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i'm elise preston, cbs news, new york. this is the "cbs overnight news." >> tonight, a welcome sight for parents panicked by a critical nationwide shortage of baby formula. the first shipments arrived in the u.s. from europe. part of what's called operation fly formula. it's a biden administration initiative that aims to quickly increase the supplies of the force. it's enough for more than half a million baby bottles. it will be inspected and fast tracked for delivery to families. christina ruffini is at the
white house. >> reporter: good evening, the president tweeted a second shipment of formula is on its way to pennsylvania in the next couple of days and distributed around the country. the white house is facing criticism that it didn't act fast enough. relief landed in indianapolis today. pallets of specialized allergy friendly formula air lifted from germany on military transports. >> i'm told this shipment provides enough formula to take care of 9,000 babies and 18,000 toddlers for a week agriculture tom vilsack met the formula on the tarmac. it should arrive around the country in the next few days. >> i never thought being a first time parent this is what i would be dealing with. >> reporter: 25-year-old formula mom allison aldi whose 4-month-old wyatt has needs.
>> reporter: the shortage started in february after abbott lax closed its plant due to a safety recall. yesterday in an op ed they said they're sorry. the biden administration is apologizing. >> we will continue to work as the president has instructed us to look for more supply. >> reporter: 2/3 of americans believe joe biden is slow to react to events. >> the president spoke about the outbreak of monkey pox now confirmed in 12 countries including cases right here in the united states. what more can you tell us about that? >> reporter: right. you heard the president say this
is something everyone should be concerned about. jake sullivan said there is a vaccine for this. there's a supply of vaccine the u.s. can deploy if necessary. it's a very small outbreak. it's unlikely to become a public health concern. the white house wants to show they're on top of it. >> christina. concerned about the weather. >> reporter: little windy. we'll get there. >> thank you. even with his eye on domestic concerns this weekend, president biden has been focused on america's interests in asia. tonight the president is in tokyo and that's where we find our cbs news senior foreign correspondent elizabeth palmer. >> reporter: air force one landed smoothly near tokyo at the airbase. president biden emerged to a warm welcome by japan's foreign minister who represents a government keen to strengthen ties with the u.s. both commercial and military.
roughly 55,000 forces are concernedly stationed in japan. we joined the third battalion second marines on the island of okinawa for a training exercise. the enemy sneaking up on these defenders are fellow marines but this is a serious rehearsal for what they consider a real threat, china. >> as a result they want most battalions to be deployed here in okinawa. >> reporter: the chinese military is conducting tests with the air force and military. they could be prepared to seize taiwan which could put the marines on the front line. doing these kinds of exercises these days is taiwan the concern? >> 100%. >> reporter: yes, ma'am? >> especially looking at what's happening over there. >> reporter: the marines are
practicing for a potential hot war that president biden and asian leaders meeting here hope to head off. by sending a message to china and that is that the combined military muscle of the u.s. and its allies, not the l whjapan,s formidable force. >> elizabeth palmer. thank you. the battle for ukraine, grinding into the third month of ukraine ruling out any cease-fire that would force it to give up territory to moscow. russian shelling hit an oil refinery sending toxic smoke into the air. it's part of the pounding of the country that is taking on kremlin forces narrowng their objectives and concentrating their attack. deborah patta is in kharkiv. >> reporter: nothing is sacred in ukraine and nowhere is safe. the fighting in the eastern town of donetsk is so intense that
sunday mass was held in the church basement. russian forces are pounding donbas a in kharkiv where ukrainians forced russian troops to retreat, there is concern that they are gearing up for another offensive. the nearest russian strong hold here in sukini is just two miles down this road. this is a key position for ukraine to hold, that's why they're fighting tooth and nail to keep russia away. leading the charge, deputy commander kapa. we know the russians are regrouping, he told us, but we're also not sitting still. what they need, he said, is strong ger fire power, long range, heavy artillery. do you have any american weapons here? >> no. >> reporter: before war came to karkiv, the men of the 127th territorial defense unit lived ordinary civilian lives.
