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norah? >> chris livesay, thank you. tonight, a major move by the white house signaling a new phase in the pandemic. the administration announced a new detailed national road map for how the country will prepare for future outbreaks. it might not be a return to normal, but it could be the new normal. here is cbs's mola lenghi. >> we are moving forward safely. >> reporter: the new covid plan includes an aggressive monitoring system that the white house says can detect new variants earlier and trigger a faster response with vaccines and treatment. >> i'm good. >> the president's plan launches a new test-to-treat initiative to provide individuals access to testing and treatment for free, all in one stop. >> reporter: but it's those new variants, warns dr. peter hotez, that could slow the progress the country is now making. >> i think the only asterisk that you have to put on that is that this is more of a pause than the end of the epidemic in
the united states. so many of us are anticipating the rise of another variant of concern. >> reporter: still, baltimore, boston, and philadelphia are dropping indoor mask requirements this week. los angeles county is expected to lift its indoor mandate friday. new york city public schools remain masked, but the state school mandate expired today. >> it's very exciting because we get to see each other's faces and how everyone's going to react to this is amazing. >> reporter: today florida governor ron desantis admonished a group of students at the university of florida for wearing masks. >> you do not have to wear those masks. i mean, please take them off. honestly, it's not doing anything and we've got to stop with this covid theater. so if you want to wear it, fine, but this is ridiculous. >> reporter: well, here in new york city the mayor plans to make an announcement friday about the public school mask mandate. meanwhile, one possible game changer in the nation's effort to get back to normal is the white house's new test-to-treat
initiative, which provides anti-viral pills on the spot to those who test positive, norah. >> mola lenghi, thank you. well, we learned today that senate judiciary hearings for supreme court nominee ketanji brown jackson will begin on monday march 21st. the nominee was on capitol hill today meeting with senators. the hearings will last four days including two days of questioning by senators. if confirmed judge jackson would be the first black woman on the supreme court. there's a lot more news ahead on the "cbs overnight news." how did olay top expensive creams?
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abbott nutrition's plant in sturgis, michigan, which has had problems in the past. here's cbs's nikki battiste. >> i was panicked. i was crying. >> the doctors didn't know what was going on. it was just -- it was unreal. >> reporter: natalie caselli and tyler rowland say in late october they rushed their son hayes to the hospital after his fever suddenly spiked and he had blood in his diaper. >> you could hear it, like the fomula going through and just straight through his stomach. >> reporter: caselli says she took these pictures of hayes' simm lak baby formula just before doctors gave his diagnosis, salmonella. >> i just was like how does that happen? >> reporter: four months later a potential answer. that formula is among the four now recalled types of powder baby formula, all made by abbott labs in its sturgis, michigan plant. >> early in september of 2021 there was complaints to the fda. and so when you have these kinds of outbreaks you need a trusted
manufacturer that consumers depend upon to act rapidly, responsibly. >> reporter: in this statement to cbs news, abbott says stored samples of the recalled batches tested negative for both cronobacter and salmonella and that at this time the cause of the infants' infections have not been determined. >> how could they have missed this if in fact their baby formula was contaminated? >> unfortunately, we often do find that there are shortcuts. there was carelessness. there was oversight. >> reporter: during an fda inspection of the sturgis plant in september it issued five citations. during another inspection the fda found several positive cronobacter results from environmental samples. and a review of abbott's internal documents by the fda indicate abbott previously destroyed formula due to this contamination. >> it's horrific to hear that
this happened. and now there's two babies -- i don't even want to start crying. but there's two babies that have died. that's really sad. >> reporter: baby hayes is now six months old and doing well. the fda says it continues to investigate the complaints. i asked the fda this morning when its own tests of the abbott sturgis plant came back positive for cronobacter, but so far, norah, no comment. >> nikki battiste with all that original reporting. thank you. well, the only person charged in connection to the death of breonna taylor took the stand in his own defense today. former louisville police officer brett hankinson is not on trial for the 26-year-old black woman's death, but for firing into a neighbor's apartment during the botched raid in march of 2020. asked if he did anything wrong during the raid, hankinson replied "absolutely not." >> if my daughter was shot at or bullets came into our house, that would be very concerning and i apologize to her for that.
