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>> reporter: treasury secretary janet yellin warned today that defaulting could trigger a national recession. >> it would beatastrc to not pay the government's bills. >> reporter: late today, the credit ratings agency moody's expressed confidence that the debt ceiling would get lifted in time, predicting that democrats will use a cumbersome mechanism to get it done on their own, but that is a precedent, norah, that they have not been eager to set. >> yeah, the market is watching that closely. nancy cordes, thank you. we turn now to the covid pandemic. today dr. frances collins, the director of the national institutes of health said he is stepping down at the end of the year. the president called collins one of the most important scientists of our time. and there is big news tonight about a new covid booster shot. her is meg oliver. >> reporter: johnson & johnson is the latest company to ask the fda for emergency use
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authorization for their covid-19 booster shot for adults 18 and over. dr. eric taupele. >> the johnson & johnson is now in 15 million americans. they got the one shot and done, but they weren't really done because the efficacy isn't as high as the other vaccines. >> reporter: the johnson & johnson single-dose vaccine was only 71% effective against hospitalization from covid, but recent data found a j&j booster shot given 56 days after the primary dose provided 94% protection against illness in 100% protection against severe disease. >> the second shot, whether it's a johnson & johnson or a moderna/pfizer is really important because we want to get that efficacy up high. >> reporter: a new study shows vaccines helped reduce more than a quarter million covid cases. 107,000 hospitalizations, and 39,000 deaths among seniors. tonight the bells at the national cathedral rang to honor
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the 700,000 americans who have died from covid. moderna has alsomiion as the fd authorize a booster shot. next week an fda panel will discuss both the j&j and moderna applications and then later this month they will discuss whether to authorize covid vaccinations for younger children. norah? >> meg oliver, thank you. the pandemic has taken a devastating toll on police departments across the country. covid is now killing more law enforcement officers than guns, vehicles, or any other threat they face in the line of duty. here is cbs's jeff pegues. >> reporter: police officer christopher cockburn lost his walt against covid-19 last month. tell me about your dad. >> well, he was a police officer for over 30 years. >> reporter: kayleigh cockburn, his daughter, says he loved his job. when did your family find outrt
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later at t age o59, he was dead. >> i miss him a lo, yeah. >> reporter: covid is now the leading cause of death for the men and women in blue. 716 officers since march of 2020. still, there is a reluctance to get vaccinated. in memphis and louisville, just 47% of officers have been vaccinated. and in philadelphia, just 13% of police department employees have provided proof of vaccination. >> we have members just like a cross section of the population of the united states that do not want to be vaccinated. >> reporter: many firefighters are also refusing to comply. in spokane, washington, 50 of them will be fired later this month if they don't get the shot. one is tim archer. have you been vaccinated? >> no, sir. >> reporter: why not?
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>> because it's -- it's really in conflict with any conscience. >> reporter: do you see yourself chaining your stance? >> no, sir. >> reporter: in some case, officers and firefighters are saying, norah, that this is the toughest decision that they've ever had to make during their careers. >> important to protect the public. all right, jeff pegues, thank you. the "cbs overnight news" will be right back. you have always loved vicks vapors. and now you'll really love new vicks' vapostick. it goes on clear and dries quickly. no mess. just the soothing vicks' vapor for the whole family. introducing new vicks vapostick. spray, lift, skip, step.