they were teachers, surgeons, dentists. kapa had a small business. now they are fighting with their hearts. i have a child. a daughter. i want her to live on this land, he said. for fathers like me, there is no other motivation. these are the people they are defending. already they have lost so much. lubob has come home to find her apartment obliterated. my entire life was in there, she sobbed. she carries the only possessions she could salvage. yes, this is our family, she said. my son and my granddaughter. what are you going to do now? i don't know, she ace. snob knows. she cannot begin to imagine how she will pick up the pieces of her broken life. even though the fighting has moved further back, we can tell
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>> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." i'm jericka duncan in new york. thanks so much for staying with us. the summer driving season is right around the corner. you've probably already guessed. there will be a lot more pain at the pump. the price of gasoline in california set a record saturday. $6.07 a gallon of regular. that's right. that's the highest statewide average ever. nationwide the average price is $4.59 a gallon. that's 12 cents higher than just a week ago. this time last year we were paying about $3.04 per gallon. inflation, the war in ukraine,
supply chain issues coupled with rising demand are all factors. michael george has more. >> reporter: there is a lot of finger pointing about who's to blame for the high gasoline prices. republicans blame the biden administration. repr democrats say the oil companies are price gouging. it's more complex. along with the spiking prices at the pump, refineries and oil companies profits have spiked, too. in the first three months of the year chevron's profits rose 33% over the last three months of 2021. shell jumped 42%. connick could he phillips is up 43% and british petroleum's profits soared 51%. >> oil companies are making a lot of money by going along for the ride. they're selling their oil at the market price. >> reporter: the professor points out oil and gas production is caught in a tangled mess compounded by the
fact there are 2% more vehicles on the road than there were before the pandemic. >> most of the increase has come from crude oil prices going up and that's because world demand has been coming back quite strongly from the pandemic. supply hasn't caught up. even before russia attacked ukraine we were seeing the production of oil lagging. producers in the united states are reporting they're having a hard timeke back to the oil fi. they're having supply chain problems with parts and equipment. >> reporter: pinched wallets also present a challenge. >> we don't go out as much with the car. my wife and i, we're kind of old farts. we've been riding our bicycles. >> reporter: there may be a lot more time to practice before the prices come down. >> the reality is we are in for high gas prices through the summer and probably through the end of this year. possibly gradually going lower, but we're not going to see $2 or
$3 gasoline even in the near future. >> that again was michael george reporting. we have another disturbing record high to report this morning. the amount of student debt in this country. americans have racked up more than $1.7 trillion in student loans spread across some 43 million borrowers. that is second only to mortgages and the largest category of debt in this country. president biden has already forgiven billions of student loans. democrats want him to do more. here's ed o'keefe. >> reporter: he's forgiven about $17 billion in student loans so far. everybody else who is a student loan borrower has had their payments put off until august. there's an expectation he will announce something about forgiveness. democrats are asking him to do something. republicans aren't asking him to do anything. >> this is predatory.
>> reporter: meagan graduated from the university of michigan with $20,000. >> the whole time you are not earning enough to pay back these debts, now you're accruing interest still and so it's like getting punished for being poor. >> reporter: douglas took out $20,000 more to help get a masters degree but after years of interest when her payments resume she'll face a debt total that's nearly total. >> i have 1/4 of my salary left to buy food, take care of my child. then it becomes unsustainable. life becomes unsustainable. >> reporter: with the price of an average degree climb to go $115,000, democrats like senator warren said president biden can cancel student loan debt without action. >> 40% don't have a college diploma. they tried.
pregnancy, trying to work three jobs. their mom got sick. 40% of that 43 million are dealing with student loan debt on what a high school grad makes. >> reporter: to those who say, you know this argument, that's not fair, i pay my debt. what would you say? >> that 4 year college that you can get by on a part-time waitressing job, it's just not there. what america has done to those kids is we've told them on the one hand much more so than when i was a kid, you need post high school education. the only way the federal government is going to help you is to load you up with debt and then squeeze every last drop out of you to pay back. >> reporter: canceling student debt would be grossly unfair to the americans who worked hard for years to pay off loans. >> reporter: republicans agree rising costs would be a problem. they've introduced legislation to block the president from for giving student loans. >> i question whether he has the
authority at all. >> reporter: whether the president has authority has sparked fierce debate and the education department has yet to come to a conclusion. >> regulation is much more likely to survive legal challenge. >> reporter: loan interest is legally more validated. >> it doesn't increase college access or graduation rates and it doesn't help future students. >> reporter: without action many americans will be faced with some very hard choices. >> i'm hoping beyond hope that we don't miss this opportunity to do right by a whole lot of people. >> reporter: now before he left for asia the president met with lawmakers again to discuss this issue. like we said, polls show people
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>> we have a good feeling about this class because it's about optimism. >> i see you have a glass that's half empty. >> no, it's half full. >> interesting. >> uh-huh. >> that's inching us closer to our definition. >> optimism is to look on the better or brighter side of things. >> i kind of look at optimism as a super power, a way to alter the course of future events. you know how that happens? >> you decide how you want to look at them. >> let's turn to my library of stories past for the real life example of the unbelievable power of positive thinking. for as long as her parents can remember, brianna carsy has had this crazy dream. she has always wanted a brood mare, a mommy horse that would grow up to become a racing champion. >> this was tale for her
from>> repter: it sou expensiv ah. >> reporter: you tell her no? >> well, she'll tell you she has me wrapped around her finger. >> reporter: her foal was born in the spring of 2013. mjb got faith and got faith for the faith she instantly had in him. >> i really loved him. >> reporter: from the beginning? >> uh-huh. he's super soft, too. >> reporter: but that quick bond posed a real problem for this pushover dad. see, for whatever reason, brian thought once he explained to her daughter that her horse could never race, that it was a run the from poor breeding stock she would just agree to sell it, but obviously not. she's like, there's no price, daddy. so i'm talking to my wife. it's like, we've really got ourselves into a mess here and i don't know how we're going to go out of this. we stake him into the races.
