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mind footing the bill. >> i wonder where they are going to put them? >> ♪ ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> dokoupil: tonight, a new covid variant of concern recently discovered in south africa prompts the u.s. and countries around the globe to restrict travel from the region and causes stock markets to crash. in an emergency meeting, the world health organization names the highly transmissible new variant omicron. scientists working around the clock to learn how contagious it is and how well the covid vaccines work against it. concerns spark a global stock sell-off. the dow sees its worst one-day drop of the year. president biden says the new variant should prompt more americans to get covid shots and boosters. >> i think it's a patriotic responsibility. >> dokoupil: ready, set, shop: black friday bargain hunters hit the stores in droves.
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could sales top $9 billion today? severe weather threatens to mess up holiday travel in the northeast and pacific northwest. what you need to know. a labor strike at kellogg's drags on as union workers fight for better pay from companies they say are making record profits. online shoppers beware, cyber intelligence experts say thousands of fake web sites are popping up every day waiting to steal your money. we have tips to avoid getting scammed. and steve and steve hartman's "on the road," with the story of a foster dad who is thankful for his expanding family and the kids who are thankful for him. >> this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell. >> dokoupil: good evening and thank you for joining us on this post-holiday friday. i'm tony dokoupil in for norah. and we're going to begin with growing concerns about the new variant of the coronavirus first
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discovered earlier this month in south africa and since turning up in belgium, israel, even hong kong. the world health organization at an emergency meeting today gave the highly transmissible variant of concern, as they call it, a name: omicron. scientists are now working around the clock to learn if it is more dangerous than the delta variant, which, of course, sparked a fourth wave of global cases and fatalities earlier this year. that possibility sent shock waves through wall street. the dow suffered its worst day of the year, plunging more than 900 points, or about 2.5%. and the s&p 500 and nasdaq also dropped by more than 2%. well, this afternoon, the united states responded, joining a growing list of nations in europe and asia restricting travel from south africa and seven other countries in that region. and tonight, moderna and pfizer say they can adjust their vaccines if and when needed. johnson & johnson, meanwhile, is
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already testing its vaccine effectiveness against the variant. cbs' debora patta is going to lead off our coverage tonight from johannesburg. >> reporter: once again, south africa has become ground zero for a new variant. nearly a year ago, it discovered the beta variant. now it's detected one that has over 30 mutations, the biggest jump in the virus' evolution since the pandemic began. and what concerns scientists is whether the new variant, named omicron, is more transmissible than other strains or vaccine resistant. but at the texas children's hospital center for vaccine development, dr. peter hotez says there is no need to panic at this point. >> the key is knowing how transmissible and whether it has that ability to out-compete delta, and that bar is high. >> reporter: the virus was first detected after a spike in cases near johannesburg. numbers are still low, but they more than doubled in two days,
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and it's mostly been found in young adults, a group with a low vaccination rate. scientists are now working around the clock to find answers, but a jittery world is not waiting for them. international visitors are scrambling to get home as the u.s. joins countries in europe and asia who have already closed their doors to south africa. the world has been here before. the highly transmissible delta variant, first identified in india in december last year, quickly spread to become the dominant strain in a matter of months, forcing more lockdowns last summer. dr. hotez cautions against over- reacting. >> there's really very little that we can do to actually stop the virus via travel restrictions. i think it's highly likely that this new variant is already pretty widespread. >> reporter: south african scientists tell us they will know how effective the vaccines are against the new variant over