and miss taylor's family, it was just -- she didn't need to die that night. >> hankinson is charged with three counts of wanton endangerment. and if convicted faces up to five years in prison for each count. the jury will get the case tomorrow. and there's breaking news tonight. an alabama man linked to the right-wing oath keepers has just pleaded guilty to seditious conspiracy for his role in the assault on the u.s. capitol. army veteran joshua james is the first of 11 january 6 defendants charged with sedition to plead guilty. oath keepers leader stewarts are sedition case. james said that rhodes told his crew, "be prepared if called upon and use lethal force if necessary against anyone who tried to remove president trump from the white house." well, still ahead, an exclusive. melinda french gates tells gayle king how her divorce will affect her work at the gates foundation.
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clear the gates foundation, the two of us will still work together. how are you able to do that? >> well, i think, you know, first of all, we both want to work together. we founded this institution, you know, back in 2000. >> reporter: and you said we. >> yes. both of us. it has both of our names on the building. i believe in that institution. i believe in what we do. my values are baked into that institution. so i have always felt like it calls us to be our higher selves. and i think the thing that people don't realize is that even during the difficult times, the last 18 months, while we were going through this process behind the scenes, we were able to show up and work effectively together. and i'm not saying it was easy. but we did. and i just know -- i know for me i had days where, you know, i would be in tears the hour before an online meeting or i'd be angry. but i still rose to my higher self. and i think we can continue to do that. >> and gayle will have more of
colorado's marshall fire was a nightmare for the thousands of residents who lost everything. now there's an effort to turn those nightmares into dreams. here's cbs's janet shamlian. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: for those who know the frustration of assembling kids' furniture -- >> one's really tall. one's really short. >> reporter: -- this is a labor of love. but these parents don't know the children they're creating bedrooms for. only that they're just like the ruff boys. >> your guys' fort was here. >> reporter: children whose treasures turned to ash in the marshall fire. what gave you the idea for this? >> for my kids i would want them to be in a safe place and to feel comfortable and safe and loved again. and so i said let's just build a bedroom. >> reporter: this is lindsey mcmorean's garage.
full of everything needed to create a dream bedroom for a child who lost theirs. >> all kinds of fun stuff. >> reporter: donations pouring in for her group "hope lives here colorado." >> how did you know i love ariel? >> reporter: for 6-year-old brooke bernard and her 8-year-old sister emily a small slice of normal. >> my husband and i, we finally sat on the couch and it was just like a collective exhale that, like, the girls are okay. >> oh, my -- >> what is that? >> reporter: and better than okay at the ruffs' rental home. >> it melts my heart every time they walk in. >> reporter: 30 times so far. but another 100 children on the waiting list for dream bedrooms and new memories. janet shamlian, cbs news, superior, colorado. >> and that's the overnight news for this thursday. for some of you the news continues. for others check back later for "cbs mornings." and follow us online anytime at cbsnews.com. reporting from the nation's capital, i'm norah o'donnell.
