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the federal government has stopped buying monoclonal antibodies, a key drug that treats and protects people at risk of severe covid-19, and cut the size of its shipments to states and territories. >> without more funding, we'll start to run out of them by the end of may. >> and ed joins us now from the white house. ed, tell us about the big administration decision coming about covid and immigration. >> reporter: that's right, norah. we learned today the biden administration is planning to end a trump-era policy that's allowed immigration authorities to block migrants from entering the country in order to stop the spread of covid-19. more than 1.7 million immigrants have been turned back by what's called title 42, most of them during the biden administration. the policy is now set to end in may, and it could lead to a record surge of migrants trying to cross the southern border. norah. >> that is big. ed o'keefe, thank you. well, tonight, supreme court nominee ketanji brown jackson has picked up the support of at least one republican senator, ensuring that her historic confirmation vote will not be
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strictly along party lines. maine's senator susan collins is the first republican to say she will vote to confirm judge jackson, saying the judge has the experience, qualifications, and integrity to serve on the nation's highest court. >> >> tonight, the white house is firing back after former president donald trump called on vladimir putin to release information on president biden's son, hunter. and it comes as we're learning new details about the federal investigation into hunter biden and his business dealings with a chinese energy company. here's cbs' catherine herridge. >> reporter: multiple sources tell cbs news that the federal investigation into hunter biden's business practices is broader than previously known. the probe is exploring whether the younger biden and his associates violated tax, money laundering, and foreign lobbying laws. business records reviewed by cbs news and documents released by republicans in congress indicate multiple financial transactions
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involving hunter biden, his firm, and a chinese energy company called cefc. republicans allege that the company is an arm of the chinese government. in 2017, the year after joe biden left the vice presidency, a $1 million retainer was signed with the chinese energy company for hunter biden's services as a lawyer. his linlts, a cefc official, patrick ho, was later convicted of international bribery and money laundering charges for unrelated work in africa. this week on the senate floor, republican chuck grassley presented financial records that he said showed six-figure payments from the chinese energy company to hunter biden's firm. >> hunter biden and james biden served as the perfect vehicle by which the communist chinese government could gain inroads here in the united states. >> reporter: allegations about hunter biden's foreign business dealings reached a fever pitch during the 2020 campaign. >> hunter was being paid for
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access to his vice president father. >> reporter: earlier this month, white house spokesperson jen psaki was asked about the current investigation. >> i point you to the department of justice and hunter biden's representatives. i'm a spokesperson for the united states. he doesn't work for the united states. >> reporter: an attorney for hunter biden did not respond to cbs news. last year, he told correspondent anthony mason, the president did not financially benefit. >> reporter: have you ever given your father money, from any of your business ventures? >> no, no. >> reporter: nothing? >> nothing. >> reporter: directly or indirectly? >> directly or indirectly. >> reporter: today, the white house declined to comment on the record, and directed reporters to earlier statements that president biden has never considered being in business with his family or any business overseas, norah. >> catherine herridge, thank you. the cbs "overnight news" will be right back.
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the actor has until april 18 to respond. it is possible that this leads to smith's suspension or expulsion from the academy. rock has kept a low profile this week, but he's taking the stage tonight for the first time since the oscars in front of a sold-out crowd in boston. smith has apologized to the comedian. all right. there's shocking news tonight from hollywood. action hero bruce willis. the 67-year-old is stepping away from his acting career. his ex-wife, demi moore, shared the actor was diagnosed with a brain condition that can impact his ability to communicate. there was a statement signed by willis' family. we get more now from cbs' carter evans. >> reporter: bruce willis is probably best known for playing action hero john mclane in the "die hard" movies. >> yippy kai-yay, ( leep)! >> reporter: now the 67-year-old actor is facing a real-life challenge. today, willis' family posted, "our beloved bruce has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed
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with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities. with much consideration, bruce is stepping away from the career that meant so much to him." an estimated two million americans suffer from aphasia. it's caused by damage to the brain, which can affect a person's ability to speak, write, and understand language. what can cause aphasia? >> it could be a stroke. it could be a virus. it could be a tumor. there are many causes to affect that part of the brain. i've seen patients who are literally, you know, trapped in their own brain and can't communicate outwards. >> ask me about plan "b." >> reporter: willis first gained national attention playing a wise-cracking detective on the 1980s tv series "moonlighting." he then moved to the big screen headlining action-adventure blockbusters. but he also demonstrated his acting depth in iconic films like "pulp fiction" and "the sixth sense." >> dead people, like, in graves and coffins?
