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the river. >> moments later you see the fire department crew arrived and were able to hoist that dog. oh yeah, they did hoist ♪ ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: tonight as we come on the air on this monday night, the stunning comments from the president here in washington, defiant that vladimir putin can't stay in power. plus the storm system brewing as snow leads to a deadly pileup. >> i'm not walking anything bck. >> o'donnell: president biden insisting his personal outrage toward the russian dictator isn't the same as calling for regime change. tonight, could there be fallout from his nine unscripted words in warsaw. plus, as mariupol falls to the russians, there are some victories for the ukrainian resistance, regaining control of significant cities. but as our holly williams witnessed, not without a fight. >> reporter: we have been told to get out of our cars and spread out by the ukrainian military because there's russian shelling. >> o'donnell: deadly pileup, up to 60 vehicles, an oil tanker on
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fire-- >> watch out! >> o'donnell: cars slamming into each other and skidding off the road. tonight the heavy snow and low visibility that led to the treacherous travel. severe storm warnings, thunderstorms, high winds and possible tornadoes across the south, we're tracking the weather. the hollywood hit-- will smith's slap shocks the oscars. could he lose his best actor oscar? maternity care shortage, our incredibly important reporting tonight about the nearly 2 million mothers facing the prospect of childbirth alone. and the big change coming to some wal-mart store shelves. 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 thnk you for joining us as we start a new week together. president biden surprised the world today when he stood by his comments he made in warsaw that vladimir putin "can not stay in power." it was expected he was going to
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clean up those unscripted words. instead he clarified that in his personal opinion and not a new policy. the concern tonight is those remarks could escalate the war in ukraine and putin may use it as a propaganda that the west is trying to overthrow him. there is news to report from inside ukraine after a month of indiscriminate bombing flattened mariupol. the report is russian forces have captured the critical port town. but ukraine has maintained counterattacks and claims to have taken a kyiv suburb and an eastern town from the russians. we start with cbs' ed o'keefe at the white house. good evening, ed. >> reporter: good evening, norah. the president's comments about vladimir putin came at the end of a carefully prepared speech and three days of intense diplomacy. today he said the message was intended for the russian people. two days since saying this about vladimir putin: >> for god's sake, this man cannot remain in power. >> reporter: president biden today clarified he was
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expressing personal views, not a change in u.s. policy. >> i wasn't then nor am i now articulating a policy change. i was expressing moral outrage that i feel, and i make no apologies for it. >> reporter: still the president faced a barrage of questions today about his comments, like why did he say it? >> this is just stating a simple fact that this kind of behavior is totally unacceptable, totally unacceptable. >> reporter: are you concerned this remark might escalate the conflict? >> no, i'm not. i'm not at all. the last thing i want to do is engage in a land war or a nuclear war with russia, that's not part of it. i was expressing my outrage at the behavior of this man. it's outrageous. >> reporter: the president's european trip included high stakes talks with allies and face-to-face meetings with ukrainian refugees now in poland. after meeting some of them saturday, the president also said this about putin. >> he's a butcher. >> reporter: taken together the comments signal at least a
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rhetorical escalation some fear may escalate the conflict. a putin spokesman called biden's statements alarming, and french president emmanuel macron, in closer touch with putin than most world leaders, said he wouldn't use the terms because he hopes the war can be resolved without escalation. but the president disagrees with macron. >> other governments suggest this is a problem i'm escalating things, no, and it's weakened nato, no, it hasn't. >> reporter: white house aides says the remark wasn't part of prepared text. and is he worried putin will see the comments as an escalation? >> i don't care. he's going to do what he's going to do. >> reporter: as the war in ukraine continues, the pentagon announced it's saying growler aircraft to jam or confuse enemy radar to germany. the planes won't fly over ukraine but are part of nato's deterrence against russia. norah. >> o'donnell: extraordinary to be there at the white house today.