this is "cbs news flash." i'm tom hanson in new york. ukraine is bracing for an eighth day of war as russian forces close in on the nation's biggest cities. the ukrainian military reports that kherson, a strategic port city in southern ukraine, is now under russian control. shelling has intensified in other parts of the country. our team on the ground in kyiv captured this massive blast on camera. according to the u.n., more than 1 million ukrainians have fled the violence. and in a rare meeting the u.n. general assembly adopted a resolution condemning russia's
invasion. for more news download the cbs news app on your cell phone or connected tv. i'm tom hanson, "cbs news," new york. ♪ >> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." good evening and thank you for joining us on this wednesday night. just after the president's state of the union address where he said vladimir putin will pay a price, the united states has tightened the economic chokehold on russia today. the white house announcing new sanctions against moscow for what president biden calls putin's war of choice. and the justice department just today launching a new task force to go after putin's inner circle of billionaire russian oligarchs. meanwhile, the russian military has intensified its bombardment of major cities across ukraine while its 40-mile convoy headed toward kyiv remains stalled due
to fuel and food shortages. a senior u.s. defense official telling us the pentagon believes the russians are regrouping and rethinking their plans but still intend to surround and capture ukraine's capital. and the massive humanitarian crisis grows larger by the day as nearly 900,000 refugees have fled the fighting to nearby countries. and ukraine's emergency service claims more than 2,000 civilians have been killed. well, we have a team of reporters inside ukraine, but first cbs's nancy cordes joins us from the white house. good evening, nancy. >> reporter: good evening, norah. from the white house, where anti-russia protests just outside the gate appear to have become a permanent fixture. tonight the white house is going directly after the heart of russia's economy. the oil industry. >> nothing is off the table. >> reporter: president biden today moved to squeeze russia's biggest export, oil, restricting russia's ability to buy the technology it needs to refine oil at current levels.
russia's indiscriminate bombing of civilian targets intensified today. prompting a dramatic vote by the u.n. general assembly. 141-5. to demand russia withdraw its troops from ukraine. >> we've seen videos of russian forces moving exceptionally lethal weaponry into ukraine which has no place on the battlefield. >> reporter: exxon, boeing, and siemens joined the growing list of corporate giants pulling back on russian business. >> but of course i'm depressed. all of us are. >> reporter: in an extraordinary interview with sky news a top kremlin foreign policy adviser broke ranks and denounced the invasion. >> it's very embarrassing for all of us. not only because we turned out to be wrong but also because all russians will be in a difficult position. >> we're coming for you. >> reporter: as president biden foreshadowed in his state of the union address last night, the
justice department launched a new task force today dubbed "kleptocapture," to investigate and prosecute oligarchs who try to evade sanctions. >> we're joining with european allies to find and seize their yachts, their luxury apartments, their private jets. [ applause ] >> reporter: and they're not hard to find. in fact, a florida teenager who used to track elon musk's jet has now shifted to the fleet's owned by oligarchs, posting their movements on twitter. russia's richest man, alexei mordashov, now on the eu sanctions list, recently moved his $500 million super yacht to the seychelles. with the writing on the wall, uk-based billionaire roman abramovich announced he was selling london's powerhouse chelsea soccer team. the profits, he said, would go to benefit victims of the war in ukraine. the steps the white house took
today could slow russian oil production in the future but not right away because the white house is worried about doing anything that could cause shortages in europe or, norah, drive the price of crude oil even higher than it is already. >> such a big concern. nancy cordes at the white house. thank you. well, let's turn now to ukraine where tonight russian forces have escalated their attacks in heavily populated civilian areas in ukraine's major cities. prompting the u.s. secretary of state to say that russia's human rights abuses are mounting by the hour. cbs's charlie d'agata is in the capital city of kyiv. good evening, charlie. >> reporter: good evening to you, norah. u.s. officials tell cbs news that 200 stinger missiles have now been delivered to ukraine with hundreds more on the way. the united states has been sending arms to this country for years, but this is the first time these anti-aircraft weapons have been part of the package. the relentless bombing of kharkiv as russia resorts to brutal force to break the
resistance. a resident describes just how bad it is, and then -- [ explosion ] and he survived that blast. with ukrainian forces refusing to fold, the russian military has unleashed punishing artillery and airstrikes. the city of 1.4 million people suffering heavy losses as indiscriminate shelling rained down on apartment buildings, buses, even ambulances. the university in flames. ukraine says more than 2,000 civilians have been killed. the besieged port city of mariupol has taken a battering. residents rushed to the hospital. innocent victims of ceaseless shelling. "do i need to say more," a doctor asks. he's just a boy. in another port city, kherson, there are reports tonight it's fallen to russian forces, making it the first big city to fall. >> they're telling people to stay inside. shooting in the air.