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>> reporter: earlier this month, ex-wife demi moore helped celebrate his birthday. media critic eric deggans: >> he also developed this image as a witty guy, a smart guy, someone who could be funny and cheeky and sly. he's made a career out of surprising us. maybe he'll find a way to do that again. i certainly hope so. >> reporter: now, dr. agus says in most cases, aphasia is not treatable. it really depends on what caused it, and willis' family is not saying. though we haven't seen the last of bruce willis-- he has been shooting several projects over the last year or so, and some are expected to be released later this year. norah. >> we're wishing him the very best. carter evans, thank you. there's a lot more news ahead on the cbs "overnight news." still ahead, despite tensions between the u.s. and russia, an american astronaut hitches a ride home aboard a russian capsule.
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blinded drivers. that stretch of highway reopened early today. all right. the cdc today dropped its public health notice washing on the risks of cruise travel. the warning was first issued two years ago amid outbreaks of covid on board cruise ships. the cdc strongly continues to recommend covid vaccinations for travelers. >> all right. tensions between the u.s. and russia did not prevent an american astronaut from hitching a ride back to earth with two russian cosmonauts. they all landed safely today in kazakhstan. astronaut mark vande hei and one of his russian colleagues spent a record 355 days on the international space station, a place the astronauts call a symbol of friendship and cooperation. i see why he wanted to get home. all right. up next, channeling grief through music. a mother and son look to make history at the grammys-- yeah, the grammys are this weekend! all in honor of a husband and father.
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sunday night's grammy awards will be a historic and emotional night for a mother-and-son duo whose nominations are a tribute to another family member's legacy. we get more from cbs' mark strassmann. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: talent? the freelon family's got that galore. ♪ i love you ♪ >> "time traveler," by nina freelon. >> "time traveler" is a love letter. >> reporter: nina freelon's gift to her late husband, phil freelon, the lead architect of the smithsonian museum of african american history and culture. >> music has power. to bring us all through. >> reporter: it's about both love and loss. >> how could it not be? >> here are the nominees for best children's music album --
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>> reporter: nominee pierce freelon, phil and nina's son. ♪ close your eyes, take flight ♪ >> i was overjoyed. when my mom was nominated, i just lost it. i was like a woman in church who is speaking tongues. like, i was sobbing like big-boy tears. >> it's almost like, how can i lose? if my son wins a grammy, i've won a grammy! we won a grammy! ♪ i love you ♪ >> reporter: like this museum, nominations part of phil freelon's living legacy. >> we honor that legacy when we do what he did-- put beautiful things out into the world that bring people together and heal. >> reporter: two grammy nominees in a category all by themselves. mark strassmann, cbs news, durham, north carolina. that is the "overnight news" for this thursday.
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reporting from the nation's capital, i'm norah o'donnell. this is cbs news flash. i'm tom hanson in new york. joe biden is expected to order release of up to 1 million barrels of boil per day to help skyrocketing gas prices. russian forces continue to bombard areas of ukraine where they pledged to scale back, including kyiv. attacks in the donbas region were also reported. another round of peace talks are scheduled for friday. take a look at this. astronomers believe they have discovered a new star courtesy of the huble telescope. this is named erindale, estimated to be 13 billion years
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old and the farthest star ever discovered. f i'm tom hanson, cbs news, new york. this is the cbs "overnight news." good evening, and thank you so much for joining us on this wednesday night. as we come on the air, it is a dangerous situation for parts of the u.s. as tornado watches have been issued in at least nine states. the national weather service has been busy today, issuing dozens of warnings for twisters and hurricane-force wind gusts. tornadoes have already hit in arkansas. rescue teams were deployed after an ef-2 tornado struck. at least seven people were injured in the towns of springdale and johnson, and the damage is significant. more than 100,000 are without power tonight from texas to tennessee, and that number is expected to grow.
