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where the cubs face the brewers. for more news, download the cbs news app on your cell phone or . i'm tom hanson, cbs news, new york. it's thursday, april 7th, 2022. this is the "cbs morning news." russia redirects. fears grow the kremlin will step up attacks in the eastern part of ukraine. how new u.s. sanctions go after vladimir putin's family. hunter biden investigation. as the gop looks into his business deals with china, one top republican believes president biden's younger brother also played a major role. border battle. why some immigrants could soon get a free bus ride from texas to washington, d.c. well, good morning, and good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. this morning, ukraine is preparing for a new russian onslaught in the country's
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industrial east after russia withdrew its forces from outside of kyiv. authorities are urging people to evacuate before it is too late. in the northeast town near the russian border, residents boarded buses yesterday to escape as fears of a russian assault grew. the town is not far from kharkiv which remains under attack. it comes as the u.n., the u.s., and its european allies continue to ramp up pressure on russia and president vladimir putin. laura podesta is here in new york with the latest on all of this. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. much of that pressure is economic or political pressure, and ukraine's president says that's not enough to stop the killings and overall devastation being brought on by russian troops. today the united nations general assembly will vote on suspending russia from its human rights council in the wake of the horrific images out of ukraine. >> there's nothing less happening than major war crimes
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-- >> reporter: president biden announced new sanctions including ones that target vladimir putin's two adult daughters. >> just in one year our sanctions are lucky to wipe out the last 15 years of russia's economic gains. >> reporter: but ukrainian president volodymyr zelenskyy criticized world leaders who think that war and war crimes are not as horrific as financial losses. >> hunger is also a weapon. >> reporter: in a speech to lawmakers in ireland whose own history is fraught with famine, zelenskyy said russia is attacking food supplies and civilian targets. >> bombings in mariupol, there is no single house left intact. >> reporter: the mayor of mariupol estimates 5,000 civilians have died including more than 200 children. >> the violence will continue. it could even intensify in that part of ukraine. >> reporter: the pentagon says russia has withdrawn all of its troops from the north around kyiv and is refocusing on eastern ukraine. local officials are warning
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residents to evacuate now. "i went through the war when i was a child at the age of 3," this woman says, "and now i just want to die in peace." according to the u.n., but a quarter of all ukrainians have fled their homes since the war began. the international red cross says about 1,000 people managed to get out of mariupol this week. the organization says it failed to make it to the city with humanitarian aid because of a russian blockade, but they were able to help residents who'd already escaped to a nearby city. anne-marie? >> laura podesta in new york. thank you so much, laura. well, two men accused of posing as federal agents are scheduled to be in court today. the men were arrested last night during an fbi raid at a luxury apartment building in washington, d.c. prosecutors say they falsely claimed to work for the department of homeland security. cower documents allege they'd gave rent-free apartments and other gift to u.s. secret service agents including one who worked on the first lady's security
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detail. four secret service agents have been placed on leave. the number of government officials infected with covid is growing. yesterdaday, attorney general merrick garland said he tested positive after learning that he was exposed to the virus. the announcement came hours after he stood unmasked at a news conference talking about new sanctions against russia. garland also attended the annual gridiron dinner in washington, d.c., saturday night. several other at the dinner including congressman adam schiff and joaquin castro and commerce secretary gina raimondo also said they tested positive this week. and there's a new twist in the investigation of president biden's son hunter and his business dealings with china. it's now raising concern about james biden, the president's younger brother. catherine herridge explains. >> 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.
