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captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: toni confusion, st airlines cans also thousands of flights, leaving passengers stranded. could a pilot walk out over vaccine mandates be the cause? passengers soundoff after mask cancellations. >> not a great end to a good vacation. >> o'donnell: tonight, the blame game. storms in the upper midwest. tornadoes in oklahoma and snow in the rockies. the latest on the severe weather. plane crash, homes destroyed when a small aircraft plunges into a california neighborhood. breakthrough treatment -- the first pill to treat covid is a step closer to authorization. plus new research on the
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devastating effect covid has on pregnant women. out of a spy movie, what we're learning tonight about a navy scandal involving a nuclear engineer, a peanut butter sandwich and a plot to sell america's vehicles to a foreign government. schools targeted, the dangerous new challenge promoted on social media. schools vandalized. now there's a warning that teachers could be victimized next. ♪ i need somebody ♪ >> o'donnell: setting the record straight decades later, who paul mccartney says broke up the beatles. and this incredible story, a runner who lost his sight at an early age but not his ability to inspire. >> o'donnell: good evening, and thank you so much for joining us on this monday. well, we're going to begin tonight with the anger and frustration of southwest
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airlines passengers as a weekend of delays and cancellations stretched all the way into monday. more than 365 flights were canceled today after about 2,000 were called off over the weekend. why it's happening isn't exactly clear. the airline blames the other and "other constraints" but disruptions begran shortly after the pilots union tried to block southwest's new covid vaccine mandate. thousands were left stranded respect lines were long, tempers were short in airports in several cities as passengers were forced to wait hours and in some cases days, yes, days, to get on other flights. well, cbs's errol barnett is going to lead us off tonight from reagan international airport outside here in d.c. good evening. >> reporter: norah, good evening. there are folks out there tonight still waiting to get to their weekend destinations and some having to pay hundreds of dollars out of pocket to get there. while southwest struggles to
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rebuild its scheduled we spoke to the union representing southwest pilots who say there was no walkout. from l.a. to miami -- >> it's not a great end to a good vacation. >> reporter: dallas to denver -- >> we're going to try to get there. when, i don't know. >> reporter: thousands of southwest customs had weekend travel plans ruined by more than 2,000 flight cancellations. tonight the company offering a "tremendous apology" to customers and employees, citing weather and external constraints. did any of your pilots call out seek this weekend? >> we have data on what exactly happened and, so, our pilots sick rates are right in line with what was occurring this summer. >> reporter: captain casey murray is president of the southwest pilots union and insists there was no protest of the company's pending vaccine mandate. but he acknowledged the union is suing southwest over its policy. >> the pilots were picking up extra flying. >> reporter: southwest stood out because other carriers had
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nowhere its rate of cancellations. some stranded passengers hit the road to get back home. >> we're home. >> reporter: after how many hours on the road? >> 25 total. hours. >> reporter: jilliane mattox attended a wedding before southwest canceled their southwest flight back to d.c. offering wednesday instead. the general consensus among everyone is it's easier to rent a car and just get out overtown is that 1500 miles later, the trio made it home safely today. >> so probably won't be looking at southwest anytime soon. >> reporter: and this is not over yet. southwest says it is trying to rebuild its schedule but, norah, it does expect for there to be continued cancellations through tuesday. >> o'donnell: all right, errol barnett, thank you so much. tonight the central u.s. is bracing for severe weather. they eve already gotten some in southern illinois. a tornado leveled at least two
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buildings in the town of rights. more than a dozen tornadoes reported sunday in oklahoma and missouri. the good news is no one was seriously hurt. we get more now on the storm threat from cbs's lonnie quinn. hey there, lonnie. >> hello, norah. tonight illinois will be on alert for tornadoes. tomorrow the same area plagued today could very well see a repeat performance. we're talking oklahoma and kansas. look at that line coming through. anywhere along that line there could be a severe storm. the twist element will come from above, fast moving air, the jet stream starts to twist the column of the air, transferring to the surface, you have another problem out there. north of that system, you get up into portions of wyoming and montana, and we're talking snow. maybe one to two feet of snow as you finish up to your day tomorrow. then out west, quickly, we do not have anything pfizer burning but a red flag work tomorrow, winds in excess of off0 miles per hour. if that's your home, you have to
