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that's jared peck along with charlie walter. we'll see you back here t 6:00. captioning sponsored by cbs >> yuccas: tonight, captured and charged. the parents of the accused michigan school shooter now held on a half a million dollars' bond each after their overnight arrest, while a crowd attending a vigil for the victims erupts in panic. >> reporter: i'm michael george in pontiac, michigan. the parents of the accused oxford school shooter are now behind bars. how they were found and what happened when they faced a judge. >> yuccas: also tonight, omicron spreads. at least 12 states now identifying the highly infectious variant. >> reporter: i'm lilia luciano at the hollywood burbank airport where omicron is worrying some holiday travelers. >> yuccas: in africa, infection surge causing global uncertainty. plus, president biden warns vladimir putin against invading ukraine as russian troops amass at the border.
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>> i don't accept anybody's red line. >> yuccas: weekend journal-- 'tis the season for christmas trees. how drought is shorting supply. and later... >> have you ever had a krispy kreme? >> yuccas: she's an unlikely tiktok senitation at 82. >> this is the "cbs weekend news." >> yuccas: good evening, i'm jamie yuccas in los angeles. adriana diaz is off. today, the parents of the teenager who police say shot and killed four classmates at their michigan school pleaded not guilty. james and jennifer crumbley appeared in court after being arrested early this morning, following an intense manhunt. cbs' michael george is in pontiac, michigan with the latest. michael, good evening. >> reporter: jamie, good evening. james crumbley, jennifer crumbley, and their 15-year-old son are all now in custody here
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at the oakland county jail, being barred from contact with one another. now, the sheriff tells me the parents have been quiet, sullen, and he hasn't seen them show any signs of remorse. today, they faced a judge for the first time. >> i understand. >> reporter: jennifer crumbley cried as each of the four involuntary manslaughter charges were read in court. >> i understand. >> reporter: prosecutors say in the days leading up to the shooting at oxford high school, the crumbleys bought the gun allegedly use bide their son, and were warned by school officials that he was looking at ammunition on his phone and writing a violent note. but authorities say the crumbleys did nothing. >> and these two individuals could have stopped it, and they had every reason to know if he was dangerous, and they gave him a weapon. >> reporter: their appearance today follows an intense search by law enforcement. the couple failed to show up for a friday arraignment. u.s. marshals announced a bounty of up to $10,000 each.
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a business owner in detroit about 45 miles away spotted the crumbley's car and called 911. police say they were found hiding in a vacant art studio. their attorneys say they were going to turn themselves in. >> they were never fleeing prosecution. i want to make that very clear with the court. they were scared. they were terrified. they were not at home. they were figuring out what to do. >> reporter: oakland county sheriff michael bouchard disagrees. >> well, certainly, it doesn't appear to be somebody trying to turn themselves in when they're in a warehouse in detroit hiding inside the building. >> reporter: the crumbleys have pleaded not guilty to all charges. the judge set their bond at half a million dollars each. all this comes as a community grieves the loss of four young lives. at a vigil friday, there was a brief panic after someone fainted and people mistakenly thought there was someone with a gun. there were no reports of serious injuries.
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and the sheriff believes someone let the crumbleys into that art studio. they're investigating, and that person could potentially face charges, including aiding and abetting and obstruction. jamie. >> yuccas: michael george, thank you. now to the battle against covid and the new omicron variant. as expected, it's spreading, this as the number of americans fully vaccinated hovers near 60%. cbs' lilia luciano is at hollywood burbank airport with more. lilia. >> reporter: good evening, jamie. omicron has flyers facing new restrictions and while those only apply to international travels, there are concerns about how it could all impact domestic travels during the busy holidays. in los angeles, health officials are stepping it up to stop the spread of covid, requiring proof of vaccination at many business and offering international travelers a free rapid covid test upon landing at l.a.x. >> i think it's a very good measure. and that's why i did it
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immediately. >> reporter: the omicron variant found in at least a dozen states keeps spreading. but the delta strain remains dominant, with new infections nationwide rising 36%. hospitalizations are also increasing. among the hardest hit states, rhode island, connecticut, and delaware, worrying doctors nationwide. >> it's still a large curve going in the wrong direction. i had a patient today die. i recommended the vaccine for him multiple times. and he, unfortunately, got covid, was unvaccinated. >> reporter: nearly a third of the country has yet to get a single dose as officials brace for a winter surge. in some places, omicron is spreading twice as fast as other variants, but health officials are urging people not to panic, just to get a booster. are you concerned omicron might impact your holiday travel or your holiday plans? >> i don't think so. i think we're well vaccinated. we just have to negotiate the-- the new hurdles. we're waiting to see what's going to happen in '22.
