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from their classmates. a christmas check? congress says it is 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 >> 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 the city of chicago wanted to keep secret. >> overdue honor. baseball el gates the "negro league" to major league stat us. and we sent 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. 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 is 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 emergency, and shutting down services including coronavirus testing. as we come on the air there are westernings from virginia to maine to stay off the roads as conditions get worse. what is shaping up to be the worst snow storm in the east the east has seen for years is also hits just as more doses of the first coronavirus vaccine doses are being rolled out potentially slowing down the effort to get shots in people's arms even as they are needed more than ever.
that is because tonight the death toll from the virus here in the u.s. has passed 3,000, the third time in a week. we have a lot of new reporting for you and your family, kris van cleave is going to lead us off tonight from a snowy maryland. good evening, kris. >> norah, this storm started in colorado by the time it is 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 pileup in virginia, and slippery conditions sending tractor trailers off the road. now the storm is heading north where presentations are under way in new york city for up to 10 inches of snow. >> this could be the biggest storm in several years. >> 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. >> covid testing sites are shutting down in at least eight states an there is concern tonight the weather may halt some shipments of the pfizer vaccine. pennsylvania is under a state of emergency and expectk its largest delivery of the vaccine tomorrow. >> our team is ready to work collaboratively to address any issues that arise of vaccine trps and drict. >> they say it is the top priority and will continue making deliveries as long as roads and airports are open and it is 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 are 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, hey winds,
snow, sleet, more snow. it made driving conditions awful and subfreezing temperatures overnight here in maryland, mean ice. >> o'donnell: stay safe out there, kris van cleave, thank you. the worst of the storm is still yet to come. let's bring in lonnie quinn for the forecast. good evening. >> good evening, 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 up to new hampshire. that is of course what your eye is drawn to, i, however, want it draw your eye to where the snow is not and that is virnlg why. a good chunk of virginia is in a dry slolt and that will move to the northeast. when a dry slot moves into an area during a snow storm it is like taking ice cubes out of the glation of water, that water will recall what, the air warms as wellk some of that snow can turn to rain and if you look at the future projections, this is scus one computer model but this mod sell saying that rain snow
line will push farther north. if fact possibly as far north as hartford, connecticut. i know this seems extreme but that will turn some of that snow into rain and bring the totals down a bit. but still no matter how you slice it or dice it it is going to be a lot of snow. biggest snow storm since 201818. you go outside the city, 10 to 16, hot spot is going to be eastern pennsylvania into the lower hudson val's where you could get one to two feet of snow. so new york city has been in the snow drought. we are not in in it any more. st here. >> o'donnell: 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. some issues have been reported with the pfizer vaccine. we get more now from cbs's david begnaud. >> tonight protecting the nation's most vulnerable as nursing home patients and work ares 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. >> 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 4800 doses of the vaccine arrived at uc 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 viels were immediately put into this ultra cold freezer. they were then taken out in small batches, labeled and tha-wed dr. nate kupperman was among the first to get the shot. >> i now know that i will not die from cv. >> tonight there are new reports about a glitch affecting viels 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 had an allergic reaction in ten minutes of the
fda issued a reminder that people with severe allergies to vaccine should refrain from talking 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. >> there is a new study which shows a majority of kids with coronavirus got it from their family, not were 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 umbrella of herd immunity over the population. >> and finally after battling covid-19 since november and giving bert while in the hospital, natalie herera finally
got to go home this week to hold her one month old baby boy felipe for the very first time. we just arrived in fresno, california, and here in the central part of the state the biggest hospital has run out of icu beds. you know there is another way to think about how the pfizer vaccine works, dr. tom frieden says the mrna in 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 snapchat message it just disappears. norah. >> o'donnell: all right, david begnaud, thank you. tonight help may finally be on the 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. >> 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. >> that help should come in the form of a roughly $900 billion bill. which includes another round of stimulus checks for most americans. about 6 or 700 dollars per person. there is also 300 a week in federal unemployment benefits for the next four months. along with 80 billion dollars for schools and billions more for vaccine distribution. rental assistance and more. >> food assistance, my goodness, think about all the people in need. >> one of them is briana carozzo of san diego. >> we go to a couple different food banks. >> 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. >> so you may be able to afford grocery? again? >> with this money? >> yes. >> still, the cash comes too late for some. 8 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. federal reserve chair jerome 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. >> the bill should include about 300 billion dollars worth of relief for those small businesses. it would also extend the eviction moratorium and student loan forebearance. leadership aides are working feverishly on the fine print of this bill and hoping to pass this law by this weekend. >> o'donnell: many hoping for that. nancy cordes, thank you. >> chilling details were revealed in an alleged plot for a 9/11-style attack on the u.s. a kenyan man pleaded not guilty to ter orism charge this morning
in new york city. federal prosecutors say that cholo abdi abdullah was a member of the 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 will publicly receive the coronavirus vaccine on friday. and cbs news 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 history. here's cbs's ed o'keefe. >> 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. >> a former primary rival of mr. biden, the 38 year old is going to be become the youngest member of the cabinet and while buttigieg has no professional experience in the transportation sector, he said. >> i faced a constant bat well
that natural enemy of all mayors, the pothole. >> 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 his 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 if their own family. >> meanwhile as mr. biden begins outreach to congressional republicans as deputy white house chief of staff jennifer o'malley dillon is getting fair for calling them a bunch of blanks and senate ma jord 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 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 just had gotten home from work. and i was undressing. >> an januaryette young a social worker had just finished her shift at the hospital when 12 chicago police officers-- raided her home. >> whoa, whoa. >> it happened to fast. i didn't have time to put on clothes. >> she was completely naked. surrounded by all male officers. >> and i'm just standing there. i mean terrified. humiliated. >> young was handcuffed as the officers searched her home. if hi made one wrong move i fell they would have shot me. >> one police officer wrap aid short coat around her shoulder still leaving her front fully
exposed. >> what is going on. >> young tells the raid team at least 43 times they are in the yong place. >> you have got the wrong house. you got the wrong house. >> w become bm'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. >> i don't have to-- [bleep] this is ridiculous. >> so where was the target? >> our investigation revealed he was awaiting trial on home confinement here at a different pamplet in an januaryette'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 officer to say this. >> we believe your story. >> nearly two years after the ordeal, young says she still
hasn't been told it's any of the officer's involved have been disciplined. >> they need to do the work, but they need to do it right. within now the city law dement 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,nera. >> o'donnell: incredibly appalling, dave savini, thank you very much. and there is still much more news ahead on tonight's cbs evening news. including more severe wea building are damaged as a tornado strikes a tabb area. and baseball players get long overdue inclusion in major league base you will-- baseball. my vision was not as good as it used to be, got a change in prescription.
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