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be careful with a flame or spark. that's the story. norah. >> o'donnell: lonnie quinn with the sound effects and weather tonight, thanks, lonnie. tonight, breaking news from southern california, at least two people killed when a small plane crashed outside san diego blocks from a high school. two homes were destroyed. cbs's lilia luciano has late details on just what happened. ( boom ( >> reporter: this is amateur video taken right after the plane crashed into a residential neighborhood just after noon local time >> an aircraft crashed about a half mile up into the houses >> we believe the injuries are non-survivable for anyone on that plane >> oh, my god >> reporter: a witness painted a scene of chaos in the moments after the crash >> cars exploding and tires exploding and tanks and everything exploding >> reporter: she says two men in the neighborhood ran out after the explosion to help a man and a woman trapped in one of the destroyed homes
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>> they pulled the lady out and they had to knock the fence down to get the husband out. so, hopefully, it was only just those two people in the house. >> reporter: san diego sheriffs set up a perimeter as fire crews worked to douse the flames at two homes that were destroyed. several others may be damaged. a u.p.s. truck also took a direct hit. it happened in a neighborhood just blocks away from a high school. luckily, no students were hurt. fire officials say one of the deaths was someone on the ground, though no one in the homes affected was killed. the f.a.a. hasn't confirmed how many passengers were in the small cessna traveling from you meana, arizona, to san diego and now the n.t.s.b. will take the le i >> o'donnell: thank you, lilia luciano. encouraging news in the fight against the pandemic. new infections, hospitalizations and deaths are trending downward. tonight the u.s. could soon have
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the world's first pill to treat covid. here's cbs's manuel bojorquez >> reporter: tonight, drug-maker merck may be close to distributing the first covid 19 teatment in a bill, they're asking the f.d.a. for an emergency use authorization for treatment targeted tan vaccinated people who developed covid systems. the pill is shown to cut hospital sayings and death by half. meanwhile, anthony fauci says kids can safely enjoy halloween this year >> you're outdoors for the most part. at least when my kids were doing trick or treating. enjoy it >> reporter: continued concern about covid during pregnancy. only a third of pregnant women in the rust fully vaccinated and new studies show expectant mothers from covid 19 symptoms me likely to bens such as admtted to the ic. dr. anh nguyen is an i.c.u.
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technician in houston >> i personally have not seen bad outcomes from vaccinations but tons of bad outcomes from women with covid >> reporter: she's 36 weeks pregnant, expecting her second child and just received a booster of the pfizer vaccine >> this is a golden opportunity to give my baby the antibodies. i don't anticipate any newborn would be eligible to get the vaccine and she's going to get the antibodies circulating in my blood from me gitting the booster shot >> reporter: there is evidence of that. one study found 100% of babies born to women who had received the pfizer or moderna shots also had the antibodies triggered by those vaccines. norah >> o'donnell: what a gift a mother can give their child. manuel bojorquez, thank you. and now to a case of alleged espionage with a really biz wife are expected to appear in federal court tomorrow on
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charges that they tried to pass nuclear secrets to a foreign country. key evidence was apparently hidden in a peanut butter sandwich. here's cbs's catherine herridge. >> reporter: this case revolves around the technology behind these high-tech u.s. subs and the court record read like an espionage thriller. defendants jonathan toebbe, a nuclear engineer tore the navy and his wife deanna were arrested over the weekend accused of selling nuclear secrets to a foreign government official who was really an f.b.i. agents >> our ersummary program is the biggest defense capability that the u.s. has > eric schmitt worked as an operative >> this is a trusted insider within the network who had access to the secrets and decided he was going to sell them to a foreign power. that is the most dangerous thing we find in counterintelligence >> reporter: toebbe who lived on this quiet street in annapolis, maryland is charged with selling a country the
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secrets in exchange for $100,000 in crypt occurrencey. an elaborate investigation, with agents telling toebbe to drop off the stolen date in a rarely area in west virginia. among the most sen essential details that toebbe passed information on a data card hidden inside band aids and even a peanut butter sandwich >> a very novel approach to an old traditional spy method >> reporter: federal prosecutors want the couple to remain in custody pending trial. they have their first court appearance in west virginia tomorrow, underscoring the severity to have the espionage charge, prosecutors indicated they could get life in prison or death in convicted, norah >> o'donnell: catherine herridge, thank you. we have got a warning for parents tonight about an alarming wave of destructive and dangerous school pranks that are being provoked on social media. we have new details tonight from cbs's jamie yuccas.