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the line of storms will move east tonight, and the threat continues through thursday morning. and cbs' janet shamlian is on the ground in memphis, tennessee with the threat tonight. good evening, janet. >> reporter: norah, good evening. these storms are hitting hard right now. we hear that eerie sound of those tornado warning sirens right here in memphis, and the same thing is happening all across this region. severe storms battering the south tonight. millions in the path of punishing winds, pounding rain, and potential tornadoes. some threatening the same communities shredded by storms just last week. a highly electric line of storms putting on a light show in kansas. what's called upward lightning. wind gusts exceeding 115 miles an hour in arkansas, where seven people were hurt, one critically, after a powerful tornado ripped across the region. a school damaged in springdale in the state's northwest corner. no one was inside at the time. >> so there's my roof.
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>> reporter: several homes and businesses flattened and debris in every direction. in missouri, a tornado tearing the roof off this home in st. joseph, as the family took cover in the basement. >> all we heard was a huge boom and crash and a ripping sound and it got really quiet. >> reporter: power lines toppled and trees uprooted. from wind gusts topping 90 miles an hour. across six states, more than 100,000 without power. a tornado warning right now in memphis, and a number of states facing tornadoes tonight and overnight. such a dangerous time overnight, because many people tend to be asleep and don't hear the warnings. norah? >> janet shamlian, thank you very much. turning now to the war in ukraine. in a phone call, joe biden told president zelenskyy an adiggal $500 million in aid to ukraine is on the way. meanwhile, the sliver of hope coming out of recent peace talks was dashed overnight, with a new
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round of air strikes on the capital. we get more now from holly williams in ukraine. >> reporter: the city of chernihiv has been shattered by a russian assault, homes and lives obliterated. and just hours after russia said it would radically reduce its military operations in chernihiv, it bombed this market, according to local officials. many in ukraine are skeptical that russia is serious about negotiating. today, we traveled with this convoy of ukrainian soldiers, bus-loads of volunteers heading to reinforce the front line. andriy rogalski was a crane operator until he signed up this month. he's had just two weeks' basic training. do you trust the russians? >> no. >> reporter: when they talk. >> come on. it's a joke. we cannot trust russia. they fight without rules. >> reporter: he's talking about
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this: [ explosion ] russian attacks on hospitals, apartment buildings, and civilians. the u.s. says it's seen clear evidence that vladimir putin's forces are committing war crimes. for ukrainians, it's heart-rending. >> it's pure evil, what they did. >> reporter: pure evil. >> exactly, pure evil. >> rter: sson ru a talking at all is a ukrainian resistance much tougher than many expected, which has stymied moscow's invasion and inflicted heavy russian losses. 7,000 to 15,000 russian troops have been killed in just over a month, according to a nato official. in comparison, in 20 years of war in afghanistan, the u.s. lost fewer than 2,500. second lieutenant tatiana chornovol is a former politician and mother of two who is now serving on the front line tasked with taking out russian tanks. she told us this was one of her hits.
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"the russians are fighting stupidly," she told us. "they don't have a strategy or tactics. they're falling into the same traps, and the commanders are just pushing them to advance." an american official told cbs news, the u.s. believes vladimir putin is being misinformed by his own advisers about how badly te russian military is performing, because they're too afraid to tell him the truth. norah. >> incredible to see those womet llwiiams, ank you.nd now to the and the latest on the pandemic. a day after the fda authorized a second booster for people 50 and older, joe biden rolled up his sleeve. his shot came with a warning to congress that funding things like testing will run out, and that means the u.s. won't be able to keep up testing beyond june. cbs' ed o'keefe has more from the white house. >> reporter: president biden today urged congress to approve tens of billions of dollars in new covid funding, warning the consequences of inaction will be severe. >> this isn't partisan.