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ed o'keefe, thank you. now to the battle inside ukraine and what military intelligence chiefs believes is russia's new goal. the general says putin is considering a korean scenario, splitting the nation in two. holly williams got a firsthand look at the dangerous situation on the battlefield. >> reporter: ukraine's military claims it liberated the town of makari from russian forces last week about 30 miles west of the capitol kyiv. it looks as though this area is still getting shelled by the russians. but as we approached its outskirts this morning, with a convoy of ukrainian troops, they told us to get out and take cover because the russians were watching from the sky. so the ukrainians are saying that there is a drone overhead and they want us to spread out to be less of a target. >> back to the cars. >> reporter: back to the cars.
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we turned back traveling at high speed. the ukrainians now saying four russian drones were overhead. but then they ordered us out again. >> get out of the cars. >> reporter: and into the forest to take cover. we're hearing shelling. there's one just now. many of makari's residents were evacuated earlier this month. "everything was shaking like this," said this woman. "the planes were flying so low we thought they'd shoot our house." but not everyone made it to safety. this security camera video reportedly shows an elderly couple killed by russian artillery. ( distant explosion ) >> to the cars. let's go! >> reporter: we eventually left makari today, but if this is what liberation looks like... >> full speed! >> reporter: ukraine's fight for freedom will be long and dangerous.
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the ukrainians are clawing back territory, but the russians have shown over and over during this war that when they can't control cities, they will still pummel them with missiles, airstrikes and shelling at the cost of civilian lives. norah. >> o'donnell: and holly, i want to ask you about those russian drones. what are they using them for, how dangerous are they? >> reporter: well, norah, we assume that they're using them for reconnaissance, that is, to identify targets. and the fear today was if they spotted us, we could become a target. >> o'donnell: holly williams, thank you. let's turn now to pennsylvania where heavy snow and low visibility are being blamed for a multi-vehicle crash that left at least three dead, about 50 miles northeast of harrisburg. the county coroner says the number of dead is expected to rise. we get more now from cbs' nancy chen. >> reporter: it was a horrifying scene as one tractor-trailer after another emerged out of the
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snowy fog. >> go, go, go, go! >> reporter: followed by car after car. >> watch out! >> reporter: with nowhere to go. all adding to the trail of destruction in central pennsylvania. motorists left stranded on the side of the highway had to scramble out of harm's way. >> my car! no! >> reporter: several vehicles including a tanker truck burst into flames. at least 24 people were taken to area hospitals as others walked out on their own. pennsylvania state police say up to 60 vehicles were involved in the deadly pileup. tey believe the accident was caused by an early spring snow squall creating white out conditions. >> this is ridiculous. its snow and fog mixed together! >> reporter: the devastation closed interstate 81 in both directions for miles. that stretch of highway has been shut down more than eight hours as crews pull the vehicles apart. the coroner says the search for
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more victims is hampered by the number of burning vehicles. norah. >> o'donnell: what a scene. nancy chen, thank you. let's get more on the snow squall in pennsylvania and a second system threatening the south. meteorologist chris warren from our partners at the weather channel. good evening, chris. >> reporter: good evening, norah. these snow squalls can come seemingly out of nowhere. they can bring some very heavy snow and gusty winds and can bring visibilities down to about zero. some of these snow squalls on radar look like regular snow showers, but they are packing an extra bad punch of snow and wind. also this week, again, a severe weather threat, areas that were hit very hard last week possibly going to see more of some of the worst weather mother nature can provide. damaging winds with the severe weather, large hail and also the possibility that, once again, there could be tornadoes. >> o'donnell: chris warren, thank you.