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>> damaged bathrooms, a flooded hallway, just some to have the recent trucks in one tennessee school district >> across our 14 middle schools and high schools, there have been over 100 incidents of vandalism and theft over the last few weeks that have been linked to these challenges >> reporter: the social media challenges says anthony salvanto include one on tiktok called devious licks that incited kids to steal or destroy sekulow property and posted online. not mile an hour vandalism >> dozens of students face consequences and their families are southeast r left paying thousands in fines and restitutions. >> reporter: addison goldberg and lily lambert attend one to have the schools. how does this happen? >> they want property >> reporter: how does this make you popular by damaging property? >> it makes you noticed and brings you to the attention of your peers, and the higher level of vandalism, the more attention you will get >> reporter: there is now a calendar of challenges
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circulating online. in october, students prompted to slap a teacher. several students have already been arrested for apparently following through >> assaulting any employee is a zero tolerance offense that comes with a mandatory one year expulsion >> reporter: tiktok says the alleged challenge would violate its policies and aggressively remove such content. but tiktok also says it has not found the challenge on its platform >> this is incredibly inappropriate and can't go on >> reporter: lessons learned by some but not all. jamie yuccas, cbs news. >> o'donnell: tonight, a man who many believe to be innocent remains behind bars in missouri. that's where he's been for more than four decades. despite testimony that appears to clear his name. cbs's erin moriarty has covered the says extensively for "48 hours" and reports on why the man is still locked up.
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>> to be honest, kevin, i thought when i saw you next it would be on the outside >> i was hoping it would be, also. >> reporter: it's been 42 years since kevin strickland was sent to prison for a crime he says he didn't commit. this past may jackson county prosecutor jean peters baker publicly agreed with him >> it is important to recognize when the system has made wrongs, and what we did in this case was wrong >> reporter: yet five month later, the 62-year-old is still behind bars. how old were you when you were first incarcerated? >> about to be 19 in about three months, and i'm wondering if i will be here at 63 >> reporter: why? the delays and the road blocks that are being put up seem to be endless >> reporter: road blocks by the state's attorney general eric schmitt who maintains strickland received a fair trial uilty. after a triple homicide in kansas city in 1978, the only
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survivor, 20-year-old cyntyia douglas, identified strickland as one of the shooters. douglas later tried to recant her testimony, saying she was mistaken. after strickland's first trial ended with a hung jury, he was later convicted be i an all-white jury and sentenced to life without parole. still remember hearing that verdict? >> yeah, yeah. i will never forget that. i didn't know i could cry like that at that age >> reporter: strickland remained in prison even after two of the four actual shooters, vincent bell and kilm adkins, stated under oath strickland had nothing to do with the murders. none of them are serving time for that murder but you are sitting in here >> right >> reporter: strickland says even if he's released he can't get back the past. his daughter was seven weeks old when he was arrested. you really have lost allot. you get your life back but
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you've lost so much of it >> yeah, you kind of see there, i -- said it there, i get my life back. i've never had one. so i get to try to establish a life, but i've actually never had one to get back >> reporter: erin moriarty, cbs news, cameron, missouri. >> o'donnell: a twice delayed hearing that could lead to strickland's freedom is scheduled for next month. still much more news ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news." a little boy lost in the woods for three days is finally home. and this, paul mccartney won't let it be. let it be. the beatles rumor he wants to clear up. everything will be fun and nice. but i still have bad days... flare-ups, (cough cough) which can permanently damage my lungs. my lungs need protection against flare-ups. so it's time to get real.
