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the news continues streaming on cbsn bay area and you can find ♪ ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: tonight, the big news from pfizer. why the company says the standard two-dose regimen may not be enough to protect against the new omicron variant. covid cases spike in the u.s., but there's good news tonight: the number of americans getting vaccinated is on the rise. but does the new strain mean you'll need a fourth dose sooner than expected? plus, we're in south africa, where scientists say omicron may not be as dangerous as the delta variant. former officer on trial. opening statements today for the minnesota police woman who claimed she mistakenly drew her gun instead of her taser, killing 20-year-old duante wright. instagram in the hot seat. senators grill the app's c.e.o. as concern grows that the social
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media giant isn't doing enough to protect america's children. california's climate crisis: >> we're walking on a lake bed right now. we should be under water. >> o'donnell: the drastic measures in a county of 200,000 people to save water, and the app that could help. "eye on america." what one police department is doing to reduce crime and build trust in the community it serves. purple heart recognition. following a cbs news investigation, the army honors 39 soldiers with brain injuries after last year's iranian missile strike. tiger woods returns. his big announcement, tonight. and, season of giving. the father-and-daughter duo on a mission to help people who lost their homes in california wildfires. this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting tonight from los angeles. >> o'donnell: good evening
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to our viewers here in the west and thank you for joining us. we're going to begin with a key vaccination milestone here in the u.s. with new covid cases and hospitalizations spiking across the country again, and a highly contagious new variant spreading to more countries, we've learned today that more than 200 million americans are now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. that's roughly 60% of the population. and the pace of vaccinations is picking up, for both first shots and boosters. demand for the vaccine has been high amid the new surge, and the emergence of the omicron variant. and today, pfizer said early research finds that the initial two shots of its vaccine appear to be much less effective against omicron than previous variants, but a booster dose offers significantly more protection. we have new reporting on omicron tonight from south africa, but cbs' nikki battiste is going to lead off our coverage from new york. good evening, nikki. >> reporter: norah, good evening. well, johnson & johnson and moderna tell cbs news tonight they're testing their current vaccine's effectiveness against
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omicron and pursuing a booster to target the new variant in case it's needed. as the omicron variant spreads across the country, pfizer announced today its booster shot offers significant protection.on >> the booster shot could be the answer to the challenge that we're facing with the omicron. >> reporter: but only a quarter of eligible americans have had a booster, just as covid hospitalizations jumped nearly 30% in the past month, driven by the delta variant. four states: michigan, indiana, ohio, and pennsylvania-- are responsible for half of that increase. michigan hit a record number of hospitalizations this week, and in south africa, a much higher number of young children have been in the hospital with the new variant. >> we have just, as you know, rolled out to children five to 11, and today's data suggests we
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need to plan for also boosting them sooner rather than later. >> reporter: mikael dolsten is pfizer's chief scientific officer. do you think there's any chance we might need a fourth shot at some point because of omicron? >> i think it is very likely that we will need a fourth fourh boost, possibly boost, possibly already this spring, particularly if omicron continues to dominate. >> reporter: the head of the c.d.c. said tonight most u.s. omicron cases are in vaccinated people. nearly all have mild symptoms with cough, congestion, and fatigue. meanwhile, the chief scientific cer of pfizer told me they expect to have a vaccine for children as young as six months by the summer. norah. >> o'donnell: that is some news. nikki battiste, thank you. in south africa, where omicron was first discovered last month, cases have jumped from about 200 per day to about 20,000. cbs' debora patta reports tonight from johannesburg. >> reporter: firmly in the grip of a covid storm driven by omicron, south africa's fourth
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wave looks nothing like previous ones. six months ago, this covid ward was overflowing with patients. now it's completely different. it's half empty, despite soaring infections across the country. this was the same hospital during the delta-fueled third wave: overwhelmed, desperately short of oxygen, and running out of i.c.u. beds. but this time around, says covid doctor fareed abdullah, patients so far have had mild symptoms with very few requiring oxygen. >> we've never seen that before. normally in a covid ward, you would have 80% to 90%-- i would even go as far as saying 95% of patients would be on some form of supplemental oxygenation. >> reporter: south african scientists have released the first results of omicron's potency, finding it significantly reduces vaccine protection, but not completely. virologist alex sigal believes antibodies from either vaccines
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or previous infections will stop the disease from becoming more severe. >> i'm hopeful that because of all the previous immunity, that while other people will be infected, most of the disease im going to be quite mild. >> reporter: although vaccine rates remain low in south africa-- just over 25%-- so many people have been previously infected with covid, it's providing high levels of natural immunity. south africa's ramping up its inoculation drive. health regulators have approved boosters for everyone over 18, and the government is considering making vaccines mandatory. norah. >> o'donnell: debora patta, thank you. and we want to turn now to the trial of a former minnesota police officer who said she madd a fatal mistake drawing her gun on duante wright, instead of her taser, shooting and killing the unarmed 20-year-old. david schuman of our minneapolis station wcco was in court for the opening statements. >> "i killed a boy."