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the next 14 days, and pfizer says if necessary, it can adapt its vaccine within six weeks. tony. >> dokoupil: that's an important "if." thank you, debora. president biden, spending the holiday on the island of nantucket, was briefed about the new covid variant today. his chief medical adviser, dr. anthony fauci, said there is no indication omicron is in the united states, but the president says the threat underscores the importance of covid boosters. we get more now from cbs' weijia jiang. weijia, good evening. >> reporter: good evening to you, tony. here is a sense of how quickly things escalated. this morning, dr. anthony fauci said that they were rushing scientific data to determine whether the u.s. should implement that new travel ban. by this afternoon, the white house announced it will go into place on monday. president biden said he made that decision after meeting with his covid response team for about half an hour this morning. he said much is still unknown
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about this new variant, except that it is of great concern and seems to spread rapidly. the president said global vaccinations are necessary to end the pandemic, calling it a patriotic responsibility to get one. >> reporter: president biden also urged other countries to waive intellectual protections for the covid vaccine so their formulas can be shared and they can be manufactured everywhere. he said today's news reiterates the importance of moving quickly. tony. >> dokoupil: yeah, some things are more important than money. weijia, thank you very much. speaking of money, tonight the pandemic does not seem to be slowing down black friday shoppers who are expected to
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spend around $9 billion today alone. cbs' meg oliver is out with the throngs of bargain shoppers in northern new jersey this evening. meg, good evening to you. >> reporter: tony, good evening. all day, we have seen a steady stream of customers at this best buy. in-person shopping is up more than 14% this year compared to last, and we also know that this weekend, we're expecting about 160 million people to shop. early this morning, eager shoppers lined up outside this best buy in new jersey, ready to cash in on black friday bargains. >> i started at 3:45. >> reporter: 3:45 in the morning? >> yes. >> reporter: bryant hairston came for the tvs. was it like pre-pandemic. did you have a long line? >> no long lines this year because everybody has early black friday deals. in the past long lines, a lot of headaches, chaos. >>epg tential supply shortagma started their holiday sales in october, making black friday a
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month-long event. >> i do think that the reason the crowds are not that bad this year is because of online shopping, but definitely people are trying to get back out there. >> reporter: in addition to supply shortages, the national retail federation says excitement about the holiday season is also driving consumers to spend money. >> i got it! i did it! >> reporter: big-box stores like target, walmart, and macy's were closed on thanksgiving, but online shoppers spent $5.1 billion on thursday, an average of 3.5 million a minute. today, the amount spent by online shoppers is expected to increase to as much as $9.6 billion. >> business has been really, really good. >> reporter: small businesses are also benefiting. margot owns watcham book salers. after struggling to stay open during the pandemic, she's grateful customers are returning in person. how important is black friday for your bottom line? >> so, we used to ignore black friday, but 10 years ago, we
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said, you know, what? we're going to embrace black friday. and we called it festivus friday, and it's become a really strong day for us, and a fun day. >> reporter: according to online sales tracker adobe analytics, if you're in the market for electronics and appliances, you'll find deals on saturday. for sporting goods and clothes, on sunday. and the best sales on tvs will come monday. tony. >> dokoupil: glad to see the smaller businesses benefiting, also. meg, thank you very much. tonight, forecasters are tracking storms that could mess up holiday travel all across the northeast and pacific northwest. so let's get the forecast now from cbs' lonnie quinn. lonnie, good evening. >> reporter: hey, good evening to you, tony. good evening, everybody. all right, there are two systems right now in the country. let me show you the radar picture. we have one in new england, one in the pacific northwest. i want to start off with that system in new england because right now, we have some snow falling, anywhere from portions of connecticut all the way up into canada. this is going to wrap up say
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probably early tomorrow. it is not going to be a huge accumulator, unless you go to the higher elevated spots, like the mountains of vermont could see 6-12 inches of snow. the future cast shows another system, a clipper dropping in to detroit. by sunday the snow is stretched from detroit all the way out ino portions of new york, and by sunday night, into early monday, it intensifies a bit. and the snow is going to be picking up to the point that it's never going to be a huge accumulator, but it's just troublesome. out west, portland and seattle, an atmospheric river has set up with rain, and rain with us both days. those are the two system we watch. again, problems with the travel, they don't look like huge systems but they could be problematic. tony, all yours. >> dokoupil: if you're in a car packed with your family any bit of snow is a problem. lonnie, thank you very much. tonight, a labor strike by more than 1,000 kellogg cereal plant workers is in week seven, and it's part of a recent wave of work stoppages as union employees fight for better pay