>> reporter: in another example of courageous citizens making a stand, hundreds formed a human barricade to prevent russian troops from taking over one of the country's largest nuclear power plants. a wrecked convoy of russian armored vehicles line a street north of the capital. president zelenskyy claims 6,000 russian soldiers have been killed, more than 200 tanks destroyed, dozens of helicopters downed. numbers russia disputes. but in the information war to control the narrative ukrainian tv showing russian prisoners saying they were sent as cannon fodder against peaceful people defending their country. here in the capital families and children will spend another night in the subway, fearful of what's to come, how long it will last, and just how bad it's going to get. and we are learning tonight that
the prosecutor of the international criminal court intends to launch an immediate investigation into possible war crimes against humanity here in ukraine. norah? >> cbs's charlie d'agata in kyiv. thank you. well, we learned today that senate judiciary hearings for supreme court nominee ketanji brown jackson will begin on monday march 21st. the nominee was on capitol hill today meeting with senators. the hearings will last four days including two days of questioning by senators. if confirmed judge jackson would be the first black woman on the supreme court. and there's breaking news tonight. an alabama man linked to the right-wing oath keepers has just pleaded guilty to seditious conspiracy for his role in the assault on the u.s. capitol. army veteran joshua james is the first of 11 january 6th defendants charged with sedition to plead guilty. oath keepers leader stewart rhodes is also charged in the sedition case. james said that rhodes told his crew, "be prepared if called upon and use lethal force if
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>> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." i'm jeff pegues in washington. thanks for staying with us. president biden took aim at russian president vladimir putin in his state of the union address. but he also sent a stark warning to the billionaires who prop up the putin rejogime. he told them that the u.s. and its european allies will "seize your yachts, your luxury apartments, your privat jets. we are coming for your ill-begotten gains." the so-called oligarchs are the
power brokers who now run what were once state-owned industries in the soviet union. with sanctions closing in, catherine herridge tells us how they are scrambling to shield their assets. >> reporter: the wealthiest russian money including vladimir putin's has pushed out to sea. data from marine traffic shows oligarch yachts on the move, including aluminum magnate oleg deripaska's $65 million cleo. and oil executive bi bigit galapsikov's galactica supernova. >> no self-respecting oligarch exists without a superyacht. what we're seeing is high tailing it on the high seas. >> reporter: the biden administration created a task force to go after the oligarchs' yachts, their luxury apartments, their money and their ability to send their kids to fancy college in the west. financier and anti-corruption advocate bill browder says the goal is to get oligarchs to pressure putin to stop the war. >> we're not ready to engage in
military warfare. and so there's an expression, we should fight them in the banks if we can't fight them with tanks. >> reporter: and cracks are appearing. oligarch michal friedman founded one of russia's largest private banks. >> so i do not believe that war could be a solution. >> reporter: in an east london newspaper one oligarch's son evgeni lebedev plead ed with th russian president to "save the world in annihilation." >> the pressure is about abandoning surmt for vladimir putin. >> absolutely. among rank-and-file russians as well as oligarchs who help control the economy. $100 million yacht believed to be putin's left a german port for safer russian waters. >> he's a former kgb agent and he has worked his entire career to appear on the surface to be the common man when below the surface it's apparent that he has significant wealth stored. >> reporter: former government
officials and outside experts tell cbs news that cutting off putin's energy revenue is key, but this is an area where both the u.s. and our allies are vulnerable for the disruption of the energy supply could send prices even higher. >> that was catherine herridge reporting. with the eyes of the world focused on ukraine, the u.s. is also paying close attention to some simmering conflicts in africa, where at least 18 different terrorist organizations are now operating. thousands of americans are stationed at a key military base in the horn of africa close to some of the continent's most dangerous trouble spots. camp lemier is the only permanent u.s. base in africa. our deborah patta got an inside look. >> reporter: this may be a routine training exercise, but these special ops air combat men need to stay fighting fit. their job is to rescue troops trapped behind enemy lines stationed in high-risk locations like camp lemmonier in the east
african nation of djibouti. in the air, on land, or at sea the 4,500-strong troops at this military base are tasked with combating the world's deadliest al qaeda and isis organizations. you can see why it's of such strategic importance. over there, yemen. about 70 miles away and just 20 miles from here in front of me, somalia. ♪ al shabaab acts with impunity in somalia where violent attacks have increased. isis networks are on the ascendancy across africa. conflict-ravaged ethiopia. and a shaky sudan rocked by coups. this is one of the most volatile regions on the continent. despite this, there's been a rebranding of america's war on terror since its chaotic departure from afghanistan. the previous administration withdrew troops from somalia over a year ago.