>> the horse that doesn't belong. >> the horse i thought we should have gotten rid of. >> reporter: brian was stuck. this is not a wealthy family. brian runs a small logistics company and ohio racing, harness racing is a $900 million a year industry. >> i want to see him go fast. >> reporter: mjb got faith barely qualified but then somehow some way won his first race, won his second race, his third and his fourth qualifying him for the state championship. >> i said, baby, if you finish third, you should be so thankful. >> she goes, daddy, if he finishes last, i'm going to be thankful. but he's going to win. >> reporter: and so it was, that this little horse with no pedigree, this pet with no reason for being here beyond the
blind faith of a little girl won an ohio sire stakes championship. >> she said, dad, i told you you've got to have faith. >> bring than took home $100,000 that day. she has already given away half of it to charity and as for the other half, she plans to use that money as a downpayment on a farm. >> i just want to be able to have a farm, walk out my back door and see him. >> just a girl, a horse and knowing her father. >> dad, can we please get a cat? >> no. >> probably a cat, too. >> i want to get a cat. >> i kind of do, too. >> let's find out. how are you guys? >> good, how are you. >> we're good. >> did you get the cat? >> i didn't get the cat. i got a puppy instead though. >> oh. >> how is mjb and where is mjb now? >> doing good.
he's retired now so he's living his best life in a field. >> so you have the land? >> yes. >> as i recall, you got another horse and named it steve hartman. >> we did. >> steve hartman, the early trailer. >> how did that horse do? >> he raced four times i believe it was. >> ever get last place? >> yes, two of four. >> two out of the four races he was last place? >> correct. >> not good. >> we have to find a steve hartman two. >> i don't know if you want to push your luck. >> you're not being very optimistic. >> starting to sound like me. >> i don't want that. so i think we all know who was the optimist in that story and who was the pessimist. >> i'm sure. >> i'm curious, did that whole experi c y in any way? >> yes, it has. it truly has changed me to believe things are possible, glass is always half full, not half empty. if you put your mind to it, work hard, be dedicated you can do
millions of workers are headed back to the office and that's some good news but it could also be bad news for some family members who might be upset. we're talking about your dogs. many dogs are showing signs of depression with their pet parents out of the house again. tina krause has more. >> sit. >> reporter: pets are trained to tune in to their owners, but listening doesn't always work both ways. >> i'm sure everybody can tell you about how your dog knows when you are in a bad mood. unfortunately we're not as good at reading that. >> reporter: new research from guide dogs u.k. shows nearly 75% of brittain's dogs show anxiety or depression. only 1/3 of owners recognize
those signals. >> how do i know if he's feeling anxious or sad? >> the main things to look ought for are things they used to be interested in. their little physicians. if they're licking a lot, yawning a lot. that's a sign of stress. >> reporter: pet health after the pandemic. >> suddenly we're going out and they're used to us being there. >> reporter: dr. helen whiteside said just like people, dogs get bored too. creative play is good too. >> while you're out for your walk, make it mentally stimulating for them where they're sniffing the lamp post. >> reporter: researchers say that extra boost for your fur baby could improve your health, too.
that is the overnight news from the broadcast center. i'm jericka duncan. this is cbs news flash. i'm elise preston in new york. president biden says recent monkey pox cases in the u.s. are concerning adding that work is being done to determine which vaccines could help ward against the disease. so far two cases in the u.s. have been confirmed with more than 50 suspected case joos power has mostly returned to guy lord, michigan. police say everyone is now accounted for. the ef-3 killed 40 people. justin thomas took home his second championship trophy after coming from behind.
for more news, download the cbs news app from your cell phone. i'm it's monday, may 23rd, 2022. this is the "cbs morning news." breaking overnight -- defending taiwan. the white house goes on cleanup after president biden says the u.s. would send military help if the island nation was invaded by china. sex abuse crisis. a bombshell report makes serious allegations against america's largest protestant denomination. imported baby formula. the first batch arrives in the u.s. with more expected this week as the ceo of abbott issues a public apology. well, good morning, and good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. breaking overnight, president biden delivered a stern warning to china as he continues