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the boy was found several miles from his home hungry, thirsty but happy to be back in his mother's arms. tonight a highway patrol movers and a woman he was helping after an accident is lucky to be alive. they were on a busy interstate when a pickup truck swerved to avoid an accident nearly hitting them. she escaped with minor injuries. the causeov the wreck under investigation. paul mccartney is setting the record straight saying he wasn't the one who broke up the beatles. he says it was the late john lennon. mccartney has long been blamed for instigating the split but tells the bbc that was our johnny coming in one day and saying i'm leaving the group. mccartney said he wanted to keep the beatles together. we're all still fascinated half a ler up nt, and matnecon has mgeor yungs
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>> o'donnell: kenyon runners swept today's rescheduled boston marathon. benson kipruto won the me race, dianpy marath iag but for one runner it's just another obstacle to overcome. here's cbs's nancy chen. >> reporter: there's resilience in each step of these 26.2 miles for dan berlin. >> it's just such a moving experience to run it.
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>> reporter: diagnosed with a degenerative eye condition when seven, the colorado runner lost his sight in his late 20s. >> the sense of disability was starting to really weigh on me, so si signed up for a half marathon and started training for it. just getting out there to run changed my world. >> reporter: his challenges soon took the 51-year-old around the world. he climbed match uma chu pi ch, kilimanjaro. what does running mean to you? >> it's a sense of freedom, a way to mind ability in the face of a disability. >> reporter: he hopes to instill confidence in young people. >> try to see the possibilities to destroy the notions of what somebody who's blind is capable of doing. >> reporter: this is berlin's seventh boston marathon but first with daughter talia by his side. if you were to sum up this ex plerns altogether, what would you say? >> can you combine elated and exhausted? >> reporter: and ready for hisrv
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in filipino: you'll always be in my heart. >> o'donnell: tomorrow, skyrocketing fuel costs from gasoline to heating oil, what does it mean for you as we head into the cold winter months? and if you can't watch us live, don't forget you can set your delta variant so you can watch us later. that's tonight's edition of the "cbs evening news." i'm norah o'donnell in our
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nation's capitol. we'll see you right back her >> announcer: unconcerned about their suffering dog? >> scotty said, "there he is. he's dying. he has a chicken bone in his throat." >> judge judy: i find that hard to believe that you actually said that. you'd have to be lower than the lowest worm. >> announcer: so this neighbor paid to do what they wouldn't. >> judge judy: to have surgery to take out this chicken bone, which would've resulted in the puppy's death. >> she had the dog for four days. >> judge judy: i don't want you to ask stupid. >> announcer: "judge judy." you are about to enter the courtroom of you are about to enter the courtroom of judge judith sheindlin. captions paid for by cbs television distribution shelly vick is suing her neighbor, katie morrison, for vet bills after she took katie's sick puppy to the vet. >> byrd: order! all rise! this is case number 555 on the calendar in the matter of vick vs. morrison. >> judge judy: thank you. >> byrd: you're welcome, judge. parties have been sworn in.
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you may be seated. folks, have a seat. >> judge judy: ms. vick, you and the defendant are neighbors. >> yes. >> judge judy: and you've been neighbors for how long? >> one year. >> judge judy: how long have you lived in your house? >> since 2001. >> judge judy: so you're new to the neighborhood? >> correct. >> judge judy: and you had a dog, puppy. what kind of puppy? >> it was a chihuahua. >> judge judy: a chihuahua. >> yeah, and it was approximately eight weeks old. >> judge judy: well, you say "was." do you still have the dog? >> correct. >> judge judy: you still have the dog, so it is a chihuahua. you brought it home when it was eight weeks old. tell me when that was that you brought the dog home. >> i got the dog in... i believe it was september of 2015. >> judge judy: now, at some point, ms. vick, your statement is that you and your daughter -- but i'm concentrating on you because i may or may not have her testify. >> okay. >> judge judy: you noticed that the morrisons' puppy was not acting right. tell me what made you think that. >> he was just laying out on the side yard. and he looked thinner than he had looked previously, because i was the puppy's foster parent. >> judge judy: what do you mean foster parent?
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