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whole lot of bees. thank you for watching at 6:00. the news ntinues streaming ♪ ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: tonight, we have a number of big news stories to cover, including that dangerous winter storatd resides weekend travel a nightmare. plus, our new reporting about what's happening in ukraine, as the u.s. warns of an imminent invasion. as american forces arrive in eastern europe, russian-backed forces bomb a kindergarten, in what western leaders fear may be a pretext for war. our cbs' holly williams is there in a broadcast exclusive. >> reporter: this is where children would normally have been playing. >> o'donnell: but the biden administration continues its quest for diplomacy at the united nations. massive winter storm. hundreds of flights canceled, as 100 million americans face heavy snow, ice, rain, and flooding, plus strong winds,
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from oklahoma to maine. and, trump must testify. the judge's stunning ruling tonight that means the former president and his children must be interviewed under oath. teen mall fight. the outrage tonight, as an officer tackles a black eighth grader. sexua assaults at military academies, nearly five years after our investigation. the news that the problem has gotten worse. olympic doping scandal: the surprising ending. russian teen skating star falls to fourth place, after a dismal performance. and, an 11-year-old boy's mullet won a national contest, but his story will win your heart. this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. >> o'donnell: good evening to our viewers in the west and thank you for joining us. the eyes of the world are on
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ukraine tonight, and with close to 160,000 russian troops still in attack positions, president biden believes the threat of an invasion remains very high. the defense secretary today said russia appears to be setting the stage for war, adding combat aircraft and stocking up on blood supply in case of battlefield su tonight, officials are accusing russian-backed forces of firing shells at a school in eastern ukraine, and in a broadcast exclusive, we are inside that kindergarten. but, in the hopes of settling the crisis through diplomacy, the secretary of state made an unscheduled stop at the united nations today, delivering an impassioned speech and outlining new "theatrical steps" the u.s. thinks the kremlin may take. we have the story covered from every angle, from the frontlines in ukraine to here in washington, and cbs' ed o'keefe is going to start us off from the white house. good evening, ed. >> reporter: good evening, norah. those developments you mentioned have president biden and top officials deeply concerned that vladimir putin is on the verge of launching a full-scale
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invasion. but even as russian troops inch closer to ukraine, the biden administration is pushing for a diplomatic solution. tonight, over 6,000 american troops are in position in eastern europe, while the russian military continues to show off its firepower. the number of soldiers president putin has assembled, growing close to 160,000, almost half within 30 miles of the ukrainian border. and despite russian state media showing video of russian troops withdrawing as putin has claimed, president biden today says he's convinced an invasion is imminent. >> they have not moved any of the troops out. they've moved more troops in. my sense is it will happen within the next several days. >> reporter: the president also accused russia of sparking a so-called false flag operation today in eastern ukraine, where a school was bombed. both the ukrainian military and russian-backed separatists traded blame. addressing the united nations security council, secretary of state antony blinkin said the incident is exactly what the u.s. has been warning could
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happen. >> russia plans to manufacture a pretext for its attack. we don't know exactly the form it will take. it could be a fabricated, so-called terrorist bombing inside russia; the invented discovery of a mass grave; a staged drone strike against civilians; or a fake-- even a real-- attack using chemical weapons. >> reporter: despite the dire warnings, blinken urged russia to engage in dialogue and diplomacy. >> let me be clear-- i am here today, not to start a war, but to prevent one. >> reporter: butthe russians took a different diplomatic approach, expelling the second-ranking american official from the u.s. embassy in moscow, something u.s. officials called baseless. and in a written response to u.s. security proposals made last month, russia warned, if the u.s. and nato don't agree to keep ukraine out of the military alliance, russia will be forced to respond with measures of a military, technical nature.
