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for more download the cbs news app. i'm tom hanson, cbs news, new york. it's thursday, september 23rd, 2021. this is the "cbs morning news." breaking overnight, boosting shot approved. the fda clears the way for a third vaccine dose for certain groups. the final hurdle before millions of americans can get extra protection against covid. steel barrier. how the governor of texas created his own wall to deter migrants from crossing into his state. fbi manhunt. brian laundrie remains missing after his fiancee's body was found. the determination of crews searching for him. good morning. i'm diane king hall in for anne-marie green. we begin with breaking
developments about pfizer's covid-19 vaccine. overnight the fda approved booster doses for older and at-risk americans. the third shot would be available to people 65 and older, but it's not a done deal just yet. the cdc has the final say, and an advisory committee is meeting today. bradley blackburn is in new york with more. good morning. >> reporter: g good morning. president biden had hoped to be offering boosters to all americans by now. the fda isn't going that far. but this approval could clear the way for a lot of people. roughly 55 million americans are aged 65 or older, and that is 15% of the population. the fda last night authorized expanded access to booster shots of pfizer's covid-19 vaccine. the decision would apply to people aged 65 and up as well as those with weakened immune systems. the agency also said a third dose should be offered to adults whose job or living situation frequently exposes them to the virus. in a tweet, white house press secretary jen psaki called the announcement a major step
forward. it's now up to the cdc to decide how and when the booster shots will be distributed. an advisory committee's vote on that could happen this week. >> to beat the pandemic here, we need to beat it everywhere. >> reporter: during a summit convened by the white house, president biden stressed the importance of getting more of the world its first vaccine shots. >> the united states is buying another half billion doses of pfizer to donate to low and middle-income countries around the world. >> reporter: that brings the u.s. pledge to a billion doses it plans to give away. critics say that's not enough. >> you can imagine our disappointment to be at an assembly like this, rubbing shoulders with nations that are now administering booster shots while most of our people have yet to get their first one. >> reporter: in a video played at the u.n. general assembly, malawi's president said the developing world is being victimized by what he called vaccine nationalism. and regarding those boosters in
the u.s., this decision applies only to the pfizer vaccine. dr. anthony fauci says the government is waiting on more data from moderna and johnson & johnson on their booster plans, but approval could happen in the next few weeks. diane? >> bradley blackburn in new york. our thanks to you. president biden's approval rating is at a new low amid the coronavirus crisis and the chaotic withdrawal from afghanistan. a new poll shows just 43% of americans approve of the job he's doing. that's down 13 points since june. 53% disapprove of his performance. only president trump had a lowen del rio, texas. we are learning that many haitian migrants are being allowed to stay in the u.s. meanwhile, there is new drone video of a barrier of vehicles at the border deployed by texas governor greg abbott. the barricade runs for miles. abbott blames the white house for the migrant crisis. manuel bojorquez reports from the border.
>> reporter: mixed messages from the biden administration. cbs news has learned more than 1,000 mostly haitian migrants have been allowed to enter the u.s. as part of the legal asylum process, undercutting the administration's hard-line stance that anyone arriving at the border will be immediately deported. >> many of the individuals who we encounter claim asylum and have a right to have those asylum claims heard as our laws provide. >> reporter: border patrol has not explained how it determines who is released and who is deported. those who are allowed to enter have notices to appear in immigration court within 60 days. tiffany borow who runs a nonprofit in the city says her office is helping hundreds of migrants a day who are released. i don't know if it's safe to say that during your time in this part of the border that you've never seen anything like this. >> no, no, no. we are a tiny rural community. i mean, that's half the size of our town. >> reporter: texas governor abbott sent a fleet of
state-owned vehicles as a symbolic barricade along the border. just outside the bridge camp there are state troopers lined up as far as the eye can see in either direction here. the point is to build a wall of vehicles to prevent anyone from slipping into the u.s. inside the camp, conditions continue to deteriorate as thousands await their fate. the u.s. is preparing to nearly double the number of haitians deported by air. more than 1,000 haitians have been deported since sunday. tempers flared in port-au-prince as some of the deported migrants tried to rush back into the plane. back at the border, the anxiety over deportation is palpable. these teen girls left haiti with their family for south america when they were just babies. you know no one in haiti. if they deport you you'll be on the streets? >> si. >> reporter: officials say the number of migrants still at the bridge camp has dropped dramatically from a height of about 15,000 to now just over 5,000.
