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mustard. >> hot dogs are good. oning spons >> o'donnell: tonight, internal outage intensifies over russian atrocities in ukraine. the u.s. and western allies announce a new wave of financial punishment against the kremlin. it's getting personal. as putin's own daughters katrina and maria get hit with sanctions. and after the devastation in puch of bucha, pope francis condemns the massacre. severe tornado outbreak. after a day of deadly weather, more than 37 million americans still in the path of dangerous
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storms. immigration crisis: the new change that could send thousands of new migrants to the border each day. our cbs news executive with the secretary of homeland security. hunter biden tax probe: the new details tonight about business transactions flagged by u.s. banks that involve the president's son and his brother, james. you've got mail-- or do you? the news about the rising cost of stamps. and photographs for ukraine. the women-owned group raising money for those suffering in war. >> this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell reporting from the nation's capital. >> o'donnell: good evening, and thank you so much for joining us on this wednesday night. tonight, there's a new round of punishment from the u.s. and our european allies following those russian atrocities in ukraine. for the first time, vladimir putin's two adult daughters were
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sanctioned. it is believed the russian dictator and other kremlin leaders hide their wealth through family members. these latest sanctions come amid russia's escalating brutality in ukraine, including alleged war crimes in the port city of mariupol. the mayor d be thehighest death tagle tool killed, he s cced rnoops of le coveeir ts. well, there's a lot to get to tonight, starting with cbs' weijia jiang at the white house. good evening, weijia. >> reporter: good evening to you, norah. president biden says the u.s. and its allies are not only stifling russia's economic growth today, but for years to come. tonight, though, ukraine's president saying those sanctions are simply not enough to stop the bloodshed that is happening right now.
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>> there's nothing less happening than major war crimes. >> reporter: president biden promised to make moscow pay for its brutality, today rolling out another round of harsh economic penalties. >> just in one year, our sanctions are lucky to wipe out the last 15 years of russia's economic gains. >> reporter: the u.s. banned all new investment in russia by americans, blocked assets from two of russia's largest banks from the american financial system, and targeted kremlin officials and their relatives. the u.s. also sanctioned vladimir putin's t hterariyputina, a scie tikhonov a dancer, both billiona lanrarely pub e u.s. also leveled its first criminal charges against a russian olgar today, kinstantin maloeyev, accused of evagd
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sanctions, millions of his assets in the u.s. seized. >> these oligarchs and their family members are not allowed to hold on to their wealth in europe and the united states and keep these yachts worth hundreds of millions of dollars, their luxury vacation homes while children in ukraine are being killed, displaced from their homes every single day. >> reporter: but the sanctions so far have not targeted russia's energy sector, the country's biggest money maker. and the ruble is now back tots preinvasion worth. ukraine's president volodymyr zelenskyy dismissed the tough rhetoric around sanctions today and criticized world leaders who still think that war and war crimes are not something as horrific as financial losses. meanwhile, treasury secretary janet yellen said the war and the sanctions are causing economic pain around the world. >> russia's invasion disrupted the flow of food for millions of people around the world and caused prices to spike. >> reporter: secretary yelen
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said today president biden wants russia to be expelled from the g-20, the group that is made up of the world's 20 largest economies, adding that the u.s. will boycott meetings at its next summit if russian officials show up. >> o'donnell: pentagon spokesman john kirby today said the ukrainians can absolutely win this war. cbs news has learned the u.s. is training a small number of ukrainians already in america to use those small but deadly switchblade drones. ukraine's fierce resistance forced the russians to withdraw from areas surrounding the country's capital. cbs' debora patta is in kyiv. >> reporter: the crucial battle for hostomel, the airport just near kyiv, where the russian military struck on the first day of their invasion. this senior lieutenant watched russian paratroopers spill on to the tarmac as attack helicopters attempted to take over the airport. >> i was running between this
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and that entrance. >> reporter: yeah. >> firing at those helicopters. >> reporter: starsky, as he's known on the battlefield and his unit, mounted a fierce resistance over three days, then an improbable victory. the ukrainians wrested back full control of the airport. >> that time, nobody thought about it, and later we realized that actually what we have done here, actually changed the course of the war. >> reporter: this is what's left of hostomel. without it, the russians could not set up an air bridge to bring in crucial supplies, equipment, and manpower. it slowed them down, but did not stop them exinndds of civilians in bucha, just three miles from the airport. starsky went to pay his respects to the men and women whose bodies were dumped in a pile in this hastily dug mass grave. he believes the russians were convinced their crimes would
