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>> it sounds good. you ear lucky if you're having dinner right now. the news tips streaming on cbs news bay area. you find it on the kpix 5 ♪ ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: tonight, is there progress toward peace? the first meaningful negotiations between russia and ukraine since the war began. the demands that were made, and why the pentagon is saying not so fast. after more than a month of putin's war, the new serious peace talks. tonight, the promises made by the russians, and the skepticism from the west. >> we'll see if they follow through with what they're suggesting. >> o'donnell: plus, could zelenskyy soon meet with putin in person? we have all the details. helping the resistance: the female veterans at an american nonprofit working with the u.s. military to get helmets and gear from virginia to ukraine. the new questions tonight, after a cbs news-"washington post" investigation reveals a
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seven hour and 37-minute gap in white house call records during the capitol hill riot. why congress is now investigating a possible trump cover-up. severe weather risk. the damaging wind, tornadoes, and hail threatening the south. another covid shot. the f.d.a. authorizes a second booster for those 50 and up, but could you have to pay for this dose? plus, today's other top headlines: will smith apologizes, and jada pinkett smith breaks her silence. what we're learning about that fatal fall at an orlando amusement park. and, the queen's first public appearance in five months. finally, we end tonight with the true meaning of friendship, demonstrated by two georgia teenagers. 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 on this tuesday night. tonight, the president and his
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top national security advisers are skeptical that a russian pledge to scale back could mean that the war in ukraine could be a step closer to being over. but there was a positive development today, as negotiators from russia and ukraine met in turkey for a day of peace talks aimed at ending russia's deadly invasion. in an address tonight, zelenskyy said the talks were positive, but that that doesn't drown out the sound of russian attacks. the russian negotiator raised the possibility of a meeting between president zelenskyy and putin that could occur after a draft agreement was ready. and there's this new development tonight in the effort to target russian oligarchs-- we're learning tonight that the british seized their first super yacht, a $50 million ship. we have a lot of news to get to tonight. first let's go to cbs' debora patta in kyiv. good evening, debora. >> reporter: good evening. the pentagon confirms there has been some movement by a small number of russian forces pulling back from kyiv, but it's calling
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this a "repositioning," not a retreat, and the indiscriminate shelling of cities to the south and east continues. this may be the first real sign of progress, but it certainly falls short of a cease-fire so desperately needed. russian negotiator vladimir medinsky said ukraine's proposal to remain neutral by not joining any military alliance would be put to president putin. but it's early days, and there's skepticism in the u.s. >> we'll see if they follow through on what they're suggesting. >> reporter: boardroom negotiations far away from the battlefield have yet to make any difference for ukrainians enduring the mounting horrors of this war. the port city of mariupol has all but collapsed, an apocalyptic scene of rubble, twisted metal, and the disfigured outlines of the homes where people once lived. "what else can i do?" gennady asks. "there's nothing left for me here." he's walking away after nearly
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40 years working as a shoemaker in mariupol. nearby, in mykolaiv, a russian rocket ripped through a government building, leaving a gaping hole and fresh trauma. this woman watched helplessly as her colleague died in her arms. if russia follows through on its announcement to drastically scale back operations near kyiv and chernihiv, it will bring desperately needed relief. chernihiv has been pounded by the russians, who now completely encircle the city, cutting off 230,000 people from water, electricity, and food. in kyiv, where residents have grown used to the regular sound of shelling and sirens, the prayer for peace has never been more urgent. the pentagon points out that the threat to kyiv is not over as they can still inflict massive brutality.