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and better benefits. here's cbs' mark strassmann. >> reporter: brouhaha in omaha. >> you got that? >> reporter: striking union workers, bus loads of replacement workers. >> you have no future here! >> reporter: around the clock, two-month labor stare-down at kelloggs, makers of corn flakes and rice krispies. is this hardball? >> it's absolutely hardball. >> reporter: this mechanic is among 1,400 striking workers. >> union power! >> reporter: kellogs plant they demand an end to two-tier pay structure the union conceded to in 2015. new hires make less indefinitely. >> we're professional cereal makers. we've been doing it our whole lives and they're not going to get anybody better than that. >> this is what democracy looks like! >> reporter: part of america's great resignation is a great repudiation, workers rises up, demanding better. >> no contract! >> no coal! >> reporter: ongoing walkouts by
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alabama coal miners, healthcare workers in northern california. john deere recently settled with 10,000 striking workers, as did mercy hospital in buffalo. it's brought out the tiger in these makers of frosted flakes. >> i feel we have the upper hand right now. >> reporter: striking workers james and robert point to nebraska's unemployment rate-- 1.9%. >> just isn't enough skilled craftsmen to fill all these openings. >> reporter: you're not that easy to replace. >> no. >> reporter: kellogg's told us in a statement the prolonged work stoppage has left us no choice but to begin to hire some permanent employees to replace those currently on strike. >> we'll stay out here one day longer than they're willing to. >> one day longer! one day stronger! >> reporter: that's at least until next tuesday when negotiations resume. mark strassmann, cbs news, omaha. >> dokoupil: a warning for
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online shoppers looking for black friday and cyber monday deals. cyberintelligence experts say thousands of fake shopping web sites are popping up every week, and stealing money from shoppers like you and i. here's cbs' anna werner with tips on how to avoid getting scammed. >> reporter: iowa high school senior jayce leininger wanted to buy some merchandise from billie eilish, so he went online. >> when i found this official billie eilish site, i started looking around and shopping. >> reporter: he bought a bundle he had seen on instagram where a sweatshirt, poster and other items. price tag almost $100. but when the transaction hit his bank account, he says, it showed nearly $79, which he found suspicious. >> i started to look up the web site, look up reviews on the web site, and there were over, like, 1,000 people reviewing this web site saying it's a scam. >> reporter: so what has happened in terms of your money and your merchandise? >> well, i don't have the
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merchandise or my money. >> reporter: he is just one of thousands of consumers who say they've lost money to scammers posting as legitimate online retailers. >> we have seen a 2,000% increase over the past three months. >> reporter: lexis nexis risk solutions c.e.o. haywood talcove says his company has counted over 5,000 fake web sites, up from just over 100 or so earlier this year. as criminals take advantage of consumers' need for products now in short supply. >> whether it be walmart, amazon, best buy-- they don't have the toy that you want in stock. and then you google it, and then you find this really boutique company that is offering the bicycle that your daughter wants. it really isn't a company. it's a front for a transnational criminal group. >> reporter: and dave halushka with the secret service cyberfraud task force says those criminals' fake sites, typically
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launched from overseas, are becoming increasingly sophisticated. >> they learn as they go, just like you and i. it's their job. >> it's like a virus. it just spreads. it doesn't stop until the consumers stop falling for the trick. >> reporter: experts say to avoid being scammed, examine those web sites closely. look for misspellings, mistakes in grammar, links that don't work, and above all, take your time. being in a holiday rush could wind up costing you some money. tony. >> dokoupil: yeah, think it can't happen to you. it can. good tips there, anna. thank you. there is much more news ahead , but we'll be right back on the "cbs evening news." they may not be able to take just anything for pain. that's why doctors recommend tylenol®. it won't raise blood pressure the way that advil® aleve® or motrin® sometimes can. for trusted relief, trust tylenol®. the airport can be a real challenge for new homeowners who have become their parents... okay, everybody, let's do a ticket check. paper tickets. we're off to a horrible start.
