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it's friday, may 7th, 2021. this is the "cbs morning news." positive turn. covid infections are dropping in the u.s. at a rate not seen in months. breaking overnight, dramatic standoff over. a man takes employees hostage at a wells fargo. how it all ended after a nerve-racking eight hours. at this point we don't have a plan to shoot the rocket down. >> heads-up. an out-of-control chinese rocket is reentering earth's atmosphere this weekend, but the exact timing and where its debris will timing and where its debris will land remains a mystery. captioning funded by cbs
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good morning. good to be with you.e naing a s covid. the for daily cases is now at the lowest point in seven months. this as we get encouraging news in the race to vaccinate america. moderna says its latest vaccine trials reveal its shot is 96% effective against the virus in kids ages 12 to 17. laura podesta has the latest developments from new york. laura, we could get some news about pfizer, as well, next week. >> reporter: that's right, good morning. pfizer's vaccine is expected to be approved for children ages 12 to 15 early next week. this could be a game changer when it comes to schools reopening and summer activities. covid-19 appears to be in retreat in most of the u.s. the average number of new cases has fallen to fewer than 47,000 a day. that's less than a fifth of what
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it was in early january. >> if people come and say thank god you are open, i say, no, thank you god you are here. >> reporter: the decline is happening as mask mandates and social distancing rules are relaxed. >> even though we're opening up and mingling, cases are staying lows. that's what vaccination does. >> reporter: the cdc says 45% of the country has received at least one dose of a covid vaccine. in some areas, demand has gotten so low that more than two dozen states are no longer ordering every dose available. >> part of this is expected, but also it is quite unfortunate because there's still plenty of people that need to get vaccinated. >> reporter: public health officials are trying to convince more people to get immunized. in washington, shots are being offered with a complementary drink. >> free beer. >> reporter: the rest of the world has not been as fortunate with new cases in latin american africa and asia. india that accounts for half of
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the new cases reported more than 412,000 yesterday, the highest one-day total for any country since the pandemic began. in india, hospitals even in the capital city of new delhi continue to turn covid patients away. u.s. hospitals are now sending supplies like ventilators to india, but there are new reports saying that some of that cargo is being held up in indian airport hangars. india's government says that that report is not true. >> laura podesta in new york. thank you very much. so this in tuation at a bank in minneso st oveth a sct in hours of negotiation. fbi agents stormed a wells fargo bank in st. cloud last night and arrested the suspect identified as 35-year-old ray rico mcneary. authorities say he has an extensive criminal history. over the course of several hours yesterday, hostages came out one
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by one with their hands up. at one point the suspect threw a wad of cash out the door. authorities say the victims were not hurt. >> i can tell you that some of the hostages were released by the suspect, and some flat out made a run for the door and made it out safely. >> the police chief says it's not clear if the suspect had a weapon. police were called to the bank after the manager reported a disgruntled man who was upset about a previous transaction. an investigation is ongoing. in florida a controversial new voting law is facing several lawsuits to stop it. governor desantis signed the law yesterday on live television. it changes how people can vote despite then-president trump winning the state in 2020. as manuel bojorquez reports, critics say it's a move to suppress voting rights. the strongest election integrity measures in the country, i'm going to sign it right here -- >> reporter: it's controversial
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right down to how florida governor ron desantis signed the >> over here -- >> reporter: the law limits makingin voting, restricts the mail-in voting, restrict the hours drop boxes are open, and requires floridians to show i.d. for new mail-in billion on the requests which they now have to do more frequently -- every two years. republicans claim it's to prevent voter fraud but offered no proof of widespread problems. a change in tune from what desantis instead february. >> florida had the most transparent and efficient election anywhere in the country. >> reporter: florida saw record mail-in voting last year with democrats mailing in nearly 700,000 more ballots than republicans. trisha brigham with the league argues the law could unfairly impact certain voters. >> these new restrictions are not taking into consideration the disabled, the elderly. we have people of color who are