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never be discovered. they never thought they'd be defeated. >> of course, and those bodies weren't supposed to be found. >> reporter: he's now worried about vladimir putin's next step. >> we're preparing for chemical warfare because we have information russian officers receiveddant dots from their own chemical weapons. >> reporter: his information is it will mainly be used to the front line, but still, he worries for civilians trapped in that region. but sometimes hope does win. 1,000 residents finally got out of besieged mariupol on a humanitarian convoy. however, tens of thousands are still trapped, surrounded by russian forces. norah. >> o'donnell: very powerful reporting. debora patta in kyiv, thank you. well, 37 million americans back here at home and across the south are in the path of dangerous storms. thousands remain without power after more than 30 tornadoes touched down tuesday in missing
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mis, alabama, georgia, and south carolina. cbs' mark strassmann is in hard-hit bryan county, georgia. >> reporter: look at ellabell, georgia, a landscape of ruin. on tuesday, a tornado, the furry of its winds makes this community unrecognizable today to residents like ashley drinkard. >> i've been crying because i literally witnessed this neighborhood basically get destroyed. >> reporter: the 24-year-old nurse hunkered down in her shower when the tornado hit. you thought it was over? >> yeah, i absolutely did, just because, like, i'm upstairs. it was, like, literally right come you three here, and i could see it. >> it's going to come back at us! >> reporter: residents of four states shared a terrifying tuesday. >> look at it. >> reporter: several dozen tornadoes carved swaths of records across the south. georgia alone had more than a
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dozen reported tornadoes on tuesday, only one fatality. >> we're blessed that it wasn't a prolonging, on-the-ground event. but where it did hit it's complete devastation. >> reporter: recovery will take weeks. in the tornado-weary south, millions now hope for a calming rest of april after last five storm weeks. this is pembroke, georgia, parent of a countywide state of emergency. behind me workers have started repairing the shredded roof of the county courthouse, and here, too, homes destroyed, cars flipped, and dozens of people scrambling to find a place to sleep tonight. norah. >> o'donnell: well, on america's southern border, federal agents are bracing for a surge of immigrants seek asylum. that's because the c.d.c. is ending a trump-era public health policy known as title 42. cbs' manuel bojorquez reports tonight from the border near tijuana. >> reporter: this family is on
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the run. 36 people total. they say their success as avocado farmers has made them a target for extortionists back home in michoacan, considered one of mexico's most dangerous states. they're now at a migrant shelter in tijuana, but say the threats keep coming over the phone. you'll pay the consequences if you don't cooperate. they fled from their farm seven months ago, but a controversial pandemic border policy, known as title 42, has put their legal right to apply for asylum on hold. the one notable exception to title 42 are refugees from war-torn ukraine, entering the u.s. through the southern border after a few days here. so they said no asylum. >> no. >> reporter: they couldn't hup. that it was closed. some democrats have joined republicans in cautioning against what they consider a rushed end to the policy. both arizona senators, democrats kyrsten sinema and markicle, wre
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leased a joint statement, kelly calling it the wrong decision, and sinema saying the move shows a lack of understanding about the crisis at our border. the white house, bracing for tens of thousands more migrants applying for asylum in the coming weeks, is sending additional resources to the border. >> it's not an immigration-migration enforcement measure. the decision on when to lift title 42 was made by the c.d.c. >> reporter: have more calls come in since the biden administration said we're going to do away with title 42? >> the phone don't stop. >> reporter: but even before the announcement was made, pastor albert rivera, who runs the migrant shelter, was already building an expansion to eventually house 1,200 asylum seekers. >> some of them have been waiting a year and a half for a permit just tont to apply, do it legally. >> reporter: seeking asylum in the u.s. is a legal right, but with ports of entry not processing most asylum seekers due to title 42, some say they
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have no option but to cross illegally to try to make their claim. norah. >> o'donnell: to talk more about the crisis, homeland security secretary alejandro mayorkas joins us for an exclusive interview. mr. secretary, thank you so much. when title 42 is lifted, it could mean up to 18,000 more migrants every day. this will become an even bigger crisis. how is the department preparing to deal with it? >> it's very difficult to predict what that migration will be. but we are planning for different scenarios. we are then at the border surging resources. what distinguishes us from the past is the fact that we will not implement policies of cruelty that disregard our asylum laws. we are rebuilding a system that. >> o'donnell: but you >> we very well could, and our job is be prepared to address
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it. >> o'donnell: ukrainians can be exempt from title 42. how do you respond to critics who say, "this is discriminatory against those from central america." >> so what we do on an individualized basis is evaluate whether a ukrainian family and, frankly, other families, from other countries, qualify for our discretionary authority of granting humanitarian parole. and that's not specific to just ukrainians. we apply that across the board. >> o'donnell: but is there a double standard here? >> there is not. >> o'donnell: do you have a number of how many ukrainians have come through thus far? >> i don't have a number, but i believe we had close to 3,000 last week. >> o'donnell: we just heard from manuel bojorquez at the border. he also immediate roxana ruiz ramierez from honduras. she's been waiting for nine months to claim asylum and that gang threats have put her life at risk, too. what do you say to migrantsz