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the headline from last night's oscars isn't the groundbreaking motion picture "coda," but what happens now after will smith slapped chris rock live on air. the academy of motion picture arts and sciences said in a statement today that it condemns smith's actions and has launched a formal review. we get more from entertainment tonight co-host kevin frazier in >> jada, i love you. "g.i. jane two," can't wait to see it, all right? >> will smith laughs. jada pinkett smith is stunned seconds before this. >> oh, wow! >> reporter: the slap heard around the world and the parts bleeped out afterwards. >> keep my wife's name out your ( no audio ) mouth! >> i'm going to, okay? >> reporter: smith was enraged by the "g.i. jane" reference because of his wife's hair loss from alopecia. moments later he's seen talking moments later smith is seen in these photos talking with tyler
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perry, bradley cooper, and denzel washington, who he referenced in his speech for best actor. >> he said at your highest moment, be careful, that's when the devil comes fo y >> reporter: some are defending smith, comedian tiffany haddish said, when i saw a black men stand up for his wife, it was the most beautiful thing i had ever seen. but director rob reiner tweeted, he is lucky chris is not filing charges. and this from sophia bush, violence isn't okay. assault is never the answer. >> the >> the thing he did is something you're told in pre-school you're not allowed to do. >> reporter: daniel feinberg is the chief tv critic from the "hollywood reporter." >> to slap someone in a public place you will probably be charged with something, definitely will asked to leave that place, you will probably not be handed a trophy within 15 minutes of doing it. >> will smith! >> reporter: after winning oscar for best actor, smith apologized to everyone, it seemed, except chris rock. >> i want to apologize to the academy, i want to apologize to
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all my fellow nominees. >> reporter: but late today he posted: "my behavior at last night's academy awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. i would like to publicly apologize to you, chris. i was out of line, and i was wrong." >> o'donnell: kevin frasier joins us from los angeles. do we know if the academy is considering >> reporter: they are. in 2017 they amended their code of conduct after the harvey weinstein scandal when he was ousted from the membership. will will most likely face kind of disciplinary action but an insider told me they don't think he will lose his oscar. >> o'donnell: has anyone heard from chris rock? >> reporter: chris went to a different after-party last night. a source there told us that, while he didn't want to talk about it and that he just wanted to move on, he was there to kind of have fun and forget about it and, also, that we all know that chris did not press charges
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against will with the l.a.p.d. >> o'donnell: kevin frazier, thank you so much. in a blunt ruling today a federal judge said it is "more likely than not" that former president donald trump and right wing attorney john eastman committed crimes in an attempt to stop the certification of the 2020 election. the release of more than 100 e-mails to the committee were ordered. this just in: jared kushner is expected to be questioned by the committee on thursday. all right, a controversial bill became law today in florida. the republican governor signed the measure that bans lessons on sexual orientation and gender identity in cinder garden through third grade. critics call it the "don't say gay bill" and say it marginalizes l.g.b.t.q.+ people. governor desantis and other republicans claim the law is reasonable. turning now to america's maternal health crisis. more than two million pregnant
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women live in the u.s. in counties with no access to prenatal care or obstetricians. imagine that. cbs' janet shamlian reports on why women have to endure these maternity challenges. >> reporter: with two small children, and a baby due in june, kaylie samuelwitz has a lot on her plate, including a concern most expectant moms don't have, whether she'll make it to the hospital in time. when you go into labor, how long will it take you to get to the hospital? >> about an hour. >> reporter: how many miles is it? >> 60. >> reporter: kalin lives in pampa, texas, a rural city of 17,000, where the local hospital closed its labor and delivery unit. she'll have to drive all the way to amarillo and hope for the best. >> we had a close call with my son, so it is a little nerve wracking, thinking about the next one. >> reporter: fewer than half of rural texas hospitals now deliver babies creating what's called "maternity deserts."