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working multiple jobs to try to make a living. it is -- it just clearly -- voter suppression. >> reporter: in texas the legislation is preparing to vote on similar voting restrictions. georgia passed its controversial law in march. cbs news election law expert david becker -- >> it's a solution for a problem that doesn't exist. if we all ran elections like florida did in 2020, our society, our nation would be very well off. >> reporter: several groups have filed lawsuits attempting to stop the law, and the florida supervisors of elections, the majority of whom are republicans, said in a letter that the law is unnecessary and will make voting by mail harder. manuel bojorquez, cbs news, doral, florida. >> reporter: in idaho, two ents wounded in a school shooting. the suspected shooter is a sixth grade girl. authorities say that the girl fired multiple rounds inside and outside of the middle school located in the small city of rigby. they say a teacher quickly
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disarmed the suspect who has not been identified. the victims, two students and a custodian, are expected to make a full recovery. >> the fact that our -- the injuries are as insignificant as could be so much wor. we feel absolutely blessed. >> it's unclear what motivated the attack or where the suspected shooter got the gun. a large chunk of a chinese rocket will reenter earth's atmosphere sometime this weekend, but no one knows where it will land. this morning, china says debris from the rocket will be burned up on re-entry, and is highly unlikely to cause harm. the remnants of the uncontrolled rocket was spotted over washington, d.c., yesterday morning. it appeared very faintly as a tiny pulsating light in the sky. the rocket was launched last week to help establish china's new space station. the pentagon says it's closely monitoring the situation. >> at this point we -- we don't
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have a plan to shoot the rocket down. we're hopeful that it will land in a place where it won't -- won't harm anyone, hopefully in the ocean or someplace like that. >> experts do say that the rocket will likely end up crashing into the ocean, and the risk to people is very small. coming up now, terrifying moments on a school bus after an army trainee with a rifle takes the driver and students hostage. and a frosty surprise. how a little boy ended up with thousands of dollars worth of popsicles. this is the "cbs morning news." popsicles. this is the "cbs morning news." summer's here! and with a great deal on a new toyota, you can go out and enjoy all your favorite summer sports. like softball... ...beach volleyball... ...triathlons...! whoa! someone needs lessons. what makes an amg al even better? how about that every new toyota comes with toyotacare, a two-year or 25,000 mile no-cost maintenance plan
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bus with 18 elementary school students on board and told the driver to head to the next town. the rifle was empty, but those on the bus didn't know that. when the kids started asking a lot of questions, he apparently got frustrated and let them and the driver out. he drove away but was arrested. he faces dozens of charges including kidnapping. former reality star josh duggar was released from jail, and atlanta's mayor made a stunning announcement. those are some of the headlines on the "morning newsstand." "the atlanta journal constitution" reports the city's mayor, keisha lance bottoms, said she would not run for re-election this year. bottoms made the surprise announcement yesterday that she would not seek a second term. she had already launched her re-election campaign and held a fundraising event in march with president biden. less than a year ago, bottoms was being discussed as a possible running mate for mr. biden. she is supposed to hold a news conference this morning. "the northwest arkansas democrat gazette" says former
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reality tv star josh duggar was released from jail while he awaits trial on federal child pornography charges. the 33-year-old is accused of downloading and possessing pornographic images of children. he's pleaded not guilty. this week a judge allowed him to be released to home detention. and "the san diego union tribune" says for the first time in its 100-year history, women graduated from san diego's marine corps boot camp. dozens joined their male counterparts yesterday after they went through the rigorous 13-week training. they had to accomplish the same things the men did. leading the women was a team of five trailblazing female drill instructors. >> it was definitely humbling to be put in that position. i knew how big of a deal this was. >> when i was told i was going to san diego and i would be making history, it's something i couldn't pass up. >> in 2019, congress ordered the marines to fully integrate its
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s&p 500 added 34. peloton is scrambling to fix its treadmills after recalling them this week. the company says it is planning to release a software update in the next few days for its tread-plus treadmills. the exercise company will send users a digital pin code that can lock the device. peloton finally agreed to a voluntary recall of its treadmills on wednesday. one of the models was linked to the death of a child along with 29 other injuries. the company predicts the treadmill recall will cost it $165 million. airlines have banned more than 4,000 passengers for unruly behavior in the last year. people who act out are hit with a fine as part of the faa's zero-tolerance policy. in one case the federal government is requesting more than $32,000 in penalties. in that incident a passenger on a jetblue flight in february refused to wear a mask. officials say she threw anty ae another.