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some included large wire transfers. >> this is the way it is -- >> reporter: after a nearly three-year 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 recently in the health care 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
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name dealing with chinese businesspeople 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 records from a bank dating back to 2014 as part of a separate probe by the u.s. attorney in delaware into 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 matters and don't involve the president. cbs news began outreach to james and hunter's legal team last week and received no response. catherine herridge, cbs news, washington. minnesota prosecutors say that they will not file charges against the minneapolis police
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officer who shot and killed amir locke during a no-knock raid in february. 22-year-old locke was on a couch when a s.w.a.t. team stormed an apartment. they were looking for his cousin in connection with a murder. locke was not a suspect. police body cam video showed locke rising with a gun in his hand before he was shot three times. prosecutors said that there was insufficient evidence to file charges. afterwards, locke's mother said the officer was guilty. >> continue to have your restless nights because i know you do. you're probably restless before they decided to not charge you today. but you're going to continue to be restless because the spirit of my baby is going to haunt you for the rest of your life. >> after the shooting, the mayor of minneapolis banned the use of no-knock warrants. the senate is set to confirm the nomination today of ketanji brown jackson as the first black woman on the supreme court. senate majority leader chuck schumer says that a final vote to confirm jackson should take
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place this afternoon. in addition to all 50 democrats, three republicans are also expected to vote for jackson. president biden nominated jackson to replace justice stephen breyer who is retiring this summer. coming up, a college cult leader convicted. a man who exploited students at sarah lawrence could spend the rest of his life in jail. and bracing for an influx. the governor of texas announces an extreme measure to deal with undocumented immigrants. this is the "cbs morning news." nts. this is the "cbs morning news." during kohl's home sale!r find patio furniture starting at 25% off. alfresco dining essentials starting at 20% off. and get 25% off outdoor decor! plus, take an extra 15% off. or save even more with a kohl's card. kohl's. i'm a fancy exercise bike noobie. and i've gone from zero to obsessed in like... three days. instructor: come on milwaukee! i see you! after riding twelve miles to nowhere, i'm taking a detour.
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violent actions. undocumented migrants arriving in texas may soon be bussed to the capital, and there were guilty verdicts in the college cult case. those are some of the headlines on the "morning newsstand." "the new york times" reports sarah lawrence college cult leader larry ray was convicted on all 15 federal charges including sex trafficking and extortion. prosecutors say the 62-year-old ex-convict moved into his daughter's dorm room at the college outside new york city in 2010. they say he spent the next the next decade manipulating and exploiting her friends using threats and violence to obtain free labor and millions of dollars. he could face up to life in prison when he's sentenced in september. "the sacramento bee" says police believe at least five shooters were involved in the downtown shooting last weekend that left six people dead and a dozen others wounded. investigators say two groups of men began firing at each other in what they're calling a gang-related fight. at least two of the people killed are believed to be gang members.
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three people have been arrested in connection with the shooting, but nobody has been charged with murder yet. and "the houston chronicle" reports texas governor greg abbott says his state will begin bussing or flying migrants arriving at the u.s./mexico border to washington, d.c. abbott says the move is in response to the biden administration's plan to lift a trump-era pandemic policy that's been used to turn away more than a million asylum seekers at the border. he says the state will only transport migrants to washington if they want to go there. >> we are sending them to the united states capital where the biden administration will be able to more immediately address the needs of the people that they are allowing to come across our border. >> abbott also said state troopers will increase inspections along the border that he acknowledged would dramatically slow traffic from mexico into texas. and still to come, chilling out. there's a summer job opening in one of the coldest places on earth. part of the requirements, counting penguins. h.
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willing in one of the most remote places on earth. diane king hall is in new york with those stories and more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. well, stock futures are pointing to a flat open this morning. the major indices all slumped again yesterday for a second straight day. it came after details from the federal reserve's march meeting revealed the central bank might raise interest rates more aggressively this year to curb inflation. so the dow fell 144 points. the nasdaq slid 315. the s&p 500 was down 43. the world of sport is reacting to the atrocities seen as a result of the invasion of ukraine. the boston athletic association announced it will ban runners from russia and belarus from this year's boston marathon and its 5k race held two days earlier. keep in mind the fastest man and woman of the boston marathon each wins $150,000. organizers say running is a global sport, and as such they must show support for the people of ukraine. the boston marathon is scheduled
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for april 18th. mailing a letter could become more expensive. the u.s. postal service wants to increase the cost of a first-class forever stamp from 58 cents to 60 cents. it would be the second price hike in less than a year. if approved the price hike will take effect on july 10th. and if you're looking for a job and you like penguins, this might be for you. a british charity group is looking for someone to run its gift shop and post office in antarctica. you also have to count penguins for a survey. the job runs from november to march when it's technically summer there. temperatures are still often freezing when you factor in the windchill. anne-marie? >> listen, i could handle being in a remote place. i could even handle the weather. but counting penguins -- i don't even know how you do that. it would be like one, two, three -- did i already count you? >> like waddling away or whatever. but i think what's -- i thought about you because i'm like, she's from canada, she can handle this weather-wise. yes, the task of like -- like
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♪ if all goes as planned, tiger woods will tee off at augusta national this morning. he's set to play in his first masters tournament since that horrific car crash more than a year ago. earlier this week, woods said he thinks he can win. according to caesar's sports book, the odds are stacked against him 40-1. batter up, baseball is back. the start of the 2022 major league baseball season begins today with seven games. it was delayed by a week because of a labor lockout. opening day will feature the milwaukee brewers taking on the chicago cubs at wrigley field. and some of the personal possessions that once belonged to betty white will hit the auction block this fall. julian's auctions in beverly hills displayed some items including awards, paintings, scripts, and red carpet outfits.