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>> dokoupil: tonight we have the story of a foster dad who has much to be thankful for and all the fosters kids who are thankful for him. here's cbs' steve hartman "on the road." >> reporter: when lamont thomas became an empty nester, it was the end of a parenting legend. as we first reported a couple of years ago, this divorced father of two took on hero status when he took on a foster kid named michael perez. >> he was a good young man. and i just hated to see him in the system. >> reporter: eventually, lamont adopted michael, who now works as a nurse. >> i don't believe that i would be the person they am today without the morals that he instilled in me, the family, the extended family that i have now. >> reporter: how extended is that family? ( laughter ) >> i'd tell you if i had enough fingers and toes to count. >> reporter: turns out michael was just the beginning. >> that's marcus, jamie. >> reporter: over the next 15 years, lamont fostered more than 30 kids here in buffalo, new
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york, and adopted five of them. >> and j.j. >> reporter: and, again, he did this all on his own and with all of his heart. >> every child that i have had it's my goal to make a difference in their lives. proud of them. >> reporter: and you retired from foster. >> i did. >> reporter: go fishing? >> oh, yeah. >> reporter: trips? >> love all of that. >> reporter: of course, we wouldn't be here today if that was still the case. >> yes, sir. >> it really was a shocker. i didn't expect for him to restart and to do it all over again. it's just amazing. >> reporter: that's right-- he got back in the game and in a big way. took on five siblings, all under the age of six. >> major, are you reading books? >> reporter: lamont, a retired caterer, says he did have other plans for these years. >> i didn't think it was this. >> reporter: but those plans have now been shattered with mayhem. when was the last time you went fishing? >> it wasn't this summer. >> papa! papa! >> yes. >> reporter: lamont decided to foster all five after he found out they were going to be
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permanently split up. >> yes. >> reporter: and to guarantee they stay a family, he adopted them, too. >> i had to help them. they deserved to be raised together. don't lick my mirror, please. >> reporter: after this story first aired, we got a lot of surprising mail from women who saw this overwhelmed bachelor and thought, "hottie." some notes were subtle, "ask mr. thomas if he would like a pen pal." others, more bold. >> women calling from all over the place. one of them told me, "i think you're my husband." >> eww! >> reporter: clearly, the kids see no room for romance, nor does lamont. >> i was about to change my number. >> reporter: so he remains single, spent thanksgiving with family, and is more grateful than ever to be not fishing. steve hartman, "on the road," in buffalo. >> dokoupil: and who is not grateful to steve hartman for stories like that one? we'll be right back.
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and that's tonight's "cbs evening news." for norah o'donnell, i'm tony do upil. right now at 7:00 -- >> we have to prevent recurrences of what we saw last week. >> san francisco's police chief among scores of officers taking on a new seasonal role as holiday greeters. >> i feel very safe and i like it. >> i love seeing the increased visibility. the sales and store are not what they are used to be. >> that's kind of the point of black friday. >> is not just online competition undercutting the in- store deals this black friday. the bigger problem just isn't budging. what a ucsf expert wants you to know about the new covid- 19 variant prompting a new travel ban tonight. >> if this shows us anything, it is to get the world
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vaccinated so the sense for all of us. now at 7:00 and streaming on cbsn bay area , holiday shoppers weren't the only ones swarming bay area stores this black friday. kpix 5's max darrow is in union square where shoppers have plenty of company tonight from police. >> reporter: the people we talked to today and union square said they are pleased to see the police visibility read almost every single corner, you see a police car like this one. after the crime spree, they said they would flood the area with officers. that is what they did here. among the greeters, shoppers, and visitors and union square this black friday, where san francisco police officers, a lot of them, on the sidewalks, motorcycles, patrol cars. they were everywhere. >> i feel secure. i brought my wife and baby. >> i feel very safe and i like


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