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also tonight, vice president harris is in germany for a major global security conference, her biggest moment yet on the world stage. aides say she's set to focus on rallying european allies against russian aggression, and plans to meet saturday with ukraine's president. norah. >> o'donnell: ed o'keefe. thank you. now to the front lines in ukraine, and the village that was allegedly shelled by those russian-backed forces in a possible false flag operation. children were forced to take shelter in the basement during the attack. cbs' holly williams was the only broadcast network correspondent who visited the school. >> reporter: ukraine says that russian-backed separatists fired heavy artillery into this village, stanytsia luhanska, reportedly injuring three people and hitting this kindergarten. you can see some of the damage. this is where children would have normally been playing. reportedly, some of the children took shelter in the basement here; others were evacuated by their parents. it must have been terrifying for the children involved. we understand that none of them
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were injured. we were transported out here by ukraine's military this afternoon. ukraine, very obviously, wants the world media to see this. there is clearly a sense of outrage. now, ukraine has been fighting a war against russian-backed separatists here in the far east of ukraine since 2014. it is a bloody conflict. ukraine says that more than 14,000 people have lost their lives. but now, with more than 150,000 russian troops reported to be massed along ukraine's borders, there are fears, repeatedly expressed by the u.s. and its allies, that russia could stage or provoke a violent incident as a pretext, as a justification for moving in. in fact, the u.s. says it now has reason to believe that just such an operation, a so-called false flag operation, is under way. if that's true, in this part of the world that's already on edge, it's a very dangerous game. >> o'donnell: holly williams in ukraine for us, thank you. well, tonight, more than 100 million americans are in the path of a massive winter storm
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system, from oklahoma to maine.. kansas city broke their single-day record with more than a half a foot of snow. meteorologist mike bettes joins us now from the weather channel's global headquarters. and, mike, this system looks like it's going to make president's day weekend travel quite dangerous, right? >> that's right, norah. very dangerous indeed, from south to north, with numerous areas picking up different varieties of weather. let's start in the south and show you a virtual view of birmingham. notice severe storms are very prevalent across the south for the remainder of the evening and overnight. tornadoes possible in many locations, including the tennessee valley through the southeast. that's a look at what the storms will do as they go through the evening, racing through alabama, georgia, and then the carolinas. cities like birmingham, atlanta, nashville, and beyond, at risk. father north, heavy rain through the ohio valley into the northeast, with the snow and the high winds on the backside of that. we're going to see some flooding in this area. we're also going to see some very significant travel
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conditions that are going to deteriorate, some areas gettingr ice, some areas getting up to six inches or more of snow. as far as the rainfall forecast9 goes, just wet along the i-95 corridor in the morning, some areas picking up two to three inches of rain. that will lead to some flooding, not to mention the snow on the backside of the entire system blanketing places like buffalo, cleveland, and detroit. norah, in places like the motor city, looking for 5-8 inches by the time the sun comes up tomorrow. >> o'donnell: mike bettes, thanks. in a major defeat for donald trump, a new york judge today ruled that the former president and his two eldest children, ivanka and donald trump jr., must testify under oath in new york state's civil investigation into his business practices. cbs' catherine herridge has more. >> reporter: the eight-page ruling from the new york judge means state attorney general letitia james can question former president trump, don jr., and ivanka about their business practices as part of a civil inquiry, and the court order sets a short timeline, rulings a the trumps must comply in full with existing subpoenas to provide records and sit for depositions within 21 days.
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>> i love loans. i love other people's money. >> reporter: last month, james alleged the trump organization repeatedly engaged in fraudulent and misleading practices to secure loans, tax benefits, and insurance coverage. the trump organization is accused of inflating prices, including tripling the actual size of mr. trump's penthouse, which added about $200 million to the valuation. james also alleged the valuations of trump golf courses in new york and scotland were exaggerated. at today's contentious hearing, the trump lawyers attacked james and her probe as "tainted by political bias" in an effort to pave the way for criminal charges in a separate case. the judge said, "their arguments missed the mark. even if james dislikes mr. trump, it does not cross the line to unlawful discrimination, and mr. trump has the right to plead the fifth." >> o'donnell: and catherine joins us. so how did trump's lawyers respond?