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said he noticed problems. atf personnel doing administrative jobs were paid a special bonus known as law enforcement availability pay, or l.e.a.p. for short. >> if you were functioning in an administrative capacity, you don't qualify for the po,re sup a lotf people were getting it. >> reporter: government regulations stipulate the extra pay is reserved for criminal investigators who are on call and expected to work unscheduled additional hours. how big is the bump up in pay? >> 25%. >> reporter: how much money are we talking about? >> if you were making $100,000 and you got l.e.a.p., you would get $125,000. >> reporter: did you flag the alleged violation to your supervisors? >> yes. >> reporter: atf emails indicate joe's supervisors were upset about what he told them. joe shared personnel records that show his performance reviews went from fully successful before his complaint
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to minimally successful after. he lost his job last summer for unacceptable performance. what did you take away as the message? >> don't look over there. just because you see someone stealing money out the atm, you don't have the say anything. >> reporter: is that what they were doing? >> yes. >> reporter: last year, a lawyer for the office of special counsel said the investigative body found a substantial likelihood of wrongdoing and an office of personnel management audit concluded approximately 94 employees were inappropriately classified. the office suspended the atf's ability to create certain jobs for no less than six months, saying the atf may have engaged in prohibited personnel practices. >> if it's true, then it's a very significant amount of wasted tax dollars. >> reporter: former senate investigator jayson foster has spent his career supporting whistle-blowers. he reviewed what cbs found. >> it could be a waste of hundreds of millions of dollars if the same thing were happening
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throughout government. >> reporter: four federal agencies involved in joe's case declined to comment because of the ongoing investigation. an email from the office of special counsel said the final report is delayed, citing broad implications for the atf. why did you decide to speak up? >> because it was wrong. >> reporter: catherine herridge, cbs news, washington. >> there is a lot more news ahead on the "cbs overnight news." including a strike at factories that make some of america's favorite breakfast cereals. and oh, the things you could buy if you're the lucky winner of that huge powerball jackpot. that's the thing about claims, you see. they don't happen on your schedule. i mean, take a chestnut, it doesn't just say “oh, beg pardon, sir, but is now a good time for a jolly bit of window cracking?”
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float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. who's arches hit the auction block? it's muhammed ali's. cbs' jim axelrod reports. >> reporter: gone more than five years now, muhammed ali is still surprising us, thanks to his old friend rodney hilton brown. >> i had taken over a failing art gallery in soho, and i was looking for a world class famous figure that could paint some paintings that we could make limited edition prints of and sell. >> that's why i say i'm the greatest. >> reporter: no one was bigger in the mid 1960s than ali. brown approached him. ali was game. >> he never claimed to be a great artist.
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he knew he was the greatest boxer in the world, but when it came to art, he said to me, quote, i paint pictures with means. unquote. >> reporter: the two dozen works auctioned off today reflect what the champ was thinking, not just about boxing, but religion, war, and social justice. >> when i first opened the box and saw them in the flashlight, i got goose bumps. >> reporter: helen hall is with bonham's, the auction house that handled this who knew collection. >> ali used his fist to fight, but those fists also created these artworks. >> reporter: the broad rang befitting the greatest. jim axelrod, cbs news, new york. for some of you, the news continues. for over, check back later for cbs mornings. and follow us online any time at reporting from the nation's capital, i'm norah o'donnell.
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this is a cbs news flash. i'm tom hanson in new york. facebook ceo mark zuckererg has responded to bombshell whistle-blower testimony on capitol hill accusing the social media company of neglecting the well-being of its users. in a post the argument that we deliberately push content over people for profit is deeply illogical. the happiest place on earth is returning to normal, at least sort of. indoor meet and greets with the characters are coming back in november, but no hugs or autographs for now. and the rose parade has a new grand marshall after last year's show was canceled. levar burton will lead ahead of the 108th rose bowl.
