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have a great night. captioning sponsored by cbs ♪ ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: tonight a number of top headlines from here in the nation's capitol. the historic day as confirmation hearings get under way for supreme court nominee ketanji brown jackson and the new warning tonight bay russian threat to us here at home. making history with her husband, her children and her parents who have been married 54 years there, judge jackson promises she'll decide cases without fear or favor. >> my parents taught me that unlike the many barriers that they have had to face growing up, my path was clearer, so that if i worked hard and i believed in myself in america, i could do anything. >> o'donnell: plus the latest on supreme court justice clarence thomas, tonight hospitalized
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with flu-like symptoms. russian forces push toward kyiv leveling a shopping mall, storming apartment buildings and taking residents hostage. plus mariupol refuses to surrender. the port center surrounded by the russians, defiant amidst the rubble. threats to the u.s., tonight the new intelligence, a warning of a major russian cyber-attack here in america. dangerous weather breaking news of a tornado in texas and 22 million americans brace for severe storms and flooding. plane crash in china, a boeing 737 plummets 20,000 feet in just over a minute, with 132 on board. tonight the search for survivors. finally the historic change coming to your pockets. sally ride, the first american woman in space now on the quarter. this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital.
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>> o'donnell: good evening to our viewers in the west, and thank you for joining us as we start a new week together. tonight it's history in the making as the confirmation hearing for judges ketanji brown jackson get under way. the 51 year old federal appeals court judge for the d.c. circuit made her opening statement today telling senators that she would work to support and defend the constitution and the grand experiment of american democracy. and, if confirmed jackson would become the first black woman on the nation's highest court, a harvard law school graduate, jackson would replace retiring supreme court justice stephen breyer whom she clerked for, back in 1999. jackson's confirmation would be ground breaking in more ways than one. it would be the first time that four women would be on the court at the same time, with jackson, sonia sotomayer, elena kagan and amy coney barrette. cbs' jan crawford will start us off. >> reporter: we got a preview of what we can expect the senators
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to ask her over the next two days and then we heard from the nominee and she talked about hee promised if confirmed to be independent. >> do you affirm that the testimony you are about to give before the committee will be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help you god? >> i do. >> reporter: promising to carefully follow the law, judge ketanji brown jackson told senators she would decide case without fear or favor. >> i have dedicated my career to ensuring that the words engraved on the front of the supreme court building "equal justice under law," are a reality and not just an ideal. >> reporter: surrounded by friends and family, jackson thanked god and her parents who grew up in the segregated south. >> my parents taught me that unlike the many barriers that they had had to face growing up, my path was clearer, so that if i worked hard and i believed in myself, in america, i could do
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anything or be anything i wanted to be. >> reporter: she also singled out her husband and two daughters. >> girls, i know it has not been easy as i have tried to navigate the challenges of juggling my career and motherhood. but i hope that you have seen that with hard work, determination and love it can be done. >> reporter: the harvard and harvard law school graduate and federal appeals court judge is now poised to be the first black woman on the supreme court. democratic senators in her opening statements focused on history being made. >> the living with that in america all is possible. >> more people will believe that we can be the nation we say we are when we put our hand on our heart. >> reporter: previewing the upcoming two days of questioning, republicans referenced previous hearings. >> on disruption, and disorder, over procedural matters. >> the conservative supreme court nominees. >> engaging in the politics of personal destruction is not
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something we should ever aspire to. >> and vowed they would focus on her record. >> it's going to be about your philosophy. >> reporter: with some suggesting those showed an extreme liberal philosophy and soft on crime. >> prosecutors recommended 24 months in prison. judge jackson gave the defendant three months in prison. >> reporter: jackson sat silently for more than four hours of the senators' opening statements before delivering her own. >> if i am confirmed i commit to you that i will work productively to support and defend the constitution and this grand experiment of american demcracy that has endured over these past 246 years. >> o'donnell: and jan joins us now; the other big news involving the supreme court is how justice clarence thomas is doing, what are you learning? >> he was hospitalized friday night with flu-like symptoms but doctors confirmed it was not covid related. he does not have covid. he is being he treated for an infection and expected to be
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released in a day or two, of course it is always concerning when a supreme court justice is hospitalized, he is the longest serving justice but people close to him tell me that he is going to be fine. >> o'donnell: all right, jan crawford, thank you. well now to ukraine where the war shows no signs of slowing after ukrainian troops refused a russian demand to surrender the southern port city of mariupol, the pentagon says it has seen clear evidence of war crimes by russian forces. cbs' imtiaz tyab is in lviv, good evening, imtiaz. >> reporter: norah, good evening. despite the dire warnings, president zelenskyy remains defiant saying he is refusing to allow any russian soldiers to occupy any ukrainian city despite the horrific damage we have seen. before dawn, a raging inferno, after russian forces targeted a shopping center in the heart of kyiv. as the sun rose, the devastation was clear to see.