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ukrainian president volodymyr zelenskyy also stressed that russia can continue to attack his country, which is why he is not reducing their defense. norah. >> o'donnell: debora patta, thank you. well, at the heart of that ukrainian resistance are the private citizens putting their lives on the line. and a group in virginia is trying to help. spirit of america is the only nonprofit that is officially approved by congress and the defense department to work alongside deployed u.s. troops and provide private assistance in support of their missions. well, we followed their shipment of much-needed equipment. just over a month ago, the daily uniform for these ukrainians was street clothes or a business suit. >> what we have here is a really nice modern helmet. >> o'donnell: but now they are soldiers, soldiers for a volunteer army desperately in need of gear. enter spirit of america, a nonprofit that works hand in hand with the u.s. military to
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provide non-lethal aid to military partners. has the pace picked up in terms of sending supplies in? >> reporter: absolutely. >> o'donnell: we met coleen denny and terrel chandler in poland, where they're helping coordinate the aid. >> mostly, the needs are endless. it's thousands and thousands of people that are asking, all the civilians that have joined the fighting, you know, become soldiers overnight. >> o'donnell: what's the number one need for ukrainians? >> body armor and helmets is the thing that keeps getting identified. >> we see the photos of the 18-year-olds who have their skateboarding knee pads and elbow pads on, and they're volunteering to go. >> hand the helmets to the tall people. >> o'donnell: much of the gear is stored here, in a virginia beach warehouse. first aid kits... >> this is for any chest wounds. >> o'donnell: ...protective body armor and other items are packed up and sent to poland, filling every seat of this 767. >> you'll probably not find anybody else where an aircraft leaves the united states and the warriors have that equipment on
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their body in the same day. >> o'donnell: founded in 2003, spirit of america has worked in more than 90 countries. everyone on the field team is a veteran. two veterans-- you guys never stop fighting. never stop serving. >> this is our way to support those who are still wearing the uniform. so, even though we're no longer in uniform, we can still support those who are. >> o'donnell: and as of this week, spirit of america has helped to outfit more than 3,200 soldiers and, get this, a second plane leaves new york city tonight for the region. their assistance is worth $7.2 million. well, back here in washington, we have some new details in the investigation into the january 6 assault on the capitol. cbs news and the "washington post" have obtained white house records of president trump's activities on that day, and they reveal a more than seven-and-a- half-hour gap in his call logs. cbs' robert costa has more of his exclusive reporting. >> reporter: as chaos engulfed the capitol building on january 6, president trump spoke
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repeatedly on the phone with allies and supporters, some urging him to put an end to the violence. but none of those calls are reflected in the 11 pages of white house records for january 6 given to the house select committee. there is a massive seven hour and 37-minute gap in calls from 11:17 a.m. to 6:54 p.m., which includes the most violent period of the attack. congressman jamie raskin is a member of the house january 6 committee. are you frustrated, congressman, about the gaps in the record? >> yeah, i'm a little puzzled by the gaps in the record. i'm determined to close those gaps. >> reporter: cbs news has confirmed at least two calls during the attack that do not appear on the phone log or the daily diary. one call from trump to utah republican mike lee, and another call to trump from house republican leader kevin mccarthy, who described it to to norah o'donnell by phone at
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the time. >> i have spoken to the president. i asked him to talk to the nation, to tell them to stop this. >> reporter: the january 6 committee is now investigating whether the president and top aides used so-called "burner" or disposable phones, to avoid scrutiny of their calls during that time. >> it's almost like they didn't want this out there, and so, we need to get to the bottom of this. >> reporter: the logs do show several calls on the morning of the 6th, including from rudy giuliani and former president trump's chief strategist, steve bannon. at 8:37 a.m., trump spoke with bannon, who sources say told him to call vice president mike pence and urge him to block certification of the election. trump later did phone pence, failing to persuade him, but that call is not noted in the records. there is a listing at 11:17 the president talked in a phone call to an unidentified person. cbs news has learned the pence call was in that time frame. there is also a lengthy gap during the attack, as recorded in mr. trump's daily diary. at 1:21 p.m., the president met
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with his valet, which signals a return to the oval office. the mob breached the capitol just after 2:00 p.m. in the next entry isn't until 4:03, when mr. trump went to the rose garden to record a video for supporters. >> we have to have peace. so go home.eace. so we love you. you're very special. >> reporter: the phone logs pick up again that night, when mr. trump had at least 11 calls between 6:54 and 11:41 p.m. >> o'donnell: robert joins us now. all right, burner phones. i mean, what is president trump saying about all this? >> his spokesperson told us he had nothing to do with the records. trump himself told us he doesn't even know about the phrase "burner phones," has never used burner phones. but that statement has been called into dispute today by john bolton, his former national security adviser, who told us trump, behind the scenes, used that phrase many times in conversation. >> o'donnell: that is extraordinary information. so is the committee looking at this use of burner phones and