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>> reporter: well, norah, even before the ruling, his lawyers indicated they would appeal, and that could delay or even desink the depositions all together. >> o'donnell: catherine herridge, thank you. >> you're welcome. >> o'donnell: well, tonight, the police response to a fight at a new jersey mall has prompted an internal investigation, after two fficers handcuffed and pinned a black teen to the floor while allowing another teen involved to sit on a couch. the black teen's family is now demanding the officers be fired. here's cbs' jericka duncan. reporter: this video of t s fighting inside a new jersey mall has sparked outrage. two officers intervened. one teen was allowed to sit on the sofa; the black teen was placed in handcuffs, with both officers kneeling on his back. >> it's because he's black. >> reporter: what was your initial reaction to that video? >> anger, hurt, disgust, disappointment. >> reporter: ebone, who does not want to use her last name, says her eighth grade son, z'yke, did not resist as officers handcuffed him. >> it made me feel like
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they were agreeing to him-- were agreeing to him-- to me being inferior to him. >> reporter: z'yke, who is 14, says he was trying to stop his seventh grade friend from being bullied by a 15-year-old named joseph. >> i did not bully, tease them. >> reporter: we spoke to joseph, who says he's hispanic. >> i was confused why they were detaining him and not me. i even offered to get detained. when i was on the couch, i put my hands up like this, and i said, "you guys can detain me." but she said, "no, because you were calm." >> reporter: both officers are under investigation. police did not charge the teens. still, ebone wants the officers to be held accountable, and worries about her son. have you ever had the conversation with your son about being a young man and being seen by some as potentially a threat? >> absolutely. you have to have the "you're a black man in america" talk to every boy. >> reporter: jericka duncan, cbs news, new york. >> o'donnell: well, now to the
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olympics, where the latest in the russian doping scandal and the figure skating competition came to a surprising end. cbs' jamie yuccas has the latest from beijing. >> reporter: it was a remarkable finale to the marquee event of the winter games. kamila valieva, who was the gold medal favorite, slipped and stumbled her way through her free skate, then crumbled into tears. emotions swept up many of her fellow skaters, too. as the results sank in, her two russian teammates earned gold and silver. the bronze went to japan. valieva finished fourth. >> it was very heartbreaking, to watch this unfold the way una that it did. you couldn't help but feel empathy for her and for the situation she's been put in, as a 15-year-old, as a child. >> reporter: valieva tested positive for a banned substance last december, but was cleared to compete while her case is reviewed. >> unfortunately, the longevity of figure skaters, particularly russian figure skaters, is two to three years.
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i don't think she's back for the next olympics. >> team canada wins their fifth gold medal in women's hockey! >> reporter: as for team u.s.a., the women's hockey team was denied back-to-back gold medals, losing in the finals to their rival canada for the fourth time in olympic history. but star forward hilary knight vowed, "we'll be back." mikaela shiffrin will also be back. she decided to race one more time in a record-tying sixth event today, in hopes of medalling at these games, while the quirky group of u.s. men's curlers who won gold in 2018 will now play for bronze against canada later today. norah. >> o'donnell: quirky is good. and it looks really cold there in beijing. jamie yuccas, thanks. >> reporter: it is. >> o'donnell: well, now to the mississippi delta, one of the poorest regions in the poorest state in the nation. cbs' janet shamlian traveled there for tonight's "eye on america," to spotlight a program that's trying to bring change, one storefront at a time. >> hi, miss megan!
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>> reporter: it's a dream come true for kenesha lewis. her own smoothie shop, kay's kute fruit, in greenville, mississippi. she used to sell them from her apartment. >> oh, we bought this place. ( laughter ) >> reporter: how does that feel? >> it's awesome! like, what? me? us? we really bought it? yeah, we bought it. >> reporter: black-owned businesses are a minority in the mississippi delta, even with a population in some places more than 70% african american. in a state with the nation's highest poverty rate-- almost 20%-- in parts of the delta, it's more than double that. >> the majority of the businesses i was seeing sustaining were white-owned, and the math just didn't add up to me, so i figured that there was a resource gap. >> reporter: tim lampkin wanted to close that gap and helpt gapd help business ow business owners like lewis, who had trouble getting a loan, and saw the region increasingly distressed and the wealth gap growing, when he quit a big-city job to return to his delta home.