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>> reporter: while the biden administration is requiring a negative covid test 24 hours before landing to the u.s., domestic flyers don't need to test for now. jamie. >> yuccas: we'll keep watching. lilia luciano, thank you. the world health organization says no deaths have been attributed to the omicron variant, but it is different and dangerous. cbs' debora patta reports from south africa. >> reporter: this is ground zero for omicron. scientists in this high-risk biohazard lab arm themselves for another day on the covid battle front. they are hot on the trail of the new mutant strain circling the globe. >> i'm going of coming to give you a box from the freezer. >> reporter: here, they are growing live omicron, which will be tested against the blood of fully vaccinated people, as well as those who were previously infected. heading up this team at the africa health research institute is virologist alex sigal. >> this is probably the most mutated virus we've ever seen.
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>> reporter: the variant has more than 50 mutations, over 30 in the spike protein, making it easier to attach itself to human cells. >> it's more of a frankenstein than others, but it's always something new. i mean, the virus keeps surprising us. >> reporter: now they are collaborating with other scientists to determine if the variant blunts vaccine immunity. this lab has received multiple requests for samples of omicron, which have been packed to be shipped off to other research institutes around the country. infectious disease expert richard lessells works next door at the sequencing lab, that helped identify the new variant and is studying the spread of omicron in real time. >> what's critical now over the next week or two is to really see in the data what the pattern is there. is there an increasing rate of infections in the vaccinated? and what is the severity of disease in those individuals?
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>> reporter: omicron has already fueled a meteoric rise in infections in south africa. scientists here say it appears to spread twice as quickly as dealt, including among people who have had covid. >> some, like 60%, outside africans have been prefg infected. in this case, you have a variant that may be specialized to reinfect. >> reporter: sigal hopes to have results on how effective vaccines are against omicron within the next week. debora patta, cbs news, dobban, south africa. >> yuccas: president biden says he will make it very, very difficult for russia to invade its neighbor ukraine. a new intelligence report obtained by cbs news says moscow is mobilizing 175,000 troops for a possible invasion in early 2022. the president was asked about russian president vladimir putin's attention as he left the white house on his way to camp david late friday.
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>> we're aware of russia's actions for a long time, and my expectation is we're going to have a long discussion. >> yuccas: cbs' christina ruffini covers foreign affairs and the white house. christina,s what is the white house doing to try to head off a potential international security crisis? >> reporter:y, just a little while ago the white house released this statement saying the two presidents will have a phone call tthat's president biden and president putin on friday. he will reaffirm u.s. support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of that country. now, a spokesperson for the national security council said they are deeply concerned by evidence that russia is stepping up its planning for military action in ukraine, possibly by early next year. and an administration official tells cbs news russia intends to me believize twice the number of troops into that contested eastern region of ukraine. now, remember, russia has held parts of that country since 2014
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when it annexed crimea. the secretary of defense, lloyd austin, was also asked today what the u.s. would do since ukraine is not a member of nato if russia invades further? he said he didn't want to speculate on hypothetical situations, but that the u.s. would make sure ukraine had the means defend itself. he also said he believes there is still room for diplomacy. jamie. >> yuccas: we'll be watching this closely. christina ruffini, thank you. and this news today, cnn has fired anchor chris cuomo. the move follows a network inquiry into his efforts to help his brother, andrew cuomo, then the governor of new york, fight off a sexual harassment scandal. in a tweet today, cuomo said, "this is not how i want my time at cnn to end." he had been with the network nearly nine years. pope francis arrived in greece today for a three-day visit. greek catholics hope the trip brings the divided western and eastern orthodox churches closer together. but an in athens today, an elderly greek orthodox priest cause aid commotion when he
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shouted at the pontiff saying, "pope, you are a her tick." straight ahead on the "cbs weekend news," housing prices go through the roof, even in places you might not expect. tree troubles-- how drought is impacting a favorite christmas tradition. and later, she is 82 and a rising star on tiktok.