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like roxana? >> what we say is do not take the dangerous journey. we are building an asylum system that has been dismantled. we are providing alternative pathways seeelief de >>'donll: i want t you abouu.s. cybersecurity. what targets is russia considering in terms of a cyberattack? >> what we focus upon, of course, is our critical infrastructure, because that is where the damage can be inflicted and really impact our day-to-day lives. >> o'donnell: banking? >> banking, our energy system. >> o'donnell: have they attempted an attack? >> they have not attacked our critical infrastructure in retaliation to the sanctions we've imposed. arising from the russia-ukraine crisis. but we are on alert, and we are on alert together. >> o'donnell: are you confident that america could defend against any russian
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cyberattack? >> we are preparing for an attack. we are poised to respond to any attack should it materialize. >> o'donnell: secretary mayorkas, thank you for your time. we appreciate it. and we want to turn now to a cbs news investigation by catherine herridge who spoke about a top republican senator who for years has been investigating the business dealings of the president's brother and son. >> reporter: cbs news has learned that more than 150 transactions involving either hunter or james biden's global business affairs were flagged as concerning by u.s. banks for further review. some of those concerns include large wire transftenearly threer investigation, republican senator chuck grassley told cbs news he believes the president's younger brother, james, was instrumental in hunter biden's chinese business ventures. >> i think james biden was very much a part of this. >> reporter: james biden has worked as an entrepreneur and
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recently in the healthcare industry. >> we will focus on james biden, the president's brother. >> reporter: this week, grassley released bank records indicating james biden's company, the lion hall group, was paid directly by a chinese-financed consulting firm. these records come directly from the banks, no third party. >> you're absolutely right. >> reporter: in our interview, grassley did not allege the bidens broke the law, but he said it's concerning that both hunter and james biden were promised retainers for their china work totaling $165,000 a month in 2017 after joe biden left the vice presidency. >> we have people with the biden name dealing with chinese business people that have a relationship through the communist party. i think it's very concerning. >> reporter: this 2019 subpoena, verified by cbs news, shows federal investigators also sought hunter and james biden's business records from a major u.s. bank dating back to 2014 as part of a separate probe by the
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u.s. attorney in delaware in possible violations of tax and foreign lobbying laws. >> i think hunter and james biden should not have entered into those relationships. in the best case, those things look really bad. in the worst case, the conflicts can be quite serious. >> reporter: the white house chief of staff said this week that the president is confident his family did the right thing, adding these actions by hunter and james are private scmeartz don't involve the president. cbs news began outreach to james and hunter's legal teams last week and received no response. norah. >> o'donnell: still ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news," why the police officer who shot and killed amir locke will not face criminal charges. and inflation hits the postal service. how much a new first class stamp how much a new first class stamp is going to cost us nameu who are all younger than you. i had to get help somewhere along the line
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we l see you on th >> judge judy: you borrowed your mother's car, and you drove to missouri. where did you tell her you were going? >> tennessee. >> announcer: a daughter's secret road trip with her boyfriend. >> judge judy: she lied to you where she was going. >> they both did. >> judge judy: he has no duty to tell you the truth. >> announcer: but her mom blames him anyway. >> judge judy: "he wound up kidnapping my daughter and taking her to another state without my permission." >> that is what happened, though. >> judge judy: you're treating her as if she was an innocent. she's not. >> announcer: "judge judy." you are about to enter the courtroom of you are about to enter the courtroom of judge judith sheindlin. captions paid for by cbs television distribution candace brouwer is suing her daughter's ex-boyfriend, 19-year-old jonathan arana, for wrecking her car. >> byrd: order! all rise! your honor, this is case number 130 on the calendar in the matter of brouwer vs. arana. >> judge judy: thank you. >> byrd: you're welcome, judge. parties have been sworn in.
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you may be seated. ma'am, have a seat, please. >> judge judy: no, she's gonna go stand next to her mother. thank you, byrd. >> byrd: no problem. >> judge judy: your first name is...? >> shellby. >> judge judy: okay. ms. brouwer, you know absolutely nothing about this case because you weren't present when the accident occurred with your car. is that correct? >> i know some of the details, just what i had to do afterwards. >> judge judy: you don't know any of the details of the accident because you weren't there. >> no. >> judge judy: the only two people that were in your car were your daughter and her maybe ex-boyfriend. so i'm gonna ask you to switch places with your daughter, because the only reason you're interested in this case at all and the only reason you brought it is because you're the registered owner of the car. >> yes. me and my husband. >> judge judy: okay. the accident occurred on what date? >> i believe it was march 27th. >> judge judy: is that right? >> yes, your honor. >> judge judy: i'd like you to keep your voice up. look like you're animated. look like you're in a courtroom. look like you're engaged. not engaged, but engaged in what's happening here. march 27th at what time? shellby. >> 1:00 in the morning.
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