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the theme? dream, believe, achieve. for more news download our app on your cell phone or selected tv. i'm tom hanson, cbs news, new york. ♪ >> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." >> good evening and thank you for joining us. we want to begin tonight with the scathing testimony from a former facebook employee that have senators describing the social media giant as morally bankrupt. frances haugen went before congress today to tell lawmakers that the company has a simple motive, maximize profits no matter the costs, something she first told "60 minutes." republicans and democrats were united in her outrage as haugen described how teens get hooked on instagram and are subjected to nonstop bullying. she called on congress to regulate facebook. well, tonight the company is
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responding and taking aim at haugen. but senators want to hear directly from founder mark zuckerberg, demanding that he answer their questions. cbs's kris van cleave is following all of this and joins us from the capital. good evening, chris. >> reporter: norah, no word yet or when the committee will called mark zuckerberg, but tonight facebook is calling out the whistle-blower at the center of all of this, saying she was an employee for less than two years and had limited access to top executives. but she left the company with tens of thousands of internal document, and that research, she says, shows facebook needs to hit the reset button. >> they're paying for their profits right now with our safety. >> reporter: former facebook nars facebook is a looking theys online but she says the company's own research shows its instagram platform can be harmful to teens, even addictive, especially for some girls. >> it's just like cigarettes. teenagers don't have good self-regulation. they say explicitly i feel bad
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when i use instagram, and yet i can't stop. >> reporter: she blamed the app for directing kids from healthy eating recipes to anorexia, prompting suicidal thoughts and making bullying worse. >> kids who are bullied on instagram, the bully follows them home. it follows them into their bedrooms. the last thing they see before they go to bed at night is someone being cruel to them. >> mark zuckerberg's new policy is no apologies. >> reporter: haugen says ceo mark zuckerberg is facebook's ultimate decider. >> mark holds a very unique role in the tech industry. there are no similarly powerful companies that are as why is he not the face of this conversation right now? >> i w athot about these issues. he always has. >> reporter: monika bickert is a facebook vice president. does the buck stop with you or does the buck stop with mark zuckerberg? >> everybody who is working at on these issues at facebook,
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starting with mark but continuing down to anybody on these safety teams cares about these issues. >> reporter: tonight facebook is pushing back at haugen, saying she was not involved with company decision making and calls the tens of thousands of pages of documents she turned over stolen. >> yes doing the research exactly because we care about safety. if one teen on instagram is having a bad experience, we need to do better. >> if you were a member of this panel, would you believe what facebook is saying? >> facebook has not earned our right to have blind trust in them. >> reporter: this was that rare hearing where you had near unanimous consent, republicans and democrats alike that there needed to be additional regulation of companies like facebook. senators saying to each other it's time to get to work. now facebook says it welcomes additional federal oversight. it says the majority of teens do not have a negative experience on instagram, and stresses the company does not put profits ahead of people's safety. norah? >> we'll see if congress acts. kris van cleave, thank you. emerncy habeen declared e
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along the southern california coast after that offshore pipeline leak that sent more than 125,000 gallons of heavy crude into the pacific. cbs's lilia luciano reports there are new questions about the response. >> reporter: for nearly 12 hours, the pipeline was spewing oil into the ocean before any action was taken to stop it. the coast guard got reports of an oily sheen on the water late friday night, but they say they didn't have enough information to deploy boats. the pipeline company didn't report the leak until saturday morning. >> approximately 4,000 feet of the 17.7-mile pipeline has been displaced. >> reporter: cargo ships have been backed up along the coast for months. cbs news has learned that the coast guard is examining video to see if a ship dropped anchor in the wrong place and actually dragged the pipeline. >> the pipeline has essentially been pulled like a bow string. and so at its widest point is 105 feet away from where it was.
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>> reporter: the spill is now sr s aerial iges toap the vent >> i would descr thosbe huneds of >> reporter: huntington beach is a tourist town. local business owners were expecting big crowds this weekend. what do you fear? >> loss of business. are we going to be able to stay here? i worry. i worry. >> reporter: last night southern california was hit with a severe thunderstorm, halting the cleanup for hours. a huge concern has been the impact to wildlife. and while it will be very difficult to assess the extent of the damage to marine life, just to compare, the last big oil spill in this area killed more than 3,000 birds. this time around officials say they have found and treated eight oily birds. norah? >> lilia luciano, thank you.
