tv CBS Evening News With Norah O Donnell CBS December 16, 2020 6:30pm-7:01pm PST
♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: tonight, what could be the biggest snow storm in years brings dangerous conditions from the mid-atlantic to the northeast. could new york city get more snow than it did all last winter? already a deadly storm with blizzard-like snow, freezing rain and gusty winds. roads become treacherous; thousands could lose power. and at least eight states close covid testing sites because of the storm, as new jersey's governor gives new snow advice-- "if you help your neighbor shovel, wear a mask. >> if it's not one thing, it's another. >> o'donnell: protecting america's seniors. the first nursing home residents get the vaccine. president-elect biden asks governors to open up schools in his first 100 days. and, the new study that shows a majority of kids with coronavirus got it from their
families, and not from their classmates. a christmas check? congress says it's close to a $900 billion deal. the first relief to americans in nine months. will you receive a $600 check? if so, when? the 9/11-style plot. terrorism charges against a man who allegedly got his pilot's license and researched tall buildings in the u.s. police handcuffed an innocent woman in her own home. the disturbing video as 12 officers raid the wrong apartment and handcuff a naked woman. >> i truly believe that they would have shot me. >> o'donnell: the video that the city of chicago wanted to keep secret. overdue honor. baseball elevates the "negro league" to major league status. and, we end tonight with our series, "season of giving:" serving lunch to the hardest hit after taking a loss of his own.
this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capitol. >> o'donnell: good evening to our viewers in the west and thank you for joining us. we're going to begin with breaking news. 70 million americans are now in the middle of a monster storm that's dumping snow, sleet and rain up and down the east coast. the powerful nor'easter is expected to unload as much as two feet of snow in some places, bringing with it 50-mile-per- hour winds and freezing rain that could lead to widespread power outages. tonight, cities and states including pennsylvania and new jersey are already declaring emergencies and shutting down services, including coronavirus testing. and as we come on the air, there are warnings from virginia to maine to stay off the roads as conditions get worse. what is shaping up to be the worst snow storm the east has seen in years is also hitting just as more doses of the nation's first coronavirus vaccine are being shipped out, potentially slowing down the nationwide effort to get shots into people's arms, even as they
are needed more than ever. well, that's because tonight the death toll from the virus here in the u.s. has passed 3,000, that's the third time in a week. we have a lot of new reporting for you and your family. and our team is standing by to cover it all. cbs's kris van cleave is going to lead us off tonight from a snowy maryland. good evening, kris. >> reporter: norah, this storm started in colorado. by the time it's done, it will have stretched all the way to maine. tonight, 14 states have winter weather warnings in effect. blizzard conditions are possible. so is up to two feet of snow. the first major storm of the season is already creating chaos. paramedics in pennsylvania dodging death, nearly hit by a sliding truck. slick roads causing this pile-up in virginia, and slippery conditions sending tractor- trailers off the road. now the storm is heading north, where preparations are under way in new york city for up to 10 inches of snow. >> this could be the biggest storm in several years. >> reporter: the storm comes as
the nation is still in the grip of covid-19. >> if it's not one thing, it's another. this is our first weather emergency of this pandemic. >> reporter: covid testing sites are shutting down in at least eight states, and there is concern tonight the weather may halt some shipments of the pfizer vaccine. pennsylvania is under a state of emergency, and expecting its largest delivery of the vaccine tomorrow. >> our team is ready to work collaboratively to address any issues that arise of vaccine transport and distribution. >> reporter: u.p.s. tells cbs news the vaccine is their top priority, and they'll continue making deliveries as long as roads and airports are open and it's safe to operate. but some are welcoming the snow, as school districts in some states are closing early or entirely tomorrow. jefferson county, west virginia schools emailed parents, they're taking a snow day, writing "this is one thing our kids won't lose this year." i think a lot of people wouldn't mind losing out on this one. we have had rain, high winds,
snow, sleet, more snow. it made driving conditions awful, and sub-freezing temperatures overnight here in maryland mean ice, norah. >> o'donnell: all right, stay safe out there, kris van cleave, thank you. the worst of the storm is still yet to come. let's bring in cbs's lonnie quinn for the forecast. good evening, lonnie. >> well, good evening to you, norah; hello, everybody. we are in the middle of our nor'easter here in new york city. and if you look at the radar picture, i mean you can see what is happening here in new york. but the radar picture will show you, there is a 750-mile swath of snow anywhere from the mountains of north carolina all the way up to new hampshire. and that is of course what your eye is drawn to. i, however, want to draw your eye to where the snow is not. and that is virginia. a good chunk of virginia is in a dry slot and that will move to the northeast. now, when a dry slot moves into an area during a snow storm, it's like taking ice cubes out of a glass of water-- that water is going to warm. well, the air warms as well, some of that snow can turn to rain. and if you look at the future projections-- and this is just one computer model-- but this