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it's medicine. >> reporter: mr. biden got his second booster shot as recommend by the cdc for older americans. he said the lack of funding could mean the administration won't have enough vaccine supply to provide boosters in the fall. >> even worse, if we need a different vaccine for the future to combat a new variant, we're not going to have enough money to purchase it. we cannot allow that to happen. >> reporter: clinics providing covid-related services are preparing for the worst. community health development in texas, where 43% of clients are uninsured, may have to cut back on covid tests and vaccinations. >> i'm hoping it will not get to the point where we have to close down completely, but we will have to decrease some of the services that we provide. >> reporter: republicans, who recently joined some democrats in rejecting more than $15 billion in new covid funding, say the new money is unnecessary. >> i mean, there is an enormous amount of money, out of the $2 trillion bill passed last year, that hasn't gone out yet.
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>> reporter: while infections and hospitalizations are down sharply from the omicron variant peak in january, but about 700 people are still dying from covid each day. the federal government has stopped buying monoclonal antibodies, a key drug that treats and protects people at risk of severe covid-19, and cut the size of its shipments to states and territories. >> without more funding, we'll start to run out of them by the end of may. >> and ed joins us now from the white house. ed, tell us about the big administration decision coming about covid and immigration. >> reporter: that's right, norah. we learned today the biden administration is planning to end a trump-era policy that's allowed immigration authorities to block migrants from entering the country in order to stop the spread of covid-19. more than 1.7 million immigrants have been turned back by what's called title 42, most of them during the biden administration. the policy is now set to end in may, and it could lead to a record surge of migrants trying to cross the southern border. norah. >> that is big. ed o'keefe, thank you. the cbs "overnight news" will be right back.
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this is the cbs "overnight news." washington. thanks for staying with us. an american astronaut is back on earth after setting a record for the longest consecutive time in space. a soyuz capsule carrying him with two russian kcosmonauts touched down yesterday in kazakhstan. 15 countries are part of the iss, but the u.s. and russia are its biggest stake holders. relations, of course, between
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the two nations are unraveling here on earth because of ukraine, but as mark strassman reports, it's still business as usual in orbit, at least for the time being. >> this is houston, are you ready? >> reporter: floating above all the hostility on earth, the russian cosmonaut handed over command to the american. >> ware they aware of what's going on, on earth? absolutely. but they are some of the most professional groups you'll ever see. >> reporter: for two decades and counting, russians and americans have lived and worked together in space. by design, the iss has been the interdependant space station. that russian segment controls the altitude of the iss. the u.s. segment controls its orientation and provides satellite communications and solar power. kcosmonauts and astronauts need
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each other to keep the iss alive. even in moments of diplomatic crisis, like ukraine. >> we have our problems with president putin on earth. >> if he pulled the plug on this tomorrow, would the whole thing be at risk? >> if they abandoned the space station, we would manage. we would figure it out. but we don't anticipate that. it's survived all these years. it's not going to stop now. >> reporter: but just last month, the head of russia's space agency, implied the russians might abandon ship. he demanded iss partner nations lift their sanctions, tweeting, who will save the iss from an uncontrolled deorbit and fall into the united states or europe? >> it's showing off for, you know, an audience of one, meaning vladamir putin. >> reporter: scott kelly commanded the iss for three missions.
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>> if putin pulls out, could the americans alone make it work? >> it wouldn't be easy. is it impossible? i would say no. i think nasa's proven they're capable of doing some amazing things. >> reporter: another worry in u.s./russia tensions, the u.s. wants to prolong the life of the space station to 2030. russia has yet to commit past 2024. mark strassman, atlanta. here in washington, members of the january 6th committee are raising their frustration with attorney general merrick garland. meanwhile, the brutality of the assault on congress didn't end on january 6th. four police officers who fought the violent mob took their own lives in the wake of the attack.