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what they were doing inside the white house? >> seven hours and 37 minutes. they don't know who trump was calling. this is part of the puzzle they're trying to piece together as quickly as possible. the midterms are looming. they're on a tight time frame. >> o'donnell: all right robert costa, thank you so much. let's turn to the weather because another spring storm system is moving across the south tonight with the threat of thunderstorms, high winds and the possibility of tornadoes. so for the forecast let's bring in meteorologist mike bettes, from our partners at the weather channel, who has a virtual view of the storm from dallas. good evening, mike. >> reporter: well, good evening to you, norah. and we are expecting a multi-day severe weather outbreak to hit us in similar spots from the last couple of weeks. you can see the threat tonight will exist from i-37 around des moines all the way back down through texas, and the threat doesn't stop there. overnight tonight, more heavy showers and storms and the possibility of tornadoes as well. here's a look at our high- resolution future radar. yes, places like dallas get hit, oklahoma city, tulsa, right up
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through kansas city. a lot of us get hit overnight as well when the danger is very high. now, tomorrow, storms return again. our exclusive picture here at the weather channel rank your tornado risk from 1 to 10, a high of 7 in the deep south. watch the storms race east tomorrow, strong winds that could exceed 70 miles an hour and storms that go east all the way through thursday, including areas from d.c. down to tallahassee, norah. so the threat exists for the next three days. >> o'donnell: all right, mike bettes, thank you. all right, tonight, the c.d.c. is reporting that the highly transmissible ba.2 omicron strain is now the dominant covid variant right here in the u.s. and the news comes as the f.d.a. today authorized a second optional booster shot for people 50 and older. we get the details from cbs' meg oliver. >> reporter: in a rare move, the f.d.a. did not consult with its vaccine advisory committee before authorizing a second booster from pfizer and moderna for people 50 and over. dr. celine gounder is an infectious disease specialist. >> i am very skeptical that
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giving everybody over the age of 50 a fourth dose will have a real impact in the long-term on reducing severe disease, hospitalization, and death. >> reporter: the f.d.a. has also authorized the optional second booster shot for individuals 12 and over who are immunocompromised. u-penn immunologist john wherry supports the idea for that group. >> we're seeing more waning of that ability to stay out of the hospital, should you get infected. and for the immunocompromised, clearly there's a benefit of a fourth dose. >> reporter: this all comes as vaccination rates are lagging. only half of people over 50 are boosted. boosted. this super-site in westchester, new york, is closing on friday due to lack of demand for shots and testing. federal funding is also running out. the biden administration has already stopped accepting claims for testing and treatment, and starting next week, will no longer support reimbursements for vaccinations. >> this really does beg the question, where should we focus our limited resources?
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is it on providing fourth doses or is it on other measures, for example, making sure we vaccinate people who may not have even had a single dose yet? >> reporter: for people 50 and over, boosters are now available at sites like this one. if you had your first one least four months ago. next week, the f.d.a. will possibly meet to talk about authorizing boosters for a larger population in the fall. norah. >> o'donnell: good information. meg oliver, thank you. tensions are rising in israel tonight, after officials say at least four people were killed when a gunman opened fire in a crowded ultraorthodox city just east of tel aviv. the gunman was later killed by police. while a motive is not immediately clear, the shooting is the latest in a string of attacks by arab assailants. this is ahead of the muslim holy month of ramadan. all right, tonight we're learning moe about the tragic amusement park death of a 14- year-old boy in orlando. an accident report says the teen's restraints were still in
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the locked positions, but questions remain about why the boy was allowed on the ride in the first place. here's cbs' manuel bojorquez. >> reporter: a memorial now stands just feet away from where 14-year-old tyre sampson died. his cousin has started a petition to shut the ride down. >> please, if you have to put your kid's name, everybody's name on there, just put them on there so we can get this shut down. >> reporter: sampson fell to his death last thursday during the orlando free fall ride's 400- foot descent at 75 miles an hour. a newly released accident report says sampson came out of the seat as the ride began to break, adding the harness was still in a down and locked position when the ride stopped. this photo shared on social media appears to show sampson before the ride. the ride's owner, slingshot group, told us last week "it's designed to run only when riders are locked in." >> and they have to be secured with the harness and the ride cannot operate unless that is the case.