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when you came back here and realized what was happening, what did you think? >> well, the first thing i thought was, how am i going to be a part of the solution? i never think about things from a deficit mindset. it's always optimistic. >> reporter: tim started "higher purpose" to provide mentors and connect lenders to people like nurse practitioner mary williams. >> it's only half the dose of your first shot. >> okay. >> reporter: she saw the need for an emergency care center in clarksdale. the closest was 45 minutes away. but says, even with seed money, banks turned her down. >> my proposal may be the exact same as my white counterparts' proposal, but yet, it doesn't carry the same weight to the lender. okay, come on. >> reporter: "higher purpose" introduced her to a lender who made the loan.a lender who mae the loan. the clinic has become a lifeline, beyond healthcare. when you help someone like dr. williams, what's the impact on the community? >> it's really important that people see themselves in their community, and so, this is much bigger than myself or
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dr. williams. it's more about creating a new legacy in generation. >> reporter: a generation of business owners, reflective of the community they serve. >> i mentor young ladies, and so, to know that they watch me, they're understanding things, they're coming out of their shells with things, that makes my heart healthy because i'm walking in my purpose. >> reporter: leveling the playing field, after decades of disparity. >> see you later. have a good one. >> reporter: for "eye on america," janet shamlian in the mississippi delta. >> o'donnell: such a great program. well, still ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news," that new report from the pentagon about sexual assaults at america's military academies. and, why the f.d.a. is warning parents not to use some powdered baby formulas. there's so much to take advantage of. like $0 copays on virtual visits... - wow! - uh-huh.
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most? >> reporter: lesslie and derek baltz live in jonesboro, arkansas. like parents across the country, they were desperate for creative ideas during 2020. >> alice did her hair teal, i went red. allan did a mullet. >> reporter: how did you feel about the mullet? >> at first i was really, um, questioning my parenting skills. >> reporter: but when a friend told them about the u.s.a. mullet championship, everything changed. >> i thought, i cannot believe this is a real thing! >> reporter: the baltz' adopted allan and alice when they were five. allan would only enter the contest if he could donate the $2,500 prize money to foster care. >> i was in foster care, and i know completely how it feels, and who would waste $2,500 on something not so important. >> reporter: the community rallied around him, adding thousands more. >> i thought we had a chance to be near the top. >> reporter: but the kid sporting the cool shades and fresh suit won the illustrious title, "u.s.a. mullet champion."
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if you had one wish, out of all of this, what would it be? >> no more kids being in foster care. >> reporter: meg oliver, cbs news, jonesboro, arkansas. >> o'donnell: i told you he'd steal your heart. we'll be right back. we'll be right back. in just a few minutes, duster captures dust before it gets airborne. it traps and locks dust in one swipe. yes! for our floors, sweeper's heavy duty cloths easily trap dust, dirt and hair... locking it in. see ya, dust! and swiffer partners with the american lung association to support clean air. nothing like a weekend in the woods. it's a good choice all around, like screening for colon cancer... when caught in early stages it's more treatable. i'm cologuard. i'm noninvasive... and i detect altered dna in your stool to find 92% of colon cancers... even in early stages. early stages.
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i'm norah o'donnell in our nation's capital. good night. right now at 7:00 -- >> dramatic cell phone video of a deadly police shooting in pleasanton. we are live at the scene with late details. california becomes the first state to lay out an official plan for moving past the pandemic. >> we are not walking away. we are taking the lessons learned, and we are leaning into the future. by the city of san jose could step back on its booster mandate. a key vote on the a future in oakland could come at any moment now. we begin with the deadly police shooting in pleasanton. >> katie nielsen is live at the scene with new details.
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>> reporter: i talked with one of the neighbors who caught the entire confrontation on his cell phones. it's really tough to watch. you can hear police yelling instructions at the suspect. then as officers start breaking one of the windows, using the suspect coming out of the apartment, walking at first, then rushing towards officers. within seconds commuters six gunshots as a suspect falls onto the sidewalk. a neighbor says the people who live in that apartment recently moved into the building, and the woman who lived there worked in the leasing office at galloway apartments. >> they moved in about 1 month ago. i usually walk my dog and see him out with hi


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