particular model is saying hey, that rain/snow line is going to push farther north. in fact, possibly as far north as hartford, connecticut. i know that seems extreme, but that is going to turn some of that snow into rain and it's going to bring the totals down a bit. but still, no matter how you slice this or dice this, it's going to be a lot of snow. biggest snowstorm for the northeast since 2018. 5-10 inches around a place like new york city. you go outside the city, maybe 10 to 16. to beot is going to be, say, eastern pennsylvania into the lower hudson valley, where you could get one to two feet of snow. so new york city has been in a snow drought. we are not in it any more, norah, it is here. >> o'donnell: all right, lonnie quinn, thank you. tonight, vaccine distribution has expanded to nursing homes. more than a third of the 306,000 covid deaths have come from long-term care facilities. and, some issues have been reported with the pfizer vaccine. we get more now from cbs's david begnaud. >> reporter: tonight, protecting the nation's most vulnerable, as nursing home patients and workers in west virginia and florida are getting their first dose of the vaccine. >> what a great time for this to come, really to put an end,
hopefully, to this virus. >> reporter: members of the military are also being immunized as pfizer's vaccine rollout continues across the country. cbs news obtained exclusive access as more than 4,800 doses of the vaccine arrived at u.c. davis medical center in sacramento, california. as soon as they came off the truck, the first stop is the pharmacy to start opening the box. the vials were immediately put into this ultra-cold freezer. they were then taken out in small batches, labeled and thawed. dr. nate kupperman was among the first to get the shot. >> i now know that i will not die from this disease. >> reporter: tonight, there are new reports about a glitch that is affecting vials in california and alabama which arrived too cold to process. thousands of potential doses that now need to be replaced. the first report of serious side effects involves a middle-aged health care worker in juneau, alaska who had an allergic reaction in ten minutes of getting the vaccine. the f.d.a. issued a reminder
today that people with severe allergies to vaccines should refrain from taking it at this time. along with the hope that comes from a vaccine, there is so much despair. california reported nearly 54,000 new coronavirus cases in just one day-- that is the highest ever, for any state. california's hospitalizations and deaths are also at record levels. hospital employees like marcia santini are now out sick, struggling with covid. >> this was like someone punched me in the gut and ripped my heart out. >> reporter: there is a new study which shows a majority of kids with coronavirus got it from their families, not from their classmates. dr. anthony fauci says he's hopeful that an overwhelming majority of americans will take the vaccine when it becomes widely available this spring. >> we will get a vail or an umbrella of herd immunity over the population. >> reporter: and finally, after battling covid-19 since november and giving birth while in the hospital, natalhie herera finally got to go home this
week, to hold her one-month-old baby boy, felipe, for the very first time. timust arrived in fresno, california, and here in the central part of the state, the biggest hospital has run out of i.c.u. beds. you know, there is another way to think about how the pfizer vaccine works. dr. tom frieden, who used to run the c.d.c. in atlanta, says the m.r.n.a. in the pfizer vaccine is like an email. it goes to your immune system, says what the virus looks like and gives instructions on how to kill it, and then like a like a snaessage, it just disappears. norah. >> o'donnell: all right, david begnaud, thank you. tonight, help may finally be on ale way for americans struggling to make ends meet in the pandemic. congressional leaders say they are close to a deal on a $900 billion relief bill, including another round of direct payments and help for unemployed workers. we get more now from cbs's nancy cordes. >> reporter: a sudden flurry of activity on capitol hill as leaders race to complete a covid relief deal in time for votes this week. >> we are very close.
>> the american people need more help. >> reporter: that help should come in the form of a roughly $900 billion bill, which includes another round of stimulus checks for most americans, about $600 or $700 per person. there is also $300 a week in federal unemployment benefits for the next four months, along with $80 billion for schools and billions more for vaccine distribution, rental assistance, and more. >> food assistance, my goodness. think about all the people in need. >> reporter: one of them is briana carozzo of san diego. >> we go to a couple different food banks. >> reporter: the deal could come just as her state unemployment benefits are running out. >> that would be great. it would really help the people who have been struggling. >> reporter: so you may be able to afford groceries, again, with this money? >> yes, yes. >> reporter: still, the cash comes too late for some. eight million more americans
fell into poverty this summer as stimulus talks floundered. new government figures show u.s. retail sales fell in november for the first time since spring. ce spring.serve chair jerome federal reserve cha powell said today the relief bill would be very good for the economy. >> we know there are small businesses all over the country that have been basically unable to really function. and they are just hanging on. >> reporter: the bill should include about $300 billion worth of relief for those small businesses. it would also extend the extend theratorium and student eviction moratorium loan forbearance. tonight, norah, leadership aides are working feverishly on the fine print of this bill. they are hoping to pass it into law by this weekend. >> o'donnell: many hoping for that. nancy cordes, thank you. chilling details were revealed >> chilling details were re in an alleged plot for a 9/11- style attack on the u.s. a kenyan man pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges this morning in new york city.
