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experience. >> butter and a little bit of salt. enjoy that movie as well if you captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: tonight, is it time for covid boosters for all adults? could anyone 18 or older get a third pfizer dose by thanksgiving? the authorize its booster for even more americans as kids wait in long lines for their first shots. investigating the horror in houston: after that deadly concert, narcotics and homicide detectives try to figure out how this could happen as we learn who had the authority to stop the show. plus, a nine-year-old still in a medically induced coma fighting for his life. with thanksgiving just weeks away, could sky-high gas prices and understaffed airports lead to a travel nightmare for americans hitting the road? violent threat: the sad state of
politics as a republican congressman and his family is threatened with death for voting in favor of a bipartisan infrastructure bill. >> i hope you die. i hope everybody in your ( bleep ) family dies. >> o'donnell: our series "honoring our heroes," meet the family of this decorated navy seal who died by suicide. the new way they're trying to help veterans in need. an ideal bedtime? more evidence a good night's sleep is essential to good health. what time should your head hit the pillow? and how one hospital is honoring a beloved pediatric nurse after half a century of service to the tiniest of humans. >> this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. >> o'donnell: good evening, and thank you so much for joining us. we're going to begin with a major milestone in the fight against covid. it was exactly one year ago today that pfizer said its covid vaccine proved to be highly
effective against the coronavirus in trials. the first shots came just over a month later. well, today, pfizer requested government authorization for its covid booster, hoping to make it available to all adults 18 and older. federal health officials are concerned about decreasing immunity as we head into winter, and they're emphasizing the importance of getting those boosters. this comes as the vaccination campaign for kids five to 11 is getting into full swing with some grade schoolers waiting in long lines today to get their shots. cbs' nikki battiste leads off our coverage in new york city. gfs, nikki. >> reporter: norah, good evening. with pfizer's request tonight, millions of vaccinated people could become eligible for a booster shot just as the winter holiday season kicks off. more than 25 million people have had a booster shot since the f.d.a. authorized it for anyone who was at least 65, high risk, or who already received the
johnson & johnson shot. and studies indicate a third dose could be critical as mounting evidence shoels efficacy wans anywhere from six to eight months after full vaccination. children remain at high risk after 5-11-year-olds became eligible for the pfizer shot late last week, new data shows more than 100,000 children tested positive for covid for the 13th straight week. more than 350 children have died from covid since the beginning of september, bringing the total to nearly 900 child deaths since the start of the pandemic. in new york city today, these parents jumped at the chance to get the first vaccine dose for their children. >> it's very significant. we just want our daughter to be protected. >> reporter: 10-year-old leah adams waited with her parents in one of the many lines wrapping around new york city blocks. demand is outpacing supply at
some schools and pediatricians' offices. >> i want the vaccine. >> reporter: like many of the kids waiting, will hawn was hesitant but ready. on a scale of one to 10, how excited are you to get the vaccine? >> nine, because i'm kind of nervous, but i really want to get it. >> reporter: several parents here at this new york city elementary school told me today they waited for nearly four hours to get their child a vaccine dose, but experts say if kids keep lining up for a shot, classrooms could be mask-free early next year. norah. >> o'donnell: and that's worth the wait. nikki battiste, thank you. we want to turn now to the investigation into that deadly crush of people at a concert in houston. we're learning new details about the medical condition of a nine-year-old who was injured. cbs' lilia luciano reports tonight from houston. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> reporter: before the chaos, there was this photo-- nine-year-old ezra blount with his dad outside astroworld
festival. ezra was on his father's shoulder as travis scott performed and the crowd surged. >> my son couldn't breathe because all the pressure that was being applied to him. and he passed out, and when he passed out, ezra fell into the crowd. and he was-- he was trampled really bad. >> reporter: he remains in a medically induced coma on a ventilator. eight died that night. homicide and narcotics teams from houston p.d. are leading a criminal investigation. this is an astroworld festival action plan: 56 pages of protocols for all types of emergencies-- active shooters, bomb threats, evacuations. but nothing about a crowd surge, even though travis scott was twice arrested for urging crowds to stampede barricades. in this netflix documentary, scott's team details the kind of panic crush that this time
turned deadly. in this close-up video, trampled fans are screaming for help as travis scott continues to play. only two people have the authority to stop the show. add a breakdown in communication with police and fire unable to cntact. as the crowd surge became death traps. attorney benjamin crump represents the family of ezra blount. >> he has severe brain damage, severe kidney damage, severe liver damage. it's going to take a miracle. >> reporter: and tonight, there are increasing calls into what went wrong and calls for an independent investigation into what happened given houston p.d.'s deep involvement in providing security that night. and what many are calling a catastrophic failure. norah.