manuel bojorquez, cbs news, del rio, texas. meanwhile, authorities resume their search today for the fiance of gabby petito whose body was found in a wyoming national park. officials were at a florida wilderness park yesterday looking for brian laundrie who has been named a person of interest. crews are scouring a 24,000-acre area that's full of swampy terrain, alligators, and snakes. they say they won't give up until they find him. >> we deployed numerous resources, and we are trying to cover every acre in this preserve. our law enforcement partners, they're motivated, and they're hungry to find brian laundrie. >> investigators say laundrie's parents told him that he had gone to the park after he returned home from a cross-country trip on september 1st without petito. jury deliberations could start as early as today in the sex trafficking trial of singer r. kelly. closing arguments got under way yesterday. prosecutors say kelly for years
got associates to help him target, groom, and exploit young girls and boys for his own sexual gratification. kelly has denied the allegations. he told the judge yesterday he would not testify in his own defense. former defense secretary james mattis testified in the fraud trial of elizabeth holmes. the retired four-star general invested $85,000 in the blood testing company theranos when he joined the board. he testified that he hoped the technology could help the military but lost faith in holmes. the government said holmes said people believed the startup could scan for health problems with a few drops of blood. in convicted she faces 20 years in prison. coming up, abortion ban. a second state could be moving forward on a bill that follows the controversial heartbeat law in texas. and keeping the winter olympics safe from covid. what u.s. athletes for the upcoming games are being required to do. this is the "cbs morning news."
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bring out the bold™ american athletes hoping to compete in next year's beijing winter olympics will have to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. the u.s. olympic and paralympic committee announced the new policy yesterday. athletes, staff, and others using u.s. olympic training centers and facilities will have to be fully vaccinated by november 1st. they could qualify for medical or religious exemptions. there's a push to improve air quality, and a new bill follows the controversial abortion ban in texas. those are some of the headlines on the "morning newsstand." "the tallahassee democrat" reports a florida lawmaker introduced a texas-style fetal heartbeat bill that would ban most abortions in the state. republican representative webster barnaby filed the legislation yesterday but declined to talk about when -- declined to talk about it when asked. like texas, it would ban abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected at about six weeks of pregnancy. it allows people to file civil
lawsuits against anyone violating the law. the "sun times" said jesse jackson was released from a physical therapy hospital after a month after he had a breakthrough covid of covid-19. the civil rights leader walked out of the facility yesterday. he was transferred there for treatment of his parkinson's disease while he recovered from the coronavirus. jackson was accompanied by his doctors and therapists. >> i couldn't walk or talk for two weeks. thank god for leaving the way and to get me walking again on my own power, talking. thank them for that. >> jackson and his wife were both hospitalized last month after testing positive for covid-19. he had been vaccinated. his wife was not. she was released from the hospital earlier this month. and "reuters" says the world health organization tightened its air-quality guidelines to cut deaths linked to fossil
fuels. the u.n. health agency revised its recommended limit on emissions for policymakers and the public for the first time in 15 years. it said exposure to air pollution kills at least seven million people prematurely every year. it also sid the harmful health effects of pollution kick in at lower levels than previously thought. ahead, scoring a golden ticket. netflix buys the rights to a british author's beloved children's stories. ries. i'm so glad we did this. i'm so glad we did this. i'm so glad we did this. i'm so glad we did this. i'm so... ...glad we did this. [kid plays drums] life is for living. let's partner for all of it.
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iconic children's stories. elise preston is at the new york stock exchange with that and more. good morning, elise. >> reporter: good morning, diane. stock futures are pointing to a higher open after the federal reserve signaled it could start tapering its bond-buying program soon. the upbeat tone also boosted the three major indices during the regular session. the dow rallied 338 points. the nasdaq gained 150 points, and the s&p 500 added 41 points, rising for the first time in five sessions. a new report finds the u.s. could plunge into a recession if congress fails to raise the debt ceiling this fall. that assessment coming from moody's analytics. it also found the fallout would wipe out as many as six million jobs and erase $15 trillion in household wealth. the democrat-controlled house on thursday passed a government funding bill that includes a provision to suspend the debt limit.