federal prosecutors say that cholo abdi abdullah was a member of the terror group al shabaab and trained as a pilot with plans to hijack a plane and fly it into a building in the u.s. abdullah was arrested last year in the philippines. some news coming in tonight-- vice president pence says he president pence says he wil coronavirus vaccine on friday, and cbs news has learned that president-elect biden is expected to get his shot as soon as next week. now it comes as the president- elect says he will have the most diverse cabinet in american t story. here's cbs's ed o'keefe. >> reporter: president-elect joe biden said his choice for transportation secretary, pete buttigieg, would be tasked with helping get the country back on its feet after the pandemic. >> he's got a vision of the next generation leader. >> reporter: a former primary rival of mr. biden, the 38-year- g d is poised to become the youngest member of the cabiet, and while buttigieg has no professional experience in the transportation sector, he said: >> i faced a constant battle with that natural enemy of all
mayors, the pothole. e potporter: notably, buttigieg would be the first openly gay man confirmed by the u.s. senate to the cabinet. today, he recalled being a teenager, watching as republicans blocked another gay man from serving in bill clinton's administration. >> two decades later, i can't help but think of a 17-year-old somewhere who might be watching us right now, somebody who wonders whether and where they belong in the world. or even in their own family. >> reporter: meanwhile as mr. biden begins outreach to congressional republicans as outreach to con deputy white house chief of staff jennifer o'malley-dillon is drawing fire for calling them a bunch of "blanks," and senate majority leader mcconnell "terrible," in a magazine interview. also today, in a meeting with more than 30 of the nation's governors, president-elect biden repeated his pledge to open most of the nation's schools by the end of his first 100 days in office. but he noted that doing so requires much more money, not yet approved by congress. norah.
>> o'donnell: ed o'keefe, thank you. we want to turn now to a disturbing story, police officers raiding the wrong home and handcuffing an innocent woman. it was first reported by dave savini of our cbs chicago station wbbm, and contains graphic video that the city did not want anyone to see. >> i'd just gotten home from work, and i was undressing. >> reporter: anjanette young, a social worker, had just finished her shift at the hospital, when 12 chicago police officers raided her home. >> go, go, go. search warrant! >> and it happened so fast, i didn't have time to put on clothes. >> reporter: she was completely naked, surrounded by all male officers. >> and i'm just standing there. i mean, terrified. humiliated. >> reporter: young was handcuffed as the officers searched her home. >> if i made one wrong move, i felt they would have shot me. >> reporter: one police officer wrapped a short coat around her shoulders, still leaving her front fully exposed.
>> my name is anjanette young, what is going on here? >> reporter: young tells the raid team at least 43 times they are in the wrong place. >> you have got the wrong hoe! you got the wrong house! >> reporter: wbbm's investigation uncovered police got it wrong because they took the word of an informant who said a felon with a handgun lived in the apartment. >> nobody lives here but me! >> okay. you don't have to shout. >> i don't have to shout? this is ( bleep ) ridiculous. >> reporter: so where was the target? our investigation revealed he was awaiting trial on home confinement here, at a different apartment in anjanette's young's complex. how easy would it have been to locate him? easy, real easy. because he was wearing a police tracking device. police did eventually walk young to a room so she could get dressed. it took more than 20 minutes for the officers to say this: >> we believe your story. >> reporter: nearly two years after the ordeal, young says she still hasn't been told if any of the officers involved have been sed.iplined. it took more >> they need to do the work, but
they need to do it right. >> reporter: now, the city law department went to court to try to block our station from airing this video, but that judge ruled against them. now tonight, chicago mayor lori lightfoot publicly apologized to miss young and said she was appalled at what she saw, and is recommending that the city settle that case. miss young says what she wants is accountability, norah. >> o'donnell: incredibly appalling. dave savini, thank you so much. and there is still much more news ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news," including more severe weather. building are damaged as a tornado strikes the tampa bay area. and, black baseball players from the early 20th century get long overdue inclusion in major league baseball. overdue inclusion in major league base you will-- baseball. my vision was not as good as it used to be,
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