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those were the defendant's words. >> reporter: prosecutors said p former police officer kimberly potter was reckless and culpable for the death of 20-year-old duante wright. potter's body camera captured the moment the routine traffic stop turned deadly. last april, outside of minneapolis, potter and a rookie officer stopped wright after spotting an air freshener illegally hanging from his rear- view mirror, and expired tags. potter's partner tried to arrest wright for having an outstanding warrant on a misdemeanor gun charge, but he resisted and tried to drive away. >> taser! taser! >> reporter: during the struggle, potter shouted a taser warning, before firing her handgun, killing wright with a single bullet to his chest. >> i pulled the wrong gun! i shot him! >> reporter: potter is charged with two counts of manslaughter in the first and second degree. >> and she pulled the trigger, and she shot him in the chest. and she did those things without bothering to confirm what was in her hand.
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>> reporter: potter's attorneys admit she made a mistake, confusing her glock .9 millimeter pistol for the taser. her attorney sails she was trying to protect an officer when she shot wright. >> all he has to do is stop and he'd be with us. but he goes. she can't let him leave. because he's going to kill her partner. >> reporter: wright's mother, katy bryant, was on the phone with her son when the incident played out. >> you shot him why? >> reporter: video of her was shown at the scene. she was emotional as she relived that day. >> i wanted to comfort my baby. i wanted to hold him. then i wanted to protect him because that's what mothers do. you protect your children. you make sure that they're safef >> reporter: this trial is in the same courtroom where former minneapolis police officer derrick chauvin was found guilty of murdering george floyd. unlike chauvin, potter is expected to testify on her own behalf. norah.
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>> o'donnell: david schuman, thank you. instagram's c.e.o. was one. capitol hill today, fending off questions from angry senators who say the social media giant isn't doing enough to protect kids. as cbs' kris van cleave reports, lawmakers are demanding change. >> now, i recognize that many in this room have deep reservations about our company. >> reporter: in the senate hot seat, instagram head adam mosseri pushed back that the app can be toxic for teens. >> instagram is addictive. >> respectfully, i don't believe the research suggests that our products are addictive. >> reporter: mosseri's first appearance on capitol hill follows leaked internal documents showing the app proved harmful to young girls,et increasing anxieties about body image, and even encouraging some teens to even contemplate suicide. he told senators instagram supports an industry-wide body to determine best practices for safety issues, like verifying age, building age-appropriate experiences, and effective parental controls. >> i think we have to reach the
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point where we realize some real bad stuff is happening, and... you're the new tobacco, whether you like it or not. and you've got to stop selling the tobacco. >> reporter: 15-year-old mason bogard died after apparently attempting a choking challenge he saw his mother, joann: >> i think now is the time for congress to pass the legislation so that we can hold them-- big tech accountable for these things that they're letting slide through. they're harming our kids. >> reporter: ahead of the hearing, instagram announced new safety tools that will encourage teens to take a break after prolonged use, and will soon roll out its first set of parental controls. senators were not impressed. >> for me, this is a case of too little, too late. >> three hours a day. is that a good use of kids' time? >> i'm a parent, and ultimately, i think it's a parent's-- that a parent knows best what's best for their teen. so the appropriate amount of time should be a decision by a parent about the specific teen. >> reporter: now, one senator
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told mosseri, he believes when instagram sees kids, the company sees dollar signs, but parents should see stop signs. it's another indication of growing and broad bipartisan support to regulate big tech, particularly when it comes to kids and teens. norah. >> o'donnell: yeah, that's a big story. kris van cleave, thank you. and here in california, the state is suffering through a drought. more than a quarter is experiencing exceptional drought that has some communities restricting everyday activities, like taking a shower, activities that most of us take for granted. here's cbs' carter evans. >> reporter: we're walking on a lake bed right now. we should be under water. and this is where your town's water comes from. does it concern you? >> deeply. >> reporter: stephanie hellman is mayor of fairfax, california, in the heart of marin county, where annual average rainfall is nearly 40 inches, but not this year. almost all of california is facing extreme drought. >> as beautiful as it is, it's frightening.