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the mall is now in ruins with rescue workers still desperately searching for survivors. to the south in the strategic seaport of mariupol, more carnage. this time on a scale unlike anywhere else. an estimated 90% of the city's buildings have been damaged or destroyed. and yet, ukraine rejected russia's demand to surrender the city at dawn. this video purportedly shows ukrainian fighters shooting at what appears to be a russian tank. but as the street battles rage on, residents continue to suffer unimaginable horror, for the living there is little food, no power, and scarcely any medical supplies. and for the dead, some still lie in the streets. while others are buried in shallow graves by the side of the road. despite the horrors being inflicted across ukraine, russia's invasion has largely stalled in what is being described as a bloody stalemate. but that hasn't stopped moscow
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from ordering its troops to storm residential buildings amid unconfirmed reports ukrainian citizens are being rounded up and sent to russian territory against their will. in kherson which is under russia's control, pro-ukrainian protestors shouted and waived flags as russian soldiers fired stun grenade to disperse the crowd. >> in lviv we immediate the vodizanska family, once a typical middle class family, now bloodied and bruised after travelling by road for five days, she calls hell on earth. >> hell is when you don't know if you will be able to take your next bert, hell is when everything is burning, not just the buildings but when the ground is burning. she injured her head in a car accident. >> reporter: while fleeing russian strikes which have now completely destroyed their
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family home. >> what is your message to america and to president joe biden? >> ( translated ): please give us weapons. give our country even just a small changes to survive. please help us. >> reporter: tonight ten million ukrainians have been displaced since fighting began with over 3.5 million now refugees abroad, making this the worst refugee crisis europe has seen since world war ii. norah. >> o'donnell: imtiaz tyab, thank you. president biden is headed to brussel this week for a series of high stakes meetings with american allies, the leaders are expected to discuss imposing further sanctions against russia. the white house today warned that moscow could be preparing potential cyberattacks in retaliation for those sanctions. cbs' major garrett joins us now, i understand the president addressing this just tonight, the cyberthreat with top business leaders what did he say? >> reporter: norah, moments ago the president said the
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following. "the magnitude of russia's cybercapacity is fairly consequential and it's coming," this has been a long running concern so why the alarm bells. u.s. intelligence have detected what it calls preparatory activities that could signal a large scale russian set of attacks, hacks or software viruses. targets of most concern, big banks, pipeline, water systems, electrical grids. last week, top administration officials delivered classified briefings to more than 100 businesses and entities urging them to beef up their cybersecurity defenses as rapidly as possible, as the motive, top administration officials say russia could be motive, top administration feeling at long last the bite of economic sanctions or lashing out due to frustration over its stalled military campaign. >> o'donnell: that's big news, major, also what you can tell us about the president's meeting with top european leaders today. >> reporter: in the situation room on the phone just under an hour, president biden and four european leader, the main
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topics, additional sanctions, possibly targeting russian oligarchs close to vladimir putin, also concerted efforts to help those refugees leaving ukraine and importantly delivering promised weapons into ukraine to so the ukrainians can defend themselves, kind of a preparatory call, much more in th depth at nato headquarters president biden leaves for those meetings wednesday night. >> o'donnell: thank you. the united states leveled its first round of sanctions exactly one month ago, even before russia invaded joining european nations to help cripple the kremlin's economy. "60 minutes" correspondent sharyn alfonsi sat down with the architect of those sanctions white house deputy national security advisor daleep singh to ask what more could be done. >> dictators have to pay a price for their aggression. we've always had two different tracts. deterrence and imposing costs as well as diplomacy, that is still our strategy. >> reporter: what targets are left? >> we can broaden our sanctions so take the measures, take the sanctions we've already applied,
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apply mortar gets, to more sectors. >> reporter: more banks. >> more banks, more secretaries that we haven't touched. >> reporter: like what. >> the commanding heights of the russian economy. it's mostly about oil & gas. but there are other sectors too, i don't want to specify them but i think putin would know what those are. >> o'donnell: later this week in brussels european leaders plan to discuss expanding sanctions in the energy sector including whether to join the united states and the u.k. with an oil embargo against russia. there is breaking news out of texas where a violent spring storm produced several tornadoes. these are the first pictures of some of the devastation in the town of jacksboro, texas, about 60 miles northwest of dallas, fort worth. >> it was a suspected tornado that tore through jacksonville, texas. the storm came in with enough force to flip over cars, and this is what is left of the
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elementary school gymnasium. we know from the superintendent hundreds of people had taken shelter inside the elementary school. there are no reports of injuries here. the roof was ripped off the high school. back over here is a neighborhood. we saw multiple homes damaged back there. we hear the sound of chainsaws as people are beginning to clean up. and we're also hearing reports of damage in other towns around here. the storm is now moving across texas, moving into the dallas area. chris van cleave, cbs news, jacksbor ror, >> o'donnell: the threat of severe weather and dangerous tornadoes is expected to last over the next couple of days. let's bring in meteorologist mike bettes from the weather channel global headquarters with virtual new flashing technology, good evening, mike. >> reporter: and good evening to you norah, we are expecting severe weather. a city like houston could be hit hard this evening and overnight with strong to violent storms potentially tornadoes, here is
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the risk area, very likely getting severe weather here, hail, high winds, flooding, tornadoes all there, a large area of hail anticipated. two inch diameter hail-- would not be surprised to see baseball sized hail which could do significant damage in these locations. you can see the storms erupting for the remainder of the evening. strong violent tornadoes could happen it could be long track, meaning they stay on the ground for quite some time, and overnight as well, the night time threat then translates into a daytime threat returning on tuesday. very likely to see tornadoes once again across louisiana, mississippi, extending up, even into the tennessee valley here, a lot of different places at risk. >> o'donnell: mike bettes with his virtual view. thank you. tonight there are no signs of survivors after a chinese passenger jet crashed today with 132 people on board. it appears to have plummeted 20,000 feet in just over ammeted minute. bad weather is slowing recovery efforts. more now from cbs' seth doan.