it's unlikely to move forward in the senate. a large majority of united airlines employees are choosing to get a shot in the arm rather than risk losing their jobs. the airline says more than 97% of its u.s. based employees are fully vaccinated with a week to go before united's shot mandate. company officials say a small number of employees who are seeking an exemption could be placed on leave starting next saturday. a group of six employees sued the airline over its covid-19 vaccine mandate alleging that the airline hasn't made reasonable accommodations for those seeking religious and medical exemptions. and netflix scored a sweet deal. the streaming giant says it acquired the works of roald dahl, the late british author of celebrated books including "charlie and the chocolate factory" and "matilda." the move comes three years after netflix inked a deal to create a slate of new animated
productions based on dahl's works. no financial terms were disclosed. the live-action "matilda" movie that came out in the '90s. my favorite. cult classic for sure. >> both are classics. i love "charlie and the chocolate factory." i mean, i loved the book, i loved the movie when they made a movie about it. i mean, you just -- this is classic. i love that netflix is jumping in on this. it's great. >> and now you can watch with your son. >> this is true. i can bring him up to date on my times. let's go. elise preston at the new york stock exchange. thank you. up next, freeing britney. the pop star makes a major move against her dad while working on a prenup with her fiance. with . i'm not getting through the pandemic just to end up with the flu. i asked for fluzone high-dose quadrivalent. it's the #1-used flu vaccine for people 65 and older. fluzone high-dose quadrivalent is the only vaccine approved
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here's a look at the forecast in some cities around the country. ♪ the man known as the godfather of modern black cinema has died. the ground breaking filmmaker playwright, actor, and musician died tuesday at his home in new york city. he is credited with ushering a new era -- ushering in, rather, a new era of cinema that told black stories from a black perspective in the 1970s. he was also the father of actor mario van peebles.
melvin van peebles was 89 years old. actor johnny depp says he's a victim of cancel culture. depp made the comments to reporters yesterday before receiving a career award at a spanish film festival. he said his career has been impacted since his ex-wife amber herd publicly accused him of domestic violence. he also said cancel culture has spread across the film industry. >> no one is safe. not one of you. not one of you, not anyone out that door, no one is safe as long as someone is willing to say one sentence. >> last year depp lost a libel case against a tabloid that called him a wife beater when a court ruled he did assault herd. and britney spears says she agrees with her father that the conservatorship that's controlled her life and finances for 13 years should be terminated.
the singer's attorney filed court parents yesterday in los angeles. the attorney said it's more important that her father be removed from the conservatorship first so that her dignity can be restored. the documents also reveal that spears is working on a prenup agreement with her fiance. coming up on "cbs mornings," an exclusive interview with senator bernie sanders on negotiations over president biden's spending and infrastructure bills. i'm diane king hall. this is the "cbs morning news." this is the "cbs morning news."
our top stories this morning -- the fda approved pfizer's booster doses for older and at-risk americans. the third shot would be available to people 65 and older and others who are regularly exposed to the coronavirus. it's not a done deal yet. the cdc has the final say at an advisory committee meeting today. and texas governor greg abbott is trying to deter migrants at a small texas border town. he deployed national guard and state-owned vehicles to create a barrier that runs miles along the border to try and prevent them from getting into the u.s. illegally. more than 5,000 migrants remain at a bridge camp. victims of fraud come from all walks of life.
so why do some people fall for a scam while others do not? a new study may have the ers. he's anthony pura. we have had miscalculation -- >> reporter: that's what a con artist told her and demanded $500. >> basically if you don't pay this we're going to file a lawsuit against you for $75 hope -- $75,000. >> reporter: jackie paid the money, and a new study from the business better business and regulatory authority or finra is shedding light on why she did. >> certain people are more vulnerable to certain types of scams. >> reporter: finra's gary mottola and others interviewed people contacted by con artists. they found those who lost money were less likely to question authority. >> you don't want to mess with the irs. it's just kind of -- that was my viewpoint at that point. >> reporter: the study also showed scam victims may believe people who ask too many questions, seem ignorant, and
that wealth is built on random opportunities which can make them vulnerable to job scams like carl. >> i couldn't find another job. like i said, at my age, i'm -- i'll be 60 years old in november. >> reporter: researchers discovered many scam victims think the world rewards good people, leaving them to trust others. >> i am not aware of how crooked the world is. >> reporter: cynthia lost money in an online investment scam. she trusted the con artist and admits not asking enough questions. >> that's when things can get dangerous in terms of losing money in a financial fraud. >> reporter: mottola says whether a phone call or email, always question why someone is asking for money or personal information, and don't be afraid to ask friends and family for advice. anthony pura, cbs news, los angeles. coming up on "cbs mornings," an exclusive interview with senator bernie sanders on negotiations over president biden's spending and infrastructure bills.
plus, kris van cleave shows us how a police department in illinois is using virtual reality training to help officers make decisions in life or death situations. and -- ♪ you're faithfulness to me ♪ >> we'll meet a medical worker who's lifting the spirits of patients in our series "a more perfect union." that's the "cbs morning news" for this thursday. thank you for watching. i'm diane king hall. have a great day. ♪