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now, in an exclusive interview, the widow of one of those officers is talking about the battle that she has waged in the 14 months sense her husband's death. scott macfarlane reports. >> reporter: erin smith says her husband, jeff smith, had no or o mentalness ordeession,rean 6th. >> jeff was funny. he was a jokester. >> reporter: d.c. police officer jeff smith had a family he loved, a dog he lovd, and his wife, erin, told us a career he loved. >> being a police officer. it was his calling. >> he knew that's what he wanted to do and should be doing? >> he did. >> usa! >> reporter: but he had no idea what awaited him on january 6th, 2021, when he and his riot unit raced to the capitol. body camera footage obtained by cbs news show jeff arrived on the frontline as ashley babbot
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was shot and killed. >> the first thing he could remember hearing was shots fired. >> reporter: how did he characterize snit >> he characterized january 6th as the worst day of his life. >> reporter: after hours of fighting off the mob, he returned home early morning with a black eye and darker mood. >> i went to sleep and the next day his demeanor changed. >> what changed? >> he didn't want to talk. he was pacing at night and during the day. >> sleeplessness? >> sleeplessness. the jo stopped. the dancing around the house stopped. >> re >> reporter: jeff reported a blow to the head, but notes do not show he was asked about his mental health. and then one night, erin woke up to find him crying in bed. what did you think was going on? >> truthfully, i wasn't sure.
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i tried to console him, tell him everything was going to be okay. i just told him that i loved him, and that we'll get through whatever this is. >> reporter: nine days after january 6th, jeff smith took his own life. one of four officers who died by suicide in the seven months after responding to the attack. >> i think the physical attack on him changed him, and if he didn't go to work that day, he would still be here. >> reporter: it was just the beginning of erin's loss. like most jurisdictions, d.c. did not consider any suicide a line of duty death, denying erin much of the income, and ceremonial honors. capitol police officer brian sicknick suffered fatal strokes. >> no notes, no recognition. nothing from the city. nothing from the department. and it's hurtful, and it's sad
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that they can't even reach out to the widow of one of their own officers. >> it literally stops, the pay stops 30 days after the death. >> reporter: with the help of attorney david weber, smith decided to fight d.c. on its decision. weber said the burden was on them to make the case january 6th caused jeff's death. they say they found proof in jeff's body cam footage. >> they see he's getting jostled here. >> he's getting jostled. >> reporter: he contends someone in the mob seized jeff's baton, allegedly striking him with it. >> right there it's gone and he falls backward. >> reporter: and there's this, a metal pole sails in from the crowd, hitting jeff head on. he took shelter in a stairwell. >> are you hurt? >> probably. >> there was a physical injury that took place here. we are able to prove that he suffered a traumatic brain % injury. >> reporter: it was more than a year until d.c. agreed.
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earlier this month, erin received this letter, declaring jeff died while performing his duties on january 6th. why do you think it took so long for the district of columbia to determine that? >> with a suicide comes a stigma, and something that the police department doesn't want to face or recognize. >> i think she's a hoe row. >> reporter: illinois democrat tammy duckworth and john corning says they hope this lays down a marker for the three others that died by suicide. >> i think it's entirely appropriate with the law enforcement officials be covered. >> reporter: and for police families nationwide. the two senators introduced legislation to allow for line of duty death designations when police officers take their own lives. more than 50 officers have died by suicide since 2017. >> the military has made this pivot, understanding that injuries to the brain, to the psyche is just as important as an injury to the body. >> reporter: erin smith is advocating for bill.