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>> reporter: but the manual from the ride manufacturer specifies a weight limit of 287 pounds, and says of "large guests, check that they fit within the contours of the seat and the bracket fits properly. if this is not so, do not let this person ride." sampson, an eighth grade football standout from missouri, reportedly weighed more than 300 pounds. ken martin is a ride safety expert. what do you see as needed to change? >> i think we're going to see more emphasis on operator training, and we have to have those guys properly trained. >> reporter: slingshot group, which owns and operates the ride, has vowed to cooperate with authorities. icon park, where the ride is located, has vowed to do the same. but it's also demanding that another ride there, owned by slingshot, be shut down until investigators can determine whether both are safe. norah. >> o'donnell: manuel bojorquez, thank you. and still ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news," jada pinkett smith's first public comments since her husband's on-stage slap at the oscars.
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but 18 months ago, a life changer. sloan, number 20, took a hit to the head playing football. brain stem trauma. could he move arms, legs? >> nothing. >> reporter: jordan's mother, jasmine jamieson: >> the rest of his brain is perfectly fine. his balance and coordination has been thrown completely off. >> grab on, let's go. >> reporter: jordan's rehab is six days a week. >> good! >> reporter: the 16-year-old is willing himself to play sports again. >> lift, lift, lift! >> it was very hard to see my >> reporter: marcus start best friend like that. >> reporter: marcus started a pledge drive for his friend's family. supporters donate every time he takes a charge on the basketball court. >> i really just wanted to do whatever i could to help. >> reporter: if the situation had been reversed... >> he would have done something similar for me. >> reporter: he's raised more than $13,000 so far. >> i don't know that i will ever be able to really thank him. i will try for the rest my life.
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>> reporter: friends for life. now, that's a game changer. mark strassmann, cbs news, smyrna, georgia. >> o'donnell: the quality of your life is built on the quality of your relationships. we'll be right back. to give you personalized support, for all-day pain relief. find your relief in store or online. (swords clashing)
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news." i'm norah o'donnell in our nation's capital. g . jo they see this as a way for low wages to be cemented in stone. imagine hailing a taxi with your uber, and uber is going from competing with taxis to teaming up with them and why everyone is not getting behind the wheel. and new video of a fight that led to a san jose restaurant. what they are revealing about the suspect's gun. >> it has been happen sog often that i tonight want these businesses and business owners to feel fearful. >> the chinatown business owners fed up with crime and reaching for a tool to defend themselves. a woman accused of stalking apple ceo tim cook for a year. and the bay area company behind turbo tax accused of misleading customers.
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why federal regulators say the company is playing a game of bait and switch. jo and later, a very proud parent returns to the northwest, tender moments all caught on camera. a closer look at the eagleette born to a famous big bear couple. right now at 7:00, streaming on cbs bay area, after years of tensions with the san francisco taxi industry, uber is on the verge of teaming up with it. good evening. i'm elizabeth cook. >> and i'm ryan yamamoto. and we have the deal and the works and why some cabbies are leery of that potential partnership partnership. >> reporter: if approved, they could be teaming up to put their cabs on the upper app. you could just soon tap an app on your phone and what could be a massive shift in the fight between ride sharing services, the details of which are not fully known is concerning to


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