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>> yuccas: the average price of a new home is up more than 16% nationwide this year, according to zillow. and the least-affordable markets are small towns, attracting big-city workers looking to relocate. prices have soared in places like austin, texas and provo, utah. but the biggest boom is in boise, idaho. and as cbs' mark strassmann reports, that's pricing many out of the american dream.
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>> reporter: ask anyone here, boise, idaho, is having its biggest gold rush since the 1860s. it's called real estate. >> prices went up 30% in a year here in ada county. it's just incredible. >> reporter: agent jennifer louis is awed by the noisy boise housing boom. >> 10, 20 people in a bidding war, sometimes even more. this year, we had homes that sold $100,000 over the asking price. it's insane because you don't really know what you're up against. >> reporter: boise is now america's least-affordable housing market, home prices dwarf incomes. one study compared boise's median-priced home, almost $535,000, that's 10 times higher than the median income for one person here, almost nine times higher than the median income for a couple. so many buyers, so few homes for sale. louis pulled up every listing for around a half million dollars. there are 24 homes in this
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entire city. and how many buyers would you guess? >> maybe 1,000. >> reporter: want to make an offer? better be all cash, above the asking price. >> i don't know what's in here. >> reporter: max hampton and kelsey taylor got lucky with their new home, $414,000. stung by a series of rejected offers, they found a seller who wanted a local buyer. >> it was super discouraging. i remember a lot of hard nights, a lot of hard conversations. >> reporter: even as lifelong boise folks, sticker shock? >> yeah. it's still-- it still makes us a bit angry. >> reporter: angry? >> yeah. >> angry, i who uld say. >> reporter: because? >> why is it like this when just a couple of years ago it wasn't. >> reporter: boise has always had beauty and a winning lifestyle, but the pandemic created next-level frenzy. investors and virtual workers from neighboring states snapping up homes, driving up prices. >> it's changed the behavior of the city to a degree. people drive differently who
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come from out of state. >> reporter: the locals are giving california plateslet side-eye? >> yeah. get idaho plates if you move here from california, yeah. >> reporter: louis' own home has doubled in value. her family is growing and needs a bigger house. they can't afford one. have you put an offer on a house? >> we wanted to, but the realtor said they wouldn't even look at a contingent offer, so it's money that talks. so they're looking for the highest price for their home so they can cash out and move out. >> reporter: cashing out in metro boise, also known as the treasure valley. these days the name fits. mark strassmann, cbs news, boise. >> yuccas: sure does. those prices are unreal. still ahead on the "cbs weekend news," the growing cost of christmas trees. why you may be paying more this season.
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>> yuccas: some 25 million fir
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trees will be cut and sold this holiday season. for the farmers who grow and sell them, it's more than a business. it means being part of a time-honored christmas tradition. but there's a supply chain problem caused by drought. john lauritsen of our minneapolis station wcco has tonight's "weekend journal." >> we're starting to really get things in shape. >> reporter: 'tis the season at hansen tree farm. their busiest time of year has just begun and there's plenty of work to do. >> we have 40 acres here in ramsey. 25 is in christmas trees. >> reporter: brothers david and mark run the farm, which has been a family business for 70 years. they have about 10,000 christmas trees ready to be cut. but this year will be different. prices will be up slightly due to drought. >> it was brutal. the trees this year didn't grow as much. the big trees. and so it was really brutal is the word. >> reporter: ideally, during the growing season, their trees would get about an inch of rain a week, but the hansens say they got just one inch of rain over a
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three-month stretch. as a result about 10% of the trees they planted the last two years were lost. this bawlsam fir shows the impact the drought had on tree farms. it was planted two years ago but because it didn't survive the summer it will have to be replaced. >> this is worst i have ever seen. if we didn't have irrigation, basically, i don't think any of the trees we planted this year would have survived. >> reporter: they're worried the loss could lead to a christmas tree shortage in future years. still, last year was a record year, and they're expecting more of the same this season. >> now is a good time to do it. any of the first species hold their needles so that's not an issue. >> reporter: john lauritsen, cbs news, ramsey, minnesota. >> yuccas: guess i'll have to stick to my poinsettia this year. still ahead on the "cbs weekend news," an erupting volcano today caused panic in indonesia and mass evacuations. we'll have the latest next.