>> o'donnell: lilia luciano, thank you. well, tonight, a.a.a. estimates more than 53 million americans will travel over the long thanksgiving weekend. that's close to pre-pandemic levels, and it comes amid the highest gas prices in seven years and a potential shortage of it, say screeners at airports. we get more on this from cbs carter evans. >> i'm very excited. >> reporter: emma skeels is flying out to visit family she hasn't seen since the pandemic began. >> i certainly missed spending time with my grandparents this past year. >> reporter: come thanksgiving, she'll be among the millions of americans traveling during the holiday, up 13% from last year, and the biggest increase since 2005. is it the vaccine, people aren't afraid as much anymore? >> absolutely. what we saw is the desire to get out there and travel again directly correlate would the increase in vaccinations. >> reporter: doug shupe with a.a.a. says more than 4 million people are expected to travel by
air, up 80% over the dismal holiday travel week last year. it comes as the biden administration lifted its international travel ban. >> we're going to see very close to pre-pandemic levels will for air travel. >> reporter: but can airports handle the crowds? as of last month, only 60% of t.s.a. agents said they were at least partially vaccinated. the agency tells cbs news it's laser focused on vaccinating rest of their workforce by the november 22 deadline. at the end... >> reporter: and expect lots of traffic on the nation's highways. a.a.a.splz anticipates 90% of travelers will jump in the car thanksgiving weekend. that's more than 48 million people on the road. despite the average price of gas costing more than $1 more per gallon since this time last year. >> we're just trying to curb spending in other areas so that we can afford to fill up our tanks. >> reporter: you're going to need some patience this year, and if you're hitting the road in california, well, dig deep. we are just about a nickel away
from the all-time average high price for gasoline here, and we're already seeing numbers that start with 5s and 6s. norah. >> o'donnell: wow, carter evans, thank you. the committee investigating the capitol hill riots issued more subpoenas today, adding 10 former trump administration officials to their list. and as cbs' nikole killion reports, it comes as a threatening phone call is raising new concern for the safety of house members. >> reporter: tonight, disturbing messages for michigan congressman fred upton, after he and 12 other republicans voted for president biden's infrastructure bill late friday night. >> the motion is adopted. >> reporter: this death threat left on his office voice mail: >> i hope your ( bleep ) family dies. i hope everybody in your ( bleep ) staff dies. you piece of ( bleep ). traitor! >> we've seen civility really downslide here. i'm concerned about my staff. they're taking these calls. they're threats to them. >> reporter: u.s. capitol
police say they expect more than 9,000 threats against members of congress before the end of the year. former president trump has kept up the attacks on upton and his colleagues, saying they should be ashamed of voting with the democrats. and he's also lashing out at the committee investigating the capitol assault, now seeking testimony from his inner circle. the 10 additional subpoenas sent out today include former white house press secretary kayleigh mcenany, and top aide stephen miller. but some, like former white house strategist, steve bannon, have snubbed the coitte successfully so far. do you worry that some of these individuals are stonewalling the committee? and is that impeding your work? >> we're getting information from all sorts ofes so no one ibed to fustrate our capacity to proed. but some of these individuals have information that we very much need to get, and we intend to get it.
>> reporter: today, a judge denied mr. trump's request to block the white house from sending his personal records related to january 6 to the committee. those could be handed over as soon as the end of this week. norah. >> o'donnell: that's a big development. nikole killion, thank you. ad there's a surge of covid cases in europe, and health officials are sounding the alarm. six out of 10 cases being reported around the globe right now are in that region, leading the c.d.c. to move some countries to its highest risk level for travel. we get more now from cbs' charlie d'agata. >> reporter: grim scenes in parts of europe today recall the darkest days of the pandemic, patients stacking up in overwhelmed i.c.u.s, body bags and coffins stacking up in the hallways. eastern europe has become the epicenter of the delta variant outbreak, driving up that quarter of a billion qoft cases worldwide, and more than five million deaths globally. one reason countries like
romania and latvia are bearing the brunt-- far fewer people have been vaccinated than in western europe, sails the world health organization's hans klugger. >> i recently came from port knal, which has the highest vaccination uptick in the world, 85%. but still people are adhering to the three w.ing-- wear the mask, watch the distance, wawfn your hands. >> reporter: yet even that is not enough. germany's infection rate has soared to its highest level since the start of the pandemic, despite the fact that close to 70% of germans have been fully vaccinated. and hard-hit russia today hit a new daily record in covid deaths one day after the country ended a strict nine-day shutdown. covid-19 has proven to be a persistent enemy, mounting yet another attack with the peak of winter on the way. transmission rates had been climbing here in the u.k., too,
norah, but a couple of weeks ago they began to drop off. now scientists are hopeful this current beach peaked in october, and britain may be over the worst of it. >>o'donnell: charlie d'agata, thank you. all right, all this week, we're honoring the service and sacrifice of our veterans, and part of that means helping the men and women who defend our country. tonight, we're shining a light on mental health. nearly 20% of service members who have returned from afghanistan and iraq have p.t.s.d. and depression, but only half who need treatment actually seek it. cbs' catherine herridge reports tonight on a possible solution in our series "honoring our heroes." >> reporter: bill molder was one of the nation's most decorated navy seals. >> he was a true patriot, 20 years serving his country. >> reporter: his wife, sydney, says he was a great dad and dedicated to his seal team. >> bill was incredibly proud. he loved, loved his job.