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president biden left town today to sell his signature spending plans directly to american voters. this came as feuding democrats work to iron out exactly how much to spend and what programs to spend it on. g me >> every bit of it's paid for. >> reporter: the president was in michigan today to sell a plan he now admits must be slashed nearly in half. >> to oppose these investments is to be complicit in america's decline. >> reporter: he and house democrats spent the morning discussing what to cut from his signature social spending package in order to secure the votes they need. >> this is like saying pick your favorite child. these are good programs. >> reporter: democrats told the president they're most wedded to the bill's new climate protections, paid family leave, universal pre-k, and an extension of the child tax credit. >> we've been talking about everything. >> reporter: today one of the holdouts, west virginia's joe manchin said child care is his priority too. >> i've always said children on the front end.
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i think that's so important, people being able the get back to the workforce. >> reporter: but that leaves other measures in limbo, including two free years of community college and adding dental and vision coverage to medicare. >> there is going to have to be give on every side to get this done, and i think we do. >> reporter: as they haggled, washington drew one day closer to crisis as republicans continued to block democrats from quickly raising the nation's debt ceiling. >> that would require getting consent from every single republican. i can't imagine that would happen. >> reporter: treasury secretary janet yellin warned today that national recession. >> it would be catastrophic to not pay the government's bills. >> reporter: late today, the credit ratings agency moody's expressed confidence that the debt ceiling would get lifted in time, predicting that democrats will use a cumbersome mechanism to get it done on their own, but
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♪ >> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." >> i'm jeff pegues in washington. thanks for staying with us. secretary of state antony blinken will lead a high-level u.s. delegation to mexico on friday to discuss security arrangements s between the two countries. blinken will be accompanied by homeland secretary and attorney general merrick garland. both the u.s. and mexico have been overwhelmed by desperate foreigners heading north seeking a better life. many stay in mexico, but thousands pass through, hoping to make to it the u.s.
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their journey often includes a dangerous hike through the jungle that borders colombia and panama. it's called the darien gap. manuel bojorquez is there. >> reporter: it's been a rough road for lionel nelson and his family, but the most treacherous part of their journey had yet to begin. as they left the colombian beach town of necocle by ferry, we followed along by boat to the other side of this bay, the next step in this trek north. for all the people on that boat, this is the only way to the other side. the two-hour jou across the bay. e boat's jusveher side.ame tbay it's met by smaller boat, and these are all part of the smuggling operation, taking this emfrom this boat to dry land. this would be the last time we saw any colombian government forces or officials. nelson and his family turned themselves over to a band of smugglers after negotiating
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passage along the only land route into central america. we followed nelson and his family on dirt bikes, out into the countryside, and up into the hills. your girl, how is she? >> okay. >> reporter: she looks a little scared a little bit. si. >> reporter: we rode for more than an hour, struggling through mud and streams to where the hills become mountains at a smuggler's camp on the edge of the jungle. this camp is the place where many of these migrants spend one night before they go on into the darien gap. those who run this camp here who are very wary of our cameras. be thank you is it. from here on out, it's all by foot, and it's all through the jungle. to understand how treacherous the terrain, consider this. the panamerican highway, or via pan americana runs from alaska all the way to argentina, but
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the road stops between the borders of panama and colombia, a 66-mile stretch of untamed wilderness too difficult to build. that's why it's called the darien gap. despite the dangers, the numbers of migrants braving the gap has skyrocketed. more than 90,000 people are estimated to have passed through this year. have you seen these numbers ever in your life? >> no, no, no, nunca. >> reporter: this smuggler, who would not give his name told us his people only take the people as far as the border with panama, and then leave them in god's hands. they'd rather die trying to get to the united states tported to. >> si. >> reporter: and it is into that jungle of river, rocks, wild animals and criminals that nelson and his family are headed. the plan was to leave first
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thing in the morning. that will be the difficult part. are you prepared mentally? >> si, si. >> reporter: nelson says he is roughly prepared for the three-day journey through the wilderness. it's all heart. >> si. >> reporter: we've yet to hear whether they made it out of the jungle. manuel bojorquez, necocle, colombia. giveou a sort-of white smile. try crest whitening emulsions... ...for 100% whiter teeth. its highly active peroxide droplets... ...swipe on in seconds. better. faster. 100% whiter teeth. shop (ringing) - hey kaleb, what's up? how you doing? - hey, i'm good, guess what, i just had my 13th surgery.