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>> yuccas: the tallest mountain on indonesia's java island, erupted today sending people living in its shadow running for safety. a cloud of ash spewed at least 40,000 feet in the air before blanketing villages nearby. at least one person was killed. now to weather extremes. denver, colorado, has yet to see snow, but a blizzard is forecast for the aloha state this weekend. snow, seen here in time-lapse video, is swirling around a telescope atop mauna kea on hawaii's big island. up to a foot is forecast with winds expected to top 100 miles per hour. and in washington state, you can see heavy snow today caused travel problems for drivers on i-90 in the cascade mountains. skidding and spinouts like that
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for those without chains. whale watchers got their money's worth with a rare sighting off the california coast. a pod of six orcas delighted passengers and crew about four miles off laguna beach on friday. orcas, often called killer whales, are actually the largest member of the dolphin family. it's been several years since members of this pod were spotted in this part of the pacific. pretty cool. when we return, meet the tiktok star who is 82 years old.
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>> yuccas: move over, instagram. tiktok is the top social media site for young americans aged 12-17, according to a recent study. but it's not just kids using it, as you can see there.
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this dancing duo are members of our extended cbs family. good moves, they have. and they're not alone. when a former "seinfeld" actress discovered tiktok, she found a new audience and keeps proving you're never too old to be a sensation. >> have you ever had a krispy kreme? >> yuccas: a simple question. >> was it crispy? >> yuccas: over seven million views. >> right. >> yuccas: on a platform unfamiliar to octogenarian annie korzen until recently. >> i have always been, for the most part, an unemployed actor and an under-published writer. i am now having more success in those two things than i have had in my whole life. >> yuccas: she attributes much of that success to her decades-younger best friend and producer mackenzie morrison. you're 82? >> yup. >> yuccas: and mckenziey is. >> 30. >> yuccas: so a 52-year age difference. >> we don't feel it a bit. >> yuccas: their unlikely friendship blossomed or a shared
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love of vintage fashion and to bring kors an's finally aged wisdom to a new audience. the two often shoot 10-15 tiktok in one day. >> everything is completely spontaneous. i never know what she is going to do before i start hitting "record." i love when they make you laugh. >> i know. i would like to change people's minds about what it is to be old. i'm still active. i'm still learning new things. and i'm not the only one. it's time for some gray power. 80 is the new 37. >> yuccas: gray power, indeed. i'm hoping she wants to be my new best friend. she is awesome. that's the cbs weekend news for this saturday. don't forget "sunday morning with jane pauley" first thing tomorrow followed by "face the nation" with margaret brennan. i'm jamie yuccas in los angeles. good night.
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captioning sponsored by cbs capt ned by media the latest code variant continuing to spread across the globe appear we have the latest on the local rush to get protected. since it is the season of giving some fans made a huge difference for some children this holiday season. we don't have to wait for a warmer world to experience high tides. we get them every winter. today's example did not completely soak, but it was about two feet higher than it usually is.
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>> returning saturday morning. soaking lower lying walkways. >> you think you are looking at something you see every day, and your feet get wet, and he start to backup. >> a yearly phenomenon here. one that he likes to photograph. >> be very careful because you never know when the wave is going to come. >> they occur when the moon, earth, and some come into alignment with the moon closer to the earth and the earth closest to the sun. >> it means we will have a higher than usual high tide as well as lower than usual low tides. >> this is an educator who spent her morning teaching this group all about it. >> normal title range for our area from the average highest tides and average was tides is about six feet. on a day like today the difference in the water levels from the high tide to the low tide is going


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