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what do you think jeff would say about this issue? >> i believe he would be proud of me right now. i'm fighting for my husband, but i'm also fighting for everyone else who has gone through this, as well. and it deserves the recognition. >> reporter: if the legislation passes for officers who died by suicide after january 1, 2019, there would be eligibility for line of duty benefits. the d.c. police dep and the dif report, but as for ensm she she nug rsel to w i >> that was scott macfarlane reporting on capitol hill. you're watching the cbs "overnight news."
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>> reporter: highland park, michigan, near detroit, has all the makings of a ghost town. this was the library. this was the high school. much of the town just plain was. fortunately, one man's wasteland is another woman's blank slate. >> i just felt that it was a space to build and do things on. >> run through your background in urban planning. >> i don't think have anything in urban planning except for sitting here conjuring up i want to do. >> reporter: as we first reported in 2016 -- you got a better imagination than i do. >> reporter: she's the unofficial architect of the most unlikely redevelopment project in michigan. she set up a nonprofit. got donations. >> i own this lot right here, too. >> reporter: and started a crusade to reverse the decline on your block. are you paying all these people? >> a couple of them, but most
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are vowlunteers. >> she tries to uplift everyone. >> the needs something done, she knows who to call. >> reporter: they call her momma shoe, and she say she'll put a boot in your behind. basketball, volleyball and tennis courts here. a greenhouse and cafe in this old garage. and much more. >> you're going to see this whole block looking like some of the suburban blocks i see with the grass trimmed and flowers and all of that. >> reporter: six years later, her vision is coming true. when spring rolls around and this block awakens, the gardens will grow, kids will gather on the courts and new families may move in. how about that? >> i know! folks have got park areas, it's
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more than 3 million ukrainians have fled their country in the face of the russian invasion. that includes hundreds, if not thousands of performers, many have found refuge in a new stage in neighboring countries. tina krause reports. >> reporter: these ukrainian dancers are finding their rhythm after losing their studios back home. >> now i feel myself so good, because this place is safe. >> reporter: circus companies in prague and budapest are opening their doors to acrobats, jugglers, and aerial artists who were forced out of ukraine. >> they are are future artists. this is what they're going to do, and they have a unique
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chance to keep doing this. >> reporter: many left their parents behind in ukraine to pursue their dreams. >> this is my life, and i can't imagine life without this, because this is my work. >> reporter: performers are taking their energy and emotions to the stage. but still worry about the war. >> it's really hard to understand that in my country is war right now. and my family is in ukraine. >> reporter: producers call the circus and art form of solidarity, and say during a time of conflict, unity is more important than ever. the director says there is no war within the circus, only productivity. and with such a passion for performance, these artists know despite it all, the show must go on. tina krause, cbs news. that is the "overnight news" for this thursday. for some of you the news continues. for others, check back later for
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cbs mornings and follow us online any time at reporting from the nation's capital, i'm jeff pegues. this is cbs news flash. i'm tom hanson in new york. joe biden is expected to order release of up to 1 million barrels of oil per day from the nation's petroleum reserve. it's intended to help americans with skyrocketing gas prices, in part because of the war in ukraine. russian forces continue to bombard areas of ukraine where they pledged to scale back, including ky attacks in the donbas region were also reported. another roof peace talks are scheduled for friday according to the ukrainian government. take a look at this. astronomers believe they have discovered a new star courtesy of the huble telescope. this is named erindale, estimated to be 13 billion years old and the farthest star ever
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discovered. for more news download the cbs news app on your cell phone or connect to tv. i'm tom hanson, cbs news, new york. it's thursday, march 31st, 2022. this is the "cbs morning news." bad intel? the pentagon says advisers are lying to vladimir putin about russia's progress in ukraine. how it could jeopardize a peace deal. hunter biden investigation. the president's son comes under more scrutiny as documents shed new light on his business deals with a chinese company. breaking his silence. for the first time chris rock talks about getting slapped by will smith at the oscars. well, good morning, and good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. military forces in ukraine are under new attacks, and this is after russia claimed that it would scale back operations near the capital of kyiv. in his nightly add,


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