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from the '90s, '80s, even the 1920s and '30s. >> let's put the gloves on. >> reporter: fragile to the touch. >> these are the parts of our past that tell our story in a very different way. >> reporter: the fbi's story began in 1908 with the establishment of the bureau of investigation, the mission and makeup of the organizationol an two decades. by the 1920s and '30s, the great depression and prohibition spawned violent bank robbers and killers known as gangsters. these gangsters were like celebrities? >> they were almost celebrity, yeah. >> reporter: but j. edgar hoover, the fbi's founding and longest serving director used his crackdown on gangsters to make the fbi a household name. >> hoover thought of them as public enemies, that people who needed to be dealt with. >> reporter: outlaws like john
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dillinger and babyface nelson were hunted down and killed in shootouts with law enforcement. and later, immortalized by their death masks. at that time, law enforcement would put the remains of some of these gangsters on display for everybody to see? >> there was almost a public production. when dillinger was shot biograp were dipping their handkerchiefs in the blood for momentos. what do you think when you look around this room? >> i think it's the history of the fbi. and i think about the mission that we do, the work, keep people safe, protect the country. and it's a reminder that we've constantly have to stay focused on that. >> reporter: the chronicles of the fbi is also a record of the shifting threats to the country through the years, and in the last 40 years, a new threat em emerged, homegrown tourism. >> we just had some kind of
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explosion downtown. >> reporter: in 1995, the fbi launched one of its most significant investigations to date in the aftermath of the oklahoma city bombing. this is a replica of the rental truck used to house and transport the explosives along with a mod to feel alfred p. murrah federal building. >> it shows the cutout of what parts of the building were actually damaged. >> reporter: all evidence used to convict mastermind timothy mcveigh, who was executed by lethal injection in june unabom been reconstructed here inside the fbi. it's where ted kaczynski made bombs that killed three people and injured nearly two dozen others. the manhunt for the 2013 boston marathon bombers ended here in this bullet-riddled boat where dzhokhar tsarnaev was found hiding. how does this inform what federal agents are doing today? >> it's the lessons learned from
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the past. that includes failure, mistakes. >> reporter: and loss. >> he was my soul mate. >> reporter: joanne hatton's husband lenny was an fbi agent in new york. >> he was everything i could have ever asked in a husband. >> reporter: on 9/11, he raced to the world trade center to help. >> this is lenny. just tell me you're okay, all right? >> reporter: lenny hatton died that day in the line of duty, an his passport is on display in the archive. >> the interesting thing about the passport is that the expiration date is actually -- >> reporter: september 11th. >> 2001. >> reporter: wow. this was given to us by his wife to help us to tell the story of agent haddon and his career and his sacrifices in fulfilling the bureau's missions. >> reporter: it's near and dear to your heart? >> exactly. >> reporter: lenny hatton's story and many others secured in this archive in the hoover building remind new and veteran
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agents telephone lives lost, and also the sacrifices made in pursuit of the values on the wal au's seal. >>alkinghrgh here every day i think about the victims and ensuring we prevent those type of harm from ever happening again. >> reporter: history will be made next week when william shatner, who played captain kirk on the original "star trek" tv series goes into space. shatner will lift off on the next blue origins rocket. he will get to experience weightlessness for a few minutes before returning to earth. at 90 years old, shatner will become the oldest human to leave the earth's atmosphere. but he won't be the first actor. that honor now goes to a russian who lifted off yesterday to film a movie on the international space station. elizabeth palmer has the story. >> reporter: if all goes well, this launch will make movie history.