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one of the biggest factors a shortage of nurses heightened by the pandemic. cost is also an issue. >> a lot of rural hospitals are getting out of delivering babies, it's just so expensive. they just get to the point where they have to make a decision on that. >> reporter: jeff barndhart runs the hereford regional medical center in the texas panhandle. this is its maternity department, the only one for some 1,600 square miles. how often are you short of labor and delivery nurses? >> recently, we have to go on diversion in a part of the week. >> reporter: that's where a woman in labor is taken by ambulance to another hospital about 50 miles away. samuelwitz is on alert as her due date gets closer. >> even if it might not be labor, we'll head that direction. better to be safe than sorry. >> reporter: better than nine months for some, still an distance to go. janet shamlian, cbs news, hereford, texas. >> o'donnell: i don't know about you but that seems like a big problem. still ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news," why dollywood is
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closed as a precaution. in a release, dollywood says a dropline is a 230-foot tall tower manufactured by fun time rides. investigators are still looking into the 430-foot orlando free fall ride and how a teenager slipped from his seat. wal-mart, the nation's largest retail chain, says it will no longer sell cigarettes in some stores, reportedly includes stores in california, florida, new mexico and arkansas, where the company is based. wal-mart stopped selling e-cigarettes in 2019. health officials say cigarette smoking causes about one in every five deaths in the u.s. every year. all right, the initial investigation into the death of foo fighters drummer taylor hawkins has found as many as ten drugs in his system and his heart was twice its normal size. officials in columbia say toxicologiy tests revealed marijuana, opioids and anti- depressants. a cause of death was not given. the foo fighters were on tour in
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>> o'donnell: the growing refugee crisis in ukraine is now europe's largest since world war ii, and it's only getting worse. "cbs' sunday morning's" lee cowan takes a look at the exodus through the eyes of a photojournalist who puts the lives of the nearly 4 million refugees into focus. >> reporter: the desperation of those fleeing is hardly a black and white issue, and yet these black and white photos are so powerful in their simplicity. >> i like to work very close to people. i like to look people in the eye. >> reporter: in that fleeting exchange of a stranger's glance, award winning photo journalist peter turnley has captured the human condition in ukraine better than words ever could.
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>> i saw, of course, sorrow, despair, incredible sadness, but i didn't see any form of hysteria. i saw a lot of strength. i noticed so many mothers and children holding on to each other. >> reporter: but it was while photographing the old that he realized that the wisdom that comes with age was, here at least, a burden. >> and i thought, what would it be like at the very last moments of one's life to be so terribly alone and so dependent on the help of others. >> reporter: in the days since turnley left ukraine the flood of refugees has only grown. >> so many people, they have so little and have lost everything, and i actually don't know if i would have the same strength to endure the same thing. >> reporter: wouldn't it be nice if peter turnley did return to ukraine to photograph not pain, but peace? lee cowan, cbs news. >> o'donnell: a reminder why we are all praying for peace. we'll be right back.
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good night. ptioning sponsored b minutes ago, san jose police releasing new photos of what led up to a police shooting. the struggle that happened inside a downtown tucker rita. >> the storm isn't over yet, the chance of showers and possible thunderstorms. >> this is such a small drop in the bucket. with hopes of a miracle drying up tonight, looking ahead to what we will have to cut back when it comes to water use. lawmakers racing against time before eviction protections run out. what could had to the government desk. speed cameras could come to bay area streets. >> the cruise ship that left
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the bay area under instigation. i'm elizabeth cook. >> i'm ryan yamamoto. we begin with those new images just in from san jose police. they posted by the camera and surveillance images of an officer responding to a brawl inside a restaurant on sunday. you can see a man with a gun in his hand. he was later shot and wounded. mercury news is reporting that man may have disarmed the person who initially had the gun. the brawl captured on the restaurant security cameras, that man also shot is expected to recover. police department says the chief will hold a news conference tomorrow to release more details and cummaquid, correct some misinformation that has been circulating. we will be there. our other big story at 7:00, you are looking at the last remnants of a rainmaker. taking a live look, you can see plenty of dark clouds hanging around. >> the question tonight as we take a look at this time lapse from our sales force tower camera, how much more rain can we squeeze out.
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