president biden says he's now fighting terrorism from over the horizon. unmanned drones, periodic special ops raids, and training african forces. zpts and it's here at camp lemmonnier that approach sb being put to the test. instead of boots on the ground in places like somalia the war on terror is being fought from a distance. but that aapproach has failed to stop the growth of terrorist groups across the continent. east africa air force commander colonel matt bartlett says al shabaab is now one of the most well-resourced extremist organizations in the world. >> the risk there would be that al shabaab has a safe space, as it were, to grow the capacity and capability. >> reporter: the commander general for the horn of africa william zaer is even more candid. are you worried that somalia could be harboring the next osama bin laden? >> sure. or someone worse than osama bin laden.
>> reporter: the general believes camp lemmonnier is a modest insurance policy that can help prevent another 9/11. >> groups like al shabaab's capabilities are only growing. and from my perspective it's only a matter of time before their stated intent, their desire is to strike the u.s. homeland. >> reporter: president biden is expected to make a decision on whether or not he's sending u.s. troops back into somalia soon. until then the last thing these military leaders want is an embold eldened al shabaab that believes all it has to do is wait it out and wear america down like the taliban did in afghanistan. debora patta, djibouti.
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having to pay heavy bills to haul away their unwanted bottles, karngsz plastic and paper. brooke silva braga has the story. >> reporter: it's recycling day in long beach, new york. and when the town's public works commissioner joseph fabrizio sees bottles and cans he's thinking about dollars and krens cents. i overheard you a second ago say there was a time when you made money on recycling. >> yes, there was. prior to 2015 we used to actually make money. >> reporter: even when that changed and recycling cost a couple dollars a ton -- >> it was really minimal. we spoent about $6,000 a year. >> reporter: that was still a very good deal because this is all stuff the town didn't have to pay much bigger money to put in a landfill. but then this year their long-running recycling contract expired. >> now we're paying $80 a ton. >> $80 a ton. >> it was $2. >>$.25. now it's $80.
>> that old $6,000 annual bill will be more like $100,000 this year. and that shock happened all across the country for a fairly simple reason. in 2018 china stopped buying our recycling. they'd been embarrassed by the film "plastic china" portraying them as the world's dumping ground. and anyway, it would be easier for china to recycle their own stuff if they didn't have higher quality amerin matials to compete with. >> all of the sudden the biggest market said they were going to stop taking it. so prices crashed and all of these recycling programs started losing lots and lots of money. >> reporter: adam minter has 20 years, and he says environmental concerns may be how we motivate households to separate their trash but they've never been enough to make recycling work as an industry. >> the best way to think about recycling is it's raw materials for manufacturing. if nobody wants to use it, that stuff you put in your recycling bin is as good as garbage. >> reporter: and as prices fell, that did happen.
