen clarke spoke with our jeff pegues in her first tv interview since taking office last year. clarke says continuing dr. king's quest for equal access to ballot box is one of the
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department's top priorities. >> what do you think is the state of voting in america right now? >> we have made a lot of progress but we still have a long way to go. >> reporter: assistant district attorney kristen clarke hears the frustration of many over new state voting restrictions and says her department is using every tool at its disposal to row tech voting rights. would you say it's people of color who are being targeted by these laws? >> yes. voting discrimination is alive and well. >> who do you think is behind this effort? >> well, look, i do not view this as a partisan issue. >> you don't? >> i don't. i was there at the white house when president bush signed the last reauthorization of the bill into law. it passed in congress in 2006 by a 98-0 street in the senate. >> you might be the only one in this town that doesn't see it as a partisan issue. >> well, i'm hopeful. i'm hopeful that we can get back
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to that place where we've been time and time again, where congress has worked in bipartisan fashion to renew the voting rights act. >> right now the legislation is stalled in congress. the biden administration and snate democrats do not have the votes to pass their election reform measures. within the democratic party thre are growing frustration that the justice department and the president failed to reverse republican efforts to change state election laws with midterm election approaching and control of congress on the ballot. do you feel any pressure to get this done? >> there is an urgency for sure. i understand the frustration that people feel as we watch states that are working to make it harder for people to vote. >> clarke has a reputation for not backing down from a fight. she was raised in working class east new york brooklyn, one of new york city's toughest
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neighborhoods. she says her parents, who emigrated to the u.s. from jamaica, wanted their kids to get a good education. as a teenager, clarke attended rosemary hall in connecticut, one of the most prestigious boarding schools in the country. alumni include president john f. kennedy. how did you adapt? >> you know, i just settled right in. >> it must not have been easy at that time. >> no, not easy. a very different environment than east new york. >> during her third year at choate, she says she learned how the law could be a powerful force for change when she sat in on a desegregation case focusing on the disparities between urban and suburban schools. >> in many ways choate has a lot to do with my journey, where i am today. >> reporter: today she is the first black woman heading the civil rights division, headquartered in former fbi director's j. edgar hoover's old office. from her desk, she can see
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pennsylvania avenue and capitol hill. but she hasn't forgotten how she got here. >> i know what it's like for families who grow up poor and who struggle, who live paycheck to paycheck. i know what that experience is like. i know what it's like to be marginalized, sidelined, and silenced. and that personal perspective shapes who i am. >> reporter: jeff pegues, washington. >> the "cbs overnight news" will what happens when you block heartburn with one prilosec otc in the morning? heartburn doesn't stand a chance - day... or night. excess stomach acid can cause heartburn. prilosec otc works differently by preventing excess acid production. so don't fight heartburn, block it. prilosec otc. one pill in the morning blocks heartburn, all day and all night.
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the australian open got under way monday without the world's number-one ranked male tennis player. novak djokovic returned to his native serbia after being deported from australia for not being vaccinated against covid. now his participation in future tournaments is in doubt. here is cbs' holly williams. >> reporter: it's game, set, and match to the australian government in its battle with the world's number one men's tennis player, deported after 11 days of legal wrangling and anger from his fellow serbians. novak djokovic ignored questions from journalists, flanked by his team as he left the country. >> how are you feeling, mr. djokovic? >> reporter: "i am extremely disappointed," said djokovic in a statement, adding that the
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focus of the past weeks was on him. the australian government said it canceled his visa because djokovic's presence could lead to an increase in anti-vaccination sentiment, and even civil unrest. australia has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world. nearly 93% of those age 16 and over. an opinion poll yesterday showed 71% of australians wanted djokovic deported. >> anyone in australia who is not vaccinated can't go to work, can't go to a restaurant, probably can't walk in the gate here today. so why should anyone be able to work without vaccination in australia? >> reporter: australia requires everyone entering the country to be vaccinated or have a medical exemption. djokovic had an exemption because of a recent covid outbreak, but it sparked outrage. >> a real slap in the face to family people who have family
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members stuck oversea. >> vaccine mandates could be career-ending for sports people like jnovak djokovic if they stick to their guns and don't get vaccinated. >> reporter: based on current rules, unvaccinated players won't be able to compete at the french open in may. most tennis players have been diplomatic about djokovic's problems, but rafael nadal said yesterday, quote, the australian open is much more important than any player. with the nfl play-offs under way, we are taking a closer look at legal sports betting. it's an industry that is booming and only getting started. according to the american gaming association, more than $50 billion was bet on sports in the u.s. last year. that is up from $21.6 billion in 2020, and many states have not yet reported their december numbers. new york state just launched mobile sports betting earlier this month. cbs saturday morning co-host dana jacobsen has more.