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aboard that rocket, after a summer of training are actor yulia, director and cameraman clem and cosmonaut anton. their mission, to shoot a movie about a surgeon, peticil, who goes into space the save an astronaut's life. rchri r movie expert. po enhat massive publicity around the movie comes just as the kremlin is struggling with a lethal covid surge and president putin's popularity is sagging. >> undoubtedly, it is propaganda. it wouldn't have got the backing. >> reporter: the state is paying for whole thing? >> yeah, yeah. to distract, if you like from other bad news. there is plenty of that around obviously. >> reporter: there is star city outside of moscow where the film crew trained. wow, it really is small. i know from a few years ago just how cramped they'll be in the soyuz capsule flying them to the
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international space station. there they'll shoot in zero gravity, alongside the scientists already living and working there. in hollywood, space is classic blockbuster material. think "gravity,." >> good to go. >> reporter: and it was a hollywood rumor about tom cruise planning a "of course the competitive element is there," says the movie's director. tom cruise also really wants to do this. russia has had big wins in the space race. the first dog in orbit. the first man and woman. and now the first movie. but there is more to it than one upsmanship. >> we can be cynical, but i think we can recognize that it speaks to something, deep roots in russian culture, a belief that yes, man should reach the stars. >> reporter: but then he and she
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must return to earth. they've already practiced the landing, to face the next critical challenge a
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environmentalists are sounding the alarm over the millions of disposable face masks now turning up everywhere from landfills to country roads. oversea, five hospitals in britain have come up with a solution. recycle them. ian lee has the story. >> reporter: it's the circle of life for a mask. we use them and then lose them and some end up as litter. just found it in the bush. >> reporter: but these kids in england are picking up trash with grabbers made from recycled masks. >> you can pick up mask with these that are made out of masks. and i just think it's really cool. >> reporter: it's estimated $129 billion single-use face masks are used every month around the world. before the pandemic, this
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british hospital was using about 300 a day, mostly in operating rooms. >> and then covid struck, an that increased to 10,000 today. >> reporter: to deal with the mountain of waste, they came up with a clever solution. >> obviously, we need to remove the ear straps and the wire that sits over your nose. >> reporter: this machine melts down the masks, reaching nearly 600 degrees. >> basically, it's just like a giant oven, you know. it melts it all down, and that makes one of the big blocks, which then gets taken away and ground down into plastic granules and repurposed. >> reporter: into all sorts of things. it takes about 45 masks to make a grabber. >> instead of chucking it away, it's something really useful. >> reporter: for useful for the environment in more theys that one. ian lee, cbs news, london. and that is the "overnight news" for this wednesday. for some of you, the news
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continues. for others, check back later for "cbs mornings" and follow us online any time at reporting from the nation's capital, i'm jeff pegues. this is a nesh. i'm tom hanson in new york. facebook ceo mark zuckerberg has responded to bombshell whistle-blower testimony on capitol hill accusing the social media company of neglecting the well-being of its users. in a post he says the argument that we deliberately push content that makes people for profit is deeply illogic >>e happiest place on earth is returni returning to normal,t sort of. indoor meet and greets with the characters are coming back in november, but no hugs or autographs for now. and the rose parade has a new grand marshall after last year's show was canceled. levar burton will lead the parade in pasadena in the 108th rose bowl.
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the theme? dream, believe, achieve. for more news download our app on your cell phone or connected tv. i'm tom hanson, cbs news, new york. it's wednesday, october 6th, 2021. this is the cbs morning news. breaking his silence, facebook ceo mark zuckerberg hits back at a former whistle-blower. how he's defending the company in the wake of allegations. debt ceiling showdown. lawmakers spar at a possible recession, the work around democrats are considering to end the standoff. another shot of protection. new developments for millions of americans who received the johnson & johnson covid vaccine. good morning. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. we begin with new reaction from facebook ceo mark zuckerberg


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