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the 11-year-old bear cooled down in a huge tub at the oregon zoo in portland this week. the zoo says the bear was orphaned as a cub in montana and rescued by wildlife officials but could not be released back into the wild. the tub is always filled with cold water on warm days. it's the letter v for vaccines on "sesame street." some of the best-known characters on the beloved children's show are doing their part to educate people about the coronavirus vaccine. >> okay, daddy. elmo says you're healthy. >> thank you. children and families want us to be healthy. that's why i and lots of grown-ups got the covid-19 vaccine so we can stay healthy and get back to the moments we miss like seeing friends and family -- >> "sesame street" workshop launched a series of vaccine public service announcements yesterday featuring elmo, his dad louie, cookie monster, and other characters. they were done in conjunction with the cdc and other groups.
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paul mccartney is getting the stamp treatment in britain. the former beatle is being honored with a set of 12 new stamps. some show the 18-time grammy award winner recording music, others show album covers. britain's rail meanwhile service said it worked with mccartney on the stamps. he joins david bowie and elton john as the only other solo music artists to get their own stamps in england. and a new york city boy got a little carried away with his love of popsicles. 4-year-old noah ordered more more than $2,600 worth of spongebob square pants popsicles on amazon. his mom, a social work student, couldn't afford the 51 cases of popsicles, but amazon would not take them back. generous donors with warm hearts stepped up on a gofundme site to pay for the icy treats. coming up on "cbs this morning," a preview of gayle king's interview with former first lady michelle obama. i'm anne-marie green. i'm anne-marie green. this is the "cbs morning news.".
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our top stories this morning -- the nation is marking an encouraging milestone in the battle against covide
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lowest point in n thin viruin kids ages 12 to 17. a suspect is in custody after authorities say he held five minnesota bank employees hostage for more than eight hours. the hostages were released and not hurt. police say they were dispatched to the bank yesterday after a bank manager reported a disgruntled man who was upset about a previous transaction. it's unclear if the suspect was armed. sunday is, of course, mother's day. and it will be extra special for one couple who reunited just hours before their child's birth. here's jim axelrod. >> reporter: donna harby found love in the most unlikely of refugee camp in lebanon.anetrom she was volunteering there when she met micahl hamoud could a syrian relief worker.
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>> whatsapp video, chats. >> reporter: she wanted him to come to the u.s. and get married, but the trump administration's muslim ban prevented that. >> first time driving in beirut -- >> reporter: she went back to lebanon. >> it needed to be done because we wanted to be together. >> reporter: months later, this news -- >> we found out we were expecting. >> reporter: due to covid and better health care at home, donna left lebanon to deliver in america. alone and expecting in april, president biden's reversal of the ban answered donna and michal's prayers. he got a visa and jumped on a plane, arriving here last month. just in time. >> oh, my gosh -- >> reporter: less than six hours later -- >> i was up like i'm cramping. >> reporter: the t oaborn. were in a room, and you're all holding your baby within hours of his gettinger >> yeah. it's all still like a dream
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honestly. >> reporter: a mother's day dream come true. jim axelrod, cbs news, new york. so coming up on "cbs this morning," a look at how summer camps are planning to open their doors again after shutting down during the pandemic. plus, a preview of gayle king's interview with former first lady michelle obama. in our series "note to self," cindy mccain writes a note to her younger self and shares reflections on motherhood and a lifetime alongside senator and war hero john mccain. that's the "cbs morning news" for this friday. thanks for watching. i'm anne-marie green. have a great weekend. ♪
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