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>> marching downfield, and intercepted. >> reporter: it was a touchdown that clinched georgia's first national title in four decades. >> all the way to the end zone! >> reporter: it wasn't just the bulldog faithful celebrating. there was a different fan of the red and black thanks to the green. we're talking about sports betters, no longer in need of a trip to vegas, they're now lining their pockets from the comfort of home. >> this is just another way that people like to predict things during the game. it gives them that deeper engagement or connection with their friends. >> reporter: matt kalish is the north american president of draftkings, wasn't of the most prominent mobile sports betting sites. >> it all comes to this. the giants score and our guy brings home the bacon. >> reporter: if you've watched tv recently, you've probably seen their commercials, calls to bet on sports with just the tap of a finger. >> we're still seeing growth every year. and the bigger force, it's a
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state-by-state roll-out. >> reporter: sports bet manage the u.s. has exploded since a 2018 supreme court decision struck down a federal ban outside nevada. now 30 states and washington, d.c. allow wagers of some kind. new york is the latest of 18 states to introduce mobile sports betting, and it's a windfall for every state involved. new jersey leads the charge with more than $21 billion in bets since 2018, the state has taken in more than $1.5 billion in revenue. with new york set to collect 51% of the state's mobile betting revenue, it's expected to leap to the top. but where does that money go? under state law in new york, about 80% of its revenue is flagged for two purposes, elementary and secondary education and property tax relief. >> the tax revenue often goes towards a cause that's near and dear. one that stands out to me is in
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colorado they were looking to fund more clean water projects. and the sports betting bill is tied directly to that cause. so it's really something that helps fund projects that were underfunded in the past. >> reporter: but critics say there is a cost no financial gain can offset. >> people who look at this and say it's not good say you're encouraging people, making it easier for people who might have a gambling problem to have access to it. how do you respond to that? >> i'm the responsible gaming friend. there is a lot of controls that consumers directly, you can set your time limit. you can set your deposit limit. you can opt out from ever playing. you can opt out of marketing, things like. that would someone do that if they have an addiction? would they necessarily take those steps to help themselves? >> well, it's not only those controls that the user sets themselves. and because it's online, because the transactions are all tracked and n a database, we're able to detect any sort of unhealthy gaming behavior and take action,
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even if the customer doesn't ask for that. >> reporter: it's a start, says dr. timothy fong, a professor of psychiatry at ucla who focuses on gambling addiction. >> there is some concern there, the concern there that if we go too quickly, we may end up creating more harm than good. we may end up suppressing the discussion of how to do proper prevention, how to actually do treatment. >> reporter: dr. fong says it's arensetween nsums, the gaming industry to reduce harm from gambling disorders. >> having national and local discussions about problem gambling and prevention, teaching our young people not to avoid gamble, but how to handle losing, how to handle losses. i think particularly in the sports betting world, it's trying to disentangle this connection we have with sports in gambling being so embedded, kind of like steak and lobster. and it would be i think much more helpful we could figure out
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how to keep those forms of entertainment separate, but not necessarily equal and dependent on one another. >> the "cbs overnight news" will be right back.
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we end this half hour with a story of inspiration and perseverance. cbs' jan crawford introduces us to a brave young woman who is creating change despite the odds. >> reporter: on this quiet bike path outside washington, d.c., rukhsar habibzai is free. >> i'm flying on the sky. >> reporter: flying? >> yeah, i'm flying in the sky. i feel peace of mind. i'm free. >> reporter: as a young girl in afghanistan, peace and freedom were a constant struggle. >> women weren't allowed to ride a bike. >> reporter: were you afraid? >> yeah, i was afraid if someone is seeing me, like they will beat me or maybe they will harass me. >> reporter: she persevered, ultimately leading the afghan women's cycling team, which was nominated for the nobel peace prize.
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but then last summer the taliban resumed control. what was behind your decision to get out? and were you afraid then? >> i'm sorry. >> reporter: after four dangerous days of waiting, she finally got a flight out. >> i left my bicycle, my everything, my family. >> reporter: she's starting a new life in virginia, pursuing her goal of becoming a dentist and joining a competitive bike team. her focus? to compete in the olympics. what flag would you hope to represent? >> for my country. >> reporter: for afghanistan? >> for afghanistan. >> reporter: and for all the young girls still there. jan crawford, cbs news, fairfax, virginia. >> that is the "overnight news" for this tuesday. for some of you, the news continues. for others, please check back later for cbs mornings, and follow us online any time at cbsnews.com. reporting from the nation's capital, i'm major garrett.
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this is cbs news flash. i'm tom hanson in new york. we begin with a new warning from the airline industry. leaders say 5g technology set to be deployed this week interferes with plane sensors and could lead to thousands of flights being canceled over safety. the faa says it will not object to the roll-out. now to last month's deadly tornado that ravaged an amazon warehouse in illinois. the parents of one of six victims killed will sue amazon over the wrongful death of their son. the incident is under federal investigation. and the boston bruins are saying goodbye to 22, the number that belonged to first black professional hockey player willie is being retired.
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