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>> reporter: billowing smoke marked where the boeing 737-800 dropped from the sky. its wreckage strewn across a remote hillside in southern china. the flight left kungming early monday for what was supposed to be a 90 minute trip, tracking data shows the plane traveling at roughly 29,000 feet then plummeting to 8,000 feet in just over a minute. the aircraft then briefly climbed a thousand feet before the data abruptly ends about 40 seconds later. robert sumwalt is a former chairman of the national transportation safety board. >> the 737-800 has had a very good safety record over the years its the basic 737, good solid workhorse. >> reporter: china dispatched hundreds of emergencies responders today. some beating back thick growth to get to the crash site. are there any chances in a crash like this, that survivor was be found? >> i hate to say so but i do not
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believe that there is any chance that anybody would have survived a crash like this. >> reporter: china state tv reported there were no foreigners on board. and that the aircraft lost all contact before its sudden descent. seth doane, cbs news. >> o'donnell: back here at home, still ahead on tonight's cbs evening news, allegations of racial discrimination at google. and it's liftoff for a new coin honoring the first american woman in space. . your home... for adventure.
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>> o'donnell: people from around the world are showing their support for ukraine in anyway that they can. this chicago dance group is helping some of you ukraine's youngest victims by temporarily taking their minds off the war and on to the dance floor. here's cbs' adriana diaz. >> reporter: this may look like a typical day of remote learning. >> they are telling about their day and or showing their pets which is incredible given the circumstances. >> reporter: but these are the circumstances, the children are in ukraine. we agreed not to show their faces for their safety. in chicago, nastia lotoska and tania kuropas are part of the ukrainian hromovytsia dance ensemble which is using dance to distract.
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>> our responsibility is to put a smile on their face, pretend like nothing is happening for those 45 faces and make it about the dance lesson, that's it. >> reporter: some spend their nights in bombshell shelters, here they try to forget. with moves like the spiderman. >> we get joy from seeing them being joyful but i get satisfaction knowing what kind of parents they have because you have seen the strength and resolve and resilience of the ukrainian people and their patriotism. >> reporter: the dance school is in a chicago neighborhood officially called ukrainian village. when we visited, even american kids were rallying, fighting for these children. >> they're our anchor of hope, they are our light, they remind us of what our purpose is. >> adriana december, cbs news-- diaz, cbs news, chicago. >> o'donnell: everybody is trying to help, we'll be right back. news-- diaz, cbs news, chicago. >> o'donnell: everybody is
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>> o'donnell: a note that tomorrow morning around 9 a.m. eastern time, cbs news will have special coverage of the confirmation hearing of supreme court nominee judge ketanji brown jackson before the senate judiciary committee. a reminder if you can't watch "the cbs evening news" live you can set your dvr and watch us later. that is tonight's "cbs evening news." and on this first full day of spring we leave you with the
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cherry blossoms in full bloom a bay area based to google accused of retaliation and discrimination against black employees. the former employee fighting for a class action suit. that plus record heat on the way for the bay area. we will tell you when it begins and ends and when rain might move in. worries tonight but a strike at the richmond refinery could lead it to higher gas prices, what chevron just told us. >> at least 30% more transmissible, if not more. up to 50%. >> what we know about a new covid-19 variant detected in the bay area. the massive cleanup at the site of a homeless camp, the group worried that they could now be the next to go. >> the noises started getting
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louder and louder. >> a man trapped inside a drainage pipe for days. the risky rescue operation 50 feet underground. >> all the neighbors are afraid there will be a copycat. later, the search for the driver in this stunning viral video leaving residents outraged. >> holding google accountable for the egregious that have caused two black communities. i am seeking justice for the hundreds of black employees past and present. >> right now at 7:00 and streaming on cbs news bay area, mountain view based google slap is a racial dissemination lawsuit, accused of underpaying black employees and leaving them unable to advance. good evening, i'm elizabeth cook. >> i'm ryan yamamoto. as kiet do reports, a former employee is accusing the tech giant of systemic bias against all park employees. >> reporter: the lead plaintiff


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