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>> reporter: it's forcing drastic measures on all 200,000 county residents, now told to cut water usage to just 55 gallons per day. dramatic, considering a ten-minute shower uses about 25 gallons; 40 for a load of laundry; and a single sprinkler head can spray out 15 gallons per minute. you can't use those anymore. >> no. i mean, it's one-third of our water usage. >> reporter: the newr restrictions mean no refilling swimming pools or fountains. you can't wash your car in your driveway. and outdoor irrigation is prohibited. >> there's no irrigation at all until june. >> reporter: none? >> none. >> reporter: john ware and his wife, margaret, moved here because of the lush landscape. >> we've got, like, a third of an acre of mature trees and plants and flowers and i don't want to lose them. >> reporter: so they just installed two 1,000-gallon tanks to store rainwater. you're capturing the water over there, and you're pumping it here. >> correct. >> reporter: many homeowners here are finding almost 80% of
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their drinking water goes to irrigation, laundry, and toilets. >> that's just ridiculous that we're using-- think about it-- fresh water to flush toilets. >> reporter: paul mann installs systems to capture and recycle water for outdoors. it comes with an app that sends an alert when you use too much. >> imagine if everybody did this. we would have true sustainability, despite therue crisis that we're in with climate. >> reporter: now, some of the biggest water wasters in marin could face fines of more than $500, and that is on top of their regular bill. and, norah, if there is no significant rain in the next couple of months, those reservoirs could be unusable by summer. >> o'donnell: it's a real emergency. carter evans, thank you. all right, we're going to turn now to one police department's efforts to reduce crime and build trust in the community it serves. in tonight's "eye on america,"s" cbs' nancy chen takes us to the cbs' nancy chen takes us to the city of racine, wisconsin, where for some officers, policing begins at home.
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>> reporter: growing up in one of racine, wisconsin's toughest neighborhoods, 17-year-old kamari andrews says his reaction to seeing police was instinctive. >> my impression of law enforcement was to run from them all the time. >> push back from here to hold it on. >> reporter: but that started to change five years ago, when he met officer tim cisler just a few houses down.e hangout spo was it like the hangout spot to go to after school? >> it was. >> reporter: this is a c.o.p. house, short for community- oriented policing. it's one of six homes manned by a lone officer whose job is to know everything happening in that neighborhood. >> anything that occurs in that neighborhood, they should know about it-- trends in crimes, if there's a spike in thefts of vehicles, or if there is a spike in shootings. >> reporter: the houses are spread across the city, leased by racine police. officers working out of these homes are assigned to three-year posts. >> we're all about helping these kids to be successful. >> reporter: police chief maurice robinson.
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how do you think that that has changed the community's approach to policing? >> simply put, they know we are accessible. we're not an occupying army. we were here to help. >> reporter: the houses also serve as neighborhood gathering places, a space for children to come together. >> have a good weekend. >> reporter: and even a place for the salvation army to feed the neighborhood. results have been mixed, but police say, crime has fallen nearly 70% in one neighborhood since they moved in. chief, even a few decades ago, this would have been unsafe for us to be outside here. >> it would have been challenging. >> reporter: the program was put to the test during protests last summer after a c.o.p. house was set on fire. residents defended a house officer... ...after someone threw an object at him. >> you better be quiet, because they're respecting us, so you need to respect them!ogress bute >> reporter: a sign of progress, but not complete success. have you met any negative reaction from the community? >> in the time that i've been here, i have not seen that. now, there are people who don't want us to be on the block because there are people who
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have other intentions that are extra-legal, that don't want to have us as close to seeing what they're doing as we can be. >> reporter: andrews credits the c.o.p. house, and cisler, for helping keep his life on track. >> before i met officer tim, i was going down the wrong path. i was only, like, 11 years old, hopping fences, breaking windows type things. if it wasn't for meeting officer tim, i wouldn't get the reality check i was needing. >> reporter: cisler has since become a detective, but has stayed in the teen's life. >> i said, "look, man, i didn't run away from you last time. i'm not going to run away from you this time." slide that in there. >> reporter: building a community one house and one block at a time. for "eye on america," nancy chen, cbs news, racine, wisconsin. >> o'donnell: and still ahead, a cbs news investigation prompts the army to honor dozens of troops wounded in an attack. and, why tiger woods' son is helping him return to the fairway.
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permanent me force them to tear it down. >> it's been a 20 year since lacy peterson's mother came face-to-face with her daughter's convicted killer. what she had to say to scott peterson in a bay area courtroom. streaming on cbsn bay area, the push tonight to make california a sanctuary state for abortion. and, have taxpayers foot the bill for women in need. good evening, i'm allen martin. >> i'm elizabeth cook. dozens of states could ban the procedure if the supreme court overturns roe versus wade. andria borba on the proposal to give those potential patients somewhere to go. ondrea? >> governor gavin newsom says he has signaled support for expanding abortion access in california particularly an influx that could come for arizona if roe versus wade is gutted. >> if roe versus wade falls or is gutted by the supreme court a council convened


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