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one of the most personal items is a 14-karat gold watch with her mother's initials engraved on it. white received it christmas day, 1940. >> betty was an only child and was very close to her parents. and so this was a really important gift. and you see lots of photographs of betty early on in her career wearing this watch. this was something important to her. i think that's really personal, something she cherished and kept in working condition up to today. >> betty white died in december just days before her 100th birthday. the auction is set to take place in september. coming up on "cbs mornings," in our series "the dish," basketball legend shaquille o'neal talks with gayle king about his first-ever cookbook, "shaq's family style." i'm anne-marie green. this is the "cbs morning news." " >> i'm anne-marie green. this is the "cbs mornin
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our top stories this morning -- ukraine is preparing for a new russian onslaught in the east. authorities are urging people to evacuate before it's too late. the mayor of mariupol says more than 5,000 civilians have been killed there. yesterday president biden announced new sanctions on russia including on vladimir putin's two adult daughters. and the senate is set to confirm the nomination today of ketanji brown jackson as the first black woman on the supreme court. majority leader chuck schumer says a final vote to confirm jackson should take place this afternoon. in addition to all 50 democrats, three republicans are also expected to vote for jackson. as americans continue to pay high prices at the gas pump, lawmakers tried to get answers
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from oil executives. the hearing turned into a bit of a blame game. skyler henry reports. you are ripping the american people off, and it must end. >> reporter: house democrats unleashed on oil executives wednesday blaming the industry for skyrocketing oil and gas prices. >> why is the price of oil coming down, but the price at the pump is still near record highs? >> reporter: aaa says the national average for a gallon of gas is now $4.16, up $1.29 from a year ago. the biden administration has ordered the release of oil from the u.s. stockpile to help ease prices that spiked following russia's invasion of ukraine. >> the last time we saw increases like this may be to the presidency of jimmy carter. >> reporter: republicans squarely blamed the white house's, quote, anti-american energy policies like shuttering the keystone pipeline. >> this is the biden price hike, and it's been a steady climb since he took office. >> reporter: oil executives
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testified they have no control over the markets. >> we do not control the market price of crude oil or natural gas, nor of refined products like gasoline and diesel fuel. and we have no tolerance for price gouging. >> reporter: lawmakers also put the spotlight on oil industry profits. nearly $77 billion for the six companies testifying. last year, two of them, exxon and chevron, reported their most profitable year since 2014. oil executives credit post-pandemic demand for the boost. new jersey congressman frank pollone suggested companies increase production and decrease buybacks. >> yes or no? >> i can't commit -- i can't commit to a reduction in buybacks -- >> i hear you. >> reporter: pollone says oil companies are on track for another year of record profits. skyler henry, cbs news, capitol hill. coming up on "cbs mornings," we continue our mornings in the metaverse with a look at how
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immersive technology is impacting the entertainment industry from movies to concerts. plus, in "the dish," basketball legend shaquille o'neal talks with gayle king about his first-ever cookbook, "shaq's family style." and a network exclusive. kris van cleave takes a test drive of a new gmc hummer ev as an infamous gas guzzler goes green. that's the "cbs morning news" for this thursday. thanks for watching. i'm anne-marie green. have a great day. ♪
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