>> these glass bottles here, they're just going to end up in the trash? >> they probably will. >> reporter: and some in government started looking at recycling differently. if all this packaging is going to cost us money rather than save is, maybe we should take a harder look the the whole system. >> those who put the packaging out into the world bear no responsibility for the cost of recycling their own product. >> reporter: todd kominsky is a democratic state senator in new york pushing legislation to push the cost of recycling on to the companies creating the packaging. it's called epr, or extended producer responsibility. the idea isn't just to make companies like amazon pay for all the packaging they pour onto our doorsteps but also incentivize companies to make packages that will be easier to recycle. >> we want them to pay more for the more damaging their product is and less for the better their product is. at the end of the day they're going to be kicking money into the system to help municipalities do recycling and do it well. >> won't they just pass the cost on to consumers? >> what we found in other places
is the cost is so infinitesimal it barely registers to consumers. >> reporter: those other places already using epr include parts of canada and europe. >> the new law shifts some of the recycling burden onto loornlg corporations. >> reporter: maine and oregon passed america's first epr laws this summer, but they aren't in effect yet. some big companies like pepsi and unilever have voiced support for epr, perhaps because big producers will decide how fees are set. smaller businesses like grocery store chains have been vocal opponents. amazon didn't respond to our reuest for comment about epr. >> a commitment to using less materials. >> reporter: but they've previously boasted about cutting the weight of their packaging by more than a third and now offer the option to receive orders in fewer boxes. amazon says they're doing a lot to make their packaging more efficient. you disagree? >> i just don't think in an epr system we leave it up to them to decide what they're going to do and maybe they will or maybe
they won't. but either way why should amazon avoid paying the cost of so many more garbage pickups that municipalities can't handle? >> reporter: standing atop new york city's recycling heap in the scale of our waste can be hashed to fathom. >> across new york city it's all delivered right here. >> reporter: and this is a month's worth, a week's worth? >> less than half a day's worth. >> reporter: it's kind of staggering. >> it is, yes. >> reporter: much of it does have value. again, the recent supply chain crisis has driven back up the price of these raw materials, at least for the companies processing them. at least for now. but adam minter says we shouldn't let commodity prices or debate over who pays the tab confuse us about the full cost of what we buy and discard. >> i think a lot of environmentalists think, you know, you put something in your recycling bin and it goes off to green heaven. but you know, recycling is a raw material business. it requires factories.
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the latest generation of robots looks nothing like a roomba vacuum or a self-driving car. ian lee has a look at the state-of-the-art technology. >> reporter: engineers have their eyes on the future as they work to build the most life-like robots on the planet. >> if you make a humanoid robot you're competing against 7.9 billion people in the world. >> reporter: meet amica, the realistic robot created by engineered arts in england. >> i am so clever that sometimes i don't understand a single word of what i am saying. >> reporter: the brainy bot can run on ai and recognize people's faces. 17 motors in her head alone help her smile, blink, and even show emotion. >> can you laugh?
>> i can laugh. would you like me to? >> yes, please. >> ha, ha, ha, ha, ha. >> reporter: but when it comes to replicating human beings, the path to potential perfection isn't easy. >> self-repairing, se self-replicating, lasts 100 years, runs on very little fuel. >> reporter: even basic human movement can be hard to copy with bones of steel. creators expect companies rather than consumers to be the first to hire amica. >> areas like receptions maybe in a hotel, shopping malls or airports. >> reporter: if amica gives you hollywood vibes her makers insist this isn't the beginning of our demise. she can't even walk. yet. >> the idea of a rogue robot with a gun is just kind of crazy. >> reporter: in fact, amica and her robotic relatives -- ♪ -- prefer to turn on the charm
rather than turn on us. ian lee, cbs news, falmouth, england. >> and that is the "overnight reporting from the nation's capital, i'm jeff pegues. this is "cbs news flash." i'm tom hanson in new york. ukraine is bracing for an eighth day of war as russian forces close in on the nation's biggest cities. the ukrainian military reports that kherson, a strategic port city in southern ukraine, is now under russian control. shelling has intensified in other parts of the country. captured this massive blast on camera. according to the u.n., more than 1 million ukrainians have fled the violence. and in a rare meeting the u.n. general assembly adopted a
resolution condemning russia's inv invasion. for more news download the cbs news app on your cell phone or connected tv. i'm tom hanson, cbs news, new york it's thursday, march 3rd, 2022. this is the "cbs morning news." battle for ukraine. russia says it captured a major city as the death toll rises. why u.s. leaders fear the attacks will only get worse. breaking overnight, criminal conspiracy allegations against former president trump as lawmakers reveal new documents in the capitol riot investigation. when i returned fire, it was to protect fellow detectives that were stuck in that -- stuck in that breezeway. >> taking the stand. a former officer testifies about the raid that led to breonna taylor's death. why her mother stormed out of the courtroom. well, good morning, and good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green.