>> reporter: but after a grueling mission to afghanistan in 2009, sydney says bill changed. he was angry, started drinking excessively, and shut down. why did bill refuse the help? >> he felt if he opened up and if he were honest and truthful, he would jeopardize his career. and "i'll get kicked out. i'll lose my security clearance." >> reporter: six months after leaving the navy he called sydney on facetime and put a gun to his head. >> i said you're scaring me. i'm scared. and... i heard a gunshot, and i saw what i saw, and then the phone, it went black, and i threw the phone on the ground. >> i'm a veteran, ae hl >> rter:t the sameime, sydney's brother, will negley, a former c.i.a. officer, was developing "soundoff" an a. p that would let those who served reach out for help
anonymously. and you're using encryption to protect the actual conversation. >> exactly. >> reporter: accord to the v.a., 17 veterans a day take their lives. >> half or more of those suffering the most never seek help. >> reporter: john is one of the veterans who downloaded the app. his team cleared roadway bombs in afghanistan. >> i do think the soundoff app saved my life. >> reporter: we agreed to protect his identity. soundoff put him in touch with a therapist. >> if a soldier or a service member wishes to advance their career and stay in the service, to seek mental help, i-- i think is a barrier, still. >> reporter: negley says the app has helped 200 veterans and he wants to expand. four years later, sydney molder wears the watch her husband had on when he died. clipped on is her wedding ring a reminder, she says, her family is healing, and bill continues
to serve. catherine herridge, cbs news, bethesda, maryland. >> o'donnell: and hopefully this new tool will help others and save lives. there is still much more news ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news." the spacex capsule makes a spectacular return to earth. and we'll tell you how the right time can-- bedtime can lower your risk of heart disease. ♪♪ this flag isn't backwards. it's facing this way because it's moving forward. ♪♪ just like the men and women who wear it on their uniforms and the country it represents. they're all only meant to move one direction which is why we fly it this way on the flanks of the all-new grand wagoneer. moving boldly and unstoppably forward.
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years. >> she's such an inspiration. i truly always... want to be like janet. >> reporter: and wanted to be part of a special day for a nurse who has spent her days caring for others. jan crawford, cbs news, fairfax, virginia. >> o'donnell: thank you, janet. we'll be right back. hi, my name is cherrie. i'm 76 and i live on the oregon coast. my husband, sam, we've been married 53 years. we love to walk on the beach. i have two daughters
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flowers. and that is >> it was determined that we would not live together peacefully. ms. baker decided to lock me out of the apartment. >> announcer: his former roommate tries to pass the buck... >> my full defense is, i'm not the landlord. >> judge judy: you were the one who put the stuff outside. >> announcer: ...after his possessions get tossed. >> judge judy: the furniture was the stuff that he left. >> he actually left several items, like here's his remote. >> judge judy: this is not show and tell. put that down. >> [ laughs ] >> 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 24-year-old matthew kerns is suing his former roommate, shak gs. your honor, this is case number 266 on the calendar in the matter of kerns vs. baker. >> judge judy: thank you. >> byrd: you're welcome, judge.
parties have been sworn in. you may be seated. ma'am, have a seat. >> judge judy: mr. kerns, how long were you and ms. baker roommates? >> approximately six months, your honor. >> judge judy: did you move in to her home? >> no, your honor. >> judge judy: she moved in to yours, or you moved in together? >> the way that it happened, your honor, was i rented a two-bedroom condo with one of my friends at the time. about three months in, it was determined that we could no longer live together. the roommate at that time decided to just kind of pack up his stuff and move, leaving me to pay the full rent amount, which i could not do. the landlord gave me the ultimatum, basically, that i could either be evicted or pay the full amount, neither of which were acceptable to me. she came back slightly later and said, "i have a friend --" the friend was ms. shelly baker -- "who needs a place to stay, and if you allow ms. baker to live with you, then you can resume paying the normal rent amount. >> judge judy: why did you need a place to stay? >> i was in between homes. i was actually homeless for about seven days.